ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) in an emergency executive body meeting held
at Itanagar yesterday unanimously passed a resolution to strongly oppose the proposed
public hearing for construction Dam over Siang River and construction of numerous
Dams in various rivers within Adi inhabited areas.
It demanded the concerned authority/ State Pollution Control Board to postpone the
proposed public hearing scheduled from October 18-21 for indefinite period till the
project affected local people are completely educated about the pros and cons of
such Mega Dam projects.
It further said that ABK is clear in its stand on this regard from the very beginning
and until the project affected people are familiarized about the actual picture or
ground reality of the consequences of the mega dam projects, holding of such public
hearing is futile exercise, release added
Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) has decided to boycott proposed Public Hearing announced
by State Pollution Control Board for 2700MW Lower Siang Hydro Electrical Power Project
on October 18, 19 and 21.
It claimed that the AdiSU has tried numerous times to convince Dam proponent, state
government and central government through memorandums, representations and agitations
to scrap the project as the project affected people are not in a position to spare
their livelihood, culture, social setup and their belongingness at the cost of the
The union further decided to conduct touring at three Siang districts from October
11 to interact with the student community and the public of project affected places.
It demanded the Dam proponent to scrap the Lower Siang project and also appealed
Anti Lower Siang Hydro Electrical Power Project organizations, Adi Baane Kebang,
DSUs, Public Leaders and Student Communities to take full fledged participation in
the boycott movement.
Meanwhile in a separate release, Pangin and Boleng Students Union has unanimously
decided to oppose the proposed public hearing regarding 2700MW Lower Siang Hydro
Electrical Power Project at Rottung on October 19.
The decision was taken in a mass meeting held at Pasighat today. The house also
selected Ajay Darang as the chairman of the movement.
ABBK seeks Guv’s intervention, says no to public hearing
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: The Adi Bogung Bokang Kebang has demanded cancellation of the proposed
public hearing on 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Power project scheduled to be held at
Jeying, Rottung and Pressing on Oct 18, 19 and 21 respectively.
The Kebang in a memorandum addressed to the Governor of the state said that
there should no construction of dam on Mighty Siang river and the proposed public
hearing on Lower Siang project be postponed immediately. Highlighting the grievances
of the villagers likely to be affected by dam, the Kegang in its memorandum said
that almost all the villages of the Siang Valley are not aware of the nature of the
proposed Siang Dam. Few people of different villages claimed to have attended Dam
meeting at the Administrative Headquarters, wherein most of the people did not accept
the proposal for construction of a Dam over Siang River, the memorandum claimed.
Kebang claimed that it has visited almost all the villages and found that Prior-informed
consent of the project affected people has been overlooked or stage-managed in the
proposed Lower Siang Hydropower Project. The Kebang further said that the construction
company involves in malpractices to win over the confidence of the villagers on construction
Accusing the authority for taking hasty steps for public hearing, the Memorandum
further said that former Union Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh stressed
on study of three monsoon sessions to prepare the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)
of the Lower Siang Hydropower Project (LSHP) way back in September last year. But
the authorities decided to place the second EIA report of SLHP for public hearing
within a year, the first being in the month of December 2010.
It further said that the present EIA report is found to be a carbon copy of the previous
one which was scrapped by the Experts Appraisal Committee, Govt of India on Dec 11,
2010. It is seen that few corrections here and there have been made, especially in
the Chapter 5, Social - Economics Profile, and with regard to the International boundary.
However, the whole content is found to be the same, the memorandum said.
The memorandum further said that transparency has not been maintained while dealing
with public regarding on LSHP Project. The company never discussed about the design
of the Dam. Moreover, the memorandum said “EIA report seems to have not been handed
over to the West Siang DC office even after the declaration of Public Hearing by
the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board, as the application of the dam
affected people for EIA report have been forwarded to the director of the Jaypee
Company. Kebang further said that certain steps taken by the company in their attempt
to influence over the people to support Dam proposals have been found to be dividing
our societies into two groups, anti and pro-dam groups.
The Kebang claimed that besides the proposed Lower Siang Hydropower Project, 34 other
Dams are also being proposed in the numerous tributaries of Siang River in the Upper
reaches. Opposition to the dam on Siang River does not only mean apprehensions of
submergence of homestead land, vast agricultural land, abundant forest product and
resources and extinction of social cultural existence, but is found to be a deep-rooted
social sentiment ingrained in the blood of all the Adis which emerges out and out
with reverence to the Aane Siang River, the memorandum said.
Marde advocates for mutually acceptablesolution to Assam-Arunachal boundary row
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Home Minister Takar Marde yesterday said that both Arunachal Pradesh
and Assam may have to resort to swapping some part of the disputed land in the spirit
of give and take in order to genuinely find a permanent and mutually agreeable solution
to the vexed inter state boundary issue.
Addressing a public meeting at Dollungmukh in Lower Subansiri district bordering
North Lakhimpur district of Assam, Marde said that since time immemorial the people
of the two sister states have been living in complete harmony and peace.
"History has it that the tribal people of the state had joined hands with the Ahoms
and fought against the British. Many had laid down their lives along with the natives
of the present state of Assam," the Home Minister observed while stressing on the
need to maintain cordial relations with the people of Assam. Fights would be disastrous
for both but peace and patience would pay rich dividends, he said.
Marde further told the gathering of the local Panchayat leaders, GBs and villagers
that during his recent meeting with the Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi, the
later while appreciating the concern for early solution of the problem had lauded
the people of Arunachal, unlike other states, for maintaining peace and tranquility
despite some tension along the border. Referring to the recent incident wherein
the Assam administration had objected to the construction of an approach road to
Dollungmukh area, Takar Marde said that the DC and SP of Lower Subansiri are itself
meeting their counterparts of North Lakhimpur district of Assam to amicably resolve
the impasse in the local area.
The minister said that he would soon hold a meeting with Assam Forest Minister to
discuss the boundary problem especially the evictions carried out by the Assam forest
Responding to a public memorandum, Marde, who is also the Rural Development and Panchayati
Raj minister, assured to create a new CD block at Dolungmukh and said no stone would
be left unturned to sincerely help the people find answers to their genuine problems.
"Despite odds I cannot shrug off my responsibilities as Home Minister but would continue
to work for the well being of the people of the state in any given capacity", Marde
The DIG (Western Range) Anil Shukla, who also spoke at the meeting, assured to address
the genuine public demands for posting of more police personnel besides a police
station in the area.
Earlier, the ZPM Nido Torh submitted a memorandum to the minister demanding demarcation
of boundary between Dollungmukh and Rajgarh Ali of Assam, up-gradation of circle
office, establishment of police station and permanent closure of the Dollung firing
range of the Indian Air Force.
The minister had to visit Dollungmukh to take stock of the situation and meet the
local populace following objections raised by the Assam authorities recently against
construction of a road in the area. Besides frequent harassments meted out to the
locals by the Assam police and forest personnel, the authorities of the neighbouring
state had seized machineries used for construction of the approach road.
The minister was also accompanied by the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Nila
Mohanan, Superintendent of Police Pushpender Kumar, leaders of the Arunachal Law
Students' Union (ALSU) and members from the Boundary Affected Indigenous People's
Committee of Arunachal (BAIPCA).
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU)
have declared the Great Nyishi Procession-cum-Referendum Rally on October 11 by Nyishi
Consultative Committee (NCC) as anti-Nyishi activity.
Describing the proposed rally as illogical and ridiculous, NES president Bengia Tolum
in a joint press meet with ANSU said that Nyishis would not accept any resolutions
coming out of such unauthorized rally and appealed to one and all irrespective of
caste, creed and community not to attend the ‘anti-Nyishi Government sponsored rally’.
Tolum further said, the AAPSU which is still maintaining silence on the issue should
come out openly in support of NES-ANSU movement.
According to the sponsor/organizer, the referendum rally is being organized ‘to clarify
the ToI issue by Government and exhibit social harmony, to maintain peaceful co-existence
and spread the message of communal harmony among all tribes in Arunachal Pradesh.
“The coinage of the phrase - for communal harmony, peaceful co-existence of all tribes
in the state - pointing fingers that the Nyishis are impediments and alien to communal
harmony, peaceful co-existence of all tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. It is the derivative
of the same source (or) author and mimicry of the Times of India/Deccan Chronicle
report that Nyishis does not enjoy good rapport with other tribes,” the NES president
said adding that by giving this statement the Government has time and again reminded
us of the humiliation instead of listening to our hue and cry. “The Nyishi community
in its Dignity Rally on September 13 and Mega Dignity Rally on October 7 declared
the present Government led by Jarbom Gamlin as anti-Nyishi Government and thus, the
so called Government sponsored rally “to clarify Govt stand on the ToI issue and
to spread message for communal harmony, peaceful co-existence amongst other tribes
added insult to injury.”
The NES president hoped that good sense will prevail upon those leaders with vested
interest within the community and refrain from such miss-propaganda campaign concerning
the sentiment of the Nyishis.
“The Nyishis being the largest tribe of the state has been playing the role of a
big brother. All the tribes of the state have been flourishing peacefully in the
state capital--the heartland of the Nyishis and other Nyishi areas like Dikhalmukh,
Nomara, Dissing-Passo, Seppa, Karsingsa, Banderdewa, Doimukh etc., enjoying land
allotment, trading license irrespective of tribes or race. This bears testimony to
the large hearted accommodative attitude of the Nyishis. Nyishis are staunch patriotic
and symbol of pan Arunachal,” said he.
Meanwhile, NES and ANSU honoring the Therevada Buddhist Society’s (TBS) request,
have decided to allow movement of vehicles carrying the religious flag of the Buddhist
community during the Bandh call on October 12 so that members of TBS from Capital
Complex, including Nirjuli, Naharlagun do not face any problem in attending the religious
function (Satang Patwa--the concluding day of three month Tithi i.e Molma) at Vivek
AAPSU leaders meet injured students
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: A team of Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) headed by its
president Takam Tatung has met the four injured students at a Dibrugarh hospital
today. The four students, who received serious injuries in a firing incident at
Roing on Oct 5, are now recuperating at the hospital. AAPSU President assured the
bullet injured students of taking the matter to the highest forum in order to deliver
justice to the victims.
Visiting AAPSU executives were appalled on being told that the bullets, taken out
from the victim’s bodies, were collected by the Assam Police from the Hospital. How
can Assam Police collects the bullets when the case is at Roing Police Station? Is
it to tamper the evidence of police brutality? questioned AAPSU.
The Union demands thorough investigations into the whole episode and stringent action
against the culprits involved.
Road maintenance work being carried out: Minister
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: While reacting to the demand for handing over of the NH52A from
Banderdewa-Holongi to the BRO authority, PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki said that
Party involved in such demand has gone to the media without trying to establish the
facts from the PWD.
The said road, which was constructed initially by the state PWD, was handed over
to BRO in 1993. Subsequently, the APPWD has retaken the road on the direction of
the MoRTH, GOI in 2008. The road at the time of taking over was full of potholes
and damaged, he said.
However, periodical renovation of the entire 51 km Banderdewa-Hollongi road was
approved when the matter was taken up with MoRTH immediately and work was completed
within shortest possible time, the minister said. Small stretches which remains
incomplete due to earth cutting will also be completed shortly. In addition, regular
maintenance of the road like protection work, cross drainages, surface repairs have
been carried out as and where required. However, flood damages followed by heavy
rain in recent past and other factors like rampant construction along NH have contributed
to major damages of the road, he said. The Minister further said that the concerned
department is of the opinion that the existing 2-lane NH has out lived its utility
due to increase in traffic in the capital complex. The need of the hour is up-gradation
of the existing 2 lane to 4-lane to cater to the massive traffic. Four laning of
Holongi to Itanagar (PHQ) has been approved and awarded to competent contractors.
The work is to start immediately on settlement of compensation package.
Moreover, the DPR for the sector between Banderdewa to Itanagar (PHQ) has been submitted
to the MoRTH in Sept 2010 and the same is under process at the Central level. It
is expected that the same shall be approved soon. The department has left no stone
unturned to process all estimates at the Ministry level and to get sanction. Priority
has also been given to get sanction for the Trans Arunachal Highway, running from
Nichipu to Hoj covering 311 km. It is with pride, that we can say that the letter
of award has been issued for this road recently and work shall start soon, the
Tuki said, the Department needs support of one and all in its endeavour to provide
good roads while adding that highlighting the shortcoming through media and bandh
call has a detrimental effect on the morale of the officers and staff of the PWD.
NCC reacts to ANSU statement
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Nyishi Consultative Committee (NCC) said that the proposed Great
Nyishi Referendum Rally on October 11 at IG Park is being organized in the larger
interest of the community where the Committee will seek clarification from Chief
Minister Jarbom Gamlin on the ToI issue.
Reacting to a news item by All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) alleging that NCC is
organizing anti-Nyishi Rally, the Committee said that ANSU should restrain themselves
from making such illogical and unfounded allegation against an organization like
NCC. “We are not organizing any Anti-Nyishi Rally or Anti-Dignity Rally. Rather we
are organizing it to protect the prestige and honour of the community where we will
demand the State Government led by Chief Minister Gamlin to give clarification on
ToI issue,” the release said.
The main objective of the Referendum Rally is to give a clear message for communal
harmony and peaceful co-existence among all tribes by maintaining peace and tranquility
in the state, the release asserted.
“Nyishi being one of the largest tribes in Arunachal Pradesh can not be a silent
spectator while some of our community members and responsible organizations’ leaders
mislead the great Nyishi community in a wrong direction and it is beyond toleration
of any sensible member of the society,” the release said and advised ANSU leaders
to refrain from making ‘irresponsible’ statement against any organization ‘without
having knowledge about them’.
Meanwhile, NCC expressed doubt over the role of Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes’
Union for ‘deliberately’ calling 12-hr Papum Pare Bandh on October 11.
The Union could have given the bandh call on a latter date, if there is valid issue,
instead of the day (Oct 11) in which the rally is being organized, NCC said. It
cautioned that the committee will be compelled to consider the bandh as pre planned
to sabotage the rally, if something unpleasant happens on that day.
Meanwhile, Nyishi Welfare Association (NWA) has extended whole-hearted support to
the proposed referendum rally.
The NWA also criticized NES for ‘turning the Mega Dignity Rally into a political
rally’ by demanding resignation of the chief minister levelling various allegations
against him, which, according to NWA, are ‘incorrect’ and ‘misleading’.
“NES should have placed the findings of the 2-man enquiry committee report before
the gathering and disclosed it before them. But, instead of disclosing it, NES has
twisted the issue in a different manner and adopted resolutions in the said mega
rally which is ridiculous and unfortunate,” NWA said in a release.
Roing incident was intentional, says union
ROING, Oct 9: Wednesday’s police firing on students and civilians during the Durga
puja celebration was pre-meditated, All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) has claimed.
"The police shooting on students was planned with intention to create terror in the
minds of citizens," Rajiv Mihu, Secretary of the union said.
Personnel of the special task force (STF) shot at and injured eight students, including
a girl. Two people were also beaten to the state of unconsciousness. The injured
were rushed to Roing Hospital where the condition of all was said to be critical.
Most of the injured were rushed to Dibrugarh hospital later that night.
AIMSU Secretary said the union’s claim is based on the report of its initial fact-finding
process to investigate on the Wednesday’s shooting.
While welcoming the enquiry committee to probe the police shooting announced by
Home Minister Takar Marde on his Roing visit, the union said it sticks to the demand
for judicial inquiry by a high court sitting judge for fair justice to the victims.
Mihu said, "The union’s fact finding report, which is as per the eye witness’s account
points to the fact that the police wanted a simple excuse to open fire.”
“As per the report, an altercation occurred between police and students after STF
personnel took ‘extra’ interest in ransacking the game stalls after forcing themselves
inside the puja premise, after they had received orders to close down the stalls,”
“There were only five puja volunteers including twenty youths, while rests were away
for dinner. Some students were preparing to close the stalls that hosted the dice
games, wheel games and air gun shooting.”
The secretary said: “In five minutes of baton charge that followed after the altercation,
the crowd of 20-30 youths had dispersed and the situation was directly under the
control of police, who were backed by by IRBn, CRPF, STF and state police personnel
He said the STF personal opened fire despite any further provocation from students,
whatsoever. And if any, baton charge was ‘enough’, said Mihu.
“Many were caught unaware. One girl who was packing inside one stall was shot in
her left hand. Another young student was hit by shot pellet in the head who fell
on the ground straight away.”
The puja premise is a sixty meter long and is in the midst of Roing bazaar. “The
STF chased the students as even far as 250 meters and most were shot far outside
the puja premises,” said Mihu.
One elderly man, whose residence is in the Roing market and is witness to the firing
incident said the STF were shooting at the boys at leisure. “While boys were running,
the camouflaged commandos took position, aimed, fired and kept walking.”
“One bullet nearly missed me,” he said. His shop is perforated with bullet marks.
“This makes sense that the motive of the police was not to disperse and conclude
the puja celebration, but to cause maximum casualties,” said Mihu.
AIMSU secretary said that by judging the nature of police action, one would be compelled
to believe that the police shooting was not an ‘isolated’ incident.
“It is preplanned and well calculated move to instill fear on people, for administration
to go on its own will.”
Students stage protest rally at Tezu, demand suspension of DC and SP
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: The students of IGG College, Tezu under the banner of IGGCSU today
organized rally in protest against the firing on IGG college students and students
of Govt Higher Secondary School, Roing during Durga puja celebration at Roing on
More than 1000 students took part in the rally which started from IGG college and
culminated at the residence of Lohit DC. Many other students unions including All
Mishmi Student Union (AMSU), Mishmi Student Union (MSU), All Lohit District Student
Union (ALSU), All Anjaw District Student Union (AADSU). All Tai Khamti Singpho Student
Union Tezu, All Triap and Changlang Students Union (ATCSU) and Kara Ah Students
Association have supported the rally and strongly protest against the barbaric
act of personnel.
Meanwhile, the All Mishmi Students Union, IGGCSU and Mishmi Students Union and
Kera-ah Students Association have jointly submitted a six point memorandum to the
state Governor through the Tezu DC R.K Sharma. The memorandum demanded immediate
suspension of Lower Dibang Valley DC and SP for allegedly misusing the administrative
power in a religious function. They also demanded immediate termination of the officers
who were on duty, action against the personnel involved in the incident and independent
judicial enquiry into the incident.
Other demands include Rs 10 lakh compensation each to the injured student and shifting
of all para military forces from Roing.
Tawang DC calls for effective teaching methodology
TAWANG, Oct 9: Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen attended the valedictory function
of the Teachers training programme held at the DDSE office Tawang today. Speaking
on the occasion he advised the trainees to adopt the latest teaching aids and methodology
for effective teaching and better academic performance of student.
Later, the DC visited the indoor ward of District Hospital Tawang and distributed
fruits and juices to the patients which were arranged by EPS (Environmental Protection
Society) in presence of DMO R Khirmey.
Earlier, in the morning DC visited Tawang Monastery and met the members of CHANGZE
(Monastery Management Committee) and requested them to keep the Monastery and its
surroundings clean and hygienic. He inspected the kitchen and dining hall and instructed
that these places should be cleaned and washed at least once in a week.
The DC expressed his concern over the antiques and relics including Tanka which are
dumped at the top floor of the monastery uncared and unattended. He advised that
these antiques should be properly preserved and care should be taken so that not
a single piece is damaged. He opines that a museum should be constructed immediately
for preserving these antique monuments. DIPRO
MFC lifts Bakin Pertin Memorial Football Tournament
PASIGHAT, Oct 9: The Mercy Football Club (MFC) grabbed the 1st Bakin Pertin Memorial
Football Tournament (BPMFT.
The MFC beat Bogong Soccer Club (BSC) by 2-1 in the final match played at Pasighat.
The Chief Guest of the closing ceremony, Superintendent of Police Alok Kumar encouraged
the players to keep fit and join defense services in future to serve the state as
well as the nation.
He further advised them to spread feeling of oneness and brotherhood in the society.
Later, he gave away the trophy to the winner team.
Tason Tasung was adjudged as best goalkeeper, Oling Tatin as best defender and Rokom
Tasung as best Player of the Tournament.
The ceremony was attended by President ABK East Siang unit Okom Yosung and Osor Pertin
as Guest of Honour and SpecialInvitee. DIPRO
NCP demands enquiry into Roing incident
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh unit strongly
condemned the barbaric firing incident at Roing where where young students got serious
injuries. The incident has again exposed growing atrocities of police on civilians,
the NCP said in a release.
The Party demanded suspension of Lower Dibang Valley DC, SP and other officers and
personnel involved in the firing incident. Delay in taking action on the part of
the government would result in denial of justice to the victims, the Party said while
advocating for a judicial enquiry into the incident.
Meanwhile, the NCP wishes early recovery of the injured persons and urged the state
government to provide immediate compensations and medical expenses to all those injured
in the incident.
Prayer for prosperity
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: A mass prayer was conducted today in every Church irrespective of
the denomination they follow in all the Churches of every village and Circle head
quarters throughout the Longding district for the prosperity, development, betterment,
peace, harmony, and well being of the people and for bright future of the newly created
district Longding. The people from all walk of life in the district has prayed for
eternal peace of Late Dorjee Khanduj and also to give much strength and wisdom to
the present CM Jarbom Gamlin and the three elected representative of the district
to carry out their responsibility with high spirit and had also prayed for early
solution of the misunderstanding created amongst the ruling party upon the leadership
issue, according to an release.
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Likha Welfare Society deeply mourned the demise of its senior member
Likha Takam who died at Yoglu village under Pistana circle on October 7.
Takam was born in 1896 and was the oldest member of the society. He served the society
as head Gaon Bura during British period and was also an active social activist.
He is survived by six sons, two daughters, grandsons and daughters.
The society extends its condolence message to the bereaved family members and prayed
almighty god to give enough strength the bereaved family members to overcome the
Mass Public Rally against Lower Siang Hydro Electrical Power project
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Nyiko Bachao Forum (NBF) is organizing mass public rally at Logum-Jini
village, West Siang district on October 14 in order to launch its Nyiko Bachao Movement
against the proposed construction of 2700MW Lower Siang Hydro Electrical Power Project
by JAYPEE Power venture at over River Siang in East Siang district.
During the rally, the activists will highlight the impacts of Dam among the denizen
of Eyi, Logum-Jini and Biru villages which would be addressed by environmentalist
and experts from various parts of the country.
AAPRTIAO calls bandh
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Expressing concern over the rampant corruption in the state, All
Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activists Organization in its meeting held here today decided
to call 12 hours Capital bandh on Oct 12. The demands of the organization include
immediate arrest of Dungro Waii and Koniang Waii for their alleged involvement in
criminal intimidation and Kumar Waii for his alleged involvement in illegal appointments
and Nabam Tuki for his alleged involvement in awarding works orders to his relatives.
The Organisation also appealed the state Govt to drop Tuki and Waii from their
respective post and further said both the leaders should resign on moral ground.
Seminar on Hindi literature
PASIGHAT, Oct 9: The Department of Hindi, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat is going
to organize a two days national seminar on “Agyeya Aur Hindi Sahitya’ on Oct 11 and
12. East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok and Oshong Ering would attend the
inaugural function as chief guest and guest of honour.
Professor Kumar Pankaj of Banaras Hindu University will deliver the Keynote address.
Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr. Joram Begi and State Liasion Officer
Dr. V.N Sharma, have consented to be the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively
for the valedictory function. Good number of resource persons of international repute
in Hindi literature from various parts of the country is expected to take part in
Yachuli constituency bandh
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: All Yachuli Youth Organisation in a meeting unanimously has decided
to call 36 hrs Yachuli constituency bandh on October 10 and 11 in favour of its demand
for establishment of government Polytechnic at Yachuli. Other demands include payment
of KVK Contractors of Yachuli and release of all pending payment of contractors under
PWD, Yazali Division.
Magistrate on duty, Milk Van, Ambulance and Police vehicles are exempted from the
purview of bandh call.
Sagalee bandh: Meanwhile, All Leporiang Youth Welfare Association (ALYWA) has announced
12 hours Sagalee bandh on Oct 11 in favour of its demand for stable government, solution
to political crises and imposition of President’s rule. The Bandh is also called
in protest against the ‘anti-Nyishi rally’ by NCC, divide and rule policy in the
society and in protest against abduction of a senior minister. Para military forces,
milk van, water supply, medical service are exempted from the purview of the bandh,
the Association in a release.
Women Volleyball tournament
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Swcha Den Delf Help Group, Yazali won the 2nd Women Volleyball Tournament
organized by the Chwtum Ane self help group, Deed at Deed general ground recently.
Altogether 13 women teams participated from 3 circles viz Pistana, Yazali and Yachuli.
Winner team received cash award of Rs 50,00 while runners up Pania Panchayat team
walked away with cash prize prize of Rs 30,000. Likha Yaro of SWSAG declared best
player while 7 sister team of Yugli emerged as best discipline team. The opening
ceremony of the tournament was attended by Likha Api, chairperson of Pistana circle
as chief guest while Toko Yaram, social activist participated in the valedictory
function as chief guest.
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Expressing concern over the use of tobacco and tobacco related
products by the people, particularly students and youth in the Capital Complex, All
Capital Complex Unemployed Youth Association (ACCUYA) decided to conduct anti-tobacco
movement on Oct 20 next. It appealed market committees, Govt and general public to
cooperate in its movement.
BYWA to extend help
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Bui Youth Welfare Association (BYWA) in a recent meeting discussed
regarding PWD road from Subansiri bridge to Segi, headquarter of Gusar circle district
sanctioned under NLCPR scheme and decided to extend help physically and by providing
volunteers to the executing agency during the time of construction of the road.
ANEYF against referendum rally
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: All Nyishi Educated Youth Forum (ANEYF) has expressed resentment
over the referendum rally being organized by Nyishi Consultative Committee at I
G Park on Oct 11 on ToI issue.
The people of the community had already endorsed the movement of NES and ANSU on
ToI issue in its dignity rallies held on Sept 13 and Oct 7 for honarouable solution
to the matter, the Forum said and appealed the NCC to refrain from the ‘act of dividing
the Nyishi community on ToI issue.’ The Forum also appealed the state Govt not to
allow such rally ‘which is against the spirit of Nyishi community’ and also appealed
to the NCC to support the NES-ANSU in their fights against ‘anti-Nyishi attitude
of the government’.
ARTIAF support NES-ANSU
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Arunachal RTI Activist Forum strongly supports the 36 hours bandh
call by Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) on all the
five Nyishi inhabited districts of Arunachal from Oct.
While condemning the proposed referendum rally of the Nyishi Consultative Committee
(NCC), the Forum said the so called referendum rally is anti-Nyishi and is being
organized to create division among the Nyishi community by people with vested interest.
No one should turn up in such referendum rally which is intended to do more harm
than good and to add salt to Nyishi community’s wound made by the derogatory remark
in Times of India and Deccan Chronicle.
The Forum also urged the Chief Minister to solve the issue at the earliest and
further said that Arunachal Pradesh Governor and Centre must also intervene to put
an end to the crisis which is giving sleepless nights to every common public.
Fire gutted 30 houses
ITANAGAR, Oct 9: A massive fire broke out at Gongo village under Baririjo Circle
on October 8 at around 2 am.
Altogether, 30 houses including properties worth lakhs of rupees was gutted down
in the fire incident.
Gongo Welfare Society and Gongo Youth Society appealed to the local administration
and state government to provide immediate assistance to the fire victims and also
urged them to immediately send assessment team to ascertain the actual loss and damaged
caused during the fire accident.
Is this a logical approach?
In propos to the publication “NES demands Gamlin’s resignation”, this is to raise
awareness & put forth our sense of frustration & helplessness in this ongoing imbroglio.
At the outset, it’s pertinent to mention that the “Pradeep Thakur Issue” has been
dragged on for too long and is slowly creating a scenario wherein support is being
replaced with mistrust & non-transparency.
Bengia Tolum, NES President, is supposed to be our guardian elite but instead of
honour, he has created a sense of disunity & mistrust amongst other communities and
our own. He keeps on harboring on the fact that the government has backtracked on
its promise to organize a meeting with Pradeep Thakur in Guwahati despite the apology
been given in writing & also in a video format. NES states that the apology is not
good enough and that they want the name of the specific person who passed on information
to Pradeep Thakur. This is to remind us all that every professional in print or visual
media has the right not to reveal his sources. So, apart from obtaining an apology
from a National Daily & Pradeep Thakur what else does a government do in such a case?
I want to make it clear that I completely condone Pradeep Thakur’s distasteful language
in the article but at the same time I also believe that just because he wrote it
like that, it doesn’t make our Nyishi Tribe small in stature. We have a rich history
of culture & tradition and one individual cannot take away the importance of the
Nyishi tribe in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.
I would like to question all our Nyishi brethrens – We have been told that NES is
in possession of tapes which has the voice recording of Pradeep Thakur & another
individual. I ask, “why hasn’t it been revealed to us till date & when do they intend
to reveal it? Also, if Pradeep Thakur as a journalist has the right to not reveal
his source. I ask, “What else can we expect from him apart from a national apology?”
The government had also setup a Fact Finding Committee, the report which was submitted
within the stipulated duration of 10 Days. The findings have been revealed in detail
but NES led by Bengia Tulom continues with their non-cooperation. Is this a logical
approach or is it personal vendetta?
The NCC as stated by T C Teli, Convenor, has called for a referendum rally to be
held on 13th Oct 2011 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun. I would like to suggest
Bengia Tolum to reveal the audio tapes then or stop this façade & let our voices
be also heard as Nyishis who want to continue with our day to day lives instead of
more bandhs & loss to the business community, college & school going children, people
seeking medical assistance & lastly the loss to our State Exchequer.
Kurung Kumey, (on e mail)
The blaming culture
Many organizations in our state have a blaming culture. Blaming behaviors include
pointing the finger, complaining, criticizing and making excuses. In a blaming culture
time and energy are spent proving someone else is wrong, proving that one's self
is not wrong, evading accountability and responsibility, avoiding honest communication
and accumulating data for proof of blame or innocence. The tendency to blame stifles
communication. It destroys trust and creates stress.Blaming creates an environment
of fear. Thats what exactly is happening in the twin capital city of our state.
It becomes a way of life in our state. There is little clarity and consistencies
going on, so results are obvious to be inconsistent. Nowadays we spend most of the
time defending and justifying ourselves, instead of taking our state forward. I request
our beloved leaders to make a commitment not to blame or complain each other. See
problems as challenges to be overcome, not as opportunities to blame each other.
Look at all possible sides of an issue. As a leader, your example teaches others
how to act. The leader who is accountable and takes responsibility teaches the people
to do the same. The leader who blames, undermine their own authority and teaches
people that they are not responsible. When we refuse to blame and choose to be accountable
and responsible, we begin to discover our own power. A leader's ability to make small
changes within will influence those around him. His new way of being becomes a new
way of doing. Others see the results and begin to make their own changes. Every leader
is a teacher.
I appeal to all the citizens of this beautiful state to rise above and stop this
kind of blaming culture, before it’s too late to rise again.
Daporijo, (on email)
Lisu/Yobin Vs animal
With appreciation to the ADC, Miao, for taking the pain to write concerning Yobin/
Lisu Tribe on the paper dated 4th Oct. 2011, I would like to express my opinion on
‘Lisu/Yobin verses animal’ issue.
Many people have, so far, misunderstood regarding our mindset. It is not the point
that Lisus or Yobins are against the preservation of the natural environment and
animals. I may be convinced that the proposal for the creation of the park was done
during 1965 which eventually got declared as Wild life sanctuary on 2/10/72. But
my point is that we Yobin/Lisus were living in that land in a scattered way from
1930s- 40s. We were discovered by the Indian government in 1961 esp., by A.S. Guraya,
the then Major General of army, in his expedition and that was only the discovery
of our tribe by Indian government whereas our existence traces back to decades. In
1945, Geoffrey Tyson, in his “Forgotten Frontier”, mentioned two men of our tribe
namely, Lt. ‘HI-CHE-CHU and Lt. AKHI-TUE’ as local guide for the British officers.
The fact of being qualified to be a guide is a clear enlightenment that Lisus/Yobins
were not new in that land as they had already mastered over the land. This further
proves that we were in that land years before India became a free nation. So till
today no law has been enacted that explains to address such tribe as encroachers
and disqualify them from being an aboriginal tribe of that land.
Therefore, if there is any law that enforces to breed animals by snatching the land
from human being in such manner, certainly, there should be the law that protects
the rights of the aboriginal tribe of that land. According to the chronological order
of the history, we people should be given first priority rather than the other way
round as it is being done at present. If there is any law perceived to be threatening
to snatch the land from the native people just for the sake of animals, then such
law should be amended as we have a flexible constitution to meet the requirement
for fundamental rights.
I have also noticed that many readers of the paper have confusion on “Why Lisu/Yobins
first placed the application for alternative land then rejected both the packages
instantly?” The rejection is not the confusion at all. It is just the by-product
of the main confusion that ‘government immediately accepted the so-called application
while the other memorandums and applications made by our public leaders on behalf
of the whole community from the past 30 years are still pending unanswered.’ In any
country’s rule, it is considered fraud to decide on the agreement of a single person
for any property owned by a group of people without seeking the consent of the authorized
members. If the government was attentive towards us, then we would have already been
given our rights back now. We, through our representatives, democratically, have
asked for the restoration of our ST for more than 30 years. The government could
turn a deaf ear to the democratic way of asking for more than three decades, and
now it hastened to respond for something which indicates the forfeiture of our land.
As an instance, if government wants to do something for the betterment of the people,
then people should be given more than what they already have and the quality should
be better than that of what they already have now rather than the other way round
as it is happening at present. Frankly asking, does the offer match or exceed with
what they have now?
Regarding fear for communal disharmony as stated by the ADC Miao, I totally stand
by his side that we must never encourage any idea that leads to disunity amongst
the local people. Accordingly, we were asking the government not to keep an aboriginal
tribe like us uncared for. We are emotionally wrecked. Dying people at least make
some noise and human tends to utter at least some words as lamentation on someone’s
death. If they do so, it is natural because it is really hard to quiet such a bleeding
heart and force to smile.
Every action has a reaction; every problem has a solution. Therefore dear leaders,
brothers of the state, and fellow citizens, be in our shoes, feel our torment and
stand in support of us. For the solution of many problems, Lisu/Yobin must be given
their APST status back. Secondly, government must protect such vulnerable tribe from
any invaders in their own land as promised by our nation father. We respect our country
and its national ideal. We are loyal to our land so we need the support from the
concerned government and its subject.
New Delhi, (on email)
Show some leniency
I would like to draw the kind attention of the Nyshi Elite Society and the All Nyshi
Student’s Union that the National Institute of Open Schooling has scheduled its Oct.
2011 Examination dates and times and it is conducting its Secondary and Sr. Secondary
Examination from Oct 12 to Oct 15 at various Centers in Capital Complex.
Therefore it is my sincere request to the NES and ANSU to foresee the numerous difficulties
the candidates shall face on both Oct 12 and 13 to appear the above mentioned examinations.
In addition to this I on behalf of candidates and NIOS appeal both organization to
show some leniency in the BANDH CALL nature and allow the candidates with proper
ID Card and Hall Tickets to travel to the various examination centers for appearing
the examination on 12/10/11 and 13/10/11.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
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