April 13

Concern over illegal hunting, fishing at Koyu-Korang


PASIGHAT, Apr 12: The people of Koyu-Korang area including some Gaon Burahs and PRI members have expressed grave concern over illegal hunting of wildlife and indiscriminate fishing under Nari-Koyu constituency.

Local people have reported that illegal activities like hunting, fishing and indiscriminate collection of forest wealth is going on unabated in the forest area for the last couple of months. The locals said that the poachers and smugglers are having a field day in upper Ramle Banggo area, but the forest department is quite silent over the issue. The fishermen use electrical devices and explosives to fish which has led to rapid decline in fish population in Hijo, Dogge, Sijo rivers.

Expressing discontent over the unabated hunting and alleged failure of the forest department to stop illegal activities in the forests, the public leaders, Gaon Burahs of the area have urged the authority concerned to impose strict ban on the illegal activities reining in the forest areas.

They also urged the authority to take step for seizure of the licensed guns, which are used in poaching of wild lives, but their plea has not yielded positive result.

The people of Koyu-Korang area inducing GBs, PRI leaders, public leaders and student leaders also conducted a 'Banggo Meeting' at Koyu during October last year to protest illegal hunting, fishing and smuggling of timber. But, their efforts have not gained momentum due to indifferent attitude of the local administration and the forest department as well.


3 women allegedly raped by army personnel at Karbi Anglong

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: At a time when people of Arunachal are starting to express deep anger and resentment over union home ministry's decision to extend Armed Forces Special Power (AFSPA) Act to 12 districts of Arunachal which shares boundary with Assam, report about alleged rape of three women including 13 year old minor girl in Karbi Anglong district of Assam is a matter of deep concern. The incident allegedly took place last Monday. It is to be noted that AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) is imposed in Karbi Anglong under which Army officers have legal immunity for their actions.

North East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) while informing this in a press release has demanded immediate arrest of army personnel's who allegedly raped three women. "There are serious chances of putting even this rape case under the carpet as done earlier. Police cannot take any action against the perpetrators unless the Home Ministry gives permission for the same. Such provisions clearly stand against common masses as such cases are gross violation of human rights and justice," the NEFIS stated in a release.


Rijiju asks students to strive for excellence

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju while attending the Mopin celebration at Chandigarh by Galo students pursuing education in the city, advised the students to strive for excellence in life.

Student life is the golden period of one's life. Those who care for their studies will only succeed," Rijiju said, and advised the students to do their duty for achieving the desired goal in life.

The MP from the state also advised them to learn mingle with new people and their culture which will help them feel homely comfort away.

Rijiju advised the students of the state to apprise him if there is any security related issues.

Youth national BJP leader Vaibhav Mital also joined the celebration.


Services of missionaries acknowledged at Nyishi Baptist Church Council conference in Palin

PALIN, Apr 12: Addressing the participants of the Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) annual conference including 100 reverends and 1000 pastors from all over the state here on Saturday, Arunachal Pradesh State Rubber Board (APSRB) chairman Likha Maj lauded the missionaries for brining massive social changes, particularly among the Nyishis through their selfless and dedicated services in various remote and far-flung parts of the state.

Love and compassion have been their mantra to be part of the tribal society to work for peace, progress and all round development while teaching the value of forgiveness, which has been advocated by incarnations of all ages like Lord Jesus Christ, Maj pointed out.

The GoAP, particularly Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, on many occasions has lauded the missionaries for their invaluable contributions to the state, especially in education and health sectors. He announced to apprise the GoAP the good deeds of the missionaries for recognition, to the applause of the gathering.

Clearing the misgiving about extension of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 to 12 districts of the state, Maj said that it was the unilateral decision of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs without consulting the GoAP for which the CM has urged the home minister to review it in the greater interest of the peace loving people of the state.


Truck for power department

Changlang, April 12: MLA Changlang North Tesam Pongte along with EAC G K Paul Choudhury flagged off a newly procured 407 truck of Power Department, Sub-division Changlang near officers club, Changlang today amidst the gathering of HODs, Public Leaders and officers and officials of the Department. The truck was procured under MLA's Local Area Development Fund.

In his brief speech Pongte informed that due to non availability of vehicle, the department of Power, Changlang Sub-Division has been facing lots of problems during interruptions in power supply which is a recurring phenomenon in the district headquarters. "Sensing that the department of Power delivers essential services, placement of a vehicle to the department at district headquarters was my top priority" said Pongte.

He hoped that the placement of vehicle will solve most of the problems and the department will be able to provide better services promptly to the people of Changlang. He further urged the department to utilize the vehicle properly and use the same for the true purpose.

Earlier EE (Power) said that procurement of vehicle was a huge relief for the department and has solved many problems. He instructed the Assistant Engineer (Power) not to misuse the vehicle and stressed for proper care and proper handling of the vehicle to ensure its durability.


Three houses gutted

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The All Nyishi Youth Association Capital Complex Unit claimed that yesterday early morning around 3 am four houses were gutted down at Barapani, Naharlagun. The owners of house include Tatung Tarang, Tatung Nikam, Jidang Taya and Jidang Tatunp. Even though there was no loss of life but properties including local ornaments were damaged, claimed ANYA Capital Complex Unit.

Association has appealed to the state government to provide relief to the victim. They have also appealed to the citizens of Capital complex to keep sector roads widened so that fire brigade can reach easily incase of any unfortunate incident.

Meanwhile ANYACCU has expressed deep concern over delay in arresting the culprit involved in the alleged murder of school student Tani Tana. They have appealed the Itanagar police to arrest the accused at the earliest and give justice to the parents..

Students condemn assault

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Condemning the assault on a faculty member of JN College Pasighat by two miscreants on April 6, All Bogong Students' Union (ABSU) has demanded stringent action against the assaulters.


ITBP emerge overall champion in All India Police Duty Meet

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force with its confidential dog training procedure developed by the dog trainers and veterinary officers of the para-military force emerged overall championship in the recently concluded All India Police Duty Meet at Phillaur Punjab.

ITBP Malinois breed dog named Helen, indicated all composite explosives, including rare types of bombs with faster and greater accuracy than dogs of BSF, SSB, CRPF, CISF and other paramilitary forces and state police organizations, when she was asked to search for such explosives in building, person, vehicle, luggage and ground.

Helen was awarded gold medal after being adjudged the best dog in India in explosive detection. Ct Vel Murgan is the Helen's handler.

ITBP was the first in India to induct Malinois dogs in armed forces.

It is worth mentioning here that that ITBP was the only organization that provided the largest number of dogs during the visit of USA President in India and took part in joint operation with the dog of Navy Seals of US Military.


‘Calling Tawang’ ride

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: A team of six Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers from across the country is all set to ride into Tawang from Guwahati on April 14 to promote adventure tourism.

The team to be led by Hemant Kamdi, an IFS officer posted in Nagaland will also participate in the ensuing Tawang Festival for its promotion.

The ride title "Tawang Calling" is being coordinated by Arunachal Bullet Club (ABC) with assistance from forest officers (DFOs) of Bhalukpong, Bomdila, Tawang and Ranger Dirang.

The ABC will also take out a ride on April 29 along with other riders from North East and country to share the joy of "Tawang Festival".


News Impact

MHA to review AFSPA, seeks alternative suggestions from state govt

We will honour state govt’s decision: Kiren

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: As the debate on extension of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Arunachal continues to gain momentum, Minister of state Kiren Rijiju has said that he has already directed the Home Ministry officials to review it completely and seek suggestions from the State government for alternative views.

Ministry of Home Affairs took the decision only on the ground that the ongoing operation against NDFB(s) and some other outfits may not be successful if the militants find safe haven in the State of Arunachal Pradesh, the MoS said.

"If the State government is uncomfortable with extension of AFSPA, then we will honour it. Law and order is a State subject and national security is dealt by Ministry of Home Affairs in close coordination with State government and NDA government will follow the spirit of cooperative federalism in the national interest, he said in a statement.

We are a democratic government and we can't run the government with a dictatorial attitude, he added.

The Minister further said that he had been in touch with Home Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Tanga Byaling on the issue. "He verbally told me that security forces can go beyond 20 km distance within Arunachal Pradesh while chasing the insurgents" Kiren said.

"But since the State government feels that the earlier position may be maintained, Ministry of Home Affairs has no issues. Only some modalities need to be worked out for which the views of the State government is being sought" the minister added.

He expressed concerned that "situation in many border areas of Arunachal Pradesh is disturbing due to regular activities of the ultras" and appealed to the State government and the citizens to be very vigilant about the movement of outside militants entering the State and not to allow them to vitiate the peace of Arunachal Pradesh.



Dibang to be connected by 2016, GREF yet to pick up work on Deopani Bridge

Tale of two Bridges

Karyir Riba

ROING, Apr 12: The Dibang Bridge over the Dibang River being constructed by Navayuga Dibang Infra Projects Private Limited has a new completion date of 6 December 2016. DPM Navayuga informed that this date of completion has been extended upto a year from the earlier date of Dec 2015.

According to the Navayuga, 75% of the works on the bridges have been completed, and work on the remaining 25% is going on steadily.

Rain has played havoc on the construction activities, stated the DPM. Construction work progresses rapidly during the winter, but the heavy rains and absence of road to the bridge site hamper the work totally, almost making it impossible.

Another major cause of delay is the non-allowance of forest clearance by the Forest Department of the district. "Due to some misunderstanding between the Forest department and the PWD, we are not being able to obtain forest clearance, which is causing a lot of problem", informed Navayuga officials. The company has also, reportedly, proposed for another length of 1km of bridge construction additional to the existing project.

The construction of bridges across the Dibang river system includes construction of a connecting road between Bomjir-Meka, covering a total length of 18.950 km. The date of commencement of the Rs. 764 crore project was 11th June 2011, which was estimated to be completed in 54 months. While on the other hand, the work on the Deopani river bridge being taken up by the 1446 BCC (GREF) under 752 BRTF has been lying still since a decade.

The construction work of the project had started on 12 July 2004, and was supposed to be completed by 31 March 2009. There is no sign of any bridge after 11 years of its commencement. A source from the 1446 BCC (GREF) said that the bridge is now estimated to be completed by 31 March 2017.

When asked about the delay in the completion of the bridge, the GREF source said that it was due to the contractor leaving the construction site in 2008, and in 2011 a labour died by falling inside a well. The work on the bridge has been totally stopped since a long time.

The bridge on Deopani is a major bridge which connects Dibang Valley district and Hunli-Desali block of Lower Dibang Valley.



Investment friendly policy soon: Tuki

All districts to get ITIs

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: While calling for revisiting and reviving the existing industrial policy- 2008 which has lot of lacunae, Chief Minister Nabam said that the industrial policy prepared in 2008 need to be modified keeping in mind the states requirement and investment avenues. "We have to prepare an investment friendly policy for the investors so that the economic zone of the state is fully exploited", Tuki assertively said. He categorically asked the department of Industries to focus more on cottage and small scale industries so that more employment generation can be done.

He said this in a meeting today to review his pet project of skilling and then gainfully employing the youths of Arunachal Pradesh, undertaken by the skill development and employment generation department.  Reiterating his commitment towards employing Arunachal by providing one lakh job in 12 five year plan, Tuki called upon the department to work with zeal and enthusiasm to achieve the desired goal.

He was specific on directing the department to keep records of vocational trainings provided to youths by the VTPs and their placements as agreed upon by them.

He also emphasized on establishment of CM's livelihood mission school in every assembly constituencies of the state to provide students with vocational trainings on specific skills for employment generation.

It is worth mentioning that after series of Job Melas conducted by the state government in 2013 and 2014, youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been working in almost all the metropolitan cities in the country.  

"Equal care has to be taken by the department in regards to safety and security of our youths working in different parts of the country", CM emphatically said while requesting the Secretary Skill Development and employment generation K J R Burman to personally monitor the matter through correspondences with the concern state machineries.

Burman while giving statistic details on the activities undertaken by the department through a power point presentation apprised the CM about the road map of the department for the state of Arunachal. The department plans to establish new ITIs one each in every district basides, 100 Skill Development Centres (SDCs) one in every block.  

It shall also set up Regional Institute of Training of Trainers (RIToT) apart from organizing special Skill Development training programme for self-employment for the youths from border areas. Modernization of State Employment Exchange and Creation of Skill Development Training Infrastructure in the State by the state government or by private investors under PPP model were few more vision plan of the department.

Among others, Parliamentary Secretary Industries, Tatung Jamoh, Parliamentary Secretary Tapuk Taku, Director Skill Development and Employment Generation Department, Subu Tabin and other department officers were present in the meeting. (Media Cell, CMO)



Voice against  AFSPA continues

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Huge outcry demanding repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers' Act (AFSPA) is growing day by day among various political parties, civil societies and students' organization in the state.

While highlighting the blatant misuse of the Act in some states, where the Act is in force, like Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur and Assam,

People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) urged the Centre to urgently review the decision of extending the draconian law to all the districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam.

The state of Arunachal Pradesh is not a fit case for imposition of the Act, which gives Army power to help civil authorities control armed rebellion, as there is no any indigenous insurgency group in the state.

At a time when there was movement against the draconian law by various human rights activists for repealing of this Act, imposition of the law without taking confidence of the state government and people of the state by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is a matter of grave concern, PPA said in a release.

The party also criticized MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for his recent press statement and said that his comment on extension of the Act in 12 districts of the State was nothing but threatening to Nabam Tuki led Government and people of the state.

While condemning the 'forceful' imposition of the Act, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) urged the state government to immediately take up the matter with MHA for the safety and security of the state and its people.  

The Seva Dal reminded to all concerned that AFSPA contravenes international human rights law and continued imposition of such Act tantamount to systematic violation of indigenous peoples' rights and encroaching upon the internal affairs of the State, and supersedes the sovereign and plenary powers of the State Government in the governance of its internal affairs such as law and order.

"AFSPA is particularly to deal with the banned organizations. There are as many as 36 banned organizations throughout the country as per Ministry of Home Affairs list but there is no any such banned organization functioning in the state of Arunachal Pradesh,: the Seva said while questioning the ground for extension of the Act in as many as 12 districts.

Citing few examples of blatant misuse of the Act by Army and serious human rights violations in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, killing of one person at Gumto near Doimukh in 2007, the Seva Dal rued that the Act, which has recorded as one of worst Acts in the country is still surviving despite movements by various human rights groups, activists for scrapping of the Act.

Despite of all these facts, the Government of India has not yet shown any political will to overcome counter-pressures allegedly coming from vested interests in the armed forces for its continuation, the organization alleged.



APLS confers Karmveer title to Late CM Khandu

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Former chief minister, Late Dorjee Khandu was a dedicated leader committed to the cause of the people, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki after conferring Karmveer title on him on behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) today. Such title is conferred only once.

Khandu's yeoman services would be immortal as he would be known as Karmveer Dorjee Khandu henceforth which is a history in state's literary world, Tuki said in his address to a distinguished gathering to mark the Society's 9th foundation at Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum here. "It is a great day for the family on receiving the wonderful honour. I extend heartfelt thanks on behalf of the family and the entire people of Mon area and well-wishers of my late father", Pema Khandu, Minister UD and Tourism and son of the Late Chief Minister said while accepting the award.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister announced GoAP's financial support for the proposed award after late Lummer Dai to be an annual feature.

Pointing out that literature is priceless but a noble cause as it reaches million hearts across the globe, the CM enlisted contributions of late Dai and Mamang Dai to justify that Arunachal Pradesh may be latecomer in literature but not lagging far behind.

Recalling his announcement to install Bhupen Hazarika's statue and make a documentary film on his life, the CM announced GoAP sponsorship with a committee headed by APLS president Y D Thongchi to achieve the goal.

He also suggested more coffee table books on Arunachal Pradesh for growth of tourism.

Thongchi also felicitated 51-year-old Takhe Kani for his contribution in preserving rich cultural heritage and 60-year-old Sherphow Nimachow on the occasion.

In his address, Thongchi recalled that CM Tuki himself, in his address to the first APLS foundation day in 2006, had regretted that state's writers were most neglected and assured support.

Thongchi highlighted the achievements including institution of Lummer Dai Sahitya Award by APLS in collaboration with Assam Sahitya Sabha and setting up of Lummer Dai Distance Learning & Tribal Research Centre at Bihupuria. He said the APLS would like to institute an annual literary award to honour distinguished writers of the state or other states.

Besides APLS, Siang Literary Forum and Namsai Sahitya Sabha are consistently working to promote state's literature, he said, and urged the CM for fund through the art and culture department.

The APLS as a platform is aimed at creating a conducive atmosphere for growth of literature and to tap the budding talents and creative writers while promoting the tribal literature, said general secretary Tokong Pertin.

He announced the society's commitment to pursue research on state tribal literature and their promotion for giving an identity to the state.

The CM, Minister UD and Tourism, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi along with Thongchi and Pertin released APLS magazine Prayas to mark the occasion.

Though APLS had decided to felicitate retired IAS officer and noted author Oshong Ering, he could not come due to preoccupation but conveyed his appreciation.

Rainbow - the multi-lingual poetry recitation by budding and known poets - was the special attraction of the event.



ABK urges Govt not to shift AIIMS from Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Reacting to the alleged attempt by the state Government to shift the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) from Pasighat on the purported ground of not getting land from the Bogong Banggo, the Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has appealed the Government not to act in haste.

The ABK release signed by President, Kangir Jamoh stated that the Bogong Banggo Kebang (BBK) had already committed to provide sufficient land for the AIIMS.

Advocating for the AIIMS to be established at Pasighat, ABK stated that the district headquarter of East Siang is centrally located and has access of a short duration to many nearby district headquarters and towns. The commuting time from Daporijo, Aalo, Yingkiong, Roing, Tezu will become much shorter with the Trans-Arunachal Highway completed, it added.

The ABK stated that the airport at Pasighat is on the verge of completion Pasighat and the Railway Head is being extended to Pasighat from Murkongselek. The PMO had recently directed the Railway Ministry to carry out detail engineering survey of Murkongselek-Pasighat-Tezu-ParshuramKund-Rupai (Assam) railway line which will be funded by Ministry of Defence/Finance. The said railway line is certain for execution as this project is considered one of the most strategic railway lines along the China border by the Defence Ministry.

The nearest existing railway station at Murkongselek (Assam) is at a distance of 35 km from Pasighat and well connected with a National Highway. The railway and road Bogibeel Bridge over Brahmaputra is slated to be completed by 2017 and will directly connect the AIIMS at Pasighat with Dibrugarh Medical College which is at a distance of 110 KM. If the AIIMS is established at Pasighat it shall not only cater to the medical needs of entire central zone of our State but also the neighbouring state of Assam covering northern bank of Upper Assam, it added.



BRO in the service of Arunachal developing strategic roads

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The 92 Road Construction Company (RCC) of Border Road Organization (BRO) based at Thumbin in West Siang is currently engaged in the development and construction of several new roads of strategic importance leading up to last defence post along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The 92 RCC under the initiative of Executive Engineer (Civil) Rakesh Kumar, Officer Commanding and his dedicated team under guidance of Col. DS Pandey of Project Brahmank has taken up several road works for the development of surface communication in difficult terrain. Of them, the 360 feet Span Bailey Suspension Bridge over River Siyom on Bille Migging road is one worth mentioning. When completed, the bridge will link Upper Siang district.

Improvement of Tato-Manigong-Tadadege road sector and development of Aalo-Kaying road and construction of Tato-Taliha road to NH Double Lane standard are some of the major achievements of the 92 RCC, Tato-Taliha road will connect West Siang with Upper Subansiri.

The Tato-Manigong-Tadadege road, considered as lifeline for the people of that area, has been developed even for smooth movement of heavy vehicles.

The officer commanding Rakesh has sought cooperation of local people for rapid development of road network in the remote area especially ICB roads.



Growing distance between teachers and students

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The incident of assaults on teaching community has risen considerably high in recent years deeply worrying the people of Arunachal. Dera Natung Government College popularly known as DN College has witnessed the highest number of such incidents. Currently 6633 regular students are enrolled in the said college which is way beyond its capacity. On the contrary only 93 faculty members are managing such huge number of students.

Recently Dr KK Rai, Assistant Professor of Mathematics was assaulted by a student just because the teachers did not allow the student to cheat during exam.

Hurt over such repeated assaults, the college teaching community under the banner of Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers Association (APCTA) is boycotting exam duty on 13th April to lodge their protest.

This latest incident has once again re-ignited the debate over why young Arunachalees are increasingly resorting to violent methods to vent out their anger.  These days even over minor disagreement young children violently assault each other. Situation is so bad that even they don't hesitate to attack teachers who are considered as next to parents.

"The problem lies with the parenting. Most of the parents think that their duty ends just by getting their children admitted in the college, which is wrong. They don't bother to check whether their children are attending classes and whether they are passing exams. Also parents should educate children at home about need to respect elders which include teachers," said T Riba Jomoh, who teaches Hindi at DN College.

"Although this trend is very bad but the happenings are not without reasons. When we were in schools or universities teachers were committed for the well beings of their students. In my university days at Allahabad several books were provided to me by my teachers and even they were always ready to correct my notes but it is not possible these days. Even during my primary and higher secondary schooling days our teachers devoted several hours after school timing for the students. But the trend has changed and teachers are running for their tuition periods and coaching classes. Therefore relationship between students and teachers is not like Guru and disciple but like a buyer and seller. In this atmosphere a teacher cannot command respect," said Sunil Shukla, senior official of the ministry of information and broadcasting.

Dr MQ Khan, Associate Professor of English and one of the most respected figures among the teaching community of state says that problem is getting bad due to defective basic education system. "There is virtual competition among schools to get the best 'pass percentage' in CBSE exams due to which many schools allow cheating during exams. We will have to first address this problem," said Dr Khan.

Further he added, "Also we cannot deny the important role of parents in nurturing the children. They need to tell their children what is wrong and right and instill sense of discipline. Buying children mobile phone, bike and providing internet facilities is good, but, does parents care to check whether their children is properly using the facilities provided to them? Today situation is worse in the schools. Teachers are virtually scared of children in the school." Dr Khan also believes that teachers, be at school or college themselves need to introspect.

"Teacher should try hard to build good relation with the students. We also need to be honest to our profession and set example for the children to follow," says Dr Khan. He also disagrees with the notion that students of DNGC are hostile to teachers.

"During early 90s maximum number of assault on teachers took place at JN College, Pasighat. Unfortunately in recent years such incident is taking place in our college too. We all need to introspect and try to figure out where things are going wrong," says Dr Khan.

One of the major problems which arise while confronting such attack case on teachers is the patronage given to the attackers by various groups. "Whenever such incidents take place, we get immense pressure to pardon the students. Leaders of various unions and associations put pressure on us. We also don't like to see our student suffer and out of pure humanity, we do sometimes forgive them. But our students are taking our love as weakness and incidents of assaults continues to grow," shared APCTA president Dr Jommi Loyi.

"They only realize mistake after committing crime and asks for forgiveness. My only question is why not they think about it before committing the crime," asked Tao Abo, IPR Secretary of APCTA.

It is difficult to make out who is responsible for the deteriorating relation between student and teachers but there is no denying that this unhealthy relation poses serious challenge to the future of state. Perhaps all of us including students, teachers, parents and society as a whole should introspect.



HRD minister’s intervention sought for early completion of JNV building

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Geku established 10 years ago is still running from a temporary OBT building without proper infrastructure. It was observed by a team of Adi Students' Union (AdiSU), which visited the school recently to gather first information of the functioning of the school.

While highlighting the poor infrastructure facilities of the school with leaking roof, unhygienic toilets, dilapidated hostels and teachers' quarters, Adi Students' Union (AdiSU), in a representation to Union Minister for Human Resources Development, sought the intervention of the Ministry for early completion of the school building equipped with all facilities.

As per the JNV norms, there should be a full-flagged campus with sufficient buildings for classrooms, dormitories, staff-quarters, dining hall and other infrastructural facilities, play-ground, workshop, library and labs etc in the school, said the representation.

It informed quoting local sources that an amount of Rs.16 crore was allotted to a Delhi based construction agency for construction of the school building in collaboration with an Arunachalee contractor, who have erected only few pillars till date.

According to the school authority, no representatives from both the construction agencies have ever visited the site till date after the construction work was started in 2008, the representation said. It also blamed the negligence of the concern school authority for the delay.



NE Fashion Week to promote aboriginal fabrics of the region

ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Arunachal Pradesh edition of North East Fashion Week, 2015 organized by Affluent Ray of Light began at Dree Ground near here today. The event mainly aims at promoting the aboriginal fabrics of the region.

The delightful actress Minisha Lamba looked gorgeous in the beautiful traditional attire designed by Nabam Aka.  Nabam Aka is a local weaver and prominent artesian who has employed many weavers in Assam.

The three days event being organized in the city is for the first time, where 35 designers, musicians and weavers from different parts of North East participated to showcase their talent and collection.

The Festival was inaugurated by MLA Niyamar Karbak and Seva Dal Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha.

The event started with the beautiful country songs and melodies sung by famous musician Guru Rewben Mashangva and his son Saka.

With a vision to promote overall development of the North East region, the Fest saw North East music, fabric, designers and local delicacies. Weavers, designers as well as cuisine stalls kept the crowds buzzing at the venue.

Karbak said, "We are happy that our youth like Yana and Siranjeet are organizing such events. Our local weavers and designers need an exposure and platforms like these to bring them forth in bigger platforms. I am glad and pleased to see the talent of our North East Weavers and designers"

"North East is truly the fashion capital and so it should be promoted in a way that it gives business and employment to the locals of the regions. Our handlooms and handicrafts are world famous and if our weavers are given right opportunity, they have a bright future in fashion world," said Kaha.

Manish Drone, Tumi Riba, Achung and Jimi, Diganta, Siami, Yura Mary, Indrakshi and Prakrity were amongst the other designers who showcased their beautiful collections and designer range during the event.

The first day also saw music played by DJ Caroline Banx.



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Take strong measures

Every year during college examination and student union election, the teaching faculties of the various colleges of Arunachal becomes unfortunate target of the student. With each passing year, the number of assault cases on college teacher is increasing and it is a matter of deep concern.  Very recently Dr KK Rai, an assistant professor of Dera Natung Govt. College was brutally assaulted by his own student. Dr Rai was only perfuming his duty by not allowing the accused student to cheat during exam.

Sadly he had to heavy price for sincerely doing his duty. This is not the first time such incidents have happened. In the past also many lecturers was assaulted but no concrete punishment has been given to any accused so far. Unfortunately in some instance no police complaints were lodged and therefore it was never reported in media too. Such incidents have emboldened the criminal minded students. Besides giving strong punishment in the form of jail term, such students should be expelled from university. Unless strong measures are adopted the instances of assault on teachers will continue.

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The reasons I support AFSPA

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express my view on the matter of imposition of AFSPA in 12 districts in Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam & Myanmar.

High decibel hue & cry is being heard from hundreds of both conspicuous & inconspicuous organizations across the state against the imposition of Armed Force Special Power Act which gives special power to Armed Forces as the name itself suggests. Such a reaction raises several questions in my mind of which few are tormenting my mind & I cannot hold back.

My first question to them is that do they know that AFSPA is already invoked in several districts of Arunachal Pradesh since several years and everything is going on smoothly, at least till today. I have worked in Tirap & Changlang for more than 6 years but never heard of any excesses done by Army in the pretext of AFSPA. I would like to relate an event when 4 Bodo militants were killed by army in the jungles of Deka Village under East Siang District. The army requested the villagers to carry the dead bodies of the slain militants up to roadside but the villagers refused to do so sighting social taboo and army never asked the villagers for a second time, not to talk of applying force.

My second question is, where do these organizations go when armed force personnel or innocent public are killed as a direct or indirect consequences of action of militancy. People who have volunteered to work for a noble cause should maintain balance on all aspects.

The power of armed force granted under AFSPA, like firing on unlawful activity in order to protect law & order, arrest without warrant, enter and search any premises to arrest, etc, are already there under IPC & CRPC. Forest Officers are empowered under Forest Acts to arrest without warrant, enter & search any premises, stop & check vehicles on transit.

Further there is no legal immunity granted to armed force under this act but prior sanction of the Central Government is required to prosecute or institute any legal proceeding against any person in respect of anything done in exercise of power conferred by this Act.


Tapek  Riba




Keep safe our hard earned money

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like express my anguish regarding the news that GPF and NPF of govt employees of Arunachal Pradesh have been used by the govt for various purposes and accounts are totally nil. Here my question to the state govt. is that why did they touch the hard earned money of govt employees deposited in their respective GPF and NPS accounts for their future? Where did state govt use those amounts instead of using from budget allocated amount? With deficit of 4486.74 crore, how is the state govt

return the GPF and NPS amount of govt employees amounting to Rs Rs.864 crore(GPF) and Rs.97 crore(NPS)? Further, what is COSAAP doing? Instead of raising voice against looting of employees hard earned money, why COSAAP is a silent spectator?

COSAAP could have stopped state govt from using the hard earned savings of govt employees in GPF and NPS. If this situation continue to persist then state govt won't be able to pay the monthly salary of govt employees and regularisation of SSA and NRHM staffs is almost not possible.

Therefore, it is my earnest appeal to the honourable Governor to intervene in this matter so that the hard earned money of the govt employees kept in their GPF and NPS accounts are recovered again and is kept in a safe and secure place.

Various NGOs and Unions should play a proactive role in raising their voice against this condition.


Concerned Citizen





Come clean on financial mess

Dear Editor,

Allegation and counter allegation between the state govt and Kaliko Pul is quite a tantrum. From the farce they are playing, even a child could smell foul play. We the common man are neither against Tuki govt nor zealot of Mr.Kaliko Pul because neither of them is right. As a common man of AP would like to know what happened to the NDRF, SDRF, states share of central taxes, our own state's revenue and several other? Why there is no enough balance in state govt exchequer? Why state govt is unable to release salaries regularly? Why contractors bills are still pending?

In daily conversations, we hear of 'buying MLA' but thought it to be sort of propaganda. Now seeing the financial crisis of the state we are forced to believe it. Well said someone "hand with scars is the sign of clean money". If anyone boast of his luxurious cars, houses or fancy clothes; shame on you. Behold, no one looks up at you, at your swindled money. Rather public is looking at you with contempt. Personally, I feel our leaders need to learn some ethics from honest leaders like Kejriwal and King Faisal.

If any leader spend money just to save their portfolio, shame on you. Curse of those mother who are unable to send their child to colleges and schools be on you. Curse of those helpless father who cannot afford to look after his ailing wife and children be on you. Curse of those brothers and sisters whose dreams are shattered be on you. For generations may your name be tyrannized (even when you are dead). People of the state are suffering of poverty (especially rural areas) and we know sole reason is because of the foul play of our state govt. Remember each one of you are elected by the people, of the people and for the people. Yes, its true many of you allowed yourself to be looted by self-conceited people during election. But know there were people who didn't take a penny anticipating development in future. Each one of you owe to those people.

Surprisingly, we do not see any unions fighting for such serious issue. Are they only good at calling bandh calls, perturbing only poor vendors, daily wagers? But enough is enough we won't keep silent any longer. We demand state govt to come clean on financial status release white paper on state's financial position.


Gogum Buchi





Take steps to encourage the students

Dear Editor,

Just before two days from date of examination, I received my Admit Card for State Merit Scholarship examination 2014 that was to be held on September 9, 2014 from 10.30 AM onwards. I requested my father, who was at Aalo for an important social engagement, to come back to Naharlagun so that I could be dropped at Government Higher Secondary School, Itanagar, during the day of examination. My father might have sensed the gravity of seriousness. Leaving his work at Aalo half done, he rushed back by spending about Rs. 2500 for his vehicle fuel and other journey expenses. He, while dropping me, on the day of examination, on the way to Itanagar filled fuel of Rs.1700 again so that he could go back to Aalo to attend the left over work as soon as my examination was over. Seeing my father`s support, I felt very much encouraged.

Now, the result was out, wow! I had cracked the exam and did not let my parent`s support go in vain. My confidence level to compete in other examinations became high. Now I expected of receiving a Scholarship of about Rs.5000 to 10000 per annum for some years.

But, now, it is understood that the Scholarship amount would be Rs.1800/- only per year and it will be given for 2 years only. I am now totally discouraged. At this age, such a meager amount comes for nothing. May I request our Government to take steps to encourage the students rather than to discourage.


Miss Toyum Ngomdir

Class X, KV-I,





CHC without medicine

Dear Editor,

It is very sad to say that our newly established Community Health Centre of Bordumsa does not have life saving drugs required during delivery of a new born baby. My son was born at 3:10 AM but during delivery time nurse told me to purchase cotton, saline water, syringe, Betadine and other medicine. It was the private pharmacist who woke up at night at 2:00 AM and gave all the required medicine for delivery otherwise I don’t know what would have happened. If it is the condition of Community Health Centre of Bordumsa which is connected with all weather roads with Assam what about other Community Health Centres of Arunachal? The NRHM only provides Doctors but no medicine. It is fact of NRHM who boast of giving health service to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. But in fact it is a scam because only giving a pen to write in paper but no medicine for survival is a crime against the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Only satisfaction I find with the CHC of Bordumsa is that they have all the vaccine required for infant.









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