Four arrested for illegal possession
of elephant tusk
Pinna Kitnal Muklom
NAMSAI Aug 11: The Namsai police have detained four persons for possessiing elephant
tusk illegally here on August 7 last.
The tusk weighing 1.920 kg was recovered from one Om Dhanuk of Dibrugarh, Assam.
He allegedly received the tusk from Binay Kumar Chakma from Modoideep, Shanti Rajan
Chakma from Dharampur in Changlang district and Lomga Munda from Namsai in Lohit
Officer in Charge Namsai Police Station G S Ranhotra informed that the accused have
been booked under case no 47/10, U/S 379 IPC, R/W Sec 51 of Wildlife Protection Act.
Ranhotra said investigation is on and the police would find out more information
on the elephant tusk rackets in the district.
Police will try to identify key people running the cartels responsible for the dwindling
number of elephants tusks, he said. The police will leave no stone un-turned to book
other suspects, Ranhotra added.
There have been reports from neighboring areas as well on theft of elephant tusk
as well as elephants being stolen and smuggled.
It’s a break through for the police department as the arrest will give some lead
to this big racket being carried out in the area and elsewhere.
Miao Police Station has four cases registered in this regard. Two cases were registered
this year alone.
Not a single case have been solved so far anywhere. In international market Ivory-based
products are a sprawling illegal business.
With this recent arrests, elephant owners have hope that all traffickers and poachers
will be soon caught.
Borduria searched, AR denies use of force
Development, peace and harmony is what Tirap needs: Speaker
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: The 19 Assam Rifles accompanied by two Sub inspectors and four
constables of Arunachal Police raided Borduria Village, Tirap after they were informed
that seven AK 47 Rifles were kept hidden in the village on August 9.
During the operation, the forces picked up three people identified as Jenan Songlang,
Tunwang Honcho, Munwang Lowing. They allegedly are members of NSCN (IM) with a history
of carrying out extortion.
The villagers say that Forces rounded up the villagers and subjected them to inhuman
torture while the 19 Assam Rifles maintains that there was no use of force and they
were on a mission to get hold of the arms.
Though the Army denies any wrong doing during the course of operation in Borduria,
some people, when contacted by this daily alleged that Army rounded up the houses
and beat up the villagers and subjected the women to lewd comments.
“They kept talking about AK-47. If there were any, they would have found it as they
combed every inch of the village” a villager said.
“We are harassed not only by the Army but NSCN as well. To save ourselves we either
join the army or the NSCN” he said.
A top official of 19 Assam Rifles when contacted dismissed the allegations of the
villagers and said that they acted on inputs received from the village. AR informed
that on 4 Aug one Lalium Latey Lowang, a former member of 37 AR who was dismissed
from service had hijacked a vehicle from Khonsa which was later apprehended by 1
AR in Nagaland. The APP later brought him and other accomplice from Nagaland. During
interrogation, they allegedly informed about the arms buried in Borduria.
Speaker, Arunachal Legislative Assembly Wanglin Lowangdong who represents Borduria
area is not amused. “ People of Tirap wants development, harmony and peace like
the rest of the state” while adding that “if at all the AR wants to search the villages,
they should do it without subjecting common people to unnecessary harassment and
humiliation. The Security forces are making the situation more disturbed by not taking
people into confidence”.
People of the state need to know what is happening in Tirap and they need to take
up the cause of the district, the Speaker added.
Meanwhile the three who were picked up by the Forces have been released on conditional
bail by the District magistrate. One of them is reported to be in seriously injured
and is being sent to AMC in Dibrugarh for treatment. On the other hand, an official
source said that one Chota Angam, an active NSCN IM cadre had called up (Mobile NO
94026 43316) the district authorities demanding release of the three people picked
up by the Forces. He allegedly warned of dire consequences which led to the release
of three cadres.
Car lifters nabbed
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Three criminals who are reportedly known to be history sheeters
have been arrested by Khonsa Police recently. They are Boto Chophy Sema of Nikhokhu
Nagaland, Khekhuto Sema of Newland, Nagaland and Loliam Latey Lowang of Borduria
village, Tirap district.
On 5th Aug, a written complaint was received from Aday Tesia, Teacher stating that
on 4th Aug’10 his driver Karim Khan had just started the vehicle TATA Sumo GRANDE
bearing No. AR-13-3393 in Bank colony, Khonsa when Boto Chophy Sema forced the driver
to drive the vehicle towards Hukanjuri on Khona-Bogapani-Joypur road.
On the way near Pansumthong village the other two accused Khenkhuto Sema and Loliam
Latey Lowang boarded the vehicle. After crossing Pansumthong the two criminals overpowered
the driver and his helper and tied them to a tree. The miscreants fled with the stolen
vehicle to Nagaland. A lookout notice was issued by Khonsa Police. Then on 6th Aug’10
19 Assam Rifles Commandant informed the OC, PS, Khonsa that commandant of 1 AR Col.
Panging had apprehended the criminals in Tuensang, Nagaland. The SSP, Tirap Palden
rushed a police team to Tuensang and arrested the accused along with the stolen vehicle.
Two pistols were also recovered from the accused. A case has been registered and
investigation is on.
Dr Begi exits as NERIST Director
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Dr Joram Begi, Director NERIST has demitted the office after two
fruitful years. The senior most teacher Prof J CHoubey will look after the affairs
of the Institute till a full fledged Director is appointed. Dr Begi had joined the
Institute when it was going through its lowest phase in Sept 2008 after ugly clashes
between administration and the students.
When asked about the reasons for quitting the Institution, he said that “I have accomplished
my mission of bringing the Institution to the right track. Today NERIST is on the
Dr Begi is credited with organizing the first convocation of the Institute thus clearing
a backlog of 25 years last year with President Pratibha Patil giving the convocation
adress. In Aug this year, the Institution organized its second convocation with former
president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in attendance.
Though placements of students and unions with their set of agendas continue to be
a major concern, this is perhaps in a long time in the history of the Institute that
a head of the Institution exited gracefully unlike other times when they were forced
to take the back door exit. Dr Begi who heads the Directorate of Higher Education
said that the department needed his attention as four new colleges; seven polytechnics
and NIT are opening this academic year.
Governor appreciates Tani Lipi
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Governor Gen J.J Singh is in all appreciation for the efforts put
on by Tony Koyu in developing Tani Lipi as a common script for the people of the
Congratulating Koyu, who called on the Governor along with the members of North East
Development Welfare Society at Raj Bhawan here this evening, Singh termed it as a
right step in bringing various tribes under a single banner and a common platform.
He considered Koyu’s contribution as historical in the history of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Governor further advised them to approach the state government for placing the
proposal of adopting Tani Lipi as the state script in the Assembly.
The delegation submitted a memorandum to the Governor for adoption of Tani Lipi as
During the meeting, Koyu through a power point presentation highlighted the various
facets of the Tani Lipi with 26 alphabets developed from four sentences. He advocated
that the state inhabited by various tribes with their different languages need to
have a common language, adding that this would help promoting Unity and social harmony
in the state.
Double treat by the quartet Linguists
Itanagar, Aug 11: It’s a rare achievement by quartet Arunachalis who successfully
completed their double Master of Arts degrees. It’s a kind of record in itself ever
in the history of Arunachal. The quartets who are engaged in projects with North
Eastern Language Development programme under Central Institute of Languages, Ministry
of Human Resource, Government of India were deputed to undertake their second MAs
The office needed them to have sound knowledge of Linguistics and they were, hence,
deputed to Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune.
Nending Ommo, who recently got selected as an Assistant Professor (English) and is
posted at Rangfra Government College Changlang did his MA and M. Phil in English.
Wanglit Monchang, Lachmi Cheda and Geyi Ete did their previous MAs in English,
Education and History respectively. Nending Ommo is the Gold Medalist with 68.93%.
Wanglit Monchang, Lachmi Cheda and Geyi Ete scored 66.86%, 65.68% and 57.31% respectively.
When asked about the motivation behind their collective decision of this unusual
feat, in unison they opined that the love for their mother tongues, the fact that
all the languages in Arunachal are endangered, the exigency to undertake sincere
research works and need to document them correctly and near accurately inspired them.
The regret they have is the absence of Linguistics Department in the state and the
close ended scopes of the discipline.
They chorused that they sincerely wished that the state government catered to the
needs of the endangered languages due to them, set up Linguistics Department in the
lone University and encouraged the citizens to preserve and promote their mother
tongues in order to preserve one’s identity. They decided to form a Linguistics Forum
with other linguists of the state as a first step towards their anticipated motives.
Nyari Welley Open Women’s Football Tournament
CCGFC, CGFC register wins
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Chandannagar Girls’ Football Club (CCGFC) and Chimpu-Gohpur Football
Club (CGFC) defeated their respective opponents with an identical 1-0 margin in the
1st Nyari Welley Open Women’s Football Tournament played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium,
Naharlagun this afternoon.
In the first match of the day, CCGFC beat CCFC 1-0 to register their first win. The
team went ahead 18 minute into the match through Anya Maying which later turned out
to be the match winner.
In the day’s second match CGFC pipped BN GFC 1-0 to earn full points. The match winner
was scored by Gangte Yamar in 23rd minute.
ANSU reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has drawn the attention of state
chief minister Dorjee Khandu towards the memorandum submitted by union on 29th July,
2010 seeking his intervention on certain demands placed by them. The main demand
of union included immediate establishment of government polytechnic college at Yachuli
town and removal of Hage Khoda, commissioner of education from his present post.
ANSU claimed that polytechnic was originally to be established at Yachuli but was
unscrupulously later shifted to Ziro.
Terming such move as undemocratic, union informed that this has hurt the sentiment
of Yachuli residents to a large extent. Urging government to act fair, ANSU demanded
immediate restoration of polytechnic to Yachuli. ANSU also has demanded removal of
education commissioner Hage Khoda, who has already overstayed his tenure of service
period. Union also alleged in the past education commissioner has been found misusing
his official position by indulging in favoritism act. ANSU has issued 12 days ultimatum
to the state government to fulfill their two major demands failing this union will
resort to democratic means of dharna which will be followed by series of bandh calls.
No forceful acquisition of land for rail project: Centre
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: The Union railway ministry has informed that no forcible acquisition
of land to be carried out for construction of railway project. This was informed
by Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniayppa in the Lok Sabha on August
The Union Minister further informed that land for construction of railway project
is being procured through the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 and Railways (Amendment)
Act 2008. The minister said this when he was asked by MP Takam Sanjoy whether Railways
have any policy for procurement of land project, especially in tribal areas in reference
to existing and future projects.
As per guidelines issues by railways in this regard, minimum possible land is to
be procured in a transparent and compassionate manner through negotiation with provision
of job to one member of the family of land owner, Muniyappa informed.
In another question, the minister further informed that railway line to Agartala
in Tripura has already been extended. Extension of rail line from Agartala to Sabroom
has been taken up and an amount of Rs 60 crore has been paid to the Tripura Govt
for compensation to land owners.
PDS contractors demand early release of HTS
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: The PDS contractors of Arunachal Pradesh under the banner of Arunachal
Pradesh PDS Carriage Contractor Welfare Association have demanded the state Govt
for early release of the pending Hills Transport Subsidy payment.
In a three-point memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister on Aug 9, the Association
threatened not to lift any food item from the FCI until their pending HTS bills are
The delegates led by MLAs Likha Saaya and Takam Pario said that state Govt is duty-bound
to make the payments to the contractors as per deed of agreement signed between
the state Govt and contractors. “Moreover, the court has given series of orders/
money decrees in favour of contractors for early release of the pending payments
with 6% interest,” the memorandum said. The Association lamented that the case involving
the state Govt and the Union of India/ FCI still lying pending with the court due
to “carelessness” of authorities.
Apprising the Chief Minister of their grievances, the delegates told him that most
of the contractors have already got bankrupted due to non-release of their pending
bills and called for joint meeting of all the concerned parties to solve the impasse.
The Association further informed that Chief Minister has assured to look into the
matter seriously. State govt’s all efforts were still on to get the pending HTS
bills released by the GOI at the earliest possible, the chief minister informed the
delegates. The chief minister also assured to convene a joint meeting of all the
PDS contractors, ministers concerned, advocate general and the Standing Council of
the Supreme Court on the matter on August 18 next, the association said.
Meanwhile, the PDS contractors have decided to meet on Aug 17 next to chalk out further
strategy on this matter.
Panchayat leaders for separate panchayat segment
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: The panchayat leaders of Topo Heche and Karga area have appealed
the RD and Panchayati Raj Minister for creation of separate gram panchayat segment
under newly created Giteripa circle. In a representation to the minister the panchayat
leaders said the new panchayat should be created by bifurcating existing Dumporijo
Meanwhile, while appreciating the RD minister for his infrastructure development
initiatives for Giteripa circle HQ, ASMs Tata Nalo and Damkam Bage have demanded
redressal of numerous grievances raised earlier on various occasions.
Teachers demand salary
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association has drawn
the attention of Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Director of School Education
regarding non-disbursement of SSA teacher’s salary despite being released by state
government along with other districts of the state. Association has expressed surprise
and shock “over how district administration is not releasing the hard earned salaries
of teachers who have become beggars because of non payment of salaries in the last
Association has urged Kurung Kumey DC to release pending salaries of SSA teachers
within August 18th failing which teachers would launch democratic moments in front
of DC office.
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: School Management Committee of Government Middle School, Nitivihar,
Itanagar has been formed with Tai Chali, Tamuk Tadu and Dr. Jumnee Rina as Chairperson,
vice chairperson and member secretary respectively for a period of three years in
a meeting held today.
Nanbia Tani, Nangram Ganesh and Yarda Raja have been selected as President, Vice
President and General Secretary of Donyi-Polo Daria Hill Welfare Association in a
meeting held recently.
The All Arunachal Pradesh Private Driver Union (AAPPDU) was formed in a meeting with
Tassar Bishnu, Lakpha Tsering and Techi Jyoti as president, vice president and general
secretary respectively for the welfare of private drivers, according to a release.
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: E-Sector Development Welfare Committee with support from Urban
Development Department is conducting s social service within the sector on August
CM to attend Cong prog
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu would attend the 68 anniversary of
the civil disobedience movement organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee
at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar on August 14.
BJP questions irregular service
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Bharatiya Janata Party Anjaw district unit in a release today informed
that people of district are facing major problem due to irregular service of Arunachal
Pradesh State Transport buses. Party has sought urgent intervention of general manager
APST in this regard. Taking advantage of poor APST bus service, private operators
are charging lofty fare from citizens. This is clearly harming the interest of backward
and poor residents of the Anjaw district, BJP release added.
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Arunachal Pradesh junior economics and statistical personnel’s
welfare association has constituted new team of executive with Techi Jordu, Tali
Sikom and Tamchi Kache as president, vice-president and general secretary.
ITANAGAR, Aug 11: District level science seminar 2010 on topic “India and World Science”
of Papum Pare District will be held on 12th August at government higher secondary