September  12


Miscreants physically assault A/Times staff yet again

APC & APUWJ condemn assault, demand arrest of culprits

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: In yet another dastardly act, a group of miscreants attacked two employees of The Arunachal Times daily here in the wee hours Tuesday, sending shockwaves among the terror-stricken media fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh.  

The incident took place exactly at 2.10 am when two machine-men, Ranjit Sarkar and Sunando Bora, were about to enter the office on their shift duty. The miscreants, who waylaid and mercilessly attacked them without any reason, were captured by the CCTV cameras in the daily’s office.

The attackers made good their escape on two motorcycles after other night shift employees on duty rushed to the entrance gate on hearing the commotion and screams outside the office. The incident happened at the same spot where Tongam Rina was shot at.

Sarkar sustained grievous injuries though Bora escaped with minor injury.  On receipt of complaint, a police team rushed to the spot and rushed the duo to RK Mission Hospital for treatment. A case has been registered and investigation launched.

This is the fourth major attack on the employees of The Arunachal Times. In March 2012, one DTP operator was beaten outside the office; on April 15, a group of masked men vandalized the office and on July 15, associate editor Tongam Rina was shot at outside the office.

The repeated attacks on media persons have sent shockwaves across the state; a number of representations, peaceful dharnas and rally by the media persons have borne no fruit as yet.   

Taking strong exception to unabated attacks on press persons, even after security personnel were deployed in press establishments, the Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) have strongly condemned the unprovoked assault on AT employees and called on the police to bring the culprits to book at the earliest. However, both the organizations have expressed indignation at the snail-paced progress in the Tongam Rina shooting case.

The two organizations have also demanded to know why the security personnel have been withdrawn despite the fact that The Arunachal Times has been under constant threat.

Meanwhile, CCTV footages has been produced before the police authority for prompt investigation into the case.


A/Times paying the price for being voice of voiceless !!

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The Arunachal Times (AT) daily  expressed extreme sadness over repeated attacks on its office and employees. In the last six months, the employees of this daily have been at the receiving end of some brutal attacks including the assassination attempt on Tongam Rina, the associate editor of this daily.

Apart from the four major incidents that is attack on one DTP operator, vandalization of AT office, assassination attempt on Associate Editor Tongam Rina, attack on two machine men,  the threat and intimidation to journalists of Arunachal Times continued.

It is quite baffling as to why The Arunachal Times is being attacked repeatedly ?  Is it the price the daily is paying for being the voice of the voiceless Arunachalees?

It is worth mentioning here that The Arunachal Times has been emerging as true voice of Arunachalee people for its unbiased and balanced reporting/news for last few years. Now it is up to the people of this state to decide whether they want their voice to be heard or let it get crushed? In all the previous cases, police investigation has not yielded any fruitful results yet.The situation is deeply demoralizing the employees of  the Arunachal Times.



Dengue claims its first victim, spreads to Papum Pare

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Dengue claimed its first victim with a seven-year-old girl succumbing to complications from Dengue fever at Arunachal State Hospital (ASH), Naharlagun.

The victim Punya Tana of remote Pakke Kessang in East Kameng district died in the hospital on September 8 following complications from dengue fever, according to a health department release.

Dengue has also spread in different parts of the state as many cases of dengue have been reported in the ASH from places like Pakke Kessang, Balijan, Sagalee even Capital Complex, the release said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Atum Welly held an emergency meeting in his office chamber with Commissioner and Secretary Health and Family Welfare Tape Bagra, Director of Health Services Dr. K Nishing , State Epidemiologist Dr. L Jampa, DDHS (AYUSH) and Nodal Officer APAN Dr. BVS Murty and Dr. K T Mulung, Deputy, Director (NVBDCP) in the wake of dengue outbreak and directed the Health Department to tackle the situation on a war-footing by putting in place all preventive, control and curative measures in the affected areas. He also instructed the department to put up a contingency plan and make relevant proposal to the government in combating the situation at the earliest. He also instructed the Director to post a Medical Officer at CHC Pakke Kessang with immediate effect.

The Commissioner and Secretary Health Bagra while enquiring about availability of DDT in stock and other chemicals for IRS and fogging operation, advised to carry out fogging operation in all mosquito breeding areas. He gave emphasis on creating awareness about preventive and dengue controlling measures among people through various modes of medias including radio with the cooperation of district administration and PRI to bring about multi sectorial approach in containing the disease. He also emphasized on provision of reliable testing equipments along with reagents and kits for making diagnosis of the disease in the two major hospitals at Pasighat and Naharlagun. The DHS Dr. Nishing agreed to execute all instructions and directed the State Epidemiologist and Dy. Director (NVBDCP) to make the necessary proposals from the department for obtaining necessary approval by the Govt.

 The State Epidemiologist Dr. Jampa apprised on the actions taken by the department informing that the surveillance mechanism are in place in both the state and the district headquarters in the IDSP which is functioning in coordination with the District Medical Officers.

Discussions were held with the doctors of ASH, GH-Pasighat and District Medical Officer, East Siang on surveillance and case management. Support from the RMRC, ICMR-NER, Dibrugarh is also being taken for testing the blood samples collected from the patients.




NE Zonal Inter-State Badminton C’ship

Arunachal win 4 medals

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Arunachal Pradesh Jr. Girls team lost to Assam 0-2 sets in the final in the North East Zonal Inter-State Badminton Championship for Safi Qureshi Cup which concluded at Gangtok Sikkim on September five.

Pinki Karki lost 13-21, 20-22 to Ningshi B Hazarika of Assam in the first singles while Pinki pairing with Taring Yania went down fighting 17-21, 21-14, 22-24 to Ningshi B. Hazarika and Bornali Konwar of Assam.

In Women’s Team championship for Chadha Cup, Arunachal had to content with the Bronze as the team lost to Assam 0-2 in the semifinal.

While Gita Karki lost 10-21, 4-21 to her opponent from Assam Kaveri Phukan in singles Gita pairing with Pinki again lost 15-21, 12-21 to the pair of  Kaveri and Krishti Das in doubles.

The pair of Pinki Karki and Taring Yania lost to Harshita Chaliha and Bornali Konwar of Assam in Junior Girls Doubles final to bag the silver. Akshay Raito and Kalung Takhi won a bronze in Junior Boys Doubles.

The Championship was inaugurated by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on September two.



Shillong turns into mini Arunachal

All tribes festival of Arunachal begins

SHILLONG, Sept 11:  Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, turned into “Mini Arunachal” today with the  beginning of the week-long  4th Annual All Tribes festival of Arunachal in a colourful note here at Old NEFA building. The Festival is being organized by the Arunachal Students Union Shillong. It is celebrated every year by students with the theme  ‘oneness’ among Arunachalee students studying in Shillong.  It also aims at promoting  brotherhood and communal harmony among the students of all tribes.

Inaugurating the colourful festival, Chayang Tajo (East Kameng) MLA Karya Bagang expressed her happiness over the fact that students of Arunachal in Shillong are promoting cultural and traditional values of their state despite far away from home.

“I am happy to see the students are maintaining culture and tradition despite being far away from home” Bagang said. She further called upon the students to keep up the spirit in order to preserve their age-old culture and tradition.  She also advised the students to give priority to education. Deputy Inspector General of ITBP Ashok Kumar Cherri also expressed his happiness to see different tribes of the state.

Apart from the cultural events, various competitions such as literary, sports and beauty pageant contest would take place.  The several teams like Si-Donyi, Monyul, Dree, Mopin, Solung, Nyokum,TLC (Tirap,Lohit,Changlang) , UCC (Union Christian College) and NEHU are taking part in the sports events. (Contributed by Rinchin Choden, SMU, Shillong)



AOA welcomes Reading FC

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The keen interest shown by English football club Reading FC to hunt and groom football talents in Arunachal Pradesh has been welcomed by Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA).

“This would be beginning of a new era for football in Arunachal Pradesh, and credit must be given to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who convinced the Club officials about the immense raw talent available in the youths of the state and their passion for the game,” AOA Secretary General G Doke said.

Lauding the CM’s consistent efforts to put Arunachal Pradesh in world’s sports map, the AOA Secretary General said that the recently approval of the state’s sports policy by his cabinet, announcement of lucrative incentives for sports persons, job reservation in various govt department for meritorious sports persons etc. speaks volumes about his seriousness on the matter.  A four-member delegation from UK recently called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his New Delhi and had a detailed discussion on development of the game in the Northeastern State. The Reading FC members expressed keen interest to conduct a talent search and groom the selected players at Reading FC football academy in UK.

Further, the Reading FC CEO Nogel Howe had assured Tuki to send two coaches to Arunachal Pradesh for preliminary assessment immediately at their own cost.



DC inspects Yembung hydel plant and ongoing tower-line project

PASIGHAT, Sept 11: East Siang deputy commissioner R K Mishra inspected the works of Pasighat-Babuk 132 KV tower-line and maintenance of water channel at Yembung to know the ground reality.

The DC had first hand experience of the disturbance of the existing 33 KV line curved by the Highway contractor. The DC had a detailed discussion with the EEs (power) of Rumgong and Aalo in Pangin Inspection Bungalow and instructed the Highway engineers to speedup their work and directed the executing agency SRK to start work near 28 km off Pasighat immediately considering the venerability of the area. Formation cutting should be carried out immediately so that tower erection can be taken up when the land is set, he stated.

During the meeting the DC suggested to have good and fast communication between all the working groups so that power disruption could be minimized.

At Yembung the DC met the SE (HP Civil), who is camping along with subordinates to carry out the repairing works of water channel which was washed away recently in devastating flood. On way back to Pasighat, the DC and his team of engineers also surveyed the 132/33 KV sub-station and its power distribution system at Dura Korong (Renging), informed official sources.

The DC was accompanied by SE and EE (power), EE (highway), President and Secretary of PPWC and representatives of M/s Huma Enterprise and SRK construction during the visit. DIPRO



RKMS Alumni Meet

Aalo, Sept 11: Ramakrishna Mission School Aalo Alumni Association (RKMSAAA) met here on September 8 to take up wide range of issues for the welfare of the school. The former students of the school Kanki Darang (ADC Basar), Secy., RKMSAAA, gave a brief report on the various activities taken up by the association like Hepatitis-B screening in school hostel and organisation of alumni meet during January 2012 while Gijum Tali, DIPRO, Treasurer, presented the account of the association.

Lijum Ete, CO Darak, Asst. Secy, informed the members that Swami Vivekananda’s voice may have been lost forever as his captivating speech in the Parliament of Religions in Chicago (Sept 1893) was never recorded. Senior members Dr. Nyage Geiyi, DRCHO Daporijo and Karyom Doji, DHO Aalo put forward their useful suggestions.

Many suggestions were put forward by the members and were unanimously agreed upon pertaining to celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in 2013, creation of website, felicitation to toppers of Class X and XII, farewell to retiring teachers, career guidance to students, periodic health camp, organisation of alumni meet in 2013 and celebration of school’s golden jubilee in 2015.

Jarsa Gamlin, Zilla Parishad Chairperson, Chairman of RKMSAAA requested the individuals, who have been entrusted specific tasks to speed up their respective works.  DIPRO



Universal Brotherhood Day celebrated

TEZU, Sept 11: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) here organized a ‘Chattra Samman Samaroh’ to felicitate the meritorious students of Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu for their achievements in the academic session of 2011-2012 on the occasion of the Universal Brotherhood Day, today in the college.

The programme started with lighting of Lamp by the Chief Guest to pay homage to the Swami Vivekananda.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma, while addressing the students, lucidly talked on the essence of Indianness and its spirituality. He compared the spiritual richness of India to that of West, who visits to India to obtain spiritual enlightenment and mental peace. Sharma said that people today have less time to introspect and clamour and vie for fame and materialistic pursuits. He further urged the gathering to shun differences and disparity for better tomorrow.

Government Higher Secondary School, Tezu Vice-Principal P Marap also spoke on the teachings and principles of Swami Vivekananda and told that only the inclusive approach of respecting others’ traditions and following one’s own tradition would foster brotherhood. He asked the students to be sincere towards their studies.

Dr. Ashok Chauhan, i/c Principal IGGC in his welcome speech thanked the VIvekanada Kendra, Tezu-Kanyakumari for their selfless service for the youths in particular and the Nation at large.

Sailu Billai, Principal, VKV, Tezu highlighted the importance of the Day and spoke on the philosophy, works and achievements of Swami Vivekananda and the Kendras.

Twelve meritorious students from different departments (B.A. and B.Com-1st to 3rd Year) were felicitated on the occasion.

Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV), Changlang also observed the Universal Brotherhood Day at DIET auditorium today.

Changlang deputy commissioner Chanchal Yadav  while appreciating the small kids for delivering famous quotes of Vivekananda, urged the teachers to impart the teachings and principles of the great statesman to the children. She also briefed some experiences of Vivekananda during his Chicago world religious conference in 1893, on whose memory this day is being celebrated worldwide.

Changlang SP VK Singh IPS also spoke on the occasion and inspired the students to follow the ideals of Swami Vivekananda.

The students of Govt. HSS, Changlang displayed a “Nukkad Natak” depicting a responsible citizen’s role towards his society.  DIPROs

From our Ruksin Correspondent: With rest of the country, Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya (VKV), Oyan today celebrated the “Universal Brotherhood Day”. About 600 students from various schools took out a procession on the national highway-52 to mark the 120th anniversary of greatest speech on universal brotherhood delivered by Swami Vivekananda at Chicago on the occasion. The procession was culminated at Sille Govt HSS.

The overall programme was conducted by the head master of GNA English School, Jitendra Pait.



Training for master trainers on voter registration held

BOMDILA, Sept 11:  A one-day training of the AEROs of West Kameng, East Kameng and Tawang districts on Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Roll was held today at Kameng Conference Hall, Bomdila.

Addressing the AEROs District Election Officer in-Charge ADC B.Dehingia reiterated on the need and importance of being competent in the electoral process. ‘A mistake on one’s part; irrespective of its magnitude, could do a lot of damage to one’s image and to the whole process. Therefore it becomes imperative that we do our homework with all sincerity and diligence’ he said. This is a sort of refresher course and sharing of one’s experiences and highlighting the technical problems faced, would be very instrumental in making the junior AEROs well versed the complicacies and the solutions thereof, he added.

EAC Toko Babu and CO Liken Koyu as resource persons from Itanagar imparted the training on the Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls 2013. A detailed PowerPoint presentation was made by Koyu and the queries of the AEROs were clarified by Babu and B.Dehingia.

Introduction to registration, constitutional  and legal provisions on registration, EPIC, Overseas Electors & Service Voters, SVEEP for voters Registration and Course Evaluation followed by Group discussion were the session topics taken up for the Master Trainers’ training. DIPRO



Bhoti teachers training programme commences

TAWANG, Sept. 11: The 10 days Bhoti teachers training programme began on September 10 here.

Addressing the inaugural function, Rinchin Dorjee, former Chairman APPSC, called upon the Bhoti Teachers for sincerity and dedication in preaching and preserving the Bhoti Language in different parts of the district in particular and the state as a whole. He urged the members to impart quality education along with moral values. He added that only education with moral values is capable of taking a person towards the path of progress. Students must not only be taught academic subjects in school, but moral values and ethics as well.

Tawang DDSE R Phuntsok while highlighting the aims and objectives of the training programme, emphasized on preservation of the rich culture and heritage of the region. He urged the Bhoti Teachers to be more realistic in life while transacting the teaching learning process. He further said that the role of teachers has always been vital in the all round personality development of the students. In fact, a teacher is a role model influencing every facet of the students’ growth and developing their innate potentials, in addition to being a motivator, guide and friend. Besides, the teacher of today is also responsible to enable and empower the learners to emerge as a competent youth, ready to take on the challenges of the rapidly changing world. Hence, it is imperative that the teacher continuously upgrades his/her knowledge and methodology in order to enhance the quality of teaching.

Appreciating the fact that out of 51 Bhoti teachers in the district, 50 were present, Phuntsok advised the teachers to serve with missionary zeal. Further he mentioned that 5 Resource persons have been appointed for imparting different topics related to Bhoti texts and other subjects like English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Hindi, etc. DIPRO


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: 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.


Bandh hits life

Itanagar, Sept 11: Life came to a grinding halt in the state Capital today following a 24-hour strike called by the Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF).

In Itanagar, Nahar-lagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas business and commercial establishments, educational institutions, private and central government offices remained closed while attendance in state government offices was thin.

Vehicles went off the roads except a few state transport buses which plied with escort, police sources said.

The bandh which began at 5 am on Tuesday remained peaceful without any incidents of violence being reported from any parts of the capital city, police said. The BCIF called the bandh in protest against the decision to shift the venue of the proposed greenfield airport from Karsingsa to Hollongi.

A similar bandh was also observed  by the Forum last week. PTI


APAN launched for benefit of poor patients

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Arunachal Pradesh Arogya Nidhi (APAN) was launched by Health Minister Atum Welly in presence of Commissioner  and  Secy. H&FW Tape Bagra and top health officers of the state today.

Under this programme, the Arunachal Pradesh State Illness Assistance Fund would be managed as a society for the benefit of poor patients living below poverty line in Arunachal Pradesh so as to enable them to undergo specialized treatment for major life-threatening illnesses at any of the Government Hospitals in India, according to a Health department release.

Dr.B V S Murty, DDHS (AYUSH), who also is the Nodal Officer for APAN explained in details about the rules and regulations enshrined in the programme.

Director of Health Services Dr. K.Nishing highly appreciated and welcomed the new programme which would benefit the needy and the sick to undergo specialized treatment for major life-threatening illness at any of the Government Hospitals in India.

State Epidemiologist Dr. L  Jampa, DDHS (AYUSH) and Dr. K T Mulung, Deputy, Director (NVBDCP) were also present during the launching ceremony.


Prohibitory order

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: District Magistrate Itanagar Capital Complex Sanjay Goel in an order has prohibited sale and consumption of tobacco, Gutka and cigarettes within the 100 meters radius of General Hospital, Naharlagun.

The magistrate said that tobacco and gutka are being sold and widely used within the compound of general Hospital, Naharlagun which adversely affects the patients, their attendants and visitors. It also hampers in keeping the hospital areas clean.


Entrepreneurship Training

Koloriang, Sept 11: An Industrial Management cum Entrepreneurship Development Training Programme was organized by the Department of Industries here.

Attending the training programme, Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk exhorted the participants to show keen interest in such activity for the betterment of rural economy.

Speaking on the occasion the Deputy Director of industries highlighted the importance, objectives and scope of the training programme.

Altogether 35 entrepreneurs attended the programme. DIPRO


Efforts to control environment pollution

TAWANG, Sept 11: Eco- Wild Life & Pollution Control Society, in its endeavour control environment pollution, has raided many shops in three blocks of Jang, Lumla and Tawang in the district where large amount of plastics, polythene carry bags were found in stocks.

The non-biodegradable substances were disposed off and dumped in safety areas where precautions were taken for minimum hazards to the environments.

The society had earlier too taken many such steps to control pollution and wildlife preservation, DIPRO reported with inputs from president of EWPCS.


TCS  lauds prompt action

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) expressed gratitude to the state government and the department of home, in particular, for taking prompt action on the complaint of Tagin Welfare Society, Itanagar by constituting a one-man enquiry committee to probe into the alleged anomaly and manipulation in recruitment process of police constables at Upper Subansiri District.

Condemning any irregularity in such recruitment processes, TCS appealed to the people of the district to cooperate the enquiry committee by fearlessly revealing identity of middleman or broker involved in money for post business in this recruitment as alleged, if any, so that such perpetrators could be punished and the genuine and deserving candidates are selected in this interview.

Further, TCS, the apex organisation of Tagin community endorsed the complaint of Tagin Welfare Society, Itanagar over alleged irregularity in this recruitment process.


2nd phase of fogging at Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Sept 11: The 2nd phase of massive Fogging is being carried put in and around Pasighat township to contain vector borne diseases. Fogging was carried out at the DC’s office complex, upper and lower Banskota, SS Mission, bazaar area, APP line, DDK and AIR colonies, General Hospital, Mirku, Mirbuk and other adjoining areas today.

Informing that arrival 5 more fogging machine would expedite the operation, Dr. M Perme said that fogging exercise will be carried on for next few days.

He also informed that arrangement for mass IEC programme is going on as without the awareness and supports of the public, source management and control of the disease will be a hard task. He appealed all to cooperate and maintain hygienic surroundings and environment so that mosquito breeding can be controlled.

The DMO, who is personally supervising the exercise informed that fever case has decreased to a minimum level. DIPRO


Teachers’ death condoled

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: The Changlang District unit of Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) has deeply mourned the sudden demise of Roman Mossang, A/T of Govt. Middle School, Tengmo under Jairampur Circle. He died at his residence on September 8.

Roman was a simple but sincere, dedicated and hard working.  His death is a great loss to the society and the teaching fraternity in the district, the ATA unit said in a release and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Justice Goel calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court Justice A.K. Goel called on Governor JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan here today. This was the first meeting of the Chief Justice with the Governor after assuming the charge of Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court.

The Governor discussed various legal aspects including strengthening of judicial system at district and sub-divisional courts in the state and additional infrastructure for High Court bench at Naharlagun with the Chief Justice. He also discussed about traditional justice system of Arunachal Pradesh with Goel.

During the meeting, they also discussed the importance of dams and other developmental projects for growth and development of the State.

Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg was present in the meeting. PRO to Raj Bhavan


2 UPDF cadres nabbed

ITANAGAR, Sept 11: Two UPDF cadres were nabbed and one foreign made 7.65 mm pistol along with live cartridges and 3 mobile phones recovered by Lohit Police from Emphun, about 55 km from Namsai, yesterday.

Acting on an input, a police team under the command of deputy superintendent of police Dipankar Mishra of SIT PHQ, launched a search operation in the jungle of Emphun yesterday which led to apprehension of the two cadres, who were identified as Nakkia Chakma @ Puniyasen Chakma and Ranjeet Chakma.

During the search operation at around 1900 hrs, the Police team could locate a shelter of UPDF and the team slowly approached the hut but all of a sudden the UPDF cadres started firing at Police party indiscriminately from all directions. In retaliation, the Police team also opened fire in which Nakkia Chakma sustained injuries on his right leg [below the knee], Superintendent of Police, Lohit informed in a release. Nakkia Chakma was evacuated to CHC Chowkham from where he has been further referred to AMC, Dibrugarh for further treatment, the release added.






58 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Wake Up! Arunachal’s future is in danger !

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the “Indigenous Peoples” of Arunachal to a very serious issue. This issue is just one of the various issues which our State is facing from a long time. The illegal immigrants and uncontrolled influx of migrants from other states of our country into our state is a very serious issue. Being a Tribal State such negative development is very dangerous to our tribal society. We have the rights given by the international organizations like UNO (United Nations Organization) and the Constitution of India to safeguard our land space, air space, culture, forest, natural resources, economy etc. The illegal immigrants and migrants from other states are a big threat to our rights.

I was shocked to know through a national journal that the tribal population in our state constitutes only 64.2 % of the total population of our state. The other 35.8 % are non-locals. This was disclosed by the Union Minister of state for Tribal Affairs, Mahadeo Singh Khandela on questions asked of Assam Riot recently. This is a very alarming fact. This is because of uncontrolled influx of migrants into our state. Interestingly, these things are happening when our state is supposed to be protected through an “Inner Line Permit System”, which restrict non-locals (citizens of India from other states) to enter into our states.

Besides our state, the other two states in Northeast India where ILP system is implemented are Nagaland and Mizoram. According to the Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, the percentage of tribal population in these two states is 94.5 % (in Mizoram) and 89.1 % (in Nagaland) of their respective total population. These figures are much better than ours. Northeast state Meghalaya, where ILP system is not implemented is also better than ours. The tribal population percentage is 85.90 % in Meghalaya. These facts tell us that the elected leaders of Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya government and civil societies are doing a commendable job on this issue. I do not know what the Government, Opposition Parties and Civil Societies of Arunachal Pradesh are doing. Sometime I wonders whether they exist or not. If the uncontrolled influx continues this way then the time will not be far when we will be reduced to a minority in our own state and lose our own cultural identity and other rights. We cannot let our state to be like Assam, Tripura where Indigenous Peoples are reduced to a minority in their own land and Manipur where migrants are almost equals the locals. Migrants are slowly invading into our society like a silent killer. Illegal and uncontrolled migration will become a major economic, demographic and political problem if not controlled. They are threat to our security also as many of them are rootless and can do any crime.

The Government of Arunachal Pradesh must ensure to implement the existing laws strictly and enact some other stronger laws for the protection of the rights of its people. They must further increase the reservations in govt. jobs in favour of APST from its present reservation policy. The govt. alone can’t fight these menaces. The joint efforts of the government, civil societies, and indigenous peoples are needed. It is not wrong to think of one’s education, career, and jobs but don’t think only these things; take some moment of your brief life and contemplate on some serious social issues and do something. The local media too can do an important role in creating awareness among the ‘Indigenous Peoples’ of Arunachal.


Marli Ori,

Ulubari, Guwahati



Kudos to the Green Pioneers

Dear Editor,

Since few months back starting from April, our state capital witnessed number of cleanliness drive undertaken by some white T-shirt clad people, who came together through social networking site Facebook at strategic locations to make our capital city a better habitable place, that too when there is chaos everywhere. This group of like-minded people comprises of people from all walks of life like doctors, lawyers, engineer, teacher, civil servants, journalist, self employed professionals, social worker, clerk, student etc. and they are called The Green Pioneers. Hats off to them and their selfless endeavor.

But on the flip side it is depressing to see that their sheer hard work and sincere volunteerism has hardly changed the stubborn mindset of some section of capital’s denizen who seem to think that littering is their birth right and will do whatever it takes to make it look no less than an abandoned dustbin. This is evident from all the garbage that are dumped in the same places where this group invested their time and sweated hard with a hope that they (we) will see light in the end of the tunnel. People it seems have taken this group for granted or maybe mistaking them to be the employee of UD deptt., or even worse, some sort of high profile and good looking bunch of rag pickers. People should realize that this group work real hard to organize such events.  And I am pretty sure they are not wannabe limelight seekers either.

Just think why the hell would anybody spend so much time, hard work and money on such events when they have their own life to look after, when they have to keep pace with others in today’s cut throat competitive world.  They have a broader goal and idea.  An idea to bring real change in the rotten and rigid mindset, an idea to bring in some sense of responsibilities, responsibility of contributing a little bit in bringing back the serenity (which seems surreal these days) of our state.  Where potholes in road make internal organs bump each other, where traffic jams make likes of tortoise and snails give us a wry smile, where bandh calls have become synonymous to holidays and weekends, where ILP regulation is just for the namesake, where crimes make life fearful, this group of people amid such chaos coming up with such grand and Green idea is really laudable and should be appreciated and respected not just in words but in action as well.

As of me, honestly, I have never been a part of these drives due to my unavailability in the right time at the right place nor I am very active in the networking site. But that hardly matters as long as these cleanliness drives being initiated by The Green Pioneers inspire me to do my bit wherever I am. And hopefully I am doing that. I confront (very politely) people who litters, I ensure plastics and other wastes are not littered in and around my surrounding. I ensure that they are properly disposed. I believe, I am living the main objective of the Green Pioneers and confident everyone will follow suit. As of writing this letter, I just felt that these like-minded people and the group The Green Pioneers needed some endorsement so that their GREEN IDEA reaches people beyond Facebookers. I am an inspired man and hope sooner or later everyone will be and do their bit.


Rajen Maying




Dress and dress code

Dear Editor,

This is in response to H.C Tok's opinion on dress code of our younger generations. I myself have raised the issue couple of times and have even branded these young ones as Pirated Koreans. But there is a difference in our outlook, I highlighted their self ruining habits like going to beer bars and puffing cigarettes at their school going age. But H C Tok only highlighted skimpy clothes of girls, nowhere he mentioned the Bob Marley like untidy hairstyle and semi naked pants of boys with waistline mercifully hanging on their lower butt.

Tok also gives an indication that the dress code of girls is a reason for crimes like murder and rape of girls. He is indirectly justifying those criminals, this is a very dangerous trend. If short skirts of girls can arouse them for crime they can also be by watching pornographic videos which are available everywhere.  This mean that every time a psychopathic man sees a girl in short skirts or he watches a pornographic video girls will have to run for cover? Please do not set a Talibanic or Khap like trend in our state, its strange that no women based NGO have objected this article. No doubt short skirts and clinging pants are morally questionable but that doesn’t qualify them as victim of a crime.


Ramesh Jomo,



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Global food prices increasing

Global food prices soared by 10 percent in July from a month ago, with maize and soybean reaching all-time peaks due to an unprecedented summer of droughts and high temperatures in both the United States and Eastern Europe, according to the World Bank Group’s latest Food Price Watch report.

From June to July, maize and wheat rose by 25 percent each, soybeans by 17 percent, and only rice went down, by 4 percent.  Overall, the World Bank’s Food Price Index, which tracks the price of internationally traded food commodities, was 6 percent higher than in July of last year, and 1 percent over the previous peak of February 2011.

Overall, food prices between April and July continued the volatile trend observed during the previous 12 months, which halted the sustained increases between mid-2010 and February 2011. Prices increased in April, came down in May and June, and sharply increased in July.

Sharp domestic price increases have continued in this quarter, especially in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, experienced the highest price increases in maize, including 113 percent in some markets in Mozambique. Meanwhile, the Sahel and eastern Africa regions experienced steep price increases of sorghum: 220 percent in South Sudan, and 180 percent in Sudan, for instance.

According to Food Price Watch, weather is the critical factor behind the abrupt global price increases in July. The drought in the U.S. has resulted in vast damages to the summer crops of maize and soybeans, for which the country is the world’s largest exporter. Meanwhile, the dry summer in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan has contributed to projected wheat production losses.

The abrupt food price increases turned favorable price prospects for the year upside down. World Bank experts do not currently foresee a repeat of 2008; however, negative factors — such as exporters pursuing panic policies, a severe El Nino, disappointing Southern hemisphere crops, or strong increases in energy prices — could cause significant further grain prices hikes such as those experienced four years ago.