Candlelight march for peace,justice to the victims of crime
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: It was a silent candlelight march but enough to reveal their pain
and fear. No slogans were raised during the procession, but the banners carried by
the participants said it all.
Mon Students Union Rajiv Gandhi University in collaboration with All Capital Students
Union of Monpa and Itanagar Buddhist Culture Society today took out a silent candle
light march to pay tribute to late Dawa Drema who was raped and murdered on 28th
August last at Shyro Village in Tawang district and other victims of crimes.
Hundreds of people including students, social workers, businessmen silently joined
the march which began around 4.00 pm from Akash Deep complex and culminated at Itanagar
Buddhist Monastery ( Gompa) around 6.00 pm. The candle light procession ended with
prayers by monks for eternal peace of all victims including late Drema.
Speaking to this reporter, Tsangpa Tashi, one of the active members in organizing
the candle light vigil, informed that it is a symbolic protest as well as tribute
to late Drema for her eternal peace. Tashi further said all people of the state should
join hands to fight for bringing justice to victims of such heinous crime.
“The silent march is a symbolic expression of fear and insecurity said, Diki Chodan,
a B Com third year student at Don Bosco College Itanagar. She also revealed that
after rape and murder incident at Tawang, she felt insecured in her own home town.
Gumjum Haider,NESO general Secretary, Jarjum Ete, president of Galo Welfare Society
and Kamta Lapung, former All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union Convenor and Jambey
Tsering, who represents the Bar Council members. took part in the candle light procession.
53rd Anniversary of Doordarshan celebrated
Reach out to rural people: Sena
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: DDK Itanagar celebrated the 53rd anniversary of Doordarshan at
the Kendra premises today.
Speaking on the occasion Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Setong Sena lauded
Doordarshan’s role in nation building and said the public broadcaster could play
an important role in Arunachal’s social upliftment. He said though India is ahead
of many neighbours as per as broadcasting technology is concerned, more needs to
be done to reach out to the rural areas.
Stating that directly or indirectly, DDK Itanagar played a big role in moulding local
artists, Sena said the public broadcaster could help check urban migration by reaching
out and convincing the villagers that future development would take place in rural
Arts and Culture Director Mamta Riba said Doordarshan continues to be one of the
biggest institutions of social reformation. She further said that the public broadcaster
has been able to bring both cities and villages to each other’s doorsteps.
She pointed out that Doordarshan reaches where no other channel could reach and assured
joint endeavours with the department in future.
Director IPR Leki Phuntso expressed happiness that 3 very low power transmitters
(VLPT) of Doordarshan have been upgraded to high power transmitters last year. He
appealed for upgradation of the remaining 40 VLPTs in Arunachal Pradesh saying it
would beneficial for all.
Head of office, DDK Itanagar R. Venkatesh said Doordarshan has made tremendous progress
in the last 53 years. Stating that the broadcaster is second to none in technical
availability, he informed that digitilazation of DDK Itanagar is nearing completion.
He further informed Doordarshan will continue to serve the people with its motto
of providing education, information and entertainment to all.
Head of Regional News Unit, DDK Sonikumar Konjengbam urged the dignitaries to continue
their association with DDK. He also suggested that better programmes could be brought
out by undertaking joint ventures. Social worker Higio Aruni, who has been long associated
with DDK Itanagar also gave reminiscence of her early years with Doordarshan. Colourful
cultural programmes, song and dance performance by local artists were the other highlights
of the celebration.
Make educational institution a temple of learning: Byaling
SHILLONG, Sept 15: “Let educational institution be a learning temple” said Tanga
Byaling Minister Power (Electrical) and Rural Development while addressing on the
fourth day (cultural day) of ongoing week-long All Tribes Festival Celebration 2012
here today. Byaling further advised students to work hard for quality education.
Responding to the memorandum submitted by Arunachal Students Union Shillong (ASUS)
President Likha Tado, the minister said that he would convey the grievances and problems
of students to concern minister and department.
Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman
Jalley Sonam while highlighting various issues relating to Arunachal Pradesh, called
upon the youths to shoulder responsibilities for development of Arunachal. “Everyone
must fight corruption with their heart,” he said.
Later the cultural day of the ATF became more lively as the winner of Beauty Pageant
“Miss ATFC 2012, Ama Pinky Kago along with Reshmi Tatin and Yangchin Lhamu, walked
the ramp in front of huge gathering. Debate competition on topic Dams in Arunachal
Pradesh and its advantage or disadvantage was another attraction of the celebration.(Contributed
by Rinchin Choden, SMU Shillong)
Mothers Home unit needs Govt support
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Obang Tayeng, Deputy Director of Information and Public Relations
department today visited Mothers Home Unit at Lekhi village. He lauded the yeoman
services of the society toward destitute women and encouraged the chairman of the
Achukuru Welfare Society, Talyang Shanti to carry forward the noble services in all
the districts of the state for well-being of needy and destitute women and children.
Meanwhile, Shanti expressed her desire to extend its service to all the 17 districts
of the state, but due to financial problem the Home is not in a position to gear
up its activities in other districts.
She further said that if the concerned authority and the state government could provide
Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) Cards/ Below the Poverty Line (BPL) Cards against all
the inmates, it would immensely help the Home.
She expressed her gratitude to the department of Urban Development and Housing, Itanagar
for temporarily providing a government building constructed for “working women hostel,
marriage hall, old age and destitute children home” Lekhi village to Achukuru Welfare
It is worth mentioning that at present, the Society is running the home on self-help
basis and donations from few well wishers.
The building being used by the society on temporary basis is funded by Ministry of
UD, GoI, under 10% lump sum provision for North Eastern Region (NLCPR) 2007-8, the
total sanctioned project cost was Rs 200.15 lakhs.
The said building “working women hostel, marriage hall, old age and destitute children
home and community toilet” was completed in 2011, but till today no any activities
was carried out within the campus of the said building.
However, the Achukuru Welfare Society has come forward to make good use of the building.
The government needs to initiate necessary steps and extend their helping hand to
the society so that it can expand its activities for the welfare of mentally ill
and destitute women and children of the state.
Flash flood leaves trail of devastation at Bomdir
TAWANG, Sept 15: Flash flood at Bomdir near here left a trail of devastation within
15 minutes on September 13. It damaged huge quantities of construction materials
of GREF like, bitumen and washed away 2500 cu meter gravel meant for construction
of the national highway.
The gushing water triggered by a huge cloud burst in the higher reaches raised the
water level of Bomdir Nallah to about 5-7 metres as against normal level of 3 metres
in wide and 2 metres in height and damaged a fleet of atleast 20 vehicles placed
in the area It hit the left bank, swerved right and hit the GREF barracks and the
vehicles parked in the area. The gushing water also brought in huge debris with huge
boulders to the entire area of the army camp. Though timely rescue operation saved
many a precious lives the shelters and parked vehicles were severely damaged. The
remnants of a washed away tipper and air compressor were located the next day approximately
5 km down the stream.
The area is completely littered with debris of boulders and stones causing complete
damage to the parking area, the road to the butchery, the entrance gate and 600 meters
of fence. The RCC Bridge, however, remained unaffected from the flash flood.
Brigadier J S Rajpurohit, Commander of Tawang 190 Mtn Bde rushed to the spot and
directed relief and rescue operations to prevent further damage. A joint rescue and
recovery operation was conducted by the army under the supervision of the Commandant
and rescued 25 civilians mainly, GREF labourers. One family that got caught in the
flash floods was saved, however their huts were completely washed away. Maximum equipments
were recovered using JCB. Five persons trapped in the butchery were rescued by own
troops of FSD Bomdir and workshop.
As informed by the Commander 190 Mtn Bde, the Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen
along with a team of officials rushed to the spot and personally supervised the situation
and directed the morning operations on September 14. Further, he advised the GREF
and the populace to relocate their camps to another place for the safety of people
He urged the public to inform the DA before carrying out any activities like construction
of building, quarrying, mining, etc so that the DA can access the location for the
safety of the populace.
The DC also reassured of continued support from the Army and District Administration
for any eventuality or natural disaster.
Clean Arunachal campaign launched
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Arunachal Pradesh launched ‘Clean Arunachal’ campaign as part
of Tourism Ministry’s Clean India Campaign at Ziro valley today.
Launching the campaign, Tourism Minister Pema Khandu appealed all the participants,
specially the students community, to actively take part in the campaign and spread
the message of clean and pollution free environment for the prosper of tourism in
the state. He also informed that the campaign will cover entire Arunachal Pradesh.
Local MLA Padi Richo said that the denizens of Ziro became aware of tourism thanks
to the initiative of various tourism activities and expressed the hope that the clean
Arunachal Campaign will be effectively carried out.
Parliamentary secretary Passang Dorjee Sona appealed everyone to take equal responsibility
in maintaining cleanliness and the administration alone can not be held responsible
Sonam Chombey, Secretary (Tourism) briefing the aim and objective said that the campaign
has been launched by the Department of Tourism, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh a part
of Clean India Campaign launched by the ministry of tourism to give quality service
to the visiting tourists by keeping not only the tourist destination but also the
nook and corner of the area by keeping it clean and hygienic.
Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Taru Talo said that the campaign will be carried
out throughout the district effectively from the next month.
A mass cleanliness drive was also organized in and around the festival ground. The
minister along with all the participants joined the cleanliness drive.
Earlier the minister, both the parliamentary secretaries, Secretary, Deputy Commissioner,
Superintendent of Police reached the campaign venue on bicycle by covering a distance
of 4 km spreading the message of a clean and pollution free environment.
BCIF refuses to accept Govt clarification, to continue democratic movement
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Refusing to accept the Govt clarification over shifting of greenfield
airport from Karsingsa-Banderdewa to Hollongi, an adamant Banderdewa Circle Intellectual
Forum (BCIF), in a meeting today decided that it would not relent till its demand
BCIF, which has been strongly opposing the shifting of the greenfield airport from
its earlier site at Karsingsa to Hollongi, appealed to the state government to discuss
with Airport Authority of India (AAI) for restoring the airport at Karsingsa for
the welfare of common people.
Responding to the state govt’s clarification, the BCIF, in a release questioned that
as to why the state government has made a U-turn after six years and accepted Hollongi
as the new site for the greenfield airport after all formalities, including feasibility,
NOC, forest clearance etc in respect to Karsingsa site were completed. What more
else do it requires to construct an airport at Karsingsa? it questioned.
Moreover; Karsingsa is the best and advantageous site for the construction of the
Greenfield Airport with its numerous merits over Hollongi site, the release said
The land for the Karsingsa site was donated free of cost by the local public, whereas
maximum land of Hollongi site is private land. Further, more than Rs 1 crore has
already been spent so far at Karsingsa site in completing the all necessary formalities
whereas nothing in this regard has been done so far for the Hollongi site which will
be time consuming and wastage of money, the release said.
Further, the locations of Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), Inter State Truck Terminal
(ISTT) and various other institutions of importance, like Police Training Centre
(PTC), North East Regional institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Rajiv Gandhi
University etc are nearer to Karsingsa as compared to Hollongi.
Further, Karsingsa area is situated completely under Arunachal Pradesh, whereas Hollongi
is situated at a disputed an inter- state boundary where eruption of law and order
problem can not be ruled out in near future, it said.
Further, Hollongi site has some settlement of Chakma-Hajong refugees in some pockets
of villages, which, in future, may create problem in resettlement of those refugees,
whereas, such type of problem is not there in Karsingsa site. In traffic point of
view too, Karsingsa site can be reached by two roadways, one from Nirjuli to Karsingsa
and the other from Gumto to Karsingsa. Whereas, in case of Hollongi site, there is
only one road ways i.e. from Itanagar to Hollongi and in case of any road blockade,
the people will face lot of problem, the Forum said while justifying its demand.
The Forum also did not rule out foul play by some people with vested interests in
shifting of the airport for personal gain. The meeting threatened to go for the third
phase of democratic movement in the form of 48-hr bandh call shortly.
The meeting held under the chairmanship of Joram Bada today at Nyokum Hall Banderdewa
was attended by Panchayat Group, GBs, Youth group, Women society and President and
General Secretaries of various organizations, the Forum said.
Army recruitment rally At Rupa
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Indian Army is conducting a recruitment rally for Soldier (general
duty), Technical, Clerk / SKT and Nursing Assistant at Rupa, West Kameng district
from October 20 to 22.
The candidates from Tawang , West Kameng, East Kameng and Kurung Kumey districts
are advised to report at Gyaptong Regional Sports Stadium, Rupa on October 20-21
for Soldier (GD). The candidates of Technical, Nursing Assistant, Clerks from all
the states of North East and NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders, sons of servicemen, ex-serviceman,
widow, war widows and sportsmen, who have represented at State or National level
(only from Arunachal Pradesh) will be screened on October 22. Written Test for candidates
who are found fit in physical tests, documents check and medical examination will
be held on October 28 at Rupa.
Candidates for Soldier (GD) should be at least 160 cm in height and have passed class
VIII. The interested candidates are advised to bring along with them original educational
documents, birth certificate, Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC), character certificate
and unmarried certificate. The educational documents should duly be countersigned
by the DDSE.
The interested candidates may contact Army Recruiting Office (ARO), Jorhat (Tele:
0376-2310830) or visit web site ‘joinindianarmy.nic.in.’ for more details.
Army offers attractive pay and perks to its soldiers. A soldier with 1-2 years of
service draws around Rs 15000 per month besides free rations, free accommodation,
free medical facilities, children educational allowance, field area allowance etc.
Flood damages crop at Koyu-Kora, washes away livestock
RUKSIN, Sept 15: Incessant rainfall for the last couple of days caused extensive
damage to crops at Koyu and Kora circles in East Siang district.
Surging water of Dobu and Ngopi rivers inundated paddy fields at Kora and Maane villages
washing away about 50 hectares of standing crops at Kora WRC and Maane paddy fields.
Strong flood wave also washed away 12 cattle head and 4 Mithuns. The flash flood
has completely damaged standing crops of Tami Rimu, Taken Rimu of Kora and Manya
Miro of Maane village. It also washed away 12 cattle at Dangmar Riba of Maane, four
of which were traced in the downstream area in Assam.
The road communication between Koyu-Kora remained disrupted for the last two days
due to massive landslide at several portions.
The Upper Ramle Banggo ZPM Yai Dabi, who also is the ZPM chairperson, today visited
the affected areas and took stock of the disastrous situation. She has reported the
matter to East Siang Deputy Commissioner urging him for a strategic step to mitigate
The PR leaders of the area have demanded the authority to assess the properties lost
and damaged by flood properly and compensate the poor farmers accordingly.
According to a report, the local people believe that the disaster is a result of
bamboo flowering in the area during early this year.
Disaster sensitization programme at Khonsa
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: The Disaster Management Cell Tirap district organised 2 days disaster
sensitization programme for NCC, scouts and guides along with the teacher in charge
of NCC, scouts and guides on Sept 14 and 15 at community hall Khonsa. More than
200 students from Govt Higher secondary school, Govt Town Secondary School, Town
Middle School, Bank Colony ME School & Pinewood Middle School Khonsa participated
in this two days disaster sensitization programme.
A power point presentation on types of disaster, causes of earthquake and Dos and
Don’ts on earthquake was presented by P Duggong, DDMO Khonsa, he also told the students
to take advantage of such programmes because it is not only important from disaster
point of view but also for academic purpose. V Mitte, Field Officer (Disaster Management)
explained the types of fire extinguisher, causes and preventive measures of fire
accident. He also briefed the students about the causes of landslide and its precautionary
measures. Dr. H K Dutta, SMO District Hospital Khonsa demonstrated the basic of First
Aid i.e. wounds, fracture, unconsciousness, snake bite, dog bite etc. and also explained
the functions of different system of the body.
On 11th September similar programme was organised for all line departments of Khonsa
town by the same team of resource persons. In the said programme the line department
was informed about the DDMP (District Disaster Management Plan) and they were requested
to submit the details of their man power, inventories and contact numbers to Disaster
Management Cell for updating of the DDMP. The DDMO further informed that the DDMP
have been uploaded in the district website for better dissemination of the plan which
will be updated annually.
Leaflets on Dos and Don’ts on Fire accident, landslide and earthquake were distributed
to the participants and a movie on disaster was also screened in the said events.
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: 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.
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Ziro-II Anti-corruption Youth Forum has deferred its 24 hours
Ziro –II area bandh proposed on Sept 17 to Sept 20 next in view of the Biswakarma
Puja. Bandh has been called in protest against non-arrest of all accused involved
in the murder of a girl student on August 12 last. Essential services like milk van,
medical and pharmacy, magistrate on duty and media are exempted from the purview
of the bandh.
AdiSU calls off bandh
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Adi Students Union (AdiSU) has called off its proposed 12-hr bandh
call on September 19 after the state government assured the union to meet its charter
of demands at the earliest.
The assurance was given to AdiSU by the committee constituted by the government headed
by Education Minister Bosiram Siram as chairman to take up the union’s demand in
a meeting here today.
The AdiSU was represented in the meeting by its president Sokun Siboh, general secretary
cum chairman democratic movement Obuk Gao, advisor Tapu Mibang and other executive
members. The members of the Govt Committee are MLAs Tamiyo Taga, Ralom Borang and
Political Secretary to CM, Bamang Tago.
Heavy rain disrupts road communication
PASIGHAT, Sept 15: The heavy rainfall for the last few days has disrupted normal
life and triggered landslides damaging roads at several places in East Siang District.
Er. Aken Jongkey, EE Pasighat Highway Division, PWD informed that the heavy downpour
caused landslides and road breaches between Pasighat and Pangin. A large portion
of the approach road and wing wall of Sideng Bridge near Rottung has also been washed
However, the department has pressed its men and machineries to restore the damaged
portion and it would take two days to complete the restoration work. DIPRO
AAPSU concerned at repeated attack on Press persons
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) strongly condemned
the attack on staff of the ‘The Arunachal Times’ and termed it another failure on
part of law enforcing agencies to curb the growing lawlessness, particularly in the
The frequent attack on press persons in the state is becoming a great challenge to
the greater Arunachal society and in dispensing unbiased news to the common masses
of the state. It seems to be an orchestrated attack yet again to subdue the voice
of the media in the state, AAPSU said in a release.
The state government needs to rein in the growing instances of attack on fourth pillar
of democracy by taking tough decision, the release said and demanded immediate arrest
of those involved in the brutal attack.
Meanwhile, the apex students body of the state called upon the state government to
upgrade the present helipad located at Naharlagun in the line of Lilabari Airport
in Assam, whereby more seater planes can operate which will go a long way in boosting
the transportation of the landlocked state till the green field Airport is constructed.
The union also requested all the well wishers of AAPSU not to entertain any form
of donation in the name of ensuing AAPSU conference cum election without the approval
and prior permission of the union president and conference committee, the release
Road link disrupted, ration crisis looms large in upper East Kameng
SEPPA, Sept 15 : Growing fear of food crisis gripped the common people and government
staffs in various circle headquarters in upper part of East Kameng including Bameng,
Khenewa, Sawa, ChayangTajo and Pipu as many road blockades occurred at several places
snapping the Seppa-Chayang Tajo road, the life line of area. The landslide triggered
by the heavy downpour on Thursday evening caused road blockades.This was informed
by Block Development Officer cum Circle Officer Chayang Tajo Dahey Sangno here today.
Sangno informed that blockade begins from 10 kilometer off Seppa upto Pachi , Riga
and Pakke, 30 kilometers from Seppa. It is said that many vehicles plying on this
route are still stranded at Bameng and Pakke.
Sounding alert to district administration of impending food crisis, Sangno further
informed that no restoration work is going on from either side. He disclosed that
though there is couple of excavators of Gammon India Pvt. Ltd at the block point
it could not press its men and machine into restoration work due to unavailability
AGRIMART expands retail out-let at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Sept 15: AGRIMART Zone, based at Bangalore and marketed by Ratanagiri Impex
Pvt Ltd. has expanded its new retail out-let and service centre at Pasighat today.
The retail out-let was formally inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra.
Congratulating the proprietor Biapni Moyong Mishra said the district is in need of
genuine retailers who could supply modern machineries to the farmers to boost their
He further said Agrimart Zone is emerging as one of the important business concept
as well as a strong market leader which could provide the latest farm equipment,
green care and services to farmers. Adding that equipments are all single person
operated, efficient, ergonomic, cost effective, versatile and safe to use, he added.
District Agriculture Officer, Agronomist, Principal Gram Sevak Training Center, ADOs,
agriculturists and progressive farmers of East Siang District were present on the
Panchayati Raj training
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: The Department of Panchayati Raj with technical support from National
Informatics Centre and Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR), Government of India has
conducted a 6-days application training programme on Local Government Directory (LGD),
Training Management Portal (TMP), National Panchayat Portal(NPP), which are a part
of Panchayat Suite Enterprise under e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project from , September
A.G.Ligu, AD(PR) as a Course Coordinator and Tasso Habung, Scientist-D as NIC e-Panchayat
Coordinator. The training programme was participated by officials from various districts
and Panchayati Raj Directorate.
While participating in the training programme, Bidol Tayeng, Director (PR) has advised
participants to take full advantage of presence of visiting resource persons to learn
with utmost sincerity and also practice the applications after going back to their
respective place of posting as these applications are going to be implemented in
the State very soon.
NWS condoles skilled worker’s death
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Nabam Welfare Society (NWS) condoled the untimely and sudden demise
of Nabam Takang, son of Late Nabam Serbang of Langchung village, Sagalee on September
14 at Guwahati.
He is survived by two wives, four sons and one daughter.
He was working as skilled worker in Sagalee PWD Division for the last ten years.
NWS prayed to almighty to give strength to the bereaved family members to bear the
irreparable loss and also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
NEC adviser inspects projects in state
ITANAGAR, Sept 15: P K H, adviser, (T &C), NEC secretariat, Shillong has inspected
the Nari-Telam-Koyu road under PWD and 33 KV line from Pasighat to Mebo of power
department on Sept 14 and 15 and expressed his happiness over the physical achievement
of the these projects.
During his visit, he also assured that all sorts of cooperation will be extended
by NEC for proper implementation of such major projects.
Earlier on his arrival at Itanagar on a four days visit to the state on Sept 12,
PWD Western Zone Chief Engineer Er T Basar and other senior officers of PWD welcomed
Singh. Later the NEC adviser (T & C) discussed various issues related to the ongoing
NEC projects with senior officers. He had also visited few on-going NEC funded projects
and expressed his satisfaction over physical progress of the work.
Later on Sept 13, the NEC adviser (T &C) inspected the project, namely, “Tamen-Dollungmukh
Road under Ziro division of PWD and System Improvement schemes of Power Department
under Raga division”.
62 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.