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Separate High Courts for All North Eastern States

The Government has decided to set up separate High Courts for each of the North Eastern States. Setting up of separate High Courts is subject to creation of necessary infrastructural facilities by the respective State Governments. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Law & Justice, said that at present, the Governments of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura have created necessary infrastructural facilities for establishment of separate High Courts in their States. Accordingly amendment to the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act, 1971 is now required for the formal establishment and functioning of separate High Courts in these three States.

Northeast shaken by biggest quake in a decade

A 6.4 magnitude quake, believed to be the biggest in a decade, shook most parts of the northeast and West Bengal Friday evening, however, there was no immediate report of any damage or casualty.

The epicenter of the quake, which took place at 7.24 pm, was located at the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur, the Central Seismological Observatory in Shillong said.

People ran out of their homes as the quake shook the buildings for about 20 seconds while aftershocks were felt for a few more seconds. The epicenter was located at 24.8 degree north latitude and 94.6 degree east longitude.

The quake occurred 30 km below the earth’s surface and was felt in Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and parts of Mizoram, West Bengal and Nagaland.

Officials say this was the biggest quake in the past ten years after 11th October 2000, when the intensity was 6 on the Richter scale.

On 21st September 2009, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter was felt in the region.

The quake had left over half a dozen dead in the neighbouring Bhutan where it had the epicenter.

The northeastern region, lying in the highest seismic risk zone, had experienced some of world’s worst quakes, be it the Shillong quake or the Assam one (1950), both measuring around 8.5 and reckoned to be two major quakes in human history, both in terms of intensity and destruction.

ABK East Siang Unit opposed Govt. decision

By H K Roy, PASIGHAT, Jan 17: In a Press-Release, the ABK (East Siang) President Okom Yosung informed that a consultative meeting was held with the representative of six villages of East Siang District namely Dapi,
Dapi-Moli, Detak, Korang, Sido and Mane on 16th January last at Ruksin Community Hall. In the joint  statement, the President Yosung and Secretary HQ Tabung Ering said that inclusion of the mentioned Adi
inhabited villages in (would be) lower Siang district is unacceptable by the people of East Siang District and appealed the government to maintain natural boundary of East Siang district saying the these are
the integral part of the present East Siang. The release further added, a signature campaign is being launched by the ABK (ES) in this regard to strengthening their stand.

Among others, ZPM Ruksin Tongeng Panyang, former ZPM Tagen Tali, Anchal Chairperson Ojing Aje, former Anchal Chairperson Tasung Saroh were also present and supported the ABK’s efforts.

Arunachal is an integral part of India: Ering

By H K Roy ,PASIGHAT, Jan 16: “Arunachal is part of India and will remain so” said the Member of Parliament (LS) Ninong Ering on Jan 15 last. Ering strongly opposed and rejected the China’s claim saying Arunachal
Pradesh is an “integral” part of India and its people feel proud to live as Indians. The HMP also gave his clear message to the international communities that Dr. Monmohan Singh led union government had time and again clarified boldly that China’s repeated claims on the state are totally baseless and unacceptable by the people of Arunachal in particular and the nation as a whole. Talking about the bilateral relationship between India and China he said this could be resolved through dialogues only.

“Pasighat”, Past & Present

By :  Onyok Pertin , 12 Jan 2011 :  Earlier Pasighat was a place of Dibu-Marang people before the advent of Adis. Oral history says, one Baling of Yirang clan fought with another Baling of Dibu-Marang clan and after prolonged fight both died together at present Sibo-Korong. In Adi word ‘Sibo’ means ‘die
together’ Korong means river or stream. One Luyi Perme lived above the
present Tigra village and left the place for left bank of Siang River.
Thereafter Adis from different hilly areas of upper belt settled at  Sikel, Romkang, Balek, Roing, Tikra, Rasam, Mongku, Kelek and so on.

Scholars say that the present Pasighat was known as ‘Paklek’ or Paglek Pigo originated from Kopak (BANANA). By using the last syllabi of KOPAK – PAK + LEK =PAKLEK. In Adi rhapsody present town is addressed as ‘Ane Paklege Didume’.

Few believe the town was named as ‘PASIGHAT’ after the advent of British during the first decade of 1900 or the first expedition of  Noel Williamson. They say ‘Pasighat’ is originated from the word ‘PASI’, a sub-tribe of Adi. Some of oral historians claim at the time of arrival of Noel Williamson, he met one ‘Komli’ by name and of ‘Regon’ clan who was rafting ‘Suppi” (a country boat) on Siang River (present Komlighat) while interacting, he informed his name was Komli Regon and belonged to ‘PASI’ near the Ghat (River yard) and later KOMLI REGON’ was named as Komlighat and the place as Pasighat.

During the 1st expedition towards Bogong (Balek), the people retaliated to the British forces at present Yapgo village and Seltum Yomso and Jorin Perme were shot dead by British forces and many others led by Basing Moyong also fought and injured. The expedition was finally extended towards Balek and the Britishers constructed a garrison at the present Roing village. The local people have unearthed the war weapons like rifles, bullets, shoes etc and other materials seems to be used by British forces.

The British administration was extended to Pasighat from Sadiya only
after the murder of Noel Williamson by creating with a post of  Political Assistant Officer officially in the year 1911-12 and further development continued. Although Pasighat was the epicenter of the then Frontier Administration / Track, NEFA and Arunachal Pradesh, it remained a sub-divisional headquarter after creation of five district in the name of major river –SIANG ,LOHIT, TIRAP, SUBANSIRI and KAMENG till 1980 when the then Siang District was bifurcated East Siang and West Siang.

The British administration forcibly occupied the present place of Pasighat Township, later Government of India issued boundary notification and many landowners / families of Bogong area comprising Roing, Balek, Mongku, Tikra, Rasam, Kelek had to loss their lands,paddy fields, etc without any compensation.

The prominent social, cultural and political figures of Bogong area/Pasighat circle during the last century whom the  Pasighatians  are indebted to remember their contributions are mentioned as follows ;-–Late Mutlem Dai, Apaying Rukbo, Kitem Jamoh, Bapak Jamoh, Bangkin Apum, Baatem Moyong, Bidal Tabing, Gongaying Ering, Johlom Dai, Jojir Moyong, Tolo Sobo Ering, Lihrin Moyong, Ngulom Dai, Bingkang Tabing,Tanari Dai, Matpang Tamuk, Kolkom Jamoh, Raktem Jamoh, Kuttik Moyong,Orin Moyong, Tagoli Jamoh, Subuk Tasung, Bote Moyong and many more.

A new era of development and social change emerged with the leadership of modern educated group of people beginning from legendry Late Dr. Daying Ering followed by younger generations. In between 1960-80s, many intellectuals of Adis left footprints in various fields like politics, social, cultural, literary, religious and govt.
professions not only from Bogong area but many others of Adi areas who
also settled at Pasighat choosing modern and advanced city life.

In politics, Late Bakin Pertin, Late Tumpak Koyu, Late Talo Kadu, Late Sutem Tasung, Late Opang Moyong, Late Talom Rukbo and Shri Kabang Borang are unforgettable personalities. Shri Oshong Ering IAS (Rtd), a visionary and an eminent writer in addition to his parental profession and other prominent figures who served the state with high ranking /capacities like Shri Matin Dai, Late Toyi Dai, Shri J.M. Tangu, Shri Yommut Perme, Shri Tani Ering, Shri Opang Ering, Shri Tagom Darang,Shri Tayon Darang, Shri Ogam Apum, Shri Mading Tayeng etc.

Establishment of premier educational institution like J.N. College in 1964 was the turning point in the history of Pasighat which is also considered as a source of inspiration for the entire state. It produced numerous politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, academicians,journalists, rulers and social workers    etc.

Pasighat, the birth place of the first Union Deputy Minister Food & Agriculture Late Dr. Daying Ering and three more MPs, Late Omem Moyong
(Deori) Rajya Sabha MP, Late Bakin Pertin MP (Lok Sabha) and presently
Shri Ninnong Ering MP (Lok Sabha) became also the centre of politics
of the state as the state’s first regional political party P.P.A. was also formed here right from first general state legislative assembly election in 1978. The people of Pasighat have been witnessing six MLAs so far namely Late Talo Kadu, Late Sutem Tasung, Shri Tapum Jamoh, Shri Ninnong Ering, Shri Tobar Jamoh, Shri Ninnong Ering and Shri Bosiram Siram for second consecutive term. During these 30 years of political history, Shri Bosiram Siram became first Cabinet Minister from this constituency. Besides, education and politics, the General Hospital grabbed the best position in the state in health sector.

Starting the journey with two primary schools – one at Balek and other the present I.G.J. Govt HS School during 1947, the town has now two Hr. Sec. Schools, four Sec. Schools, numerous middle and primary schools and various private and voluntary institutions. It could also establish few colleges namely– J.N. College, Doying Gumin College, College of Horticulture & Forestry. The AYUSH and Polytechnic College are under process expected to be established during the ensuing Centenary Celebration.

Besides all sorts of physical and materialistic developments the people are taking interest to gain the moral, psychological, ethical and spiritual developments which can not only make themselves free from influence of antisocial elements, nepotism, communalism,violence, mental stress etc but to inspire to follow the paths shown by Gandhijee, Vivekananda and the other visionaries of the nation. It would garnish and promote real sense of peace, tranquility and all round developments.


19 Dec : Union Minister of State, Ministry of Rural development, Agatha Sangma graced the valedictory function of the 2nd North East Agri Expo 2010 as the Chief Guest at Dimapur this evening.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Sangma said that agriculture plays a very important role in the North East region since 80% of the economy is dependent on agriculture. The culture and traditions of the North East region is intertwined with agriculture, she said further stating that Nagaland has increased agricultural productivity and remarkably advances in the field of agriculture. She expressed happiness that Nagaland has taken an initiative to concentrate on agriculture which is already bringing about a revolution.
Ms Sangma, in her speech, touched briefly on key factors that need to be looked at by all stakeholders. The first, she said, is the need to concentrate on research in agriculture, marketing and food processing. She said that the knowledge gathered should be passed on to the farmers so that they are equipped and made aware. Another key area, she said, is food processing and the need to improve food processing capacity. She also stressed on food security and the need to invest in organic farming for a healthier option for the population. Ms Sangma further said that communication and connectivity is another key factor that should be looked into for better accessibility with the farmers.
In his speech the State Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio said that the NE Agri Expo was organised with the theme ‘Prosperity through Agriculture’ with an objective to showcase the potentials of agriculture & allied sectors in the NE States and to develop strategies to achieve self-sufficiency and manage marketable surplus and introduce new technologies and practices that would improve agriculture. The Expo was aimed to create a greater perspective aiming to showcase eight states of the region as one unit of attraction to investors and visitors alike, Rio said.
Terming the Expo as a resounding success, Rio expressed confidence that the results of the Expo in the immediate and long-term would go a long way in improving the agriculture and allied sector of the region in the years to come. ‘It is our endeavour to make this event a biennial expo with the support of the Ministers of Rural Development. Agriculture and DONER’, Rio added. He congratulated all the Government and non-Governmental agencies, individuals and groups for the success of the expo and particularly appreciated all the participating states of the NER and to FICCI for making the expo an event which has shown the potential to cross regional boundaries and become a major national and international event in the years to come.
Rio challenged the farmers of the region to take advantage of the opportunities that are being provided and rise to the occasion that our products will have not just quality but value additions and they will be on par, if not, be better than. ‘It goes without saying that the Government of India must take development and upliftment of the region on a war footing so that the disparities between the region and the mainland are removed sooner than later’, Rio further added.
In the programme, Dr. Akali, Director, CIH, gave a report on the recommendations of the NE Marketing Summit. The function was chaired by Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Chumben Murry while vote of thanks was delivered by APC & Principal Secretary, H.K. Khulu IAS.