ITANAGAR, May 29: Jamuna Binny, Assistant professor, Department of Hindi, Rajiv Gandhi
University (RGU) has been awarded ‘Saraswati Singh Smriti Samman-2012’ by the Purvottar
Hindi Academy, Shillong in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Hindi
literature. She received the coveted award that carries a shawl and a citation, in
a glittering ceremony held at the Meghalaya capital on May 26 last.
Jamuna has 10 poems and two short stories to her credit. A member of Arunachal Pradesh
Literary Society, the prolific Hindi writer credits her success to APLS. “I’m very
thankful to APLS for giving me the encouragement over the period to write in Hindi,”
Power supply normal in Pasighat: EE
ITANAGAR, May 29: The Department of Power, Pasighat Electrical Division (PED) has
asserted that power supply in Pasighat township has returned to normal while saying
that the recent disturbance was due to technical problem at Aalo and Daporijo power
sub-stations, Raga tower line and power failure at Bongaigaon which are beyond the
control of the PED.
Construction of 33 kv line from Koyu to Pasighat is completed and will be commissioner
shortly, the EE of PED said in a release. Further, erection of all towers of 132
kv line from Aalo to Pasighat within the jurisdiction of PED have already been done
and stringing works were going on, the release said. It clarified that the demand
for replacement of turbine at Yembung hydel project and complete renovation of Sille
hydel project were the responsibility of Department of Hydropower Development. Since
the Department of Power and the Department of Hydropower Development are two separate
departments, it can not take up the matter, it added.
The department is ready to sit together with Pasighat People’s Welfare Committee
to discuss and fix a date for drawing power supply from Rina Hydel Project to Pasighat,
the EE said.
PPWC had called Pasighat bandh yesterday to register its protest against erratic
and frequent disruption of power supply despite repeated pleas to the department
concerned to improve the supper supply by taking up the needful.
State BJP to observe Bharat bandh
ITANAGAR, May 29: Welcoming the appeal made by the Northeast Congress Committee to
the Centre to rollback the steep hike in petrol prices, the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) Arunachal Pradesh has appealed to the all sections of people irrespective of
their political affiliations to extend support to the proposed Bharat bandh in state
on May 31. Stating that the bandh will be observed in Arunachal Pradesh, the state
BJP also appealed to all the political parties including regional party, traders’
bodies and various other organizations to extend whole-hearted support to the bandh
to mount pressure on the Centre for rollback the hike in patrol prices. The party
said the wrong economic policy of the UPA Govt severely affected the daily life of
the common people. The BJP exempted the students, who are appearing various examinations
and media fraternity from the purview of the bandh.
The BJP further said that recent widespread protests against petrol price hike throughout
the country had forced the UPA Govt to ask all state governments including Arunachal
Pradesh to cut taxes on fuel prices.
Bandh in protest against transfer
ITANAGAR, May 29: AdiSU has strongly supported the proposed 24-hour West-Pasighat
area bandh given by the Legong Bango Students’ Union (LBSU) from May 30 morning in
protest against the transfer of East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok.
“The present DC is yet to complete one year in serving the people of the district
and there is no complaint against him of failing in handling the law and order situation.
The state govt’s decision to transfer the DC is unreasonable and uncalled for and
not acceptable. The move seems to be politically motivated from authority concerned”,
Society resolves to work for development
ITANAGAR, May 29: The Lapung Welfare Society (LWS), Paksa camp, in its two days general
conference-cum election held at Seppa on May 24 and 25 adopted various resolutions
for development in health, education, road and communication sectors.
Emphasizing on the need of materialization of irrigation channel project, the Society
resolved to persuade the Govt to take development activities in various sectors
at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the Society formed its new executive body in the general conference.
‘DSYA faces fund constraint’
ITANAGAR, May 29: The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) claimed that
it had been facing financial hardship in carrying out various sports and youth development
activities in the state.
Disclosing it in a meeting of the Directorate which was chaired by SYA Secretary
Gamli Padu and attended by district sports officers (DSOs), the Sports and Youth
Affairs Department, in a release rued that the department was unable to honour with
cash incentives to the achievers and winners of various sports competitions due to
meagre allocation of fund.
Fund constraint has also plagued the department in conducting Centre’s ambitious
youth development programme Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyaan (PYKKA), the release
said and appealed to the state government for allocation of additional fund for smooth
functioning of the department activities.
The meeting was held in connection with PYKKA scheme and departmental AOP.
PPA appeals for VAT exemption
ITANAGAR, May 29: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) has appealed the state govt to
reduce the VAT on petrol and adopt measures to ensure that the prices of essential
items do not rise as it called on the Congress led UPA Government to roll back the
price of the petrol for interest of the common masses.
It accused the Congress led UPA govt of adopting policies which affect the poor.
PPA further said that it would support the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s Bharat
Bhandh on May 31 in protest against steep rise in petrol price.
However, the party appealed to the State Unit BJP to include the university examination
in the exempted list from the purview of the proposed bandh.
ITANAGAR, May 29: The Term End Examination for June, 2012 of Indira Gandhi National
Open University (IGNOU) would commence from June 1 and will conclude on June 28.
The University has established 780 examination centers, including 47 overseas centres
and 53 centres in Jail for jail inmates. Hall Ticket (Examination Intimation Slips)
have been issued to 4,08,224 eligible students who had applied for appearing in the
Term End Examination. The detailed hall ticket status is also available on IGNOU
Orgs reiterate demands
ITANAGAR, May 29: A day after the 12 hours Capital bandh call, the Arunachal Pradesh
Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization, All Nyishi Youth Council and All Arunachal Pradesh
Youth Forum today urged the state Govt to fulfill their demands within seven days.
The demands of the organizations included cancellation of the land allotment to non-APSTs,
enhancement of existing age limit for APST and OBC aspiring candidates in APPSC competitive
examinations upto 35 years, immediate release of contractors’ pending bills under
UD and PWD.
The organizations threatened to call 2nd phase 48-hours state-wide bandh on June
8 if their demands are not met within the given time. Meanwhile, it demanded the
police authority to release the minor and innocent persons who are reported to be
ITANAGAR, May 29: The awareness and training programme on various labour laws for
women was organized by Abu Apa tribal society under sponsorship of department of
Labour and Employment on May 29 at Doimukh which saw participation of women from
all walks of life.
Labour Commissioner O Darung and District Labour Officer, Lower Subansiri, Tore Ete
spoke as resource persons on various labour laws relevant for women including maternity
benefit, payment of wages and bonus, worker compensation and bonded labour system
New East Siang DC take charge
ITANAGAR, May 29: IAS officer Rajesh Kr. Mishra has taken over the charge of Deputy
Commissioner East Siang today. He relieves Talem Tapok who has been transferred as
Director, Supply and Transport and Civil Aviation.
Before his new assignment, Mishra served as DC East district, Delhi.
AAPBSU threatens phase-wise bandh calls
ITANAGAR May 29: Reiterating its 10 points demand, All Arunachal Pradesh Border
Students Union (AAPBSU) today threatened to go on phase-wise Arunachal bandh calls
if the demands were not met within fifteen days.
Earlier AAPBSU had demanded immediate issue of land possession certificate free of
cost to local people settled along border. It also demanded for establishment of
4th IRBN training centre cum headquarter at Radhaso under Taraso circle of Papum
Pare district. Other demands include the relocation of existing Likhabali police
check gate to actual Assam-Arunachal boundary. Further the union stated that aspirations
of the people living along the border were overlooked by the state government in
terms of infrastructural development.
AAPBSU felt that Centre should felicitate the settlement of vexed boundary issue
Union submits memo to CM
ITANAGAR, May 29: All Maro, Baririjo Area Students Union (AMBASU) has demanded the
state Govt for immediate posting of circle officer at Maro circle headquarters and
an allopathic doctor at Primary Health Centre, Maro in Upper Subansiri district.
In a 8-point memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during his recent
visit to the Maro and Baririjo area, the Union further demanded recommencement of
APST bus service on Daporijo-Baririjo route.
Other demands of the Union include immediate postings of junior teachers in various
subjects in different schools under Maro and Baririjo area, construction of auditorium
at Govt Secondary Schools, Maro and Baririjo, teachers’ barracks at Govt Primary
schools, Maro, Haider, Yoka, Kulo and Tamaripa, renovation of boys’ and girls’ hostels
at Govt Secondary School, Maro and Govt ME School, TasiDoni and for improved BSNL
service at Baririjo circle.
ITANAGAR, May 29: Alleging non-maintenance of transparency in bid process for awarding
contract work under SPA schemes by the authority, All Dalbing Students’ Union (ADSU)
has demanded the authority concerned of RWD, Yingkiong division for re-tendering
of the work immediately.
Make use of the abundant medicinal and aromatic plants: Tuki
Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board
ITANAGAR, May 29: “With a forest cover of 82% we are blessed with approximately 500
species of medicinal and aromatic plants, if correctively harnessed it would fetch
handsome revenue for the state”, asserted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the newly constructed Arunachal
Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board building here at Chimpu today.
While revealing that the indigenous populace especially living in the rural areas
has better knowledge about the traditional medicines, Tuki suggested the forest officials
to conduct extensive research to identify the medicinal and aromatic plants apart
from already identified species.
The chief minister opined that with the available resources of the state, Arunachal
Pradesh is capable of becoming a leading exporter of medicinal and aromatic plants
in the country. ”Instead of digging the graves, we should ensure safeguarding the
living creatures”, Tuki said while referring to a recent news on illegal hunting
and selling of meat in the open market. He urged the forest officials to work with
renewed vigour giving full justice to their assigned work so that the wild life and
forest crimes could be completely contained.
He also put on record the efforts put on by the GBs to protect the wildlife and forest
in their respective areas.
He suggested for coming up with innovative proposals for taking up medicinal and
aromatic plants in areas subjected to jhumming to wean people away from jhum cultivation
practices. Besides, aromatic and medicinal plants, he laid emphasis on promoting
tea and rubber plantations to cover the barren fields created out of Jhum cultivation.
“With the coordinated efforts from all corners, we are committed to increase the
forest cover percentage from existing 82% to 90% by the end of 12th five year plan”
the CM said in a confident note.
Speaking on the occasion, the PCCF highlighted the areas where the department needs
to focus. He disclosed Amla and Sajana project would be intensified in every village
areas of the state and further hinted to adopt the PPP model to invite ayurvedic
companies like Dabur, Medimex etc. to invest in the state on medicinal and aromatic
APSMPB member Secretary T Gapak while narrating a brief history of the board urged
the Chief Minister for additional fund to equip the building with requisite furniture
and equipments. The CM assured to provide assistance from the state government’s
Among others, local MLA Techi Kaso, senior forest officials were present on the occasion.
Arif Siddique wins Indian Himalayan Photography Competition
Khandu announces cash incentive
ITANAGAR, May 29: Couple of weeks after the Indian Airlines in-flight magazine achievement,
in yet another feat, Arif Siddiqui has brought laurel to the state by winning the
coveted title of 2nd edition of Indian Himalayan Photography Competition 2012 held
An engineer in State PWD, Arif has been instrumental in putting the state on the
world forum with his awesome photographs depicting varied faces of Arunachal.
The photography contest was a side event of the ‘2nd Sustainable Mountain Development
Summit’ of Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) hosted by Sikkim. Photos showcasing the
unique natural and cultural heritage of Indian Himalayan States were exhibited for
the competition. There were 178 official entries from different states of the country.
Siddiqui won the first prize of Rs 50,000 for his photograph titled ‘Stuff of Life’
which captures two children collecting bamboo for daily use at Tato, Mechuka.
Chinlop Fudong Lepcha from Kalimpong’s entry was adjudged second for his photograph
titled ‘Nature’s Fury’ depicting a natural disaster provoked by man’s interference
with the natural course of Teesta River. The consolation prizes were won by Anup
Shah for his photograph ‘Village life in Someshwar Valley in Uttarakhand’ and Romong
Lepcha for his picture of a fisherman engaged in his daily activity along the turbulent
waters of Reshi river in Sikkim-West Bengal border.
Tourism minister Pema Khandu acknowledging the triumph has announced an award of
Rs 50,000 for Arif Siddiqui’s selfless efforts in promoting Arunachal tourism. Terming
it as a great achievement for the state and tourism department in particular, Khandu
added that Siddiqui has been representing the state to the rest of the world through
his fabulous photography.
Siddiqui was delighted when he was informed about the honor conferred by the Tourism
Minister. Speaking from his residence in Lucknow, he dedicated the triumph to the
state and thanked Tourism Minister Pema Khandu for acknowledging his effort. Further
disclosing more on the contest, he said that basically it was a theme based contest
about people’s dependency on forests and hills.
Opining to confer the designation of state tourism ‘ambassador’ officially, Publisher
of Eastern Sentinel Jarpum Gamlin said that Siddiqui has been the unofficial ambassador
of tourism potential of the state through prism of his lenses since many years. His
camera works has been the only tangible tourism promotional activity visible to the
world beyond Arunachal. No doubt, he truly deserves wherever he is and whatever he
is achieving, Gamlin added.
The Arunachal Times Associate Editor Tongam Rina said that Arif is one of Arunachal’s
greatest ‘ambassadors’ and all these years, he has been doing what department of
tourism has failed to do – entice tourists with his wonderful photos.
Meanwhile, congratulating Siddiqui for the award, Dodum Yangfo, a senior journalist
said it was a humble recognisation to his immense talent. Dodum, who learned a trick
or two on photography from Arif while lauding the efforts of his ‘guru’ hoped that
the state government will also acknowledge his contribution in promoting Arunachal.
He further said that half of the walls, calendars and hoarding of Arunachal uses
his photo’s but with little or no acknowledgement.
Dodum also suggested proper reorganization of Arif by IPR and Tourism Department.
It must be mentioned that Arif Siddiqui also won the second place in the recently
concluded Dhemaji Orchid Festival organized by Assam Tourism and district administration
of Dhemaji on April 10 last. He was conferred with citation and cash award.
Artificial cattle breeding in East Siang
PASIGHAT, May 29: Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science department’s project “Artificial
Insemination of Domestic Beasts” implemented five years ago in East Siang district
considering the viability of rearing of cattle and the economic gains involved with
it, has begun to bear fruits.
The district AHVS department is reportedly achieved artificial insemination of about
500 cows during last year within its operational area at Pasighat, Mebo, Ruksin and
Nari circles. The entrusted officials are deputed to perform their tasks in animal
fertility by introducing “frozen semen’ free of cost. The project was launched in
2007 with a view to improve the local cattle and pure-breed by genetic make up.
District veterinary officer Dr Nalu Taloh informed that the project has been on full
swing in East Siang for the last five years. A Liquid Nitrogen Plant (LNP) with a
capacity of 300 litres was installed inside the district office at Pasighat for production
of required quantity of Nitrogen for preservation of the frozen semen.
The machine extracts 10 litres of liquid Nitrogen from the free air. The liquid transferred
to metallic container cools down up to minus (-) 196 Degree Celsius, where living
semen is kept with proper nourishment inside a cup. There are 50 such liquid containers
for storing 300 cups in the office. The bull semen is imported from Guwahati, Shillong,
Pune and other places.
There are nine Artificial Insemination (AI) centres in the district including one
at the Veterinary Training Institute at Pasighat which covered as many as 415 AI
of cow during last year. There is report of 187 calves born including 107 males and
80 females. The achievement is claimed to be 50 percent in context of 60 percent
Dr Taloh, while pointing towards some cases where artificial breeding failed, said
that wrong determination of heat symptom/excitement time of the cow may cause it.
He said the “Heat Symptoms” comes after every interval of 21 days and insemination
should be done during right time and such symptoms are not visible in some cases.
The doctor cited that reasons of such failure are dependent on quality of semen,
technical fault, lack of awareness, wrong determination of heat time etc.
The officials of veterinary department of the district are unhappy that the government
is not granting adequate fund for smooth conduct of the official activities.
Ringu appeals for early passage of customary bill
State Women Commissions meet President
ITANAGAR, May 29: A delegation of all the chairpersons of State Commissions for
Women (SCW) called on President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and discussed woman related
issues including 33 per cent reservation of women in Parliament, state Assemblies
and Municipal bodies on May 24.
The team led by chairperson of National Women Commission Mamta Sharma had elaborate
discussion on women empowerment, particularly for greater say of women in decision-making
While participating in the discussion, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women
(APSCW) chairperson Gumri Ringu appealed to the President of India to give her assent
to the Arunachal Pradesh Bill for Protection of Customary Laws and Social Practices,
Highlighting the two important aspects of both customary laws and social practices,
Ringu, in a written letter to Patil, said social evils like child marriage, forced
marriage and polygamy need to be stopped for rapid progress of a society.
“As per Central Conduct Service (21) rule, Govt employees are supposed not to marry
more than one time during their whole service. But CCS rule is violated by marrying
more than one wife on the pretext of customary law and social practices in Arunachal
Pradesh,” Ringu said. She appealed to the President to review the customary bill
in order to do way with the evils social practices in Arunachal Pradesh.
Safeguard the interest of consumers: Chief Minister
Symposium on Consumer Protection
ITANAGAR, May 29: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki advocated for strict adherence of Consumer
Protection Laws to protect the rights and interest of the common public. He was
speaking at a Seminar cum Symposium on Consumer Protection organized by the Department
of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs at Banquet Hall today.
“I believe, safeguarding the interests of common citizen of a border state like
Arunachal Pradesh, where people are prone to become a victim of fraudulent trade
practices and deficiency in services is an urgent necessity” Tuki emphatically said.
“Modern day market is flooded with wide range of products and services. The proliferation,
change and complexity in this products and variants have created a huge information
gap. With the growth and dominance of markets by exploiters, consumer interests have
taken a back seat,” the chief minister viewed.
He emphasized on the need to protect the consumers from the evils like unfair practices,
adulterated and injurious products, black marketers, excess pricing, misleading advertisements,
duplicate products and services. “For this we need to strengthen the consumer laws
and strictly adhere to its provisions”, Tuki assertively said.
He called upon the department to be more vigilant and act promptly on the complaints
received from the consumers. While advising for regular conduct of surprise checking
in the market, the chief minister appealed them to uphold the sanctity of being the
nodal agency for monitoring and co-coordinating the standardization and quality control
activities as enshrined in the bureau of Indian Standard act, 1986.
The chief minister appealed for participations from the common people, print and
electronic medias, NGOs, Voluntary Organization, Students and women community to
propagate the message of consumerism. He also hoped that the trading community would
discharge their responsibilities with honesty and create a consumer friendly atmosphere
in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs Atum
Welly sought coordinated effort to make the state and its market, free from unfair
practices. Endorsing the chief minister’s appeal, the minister also urged the media
to play a pivotal role in creating awareness amongst the masses on consumer rights.
Welly further disclosed about the department’s programme to conduct massive awareness
campaign in the state.
Among others, the president state consumer disputes redressal commission and Secretary
LM & CA also spoke on the occasion.
3rd SAPE Career Fair begins today
ITANAGAR, May 29: The two-day 3rd SAPE Career Fair-12 will be held at a city based
hotel here on May 30 and 31.
The event is organized by SAPE, a leading educational fair organizer in South East
Asia, with support of Higher Education department, Arunachal Pradesh Govt.
This year’s education extravaganza features over 50 leading India and international
institutions. This 2-day event will provide aspirants a single gateway to entire
gamut of academic and professional courses available in India in various conventional
and non-conventional streams. Indian Air Force will also participate in the fair
for the first time at Itanagar.
The event will present students an opportunity to explore and evaluate a wide spectrum
of courses ranging from academic to professional and vocational courses including
Advertising, Animation, Bio-Technology, Computer Training, Engineering, Fashion Designing,
Film Technology, etc. The exhibition also will offer a wide selection of courses
ranging from graduation, post graduation, vocational and part-time courses.
The students can also gain information on education expenses that are a definite
requirement to fund today's growing expense in education. The students can use this
platform to avail scholarships and spot admissions.
During last two years, SAPE Career Fair offered unique opportunities for students
of this region to directly meet reputed colleges from all over India and enable them
to shape their career, according to a SAPE release.
ATI training on office rules and procedures for new entrants
ITANAGAR, May 29: A week-long training on office rules and procedures for newly recruited
ministerial staff of the level of LDC and UDC from AP Civil Secretariat and various
Heads of Department from Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli commenced at Administrative
Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.
Addressing the trainees, ATI Director (training) Pema Tshetan reminded that officers
keep on changing but the continuity of the department is maintained by its regular
staff members and, therefore, they play a vital role as the custodian of office records
and documents. The Director cautioned that lack of sound knowledge in office rules
and procedures can hinder the working of the office. He said that the standard and
efficiency of the department ultimately depend on the caliber, training and integrity
of the staff and as such, the Government employees should demonstrate vision, ability
and honesty in discharge of their duty.
Tshetan urged the new service entrants to adopt a positive attitude of hard work,
sincerity and discipline from the early stage of their service career and not to
take government job for granted and become casual towards their own duty after getting
the secured job. He further advised them not to be hesitant in asking and getting
any doubts cleared from the seniors since learning is a continuous process.
Earlier, course coordinator Duyu Addey, SRA (Training) highlighted the course contents
and informed the participant about the basic objective of the training which aims
to equip and update the officials with the latest office rules and procedures and
understand their duties and responsibilities more clearly.
The resource persons for the training programme includes the director (trg), JK Bhattacharjee,
FOA (Accounts/Trg)), Taniyang Tatung, FOA, RCS office, Naharlagun, Somanth Hore,
Observer, Directorate of Printing, T Lodo, deputy director (Trg), Pate Marik, deputy
director (Trg) and Priscilla Tayeng, asst. director (Trg).
AAPSU suggests border peace committee
ITANAGAR, May 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has called on the
North East Students Union (NESO) to form a peace committee to look into the constant
border row erupting in the North East, especially Assam-Arunachal border.
The president of the Union Takam Tatung said this during a coordination meeting of
the NESO which was attended by students Unions of the region in Guwahati today.
Takam said that Supreme Court’s direction of maintaining status quo between the states
has been ignored repeatedly by Assam resulting in encroachment of Arunachalee land.
The Committee should visit those areas affected by border row to understand the problems
being faced by the people and bring an amicable solution.
He further called on Assam Police not to target vehicles belonging to Arunachal.
He said that it has almost become a habit of Assam Police to target vehicles with
Arunachalee registration number terrorising the drivers and passengers. He further
called on Nagaland not to encroach on the territories of Arunachal. He further called
for opening an Arunachal unit of the Central Board of Secondary Education in Arunachal
Pradesh. He said that such a move would ease the difficulties being faced by thousands
of students in the state.
The Union further appealed NESO to take up the issue of staple visa being issued
by China to Arunachalee citizens. He said that time has come for China to recognise
During the meeting it was further decided to organise the North East Inter Tribe
Youth Festival to be hosted by AAPSU from Aug 1-4 in Itanagar.
Racism and discrimination
UNESCO will soon come out its report -- Fighting racism and discrimination: Identifying
and sharing good practices in the International Coalition of Cities - which will
be a culmination of work done since 2004.
This report is the culmination of the work of the International Coalition of Cities
against Racism and Discrimination. The report showcases results of years of UNESCO’s
involvement and work with the cities of the coalition. The forthcoming publication
will feature more than 50 good practices that more than 38 members of the Coalition
have adopted to prevent and combat racism and discrimination.
The aim of the report is to draw together a collection of good practices in anti-discrimination
so that they can inspire and inform the policies and practices of other cities. The
report also uses major themes related to the different roles and domains of cities
to inform and indeed, encourage critical reflection on anti-discrimination work in
The publication is only a first step in the creation and preservation of channels
of communication between cities around the world.
As current member cities become increasingly active and new ones join the Coalition,
the collection of good practices will undoubtedly expand.
Lets create a history!
Garbage dumping zones are rising up day by day in our state. It is a shame to see
the capital itself get drowned amidst piles of garbage in front of our very eyes.
The locality that I live in, that is, G’ extension, Naharlegun, is the nearest example.
People seem to be dumping their household wastes carelessly over the already filled
garbage dustbins. And there seem to be no facility. This is not the only problem.
Infact, in almost every single corner now one can see numbers of plastic wrappers,
be it from a toffee or a packet of chips. The capital has also become very dusty.
This is a result of lack of public street-sweepers and our carelessness regarding
It is true that this is the case in many corners of India. But it is also true that
if we start making a change from this little zone of ours, surely there will be a
little bit of benefit. Everyone knows that cleanliness means better health, then
why this mess?
This problem needs serious government support as well as a nod and support from the
I request your esteemed daily to highlight this horrible fact. As a citizen of Arunachal
Pradesh, I request the urban development department to take up serious measures regarding
the issue as soon as possible. I would also like to suggest a cleanliness drive by
the citizens of Itanagar and Naharlagun. By this act, history is also likely to be
We will miss you
I once read an Urdu couplet that rhymed; "O thou picker of life's flowers ; you made
a grave mistake you plucked the one flower which laid the garden desolate."
Such fine words never really get into your mind, until you realize someone you admire
and look up-to has to leave for higher callings. In a very short time, the Vice Chancellor
of our premier university Prof. David Symlieh would bid his goodbye to the institution
and leave behind an array of exemplary achievements and a visionary plan for the
The proficiency with which the recent recruitment drive had been successfully conducted
speaks volumes about his visionary steps and bold dedication. But the most important
piece of remembrance he will leave behind is his humble, courteous nature. A true
epitome of a gentleman, he listens equally to a contingency peon or a simple sweeper
or someone with a white colored status and this attribute, my friends, is found
among very few these days. To be honest, more gross is the number among authorities
with a high post. His warmth, caring attitude despite his hectic schedules has touched
everyone irrespective of difference in statures and it shall be embellished in our
Lastly through this letter I would also seek the opportunity to ask for his kind
forgiveness if by any way, he had a hard time here.
Words will fail to describe the due emotions attached, so it’s better to say ' we
will miss you sir ".
Thank you for everything Sir!
Rajiv Gandhi University
A ploy of the politicians
This is in response to Dr.S.Saraswathi's article "Caste Census"(23 May).
Caste-based census is nothing but a ploy of the political parties to meet their vested
interests. More doles of reservation would be provided to the "backward" people to
reap electoral dividend. Had our politicians been really sincere to India, then they
would have invested their energy in identifying the poverty-stricken people, irrespective
of caste-affiliation, and worked for the upliftment of them through adoption of various
The fish pond in Aalo
During my recent visit to Aalo; I have seen that the govt. fish pond at Aalo near
Donyi Polo Dere is being drained out and earth fillings are being carried out to
occupy the fish pond illegally. During our student days, the fish pond was also one
of the landmarks of Aalo township. The fishery deptt produced fingerlings for the
farmers and table fish were made available during VIP visits and were also sold in
open market by the department near the Aalo Paktu market.
I have observed that only after postings of local officers as DFDO's that the condition
of fish pond has deteriorated. The upper part of the fish pond has already been occupied.
I think instead of giving the fish pond to private individuals or organisations;
the fish pond should be developed as a recreational tourist spot like that of Wards
Lake in Shillong.
I would appeal to all the senior citizens of Aalo Township and intellectuals of the
society to look into the matter seriously and take appropriate measures to restore
the old glory of Aalo Township instead of carrying on with infighting amongst ourselves
for our individual interest.
Mebo requires attention
Mebo block bordering Assam requires attention of home ministry of the state. Most
of the plain areas are covered under forest reserve, devoid of road and transport
communication and govt infrastructure.
People are ready to welcome development with sufficient community land unlike other
town dwellers that seek contract allotment when they donate land. The people of the
area sell their land to the people of Assam adding to the border problem of the state.
It is also the refuge of ultras of bordering state, in order to check security threat.
An Army camp could be established here.
Regular versus the casuals staff
The letter headlined "Work Culture" by Taba Rajen published on May 23 is a reality.
The public who visit offices for works have to return empty handed if the officials
are absent. The officers are helpless since they seemingly can't do anything to 'regular'
staff. A few who man the office are casual or contract staff, the latest euphemism
for backdoor entry, since they are not as lucky as the 'blessed' ones. It is not
the first time that this issue is taken up in this space. Sure, it will not be the
last one. Vigilance on the part of public might put a halt to such gross negligence
of public good.
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