It is in response to Dugel Nada’s reactionary statement published under the Readers
Forum of your esteemed daily of 12th Jan’2011. Being compelled, I would like to reiterate
the position of DDAC, the leadership and people of 29-
We had made our declaration through daily media, welcoming the HPC to 29-
Our announcement, whatsoever has been, was made in the backdrops of the Chief Minister’s Dorjee Khandu’s commitment, its subsequent endorsement by the cabinet and finally the CM’s assurance to send the HPC to examine on the ground, before 200 plus delegates, under Itanagar Chalo Programme on 8th Sept’2009 at Itanagar.
Since, we are not in a position to settle the matter amicably, amongst us, on our
own, it is not of 29-
In fact, having failed to understand the reasons behind non-
All concerned shouldn’t have confused the idea and misguide the public to the fact that it is not the parties involved, to undermine someone’s sentiment or reject or recommend a proposed place or town to be the HQ of the New District. But the HPC is the assigned authority on the job to deliver justice once for all. ‘Basar Town’ is simply on the race to qualify for the proposed district HQ by virtue of its merits.
Therefore, the threatening words, viz. “inclusion of Basar” and undermining of our sentiments will not be tolerated at any cost” and “remember, dying man can do anything” etc doesn’t sound like language of an elite and responsible member of today’s civilized society particularly for those youth leaders who are on the field to guide the society at their respective areas. It would be far reaching good for the well being of all of us to desist from hurling such provocative and unbridled words against each others to add oil to create the problem more vexed.
Peace and tranquility are universally accepted inevitable preconditions for ushering in over all developments and prosperity let us have maximum tolerance and maintain it if we are really and seriously committed for development of our area.
The real god
Kudos to Mithun Dey for his article "Time to cry halt"( 12 January).
Since the children community is the real God, no society can ever prosper or even claim itself to be "progressive" if those innocent souls are left starved, hungry or subjected to manual labour and torture. Unless the people, media and the Government learn to appreciate that neither the glitzy flyovers and malls nor IT Revolution and discovery of water on the moon, but according childhood to the little beings is the hallmark of a truly modern country; the poor child will continue to lead a life of a persecuted slave.
Kolkata, (on email)
China has done it again. This time two of the Arunachal,s sports persona has been denied visa (Arunachal Times 13/01/2011). The 'Stapled Visa' for Arunachal people being used by Chinese Embassy is not understood. Arunachal people are citizens of India, and hence we should be treated as such by other nations.
Accordingly Visa is equally entitled to be given to Arunachal people at par with
other domicile of India. During 2007, four persons from Arunachal Pradesh, comprised
of Ministers and Official were selected to participate in 'Agriculture and Food Processing
Mission to China' 19-
Tasso Butung, Ziro
As Pasighat readies to celebrate
As always, visiting my state after a gap of months, I find it overwhelming to be
back at this sleepy little town, Pasighat, away from the hustle-
This time, the first thing that caught my eye embarking on the soil of Pasighat was of a huge poster depicting the "glorious 100 years of existence" of the town, in which an inkling of the hue of Siang valley was placarded.
Furthermore, moving homeward, one feels a sense of ease and pleasure with the newly
renovated roads and lanes all over. Markets, offices and residents wears a festive
facade. People strolling around seems to be anxiously waiting for the d-
Looking at the various spectacular features that lines up viz, river rafting, cultural fest, musical nite, traditional shows, food carnival, et.al, a grand occasion seems promising. Central dignitaries, who's who of the state and bollywood celebrities amidst firework displays will add more spice to it's glamours and grandeurs.
Nonetheless, looking back at the past 100 years(1911-
In a clarion call to the people of the state, it is a humble request to be a part
in commemorating by joining hands to mark the centenary celebration(17-
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ITANAGAR,Jan 13:The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) lodged strong protest against Chinese government by burning effigy of Chinese President Hu Jintao here at Itanagar today in protest against issuance of stapled visa to Arunachalees.
The stapled visas were issued to Arunachalee lifter Yukar Sibi and Techi Abraham Kaya, the joint secretary of Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) who were to go to China to participate in China IWF weightlifting Grand Prix.
Addressing the media today, AAPSU President Takam Tatung demanded Indian government to issue stapled visas to Chinese people visiting India reciprocating the latest snub by Chinese embassy.
Tibetan people visiting India should also be issued stapled visas as they are coming from disputed land which is impacting on Arunachal Pradesh” he added.
The apex students union questioned Indian government’s stand on this vexed issue and appealed Prime Minister to take up the matter with his Chinese counterpart as soon as possible.
“If Onion and potato price issue can rock the parliament, why government is reluctant to take up the issue of Arunachal” questioned Tatung.
He further said that Indian Government was not doing enough even after a Chinese
spy was caught red-
Lamenting over Pranab Mukherjee, the then foreign minister of India who allegedly remarked during his visit to Tawang that Arunachal Pradesh is negotiable; AAPSU alleged that Indian government does not pay any heed towards Arunachal Pradesh.
Tatung further informed that Union would meet other student organizations to discuss the issue.
Meanwhile, AAPSU termed the state government as somnolent for its silence on the latest Chinese issue. AAPSU also appealed Governor General JJ Singh to take up the matter.
It further appealed the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to drop the non-
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Information Commissioners, across the country, have caused a loss
of Rs 86 crores during the Financial Year 2009-
It is interesting to contrast this to the total expenditure on information commissions around the country which was Rs 45.4 crores (barring Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh) being significantly less than the revenue loss caused by the various commissions. If all the penalties imposable were actually imposed, the running of the information commissions would not only be no burden on the exchequer but be a revenue earning exercise for the people of India.
These are the findings of nationwide study conducted by Public Cause Research Foundation. The Foundation studied 76,813 orders passed by 87 commissioners and joint benches of 27 states. Uttar Pradesh and 4 commissioners of Jharkhand could not be analyzed because despite best efforts, they simply refused to give their orders.
The CAG had made an audit objection in the case of Maharashtra Information Commission last year on this issue.
26 commissioners did not impose a single penalty in the whole year. List of those commissioners who imposed zero penalties is attached. Just 6 commissioners imposed penalties in more than 10% cases.
R K Angousana Singh from Manipur is at the top having imposed penalties in 32.7% cases.
Overall, the performance of commissions across the country as far as imposition of penalties goes is abysmal. In actual fact, the best record was 32.7%, while most of the commissioners were under 10%.
Amongst those commissioners who have more than one year’s pendency, the lowest disposal rate was of Sujit Kumar Sarkar of West Bengal (42 per year). On the other extreme, the highest disposal rate in the country was of Shailesh Gandhi of the CIC (4813 per year).
In terms of the pendency at their current rate of disposal, 20 information commissioners had a pendency of over one year, of which Jagdananda of Orissa was the worst (10.7 years), followed by Sujit Kumar Sarkar of West Bengal (10.2 years) and D N Padhi of Orissa (5.3 years).
Nationally, information was denied by information commissioners in 17% cases (against 32% last year).
Overall, the level of denials ranged from 2% (Manipur) and 6 % (Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand) to over 40% (Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat). Of these, 12 states commissions had denials in under 15% of the cases while 5 states had denials in over 25% or more cases. CIC denied information in 21% of cases.
Some information commissioners denied information on grounds which are not provided in RTI Act and are thus illegal. Information Commissioner A Subba Rao of Andhra Pradesh, who has the third rank amongst the information deniers, denied information in 54% of the cases before him.
Each Information Commission is supposed to prepare an annual report on the functioning
of RTI in respective state. The report is supposed to be laid in Legislature. However,
as per information provided by the commissions, only Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh,
Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Orissa, Rajasthan had prepared their reports upto 2009-
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: In its efforts to expand the market for products of Self help Groups
and rural artisans in the State, NABARD has sanctioned a marketing outlet to FRA-
National Youth Project, Arunachal Pradesh Unit will guide the SHG for successful implementation of the project.
Bana, Jan 13: The Aka community of Bana area, East Kameng District celebrated social-
Briefing about the unemployment problems, he advised the younger generation to engage themselves in Agriculture and horticulture activities and work for the all round development of the area.
Organizing Chairman and Secretary Sunil Degio and Koya Yame highlighted about the Sarok festival and also read out mythology of the festival.
They appealed the people to preserve rich cultural heritage and encouraged the younger generation to promote the age old customs and traditions of the society.
Besides community feast and prayers, cultural troops from various areas presented cultural items on the occasion.
PASIGHAT, Jan 13: The All East Siang District Students’ Union has taken strong cognizance to the proposed naming of Pasighat Bridge to Rajiv Gandhi Bridge in the Centenary celebration of Pasighat Township as carried out in its Celebration Advertisement.
The Pasighat bridge which took 21 years to complete, tower over the mighty Siang river stand as an important monument of human engineering in the state and in a way carries the identity not only of Pasighat area but whole of the state in general.
In a statement today, AESDSU President Tageng Nyitan opined that “the historic Centenary Celebration of Pasighat Township will be a farce, if we cannot preserve our identity; there is no dearth of historical figure in our society or for that matter in Arunachal Pradesh. The state government should immediately rethink on the decision for smooth and successful conduct of the celebration”.
The Union also appeals to all the like minded NGOs and the apex students’ union AAPSU to take serious note of the selling out of “Indigenous Pride” for gaining cheap political mileage out of a historic celebration.
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: BJP National president Nitin Gadkari advocated for designing proper and practical training programmes and exposure trips for Panchayat leaders at state and regional level to enhance their performance.
Speaking at the Party’s Panchayati Raj Cell National Executive Meeting at New Delhi on Jan 11, Gadkari stressed the need for proper devolution of power and functions to Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) saying that an empowered PRIs can help in cleansing corruptions in the country. He called upon the chairman, conveners and the prabharies from various states to work hard and reach out to the lowest forum the Gram Sabhas and remind the panchayat leaders about their role and duties as envisaged in the Constitution. The bottom up approach in the planning process which had been the main focus of the previous BJP led NDA government should be the priority measures while organizing the PR leaders, he added.
The meeting reviewed the activities of the Panchayati Raj bodies and performance of Panchayat leaders in various states.
The meeting was attended by the members of the BJP National Panchayati Raj Cell headed
by Dr. Bharat Bhai Gazipara, National Chairman/Convener, Co-
Meanwhile, the meeting decided to hold two days All Indian Panchayat Leaders Sammelan
in mid April-
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Court snubs ADM Order
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The Itanagar Permanent Bench of Gauhati High Court, while admitting the criminal review petition (No. 17(APO 2010) filed by Kipa Niya on Jan 7 challenging the criminal charges framed against him by the additional district magistrate cum estate officer, has listed the matter for hearing on Feb 22 next besides ordering the suspension of impugned order dated 22.11.2010.
Niya was arrested on Nov 20 last year pertaining to a land deal without producing any order or warrant of arrest by Police Personnel.
Niya alleges that he was arrested based on a verbal order by ADM Talo Potom.
He was charged under section 188/447/201/379 IPC read with " 3 of PDPP Act, section 24 (B) /25 (D) & (E) of Assam Forest Regulation Act, 1891 and Forest Conservation Act 1980 and Arunachal Pradesh Public Premises Act, 2003 which he says is abuse of process of law.
RHEP organize community health check
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Management of Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant (RHEP), Yazali, organized
a free community medical check-
Various villagers of nearby areas availed the benefit of health camp along with free medicines. Taw Leji, ASM, New Pitapool, while lauding NEEPCO for such gesture urged management to extend such kind of benefit to all the villagers around the plant.
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Itanagar Mori-
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: All Pasi Students and Parents Association celebrated its 9th Sports Day at Adipasi, Bine village, Upper Siang district yesterday.
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak-
APCYGTSU in a release resented that despite announcement, the authority has not yet taken any initiative to establish schools in the area.
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Bulang Marik and Bulang Tana have been selected as chairman and general secretary of Bullang Welfare Society (BWS), Parsi Parlo under Kurung Kumey district.