October 21


News Impact



CM advocates NEDFi Haat

to boost tourism in Arunachal

GUWAHATI, Oct 20: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called upon the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) to plan out a NEDFi Haat in Arunachal Pradesh which could not only promote the local made items but would also boost tourism for the state in the lines of Delhi Haat.

While reviewing the activities undertaken by NEDFI in Arunachal Pradesh in a series of meetings held with the NEDFi and New India Assurance Co. Ltd officials at Guwahati this morning, Tuki called the public sector undertaking to identify entrepreneurs based on local needs. He was of the view that though NEDFi had undertaken numerous activities in the state, there had been very little publicity of their works. The CM opined for organizing mass awareness programmes for sensitizing the common masses on the benefits they could avail from NEDFi.

While responding to the request for a plot of land at Itanagar for NEDFi branch office, Tuki assured to provide all possible assistance. He also assured to look into other issues like single window clearance system with minimal documentation for industry projects and development of skills of local youths on a positive note.

While interacting with the delegates of New India Assurance Co. Ltd, Tuki reiterated that Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance scheme is one of the most ambitious programmes of the state government which requires to be implemented in letter and spirit.

“I want to ensure that each and every household in Arunachal Pradesh is benefitted from CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme” Tuki emphatically said. He requested the insurance company to expedite the left out enrollment and ensure speedy issuance of smart card to the beneficiaries. He however hinted for a monitoring committee to overlook the performance of the programme.

The meeting was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary Education, IPR Bamang Felix, Parliamentary Secretary Home etc. Likha Saya, APCC President Padi Richo, Planning secretary Sonam Chombay, State Protocol Officer and Secretary IPR and Culture Dani Sallu along with NEDFi officers and officers.



State’s first-ever ‘reconstructive surgery’ performed


RUKSIN, Oct 20: The first-ever  “Reconstructive Surgery” of oral tumour in the state was recently conducted in a private-run hospital at Ruksin, wherein half of the lower jaw of an old-man was completely removed and replaced with Titanium Reconstruction Plate and screws.

The 50 year-old patient from Geku in Upper Siang district had developed a large tumour in his lower jaw and he was diagnosed with Ameloblastoma. He was successfully operated upon by dental surgeon Dr Kayon Ratan.

The patient was confined to bed for a week and surviving with liquid food. The patient’s health is improving after the operation, the doctor said adding that he would be allowed to take normal food after few weeks.

Dr Kayon Ratan, who specialized in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, performed some cases of rare and complicated oral surgeries last year.

Oral cancer surgery is yet to be introduced in the government hospitals in the state. The doctors earlier referred such patients either to Guwahati or other places for operation due to lack of facilities in local hospitals. But, surgical operation of the complicated case has become available after the Dr. K Ratan started service in his father’s private hospital set up near Ruksin Community Health Centre. His father Dr Kabit Ratan, is also a popular doctor and treats poor patients on concessional rate. The doctor duo has appealed to the government of Arunachal Pradesh to create the post of ‘Maxillofacial Surgeon’ in the State Hospitals for the patients’ benefit.



Anthropology Dept. in colleges sought

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The research scholars of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) under the aegis of Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum (RGURSF) held a meeting today to discuss various issues and problems faced by them.  The meeting was attended by the scholars of various departments of RGU and the coordinators who represented the various departments of the university.

The meeting discussed about the urgent need for introduction of Anthropology in the government colleges of the state as there are more than 35 tribal students, who have qualified NET and SLET in the Anthropology. Moreover, the scholars or students, who have done doctorate and qualified NET/SLET in Anthropology have no opportunity to get recruited as teachers in the colleges due to non existence of Anthropology department in the Govt. Colleges in the state which is a waste of human resources, the meeting observed.

Meeting also discussed on problems related to research facilities in RGU like non-availability of research laboratory, poor internet facility for research work, meager provisions for free access to e-journal materials in RGU library and non-availability of research rooms for the regular research scholars in their respective department.



Rijiju takes part in Chingdang festival

BOMDILA, Oct 20: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had participated in the Chingdang Festival of Sajolang tribe on Oct 15 during his three days visit to Nafra circle from Oct 14 to 16 last. Rijiju also attended various local programmes during his visit to Nafra.

In his address the Rijiju said that he would take care of NE region with special emphasis on border development in Arunachal Pradesh.

Phurpa Tsering, Parliamentary Secretary, HPD and Kumsi Sidisow, Parliamentary Secretary, PHED also were present and spoke on the occasion.

Mega dance by womenfolk of Sajolang tribe and special Yak dance from Namshu were other attractions of the celebration.

On Oct 16, Rijiju visited his native village Nakhu, JNV School, Nafra and Gompa at Upper Dzang, Nafra circle. He was accompanied by Raghvendra Singh, Additional Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi and other high-ranking officers. DIPRO



AAPETA district unit submits memo

to education minister

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (AAPETA), Upper Subansiri district unit submitted a three-point memorandum to Education Minister Tapang Taloh during his recent visit to the district urging him to post sufficient teachers in various schools in the district to improve the educational scenario.

AAPETA in its memorandum informed the Education Minister about the acute shortage of teachers in various schools in the district which has adversely affected the academics of the students.

The Association also appealed for restoration of 50 percent promotional avenue from A/T ‘A’ to J/T for those who posses requisite qualification.

Further, the AAPETA unit appealed for immediate release of pending D/A arrears of in-service teachers and other staff.

Meanwhile, the AAPETA unit informed that the Education Minister has assured to look into the demands raised by it.

All Upper Subansiri District Student Union (AUSDSU) while welcoming the transfer and posting policy of the government, also appealed to the Education Minister to post sufficient teachers in schools of the district and other districts where there is acute shortage of teachers, like Kurung Kumey and East Kameng districts.

First sitting of budget committee held

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The first sitting of the budget committee of sixth state legislative assembly was held in the Nokmey Namati Hall, Legislative Assembly Secretariat, Naharlagun today.

The committee after examining in depth the budget proposal prepared by the Legislative Assembly Secretariat recommended the Revised Estimate of 2014-15 for an amount of Rs 34.91 crores and Budget Estimate of 2015-16 for an amount of Rs 29.04 crores respectively.


Rang Frah Government College week concluded

CHANGLANG, Oct 20: The road connectivity between Changlang town and college campus would be improved by the end of this year said Parliamentary Secretary, Trade and Commerce, Geology and Mining Phusum Khimhun while attending the valedictory function of 19th Annual College Week Celebration 2014 of Rang Frah Government College Changlang today.

He further clarified that construction of various infrastructure at the permanent site of the college will be carried at a rapid pace and by March 2015 the accommodation problems will be solved to a great extent.

While advising the students to devote their time in their studies, Khimhun added that the college week is also a right platform for the students to showcase their multifaceted talents.

Nampong MLA Laisam Simai also advised the student community to hone their hidden talents and to discharge their duty with honesty and determination. He further exhorted the student community to shoulder great responsibilities to bring positive change in the society. He also raised concern on the menace of drugs and narcotics which is posing a great threat to the future of the youths in Chnaglang District.

Earlier, Dr. K Megu, Principal of the College, Jemkhum Mossang, General Secretary of student’s union also spoke on the occasion.

Later, Khimhun and Simai distributed prizes to the winners of various games and sports, cultural and literary competitions.


2nd Gora Tamar Memorial Football Tournament from Nov 9

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The 2nd Gora Tamar Memorial Football Tournament will be held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from November 9, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association, the organizer of the tournament.

This tournament is open to all and can be participated by all registered or unregistered clubs or teams. The selection of players for the state football team for the ensuing North East Games to be held in Itanagar this year would be on the basis of their performance in this tournament, APFA assistant general secretary Kipa Ajay said. APFA requested all interested teams and clubs to confirm their participation before November 5.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Football Players Association has discouraged participation of registered players in unrecognized tournaments and championships.


SMILE conducts awareness prog on social issues

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Indo Global Social Service Society (SMILE), Itanagar organized an awareness cum sensitization programme on various social issues and problems like domestic violence, early marriage etc. at Govt. Primary School Puroik Colony yesterday.

Attending the programme, Kani Nada Maling, legal advisor of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, gave an overview of Domestic Violence Act 2005. Informing that domestic violence against women can be in many forms like verbal, sexual, economic/financial and physical abuses, she educated the participants, mostly from Puroik community on the legal provisions under the Act for their protection.

She also highlighted on the adverse effects of early or child marriage. She informed the youths and parents on the occasion that the minimum age to get married as per law are 18years for girls and 21 years for boys.

The programme was attended by the youths and elders from Puroik Colony and Papunallah.


Fund for smooth functioning of school sought

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The All Silsango Circle Youth Association under Papum Pare district has sought funds for immediate restoration for smooth functioning of the schools in its area. In a representation to the Chief Minister, the association claimed that every school in the area is deprived of basic facilities like toilets, teacher quarters, class rooms and furnitures etc. It also demanded funds to run the health sub-centers in the circle.  Claiming that the general public is facing problems due to non-posting of a Circle Officer, the association requested the Chief Minister to post a CO for proper administration.


14th Senior National Women’s Boxing Championship

Chanu & Khakhalary win Bronze medals

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: H.Tonibala Chanu and Anjima Khakhalary of Arunachal Amateur Boxing Association have won a Bronze medal each in their respective weight category (51 kg and 57 kg) in the 14th Senior National Women’s Boxing Championship held at Rajpur, Chhattisgarh from October 11 to 16. 2014, informed the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs in a release.


IFCSAP team visits Tirap, inaugurates prayer centres

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: A team of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) led by vice president Gichik Taaza toured Tirap district recently and inaugurated two newly constructed Prayer Centres (Yangsomhom) at Longliang village on October 18 and another at Sinnyu village under Laju circle the next day.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Taaza called upon the public for revival of indigenous faiths and culture of Tirap district and stressed the need for protection, preservation and promotion of aged-old traditions.

General secretary Bai Taba suggested the people to maintain the Yangsomhom as a holy place and advised them to follow their own faiths and belief at the Yangsomhom.

L. Khimun from Rangfra Faith Promotion Society (RFPS) suggested the public the detailed philosophy of Ranfgra Faith and culture of Tirap, Longding and Changlang communities and thought, practice and belief system of Rangfraism.

The management of new prayer centres were initiated by the local indigenous public of concern village and supported by IFCSAP and RFPS.


‘Give preference to locals’

ITANAGAR, Oct 20:  The Gumto Youth Welfare Association (GYWA) today urged the district administration to give preference and job reservation to local people in its the group C and D such as UDC, LDC, Peon and Chowkidar  as the vacant posts had been published in the local dailies  for recruitment against Gumto circle. In a letter written to the Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare, the association claimed that local people had donated their cultivable lands for the establishment of the circle headquarter and the appointing authority should consider the local people for the vacant post. GYWA added that it would strongly oppose and object placement of non-local applicants in the mentioned posts.

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It’s a welcome verdict

A trial court on Monday sentenced all the five convicts to life imprisonment in the 2010 Dhaula Kuan gang rape-cum-abduction case of a call centre employee. Though, late this decision comes as a big relief. The five men were held guilty of abducting the woman, who hailed from the northeast, on November 24, 2010 and then gang-raping her. The woman was walking home with a friend after her work shift ended. The abductors took her to Mangolpuri, gang-raped her, and left her on an isolated road there. The men were later arrested from Mewat in Haryana.

The incident had sent shockwaves among the BPO employees who often have to travel back home during night time. Following the incident, Delhi Police ordered all BPOs in Delhi and the National Capital Region to drop women employees at their home after their shift ends. Though rape law has been strengthened in the country as an outcome of Nirbhay incident, still such incidents are not coming down. Once considered to be the safest place for woman Arunachal has been hit hard by series of rape incidents in recent years. This year alone three cases of rape cum murder have been reported from various parts of the state. Apart from ensuring strong punishment to the perpetrators of such crime, the Arunachalee society as a whole should also introspect and look where things are going wrong. Let us hope that verdict like that of Dhaula Kuan gang rape-cum-abduction case will send strong message to the potential criminals.

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Put us on the 'adharsh gaon' map

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I on behalf of people of Debing Village would like to fervently appeal Ninong Ering, Honorable Member of Parliament from 2-Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency to kindly select Debing village as model village under a new scheme called Saansad Adharsh Gram Yojana(SAGY).

During the 1980s, Rayang, Debing, Depi, Detak, Name and Nari had lost their large parts of agricultural lands to people of Assam due to land encroachments. But till date we have not been compensated for the loss of lands from State Govt in particular and Centre in general. In those days, there had been bitter conflicts between people of Assam and Arunachal over lands as well as interstate boundary line. Those days, in your capacity as the Circle Officer of Nari, you closely witnessed sufferings and miseries of the people of the area. Since then most villagers of the area particularly people of Debing village are rendering lives landless and sustaining lives with great hardship.

Even now people can't live up to normal living standards due to economic causes.

Hence, I on behalf of people of Debing village appeal to you to kindly do something good by selecting Debing village as an 'adharsh gaon' for which we shall always remain indebted to you.


Sum Nonang (Apum)

GPC, Debing Village



India should first clean up its own backyard

Dear Editor,

Indian "nationalism" and "patriotism" is presently at its jingoistic best! While our spacecraft is roving the Mars orbit uplifting the country among the elite club of nations, the proud Indians are also sternly asking the Pakistanis and Chinese to behave or get ready for the consequences! Bangla-desh should also not be spared as they are exporting terrorists to West Bengal!

Though we are presently living in best of times as far as nationalism is concerned, our patriotic feelings should be confined only within the narrow sphere of spewing venoms directed towards the alien nations! But if we come across one of our own countrymen boasting of peculiar language/attire/physical features, we hold every democratic right to treat him/her as alien and taunt, abuse or torture him/her both physically as well as psychologically! So Arunachal Pradesh is definitely an integral part of India, but an Arunachalee or a North-Easterner is definitely a "Chinese" and so needs to be thrown out from India - right from Gurgaon to Bangalore!

Actually this country is the paternal property of true Indians only! Now, what is the definition of a true Indian?

True Indian is he/she who speaks in classical languages of South India, in "Rajbhasa" or at least zealously supports the claim of Hindi being the "national language",  rabidly shouts the slogan of 'My India is great'(again in Rashtrabhasa) completely ignoring the hard fact of India's leading position in Global Slavery Index 2013; immerses in the philistinism of Bollywood by discarding the indigenous cultures of heterogeneous India; promptly protests against dishonour of symbols like national anthem and tricolour, but preferring to look the other way when the real nation i.e common Indians get trampled under the ills of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy,  bonded labour, communalism, casteism, regionalism and atrocities of all possible hues; flocks to the stadiums to root for the Dhonis and engages in the circus named IPL; treats the overhyped money-monger cricketers as "God" and sweeps the scandals of honour-killings, pogroms, corruption, witch-hunting, untouchability, child labour under the carpet of IT Revolution and Moon/Mars mission! Moreover he/she should render only Urdu-Punjabi-Gujarati-Holi-Dussehra-Bhajan-Ghazal-Biriyani-Dal Makhani-Dosha-Idli-Carnatic music-Bhangra-Garba-Sherwani-Salwar kameez ie all things Northern and little bit of Southern and Western Indian as "national", thereby rendering the traits and culture of rest of the Indians as "provincial" or "laggard"! What an imperialistic mindset prevailing in the country which continuously flaunts of being the "largest democracy" in the world!

And there lies no doubt to the fact that the North-East India remains the greatest victim of such imperialistic mindset because of their Mongoloid features and "sin" of speaking in languages not affiliated to Sanskrit or Dravidian stock. Also supreme indifference and ignorance towards the region have worsened the situation. Why will the "nationalists" from "mainland" care to regard or know about the stalwarts like Dr.Bhupen Hazarika, Jahnu Barua, Mamoni Raisom Goswami, Ratan Thyiam, Guru Bipin Singh, M.C.Mary Kom, the Iron Lady Irom Sharmila or the silent worker named Manik Sarkar! Aren't they the know-all brigade (actually frogs in the well) too engrossed with the Bollywood singers and directors, Shobha De, Habib Tanvir, Birju Maharaj, Sania Mirza, Ramdevs and Hazares, Narendra Modis and Nitish Kumars (I do not harbour any disrespect towards Habib Tanvir or Birju Maharaj, my only point remains that the partial society offers limelight only to the North Indians and few lucky ones from West or South)! As far as ignorance is concerned, I can't blame the rest of the Indians if they remain unaware of greats like Prince Tikendrajit Singh, U Tirot Sing or Rani Gaidinliu. After all the school text books have not taught them about the great revolutionaries from the North-East; the syllabus suggest that only the North Indians like Rani of Jhansi, Bhagat Singh or Jawaharlal Nehru had fought against the British imperialists! But hadn't the "enlightened" brigade gone through their geography books in school which shed light on different states of India and their capitals? Or have the "progressive" lot absolutely forgotten about it? How can the persons, claiming themselves to be "educated", afford to question the exact location of Arunachal Pradesh or ask whether Nagaland is part of the Indian state or not?

Thus it would not be unfair to suggest that there lies something wrong with the Indian education system which might be capable of helping the students to churn out glamorous careers, but fails to broaden their general knowledge and vision. And less said about imparting moral education the better, else we would not have witnessed such imperialistic and racist attitude prevailing in the society.

It is high time school text books, which form the foundation of the society, enlighten the students about historical and cultural aspects of the whole country including the North-East instead of focusing on certain regions only. Stress on moral education should be an urgent priority which will teach the future of the nation to rise above petty barriers of language, caste, religion and country and accord supreme importance to humanity as a whole. And just like the civilized countries of the West; acts of discrimination, physical abuse and passing lewd comments on the basis of one's linguistic, religious or any other divisive credential should not be tolerated a bit and the offenders need to be awarded exemplary punishment.

Unless our own North-Eastern brothers and sisters are accorded adequate dignity, honour and protection in their very own country; India holds absolutely no moral right to accuse Australians as "racist" whenever any stray attack against any Indian gets perpetrated Down Under. Before acting as the self-appointed "conscience" of the world, India should at first clean up its own backyard.


Kajal Chatterjee





Rising crime

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express my grave concern regarding crimes being committed at frequent intervals. It feels really sad to see the rising crimes in our state. What is more awful and surprising to know is the fact that crimes are being committed frequently?

Here, in particular, I like to make a mention of the recent murder and rape case at Ziro. I applaud the police personnel of Ziro for their job done promptly.

It is not a peculiar fact that we encounter conflicts in some way or other in our daily walks of life. What matters is how we deal with such situations.

It is high time that we respond to the call of duty for humanity. We should thrive for a civilised society and harbour for love and peace for all.


Nani Taki







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