April 30


News Impact


Four UPDF cadres arrested

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: Four UPDF cadres were arrested from Manabum area in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh by Assam Rifles personnel yesterday.

The militants were apprehended from Maitri Village under Diyun Police Station, where they were taking shelter in the house of a Chakma widow. The cadres visited the village to serve extortion note to local businessmen in the area and had forcibly taken shelter in the house.

Two US made 7.65 mm Pistols, one Pt 22 mm Chinese made Pistol and ammunition have been recovered from the militants. The recoveries also include four mobile phones and combat dresses.  The arrested have been identified as Lamlai Chowai @ Babu, Dipankan Chakma @ Pinti, Kina Marak and Arun Chakma. Three cadres belong to Moduk Nala area under Diyun while Lamai Chowai is from village Wingsing Namto, under Namsai Police Station.  

UPDF was involved in extortion and kidnapping and other illegal activities in Namsai and adjoining areas, according to reports. The group is believed to have strong linkages with ULFA and NSCN (K).


Locate the largest tree and win reward

Itanagar, Apr 29: With the aim to create awareness among masses on the need to save environment as well as to woo tourists, Governor J.J. Singh called for locating the largest tree in shape, size and height in the State.

He has also announced cash awards of Rs 15000 for the person, who locates the largest tree. Rs 5000 each would be awarded to the next four entries. The award will be personally given by him at a function to be held at the Raj Bhavan.

The PCCF and all the Deputy Commissioners are asked to make necessary publicity among the general public. He also asked them to send the location and measurements of the top five trees to Raj Bhavan by May 31.

Any information regarding such tree can be submitted to PCCF office or the concerned Deputy Commissioners latest by May 31.  PRO, Raj Bhavan



ITANAGAR, Apr 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) backed All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) in opposing Adi Baane Kebang (ABK)’s proposal to the state government to recognize the Mishings of Arunachal Pradesh as Adi tribes.

Claiming migration problems from different direction especially Lohit, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Tawang districts, the association demanded the state government to immediately cancel the ST certificates issued to 90 Tibetan refugees in Tawang and West Kameng districts.


APPSU demands arrest of attackers

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) supported the demand of All Papum Pare Indigenous People’s Foundation (APPIPF) for  immediate arrest of all the culprits involved in the brutal attack on former Jote ASM Taba Tahi and his son and Constable Taba Vikash at Gohpur Tinali on April 13 last.

While informing that both the father and son are presently undergoing treatment at Delhi, APPSU also supported the demand for apprehension of the culprits within a week and punish them as per law failing which APPSU has decided to join APPIPF in their democratic movement to seek justice.


Dr.’s retention demanded

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: The Social Welfare Intellectual Movements (SWIMs) of Mebo East Siang urged Secretary Health for retention of Dr. Obang Taggu of PHC Borguli in his present place of posting for the larger interest of the society.

A delegation of SWIMS, which met Health Minister Atum Welly at his residence and Director Health Services Dr. K Nishing recently, urged both of them to retain Dr. Taggu considering his valuable services rendered to the people, especially of Borguli, Kiyit, Ngopok, Seram and Kongkul villages to improve the overall health scenario during his service period.


Exclude Adi villages from proposed Lower Siang: RBAPF

PASIGHAT, Apr 29: The Ramle Bango Adi Peoples’ Forum (RBAPF) has reiterated its demand for exclusion of the Adi villages of Nari-Koyu constituency from the proposed Lower Siang district.

RBAPF president Tamat Gamoh submitted a memorandum to chief minister Nabam Tuki during his recent visit to Pasighat urging his intervention on the sensitive issue. The memorandum stated that the age-old traditional boundary of Adis should be maintained to avert any misunderstanding, confusion and tension between Adi and Galo communities that living in Adi land that stretches up to Simen Korong (river).


Workshop on Kiwi conducted

ITANAGAR, Apr 27: A workshop cum training programme on kiwi fruit was held at Ziro on Wednesday conducted by Amalgamated Plantation Private Limited and International Finance Coorporation in collaboration with the district horticulture department Lower Subansiri.  Speaking in the programme, Commissioner for Agriculture and Horticulture stated that food security is the first priority for the citizens. He suggested the farmers to grow more horticulture crops to ensure food security.

District Horticulture officer Bulla Tama highlighted the prospect of kiwi plantation while Deputy Director of Horticulture Narang Tani briefed on Kiwi plantation package. Altogether 80 farmers from the district attended the training programme.


Parents’ body moves CCH

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: A six members delegation of the Parents Co-ordination Committee of North East Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital (PCC of NEHMC&H) met the chairman and registrar cum secretary of the Central Council of Homeopathy at New Delhi on April 23 and submitted a memorandum apprising them of the plight of the students due to inadequate infrastructure of homeopathic college.

While going through the memorandum the CCH chairman Ramjee Singh assured the delegates to take up the issue with the Arunachal Govt and Rajiv Gandhi University authority for redressal of the  grievances  at the earliest. He further assured to send a delegation of the CCH to visit the college along with a team of the university to take stock of the existing infrastructure. The CCH registrar cum secretarty also stressed on regular inspection of the college by the RGU authorities, said  a  committee  release today.

CCH further opined that state Govt and the university authority have the power to monitor the institutions under its jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the PCC NEHMC&H impressed upon the state Govt, including Education Minister not to undermine the sentiment of the parents and look into the problems being faced by the students due to shortage of infrastructure of the homoeopathic institution or else, it threatens to launch agitation.

UGC sponsored prog prepares students to face the  APCS exams

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: UGC- coaching for entry in services and career counseling cell of D.N. Govt. College, Itanagar conducted 5-day- long rapid coaching cum mock interview from April 25 to 29 in the library hall of the college.

Besides giving practical tips on how to face the interview, the resource persons also addressed several doubts, confusions and apprehensions raised by aspirants in their open interactions.

A total of 36 aspirants reaped the fruits of this intensive coaching cum mock interview programme which was coordinated by Associate Professor of DNGC Dr M Q Khan.  There were six sessions of mock interview with panel members drawn from relevant areas. Among them were Director Higher & Technical Education Dr. Joram Begi,  Director Planning Sonam Chombey, who is from the IRS, APCS toppers Habung Lampung and Likha Teji, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times Tongam Rina, Associate Professors of DNG College Dr. R.B. Tripathy, Dr. P.C. Panda, Dr. S.K. Sharma, Mrs. N. Sharma, Dr. M.Q. Khan.

On the penultimate day today, IRS officer Sonam Chombey shared tips on how to face and crack the exams with honesty, headwork and sincerity while Dr Begi briefed the qualities that is expected of a civil servant. Chombey spent the whole day with the aspirants responding to their various queries and preparing them to face the interview.

The aspirants who underwent the intensive coaching and faced the three rounds of mock interview expressed deep satisfaction and appreciated the efforts of Dr. M.Q. Khan, the coordinator for painstakingly helping them despite his preoccupations with the university examination duties.

Further, Dr. M.Q. Khan, coordinator also expressed a sigh of contentment for the grand success of programme. He expressed the hope that like other times, this year too, a sizable number of the aspirants would make it to the toppers list of the coveted APCS.



‘Villagers block tunnel’

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: The Save Mon Region Federation, in a release, informed that the entrance of the 500-mt-long tunnel of the 600 MW projects by NHPC was blocked by filling it up with rocks by the villagers of Kudung, Tsekhar and Yusum villages of Tawang along with the members of the Federation today. Further, the workers at tunnel (800MW) near Kudung village areas are also sent away by the villagers. These drastic steps were taken following expiry of the deadline set by the villagers, who do not want mega dam in the region. SMRF demanded the Government to completely scrap all Mega Hydro Power Projects proposed in Tawang district immediately. While supporting the demand for reviewing of all hydro power projects in Arunachal Pradesh, SMRF encouraged mini and micro hydro power project in Tawang which have less or no impact upon the environment.

It also urged the authority concerned to reduce the fees payable for obtaining information under RTI Act from Rs 10 per page to the Govt approved rate.



RKMH achieves a mile stone

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: For the first time in Arunachal Pradesh, total hip replacement surgery was done at Ramakrishna Mission Hospital (RKMH) here on April 24. A team of doctors led by Dr. Lenin Ligu, chief surgeon, Dr. Tabu Muri , assistant surgeon, Dr.  A  Chakraborty and Dr S Roy anesthetist operated upon a 70 year old patient, namely, G Bhattacharya and succeeded in total hip replacement. Bhattacharya sustained a fracture of neck of his right femur in a road accident on April 19.

The total hip replacement is a commonly done surgery in big metro cities. The surgery normally costs around Rs 2- 3 lakh in Delhi.  But here it was made possible for only Rs 80,000. The new hip system that was used is one of the leading USA based companies in world (Smith and nephew).



Khandu’s first death anniversary

Prosperous and peaceful Arunachal would be our best tribute: Tuki

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: A year after the passing away of the former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others, including his Personal Security Officer, prayer meetings are being held at Tawang.

On Monday, a candle light procession will be taken out starting from Tawang Monastery via War Memorial and Manjushree Vidyapeeth and it will culminate at cremation site of the late chief minister at Lemberdung where prayer meeting will be held led by the monks.

On  April 30 last year, the Late Chief Minister and his entourage consisting of his personal security officer Yeshi Chodak, Yeshi Lhamu, sister of Congress MLA Tsewang Dhondup, Captain T.S. Manik and Captain J.S. Babbar from Tawang had gone missing while they flew from Tawang to Itanagar in a Pawan Hans helicopter.

Despite putting in the services of the much touted Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Sukhoi jets, it took five days to locate the bodies putting a question mark on the reliability, preparedness and accuracy of the Indian agencies.

Marked by tenure where infrastructure development was high on priority, Khandu’s four-year stint as Chief Minister met with both highest appreciation as well as condemnation. While many saw his mantra of development as the answer to all of Arunachal’s ailments, there was also criticism of his policies, particularly on hydro power.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has paid rich tributes to Dorjee Khandu on his first death anniversary.

“The state was on a fast track development during the regime of Khanduji. In his tragic demise we lost a visionary, who had the ability to take Arunachal to heights never reached. We will always miss him,” Tuki said.

Recalling his days with late Khandu, Tuki hailed him as a man with great passion and zeal to work overtime for welfare of the people and development of the state.

“His death has definitely created a void which cannot be filled up easily. However, on this solemn day, I reiterate my pledge to the people that I will give everything to fulfill the visions and dreams of Late Khandu,” he said in an emotive note.

He also appealed everyone to take a pledge on this solemn day to cooperate with the government and fulfill Khanduji’s dream for a prosperous and peaceful Arunachal Pradesh.

“This will be the best and greatest tribute to the late leader that we can pay,” he added.



Apex Bank emphasises on settlement of Bikajai cases

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: Cooperation secretary cum RCS H K Shalla has called upon all the branch managers (BMs) of the Apex Bank to liaise with the deputy commissioners and other administrative officers of the districts for early settlement of the Bakijai cases. The latest list of the PDS loan defaulters should be submitted to DCs/DST and other work departments for release of bills through Apex Bank and for recovery of their dues, Shalla said while addressing the two days branch managers’ conference of Apex Bank held at CTC, Naharlagun on April 26 and 27.

The conference was organized particularly to review the performance of the bank during the year 2011-12 and for finalization of annual Plan of the year 2012-13 . While expressing satisfaction over improved performance of the bank since last two years, Shalla, however, called for collective and extra efforts for loan recovery and deposit mobilization.

He also directed the BMs to approach departments concerned for recovery of dues of Govt employees and file Bakijai cases wherever necessary. The RCS further advised senior officers to fix a realistic annual action plan for the year 2012-13 and directed the BMs to ensure its achievements. Further, he requested GM, NABARD, Itanagar to take up the issue regarding release of 90 per cent GoI share to Bank and LAMPS under revival package.

In his speech, Joint RCS R D Thongon appealed the bank officers to make all out efforts for the remarkable performance of the bank after its revival.

Annual target of 2012-13 fixed for the bank branches should be achieved, he said and asked the bank officers to come up with strong determinations for providing banking service to the rural people. He further requested GM, NABARD, RO, Itanagar, to initiate step for release of central and state Govts’ share.

In his address, NABARD GM Dr P. Radhakrishanan asked the bank officers to improve the performance of the bank with mobilization of public and govt deposits. He stressed on the need of diversification of loan portfolio to KCC, SHGs and investment/production credits and more concentration on NPAs recoveries. Bank should implement Credit linked subsidy schemes for development of livestock, he further said and assured to extend all sorts of support for development of the Bank.

In his key note address, Apex Bank MD Tsering Thongdok said that the Bank will give stress on NPA recoveries, deposit growth and extend credit 70 per cent credit facility on priority sectors like Agriculture and Allied activities, SHGs, MSME, processing unit, livestock schemes, housing, small transport operators and Govt sponsored schemes during the year 2012-13. The bank will implement Core Banking Project within March 2013 as per instructions of GoI/RBI, he disclosed.

During the valedictory function Capital DC cum bank administrator Onit Panyang expressed satisfaction over loan recovery and deposit figure. He called upon the BMs to be honest and sincere towards their duties and responsibilities.

Forty-three senior officers, branch managers and bank officials participated in the review meeting.

Meanwhile the Bank Employees Association in a general body meeting held on April 28 formed its new executive committee. The Association also remembered former chief minister late Dorjee Khandu on his first death anniversary.



Mithi forms ‘manifesto implementation committee’, calls for team spirit

ITANAGAR, Apr 29: Newly appointed Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Mukut Mithi today constituted a five-member ‘manifesto-2009 implementation and monitoring committee’ with Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein as its chairman to see it whether the party’s poll promises on the developmental front were being realized or not.

Other members of the committee included senior Congress leaders Tako Dabii, Takar Marde, Nabam Rebia and Hayeng Mangfi.

Presiding over the joint meeting of the APCC office bearers and its frontal organizations including district, block and city presidents and party’s elected leaders at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today, Mithi asked the party workers and leaders to carry out their assigned jobs with utmost sincerity and team spirit for the welfare of the common people and the party as well.

Cautioning the party leaders and legislators not to forget the grassroots level party workers, who are the real workers of the party, CWC member and in-charge of Arunachal, Dr Dhaniram Shandil suggested a two-way traffic for State Congress – the party workers have to be disciplined and to carry out the duties assigned to them by their leaders and the leaders should take care of party workers and supporters.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said on a confident note that the party under the able leadership of Mukut Mithi will achieve new heights in doing ‘justice’ to the aam aadmi (common man).

MP Takam Sanjoy said the “unique combination” of Mukut Mithi and Nabam Tuki as APCC president and CLP leader will immensely benefit both the party and the Govt in the state and its people.

Among others, AICC secretary in-charge Arunachal, Sanjay Bapna, MP Ninong Ering, APCC vice president Takar Marde, general secretary T C Tok, APMCC president Yari Dulom and APYC president Tadar Niglar also spoke on the occasion.



Unannounced inspection to check pilferage of PDS items

ROING, Apr 29: District PDS Monitoring Committee would conduct unannounced inspection of Fair Price Shops located in Roing township atleast once a month, in addition to normal inspection conducted by Food and Civil Supply officials to check the pilferage of PDS items.

It was decided in a meeting of the district PDS Monitoring Committee held here under the chairmanship of Lower Dibang Valley deputy commissioner Garima Gupta to discuss the impeding lacunae on smooth running of PDS in the district. the FPS owners would have to submit weekly stock position of the PDS commodities along with weekly dispatch report, the meeting resolved.

While F&CS Department would make available copy of drawal/lifting report of PDS commodities by FPS to this committee the wholesale nominee cum carriage contractor will have submit upto date dispatch report of PDS commodities to respective FPS every week. FPS owners would also submit weekly stock position of the PDS commodities along with weekly dispatch report, the meeting futher resolved..

The department of F&CSO would submit status report of PDS functioning by the first week of the month while a report based on random checking of Ration Cards (APL/BPL/AAY) of beneficiaries and veracity of the receipt of entitled quantity and inspection report of FPS will be submitted every month to the Deputy Commissioner.

Special permit for issue of PDS items from reserved quota would be issued after obtaining approval from the Deputy Commissioner and records of issuance will be maintained accordingly, the meeting resolved. The meeting directed the wholesale nominee to maintain reserve stocks of 30 Qtls rice and 5 Qtls Levy Sugar during monsoon Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and SKO (Kerosine) agencies are also asked to maintain stock of 50 LPG cylinder, 300 liters kerosine at Roing and 72 liters kerosine at Shantipur.  

The Committee also discussed on various complaints, such as use of domestic LPG cylinders by the restaurant and hotels for commercial purpose in total violation of rules.

The meeting also decided to serve notice for conversion of domestic connection being used by commercial establishments to commercial licences within a month with direction to the LPG Agency to make commercial LPG Cylinders available for them.

Any hoteliers and restaurant owners found using domestic cylinders in commercial purposes will be seized and necessary action would be taken against the defaulters as per the law, it added. DIPRO



Kri exhorts youth to desist from drugs addiction

3rd Gora Pertin Memorial Football Tournament

ROING, Apr 29: 3rd Gora Pertin Memorial Football Tournament kicked off at Roing yesterday.

Altogether 8 teams are participating in the tournament. Final match will be played on May 16.

The tournament is organised every year in memory of Late Gora Pertin, the first Protem Speaker of the Provincial Assembly (1975) of Arunachal Pradesh cum District Councilor of the then undivided Lohit district under the aegis of Adi Cultural & Literary Society, Lower Dibang Valley District.

Parliamentary Secretary, Public Health & Engineering Department Karikho Kri inaugurated the Tournament at Rayang Middle School Playground.

In his inaugural speech, Kri exhorted the youths to participate in the tournament with the spirit of true sportsmanship and called to maintain communal harmony and brotherhood among the two major tribes of the district saying, “we are deeply hurt when there is infighting among any two brethren tribes of the state”. He called to use such occasion as a platform to uphold communal harmony and foster unity and brotherhood.  

Calling upon the people to make Lohit, Anjaw, Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts drugs free, he said “Increasing addiction of youths to drugs like Opium, Cocaine and Brown Sugar is of a grave concern and every one should make efforts to create social awareness regarding the ill-effects of these drugs in the society and find ways to eradicate it”.  He further said not to solely depend on law enforcing authorities to act on it but also to make it a daily home topic and to prevent its entry into the district.  He lauded the efforts taken by the Adi Cultural & Literary Society and the Organizing Committee for organizing such tournament in memory of Late Gora Pertin, a pioneer and a social worker adding that by such work we can remember their sacrifice and contribution made towards the welfare of the area and the state. He contributed Rs One Lakh to the Organizing Committee of the Tournament.

The first match was played between defending champion Rayang Village and Yibuk Village which was won by Rayang Village by 2-0.

Kariko further assured to take up the matter of water crisis of Roing township with the Government for funding of additional Rs 10 crore for developing a permanent source of potable water in the Roing township.

Earlier, the Parliamentary Secretary was apprised by Subhat Pertin, EE, PHED Roing and Panchayat and Public leaders of Roing regarding the chronic potable water crisis in the township during rainy seasons every year due to absence of permanent source of drinking water.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Roing township has been facing acute shortage of drinking water after washing away of the drinking water cum power channel of Deopani Micro-Hydel on April 23 last.

Zilla Chairperson  Chiliko Meto also exhorted the youths to keep oneself away from any form of drugs like Opium, Brown Sugar etc and instead to take active participation in various co-curricular activities like games and sports.

Organizing Committee president Golo Saring fondly remembered Late Pertin, who was noted social worker, leader and one of the pioneers of present Arunachal Pradesh who served the state in various capacities.

Mibom Pertin, eldest Son of Late Pertin and presently ZPM, Meka Anchal Block said that the main motive behind starting Gora Pertin Memorial Football Tournament was to promote spirit of games and sports and also to search hidden sports talents among the rural youths.

Bassu Perme, President, ACLS, Akak Lego, ASM Yibuk-Rayang and Nattong Lego, Secretary Organizing Committee also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, Abu Saring, General Secretary ABK District Unit administered oath of allegiance to the players. DIPRO

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An open letter to the Health Minister, Arunachal Pradesh

Dear Editor,

MD, MS degree has became useless for me and for the govt of Arunachal Pradesh.

Your Government sponsors me and my friends for Post-graduation MD/MS course, in view of the need of such specialties in the state and in anticipation that our services will be utilized after successful completion of the course. As a result, we have completed the Post-graduation MD/MS course but are languishing at different Health Centres as General Duty Medical officers. Whereas, absorbing us into the Specialist Sub- Cadre automatically would have benefited the Government and public. Till today the state are running without requisite number of specialists as per norms under Indian Public Health Standard. The Govt have appointed some doctors as functional specialists which does not fulfill any specific recruitment norms, under such situations it will be difficult for the specialist to deliver their skill effectively unless declared full-fledged Specialist.

Government are not using our service and expertise whereas public are dying every year for the need of specialist care. Our three years of sacrifice and hard work in pursuing MD/MS degree are a wastage. If the govt does not have sufficient money to pay for the specialist post, no problem, we are ready to work in our own present pay scale, but we want to work as specialist \with dignity and honour which is our due.

Even if the specialist post are created after a long years of gap, there are no post kept for minor and important department like Eye,  ENT, Pathology, Radiotherapy, Radio-diagnosis, ortho etc whereas all the vacant posts are being distributed among the major department like surgery, medicine, gynecology, child for open competition which means that the in-service candidate who are already in senior grade have to downgrade themselves to get into the same post.

Please intervene and ensure that some posts are made available as a departmental posts for the in service MD/MS holder. Otherwise better stop sponsoring the in-service candidate for postgraduate course. It is the wastage of govt money, time and human resources.


Concerned doctor,

MD/MS holder




Dear Editor,

This is in reference to a news item published in your daily on April 24 regarding a road up-gradation project.

Here I want to clarify the matter that we the associate members of M/s D&G Construction, Naharlagun voluntarily decided on March 4 to cooperate and work together with the M/s Sonia Enterprises under the project - upgradation of road from Subansiri bridge point to Segi (CO Hq)’ package-1. The associate team of M/s D&G Construction had also unanimously decided to withdraw the tender same day regarding the project.

Therefore, the news item issued by a Forum stating that M/s D &G Construction was not allowed to participate in tender process for the road project is totally false. The associate members of M/s D&G Construction appeal the Forum not to intervene in the matter which may defame the image of its team members.


Jumli Bui




BSNL service

Dear Editor,

May I appeal to the higher authority of BSNL to look into network problem of the BSNL at Koloriang. Due to bad network, people are facing lots of inconvenience. Worse times are during peak office hours and emergency. The connectivity usually goes off between 10 AM to 10 PM. The BSNL should improve the services at the earliest for the convenience of its customers.


Yamra Doli




A true leader remains in the heart of all

Dear Editor,

The 30th April, that fateful day a year ago, shall ever remain engrained in the minds of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, for they lost their beloved leader, late Chief Minister, Dorjee Khandu, in a tragic copter crash.

On his first death anniversary while paying my highest tribute to the departed leader, I would like to extend to the family members and relatives of the late Chief Minister, my deepest and heartfelt condolence. The unbearable pain and suffering they had underwent and continue to endure, is by any measure, impossible to be expressed in words.

Nevertheless, I would like them to know that the entire nation and the state share your pain and loss and join you in mourning the irreplaceable loss with heaviest heart and tearful eyes.

True leaders live in the heart of his people!

I sincerely hope that this realisation will give your some solace and instill in your heart much needed inner strength that will help you face the difficult situation with equanimity!






Upgrade the fire services

Dear Editor,

I have witnessed the fire accident that broke out in the vicinity of my residence while I was busy in playing cricket with the children of the locality as it was a Sunday.

Suddenly, I heard a wave of fire and simultaneous blasting of gas cylinder which made us rush to the spot.  Till then 50% of houses had already been gutted.

I enquired about the fire brigade and someone nearby informed me that phone call has been made already.  

But it is informed that the phone number of Naharlagun station was not working and the message of the fire had to be relayed to them through Itanager station. There was fear among the people of D Sector that the whole area would be engulfed as the fire tender did not arrive on time. Some people were even seen shifting their belongings.

Lastly the fire brigade came and no doubt they brought the situation under control, but to my utter surprise they had limited manpower and fire tender. Though they managed to douse the fire, I don't think they would be of any help is a bigger tragedy occurs.

We heartily appreciate their noble job. But I want to suggest the authority to have sufficient number of fire tenders for the safety of the future. And I also request the authorities to ensure that telephone is always in order in case of any emergencies.


Nabam Hina




The Mishings

Dear Editor,

I welcome the stand taken by AAPSU on the ABK-Mishings issue.

When almost all the tribes of the state are striving to protect their ethnic purity and cultural uniqueness, it is sad to learn that the ABK is contaminating its own tribe by trying to include the Mishings into its fold, who originally happen to hail from Assam and whose members also taking pride in being called an Assamese, rather than being called a tribal of AP.

Such move should be thwarted and nipped in the bud. Though not in large number, the Mishings are scattered in different pocket of the state and  attaining tribal status, it is evident in future, they will seek for land and residential rights, which might not be welcome by different tribes of the state.

Therefore, through the columns of your esteemed daily, I request individual and organisations to undertake a detailed research and analysis before wanting to take decisions that could have a state-wide ramification.


A citizen




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Poaching a great threat to tiger conservation

Poaching is still the main cause of the tiger’s decline and the greatest barrier to achieving the goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022. Reports of illegal tiger trade and smuggling in the past months have shown that poaching is still a crime without serious deterrents. Tiger parts were almost certainly derived from poaching. The number of tigers killed due to poaching may be higher as it is often very hard to detect actual poaching events.

During the same period, there were also reports of arrests of persons caught in possession of tiger parts in India and the other tiger range countries, namely, China, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.

India is the only tiger range country to systematically monitor tiger deaths and make this publicly available online.

Experts feel that poachers are profiting at the expense of the tiger range governments. Putting an end to poaching would ensure that the investments of the governments and donors do not simply become financial gains for the poachers and tiger traders.

WWF has come up with five steps tiger range countries can take immediately to launch a joint operation towards zero poaching. These include identifying and delineating the most important sites requiring good protection from poaching, ensuring these sites have sufficient, effective and dedicated enforcement teams, working with police and judiciary to ensure strict punishment on poaching, and actively engaging local communities living adjacent to the important areas in tiger conservation.