September 06

Girl died in road accident identified

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The girl who died in a scooty accident at Pasighat yesterday has been identified as Paknu Koyu.

A student of class eleven at IGJ govt school, Pasighat, 16 years old Paknu was riding back home with a  friend when they met with an accident involving a truck.

She left behind her parents and three siblings. Bapak Koyu, the father of the deceased who is employed as Deputy Ranger with the Forest dept informed that the particular road have a history of accidents so the driver of the truck should have been more careful.

"We cannot bring back our beautiful and precious daughter but citizens should learn to be responsible drivers so that none go through the pain of losing a loved one".  

Koyu Ao Welfare Society has accused the driver of the truck as being careless. In a statement they alleged that driver was speeding which led to the death of the school girl.

The driver of the vehicle has been arrested by Pasighat police today.


Fire destroys two houses

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: Two houses have been reduced to ashes at 19th Mile village, near Tezu today early morning.

The local MLA Dr Mohesh Chai has provided relief items as well as cash assistance to the fire victims while DDMO, Lohit D.Norbu has handed over a cash amount of Rs. 5000/- to each of the fire victim on behalf of district administration.

Meanwhile, Tezu-Sunpura MLA along with DDMO Lohit and WRD officials and CO Sunpura visited the recent flood affected areas of Sunpura.

Later on the team visited the erosion site at Zeko village. Chai assured the villagers that he will take up with the State govt for flood protection work. He also urged the WRD officials to make proper survey and send report to the govt immediately.

He said that his main focus is on protecting the villages and cultivation land of district from flood.

Later on the team interacted with residents of Sunpura.

He requested all the farmers and public leaders of Sunpura to co-operate with the assessment team headed by CO Sunpura and recommend genuine victims for grant of relief. He also assured to take necessary step to protect Old Sunpura from over floods, reports Disaster Management Cell, Tezu..


NERIST declares strike illegal

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The NERIST administration today declared the on-going indefinite strike/ hunger strike by the employees of the institute illegal.

"The on-going strike by the employees of the Institute from 3 September is totally illegal, immoral and heavily prejudicial to the interest and prestige of the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST)," an official release said. All NERIST employees have been advised to withdraw themselves from the strike latest by Sept 08, failing which, the release said, stern disciplinary action, as prescribed in the rules, will be initiated against them without any further reference.


Buddhist Festival organized at Bomdila

ITANAGAR, Sept 5:   The Ministry of Culture, Government of India organized its first ever Buddhist Festival at Bomdila in coordination with Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies (CIHCS), Dahung  from September three to five at GRL Monastery and Rupa, West Kameng.

Attending festival, Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Mama Natung said, "Every religion teaches us to practice humanity, love and respect all."  Saying the Lord Buddha's philosophy was very simple, he appealed to all to follow his teachings and spread his universal message of peace to mankind.

Parliamentary Sectary (Hydro and Power), Phurpa Tsering said that the seminar is a rare opportunity for the people to know about Lord Budhha and his teachings as there will be an in-depth discourse and analysis on Buddha's philosophy held in the seminar.

Co-coordinator of the programme Dr. MP Baruah informed that this is the first time a Buddhist Festival in Arunachal Pradesh has been organized.

Professors from Banaras Hindu University, Guwahati University, Punjab University and many experts attended the programme as resource persons.

Lama Chanting, Thangka Painting, Dhamma Exhibition, Promotion of Sova Rigpa, Sand Mandala Construction and Butter Sculpture makings were some of the main highlights of the festival.

One of the main objectives of the programme was to focus on certain issues related to Buddhism and create a Buddhist friendly atmosphere.


APCC hits back at BJP

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: Taking serious exception to the repeated mudslinging against the ruling Congress government by the opposition BJP, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Padi Richo today said this reflected the party's insensibility towards crimes.

The state BJP's demand for Home Minister Tanga Byaling's resignation was unethical and insensible at a time when the state has been facing multifarious problems, Richo said in a statement.

The inter-state boundary row which has been haunting the minds of the people and many a times snowballing into major problems is still pending with the central government, Richo said, adding it is meaningless to blame the Centre for that.

Crimes are occurring everywhere wherever human beings are settled including in different parts of the country which does not call for demanding the resignation of home minister of those states, he reasoned.   


Classes in Namsai polytechnic start

ITANAGAR Sept 5: Classes in Government Polytechnic, Namsai, have started on August 29

The first batch students were admitted through Arunachal Pradesh Joint Entrance Examination conducted by the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, GoAP. The polytechnic has intake capacity of 30 students in Civil Engineering and 6 students each in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, informed Namsai Deputy Commissioner in a release.

Further, the students of Government Polytechnic, Roing are also attending the classes in Government Polytechnic, Namsai separately as the construction of academic building is yet to be completed, informed the release.

The construction work of the infrastructure is in the last leg and some amenities are yet to be provided.

The DC also informed that he had visited the institute recently and directed the executive agency to complete all the works immediately so that students do not have to face any problem. All the remaining works are going on war footing.


Awareness rally on disaster preparedness

BOMDILA, Sept 5: The district Disaster Management authority in collaboration with the Government College Bomdila (GCB) organized  awareness rally and street plays on disaster preparedness  all through the Bomdila township yesterday.

Principal GCB S Khandu  while flagging off the rally from the college premises hoped that  such awareness rallies would bring awareness among the  masses on disaster and its preparedness.

After a brief meeting at the Buddha Peace Park,  the participants in the rally performed a street play near the DC's office. Later, a strong contingent of around five hundred students and  teachers with placards took out mass rally in and around Bomdila township shouting disaster preparedness slogans.  The Rally was followed by another street play by the students at Bomdila bazaar.

After the street play organized at Lower Bomdila, resource persons from Government College Bomdila dwelt on the safety measures to be adopted during man-made disaster or natural calamities.


NHPC official inaugurates computer lab at ITI Roing

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: Ronel Kumar, Executive Director, Dibang and Tawang basin project of NHPC inaugurated a Computer Laboratory at ITI Roing today.

Speaking on the occasion, Kumar stressed the need of skilled man power and advised all the trainees to be sincere while learning to meet the demands of the Industry sector. He also promised to give every possible help to the Institute for all round development.

Principal, ITI Roing, Subash Pertin briefed about the activities of the Institute and contribution of Dibang Multi Purpose Project NHPC Roing. He stated that 20 computer sets, multi media projector, equipment and machineries and many more have been donated by the Industry partner till date. The Principal advised the staff and trainees to avail the opportunity and develop the skill of the trainees as desired by today's industry sector.

V. Maini, General Manager, Sunil Gupta Chief Engineer (Civil), Officers and Officials from Dibang Multi Purpose Project (DMP), NHPC Roing,  Aparang Pertin, ADTH Roing and staff and trainees of the ITI attended the function.


NE regional conference on Intellectual Disability

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: A two-day North East Regional Conference on Intellectual Disability and Multiple Disabilities is being organized here on September 24 next.

Presiding over a meeting of stakeholders held on Thursday, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi stressed the need to sensitize all stakeholders to the challenges and need to the differently abled persons. The Chief Secretary also advised participation of police personnel and sensitized them to the issues and challenges that will help facilitate the existing services to the differently abled persons.

The conference aims to update the professionals, personnel and other stakeholders on the recent developments in the field of intellectual Disability and Multiple Disability exclusively for the Northeastern States. Over three hundred delegates comprising medical professional, district coordinator of SSA, faculty of DIET, official of Women and Child Development Department, NGOs, volunteers of NSS, NCC, Civil Society working in the field and chairpersons of Zilla Parishad are expected to take part in the conference.  The conference is being jointly organized by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, National institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad, National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities, Chennai and Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Arunachal Pradesh.


Solung Celebrated

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The Solung festival was  celebrated at Bogne, West Siang District recently.

Attending the inaugural day of the festival, Er. Tagong Ketan advised the Adi community to preserve and promote own tradition and culture. Ketan  also advised the students to devote in their study to achieve cent percent literacy rate in the area.

He also highlighted about the total sanitation programme of the government and its benefit.

ABK Youth Wing President Aling Pinggam and Secretary General Toi Modi also spoke on the occasion.

Pinggam also briefed about the importance of Solung celebration and added that Solung,  one of the major festivals of Adi directly or indirectly promote the rich cultural heritage of the society.


Block panchayat office building inaugurated

SEPPA, Sept 5: Block Anchal Chairperson Office cum Intermediate Panchayat Resource Centre Building was inaugurated by Dadi Rimo ZPM 12-Watte Anchal Samiti at Pampoli in East Kameng district. Among others, all the ASMs, Gram Panchayat Chairpersons were present in the inaugural function.

Speaking on the occasion, G S Taku, Block Anchal chairperson highlighted the importance of the Block Office building  and  said that it will serve as major platform for coordination among the three tier Panchayati Raj Intuitional systems.

Lauding the efforts of the Panchayat leaders and authority for having such an  important office building at the block panchayat level,  Dadi Rimo advised the Block Panchayat and Gram Panchayat to work sincerely for the welfare of the common people. DIPRO


National Nutrition Week observed

ITANAGAR, Sep 5: Urban ICDS Project, Itanagar organized a programme with theme "Pohask Aahar, Desh Ka Aadhar" as part of National Nutrition Week celebration at Lower Vivek Vihar, here today.

SC Tok, CDPO, Itanagar highlighted on various provisions under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence (PWDV) Act, 2005, Protection of Child from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act, 2012, Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005 and urged the womenfolk to make themselves acquainted with the provisions under the Acts and avail the opportunities.  He urged all the participants to disseminate the knowledge they have gained to their friends and family members.

Skit play, songs and conduction of BMI were the main highlights of the day-long programme.

Ward No. 4 Councillor Gora Tallang along with Ward Members attended the programme and shared their views and suggestions.

T. Banarjee, DO, Community Food & Nutrition Board of India, Itanagar Unit attended the programme as guest speaker.

Anganwadi workers and helpers, adolescent girls and women from Upper and Lower Vivek Vihar, Police Colony, Chandranagar-I, II and III attended the programme besides people from various walks of life.


Sensitization cum awareness camp on Domestic Violence held

AALO, Sep 5:  A sensitization cum awareness camp on protection of women from domestic violence was organized by the Deputy Director of ICDS on Sept 3 last. The camp also aims at proper orientation of different service providers under the domestic violence Act 2005 especially the social workers and setting up  of service providers in other circle of West Siang. Altogether 25 members from Women Welfare Society of West Siang and SHGs participated in the camps. The Resource persons included Prosecuting Officer, Govt. Advocate, President WSWWS, and Deputy Director ICDS.

After a long deliberation on different topics, the session concluded with interaction between the participants and the resource persons on IPCS under domestic violence Act.  DIPRO


ABKYW condemns vandalism of Police station

ITANAGAR, Sep 5: Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing (ABKYW) President Aling Pinggam, General Secretary Toi Modi and spokeperson Tapu Mibang who were stationed at Kaying during the recent Kaying incident condemned the vandalism of Kaying Police station.

The youth wing demanded the authority concerned to punish the culprit involved in the act.

Meanwhile, demanding official enquiry into the Kaying incident, the team said that damaged of food stalls at Kaying Solung ground and lathi charge by police personnel has let the mob to act violently. Subsequently ill-motive person took advantage of the situation that led to the damaging of Police Station Kaying.

ABKYW also condemned the arrest of General Secretary of Solung Celebration committee Kaying during Solung festival and added that such action on the part of magistrate/ police personnel demonstrate their disrespect to celebration of Solung festival of Adi community.


DMO urged to address problems of Sagalee CHC

ITANAGAR,  Sep 05: A team of Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena, Sagalee Branch led by its president Techi Muna held meeting with the Medical Officer In-charge of Community Health Centre (CHC), Sagalee and discussed various problems of the health centre.

During the discussion, the MO in-charge Dr. Tokar Nyodo informed the team about poor medical facilities in the CHC like poor infrastructure, shortage of doctor and other medical staff, shortage of medicine etc. He also informed that he has already informed the DMO regarding the problem faced by the DCH but no response has been received yet from the DMO's end, according to Sagalee branch of Anti-Corruption Sena release.

The Anti-Corruption Sena unit urged the DM0, Yupia to address these problems of the CHC in the greater interest of the poor and needy patients of the area. It also urged the DMO to visit the CHC to know the ground realities.

It also urged the authority concerned to construct boundary wall to stop land encroachment at CHC Sagalee.


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K P Chako found dead, CM, Byaling assure action

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The speculation over noted businessman K P Chako's safety came to a tragic end with the recovery of his semi-decomposed body at Cheputa village near Midpu along Doimukh-Hoj road today.

Police source informed this daily that the body of 56 years old businessman was found with hands and legs and the neck tied.

Chako's body was reportedly found by 3rd IRBN Commando Company team led by platoon commander ASI, D. Natung around 1.30 pm.

The body was later brought to the State Hospital Naharlagun for post mortem. It is said that the body will be flown to his home state Kerala tomorrow.

Chako was native of Puthupally under Kottayam district in Kerala. He is survived by wife and two daughters. He had been a businessman in Arunachal Pradesh since 1984.

Chako was abducted on 28th August evening from his rented house at Naharlagun along with his manager Binoj Philip.  

Later, police found Binoj at Lichi village near Kimin in Papum Pare district.  

Earlier city police had divulged that no ransom call was received from the abductors. Since then intensive search operation was launched by the state police assisted by CRPF and ITBP.  

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said that  his government shall ensure that the culprits involved in this heinous and unpardonable crime are nabbed at the earliest and awarded exemplary punishment according to the law of the land.

While expressing his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members of late K P Chako, the CM in a condolence message to late Chako's wife Usha Chako, wrote "At this moment of grief, me and people of Arunachal Pradesh extend our solidarity with you and share the pain inflicted on you and your family by this irreparable loss. At the same time, my government shall ensure that the culprits involved in this heinous and unpardonable crime are nabbed at the earliest and awarded exemplary punishment according to the law of the land."

Meanwhile, shocked by tragic news, Home Minister Tanga Byaling condemned the murder of Chako in strongest term.

Byaling while talking to The Arunachal Times stated that perpetrators would be brought to book. The police have already arrested few and the investigation would be intensified to bring those culprits to book at the earliest. Stringent action will be taken against those involved in the crime, added Byaling.  

The home minister further said that his government will have zero tolerance policy towards criminals involved in heinous crimes.

He assured security to every citizen and business community and appealed all to cooperate with police and administration on slightest threat calls and extortion notices.  

He revealed that some Assam based anti-social elements and insurgents are targeting Arunachal to make easy money.

The tragic incident has forced the home department to review its security measures and now the department is planning to erect four more check points including Poma, Sagalee-Doimukh and Jully road to strengthen the security, added Byaling.

The home minister's office also informed that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has called the Kerala Chief Minister and offered to extend all possible help in sending back the body to Kerela.



Orgs., BJP condemn killing of trader

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: Various organizations and political parties of the state today vehemently condemned the killing of businessman KP Chako, who was abducted from his residence at Naharlagun by unidentified persons on August 28.

While expressing shock and agony over killing of Chako, the State Bharatiya Janata Party said, "Chako was a prominent businessman and contributed a lot towards state's business sector since last three decades. His premature demise is an irreparable loss not only to his family but entire state, the party said in a release.

"His killing has created a fear psychosis not only in the minds of business community in Capital Complex but also caused serious concern among public about the deteriorating law and order situation in the state," the release said.

Conveying  heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, the party leaders and workers prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in peace and give his family members courage and strength to withstand the loss.

While condemning the killing in its strongest term, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) said, "Chako was the torch bearer of entrepreneurship in Arunachal Pradesh for the last three decades. He was the person who inspired the local youths towards business sector."

"His contribution towards growth of the state will always be remembered."

NES appealed to the State Government, particularly the law enforcing authority to tighten their belt and ensure immediate arrest of the culprits, their early conviction and capital punishment for committing the heinous crime.  NES prayed to almighty to bestow enough strength to the family members and well-wishers of late Chako, particularlyhis wife Usha Chako, two daughters and his elder brother Sunil Joseph, who came from Kerala after hearing the news of abduction of his brother, to bear the irreparable loss.

Kerala Kala Samskarika Vedi (KKSV) Itanagar while expressing shock over brutal killing of Chako, vehemently condemned the heinous crime and offered deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.



30 Teachers honored with State Awards

‘Arunachal needs hardworking and dedicated teachers’

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: Altogether 30 Teachers have been honoured with the State Teachers Award for 2014 at a Teachers' Day celebration function organized at Banquet Hall here today. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki presented a citation and a shawl each to the awardee teachers.  

Addressing a large gathering of teachers, academicians and students, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki saluted the contribution of teachers of the state in shaping the young students.

Referring to Dr. Radhakrishnan's belief that teachers should be the best minds in the country, he said "Arunachal needs good, committed, hardworking, sincere and dedicated teachers with best of minds. There is a general concern that our government schools are not functioning up to the mark. In far flung locations, teachers do not attend classes regularly. This is affecting the very existence of government schools as students and parents are preferring private schools. This is very serious. Our state is paying the highest salary to SSA teachers in the country."   While we celebrate the day, let us also introspect and give our minds in correcting where we are failing. If a teacher fails in his duty, students will fail in their lives and as responsible citizens, we cannot allow it."

Tuki informed that the State Government has initiated several welfare measures for teachers and for developing the education scenario of the state.

On the efforts to provide accommodation to teachers in interior places, he informed that work in this regard is on. Government will also recognize and reward hardworking teachers and provide incentives for those working in remote locations. According top priority to education sector, Tuki said, state Government has launched slew of flagship schemes. He called upon teachers to take the onerous responsibility and become partners of the welfare government with sincerity and dedication.

 Making a special mention of teachers working in rural and interior areas, he said "despite hardships like lack of basic facilities like accommodation and communication, teachers in remote Arunachal Pradesh have proved more than their mettle in educating and churning out intellectuals over the years. Our teachers need more appreciation and recognition than their counterparts elsewhere."

Parliamentary Secretary, Education, Bamang Felix speaking on the occasion, called upon the teachers to guide the students to meet the practical challenges and to get acquainted with the various alternatives that can help them to explore careers apart from Government Jobs and also in addressing the needs and aspirations of students and youth. He further stressed the need to provide quality and value-based education.

"Teachers do need encouragement and support from the community to feel that their efforts are being recognized" said Felix. He termed teachers as beacons of light, guiding us in the formative years of our life.

Expressing his concern over the growing indiscipline among the present generation, he exhorted them to come up with suggestions on the feasibility of framing proper guidelines to contain undesirable and unrestrained activities of the students. He hoped that such initiative will help in improving the student-teacher relationship and the academic environment in the institutions of learning.

Chief  Secretary, Ramesh Negi also stressed on the vital role of teachers in character-building  of young students which is the need of the hour in today's times. Local MLA Techi Kaso also attended the programme.

Earlier, floral tribute was paid to the portrait of Dr. S Radhakrishnan by the dignitaries. Students of VKV Chimpu and VCS, Itanagar also presented songs on the occasion. DIPR


The Awardees are: Viswanath Yadav, ST, Niranajan Sahoo, ST, Ramakant Upadhyay, ST, Purobi Pandey, ST, A Subba, ST  and  Saroj Shrivastava, ST,  Ram Sumer Sharma, ST, Tek Chandra Pal, ST, Nand Kishor, ST, Deen Bandhu Singh, ST,  Kipa Taro, JT, S S Verma, JT, Hari Sharma, JT, Vibhuti Narain Singh, JT, Sunil Chandra Debnath, JT, Duda Sora, JT, Tadang Tabing, JT, Neelam Dabi, JT, Mrinal Kant Chowdhury, JT, Arun Chandra Saikia, JT, Dari Hanu, AT, Paras Nath Rai, AT, Jambey Ngurup, AT, Kujum Kamdak, AT, Nige Bagra, AT, Lakhya Hira Chetia, AT, Hijum Padu, AT, Rapang Perme, AT(B), Tabom Kakki, AT and Bakakso Pul, AT.




Candlelight vigil organized demanding justice for rape and murder victim

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: A candlelight march was taken out at Likabali yesterday evening by the people of Likabali and Gensi Circle alongwith Jigo Yego Students' Union from Govt. Hr Sec School to the Market area to seek justice for the woman who was raped and murdered at Garu village under  Gensi circle recently.

They have demanded capital punishment for the rapist, speedy trial of the case with no bail granting and compensation for the family members and submitted a memorandum seeking the demand to the district administration. The victim is survived by her husband and three children.



EE inspects rural drinking water supply projects

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: PHED Executive Engineer (EE), Yupia division Bamang Tadh today inspected the implementation of rural water supply schemes sanctioned under National Rural Drinking Water Programme and implemented by PHE & Water Supply, Yupia Division at Langruk, Ressing and Hojuriangpa villages under Leporiang circle. Leporiang circle officer Hage Tarung and ASMs of Leporing and Langding panchayat, GBs and villagers were present during the inspection.

The EE urged the panchayats and villagers to strictly monitor the work to ensure quality. He gave emphasis on timely completion of the schemes while protecting the catchment of the water sources through Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC). He also informed that the distribution system of water supply from treatment plant to consumer points within the panchayat would be handed over and maintained by the villagers themselves through VWSC as per devolution of power and function granted by the government. While briefing on the launching of sanitation programme throughout the country, he informed that the government of India has set August 15, 2015 as the target of providing toilets in every school and Anganwadi center while 2019 as the target for providing Individual House Hold Latrine (IHHL) to every rural household.

Leporiang circle officer Tarung urged the panchayat leaders and the villagers to maintain the assets properly and protect the water sources from illegal deforestation activities.

Later, the team inspected nook and corner of Leporiang town to take stock of the drinking water problem. Being briefed by the circle officer that the circle headquarter had been facing problems for smooth functioning due to lack basic facilities like water supply, the EE said that the department was seriously taking up the matter with the government for early solution. The department sought the support and cooperation of the circle administration, public leaders, panchayats, villagers and youths for finding early solution to the problem.

The EE was accompanied by AE and JE of the PHED, Leporiang and Langding ASMs.



An easy way of creating awareness on importance of wildlife !

Denhang Bosai

Being an avid reader and a keen observer, I am more affected by the ambiance that we live in here in our overtly glorified Arunachal Pradesh as ‘an island of peace’ than many people. Sometimes I feel not to think too much about which I can hardly do anything except create tensions for myself. Whenever I flip through the morning newspapers or check the social network sites, I am appalled by the fact that our people talk and discuss only about corruption at higher places, bad roads, deteriorating law and order problem and so on and so forth. We have blissfully forgotten that our beautiful state was known as a paradise of wildlife in the not too distant past. But today, if one visits any district in Arunachal Pradesh through the treacherous roads in the midst of deep forests and verdant hills, he will not hear any cry of the lovely wild creatures, leave alone sighting them. I have experienced myself. In the past whenever I travelled from Khonsa to Joypore in Assam, I used to see wild boars, deer, varieties of primates, hornbills and all kinds of beautiful birds playing on the tree tops singing and playing unperturbed. My journey then used to be truly memorable and worth-cherishing. But today, the same place is bereft of any wild animal or bird. The journey becomes so prosaic and uneventful. The pertinent question is, where have the magnificent wild creatures gone? The answer is not difficult to find. The greedy and heartless human beings have destroyed and annihilated the beautiful wild creatures created by the supreme Creator to make this world a more beautiful place to live in. Most of the hunters hunt for commercial purpose using all kinds of deadly weapons and the age-old tricks to virtually destroy the hitherto rich wildlife. If anyone visits the local markets in any district of the state he will find wild animal’s meat and birds being sold openly flaunting the wildlife law if any with impunity.

Many will not believe me if I say this but they will have to believe me whether they like it or not. The long stretch of jungles from Hukanjuri in Tirap district to Joypore in Assam is an elephant corridor. I have seen herds of elephants many times by the roadside and sometimes right in the middle of the road standing imposingly least bothered about who I am. The most interesting part is, most of them are either females or little calves. I hardly see any male elephant with task. The unscrupulous hunters and poachers kill the tuskers for the prized tusks which have great values in the international markets. The state bird Hornbill is a thing of the past in Tirap district. This magnificent bird used to be seen by the trees on the roadside. All types of pheasants, lizards including the endangered monitor lizard, porcupine and all kinds of wild animals and birds are killed for sale in Deomali area which was popular for the presence of these beautiful wild creatures. Green pigeons and parrots are snared and sold openly right under the nose of the Forest officials. What are the administration and Forest department doing? They can even ban hunting in vulnerable places like Deomali. I often share posts on wildlife in facebook but sadly no body shows any interest but only makes weird comments. The members tend to be more interested to know the best way to cook the meat of the wild creatures.  Disgusting indeed! This is due to sheer lack of interest in saving the precious wildlife among our people. In fact, most of our people are keener on destroying the rich wildlife. They have no love lost for these beautiful creatures. This often intrigues and perturbs me. It even disturbs my sleep. Our children and their children will not see many of the exotic wild creatures which roamed freely in our jungles. How can one not enjoy the lovely wild creatures playing and singing in the wilderness making this world livelier? I fail to understand.

There is an urgent need for creating awareness regarding the importance of safeguarding our very precious wildlife which is on the edge among our children. They should be taught to love and admire the wildlife. If they love the wild creatures then they will obviously start to think for their safety. The schools and the colleges are the ideal places where awareness on conservation of wild life can be created and propagated. If they are aware then they can make others including their parents aware of the harmful consequences of hunting and killing the beautiful wild animals and birds. There are many ways of creating awareness.  We all know that College fests and School weeks are held annually in all the Colleges and the Schools all over the state during which many competitive events like sports and games, literary activities, music, dances, dramas etc are held. The prizes the College and the School authorities give them are trophies and medals along with certificates. If pictures of laminated birds and animals mounted on a stand are given as the prizes to the winners of different events then it will go a long way in acquainting the students with the lovely wild birds and animals and will also create awareness among them regarding the value of these creatures. It is not costly at all. The authorities can download from the net and laminate them and frame them nicely. I have done it and I am displaying these laminated pictures of the wonderful creatures in my drawing room.  All my friends who often visit me first look at them and express their admiration for these lovely pictures. Many of them have emulated my example.  Through this humble article of mine I sincerely appeal all the Principals and Headmasters of our state on this auspicious occasion of Guru Utsav or Teacher’s day to take this small suggestion with a greater degree of seriousness and give a try. I am sure that they will not regret it. The onus of saving our rich wildlife is on all of us. Let’s not depend upon the government alone. First love the wildlife and you will have the strong urge to save it. Let’s all contribute our mite and our collective effort to make our state a paradise of wild creatures once again and give her a pride of place in the country and the world. Together we can do it. [The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at [email protected]]



CM expresses concern over delay in construction of MLA apartments, Legislative building

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this morning made a surprise visit to the under-construction sites of the MLA apartments, State Legislative building and the State Civil Secretariat. He was accompanied by local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for UD & Town Planning Techi Kaso, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Commissioner PWD Ganesh Koyu and Planning Secretary Sonam Chombay.

Visiting first the MLA apartments at Chimpu, Tuki interacted with officials of the executing agency, Urban Development, and took first hand information about the hurdles being faced for completion of the project. The Rs 7647 lakh project, which started in 2010 has been delayed by 21 months. It was scheduled to be completed in 22 months from the date of start (September 2012).

The Chief Minister expressed concern over the delay and suggested the officers to make a target of completing the project block-wise. He sought a detailed report on the project to arrive at a concrete decision immediately. According to sources, the project may take another one year for completion.

The Chief Minister was in for a surprise at the State Legislative building. Progress of work on the project was almost static. He expressed surprise that the progress of construction was almost negligible since his last visit to the site. He directed the officials to review the whole project and submit a report to the government.

"A building of this importance cannot be left languishing for petty matters concerning the contractors and the executing agencies," Tuki observed. He sought immediate resolution to all the differences.

"No matter what, this building should be completed as soon as possible," he said.

The only solace came from the progress of the Civil Secretariat, which is coming up in expected lines. Walking up right from the entry gate of the vast complex, the Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the project.

Joint Secretary (GA/DA) Sadhana Deori informed that out of the four blocks of the Secretariat two were complete. In fact, one of the completed block - Block 4 - is fully functional at the moment. Block 3 will be made fully functional by the end of this month.

The departments of General Administration (GA), District Administration (DA), Secretariat Administration (SA), Home and Social Justice & Empowerment & Tribal Affairs have already moved into Block 4 and functioning from there. Departments like Personnel, Administrative Reforms, etc are likely to move into Block 3 within 10 days.

Provisions have been kept for establishment of a SBI branch and a Post Office in the completed blocks. While SBI has been already allocated space, allocation of space for the post office is under consideration.

The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the status of the Civil Secretariat and the way it has come up.

"These buildings are of world class quality. We must congratulate people behind these. Once completed the Secretariat Complex will be one of the best landmarks of the state capital," he observed and urged the executing agency to carry on the work with the same zeal and complete it as soon as possible.

Tuki further felt that once all the departments move in, the functioning of the government machinery would be smoother and easier. CMMC



Arunachal celebrates Teachers' Day

ITANAGAR, Sep 5: Arunachal Pradesh today celebrated the Teachers' Day with various programmes to mark the birth anniversary of renowned scholar, philosopher and statesman  Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

State Resource Center for Adult Education and Jan Shikshan Sansthan Naharlagun today jointly  made especial arrangement for viewing the live interaction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with school children on the occasion of Teacher Day. Students viewed the programme at   Kendra Vidalaya School, Oju Mission school, Little Rose school Naharlagun, VKV school Nirjuli, Chaniki Rijo School Chandra Nagar, Itanagar and Vocational Training centre Itanagar and Kimin.

Similar arrangements were made at four Centre of East Siang district by SRC Naharlagun.

The Govt. Hr Secondary School, Doimukh  celebrated the Teachers Day in a befitting manner in presence of students and teachers and Deputy Director of School Education, Papum Pare district  T T Tara. The most attractive part of the agenda was live telecast of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address and interaction with student of the whole country. It was really a unique video conferencing of its kind which is most effective and knowledgeable.

Teachers' day was also celebrated with great pomp and gaiety at Govt Hr Sec School, Kankarnalah, Naharlagun today.

Students presented cultural items highlighting the diverse culture of the country.

Two teachers namely; M Islam PGT (Chemistry) and BM Mishra TGT (English) who are on the verge of retirement were felicitated by the staff and students of the school.

At Govt Middle School, Senki Park, cultural programme and literary activities such as essay and drawing competition were organized to mark the occasion.

The Good Shepherd Public School, Papu Happah, Naharlagun celebrated the Teachers Day with great pomp and gaiety.

Speaking on the occasion, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki emphasized on enhancement of moral values in addition to academic pursuit of the students. He also stressed on the need of developing a sense of responsibility for environment protection. He particularly  exhorted the teachers to play a greater role in  promoting the  student-teachers relationship.

The students also presented colourful programe to mark the occasion.

In East Siang district, the Teachers Day was celebrated in a befitting manner. Besides rich floral tribute to the portrait of Dr. Radhakrishnan, cultural and literary activities were organized in various schools to mark the occasion. Live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address in various schools of the district was another attraction of teachers' day celebration.  

The Teachers Day  was also celebrated throughout the West Kameng district today. Attending the  Teachers Day celebration programme at GHSS, Bomdila, Deputy Commissioner A K Singh called upon the teachers to perform their duties sincerely. Singh also advised the students to respect the teachers  and  dedicated in their study. Various cultural programmes were also organized to mark the Teachers' Day.

Along with the rest of the  Nation, the family of Govt. Polytechnic Namsai celebrated  the Teachers' Day in a grand manner.

Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Kumar Principal in-charge of Govt. Polytechnic Namsai highlighted the importance of celebrating   "Teachers Day".  He also advised the students not to indulge in any anti-social activities and to concentrate in studies along with other co-curricular activities.

Students from various departments of the institute took active part and performed cultural programme to mark the occasion.

Earlier, the programme started with lightening of lamps by Suresh Kumar and Dr. Abhijit Talukdar, the Principal In-charge of Govt. Polytechnic Roing.

Teachers Day was also celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by the school children at Govt Higher Secondary School, Chongkham. The celebration began with the floral tributes to the portrait of Dr  Radhakrishnan. This was followed by the inspiring speeches of Principal and other teachers.



Meeting on illegal timber operation in East Siang

PASIGHAT, Sep 5: A meeting on curbing the timber related illegalities arising out of mechanism carpentry units granted with band saw in East Siang was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava. SP Devendra Arya SP, Kaling Koyu DD(Industry), Tabang Jamoh, DFO and many other Govt officers, including police and forest officials attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Srivastava emphasized on total rein in illegal timber operation in the district. She directed all the attending officers to keep vigil on timber related illegalities and to seize the timber which does not possess hammer mark and transit pass issued by the forest department. They should keep extra vigil in areas like Mebo, Nari, Korang where chances of illegalities are more.

The DFO and the DDI emphasizes on the issue of trading license of mechanized carpentry unit with band saw strictly on the condition that they will establish in notified Industrial Estate (IE,) complex only.

The house resolved that all mechanized carpentry units with band saw to be shifted to notified industrial estate. Any such unit outside the IE will be treated illegal. No trading license on mechanized carpentry units will be issued band saw beyond 12' as per govt. order. Movement of timber between dusk to dawn will be banned. A joint task force comprising personnel from police, forest and industry headed by Administrative Officer will be formed immediately to check timber related illegalities by mechanized carpentry units.

Earlier Tabang Jamoh and Osar Gao(RO) briefed in detail about departmental timber operation, illegal saw mills and legal & illegal band saw units. Power point presentation on mode of sourcing of round logs in legal saw mills located in notified IE complex and type of wood cutting band saw was also presented by them. They informed that all out efforts are being put in to check the illegal timber operation in the district and sought support and co-operation in their endeavor. DIPRO



AYA appeals druggists and pharmacists to not sell sedative  without  prescription

From a Correspondent

ZIRO, Sep 5: As part of its continued efforts to fight drug abuse and alcoholism, the Apatani Youth Association (AYA) conducted a meeting with Lower Subansiri Druggist & Chemist Association (LSDCA) here today evening.

Chairing the meeting, AYA president Taku Chatung said that every citizen of India has right to establish or run business anywhere in the country but at the same time they have to ensure that no people is harmed because of their negligence.

Stating that the chemists prepare medicines to cure diseases and physicians prescribe these medicines to patients; but sometimes these medicines are misused as 'drug', he appealed to the drug house owners not to sell such medicines that can be used as drugs without doctors' prescription.

Attending the meeting, Dr. Pura Duri, Medical Officer, district hospital Ziro disclosed a list of medicines which are generally used as drugs and also names of medicines which are not permitted to sell in drug houses.

Participating in the meeting, Dusu Amer, secretary Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, Ziro branch gave some valuable suggestions and also appealed to the medicine shop owners to cooperate the team in their fight against growing drug menace in the Valley.

Later, Chatung AYA president talking to this correspondent, said that the meeting with the LSDCA was successful and fruitful as they have adopted certain resolutions which includes submission of a representation to district administration for issuance of an executive order restricting open selling on Psychotropic and Narcotic drugs, to fight against the drug menace in the Valley jointly by AYA and LSDCA and to initiate action against erring chemist house/shop jointly.



28th Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship

Tukum enters U-13 single and U-15 double quarterfinals

ITANAGAR, Sep 5: Laa Tukum, younger brother of Arunachal's ace shuttler Laa Talar, defeated Bhavim Karamchandani of Gujarat in straight set to enter into U-13 Boys Singles quarterfinal in the CH Ranbir Singh Memorial 28th Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship, which began in Rohtak, Haryana on Thursday. He beat Karamchandani 21-9, 21-14 in the pre-quarterfinal to book his place in the last eight today evening.

Tuku, who had a bye in the first round, beat Jaitidya Pratap Singh of Chattishgarh 21-18, 21 -13 in the second round and Chaynit Joshi of Uttarakhand 21-12,  21-13 in the third round.

However, Tukum lost to Kiran George of Kerala 13- 21, 16- 21 in the second round of Under 15 boys single event, He had a bye in the first round.

Meanwhile, Tukum partnering with Yash Raikwar beat the pair of B Ankam and Q Mohammed from Telegana 21-13, 21-17 to reach U-15 boys double quarter-final. The pair had got a bye in the first round.

Barring Tukum, none of the players from Arunachal Pradesh could clear the first hurdle as eight out of the nine players bowed out in first round.

Over 900 shuttlers from all over the country are participating in the championship.

Earlier, inaugurating the championship yesterday, Principal Secretary to Government of Haryana Amir Jha highlighted the Harayana Government's various initiatives for development of games and sports sector in the state. He informed that there are more than 100 stadiums across the state and the Government has also decided to make collaboration with China and Japan for development of Badminton in the state. He also informed about the fact that Haryana players win most of the medals India bag in various international events.

Meanwhile, Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) has attributed the poor performance of the state team to lack of proper infrastructure, training facilities and coaches. Despite having enough talent, the shuttlers of the state could not perform up to their potential in the championship mainly due to lack of proper training facilities and coaches, said ASBA Secretary Bamang Tago. He, however, hoped the state government will address these problems on priority basis.

Further, the ASBA secretary, while appreciating the parents and guardians for motivating and encouraging their children to play badminton, urged them to continue extending support for development of the sport in Arunachal Pradesh.

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A true honour

Dear Editor,

Teachers are the second parents.  They are our guide, mentor and motivator.  They show us the right path and walk with us until we can walk ahead in our life by ourselves. They help us identify our strength and weaknesses, make optimum use of our potentials, find the hidden talents among each student.

Teachers are our role models. They lead us through the stages of intellectual, physical and social development. They take joy at the success of students. By succeeding in our respective fields, we can truly honor our Teachers.

My salute to all teachers


Joram Aatum




Road under construction for infinity

Dear Editor,

Three years back when the Namchik-Miao-M’Pen road was sanctioned by Ministry of Department of North Eastern Region (DoNER) under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resource (NLCPR) 2011 – 2012, the public took a sigh of relief thinking that they will have a comfortable travel after years of body aching journey on that potholes filled road but now the public feels that the sigh they took was simply a mistake.

The Namchik-Miao-M’Pen road is one out of 13 projects prioritized during 2008-2009 by Ministry of DoNER under NLCPR out of the priority list of projects submitted by government of Arunachal Pradesh for funding and thus,  the Namchik-Miao-M’Pen was sanctioned an estimated cost of Rs. 20.798 Crore and Rs.7.476 Crore was released under NLCPR 2011-2012. The construction of the 37 km road was taken by a local contractor and the work started in early 2012 and after nearly three years only one third of the road has been laid with gravel and WBM (broken). The administration seems to be blind on the slow construction of the road and public voices have not been heard.

Journey on that road only led to body ache three years back but now, along with the ache, the public has to face fog of dust and sand on hot and sunny days and feel the experience of being on a paddy field on rainy days.





An open letter to Education Department

Dear Editor,

Today while taking this opportunity on Teachers' Day, I on behalf of teaching community of our state would like to draw the kind attention of the present state govt to the several issues related to SSA teachers.

The state government particularly education department under the able leadership of CM Nabam Tuki and Minister Education Tapang Taloh  should take up timely regularization process of SSA teachers without keeping a long gap since the State Govt under dynamic leadership of former CM Late Khandu and former Minister, Education Bosiram Siram had already started regularizing the services.

 58 SSA teachers were given appointment letters with assurance of appointment of 100 more soon. But it is observed that within these couple of years the concerned education department has not continued the process. If govt haD continued the same on timely basis, many of SSA teachers could have been absorbed so far. So it is my fervent appeal to the state govt that a clear cut regularization policy may kindly be adopted to ensure timely regularization. We must be guaranteed regularization of jobs as you know our service tenure is being shortened on contractual posts.

I appeal to the concerned authorities to take necessary steps towards fulfilling the demand and expectation of aggrieved teachers as soon as possible.

I congratulate all award winning teachers on Teachers' Day and appeal all of them to be more dedicated towards their services and be a role model for students. We all should do the same.


Osek Apum,


UPS Debing



Give all a chance

Dear Editor,

I respect our Public Service commission and the rules laid down by them.  I found that our APPSC officials follow rules strictly which is very encouraging.

But they made a mistake by advertising the posts of assistant professor in inappropriate time this year. If they wanted to recruit more APST candidate for such high post they should have waited for the final semester result of both RGU and NERIST.

Students can have their mark sheet ready and apply for the post, otherwise it’s like giving second chance to same people who applied last year as well and giving opportunity to students of neighbouring states where result are declared early.

My candidature was rejected because I couldn't produce the final mark sheet on time although I had all other required documents.

Through this daily, I humbly request the public service commission to look in this matter so that in future qualified student like me will not suffer.





Connect the circle

Dear Editor,

Darak circle is the one of oldest circles of West Siang district, which is located 40 kms away from district headquarter, Aalo.

The circle has been deprived of telephone facilities, among the circles of 27th Liromoba.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam limited (BSNL) tower was erected a year back but so per it is kept un- activated.

It is understood that the government has empowered the department of telecom service to venture into any areas for better communication and permitted to play a vital role in satisfying the target of providing telephone on demand and new connections. The BSNL have full liberty to operate in a commercial manner including acquisition and joint ventures with private sectors.

Therefore, I highly beseech the General Manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam limited to provide infrastructural support as well as early activation of the services at Darak in order to provide communication facilities to the people.


Ngatum Raksap

Rajiv Gandhi University






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Fundamentalists trying to make inroad

After Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahari recently declared formation of Indian branch of terror group, today police foiled an alleged attempt by a group of four youngmen from Hyderabad city to join the rank of ISIS, a Sunni jihadist group. Already an Indian youth from Mumbai died fighting for the ISIS at Syria last month. As per media report the four arrested, including two engineering students (all aged between 23 and 25), were tracked down to Kolkata last week by police from where they were allegedly preparing to flee to Iraq.

The youths were "attracted" by the ISIS propaganda on social networking sites and net-based mobile messenger. Islamic fundamentalist groups are trying to make inroad into India with such propaganda. Despite having large population, Muslims of India had largely kept themselves away from fundamentalists.  However in recent years things are changing and few youths have been found attracted to ideas of fundamentalist groups. Government of India, especially security agencies should take some urgent step to contain movement of such anti-social group.

If timely steps are not taken, youths may get influence posing threat to country’s security.