ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officer’s Association (APCSOA)
has urged the state government to streamline the posting of IAS and APCS officers
in the state.
Claiming that the government has posted ‘very’ junior IAS officers to hold the posts
meant for senior officers, APCSOA in its representation to the chief minister said
that the posts of DCs should be held by senior IAS officers or APCS (Admin Grade).
The IAS officers who have not rendered minimum 4 years of service (including probation
period) should not be posted as additional deputy commissioner as per progression
“The IAS officer inducted from SCS, having required length of service experience
in administration, should preferably be posted as Secretary to the Government. The
posts like Commissioner/ Secretary (Home/ Vigilance) should be entrusted only to
the officers with rank and status next to Chief Secretary of the State,” the representation
Constitution of separate IAS cadre for Arunachal Pradesh may be considered favourably,
it said, adding that the cadre strength of IAS for the state may be enhanced to 75
from the existing 37 posts. The increase of cadre strength of IAS will pave way for
the induction of SCS Cadre Officers to IAS, it said, and hoped the government will
address the issues to avoid ‘deterioration’ of civil administration in the State.
In yet another memorandum to union minister of state for home, APCSOA sought the
union minister’s intervention for constitution of a separate IAS, IPS, IFS cadre
for Arunachal Pradesh. “There has been a constant demand for creation of separate
cadre for IAS, IPS, IFS officers for Arunachal Pradesh and the officers born under
this cadre would be more committed to the state as they will be given the responsibility
to serve the people of the state,” APCSOA said in its memorandum while driving its
At present the officers of AGMUT cadre are manning the state whereas smaller states
like Nagaland and Sikkim are having its own separate cadre, APCSOA said. Further,
very recently the DoPT (MoPPGP), GoI has issued notification for creation of separate
IAS, IPS, IFS cadres for state of Manipur and Tripura, it informed.
APCSOA in its memorandum also said that the cadre strength of IAS in the state should
be enhanced to 75 from the existing 37.
“This will not only boost the morale of the serving APCS officers but also lead the
state towards better delivery of administration vis-à-vis various developmental activities,”
the memorandum added.
HM leads cleanliness drive
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Holding broom Home Minister (HM) Tanga Byaling along with DGP
Nithyanandam and other top ranking police officers launched the ‘Clean Arunachal,
Green Arunachal’ drive at the police station here today.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Byaling welcomed ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’,
an initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The life of all human beings are linked to police station for security and to hospitals
to remain disease free, he said and called for treating the PS and hospital as mandir,
masjid and church.
Green (trees) is synonymous to life giver oxygen which was abundant in the past but
its wanton destruction under the pressure of massive development brought a wave of
diseases which were intensified by unclean and unhygienic living, Byaling reasoned.
“I was an ITBP jawan like you in 1966, joined politics in 1976 and elected MLA in
1999. Hard work with honesty helped me to rise to this position,” Byaling told all
ranks of cops present and advised them to be disciplined and discharge their duties
with sincerity to rise in life.
“Punish cops for dereliction of duty but reward the good doers,” he advised the senior
officers, before emphasising good officers-jawans relation.
“The PSs and hospitals are indivisible part of Indian social system, the DGP said,
adding that though individuals behave well but in groups they indulge in conflicts
for which policing has been in practice since the days of Chanakya.
People will lose faith in police if the PSs are shabby when they approach with their
grievances. This drive is a message to all ranks of police, who belonged to a disciplined
force, and the masses about the value of cleanliness which is directly linked to
healthy living, the DGP said.
He lauded Byaling for his constant encouragement and support for bringing the much
desired improvement at all levels.
IGPs I D Shukla and Navin Payeng also spoke on the occasion.
Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board chairman
Nyamar Karbak was also present on the occasion.
Earlier, the HM and DGP also planted saplings in the PS compound to mark the occasion.
‘Swachch Bharat Mission’ underway in Upper Subansiri
DIPRO adds from Daporijo: Swachchh Bharat Mission, a government initiative to encourage
sanitation and spread awareness, has begun in Upper Subansiri district with people
actively cleaning their homes, surroundings and Daporijo town. The residents of Daporijo
have actively come forward to support the mission by cleaning the drains and colony
premises. An environment of enthusiasm and initiative was seen with people actively
working to clean the District Hospital premises, the clogged drains near the Medical
Line, at the SP’s office, Power Grid colony and various other places.
The initiative started on September 26 with the cleaning of houses and common areas
across the district.
Commenting on the initiative, Tapak Dagam, a resident of Power Grid Colony said that
such initiatives must be sustained to ensure that cleanliness becomes a way of life
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner K. Dulom in his meeting on ‘Swachch Bharat Mission’
with PRI members, colony representatives and other stakeholders explained the vision
behind the mission. He stressed on ‘at-source-segregation’ of garbage so that it
can be treated separately.
Under the mission, the plan is of cleaning of houses with emphasis on individual
and domestic hygiene, cleaning and maintenance of animal shelters, cleaning of roads
and markets, cleaning of public places, cleaning of water bodies and water sources,
cleaning and removing blockages in the drains etc on individual days throughout the
week from September 25 to October two, 2014.
The District Administration will come up with long term solutions to ensure ‘ Clean
Dapo MIssion’ . On September 30, an on-site mid-term inspection of the work will
be conducted by the District Administration, by visiting all the colonies of Daporijo.
International Buddhist Conclave
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The International Buddhist Circuit needs to be extended from Bhutan
to Tawang encompassing entire Buddhist sites of Arunachal Pradesh and exit at Tinsukia
in Assam, said DTO (HQ), Department of Tourism, TK Kopak while participating in the
three-day International Buddhist Conclave at Bodh Gaya, Bihar yesterday.
While informing that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh is planning to submit request
to extend Buddhist Circuit in the state, he informed the state has 11 approved travel
circuits so far.
To improve tourism in Buddhist areas, Kopak told passenger rope way has been constructed
to connect Tawang Gompa and Ani Gompa (nunneries) with the financial support of Government
of India, and Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies at Dahung in West Kameng
district was established in 2000 for monastic study. During the inaugural day, Union
Tourism Minister Shripad Naik said a fully air-conditioned train would start running
in the Buddhist circuit from 2015. The train would have facility of separate kitchen
in the train itself in which foreign tourists could cook and enjoy food of their
He said a sum of Rs 1,000 crore has been sanctioned for development of Buddhist circuit.
Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are the primary
pilgrimage places of Buddhist Circuits associated with the life and teachings of
The Union Tourism minister said that presently it has been seen that foreign tourists
come here mainly in winter season. But to draw them here in summer season too, fortnight-long
country-specific festival would be organized in monasteries of different countries.
During the international Buddhist festival, tour operators and others associated
with tourism visited different Buddhist temples and international monasteries at
Bodh Gaya on Sunday.
Around 132 delegates from 31 countries including Japan, UK, Russia, Australia, Taiwan,
Cambodia, Spain, Sri Lanka and Serbia participated in the festival at Bodh Gaya,
the famous Buddhist place, about 100 km from capital Patna.
The conclave was organized as an important tourism promotion and marketing event
in which international tour operators, opinion makers and media personalities as
well as Indian stakeholders attended.
An exhibition stall was also set up at the venue of the conclave by the Department
of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh to promote Buddhist destinations and
products of the state.
Rasho Yangda Memorial Sports Meet begins
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The 7th Lt. Rasho Yangda Memorial Sports Meet cum Talents Show
2014 organized by East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union (EKMZSU) started on a colourful
note at General Ground, Seppa yesterday.
Ten teams are participating in men’s football while four teams are taking part in
women’s football competitions. In volleyball, eight teams are participating in men’s
category and five in women’s category.
Inaugurating the week-long sports meet, Zilla Parishad Member of East Seppa Raju
Gyadi suggested the participants to maintain sportsman spirit throughout the meet.
Saying that feeling of regionalism creates division, Gyadi said that EKMZSU being
a zonal students’ union should not encourage regionalism. It should work for the
greater interest of the entire district, he said.
Robin Hissang, Principal of Government Degree College, Seppa, said that Lt. Rasho
Yangda Sports Meet should be a platform not only for the players of middle zone areas
but also for the players of entire district to identify sports talents. He suggested
the students to give priority to their study to achieve the desired goal in life.
EKMZSU president Rocky Blange sought cooperation from all, including the spectators
to make the tournament a grand success. He also briefed the short-biography of late
Rasho Yangda, founder president of EKMZSU.
The opening match was played between ME School Seba and Gracious Academy School Seppa
which ended in a draw.
A Bollywood film from Arunachal Pradesh
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Except the recent Bollywood hit film Mary Kom, it is very rare
to find North-East being depicted in the so called mainstream Hindi cinema. The diverse
culture and people of this region is not explored in Bollywood films. But kudos to
Maya Kholie from Arunachal Pradesh to have come up with the guts to produce a mainstream
Bollywood film with a story which has its root in one of the states from the region,
The film stars Bollywood actors Palash Sen, Ira Dubey, Yashpal Sharma, Saurabh Pandey,
Tinu Anand and also two young talents from Arunachal Pradesh, Kymsleen Kholie, who
is playing the main protagonist of the film and Kezleen Kholie, who is singing one
of the main songs composed by Dr. Palash Sen from the famous Euphoria Band.
The film “Aisa Yeh Jahaan” is written and directed by Biswajeet Bora, who earlier
worked with renowned filmmaker Jahnu Barua for a couple of years.
The film is supposed to be India’s first ‘Carbon Neutral Feature Film’.
‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’ is a socio–environmental, light-hearted feature film which tells
the story of an urban family trapped in the concrete jungles of a metropolis.
As per information from the co-producer of the film, Karanzal Kholie, a Mumbai based
NGO, CERE (Centre for Environmental Research and Education), who works to promote
environmental sustainability through action-oriented education, awareness and advocacy
also a pioneer in the field of carbon management has come up to help the film all
An Assamese who donated his land
for an Arunachalee
Driving in the rush hour traffic of Itanagar is not a matter of joke.
And one really can’t help but admire when one sees eighty-year-old Golok Hazarika
drive his car all the way from Bihpuria, Assam to Itanagar to escort Jadab Sharma,
executive member of Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) to invite Arunachal Pradesh Literary
Society (APLS) to attend the 71st Lummer Dai birth anniversary function which was
held on June last at Bihpuria. The admiration increases all the more when one realizes
that Sharma is younger to Hazarika by decades. Even at this advanced age, he cycles
everyday for going out to work.
And incidentally, he is the man who donated five bighas of his personal land at Bihpuria
to ASS to establish ‘Lummer Dai Institute of Distant Learning and Tribal Research,”
named after the famous Arunachalee writer Lummer Dai.
But that is, as they say, is just the beginning of the story. He astounds you further
with his extraordinary memory. The Assamese people have a tradition of cooking 101
different types of vegetables during the ‘Bohag Bihu’. He can count all of them in
a go. Similarly, he can effortlessly recite the names of all the 67 Presidents of
ASS beginning from its inception in 1917 at Kohima. I was literally floored when
he started narrating the names of all the Chief Ministers and past kings of Assam.
That makes a total number of 15 and 74 respectively.
I was gasping for breath as he began to recite the names of the Assamese films made
so far, starting with ‘Joymoti’ in 1935 to the latest one with all the counting in
serial order. That makes a whooping number of 389 movies till date. And mind you,
the list include films of other ethnic tribes of Assam as well e.g. Bodo, Karbi,
In fact, everything about Hazarika is interesting and worth mentioning. Take for
example, his marriage to his wife Jogamaya Hazarika which has an old world charm
to it. “It was an arranged marriage. And I saw the face of my wife for the first
time on the day of marriage only,” He informs with a chuckle. And the marriage has
blossomed and grown from strength to strength with the addition of two sons and one
daughter, all of them happily married and settled with families of their own. So
much for love marriage and the so called love at first sight about which the whole
world is mad about.
Though a businessman by profession, its arts, history and social work that excites
him the most. Like his marriage, the grand old, one storied palatial house of his
too exudes an old world charm of the bygone days. The house has played host to innumerable
dignitaries and organizations connected to the fields of arts and culture including
Third son of Jagneswar Hazarika, Mauzadaar (Land record officer) Bihpuria and Mrs
Soneswari Hazarika amongst three brothers and two sisters, he had his primary schooling
from Narayanpur M.V. School. Then he shifted to Dikrong higher secondary school,
Bihpuria where he studied up to class-x. Incidentally, the school was opened in 1934,
the same year of his birth i.e. 1st October 1934.
In his heyday, he had killed more than 23 tigers, 1 bear and innumerable deer and
other animals. But he has given up hunting for good now. “I felt I was not doing
the right thing by slaughtering so many innocent animals,” He explains.
Similarly, he gave up timber business in 1985 when he realized the ecological hazards
caused by wanton destruction of forest products.
Later, he ventured into paddy and rice business which consumes most of his time now.
In addition, he has a big rice mill to look after.
But the old world charm doesn’t end there. The man has a close link with the NEFA
During those days, in the 50s and 60s, he was a big timber contractor. The areas
of Karsingsa and Nirjuli were one of his major areas of operation. In his own words,
“At that time there was no road from Banderdewa to Karsingsa. I cleared the jungles
and made a makeshift road for bringing out the timbers. That was in 1958.” He further
informs, “Each year I would extend the road by a Km. And by 1968 a rough road was
constructed up to present Karsingsa. The Forest department added sand and gravel
on this road somewhere between 1962 and 65 which were developed later to its present
day highway by the Government.”
M.C.Barua, ex-Conservator of Forest who was looking after Banderdewa Beat office
as a Ranger at that time describes Hazarika as a very sincere and honest businessman.
He adds further, “He would supply the departmental ordered materials within the stipulated
time. And all his goods were of the highest quality.”
During the time of his timber business he had developed a lot of acquaintances from
Arunachal. He knows Gegong Apang, ex-CM and A.Namchoom, ex-Principal Chief Conservator
Forest. In addition, he had friends like Maina Yab of Karsingsa, Hechi Techi of Durpang
and Ananda Nguri of Gumto, to name a few. But sadly, he has lost contact with them.
“I wonder whether they’re still alive,” He voices wistfully.
Before parting, I ask him the question which had been in my mind for quite some time.
“Why did you donate 5 bighas of your personal land, and that too for an Arunachalee?”
He replies without hesitation. “To renew that old tie between Assam and Arunachal
that has been lost now.” True enough, there was a time when Assamese was the common
medium of exchange, both in the public as well as the Government institutions in
the erstwhile NEFA days. In fact, it was the lingua franca of instruction in schools.
Assamese songs and films were avidly listened and watched by the public. Programs
were hosted in Assamese. Those were the glorious NEFA days when non-local, especially
Assamese teachers and officers trekked for weeks on foot to carry out their duties
in remote far flung areas of NEFA. And because of their selfless service, now Arunachal
has reached to its present development.
But with the passage of time, that tie has been lost and forgotten. And with the
incidents of boundary disputes, the relationship has turned sour, if not bitter.
“And I want to renew that tie by donating this land.” He explains.
The grand old man from Bihpuria has a point there, in fact, a point for deep introspection
- for all of us.
RUKSIN, Sept 28: Normal life was paralyzed in Pasighat and Ruksin of East Siang district
for the second day today due to dawn to dusk bandh call given by Adi Baane Kebang
(ABK) supported by various Adi organizations and students’ unions.
Many vehicles, including passenger cabs, oil tankers, goods-laden trucks and APST
buses were stranded for the day as protesters blocked the national highway-52 at
However, there was no report of any bandh related incidents from any part of the
The ABK and AdiSU leaders have alleged that the state government has ignored the
interest of the Adi people living in the state.
They are infuriated over the fact that the state government gave nod for creation
of Lower Siang district including parts of present East Siang district without taking
consent of the Adi people living in the district.
The protesting organizations will assemble in a joint meeting at Pasighat tomorrow
to chalk out their future strategy against the “forceful inclusion” of Adi land in
the proposed new district.
Bird watching expedition organized at Ziro
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club (APBC), Ziro organized its 3rd
Bird Watching Expedition on the concluding day of the Ziro Festival of Music today.
Many tourists, who witnessed the Festival of Music at Ziro, joined the day-long birding
expedition along with few government officers.
They were taken to eastern ‘Ring Road’ of Ziro valley where birds are found in abundant,
including few rare ones. The bird enthusiastic tourists were seen very happy to witness
many rare bird species and requested the APBC to make it a regular event.
Ziro has already received many tourists having interest in watching bird after the
previous expedition. The bird watchers who used to tour Manas and Kaziranga in Assam
is now making Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary as their destination, APBC said.
The expedition was flagged off by Tater Mize, District Tourism officer, Ziro, who
appreciated APBC for taking the initiative.
Charge-sheet rapist-killer, students demand
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Galo Students Union (GSU) has demanded the officer concerned of
Basar Police Station to immediately file charge-sheet against the person(s) accused
of raping and killing a young girl at Dari.
The OC of Basar Police Station despite assurance given to a visiting GSU team on
September 17 has not yet filed charge-sheet against the accused, GSU informed in
Meanwhile, GSU yesterday convened a mass consultative meeting of various Panchayat
leaders, students unions, GWS of West Siang unit to discuss the demand placed by
GSU for establishment of the proposed AIIMS at Basar. Representatives of various
organizations, students union and individual who took part in the meeting extended
their whole-hearted supported to GSU’s demand and urged the State Government to immediately
Committee seeks DA attention
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: All Seppa Colony Welfare Development Committee (ASCWDC) has drawn
attention of the district administration as well as department concerned towards
the Seppa - Tezpur road near Seppa-Sagalee-Tezpur tri junction where the road is
While highlighting the deplorable condition of the road, ASCWDC urged both district
administration and department concerned to protect the road without any further delay.
Further, the ‘poorly’ built drainage system near the New Hari Bridge Seppa has also
cracked, it said. ASCWDC also took serious note of the half-constructed “Welcome
gate’ of Seppa near the tri junction of Seppa, Sagalee and Tezpur road.
It informed that the gate is standing half-constructed with two pillars at the side
of road with bundle of naked iron rods.
2nd Dera Natung football tourney from Oct 4
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Second Dera Natung U-16 State Level Football Tournament will
be held at Nari, East Siang from October 4 to 12, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football
Association general secretary G Doke.
Awareness campaign for registered workers
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers
Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) conducted an awareness campaign for the registered workers
of the Board at Yomcha recently and distributed school bags, books, solar lamps,
safety helmets, and other household materials to the beneficiaries.
APBOCWWB member cum secretary general of INTUC, Arunachal state unit, Kenkar Yomcha
who attended the programe stressed that the local MLAs, concern ministers and heads
of various work departments must streamline various developmental schemes and projects
to fulfill peoples’ hope and aspiration.
He also suggested the natives of Yomcha to get registered with the Board to access
due benefits provisioned in the government.
Yomcha along with the heads and officers of various departments, civil society members,
trade union leaders and senior public leaders also visited the Govt HS School, Public
Health Center (PHC) and PWD Division, Yomcha as desired by the public.
After a thorough observation of the PWD office, Yomcha revealed that without apprising
the concern authority, the computers and other departmental equipments has been transferred
to Aalo for which he demanded the concern authority for immediate intervention and
reinstallation of the equipment.
He requested all the officers of PHE and Power division of Yomcha who are stationed
at Aalo to report to their respective offices at Yomcha.
State level workshop on PMJDY
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: A state level workshop on Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY)
was conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd; with support
from the Department of Cooperative, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh at Administrative
Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun yesterday.
Addressing the participants, Apex Bank MD Tsering Thongdok dealt in length about
the concept of cash-less transaction in future in banking sector, ‘Know Your Customers’
, introduction of various banking products by adopting technology etc.
While explaining the aims and objectives of the PMJDY scheme in details, Thongdok
informed that the Apex Bank is planning to open branches in far flung areas where
there are no banking facilities.
Since Apex bank and LAMPS are Govt. sponsored credit institutions, the PMJDY scheme
should be implemented by the cooperative sector which will give additional opportunities
to enlarge its membership and enhance the business beside generation of rural employment,
Dinesh Raina, DGM, NABARD, highlighted that as per All India Survey Report that 52
percent of the people of India do not have any bank account and out of the 48 percent
having bank account 77 percent did not avail any credit facilities from the bank.
As such govt. has taken it in a mission mode to cover 100 % people under the financial
Through banking sector has flourish during last decade, a large section of people
are still not aware of the banking facilities. As opening of branch in every village
is not possible, banking services will be taken to the door steps of the people through
Business Correspondent model. As RBI has now allowed cooperative banks to implement
the FI schemes, through PACS/LAMPS as BC and there is ample opportunity to increase
the business and services in the sector. He also opined that NABARD will help the
Cooperative Banks in technology adoption, capacity building of banking personnel
and financial literacy of the rural masses. He advised MD of the bank to submit the
proposal as per the scheme.
M. Das, Business Executive of M/S C-Edge, a subsidiary of TCS and SBI, from Mumbai
gave a live demonstration of the devised to be used for the financial inclusion through
a power point presentation. He also highlighted the advantages of the Hand Held Bio-Matric
Machine on which the BC model would work.
The workshop was attended by chairmen, MDs of Large Sized Adivashi Multipurpose Cooperative
Society Ltd; Apex Bank Branch managers and officials along with subject matter experts
from NABARD regional office here and technical experts from C-Edge, Mumbai.
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At a barber shop
It was as usual one of the evenings when I was on my way home through Akashdeep,
the shopping mart for most of the citizens in Itanagar. I went to a barber shop where
I was eagerly waiting for my turn.
When a person who appeared well to do entered the barbershop. The barber smiled at
" Mera to free mein kar dega hoga?, he asked in response to the barber’s smile.
"Sir, apke liye to sabkuch free hai”, pat came the reply.
I was confused by the exchange of words. Before I could recover, the man had a
haircut, went away without paying.
Afterwards when I enquired, they told me that the man had something to do with ILP
No audible resentment
Except a very few subdued voices, no audible resentment came from any corner towards
the most dirtiest of misdeed that occurred at St. Xavier School, Aalo, where a minor
boy was sexually assaulted by his teacher in hostel.
When incidents of sexual assault on any being are reported there is so much hype
and cry and protests and marches. I don't want to sound disapproving of other incidents
but what I want to say is that everyone should be vocal against such acts be it here
or there, to him or her.
Democracy and communism
After the transfer of power in 1947, initially India worked tirelessly to attain
the stature as one of the world’s largest democratic country. The hard work paid
off; India under the leadership of some of the great intellectual came up with a
constitution which is one of its kind- incorporating the finest quality of several
other constitution of the world. Amid all this in the neighborhood of India, China
which also dismantle the colonial rule about the same time India did, adopted different
form of government. And today after about seven decades the in-depth comparison of
the position where these two Asian giants stand would be interesting.
In India, every year out of 1000 children born 66 dies before the age of 5, while
only 13 child in China dies before age 5. This figure reflects India’s dilapidated
condition of health care service. The health care service in India can be looked
from three different aspects: access, equity and quality. All these are interrelated
and India need to prioritize health care sector. The government should focus on establishment
of research centers as merely increasing the number of hospitals won’t solve the
The project Narmada dam (1,450 MW) in India started in 1979 and was commissioned
in 2006. Compared to this the construction works of 3-Gorges dam (22,500 MW) in China
started in 1994 and by the end of 2009 it was supplying electricity. Such a long
gap in the completion of developmental projects in India may be attributed to the
delay in decision making process of each department which are directly or indirectly
Any new developmental project in its initial stage in India has to go through a lot
of hurdles, may it be at local or at national level, not to mention the inefficacious
policy and negligence on the part of the government after these hurdles are cleared.
To do away with such delay, all the legal procedures such as land acquisition, obtaining
clearance from environment & forest department etc. must be streamlined. Moreover
only 34% Indian above the age of 15 are educated while 94% Chinese above the age
15 are educated.
These differences make one think again of the cliché “Democracy is better than communism”.
Although communism might appears obnoxious in many aspects but one can hardly deny
its pertinence when it comes to building of a strong nation. Though India has curved
a niche for itself in global arena; but it attaining the stature of a developed nation
Bring back the glory and status of NERIST
I would like to say a few words on the NERIST crisis. It is without a doubt that
the brewing problems in NERIST at present are caused upon by the indefinite strike
called by NERIST Employees’ Association (NEA). I’m a former student of NERIST, from
Nagaland, passed out this year itself. The NEA strike is not new, but was building
up from past few years.
As a former member of SUN, I too am well aware of the NEA matter which is in so far
I can surmise as unreasonable and unnecessarily brought up to only cause hindrances
in students’ regular activities and academic progress. Even last year there was enough
hazards caused by NEA agitation. Of all the demands put by NEA, most of them were
fulfilled already, and the remaining was beyond the capacity of the Director and
as such cannot be handled at institute level. It seems the employees’ of the NERIST
are either too blind to see the rationale behind or they are deliberately being mislead
by some persons with vested interested. Arunachal Pradesh should feel fortunate
to have an institute like NERIST. The ministers, locals, especially the NERIST employees’
should be responsible enough to upkeep and maintain the standard and protect from
degradation and encroachment. Remember NERIST is established for the whole Northeast
regions, and it becomes a concern for all of us. There will be students gearing up
for the NEE exams, and as such, if the present gloomy clouds keeps hovering over
NERIST, a time will soon come when NERIST will have to seek out for students without
tests or entrance exams because NERIST no more will have the appeal it used to.
If Arunachal is finding it too much of a burden to carry up the North Eastern Regional
institute of Science and Technology, there are many places for such important institution
to be. With this, I appeal to the higher authorities to look into the matter and
bring back the glory and status of NERIST as it should be.
H. Kato Shikhu
A former Student,
Through your esteemed Daily newspaper, I would like to highlight the mistakes committed
by Gauhati High Court during the Sheristadar examination held on last 13 September
In their answer Keys for Sheristadar, some answers are wrongly placed. Question No.
8 (correct answer is-a), Question No. 22 (correct answer is-c) , Question No. 33
(correct answer is-d) , Question No. 59 (correct answer is-b) and Question No. 87
(correct answer is-a) have been responded with wrong answers.
Take for example, Question 59 (Which of the following planet is nearest to the earth?).
The correct answer is Venus (not Mars). The distance between the Earth and the
Mars is 225 million kilometers whereas it is 38-42 million kilometers from Venus
to the Earth. No planet gets closer to Earth than Venus.
I request the authority responsible for conduct of examination of Sheristadar to
rectify the error as soon as possible so that candidates who performed well are not
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Citizens should extend cooperation
The setting up of an anti-extortion cell by the capital police is laudable. In the
wake of the series of unfortunate incidents rocking Itanagar, culminating with the
killing of businessman KP Chacko, the need for a dedicated extortion cell was felt.
While reviewing the law and order situation on September 6 last, Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki had directed the police department for establishment of an ‘Anti-Extortion Cell’
besides strengthening intelligence capability of the department, particularly in
the organized crime sector involving illegal arms and extortions.
Following the Chief Minister’s direction, capital police have set up an anti-extortion
cell. The team is believed to have quietly started their work. The members of the
teams are roaming in civil dresses to identify the persons involved in extortion
and other unwanted activities in the Capital region. However citizens also will have
to come out and inform police if they receive any extortion threats. Most of the
time extortion threats are not reported to police and citizens tries to sort out
the matter out of the purview of law. General people should cooperate with police
and don’t promote such illegal activities.