April 07


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LG directs Delhi Police to check crime against NE women

NEW DELHI, Apr 6: Lt  Governor Anil Baijal today directed the Delhi Police to be more responsive towards crime against people, particularly women from the north-east.

He said individual responsibility of officers, including SHOs, will be fixed if there were instances of targeted crime against people from these states residing in Delhi.

The direction was issued at a meeting chaired by the Lt Governor to review the law and order situation in the city.

The police informed Baijal about the action plan for assisting people from north-east region like providing basic spoken Hindi programmes in DU and JNU etc.

"Lt Governor alerted officers about hardships being faced by residents of Delhi from north east states, and cautioned them to be careful of any targeted crime against people from these states, particularly girls/women," the LG office said in a statement.

Special Commissioner (Women Safety) made a presentation to Baijal about various steps taken for women safety, use of CSR funds to increase employability of destitute and unskilled youths etc.

The official also briefed the issues faced by residents of Delhi belonging to north eastern states, it added.

Earlier, in February, concerned over incidents of crime against women in Delhi, Lt Governor Anil Baijal had issued directions to constitute a Study Group comprising eminent sociologists, psychologists and experts to analyse the root cause of such offences and recommend corrective action.

Baijal also ordered to set up Standing Committee of Officers from the departments concerned -- the Police, the Women & Child Development, the Higher Education-- to have a structured mechanism to coordinate on women safety issues.

Last year, till November, 1,981 rape cases were reported in Delhi while 3,910 cases of molestation were registered at various police stations. Besides, 3,179 cases of kidnapping of women were also reported. PTI




Implement SBM Sanitation Project in letter and spirit: Felix

PASIGHAT, Apr 6: PHE & Water Supply Minister Bamang Felix has called for concerted efforts of the PHED, administration and other line departments for implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Sanitation Project in the state.

Addressing officers at the Siang Guest House conference hall on Thursday, Felix said, "Building toilets under SBM Sanitation for every household is one of the major initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi", while adding that the Pema-led state government is committed to provide healthy and clean environment to live in. He also assured that the government would continue to work closely with the people providing quality latrines to individual households.

The SBM, that seeks to create a clean India by 2019 will cover the entire state, the Minister said, adding "We have issued guidelines to the concerned department to help stakeholders efficiently implement the programme across the state."

Requesting the DC to conduct monthly meetings and update his office on regular basis, Felix also instructed the officers to implement project in letter and spirit. He informed the house that failure of the mission will be viewed seriously as the PMO will closely monitor all development activities. He also asked for involvement of Municipal Councilors, PRI functionaries and NGOs like ABK (WW) for effective implementation of the project.

The minister further informed that the much-awaited augmentation of water supply at Pasighat Township from Sirpo source Phase-I has been sanctioned by the government and the government is making a policy to protect catchment areas.

He also appreciated local MLA Kaling Moyong, the district administration and the PMC for their efforts to make the Smart City Proposal a reality.

MLA Moyong said Sirpo Water Project was a long-felt demand of the people, and requested the Minister to provide fund for a separate water supply scheme for civil terminal for the upcoming airport.

DC Tamiyo Tatak advised re-conduct of baseline household survey and further assured the Minister to implement SBM Sanitation promptly in the district.

PMC Chief Councilor Kaling Doruk highlighted various issues related to the PMC and appealed to the Minister to provide separate funds for the municipal to carry out SBM in true spirit.

Among others, SE (PHED) Takir Taloh, EE (PHED) Bimal Welly, DDSE J Yirang and DMO Dr M Perme also placed their suggestions. (DIPRO)




Condition of Possa Bailey Bridge worsens

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: The Bailey Bridge at Possa village over Pai River, near Yazali has again been severely damaged and is on the verge of collapsing.

The said bridge was repaired by NEEPCO authorities on April 3 last but its condition has started to deteriorate and traffic movement has been affected, with people of Kurung Kumey, Kraa Daadi, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri suffering mostly as they depend on this bridge for communication. The locals have also expressed deep resentment.

"The district administration is not ready to either take the responsibility or provide any security personnel. Also, the contractor who is maintaining Potin-Ziro road is silent on the issue. On the other hand, Highway authority is also maintaining stoic silence," shared a local resident.




Thousands converge for HH’s sermons

DIRANG, Apr 6: The Dalai Lama teachings on Geshe Langri Thangpa's eight verses of training the mind and guru yoga on Thursday brought in a 20, 000 strong crowd at the Thupsung Dhargye Ling Monastery.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Guru Yoga of Avalokiteshvara prayer. It was followed by the long live Mandala offering by Trulku Jigme Rabten of TDL Monastery and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, PhurpaTsering.

The Dalai Lama offered teachings on Guru Yoga of Avalokiteshvara. The sadhanas include visualizations that inspire the development of compassion and wisdom.

Before engaging in these sadhanas, His Holiness led the initiation ceremony of Avalokiteshvara retreats and recitation of the six-syllable mantra of 'Om Mani Padme Hum'. These recitations are made to prepare the mind. The organizers set up large screens for participants to view and hear the proceedings from a distance. Also, sacred threads from His Holiness were distributed among all the devotees that attended the ceremony.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Bomdila MLA Japu Deru, Deputy Commissioner Dr Sonal Swaroop and other dignitaries also attended the ceremony.




No power supply in 3rd IRBn HQs, Seijosa for over a year

SEIJOSA, Apr 6: Since one and a half year, there has been no power supply in the 3rd IRBn Headquarters in Seijosa in East Kameng district.

Electricity supply remained cut off after the transformer that supplies power to the battalion headquarters got damaged one and a half-year ago, told Nabam Thungom, Officer in-charge, WT Control Room of the BHQ, Seijosa.

OC Thungom said that he had approached the local MLA as well as the Superintending Engineer,

Power Department, East Kameng several times to address the problem, but to no avail.

Highlighting the problems faced due to long disruption of electricity supply, Thungom appealed to the higher authority of the Power Department to restore electricity supply in the battalion headquarters by replacing the damaged transformer at the earliest.




City Police collects Rs 40 lakh as penalty from traffic violators in 2016-17

SP appeals to public to obey rules on road

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: The City Police collected revenue amounting to Rs 40 lakh in form of penalties from traffic violators during 2016-17, informed City SP Dr A Koan.

Talking to media persons, the SP said that there was an urgent need to educate the public on rules of the road.

Stating that majority of road accidents in the Capital Complex were mainly due to reckless and drunk driving, negligence of traffic rules and regulations, the SP appealed to all to obey traffic rules, and asked both riders and pillion riders to wear helmets for their own safety.

A traffic awareness programme is being organized on April 29 and 30, wherein traffic related issues within the Capital Complex will be discussed, besides distribution of booklets/ leaflets containing traffic education by Nagrik Bhairchara Samiti in coordination with the City Police.

Earlier, the Nagrik Bhairchara Samiti was constituted with the SP as its Chairman in a meeting held in his office chamber. The committee will coordinate with the police in creating public awareness on various issues confronting the society, such as gambling, child labour, drug addiction, human trafficking, besides traffic related issues.

The meeting, which was chaired by the SP stressed on the need for better understanding between police and public to maintain law and order, peace and tranquility in the twin capital city.

The meeting was attended, among others by DNGC Principal Kumar Tok, SDPO Itanagar Hanyir Techi, SDPO Naharlagun Make Bui, Reserve Inspector C Longri, Councilor Tatung Tania, Techi Mema and social workers.




PS displeased with low attendance of APSTS employees

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: Parliamentary Secretary for Transport & Supply, Likha Saaya took serious exception to the low attendance of the office staffs and employees of the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service (APSTS) at Papu Nallah in Naharlagun today.

Making a surprise inspection of the office of the General Manager of the APSTS, Saaya expressed dissatisfaction with the attendance of the employees and stressed on biometric registering system to maintain a proper check on the punctualities and regular attendance of the office employees and staff. This, Saaya stressed on while advocating for adherence to strict work culture for transparency and accountability.

The Parliamentary Secretary also expressed concern on the dilapidated condition of the office building apparently made worse by the prevalent water leakages within the office building which he opined, gave a bad impression of the entire office premises.

Accordingly, emphasising on a hygienic surrounding and also proper storage system for all the scrap items inside the offices, Saaya exhorted the employees and the staff to adhere to cleanliness on the lines of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Notably, General Manager Abu Tayeng was not present during the surprise visit by the Parliamentary Secretary. However, it was learnt that he was on official work at Yupia to attend to certain judicial matters. Meanwhile, interacting with the staff and employees present during the visit, Saaya reiterated on the need for dedication and punctuality for better results and output of the Transport Department.

Reservations aside, on matters of low attendance and lack of cleanliness within the office premises, Parliamentary Secretary Saaya, however, expressed happiness over the recent achievements by the APSTS in surpassing the revenue targets.

The APSTS has surpassed its overall revenue target with Rs 16.25 crore and an average of 108 percent.  The department target was set at Rs 15.3 crore with 107 percent annual revenue.  

General Manager Tayeng informed that all stations, barring a few, have achieved the revenue target, while some stations displayed phenomenal performances.

Congratulating the officials, the Chief Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Supply for the success, Tayeng assured quantum jump in revenue collection with the full-fledged implementation of e-ticketing and other e-governance measures. He also informed that induction of 28 new buses is in its advance stage.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the charge of the Finance Department, lauded the APSTS for improvement in revenue collection, particularly by the public service department.  The DCM hoped that the revenue collection would further improve in the days to come, and assured all possible help in improving essential service departments like the APSTS.  




Governor calls for use of latest technologies for wool production

ITANAGAR, Apr 6:  Arunachal Pradesh Governor, P B Acharya advised the officials of Regional Sheep Breeding Farm, Sangti in West Kameng district to use latest technologies and innovative ideas to produce the best wool.

The Governor said this after inspecting the farm on Thursday. Accompanied by his wife Kavita Acharya and Secretary to Governor, Vinod P Kavle, the Governor also interacted with the farm officials and staff.

Emphasising that the people of the state, particularly sheep-rearing farmers of the district must be benefited, the Governor said that the farm should financially empower the locals.

Earlier, Regional Sheep Breeding Farm, Deputy Director, Dr H Tama briefed the Governor about the lone sheep breeding farm which has over 240 sheep. (PRO to Governor)




BJP celebrates foundation day

State govt determined to implement central govt schemes, says Mein

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: Deputy Chief Minister Chowana Mein said that the state government is determined to implement all the developmental schemes and policies of the  Modi-led Central Government in the state.  

Mein said this while addressing a gathering at the 37th Foundation Day (Staphana Divas) celebration of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Thursday.

Informing that the recent budget, which was passed in the Assembly, was conceptualized and prepared in line with the policies and plans of the central government, the Deputy CM said that the Pema -led Government has serious political will to transform Arunachal into a developed state.  The state government is giving priority to certain core areas, such as agriculture, horticulture and tourism, which increase the GDP of the state, Mein added.

The Deputy CM also stressed on team work and committed to move forward in developmental efforts through process of consultative decision making with the party colleagues in the state.

In his address, state BJP President Tapir Gao appealed to all party members to have proper knowledge of all the 83 developmental schemes launched by the central government and also asked  party workers to spread awareness about the schemes at the grassroots level for benefit of common people.

Appreciating the recent state budget, Gao requested all party workers to educate the common masses about  the budget proposal so that they  could take full advantage of the developmental initiatives of the state government.  The state BJP chief also spoke on the benefits of digital banking system and urged party workers to download the BHIM application and encourage others as well.

Speaking on the occasion, former state BJP president Tapen Siga highlighted the historical, philosophical and ideological background of BJP and recalled the contributions of the founding fathers of BJP, including Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Pundit Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Former Minister Dr Tangor Tapak, who is also former state BJP president, spoke on the working system of the party and achievements of the Modi Government. "The BJP, as a cadre-based party, encouraged inner party democracy by promoting healthy discussion and debate on party matters. The slogan of the BJP is 'Nation first, Party Next and Individual Last' and because of this nation first approach, the BJP is a party with a difference", Tapak said.

State BJP Vice President and chairman of the Staphana Diwas celebration, Dominic Tadar and General Secretary (Organisation) Ramesh Kadaganchi also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the celebrations started with hoisting of the party flag by Gao.

The district and mandal units of the BJP also celebrated the party's foundation day with great enthusiasm. In most of the districts, the party legislators took part in the celebration and highlighted the achievements of the BJP Government at the centre.

To mark the occasion, the state Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) started a week-long campaign on BHIM application throughout the state.

At Bomdila, the foundation day of the BJP was also celebrated by the West Kameng unit of the party on April 6 in its new office at Bomdila. The celebration, however, became a low key affair due to the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in the district.

Earlier in the morning, district BJP President Sambu Siongju inaugurated the new office of the party in presence of former Minister cum in-charge BJP Tawang district Naresh Glow, senior party leaders, ZPMs of Rupa and Kalaktang, party workers and office bearers.




Festivals give insight into our rich culture and tradition: Taga

AALO, Apr 6: 'Festivals always expose our rich age-old culture and culture gives us a distinct identity', said Power and Industries Minister Tamiyo Taga during the Central Mopin Festival celebration organised by the CMCC Aalo at Gumin Kiin on Thursday.

Extending his Mopin greetings, Taga said that this age-old culture needs proper documentation and preservation for future generations and the mode of celebrations of festival should not be extravagant.

‘Many of the Scheduled Tribes in the world have lost their identities and recognition due to loss of culture, language and dialects and we should feel proud that it is still vibrant among different clans in this state,’ the Minister said.

Retired Director Gejum Ete said that the festival celebration has reached a new height due to efforts put together by the organising committee every year and exhorted the youth to take interest in their culture.

CMCC President Doli Lollen, Secretary Er Gemar Padu and Vice President Kirdo Ete also gave details of the history and mythological aspects of Mopin and called upon the participating members to rise above social taboo to take keen part in such celebrations.

A souvenir tiled "Dego Yamo", edited by Dr Kenjom Padu was also released by the dignitaries to mark the occasion.  The CMCC also felicitated Minkir Lollen for his outstanding contribution towards promotion of social and cultural activities.

The other highlights of the programme were Popir dance, house to house invitation and cultural show.

At Ziro, Mopin was celebrated with traditional fervour at Subansiri Sadan on Wednesday. Addressing the festival revelers, MLA Tage Taki lauded the Galo community for upholding the age-old traditions and customs.  He expressed hope that the efforts to preserve our culture would continue through the ages.

Colourful cultural programmes, including the traditional Popir dance were the main attractions of the celebration.

Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen, SP Tage Habung, former MLA Tapi Bath, PRI members and HoDs participated in the festivity. (DIPROs)




Governor meets His Holiness

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: Governor P B Acharya on Thursday met His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Thupsung Dhargye Ling Monastery, Dirang in West Kameng district and exchanged greetings and shared religious views.

Recalling his journey in March 1959, His Holiness expressed his appreciation to the people of India and Arunachal Pradesh for the warm reception accorded to him. He said that India is the only country which combines modern education and technology to tackle destructive and negative forces.

In a brief but poignant meeting, the Governor, who was accompanied by his wife Kavita Acharya, also shared his views on Buddhism and Hinduism.  (PRO to Raj Bhawan)




Re- execution of maintenance works of Ziro to Bopi road demanded

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: Alleging haphazard and improper execution of maintenance work on the Ziro to Bopi stretch of the Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH), the Raga Area Youth Association (RAYA) has demanded re-execution of the work.

The said stretch of the road, which serves as lifeline for the people living in interior and upper regions of the district, has been lying in extremely bad condition for the last several years, causing great inconvenience to the commuters, said RAYA in a release.

The work has been reportedly executed by filling sand in the potholes, which have been washed away by rain water and turned the road into a slippery mud path, and extremely dangerous for the commuters.

Moreover, in some portions of the road, the drainage system has been dumped with sand leading to the accumulation of rain water in the middle of the road.

"In fact, in the guise of maintenance work, the contractors engaged in the maintenance work have completely damaged the road and turned it from bad to worse," the association claimed.

The association also alleged that the works were awarded to some inexperienced contractors without floating any tender notice.

The RAYA appealed to the authorities concerned, including the Deputy Chief Minister, Raga MLA, Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, Chief Engineer, PWD (WZ), Chief Engineer TAH (WZ) and Raga Additional Deputy Commissioner, to direct the concerned work authorities to re- execute the work by strictly following the DPRs and to ensure that the work is executed properly as per fund allocation, so that the wrath of the public might not spill over the streets.

The Highway Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister, following constant approach and considering the bad condition of the road had recently announced Rs 1.50 crore for maintenance of the stretch of road, the association informed.




Livestock vaccination from Apr 18

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: The Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, under the jurisdiction of the State Veterinary Hospital, Naharlagun is going to organize a routine vaccination programme against FMD, swine fever and enterotoxaemia from April 18 to 26 next. Accordingly, a schedule has been provided and the vaccination programme will be held at Yupia, I, II, III, general ground on April 18, Nyorch/ Tarajuli on April 19, Borum General Ground on April 20, Sood on April 21, Papu-I,II on April 22, Pachin village on April 24, Damsite on April 25 and Model/Lekhi Village on April 26.

Livestock owners have been urged to co-operate with the vaccination team and get their animals vaccinated on the aforementioned days, informed Senior Veterinary Officer, Naharlagun in a release.  




Forum demands closure of SMS Smelter factory

LEKHI, Apr 6: The SMS Smelter Ltd/Shree Salasar, Lekhi Village Pollution Affected People's  Forum (SSSLVPAPF), led by its chairman Takam Xavier in a memorandum submitted to Chief Secretary S D Gamlin has appealed for immediate shifting of the SMS Smelter factory from its current location at Lekhi Village here.  

The Forum apprised the Chief Secretary that the factory has been emitting harmful smoke (hazardous for living beings) for the past several years, causing immense effect to the health of people, especially students who live in and around the area.

Numerous government and private educational institutions, including Law College, Women's College, B Ed College,

besides important business establishments and transport junctions are located in Lekhi village and Nirjuli.  The working class and students in the area are inhaling poisonous smoke emitted from the factory, the Forum wrote.

It also added that as per latest inspection report, diseases like cancer, tuberculosis etc have rose to 45 percent in the area as the factory is believed to be emitting carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and particulate pollutants containing heavy metals which are hazardous for all living beings.    

Further, opining that the shifting of the factory may take time, the Forum has appealed to the Chief Secretary to shut it down at the earliest and has also threatened to approach the court of law if its demand is not met.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF), led by its President Dobing Sonam had also recently submitted a representation to the Chief Secretary demanding that the said factory be shut down at the earliest.  




Apnes receive funds for smart class, mini solar power project

TEZU, Apr 6:  Funds for smart class, kitchen improvement, mini solar power project and fruit processing unit for the Apnes of Lohit Library were announced by Colonel Arun K Lal during the Apurba Diwas 2017 celebrations at Anugrah on Wednesday last.

Colonel Lal further informed that funds for the four schemes were released to the Anu Shiksha Seva Trust and that the projects can be implemented immediately.

Apurba Diwas is celebrated by the Apnes every year in remembrance of the encouragement and help provided to rural Arunachal by Major General A K Bardalai, VSM, a distinguished military leader, who, during his tenure as Commander of military formation in the region had engaged the military establishment in meaningfully taking up welfare measures for the civil population, thereby fostering a healthy and harmonious civil-military bonding.




Dalai Lama consecrates monastery

DIRANG, Apr 6: Tibetan Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama today consecrated the Thupsing Dhargye monastery through an elaborate Buddhist ritual.

The foundation stone of the monastery was laid by former CM Dorjee Khandu in 2007.

The ceremony was conducted in the presence of Governor P B Acharya, his wife, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, state Assembly Speaker T N Thongdok, Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin and other dignitaries.

Thousands of devotees clad in yellow robes thronged the venue to witness the consecration ceremony by their living god.

"I was destined to be here for this momentous occasion. It is more important to be a good human being than a mere Buddhist or adherent to any faith," the Dalai Lama said in his address.

He said, "In our pursuit of individual goals, we must ensure well-being of the world and humanity.... It is essential to be educated. I insist on education of Lamas. But education needs to be ethical, not material." (PTI)




Over 100 beneficiaries get free loom accessories, yarns

TEZU, Apr 6:  Loom accessories and yarns were distributed to a total of 116 beneficiaries of the Chief Minister's Indigenous Textile Promotion Scheme by Minister of Art & Culture and Research, Dr Mohesh Chai and Lohit DC, Danish Ashraf during a Department of Textile & Handicrafts organized distribution programme on Wednesday last.

Addressing the beneficiaries, the Minister said that the scheme aims to encourage wearing of traditional dresses and thereby help in preserving indigenous culture and tradition, while DC Ashraf suggested formation of Self Help Groups from the beneficiaries of the village to sell the finished articles to other states.

Tezu ADTH, A Pertin, DO (T&H), D Chaitom and various HoDS attended the programme.




'Ban liquor shops near highway, schools'

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: Stating that liquor shops in the Capital Complex have not been shifted despite the Supreme Court order banning all liquor shops within 500 meters of the national and state highways, the All Itanagar Youth Welfare Association (AIYWA) has in a representation to  the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner on Thursday, sought immediate  ban on  all liquor shops near highways and educational institutions, besides sale of marijuana and tobacco products like  cigarette, gutkah, etc. near school premises within the Capital Complex.




Departmental seminar  at RGU

ITANAGAR, Apr 6: A two-day annual departmental seminar on the theme "Literature and Culture-From the Victorians to the Moderns" was organized by the Department of English, Rajiv Gandhi University, on April 5 and 6.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Tamo Mibang chaired the inaugural session, while the keynote address on the theme was delivered by Professor (Retd) N Jayaram.

A good number of papers were presented by the students during the technical sessions.




DC reviews performance of DBT and Aadhaar seeding process

YUPIA, Apr 6: A meeting was convened by Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner, Tai Kaye with the DMO, DDSE, PD, DRDA and DF&CSO, DRCHO, CO (e-governance), Deputy Director (ICDS) and DIO (NIC) to review performance of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and Aadhaar seeding process of beneficiaries in the district at his office chamber here on Thursday.

All HoDs present apprised the DC about the present status of their departments. During the meeting, it was informed that slow progress of Aadhaar card enrolment and bank account opening process is due to lack of awareness among the people, interior locations and insufficient budgetary support. It was further, decided that there should be door to door campaign on Aadhaar card enrolment with sufficient budgetary support and awareness on mobile banking facilities with the support of banks in interior areas of the district where there is lack of banking facilities. (DIPRO)




Ensure 100% vaccine coverage: DC

PASIGHAT, Apr 6:  East Siang Deputy Commissioner (DC) cum Chairman of the District Health Society, Tamiyo Tatak has asked the stakeholders to ensure 100 percent vaccine coverage of targeted children under Mission Indradhanush (MI) in the district.

He was addressing the stakeholders at the District Level Task Force Immunisation (DTFI) review meeting on MI and IPPI on Thursday.

It is worth mentioning here that the third round under the fourth phase of MI begins from April 7 to 14.

The DC directed the DMO and DRCHO to constantly monitor the performance and also asked the medical officers to guide and sensitize the paramedical staff at their respective PHCs and CHCs. Since the social sector is given top priority, he said that the nationwide exercise is constantly monitored by the PMO.

Earlier, DMO, Dr D Perme urged the concerned officials to be ready with micro-plan and also asked for immediate feedback on action taken and coverage.

Earlier, DRCHO, T Gao, presented a PPT review performance of IPPI and Mission Indradhanush. He informed that the targeted number of missed out children to be covered is 59, after conducting round 2 in March under Mission Indradhanush. (DIPRO)

---- Editorial ----



India & China need to de-escalate the tension

The Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit has generated lot of interest about state among international communities. The news of visit and controversies surrounding it is making headline across the globe. The neighbouring China which has bitterly opposed the visit is fuming and has warned India of tit for tat action. Already tense relation between two nations has further escalated. Chinese are expected to increase rhetoric over their claim on Arunachal and in all probability will try to inflame Kashmiri separatists to target India.  

 While Tibetan along with majority of international community's including India see Dalai Lama as spiritual leader but China thinks of him as separatist. Ever since he fled Tibet and took refuge in India, the Chinese has been highly suspicious of India. They believe that by hosting its arch enemy India is acting against its interest. This suspicion is one of the main reasons for continued mistrust between India and China. The ever growing hostility between two Asian giants is not good for the region. Both the countries should take collective measures to de-escalate the tension. The government of India has clarified that Dala Lama's visit to Arunachal is only for spiritual purpose. His holiness himself has made it clear that he does not seek independence of Tibet from China but is only seeking meaningful autonomy for Tibetans. Also the Chinese should understand that India is a democratic country and here everyone including refugees has certain rights which cannot be denied to them. For lasting peace in the region both the nation will have to shed hostility against each other and work out a long term solution to all issues concerning each other.








---- Readers Forum ----





Cash shortage in ATMs

Dear Editor,        

The cash shortage in ATM is causing havoc in the capital city. People are facing numerous problems. Hoping, that the concerned bank authorities will fix this problem as soon as possible.


Gyamar Sathi




Racial attacks owe origin to caste system

Dear Editor,

This is in response to your editorial, "India's double standard on racism" (April 5). Racial attacks on Africans owe its origin in our age-old regressive caste system. As a matter of fact, casteism and apartheid are the two banks of the same river - hatred. And there is a colour bridge between them.

The bridge is built with prejudice - dark means lower castes and fair means upper castes. Indeed, the other name of caste is varna which means colour. A recent study says that the practice of untouchability is still very much prevalent in our country, and this reaffirms the malaise of caste hatred. On the other hand, matrimonial and fairness cream advertisements fan our fair mania. All-out efforts like monitoring such advertisements must be undertaken on war footing to stop stereotyping human beings with the brush of loathe.


Sujit De, Kolkata




Keep rocking

Dear Editor,

I have been an avid follower of "The Arunachal Times", and just wanted you to know that, you guys are doing an awesome job, and are a testament to the state’s journalism. You are providing a great service to the people of the state and the nation.

I am a UI/UX designer by trade and an Architect by education. Please let me know, if I can help you guys in any possible way, no charges whatsoever. My love for the state precedes my demonic necessity for money. Keep rocking guys.


Abhishek Mondal




Don’t allow minors to ride or drive

Dear Editor,

With utter dismay for rash and reckless driving of adolescent prevailing or practiced by younger generation in capital complex and other parts of state, I would like to share about a incident that happened with me on 3rd April 2017 at A-Sector, Naharlagun.

The said incident occurred when I already crossed the road in order to go to a garage near Polito’s Pizza. All of a sudden one scooty with three people in it hit my car at the driver’s door.

After seeing that one of the riders was unconscious while pillion rider received minor injury, I took them to Tomo Riba State Hospital Naharlagun with my damaged car despite of heavy traffic jam within 8-10 minutes to save their lives.

But instead of thanking me, some of the relatives snatched my car key and started to accuse and rudely warned me inside the hospital, where as their children had totally disobeyed the traffic rules. Fortunately one ‘God Man’ shri Tadar Mama came as witness at hospital and narrated the reality of the incident, otherwise some other circumstances might have been be created by relatives.

Therefore, I have these queries to the relatives. Firstly, incase if the riders had died on the spot or at hospital, who would have been the responsible? Secondly, who would have been the responsibility if I or others were injured due to their rash driving? Thirdly, who will take the responsibility to repair my damaged car?

Taking this opportunity, I would like to appeal to all the parents, please do not allow minor children to drive or ride any vehicles. I also would like to suggest the traffic police to strictly check against the reckless minor drivers.


Kiryi Potom,

Research Scholar, RGU  







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