April 04


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Tawang all set to welcome Dalai Lama

[ Tongam Rina ]

Tawang, Apr 3: Tawang is all set to welcome the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama who is expected to arrive here on April 4 morning, starting his eight days trip to the state. Thousands of people from different villages of the district and an estimated three thousand devotees from neighbouring Bhutan have already descended into the congested Tawang town hoping to catch a glimpse of the revered spiritual leader.

The entire township has been decorated with colourful prayer flags and  flowers while the roads are being repainted and drains cleared.

Tsering Yangki, one of the thousand  volunteers helping with cleaning the town said "Tawang Hamara Dharam Guru ka darshan ke liya pura taiyar hain".

The accommodation of the visiting followers are being taken care of by various NGOs, administration who have put up tents, and private individuals as well who have opened up their  homes.

There is an infectious positive atmosphere at the Tawang monastery, where Dalai Lama will stay.

Young and old Lamas as well as the Anis, the Nuns, were seen decorating the monastery with flags and flowers.

Urgyelling (Ugyenling) Gonpa, the birth place of the Sixth Dalai Lama is also preparing for the visit. Lama Lobsang, the caretaker of the Gonpa said that he is looking forward to the visit. In his words "no one should come in between the spiritual leader and the followers".

Tsultrim, a follower from Bhutan said that he walked three days with others to reach Tawang to seek the blessings of the Lama.

The much reported Chinese objection to the visit of the Dalai Lama hardly seems to have made any difference here in Tawang, with its people all enthusiastically geared up to receive the Dalai Lama who had to escape to India from Tibet after a failed uprising against  Chinese rule in 1959.

It is a symbolic homecoming for the Dalai Lama who was received by the Tawang Monastery on 5 April, 1959.




Implement UGC guidelines in appointment of college teachers, AAPSU appeals APPSC

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has appealed to the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) for immediate implementation of the UGC guidelines in appointment of teachers in the Government colleges of the state.

In a memorandum submitted to the APPSC secretary, AAPSU along with Research Scholar's fraternity of Rajiv Gandhi University, National Institute of Technology (NIT) and North East Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST) urged upon the Commission to make it mandatory to follow the UGC-API (Academic Performance Index)  guideline  for selection of deserving candidates with transparency as college teachers.  As per UGC guideline the interview board shall have to take into consideration the academic record and research performance (50%), assessment of domain knowledge and technical skills (30%) and interview performance (20%), the Union pointed out.

While requesting the Commission for age relaxation for M Phil and Ph.D degree holders in the recruitment, the AAPSU  pleaded for additional 5 years relaxation for Ph. D holders and 2 years for M. Phil holders by replacing "other deserving candidate's category" as mentioned under state recruitment rule.

AAPSU further appealed to the  Commission  to  constitute  proper selection  committee  as per UGC guidelines for appointment of teachers.

As per UGC Ordinance No. 19, the selection committee shall comprise of five members - Chairperson, One member from any discipline and three members from subject concerned, but the APPSC does not follow  the UGC guidelines  while constituting selection committee, AAPSU said.




Kalikho Pul’s wife writes to SC judges for FIR in case

NEW DELHI, Apr 3: The wife of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul who had allegedly committed suicide has written a fresh letter to three senior judges of the Supreme Court seeking permission to lodge an FIR for probe into graft charges against former and serving persons holding constitutional posts, contained in his suicide note.

Dangwimsai Pul, in her letter written to Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and M B Lokur, said her husband who had served as Chief Minister from February 19 till July 13, 2016, had committed suicide on August 9 last year.

The letter has not been addressed to the Chief Justice of India J S Khehar and the second senior-most judge Justice Dipak Misra.

In the letter, she said "at the time of his suicide, several signed copies of 60 pages suicide note were found next to his hanging body. The inquest report acknowledges that the Additional District Magistrate had seized such documents at the place of occurrence of suicide."

She said the note contained a detailed narration of facts regarding the "sordid state of affairs in the polity and the judiciary, most of which were from his (Kalikho Pul's) personal knowledge.

"The note contains serious allegations of corruption in high places in the polity as well as in highest places in the judiciary and that led him to believe that there was no hope for the country," she said in her letter which was received by Supreme Court registry today.

The letter said these allegations cast a long shadow on the integrity of our political institutions and that of the highest judiciary.

"These allegations had caused great despair not only to my late husband but also to the entire country. It is imperative therefore that these allegations contained in this note are credibly and thoroughly investigated by an independent investigating authority," it said.

"... a credible investigation in this case is essential otherwise the cloud of suspicion over the polity and the highest judiciary of this country, will forever loom," Dangwimsai said in her letter.

She said it was under these circumstances, that she was writing the letter to the three seniort judges of the apex court urging them to take an administrative decision on granting sanction to lodge an FIR and having this matter credibly investigated by an SIT. PTI




IMC asked to prepare road map  for clean city  

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: Itanagar Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan has asked the Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC)  for preparation of proper road map for sanitary assistants and timely lifting of garbage to make Itanagar a clean city.

Addressing the IMC officials in a coordination meeting  in his chamber here  on Monday,  Dhawan, while suggesting various measures and activities, emphasized on  early steps to make the city open defecation free, operationalisation of the pay and use toilet, expansion of door to door garbage collection to the remaining wards and initiation of penalty on haphazard throwing of garbage along roads side and market places and hiring of garbage collectors for real time collection from individual households.

Further he said that the IMC should help in beautification of the city and take responsibility to maintain sector road and footpath in the entire municipality area. He directed the Municipal Executive Engineer to submit logistic estimates at an early date so that the capital dwellers enjoy better communication network.

Earlier, Chief Municipal Executive Officer, Habung Lampung and Municipal Executive Engineer, Er Tadar Tarang highlighted the various activities being undertaken by IMC.

The meeting was attended by Municipal Assistant Engineers, Finance and Account officer and Municipal Forest Range officer.




Expedite developmental process, Mein asks legislators, HoDs

NAMASAI, Apr 3: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein appealed to all the local legislators and Heads of the Departments to expedite developmental process according to fund provision kept in the budget.

Attending the district coordination meeting at the Deputy Commissioner's chamber here on Monday, Mein said that there will be no dearth of fund for development but the developmental projects and schemes should be implemented timely maintaining transparency.

While elaborating various modifications in finance and planning with abolition of Plan and Non- Plan sectors and merger of the two departments of Planning and Finance, Mein said that the vision of this year's budget was to ensure all round development involving all sections of the people.

Parliamentary Secretary (Forest & Environment) Chow Tewa Mein urged the HoDs to be more sincere in monitoring the schemes so that befits reach to the public directly. He suggested for proper infrastructure, roads and a permanent solution to the threat of devastating flood in Namsai district.

Parliamentary Secretary (Planning, Personnel & Administrative Reforms) Chau Zingnu Namchoom assured to extend all possible help and assistance from his side to make the district prosperous, beautiful and hygienic.  

Deputy Commissioner Namsai RK Sharma while highlighting on each and every budget provisions relevant to the district requested the executing agencies and departments concerned to ensure adherence of timeline given for planning and implementation so that the vision of the state budget could be transformed into reality.

Interacting with HODs, Sharma fixed a timeline for Aadhaar card seeding/linking with bank accounts for all govt. sponsored schemes to enable DBT both in rural and urban areas of the district on or before April 30, 2017.

All relevant components of the budget pertaining to Namsai district, including CSS, CM flagship programme etc were discussed in details.




Rebia calls for preservation of cultural heritage, local languages

RONO, (Doimukh) Apr 3: Minister for Urban Development, TP, ULB, Nabam Rebia called for preservation of local dialects/languages and cultural heritage of people of the State.

Addressing the 18th foundation day of Nyishi Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society (NIFCS) here on Monday, Rebia said we must work for preservation, promotion and protection of our cultural heritage, faith and beliefs to preserve our identity.

It is a mater of grave concern that the UNESCO has listed few local dialects/languages in its list of endangered language, Rebia said.

"Time has come to work for preservation of our languages, our culture and tradition: otherwise the day is not far off, when we will lose our own identity," he said.

Praising its efforts to preserve, protect and promote indigenous faith, culture and tradition, Rebia encouraged the NIFCS members to continue it although there was a financial constraint in carrying forward this sacred movement.

Joint Director (Art & Culture) Jomnya Siram in his address said "Culture, tradition and dialects are inter-related in tribal community which needs to be maintained for identity."

He requested the community leaders to workout appropriate measures by which the Namlo and Ganging can be united.

NIFCS President Pai Dawe appealed to one and all to realize the traditional and cultural values of tribal community of state.

"Our culture is our religion and we must safeguard our age-old cultural heritage," he said. At the same time, he expressed serious concern over inclination of the younger generation towards western culture.

He said that the young generation is adopting the negative sides of western culture and forgetting their own culture and traditions, which is matter of serious concern.

NIFCS General Secretary Gichik Taaza, Organising Committee Secretary Nangbia Taya, host C K Yab also addressed the gathering.

Release of Nyishi News letter "Nyishi Pui" community feast and discussion on community development and preservation of tradition and culture, felicitation of senior leaders of the community were the main highlights of the day-long programme.

Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh Secretary General Bai Taba, Director (Housing) Techi Gubin, CE, PWD (WZ) Katung Wage, Director (UD) Taba Tedir, senior leaders, government employees  of the community Chukhu Loma, Taba Hare, Techi Tedi Tara, Nabam Atum, T T Tara, T C Tok attended the programme.

Delegates from different parts of state, such as Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Kra Dadi, Papum Pare and East Kameng enthusiastically participated in cultural extravaganza and other activities organized on the occasion.




Panchayat leaders resent delay in road construction, writes to DC


ROING, Apr 3: The Panchayat leaders of Hunli-Desali Block have expressed displeasure over the delay in the construction of road from Hunli-Desali-Meteliang-Hayuliang, despite the decent amount of fund allotted to the BRTF by the Government of India under its initiative to connect border villages.

Although the construction work had started on January 23, 2013 under the supervision of OC 62 RCC (BRO), till date road cutting work has been done only for 8.5km, informed the Panchayat leaders. According to them, the reason behind this extremely slow progress is because of shifting of machinery to some other project at Dibang Valley District leading to inadequate machinery facilities and man-power. Moreover, the quality of work has not been maintained as per specification of Highway construction, they said.

The leaders have also claimed that construction materials and fuel in huge quantity was transferred from the work site to some other places for reasons best known to the BRO.

Another major problem regarding the project as mentioned by the Panchayat leaders is that the road does not connect the Desali township, and hence they, on behalf of the public of the block, have demanded road connectivity through Desali township which will be a boon for them as they face a lot of problems because of lack of road connectivity.

The Panchayat leaders have also mentioned that the process of land acquisition for compensation has not started till date, and no reason whatsoever for the delay in starting the process has been given to the land owners. Therefore, they have also demanded immediate start of the procedure so that the villagers can get their compensation at the earliest.

A letter regarding the matter has also been submitted to the DC Roing, undersigned by ZPM Hunli-Desali Block Mama Miso, ASM Chairperson Choya Miso, ASM Donli-Taloni Khindiko Mega, ASM Mitaka Jona Miso, ASM Desali Joyte Miso, and ASM Jamupani Roto Mega.




Regular supervision must to check quality of food, says information commissioner

PASIGHAT, Apr 3: As part of its mandate to monitor the implementation of the food and nutrition schemes in the state under NFSA 2013, Information Commissioner Nanom Jamoh on Friday took a meeting with DDSE, Deputy Director ICDS, Deputy Director Food and Civil Supplies  and CDPOs of East Siang. While addressing the officials Jamoh asked for evolving and adopting best practices and methods for strengthening the delivery of MDM, ICDS for providing nutritional support and food security. She appreciated the initiative for taking up kitchen gardens in  the schools of East Siang which she hoped would  enhance the quality and quantity of Mid day meals.

The state cabinet has allocated the additional responsibility of the monitoring and review of the implementation of the NFSA to the State Information Commission in June 2016. She sought the annual reports with comprehensive status and problems and issues in the implementation of the schemes. Jamoh also sought suggestions and inputs for strengthening the delivery process in their annual reports.

Information Commissioner asked the CDPOs for   regular supervision to check the quality of food under the SNP. Further she also lauded the proposal to switch to gas connection instead of firewood in MDM and asked to explore CSR avenues for running centralized kitchens in MDM and referred to the successful running of MDM in Seppa, which are managed by Women NGO.

Deputy Commissioner East Siang, Tamiyo Tatak, informed that due to the practical problems faced by the field officers in providing regular supply of essential food items for Angawadi Centres, a board will be constituted to study the matter and take it up with GoAP for decentralizing the food procurement.

The Deputy Director Food and Civil Supplies, V Pertin, informed that Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) will be implemented from April onwards for TDPS.

Dy.Director ICDS Ponung EringAngu along with CDPOs apprised the need for regular supply of essential food items periodically for AnganwadiCentres for better distribution. DIPRO





APESA condemns physical assault on its member

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service Association (APESA) has strongly condemned the physical assault on AE (WRD) Tomo Pertin and demanded the law enforcing authorities to take stern action against the assaulter.

APESA in a release stated that unless there is peace and tranquility, the engineers of the state cannot deliver development projects for a meaningful progress in the state.

The engineers' association urged the government to act tough against such 'hooliganism'.




Vehicular movement restricted

AALO, Apr 3: West Siang District Magistrate, Gamli Padu has prohibited movement of vehicles on Aalo-Likabali road from 6am to 11am w.e.f Apr 15 to June 30 next for smooth execution of works in exercise of the powers conferred U/S 133 CrPc. The commuters have been asked to strictly abide by the order to ensure smooth progress of the ongoing work, the order read.

The order came following the appeal by Manager T K Engineering Consortium Pvt. Ltd and JKM-KCL (JV) (highway construction agency), informing that the ongoing double lanning work of Likabali-Bam road from 33.00KM to 65 KM, which is being carried out at an approximate height of 100 mtrs and above, is going to pose hazard for the commuters. (DIPRO)




HPDC chairman refutes allegations

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: Reacting to the news item wherein Yupia Youth Welfare Association president, Gyamar Takar (Bharat) has alleged HPDCAPL  chairman, Tungri Effa of sneaking into  compound and burning his car in the wee hours of Sunday last, the latter, in a release on Monday, termed the allegations  as baseless and a conspiracy to tarnish his reputation.

 'A conspiracy is being hatched against me. I don't even know the person so there is no question of any enmity between us' , Tungri claimed in the release further adding that the CCTV footage from the CCTV camera which is installed at  his house will prove that he was present at his residence at the wee hours of Sunday when the alleged incident took place.  

Meanwhile, the wife of Tungri Effa, Messo Effa has also lodged a complaint with the Itanagar Police Station against Gyamar Takar(Bharat) for making  baseless allegations against  her husband.

In her complaint, Messo stated that the CCTV footage from the CCTV camera installed at their house is proof that her husband was at home at the time of the incident, which the police can check for authenticity.   




Training on Professional Skills & Personality Development held at RGGP

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: A week long Career Guidance Programme on "Professional Skills and Personality Development"  which was held at Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic, Itanagar under AICTE-NEQIP scheme concluded on Monday. The final year students of all the departments benefited from the career guidance program.

The Career Guidance Program was aimed at inculcating professional skills and enhancing personality of individual student to prepare them to face job interviews confidently. The various topics covered during the training program included resume writing, group discussion, facing interview etc. The main objective of the career guidance programme was to improve the student's understanding in various aspects of professional skills and personality development. Sessions on presentation skills, interview skills and non-verbal communication were also conducted. The participants were given tailor made course book on personality development which is of immense use to enhance their spoken English and personality. Group activities were also part of the training program. Interactive sessions were conducted with audio -visual aids. Experienced and professional trainer Raj Rasool of Third Eye Education Ltd, Guwahati conducted the career guidance program.




'Anjaw has scope for integrated fish farming'

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: Around 30 farmers, including farmwomen and rural youths were trained on integrated fish farming in hill areas during a five days skill development programme organized by Anjaw Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at Hayuliang recently.

Addressing the participants during the inauguration function, Senior Scientist and Head of the KVK Dr. Manish Kanwat said that there was a tremendous scope to develop fish farming in Anjaw, particularly in Walong and Kibithoo circles and some other parts. He encouraged the farmers and youths to take up integrated fish farming, which would not only generate multiple income but also employment opportunities to them.

He emphasized the need to impart skill, knowledge, methods and techniques related to Integrated Farming System to the farmers.

Hayuliang ADC Kego Jilen, who attended the valedictory function, advised the participants to help and support each other to bring positive development in agriculture sector as it is the major occupation of people of the district, where large cardamom, maize, millets, medicinal plants etc has been cultivated since time immemorial.

He also spoke on the role of farmwomen and rural youths in development of agriculture and allied sectors.

The ADC distributed khurpis and hand-hoe to all the participants as a token of encouragement.

The Subject Matter Specialists presented different topics on pig based farming system, disease and pest management, horticulture based integrated farming system, cultivation of summer and winter vegetables, etc  during the training period.

A scientist-farmer interaction session was also held, wherein various issues related to pest and diseases in plants and animals, unavailability of quality planting materials, paralyzed marketing system etc. were answered and specific strategies provided to minimize the problems.




DC holds review with officials of tax & excise

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: A review meeting with Superintendent Tax and Excise Itanagar, Naharlagun, Banderdewa and Kimin was held at Conference hall of DC Yupia on Monday.

Presiding over the meeting Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare Tai Kaye instructed all the officers to place their grievances in the departmental review meeting to be held with Chief Minister. Tax collection, revenue generation, infrastructure developments were discussed in the meeting.

Shifting of Wine Shop from 500 mtr periphery of National Highway and State Highway were also discussed.

All Superintendents Tax and Excise presented their revenue collection during 2016-17. As per the report in the revenue collection there was 10 to 15% increase. During the meeting Inspectors Tax and Excise were also present. DIPRO




Training held on Hi-tech production & processing technologies in Banana

ITANAGAR, Apr 3:  In all, 120 trainees including; Women Self Help Groups, Gaon Burahs, Anchal Samiti Members from Alubari, Naputia, Nepali Basti villages under Namsai  district took part in a  training-cum-workshop on 'Hi-tech production and processing technologies in Banana' organized by KVK, Lohit under- ICAR-RC for NEH region, AP centre, Basar in collaboration with KVK, Anjaw, sponsored by ICAR-NRC for Banana.

During the training, scientist, Dr. B Padmanavan spoke about the pests and diseases of banana and the easy way to eradicate them while, senior scientist, Dr. P Suresh Kumar had an interaction with the famers regarding the processing technologies and the products made from banana fibre. Senior scientist, Dr. Thiru also trained them about the scientific farming and large scale production of banana.

The trainees were also informed about products like pickle, candy and others made from banana plant.  Field visits and demonstrations were also made to identify the pests and diseases which mainly affect banana cultivation.




GB's death condoled


RUKSIN, Apr 3: Nonga Tagi,  Gaon Buarh (GB) of Ralung village under Ruksin circle in East Siang  breathed his last at the  age of 72 on Sunday. He left behind his wife, three sons and four daughters.

Late Tagi earlier served the local people as Anchal Somity Member and later got appointed as GB in 2013.

Ruksin circle Gaon Burah Association and Pusi Olung Society deeply mourned the demise of GB Tagi and prayed almighty Donyi-Polo for peace of the departed soul.

Meanwhile, Pasighat-West MLA, Tatung Jamoh along with public leaders of the area met Tagi's bereaved family members at Ralung.




NSS camp at JNV Kombo

AALO, Apr 3: Altogether 70 NSS volunteers took part in a SFS College, Aalo NSS unit conducted day-long camp at JNV School Kombo under the active initiation of Programme Officer, Reyom Ete on Sunday last.

The programme began with a short interactive programme with teachers and students of JNV followed by cleanliness drive at the school campus and sports and cultural events. (DIPRO)




Physical fitness prog for children

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: The Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt. of India has launched a National Physical Fitness Programme for school children.

The programme will be conducted with the help of experts from SAI and LNIPE, Guwahati from April 5 to 7 at RG Stadium, Naharlagun.

It will be held for both boys and girls in three different age groups of 10 to 12, 12 to 15 and 15 to 18 years.

Interested may enroll their names at RG Stadium Naharlagun before 3 pm of April 4.




'Change railway ticket counter's timing'

ITANAGAR, Apr 3: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) has in a memorandum submitted to the Northern Frontier Railway (NFR) General Manager (GM) has appealed the latter to change the ticketing counter's timing at Naharlagun Railway Station.    

The federation, in its release stated that the present timing of 8 am to 2 pm is not feasible for people coming to get tickets from far flung areas and for the working class and appealed the GM to change the current timing to 8 am to 8 pm.

It has further appealed to the GM to introduce a new train from Naharlagun to Guwahati that runs in the daytime and increase manpower at the railway station.

Introduction of Wi-Fi zone and installation of an ATM at the station were the other demands of AAPPTF.




Dy.Director Textile & Handicrafts no more

ITANAGAR, Apr 3:  Deputy Director Textile and Handicrafts of Namsai district, MK Deb has died on Apr 2 last at Guwahati after prolonged illness.

Meanwhile, the officers and officials of the directorate observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul and prayed to the Almighty to bestow enough strength to the family to bear the irreparable loss.

In a condolence message, Director Textile and Handicrafts, Itanagar, Peto Ete also extended heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul




Maintenance of Lobi road sought

ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Lobi Welfare Committee of Itanagar in a release resented over poorly maintained road of Lobi. Committee Chairman Tahio Tadik claimed that as per the departmental record said road is repaired and properly maintained, whereas actual condition is different.  The maintenance of said road was reportedly done under PWD Itanagar division.  Tadik further claimed that carpeting and drainage are yet to be completed causing lot of accident cases.  Blaming the PWD Itanagar for inconvenience caused to commuters, the committee demanded early repairing of said road.




ITBP conducts educational tour for students

AALO Apr 3:  The 20th Bn. I.T.B. Police conducted an educational tour for 15 students  including girl students along with four teachers of ITBP Public School under its Civic Action programme from March 15 to 30.  During the excursion the students were taken to Delhi, Agra, Amritsar and Wagha Border.

The students visited historical places like Rashtrapati Bhawan, Rajghat, Lal Qila, India Gate, Nehru Planetarium, Qutub Minar, Rail Museum, Lotus Temple, Taj Mahal of Agra, Jaliawala Bag at Amritsar, Ranjit Singh Memorial, Golden Temple and Parade Retreat at Wagha Border, Delhi Metro and Parliament House. They also met MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju and Director General, I.T.B.P.  The Excursion team returned on  March 30.

Earlier,  SP Mari Riba flagged-off the excursion team on March 15 in the presence of Shailesh Kumar Joshi, Commandant, 20th Bn. ITBP. DIPRO




Departmental seminar organized

ITANAGAR, Apr 3:  An annual departmental seminar on 'A Study on the functioning of Shree Salasar Private Industry' was organized by the Department of Commerce, Don Bosco College here on Monday.

Addressing the participants as resource person, Associate Professor of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, Dr. AK Pandey highlighted the importance of material management and wealth maximization, which he noticed was left out in Arunachal Pradesh.

Principal, Dr. Fr. Nicholas in his address, stressed the need for private entrepreneurship and marketing in a place like Arunachal Pradesh, where government jobs are scarce compared to other states.

Later students presented a paper on the themes of Finance, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

---- Editorial ----




EC should not behave like political party

An Electronic Voting Machine that was reported to have voted for a particular party during a demonstration in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday last has reignited the opposition charge that tampered EVMs had helped the BJP in the last round of recently concluded assembly elections. Immediately after losing UP poll, BSP Supreme Mayawati had alleged that BJP won election due to tampering of EVM. AAP on their part alleged that party lost Punjab election because of similar reason. EC has sought report from Madhya Pradesh authorities over allegation and has also sent a high-level team to the state to investigate.

Several political parties including Congress and AAP complained to EC over tampering allegation. But strangely election commission instead of acting on the complaint hit out at the AAP for leveling "unfair" allegations of EVM-tampering and asked it to introspect on the reasons for its defeat in the Punjab polls. The language used by EC sounds more like that of political parties and not of a constitution bodies. The allegation of EVM tampering is nothing new. BJP, after their dismal performance during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, accused the Congress of tampering with EVMs. Therefore EC should find out a ways to ensure that trust on EVM retains. Instead of lecturing political parties, the election commission should take all parties into confidence and work out a solution using best available technologies to make EVM tamper proof. EC is an independent constitutional body and if it starts talking like political parties then people will start doubting the whole election process. Such scenario will not be good for the Indian democracy.








---- Readers Forum ----





Preference for fair skin

Dear Editor,

May I have the honor to publish an article through the esteemed column of your daily newspaper about the role of market politics which has been the responsible for the rise of colorism in India. The word "Complexion" is derived from Latin word "Complexi" which is referred in general terms to a combination of things and psychological term 'to the balance of humor'. In the Oxford dictionary, complexion means the natural colour, texture, and appearance of person's skin especially of face.

Today, complexion plays a major role in Indian society, though most Indians shows apparent ignorance, the practice of exclusion or discrimination based on skin tone of a person, however, the multiple growth of fairness products in market once again tends to bring the British Ideology of division of society based on color 'Black and White' in the early 18th and 19th centuries. British having fair skin and different facial features claimed themselves to be 'Superior and an Intelligent' and called Indians a 'black and inferior' to them. Such segregation was very clear from the time of East India Company in 1600 A.D., who named their Fort st.George settlement a 'White Town' and of Indian settlement a 'Black Town'. However, the status quo of Indian society is very different from the past, we are no more physically suppressed by any external powers but an extensively growth of market politics in terms of fairness products which again tends to shape the society into colorism. This shape the common man's association with white color skin with the ruling clan, with power and also with beauty which dictates the desired for western concept of beauty with lighter skin even after many years of India's Independence. Today, we see numerous advertisements on fairness products in televisions, newspapers, magazines and social media, and so on, the products such as Fair and Handsome, Fair and Lovely, Garnier, Loreal, Olay, Cavin Kare's Fairever etc. On the top of that media's obsession with fair skinned image greatly influence the general population to look like the lighter skinned model and every mean to become fair by using fairness products. To beauty oneself is not the problem. However, the problem is that the beauty based on fairness set by media moguls and industrialist who dictate market force and vested interest in such ideologies concern about skin tone become only too apparent in day to day life. The same ideal of beauty is now influencing the behavioral practices and even preference where fair and white woman has chances to get a job in many private companies than dark woman. Very interestingly, all the villains in the movie industries are often brown or dark in complexion fighting the fair skinned heroes. This ideology creates a lacuna in the society. Since, India itself is made up of an agglomeration of diverse culture and people. If beauty comes from within then why to discriminate based on color?


Tititso Lap, NEHU




Dont bombarding APPSC with selfish suggestions

Dear Editor,

This is with regards to a letter titled "A suggestion and an appeal to the APPSC" by one unnamed aspirant, who appealed to APPSC to do away with the objective based examination for the recruitment of assistant professor.

While opposing objective based examination, he seemed unaware of Manipur's assistant professor recruitment drive. In Manipur, it is only after objective based examination, viva voce for assistant professor is conducted. His sweeping generalisation of recruitment process of Assistant professors lacks authenticity and is distorted.

Furthermore, it seems he prepared new eligibility criteria for the post of Assistant professors as per his wishes. Under UGC norms, candidates who secures 55% in masters (50% for ST,SC) along with NET/SLET or Ph.D are eligible for the Assistant professor.   He seemed to have misunderstood assistant professor for Associate Professor and Professors, and its eligibility criteria for that matter.

Because he has all the qualifications, he wants to compete away the aspirants who do not have qualifications as mentioned by him. At least his letter portrays that. Moreover, his manner of connecting objective based examination with stoppage in research publication was a very childish argument. Such low morale is not expected from a research scholar.

Lastly, I would like to appeal all the aspirants to give new team of APPSC some time to consolidate their new policies and schemes. Till then stop bombarding commission with so many selfish suggestions.









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