December -  06



Dereliction of duty by medical staff alleged

ITANAGAR, Dec 5:  Alleging dereliction of duty by the medical staff of the Hospital, Dibang Valley Student Union (DVSU), in a release, said that a government employee, who was working as a watchman in the office of election division, died in the hospital for want of proper treatment.

The students union claimed that the patient, who was brought to the hospital at around 8.45 am died about an hour later without treatment. The students union alleged that the entire medical staff, including the DMO was enjoying picnic when the patient was struggling for his life. Even, the doctor for the emergency cell was absent at that time, the students union claimed.

It demanded the DMO to discharge duty properly so that patients do not suffer.


Headmaster demanded

ITANAGAR, Dec 5:  Expressing concern over the education scenario in the area, Tirap Changlang Lohit Students Union (TCLSU) today appealed to the authority for immediate posting of headmaster at Government Secondary Manmao saying that the school had been running without headmaster for the last three years. Further, the Jairampur Government School has been running without Accountancy teachers over the last many years, it said.


Rice field day

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Rice Field Days were jointly organized by ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh Centre and KVK West Siang, Basar at Dali, Chisi and Siji Villages in West Siang on November  30, December 1 and 2  sponsored by Directorate of Rice Development, Union Ministry of Agriculture.

As many as 30 farmers participated in the programme at Dali, 42 at Chisi and 30 at Siji village.

The team from ICAR and KVK Basar, which comprised of Agronomy scientist, plant protection specialist and local facilitators, interacted with the farmers regarding rice based cropping systems.

Demonstration  on use of rice pedal thresher was also held and the farmers were distributed the machines (rice pedal thresher) under the National Initiatives on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) Project, KVK.


Literary cum Sports Meet concludes

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The sports, literary cum cultural meet organized by All Kimin Students Union concluded on November 26 last.

Government Higher Secondary School Kimin emerged champion of the meet while Government Middle School, Upper Jumi was adjudged the ‘Best Disciplined School’.  

Zilla Prasihad Member Kimin Bamang Yayu and Ngurang Taka gave away  prizes to the winners during the closing ceremony.

Altogether 13 schools of Kimin circle participated in  the meet.


Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: All Tali Area Students’ Union(ATASU) observed its 30th Foundation day in a befitting manner here today. All Nyishi Students Union(ANSU) vice president Tagru Tame and All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union attended the function. Sports competitions were conducted at DNGC Itanagar ground to mark the occasion.


Yomso appointed AIRGVMI gen. secy

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Former National Youth Congress general secretary Mongol Yomso has been appointed as the National Youth president of All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International (AIRGVMI).


Poor BSNL service

ITANAGAR Dec 05:  Zilla Parishad Member of Kaying in West Siang district today expressed its displeasure over erratic mobile phone service by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) saying that the BSNL authority has utterly failed to provide smooth service since the installation of tower in the area. Despite repeated pleas, the BSNL authority has utterly failed to improve the mobile service, lamented he.


2 houses gutted

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Two houses were reportedly gutted at Pinchi village under Phassang circle of Kurung Kumey on December 3. All properties of the victims, including valuable local beads worth Rs 15 lakh were lost in the devastating fire accident, said Kipa Welfare Society, in a release. It urged the local MLA to provide immediate relief to the victims for their quick rehabilitation.


Arrest of assaulters demanded

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Rending Welfare Society (RWS) has demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the assault of Tania Tapuk, STS conductor at Naharlagun Tempo stand on November 14 last.

The society said that although an FIR was lodged with police on the same day against the culprits, no arrest has been made yet.


ATA seeks justice for VP

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: In its representation to deputy commissioner West Siang district, Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) demanded a fair justification of the case of vice principal Jomdo Lona pertaining to Tamar Yorpen suicide case.

ATA said that delay in delivering the justice would compel the apex teaching association to demand for CBI investigation.

Tthe association further urged the district administration to create congenial atmosphere in the school alleging that the teachers had been  working under constant threat. It also demanded for allotment of plot of land for Aalo unit of ATA for its office cum rest house.


‘Check fishing with blasting’

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: All Changlang District Students’ Union (ACDSU) demanded the authority to check fishing with blasting in Tirap river allegedly by some Government employees residing in Changlang town. Such illegal activities not only posed a threat to many aquatic animals but also polluted the river.


Ruksin celebrates pre Christmas

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The Ruksin Christian Forum celebrated Pre Christmas on Sunday at Ngorlung Dere with religious fervour, in presence of Rev. Takeng Taggu and other leaders of East Siang district unit of Adi Baptist Union (ABU).

The night- long programme began with congregational prayer in the evening followed by cultural function including colourful dances.

Dr. K Ratan, an organizer of the programme urged the youths to choose what is right and helpful and avoid anything that is harmful to life.

Conveying his Christmas message, Rev. Takeng Taggu elaborated the background of Christianity and its impact on morality of the human beings. He stated that one should adopt only the good culture of the societies.


Measles catch up schedule at Capital Complex

ITANAGAR: The District RCH officer appealed to all capital dwellers to bring their children of age group between 9 months to 10 years, who have missed measles vaccination in schools and outreach session sites during the ongoing measles catch-up vaccination campaign in Papum Pare district, to Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun,  Itafort dispensary, Itanagar, RKM. Hospital, Itanagar, Urban Health Centre, Karsingsa, PTC Health Unit, Banderdewa, CHC Doimukh, PHC Chimpu and all other CHCs and PHCs in the district to get vaccinated.

Time of vaccination is 8 am to 2 pm, except RKM Hospital (7.30 am to 12.30 pm), during all working days.


ALSU demands action against land encroachers

ITANAGAR: After week-long survey on Government land encroachment and quarters in and around Capital Complex, Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has submitted a representation to Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner seeking immediate legal action against all the encroachers.

ALSU claimed that 80% of Government employees and 20% of non-government employees are allegedly involved in illegal land encroachment and demolition of government quarters.

Expressing its apprehension over the alleged fast disappearing of government quarters, the union further urged the district administration to initiate mass eviction drive and cancellation of unauthorized  land allotments.  It also appealed to the DC to immediately halt the ongoing construction of convention hall at Indira Gandhi Park.


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Villages at mercy of nature along the

Indo-China border

“It is very unfortunate that the border villages with its unique history

vis-a-vis Chinese aggression during 1962 Indo-China war is still unconnected and left to fend for themselves.”

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The remote Taksing and Mechukha in the Himalayan mountain ranges of Arunachal Pradesh along the Indo-China border are worth a visit and truly a paradise for the tourists.

However, like Vijaynagar, Limiking upto Taksing of Upper Subansiri District has the same story to tell as it lack road communication, electricity and telecommunication.

The last village of Arunachal Pradesh along the Subansiri River Basin (Taksing) is completely deprived of developmental activities.

The road construction work being carried out by Border Road Organisation in this strategically important region is very poor. The motorable road is hardly upto few kilometers away from Kete Nallah, which is one hour drive from Limiking.

Due to non existence of road communication, the villagers of Tama Chung Chung, Redding, Taksing and some other villages, Indian Army and Indo Tibetan Border Police being posted at Taksing area and Maza border, needless to say are facing difficulties. The villagers of these villages carry their food stuffs from Limiking or Kete Nallah covering a long distance in the mountain terrains which take two to three days walk from Limiking. Not used to such hostile terrains, the Armed forces takes 5 or 6 days to reach Taksing from Limiking.

It is very unfortunate that the village with its unique history vis-a-vis Chinese aggression during 1962 Indo-China war is still unconnected with main land of our country and left to fend for themselves.

This negligence on the part of government in providing basic road infrastructure resulting in meager presence of Army could become a major hurdle for the nation in case of any emergency.  Only sizable numbers of Indian Army along with Indo Tibetan Border Police are guarding these hilly terrains border of Indian Territory.

The immediate road connectivity is must for Taksing and Maza borders to strengthen the military strength in the region and also to boost the economic and other developmental activities.

It is worth to mention that, the Chinese patrolling team manages to come near Indian Army camp (Gora, Cowshed camps) twice a year after crossing the Asapilla range and Line of Actual Control (LAC) which is one or two hours walk from Taksing.

Such patrolling by Chinese Army within the Indian Territory is great threat to the country and it needs to be addressed by the government of both the countries. Though our country is launching many new missiles and weapons day by day, the task of defending the country’s international boundaries within Arunachal Pradesh would be futile, until and unless sufficient armed forces are pressed in to defend such strategic important locations.

After visiting Taksing,  this correspondent also visited Mechukka of West Siang District, and reached near Lamang Camp, the last ITBP Camp in the Indo-China border from Arunachal side. But due to heavy snow fall in the mountain ranges, I could not reach upto LAC, which is only three hours walk from Lamang ITBP camp for local people.

The road construction being carried out by BRO from Mechukha to Lamang camp crossing Yarlung ITBP camp is worthy of praise. People informed that the road connectivity from Mechukka to Lamang would be completed within this financial year. However, there is no plan for extension of road upto LAC.

Further, those people from Taksing and Mechukha who had crossed Indian territory and visited Tibet region of Chinese territory two or three times a year on trade purposes, informed that Chinese government has already constructed well developed road and also established Chinese Army camp in the Tibet region of  China along the LAC.

It is very disappointing that despite Indo-China War of 1962, our government could not build link road upto LAC even after 49 years.

Taking into account the information gathered from local people of the region about Indo-China border areas, one feels the need  that the government of India and China need to initiate another agreement to foster a long term high-quality neighborhood relationship between the two countries for the fundamental interest of the peoples or revive the  Panchsheel, which calls for peaceful coexistence between China and India to promote mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-aggression, non interference into each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit and peaceful coexistence and with a view to maintaining peace and tranquility along the line of actual control in the India-China border areas.


Capital Foundation Award to Governor Singh

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: In recognition of his outstanding contributions to security and development, Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh was honoured with the Capital Foundation Award.

Former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam presented the award to the Governor in the Capital Foundation Annual Lecture at India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi today. Organized by Capital Foundation Society, New Delhi, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal and Union Minister for Law and Justice and Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid were also awarded the Capital Foundation Justice VR Krishnan Iyer Award.  Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal also received the Capital Foundation award for his contribution to legal education and corporate philanthropy.

Other awardees include environmentalist Baba Seva Singh, entrepreneur Sirajuddin Qureshi. The Capital Foundation Society is a NGO promoting free flow of information and ideas from diverse sources to influence decision making. The NGO articulates public opinion on vital issues by organizing workshops, conference, seminars and discussions. PRO to Governor


Arunachal Pradesh will not suffer for want of fund: PM

NEW DELHI, Dec 5: “Arunachal Pradesh will not suffer for want of fund due to objection of external aided project for North East Region,” asserted Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh when the state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with his council of ministers, MPs and parliamentary secretaries called on him in his 7 Race Course Official residence this morning.

Dr Singh was responding to the request for alternate package for two vital programmes of infrastructure development of capital city Itanagar under ADB assisted project and “integrated flood and river management” of Arunachal Pradesh placed by the chief minister and his team. While revealing his areas of concern for the development of the state in spheres of effective border management, improving connectivity and inclusive development of power sector, the chief minister submitted an 11-point memorandum to the prime minister for technical and financial assistance.

The charter of demands included, connecting 22 unconnected administrative centres for ensuring presence of administration in the border areas, providing water facilities in border blocks, a commitment made by the prime minister during his visit to the state in 2008, construction of porter tracks, log bridges and foot suspension bridges in border areas, comprehensive scheme for strengthening of transmission and distribution system in North Eastern region and Sikkim, consideration of alternate arrangement for delayed external aided project for NE region, Heli-lifting of PDS commodities to border areas, setting up of Greenfield Airport at Itanagar, non-plan revenue deficit grant gap to meet up the revenue loss due to ban of timber operation by Supreme Court in 1996, gap-funding for completion, strengthening and commissioning of hydel-stations, establishment of green field industrial corridor, providing telecommunication services in border administrative centers in order to facilitate the defence personnel as well as the people residing in the border areas to get connected with the outer world.

After patiently hearing to the genuine demands placed by the team, Dr. Singh gave a positive gesture and assured to take care about the problems faced by the state and its people.

He advised the chief minister and his team to judiciously prepare the 12 Five Year Plan keeping in mind the important areas where development and growth is required. He further advised to give top priority to the Prime Minister’s Package which is effectively underway in the state.

The chief minister was accompanied by 3 MPs from the State Mukut Mithi, Takam Sanjoy, Ninong Ering, Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein, CM’s Principal Advisor and Parliamentary Secretary T N Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretaries Padi Richo, Nabam Rebia and C C Singhpho.


RCH outreach camps at Kurung Kumey

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) outreach camps were conducted at remote places of Kurung Kumey including Rengchi, Hiya and Pagba  villages. Organized by district health society, the camps were held from November 10 to 13.

Altogether 298 patients with various ailments were treated and given medicines free of costs. The camps were carried out by the team of medical professional consisting of Dr. Khyoda Doi, Dr. Taigam Wangshu and ANMs Gebom Gadi, Yape Don, Borio Pigya and other NRHM officials.

Dr. L. Bagra, DRCHO, along with DPM, DAM NRHM Kurung Kumey and ASHAs of the villages also participated in all the camps. The DRCHO Kurung Kumey sensitized the public about health and hygiene. He also advised all the villagers to adopt healthy lifestyles.

In the evening the womenfolk were called for meeting and shown films on immunizations. The DRCHO Kurung Kumey took the advantage of the presence of womenfolk of the villages and sensitized them about ANC, advantage institutional deliveries and immunization to the children against six killer diseases. He also advised all the mothers to take full advantages of JSY scheme under NRHM. The ASHAs and ASHA facilitators were advised to function properly to make the NRHM successful. He told the ASHAs that they are the backbone of NRHM to bridge the gap between health system and public.

 Meanwhile, School Health Camp covering 4 schools in four days was conducted in district from November 29 to December 2. During the camp more than 1000 children were treated and counselled.  It was found that most of common ailments affecting students were diminished vision and gastritis.

Detailed clinical examination revealed that the cause of most of the illness were due to lack of hygiene and health education.

A case of chicken pox was also detected.

Dr. Doi and Ravinu Sarki, Senior Nurse of CHC Koloriang carried out the programme successfully. The school health programme was also conducted by the District Health Society, Kurung Kumey.


Awareness prog. on traffic rules

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: In view of the frequent road accidents involving death of human lives, especially minor school going children, the department of transport is organizing a series of traffic awareness campaign for school children in capital complex from today.

As part of the campaign, the director of transport cum secretary (STA) Tai Kaye held traffic awareness campaign in schools, especially with drivers, handymen, teachers and students at Nirjuli and Naharlagun circles today. The director also travelled in a school bus from Papu-Nallah to Nirjuli to know the ground realities. He gave tips on traffic safety rules to the school children while he was travelling with the school children in the bus.

The director blamed employment of in-experienced drivers and handymen and their negligence for the accidents.

Participating in an awareness camp, VKV Nirjuli principal urged the authority for deployment of traffic police at Tin Ali point. He also advocated for following the Motor Vehicle Act by all concerned and stressed on behavior/conduct of drivers, handymen and their proper driving license, dress code and traffic lessons to students by respective school authorities in the morning school assembly hours.


Welly urges HoDs to maintain quality of works

ITANAGAR, Dec 5:  Health and Family Welfare, Economics and Statistics and Land Management Minister Atum Welly visited various parts of East Kameng including Seijosa, Dissing- Passo, Seppa, Palin, Rilloh and Pakke-Kessang from November 26 to December 2.

During the tour, he attended a series of meetings and inspected schools, medical centres and proposed project sites.  

While responding to the memorandum submitted by Rilloh and Pakke–Kessang, Passa Valley Development Welfare Society minister said that developmental activities under 12th Pakke-Kessang Assembly constituency shall be taken-up in a phase-wise manner which has already started from Seijosa during the previous year and now the Pakke-Kessang and Passa Valley are on the top priority in the next financial year.

He announced the sanctioned schemes of various departments for Passa Valley and Pakke-Kessang and also informed the people about the need based schemes under process at the moment. He urged the HoDs of the Development Department not to compromise on the quality of works and implements the scheme as per the norms. He also appealed to all the HoDs to have proper coordination and cooperation with villagers, GBs and PRI members while implementing the schemes and also called upon one and all to develop work culture in order to witness changes in the society. Further, he appealed the youth of the area to identify the tourist hot-spot and come forward for promotion of tourism.

Talking about the potentials of agriculture and horticulture in the Passa Valley and Pakke-Kessang, he felt the need to find a plot of land at Seppa and in state capital for establishment of store room to sell the surplus products so as to boost the economy of the area. He announced to donate a plot of land at Nyari Welly model Village in case of non-availability of land at Seppa and also to spare fund from MLA LAD fund for store room.

He also laid the foundation stone at Pakke-Kessang for infrastructure development which includes EAC and BDO office complex and directed CO Pakke-Kessang to expedite preparations of maps for necessary notification.

Earlier on November 29, the  minister in an interactive meeting with HoDs at Seppa circuit house expressed satisfaction over newly constructed school building inaugurated at Seijosa.

Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam had submitted 3-point memorandum during a meeting in DC bungalow. The main points of memorandum included, construction of Bana Bailey Suspension bridge over Bichom river under BRO, PDS problems and extension of one company of CRPF from the 138 Bn deployed one year back and to allow the continuance  of the present company CRPF at Seppa.


Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus unit at RKMH

ITANAGAR, Dec 05: The Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus units of Rama Krishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar would be inaugurated on December 10.

Dr. K Nishing, Director of Health Services and Dr. R Doye, Eye Specialist, will attend the inaugural programme.

Meanwhile, Psychiatry services in the hospital would be started from the first week of this month, according to hospital source.

Dr. Tame Kena, MD, Psychiatry will be available for consultation during the normal OPD hours on all weekdays.

The service that would be available are, general adult psychiatry: Child psychiatry; geriatric (old age) psychiatry, de addiction services (alcohol and drug), consultation and liaison psychiatry

The areas to be covered are, acute and chronic psychotic illness, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, neurological illness, children developmental disorder, personality disorder, eating disorder, de-addiction, counseling and therapy.


Mukna--Indigenous Manipuri

sport demonstrated

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 5:  In a bid to promote indigenous Manipuri sport Mukna at national level, a team from Manipur demonstrated the sport at the indoor stadium of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy today.

An 11-member team, including four wrestlers, from Donor Committee Mukna, Manipur demonstrated the sport before the sports officials, including Sports and Youth Affairs director DK Dinglow, Assistant Director Tadar Apa, Arunachal Olympics Association Secretary General G Doke and students of SLSA.

Four students of SLSA also took part in the demonstration as if they were experienced wrestlers to the thunderous applause of the spectators, especially students of the sports academy.

Mukna, a kind of wrestling between two wrestlers, has been one of the most popular indigenous sports in Manipur since 33 AD. In Manipuri, the Mukna players are called Jatra which means winner, said the team leader.

The team is currently on a tour of entire NE states. It has already demonstrated the sport in Mizoram, Cachar and Guwahati in Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya. The demonstration tour which started on November 25 would conclude on December 10.


‘Podi-Barbi’ celebrated with traditional fervor

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The Ramo, Pai-Libo and Bokar communities residing in and around the capital complex celebrated ‘Podi-Barbi’ in a grand and befitting manner at AAPBn Colony, Chimpu here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare, Women and Child Development Yumsem Matey appreciated the three communities for properly preserving its aged old agricultural festival despite few in numbers and so many changes taken place in their lives.

While stating that population was not a major concern for preservation of culture and tradition, Matey called upon the people to continue preserving their ancestral traditions, customs and culture for a better and brighter tomorrow.

He, however, expressed concerned over growing trend of modernization among the people and opined that in this age of cultural transformation, it was crucial that the present generation was infused with traditional values and ethics.

He wished the people for a grand celebration and bumper harvesting and hoped for a better and brighter new year.

Earlier, celebration organizing committee president Tapir Tapen gave a highlighted the significance and the mythology of ‘Podi-Barbi’ festival.

Colourful cultural presentations by the women cultural troupe of Libo, Bokar and Ramo Welfare Society, Itanagar besides other colourful events marked the day-long celebration.


Byaling reviews RD progs

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Rural Development Minister Tanga Byaling and Parliamentary Secretary Punji Mara reviewed all the Rural Development programmes  in the state in a meeting at the conference hall of State Institute of Rural Development here on December 3.

Addressing the meeting, the minister advised for utilization of fund released for various programmes and submitting utilization certificates within time frame. He suggested for adjustment/absorption of DRDA employees as and when vacancies arise. He also  interacted with all the Project Directors as they presented the details of their performance reports and various issues which came up on various schemes.

Taking strong exception to absenteeism by some officers, who are reluctance stay at their posting places, the minister directed them to discharge their duty properly as they are bound to serve the people as Government servant.

Parliamentary Secretary Mara said that he was satisfied with the performance. There should be good co-ordination between the DRDA and the block so that the benefits can reach the grassroots, he added.

Learning about the financial crunch in the payment of salaries to the DRDA employees he asked all the authorities concerned to look into the welfare of the employees.

Director (RD) Jokey Angu elaborated in detail on all the ongoing RD Programmes, including  SGSY, IWMP/ Hariyali,  Mahatma Gandhi-NREGA, RSBY, IAY etc. and department’s achievements.

Highlighting on various programmes Commissioner (RD) Tape Bagra advised the Department to study carefully and take proper precautionary measures in the preparatory work in “Aajeevika”. He cautioned all the DRDAs to implement the schemes carefully so that RTI and other court cases will not hamper timely implementation.

Tado Ado, Joint Director (RD) also attended meeting.


PVDWS demands new circle HQs at Passa Valley

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Passa Valley Development and Welfare Society (PVDWS) has demanded the state government to create a new administrative circle headquarters at Passa Valley by bifurcating Pakke Kessang.

Establishment of a new circle headquarter at Passa Valley is urgently required for socio-economic development of the area and to mitigate the hardship of the people, PVDWS which has been spearheading the demand, said in its memorandum to local MLA Atum Welly.

The memorandum urged the Chief Minister to consider the demand, which was in final stage with deputy commissioner recommending it in June, 2011.

Other demands of the memorandum included, construction of rural link road from Passa camp to Rillo via Didirso, New Chamgang, Doik and Gumte village, medium irrigation project under central scheme, construction of micro hydel project at Passa/Rillo, up-gradation of Govt. Middle school, Rillo to Secondary one, establishment of central school at Passa valley, up-gradation of Rillo PHC to CHC, establishment of medical sub-centre at Didirso village, construction of community hall at Ngoleko, Yartepoube, suspension bridge over Passa river at Gumte village, Rostrum at Rillo, additional GPC at Passa Valley.


Kebang settles DDSE assault case

ROING, Dec 5: The pending case of assault on Deputy Director of Secondary Education (DDSE) T Tatak was settled amicably by a local kebang held here on Sunday.

Chaired by district Zilla Chairperson Chiliko Meto and initiated by Kolom Pertin, Anchal Samity Member (ASM) of Midland, the kebang imposed a fine on the offenders with an undertaking from them not to involve in such wrongdoings in the future.

 Delivering the decision of the kebang and condemning the attack on DDSE, Meto urged that the institution of kebang should be strengthened and activated to prevent personal disputes from becoming full blown communal tension.

 The decision of the kebang was accepted by both the victim’s family and family of the offenders. Also it was decided that the report of the kebang’s decision will be forwarded to the court.

 Calling for maintaining peace and communal harmony in the district, the kebang discouraged intervention by third parties like community students union on personal disputes and clashes.

 “Personal matter should not be floated as issue before a community and such cases must always be amicably settled at kebang,” Israel Megu, a senior community leader said.


PRIs demands their involvement in decision making

Anini, Dec 5: Panchayat leaders of Etalin-Malinye CD block has demanded due consultation process to be adopted and to take all PRI leaders in confidence during planning and execution of developmental works undertaken, particularly under the scheme of Border Area Development Programme (BADP).

In a letter to Anini deputy commissioner, anchal samity members of Etalin bridge point and Athunli-Malinye, including gram panchayat chairperson and members of Etalin-Malinye CD block said that a mismatch is being created on actual developmental needs of the people to the works being undertaken.

All consultation process is being bypassed and proposals for work being submitted without knowledge of concern ASM and GPMs, the panchayat leaders alleged.

They also demanded that monitoring of works should also be carried out by BDO Etalin, which presently is being done by Project Director of DRDA of Anini. This, according to them, will mitigate the problem of travelling all the way to Anini for meeting government officials.


Address the health needs of the people: Kri

Tezu hospital gets ambulance

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: In a glittering function held amidst huge gathering of head of departments, officials, doctors, panchayat leaders and public, local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary PHED and WS Karikho Kri handed over an ambulance to the district hospital, Tezu.

Speaking on the occasion he categorically stressed the need to address the basic needs of a common citizen which include health delivery system. He opined that the ambulance would be very significant in referral cases and emergencies as the common people usually wouldn’t be able to afford such facilities on their own. The ambulance has been donated by ATHENA Demwe power Ltd.

D.C Lohit R.K.Sharma speaking on the occasion assured all cooperation from all HoDs and officers towards such noble cause in the near future too.

DMO N.Ninu, superintendent of the hospital, SMOs and medical staffs also attended the function. A team of officers from ATHENA Demwe power Ltd. Led by R.K.Singh, AGM also attended the function and had assured all the cooperation to the district administration and the public. (DIPRO)

Give us a notice before hand

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the district administration, Pasighat, in regards to the poor & improper management of the Bazar affairs by Bazar Committee whose negligence is causing miseries to the ordinary people every now and then.

The unprecedented closure of Bazar for the death of even a vendor without giving prior notice to the general public is one of the major concerns. Pasighat, being the commercial hub of the district and the periphery should be managed with utmost sincerity. Actually we are not against paying homage to the death of a respectable Bazar person by closing Bazar. But in such genuine cases too, it would be in the larger interest of the people if the closure as homage could be paid the next day after the due announcement of the same by loudspeaker at Bazar and through AIR Pasighat in the evening.

A trader of Bazar & a customer of township may not get affected  or may not know the miseries attached to such sudden and unprecedented closures.

A poor village old lady travelling all the way by bus from Mebo-Borguli & Nari-Koyu to sell some of her hard cultivated non-durable products to Pasighat and finds Bazar closing just before the peak sell knows how bad she feels. Such situations compel poor villagers to sell their products at very low lump-sum rate to the vendors. And they returns home sad.

There are so many such instances, on reaching Pasighat to buy an important thing we find the Bazar or major shops closed for the same reason. And I am not an exception! Hence, it is an appeal to the district administrator to look into such genuine cases on priority basis for the larger interest of the public.


Yung Tayeng





We have no ulterior motive

Dear Editor,

In response to the letter ’For our land its people” by Dr. K. Mangkeng, last month, I want to say that PR Leaders are not self proclaimed and with vested interest.

Dr. K, Mangkeng is a respectable professional but he seems not to know the meaning of PR Leaders who are duly elected by the people!

Regarding the Bogum Bokang meeting on October 14th and 15 at Pessing, I am to inform Dr. Mangkeng that out of 364 land owners from Jomlo circle, 352 were not allowed to speak and none out of 171 Head Gaon Burahs and Gaon Burahs, eleven Anchal Samity Members, eleven Gram Chairpersons and thirty six Gram Panchayat Members were allowed to speak in the meeting.

As regards to ‘Our motives’ as Dr. K. Mangkeng has written, the PR leaders are not part of JAYPEE Associates and if you want to know the fact then you may ask the Arunachal Pradesh government who signed MoU/MoA with the company.

The politicizing of the meeting was quite rampant as most of the government officers who spoke were against the government’s policy in general and Tamiyo Taga, the present MLA of our constituency in particular.

We know that most of the officers who spoke on that day were active supporters of an opposition party. Did you not find any smell of politics in the meeting? We are never ashamed of anything for any reason. We have not committed any thing unlawful in the society.

Therefore, we appeal Dr. K. Mangkeng, to keep himself away from such unfounded articles which could damage his own image in times to come.


Tagom Tabi


16th Jomlo Mobom Anchal Samity



Agony is not prosperity of others but bias treatment

Dear Editor,

I want to plead the government through your daily. We hear and see some departments get their salary raised and staffs promoted. Small departments like the Economics and Statistics department have always seen their sister departments getting the benefit of the government initiatives. The department has no scope for promotion. Many a funny/ tragic incidents has happened to its staff. For example, one person was working as a LDC in Secretariat but he passed the exam of field investigator in the Department of Eco & Statistics and joined. Later on he sees that his colleagues working as LDC have become Section Officer (Gazzeted) but he is still a field investigator. For 20-25 years they have seen no promotions. Such type of biasness has completely demoralised our colleagues. How come servants of the same government are treated differently? The government must treat its servant as equals. I think every department should get equal number of promotions. The agony is not prosperity of others but bias treatment by the government. The government has been listening to those departments/ organisations that have some teeth.


R. Pulu, Roing

(on email)



Lip service is not the solution

Dear Editor,

Only lip services of the respective Governments in centre as well as in states would not reduce corruption in the country. Government should pass a radical law in order to check ruthless corruption in the country. In this regard a grand old man and bête-noire of the centre Government Anna Hazare and his team has committed to fight against corruption until a strong bill is passed.

In recent past we have seen a spontaneous wave of Anna’s Andholan in entire country against corruption. Now people are fed-up of corruption practice in every Department. Therefore, every likeminded people should stand by Anna Hazare who are spearheading the anti corruption movement for the interest of the entire country.

In the burning topic of Jan Lokpal Bill the Government should not compromise the transparency of the bill by excluding, such as, lower bureaucracy, Citizen’s Charter etc. which will be the basic weapon of the common people to fight against the corruption.

Even to clear family pension paper it takes years. Nobody concerns about the Departments’ way of working and taking such a long time to clear a file.  There should be a definite time frame to clear the files. So, Citizen’s Charter and lower bureaucracy of Jan Lokpal Bill as proposed by team Anna should be incorporated in the Bill. And the state Government should also pass Jan Lokayukta Bill at par with the Jan Lokpal Bill. Team Anna did not convince by the Government’s attitude towards the bill as they want a strong law, not a flexible and toothless law. Therefore, I feel, we should do our duty to raise our voices against any kind of corruption and at least we should extend our moral support to the crusader of anti corruption movement led by team Anna.


Mihin Sambyo




Authorities lack interest to promote road safety

Dear Editor,

I, with a friend of mine met with an accident near Karsingsa. The reason for the accident was the sudden blocking of the road by the domestic animals of the nearby residents. Braked hard but somehow could not avoid hitting one of them. We fell hard on the road. The friend became unconscious and was injured badly. I somehow managed to get up and cried for help. Many cars were passing but non thought of helping. The spot soon become a gathering spot for the people but none seem to think about helping.

But one person as if god sent came forward to help and took us to a hospital on his car. We were treated and discharged. I faced the greatest shock, fear and helplessness.

I still thank the person who came forward for help and saved a precious life. He was truly the god sent one.

Many accidents happen not due to the fault of rider but because of the sudden obstructions. This is the common sight in the NH-52A. Astray animals like cattles, pig, dogs suddenly appears and block the road and also the big potholes.

The authorities seem to be not taking much interest in preventing accidents. There are no traffic signals and warning signs except at few places and there is no control of movement of animals on the capital complex. Karsingsa, Kankarnala and Papunallah have become accident spots.

Hence, I urge the authorities to look into this. Many accidents can be prevented and many precious lives saved.

And I thank the person who helped and saved us.




(on email)



Discipline is a  mere textual word

Dear Editor,

Apart from the general issue we forget the significance of discipline in school life. Today, the term discipline has become only a textual word and rarely anybody follow it. Lack of discipline can be seen in schools especially. These days students are seen roaming long hours waywardly instead of devoting time to attain knowledge. The uniforms are also not decent and often driven by the modern fashions. The hairstyle and the way of behaviour are too often worse. These days the teens are attracted by bikes and this is the reason why the accidents have become very frequent among them.

Being a student myself I know these circumstances well. I am not blaming anyone but just following my duty to aware my peers about the importance of discipline in today’s era. Therefore I request the student circle to pay attention to this hidden issue.  


Jim Kamlo  

VKV Kuporijo




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The dispute over 116-year-old dam


The dispute over 116-year-old Mullaperiyar Dam has engulfed the centre too with the states asking for its intervention.  Constructed on the Periyar River of Kerela  by the British Government to divert water eastwards to Madras Presidency area, the present-day Tamil Nadu, has been the bone of contention between the states.

The safety of the dam has been a matter of concern and a point of dispute between Kerala and Tamil Nadu States.

Even though the dam and the river are fully owned by and located in Kerala, the dam is controlled and operated on a period lease by Tamil Nadu.

Two member experts will visit the site of the dam as part of a committee set up by the Supreme Court to determine if the dam is safe.

Kerala believes the dam is structurally unsafe and will not withstand a major earthquake - its representatives claim more than 20 tremors have been felt in the region since July this year. So Kerala wants Tamil Nadu to first reduce the amount of water in the dam to prevent leaks and pressure on the structure, and then agree to constructing a new dam. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu has accused Kerala of trying to create panic and stir public resentment because, it alleges, Kerala wants to curtail its neighbour's share of water.

While the stalemate continues, the centre has written to Secretaries of Water Resources departments of both the states, inviting them for a meeting on the issue in third week of this month, the first official meeting between the two sides on the issue in six years.

Now it remains to be seen what the outcome of the meetings will be. Though it is easier said than done, but the long feud between both the states need to stop. Both states must make room for the demands of the other.