November 27

Greater Kameng Inter-Club Badminton C’ship concludes

Officer’s Club Seppa emerge overall champion

SEPPA, Nov 26: Officer’s Club Seppa emerged overall Club Champion with 19 points in the Greater Kameng Inter-club Badminton Championship held in Officer’s Club Seppa from Novemebr 21-24. Bhalukpong Club was adjudged the ‘Most Discipline Team’.

Aju Khunjuju and Bamar Yomgam of Balukpong Club retained Men’s doubles title in veteran category.

Tarin Monpak of Seppa Club beat Pudom Taku of same club in the final to win Men’s singles title.

In sub-veteran category, Sonam Tsering and Rajen Rijiju of Bomdila Club beat the pair of Lobjang Dolo and Rajesh Niri in the final.

Guruk Pordung and Tarin Monpak of Seppa Club defeated the pair of Y. Loyi & Jeevan Yame of Bhalukpong Club in the final to win the Men’s Doubles (open) title.

The winners and runners up of each category were awarded cash prizes, informed Kego Jilen, organizing chairman. Altogether, 84 shuttlers participated in five different categories.

The next championship will be held a Bomdila. DIPRO


Constituency level CM’s Trophy tournaments begin

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Assembly Constituency level Chief Minister's Trophy tournaments (Boys and Girls) for Nampong constituency began at VKV School playground, Jairampur yesterday.

In total, eight football and as many volleyball teams representing Jairampur, Manmao, Nampong and Rima Putok circles are participating in the tournament.

Jairampur Additional Deputy Commissioner Kento Riba attended the opening ceremony and declared the three day tournament open.


Harassment slur on ADM

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The person who filed litigation against conferment of JMFC, CEO cum ADM power to Talo Potom today in a press statement made sensational claim that he is being harassed for filing such case. Techi Hitler stated that incumbent CEO cum ADM had illegally entered into his residential compound in his absence and had taken photographs of residential buildings and plot with intention to malign the image. He alleged that ADM has framed charges of land encroachment against him with pre-vindictive mind for filing litigation against his power conferment in WPC No 471(AP)/2013 which is pending in the court.

In this regard victim Techi Hitler have lodged an FIR in the Itanagar Police Station against ADM Talo Potom for trespassing into residential Compound and taking photographs without any prior intimation and notice to the occupants. “It is to reiterate that prior notice and intimation is necessary to enter a private residential compound and CEO cum ADM cannot misuse his power being in the chair and do Khusi-Khusi as and when he likes.  Whether I have illegally occupied or encroached any part of Govt, land is a secondary matter but prior notice should be served on that behalf before declaring me encroachers that too with my official designation attach to it. The matter had been brought to knowledge of all competent authority for necessary action in this regard,” stated Hitler in the release.


12 shops, as many houses gutted

PASIGHAT, Nov 26: Twelve 12 shops and 11 houses were reduced to ashes and properties worth more than rupees one crore lost in a devastating fire that broke out at Dite-Dime (65KM) in East Siang District on November 24. However, there was report of any loss of life.

Immediate relief materials have been provided to the victims as per norms, and the Riga EAC has been directed to assess of loss.  

In another fire incident, the dwelling house of one Taging Darung of Koreng village under Pangin circle was also gutted at on the same day at 11 pm, informed Boleng ADC T Mize. DIPRO


IFCSAP holds meet with local priests

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) conducted a coordination meeting within the local priest of all communities residing in Capital Complex at Naharlagun today.

The meeting chaired by IFCSAP general secretary Gichik Taaza resolved among others that the indigenous priests residing at Capital Complex will render free service to sick persons, support and participate in the Indigenous Faith Day celebration on December one at IG Park, Itanagar.


SUMA calls off Mass Peace Rally

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) has called off its proposed Mass Peace Rally on November 29 after the Chief Minister has invited the union to discuss its 4-points demands at his office here on December 1.


‘Evict land encroachers’

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: All East Kameng Student Union (AEKSU), in a letter, has drawn the attention of the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner towards alleged encroachment of Seppa District Hospital land by some individuals and demanded the DC/authorities concerned to serve notice to the encroachers to immediately vacate the encroached land within a week failing which the union threatened to launch democratic movement.

Further, alleging rampant encroachment of  Seppa Govt. Hr. Sec. School land, AEKSU, in a separate letter, demanded the DC to serve notice to the encroachers and vacate the land within a month.

In another letter to Inspector General of Police, CRPF, Jorhat, Assam, the AEKSU has urged him to take stern action against those CRPF jawans, who resorted to firing and lathi charge on innocent protesting public at Seppa.


RCH camp held at Tarasso

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: A day-long Reproductive and Child Health Camp cum Health Awareness Programme was conducted by the District Health Society, Yupia at Public Health Centre Tarasso under Papum Pare today.

District Medical Officer, Papum Pare, Dr S Ronya, DRCHO, Dr. Kipa Tuglik and four other doctors alongwith other health staff conducted the camp. The camp was enthusiastically participated by the panchayat leaders and huge number of villagers.  

As many as 96 patients have benefited from the camp. The patients were provided free counseling, treatment and medicines.

Earlier, DMO, Dr S Ronya inaugurated a new labour room at the PHC and also released the funds for Jananni Suraksha Yojna (JSY) and Jananni Shishu Suraksha Yojna (JSSY) funds.


Communal Harmony Campaign Week observed

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Itanagar observed the Communal Harmony Campaign Week and Flag Day to spread the message of peace and communal harmony from November 19 to 25.

The Flag Day was observed by offering tickets to people to raise fund for National Foundation for Communal Harmony.

An eloquent speech competition on topic, “The role of youth in promoting communal harmony” was also conducted among the students. Jasmine Rehman, Hibu Tabyo and Gokia Ranjait won the first, second and third position respectively in the competition.


ABCF celebrates foundation day

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The 7th foundation day of the Apatani Baptish Christian Fellowship (ABCF) Fasting Centre was celebrated at Popu-II village, Naharlagun in a befitting manner on November 24.

Attending the function, Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo appreciated the women prayer groups and Pastor of the centre for their yeoman service. He advised the committee members  to help maintain communal harmony among all the tribes. He also assured all possible help from his end in near future for growth of the Fasting Centre.

Speaking on the occasion, chairman of management committee Dusu Tanyo informed the gathering about the aims and objective of establishing the Centre in 2006 jointly by ABCF Naharlagun and Itanagar.

Rev. Tar Choya, Old Testament (Bible) Translator NBCC was the speaker of the function.

Songs and dances were also performed by ABCF Siyajuli, Banderdewa, Naharlagun and Itanagar on the occasion.

Present on the occasion were Pastor Mom Tabe, Founder Chairman and present ABA joint secretary AP Chobin, ABA president Habung Yongbow, ABA executive secretary Tage Donyi, Assistant Pastor Gyati Napa, Secretary (ABCF), Itanagar (Ura) Tanyang Gambo, among others.


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Agri Ministry nearly doubled allocation to Arunachal

Pawar lays foundation stone of agri college in Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today said his ministry has almost doubled the allocation to Arunachal Pradesh under various windows as compared to year 2007-08.

Laying the foundation stone of the permanent campus of the first ever College of Agriculture at Pasighat in East Siang district in presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Agriculture & Horticulture Minister Setong Sena, Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho, Education Minister and local legislator Bosiram Siram, Pawar disclosed that he had promptly extended the National Food Security Mission (NFSM)-rice component not only for Arunachal Pradesh but the entire North Eastern states after Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and the Agriculture Minister Setong Sena requested him last year.

"In fact, the credit of having NFSM in NE states goes to your chief minister who rightly pointed out the need to have food security within the region," he said.

The Union Minister informed that this year his ministry has allocated more than Rs 15 crore for National Food Security Mission (NSFM), Rs 32 crore for Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) and Rs 48 crore for Horticulture Mission for Arunachal Pradesh.

"I am extremely liberal while supporting this state and have told my officers that if the state is ready to absorb more funds, we should readily provide the same," he said.

Pawar also offered assistance from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in building cold chains, modern slaughter houses and many processing units.

In fact, last week only, the ministry had sanctioned a grant of Rs 9 crore for establishment of a modern slaughter house at Itanagar besides approval for a Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Anjaw and in two more districts, he informed.

He further assured support in development of fisheries sector including establishment of neat and clean fish markets, poultry sector and Mithun rearing.

The College of Agriculture, which materialised in record time, in fact has already started its academic session from this year with 20 students.

With the first batch of B.Sc Agri already in place, Pawar said this must be the first case in the country where a college has been sanctioned and operationalized in such short span of time.

Expressing gratitude to the Union Minister on behalf of the people, Tuki, in his speech sought further cooperation from the Union Ministry and requested establishment of a veterinary college and a fishery college in the state. He also sought enhancement in intake capacity of students in the College of Agriculture to 30 with 50% reservation for Arunachalee students.  The meeting was also addressed by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Agriculture Minister Setong Sena, ICAR Director General Dr S Ayappan and Central Agriculture University, Imphal, Vice Chancellor Prof S N Puri.

Also present were legislators Techi Kaso, Ralom Borang, J K Pangeng and Tako Dabi, Chief Secretary H K Paliwal, PS to Union Minister Prashant Lokhande, officials of the Agriculture and Horticulture department, district administration, professors, lecturers and students of College of Agriculture and College of Horticulture and Forestry, panchayat leaders and progressive farmers.(with inputs from PTI )



Defection of NCP MLAs in Arunachal a setback’

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar today termed the recent defection of four party legislators to Congress in Arunachal Pradesh as a ‘major setback’ for the party in the state.

"It is a sad experience for us". People elected them but they (the MLAs) instead of sticking with the party and working for the people, shifted their loyalty which, is "very unfortunate", the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries said at a party meeting here this evening.

Exhorting the party workers to adopt a different approach with regard to the functioning of the party, the Union Minister asked them to put more focus on women and youth force.

"If equal opportunity is given to women and youths to participate in election, I am confident that NCP will further be strengthened in the state," he said with conviction and advised the party's state leadership to select ‘good’ candidates duly supported by the workers for the Parliamentary and Assembly elections due next year.

“NCP, despite being a small party is an effective part of the UPA-II government at the Centre. This is a party formed not for the sake of contesting elections but to work for the welfare of the people, especially the weaker section of the society," he said.

Pawar also called upon workers to shun any communal approach work with a true secular spirit.

Referring to the immense potential of the North East states in agriculture and allied sectors, the union minister advocated for a holistic approach in infrastructure development which if improved, would make the region as a major producer of agricultural crops.

“With improvement in surface communication, North East will become a major tourist destinations of the country,” he added. PTI



Thousands march in rally to demand justice for late Bomjen

Staff Reporter

ITANAGR, Nov 26: Thousands of people took to the road on Tuesday and sent clear message to the state government and the police that it would no more tolerate violence.

A protest rally was organized by the family members and relatives of late Bomjen seeking justice for him. Bomjen had succumbed to his injuries inflicted upon him by a group of youths at Legi Complex here on the intervening night of May 26-27 this year.

The rally which started from Akashdeep shopping complex and culminated at Legi Complex here via police station saw participation of people from all walks of life, including school students and student organizations apart from the family’s members and relatives of the deceased. Slogans like ‘arrest all the culprits involved in the murder’, ‘justice for Bomjen Gapak’ and ‘hang the culprits’ echoed in the air.

While the procession was passing through the police station, a group of angry youths damaged the car of the arrested accused, Ramesh Taku. Addressing the gathering at Legi Complex, father of the deceased Tabom Gapak while thanking everyone for supporting the movement said, “I have lost my son. Let us not lose anymore, let us make this movement a strong one to ensure that such things do not repeat.”

The grieving father called on all the advocates to not take up the case of any of the culprits involved and for awarding exemplary punishment to them.

“No bail should be granted to the accused, as such thing act as encourage for the criminals,” he urged.

All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) President Sikka Gapak giving details of the incident night urged upon the young participant to come forward and support the movement to ensure peace in the state.

“Nobody deserved to die like that,” he said.

According to the Capital police, five of the other culprits are still absconding.

By evening, there were reports of surrender of the three people involved in the murder, however the attempt to confirm the report from the Capital SP remained futile as he refused to provide any detail citing ‘busy schedule’ for the President’s proposed visit to the Capital.

Meanwhile, ANYA Upper Subansiri unit has appealed Capital Police to speed up the investigation process for immediate arrest of all the accused involved in the murder and to award them exemplary punishment as per the law.



Student succumbs to attack injuries


DAPORIJO, Nov 26: A 16-year-old school boy, who was brutally attacked on November 23, succumbed to his injuries yesterday. Jonti Lomdak, son of Abo Lomdak, succumbed to his attack injuries on November 25 while being brought to Itanagar for treatment, Daporijo Police Station OC said.

Being informed, police arrived on the spot, where the incident took place, and the victim was immediately admitted in hospital in a critical condition at around 11.55 pm on November 23, the OC said.

It was revealed during the short interrogation of the victim by police that two persons were allegedly involved in the attack.

Meanwhile, Daporijo police after registering a case (No.99/13) Under Section 341,354, 302, 34 IPC against the culprits, launched manhunt and nabbed one of the two alleged culprits. Meanwhile, Upper Subansiri Unit of All Nyishi Students’ Union has vehemently condemned the heinous crime and demanded exemplary punishment of the culprits.

The ANSU-USU has also decided to organize a rally to protest the murder of Lomdak on November 28.



Holistic policy needed for disabled: PPA

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has stressed the need of a holistic policy to improve the socio-economic status of more than 50,000 differently abled people in Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing a meeting of All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) at Naharlagun today, PPA president Nikh Kamin urged the members of AAPHWS to remain united and highlight their genuine grievances before the State Government.

“If necessary they should seek the intervention of the Governor to have an effective and pragmatic state policy on disability,” Kamin said. The PPA will frame a holistic policy for the differently abled persons on priority, if the party is voted to power, Kamin assured.

“The state need a policy that will make it mandatory for every legislator, PRI leaders and city councillors to earmark a minimum of fund out of the total funds corresponding to their share of population for welfare of the handicapped persons for the physically challenged persons,” Kamin said. The policy should also ensure 4 percent of the total plan size to be reflected in the State AOP for the welfare of the disabled persons and a fixed monthly honorarium to every head of the household.

“Further, the nodal department for executing the schemes under Centre and State sector shall be armed with all quasi-judicial status to take cognisance of the defaulting officials and government departments and initiate necessary legal actions for violation of the laid down guidelines,” Kamin said.

He also emphasized organizing social mass awareness campaign throughout the State for psychological and spiritual integration of the differently abled persons with the rest of the population.

Secretary General Dr Ashan Riddi and party spokesman Tsering Naksang were also present in the meeting.



No occupation is superior’

CS inaugurates Telam-New Deka road

PASIGHAT, Nov 26: Chief Secretary HK Paliwal inaugurated the 4.41-km-long PMGSY road from Telam to New Deka village constructed by RWD during his maiden visit to Nari subdivision on November 24.

Later, addressing a public meeting at Telam Higher Secondary School auditorium, Paliwal urged the officers to use government funds judiciously for speedy development and economic growth of the state. The Chief Secretary said that government employees should be sincere, punctual and dedicated to ensure transparency and good governance. He urged people to respect the dignity of labour saying that all types of jobs are equal and no occupation is considered superior.

While responding on boundary issues, he appreciated the people of the area for maintaining their age-old tradition of peace, brotherhood and communal harmony which is the pre requisite for development. He said that the inter-state boundary dispute would be taken care of and forwarded it to the appropriate authority for finding an amicable and lasting solution. Veteran legislator Tako Dabii in his address stated that it was high time to properly re-establish and demarcate the boundaries between Arunachal and Assam through the use of available legal documents to avoid misunderstanding between the people of the two neighbouring states.

“I am working as gardener and it is my prime duty to fence my land to prevent crisis,” affirmed Dabii and called for the use of history, legal instruments and professional expertise to conduct survey of Siang belt. He also advised the two states to take advantage of their closeness to find solution to their common boundary problems.

While sharing his views on development of Nari-Koyu in particular, Dabii, who is representing the area as MLA for more than two decades, said priorities have been given to road connectivity, electricity, health, education, agriculture, and horticulture to enhance living standards of the people. The educationist turned politician Dabii said students are our strength and if the younger generation is brought up in a good environment, our country can prosper in the years to come. They should be hardworking and sincere in their studies and respect parents, teachers and elders.

Quoting “Strike while iron is hot” he said it means we have to do certain things in right time. It always easy for the teachers to mend the minds of the children in shaping their future beautifully and wonderfully, opined Dabii from his own experiences.

Dabii urged all to work for the betterment of the society and preservation of forest wealth and environment. While appealing to the media fraternity to abstain from negative and unverified reporting, he admitted that constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involving both positive and negative comments, in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one. In collaborative work, this kind of criticism is often a valuable tool in rising and maintaining performance standards, stated the senior Congressman.

A seven-point memorandum was submitted to the CS on the day by the Nari-Seren ZPM Kenyom Dabii urging devolution of power to ADC Nari, immediate visit of local boundary commission from Simen to Siga and early demarcation of inter state boundary, construction of railway crossing, removal of the names of villages of Nari and New Seren from Mising Autonomous Council, creation of police station at Koyu, Seren, Kora and Telam, relocation of Assam police battalion outpost to outside the Nari division and sanctioning of vehicles for officers of Nari, Koyu, Seren and Kora.

Deputy Commissioner DC Nidhi Srivastava and  ZPC Kaling Dai also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, ZPC Dai inaugurated the Agriculture Market shed under RKVY at Telam while Potte and Pome RCC bridges were inaugurated by DC Srivastava and Nari-Seren ZPM Kenyom Dabii. DIPRO



Consumer awareness campaign held

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: A day-long Consumer Awareness Campaign was conducted at the Conference Hall of Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner at Koloriang today.

Organized by the officials of the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, consumer related items, like package commodities, weights and measures, LPG cylinder, posters, banners were displayed and booklets and pamphlets distributed to the people for promoting consumer awareness.

Attending the programme, DC Gejum Ete, while delivering the message of Consumer Rights as per the Consumer Protection Act 1986 appealed to the Nodal Department to put effort to protect consumer’s right. He further suggested everyone to acquire more knowledge about the rights and duties of consumer to avail natural justice through the provisions.

ZPC Sangha Tagik appealed all consumers to cooperate with the Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs. He appreciated the department for conducting such Consumer awareness campaign in the district.

Consumer Protection Officer cum Assistant Controller, Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Hage Tabin explained about the consumer rights under the provision of the Consumer Protection Act 1985.

He briefed the report of consumer cases decided under the President of District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, Ziro. He appealed every citizen to support and cooperate to foster the consumer protection movement and to protect and promote the interest of common consumers.

Koloriang Bazar Welfare Committee chairman Niso Tania also appealed all the traders to abide by the provision of Rules and Acts implemented by the Department concern in relation to business community and asked to maintain confidence of every valued consumer to foster and strengthen trust for a long run business relation.

Inspector LM&CA, Debia Tana demonstrated how common consumer can be saved from deceiving or unfair trade practices of unscrupulous exploitation of consumers and also how to protect from health and hazardous to life and property.

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Insult to a martyr

Dear Editor,

Recently the SARHAD KO SWARANJALI programme was held at Indira Gandhi Park, whereby the martyrs of 1962 war were honored. While reading the report of programme in news paper where the names of the martyr have been mentioned I was looking for the name of our brave brother late Nyelam Tebi but alas his name was missing from the list of martyr of 1962 war.

Late Nyelam Tebi from Jara village now known as Deed village near Kurung Kumey border under Lower Subansiri District went to Kimin in 1957. In those days Kimin was the head quarter of 5th Assam Riffle and he was accompanied by his father late Nyelam That. When the father and son reached at Assam Riffle head quarter and expressed the interest of joining Assam Riffle, instantly they gave a gun to late Nyelam Tebi and took a formal test. As Tebi was expert in our local arrow shooting he was selected instantly for training because of the need for man power as 1962 war was looming large. His father late Nyelam Tath went back to village, since then father had no communication with his son. In this way in 1957 late Nyelam Tebi joined 5th Assam Riffle and he has been enrolled as Tebi Dafla because in those days' people of Subansiri belt specially the Nyishi Tribe were known as Dafla and people from Siang belt were known as Abor. When 1962 war began, there were very few soldiers from our Arunachal Pradesh who took part in it including late Nyelam Tebi. Most of the soldier from Arunachal Pradesh came out safely but many have been killed in the war by Chinese Army, which include late Nyelam Tebi. But the father had no idea about fate of his son. Then one day official from Ziro district headquarter had called late Nyelam Tath to receive the compensation from the authority and they told him that his son Nyelam Tebi has been killed in the war. Since then his father used to get some amount as compensation for some time but his father also died in an accident. Since then the compensation amount has been discontinued.

But his supreme sacrifice has not been recognized by the organizer of the SARHAD KO SWARANJALI programme whereas as his name has been already engraved in the war memorial of 1962 at Tawang as Tebi Dafla, and the matter was highlighted in the news paper last year along with the photo copy of war memorial. And even the statement of our MP Takam Sanjoy had appeared in the local dailies urging for recognition of his sacrifice. But today we can only beg pardon from soul of our brave brother Late Nyelam Tebi that "sorry brother your supreme sacrifice has not been recognize by neither Govt. of our State for whom you laid your life to save its people and land nor the 5th Assam Riffle that engraved your name only as Tebi Dafla but not as Nyelam/NeelamTebi". The younger brother of late Tebi, Mr. Neelam Kecha still cannot forget the moment when his beloved brother left him alone and went to join the army. He still remembers that, at the time of departing late Tebi gave him a piece of arrow as he was crying. I would like to make an appeal to the Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh to carry out thorough study of all those soldiers from our state who had participate in the 1962 war and get them recognize. As per as I know there were very few soldiers from our state and some are still alive and looking for their recognition. Such kind of recognition will ensure more patriotic feeling among the local youth towards our mother land.


Nyelam That,

Neelam Youth Club



When will BRTF repair Likabali-Aalo road?

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to bring to the notice of the concerned official of the Border Road Task Force (BRTF), the grievances faced by the people of the West Siang and other travelers/visitors, due to the badly maintained BRTF road connecting Likabali to Aalo. It has been repeatedly pleaded by various organizations and individuals regarding the maintenance of the said road as it happen to be the life line of the district. But till now there is not enough effort made by the concerned department and the road as a result is in pathetic condition.

The West Siang District for information is situated amidst the lofty hills of Himalayan Mountains and the road here is all about curves/turns and slopes. These natural calamities are already posing enough challenges to the people here and the poorly maintained road is an addition to that. First of all the road, we can say, is a one way highway. Being a very busy road the crossing vehicles do have a very tough time here. Secondly the same narrow road is full of holes and other related damages which are being left unattended for years. This has shortened the life of the vehicles and increased the cost and distance of travelling. The journey to Aalo has indeed become a horrible tale for everyone who has experienced it.

Also the district borders with China in north and for defense point of view it is a sensitive area. If suppose, any complicacy breaks out at the border with the neighboring nation, can our force be moved effectively in such kind of road? With that holes and damages the movement can be compared with the pace of a snail.

If I am not wrong, the BRTF is very much aware of the problems that we are facing due to the ill maintained road. Also they have been apprised of the said problems on several occasions. But it is very unfortunate to learn that they are reluctant to deliver their service to the needy people of our district in a proper way. We are not asking you to perform beyond your capacity we just want the holes to be filled up. We want the road to be maintained in timely basis and make it motorable. Still with hopes and expectation I would like to appeal the concerned department to act responsibly for the welfare of the people of the mentioned area and for the security of the nation as well.


Binya Ronya,

General Secretary,

Galo Students Union



Unfair criticism

Dear editor,

Firstly, I am humbly grateful to my friend Karmi Taso for his / her response towards my upheaval issue of CMs Talent Award though his words sounds to have a negative notions. I am truly sorry to rectify my friend that you did not get my view point and purpose of raising this issue… Claiming over just to get the award was not my prior objective. My parents can also afford a laptop for me but my purpose is beyond this.

I have raised my voice on behalf of many such students and the coming generation against the injustice and improper implementation of the Govt. policies. I have grabbed my pen after a thorough study and physically and mentally attending such programs like VIKAS RALLY. As per your addition, the initiative was meant for only Govt. institution but I witnessed the private school students walking away with the award. For your notification please go through the circular (DO.NO-SECY (PLG)/MISC/2010-11/163-179) OF 13TH JULY 2011 by secretary (Planning Department) where it is clearly stated that from 2011-12 both the girl and boy topper (securing 1st rank) of each school (whether PRIVATE OR GOVT.) in the class X and XII BOARD EXAMINATION shall be provided a free laptop and a cash award of Rs.10000.

So it is unfair to write that I have blindly come forward without going through the matter. I once again whole heartedly appeal you and my state citizen to ponder over the issue and see the positive notion of it.


Honiya Dakpe








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Mon Autonomous Council will open the door

More than 20,000 residents of Tawang district yesterday took to the street demanding setting up of Mon Autonomous Council (MAC) and said they were ready to sacrifice their lives for this long cherished goal. The crowds comprising of young and old, monks, NGO representatives, students and leaders of all hue and colour of Tawang and West Kameng districts including Mon Autonomous Region Demand Committee (MARDC) chairman Rev T G Rinpoche, Tourism & WRD Minister Pema Khandu, Parliamentary Secretaries Jamey Tashi (Civil Aviation) and Tsewang Dhondup ( Art & Culture), first Tawang MLA Tashi Khandu, former ministers Karma Wangchu and Thupten Tempa walked the four-km long road hand in hand as slogans constantly echoed the atmosphere while life in the township came to a standstill.

The Monpa’s of West Kameng and Tawang is demanding an autonomous council on the basis that they have distinct age-old culture, script and tradition. Their demand is aimed at preserving their culture, tradition, script and language through self-governance as it would help frame need-based plans and policies. However the argument does not cut teeth with majority of Arunachalees. Infact the whole tribal culture of Arunachal is unique in nature. The onslaught of outside culture is posing serious threat to the tribal society. Therefore it is hard to buy the argument of Mon Autonomous council demand on the basis of threat to culture. Also this movement will might open floodgate for other such demands from across the state.