Itanagar take a step towards normalcy, Organisations appeal for peace
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: A day after the state capital witnessed unprecedented violence
which resulted in a death of a young man, there was uneasy calm in the state capital.
Though there was no untoward incident the whole day, some people are reported to
have left the state capital fearing further violence.
Capital yesterday had witnessed unprecedented violence which left scores injured,
several shops ransacked and few private residences damaged and vehicle torched.
The Police said that the law and order situation in state capital is normal and adequate
forces including SSB, ITBP and CRPF have been deployed in capital complex to tackle
law and order situation and thwart any untoward incident.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) president Takam Tatung appealed to
all sections to maintain peace and communal fraternity and to not take law into their
hands under any provocation.
In a statement, Tatung demanded a magisterial inquiry into Tuesday police firing
in which a youth was killed, saying the fact should be made public immediate and
the guilty punished.
He also demanded adequate compensation for the next of the kins of the deceased as
the valuable life has been wasted for none of their fault.
While announcing that the AAPSU would hold a peace rally in the state capital soon,
the students’ body cautioned the GoAP to not provoke any section of the society in
the name of politics.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Students Union Delhi has also appealed for peace and calm.
This incident has deeply disheartened and horrified the many Arunachal people who
are based outstation said President of ASUD J.T.Tagam.
The Union further condemned and criticised the ongoing political chaos while appealing
the people of the state not to become the tool of shrewd politicians.
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee appealed to the people of Arunachal to maintain
utmost restraint and peace during this time of “chaotic situation created by some
people who do not want peace in the state”.
The APCC also appealed all the tribes to maintain mutual cooperation and peace among
The State government should be more vigilant and not be a mere spectator of the infighting
among the communities as it is the duty of the Government to protect each and every
citizen of the state, it said.
The APCC also deeply condoled the death of late Heri Tai ,who succumbed to the bullet
injury and prayed the almighty to give strength to the bereaved family of Late Tai.
The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh is extremely pained by the unprecedented
events of violence that took place in the state Capital on October 11, said a party
The BJP also expressed deep shock and concern over the incidents of unwarranted police
firings yesterday which resulted in death of Heri Tai who succumbed to his injuries.
The party demanded judicial enquiry into the incident and immediate adequate reliefs
from the state government for the bereaved family.
The BJP expressed its deep concern over the uncontrolled law and order situations
in Arunachal Pradesh entering five months because rifts, factionalism infightings
and rivalries in the ruling congress and its affects expanding.
The BJP Arunachal Pradesh appealed all sections of the people of Arunachal Pradesh
to maintain peace and harmony to overcome present crisis by maintaining restrain
and fostering brotherhood and put coordinated efforts in order to bring back normalcy.
Violence has no solution and inciting violence from any quarter for different reasons
should be defeated with our collective and consensus efforts and understanding, it
Leadership crisis in the ruling party after the tragic death of Late Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu has become imminent and open secret, it said while adding that under
such situations the government is not in position to function and carry out its constitutional
obligations which has become matter of serious concern for all including national
security… “The mal-governance under the scams, communalization and criminalization
ridden successive state Congress governments has ultimately led Arunachal Pradesh
once known as “ an island of peace “ to a violence torn state and the year 2011 has
become history for the state – a record state Capital Bandhs which will certainly
have impacts on the days to come.
“Unlike other states the matter of constitutional crisis in Arunachal Pradesh for
several months now should not merely be seen from the eye of a particular political
party for its government by the constitutional institution. The Raj Bhawan should
act on the call of time and situations” it said.
The situations of unpredictable violence, killings, kidnappings, secessionists activities
become rampant with lootings are also taking place taking the advantage of the situations.
What guarantees that the anti-national and terrorist elements would also not take
advantage of the peculiar situation thrown upon consequent upon the rivalries and
factionalisms in the ruling party inciting communalization and criminalization of
politics in their self interest above the all, the party said.
The Galo Welfare Society in a statement has appealed all to maintain peace and harmony.
It appealed all the Galos and the larger society not to spread unnecessary rumour,
and appealed them to remain calm and not create panic situation and let Peace and
GWS is saddened with the rumour that there is perceived threat of breach of communal
peace in the capital complex.
“The traditional bond of bonhomie and brotherly relation with all other tribal brethrens
remain intact” it said.
While condemning yesterday’s police firing during Papum Pare district bandh, All
Nyishi Youth Organization (ANYO) today said that both Chief Minister and Home Minister
were responsible for ugly situation in the capital during yesterday’s “Anti-Nyishi
rally.” The organization also demanded immediate termination of the police personnel
involved in firing incident. It further appealed all members of Nyishi community
to restore communal harmony.
All Nyishi Educated Youth Forum also held the state Govt responsible for yesterday’s
firing incident in which several persons were injured. The Forum said that the chief
minister and home minister should take moral responsibility and resign from their
The Forum demanded judicial enquiry into the firing incident, medical assistance
to the victims and injured persons and immediate suspension of police personnel involved
in the firing incident.
Why extra para military forces were not deployed and bandh was not declared illegal
as per supreme court order, the Forum questioned and condemned the attack on business
establishments and private residence.
It reiterated demand for intervention of the Governor and imposition of President
Rule in order to improve law and order situation.
Arunachal Law Students’ Union vehemently condemned yesterday’s police firing and
demanded judicial enquiry into it and immediate arrest of the police personnel involved
in the incident.
Expressing concern over the tense situation and mindless violence in twin capital
city for last few months in the capital and state as a whole, the union appreciated
the NES and ANSU for postponement of its proposed 36 hours bandh in Nyishi dominated
Stressing on peaceful co-existence, communal harmony and improved law and order,
the union said the state needs strong constitutional machinery to tackle law and
order. It further appealed the Governor to intervene to improved law and order and
also appealed to all communities of capital complex to maintain peaceful co-existence.
Injured in Itanagar violence dies, family appeals for calm
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Heri Tai, a victim of yesterday’s Itanagar violence has died. He
succumbed to his bullet injuries sustained at IG Park Itanagar. According to family
sources, Late Tai, was airlifted to Guwahati this morning from R K Mission Itanagar
to GNRC, Guwahati where he died this afternoon.
The 23 year old was working as security guard, at a BSNL office in Naharlagun.
His body will be brought back to Itanagar on Thursday after the hospital formalities
including the postmortem are done.
Meanwhile, All Heri Welfare Association has appealed one and all to restrain from
creating any law and order problem following the death of the young man. The Association
urged everyone not to take law into their own hand and let the law take its own course
This matter should never be given a regional or communal colour at any cost, said
its President Heri Taro while adding that the Association will hold the group, individual
or organisation responsible for any untoward incident or communal colour which the
law-abiding Heri clan does not endorse.
The Association also appealed the State Government to unearth the truth and book
the culprit at the earliest as per the law.
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The Nyishi Elite Society(NES) and All Nyishi Students Union(ANSU)
vehemently condemned the firing incident at IG Park on 12th October which claimed
the life of Heri Tai.
A thorough inquiry into the incident has to be set up and justice be delivered at
the earliest so that the confidence of the public on the institution of police can
be restored, it said.
“The deceased soul was an anti rally cadre of ‘Great Nyishi Referendum Rally’ organized
by the Nyishi Consultative Committee (NCC) and sponsored by the Government of Arunachal
Pradesh. It is pertinent to mention that Nyishi community had declared the said Rally
as Anti-Nyishi Rally. The incident could have been easily avoided if the government
had taken preventive measures” it said.
The NES and ANSU acknowledge the supreme sacrifice of late Heri Tai for the cause
of the society and decided to lay his mortal remains in befitting manner, it said.
NES and ANSU also condemn brutal assault on many of the innocent public by the security
personal on that unfortunate day.
NES and ANSU visited the hospitals and met injured victims who are recuperating from
bullet/stone-pelting/and dao’s wound.
Meanwhile, the organizations said words of fear psychosis among the communities of
Arunachal are doing the round.
“NES and ANSU are not against any community. We acknowledge peace, tranquility and
peaceful co-existence as the pre- requisite for over all development and we value
and practice it in letter and spirit. This is sad to note that some people with vested
interest are painting communal colour to our movement for some cheap gain” it said.
NES and ANSU condemn, in strongest term, such move by the vested group and urged
everyone not to believe such rumour.
Meanwhile, it said that there is complete breakdown in government machinery and it
is high time the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh intervenes and put his best effort
to bring normalcy in the State, especially in Capital Complex.
AIMSU appeals for postponement of public hearing
ROING, Oct 12: All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) have appealed to the Ministry
of Environment & Forests (MoEF) to direct the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control
Board (APSPCB) to postpone the environment clearance public hearings to be held for
the 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project in New Anaya and Roing on from 24th to 31st
The demand was put forth appraising on the tense situation in Dibang Valley due to
firing on young students and other civilians which took place by armed personnel
of the Special Task Force on October 5, 2011.
“The situation is certainly not conducive for conduct of the public hearings for
the 3000 MW Dibang Multi-purpose project later this month. Adequate time needs to
be given for things to calm down and resolution of the emerging conflict over the
firing by police personnel on un-armed civilians,” stated the memorandum addressed
to JM Mauskar, special secretary of MoEF. In another appeal to the people of Dibang
Valley, the union said,” Though public hearing is considered an occasion where people
are given the opportunity to air their views on the proposed project. In reality,
the public participation is used merely as rubber stamp for approval of the project
and the decision makers use it as a way to sell a predetermined plan and do not truly
care about people’s concerns.”
“So considering the flaws in the public consultation process, it is the community
that will loose its say on the project once the hearing takes place, irrespective
of differing views on dam,” said the union.
ACCI condemns damages, seeks compensation
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Taking strong exception to the excessive damages caused to number
of business establishments in the Capital Complex during Tuesday’s 12-hour Papum
Pare district bandh, particular loot of valuable merchandise from BB Plaza, Itanagar
causing huge losses to a number of unemployed local youths who had set up their shops
on loans from banks and other GoI schemes including PMEGP, the Arunachal Chamber
of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) today condemned the anti-social elements for their
It is the traders who stand all the times for all genuine causes of the people of
the state and donate generously to numerous organizations, but such vindictive attitude
towards the business men would spread fear psychosis among them discouraging them
to run their shops while completely sending a wrong message to the outside investors
and dissuading them from investing in the state, said a statement from ACCI general
secretary Tarh Nachung and Vice president Dominic Tadar.
The ACCI condemns the state government for its complete failure in providing security
and safety to the traders and their establishments during any agitation. Interestingly,
the traders down their shutters during all bandhs out of compulsions to save their
establishments but the traders are the first to be victimized for none of their fault
and suffer huge losses.
The ACCI demands that a proper inquiry should be ordered to asses the total losses
caused by vandalism and adequate compensation be paid immediately to the traders
who were looted or whose shops were damaged to help them to run their show in state’s
The traders continued to down their shutters as an impact of Tuesday’s vandalism.
APCC observer to assess the situation
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee expressed anguish over unprecedented
violence which left several injuries, damage of public and private properties yesterday.
The APCC in a release today claimed that the party has conveyed the factual lawlessness
situation of the state to the High Command and expected that the high command would
depute an observer to assess the situation in the state in a day or two.
Terming the yesterday’s reported firing incident by police wherein a bandh call activist
got severe injuries as unfortunate and uncalled for, the party cast an aspersion
on the efficiency of the people whose duty was to ensure the security of the citizens
and its property. The APCC further appealed to those who involve in violent incident
and bandh call to refrain from unlawful activities to maintain peaceful co-existence,
communal harmony and to have a law abiding society in the interest of the state.
NCC demands high level inquiry
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The Nyishi Consultative Committee called upon the state Govt to
constitute a high level inquiry committee headed by a sitting judge of a high court
to enquire into the violence incidents occurred during the peaceful rally carried
out by the Committee yesterday.
The NCC in a release today said that the rally inviting all Nyishi based social
organizations was organized to seek clarification from the state Govt on the vexed
ToI issue which created unfounded ripples in state with derogatory remarks of Pradeep
The NCC said it was unfortunate that “some lawlessness people” blocked roads at different
locations including Nirjuli, Naharlagun and Itanagar and I G Park and prevented the
participants from attending the NCC meeting at I G Park. It further said “sporadic
violence that marked NCC rally was unfortunate and it was due to the declaration
of the said rally as “anti-Nyishi” by the NES and its sister organizations.” “Now,
it is beyond no doubt proving that the so called dignity fight by some of the organizations
in the Nyishi Community shows the real image of the mighty and grateful Nyishi Society,”
the Committee added.
The NCC condemned the police firing at I G Park and impressed upon the state Govt
to punish the police officials involved in gruesome firing and also demanded the
state Govt to fix the responsibility on the rally protestors, especially the leaders
behind the damage of huge public and private properties in twin capital city. The
committee further said that the role of some of the Nyishi organizations, who are
spearheading the so called Nyishi dignity movement, in disrupting the NCC’s peaceful
rally must be enquired.
Tagar praises role of Christians
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: MLA Takam Tagar praised the Christian role for various reformations
in the Nyishi society.
Attending the silver jubilee celebration of Savata-Choba Catholic Church on October
9 last, Takam stated that majority of community people quit liquor in the area after
Christianity have come. The lessons and principles of Jesus Christ instilled in them
a peaceful mind, Takam said. He, however, called upon the people to preserve their
own culture and tradition for identity.
The MLA sought cooperation from all for all round development of his constituency.
Later, the MLA contributed Rs.50,000 to the Church welfare fund, Rs.30,000 for construction
of CC step from main road to Choba Catholic Church, Rs.10,000 for Mother Teresa Charity
Mission and Rs.5,000 for various cultural troupes.
Yangte ZPM Tarh Talo also praised the role of Christianity for significant socio-economic
changes in the Nyishi society. But he was critical about the change of name after
having himself/herself Baptised. He called for preservation of own culture and tradition
at any cost apart from believing in Christ.
He also donated Rs.30,000 to the silver jubilee organizing committee.
Palin ZPM Techi Azad, CO Rido Tarak, BDO Takam Kanam, father and sisters of Catholic
community also attended the celebration.
Governor stresses for augmentation of tourism sector
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: State Tourism Minister Pema Khandu called on the Governor General
(Retd.) J.J. Singh at Raj Bhavan on Oct 10. Various issues which need to be addressed
on priority to harness the full tourism potential of the State were discussed in
Underscoring the need for exposure tours organized for youth and entrepreneurs in
Tourism sector, the Governor advised the Tourism Minister to initiate programmes
for capacity building in the service sector.
While calling for further improvement of the tourism sector in the State, the Governor
pointed that Arunachal Pradesh has huge scope for religious tourism, wildlife & eco
tourism, cultural tourism and adventure tourism. Once tourism sector is developed,
it will facilitate in providing livelihood to large numbers of youth and women of
Citing the example of Ganga Lake project, the Governor suggested for taking up tourism
projects under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. In the meeting the Governor
stressed the need for creation of more tourist circuits and home stay facilities.
Gen Singh, who has facilitated the launching of some projects for the State, including
State Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition at Banderdewa,
the Adventure Tourism Camping Destination site at Jote and the tourism counter at
Guwahati Airport for augmenting tourism activities in Arunachal Pradesh advised Khandu
to expedite implementation of these Raj Bhavan initiatives. The Governor suggested
for working in double shifts during this working season.
Enquiring on the progress of Adventure Tourism Camping Destination site at Jote,
the Governor suggested the construction of a restaurant with simple toilets in the
area. He also asked the Minister to speed up the work of Tourism Counter at Guwahati
State Tourism Minister, while concurring the need for exposure tours for entrepreneurs
in tourism sector informed that he is proposing training programme for the local
entrepreneurs and has kept fund for such programmes. He also informed the Governor
that eleven projects under Indian Tourist Development Corporation in Bhalukpong –Tawang
route have been taken over by the State Government for proper implementations.
Responding to the Governor’s query on the starting of the management courses of the
SIHM, G.N. Sinha, Principal Secretary Tourism briefed him that advertisements for
core faculties will be issued very soon and hinted on starting the first batch from
Rajiv Gandhi University.
Affected villagers oppose Public hearing
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Public leaders, Gaon Buras and affected land owners of Silli village
in a letter to Deputy Commissioner, Upper Siang District and Jaypee authorities strongly
opposed the public hearing of proposed Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project schedule
on October 18.
They said “the authorities will not be allowed to conduct the proposed public hearing
under any circumstances till complete re-survey of the land” it said and demanded
that the survey should be done in presence of land owners, villagers and others.
It said that without the re-survey, the total clear cut area of land to be acquisitioned
for the project and total area of affected land owners will not be possible which
will create problems time and again in coming days for the villager and land owners.
They urged the Jaypee authorities not to finalize any issue regarding land acquisition
by taking and influencing only few numbers of land owners as they are not authorized
to act upon the matter on behalf of all land owners.
They further alleged that “earlier survey was made by the Jaypee authorities without
any intimation to the land owners, public leaders and GBs of Silli village which
resulted into numbers of land disputes between the land owners.
They further said that maximum numbers of land owners are not aware of the public
hearing while adding that even the public leader including sitting ASM, Gram Panchayat
members, GBS of Silli village has also not been taken into consideration for holding
the public hearing.
3 day long District Level Games and Sports
Aalo, Oct 12: The Arunachal Vikas Parishad in collaboration with Donyi Polo Trust
Committee, Aalo organized a 3 day long District Level Games and Sports to hunt sports
talents and promote indigenous faith among the young generation from Oct 11.
As part of the programe, a procession was taken out from Donyi-Polo Dere that culminated
at General Foot ball Ground.
Addressing a big gathering, the former Minister Doi Ado said that the games and sports
that forms integral part of our lives not only gives us physical endurance but gives
sufficient income to sustain life easily adding that all sportsmen have name, fame
and are rich individuals.
He stressed on construction of Donyi Polo Dere and distribution of flags in all villages
to show their own identity.
The young kids should be taught to speak our own safegaurd our oral literature that
has no written records, he added.
Ogong Tamut, an ardent believer of Donyi Polo faith said that Donyi Polo has been
our guiding principle from time immemorial and called for safe guarding the tribal
faith, worship and belief to keep our own identity.
Krishna Vhire, Joint General Secretary, Vikash Parishad, Silchar also dwelt at length
on richness of tribal culture and called for preservation and safeguarding it from
other influence and erosion.
The President and Secretary of District Level Games and Sports organized by AVP &
DPDTC, Moji Bagra and Tuter Nima spelt out in detail aims and objectives of the district
level meet and urged all believers of Donyi-Polo faith to make all out effort to
infuse a sense of pride among the younger generation about our culture and tribal
way of life.
Association gives ultimatum to govt
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association (ACCYWA) has given
45 days ultimatum to PWD and UD Department to start road repairing works in capital
complex, especially NH52A failing which the association has threatened to go for
2nd phase of 24-hr bandh call.
Roads in capital complex have worsened ever since APPWD has taken over the road from
BRTF, ACCYWA said in a release. It said that PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki and PWD
Chief Engineer (W/Z) Bora Ette must resign from their respective posts if they fail
to start road works within 45 days.
ACCWA had given 12-hr capital bandh on October 10 last demanding the authority to
hand NH-52A road over to BRTF for proper maintenance.
It criticized the PWD Minister’s silence on the matter and his long-absence in the
hour of need.
ACCYWA said that Tuki had assured to start road work on war-footing on June 15, 2008.
Further, there has been no reaction from Tuki till date although a proposal of Rs
284 crore for road maintenance by PWD department was returned unapproved by Director
General (Road Development) and Special Secretary, it added.
ACCYWA said that it has given 45 days ultimatum on request of the Chief Engineer.
It claimed that the CE had confessed his faults of not taking interest of the highway
before some political leaders and officers in a meeting here on October 9 last.
Orientation Programme on SHG Movement
CHANGLANG, Oct, 12: An Orientation programme on formation of SHGs was held for Anganwadi
workers at Changlang on October 11 2011. It was organized jointly by Support Center,
State Microfinance Vision Itanagar and DISHA a Khonsa based NGO.
Total 40 Anganwadi workers from Changlang and Khimyong ICDS blocks attended the programme.
Main objective was to strengthen the Anganwadi workers as facilitators for formation
of SHGs in their respective areas.
The specialty of the programme was a slide presentation of Vijay Swami, Executive
Director RIWATCH, on success stories created by women SHGs of Arunachal Pradesh.
The presentation also gave the overall scenario of SHGs in rest part of the country
and compared with Bangladesh Gramin bank. This triggered live discussion on analyzing
successes and failures of SHGs, the need based approach and market survey.
The programme was formally inaugurated by M. C. Roy, ADC Changlang. In his inaugural
address, he impressed upon the Anganwadi workers to take the advantage of the programme
and create success stories.
While speaking as guest of Honour, Marina Kenglang, ZPM North Changlang, revealed
that Changlang lags behind in SHG movement compared to rest part of Arunachal. What
is needed is the motivation, to facilitators as well as to the rural women.
Anganwadi workers expressed the need of training of SHGs in various enterprises.
The Programme Co-ordinator of Support Center Microfinance Lomi Linggi has appealed
the workers to find out the needs of SHGs so that it will be easy for support centre
to organize trainings accordingly. She also revealed that for larger reach out, similar
kinds of programmes will be taken up by Support Center at door steps of various blocks
of Changlang district in the coming days.
The participants were also addressed by CDPO Changlang Wemkhum Khilak and Secretary
of DISHA Wangfyak Wangsu
Training of doctors and paramedical staffs
TAWANG, Oct 12: The Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) Tawang conducted
a training programme for Doctors and Paramedical staff on October 10 and 11 in District
Attending the training, Tawang district medical officer (DMO) Dr. TC Khrime called
upon the medical officers (MOs) and paramedical staffs of the district to have strict
vigil on the communicable diseases and report timely as per the guidelines of Integrated
Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP).
Dr. K. D. Gautam, DSO insisted on complete and timely submission of various reports
under the programme.
Dr. Wangdi Lama DRCHO underscored the importance of the training in reporting of
outbreaks in time.
Resource persons Dr. K. D. Gautam DSO and Epidemiologist D. K. Thungdok focused on
early detection of outbreaks, control and response for the betterment of the community’s
A total of 19 Paramedical staffs and 18 Doctors were trained in two batches. DIPRO
Seminar on Hindi Literature
PASIGHAT, Oct 12: The two days long literary seminar on the topic ‘Agyeya Aur Hindi
Sahitya’ was organized by Hindi department of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat
on Oct 11 and 12. The seminar was organized in honour one of the foremost figures
of Hindi literature, Sacchidanand Hiranand Vatsyayan, popularly known as ‘Agyeya'
on his birth centenary and sponsored by UGC.
The centenary seminar witnessed the presence of litterateurs like Prof. Kumar Pankaj
BHU Varanasi, Prof. Chandrakala Pandey of Calcutta (Kolkata) University, Prof. S.
Chaturvedi of Hyderabad University, Prof. AK Nath Tezpur University and Prof. Debraj
of RG University and other dignitaries from all over the country.
Inaugurating the seminar as chief guest, Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok lauded
the efforts of the college Principal Tayek Talom and his associates for propagating
the use of "Rashtrabhasha" and expressed hope that rich contributions made by the
several speakers would help the audiences. Terming it was historic moment for JNC
Tapok said Agyeya was a pioneer of modern Hindi poetry, fiction, criticism and journalism
who also translated many books of world literature into Hindi. Agyeya traveled extensively,
both in India and abroad like University of California, Berkley and after returning
home he became Founder Editor of the Dinaman, he further added.
Earlier, the Chairman of Dying Ering Foundation Oshong Ering, who was the guest of
honour, pointed out that the seminar was aimed at promoting Hindi literature as it
is a widely spoken language. He suggested to conduct more and more seminar inviting
students and teachers from several universities in near future to attract the young
generation to take more interest in the national language making it more popular.
Prof. Kumar Pankaj of Banaras Hindu University his keynote address presented a brief
life history of Agyeya. He said the content in Hindi stories these days was quite
different from that penned in the past. Though changes in the literature were a natural
process, the present writers must introspect as to why their readership was lesser
as compared to that of earlier writers. The present writers seemed to be more concerned
about the style of writing, he commented.
Principal Talom while delivering his welcome address stated the actual motive of
the seminar was to make Hindi as a preferred language of communication across the
nation and influence the society. According to him it was the best way of promoting
the Hindi language by inviting people from across the nation. Talom extended his
thanks to Dr. Igul Padung, Principal Doying Gummin College, Pasighat for active participation
The Chief Guest of the valedictory function, Dr. Joram Begi, Director of Higher and
Technical Education while interacting the gathering, highly appreciated the college
authority for organizing the seminar and further suggested to conduct more seminar
and workshops on other subjects to enrich knowledge.
Taking privilege on the occasion he welcomed the writers, poets and journalists to
visit Arunachal Pradesh to know more about state’s beauty, tradition, art and culture
and to explore the hidden treasures through their writing. State Liasion Officer
Dr. V.N Sharma was the guest of honour of the valedictory function. DIPRO
West Kameng plead for honour to Choddak
Dirang, Oct 12: The panchayat leaders and public of West Kameng District led by Dirang
ZPM Dor Tsering has appealed the state Govt. and state Director General of Police
to recognize the supreme sacrifice made in course of duty by Late Yeshi Choddak,
the then security officer to late chief minister Dorjee Khandu.
While informing that state Govt. was yet to recognize and confer any reward or award
to late Choddak and his family despite passage of five months, they appealed the
state Govt. and DGP to recommend late Chodak’s name for President’s Police Medal
and to provide alternative employment to his wife on humanitarian ground at the earliest.
“The conferment of timely and due honour to a brave policeman who gave away his
life at the call of duty without any second thoughts would be a morale booster to
other policemen of the state and it will raise prestige of the police force”, said
Org rubbishes APPC statement
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association (ACCYWA) has rubbished
the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC)’s press statement that the 12-hr
capital bandh on October 10 last was politically motivated and organized in the behest
of the Chief Minister.
Describing the APCC statement as baseless, ACCYWA in a release said that “We have
no any kind of political connection with the CM and any political leaders of the
state on the issue. We are just fighting for improvement of Capital roads, which
has gone from bad to worse.”
“If we had any connection with the CM we would not have burnt tyres on VIP road
of Raj Bhawan when the CM was coming back from New Delhi,” the release said adding
that APCC should raise voice against the bad road condition instead of making such
Association welcome new director
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The Employees Unions and Association of NERIST welcomed the new
Director of NERIST Dr. Dipankar Pal.
The all-round development of NERIST was held up due to frequent changes of director
in-charges, it said and hoped that under the able guidance and direction of Dr. Pal,
NERIST will flourish and able to acquire allround development in the coming days.
A product of IIT, Delhi, prior to appointment as Director NERIST, Dr. Pal was Professor
in BITS Ranchi (Deemed University) and Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information
and Communication Technology (Deemed University), Gujarat.
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Nyishi Baptist Church Council Youth Department is conducting youth
campaign program at Pistana, Deed, Talo, Yachuli, Yazali and Kimin pastoral ranges
from October 19-24.
During the campaign, awareness on better education system, religious duties towards
social law and order system, responsibilities of parents would be imparted.
Resentment over frequent bandh calls
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Volunteer People’s Union for Democratic Rights (VPUDR) strongly
condemned frequent band calls which badly affect the normal life of common people.
The people of the state should stage hunger strike to raise their voice against
injustice or deteriorating law and order situation in the state instead of resorting
to bandh call, it said.
Meanwhile, VPUDR appealed all the heads of department in Kamba circle to stay at
Kamba and perform their duty regularly. It further appealed to the telecom department
at Aalo to improve its BSNL service.
APITU condemns violent incident
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union (APITU) has condemned
yesterday’s police firing incident during bandh and demanded immediate termination
of police personnel who resorted to firing on agitators.
APITU in a release today further said that it has called the 12 hours Papum Pare
District bandh in protest against the failure of present Govt to tackle law and order
situation and in favour of its charter of demand which included arrest of persons
involved in recent Roing firing incident, assaulters on Everester Tapi Mra and murderer
of Chow Sunando Manpoong at Namsai and lastly for preservation of sanctity of CM
The Union further held the CM and Home Minister responsible for present law and
order situation and demanded their immediate resignation and also appealed to the
people of the state to maintain peaceful co-existence.
Prayer Meet for peace
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) is organizing a Prayer Meet for peace and
communal harmony at Christian Revival Church, Itanagar on Oct 13 at 2.30 pm.
Christian leaders of the state, all the Pastors, Evangelists, Missionaries, Reverends,
Fathers, local church leaders and Prayer Warriors of Capital Complex will attend
Don’t take law in hands: Kaso
ITANAGAR: Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso has severely condemned the massive violence during
the Tuesday bandh and proposed rally in the Capital Complex, but at the same time
would call upon all sections not to take law into their hands with vindictive attitude.
“I express my deep sorrow and shock at the death of a young life by police firing
at Indira Gandhi Park Tuesday afternoon” he said while appealing to all sections
of the society to maintain calm, peace and tranquility considering that the happenings
in the state capital would send a wrong message to outside and bring bad name to
He said that he was deeply hurt at the massive damages caused to properties, roads
and felling of trees during the bandh.
“All the properties belong to us and I have been making all out efforts to bring
fund for development. It would be greater interest to not damage public property
during any agitation” he said.
Release contractor’s bill: Association
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) has strongly demanded
that state Government to release contractors’ pending bills within a month.
“We demand the state Government to entrust various departments for release of all
the pending bills within one month,” the contractors’ association said and adding
that it would be compelled to launch legal and democratic movement against the state
Government till the pending bills were released.
Arunchalees can’t be dictated
It is indeed, disgusting, and unfortunate to see the letter written by T.Mossang
and others dated 8th Oct advocating the establishment of NPF in Arunachal instead
of advising and passing comment on Home ministers strong and appreciable statement.
Why he doesn’t go to Nagaland and do some social service. People of Nagaland are
facing lots of hardship in Nagaland. I would rather suggest Nagaland Chief minister
and T.Mossang to concentrate the problems of the people of Nagaland. You don’t need
to worry about the problems faced by the people of Arunachal.
The people of Arunachal are capable and will decide by ourselves to solve our own
problems. We don’t need some other agency or state to interfere in our internal matter.
We respect the hope and aspiration of Naga but not at the cost of our people and
And it not difficult to judge the reason of some people of our state who are ready
to sell our land and own people for their only personal benefits and unfortunately
they called themselves a public leader. People of Arunachal specially the public
of Tirap and Changlang should not come under their instigation and they should socially
boycott such anti-Arunachal miscreants.
Police excess versus mobocracy
Finally the students union of our state is taking some interest in raising their
voice against something that has no financial benefits to them. I appreciate them
for their huge involvement in the recent Roing issue and I further hope that they
would keep raising their voice until justice is achieved.
The incident in Roing is deplorable , condemnable and stands out as a black day in
history of Arunachal.
With condemnation pouring from all quarters and rightly so but one thing in these
reactions has saddened me and prompted me to write this article.
While the incident deserves to be condemned and guilty punished , it is also equally
pertinent to know, understand and see both sides of the fence. While there cannot
be any justification for firing however provocative, still, it is more dangerous
and harmful to our society if we choose to overlook the ills plaguing our society
and put the blame on the forces and outsiders as many are doing.
The brutality and excesses of the police is never in question, as repeated incidents
point out. But I believe and firmly do so, the general trend of our society's progress
is gravitating towards lawlessness, anarchy and abject disregard for law.
Surely democracy is being understood as mobocracy and mobs in the name of unions
are a greater threat to society. We are getting increasingly intolerant, violent,
xenophobic and communal.
Even in this incident , it is alleged, a mob attacked the magistrate and police with
bottles ,daos and guns. In these kind of situation what would the police do? Wait
till their heads are chopped off? And the reason for the mobs anger? Apparently they
were asked to close down a dice game which they refused and confronted the police.
Utter disregard for law and authority!
While firing by the police cannot be justified however grave the provocation is,
in this moment of shock and anger, we should not justify hooliganism and criticise
the public where it is due. I sympathise with the victims and believe it is a case
of police excess and brutality but still feel those responsible for creating the
scene should also be bought to book along with the police.
Democracy doesnt mean the state is only responsible for everything. People also share
equal share of duties. It is a case of give and take. If the citizens are mature
and abide by law , there is no reason for the state to intervene and create situations.
But if people start rioting then state has to take affirmative action and stamp its
My views might be resented by many and construed as justifying police action. But
i believe we cannot demonise the police all the time and overlook the public's role
in such situations. In this case though,the police and the authority clearly seems
to be at fault and should be punished accordingly.
As we know, there's a very thin line dividing justifiable police action and police
I just hope we dont create situations where we need to differentiate between the
A citizen, (on email)
Give us a chance too
Through the columns of your esteemed daily I would like to request our Namsai public
leaders not to give contractual works to the non-tribals. There are many educated
unemployed youth who has no work to do. The leaders concern should understand that
our own khampti society is on the verge of extinction. Our own people are getting
poorer day by day as we are unable to cope with the changing environment. The tremendous
growth of the outsiders is already a major threat to our own local population. Nowadays,
these outsiders have become the favorite for the political parties which is not a
good sign. why to shower so much of blessings to the outsiders just to gain votes,
why not to your own people? I request the NGOs, student unions to take this matter
Chow Bramadutt Namchoom
Namsai, (on email)
I envy the animals
Sometimes I envy the animals in Namdapha. Since childhood I have been hearing ‘save
animals, save tigers’ but never heard anyone saying ‘save people, help Lisus’. Even
NGOS who have reached in our place happen to be animal-lovers only. I haven't seen
even a single social activist till now taking interest to reach us and know the reality
about. We have been crying out 'for help' and to ‘save us’ since long time back but
our SOS cries have never been attended. Ironically, we are the one who have been
helping the animal activists and researchers to accomplish their works successfully.
They gained monetarily by bagging lots of funds but what we get is 'leave the land'
It’s ridiculous. When it comes to animals, people speak out for the rights of animals
but our cry for to be loved and help and give back our lost rights just die down
in the air. Titles like ‘encroachers and poachers’ have become our nicknames, in
spite of everybody having knowledge that there are others also living around the
park. Besides, in my opinion poachers are not confined by boundaries. When Lisus/Yobins
are being blamed to be the poachers, who knows the real ones must be laughing at
us from far and watching the drama taking more advantage.
We have been requesting the Government to restore back our Scheduled Tribe status
since long but till today it has become a game for the politicians. No one seems
to have any serious concern for us.
Our tears have drained now. It's very hard to digest and heart breaking with frustration
when we are being treated as aliens in your own land. I have developed a different
concept for 'Democracy' now. It is ‘for the power to the power and by the power’.
Since we are weak economically and have no political voice our cries cannot reach
to those who sit in the power. The real concept of the word 'Democracy' for the people
to the people by the people is found only in text books now. I am not sure how long
this misery and helplessness will continue?
So, I appeal to all the like-minded people and the social organizations that have
sympathy for the downtrodden marginalized people to come forward and extend help
to make us feel that we are also Indians and a part of this great nation. I would
like to invite people of Arunachal to visit our place, meet our people and try to
find out the real fact. In order to avoid misunderstanding, I would like to clarify
that we are not against the protection of animals and forest unless the act itself
do not take away our livelihood.
Rather, we can be the guardians and be the protectors of Namdhapha Park itself. But
until and unless you win the heart of the local people, and provide them their livelihood
the conservation cannot be successful. We do not want the same history to be repeated
again as once we were driven out from our own and longtime cultivated wetlands at
gun point to make room for other settlers who were allowed and got to enjoy in the
readymade fields. When National highway can cross through Kaziranga National park
why not an all-weather road can be constructed through a portion in the park. Besides,
the road was already pre-existed earlier. Having the road will make manning the park
easier. In the present situation even government officials who get posted in our
place hardly stays at the station. They enjoy uncut and unofficial holidays at home
instead of attending their duties.
That was the reason that in the recent incident, the body of a 14 year old student
who was raped and murdered by an Assam Rifle jawan had to be kept for more than 10
days for want of post mortem procedure. How much it humiliated the grieving family.
In this way we face negligence everywhere.
Dreaming for comfort and modern amenities are beyond our dreams because the simple
basic needs for survival also are hardly we get. But I must appreciate and express
our gratitude to the great souls like Governor J. J. Singh, late CM Dorjee Khandu,
PWD Minister Nabam Tuki, Power & Forest Minister Setong Sena, MLA cum Chairman, APMDTCL
Kamlung Mosang and other officials who were involved for taking initiative to reconstruct
We hope follow-up will be there till the road becomes all-weather road as it serves
as lifeline for our community.
I am just an ordinary Lisu girl trying to draw a rough picture of the actual life
we have been living and facing the untold hardships hoping that it may touch some
kind-hearted soul who will come forward and will support for our endeavor to live
a normal and dignified life as till now we only know how to envy the more fortunate
animals who have a whole department to take care and protect their lives and hosts
of NGOs to feel concern for them. Thanks.
Anyi Nio Ngwazah
Shillong, (on email)
Let there be equal treatment
I would like to inform you that, we are daily witnessing helmet checking at various
locations in Capital Complex, Itanagar, which we find it very helpful indeed. The
police personnel are really providing a good safety rules and regulations in the
As we always witness accidents on daily basis, mostly in two wheelers, we suggest
that checking of helmets must be done on daily basis.
However, I observed that the police personnel on duty while checking skip their fellow
colleagues even if they are without helmets. Whereas, if a civilian pass through
without a helmet they stop them and ask them to pay a fine of Rs. 100/-.
So, in my point of view, everyone even a police personnel or IRBN or any military
officials should be checked properly whether they are on duty or not. If they are
without helmets, they too must bear the consequences as we are facing it and pay
the same amount of fine.
By this, I would like to awaken the sleeping authorities to focus not only on checking
helmet but also should be an RC checking & Driving License checking.
Er. P. Riba
Itanagar, (on email)
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