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Create healthy atmosphere
The report of an assault on data entry operator working for Aadhar enrollment process
at the office of Circle Officer, Banderdewa is deeply worrying and exposes the ugly
side of state. As per media report, the assaulter was not even arrested despite filing
of FIR and was let off with just minor warning by the authorities. This is very strange
and it is incident like this which encourages the wrongdoers to commit crime without
fear for law. The authority concern should have taken strong action against the assaulter
in order to send out a strong message.
The incident is grim reminder of how difficult it is to implement development agenda
in the state. Many private companies who tried to invest in the state have left due
to hostile attitude of local people. These include several hydro power developers
and companies engaged in road construction activities. Because of this majority of
road projects under Trans Arunachal Highway has bitterly failed. Also despite being
blessed with enchanting natural beauty, Arunachal still fails to attract tourists
on large scale. Unless people of state create healthy atmosphere no private companies
will make investment in Arunachal. The citizen needs to understand that government
will not be able to provide job to all of them. Therefore, there is need to woo private
industries in order to create employment opportunities for the youth. Everyone will
have to contribute in order to make Arunachal, a prepared destination for the investment.
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Thank you for standing by us
In our times of despair we have been touched by the immense support and solidarity
shown by every citizen of India towards the cause of justice for my son Higio Gungtey.
In this respect, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to P.B
Acharya, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Vajubhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka, Chief
Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu, Union Minister of state for Home affairs,
Kiren Rijiju, ,Nyishi Elite Society president Bengia Tollum and his team, Hawa Bagang,
president, AAPSU and his team, Byabang Joram, President, ANSU and his team, Khyoda
Daniel, General Secretary, ANYA and his team, Gora Rikam, President, AKDDSU with
his team, i Ngurang Pinch, Ex- MLA 14th Doimukh, Khyoda Mariam, president, Nyishi
Nyem Acham and her team, Councilors Gora Lotak, Lishi Yapu, Kabak Taka, Kipa Tarish
and other councilors of IMC, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress, Arunachal Indigenous
tribe forum, Mitali Tinghkatra, chairperson, APSCW and her team, Deepti Bengia Tadar,
president, APWWS and her team, eminent women activist of Arunachal Pradesh Tadar
Yadir , Gumri Ringu, Jarjum Ete, Maya Murtem and others , Khyoda Apik, Patey Tayum
Chairman, ACS, Nabam Pehi, General Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association
and his team, Byabang Taji Ex ANSU President, Jekke Tako State President, YCC, Bengia
Augung, President, NWS, Apatani Youth Association, DYCC Daporijo, all the government
officers and officials, leading dailies of Arunachal Pradesh and media persons and
all the citizens of Arunachal Pradesh cutting across community, religion and gender
for extending us a helping hand in our difficult times and showing your solidarity
by actively participating in the protest rally held in Itanagar on 16th March 2017
for the racial inhumane atrocities committed against my son Higio Gungtey by his
landlord B.Hemant Kumar.
We would also like to give our thanks to Dr. Rini Ralte, President of North East
Solidarity, student organization of Northeastern states at Bangalore, Students and
teachers of Christ University, Bengaluru and all the likeminded people who actively
participated in the protest rally held on 16th March 2017 at Town Hall Bengaluru.
In Delhi, we would like to thank the concerned students of Arunachal Pradesh studying
in Delhi, Arunachal Student Union of Delhi, North East Student Society, Delhi University,
Arun Chetna Manch and members of ABVP Delhi for organizing a peaceful Dharna at Karnataka
Bhawan and Jantar Mantar on 15th March 2017. We would also like to thank the committee
formed for the justice of Higio Gungtey under Chairman Rikar Dini.
In Shillong, we give our thanks to Arunachal Student Union of Shillong for organizing
a peaceful rally in support of our son. In Varanasi we are thankful to the students
of Arunachal Pradesh studying in Varanasi, Dr. Vandhana Jha, Associate professor
of BHU Hindi Department and the members of ABVP Varanasi for spearheading the fight
of Justice for our son and organizing a rally on 19th March 2017.
We sincerely regret if the name of any person or organization has not been mentioned.
Dr Higio Tama and
his family members
MP making mockery of democracy
It is sheer disgusting to hear the recent assault to an Air India employee by Shiv
Sena MP Mr Gaikwad. Things have even gone worst when the said political party is
protecting for this devil act and have gone to street to support for that goon MP.
The MP displayed arrogance instead of answering to media. His excuse is that he got
annoyed as he did not get to travel in business class and demanded apology for inconvenience.
That was a childish act that he refused to de board from the flight at New Delhi
airport. The police has not taken any action despite FIR has been lodged by the victim.
Democracy in India is under threat by these so called ‘netas’ who continues violating
the duties and rights of citizen. There are many such incidents took place. Their
behaviours are unacceptable and implicitly unethical. There are ethics and moral
code of conduct for parliamentarian but it seldom followed. They forget that they
are accountable for public who voted for them. Citizen expect quest for good ethical
behaviour. Now the question is who will bell the cat. If Shiv Sena failed to take
the action against him then the responsible government should do exemplary punishment
for this violence against public servant. MP should be disqualified by parliament
on date of criminal conviction. Should Attorney General of India give advice to the
Government of India upon such vandalism? Government is bound to go by the advice
of chief justice of India.
Govt has done its part
Since time immemorial, political parties have engaged in rhetoric about curbing black
money and corruption. It was all tough talk until the midnight of 8th November, 2016
when PM Narendra Modi declared that Rs 1000 and Rs 500 would no longer be legal tender.
The liberals have always shied away from making hard decisions. However, given the
popular mandate in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the chaiwallah decided to play it bold
rather than safe.
The monumental mismanagement noticed by Dr. Manmohan Singh, an economist of high
repute was evident to all as well. The shortcomings were evident from the frequent
shortage of new denominations note in banks and ATMs. Owing to the confidentiality
of the move, this was expected. Reports poured in of mass discontent among the public:
the shopkeepers and traders especially. Some demanded that the PM be charged for
murder, as around 80(figure varies from different sources) lost their lives in this
As Arvind Panagriya, vice chairperson, NITI Aayog, said, "This greater formalisation
of the economy is essential for transformation into a modern economy". And this modern
economy could only be achieved by casting-off the evils of black money, parallel
economy and counterfeit notes.
After a period of 4-5 months, however, the positive effects of demonetisation is
The GDP for the current fiscal year is still pegged at 7.1%, far healthier than independent
forecast post demonetisation. Plus, India still retains the tag of world's fastest
growing economy. Many people in possession of unaccounted money have opted for Pradhan
Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) which ends in March 31. PMGKY is a amnesty programme
in the aftermath of demonetisation, which aims to facilitate deposit of unaccounted
money without persecution to the holder, but deducts charges and penalty. Moreover,
it has dealt a body blow to funding of terror activities in Jammu & Kashmir as well
as Left-wing extremist violence across several states. It has brought the parallel
economy to miniscule size.
Although this evil practices will sprout back up in no time but the govt has done
its part to curb and control it. And for this, the govt draws appreciation.
PM on food wastage and depression
Apropos PM Modi’s 30th edition of Mann Ki Baat, where he urged people not to waste
food. It is said India is a rich country with poor people. Every time we think of
wasting even a morsel of food we should recall Gandhiji's Talisman and recall the
face of the poorest person seen and remember that millions of people on this planet
go to bed without food. Though we discuss technological advancement and identify
with spirituality, yet it is difficult to digest that millions are hungry & would
agree with Mahatma Gandhi's quote "To a man with an empty stomach food is God" Let
us pledge that if we can't feed hundred people, at least feed one.
On the 30th Edition of PM's Mann Ki Baat, he spoke about depression which was timely
and valuable. Often loneliness and the inability of the students to open up their
bottled-up feelings to the right person ,who can give timely & correct advice, makes
them take some extreme step. Teachers, Parents & even classmates should be trained
to spot in students, the warning signs like depression, lack of enthusiasm, sudden
withdrawal from friends, their falling grades, low self-esteem and most importantly
devote time to listen to their fears and anxieties.
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