September  15


Hindi Diwas observed

‘Hindi language promotes communal harmony in Arunachal’


ROING, Sept 14: To commemorate the adoption of Hindi as the National language on September 14, 1949, Lower Dibang Valley district today observed ‘Hindi Diwas’ here today at Cheta Rehko.

In the ‘Rashtra Bhasa Hindi Diwas samaroh’, Abu Saring, District Adult Education Officer (DAEO) in his speech called for saving the Hindi language in the state from becoming a mere ‘bazaruu’ language. He emphasized the importance of Hindi language and said the students should be proud of the National language and should be enriched by adopting good words from the language. He also urged that ‘Hindi Diwas’ celebration to be held all over the state.  

Underlying the importance of Hindi as the only link language between different tribes in Arunachal Pradesh, B R Das, Senior Lecturer, DIET, Roing said that Hindi is the language in the state that has served to keep all the communities in close harmony.

Encouraging the students to take up Hindi as their course for study he informed on the scope of the language which is now emerging as another popular language internationally. “In Russia, 35 universities teach Hindi as the second language. In America, there is great shortage of Hindi teachers and every year the number of students coming to India to learn Hindi is increasing every year.”

Commemorating the day, various inter school competitions at primary, middle and secondary level like poem recitation, drawing, story telling and quiz competition were held in which 20 schools from the district took part.

Dignitaries attending the celebration Basu Perme, ex MLA, Dambuk, Alok Yirang, District Medical Officer, Kelo Pulu, President, Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) and Namo Linggi, ZPM, Roing gave away the prizes to the winners of the literary competition.

At primary school level, the winners to receive the first prizes were Adora Mega, Athula Mimi, Elati Mimi, Nili Mow and Nani Dui for poem recitation, drawing, story telling and quiz competition respectively. In the middle school level Ankita Agarwal, Amili Linggi, Katimee Umbrey, Juni Mimi and Simoran Kumari won the first prize for poem recitation, quiz, essay and extempore speech competition. At the senior level, Arnab Das, Sashi Pandey and Roshan Singh won the first prize for essay, speech and debate competition.

In the main event of dance competition, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Hunli and Govt Middle School, Mayu won the first prize. Wangnot Tikhak, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), and Chiliko Meto, District Zilla Chairperson gave away the prizes to the winners.

The samaroh ended with a speech from Dr Manaya Mena, Roing coordinator, IMCLS followed by national anthem sung by students of Hornbill Public School.



Campaign on SVEEP

Electoral officers urged to ensure error free electoral roll

NAHARLAGUN, Sept 14: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and i/c Chief Secretary Yeshi Tsering today stressed on clean and accurate electoral roll for ensuring free and fair election.

Launching the campaign on ‘Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) in the state today, Tsering urged the DEOs, EROS, AEROs to work sincerely for a error free electoral roll and cent percent inclusion of eligible voters in the electoral roll.

The Joint CEO G Tekseng while highlighting  the objectives of the SVEEP said the campaign  aims to achieve 100% registration of all eligible citizens, particularly the youth  in the age group of 18-19 years.

Informing that SVEEP campaign for summary revision of electoral roll 2012 was launched in partnership with various Government and non Government organizations which was a huge success in many places. Hence, the Election Commission has again decided to involve the same organizations during electoral roll of 2013, he said

Capital Complex  deputy commissioner Sanjay Goel said that electoral malpractices like bogus voting and impersonation are result of defective electoral rolls. For enhanced participation of electors in the electoral process and reducing the electoral malpractices, it is essential to have an error free electoral registration process and electoral rolls.

On the occasion, the CEO discussed on issues raised and suggestions put forward by the representatives of various political parties, namely Techi Nicha, Kamen Ringu and Minkir Lollen, representatives from educational institutions, and Jarjum Ete, who represented the Civil society organizations, for a free and fair election and maximum voter enrolment.

The programme organized as part of SVEEP campaign for summary revision of electoral roll 2013 was attended by DEOs, EROS, AEROS, representatives of various political parties, educational institutions and various organizations. DIPR



Road link to Siang belt cut off


RUKSIN, Sept 14: Three Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh and flood-prone Dhemaji in Assam remained cut off from rest of the country for second day today. Late flash flood on Thursday breached a portion of National Highway-52  in between Gogamukh and Dhemaji snapping vital road links with Dhemaji and Siang districts.

Due to disruption of road links, regular supply of essential items to Siang districts and Dhemaji in Assam has come to a screeching halt since yesterday. The breach left hundreds of trucks and oil tankers stranded at either side of the highway. However, some passenger vehicles are plying via Ghilamara-Butikur road.

There is possibility of scarcity of food and other essential items in the three Siang districts in coming days, if the road is not restored immediately.

Last year too, flood in Gainadi river breached a large portion of the highway between Dhemaji and Silapathar resulting in acute shortage of food and essential commodities for some months.

Yingkiong DIPRO adds:  Heavy rains in the last couple days badly affected normal life in Upper Siang district.

There are road blockades along Yingkiong-Pasighat road via Pangin and Yingkiong-Pasighat road via Mariyang. Major blocks have occurred between Silli and Padu and at Rottung bridge point cutting off Upper Siang with rest of the state.

Apart from disruption in  road communication, earthquake with  mild intensity  was felt in the district  at 4.48 am today.




State BJP rejects Narayanswami’s statement, demands white paper on coal mining

Itanagar, Sept 14: The State unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has rejected outright the Union Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanswami’s ‘contradictory’ press statement regarding extraction of coal from Namchik-Namphuk coal block stating that there was no violation of the Coal Mines (Nationalization) Act, 1973, during extraction and marketing of coal in the said coal block.

Describing the Union Minister’s statement as extremely ridiculous, presumptive, misleading and an attempt to divert the people’s attention from the issue, BJP today demanded Narayanswami to withdraw his comment.

“If there was no scam, then as to why the Union Ministry of Coal had on May 15, 2012 written to Coal Controller, Ministry of Coal, Coal Controller’s Organization, Kolkata for suspension and stoppage of coal production from Namchik Namphuk? Why Alok Perti, secretary, ministry of coal on May 15 in a letter to Chief Secretary had directed him to stop mining in Namchik-Namphuk coal block immediately, ? BJP questioned.

In his letter, Perti stated that there was gross violation of the condition of allocation and it would amount to sale of coal by a private contractor which was not allowed under the provisions of the CMN Act.  The party advised Narayanswami to do some home works before making such kind of irresponsible statements against the opposition in a parliamentary democracy.

The BJP demanded the present status of the establishment of Thermal Power plants in the state.

The BJP also demanded the ruling Congress Government to bring out white paper on facts and figures about the whole gamut of the Coal mining before the public and prove its legality of following the prescribed guidelines.

The BJP national general secretary Tapir Gao on Saturday last in a press conference alleged that the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh government was violating guidelines in extracting coal from the Namchik-Namphuk coal block in Changlang district in alleged connivance with a coal company.




Awareness cum Orientation Training for Farmers Held

Aalo, Sept 14: Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), West Siang in collaboration with the Tasar Welfare Society, Tirbin organized a One Day Farmers’ Awareness cum Orientation Training programme on “Importance and Prospective Agriculture and allied sectors at Tirbin on September 12 last.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Gojen Gadi, attending programme, informed that the present State Govt. has accorded priority to Agriculture sector and advised the farmers to take up cash crops like rubber, tea etc. for economic benefit.

Basar ADC K Darang, dwelt at length about his experiences in orange cultivation and suggested the farmers to go for market oriented agriculture.

Karbom Riram, DAO cum Project Director, ATMA, West Siang gave a brief account on the state and the central schemes run by the department.

As resource persons from ICAR Basar, including  Dr. D. Ramanayajan (Scientist), Dr. Doni Jini (Scientist), Dr. Anup Chandra (Scientist), Dr. Lige Bagra, SVO, H Basar, HDO, N. Loya, ADO, J Jini, ADO and N. Riba, ADO from the line departments gave deliberations on banana cultivation, poultry farming, plant protection, dairy, rubber cultivation, marketing.

Around 300 farmers from the villages of Moba Doke, Dedu Doke, Lutak, Tirbin, Kegam Degam, Tai, Chekor, Gako Sodo Doke, Badak, Ragi Doke, Pira etc. attended the training Programme. DIPRO



News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Sept 14: 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.


Upper Siang sounds red alert

Yingkiong, Sept 14 : The District Medical Officer, Upper Siang District has sounded red alert on possible outbreak of dengue in Upper Siang as the disease has already spread to various parts of the state after it was first detected in neighboring district East Siang.

Disease in patients with symptoms similar to those of dengue fever have been reported in Upper Siang since few days back.

The DMO through mobile public announcement cautioned the people about dengue,  its preventive measures such as maintaining a cleanly surrounding to prevent mosquito breeding since the disease is mainly caused by mosquitoes of a different kind called aedes aegypti.

The DMO Dr. Kaling Dai informed that he has already ordered Dengue Diagnostic kits which are being brought to Yingkiong within a very short time.  DIPRO


ITBP conducts free dental camp for school children

ITANAGAR, Sept 14: Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Khating Hills organized a free dental check up camp at Little Angel School, Ganga village here today. Altogether 60 school children were examined in the camp by  a team of doctors headed by Dr. K C Sen  DIG (Med)  along with dental surgeon  Dr. Zabeeulla and Dr. M I. Rehman, medical officer of ITBP. On the occasion Dr. Sen advised the children to maintain health and take preventive measure against water borne diseases.


ANSU blames BRO for tragedy, demands ex-gratia from Govt

ITANAGAR, Sept 14:  All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) today squarely blamed Border Road Organization (BRO) for the poor condition of road which, it claimed, led to road mishap where entire family members of Tame Takar were reportedly washed away by flash flood, when they were crossing the blockade point at 22 km along Kimin-Ziro road on Wednesday evening.

ANSU president Sikka Gapak who led the team along with Convenor Lishi Tath  visited tragic site today. ANSU strongly condemned BRO for poor maintenance of road, and demanded early construction of steel bridge at accident point to avoid similar incident in near future. “BRO is solely responsible for whatever happened to Tame Takar’s family”, said Sikka. Expressing heartfelt condolence to bereaved family, the union demanded the state government to immediately provide ex-gratia for all deceased persons.  Further, it also appealed to people to take their own safety measures while travelling particularly during monsoon season.


AAPAWHU mourns death of Anganwadi worker

ITANAGAR, Sept 14: All Arunachal Pradesh Anganwadi Workers and Helpers’ Union (AAPAWHU) has deeply mourned the untimely demise of Tarh Yallo, an Anganwadi worker, including her husband Tarh Takar, son Tarh Teli and daughter Tarh Denyi, in a tragic car mishap which took place on Kimin-Ziro road on September 12 last. Expressing deep shock over the tragedy AAPAWHU president Jalley Sonam stated that Yallo’s death has greatly saddened the entire Anganwadi community of state. Describing her as dedicated and hardworking Anganwadi worker, he said her untimely demise has created a vacuum in the organization which cannot be filled easily.

Meanwhile, it prayed to the almighty god for eternal peace of his departed soul.


Badminton C’ship

BOMDILA, Sept 14: Bomdila is all set to conduct the first ever Triangular Badminton Championship among the Clubs of Bomdila, Seppa and Bhalukpong on September 27 and 28 at Indoor Multi Sports Complex, Bomdila.

The tournament would be held for five different categories viz. Veteran (40 years and above), Sub-Veteran (31-39 years), Middle Order (20-30 years), Open and Mixed Doubles.

The tournament is being sponsored by the Officers‘ Sports Club, Bomdila. The President and Secretary Indoor Multi Sports Complex, Bomdila, Er. Bimal Welly and Karbia Dodum are making an all out effort for the successful conduct of the 2-day tournament. DIPRO


Tirap ZPPAC meeting held

KHONSA, Sept 14: The first Zilla Parishad Performance Assessment Committee meeting of Tirap district was held recently.

Speaking on the occasion, ADC and member secretary of Tirap Zilla Parishad H. Matcha briefed the members on ZPPAC and said that this was an important exercise of government of India. He said that funding to the Panchayat bodies was based on the assessment of performance of Zilla Parishad by the ZPPAC. He further threw light on funding pattern for the Panchayat bodies by the 13th Finance Commission  which consisted of two components namely basic grant and performance grant.

Earlier, Tirap ZPC Lorang Loham threw light on ZPPAC and urged the members to take the responsibility assigned to them seriously. He enlightened the members on awards and incentives being constituted to give to the Zilla Parishads basing on their performance. There was an open discussion during the meeting. ZPMs and HoDs attended the meeting. DIPRO


Seminar on Impact of Education in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Sept 14: The Department of Sociology of Don Bosco College, Jollang conducted a seminar on the topic “Impact of Education in Arunachal Pradesh – Social life, Economic Life and on Women.”

Dr. Haobijan Vokendro, Asst. Professor, AITS, Rajiv Gandhi University, was the resource person.

The complete preparation of the seminar was guided under the efficient leadership of HOD,  Pennyrose Chinir FMA, Assistant Professor Jananko Tingwa, Assistant Professor Sr. Emilia Chopfohra FMA. The seminar served as a eye opener for the students on the situation of education in the state.


Union condemns MMS scandal

ITANAGAR, Sept 14: All Tirap District Students Union (ATDSU) has vehemently condemned the recent mms scandal perpetrated by police personnel at Deomali.

This act has not only tarnished the image of police department but also of the whole civil society, which deserve condemnation from all quarters,  ATDSU said in a release and urged the concerned department to initiate appropriate action as per law against those involved in scandal.


Nyokum thrashes Mishmi 6-1 to clinch ATF Cup

SHILLONG, Sept 14:  In a scintillating football final match played today between Nyokum  and Mishmi Nyokum outclassed Mishmi 6-1 to clinch  the 4th Annual All Tribes Festival(ATF) Cup 2012.

The match was completely dominated by Nyokum from beginning, with three goals ahead in first half, however Mishmi reacted lately with a solidarity goal from Anati Miri.  From Nyokum side Techi Tuka, Tame Taba and Taba Jirjo have scored 2 goal each.

Meanwhile in girls’ football final Solung lifted the trophy by defeating Si-Donyi 1-0. Lone goal of Tokmem Tabing has sealed the match. With this Solung team successfully retained the title for three time in a row. (Contributed by Rinchin Choden SMU Shillong)


APCC justifies Govt clarification on airport site

ITANAGAR, Sept 14: Taking serious exception to the agitation against shifting of Greenfield Airport from Karsingsa to Hollongi by an organization despite clarification from Govt side, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) appealed all the organizations of state to discourage such ‘self-styled organization from playing anti development role in the state.’

While justifying the clarification of the state Govt on Greenfield airport site, APCC in a release today said leaders of such organization who are misleading the innocent people of  Karsingsa and state as a whole should be dealth with iron hand.

The Greenfield airport is not only meant for the people of Karsingsa, but it is  for whole state. The location is not important but the airport as the state needs air-link with the rest of the country, the committee added.


Attack & abduction condemned

ITANAGAR, Sept 14:  Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes’ Union (APITU) today strongly condemned the attack on staffs of Arunachal Times by unidentified miscreants. Terming the incident as cowardice act of miscreants, union appealed to the home department to reshuffle the police personnel saying that many impending cases are yet to be solved by Itanagar Police. Further union also condemned the abduction of C N Pandey manager of Sati Tea Estate, Piyom under Namsai Sub-division.






61 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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Humanity demands right of living for all

Dear Editor,

The recovery of Yuvraj Singh from cancer and his comeback as a cricketer have become an intense subject of discussion and media is making him the role model for the fight against the dreaded disease.

The mental strength and positive energy of Yuvraj Singh have indeed played a  great role behind his recovery and comeback. Hats off to his courage, optimism and the spirit of 'Never Say Die'.

Positive spirit, courage, mental strength are definitely needed to fight the devil named cancer; but along with it urgently requires extensive medical treatment which is extremely costly. Thanks to his success as cricketer, Yuvraj is already a rich person. Moreover, he enjoyed the financial support of BCCI who took up the cause of Yuvraj when the news of his disease broke. Thus the best available modern medical treatment, that too in USA, was easily accessible for Yuvraj and he availed it. But the ordinary persons of modest means and the poor, affected by cancer, cannot afford nominal treatment for themselves in India also. Even if they possess Himalayan mental strength, they are left with no other option but to die a severely painful death. Innumerable families of upper-middle class also not only get bankrupt but turn debt-ridden also while pursuing medical treatment for cancer. Still they cannot save themselves or their family members from meeting the death even if the victims remained positive to the utmost.

Without being disrespectful to the optimist attitude of Yuvraj a bit, let me humbly state that in order to fight against cancer, money becomes the most important factor. If the sufferers of the dreaded fatal disease are not  possessed with loads of money, neither positive energy nor Yuvraj's example will serve their cause. I say it with heavy heart, but it remains the bitter fact.

Just like Yuvraj Singh, all persons of the country have equal right to live. Just like Yuvraj Singh, who is an asset of Indian cricket; the farmers, cobblers, rickshaw-pullers, maid servants, electricians, manual  labourers and members of the middle class of different professions also are no lesser assets who also serve the society and the nation in a constructive way. But, the securities, which the likes of Yuvraj receive during times of medical emergencies, are not available to millions and millions of Indians. In many cases, if the head of the family dies due to cancer, his widow and children are left with no other option but to starve. Since humanity demands right of living for all, India should desist from its project of reaching Moon or Mars and instead divert the huge fund earmarked for the space missions towards creating a national pool of resources which should be utilized for treating the cancer-stricken individuals who cannot afford the costly treatment. After all humanity is infinite times more important than space research which can wait a bit. Else Cancer will remain nothing but synonymous to death for the vast majority of the Indian population.


Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata



Assam riot is nothing but the result of unchecked infiltration of Bangladeshis

Dear Editor,

Today, it’s a brainstorming effort to draw the curtain on the foundational problem that underlies both the latest riots and the simmering tensions in Assam and elsewhere in the North East, no one but Congress paved all these. History hold records that the Saraighat battle in 1667 was the first Muslim invasion  but Lachit Borphukan with alliance of Golden army (North easterners) made the conquest a fatal mistake. The second attack was during Indo-Pak partition (1947) in which Assam was desired for entreaty into East Pakistan which few Indian leaders’ strong opposition evacuated enclosure of the region to East Pakistan. India was hurled by Pakistan’s inter-national border problems, whereby Bangladesh availed the India’s affability as option and exported its unwanted populace for greater Bangladesh mission.

The third invasion is in three phases; of which the first outbreak was in 1982, second in 1993 and third is on hand. Precise estimates of the number of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in India are hard but official estimates some 20 millions. Neither Tarun Gogoi nor Sonia Gandhi admits it as the core of Assam riot but trying to wash hands by putting the blame on others as responsible, but GoI is to blame for Assam clash. When the flaw is within India it is rubbish blaming others without proof. The English saying, “shadow beneath the candle” goes contextual here. It is an Indian nature to occupy own Indians engaging outsider since King Ambhi of Taxilla inviting Alexander against Porus of Punjab circa 322 BC and Maharana Sangram Singh connived Babur against Ibrahim Lodi in 1525 AD.

Sonia Gandhi and some news channel are conscientious for provoking the Muslim populace of India by globalizing the issue with inflammatory statement, “Muslims vs Bodos” that heightened the flame, whereas it was not Bodos vs Muslims but Bodos vs. illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The Bodos in Assam have been living with Indian Muslims since decades. It is also tensed to know that South Indian Muslims are allegedly harassing the North East students compelling to retreat home.

Also, economically, the illegal immigrants were peril for Assam locals, they compete for the same manual work in every way possible that is rendering Assam wages labour to scatter into its neighboring states. With the poor and unemployed populace in the world, India isn’t exactly lacking in unskilled labour force in vast numbers that still live in abject poverty both in rural and urban areas. So, it is an absurd argument that the acceptable level of illegal immigration from Bangladesh add to the cheap labour pool in India, actually the intention of Congress was to enlarge a vote bank. The political thinkers should have understood that it’s not a hyperbole that every illegal immigrant is a potential security threat, and the presence of millions of such immigrants who effectively remain off the radar of the official agency is a disaster recipe.

Unheeding the Lt Gen (Retd) SK Sinha’s (Governor of Assam in 1998) report was another Himalayan blunder, in which it  was warned of a weighty menace to India’s security from the influx of illegal migrants from Bangladesh, the prediction that fulfilled in this clash. Instead of amending, Congress and the CPM pilloried Sinha, accused him of stirring communal tension, 22 Congress MPs wanted his recall.

Tarun Gogoi cleans himself terming the clash as upshot of foreign hand, indexing China and Pakistan. The question is when China and Pakistan were plotting in this demographic bomb: was India sleeping? The influx in the decade could have been stopped since then but the political parties have been sightless to the security and social threats arising therefrom. The Assam riot is nothing but the result of unchecked infiltration of Bangladeshis into India; it was inevitable to come by. Those Muslim religious leaders who had allegedly fuel the situation should have been booked under the law.


Karunath Pazing




Price hike and common people

Dear Editor,

Through your daily I would like to criticize the recent price hike of diesel and LPG cylinder. Biting the bullet, the government Thursday night raised the diesel price by a steep Rs. 5 per liter and capped the number of subsidized cooking gas cylinder to six per household a year, 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.

For the remaining part of the current financial year, the number of subsidized LPG cylinder to a consumer will be three cylinders. It will have an adverse effect on the prices of essential commodities which are already high. It will further increase hardship of common people. Diesel increase will have a cascading effect on the economy as a whole, this is going to contribute to overall inflation and create mayhem in the economy.

The hike in the price of Diesel will boost inflation and hit the common man’s Homely Budget.  The hike in the price of diesel and LPG cylinder should be rolled back for the greater welfare of the common people.


Bajrang Lal Pancharia



World Bank and  malnutrition in India

The World Bank’s Country Strategy (CAS) for India for 2009-2012 focuses on helping the country to fast-track the development of much-needed infrastructure and to support the seven poorest states achieve higher standards of living for their people, according to World Bank sources.

Given India’s enormous size and diversity, the Bank will adopt different strategies for states depending on their needs, stages of development, and capacity for project implementation. Special strategies will also be adopted for the Northeastern and Himalayan states. The new strategy devotes more resources to engaging with India’s seven low-income states - Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh - which are home to more than half of India’s population. Here, the Bank will focus on poverty reduction and on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Recently, to help India tackle the problem of malnutrition, World Bank approved the ICDS Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP). The project will work in eight states particularly in 162 high malnutrition-burden districts in India.

Nutrition has been a big problem, with an overwhelming children malnourished in India. One-third of the children in the country are born with low birth-weight, 43 per cent of children under the age of five are underweight, 48 per cent are stunted, 20 per cent are wasted, 70 per cent are anaemic, and 57 per cent are vitamin A deficient.

 The project is designed to improve the government’s interventions in areas such as healthy pregnancy, timely and exclusive breastfeeding, appropriate diet and care, personal hygiene with particular focus on the 0-3 age group; investing in behaviour change communications.