December 25

CCPDA appeals for withdrawal of strike

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: The Capital Complex Petroleum Depot Association (CCPDA) in a release informed that petrol depot across capital complex is running out of stock due to non-delivery of oil by tankers. According to CCPDA no oil tanker are in service because of strike given by Assam-Arunachal Petroleum Workers Association and therefore it has badly disrupted the supply chain. Further association has urged the consumer to bear the inconvenience. They also appealed to Assam-Arunachal Petroleum Workers Association to call off strike for the greater interest of the common public.


School children to present Rikham Pada  on R-day

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: The Rikham Pada dance of Arunachal Pradesh has been selected  for presentation on Republic Day-2014 at New Delhi. It will be a part of presentation being made by Children Parade Contingent.

After being selected by a Committee,  a team of 150 children  from various Govt schools of Capital Complex are now rehearsing under the guidance of state level expert committee on Rikham Pada dance under the aegis of Directorate of Art & Culture, GoAP, and the North East Zonal Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Union Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Dimapur.  The  children will present Arunachal Pradesh and North East Zonal Cultural Centre  at Republic Day. This is the first time that children from Arunachal Pradesh would be participating in the Children Parades contingent with traditional dance.


Be responsible citizen, Kena tells students

ITANAGAR, Dec 24:  Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker cum MLA Jomde Kena asked the students to be responsible and respectable citizens of the country. He was addressing the huge gathering after laid a foundation stone of All Kangku Students Union at Kangku in West Siang district on  December 21. He further visited Donyi-Polo Ganging of Likabali and attended 72th birth anniversary of Late Tamar Karlo an eminent social and political personality of the district. The deputy speaker also urged the Ganging to inculcate philosophy of late Tamar so that people follow his path.


NCP provides relief to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Arunachal Pradesh vice president -cum-in-charge Western Parliament L K Yangfo has distributed essential items like utensils, blankets, water buckets etc to fire victim Rongse Yangfo of Sangrung Yangfo village under Chayangtajo Circle, East Kameng district recently.  Fire mishap completely burnt down the house of Rongse Rangfo, said the NCP leader.  

While extending all possible help to the fire victims,  the party appealed to district administration to provide immediate relief and grant adequate compensation for rehabilitation of fire victims. The party also urged the chief minister to extend financial help for treatment of  sole bread earner who received serious burn injuries in the mishap.


Union condemns SRK Company over pipe line damage

ITANAGAR, Dec 24:   The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering  and Water Supply Department Workers Union condemned SRK  Pvt  Ltd for causing damage of water supply pipe line at Borum village which resulted water crisis at Naharlagun and Nirjuli townships. It appealed to the company to be cautious while executing the work as its  careless attitude may lead to more damage of pipe line in future.


PPA calls for pragmatic approach

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Reacting to the Zila Parisad members of East Siang districts' demand for devolution of power and fund, Laeta Umbrey, the Chief Ministerial Candidate of PPA, said that the Panchayat leaders of not only East Siang but of the entire state should realize at the earliest that they are running ignorantly after a 'political mirage'. "The Chief Minister with his politics of pendulum speaks something and does something else", he said in a release.

"We should instead start seriously to work on the pros and cons of the various aspects of the Sixth schedule of the Indian Constitution which provides for autonomous councils with special power to the elected members.  If the Govt is not as all sincere to give financial power to the elected Panchayat leaders, the only alternative left for the people is to seek ways and means to include Arunachal in the Sixth schedule on the lines of Mizoram, Nagaland and Assam and do away with the PRIs once and for all. The demand for Mon and Patkai autonomous councils can also be considered accordingly. The state Govt has to be pragmatic enough to choose between the two,"added Laeta Umbrey.


Personality development camp held

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: The Aaji Nilung Tungko of Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang had organized a personality development camp cum extempore speech at Golgii Bote Donyi-Polo Ganging Itanagar on 22 December 2013. Attending the programe Chairperson Yamek Mize Taggu stressed on the necessity to impart moral education to the children through amusement and competitive programe so that young children could inculcate ethical and moral values. Miss Ritika Rai of Vivekananda Central School Itanagar, Dora Sonam of Govt M.E School Niti Vihar and Tage Nunya of VKV Vivek Vihar bagged first, second and third position respectively in extempore speech competition.


Relief sought

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Claiming that houses of late Tato Dabi and Tajo Siram were burnt down completely today after a fire accident broke out around 10.30 am at Sido Village in East Siang district, Ramle Bango Welfare Society appealed to the district administrative to provide relief to the fire victims.


Maxmart distributes saplings

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 24: On the eve of its 5th anniversary and celebration of Christmas, the first shopping mall of Arunachal Pradesh Maxmart at Naharlagun distributed saplings today to the students, youths and general public to save nature and  maintain clean environment. The programme was inaugurated by range forest officer of Naharlagun  B.Gamlin.

The Maxmart is also offering surprise gift to the customers to mark the occasion.


Er. Tapi Tai conferred Bharat Jyoti Award

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Er. Tapi Tai, Executive Engineer (E) cum General Secretary, Apatani Cultural and Literary Society, was awarded Bharat Jyoti Award yesterday for his meritorious services and remarkable role in the field of his profession and social integration. The award was presented by Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh, former Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadu, in a award giving ceremony held in New Delhi on the sidelines of the seminar on 'Economic Growth and National Integration'.   The Award is instituted by India International Friendship Society (IIFS), a voluntary organization to promote unity and integrity among the people of Indian origin living anywhere in the world.


Lalu breaks national records

GUWAHATI, Dec 24: Arunachalee weightlifter Lalu Taku today cracked three national records by lifting 110 kg in snatch category and 136 kg in clean & jerk category in the 9th Youth National Weightlifting Championship underway here. The record had been set by Akshay Gaekwad of Maharashtra, who had lifted 109 in snatch and 135 kg in clean & jerk in the Asian Youth Championship in Doha, Qatar, last year. It may be recalled that Lalu won a gold medal for India in the recently concluded Commonwealth and Asian Youth Weightlifting Championship held in Penang, Malaysia.


News Impact

Assam & Arunachal agree to maintain status quo, take action against boundary encroachers

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Papum Pare district administration and  Sonitpur district administration (Assam) in a joint meeting yesterday agreed to  maintain status-quo in letter and spirit  in boundary area till the Apex Court delivers its verdict.

The meeting held at the DC's Conference hall, Tezpur (Assam) following the tense situation in boundary area under Tarasso circle in Arunachal Pradesh,  also agreed to initiate action against fresh encroachers on the both sides of the border.  The Papum Pare district was represented by DC Pige Ligu and SP Nabam Gungte along with Chukhu Takar, ADC Balijan, Dr. Olik Taring EAC Border Affairs, Mohan Tiwari in-charge DFO and  Marchina Boria, CO Tarasso. Sonitpur district administration was represented by DC Lalit Gogoi  and SP Arabinda Kalita. They were assisted by DFO Sonitpur Division and SDO Biswanath Chariali.

Both sides elaborately discussed the situation at Tarasso wherein SDO Biswanath Chariali, Sonitpur DFO and SP assured to initiate appropriate action against the encroachers of Assam side. It was further decided that a joint sitting of the forest officials of both the neighbouring districts should be convened at the earliest and a report be submitted to both the DCs so that a joint visit shall be made by both the DCs in and around Tarasso area.

Papum Pare  DC and SP suggested that a joint meeting of similar nature be carried out between the East Kameng  district administration and the Sonitpur administration so that the peace and tranquillity along the stretch is maintained for the benefit of communities living along the boundary and the recurrence of serious law and order problem is contained.



Govt decides to act tough against bandh call

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: State Government to act tough on the bandh call declared by All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) on 27th December next as Chief Secretary Hari Krishna in a high level meeting this morning issued strict orders to effectively deal with the Bandh call.

The Chief Secretary while ordering for ensuring smooth conduction of normal office works on the day directed all the head of offices to register compulsory attendance of all government employees.  

"Those government officers, officials and staffs found absent on the day shall be liable to no pay for the day" he emphatically said.

While terming bandh call as illegal, the CS on quoting the Supreme Court's orders has issued warning to the bandh callers for holding them responsible for the losses incurred during the bandh. Any public or private property damage or losses incurred shall be realized from the bandh callers as per the Court's order.

The meeting was attended of IGP, Secretary GA, DC and SP capital.

Meanwhile, taking serious view of the proposed 24 hrs capital complex Bandh call from December 27 the District Administration, Capital Complex  has issued orders directing the Bandh callers to abstain from any act that may affect life, liberty and safety or security of common citizens or that may disrupt public peace and tranquility. The Administration has also ordered that any damage to private property shall be recovered from such Bandh callers. The District Administration also requests for cooperation from the Arunachal Pradesh Chamber of Commerce, all the Market Welfare Committees, Petrol Depots Association, Banking Community within Capital Complex area and appeal to their members to carry out their routine business as usual, so that Bandh callers are discouraged and the routine life of common man is not disrupted. All the Public transport associations are also requested to appeal their members to ply their vehicles as usual to ensure public convenience,  DIPRO



NERPF to fight against national parties

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: The newly constituted North East Regional Parties' Front (NERPF), comprising 10 regional parties, has resolved to fight unitedly against all the Delhi-based national parties, said PPA in a release today.  "With the formation of NERPF, the  magic theory of national parties like Congress and BJP to remain in power through the policy of divide and rule and the threat of imposing President Rule through the institution of Governors in NE states, have finally come to an end,” the party said.

Laeta Umbrey the Chief Ministerial candidate of PPA and Kahfa Bengia the working President, who represented the state in the recently concluded Forum meeting near Dimapur disclosed that the NERPF have resolved to fight unitedly against all the Delhi based parties in the ensuing Parliamentary and Assembly Election in the North East. The views expressed by PPA that the refugee problem particularly that of Chakma and Hajong and interstate boundary disputes and the need for abolition of Draconian Law of Special Arms power Act 1958 were unanimously endorsed by the forum chaired by  Niephiu Rio, the convener and also the Chief Minister of the host state of Nagaland.

The Forum also endorsed the view expressed by Kahfa Bengia on racial discrimination meted out to the North East people especially the student and the working class. Both NERPF convener Rio and Chief Advisor Prafulla  Kumar Mahanta assured their fullest cooperation in ensuing Parliamentary and Assembly elections in state.



National Consumers Day observed

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: National Consumers Day was observed  with various programmes organized by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs at State capital and other parts of  the state.

At Nirjuli near NERIST gate, the department organized a street play to educate the common people on consumers' protection laws and their rights as consumers.  The street play with attractive slogans drew huge crowd who appreciated the efforts made by the department.

The  day-long programme include panel discussion in DDK Itanagar and  radio talks  programme  at All India Radio, Itanagar, FM channel on Consumer Protection Acts and Rules, Legal Metrology laws on safeguarding interests and rights of consumers, display of banner, distribution of booklet, group discussion, and public meeting involving business community, youths, students, women and panchayat leaders.

Further, the department has been organizing consumer awareness campaign at various locations of the state including remote places like Koloriang, Palin, Raga, Taliha, Nafra, Mechuka etc. through district units of the department for  last few months. These campaigns gained huge popularity and  received public response irrespective of consumers or traders. The department is contemplating to continue such publicity campaigns in future to generate more consumer awareness in this remote border State.



Christmas greetings

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki conveyed warm greetings to people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Christmas and expressed hope that the joyous occasion will spread universal love, harmony and oneness amongst the people of the State.

In his festival message, Governor said that Christmas is the period when the divine element of love and affection begins to express itself in the hearts of the people and they renew their commitment towards welfare of each other for a better future for all. He expressed confidence that the celebration will reinforce the bonds of the composite society of the State.

Governor wished that this Christmas bring the choicest of blessings and a spirit of happiness to Arunachal Pradesh. In his message, Tuki said "let us welcome Christmas with fresh and new thoughts of hope and cherish each moment as a blessing of inspiration".

The very essence of this day teaches us the value of kindness, the importance of love, and the significance of faith. Faith makes all things possible, hope makes all things work and love makes all things beautiful.

Lord Jesus Christ preached to spread the message of universal love among the mankind and taught us to accept every being in its real stage notwithstanding of their caste, creed or gender differences. On this auspicious occasion, I call upon my brothers and sisters to share the values and preaching of Lord Jesus for destroying the greatest foe of human being "hatred" for a celestial living on earth.

 I also extend my heartiest warm wishes to all my people for a peace, happy and prosperous Happy New Year 2014, the message further added.

Rev. Dr. John Thomas, the Bishop of Itanagar also extended Christmas greetings to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh. In a message, he said, "Christmas calls to mind the birth of a person who pleaded for universal brotherhood. In our own times we have seen how the world paid tribute to Nelson Mandela for espousing the same principle. The African leader became the voice of the voiceless blacks who were denied equality. It is for each one of us to see if in our own milieu if there are voiceless people craving for attention and justice. Are not the minor children condemned to be domestic servants searching for a Mandela to liberate them?"

May this Christmas, which reminds us of the Child called Jesus, inspire us to be a voice for the voiceless children!"  



Reading sessions cheer children in remote Anjaw

HAYULIANG, Dec 24: The harsh mountainous terrain and the biting cold of winter, with electricity remaining a rarest luxury, make life quite depressing in the remote pockets of Anjaw district, even for a determined adventure-seeker. Thus the school life of a child in these hills appears quite uninspiring and so misplaced. Hence it was a refreshing experience for school students and teachers in the Dalai valley Chaglagam sector, when the DDSE (SSA) Anjaw organized a Reading Promotion Campaign from Dec 16 to 21 to help them discover the joy of reading.

Inaugurating the campaign organized jointly with the Lohit Youth Library Network, at Hayuliang, P Tayeng, Principal, Govt. Hr Sec School Hayuliang outlined the vital importance of reading for senior students, to take up the challenges of life in the 21st century.

Addressing a packed audience of students, teachers and SSA officials, he exhorted them to develop their reading habits and language proficiency, by making full use of the school and public libraries in their locality. "You can achieve this only by extensive reading, covering various genres of books", he said. He also lauded the spirited efforts of the Lohit Youth Library reader-activists in promoting reading habits among remote villages with little library facilities.

Commencing the campaign with a book-talk, the Coordinator, Lohit Youth Libraries focused on bringing out the joy of reading, introducing a variety of books, literary forms and reading styles. Books like 'Alice in Wonderland', 'James and the Giant Peach', 'The Cat in the hat' and Swami & Friends continue to cheer generations of readers, while authors like Earnest Hemingway, Ruskin Bond, and Dr. Seuss inspire us to read more and more. He also conducted sessions of recitations from Jack Prelutsky, Lewis Carrol, Ogden Nash and Edward Lear, to the great delight of the students. The recitation by students from Mary Ann Hoberman's 'You read to me, I'll read to you' clearly brought out how students can be motivated to enjoy poetry and language.

The book exhibition highlighting reader-friendly titles from the NBT, CBT, Eklavya, Earthcare and the Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai was enthusiastically welcomed by the students and teachers. A Book Quiz, a creative-story writing contest and a painting contest was also organized for students of class VI -XII at Hayuliang.

The campaign covering primary and middle schools at Metengliang, Chaglagam, Taflagam, Mailiang, Chipru and Manchal - all remote villages - was headed by Akhriso Ngadong, BRC Coordinator, representing DDSE Anjaw.

Addressing students and teachers at all the venues, he reminded them that the life in Anjaw hills was much harsher than today, as the students then had to walk long hours and overcome several obstacles and stiff opposition from parents to go to schools. Yet today Anjaw has produced several doctors, engineers and educated professionals. Ngadong exhorted them to concentrate foremost in their studies, while supporting their parents in farming and household chores.   

The campaign sessions included reading sessions, story-telling demonstrations, vocabulary quiz, and recitation training, from a variety of books. It was a thrill to students, teachers and the many villagers who gathered at the open-air sessions, as several young volunteers read or recited passages from the books under the guidance of the Library Coordinator. The Manchal Middle school students, most of them in their clean white uniforms, waiting eagerly on a late December Saturday for the sessions, spoke volumes for the enthusiasm of the teachers and the learning tempo of the school. No wonder, the students enthusiastically have asked for a full 2 days reading workshop at Manchal. It was also refreshing to see the colourful books from the new 'Library Corner' provided to all primary and middle schools in Arunachal this year by the SSA HQ.

The glow on the faces of the children at the end of each session at every venue, could be a rich and memorable reward to the DDSE SSA team, for launching such an unusual educational campaign to these hamlets, hardly visited by any guest.

DDSE Anjaw, K. Perme has offered to extend all support to the Lohit Youth Library Network to continue the campaign to other parts of Anjaw.



Sampark Cell organises NE people meet

NEW DELHI, Dec 24: In a major step to bring the people of North-East residing in Delhi and rest of India nearer, the North East Sampark Cell of the BJP organized a "get-together of brothers and sisters from North East" in New Delhi on December 21 last. The step is to open a communication channel for the people of North-East with BJP workers across the country to tackle any issues or problems faced by them.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha; Dr. Harshvardhan, Leader of BJP Legislative Party in Delhi Assembly, Kiren Rijiju, BJP National Executive Member and other senior party leaders attended the programme. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dr. Harshvardhan and Kiren Rijiju spoke about the need for closer ties and awareness among the people of rest of India about the North eastern region of the country.

A large number of student and youth from North-Eastern states participated in the programme organized by "North East Sampark" cell. Many North East students were also honoured for their role in promoting the interest of North-East.



Exhibition cum consumer awareness campaign conducted at Yomcha

AALO, Dec 24: One day Exhibition cum consumer awareness camping was organized by the West Siang District unit of the Department of Legal Metrology and consumer Affairs at Yomcha sub Division recently.

Addressing the participants Daro Marbom  ACLM & CA cum DCPO, Aalo Explained the right and duties of consumer and how to get the grievances to be redressed through  three tier quasi judicial machineries available at national, State and District levels. He also appealed to the youth to form voluntary consumer Organization and work with commitment to help grass root level consumers for reaping the benefits ushered in the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, and also distributed the leaflets and booklets amongst the participants

Emer Ete, ADC Express his happiness for organizing the programme at interior places like Yomcha and said that the TV News Slogan "Jago Grahak Jago" is not merely a slogan but in true sense to make consumer awake and claim their rights as consumer. While dwelling about maximum Retail prices printed on the packages he informed that MRP is the ultimate price and consumer has the right to bargain on MRP. The purpose of the Act is to provide compensation to the complaint and to make compromise with traders or service providers.

He has also declared the exhibition stall open.

The participant and the visitor have got an opportunity to know and ask questionnaires  about the BIS Hall mark, ISI weight and measures, Agmark PPO, LPG cylinder which was demonstrated by the inspector, Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs by Lupha Sikhet Taipodia Ado.

The programme was attended by the additional Deputy Commissioner Yomcha Emar Ete and host of officers, Staff, PRI members, Gaon Buras, Traders/Business men and students. DIPRO



National Consumers Day observed at Ziro

ZIRO, Dec 24: Along with rest of the nation, the Lower Subansiri District Unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Association (AAPCA) in collaboration with the department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs (LM&CA), Ziro has observed 'National Consumer Day, 2013' in a befitting manner here at Govt. ME School, Dutta today.

As the part of celebration, the Association displayed an exhibition on various consumer goods including packaged goods in the School hall, and demonstrated on them in a unique way with regards to information, expiry, shortcoming, quality etc of the goods. With their demonstration, the consumers were also taught on how to choose the products that are available in different brand. Giving due importance on practical demonstration as one of the most effective way of creating awareness to people , its Secretary suggested people to protect themselves from fraudster who try to take advantage of ignorance.

District Consumer Protection Officer cum Asst Controller, Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs Hage Tabing in his speech briefed on how one can enjoy their rights as the consumer in service sector and suggested people to approach the consumer forum if they are not satisfied with the services they avail.

With demonstration, he also explained on LPG in respect to its weight and expiry. He also demonstrated on some of the tricks how one can be cheated with beam scale.

Head Master i/c of the school in his speech has appreciated the organizing team for holding the National Consumer Day in his school, out of which students, teachers and staff got benefited.

Koj Millo, ASM appeal the AAPCA and LM&CA department for holding similar awareness camp in his village.

District unit AAPCA president Koj Tassang in his speech invited people to join the association so as to fight together against the fraudster and to get the common grievances redressed.  Its vice president Mudo Tagia and Koj Ranka GB also spoke in the function.

Panchayat leaders, students, teachers, NGOs, GBs and general public took part in the day long function.



The Christmas - A spiritual perspective

Prof. (Dr.) Jayadeba Sahoo

The Christmas tree as we know it today started as a tradition in 16th Century Europe and is now a universal symbol for this holy time of year. Let's look at the deeper significance of some of the elements that go to make up the Christmas tree.

The depiction of a tree as a metaphor for life is one that occurs innumerable times in many cultures, ancient civilizations, mythology, and various faith traditions. As the 'Tree of Life' it can represent the 'family of humanity' - all the leaves representing the souls of the earth living together as one; as the variety of religions - each 'branch' emanates from the same seed and trunk; and the eternal flow of life is implicit in the question: Which came first, the seed or the tree?

The Christmas tree is wonderfully decorated with ornaments of all kinds, reflecting the beauty and uniqueness of each human being in the world.

What brings the whole tree to life are the lights. Each one of us is like a light on the tree, with a potential to shine light to the world, once the soul is lit by the Eternal Flame of Truth. How alive and bright is your light?

At Christmas, an evergreen tree is always used, reminding us that life is not just the here and now, but it is eternal. The seed of any tree is hidden deep below, it does its work silently, unseen, and yet from it springs the whole miraculous creation with its beauty and diversity and its different functions; the roots, branches, twigs, leaves and ultimately, its fruit. Again, the seed is a symbolic reminder of the Supreme Seed, One Almighty who is the Creator of all.

And at the top of the tree we often find a star, the One light that stands over all creation, the One that we will ultimately go back to. It also represents the sign of the nativity, of new life, new hope, when the 'Light of the World' brings newness… light into the dark world.

Angels abound at Christmas time. Messengers of God, embodiments of pure consciousness, they remind us of the highest virtues to which we should all aspire. Angels always have wings to remind us to stay light and keep our thoughts elevated and beyond the earthly plane. An angel's feet never touch the earth, they are eternally conscious of who they are, spirits, rather than matter. So too, we should remember our divine nature, and not simply be engrossed in all things physical. Angels are shown as neither male nor female, but an embodiment of all masculine and feminine qualities, such as courage, power and steadfastness; and benevolence, love and loyalty.

We are all acutely aware that we are going through a dark period in the world right now, where corruption, violence and peacelessness are in their most extreme form. Yet the message of Christmas persists: Peace and Love. We live in hope and with certainty.

It's interesting that, at the most difficult times in our lives the light of the Supreme, if we are mindful of it, seems to us brighter and more attractive than ever. Likewise, at this darkest time of the world, God's gifts are unlimited and on offer to each of us, if we only have eyes to see, and the heart to grasp the opportunity.

Locked within the soul is a memory of that brilliance that we came from. Perhaps this is how the myth of Santa Claus arose: a memorial of the One who comes to us at our darkest times, laden with treasures: Peace love and happiness to name just a few. Surely this is that time when our consciousness is being enlightened and a new age is dawning.

It's time …at this time of Christmas, no matter what your religion, to see the beauty and joy of the light of each one, the eternal tree of humanity, the abundant spiritual gifts as a reflection of the generosity of the Supreme. Make sure your light is lit, accept the gifts from the Divine and put them into practice. Then 'Goodwill to all Mankind' can truly be proclaimed in the world!

On this auspicious occasion of 'Christmas', take a moment for deep spiritual introspection and free yourselves from the bondage of greed, the lust for power and a slave of promiscuity and make God your eternal companion for true peace, happiness and prosperity. (The writer is Faculty, Brahma Kumaris, RERF & Head, Dept of Education, R.G.U.)

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Nobody seem to care

Dear Editor,

The people of Bilat Circle are lacking a real leader, who will work for the development of the land. The true leader should understand the agony without any utterance by his people. Frankly speaking, the political leaders of that area don’t understand the meaning of the word “LEADER”. In my opinion, leader is to lead the people to light and to live and die for the betterment of the people.

Many people have written about the dilapidated road conditions of Ruksin-Mikong Mirem (RMM) road. But nobody is moved by such the letters. Even our CM is also a mere reader of the page “Readers Forum.” In spite of repeated writings, I am curious to know about CMs concern for the people of 37th Pasighat, West Constituency.

Moreover, we the citizen should not always lay our grievances before our local MLA. He knows the condition of the road very well. Even though, he is in the opposition seat, he should have revealed once to CM about condition of said stretch of road. In my knowledge CM will certainly see no friend or foe in the developmental activities.

Decades have passed but no action has been initiated from the government. Now, I am confused whom shall we ask for the development of the area, as nobody hear the lamenting cry of the poor’s.


Johny Messar

Niti Vihar



Defer bandh call for sake of unemployed youth

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteem daily, we would like to appeal the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) to defer the 24 hours capital bandh on 27th Dec' 2013 as the recruitment process of PST/PET for the post of Sub Inspector (SI) in the Arunachal Pradesh Police will  commence from 26th Dec' 2013 and end on 2nd Jan' 2014. Hence, we on behalf of appearing candidates would like to make heartfelt appeal to All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) to defer the 24 hours capital bandh for the greater interest of unemployed youths and general public. Lastly, we hope, our appeal will be taken notice in the right earnest and needful action done at the earliest possible.


Tem Tama Tarh

Kodak Takam




Postponed bandh

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to request ANYA to defer their propose bandh called on 27th December as there will be PST for SI from 26th December onwards. The positive response of ANYA is solicited.


Kait Paloh








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Some unanswered questions

Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd (PHHL)  yesterday resumed its passenger services between Naharlagun, Guwahati and Tawang after a gap of 31 months. The service will operate twice a week on Monday & Friday between Naharlagun, Guwahati and Tawang. It is to be mentioned that the state government had resumed the PHHL chopper services in January 2013 which was flagged off by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at Naharlagun helipad. However, the services had been introduced only for eastern sectors in Naharlagun-Guwahati and Naharlagun-Mohanbari.

The Pawan Hans helicopter services in Tawang sector had remained suspended from May 5, 2011 following two back-to-back crashes of its choppers in that year.  In the first accident on April 19, 2011, the MI-172 helicopter with 23 persons on board flying on the Guwahati-Tawang sector crashed at Tawang helipad while landing killing 17 persons, while the other occurred at Luguthang near Tawang on April 30, 2011 had claimed the lives of five, including the then Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. The government of Arunachal had banned Pawan Hans service for sometime following death of late CM.  At that time questions were raised regarding safety norms adopted by PHHL. However, now same company is being allowed to operate in Arunachal.  Government should let public know, why they went back to PHHL despite its poor safety record?