September 08

Nyedar Namlo training concludes

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 possession.

The apprehended bike lifters were identified as Apa Doley of Gohpur and Ajay Borah of Hollongi.

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 in Naharlagun.

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.


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Shaky state police renew strategies to check crime

3 arrested in Chako murder case, 8 identified

Staff Reporter

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 informed.

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 Bamang Tago.

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 championship.”



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 development.

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 the quota.

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 garbage.

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 Delhi.

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.

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Streamline recruitment process

Dear Editor,

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.


B. Taba




Are we ready yet ?

Dear Editor,

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 way forward?

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 citizen



A commendable job

Dear Editor,

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

Dear Editor,

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.


Dusu Ribia

Davangere, Karnataka





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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.