November 24


News Impact



2nd edition of Mr Arunachal to be held in December

ITANAGAR, Nov 23: The Arunachal Body Building Association (ABBA) has decided to organize the second edition of State Level Body Building Championship - Mr ARUNACHAL 2014, on December 27 and 28 next.

With Chief Minister Nabam Tuki as chief patron, the event will include competitions in six weight group categories; up to and inclusive 55 kgs, up to and inclusive 60 kgs, up to and inclusive 65 kgs, up to and inclusive 70 kgs, up to and inclusive 75 kgs and above 75 kgs, informed ABBA vice president and organising committee chairman Nabam Jose.

Mr Arunachal will represent Arunachal Pradesh in the 6th Eastern India Championship slated to be held at Imphal on January 4 and 5 next year, the chairman further informed.

Besides officials from India Body Builders Federation (IBBF0s, a host of body builders of national and international fame are expected to take part in the event.


PTC, Doggin enters final

ITANAGAR, Nov 23: PTC Banderdewa and Donggin Rasseng will meet in the final of the Podi-Barbi Festival Volleyball Tournament which will be played on November 30 next.

The semi-finals were played here today at Solung-Mopin Ground.

PTC Banderdewa team thrashed Podi-Barbi Festival Committee (27-25 & 25-18) in the first match while Donggin Rasseng beat Moying Rasseng (25-18 & 25-19) in second match to enter the final.


Rule of law must prevail: Negi

PASIGHAT, Nov 23: “. Rule of law should prevail and life and properties of every citizen must be protected. All welfare schemes and projects should be implemented as per guidelines,” stated the State’s Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi while holding a consultative meeting with the DC, SP and head of offices today at Siang Guest House, Pasighat to assess the law and order scenario and other developments of the district.

Responding to DC and SP’s brief presentation, the CS directed the district administration to deal with the miscreants with iron hands. Stern action and convictions are necessary under appropriate laws, he stated.

The Chief Secretary further informed that a full-fledged women police station in Pasighat is coming up shortly. Encroachment in government lands, drug peddling, molestation, rape must be checked on priority, he added.

The district has vast scope in agriculture sector and people must be encouraged to adopt it as livelihood, introducing scientific and modern methods, he opined. Negi suggested the education department to identify dropouts and provide them adult education and skill developments to lead progressive lives ahead. Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme was one of the best innovative steps to provide quality healthcare to the people and therefore the health department should give more emphasis to popularize it and implement in toto, he categorically instructed the DMO. DIPRO


Football trials for NE games

ITANAGAR, Nov 23: The Arunachal Pradesh Football Association today informed that the trials for the state football team will be held at the Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy at Chimpu on November 25 next from 12:30 PM. APFA general secretary, Doke informed that APFA president and former MP Takam Sanjoy will also be part of the selection team.

The NE Games are scheduled to begin here on December 10 next.


Charon Lowang crowned Miss Tirap 2014

Deomali, Nov 23: Charon Lowang of Wasathong village was crowned Miss Tirap 2014 from 18 participants.  

Miss Binny Sawin bagged the 1st runners-up while Miss Kampo Akhang the 2nd runners- up.

The programme was organised by women's society of Deomali in collaboration with the 1st Assam Rifles.

Tirap beauty contest was choreographed by Miss Chalo Hondique.

Earlier, while speaking as the chief guest on the occasion Aparna Nayar lauded the effort of the organisers and said that the beauty contest showed the spirit of the women's power. She said that the women are not only home makers but nation builders adding that without the active support of women no nation can rise. She also thanked main sponsor Hindustan Unilever Limited. The representatives of the HUL appealed all to be involved in the project Shakti which is working for uplift of the rural populace, especially women.(DIPRO)


Cub Bulbul Utsav

ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Three days district level Cub Bulbul Utsav has started at Govt. Middle School Borum on Nov 22 organized by District Head Quarters, Bharat Scouts & Guides Papum Pare District.

60 Cubs & Bulbuls (6 to 10 yrs age group) from six schools of Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa are participating in the utsav.

Techi Tolu, ZPM, Borum I inaugurated the meet by hoisting the scouts and guides flag. He emphasized the importance of co-curricular activities in the lives of the students.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Social Service was conducted on Nov 22 at Padi Village under Dari Circle of West Siang District as a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Dr. M. Basar, District Medical Officer who is from the same village participated along with the villagers.

Meanwhile, the villagers decided that cleanliness drive will be held 3 times every month.

Selling gutkhas, drinking and purchasing of foreign liquor within Padi village jurisdiction have been banned as well as playing cards, carrom board and any type of gambling.

It was also decided to compulsorily construct Pigstay and Goat Shed while fishing using modern techniques has been banned.


Assam govt to prevent terrorism

Guwahati, Nov 23: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said his government was able to prevent the spread of all forms of terrorism across the state and that it would firmly deal with any Jihadi group.

"Our government has been able to contain all forms of terrorism following a slew of security measures," Gogoi tweeted.

"We'll also deal very firmly with jihadi groups and foil their sinister designs to set up base in Assam," he said in the microblogging site.

"The security measures have been put in place to ensure that the wheels of development move on," he said. PTI

Home Ministry working towards solution to stapled visa, border issue: Rijiju

ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju stated that the Home Ministry is working hard for a permanent concrete solution to the vexed stapled Visa issue, inter-state boundary issue between Assam and Arunachal and international boundary with China.  

The MoS made the statement at his North Block office on Nov 21 while appraised by a team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union led by President Kamta Lapung on the contagious problems of stapled visas issued to people from the state, the long pending boundary issue with Assam and continuous incursions by China into Arunachal.

The AAPSU team consisting of Lapung and spokesperson Tanya Agu after briefing the MoS on the issues also submitted a memorandum for early and concrete solution to the problems.        

AAPSU release informed that, Rijiju after paying a patience hearing gave his positive assurances to the issues raised.

Lapung, apprised the Minister of the rare opportunities which the sporting talents of Arunachal Pradesh has been losing continuously at the international arena without any fault but because of the repeated stapled Visa given to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Requesting for the MoS to expedite the process of granting regular Visa to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and ensure that the matter is resolved at the earliest, spokesperson Agu, stated that, this repeated injustice meted out to the people of Arunachal Pradesh has given a feeling of alienation among the youths and people of the state. Calling for a concrete solution to the long pending boundary and border issue of both inter-state and international level, AAPSU stated that the genesis of the present boundary dispute between Arunachal and Assam has been a bone of contention for the people of Arunachal since its inception as a union territory in 1972.

The memorandum stated that, even after repeated pleas to the state and central governments, time and again people of the state have to bear the brunt out of the atrocities made by the people of Assam. On the other hand the repeated claims and incursions of China made over the territory of Arunachal Pradesh have brought in a sense of insecurity and anguish to the people of the state, it added.



The brave Indian martyr remembered

ITANAGAR, Nov 23: A wreath laying ceremony was organized by 15 SIKH LI under the aegis of 22 Infantry Brigade at Ketinala, Upper Subansiri district to commemorate 52nd Death Anniversary of Havildar Sire Thapa.

Thapa was part of a protective patrol of one platoon located near Rio Bridge in the Upper Subansiri valley. On 18th Nov 1962 at 1500 hours about   200 Chinese troops came in contact with Thapa’s party.    

Havildar Sire Thapa fought bravely and killed approx 160 Chinese soldiers before he succumbed to his death.  He delayed the Chinese advance to nearly 72 hour. The brave actions of Sire Thapa won the hearts of locals of the area who still hold him in vary high esteem. Even the Chinese recognized his bravery. The Chinese buried his dead body with an inscription in Chinese script appreciating the fighting spirit of Havildar Sire Thapa.

His mortal remains were brought to Limeking and last rites were performed and a grave was built there.

The great soldier is highly revered in the area for his gallant act. To pay the tribute to the legend, the wreath laying ceremony was organized. The gaurd of honor was given in the presence of the Colonel Satyasheel Baber, Deputy Commander, 22 Infantry Brigade and various other dignitaries. The ceremony was also attended by 200 civilians of nearby villages including GB’s of Limeking, TCC and Orak.



Massive eviction drive at West Siang

Aalo,  Nov 23: The West Siang district administration ultimately took a bold decision, on Saturday to evict all structures falling within a radius of 6m on both sides of the road from Nehru Chowk to Pakam Tinali where two lane CC Pavement roads will soon be executed by the Public Work Department.

The requirement usually for such road is 18m but relaxed to 12m for the time being to avoid large scale damages.

The day long drive went off without any stiff opposition affecting 5 RCC buildings, one SPT, 25 CC flooring in front of commercial and residential buildings, two CC steps of RCC buildings, five OBT houses, ten roadside hawkers, two iron gates with CC pillars, 7 boulder and CC walls, many iron angled fencings etc.

More than 20 structures were found to be self demolished. ADC cum Estate Officer Tamik Talom, DLR&SO Pumek Ronya, Town Magistrate M. Kakki, EE PHED Er. Toni Ete, AE PWD Er. Dukjum Lona, former MLA Talong Taggu, in charge police team SI T. Gadi, JEs, LM staffs, ALCs, PHED pipe fitters, PWD Department labors were involved for nine hours.

The step was necessitated to start the road construction work to do away the deplorable road condition of Aalo Township and supportive citizens behind the demolition in their quest for development are a good sign.

Similar drive will be taken up in sectors and colonies where roads, CC drains and culverts have been sanctioned without any compromise and rollbacks for the general welfare of the town dwellers. The self demolition notices to all sectors have also been issued by the DC cum affiliated authority to maintain the required distances as per the notification issued by Department of Urban Development and Housing especially for Aalo township road within ten days from date of issue of notice. Administration has made it clear that any construction works should be done as per the laid down rules in the allotment order issued to each individual to avoid such problems in future. (DIPRO)



Weeklong AoL for Police at Roing concludes


ROING, Nov 23: The week long Art of Living course conducted by the district police department 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, concluded today.

The course was structured differently for both, adults and children, happiness and personality development programmes respectively.

The main initiator of the programme, SP Lower Dibang Valley Rajneesh Gupta, co-ordinator of the programme DSP Habung Hailyang and DC Roing Shiv Kumar, also took part in the week long course, among many others.

The participants gave positive feedback on the programme pronouncing it extremely beneficial and even going to the extent of requesting the police department to conduct such programmes on a regular basis. SP Gupta said that he is extremely happy with the success of this programme and has already planned for its second phase to start from the 29th of this month.

DSP Hailyang said that such programmes help in connecting the police with the common people on a different level and such understanding between the two makes policing more comfortable for both parties.



Torgya revelry in Dudunghar

A toilet for every house: Jambey Tashi

Tawang, Nov 23: Parliamentary secretary for RWD, Jambey Tashi joined the celebrations at the 4 day Palden LhamoTorgya festival at Marmang Gonpa in Dundunghar circle yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, the parliamentary secretary and the local MLA exhorted the huge gathering of devotees on the vitality of preserving culture and tradition. He expressed his gratitude to the abbot of the monastery for initiating the festival and providing a platform to the far flung villages of the circle to come together and showcase their culture and tradition.

“With the youth of the district dazzled and blindfolded with the blaze of modernization, our most treasured asset is in the verge of extinction” he said.

“We must learn and absorb it from the elders and pass it to the younger generation as inheritance” he added.

Further, he stressed on cleanliness and hygiene while urging the villagers to focus on construction of toilets in every house.

Terming open defecation as the root cause of many health issues in Lumla circle, he laid emphasis on ‘a toilet for every house’.

Former abbot of Tawang monastery, Reverend Gyalsey Rinpochey called on the devotees to follow the teachings of Lord Buddha and practice it in daily life. “Practice non violence and do not envy others achievements, rather rejoice their success and strive to emulate it” he preached.

Abbot of the monastery, Reverend Jampa Chonjor, who is believed to have founded the monastery in his first incarnation, spoke eloquently on the importance of art and culture while informing that the festival will be made an annual event.

Earlier, Reverend Gyaltse Rinpochey bestowed Tsewang (blessings for long and prosperous life) to the hundred of devotees from across the circle and the neighbouring country Bhutan.

Finally, the curtains on the 4 day Torgya revelry were drawn with colourful cultural programmes at the 374 year old monastery. (Contributed by Lham Tsering, Chief Editor, Mon Tawang Vigilance)



National Book Week Celebrations in Wakro

Read and be empowered: DFO

Wakro, Nov 23: “Reading is power. It can transform you and help you to discover your potentials. APNE Library is an ideal place to enrich your learning”, said Koj Tasar, DFO Wild Life, Kamlang, as he released a book gift from Simon Smith, London, a library patron.

“We must be grateful to Mr. Smith for regularly contributing a nice set of books to the APNE Library for the 4th year consecutively, and with great personal care.”

He also congratulated the activists for organizing the reading campaign in the schools of Wakro circle, as a part of the National Book Week Celebrations.  Tasar also announced a book gift of Rs. 10,000, for strengthening the library collection.  

Asuni Khamblai reader activist narrated how the volunteers have been conducting various book activities in their own villages during the summer vacations and even in the puja break.

Activist Banika Kri explained how they have been conducting the National Book Week programs not only in middle schools but also in the secondary schools at Wakro and Medo. She also explained how the children of Namgo are happy to have a new regular mini library in their village.



Crime against NE people in Delhi rises

NEW DELHI, Nov 23:  Crime against people from North-East in the national capital has witnessed a steady rise with Delhi Police receiving 650 calls related to crime this year.

According to data compiled by Delhi police, till November 15 this year, it has received a total 847 calls out of which 645 calls were related to crime.

Police converted 139 of these into FIRs. The number of FIRs stood only at 74 from the people of this region last year.

The highest complaints numbering 259 were received from South Delhi district followed by South East which stood at 53.

The lowest number of calls, six, were received from North East Delhi district. The number of complaints received from other districts were, North West - 44, South West - 40, North - 35, West - 32, East -19, Central - 15, New Delhi - 15, Outer - 10, Crime & Railway - 8 and Out of Delhi - 8.

When it comes to police station wise data Vasant Vihar got the most 58 calls followed by Safdarjung Enclave - 48, Kotla Mubarakpur - 23, Malviya Nagar - 21, and Mukherji Nagar - 20. These are all areas with considerable population from the North-East.

There were 159 cases related to quarrel which topped the list.

56 cases of eve teasing were reported while there were 22 cases of cyber crime/racial discrimination through social media etc.

13 cases were of molestation while six cases of rape and four cases of attempt to rape were also reported.

Last week, three youths from the Northeast were found dead within 48 hours in the city.

A 32-year-old PhD scholar from Manipur was found murdered with his neck slashed at his home in south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur area on Wednesday night.

The deceased was identified as Keashung Zingram Kengo who had completed his Ph. D from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

In another incident reported from Malviya Nagar area, a Manipuri student was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence on Thursday morning.

The same night, another youth from North-East had died after he apparently fell from the staircase at his home in Munirka area in south Delhi.

He was in an inebriated condition when the incident took place.

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RSS-the new power centre of India ?

These days everyone appears eager to flaunt their RSS card in the present dispensation. It is a well known fact that RSS and BJP shares an integral relation like that of mentor-student. Most of the present BJP leaders have close ties with RSS members. The two recently elected BJP Chief Ministers, Haryana’s ML Khattar and Maharashtra’s Devendra Fadnavis rose to prominence because of their closeness with RSS ranks.  In fact, the RSS has come to be perceived as the other power centre. This is the reason why bureaucrats, government officials and even private citizens are lining up to hear RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Herein lies the problem. The BJP is a political party and its leaders are free to meet and consult anyone and everyone, including the RSS. But, what about bureaucrats and officials of autonomous institutions who are trying to be in good books of the Sangh? They should not be looking for Sangh and its chief for favours or policy directions. It is a disturbing trend. Already, the RSS imprint is becoming more pronounced in running of the HRD ministry. As things stand and if this trend continues, there is a possibility that the RSS may become the new National Advisory Council (NAC) and Mohan Bhagwat its Sonia Gandhi. Development of dual power centres have not proved good in the long run. Sooner or later, there is bound to be a tussle. The onus is completely on the Prime Minister. He needs to dispel the impression that if the RSS wanted something to be done, it would be very hard for the government to ignore it. These are still early days. How Modi handles the RSS may decide his legacy and the future of his government. As of now, the government has changed but some remnant of diarchy is there. The quest for RSS-free BJP continues.

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A border area that needs attention

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteem newspaper, I on behalf of common people of Singa - Gelling Circle would like to highlight few genuine grievances in Arunachal Times.

The issues highlighted here have been already submitted to the Deputy Commissioner Upper Siang on dated 7th November' 2014. The people of Singa circle have verbally conveyed the following grievances to him on 22nd October 2014 during his visit at Singa. The DC has assured the Gaon Burahs & common peoples of Singa to resolve the issues as early as possible.

Sub Centre Singa:- SC Singa is short of staffs, currently only one Health Assistant (HA) is posted there. There is severe threat to the health & life especially for pregnant women & her child, due to lack of medical attention. The people of Singa Circle request the Karuna Trust Group to kindly post 2 Staff Nurse & 1 HA as early as possible considering the intensity of the problem.

Issue of PH E staff: - Singa Circle has no PHE staff to ensure supply of timely & safe drinking water to every household, which is the main reason why the people of Singa Circle are suffering from water borne disease which is a serious concern.

Therefore, the people of Singa Circle highly request the concerned Department to post 4 staff at Singa Circle out of which 2 may be posted at Singa Camp, in order to ensure supply of clean, safe & drinkable water. We hope the department will look into the matter when the Nation is high on Swatch Bharat Abhiyan.

The Landing Ground (LG) & dropping zone of Singa Camp has not seen maintenance since last 5 years due to which in 2013, the pilot accidentally drooped things upon the PWD JE quarter Singa & destroyed the quarter along with the DSPT phone. Therefore, the people of Singa camp highly request the PWD department to post staff immediately for maintenance of the LG & dropping zone so that such incident does not occur in future. We also request them to restore the DSPT phone as early as possible.

Issue of MSDP fund 2014-15:- the people of Singa-Geling Circle are not satisfied with the execution of developmental activities done so far. Therefore, we the people of Singa-Gelling Circle highly request the Deputy Commissioner Upper Sinag to appoint the BDO Office Payindem as the sole executing agency for MSDP scheme  for the Year 2014-2015. Issue of the Pawan hans seat quota: - The people of Singa Circle-highly request the Deputy Commissioner Upper Siang & Govt, of A.P to keep 5 seats reserved for the people of Singa Circle for the Pawan Hans service respectively from Naharlagun, Pasighat & Yingkiong considering the problem faced by the people of Singa Circle due to non availability of road & transportation.


Jitte Mello


Singa Circle

Upper Siang



The name of the Game

Dear Editor,

Referring to the editorial “Lack of professionalism hurting growth of football” published in your daily on November 11, 2014 let me firstly congratulate Todo United FC on their famous win over Mohun Bagan Football Club. While the euphoria is on, I hope I am not a party pooper here.

Footballing greats and legends all over the world including the likes of Peles, Ronaldinhos and our own Indian legend I M Vijayan etc. were able to make it big despite enormous personal obstacles and lack of opportunities  because they loved football from their heart and had the dream to play professional leagues and become world champions.

Love for the ball has always been there among our youths but unfortunately, the youths of Arunachal never had the motivations and the dreams to play at bigger stages because football itself was never big in India. However, now that Indian Super League has revolutionized the footballing scene in India, our youths can dream of “been there, done that”.  Parents too can now support and encourage their kids to play football because it can now be a profession/employment. Paisa bolta hai!

Another aspect that is crucial for success in any sports is the culture of the game itself. Arunachal never had. It has to now create the culture and discipline which guides and motivates the young players. We have seen enough how child prodigies of the game end up being drunkards, wasting their skills to parties and in being small town fallen celebrities. The Football and Players Associations have begun to inculcate discipline among players. Kudos to them! The ‘crorepatis’ of Arunachal can patron clubs that are run in a professional manner rather than just sponsoring/organising ‘memorial cups’. They can help built a culture of professional football in the State.

That leaves us to the point as to how much can or should the State do. Well, ideally not but since Arunachal is still a nascent State a lot depends on the State. While being realistic, here is the wish list; mini stadiums in every district, football academies in at least 4 districts, induction of qualified sports teachers in schools, and training/exposure tour for the young kids. The recent effort to involve experts from outside needs to be continued and sufficient sports materials for the school kids across the State needs to be ensured since many of them still plays barefooted and kicks around stitched-over balls. Do this and leave the rest to the players and their love for the game, motivations and dreams.


Sam Tage

IP University



Need of Marriage law

Dear Editor,

Long gone are the words of the great philosophers  that marriages are made in heaven, so is the sweet marital bliss. Today if you happen to look around your locality, one happens to see lots and lots of divorces, second, third, fourth marriages. You really don't know when your dear ones will be dumped by so called sadist. There are so many people around who in garb of raising family marry again and again. They try to defy all odds to fulfil their lust. These people just don't realise the fact that how much they are willingly hurt their dear ones. Some people try and blame it as customary. But tell me where the documentations are. No customs in any civilisation permits to bully ones family. To me, the whole explanation is farce, it’s just lust. We all must have witnessed the grief stricken families who really never recovered from their state of being left away by their dear ones. It's just disgusting to see all those sadist  try and legalise their second, third, fourth marriages. Try what, they may, I think it's irreparable.

The damage has been done and it will take long long time to heal. If at all it happens, I am sure a scar deep inside is going to stay behind and any wheel of justice cannot erase the scar. So many times, organisations have come up to abolish polygamy from the face of our state. I might be wrong, but to me no organisations have taken the issue seriously. Instead of creating dramas, I suggest the organisations to ask the legislative assembly to directly amend Hindu Marriage Act in our state. Tribal laws are good but not really inspiring and commendable. All these village level guidelines are revocable by any wealthy individual. So a prime marriage law is needed in the state to get rid of these social evil, otherwise one day every family in our state will bleed. If our state is heaven, then there are tears in heaven.


Dr. K jonnom








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