ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Papum Pared district unit has expressed
serious concern over ever increasing price hike and financial mismanagement in Arunachal
Pradesh. In a release while supporting the demand of apex student body AAPSU for
white paper on the scandalous mismanagement of funds and the precarious financial
situation of the state, BJP Unit said the state government should not cheat poor
people of Arunachal.
Further, the party added that because of rising food price, the poor tribal people
of state has been forced to again go for Jhum cultivation and this has led to the
open burning of forests in the hills for clearing the land for self-cultivation.
The forest fires in the hills of the capital reveal the fire of hunger of the poor
tribal citizens for whom rice and other necessary food items are beyond their reach.
Capital petrol depots to join nation-wide strike
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Petrol crisis looms large as Federation of All India Petroleum
Traders (FAIPT) has decided to launch nationwide strike by shutting down petroleum
depots in protest against non-redressal of their grievances. This decision was taken
in a Federation meeting held at New Delhi on April 16.
In the first phase, petrol pump across the country will remain closed from midnight
of 22nd April till the midnight of 23rd April. Further the Federation decided that
if their demands remain un-addressed, it will go for indefinite closure of petrol
pump from midnight of 29th April. Meanwhile, Capital Complex Petroleum Depots Association
(CCPDA), Itanagar has decided to extend support to the national movement by closing
all petroleum depots of the state capital on 23rd April. While regretting the inconvenience
caused to the consumers, CCPDA sought cooperation of citizens in this regard.
AEKSU defers bandh call and sets fresh deadline
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Following the reported assurance from Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
to look into Seppa PHED water treatment plant issue, All East Kameng Students’ Union
(AEKSU) today temporarily deferred its proposed bandh call on April 23, ahead of
the chief minister’s visit to district headquarter.
In a release union informed that the chief minister’s assurance came after its representatives
called on him and submitted three points representation here today.
Union in its representation demanded immediate arrest of the then Executive Engineer
of PHED for allegedly mismanaging funds for water treatment plant worth Rs 9.18 crores.
It also demanded that the project be completed as per the detail project report and
should be commissioned subsequently. Further it sought public apology from then PHED
AEKSU later set fresh deadline of one week to fulfill their demands and stated that
failing to fulfill their demands in stipulated time, would force it to go ahead with
its boycott of the chief minister’s visit to the district headquarter.
Forum blames teachers
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Blaming the teachers for the reported raising percentage of students
failing in various secondary and higher secondary schools in East Siang district,
Ruksin Area Youth Forum today said that such shocking results happened due to non
posting of junior and senior teachers in the district.
It further viewed that due to the state’s defective education system to achieve 100
percent literacy rate, the quality education is ignored.
Expressing concern over the shocking percentage, Forum urged government to look
into the matter.
ANYC demands ban on erroneous book, apology
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC) today said that book on general
knowledge, titled, ‘Ever Latest Arunachal Pradesh -2012’ has carried the derogatory
word “Dafla” in place of “Nyishi” in page no 88. The ANYC further claimed the book
was published by GBD’s publication and Manoj Jain of editorial board wrote this derogatory
word instead of Nyishi.
ANYC demanded the state Govt to ban all the copies of the book with undesirable word
and arrest the wrong doer and further demanded public apology from him within 10
Leaders protest DC’s letter on status quo
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: A group of Panchayat and Public leaders of Likabali area strongly
protested the letter written by West Siang deputy commissioner to his Dhemaji counterpart
aftermath of the Malini Mela incident urging for status quo at Malini Mela ground.
The Malini Mela ground where the Malini Mela has been celebrated since 1968 falls
within Arunachal territory and hence, question of maintaining status quo at Mela
ground does not arise, they said in a signed press release and demanded the DC to
withdraw his letter written on April 6 immediately.
It claimed that celebration of Malini Mela started a decade before signing of an
agreement between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Government to maintain status quo along
the boundary in 1979.
Renowned writer passes away
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Renowned writer of Arunachal Pradesh, Kengsam Kenglang breathed
his last after prolonged illness at Old Changlang village in Changlang district at
around 2 pm today. He leaves behind two sons, three daughters, two daughters-in-law
and a grandchild. Late Kenglang retired from Govt. service as a District Art and
Culture Officer in the year 2001. He was awarded the Khandelwal Award by Assam Sahitya
Sabha in the year 2011 for his excellent contribution in Assamese literature.
Deeply shocked eldest son-in-law and Trade & Commerce Parliamentary Secretary Phosum
Khimhun along with his wife Dr Mekcha Khimhun, said, “We are speechless at his passing
away. We would always cherish his love, affection and always miss him. Let his soul
rest in peace.”
His well-known books were Longkai Aru Thaknang, Tangsa Janajatir Sadhu, Teeli, Jene
Kukur Tene Tangon and Aair Homan Hobo Kaun.
The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS), in a condolence meeting at the premises
of Directorate of Research here this afternoon, mourned the sudden passing away of
the renowned writer Kengsam Kenglang and observed two minutes silence as a mark
of respect to the departed soul.
APLS president Y D Thongchi while recalling his close association with the septuagenarian,
said, “It is my personal loss. I will always feel his absence.”
The Society’s vice president Dr Tage Tada and general secretary Tokong Pertin said
that the death of Kengsam is an irreparable loss for the state.
It is somewhat surprising but true that since early 80s ‘Assam Bandh’ has been a
frequently heard and unpopular word in Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in districts
bordering Assam. It is because; the people of Arunachal have to cross Assam to go
to other places of the state due to communication bottleneck.
For instance, Bomdila, the district headquarter of West Kameng is very near from
Itanagar in aerial distance. But in practical, it is very far to reach Bomdila as
people have to travel half of the road through Assam.
Likewise, to reach Tezu in Lohit district, the people of Pasighat in East Siang have
to undertake a gruesome day-long journey crossing the mighty Siang and Brahmaputra
Rivers, more so in summer.
When one has to go to distant place next day, he or she is accustomed to ask someone
if there is any bandh call in Assam on that day. It is a fact that most of the bandhs
in Assam are called hurriedly by the bandh callers.
Nowadays, numerous local bandhs are called frequently on petty issues covering a
particular district or a very limited area.
Be it a bandh in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji or Dibrugarh, it affects almost all in Arunachal
although these bandhs are called in Assam.
The most unpleasant “bandh culture” in NE states is adopted particularly by the student
communities and other organizations in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in an effort to
draw the government/ authority’s attention towards their grievances/demands.
But, the agitating organizations never think of the fact that the unpleasant culture
is causing huge loses to the economy of the states and man days.
Some eminent critics had been raising voice against the negative impact of bandhs
culture but their reformative views did not have the grant of legislation for several
Subsequently, the apex court of the country during the last year declared bandh calls
illegal. But the unhealthy practices adopted by those organizations have not been
ousted. The recent bandh called by Assam based peasant’s organization Krishak Mukti
Sangram Samiti and others students’ union, against construction of mega hydro power
projects in Arunachal Rivers has been creating mixed reaction among the people.
The agitating organizations have claimed that it was time bound movement of the people
for their safety and security from impending disaster. Observing the present situation,
it is unlikely that the Assam Government or the Central Government would initiate
a strategic solution to the problem.
The Arunachalis, who have no concern with the demands raised by the Assam organizations
have been suffering a lot from such bandh call in Assam since long past.
Wisdom should soon prevail upon the organizations to realize that every bandh called
has a very bad affect on the lives of innocent people besides losses in terms of
Rani Village, Pasighat
Don’t tarnish the image
This in response to the letter published on April 17, 2012 in your readers forum
under title “Inefficiency will pave way for newer things” by Tashi Lobsang of the
Society for Development of Culture and Education, which is totally dubious.
We are shocked over the dragging of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu’s name in the
dirty political games being played by them.
Late Dorjee Khandu is admired by everyone in Arunachal Pradesh as a legendary Chief
Minister who ushered in unprecedented development within a short span of time. Arunachal
witnessed development in all sectors in leaps and bounds during his stewardship.
The development which he brought particularly in Tawang is a cause of envy for the
rest of the state. Such was his charismatic figure and contribution towards Arunachal
in general and Tawang district in particular. The public misguided by white lies
that MoU & MoA were signed secretly and hurriedly and that public hearings never
held in the presence of public. There is nothing secret in this era of RTI where
all public hearings were videographed. One should be careful before saying anything
because it will tarnish the image of Late Dorjee Khandu which the people of Tawang
Sudden popping up of the Dam issue in Tawang is a cause of ambiguity for everyone
in the country. It is obvious that some sort of pseudo politics is being played as
no dams are coming up in Tawang as far as our knowledge goes. The people who are
playing this ugly politics should bring up issues which are of larger interest for
the common man living in the district. If at all the society for development of culture
and education is concerned, why did they chew it at that point of time? Why didn’t
they dare to protest when Late Chief Minister was alive? Why are they speaking it
The development of the Tezpur to Tawang road has nothing to do with the State Government.
It is being done by the Border Road Organization (BRO). This claim of Tashi lobsang
makes it amply clear how knowledgeable he is about the development process in the
district. The construction of NH13 is not just development but a National requirement
owing to strategic importance of Tawang.
The people of Tawang have long been watching the so called bold and consistent efforts
of the SMC for the last few months. Everyone in Tawang knows what the cards are and
what are up in the sleeves of SMC. Though it amounts to washing of our own linen
in public, we urge the mushrooming societies in Tawang not to test people’s patience.
We live in a democratic society and not in a feudalistic nor in a theological society.
Democracy guarantees right of speech but it is associated with corresponding duty.
We wish wisdom prevails over the so called Society for development of Culture and
We would like to wind up by asking one simple question to the concern and responsible
SMC. Have they ever planted a single tree in the district? It is very easy to complain
and comment, but providing constructive and permanent solutions is difficult. Hence,
we appeal the members of both SDCE and SMC to stick on the issues which concern their
respective societies and stop tarnishing the image of late Chief Minister.
Rajiv Gandhi University,
Tashi Lhandup Kee,
Genden Tsering Kee
A College at Nyapin
I on behalf of the people of the 19th Nyapin-Sangram S/T Assembly Constituency would
like to extend a hearty thanks and appreciations to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
for the proposed maiden visit to the Area at Sangram.
Nyapin¬ Sangram Assembly Constituency is lacking in all developmental fronts, the
proposed visit of Chief Minister will definitely create an avenues of developmental
activities and will bring certain changes in the arena of Education, Health and Economic.
The people of the constituency hope to see the certain changes in the all round developments.
Also, I sincerely thank MLA Nyapin-Sangram Assembly Constituency Bamang Felix for
the initiative to invite the Chief Minister in the area. This kind of rare programme
is quite appreciable and we do hope that such gesture will be continued in the days
The government college at Nyapin is still not functional, the foundation stone is
just laid and there is no such infrastructure is erected.
We do hope that the Chief Minister’s visit to the area will make the college functional
from the next academic year with all requisite infrastructure facilities. The Government
College at Nyapin will help students who cannot afford to go out of their areas to
pursue their higher studies.
It will not only benefit the students of Nyapin-Sangram areas rather it will benefit
the whole district of Kurung kumey in pursuing their studies. The functioning of
Nyapin College will also reduce the overcrowding of the students at Dera Natung government
college Itanagar. Also starting of Nyapin College will change and contribute to the
education scenario of the state as whole.
Yomcha needs Science labs and senior teachers
I request the authority concern to provide science laboratories & post Senior Teachers
at Yomcha Hr.Sec School of West Siang.
Yomcha school was established as venture school in 1946 under the initiation of Late
Tamik Dabi, social reformer during the British period & NEFA.
The school was upgraded as M.E school in 1948, Secondary school in the year 1990
and finally Hr.Sec School in the 2011.
Former member of parliament(M.P) Rajya Sabha Nyodek Yomgam, former Minister Lijum
Ronya, retired Director of Health Service(DHS), Govt of (A.P)Dr Golek Yomcha., IPS
Raksap Yomcha are some of the prominent products of Yomcha school. Despite the
backwardness of the area, School did well academically due to the good efforts of
public mainly by Retd PI Damli Yomgam. But the time has changed as the Education
Department could not take initiation & provided good facilities for the school.
The school doesnot have a single Microscope for practical class even though it was
upgraded as secondary school in the year 1990. Due to absence of science laboratories
& Senior Teachers, the students are deprived even of basic facility required in a
After the up gradation to Higher Secondary School, only one S/T has been posted at
school so it is not possible for the students specially the Class X1 & X11 students
to study in the school.
Hence, I would like to appeal to the concern authorities to look into the suffering
of the students and provide science laboratories and post S/T in the school.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Central team assures to solve flood problem in Lohit
TEZU, Apr 20: The five-member central inter-ministerial team headed by K.K. Mittal,
Joint Secretary (P-I) Home Affairs which arrived here today assured the Lohit district
authority of central assistance and support to solve the flood problem of the district
While apprising the central team of the major flood problems in the district, Lohit
deputy commissioner R K Sharma said that the district has been adversely affected
by the flood in 2004 and no permanent or temporary restoration work could be possible
due to financial constraint. The inhabitants of the area have been living under constant
threat of fresh floods every year, the DC informed.
Flood problems in Namsai which is plainer as compared to other areas of the district
is also facing the similar flood problem every year, he said and urged the central
team to consider the memorandum submitted to the central authority to solve the problem
permanently. He also highlighted about the problems faced by the power department.
The Water Resource Department (WRD) provided detailed information to the visiting
central team about flood in the district with facts and figures, causes and damages
caused to the area and possible preventive measures with PowerPoint presentation.
The presentation also included the river system of Sukha Nallah, Tabang Nallah and
Tezu Nallah. The team was also informed of the danger posed by those rivers with
data collected in the last 11 years and help of some graphic visuals from the Google
Earth. It said that Sukha Nallah and Tezu Nallah stretching over 38 kms and 32 kms
respectively have been the main threats to the entire Tezu township. The power department
stressed on the express lane for proper supply of electricity from Assam to Lohit
Earlier, the team interacted with heads various department to know ground realities
in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner soon after their arrival.
Mittal, Chairman of the team expressed his satisfaction over the overall presentation
by the concern departments and assured their assistance and support to meet up the
various points laid down in the memorandum submitted to the Government of India.
Y W Ringu, Director, Disaster Management who accompanied the team asked the Horticulture
and Agriculture Departments to provide specific information regarding the loss of
agricultural/horticultural land, crops, fruits, vegetation by natural calamities
so that a supplementary memorandum could be submitted to the team for consideration.
The other members of the team were, Rajpal Singh, Director (PAMD), Planning Commission,
Ashok K. Rajpat, Director (CEA), Ministry of Power, Deepak Kumar, SE (Coord), Brahmaputra
& Barak Valley Basin Organization, CWC, Shillong, Ravi Prasad, Regional Officer,
Itanagar, Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways. DIPRO
CM calls for collective efforts for desired results under TSC
NGP Award ceremony
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: A good health alone could ensure productivity, happiness and better
quality of life in rural India, the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said while addressing
the 2nd Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award giving ceremony held at Banquet Hall today.
The Nirmal Gram Puraskar, is a vital component of the Total Sanitation Campaign,
with the objective of improving the sanitation, hygiene and living environment in
rural India, the chief minister said as he called on the involvement of all concern
to achieve the desired result. He said that the institution of Nirmal Gram Puraskar
plays an important role in encouraging healthy competition among Gram Panchayat,
and help in reaching the goals of TSC.
In period from 2008 to 2011, 34 Gram Panchayats of the state have won NGP awards
and become Nirmal GPs.
Chief Minister informed that the Centre sanctioned TSC project with an estimated
cost of Rs 64.01 crore, of which state share is 15.63 crore and contributions of
beneficiaries is Rs 4.48 crore.
The achievement so far included construction of 1,15,560 individual household latrines
covering both BPL and APL families, 3,944 School toilets, and 1,866 Anganwadi toilets.
The reported achievements of house hold latrine stands at 63.13%, School toilets
at 98.58% and Anganwadi toilets at 95.28%.
However, Chief Minister stressed on proper monitoring of the TSC programme with active
involvement of the stakeholders like the community, the PRI leaders, the women, the
school children, the school teachers, the ASHAs and Anganwadi workers, the NGO etc.
Together they could act as agents for transformation to usher in behavioral and attitudinal
changes in a tradition bound society like ours, the CM added. There is also need
to revise the project report based on increased population and actual marked costs,
chief minister said as he called for more emphasis on software components of the
programme such as IEC, support system.
The Chief Minister said that in Arunachal Pradesh difference in the economic status
of BPL and APL households is razor thin. Hence leaving out the APL households from
ambit of the incentive scheme could be counterproductive. As per guideline of the
program, the cash incentive for construction of individual household latrine is limited
to the BPL families only.
Taking into consideration the high cost of inputs in Arunachal Pradesh due to difficult
terrain and remoteness, with many villages and administrative centers still outside
the coverage of road network, many at tracking distances of days, the present norm
of Rs 4000 per unit is not anywhere near adequate. The centre needs to take a relook
on this issue and consider special dispensation for states like Arunachal Pradesh,
the Chief Minister said.
It is also learnt that such minor problems like non-availability of registration
cards of BPL families also stand in the way of on-line entry of application for NGP
nomination, the Chief Minister called on the district administrator to play a more
positive role and sort out such problems on ground.
To sustain the momentum of TSC and National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP)
the Govt. stands committed to provide all assistance including required state shares
for the two programmes.
A host of dignitaries including Minister Tanga Byaling, Parliamentary Secretary PHED
Karikho Kri and award winners participated in the programme.
The awards were given to Kherem, Podumoni, KumariKhamti (Lohit) for 2011-12 while
14 Gram Panchayats including Topo Hechi III, Lable-4, (Upper Subansiri) , Banggo
(Lower Dibang Valley) and Chongkham 2, Kathalguri, Deobeel-1, Deobeel-II, Solung
Two, Nampong, Nongtawshyam, new Danglat, Khowji, Manpangliang, Mawal of Lohit got
the awards this year. Certificate and cash prizes for handed out the winners by the
Key to NE development is infrastructure: PM
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The key to development in the north eastern region is infrastructure,
said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while inaugurating the platinum jubilee celebration
of the Assam Legislative Assembly at Guwahati today.
“We need better educational and services infrastructure. We need better transport
connectivity. As connectivity improves and capabilities expand, so will commerce
and employment opportunities,” the Prime Minister said.
Stating that new initiatives have been taken to strengthen India’s relation with
Bangladesh and Myanmar, the Prime Minister further informed that during his visit
to Myanmar next month he would discuss with the leadership of Myanmar how we can
increase opportunities for expansion of trade, economic cooperation and connectivity
to the larger ASEAN region. Assam and the other states of the North East can and
should play leading roles in our efforts to Look East-wards, he said.
"I would like to see Assam emerge as a new engine of growth for the northeastern
region and the country as a whole in the 12th Plan period. I am confident that in
the 12th Plan Assam will be able to record a rate of growth of over 9.0 percent,"
Singh said and assured all possible help on the part of central government to achieve
this goal. This (Assam) legislative assembly is a temple of our democracy. It is
a sacred place for us to reaffirm our Constitutional commitment to pluralism, human
rights, secularism and the dignity of every citizen.
“Our freedom and our democracy are the proud inheritance of our national movement.
To do justice to this inheritance, we, the elected representatives of our people,
are obliged to provide honest, effective and capable leadership and government.”
Mithi takes charge as APCC president
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Newly appointed Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president
Mukut Mithi today formally took charge from Nabam Tuki, in a simple function at Rajiv
Gandhi Bhawan here today. “It is a right decision by AICC president Sonia Gandhi
that one of the most experienced and capable leaders has been appointed as the president
of APCC,” said Tuki prior to handing over the charge to Mithi amid huge round of
applause from the party leaders and workers present on the occasion.
Tuki, who held the party’s top post for almost four years, said, “I wrote to the
party high command to a take a decision on appointing the new president. I think
the decision taken by party high command is for the welfare of Congress Party in
Arunachal, he said. “We are like a family and will work with a team spirit for
the development of the party and the state as well.”
Expressing his gratitude to party high command for reposing faith on him, a jubilant
Mithi said, “I feel AICC chief Sonia Gandhi took the right decision considering the
larger interest of party. I am confident that I will live up to the expectations
of party high command.”
“I appeal all Congress office bearers and party workers at all levels to work with
a renewed vigour to strengthen the party organization and ensure that the fruits
of development reach out to the people living at nook and corners of the state,”
“They could overpower one of the hoodlums”
While reassuring that all the goons involved in last Sunday’s attack on a media house
would be brought to book and given punishment, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki told the
Press persons that at least one of the hoodlums could have been overpowered by the
Arunachal Times staffers on that day… Instead of preventing them from going on a
rampage, the AT staffers just remained as mute spectators to the crime.”
“Instead of being non-cooperative, please cooperate with us (govt as well as police)
to nab the culprits,” said the Chief Minister while referring to a decision of the
local Press fraternity not to entertain any Press release issued by GoAP as well
as local organizations if the authorities fail to arrest the offenders before April
Stating that the local Press had previously boycotted the govt releases for about
two months during the tenure of late Dorjee Khandu as CM, Tuki said, “Please help
us to help you…It will serve no purpose other than making loss to both govt and media
“I once again appeal to my media friends that whatever they may report it should
be constructive,” Tuki added.
Sheltering the criminal is a crime too
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Majority of state government machinery led by Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki and Capital police refuse to accept the fact that law and order situation has
deteriorated in the last few months.
Citing data of criminal records available, they say that crime graph has considerably
reduced. If one goes by the official record may be CM and capital police is right.
However, both CM and capital police are missing an important aspect. Most of the
citizens losing faith in legal justice system and policing have stopped reporting
criminal activities to the police.
In Arunachal legal justice system is so abysmal that citizen has lost complete confidence.
The offender uses various tactics to get the case withdrawn.
Even if any citizen gathers courage and file case, he or she gets intimidated from
every corner putting life of complainant and his or her family at the risk.
Many a times the clan or family members of accused comes up to victim and very politely
says, “Apna aadmi hain, galti se ho gaya tha, map kar do.”
While committing crime, where does those ‘Apna Aadmi’ feeling goes away?
After putting someone’s life at risk with their criminal act just to save themselves
from clutches of law they come up with such apologies. If victim do not accept this
‘Apna Aadmi’ theory of apology, then threatening and intimidation begins putting
pressure on the victim to withdraw the case.
It has been observed that in such situation to certain extent police also supports
the compromise formula. Such kind of compromise justice system encourages the criminal
elements in Arunachal.
The other day during Nyishi day celebration at IG Park, President of Nyishi Elite
Society while commenting over law and order situation in state capital had requested
chief minister to take strong action against people from Nyishi community who are
supposed to be involved in criminal activities. He said because of few people’s misdeed
entire com-munity’s image gets battering. This statement is a welcome one and to
take this further, the elders of the community need to set examples.
What we generally experience in capital complex is that if a person commits crime
then senior members of the clan or tribe helps them to get bail. Just because the
person belongs to any XYZ clan or tribe, senior members should not blindly support
One of the main reasons for increase in criminal activities is patronage given to
the criminals by elders of their clan. This directly encourages them to indulge in
criminal activities as in the back of mind they know that their elders are there
to protect them from police.
Until and unless this groupism in the name of clan or tribe does not end, Arunachal
will never be crime free.
The community and clan elders have to come out and denounce those members who are
involved in criminal activities. With weak judiciary system one can hardly expect
any justice in Arunachal. Because of non-punishment, the criminals are getting away
easily after committing crime. Therefore a social movement should be started cutting
across tribe and first step in this direction will be to stop sheltering the criminals
whether he or she belongs to a particular tribe, clan or religion.
The tribal society of Arunachal since time immemorial has never sheltered those people
involved in the criminal activities. In fact during old days people involved in criminal
activities used to be pushed out of the villages. In the name of development Arunachalee
tribals have forgotten to live the tribal way of life in true sense. It is time to
remember tribal ethics and tribal way of life.
McMohan line should be the keystone: Raj Bhavan
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Raj Bhavan has said that the question of dialogue will certainly
imply discussion on certain disputed portions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC),
and as a starting point for such a dialogue, the acknowledgement of give-and-take
principle has to be recognized. This is in context of the overall boundary with China,
extending from Aksai Chin in the west to North-East India in the east and for the
North-east India, the McMohan line should certainly be the keystone of the edifice.
The perceptional differences between both sides on disputed pockets along the border
should be discussed by Govt. representatives at the highest levels. We need to display
the highest levels of diplomacy, statesmanship and statecraft in solving this long
pending issue, the message read.
Raj Bhavan issued the press release in response to the news clippings displayed on
some TV news channels which have attributed certain comments on the resolution of
Indo-China border dispute through give-and-take and the non-negotiable status of
Arunachal Pradesh to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh’s
views have been purportedly taken from a speech that he had made at a seminar which
was organized by Rajiv Gandhi University, on March 8-9.
When read in the overall perspective, the comments have been quoted out of context
and an impression different from what was conveyed has been created, the statement
Our relations with China assume great importance for the overall peace, progress
and development of the region. We have an ongoing strategic and co-operative partnership
in place which began with the historic visit of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to China
in 1988 laying the foundations of a much more vibrant relationship between the two
nations. The visit by Prime Minister Vajpayee in 2003 followed by the appointment
of special representatives to solve the border issue has given a further thrust to
the same, the message further read.
Successive Governments at the Centre, across the board and irrespective of party
affiliations have always advocated a peaceful settlement of the border dispute in
a pragmatic and mature manner, through mutual understanding and through dialogue
to discuss the disputed areas, the message added.
Daporijo bids farewell to DC A. Abhyankar
Daporijo, Apr 20: The people of Daporijo bid farewell to their outgoing Deputy Commissioner
Ameya Abhyankar here today. He is leaving the district on completion of his tenure
in the state and will be posted at Delhi.
Abhyankar is a 2007 batch IAS officer who served in Tezu and Basar as ADC and was
posted as Deputy Commissioner, Upper Subansiri, on 13th August 2010. During his 20
months tenure as DC, Upper Subansiri, Abhyankar had taken an active initiative in
organizing the Subansiri Youth Festival 2011 and conducting Mobile Offices in circle
headquarters with the motto of office at the doorstep of the people.
During the farewell meeting held at the ADC chamber and attended by officers and
officials of DC office, ADC G. Ete highlighted and appreciated the various efforts
undertaken by Abhyankar in the development of the district.
Abhyankar, thanking all present for their cooperation in making his tenure in the
district a smooth one, said that the praises heaped on him for the success of some
of his initiatives would not have been possible without the active interest and support
of the people here.
Abhyankar also added that a person is truly successful when he or the position he
holds becomes immaterial and the system becomes such that it functions smoothly and
along the right path irrespective of the person sitting in the chair. So he advised
all to work hard and do the right deed.
The public of the district have appreciated the efforts of Abhyankar in conducting
exams and interviews for recruitment in various posts in a free and fair manner.
They said that candidates had been selected on basis of merit and hoped that the
system would continue. (DIPRO)
The plight of print media
India has been witnessing a significant role of print media in refurbishing the society
and in infusing a sense of nationalism among its citizens since the beginning of
18th century. Even the revolutionary movement during British era did not begin with
guns and but with publication of newspapers. With the advent of information technology,
the role of media also increased to give a right direction to the society in the
modern world. It succeeded to elicit public opinion against the dogmas that negate
the human values.
Unfortunately, torture, harassment and humiliation to media persons began during
the British-India era and the legacy continues till date though we are the citizens
of free-India. It is believed that our country is increasingly witnessing systematic
attack on the freedom of Press and print media during last half century.
Many critics are of the opinion that laws in our country do not have a specific mention
of the freedom of press nor does it give a special right to the press. However, Article
19 provides all citizens with the right to freedom of speech and expression which
also becomes a source of inspiration for the media.
In the north eastern part of the country, the print media has been pushed to a corner
as they have to face many challenges from many quarters – be it the governments,
or non-state actors. Unfortunately many journalists in our neighbouring states have
either lost their lives or kidnapped or intimidated.
In Arunachal Pradesh, many a times, the men in power seem to be satisfied when they
said media in our state is crawling and in very nascent stage. It is difficult to
read the pulse of the leaders whether they really want Arunachal media to flourish
As the condemnations are pouring in as usual, we are still hoping for conducive atmosphere
where not only the print media but all citizens of the state would live a dignified
life in a peaceful environment.