October 08


News Impact



Early investigation points at ransom as one more arrested

KP Chacko murder case

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 7: Capital police have arrested one more person in the businessman KP Chacko murder case. One Loki Basumatary was arrested yesterday from Jorhat by the Naharlagun police and brought to the state capital. His Wagon R car was used for kidnapping Late Chacko and later found abandoned near Lichi village.

With his arrest, the number of person arrested stands at 6. Two accused are still absconding.

When contacted Naharlagun police sources informed that as per the initial investigation ‘ransom’ seems to be the motive behind the crime.

“The investigation has just started and we still have a long way to go. All the arrested persons have confessed to their involvement. We are now corroborating their statements so that a strong case is developed against them,” informed the police official.

He further added, “Most of the arrested accused are habitual offenders.  They have been involved in various criminal activities like bike lifting and kidnapping in the past.”

It is believed that some of the accused involved had earlier carried out kidnappings.

“They would hire private taxi posing as good citizens and later kill the drivers in order to sell the stolen taxi. Of the 6 arrested, two are local tribal Arunachalees and remaining are outsiders,” continued the police source.

The source further informed that capital police had warned Late Chacko couple of times about threat to his life and had urged him to remain alert.

Top police officials of PHQ remained tight-lipped over the latest development and refused to comment stating that it might hamper the progress of investigation.

Meanwhile relatives of slain businessman KP Chacko have expressed hope that justice will be delivered to them. Jacob Abraham, brother-in-law of late Chacko while talking to this daily informed that they have no choice but to wait and rely on police to ensure that all the accused are punished.

“Our state government will have to make sure that all the accused are given strong punishment for their heinous act. I guess by doing so, the government will give confidence to the businessmen hailing from other parts of country currently operating in Arunachal,” he said.

His killing has deeply hurt the whole Malayali community of Arunachal. Now many of them are considering to leave this state after having made the state their second home over the years. Nobody wants to compromise with their safety and security,” said Jacob.



FTCs not functioning in the state anymore

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 7: Fast Track Courts (FTCs) that were set up in the state in the year 2002 have been discontinued.

The three FTC’s that were established at Yupia, Basar and Namsai respectively were discontinued in 2011.

Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA), Member Secretary, Budi Habung confirmed this.

“FTC’s are no longer functioning in the state after it was discontinued way back in 2011,” he said.

The reason behind the discontinuation is that the central assistance to States for FTCs was stopped in April 1st 2011, according to the Ministry of Law and Justice.

Despite discontinuation of the scheme, states like Assam, Goa, Kerala, Meghalaya and Mizoram still have functional fast-track courts, which were sanctioned in 2000.

And much to the respite for the common people looking up to FTCs, the law ministry on September last proposed setting up of 1,800 fast-track courts across the country to speed up disposal of cases pertaining to land acquisition and property disputes besides those involving heinous crimes.

As per the proposal, land acquisition and property cases which have been pending for more than five years will be taken up on priority.

The ministry has sent a detailed proposal to the 14th Finance Commission  seeking a grant of Rs 4,144 crore for the scheme.

The commission is expected to submit its final report anytime soon. Besides land and property-related cases, the scheme envisages speedy trial of two other types of cases — heinous crimes such as murder, rape, dacoity, kidnapping, human trafficking and dowry deaths, and civil cases involving senior citizens, women, children, disabled and litigants afflicted with HIV AIDS and other terminal ailments.

The ministry has proposed setting up of fast-track courts for a period of five years from 2015, reasoning that by 2020 the process of doubling of regular courts and other schemes like development of courts will be completed, obviating the need for fast-track courts.



While we watch in silence

[ Tongam Rina ]

In Arunachal, most of us grew up believing that crimes happened elsewhere. The worse that one heard was theft. But now, almost every day we hear about murder, rapes, domestic violence, abuse of young children, intimidation of govt officials and business community by individuals and organisations.

Capital City is one of the hubs of the criminals. They say that all the good people have been left behind in the villages of Arunachal while the criminals and to be criminals have made the Capital their home.

The other day, yours truly was at the Grocer’s when a young man came asking for a carton of aerated drink. Swiftly, the boy at the counter delivered the box. Without paying, the young man walked away as everyone stood speechless at the audacity.

Aisa hi hota hain, said the grocer, seemingly saddened at the lack of respect more than the loss of money. Where else in the country will one find the petrol pumps closed at 8 PM sharp? Ours is a Capital that is not under the rule of the Army or militants but then at times it is worse than those states. Those people who indulge in such shameless acts are our own who have no respect for people or the law. The citizens who accept these unlawful activities, the police inaction and delayed response, a confused and scared business community largely made up of people from outside the state, the weak and meek governance and over burdened administration will have to share the blame. We have just been mute spectators, often confused at the questionable path that some of the people have chosen.

A business man was brutally killed in Itanagar, a mother raped and murdered in Garu in West Siang, a wife killed and sexually assaulted in Tawang and then this news of a young boy killed in Ziro while his friend was allegedly sexually assaulted. All this happened in a span of two months.  Where are we headed? If these crimes do not make us sit up and take serious note, what else will move us?

According to National Crime Records Bureau records, Arunachal Pradesh has one of the lowest conviction rates, which speaks about the dismal state of the judiciary in the state.  

In 2012, the conviction rate of rape cases in Arunachal stands at mere ten percent, which is one of the lowest in the entire country.

Compare this with Mizoram, which saw rape conviction rate of 82.4%, followed by Nagaland at 72.1%.

Unless, criminals are taken to task and made to pay a heavy price, crimes graph will continue to rise in general and particularly against women and children.  

A long time ago, when institution of Gaon Burahs/Buris was still largely respected, yours truly remembers an incident that happened in a small village where the villagers were convened for a meeting regarding a poor man who had stolen rice from a granary. The man was asked to pay back either in cash or kind. As we walked back home, I asked my grand dad why a poor man had to be punished for stealing to feed his family.

He said, “The villagers did not punish him for being poor or for stealing to feed his family. He was punished because he committed a crime, which is unacceptable in our village”.



Extend support to TAH construction agency: Dolo

ITANAGAR, Oct 7: Principal Advisor to Chief Minister cum Pakke Kessang MLA, Kameng Dolo today made a clarion call to the people of East Kameng to extend its full cooperation to the agency undertaking the construction of the portion of the Trans Arunachal Highway from Nechipu to Hoj and to allow them to go ahead with the construction work of the highway without any hindrance.

“When completed, this highway will become one of the best National Highways among the mountain ranges of the Nation. Our support and cooperation will be helpful in timely completion of this much needed highway” he said.

Informing that the agency authority has apprised him of the difficulties such as land compensations, landslides, agriculture and horticulture land damages and other small “public nuisances”, he urged, “in case of any issues and problems, we should solve it in a mutually acceptable way.”

MLA Dolo said, “The Company is an agency appointed by the Govt, for constructing the National Highway in the State. The road is needed by us and not the company. Without proper support of our local people, they will not be able to complete the work within their targeted time which is two years.”

“The portion of construction of Trans Arunachal Highway in Papumpare district is almost in the completion stage because of the wholehearted support and co-operation of people residing in the district. Similarly, we have to also provide our full support and co-operation to the Construction Company without any obstruction. This will help them to speed up the work,” he further added.



Theatre expression of consciousness: Thiyam

From a Correspondent

RONO HILL, Oct 7:  From his struggles to produce Ajneya's Uttar Priyadarshi in the Meitei language to non-renewable energy, Ratan Thiyam today spoke on a vast array of subjects at Rajiv Gandhi University here on the occasion of the first Dr Bhupen Hazarika Memorial Lecture.

Organized by the university in collaboration with Gauhati University, the event witnessed the National School of Drama chairman speak about the threats the Indian theatre scene faces today.

Stating that theatre is “a vehicle of expression of our socio-political consciousness”, the Padmashri voiced his angst over the lack of planning to promote art.

“Quality is often compromised in the absence of a proper policy”, he said before adding that “even in the absence of funds, theatre in India has grown”. Praising the rise of regional theatre in the recent past, Thiyam attributed this to “hard work and talent that can be found in every part of the country”.

The Manipuri theatre veteran put his oratory skills to good use to criticize the absence of an art and culture policy saying that there is “no serious policy to promote art despite its rich history”. Not one to mince his words, Thiyam said it was “absurd that there is no national theatre complex in India”.

Sharing his pain about the overall theatre scenario in the country, Thiyam also said that “tribal and folk art forms have not been given attention”. He further called for theatre to be included in the academic syllabuses of schools and universities.

Thiyam also struck a chord with the audience saying he felt “fortunate to be from the North-East” and that the region is “home to indigenous form of art completely independent from western expression”. He also took time out to warn about people’s extreme dependency on non-renewable energy and technological comforts.

While Thiyam chose to cover a wide range of subjects in his keynote address today, other guest speakers constantly referred to the ties between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Prof AK Bhagabati of the Guwahati-based Bhupen Hazarika Memorial Committee remarked that just as rivers from the hills are bound to flow to the plains, the ties that bind the two states cannot be denied. He also said today’s event was an attempt to strengthen the bridge that Hazarika had built between the two states.

Relations between Assam and Arunachal have become strained in the last few years with inter-state boundary disputes often escalating to violence and deaths. Keeping in mind such realities, Prof AC Bhagabati, who earlier served as Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University and was associated with Gauhati University, said it was fitting that he should be here to link the two states which have suffered of late.



Arunachal Carnival carves a niche in Guwahati

ITANAGAR, Oct 7: The three-day-long Arunachal Carnival 2014 organized by Northeast Today and Guwahati Arunachal Students’ Union (GASU) concluded on a successful note in Guwahati, Assam.

Attending the closing ceremony, Income Tax Commissioner of Jorhat Raju Tayeng said, “Such event adds to the richness of the tribal culture and rejuvenates the pride where we belong. He advised the students to focus on their studies in order to shape the future of our state besides actively taking part in socio-cultural activities.

The socio-cultural extravaganza got a major boost when Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the festival on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Rijiju said, “We Northeasterners have to live united and at the same time we have to prove our potentialities at the national and international level. In that regard, I am also planning to form a global platform for the people of the region living in different parts of the globe.”

Lauding the organizers of the festival, Rijiju said, “This carnival is a positive initiative, which will make the people feel united. From my side, I will try to help the organizers so that it can be continued and make it bigger in the future. The youths of Arunachal Pradesh should be determined to bring a positive change in their state.”

“The main objective of the festival is to create awareness about the lives and traditions of Arunachal Pradesh in the Gateway of Northeast to keep the traditional values alive among youths which will bring in unity and integrity among the students and help them imbibe a competitive sense of spirit for overall growth and development of the entire state,” said Chombay Kee, Director of Northeast Today.

On his concluding address, Amit Singh, Editor-in-Chief of Northeast Today thanked the sponsors, especially Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Minister of Tourism & UD Pema Khandu for their strong support in making the carnival a grand success.

Guwahati Arunachal Students Union (GASU) president Rinchin Khandu  and general secretary Khyaking Jomo also spoke on the occasion and committed to work for welfare of Arunachalee students in Guwahati.

Over 12,000 people thronged the food stalls to taste the mouth watering ethnic cuisines of Arunachal Pradesh. A bevy of beauties, wearing scintillating traditional attires of Arunachal walked the ramp designed by Tonu Riba. Finally, the gala show came alive when many singing stars and musical bands performed some foot tapping numbers.



FoSAA alleges irregularity in RFO job advertisement

ITANAGAR, Oct 7: The Forestry Students' Association of Arunachal (FoSAA) has claimed negligence on the part of state government in the advertisement published in the Arunachal Information news paper dated 26th September 2014 for filling up posts of RFOs. It asked for the said advertisement to be stalled until the present recruitment rule is finalized.

Its letter submitted to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest stated, FoSAA has been since last many years toiling hard to achieve the reservation quota. After the approval from the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for the amendment and establishment of new Recruitment Rule (RR), it was assured by the PCCF himself that any recruitment process in the Forest Department would be carried out only after the said amendment has been completed.

According to the new RR, 50 percent of the posts for Range Officer (RFO) and Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) shall be primarily reserved for the BSc Forestry graduates only. Thus, the said advertisement was brought out before time, thereby, neglecting the norms and violating the new recruitment rule.

It further resented 100% job reservation for sportspersons in the department. Further, Association called for continuation of recruitment of Range Forest Officer through Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

The students further said that the advertisement is not properly dated which is highly questionable, being brought out under the Principal Secretary (Environment and Forests).



Worried teachers want revocation of mass transfer order, threaten stir


PASIGHAT, Oct 07: The recent Govt order effecting mass transfer of teachers continued to draw flak from the teaching fraternity and conscious organizations from East Siang district.

The teachers of various schools in East Siang district including the members of Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) have sharply criticized the state government’s transfer policy of teachers and appealed it to reconsider the transfer order.

The Director of Elementary Education, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh by order vide No- EED/397/2014 dated 24th September, 2014  had transferred a total of 577 elementary education teachers including some BEEOs, BRPs, out of which 410 belongs to East Siang district. The transfer order urged the headmasters and principals concerned to release the transferred teachers within a period of ten days.

The sudden transfer order has evoked massive reaction among different sections of the society.

Unwilling to comply with the transfer order, the sufferers said it is nothing but an “injustice” to the teaching community in order to fulfill someone’s malafide intention. They said that state government, through such impugned transfer order has demoralized the teachers.

Several hundreds of elementary teachers including the members of East Siang ATA unit today assembled at a meeting at IGJ Hr secondary school, Pasighat and discussed the issue of mass transfer of the elementary teachers.

The meeting pointed out many discrepancies and irregularities in the transfer and posting procedure. As such, the transfer order includes some names (of teachers), who are on the verge of retirement, while it bears name of some expired teachers. Moreover, those teachers, who were earlier posted at different districts and recently have come to home district East Siang, are again being transferred to remote districts, which is vehemently criticised as violation of transfer and posting policy framed by the state government. Thus, physically unfit and disabled teachers of East Siang have also been posted to remote districts, which they said is impossible for them.

It is alleged that the government stating rationalization, has transferred the teachers, but their service record/carrier and seniority are not taken into account. “We are not against the transfer rule, but it should be transparent and made under due consideration on their service career. The illegal transfer will not only create inconvenience to the teachers, but it will also adversely affect the students in their academic activities. We earnestly appeal to the state government for cancellation of the impugned transfer order, which has been made under gross violation of norms”, said the teachers adding that any injustice to the teachers in the name of reformation of education policy will not be tolerated by them. The sufferers mulled hatred political conspiracy behind the massive transfer.

The meeting finally adopted unanimous decision to oppose the impugned transfer order withstanding any cost. The ATA functionaries have requested the headmasters and principals concerned not to release the transferred teachers as their departure in the mid-session term would badly affect the students in their academic career. The meeting also resolved for resorting to rigorous movement against the ‘imprudent act’ of the education department, if their demand for reconsideration is not unheard.



VFDCs for complete ban on RBM extraction

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Various Village Forest Development Councils (VFDCs) under Seijosa ADC headquarters have demanded complete ban on extraction of river bed materials (RBM) like sand, boulders etc from Pakke river to prevent soil erosion.

While giving a detailed account of damage caused by Pakke river due to erosion caused by large scale extraction of RBM, VFDC in a release said that the forest guest house was washed away in 2011 while Forest (TT) colony was under serious threat due to heavy erosion. Further, half of the PWD colony was washed away in 2012 and half of it is on verge of complete erosion. About 30 to 40 percent of the General Ground of Seijosa is eroded while the single helipad for Seijosa is under serious threat of being eroded by the Pakke River, the release said. Moreover, the administration block located at Upper Seijosa is also being affected by erosion.

The Pakke river bank right from Darlong to Goloso is very much prone to soil erosion due to loose soil along the river bank and also all these areas are good grassland which is inhabited by rich wildlife species like rabbit, deer, wild elephant, Sambars etc. with many bird species.

Extraction of RBM from has to be stopped at the earliest to stop heavy soil erosion along the Pakke river bank and to protect rich grassland habitat in the fringe areas of Pakke Tiger Reserve, the release said.

It informed that representations urging to stop RBM extraction have already been submitted to the Seijosa ADC and all other concern departments.



Dump corrupt Congress, embrace BJP: Sonowal

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Union Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Sarbananda Sonowal squarely blamed  the Congress Govt in Arunachal Pradesh for ‘worst road condition, poor power  and water supply’ and alleged failure to provide mobile network in Kanubari constituency.  “It is the gift of Congress Govt. that has been ruling the state for more than 30 years,” Sonowal said. The minister was addressing a mammoth election rally in favour of the BJP candidate Rongnai Maham for the ensuing Kanubari By-Election on Oct 6. The By-Election was necessitated after the Kanubari seat fell vacant following the death of the incumbent Late Newlai Tingkhatra.

“Congress cheated and looted the country for more than 60 years” the minister said and called for dumping the ‘corrupt Congress’ and to embrace Bharatiya Janata Party. He appealed the voters to apply their political wisdom and elect Rongnai Maham as their representative for all round socio-economic development of the constituency and state as a whole.

Sonowal further informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pumped in huge funds for the North Eastern states for all round development. “Modi has a big plan for North Eastern states and would like to see this region as one of the most developed region,” he said. The Union Minister was accompanied among others by MPs Kamakhya Tasa and Rameswar Teli from Assam.

Among others, party candidate Rongnai Maham and   BJP general secretary Dominic Tadar spoke on the occasion. Large number of party supporters, leaders including MLAs and state BJYM president Dugh Saha were present on the occasion.

Meet pledges to uphold relationships

ITANAGAR, Oct 7: The East Siang district unit of Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) and senior Galo leaders of Nari Assembly Constituency in a coordination meeting at Pasighat today discussed on the outcome of the demands made by ABK while creating Lower Siang district.

Both the parties expressed and exchanged their views for maintaining oneness, harmony and unity. They pledged to uphold the age-old relationship of brotherhood and social ambiguity in the years to come.

The gathering resolved to continue the dialogue to reach a goal in the greater interest of both the communities and affirmed to create a ‘softer’ atmosphere in the days to come on the boundary issue between East Siang and proposed Lower Siang district.

The meeting was attended, among others, by the Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina, ZPMs of Nari-Koyu, president and general secretary of ABK’s East Siang district unit along with other office bearers, according to an ABK East Siang unit release.


ATA urge for restoration of promotional avenues

ITANAGAR, Oct 7: The Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) has urged the state government to restore 50 percent of promotional avenues of AT (A) to JT.

In its memorandum submitted to the Education Department, it also called for re-allocation of fund for Shikshak Bhawan, release of arrears of Assistant Teachers (AT) and others, and reconsideration of mass transfer of teachers.

Meanwhile the association has claimed that the minister has assured them of fulfilling the first three demands and has requested them to cooperate with the government on transfer and posting as most of the schools in the districts are falling short on teacher-pupil ratio.


Teacher orientation programme for private schools conducted

From a correspondent

ZIRO, Oct 7: One day Teachers’ Orientation Programme for private schools of Ziro Valley was conducted at VKV School Ziro today in which 48 teachers from different private schools attended.

The orientation programme organized by VKV School Ziro aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning process.

Attending the programme, Anand Srivastava, Project Manager, Military Engineering Service (MES) suggested for improving classroom teachings so that students do not feel the necessity of taking extra classes (tuition). For this, however, we need trained and good teachers, he said and hoped this type of orientation programme would help the teachers update their knowledge and teaching skills.

He advocated for improving the present education system in the country to produce human resource.

He requested the participating teachers to apply the knowledge they have learnt from the programme.

In the technical session Sadguru Prasad Guruji the founder president of Sri Vashishtra Sevashramam and Devaki Krishna Sai as resource persons imparted training to the participating teachers.


ATSU silver jubilee celebration begins

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Oct 7: The silver jubilee cum foundation day celebration of All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU,) began on colorful note at Rijo ground here today.

Inaugurating the programme, local MLA Dikto Yekar asked the students to come forward and serve the society as students are the backbone of the society.

“You have a great role to play in your society,” the MLA said, and sought cooperation from the student community in bringing rapid development to the area. Saying that education can only bring development, he asked them to give top priority to their studies and respect their teachers.

ATSU president Raju Malling informed that various games and sports and cultural competitions will be conducted among the students of various schools located in Tagin inhabited areas during the month-long celebration. He hoped that these events would not only provide a platform to show their talents but also foster unity, friendship and brotherhood among the students.

The games and sports competition began with a football match between Govt. Sec. School Sikarijo and Govt. Hr, Secondary School, Daporijo in which the former was defeated 0-3 by the latter.

Over 1000 students attended the inaugural function.


Awareness campaign on substance abuse

YINGKIONG, Oct 7: Awareness campaign on Substance Abuse was conducted at Royal Siang Secondary School, Jengging and Yingkiong by the Sikking Kojee Charitable Society on October 6 and 7.

On the occasion, Dr. Magong Pangkam, Psychiatrist, District Hospital Yingkiong spoke on the abuse of alcohol, opium, dendrites, tobacco and other drugs. He highlighted the ill effects of such abusive substances on the health of a person as well as its compounding effects on the society as a whole

While Dr. Mity Jopir, Dental Surgeon, District Hospital Yingkiong highlighted about the growing tobacco related oral cancer in the society and warned the participants not to chew tobacco and other high risk substance like gutkha, betel nut etc. which could lead to oral cancer.

Hormi Valui, the Principal of Royal Siang High School, Jengging appreciated the noble campaign of Sikking Kojee Charitable Society in carrying out such awareness camp in the area. He opined that students are vulnerable to abusive substances like alcohol, cigarette, tobacco –betel nut chewing, pan masala and drugs so organising of such awareness campaign was need of the hour.  DIPRO


Don Bosco College celebrates annual cultural day

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Don Bosco College, Jollang, celebrated its annual cultural day and food fest with the theme, "Diversity Shines as One Here".

Rev. Dr. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar Diocese along with the host of dignitaries which included Mige Kamki DC Capital Complex, Kime Aya Director of Fire Service, Dr. V. N. Sharma State Liaison Officer NSS, Chairman Don Bosco School and College Welfare Committee Nabam P. Vishal, Taba Yall Nabam (Member, Empowered Standing Committee Itanagar Municipal Council), Taw Tebin (President APCA, General Secretary Don Bosco School and College Welfare Committee) and other Committee members were present on the occasion.

The Principal Dr. Fr. RK Nicholas in his inaugural speech exhorted the students to assimilate the diverse culture of Arunachal Pradesh within the college. The programme featured folk dances, folk songs, and fashion parade in traditional attires in which the four houses Jordan, Congo, Liverpool and Volga competed.

In his speech, Bishop of Itanagar advised the students to imbibe important cultural values inherent in their own culture and also to learn from others.

Mige Kamki, DC Capital Complex, appreciated the students for being in touch with their traditional culture. Soon after the cultural programme, the Food Fest was kicked off with the four houses competing with fifty ethnic cuisines prepared by each house which were served to all the guest, faculty members and students.


RP testing camps

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Altogether 348 eligible Scouts and Guides from all over the state are expected to attend the state level Rajya Puraskar Testing camps to be held from Oct 9 to 13 at Tawang, Ziro, Aalo and Mahadevpur. The Camps are being organized by the Bharat Scouts and Guides State Headquarter, Naharlagun. The Rajya Puraskar award is the highest state level award for Scouts and Guides.


Cong issues whip

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Padi Richo has issued whip to all the INC Zilla Parishad Members (ZPM) of Kurung Kumey district  to vote in favour of the  sitting   INC ZP chairperson Sangha Tagik in the ‘No confidence motion’ being moved against him on Oct 15 at Koloriang,  according to an APCC release.

APCC, however, said such move in the local bodies of any district shall have no positive impact for social and economic development of the state adding that it should be discouraged at all cost in near future.


Stop payment, says PRI leaders

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Alleging improper implementation and execution of 26 BADP schemes in PipSorang CD Block, the PRI leaders of the circle have given a joint representation to the Secretary Planning for immediate stoppage of its payment.

It further suggested that DC concern should be directed not to release the payment unless a verifying team headed by a Superintendent Engineer rank official has been set up.


Foundation Day of Jiktom Koktom held

AALO, Oct 07: The priests, orators, senior citizens congregated at Donyi Polo Dere premises Aalo to observe their first foundation day of Jiktom Koktom on Oct 4 last.

Jiktom Koktom is a forum which organizes a special programme every Friday to disseminate the rich traditional values, culture and folklores in a simplified ways to the younger generation.

The idea was conceived by elders of the town to give detailed discourse on use of critical languages used by priests and orators during local rituals and festivities to the young generation.

The forum is aimed at maintaining and preserving rich traditional folklores, language and cultures of the society.


Jollang team champions of Greater Kameng

BOMDILA, Oct 7: Jollang Badminton Team came out on top to become champions of the Greater Kameng Badminton Tournament which concluded on October 5 here earlier.

The closing ceremony of the tournament was attended by RWD Minister Kumar Waii, Hydro Power Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering and Bomdila MLA Japu Deru beside officials from the district administration.

The Officer’s Club, Seppa was conferred the title of best disciplined team.

The event also saw participants from Multi Sports Indoor Club, Bomdila, Badminton Club, Bhalukpong, Dirang Badminton Club and Jollang Badminton Club led by Waii.

Speaking on the occasion, Waii, who was also the main promoter of the event, said that “unity and friendship of the people of greater Kameng should be maintained through such events”.

DDSE cum president of the Multi Sports Indoor Club in Bomdila Marken Kadu announced that Dirang will host next year’s edition of the tournament. DIPRO


Ajin team declared winner

ITANAGAR, Oct 7: Ajin team of Kurung Kumey district was declared the winner of the 2-A-Side (beach) volley ball tournament organized in memory of late Neelam Tarin by the Arunachal Beach Volley Ball Association at Deed general ground, near Yachuli in Lower Subansiri district from Oct 2 to 4 last.

Lodin team of Lower Subansiri was declared the runners up of the tournament.

Meanwhile, B-C team and Chips team were declared the 1st runners up and 2nd runners up.

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Peace eludes Ziro valley

Once again the Ziro valley is in news for all the wrong reason. Death of young student Hage Hassang under mysterious circumstance has terrified the resident of enigmatically beautiful Ziro valley. As per the police source late Hassang was found unconscious in the campus of 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, Itanagar for further treatment, wherein he succumbed to his injuries.

He is believed to have been brutually assaulted by two youths when he was strolling at the school campus along with a female friend. His death has once again highlighted how unsafe of late Ziro has become? Once known as one of the most peaceful region of state, the valley has been rocked by series of criminal incidents in recent year. We can't blame police alone for this development. Drug abuse and alcoholism have engulfed the large section of the youth. It has become a common sight in Ziro valley to see youngsters indulging in such act in the public area. The society as a whole and parents in particular should take initiative to tackle the situation. They need to keep an eye on the activities of their ward. Meanwhile it is hoped that Ziro police will soon arrest the accused involved in the heinous murder of late Hassang.

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Stop planned harassment

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I want to bring forward a big problem faced by the public of Pasighat at town’s SBI branch.

The branch at Pasighat has remained closed on 2nd-3rd October. Again it remained closed after 12 pm on 6th of October when it is not a bank holiday.

Here, I would like to inform you that the ATM machines of SBI at Pasighat are out of order for some time now. Now from where will the public withdraw money when both the SBI and its ATM machines are closed?

More over what to say about the arrogant behaviour of staffs at SBI Pasighat. They behave as if they are kings and treat people as if we are their slaves.

Whenever they do not feel like working, they shut the cash counters and tell us that link is down.

On the afternoon of October 6th, I had an emergency and had to withdraw money from the bank. The banks gate was closed. I waited at the gate and luckily the branch manager arrived at the gate. Immediately, he shouted at us that there will be no work at the bank in the afternoon session as the link was down. Now I want to know how can he predict that the link was down from outside of the Bank gate.

We tried to argue with the BM for some time but he did not care and called the police to close the gate from inside.

So I request the higher authorities of SBI, Itanagar to look into this matter and instruct the BM, SBI Branch, Pasighat not to harass the public in such a well planned manner.


I. Megu

J.N.College Campus





‘Prove your ability outside the state’

Dear Editor,

The much awaited Indian Super League (ISL) will be kicked-off on October 12 and as a diehard soccer fan, I am also going to put my boots on.

It is very heartening to learn that a team from North East, the Northeast United, is all set to make their mark in the maiden ISL. Besides Northeast United, seven more teams will be seen vying with each other for the top honour in the ISL.

No doubt, it is a great initiative by All India Football Federation along with IMG Reliance to nurture Indian football. It will definitely provide a great opportunity to the young players to showcase their talent. As the people from North East have always been in media limelight for being discriminated by the so called mainland people, the ISL, I hope, will go a long way in changing the wrong perception towards the people of this region.

It may sound quite selfish but as an Arunachalee, I too wanted to see atleast two or three players from our state taking part in the ISL as our players too have lots of potential to play even at the top level tournaments.

I would like to appeal to the budding players of our state not to confine themselves within the state. Playing outside the state may not guarantee success to a player but it will give them a chance to prove their ability, and believe me players from Northeast are well appreciated all over the country.


Takar Paja

Student of Mass communication

Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh




Let the Gateway to serenity prevail

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh is considered as paradise on earth and much acclaimed by the travellers from all over the world because of its scenic beauty, green lush mountains and the rich cultural heritage.

But what we witness here in our state is that in spite of having so much of tourism potential, we still are not able to be the front runners when it comes to tourism.

According to a recent survey conducted, most sought after tourist destination among the N.E states is Sikkim.

Each and Every corner of our state is bestowed with nature’s blessing.

The inclusion of Ziro in Lower Subansiri District and Thembang in West Kameng District into the World Heritage site will be a big boost for the Tourism.

The state govt should ensure that the tourist hubs in our state has proper and well maintained roads, good telecommunication networks, world class infrastructures, available modes of transport, local tourist guides and eco-friendly environment. Efforts should be made not only by the Govt. but also by the people to put our state on the coveted Global Tourist Destination List. Let the Gateway to serenity prevail, as it has always been.


Shyani Dususow

(J.E PRIs)





Was it Sarita’s fault ? 

Dear Editor,

It is a matter of great pride for all Indian community that boxing icon from North East Mary Kom has brought laurel to the country by winning a gold medal in the recently concluded Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea.

At the same time, it is very disheartening to learn that another boxer from the region (Manipur) Sarita Devi was devastated by a couple of alleged injustice by the judges during her semifinal bout by giving verdict in favour of her Korean opponent.

She alleges that the results were pre fixed for which she protested against it that, invited disciplinary action against her.

But the million dollar question is whose fault was that? Should Savita be blamed for not behaving and refusing to accept her bronze medal? Was not the official mechanism responsible for Sarita’s deprivation?

 She might not be able to regain her sports career; but this incident has thrown up lights on certain core issues regarding the working culture of Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

According to the new bout regulations, an appeal could be made against any judgment within half an hour from its declaration. Unfortunately, helpless Savita could not arrange everything within the specified time to lodge complaint.

Even, the IOA officials asked her to manage $500 for lodging complaint. Later, she somehow managed to arrange the required amount from a journalist.

It would be revealed, if an inquiry is conducted, whether the bout was fixed or not. But for us, the attitude of those so called VIPs representing IOA was really unacceptable as they did not bother to extend any helping hand to the pugilist during the hour of crisis. She was humiliated, neglected and discriminated by her own people.

It is pertinent to mention here that the IOA was put under suspension from 4th December, 2012 to 11th February, 2014 on grounds of non-adherence to International Olympic Committee’s rules and corruption.

It is hoped the Government of India would initiate prompt action against those non co-operative IOA officials.


Tridib Bharali,

Research Scholar,

Rajiv Gandhi University,





Anomalies in implementation of BADP

Dear Editor,

With due respect, I would like to inform you that huge anomalies is going on implemention of BADP fund in the Etalin/Maliney Block of Dibang Valley District. Schemes are approved without knowing the ground realities and without proper verification.

In this regard, I would like to inform you that on 12th and 16th July, 2013 I had submitted few proposal under the BADP scheme 2013-14 and again on 16th public of the New Aropo Village also submitted a proposal to the Chairperson, District Planning Committee, Dibang Valley, but none of our proposal were approved. These schemes were proposed by the panchayat leaders and villagers after threadbare meeting. And as per notification of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Dept. of Panchayat Raj Vide No.PR-21/2006 dated 19th Feb’2014, ASMs and GPMs should have a free hand in selection of local based schemes and projects but instead some schemes were passed which will not benefit the villagers but few people with their own interest.

WRSB with RCC pillar in between Arunli to Endali over Amra River Dibang Valley Arunli/Edali” to the tune of Rs.45,00,000/- is approved without verifying any ground realities.

Here, I would like to highlight that the villagers have shifted and settled in Etalin area. Until or unless the schemes don’t touch the needy people, the BADP won’t be a successful campaign and to stop all the anomalies, the authorities have to check properly with the help of elected Panchayat leaders.

In this regard, I would like to request you to kindly look into the matter and do the needful as early as possible for the benefit of villagers of the concerned area.


Tene Mepola),

ASM New Aropo, Etalin,

Dibang Valley








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