September  19


Soni assures to strengthen DDK and AIR network in Arunachal

NEW DELHI, Sept 18: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Ambika Soni here today and discussed various issues pertaining to strengthening the system of broadcasting and dissemination of information through government owned mass media.

Tuki was accompanied by Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering.

Reiterating his vision to have a strong broadcasting system in the state, Tuki suggested upgrading and systematizing the communication mediums like Doordarshan (DDK) and All India Radio (AIR) that play an important role in bridging the gap between the government and its citizens.

While appreciating the enthusiasm of the Chief Minister, Soni assured to give top priority to strengthen the network and work efficiency of DDK and AIR in Arunachal Pradesh.

Besides upgrading equipments and the broadcasting system in the existing centers, she assured to post adequate staffs to man these centers. She also accepted to strengthen the transmission reach of DDK and AIR by opening new centers and viable locations in the state.

On the suggestion of Tuki, the Union Minister also admitted the need to re-introduce the installation and provision of Community Listening Sets in a state like Arunachal Pradesh where the reach of mass media is still limited to a few towns.

The Union Minister accepted in principle to establish an office of the Press Bureau of India (PIB) at Itanagar. PIB is the Central Government agency that deals with all press related affairs of the Government besides organizing events like film festivals, etc.

The Chief Minister, who has expressed keen interest in constituting a film division of the state to promote documentation of the rich cultural and ethnic heritage of the various tribes inhabiting the state, sought cooperation in this regard from the Union Ministry.  Soni, in response, assured all out support and cooperation. She also insisted on organizing national and regional level film festivals in Arunachal Pradesh. The Union Minister also appreciated the Chief Minister’s urge to have a dedicated 24-hours satellite channel for the state and offered cooperation to initiate the proposal.

Later, the Chief Minister along with MP Ninong Ering made a courtesy call on Union Minister of State for Planning Ashawni Kumar as a follow up to the memorandums and projects earlier submitted by the State Government.



Joint meeting of ACLS and Adi litterateurs of Lower Dibang Valley

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: A joint meeting of Adi Culture and Literary Society (ACLS) and Adi Litterateurs of Lower Dibang Valley district was held at Heritage Academy School, Meka yesterday regarding the Adi Script and the introduction of Adi Literary Day.

After thorough discussion pertaining to various issues and complicacies concerning Adi script and literature, the house decided  to observe Adi Literary Day in memory of Late Dugyon Lego, first teacher in Adi dialect and in recognition of his pioneering works in Adi literature. The day, which would be fixed later, would be observed from the year 2013 onward every year thereby giving a platform to the Adi litterateurs and also to use the occasion to felicitate them.  The house also decided that the new Adi Primer that would be introduced in the schools of Adi inhabited areas as third language will be published by the ACLS, Lower Dibang Valley district in conformation with the laid down norms of NCERT. It was further decided to adopt the script as per the principles of International Phonetics Association (IPA) to use colon (:) like symbols instead of double vowels, eg, A:LANGKA (WELCOME) and hyphen (-) where ever required as accepted by the Adi Agom Kebang (AAK).   It further recommended to use E/e (Plain) instead of É/é(diacritic) and vice-versa.  The decisions taken in the meeting will be further submitted to Adi Agom Kebang for finalization, the house resolved.

Earlier, ACLS President Kirpa Pertin appraised the house about the letters accepted by AAK and proposals sent by it to take General Consensus among the Adi writers and litterateurs of the district before finalization.  Editor ACLS Atet Pertin, highlighted the aims and objectives of the meeting and also threw lights on the history of Adi scripts emphasizing the role of Christian Missionaries that has played a vital role in evolving Adi Script since the last part of 18th Century and early part of the 19th Century.  The members present opined that the script whatever evolved should be user friendly as far as possible and at the same time should not lost its original sound.

The meeting was attended by Mibom Pertin, President ABK LDV unit, Bassu Perme, ex-chairman ACLS, Banbo Pertin, Convener, Literature Department, Adi Baptist Fellowship, Senior Citizens and Adi writers and film/album directors and producers of the district besides other ranks and files of ACLS.



Student body calls for amendment in Regulation Act -1873

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: The All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has appealed to the members of state legislature of Arunachal Pradesh to re-amend section 11 A.P Code of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873 during the forthcoming state assembly session. The said section of the Act is responsible for illegal immigrants entering in the state without any fear.

In a release APPDSU stated, “The violation of ILP under section 11 of the Arunachal Pradesh code Volume –I, Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873 is a bailable offence trial by the any judicial magistrate 1st class which should be re-amended with cognizable offence of non-bailable with minimum punishment of five years and maximum of seven years.”

“The illegal immigrants are encouraged to enter state due to minor punishment prescribed in the law. Till today none of the accused committing the crime has been charge-sheeted by the state police and due to none framing of charge-sheet none of the accused has been tried in the court so far and therefore no sentencing has ever been done for violation of ILP. Due to it being a bailable offence large numbers of immigrants without having valid ILP are illegally entering into the state,” APPDSU added. Further union said, “The said section of the Act being a bailable offence with minor punishment amounting to imposition of only meager fine are making the ILP violator to easily escape from the grab of law besides it has encourage the state police to earn their pocket money by non-registering the case against the ILP violator as well as non submission of the charge sheet ever in the court.”

Therefore, APPDSU) appealed to the responsible law makers of the state to debate for the re-amendment of the said section 11 A.P Code Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873 in coming state assembly session for the larger interest of the general public of the state so that the illegal immigrants entering in the state are not encouraged and a proper and strict law be  framed to control the criminals operating in the state.



Tam Tapak to represent India in 21st Senior World Karate Championship

ITANAGAR, Sept 18:  Much to the delight of state karatekas Tam Tapak has been selected to represent Indian karate team in 21st World Senior Karate Championship to be held in Paris, France from 21 to 25 November 2012.

Tam will represent the Indian Karate team in 67 Kg Men’s individual kumite event. Tam was selected for this Championship  for his outstanding performance in national level game which was held at New Delhi on 17  and 18th August 2012, where he won the gold medal.

Speaking to this reporter, Tam expressed his happiness for being selected to represent the country and the state in the international arena.  “ I was thrilled when I received selection letter from All India Karate-Do Federation” he said.  However he credited everything to his coach SD Sharma, (technical) Director Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) and Likha Tara president AKA. “Without their guide and support it would not have happened” quips delighted Tam.

Meanwhile Arunachal Sotokan Karate Association today appealed to the state government to recognize the contribution of Tam with a award.



JNV PTC appeals for congenial atmosphere

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: A fight between two students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Doimukh turned ugly when family member of one of the students allegedly entered the hostel and roughed up the other student. According to the Doimukh police on 15th September evening two hostel mates had small fight over some issue.  

Later some outsiders allegedly believed to be family member of one of the student trespassed into hostel premises around 10 PM and assaulted some of the students. An FIR has been lodged at Doimukh police station by the school authority in this regard.

Meanwhile the Parents Teachers Committee (PTC) of JNV Doimukh today held a meeting and strongly condemned the incident.

“It is disgraceful to know that parents are encouraging their children for violence by such act. In future we will not accept such kind of violence by student or parents inside the campus. The JNV authority along with district administration should take serious note of this incident and should ensure that such incidents are not repeated again in the future,” the committee stated in a release. Further they added, “We appeal both students and parents to help in bringing congenial atmosphere in the school so that students can excel in all field. We also condemned groupism among students and such small matter of fight between two students should remain confide inside hostel campus.”



Samaritan Hormin Hospital achieves a milestone

ITANAGAR Sept 18:  The Samaritan Hormin endoscopic and laparoscopic Hospital has added another feather in its cap by successfully performing Endoscopic Removal of urinary bladder, ureter and kidney stones called retrograde ureteric stone retrieval (URS) using Uretero-renoscopy with Intra corporal lithotripter. Although endoscopic procedures (URS) for bladder and kidney stones are performed in other cities on daily basis but such delicate procedures were never performed in our state. With installation of URS and successfully removing of stones from the ureter and bladder  endoscopically at Samaritan Hormin Hospital now it is possible for doctors to perform complicated and delicate procedures which is beneficial for the patients who has to go outside state for such treatment at a very high cost.

Samaritan Hormin Hospital has also installed Latest HD SPIEs (Chromoendoscopy) endoscopy system which will help in determining early stages of stomach cancer and upper gastrointestinal tract with more precision unlike conventional endoscopy system.

Hospital also performed advance laparoscopic procedure like Laparoscopic Abdomino-perineal resection for colon cancer using laparoscopic Articulating Endo GIA stapler and laparoscopic pyelolithotomy for complicated kidney stones which was not performed earlier. The availability of such kind of latest technology at Samaritan hospital



Training on Infection Management & Environmental Plan  for Medical officers

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: Claiming that many of us are ignorant about general health practices, Director of Health Services Dr. K Nishing advised the medical officers (MOs) to percolate down the knowledge of infection management and environment plan (IMEP) as per guidelines to the sub-health centres.

Addressing the inaugural day of the two days training programme for the medical officers on “Infection Management & Environmental Plan (IMEP)” at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun yesterday, Dr. Nishing said that many of us even do not know simple techniques, like how to rub hands while cleaning and ignorant about proper waste management and infection control which lead them to being infected with diseases.

“It is very important to learn about infection control and share it upto the paramedics level,” he said and encouraged the participants to have interest to learn and the enthusiasm to teach in order to keep the health personnel free from infections from various diseases.

Dr. D Padung, State Nodal officer (NRHM) said that the main objective of the training was to ensure implementation of waste management & infection control at all districts hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and SCs level.

Dr. A. Perme Ete, State Programme officer (M&E)cum-Nodal officer (AH) also spoke on the occasion.

Dr. L. Lollen from Aalo District Hospital and Dr Mope Riba from Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun were the resource persons.



Joy of reading will spread across Anjaw’  

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: Parents and the public have a joint responsibility along with schools for nourishing the all-round growth of our children, said Mayaso Kri, ex-vice president, Zilla Parishad (undivided) Lohit while inaugurating the 2-days library volunteers’ training workshop by Hutung Library at Yatong, a remote village in Anjaw.

“We congratulate PAWSO for taking lead to spread the youth library movement in Anjaw”, he said.

Sokhep Kri, Patron, Hutung Library and Gen. Secretary, PAWSO, expressed the commitment of PAWSO to support the education dept. in Anjaw to improve the learning environment through the library reading campaign. Hence the workshop to train up a cadre of local reader-activists at Hutung library, who could take the reading movement to remote Anjaw villages. He also lauded the Bamboosa and APNE Library readers for spiritedly continuing the reading campaign for the last 5 years.

Presenting a report of the Taim Kri Memorial School activities since its inception on August 17, 2010, Ankhyangso Kri, Advisor of the school, elaborated on its efforts to make learning a joyous experience for the little children and appealed to parents for their active support in its growth. In turn, parents, Bapatso Kri and Idemlu Kri appreciated the efforts of the school in the all-round development of their wards.

Outlining the ‘home, school and library reading’ as the three vertices of a triangle, the Coordinator, VT-AWIC Youth Library Network appealed to the parents to take a keen interest in reading habits, which alone would build a strong educational base for a rural Arunachali child. He also stressed on parents training their children in Arunachali mother-tongue, an important factor in strengthening the learning of additional languages.

Manisha Halai, a seasoned reader-activist and cl. XI student at Tezu, demonstrated this by narrating 2 innovative stories in fluent English as well as Mishmi.

The training sessions that followed covered 50 students from class 1 to 8, who made an impressive presentation of selected items in the concluding session in front of the guests. The recitation “somewhere over the rainbow”, an eternal Peter Pan classic by the students of the Govt middle School, Yatong, trained by Nitusi Yun, Bamboosa Library was the highlight of the programme.

The TKM school students presented ‘Ibn Batuta ka jootha’, (trainer: Deep Das) and ‘The mango tree’ (Manisha Halai) while Govt school students presented ‘One potato, two potao and a reading session from Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Foot Book’ (trainer: Rubila Dellang).

The workshop by the experienced reader-activists of Bamboosa Library, Tezu, was being organized jointly by the Hutung Library, (a unit of the VT -AWIC Youth Library Network) and the Taim Kri Memorial School, Yatong, a PAWSO initiative.

A large gathering of govt. officials, teachers, students, village-elders and women from nearby areas, cheered the library reader-activists and the tiny tots of Taim Kri Memorial School, as they demonstrated various reading, recitation, skit-enacting and story-telling techniques.



Life would never be same again for Donya Koyu

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Sept 18: Life would never be same again for Donya Koyu, whose husband was murdered last month. Left in the lurch by her husband, fate probably could not have dealt a more severe blow to a housewife like her.

It was “bolt from the blue” for her when she heard that her husband Samuel’s decomposed body was recovered from the jungle on August 3 as she did not even know about her husband’s missing.

Donya, the second wife of the deceased policeman, has been passing sleepless nights embracing an uncertain future along with a boy child. Since she has lost the colours of life after losing her husband, she is hoping that state government will  help her with a source of livelihood.

“I have lost all hopes in my life. My husband was brutally killed by the criminals. Now, I am waiting for the government’s help”, Donya told this correspondent.

On the other hand, the members of ‘Lower Legong-Ramle Banggo Boundary Welfare Committee’ and ‘Ruksin Area Youth Front’ are putting pressure to police authority for early solution of the case. They, however,  praised the investigating officer C Joseph (ASI) and his associates including constable(SB) KC Roy, for their tireless efforts in nabbing the culprits.

According to statement of the arrested persons, they committed the crime only to snatch the motorbike from the poor policeman, police said.



Training on computer account system

ITANAGAR Sept 18: A 2  weeks-long training programme on "Computer Accounting System" yesterday began at Administrative Training Institute,  Naharlagun. The training programme will end on 28th of this month.

Around 30 officials from ministerial staff of LDC/UDC category from various districts of state are attending the programme which is being conducted under the sponsorship of DoPT, Gol, New Delhi under its Plan Training Assistance for 2012-13. The Director (Training) Pema Tshetan in his inaugural address pointed out that, this particular computer course on Accounting System is aimed to equip the participants with required knowledge    and skill regarding the application of various software   of Computerized Accounting System and to familiarize them with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The Director further urged the participants that being the back bone of the office, clerical staff should be able to carry out their official task pertaining to accounting works in accordance with the latest Computer Application technology for achieving a modern office management system and to enhance the overall standard & efficiency of the office.

Earlier, the Course Coordinator T. Lodo, deputy director training submitted a brief highlight of the course content as well as other logistic arrangements made by the Institute for smooth conduct of the training programme and requested the participants to take full advantages of the programme. Palbinder Singh, Director of A to Z Computer Centre submitted a brief summary of the course module and familiarized participants with the overall theory cum practical session that will run simultaneously.  

The 2 (two) weeks-long training will cover wide range of topics like; Components of Computer Accounting System/ Progressive Assessment/ Features of Tally/ Need & Requirement of Computer in Accounting System/ General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)/ International Accounting Standard & Roles/ Accounting Packages & Types of Accounts/ Roll of Debit & Accounting Principles etc. Pate Marik, the assistant director of ATI requested the participants to extend fullest cooperation to the Institute.



Non-publication of bank recruitment advertisements by IBPS resented

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank Officers’ Association president Ebom Zirdo resented the non-publication of bank recruitment advertisements by IBPS in local dailies.

Addressing a meeting of North East Rural Bank Employees Federation (NERREF) at Naharlagun yesterday, Zirdo opined that non-publication of such advertisement in local dailies has deprived many aspiring candidates from joining in banking services.

T Kombo, the organizing secretary advocated for regularizing the services of daily wage workers in the RRBs working for more than 10 years with meagre daily wages. The meeting presided over by NERREF president Samir Ranjan Bhattacharjee of Tripura Grameen Bank discussed various important and developmental issues of North East RRBs.

Earlier, NERRBEF general secretary Jibesh Chakraborty of Assam Grameen Vikash Bank highlighted the current position of demand for pension parity at par with Commercial Banks and the on going countrywide struggle.

He highlighted about the importance of trade union, its history. He appealed to new recruits to take over the reign from their seniors with all sincerity with commitments as many of RRB employees throughout the country would be retiring within 5 years.

P.B.Chettry, General Secretary of the APRBOA read out the message from National Union Leader D.K.Mukherjee, Secretary General, AIRRBEA.the parent body.

In all 24 delegates from all the North Eastern states, including Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura represented their respective state in the meeting.



UPA gets a jolt, TMC withdraws support to Govt

Kolkata, Sept 19:  Trinamool Congress, the second biggest constituent of the UPA, today dealt a major blow to the Manmohan Singh government when it decided to withdraw its support on the issue of petroleum price hike, FDI in retail and corruption.

"We are withdrawing our support. Our ministers will go to Delhi, meet the Prime Minister and tender their resignations at 3 PM on Friday," TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced after a meeting of party MPs, top leaders and office bearers.

However, Banerjee added a caveat saying if the Centre rolls back the decision on FDI in multi-brand retail, raises the cap on supply of subsidised LPG to 12 cylinders and reduces diesel price hike from Rs.5 to Rs.3 or Rs.4, then the party would reconsider the decision to withdraw support.

She said the Central government was not a one-party rule.  "The government depends on the support of others. But in Bengal, we have a majority of our own and we are not dependant on others," she said.

Banerjee ruled out supporting the government from outside saying her decision was "not half-hearted".

Widening the attack on Congress, she brought in issues like coal block allocation scam, black money and fertiliser price rise.

"The FDI decision was taken to suppress the coalgate issue," the West Bengal Chief Minister said.

Accusing the Congress of indulging in "blackmail politics", she said whenever it has trouble with any of its allies, it goes to the other.

"When it has problem with Mayawati, it goes to Mulayam. When it has problems with Mulayam, it goes to Nitish (Kumar of JD-U) and it is like that," Banerjee said.

Referring to the FDI decision, she said there are 50 million people in unorganised retail sector. "Where will these people go? There will be disaster. It has not been sustainable even in the West."

While accusing Congress of indulging in "blackmail" politics, the Trinamool chief said, "somebody has to bell the cat."

She revealed that she had conveyed her opposition to FDI decisions directly to Congress President Sonia Gandhi but it did not work.

Banerjee also criticized Finance Minister P Chidambaram's statement yesterday ruling out rollback on FDI.

She said after all these steps, the Congress would now allow even Pension Bill and vowed to oppose it tooth and nail in Parliament.

"If we don't take a decision, they will even allow foreign players in pension sector. We can't tolerate," she said.

"We will not tolerate any anti-people decisions and we will oppose everything," she said.

She said her party would not be responsible if the country was forced to go for a mid-term poll.

"This government can stay for three months or six months, I don't know. They have lost the credibility. And if they cannot maintain friendship with us, then they cannot maintain friendship with anybody," Banerjee said.

She also raked up the blackmoney issue, questioning why the government has not taken steps to bring it back. Meanwhile,  CPI today asked the government to prove its majority after Trinamool Congress announced its decision to pull out of the government and withdraw support to it.

"Since 19 members have moved away from the government, according to all principles of parliamentary democracy, government should prove its majority on the floor of the House," CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta told PTI.PTI


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: 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.



 Results out

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: The Results of BA first, second and third year examinations of the year 2011-12 of Institute of Distance Education, of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has been declared. The result can be seen in the University website: www.rgu.ac.in., according to a university release.


Rain paralyzes life in East Siang


RUKSIN, Sept 18: Incessant rain over the last one week has thrown life out of gear at Nari, Ruksin, Pasighat and adjacent areas of East Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh.

Flood triggered by rain submerged many paddy fields, caused erosion and landslides in many areas of the region. The historical MMJ road, considered as the lifeline of rural people of Ruksin sub-division, has been breached at several locations causing great problems to office goers and villagers. The flood also caused extensive damage to rural link roads.

Rain also dampened the festivity of Biswakarma puja in the region.


Skill development programme

Itanagar, Sept 18: An entrepreneurship cum skill development programmes for tour operators and on bakery product, computer education, internet etc began at Itanagar branch of Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE).

Organized by IIE branch office here, the programme is an initiative of the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises which aims to build capacity of the unemployed youth.

Santanu M Deka, Assistant Faculty Member, IIE briefed the participants about the training programmes.

The resource prsons for the training have been drawn from various organizations and departments like Department of Industries and Commerce, NERAMAC, KVIC, KVIB, SIRD, banks, financial institutions and educational institutions like North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Nirjuli.

CEO of KVIB here S K Deb urged the participants to sincerely attend the training to enhance their skill which would help them start their income generating activities.

Joint Director of Department of Industries, Naharlagun S.K. Dutta and Deputy Director, Department of Handloom and Textiles Haj Dodong suggested the trainees to take full advantage of such opportunities to enhance their skill to create self-employment avenues.


Review meeting on electoral rolls and registration

YINGKIONG, Sept 18: A review meeting of Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) of Upper Siang district was held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner-cum-DEO, Liyon Borang at the office of Deputy Commissioner, Yingkiong today.

Special summary revision of electoral rolls and registration was discussed during the meeting. On the occasion, Borang advised the EROs to strictly maintain the guidelines and instructions and enrollment and registration of floating population/labourers and urged the EROs to properly monitor proof documents like ILP, PRC etc. He further said that “in case of students, age according to school certificate will be accepted and in case of any dispute in such cases comment from the parents and village authority should be obtained”.

The meeting was attended and participated by Ranpok Perme SDO, Mariyang, Tapik Pertin SDO, DC office Yingkiong and other officers. DIPRO


State BJP to observe Arunachal bandh

ITANAGAR,  Sept 18:  The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh in its party meeting held today at state BJP Headquarter  here unanimously decided to observe  Arunachal bandh as part of the proposed Bharat bandh on September 20  from 6 AM to 5.00 PM in protest against the hike of diesel price and  in protest against new policy of LPG and flood gate of retail FDI.

Party leaders including State Vice Presidents – B.R. Wage, Kabak Yabii, Padmeswari Jamoh and  State General Secretaries Tai Tagak and Dominic Tadar, State Presidents of BJP Yuva Morcha, Doni Nich, BJP Mahila Morcha, Kenjum Pakkam, BJP ST Morcha, Tadar Akap spoke on the occasion. They opposed the steep hike in diesel prices and   FDI in retail and  demanded the Govt to reconsider its decision immediately. The meeting was attended by the state BJP office bearers, frontal wings chief and other senior leaders.

It is time for the people to come out in the streets against anti-people measures taken by the government, the party said.


AAPYF reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) in a memorandum addressed to the Governor appealed him to intervene for fulfillment of its three-point demands.

The demands of the Forum include immediate appointment of home minister to tackle law and order problem, construction of separate National Highway for three Siang districts, namely, East Siang, West Siang and Upper Siang without touching Assam for convenience of Arunachalee people and road connectivity to all the unreached circle HQ of the state.

The Forum said that it had submitted its charter of demand earlier  on Dec 26 and again on January 11, 2012, but the state Govt failed to take any steps.


Fresh interview demanded

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) and joint consultative committee of candidates   for recruitment  to the post of constable under tax and excise department  have appealed to the chief secretary to cancel the written test interview   for the post of constable, tax and excise which was  conducted  on Sept 16 last. It further demanded constitution of a board for maintaining transparency and re-conduct of the written examination with immediate effect.

In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Secretary, they claimed that the interview was conducted under one-man committee headed by an IAS officer, which, it said, ‘is an offence against the constitution in a democracy.’


Road communication to Mengio cut off

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: The road communication to Mengio circle remains cut off as the rainwater washed away  the road at various points between Sagalee to Mengio, said Parang Circle Development Committee. The Committee appealed to the concerned authority to immediately restore the damaged road. The people of the Mengio and Silsango areas are facing shortage of essential commodities due to disruption of road communication, it said.


‘Give exemplary punishment to accused’

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: Ramle Banggo Welfare Society lauded East Siang District Administration and East Siang Police team for nabbing the culprits involved in the brutal murder of Late Samual Koyu.

The society appealed to the authority concerned not to grant bail to the arrested accused until other co-accused involved in the case is arrested.

It demanded the authority to give exemplary punishment to the excused as per the law and also urged the state government to post adequate police personnel at Nari out post.


KGWS celebrates Hindi Diwas

Aalo, Sept 18: Kebo-Gambo Welfare Society celebrated Hindi Diwas Day with a 3-day programme emphasizing the importance of Hindi language at Govt. Middle School, Kerang from September 12.

Literary and patriotic song competitions were conducted among students and winners were given study materials, like geometry box, calculators etc as prizes along with proficiency certificates which were sponsored by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Aalo, West Siang district. DIPRO


Bandh call at NEEPCO project sites

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employee Union (APTJCEU) NEEPCO has called 72-hr bandh at NEEPCO’s Kameng and Pare HE project sites from October 3-5 in protest against NEEPCO authority’s failure to regularize the job of its members despite repeated assurance.



The designation of Tai Tagak was wrongly mentioned as state BJP president in place of state BJP General Secretary & Spokesman in a news item published in this daily on Sept 17. The inadvertent error is regretted.






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


Journalists stand for development of our state

Dear Editor,

Journalists are our major weapon in today's modern societies. We receive various information through media such as state developments, human skills and improvement of community or society. Today journalists of our state stand for our society’s development and for its better future. They are trying their best for development of our state and prosperity of our society. Without them we can not go ahead and do nothing for our future generation. They always give us knowledge for thinking to change and make best of our life. If we develop enmity with them, it means we are going to loss our society and State development and future too. They devoted their whole life for the benefit of common people and they also help us to promote  the sense of sisterhood and brotherhood. They have also emotion like other men.

Therefore, we, the people of Arunachal Pradesh need to extend our love, blessing and care to them so that they extend their best service. We need to be in relationship with them instead of hatred. They are blessing for us and to our beautiful land Arunachal. Love Journalists as you love yourself and give your best blessing.


Tana Roma Tara




Insufficient practical apparatus

Dear Editor,

I, as a B.Sc. student of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat came to know that Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh is going to start Science department in Tezu college. It is a good news for the state to have another science department, but my question is,  will the state governtment able to provide required materials for the department?

In fact the existing Science departments in two colleges, namely J N College, Pasighat, and DNGC, Itanagar are running without adequate  infrastructure and resources. We, the students are unable to perform practical up to the extent due to the lack of chemicals and equipments. Practical classes are part of our syllabus and we are unable to learn all those practical things. As a result, when we do join in other universities for higher studies, students suffer a lot. In JN College Pasighat we have only two lecturers in the department of Chemistry and Physics. It makes teaching-learning process painful for both lecturers and students.

Therefore, the state government must take initiatives for better educational system in the state.  The state can be changed through ideal education.


Tonya Miroh

JNC, Pasighat



Declare RFO exam result

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned authority towards the delay in declaring the written examination for the post of Range Forest officer (RFO) which was conducted on 20th June 2012. Till now written examination result is declared which creates doubt in the mind of the aspirant as almost 3 months is sufficient to declare the result.

 Therefore I request the concerned authority to declare the result as soon as possible.


Hage Kani



Achievements under MDG

The summary report of the the Millennium development Goals 2012 revealed that for the first time since poverty trends began to be monitored, the number of people living in extreme poverty and poverty rates fell in every developing region including in sub-Saharan Africa, where rates are highest.

Preliminary estimates indicate that the global poverty rate at $1.25 a day fell in 2010 to less than half the 1990 rate. If these results are confirmed, the first target of the MDGs, cutting the extreme poverty rate to half its 1990 level, will have been achieved at the global level well ahead of 2015.

On the other hand the world has met the target of halving the proportion of people without access to improved sources of water . The target of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water was also met by 2010.

There was significant improvement in the lives of 200 million slum dwellers. The share of urban residents in the developing world living  in slums declined from 39 per cent in 2000 to 33 per cent in 2012. More than 200 million gained access to either improved water sources, improved sanitation facilities, or durable or less crowded housing. This achievement exceeds the target of significantly improving the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, well ahead of the 2020 deadline.

In education sector, enrolment rates of children of primary school age increased markedly in sub-Saharan Africa, from 58 to 76 per cent between 1999 and 2010. Many countries in that region succeeded in reducing their relatively high out-of-school rates even as their primary school age populations were growing.

Despite population growth, the number of under-five deaths worldwide fell from more than 12.0 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010. And progress in the developing world as a whole has accelerated. Sub-Saharan Africa—the region with the highest level of under-five mortality—has doubled its average rate of reduction, from 1.2 per cent a year over 1990-2000 to 2.4 per cent during 2000-2010.

Ganesh Chaturthi -A Festival to Imbibe Perfect Leadership (Gananayak) Within

Dr. Jayadeba Sahoo


Lord Shree Ganesh is god of Wisdom and the remover of obstacles.Lord Ganesha is worshipped, or at least remembered, in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness. He has four hands, elephant’s head and a big belly. His vehicle is a tiny mouse. In his hands he carries a rope (to carry devotees to the truth), an axe (to cut devotees’ attachments), and a sweet dessert ball “Laddoo” (to reward devotees for spiritual activity). His fourth hand’s palm is always extended to bless people. A unique combination of his elephant like head and a quick moving tiny mouse vehicle represents tremendous wisdom, intelligence, and presence of mind.


India is a spiritual oriented country and is one of the richest nations in respect of cultural and spiritual perspective. Bharat is well known for festivals. The festivals of this land form the most important link that sustains its cultural heritage.  The number of festivals celebrated here is hardly comparable to festivals celebrated by other countries. Twelve months in a year is filled with thirteen big festivals. ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ has a special importance among them. The cycle of time keeps rotating but its memories remains.  To freshen these memories, memorials are made, stories are written, birth days are observed, in which self respects, love, true feelings are imbibed. Unfortunately, a day comes when respects & love ceases and rituals remain. It would not be exaggeration to say that festivals now-a-days are being celebrated just continue the tradition.

The auspicious festival of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ had been reduced to an annual ritual hardly reflecting its true significance. Now what is the esoteric meaning of this ritual?

The deeper significance of this festival has been lost in the loud commercialisation and ritualistic traditions marking the day. Unknown to many, this festival is rooted in several myths and a spiritual truth of great significance that reflect its purity and power of protection.

The cycle of time keeps rotating but its memories remains.  To freshen these memories, memorials are made, stories are written, birthdays are observed, in which self-respects, love, true feelings are imbibed. Unfortunately, a day comes when respects & love ceases and rituals remain. It would not be exaggeration to say that festivals now-a-days are being celebrated just continue the tradition. India is a spiritual oriented country. The number of festivals celebrated here is hardly comparable to festivals celebrated by other countries. Twelve months in a year is filled with thirteen big festivals. ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ has a special importance among them.

New beginnings are welcomed with enthusiasm, hope, happiness and the pure desire for accomplishment. Around the world, and moreover in India, every milestone of life or fresh venture is encased with a ritual or simply an ardent prayer for everything to go well. These auspicious undertakings fill the aspirant with unending faith and vigour that ensure success. What a beautiful religious practice we follow of invoking the Supreme at every new step we take! How great then must that powerful deity be who is always worshipped during new beginnings: the revered Lord Ganpathi.

Now what is the esoteric meaning of this ritual?

Shri Ganesh is by far the most mystical deity, which makes him so intriguing and lovable. Vighna-Vinashak (the Destroyer of Obstacles), Siddhidata (Bestower of Attainments/ Success), the deity to be worshipped before all others in the Hindu pantheon, symbolises good fortune, has an elephant’s head and accommodating stomach, carries a rope and axe, rides a mouse Mooshak and is said to be outstandingly wise. These and several other exemplary features cement a place for Ganeshji in the hearts of lakhs of devotees, especially in Maharashtra.

 But how ironic that ‘devotion’ is gradually evaporating from ‘religion’... Though we spend exorbitantly on Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations yearly, do we ever reflect on whether Ganeshji appreciates the pomp, the lavish pooja ensembles, the unending, raucous entertainment that usually bear no religious significance, the uncontrolled use of alcohol, the thumping on the idols during visarjan… We were meant to be honouring a divine being yet Ganeshji is subjected to an atmosphere of grave consequences! Without a doubt honest efforts are being invested to keep tradition 1alive by camouflaging the Festival with modern paraphernalia. It is commendable and inspiring to witness the unification of families and communities as a result of the celebrations but is the human soul being empowered and coming closer to the Almighty? Can we afford to forsake it?

 Festivals are precious for lifting our spirits, binding stronger relationships with family and friends, and carrying forth ancient traditions to new generations and the world. But they serve an infinitely more valuable purpose: as we face the onslaught of natural calamities, corruption, terrorism, illnesses, pollution, and abominable fear and sorrow, the magic of these festivals hold no meaning unless the spiritual significance is realised and emulated. We worship Ganeshji to bring us luck devoid of hindrances and complications but wouldn’t it be more advantageous to follow His footsteps?

 It is tragic to be beheaded by your own father but this sacrifice by Lord Shiva’s son granted him a new, unparalleled life of incredible wisdom and power. Ganeshji renounced his false identity to adopt a persona that out shadowed whatever he was previously. When we stand before God, humility unlocks the door of our mind to imbibe knowledge and develop an unbiased intellect.   There is no scarcity of learned philosophers and mahatmas who have cogitated and presented the symbolism behind Ganeshji’s physical features, weapons, consorts, fables etc. However, the eternal truth is that Ganeshji’s potency has and never will be a demonstration of physical capabilities.

 Ganeshji is the treasure-store of spiritual powers: discrimination, far-sightedness, maturity, elimination of negative attitudes, letting go of trivial matters, balance of emotional and rational personalities, ability to mentally detach from the physical realm whenever needed and absorb God’s love and grace and much more. We too are endowed with said values to varying degrees but rarely do we acknowledge the same. Why is it more gratifying today to come into sound and action for festivities than engage in refining the soul’s virtues and experiencing God’s perfection and beauty? Even if the creation is flawed and ineffectual, there is no loss in maintaining faith in our Creator’s ocean-like supremacy. Ganeshji attained his glorious status after sincere endeavour, and wisely secured his powers for eternity so why not we, also children of God, at the least safe-guard our future by taking to his path of enlightenment?

Therefore, Ganesh has all the leadership capabilities in him. His ears shows that he is a good listener, his presence of mind shows his availability, and he has the strength to tolerate anything. The stomach shows the power to accommodate, he has in himself. His small eyes tell us the foresightedness and discriminating ability that he has. When he is seated, he has one leg on the ground and the other folded showing that the decisions he took were down to earth but at the same time uninfluenced and impartial. He had the strength to take up the responsibility and the laddus (sweatmeat) show the art of uniting all the particles of the laddu, i.e., through his sweetness he creates the team-spirit with sweetness. Other symbols signifies like Large Ears-Listen more, Big Head- Think big, Axe-To cut off all bonds of attachment, Small Eyes –Concentrate , Small Mouth -Talk less , Blessings-Blesses and protect on spiritual path to supreme , Large stomach-Peacefully digest all good and bad in life , Prasada-The whole world is at your feet and for your asking , Rope- To pull you to the highest god, One Tusk-Retain good throw away bad , Trunk-High Efficiency and Adaptability, Madaka-Rewards of Sadhana, Mouse-Desire. Unless under control can cause havoc. You ride the desire and keep it under control and don’t allow it to take you for a ride.

Hence, he is shown with two wives, Riddhi and Siddhi which means he always had success through the right method as his companion. Hence, he is also known by various names as Gannayak which means he is a leader with all inner powers and qualities, Asta-vinayak, which means a leader with the wisdom of using the eight inner powers. Vighna-Vinashak which means it is through the right application of his inner abilities at the right time that a leader is able to overcome all obstacles. Siddhi-vinayak signifies a leader who attains success through wisdom. Similarly, in the changing times the challenge can be met by a leader through spiritual wisdom or insight. As a result, he becomes successful and a source of inspiration for all.  

 Consider Ganeshji’s perspective for a few moments daily during the 10-day celebrations this year: “As I sit in the radiance of my Almighty Father, I am drawn inwards. I contemplate on my fortune of having taken birth at the hands of the Ultimate Creator. I marvel at this new existence. Every distinguished characteristic reminds me of my inner powers. As a child of the Ocean of Knowledge, I am gifted with a wise intellect. I sustain divine energy with a pure and clean mind, balanced intellect, detachment from the mundane, and by acting in sync with my Creator. Nothing is incomprehensible or impossible for me as my aura of purity dispels all limitations. My humility and selflessness never allow my powers to be tarnished. As my life is a blessing from the Supreme, I use this subtle energy to protect the welfare and goals of myself and all others.”

 By living through all that Ganeshji upholds in this unique style, his glory will remain with us forever. Newness represents vitality and hidden potential, so just imagine what wonders will be revealed with a positive transformation of the human soul? In the enigmatic, holy presence of Lord Ganesh may each of us unveil a new ‘me’ and a new destiny.

So, let us all irrespective of different religious faith, celebrate this ‘ Ganesh Chaturthi’ and empower our self through process of Supreme Communion (Raja Yoga ) with Supreme Being ‘God’ - Incorporeal Point of a conscient Eternal Light to inculcate His Supreme Commands of Universal Values to establish a “Value Based Happy Society of Culture of Peace & Non Violence “ – our most cherished desire. The understanding of this eternal truth will usher in religious harmony & world peace. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University has been engaged in this task for last 73years since its inception in 1936-37.  

 The true way of celebrating ‘ Ganesh Chaturthi’ would be to realize the significance of the present auspicious time ( Sangam Yuga, which is end of Kaliyuga – Iron Age and the beginning of Satyuga – Golden Age ) and by pledging to discard all negative traits such as anger, greed, ego and lust and by leading a life filled of love, compassion, respect, humility, cooperation, responsibility, divinity to establish a “Value Based Happy Society of Culture of Peace & Non Violence”.

On this auspicious occasion of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’, 2012, take a moment for deep spiritual introspection and free yourselves from the bondage of greed, the lust for power and a slave of promiscuity and make God your eternal companion for true peace, happiness and prosperity.

Happy greetings on the auspicious festival of ‘ Ganesh Chaturthi’.  (The writer is a Faculty, Brahma Kumaris, Professor & Head, Dept. of Education, R.G.U)

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