December -  14



Dabii inaugurates 100 bedded Girls Hostel at Telam

PASIGHAT, Dec 13: MLA Tako Dabii today inaugurated a 100 bedded Girls Hostel at Telam HS School, constructed by the WRD under SPA.

Soon after inauguration, the MLA Dabii, who represents the constituency attended a public meeting  at the Bakin Pertin Memorial Auditorium and interacted with the locals to take stock of the latest developments of Telam.

While addressing the gathering, Dabii said teachers are responsible for shaping futures of millions of youths of the state and therefore, besides imparting knowledge they must demonstrate fair and morally correct actions and language in the classrooms. DIPRO


NYWA demands

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) has demanded Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) president Bamang Taji’s resignation over his alleged misuse of power and position.

The NYWA alleged that an IMWA team led by its president applied might to open the shutters of many shops during a bandh call which is illegal. On the other hand, IMWA did not compensate owners of those business establishments and poor shopkeepers whose properties were damaged during October 11 capital bandh allegedly supported by the market welfare association.

While criticizing the IMWA president, who also heads ANYA, for his alleged mis-use of power and positions, NYWA claimed that above incidents indicate that there is a political motive behind IMWA’s activities under the leadership of its president.

It also criticized NES and ANSU for failing to bring the TOI issue to a logical conclusion.


Delay in erection of mobile tower irks union

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Angry over inordinate delay in  erecting and activating the mobile tower at Domdila near Chamyang Tajo, the All Pipu Chayang Tajo Gawe Purang Sawa Students’ Union (APCGSSU) has threatened to go for all democratic means to get their demand fulfilled.

Though the tower is completed in paper, the harsh reality is that the construction work of the tower remained uncompleted for the last five years, the union claimed.

It cautioned the Telecom Department, Seppa as well as contractor responsible for erection of the tower to finish the work within two months or else face the ire of aggrieved people.


NCP observes Pawar’s birthday

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) celebrated the 72nd birthday of its party president and  Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Sharad Pawar by organizing a  sports and literacy competition in the capital complex.

The party also donated seeds, fertilizers, tool kits to the needy farmers, note books to the deserving students, blanket and warm clothes to the poor to mark the celebration. Sweeta and fruits were also distributed among patients of various hospitals in Capital Complex. The programme was attended by all block and district level workers and office bearers.


Pare project site bandh

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Following expiry of ultimatum given to the NEEPCO authority to fulfill its various demands, mainly appointment in grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ category posts and immediate withdrawal of central order  banning regularization of employees working under Pare Hydel project,  the Youth Association of Ross Panchayat (YARP) has called 24-hr bandh at Project site as part of its first phase of bandh calls on December 16. The bandh would be followed by another 48-hr and 72-hr bandhs, YARP said in a release.


BJP condemns Manipur CM

Itanagar, Dec 12: The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has condemned the attack on political convention of the party at Moijing area of Thoubal district, Manipur allegedly by Congress supporters on December 11 last.

“Such undemocratic act carried out by Congress supporters at the behest of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi deserves condemnation,” the party said.

The BJP described the incident as desperate acts on the part of Congress Government to frighten the public of that area dominated by the minority populations who have extended their support to a woman candidate of BJP contesting against Chief Minister Ibobi Singh for the Thoubal assembly constituency.


AAPMTWU meeting held

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers Union (AAPMTWU) conducted its general meeting at Bhalukpong, West Kameng district recently.

Speaking on the occasion, AAPMTWU, Chairman Tadung Yangfo advised the members to maintain traffic rules and remain united with the members of the union.

He assured to discuss with the concern authority regarding unnecessary harassment meted out to the drivers of Arunachal by Assam police and proper parking place at Bhalukpong.

The meeting was attended by APB&OCWWB chairman Jalley Sonam, Aka Welfare Society General Secretary Dibru Dususow, AAPWU convener Techi Lakhan, Papum Pare Unit AAPMTWU general secretary Abing Bengia and AAPMTWU members of Tawang, East and West Kameng districts.


Committee reiterates demand for removal of project head

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  The member of Subansiri Middle Power Project Local Implementation Committee held a meeting with Mohan Raj, vice president, Jindal Power Ltd yesterday at Itanagar to discuss various burning problems, including the removal of BS Radha Krishnan, Head of Project of Subansiri Middle HEP. However, the meeting ended with without any outcome and the dissatisfied Local Implementation Committee has unanimously resolved to continue their fight. Further sticking to their demand for removal of the HOP, the committee extended their ultimatum to another seven days.

“The committee will not entertain any project activities including survey and investigation works in the project site from December 19 if its demands were not met by Jindal Corporate office in another seven days, the committee warned.  Further, it was made clear that the project affected people are not opposing  the up coming hydel project. But they are opposing the dictatorial attitude and the working style of the present HOP, the release added.


APSCW seeks action

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, Itanagar condemned the alleged murder of Yasok Kaji at Itanagar recently and has sought action. The Commission appealed to the authority concerned for proper investigation of the case and exemplary punishment to the culprit. A team of APSCW also visited Police Station, Itanagar to enquire about the case and called for status of the reports.


Marging passes away

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Former NSUI state unit General Secretary cum spokesperson Maji Marging of Marging village, Upper Subansiri district passed away yesterday at his residence at Daporijo. He is survived by three wives, a son and a daughter.

Marging served as State unit NSUI general secretary cum spokes person from 1995-96, State Unit NSUI president during 1996-97, All Tagin Students Union president from 1998-2000, AAPSU general secretary from 2000-2003 and NIHRO Spokesperson in 2003. He had raised various important issues like Chakma-Hajong refugee and Assam-Arunachal boundary issues during his tenure.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) in a message said that Marging will always be remembered for his pioneering role in APCOCA movement in the annals of the apex students’ history.

Tagin Welfare Society, All Nyishi Students’ Union Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee, All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Youth Organization also expressed shock at the sudden demise of Marging.


Awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Awareness training for adolescent girls was conducted at Yangte circle by CDPO Palin under KSY programme recently. More than 50 participants including Anganwadi workers and helpers attended the programme.

Palin CDPO Takam Kanam urged all the participants, especially the rural girls to make good use of such training programme. Future Generations Palin unit members also took part as special invitees and shared their experience with the participants.


NE VKVs Science Exhibition

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari would organise a North East level Science Exhibition named ‘Mahabaskara Shastra Vijnan Pradarshini’ at VKV Itanagar from Dec 16-19.

Fifty-two schools of North Eastern states would take part in the event.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor J J Singh will inaugurate the event on December 17 while the valedictory function would be  attended by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.


SSA teachers demand salary

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association, Kurung Kumey unit appealed to the state government to do the needful to release the salary and arrears of teachers serving under SSA at the earliest.


Employees demand salary

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Multipurpose Worker Contractual Employment Association today strongly demanded the state government to release the MPW salary within 15 days.

The association decided to sit on dharna against the Directorate of Health Services if the demand was not met within the stipulated time.

Describing the hardship faced by the members of the association due to non-release of salary, the association claimed that they have not received their pay for the last five months.


Release pending bills: Association

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The All East Kameng Contractors Welfare Association has demanded the state government to direct Urban Development department to release the entire pending bills against JNNURM projects all over state. The association said that contractors are facing acute problem due to non-release of bills.

Drawing the attention of the UD Minister towards absenteeism of the departmental officials thus creating problem to the contractors, the association urged UD minister to direct those absentee officers and officials to  stay at their respective posting places and discharge their duty properly.


Org appeals for action

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Young Tagin while mourning the death of  Yasok Kaji, who was allegedly murdered, appealed to the authorities concerned to investigate  the case thoroughly and punish the  culprit and other involved suspects immediately.

It has also mourned the death of former AAPSU general secretary Maji Marging.


News Impact

PR representatives and Gaon Buras at the core of rural change: Rebia

IEC Campaign Launched

Doimukh, Dec 13: Planning & Development Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia today called upon Panchayat leaders and Gaon Buras (GB) to take on the mantle of awareness generation as they form the core of any change in our villages.

“The PRI representatives and GBs are the most effective medium to motivate people, especially when we talk of behavioral change and the use of household latrines. These are the people who will finally decide the success of this campaign.”

Speaking on the occasion of launching IEC drive under the PHE & WS department’s Total Sanitation Campaign for Doimukh and Kimin, Rebia said that while the level of awareness in people today is quite high, there is still a very crucial need to emphasize on personal and community hygiene. Simple things like washing hands after using toilets, keeping houses clean and not constructing toilets on riversides make a great difference to good health, he said. “When we speak of putting a stop to open defecation, there must be an equal effort on sensitizing people not to pollute our water sources by such open toilet constructions which feed the waste into the rivers.”

Pointing to the thrust of tourism promotion in the area with the recent opening of the Doimukh-Sagalee-Seppa-Bhalukpong circuit, he said that village tourism would invariably be linked to use of toilets and stopping of open defecation. He called upon the department to take the campaign to interior villages for total achievement. He said that outreach activities like the puppet play, and the mascot Erik Sakiang designed are indeed effective but need to be seen by more and more people. It may be added that the mascot Erik Sakiang and a puppet play on discouraging open defecation that has been conceptualized and directed by CCRD forms a core component of the campaign outreach.

He further stressed that along with the launch of such an awareness campaign, it is vital that the NGOs and other institutions that have been entrusted with the responsibility should ensure that the work of creating awareness is completed according to schedule. Monitoring must be strong and execution should be of prime importance, he highlighted while conveying that he himself would be supervising progress. “The funds that we receive from the central government for projects and schemes must be utilized properly and misappropriation must be curtailed; only then can we hope for these efforts to bear fruit.”

Delivering the keynote address Director, CCDU AN Singh gave a detailed description of the Total Sanitation Campaign and shared that over 80% of the diseases in our rural areas are related to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practices. He explained that with the change in thrust from a supply driven scheme for sanitation, to a demand driven mode, awareness and IEC becomes crucial. “While statistical achievements have been showing good results, we must understand that the TSC is of a dynamic nature. With changes in costs of construction as well as people’s perceptions, projects need to be revised. For Arunachal, the insistence on a BPL/APL criterion much reduces the pace of the project”. Open defecation, which has today become an issue globally, must be wiped out for better health, even if we have to take stern measures like legislations and community driven censure, he stressed.  

Doimukh ZPM Tana Bado in his deliberation said that if we are to achieve complete open defecation free status by 2015 as envisaged by planners, it is important that we introspect and ensure that change comes from within. “It has to be the driving force for all our campaigns. Unless we decide to change, no amount of projects and schemes will help. In addition, we must look at sanitation in the context of the availability of safe drinking water. Spread of water-borne diseases and access to safe drinking water are closely linked and has to be viewed together.”

In his welcome address PHE Executive Engineer and Member Secretary DWSC Er. JT Badal said that the launch of the campaign in the circle would pave the way for an intensive awareness drive that has before it the challenge of changing habits. He appealed to all the community leaders and elders to become partners in this. Dr. Tadar Tarh, MO Doimukh CHC and Nangbia Amar Dui of the NN Charitable Society in their address highlighted the characteristics of water borne diseases and need for creating sanitary barriers through hygiene. They both called for people’s fullest participation in these drives.

The event also witnessed the performance of the puppet show Sangu Lamta, which features Erik Sakiang, the campaign’s mascot. In addition, awards for an essay writing competition held on the Swachta Diwas at schools in Doimukh, Toru, Sagalee, Leporiang and Chimpu were also given away by Rebia. VKV, Chimpu’s Summana Kakoty got the first prize while Kago Kobin of the same school won the third prize and second prize was won by Jai Kiran of Higher Secondary School, Toru.


Avail food processing unit subsidy, form cooperative societies, SHGs: Governor

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh has called upon the members of agrarian community of the state to form Self Help Groups (SHG) and cooperative societies to set up food processing units.  

The Governor, who is aware of the huge horticultural produces, like apples, kiwis, oranges and pineapples in the different parts of the state and also the bottlenecks in transporting these perishable produces to the markets, suggested small factories for producing juice and jam near the farming areas. He also asked them to avail the huge subsidy given by the State Government in starting food processing units.

Interacting with one of the progressive farmers of Dirang in West Kameng district S Bodumba at Raj Bhavan yesterday, the Governor advised him to involve more people in the venture so that every individual of the village or area is benefited. The Governor expressed happiness over bumper harvest of apples and kiwis in Dirang area this season and said that it is the result of the hard work and dedication put in by the farmers.

Advising for more gains from the horticultural farms, the Governor suggested for taking up bee keeping in the fields, which he felt, will be of twin benefit. The endeavour will help not only help in fruiting but also provide pure Himalayan honey, the Governor said..

Bodumba, who has apple and kiwi orchards at Namthung village, near Dirang thanked the Governor for his advices and assured him that he will adhere by it. He also expressed his gratitude to the Governor for his  effort in popularizing horticultural produces of the State in other parts of the country.

Bodumba informed that there are around 200 farmers taking up apple and kiwi cultivation in Dirang circle, including former minister Tsering Gyurme.


Army on a cleanliness drive at Mechukha

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Army carried out cleanliness drive to generate awareness and to instill the importance of cleanliness among the locals of Mechukha on December 8 last.

The extensive cleanliness drive was carried by both the locals of Mechukha and the Army. The civil administration played an important role in ensuring wide publicity and maximum participation from the inhabitants of Mechukha. Students from all the local schools showed great enthusiasm during the programme. The dumped garbage and debris were cleaned and disposed off in an organize manner through vehicles provided by Army. The Army also delivered a lecture for the school children on the benefits of cleanliness, personal hygiene and sanitation.


Dist level sports competitions under PYKKA  

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The three days district level annual sports competition under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) at Tezu concluded at Jubilee ground yesterday.

Distributing the prizes to the winners, MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (PHED & WS) Karikho Kri congratulated all the participants and urged the youngsters to take up sports as hobby as well as means to do away with bad habits.

Lohit  DC R.K Sharma, who is also the district PYKK chairman, appreciated the enthusiasm shown by the participants despite bad weather. He emphasized  on inclusion of traditional games and sports in the competition, reports DIPRO

Meanwhile, the district level rural sports meet under PYKKA was inaugurated by  Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige Ligu at DSYA Sports Complex, Chimpu.


Nirjuli gets new rural haat

By Staff Reporter

NIRJULI, Dec 13: A new Rural Haat (market shed) constructed by Sagalee based NN Charitable Society (NNCS) was inaugurated by NABARD GM S Padmanabhan here at Village-1 today. The market shed was sponsored by the NABARD regional branch Itanagar.

Seeing the potentiality of horticulture and agriculture sector in the state, Padmanabhan exhorted the farmers   to devote more time in farming.

He also asked the NNCS to initiate a cold storage to help them store their products for a long duration.

Apex Bank MD Tsering Thongdok asked them to produce more so that dependence on other state is lessened.      

He also informed about the importance of Kishan Credit Card (KCC) and asked them to repay the loan in time.

Model Village ASM Taying Kuma, urged the bank officials to help the farmers.

Thanking Village-1 ASM Teli Bani for donating the land, NNCS chairman Nangbia Amar informed that the market has been constructed to give platform for the progressive farmers of the district to sell their product.


13th Gori Open Tournament begins

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The 13th Gori Open Tournament, one of the oldest tournaments of the West Siang, was inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary, Home, Geology and Mines Gadam Ete.

Altogether 36 football teams and 24 volleyball teams from all over the district are taking part in the event.

Speaking on the occasion,  Ete stressed on  work culture among the youths besides taking part in games and sports activities. He mentioned the names of Yukar Sibi, Gumpe Rime, Laa Talar, who made Arunachal proud with their remarkable achievements in their chosen fields.

Tadar Apa expressed satisfaction  over enthusiasm shown by the people, especially youth towards  games and sports activities.

Highlighting about PYKKA, he urged youths to avail the opportunity provided by the Centre to expose rural sports talents.

The champion  and runners up of the football competition would be given Rs 51000  and Rs 25000 respectively along with trophies.

Soi Football Club defeated Karko Ao football Club 4-2 in penalty shoot-out in the opening match .


APPSC’s unusual yardstick as it search talents


ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Call it human error or carelessness, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission seems to have majorly messed up written examination of A.E (Civil) which was conducted in early June this year.

If answer sheets of some of the candidates which are available with this daily are any proof, the caliber, rather carelessness of evaluators, duly appointed by the Commission, are questionable. There are several instances where some of the candidates were awarded marks, while others did not even though they have given the same response.

In another instance, evaluators left out 30 marks of a candidate as they did not check the whole paper!

According to a source, the papers were given to not one but two evaluators to rule out mistakes.

The whopping 509 candidates had sat for the examination of which 49 were selected for viva voce. The Commission has since postponed the interview scheduled for Dec 14.

If APPSC can commit such blunders in objective papers, one can imagine what happens in subjective papers, said one student.

Another candidate stated that he was awarded zero out of ten in passage writing in English paper.  “Though I don’t claim my English is good but the incident gives scope for doubt”, he says.

Some of the candidates who did not make it to Viva Voce filled applications under the ambit of RTI Act through which the variance in award of marks were detected.

The candidates have called on all those who appeared in the examination to take recourse in RTI Act to get the full details.

When contacted, the APPSC said that it would soon look into the details and necessary correction would be made. This is not the first time that the Commission with a motto to search talent is in news for wrong judgments and discrepancies. Though it had earned some good reputation for the conduct of its last Combined examination for Civil Services, it remains to be seen what course of action it takes in addressing this particular case.


AAPSU questions FCI on PDS

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) expressed concern over indifferent attitude of Food Corporation of India (FCI) which has pushed many a common people of the state to near starvation.

AAPSU said that non supply of rice to various Fair Price Shops (FPS) from  the FCI end since last one month was the root cause of the problem.

The union called upon the Congress Government at the Centre and the state to fix the problem at the earliest for the sake of the poor public, who are mostly dependent on PDS rice. The union opined that the much publicized streamlining of PDS delivery system by successive Congress leaders of the state remained in paper only and the poor people had to face the brunt of the fiasco.

AAPSU appealed to the state government and the elected representatives not to extend the service period of various government servants after they reached their retirement /superannuation age. It is observed that few leaders try to lobby for the extension of services of those employees, who have already attained the age of retirement.


Greater Ruksin cries for basic amenities

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Dec 13: Ruksin administrative sub-division under East Siang district may appear to have grown from some perspectives in the last decades, but in real sense the very meaning of development is not yet encompassed the 10 densely populated villages spreading in three blocks, namely Ruksin, Bilat and Oyan-Silley. Basic amenities have still been eluding the area while the residents are crying for development of rural road connectivity.

Some senior citizens here have alleged that the villages of the area are still deprived of basic amenities like proper surface communication, telecommunications, drinking water, irrigation to crop fields, education and other facilities. Some senior citizens of Ngorlung, Mikong and Mirem areas have blamed their elected leaders for showing utter negligence towards developmental activities. They alleged that their leaders are not concerned with the perennial problems faced by the villagers for the last several years.

“Our villagers have been helplessly watching unabated corruption, exploitation and massive misappropriation of development funds by officers and elected leaders. None of the leaders like MP, MLA or the PRI leaders is seen paying attention towards the hardship faced by the common villagers. Indifferent role of the elected representatives and step motherly attitude of the successive governments have made the lives of our villagers miserable,” rued Nyong Panyang, a an octogenarian of Ngorlung village under Ruksin circle.

The entire area which falls under West Pasighat Assembly constituency is still deprived of fruits of development in all sectors.  It is reflected through various allegations that no particular development has been achieved by the elected representatives in the last two decades. Considered as life-line of the area, the 14 Km- stretch of Mirem-Mikong-Jonai (MMJ)) PWD road, which connects the interior villages with Ruksin headquarter is still in a pathetic condition since long. Besides, the two weak Bailey bridges along the road, one at Ngorlung over Silley river and another on Peneg river between Mikong and Mirem village added more problems to the people because heavy vehicle can not cross the bridges.

The villages in hilly terrains have enormous scope for agriculture and allied sectors like horticulture, apiculture (honey rearing), pisciculture and animal farming, but due to lack of proper facilities and modern technologies, the farmers have to depend on natural factors . The people of interior villages are not yet introduced with horticulture technology mission, bamboo mission and other allied activities.

Establishment of agriculture and horticulture sub division office at Ruksin is a long pending demand of the rural people. But the same has not been established till date.

“We have been demanding to set up agriculture and horticulture sub division at Ruksin besides other sub divisional offices but our demands have fallen on deaf ears thanks to the irresponsibility of our elected leaders,” exclaimed senior citizen Akeng Taying, a retired CID official living in Ralung village.

The denizens are dissatisfied with the ill equipped medical sub centres at Mikong and Debing village, dilapidated MMJ road and also raising fingers on the alleged massive financial embezzlement in the construction work of Industrial Growth Centre at Niglok.

In education front also, the area is lagging far behind the other areas of the district and the rural people are yet to get the light of education. There are three senior secondary schools at Bilat, Ruksin and Silley and few middle schools, but all are ill equipped and without having proper infrastructure and other required facilities to impart quality education.

It is worth mentioning here that Ruksin area has a strategic importance as there is an inner line entry point to enter the Siang belt and Dibang valley of East Arunachal. Thus, it is considered as a gateway of the five upper Arunachal districts with several tourist destinations.


3 arrested in JNV death case

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya OP Sharma and two house masters Rajesh Tripathy and Badal Das were arrested late Monday night by Mahadevpur police in connection with the missing and death of two class-X students of the vidyalaya recently.

The bodies of Chow Pipli Chautang and Azenkso Manyu were found near Nao Dihing River on December 9 last. Both the boarders went missing on December 5 last. Meanwhile, the enraged people of the area have demanded a judicial probe into the incident. They also demanded the authority to bring the culprits to book immediately and restore administration in JNV, Lohit DCC president Chau Zingnu Namchoom informed in a release.  

The police has already launched investigation after registering a case. Lohit deputy commissioner RK Sharma has ordered a magisterial probe into the mishap. The DC also asked to submit the report within a month.


Speed-up Trans Arunachal Highway: BJYM

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: State Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) strongly urged the state government to speed up the construction works of Trans Arunachal Highways.

While sticking to its earlier statement, the Morcha expressed displeasure over untimely supply of PDS items to people of Taksing, Reddy and Tama Chung Chung villages of Upper Subansiri district.

It appealed to the state government and the local MLA to look into the matter seriously. The morcha further demanded  re-introduction of air dropping of PDS items, particularly for Taksing area.

Highlighting the grievances of the people of those areas, the youth wing of BJP  demanded the government for immediate posting of medical staff and supply of sufficient medicine in Taksing area.

The Morcha also appealed to the state government  to release the salary and arrears of SSA teachers and salary of Multipurpose Worker contractual employees and IT Consultants.

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Be selective

Dear Editor,

I don't have much to say but I have a request to the editor. Please think and publish in Readers Forum. Most of the time in Readers Forum, we don't get much words related to the subject but it’s all about arguments between the readers. I request you to check and publish so that it may not harm the reader in any ways as Arunachal Times is like the morning tea for many of us. So please I request you to check it well and then publish. Each letter should be meaningful, not with any mischievous intent that may hurt the feelings of other.


Yora Binam

Chennai (on email)



Where is the law?

Dear Editor,

I was very much worried on 12th December, when I saw few persons breaking locks of some shops in market opposite to R.K Mission hospital in front of police. They were holding hammers and iron rods freely without any hesitation in front of public and police officials. Only god knows which way this city is moving.

Where are the law, constitutional rights and human rights and also where are our journalists?


A worried citizen



Don’t be fooled again

Dear Editor,

Every article of Taba Ajum has caught our attention. This time it was his article 'fraudster on the prowl'. It was sad to read that our people are being fooled. As it was mentioned in the article, the first step of operation is giving advertisements in local dailies. If this is then, our people must not be fooled for second time. Yes, the dailies must have been paid for the job because it’s what they are for but the whole operation can be stopped if these dailies give advertisement after a thorough check.


T. Ken



Review the advertisement

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the Department of Power, Govt. of A.P regarding the recent advertisement for the posts of Assistant Engineer (Electrical) dated 23rd Nov. 2011 through Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (NO. PSC – R/17/2011).

According to the advertisement, out 20 posts, 13 posts is for Electrical Engineering degree holders, 6 posts for Mechanical Engineering degree holders and 1 post for Electronics and Telecommunication/Computer Engineering degree holders.

But as per the norms and previous advertisement, there should have been 60%  out of the total vacancies i.e 12 out of 20 posts for Electrical Engineering degree holders, 30% i.e 6 posts for Mechanical Engineering degree holders which is alright and 10% i.e 2 out of 20 posts for Electronics and Telecommunication/Computer Engineering degree holders.

I believe 1 extra post is being wrongly allotted for Electrical Engineering degree holders. I mean no malice towards anyone but it is seriously depriving many potential aspirants of Electronics and Telecommunication/Computer Engineering from the rarest chance to serve our state.

My humble request to the concerned Authority to kindly review the advertisement and follow the norms by keeping 10% i.e 2 posts out of 20 for Electronics and Telecommunication/Computer Engineering degree holders.


An Aspirant



Let the Convention Centre come up

Dear Editor,

Few days back there was a report in your daily about the objection raised by the Arunachal Law Student Union(ALSU)and All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organisation (AAPYO) regarding the construction of Convention Hall by Urban Development Department.

Their main objection against the project was based on the reason that the construction of Convention Hall will reduce the size of the Park and large number of trees will be cut, which will cause environmental damage. They have also given five day ultimatum to stop the work else they will stage a dharna in front of Chief Minister Office.

By reading the ultimatum I was really curious about the project and I went to the Chief Engineer (Urban Development) office and met him to know what the project was all about.

The Chief Engineer explained to me in detail about the project. He revealed that project will not involve even cutting of single tree rather more trees will be planted as per the landscape plan of the project. Moreover, the project site is in far eastern corner of the park which was under rampant private encroachment before it was ultimately allotted to the department for the said project.

The project once completed will serve as recreation centre with facilities like 1000 persons capacity Conventional Hall with state-of-the-art inbuilt sound and acoustic design, food court & restaurant, 400 persons capacity conference hall, amphitheatre, parking facility for about 500 vehicles, handicraft room and many more. He also added that the convention cetre/hall will carry local touch in design, which reflects the tradition and culture of the tribal people of our state. The landscaping will involve planting of many trees and wide internal road which the citizens of the Itanagar can avail themselves for morning/evening walk.

My interaction with the Chief Engineer has really enlightened me about the project and cleared all my apprehensions. I still have the document of the project that I had collected from the office. I fail to understand why some of our youths are opposing such a beautiful project without going into the detail. I feel rather they should appreciate the state government and Urban Development Department for conceiving such a project which will boost and beautify the state capital.

Today our state capital does not have facility to hold national and international conferences, which is shameful. But it seems this project will give us such facility.

Now, I ask my friends, who are opposing the project, that if you really care about environment why don't you stage a dharna to protest against the power projects which will unleash unimaginable damage to environment of the state. Why don't you protest against the private party encroaching the park? Why don't you volunteer against the people who are using the park as drug heaven and crime centre? Please don't oppose the said project for your vested interest to blackmail government and department. We are fed up of this tactic of ABC organisations like yours. We, the citizens, want development like this one which will lead our state to the path of further development.


A Citizen, (on email)



Arunachal Pradesh needs immediate Police Reforms

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh is continuously witnessing a series of crimes day after day. May it be the looting of ATM in broad day light, attacks on press, series of kidnapping, rape, burning of State transport bus, murder, the most recent being the murder of a young lady at Chimpu area. Sometimes we surely wonder why so much of crimes in peace loving state?  Why crimes are growing so fast in the state? Well, the reason behind these crimes may be many but one reason that we can surely see is lacuna or inability on the part of administration of state police. Different platoons/ units of paramilitary forces or police like CRPF, ITBP, IRBn or APP are stationed in Itanagar. Despite that, crimes are taking places within the capital continuously. So, reforms need to be brought to the Police administration. Precisely, I mean, Arunachal Pradesh need immediate Police Reforms.


Kimlong Longri

New Delhi




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Challenges ahead


A rapidly growing population, climate change and degradation of land and water resources are likely to make the world more vulnerable to food insecurity and challenge the task of feeding its people by 2050.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in its new report estimates that farmers will have to produce 70% more food by 2050 to meet the needs of the world's expected 9-billion-strong population. That amounts to 1bn tonnes more wheat, rice and other cereals and 200m more tonnes of beef and other livestock.

In its finding it further states that the quarter of all farmland is highly degraded and warning the trend must be reversed if the world's growing population is to be fed. But most available farmland is already being farmed, and in ways that decrease its productivity through practices that lead to soil erosion and waste of water. This means that to meet the world's future food needs, a major sustainable intensification of agricultural productivity on existing farmland will be necessary, the FAO said in its report.

The report found that climate change coupled with poor farming practices had contributed to a decrease in productivity of the world's farmland following the boom years of the "green revolution", when crop yields soared thanks to new technologies, pesticides and the introduction of high-yield crops.

It found that 25% of the world's farmland was now "highly degraded" with soil erosion, water degradation and biodiversity loss. Another 8% was moderately degraded, while 36% was stable or slightly degraded and 10% was ranked as "improving" while the report found that water around the world was becoming ever scarcer and salinated, while groundwater was becoming more polluted by agricultural runoff and other toxins.

The statistics are very challenging and global efforts need to be put in to ensure that devastating impacts of climate change is controlled. There would be huge financial implications as well to carry out corrective measures but it should not be a deterrent.