December -  24


Org draws govt attention on border issue

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Affected Youth Organization (AAPBAYO) drew the attention of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki  through a memorandum towards various problems affecting people living along the boundary.

The main demands of organization included autonomous power to Directorate of Border Affairs, strict implementation of inner line pass system (ILP), CC TV/Camera at all check posts, creation of police outposts at Tarrasso, Kakoi and Pumao, introduction of state boundary vigilance, deputation of force in boundary areas, improvement of transport & communication, issuing land possession certificate (LPC) to people living in border areas, protection of forest plantation in boundary area, safeguarding the properties from frequent eviction  by Assam officials and proper documentation of all the materials related to border issue. Further, the organization called for fund for Directorate of Border Affairs so that they can carry out work without any financial problems.


Unions quash society demand

ITANAGAR, Dec 23:  Quashing the demand made by All Kombo Welfare and Development Society to arrest Galo Students Union president for allegedly manhandling Vice Principal Aalo GHSS Jomdo Lona on Tamar Yorpen suicide case, All Libo Bokar Ramo Students Union (ALBRSU) today came out in support of Basar. It condemned the society saying it reflected narrowness of responsible society by taking on individuals for their stand against the suicide.

Playing down the Lona claim that he was manhandled by Basar, the union clarified the VP was roughed up by the mob angered at suicide of the school boy.

ALBRSU appealed to the society to recall its demand.

Meanwhile Galo Students Union (GSU) condemned AKWDS demand and said it holds no ground. GSU maintained that Basar was trying to diffuse the situation at government school Aalo and made several attempts to revoke the expulsion.  It appealed to the society to refrain from making such comment against the president.  The union also urged the district administration to expedite the Tamar Yorpen case failing which the union will be compelled to resort agitations.  


Society memo to CM

ITANAGAR, Dec23:  In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister today, All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society demanded the government to implement the Draft State Policy for Persons with Disability (PWD) approved by Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in August 2010 last.

It also demanded separate independent commissioner office for PWD. The Society further urged the government to appoint officer on special duty (OSD) who has practical experience in the subject for people with disability.


Adventure awareness training for students

Itanagar, Dec 23: The Adventure Cell of Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs conducted a six days adventure awareness training camp for Kendriya Vidyalaya School No 2, Itanagar at Ziro, Lower Subansiri.

Training and practical classes on mountain manner, hazards on mountain, introduction of adventure and mountaineering equipments, pitching of tents, rock climbing, rappelling, zhummering, rope knotting, trekking and water man ship were imparted to 23 participants comprised of 11 boys and 12 girls during the 6 day camp which concluded yesterday.

The training was conducted under the expertise of Dr. K.R.Meetei, in charge, Adventure Cell of the department assisted by Yomgam  and Everester Tine Mena.

Mena, whose presence motivated the young adventurers, shared her experiences in mountaineering and Everest expedition with the participants.

Tater Mize, District tourism officer, Lower Subansiri distributed prizes and certificates to the best trainees and successful participants.


PhD for Loyi

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Jommi Loyi, Assistant Professor, Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar   has been awarded Ph.D in History from Rajiv Gandhi University on Dec 23 for his seminal work on the topic Colonial Interventions  in Adi Areas (1825-1947).

He conducted his research works under Dr.Sarah Hillaly, Associate Professor, Department of History of the same University.

Experts have acclaimed his work as a pioneering one as it repudiates the earlier claim that Arunachal Pradesh was not under colonial control, that tribal people live in isolation and that commercialisation is a phenomenon during post independence period.  Further, the work has focused on environmental history during the colonial period.


Orgs rake up TOI issue

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC) and All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) expressed their displeasure at the silence of the government on ToI and Deccan Chronicle issue even in  a period of more than 45 days after formation of the Nabam Tuki government.

It said that the “infamous issue has disappeared from the limelight, which indicates that Tuki’s plan was to become Chief Minister by misguiding the Nyishi Community”.

The release said that, before Tuki’s chief minister ship there was public hue and cry under the aegis of Nyishi Elite Society and All Nyishi Students Union regarding the issue and many properties were also damaged in course of their movement when Jarbom Gamlin was the chief minister.

It said that like his predecessor, Tuki has also not been able to figure out the actual sources of derogatory information.

Demanding immediate amicable solution, both ANYC and AAPYF served one month ultimatum to Chief Minister today and demanded the government to find out the sources of such derogatory remarks made on Nyishi community and threatened to launch movement against the State Government in phase wise if their demands are not fulfilled within the stipulated time.


Union demands Correspondent

RUKSIN, Dec 23: The Ruksin Legong Banggo Students’ Union (LBSU) has moved the East Siang district administration to revitalize Ruksin APST station. In a representation to the Deputy Commissioner, the union urged the authority to initiate action to make the station at Ruksin functional.

The station has been lying defunct for the last three years in an abandoned state.

It also urged the fish and vegetable sellers at Ruksin township to use the allotted market place, which has been lying useless for the last several months.

The union, with active support of the local people of the township has initiated for resetting of the unruly market establishments, which have been creating  inconvenience not only to vehicular movement but also pedestrians.


Selection trial

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The selection trial matches for the forthcoming BCCI Associate & Affiliate Members Tournament, Season 2011-2012 would be conducted at I.G. Park Ground here from December 26, according to Arunachal Cricket Association release.


Fill up  vacant posts of IC : AVF

ITANAGAR, Dec 23:  Arunachal Vigilance Forum (AVF) today appealed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to fill the three vacant posts of information commissioner (IC)  at the earliest.

It stated that efficient and eligible persons, who have clean image in society, should be preferred for the posts.  It requested the chief minister not to entertain any candidates without proper credentials.


Union questions repeated eviction drive

ITANAGAR, Dec 23:  All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) condemned the repeated eviction drive allegedly carried out by Assam forest official at Radaso, Tallumso and Sango Village of Tarasso circle in Papumpare recently.

The union also condemned the government’s lackadaisical attitude towards vexed border issue.  It alleged that the government has failed to resolve the border issue which has left many people homeless.


News Impact

MLA discusses poor service with BSNL authority

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: The ‘network busy’, ‘…kripya thodi der baad dial kare’ and similar irritating voices on the mobile phones of the people of Seppa would be a thing of the past if the threadbare discussion and assurances made in the chamber of BSNL General Manager Shyam Narain during a meeting between Narain and Seppa town MLA Tapuk Taku on Friday bear fruit.

Poor telecommunication service and ‘congestion’ have been a serious problems for the people of Seppa, headquarters of East Kameng district. Even being covered in the BSNL’s ‘network’, the subscribers must redial over and over again to communicate with others on their cell phones.

Keeping this in mind, Taku called on BSNL General Manager Shyam Narain at his office to understand the basic problem and figure out a solution. BSNL Deputy General Manager Arung Siram was also present at the meeting.  The duo informed the MLA that while the satellite (IDR) was recently upgraded from 8 MB to 10 MB to ease the congestion, a 34 MB microwave tower would soon be erected in Lumdung, which they said would ease telecommunication problems in Seppa and its vicinity to a great extent.

Beaming with confidence, they added that the microwave tower would not only increase the capacity manifold - thereby improving the mobile phone service - but would also facilitate internet connection via Wi-Max. The microwave tower would be linked to the one in West Kameng HQ Bomdila.

On the MLA’s request to set up Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) at Mebua, New Seppa, Pachi, Sebibo, Kaku Kao and other areas to augment the network capacity, the officials clarified that such towers are erected on the basis of feasibility. If everything goes well, the tower in Lumdung will start functioning within six months, they assured.

Taku suggested that there should be timely reviews of the status of the telecom service in Seppa – also involving MLAs and the Deputy Commissioner - so that uninterrupted BSNL service may be provided to the subscribers.

On the matter of ‘local problems’, the MLA said such matters would have to be solved through awareness generation and discussions.


Lohit police initiates confidence building measure

WAKRO, Dec 23: Isaac Pertin, SP Lohit initiating effort to build confidence among the people, met the school children of Wakro.

SP Pertin also assured all possible assistance to the villagers of Tilangkyong to ensure their safety. The people of the area will feel the presence of security personnel and need not live in fear, he reassured.

The recent kidnapping of Khoye Ngadong and ransom demanded from villagers has sent shock waves in the area.

ASI Kishen Kumar and Lance Naik B S Negi of Chongkham APP outpost, representing the SP Lohit also met Helena Ngadong, daughter of Khoye Ngadong, who is a student of KGBV Wakro and informed her about her father’s wellbeing.

DSP Subitra Bargohain, SDPO, Namsai, Inspector Takir Zirdo and ASI Kishen Kumar had actively taken part in the search and rescue operation with the Army.


Engineers reject APPSC move

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Unemployed Arunachal Engineers Association while reacting to the advertisement of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission on AE (Civil)  examination and steps taken thereof, said that even those candidates who secured more than 33 percent marks have been left out from list that made it to the viva voce.

While rejecting the decision as baseless, it said that the Commission’s move was an attempt to deceive the society.

The candidates provided some instances where the evaluators have erred. We have reproduced two instances


Consumer Protection Law—25th Years After

Supriyo Chakraborty

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Gone are the days when in small pastoral societies as of the past, needs of men were fewer and simple! People used to arrange for their consumable goods through Barter or Exchange system. With the rise in population, demands for consumption of goods and services have considerably been increased  resulting in replacement of Barter system by another practice ‘sale and purchase’. Growth in large scale industrialization, socio-economic development and open market economy has revolutionized our market scenario both at urban and rural level. Ready-to-eat foods and soft drinks could nowadays be seen in ordinary shops located even in remote villages. Modern day market is flooded with numerous consumer products with wide range of choices to suit individual economic needs.

But, driven by basic human instincts such as greed, deceit, dishonesty, profiteering and the desire to become rich overnight, sellers as also service providers are often finding new ways and means to exploit the interest of consumers by pushing forward adulterated products, sub-standard materials, deceptive packaged commodities. Mis-branding and misleading advertisements are adopted mostly to lure consumers to influence their buying decision. The plight of consumers are worse compounded because of his ignorance and weak economic position.

To safeguard the consumers from ruthless exploiters, black marketeers, hoarders etc. the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 has opened up a new era in the field of business and ensuring social justice to common citizens as every citizen is a consumer in his capacity as a buyer of commodities, goods or services. The law provides for safeguarding consumers’ interest and awarding of compensation by redressing of his grievances through  three tier quasi-judicial bodies   in a speedy, inexpensive, time bound manner.

To uphold its commitment towards welfare of the citizens of our country, the Government has established consumer forums at district, state and at national level. Consumer Helpline at national level was made functional to assist and guide aggrieved consumers in settling their complaints.

Since enactment of the Act on the 24th December,1986, during the past 25 years, it has brought time bound relief to the millions of aggrieved citizens from their sufferings as a consumer of goods and services involving day to transactions in normal market, commercial stores, malls, MNCs, municipal services, medical and health services, transport services like roadways, railways, aviation etc. insurance, electricity, telecommunication services, education sectors and list goes on covering all aspects of human consumption.

Remarkable numbers of complaints were disposed of by redressal agencies in the country. Brief details can be visualized from the following statement:

Consumer Forums in Arunachal Pradesh has so far disposed of 92% of complaints at State level and 87% complaints in district level. The Arunachal Pradesh State Consumer Protection Council and District Consumer Protection Councils are constituted to suggest ways and means for better implementation of the law.

The Arunachal Pradesh State Consumer Welfare Fund is made functional to assist voluntary consumers in spreading the message of consumer movement through out the state. Consumer Clubs involving school children are being encouraged to participate actively to fight for the cause of consumers.  Establishing a State Consumer Helpline is under process for finalization. Extensive consumer awareness campaign involving students, welfare groups, VCOs, NGOs, grass-root-level people, are frequently being organized  at various places of the state besides making publicity in print, audio-vidual media.

It is up to the  consumers now to come forward with their  grievances and register complaints at appropriate forum. Alertness of consumer and their active participation will surely help in developing conducive market atmosphere in a State like ours.


East Siang out of gear, petrol sold at Rs. 200 per litre

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Dec 23: Scarcity of fuel and other essential commodities has thrown life out of gear in East Siang since the last four days due to the indefinite economic blockade against the Lower Subansiri dam project by Assam organizations at Lakhimpur.

The blockade in Lakhimpur has hit the people of Pasighat hardest as there has been no fuel supply since last 8 days creating acute fuel shortage in petrol and diesel depots. The crisis is yet to be over even after the protestors assured to release the oil tankers meant for East Siang, West Siang and Upper Siang districts today.

While the district was battling with scarcity of fuel, some unscrupulous traders, taking advantage of the fuel scarcity,  are selling diesel and petrol at exorbitant price of ` 150 to 250 per litre on black  market.

The black marketeers collect fuel from Dhemaji and Dibrugarh and sell it on black market making hefty profits.

Existence of a large black market racket in Pasighat town has also been reported by the district administration.

Unconfirmed sources informed that some unscrupulous businessmen have established an unholy nexus with the protestors and have been pressing them not to release any tankers meant for East Siang district. The unwarranted scarcity is forcing the private vehicle owners to buy fuel from Jonai, Assam at a very high rate of ` 200 to 300 per litre.

The authority has miserably failed to release the stranded oil tankers even after repeated negotiations with the Assam counterpart.

The East Siang district administration on Tuesday moved the Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner seeking his intervention for releasing the detained oil tankers meant for East Siang.

Sources informed that the Lakhimpur DC had assured to release the vehicles after a thorough negotiation with the protestors.

The district administration had earlier moved the Chief Secretary of Arunachal urging his initiative for release of oil.

Subsequently on Thursday, a student’s delegation of the three Siang districts had negotiated with the leaders of protesting organizations, who reportedly assured them to exempt the oil tankers meant for the three districts from purview of the blockade.


Tawang for conservation of indigenous livestock

Tawang, Dec 23:  Tawang deputy commissioner Kemo Lollen has advocated for checking unlawful and unregulated slaughtering of livestock in the district.

Convening a meeting to discuss various issues related to conservation of indigenous livestock like Yak and Sheep, the DC said that people must be self conscious about the importance of wildlife to human beings and restrained themselves from indiscriminate slaughtering to conserve endangered animal species like Yak. He, however, praised changed attitude of people of the district and their proactive rule for conservation of indigenous livestock and wildlife.

The DC stressed on proper survey of all the indigenous livestock so that the government incentive could reach the targeted Brokpas (Yak and Sheep rearer).

The DC while pointing out the destruction of the natural habitat of wildlife, repeatedly appealed to all not to destroy the grazing fields, religious places and tourist spots including natural habitat of wildlife in the name of development. Local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for Art and Culture Tsewang Dhondup said that preservation of indigenous livestock is possible only through uplift of the socio-economic condition of the Brokpas.

Echoing the DC on preservation of wildlife, he stressed the need of general awareness among the public to stop slaughtering of these livestock.

Emphasizing on preservation and protection of wildlife in the district, he asked the students to create awareness at village levels. He also urged NGOs to be proactive in preserving the indigenous livestock and wildlife.

Public leaders, HoDs, representative of SSB, NGO’s, etc also attended the meeting and opined that preservation of the indigenous livestock and wildlife is very important in maintaining the ecological balance as well as boosting the local economic condition in the district. They also stressed on general awareness among the public for preservation of livestock and wildlife.

On the occasion, a memorandum concerning issues of Brokpas was also submitted to the deputy commissioner by Chombey Kee president (YUVA) on behalf of the Brokpas. DIPRO


Students demand moratorium on hydel projects

ITANAGAR, Dec 23: Alleging serious factual inaccuracies in the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and the Social Impact Assessment reports put forward for the 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project by the project proponents and other irregularities, the Adi Students Union (AdiSU) demanded a moratorium on all hydel projects in Adi belt till the Siang river basin study is completed in a transparent manner with full public participation and consultation

“The State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) without evaluating the facts and information in the reports has time and again gone forward with holding public hearing of the project.      The APSPCB has undermined and insulted the Adi community three times by accepting the wrong facts in the EIA, SIA reports submitted for the LSHEP and published notice for conduct of public hearings,” AdiSU said in a memorandum submitted to chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh. While demanding for reviewing all MoUs and MoA signed for hydro power projects in Siang Basin, the memorandum claimed that no prior informed consent of the Adi people was taken by the government while signing the MoUs and MoAs.

Exclusion of the Adi lands and forests from proposed Lower Siang district, allocation of adequate fund for renovation of school infrastructure, including school buildings, hostels, fencing /walls and furniture, and providing sufficient  teachers in every school in the district on subject wise basis were the other demands of the memorandum.

While extending solidarity with All Libo Bokar Ramo Students Union (ALBRSU), All Libo Bokar Ramo Welfare Society (ALBRWS), District Students’ Union West Siang (DSUWS), Galo Students’ Union (GSU) on Tamar Yorpen suicide case of Aalo, AdiSU demanded for suspension of Jomdo Lona, vice principal of Govt. Hr. School, Aalo beside judicial inquiry into the episode. It further demanded ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to next of kin of the deceased, government job for one of eligible family members of late Tamar on compensatory ground.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has responded positively to all issues excepting the hydro power sector demands, AdiSU claimed.

On the Tamar Yorpen case, Tuki stated that compensation to the family members would be released. Tuki further told the AdiSU delegation that law will take its own course on the suicide case.

On the expulsion of Adi lands and forests from the proposed Lower Siang district, Tuki assured to take up the matter in the meeting of the high power committee. He also assured adequate funds for renovation and development of school infrastructure in East Siang, Upper Siang, West Siang and Lower Dibang Valley districts in consultation with Education Minister Bosiram Siram, AdiSU added.


46 persons without ILP held

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 23:  More than 40 persons were held by capital police for not having Inner Line Permit (ILP) here today.

According to police, most of them were daily wage labourers from Narayanpur, Gohpur and Lakhimpur of Assam, who had sneaked into the Capital illegally without having Inner Line Permit.

The offenders were later sent to the court under section 3 of Bengal Frontier Regulation.

SP Itanagar Alok Kumar informed this daily here this evening that offenders were later deported out of Banderdewa police check gate according to direction from the Court.  

The frequent checking of ILP is a preventive measure and part of regular exercise to check illegal migrants, the SP further informed.


Consultative meet discusses bank performance

Seppa, Dec. 23: East Kameng district consultative committee meeting of Lead Bank yesterday thoroughly discussed on credit deposit ratio, ACP implementation, performance of the banks under various sectors, position of SGSY & PMGP, finance under SHG and opening of branches in unbanked blocks.

Attending the meeting, deputy commissioner Tope Bam urged the bank officials to develop a people friendly attitude and work sincerely so that policies and programmes of the Govt. benefit the needy people.

He advised them for proper co-ordination and co-operation among the Lead Bank officers and BDOs working at the grassroots level in order to know the ground realities.

He also enquired about the status of opening of banks branch at Chayang-Tajo and Pakke-Kessang and assured his logistic support for it.

Vijoy Sonam, DPO urged the bankers to conduct awareness programme to educate the people about the benefits under various sectors.

P Romen Singh, Lead Bank manager, Bomdila informed of the appointment of business correspondent for the unbanked blocks.

Tsering Thongdok, M.D. A.P.state Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd. also spokes on the occasion. DIPRO

APP doing rather fine

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the advertisement of PHQ Itanagar of dated Dec 19 regarding special recruitment drive at Tirap and Changlang for the post of APP Constables. I felt that at least 20 percent of the posts should have been given to other district and posts should have been converted to AAP Bn posts. The AAP Bn deployed at various places are performing their duty sincerely and maintaining cordial relation with public.  No any major clash with public or incident is heard against AAP Battalion so far whereas others police force are creating law & order problem at the place of deployment instead of bringing in peace in the state.


Mark Tath




Good job

Dear Editor,

In reference to the news published on Dec 19 about the confiscation of 121 mobile-phones from students within the school premises of Government Higher Secondary School, Arunodaya, we appreciate and thank the disciplinary action committee of the institution, headed by the Principal for taking the initiative and creating an example on the matter for rest of the institutions within the state.

As it is very much clear and known to each and every institution in the state that, "use of mobile phones within the school premises has strictly been prohibited throughout the state" this very action of the disciplinary action committee of the very institution where this event took place, will work as an example for the rest of the institutions in the state. We urge the rest of the institutions, to follow the same to create a suitable environment in the institution.

For the initiative taken and for setting an example, we salute the disciplinary action committee and the principal of the institution.


Tanya Agu

Wangmoh Tangjang




Where’s our enhanced salary?

Dear Editor,

It’s very disheartening on the part of SSA teachers that Govt. has once again failed to implement the enhanced salary w.e.f october2011 even after the release of pay hike order way before. So it’s a kind request to the state govt. to take immediate necessary action and look into the matter for smooth functioning and further convenience of the teacher.


Concerned SSA Teacher




Let’s spare the languages

Dear Editor,

Recently there has been a war of words in the reader’s forum of this daily concerning the use and effect of Hindi in Arunachal Pradesh. There have been quite a number of exponents of anti-Hindi movement, all of whom seem to concur on the point that Hindi has been imposed upon us and it is the cause of cultural degradation in our state, and the most prominent among them all being one Kajal Chatterjee, who has since long been staging this anti-Hindi crusade. However, while expressing my opinions here, I would like to make it clear that I don’t intend to start a war of words all over again.

Arunachal is the best example of a state with diversity. It is inhabited by so many tribes, speaking so many different dialects, that a common language is an absolute necessity so as to facilitate the act of conversation between persons of different tribes. And for this primary need to interact with each other, most of the people in our state have been practicing Hindi as medium to interact. In places, which are near Assam, Assamese has been adopted as the medium for interaction, while many youngsters today find English as the most convenient way to express themselves. So, I beg to differ to the view that Hindi has been forced upon us an act of connivance by the mainlanders. Due to the fact that Arunachal is home to so many tribes, in the absence of a common mode of interaction, the situation would surely depict a cacophony of obnoxious sounds, when persons from different tribes try to interact with each other in their own dialect and even after that nobody would get any wiser as to what the other person has been saying. Whereas, English is a language that calls for and requires proper education and exposure, Hindi and Assamese, due to their simplicity in using, are the most commonly used language among the Arunachalees. It is the necessity that has developed this two languages as unofficial state language, rather than a planned act to destroy our culture and tradition.  Would just like to reflect here that we, the students at Ramakrishna Mission School had learnt Bengali during our long stay there, as almost all the staffs were Bengali. Would this act also lead to the assumption that Bengali people were trying to force the language upon us for that matter, when we read, write and speak English, would that imply that the British wanted to turn us into English people.  Just imagine, if I would have written this letter in my own dialect, Tagin, how many would have understood the contents herein.

No matter what language we use to express ourselves, the preservation of culture and tradition is upon us. The number one attributing factor towards the death of our culture and tradition is the religious beliefs that have been imposed upon us. We celebrate Diwali, Durga Puja, Christmas much pompously, but what would have these festivals meant to our forefathers? It is a fact that Hinduism and Christianity have been fighting their silent wars to gain control over the beliefs and practices of tribal people. It is these forces we have to fight against. Let’s spare the languages, which we have adopted just as a means of convenience.  And here I would like to add that no matter, how much volume of words are exchanged, the fact would remain that we would continue using the languages we have adopted, as a means to interact with each other. So, let’s lay the matter to rest and fight no further.


Duge Soki,




Please wake up now!

Dear Editor,

Community based students union are known for their philanthropic activities, creating awareness on prevailing social evils and taking stand without compromising the welfare and interest of the community under any pressure and intimidation.

But alas! All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU) which is the apex students union of Mishmis in Lohit and Anjaw seems to be in deep slumber, not bothering even if the world were to turn upside down. A local of Kathan village disappeared mysteriously few years back but no tangible effort has been made to know his whereabouts. The village already was in news when AMSU volunteers were kept hostage by Chakmas who are encroaching into Mishmi land in this area. A year back a non tribal govt. employee in Hawai allegedly murdered his wife who was a local lady, but today he is scot-free without a fuss being made by the sentinels of the community. A week back a non tribal girl in Medo disappeared only to be found murdered and the corpse in deteriorated condition few days later. Couple of days back a local of Tumba village in Wakro circle was taken hostage at gun point by Chakmas and kept for two days without food and water. It was sheer good luck and his courage that he managed to escape from his captors.

As reported by this daily also, a truck load of cardamom was looted in the name of AMSU, but no arrests or revelations of the case has been made yet.

Two students of JNV Mahadevpur were found dead under mysterious condition, whereas ATKSSU has been relentlessly taking up the case to apprehend the culprits, AMSU's attitude is lackadaisical. Lohit is the second highest HIV infected district in the state with its rate alarming but no one seems to bother. Illegal immigrants and the crime graph are rising and mostly committed by non locals.

AMSU please show solidarity with the affected brethren and take appropriate measures so that no injustice and humiliation is meted to our people. Society has given you the mandate to be the torch bearers of the society. You are the hope and aspiration of the common Mishmis, your bold and society centric activities will never go in vain and you will be remembered and honoured for your noble deeds.

If you don't act today the day is not far when people will be disillusioned and disenchanted at the name of AMSU. It is my fervent appeal to AAPSU also to look into all these and do justice.


Hajemso kri

General secretary,

Block Youth Congress,




Don’t tear the pages

Dear Editor,

I would like to request the ill minded students who have got the habit of tearing pages of library books to stop doing such manner-less activities. Library books are meant not for an individual but for the whole community of the student. I would also like to appeal the university librarians to look into the matter for convenience of all.


Kuru Richo

RGU, (on email)





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Custodial deaths


According to the National Human Rights Commission more than 1,500 people died in custody in India in 2010. Most of them died related to torture. The deaths were recorded between April 2010 and March 2011.

Uttar Pradesh led the most of the deaths in prison and police custody with 331.

Other states where more than 100 people had died in custody were Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra.

The government routinely attributes deaths in custody to illness, attempted escape, suicide and accidents while the Rights groups say a large number of such deaths happen because of torture in custody.

In 2008, a Delhi-based rights group reported that 7,468 people - that is four people every day - had died in prison or police custody since 2002.

Asian Center for Human Rights (ACHR) in its report released on November 2011 said that 12,727 died in judicial custody across India between 2001 and 2010.

ACHR said that these deaths reflect only a fraction of the problem with torture and custodial deaths in India.

Torture remains endemic, institutionalized and central to the administration of justice and counter-terrorism measures, the report added, urging the Indian government to demonstrate the political will to end the abuse.

On the other hand, the government’s jail reforms programe has been a non starter. Indian jails not only face the problem of overcrowding but absolute lack of facilities.

There is need of attitudinal change and convicts languishing in jails also do have rights that need to be granted.

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