Teenager killed at Ziro under mysterious circumstances
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: A teenager identified as Hage Hassang (17 years) has reportedly
been killed under mysterious circumstances at Ziro on Sunday evening, police said.
Ziro police said that late Hassang was found unconscious at Govt Higher Secondary
School Ziro around 3 am on Sunday from where he was immediately rushed to the district
hospital. Later, he was evacuated to RK Mission Hospital for further treatment, wherein
he succumbed to his injuries, police added.
The body was shifted back to Hassang’s hometown and has been handed over to his aggrieved
family for last rites after post mortem.
Police further disclosed that Late Hassang sustained grievous head injuries, which
is believed to be the cause that led to his death.
Meanwhile, Apatani Youth Association (AYA) condemning the incident has demanded early
arrest of the accused. AYA President Taku Chatung stated that government higher secondary
school campus off late has unfortunately became the hub of anti-social activities.
“The moment night falls, school campus gets flooded with wrongdoers. This is happening
due to absence of proper fencing. We appeal concern authorities to immediately construct
boundary wall so as to avoid such incidents in the future,” said Chatung.
Felix surveys probable site for Film and Television institute
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Parliamentary Secretary, IPR and education, Bamang Felix made a
feasibility survey of the probable site for the upcoming Film and Television Institute
at Jote today.
On invitation from the people of Jote, Felix accompanied by IPR Secretary Dani Salu,
IPR Director CM Longphong and Joint Director, Art and Culture, J Siram had a discussion
with the senior leaders of the area. He informed them about the proposal for establishment
of Film and Television Institute by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
He further disclosed that the institute will be similar in standard and size to that
of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and Satyajit Ray Film and Television
A vast area on the right bank of Poma River measuring about 300 acres with plentiful
natural beauty, the site is an ideal location for such institute. With the coming
up of National Institute of Technology, Entrepreneur Development Institute, Government
Law College and Regional Culture Centre, Excellence Centre for Sports proposed by
Sports Authority of India in its periphery, the area could develop to be an educational
hub and an added tourist destination.
Meanwhile, expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister and the state government, the
people of the area have agreed to donate and make available the required land. Later,
the Parliamentary Secretary took stock of progress and ongoing construction of NIT
Education and awareness needed to conserve wildlife
India is celebrating the 60th National Wildlife Week from October 2 to 8 with the
objective of creating public awareness about the importance of preserving wildlife.
Arunachal Pradesh also joined the nation in celebrating the wildlife week to create
mass awareness about the rich wildlife resources and its value and need for sustainable
conservation of wildlife in the state. Wildlife traditionally refers to all non-domesticated
animals, plants and microbes which grow or live wild.
However, wildlife biologists generally consider higher vertebrates such amphibians,
reptiles, birds and mammals as wildlife. Wildlife is nature’s gift to humankind and
this gift is bestowed lavishly to Arunachal Pradesh which harbours 217 species of
mammals, 832 species of birds, 55 species of amphibians, 213 species of fishes and
115 species of reptiles. Moreover, new species are still being discovered every year.
Recent description of new species of monkey Macaca munzala, a bird Liochicla bugunorum
and about six new species of fish psylorynchus arunachalensis, Badis singenensis,
Garra Kalpangi, Garra arupi, Garra arunachalensis, Garra magnidiscus etc during the
last decade is an evidence of the relatively less explored rich wildlife of the state.
Though Arunachal Pradesh is known as ‘Biological Goldmine’ or Biological Frontier’
of India, the state’s wildlife is under tremendous threat from our development activities.
Conversion of forest land into agriculture, horticulture, rubber plantation, tea
plantation field and construction of hydroelectric dam, urbanization, village expansion
are also causing great loss to wildlife habitat. Burning of forests, use of pesticide,
overgrazing by cattle, massive release of radiation, unplanned waste disposal etc.
has led to degradation of wildlife habitat. Construction of roads, railway tracks,
digging of water canals, erection of fencings, high voltage power lines etc fragment
the wildlife habitats. Rampant hunting for meat as well as for commercial purpose
in rural areas is leading to overexploitation of the wildlife. If the trend continues
to go unabated we will loss our wildlife in very short period. But we can’t afford
to loss wildlife further as it has immense values for our survival and existence
Some of the major values of wildlife are commercial, scientific, aesthetic, socio-cultural,
ecotourism, recreational, nutritional, educational, ecological values. The commercial
value of wildlife is fur, skins and meat while the scientific value is the value
of wildlife for research and study.
Though several wildlife laws such as Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, Environment (Protection)
Act, 1986, Biodiversity Act 2002, Forest Protection (Conservation) Act 1980 etc.
and fanfare wildlife programme like Project Tiger,1973, Project Elephant, 1992, Project
Snow Leopard, 2009 etc., are in force in the state they have proved to be unsuccessful
in halting the rapid loss of wildlife in the state.
We can’t choose wildlife conservation at the cost of development. The present situation
necessitates us to find ways and means that will ensure progress and wildlife conservation
to go hand in hand. The need of the hour is a strong and powerful education programme
to produce trained wildlife experts for research and sustainable management and conservation
of wildlife in the state. Also, a mass awareness on rich wildlife resources and its
benefit is necessary. Trained wildlife biologists, who know the pros and cons of
the matter, are needed to carry out the awareness programme. Unfortunately, no single
institution exists in the state to produce such skilled personnel to study and sustainably
manage and conserve wildlife.
Wildlife education in the state will not only cater to produce wildlife professionals
who can scientifically promote and conserve wildlife and their habitats but also
will open wide range of career options for the students. Wildlife biologist, Wildlife
ecologist, Wildlife Manager, Wildlife academician, Wildlife Conservationist, Wildlife
Forensic specialist, Wildlife health and husbandry specialist, Wildlife scientists,
Wildlife researcher, Wildlife photographer/journalist, Subject specialist (Ornithologist,
Herpetologist, Primatologist etc.),Wildlife consultant, Environmental Impact Analyst
etc. are some of the career options. It will also open a plethora of job opportunities
for wildlife professionals not only in the state and country but also abroad. Some
job opportunities are Curator in National /State Zoological Parks and Natural Museum,
Wildlife biologist in National Zoological Parks/National Park, Sanctuary under Central
and State Forest Departments, Assistant Professor, Lecturer in Wildlife Science,
Wildlife Health, Wildlife Management in Agricultural, Fisheries, Science and others
Universities, Scientist/ Scientific officer, Research Officer in the wildlife research
institutes and Government Departments and in wildlife protected areas, Researchers,
Research Associates, Technical Assistant in time bound projects in colleges, universities
and other wildlife institutes, Wildlife Health Officer, Wildlife Veterinary Officer,
Forest Veterinary Officer in National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuary, Zoological Park,
Rescue centre etc., Scientist, Program Officer, Project Coordinator/Researcher (JRF/SRF/RA/TA),
Wildlife journalist, Wildlife photographer in some of the reputed NGOs working in
the country like Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai, Society for Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), New Delhi, Peoples for Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA-India), New Delhi, World Wildlife Fund (WWF-India), New Delhi, Wildlife Protection
Society of India (WPSI), New Delhi, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), New Delhi, Wildlife
SOS, New Delhi, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS – India), New Delhi, WWF-India,
New Delhi etc., World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Fund for Animal Welfare
(IFAW), Wildlife Conservation Society, International union for conservation for
nature (IUCN), Birdlife International, Peoples for Ethical Treatment of Animals etc.
and Self Employment as Consultancy in Wildlife biology, Wildlife journalist, Wildlife
photographer, wildlife movie/documentary producer etc.
Since our conservation Acts alone are not enough to conserve our wildlife, producing
trained wildlife biologists is a must to preserve our resources and make wildlife
week celebration meaningful and successful. (The contributor of the article is an
Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University. Doimukh)
Students memo to DC demand shifting of camp offices, empowerment of Bameng ADC
ITANAGAR, Oct 06: The All Bameng Khenewa & Lada Students’ Union (ABKLSU), in its
two point memorandum to the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner has demanded immediate
shifting of camp offices of few Heads of Offices (HoO) functioning from Seppa to
their respective stations and to give full-fledged status to Bameng ADC headquarters
with independent charge.
Some officers and officials despite repeated requests have been staying at the district
headquarter instead of their respective place of posting causing great inconvenience
to the public and is also hampering development activities, ABKLSU said in its memorandum
without naming the departments and the officials.
ABKLSU appealed to the Deputy Commissioner to empower and give independent charge
to ADC Bameng so that the students and the people can obtain various important official
documents like ST certificates, permanent resident certificate (PRC) as well as can
renew their trading and arm licences, ration card etc.
Bameng ADC post was declared in 2010 but is yet to be empowered fully, the students
Rasho Yangda Memorial Sports Meet 2014
GHSS Bebo lift boys and girls football trophies
SEPPA, Oct 6: The Govt. Higher Secondary School Bebo, Seppa lifted the football
trophies for both boys and girls in the 7th Lt. Rasho Yangda Memorial Sports Meet
2014 at General Ground Seppa.
The boys’ team defeated Govt. Higher Secondary School Bazarline 4-3 in penalty shootout
on Sunday, while the girls’ team beat GSS New Seppa on Saturday to lift the trophies.
Ram Yamdo of ME School Seba and Yana Tallang of GHSS Bebo were adjudged as the best
football players in boys and girls category respectively. Dadi Dawe and Yame Kino
both from Govt. Sec. School, New Seppa were adjudged as the best goalkeepers in boys
and girls football.
In volleyball, ME School Pabua boys’ team emerged winner defeating GHSS Bazarline
in the final while GHSS Bebo girls’ team outplayed GHSS Bazarline to win the titles.
The winners were awarded cash prizes along with trophies.
Amar Jelly of ME School Pabua and Rumi Singhi of GHSS Bebo were adjudged as the best
volleyball players in boys and girls category respectively.
Atung Tayem and Karan Tallang jointly shared the honour of highest scorer in boys’
football while Rumi Singhi became the highest scorer in girls’ football.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Vidya Niketan boys’ football team was awarded the trophy for
best discipline team while ME School Seba walked away with the best disciplined team
award in girls’ football.
Koya Yame, Satrughan Gungli, Tacha Tallang and Raju Effa were the match officials
during the final match.
Attending the closing ceremony of week- long tournament, Arunachal Building and Others
Construction Workers Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) Chairman Nyamar Karbak called upon
the players to take up sports sincerely and make their career in this field as state
government has adopted several programmes and policies for welfare of talented sportspersons.
Appreciating the organizing committee, the APBOCWWB Chairman stated that Lt. Rasho
Yangda Memorial Sports Meet should be a platform for young talents to expose their
The 10th West Zilla Parishad Member Changku Sangdo in her speech opined for encouraging
such sports meet and equal opportunities to all for promotion of games and sports
in the district.
EKMZSU president Rocky Blange briefed about the history of the memorial tournament
while general secretary Saja Weshi informed the players that the tournament is a
tribute to the founder president’s contribution.
The memorial sports meet was organized by East Kameng Middle Zone Students Union.
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Dr. Ashok Mitra, Registrar, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital (RKMH),
Itanagar, died on October 4.
Dr. Mitra joined RKMH as Medical Officer in 1989, and later he was promoted to the
post of Registrar.
“Dr. Mitra was a very helpful person and was popular amongst all. He always stood
by the hospital authorities and the staff during any time. He was well known to patients
for his helping nature. His untimely demise has left everyone in a state great shock,”
hospital authority said in a release.
The members of the managing committee, monastic members and the entire staff of the
hospital conveyed deep sense of condolences to the bereaved family of Dr. Mitra,
and prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in peace.
Tribal Muslim community celebrates Eid-Ul-Juha
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Along with the rest of the world, the Capital Complex Tribal Muslim
Community celebrated Eid-Ul-Juha here today.
They gathered at Helipad ground near RK Mission Hospital and performed Namaaz.
In a release, the community has vowed to maintain peace and spread the message of
peace and co-existence.
Eid-Ul-Juha means festival of sacrifice when we should sacrifice our most loved possession
for the sake of all mighty to bring love and peace among humanity, stated the release.
AESDSU & ATA East Siang appeal govt to reconsider transfer of teachers
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) and Arunachal
Teachers’ Association East Siang Unit has appealed the state government to reconsider
and withdraw the order of mass transfer of teachers for the larger interest of students.
ATA East Siang Unit, President Tabung Ering has appealed the state government to
reconsider the mass transfer of teachers. He said that such transfers will not only
create inconvenience to the teachers, but it will also adversely affect the student
community as well. The union also said that, transfer of teachers at this mid-session
would affect the student’s education career.
AAAP adopts several resolutions
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The Architects Association of Arunachal Pradesh (AAAP)’ in a meeting
here yesterday discussed various problems plaguing the professional practices of
the architects in the state.
The meeting adopted several resolutions regarding fixation of minimum consultancy
charges in conformity with Council of Architecture guidelines, approaching competent
authorities regarding streamlining and codification of existing municipality byelaws
highlighting the problems faced by the architects, empanelling of local architects
with banks, Govt. departments and agencies based in Arunachal Pradesh, general cooperation
within architects community to safeguard the professional interest of all the members
and to promote local architects as well as to check unqualified persons from practicing
---- Editorial ----
Shelling by Pakistani force, a cause of concern
Five people were killed in Jammu region due to heavy shelling by Pakistani forces.
The overnight attacks by Pakistani forces have triggered panic among the border villagers.
Such is the intensity of the firing and shelling that 82mm mortar shells landed in
Mahasha da Kote and Arnia town, which is around 5km away from the international border
in Jammu district. Carcasses of animals killed due to splinter injuries were also
seen strewn in Kaku di Kotha and other areas of Jammu.
Surprisingly Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been addressing election rallies
in poll bound states of Maharasthra and Haryana is keeping mum on this issue. He
has not uttered a single word about the continuous shelling by Pakistani forces.
Prior to his elevation as PM, Modi had strongly criticized the previous Congress
regime for being soft while responding to such provocative acts of Pakistan. Defence
minister Arun Jaitley did made a statement this evening by deploring the ceasefire
violations by Pakistan and said the Indian armed forces were "fully ready" and are
responding to each of these provocations from across the border. Apart from these
regular statements, the government of India will have to take long term measures
to address the concern, so that poor villagers living along the international boundary
can live peacefully.
----Readers Forum ----
Eviction drive not a solution
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to state regarding the “eviction drive
notification issued by the District Administration of Longding.
At the very outset, I would like to clarify that I am personally against encroachment
of government land by individuals.
However, I am writing for the systematization of the Department of Land Management
in the District.
Since, the inception as a District Sub-division under Tirap District to full pledged
Longding District, the dept has been established without complete set of staffs and
Recently, the District administration ordered for eviction drive in the District
which has completely brought misunderstanding among the public. If one enquires about
the revenue, the collection of the district is less as the allotment of land to denizens
is relatively very few.
There is a need for trained officers to streamline the department. A District Land
Settlement Officer (DLSO) should be in the Administration as the officers or staffs
who are trained would able to interpret the norms, rules and regulations set aside
by the government.
The people who have lived in a land of their forefathers would not be leaving the
land just for a notification. I feel that there is some communication gap between
the public and the administration which need to be solved. Eviction drive without
proper knowledge and understanding would create chaos and would affect the social
peace and tranquillity of the people.
Through your esteemed daily I would like to say few words about corruption.
Today India is facing the problems of over population, price-rise, terrorism, crimes
and corruption and it is prevailing everywhere in India. Even in some of the offices,
if we give money then we can get our work done. But corruption doesn’t come by itself;
we are responsible for it because we support the corrupt persons instead of fighting
Recently the court has sentenced Jayalalita to a four year jail term in the disproportionate
In response to the verdict, atleast 16 persons, including students are believed to
have killed themselves. It clearly shows that corruption is encouraged by the people.
If a person commits crime, let them be punished according to the law because the
law is equal for all.
There is no rich no poor in front of the law. I’m not against any person but against
corruption. So, corrupt persons should not be encouraged in future.
Intervene in job recruitment
Till 2013 Combined Graduate Level (CGL ) Tier- I exam by SSC used to be conducted
at the respective state capital. But according to 2014 CGL 2014 exam admit card,
Tier-I exam will be conducted at Guwahati, Assam.
This new changes will give lots of trouble and financial burden to poor candidates
of state like Arunachal Pradesh. Candidates of Arunachal Pradesh will have to reach
state capital, Itanagar first and move for Guwahti, Assam which is around 400 km
far away. Then there are expenses of food, lodging and travelling.
CGL tier –II and viva-voice is conducted at Guwhati for North -East, which is okay,
but Tier –I should be conducted at the respective states as used to be till 2013.
By bringing this change, candidates of Arunachal Pradesh are being indirectly deprived
of central govt. job opportunity and are being discriminated because candidates from
Arunachal cannot afford to go all the way to Guwahati, for CGL Tier-I exam.
Already unemployed youth of the state are facing problem of limited state government
job so this kind of discriminating changes by SSC will further squeeze the job opportunity
of the poor candidates of the state.
In fact this is not the first instance of SSC’s questionable working style. In 2013
Prasar Bharati Program Executive and Transmission Exe-cutive exam was conducted
by SSC for every state where few local candidates have been selected. But for Arunachal
Pradesh, not a single local has been selected whereas total candidates from Arunachal
at the time of interview were only 11 and number of posts was 16. All selected candidates
are from out of the state.
If the state government does not intervene in such issue, unemployed youth of the
state will be kept discriminated by the central government recruiting agency. This
issue can be resolved only on the intervention of state government.
Therefore, we appeal to chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh to kindly rise the matter
with the concerned authority and do needful action before conduction of 2014 CGL
Tier –I exam that is due on 26th Oct. 2014
State of Kusi kusi and graveyard of sophisticated instruments
When I was a school going kid, I remember my seniors around me shouting, “Arunachal
is a land of kusi kusi”!
Today after so many years I have realized the truth and depth of those words. People
say golden words are not repeated they are chiselled. Very true, these very 7 words
are chiselled in history of Arunachal Pradesh. After so many years of statehood,
I think our state is least productive state, yet, you see so many Richie rich around
cruising in costly and fancy cars.
Have we realised, where all these money come from? Well if you really want to know,
you need not look around, you have it with you. Everyone know the fact that “Necessity
is the mother of invention”, but where is it written that to build a state one needs
to be corrupt one? It’s been ages that I have seen progress around my vicinity. All
I see is patching up works. Needless works are being consented. For example, look
at the Regional Diagnostic Centre at Ruksin CHC.
RDC has become the graveyard of sophisticated medical instruments. Though valiant
effort has been done to revive the RDC, in recent past, all efforts have been in
vain. These sophisticated instruments were for diagnosis of critical illness. But
we are yet to avail the services since 2006. Well it’s not all authorities fault.
Some accreditations have to be given to the people also, for their unbelievable unawareness
and incapability. Another great example is Industrial Growth Centre at Niglok. I
would rather like to invite, those interested, to have a look around multicrore IGC
Niglok Project. The structures are in shambles and in another year or two all building will
collapse. My point is, if u can’t give good finishing, why start all these projects.
Why spend crores of money just to show off. We can at least use that money in some
small but high yielding projects. Its pity that that we are all part of the system
that is killing our own backyard. Another worse part of our system is endless transfer
of officers. I am not against time bound transfers of officers but transferring
good officers to satisfy ones issue is worthless. It’s not democracy. It’s not an
act of valor but an act of cowardness. Good citizen should not let this happen.
My request to all good citizen of Arunachal Pradesh is take active part in any endeavours,
never let authorities run away from projects, prepare checklist, and inform designated
officers from time to time.
In my opinion if “kusi kusi” stays within us for a decade or two, it will not be
helpful for the development of the state.
Dr. K Jonnom
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occasions but it is quite intolerable for each and every reader of Arunachal Times
not to read the paper even for a day. An alternative should be arranged so that
readers get news every morning without break. Please do something.
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