2011

September -  20

News Highlights

 

Protest Rally

ITANAGAR, Sep 19:  Dibang Adi Students Union’s  proposed Protest rally demanding issue of No Objection Certificate to Navayuga engineering company for a bridge  has been deferred after intervention by the  district unit, Adi Baane Kebang. In a memorandum submitted today to the Deputy Commissioner, the Union said that all its demand should be met by Sept 25.

 

Forum express displeasure

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Papum Pare District Youth Forum (PPDYF) expressed shock over the news item published in some local dailies on September 17 issue where the Forum’s name has been “dragged into controversy unnecessarily by some individuals for their personal benefit”. PPDYF clarified that it had never given any such press statement demanding resignation of Minister Atum Welly and re-arrest of the accused in the grenade and pistol planting case.

“It was a handiwork of some individuals to defame the Forum by issuing press statement in the name of PPDYF, the Forum clarified.

“We know nothing about corruption done by the Minister in question and also about the head and tail of the bomb planting episode.  Hence, PPDYF has nothing to do with the demand,” it said.

The Forum claimed that it has come to know the names of the persons, who had given the press release claiming themselves as the coordinator and co-coordinator of the Forum whereas there is no such posts in PPDYF, it said and demanded the two individuals to tender unconditional apology by clarifying their misdeeds through media for defaming the Forum and misusing its name for personal benefit.

NIFCS hopes

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society (NIFCS) hoped that new chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) Dr Tacho Ligu and his team including Padmashree Mamang Dai as member would take the APPSC to a new height of fame and glory by maintaining highest standard of professional ethic and morality.

While expressing gratitude to state Govt for appointing Dr Tacho Ligu as APPSC chairman and literary icon Padmashree Mamang Dai as member of the Commission, the NIFCS president Taba Hare said the new team of the NIFCS is confident of the unquestionable integrity of Dr Tacho. His dedicated service towards nation as doctor and officer as well as reputed social worker among the Nyishi has finally taken him to this coveted post of state Govt, the Society said.

The NIFCS and CNN members also hoped that the  new team of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) under the dynamic leadership  and guidance of its chairperson Gumri Ringu would take up the sensitive women and children issues of the state in the right perspective and would also help in maintaining socio-cultural harmony, dignity  of women among the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.  

 

Babu to inaugurate office

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Former MLA cum Itanagar City Congress Committee president Kipa Babu and  former president of the All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association (ACCYWA) Achung Yumlam would attend the inaugural function of the  ACCYWA office near Cafeteria IG Park, here on Sept 20 morning. Naharlagun Bazaar Welfare Committee president Solung Tajo and Itanagar Market Welfare Association vice president Patey Tajuk would attend the  inaugural function as special guests.

The office bearers of various sectors and colonies including presidents and secretaries and citizens of the Capital Complex are expected to participate in the inaugural function.

 

School inspection

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: All Kimin Students’ Union is organizing school inspection tour to various schools within Kimin Circle from next week of this month.

 

BKYWA foundation day

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Banderdewa Karsingsa Youth Welfare Association Foundation Day Volleyball, Football Tournament and cultural and literary competition started on September 15 last.

The Opening ceremony was attended by Lichi Legi. He advised the youth of Banderdewa circle to avoid drugs, alcohol and Tobacco products and encouraged them to become good citizens.

Meanwhile, the closing ceremony will be attended by former Minister Tatar Kipa and Sports Authority of government of Arunachal Pradesh Chairman Tungri Effa as chief guest and guest of honour respectively on September 27 at Karsingsa.

 

AVYF reacts

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Reacting to the press statement of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) questioning the demand of the Arunachal Volunteer Youth Federation (AVYF) for dropping of Pema Khandu as WRD and Tourism minister, the Federation today reiterated its demand of dropping Pema Khandu from the ministry on corruption charges.

Terming the APCC statement baseless, the Federation further demanded that investigation should be launched on the basis of FIR lodged and CBI investigation case No RC -8 (A)/2003 against Pema should be reviewed.

 

Donation

Chongkham, Sep 19: Nang Bijeta Mein, wife of Chow Tewa Mein, MLA, 46 Chowkham (ST) constituency donated an oxygen cylinder with accessories and a suction machine for Community Health Centre Chongkham today.

 

Weaving centre inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Borum Weaving Centre by Namda Self Help Group was inaugurated at Borum village by local MLA Techi  Kaso on 16th of this month. During the day many government officials including NABARD assistant manager LC Sarkar, Panchayat leaders, GBs, ordinary public along with members of Namda SHG were present.

In his address MLA Techi Kaso appreciated SHG group for taking up such important step of setting weaving centre and assured to support for establishing their centre at Borum Village. The NAMDA SHG plan to produce traditional handicrafts and dresses by starting this weaving centre. The SHG consists of 12 women members.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The new executive body of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (ASSATA), Palin unit has been formed with Kabir Takam, Tarak Johny and Biri Kumar as president, vice president and general secretary respectively for the tenure of three years.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Takam Nguki, Talin Kodak and Tapor Riamuk have been selected as President, Vice President and General Secretary of All Upper Subansiri Diploma in Elementary Education Association in a meeting held recently.

 

Condolence

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Nationalist Congress Party of 28th Assembly Constituency, Likabali condole the demise of Yachugi village Gaun Bura Jamar Ngomle who died at his village few days back.

NCP unit termed his demise as a great loss to the society and prayed almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

 

Motivation training

MECHUKA, Sep 19: To identify the best practice for empowering the Arunachal families, the Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) Mechuka site conducted day long motivation training on September 15. The aim of the training was to build the capacity of the local people focusing on women. The training covered topics on basic health care, income generation, conservation and above all impact of women empowerment. It is worth mentioning here that the Future Generations Arunachal is working towards equitable and sustainable development since 1997.

 

2 injured in firing incident

ITANAGAR: In a shocking firing incident, two persons, namely Nguri Toma and Nyape Riba were seriously injured after being shot at by some unidentified persons here on September 18.

The attackers fired a number of rounds at Nguri and Nyape, who were riding a bike on Sinki Park road on September 18 evening. The boys have been admitted at the hospital for medical attention.

Itanagar Police has registered a case against the unidentified attackers. So far no arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, Youth Network Movement Arunachal (YNMA)  and Mascot Network Society have strongly condemned the attack and demanded police to bring the culprits to book immediately.

 

Financial Committee election

ITANAGAR: Election to the Financial Committees (Public Accounts Committee, on Estimates and Committee on Public Undertakings) would be held in the Nokmey Namati hall of Assembly House by secret ballot on September 24. The results would be announced on September 26.

Prior to this, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs would move motion in the assembly for constitution of the mentioned Committees on September 23.

Meanwhile, the Business Advisory Committee has been reconstituted by nominating Parliamentary Affairs Minister Setong Sena as member.

 

Banderdewa Police arrest three

ITANAGAR: Bander-dewa police led by OC PS SI K Dev arrested bike lifter Om Chetry and recovered two stolen motorcycle belonging to police personnel which was stolen from Banderdewa on Sept 2nd. Meanwhile Banderdewa Police have also arrested two alleged thieves Rakesh Kumer and Bijoy Kumer from Lakhimpur, Assam and recovered stolen amount of Rs 2,29,500/- which they  had kept concealed somewhere in Lakhimpur.  

The arrested person have been forwarded to the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex, Naharlagun for police remand.

News Impact

Toll rises to 51 in Sikkim and West Bengal as another earthquake hits

Gangtok/Siluguri, Sep 19: The toll in Sunday's damaging earthquake rose to 51 in Sikkim and West Bengal today and the officials assessing the rescue operations believe the counting would go upward as large parts of the Sikkim still remained inaccessible.

Whilst Sikkim has counted 39 dead, its immediate neighbour West Bengal has 12 deaths in districts of Darjeeling (8), North Dinajpur (3) and one in Jalpaiguri.

In Sikkim the Secretariat and the police headquarters in Gangtok have been badly damaged and 1,000 houses have collapsed - with 100,000 damaged - across the state.

Landslides and incessant rains also prevented rescue operations in Sikkim's west, north and south districts badly. Officials say that thousands of soldiers helping the relief effort may not reach many areas until Tuesday because the high mountain passes are blocked.

The damaging earthquake was measured 6.9 Richter scale and epicentered within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (north Sikkim), near the Sikkim-Nepal border at 1810 hours yesterday.

The quake was also felt across northeast, Jharkhand, Bihar, Delhi, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and southern Tibet.

Ten bodies recovered

New Delhi report adds: The bodies of 10 people, all of them believed to be workers at the Teesta hydel power project in quake-hit Sikkim, have been recovered by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Union Home Secretary R K Singh said today.

"Of the total, nine are outsiders while one is a local resident," Singh told a news conference here.

"Four seriously injured persons were airlifted by army helicopters and are being provided medical aid," he said.

Meanwhile, an earthquake of 4.3 magnitude on the Richter scale shook parts of Meghalaya today, the seismic observatory said.

The mild intensity quake was recorded at 12.52 AM and its epicentre was located along the Meghalaya-Bangladesh border, officials at the Shillong observatory said.

There have been no reports of any damage or injury. UNI

 

CM holds parleys with NES-ANSU

Enquiry Committee Constituted

Itanagar, Sep 19: In a move to find a lasting solution to the Pradeep Thakur-ToI issue, Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today held consultations with the NES-ANSU combine at Itanagar to work out modalities for an acceptable and honourable closure. In the course of the extended deliberation, NES and ANSU representatives expressed their perspectives on what needed to be done.

Gamlin, on his part, shared that the government was fully responsive to the sentiments of the community and was committed to resolving the issue to the best interests of the Nyishi people. On the use of the phrase “it must be seen as an act of betrayal” in his statement of 3 September, the Chief Minister clarified that it was not meant to malign the image of the NES or ANSU but it was emotionally said, as both the organizations did not attend the crucial meeting. He expressed regret if the statement, in its totality, had hurt the sentiments of the community.

The consultations ended with the announcement of the constitution of an Enquiry Committee with IGP SBK Singh and DyIGP Anil Shukla as members. The Committee would have an express mandate to visit Guwahati and New Delhi to enquire into an article published by Manoj Anand in the Deccan Chronicle and to get details of the CDR and source of information of Anand as well as the CDR of Pradeep Thakur. The Committee is expected to submit its report within 10 days time.

 

Bakin Pertin Memorial Soccer Tourney begins

STSC defeat RFC 8-7 in tiebreaker in opener

PASIGHAT, Sep 19:   Sika Tode Soccer Club (STSC) defeated Rani Football Club (RFC) by 8-7 goals in aggregate via penalty kick in the opening match of the 1st Bakin Pertin Memorial Football Tournament (BPMFT) at general ground here yesterday.

The match was taken to tie-breaker after both the teams were locked 4-4 in regulation and extra time.

Est Siang deputy commissioner Talem Tapok, who attended the opening ceremony as chief guest, threw light on social and political life of Late Pertin, who served the people in various capacities like MLA and MP. He was the founder Gen. Secy. of NEFA Students’ Union and Eastern Adi Students’ Union, Tapok said.

Stressing on physical fitness and discipline by sports persons, he asked the participating teams to maintain sportsman spirit.

The DC appreciated AESDSU and DFA for organizing the tournament in the memory of Lt. Pertin which would foster unity and brotherhood in the society.

All together 20 teams are participating in the tournament.

The winner, runners up and best disciplined teams would be given cash prizes of Rs 30,000, Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively.

The final match will be played on October 7 next.

DSO (Sports) G Karbak and  Osor (Gao) Pertin, wife of Lt. Bakin Pertin were also present on the occasion. DIPRO

 

AAPSU meets new DC, suggests measures for Capital Region

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Members of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) led by its president Takam Tatung today called on new capital deputy commissioner Onit Panyang at his office. During the interaction AAPSU suggested various ideas for the betterment of the citizen’s of capital complex.

AAPSU called for introduction of uniform for all auto, taxi, bus and tracker drivers in capital region. “We urged new DC to create parking space in all the important office areas and market across the capital. Today often fight breaks out over parking issue. It’s important that capital administration make proper plan to create more space for parking in capital for future purpose,” said AAPSU President Takam Tatung.

He further added, “Many government officials are posted in capital on the pretext of medical ground.  The capital administration should set up separate medical advisory board for them and verify their claims. Many govt officials spend their life in interiors areas while influential and politically connected one stays in capital using medical ground as condition.”

AAPSU sought intervention of new DC regarding proper implementation of education policy in capital. Union also urged capital administration to take strict action against those students who are found smoking under various provisions of anti-tobacco law in market areas and nearby school in their school uniform.

 

HM assures foolproof security to FCI regional office

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: State Home Minister Takar Marde has assured that every possible steps would be taken to provide foolproof security to the FCI regional office and its officials here.

The home minister in a statement today informed that the executive director of North East Subhas Zadoo along with DGP held  meeting with him regarding security to the FCI regional office on August 12 and 13. This was followed by another meeting at the office of the DIGP security on August 24 in which G Karthikeyan, DGM  FCI Regional Office, Itanagar  and   Jagdish Kumar, DGM, (F & A), FCI RO Itanagar attended.  After discussion threadbare, the FCI authorities have been requested  for immediate installation of CCTV, alarm bell, security wall, security gate, proper lightening of their establishment including godown. They were also requested to work out total manpower requirement for the state and submit the proposal for approval. The manpower will be recruited and trained by the department of police and training cost and salaries will be provided by the FCI, the HM further informed.

The Home Minister also discussed the matter regarding the reported move for shifting/closure of FCI regional office with Karthikeyan today. The FCI officials informed the minister of the clarification given in media on this regard and sought cooperation of local society, administration and law enforcing agencies for smooth functioning of PDS of the state for which the FCI is meant for, the statement said.

 

Committee condemns attack on ArNP+ Gen. Secy.

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: State Grievances Redressal Committee for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) condemned the attack on General Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Network of Positive People (ArNP+).

The committee while lauding the first members of ArNP+ for their cooperation and fight against HIV/AIDS in the state said that such attack should not be repeated in future.

The committee further keeping in mind the economic condition of people affected by HIV has recommended the Department of Food and Civil Supplies to issue appropriate instructions to provide Antodaya Ann Yojna to PLHIV.

It also recommended for free test of all basic investigation to all PLHIV in the government hospitals and to provide to and fro journey to the ART Centre or Link ART Centres for all PLHIV.

 

Accused in advocate attack case released on bail

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: One of the accused in the advocate Taba Tagum attack case who was arrested on 17th of this month has been released on bail today by Judicial Magistrate First Class, Naharlagun.

Informing this capital SP, Apang Tamut said, “The accused Toko Tara was arrested on Saturday but today he managed to obtain bail and therefore he was released as per court order.”

It is to be recalled that advocate Taba Tagum and his family was brutally attacked on night of 2nd September for taking up a case. Despite pressure from every section of society, capital police till today has not been able to arrest all the accused. The main accused in the case Bamang Taji, the president of Itanagar Market Welfare Association is still absconding.  

 

ATI training on handling of cash & accounts

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: A week-long in-service training programme on ‘Handling of Cash & Accounts’ commenced at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.

ATI director (Trg.) Pema Tshetan in his inaugural address said that this exclusive training programme is being organized from time to time considering the importance which intends to give an in-depth on all aspects of Govt.'s Accounts, Financial Rules, Guidelines & norms.

The Director said that cash and accounts subjects are the two solid foundations on which all Govt. functions are dependant. The officials and officers handling Govt. cash and accounts matters should be highly trained with the fair knowledge and skill about the correct and meticulous application of financial rules, guidelines and norms, the director said.

The director cautioned officials that while executing the Govt. funds, they should be aware of the fact that all kinds of financial transactions are under close scrutiny of the executive through Public Accounts Committee as well as other State Central Agencies. He asked them to be careful and maintain all financial guidelines and norms. The Director advised the officials to work with dedication and sincerity and avoid in any financial impropriety to avoid strict disciplinary action by the Govt.

Earlier, Pate Marik, Asstt. Director (Trg.) & Course oordinator submitted a brief highlight of the course contents. Saikant Dasw, Senior Accounts Officer of Accountant General, Guest Resource Person, Dr. Shashikant Sharma, Professor (Commerce), DN College,  J.K Bhattacharjee, FAO (Trg.), Taniang Tatung, FAO (RCS), S.K Dogra, FAO (CE, PWD), Viswadeep Chello, FAO (DHS), Somnath Hore, Overseer (Directorate of Printing) are the guest resource persons.

As many as 30 officials of AP Civil Secretariat, Head of Departments who are directly handling cash and accounts matter in their respective offices as accountant, cashier, dealing hand are attending the programme.

The training is being organized under the 100% course fee sponsorship of DoPT, Govt. of India, New Delhi under its specific to State category Plan Training Assistance 2011-12.

 

Meeting discuss health scenario in Lower Dibang valley

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The Joint sitting of Governing Body and Executive Committee of District Health Society Lower Dibang Valley District was conducted today in Roing.

In the meeting details of Physical and financial achievements of 2010-11  of various programme and  physical and financial target for 2011-12  were presented by the respective programe officers.

Kelo Pulu, President IMCLS, while taking part in the discussion suggested for circulation of last hard copy of the presentations well in advance to all the members, to ensure the physical presence of the health workers in their place of posting by DMO, to involve social based organizations in the monitoring committee. He also expressed his displeasure on non-availability of medicines  in the hospitals and requested for decentralization of all the contractual appointment under NRHM so that  eligible local youths can get opportunity.

Ame Linggi, Chairperson Roing Anchal block raised the issue of establishment of the new sub Center at kebali.

Mibom Pertin, ZPM, Meka Anchal Block in the presidential speech expressed his disappointment on shortage of  technical manpower in all the health facilities of the district. He however, thanked the government for posting of Eye Specialist at DH,Roing.

He also expressed his displeasure over non-functioning of X-Ray plant and C.T. Scan in district hospital, Roing and requested DMO to intervene in order to functionalise them at the earliest for the greater interest of the public. After thorough discussion the house passed and adopted the physical and financial achievements of 2010-11 of all the vertical programs including NRHM, RCH & RI, passed & adopted the physical and financial targets of NRHM, RCH , RI and all other vertical programs  for 2011-12.

As per ROP allotment of RKS fund is for 4 PHCs against 5 PHCs in the district. The house decided to release funds to Anpum, Bolung, Koronu & Hunli PHCs. However, house authorized Executive Committee, District Health Society to release fund to Iduli PHC as and when resources is located but within the ROP approved amount of RKS fund.

It was decided that Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers picnic will be conducted one at Kebali-Chidu combine and another at Anpum-Paglam area.

The meeting ended with sensitization information on forthcoming measles catch up campaign by Dr. M. Basar, DRCHO.

 

World Bamboo Day

Correspondent

SAGALEE, Sep 19: The 7th Sagalee panchayat leaders booked a place in the state’s history by celebrating the World Bamboo Day for the first time at its Community hall last Sunday.

The day long programme was organized here to encourage the local people of the area by seeing their artistic attitude.

Speaking as the chief guest, Sagalee ADC Chuku Talar exhorted the people to make good use of the forest products. He advised the youths to engage in  macro, small and medium scale industries on self help basis which not only helps to sustain themselves but also will solve the un  employment problem.

Seeing the bamboo potentiality of the area, Talar asked them to use the products for food, handicraft and other construction purposes and assured to reward the successful farmers in coming days.

“We are depending on bamboo and its products since time immemorial. So we have to make good use of it”, said Sagalee ZPM Abhraham K Techi.

Instead of Gambling and playing carom, the youth must engage themselves in horticulture, agriculture and bamboo cultivations which will save time and support the family for existence.

“Leaving behind the forest resources, our people nowadays run after the government job and contract works in spite of knowing the facts. We have to give helping hand to promote such activities for better future”, Abraham pointed.

SFRI scientist RK Taj, in his power point presentation highlighted the history, importance and uses of the bamboo in this computer era. “Due to its high prospect and potential in industries and handicraft purposes, it is known as ‘friend of the people’ in China and ‘Brother’ in Vietnam and nowadays due to its diverse applications it is called as ‘Green Gold’’’, he said.

Describing bamboo as one of the important food for daily life, he also highlights the importance of bamboo charcoal which is used as soap, vinegar, antiseptic cream, anti virus medicine etc.

He also informed about the construction of houses and in making various accessories like torch light, pen drive, stapler, nail cutter, comb, mouse, computer and laptop etc.

NN Charitable Society Nagbia Amar Diu encouraged the gathering.

Various bamboo products processed by Poma based bamboo processing unit were on display.

 

Candle Making Training to Farmers

ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) NGO of Namphai-I, Miao of Changlang District is Organizing 6 Days of Candle Making Training to Farmers inclusive of participants from SHGs and Farmer’s Club under Khagam CD Block, Miao. This Candle Making Training has been organized with the support of NABARD RO, Itanagar under Micro Entrepreneurship Development Programme (MEDP). A total of 30 participants from Songking, Neotan, New Longkey, New Khamlang and Havi Villages under Khagam CD Block, Miao took active part in the training.

BDO, Miao T. Bapu asked the participants to make qualitative use of the learning opportunity provided by the AMYAA (NGO) and he further encouraged them to learn from the experienced SHG members who have come as resource persons from Borduria Village, Nemtu Mossang Asst. Director DIC, Miao in her message assured all possible assistance from the side of the Industry Department of Miao as matters pertaining to registration and other related processes provided the SHGs take up Candle Making as one of their main group activity for source of income.

R. K. Paul Chawang highlighted the objective behind organizing Candle Making Training for the farmers and requested the SHGs to take up at least one activity each based on which the flow of income to their group saving can be sustained.

Chhinya Matey, Chandni Wangha and Chathak Dada came as resource persons from Borduria Village of Tirap District and who are also members of Hamongkong SHG. The Hamongkong SHG of Borduria has taken up Candle Making as their main Income Generation Activity (IGA) and their work record in this trade for the past 2 (two) years have shown much of success bringing profit to their group’s saving from the sale of the finished products in their locality and neighboring town and villages. The AMYAA (NGO) has invited Hamongkong SHG members to be resource persons precisely to open up a venue of sharing, discussion, and interaction where there will be mutual learning between the trainers and participating SHGs and Farmers.  On the first day of the training the participants where show through practical demonstration the process of making candle. Throughout the process of candle making the participants were involved and they have seen and learnt by doing. In the coming days the participants will be taught on making varieties of Candles with designs, colours and Economy System for sale in the local market.

In the recent past for the benefit of the SHGs and Farmers the AMYAA (NGO) has already organized entrepreneurship based trainings in Food Processing, Mushroom Cultivation, Detergent Making, Candle Making and very soon Orange Squash cum variety Pickle training will be organized at Namphai-I.

Readers Forum

 

Gender disparities

 

The latest UNICEF report, Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle indicate that important gender imbalances exist in the population structure in some countries, particularly in parts of Asia, resulting in a higher deficit of girls than normal.

Among the surviving children, available data suggest that in early childhood, gender disparities are relatively small among the indicators examined such as education, health, nutrition and protection. However, gender disparities become more evident as children approach adolescence.

In most populations, female infants (under 1 year old) have lower mortality than male infants, because of certain biological and genetic advantages.  This advantage may also exist beyond infancy, although at some point during early childhood, environmental and behavioural factors begin to exert a greater influence.

Measles immunization coverage is similar among boys and girls across all regions, except in South Asia. The likelihood of being stunted is similar for boys and girls in India across wealth quintiles, even as total levels vary. Most countries have reached gender parity in primary education; girls remain disadvantaged in some countries in Africa and Asia.

A comparison of nine Asian countries shows that gender parity has been achieved in the richest wealth quintile for most countries. However, the gap in attendance between boys and girls varies greatly across countries for the poorest children.

As far as secondary school education is concerned, girls are most disadvantaged in South Asia and boys are most disadvantaged in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

An open letter to the MP

Dear Editor,

As a state which just completed 25th years of its statehood, we have entered another historic phase which can completely alter existence as multi ethnic tribal state. Before the existing, “TOI & Pradip Thakur incident snowballs into a major and avoidable political and communal tornado as many fear, at the cost of much needed development; every resources and possible positive channels must be exercised.

It is an irony that incidentally we have a common representative which has been elected by the 33 different constituency of our state representing the aggrieved community (Nyishi) and others as well; your stoic silence on the issue has hurt every one’s sentiment. I believe, as you had the privilege to be an APPSU & ANSU president early in your career and also the fact that you represent the entire state and suitably placed in Delhi gives you the responsible and an important position to negotiate peace. Unfortunately, we have seen no initiative except for a feeble attempt through a press release in early May.

Is it a deliberate ploy; if it is; you have failed the entire electorate of our state, if it is not, do enlighten us about your intention. How can you be a mere spectator to an issue which is seriously threatening the political and the communal Harmony of the state as many fear?  Is it not your moral responsibility to atleast attempt and discuss and to be the bridge ?

It is now an open secret that half of our Congress representative has been camping in Delhi for the past few months as a result of internal differences. Is not your responsibility as a senior party leader to diffuse the differences and reconcile the alleged two faction rather than stroking the fire and playing partition politics for your selfish and ulterior motive?

I wonder, whether our previous MP would have reacted in the same way. Has, we, the electorate committed a blunder? The common mass await your answer, preferably in action rather the words, which you are known for.  Rumours are flying thick and fast, mischief mongers are having a field day. Positive and harmonious actions are desired.

We look to you as our representative for mediation, for initiative or at least a sincere attempt to break the ice in this imbroglio.

Yours,

Balo Raja

Former MLA, 18-Palin (ST) A/C, (on email)

 

 

Give us a chance to live honourably

Dear Editor,

In a democratic country formation of organization and associations are enshrined in Constitution of India with certain restrictions as a fundamental right but formation of so many associations taking the word Nysihi these days is a talking point for every household in the state. This mushrooming of societies/organizations in the Nyishi Community is a shameful development for the genuine and self-respected Nyishi individuals. I have never heard any philanthropic works ever being taken up by these societies or leaders of these societies before on any genuine causes for the Nyishi community in particular and state as a whole without the sponsorship and political influence except for very few organizations. The integrity and capability of these so-called social leaders are also quite doubtful.

The vested interest and money-monger few Nyishi people are taking ride on the prestige and honour of Nyishi community. Some of so-called social leaders are not even fit to be a shepherd also, some of them are not even in a position to define the world family, how can they lead one of the largest and complex community of the state.

Why so many social organizations are coming up when political circle of the state is rumbling for the reason best known to them? Why not some other time? Why so many law and order problem in Capital Complex these days and why all issues are directly or indirectly connected to the state politics. So, all the social sellers of the Nyishi society are appealed to dissolve the organization which does not have the mandate to serve the society at the earliest and let us live a respectable and dignified individual Nyishi instead of becoming a laughing stock. Give us a chance to live honourably and respectfully before the world and do not make us a joker by forming so many society.

Having said so, ours is a under-develop society having different social views and opinions on certain issues and in such a condition everybody's views cannot be accommodated totally but the opinions and views of any individual should be given a fair hearing but in Nyishi society if a individuals opinion is not given a due attention, here begins a formation of an organization against the former. What is important is the greater interest of the society in particular and state as a whole. The formation of organization against the organization is not a solution rather try to influence and advise the society democratically and sincerely. The present trend is quite discouraging and shameful development for the future generation of the society and state as we are setting a bad and dangerous trend for our children.

I also appeal to the brethrens of the communities of the state not to give exaggerated misinformation campaign to malign Nyishi community as a whole for the misdeeds of few Nyishi individuals. Such wrong doers exist in every society. One should appreciate the problem of other community and support the cause if any injustice is done to the community. Common Arunachalee should not be divided by our highly communal political leaders and bureaucrats for their vested interest rather we should fight against those elements unitedly for a pan Arunachal.

Yours,

Likha Kan

 

 

The reason why there are many associations

Dear Editor,

I would like to focus on reason behind the formation of organization in the state. We can't stop the "Bandh Culture" until and unless the formation of new association and union is not stopped immediately in the state. As far as the formation of association in all Districts of state are concerned, both government and privilege groups are equally responsible for growing of associations in state.

On the part of government I strongly believe that the state govt. is indirectly and directly more or less responsible for the formation of association whether it is communal and student’s based organization in Arunachal Pradesh. The most important reason for the growth of association and many unions are basically due to the uneven distribution of fruits of development in the terms of transportation and infrastructure development and other benefit from the state govt.

Yes I do agree that our state is a poor state so, we have to depend upon the centre for financial assistance, I also agree with the leader of various political parties and expert's that we don't have technology, beside our people don't know how to increase their own per capita income. Tribal are only depended on Non tribal even in small business set ups. Plus our leaders those who are in power don't have an idea to make that state of Arunachal Pradesh as the richest state in the north Eastern part of India like Gujarat in west. Instead they are busy in earning and making Crore of rupees for their kit and kin by receiving huge amount of money from the central government in the name of more than 13, 82, 611 populations of Arunachal Pradesh. In addition to this, there is MLA and MP LAD funds meant for development of constituencies. It is seems to be true that never ever in the history of Arunachal it has been used judiciously for the development of concern constituency.  Instead they use it for construction of private houses and use it to purchase Voters during the election times. As a result we poor educated and unemployed youth become victims of frustration and stress which lead to the formation of new associations in different communities of state.

As per district -wise statistic report of the various development activities in the state it shows the emergence of inter- regional disparities within Arunachal Pradesh. As we know that the different communities more or less stay in the compact region in various district and uneven growth rate of population are also factors which result in urgency for formation of organization and mobilization in their elite educated groups for catching up with others.

On the other hand, emergence of the privilege status and economic class in the tribal communities has found that tribal groups are losing their erstwhile Egalitarian character day by day. These economic class and privilege groups emerged due to political power, trade and commerce and contract work. So such tendencies has been drawing protest from the students and local poor public which are leading to the formation of many Associations in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is true that educated youth and students in the Arunachal are quick to learn the benefit of a formal forum for the pursuits of their their private and public interests.  They use the community and area as a resource to pressurize the authorities for political and economic favours. As for best Example, much association has been forming within Nishyi Community just before and after the "Pradeep Thakur Issue" which rocked the state recently. Plus many associations are forming like virus for their vested interest and personal benefits.

Thus the privilege groups are more responsible for formation of the association in state.

Thirdly, due to low quality of education and dominance of prosperous groups in politics and trade which has made the students restless about their own future. This in turn makes the students bodies more and more parochial.

I appeal to the present Government and privileged group not to encourage the formation of association if you want to stop "Bandh Culture" and if not stopped then I am also going to form a new association in days to come. I also appeal to young generation not to adopt the "Divide and Rule policy" otherwise our society is going to divide into many pieces. We need unity and integrity.

Yours,

Tang Dada

East Kameng, (on email)

 

 

Heed to the request

Dear Editor,

Thank you for reporting on Miao-Vijoynagar Road on 14 Sep.

The road is indeed a very neglected, not motorable for more than 30 years. It’s really the whole generation of people that have suffered. We can never express our feelings of isolation from modern facilities. No proper health facilities while education is a distance dream for many of our people.

I really hope that our government will work toward completion of the road as our Panchayat leaders have requested.

Yours,

Liahey, (on email)

 

 

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