ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh today called
for improving the quality of education in the state.
Addressing the XII Conference of Higher and Technical Education at Banquet Hall here
today, Singh advised all for introspection, assessment and analysis of the problems
encountered in the sphere of higher education in the state and to discover the effective
remedies in order to get over those problems more effectively and efficiently.
Giving emphasis on proper training of the teachers and use of information technology,
Singh stressed on proper infrastructure for the colleges, accommodations for the
teaching faculties and accountability amongst the faculty, students and administrators.
Dwelling on the importance of education, the Governor said that through education
the feelings are disciplined, the passions are restrained, true and worthy motives
are inspired. Hence, the role of education in all round development of personality,
society and state cannot be underestimated.
“In a society like Arunachal Pradesh where development process started very late,
the responsibility of the teachers is of paramount importance. They are obliged to
train the youths and infuse skill in them so as to enable them to take up the responsibility
of the state in the future,” he said.
While reposing his faith in youths that they have tremendous inherent skills and
potential to become engineers, doctors, good teachers and sportspersons the Governor
pointed out that they need a conducive environment for the manifestation of that
potential. The students need proper guidance and the colleges and university must
ensure it through right kind of curriculum, a befitting evaluation system for appropriate
career opportunities based on their skill and aptitude. If we strengthen our sector
of higher education, we can produce an enormous human resource pool equipped with
skill and expertise to cater to the world job market, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed that the thrust is on
for expanding educational infrastructure and increasing Gross Enrolment Ratio in
the higher and technical education sector.
Highlighting on the initiatives of the State Government, Tuki said 10 more Polytechnics
in 10 different districts of the state are coming up of which decision for one each
at Dirang, Laying, Ziro, Pasighat, Roing, Hawai and Namsai have been finalized while
one each at Tirap and Changlang are under process. Moreover, one at Yachuli is proposed
under PPP mode. Besides that, the Chief Minister added, the state Govt have proposed
to set up six Model Degree Colleges of which four will be at places like Daporijo
in Upper Subansiri district, Geku in Upper Siang, Basar in West Siang and Roing in
Lower Dibang Valley and two colleges opened after 2008 such as Seppa and Nyapin are
proposed to be converted to Model Degree Colleges. The state Govt has also started
P.G. courses in Geography and History in J.N. College, Pasighat to enable more number
of students to enroll at masters level, he added.
Tuki further said that considering the heavy and unmanageable rush of students in
Dera Natung College, Itanagar, we are considering to establish one more college somewhere
at Yupia or Doimukh.
Sharing with the intellectual community, the Chief Minister said, ‘My government
has adopted PPP mode of implementation of welfare schemes in a few sector in the
state and education is one of them. We look forward to establish few colleges and
universities by reputed private parties under PPP initiative mostly for technical
and professional courses. The department of Higher & Technical Education shall strictly
monitor and regulate their operation to prevent commercialization and compromise
in quality of education in such institutions. All these measures are mooted to strengthen
the education sector which is considered by my Government as a key sector for overall
development of the state, he added.
In his address, Education Minister Bosiram Siram hoped that the two days conference
would cover various vital issues of higher and technical education and come out with
a concrete policy and clear guidelines which can be implemented in letter and spirit
to impart quality education to the students. Siram further said, “the higher and
technical education is in the threshold of rapid progress in the state and your deliberation
in the conference will go a long way in expediting the process”.
The minister further said learning is a continuous process, hence, it is more important
than the degree we receive or give to our students, he said.
Earlier, the Governor felicitated the pioneers of higher education in the state,
namely, Dr S.N. Suri, former Principal of J.N. College, Pasighat and Dr. Jogendra
Nath, former Principal of R.F. Govt. College, Changlang. The Chief Minister presented
the ‘Outstanding College Teacher’s award to Nivedita Sharma, HoD History of DN College,
Itanagar, Dr. M.Q. Khan, Associate Professor (English), DN College, Itanagar and
Dr. Ajay Kumar Mishra, Associate Professor (Political Science), Wangcha RajKumar
College, Deomali. V. Arul Kumar, Programme Officer, NSS, Tomi Polytechnic, Basar
received the best Programme Officer NSS Award while Nokwang Wangsa and Namngi Lanching
of Don Bosco College, Itanagar received the best volunteer NSS Award. Neelam Rupa
of Don Bosco College, Itanagar, Chathe Lammaty of JN College, Pasighat and Monika
Sharma of IGG College, Tezu received the Governor’s Award for University toppers.
Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof David R Syiemlieh, NERIST Director Prof.
Dipankar Pal, National Institute of Technology Director Prof CT Bhuyan and special
invitee Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, Secretary Planning and Director School
Education T. Taloh were present on the occasion.
Statehood Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The reports of celebrating 25 years of Statehood of Arunachal Pradesh
are still pouring in from various district and circle headquarters.
While unfurling the Tri-colour on the occasion at Aalo General Ground, West Siang
deputy commissioner Amjad Tak highlighted the various achievements of the district
in education, health and other important sectors. He, however,said that more efforts
should be made to bridge the development gaps in the interior places like Tato, Monigong,
Mechuka, Gensi and Likabali.He urged the teaching community to discharge their duties
Expressing satisfaction over health delivery system in block areas and the health
awareness programme being launched in the district, the DC hoped that shortcomings
in health sector would be overcome in future. He also called for preservation of
rich cultural heritage various communities for identity.
Former minister Doi Ado was awarded with Governor’s Commendation Certificate in recognition
of his meritorious services in his field of activities on the occasion.Chief Ministers
Disability Pension Scheme, 2012 was also given to 15 beneficiaries.
Earlier, a Swachhata Rally was organized in Aalo township to bring awareness about
the importance of Total Sanitation Campaign in the district.
At Kimin, while attending the statehood day celebration, ZPM Bamang appealed to the
panchayat and public leaders to work in unison and extend cooperation to the Govt
for better development of Kimin and the state as a whole.
Distribution of Best BLO award, red coat to newly appointed GB, Volleyball and Football
competitions for both men and women were the main highlights of the celebration.
The ZPM gave away the prizes to the winners of the sports competitions.
Earlier, Kimin EAC S. Lowang flagged off ‘Swachchata rally’ which was organized by
the PHE department under Total Sanitation Campaign.
At Changlang, addressing the gathering on the occasion statehood day celebration,
Zilla Parishad chairperson Junpo Taikam Jugli narrated the political evolution of
the state from the erstwhile North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) to the present Arunachal.
Highlighting the achievements made in the district in education, health and communication
sectors, she informed that a Zilla Parishad Bhawan would be constructed soon for
effective functioning of the Panchayati Raj institution.
Coinciding with the celebration the department of Public Health Engineering and Water
supply, PHE&WS Changlang division organize a Swachchata Rally under Total Sanitation
The day was also celebrated at Arunachal Bhawan, At New Delhi.
Besides the employees of the Arunachal Bhawan, large number of Arunachalee students
studying in Delhi participated in the celebration Cultural programme and sports
competition were organised to mark the occarion.
In Upper Subansiri district, Swachchata Rally or ‘Sanitation walk’ was organized
at Daporijo, Taliha, Siyum, Nacho, Baririjo and Gusar administrative to mark the
Silver Jubilee of Arunachal’s Statehood. The main aim of the rally was to bring
awareness among the masses of the need to maintain health and hygiene.
At Daporijo, the Swachchata rally led by DC A Abhyankar was participated by large
number of students, Govt officials, panchayat members.
Addressing the gathering at Rijo ground on the occasion, MLA Tapen Siga appealed
to the people to cooperate with the Govt and maintain peace and harmony. He said
development of the state is possible only with the support and cooperation of the
people. Siga also spoke about the hydro power and tourism potentials of the state.
The day was also celebrated at Seppa and other sub-divisional and circle headquarters
of East Kameng in befitting manner.
Attending celebration, former MLA Tame Yangfo appealed to the people of all walks
of life to work hard and shoulder the responsibility in the development of East Kameng
The other highlights of the day were the cultural programmes presented by various
tribes and games and sports competitions. In Tug-of War competition, DC-XI defeated
DDSE-XI. Deputy commissioner Tope Bam distributed the prizes to the winners of
the games and sports competitions.
At Laporiang, Circle Officer, Hage Tarung, unfurled the national flag on the occasion
of statehood day celebration amidst presence of panchayat leaders, general public,
government staffs and students. March Past by students, games and sports were the
main attractions of the day. Tarung also distributed prizes to winners of sports
At Guwahati, Guwahati Arunachal Students Association (GASA) celebrated the statehood
Day at Arunachal guest house by distributing sports items and mosquito nets to Arunachalee
students studying in various institutions in Guwahati.
Arunachal Community College, Vivek Vihar also celebrated the statehood day with
great enthusiasm which was participated by the principal, faculties and students
of the college.
Book reading a must for healthy mind: Padung
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Book reading is a must for youth for development of a healthy mind
and a healthy body, said Hawai EAC J Padung while addressing a gathering of students
and teachers at the National Book Week celebrations at Hawai on February 18. He
urged the students to make regular book reading a habit.
Acting Principal of Hawai Govt. Hr. Secondary School, T. Saro and JNV principal H
S R Rina also appreciated the wide range of valuable books displayed for the benefit
of students and the public during the Book Week.
At Khupa, the Book Week celebration was inaugurated by an upcoming entrepreneur Somerso
Gam. He exhorted the students to concentrate for their own educational advancement.
He lauded the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, Vivekananda Trust and the DDSE Anjaw
for making various readable books available in remote corners of the hilly district.
Anjaw DIET lecturer MK Mishra also exhorted the students to take maximum benefit
from the celebration.
The main highlight of the celebrations was the novel contest on the topic, ‘Design
a cover page for your favourite library book’, which drew enthusiastic participants
from students from both Hawai and Khupa. Besides a series of book-contests for students,
creative story-writing, book and vocabulary quiz and educational video-show were
At Hawai, Sahilu Pul and Kuru Reela of both Govt HSS, Hawai and Asenglu Bellai of
JNV Hawai won the top prizes for their creative stories, while 9 more were awarded
for their promising stories. The vocabulary quiz (juniors) prize was won by Aromai
Romat, Moushumi Chaitom and Bapringlu Longling , all from KGBV Hawai. At Khupa, the
quiz prizes were bagged by Shivam Pradhan and Amanti Ama, both from Govt MS, Khupa
and Raksha Pradhan, Govt HSS, Huyuliang. Prizes for the contests were sponsored by
Anjaw DDSE K Perme. The book exhibitions will be reopened in Anjaw in April after
the annual examinations.
Know Your Legendary Artistes
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: We have already highlighted the achievements of the various renowned
artistes of the state. In continuation of our effort to pay tribute to those legendary
artistes, today we are presenting popular singer James Bijnoo Nabam and Moge Doji.
James Bijnoo Nabam, popularly known as Bijnoo is one of the most popular singers
of Nyishi community. Hailing from Nimte village under Sagalee circle, Papum Pare
district, Bijnoo was born on 15th February 1964. He graduated from St. Anthony’s
College, Shillong and later worked as junior teacher from 1985 to 1993. He has
diploma in Indian Classical Music (Vocal) from Donyi-Polo College of Music under
the Guru of Vishnupur Gharana.
He recorded his first song with AIR Dibrugarh in 1985 and his first recording in
with Doordarshan came in 1990 at DDK,Guwahati. His famous works include, ‘IJI-LELLA’(1986)
-the first Nyishi Christian devotional music album from Arunachal, ‘KOMCHI-LELLA’
Vol-I & II(1989)- the first ever modern and folk song mix album from Arunachal
Pradesh, ‘YUMA’ (1991) - Nyishi modern song which he sung along with Chukhu Nayo,
‘ANYA’(1993)- the Nyishi modern song with Taba Yall. Bijnoo was a member of North
East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) from the year 1998 to 2000. Besides music, he also
actively took part in various social initiatives being part of the Nyishi Elite Society.
At present he is working as transmission executive with All India Radio since his
joining in 1993.
Moge Doji hailing from West Siang district is very popular figure in the field of
music. He graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat in 1980. He recorded
song like Modi Tolok kose kole and Takar Tesinm for AIR Dibrugarh in 1975. He had
rare opportunities to sing in tandem with late Dr. B. Hazarika in 1974 at Aalo. His
popular songs include Si gi moko si Kuena, dinyie nyilela, lune bane, tani sisang
yenam si, siang ane. Besides Galo, he has sung for other tribes including Nyishi
and Adi. Moge has recorded around 140 songs till date.
Tribute to a great father
It seemed winter was reluctant to leave it's grip on Ziro that year for it was already
February and there was no sign of abetting cold and bone chilling wind. Winter as
it was in Ziro (one of the coldest place in state) it had been raining for more than
two months now bringing the bone chilling cold l and other winterly miseries with
But today it was different. The sky was clear and deep blue, the winter sun shone
bright and warm in eastern sky. People were busy drying their moisture ridden household
articles and sat leisurely soaking in the warmth of winter sun in their bamboo porch.
There was smile and warmth on everyone's face. They sat leisurely chatting and wondering
why nature was so kind to them today.
Oblivious to most of them, in a corner of house, a man was preparing for his last
journey. He was in that twilight zone of life and death when one foot is in our world
and other foot already beyond this physical world. He was slowly and constantly moving
his hand as if wading through the water. Whenever his daughter who had been nursing
him for so many days asked him what he was doing, the dying man would reply," I am
preparing my way and parting away the clouds so that there is sunshine in the path
to my other world where my father and mother awaits me."
Indeed, he was parting those dark and dreary clouds of winter weather and blessing
his beloved world with another beautiful and warm day. Even as he was leaving this
world, for the last time he wanted to lit this world one more time with warmth and
sunshine. When the desire in man is from the core of his heart, even the nature becomes
willing servant to his wishes.
Having settled the day for the people he was leaving behind, he asked the people
around him to keep his legs joined and hold his hand. And as the winter sun confirmed
its willing presence on this fatefull day, the man passed away slowly to be with
his parents and other loving ones who had long before preceded him to the other world.
Thus a great soul, passed away in the arms of person who was close to his heart with
all loved ones around him. Just as He chose and charted the path of his life, ...
he chose and charted his path to the other world. This is the way great souls move
- nonchalantly and gracefully. His physical being gave way to his spiritual being
by manifesting himself into that sunshine and warmth on a winter day and bring happiness
and warmth in everyone’s life during dark, dreary and cold winter time.
That was my father- the greatest man that ever walked on this planet. On 21st February
2008, he went away to be with my grand parents in that other world. Forever. I know
he must be sitting by his father’s knee, listening to the stories of the distant
past, of the great hunts and wars that brought misery to all even in victory. I know
he must be looking at his father with that expectant look as he stopped to refill
his tobacco pipe and lit the dying fire in the heart deep into the night.
Yes..That was Him .. Dani Kunia, first Agency Councillor (1967-72) when Arunachal
Pradesh was still NEFA. He was there when debate for separate UT for Arunachal Pradesh
raged, he was there in it's naming ceremony, he was there to debate on shifting from
Assamese medium to English medium, when debate on location of capital for nascent
state of Arunachal was done. He was there when Arunachal Pradesh was being conceived,
he was there when it was born. He gave it name and shape and faded into shadow like
a good father to give way to his children by giving way to new leaders and new world
and went back to his village to tend his fields and bamboo groves, his forest and
his near and dear relatives during the time of sickness and happiness.
Yes, my father, the greatest man that ever walked on this planet. At barely five
feet ..he was the tallest person I shall ever see or know. And with lady like slim
feature and weighing around 44-45 KG, he was the strongest person in the universe.
He went away to be with his parents and siblings ..to be with long gone uncles and
aunts whose love and care he longed for ..and who now dwells in the netherworld waiting
for the prodigal child. He left...but he still lives with us ..in fond memories.
I shall share his loving memories with my dear friends and sing the love song between
father and son to my children in times to come. For now ...happy stay..ABBA..na..a
Yabii ( We used to call him Yabii)
Total Sanitation Campaign
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A day-long awareness programme on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC)
was organized at Denka Govt Middle school covering three villages, namely, Bogoli,
Denka-1 and Denka-2.
Explaining the objective of TSC, Galaxy Family Welfare Society chairman G Tate exhorted
the villagers to give up age-old open defecation practice and suggested to have cost
effective individual household latrine.
Stressing on cleanliness for maintaining good health, the chairman suggested the
villagers to keep their farm animals like pig, goat, chicken etc. properly to avoid
Anchal Samity Member Gollo Yakiam assured her all possible support from her side
in conducting such campaign in future.
The campaign was organized by Papum Pare District Water Sanitation Committee under
PHED in collaboration with NN Charitable Society, Doimukh branch and Galaxy Family
Welfare Society here.
Panchayat leaders, HGBs, GBs, senior citizens of the area attended the programme.
Skill development training for in-service staff concludes
PASIGHAT, Feb 22: The year-long skill Development training progamme for ‘stockmen”
concluded here today.
Addressing the valedictory function, deputy commissioner Talem Tapok said the continuous
up-gradation of professional knowledge is essential for stockmen (para-veterinarians)
to render better, efficient and professional service in the society.
He further highlighted the importance of mid-career practice-oriented training.
Altogether six faculties of VTI (Veterinary Training Institute), Pasighat imparted
the training to 19 in-service ‘Stockmen.’
Tapok also gave way the certificates to all the participants. Ghana Phukan, Stockman,
who secured 1st position in the training, received Gold-Medal.
ATMA PD Abang Doso urged the Stockman to set good example in their service after
gaining knowledge from the year-long training.
VTI deputy director Dr. M Nyodu while focusing on infrastructural bottlenecks informed
that process of setting up of an in-campus clinic is under way and maintenance of
water tanks and bus services would be improved soon.
Among others, DVO Dr. Emo Lego, Dr. O Siram, Dr. N Taloh, Dr. T Tamut and Dr. T Tatik
also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
JN College week celebration concludes
PASIGHAT, Feb 22: The three-day academic, cultural and sports events of JN College
Pasighat concluded on Sunday evening.
BRO (Project Brahmank) Chief Engineer Col. SK Pandey and Dean of College of Horticulture
and Forestry, Pasighat, Dr. B N Hazarika, were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Col. S K Pandey briefed on the importance of co-curricular
activities and encouraged the students to take active part in such activities in
Earlier, Dr. Hazarika said that such celebration facilitates greater understanding
and interactions among the students.
He lauded the faculties and students for their untiring efforts and advised the students
to be more sincere, dedicated in their study.
The college Principal T Talom also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Assam Rifles distributes Mosquito net
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: 4 Assam Rifles distributed free Mosquito net to villagers under
Civic Action projects at Namtak circle, Changlang recently.
A total of 400 mosquito nets were distributed to villagers as a measure to increase
the goodwill relation between civilians and army personnel.
Transport dept to curb revenue pilferage
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: All possible efforts and measures would be taken to minimize loss
and pilferage of transport revenue at district as well as state level, Transport
and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin said while attending a meeting of the Department
of Transport at Naharlagun here today.
Highlighting the various developmental activities of his department, Gamlin urged
the officers and officials of transport department to work with missionary zeal to
earn more revenue.
The district transports officers presented the annual action plan 2012-13 for onward
approval from the government.
Earlier, the meeting discussed in details various issues related to revenue and infrastructure
development of the department.
Arunachal Bhavan closed for accommodation purpose
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: In view of the major renovation work and conversion of the administrative
block, the Arunachal Bhavan at New Delhi will remain closed for accommodation purposes
for three months, according a release issued by deputy resident commissioner. Further,
the present administrative block has been shifted to the Banquet hall for smooth
functioning of the routine works till completion of the renovation and conversion
DSYA organizes indigenous sports on statehood day
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The directorate of sports and youth affairs organized various indigenous
sports like tug of war, bobo, bamboo skill exercise, bamboo wrestling, traditional
wrestling etc. on the occasion of Statehood Day celebration at Indira Gandhi Park
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with host of ministers and MLAs, visiting dignitaries
enjoyed the competition for more than 30 minutes.
Sports Authority of India Special Area Game Center, Naharlagun won the first prize
while Kurung Kumey and Tirap came second and third respectively in the competitions.
The winner, runners up and third position winner would be awarded Rs. 5000, Rs. 3000
and Rs. 2000 respectively, according to a release by director of sports and youth
The department of sports and youth affairs would formulate rules to make the indigenous
games and sports more competitive, the release added.
CM takes part in Swachchata rally
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Public Health Engineering Department, Itanagar organized a Swachchata
Rally with the theme “Clean Arunachal, Healthy Arunachal” as part of the Statehood
day celebration on February 20.
The rally which was led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki started from Nyokum Lapang Ground
and culminated at Indira Gandhi Park.
School children from Vivekanada School, Chimpu, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chimpu, Govt.
Middle School, Niti Vihar and Green Mount School, Itanagar participated in the rally.
The main objective of the rally was to create awareness among common masses the importance
of sanitation and disseminate the message to make Arunachal open defecation free.
National Integration Tour
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A 14 days National Integration tour for students of Tirap district
was organized by Assam Rifles under the aegis of Army’s Dao Division.
The 16 member students team was taken to various historical sites and modern shopping
malls. They have also had a chance to witness the culture and traditions of the western
part of the country during the tour.
The flag-in ceremony was presided over by General Officer Commanding, Dao division
UNO to go ahead with its bandh call
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: In view of non-fulfillment of its single point demand to transfer
the Yazali PWD division executive engineer by the government, the United Nyishi Organization
(UNO) has decided to go ahead with its proposed 12 hours Lower Subansiri bandh call
on February 27.
Nyokum celebration begins at Yupia
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Nyokum Yullo celebration began at Yupia with ZPM Nabam Aka unfurling
the festival flag at the Papum Pare district headquarters yesterday.
In his inaugural speech, the ZPM urged people of the Nyishi community and other tribes
residing at Yupia to celebrate the festival in befitting manner.
Doimukh ZPM Tana Bado, who inaugurated the Nyokum house, gave a brief description
about significance of Nyokum Yullo, the celebration of which was started at Joram
in 1967. He exhorted the Nyishi brethren to preserve their own culture and traditions
irrespective of their religious beliefs.
Borum ZPM Taro Modi, Borum Anchal chairperson Gyamar Jiri, Tigdo/Yupia ASM Teri Rada,
administrative officers and officials of Yupia attended the programme.
150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Rinchen Dorjee, the Prant Sanyojak of Organising Committee for
celebration of 150th birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in Arunachal Pradesh,
recently visited the different places in Tirap and Changlang district as part of
celebration. He was accompanied by Pelbang Tayeng, Sah Prant Saiyojak during the
They visited places like Miao, Changlang, Khonsa, Longding and Kanubari. During their
visit large number of local people joined the celebration. The year-long celebration
will have the five pronged activities which include Yuva Shakti for Youth, Samvardhini
for Women, Prabuda Bharat for Educated Elite and Social Leaders, Gramayan for villages
and Asmita for culture.
During his addresses, Rinchen emphasized the need of Sahitya Seva - development
of literature on the life and message of Swami Vivekananda in local dialect with
proverbs and sayings of local community.
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Statistic Colony Mahila Samity celebrated its foundation day with
four days programme from February 18- 21. Sports and cultural activities were the
major attraction of the celebration.
Among others, Economic and Statistic Joint Director Koj Tajang and Rural Development
Joint Director Tado Ado also attended the function.
Bandh reduced to 12 hours
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The proposed 24 hours Changlang district bandh called by All
Changlang District Students’ Union (ACDSU) on February 21 was withdrawn after 12
hours of bandh following the assurance of the administration to look into its demand
at the earliest.
However, the Union threatened to observe 48 hours bandh in case of failure of the
Govt to fulfill its demand for cent percent reservation in the recruitment of AAP
(Civil Police) in Tirap and Changlang districts and immediate issuance of the gazette
notification in this regard.
Changlang DIPRO informed that there was no report of any untoward incident from any
part of the district during the bandh, except complete destruction of two government
vehicles (Maruti Gypsy) of the general administration and IPR department along with
the public address system.
All private vehicles remained off the road, traders downed their shutters and Govt.
offices recorded thin attendance. However, home examination of students went smoothly.
Later, on persuasion of the district Administration that bandh call was reduced to
A new survey by ILO finds that 56 per cent of workers in Afghanistan's brick kilns
are bonded children, who work for more than 70 hours a week in very poor conditions.
In addition, the brick kilns rely almost entirely on debt bondage and workers and
their families are tied to a kiln by the need to pay off loans taken for basic necessities,
medical expenses, weddings and funerals.
The survey, conducted between August and October last year in Nangarhar and Kabul
provinces, found that 64 per cent of the families contacted had worked in the kilns
for 11 years or more and 35 per cent for more than 20 years. Nearly all households
fell vulnerable to debt bondage while living in Pakistan as refugees or migrants.
Both adult and child labourers work more than 70 hours a week, in very poor conditions.
Average daily wages are between 297 and 407 Afghanis for an adult and 170-278 Afghanis
for a child.
Article 49 of the Afghan Constitution prohibits bonded labour while the Afghan Government
has also ratified ILO Convention 182, which came to force in Afghanistan last year
and identifies bonded labour as one of the worst forms of child labour.
The survey report identified bonded labour as an economic problem and emphasized
formulating a comprehensive strategy that focuses on improving conditions and providing
workers with tools to escape from the cycles of debt, vulnerability, dependence and
Literate not educated
It was a cool February morning, like every other day, I was waiting for my university
bus at the Doimukh market, the designated bus stop.
The bus arrived shortly and thankfully it wasn’t crowded. On most days I have to
squeeze past innumerable limbs and fuming heads as the bus service is very limited.
As I climb on the bus I found that all the seats were occupied …. too many a dark
haired faces staring at me with no signs of smile or gesture, as if I had committed
a crime. That made me tad uncomfortable but I sighed a relief thinking, at least
am not breathing stale air.
The bus then started with a jolt and as it started speeding up, my discomfiture grew.
With every curves and turns my body was swaying along with the bus. I was holding
so tight to the railings that I could see my wrist bones become prominent. The rusted
metal smell with did not help either. I was tired and kept shifting my weight from
one foot to another.
My discomfiture must have been visible to the other students on the bus, so I glanced
back hoping that some one would help a fellow student. But every one seemed to be
mourning on some departed soul, which is a daily scene inside the bus.
Not a single guy had the courtesy to offer his seat and not a single girl scooted
over to make space for me to sit.
We all come to college and university everyday hoping to gain knowledge and to get
a degree so that we can call ourselves educated citizens.
Whenever some body talks about education, we picture smartly dressed people with
high degrees and all such staffs. But education is not all about degrees and bookish
knowledge, it goes much beyond that.
These students are supposed to be the bright minds of Arunachal but looks like ‘Humane
nature’ is something they haven’t learned yet.
Literate, but not educated. Is that what we are??
The ‘Basic civic sense’ is what we need to cultivate in us. Having toiled so hard
for our degrees, let us not let it be something to keep in a file, laminated and
It is important to note here that women are, by nature physically weaker than men
and the very anatomical body frame work and physiological capacity of a woman is
such that she cannot stand for as long as a man can. So, if not courtesy, it would
be appropriate for men to offer their seat out of consideration to women specially
to old aged people and pregnant women’s.
We are in serious need to brush up our manners and etiquettes. We try to copy the
western culture, their fashion, latest gadgets, parties and what not. But what we
feel to copy is their manners and courteous habits.
So if you are a lady and the next time you travel in a bus and don’t get a seat,
you will know who is an educated gentlemen and who is not.
RGU, Rono Hill
The Economics of Itanagar
It’s been six months to date that I moved back to Itanagar from a 7 years long stay
in New Delhi. During these past few months I’ve come to understand a few things about
the monetary facets of our town.
1. MRP apparently doesn’t stand for Maximum Retail Price, instead here it seems to
mean Minimum Ransom Price. In most stores every product under the sun is sold at
an amount exceeding the MRP and upon inquiring why this is so, two things happen;
first I get a blank stare as if I’ve asked a rhetorical question and so to give an
answer is an exercise in futility which is then followed by a very apt reply that
goes something along the lines of, “it’s like that only”. Now that is not an answer,
it’s a statement and a very obvious one at that. Occasionally I do get a different
reply like the other day this storekeeper told me that she doesn’t get the products
at wholesale rates. Now why must I suffer for her bad business acumen?
2. Shopkeepers never have change. This is something that baffles me. How does one
run a store and not keep change. The shopkeepers always expect us to bring the change
which I’m more than happy to do but considering how so many products are so conveniently
priced to meet a shopkeeper’s interest (like a milk carton priced at Rs.47), it
becomes too tedious to walk around with coins tinkling in
Sometimes even when they do have change they don’t want to give it away. This one
time I remember buying something that cost Rs.45 and I handed over a fifty rupee
note to the lady over the counter upon which she very politely asked me what I would
like for the remaining five rupees. I went into a daze for a while ‘because I had
no reply to that question but when I came to I told the nice lady that for “the
remaining five rupees” I would like to have “the remaining five rupees”.
3. Auto fares are like science fiction novels turned into reality. The fares are
out of this world. Most autos also are completely out of this world when it comes
to their maintenance and taking a ride in them may take a passenger out of this
Apparently the moment you sit in an auto you have to pay Rs.40. As if to suggest
that these autos are here for our amusement, although I must admit that given the
sorry state of our roads, taking a ride in an auto does seem to have the same affect
as being on a roller coaster.
I have two questions relating to the contents above.
One, why do we not have functioning regulatory bodies which looks into these matters?
Why must only the interest of the shopkeepers be looked after and not those of the
consumers? In my opinion the shopkeepers and the shoppers are in a partnership with
each other and as of now it’s not a 50-50 relationship.
My second question is where is the outrage on these daily matters? Where are the
self proclaimed Anna Hazares who shout and scream about so many issues which at most
times don’t affect our daily realities?
I believe that while it is important to take care of the big issues it is also important
to look into the smaller issues. If we are able to take care of the small things,
the big things will take care of themselves.
AYUSH as equipped as any other medical practitioners
This is in response to the letter published in your esteemed daily titled “Unhealthy
practice by doctors” on Feb 20. The issue raised is a genuine concern but was written
with bad faith. Such unwarranted and unfounded assertions against AYUSH practitioners
are clearly mala fide, desperately trying to raise apprehensions about AYUSH practitioners
thereby blocking our opportunities.
The concerned citizen has questioned our clinical knowledge while forgetting that
we have undergone same five and half years of clinical training in refuted and recognized
institutions in India.
While accusing us of playing with the lives of rural folks, the concerned citizen
has ignored the reality that we are the ones saving lives where no allopathic doctors
are available in places like Tali, Yatong etc. We are equipped with adequate clinical
acumen to offer a wide range of preventive, promotive and curative treatments that
are both cost effective and efficacious for rural health care needs.
The National Health Policy emphasized integration of AYUSH with modern medicines
and accordingly promoting AYUSH through NRHM.
National Policy on Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy-2002 has given special
focus to the North-Eastern states considering the rich stores of medicinal plants
and we urge our Government to tap the potential and open up avenues for us by creating
more job opportunities as prescribed by National Policy.
Dr Taba Yano
AYUSH Doctors Association of Arunachal Pradesh (NRHM)
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