Four dead, 14 missing as bridge collapses in Seppa
Govt. Announces ex-gratia
ITANAGAR Oct 30: Four people are reported dead after the suspension bridge connecting
Seppa market to New Seppa over the Kameng River collapsed yesterday evening.
The dead have been identified as Lt. Yanu Liyak, 30 (F), Lt. Meme Doka, 27(F), Lt.
Yalom Liyak, 65(F), and a 12 year old boy Prem Nampe. Prem succumbed to his injuries
while on way to Guwahati for further treatment.
Among the fourteen missing are Marshal Dabang (10 M), Kare Sangyu (30 F), Pane Rang
(45 F), Mecho Dodum (40 F), Nangmi Tabri (9 B), Tado Nampe (40 F), Mebing Lamnio
(50 F), Gabing Miri (12 M), Mohan Miri (7 M), Lungni Tayung (25 M), Umi Cheri (28
F), Guye Tamang (15 M).
Some 30 injured persons have been rescued so far.
Army personnel along with state police have been pressed into services with two boats
for rescue operation, according to Home Minister Takar Marde.
Army rescue operation team from Tenga arrived at Seppa this morning to assist in
search and rescue operation.
But as precious minutes pass by, casualty could raise more.
The District Police has opened an Operation Control Room in the Police Station Seppa.
SP East Kameng Kime Aya has appealed for calm and as he reassured the citizens that
they are doing everything possible to trace out the missing people.
Citizens can contact the following phone numbers (PS- 03787-22223, Control Room -03787-222455,
SP 03787-222211 and SDO, DC, Seppa- 03787-222244 (R)/222240(O).
The dilapidated hanging bridge over Kameng River broke yesterday evening as people
had gathered to collect Gandhi puk, an insect delicacy locally known as Taari.
State Government announces ex-gratia to the victims of bridge collapse incident in
Seppa Township. Government Spokesperson Setong Sena revealed that the Government
has announced Rs. 1 Lac each to the kith and kins of the deceased, Rs. 50000 each
to those grievously injured and Rs. 25000 each for minor injured victims of the unfortunate
incident of Bridge Collapse at Seppa. The Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin had earlier
yesterday expressed deep shock and anguish at the bridge collapse in Seppa township.
Terming the incident as extremely unfortunate, the Chief Minister shared his grief
with the bereaved family and the families of the injured.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly informed in a release that detailed
report on the incident including the condition of the wire rope bridge that led to
collapse of the bridge is already sought from the district administration as well
as Chief Engineer PWD. Welly appealed to all to main peace and calm and help administration
in search operation to find out the missing persons. He also advised the Superintendent
of Police to seek help of experts wherever required to trace the missing persons
and bodies from Kameng river.
Expressing his disbelief and shock at the tragic mishap, Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjay
today deeply mourned the deaths and wished speedy recovery to the injured. As the
number of missing was unknown, he asked the district police to continue the search
He announced a sum of Rs 1 lakh for the next of the kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000
for the critically injured and Rs 25,000 for less injured from his MPLAD fund.
Though the mishap is unfortunate but such foot suspension bridges provide lifeline
in remote and inaccessible areas of the state, he said and advocated that the GoAP
should chalk out a plan on priority to ensure annual maintenance of all such bridges
by fixing responsibility so as to avoid recurrence of such incident in future.
In his message, APCC president Nabam Tuki conveyed condolences to the bereaved families
and wished speedy recovery to the injured. He directed the district authorities to
extend all possible help to the bereaved families who have lost their dear ones and
those injured too.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh mourned the untimely deaths of persons
due to collapse of a dilapidated rope wire suspension bridge over Kameng river in
Seppa yesterday evening.
The Party urged the state government to release adequate compensation to the relatives
of deceased family and deploy rescue team immediately.
During its rally against corruption held on Oct 23 at Seppa, BJYM warned the state
Govt about the terrific situation of the bridge, but neither the district administration,
nor the local leaders and state government responded positively, the BJP said.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union expressed deep sadness over Seppa bridge collapse.
AAPSU while condoling loss of valuable lives, told the family members that in this
hour of crisis it share their concern. It offered to join the rescue operations anytime.
It appealed to the state government to provide proper compensation to the entire
victims and injured. Monetary assistance should be provided to all injured as soon
as possible, so that lives can be saved. AAPSU askd state government to immediately
identify all such old and dangerous bridges across Arunachal, so that such unfortunate
incidents do not take place again.
East Kameng District Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) expressed deep shock at
the collapse of Seppa hanging bridge yesterday evening.
Holding the local MLA and district administration responsible for the incident, the
BJYM unit requested the Govt to provide adequate compensation to the family of the
deceased. BJYM had pleaded for renovation of the said hanging bridge, but the Govt
did not pay heed, the Morcha rued in a release.
Alleging rampant corruption and misuse of centrally sponsored schemes in East Kameng
district, the BJYM further informed that it will organize a rally on Nov 24 at
Seppa in protest against the corruption and breakdown of law and order in the district.
It will demand streamlining of PDS, immediate widening of road from Nechipu to Seppa
and Bana bridge.
Meanwhile, various associations, organizations and NGOs today expressed shock after
hearing the news of suspension bridge collapse in Seppa yesterday.
All East Kameng Students Union( AEKSU), All Bameng Khenewa and Lada Students Union(ABKLSU)
has alleged that that after 1996, there was no maintenance of suspension bridge by
PWD, Seppa division.
Blaming the concern authorities, district administration and police department for
the mishap, the students appealed the state government for immediate release of compensation
to family of the deceased.
The unions further urged all the elected MLAs of the East Kameng district to provide
fund for temporary construction of bridge.
It further appealed the state government for immediate sanction of construction
of RCC Bridge within one month. It further said that Hari Bridge should be repaired
They further demanded the state government for early constitution of an enquiry committee
to find out the real cause of incident.
All Nyishi Students’ Union have constituted two men fact finding committee to study
cause of the bridge collapse. The Union said that incident might have occurred due
to the negligence of district administration, concerned department and public because
such old age bridge should have been dismantled just after completion of bridge age.
It appealed the district administration for immediate relief for the victims and
efficient search operations.
The Union further demanded state government to sanction sufficient funds to help
Donyipolo Nyedar Namlo, Itanagar have condoled the death. The members present have
expressed anguish over the unfortunate mishap. The devotees of Donyipolo have prayed
to Almighty God to safeguard the nature lovers and nature worshipers from such untoward
happenings in future.
Describing the incident very unfortunate, Nyishi Welfare Association (NWA) said that
the tragedy could have been avoided had the authority repaired the bridge as demanded
by the local people which was lying in a very bad condition due to years of wear
and tear. NWA demanded for replacement of the wire rope suspension bridge with a
All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) led by Bamang Taji as president, without elaborating,
held the department concerned responsible for the incident and appealed to the East
Kameng deputy commissioner to inquire into the cause of the bridge collapse within
a week. It also urged the DC to engage more force/persons in the search operation.
While expressing grief and sorrow over loss of lives in the tragic accident, ANYA
conveyed heartfelt sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family members. It also
appealed to the State Government to announce ex gratia relief to the next of kin
of those killed.
All Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activists Organization (AAPRTIAO) held the PWD and UD Minister
Nabam Tuki responsible for yesterday’s incident.
“Tuki, who did not give any interest to construct a new bridge over Kameng river
connecting New Seppa with main town Seppa despite several memoranda and representations
were submitted to PW Department in the last few couple of years by various organizations,
associations, should resign from his post owning moral responsibility for the incident,”
The organization while demanding for construction of a new RCC bridge to replace
the suspension bridge, appealed to the State Government for ensuring permanent job
for family members of the deceased.
The Central Nyedar Namlo, Doimukh expressing shock over the incident, prayed Aane
Donyi for eternal peace of the departed souls.
Expressing serious concern over the bridge collapse, the Kra-Dadii Club, Seppa has
appealed the authorities to constitute an enquiry committee into the incident and
provide immediate relief to the victims’ family.
While demanding immediate restoration of collapsed bridge which is the prime link
between old and new Seppa, the Club urged the authorities to take steps for renovation
of old Hari bridge and Bana bridge which already served beyond their expiry dates.
It blamed both the concerned authorities and public for their negligence, lack of
awareness about the weak bridge.
Meanwhile, East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union (AKMZSU) said that 14 persons
are still missing after yesterday’s accident.
It strongly urged the authority to engage expert navy team in the search operation
to find out the bodies of missing persons.
Holding the authority solely responsible for yesterday’s tragedy, the students union
said that the incident could have been totally averted if they listened to the demands
for early repairing of the bridge.
Condemning the district administration as well as public leaders for their careless-ness
in restricting the movement of man and machineries while crossing the weak bridge,
the students union demanded a high level inquiry into the incident.
It also strongly urged the government to reconstruct the Bana and Hari bridges, the
life of which were already expired to avoid another tragedy.
It urged State Government and local MLAs to provide assistance to the injured persons
for further treatment and also compensation to the family members of those killed
in the accident.
Memoirs of 31st October , 1984
Today is 31st October 2011. On this day, 27 years back, Smti Indira Gandhi, the then
Prime Minister of India, was assassinated by her own 2 body guards at her official
residence in New Delhi. As a young student, I witnessed the turmoil through which
the nation’s capital and its citizens had passed through, following the assassination
of the country’s Prime Minister. Today, recalling the events of 27 years back is
difficult, but some of the events that I witnessed are still fresh in my mind.
Before I go to write on the events of 31st October, 1984, it is worthwhile to recall
what was the political scenarios of the country at that time.
To begin with, the early 80 decade witnessed upsurge of regional politics in the
country. The Telegu Desam under the leadership of N.T Rama Rao has emerged as a strong
regional party in Andhra Pradesh. So was the National Conference under the leadership
of Md. Sheikh Abdullah, father of Farooq Abdullah, who was then in power in Jammu
& Kashmir. The Akali Dal was trying to win over the hearts of the Sikhs in Punjab
on the agenda of Anandpur Sahib Resolution. More such regional parties were also
on the rise and active in different parts of the country.
Along with the rise of the regional politics, Politics of militancy were also emerging
in Punjab and elsewhere in the country. In Punjab, many religion based militant
organizations came up, who picked up arms and started wagging war against the country
and its sovereignty. The demand for independent ‘Khalistan’ for the Sikhs was popularized
by these militant groups as their ultimate aim. This was marked by frequent and mindless
massacre and killings of innocent people in the villages, trains, buses etc in Punjab.
The separatist movement of the militants was supported by the traditional enemy of
India, the Pakistan.
The law and order situation in Punjab continued to deteriorate. The militants continued
to have their field day, killing innocent men, women and children where ever they
liked. The places of worship in Punjab were converted into their safe heavens by
different militants groups. Sophisticated weapons and explosives were transported
and stored in these places of worship. The most wanted extremist leaders were also
taking shelter inside the sacred places of worship. Among the most dreaded was Sant
Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was also said to have been hiding inside the famous
Golden temple of Amritsar along with others militants. Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale,
whom critics say was nurtured by the Congress to use against the Akalis, had later
turned the barrel of the gun against the Congress and the Nation.
As the situation in Punjab went out of the control, Smti Indira Gandhi, the then
Prime Minister of India, decided to go for military action against the militants
hiding inside the Golden temple. On 3rd June 1984, the Indian Army led by General
Kuldip Singh Brar entered the Golden temple with tanks, heavy armours and weapons
to liberate the Golden temple of Amritsar from the control of militants. The operation
which lasted for 4 days till June 6,1984 was code named ‘Operation Blue Star’. In
the 4 days Army operation, 83 Indian Army Personnel, 492 Civilians and many militants
were killed. The dreaded and the most wanted militant leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale
was also killed inside the Golden Temple.
While the Golden temple was liberated from the clutches of militants by the ‘Operation
Blue Star’, the sacred Golden Temple, mainly the Akal Takht, was badly damaged.
While, the operation had earned praises for Indira Gandhi but many, particularly
from the Sikh community got offended for ordering army operation inside their religious
Golden Temple. There were uproar amongst the Sikhs in the nation and worldwide. The
decision of Smti Indira Gandhi to lunch the ‘Operation Blue Star’ for flushing out
the militants out of the Golden Temple came under heavy criticisms. There was even
report of revolt in a small section of Sikh army, some where in the country against
This was the political background and the situation in the turmoil Punjab in the
year 1984 when I joined Delhi University. The situation in the National capital,
Delhi, was also very fluid due to its location near Haryana and Punjab. There was
heavy security arrangement in the streets of the National Capital and movement at
night time was very difficult. The common citizens of Delhi became suspicious of
every common Sikh person. The citizens were even scared to take ride in the taxi
or autos of the Sardarjis, who otherwise were known for their sacrifice and bravery.
The day was 31st October, 1984. It was Friday. I was in my 1st year of B.A (Hons)
in Hindu College, University of Delhi. On that fateful day, I had my breakfast at
hostel at 8 a.m. I attended my first 2 classes of Political Science. I finished my
2 classes by 10.30 am and rushed back to my hostel to listen to the running radio
commentary of India- Pakistan cricket test being played at Karachi, Pakistan. The
then only TV channel of the country- the Doordarshan, had no arrangement for live
telecast of the cricket match, played in Pakistan. For Indian team, Dilip Vengsarkar
and Sandip Patil were batting, hitting four and strokes and moving towards a high
score. Sitting in the corridor of the hostel, we were enjoying the commentary with
It was around 1100 hrs, when rumours spread like wild fire in the college and the
hostel campus that Smti Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, has been shot.
The hostellers rushed to the TV room to look for any special Doordarshan telecast.
However, in those years, the orthodox Doordarshan Kendra switched off its morning
programme by 9.30 am, only to be re-opened at 4.30 pm with the programme of ‘Krishi
Darshan’. Unlike today, there were no 99 private channels or 7 x 24 News channels
to give any Breaking News.
Few boys then hurriedly picked up their transistors and started finding tune to BBC
radio. The BBC was reporting live on the incident. I remember the famous New Delhi
based BBC correspondence Mark Tully along with Satish Jacob reporting from New Delhi
about the incident. As BBC was updating the report, it was then finally confirmed
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has been shot by her own Sikh security guards at her
official residence at 1, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi. The reason of assassination
was reported as against her order of the ‘Operation Blue Star’ during June 1984,
exactly 4 months 3 weeks ago. The radio report further said that she has been taken
to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi. After few moments,
it was finally declared that Indira Gandhi has succumbed to her bullet injuries.
The BBC news could not be immediately confirmed from All India Radio (AIR) or Doordarshan
for quite some time. However, after few moments, the running commentary of India-Pakistan
cricket test relayed by AIR suddenly went off the air, which confirmed us that the
BBC news could be a correct one. Later in the afternoon, it was telecasted by special
Doordarshan News that the Prime Minister Smti Indira Gandhi was no more. She has
been assassinated by her own 2 body guards at her 1, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi in
The country has lost its most powerful Prime Minister on 31st October, 1984. The
evening of 31st October 1984, passed off with reports of stoning the places of worship,
residences and business establishments of Sikh Community in Delhi. On the next day
i.e. 1st November 1984, at early in the morning, I boarded a DTC bus from my college
stand to go to 109, South Avenue, New Delhi, the official residence of Sobeng Tayeng,
the then MP from Arunachal East. On the way, life in Delhi appeared different. There
was less traffic in the streets. Many business establishments did not open their
shutters. People were seen in hurry to reach their destinations. The entire city
looked tense. After one hour, I reached 109, South Avenue at around 9 am. There were
other few senior students from Arunachal Pradesh at 109, South Avenue. As the day
of 1st November (Saturday) advanced, the situation in the National Capital started
taking ugly turn. Dark smokes were seen rising high from all sides of the Capital
city. Different kind of rumours were fast spreading. It was then known that there
were backlashes on the Sikh community in the capital against the assassination of
the Prime Minister by her 2 Sikh security guards. The places of worship, shops, petrol
depots and all business establishments and residences of the Sikh community were
targeted and set on fire by the angry mobs. Sikh commuters were dragged out of buses
and their cars and were attacked. Sikh passengers coming from Punjab and other states
by train to Delhi could not come out of the railway stations, as they were likely
to be targeted.
Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Gandhi was then brought to the ‘Teen Murti Bhavan’,
just about half a km from 109, South Avenue, where I was staying. Crowds started
pouring in at the Teen Murti Bhavan. All the roads leading to the Teen Murti Bhavan
were blocked by crowds and traffic. The Doordarshan live telecast showed thousands
of mourners paying their last tribute to the mortal remains of the beloved leader.
As the mourners were still paying their homage, the anti-Sikh riots spread to more
areas of Delhi. Till the situation could be controlled in next few days by calling
Army in the streets of National Capital, about 5000 innocent Sikhs were killed in
the riots. Many who have left their houses in the morning to go to working places
or duty, never came back home. How the backlash against the innocent Sikhs occurred,
the Govt. of India had constituted many Enquiry committees and investigation teams.
While the actions taken by Govt. of India on the report of enquiry committees have
been severely criticized, the enquiry have revealed and indicted many Congress
leaders of Delhi like HLK Bhagat, Sajjan Kumar and others, for masterminding the
infamous anti-Sikh riots.
The last rite of Indira Gandhi was performed on 3rd November, 1984 near Rajghat.
The situation in Delhi was still tense. There was again fresh rumour that the drinking
water storages of Delhi were poisoned, which sent fresh wave of fears among the citizens
of Delhi. There was no movement of DTC buses and life continued to remain standstill.
I could not return to University from 109, South Avenue. Few auto rickshaws that
were plying in the road, refused to go to sensitive locations where riots had occurred.
A week later, when few DTC buses resumed their services, I returned to my hostel.
On the way from South Avenue to Delhi University, I could see the remains of burnt
shops, petrol depots, houses, religious places, vehicles etc which speak of the intensity
of the riots that rocked the nation’s capital in the wake of the assassination of
Indira Gandhi. Coming back to University, I visited Kamla Nagar Market in the University
to purchase stationeries and toiletries. Many shops owned by Sikhs in Kamla Nagar
Market, were also burnt down. A stationery shop owned by an old Sikh and his son,
from where I buy my hostel requirements, were gutted and reduced to ashes. I felt
extremely pain for the old Sikh man, when I saw him trying to remove the debris and
clean his burnt shop after a month.
India and the United States of America are the two biggest democracies of the world.
Like the United State of America, India has also seen some of the bloodiest history
of assassinations. However, as a saying goes in America, ‘Assassination does not
change the course of the history’, India too as a nation continues to move ahead.
The biggest democracy in the world has survived the ordeal. The events of 31st October
1984, to which I was also a witness in Delhi, have become a part of history today.
[Note: The write-up is based on the memories and observations of the writer as a
student of BA 1st year, University of Delhi, in the year 1984. He is currently the
Director of Panchayat Raj, Arunachal Pradesh.
Maintain calm, appeals ANSU
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Claiming that there is air of apprehension that situation in capital
complex may get tense because of leadership crisis in Congress party, All Nyishi
Students Union (ANSU) has appealed one and all to maintain calm.
Expressing concern that some anti-social elements may use ANSU’s name to create law
and order problem, ANSU general secretary Arjun Panye in a release advises all such
elements to refrain from committing gross such mistake and also make it clear to
every citizen of capital that ANSU stands for unity of every tribe of Arunachal and
will never harm the interest of fellow citizens of capital.
“We believe that this leadership fight is among Congress party leaders and therefore
ordinary citizens of state should not be harassed,” ANSU said while adding that Congress
leaders should immediately solve their problems within themselves and work for the
benefit of the citizens of state.
BJP decries leadership crisis in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Expressing concern over the present state of affair including political
instability, corruption and lawlessness in Arunachal Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh demanded the AICC for immediate restoration of stable
government in the state or recommendation for invocation of the Art. 356 (1).
Although the leadership issue is the internal matter of the concerned party, but
the extremity of leadership crisis in the ruling Congress with 42 MLAs thrown the
state out of the governance for last six months which is unbecoming and utter disrespect
to the people’s mandate, the BJP said in a release today.
The party said long time indecisive and neglect of the AICC to resolve the crisis
resulted in draining of state exchequer, killings, violence, loots, kidnapping besides
various illegal activities in the state and also shattered peace and communal harmony.
Pointing out the AXIS Bank ATM booth robbery incident at Naharlagun, yesterday,
the BJP further said the AICC’s decision in resolving the crisis would bring soccour
to the people of the state, particularly the state capital who are facing constant
fear psychosis, uncertainties and insecurity in the present situation. The party
also demanded the AICC’s interventions in the burning issues like ToI issue in the
AIMSU questions inept handling by Police
ROING, Oct 30: The five-member fact-finding team constituted by All Idu Mishmi Students
Union (AIMSU) comprising student leaders, media persons and social activists to inquire
into the incident of police firing on students on October 5 in Roing has raised serious
questions over the inept handling of the situation by the police. In its eight page
report jointly submitted to the visiting high level inquiry committee by the students’
body and the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) observed that the police
did not follow any standard procedure for crowd control.
“Use of force should be progressive and firearms must be used as a last resort. However,
in October 5 incident, police used its strongest arm tactics (firearms) as ‘first
resort’ without exhausting the other means.”
The two member inquiry committee constituted by the state government comprising of
Home Commissioner T Taloh and DIG (West) Robin Hibu were in Roing from October 25
to October 28.
“A deliberate killing spree firing was carried out and police did not follow the
very basic rule of law, which in essence the police behaved like mobs,” the observation
Pointing out police callousness during the incident the report said the crowd control
procedure clearly mandates that police firing should cease the moment the crowd show
signs of dispersing. However, in Roing police firing, the STF personnel chased the
students as far as 200 meters away from puja premise and fired at them.
The investigation also questioned the administrative lapses that culminated to firing
incident. As preventive measures, the administration seals all wine shops two days
before the start of the puja. However, this time no such steps were taken by the
The report also questioned the authenticity of administration version, widely reported
in the media that the boys were armed with daos/sharp weapons and guns. It asked
if the reports were true then did the police confisticate any knives/daos or even
gun after the firing incident.
Society appeals to vote for Damkhoh
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: “If music be the food of life, play on” said Swami Vivekananda.
Tirap district had enough of violence perpetrated by the insurgent’s active there
but the youth must now concentrate on useful and gainful activities and music is
one such activity, opines the Secretary of Society for Promotion of Nocte Indigenous
In the on-going Voice of Arunachal singing contest, Damkhoh Moidam is confidently
singing into the hearts of the music lovers.
However, the lone effort of Damkhoh Moidam will not suffice to earn him the top position
as public votes given through SMS count ultimately. The Society for Promotion of
Nocte Indigenous Culture appeals one and all to vote generously for Damkhoh Moidam
who represents the youth of insurgency-infested Tirap district.
Let us hope that a singing sensation emerges from the sleepy Soha village situated
amidst hills of trouble-torn Tirap district, concluded the Secretary of SoPNIC. (DIPRO)
Union demands ban
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Condemning vehemently the formation of numerous unrecognized/unregistered
organizations and associations by few persons or groups in the state with sole aim
to fulfill their vested interests, All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transports Workers
Union (AAPMTWU) strongly demanded the Home Minister (HM) to ban those organizations
and associations immediately.
These so called organizations and associations, rather than helping the society and
government in the development process, are creating more problems by way of engaging
themselves in criticizing other organizations and the activities of the Government
for their selfish motive and interest, the Motor Transport Workers Union said and
urged the HM to punish them as per law.
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The members of both Naharlagun and Itanagar Meder Nello today organized
universal prayer meet on the occasion of the 4th death anniversary of Late Nani Tachang,
a founder of Meder Nellos.
Led by Tailyang Tade and Rubu Riika (priests) of Naharlagun and Itanagar Meder
Nello respectively, the members prayed for peace of the departed souls, universal
peace and restoration of peace and harmony in Arunachal Pradesh in general and the
Capital Complex in particular.
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A block level co ordination meeting cum training for Accredited
Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and Anganwadi workers was held at Pakke Kessang Public
Health Centre (PHC) on October 26 last.
Medical Officer in-charge of the PHC Dr. M Rija informed the ASHAs and anganwadi
workers of Pakke Kessang block about the importance of measle catch- up programme.
Medical officer Dr. M Yubey told the participants about the myths associated with
Anchal chairperson Sunil Nabom asked ASHA, Anganwadi workers and public to co operate
with medical staff to make Pakke Kessang measles free.
Social service cum awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Daring Youth Club has organised one day social service cum awareness
camp at Daring Circle under West Siang District. The target of the camp was to educate
the people on ecological balance and preservation of the beauty of the nature.
They cleaned the river beds and the line hotels of the area.
Circle Officer Mokar Riba asked the owners of the hotels to give clean food to the
consumer and to keep good water filters for those travellers who cannot afford mineral
The president of the organisation Moken Riba and Secretary Rini Riba asked the people
and the shopkeepers to make dustbins and throw the garbage at specific location and
keep the hotels and its pheripheri clean and serve the customers the best they can.
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Rajiv Gandhi University Nyishi Employees Association and Nyishi
Student Union RGU has constituted committee for pre-Nyokum Yullo celebration with
prof. Hui Tag as chairman and Bamang Taniang Kiogi(MA 3rd yr) as secretary. The pre-Nyokum
at RGU will be celebrated on 24th February 2012.
Winter Volleyball Trophy
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The 3rd Yangte Valley winter trophy organized by All Yangte Area
Youth Welfare Association is going to start from 31st October. On the occasion Palin
ZPM Techi Azad will be chief guest whereas Lower Chambang ZPM Taring Bath will be
guest of honour for the day.
Training on SECC
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The training on socio-economic and caste census was held on 29th
October at Palin town. Training was attended by all the supervisors and enumerators
of Palin and Yangte circle.
Kanam Takam, Block Development Officer, Palin and Rido Tarak, circle officer cum
charge officer attended programme as resource respectively. The Panchayat leaders
of area including ZPMs Techi Azad and Tarh Talo attended the training.
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Tagin Welfare Society (TWS), Itanagar in its meeting held at Naharlagun
on Oct 29 unanimously decided to felicitate Mege Dochuk of Taliha circle for being
crowned the Miss Beauty of Arunachal -2011 title at Hotel Arun Subansiri on Nov
5. The Society will also felicitate class X and XII meritorious students of the community
during the felicitation function.
Meanwhile, it was informed that Tagin Si-Donyi Festival will be celebrated at New
Si-Donyi festival ground near Helipad, Naharlagun from this year.
OTS comes to Rijiju”s rescue
ITANAGAR: While mentioning the allegations leveled against former MP Kiren Rijiju
on Pradeep Thakur issue by some organizations on the basis of statement in electronic
media, Orphan Trust Society (OTS), Daporijo, said Rijiju had already clarified his
position and demanded high level inquiry by CBI or sitting high court judge in the
Levelling allegation and defaming the man of Rijiju’s stature deserve condemnation,
the Society said and appealed to every Arunachalee to refrain from levelling such
allegation against the former MP Rijiju ‘which will erode the moral fabric of the
Meanwhile, OTS demanded the state Govt to put a blanket ban to all unregistered organisations
immediately in view of present state of affairs. Mushrooming of unrecognized organizations
has become a menace which is detrimental to the peaceful co-existence, it added.
The order of the District Magistrate, Capital Complex, dated 21st October, comes
as a heart breaking news that this year’s Deepawali will be sans crackers and jhaandi-munda!
Agreed that jhaandi-munda is prohibited but ban of crackers is very disheartening.
Understood that the District Administration had issued this order in view of the
current situation but I must like to add that metros like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore
and other cities like Lucknow and Agra have been witness to nefarious terrorists
attacks of late. Never was there any ban on celebration of festivals due to such
attacks. Rather the people had stood back strong on its feet the very next day after
such attacks. This is a symbolism of victory over everything that is evil. Deepawali
is a festival which celebrates the very tenets of life.
It is understood that the Capital towns of Itanagar and Naharlagun is going through
a situation but, i would like to put it this way: this Deepawali let us pray for
harmony and peace amongst all the brethrens of the state and let us celebrate the
spirit of Arunachal.
I know for a fact that the tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh does not look forward
to any other festival with so much anticipation as they do for Deepawali. It is also
the only festival where people from every religion come out and celebrate it. Also,
the parents along with their children must have pre-planned their Deepawali programme
long ago. So, my request is that the District Administration may atleast re-consider
its cracker ban so that we all can celebrate a very-very happy Deepawali, indeed!
I would like to reply shortly to Dominic’s letter on 18th October and by one Api
on the 11th Oct. Incidents in the Capital complex. I am not writing this letter on
behalf of any organization or Christian denomination, but on my own behalf.
I personally look at the people like Domnic and Api as short sighted and one sided
commentator. They forgot the positive contribution of the Christian towards the society
for the tremendous changes in the socio economic life of the tribal people and to
our community particularly. Their selfish political motive has blinded their eyes
that even some believers were praying on that particular day and till today Churches
are praying and fasting for the peace and harmony of the state. I also wonder if
majority of the people in the Capital were not Christian imagine what would have
happened on that fateful day. I deemed that there would have been even more violence
than what happened on that day.
The society is presently undergoing political and social unrest and Christian throughout
the state are praying and fasting for the peace and harmony of the state. Instead
of praying and appealing for the peace and harmony, people like Dominic and Api,
not knowing the actual fact, are dragging the name of Christian into present violence
to ignite another form of violence.
Bible tells us that “Satan always wants the society to be disturbed and does not
want to see peace and harmony” They always plan to divide the Community in the name
of region, religion, community, and any forms of “ism”. The best way to overcome
such temptation is to be patient and pray for them.
Therefore, this is my appeal to one and all to ignore such provocative comments “for
they don’t know what they are doing” but continually pray for the peace and harmony
of the state.
T.T Tara, Naharlagun,
Please don’t fight
I would like to draw the attention of few politicians in Arunachal Pradesh, that
they do not have the authority to make Arunachalees sufferer in any way. We mass
have voted you to power so that you can look after the problems faced by us. Recently,
we have seen lots of incidences of violence in state capital which seems to be the
by-product of tug-of-war between and within the ruling Government. My dear sisters
and brothers of Arunachal, let us use our concise and not allow anybody to make fool
of us. We are intelligent enough to understand what is wrong and what is right.
As an Arunachalee, I want to suggest all Ministers and MLA in the Government not
to harass common people. They should dedicate their service for the welfare of Arunachal
Pradesh. It is always not wise to depend everything on Central Government especially
when centre is not willing to resolve the issue.
Don’t fight. Be a True Arunachalee.
Don’t be confused
Apropos the news item published on October 23 issue of your daily under the heading
“Proposed Chess Championship Opposed” in which it was alleged that the tournament
is being organized without approval of All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA)
and Upper Subansiri District Chess Association is not affiliated to AAPCA which are
In this regard, I would like to clarify that the forthcoming state level chess championship
scheduled at Daporijo from November 9 to 14 is being organized by AAPCA itself and
Upper Subansiri District Chess Association is making all efforts for grand success
of the championship.
I appeal one and all not to be misled and confused by such baseless and false propaganda.
Dobin Doke, President
All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association
A quality time
I would like to draw the attention of APPSC regarding the date sheet of Mains Examination.
As we all know that APPSC is the only body left in our state that conducts the recruitment
fairly and purely on the basis of merit, so, I would like to request the commission
to conduct the Mains Examination atleast 5 months after the conduction of Prelims
Examination. Our Commission has a syllabus at par with UPSC, plus includes a North-East
section in almost all the subjects. The subjects are really vast and challenging;
therefore, the chief requisite is the good amount of time for preparation. Even the
UPSC gives 5 months time period for Mains Examination.
Previous examination had also given 5 months time period for Mains Examination, but
still our Commission could break UPSC records by conducting all the processes within
a year. So, it will be unjust for this batch if the exam is conducted in December.
Moreover, half the candidate in this batch has written Mains in the previous batch.
Therefore, to make the Examination more competitive, a quality time should be given
so that it can be conducted in the same playing level for all the candidates, even
for those appearing for the first time.
I also understand the fact that APPSC's schedule is really hectic. But since these
posts are really challenging and demanding and requires efficient people for the
same. Therefore, a quality time should be given to select well qualified people as
followed by all the Commissions in our country, UPSC as well.
Power projects and Arunachal
This is apropos to a letter captioned “ Kebang versus Development” authored by Pashoney
Lego and published in your daily on 18th 0ctober.
The written piece seems to be borne by a confused mind that has lost touch with traditions
and failed short to connect with contemporary modernity as well. The general public
consultative meeting held at Pessing, Jomlo Mobuk Circle on 14th and 15th October’
2011 with regard to the now cancelled Public Hearing for Lower Siang Hydro Electric
Project(LSHEP) fixed on 18th , 19th & 21st ‘ October’ 2011 was attended by the Adi
Bogum Bokang Kebang(ABBK), Adi Bane Kebang(ABK), Adi Students Union(AdiSU) and the
traumatized masses of Kaying, Kamba, Pushi Banggo, PAYWA(Paktu Banggo People), Nyiko,
Siyom, Sirit, Magong, Beging, Nugong, Dogong, Yobu, Rotgong,Bogong, Padam Monggu
Banggos & others who are going to be uprooted from their pristine lands where their
ancestors and forefathers had settled down and evolved their native culture for generations
even much before the advent of colonial Britishers in the early 19th century and
not say of the Indian Independence just few decades back in the 1947, if ever the
dam comes up in future.
The kebang was rightly organized by Adi Bogum Bokang Kebang(ABBK) which is the Supreme
Traditional Council of Adis as per Adi customary rules & practices and which has
the judicial authority to deal with pan- Adi customary rules on criminal and civil
matters including community land matters. In reality, Bogum and Bokang are the names
of two renowned forefathers from where Adi, Galo, Bori, Bokar, Pailibo, Ramo, etc
people originated and even today Bogum Bokang is the Supreme Inter-Tribal Traditional
Council of these tribes with extra-judicial powers on civil and criminal matters
which the Higher Judiciary in India also recognizes. On the other side the Adi Baane
Keba(ABK) is a welfare society of Adi people registered with the state government
under The Societies Registration Act’ 1860 and it has no judicial authority to function
on customary rules and practices.
The MOA executed between the state government and the Jaypee Arunachal Power Limitted
(JAPL) for the construction LSHEP was surreptitiously done without taking Prior Information
Consent (PIC) from the project affected people and in complete violation of the Right
to protection of life and personal liberty (Art 21) & 6th Schedule of the Constitution
and Provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition
of Forest Rights) Act’ 2006. Having fully ignored the dreaded and harmful impacts
and fall outs of mega hydro projects, the LSHEP is being forced against will of the
dam affected people of three Siang districts; and the downstream people of Assam.
The LSHEP is being forced today upon the people by the very Nehru- Gandhi Scions
ruled Union and State governments in utter disregard of the Late Prime Minister Pandit
Jawaharlal Nehru’s Panchsheel for Tribal Development.
The LSHEP affected people have every moral, social, cultural and constitutional right
to fight democratically for scrapping of such a disastrous project which is bound
to annihilate millions by bringing smiles to few thousands.
Arunachal Pradesh can surely excel in hydro power sector by going for sustainable
& constructive micro and medium projects but not by unbridled construction of suicidal,
deadly & disastrous hydro power bombs called as mega hydro projects in this geologically
and seismologically fragile land mass.
There is a gross misconception among so called younger generation about development
of hydro projects by the private corporates and creation of job avenues. It must
be clearly understood that, had the basic purpose of development of hydro power sector
in this state been revenue creation and creation of job avenues other than the politico-corporate
greed then all the hydro power projects should invariably be handed over to the government
owned Public Sector Undertakings(PSU) like NHPC, NEEPCO, etc where the issues of
job creation for project affected people, job security, etc can be ensured by the
government since those being government entities itself. But the glaring fact is
that more than 90% of the hydro project MOA’s are executed by the state government
with private power developers like Reliance, Jaypee, Jindal,L&T,DS Group, etc which
are deeply motivated by corporate greed. With the private corporate houses, the government
will not be in a position to ensure job reservation for the project affected people
plus there is complete lack of job security, etc since world over, the private corporate
houses are largely infamous for job cutting to maximize their profits. Today, people
across the globe from North America, South America, Europe, Australia are carrying
out mass demonstration & protest against capitalism, corporate greed & wealth distribution
disparity, unemployment, job insecurity, etc and there is need for the younger generation
to get deeper insights in to these economic and social issues and become proactive.
The Siang flood of 11th June’ 2001 that wreaked havoc in the Siang districts and
downstream at Assam was just a trailer of what would be the cataclysm if ever in
future the 66 hydro projects are to come up only in the mighty Siang river and its
tributaries for which MOA magic tune has already been choreographed. Any work wrongly
termed as development project which is going to be deadly and disastrous for the
people of Siang districts, Assam, West Bengal is truly anti-national, anti-mankind,
anti-nature and need to be scrapped as per wishes of majority of the project affected
The construction of mega hydro projects especially the LSHEP in the mighty Siang
River and its tributaries are going to be deadly and disastrous and every Arunachalee
and Assamese, whosoever aspires for healthy, safety, security of lives of the people
and sustainability of development should fight tooth and nail for scrapping of these
mega hydro power bombs.
Itanagar, (on email)
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address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Himalayan region: best place to produce solar energy
So far, hot and sunny regions, such as North Africa have been hailed as the best
for large-scale solar energy production. But a study has found that key areas for
solar energy production through photovoltaic (PV) panels are in the coldest regions
in the world, including Antarctica. According to the study the freezing heights of
the Himalaya region in South Asia, and the highest mountains in the Andes in South
America, are two of the best places to produce solar energy.
These areas have a lot of sunshine — and therefore a high amount of solar irradiation
— and low temperatures help improve solar panel performance.
Just four per cent of the area with the highest potential in the Himalayas, or around
120,000 square kilometres, could power the entirety of China, based on 2007 electricity
consumption data, the study says.
Experts feel that as the price of photovoltaic has been decreasing and its efficiency
increasing very rapidly, it could be a promising technology for the future. It could
also provide electricity to India, as well as contribute to the mitigation of climate
change by reducing CO2 emissions in the two growing economies. The results could
also prove a good incentive for small-scale solar electrification of remote, rural
areas, they feel.