April 04

Heema Hospital conducts IUI

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: Bringing a new hope to the childless couples of the state, the first Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) baby was born at Heema Hospital on 1st April. The child weighing 3.5 K.G was normally delivered. This is a major achievement as the IUI unit of Heema Hospital was established only last year.

The unit is functioning under the watchful eye of Dr S Ahmed, Senior Gynecologist who had undergone advanced training in infertility at Singapore. Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Rajesh Tacho called upon CMD Heema Hospital, Dr. Byabang Rana and urged his team to continue such path breaking activities in the field of health sector.


MLA visits APEDA office, assures to provide office infrastructure

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Apr 03: Local MLA cum Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) Chairman, Dikto Yekar accompanied by Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom visited the office of the Project Officer of APEDA here following a recent complaint lodged by All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour's Union, Upper Subansiri unit.

The MLA met all the staff of APEDA and inquired about functioning of the office and other grievances of the staff, particularly payment of salary and other infrastructure requirement in the office. He also assured the officials to provide adequate furniture and other miscellaneous items for smooth functioning of office.

The Deputy Commissioner asked the staff to perform their duty sincerely and honestly.

AAPGDLU President Tanam Maki praised the MLA for his quick and positive response to their grievances of APEDA staff.


Effort to encourage education

DIRANG,  Apr 03: In an effort to promote education and imbibe spirit of competition among the students of Sangti, Bishum Phudung and Khasso villages under Dirang circle, a felicitation programme to award the toppers of various classes from these villages was organized here today.

Additional Deputy Commissioner D. Riba advised the students to excel in their academic pursuits and make extra efforts to catch up with other students of the state.

Block Education Officer T. N Tukshipa, Dirang LAMPS chairman Yeshi Tsewang, parents of students, panchayat and block leaders were present on the occasion to felicitate the topper students the award for which is sponsored by local MLA and Parl Secy (HPD) Phurpa Tsering.


Support for ANSU bandh call grow bigger

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: The support for All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) called 24 hours Capital Bandh over Pre-Paid Electric Meter is growing bigger and bigger every day, as organisations from various districts have expressed their solidarity to ANSU.

The All East Kameng Students' Union (AEKSU) condemned Home Minister Tanga Byaling's controversial 'extortionist' remark on unions and organisations. AEKSU stated that such statement from the Home Minister shows weakness in dealing with law and order situation in the state. "The real extortionists are roaming freely without fear of law across the state, instead of using force against them, the home minister is using force to silence the voice of people' AEKSU added. AEKSU further strongly condemned the state government for attempting to arrest ANSU executive members during Press Conference at Press Club on 28th March last. Meanwhile, All Dollungmukh Area Students' Union, Gangte, Circle Youth Association, All Raga Area Students' Union also extended their solidarity to ANSU in its proposed 24 hours bandh. The organisations also condemned the Home Minister Tanga Byaling for his remark wherein he said, unions and organisations in Arunachal are extortionists.


ATWO for early assessment of TAH compensation

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: All Talo Welfare Organization (ATWO) has requested the higher authorities to conduct compensation assessment for early construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway from Joram to Koloriang.

Reacting to the claim of the Youth Organisation Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (YOMA), ATWO in a letter to the Chief Secretary said that the Jabli village was recognized by the Govt of India during 2011. It further said that there is no illegal structure or haphazard earth cutting which may cause inconvenience to the travellers.

YOMA in a statement earlier said that more than 150 OBT buildings were erected overnight at Joram, Deed, Raga and Ziro for claiming TAH compensation in Lower Subansiri district. YOMA had also added that illegal practice of malicious people causes inconvenience to travellers claiming that haphazard earth cutting is going on. It had further claimed that due to illegal construction, the compensation amount was increasing every day.

However, describing the claim of the YOMA as false and misleading, ATWO said there is no road blockade for travellers and no malafide intension to get handsome compensation. The structures were erected for dwelling purposes earlier, not with a motive to claim compensation, the ATWO further said. The authorities must compensate the TAH affected people, the organization  added.


Crowds swarm IBF

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: The Itanagar Book Fair (IBF) continued to enthrall the Capital Complex dwellers and pulled in an appreciable crowd as the fair reached its 7th day today.

The crowd was further buoyed by the fact that it was a Good Friday holiday. Number of prominent officials and personalities, like Rajeev Takuk, CEO State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Dr. Asham Borang, Scientist, State Forest Research Institute, Dr. Irak Bagra, ADC to Governor and Batem Pertin, Director of Research were found browsing books in the fair. Takuk, Borang and Pertin, all avid readers, have been visiting the fair daily and were even found buying books for students and youngsters on the spot to encourage reading.

The lone Arunachalee stall represented by the Directorate of Research was a major crowd puller throughout the day and did a brisk business as per their report.

Many visitors, including Marnya Ete, Commissioner, Tax and Excise while appreciating the initiative, hoped that the fair would be made into an annual event. The fair will continue for another two days and conclude on 5th April.


DC inaugurates paper recycling plant in Tawang

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Tawang Deputy Commissioner, Abhishek Dev inaugurated the Beater Machine and the cutting tool for the first Paper Recycling Plant of Tawang which was donated by the NHPC, Tawang unit.

The paper recycling unit has been installed by the Environmental Protection Society (EPS) with the help of the Deputy Commissioner. While inaugurating the machines, Dev said that this recycling plant will help protect the environment by recycling the recyclable wastes.

The officials of the NHPC, Tawang unit were also present on the occasion.

The DC also inaugurated a "Pine Briquet" unit which has been installed by the organization procured with the help of the District Administration.


GBs and PIs training held

KIMIN, Apr 03: A one-day training camp for Gaon Buras and Political Interpreters of Kimin Sub Division was organized by District Administration in coordination with LPG Bottling Plant Unit, Kimin recently at Kimin.

Addressing the meeting Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner, Tai Kaye advised the trainees to become role model for other villagers, as GBs are the village authority at village level. Every GB should exercise the power and functions empowered to them through various acts and notifications from time to time so that they properly maintain law and order within their jurisdictions, he said.

Resource persons, Taring Mama, Senior Advocate, Circle Officers Liken Koyu and Mobia Tai gave deliberation on power, function, role and responsibilities of GBs in village administration, merits and demerits of prevailing customary law, appointment and termination of GBs and etiquettes and conduct rules of GBs.

Altogether 50 Gaon Buras and Political Interpreters (PI) took part in the training programme. DIPRO


Seva Dal welcomes decision to expel Pul

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal has welcomed the decision of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) of expelling former minister and Hayuliang MLA Kalikho Pul from the party. In a press release Kipa Kaha, Chief Organizer of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) stated that those who act against the party should be punished. "Such strong action is needed to maintain the party discipline. No one is above party and if one wants to remain in party, we all have to strictly adhere to the party disciplines," stated Kaha.



Re-United FC trounce Satam Kame FC 8-0

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: Manipur Welfare Society of Arunachal Pradesh (MWSAP) FC defeated Spartan FC 3-2 in the second Satam Poigiong Memorial Football Tournament for 7 Tiger Running Trophy at IG Park here today.

The second match of the day was played between Kabak Kampu FC and DPS FC in which the former defeated the latter by 2-0 goal.

Dorchester FC beat G United FC 3-2 in the third match while Re-United FC trounced Satam Kame FC 8-0 in the fourth and last match of the day, informed the organizing committee.


News Impact

2 IEDs recovered from ambush scene

Governor, people of Tirap condemn incident

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Army has recovered two unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from the spot where suspected NSCN militants ambushed an Army convoy near Tupi tea garden along Khonsa-Longding road yesterday morning killing three jawans and injuring four.

The jawans who were killed in the attack have been identified as Havildar Sanjeev Kumar, 2 Mtn Divn. Sikh Regiment, Havildar Parmal Singh, 4 Rajput and Havildar Charan Singh, 4 Rajput. Their bodies wrapped in the National Tri-colour have been flown to their respective hometowns for the last rites with full military honour, reports DIPRO, Khonsa.

Tirap Deputy Commissioner, the Superintendent of Police and Zilla Chairperson today paid their last respect to the martyrs. The senior military officers from Dinjan, CO, Assam Rifles and other officers from the defence also paid their respect to the martyrs by placing wreaths on their bodies. In an emotional ceremony, the martyrs were given guard of honour in presence of huge civilians and defence officials.

The Khonsa to Longding road which was blocked yesterday following the incident has been re-opened today.

The DC, SP and Army officers visited the site of the ambush and took stock of the situation.

The Deputy Commissioner has appealed to the public to maintain calm and not to panic assuring that the district administration and the security forces will leave no stone unturned to nab the culprits at the earliest, the report added.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has vehemently condemned the attack on the Army convoy in Tirap.

Expressing heartfelt condolences to the families of bereaved families, the Governor said that those responsible for the crime will be brought to book and people of the State will not forget their supreme sacrifice.

Reminding the people that peace is a prerequisite for development, the Governor urged upon the people to stand united against anti-social elements.

The whole civil society of Tirap district has vehemently condemned the senseless killing of army jawans in strongest terms.

While expressing grief and shock over killing of the jawans, Minister for WCD, DoTCL etc Wanglin Lowangdong conveyed his profound sympathies to the families of those killed. All the MLAs of Tirap district have also conveyed their deep sympathies to the families of the jawans who were killed by the miscreants.



Pul alleges financial mismanagement by Govt

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Just a day after being expelled from the Congress party, Hayuliang MLA, Kalikho Pul today launched a scathing attack on the Congress led state government and alleged them of financial irregularities.

Pul claimed that the state is going through severe financial crisis due to the financial mismanagement of the present government. Situation is so bad that it compelled the Chief Secretary to order closing of the year on March 24 instead of March 31, Pul added.

"Government is not able to pay money to the contractors. Therefore they have issued cheques which have validity till April 30th. It means they have no money to pay now and are waiting for the new funds to come.  Unconfirmed sources say that the state government is facing deficit of Rs 6 thousand crore," said Pul. He also said in the financial year 2014-15, the state government received central grant of Rs 5815.71 crore and another additional fund of Rs 1109 crore. "Where has this money gone? People of Arunachal should know that Rs 864 crore GPF and Rs 97 crore New Pension System money has been utilized by government and they have not been able to return the money. Presently the account of GPF and NPS is nil," Pul added.  He also claimed that due to non-submission of utilization certificates on time many funds have lapsed thereby causing serious loss to the state. "Under TFC, Rs 178.66 crore was released for the Panchayat body and out of this only Rs. 57.48 crore has been spent. Also Rs 20.79 crore was kept under ULB, out of which Rs 1.48 crore was used. The remaining was not released by Centre as state government could not provide UC and therefore huge amount of money lapsed causing serious loss," he added.

Thrashing the allegations of funds mismanagement by him during as the finance minister, Pul said, "I left the finance ministry on November 2011. When I left there was Rs 1127.17 crore in the state exchequer. Also an amount of Rs 1293.37 crore received as upfront and processing fee from hydropower developers was used for implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission. Therefore, how can people blame me for the present financial mess," said Pul.

Lastly he added that the present liabilities of state government to the tune of above 6 thousand crore and the money supposedly to come under 14th finance commission is around the same. "Whatever new fund we receive under 14th finance commission will be spent to clear the liabilities. Now tell me where is the money for development? From where will they pay salary to the government employees," Pul added.  

Pul also informed that the funds for PMGSY, DONER, NEC and NRHM has been misused due to which no fresh fund is coming to the state. Painting of gory days ahead, he claimed that due to the present financial crisis, the situation is fit to declare financial emergency in the state and imposition of Presidents' Rule.



I was not served show cause notice: Pul

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Former Congress MLA Kalikho Pul today hit back by terming the move to expel him from the party as unconstitutional. Addressing the media persons this afternoon at Arunachal Press Club, Pul said that he did not receive any prior notice and was informed about the decision to be expelled from the party through media.

"I have received the expulsion order this afternoon. I will appeal to the higher authority for reconsideration of the decision," said Pul who was expelled yesterday for six years for alleged anti-party activities. "The decision of the party state president was unfortunate as I was not served any show cause notice earlier. As per the party's constitution, before expulsion of a member, he should be served a notice and then suspended. Expulsion is the last option if anything is proved against him," he said.

"If I committed any anti-party activity, there should be a complaint to the vigilance committee of the party which would conduct an enquiry and submit its report to the party president for further action. However, in my case no such thing happened," he said.  The fifth-time MLA from Hayuliang constituency in remote Anjaw district said he would seek legal help if necessary after due consultation with his supporters. He said he had never worked against the party's interest during his 30 years long association with Congress. "I was inspired by the vision of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. When he visited Tezu in the year 1986, I listened to his speech and after that I made my mind to join Congress. I won the first election in 1995 and since then have been winning elections with record margin. Also I have never been part of any dissidence activities," he added. Further he added, "There was some misunderstanding which cropped up due to publication of wrong report in a Guwahati based newspaper. On 23rd March during CLP meeting I had cleared everything and was thinking that everything is over."

Pul said he was dropped from the cabinet as Health and Family Welfare minister on December 24 last year because of his initiative to streamline the health department.

"Health department was in pathetic condition. In order to streamline the department, I started with the move to increase the manpower. We have shortage of 7624 personnel in the department. I asked the CM to create posts to fill these vacancies. Due to bad financial situation, 2986 post was approved. However the Cabinet did not give full approval and only accorded in principle approval. I walked out of the Cabinet as I could not convince my fellow cabinet colleagues on such important matter. Out of sheer frustration I resigned which was not approved by the CM," Pul said. He added, "There was serious corruption in the medicine procurement process. I visited various hospitals and found that soon to be expired medicines with low quality were being procured. I tried hard to streamline the process. Now when I look back, the decisions that I took in the interest of the state were not liked by many people. Many people might have been dissatisfied due to my action for which I was dropped," he said.



Former Army Captain Wangsu passes away

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Former Indian Army Captain and a prominent leader of Longding district, Captain Wangman Wangsu passed away yesterday morning at his Chopnu residence after a brief illness.

Wangsu aged 60 years, of Chopnu village under Kanubari sub-division had rendered distinguished service in Indian Army and retired as a Captain in Assam Regiment. Post retirement he led ex-servicemen from the front and was also a promising farmer besides taking up various social responsibilities. Hundreds of friends, including former colleagues, relatives and well wishers thronged his residence and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of the soldier, who was laid to rest this afternoon.

Meanwhile, legislator Gabriel D. Wangsu, expressing shock over the untimely demise of Captain Wangsu, described Wangsu as a true leader of his own right. Whether as a soldier or a civilian, Wangsu was always affable and never said no to any duty or responsibility. A soldier indeed, Wangsu had always led the people from the front in war and peace and the soldier in him never died even when he was leading a life of a common man.

Praying for the peace of the departed soul, the MLA cum Chairman of the State Council for Science & Technology, in his condolence message prayed to almighty to give strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.

Wangsu also deeply mourned the sad demise of Phochai Pansa, 51, a prominent leader of Longding district, who breathed his last on 28th March last after a prolonged illness.

Pansa, hailing from Wakka, had contested in the assembly election from Pongchou-Wakka assembly constituency in 1989 and served the society in various capacities throughout his life. He is survived by 2 wives, 3 daughters and a son.



Vodafone launches network in Daporijo, Aalo and Basar

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: With its continuous endeavour to strengthen network and connect different geographies, Vodafone India, one of India's leading telecom service providers, has announced the launch of its network in Daporijo in Upper Subansiri District and Aalo and Basar in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. With this launch, Vodafone becomes the first private telecom operator to expand its tentacles in Upper Subansiri. The formal inauguration programme at Daporijo is likely to be on 4th April 2015.

Vodafone had earlier announced its network expansion to Zero Point, Bomdila, Rupa and Tenga in West Kameng District and with this further expansion Vodafone would now cover approximately 385 towns and villages and more than 27 percent of the population in the state. Vodafone has so far deployed almost 110 cell sites across the state and continues to expand its network across Assam and North East Circle.

Commenting on the expansion, Pushpinder Singh Gujral, Business Head - Assam and North East, Vodafone India said, "We at Vodafone India feel extremely proud to announce the expansion of our network presence to Daporijo, Aalo and Basar.  

"We are now fully equipped to provide superior connectivity and service to our valued customers in these hitherto unconnected areas" Gujral added.  For the first time, these distant customers will be able to exercise their choice for services and seamlessly connected to the rest of the country.  We are further ramping up our network as part of our ongoing commitment to enhance our customers' mobile experience by offering them an uninterrupted service, Vodafone Business head said.

In North East Circle, Vodafone operates in seven states spanning across more than 18,540 towns and villages diverse in demographic landscape, catering to an equally diverse populace in terms of culture and language. Presently, with over 4670 cell sites, 75,000 plus distribution touch points and more than 280 plus retail touch points, Vodafone offers one of the most robust network connectivity to an overall subscriber base of 4.5 million in Assam and North East.



Majority of women drug users introduced to opium by husbands

Itanagar, Apr 03: A majority of women drug-users in Arunachal Pradesh were introduced to opium after marriage, by their husbands, a new study has revealed.

The study - "Women Who Use Drugs in Northeast India" - noted, "A household survey in the state found that 2.1 per cent of females were opium users" and that "a majority of them were introduced to opium by their husbands after marriage".

Among 100 persons, who were surveyed, 6.4 per cent had taken drugs at least once (just ahead of Tripura's 1.1 per cent), the study found.

A higher percentage of drug consumption was found prevalent amongst users in Manipur (28.2 per cent), Mizoram (17.4 per cent), Nagaland (14.9 per cent), Meghalaya (12.1 per cent), Assam (10.2 per cent) and Sikkim (9.8 per cent).

The study was commissioned by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime under its regional initiative "Prevention of transmission of HIV amongst drug users in SAARC Countries".

This is the first comprehensive study of women who use drugs across all the eight states of the Northeast.

The study said "substance use among women is associated with early initiation to sex, sexual abuse, greater number of sexual partners, exchange of money for sex, and infrequent use of condoms with sexual partners".

It noted that among more than half of the women drug users in Arunachal Pradesh, the prime source of income is through selling drugs or sex.

Comparing the demographic characteristics of women who use drugs in high HIV prevalent (Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland) and low HIV prevalent states (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim and Tripura), the study said that women from the high HIV burden states are slightly older, more of them tend to be widowed/separated/divorced and a smaller proportion live with a partner/spouse.

Concerns were raised regarding the fact that in low HIV burden states, a significant proportion (57 per cent) of women begins to inject drugs without transitioning from non-injecting.

It also stated that women in these states "who use drugs exhibit greater frequency of paid sex as well as sex in exchange for drugs".

The study noted that caution must be exercised in the low HIV burden state of Arunachal Pradesh to mount and scale up harm-reduction interventions. PTI



Fire devours 3 houses at Damroh

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Three houses were gutted in a fire mishap which broke out today at Damro village under Mariyang sub-division, Upper Siang. The fire broke out at around 11 am and the cause is suspected to be electric short circuit. No loss of life has been reported although household properties were lost in the inferno.

The fire gutted three dwelling houses of Akek Pertin, Boti Pertin and Tosur Pertin.

Incidentally a few members of the family were present in the house from which the fire broke out. A passerby informed about the fire and smoke oozing out from the backside of the house and the members rushed to douse the fire until when it was too late. The fire spread out to the other two houses situated on the upper and elevated side of the village. Later the collective efforts of the villagers rushing into stop the fire contained it from further spreading.

Meanwhile, Mariyang-Geku MLA Olom Panyang has expressed shock and sadness over the fire accident. Rushing back to take stock of the situation, Panyang who was en-route to Damroh, informed that he would be reaching to provide immediate monetary relief and household materials. Speaking to the DC Upper Siang for providing immediate relief measures to the fire vicitms, he was informed that the DC is at far-off Tuting on an official tour and would be available after the tour. The traditional houses of Damroh village are made of bamboo and roofing done of dried wild banana bark locally called as Kojing, which is highly inflammable. The villages situated along Yamne valley under Mariyang sub-division have been at the receiving end of fire accidents every other year due to a dry spell during winter and just before spring.



ADC visits flood-prone zone, advises villagers to take precaution before monsoon

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: The ADC Dambuk Atul Tayeng along with Panchayat members of the sub-division visited Bizari, Anpum and Paglam areas to take stock of the situation ahead of the coming monsoon. He also visited the flood prone zones in the area including the road communication from Dambuk to Paglam. The sub-division remains cut off from the rest of the country during monsoon due to flood.

At Paglam the team interacted with the GBS, Panchayat members and villagers on various issues including yearly flood problem in the area. The ADC had advised the villagers that flood is a recurring problem in the area and therefore the best solution is to take preventive measures and keep in readiness ahead of the monsoon and to make necessary arrangement of food grain storage at safer places and shifting of houses to higher grounds. He also urged the GBs and panchayat leaders and villagers of Paglam not to depend on relief assistance only from the govt. as relief could not be placed on spot on time when all road communication  remain  cut-off.

The ADC has also reviewed the PDS stock and the functioning of the fair price shop in the area and directed the CO Paglam to ensure proper distribution of PDS items by the fair price shops and to ensure stocking of reserve food grains for the monsoon season. The team further visited the damaged road and bridges along the Dambuk-Paglam road and decided to take up the matter with the concerned authorities so that the surface communication could be maintained and made communicable during the monsoon season also.

Most of the PWD road in between Loklung and Paglam is damaged and not fit for vehicle plying. The ADC was accompanied by ZPMs of Bomzir -Anpum and Loklung Kaling Robin Perme and Bimol Perme and the Anchal Samity chairperson Baling Perme, CO Paglam J. Mihu and host of panchayat members and public leaders of the area.



---- Editorial ----


Let peace prevail

The trouble torn Tirap district is once again in news for all the wrong reasons. In an audacious ambush, suspected NSCN militants killed three personnel of 4 Rajput Regiment and injured four yesterday morning at Tukpi village, about 15 km from Khonsa along Khonsa-Longding road. While no group has claimed responsibilities for the attack, the suspicion point towards Naga rebel groups who are operating in the districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding.

Whenever such incident occurs, it is the ordinary citizens who have to pay heavy price for it. Most of the time it is seen that security forces trouble local citizen in the name of counter insurgency operation against the fleeing militants. One can only hope that same is not happening with the people of Tukpi village where the incident took place. For years the people of three trouble-torn districts which shares border with Nagaland state and neighbouring country Myanmar are facing insurgency problem. Government of India has totally failed to tackle the problem. Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju who hails from Arunachal Pradesh should take note of the incident and try help in finding long term solution to the vexed Naga issue. Unless the government of India solves Naga issue, the peace will not return to Tirap, Changlang and Longding. People of three districts along with whole of the state are looking towards Rijiju with hope. Meanwhile let us hope that peace return to the district at the earliest.

---- Readers Forum ----


Make status report public

Dear Editor,

It is a matter of grave concern and anguish for All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) that in recent past crime against students has increased manifold. But in most cases the police and administration have utterly failed to nab the culprits. ‘But enough is enough’ and now onwards ANSU will not tolerate any crime against students’ community.

The ANSU is constantly and continuously committed to safeguard and protect the interest of all students irrespective of their family background and without any discrimination. In the eyes of ANSU all students are equal.

On 31st March in the morning hour  Tani Tana was found brutally murdered that too inside the premises of Government M.E school, ESS sector, Itanagar. Till 6 am he was at home and at 8:30 am his body was seen and found inside the bathroom of the above mentioned school in the pool of blood. His head was severely smashed and there was injury mark around his neck also. This explicitly and amply proves that an innocent child Tani Tana was murdered.

I being the education secretary of  ANSU would like to  draw the  attention of the Home Minister  towards the  heinous crime and  strongly demand that the status report inclusive of the progress made in the investigation of the most brutal and most inhumane act of murder of Tani Tana, a 10 year-old boy, be made public without any further delay.  At the same time ANSU condemns this heinous crime against a student of primary school and warns the culprits that ANSU is not going to spare them at any cost. They deserve exemplary punishment and ANSU ensures that they get it at the earliest.

At the same time, I, on behalf of the  ANSU, also raises its finger on insensitivity of ‘education department’ which allows academic institutions to be safe haven for criminals and anti-social elements especially during vacation and holidays.  Lt. Tani Tana would have probably not been murdered had the main gate of the school not been locked as it is a vacation-time. Hence, education department is also partly responsible for this brutal murder. The education department must also ensure that in future no any sort of crime is committed in the premises of academic institutions of Arunachal. Failing which or re- occurring of any type of crime against students shall be viewed very seriously by ANSU and if police and administration fail to punish the culprits ANSU will be compelled to take its own course of action in the form of democratic means in order to safeguard and protect the students’ community. ANSU will not let the life of any student go in vain. They are the future of Arunachal and they are the potential human resources to build our nation stronger and more powerful.

I on behalf of ANSU demand immediate and prompt action to nab the culprit(s) and also to pay the substantial amount of compensation to the poor and bereaved family who lost their talented son. Looking forward for a prompt action from your end.


Lokam Tagiam

Education Secretary, ANSU




Improve power supply in Ziro

Dear Editor,

Through esteemed daily we would like to draw the attention of Honourable MLA of 17th Ziro –Hapoli constituency toward erratic power supply in Ziro valley.

Every year from the month of November to April people of Ziro- Hapoli suffer from irregular power supply in the name of load shedding. Many colonies of Hapoli and old Ziro gets only 2-3 hours power supply during day time. And at night power is supplied on hourly system. These hourly supplies of power disturb the concentration of student who are preferring for college, CBSE and other Board exams. Sometimes it irritates the students.

From the month of January to March, regular power supply is very much needed because within these moths various exams are conducted, besides Apatani festival of Mokyo, Murung, Meda.

While others can manage somehow, but poor students who are preparing for exam and interview needs regular power supply especially at night.

During election campaign, our MLA promised to rectify the irregular power supply by repairing the old Hydel. This promise touched us very much. So students and many other commoner voted for our him because so far no other MLA talked on this issue. But it seems that his promise is just like any other politician’s promise which is seldom kept.

Our MLA is doing very good job such as broadening the colony roads but please also address the problem of power supply. We do not mind if power is supplied irregularly during day time, but we need uninterrupted power supply whole night.

We are concluding our appeal with hope that from next year our table lamp does not go off at night. And we also appeal to NGOs of Ziro–Hapoli to take up this issue with the concerned authority because it now it very difficult and irritating to live with hourly system of power supply every year!!


Kago Tuke

Hage Hasang, Hapoli




No work culture is the age-old culture

Dear Editor,

We see bizarre scenes in most of the government offices whenever we happen to visit there. No work culture is the age old culture of state government employees. On the basis of available facts, there are three or four categories of employees.

First category of employees goes to office late and come back early, doing nothing.

Second category of employees goes to office however, pass their time gossiping with their colleagues. Third category of employees hardly goes to office. The fourth category is of course, the miniscule group of employees, who work sincerely and diligently, and they are the people who are running the show if there is anything left to call it.

Some responsible officers who do not go to office attend when they see some personal gain. Otherwise, they spend their time in hunting, fishing, gambling, extending their empire etc.

From this we can understand the deep malaise rooted in the system itself. The number of such officer/officials in the state can run into thousands if not lakh. This are the reasons why nothing move in the state govt. offices for months/years together. I want to remind the those employees that they are not only behaving irresponsibly but also help generating irresponsible citizens for the future. Their young kids are observing silently. They are growing up fast to follow suit.

From the above scenario, it is apparent that more than half of the employee’s donot have job to perform. If that is so, why does not government sack them from service? Generation of employment for the sake of employment does not make any sense. I believe the efficient work culture of the state govt. employees can be improved considerably if the strength of employees is trimmed from the present strength, and holidays are reduced to a minimum.

And at the same time they should also be made accountable for timely completion of each and every job assigned efficiently, umpteen number of state holidays and bandhs have made the employees further cripple and lazy.

When their counterparts of public sector unit can live with 10 days of holidays in a year, why do the state govt. employees need more holidays?


Zon Damin

Mebo, East Siang




Thanks to the blood donors

Dear Editor

Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (Ignited Youth) and NGO deserve our thanks for helping the poor people specially the patients.  I am writing this letter because I am highly obliged and impressed by the free service given by Arunacnai Vivekananda Yuva Shakti to the needy people of our state.

My sister Miss Yalena Uli has been suffering for last two weeks. First one week, doctors of Daporijo give her treatment, but when her condition did not improve, I brought her to General Hospital Naharlagun where her treatment is going on.

The doctor at Naharlagun advised blood transfusion but it was difficult for me to get blood, then I contacted Arunachal Vivekannada Yuva Shakti.

Its volunteers Techi Neri and Bharat Hilang came and donated blood to save life of my sister. Now my sister is improving and I am thankful to General Secretary, President of Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (ignited Youth).


Taje Uli

Abo Tani Colony





Explore better ways of revenue generation

Dear Editor,

The installation of new electric meter system has become a matter of concern for the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

The objections raised by the consumers are not unfounded. What is the need for changing the meter when it is working well? The general public is not at all prepared for the drastic change in these circumstances. Better ways of revenue generation may be explored by the Government rather than insisting on this controversial method. While other states are making all out efforts to provide free or subsidized electricity to the citizens; ours also should take people-friendly steps. How about reducing the huge expenditure incurred in maintaining the luxurious life of few individuals and top officials at the cost of common people? That might be an effective way for saving crores of public money every month.

The Government might reconsider the new policy in the light of grievances and aspirations of the masses.


K.Riba, Naharlagun



A new dawn

Dear Editor,

As the day dawn sedately, I begun to log in to the Arunachal Times, in the very first page of the headline “Long wait ends, Yobin’s accorded ST status” had animated me all smiles and a thought stroke me that  the dawn of the down troddened tribe Yobin of Arunachal Pradesh has begun.


Barak Ngwazah







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.        


Copyright © 2008, The Arunachal Times Publications Pvt. Ltd., Siang House, Sector - E, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh - 791111, India

All rights reserved.