September  14


Flash flood causes extensive damage to crops, roads; local MLA ‘unconcerned’


RUKSIN, Sept 13: Incessant rain for the last two days has badly affected crop field and water pipelines in Ruksin and Bilat circles under Pasighat-West area. Flood also totally snapped communication along Mirem-Mikong-Jonai road.

Surging water of Peneng river between Mikong and Mirem largely eroded its right bank, washed away the bridge wall and boulder spars at its upstream. In a similar manner, overflowing water of Niglok river washed away the bridge wall and boulder spars at its right end and snapped the road link.

The president of Ruksin Area Youth Front Tadi Jonnom along the PWD Junior Engineer of Ruksin, Harinder Singh accompanied by media persons today visited the erosion hit sites and has taken stock of the situation and reported it to the Executive Engineer of the department concerned for early restorative work.

On the other hand, the log bridge over Ngorlung river near Ruksin, which was washed away on August 30 last has not been reconstructed yet causing total disruption of communication of the villagers to Ruksin town.

Some leading citizens of the area have lamented Pasighat-West MLA Tangor Tapak’s alleged indifferent attitude towards the problems faced by the people due to disruption in road communication. They exclaimed, “Our local MLA has neither visited the area nor taken stock of the people’s problem during the disastrous situation”. Officials of PWD said that the department has no fund to take immediate measures for restoration of rural roads. Lion’s share of the fund meant for road construction is allotted to Rural Work Department, which has no concern over maintenance of the road after construction. The officials feel that the local MLA should manage some funds to tackle the situation as he being and elected leader, has the responsibility to look into the problems of the people.



Tea garden manager kidnapped in Lohit

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 13:  The manager of Sati Tea Estate, Piyom under Namsai sub-division, C N Pandey, was kidnapped at gun point from his home around 7.30 pm last evening. Reportedly, Pandey was alone at the time of the incident. Planning and Finance Minister Chowna Mein is the owner of Sati tea estate.

According to the Lohit police three kidnappers armed with AK series weapon entered the home of manager and took him away. The kidnappers have allegedly identified themselves as members of NSCN but police sources ruled out the possibility of their involvement. The police doubt the involvement of ULFA and UPDF.

Meanwhile, search operation has been launched in the area with state police being helped by army. The kidnappers have not made any contacts with either family member of Pandey or the employer.

In the last one year Lohit district has witnessed series of kidnapping and extortion incidents which has terrorized the citizen. The emergence of United Peoples' Democratic Front (UPDF), an underground group active in Chowkham-Namsai area has become source of concern for the state government. Majority of kidnapping and extortion are being allegedly carried out by UPDF. Lohit district police in coordination with police headquarter Itanagar had cracked down heavily on UPDF leading to arrest and surrender of their cadres in recent days.



Food crisis hits Tali-Pip-Sorang people

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: The people of Tali and Pip-Sorang circles have been facing acute shortage of essential ration items, particularly food-grains since last three months, claimed former MLA Takam Sorang and warned of a possible humanitarian crisis in the area, if the situation is not improved.

“All the schools, primary health centres have virtually closed down while Govt employees abandoned the area due to acute shortage of food items, which has affected the administrative functioning of both the circles, Sorang, in a memorandum to Chief Minister, claimed.

Sorang urged the CM to take necessary action to drop ration items at both the circles through helicopter to mitigate the present crisis. He also urged for buffer stock of food grains for the coming rainy months.

It is worth mentioning here that Tali and Pipsorang circles of Kurung Kumey district are situated at extreme corner of the district which is not yet connected by surface communication.



3 bodies recovered, citizen questions role of BRO in Kimin

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR Sep 13: The local citizen of Kimin area along with concerned authorities today managed to recover three bodies, out of four persons, of a family who  went missing yesterday after their vehicle plunged into 20 ft deep gorge at 22 km along Kimin-Ziro road. The rescue operation was hampered because of road blockades  triggered by heavy downpour at various points.

This morning around 6 am the body of Tame Takar was found near the site of accident. His wife Tame Yallo’s body was recovered few kilometer away at Hawa Camp while that of daughter Tame Denyi’s was found 22 kilometer away. The bodies were washed away by gushing water of Panior River and the body of 6 year-old son Tame Teli has not been traced out yet.

The three deceased were today cremated at their Lichi village  in presence  of a large number of  mourners and well-wishers from Kimin area including ZPM Kimin Bamang Yayu, other Panchayat leaders, senior citizen Bamang Mangha and citizens of Lichi-Cher.

The tragic accident has sent shockwaves among the citizens of Kimin and Potin area.

Questions are being also raised about safety of Kimin-Ziro road which is being maintained by Border Road Organization (BRO). According to the local citizens, the site where accident took place has witnessed such kind of tragedy in the past too. However, BRO officials have not been able to find a mechanism to avert such tragedy. The Kimin-Ziro road is life-line for people of Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and Upper Subansiri districts.

Meanwhile,   the Tarh family members of Kimin area has deeply condoled the demise of late Tame Takar and his family. Praying for the peace of departed souls, the members expressed gratitude to All Kimin Youth Welfare Association for showing utmost courage to carry out rescue operation despite inclement weather. Tarh Welfare Society has also mourned the demise of members from their clan. TWS has blamed BRO for the death stating that accident could have been averted if a culvert or bridge was constructed at the accident site.



Veterinary team swings into action to combat outbreak of FMD

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: A team of veterinary and para-veterinarians from Nirjuli has been rushed to Sangram along with required medicines, to combat the out-break of Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) in livestock, affecting mainly Mithuns and cattle of the area.

In addition to treatment, the team will also collect serum and tissue samples for virus isolation and typing, informed Dr. K. Basar, DOI, Nirjuli. A veterinary team led by Dr. Gobin Karlo Riba, VO, Koloriang, is already camping at Sangram and attending the affected animals. A ring vaccination is also carried out to create an immune belt within the controlled zone. The DVO is constantly keeping in touch with the working team and taking stock of the situation, and request the livestock owners and the general public to co-operate the team during treatment camp.

Out-break of FMD is also reported from other parts of Kurung-Kumey, East and West Kameng Districts, which is being monitored, he informed.

Dr. Hage Tabin, Director (AHV), has advised public to immediately contact the nearest veterinary centre or at least to the DVO, enabling the department to take prompt action for controlling the out-break at the initial stage. Unless there is positive participation of the livestock owners during vaccination camp, the field veterinarians and staff become helpless to immunize the animals, especially mithuns, which are semi-wild, and recognizes their owners only, Dr, Tabin added.

At least six mithuns reportedly died while many have fallen sick of FMD at Pungrung and Layang villages under Sangram Area of Kurung Kumey in the last 3-4 days, informed Rural Development and Heritage Society (RDHS), in a release yesterday.



APFPA hails Tuki for true initiative

U-16 NE Soccer Talent Hunt Tourney in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Arunachal Pradesh Football Players Association (APFPA) has highly appreciated Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for taking all initiative for true development of sports sector in Arunachal Pradesh.

“It is only because of Tuki’s charismatic leadership that English football club Reading FC has assured to hunt and groom football talents in Arunachal Pradesh,” APFPA general secretary Kipa Ajay said.  This is a small step but it can make a huge difference to the development football in the state,” Ajay hoped.

The officials of the English football club has recently told Tuki in New Delhi that the club is interested to hunt and groom football talents in the state. Further, they assured Tuki to send two coaches to Arunachal Pradesh at their own cost for preliminary assessment immediately.

Meanwhile, Ajay informed that All India Football Federation president Praful Patel has shouldered Arunachal Pradesh to host the Under-16 Soccer Talent Hunt Tournament in the state. The tournament to be participated by all the eight NE states, including Sikkim would be conducted by APFPA under the aegis of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association from December 7-16, 2012.

The APFPA general secretary further appealed to the district authority/DSOs to send their team for the Tadar Tang Memorial  State Level Football Tournament beginning at RG Stadium from September 22.



Paddy-cum-fish farming introduced in Lohit

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Integrated paddy cum fish farming with new technology has been introduced for the first time in Lohit.

The new integrated farming system was introduced in two village, namely Khaoji and Juna-IV covering 3 ha. area on trial basis by Lohit KVK under the sponsorship of NABARD.

A field day was arranged at Khaoji village on September 12 to demonstrate the technology to the farmers of nearby villages, political leaders, administrators and different Govt. officials.

They visited the field, checked the growth of fish and rice production. The EAC, Mahadevpur; DTO cum PD ATMA, Kheram; SADO, Namsai; SVDO, Mahadevpur, ZPM, Lower Lekang circle assured to adopt and spread the technology in near future by seeing the success of the new technology. Along with paddy cum fish, KVK has constructed piggery unit at the dyke along with horticulture crops like banana, tokopat, colocasia, pineapple etc.

Rice (Bahadur variety) was shown in the month of May and now it has matured and harvesting is going on. Average fish growth has been found 250 gms (100gm – 450gm) in 130 days. It is a little different type technology than the indigenous type of paddy cum fish culture.



Govt hikes diesel price by  Rs. 5, BJP calls it a 'cruel joke'

New Delhi, Sept 13: Biting the bullet, the government on Thursday night raised the diesel price by a steep  Rs. 5 per litre and capped the number of subsidised cooking gas cylinder to six per household a year, decisions that will rake in an additional  Rs. 20,300 crore to the oil companies.

The government, however, left untouched the price of petrol and kerosene.

Faced with the task of bringing down the ballooning oil subsidy, the government for the first time introduced a cap on supply of LPG cylinders of 14.2 kg that will make the consumers pay market price for cylinders beyond six.

The tough decisions, which came under immediate attack from allies like Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party and opposition alike, were taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It will come into effect from midnight.

The government, which has been facing criticism of policy paralysis, had last hiked the price of diesel by  Rs. 3 a litre in June last year.

The revised retail selling price of diesel in Delhi will be  Rs. 47 a litre, while branded diesel will be sold at the market rate.

For the remaining part of the current financial year, the number of subsidised LPG cylinder to a consumer will be three cylinders.

A government release said that any number of LPG cylinders will be available at the market rate over the capped number of six. While the price of subsidised cylinder will continue to be  Rs. 399 per cylinder in Delhi, the market rate will be notified by oil firms on monthly basis.

Out of the  Rs. 5 increase,  Rs. 1.50 is on account of increase in excise duty and the balance hike will reduce the under-recoveries of the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) by about  Rs. 15,000 crore in the remaining part of the current financial year.

But even after Thursday's hike the under recoveries on account of diesel sale in the current year is estimated to be above  Rs. 1.03 lakh crore, the release said.

Describing the hike in diesel prices as a cruel joke and 'mortal blow' on the common man and farmers, BJP on Thursday accused the government of conspiring with petrol 'mafia' and said it will not allow the hike and take to the streets instead.

"This is a cruel joke on the common man in the country. It has hit farmers hard during the peak paddy sowing season. We will not allow this hike. We will not allow this government to loot the common man like this," BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

"The way this government is increasing prices of petrol, diesel and LPG despite a reduction in international crude prices, it is a clear-cut case of a conspiracy with the petroleum mafia," Naqvi said.

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the hike will have a cascading effect on prices and will contribute further to inflation.

"It is a mortal blow of  Rs. 5 increase in diesel price and will cause hardship. Had it been raised in small amounts it would not have been that objectionable or difficult. Diesel increase will have a cascading effect on the economy as a whole. Prices are already not under control, so this is going to contribute to overall inflation and create mayhem in the economy," Sinha said. PTI



Workshop for ECCE Volunteers held at Tezu

TEZU, Sept 13: An 5-day zonal level orientation-cum-capacity building workshop for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) was held from September 9 at Tezu organized by the SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar.

Attending the programme on September 12, Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma spoke on the evolution of education and its changes.

“Unlike years ago more importance is given to elementary education today. And in this education system ECCE volunteers play an important role. They have been assigned the duty to build the foundation of a child and it is their responsibility to mould them in such a way that they become mentally and physically capable of formal education,” the DC said.

He termed the puppet shows and enactment of various rhymes and voices etc as fun to learn. All this activities will attract the child more towards them and make the childhood of the child more interesting, he said. It is also important to build the character and integrity of the child. A child if he is taught from the very beginning about the morality, it is certain that he will become a responsible citizen in the future, Sharma said. And in order to do this, he advised that they (ECCE) can tell moral stories which will help the child to judge between good and bad.

Stressing the volunteers to pay extra care for the naturally disabled or who are slow-learners, he asked them to not react but to know and understand their problems and teach according to the receptive value of the child. He also asked them to inform regarding any physical handicaps or disability of the child to the authorities which would help the child to get treatment on time.

Further, he hoped that the ideas and knowledge that they have gathered in the training in Tezu will disseminate and reach every child in their respective districts.

Lauding the ECCE Volunteers and SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar for conducting the workshop, CDPO, Tezu Wangham, DDSE, Lohit K. Rina also spoke in the evening. They appealed the volunteers to connect to every child in their respective ECCE classrooms and create a pleasurable environment for learning. The CDPO, expressed her happiness on creation of Early Childhood Care and Education, whereby emphasis can be given wholly on the educational aspects of the child through various learning methods.

Various topics on fine arts, puppet making, language development, socio-emotional development, inclusive education, development of creative expression of a child etc. were taught to the volunteers.

Programme Coordinator, SSA Rajya Mission, M. Kamki,  C. Lowang of DIET Changlang and other Resource Persons provided invaluable inputs during the workshop.

The Zonal Level Orientation-cum-Capacity Building Workshop was attended by the ECCE Volunteers of six districts, namely Lohit, Anjaw, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, Tirap and Changlang.

Puppet shows, rhymes and Nursery songs, painting were exhibited in the evening by the ECCE Volunteers. DIPRO



Disaster Awareness Programme conducted in Anjaw District

TEZU, Sept 13: The Department of Disaster Management conducted a day-long programme on disaster awareness cum preparedness programme for schools by organizing mock drill, rally and drawing competitions among students at Government Higher Secondary School, Hayuliang, Anjaw recently.

Addressing the teachers and students on the occasion, Hayuliang ADC RK Borthakur urged  them to take full advantage of the mock drill on unpredictable earthquake and to share the gained knowledge with their friends and family members.

He also distributed prizes to the winners of the drawing competition on the topic, ‘Natural Disasters in Anjaw District’, which was held on the previous day at GHSS Hayuliang.

The ADC flagged off the disaster awareness rally.

DDMO S. Tayang explained the need of disaster management and preparedness plans at school and the formation of school disaster management committees and teams. He also explained about the basic terminologies, types, and concepts of Disaster Management to the students.

Before conducting the mock drill, DDMO gave a pre drill briefings to the students and activities like mapping exercises, drill scenario, plan, coordination, purpose of the drill etc.

In the full scale mock drill, the table top exercise i.e., Drop, Cover and Hold exercise, safe evacuation, search and rescue, use of fire extinguishers, dos and don’ts in the event of disasters like earthquake, fire etc. were covered.

Speaking on the occasion, resource person Gammar Bam, Junior Engineer (Electrical) explained in details about the electrical hazards, the dos and don’ts while dealing and handling with electrical parts and appliances.

As part of the programme, a movie on earthquake was also shown in the evening. Various pamphlets, safety tips, cds on disasters specific to the district were distributed to the students and public.

The programme was also attended by Dr. S. Barman, Medical Officer in-charge of CHC, Hawai.

Representatives of the Government Middle School, Khupa and Chameliang also attended the programme. DIPRO



Nature Education Camp for School Children organized

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: A three days nature education camp for school children was organized by Shergaon Forest Division from September 9 to 12 at Lama camp near Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in the West Kameng

The residential camp organized under state CAMPA and supported by Bugun Welfare Society based at Singchung aimed at familiarizing the school children with rich biodiversity of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and sensitizing them on its conservation.

They were taught the basics of bird watching, identification of butterflies, moths, trees and flowers found at Eaglenest. The camp also included activities like short trek, night walk, study of animal evidences, group discussion, skits, short films, quizzes and various other games.

Fifty children accompanied by two teachers from four schools around Eaglenest, namely Army Public School Tenga Valley, Govt. Middle School Tenga market, Govt. Secondary School Singchung and Govt. Higher Secondary School Rupa, participated in the camp.

Attending the valedictory function at the multipurpose hall Singchung yesterday, Parasmani Tripathy, DFO Bomdila Forest Division reiterated the importance of three As i.e Awareness, Attitudinal change and Action in any awareness programme. Many students became emotional during the valedictory function and shared their experiences with a pledge to be more careful and responsible towards nature and wildlife.

Pradeep Wahule, IFS also attended the function.

Paintings and posters prepared by them during the camp were also displayed. They were given certificates of participation.

Lead trainers Sanjay Sondhi from Titli Trust Dehradun and Sujatha Padmanabhan from Kalpavriksha Pune conducted the camp activities alongwtih the DFO Millo Tasser and forest officials of Shergaon Forest Division.



Training-cum-Workshop under CCE held

PASIGHAT, Sept 13: One day Training-cum-Workshop under Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) held at Block Resource Centre, Pasighat today.

The programme is being organized to ensure effective implementation of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in elementary section under RTE and also with a mission to make understand the role of the head teachers and examination incharge as facilitators.

The DDSE cum DPO Tani Talom in his inaugural speech advised the participating teachers to be sincere, dedicated and to avail optimum benefits of the workshop stating that CCE refers to a system of school based assessment that covers all aspects of students’ development.

While emphasizing on assessment he said the system gives additional responsibilities to the teachers to monitor the project works and their specific learning outcome, check class work and home work activities, and initiating their wards into extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. The students should be taught properly in schools so that they could submit right and self-made projects instead of readymade materials like broom, flower pots etc which are available in the market. They should also be encouraged in cultivation activities in school campuses and produced vegetables could be used in mid-day meals, advised the DDSE.

Earlier, the District Coordinator (SSA) Kalom Ering and District Program Coordinator (RMSA) T Jamoh in their speeches informed that there would be little modifications in Record Register and Achievement Cards. Every teacher must have thorough knowledge on it while implementing in their respective fields following the government guidelines.

In the practical session, duo along with the Training Coordinator K S Bisht demonstrated how to fill up progress card of a child and maintenance of school records covering scholastic and co- scholastic activities of a child for his/her all-round development. DIPRO



NYK conducts block level cultural prog

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Nehru Yuva Kendra Tezu in coordination with Nongkhon Youth Club, Bekhuliang Youth Club and Pukhuri Youth Club conducted Block Level Cultural programme at Lekang, Wakro and Tezu-Sunpura Block recently.

The main objective of the programme was to expose the potentiality and talent of youth in the field of culture.

Various traditional, modern solo and group dances, songs competitions were organized and prizes were given to the winners and runner up.

The NYK unit also conducted Youth Initiative programme for spreading the message of peace and development.

The main objective of the programme was to bring the rural youth into mainstream, create awareness on drugs abuse as well as spread the message of peace and foster unity and brotherhood.

Issues like self employment, opium addiction, social evils like child marriage, female feticide were also came up for discussion and youths were exhorted to play active role in eradication of such evil practices.

The programme was conducted by National Youth Corps Volunteers of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Tezu in coordination with Panchayat members, villagers, teachers and Students. The campaign was started on August 15 and concluded on September 12 which covered various  villages and schools of Lohit District.


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: 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.


GPF, KKWS condemn attack on press staff

ITANAGAR, Sept 13:  The Galo People’s Federation has condemned the recent inhuman attack on the staff of Arunachal Times. Describing it as an act of cowardice, the Federation questioned why the Fourth Pillar of democracy has been attacked by miscreants time and gain.

Expressing solidarity with the press fraternity and injured staff, the GPF demanded action against the culprits. It further called for permanent solution to deteriorating law and order problems in the state, particularly in state Capital. The  state Govt, particularly home department should wake up from deep slumber to address the grievances of common masses,  the Forum added. While condemning the barbaric attack on   two employees of Arunachal Times,   the Kargu Kardi Welfare Society (KKWS) expressed dissatisfaction over the security scenario in the state, particularly in  the Capital Complex.   The society termed the repeated attack on helpless media houses as nothing but a mockery of the  home department  and district administration. It demanded immediate arrest of the persons involved in attack case and give punishment to them.


Livestock  treatment camps

ITANAGAR,  Sept 13: The Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Namsai with the help and guidance of ADC and DRRO Namsai recently organized three livestock treatment camps at Borbeel, Wagum-II and Mengkeng-Meri of Lathao, Piyong and Namsai circles respectively.

These camps were organized with a motive to deal with post flood complications and diseases in livestock. All together 350 cattle, 60 buffaloes, 800 birds, 250 goats, 350 pigs and  6 elephants were benefitted by these camps. The veterinary team was led by Dr. J.Mungkhung, V0 VD Namsai and Dr.N.Lungchang BTM Kherem.  


TWS lauds  Govt decision

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: State government has decided to constitute a one-man enquiry committee to probe into the alleged anomaly and manipulation in recruitment process of police constables in Upper Subansiri District, said Tagin Welfare Society, Itanagar  in a release today.

The Society said that the Govt took this decision when a delegation of the Society called on the Chief Minister on Sept 10 and apprised him of the irregularities  committed in APP/IRBn constable recruitment process in Upper Subansiri district.  TWSI  also appreciated the CM for his prompt action.

Meanwhile, the Society   appealed to the people of the district to cooperate the enquiry committee so that wrongdoers involved could be punished and the genuine and deserving candidates are selected in this interview.


Rats damage agri  field, says ZPM

ITANAGAR Sept 13: The Chambang ZPM Gora Tugung in a release claimed that rats destroyed paddy and millet crops in Chambang circle. Stating that around 1 hectare area has been damaged by the rats, the ZPM called upon  the state government to  take steps against rat menace and provide relief to the affected farmers.


District level review meeting on Panchayat development

PASIGHAT, Sept 13: A district level review meeting on Panchayat development was held in the conference hall of Siang Guest House, Pasighat today.

The Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra while chairing the meeting suggested the ZPMs, Chairpersons, Member Secretaries and other dignitaries to focus on healthy debates on development works in the village panchayat.

Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) can play a pivotal role in the state building process therefore it is necessary that they are adequately strengthened to create the foundation for long-term economic and sustainable development through Gram Panchayats, stated the Deputy Commissioner.

Mishra also highlighted various issues like Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Intensive Scheme (PEAIS) 2012-13, ensuing panchayat election, electoral roll, delimitation of panchayat constituencies and bifurcation delimitation of panchayats and review of construction of GPO and cultural ground etc. DIPRO


CRPF reaches out to community people

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: BC Sharma, Commandant 36 Bn CRPF with headquarter at Khonsa, Tirap urged the people to cooperate with the security forces in the endeavor to maintain peace and security.

Addressing the gathering at community interaction programme for people of Laho, Chingkhoi (upper & lower), Moktwa, Hunkan village at Dadam village community center yesterday aimed at reaching out to the people of Tirap so as to forge a better understanding and co-operation, the Commandant exhorted the youths to shun anti national activity and concentrate on education and become a responsible citizen of the country.

He also informed that there is a special relaxation in the recruitment criteria for the people of Tirap in the central para-military forces and encouraged the youths to avail the opportunity.

The programme was attended by villagers, leaders and school children of Dadam area. Various utility items were distributed to the villages and schools.


Ama Pinki Kago wins ATF beauty pageant contest

SHILLONG, 13 Sept:  Braving the incessant  downpour, a large number of Arunachalee students gathered here to witness the beauty pageant contest organized on the 3rd day of all tribes festival (ATF) 2012.

Clad in traditional attire Ama Pinki Kago, who represented Apatani tribe  won the  beauty pageant contest of all tribes festival Shillong 2012. While Reshmi Tatin of Adi community and Yangchen Lhamu of Monpa tribe  walked away with 1st and 2nd runner up title respectively.

Addressing on the occasion former MLA Kipa Babu expressed happiness over the enthusiasm and united spirit shown by the youths to keep culture and tradition of the state alive outside Arunachal. “I am very happy to see the youths are striving hard to keep the culture of Arunachal alive outside the state” said Babu. (Contributed by Rinchin Choden, SMU Shillong).


Miss Arunachal contest in Nov

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Arunachal Guild for Cultural Integration (AGCI) in a meeting at Naharlagun today decided to organize ‘Miss Arunachal” contest with theme “Beauty with brain” at Indira Gandhi Park, Naharlagun on November 8, 9 and 10.


Nine arrested  in Tawang

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Tawang Police has arrested nine persons in connection with death of a school girl at Tawang last month. The arrested persons were booked under section 376/302 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). Sustained interrogations of the accused persons is being carried out to detect the case, AIGP (crime), PHQ here informed in statement.

A case (No. 07/2012) was registered at Jang Police Station in this connection.

Post mortem of the body has been conducted and samples sent for DNA analysis, the statement said.


NHPC assures link road

ITANAGAR, Sept 13:  Tani Ngomle, Head Gaun Bura of Hime Village, West Siang District submitted a representation to Executive Director, Lower Subansiri Hydro Electrical Project, National Hydro Power Corporation Ltd, Gerukhamukh during their visit to Hime village recently.

The HGB appealed to the NHPC officials for repairing and black topping of dilapidated 5 kms long link road to Hime village. The GB also urged the Executive Director to initiate necessary flood protection measure and proper drainage system on the bank of river Hime.

Meanwhile, responding to the demands, NHPC, Executive Director, General Manager and Chief Engineer assured to construct link road from Pompek to Hime village and also assured to take up necessary step on flood control measures, the HGB said in a release.


School building on verge of collapse

ITANAGAR, Sept 13:  RCC buildings, one two-story and another single story, at Sangram town has sunk 5-6 feet into the ground due to torrential rain which may collapse any time, claimed chairman of Kra Dadi School, Sangram, in a release.

The building, which was being used by Kra Dadi English school, has already been vacated for safety reason.

The chairman, who also is owner of the land, has appealed to the authorities concerned for granting necessary relief.


Union resents absenteeism

ITANAGAR Sept 13: All Pupum Poma Students Union in a release claimed that government employees of Bassarnello, Jote, Poma, Balijan and Tarasso are not regular in their duties. The union called on head of  departments of Papum Pare district to keep constant vigil over their employees posted in rural areas of Papum Poma area. Further, it called on Doimukh PWD division to construct Kampo to Tapioso road as per guidelines prescribed by the Govt.


Promoting Youth Talent and Skills

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: NHPC’s Subansiri Lower Project authority organized a singing and drawing competition recently to promote youth talent and skills on the occasion of 86th birth anniversary of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika.  

More than 25 selected young buds participated in the art competition whereas singing competition was conducted for both seniors and juniors.

Rakesh, Executive Director and Om Prakash, General Manager, Subansiri Lower Project gave away prizes to the winners. Similarly, on the occasion of Independence Day 2012, Subansiri Lower Project conducted football tournament wherein local teams in large number participated.


New circle camp office inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Circle Officer Pandov Perme inaugurated temporary camp office of newly created Passa Valley Administrative Circle at Rilloh, East Kameng District in presence of APIDFC Vice Chairman Yame Tok on September 8 last.

The official work of the administrative circle will be carried out in the temporary office till completion of permanent office building at Taza Happa.

Passa Valley Development and Welfare Society President Aka Tok, Public, GBs also attended the inaugural function.


Bharat Jyoti Award to Ngupok

ITANAGAR: Sept 13:  Tonek Ngupok of New Millang village Upper Siang district has been conferred “Bharat Jyoti Award” by the India International Friendship Society.

The Society instituted the award to honor Indians who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields like science and technology, education, industry, fine arts, politics and social work.

It is worth mentioning that earlier Ngupok has been conferred "Best Citizens of India Award 2011" by the International Publishing House New Delhi.

Born on 1961, Ngupok served the society as Millang village INC General Secretary from 1982-87, ASM from 1987-93,  BCC (I) President 40th Geku Mariyang Block, Damro Millang and Lagru village water shed management chairman and chairman of New Millang village.


Union calls for effective implementation of ILP

ITANAGAR, Sept 13:  Expressing concern over the influx of illegal immigrants in capital complex and the state as a whole, Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union (APITU) today appealed to the Chief Minister to chalk out strategy for effective implementation of ILP system in the state.

Citing entry of large number of outsiders as labourers in the state, the Union in a memorandum addressed to the  CM  said that  the people of the state should also stop hiring workers  for construction of building/houses and business purpose and stop keeping the outsiders as tenants and shop keepers etc. It further urged the administration to take deterrent measures  while issuing  certificates like birth certificate and voter’s I Card etc.


AAPKGBVTA demands enhancement of salary, job regularization

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Teachers’ Association, (AAPKGBVTA)  has appealed to the  State Project Director, SSA Rajya Mission to enhance the salary of the  KGBV staff at the earliest.

In a memorandum addressed to the SPD, SSA Rajya Mission,  the Association said  the consolidated amount of salary being paid to the staff of KGBVs are very meager  in compared to the  salary of  other staff members  under SSA.  It requested the authorities to take needful action to enhance the salary of KGBV teachers.

While pointing out the financial insecurity of the KGBV employees, the Association also appealed the SSA RM SPD to regularize the service of the staff appointed on contractual basis.

Claiming that some of the KGBV staff are directly appointed by the concern NGOs, the Association further urged the SSA SPD to discourage  such practice . Such appointment should be made through SSA mission, it added.  






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


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A Times paying for reflecting true picture of state

Dear Editor,

A very strong linkage with political heavy weights and cops with some miscreant cannot be ruled out for repeated attack on Arunachal Times office and staffs. If not, why none of the attackers are arrested yet and put behind bars. Why another incident took place in the AT premises with its staffs? Why should the authority withdraw security personnel from AT?

When the CCTV coverage of the miscreant is produced before the police officers and published in the daily, there should some one who can identify him. I doubt, the shooter of Tongam Rina should be the attackers of the AT staffs. The Arunachal Times Daily is really paying for voicing the voice of the poor and reflecting the true picture of the state. I extend my solidarity and support to AT.


Nomni Pertin, Margherita, Assam



Good initiatives

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh Coaches Association (APCA) welcomes the initiative taken by  state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to bring English Football Club Reading FC to hunt football talents in Arunachal Pradesh.

This would begin a new era for football in Arunachal Pradesh, and credit must be given to Chief Minister who convinced personally Club officials about the immense raw talents available in the youth of the state and their passion for their game (Football).

Therefore, Arunachal Pradesh Coaches Association also appeals the govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to create more numbers of post for coach in every district, so as to tap our every hidden talent in youths of the state.


Jill Gyamar,

President, APCA



Take some needful actions

Dear Editor,

I want to draw the attention of all the departments of Arunachal Pradesh towards the vehicles lying idle  and  rusting in the most of the govt. office premises. If you visit any Govt. office, you can see one or two cars/jeeps lying idle and rusting (under repair !) for years together. Why such vehicles are allowed to rust?  Is it not wasting  of revenue collected from citizens ? It is high time the Govt should order all the offices to take note of all the vehicles lying idle and do something (either repair or sell it).


Rika Karry

Vivek Vihar



We hope for quick solution

Dear Editor,

Already 50 plus days passed from that ill-fated day of 15th July when one of our dedicated and beloved journalist 'Tongam Rina' was brutally and cowardly shot at by some unknown unwanted Gundas. But still no breakthrough reached, even though our so called 'Pro-People' Government stands committed to put the criminals behind iron-bar.

Everyday, we the dukhi-dukhi people of this khushi-khushi land, with some expectation sees the daily local newspaper and other links to find a glimpse of some concrete positive action in the ground level, but what we find is only the extended number of days of failure and cluelessness.

So, now our Government has decided to hand-over the case to the C.B.I, we hope everything of it will be solved in quick time. Otherwise, we again merely be on unending 'wait and watch', just counting the days passed as we started from the day-one.


Joram Tabin

Tezu Town, Lohit District, (A.P)


Mortality rates fall

An annual report by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME) shows that in 2011, an estimated 6.9 million children died before their fifth birthday, compared to around 12 million in 1990. Rates of child mortality have fallen in all regions of the world in the last two decades – down by at least 50% in eastern Asia, northern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south-eastern Asia and western Asia.

And progress is accelerating: between 2000 and 2011, the annual rate of reduction in the global under-five mortality rate jumped to 3.2%, up from 1.8% in 1990-2000. Sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the greatest challenge in child survival, has doubled its rate of reduction, from 1.5% per year in 1990-2010 to 3.1% in 2000-2011.

An estimated 19 000 children died every day in 2011, and 40% in the first month of life, most from preventable causes. The gains in child survival, although significant, are still insufficient to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4 of reducing the global under-five mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. Only six of the world’s 10 regions are on track to reach the target. Proven solutions need to be expanded to accelerate progress on child survival faster and farther.

The UN-IGME 2012 report calls for systematic action to reduce neonatal mortality as the proportion of under-five deaths during the neonatal period is rising in every region and almost all countries. Highly cost-effective interventions are feasible even at the community level. Accelerating the reduction in under-five mortality is possible by expanding preventative and curative interventions that target the main causes of post-neonatal deaths and the most vulnerable children.