ITANAGAR, Sept 7: The ten days spiritual leadership training on Nyedar Namlo movement
conducted by the Executive Council Central Nyedar Namlo (ECCNN) and Nyishi Indigenous
Faith and Cultural Society (NIFCS) concluded at MDTC, Midpu, Doimukh today.
Attending the valedictory function today, Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor
Prof. Tamo Mibang opined that “since we are worshiper of nature, we should maintain
and preserve our ecology for healthy environment for existence of human being and
all other living things on this earth”.
Earlier, Course Director of the Programme Nabam Tata informed that trainees were
imparted knowledge on “Nyetam” a book which covers specialized subject in spiritual
power (Nyub)/chanting hymns (Nyetam Nyub)/preaching including “DWRNAM” a book of
Hymns on Death Ritual (Ceremony), the faith and traditional belief / concept of Nyishis
on ritual system.
In his address, Central Nyedar Namlo president Nabam Atum advised all the trainees
to disseminate the knowledge they have gained to other members for preservation of
age-old traditional system of prayers. He also appealed to all Nyishi intellectuals
to extend full cooperation and support for further strengthening the Namlo movement
to uphold the faith and culture.
In total, 80 participants from five Nyishi dominated districts attended the training.
ACF mourns Chako’s death
ITANAGAR, Sept 7: The Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has condoled the demise of
the businessman KP Chako whose body was found on September 5 last after he was kidnapped
on August 28 last.
“The gruesome circumstances of his death hangs heavy on the soul of every conscientious
citizen of the state. Having spent more than 30 years in this state doing honest
business and in the process helping the development of the state, his bullet ridden
body had to be returned to his home state,” ACF said in the release.
The tearful farewell at the helipad was sufficient evidence of the high esteem in
which the people of Arunachal held late Chako, ACF said. May the almighty also touch
the hearts of the perpetrators of this crime so that they will not venture into similar
heinous acts again, the release added.
15 bikes recovered
ITANAGAR, Sept 7: City Police claimed to have busted a gang of bike lifters with
the arrest of two of its members and recovery of 15 stolen motorcycles from their
The apprehended bike lifters were identified as Apa Doley of Gohpur and Ajay Borah
With their arrest, police have claimed to have solved six bike lifting cases.
Police are conducting further raids to nab the remaining members of the gang.
The motorcycles were recovered during a search operation conducted by a team of city
police led by OC, Itanagar Police Station, T Bage under overall supervision of SDPO
Bomje Kamduk from Kironijan Tongai village under Gohpur Police Station, Police informed
in a release.
Police bust sex racket
ITANAGAR, Sept 7: Naharlagun Police today claimed to have busted a sex racket and
arrested 10 persons, including six women, all of them non-Arunachalees, from a hotel
Three men and manager of the hotel were also arrested by police, informed Naharlagun
Town Magistrate Nangram Pingkap, who led the team during the raid.
All of them have been handed over to Naharlagun Police Station for registration of
case and further investigation.
The Town Magistrate has said that similar raids will be conducted in few other suspected
locations within Capital Complex soon.
Hage Bebizan gets national award
ITANAGAR, Sept 7: Hage Bebizan, Assistant Teacher of Govt. Secondary School Telluliang,
Tezu received the National Teacher Award-2013 from President Pranab Mukharjee on
the Teachers Day at New Delhi on September five. She was accorded a warm reception
on her return from New Delhi to Tezu by Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti, Tezu today.
Shaky state police renew strategies to check crime
3 arrested in Chako murder case, 8 identified
ITANAGAR, Sept 7: After drawing flaks from all quarters for alleged inefficiency
and failure to save the slain businessman K P Chako from the abductors, the red faced
and shaky state police department today vowed to renew its spirit with few strategies
to deal with growing crime in the state.
Addressing the journalists at PHQ here today, Director General of Police (DGP) S
Nithianandam informed that the government has sanctioned for establishment of five
check gates at strategic locations such as Yupia-Hoj-Sagalee tri-junction, Dikrong
bridge, Julli, Chimpu-Poma and Chimpu-Holongi roads and very soon the check posts
will be established.
To contain crimes in the state capital, the DGP said that CCTV cameras will be set
up at every strategic location to easily detect movement of criminals. He further
informed that the police department is introducing tenant/house servant verification
format to check crime in the capital. The new apparatus is being applied considering
the vulnerability of rental houses and owner from tenants and house servants as many
people with criminal background are reportedly getting easy accommodation without
any proper verification.
He added that appropriate action would be taken against landlord as per the established
law if they fail to comply or maintain the verification format. For effective policing
in and around the capital complex, Nithianandam divulged that the police department
is introducing ‘beat patrolling system’. A constable would be given in charge for
a particular area to get details of every people living; like crime records, ILP
violators etc, he added.
DGP instructed all the SPs to call a ‘public grievance meeting’ once in a month involving
common people, politicians, student leaders and business community. The grievances
of each individual or organization would be taken into consideration during the meeting,
the DGP said.
Police opined that day-to-day violation of traffic rules was helping the criminals
flee easily after committing crimes. The state police department said that stringent
action will be taken against violators saying that vehicle plying without number
plate would be presumed or considered as stolen.
A SP rank officer would be deputed for Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) and separate phone
line would be set up soon to tackle extortion menace, the police department further
IGP, Law and Order I D Shukla in his address stressed on public cooperation to contain
law and order problems. He said that sharing inputs and information, even of slight
threat call or extortion notice by the people specially traders to police would help
to tackle crime effectively. “Success of AEC would entirely depend upon sharing information
and public cooperation,” said Shukla. He admitted that police department has learnt
a lesson from Chako’s incident and assured to improve its searching system in case
of similar situation in the hilly terrains.
Highlighting the objectives of the Press Meet, AIGP Taba Tusar said that the police
department wants to assure that people specially business community who are from
outside the state, are totally safe. He also stated that media as well as public
have to play pro-active role by helping the police in containing law and order situation.
Capital SP Seju P Kuruvilla disclosed that three persons have been arrested in connection
with Chako’s kidnapping and murder case and eight more persons have been reportedly
identified. However, he refused to share the detailed information on the background
of the accused involved saying that it would hamper the investigation. He further
said that accused behind Chako’s case appear to be a well organized gang with local
and non-locals as members.
The SP said that police is very close to cracking the case and assured that very
soon all accused would be behind the bar.
28th National Sub-Junior Badminton Championship
Tukum loses in final
ITANAGAR, Sept 7: It was heartbreak for Laa Tukum in 28th National Sub-Junior Badminton
Championship as the budding badminton player from Arunachal Pradesh had to settle
for the silver medal after going down fighting to M. Meiraba of Manipur in two straight
sets in the final today.
Number one ranked Meiraba beat Tukum 21-19, 21-16 to win U-13 boys single gold medal
at Rohtak, Haryana today, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) Secretary
Tukum, who had a bye in the first round, defeated Jaitidya Pratap Singh of Chattishgarh
21-18, 21-13 in the second round, Chaynit Joshi of Uttarakhand 21-12, 21-13 in the
quarterfinal and Suraj Chokroborty of West Bengal 22-20, 21-13 in the semifinal before
he lost his gold medal match today.
Meanwhile, the organizing committee of the Second Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open
Badminton Championship today held its final review meeting here today.
Over 360 players from various districts and clubs of the state are expected to participate
in the tournament beginning here on September 12, organizing committee chairman Tadar
Apa informed, adding that “preparations are underway in full swing for the ensuing
25 % RTE quota remains un-availed in private schools
[ Appu Gapak ]
ITANAGAR, Sept 7: India has the largest number of illiterates, by far close to 40
percent. Hence, the RTE (Right to Education) Act was implemented in the year 2009
enforcing free and compulsory education to all children between 6 to 14 years.
RTE Act’s main goal has been to achieve 100 percent literacy rate across the country.
However, much hasn't changed since the Act was implemented as the Govt. schools have
often come under the ire of the common public for not complying with the RTE norms,
thus charging fees from the students in the name of application forms and infrastructure
With the already pitiable condition that the Government schools of the state are
in, the dismal implementation of the RTE Act is seen as just another failure.
But what most of the people here in the state, probably, do not know is that private
school also come under the ambit of RTE Act.
‘…It requires all private schools to reserve 25 percent of seats to children (to
be reimbursed by the state as part of the public-private partnership plan),’ reads
a point from the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.
The All Arunachal Private School Association (AAPSA) informed that the schools in
the state have been following the rule since last year.
“We have been following the rule since last year, as soon as it was made mandatory
for us,” said Shijoy Kurian, the principal of JNK Public School here.
He informed that his school has enrolled 23 students in the current session according
to the set norm.
“We don’t even charge bus fare from those students,” says the principal.
However, this opportunity is not being availed to its fullest due to the lack of
awareness among the common people.
The principal of JNK Public School agrees to the fact and says that the 23 students
availing the opportunity in his school were the only ones who sought admission under
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Academy at Karsingsa do not have single enrollment under the
25 percent quota.
“Hardly anyone comes for it,” says Shaji PL, principal of the school.
Nobody will deny that the objectives of the RTE Act are creditworthy. But in order
to implement the Act in letter and spirit, the education department must ensure that
the common people are also aware of the opportunities that are being provided to
them under the Act.
Society organises clean up Aalo prog
AALO, Sept 7: A massive social service was organized by All Ato Paktu Ao Welfare
Society to clean the Aalo Township today.
The vast stretches of unused lands on both sides of the road and entry points of
the DC’s office, Circuit House, front side of SBI and Post Office were bulldozed
and leveled to create parking places. The man-size potholes on the road were also
filled up. Earth movers, trucks, tractors, roller of private individuals, company
and department were pressed into service to transport sand, silt, boulders and lift
Parking place for nearly hundred vehicles have been created in both sides of the
road which will minimize traffic problem in the most crowded junction of the town.
At District Hospital Aalo, the entire drains of the hospital and surroundings were
cleared by the workers, doctors and medical staff. Similar cleanliness drives were
also carried out in different locations and establishments of Aalo Township.
Kento Ete and Mito lollen, President and General Secretary of AAPAWS disclosed that
the programme was a part of town beautification initiative. The programme also aimed
at inculcating a civic sense among the town dwellers.
Aalo West MLA Tumke Bagra, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, Brig. RS Guraya,
Commander 5 Mountain Brigade, Govt. officers, senior members of AAPAWS, women and
youth wing enthusiastically took part in the day-long social service. DIPRO
Contribute to GDP: Mein
ITANAGAR, Sept 7: Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dairy Development Minister Chowna
Mein has called upon the officers and officials of his department to strive for development
of livestock sector and contribute to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Highlighting the importance of animal husbandry for developing rural economy in the
annual review meeting of the department at Namsai recently, Mein suggested the villagers
and women self-help groups (SHGs) to inculcate the habit of rearing livestock, particularly
pig, goat, chicken and dairy farming that can give good returns without much efforts.
He said that rural economy can be uplifted through livestock farming by women SHGs
and unemployed youths.
Mein suggested the Department officers to enhance the livestock breeding system through
artificial insemination with frozen semen straw. He reminded the district officers
to stick to the govt. guidelines while selecting beneficiaries for livestock subsidy
in consultation with the PRI members. He also suggested for more research works
for better outputs, and urged the department to study the feasibility for establishing
a Veterinary College in the state and opening various dairy, piggery, poultry and
goat farms in districts wherever feasible. He also stressed the need of submitting
feasible schemes to NEC/ DoNER for better and holistic development of Animal Husbandry
and Dairy in the state instead of forwarding unfeasible scheme of individual or NGOs.
Mein also stressed the need for streamlining of the department for better working
system and service delivery.
MLA CZ Namchoom requested the department to study feasibility for establishment of
an Emu farm at Namsai.
Namsai Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma suggested the department to establish various
livestock farms at Namsai.
Director, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Dr. T Padung, Secretary CP Mansai, Joint
Director (Planning) Dr. ND Minto also spoke.
In the technical session, all the district officers and the nodal officers highlighted
activities, achievements through power-point.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum Pare made a PowerPoint presentation on on-going and proposed
schemes in the KVK.
PRI leaders and host of SHGs involved in animal husbandry activities at Namsai and
district officers from all the districts attended the meeting.
Night chowkider turns film director
[ Yachang Tacho ]
ZIRO, Sept 7: In these modern days, there are multifarious job opportunities both
in technical and non-technical sectors in government as well as private sector .
But regrettably, majority of people in Arunachal Pradesh still believe that the word
‘Employment’ stands for having a job in Govt. agency no matter whether it is an contractual
basis or contingency staff.
They also believe that a Govt. job can only give a peace of mind and ensure a secured
and peaceful life. As such, they run from pillar to post to land a government job.
But there is a man, who swam against the current and resigned his government job
on the ground that the nature of the job did not match his interest and tastes.
Tage Richo was an employee of Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat working as night chowkidar.
He resigned from his job after serving for few years and later turned into a film
director-producer and an artisan.
Richo, son of Lt. Tage Bida of Mudang Tage village under Lower Subansiri district,
Ziro is a practical man having multiple interest and tastes. He always tries to do
something new. Presently he is residing at Pare Ami, Hapoli and rearing domestic
animals and birds. One of the birds he is trying to breed is Emmu, Australia’s largest
bird, which is surviving for last two years in extreme climatic condition of Ziro
Valley. He has also a fish pond within his residential compound where varieties of
high altitude fishes are being reared.
Beside his interest for domestic animals, he also spares his time in making traditional
handicrafts, woodcarving and furniture. He is famous for his artistic ideas. As
an artisan, he participated in exhibitions during Republic Day, Statehood Day, Independence
Day at Itanagar and Ziro several times and received prizes for highest selling of
his products on many occasions. He even participated at an exhibition held in New
The demand of his products is much higher than he could produce them because of which
he does not feel the necessity of opening a retail outlet.
He is also a film producer, director and actor. He was the director of five Apatani
feature films and played roles in several local Hindi feature films, including Taro
Chatung’s ‘Frontier Students’ in 1993.
‘In 1993, I came to know that an audition for an Apatani audio album was being held
at Itanagar. So, I came to Itanagar from Ziro to try my luck. On reaching Itanagar,
again I learnt that Taro Chatung is looking for an artist for his upcoming film Frontier
Student. Instead of attending the audition, I met Chatung. Just after a brief interaction,
he agreed to offer me a role in his film. It was my beginning in film world,’ the
42- year- old Richo said.
Thereafter, he acted in many short films for Doordrashan Itanagar and also worked
as cameraman for then popular news show “News & Views” under Taro Chatung for more
than three years.
In 2003, he directed a comedy film ‘Dolyang Lampii’ in Apatani, and in 2005, he directed
‘Vishwasgath’ a local Hindi feature film. In 2006, he again directed Dolyang Lampii-II.
He has also produced two feature films in Apatani; ‘O Tanjo Nyima’ and Onya in 2011
and 2013 respectively in which he himself played the lead roles.
“Had I not resigned my job I might not have reached where I am today. So, I can
say I have taken the right decision,” he said proudly.
Recruitment process to various State Govt. jobs in Arunachal Pradesh, especially
those involving huge number of candidates are by and large carried out in an unprofessional
way or rather with lenient approach by various departments. It has been observed
that during written examinations, possibilities of impersonation cannot be ruled
out as there is no proper check of identity of the candidates while appearing for
the written examination. Grapevine has it that sometimes, engineering/science students
are hired for impersonating the actual candidates for scoring better marks in maths
and science related subjects. Worse, use of mobile phones is not strictly checked.
One cannot but agree that use of smart phones in exams would tantamount to getting
access to the very answer sheets. The ultimate sufferers are the genuinely deserving
candidates who have slogged hard day and night preparing for the examinations. They
lose interest during the examination itself further reducing their chances of outperforming
the candidates who resort to unfair means. And the gainers are of course the unscrupulous
and undeserving candidates, the cheap impersonators and perhaps some conniving departmental
officials and so-called Hon’ble Ministers who may benefit from such arrangement by
ensuring that their favored ones get through the hurdle of written examination as
they can bribe their way through the Viva-Voce.
If the present people-friendly Government really wants to hire the best manpower
available in the State, they have to be really unfriendly with the shameless section
of people who are hell-bent on dumping undeserving candidates into Govt. workforce
by hook or by crook. First step in that direction would be streamlining of recruitment
process to eliminate chances of use of unfair means in written examinations.
As I am writing this, I have in mind two imminent written examinations that I am
going to appear in, one conducted by APPSC and another by Hon’ble Gauhati High Court,
Itanagar Permanent Bench. I hope the two bodies/organizations, being of high repute
and trustworthiness, will strictly monitor the exams conducted by them to ensure
fairness. Candidates like me won’t be dejected by failure in these competitive exams
if true competitiveness is maintained in letter and spirit.
Are we ready yet ?
I am as guilty for the recent murders and anti-social activities as the perpetrators
who carried it out.
This was my thought after I had thought long and hard about the recent events. People
on social media have been vocal about the punishments that should be meted out to
the wrongdoers. However, we should be thinking more clearly about how we have come
to this from being the most peaceful state in India not so long ago.
I have been debating internally, whether I need to put my thoughts out there. Having
thought hard, I believe it is the responsibility of each person to have an opinion
and to speak up when the need arises like now.
We blame the politicians for this malaise, but who elected them? And who don't mind
letting them continue as long as money is exchanging hands favourably? What is the
Not long after the markets shut down in the capital complex demanding early resolution
of the then kidnapping case, a few disgruntled voices came out with the feeling that
a local woman had been raped and murdered, yet the associations in the capital town
chose to highlight the kidnapping of an 'outsider'. I have been guilty of the same
emotion more often than I will honestly admit, however, I believe therein lies the
root cause of everything.
Every-time that I go to a government office and pay a 'processing fee' I am encouraging
the practice. Every-time that a north-easterner is abused in the mainland, we cry
racial-discrimination. Every-time that I am incessantly honking at the car ahead
of me I am disturbing so many others. What has happened to us?
I think the key is 'being human' like the charity promoted by Bollywood. The clerks
need to appreciate the harassment a fellow human is under and try to help him proactively,
as is the person required to request the clerk politely. Abuse of a person is an
abuse on humanity first, to seek their consideration, we should also offer our own
consideration towards them, both in the mainland as well as here in our homeland.
The driver of the stalled car in front has no interest in staying on the same spot
as he is also going somewhere, do we need to honk repeatedly to remind him so?
A movie called Pay It Forward encapsulated what I am trying to say. In order to receive
kindness we have to give kindness. In order to be spoken to respectfully, we should
also offer our respect. Are we ready to do this much? If not, then we do not deserve
to be treated well by other people as well as by the Government. And if we are, then
we should resolve to be human first, nation and state can and should come later.
I am reminded of Gandhi's Talisman, we sure need to remind ourselves of the thoughts
we repeatedly saw in the front pages of every single textbook we read when we still
had young impressionable minds.
A commendable job
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to thank APB&OCWWB led by the Chairman
Nyamar Karbak , Secretary S.Dey Sarkar, RO Hage Obing, Koloriang and Hillang Mai,
Sangram for their timely help by providing Rs. 50000/- (Fifty Thousand) to my eldest
sister Giogi Yagung of Sangram.
I never thought that we will ever get any help from APB&OCWWB as I was under the
impression that it was just another fake micro finance program. So I always discouraged
all my relatives from registering with APB&OCWWB by paying Rs. 20 monthly. Today
I would like to salute APB&CWWB for working for the labour community of our state.
Lastly I would also like to request Minister in charge and and chairman of APB&OCWWB
to give permission to farmers of Kurung Kumey District to get themselves registered
under APB&OCWWB to avail benefits.
Miss Giogi Anna,
Govt. Hr Sec. School
Film and children
I appreciate the step taken by the CEO of CFSI in its second edition of ‘The travelling
players, a children's film festival for the Northeast ' to be hosted especially by
the schools. It is the place where children learn everything and may develop an interest
in films and the art of film criticism also.
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Policing and judiciary
The law and order problems have been gripping the state of late but no one was prepared
for the dreadful event that unfolded recently. The kidnapping and killing of an established
businessman in Capital Region has sent shock waves across the state. The motive of
the murder is still being investigated.
But the fact remains there has been extreme laxity on the part of the people who
are supposed to ensure safety of the people. The relaxed police and slow judiciary
have to share the blame for repeated occurrence of heinous crimes. Even when they
have been caught, the police have not been able to prepare strong cases thus encouraging
the repeat of many crimes. The judiciary on the other have been extremely slow in
the state. For a long time, there was no separation of judiciary from the executive
which resulted in slow delivery due to massive backlogs.
Under such circumstances, many people eventually lost respect for law which has resulted
in increasing crime.
Now, the best way to restore the faith of the people on policing and judiciary is
to ensure that people who were responsible for the killing of the businessman is
brought to justice at the earliest.