ITANAGAR, Dec 7: West Siang District Legal Services Authority on Saturday conducted
National Lok Adalat and disposed off 10 criminal cases out of 35 cases taken up at
District Keba Dere, Aalo.
In the inaugural session of the Lok Adalat, Tamik Talom, ADC-cum-Member Secretary,
West Siang District Legal Service Authority highlighted the concept and significance
of conducting such Lok Adalat.
He encouraged the participants in particular and people of West Siang district in
general to avail advantages of cheap and quick justice delivery system through Lok
Adalat. The bench comprising Tage Halley, CJM-cum-CJ (Sr. Divn.) as Presiding Officer
and members Advocate Todak Ado, Minrik Noshi, Taji Tajom and Hoksum Ori, NGO representative
took part in the day-long proceeding. The rest of the cases could not be disposed
off due to absence of complainant/accused or both or non agreement of the parties
to settle the cases in the Lok Adalat.
Society seeks action against ITBP personnel
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Tagin Cultural Society has expressed shock at reported making and
circulation of an explicit video clip involving an ITBP personnel and a local girl
from Upper Subansiri.
The Society stated that the minor girl was coerced into having a sexual relationship
by the ITBP personnel. The victim is a minor so she could not have possibly given
her consent for the act, the Society said.
The ITBP constable Ashok Kumar Shippy was till recently posted at Tamachukchu, Limeking.
It also expressed its annoyance at the Upper Subansiri Superintendent of Police for
not taking up the case sou moto. It urged the Daporijo Police to arrest the culprit
at the earliest.
Talar to lead state’s badminton team in NE sports competition
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: State’s ace badminton player Laa Talar will lead the state’s 10-member
badminton team in the National Level North East Zone Sports Competition beginning
here on December 10, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association secretary Bamang
The team comprised of five men and equal number of women players.
APHPM&PB board meeting held
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The second board meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Produce
Marketing and Processing Board (APHPM&PB) was held in the chamber of its chairman
Kipa Niya at Naharlagun on December 5 last.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Agriculture-cum-member Hage Kano suggested that
Arunachal having high potential in producing kiwi fruit, the Board should take up
awareness programme for cultivation amongst the farmers in districts like Lower Subansiri,
West Kameng, West Siang, Upper Siang and Anjaw which are climatically suitable for
kiwi cultivation so that socio-economic condition of those areas is improved.
Niya, while delivering the keynote address advised the Board members to put their
all-out efforts for the upliftment of the Board. He said that Arunachal Pradesh has
high potential in horticulture sector and it is likely to become a horticultural
hub of North East region in the days to come.
At present, Arunachal Pradesh is the highest kiwi grower in India and it is no more
exotic fruit because of huge production in Arunachal.
He said the horticultural produces in the state is tremendously increasing year by
year but farmers are facing acute problem in marketing their produces due to lack
of marketing infrastructure which discourages the farming community.
He felt that main problem lie in the marketing sector which needs serious attention.
In this regard, he said, the Govt, should allocate more funds to marketing board
for taking up urgent infrastructure requirements for the welfare of the farming community.
He also agreed upon the proposal for setting up of Kiwi Wine Factory in Itanagar/Naharlagun
and directed the Board to prepare DPR for onward submission to the government for
obtaining approval sanction.
Joint Secretary Finance-cum-member, Tara Talo suggested that the Board should take
up innovative projects which will benefit the poor and marginal farmers in marketing
their produces. He also suggested that any project should directly benefit the farming
community as well as state government in terms of revenue.
President, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industry-cum- member Techi Lala opined
that Arunachal Pradesh being the largest kiwi grower in India should establish one
Kiwi wine factory/ winery in Itanagar.
‘For production of “Arun Kiwi Wine” in Hill Crest Foods & Beverages Pvt. Ltd Pune
Maharashtra involves huge amount for transportation of kiwi fruits. Therefore, it
would be better if winery is set up in the state to avoid revenue losses,’ said CN
Mannoi Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies-cum-member.
Member Tarh Loram called for to rigorous persuasion for allotment of sufficient fund
in the marketing board so that minimum required marketing infrastructures can be
created for the welfare of the farmers.
97 turn up for Cataract surgeries
CHANGLANG, Dec 7: A total of 97 eye patients were operated upon for cataracts out
of the 119 cases detected in the four days eye camp, organized by the Central Mobile
unit of National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), Naharlagun in collaboration
with District Blindness Control Society Changlang, at Bordumsa CHC of Changlang district
A team of surgeons comprising Dr. Taba Khanna, SPO (NPCB), Dr Lobsang Tsetim, Consultant
Eye Surgeon, RK Mission Hospital and Dr. Chowdim Tayang, Eye Sugeon, District Hospital
Roing conducted the eye camp. The team also carried out 11 Pterygium surgeries and
three cases of lid surgeries.
In total 855 patients were screened and refractive errors and Presbyopic correction
were done among 389 patients.
The team was assisted by ophthalmic assistants and technicians from Changlang District
Hospital, CHCs Miao and Bordumsa, CMU Naharlagun.
Earlier, the eye camp was inaugurated by Bordumsa ZPM T Singpho and ADC T Miji.
The patients belonging to poor section of the society have benefited most from the
camp as they cannot afford to go for such eye treatments in costly nursing homes
and hospitals. DIPRO
AoL prog at Roing
ROING, Dec 7: The second phase of the Art of Living (AoL) programme conducted by
the district police department as part of community policing, concluded at the Multipurpose
hall here today.
The week-long programme was designed and conducted for the students of Government
Higher Secondary School Roing, general public and police personnel.
"The main purpose of the programme was to create general awareness on drug and alcohol
abuse and to try and help the addicts to stop abusing such substances", said Lower
Dibang Valley SP Rajneesh Gupta.
The second phase of the AoL programme was conducted by Police department on public
demand after the first phase of the programme received overwhelming response, informed
DSP (Hq) Habung Hailyang.
The SP informed that the Roing police department plans to conduct such programmes
on a regular basis.
Cleanliness drive at Sagalee
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: In a bid to keep Sagalee Township clean and green, All Sagalee
Students Union (ASSU) along with Sagalee Market Welfare Committee and students from
various schools conducted a cleanliness drive at Sagalee town on Saturday.
Attending the cleanliness drive, Sagalee ADC Jalash Pertin urged the people to keep
the township free from garbage and pollution.
Most CMs favour restructuring of Planning Commission, Tuki opposes disbanding
NEW DELHI, Dec 7: A meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the
future of the Planning Commission today saw most Chief Ministers favouring restructuring
of the Soviet-era body but there was no consensus on disbanding the existing set-up.
At a unique conclave of Chief Ministers called by Prime Minister Modi to replace
the Planning Commission here today saw a consensus that more power and planning should
be devolved to states, but Congress strongly opposed dismantling of the existing
65-year-old body established by Jawaharlal Nehru.
Following up on his Independence Day announcement from Red Fort that the Planning
Commission would "soon" be replaced by a "new institution", Modi was with Chief Ministers
for nearly seven hours at his residence deliberating on what should be the future
shape of the body.
Modi pushed for an effective structure, which strengthens "co-operative federalism"
and the concept of 'Team India', and even cited his predecessor Manmohan Singh, saying
he too had said on April 30 this year that the current structure has "no futuristic
vision in the post-reform period".
Except Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Mizoram and poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir and
Jharkhand, CMs from all other states attended the meeting where Finance Minister
Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh were also present.
Briefing the media, Jaitley later said there was a "larger consensus" that the "context"
has changed and there is a "need to decentralise both power and planning".
Noting that "there cannot be a universal scheme that suits all states," he said "it
is a fallacy that one size fits all in case of implementation of central schemes".
The strategy should be to empower the states to enable them to meet their own specific
needs, he said.
He gave no timeline about when the new body will be announced, saying the Centre
will take a "considered view after consultations are over. However, there were indications
that the shape of the new structure, which could also see the involvement of the
private sector, may be firmed up by January 26 next year.
Congress Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma told reporters that dismantling
the Planning Commission would be "unwarranted, shortsighted and dangerous" as it
will have long-term adverse effect on Centre-state relations.
He said the Planning Commission needed a "reorientation" and not "political burial".
The Prime Minister said the question of role, relevance and restructuring of the
Planning Commission had been repeatedly questioned for more than two decades.
Underlining that it was impossible for the nation to develop unless states develop,
he told the meeting that the process of policy planning needs to change from "top
to bottom" to "bottom to top".
The states should have a key role in the new body, Modi said, adding that "states
sometimes feel there is no platform to express their views...there should be an effective
mechanism to address inter-state disputes."
"Can we develop a new mechanism that plans according to India's strengths, empowers
states, and brings on board all economic activity, including that which happens outside
the Government," he asked while setting the tone for the meeting.
Pushing for "co-operative federalism", he said the current global scenario offered
a chance for India to take a big leap forward. This, he added, was possible by formulating
a suitable replacement to the Commission with a view to suitably harnessing the strengths
of the country.
At the meeting, Congress-ruled states supported the idea of revamping the Planning
Commission set up in 1950 but disfavoured its scrapping as they felt it can be "evolved".
However, NDA states and some of those ruled by parties like AIADMK and TRS wanted
immediate disbanding of the Planning Commission.
Opposing the move to disband the Planning Commission, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki described the body as a single window for small states to air grievances
on issues like regional aspirations and Centre-state disputes.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said there is no merit or justification in
the decision to dismantle the existing one created six decades ago. PTI
(Opposing the move to disband the Planning Commission, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki described the body as a single window for small states to air grievances
on issues like regional aspirations and Centre-state disputes)
State Karate Championship concludes
SAI emerges overall champion
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Sports Authority of India, Special Area Game Centre (SAI, SAG),
Naharlagun emerged overall champion in the 19th Sub-Junior, Cadet, Junior cum 20th
Senior State Level Karate Championship- 2014 which concluded at Palin yesterday.
Upper Subansiri team finished runners up.
Wado Kai team from Headquarter, Itanagar was declared champion in Team Fight in men’s
category while East Siang was declared runners up.
Upper Subansiri team was declared champion in women’s Team Fight and Kurung Kumey
was declared runners up.
Lipin Ete of Kurung Kumey was adjudged as the best performer in individual Kata event
in sub-junior girls below 13 years category while the title for this event in sub-junior
boys below 13 years category went to Simon Megu of East Siang.
Goda Asha of SAI SAG centre was declared best performer in individual Kata event
in junior female category while the title for this event in senior female category
went to Mimi Ramching of Upper Subansiri.
Matyup Tamblung of Anjaw won the title for best individual kata performer in men’s
senior category while Raja Yangfo of SAI SAG centre was declared as the best individual
kata performer in junior boys category.
Attending the closing ceremony of the championship, Parliamentary Secretary (Food
and Civil Supplies, Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs) Markio Tado said conduction
of such events in remote district like Kurung Kumey will definitely encourage the
youths of the district towards games and sports. While appreciating Arunachal Karate
Do Association (AKA) for holding the championship at Palin, Tado assured his all
possible help from his side for development of games and sports. He also assured
to pursue with the authority concerned for construction of an indoor stadium in the
APEDA Chairman, Dikto Yekar, who himself was a good karate player and won medals
for the state, explained the importance games and sports and said that playing sports
is a great way to stay fit both physically mentally. “Being a lover of games and
sports I can’t simply avoid such occasion. I am happy to be here to encourage the
budding karate players,” he said. “What I am today is because of karate,” the first
time MLA from Daporijo said.
AKA general secretary L Marik highlighted the achievements of Karate in Arunachal
Pradesh since last 30 years.
Final day results:
U-13 year Male Kumite: Toni Mugli (G), Upper Subansiri, Nakolum Tamblung (S), SLSA,
Manchenso Khamblai (Br), Lohit, Lipang Dakpe (Br), U/Subansiri.
Junior 16-17 years Male Individual Kumite (-61kg): Raja Yangfo (G), SLSA, Takhu Wangsa
(S), Tirap, Ngochen Hodong (Br), SLSA, Diman Riang (Br), E/ Kameng.
Junior 16-17 years Male Individual Kumite (-68kg): Bangram Tungi (G), K/Kumey, Amanso
Pul (S), Anjaw, Tamchi Tayam (Br), Tenshin Kan HQ, Ita, Tarang Tok (Br), E /Kameng
Junior 16-17 year Male Individual Kumite (-76kg): Tade Bayor (G), U/Subansiri.
Junior 16-17 year Male Individual Kumite (+76kg): Biplov Debnath (G), Tenshin Kan
Racial discrimination against NE people a reality: Survey
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: An alarming 54 per cent respondent experienced some kind of discrimination
in Delhi, according to a recent survey.
The situation in Delhi regarding racial/ethnic discrimination is most worrying at
least for the Northeast people.
The survey was carried out by Reach Out Foundation with the help of Policy Research
during which 1000 respondents were interviewed in 30 different locations in Delhii
and NCR. The main objective of the present survey was to understand the extent and
scope of ethnic/racial discrimination perceived by people from India’s Northeast
living in Delhi-NCR. The targeted population for the survey were people from all
the eight north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,
Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura who are currently living in Delhi and the NCR (Ghaziabad,
Noida and Gurgaon).
63 per cent of the respondent felt that the main reason for the discrimination against
them was their ethnic origin while 64 per cent said that the reason behind discrimination
is the lack of understanding and awareness while 20 per cent felt that lack of interaction
is the reason.
The major cause for discrimination that emerged from the survey was prejudice and
lack of awareness about the Northeast people.
74 per cent respondent felt that the situation in Delhi about discrimination is most
The study reveals that majority of respondents who felt discriminated said that they
faced ethnic or racial discrimination. Males and females reported along similar lines
when it came to the basis of discrimination. The highest number of 67 per cent respondents
said that they were victims of ethnic/racial discrimination followed by only four
per cent saying that they faced gender related discrimination while three per cent
said they were discriminated on basis of their religion.
According to the report, majority of respondents said discrimination is experienced
either at restaurant or sporting or public places.
These locations were followed by 24 per cent at the educational institutions and
23 per cent during buying or renting of house.
Only four per cent of the victims of discrimination reported it to the police while,
24 per cent shared their experience with a family member or a friend. 12 per cent
did not say anything to anyone.
In a positive response at least 47 per cent respondents have hope that this city
can be free from discrimination in the future while 30 per cent have negative feelings
regarding this and they think that it cannot be free from this attitude.
AAPSU demands introduction of new courses in colleges of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) headed by
its President Kamta Lapung met Education Minister Tapang Taloh at his official Bunglaw
on Friday and submitted a memorandum demanding for introduction of new subjects at
under graduate level in Govt. Colleges of Arunachal Pradesh from the from next academic
session (July 2015).
The subjects are Sociology, Anthropology, Public Administration, B.A in Mass Communication,
BBA and B.Com with specialization in Charter Accountancy, Cost Accountancy & Company
The students of the state are forced and compelled to go to other parts of the country
for pursuing higher education in those subjects even at the cost of frequent harassment
and racial discriminations by the people from so called mainland.
Interestingly, these subjects are included in the lists of optional subject for APPSCCE.
Moreover, these subjects are preferred by the aspirants because they are more suitable
for civil service examination.
Unfortunately, most of the seats in the Post Graduate level in the Rajiv Gandhi University
are taken by outsiders due to non-existence of these subjects in Government Colleges
of Arunachal Pradesh, it said.
Subsequently, it will be necessary to create posts of Assistant Professor for these
subjects in order to impart quality education to the students, the memorandum said,
and appealed to the Education Minister to initiate process for appointing professors
for the same which in turn will provide employment opportunities to those who have
cleared their NET, JRF, PhD. Etc in those subjects. In another memorandum, AAPSU
demanded constitution of a high level monitoring committee with representatives from
AAPSU and department of education for rationalizing the fee structure of B.Ed program
offered by private institutions in the state.
Claiming inflated fee structure in those institutions as compared to B.Ed colleges
of other states, AAPSU said that dreams of many Arunachalee students who want to
do B.Ed course remain unfulfilled due to high fee structure in the private institutions
offering such course in the state.
This is also one of the major factor contributing to unemployment problem since untrained
teachers are not appointed either by the state Govt. run schools or by central agencies,
The state Govt. should take up this serious matter by not only directing those B.Ed.
colleges to rationalise their fee structure but also strictly monitoring their quality
AAPSU strongly demanded that a rational fee structure must be framed by the Govt.
as well as a high level committee with a proper proportionate representation of AAPSU
be constituted for monitoring the quality and fee structure of not only B.Ed. Colleges
but also various other private universities and institution in the state offering
The AAPSU also demanded the department of education to be vigilant of the private
institutions and universities which are offering B.Ed. and other courses regarding
their affiliation, authenticity, accreditation, approval from the regulating body
of the country, proper quality, infrastructure and above all their fee structures
for various courses and programmes in order to protect the innocent Arunachalee students
from being exploited and cheated. AAPSU cited the example of CMJ University where
career of 1000 Arunachalee students have been ruined.
Meanwhile, the Minister after having a threadbare discussion with the AAPSU leaders
told that his ministry is working hard for shaping the education department in a
cohesive and quality prolific manner despite mounting pressures from every quarter.
The Education Minister also said that he will look into the matter with top most
priority and assured to fulfill the demands placed by AAPSU.
Putting forward his view, AAPSU Spokesperson Tanya Agu urged the Minister to immediately
create and advertise the post of Assistant Professors and lecturers along with non-teaching
staffs against all the established and five functioning Govt. Degree Colleges at
Doimukh, Nyapin Daporijo, Geku and Women’s College at Lekhi Colleges and five Polytechnics
at Namsai, Laying, Dirang, Pasighat and Roing. Not a single teaching and non-teaching
staff has been sanctioned against the above mentioned Degree & Polytechnic Colleges,
Bako Ligo wins ‘Voice of West Siang’ contest
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Bako Ligo was declared winner of ‘Voice of West Siang’ contest organized
by West Siang District Socio-Economic and Cultural Development Society in the grand
finale held on December 6 last at Aalo. The eight-month-long singing talent hunt
saw Gope Dirchi emerge as runners up.
The singing talent hunt came to a glittering end with five contestants, namely Nyuken
Lombi from Tirbin circle, Bako Ligo from Liromoba, Kege Karbi from Aalo, Marpi Bam
from Basar and Gope Dirchi representing Nari-Koyu fighting it out in the grand finale.
The winner took away cash prizes of Rs. 2 lakh and runners up Rs 1 lakh along with
certificates after two rounds of traditional and modern songs competition judged
by the jury of judges.
Attending the grand finale of the programme, RWD Minister Kumar Waii stated that
Siang belt is the musical hub of the state and such long drawn musical extravaganza
will continue to promote it further. Music knows no barriers and it has been a uniting
factor for all genres and sections of the society through the ages. What we need
is to give more exposure and experiences outside to refine their talents, he said.
The minister, who sponsored the cash prizes of the winner and runners up in appreciation
of efforts taken by the WSDSECDS gave away the prizes to winner, runners up and consolation
prizes to all the five finalists.
Mamta Riba Naksang, Director Art and Culture who was also present on the occasion
disclosed that efforts are being made to revive the dying musical instruments and
School of Music is in the offing to accommodate budding singers and musicians of
the state. Financial assistances are being given for celebration of major festivals
of the state to promote it abroad and care is also taken to give fillip to dying
art and crafts to promote our culture. She also visited community halls in and around
Aalo and its vicinity on Sunday.
Gedo Eshi, Deputy Director (Tourism) stressed that selected singers should not be
confined to the district only but they should be given opportunity to show their
talents in bigger platform outside the state.
The Chief Patron of WSDSECDS Doi Ado Ex Minister, President Mijum Lona, Secretary
Lee Sora also highlighted the main objectives and role of the society in its efforts
towards vibrant social economic and cultural movement in the district.
Senior singers Omen Ering, Riram, Torik Kato, Mijum Riram and Geken Geyi presented
their selected numbers to spellbind the audience.
Earlier, the portrait of Late Jarbom Gamlin, former Chief Minister of Arunachal was
garlanded by the dignitaries and they observed silence as a mark of respect to the
departed soul before the commencement of the competition. (DIPRO)
Theravada Buddhists celebrate Poi Lu Fra and Poi Lu Lik
Chow Bilaseng Namchoom
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The religious procession along with recitation of chants and beating
of drum and cymbals carrying Lu Fra (Buddha statues) and Tun Petesha (decorated celestial
tree) in a bamboo carrier marked the celebration of Poi Lu Fra and Poi Lu Lik of
the Theravada Buddhists at Theravada Buddhist Temple Itanagar on December 6 and 7.
Addressing the devotes on the occasion, Director Mahabodhi College of Namsai Reverend
Monk Paniyaloka Bhikkhu and Reverend Monk from Kherem village of Chongkham circle
Dhammaketi Bhikkhu spoke about significance of celebrating the religious ceremony
of Poi Lu Fra and Poi Lu Lik and its observance by the Theravada Buddhist with pious
minds and hearts. Both emphasized on the need to perform Dana (charity), Sila (Morality)
and Bhavana (Meditation) which are the only three ways of acquiring merit and to
give more precedence to Buddhist principles of five precepts. The specialty of the
Poi Lu Fra and Poi Lu Lik ceremony is the offering of Buddha statues and Buddhist
Holy Scriptures to the Monastery as a dana (offering) by a family or by the whole
village or by the whole community. It is an auspicious occasion carrying tremendous
value for Buddhists believer in the fulfillment of religious feelings. It is believed
that offering of ‘dana’ in the form of Buddha statues acquires merit in return.
The offered Buddha statues of the devotees were kept in a temporarily constructed
decorated pandal known as Ho Mantap or Chong Fra before final installation at a pre-determined
place inside the monastery. Before installing Buddha statues inside monastery, the
monks recited Dhamma Gatha, Triratna Bandana and Paritran Sutta which are religious
song of the Buddhists.
To mark the celebration, it is also customary to have religious procession carrying
Buddha statues and decorated celestial tree which the locals termed as Yaa Fra/Petesha.
During the procession, everyone has the wish and intention to lift and carry the
carrier with Buddha Statues and decorated Celestial tree for a while in order to
earn merit. Every individual hangs and ties money or any other materials and decorate
the Tun Petesha (celestial tree) before the joyful procession is carried out in the
The two day programme also included hoisting of Buddhist flag, offering of foods
to Bhikkhu Sangha (Monks), illumination of Theravada Buddhist Temple, Tang Anekacha
(Pranpratistha Buddha Idols), Khamsin Thomtra (taking of five precepts) and community
feast for devotees and guests. The entire religious event was solemnized by Advisor
Planning Chow Lileswar Tungkhang and Nang Sumitra Tungkhang with their family members
and was participated by Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society, Theravada Buddhist from
all over state and Assam and people from different religion background.
‘There is need and demand for skilled manpower’
ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The second leg of district level Job Mela cum Skill Development
selection rally was conducted jointly by DIC Capital Complex and DIC Papum Pare district
at Naharlagun today.
While inaugurating the rally, Parliamentary Secretary for Industries Tatung Jamoh
stressed on growing need and demand for skilled man power within the state as well
Lauding the achievement under skill development programme, he informed the gathering
that Arunachal Pradesh was the first state to receive the best state award for implementing
the skill development initiative schemes by Govt of India.
He urged the youths to avail this opportunity for self sustenance and advised them
to complete the training courses sincerely.
The rally was also attended by Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tayi Kaye. Earlier,
Deputy Director, Skill Development and Employment Generation (HQ) K Sharma highlighted
about the purpose of initiating and conducting Job Mela and skill development selection
rally in the district level. More than 15 vocational training providers from different
part of the country participated in the rally to provide counseling and selection
of candidates for different vocational trades.
The crime against women is again hitting headlines at Delhi and Arunachal. In a grim
reminder of how unsafe national capital is for womenfolk, a 25-year-old executive
working for a global company was raped by a driver working with Uber, a US-based
ride sharing service. The incident happened when she was returning from a party in
Vasant Vihar in south Delhi to her home in Inderlok in north Delhi on Friday night.
By late this evening Delhi police arrested the accused cabbie from his home town
On the other hand an explicit video clip has rocked Daporjo town. The video was allegedly
made by an ITBP Jawan posted in Upper Subansiri district with a local girl. Shockingly
the girl is underage and was allegedly raped by the jawan. The explicit video is
believed to have been uploaded in internet by the ITBP jawan. Numerous organisations
have demanded for immediate arrest of the ITBP personnel and exemplary punishment
be awarded to the accused. Both the incident shows, how vulnerable woman continue
to be in our society. Though rape laws have been strengthened in the wake of Nirbhaya
gang rape but such incident still continues to haunt our society. Besides making
strong law to deter criminals, the family member also need to play their part. It
is important to educate male member about the need to respect womenfolk. In the
meanwhile, let us hope that Delhi and Daporijo victim get justice at the earliest.
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What does PPA stand for ?
The lone regional party of the state has lost its credibility in the state because
of lack of strong discipline in maintaining its own party ideology & principles.
The PPA has earlier made Laeta Umbrey scapegoat by declaring him as Chief Ministerial
candidate and filed for only 16 out of 60 seats in the General Election. Further
during the Rajya Sabha election, being a regional party of the state, the elected
legislators of PPA has voted in favour of the Congress candidate instead of maintaining
the party sentiment, ideology & principles. Moreover, the Party President was then
luring the Non-Indigenous voters of the Bordumsa Constituency to grant them ST/PRC
in contradiction to its own party ideology & principles.
Furthermore a Chairman of the Party can remove its sitting President whereas there
is no such provision. In nutshell we can say that the present leadership of the PPA
is like a spoiled school going children without any hope. Filing in 16 seats out
of 60 seats how they were hoping to form government? PPA should not claim that they
are the guardian of the indigenous people of the State of Arunachal Pradesh when
they have assured to grant ST/PRC to the Non-Indigenous people of the State. PPA
has already made mockery of themselves and we have laughed at them. Therefore, now
they should not make themselves the laughing stock before the people.
Debia Muj, Doimukh
Centre for public policy research- need of the hour for Arunachal
For any government and administration to make an effective public policy or decision
requires a well- founded and reliable research data’s and statistics pertaining to
the relevant field. The availability of reliable facts and figures as a result of
sustained research work will give very valuable insight to the policy makers and
give clarity of policy objectives and goals in each case. Public policy making is
increasingly becoming challenging nowadays. As in the federal nature of State where
both the Centre and State have been given constitutional powers to enact laws in
their respective sphere and in the common concurrent list, it becomes imperative
for the State also to be actively involved in law making to address its local needs
and priorities. It has been found that many state made laws and policies have been
more successful in obtaining its objective because it is based on ground realities.
But, for making effective legal policies, we need solid research base of relevant
social, legal, economic, environmental, cultural etc. studies and reports undertaken
by a competent institution. Thus, the need of the hour is to establish a research
Centre for public policies which will primarily involve in research studies and reports
on all above stated fields and more for ready reference of policy makers and act
in collaboration with other such institutions mostly created as a part of the Central
and State Universities. Most of the States are already having such bodies for long.
Such centre can also act as a think tank and provide necessary input to all concerned
with reliable reports and studies and work in close coordination with all other governmental
departments. If we create such institute with adequate infrastructure and competent
personnel within our own State, it will be lot easier for the State to effectively
position itself within the country or internationally for any matter. State will
be better armed and informed with the research work done by the research Centre in
terms of local scientific facts and information’s. Real and meaningful socio-economic
development in the State rests on a sound public policy and research analysis. If
at all, any such body is already in place; its mandate needs to be widened to make
it more comprehensive so as to cover all the aspects highlighted above. For instance,
the Forest department has prepared the draft Arunachal Forest Act 2014 which gives
no legal rights to the village communities, Panchayats and local customary institutions
any role and say in the decision making process affecting the forest land and its
resources. It totally lacks community’s perspective of forest management and ownership
issues (although it is still in the drafting stage). However, the main question is
how does one strongly argue against such endeavor by any one in future without having
a solid research backing on community ownership and management practices recognized
by the customary laws for ages properly validated by research documentation.
In these respects, the role of public policy research Centre becomes indispensable.
The author sincerely hopes that the State government would seriously consider this
prospect in all earnestness.
Dr. Topi Basar
Get your eyes corrected
Eyes play an important role in our day to day lives and are perhaps the most precious
gift. This world is visible to us because we are blessed with clear and bright eyesight
that makes this world a better place to live in. It is very important for our daily
activities like reading, watching T.V, driving, playing etc.
Cataracts account for half of blindness worldwide but they are estimated to be responsible
for nearly 80% of blindness in India. The indirect effects of cataracts on a poor
family in rural India may be significantly more serious. The loss of sight of an
adult can rupture the household economy, wherein a breadwinner becomes another dependent
mouth to feed or a grandmother is no longer able to provide primary care for the
children and becomes a burden.
I, nearing 80 years was a victim of cataract, which blurred my vision. I immediately
consulted Dr. Kaling Darang, eye specialist, General Hospital Naharlagun who was
very confident, sincere, emphatic, caring, compassionate, and kind. Accordingly,
I had to undergo cataract surgery. I recovered in a few days with clear vision. Now
I can watch T.V, read news papers, recognize people etc. which has made my life trouble-free,
comfortable and happy.
Before I met Dr. Kaling Darang, I have heard praises about him from other people
that he is a very good doctor, so I decided to consult him about my eyes as my vision
grew dim and could not identify the letters I, N, and R while reading newspaper.
My intention for consulting him was to increase the power of my eye glasses but after
testing my eyesight he told me that the power cannot be increased anymore and advised
me to undergo the cataract operation, I was scared about the operation so I expressed
my intention to compromise my eye deficiency with age. It may be the almighty god’s
blessing that Dr. Darang persuaded me to operate my eyes. Relying on his confidence,
I agreed for the operation. My right eye was operated on 5th November and left on
24th November, now my vision is very clear; I can even read the information Boucher
and literature inside the packet of any product or commodity.
I appeal to all the senior citizens with cataract and other eye problems to come
forward and consult doctors to get the eye corrected. The operation does not cost
much and it is affordable. The introduction of laser cataract surgery has made it
more accurate and successful. It is the responsibility of the family members to take
utmost care of their senior member and take them to hospital. Those who are extremely
poor can avail the free cataract camps and Chief Minister’s universal health insurance.
I would also like to share that I got utmost satisfaction with the treatment of Dr.
Kaling Darang and his team during my month long treatment as their behavior was very
cordial, encouraging, caring and positive. I am a proud old man today as the entire
team of technicians and supporting staffs who gave back my vision belonged to my
state Arunachal Pradesh.
I once again request and encourage all the effected senior citizens to come forward
and get cataract operation, to live and enjoy this beautiful world.
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