November 21

Tuting unit of army conducts free medical camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: Tuting circle of Upper Siang district is one of the most cut off localities of Arunachal Pradesh. The road communication network in the area is still underdeveloped and this has prevented necessary facilities like health care from reaching the local residents. Although there is a Primary Health Centre at Tuting, yet it is not able to cater for the entire subdivision, specially the remote villages. In such circumstances, the Indian Army is providing yeoman service to the local population by providing free medical facilities.

As part of this scheme, the Indian Army Unit located at Tuting conducted a free medical check-up camp at Ninguing village on Wednesday. The army doctors from Tuting along with support staff set up their tents at this remote village in the morning. Medical check-ups were conducted throughout the day. Lectures on nutrition and congenial diseases were also conducted for those who were interested. The residents of Ninguing were very happy with the conduct of the camp and have requested the army personnel for more such camps in the future.  

It has also been learnt that free medical facilities are being provided to the local population by the Indian Army in its camp at Tuting on a daily basis and the current camp is a part of its endeavour to provide free medical facilities to the residents of the remotest corners of Tuting Circle.


Help the poor and needy : Sonam

From a correspondent

LIKABALI, Nov 20: Almighty god has sent each one of us on earth with a great purpose and intention so, don't just waste your life by harming any one rather use it for helping poor needy people, asserted Jalley Sonam, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB).

He was as speaking as the chief guest during an advanced marry Christmas celebration with the theme ‘For unto us a child is born, and his name will called wonderful, counselor mighty god, Everlasting father, prince of peace’ at Holy Kids Public School, Liru, Likhabali under West Siang District today.

The teachers are the most respectful persons in the society with great responsibilities, as future of the students are in their hands, stated Sonam while calling upon them to carry out their duties sincerely. He also advised the students to be disciplined and hardworking, saying there is no shortcut to success. Later, Sonam distributed some gifts to the students.

Earlier, speaker- Evan Jumto Riba, Area-IV field secretary welcomed the guests and others. He also highlighted on the advanced marry Christmas celebration.


Lok Adalat to settle over 680 cases

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority following directive of the National Legal Services Authority will hold National Lok Adalats in all the districts and judicial courts in the state.

As informed by various district authorities, all formalities have been completed for holding the Lok Adalats, informed an official release.

The state authority has constituted a number of Lok Adalat benches for various judicial courts functioning in the state in order to take up the cases for disposal.

A total of 680 cases of various nature are being taken for disposal in those Lok Adalats, the release informed.

Meanwhile, District and Session Judge cum Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority Budi Habung has sought everyone’s cooperation and participation to make the National Lok Adalat a success.


Arrest the remaining culprits, parents of Bomjen urges police

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Tabom and Yama Gapak, the parents of late Bomjen Gapak, have appealed to the Capital police for early arrest of the other culprits involved in the murder of their son.

Appealing not to grant bail to the culprits, they urged various organizations, including NES, ANSU, AITF to help them seek justice for their deceased son.

Akom Welfare Society (AWS) while requesting for the same, demanded exemplary punishment of the offenders under appropriate sections of the law so that such gruesome incidents do not recur. The Society further appealed to all individuals and NGOs not to interfere in the case for free and fair trial of the culprits.


Indo-China war hero’s mother to attend ‘Sarhad Ko Swaranjali’

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The 1962 Indo-China war hero Shaheed Jaswant Singh’s 95-year-old mother Leela Devi is arriving in the state capital on November 24 to attend the ‘Sarhad Ko Swaranjali’ program being organized at Indira Gandhi Park.

The famous Jaswant Garh, on way to Tawang, is a war memorial dedicated to the ultimate sacrifice of Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, who single-handedly and untiringly fought for 72 hours to prevent Chinese aggression.


Tuki stresses on micro-level planning

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has stressed on the need for micro level planning of all flagship programmes for better funding and implementation so that beneficiaries are truly benefited.

"Sensitising and training the newly elected panchayat members of the state is a challenge that we have undertaken as the programme will facilitate a better concept, preparation and implementation of centrally sponsored rural development schemes by them," Tuki said while addressing a meeting at Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district yesterday.

He added that knowledge gained through the programme should be properly utilised as even a small mistake made during preparation and implementation would hamper in the allocation process, official sources said here today.

The chief minister also advised all the Panchayat members to actively participate in the development initiative of the state government and see that the schemes benefited the rural poor and to ensure sustainable development at the grassroots level, sources added.


‘Bharat Jyoti Award’

ROING, Nov 20:    Abu Saring, District Adult Education Officer, Roing and the General Secretary, Adi Baane Kebang (ABK), Lower Dibang Valley District has been selected for the ‘Bharat Jyoti Award’ by India International Friendship Society in recognition of his works for preservation of traditional culture, flora and fauna, anti-drug campaign,  as well as his efforts for upliftment of economic status of the common masses.

The award along with a ‘certificate of excellence’ will be presented to him at a function scheduled to be held in New Delhi on December 23 next. DIPRO


Apiculture and sericulture training held

YINGKIONG, Nov 20: A day-long Sericulture and Bee-keeping training was conducted by the department of Textiles and Handicrafts Upper Siang here on November 16.

Inaugurating the programme, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Gepak Poyom advised the trainees to avail the opportunity for their economic upliftment through Sericulture and Bee-keeping activities.

Earlier, while giving keynote address and objective of the training ADTH Gindu Tayeng encouraged the young unemployed youth to engage themselves in long-term self employed activities like Sericulture, Bee-keeping, handicrafts etc for their economic benefits.

T Tadeng Development Officer(s) from Pasighat explained about bee-keeping activities at length during the technical session.

DIPRO O Pertin and DAO Okang Tamuk also delivered few words of encouragement to the trainees.

DO(S) Hage Tapu explained and demonstrated on Plantation Technology of Silk Worm, Post Cocoon Technology, Scope and prospect of Sericulture and conducted Interactive session with the trainees.

Altogether, 100 trainees attended the training. DIPRO


Appeal for relief

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU), All Papum Pare Handicapped Welfare Association (APPHWA) and All Basamallo Youth Association (ABYA) in a joint press release informed that the RCC building of one Tok Robin, former General Secretary of APPHWA located at Yadang village under Sangdupota circle of Papum Pare district has been completely burnt down in a major fire incident on 14th of this month.

The entire properties has been gutted down, claimed the three organizations. The organizations requested relief department and local administration to look into the matter and help the victim.


Dist. level Children’s Science Congress held

AALO, Nov 20: Toyir Loyi, Misinam Mize and Junnu Ori all from VKV School Jirdin stood first, second and third in the district level Children’s Science Congress held here today. They will represent West Siang in the state level competition to be held in the last week of November in Itanagar.

Altogether, 80 students representing 16 schools of the district took part in the exhibition on the theme Energy: Explore, Harness and Conserve and sub themes on Energy Resources, Energy Systems, Energy and Society, Energy and Environment, Energy Management and Conservation, Energy Planning and Modeling.

Attending the programme, West Siang DDSE Tome Doke encouraged the students to participate in such programmes saying that such programmes help develop scientific temper and create science awareness among children.

Kento Ngomdir, BRCC cum Chairman, District Organizing Committee NCSC 2013 also dwelt at length on the objectives behind conducting the Science Congress.

Moken Ete, Principal cum Academic Coordinator distributed prizes to the winners. DIPRO


DMO inspects nursing institute infrastructure


DAPORIJO, Nov 20: District Medical Officer T Gongo accompanied by T Executive Engineer RWD Paktun, All Arunachal Pradesh Contractor Welfare Association vice president (w/z) Tayo Yekar and All Upper Subansiri District Contractors’ Welfare Association president DD Raji jointly inspected the newly developed infrastructure for GNM Institute here and expressed satisfaction over the quality of the work.

The team appreciated the role played by Minister Tanga Byaling and former DMO Dr. Dubom Bagra in bringing the GNM Training Institute in Daporijo.

Meanwhile, AAPCWA Western Zone vice chairman Tayo Yekar appealed to the state Government to start the institute as early as possible. He also appreciated the contractors for quality and timely completion of the construction work.


Training for medical officers held

KHONSA, Nov 20:A 3-day training for Medical Officers of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts on Vector Borne Disease commenced at District Hospital here today.

The training is being organized by the District Health Society (National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme), Tirap district.

In his inaugural address, DMO Dr. K Perme highlighted the importance of the training and spoke at length about vector borne disease and asked the medical officers to be well-versed with the National Vector Diseases Control Programme which is being implemented all over the country.

Dr. T Matey, DVBDO assured the MOs that all care would be taken to ensure that the training was a huge success.

Twenty-four medical officers are attending the training out of the 25 targeted.

Dr. P Kalita, Dr. W Wangsu, Dr. R Robo, and Dr. H Tada are attending the programme as master trainers. DIPRO


Laa Takum wins gold in Sub-jr. Natl Badminton C’ship

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Budding shuttler Laa Takum, younger brother of Laa Talar, pairing with Yash Rajkumar won gold medal in Boys Under-13 doubles category in the 27th Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship (NBC) held in Cuttack in Odisha from November 10-16.

The duo beat the pair of Mairaba and Akash Thakur of Uttar Pradesh 16-21, 21-14, 21-18, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association Joint Secretary Bamang Tago.

Takum and his partner were awarded cash prizes of Rs12,750 each along with merit certificates.

A six-member contingent from Arunachal Pradesh, including officials, participated in the championship.

Participating in singles event, Takum also reached upto 2nd round. BUt, he could not play the rest matches due to injury.

Lunku Sih reached up to pre-quarterfinal in boys under 15 years category and 2nd round in single event.

Tamang Sonam reached upto pre-quarter in U-13 boys single event. Pairing with Lunku Sih, he also reached upto third round of Boys U-15 doubles event.

Laa Yajum, the lone girl participants lost 1-2 to Nivedhe Srinivasan of Pondicherry in pre-quarterfinal in U-15 single event.

Laa Ribe and K Tamang were the coach and manager of the team.


T20 cricket match held in honour of Tendulkar

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: A T20 cricket match in honour of master blaster Sachin Tendulakar, who retired from all forms of cricket recently, was played between District Cricket Association, Upper Subansiri (DCA-USD) and Arunachal Teacher Association Upper Subansiri Unit (ATA-USD) in the playground of Govt. Secondary School, Ligu, Daporijo.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the ATA team set a moderate target of 98 runs before District Cricket Association (DCA) team to win. Captain Timpu Maying scored quickfire 58 runs from 25 balls with help of five sixes (5x6) and four fours.

Chasing the target, the District Cricket Association won the match by six wickets with 30 balls to spare.

Matu Mugli made an unbeaten 47 runs with help of one six and three fours.

Later, Mugli was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’. He was awarded cash prize with a trophy.

Later, in a meeting, the District Cricket Association and Arunachal Teacher Association Upper Subansiri Unit discussed to organize cricket tournaments in the names of legendary cricketers, including Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni at block level or district level in the coming days and sought help and cooperation from the State Government as well as Arunachal Cricket Association.

The first registered cricket club in Arunachal Pradesh the United Sinyik Cricket Club (USCC) with experience of organizing many cricket tournaments, including inter-state and inter-district has assured to help both the organizations in organizing cricket tournaments in Upper Subansiri. The Club has also decided to gear up cricketing activities by organizing cricket tournaments.


Arunachal Football League

TNSC register win in last match

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Tugung Neri Sporting Club (TNSC) thrashed Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) 6-4 in the last match of the 2nd Arunachal Football League at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here today.

TNSC shot into lead 5 minutes into the match through a spot kick by Drai Gobinso.  But CCSC equalized in 12th minute with goal from Techi Tatra. Thereafter, CCSC scored three goals in quick succession in 19th, 30th and 35th minutes by Tader Kojum, Tamuk Taja and Gyammar Kuku to take 4-1 first half lead.

But a determined TNSC scored as many as five goals in the second half. Thus, the team not only snatched victory from CCSC but also registered their first win the league.

The scorers of TNSC were Atum Bagang (55th and 77min), Kalu Rai (59th min) and Drai Gobinso (66th  and 74th min).

After the match, Todo United, the champion of the second edition of Arunachal Football League, were awarded the winners’ trophy along with cash of prize of Rs 50.000. Sport and Youth Affairs Assistant Director Tadar Apa gave away the prizes.

Ligang Bongo was adjudged the best player and Tadu Taka of Bamang Taji FC as best goalkeeper. Drai Gobinso became the highest scorer with 7 goals in his kitty. The best player, best goalkeeper and highest scorers were also awarded prizes.


2 arrested in connection with burglary

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Two persons were arrested by Naharlagun police in connection with two separate burglary cases.

Naharlagun police led by SI A K Pandey and SI K Yangfo have arrested one Nabam Tama of G- Extension, Naharlagun and recovered seven stolen computer sets from him, informed Naharlagun SDPO in a release.

Police also apprehended one Mai Rajen (24) in another burglary case and recovered a stolen gas cylinder and induction heater from him, the SDPO added.


RGGPEWA appeals ALSU to reconsider bandh call

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic Employees’ Welfare Association (RGGPEWA) and has appealed to the Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) to reconsider its proposed 24 hours capital bandh call on November 27 as the bandh coincided with end semester examination of the Polytechnic. The examination started on November 18 and will continue till December 11.

RGGPEWA hoped ALSU would reconsider its proposed bandh call in the greater interest of the student community.

The Students’ Union of the polytechnic has also appealed to ALSU to reconsider its proposed bandh call in the larger interest of the students.


PPA commends City Police

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: While commending Capital Police led by SP Seju P. Kuruvilla and his team for nabbing the culprit involved in murder of Bomjen Gapak, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) president Nikh Kamin urged the law enforcing authority to initiate appropriate action against the culprits as per laws.

The party urged the State Government to provide all modern tools & equipments and logistic support to State police which, according to him, will not only boost morale and efficiency of state police but also help them main law and order effectively.

PPA also appealed to the people of the state to cooperate with police in maintaining law and order for safety and security of the people.


News Impact

Hoolock gibbons rescued, shifted to wildlife sanctuary

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Two eastern hoolock gibbons were captured and released from Delu village to a safer and more suitable habitat in the Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary in the state.

Continuing efforts of conserving the last of India's apes, the International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI) in collaboration with the state Forest Department completed the exercise over a two-day period, said Arunachal Pradesh State Wildlife Advisory Member Ipra Mekola, who was part of the release team.

"Gibbons essentially live in strong familial units.

Capturing every family is extremely difficult to begin with and the more complex the terrain, the more laborious and cautious the operation becomes," said Mekola on the project's efforts.

"Every single capture and release carried out by the IFAW-WTI team has been meticulously planned ensuring as little stress to the gibbons as possible," he said. This was the fourth leg of the Mehao Gibbon Translocation Project making it the sixth family to be shifted after the last move in December when a family of three hoolock gibbons was shifted from the village, he said.

The translocations by IFAW-WTI, through the years have been supported by the Noyen-Melendez Family Trust, Serenity Trust, and philanthropists Himraj Dang, Subhadra and Kannan Jayaraman, Wildlife Trust of India sources said.

Primatologist Kuladeep Roy, who is leading the project, commenting on the urgency of the project said, "The habitat for these gibbons in this area has degraded to a large extent. The gibbons are completely arboreal in nature and require a lot of trees for sustenance, mobility and survival".

"Now, there are only isolated clusters of trees remaining in the area, if any at all. This restricts gibbon movement often forcing them to descend from the high tree tops to the ground where they can't move with ease and instances of conflict and predation arise," Roy said.

Hoolock gibbons are the only apes found in India with their distribution restricted to the North East region, Wildlife Trust of India sources said.

Two species have been identified here --eastern hoolock gibbon (Hoolock leuconedys) and western hoolock gibbons (Hoolock hoolock), the sources said, adding, they are protected under Schedule I of the Indian Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.

WTI Regional Head in Arunachal Pradesh Sunil Kyarong, said, "What made yesterday's release different from the earlier ones was that for the first time we had a member of the local Idu Mishmi clan present during the release.

Generally, the tribe considers gibbons a taboo and her presence is symbolic of the gradual change in perception of the locals."

"Earlier in 2013, one of the female gibbons we had translocated gave birth in the wild which was a huge milestone since this is a major indicator of a successful rehabilitation. It meant that the gibbons are feeling completely at home in the release site," he added.

Simili Mithi said, "These apes are a part of our natural heritage and it's sad that their habitat is now threatened so much. I firmly believe in the cause of their conservation and am very happy with the effort being put in by the IFAW-WTI in Delu. I'm glad that I was able to witness the translocation yesterday."

Several awareness programmes are also being held all year round in Delu by the conservation team to sensitise the locals towards the plight of the gibbons in a bid to reduce conflict and to encourage afforestation and salvage the remaining habitat for these apes, the WTI sources said. PTI



No woman can be arrested after sunset and before sunrise’

TEZU, Nov 20: Highlighting the rights of women and the laws that protect their  rights, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Gumri Ringu said that “no woman can be arrested after sunset and before sunrise, except under exceptional circumstances.”

Attending a one day legal awareness campaign on Domestic Violence Act, 2005 and crime against women organized by All Mishmi Women Welfare Society (AMWWS) here today, the APSCW chairperson said that every woman must know their legal rights and how to fight for it.

Appreciating the AMWWS for organizing this all important campaign in collaboration with the Women Commission, Ringu said, “This kind of awareness programme is very important for economic, political, legal and educational empowerment of women, she added.

Discussing about multiple forms of atrocities against women, the chairperson said that women should be able to accept the good things but at the same time we should also be able to leave behind bad and regressive things.  APSCW vice chairperson Radhelu Chai Techi while highlighting the legal rights of women through PowerPoint presentation said that Women Commission is committed to sensitizing the womenfolk of the state about their rights and creating awareness on domestic violence.

EAC Paul Chaudhury on behalf of Lohit district administration expressed his gratefulness for conducting the awareness campaign in Tezu and Namsai. He urged the Commission to organize similar programme in Tezu in future also for the welfare of the weaker section of the society. He requested the Commission to take up the drug menace and opium cultivation which are rising in an alarming rate.

Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo highlighted the crime against women and children (girl) in the district and the various women friendly laws to protect their rights. DIPRO



Manipur, for change

Appu Gapak

26 years after introduction of media in Arunachal, the state should be well out of the transitional period, at least regarding basic democratic rights such as freedom of speech and media freedom. This, however, is not the case.

With the umpteenth organizations coming up every other day fighting for front page coverage though how absurd their issue may seem and the persons in power not being able to take down criticism and always on the run to arm-twist, the journalists are frustrated lot, after all life is dearer to most.

“Though many of us are passionate about the profession, only few stick with the job for these obvious reasons,” said a frustrated journalist friend.

But as part of the media exposure team from Arunachal to Manipur to know about the media activities in the sister state from November 6 to 10 last, a realization struck us.  Perhaps, we are not the only one!

Manipur - home to more than 40 underground group and nearly 50,000 central security forces waging an armed war - death by gun or blasts is part of everyday lives.

Sandwiched between ethics and the diktats of the various underground groups and other avenues of power, journalists in Manipur have been living with threats as part of their lives.

“Journalists here are offered bullets and grenades as threat,” shared Khogendra Khomdram, senior journalist and editor of The Sanghai Express, the highest circulated daily in Manipur.

Many journalists have been killed in the recent pasts, either by the militant groups or by the security personnels.

Khogendra, tells us, “living with 24 hour security has become a part of their daily chore”, adding that he was once held in captive for one whole day by one of the outfit groups.

Despite having to work under severe pressure, Manipur is considered a frontrunner among Indian states today with regards to media presence as it was evident from the statement of a senior journalist, Khelen Thokchom.

He said, “Brutalities related to AFSPA has dropped down to a great extent.”

“It could be made possible only because of the coming up of the various organizations against it and media supporting it,” he added.

Unlike Arunachal where threats have dispirited journalists into continuing the job, more and more people are opting to take up journalism as career in Manipur despite of the harsh situations. It has around 30 news dailies and journals, in vernacular as well as in English, a large number of home cable networks such as Information Service Television (ISTV), Image Cable TV, Hornbill Cable Network, Laizan Cable Network and Tribal Cable Network, as well as numerous correspondents and stringers for various national and international news agencies, newspapers, magazines and electronic media houses.

And as I would like to sum up Manipur as the land of conscious people, I would like the same to be said about my state. Perhaps, like Manipur, notwithstanding the challenges that we face we too can come ahead and make media in Arunachal vibrant. A vibrant media for better tomorrow!



PPA not to back off from anti-defection petition

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The People’s Party of Arunachal(PPA) today claimed that people cutting across ties of region, religion, ethnicity and political affiliations are fed up with the political culture of ‘ayaram and gayaram’ by the elected representatives.

While the supporters of the defected MLAs do not consider the acts of defection as ethical and just, the supporters of the defeated candidates see the acts as unnecessary intrusion and extremely demoralizing and destabilizing.

While disclosing the contents of the disqualification petition of all NCP legislators before the court of the Speaker of Legislative Assembly, Kahfa Bengia the petitioner and presently the PPA Working President stated that the Xth Schedule of the Anti-Defection Law in spirit is ‘No Defection’. The defection of the NCP legislators into INC do not qualify for a valid merger as the call for merger was not given by the national president of the original party and further the accepting party president did not submit an acceptance certificate duly filled up in a prescribed proforma. According to Bengia, merely fulfilling the 2/3rd criteria do not protect the legislators from disqualification.

The confident looking Bengia further informed that the speaker has already circulated the copy of the defence petition to the petitioner and very soon, justice would be done to the aggrieved electorates who had reposed their faith in a particular election manifesto, election symbol, party ticket and the party candidate. The petition before the Speaker is more of a public interest nature and the outcome of the judgement would create political ripples especially amongst the smaller parties that cannot resist the allurement of the ruling party in power.

He also informed that the PPA leaders, despite immense pressure exerted none other than Chief Minister and the defected legislators to withdraw the petition, would stand firm like a rock and leave no stone unturned to get the much-desired judgement.



US panel: China navy power growing in the Pacific

Washington, Nov 20: A US congressional advisory panel sounded a warning today over China's military buildup, predicting it may be able to field the largest fleet of modern submarine and combatant ships in the West Pacific by 2020.

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said China's military modernization is altering the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific, challenging decades of US pre-eminence.

The commission, which released its wide-ranging annual report today, advises Congress on the national security implications of the relationship between the two world powers.

It also examines cyber intrusions from China, the trade and economic relationship with the US and China's relations with the wider world.

The commission's primary recommendation is that Congress fund navy shipbuilding and increase the US navy's operational presence region in support of the Defense Department's goal to base 60 percent of its warships in the Asia-Pacific by 2020, up from about 50 percent currently.

That's a key priority of the Obama administration's diplomatic and military rebalance to Asia, after a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The commission said it welcomes the policy, but added: "There is growing concern among US allies and partners that the Department of Defense will be unable to follow through on its commitment to the rebalance due to declining defense budget and continuing security challenges elsewhere."

The panel also urges the US improve air and maritime capabilities of allies in the region.

Last year, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused the commission of "indulging in cold war mentality." Beijing says it has no offensive intent, and accuses Washington of trying to contain it.

The US still far outstrips China in military spending, but in Asia faces a greater burden in fielding forces far from its own shores. AP



CSU advises GPF to desist from communalizing individual matter

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The Capital Students Union (CSU) has taken strong exception to false allegation leveled by Galo People’s Federation (GPF) where they have alleged of trespassing, destruction of properties and illegal construction inside the compound of one P. Potom in Itanagar. It may also be mentioned that in the month of June 2013 Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex Itanagar had constituted committee for the same plot vide order no DC/ICC/L/Complaint-12903 dated 13th June 2013 under the Chairmanship of Extra Assistant Commissioner, Itanagar and 4(four) others related to land dispute. The committee in its order submitted to DC, capital vide no CC/LPA-01 /2012-13 dated 23rd August 2013 had categorically stated that O.Potom, wife of P Potom under whose name allotment has been issued is in excessive occupation of 6500 sq mtr against her actual allotment of 3966 Sqmtr which was in reality allotted for the purpose of Knitting Centre. The committee comprised of Habung Lampung (EAC), Likha Suraj(TP), Takam Titus(LRSO), Dai Tamo(SK) as members and Jiken Bomjen (EAC) as chairman.  

“So how come Galo People Federation (GPF) alleged in the media that properties of P Potom had been destroyed,” questioned CSU.

Moreover, The Arunachal Pradesh Land Settlement & Record Act 2000 and The Arunachal Pradesh Land Settlement and Records Rules 2002 had been in force in the entire state after its publication in the official gazette on 14th February 2013. The said act under section 124 categorically states that land allotment to private individual can be only made to ceiling limit of 500 Sqmtr or commercial and 1000 Sqmtr for residential in urban area. So question of O.Potom occupying excess area against the rule of law in present case is not admissible and if authority wants the same may again be re-verified to unearth the truth, continued CSU. Further union called on GPF to desist from involving the community/clan in such private individual case thereby trying to give unnecessary communal colour to the issue.



EMWEF conducts awareness campaign on domestic violence and drug abuse


ROING, Nov 20: Gender justice does not mean settling scores with men but playing role of a responsible woman, a Mishmi women’s rights group Enjalu Menda Women’s Empowerment Forum (EMWEF) said today.  “Women are vulnerable to exploitation,” said Suruti Linggi, EMWEF spokeswoman. “So there is need for them to be aware of their rights.”

The women’s group is currently promoting awareness on domestic violence and drug addiction using stage shows and lectures. The first day of the awareness programme was held at Abali with support from Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). EMWEF members performed a stage show where a woman named ‘Aminda’ is victim of domestic violence. Her husband ‘Khuru’ spends her hard earned money on smoking opium. At the end ‘Aminda’ seeks help from women’s group who rescues her. Explaining to the audience about the meaning of domestic violence, Dr Manaya Mena, President, EMWEF said it does not alone involve physical abuse but mental torture and trauma as well.  “Domestic violence also includes abuse by relatives,” she added.

“The purpose of domestic violence act is not divorce but to ensure protection for women,” said Bulia Pulu, legal advisor, EMWEF. “However being responsible, women also cannot take undue advantage of the act.” Speaking about drug addiction, Rakhi Linggi, Secretary, EMWEF urged the elders in conducting themselves. “They must not excuse themselves of being old and smoke opium. Your acts are being observed by your children,” she said. “Women being most responsible in a society always need support of men,” said Sipi Elapra, Chairperson, Zilla Parishad, Lower Dibang Valley. “Women alone cannot move ahead leaving behind the rest,” she added and advised all parents to be responsible towards their children.

Concluding the first day of awareness campaign on domestic violence, Savitri Khamti, Deputy Director, ICDS thanked anganwadi workers of Iduli, Koronu, Rukmo and Abali in successful conduct of the programme. She also thanked EMWEF for their stage play and deliberation on the issue.



AGSU resents non-fulfillment of demands

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) has expressed strong resentment over non fulfillment of its various demands by the state government despite repeated pleas.

Accusing the state government of meting out step-motherly treatment to them, AGSU in a release said that the Tuki government is maintaining stoic silence over the demands of the union despite repeated pleas.

The union informed that it had submitted a memorandum in November, 2012 demanding immediate creation of Lower Siang district, rechristening of Naharlagun State General Hospital into Late Tomo Riba Memorial State General Hospital, revamping of Nigmoi Fruit Processing Centre, infrastructures development of Donyi-Polo Government College Kamki, Establishment of Technical College in Galo Inhibited Areas, Shifting of Police check gate Likabali to Present Arunachal-Assam Boundary which the chief minister had assured to fulfill in phase manner. Again, a reminder was reminder was submitted to the chief minister on May 22. But, no step has been taken or initiated till date for fulfilling the demands, AGSU rued.

AGSU also informed that a representation highlighting the various problems and grievance faced by the people, especially in Galo inhabited areas, after conclusion of the massive awareness tour themed ‘Run for Brotherhood.’ Some of the demands included immediate functioning of police station at Banggo village under Paglam circle of Dambuk sub-division Lower Dibang Valley, allocation of special fund for infrastructure development of Govt. residential school Banggo, establishment of Primary Health Centre at Namlang village under Namsai sub-division of Lohit, declaration of Jeko village as Galo village under Sunpura, Lohit etc. But the assurance given by the Chief Minister remained unfulfilled, the release added.

AGSU also demanded the state government to not conduct any public hearing against the proposed hydro power projects at Siyom and Yomgo basin without initiating any safety measures for people living downstream. It also urged the power proponents to respect the sentiments of the affected people.



CoSAAP calls for good work culture

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: A 4-member CoSAAP (Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh) team led by its Secretary General Pate Marik toured Changlang, Tirap, Longding, Lohit and Anjaw districts from November 7 to 18 to sensitize the government employees on improving and revamping work culture in all government departments.

Addressing the employees during the team’s tour, the CoSAAP Secretary General dwelt in length about financial discipline and propriety; resource mobilization, containing revenue leakage and financial misappropriation; discipline, punctuality and transparency, and defending against ‘pressures and atrocities meted out to government employees before and during March every year.’ He also apprised the employees of the benefits and entitlements being provided by the state government after the implementation of the 6th CSS (Revised Pay) Rules, as well as the pending entitlements under consideration.

Assistant general secretary Nang Pheyhom Chakhap Khrime highlighted the New Pension System and requested the DDOs and dealing assistants of concern departments to be more careful while dealing with accounting to avoid future complicacies.

The team also visited Walong and Kahoo and interacted with the Indian Army personnel posted there. The team also visited the government colleges in Changlang, Deomali and Tezu.

Meanwhile, CoSAAP urged the state government to address its various pending demands with regard to enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, transportation allowance, and upgrading LDC’s grade pay etc.



Students asked to stay away from HIV, drugs

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society in association with Red Ribbon Club of Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu, organized an awareness and sensitization programme on HIV/AIDS for the students of the College at Tezu today.

Speaking on the occasion, Principal of the college, Dr. B N Nath urged the youths to stay away from HIV and drugs. He also emphasized on the role of youths in creating awareness on HIV as it has no definite cure. In addition to academic session, session on HIV is also very important as it protect one from HIV for life long. He also urged the youth to share the information on HIV /AIDS to everyone.

Dr. Jomya Ado, DVBDO Lohit cum State Resource Faculty, STI/RTI APSACS, explained in detail the various routes of HIV transmission to the young audience. He also stressed that STI/RTI increases the chance of HIV transmission to 10 times. STI/RTI is treatable but HIV is not, he said.

APSACS Deputy Director  (IEC) Tashor Pali while attending the programme as resource person explained in detail the role and responsibilities of Red Ribbon Club (RRC). He said that RRC is a voluntary on-campus intervention in association with NSS and Youth Red Cross (YRC) targeting the  college going youth to prevent HIV infection among youth and also to prepare youth as peer educators / agents of change. While stressing on the role of voluntary blood donation, he said “Do something amazing today. Save a life. Give blood”.

Rajeko Dale, RRC incharge of IGG College speaking on the occasion urged the youth to channelize their energy for the good cause of the society instead of indulging in drug abuse and other illegal activities.



Govt. urged to improve rural road connectivity


RUKSIN, Nov 20: Construction of road from Koyu to Ego under Nari-Koyu constituency, which is a long pending demand of the local people, is yet to be started. Even after 63 years of independence, there is no proper road communication which is compelling the people of the area to live medieval-style lives.

The 35-km-long proposed road is a part of the Pasighat-Ledum-Koyu PWD road, which was constructed by NEC fund (Phase-I) three years back.

But the authority is yet to start the rest portion, which is causing dissatisfaction among the local people. Once completed, the road will connect greater Koyu-Kora area with major parts of West Siang district.

It is learnt that the departmental official had moved for inclusion of the road construction in 12th Plan and an estimate was also submitted to the secretary of finance during 2009. But, the authority has neither started the construction work nor completed the survey.

Nari-Seren block ZPM Kenyom Dabii, in a memorandum submitted to PWD Minister recently pressed him for taking initiative to early construction of the road. He also moved the minister to grant sanction for construction of road from Nari HQ to Likabali (West Siang) via Seren.

Another demand of the memorandum was extension of NEC road from Laimekuri (Assam) portion of NH-52 to Kora and Reme via Nari town. As such, extension of the road from Lipin to Koyu HQ via Rotte and Kadu is necessary for the rural people settled in remote areas.

Moreover, the people have also demanded the PWD minister to accord sanction for a road between Rina and Hippo area.

The ZPM, through a separate memorandum sought the RWD & Tourism Minister’s initiative for development of inter-village road connectivity at Telam and New Seren area under Seren circle besides construction of road between Deka and Pome village. He also demanded fund for construction of four ‘Hanging Bridges’ over Deren, Seren, Relu and Depi rivers for the convenience of the villagers dwelling on the river banks.



Week-long entrepreneurship development workshop concludes

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 20: “Making difference in Quality with the same ingredient is the approach to success,” said The Editor of Arunachal Front and one of the pioneers of Journalism in Arunachal Pradesh Pradeep Kumar Behera, who was the Chief Guest of the Valedictory function.

The week long Entrepreneurship Development Workshop on food processing with focus on communication skills was organized by Institute of Integrated Rural Development (IIRD), Shimla in collaboration with Department of Mass Communication, Rajiv Gandhi University concluded today here at Department’s premises. While congratulating the participants,Dr. Naosekpam Ajit Singh, Scientist from Institute of Integrated Rural Development (IIRD), Shima said that the enthusiasm and coordination of the participants was commendable. He added In hoping for such another Training Programme in IIRD Shimla.

Pradeep Kumar in his address said that, “The Arunachalees are no where less than anyone, only the proper facilities are lagging behind.” Encouraging the participants towards Entrepreneurship Sector, he further emphasised on the importance of having a positive attitude towards life to push oneself forward.

While awarding the participants with the certificates Kumar assured that the Certificates would be very instrumental in brining the  desired change which the state is going forward to.

Resource Person and Trainer from IIRD Ms. Sunita Singh expressed appreciation towards the Co-ordination they get from the university and  faculty members of RGU including resource persons. Hoping to witness flourishing entrepreneurs from Arunachal, she said that implementation of the learned things in the workshop would surely be a productive tool for a booming career in any sector.

The function was well attended by faculty members and students of the department.



Flowery Thoughts

Denhang Bosai

For a change let us talk about flowers. We have had enough of talks and discussions which are truly political. Even the TV channels are full of politics. The channel owners forcibly push political news and matters into our unwilling ears. In India the politicians are busy playing ‘real politik’ and not politics. But far away from this murky world of politics, the beautiful flowers bloom unperturbed providing the much needed joy and happiness to the weary travellers. There is no doubt whatsoever that Arunachal Pradesh is home to many varied and colourful flowers that bloom through out the year. Flowers can be seen during all the seasons. Arunachal Pradesh boasts of some of the rarest and most exotic orchids. With Mother Nature being so kind to the state by endowing with abundant flowers both wild and planted, the unemployed educated youths can take up floriculture as a full time venture. Today, floriculture is a blooming business all over the world. It is indeed fascinating to see that some forests in Arunachal Pradesh turn red with all kinds of wild flowers blooming in their splendour best. Some forests turn yellow. The flowers compete against  one another to display their bright colours and attract wild birds.

Like in the other parts of the state the Noctes of Tirap district had always been lovers of flowers since  incipience. They say in Tirap the guns and the roses flourish side by side. There was a time when the people had no time for the flowers, the reason is known to every one. However, it is pertinent to add that flower is in the Nocte culture. Not only did they plant flowers at home but also in the jhum lands. The villagers while returning from their jhum fields  after a hard day’s toil would lovingly sport flowers in their ears. Both men and women used to adore flowers and put them in their ears. The space around the farm hut in the jhum field and some chosen spots would be filled with all kinds of flowers. However, the favourite and most loved flowers of the Noctes are cheiring, boataam, toatchak, khoaktho, chophanya, rangphoampo etc. They so love these flowers that they find mention in their folklores. There used to be some festivals during which the young boys and girls would exchange flowers. Like in other parts of the state, in Tirap jungles too various kinds of beautiful wild flowers and orchids merrily bloom adding colour to the ambiance and providing relief to the weary eyes. Here too flowers are compared to the beautiful girls. Unfortunately, when timber operation was thriving  many orchids and flower trees were mercilessly destroyed by the greedy contractors. No attempt whatsoever was made to replenish the jungles. It is also interesting to add here that the Noctes used potted flowers to decorate the bamboo platform [taanliang] outside their thatched houses. However, it is saddening to observe that the young people all over Arunachal Pradesh have little or no time for flowers. They are going away from Mother Nature. It is rather strange but a bitter truth. They don’t even discuss about flowers and don’t know the local names of the beautiful flowers. When these young people grow old they will not have any memorable childhood memories. But people of my age have many wonderful memories to cherish for ever mainly because they were close to Nature. Our memories centre around flowers, jhum fields, hunting, fishing and other adventures experienced in the villages when we were young.

Awareness campaign on need for planting more flowers should be conducted by horticulture department, forest department and the NGOs. Imagine this world sans flowers. It would indeed be not worth-living at all. Let us love the flowers that spread colour, fragrance and love. [The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at denhangbosai @yahoo.co.in]

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Let’s close door for criminals

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily I take my opportunity to congratulate Arunachal Pradesh Police for their dedicated endeavor to nab murderer of late Bomjen Gapak. This breakthrough is an assurance for common people that they are in good care and fitting surveillance of APP. Such fulfilled efforts indeed augment the faith of common people in existing law and authorities supervising it. May APP keep up the good work in future too.

Simultaneously I want to thank all the people of Arunachal for their kind support and prayer when my family was in weakest. I want to thank you all for the making the candle light vigil a successful one. But your efforts are yet half done. Its accomplishment resides when all the culprits will be awarded maximum punishment. So undoubtedly, if in need, I am optimistic about the further support of you people.

There should not be any leniency shown to all those 6 person involved in this act. There is probability that one or two among them have not exactly committed this crime. But it doesn't mitigate their extent of offences. If any one of them had volunteered to inform police about this act he was liable to receive some concession on humanitarian ground. But since neither of them has done that so all shares equal hand in this crime. If any chance these criminals come out with soft punishment, it will embolden their intention and other probable crime. No wonder your brother, sister, son and daughter will be next prey of these predators.

I urge all the political powers and organizations not to support these criminals even if they are your kin or you will be in same line where these criminal stands as supporter of crime are criminal himself.

If any chance any political leader, student leader or any person tries to lobby their influence in defense of these culprits swear on god I will openly criticize and write about their deeds in open forum and social networking site. Let the people decide on their stand towards such issues. You are equally criminal if you support these murderers.

Let us take our strides to isolate such people in our societies. Let’s close door for these people by taking back the support. Let’s defame and defy people who are willing to support these murderers.

Let’s raise a surge of protest against these people. Lets discourage the people who still lives in illusion of might of their Dao and illusion of their false superiority of tribe or clan over humanity and live often we think that such assertion are easy to make in paper but not in practice. Such ideas are only suitable for essay writing and 'dialogue bazi'. But you are wrong. You know what today's world is just a mere village due to internet and media intervention. So every voice you raise won't go unheard. Let’s pledge to stand united whenever such unjust and criminal activities prevail. ‘Masses' from time immemorial have changed the biggest of government and turned the toughest of circumstances to peace and tranquility. This is just a mere issue to reckon with when 'Masses' are in action. Let’s show the world and set an example that crime is totally intolerable in Arunachal Pradesh. For this we need total support of masses whenever any victim calls for it. Either it may be injustice done in Likabali , Daporijo rape, extortion insurgency etc... Whatever..! We should always stand united and pledge to support the victims and discourage such crimes and put forward our best step to do away with such aspects of our societies.  Last but not the least I still wonder whether rage of the moment or say showing one’s manhood is sufficient reason to kill another person. I guess not so.


Terchi gapak




Arunachalee should compete with contemporary world not amongst tribe

Dear Editor

People either appreciate or criticize any new events. Hailing from Nyishi community I’m very much glad to learn that Gumgu Rumru, the first Nyishi language and third weekly vernacular language of the state has been launched. Nyishi is one of the major tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. It is indeed good news for the people of Nyishi’s hailing from East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri and some lower parts of Upper Subansiri District and Arunachal as a whole. But unfortunately, people of this region have different accent and pronounce words in particular accent unlike our Apatani and Adi brother’s language for which they really deserve their 'Supung Puyu’ and ‘Arunachal Aung’ respectively. One might be curious at my stance but hitherto irony is this for instance, Kurung Kumey Nyishi’s can’t easily understand what East Kameng Nyishi is speaking. At first, both may even assume they have encountered foreign language. Planting ‘Lily Flower’ in the mid of desert will yield nothing. In beginning it may seem wonderful but there will be no result and just waste of time, energy and money.

How about ‘Nyishi Illiterate Society” (NIS). Will illiterate Nyishi enjoy this newspaper or is it helpful to them atleast upto some extent??  Answer is BIG NO. Our maximum population is living in difficult hilly terrain, still surviving on age old traditional way. Our primary and secondary schools at villages are still crying for adequate number of teachers, infrastructures, and better road connectivity and quality sanitations. Apart from that, Kurung Kumey district has the lowest literacy rate. Perplexed, well I mean, launching first vernacular language for Nyishi is ok but what benefit it will be for ordinary citizen. ‘Charity begins at Home” is well known saying. Firstly let’s check whether our village from where we were born is in that standard as we are of now?? Or do we visit brothers and sisters of our village?? Or Else did we really take any consent from them for any major issues??

If we are really enthusiastic to preserve our traditions, then we have to mingle with our villagers, we should learn from them. We should never under estimate the power of village people although we may be literate. The inhabitants of Arunachal are mostly ‘Tani Group’ of people and in so, if we knit together and promulgate common language in Arunachal, as there is already “TANI-LIPI” on its way. Many of us will not agree with “TANI-LIPI” but if we work on this, for sure next generation can enjoy the product, India didn’t have independence in its first war of independence, 1857 but rather after 90 years i.e., on1947. At present the ideas which we are creating may be not fruitful but our offspring’s can proudly write “Tani-Lipi” anywhere in the world in future. Smarter and better people in Arunachal never come forward in any frontline irrespective of any issue, it’s only under rated beautiful and handsome guys who makes video album. Again I will quote Socrates’ “I’m not citizen of Greek rather I’m citizen of Earth”. Arunachalee should compete with contemporary world not within societies and tribe. Everyone should participate in every serious and concern matters. Forsake your “Comfort Zone” and March forward to make ourselves flexible, sharper and more self motivated to participate in every nook and corner of global arena. Let's not be ruled by those dead men whose ideas like Socialism, Communism, Democracy, Dictatorship, Imperialism and Colonialism which is engulfing us. Let’s create new ideas and march towards new destination. Let our ideas, traditions and beliefs be heard throughout the world. Let’s be ourselves and let’s be practical.


Nangram Piter

RTI Chairman

Arunachal Unemployed Engineers’ Association (AUEA)




Tourism department may take note

Dear Editor,

The Mukhyamantri Paryatan Bikas Yojana is a tourism scheme which has been implemented in the entire state under the initiative of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, under which a subsidy of around 3 lakhs rupees were given to the unemployed youths to purchase subsidized tourist cabs like Boleros, Scorpios etc. In West Siang district, some of the beneficiaries are using the vehicles as their own personal car or family car, thus defeating the very purpose for which it has been sanctioned for. In providing the subsidized tourist cabs from Tourism department the govt of AP has a plan to generate self employment and the scheme money has been increased to rupees 5 crore annually, which is a good news. In addition to it, the beneficiaries are not displaying the logo or the advertisement in their vehicles which is mandatory as vehicle is financed under a particular scheme. In all our neighbouring states like Assam and Meghalaya the name of the scheme or yojana is clearly written and displayed in the vehicle. Since the vehicle is financed under a certain scheme, it must be written over the vehicle for the benefit of the public as well as the visiting tourists, in case somebody wants to hire it.

The Tourism department of Arunachal Pradesh may take note of it and intervene in the matter and give clear instructions to the district administration West Siang to adhere to the norms and to do the needful at the earliest. No one should get a preferential treatment as we all are equal stakeholders in the process of development.


Geken Doji

Jemen Colony,

Aalo, West Siang



Hope on judiciary and police

Dear editor,

Through your esteemed daily I want to ask the police and judiciary to maintain impartiality and win the confidence of people by which you can make our state peaceful in true sense as we superficially mentioned it now and make this hilly state, a heavenly place. Our hopes pin upon you, never let own helpless people from the street.


Debia Padang

Jollang, Itanagar






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Save tribal dialects

The media in Arunachal Pradesh yesterday achieved another milestone with the launch of another new vernacular weekly newspaper, the third from the state. Gumgu Rumru, the weekly in Nyishi language is the third vernacular weekly newspaper to be launched from state. Earlier this year, Supung Puyu, an Apatani language weekly from Ziro and The Arunachal Aung an Adi weekly from Itanagar was launched.

The launching of vernacular newspaper augurs well for the people of this state. UNESCO has listed several tribal dialects of state as endanger due to onslaught of Hindi and English language. Situation is quite worse and if timely action is not taken many of the tribal dialects will vanish from state. Today many young tribal kids don’t speak in their own dialect and prefer conversing in broken Hindi. No doubt we should respect our national language but not at the cost of losing touch with mother tongue. There should be strong movement to safeguard tribal dialects of state. State govt should coordinate with NGOs and take urgent step in this regard.