October 28

HWWA exhibition

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja inaugurated a welfare exhibition showcasing the rare products and culture of the remote Himalayan region at CPWD Ground, RK Puram, New Delhi today.

Organized by Himveer Wives’ Welfare Association (HWWA), welfare arm of the ITBP, the exhibition is an annual event and the profit generated from the sales are used for the ITBP personnel and their families.

The Union Minister also released the souvenir ‘Kanchan’, the special annual issue of HWWA on the occasion, according to an ITBP release.


GBCC holds 3rd literary meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The Literary Committee of Galo Baptist Church Council (GBCC) in its third literary programme “Galo Agom Keba” held at Telam Baptist Church recently has unanimously resolved that Galo will be the first language of all GBCC members and they will make every correspondence in churches through this language only.

The ‘Agom Keba’ which is held annually to preserve, maintain and further development of the Galo language resolved that GBCC members should use the bible and other religious texts in Galo and the Sunday School Department will introduce teaching Galo language in all the churches.

It further resolved to discuss the matter with apex body of Galo tribe, Galo Welfare Society.

All affiliated churches presented their collection of folk-lore such as Topo-Gone, Kari-Karnya, Jai-Bone, Dite- Diingum etc in the meeting.


Panchayat leader appeals DSE to post teacher, supply uniforms

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Mariyang-Mopom Anchal Samiti chairperson Yanggo Tayeng has urged the Director of School Education (DSE) for supply of school uniform and proper implementation of Mid Day Meal schemes in schools of Mariyang under Upper Siang district.

The chairperson claimed that the authority has not supplied school uniforms to various schools of Mariyang-Mopom block till date and MDM scheme has not been implemented properly.

The chairperson also urged the DSE for immediate posting of Senior teachers at Govt Higher Secondary School Mariyang.


Youth awareness camp held

LONGDING, Oct 27: A two-day youth awareness camp was organized by Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) in collaboration with Vivekananda Arun Jyoti Longding branch to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at KGBV Senua recently. The function was attended Captain J K M Laskar of 4th Rajput Regiment, Longding as chief guest.

In his address, Captain Laskar opined that the role of youth is of utmost important for the country.

Sandeep Keshaver, the organizing secretary threw light on the work of the organization and said that there is conflict between modernization and westernization which people mostly misunderstood.

Earlier, Manhang Loham, BEO of Longding Distdict and Nagar Sanchalak V K Arun Jyoti welcomed the guest and the participants.

On the second day Nokkai Wangsaham addressed the gathering. He explained about the vital fabric of Wancho culture and its accountability in the modern context. The interactive speech was also given by the 1st runners up Arunachal Idol, Nokngam Lukham of Niausa village, about the role of youth in nation building. Various games and sports events marked the two-day programme.


ACS condemns gang-rape and murder in Guwahati

ITANAGAR, Oct 27:  Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has condemned in its strongest term the alleged murder of two women after rapping at Jogipara area near LGB International Airport in Guwahati.

Describing the incident as inhumane and barbaric, ACS chairman Patey Tayum, in a release demanded the Assam Government to award exemplary punishment to the culprits. He also demanded not to grant bail to the culprits under any circumstances.


APSMPB conducts trainers’ orientation course

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plants Board (APSMPB) organized a three-day trainers’ orientation course under UNDP-GOI-GEF funded Project ‘Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable use of Medicinal Plants in three Indian states - AP’ here from October 23 to 25.

Member secretary, T Gapak, and Research Officer D Yonggam from APSMPB encouraged participants from different districts of the state to conserve and made them aware about sustainable use of medicinal plants.

Dr J Rao and Deepa Srihasta from FRLHT, Bangalore along with other Botanists of the state covered various issues of Medicinal Plants as resource persons.

PCCF and Principal Secretary (E&F), AK Wahal also attended the inaugural session.

Project Coordinator, APSMPB, Tenzing Dema also spoke on the occasion.


Ex-MLA association mourns Namchoom’s death

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Ex-MLA Association of Arunachal Pradesh has expressed grief and sorrow over death of former minister Indrajit Namchoom on October 24 following cardiac arrest.

Recalling his invaluable service to the state, the former MLA association in a condolence message said that Namchoom will be remembered forever by the people for his contributions as an able minister, a seasoned legislator, a responsible bureaucrat and an all time sportsperson.

“We have  indeed lost a very good friend, a responsible bureaucrat and an all time sportsperson. His immense contributions towards the State and the Association will always be remembered.”

“May his departed soul rest in eternal peace,” the message said while conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.


BJP condemns Patna serial blasts

ITANAGAR, Oct 27:  Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed shock over serial bomb blasts that rocked Patna ahead of Narendra Modi’s ‘Hunker Rally’ at Gandhi Maidan.

Condemning the blasts in a press release, the state BJP said that the barbaric act by anti-social elements was a clear attempt to disrupt the rally which deserves condemnation from all quarters.

The party demanded the Bihar Government led by Nitish Kumar and UPA Govt. at the Centre to immediately constitute an independent judicial enquiry committee headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court to find out the culprits.


News Impact

State govt. misuses fund meant for legislative assembly building

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The security concern and delay in release of working bill is posing serious threat to timely completion of legislative assembly building at Itanagar. One of the most prestigious infrastructure projects of state, the construction of legislative assembly building is progressing in extremely slow pace. Recently the construction agency had expressed deep fear for safety and security of its staff after repeated incidents of assault on labourers and looting of construction materials were reported from the site.

According to the report, the delay in clearance of bill by Public Works Department (PWD) has badly hit the project work. The department has failed to clear bill to the tune of Rs. 6, 86, 89, 637 to the executing agency. All this is happening despite the fact that till date state government has received Rs 32.24 crore from central government for legislative assembly project.

As per sources in the year 2008 centre released first installment of Rs 5 crore followed by 2nd installment Rs 13 crore 62 lakh(2010),  3rd installment Rs 8 crore 61.62 lakh(2013) and state matching of Rs 5 crore this year. The construction agency has only been paid Rs 18.55 crore, out of total received amount of Rs 32.24 crore. An amount of Rs 13.69 crore meant for legislative assembly building has been misused by the state government. The design of building was also changed in the midst of project, which lead to cost escalation. The original estimate of project was Rs 41.03 crore, however due to the delay project cost has escalated to Rs 90 crore. It is feared that if the project is not completed in time, it may lead to further escalation of project cost which will have severe impact on state exchequer.

Meanwhile, while talking to this daily, Er Vishnu Prasad, general manager of executing agency informed that situation is so bad that construction activity has completely stopped. “Due to security problem majority of labourers has fled from the site. Adding to our woes, the concern department is not releasing our pending bill. Because of all these problem construction work has stopped. We have no money even to pay wages of our workers,” informed the general manager.

Further he continued, “We know this project is a prestigious one for the state and entire people of Arunachal want it to be completed on schedule. We also want to keep our word and complete the project at the earliest. The release of pending bill on time, coupled with proper security arrangement at construction site will surely help in our endeavour to finish the project as per schedule in March 2014.”

The GM also added that whenever project stops it takes minimum of two month to mobilize resource to re start the work.

“It’s an ardent task to restart the work once it stops. If such trend continues, this project will not be completed on schedule. We are giving our best and people of this state should not blame us later for any delay. We are writing to executive engineer PWD capital division “A” seeking release of pending bill and copy of same letter will be submitted to office of Chief Minister, minister PWD, Planning and Finance, Legislative assembly Speaker, chief secretary, development commissioner to finance and commissioner PWD. We are essaying our problem to these respected figures and are hopeful that they will surely address our concerns,” continued the GM.

The project of prestigious nature like legislative assembly building should be completed on schedule or else it will severely dent the image of the state. Already the signs of New Delhi expressing concern over delay in implementation of various developmental projects in Arunachal came to forefront when Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh in February this year wrote a letter to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki showing his displeasure over slow progress of PMGSY road projects.  Are we waiting for another union minister to write letter pointing our wrong doing?



Laa Talar the rising sport star of Arunachal

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) has expressed joy over performance of its player in the just concluded 3rd North East Zonal inter-state badminton championship held in Itanagar.

Addressing the press-persons at Arunachal Press Club today, Bamang Tago, joint secretary of ASBA stated that in Laa Talar, the state has finally found a sporting icon.

“The brilliant performance of Talar in North East Zonal inter-state badminton championship has given new direction to badminton sport in the state. Talar won both Boy’s and Men’s single title beating some tough opponents. He has been consistently ranked number 1 in under-10, under-13, under-15 and under 16 in both singles and doubles at national level. He is a rising sport star of the state,” stated Tago.

He also informed that ASBA has learnt a lot by hosting prestigious event like 3rd North East Zonal inter-state badminton championship. “To organize national level championship we need a badminton stadium having atleast six courts. We don’t have such facility in our state which is a big hindrance. However soon we will brief state government about this and hopefully something positive comes out,” said Tago. The new sporting icon of state Laa Talar while replying to media persons informed that his ultimate dream is to win Olympic gold medal for the country.

“I am working hard towards achieving my target. At present I am training at Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy at Bengaluru. Everyday our training starts at 9.45 am in the morning and continues whole day,” told Talar.

Till date Talar has won 26 gold, 8 silver and 12 bronze in various international, national and state level tournaments. He is also pursuing his education and is currently studying in class 12. At present he is in contract with oil giant HPCL to play for them in season 2013-14. Talar will represent India at Li-Ning Singapore youth international tournament to be held in December this year.

Proud father of Talar, Laa Rebe who was also present in the press conference spoke in details about financial ordeal the family is facing in order to support Talar, his younger brother and younger sister Laa Yajum, who all are pursuing badminton as career.

“I am a simple teacher and my income is not enough to fund my children’s sporting dream. When they win accolades, they help to sell image of state to the rest of the world.  Therefore I appeal well wishers to come out and help us. If Talar or Yajum becomes international champion it will only enhance stature of the state,” stated Laa Rebe.

ABS Jt Secretary Bamang Tago also appealed to corporate bodies of state to come forward and support sporting talent like Laa Talar. Budding badminton stars Laa Yajum and Jokom Ribya were also present in the press meet.



Picturesque Mechukha all set to host ‘Adventure Sports Festival’

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The picturesque Mechukha valley, one of the less explored tourism destinations in the country, is all set to host various adventure and sports activities, like Power Propelled Gliders, Micro Light Gliders, Aero Modeling, Trap Shooting, Para/hang gliding, Mountain Biking, Rappelling, River Crossing, Rafting and Trekking besides colourful cultural extravaganza with a three-day ‘Adventure Sports Festival’ starting from November 7 next.

The three-day adventure festival is being organized by the Department of Tourism, GoAP under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism, GoI to promote adventure tourism in Mechukha. The event partners are Centre for Cultural Research & Documentation (CCRD) and local administration of Mechukha Sub-Davison.

Apart from adventure activities and cultural extravaganza, the festival would also offer a plethora of ethnic cuisine of various tribes of Arunachal Pradesh besides exhibition of Handicrafts and traditional attires.

The celebration would also feature renowned singers like Amit Paul, Sourabhee Debbarma, Gemo Diyum, Brokp and Folk dance display of various tribes and communities of state.  The other attractions of the event would be sightseeing of various important places including the Samtem Yongcha monastery of the Mahayana sect, situated atop of a hill overlooking the valley, which is believed to be more than 400 years old.  

While interacting to this correspondent, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and local MLA, Pasang Dorjee Sona exuded hope that this event will surely promote adventure tourism in the area while benefiting the local people, specially unemployed youths. Commenting on the preparations, he said, the local administration with the help of CCRD is doing all out effort to make it a grand success.

“We have also arranged V-Sat to make internet facility available for the visiting media-persons this time so that they can easily disseminate their stories and reports on the event in particular and beauty of Mechukha as a whole to other parts of the world”, added Sona, saying media’s role is very vital for promotion of tourism in the state.  

Youths, adventure seekers and trekkers from the region and outside are expected to attend the event.



Improve image of Seppa: Leaders

Misuse of social media fraught with far reaching consequences: MP

SEPPA, Oct 27: Expressing deep concern at the degrading image of East Kameng district, particularly this HQ town, elected leaders, senior citizens and students’ leaders have urged the GenNext to improve the image of the district.

East Kameng (that became a district in 1980), with suitable agro-climatic condition, fertile land and numerous valleys criss-crossed by perennial streams and mighty Kameng River, is one of the major rice bowls of the state. Pappu, Pakke and Passa Valleys produce huge quantities of good quality rice to feed East Kameng and the state capital Itanagar besides export quality oranges of Bana reach the state and Assam’s markets.    

The enchanting landscape, lush green valleys, snow-capped mountains, ever flowing streams and Kameng’s deep green water rich in aquatic species are enough to develop the district as a tourist host spot. But alas! the tourists shy away for the backbreaking roads, lack of infrastructures and ignorance of the locals.

That is why Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, addressing the 16th general conference of All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) here on Saturday, called for an attitudinal change to face the fast changing competitive world.

“There is pass or fail with politics undergoing sea change while everyone desires success in life. Learn good things from others, work hard with patience and spirit of coexistence for success to embrace you,” he told the huge gathering in Seppa HS School auditorium.   “Student union is a battle ground to train yourself for the future. Don’t aim only for politics where entry is easy and sustenance is tough,” the MP cautioned.

A group of foreign tourists while on tour to Palin were made to do away with their costly cameras (still and video) about two decades ago and since then foreigners hardly visit Kurung Kumey district which hinders tourism growth, he said while advocating hospitality to woo tourists.

“The athletic youth of East Kameng could win much more national and international laurels. Practice boxing in the ring not against your people or visitors,” he said.

Taking strong exception to misuse of social media by some vested interest groups intending to tarnish image, Sanjoy warned that such irresponsible acts could have far reaching consequences.

‘Calling a spade a spade’, Seppa (East) MLA and Sports Authority of Arunachal Pradesh chairman Tapuk Taku questioned that why the youths being tomorrow’s citizens were encroaching upon the jobs of officers, MLAs and MP instead of devoting  time for studies? What the three authorities would do then? What would you do in future then? Leave the specific jobs to the designated person for bringing social order, he advocated.

Citing the example of a recent incident involving students and CRPF personnel, the MLA regretted that it could have been easily averted with mature actions.  

“The district was put to shame when a group of young uniformed students gheraoed  Panchayati Raj, RD & Power Minister Tanga Byaling and Seppa  (West) MLA Tani Loffa in this auditorium recently to protest against power crisis.  This was unbecoming of the youths,” he resented before appealing to mend their ways and attitude.

East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural Organization chairman Dr Tachi Taku, a product of guru-shisya parampara after entering the school in 1980 to study under lantern light, spared no words to blame the negative and destructive attitude of the present generation of the students.

“Where are you heading for? Where is your destination? Why are you resorting to RTI for not getting a project and obstructs district’s development? As youth you must stop such activities for the greater welfare of the district,” he sincerely exhorted them.

“History is waiting for the young Arunachalees to push up the GDP of India. Tap the huge potentials of NE, Arunachal in particular, to help India attain developed nation status by 2020. It is time for you to wake up,” appealed senior journalist Pradeep Kumar.  

“AAPSU aims at maintaining communal harmony in this multi-tribe state and continue to spearhead movements in support of the burning issues of state since its inception,” president Kamta Lapung said and asked the youth to rise to the  occasion.

Conference chairman Lota Singhi rued that no foreign tourist visited the district for last so many years for the unwelcome attitude of the people. It is time for bringing a turnaround, he said before appealing the MP and MLA to renovate the dilapidated auditorium, which was built three decades ago.

APCC spokesman Norbu Sonam, Lok Sabha (Arunachal West) Youth Congress president Dikto Yekar and general secretary Kahfa Bagang, Palin BCC president Taring Kumar and NESO coordinator Pritam Sonam cheered the youth with the MP for rekindling a new hope for a better tomorrow.



Bollywood heartbreak kid Vivek Oberoi in love with Arunachal

Amar Sangno

He may not be as charismatic as Bollywood Bad-shah Shah Rukh Khan that wherever he goes crowd follow him and recalcitrant fans create chaos while seeking autographs and clicking  pictures. But Bollywood heart break kid Vivek Oberoi when climbed the podium to address huddling crowds at War Memorial Tawang during the Curtain Raiser Programe of Tawang Festival on 20th October last, his humble and cheerful nature almost floored every man and woman and left them awestruck.  His stardom charmed over pretty ladies who were waiting for his arrival as many shouted his name.. Vivek..Vivek…!!! He made army men aptly surprise when he disclosed that his grandfather and father-in-law served Indian Army and also fought in 1962 war.

Roaring applause was trailing when he saluted Indian Army, while saying you are the real heroes; we are just reel heroes. Despite caught up with hectic schedule of Krissh-3 promotion across the world, neither had he uttered single word on super hero sequel nor he tried to promote it. All he had on his lips were praiseworthy words on beauty of Arunachal and Tawang and its rich culture and tradition.

While having one on one interview with The Arunachal Times on the sideline of event, Oberoi scion said there is a wrong concept among mainland India about Northeastern states that it is infested with violence, hostility and insurgency without knowing much about Arunachal Pradesh.

“People think whole of Northeast is hostile and unsafe but Arunachal is completely safe,” he said.  He asserted that when he goes back to Mumbai he would carry pleasant message about Arunachal Pradesh and its tourism potentials.

“I would spread this message among my friends and film industry community that Arunachal is safe and wonderful state” Vivek added.

He was so overwhelmed by the patriotism of Arunachalee people. On being asked about his view on Chinese claim over Arunachal, he quipped that India needs to be aware more about this state as so many people had laid their lives to protect it from China. We should feel emotional about Arunachal, without it India cannot be called Incredible India.

Oberoi further opined that Arunachal needs to pay more attention on creating proper infrastructure if it wants to become major destination for Bollywood.

“Without proper infrastructure shooting cannot be taken place. In Himachal it is very easy to shoot because; it has infrastructure and local artists too who helps shooting crew members,” continued Vivek.  

Grand Masti actor fell in love with exotic beauty of Arunachal Pradesh as he admitted it moment he stepped out from Helicopter. “This is my first visit to this beautiful state and I want to explore every length of Arunachal. Next time I will come with entire family,” he assured.



EKSWCO celebrates 35th foundation day

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) celebrated its 35th foundation day at Chayang Tajo from October 22 to 24.

As a part of the celebration, a mass social service was conducted at the Community Health Centre at October 23 participated by the local MLA Karya Bagang, EKSWCO executive members led by its chairman Dr Tachi Taku, government officials  PR leaders, delegates, cultural troups and the general public.

Later, the local MLA inaugurated the newly constructed ADC office building and the conference hall.

A Volleyball competition was organized on the day in which nine teams participated. The final match was played between Aka and Puroik team in which the former defeated the latter.

In women’s volleyball category, KGBV Chayang Tajo became the winner defeating East Kameng Artist Forum woman team in the final.

In the badminton competition, Byabang Tugu and Meram Bagang was the winner while runners-up trophy went to Eka Rimo and Purnima Gyadi in the mixed double category.

In Men’s double category, the winning team trophy went to Lagjang Dolo and Solung Miji and the runners up were Byabang Tugu and Chacho Digging.

On October 24, outstanding achievers of the district, weightlifters Sambu Lapung, Lalu Taku, Menu Tajo, Assistant professor Ajum Bagang, class XII (Science) topper of the district Charmak Yangfo, Class XII (Humanity) topper in the district Yasu Dolo and Class-XII (Humanity) topper from Sajolong (Miji) community of the district Manashi Nalouiju were felicitated.

Later, many of the known figures of the district spoke on ‘Rise of Clanism and its negative Impact’.

After long debate on the issue, it was decided that EKSWCO will not oppose formation of clan based organization, but will discourage clan based organization’s involvement in mere individual disputes.

It was also decided that EKSWCO will not support any clan’s negative activity in the district rather will urge govt. administration and the concerned judiciary authority to take stern action on the groupism and Clanism activities.

Various issues such as implementation of Puroik Area Development Agency (PADA), activities for Puroik welfare measures, Seppa to Chayang Tajo road being executing by Gammon India Ltd., electricity problems of Chayang Tajo, under construction of BSNL tower at Damdale Tajo were placed before EKSWCO for redressal to which the latter assured of taking up the matter with the authority concerned for early redressal of the problems.



Siram lays foundation of Model Degree College, Tengmo

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today laid the foundation for establishment of a Model Degree College at Tengmo under Jairampur sub-division in presence of Agriculture Minister Setong Sena and hosts of local Panchayat and public leaders and govt. officers. This multi-crore project would be constructed under PPP mode. The minister also inaugurated the sub-divisional library at Jairampur.

The requisite land measuring 20 hectare for the proposed Model Degree College has been donated by BK Chena, sitting Member of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

The Minister and his entourage also attended a public meeting at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Jairampur.

While responding to a memorandum placed before him by the PRI leaders, the Minister assured to look into their grievances and also assured to solve some of the demands on priority basis in consultation with the local MLA and Agriculture Minister Sena.



Sonam calls for respect for all religions

ITANAGAR, Oct 27:  Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam has called upon the people to respect and value other religions to maintain the religious harmony in the state. Sonam was addressing on the occasion of Silver Jubilee celebration of Christian Revival Church at Yaba in Kurung Kumey district organized by Kurung Kumey District Christian Revival Church Council on yesterday.  

Stressing the role of Christian brethren in spreading the message peace and communal harmony, APB&OCWWB Chairman urged all to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining peace and tranquility.” “Let’s join hand together and work to strengthen unity and brotherhood,” he added.

Wishing the people on the occasion, Sonam said, “I do hope celebration would bring peace, love and unity among all the communities of the district and the state as a whole.

Rev. Dr. Takeng Taggu, Pastor Siang Christian Prayer Centre, Pasighat was the Speaker of the Programme. Colourful cultural programes were also displayed to mark the occasion.



Naharlagun United win first State Level Veteran Cup Football

ITANAGAR, Oct 27:  In a keenly contested final match Naharlagun United trounced Arunachal United 1-0 to win the maiden State Level Veteran Cup (30 years and above) Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi stadium here this afternoon.

Though the first half remained scoreless, but the NU centre forwards, displaying coordinated game, netted the lone goal after Toko Shama slowly booted the ball past the opponent’s goalposts to claim the honour, as Chandra Murtem enthused the audience through his lively commentary.

Of the eight teams, including Legislative Assembly, Ward No. 25,  E&K’s, Siang United, Kameng Veteran FC, Officers Sports Club, both the teams qualified in the semifinals in the tourney being organized by Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) with Kipa Punung as organizing secretary that had begun on October 19 last.

While NU bagged the cup along with Rs 1 lakh, leaving the runner-up trophy with Rs 70,000 to AU, NU’s Tage Tat was adjudged the highest scorer (8 goals), Mingu Bage the best goalkeeper and Pura Talo man of the match, who all received the cup, trophy and cash awards from the guests Finance Minister Chowna Mein and Tourism Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona.

Earlier, Mein condemned the stapled visas issued by China to two Arunachalee archers recently which deprived them from winning laurels for India, adding weight to the voices of the masses emanating from all over the state.

Before kicking of the final match of tourney, Mein said that Arunachalee youths of late have proved their mettle in almost all categories of sports in the national and global arenas.

Appreciating the CCSC, Mein on behalf of GoAP assured all possible support to promote games and sports in the state.

Though sports came to Arunachal Pradesh very late unlike in NEFA days, Arunachal Pradesh lost its soccer icon recently in the death of former minister Indrajit Namchoom, who made his mark since NEFA days at national and international arenas. The state lost a great sportsperson, honest politician and great administrator in his death though he was a great inspiration for state’s sports talents, Mein added.

He called for preserving the dying cultures and traditions which would ultimately help the state revive, rejuvenate and earn name in every fields.

CCSC patron and Agriculture Minister Setong Sena, in a message, congratulated all participating teams for reflecting sportsman spirit and assured the event would be made a regular feature.    

The tourney aimed at promoting the spirit of fellow feeling and fraternity by creating a platform for the veterans who had exhibited their soccer talent during young days, said CCSC chairman Toko Prakash.

Pointing out that CCSC, a champion club with a record of winning all cups including the state level Tadar Tang Cup besides producing many state level footballers, Prakash said it aimed at carving a niche for itself in national level like that of Shillong-based Lajong Football Club.

Naharlagun councillor Kipa Takum, Kimin ZPM Tai Tayu, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries president Techi Lala, SYA assistant director Tadar Apa, APFA secretary general G Doke and senior officers, among others were, present.



BSC lift 12th Odam Ering Football Trophy

PASIGHAT, Oct 27: Bogong Soccer Club (BSC) lifted the 12th Odam Ering Football Trophy defeating Gora Makik SC by solitary goal in the final at Pasighat Sports Complex today.

The all important goal was scored by Rokom Tasung in 78th minute. The wining team was awarded cash prize of Rs. 60,000 along with the coveted trophy while the runners up team was given cash prize of Rs.30,000 with trophy.

Takio Agung of Gora Makik and Tonik Dai of BSC was adjudged as the best player and best goalkeeper respectively. Rokom Tasung of BSC became the highest scorer.

The tournament is conducted annually in memory of Odam Ering, wife of the architect of modern Arunachal late Dr Dying Ering and mother of Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering.

Altogether 22 teams from East Siang, Itanagar and Dhemaji of neighboring state Assam participated in the tournament.

MoS for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Obyak Ering of the sponsoring family, Bogong-II ZPM Okom Yosung and Mebo ZPM Oling Perme, ZPC Kaling Dai, veteran footballers, local officers and leaders enjoyed the final match. DIPRO



Teacher assault case

Fact finding committee to assist police in inquiry


RUKSIN, Oct 27: Strong dissatisfaction has been prevailing among the people of East Siang district over brutal physical assault on a school teacher by some miscreants at Oyan on October 19.

According to report, Maloko Jamoh of  Mirbuk village,Pasighat, who is serving at Diyum in Changlang district, was assaulted by some miscrents when he was returning home along with a companion on that fateful day. However, Raktim Das, who accompanied him,  escaped unhurt.

Oyan police after reciving an FIR lodged by the victim, had registered a case (PS case No- 04/2013) under sections- 341/324/ 34 IPC. But, police is still unable to trace-out any culprits involved with the attack.

This incident has evoked strong concern among the people including the members of Nino Welfare Society, Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) and others ethnic organizations. Some of them also blamed the villagers of Oyan-Jelom area, who are residing at Assam-Arunachal boundary.

The members of ABK along with representatives of various Adi organizations sat in a meeting with Assam based Mishing Students Union (TMPK) leaders at Sille-Oyan Circle office today and discussed the issue of attack. The meeting constituted a ‘fact finding committee’ including leaders of ABK, TMPK besides Gaon burahs and PRI leaders of both sides. It is said that the committee will cooperate the police in their investigation. It also entrusted to submit the ground level inquiry report over the incident of brutal attack on or before November 6 next.



Training on Ramie cultivation

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: A training programme on improved production technology for cultivation of Ramie, a valuable textile fibre, was organized at Ramie Research Station (CRIJAF), ICAR, Sorbhog, Assam from October 23-25.

Organized by Ramie Research Station, ICAR, Sorbhog following directive of Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres (ICAR), Barrackpore, Kolkata the programme aimed at popularizing the traditionally grown, high value natural textile fibre crops in North East, including Arunachal Pradesh.

Eleven farmers and educated rural youths from West Siang district attended the training.

The inaugural programme was attended by Borpeta district agriculture officer MP Rownier and Gemdak Ngomle, Secretary, RDWS, (Arunachal Pradesh) as chief guest and guest of honour.  

In his speech, the DAO said that ramie is more remunerative crop  than any other fibre crops. But, this crop can only be popularized among the small and marginal farmers of the country through Public-Private-Panchayat Partnership (4Ps) mode, farmers’ interest and industry–institution initiatives.

Dr. SP Gawande, Scientist (Plant Pathology), RRS told about utility of the training program as well as  national and international research and developmental scenario on ramie and also expressed about the potential of this crop in the  Northeastern states.  

Earlier, Dr. AK Sharma, Scientist In-charge of this station briefed about the research and developmental activities being carried out by the ramie research station.

Later, he conducted practical demonstration on different techniques of Ramie cultivation, pest management, processing (decortications and degumming), finance and marketing etc.

A training manual on Ramie cultivation was also distributed among the farmers.  

Farmers of Arunachal Pradesh have initiated ramie plantation in West Siang district under the Tribal Sub Plan of ICAR.

Some of the innovative farmers have expressed their interest for 100 ha. ramie plantation  in Arunachal Pradesh.

The valedictory function was held on October 25 which was attended by Sudhir Kumar, DIG SSB, Bongaogaon Assam as chief guest.

Certificates of participation were distributed also to the farmers of Arunachal Pradesh.



Sanskar Bharati’s patriotic song competition held in Pasighat


PASIGHAT, Oct 27: With a view to search “hidden talent” among the youths of Arunachal Pradesh, the state unit of Sanskar Bharati, a national level cultural organization working for promotion of indigenous ethnic cultures in the country today conducted its district level patriotic song competition “E Watan Ke Logo” for East Siang district at Pasighat town.

Sanskar Bharati, which also works to inculcate a sense of patriotism among the youths of the country through song and music, is being supported by Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh. It has taken a special effort to commemorate the martyrs, who have bravely fought for the protection of their motherland.

The competition was especially to select three top singers from the district to compete in the state level ‘Sarhad Ko Swaranjali mega Event’ at Itanagar scheduled on November 9 next.

At Pasighat, the programme was facilitated by ‘Delong Padung Musical Association’.

Yangki Eko, a Class XI student of Bilat HS School won first position in the competition while the second and third position went to Chita Meme and Anshu Jolie Ering of Pasighat respectively.

Chita is a B.Sc 3rd year student of JN College, Pasighat and Anshu, a 13-year-old girl studying in Class VIII in Siang Model School was youngest among the 13 competitors.

Modern song dance by young dancer Ninur Padung enthralled the guests and audiences.

The programme was inaugurated by Pasighat Civic Body member Ponung Lego.



APLS’ 52nd monthly literary session held

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The 52nd monthly literary session of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) chaired by its president YD Thongchi was held today at the Conference Hall, JN State Museum, Itanagar. The literary session was dedicated to pay homage to legendary singer Manna Dey and former minister and renowned sports personality Indrajit Namchoom.

The session started with Shanti Stotra led by Arunika Koley followed by floral tributes to the portraits of the both luminaries. Apart from this, a discussion also took place on literary awards wherein Tokong Pertin, Dr S K Ghosh and Gopi Basar, a new member also took part besides Thongchi.

Thongchi mentioned the contribution of Manna Dey in the field of Indian music and Late Indrajit Namchoom as well-known sports personality of Arunachal Pradesh. He recapitulated his playing days with the performance as striker in a match held at Shillong. To pay tribute to the both departed souls, Roman Borah and Hongmo Ete presented songs.

Usual literary session was switched on with the presentation of an English story “The value of helpfulness & tolerance” by Aryaman Borah, a class V student of Garden Angel School, followed by a beautiful literary piece ‘My Classroom’ by Rindo Pertin. Arunika Koley recited her self-composed poem ‘Winter’ and travelogue on a pleasure trip titled ‘A trip to the land of Durga’.

Inumoni Das Borah presented two beautiful Assamese poems – ‘Sharanir Shei Prachin Samoy’ and ‘Samoy’. Ajanta, famous Assamese poet depicted her poetic glimpses through an umbrella (poem scripted on umbrella) – ‘Priya Bandhu’ to reveal her passion on umbrella. Ramendra Nath Koley presented a mini story titled ‘Rat Bhor Hoi Gachhey’ – a realistic agony of mother for her son serving in abroad.

This literary session was remarkable with the presentation of Hindi ‘Shairee’ by APLS president Y D Thongchi and told the members that he had started to compose ‘Shairee’. He also recited a Nepali poem composed by Bikrambir Thapa of Shillong, an Academy awardee poet.



Youth awarness camp organized

ITANAGAR, Oct 27: The two days youth awareness camp organized by Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP), exclusively for the college going students to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda concluded at Vivekananda School Chimpu here today.

Addressing the youths on the occasion, AVP’s Capital Complex unit president Jomnya Siram advised them to take full advantage of the awareness camp and wished them a bright future in life.

AVP vice president Techi Gubin highlighted the various core issues and activities being carried out by AVP since its inception. He informed that AVP is doing all out efforts to save the indigenous faith, culture and traditions from being gobbled up by alien culture.

He expressed happiness to see all college going students taking part in the youth awareness camp and urged them to protect, preserve and promote their own culture and tradition for identity.

Swami Chinamayanda advised the students to follow the ideals of Swamiji and urged them to play an important role in eradicatng various prevailing social evils  and deep rooted corruptions from the society.

Principal of the school SC Dixit advised the young participant to be humble and always listen to their seniors and teachers for a bright future. SS Khandu, Vice Principal of Dera Natung Govt. College thanked AVP for conducting the all important awareness programme and their relentless selfless service to the poor and needy people of the state. He advised the college going youths, not to be swayed away by bad influences.

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People are watching

The decision of People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) to file petition seeking disqualification of four former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators, namely Techi Kaso, Bamang Felix, Ralom Borang and Alo Libang for joining Congress party is a new phenomena. Such instance has never been witnessed in the past in Arunachal. For a state like ours where change of loyalty by MLAs is routine affair, this step by PPA will set a defining precedent.

 The Tenth Schedule popularly known as the Anti-Defection Act was included in the Constitution in 1985 by the Rajiv Gandhi ministry and sets the provisions for disqualification of elected members on the grounds of defection to another political party. Referring to this provision of constitution, PPA in its petition claimed that the merger of NCP legislators with Congress-I is not at all valid unless the original political party (NCP) gives nod at national level.  The Assembly Secretary M Lasa has served notices to all the four defected legislators and also to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki seeking their comments within one week. It will be interesting to see how things turn out in days to come. Whatever may be outcome this new development should be welcomed by every citizen of this state who is tired of seeing constant shift in political loyalty.

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Bandh system is becoming part of our culture

Dear Editor,

Nothing that follows hereon is anything that you don’t already know or are in the delightful process of discovering. And since there are very few things more boredom inducing than a news article telling you what you already know, I might as well drop the feigned tone of solemnity that is usually assumed when one talks about public issues in Arunachal Pradesh, thank the good people of the press for granting me the opportunity to be heard, and proceed straightaway.

When I hear people say that Arunachalites are less than capable of enterprise and innovation, therefore the prevalent joblessness among sundry young adults, I am not sure what to make of it. Because clearly, if it isn’t the creative spirit of my people, what explains the proliferation of multiple political unions and organizations? Where critics see mushrooms sprouting in clusters all over the political landscape, I only see enterprising young Arunachalees innovating the means to get for themselves a piece of the centrally sponsored development pie. When certain sections of our society band together and proclaim the title of Elite, then, without discrimination, certain other sections should be free to mushroom together and declare themselves Unions. Apparently, self-aggrandizement is the buzzword of the Arunachalee society. Might there be a chance of us compensating for something? If business-as-usual is good for the Elites, then let us not decry the business-as-usual of our Unions. Critics might also see that all this mushrooming further divides society on narrow lines of thought. I see diversification in a society more vibrant than before and almost too colorful now to behold in a glance. So much color, it’s fancy. We are the Unions, we stand for unity and as patriots we are all about unity in diversity. Without any known expert assistance, the next generation has succeeded in executing the exemplary job of making something beneficial out of nothing. From where these up and coming leaders and activists get such ideas of democratic mushrooming remains a deep mystery. But here it is, mushrooming all over wall calendars and letterheads and of course, newsprint. In a way it all sort of balances out neatly towards a more inclusive polity ? an unacknowledged development toward which the next line of politicos have contributed much and for which acclaim is long overdue. Someone ought to give a medal to the person who started the whole trend because the playground of political affairs is no longer dominated by a few bullish teams now that various teams have cropped up all over and are contending for the free prizes. The voice of Arunachal is finally reverberating in the corridors of bungalows. In fact, there are so many voices of Arunachal, one wonders at the alacrity of our leaders working in the din. More aptly, the noise of Arunachal is being heard in the legislative Tower of Babel. Finally, we the people… Or so I should hope.

What’s more, a good ol’ tribal bloke doesn’t only earn a handsome income by being affiliated to a Union, but he also now has a response frequently required in the problematic scenario where some miscellaneous babu keenly bent on browbeating him by pulling rank on him says, “Oye! I’m the big elite.” “And I’m the large union. So?”

“Oh, so it’s like that, huh. What is it that you do, exactly?”

“I’ve been meaning to ask you the same question in particular and a few other questions in general,” says the PR Secretary and evens the tally. Oh, the equality!

Announcement of a pending shutdown of all commercial activities probably pleases no one more than the schoolboy whose simple plan to reach college next year involves the innovative utilization of a computing tablet to Google for solutions of complex algebraic equations in the examination hall.

I can easily imagine such a boy receiving such a tablet as a birthday present from his PR Secretary father in particular or any other developmentally departmental chap in general. Now that’s positively a sign of a prosperous Arunachal, I would have claimed, had it not been for the already established definition of prosperity which purports that a handful of affluent families owning property in other states is the surefire indication of a prosperous Arunachal and not the presence of computing tabs in the hands of unguided teenagers as I suggested before. But I digress. Moreover, big shots can’t be negated; their words function as divine law around these parts. Much ado. So shutdown calls, bandh calls are in vogue, causing much trouble for the daily buyers and sellers, impeding economic activity especially in the state capital when carried out and generating unnecessary anxiety when not. Who bears the responsibility for this supposedly regressive trend? The Unions, they’d cry in unison. No doubt. But in a sense, the mango people are used to all modes of shutdowns. By all modes, I mean all modes.

It makes little to no difference to many a mango people, whatever the mode, because we have gotten used to all modes shutdowns. One mode of shutdown is effective for a specified duration? shops remain closed, wheels remain frozen, and then it’s over in a matter of two digit hours. Then there is another mode of shutdown inflicting our lives. This mode of shutdown is slow, insidious, and inconspicuous but happens right beneath our noses on a daily basis, all year round. By far, this mode of bandh has caused the public more losses than all the bandhs ever called by all our Unions and Organizations combined. And the losses aren’t just objects. The nature of this bandh is peculiar. No one is responsible for it, yet everyone is responsible for it. It is a bandh affecting our facilities. A bandh we voluntarily impose on ourselves. Our eyes are bandh. Our ears are bandh. Our mouths are bandh. Maybe our collective consciousness is bandh. The symptoms of this affliction is not confined, it is widespread. This mode of shutdown has infiltrated the mind and heart of the most remote villager to the best educated Arunachalee. Come elections, you feel the bandh. You walk into a government office, you feel the bandh. You talk to the union guys, you feel the bandh. You walk by a school or college, you feel the bandh. You converse amongst your colleagues, you feel it. You know it. But your eyes are bandh, ears are bandh, mouth is bandh, your entire mechanism of distinguishing the good from the bad seems to be in a perpetual state of bandh. At times suspicion points to our brains being bandh. Nevertheless, it is a normal bandh, an accepted bandh. A bandh that has become so much a part of our culture that any real or imagined ill of the Union manufactured “bandh culture” is rendered inert in its omnipresence. From whence this bandh originates, nobody knows, though we have some idea of what it does to a once guileless people. The ‘C’ word won’t be inserted anywhere here, as some canny readers must expect. Neither shall this write-up morph into a run-of-the-mill soapbox fare. Better leave it at this, then, that there are modes of shutdown. And some of these modes are costing us more dearly. But then again, we are a bandh culture.


Ozzoh Rijiju,

Polo Colony, Naharlagun



Fraudsters on the prowl

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to ring an alarm bell to the fellow citizens of our state with regards to the very tricky acts of the fraud money launders coming from different parts of the country in the guise of genuine businessmen by setting up well furnished offices with fake documents in order to probe their genuine identities. Till now many parties claiming to be genuine companies have befooled our innocent Arunachalees and looted worth crores of their hard earned money.

These parties lure our innocent people to invest their hard earned money with a promise of huge returns in short period of time. They promise to return double the amount of Banks. Our people are so easy to convince that they take no time to decide and jump at once to invest their money without realizing the future consequences to make it double in short span of time and thereby they become a very easy fray for these fraudsters who will vanish from the scene after fulfilling their wicked schemes. Finally our people become victims of all these fraudsters and lose everything. After being deceived they run from pillar to post in search of helps but it becomes too late for the authorities to nab the culprit and punish them and get back the cheated money in time and all these investors remain only victims in the eyes of everybody and live a painful and miserable life. Our people are yet to learn a lesson out of all these bitter incidents taking place time and again. Hot cake of deception is still prevailing in the state in the different names and style of companies and organizations. The infamous incident of Jevan Suraksa consultant and Real Estate Developers Ltd looting people of the state worth crores of rupees leaving the investors and agents in a miserable state is well heard by every denizens of this landlocked state. Infact we cannot see their pains and agonies. Despite their repeated pleas to the authorities with furnishing of all needful documents of the fraudsters to arrest them and punish them, still no major breakthrough has taken place yet from the authorities side. In yet another major incident it is seen that a company of same category in the name of SEBA REAL ESTATE Ltd in its state office at Itanagar Ganga and pasighat, Regional office at Guwahati and head office at Karimganj Assam is reported to have collected crores of rupees from the people of the state thereby promising to return the amount in double in 3 years. This too has applied the same tactics of those fraudsters by luring people to invest their hard earned money. Now it is reported from hundreds of investors that even after crossing of maturity time of more than a year this so called SEBA REAL ESTATE LTD has closed their offices and has not paid any returns of that kind of their earlier promises. Now with the running away of all the self styled officers of said company, the poor investors are coming out and making claims to their respective agents and agents to the area sales executives and so on thereby creating a hot and unpleasant atmosphere among the agents and investors with the claiming of their hard earned money that can be seen everywhere almost in all districts which might result in law and order problems in the coming days if the situation is not dealt properly in time. Hot water is boiling among investors and agents but it is surprising to see that despite all this no FIR from any individual or group has been filed from any corner of the state. Few days back on the 8th and 9th Oct issue of the Arunachal Times News a Notice was seen publishing in the back side of the daily regarding conducting of an emergency meeting on 10th of Oct ‘13 to decide the future course of action after failing of the notification of 18 July'13. No sign of any meeting or resolution appeared afterwards but on 24th Oct issue of this daily again a notice has been published regarding redemption of payment in next March'14.Now the onus lies in the hand of the esteemed investors and the agents who are both victims of these fraudsters who has left them to taste all these bitterness of life. Now whom to blame for all these answerless problems? Who brought this business in this state of ours and who gave these fraudsters chances to cheat our innocent denizens is the needful questions of this crucial hour. Whom should we held responsible for all these great loses incurred in the state? Finally I being a concerned and cautious citizen would like to request our Government authorities to tackle this case immediately and nab all the absconding officers and officials responsible for all these great losses causing to the people. These fraudsters should be given capital punishments so that no incidents of this kind take place in the state in near future.


Sanjay Yirang

A-Sector Naharlagun





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