November 26, 2015






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 division.

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 persons.

The Union decided to conduct similar programme at Seppa (East) and Seppa (West) constituencies shortly.



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 Pare district.


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.


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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 said.

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 representation.

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 opined.



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 district.

“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 Committee.

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 Vigilance)



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


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