Arunachalees fight for rights as NEEPCO overlooks agreement
ANSU gives one-month time
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: At a time when state government is trying hard to tell people of
Arunachal that hydropower projects will generate jobs for the local citizens, the
ill treatment meted out to the tribal job contract employees of NEEPCO has posed
serious question about the claims of govt of Arunachal Pradesh. The tribal contractual
employees of NEEPCO under the aegis of Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employees
Union (APTJCEU) from Kameng Hydro Electric Project (KaHEP) and Pare Hydro Electric
Project (PHEP) have been fighting for the regularization of their jobs.
Along with many meeting, in the last two years, they had carried out series of agitations
against NEEPCO authorities for failing to meet their demands. Last year a meeting
was held on 17th March between contract employees and NEEPCO CMD at Shillong, wherein
CMD had assured to take some steps by 31st December 2011. However they backtracked
and did not regularize the job till date.
The fight for justice by Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employees Union (APTJCEU),
NEEPCO continues as authorities once again failed to meet the demands put by them
during a meeting held yesterday between members of APTJCEU and NEEPCO authorities
at the premises of Pare hydro electric project, Doimukh to discuss about the regularization
of C & D category tribal employees who are working with NEEPCO for the last many
years. At present there are 88 project affected contract employees working with NEEPCO.
Majority of them are under C & D category.
During the meeting NEEPCO management led by IP Barooah Director (personnel) informed
that ministry of Power, Govt of India while partially relaxing the ban on recruitment
process has sanctioned 97 posts to be recruited in Arunachal. The posts have been
created against C & D categories for Kameng and Pare projects as per the MOU signed.
However to the utter disappointment of the agitating employees, management informed
that recruitment will be done through advertisement. “We have been fighting for the
regularization of our jobs since the day we were appointed as contractual employees.
Most of us are project affected people and we have the first right to claim for job
as per the MOU signed. If jobs are advertised, our right will be taken away,” shared
one project affected person of Pare who is currently working on contractual basis.
Further he added, “Some tribal people are in contractual job with NEEPCO since last
15 years. They are till serving with the hope that their jobs will be regularized
someday. Now if fresh recruitment is carried out, they will get rejected because
age is not in their side. NEEPCO should regularize all the project affected contractual
employees first and then carry out recruitment drive.”
In the entire Arunachal there are around 150 hydropower projects on anvil. Besides
public sector unit (PSU) like NEEPCO and NHPC many private developers are engaged
in construction of these projects. Many Arunachalees are worried that if PSUs fail
to implement MOUs properly, there are every chance that private developers might
do the same. “As per most of the MOUs/MOAs project affected people are to be given
first preference in job. But NEEPCO seems to be breaking that track in both Pare
and Kameng. Even at Ranganadi project majority of employees are outsiders. If PSUs
where government has some authority can breach MOU agreements, private developers
can do anything for their own benefit,” told a citizen.
As the meeting did not arrive at any conclusion, APTJCEU urged NEEPCO CMD to visit
Arunachal on or before March 20 to have final discussion in this regard.
Meanwhile, All Nyishi Students’ Union today urged the NEEPCO Head of Project,Pare
Hydro Electric Project (PHEP), Doimukh to fulfill its demand for 100 per cent appointment
of local PHEP and Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project (RHEP) affected people in group
C & D category jobs.
ANSU team today met NEEPCO director (personnel) of PHEP, I P Boruah and submitted
a one-point memorandum to him demanding 100 per cent reservation in C&D category
jobs for project affected people.
While apprising the NEEPCO of all the problems that have been facing by the people
of projects affected areas, ANSU questioned why NEEPCO has failed to recruit the
local project affected youth so far and regularize all contract jobs of the employees
engaged in RHEP and PHEP.
Reiterating the assurance of local people to cooperate the NEEPCO, ANSU said projects
should not be run at the cost of local people, sentiment of local people should
not be hurt as the corporation can not exist without taking care of the needs of
local people and environment.
ANSU threatens to launch a democratic movement against NEEPCO if it fails to fulfill
the one-point demand.
Little Momik qualifies for 3rd round of DID season 2
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Momik Borang, a 7-year-old student of Kalashetra, an Itanagar based
dance academy, has qualified for the 3rd round of reality show Dance India Dance
Little Master season-2. She cleared the first and second audition rounds in Guwahati
which were held on February 26. The third round of the DID season 2 audition would
be held in Kolkata on March 14 next. If Borang could clear the third audition round,
she would be called for the final audition to be held in Mumbai.
Momik is the daughter of Johny Borang, a businessman and Vijaya Kabak Borang, a government
employee of Mebo circle in East Siang district. She was enrolled in Kalashetra in
2009 at the age of four years.
“She is very much attracted to classical dance since two years old,” a delighted
mother quipped adding that she pays more attention in dance than play.
Expressing her happiness over little Borang’s performance, her dance teacher Likamoni
Mein said, Momik has passion to learn classical dance.
On being asked who inspired her to learn classical dance, Momik replied, “ A classical
dance programme which I saw in Doordarshan at the age of three, inspired me to learn
Erring teachers taken to task
AALO, Mar 6 : The West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke along with ADEO (academic) Radek Romin
visited various schools of the district to take stock of the ongoing internal and
CBSE examinations. He expressed his satisfaction over the deployment of invigilators
and accommodation of students at various centers in the township areas. However,
during his visit to the schools outside the township areas like Peri Primary, Gemo
Tali Primary and Keak Middle school, he found that the schools were closed and teachers
were enjoying vacation in advance after conducting the exam during February without
adhering to exam calendar. Subsequently notice were issued to them to conduct the
exam in the mid of March and declare result by the April 10.
The DDSE took a strong note of it. Show cause notice has been issued to all erring
teachers withholding their pay and allowances from March till further order and
proper explanation. DIPRO
Declare Papu Valley a tourist hot spot: Association
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: In its representation to the Minister Tourism, All Papu Valley
Youths’ Welfare Association (APVYWA) today appealed to the government to declare
Papu Valley in East Kameng as tourist hot spot.
The Valley has vast tourism potential like other tourist destinations of the state.
However, it needs government attention for its promotion, the association claimed.
Highlighting the tourism potential of the valley, APVYWA said that valley is not
only covered with greenery and paddy fields but also is blessed with serpentine Papu
river which flows through the middle of the valley.
If the valley is put on the state tourism map, it would not only benefit the tourism
department but also generate employment avenues for the local youths, it added.
Committee demands completion of Talong-Londa HE project on time
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Talong Londa Hydro Electric Project Affected Peoples Committee
(LTHEPAPC) in a letter to Secretary Power today expressed their dissatisfaction at
the delay in execution of the Talong-Londa Hydro electric project (225MW), East Kameng
district, being executed by M/s GMR Energy Ltd.
It said that the agreement was signed between Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and power
developer M/s GMR Energy Limited for execution of Talong HEP (160MW) later renamed
as Talong-Londa HEP (225MW) on 24th January 2007 on BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and
Transfer) basis for lease period of 40 years from commercial operation date (COD)
and the project is scheduled to be commissioned in the end of 2011-12 after due statutory
clearances from State government and Centre.
But the power developer is yet to get statutory clearance either from state government
or from central government which has resulted in halting of the project despite feasibility
and support from the project affected people.
The committee further briefing the grievances of the people said that due to wide
circulation of project notifications, people of the submerge area could not enjoy
the government schemes and carry out other developmental activities in the region
since 2007. Further, the on-going highway constructions from Seppa to Chayang-Tajo
road has also been given up as the said road also falls under submerge region, it
The committee appealed to Secretary Power to direct the M/s GMR private company to
start the work immediately and complete the project as per the agreement or terminate
the GMR Energy Ltd if it fails to execute the project within time scheduled.
Efforts to check and detect motor vehicles theft
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: A good news for vehicles owners, the Arunachal Govt has come out
with a project to check and detect motor vehicles theft. The Govt has signed a pact
with Shimnit Utsch India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai in presence of secretary, special secretary
and director of transport department and Rajan Bajaj, Marketing manager of the Shimnit
Utsch for implementing the High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) project in the
state here on March 1.
The project will be implemented by the agency in all the 17 districts (capitals)
of the state. It is mandatory on the part of implementing agency to materialize the
project by setting embossing and affixing stations preferably nearby DTO office in
coordination with the district administration and transport department within 100
days. The concessionaire will have to ensure 5 per cent royalty and other taxes to
the state coffer in accordance with the bid documents and the agreement. The necessary
license and permit will be issued by competent authorities of the state, according
to an official release.
It is worth mentioning here that high security registration was made mandatory by
the Govt of India under Rule 50 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 to prevent
vehicle theft cases and Centre had also directed all the states including Arunachal
Pradesh to implement HSRP project in 2001. Later on, the Supreme Court had intervened
in 2008 and asked the governments to implement the project strictly or face contempt
of court punishment. Shimnit Utsch, Mumbai was one of the successful bidders from
all over India to implement the project.
DEE visits East Kameng
SEPPA, Mar 6: The Director of Elementary Education(DEE), Bodong Yirang visited various
schools of East Kameng district recently to take stock of the functioning of those
schools. He visited Government Middle Schools Londa, Khwnewa, Pakke Resential, Govt
Primary Schools Riga Camp, Pordung Solung and Secondary School Bameng along with
Papik Pabing, ADEO and Lafiam Pabing BRCC, Bameng block.
On his maiden visit, the DEE interacted with the school management committees, teachers
and students to get the first hand information about the present status of infrastructure
and functioning of the schools.
On the second day of visit, Yirang accompanied by Kata Rangmo, East Kameng DDSE,
R.Pathak, Pedagogy and Nanu Khan, planning coordinator, Seppa of KGBV Wessang interacted
with the students and the teachers of KGBV. The team also inspected the on-going
construction works of the newly upgraded KGBV to Secondary level under RMSA. The
team also visited DIET, Wessang where the DEE briefed the DIET faculty members about
the role of DIET for enhancement of quality education through organizing qualitative
teachers training on innovative teaching learning approaches.
Later, the team visited Ekalavya Model Residential School Bana.
A brief meeting was organized in the school after inspection of infrastructure development
of the school. The DDSE, Seppa highlighted the issues and problems of EMRS-Bana in
particular and the district as a whole. He informed the DEE that EMRS is running
with only the first batch of 53 children from 2008-09. The VKV, AP Trust, which
is running the school could not admit 2nd and third batch of the students due to
lack of required boys and girls hostel facilities, he said.
Meanwhile, DEE assured that due importance will be given to resolve the problems
and urgent steps will be initiated in this regard to ensure smooth functioning of
schools of the district.
Dutta people for shifting of ALG
ZIRO, Mar 6: Paph-Nehabo Village Welfare Committee (PNVWC), Dutta, has demanded for
shifting of the Advance Landing Ground (ALG)/ Ziro Airfield to any other suitable
“We the people of Dutta, Paph Nehabo villages and land owners are fighting and objecting
establishment of Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at Ziro since last more than two decades.
Therefore, considering our sentiment, we appeal that ALG may be shifted to any other
suitable place where there is no any human settlement,” PNVWC said in its memorandum
to the local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo.
Reiterating that forefather of Dutta people have already donated the land for establishing
the present airfield, they said that the government has not given even contractual
works or jobs to people of Dutta village as token of compensation rather they were
harassed and assaulted physically during land acquisition, PNVWC alleged in a release.
PNVWC which is spearheading the movement sought Richo’s help in pursuing compensation
for the existing airfield or in demanding handing over of the revenues earned since
inception from the existing airfield to Dutta people.
It further sought immediate revocation of 133 Cr.P.C order issued by district administration
prohibiting any construction within the radius of 100 mt of present airfield.
“The district administration has issued prohibitory order under section 133 Cr.P.C
prohibiting any construction within the radius of 100 mt. of present airfield, which
is gross violation of fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution of India
as all of us know that present airfield is located in thickly populated area,” the
It also sought the local MLA’s help in providing electricity and water supply provisions
to new villages, namely Paph and Nehabo etc.
Earlier, during a mass meeting convened by the local MLA, the People of Dutta village
expressed solidarity and stood firm on their earlier resolution of ‘not to secede
even an inch from ancestral land of Dutta people for use in establishment of the
Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at Old Ziro’. They opposed even carrying out of survey
over their land, the release added.
Awareness prog on organic certification
ITANAGAR, May 6: A one-day awareness workshop-cum-training programme on ‘Organic
Certification and Product Certification Procedures’ was held in the Conference Hall
of SIRD building here today. The programme was jointly organized by the Trade and
Commerce department, GoAP and Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development
Authority (APEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.
In his inaugural address, Health, Trade and Commerce Secretary Kaling Tayeng said,
going organic way of farming will help generate a good income for the farmers and
also increase the fertility of the soil.
Expressing happiness over organization of such workshop on organic farming for the
benefit of not only the farmers and entrepreneurs but for the consumers also, he
said that there is a large scope for marketing organic produces within the country
and abroad. Today, the organic movement is also gaining momentum in the Northeastern
states. More and more consumers are purchasing organic food through traditional channels,
“Agricultural and horticultural produces of our state are 100 percent organic but
our farmers don’t get their due benefit for their efforts put into farming”, said
Trade and Commerce Director Tokong Pertin. He said organic certification is intended
to assure quality product and prevent fraud and to promote a quality marketing infrastructure.
The workshop has been specially organized for the benefit of the farmers and entrepreneur
in order to impart them knowledge on how to obtain products and organic certificate
to sell their organic products world-wide, he said. Pertin also assured that his
department would always extend all possible help for the farmers and entrepreneur
of the state.
Emphasizing on organic food produces, Bidyut Baruah, Assistant General Manager, APEDA,
Guwahati informed that North East states like Manipur, Tripura and Asom adopted organic
farming in large scale. Going organic in producing vegetable, fruits will also help
people in maintaining healthy way of life.
S. Modi, Deputy Director, Trade & Commerce, GoAP, also spoke on the occasion.
During technical session, Baruah spoke on the topic ‘Organic farming in India and
Group Certification and Samidha Gupta, AGM, APEDA (Organic Division), New Delhi delivered
her lecture on the topic ‘Overview of production and trade of organic products.’
While Rajjawal Konwar, Inspector, Oncert Asia Agri Certification Pvt. Ltd. Jaipur
spoke on the topic ‘Organic Certification Procedures’, Narang Tani, Deputy Director,
Horticulture, talked on the ‘Organic farming in Arunachal Pradesh.’
SP sweeps UP polls; setback for Congress, BJP
New Delhi, Mar 6: Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party today swept to power jolting
Congress party and the BJP in UP Assembly polls, the results of which are a setback
to Rahul Gandhi, who acknowledged the "defeat".
In a surprisingly comfortable victory that created history, the Akali-BJP combine
retained power in Punjab, Congress lost Goa to BJP but retained Manipur while it
was a close call in Uttarakhand where Congress emerged as the single largest party
with 32 seats, one seat ahead of ruling BJP's 31 in the 70-member House.
SP dethroned BSP leader Mayawati by getting an absolute majority by comfortably crossing
the required 202-mark in the 403-member House. The party bagged 224 seats, the third
time a party won majority on its own in the state in two decades.
Mayawati was relegated to a distant second position ending up with 80 seats, down
126 seats from the 206 it had secured in the previous poll in 2007.
The Congress, which was hoping to do well after Rahul Gandhi's extensive campaigning
in 207 constituencies, improved its previous tally of 22 seats by winning 28 seats.
The BJP, which had 51 seats last time, has won 47.
41-year-old Gandhi, who had led an aggressive campaign, was quick to acknowledge
the defeat and owned responsibility for the party's dismal performance which he termed
as a "very good lesson" for him.
"I own the responsibility for this. This is one of my defeats and I take it in my
stride," he told reporters here. There was good news though for the Congress from
Manipur where it created history by capturing power for the third successive term
with a clear majority in the 60-member Assembly.
The Congress lost power in the 40-member Goa Assembly by winning only 9 seats against
21 by the BJP.
BJP, which was exulting in the morning when initial trends showed it in the second
place in UP, piped down later to admit that it had not done well in the key state.
The party also lost seven seats in Punjab by winning only 12 against 19 in 2007 but
was back in power riding piggyback on a strong performance by the Akali Dal which
won 56 to gain an absolute majority in the 117-member House. Congress won 46.
BJP was also struggling to retain power in Uttarakhand and its Chief Minister B C
Khanduri lost his own seat.
But BJP sought to deflect attention from its setback by painting the results as a
massive vote against Congress although some of its leaders called for introspection.
Uttar Pradesh (407)
Measles catch up campaign at Kurung Kumey
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Measles catch up campaign was launched at all the circles of the
Kurung Kumey district today.
Deputy Commission Rajiv Takuk addressing the gathering at Koloriang, said most of
the places in the district are not connected by road and also lack infrastructure
but he assured to provide all necessary help to the medical department for the successful
WHO’s Dr Tana Takum, briefed the aims and objective of the campaign and importance
of public participation.
DRCHO Dr Nani Tanyo highlighted the preparedness of the campaign and also the difficulties
faced by the department due to shortage of staff.
Central team arriving in capital
PASIGHAT, Mar 6: A high-level central team headed by Anshu Vaish, secretary under
Union Ministry of Human Resources Development is arriving on a two-day visit to state
Capital on March 8 and 9.
Accompanied by Anita Kaul, Addl Secy (SE) and Jt. Secy (SE-I) Radha Chouhan, Vaish
will visit Yupia Girls school, State Museum, Itanagar and DIET at Naharlagun and
also take stock of the implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in education
sector, informed Education Minister Bosiram Siram.
It would be a golden opportunity for the state to sort out various issues relating
to education department on priority basis, Siram added. DIPRO
CM announces ex-gratia for Nirjuli fire victims
By Staff Reporter
NAHARLAGUN, Mar 6: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who had expressed deep shock and grief
on learning the Saturday wee-hours Nirjuli-II village fire tragedy in which three
valuable lives had perished, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs One lakh for each
of the deceased.
Priest Tamar Yoka’s wife Yalek Yoka, sons - Markum, 5, and Mardam, 3, were charred
to death in the fire mishap that had bereft the Nyibu of home, hearth and family.
Describing the loss as irreparable which can not be compensated by any means, the
CM conveyed his deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for the
eternal peace of the departed souls, Capital Complex deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang
APYC writes to KPYC on students’ assault case
ITANAGAR. Mar 6: Expressing shock at the reported assault on Arunachalee students
studying at Bhuvan Polytechnic, Bangalore by local mob on March 1, Arunachal Pradesh
Youth Congress (APYC) has requested Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress (KPYC) president
Rizwan Arshad to intervene for amicable solution to the matter as well for safety
and security of Arunachalee Students.
In a letter to Arshad, APYC president Tadar Niglar requested him to take up the incident
with appropriate authority saying instead of taking action against the culprits,
the police had arrested the Arunachalee students, who were the victims.
SIC imposes penalty on EE
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Arunachal Pradesh State Information Commission (SIC) has imposed
penalty of Rs. 37,250 on Executive Engineer/PIO, PWD Yazali division for not providing
information to a RTI applicant.
State Information Commissioner Toko Anil has imposed the fine on Minjum Padu, EE,
PWD Yazali division on a complaint filed by one Toko Nikam under RTI Act for causing
delay in furnishing information within given period as well as non compliance with
Another penalty of Rs.24,500 was also imposed on the EE for not providing complete
information to another applicant Nich Rika under RTI Act.
In the latter case too, the CIC imposed the penalty for causing delay of 98 days
in furnishing information to the RTI applicant.
Bandh call illegal
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: District magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex has declared the proposed
12 hours capital banch call on March 12 by an organisation as illegal.
The magistrate directed the so called organization to refrain from calling and enforcing
the proposed bandh call.
It further said that action will be taken as per the law and any damage or destruction
to public or private properties shall be recovered from the bandh callers, if the
proposed banch is not called off, an order said.
ALSU seeks action
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has said that the body of one
Romik Yalu was reportedly found at police barrack at Chimpu here on Monday. It appealed
to the parliamentary secretary home to take necessary steps to nail and punish the
persons behind the heinous crime today. The Union also questioned the police department
that how a body could be found at the premises of law enforcing agency. It further
served seven days ultimatum to the state government to nab the culprits.
Appeal for free and fair recruitment
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: All Tirap District Students Union (ATDSU) appealed to all concerned
including administration to ensure free and fair recruitment drive in Tirap and Changlang
districts. The union said that it will not tolerate any kind of unfair means in recruitment
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen. (Retd) J J Singh has conveyed
his warm greetings to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Unnying
In a message today, Governor hoped that the festival would usher in a prosperous
New Year and bring happiness to the people of the state.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki also greeted the people on occasion of Unnying Aaran, the
New Year festival of the Adi community of the state. In a message today, Tuki wished
the people that this New Year would bring in new hopes along with fulfillment of
these hopes and dreams of not only the Adi community but all communities of the state.
He expressed hope that Aaran celebrations across the state, particularly in the Siang
districts, would foster brotherhood and bonhomie between the Adis and their immediate
neighbors as well as others living across the length breadth of the state.
“Let me take this opportune moment to remind my people that our festivals are our
identity and an occasion to reiterate ourselves to peace and development. Let this
Aaran build up another step towards peace and prosperity of our beloved Arunachal
Pradesh,” Tuki added in his message.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram also extended his greetings to the people of the
state on the auspicious occasions of Aaran festival and Holi.
Army conducts volleyball competition at Khimyong
CHANGLANG, Mar 6: In its efforts to create goodwill and build better relationship
with local people within their area of operation, the 4 Assam Rifles conducted a
3 days inter-village volleyball competition under DGAR MCA Project 2011-12 at Khimyong
The final match was played between Phungsa village and Changra village in which the
former defeated the latter. Both the winner and runners up teams were awarded trophies
Eight teams from Khimyong circle participated in the competition. DIPRO
Jumsang bags bronze
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Jumsang Takaliang representing Lakshmibai National University of
Physical Education Gwalior won a bronze medal in the All India Inter University Boxing
Championship being held at Lovely Professional University Pagwara, Punjab.
Jumsang had to content with the bronze after she lost her quarterfinal bout against
Seema of MDRU in heavyweight category.
Jumsang and her team also won cash prize of Rs. 5000 for displaying an impressive
march past in the championship.
Jumsang is daughter Sopei Takaliang and Bihailu Takaliang of Tezu and presently studying
at Lakshmi-bai National Institute of Physical Education,NERC, Guwahati.
Altogether 37universities are participating in this championship.
Inter-state exposure visit for farmers
AALO, Mar 6: A n 18-member farmers’ team, including five women from different blocks
of West Siang district were taken to a 10 days inter-state exposure visit to Sikkim
and Darjeeling from February 20. The tour programme was sponsored by West Siang district
under extension reforms.
Guided by agriculture development officers Jumdo Jini and Nyage Loya, the team visited
ICAR Research Complex, Tadong, Orchid Research Centre, Pakyong and Supreme Juice
Extraction Plant, Ranipul. The team also interacted with the scientists and other
technical staff and gained knowledge on poultry farming, goatery, piggery, Orchid
cultivation etc. The farmers also visited different exhibition stalls put up in Kisan
Mela which was organized by the department of Horticulture, Govt. of Sikkim. The
farmers were also taken to tea processing plant at Darjeeling and other importance
Society demands ex-gratia
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Galo Welfare Society, Upper Subansiri Unit highlighting the tragic
fire incident at Nirjuli on March 3, appealed to the chief minister to provide immediate
relief to Jemar Yoka Heche, the lone survivor of family by granting ex-gratia and
also compensate the property lost.
It further appealed to the chief minister to pass necessary order to constitute high
level inquiry committee headed by not less than Superintendent of Police for thorough
enquiry into the matter to find out the actual cause of the fire accident and apprehend
the person (s) involved.
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: All Yachuli Students’ Union (AYSU) today appealed to All Yachuli
Youth Organization to defer its proposed phase wise Yachuli bandh on 9 and 12 March
next, considering the ongoing CBSE examination. AYSU said students will be the sufferers
if the organization go ahead with its proposed bandh.
Be vigilant: department
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Expressing concern over the reported rampant selling of domestic
LPG cylinder at the rate of Rs 500 to 600 at market, the department of food and civil
supply today appealed to the genuine consumers to remain vigilant against such reported
Further the department requested the consumers to produce LPG cards.
World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education released jointly by United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics
(UIS) illustrates the educational pathways of girls and boys and the changes in gender
disparities over time. It hones in on the gender impact of critical factors such
as national wealth, geographic location, investment in education and fields of study.
According to data collected, although access to education remains a challenge in
many countries, girls enrolled in primary school tend to outperform boys. Dropout
rates are higher for boys than girls in 63 per cent of countries. Countries with
high proportions of girls enrolled in secondary education have more women teaching
primary education than men.
Women are the majority of tertiary students in two-thirds of countries.However, men
continue to dominate the highest levels of study, accounting for 56 per cent of Ph.D
graduates and 71 per cent of researchers.
The atlas also provides a fresh perspective on the progress countries are making
towards gender-related targets set by the international community under Education
for All and the Millennium Development Goals.
The vivid presentation of information and analysis calls attention to persistent
gender disparities and the need for greater focus on girls’ education as a human
Challenges we face
Today our society is faced with the challenge of extinction of tradition and culture.
One reason may be because our parents did not care to teach or tell us about our
At this time, atleast the museum must play a major role. Last time when I visited
the state museum along with my cousins it was very disappointing. Firstly, no guide
was there to explain things to us. We came across many articles which we have never
seen in our home. We just had a glance and passed on without knowing about it.
Secondly, in some articles local name were not written instead foreign names.
How we can think of preserving our culture?
Dogs and safety
I would like to share an accident that happened with me at Niti Vihar, Itanagar.
At around 9 PM on Feb 21, while I was returning home, I hit a dog who came up from
nowhere. I received minor injury but my bike was severely damaged.
Some people came out to help me but the house owners should not let off their dogs
on the roads like that.
Yes! We love our pets but it does not mean that they are let out and allowed to roam
around casually. I request the pet owners to keep the dogs in the confines of their
own premises instead of letting them off and cause accidents.
I would also urge the authority concern to implement Executive Order in this regard.
Tendulkar is a liability
No kudos is enough for Ian Chappell for daring to call a spade a spade ( "Time for
Tendulkar to introspect", 5 March).
Sachin Tendulkar is nothing but a liability of Indian squad. Just because he is media's
darling, hails from Mumbai, worshipped by million cricket-fanatic Indians despite
his religious failures at crucial junctures and lot of sponsors' money has been invested
on him, Sachin is still being retained in the team. Less said about his pathetic
fielding the better. He will never be axed or asked to retire until he comes up with
that elusive 100th international ton. We live in what a tragic nation where the interest
of the team and the nation simply yield place to personal records, personal interest
and statistical jugglery!
If the BCCI and the selectors are really well-wishers of the team; then they should
immediately ask Sachin to call it a day from all three brands of the game, else
they should not hesiste a bit to promptly axe him for good.
A good beginning
I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to The Arunachal Guild for
Cultural Integration (AGCI) and the Department of Art & Culture, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh for felicitating senior artistes of Arunachal Pradesh on 29th Feb’2012 that
has happened for the first time in the state. This indeed is a wonderful idea and
it has set off with a good beginning.
I feel too humbled by the honour bestowed upon me. With this honour I have realized
that whatever I have contributed to the society, particularly in the field of tribal
music has not gone in vain. Therefore, I humbly accept it as an appreciation for
my works and definitely it has kindled my heart again to do something more.
The occasion was a very emotional one because it gave me the opportunity to meet
so many senior artistes of yester years whom I thought would never meet in life.
My salute to them all! I would request them to continue their work and be the guiding
lights for younger generation.
I would fail in my duty if I don’t thank two persons who helped us immensely to
be part of this historical event. They are Jomnya Siram, Dy. Director of Art & Culture
and Kipa Ajay, Secy. of the Organising Committee. Of course my sincere appreciation
also goes to Komlung Mossang, Minister for Art & Culture and Pasang Dorjee Sona,
Parliamentary Secy, Tourism and Dr Tai Tugung for presenting before us a heart rending
Last but not the least, I would like to thank The Arunachal Times, the media partner
of the event, for extensive coverage of this historical moment.
James Bijnoo Nabam
Very recently I rushed to the nearest SBI to make a Demand draft and reached exactly
around the closing time at 1 PM.
I asked the young lady at the counter regarding the commission of the bank required
for my Demand Draft. She politely told me the required amount but to my utter surprise
she refused to prepare the draft. I repeatedly requested her citing my requirement
but in vain.
Then I went to the Manager. Finding my case genuine, he arranged someone else to
prepare the Draft as the lady had already left the bank.
Bank should respect the customers but the situation I experienced there recently
was humiliating. The lady acted as if customer is a beggar. Apart from bad behaviour,
she kept chanting “itna irritating”.
Is this the right way to serve common people? I don’t think so. Please change the
behaviour towards customers.
A disturbing news
The news item, “River and the RDX" is very disturbing. It is indeed frightening to
know that the common public in our state is in possession of RDX. Research Department
Explosive (RDX) chemically cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine otherwise known as C4 is
a military grade explosive not available for commercial use. Most of the notorious
terrorist groups around the world use this explosive to carry out their subversive
On the lighter side, it is a shame that an explosive considered one of the most powerful
and potent of the military high explosives is used for a simple task like catching
If the news item is true then the explosives surely must have been smuggled out of
military possession, or otherwise the explosives used, actually is gelatine sticks,
commonly used for quarrying activities. Whatever the case the possession and use
of explosives other than those authorised is illegal.
Bengia Abo, Yazali.
I would like to appeal the authorities of Health Department and Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh to post Anaesthetist to Aalo Hospital. Due to non posting of anaesthetist,
patients are referred to Pasighat or Itanagar General Hospitals for minor and emergency
operations. Poor patients are unable to afford to go to these hospitals for the costs
It is learnt that two Anaesthetists are posted against District Hospital Aalo but
reportedly they are yet to join. It is also learnt that there are excess of six anaesthetists
and four Gynaecologists at General Hospital Naharlagun only which shows that the
govt of Arunachal Pradesh is not bothered about the health of poor people of districts.
So, I appeal to our leaders and concerned authorities to look into the matter seriously
and post an Anaesthetist at least to District Hospital Aalo as soon as possible.
D. Ette, Aalo
I would like to draw the attention of the concern authorities about the sorry plight
of the teachers and students of the JN College Pasighat Campus which is reeling under
darkness since few days back.
Apparently, the problem will not be sorted out soon as the technician to mend the
problem has to come from outside the state.
I just want to appeal to the higher ups to look into the matter and bring a solution
soon as the CBSE Exam and Rajiv Gandhi University Practical Exams are going on and
the theory exams is going to start from the First Week of April.
Aggrieved citizen of the campus
No interference please
With regards to the news item that appeared on this daily on 2.03.2012 under caption
" Misuse of power alleged", it is to refute the allegation of interference in the
functioning of the director as alleged by some organisation. It is clarifies that
there is no any interference from any corner regarding implementation of various
schemes and the department is functioning smoothly and hence, the concerned organisation
are appealed not to go to press directly without verifying the facts and figures.
Further they are appealed not to drag the name of Parliamentary Secretary (Horticulture)
in such petty matters.
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