Ering calls on Union Min. for Smart City mission
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering today called on Union Urban Development
Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu at New Delhi and requested for approval of the Smart City
at Pasighat at the earliest. The MP also mentioned that Pasighat has already been
recommended by the state Govt for consideration under Smart City mission.
The MP further informed that the Union Minister has assured him for the approval
for early implementation of Smart City mission in Arunachal Pradesh.
Union demand grants
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) Western Zone has
requested for granting financial entitlements of the grade’s staff of the state government
In its letter submitted to the chief secretary, it warned of resorting to democratic
movement if the demand is not fulfilled.
PASIGHAT, Aug 25: Municipal Executive Officer (MEO) Deepak Shinde clarified that
the responsibility of road maintenance has not yet been entrusted to the civic bodies
by the government.
He said that as a part of the massive source reduction exercise of mosquito breeding
sites, 29 sanitary staffs were pressed into service by the PMC to clear water logging
and filling up low-lying areas with soil and sands. DIPRO
8 ticket counters sealed at Ziro
ZIRO, Aug 25: EAC Mokar Riba, DTO, along with police personnel conducted a surprise
checking in passenger vehicle ticket counters in and around Ziro township and sealed
eight number of counters for operating without proper documents. Similar checking
drive will be conducted in Raga, Deed, Yachuli and Yazali area, informed a reliable
ATI training on cash and accounts handling commences
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: A three-day training on cash and accounts handling in two batches
- one for ministerial staff of Capital Complex and another for district administration
staff commenced at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.
Altogether 59 participants from Capital Complex (30) and various other districts,
including Kurung Kumey, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Upper Siang, East Siang,
West Siang, Lohit, Tirap, Changlang, Namsai, Lower Dibang Valley, Papum Pare, East
Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang are attending the programme.
In his inaugural address, ATI Director Pate Marik said, since accounting and handling
cash is a very important responsibility, every care should be taken to ensure an
error free accounting.
This training programme being conducted by senior and experienced Finance and Accounts
Officers of the State Government is expected to provide a good opportunity to the
employees serving in remote areas.
The main resource persons from the training are Norbu Lama, retired (FAO), Taniyang
Tatung (FAO) and Gautam Saha, (FAO).
Youths to undergo skill development training
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: In all 45 youths from the state are selected to undergo a 5-month
long skill development training in Hospitality at Orion Edutech at Kolkata.
The youths, selected through recent district level job mela-cum-skill development
awareness and selection rallies held in every district throughout the state, will
undergo training on soft skills like spoken English, communication, internet browsing
During a briefing–cum-send off programme organised by the department of skill development
and employment generation in Udyog Sadan, Itanagar here today, Skill Development
and Employment Generation director Subu Tabin along with deputy director (Skill Development)
K Sarma, assistant director J Riba and representative of Orion Edutech briefed the
youths about the training and urged them to complete their training with dedication
in order to find a suitable job after completion of the training.
The cost of the training will be borne by state government under Chief Minister’s
skill development mission.
APPNRCA calls for verifying documents of contractors
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The All Arunachal Pradesh Non Registered Contractor’s Association
(APPNRCA) has called for verifying the documents of the firms before selection in
the tender process. In a release, it alleged that various HoDs practice nepotism
in awarding tender works to those having scanned and unauthentic documents which
deprive genuine contractors.
Also alleging that the tendering process being practiced in the state is not as per
guidelines of the CPWD as government officials are involved in conspiracy with concern
ministers and the norms are grossly violated undermining the deserving firms, it
sought booking such officials as per law under the provision for violation of CCS.
Multi-disciplinary training for farmers by KVK
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), West Siang conducted a one-day multi-disciplinary
training programme for farmers at Disi village, about 13 kms from Basar town.
All together 45 farmers including rural youth and farm women attended the training.
The subject matter specialist in Plant Breeding of the KVK explained the farmers
in details on crop improvement, including local varieties.
Another SMS in Animal Science and in-charge of the KVK enlightened the farmers about
the recent techniques of poultry farming for sustainable income generation for rural
The SMS in Plant Protection highlighted on common diseases, insect pests and their
control measures by applying physical, mechanical, biological and chemical methods.
The programme concluded with farmer–Subject Matter Specialist interaction on the
topic of improvement of field crops, poultry farming and management of common insect
pests, diseases in paddy.
Awareness programme held
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: An awareness programme on social issues was conducted at Pichola
village on August 22 last by All Arunachal Pradesh Border Welfare Association (AAPBWA).
Participating in the programme, people of Pichola, Gorubandha and Taramjuli highlighted
the problems faced due to non installation of RCC post for proper demarcation of
boundary between Arunachal and Assam.
ANYA applauds police action
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: While condemning the recent alleged murder of a woman Yapu Dong
at Daporijo, the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has applauded the immediate
action taken up by the police to nab the culprits.
Strongly raising voices against heinous crimes and disgraceful acts, ANYA also appealed
to the budding youths to refrain from the acts like suicides which are frequent these
days in some regions of the state.
"Life is not to take others' life nor to give up easily, it's to live for the family
and the society", said Biri Kakum, ANYA president.
Meanwhile, ANYA once again appealed the concerned authorities to mend the dilapidated
roads that have been damaged by the recent incessant rainfall in the twin Capital
and Nyishi belt. People of places like Koloriang, Seppa, Daporijo, Chayang Tajo and
various remote villages of the Nyishi belt are facing severe problems due to the
dilapidated road condition, ANYA said adding that Seppa town is also facing acute
shortage of rice and LPG due to the poor road condition.
ANYA also appealed to the authorities concerned to enquire into the sudden discontinuation
of Seppa to Chayangtajo road work by the M/s Gammon India as per the direction of
the PWD forcing the people of East Kameng to face untold miseries.
Org seek action
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The All Arunachal Youth Federation has sought action against the
culprit/s involved in the death of the teenager Lobsang Chotten whose dead body was
found yesterday. The organisation wrote a letter to the Capital SP in this regard.
Rekam stands by his Facebook statement
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Tarh Rekam has retorted by saying that he has posted the information
against Speaker Nabam Rebia in Facebook to let people know how politicians support
illegal immigrants in the state. Rekam has accused Rebia of bringing in more than
100 Bangladeshi Muslims for his ongoing multi-crore civil construction work at Poma
misusing his official position for his personal benefits.
Speaker Nabam Rebia has filed a criminal complaint and civil defamation suite of
Rs 10 crore against Rekam in the court of CJM Yupia.
Addressing media persons at Press Club here yesterday, Rekam said that the freedom
of expression in the social media has been taken personally by the Speaker.
He said he is ready to fight the legal battle against the Speaker and hoped that
the law will take its own course of action without any influence.
Post EAC soon
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Claiming that the authorities till date have not posted an EAC
at Taliha despite repeated pleas by the people of the area, the Charto Valley Welfare
Society Taliha (CVWST) has in a representation to the state Chief Secretary today
appealed to him to direct the appointing authorities to post one soon in the area.
The CVWST has also submitted a memorandum to the CS demanding, construction of officer
and staff quarters, circuit house and IB at Kodak, infrastructure development of
Paying CO headquarters, posting of headmaster at GSS Taliha, subject teachers at
Kodak HSS and Taliha SS, UDC/LDC and computer operators, construction of road at
Kodak and between BRTF road and ADC headquarters Chingku Konia Taliha besides, footpath
and proper drainages at various colonies at Taliha along with establishment of a
fire brigade etc.
It further urged the Upper Subansiri DC to initiate urgent steps for early fulfilment
of all these demands.
Panchayat leader expresses unhappiness
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The Anchal Samiti Member of I-Bhat Chimpu Panchayat has written
to the Chief Secretary and Capital MLA Techi Kaso expressing displeasure over organisation
of private party at Gyekar Sinyi. They alleged that party was organised after Secretary
Tourism issued the permission.
Training on handloom, handicraft and computers held
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: A series of capacity building programmes were organised by the
Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union for youths under the Border Area Development
Programme at Kalaktang, Chayangtajo and Nafra recently.
The programme organised with the support of director of skill development of employment
generation, Itanagar was aimed at inculcating a sense of entrepreneurship among the
local youths residing in border areas by imparting vocational training to make them
In all, 130 youths were trained on handloom and handicraft making besides, basic
computer training during the programme.
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The Pushi Banggo Students Union recently conducted literary competitions
among students of class-I to c lass X in five categories.
The literary competitions include poem, essay writing and drawing competitions.
Over 700 students from of Pushi Banggo area participated in the competition.
Script writing workshop held at SCCZ
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The Department of Mass Communication of Saint Claret College, Ziro
(SCCZ) held a two-day workshop on script writing which concluded today. The workshop
was directed by Moji Riba, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication,
Rajiv Gandhi University and was attended by all students of Mass Communication of
The workshop had both theory and practical sessions on various techniques of script
Demonstrating different techniques through diverse activities, Riba helped the participants
gain insight into the art and science of script writing.
The workshop included screening of short documentary and fictional films and analysis
of their scripts.
The participants were trained in the use of Idea Sheet and Idea Flow Chart as well
as the dynamics of characterization and ethical imperatives in script writing.
The participant learning was assessed through various assignments. All in all, the
workshop was a rich learning experience for the 35-strong participant contingent.
The news item under heading “Women renovate village road” published on August 25
issue of this daily, the Municipal Ward Number was wrongly mentioned as 8 instead
of 10. The inadvertent mistake is regretted.
---- Editorial ----
Over dependence on Govt.
In Arunachal most of the time citizens depends on government for the development
project. This overdependence on government is one of main reasons for the lack of
development. Unless citizens contribute their bit, the state will never witness proper
development. People have to understand that government alone cannot carry out all
the developmental activities. The support and active participation of citizens is
must for any state to progress.
Encouragingly people Arunachal finally seems to have realized this and are beginning
to make small contribution from their side too. Over 100 women including elderly
women of Jarku (Siang bank) village under Pasighat Municipal area recently carried
out repairing of the Jarku portion of Jarku-Siang road. The women group took one
almost week to complete the repairing work. What is inspiring most is that they themselves
carried out the repairing work without seeking help from any government agencies.
People of Arunachal should take inspiration from such selfless act. Unfortunately
in our state majority of the developmental projects are progressing at snail pace.
Sadly most of the time, it is the local people who create big obstacle in the implementation
of these projects. We need to shed this anti-development attitude and become partner
in the development process.
---- Readers Forum ----
An open letter to R.N. Ravi, Interlocutor
for Government of India
In the light of the much hyped Naga Peace Accord – a framework agreement – signed
between Government of India (GOI) and NSCN (I-M) on 3rd August 2015, the Naga National
Council (NNC) is constrained to write this letter to you for record and for your
perusal and introspection.
It is a well-known fact that the Nagas, before the advent of the British colonial
Raj, lived in a state of utter freedom, freedom from internal domination or external
domination. Despite the seemingly unending village feuds, there was total absence
of imperial ambition on the part of any village, no matter how big or strong it is,
to force another village into a state of submission and subjugation. The sovereignty
of each village was unquestionable.
Through various contacts and conflicts with the outside world, mostly during the
two World Wars, some visionary Nagas realized the importance of living together under
one political umbrella as a free nation. Subsequently, the Naga Club was formed in
1918. In its memorandum to the Simon Commission in 1929, the leaders demanded in
no uncertain terms that “[Naga] hills may be withdrawn from the reformed scheme and
placed outside the reforms....to leave us alone to determine for ourselves as in
ancient times”. The British respected the desire of the Nagas and placed the Nagas
under the “Excluded Area” by the Government of India Act 1935.
In 1946, the Naga Club was renamed as the Naga National Council (NNC) for pursuing
the collective aspiration of the Nagas – to defend the sovereignty of the Nagas.
In June 1947, the Governor of Assam, Sir Akbar Hydari negotiated an agreement with
the NNC known as the 9 Point Agreement. However that very evening of signing the
agreement, Sir Akbar Hydari warned the Naga delegation that if Nagas refused to join
the Indian Union, India would use force against them. Sensing the futility of the
agreement and the impending violence, a Naga delegation met Mahatma Gandhi on 19th
July 1947 at Bhangi Colony in Delhi where Gandhiji assured them with these words,
“Nagas have every right to be independent. We did not want to live under the domination
of the British and they are now leaving us. I want you to feel that India is yours.
I feel the Naga Hills are mine just as much as they are yours. But if you say that
they are not mine, the matter must stop there. I believe in the brotherhood of man,
but I do not believe in force or forced unions. If you do not wish to join the Union
of India, nobody will force you to do that.”
Note that the issue in focus is not about Nagas wanting to leave Indian Union but
about the question of Nagas joining Indian Union. The prior independence of Nagas
was not in question at all. At this point, it is pertinent even to recall what Mr.
Jawaharlal Nehru has said about the status of Nagaland in 1946, in connection with
the proposed British Colony of Couplan: “The Tribal Areas are defined as being those
long frontiers neither of India which are neither part of India nor Burma, nor of
Indian states nor of any foreign power.”
Moreover, the fact that the status of Crown Colony was offered to the Nagas before
the departure of the British Raj implies that Nagas had the right to choose their
own future. Nagas chose to remain free as before and decided to declare their independence
on 14th August 1947.
The declaration of Naga Independence was cabled to the UN. To augment this decision,
the NNC organized the Plebiscite in 1951 wherein 99.9% voted for Naga independence.
In keeping with this general will to be free, Nagas refused to take part in the first
and second general elections of free India which were held respectively in 1952 and
The above is history that speaks clearly for the right and aspiration of the Nagas.
What follows is a very brief and selected account of India’s policies and actions
against the desire of the Nagas to live as free and independent people.
First: The GOI through its various agencies masterminded the formation of the Naga
People’s Convention (NPC) and signed the 16th Point Agreement (1960) that in turn
resulted in the statehood formation of Nagaland in 1963. Instead of taking initiatives
as part of the agreement to consolidate the contagious Naga areas within the Nagaland
state, it has so far succeeded in dividing the Nagas more and more.
What was once a free Naga land without any authority over us is now divided up into
different parts wherein a great part is now under different political and administrative
control of non-Naga states such as Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The most
tragic part of this agreement is that these other states have shamelessly come to
think that Naga lands belong to them and making a hue and cry to protect their territorial
integrity. None dared even to wander into the Naga inhabited areas before. Let alone
claiming ownership or control of the Naga lands! Thus, the agreement not only divided
the Nagas but suppressed the rights and freedom of the Nagas which we traditionally
Second: The Shillong Accord which was signed in 1975 between the Naga “underground”
representatives and the GOI sowed the seed of dissension and division among the Nagas
–it gave birth to NSCN in 1980. Due to differences within the NSCN camp, more divisions
came up, NSCN
(Reformation) being the latest one to be formed this year. Altogether there are four
groups of NSCN today. And within the fold of NNC, due to the controversial nature
of the said accord, there are five separate NNC groups today. The Accord thus not
only destroyed the unity of the Naga national workers but also brought about much
bloodshed and conflicts among the Nagas. Whether or not it was originally designed
to bring about untold troubles upon the Nagas, it is very clear that the Accord gradually
fractured both Naga aspiration and Naga unity. It is hypocritical on the part of
the GOI to say that it is committed to solving Indo-Naga conflict and yet capitalizing
on this division by constantly furthering divisive spirit among the Nagas either
by declaring one group an outlaw or entering into cease-fire and related agreements
with another group or remaining completely indifferent to some others.
In the light of the above discussions, it is not difficult to suspect the intent
and possible consequences of the Naga Peace Accord (2015), yet another accord. Both
the above agreements with the GOI to end the Indo-Naga issue therefore only succeeded
in multiplying and magnifying the problem due to their exclusive and manipulative
approach. As seemingly significant as the present Peace Accord appears to be, it
is just between GoI and NSCN (IM), one of the many Naga Political Groups (NPGs).
Though indications are given on the part of both GOI and NSCN (IM) to be inclusive
in its approach, it is still a matter of serious speculation about the framework
of the agreement to safeguard the rights and aspiration of the Nagas as envisioned
by the pioneers of NNC.
Perhaps peace is the guiding force and logic of this agreement as the name of the
agreement itself suggests but the truth of the Indo-Naga conflict is about the sovereignty
of the Nagas, a cause for which much lives have been sacrificed and peaceful life
compromised and not primarily about peaceful co-existence or development even. Peace
as desirable as it can be is only possible as a consequent and product of honourable
and acceptable solution and not vice-versa. As such, instead of solving the Indo-Naga
conflict, this Accord is likely to bring about further division and distrust not
only amongst the Nagas but between the Nagas and the GOI as witnessed in our historical
experiences. Is the GOI gearing up to repeat another error in history?
Is the GOI too blind to see the truths of history? Is the GOI still thinking that
the aspiration of the Nagas can be forced or bribed into pale silence by special
packages? These questions are being directed to you by us since we are not yet prepared
at any cost to deviate from our original outcry – Leave us alone!
Thepushuyi S. Keyho
Naga National Council (NNC)
Happy Camp, Phek, Nagaland
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