DIRANG, Apr 25: The XXV North East Games begun in a colorful note with Education
Minister Bosiram Siram declaring the 5-day event open at Lopen Stadium, Dirang in
West Kameng district today.
National Games record holder Lifter Yukar Sibi lit the Olympic Torch. International
Gold medalist Pacha Nobin Jamoh administered oath to the participants. He was also
the flag bearer of Arunachal team in the march- past.
Around 1240 athletes and officials from eight Northeastern states, including Sikkim,
are taking part in this sports extravaganza.
Manipur is fielding 205, Mizoram 194, Nagaland 123, Meghalaya 152, Assam 164, Sikkim
88 and Tripura 107 participants, according to official sources.
Host Arunachal Pradesh is fielding a record 182-strong contingent in 11 disciplines,
viz. Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Football, Judo, Karate, Table Tennis,
Taek-won-Do, Weightlifting and Wushu. The Arunachal contingent includes Youth Commonwealth
Games Gold medalist and National record holder Lifter Yukar Sibi, National Games
Bronze medalist (Karate) Chunnu Sangno, Rei Yadi, Debia Yakap.
The sports events will be conducted at Dirang, Bomdila and Rupa.
While Judo, Badminton, Karate, Taek-won-Do and football would be held at Dirang Archery,
Boxing, Table Tennis would be held at Bomdila. Track & Field events and Wushu would
be held at Rupa.
In 24th edition of the games held last year in Shillong, Manipur topped the medal’s
tally with 39 gold, 22 silver and 36 bronze followed by Assam (29 gold, 37 silver,
25 bronze) and host Meghalaya (23 gold, 14 silver, 26 bronze).
Attending as chief guest, Siram said that sports and games is inherent and is an
integral part in the life of North East people.
The youths of North East are endowed with inborn talents and instinct for games and
are capable, confident enough but reluctant to expose their talents both in national
and international level, Siram said.
He also said that the UPA government is giving focus on development of games and
sports in NE so that the youths do not get involved in anti-social and anti-national
activities. “Given the policy priority of the Centre govt on Look East, our traditional
sports and games will have leverage with our improved connection with South East
Asian countries. If the Dragon can, why not we? With our focus on sports and games,
I am sure we can create alternative source of employment generation through sports”,
Citing examples of many legendary sports personality of the country, he urged the
participants to play their chosen games by maintaining true sportsman spirit and
utmost sincerity to reach the pinnacle.
Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering attending as the guest of honour assured of providing all
possible assistance to the participants and guests attending the games. He also lauded
the state government and the sports authorities for choosing the venue at Dirang
for the regional sports meet.
AG Dutta intentionally deceives
state govt: Contractors
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Advocate General Nilay Dutta,
has intentionally deceived the State Government and dragged both the state government
and the local PDS carriage contractors to Court instead of rescuing the State Government
and the PDS carriage contractors said All Arunachal Pradesh PDS carriage Contractor
Welfare Association, President Likha Maj in a press conference held at Press Club
here today. The state government is in an embarrassing situation with attachment
of State Government properties, contempt proceedings by the Court and a huge interest
to be paid to decree holders to a tune of Rs. 100 crores and the transport contractors
had become bankrupt and their families had been shattered, due to his misdeeds, Maj
added. Maj said that Dutta hide the truth from the State Government about the fact
of the Court Orders and gave wrong opinions to the state government. Because of this,
the State govt. did not bother about the series of Court Orders.
In February 2010, High Court Division Bench Guwahati had directed the Union of India
(UOI) and Food Corporation of India, (FCI) to release the undisputed amount of Rs.62.03
crores to the State Government and later the FCI/UOI filled SLP in the Supreme Court
to set aside the order but the Supreme Court has finally uphold the High Court Order.
Further, so far as the recent judgment is concerned, he could have advised the state
cabinet that the matter pertaining to the issue could be referred to the committee
of dispute headed by the Union Cabinet Secretary or to take up the matter with GOI
for one time settlement. Dutta suppressed the facts and had misguided the Cabinet
to go for Review Petition/SLP against the recent judgment Dtd.18/03/11, he said while
adding that he had never contested in the High court in favour of the State Government
and the Contractors. If he had placed the hidden documents in the Court, the State
Government could have got a favorable Order, Maj added.
Maj strongly appealed to the State Chief Minister to replace AG before other departments
are dragged to the court and also appealed the NGOs and Political Parties to come
forward and raise voice against Dutta.
Meira Kumar to address
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The three-day 13th Annual Conference of the North East Region
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) will begin with the executive committee
meeting of the Association at Nokmey Namati Hall, Legislative Assembly secretariat
Naharlagun on April 27.
This would be followed by formal inaugural session of the conference at Banquet Hall
on April 28. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu would address the inaugural session of the Conference as chief guest and guest
of honour. Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong will
deliver welcome address, while key note address would be delivered by Meghalaya Legislative
Assembly Speaker and NERCPA chairman Charles Pyngrope.
Governor Gen J J Singh would address the valedictory function of the conference on
April 29. Other dignitaries including Parliamentary Affairs Minister Jarbom Gamlin
will also address the closing function.
Open Tirap-Changlang to
foreign tourists: APTOA
Itanagar, Apr 25: During Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA) 10th
Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) held yesterday in Itanagar, it resolved to pressurize
the Union Govt to open Tirap & Changlang district, Pangsu Pass and Sengetsur Lake
to foreign tourists immediately. Tourism awareness campaign will also be undertaken
by APTOA next month at Khonsa to sensitize the local citizens in the area.
For the proportional tourism development in the State Trans Arunachal Highway would
play an important role, hence it should be prioritized by the State Govt.
The House opined that State has not benefited much from the Look East Policy of Union
Govt. Hence border trade route like Stillwell road connecting Arunachal to Myanmar
on the eastern sector and India Bhutan road connecting Lumla to Tashigang on the
western sector should be commissioned for trade and tourism purpose.
APTOA further said that State Tourism Department implement the proposal for inclusion
of two senior members in State Level Monitoring Committee on Tourism.
APTOA should also be taken into confidence while framing Tourism Policy, it said.
Fixation of calendar of festivals/events, participation in tourism fairs & festivals
within India and abroad, tourism website up gradation, organizing Buddha Mahotsava
at Itanagar, fam trip to Ladhak/Bhutan, organizing Arunachal Travel Show in Delhi,
Permanent office of APTOA and other miscellaneous issues were discussed at length.
Meanwhile the meeting started with an observance of one minute silence to condole
the death of 17 passengers mostly tourists who were killed in Tawang chopper crash
recently. Tourist arrival and urgent movement of local citizens for medical, job
interview has become hugely restricted due to non operation of chopper flights since
the accident day, it said.
APTOA stated that it will take up matter with appropriate authorities to restart
the chopper service in the State immediately by replacing the aged choppers with
the new fleet. APTOA will also impress upon the authorities to start the work on
Green Field Airports at Itanagar and Tawang on top priority.
The meeting was attended by Chairman Tsering Wange and President John Panya along
with host of tourism delegates and registered tour operators under the Department
of Tourism Govt of Arunachal Pradesh. The House unanimously approved the name of
Chuku Mama, a young tourism lecturer as co-opted Member of APTOA.
DoNER minister assures
TEZU, Apr 25: DoNER Minister B.K. Handique during his maiden visit to Tezu, today
assured the infrastructural facilities for IGG College. He gave this assurance while
responding to a memorandum by the local MLA Karikho Kri during his visit to the college.
He laid down the foundation stones of Drinking Water Supply project at Tezu Township
and Development and Operationalization of Tezu Airport.
The former project will be funded by DoNER and PHE and WRD will be its implementing
agency. He inspected the Tezu Helipad wherein a new project of Development and Operationalization
of Tezu Airport will be executed soon. The project will be funded by DoNER and NEC,
and the Airport Authority of India as its implementing agency.
Handique at a public address organized in Circuit House termed Arunachal Pradesh
as ‘Sister’ and said, “My maiden visit here is an extension of Bihu celebration with
my sister Arunachal Pradesh.”
Minister PHED, AH & Vety Chowna Mein and MLA Karikho Kri informed the Minister that
all projects so far funded by NLCPR/DoNER and NEC have been utilized properly which
include Water supply schemes, flood control schemes, and rural communication schemes.
They pleaded for more funds in other departments in the district. The Minister was
accompanied by MPs Takam Sanjay and Ninong Ering Mein, local MLA Karikho, and Deputy
Commissioner, R. K. Sharma, Tezu during his visits to the sites. (DIPRO)
The draconian Armed Forces Special
Power Act and North East
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Candle light vigil held in all the capital of North-East states
today by North-East Student Organization (NESO) in solidarity with Irom Sharmila
who is on hunger strike for last 10 years has brought the issue of Armed Forces Special
Power Act to the forefront of public. Sharmila, a poet and activist from Manipur
is on hunger strike for repealing of AFPSA from NE region.
Immediately after independence North East region of India witnessed separatist movement
making the central government very worried. Keeping this in mind central government
passed Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFPSA) on 11th September 1958 in the parliament.
This act conferred special power to armed forces to act in those areas which they
declare as “disturbed”.
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh were brought under this act.
Later it was extended to state of Jammu & Kashmir in the year 1990.
In Arunachal Tirap and Changlang districts have been declared as disturbed area therefore
AFPSA is applicable there. As per this draconian law armed forces can fire upon
or use force even the causing death, against any person who is acting in contravention
of any law", against "assembly of five or more persons" or possession of deadly weapons.
Secondly they can arrest without a warrant and use "necessary" force against anyone
who has committed certain offenses or is suspected of having done so. Lastly armed
forces can enter any house and search any premises without any prior permission to
arrest suspected persons.
Like rest of North-East, people of Tirap and Changlang too have been facing the brunt
of this act. The armed force often harasses local citizen using this act. A doctor
posted at Tirap sharing his experience tells, “Often I travel around in my posting
area for medical visits. Army people very well know that I am a doctor and vehicle
I am using is ambulance. But still they check our vehicle and at times unnecessarily
harass us on a daily basis.” Further he adds, “Do they expect that we will carry
gun in ambulance instead of medicines? We do understand that they are here for our
security but their way of dealing with innocent local citizen is very inhumane.”
The most humiliating situation is when armed forces enter the house without any notice.
“Recently I along with my family was having food. At around 8 PM in night military
people came to our house and conducted raid suspecting that we feed UG people. They
even enter bedroom and bathroom too. It was so humiliating and I cried a lot,” shares
one college going girl of Tirap.
Human right activist claims that AFPSA is direct violation of Article 21 of Constitution
which guarantees right to life to all people.
This Article reads, “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty
except according to procedure established by law.” However under section 4(a) of
the AFSPA, armed forces personnel have power to shoot to kill which is direct violation
of right to life enshined in the Constitution.
Feature of AFPSA
According to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), in an area that is proclaimed
as "disturbed", an officer of the armed forces has powers to:
? "Fire upon or otherwise use force, even to the causing death, against any person
who is acting in contravention of any law", against "assembly of five or more persons"
or possession of deadly weapons.
? To arrest without a warrant and use of "necessary" force agasinst anyone who has
committed certain offenses or is suspected of having done so
? To enter and search any premise in order to make such arrests.
One cadre apprehended
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: In continuation of its relentless operations against undergrounds
in Tirap District, 19 Assam Rifles apprehended one cadre on April 23.Based on information
from own sources regarding the presence of armed cadres at Deomali Market, a column
was launched from Deomali which managed to nab the man. On initial interrogation
it was revealed that he is Self Style Corporal Aepha Wangsa, Executive Town Commander/Second-in-Command
of Deomali area. Thorough search of the apprehendee cadre led to the recovery of
one Chinese grenade and extortion money amounting Rs. 18,000/, said a release from
During interrogation Wangsa confessed his involvement in extortion and issuing threats
to locals. The cadre was handed over to Deomali Police Station along with recoveries
on April 24.
Management of Social Forestry for Sustainable Livelihood
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Guwahati and Department
of Forestry, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST),
Itanagar is jointly organizing six day-long training programme on “Management of
Social Forestry for Sustainable Livelihood” at NERIST which started today.
During the first day of the programme, several talks were made regarding potentialities,
issues, sustainability, cultural diversity, capacity building, awareness programme,
etc along with types of social forestry practices at local to national level. The
programme is being attended by the forest officers/forest management committee’s
members, academicians, researchers, NGOs and local beneficiaries.
Prof. M.L. Khan, HoD Forestry, NERIST spoke on the importance of social forestry
on socio-economic growth of the region.
Prof. Binay Singh, Director, NIRD Guwahati emphasised on management, protection and
conservation of the forest area for sustainability and economic viability.
He mentioned that Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India give lot of
emphasis/funding for the promotion of rural development in the villages through transmitting
the information that social forestry can play viable role in livelihood development
by providing fuelwood, fibre, medicine, NTFPs and other ever increasing local/regional
demands inspite of production and protection values.
Prof. P.K. Das, Director, NERIST stated that state is blessed with lot of potential
for social forestry schemes. He pointed out that the state’s unique biodiversity,
its endemic flora and fauna with rich cultural heritage are blessing to bring social
forestry at large scale.
IDEA Celebrates World Malaria Day
Banderdewa, Apr 25: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) celebrated World
Malaria day at Banderdewa. The program highlighted the theme of the fourth World
Malaria Day “Achieving Progress and Impact towards zero malaria deaths by 2015.”
The Program was inaugurated by Rev. Sr. Elizabeth Edattukaran, President, Itanagar
Diocesan Health Commission in the presence of many dignitaries and representatives
of several IDEA SHG units from Papum Pare district.
The devastating consequences of the disease and its prevention methods were highlighted
through role play, health awareness dance and action songs, group discussions, demonstration
on preventive methods, usage of insecticide treated bed-nets, behaviour change communication
methods and distribution of LLIN etc.
With an objective to eradicate malaria and to reach zero malaria deaths by 2015 IDEA
officially launched GFATM Round 9, IMCP-II program in Papum Pare District on the
While focusing on the theme Fr. Ivan Vas SVD, the Director IDEA said that World Malaria
Day is the most important awareness-raising day on malaria and implored everyone
to do their part in averting this preventable disease and make their homes and villages
malaria free zones. He further drew attention on the heart of the problem and engaged
the participants on how roll back malaria.
Sr. Elizabeth divulged on the importance of the theme and gave a detailed explanation
on Malaria and its treatment, the clinical symptoms of the disease; anti-malarial
drugs, its resistance to medicines and cases among children and adults. Early detection
and treatment of the disease is the cornerstone for successful control of this epidemic,
she said. Mosquito bites can be prevented by closing the doors and windows in the
evenings to prevent entry of mosquitoes into human dwellings; using mosquito repellant
lotions, creams, mats or coils; wearing full-sleeved garments; and regular use of
According to her, it calls for concerted efforts of all to support government and
its development partners in counting out malaria by regularly cleaning the environment
and continuing to sleep under treated bed nets. She further called on all stakeholders
to play a proactive role in the fight against malaria and expressed hope that together
they can eradicate malaria.
Fr. Clement, Director YUVODAYA, stated that the prevention and control of malaria
calls for concerted efforts of all ensuring that people adopt positive attitude maintaining
the upkeep of clean and healthy environment, completion of doses for malaria and
sleeping under treated bed nets at all times.
Govt committed to strengthen
PR bodies: Rebia
Pasighat, Anini celebrates panchayat day with renewed call for grassroots participation
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: National Panchayat Day -2011 was celebrated in a befitting manner
at Millennium Auditorium Doimukh yesterday.
Addressing the gathering as the chief guest, MLA cum parliamentary secretary, Industries,
Nabam Rebia said that the state Govt is committed to strengthen the Panchayati Raj
Referring to the initiatives taken by former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi to
strengthen democracy and subsequent constitutional amendment to give priority on
Panchayati Raj institution, Rebia further said that the PR institution will definitely
strengthen the democratic set up in grass root level and ensure involvement of rural
people in development activities through PR bodies.
Stressing the need of maintaining transparency in development activities, the MLA
also called upon the PR bodies to discourage negative attitude and educate the masses
on welfare schemes and other development issues.
Rebia also encouraged formation of Self-Help Group and preservation of flora and
fauna to attract more tourists in the state.
Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu was the guest of honour of the celebration.
ADC Tarin Dakpe highlighted the significance of the day. Organizing chairman Tana
Bado, ZPM and general secretary Chagam Dollo, BDO also spoke on the occasion.
Large number of Panchayat leaders including Zilla Parishad chairperson Nabam Aka,
head gaon burahs and gaon burahs, senior citizens, Govt officers of Papum Pare district
participated in the National Panchayat Day celebration.
The 2nd National Panchayat Day was also celebrated at Anini with participation of
large number Panchayat leaders.
Chief guest of the function Nagri Mihu, BCCI president highlighted the role of Gram
Sabha in self-governance at the grass root level. He also emphasized on awareness
among the rural people on the power and function of the PR bodies in grass root
Former PA and sitting head goan burah of Anini Loga Tacho was honoured in recognition
of his dedicated service for the well being of the society on the ocasion.
Anchal chairperson Wundu Mihu, ZP chairperson Empi Meya, ZPM Mita Mihu also spoke.
The National Panchayat Day was observed yesterday at the Conference Hall of the Zilla
Chairperson, Pasighat as well amidst ZPMs, Govt. officers and PRI members.
The Chief Guest Nilima Kumar SDO-cum- District Panchayat Development Officer recalled
the contribution of Dr. Daying Ering in development of local self governance in the
state and participation of Gram Sabhas in decision making process at the grassroots
levels. She stated PRIs can play very important roles in Panchayati Raj system because
they could assess the actual requirements of villages bringing social and economical
The EAC Panchayat-cum-Member Secretary Starlie Jamoh suggested to avail training
programs on capacity building of Panchayats and stressed on frequent interactive
meetings so that they could deliver better services, more effective and efficiently.
The ZP Chairperson Yiai Dabi called for decentralization of self governance at the
grass root level. In her address Dabi said Self Government has now constitutional
& legal recognition and PRIs have been given special importance in implementation
of various government development scheme/ programs. Their active participation is
very essential, since they understand the local needs for social and economic developments
of the common citizens in the society, she said.
Among ZPMs, Okom Yosung (Bogong), Namukh Taloh (Bosing), Takum Tasing (Boleng) and
Tonggeng Panyang (Ruksin) also spoke and shared their problems and experiences. (DIPRO)
Annual action plan under BADP approved
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Dibang Valley District Planning Committee has approved the annual
action plan under border area development programme for the year 2011-12 in a meeting
held at Anini on April 23.
Earlier, presiding over the meeting, DPC chairperson Empi Meya has called upon the
panchayat leaders to identify schemes for benefit of community. Meya, who is also
ZP chairperson, further said that as per the BADP guidelines, the participation of
PRIs in the selection, implementation and monitoring of the project works is must.
He sought cooperation of all the elected PRIs for selection of genuine schemes and
its successful implementation and stressed on mutual understanding between PRIs and
Govt officials for all round development of the district.
EAC cum member secretary of the DPC Bopai Puroik exhorted the panchayat members
to perform their duty with sincerity and devotion. He also emphasized on judicious
implementation of the schemes.
Anini-Mipi-Aliney Anchal Samity chairperson Wundu Mihu, Anelih-Arzoo anchal samity
chairperson Ene Mega, Etalin-Maliney Anchal Samity chairperson Elisha Apralo and
Anini-Mipi Aliney CD block ZPM Mita Mihu placed their proposals for approval.
Basar town beautification
project on right track
ITANAGAR, Apr 25: The Basar Town beautification project conceived by Basar ADC Sachin
Shinde and executed by Horticulturist Tobom Bam under Untied Fund 2010-2011 is a
At New Basar four platforms were prepared according to height of the landscape in
staff canteen for parking of vehicles. In the lower side boulders were arranged along
the border. In the upper side along the shopping complex, caffiandra haematocephela
& Thuja compectus were planted at 2 m distance each. In SBI office one ornamental
palm is planted in a rectangular cement wall centre. Near PCO & Stream side project
detail is written in a sign Board on both side. In Highland Dhopping Complex, Odorax
regia are planted at 2m distance to provide dignity and beauty. 2 jasninium sambas
flowers are planted in symmetry on both side of the path. In Old Baazar which has
open space between GREF road and shopping line, Cassia pistula and plumera rubra
are planted alliteratively at 4 m spacing keeping the safe distance of future highway.
The flower of cassia pistula will be golden colour and that of plumera rubra will
be red with dense green leaves to provide beauty and purification to atmosphere almost
all through the year.
In ADC office, camalia spp flowers were planted by Tabom Bam, Chief Secretary while
inaugurating the ADC Office chamber. Dr. Sachin Shinde also planted one camaha spp.
And him self also planted one calliandra haematocephala jasminum sambac, Thuja comactus,
Euphorbia pulcherrima, calhrrima harmatocepphala ormental palm are planted in the
campus in proper distance.In HDO Office & Residance, cassia pistula, phumera rubra
and jasminum sambac are planed in bourders. In MCP & SDAO Office/Residence Jasminum
sambac plants have been planted.
95% of plants have survived and regenerating vigorously. A few dead plants have been
replanted. Baazar shop owners have been requested to take care.
Tobom Bam, the executive Officer is Selection Grade HDO and first Indian M. Phil
in Pomology and first North East Indian to do M.Sc in Floriculture and Landscaping.
Keep it up
This in apropos the news item –RGU media students win laurels (April 12). I congratulate
Moji Riba, other faculty members and RGU mass communication students for bringing
laurels to Rajiv Gandhi University in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general
in recently concluded inter-university media festival at Tezpur.
The management and teaching skill of professors, faculty members, guest lecturers
and resource persons of RGU mass communication department really deserve appreciation
for this achievement. Please keep it up the same spirit.
Dedo Ete, Itanagar
This is in response to the letter written by Pistana CO (on April 20) alleging All
Yachuli Students’ Union of singing political song. Such allegation before media has
deeply hurt the sentiment of the student community and it has lowered down the image
of the union before the society.
Therefore, you urge the Pistana CO to clarify within a week time as to how the union
is singing a political song and on behalf of which political party?
Toko Nega, president
Take people into confidence
We appreciate the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) for raising various
issues including hydro project, corruption, security concern in Tirap and Changlang
and border problem with China. But I think some of the issues raised by the student
union and other organizations need to be re-examined, verified properly for solution.
In recent past, AAPSU president raised important issues of downstream villages like
Lichi, Sher, Hawa Camp and Kimin affected by RHEP (NEEPCO). But the down stream
affected people of North Lakhimpur in Assam, who are depending on water of Ranganadi
for irrigation did not find mentioned. If the project affects the people of Arunachal,
it also affects the down stream people of plain area who have been depending on Ranganadi.
Moreover, before raising issue on the RHEP, we should know the technical phase of
the project which was commissioned almost a decade ago. The people, for whom AAPSU
is raising the issues, are unaware of the technical matter of the project. It would
have been better if consent were mooted through public meeting to review all technical
aspects of the project including the need of fish ladder.
However, RHEP can be impressed to introduce warning system to alert downstream people
before releasing dam water in order to avoid any possible disaster.
The demand for releasing 50 per cent of water has no logic since there is no sufficient
water to feed the power house during lean season due to non-availability of feed
reservoir in the upstream. Therefore, technical aspects of the project should be
studied first before raising any demand.
However, it is a fact that project has adversely affected the local and the authority
must look into the socio-economic development of the affected people.
I, being the project affected person, would like to suggest AAPSU president to move
the issue with the approval and consent of the locals. We can expect positive outcome
of the movement only with the support of the local people.
Yachuli Mandal BJP
Any worthwhile suggestion please!
Of late, after the political expansion of the Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) in Tirap
and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, there have been condemnations and arguments
doing rounds by numerous institutions, organizations and learned individuals expressing
dismay over its introduction in Arunachal Pradesh and its acceptance by some individuals.
I, being an Arunachalee and especially being one from Tirap, am also gravely concerned
and alarmed like my fellow Arunachaleese due to these developments.
However, it is ironical to note that in spite of all these arguments and suggestions,
nobody, whether it be an institution, organization, or for that, even the representatives
of the people, especially those of Tirap and Changlang has been too serious enough
to reason it and hint a way out of this mess.
I personally, and I suppose even my brethrens of Tirap and Changlang, would very
much want to be pulled out of this abysmal cavern of conflict and contradictory situation.
But have any of us tried to ponder into the situations of how the people of Tirap
and Changlang have been categorized and mentioned under ‘Any Naga tribes’ under Serial
No. 10 of S/T notification 1950? And Further, have any of us tried to seek opinion
of the people of these two districts who bear the brunt of all these push and pull
and tried to figure out what is in their mind, or what they may prefer – as the saying
goes, “only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches” (‘the most’ in context of the
people of these two districts). So, why not we agglutinate and try to resolve the
matter instead of aggravating it. After all, what have been experienced shows that
it is of no use to keep our fingers crossed and expect the (so called) representatives
of these two unfortunate districts to do anything worthwhile. So it’s an earnest
beseech to all my Arunachalee brethrens that a positive suggestion be made to bear
a fruitful outcome.
J K Lowang,
We need more self-defence camp for women
The on-going summer camp – a self-defence training course for girls being organized
by Arunachal Pradesh Police is surely going to equip our girls with self-discipline,
heath consciousness/ physical fitness, mental alertness and above all self protection
tactics which are very essential in the present day society where violence against
female becomes a common thing. Although today’s women are said to be equal to men,
there still exists physical dominance of men over women which needs to be done away
with. We feel that training programme will surely bring changes in our social set-up
at a large extent.
The Arunachal Pradesh Police deserves appreciation for such initiative, we extend
our sincere thanks to DGP Robin Hibu and other members associated with this noble
initiative. Hope, the police department will be conducting more such camp from time
to time for the benefit of our daughters and sisters.
Bapir Megu, Itanagar
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A bad experience
I wish to share the horrific incident of April 23 that shook my family. I was travelling
on my car from Naharlagun with my three children and my wife back to my home town
passing through Assam as usual.
The journey was smooth until we neared Jorhat in Assam.
An Alto with Assam registration number hit our car when I signaled and was about
to overtake seeing the clear traffic. The man in the Alto then signaled us to stop.
When I stopped, he snatched my car key, verbally abused me and threatened saying
that he was a ‘local’. He threatened to call police and dialed a couple of times
on mobile saying that a Naga, even though I am from Arunachal had hit his car. Soon
a small crowd gathered. Ironically, one man from the crowd caught the Alto man and
slapped him. Then, he asked me to pay for the repairing expenses and to leave the
place before things worsens. My wife somehow, managed to pull back our car key from
the Alto man.
I parted with Rs. 5000/for no mistake of mine and left the scene in utter shock.
I leave the judgment to my fellow readers but pray that such a thing never happen
We are simply literates, not educated
Tom Simai’s' "Killing Field" really flashes the light on the sad and dark picture
of our wildlife. It seems we're gonna eat, chew and digest our animals and birds
to extinction. Simply putting 3 years ban on gun license wont suffice.
Today its not humans or their farms threatened by wild animals, its the other way
around. Wanton killing of animals and birds have drastic effect on the ecosystem.
WWE 2010 report says for one bird killed, one tree is lost! The life cycle of all
life is interlinked. Therefore, the policies churned out to protect wildlife should
be more practical, like putting a complete or for a period of six months ban on the
sale of bullets and pellets and proper monitoring of it. Further, its also really
sad to see that hunting and fishing by employing guns, bleaching powder, gensets,
and dynamite are done by many of us who have done graduations academically from various
streams, many from outside the state, with a greater worldview; a reflection that
most of us are simply literates, not educated. We seem to be less of mammals, more
of virus that multiply and exhaust every form of resource.
Pangin, (on email)
Its not railway lines that makes a state developed
I'd like to comment on the issue of Railway Line connection, raised by Taba Ajum.
Tarh Eha and others are very well aware of the future impacts of this project. I've
been opposing this project from the day it was sanctioned. This will hamper the power
of implementing ILP. Apart from Dimapur, Assam and Tripura are glaring examples.
Everyone is aware of their problems.
Its not necessary that a state is developed due to railways only. What about the
Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram etc. They are now among the most literate and developed
states of India. But surprisingly, none of them have Railway connection. But instead,
they have well equipped and well maintained airfields and helipads.
Moreover, railways are the cheapest means of transport or almost free, for most of
the Mainlanders. So, naturally they will rush towards the newly opened virgin land,
that also for free of cost and without any hurdles of ILP etc. This will increase
the Slums along the track, like in Guwahati and more beggars will come out to street.
And about the cost of commodities, if the concerned authorities check the prices
properly there won't be any problem. You can't just allow a Saloon to charge Rs 30/-
for a hair cut, or a 200ml cold drink to cost Rs 12/- instead of Rs 8/- or paying
Rs 60/- for Rs 55/- BSNL top-up. What are those Bazaar committees for? They should
regularize and check these illegal prices properly.
So, I'd like to ask the Govt that what are their plans to implement the ILP? How
are they going to check the whole train? What are their future plans to tackle this
Also, I'd like to comment on AAPSU's response on illegal appointments. Illegally
appointed persons family members coming to the houses of AAPSU leadership don't give
any strong reason. What if all the deprived people come to their house with their
luggage? Their numbers are more than the people that got appointed illegally. So,
AAPSU can't just back off for this reason. Leave these people; they were bound to
do this due to the demand placed by the MLAs and the Authorities, but what about
those MLAs and Authorities? Why aren't you raising any voice against them, so that
they won't repeat it again? It's my earnest request to you that please help us.
At last, Save Arunachal.
N L Richo
NIT Patna, (on email)
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