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
‘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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Manipur, for change
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
“Journalists here are offered bullets and grenades as threat,” shared Khogendra Khomdram,
senior journalist and editor of The Sanghai Express, the highest circulated daily
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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]
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
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.
Arunachalee should compete with contemporary world not amongst tribe
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
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.
Arunachal Unemployed Engineers’ Association (AUEA)
Tourism department may take note
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.
Aalo, West Siang
Hope on judiciary and police
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.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
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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.