November 23

AAPHWS warns

against illegal collection of donation

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Claiming that some of its members are illegally collecting donation and selling seasonal calendars and housie tickets in the capital and state, All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) today cautioned them to refrain from such illegal activity. The Society threatened to initiative legal action against those who are found to be involved in such activity.


KVK training for in-service agri. extension workers

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: A three day-long training programme for in-service agricultural extension workers was organized at KVK Tirap, Deomali on “Sustainable Agriculture for Food security and Food Safety” from November 18 to 20 last.

A total of 21 agricultural extension workers from different areas of Tirap district participated in the training  programme.

In the inauguration session, the purpose of the training was explained by Dr. DS Chhonkar, Programme Coordinator, KVK Tirap. He urged the participants to avail full benefit out of the programme to increase the production and productivity of crops through sustainable agriculture.

The training was imparted by Dr. Simanta Kumar Kalita, SMS (Agronomy), KVK, Tirap, Deomali. He delivered lectures on the different aspects of sustainable agriculture in respect of food security and food safety including prospects and feasibility of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and vermicompost in Tirap district. He also clarified different enquiries of the participants on sustainable agriculture and crop production.


AAPHWS office building inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam today inaugurated the office building of All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) in a simple function held at C-Sector, Naharlagun.

Sonam, who is also the chief patron of the society, exuded hope that with the opening of its office the AAPHWS will work harder for the welfare of society and differently abled people. He also assured to extend every possible help from his side to the society.

Er. Gyamar Karo highlighted on various provisions of government for the welfare of differently abled people. He announced to finance for ten differently abled children for ten months.

Earlier, Tami Taniang, chairman AAPHWS, while welcoming the guest briefed on its new office building.


CWW visits Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) Omkar Singh visited Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary yesterday to take stock of the various activities undertaken in the sanctuary.

During the visit, he interacted with the field staff and protection squad and inquired about their problems. He also checked the entry register maintained at the check gate at Ramalingam.

Singh also visited the ecotourism camps run by Bugun Welfare Society and was quite impressed with the welfare activities undertaken by Bugun Welfare Society.

Singh also interacted with the village panchayat members and lauded the effort of Shertukpen and Bugun communities in protecting Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.

Earlier, Singh was briefed about the ongoing proposal of declaring a Community Reserve around Eaglenest Sanctuary by Bugun Welfare Society Chairman Indi Glow and sought his help in this regard.

The CWW was accompanied by DFO Millo Tasser and Range Offficer Yachang Kani.


ALSU demands immediate arrest of remaining culprits

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has demanded police to immediately arrest the remaining culprits involved in the murder of Bomjen Gapak on May 27 last.

Urging the authority concerned to strictly deal with all the accused as per law, ALSU demanded to make public the details of the case in media after the investigation process is over.

The students union appealed to individuals and organizations not to intervene in the matter by supporting the accused.

“The system of granting bail to accused immediately after their arrest encourages the criminals; ALSU said and added that time has come for the authority to deal sternly with the criminals as per law.

The 25th Raga Collegian Co-ordination Committee (RCCC) has also demanded early arrest of the other culprits involved in the murder of Bomjen and punish them as per law.

The accused should not be granted bail, the Committee demanded and called upon various students unions/ organizations to come forward to support the cause.


President  to address Arunachal assembly

ITANAGAR, Nov 22:  President Pranab Mukherjee will address a special session of Arunachal Pradesh assembly on November 28 during his two-day visit to the state, official sources said today.

On November 29, he will attend the 12th convocation of Rajiv Gandhi University at Rono Hills, Doimukh, the sources said.

"The President addressing the state assembly will be a historic event", Chief Minister Nabam Tuki told Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena and officials of the assembly secretariat. PTI


Centre to release SPA fund soon

NEW DELHI, Nov 22:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who is on his Delhi trip met Union Minister of State for Finance J D Seelam today.

He requested the Union Minister for early release of the SPA fund for expediting the developmental activities in the state.

Seelam who was accompanied by his Joint Secretary assured the CM of early release of the SPA fund.

In response to the assurance Tuki assured of expeditious and judicious use of the funds provided by the Centre against various schemes.


5 arrested in rape and murder case

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Basar Police have arrested five persons in connection with the alleged rape and murder of one Bompi Kali of Daring village, whose body was recovered from roadside near Nyigam village on October 13.

The police team led by Basar Police station OC T. Tali, SI and Tirbin Police Station OC RN Singh, SI, under supervision of Basar ADC Kangki Darang apprehend the five alleged accused, namely Naga Sona (22), Mohan Mahato (39), Birendra Mahato  (32), Raja Ram Shah  (18) and Ashok Biswaklarma  (28) on November 19. All the accused have been remanded to police custody for 14 days.

A regular case (/No- 24/13) under Section 302/201 IPC has been registered in Basar Police Station against alleged accused.

Meanwhile, Dari Youth Welfare Society, public of Dari and Basar circles have commended the ADC and police team for cracking the case in a very short period.


East Siang team for Sarhad Ko Swaranjali


RUKSIN, Nov 22: A cultural team comprising more than 300 artistes of different age groups today left here for Itanagar to participate in the “Sarhad Ko Swaranjali” programme in Itanagar.

Renowned singer of Pasighat Delong Padung, who is leading the cultural team, today informed that his team would present a patriotic song using eleven local languages including Adi, Galo, Nishi, Apatani and others. The team will also present a mega dance in the function showcasing bold challenge and sacrifice shown by Indian soldiers during 1962 Indo-China war.

Students from Rayang KGBV, old-aged artistes from Rayang village, NCC and Scouts & Guides cadres from Ruksin Higher Secondary school and young dancers from different parts of East Siang district are accompanying the cultural team.


Coordination meeting held

TAWANG, Nov 22: Tawang Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) Apel Tayeng advised all the Resource Teachers and Volunteer Teachers to perform their duties sincerely.

Attending a coordination meeting to discuss the problems and issues relating to the Child With Special Needs (CWSN) of all the blocks and clusters of the district here today, the DDSE advised all the Resource Teachers and Volunteer Teachers to act as the best friend of all the CWSN as they need special care in all aspects compared to other normal students.

IE Coordinator Dhondup requested all the participants to be more realistic in discharging their duties. The Resource Teachers and Volunteer Teachers, attending the meeting, also put forward their grievances and problems before the DDSE. DIPRO


Rajiv Gandhi Vidya Gold Award

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Mogum Basar, the headmaster of Govt. Secondary School, Tezu, has been selected for Rajiv Gandhi Vidya Gold Award for his outstanding achievements and remarkable contributions in the field of education.

Instituted by International Institute of Education and Management, the award will be presented to him on December 21 at a function in New Delhi.


ASM appeals Govt to fulfill assurance

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Anchal Samity Member of 16-Tigdo Panchayat under Yupia circle in Papum Pare, on behalf of the people, who had donated land for the district headquarters Yupia in 1994, has appealed to the state government to fulfill the assurance given to the land donors.

The ASM, in a release, claimed that the Govt. had assured to give preference to the land donors in group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts and other construction/supply works of the district headquarters. But the assurance remained unfulfilled even after two decades, the ASM in its representation to the Chief Secretary, said.

He also urged the authority concerned to complete the ongoing Trans Arunachal Highway from Papu Nallah to Khola Camp immediately which was supposed to be completed within 18 months.


UAEA(elect) alleges violation of RR

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA, electrical), has alleged the Department of Power of violating recruitment rules by not maintaining the 50:50 methods of direct recruitment and promotion in the Recruitment Rules.

According to the association, the state government had sanctioned 10 AE, three EE and one SE posts in the department of power on July four this year. But the department did not maintain the 50:50 methods of recruitment rules of1993 and promoted the candidates on officiating basis against the sanctioned post.

While opposing the promotion on officiating basis, the association demanded a fresh advertisement against the posts.



The Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) had demanded the WRD Minister to set up a committee to inquire the alleged irregularity in implementation of Micro Irrigation Projects (MIP) in Upper Subansiri district. However, the name of the department concerned was wrongly published as ‘RWD’ instead of ‘WRD’ in the first paragraph of the news item under heading “SUMA alleges……” published on November 22 issue of this daily. The inadvertent mistake is regretted.


News Impact

Out-of-fashion Mishmi coat getsa make-over to attract youths

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Mishmi coat, a traditional fashion wear for Arunachal Pradesh's Mishmi tribe which the tribal people have discarded in favour of modern jackets, has got a new lease of life with a completely redesigned look.

Fashion-conscious tribal youths in the Himalayan state are increasingly veering away from their traditional wear to the dismay of the elders of the community who think the coat is best suited for Arunachal's severe winter.

A local designer, 58-year-old Bane Boo from Lohit district, gave the Mishmi Coat, as it is called, a complete do-up to make it appealing to the tribals, especially the youth once more.

Bane Boo, who has been weaving and knitting traditional Mishmi clothes since her youth, regretted the youth's preference for winter clothes imported from outside.

“I am very fond of educating the youths about the design of local clothes which are in danger of extinction. Regrettably, today’s youth are least bothered about weaved wear and unaware of the importance of the traditional clothes," Bane Boo said.

Assistant Director of Textile & Handicrafts S Bhattacharjee has taken a keen interest to promote Mishmi garments.

He said that the department had been putting all-out efforts to train and nurture local weavers to promote traditional outfit and to make the Mishmi tribe economically self-reliant.

“Materials and constant guidance are being provided to them and their finished products are being sold at our Emporium. Making charges are also paid to them,” Bhattacharjee said.

He said that under the Cluster Development Scheme, about 250 to 500 local weavers had been trained by a fashion designer to give new design and fresh look to the traditional garments for more exposure and cost-effective aspects, he said.

Disclosing more about Mishmi coat and other customary items, Rajesh Roy, a salesman of the emporium, said that coats, scarves and shawls had a good demand and a shopkeeper usually earns Rs 20,000/ 30,000 in a month.

“The products are also sent to Tawang, Itanagar and even Delhi according to the demand,” he said. PTI



Centre approves Rs. 400 cr under PMGSY

NEW DELHI, Nov 22: The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, in its meeting held on November 18 last has considered proposal worth Rs. 400 crores in phase X (Batch- II) for a length of 421 km under PMGSY for Arunachal Pradesh.

The Ministry while keeping in view the execution / observation and supervising capacity of the state and the pace of ongoing works as well as the geo- political and strategic sensitivities of the area, considered Rs. 400 crores worth proposal out of the Rs. 801 crores submitted by the state.

Further, the Ministry taking into all aspect advised the state that the balance proposal may be submitted in January, 2014, which would be again considered by the Empowered Committee.

Earlier, this year the Ministry had sanctioned 97 roads and 31 long span bridges at a cost of Rs. 897 crores covering length of 1190 km under PMGSY Phase-X (Batch- I).

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who is currently in New Delhi, on receipt of the information today, expressed gratefulness to the Ministry headed by Union Minister Jairam Ramesh for the gesture. He expressed optimism that similar sympathetic consideration would continue in the future.

“Arunachal Pradesh is the only state in the country, which has no inter-connectivity within its districts and between districts in several places even today. PMGSY is the only means to bring in connectivity in remote and rural areas and we are grateful to the Center for bestowing us with it,” he said in a statement this evening.



City Police nab two fraudsters

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: In a major breakthrough, Itanagar Police has arrested two notorious cheats, namely Srivastava @ Pranay Goswami (30) and Dr. S Shekhar @ Rama Shankar Pandey (43) for cheating Rs. 2.50 lakh from a person here by alluring him for getting his younger brother admission to MBBS course in RD Gardil Medical College, Ujjain.

According to City SP Seju P. Kuruvilla, one Sanjay Dolo, Chairman of EDOS, Itanagar lodged a complain with Itanagar Police stating that two persons, namely Dr. S Shekhar and Srivastava, who claimed themselves to be Assistant Professors of the RD Gardil Medical College, Ujjain, contacted him over telephone and promised a seat for his younger brother in the college and duped him of Rs.2.50 lakh.

The case involving inter-state gang was busted by Itanagar Police team comprising Inspector Tabi Bage, OC PS Itanagar and investigating officer of the case and SI T.Messer within 21 days.

The team managed to locate Srivastava @ Pranay Goswami of Faffadih Chowk, Raipur, Chattishgarh and was arrested from Salt Lake area of Kolkata on November 11. Another accused Dr. S Shekhar @ Rama Shankar Pandey of Gandhi Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra was nabbed on November 19 from Park Street area of Kolkata.

A Demand Draft of Rs.2.50 lakh from their possession was also recovered, which was given by the complainant of the case, besides two mobile handsets, the SP police said.



Sarhad Ko Swaranjali inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The three days “Sarhad Ko Swaranjali” programme was formally inaugurated by Urban Development and Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho at Indira Gandhi Park here evening.

Thousands of delegates, including cultural troupes from all over the country are participating in the event organized coinciding with completion of 50 years of Lata Mangeshkar’s immortal song ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’.

The inaugural function was attended by Deputy Chief Councillor of Itanagar Municipality Kipa Babu, Secretary, Industrial Surendra Gangotra, , Samskar Bharati Northeast Member Secretary Taba Hare.

The song competition for ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ was held with participants attending from eight northeastern states including Sikkim.

The district level competitions of the same song led to state level winners that ultimately culminated into the ‘All Winner’s Competition’.

The next two day’s programme will be held with a unique non-stop cultural bonanza of 24 hours from sunrise at 5:41 am till sunrise 5:42 am on November 24. Shaheed Jaswant Singh’s mother Lila Devi from Dheradoon  will pay homage to her own  heroic son on November 23 before 10,000  schoolchildren from all over northeast including Arunachal Pradesh.



Log drum installed at Khonsa Rangsom Hum

KHONSA, Nov 22: In a pre-Chalo Loku programme, a new log drum was installed at the Rangsom Hum at Khonsa today. The programme was organized under the aegis of the Chalo Loku committee. All the members of the committee and villagers participated in the installation function.

The Chalo Loku committee president expressed his gratitude to Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker and Chief of Borduria Wanglin Lowangdong for providing necessary funds for the log drum.

It may be mentioned here that there are two Rangsom Hums for the Noctes which are used during Chalo Loku, one at Khonsa and another at Deomali. The new log drum is being decorated with Nocte ethnic wood carvings by renowned sculptor Manwang Lowang.

Needless to add here that log drum is one of the important features of the Paang [Morong]. All the Paangs in the Nocte villages have a log drum installed. The log drum is a huge hollow cylindrical tree trunk. It can be 20 to 30 feet in length. In the past this log drum was used for sending messages to the villagers during fire accident, earthquake, enemy attack etc. It is also played during festivals and other joyous occasions. There are different beats for different occasions. There are many beats which only some of the elders have mastered. Log drum pulling and installation is a special ceremony in which all the able-bodies villagers participate. Lots of drinking, feasting and merry making are part of the log drum installation ritual.

The chief and the village council members [nguangawang] actively participate in the ceremony. In every Nocte village there used to be more than one Paang of which one would be the head Paang of which the chief was the head. DIPRO



Economists recommend holistic strategy in planning process

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Economists from across the country have suggested that north eastern states adopt holistic strategies in their planning process for ensuring livelihood and sustainable development in the region.

53 economists in their papers presented their suggestions during the two-day national seminar on “Livelihood and Sustainable Development Strategies in the North East states”, which began here today.

They suggested that policy makers, academicians, technocrats and government machineries to give a divergent thought and action for speedy development of the economy of the region.

They felt that North East India despite endowed with abundant natural resources still remained backward because of non-tapping of the available resources in the right direction and of infrastructural development in all spheres of economic paradigm.

Speaking on the occasion, state higher and technical education joint director Tejum Padu said that all central schemes and projects were targeted mainly for livelihood and sustainable development of the people, but the people resorted to protest against such projects which jeopardized the development process.

“How committed and sincere we are in implementing these projects is the question of the hour,” he asked.

Empowered Committee member of Itanagar municipality Taba Yall Nabam suggested that the abundant natural resources available in the region, if exploited to full potential would generate employment besides enriching the coffer of the respective state governments. PTI



Campaign against alcohol and drugs abuse


RUKSIN, Nov 22: Lisang Donyi Welfare Society (LDWS) of Oyan in collaboration with Adi Bane Kebang (women wing) on Thursday organized a public awareness campaign at Oyan village Community Hall with participation of school children and local villagers.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, LDWS general secretary Jitendra Pait lamented that a major chunk of population, including young students have fallen prey to drugs and alcohol addiction causing grave concern among conscious citizens.

Discussing on the “Role of women against drugs abuse”, ABK women wing president Aini Taloh urged the mothers to play a pivotal role to root out the evil from the society. She also suggested the youngsters to avoid use of tobacco or tobacco products, narcotics and other harmful substances.

“We, the mothers have a responsibility to save the youngsters from the trap of drugs and alcohol for their bright future”, she avowed.

ABK women activist Joya Moyong highlighted the consequences of use of drugs and alcohol and role of women in eradicating the drugs and alcohol menace from the society. She divulged a lot of fatal road accidents, ill-health, crimes and domestic violence caused by drugs and alcohol abuse.

Addressing the meeting as resource person, Dr Rumi Tasung, through Power-Point presentation explained harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol and drugs on human body and suggested the people to give up the had habit.

Dr GK Pait, Head GB Muhim Pait, school teachers, local PRI members and women leaders besides ABK women members were present on the occasion.



Grand finale of Mon-Sergeling and Mon-Rigshung Sergeling Season-2 held

TAWANG, Nov 22: The grand finale of singing talent hunt Mon-Sergeling (general category) and Mon-Rigshung Sergeling (folk song category) Season-2 was held at festival ground here yesterday.

Tashi Tsering from a tiny village in Lumla was declared winner of Mon-Segeling Season-II. He was awarded a top model Hyundai Eon as winner’s prize.

In the folk song category, a farmer from remote Shakti village emerged as the winner of the title and bagged cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh.

Sonam Tsering of Shyo village and Dorjee Wangchu of Bomdila became first and second runner-up respectively in Mon-Sergeling.  Tsering  was given a Royal Enfield motorcycle while Wangchu was given a Bajaj Pulsar bike.

Pema Tashi and Gom Lhamu were declared first and second runners up in Mon-Rigsung Sergeling. Both Tashi and Lhamu were awarded cash prizes of Rs.1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 respectively.

Amongst the 56 participants selected from West Kameng and Tawang for the mega audition in September, only the best 10 (five in each category) got to live their dreams - to perform in front of thousands of audience and feel like an overnight superstar.  After all, the ten finalist of Mon-Sergeling category and Mon-Rigshung Sergeling category delivered a enthralling performance, a difficult time had fallen on the judges to name one winner each from the respective category.

The mega singing hunt competition was first launched in the year 2010 under the Chief Patronage and aegis of Pema Khandu with a noble intent to revive the indigenous Monpa folk song; to preserve, promote and safeguard the diluting Monpa dialect and; rich tradition and culture using mass media like music, films and entertainment programs.

Earlier, inaugurating the grand finale, Health & Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly said, “Nothing like it, the event has been beyond my expectation.”, “This could be the biggest show I have ever attended and I feel privilege to be a part of such a noble initiative yet flamboyant show”, he said in praise of the chief patron FFM Pema Khandu.

Pema Khandu extended his heartfelt thanks particularly to everyone responsible and the people of Tawang in making the mega event a huge success.

“Like I promised in 2010, I am very happy to live up to my promise and I will continue to keep my promises to serve and dedicate my life for the welfare of the people of Tawang in particular and Arunachal in general”, he said.

Jambey Tashi, Patron FFM and Parliamentary Secretary, Civil Aviation in his welcome address quoted, “Music is the vernacular of human soul; “Mon-Rigsung is a commendable concept in preserving the age old fold songs and I am not surprise to learn that this year there has been increase in number of participants in this category”, he said.

Parliamentary Secretary Science & Technology, Phurpa Tsering invited as guest of honour and Tsewang Dhondup, Patron FFM and Parliamentary Secretary Art & Culture also spoke on the occasion.

The show was also attended by DC Tawang, Abishek Dev; SP Tawang, Devender Arya; Commandant 190 Mtn Bde; HODs and public leaders.

An audio album ‘Drinchin Fhama’ in tribute to the Late CM Dorjee Khandu produced my film director Sang Tashi was released on the dais.

After the electrify performance by the winners of Mon-Sergeling 2010, much to the blues of the massive audience, the mesmerizing event ended with the performance of artists from neighbouring country Bhutan.



Dambuk MLA tours her constituency

ROING, Nov 22: Newly elected Dambuk MLA Gum Tayeng conducted a whirlwind tour of her constituency to take stock of various development activities recently.

While inspecting the Sissiri bridge construction sites along the Dambuk-Paglam road and the Dambuk-Aohali road, she asked the executing agencies to speed up construction works to complete the bridge within stipulated time. She also asked the BRTF to immediately start the construction works of approach roads to the bridge from both sides of the Sissiri river at zero point along Dambuk – Aohali road. She also asked the officers in-charge (IOC) of BRTF Dambuk to construct a temporary bailey bridge over Sissiri river within December till the completion of the bridge as demanded by the public as this road serves as the only connecting link for the people of the area during summer season.

Meanwhile, to meet up the immediate need of the people, she assured for construction of a temporary local bridge over Sissiri river along Dambuk-Aohali road within this month with fund from her MLA LAD Fund.

BRTF Officer Incharge of Dambuk AK Singh informed that the Sissiri Bridge at Zero Point along Dambuk-Aohali road would be completed by December 2014. He, however, informed that construction works of the approach road at Dambuk side of the river could not be started till date due to non-clearance from the Forest Department. He further informed that the DPR for the construction of approach roads is yet not been finalized by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Govt. of India. He assured that a temporary Bailley Bridge over Sissiri River along Dambuk-Aohali road will be constructed by December 15.

It was also informed by the officials of SOMA Enterprise Ltd, a private company constructing the Bridge over Sissiri River along Dambuk-Paglam road that the bridge would be completed by March 2014.

On request of the local MLA, the officials of Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd which is taking over the construction works of bridge over Dibang has agreed to construct temporary bridge over the uncross able tributaries of the rivers and also to made it free for the public.

Accompanied by Dambuk ADC Atul Tayeng, CO cum BDO Eving Yirang and host of government and officers, panchayat leaders of Dambuk sub-division, Tayeng visited the Paglam, Anpum, Loglung, Bizari, Bomjir and other villages under Dambuk sub-division. She also visited Dambuk PHC and held discussion with the Govt. officers and officials regarding implementation of various developmental schemes in the area.  DIPRO



IT Dept conducts workshop oncontent management, state portal

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: A one day workshop on Content Management and State Portal was organized by the Department of Information Technology, GoAP in collaboration with Luminous Infoways Pvt Ltd, the content service provider to government of Arunachal Pradesh, in the conference hall of Water Resource Development Department here today.

Speaking during the inaugural session, Development Commissioner, Ramesh Negi highlighted the importance of information and mentioned that information could be preserved through documentation only.

Director (IT), S De Sarkar urged the participants to take the opportunity to interface with the citizen through a single interface and serve the citizens in the best possible way.

State portal is the first point interface between citizens, business, overseas people and government. It represents the electronic face of the Government. State portal should serve as a one stop source for all information & services pertaining to the State Government and consists of comprehensive information about department functions, services and contact point and a breadth of access points integrating the portal to other departmental website for transactions.

A host of senior officials from 17 state departments participated in the workshop.

On the behalf of Contents Service Provider to state portal (http://arunachalpradesh.gov.in), DGM Sujit Mohanty, and Consultant of Luminous Infoways Pvt. Ltd. Bimal Prasad participated as resource persons.


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---- Readers Forum ----


Good initiative should be supported and appreciated

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to seek the kind attention and clarify the confusion of my dearest brother one Nangram Piter, RTI Chairman (AUEA) who wrote an article “Arunachalee should compete with contemporary world not amongst tribes” published on 21st Nov’2013 in reader’s forum column.

My dearest brother in a passage of your article, you have rightly pointed out that Nyishi’s of Kurung Kumey district can’t easily understand what Nyishi’s of East Kameng District speaks. But I feel that it does not mean that Nyishi should not protect their only dialect. This slight variation in pronouncing a word should not compel an illiterate person of Kurung Kumey to communicate in English to an illiterate person of East Kameng.

And also you are very right that Kurung Kumey District has lowest literacy rate, we do accept it, but I feel that it should not mean that, few literate people of the district should remain in folded hand.

In your article, you have also reflected a concern for the Nyishi illiterate Society (NIS), its fine, I appreciate it. But my dear, illiterates are illiterates, they can’t read and write, though it may be written in any scripts may it be in TANI LIPI….

I also feel that lack of teachers in schools of Nyishi areas should not be an obstacle for the other Nyishi’s, who has the abilities to do other greater or noble things such as writing good books and publishing good articles in their own dialect. It should be not that, one should not own a car because his/her village is not connected with road, though he/she is staying at Itanagar…By this, all I mean to say is that, lets appreciate the good part of others and so as lets appreciate and encourage “THE GUMGU RUMRU”.

I don’t think that the Editor/Publisher of the very paper must have ill intention towards others; they must have not started the paper to compete with other tribes such as SUPUNG PUYU and ARUNACHAL AUNG, its ill logical to think that. Rather they must have taken inspiration or copied from the same concept. Off course, copying good things are good. And one must be very clear that copying is sharing of ideas and way of spreading knowledge to compete with the contemporary world.

Thus, I would say that “GUMGU RUMRU” will not be like a planting Lily flower in the mid of desert, rather it would be beneficial in protecting our own tribal dialect in some way or other. Through this, I would also, appreciate the concept of TANI LIPI, but we should not forget the wordings of our own local dialect before the flourish of TANI LIPI. Therefore, “GUMGU RUMRU” will have a big deal in protecting wording of our local dialect.


Dari Piku

Itanagar, H-Sector




Prevent illegal timber logging

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the people of Dambuk & Bijari area of Lower Dibang Valley district we would like to state that the forest reserve area of Arunachal Pradesh is depleting at a stupendous speed. It is due to the continuous illegal timber exploitation right under the nose of the so called forest officials. Particularly the specific area i.e. Dambuk ADC Headquarter area under Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh, where illegal timber logging is a common phenomenon which is carried on right under the very presence of the forest officials. It leads us to believe that the covert operation is undertaken in connivance with the forest officials.

The river Dotung that flows through Dambuk via Bijari & the Sissiri River that flows through Bizari and into Brahmaputra (Assam) are used as a mode of transport for trading of illegal Timber & Cane from the forest reserve area of Arunachal and supplying to neighboring Assam. Also the forest plantation area in Dambuk is undergoing rampant cutting just for smuggling the wood by the people as well as official as a result there is no one to check it. The district administration has failed dismally to check the menace. After repeated complaints from the public, the newly appointed ADC of Dambuk convened a meeting regarding the situation but the R.F.O was conspicuous by his absence. We shudder to wonder that if the attitude of the current forest official is such then who will protect the forests from the poachers and stealing of timber. It is a known fact that global warming has far reaching effect and the forest cover are of utmost importance and it is a matter of great concern as to what will happen if every forest official is not serious about their job. Thus it is a sincere appeal to the higher and concerned authorities of Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and our Political leaders to please take a note of the grim situation and take immediate action before the water rises over the head. If the administration fails to take the necessary action then the Youth group will be forced to take action/movement against the department.


M. Lego

B. Sunkurang

D. Pertin





The horror of child sexual abuse

Dear Editor,

We live in a country where every 2.5 hrs a child below 16 is raped or sexually abused. A survey conducted by the ministry of women and child development (WCD) revealed chilling figures- that more than 53% of Indian children have faced some form of sexual abuse in their life span. And the most agonizing revelation is that, 50% abusers were known to the victims and were in a position where the child or the family members trusted them, such as family members, neighbours, caregivers, acquaintances etc.

Children are potential targets everywhere- family, schools, neighbours etc. While the activists and politicians debate laws to prosecute the culprits, we are concerned with how we can protect our children from this danger. Amongst the various kinds of sexual abuse described by the Child abuse prevention and treatment Act, sexual abuse, apart from rape also amounts from incest, fondling of the genital organs, sodomy, prostitution and exposing children to indecent material like pornography.

Legislation will definitely give the victims some assurance but that alone is not going to change the situation. We have to change, to bring about recognition of this offence. Our culture does not encourage discussion about sex and its related issues. Parents find it awkward speaking about the natural adolescent changes, let alone briefing their children about sexual behaviour. Our hesitation to approach topics related to sex makes it difficult for children to express themselves when they have faced any form of sexual abuse. Children might not be able to distinguish between facts and myths about sexual abuse. In the absence of proper sex education, children do not have the understanding of what is wrong sexual behavior. Children often do not have the right vocabulary to describe an act that is sexually oriented.

We as parents/guardians are uncertain when to introduce our children to sex education. What is the right age, we ask. When children become curious, that’s the time they need this answer. Small children who are just exploring their bodies and are learning body parts, too, need the right kind of information that is appropriate for their age.  Let the children know that no one should be allowed to touch these body parts and if they feel wrong about anyone doing it so should be reprted to you. Also, teach children to be firm and say ‘NO’ to any person who makes them feel uncomfortable by touching them inappropriately.

Despite all your efforts, sometimes the unwanted happens. Most children are reluctant to speak about what happened with them due to fear, guilt etc. This can only be comprehended by observing certain behaviour changes in your child like depression, anxiety, withdrawal, fear of being alone with a particular person, nightmare, sleep disorder etc. Sometimes children give hints. Listen to your child when he/she says that something wrong happened; never blame your child for the incident. Children who are not able to express the problem might say things like “I don’t like that person” or “don’t leave me alone” etc.

With statics revealing that half of the crimes are committed by persons known to the victims and the family, never leave your child with a person or a caretaker who your child is uncomfortable with. Last but not the least; give your child an open communication channel so that he/she will not hesitate to tell you if anything wrong happens. And when your child confides in you, believe them, get medical help, professional counseling’s and report the abuse.

Being a mother of two small children myself, i feel strongly about this increasing crime against young children and wish to share my concern with other parents and guardians. Remember, child sexual abuse can happen to any child, anywhere. Being alert is one act of prevention.


Taba Yasin






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Let there be proper investigation

The allegation of attempt to rape laced on Tehelka editor in chief Tarun Tejpal by his female colleague has shocked the entire press fraternities of country. Tehelka is one of most respected news magazine of country known for bringing out often controversial but explosive news item. The sting operation carried out by its reporter posing as arms dealers’ years ago had exposed the political-middlemen nexus in many high profile arm deals.  Tarun Tejpal is founder of Tehelka magazine and has been one of reason why it garnered so much popularity in the last decade.

It is in this context that allegation leveled against him by his fellow colleague is very serious in nature. One do not expect person like him who is role model for many budding journalists to indulge in such shameful act. The incident happens at a time when whole country is still yet to overcome the trauma of Nirbhaya gang rape incident. Though Tejpal has apologized to the victim journalist and also ‘recusing’ himself from the post of editor in chief of Tehelka for six month, one wonder is that really enough? He ought to be treated like any another criminal and Goa police, where incident took place, should immediately start criminal proceeding against him. Press Council of India should also step in and ensure that he does not return to editorial board till proper investigation is done.