---- Editorial ----
The Chinese and Indian dilemma
Though the Chinese claim over Arunachal is not new and barely taken seriously by
the people of the state, renaming of places have evoked anger and strong reaction.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union have organized the protest rallies accuses China
of unnecessarily interfering into the internal affairs of India. Echoing the feelings
of many in the state, the students feel that Central and state government should
come out with a response to the repeated Chinese interference and claims over the
While Chinese claim is not new, India’s inability to respond to stapled visa issued
by the Chinese to the citizens of Arunachal is a casue for concern.
The Chinese government does not give normal visa to the people of the state as it
says that people of Arunachal need no visa to visit China. However, it gives a stapled
visa to the people of the state, which the Indian Immigration refuses to acknowledge.
In November 2009, Indian govt had issued a travel advisory, cautioning Indian citizens
that Chinese visas issued on separate papers stapled to passports would not be considered
valid for travel out of the country.
Till they came up with stapled visas, the Chinese government had refused to even
entertain visa applications of people from Arunachal. The first high profile denial
of visa dates back to 1981 when T L Rajkumar, the Speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh
Legislative Assembly was denied one.
The second was one in 2007, when Beijing refused a visa to an IAS officer from Arunachal,
saying he did not need one as the state belonged to China. The IAS officer Gonesh
Koyu was part of a 100 IAS officer’s delegation that was to travel to China. The
entire trip was called off.
Since then there has been no clear cut stand on the staple visa by the Indian govt
though numerous cases of issuance of stapled visa, mostly to sportspersons have come
up. It is time to take a stand.
---- Readers Forum ----
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to inform the clashing
of two major examinations on same date and time - RGU examination and JNU entrance
test 2017. Both will be held on May 16 from 9 AM-12 PM.
JNU entrance test will start from May 16-19. Unfortunately, some UG semester exam
will be held in that span of time. There will be many students who want to appear
JNU entrance test but cannot miss semester examination.
On behalf of all the distressed students, I would like to request our honorable Education
Minister to kindly note and intervene in this matter and if possible reschedule/postpone
the UG examination of RGU in order to appear both test and exam.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request to the responsible department
of scholarship to credit the amount of scholarship to students account as soon as
possible. We have waited long, since we have applied for Post/ Matric scholarship.
Scholarship is the only way by which we can fulfill our need, especially for the
students who belong from poor background. They are dependent fully on scholarships
as they do not have any other choice. So as a student, I am requesting the responsible
department of scholarship to credit the amount in students account as soon as possible.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of govt of Arunachal
Pradesh that slow development of the newly created Siang District is really a painful
one for the people of Siang district. The people from remote villages come to Pangin
for official matters but they are not able to meet the concern officers because they
are found absent.
They are absent due to non availability of quarters. The officers posted in HQ Pangin
are facing a huge problem; many officers are coming from far away to their respective
The public are not able to complete official works due to absentee officers.
On behalf of the development loving people of Siang district, I appeal the govt to
immediately sanction offices and quarters for govt employees of Siang district. I
appeal the Chief Minister Pema Khandu to look into the developmental activities of
the newly created district.
President, Siang District HQ Welfare Committee
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