W R Marbaniang
Pure droplets leave their womb in the snows
Free, they mingle in a timeless dance
Together, hold hands with countless others.
With power, that will smoothen the roughest rocks
Pound to sand, mighty boulders
Almost playfully, overcome obstacles placed by Nature.
Yet gentle enough
To let a damsel fly take a hasty sip.
And, not pick who or what shares your generosity.
A proud, beautiful, innocent Daughter of Nature,
You, catch our attention.
Your purity is defiled,
Your freedom fettered,
Your togetherness destroyed,
Your power painfully bound,
Your generosity horribly controlled.
And then, we will,
Dam you to submission
Pollute you to destruction
Squeeze every drop of freshness out of you.
Chemicals, explosives, filth
Will make strangers of your purity.
Your harnessed might
Will light a distant home,
Power a city, feed millions,
Carry us on your sore back,
Sadly, you are not alone.
We proudly call it Progress
Nature,convincingly, calls it Punishment.
In return, can we not,
If not, our hurried generation,
Maybe the next, learn to show
The once proud Daughter of Nature, some
Subansiri, Subansiri, Subansiri,
We have given you a Name
When you have none
You will still be there
We will Not!
(The contributor is an avid nature enthusiast who rafted down the Subansiri recently)
Ex-gratia to accident victims
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: While deeply mourning over the death of three people in the tragic
road accident at Kalamati between Tabasora and Yomcha, on November 23 last, Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki has announced ex-gratia to kith and kins of the deceased according
to government norms. He also wished for speedy recovery of the persons who were grievously
injured in the fatal accident.
He appealed commuters and vehicle drivers to be extra cautious while driving in the
curves of hilly terrains to avoid such kinds of unfortunate incidences.
Org unhappy with road work
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The All Sangdupota Circle Youth Association claimed that Gohpur-Jote
road is in dilapidated condition due to poor maintenance executed by PWD Doimukh
The Association alleged that even though Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi in October
last directed for proper repairing of said stretch of the road, the PWD is compromising
with the quality.
The Association has threatened to initiate action against PWD if they fail to repair
the Gohpur-Jote road at the earliest.
Education, socio-economic awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: All East Kameng Students' Union (AEKSU) conducted its first phase
of educational cum socio-economic awareness tour in various remote and far flung
areas of the district from November 17 to 25.
Awareness meeting on women empowerment, drugs abuse, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, tourism
and hospitality, dis-advantages of early marriage, importance of games and sports
and legal were organized in various remote schools and villages under Pakke Kessang,
Bameng and Chayangtajo constituencies by the students of the union, who were divided
into three teams—one for each constituency. During the tour, each team claimed to
have found poor functioning and performance of various schools, absenteeism by teachers,
poor implementation or non implementation of Mid Day Meal scheme. The union also
claimed mis-use of fund meant for students’ uniform in various schools.
The union warned all the absentee teachers to immediately report for duty in their
respective school and pay the school uniform money to students or else the union
will take up the matter with higher authorities for necessary action.
The team headed by the union president covered the Pakke Kessang constituency and
its adjoining areas while the team ‘headed by the Union’s general secretary visited
the Bameng constituency and its adjoining areas. The team led by the Union’s Vice
President covered the Chayangtajo constituency and its adjusting area.
Team led by the Union president also visited the Dikalmukh village and interacted
with the public, officials, students, villagers and Gaon burahs. Later, the team
visited the memory of Lt Gambu Nabum, former president of AEKSU.
AAPSU Finance Secretary Suraj Tayem, Co-Convenor Ashing Sonam and Information and
Publicity Secretary Lota Singhi also formed part of the touring teams as resource
The Union decided to conduct similar programme at Seppa (East) and Seppa (West) constituencies
SIRD conducts block level training on planning process under IPPE-II
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The three days training on planning process, household survey,
conduct of Gram Sabhas, uploading of information under My Village My Development
Plan Initiative under Intensified Participatory Planning Exercise-II for block level
planning members of Papum Pare district concluded at the conference hall of State
Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) here today.
The training programme dwelt on the process of planning in details. Trainees were
asked to do hands on practice on data collection for household survey, compilation
of data and detailed process of situation analysis during the training.
The training was attended by block planning team members from entire blocks of Papum
Association dismayed with Taga comment
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The All Sangdupota Circle Youth Association today expressed dismay
over the move of the leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga to give political colour to
Tarasso firing incident. The association alleged that by doing so, Taga has betrayed
his fellow Arunachalees.
Further, they added that people of 14th Doimukh assembly constituency resents the
way Taga dragged speaker Nabam Rebia, who is local MLA into the Tarasso incident.
While seeking apology, association called upon Taga to prove his allegation.
All Party Meet endorses curative
petition on refugee issue
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: All Party Meeting held today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki has unanimously endorsed the State Government to file curative petition
before the Supreme Court with respect to permanent settlement of Chakma and Hajong
refugees in Arunachal Pradesh.
The participants raised serious concern over the one-sided ruling of the apex court
of India in its September 17 judgment and subsequently rejecting the review petition
for hearing in open court.
The meeting also endorsed the State Government to take up with the Union Ministry
of Home Affairs for filing curative petition from MHA as they being the respondent
No. one in the 17th September judgment.
The meeting was attended by representatives of BJP, PPA, NCP and INC.
The Supreme Court had rejected the govt of Arunachal’s application seeking permission
for review petition and to file additional facts and documents regarding the Supreme
Court’s verdict granting citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees.
The Court in an order issued on Nov 19 states that applications for permission to
file review petition and hearing in open Court are rejected.
Aggrieved at the Sept 17 Supreme Court decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and
Hajong refugees who fled to India between 1964-69 from Chittagong hills, Bangladesh,
following religious persecutions and environmental displacement because of Kaptai
Dam, the state government had filled for review petition on Oct 26. The petition
also questioned the SC stand on non-applicability of Inner Line Permit for refugees
whereas any non-indigenous person, including the government officials are required
to have one to get entry into the state.
Along with govt of Arunachal Pradesh, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has also
decided to file curative petition while the Minister of State for Home affairs Kiren
Rijiju said that Home Ministry will challenge the Supreme Court decision.
Chalo Loku celebrated
Tuki calls for preservation of local dialects
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Echoes of log-drums and gun-shots reverberated in the atmosphere
as Noctes of all ages with their best traditional attires celebrated Chalo-Loku here
with much fanfare.
Joining the Nocte brethren in offering prayer to almighty Rang for his blessings
for good health, happiness and wellbeing of all on the joyous occasion, Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki lauded the Noctes for zealously preserving their rich culture.
“You are proud bearers of a very rich culture. Your ancestors have preserved it zealously
for you. Now it is your turn to pass it on to the next generation,” Tuki emphatically
Lauding the Noctes for embracing peace and development, he informed that under special
development package, 1500 youths were employed in police department out of the 1900
posts from the district and the remaining posts would be filled in the second phase.
He specifically informed that under the NARCOM scheme which is being implemented
in the three districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding would facelift the economic
condition of the people.
Tuki exhorted all to preserve and protect the rich local dialect which gradually
is at the verge of extinction. He called for documenting the rich cultural heritage
and local dialect to save them.
Earlier, he unfurled the Chalo Loku flag and released a Nocte music album.
Minister Jomde Kena said that the celebration would strengthen the emotional integration
and foster the feelings of brotherhood and mutual understanding amongst the people
of the state besides bringing prosperity, happiness and tranquility in the society.
All festivals are harbingers for the wellbeing and prosperity of the humanity and
the Noctes also celebrate the festival with the same goal and the festivity would
foster better understanding and spirit to work for the greater welfare of the people.
Also present in the celebration were Minister Tirong Aboh, Parliamentary Secretaries
Nikh Kamin, Pani Taram, Bamang Felix, Gum Tayeng, Karya Bagang and Tapuk Taku and
officers from Tirap and Longding.
CM’s ‘come back’ appeal to disgruntled MLAs
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki appealed to those party legislators,
who are camping in New Delhi, to return to the state and devote their time and energy
in developmental works.
“On this joyous occasion of Chalo Loku, we are missing some of our friends, whose
presence would have added more colours to the celebration. I appeal to my friends
to come back to the state and their home constituencies and start developmental works.
What we have promised to our people during elections need to be delivered,” Tuki
said while addressing the public at Chalo-Loku celebration here today.
“The state has limited working season and all should make good use of these seasons
to deliver their best to the common people,” Tuki said.
At the same time, Tuki made it clear that the wagon of development would not stop
due to absence of few of the lawmaker friends.
Ruksin deserves to be included
under Smart City: PR leaders
RUKSIN, Nov 25: The public of Ruksin area including the PRI members have demanded
the authority concerned to include Ruksin Township in the Pasighat Smart City project.
The PRI members of Ruksin led by ZPM Tonggeng Panyang in a recent meeting unanimously
decided to move the State as well as the Central Government for urbanization of Ruksin
ADC Headquarters and to include the township under the Smart City project.
The leaders in a representation recently submitted to Union Urban Development Minister,
M Venkaiah Naidu stated that Ruksin area under Pasighat-West constituency has got
every reason to be included under Smart City project.
The panchayat members in their representation noted that Ruksin area bordering Assam
has strategic importance. Ruksin Township serves as a gateway to four Siang districts
and Lower Dibang Valley districts. Moreover, state government-run Industrial Growth
Centre (IGC) at Niglok, proposed BG rail station of NF Railway, 103 Army Brigade
HQ at Rayang and First Referral Unit of government hospital and two well-equipped
Private Nursing Homes are set up in the close proximity to Ruksin town, informed
The PRI members also drew the attention of the Union Minister to the urgent need
of beautification of the Ruksin township through improvement of civic amenities.
While stating that smart solution of the problems in Ruksin area is not possible
through normal funding, the PRI members sought the central government’s intervention
to develop the area under Smart City plan. The living standard of the people would
only be improved when they are provided with the basic civic amenities, and this
would be possible only when the township is included under Smart City project, they
Kahfa warns students orgs of the peril of becoming political pawns
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) President Kahfa Bengia warned
various students organizations of the peril of becoming political pawns.
Claiming that the contemporary students organizations are being used as pawns by
the self-centered politicians for their selfish gains, the PPA President requested
all students organizations to refrain from taking part in any political activties
devoid of issues related to students welfare.
Reacting to the 10 days ultimatum given to the Governor by the All Nyishi Students
Union (ANSU), Kahfa stated, "I had served the ANSU as the General Secretary during
the year 1987. We always confined to our activities only towards the welfare of
the student community. I wish and pray the same spirit and enthusiasm should continue
to prevail in any students organizations.”
“I request any students organizations to confine to their activities of the students
community only, they should henceforth refrain from taking part in any political
activities not at all related to the interest of the students community” he said
and advised ANSU to withdraw its ultimatum. ""Before questions are raised against
the Governor of Arunachai Pradesh, we all must realize that because of the placement
of Arunachal under Article 371 H in the Indian Constitution, the Governor of the
state has been given overriding powers over any subjects that can be treated as within
the purview of his discretionary powers.
Specially in a fluid political situation that we are going through at this moment
in the state, the Governor is the sole political and constitutional head of the state."
AdiSU appeals to call off Siang bandh
No bandh on Nov 27 : DC
ITANAGAR, NOV 25: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) appealed for calling off the proposed
Siang district bandh on November 27 in the greater interest of the people of the
“This day will be a new beginning of the developmental voyage of the new district.
Let us hold the responsibilities for its development and prosperity brushing aside
all petty differences, AdiSU said.
Being a nascent district, Siang needs special care and attention from the government,
AdiSU said, and urged the callers to withdraw the bandh call.
Meanwhile, Siang Deputy Commissioner Dr. N Lego informed that there will be no any
bandh on November 27 in the district. The DC claimed that the news item carrying
12-hr bandh call, which was published in ‘The Arunachal Times’ on November 24 issue,
was issued by some individual ‘without the knowledge’ of the Siang District Demand
The district inaugural function will be held as scheduled, Dr. Lego added. DIPR
Governor, CM greet people on the
occasion of Constitution Day
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has conveyed his
sincere greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Constitution Day.
On this day the Constitution of India was adopted. The Preamble to the constitution
states of the nation’s resolve to secure to all its citizens justice, liberty, equality
and fraternity, which is indeed very unique and which came into force on January
26, 1950. The Governor expressed hope that the Day which marked the beginning of
a new era in the history of India will infuse renewed zeal and vigor amongst the
citizens of the state and the country as a whole to uphold the values and spirit
of the Indian Constitution.
In his message to the people of the state, the Governor said that the Constitution
of India is one of the finest legal documents ever drafted and adopted by people
of India. Being one of the lengthiest in the world with 395 Articles and 12 Schedules,
its functional efficacy was doubted by many when it came into force on January 26,
1950. But all such doubts were totally dispelled in the course of the functioning
of the Indian democracy under the Constitution. The Indian Constitution, which is
a complex legal document, not only provides for the legal machinery but also defines
and determines the relationship between various institutions and the areas of operation
for the executive, legislature and the judiciary in a harmonious manner.
Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, who was Independent India's
first Law Minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India, immensely
contributed in its drafting. The Day is being celebrated as a tribute to Dr. Ambedkar,
who played a seminal role in the framing of the Indian Constitution as the Chairman
of the Drafting Committee of Constituent Assembly and all other members of the Constituent
Assembly, who also contributed immensely to the framing of the Constitution, the
Governor said in his message.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also greeted people on the Day. The CM in his message
remembered the architects and the great personalities who were significant in drafting
the great Constitution of India. He further called upon the citizens to abide by
the constitutional provisions which provide rights and privileges to each and every
citizen of India and do their bit to uphold the constitutional sanctity.
Tsering Chotton adjudged Voice of Dakpaneng-2
TAWANG, Nov 25: Tsering Chotton has been adjudged as winner of Voice of Dakpaneng-2
(VoD-2) and presented with the winning cheque of Rs 1 lakh by RWD Parliamentary Secretary,
Jambey Tashi during the finale of the singing competition at Lumla general ground
here on Wednesday.
Sonam Gyatso and Tenzin Dhargey were declared as first and second runner-up respectively
and were awarded with Rs 50 thousand and Rs 30 thousand while, third runner up Lungten
Norbu and fourth runner up Tenzin Phurpa were felicitated with Rs 20,000.
Speaking on the occasion, Jambey Tashi said that the regional singing show is aimed
at finding and nurturing the singing talents among the youths of the region and further
announced to give a chance to the Top 5 contestants and come out with a Monpa audio
album under the banner of Sang Tashi productions.
22 singers from various parts of 1- Lumla ST Constituency of Tawang competed with
each other as the VoD-2 kicked off on August 20 last and got its best 5 singers after
weeks of elimination.
Local singing sensation Jambey Thutan along with Lokham, the 1st runner of Voice
of Arunachal enthralled the large audience which included Lumla ADC Mika Nyori, CO
Tashi Dhondup, ZPM Lobsang Younten and various HoDs besides general public. (Tawang
NCW chief for women officers in every police station
NEW DELHI, Nov 25: NCW chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam today said that having women
officers at every police station would be a better initiative than the concept of
all-women police stations in order to handle crime against women.
"Since this idea of all-women police stations have gathered a lot of momentum in
the country, we realised that though they are good in small states, in the larger
states there are many logistical problems and it is probably better to have at least
two women posted at every police station.
That helps the police and also encourages complainant to come forward," she said
at the concluding ceremony of three-day training programme for women police officers.
The training programme with special focus on crime against women was initiated as
a pilot project for capacity building of women police officers from the level of
ASI to Superintendent who could be Investigating Officers in matters of crime against
women. A total of 57 women police officers from 17 cities were trained in various
aspects of crime investigation.
The main objective of the programme was to upgrade the knowledge and investigating
skills of the officers as collection of evidence and its representation play a vital
role in strengthening any case.
The training was conducted by domain experts covering topics like status of women
in the contemporary society, forensic science and crime investigation, changing pattern
of crime against women in India, scene of crime, forensic medicine and post mortem
examinations and problems and remedies.
Advocating for inclusivity of women in all fields of policing in this country, Vimla
Mehra, the oldest women police officer in the country, said, "Instead of having separate
police stations for women, we would like to advocate inclusiveness of women in police
working in all levels and at all areas traffic including general policing, patrolling
and police control room. We want women everywhere."
Kumaramangalam said there is very low prosecution rate in the country which deters
people from coming forward and filing complaints.
"Even in rape cases, people often hesitate to come forward because they don't find
a sympathetic attitude from police.
And the way the police behaves prevents the prosecution. So we decided to talk to
the other side of the compendium especially women police officers. And we realised
that often the women officers are not very well oriented or trained with new laws
being added," she said. PTI