144 Cr Pc at Roing
ROING, Oct 29: In order to prevent post Poll violence in the district, Deputy Commissioner
Roing, Y.W Ringu exercising the power vested U/S 144 Cr. PC prohibit the movement
in group of more than 3 persons at a time in and around Roing township till next
Nov 6. This has been done after citizens complaint of stone pelting
According to the town Magistrate, A. Pertin along with sectors magistrates, Police
personnel are keeping strict vigil and night patrolling is being carried out at regular
Arunachal Assembly session from Nov 3
Itanagar, Oct 29: The first session of the fifth Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
will begin from November 3.
Assembly Secretariat sources said here today that on the first day of the three-day
session, the newly elected MLAs would take oath besides traditional address by Governor
Gen (Retd) J J Singh.
The Governor had already appointed senior Congress Legislator C T Mein as the pro-tem
Speaker before whom new members would make and subscribe the oath of affirmation.
Mein would continue in his capacity till the elected members select a permanent speaker,
the sources said.
Besides conventional question hours, various important bills and private member resolutions
are likely to be taken up during the session, sources informed.
The Assembly Secretariat asked all newly elected members to bring in the certificates
of their election granted to them by the respective returning officers for verification,
the sources added. UNI
DoNER minister meets NHAI; reviews plans, implementation
New Delhi, Oct 29: Minister for the Development of North Eastern Regions (DoNER),
B K Handique, has reviewed the road projects being planned and implemented in North
Eastern Regions at a meeting held here last evening with the senior officials of
the Ministry of Highways and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
According to official sources, the review meeting specially discussed nine road projects
of the North Eastern Region -- Trans-Arunachal highway, Dhola Sadiya bridge, Numali-Gohpur
bridge, Alternate route to Sikkim, Upgradation of NH-31-A to Gangtok, Lumla-Tashingong,
Bile-Migging and Taliha-Tato Roads, Four-laning of NH-37 on the Nagaon-Jorhat-Dibrugarh
stretch, Four-lane connectivity to Itanagar and Upgradation of NH-52, NH-53 and NH-54.
At the meet, NHAI said the Trans-Arunachal highway - total length of 1600 Kms from
Tawang to Bogibeel was expected to be completed by March, 2015. It further said the
most challenging task would be to complete the 11 km-long bridge over River Lohit
and the 5 km-long bridge over River Dibang.
Similarly, the road from Dhola Sadiya - 26 km in length, along with a bridge was
expected to be completed by 2015 at an estimated cost of Rs750 crore. Its feasibility
study was completed and pre-qualification for awarding the work were finalized and
financial bids were expected to be received by November 23. This will be implemented
based on Built Owned and Transfer (BOT) and annuity basis, NHAI informed.
Likewise, Numali-Gohpur bridge - was expected to be completed by March 2015 which
involves 5 km-long bridge over River Brahmaputra and 25 km-long road and the alignment
will be from Gohpur to Bokaghat. Feasibility report for this road and bridge was
almost ready and the proposal for land acquisition and Environment and Forest clearance
was under preparation.
Regarding four-laning of NH-37 from Numaligarh to Dibrugarh via Jorhat, NHAI apprised
the Minister that the problems relating to historical Namdang bridge, near Sivasagar
and a temple have been resolved and then the steps will be taken to immediately initiate
the process of four laning of the NH-37.
As part of NH-33 improved works, NHAI assured that BRO was expected to complete the
work from Badarpur to Silchar by 2011 and the work between Silchar to Jiribam will
be completed substantially by 2010.
However, the Silchar by-pass along with Barak bridge was expected to be completed
by the end of 2010 and tendering process for the Silchar by-pass has already been
Regarding the East West Corridor, the problems in re-starting the work abandoned
by some of the contractors between Lumding to Harangjao was being addressed to in
order to ensure immediate re-starting of the works, NHAI intimated the Minister.
The problems of siltation along the culverts and bridges along with existing national
highway between North Lakhimpur and Jonai was also discussed in addition to inordinate
delay in land acquisition and clearance of forests.
It was proposed to form inter-departmental groups in the state government for addressing
above issues, the sources added. UNI
ITANAGAR, Oct 29: T L Rajkumar who lost the recent assembly election said that his
Congress supporters had lodged complaint and returning officer and election observers
were also apprised of the incident (alleged interference of the NSCN in poll process)
on the very evening of polling. But since the villages fall on the far flung remote
border area without motorable roads they could not come to Khonsa on time schedule
(i.e. 14th October, evening) to complete formalities for repolling, he claimed. Rajkumar
was reacting to the remarks of the Kamthok Lowang who said that Rajkumar has a habit
of making false allegations to save himself from the embarrassment of poll defeat.
Rajkumar earlier alleged that NSCN was responsible for his poll defeat. Kamthok termed
the allegations as baseless and false.
“It is a simple logic that those who don’t vote for Congress out of fear for life,
could have guts to lodge complaint against the said under ground elements even if
they had come on time, Rajkumar said and added that upright citizens who believes
in democratic process will surely condemn the incident.
Capacity building prog for scribes
ITANAGAR, Oct 29: Impulse NGO Network, in collaboration with the Arunachal Times
as its media partner is organizing a two days Capacity Building Program for Journalists
and media students on their role in addressing Human Trafficking Issues on Oct 30-31
at Hotel Moomsie in Itanagar.
Athupopo Social Foundation (ASF) is the state partner of the programme being sponsored
by the UNIFEM.
The subject matters of the programme include ‘Media responses to reporting on social
issues with special reference to human trafficking, role of media in reporting human
trafficking issues, anti-human trafficking campaign in Arunachal Pradesh and vulnerability
of human trafficking in Arunachal Pradesh, Juvenile justice Act 2000 and amendment
AROI-NECON annual conference
ITANAGAR, Oct 29: The 5th annual conference of the Association of Radiation Oncologists
of India-North East Chapter (AROI-NECON-2009) is being organized here at Hotel Donyi-Polo
Ashok from Oct 30 to 31. Cancer specialists from North Eastern region and rest of
the country will be participating in the meet. There will be presentation on recent
advances and current trends in management of various types of cancer during the meet.
Two day training program on promotion of self help groups gets underway in Tawang
Tawang, Oct 29: A two-days Training Program on promotion of Self-Help Groups in Tawang
district under the Tawang ICDS Project started here today in the DDSC’s Office, Tawang.
C. R. Bordoloi, EAC, Tawang district attended the program as the Chief Guest along
with the DDSC and Joint BDO, Lobsang Tsedar and the DDSC, Lobsang Phuntsok as the
Headed by the two young master trainers, the Child Development Officers of Tawang
and Jang, forty-one Anganwadi Workers attended the training program.
The Master Trainers trained the workers in particular to form women SGHs for regular
savings and internal loaning to promote mutual help; easy access to financial services
at flexible terms and conditions; inculcate saving habit and repayment culture; gradual
shift from subsidy driven programs to market driven programs; proper end use of credit
and timely repayment thereof.
This training program is a part of the Mission 2009-2010, which aims at promoting
250 SHGs per District and credit linkages of these groups by December 2009; to promote
5000 women SHGs in the State in the State and credit linkages of these groups by
2011. This Mission also aim to conduct 5 days training program of about 09 Master
Trainers at SIRD, Itanagar with financial support and technical support from NABARD
and in collaboration with SIRD; conducting 40 training programs for village workers,
training will be imparted by Master Trainers with the support of NABARD with two
days duration; training of 1400 village workers to make them capable to form SHGs
and convince them the importance and strength of SHG movement; formation of 1650
groups at 8 District and linkages of these groups and banks.
C. R. Bordoloi said that, “Anganwadi workers are tools for socio- economic development
and this kind of training enhances their skills towards understanding the needs and
grievances of the villages and their group workers.”
The main objective of the training was to introduce the Micro Finance Vision 2011
which envisages banking with micro institution established and controlled by the
The concept of SHG was pioneered by the MYRADA, a Bangalore based NGO. To scale up
pioneering initiatives of MYRADA, the SHG- Bank linkage program was launched by the
NABARD in the year 1992.
The steps towards this directions is the formation of SHGs was the introduction of
a scheme of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh which aimed at “empowerment of downtrodden
women who are socially and economically backward, and the Department of Social Welfare,
Women and Child Development has been designated as the Nodal Deptt., to implement
this scheme”, informed Dondup Pema, CDPO Tawang.
The Govt has decided to implement its phase wisely, keeping in view the availability
of financial and technical assistance assured by the NABARD, Regional office itanagar.
Accordingly eight Districts of Arunachal Pradesh including Tawang has been selected
in the first pahse, said the CDPO. (DIPRO)
Eco-water literacy campaign
ITANAGAR, Oct 29: National Youth Project (NYP) of Arunachal Pradesh is organizing
one month Eco Water Literacy Campaign in 16 districts of state.
As part of this initiative, a program was held at Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya,
Ziro on Oct 25 last. The programme coordinated by Hari Biswas, President NYP was
attended among others by teachers, staff and principal of school. The campaign basically
emphasized on water conservation, water testing, water treatment, practices and management
of safe disposal of wastes.
The programme was sponsored by the Rastriya Vigyan Evam Prodyogiki Sanchar Parishad
(RVPSP) and department of Science and Technology, Govt of India on behalf of the
State Council for Science and Technology, Arunachal Government.
Picking up the Wreckages of Democracy
While the ministry is being formed in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, during the
break, it would be worth making some post-election analysis vis-à-vis the role of
civil society organizations in the election process. In this connection, one question
immediately comes in the mind:
Is it wise to publicize the rich candidates before an election? The list of the candidates
with disproportionate assets made interesting reading but did it have the desired
impact on the election result? If we examine the performance of the top 10 richest
candidates as published on October 8, 2009 in media less than a week before the election,
we find that only 4 out of 10 lost. Shall we call it the positive impact of the publicity
of the rich?
It may be observed that they lost the election for other reasons: (1). Lack of popularity
of certain political party, (2) due to tactical blunder committed by certain candidate,
and (3) one fight involving two from the list of top 10 and the richer won.
The impact of the publicity turned out to be zero or negative, nothing positive as
far as the top 10 is concerned. This is not to say that the elected rich candidates
did not possess the necessary leadership quality. What is notable is that with other
parameters given equal, such publicity tilts the balance in favour of the rich as
the voters feel secure voting for them. These rich candidates should be thankful
to the National Election Watch for the free publicity of their wealth in the front
page of a prominent local daily. It is a different matter that the sample considered
is not large enough and that some rich candidates did not figure in the list by hiding
facts about their assets.
Social entrepreneurs (NGO leaders) and political entrepreneurs (political leaders)
made a business out of the election. The rich NGO leaders and political leaders
turned out to be successful entrepreneurs, at least in Arunachal Pradesh. They know
the fact that everything is fair in love, war and in election. Might is right in
election. That sounds like the adage of the olden days. But then election is nothing
less than war of “tribes” of democracy, wherein everything goes. The election is
fought on rough terrain, not on smooth and level playing field. Advantage: ruling
party always. If only President’s rule is imposed in the states going to election,
all parties will have equal advantage during election.
The appearance of Election Watchers before the election raised lot of hope. However,
some of these observers became active players themselves. Perhaps because of this,
many facets of this election worth watching were not highlighted. Some journalists
did wonderful and commendable commentary though. The observations shared by an IAS
officer in Arunachal Times made interesting reading. It may be added here that, as
usual, determinants of success in this election were some or all of the following
7 Ms: Mentorship, Money, Muscle, Muzzle (gun), Magic (black), Marriage (kinship)
What is worth noting is that voices of civil society on major issues like boundary,
mega dams and global warming, etc were not heard just before or during the election.
It gives the impression that the civil society activists are politicians in the guise
of NGO leaders. The outcome of an election can be controlled if the voting culture
at grass-roots level is changed. A particular voting pattern has taken shape in about
three decades of democracy in the state. The rural voters generally do not vote for
development: they auction their votes. The highest bidder gets maximum number of
votes. This means that the candidate must be rich besides possessing other things.
Once the vote purchase started with the introduction of electoral politics in the
state, vote-market saw a booming business. Vote trading became a lucrative and hence
an attracting occupation of the tribal people. Besides instant benefits, post election
benefits such as supply orders and contracts were easy sources of income. The otherwise
laborious tribal people gradually sighed away from industrious occupations and the
dignity of labor was lost in the process. Tribal identity also became a casualty.
Unless these voters are educated to vote wisely in the election and thereby change
the current pattern of voting, just publicizing the rich candidates and their assets
will only help them to vote for the richest. Proactive, systematic and committed
grass-root level civil society work is the need of the hour to educate the voters
and restore work culture in this economically vulnerable state. (The writer is a
A Memoir of a Popi “Machang”
Abotani our fore father had a way of living in perfect harmony with other living
being and vegetation. If today someone names Abotani, I believe that it become synonymous
with indigenous faith and culture.
We are told through Epic ballad songs and Mythological short Stories like “Ayu-Bari”
and “Miji-Migun” by our Popi Sarmin, Abotani had large number of adversaries namely
Myotii Pilya, Dingya-Shii, Tubo-Lyabo etc. But he also had his protectors which include
Shu Myoro, Danyi-Piilo, lamping Chantung and Giinii –Pilya. Whenever Abotani faces
any adversaries, Giinii Pilya, Danyi Piilo with other benevolent spirits and gods
and Popi (Elder intellectual) come out and rescue Tani due to which our faith and
culture are still alive.
Once, Tani was hanged aloof in the sky by his adversaries. That moment his sister
Dolyang Chanjang frantically sought help to rescue Tani .The First Priest Dolynag
Chanjang took advice from Miido Popi, Akum Popi and on their guidance, she negotiated
with Tani’s adversary who were malevolent spirits. On the line of Popis suggestion,
she agreed to unarmed Tani in lieu of his life to compensate the death of Tubo Haly
and Laybo Hakhe’s. Two of them were inadvertently killed by Tani when they came in
the way of Tani’s Koga Mirii (Back side eyes to see the world of Spirits) and Liidu
Piimyii (a Power full spike in hands). As per the condition, later powerful Tani
was unarmed which made him considerably weak but saved him from certain death. Since
then evil spirits are always in the look out to eliminate Tani and his progenies.
As the Popis who stood with Tani in such time of adversary manifested themselves
as Kolo Popi in Kolo, Uie Popi in Uei, Iipyo Popi in Iipyo and Miido Popi in Miido.
Similarly Supung Popis also stand with present day Tani. Many such Popis are born
even today and are working to safe guard and rescue the Tani from clutch and conspiracy
of the modern day adversaries. We believe few such Popi was born on 26.04.1968 through
revered Shri Nani Tabin and Late Nani Yama and was named Nani Tachang, whom indigenous
people lovingly call as Machang.
While adversaries of present Tani were at large, our aged old tradition and culture
was being attacked by modern day’s Tubo-Lyabo, Myotii-Pilya etc. These are ignorance
of oneself, materialism of modern life and alien faith and culture. The new adversaries
are trying to erase our pristine age old faith, culture and identity. Lone and destitute,
Tani whose cradle were being devoured by his adversaries, was struggling hard to
organize himself to secure his faith, culture and identity in his own Apatani Valley.
At such juncture, in consultation with the other Supung Popis and with their guidance
Late Nani Tachang spearheaded the movement to save present Tani (Indigenous Faith
and culture) and have duly founded the Meder Nello with the objective to preserve,
protect, promote, assimilate, document and disseminate the sacred oral scriptures
for posterity. After establishing more than 10 Meder Nello at Ziro valley and Capital
Complex he left us for his heavenly abode on 30.10.07.
He had tremendous love for his own faith and culture; I recall one of his speeches
during 3rd foundation day of Meder Nello at Siddhartha hall Itanagar. He said. “My
faith, culture, and tradition is my soul, I would die before my death, if I abandoned
them. Therefore, I will not rest till my last breath in my endeavor to preserve and
protect them.” True to his words, he dedicated his life towards preservation, protection
and promotion of the indigenous faith and culture. Even in his death bed he gave
massage which asked us to love once own faith and culture and to nourish the Meder
Nello. Indigenous people of Apatani community will remember his exemplary dedication
and his contribution which will always inspire and lead us in preservation and promotion
of our indigenous faith and culture.
With the similar outlook of Ayo Danyi/Ane Donyi, who shines not only for humanity
but also for animal and vegetation and energize them without any differentiations.
And with true essence of indigenous faith and culture, “Let every cultural flower
in Almighty’s garden bloom to maturity to express their texture, fragrance and colours.”
The Meder Nello council/Meder Nellos and its managements, while remembering him and
his contribution have been working to achieve the objective set down by him. (The
writer is a Member Secretary, Meder Nello Council, Itanagar)
ITANAGAR, Oct 29: Taba Taku and Subu Kechi have been selected as the President and
General Secretary of the newly formed Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Community Confederation
(APACC) in a meeting held at IG Park, Itanagar on October 28.
Senior citizen, intellectuals, former ministers and MLAs, bureaucrats, technocrats
and scholars participated in the meeting.
Grievances of DRDA employees
ITANAGAR: The DRDA employees of Arunachal Pradesh have shared the agony they are
facing for the last few months due to non-payment of their salaries.
In a press release issued today they have drawn the attention of the Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu on their pathetic situation and people of state in general. Despite
working hard to implement rural schemes like IAY, NREGA, SGSY, etc, they believed
their role was never appreciated. The release hopes that as soon as government formation
is completed, Chief Minister looks into their sad state of affair.
ITANAGAR: The Conference of the People’s Assembly of the People’s Party of Arunachal
(PPA) has been postponed to Nov16.
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Orphans’ Welfare Association has decided to celebrate its 2th
foundation day at Nikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli on November 18.
Meanwhile, its president Achu Bagang and women wing president Toko Maria have been
appointed as Organising Chairman and secretary respectively.
The association appealed all sections of the society to cooperate the association
and committed to continue its services for the welfare of Orphans, Semi orphan, BPL
children of the state.
So far, the association has provided free education to 120 children, adjudged 170
children in its fee concession scheme and also provided necessary help in professional
studies of many children during 2007-09.
ITANAGAR: Anchal Samity member Techi Tamang thanked APCC President Nabam Tuki and
ZPM Chairperson Nabam Aka for donating an amount of Rs 50,000 to the fire victims
of the Amchi village.
It also thanked NGOs, Principal St. Thomas School, Christian Community of Doimukh
and Nirjul, PR leaders, GBs, Public of Amchi village for their physical, cash and
kind contributions and also for construction of OBT Building for the victim’s family.