September  04


State Govt seeks Centre’s intervention to expedite BRO road works

•Tuki calls on Shinde   •Governor calls for co-opting local youth

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: Pressing his concern over the state’s development, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde late in the evening today at New Delhi.

Tuki apprised the Union Minister about the resentment of general mass over the poor road condition of the BRO maintained strategic Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang road. He urged the union minister to take up the matter with Union Defence Ministry and BRO authority to expedite the ongoing work to ensure making it all weather road for the convenience of the commuters as well as on the defence point of view.

While briefing the Union Minister over the law and order scenario in the state, Tuki reiterated the demand for additional central force to cope up with the manpower requirement for effective policing.

He also reiterated on the flood situation in the state which had put the state in a lot of devastation causing huge losses. He urged for sending a central team immediately to assess the quantum of losses incurred by the people of the state.

Shinde while assuring to take up the BRO road matter with the concerned Ministry also promised to depute additional central force to the state at the earliest.

Agreeing to the magnitude of damage caused by recent catastrophe, the Union Minister assured to provide all possible assistance to overcome the flood ‘woes’. In this connection, he will be sending a central team soon to assess the damages.

Shinde further appreciated the Chief Minister for sending a team on the ‘NE Exodus’ issue led by MP Takam Sanjoy to the affected states across the country to look into the problems faced by the students and professional undergoing studies and engaged in various works there.

While hailing the initiative, the Union Minister said such kind of endeavours are always welcome and should be taken up under such circumstances.


ITANAGAR, Sept 03: The Governor  of  Arunachal Pradesh, Gen. (Retd) JJ Singh today met the Union  MoS  of Defence M M Pallam Raju at Arunachal House New Delhi and apprised him of the various problems and challenges being faced by the BRO in carrying out road construction works in the state.

During the meeting, the Governor informed the Union Minister that BRO, which is presently executing vital road infrastructure projects particularly the Balipara –Charduar –Tawang (BCT) and Orang –Kalaktang-Shergaon- Rupa–Tenga (OKSRT) Projects in the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, is facing various challenges in carrying out road construction causing delay in the completion of the road projects on time. He laid emphasis on speeding up the works for the faster socio-economic development of the State.

Detailing the requirements, Singh said that due to shortage of critical equipment in terms of high capacity Stone/Sand Crushers, BRO is facing acute deficit of construction materials and called for addressing the shortage of Critical Equipments on top priority basis. He added that since the deficit in construction material is huge and is unlikely to improve in the coming years with present crushing capability, induction of high capacity crushing machines is also essential.

Another vital issue Gen. Singh pointed out during the meeting was the acute shortage of labour. Pointing out that Road Construction is a labour intensive job, he said recruitment of labour from traditional sources like states of Jharkhand and Orissa is also dwindling due to availability of  local employment opportunities in their home states.

The overall shortage of labour presently in the project is estimated between 6000-7000.

Further, calling for immediate reviewing of Labour wages by enhancing the quantum of fund available for a project, he informed that BRO has a major problem of wage disparity in the wages being paid to labour vis a vis wages paid by Army to porters and by private contractors.  There is immediate requirement to cater for prevailing, market driven labour wages i.e approx Rs. 9000/ pm in the sanctioned jobs, he added.

The issue of pending forest and environmental clearances for Tawang- Tezpur road was also discussed in details. The Governor further asked the Minister to direct BRO authorities to avail the services of local entrepreneurs and Arunachal youth in addressing the labour and material shortage issue by floating PPP projects.

This would lead to faster progress of projects and also provide livelihood opportunities to the local youth of the state.

The Union Minister assured to look into all the issues raised by the Governor on top priority and indicated that Border Roads program in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most important and strategic project of the Defence Ministry.

The DG, BRO was also present during the meeting.



Ering donates 2 ambulances, sanctions Rs 7 lacs for ELISA Reader

PASIGHAT, Sept 03: Member of Parliament Ninong Ering flagged-off two ambulances, meant for Telam and Koyu PHCs today in presence of DMO Dr. M Perme, SDO N Kumar, DPO Ponung Boring, EAC In-charge A Koyu and officers of medical and district administration.

Later in an interactive cum consultative meeting held in the DC’s conference hall, the MP stated that the procurement of ambulance will fulfill the long-felt demands of people and further assured to provide more ambulances for Mebo, Borguli and Riga PHCs as life saving tools and emergency uses.

Ering advised the officers to put forth good proposals in future for best use of his MPLAD fund. He sanctioned Rs. 7 lakh for procurement of ELISA Reader with Washer, proposed by DMO Perme for quick diagnosis of Dengue, Scrup Typhus, Hepatitis, Chicken Guinia, Japanese Encephalitis and other vector borne diseases immediately at the General Hospital, Pasighat. The MP claimed that installation of such machine will save and minimize medical expenses and time of the patients and it will also help in prompt diagnosis and controlling breakout of epidemics in the locality. DIPRO



State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: The State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (SLV&MC) meeting was held at the conference hall of State Institute of Rural Development here today.

Presiding over the meeting, RD and Power Minister Tanga Byaling exhorted the functionaries to act as cohesive force to bring about outstanding team works and to share visions and innovation in implementation of development programmes.

Stressing the need of a clean vision to achieve the goal, he said people should be motivated for their  involvement in the socio-economic development process. He also advised to receive complaints or grievances from the public and Govt officers visiting rural areas on implementation of RD programme.

Earlier, RD director K Dulom outlined the aim and objectives  and importance of vigilance committee meeting and emphasized on revamping the V&MC. The house revised the up-to-date performance under the different programmes of the union ministry rural development and also discussed the specific problems and prospect associated with the programme implementation.  MLA Ralom Borang suggested the house to chalk out a road map for functioning of SLV&MC, improvement of work culture with  responsibility.

The officers from line departments like RWD, PHED, Land Management and Social Welfare Department and Rural Development Department  presented progress status of the schemes/programmes sponsored  by the ministry of rural development, according to an official release.



NESO  chalks out strategy for grand success of protest rally

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: A delegation of North East Students Organization (NESO), led by its Secretary General Gumjum Haider met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at his office in Hyderabad yesterday and urged him to personally attend and address the proposed Protest Rally at Guwahati on September 6.

NESO urged the CM to either attend personally or send a representative of his Government to address the public rally in Guwahati to give a strong messages against the anti-social forces and cut down the sense of insecurity among the people living out side the region.

The Chief Minister was briefed that the public rally is being organized in protest against intimidations faced by Northeast people staying outside the region as well as send a strong message that North easterners cannot be cowed down by the threats and intimidation of some anti-social elements.

Meanwhile, the chief minister has assured to discuss the matter with his colleague to explore the scope for coming to Guwahati.

NESO has also invited government representatives of governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka and all the NE states and also the members of NE MPs` Forum to the rally.

Meanwhile, NESO acknowledged the kind gesture, support and initiatives of the Andhra Government for safety and security of North-Easterners in the state.



Siram inspects General Hospital

PASIGHAT, Sept 03: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today visited the General Hospital, Pasighat to take stock of the developmental activities.

The minister inspected the operation-theatre, corridor, kitchen, postmortem hall, and renovation works of boundary walls of TB hospital and boys’ hostel, extension of Pay-cabins and 10-bed Ayush hospital site etc. During his visit, Siram interacted with the patients and later held detailed discussions with the Jt. Director of Health Services, Medical Superintendent in presence of Specialists and other Medical Officials about the existing health facilities and future planning for providing better health care facilities to the people.

The discussion includes procurement of CT Scan machine, setting up Imaging unit, establishment of GNM Nursing school and casualty block etc. Siram expressed his extreme happiness over the progresses, cleanliness and prompt services of the health service providers of the hospital. He sanctioned one hearse vehicle (Dead body carrier) from his MLALAD fund today.  In a formal meeting held at the office chamber of Dr. Kabang Lego, JDHS (T&R), the minister instructed the officials to initiate precautionary measures against spread of Dengue and other vector borne diseases. DIPRO



Awareness workshop on sustainable drinking water supply and sanitation

KHONSA, Sept 03: A block level awareness workshop on “Sustainable drinking water supply and sanitation - role of PRIs’ was organized by Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Division, Khonsa on August 31 at Pongchau as a part of NRDWP (Support).

Attending programme, S K Mukherjee, AE, PHESD, Longding  stressed on the need for involvement of PRIs in implementation of people-centric NBA programme. He disclosed that the assets created under drinking water supply through NRDWP would be subsequently transferred and handed over to the respective PRIs for operation and maintenance after imparting proper training to them. He also explained what the District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC), Block Resource Center (BRC) and Village Water Sanitation Committee (VWSC) are.

B A Wangpa, JE, PHESD Longding detailed about National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NBA) and intra village water supply system.

Doi Tarak, Consultant, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa through a Power Point presentation detailed about role of PRI and VWSC in the management of drinking water supply and sanitation. He elaborately explained on how to plan, implement, operate, maintain and manage water supplies to ensure their sustainability. With the picture, audio and video clip presentation, he stressed on safe handling of drinking water, disposal of waste, personal hygiene and village sanitation.

Ahon Wangsa, ASC, Pongchau encouraged the participants to take  maximum benefits out of the training programme.

Nonglin Ngowa, Laboratory Technician (LT), PHE & WS Division, Khonsa and Miss Pasang Ratan, LT, PHESD, Longding gave demonstrative training on how to use and measure the chemical reagents while handling the Field Test Kit(FTK) for water quality testing.

Napong Kangnong, Block Coordinator, PHESD Khonsa, highlighted about water, sanitation and health linkages. He stressed upon abolition of age old practice of traditional Pigsty being commonly used in rural area.

Holai Wangsa, ZPM Pongchau told the participants to give  attention to such kind of training for the welfare of community. Further he told that water is an elixir of life and every body should take care about the quality of water supplied to the people as most villagers consuming it may be prone to various water borne diseases. He expressed his gratefulness to PHE & WS department. Altogether 80 participants attended the programme. DIPRO



Workshop on ‘research methodology in social science

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: Donyi Polo Govt. College Kamki organized a one-day state level workshop on ‘Research Methodology in Social Science’ at college premises on September one.

Taking part in the workshop, Dr. Anil Kumar, Associate Professor in English shared his views on basic concepts in the Methodology of the Social Sciences and narrated the term research which means to search back. He talked on different aspects of research.

According to him, research is an inseparable part of  learning which gives us several avenues to find the solutions of social problems.

Dr. S.K. Pradhan, Assistant Professor in Education described the concept of research design in social science and characteristics of a good research design, importance or purpose of research design, types of research design and talked on various components of research design or proposal. He said research design is a social science which serves as the guidelines for undertaking research studies for beginners and other researchers. It is a detailed description of a proposed study, he said.

Dr. Gomo Karbak, Assistant Professor in Political Science presented his paper on “Method of Data Collection in Social Science Research”. He described the types of datas for social science research which may be broadly classified into--data pertaining to human beings, data relating to organizations and data pertaining to territorial areas. He also talked on sources of data and various methods of collecting data.

Tungge Lollen, Assistant Professor in English presented his paper on “Report Writing in Social Science Research”. He described the word ‘report’ which is derived from the Greek Language. In research report, writing means ‘to carry back’. Thus, in research report, writing an observation, an event or finding is carried back in the written to arrive at a point, he said. He narrated the students how to write a good report by giving detailed description of report writing through power point presentation.

Earlier, Co-ordinator of the workshop Dr. Tage Habung, Asstt. Professor in History Department highlighted about the workshop.

Dr. Anil Kumar, Associate Professor in Geography delivered the keynote address.

About 400 students and all the faculty members attended the workshop.



One more Slow Loris rescued

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: One more Slow Loris was rescued from the Upper Baskota area of Pasighat township yesterday at around 9:30 pm by a 9-year-old school student.

The little boy Ree Kobo Bogum, who came along the rescued Slow Loris to the DFO Office said, ‘the little primate was found climbing on an electric pole and some people were trying to kill it by stoning. I felt so sympathetic with the little creature and informed others to help to save it’.

DFO (Wildlife), who is upbeat about the people’s growing consciousness, said the primate would be released in the Sanctuary shortly after it is checked properly. The DFO highly appreciated the young boy and others for their effort to save this little creatures.

This is the third Slow Loris to be rescued from Pasighat township. (From Maksam Tayeng)



Moying Raseng grab overall championship trophy in SFC

ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Moying Raseng team led by its president Dukpi Perme Tayeng and Kasimang Mengu Perme has grabbed the overall champion Raseng trophy of Itanagar Solung Festival celebration 2012 for the second consecutive term.

The Raseng won 1st prize in Folk Dance competition and were also adjudged as 2nd prize winners in Solo Dance, Traditional Show and group dance competitions.

While, Moying Abu team won 1st prize in Tug of War, 2nd prize in Tamulang Taloh memorial Volleyball tournament. Pune Perme (Class-III student) and Rine Perme (Class-VII student) of Moying team also won 2nd and 3rd prize in Adi Agom Lukii sub-junior and junior category respectively.



India and India’s North-East

Nani Bath

A day in the month of July this year, myself and my son, aged 10, were traveling in Patna- Howra Jansatabdi Express (AC Chair Car) from a place called Deogarh in Jarkhand to Kolkata. A gentleman sitting in the back seat probably wanted to get up, and since my seat was slightly bent towards him he shouted at me saying- “Aeh Aung Sang Swu Chi, Utho”. But for the presence of my young son and a lady co-passenger beside me, I would have reacted very strongly. I was all-prepared to  file either police complain or report the matter to National Schedule Tribe Commission but finally, after a considerable thought, it was decided against such move thinking that the gentleman may have realized his mistake after my emotional reaction.

Case II:  Some of my friends, while on their way back to their hostel after window- shopping in Kamla Nagar market in Delhi University north campus, were intercepted by a group of an ideal type gali boys. They asked my friends if they knew the art of cooking cho-cho and momo, as the boys were eagerly looking for some good cooks for newly opened restaurant.

Case III: Students and teachers alike in educational institutions, particularly in professional ones, treat the students belonging to reserved category as ‘sub-humans’. They give bizarre explanation for such consideration. For them, the reserved category students are ‘different’ as they are admitted in an educational institution through reservation. Since they are different, they are not human beings.

Students’ organizations and civil society groups have repeatedly raised the issues of discrimination against chinki-looking guys and girls in Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and many parts of the country. Cases of sarcastic comments, rapes, physical assaults and even murders against the north-easterners are reported almost on daily basis. Many of my student friends, employees working outside the region and the officers in various departments and sectors may have more untold stories keeping unto themselves.

Why do we have to be looked in askance always? Why do we have to be treated as ‘foreigners’ in our own land? Who or what is to be blamed - our looks or their ignorance? Whatever may be the reason, there has been perpetual problem of ‘trust deficit’ between the mainland Indians and the people of North East, which needs political as well as academic attention.

The problem lies, to me personally, with both the Centre and the Periphery. There is, what a scholar writes, ‘absence of the presence’ of North East in the hearts of New Delhi and like cities. The realities about the people of this region are never reflected in the art, literature, cinema, newspapers, and text books of schools and colleges of mainstream India. Many believe that our food habits, social life, sexual life, dresses, folklores, loyalty to nation, etc seem to be remaining in the realm of their(outsiders) ‘wild imagination’.

But I am an optimistic person. It would be wrong to paint all mainstream Indians with same colour. The allegation of ‘wild imagination’, I am sure, would be applicable only to microscopic minority.  Having made such allegations, we also have to judge ourselves on the questions of patience, sensitivity and loyalty. What I have learnt, during five years of my stay in Delhi, is that a little bit of patience, sensible to other culture and being loyal to own nation would be of great help to our brothers and sisters in making adjustments with other cultures.  Don’t we treat non-tribals differently in the names of Vais, Mayangs, Halyangs, Harings, Nyipaks, etc in our region? Are we sensible to their cultural ethos? Are we loyal to India as a nation?

Whether in Itanagar or Imphal, Dimapur or Dima Hasao, non-tribals are treated not so kindly and friendly. There are many instances where social and economic crimes are committed against these people. Whenever there is a local puja in a tribal household, animals like cows, mithuns and dogs are sacrificed in the most inhuman manner even when the next neighbour is a Brahmin family. It may be a part of our culture to serve apong on every social and religious function but such cultural practices must be discarded in the interest of cosmopolitan neighbourhood.

When Delhi Police, under the guidance of Robin Hibu, then Deputy Commissioner of Police, issued a booklet containing Dos and Don’ts for the students of North East India in Delhi, there were huge protest from the students of Nagaland and Mizoram. They maintain that Delhi is the capital of India, and as such, they have every right to cook as they relish; dress as they desire; and roam around anywhere. It is the responsibility of Delhi Police to provide security and the residents of Delhi must respect the cosmopolitan character by not objecting to cooking of bamboo shoot or fermented fish.  A big NO to any kind of dress code.

T. Sakhrie, Secretary of the Naga National Council once said that the Nagas are “wild, but free”. For a Naga, rest of the countrymen are Indians except the Nagas. Many Manipuris think in similar line. It would not be proper for me to enter into the debate on the merits or demerits of Naga freedom struggle but the insistence of the Nagas of not being Indians has put a question mark on the Indianess of the Arunachalees or Assamesse.  It is but obvious that mainstream Indians would not be happy with such attitude as almost all the North Eastern state are financially supported by the Government of India out of the taxes collected from the farmers of, for example, Haryana or Punjab.

Agreed, women sexuality is not respected in many pockets of Delhi. An undeniable fact being that the areas adjoining Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are mostly inhabited by families of landlords, where traditionally women are considered mere sex objects. But then, do we (tribal families) respect women sexuality? Rape, forced marriage, domestic violence, polygamy are occurring regularly in many tribal societies. I have not heard of many convictions in cases of rape, atleast not in our state.

Discriminations are also found within the states of North east India. Very often we face discrimination at the hands of the people of Assam. I remember an incident narrated by a friend long time ago. Some of his Assamese friends, looking at the colour of APST buses, are said to have remarked- “Manu belek, gari hu belek kori bonai loise”. Whenever Assam police see any vehicle with Arunachal registration, it becomes ‘holy’ duty for them to stop the vehicle and verify necessary documents as if Emergency has been declared. Any question is reacted with big-brotherly attitude.

M.P. Takam Sanjoy’s elderly advice need not be taken as an imposition of dress code. His advice to the youngsters, if I could read properly, is to be sensitive to locality and its culture. Yes, one may look decent with salwar suit in rural areas, jeans in urban surroundings and swim suit in beaches. I appreciate him. We must also appreciate civil society organizations and socially-conscious individuals for organizing demonstrations against of Richard Loitam in Bangalore. We would expect similar gesture from similar organizations for similar happenings in our own state.

We have to have patience. We don’t have to react to every Rickshaw puller or Auto driver even if we are called Kanchas or Bhadurs. They are simply ignorant. Once I was standing in front of Ganga Dhaba in JNU campus when a gentleman stopped his car and asked for the address of the president of JNU Foreign Students’ Association. He was guided to a hostel. Before he got inside the car, he wanted to know my nationality. My reply was instant, “I am from Nepal”. My friends had a hearty laugh. But I was relieved as there was no time for me to explain to him the location of Arunachal Pradesh!

Whenever we reprimand our son for any naughty act or somewhat-vulgar talks, his ‘natural’ reaction is: “Hum kya haring bacha hai?” This kind of attitude compels me to pose a counter question: Aren’t we socialising our young ones to think the way they think or to behave the way they are behaving? Are we socializing our children enough to treat all human beings as equal, and not as non-tribal or Adi or Apatani?

(Dr. Bath is a faculty in the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University and can be contacted at [email protected] rediffmail.com.)


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers :09436040006/09856060490.


Changlang gets New DC

CHANGLANG, Sept 03:  Chanchal Yadav took charge as the Deputy Commissioner of Changlang district on August 29.

She relieved Opak Gao, who will be joining as Secretary, APPSC, Itanagar.

Prior to this new assignment, Yadav had served as D.M. Dadar. DIPRO

Teachers Day

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: A total of 15 teachers would be awarded this year for their meritorious service by the department of school education on Teachers Day to be celebrated at Banquet Hall, Itanagar on September 5.


‘First aid’ training

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: The 2nd batch of training on ‘First Aid’ for 10  ‘0’ grade health workers drawn from various Health Centres of Kurung Kumey district, including Tali, Sarli, Higio, Ballo Yangte PHCs and Palin CHCs concluded at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun on August 31.

The main objective of the training was to impart basic knowledge on First Aid to the health workers, said Medical Superintendent of Arunachal State Hospital Dr. Dukhum Raina. He said that this training would immensely benefit the public of interior and remote places like Sarli, Tali etc. where there is no basic health care facilities. Course completion certificates were also distributed to the trainees.


‘Release pending salary of IT consultants’

ITANAGAR, Sept 3: All Arunachal Pradesh IT Consultants Association (AAPITCA) has requested the  chairman of the APMP &PLC  to disburse the pending salary of 256 IT consultants.  The IT consultants are being deprived of their salary since April 2011, the Association said and urged the authorities to release the pending salaries before Sept 7.


KV team members selected for Ntl. level  boxing C’ship

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: The first-ever Regional Boxing competition of Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) was conducted by Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2 Itanagar at Sangey Lhadesn Sports Academy complex on September one and two.

Thirteen out of sixteen players selected in the tournament for the national level boxing championship to be held at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, are from KV No 2.

The tournament was inaugurated by Director of Sports and Youth Affairs D.K. Dinglow, who assured all help to KVs in conducting a coaching camp for the boxers of the school.

The Principal of KV .No 2 Itanagar Dr. B Saha extended gratitude to the director for the assurance.

The students of Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing and Visually Impaired, who were on adventure camp at Chimpu also enjoyed the event.

The valedictory ceremony was chaired by the Director of Sports and Youth Affairs  and appreciated the work of PET of KV. No. 2 Itanagar and other officials.


Written test for police recruitment

ROING, Sept 03:  The written test for 44 posts of IRBn/APPBn Constable, including the 4 reserved posts for ex-serviceman was conducted at VKV School Auditorium here yesterday.

319 Candidates out of 325 Candidates qualified for written test have appeared in the examination. The Examination was conducted under surveillance of CCTV cameras giving no chance for adopting unfair means. Thumb impression of the candidates were also checked and matched with their recorded finger print that were taken during the Physical Test before allowing them to enter the examination hall to prohibit any kind of impersonation.

The written examination was conducted for total of 300 marks in English, General Knowledge and Mathematics. The results of will be declared soon and it can also be seen on official website of Arunachal Pradesh Police www.arunpol.gov.in. The viva-voice would start on September 10 DIPRO


Death of ZPM mourned

ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Pakde Uli, Zilla Parishad Member of Gusar Circle under Dumporijo Block, died in a tragic road  accident yesterday when his vehicle (Gypsy) fall into a deep gorge near Doimukh- Potin road on his way from Daporijo to Itanagar,  according to APCC release.

Late Uli is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) expressed its deep sense of condolence on the sudden and untimely demise of ZPM Pakde Uli.

Late Uli was an active, hard-working and energetic party leader, who served the INC party with sincerity and dedication for the last many years. He was elected as ZPM from INC ticket in the Panchayat Election 2008. His sudden demise is a great loss to the INC party, Upper Subansiri District and the state as a whole.

APCC prayed to almighty God for the eternal peace of the departed soul..


Union demands stringent punishment for accused

ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Expressing deep sadness over the alleged rap and murder of a girl student near Shyro village in Tawang  on August 28, the Mon Students Union of RGU  said such horrible incident should not be tolerated in a  peaceful place like Tawang.

While appreciating the police personnel, students and general people for their efforts in arresting the culprits involved in the heinous crime, the Mon Students Union of the University requested the authorities to award stringent punishment to the accused as per law so that such gruesome incident does not happen again in future.

The Union also requested the state Government to provide compensation to the family of the  deceased and conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family.  


Social service

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: A mass social service cum cleanliness drive was conducted by D-Sector Development Committee Naharlagun on September one.

The social service which started from Government Middle School D-sector Naharlagun covered upto Pachin shortcut, the last part of the Sector. The blocked drains were cleared and roads repaired with help of men and machineries provided by UD and PWD departments during the social service.

The committee said that blockage in drains due to un-planned constructions and alleged land encroachment is causing overflow of water which spilled onto the road causing great inconvenience to the residents.

The colony dwellers, staff and students of Govt. Middle School D-sector Naharlagun participated in the cleanliness drive.

The committee urged both UD and PWD department for regular maintenance of the road and drains. It also thanked local MLA Techi Kaso for encouraging and organizing the mass social service.


Social Service

ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Lobi Forest Protection Committee and Lobi Youth group conducted social service at Lobi Forest Conony, Itanagar today.

The volunteers temporarily repaired damaged road within the Lobi area. The social service was also participated by public of Lobi area.

The women wing unit of Kargu Kardi Students’ Union conducted a week-long social service cum tree plantation programme at Darak, Liromoba, Yomcha, Tirbin and also at Kamba, Pira Lombi residential school.

Beside tree plantation, the volunteers cleaned garbage, school surrounding and vicinity of government offices.


Forum hardens its stance on airport site

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: The Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF) in a meeting at Karsingsa yesterday resolved to oppose to conduct any kind of development meeting under Banderdewa circle by MLA of Doimukh Assembly Constituency until and unless the issue of Green field Airport is resolved.

The meeting further threatened to go for the 2nd phase 24 hr Capital Bandh to register its protest against the shifting of Green field Airport from Karsingsa-Banderdewa to Hollongi.

The meeting discussed regarding the further steps to be taken  in the near future and also discussed regarding the representation submitted to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Secretary and Chief Minister to revoke the proposed shifting of Green field Airport from Karsingsa-Banderdewa to Hollongi.


‘Verify the antecedents of accused’

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: While appreciating the Doimukh police for arresting the alleged accused in Jumkar Basar murder case, Megu Welfare Society (MWS) in a letter addressed to Superintendent of Police, Papum Pare district denied involvement of a Megu member in the murder case.

Referring to the press report published in a section of local dailies on August 30, the Society said that there is no person by the name of Nayan Megu at Mebo village, East Siang District nor there is Umesor Megu.

Claiming that the name of accused is Nayan Pegu who belongs to Jonai Assam, the Society said the very news has defamed the reputation of the Megu clan.

It requested the SP to investigate the matter thoroughly to find out the actual address and other antecedents of the alleged accused and clarify it.



The West Siang district was wrongly mentioned as West Kameng district in the August 30 edition of this daily under heading ‘Panchayat by-election.’ The ‘West Kameng’ should be read as West Siang. The inadvertent error is regretted.


Free health camp

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: A free health camp was organized by Mon Socio Economic Development organization, Dirang in collaboration with District Health Society at Govt. Residential School, Thembang under West Kameng District on September one.

Altogether 180 patients from villages like Thembang, Gonthung, Pangma, Semnak and Lachung. turned up for free health check up conducted by a team of doctors, who included Dr. Wange, DMO West Kameng District, Dr.T. D  Namsa, DFWO, Dr. Guru Dorjee Thungdok, Dr. Amita Tapir and SMO Dirang Dr. S.K Singh. Free x- ray tests were done and medicines distributed free of cost to all the patients.

Thembang ZPM Jam Tsering inaugurated the camp while Dirang ZPM Dor Tsering sponsored the medicines for the camp.


Solung celebrated at Pessing

ITANAGAR, Sept 03: Solung, the festivals of Adi community was celebrated with the traditional gaiety and fun-fare at Pessing, a small hamlet near district headquarters of West Siang, Aalo.

While inaugurating the festival, Jalley Sonam, Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board cum Working President INTUC Pradesh Branch lauded the people of Adi Community for their dynamism in preserving and promoting the age-old culture and tradition despite the onslaught of modernization and globalization.

Describing the importance of  culture and tradition in human life he appealed people  not to mix religion with culture. He also emphasized on adopting modern technologies in agriculture and horticulture for good harvest.

Gedo Kato, President DCC (I) West Siang District, Aalo also spoke on the occasion and extended festival greetings to the people of Adi community.

Colorful cultural dances by different culture troupes from adjoining villages and football match were some of the main attractions of the celebration.






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Stop death penalty

The United Nations has asked the countries, who have not put an end to capital punishment yet, to introduce or reintroduce an official moratorium on the use of the death penalty aiming to abolish it.

Until now, Gambia was at the forefront in Africa in its efforts to abolish the death penalty in law and practice. However, in a strong reversal of that trend, nine prisoners were executed last week. Prior to last week the country had maintained a moratorium on the death penalty for 27 years and had abolished capital punishment for drug offences in April 2011.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that international law, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), requires compliance with rigorous fair trial standards in cases where death sentences are imposed.

Meanwhile, UN Assistance Mission for Iraq urged the Government of Iraq to consider a moratorium on the implementation of all death sentences and to consider ratifying the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, with a view to the eventual abolition of the death penalty.

The overall global trend on the use of the death penalty has seen the number of executions worldwide decline. An estimated 150 UN Member States have abolished the death penalty or introduced a moratorium, either in law or practice.