November 18


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Subansiri FC, Gora Makik SC enter semis

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Subansiri FC came back strongly  from behind to defeat Emchi Gumto FC 4-1 and enter into the semifinal in the second Gora Tamer Memorial Football Tournament at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Emchi Gumto FC took an early lead five minute into the game through Gyammar Martin only to be equalized by Subansiri FC in 27th minute through Hage Tallo. Tallo again scored in 58th minute to give his team 2-1 lead. Biri Pada doubled the lead (3-1) in 61st minutes before Rocky Ramching made it 4-1 in 74th minute.

In another lopsided quarterfinal match, Gora Makik SC (GMSC) pummeled Senki Soccer FC 8-0 to reach semifinal.

Mihin Pulu opened the floodgate in sixth minutes, and thereafter there was no looking back for the team as they scored at will. Pulu again scored in 17th minutes (2-0) and completed his hattrick in 34th minutes after Tamchi Tassung had scored the third goal in 29th minute.

GMSC was leading 4-0 at halftime. Scorers in the second half were Rubu Damian, Techi Tasar and Mihin Pulu.

Doimukh FC will play against Todo United FC in the first semifinal match on November 20, while the second semifinal will be held between Subansiri United FC and Gora Makik Sporting Club.


Arunachal to participate in National Tennikoit C’ship

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: A 12- member team of All Arunachal Pradesh Tennikoit Association (AAPTA) will be participating in the 39th Senior National Tennikoit Championship 2014 to be held at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand from December 4 to 8 next.

The team members are, Tali Lilar, Chitu Doke, Karpe Sora, Nyaluk Lombi, Tonu Gangkak, Ige Lombi, Yigom Doke, Karbom Bam, Paktu Doke, Nyipi Bole, Mipe Bogo and Angam Doke (Yukar).


Tezu Bazar Football Club win AMSU Football Championship

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Tezu Bazar Football Club won the first running AMSU Football Championship defeating Telluliang Football Club via penalty shootout in the final at Jubilee Ground, Tezu on November 12.

The winner was decided through penalty kicks after both the teams played out 2-2 draw in the regulation and extra time.

Telluliang Football Club was leading 2-0 in the first half but Tezu Bazar Football Club restored parity in the second half forcing the match to be diced through penalty kick shootouts.

John Lama of Telluliang Football Club was declared as Best Player and Bapan Tindya as Best Goalkeeper. Satish Melo of Tezu Bazar Football Club became the highest scorer.

The concluding day function was attended by AAPSU Finance Secretary Suraj Tayam and leaders of various students’ union and youth associations, including All Idu-Mishmi Students Union, Dibang Valley and Upper Dibang Valley District, All East Kameng Students Union, Arunachal Greenary Society, Tayam Bara Youth Welfare Association.


ANSU mourns death of youth

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has expressed shock and grief at the premature demise of Vijay Cheda, 27, in a tragic accident at Hunli along the Anini-Roing road on November 15.

“With his untimely death, we have lost one of the energetic youths of our community,” ANSU said in a message, and prayed to almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace.

ANSU conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty to give enough courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.


Children’s science exhibition

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Arnab Jana, (Class IX) of GHSS Hayuliang and Bruno Boo (Class X) of VKV Amliang stood first and second in the district level children's science exhibition 2014 for Anjaw district.

The exhibition with theme "Science and Mathematics for a sustainable world" was conducted at Govt. Hr, Sec. School, Hayuliang on November 15.

Both the students will represent Anjaw in the State level competition to be held here on November 28 and 29, informed the principal of GHSS, Hayuliang in a release.


ATI training on RTI Act

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: A three days sensitisation programme on RTI Act 2005 for the ministerial staff of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat and other Head of offices commenced at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.

The programme will conclude on November 19 at Banquet Hall here with a panel discussion on the key theme. The Chief Information Commissioner, all the Information Commissioners of the State Information Commission, Commissioners and Secretaries of the State Government are expected to attend the programme besides the resource persons.


Hunting and fishing banned in Chiputa

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The Chiputa Village Welfare Society has banned hunting and fishing within its jurisdiction. This was decided in a recent meeting held at the village under the chairmanship of Gaon Burah Tana Hechi.

The also decided to ban carrying of any kind of arms and hunting materials, felling of trees without prior permission from the society and carrying of any type of sawing materials within the jurisdiction of the village. Violators would be imposed fine upto Rs 50,000, the meeting resolved.

The society has further resolved to seize arms and any material used for killing or hunting wild animals and felling trees. The seized items would be deposited to the authority for initiating further necessary action against them.


Arunachal BJP bats for SSA teachers regularization

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged the Human Resource Development Minister to regularize the SSA teachers who are already in the service for the last five years.

In a letter addressed to the Union HRD Minister, State BJP vice president Sotai Kri appealed for monthly disbursement of salary to the SSA teachers. He said that irregular payment to the SSA teachers is affecting the education system. He also requested the Union Minister to provide free hostel facilities to children belonging to  below BPL families . Kri also sought to reinstate the board system for class V and VIII and demanded establishment of an IIT institute at Diyun circle.


Society felicitates toppers

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The Bogum Ao Foundation (BAF) felicitated 15 meritorious students belonging to Bogum Ao, who excelled in class X and XII 2014 examinations conducted by CBSE and ICSE.

Speaking at the function, BAF chief advisor Tony Koyu exhorted the students to study hard to achieve the desired goal in life.

BAF also honoured Dr. Rejum Ronya and Dr. Marpe Sora for specialization and doctorate course in their chosen fields.

Meanwhile, the BAF members deeply mourned the demise of Jarde Likar and prayed for eternal peace of his departed soul.


Seva Dal team tours Kurung Kumey

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) has intensified its activities to strengthen Congress party organization further at grassroots level.

As part of the mission, a team of Seva Dal leaders toured Kurung Kumey district and held a series of awareness meetings at Palin, Nyapin, Koloriang and Sangram  wherein various welfare activities of the ruling Congress Government were highlighted before the public.

The tour was flagged off by APCSD Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha at Indira Gandhi Congress Bhawan on November 15.


GPF demands status report within 15 days

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Galo People’s Forum (GPF) has demanded a status report from the Local Sub-ordinate Committee (LSC) on the action taken by it regarding establishment of the temporary and permanent headquarters of Lower Siang district within the next fortnight.

Expressing its strong resentment over the State Govt.’s alleged failure to address the grievances even after expiry of three months, GPF in a meeting yesterday decided to organize a final mass meeting of Galo society at Likabali to chalk out future course of action.


Piimee Giidii celebrated

ROING, Nov 17: Piimee Giidii, the harvest festival of the Adi community was celebrated at Rayang village here on November 14.This festival is celebrated every year during the advent of the harvest season beginning from November 7 appeasing the gods and goddesses for good weather during the harvest season.

Attending the celebration, Mutchu Mithi, Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture said, “Our Culture is our strength and we must strive to preserve it”. Saying that many communities with their own unique cultures and customs living together make one Arunachal Pradesh, he further opined that new approaches and collective efforts are essential to preserve and showcase cultural richness.

He announced a sanction of Rs 4 Lakh from his MLA LAD Fund for beautification of the Rayang Musup (Kebang House).

Sipa Mena Miuli, ZPM Iduli exhorted the Celebration Committee to continue to keep alive the traditional culture and festival intact.

Earlier, Nattong Lego, President Piimee Giidii Celebration Committee narrated the mythology of Piimee Giidii. Adi modern dances and numbers from legendary singer Gojen Noroh made the celebration more colourful. Among others Pomaya Mithi, Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPC, Chilliko Meto, Dature Miuli, Ex-ZPCs, Raja Linggi, Roing Anchal chairperson were present on the occasion. DIPRO


ALSU resents tardy work

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has demanded the executing agency and contractors concerned to expedite the construction works of the Government Law College at Jote, Papum Pare district.

Taking a serious note of the tardy work at site, ALSU claimed that although the term of the contracts work started in 2011 has expired in October last nothing tangible has been seen so far.

ALSU president Tadar Tarish, who led a team to visit the project site to take stock of the progress of the construction work, appealed to the authorities concerned and executing agency department to not release any pending bill against the said project to the contractors concerned until completion of the entire works.

ALSU further requested the executing agency to test-check all constructions to ensure quality.


Youth leadership programme at Roing


Roing, Nov 17: The opening ceremony of the Youth Leadership Training Programme in association with The Art of Living was held at the VKV prayer hall here today.

The programme was initiated by the Roing Police, as part of community policing as a campaign against alcohol and drug abuse, in association with Enjalu Menda Women's Empowerment Forum(EMWEF), Dibang Adi Women's Association(DAWA), Navyuga Engineering Company Limited and NHPC. The duration of the training programme is of six days which will start from tomorrow. The programme has been designed for both adults and adolescents, with an intake capacity of sixty trainees.

The main initiator of the programme Lower Dibang Valley SP, Rajneesh Gupta said that such programmes are very important and it will be conducted on regular basis.

The coordinator of the programme DSP Habung Hailyang informed that the main purpose of this programme is to bridge the gap between authority and subordinate, and to mingle up with the general people in order to maintain peace and tranquility in society.

"Apart from following the law while dealing with people, it is also important to understand their emotional values. This programme will help to ignite the intrinsic motivation of people and their moral values", Hailyang added.

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Talar retains titles at NE Zonal Badminton C’ship

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: State’s ace shuttler Laa Talar retained the men’s and junior boys under 19 open single titles in the North East Zone Inter State Badminton Championship - 2014 which concluded at Kanaklata Indoor Badminton Stadium, Guwahati on Sunday.

Talar defeated Monojit Singh of Tripura 22-20, 21-8 in the men’s single final to retain the title. He again beat the same opponent 21-10, 16-21, 21-17 in junior boys U-19 singles final, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association Secretary Bamang Tago.

In girls U-19 double, the pair of Pinky Karki and Laa Yajum beat Manali Bora and Ankita Rajkhowa of Assam 22-20,21-8 in the final to win the title.  

In the Girls Single U-19, Laa Yajum lost 21-10,21-13 to Ashmita Chaliha of Assam in the final.  

Arunachal lost to Assam 1-2 in the final of the boys’ team competition for Narang Cup. The Girls team also lost 0-2 Assam in the final of the Shafi Querishi Cup.

Arunachal Pradesh won 3 Gold and ome  Silver medal in open individual events.

Host Assam made a clean sweep of all the titles in team events.

The North East Zone Inter State Badminton Championship is an annual calendar event of Badminton Association of India (BAI) participated by all the NE states.



Centre-state coordination required for timely completion of projects: Kiren

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: State Coordination Committee for Infrastructure Project (SCCIP) for North Eastern States at the State level under the concerned Chief Secretary and Central Steering Committee for Infrastructure Project (CSCIP) at the national level under the Secretary (Border Management), Ministry of Home Affairs is being envisaged for timely completion of the projects.

This was decided in a meeting today in order to facilitate the smooth execution of Infrastructure development Projects in the Border Areas which was chaired by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.

The State Committee will provide resolution and remove bottlenecks locally failing which refer the matter to CSCIP. The Central Committee will ensure time bound clearance of Projects and references received from State Coordination Committee. The committees will be represented by senior officers of concerned Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and the concerned State Government. The State Committee will meet once every month and the Central Committee will meet every quarter.

In the meeting, it was highlighted that the execution of various infrastructure projects relating to Roads, Railways, Power, Telecom etc. by the Central Ministries and State Govt. are hampering the work of the other agencies due to lack of coordination.

Rijiju expressed his dissatisfaction on the status of execution of various projects. He said that existing scenario with respect to uncoordinated execution of the projects, led to unnecessary delays and inconvenience to the public. During the meeting Department of Telecom also informed that a MoU has been signed between Power Grid Corporation & DoT, wherein it has been agreed that the HT Transmission line Network of the Power-Grid will be utilized for carrying OFC cables for telecommunication connectivity. The project which is expected to be completed within a year, will give a major boost to the telecom scenario of the State.

The meeting was attended by senior officers of various Ministries of Govt. of India including Secretary (Border Management), Ministry of Home Affairs and DG, BRO.



Dept sets a March target for cement concrete road

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The ground preparation works for execution of cement concrete paved road (Rigid pavement) in the Capital Region are going on in full swing and laying of concrete will begin from first week of December.

The target for completion is March 2015. The rigid pavement is a design road, a purely mechanized based work which will have life span of above 50 years. This rich quality road is being taken up in state for first time. The state govt. has decided to take up design concrete in phase wise manners.

This year 23.19kms total length of rigid pavement road has been considered.

Rigid and flexible pavement shall be executed with heavy T&P and the department is encountering lots of problem in regard of acquiring required minimum road width of 7 mtr, informed a release.

Meanwhile, up-gradation, improvement and maintenance works of Capital Complex roads have already been taken up in various areas of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Doimukh, said a release.

Some 171kms of Capital Complex roads out of networks of above 300 kms excluding National Highways will be maintained during this year of which 46.95 kms will be renewal of surface with designed concrete and Bituminous paved road.

During 2014-15 the department is taking up 23.19kms of cement concrete road (Rigid pavement), 23.76kms of paved bituminous surface road (Flexible pavement) and 124.00kms of normal maintenances which are targeted to be completed by March 2015.

The normal routine maintenance of roads of 26.90kms out of targeted 124.00 kms @ 21.68% had been achieved as on date and the balance works will be completed by end of December 2014. Similarly, bituminous surfacing of road with paver machine of 4.70kms out of target 23.76 [email protected]% have already been completed. Re-carpeting with paver machine in Nirjuli township areas have been completed while the carpeting works at Itanagar, Naharlagun and Doimukh areas are in progress. The balance works of carpeting are targeted to be completed by end of December 2014.

The bituminous surfacing work with paver on PapuNallah -Jully- Itanagar- road (12 kms) and the maintenance works of Itanagar-Jote road (18 kms) are also going in full swing which will also be completed by December 2015 end. The two lane re-carpeting of approach road of Yupia hq office and NIT measuring 2 kms have already been completed.



The tallest Okra plant in India

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Supposedly the longest Okra plant to be recorded till date in India, the 17.5 feet Okra plant of one D Loyi, a Central Govt employee posted at Guwahati is intently vying for the Limca Book of Records title.

Planted this May in Loyi’s kitchen garden in the Income Tax Residential Complex, Beltola, the Okra plant is still growing and has reportedly crossed the 17 feet height, which is the recorded measure for the longest Okra plant with the Limca Book of Records. According to Loyi, the yield has been plenty so far and the plant is still flowering and bearing pods.

The anxious grower on contacting the Limca Book of Records has been suggested to complete the formalities and register for formal claim by June 30,2015. Obviously, Loyi is a happy kitchen gardener with lots of Okra to eat while the coveted title is round the corner.



Villagers oppose land acquisition for firing range

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Durpa-1 Village Welfare Committee has expressed strong displeasure over allotting land to the ITBP for firing range. The villagers today organized a massive protest rally participated by more than 500 locals including school children.

The rally was against the state government’s decision to set up firing range  for ITBP at Durpa-1 village under Kimin circle. The protesters did not allow Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner and other high level officials to hold public hearing fixed for the purpose. Villagers demanded that firing range area must be shifted to some other place.

Bamang Sima  villager, told that the firing area inside the village is causing serious problems to the villagers. According to him, “Villagers are not able to sleep due to the noise caused by firings at night and even students are not able to concentrate on their studies due to noise pollution.”

Accusing the state government, he questioned as to why the govt. is not following usual norms, which states that firing range should be at least 5 km away from residential areas/ villages. He alleged that the firing range is only 200M from the village area and also near to the Higher Secondary School. (Courtesy- Eastern Sky Media)



Karate players continue to shine in international event

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The karate players of Arunachal Pradesh have brought laurels to the state by winning nine medals, including three gold, two silver and four bronze, in the International Karate Do Championship held at Birtamod, Jhapa, Nepal from November 11 to 15. Bamang Yakum won a gold medal in Kumite in girls below 55 kg category while Tang Narba and Langkung Tatu won one gold medal each in Kumite in men’s below 50 kg and below 67 kg category respectively. Tatu also won a bronze medal in Kata event.

Milleno Mamai, who was adjudged as the best fighter in the championship, clinched a silver medal in Kumite in girls below 45kg category. Dunun Miyu won the second silver medal for the state in Kumite in boys below 60kg category.

Ha Rimi won one bronze medal each in Kumite and Kata events in girls below 50kg category. The fourth bronze medal was won by Dari Lokam in Kumite in men’s above 76kg category, informed Arunachal Karate Do Association general secretary L Marik.



Awareness prog on gender sensitive legal measures at RGU

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Chennai conducted a one day awareness programme for young women on gender sensitive legal measures.

The programme aimed at sensitizing women to their legal rights and to create awareness about physical, mental and sexual harassment at home and workplace, informed the coordinator of the programme, Prof. Elizabeth Hangsing.

Kani Nada Maling, Legal Advisor of Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Commission speaking on the topic ten legal rights explained the different kinds of violence on women and discussed the steps that a victim can take and the legal aids that she can avail under the criminal procedure of law. The speaker also explained zero FIR, and the issues of compensation and counseling available to a victim.

Dr. Jumyir Basar, Associate Professor gave an informative presentation on Human Trafficking and Immoral Trafficking (Preventive) Act (1956). Human trafficking which is the third largest trade of organized crime is also an act commodifying men, women and children. Giving an insight into the existing dismal scenario of human trafficking in the world, the speaker called for stringent measures even within our own society, e.g. proper registration of ILP of domestic helpers, avoiding child labour etc.

Vandana, Upadhyay, Associate Professor, explained sexual harassment and sexual harassment at work place. She spoke about the self empowerment of women especially at workplace by the existing Act of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace which was implemented on 22nd April 2013. She stressed on the need of Gender Sensitive Awareness in every department of the state to create awareness for both men and women.

Taw Azu, Principal, Govt. Women’s College deliberated on Domestic Violence. She explained that Article 498 (A), of the Indian Constitution deals with the different kinds of violence against women. She stressed on the fact that this law aims at immediate stoppage of the violent act and it requires no evidence to initiate act against the perpetrator.

Dr. Tage Rupa, Deputy Coordinator of the programme also spoke at the programme.

The programme was attended by students of various departments of RGU, students from various colleges and women faculty of RGU.



Taloh inaugurates up-graded Pessing Hr. Sec School

AALO, Nov 17: Education Minister Tapang Taloh inaugurated the newly up-graded Pessing Higher Secondary School yesterday.

Addressing a public meeting at Jomlo Mobuk, the minister said that education is the backbone for all development The Secondary School has been up-graded to fulfill the demands of Siyom Bango people to solve the problem of school admission in the lone higher secondary school at Rumgong. The school will soon function as Higher Secondary School soon after the posting of Principal and required teachers.

The minister, who had separate meeting with teachers of Rumgong subdivision, asked them to dicharge with dedication for the betterment of the students. He disclosed that all higher secondary schools will be declared catchments area of JN College Pasighat to do away with admission problem.

Responding to a public memorandum submitted by Jomlo Mobuk ZPM Opung Jerang pertaining to construction of auditorium, introduction of science stream in the school, the minister said that their demands will loked into on priority basis.

Among others, ADC Kamba Nyiken Lollen, West Siang ZPC Yaman Bagra, DCC (I) President Gedo Kato, Deputy Director EE Obuk Panor, T. Pabin, DDSE Tomi Doke, Circle Officer Jomlo Mobuk, ZPMs Jomlo Mobuk, senior people and Siyom Bango Students Union attemded the inauguration ceremony.

During his short visit to SFS College, Yeggo yesterday, Taloh lauded the role of private institutes saying that the private schools and colleges in different parts of the state are rendering excellent service and contributing in the growth of literacy rate.

Taloh, menawhile, disclosed that a decision regarding the CM’s Talent Awards for students of private schools has also been taken recently with the chief minister.

Joshy Methew, Manager of SFS School and College disclosed that the institution is making a humble journey and striving for all-round development of students.

Sr. Annie, Vice Principal of the school gave a detailed account of functioning of the college. DIPRO



Publicity campaign on central flagship progs at Namsai

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The second phase of Public Information Campaign (PIC) has begun at Namsai to sensitize the public on various central flagship programmes.

Inaugurating the campaign, Namsai MLA and Chairman of National Bamboo Agency Chau Zingnu Namchoom sought more cooperation of public and the administration for making the public aware of those programmes and their successful implementation. He explained the steps taken by the State Government for betterment of the people along the line of the central government.

Namsai Deputy Commissioner, RK Sharmah while highlighting some local problems urged the people to take maximum benefits out of these programmes. He suggested the people to approach implementing authorities if there were any doubt or problem in availing these benefits.

Prize oriented spot quiz was also organized during the programme besides songs and drama.

Various schemes and programmes such as Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Rastriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan, MGNREGA, National Housing Schemes and schemes of veterinary development were highlighted during the campaign.

Earlier, Deputy Director, PIB, Guwahati M Doley elaborated the aim and objectives of the campaign in details.

An exhibition cum sale by various Govt. departments, NGOs, SHGs and promotional programmes in the line of the theme of the PIC is also being organized during the three day campaign.

A public rally was also organized by the Directorate of Field Publicity, Tezu and Nampong Field Unit.

The campaign is organized by the Press Information Bureau (PIB), Guwahati in coordination with Namsai District Administration in collaboration with Songs and Drama Division (S&DD), All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan (DD), Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP) and Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP).



Ering adopts Takilalung under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

PASIGHAT, Nov 16: Arunachal (East) Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering adopted Takilalung to develop it into model village under “Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana”.

Speaking on the occasion, MP Ering said “Reform is multi-stage process but must be people-centric and people-driven. To bring real developments, elected representatives should address the root causes of underdevelopment at grass root level.”

Launching the scheme, MP Ering said that villagers should not expect that everything would change overnight because this effort has to go on continuously incorporating changes according to changing times.  He called upon the people to rise above political affiliations to make the place a model village. “Petty political differences shouldn’t put hindrances in developmental works causing undue delay in providing facilities at the doorsteps of the needy people,” he added.

ADC (Incharge) T Pertin, PD (DRDA) Manik Bui, CO T Tatak, head of offices and leaders also spoke on the occasion. ZPM Osi Tatak and Anchal Chairperson Alen Taning lauded the MP for adopting Takilalung. DIPRO



Who will take care of the final resting place?

Denhang Bosai

I often wonder why we don’t realize that we are but temporary guests in this mortal world. We are only taking a few years of rest in this beautiful world while on our journey to the unknown world from where no body ever returns. Life is a transitory flower and not a static object. The beautiful flowers bloom only for a short time to spread colours and fragrance in our otherwise prosaic and mundane lives. They bloom but only to wither soon. The lovely birds that sing for us to make us happy and cheerful live only for a few years. They too go to the same world we all have to go, never to return again. But paradoxically, we behave as if we will live in this world for ever. We muse, brood and think about the past memories that inspire us to move ahead on the treacherous journey of life as the future beckons invitingly. We tend to think only about our personal aggrandizement, building houses, trying to make our children officers so that they live with comforts and luxuries. We never talk or think about the one and only surest truth in this world; death.

I have been to many towns in Arunachal Pradesh including our state capital Itanagar. The most striking and the common characteristic of all these towns is the absence of public burial place. The planners build roads, bridges, houses and what have you, but conveniently forget to construct the most important place in this world; a decent burial ground for the dead. They forget that all including the great planners themselves will have to eventually go to the graves to rest permanently. They must realize that all those who have appeared in this world will have to go to the graveyard. But this simple truth is eluding every body. In tribal society burial grounds are accorded top priority. All the villages have their village burial grounds. In fact, before settling down at any new place, the villagers invariably earmark or select a place mostly in the outskirt of the village to use as a public burial ground. But this practice is not seen in the urban areas for the reason[s] best known to the planners and the administration.

This issue has already become a hot topic of discussion among the intellectuals, intelligentsia and the right thinking people of our state. The land is getting scarce by the day thanks to the exodus of people from the rural areas to the urban centers. The WHO’s WHO of the government will have to find out a suitable place today for construction of public burial grounds or graveyards in all the towns of the state otherwise tomorrow may be too late. There is as usual no problem for the haves who have their own lands for the purpose but what about the have-nots? Where will their dead bodies rest? The planners must think out of the box keeping in mind the poorest of the poor in our society. There are lakhs of people coming from outside our state for employment and business. Not all of them can afford to take the dead bodies of their loved ones to their homes. What can they do in the absence of a public burial ground? Here, there is another big issue; people belonging to different faiths and their different ways of disposing off the dead. So, the government has a job cut out for it. To each his own, but I feel that cremation is the best way of disposing off the dead bodies as it takes a little space and is easier, especially when cremation is done by using electric power. But unfortunately, a new trend of erecting huge memorials among the neo rich Arunachalese has emerged compounding the already tricky problem of the government and the society. This practice will need huge space and must be discouraged by all. In the past the burial of the dead bodies was simple using easily degradable materials thus helping in reusing the same spot again and again. The time has come to learn from our past. No individuals should be allowed to erect memorials, especially at the public graveyards. The people can indulge in this practice at their own places. I don’t know why some people don’t realize the simple truth that once dead the person’s body will be eaten by worms and become one with the soil. So, why waste so much of money and effort unnecessarily? There are hundreds of ways of showing one’s love and respect to the dead. They can build schools, hospitals, children’s homes etc in his/her memory. Erecting a costly and a huge memorial at the public burial ground is a nuisance and people will only curse.

The time is indeed ripe to ponder over this serious issue and do something at the earliest, especially for the poor people who have no lands of their own. We must accept the fact that all will die one day and all will need a permanent resting place irrespective of religion, caste and creed, colour, rich, poor, young and old. So, it’s futile and uncalled for to run away from the bitterest truth and our responsibility. I have written exhaustively on this subject earlier also but it seems there are no takers. [The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at [email protected]]



World Heritage Site awareness at Dirang and Thembang

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: A team of the Research Department led by its Director Dr Tage Tada was on a three-day visit to Dirang and Thembang in West Kameng district recently for ‘reengineering awareness and preparedness on world heritage sites.’

The team, which included Assistant Curators Dr SK Ghosh and K Day held meetings with HoDs, GBs and the public at the Dirang ADC’s office and at the Babu Community hall in Thembang last Friday and Saturday to build enthusiasm among the people about the inclusion of Ziro and Thembang on the UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage sites.

At both the meetings, Dr Tada termed the inclusion “an historic event for Arunachal Pradesh” and the result of joint efforts by the state government and the research department. “But the responsibility of bringing them to the final list of world heritage sites is with the villagers, local communities and the administrations,” he said.

Dr Tada advised the HoDs to bear in mind the traditional Monpa architecture and engineering when undertaking any developmental activity in Thembang fortified village. He suggested preparing an action plan to sustain living monuments and ruins prior to the final scrutiny by the UNESCO.

Speaking at both the meetings, Dirang ADC, Dagbom Riba lauded the significant role of research department in this regard and appealed the villagers to extend all cooperation to bring fortune and pride of Monpas as well as Arunachalee society.

While appreciating the initiatives undertaken by state Govt, ZPM Jam Tsering assured whole hearted co-operation for bringing Thembang in the final list of World Heritage sites. Besides, Gaon Buras, villagers, public leaders spoke on the occasion, according to an official release.



Parl. Secy. hands over tea leaf carrying vehicle to SHG

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Parliamentary Secretary (Trade & Commerce) Phosum Khimhun handed over the key of the leaf carrying vehicle to Khalap SHG of Runglo Basti of Longding district in a simple but impressive function at a city hotel here today.

The vehicle has been purchased with 50 percent subsidy from Tea Board India under Plantation Development Scheme,

Besides Khalap SHG two other SHGs, namely Rising SHG of Longding district and Siang Basin SHG of Oyan, Pasighat have been selected for financial assistance from TBI.

The SHG with its own leaf carrying vehicle can now carry their green tea leaves to factory without depending upon middle men or agents, who always exploit the small tea growers by not paying proper price, said Khimhun. He termed it as a small but very important achievement for them.

Director of Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin urged small tea growers to form more SHGs to avail the benefits of the scheme.

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Things to change

Home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday warned China against constructing roads in Indian Territory while maintaining that New Delhi wants cordial ties with its neighbours.  Asked what if China continues to carry out construction of roads on Indian side, Singh said our forces will be left with no alternative but to "break" any such construction. This is a rare tough posture adopted by an Indian minister against China. The statement for sure will be rebuked by the Chinese establishment.

Chinese army has been regularly carrying out incursion activities inside Indian Territory in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. Despite such unfortunate incidents, in the past strangely Indian government tried to play down aggressive activities of Chinese army. Indian analysts believe that Chinese got emboldened by such mute behavior of Delhi. People of India, in particularly the citizens of Arunachal have high expectation from Modi government. They should not get bullied by China and concentrate in developing border areas of Arunachal. Unless infrastructures are upgraded in border areas, Chinese will continue to carry out such illegal activities taking advantage of the situation. Home Minister has sent out message of a stronger India emerging under the BJP regime and only time will tell what kind of influence such tough posture will have on Indo-China relation.

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Deprived of stipend

Dear Editor

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks and inevitable gratitude to the Department of Higher and Technical Education, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for depriving some of us from getting our 2nd instalment stipend.

Many a times we enquired about it but the officials of Higher & Technical Education always gave us the same answer, “paisa aney se bhej dega”.

I am shocked to learn that final transactions has been made for session 2013-14 and only few students were enlisted for awarding stipend depriving many of us. So I on the behalf of all the deprived students would like to say big thank you for such partial and unfair treatment.

Lastly but not least I would like to remind that everyone deserves equal treatment and opportunity in a democratic society.

I expect that the new Directorate of Higher and Technical Education would not allow his officials to commit such blunder in days to come.


Tadar Kaming

Dera Natung Govt College




Provide information

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of concerned authority to kindly provide information on utilization of various centrally and state sponsored funds, MLALAD funds, MPLAD funds and  MPs, MLAs and Minister’s discretionary funds on various schemes and projects on the public domain, government websites and on boards in each constituency.

Section 4 of the RTI requires the government of every state to proactively provide easy-to-find, clear, accurate and up-to-date information on utilization of public funds to the citizen and it is mandatory that the these funds are utilized in a consultative, participatory and accountable manner rather than based on money that can be made by contractors and the MLA as we have past evidence to support it.

Having access to information on these funds will enable people to meaningfully engage with their MLAs to ensure that the funds are spent on their areas most imperative development needs.


A citizen



Contradictory policies

Dear Editor,

The State Government of Arunachal Pradesh has adopted new policy for the Land & Revenue Management Department, Govt of AP, wherein applicant can apply for Land Allotment for Regularization of Unauthorized Occupation of Government Land directly in violation of The Arunachal Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupations) Act, 2003 & The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971. Now the big question are: 1. how District Administration can stop fresh public encroachment of government land? 2. How any court can give judgments in favour of the complainant pursuing against the violators of Public Premises Act when it is the Cabinet decision of the State Government of A.P to regularized unauthorized occupation of Government land? 3. How State Government, Land & Revenue Management Department & District Administration, government of A.P are trying to protect the government lands which are not yet encroached by the public? How many of you think that the said policy of the State Government is going to benefit the State?

Only in Capital Complex more than 11000 illegal encroachers are going to be benefited soon by this policy.


Nabam Tado

Member Secretary, Border Affairs & Communal Harmony, AAPSU




Where are we headed ?  

Dear Editor,

When the rest of the world is speeding up their pace of development and everyone is trying to achieve a noble and peaceful mode of sustaining life in this beautiful world, it is very disheartening to see the very sorry state affairs of our state. It is very clear that with the increased pace of development, there is many fold increase in crime graph in our society, especially in capital area.

In the recent past, there have been several minor and some major crimes that have occurred in our state including bank robbery to gruesome cold blooded murder of one renowned trader. Few mysterious murder have occurred,  very shameful act of rape, molestation and many more such instances of crime have occurred which has gone unreported and unnoticed. Such instances have led to an environment of fear psychosis and uncertainty among the common public which is very unfortunate and shameful and a serious issue to think upon.

Such sudden rise in crime graph has put a big question mark on the ability; technical knowhow, the preparedness and commitment of the law enforcing department and government machinery.

So, in order to build trust among the public it is high time for the government and department to be prepared and equip themselves with the required knowledge to keep themselves abreast with the rise in crime graph and its technicality.

It is an appeal and question to the society and everyone that are we moving in right direction. Can we play any role in curving such ills? If so, let’s do it before it’s too late. It is also a sincere question to ourselves, the government and law enforcing department that are we really committed to the betterment of our own people? Are we practically prepared and ready and capable of containing such anti-social activities or we are just trying to fool each other? Where are we heading?


Bengia Nachung


Capital youth Organization (CYO)




Reschedule exam dates

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authority that the APPSCE has fixed the written exam date of Researchers Assistant (R.A) under the Department of Planning, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh on Dec. 12 and 13 which will coincide with the P G level exam of Rajiv Gandhi University.

It will be mutually beneficial for both the department and aspirants if the exam date is rescheduled. The department will be able to attract and select efficient and best candidates if the exam dates are rescheduled.

I as an aspirant candidate earnestly request the concern authority to kindly reconsider and reschedule the aforesaid exam date to January or February 2015 in the interest of all the aspirant candidates.  


Dongche Isaack

Lohit Hostel,








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