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April  -  04


Questions galore on coal deals

ITANAGAR, April 3: The Save Arunachal Forum (SAF) has urged the Centre to review the award of coal mining to private players, without following laid down formalities in the state.

Submitting a memorandum to Union Minister, Coal Prakash Jaiswal at his office in New Delhi, the Save Anunachal Forum (SAF) members led by Kahfa Bengia, Kaling Jerang, T Naksang, TG Baki and others strongly urged the Central Government to immediately review and cancel the MOAs signed between the Satyam Group of Industries and Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development and Trading Corporation Limited (APMDTCL).

Submitting copies of two MOAs obtained through RTI, the SAF members termed the entire dealings as “shady, reckless and wholesale gifting of the nature's gift to monopolistic capitalist” by the myopic Government in power.

The MOAs were hurriedly and secretly signed just weeks before the Model Code of Conduct came into force in Sept 2009 Assembly Elections.

The two multi-billion worth MOAs were on setting up of 1 lakh tonne capacity of coke, lame and breeze coke manufacturing industry at Kharsang for 20 years and setting up of 300 MW thermal power plant at Namchik area. Both projects are in Changlang.

Presenting the two MOAs, the Forum members pointed out several flaws such as absence of competitive bidding procedures followed to shortlist the parties before entering into MOAs, clear methodology in pricing of coal, absence of cabinet approval in taking such an important decision, huge loss to the State exchequer by accepting a meagre 10% share of profit to APMDTCL out of one lakh tonne capacity of coke, lame and breeze coke and further 10% equity share to APMDTCL in profitable 300 MW thermal power business by Satyam Thermal Power Ltd.

Stating the deal as highly objectionable and bereft of financial prudence, the SAF members urged the Union Minister to intervene and order review of the two MOAs so as to make the state-owned sick APMDTCL a joint partner with equity share of at least 26% with all other affirmative rights.

The Forum termed the MOAs as grossly one-sided and aimed at extending undue benefits to a particular company or companies and thereby making the Government Agency a mere spectator as all decision making powers are vested with the private companies having 90% equity share.

Since no bidding process followed, therefore credentials of the companies in the field of thermal power generation, financial soundness, track records in discharging corporate social responsibilities were simply ignored, the Forum further pointed out.


AAPSU objects to Nagaland

People’s Front’s move

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has expressed deep concern over the news of the formation of Arunachal unit of Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), a major political outfit of Nagaland.

In a release AAPSU President Takam Tatung called such move communal in nature and urged NPF to refrain from dividing people of Arunachal on communal line. “Being part of Indian union everybody has right to form unions or political parties. But the move of NPF to form their party unit in Arunachal is not acceptable to general people of Arunachal,” stated AAPSU President.

AAPSU questioned the motive behind such move. “NPF plans to start their state unit claiming that Nagas live in Tirap and Changlang district. But as per our best knowledge all the tribes living in these two districts are Arunachalee tribal and have nothing to do with Nagas of Nagaland or Manipur. NPF should not try to create communal divide among peace loving Arunachalee tribal people,” said Tatung. He went on to add, “Only students and businessmen belonging to Nagaland live in Arunachal. We let them live here because of good faith and brotherhood feeling of being from NE region. NPF using term Naga to form their Arunachal unit is very wrong.”

AAPSU also questioned why state government is silent on this whole issue. “We expect our state government to stand up for territorial integrity of state. NPF is purely a communal based political outfit and state government need to clear their stand on NPF and their foray into Arunachal,” said Tatung. AAPSU also advised people of Arunachal to keep away from such political group who can create communal tension in the state.

“The office bearer of NPF Arunachal unit should immediately relinquish their post and apologize to the people of Arunachal. If not, people of Arunachal will teach them a lesson,” stated AAPSU President. Further Tatung urged NPF to withdraw from their decision to form party unit in Arunachal.

“People of Tirap and Changlang had suffered enough and their spillovers are being felt in whole state. This step of NPF will surely affect peace and possibly may divide people of Arunacal on communal basis. We appeal NPF to let people of Arunachal live peacefully as their entry into Arunachal can have catastrophic affect,” said AAPSU President Takam Tatung.


Poma gets weaving skill

development centre

ITANAGAR, April 3: State First Lady Anupama Singh and wife of visiting British High Commissioner Arabella Stagg jointly inaugurated the Weaving Skill Development Centre, an initiative of Muskan Welfare Society (MWS) at Poma village, near Itanagar today.

Anupama Singh, who is the President of MWS, while highlighting on the center said that it is one of projects aimed to develop and improvise the inherited skill on weaving amongst the tribal women. Muskan Welfare Society hope to provide financial independence through such initiatives to rural communities, she added. Poma Anchal Samiti Member Techi Anna, also a member of MWS informed that at present five women are availing the facilities where trainings are imparted with inputs from State First Lady.


Dabi appeals senior citizens, elders to shoulder responsibility for

peace and harmony

ROING,  April 3: Home Minister Tako Dabi has appealed the public and panchayat leaders, senior citizens and village elders, GBs, representative of affected people and Govt officers to take the social responsibility of restoring peace and promoting unity for co-existence of the two communities in Lower Dibang Valley district.

Dabi was addressing them in a meeting held at Anchal Samiti Hall here on April 1.  He also urged them to have command over the young generation.

“Communal and Religious fighting are the worse social disease in the world”, Dabi  said while condemning the recent violent incident at Roing.   He further added that “nothing will be gained from such fighting but only losses and regrets”.

He said that various organizations and associations in the state like student unions, district/area, regional and tribe wise organizations and associations are deteriorating the conditions day by day.

He appealed all the senior citizens and elders to think seriously and work together for restoring peaceful co-existence and communal harmony and also appealed both the community to forget and forgive.  The Home Minister asked the youth to imitate the elders in maintaining brotherhood and communal harmony.  Dabi informed that 6 company of police force including paramilitary force and additional 3 DSP have already been deployed in the district. He also urged the law keeper not to break the law and do appreciable work for the society. However, he said that police can only keep the situation under control for sometime but permanent solution can be brought only by resolving the problem by mutual understanding between the two communities.

Laeta Umbrey, MLA Roing appealed people of both the community to forgive each others’ mistake.

He further said that growing unemployment problem and imitation of student bodies in capital complex are the root cause of such incident in districts.

Roding Pertin, ex-minister cum DCC(I) president terming the incident shameful has appealed all the sections of the society to put efforts for restoring peaceful co-existence of both the communities. He also requested the govt. for deployment of  adequate police force in the district and advocated to encouragement matrimonial relations between Idu and Adi community by giving some incentives to such couple.

Senior citizens and elders from both the community also spoke on the occasion and appealed for restoration of peace. They also asked the Govt. to deploy sufficient police force in the district.

 Home Minister along with Robin Hibu, DIGP (East) and other dignitaries visited people of Ithili & Idili villagers temporarily camping at Rehko, Roing and urged them to return to their respective villages. He assured them of necessary security measures. He donated Rs 1 lakh to the relief camp from his own source as a relief to the affected families.

The home minister also visited damaged sites at Roing Bazar, Ithili, Idili and Balek area to ascertain ground realities and also visited recently cyclone-damaged school building, archaeologically important monument site at Bismaknagar under Koronu Cirle and Sunpura Circle under Lohit district.

In a separate meeting with HoDs at Circuit House here, Home Minister has exhorted them to deliver and demonstrate best to the people within limited resources. He urged them to shoulder one's responsibility sincerely. He cautioned that chaotic situation arises when govt. machinery fails to behave in their own way. He also exhorted them to maintain work culture which is deteriorating day by day among the govt. employees and urged them to serve every people as their own people to meet up to people’s expectation.

He also interacted with HoDs regarding implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes under ICDS, Mid-Day Meals, Mission Technology under Horticulture.


NE Art Festival ends

ITANAGAR, April 3: Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), New Delhi, the pivot of visual art movement in India held its first North East Art Festival 2011 and Workshop here from March 29 which ended yesterday.

The exhibition displayed 30 large paintings and six sculptures created by the artists of the North East; each of them sending out signals beyond the limit of intellectual interpretation of art and appealing straight to heart.

The workshop witnessed 19 artists from Manipur, Megahalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi making their respective statement of profound imaginations on canvas in bold strokes and fine lines of colours that were right from the chemistry between the artists and their thoughts.

The five day art event had added a different dimension to the day to day life of Itanagar smeared with morbid monotony of the rat race for survival.

The LKA which has opened its NE Centre at Shillong was represented by Dr. U.S.Tiwari who on the concluding day of the event remarked to have found some kind of a art-void in the state and observed that “the artists participating in the Festival may not have born here but that was no deterrent for them to enrich this place by their work.”

LKA Vice Chairman K.R.Subbanna graced the concluding function. He underscored the need for organizing art societies in the state and get help from LKA to spread the message of art in Arunachal Pradesh. Agency


British High Commissioner on

five days visit to Arunachal

ITANAGAR, April 3: British High Commissioner Sir Richard Stagg is on a five day visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

Accompanied by his wife Arabella, High Commissioner Sir Stagg arrived here yesterday. During the second day of his visit, the ambassador visited Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum and the Bamboo Processing Centre, Poma.

During their visit to the Museam, the governor Gen J J Singh said that state was putting an effort to save the Thankha paintings.

He also dwelled in length on the cultural heritage, religious beliefs, and cultural affinities with neighbouring States and countries and traditional practices of the tribal communities of the State.

British High Commissioner and his wife, who were very impressed by the displays said that the museum has wonderful treasures and beautifully displayed depicting fantastic picture of life of people of Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier, Assistant Curator Y.S. Wanglengton ushered the visiting dignitaries around different sections of the two- storey museum, which is renovated by Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata.

Visiting High Commissioner, his wife along with Governor and First Lady Anupama Singh visited the Bamboo Processing Centre, Poma, near Itanagar.

Panchayat leaders, goan burahs and village elders received the dignitaries on the arrival to the centre.   Interacting with media persons on the occasion, Sir Stagg, said that he had come here to see how this remote State is developing. He appreciated the efforts put by the Raj Bhavan for helping in its progress by building on the natural strength of the people and on natural resources. He expressed the hope that such initiatives will have long lasting impact on the progressive State economy.

Poma Anchal Samiti Member Techi Anna, who is heading the project at the village level informed that the produces are sold like hot cakes and many orders have already being received. We are not able to meet the ever increasing demands, Anna added.

As token of love, villagers presented head gear and daos to the Governor and High Commissioner and shawl and baskets to the ladies.


UAEA opposes appointments

on deputation basis

ITANAGAR, April 3: Unemployed Aruanchalee Engineers Association (UAEA) has opposed any move for appointments of engineers, particularly assistant and junior engineers on deputation basis in education department.

Referring to the advertisement published in a section of local dailies  on March 30, the Association said instead of recruiting unemployed engineers, steps being taken to appoint engineers on deputation basis in education department will further worsen the unemployment scenario in  the state.  It urged the department concerned to cancel the decision to appointment of engineers on deputation.


The Year That Was –NABARD’s

Outreach In 2010-11

Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay

The year 2010-11 was of intensive engagement with all the districts of the State at various sectors and the major thrust was on capacity building of Farmers, SHGs and Rural Youth.  Some of the major highlights are as follows:

Training and Capacity Building- More than 2500 rural people were imparted training under Skill and Entrepreneurship Development programmes in the 16 districts.  A Training-cum-Production Centre on Tailoring sanctioned at Ziro has been completed. Rs.56.67 lakh has been disbursed for training and capacity building.

Micro-Finance-More than 600 SHG members were given training. More than 100 SHGs were promoted by NGOs and Banks with NABARD support. 15 NGOs from the State were taken to Pune for exposure visit to study the micro-finance under   SHG-Bank Linkage Programme. Rs. 12.44 lakh was disbursed for promotion of micro finance activities in the State.

Extension support to Farmers-During the year 137 Farmers’ Club were formed and the total number of Farmers Clubs in the State as on 31 March 2011 stood at 291. 550 farmers were trained under capacity building for adoption of technology with the technical inputs from the KVKs and ICAR Basar and NERIST.  Besides, pro-grammes were supported on the feasibility study for ‘Cold Chain Management, Documentary film on yak, Pilot Project for Technology Transfer, Credit Counseling and Market Advocacy through Farmers Club, Technology Week, Rural expo during Nyokum, Training Programme on ‘Bio-diesel & its economic benefits. Rs. 37.76 lakh was disbursed during 2010-11.

Marketing Support-Two rural haats and one rural mart for sale and display of rural products were completed and started functioning. Rs.4.51 lakh was disbursed during 2010-11.

Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).  Under RIDF, NABARD released Rs. 52.05 crore to Govt. of Aruanchal Pradesh during 2010-11 as loan for infrastructural develop-ment for ongoing projects. Due to the blanket ban on new projects till 2013 no new project has been sanctioned in the year.

Support for Innovative Ideas. Innovative projects were supported in the State which include Solid Waste Management Project for Itanagar Capital Complex, Rural Tourism in Ziro Valley, Touch Screen Kiosk for Transfer of Technology among the farmers in Pasighat.  The innovative project on solid waste management was completed through an NGO with the support of Administration, Capital Complex and an innovative project under Rural Tourism through Young Mission Adventure Club for providing livelihood to the rural people is continuing at Ziro Valley, Lower Subansiri District. The project sanctioned to Central Agriculture University, Pasighat Campus on Touch Screen Kiosk for transfer of technology is being implemented. Rs.16.56 lakh was disbursed during the year.  FINANCIAL INCLUSION- Grant assistance amounting to Rs.37.72 lakh has been sanctioned to Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank for implementing ICT Intervention project and Farmers Resource Center. A proposal for provision of Core Banking Solution to the Bank is under active consideration of NABARD.

Revival package for Co-operatives The Cooperative Societies Act has since been amended to pave the way for Revival of Short Term Cooperative Credit Structure in the State under Vaidyanathan Committee recommendations. The financial package will be released once the conditionalities are duly complied by the Bank. The CBS and HRD for Apex Bank are under consideration of NABARD.   

Refinance support to Banks Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank availed credit under NABARD refinance scheme to the tune of Rs. 58.06 lakh under short-term and Rs. 3.26 crore for long term lending activities. PNB and CBI also availed refinance from NABARD to the tune of Rs.1.24 crore for its lending under agriculture and allied activities to the State.

Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme-2008. An amount of Rs. 5.95 lakh was released to APRB and Rs.2.75 lakh was released to Apex Bank for the year 2010-11 under Agriculture Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme of GOI.

R-SETI by APRB.  NABARD actively intervened with the different stake-holders to set up Rural Self-Employment Training Institute by APRB at Yupia to train the youth under Below-Poverty Line category for self employment.

TDF Project. The new TDF Project implemented by KVK and NN Charitable Society in Papum Pare District is in full swing. Against assistance of Rs. 2.26 crore sanctioned   Rs. 37.13 lakh was released in the first phase of the project. The horticultural crops selected are pineapple and oranges and 500 families will benefit from the project.

Awareness Programmes and Policy Advocacy- NABARD organized programmes at State and District Head Quarters to create awareness on Government Sponsored Schemes and marketing schemes for the bankers and Govt. Officials. NABARD has supported workshop and training programmes at NERIST and RGU, besides supporting internship for student. It has done policy advocacy for farmers through media for setting up of State Farmers Commission which has been announced in the State Budget 2011-12.  (The contributor is General Manager NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office)


APCC throw its weight behind Cong candidates in Assam

ITANAGAR, April 3: Assam election has caught the attention of Arunachalee politicians. Leaders from various political parties of state are busy touring Assam to campaign for their respective party candidates. Leading the pack is Congress party whose leaders are campaigning in various parts of state.

Yachuli constituency MLA and Congress leader Likha Saaya campaigned in Dibrugarh, Kamrup and Golaghat districts for the youth Congress leaders.

Stating that Congress is providing platform to youth leaders, Saaya urged people of Assam to vote back Congress in power.

Congress leader Nabam Rebia, along with APCC Spokesperson TC Tok are also campaigning in North Lakhimpur and Sonitpur for the party candidates.

Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri with team of Congress Panchayat leaders from Lohit district visited Sadiya district to campaign for the Congress candidate.


CALSOM pleads for up-gradation of Sunpura Circle to EAC HQ

ITANAGAR, April 3: The Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM), GBs and villagers of Sunpura circle  yesterday  urged  Home Minister Tako Dabi to up-grade the existing Sunpura circle headquarter of Lohit district into EAC headquarter and deploy two section of IRBn or CRPF immediately in the region.   

While submitting a memorandum to the HM at Sunpura, CALSOM secretary Bakhrim Chikro stated that the Sunpura circle which shares porous border (approx 48) Km with Sadiya sub-division of Assam is at risk.  

There have been serious instances of boundary encroachment, illegal extraction of mining materials in river bed and forest resources inside the Sunpura circle of Arunachal Pradesh by Assam counterpart, the memorandum said.   

The memorandum pleaded for upgradation of the circle to EAC headquarters to lessen the administration pressure and deployment of additional security forces in the region in order to check unabated illegal activities in boundary area.

The home minister was accompanied by Lower Dibang Valley  DC Y. W. Ringu,  DIG Robin Hibu, SP Issac Pertin.


East Siang gets Jan-Suvidha Centre

PASIGHAT, April 3: In an effort to provide administrative service to the people in quicker way, a Jan-Suvidha Centre was formally inaugurated by East Siang Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang here on March 31.

Speaking on the occasion, Panyang informed that the Centre was launched as a part of the year long Pasighat Centenary Celebration.  

The Jan Suvidha Center is a people oriented, transparent in delivering the service. The main objective of the project is to bring all government services under one roof for the convenient of pubic, the DC said. The system is made in such a way that there can not be any involvement of middle men and vested interest parties, he added.

Panyang who took the initiative for opening of the JS Centre lauded ADC SC Debnath, Circle Officer Janes M. Tayeng and DIA Rahul Gautom and NIC staffs who worked hard for timely completion of the project in East Siang.

ADC Debnath  said it was an attempt to provide a single-window solution to  the problems of citizens through e-governance in the district. The citizens need to approach only the receipt and delivery counter instead of finding their way through the maze of branches in the office to get work done, claimed Debnath.  The people would obtain various certificates like Schedule Tribe, Permanent Residential Certificates, Inner Line Permit, TRC and Identity Card  easily with the launching of the  Centre. More facilities would be introduced soon, the ADC assured.

The DIPRO Onyok Pertin and Circle Officer Janes M Tayeng also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


East Kameng DC visits Pipu, assures veterinary dispensaries

SEPPA, April 3: Braving the incessant rain and dilapidated road condition East Kameng Deputy Commissioner, Tope Bam visited  Pipu out post and addressed public meeting there on April 1 last. He was accompanied by SP  Kime Aya and  heads of various departments during his visit.

While responding to the memorandums submitted by PR leaders of both Pipu and Gyawe-Purang circles, DC Bam assured  to take initiatives in order to establish veterinary dispensary both at Pipu and Gyawe-Purang.  He also assured carrying of the PDS items when the road condition improved but appealed the people not to put pressure on the carriage contractor during the summer season when the road conditions remain pathetic.

While taking serious note of the Pipu road, the DC assured to enquire into details about the Pipu road.

On education sector, DC appealed the people to cooperate the teachers.

He also assured the people for the regular CO and all the Govt. officials especially after the posting of new officers.

The DC explained the roles of HGBs and GBs as village authority and also educated the villagers about hygienic way of life. Further the DC urged the villagers to discard the evil practices of the society such as child marriage, force marriage and polygamy.

Speaking on the occasion one of the senior citizen of the area, Saju Gyadi lamented that development of the area has taken the reverse direction.

He informed that the food items were sufficient to the people during the air dropping but after the opening of the FPS, the entire area was facing acute shortage of food items and the available few too are being sold at an exorbitant price of 1200 per bag.

The PRI leaders further demanded that the CO with all staffs and doctors both of human and veterinary with necessary staffs be posted in the Pipu and Gyawe-Purang. DIPRO


Vyapaar Mela inaugurated at Ziro

ZIRO, Apr 3: 12 days ‘Rashtriya Vyapaar Mela’ being organized by North East Trade Fair Association (NETFA) in collaboration with Itanagar based Mutual Trust Organization (MTO) was inaugurated today.

The Mela was formally inaugurated by Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner, Nila Mohanan.

In the inaugural function, Mohanan interacted with the members of organizing committee who came from different parts of the country.

The editor of Ziro based ‘The Subansiri’ weekly Yachang Tacho attended the function as the guest of honour.

According to Takhe Tatung, organizing secretary of Rashtriya Vyapaar Mela, said that the NETFA trade fair is being organized at Ziro for second time with the intention to expose marketing technique to local people and also to provide them opportunity for evaluating competitiveness in business. Such kind of Melas would encourage people to market their products in innovative way, he added.


Coordination committee formed

to resolve impasse

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: The senior students of the Kurung Kumey district held a meeting here on March 27 in order to resolve the internal bickering of All Kurung Kumey District Students Union.

 After marathon discussion, a coordination committee (CC) was formed with All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union convenor and senior student of Kurung Kumey  Ringu Kuku as its  chairman to solve the present crisis.

It was also decided that the coordination committee will organize a meeting soon with involvement of all disgruntled parties to sort out the difference.  

Meanwhile, the CC chairman emphasized that the decision of the committee will be final and binding.

Game of bookies

Dear Editor,

Things have changed a lot since 1983. Now it is not cricketers, but bookies who decide results. When will the common man realize this reality? A section of Delhiites came to know that India will score 261 in the semi-final match at Mohali. Indian people are receptive of western products. So the Indian cricketers are good models for MNCs. Since last November, India is seeing the arrival of a chain of world leaders and signing business deals. Once India wins this already fixed world cup, the cricketers who will also double up as models will rule the psyche and choices of Indian masses.

Pakistan is not such a huge market for US, Russia, China, France and all presidents and prime-ministers who have been visiting since November, 2010. Morever, unlike Indian cricketers, Pakistani player’s donot enjoy so much million pay packets from advertisements as the Pakistani masses are not as receptive and open to western MNCs as Indians. So, at least two Pakistani players are always sold out. And mind you, the bookies are always Indian businessmen who swim in billions.

The PM of India very well knew the result. It was all arranged. Come on India, come on Indians, don’t be so much in awe with cricket matches anymore. The age of cricket is over. This is the era of bookies. Just as cinema is a constructed reality, so also is 21st century cricket. There should be ‘best actor’ awards for cricketers for they really make people believe that they are under no influence. Cricket is business, it is no longer a game. When will the Indian overcome false illusions about cricket matches!


Sumon Das


(on email)



They don’t sell eggs anymore!

Dear Editor,

I would like to bring to the notice of the concerned authority, emphatically the District Administrator of East Siang by publicizing the illegal and price disparity of some consumer goods which ridicule the purchasing ability of a middle man like me.

It was a doomed night for me on 18th of March. The rain was showering and due to road maintenance near my quarter at DST, I kept aside vehicles.

I firmly grasped my 4 year old umbrella and, having a five hundred-rupee note in my pocket, trotted to high region pharmacy to buy medicines for ` 124. Having asked to buy a plate of broiler eggs (Andhra Pradesh farm) for our kids, I went to the nearby shops some 10-15 mtrs near Power House. It was to my utter surprise  that the 1st shop (prop. Taloh) run by a Bodo lady told me that she sells the plate at ` 140. I persuaded her twice to sell it to me at 110 and explained the fact that the present market rate for broiler eggs (Andhra Pradesh farm)is ` 100 per plate and that of coiler egg (Tinsukia farm) is ` 150 per plate. And that is just few hundred metres away from the main market. But she was reluctant and she refused to accept the deal. Next, I stepped to the adjacent shop just 10ft opposite of the road (prop. Megu) run by one  Saikia. He sells the plate at ` 100. but alas! 2 plates were sold out just a few minutes before I came and that few eggs were there on the shelf. I turned back to my quarter and stepped to yet another shop some 100 mtrs or so near Transit camp (prop.Jamoh) run by a lady. At first glance, I thought that she was a non-tribal lady. But I was convinced that she was a Galo lady. I asked her to sell me one plate of eggs. This time the price was skyrocketing. The plate which is sold at ` 100 in the market, reached the milestone of 150. I argued with her, but she was adamant to yield. She explained that she bought the eggs from hawker at ` 100.

I came back home, twisted the fact and told my family that all the shops at high region do not sells eggs. However my family’s demand was mitigated the next day at 100 from the market.

Secondly, my 1 year 9 months daughter has high appetite of ingest fish. Often the hawker appears at my quarter and I opt to buy one local fish ‘Ngopee’ for her. My fellow friends, what do you expect the price of          1 kg fish from a hawker without valid document? Probably the answer would “less than those fish monger” who possesses valid trade license. Thinking so, when I asked the hawker about the price, I feel ashamed of myself. The hawker sell the local ‘Ngopee” at ` 200 per kg, for the same is sold at          ` 140 at the fish market.

My conscience do not permit me to buy at this unjust rate which humiliate the soul  of a responsible citizen like me and get rid of exploitation. Consequently, I coax my daughter that the fish are foul smelling and rotten one, let’s hope for the fresh one next.

Hence, in the light of the foregoing episodic facts, and other unlawful/unauthorised and unjust selling of consumable goods which are not specified herein, I appeal the concerned authority to stop such unjust selling of commodities as these are exploitation of innocent people on one hand and a transgression of rate fixed by the authority concerned (District Rate Board of 12.08.2010).

I also appeal all those capitalist not to purchase those high rated commodities blindly, and spare us an opportunity to buy.


Jerang Boyem

Pasighat (on email)



No intrusions please

Dear Editor,

It is a shock to see that the Naga People's Front is spreading its wings in Arunachal. I am not sure as to what is the need for these political parties here in Arunachal. We do understand that there are lot of Naga people in Manipur, who might be facing problems but it is quite out of my mental imagination and frame as to who are these Naga people, who are being oppressed in Arunachal. Are they referring to our brothers in Tirap and Changlang?

There are many Naga people here in the capital complex, but most of them are here just for the sake of doing business. And as far as I believe, there has been no instance whatsoever, where they might have been discriminated against and suppressed. Even though the claim have been different while the launching of the party here in Arunachal, I believe that the statements so made are mere eye wash and has no bearing whatsoever on the real functions of the said party here in Arunachal.

I strongly feel that this party would bring forward much more problem in our state, especially in our trouble torn district of Changlang and Tirap.

Our state, especially the districts of Tirap and Changlang are already facing problems due to the insurgency problems because of the NSCN and the presence of these parties would further their strength and escalate the already menacing problem of law and order and insurgency.

In fact, it is our people who are being suppressed at these districts and the presence of the NPF would further bolster their effort and the fangs of these factions will surely see a rise in the rest of the state. So should we really welcome and recognize these parties in our state?

We don't want such problems as is seen in Manipur today and Nagaland CM should really introspect before making foray into other states, so that the conflict between the people of these states does not arise and no repercussions follow.

Tirap and Changlang are very much part of Arunachal and the mere presence of some underground elements do not entitle the grooming of a Naga Party in our state. Politics is a very dangerous game, the vicious fangs of which can be seen in every field and as such the Nagaland CM should have refrained from taking such a step.

Lets hope, our state does not follow the steps of many civilizations that have borne the brunt because of the intrusion of others.


Duge Soki (on email)



Clean the dirt

Dear Editor,

Upper Subansiri is obviously the most unhygienic and dirty district. There is no one particular agency to blame for the mess as we all are the culprits.

For instances, Department of UD & Housing, had already provided concrete dust bins in every corner of the town, but instead of using it, citizens have started encroaching it too by breaking down the wall of the concrete dust bin.

Another disturbing trend is the animals that welcome you to the town.              

Every drainage is being filled with the garbage.  In the rainy season, the roads became drainage and the drainage becomes the road, which is the unique technology of Daporijo.

The roads have their stories to tell as well. There are no potholes on the road, rather the roads is on the potholes!  

More over there are lots of intellectual people in Upper Subansiri Distt. For instances, there is a Chairman & a Secretary in every colony for better promotion and uplift of the colony. At least they can conduct a colony social service in a week.

Youth organization, student’s, pressure groups, market welfare society, public leaders and Administrative Authority have all failed to promote and develop their own district because there is no unity among them.

It is time, we all pitch in so that the tag of most dirty town is removed as soon as possible.


Babu Mosu

Daporijo (on email)



Reasons why illegal appointment is flourishing business

Dear Editor,

2000 Illegal appointments as appeared in local daily , I would say, is not surprising one , for all Know that every month illegal takes place in various department in our state . But thanks to Save Arunachal Forum for this disclosure.

I have heard or seen anything done by our student unions who call themselves as guardian of student welfare.

I would like to tell them that one of the greatest welfare of student is to get good job after study is over.

Now, why do not they give bandh call and take up democratic movements. If they do not take step this time, they have no right to call themselves student unions.

Till today we never heard any politician or govt. officials punished for the illegal appointments in our state. That’s why illegal appointments are taking place in our state smoothly.

Since our student unions are not interested in the welfare of student, I appeal Save Arunachal Forum and other NGOs to initiate legal fight against these illegal appointments.

To meet up the Court’s expenses, NGOs can appeal for donation. I am sure all the students’ Unemployed youth and parent will contribute lot.


K.Tatung, Hapoli,  

(on email)






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News Impact

Skill development programme

ITANAGAR, April 3: Rural Development and Heritage Society has conducted skill development programme on weaving, Cane and Bamboo Handicrafts for unemployed youth, farmers club and self help group recently.

The weaving training was conducted at Sangram from March 17-25, where Sangram Circle Officer In-charge Tai Tach and Arunachal Pradesh Apex Bank Sangram, Brach Manager Tadar Taluk attended as chief guest and guest of honour.

They briefed about the importance of SHG and farmers’ club and bank credit linkage.

The Cane and Bamboo Handicraft training were conducted at Sarli and Nyapin on March 29 and 30.

Further, an awareness programme on SHG and farmers’ club was also conducted at Nyapin on March 29.

On the occasion the Chairman of the society Tamchi Niania highlighted the activities of SHG, farmers’ club and credit linkage.

Altogether, 60 women and PRIs attended the programme.


APPDSU reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, April 3:  Pointing out its earlier ultimatum served to the Govt for immediate arrest of the persons involved in recent demolition of  school infrastructure in Kokila area, All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU)  urged the state Govt to  disclose the steps being taken on its part to book the culprits.

What is the reason behind delay in bringing solution to the case, APPDSU vice president     Nabam Tado questioned and resented that the state Govt did not take any step despite a week’s ultimatum to arrest the persons involved in vandalism.

It further threatened to launch agitation if the authorities failed to book the miscreants within this month.

The union also blamed the Yupia DDSE and district administration including EAC Balijan and elected representatives of concern area for not taking initiative for early arrest of  persons involved in the destruction of the school building.  It further urged the  conscious  citizens to discourage this kind of destruction activities in future.


AIDS awareness prog at RGGP

ITANAGAR, April 3:  The Red Ribbon Club of R G Govt Polytechnic has organized an AIDS awareness programme in Polytechnic College on April 2 last.

Addressing the gathering, the chief guest of the programme Dr E Rumi said that AIDS can be prevented by safe sex activities and  other precautionary measures.

The resource person Dr L R Choudhury, incharge, Blood Bank, R K Mission Hospital while giving a detailed AIDS scenario in the country, explained the cause and preventive measures of AIDS.

RGGPC principal A.K. Tripahty emphasized the need of such AIDS awareness in institutions like RGGP. He also advised the staff and students of the college to gain maximum knowledge of AIDS and its preventive measures.

NSS programme officer  of RGP, Jitu Saikia  facilitated  HIV testing of students and staff with the guidance of doctors from RKMH.



ITANAGAR, April 3: Adviser to Chief Minister Tame Passang and Forest Corporation, Vice Chairman Jabring Venia has consented to attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the Longte festival celebration at Sarli.

The festival will be celebrated from April 10-15 next.

During the six daylong celebrations, cultural programmes, literary and games and sports events will also be conducted.


State AITC holds election meeting

ITANAGAR, April 3:  All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) Arunachal Pradesh   unit general secretary Techi Necha, convened a meeting with the electorates of Laluk, Banderdewa, Harmoti, Dejo, Silonibari and Bangalmara at Yupia yesterday.

Necha appealed them to cast their valuable votes in favour of its party candidate Binod Pachi, Nowboicha Assembly Constituency in the ensuing first phase election scheduled   on April 4 for all round social economic development of Nowboicha in particular, Assam as a whole, according to an state AITC release.


ANSU lauds achievement

ITANAGAR, April 3:  All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has expressed joy over news of Yumlam Josh and Yumlum Pulu cracking this year’s NDA exam. In a release ANSU termed their achievement a source of inspiration for the Nyishi community and student communities of state in general.

“Despite belonging to Kurung Kumey, the most backward district of Arunachal these two boys dreamt big and they have successfully achieved their dreams. The most inspiring part of their success story is that both the boy is orphan and was brought up by their elder brother, the statement said.

“New generation youth can learn many lessons out of the success story of Yumlam Josh and Pulu. In fact they have become role model for poor Arunachalee students to dream big in life despite obstacles,” it added.

The Union further said that state government should give financial assistance to all the five Arunachalee students who cracked this year’s NDA exam.



ITANAGAR, April 3: Biki Takap has been appointed as President of Kurung Kumey Unit, North East Development Welfare Society.



ITANAGAR, April 3: Retired senior Police officer Raksap Yomcha has joined Save Arunachal Forum in order to strengthen the Forum in its fight against corruption in the state.



ITANAGAR, April 3: Arunachal Teacher Association, Upper Subansiri Unit mourned the demise of Junior Teacher Tasu Chader of government Rijo middle school, Daporijo who died at Vellore on March 30 last after prolonged illness.

He is survived by his wife, a son and three daughters.

The ATA members prayed almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Students’ Union, Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar deeply mourns the untimely demise of B.Sc final year students of the college Vicky Maga who died on April 3.

The students’ union prayed almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed their grievances to the bereaved family members.


AR constructs water tanks

ITANGAR:  The 19 Assam Rifles has constructed two water storage tanks one each at Niaunu and Chanu village under `Operation Samaritan’ in Longding Sub – division, Tirap. The project has been sponsored by Headquarters 25 Sector Assam Rifles and ‘Dah Division.’


Farewell to DC

ITANAGAR: The Officers and Staff of Deputy Commissioner office Capital complex bade farewell to Deputy Commissioner Dr. SB Deepak Kumar who has been posted to Pondicherry.

Pawan Kumar Sain would be the new Deputy Commissioner. The officers and staff welcomed the new DC.


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