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2011

November -  21

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No move to grant a ‘Supra State Body’ to Nagas: Govt

NEW DELHI, Nov 20: The Centre on Saturday informed Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh that there was no move to grant a 'supra state body' status to Nagas settled across the north-east and the negotiators, who have been talking to the NSCN (I-M), had never promised the outfit any such arrangement that may have severe inter-state ramifications.

The 'clarification' comes in response to the objection from all the three states that sought the Union home ministry's views over certain reports on the purported 'move', according to a report published in today’s edition of Times of India.

The reports have mentioned that the Centre was considering keeping the Naga-inhabited areas of Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh under a 'supra state body' to enable the Nagas to preserve their culture, identity and customary laws under an umbrella entity, and it would be finalized before Christmas .

Referring to the 'clarification' made to the states over such reports, sources in the home ministry said the government had nothing to do with the 'move', which was a NSCN (I-M) proposal. The Centre had never agreed to any such proposal, and the outfit badgered the negotiators with it during both 'formal' and 'informal' discussions, they added.

'Greater Nagaland' has been a demand of NSCN (I-M), who under their leaders Isak Swu and T Muivah have been demanding control over all Naga-inhabited areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, ever since they joined talks with the government after signing a 'ceasefire' agreement in 1997.

They said as part of any peace deal with Nagas, the government would, at best, provide maximum autonomy to Nagaland under existing provisions of the Constitution that may lead to giving them additional financial and legislative powers.

 

Rice bowl low on production because of pest and inadequate rainfall

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Nov 20: Scanty rainfall this summer and unusual weather pattern has hit rice production in one of the rice bowls of Arunachal.

Apart from the weather, some pockets of East Siang districts like Ngorlung (Ralung Rikmeng) and Ledum (Yapop Rikmeng) under Ruksin and Bilat circle were hit by drought and pest infestation. East Siang district usually experiences normal rainfall every year during the summer season. But this time, rain gods haven’t been kind even after the onset of monsoon in the region.

The farmers including some panchayat leaders of Ruksin and Bilat area have informed that most of the rain-fed irrigation channels leading to the paddy fields became dry this year due to insufficient rainfall. Farmers approached the district agriculture department to mitigate the situation but it didn’t yield any positive result.

“We have approached the East Siang district agriculture department to mitigate water crisis in the crop fields. Last year too, several hundred hectares of paddy fields under Bilat and Ruksin circles were damaged by pests like Caseworm (Nympula depunctalis) and Rice Hispa (Dicladispa armigera), but the department failed to control infestation even after it claimed to have pressed its men and materials”, alleged Ojing Aje, an Anchal Member of Ngorlung in Ruksin circle.

Aje, while expressing dissatisfaction over the efforts initiated by the district agriculture department in combating crop pests, said that little amount of pesticides were supplied to the farmers and spraying of the pesticides without technical guidance was ineffective. Further, unpredictable rainfall was a major concern.

The farmers have demanded the authority to install irrigation pipe to the paddy fields to ensure adequate water supply during Sali paddy cultivation and alternative pest control measures like biological pest control under Integrated Pest Management scheme in order to save the crop fields from the grip of pest.

Reports from Guwahati based Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC)said that Arunachal Pradesh meteorological sub-division (set up in Naharlagun) has recorded 35 per cent deficit rainfall in the current year, while it was 30 percent last year. It also said that since 2001, Arunachal Pradesh has recorded deficient rainfall during monsoon.

 

Singa – lost in the wilderness

Raju Mimi

Matey Miuli has never been to Singa, a remote Mishmi hamlet in northeast of Upper Siang district.

It is a six days walk towards east from his village Chepe in Dibang valley district and for Miuli, visiting Singa meant an emotional get-together with his relatives.

“It just sounded a dream come true,” the 24 year old school drop out said when an expedition on foot from Anelih village in Dibang Valley to Tuting village via Singa was led by PHED Secretary Tomi Ete, where Miuli also took part. “It's something I always thought about but never could put into motion.”

The 13 days arduous journey started on October 20, where a team of 24 members participated that included PHED officials Tobom Riram, Ere Linggi, Wildlife official Ipra Mekola and local people of Anelih circle.

“It is probably the love for the wilderness and to reach the inaccessible parts of the state in search of something indefinable,” said Miuli recounting the zeal of secretary Ete to walk the mountains. “We slept, woke up and ate together, cracked jokes and laughed together.”  

The team reached Tuting on November 1 with six members. They were accorded a warm reception by the local Khamba and Adi people. Thereafter, the team started its journey on road, finally reaching Itanagar on November 6.

The rest had returned back after safely escorting the six members at Abroka pass (3864 mtr), the entry point to Upper Siang district.

“It was days of difficult journey following the route of hunters and walking along the ridge leading us high into the mountains to reach Abroka pass, ” Miuli recalls.

The Anelih – Tuting track is the old route of Mishmi people of Ahi valley to cross over to Tibet for procuring salt. Ahi River is a tributary of Dibang River that originates from the mountains of Abroka.

The track lay abandoned after the road started opening in Ahi valley connecting it with the rest of Dibang valley. This development eventually brought to an end the contacts between Singa circle and Ahi valley.

"It's been an amazing experience," Miuli said of the journey that took him through beautiful and desolate landscapes and through villages as Singa, Simuge, Abapa, Tashigaon, Dewakota, Mankota and Nyokong of Singa circle. “Also the challenges we faced have been many but it was made less onerous by the people we met along the way.” “The people were too good to us,” he remembers. “My relatives wanted me to stay back for few more days. It was a painful departure, when we left the villages.”

The Mishmis here live in seclusion and have rare contacts with their tribesmen in Dibang and Lohit, as this part is totally cut off from rest of the world. The nearest road is three days walk towards Tuting.

“People in Singa kept asking me to come back to show them the town of Roing and Anini,” Miuli recalls.

 

Arunachal Pradesh to host MATRIX-2011

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The writers of the all eight North Eastern states would break borders to have a two-day brain storming session here from November 27 next with Arunachal Pradesh gearing up to host MATRIX-2011.

Aimed at celebrating creativity and the spirit of the North East, MATRIX-2011 is the annual general meeting of the NE Writers’ Forum (NEWF).

It would be attended by 24 noted writers of the region who, joined by their counterparts of the host state, would discuss various issues rising above all feelings which have been confronting the region to reflect it beyond the borders through their powerful pens and poems, said NEWF vice president and convenor of the event, Mamang Dai.

Dai, a Padmashree awardee and prominent author and poet of the state, who has been a globetrotter with the mission to showcase the rich cultural moorings and traditional values of the people of this region, particularly Arunachal, today said that the MATRIX would be a literary programme of poetry, readings and panel discussion on the theme ‘The writers and the world’.

The NEWF, formed in 1997 involving writers of the NE, is engaged in promoting creative writing, translation of various language books highlighting the rich cultural mooring of the region to English, peace and communal harmony besides projecting the this region beyond the borders.

The members of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society would be involved to make the two-day programme a success.

It may be mentioned here that the writers and poets from the NE had reflected the diversity, complexity, richness and poignancy of the region during a two-day festival, organized by Zubaan, a leading Delhi-based publishing house, in collaboration with Heinrich Boll Foundation and India Habitat Centre, in Delhi in January last.

 

Power department appeals consumers to bear little longer

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The power department today appealed to the consumers to bear with them little longer for power crisis in the capital and its adjoining areas over the last four days.

The response from the department came after this daily highlighted the problem. Regretting the inconvenience caused to consumers, the department said that the crisis was due to break down of 16 MVA Power Transformers at Nirjuli coupled with shortage of water in Ranganadi hydel project.

Itanagar and Naharlagun township may experience power cut due to load shedding during peak hours and the problem is expected to continue till the replacement of  the 10 MVA transformers, the department said.

 

Team of Kurung Kumey officers visit remote Sarli

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The Kurung Kumey district administration led by Deputy Commissioner visited Sarli on Nov 18  and inaugurated the Government residential School at Sate village about 4kms from Sarli circle HQ.

DC Kurung Kumey Rajeev Takuk along with Zilla Parishad chairperson Pisa Gonia, PD DRDA Tabin Siga, AE PWD Tami Nikja,  DDSE Sorang Tapi Zara, EAC Tamo Koyu and CO cum DIPRO Jacob Tabing visited the area.

Addressing a public meeting, DC emphasised on education and road communication which is the basis of development. He sanctioned Rs 90,000/- for hostel kitchen, Rs 50,000/- for water connection and Rs 1 lakh for school furniture from untied fund.

School Management Committee Chairman Pisa Minju submitted a memorandum to DC, ZPC and DDSE.

Zilla Parishad chairperson addressed the gathering and advised the villagers to take care of the school and other public properties.

Later DC along with CO Sarli Dubom Apang, ZPC and other officers visited Govt.Secondary School, Sarli and interacted with teachers and students. He sanctioned Rs 1 lakh from untied fund for fulfilling the shortage of furniture. DC also visited ITBP camp and interacted with officers and jawans.

 

Lohit and East Siang to implement National School Safety Programme

ITANAGAR Nov 20: Lohit and East Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh have been selected for implementation of National School Safety Programme (NSSP), a demonstration project to promote culture of safety in schools amongst 43 other districts of 22 states and union territories of the country as identified by the National Disaster Management Authority of India.

With a total cost of Rs. 48.47 Crore, the 100% Centrally Sponsored Scheme has concentrated the districts and states falling under seismic zone IV & V. The programme is being implemented by NDMA in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource development and in partnership of States and Union Territories within a time frame of 24 months.

With the key output of National School Safety Policy in order to usher in an era of safe school education for the children of the nation in the backdrop of various catastrophes claiming lives of thousands of school children in the form of flood, tsunami, earthquake etc. in the recent years,  the NSSP has been designed as a demonstration project to be implemented in 8600 schools in the country.

The programme is part to promote a culture of disaster preparedness in the schools.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has taken the programme as welcome challenge and has assured the NDMA that the state of Arunachal Pradesh would leave no stone unturned to implement the project in the given time frame. (PRO to CM)

 

Khandu to be conferred Karma Vir  title by APLS

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS), in its extra ordinary meeting held at State Museum here today, decided to confer the Karma Vir title on former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in recognition of his invaluable contributions for the socio-economic development of the state during his short tenure (April 2007-April 2011), during its foundation day celebration on January 8 next.

Khandu, who took over the reins of the state on April 9, 2007, died in a chopper crash on April 30 last but made a difference through his unparallel commitment for speedy development of the state. This had prompted APLS president YD Thongchi to instantly announce Karma vir title for him.  

The meeting chaired by Thongchi also decided to bring out a souvenir to mark the occasion, invite Khandu’s son and Minister Prema Khandu to receive the honour and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to do the honour. Appreciating the local media for giving adequate coverage since the death of Arunachal-born music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika, it was unanimously decided to approach the electronic media of the North Eastern region, particularly NETV to give adequate publicity to all activities relating to Bhupenda in the state of his birth. The NETV should give daily adequate coverage by introducing Arunachalimis, Thongchi suggested.

The meeting attended by research director Tage Tada and host of officers of his department, senior journalist Nani Kojeen, APLS general secretary Tokong Pertin also decided to coordinate with the government for naming the road from Arunachal State Hospital to Prem Nagar in Naharlagun after Luminous Lummer Dai, as announced by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on November 16 last, during the literary giant’s birthday on June 01 next.

It was also decided to extend all possible help and logistic support for holding the annual meeting of North East Writers Forum during November 27-28 here at the request of NEWF vice president Mamang Dai, also adviser of APLS, who was present on the occasion.

 

 

The woes of APP

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP), the sole guardian of state is battling hard to save itself from the numerous problems plaguing the department.  APP is struggling in all fronts to provide effective security to the ordinary citizen.

The most serious problem which is crippling the functioning of police department is shortage of manpower. As per the record available with this daily, the state civil police are battling hard for existence because of shortage of police force.

The insurgency affected districts of Tirap and Changlang has only 255 and 261 civil police to take care of the security concern of citizens. Tirap has only 1 inspector, 14 sub-inspector, 4 assistant sub-inspector, 20 head-constables and 216 constables. The situation is not much different in Changlang district which has 6 inspector, 10 sub-inspector, 12 assistant sub-inspector, 20 head constables and 213 constables.

It will be unfair to expect state police to take on heavily armed Naga rebel group like NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) with such less number of manpower. Adding to the woes, the state police are ill-equipped as they have not been provided with modern weapons.

The crime prone capital city is also facing major problem due to shortage of police force. Itanagar police station is being run by 6 sub-inspectors which include officer-in-charge. Further the police department often struggle hard to get fuel for their vehicles. “We often have to beg state government for fuels. While many useless departments get heavy quota of fuel, we often get very less fuel for patrolling duties,” told one police official of Itanagar PS. He further added, “Already we were running short of vehicles and to make things worse for us 14 police vehicles got damaged in the last few bandh calls.”

Besides shortage of manpower, state police immediately need to be modernized with addition of latest weapons and technologies to combat crime. However the fund allocated is very meagre and it takes lot of effort to clear files with babus creating hurdles in every step.

“Just for clearance of one file it has to pass through 26 tables to reach the office of concern authorities. And for verification it comes back to 26 tables downward. So, altogether a single proposal crosses 46 tables before it gets approval. Babus make things worse with their own agendas,” told one senior police officials.

He went on to add, “We want to request the new home minister to start policy of single window clearance system for the proposals put forwarded by police. It will make things easy for police department to get project clearance on priorities. Further the fund allocated has to be increased as state police need more fund for modernizations of force.”

The new home minister has to urgently address the various problems plaguing police department to make policing more effective in the state.

 

ASC lift Odam Ering memorial football trophy

PASIGHAT, Nov 20: Alongbar Sports Club (ASC) of Silapathar, Assam won the 10th Odam Ering Memorial Football Tournament defeating DW (Dishnet Wireless) team 3-0 in the final here today.

Alongbar Sports Club shot into lead 22 minutes into the match through goal from George Soren before  Derkasar Narzari scored the second goal in 30th minute. The last goal was scored by Rishad Dahar in 83rd minute.

Attending the closing ceremony as chief guest, East Siang deputy commissioner (in-charge) SC Debnath said that such tournament provides good opportunity to the local youths to show their talent as well as foster brotherhood in the society. He appreciated the members of Ering family, president DFA Oshong Domin, Secretary Tajing Taki and other members for organizing the tournament in a befitting manner.

Debnath and along with veteran footballer Er. Tapi Darang, the guest of honour of the closing ceremony, gave away the trophy and cash awards  to the winner and runners-up teams.

Derhasar Narzari of ASC was adjudged the Best Player while Padi Jhony of DW team and Karik Moyong of BC Roy Rengging team were declared of best defender and best goalkeeper respectively of the tournament.

The tournament is conducted annually in memory of Lt. Odam Ering, wife of Late Dr. Dying Ering and mother of MP Ninong Ering. DIPRO

 

Workshop on HIV/ AIDS held

ITANAGAR, Nov 20:  In its attempt to create awareness about HIV/AIDs among the labours and workers, Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society organized a one day capacity building programme for state and district labour officers on work place policy on Saturday.

The basic objectives of the workshop was to impart knowledge on HIV and AIDS so that they could disseminate information and create awareness among the workers on HIV/AIDS.  The programe was inaugurated by Dr K. Neshing as Chief Guest.  Senior Dermatologist Dr. B Riba dwelt on way to prevent Sexual Transmitted Diseases and HIV.

 

Training programme

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: In a bid to enhance the skill of local youth for self employment the North Eastern Industrial & technical Consultancy Organisation Ltd (NEITCO) is conducting a two months duration practical training programme on repairing & servicing of electronic goods at Itanagar from Nov 15.

All together 25 participants are undergoing the programme. The programme is sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India, New Delhi.

 

Two eliminated from VOA

ITANAGAR, Nov 20:  Damkho Moidam and Gidam Gadi were eliminated after end of 4th round of the singing talent hunt BSNL Voice of Arunachal- 2 held yesterday at Naharlagun.

They were eliminated on the basis of public voting through SMS.

Neelam Akam was leading the contestants chart after end of the 4th round.

Meanwhile, the organizing committee decided to eliminate one contestant from the next round onwards which would be held on November 26.

Jalley Sonam has announced prizes for winner in the 6th elimination round, the organizing committee said in a release.

 

Tirap for peace

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Tirap Peoples Committee for Peace (TPCP) has been formed under the initiative of All Tirap District Student’s Union which was attended by the Govt. Officers, Public, Panchayat, Church, Students Leaders, Ex-Servicemen Association, Tutsa Christian Association, two delegates each from G.B Association and Nocte Chief Council.

The meeting appointed Gulley Sumnyan as Chairman, Noksom Hangsik as Vice-Chairman with Jiten Wangsa as Member Secretary.

The committee has been formed in view of establishing peace and harmony in Tirap District.

 

Christ the King festival

Itanagar, Nov 20: St Joseph Church Nyokum Lapang celebrated Christ the King festival today.

The feast was first started in 1925.

To commemorate the day, around 400 faithful of St. Joseph Catholic Church along with the Children of Holy Cross School took out a   procession up to Mithun gate singing hymns to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Blessed Sacrament was exposed and carried all along the road by the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Tomy.

 

ATA rejects bad quality uniforms

ITANAGAR: In an unprecedented development in education department, All Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) has out rightly rejected the quality of uniforms supplied by the department for children in schools saying that it was below quality.

ATA demanded the State government to release the enhanced salary of teachers under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) immediately especially in festive season. It also urged the government to release the salary of EGS and ECCE volunteers engaged under SSA saying that these workers have been working without honorariums.

 

IX Inter College Youth Festival

ITANAGAR:  Rajiv Gandhi University emerged as overall champions at  the IX Inter College Youth Festival which was held at its campus at the Rono Hills.

The second position was grabbed by Don Bosco College, Itanagar followed by Dera Natung Govt College, Itanagar.

18 colleges from all over the state took part in the four day long festivities.

In the Cross country marathon event, Jasi Rimo of Government College Seppa came first in men’s section while in women’s section Mongchang Longri  of Rangfrah Government College Changlang secured the first place.

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News Impact

 

A commendable effort

Dear Editor,

You may call me a bit late but I hope it’s never too late to compliment a good job done. Recently through a friend of mine, I happened to watch a beautiful Nyishi movie titled- “ Dr. Abo”.

I was really touched, not so much by the movie itself but to see the efforts put in to make such a movie. Nonetheless, the storyline of movie was also superb which emphasized on the need for the communal harmony and peaceful coexistence. But what I really like about the movie is- it’s entirely in  Nyishi language and such movies are a rare today.

May I dare advice the elders of Nyishi community to encourage more of such movies and take such movies to all Nyishi villages. This way we will not only encourage the preservation of our dialect but we will also help smoothen out the problem of variation in accent and pronunciation that our dialect invariably faces in different places.

And to the people and crew members who made the film "Dr. Abo" happened- Hats off, you have done a wonderful job. I am hoping to see more such exciting Nyishi movies in near future, but please add English subtitles for Non-Nyishi viewers.

Yours,

T. Sono, Seppa, (on email)

 

 

Scrap Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project

Dear Editor,

The Dam Affected Peoples Forum of Sirit Siyom Banggo (DAPFSSB) reiterates its absolute opposition to the Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project for its massive disadvantages and appeal the state government to scrap the LSHEP in the greater interest and wishes of the Adi community.

The DAPFSSB appeals Adi Baane Keba(ABK), Adi Bogum Bokang Kebang(ABBK), Adi Students Union(AdiSU),  Ministers/ MLA’s, Government Officers/ Officials, Panchayat/Public Leaders,  and esteemed members of Adi Community to support, cooperate and proactively work for scrapping of the disastrous LSHEP.    

Further, DAPFSB question Tamiyo Taga, MLA cum Chairman of Steering Committee of Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP) for making false and malicious statements on the matter that was published on Oct 25  issue of this daily.

The MLA had stated that the said Steering Committee was constituted many years back to study benefits and effects of the dam. However, the fact of the matter is that the committee was constituted by the state Department of Hydro Power Development not many years back but hardly a year ago on 06/09/2010.

The MLA was also invited at the LSHEP related mass meeting at Pessing on 14th and 15th October’ to clear all facts and public issues related to the dam, but which he had shied away being unable to face the ire of public in spite of being present at the station at Aalo.

The media reports about few unnamed Panchayat leaders/ Exs-Panchayat leaders, HGB/GB’s & public leaders of Jomlo Mobuk Circle downplaying the Pessing LSHEP meeting and demand for re-convening of a meeting is censured. In the Pessing LSHEP meeting, consensus of almost cent percent majority of the dam affected people was evolved and resolved to fight tooth and nail for scrapping of the LSHEP.

The DAFSSB rubbishes the false and misleading claims made by the few JAYPEE sponsored individuals who claim that the majority of the LSHEP affected people of the area are pro-dam. The DAFSSB urges such people to dare a pro-LSHEP meeting at the area or to ascertain majority by head counting of people instead of hiding behind the curtain and issuing false and misleading statements to the press. The DAFSSB strongly urge such people motivated by vested interest to immediately stop any kind of illegal, anti-community and anti- Adi activities or to face strict actions as per customary, legal and democratic ways.

The DAPFSSB strongly criticize the public notice issued the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rumgong to the LSHEP banning the affected individuals who are also government employees to attend any LSHEP related meetings. The public notice issued by the ADC, Rumgong besides being arbitrary and illegal is extra-constitutional and is a violation of the Right to Freedom guaranteed under Art. 19 & the Right to protection of life and personal liberty under Art. 21 and it should be immediately revoked.

The DAPFSSB once again urge the JAYPEE Arunachal to stop all LSHEP related activities and to evacuate from the occupation of lands owned and inhabited by the LSHEP affected native Adi people since the cent percent dam affected people are not willing to spare and land for the project.

Yours,

Tachong Mibang,

President

DAPFSSB, Pessing

 

 

Ensure an uninterrupted and smooth payment of wages

Dear Editor,

I intend to draw the attention of the Chief Engineers viz. Highways and the PWD, A.P. to the genuine grievances of the employees serving at Pasighat Highway Division :

The staffers of the Highway Division, Pasighat East Siang are facing acute financial crises as a result of non-payment of their salaries since August, 2011. They have been posted from the PWD to Highway Branch a few months ago.

In view of the hardship of Junior employees, I request the authorities concerned to expedite remedial steps so as to ensure an uninterrupted and smooth payment of wages to the suffering employees.

Yours,

K. Riba, (on email)

 

 

Jawans and slang

Dear Editor,

Yet, again our Jawans have proved that they are the real masters when it comes to using slang.

After the evening show of inter-college meet held at RGU I along with my mates were on our way back home, cheerful with the good conduct of our college but as soon as we reached Kankadnala bridge, Naharlagun we were quiet disturbed by the use of slang by security forces. It was indeed a bitter experience to encounter with the CRPF Jawans deployed there. The abusive and the slang in their language had no comparison to anything worst. I came to realise the reason why the people hate Jawans.

I wonder whether they have classes for such slang and abusive words or their parents did not teach them good manners. No doubt that they are there for our security but if they are such ill-mannered than what good at all we can expect from them. They are often forgetful that Arunachalis have a strong emotion and self respect.

I, therefore appeal to the authority to put an effort to end their use of slang and abusive nature for the good of all.

Yours

Dular Dujom

Don Bosco College,

(on email)

 

 

 

Arunachalees have a role to play

Dear Editor,

With both Indian and Chinese government flexing their muscles across the border, making claims and counter-claims of territory, the situation don’t seems will improve in the years to come. Seeing the situation going from bad to worst with each passing day, no right thinking person in Arunachal can have peace of mind thinking of the future, where the war zone is seen drawn in our backyards.

The situation of Jammu and Kashmir, which is a by-product of hostile attitude adopted by both neighbouring countries India and Pakistan, against each other, causing immeasurable destruction and chaos among the local residents by the cross-border firing which ranges from bullets, artillery shells to missiles, is a grim reminder for us Arunachalees. Both the governments intoxicated with the newly found economic growth are rather adding fuel to the fire by pumping in their resources in developing more weapons of mass destruction and military build-up instead of using these resources for improving the socio-economic condition of the millions of people living below poverty line.

Of course, these developments are not to the best interest of the Arunachalees. It would have been better that the border issue between the two fastest growing economies of the world are resolved in a peaceful manner ensuring no contra-lateral damage on either side of border permanently.

Peaceful border is to the advantage of Arunachal as that would encourage opening of various trade route across the border and Arunachal could become a hub of trans-border economic activities of two fastest growing economy of the world. These would open plethora of economic opportunities thereby making Arunachal truly a “Land of Opportunities.”

But these to happen, we the people of Arunachal has a role to play, that is to facilitate in early resolution of the border issue of both the Asian giants. It is now upon us to ponder where do we fit-in in this whole scheme of affair and how do we go about it.    

Yours,

Tana Natung,

RIMS-Imphal, (on email)

 

 

Water crisis and PHED

Dear Editor,

I would like to wake up the concerned department from their deep sleep. I am writing this with utmost frustration as patience has run out due to the ‘I don’t give a damn attitude of  the PHED’.

G Extension, Ganga (SP Office) area is without supply water for the last 8 to 9 days. A water tank was seen supplying water to the people once during this period, though when  supplied by water Tank it is always a big fight to get a bucket of water as it is never enough. On enquiry with the area PHE staff it was told that, they were unable to supply water as the motor in the Feeder tank of the area has gone bad. Now the big question here is, does it take 9 to 10 days to get a motor repaired by a big department like PHED?  

In the meanwhile, you can well imagine our plight, without water for the last so many days, with school going kids et all.

Yours,

A Suffering Citizen,

(on email)

 

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All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.        

----Editor

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Sustainability and Equity

 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Human Development Report 2011 “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All” explores the integral links between environmental sustainability and equity and reflects that how critical this link is for people today and in generations to come.

The point of departure is that the remarkable progress in human development over recent decades that the Human Development Report has documented cannot continue without bold global steps to reduce environmental risks and inequality. We identify pathways for people, communities, countries and the international community to promote environmental sustainability and equity in mutually reinforcing ways,” says the report.

Substantial unmet need persists worldwide, and evidence suggests that if all women could exercise reproductive choice, population growth would slow enough to bring greenhouse gas emissions below current levels.

Gender Inequality Index (GII), updated this year for 145 countries, shows how reproductive health constraints contribute to gender inequality. This is important because in countries where effective control of reproduction is universal, women have fewer children, with attendant gains for maternal and child health and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The report proposes an emphasis on Low-emission, climate-resilient strategies to align human development, equity and climate change goals, Public-private partnerships to catalyse capital from businesses and households.

Climate deal-flow facilities to bring about equitable access to international public finance and Coordinated implementation and monitoring, reporting and verification systems to bring about long-term, efficient results and accountability to local populations as well as partners.

The suggestions in the report are achievable with productive partnership at all level.

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