2011

October -  19

News Highlights

Kibithu town can become international trade hub

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: It has been long time since 1962 war between India and China ended but mutual mistrust between two giant neighbours continues. The war broke out after Chinese army invaded the then NEFA area claiming it to be part of south Tibet. Since then though NEFA has become the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Chinese continues its claim.

This has soured the relation between two Asian heavyweights. Many analysts believe that Chinese indulge in such claim game only to maintain edge over India in international politics.

The people of Arunachal have been bearing the maximum brunt of the frosty relation between India and China. Even though there is immense potential of border trade between India and China through various border posts in Arunachal, nothing has happened in this front till date. Of all the border post, the Kibithu town in Anjaw district is one of the best places to start the border trade.

Situated along the bank of Lohit River, Kibithu is the last border town of Anjaw district and is heavily fortified with military presence along both side of border. From Kibithu, people can have a look at Chinese side of border with naked eye. It has every potential to become a major trade hub between India and China.

Unlike Bumla in Tawang district, Kibithu is blessed with good road connectivity which is open throughout the year. The road connects Kibithu with important trading hub of North East like Dibrugarh and Tinsukia passing through places like Tezu and Namsai. The starting of border trade via Kibithu will not only benefit the people of Lohit and Anjaw district, the entire North East region stand to gain from such initiative.  

The government of India had open international trade route at Nathula in Sikkim but they are not opening the Arunachal side of border. In this modern era nobody is going to gain anything from such kind of isolation. Arunachalee citizens are born Indian and Chinese too knows it very well.

Therefore, instead of such isolation policy, central government can take positive step like starting of border trade through various border posts of Arunachal. Besides generating job opportunities for local citizens, border trade will lead to people to people interaction and thereby normalizing the relation between two countries. The time has arrived for central government to think seriously for the people of the sensitive border state like Arunachal Pradesh. Steps have to be taken to promote mutual trust for benefit of both the neighbouring countries.

 

Arunachalee students beaten up in Karnataka

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Ten Arunachalee students studying at Poojya Dodappa Appa Engineering College Gulbarga, Karnataka have been beaten up by local residents. They were allegedly attacked by group of around 40 local students nearby the college campus with sharp weapons.

As per report 4 of them have received injury with one first year student Isac Koyu getting head injury.

While recounting the whole event, one Arunachalee students told this daily over phone that they are living in extreme fear. “On 16th night two Arunachalee students were sleeping in their room. At around 2 in night they saw 3 local students trying to take something from their room from the window. Upon this they shouted and chased them. This led to scuffle between them in which locals helped by their friends beat up the two boys. Next day they complained to college principal and HOD about it. This infuriated the local students and since then they are targeting all Arunachalee students including girls,” told one student over phone.

He further told, “Local students are looking for Arunachalee students everywhere in Gulbarga town. We had filed FIR but police is yet to take any action in this regard. College authorities is not cooperating either. All the Arunachalee students have assembled in one rent house and staying together for safety. We fear for our life.”

This is not the first time such incidents has happened in south India which is usually considered to be safe place to study compared to central and north India. Last month Arunachalee polytechnic students were attacked in Tamil Nadu too.  

Adding to this, couple of week ago an Arunachalee girl studying in Bangalore was eve-teased by some local Kannada youths. Arunachalee boys  studying in the same locality tried to help the girl resulting in physical fight during which Arunachalee students received serious injury.  

Meanwhile the All Arunachal Student's Union of Karnataka (AASUK) has vehemently condemned such kind of inhuman behaviour of the local people towards Arunachalee students studying in Karnataka. They have appealed to the state govt particularly the technical department to look into the matter and solve the problem amicably without creating problem for Arunachalee students.

“We appeal our state govt to work for the safety and security of our students particularly in Karnataka.  Further we urge the state govt and the technical department for financial assistance to those students who are admitted in hospital at Gulbarga,” stated AASUK in a release.

 

Home Minister, Takar Marde informed that he had per

sonally spoke to members of All Arunachal Student's Union of Karnataka (AASUK) and superintendent of police Gulbarga after he was informed about the incident.

“They assured me safety of our students and Arunachalee students detained for interrogation has been released. DGP of the Arunachal has also spoken to her counterpart. Situation is normal and I hope our students will be able to pursue their study without any fear,” Marde added.

 

DoNER Min. advocates international trade for NE

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The Union Minister for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER), Paban Singh Ghatowar today said the North Eastern Region should boost its economy by trading with neighbouring countries. Ghatowar said the region could provide ample opportunities for international trade, as it shares the border with China in the North and Myanmar in the East. Ghatowar said that India’s Look East Policy has started bearing fruit due to the continuing dialogue and trade with China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and other countries of ASEAN. He said this, while inaugurating a workshop "North East Development Paradigms" organized in Shillong today.

The Minister also informed that the Centre's national project under the North East Rail Development Fund like the Dimapur-Zubza (Kohima) new line project , Dhola Sadia Bridge project, Bogibeel Rail cum Road Bridge over Bramhaputra, Jiribam - Imphal Road new line could play a major role in addressing connectivity issues in the North Eastern Region.

 

Daporijo candle light march for peace

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Changs Trust and BSG Foundation have conducted a peaceful Candle light march at Daporijo, Upper Subansiri yesterday. The recent violence and unrest in Itanagar and various part of Arunachal has prompted the organizers to conduct the peaceful march. The Peaceful march was aimed to promote peace and universal brotherhood.

More than 600 students from various schools of Daporijo took part in the rally. Teachers, public and business fraternity also joined the peaceful candle light march which started from Govt. Higher Secondary School Daporijo and culminated in Rijo ground, Daporijo. Bubu Gameh, chairman, BSG Foundation and also the Speaker, Galo Students Union while thanking everyone stressed for peace and said that “violence has always created rift in the society and at the end we all ardently wish for peace which is the essence of human civilization. The recent ugly development in our state should be discouraged by all of us. The Roing and Itanagar incident has sent a wrong message about our peaceful state to the rest of the world”.

Rago Duchok, chairman, Changs Trust and a social activist shared his apprehension on breach of peace in Arunachal which is otherwise known as the land of peace. He stated that it is up to us to remain in peace or create fear in the society. “We have never witnessed such violence and fear among the fellow human being in our tribal state. People should not allow the political goons to suppress our rights and create barrier between friends”, said Duchok.

Ranjit Gamnu, Former AAPSU leader called for unity among the people of the state and maintain age-old traditional bond among the tribal people. “We are mini India with numerous tribes and sub tribes happily living together since time immemorial. Therefore, we should maintain communal harmony for peaceful existence of humanity. I also request the present AAPSU leaders to rescue our state from being torn apart for political interest of few individuals”, said Gamnu.

 

Committee say not to ALG

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Nenchalyang Yorlu-Yapio & Aji Committee (Dutta) in a letter to the MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Land Management Padi Richo requested his intervention regarding acquisition of land for Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) under PM Package at Ziro.

The organization said that though it is not anti development but the landing ground would require substantial land covering almost 90 percent land of people of Dutta, Paph, Nenebo, Dapopogyang and Nenchalyang.

If 90% of our lands are converted into Landing Ground, we would have no other place to settle, it said.  It further said that in the land identified there are many educational and religious institutions.

Earlier the people of Dutta village, Papii village, Nehabo village, Dapopogyang village, Nenchalyang village and its surrounding area had submitted a memorandum of objection before the Deputy Commissioner, Ziro during the acquisition of land for Airport refilling Station on 21st Feb 2000.

People of Dutta, Papii, Nehabo, Dapopogyang, Nenchalyang and its surrounding area reiterate our demand and protest against the proposed acquired land for Advance Landing Ground under PM package, it added and sought the MLA’s intervention.

 

RGU VC calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The new Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, Prof. David R. Syiemlieh called on the Governor General JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan on Oct 18. The Vice Chancellor briefed the Governor, who is the Rector of the University on faculties, starting of new departments, ensuing workshops and overall state of the premier institution.

While acknowledging Prof. Syiemlieh’s vast experience, the Governor expressed his confidence that the new Vice Chancellor will work with team spirit and lead a happy team.

General Singh also hoped that Prof. Syiemlieh will be a father figure and role model to the faculty members and students. Prof. Syiemlieh, while assuring his best for the University and the State said that he will be a mentor as much as a teacher. He informed the Governor on some of his initiatives which he took after taking over the charge of Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Syiemlieh, who joined RGU on 5th October 2011, also shared his pleasant first impression of the institution. Prof. Syemlieh.

Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg was also present in the meeting. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)

 

Advani to address Jana Chetna rally

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: BJP senior leader and chairman of BJP Parliamentary Board L K Advani  would address  the Jan Chetna Yatra rally near R G Stadium, Naharlagun on Oct 20.

Advani is expected to address the people on wider issues of reforming the entire system including Administrative reforms, Electoral reforms, Judicial reforms, Political reforms. BJP national convener of the Jana Chetna Yatra rally Anant Kumar, co-coveners Ravi Shankar Prasad and   Deepak Chopra and noted social worker Pratibha Advani would accompany L K Advani during his yatra to state capital.  Both Kumar and Shankar are also the national general secretaries of the party, while Chopra is the Sr PS to Advani.

Meanwhile, the BJP Arunachal Pradesh appealed to all section of people to participate in the rally and make it a grand success

 

Sibi gets best lifter award

By Staff Reporter

PATIALA, Oct 18: Champion weight lifter Yukar Sibi was adjudged the best lifter during recently concluded Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship held at Cape Town, South Africa.

Sibi (62 kg body weight) won one gold and 2 silvers in Senior (Men) section of the Championship and in Junior (Men) section.

With three gold medals under his belt, his ranking has gone up to the 4th in the Commonwealth Weightlifting ranking.

Talking to this reporter from National Sports Institute Patiala, Sibi informed that the award was given by the International Weightlifting Federation president Tamas Ajan.

In boys section, Soram Hitler Tagru won one gold and two silver under 62 kg weight categories and Takio Yana won 3 silvers in 58 kg body weight category in youth (Girls) section of the Championship.

 

World Sight day observedin a remote circle

Daporijo, Oct 18: The people of remote villages of Siyum and Kodoka of Upper Subansiri district got an opportunity to be part of the World Sight Day on Oct 13 & 14 with the visit of a medical team that was led by the Dr. Dubom Bagra, DMO Daporijo.

Speaking on the occasion, the DMO appraised the huge gathering about the correct way to take care of eyes to prevent blindness. He also stressed on the importance of giving Vitamins to children from age of 9 months to 5 years and also expressed unhappiness over the non availability of Vit A solution in the department since the last 5 months. Information was also imparted to the audience about eye donation declaration before his/her death.

Through a power point presentation, Dr. Bagra also informed the audience about the causes of blindness, its implications in the family and society. A screening of eye problem was also conducted at Siyum School by the ophthalmic assistant where more than 80 students were examined.

During the 4 days tour programme, the DMO along with vaccine team visited Taliha, Damba, Lingram, Garam, Takiopuring, Pagenalo, BRTF camp, Siyum villages and interacted with villagers about availability of health care facility and vaccinated more than hundred children who were reluctant to accept vaccination due to misconception about the vaccines. The DMO gave an assurance to the villagers that he himself with the same team would visit regularly at same time and on the same day of every month to ensure full immunization.

During the tour, awareness was created on malaria, population stabilization, oral hygiene, consequence of tobacco consumption, HIV/AIDS, TB etc through power point presentations and film shows. (DIPRO)

 

Training on HIV-TB Collaborative activities

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: One Day Intensive training on HIV-TB Collaborative activities for Lohit & Anjaw District was conducted by DAPCU today.

There were 32 participants, out of which nine were Medical Officers, while the rest were Counselors and Para-Medical Staff.

Lohit DMO  Dr. N. Ninu chaired the meeting.

The National Framework for joint HIV-TB collaborative activities was elaborately discussed with powerpoint presentation by Dr J.Ado DPO, DAPCU.

NACP-RNTCP Co-ordination Mechanism at District level with cross-referral system was discussed by Dr. U.K. Nath DPO, RNTCP while provision of CPT & ART to HIV infected TB patients was discussed by Dr. S. Shullai SMO i/c LAC, DH.Tezu.

Referral of ICTC/RNTCP/LAC & vice-versa was discussed in details during the training.

The DMO, Tezu had advised all the participants to take maximum benefit of the training and to be sincere in discharging their duties.  

 

Socio-Economic and Caste Census

Tawang,  Oct 18: A two days Training cum workshop on Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 for supervisors and enumerators of urban and rural area of Tawang and Kitpi Block concluded today at Zomkhang Hall Tawang.

Along with 57 supervisors and enumerators appointed for the process, the Charge officers for Tawang and Kitpi circle and PRI members also participated in the training cum workshop programme. The manuals and other available documents were distributed during the programme.

Master Trainer KB Kyastha (ADO) Tawang, BDO cum BSECCO Tawang Nawang Thinley and UPO cum CSECCO RK Thungon while imparting the training emphasized on recording accurate data and completion of the census work in time.  They also cleared numerous doubts of participants.

The process for the Socio Economic Caste Census-2011 in the Lohit district  both for Rural and Urban areas has been initiated by the Deputy Commissioner cum Principal Socio Economic Census Officer R. K. Sharma, today by inaugurating a District Level Training Programme for the  Charge Officers, Supervisors and Enumerators.

Accompanied by W. Khimhun, ADC cum Additional Principal Socio Economic Census Officer, R. K. Sharma, in his inaugural speech explained the significance and importance of the present comprehensive enumeration process and urged all the trainees to ensure complete door-to-door coverage of all the buildings and houses, households and persons along with all such places where houseless population may live within the stipulated time.  

The organizer of the day-long training programme M. Tatum, Project Director (DRDA) cum District Socio Economic Census Officer, requested all the enthusiastic participants for the successful and error-free socio economic census operation which will commence from 1st November, 2011 in all the 383 Enumeration Blocks (EBs) with a total population of 145538.  For this mammoth exercise   171 enumerators and 37 Supervisors are appointed, he informed.

Dr. K. Rajendra Babu, Associate Professor of Commerce of Indira Gandhi Government College and Abhay Singh, Senior Teacher-Economics of the Government Higher Secondary School acted as Master Trainer Facilitators (MTFs).  (DIPRO)

 

AVP conducts sports competition at Bomdila

Itanagar, Oct 18:  Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) West Kameng district unit organized district level games and sports competition at Buddha Stadium Bomdila on Oct 15-16. The main objective was to look out for sports talents among the rural tribal youths.

Chief Guest Everester Anshu Jamsenpa unfurled the AVP games flag to mark the opening of two days sporting event. She spoke in detail about the potential and prospects of sports development and cited the examples of recent successful sportspersons of the State. She encouraged the young boys and girls to compete in true sportsman spirit. Following the age old tradition of AVP sporting event, she formally declared the district level games and sports competition open.

The opening ceremony was attended by Tsering Wange, president Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association, LD Komu Adviser AVP Unit, Raju Mimi DASO and other sports personalities.

Dr. Upen Moholiya and Narayanjee, AVP  organisers, Reena Paling, Mahila Pramukh assisted by Govt school teachers, conducted the sports competition.

All together 82 participants from Bomdila, Dirang and Nafra circles participated in different track & field events viz. 100 Mtr race, 200 Mtr race, long jump, shot put, kho kho, kabadi and archery. The events were conducted in senior, junior and sub junior categories.

Twenty-one winners have been selected to participate in the State level competition scheduled to be held at Doimukh from October 29 to November 2  next. Those who succeed in State level competition will get an opportunity to compete at National level in Pune later this year.

The closing function was attended by P Potom, president AVP and former Director of Higher Education.

AAPBPA requests admn not to issue dice permit

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Peace Association (AAPBPA) has requested the district administrations of the state not to issue dice permit in Arunachal-Assam boundary area to any party during Diwali due to prevailing situation in boundary area. It also particularly appealed the Papum Pare district administration not to issue dice permit in the district and capital region in view of  the prevailing law and order situation.

 

Social service to mark foundation day

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees’ Welfare Association (AAPSTEWA) would conduct a mass social service to clean the surroundings of Itanagar and Naharlagun station on October 21 and 22 next as part of its rising day celebration.

The staff of State Transport Services, including Naharlagun, Itanagar, GM office, Naharlagun and Workshop at Karsingsa will participate in the cleanliness drive.

Meanwhile, AAPSTEWA appealed to the Government to provide compensation to Abed Ali, driver, whose residential quarter at ‘D’ sector, Naharlagun, was burnt down yesterday. It appreciated fire department for rushing off to the place of incident immediately and dousing the fire before it could spread.

 

Union demands CM, HM’s resignation

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes' Union (APITU) has strongly demanded resignation of the Chief Minister and Home Minister on moral ground for failing to maintain law and order in the state.

Giving a detailed account of deteriorating law and order situation in the state in recent times, APITU said that recent Roing incident, firing incident at Senki Park injuring two, kidnapping and murder of Chow Sunando Manpoong at new Mohang Village at Namsai in Tezu, attack on Everester Tapi Mra and police firing at IG Park, Itanagar on October 1l killing one person speak volume of the prevailing deteriorating law and order situation in the state. It demanded arrest of the culprits involved in those indents.

Further, demanded the Governor to vacate the CM’s bungalow as soon as possible to keep up the sanctity of the bungalow.

 

AJBDPN wins cultural competition

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: All Jaring Bangow Donyi-Polo Namlo (AJBDPN) team from Taliha circle won the 1st prize in the group dance competition in the four days sports and games and cultural competition organized by Arunachal Vikas Parishad of Upper Subansiri district from Sept 1 and 4 last. The Namlo team also won the 3rd prize in group song competition. In sports competition, Naje Nayam (Janu) of Class VII student at Govt Middle School, Menga won the first prize in 1500 meter race under the game and sports completion.

While appreciating the winner teams, chairman of All Jaring Bangow Donyi-Polo Namlo K L Nayam (Janu) stressed on participation of youths in sports and game and cultural competition in all levels. Nayam also requested the state Govt to conduct state level game and sports and cultural competitions in various level to encourage the hidden talent of the youths.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Nyishi Students’ Union Rajiv Gandhi University (NSURGU) has been reconstituted with Tassar Annung and Taba Biroy as president and secretary general respectively for 2011-12.

 

Orientation training programme

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: NN Charitable Society (NNCS) will conduct orientation training programme for various Farmers Club and Progressive Farmers at Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri district from October 19.

According to a release, an orientation training  programme on pineapple cultivation and marketing would be conducted at Toru on October 19 while training on Banana and sugarcane would be held at Sagalee on October 20. Training on Broom making and its cultivation would be held at Pistana on October 21 and piggery and poultry at Ziro on October 22.

The programme is being sponsored by NABARD regional office Itanagar. Officers from various line departments, bankers and officials of NABARD will at the programme as resource persons which aims at finding better livelihood to the progressive farmers of the areas concerned.

 

Micro saving

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Jiyo Aur Jine Do (JAJD) working for promotion of micro-saving has delivered its 31st motorcycle in the form of cash value to Dindo Yari of Naharlagun.

 

EASU opposes Dam construction

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Eastern Adi Students Union (EASU) in a meeting held at Pasighat today unanimously opposed the Construction of Dam. The house resolved that no any construction of Dam will be allowed within their jurisdiction by any power developer without having public opinion.

 

Training on socio economic and caste census held

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Two-day training on socio economic and caste census for Supervisors and Enumerators of Capital Complex administration was held at Siddhartha Hall, Itanagar on October 17 and 18.

Resource persons Kalyan Dutta and Dr. AK Mishra gave detail training to all the participants on ensuing socio economic and caste census, 2011 which would be conducted in the capital complex including Banderdewa circle and rural areas of capital region from November 1-15.

 

District level sports meet at Yingkiong

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: District Level Sports competition under PYKKA programme was organized at Yingkiong , Upper Siang from Oct 10- 13 where participants from all Panchayat Block i.e. Tuting/Yingkiong/Geku and Mariyang participated.

While attending as Chief Guest, Babu Taloh, Superintendent of Police, Upper Siang District asked the youth to expose their hidden talents thorough sports activities. He further urged the participants to maintain sportsman spirit inside as well as outside the ground.

Earlier, Ajong Sitek, Astt. Sports Officer, Yingkiong highlighted the aim and objectives of the sports policy being sponsored by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India in collaboration with NIS Patiala and department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh under the banner of Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan(PYKKA) Scheme.

 

‘Voice of Arunachal’

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Founder chairman voice of Arunachal  Nabam Tadap and former  AAPSU president Kanu Bagang  would be the chief guest and guest of honour respectively at second Elimination round of VOA-2 programe to be held on Oct 22 from 5 p.m at cinema hall.

The programe is being shown every Thursday at DDK-itanagar from 6.30 p.m.

 

Women’s football association

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The East Siang District Women’s  Football Association (ESDWFA) was formed in a recent meeting at Pasighat to promote women football in the district in particular and the state as whole.

Okum Yoshung, Christopher Tayeng and Tabiran Moyong were elected as chairman, president and general secretary of the newly formed association.

 

Condolence

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Donyipolo Nyedar Namlo, Itanagar condoled the death of Late Heri Tai who died in Oct 11 violence at I.G Park.  

During the prayer on Oct 16, the devotees observed two minutes silence and prayed to the Almighty Aane Donyi to bestow peace of the departed soul for his heavenly abode.

The members present expressed anguish over his death and said that Heri Tai has sacrificed his life for the unity and integrity of Nyishi community. The devotees of Donyipolo had also prayed to Almighty God to shower strength to the mankind for overcoming the present crises as well as for world peace.

 

Ranjit, Isha wins gold

ITANAGAR: Ranjit Biswakarma, under 35 kg boys and Isha Kumary under 18 kg girls won the gold and silver medal respectively in the 29th sub-junior Taekwondo National Championship which was held at PNJ Indoor Stadium Margoan, Goa recently, this was informed by  All Arunachal Taekwondo Association (AATA) in a release today. The team was escorted by Tara Tagin as manager and Noksom Lowang as coach.

The AATA congratulated the medal winners and also extended sincere thanks to the chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal T. Effa and member-secretary cum director of Sports and Youth Affairs D K Dhinglo for providing financial assistance to  the state Taekwondo team.

 

DA order

ITANAGAR: The District Administration has decided to change the 144 Cr P C operational timings from 9 PM - 5 AM instead of 10 PM - 5 AM  from Oct 18. The 144 Cr P C orders will be in force till withdrawn, according to statement received from Kaling Tayeng, Secretary Health, who is also currently holding the charge of Deputy Commissioner Capital Region.

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Readers Forum

All wrongs can't be blamed on police personnel

Dear Editor,

This is apropos of the articles written against the atrocities of the police personnel. I as personnel would also like to highlight the problems being endured by police personnel in our state.

If there's an Afghanistan in India, it's Arunachal Pradesh. It's is the state which ensures no security for lives of police personnel and administrative officers. In fact, our state is a home for all kinds of violent outbreaks, be it communal, against administration, against outsiders etc.

We police personnel are deployed to pamper, caress and convince the law breakers all the time, filled with the fear psychosis that all goes well, lest suffer suspension, termination of jobs. We are also human-beings; we have temper, tolerance limit. We cannot always tolerate defiance and being bullied or stoned by law breakers. People of Arunachal should also change this mindset that police personnel should always act upon the orders of their seniors. There are certain situations where you ought to apply the freedom of your conscience. If one of your comrades is attacked by a dao or axe, should you seek the order of your seniors to rescue him? By then he will be dead.

Right from Tirap/ Changlang to Itanagar or any other places in Arunachal, we are under pressure from all sides. We are made living-statues just to witness the situations happening around us.

We are bound to refrain from any action, despite seeing the violence ,destructions and hostilities inflicted by the violent mobs. There are common situations when our local guys deny and defy the words of police on duty and more amazingly the police personnel are often attacked by the wrong-doers themselves.

Resorting to lathi-charge, tear gas or firing is a massive step and every police personnel knows that, it's the ultimate option to curb the situation when all doors of controlling the situation by peaceful means are closed.

No doubt, there are some guilty personnel and errors committed by us, but all the wrongs can't be blamed on police personnel.

I also appeal to all the people of the state not to underestimate all the police personnel, especially the I.P.S officers as they are not going to come under the intimidation of the street bullies and political leaders and other self-styled leaders as they are no one to them. They exalted into their chairs by virtue of their own talent and hard-work, but not under political influence.  

Lastly I would like to request all the people of Arunachal to erase the phobia of the word "Police" out of their mind. We are here to help you.

Yours,

A frustrated personnel,

(on email)

 

 

For a prosperous and vibrant state

Dear Editor,

It is needless to say that peace and disturbance have cascading effects with a direct bearing on our day to day lives.

As a disturbed mind creates ripples in a family and disturbed minds directly affect the society, chaos in the Capital Complex brought all developmental activities in the state to a grinding halt, the traders and financial institutions suffered huge losses with the daily lives of the masses going out of gear.

Should we like to continue with this, forcing a bleak future for the state?

The political echelons, which have gone astray inviting the present tragedy, should go for introspection to bring the splitting society together by forging consensus ways to bring harmony and peace.

The state police entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining law and order miserably fails every time there is a crisis. The uniformed personnel get sandwiched between their duties and factors beyond their control obstructing them, but they are always at the receiving end.

It was shocking to learn that the police department does not have the required wherewithal, including money to buy fuel for the few dilapidated vehicles, to face any situation.

Is the department running Ram bharosey? When the political bosses promise so many big things, how could the simple things be neglected? Who interferes in police administration without allowing them to function? If these facts are any indication, it is time to free the police from all its and buts and to give them the teeth to come up to the people’s expectations.

It is time for all sections, including the heads of various NGOs and socio-cultural groups, to talk in one voice so that we stand united and work in unison to make Arunachal Pradesh a prosperous and vibrant state. The religious groups should pray for this to happen.

Yours,

Tok Buttum

General Secretary,

Bazaar  Welfare Committee,

Naharlagun

 

 

While they phase out, we are building more

Dear Editor,

The issues of mega hydro projects in all the major rivers of this North Eastern Himalayan State of Arunachal Pradesh is a forgone conclusion now. There are almost 200 MOA’s already executed by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh with numerous corporate houses called power proponents and many more are in the process. That means, about 200 massive manmade lakes will be coming up in this geologically and environmentally fragile state which is mostly build up of loose sedimentary strata. This Himalayan Region where the Arunachal Pradesh is situated is one of great tectonic activities resulting in numerous earthquakes, faulting, folding, etc and accordingly the region is classified under Seismic Zone VI. We scientific but stupid human beings are wrong to assume that this planet, the land belongs to us, but the only fact is that we belong to this land; the Mother Nature is our owner and the master. Anyone who tries to master this land shall be but humbled and crumbled under her lap. Human civilizations one after another and destructive to the Mother Nature herself tried to evolve during ages but lay ruined in the pages of history of human civilizations and that is the only path. If the Assam earthquake of 1950’s is a historic past so as to evoke a faint memory or no memory at all for any Cynical Scientific Great, then the latest Sikkim earthquake where around 500 people were killed, many thousands injured, Ten Thousands of houses lay shattered and many highways and other infrastructures still laying ruined is not a celluloid screening at all. These are the warnings and indications of The Mother Nature for the people to stop irreversible and harmful intervention to the systems and processes of nature which are but supreme. Neither Japanese Engineers & Technocrats could design and develop the human accentuated earthquake & natural disaster proof structure nor there is any human being in this planet who can ever create one. In the near future, come the 200 mega hydro projects with massive lakes, and if any earthquake ever strike; which is an absolute probability; the low lying river basins and flood plains along Brahmaputra River and its tributaries in the North East states and up to the state of West Bengal will be washed away completely. Millions and millions of lives will be maimed forever. And its not just the earthquakes that will harm but, the Chinese can easily annihilate us through hydro warfare unarmed and unwarned and there is an issue of national safety and security also. China can create abnormal discharge in the rivers originating from their land because they are also engaged in building numerous hydro projects in these rivers. If the upstream Chinese ever release massive abnormal discharge in any river basin, then all the dams in downstream India will be washed out due to dam breakages triggered by massive land erosion, landslides, etc. for a silent homicide. Displacement of dam affected people, cultural decimation of native people, submergence of major settlement areas and vast low lying agricultural lands, permanent disruption of local food & vegetable production, forest resource, fish & aquatic resource, quarry, etc and extensive & destructive impact upon natural ecosystem, innumerable imported human diseases, etc are also the harsh realities that will torment the inhabitants of the area in the future for ever and ever. And in humble realization of harmful effects of mega dams, the developed Americas, Europeans, World Commission on Dams & others have taken up phasing away of all mega dams in their respective countries. The bottom line is that, the mega dams are destructive and suicidal for the people of Arunachal, the people of India, and humanity and the Mother Nature.

To the people of this world, to the people of India, come one come all, lets save humanity, lets save Indians and say no to mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh.

Yours,

Philo Aako

Itanagar,  (on email)

 

 

Lost days

Dear Editor,

Eleven of had come to Itanagar for filling up APPSC(main) exam and buying study materials. But due to bandh calls and tense situation in the state capital, we were stuck for around a week at a hotel. Thus we lost 7 valuable days.

Then when we went to book stall for purchasing study material for main exam, shop keepers told us that they have just ordered the books. And all cannot afford to go Delhi or Ghuwahati or neither all have friends in these places who could send the books.

We are sure that other might have also faced the same problems.

Therefore it is our appeal to APPSC to kindly give us few more days’ time for preparation. And we would like to tell the commission that if they change their decision no harm will happen to commission’s prestige, dignity and honor.

Yours,

R. Riba

Rakesh Paron,

(on email)

 

 

 

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Poverty and child labour

 

The 2001 census counted 175,000 child labourers in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, though other estimates believe the number is closer to 250,000. A 2003 research study by the British non-governmental organisation Save the Children, found 22,000 child labourers in Kashmir - 19,000 working in carpet manufacturing units in the central district of Budgam and two to three thousand employed in automobile workshops in Srinagar.

A 2009 study conducted by the Central Asian studies department at the University of Kashmir found that huge numbers of working children are uneducated or undereducated, a fact that constitutes a grave violation of human rights.

According to the study, nearly 34 % of child labourers have only received a fifth grade education, while just over 66 % have only studied up until the eighth grade. Once they start working, 80 % of child labourers stop attending school altogether.

Given that 9.2 % of child labourers are between five and 10 years old, while 90 % of them are between 11 and 14 years old, these trends foretell a grim picture of an entire generation of impoverished and uneducated youth.

Other studies highlight the immense struggle families face to feed themselves and their young. More than 80 % of the child workforce comes from families with six to 10 members, with just over 15 % from families of 11 to 15 members.

Over half the working children earn an average of one to five hundred rupees a month. In U.S. dollars, this works out to about 33 cents a day.

The Save the Children report also claimed that children working in the carpet industry lack basic amenities and work a six-day week. Nearly 80% of these labourers suffer from myopia and retinal detachment due to constant eye strain.

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