Self-defence training for adolescent girls
TAWANG, Aug 30: The week long programme on self defence and health and hygiene for
adolescent girls ended on Saturday.
In a bid to empower the girl students of the region to equip them to stand up against
crime against women and sexual assaults, the district level awareness programme was
convened at Kakaling middle school.
Karate player Sangey Tsering of Arunachal Pradesh Police, imparted self-defence lessons
to the students under the SSA Zilla mission Tawang's programme for strengthening
Apart from Karate, girls from upper primary level schools of the headquarter were
imparted Yoga classes by Deputy Ranger Nawang Gyaltsen and KR Nehra, whereas Gynaecologist,
District hospital Tawang Dr. Pappu Natung provided counselling and information on
health and hygiene to the students.
LUYA for early renovation of colony road
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: The Likabali Unemployed Youth Association (LUYA) has called for
early renovation of Upper Colony road at Likabali.
In its letter to the SDO Likabali seeking his intervention into the early repair
of the road, it said that many of the important offices and the inspection bungalow
are situated at Upper Colony.
He expressed disappointment saying that the matter was appraised many times but no
action has been taken so far.
Training on gender equity
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: The three days training of trainer on Gender Equity for the National
Service Scheme (NSS) Programme Officers has concluded here at Don Bosco Youth Centre.
Addressing the valedictory function, Secretary Education, Marnya Ete said that NSS
functionaries of the state should take advantage of such training programme and spread
the message among the NSS volunteers and younger generation.
He also emphasised the importance of education and suggested that education be properly
imparted to improve the quality of human resources in Arunachal Pradesh.
Fr. Cyriac suggested that whatever the trainees have learnt should be transferred
from their minds to their hearts in order to make necessary changes in one’s own
lives. Thus once the Programme Officers are transformed persons, they can make worthy
contribution to the students and the society, he said.
State Liaison Officer Dr. V.N. Sharma also spoke at the event and congratulated all
the officers for their active participation.
Resources persons from various fields dealt on topics such as Gender and Health,
Work, Human Rights, Violence and Media. Resource persons were Dr. Emi Rumi, Rina
Tok, Tongam Rina, Sunil Basumathary, Fr. Cyriac, Dr. Joram Begi, Mitali Tingkhatra
and Vijay Swamy.
Dental and oral health awareness prog. held
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: A dental and oral health awareness programme was organised at Child
Development Centre under Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) compound, Naharlagun
by IDDM Dental Hospital on August 29 last.
Speaking to the gathering, Director of the hospital, Dr. Lala Wage dealt in length
on the importance of dental health and maintenance of good oral hygiene as oral health
matters for overall health of a person.
“The mouth is the major gateway for entry of all infections of human body. Keeping
good oral hygiene will prevent common general and oral diseases in one’s life,” he
He called on the people present, especially children, to inculcate in them oral healthcare
habits and hygiene.
Dr. Kobmen Zirdo demonstrated the brushing technique on a model.
A dental screening team led by Senior Dental Surgeon Dr. Nyakde Rigia screened more
than 200 children. Majority of the children were found to be suffering from dental
caries and gum diseases. Temporary fillings were done in more than 60 children.
Later, free dental health packs, sponsored by Laapa Vision Mission Society, Itanagar,
were distributed to all the children.
10 qualify as Gr-I, 5 as Gr-II badminton umpires
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: As many as ten badminton umpires from the state have qualified
as Grade-I and five as Grade-II umpires in the recently held badminton umpire examination
conducted by Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA).
Those who have qualified as Grade-I umpires are, Karmo Riram, Kalian Dutta, Nich
Bapu, Penya Bagra, Tania Yasap, Pema Ladon, Tomar Angu, Pinky Karki, Saji Baby, Toko
Tado, and those who have quailed as Grade-II umpires are Ngorang Solung, Kenjum Rumi,
Tabom Saroh, Monya Riba, BP Lahon, according to an ASBA release.
Besides, Mudo Ado was given the status of provisional Grade-I umpire.
The umpires have been graded on the basis of their experience and performance in
both practical and theory.
The badminton examination and course was supervised by renowned international umpire
Quarter-final line ups complete for DREFT
AALO, Aug 30: The quarterfinal line-up for the first Dubi Rike Ete Memorial Football
Tournament is complete.
The quarterfinalists are Pakam FC, Darka Youth Club, Kabu FC, Tadin FC, Jumi Combat
FC Bene, KKFC, Kombo Pomte FC and Puak Gumin FC. The final will be held on September
The tournament is being organised by District Football Association under the banner
of District Sports Association.
Liromoba MLA Nyamar Karbak and West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu will attend
the final match. DIPRO
Students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Mechukha run by Onge Welfare Society
celebrated Raksha Bandhan festival with the Indian soldiers of 16 Bihar Regiment.
Students tied the holy thread and prayed for the safety and long life of the security
500 evacuated, Lohit under threat
Lumla, Mariyang, Dibang Valley cut off
Vehicles damaged due to a landslide at Lumla
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: Around 500 affected villagers have been evacuated from their houses
and moved to four relief camps at Government Upper Primary School, Old Sunpura, Aganwadi
Centre, Old Sunpura, Community Hall, Sunpura and Govt. Upper Primary School, Hatiduba
in Lohit district.
Sensing the danger, the District Disaster Management Authority has dispatched an
additional rescue team to Sunpura Circle.
The flood situation in the entire district is still grim and DC has alerted all the
outpost administrative offices and department with an instruction to submit hourly
report on the flood situation.
If the rain continues for further 24 hrs at this trend, all the rivers in Lohit district
may cross danger level resulting in huge loss of life and property, stated an official
Road communication in between Lohit district and Tinsukia via Parsuram Kund and via
Alubarighat has been snapped.
Water Resources Division, Tezu has reported that all the rivers in and around Tezu
and Sunpura Circles of Lohit District are alarmingly flowing above the danger mark
due to inclement weather and heavy rainfall for last three days causing flood situation
in the entire district mainly affecting the low lying areas of Sunpura Circle - Old
Sunpura, Sunpura Police Check Gate, Power House, Yealiang village, Kuli Camp, Hatiduba,
19th Mile village, Circle Office building and Staff Colony.
Power supply in and around Tezu and its adjoining areas have also been severely disrupted
for the past two days.
The local MLA, Dr. Mohesh Chai accompanied by SDO Tezu G. Hazarika visited the flood
A govt source informed that water level of Denning River is increasing alarmingly
and may flood Upper Tribal Colony area.
Water level of Sukha Nallah is also increasing while overflowing Balijan river has
flooded Basti Nallah with water entering into the Power house and Staff colony. Dura
Nallah is also on spate with the bank eroding the right bank adjacent to Changliang
All the rivers of Chongkham and Wakro are reported to be flowing near danger level
with embankments at Sibrimukh, Alubari, Bereng Mukh, Kamlang Nagar, Chakma village
and Chagli Khuti badly damaged.
PASIGHAT: Flash flood caused by Silasuti River yesterday breached National Highway-52
at Dimow, snapping the road communication between Silapthar and Pasighat. Moreover,
overflowing water of Gainadi has blocked the highway at Sissiborgaon portion near
Silapathar and has disrupted the communication along the route, adds our correspondent.
Road formation have been washed off in between Pasighat-Mariyang blocking surface
communication some 15 kms from Raneghat.
Restoration work has been affected by the heavy rain.
Though Siang is flowing below danger level, several low lying areas in Pasighat as
well other circles are under water. It is reported that Ngopok Korong abutment has
been washed away.
Karyir Riba reports from Roing: Continuous downpour has caused havoc in Lower Dibang
Valley district yet again.
The level of Deopani River has risen alarmingly, cutting off the Hunli-Desali block
of the district and the whole of Dibang Valley district from the rest of the country.
Roing town is also in complete darkness since last three days. Sources from the Power
Department have cited technical faults in the line between Mahadevpur and Rupai.
Tawang Vigilance reports from Tawang: Heavy and unremitting rain have wreaked havoc
in Lumla, as the road at Mangnam village, linking Lumla to Tawang has been washed
out, cutting it off from the rest of the country.
Major landslides at seven locations, as reported by OC, 117 RCC, are causing disruptions
of road connectivity while two major block points at Kudung and Thongleng villages
are being cleared. Two persons have sustained minor injuries due to the landslides
and are undergoing treatment at Primary Health Centre Lumla while four vehicles have
“The water supply from Dobley Gompa and Mangnam village to Lumla headquarter has
been disrupted, leaving the headquarter with no water supply”, informed Lumla Circle
Officer, Tashi Dondup.
“PMGSY road from Lumla to Kharteng village has also been badly affected and damaged
while a protection wall at Kharteng village and a few temporary sheds made of CGI
sheets have been severely damaged”, he further informed.
Meanwhile, Lumla ADC Mika Nyori convened an emergency meeting of all the head of
departments in view of the destruction inflicted by the incessant rain. Spearheading
the team and accompanied by SDMO and the HoDS, the ADC took stock of the situation,
and visited the effected sites and assessed the damages.
He further directed the departments to assess the natural catastrophe in the sub-division
and submit reports at the earliest. Though the restoration works have begun, the
progress is inching at a snail’s pace due to adverse weather, hilly terrain, increased
water level, falling rocks and constant landslides.
Congress has lowered the prestige
of Parliament: Bhagat
NAMSAI, Aug 30: Union Minister of State for Rural Development Sudarshan Bhagat while
addressing a public meeting at Namsai today in protest against the stalling of the
Parliament by Congress MPs during the last monsoon session said that the act of Congress
have lowered the prestige of the Indian Parliament. They have murdered the peaceful
democratic set up of the country that was never expected from the elected MPs, the
The Arunachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised the protest meeting.
Meanwhile, the Minister assured all help to the state to secure schemes and projects
as much as possible.
Earlier, the State BJP President Tai Tagak briefed the various difficulties being
faced by the people of the state and asked the Minister to extend all help to the
General Secretary Dominic Tadar while addressing the meeting said that Arunachal
is still a rural state deprived of many governmental facilities and he drew the attention
of the central govt. to give special preference to the state. He informed that the
meeting was shifted at the eleventh hour from Tezu to Namsai due to road blockades
leading to the town.
Kanubari School gets Rajiv Gandhi Book Bank
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: The first ever Rajiv Gandhi Book Bank in the state was installed
at Govt. HS School, Kanubari by local MLA GD Wangsu recently in presence of ADC Kanubari,
The MLA, in his address, called upon the students to devote more time to studies
and exhorted them to be good human being and become assets of the society and not
Handing over more than 200 books, Wangsu pleaded with the students to make best use
of the costly reading materials and always remain devoted in pursuit of academic
“Your parents have high expectations and pinned their hope on you to rid them off
from all the drudgeries of life and hence it is your responsibility not to belie
them”, said Wangsu, who literally pleaded with more than a hundred students urging
them to maintain strict discipline in the school.
SS Choudhury, ADC Kanubari, A. Jamikham, BEO and Principal N. Rina also spoke and
lauded MLA Wangsu and the team of NSUI block unit Kanubari for such an innovative
step taken by providing study materials to poor students.
Books were distributed among students of Class X, XII and more than 100 students
are provided with study materials.
State General Secretary, NSUI Wangpho Arangham, ZPMs and scores of officers, NSUI
block Unit Kanubari also organised social service to mark the occasion.
Arunachalee boys win K-Pop contest,
make it to world round
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: Lobsang Delek Khum and Techi Taning of Arunachal Pradesh have won
the prestigious K-Pop (Singing) competition organised at New Delhi by Korean Culture
Centre, New Delhi on August 28.
Both Lobsang and Taning competed against 19 participants from across the country
in the final round before they won the titles, informed Chairman of Arunachal’s Got
Talent. They entered into the grand finale after three rounds of auditions held at
the regional level.
Besides handsome gifts, the winners were offered free trip to Korea.
Currently, they are preparing for the grand finale in Korea where all the winners
of various countries are going to participate for World K-Pop title.
K-Pop is a musical genre originating from South Korea. It organised similar contests
in several places in the world, including America, Europe, Africa, Asia etc.
Arunachalee students allegedly beaten up
[ Karda Natam ]
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: Two Arunachalee students studying in ITFT College, Chandigarh were
allegedly beaten up by some unidentified local residents at Chandigarh on the night
of August 27.
As per the information, three Arunachalee students reportedly had an argument with
an auto-rickshaw driver the previous day while they were returning to their respective
rented houses from the market.
The next day, one of them was caught by a group of local residents led by the auto-rickshaw
driver and beaten up with iron rod and hockey sticks. The group also forced him to
disclose the whereabouts of the other Arunachalee student. The group after finding
him in his rented house treated him the same way they had treated the former.
Later, they were taken to hospital for treatment by fellow Arunachalee students.
Mothers join hands to clean daily market
AALO, Aug 30: Members of West Siang based NGO, Mother’s Vision cleaned the entire
stretches of the Daily Market here yesterday for the third time. A meeting was also
conducted involving the vegetables sellers on the spot to generate awareness on cleanliness,
health and hygiene.
The Health department under the supervision Dr. Marbom Basar, DMO also took part
in the social service.
Dr. Geke Ete briefed on the need to keep all the drains clear and free from stagnant
water to reduce mosquito breeding and avoid vector borne diseases like, Dengue, Malaria
Jumde Gamlin and Kenbi Jini, President and Secretary of Mother Vision said that the
NGO is conducting such social service regularly to imbibe the sense of cleanliness
among the business community and public.
The NGO also conducted an awareness meeting on cleanliness and drug abuse/addiction
at Rigo village immediately after the social service. DIPRO
Shortage of teachers, infrastructure at schools in Raga
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: Most of the schools under Raga area are facing acute shortage of
teachers and infrastructure affecting in overall performance of the students. This
was revealed by All Raga Area Students Union (ARASU).
During its three-day educational tour of Govt. Secondary School Godak, Govt. Higher
Secondary School, Raga and Govt. Higher Secondary School Boa-Simla, the union found
that that all these schools are either facing shortage of subject teachers or proper
There is acute shortage of Science teachers and laboratory equipments at Govt. Hr.
Sec. School, Raga. Although already notified, the Commerce stream in the school could
not be started yet due to lack of infrastructure, informed ARASU in a release.
Encroachment of school land was another problem, the students union said, and demanded
the Raga ADC to deal strictly with the land encroachers.
There was no Hindi teacher and proper infrastructure in Govt. Sec. School Godak and
shortage of subject teachers at Boa-Simla Hr. Sec. School. Moreover, there were no
electrification in the hostels, laboratory equipments and quarter for the principal
at Boa-Simla School Govt. Hr. Sec. School, said ARASU.
The students union demanded the concern authority for addressing the problems of
the school within a month.
A total of 29 meritorious students were also felicitated school wise during the three
day tour programme.
Assoc. demands immediate shifting of Saw mill
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: Objecting to construction of a Saw mill illegally at Kolaptukar
allegedly by M/s Mother Lumber, the Dollungmukh Area Youth Association (DAYA) has
demanded the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) to issue necessary instruction
to the owner to shift the Saw mill to the notified industrial area at Paro Village
under Dollungmukh circle within 10 days.
The association also alleged that the owner of the Saw mill is indulging in illegal
felling of trees in and around Dollungmukh circle without any prior permission from
the authorities concerned which may cause serious ecological imbalance.
A complaint was lodged with the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PPCF) against
the saw mill by a local group of Dollungmukh area last year. But the Forest & Environment
department has not yet taken any action on the complaint lodged which is further
encouraging them to carry out such illegal activities in and around Dollungmukh,
The Bamboo Stick : A Graphic Novel
[ By Yumlam Tana ]
The terms Comic books and graphic novels are now days used so interchangeably that
they confuse the layman. Their obvious common factor is that they both refer to a
particular medium that uses the sequential art form using images and texts in panels
to tell a story. However, the term graphic novel sounds a little more highbrow and
sophisticated in contrast to the term comic books, which we grew up reading as a
kid. The comic book is supposed to be a passing fad that one will grow over as the
years go by. It is also supposed to be a piece of junk literature mass-produced for
the eleven year olds whose mental faculties are yet to be developed to a level that
will enable them understand or appreciate the nuances of reading serious prose .
On the other side, no conscientious adults would like to be caught red handed reading
a comic book publicly and thereby, risk being categorized as fatuous and dull-witted.
However, the tides have turned in favor of the comic aficionados in the recent years.
It all started in the year 1986 when three brilliant works of exceptional qualities
were published in America namely, Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus; A Survivors Tale’ , Alan
Moore’s ‘Watchman’ and Frank Miller’s ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns’. In this
context, the work Maus:A Survivors Tale by Art Speigelman must be mentioned because
it went on to win the special Pulitzer prize for literature in 1992. The Pulitzer
Prize is one of the most distinguished prizes awarded for literature and journalism
in the USA. And the fact that a comic book was considered worthy of the honor was
shot in the arm for the medium that was on the brink of atrophy.
In India also , the medium of comic book or graphic novel as a powerful medium to
tell stories, express emotions and convey thought provoking ideas started to catch
up in recent years with pioneers like Sarnath Banerjee, Amruta Patil and others working
hard to push the medium’s boundaries. The mainstream publishing houses, the giants
of the publishing world like Harper Collins and Penguin have also jumped into the
bandwagon by publishing their works and bringing them to the reach of the reading
And now, nearer shore Audrey Apang and her team under the aegis of Arunachal Times
Publication Pvt Ltd, the media house that produces the largest circulated daily of
the state, have come up with a graphic novel ‘The Bamboo Stick’ with the motto “How
nature has given us everything in abundance .We only have to make best use of what
I must point out that the success owed by Arunachal Times over the years is due to
the uncanny ability of the management to assemble the best people in business. In
this particular instance too, it has been able to muster a coterie of creative talents
who have the undoubted knack for creating new grounds for imagination and innovation
to thrive in the form of individuals like Tongam Rina, Moyir Riba and the ubiquitous
CCRD to name the few.
Daniel Ering, the writer and illustrator, must be singled out for special praise
here. He has a very steady hand that produces exquisite lines which are crisp and
clean. They brim with confidence and élan. I wonder why he had been so far keeping
in hiding his exceptional ability to produce beautiful works of art and thereby depriving
his fellow Arunachalees of the aesthetic pleasure that may be derived from them.
I have fervent hope that the journey has just begun for him.
However, I must confess that I found the context of the storyline a little too contrived,
especially the idea of a village where the inhabitants are the various tribes of
Arunachal Pradesh, where the horse riding medieval age crosses the path of the primitive
Arunachalee tribal life, where the notion of a pan Arunachal identity is attempted
to be “yoked together with violence”, to quote the famous words of Ben Johnson on
the metaphysical poets , to the body of the story in order to convey a specific message.
In some places, the dialogues contained in the speech bubbles lead one to suspect
that this is not an attempt at graphic novel pure but another one of those penny
dreadful that are dismissively referred to as another simple artifacts of our childhood.
However, if you set aside these minor observations, if you willingly suspend your
belief (as the romantic poets asked their readers to do so), we have here a simple
story that leaves a powerful message in its wake. It gives a nice opportunity for
the illustrator to spread his wings and dabble in his pen and ink , frame after frame,
on an unlimited scale without any restraint and Daniel Ering sure knows how to exploit
it in order to showcase his craftsmanship.
It is an ambitious project and when I was offered the honor to review it, it made
me feel a bit jittery because I was conscious of the fact that such a literary project
had never been conceived before and materialized in the context of our state. Daniel
Ering walks into history books as the first to publish a graphic novel and Arunachal
Times Publication Pvt. Ltd the first Media House to publish a graphic novel in the
true to the spirit of the genre.
What offset the weak story line were great design, layout and fine editing. And of
course, the jewel in the crown is the exquisite penmanship of the Illustrator Daniel
Ering, whom I would not hesitate to call as the discovery of Audrey Apang.
The world of comic books is made richer with this addition to its oeuvre. It is a
world that will compel you to think and contemplate. The books like ‘Logicomix :
an Epic Search for Truth’ by Greek cartoonist and writer duo of Apostolos Doxiadis
and Christos H. Papadimitriou, ‘Adi Parva;Churning of the Ocean’ by Amruta Patil,
’Vincent’ by Barbara Stok, and our very own ‘ The Bamboo Stick’by Daniel Ering’ are
waiting to be discovered and read by wider audiences in Arunachal and elsewhere in
Mark Waid, a New York Times bestselling author, has categorized comics as “barometer
of the times, a mirror reflective of culture. They are a living chronicle of how
we as a society view race and gender and fairness and equality, and they do so in
a way that’s as entertaining as it can be sobering”. The approach to the making of
this literary venture is also informed by a similar spirit .It is very relevant in
the times now we are passing through when dissenting and divisive voices threaten
to break apart society into splinters. As comics aficionados and bibliophiles, we
would all gladly recommend this book to everyone and also wish this noble initiative
Godspeed down the memory lane. (Yumlam Tana is Deputy Director School Education,