December -  09



Post teachers

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The up graded Govt Hr. Sec. School, Ruksin is facing acute shortage of teachers due to which the students of higher classes are facing great problem.

Though the school was upgraded to Higher Secondary level in 2005, teachers have not been posted in the school as per the requirement, said Legong Banggo Students’ Union, in a release. Currently, there are no senior teachers for Science and Arts streams in the school, the students union informed and urged the higher authorities of education department to post the required teachers immediately for the sake of the students studying in the school.


CM assures for new bridge to Bana

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Chief Minister Nabum Tuki had reportedly assured to fund for construction of a new-bridge over Bichum River at Bana, 30 km off Seppa, which would replace the existing ailing bridge. The assurance came after a team of representatives comprising local MLAs and Nyishi Elite Society district unit members and some youths from the district called on chief minister on Monday at his office. The representatives had briefed the CM on current price rise in the district headquarter, Seppa due to prohibitory notice issued against heavy vehicles crossing the weak bridge by the district administration, according to release said.


College problem solved

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Kardu Kargi Students Union (KKSU) in a release today informed that a major problem which arose in Donyi Polo Govt College, Kamki after clashes between two groups of students has been solved.

A peace committee team headed by AAPSU General Secretary and various apex students unions of West Siang District like KKSU, GSU, WDSU and Upper Subansiri Students like AUSSU, TSU visited the College after clashes broke out between two groups of students.  

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of AAPSU GS in presence of ADC Kamba, Principal DPGC Kamki, officer in charge of Kamba police station and student communities of the College. In the meeting it was unanimously resolved that for the welfare of student community of college that in near future if any problem arises between two person it should be treated as individual matter. And if any third person involves strict action be taken against such person and terminated from college, if necessary.


ASM reacts

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Reacting against the ASM replaced report which appeared in local daily on 26 November last, Anchal Chairperson of Palin-1 Dugi Depung termed the report as politically motivated without assigning the code of conduct.

In a release, the ASM claimed that the suspension was deferred by Guwahati High Court Itanagar bench. She further appealed to the Circle Officer not to tarnish her political career without substantial evidences.


World Disable Day

AALO, Dec 8: Zila Mission SSA, West Siang District celebrated World Disable Day at Government Secondary School Aalo on December 3  last.

The principal of the School Bango Palon encouraged the differently abled children to work for  social development and nation building.

Later, he  distributed prizes to the winners of literary, games and sports events and cultural competitions organized on the occasion.

Teachers, volunteers, ADEOs and coordinators also took active participation in the event. DIPRO


ABSU opposes JNV institution near JN College

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: All Bogong Students’ Union (ABSU) strongly condemned the decision of the East Siang District Administration for issuing ‘No objection Certificate’ to concern authority for the construction of the JNV building at the upper campus of the JN College, Pasighat.

The union said that the establishment of such institution near the entrance gate of the College would exploit the academic atmosphere of the college.

It appealed to the District Administration to reconsider its decision and urged it to undertake developmental activities with utmost care and proper planning.


Appeals to defer bandh call

RGU, orgs appeal

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) today appealed to All Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (ANTWA) to defer its proposed Capital bandh called on December 12 next which it said clashed with semesters examinations of various master degree courses of the university.

The state unit of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) also urged All Nyishi Youth Welfare Association to postpone its proposed capital bandh keeping in view the semester examinations of the RGU. The students appearing the examination would face great problems,  they said and urged the Association to defer the same in the larger interest of the students community.

Condemning the 12-hour Capital bandh declared by ANYWA, the All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) vehemently opposed the bandh saying that state capital had experienced much in the past six months. Bandhs not only hamper the developmental activities but also affects the business community; the association said adding that bandh is not a solution to any problem. It appealed to ANYWA to reconsider its decision.


Pawar Birthday

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Arunachal Unit will distribute fruits and sweets to the patients of various hospitals in Itanagar and Naharlagun as part of the 72nd birthday celebration of Sharad Pawar, party’s National President and  Union Minister, Agriculture & Food Processing Industries on December 12.

The party will also organize various games and sports competitions in Naharlagun, Itanagar to mark the occasion.


AYF supports NYWA

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Arunachal Youth Federation (AYD) extended its supports to 12 hours capital bandh called by Nyishi Youth Welfare Association.

AYF, questioning the Nyishi Elite Society and ANSU for their silence on ToI and Deccan Chronicle issues, has decided to launch series of protests till an amicable solution is achieved.


Forum appeals

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: After visiting the Government College Yachuli on December 6 last, Arunachal Pradesh Colleges Forum and All Yachuli Students Union jointly appealed to the education department to introduce honours courses in History and English in the college.

 The APCF team expressed dismay over poor infrastructure of the college.

They urged the authority concerned to establish library in the college as soon as possible.

It also requested the department to expedite the construction of college boys’ hostel to ensure that it is completed before academic session of 2012.


Restore power

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Sangram Bazar Welfare Committee (SBWC) has appealed to the Power Department to restore electricity at Sangram town immediately.

The Bazar committee said that the people of the area, including business community are suffering a lot of problem in their day-to-day life due to disruption in power supply since last three months.

The committee further accused all officers and officials Power (elect) department, Sangram division of remaining absent from duty and demanded action against them for their alleged absenteeism.


Association hopes

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The Paktu Ao Youth Association (PAYWA) along with Pushi Bango Students Union and Government Secondary School Bagra hoped that the Rige Bagra’s, achievement would encourage the future generations of the state.

Bagra was recently inducted and commissioned as an Executive Officer in Indian Navy in the rank of Sub Lieutenant.

“His achievement will encourage the future generation to do hard labour to achieve the desired goal,” the PAYWA said in a release.

It urged the district administration to felicitate such achievers so that the young stars can take inspiration from him.


PR leaders seek action from govt

ITANAGAR: A delegation of Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Co-ordination Committee led by its chairman Sepi Bagang and member secretary Dunggoli Libang called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his office residence today and discussed various issues and matters relating to Panchayati Raj in Arunachal Pradesh.

The delegation submitted a memorandum to the chief minister which included demand for strengthening the DPCs, constitution of second State Finance Commission, construction of ZPCs offices, enhancement of TFC sanctioning power of the ZPCs, active involvement of PRI members in implementation of CSS, strengthening the PR directorate and DPDOs, regularization of ZPC staff etc.

It hoped that the State Government led by Tuki would fulfill its long pending demand.

The Committee also pinned hoped that the state government would do the needful for real devolution of power and functions to the PRIs as per the Govt guidelines.

Meanwhile, Libang in the capacity of ZP chairperson of Upper Siang, urged the CM to visit Yingkiong at an earlier date and provide special financial package for the district.


Authorities concerned at low turn out

KHONSA: 16475 out of estimated 22394 children have been vaccinated in Tirap district till December 7, informed DRCHO Khonsa Dr. K Perme while addressing the second meeting of DTF Measles catch up campaign held at DC office Khonsa today.

Perme expressing displeasure over the low coverage said that the block wise  performance was very low in Pongchau, Deomali and Lazu.

Meanwhile, the meeting expressed their resentment over RKM School authority for not allowing their students to vaccinate.


News Impact

Kena elected as Deputy Speaker

Itanagar, Dec 8: Congress legislator Jomde Kena was elected today as the Deputy Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh legislative assembly.

Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong announced Kena's name as the lone candidate for the post to file nomination, during the day-long special session of the assembly here this morning.

Kena filed three sets of nomination papers yesterday for the post which was lying vacant since November 17 following resignation of Tapang Taloh. Taloh was inducted as Industries, Textile, Handloom and Handicraft Minister in Nabam Tuki-led council of ministers on November 16.

Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki, while congratulating him said the long political acumen and his dedication to his duties and responsibilities will be of great help in fulfilling the proceedings of the august institution.

Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey, also spoke on the potentials and abilities of Kena and termed him very suitable  person  for the post.

Born on 31.12.1967 to late Gajum Kena, in Taramori village under Likabali circle of West Siang District, Kena has been a leader since his student time.

Kena, who represent Likabali constituency of West Siang district, was first elected to the assembly in 2004.

He was re-elected to the assembly from the same constituency in 2009.

He served as parliamentary secretary for IT, Science & Technology and Tourism under Dorjee Khandu and Jarbom Gamlin ministries.

Earlier, the house paid tributes to legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika and icon of Indian cinema Dev Anand who died recently.

Speaker Lowangdong while participating in the obituary references of the duo in the day-long special session of the assembly termed their deaths as "irreparable loss" to the country.

Referring to the contribution of Bhupen Hazarika for Arunachal as well as North-East, Lowangdong said Hazarika integrated all the north eastern states and work for preservation of tribal culture.

Hazarika, who died in a Mumbai hospital on November 5, produced, directed, and composed the music for the state's first Hindi feature film in colour - Meri Maa Mera Dharam - in 1977.

The house also observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls. Other business of the special session included nomination of Tamyo Taga, Dr. Tangur Tapak, Bamang Felix and Rallom Borang, to panel of Chairmen of the House and presentation and adoption of Business Advisory Committee report.

The special session of the Assembly was adjourned sine die by the speaker immediately after the election process for the post of Deputy Speaker was over.


Talar wins National Sub Junior title

NEW DELHI, Dec 8: Upcoming shuttler Laa Talar has won the Boys (U-15) National Sub-Junior Badminton Title, the first from North East to do so.

Talar achieved the rare feat when he defeated Ansal Yadav of Uttar Pradesh 21-18 and 21-16 in straight sets to clinch the 25th National Sub-Junior Badminton Championships at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here today.

Talar had earlier defeated Sankrit of Karnataka by 17-21, 21-18 and 21-13 in the semi final on Wednesday.

Another emerging Arunachalee shutter Laa Yajum won the Bronze medal.

Yajum was defeated 21-9 and 21-13  by Delhi favourite Kanika Kanwal in girl’s (under-13) semi-final on Wednesday.

Kanwal emerged champion (Girl) in a closely contested match by defeating Ashwini Bhat of Karnataka.

The Arunachal team was led by Tomar Angu and Laa Ribee as coach and manager respectively.  

Meanwhile, Talar would be leaving for Singapore on December 12 to participate in the International Badminton Series Championship, 2011.


Free eye camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, North East unit, Itanagar and Arun Dristi, Naharlagun and Nature Care And Disaster Management Society, Ziro jointly organized a free eye camp at Abotani Hall, Hapoli on December 6.

A team of doctors composing Dr. Reto Doye, Dr. Tolum Sorum and Dr. Taba Khanna from Arun Dristi  treated about 300 eye patients in the camp. The diagnosis of about 300 patients revealed that major eye problems prevalent in Ziro are refractive error, Pterygium, Cataract, colour blindness, and infection etc.

More than 210 patients suffering from refractive errors and other infections were treated in the camp and about 20 patients suffering from cataract were advised to undergo operation.

The doctors were supported by a number of staff including Takhe Laling and P. Chatterjee (refractionists) and Anup Chatterjee, Takhe Yamung and Tilling Yassung in dispensing of free medicines to the patients.  

Earlier, inaugurating the camp, Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Nila Mohanan said that such benign efforts of the organizers will extremely benefit the people of Ziro.

She hoped that this was just a beginning and many more camps would be jointly conducted by GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Arun Dristi and NCADMS for which she ensured fullest cooperation of the district administration. Dr. Prasanna K. Samal, Scientist Incharge, GBPIHED briefed on various activities undertaken by the Institute not only to conserve the rich biodiversity of Arunachal but also to enhance livelihood and capacity building of people of Arunachal.

Dr. Reto Doye briefed the participants on the framework developed by Arun Dristi to serve the people of Arunachal by conducting a series of eye camps all across Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring districts of Assam. He also informed the participants that Arun Dristi is shortly opening an Eye Care centre at Zero Point, Itanagar towards rendering quality eye care to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring states.

Hibu Tadii, DFO, Hapoli Forests Division, expressed his appreciation for the valuable diverse activities carried out by GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development and NCADMS in conserving the rich biodiversity of Ziro plateau. He said that this medical camp is another well directed activity jointly organized by GBPIHED, Arun Dristi and NCADMS that would add to the quality of life of people of Ziro.

Rubu Tadii from NCADMS and Mihin Dollo, Dr. L Jitendro Singh and Durlov Ghosh and other staff members of GBPIHED participated in the camp.

The eye cam was organized under GOI-UNDP CCF-II project entitled “Biodiversity conservation through community based natural resource management in Arunachal Pradesh.


Minister visits home constituency

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: After being inducted in the Nabam Tuki cabinet, WRD cum Social Welfare Minister Newlai Tingkhatra visited his home constituency Kanubari recently.

The Minister interacted with all the officers and staff, Panchayat members and public leaders at Forest Guest House Kanubari recently.

Later, during his interaction with officers, he advised them to use the govt fund meaningfully and purposefully for development of necessary infrastructure.

On December 4, the minister along with ADC Kanubari, EE (WRD), Deomali, EE (PWD), Kanubari, AE (WRD), Longding, CDPO, Kanubari, ADEO, Kanubari and panchayat leaders jointly visited the villages like Longhua, Ngamding, Wanu and Tewai Residential School. After reaching Wanu village, the minister inspected Anganwadi centre and interacted with its staff and students. Later, the minister attended a mass meeting at Wanu Primary School ground organized by the villagers.

He also declared that he will give top priority to road connectivity and improvise existing roads.

Meanwhile, the panchayat members of Wanu village submitted a memorandum to the minister demanding construction of irrigation channel and protection of WRC field, creation of Aganwadi post, setting up of primary school in Wanu Part –II village, Sanction for construction of community Hall at Wanu Part-II, sanction of electric transformer, connection of road from Longding to Wanu under NLCPR and posting of Health Assistance at Wanu Sub-centre.


NES, ANSU working with govt for logical conclusion on TOI issue

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The parley between the state Government and NES-ANSU on the vexed TOI issue is under active development, said Nyishi Elite Society (NES) in a release.

The NES and ANSU are in active parley with the Government to bring a logical conclusion of the issue, NES said while informing that the third round meeting on the issue with Nabam Tuki Government was held on December 6 last which was attended by the Chief Minister himself and MP Takam Sanjoy, Parliamentary Secretary Nido Pavitro, MLAs Bamang Felix, Tapuk Taku, Tani Loffa and Markio Tado.

“The outcome of the meeting was satisfactory. But the community people have to wait for sometime to know what transpired in the joint meeting,” the release said.

NES, meanwhile, condemned the attempt of some individual (s) or organization (s), who are desperately trying to intervene the NES-ANSU movement without community’s mandate. NES warned them to refrain from such activities with ulterior motives to thwart the on-going ToI issue just to fulfill their vested interests as well as score political vendetta.


Include Banderdewa under urban area

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The people of Banderdewa administrative circle have appealed to the Capital Complex deputy commissioner to include Banderdewa area under Urban Development and Town Planning.

Banderdewa, being a fast growing industrial area of the state with more than 3000 population having various industries, auto agencies, business establishment and vast scope for development deserves to be included under UD and Town Planning, said a representation submitted to the deputy commissioner.

Further, the people, who have opposed the move earlier, have now realized the benefits of urbanization, the representation said and hoped once the area comes under UD and Town Planning it would witness rapid development in all fronts.

It appealed to the deputy commissioner to take up the issue with higher authority for approval of the same within 2011-2012 financial year.

Earlier, the decision for urbanization of Banderdewa area was taken in a meeting which was attended among others by Banderdewa ASM, Banderdewa Bazar Welfare Committee general secretary and BBCC president, GB, panchayat leaders and general public of Banderdewa.


Follow Recruitment Rules: Org

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Youth Organisation (AAPUYO) has urged various departments like education, tourism, urban development and housing to follow proper policy while making recruitment.  

In a release, AAPUYO demanded the authority to follow the verdict of Supreme Court by following proper recruitment process and do not go for regularization and extension of service except in case of open written examination. They urged newly created engineering wing of education department to go for direct recruitment as it will offer job opportunity to the unemployed engineers.  

The organization has also strongly appealed to the authority for immediate conduction of examination for Senior Teacher (ST), UDC, LDC, and Peon in education departments, the advertisement for which was published in various newspapers months back.

It also opposed the recent advertisement by Urban Development and Housing Department for Group C and D post in categorizing as Reserved and Unreserved post. There should be 100% reservation for all Group C and D posts in catering to local needs , AAPUYO added.


Govt comes under sharp attack on price issue

New Delhi, Dec 8: Government today came under sharp attack on the issue of price rise with the Opposition accusing it of failing to curb inflation and the BJP even asking it to quit if it fails to "find a way out" of the current situation.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj accused the government of pursuing wrong economic policies, while Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) said the seasonal reprieve from inflation should not work as a respite for the government which should aim at brining down inflation in the long term.

Referring to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's statement 'I don't know where this country is going' made after a man slapped Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Swaraj said it was the duty of the government of the day to find a way out.

"...You find a way. If you cannot, leave the chair and then we will show the way," Swaraj said, winding up her speech on a discussion on inflation.

She blamed "wrong" economic policies and corruption in government behind price rise.

"CAG has exposed six scams worth crores of rupees. 60,000 tonne of foodgrain is rotting in godowns and government has taken a loan of Rs 53,000 crore...the RBI has increased interest rates 13 times...have goodies by taking loan," she said.

At one point, Swaraj and Mukherjee had a brief exchange of words.

Swaraj asked Mukherjee to listen to what she was saying instead of reading documents.

Mukherjee shot back by saying that it was repeat of her old speeches and said he was listening to "every word" she has said while going through the notes.

At this Swaraj said the speech can be changed if the government is able to change in situation, prompting the Finance Minister to say that people know what the BJP did when it was in power.

Swaraj also accused the government of "doling out" figures and statistics when the "hungry actually need food".

Referring to the Cabinet decision on allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, she said even US President Barack Obama was supporting 'US small business Saturday' where people buy things from small shops.

On the issue of blackmoney, Swaraj said if the money stashed away in bank accounts abroad is brought back, it will help curb inflation.

Dasgupta, who initiated the discussion, said government should work towards increasing agricultural produce if it wanted a long term solution to curb inflation.

"The respite from inflation is seasonal and the government should not be satisfied...the panorama of price rise has not been eliminated," he said.

Terming the government as "rudderless", Dasgupta said the issue of price rise was a "long story of failed promises of a faceless government...government led by eminent economist Manmohan Singh has all along been on the wrong side."

Rewati Raman Singh (SP) said that despite several expert and committees recommended that the inflation should not be more than 6 per cent in any case.

Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP) said the government must do something to contain inflation as the poor people are desperately waiting for situation to improve.

Sharad Yadav (JD) alleged that continuous price rise shows that the government efforts (to contain inflation) are not visible.

"Government is not making serious efforts to contain inflation and instead making policies which are fueling it," Yadav said.

Attacking BJP, Kalyan Banerjee (AITC) said, "You will not come in power by delivering a speech here. You need a mandate for that."

T K S Elangovan (DMK), Basudeb Acharia (CPM), B Mahtab (BJD), Anandrao Adsul (SS) and Supriya Sule (NCP) also participated in the discussion. PTI


The other millions


UN High Commission for Refugees has appealed for urgent reinforcing of the international system that deals with the world's millions of stateless people and forcibly displaced.

UNHCR warned that a succession of political crises and the global economic downturn were contributing to a significantly more challenging environment for protecting people who are forced to flee their homes.

Refugees are not a security threat, but the first victims of insecurity, it said while adding those governments and social and political movements needed to be more courageous in confronting intolerance.

The UN refugee agency was created in December 1950, initially as a response to displacement in Europe in the wake of World War II. The 1951 UN Refugee Convention came about a few months later and has since become one of the most widely accepted international human rights instruments – responsible for saving millions of refugee lives.

UNHCR's work has expanded, meanwhile, to include statelessness and helping some of the millions of internally displaced people. At the start of this year, the global population of refugees, asylum-seekers and people displaced internally by conflict, stood at 43.7 million people. The number of stateless people is harder to determine, but is estimated at 12 million or more.

The High Commissioner called on states to look at ways to strengthen their own protection mechanisms for the displaced and stateless.

Disproportionate burdens for developing countries, who host 80 per cent of the world's refugees; the millions of refugees left stranded in protracted displacement limbo; and the complicating effects of factors such as population growth, food and water insecurity are credited as the reasons why not much have been achieved.

It would take strong political will to arrive to any sort of conclusion given the acute political polarity.


Class distinction is a shame on humanity

Dear Editor,

This refers to the letter written by P Rai and A Kumar that Arunachal is hypocrite and would have been naked like Nicobar Island if Hindi was not used in Arunachal.

They call themselves from developed region. But I totally reject both as wrong. Both congratulate each other as if they have accomplished a heroic deed. But their questions seems not at all tough and complicated one. Their questions deserve answer in the form of following simple and easy questions.

“What is the preferred language for communication among different tribes in Arunachal? How many lakhs of people from outside are making their livelihood in Arunachal? Right answer to this question will prove wrong their claim that “outsiders are threatened in Arunachal”.

“Who are the people preferred by Arunachal in their service particularly in business?  How many Arunachalee people are making their livelihood outside the state? How many of our girl students are molested publicly in your area for silly reason like dress? In which states, politicians consume public money as fodder and in constructing statue of own political party? Which state has the lowest literacy rate in the country?

We the Arunachalees enjoy equality in our society. Rich treat poorest with all dignity. Loving Hindi is not a criterion for becoming nationalist. We should use Hindi as per need based only. If the culture of feudalistic mentality creeps in our society, it will take its toll beyond repair. Class distinction is a shame on humanity although they take pride in it. Even China spotted caste system as softest target to derail India.


Atem Perme




Why this silence?

Dear Editor,

Our state saw quite an upheaval in the recent past when the integrity of a community was questioned. The events that followed the remark made in some national daily, to which I guess very few actually had the privilege to read, were never seen before.

To be honest, I supported the movement morally as the tribe I belong to is akin to the tribe that was questioned. But again I am amazed or to say saddened to see how the whole episode subsided dramatically after the induction of the new Chief Minister. I am still wondering if I was right to have supported the movement, though morally. But what amazes me more very agonizingly is the stoic silence, apart from very few brave soul, being shown by the entire state when the integrity of the whole state has been questioned by one Ananth Kumar, that too in our own daily that reaches every nook and corner of the state. Resorting to violence is never the right way and we have seen enough of it, but keeping mum isn't encouraging either.

As for Ananth Kumar, all I have to say is that he just needs to get a bit mature. Chinese claim over Arunachal is a very sensitive and volatile issue that has engulfed the entire state. Every possible effort is being made by the Center, state govt. and student organizations to maintain a cordial relationship so that the issue won't escalate. And commenting on the issue and smacking of double hypocrisy, as claimed by Kumar is very immature. He has made a mockery of the efforts being carried out on India-China issue. In fact, his comments speak ton about what he feels about the Arunachalee i.e., non Indian or Chinese to be precise. We take pride in being an integral part of India and Kumar is no one to question that. Please refrain from such an act in the future.


Dingjen Maying




Don’t take the message lightly

Dear Editor,

This is in response to "Love song for concern department" that appeared in your daily of December 8 issue. Honestly the love song touched my emotion and melted my heart.

The love song was neither a joke for entertainment nor an ordinary poem. It carried a meaningful message which our elected leaders and bureaucrats should not take lightly. There are hundreds of educated youths of Arunachal who are victim of frustration.


Dedo Ete, Itanagar



Maintain the ATM

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the SBI Pasighat authority towards non-functioning of the ATM booths making everyone’s life miserable.

For the past two months the ATM has not been  functioning properly.  Sometimes, the booth surprisingly comes to alive and after a couple of days it again goes to a disgusting deep slumber causing great problem to the people. Last week, when a friend of mine got terribly sick,  I had to manage money from one of my relatives due to non-functioning of the ATM.

Those persons who are assigned to look after the smooth functioning of the machines are not performing their duty properly.

I, therefore, on behalf of the suffering people of Pasighat, appeal to the concern SBI authority to either properly maintain the ATM booth or just throw it to dustbin.


Biku Gao




Seeing is believing

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to Ananth Kumar’s letter which was published in your daily on December 5.

His idea and concept regarding the Arunachalee people is very much annoying and deserves criticism from all quarters.

Instead of coming out with constructive ideas that would be helpful in bringing a social change and peaceful coexistence of every section of people he has exposed his typical conservative nature.

Pointing fingers and condemning us will not bring any solution. And yes, why alone Arunachalee?  

This state of affairs is practiced in other parts of India too. When we go outside our state we confront the same pain and agony that you have described. We are ragged, harassed, ill-treated and even worse than that. But see the difference, we never complain. This is called attitude. We are known for our simple and peace loving nature.

During my visits to Kolkata, Chennai, Puducherry etc I came across and interacted with many people who were filled with full of admiration and appreciation for our hospitality.

I feel, my learned friend has a poor understanding of our state and her people when he says that they have limited opportunities in Arunachal Pradesh.

In contrary, we provide you the best opportunities here. Not to speak of govt jobs, every business establishments, financial hubs and so and so are run by you people. We are only following your footsteps. Whatever we are today, be it good or bad have mostly been adopted from you.

Regarding purchasing of properties let me make clear that Eastern Bengal Frontier Act of 1872 prohibits outsiders from purchasing any property within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh. This Act was adopted by the British India with a motive to safeguard us from the outsiders. Even the British had a better understanding of us. One cannot judge or draw conclusions about the whole people of a state to be ill-natured. You will find some people to be good and others bad. This stands true not only for Arunachalee but to people of other states too. I think I should finish up here. There are lot to write, lot to discuss over a never ending debate but ultimately it will only leave a negative impact.

In conclusion, I sincerely appeal people from outside our state not to nurture any wrong notions of our people just because of Anant Kumar's writing. You are welcome to our state to know us better and explore the truth that is treasured within us. After all "seeing is believing. "


Omin J @ Abuh,




Be grateful

Dear Editor,

The day I read about Ananth Kumar’s take on us, I felt he had bitten more than he could swallow.

The gentleman certainly has not learnt anything from Pradeep Thakurs case. People like Ananth Kumar must be grateful to live and work in Arunachal. Our state is a job haven for outsiders. And that is why they do not want to go back from here.

I wonder what compel him to make such unfounded remarks against Arunachalee people which would not help maintain a cordial relationship between the people of the state and outside the state.

It is known to all that we the people of North East are living a pitiable life in so called mainland India. There have also been numerous reports of sexual harassments and other incidents involving students of North East.

I hope Ananth Kumar and other would think twice before making such derogatory remarks against the Arunachalees.



RIMS, Imphal





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