December 09


News Impact



Committee submits memo to DC

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The Kamporijo Circle Trans Arunachal Highway Local Committee (KCTAHLC), Pamluk to Tamen, in Lower Subansiri district today submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner urging him to reconstruct all the public infrastructure and community assets including school buildings and hospitals which are supposed to be dismantled during the construction of the Trans Arunachal Highway.

While disclosing the resolution adopted by the people of Pamluk to Tamen area in a general body meeting held on December 3 at Boasimla, the committee further said that in case of any reconstruction of Govt establishments and public utility services in the said area due to road construction, the local people should be awarded contract works. It was further decided that people of the area shall provide alternative land for such reconstruction works.


Org opposes road cutting

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Claiming that formation cutting of the construction of Chambang road connecting Kabak-Nyoko to Guchi Village passing through Kabak-Langa village is being executed without taking consent of land owners, Kapu-Kabak Development Council has strongly opposed the project.

In a representation to the Chief Engineer of Public Work Department (Central Zone-I), the council threatened to stop the ongoing earth cutting of said project claiming that the road should be constructed through Kabak-Langa to Guchi village as per original survey since 1972. It also assured that it will not demand compensation if the authority agrees to construct as per original DPR, it added.


480 patients benefit from RCH outreach camp

DAPORIJO, Dec 8: District Health Society, Upper Subansiri conducted RCH outreach camp at Hai and Haider villages under Baririjo block of Upper Subansiri district recently.

Altogether 480 patients benefitted from the camp. Apart from distribution of free medicines to the needy patients, the team also distributed pamphlets and leaflets on health awareness during the camp. DIPRO


ATI training on electronic record management

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: A week-long training on electronic record management (ERM) has commenced at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.

Thirty one participants from Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat, Head of Offices, Legislative Assembly Secretariat, Public Service Commission office are attending the programme.

Addressing the participants at the inaugural function, ATI Director Pate Marik emphasized the need for systematic record management of data in Govt. departments and business organizations. Apart from manual procedure of record management, the ERM system is a new venture of the Govt. of India in which application of the system is mainly depend on computer science, he said.

“In today’s electronic age, it is the duty of all government employees to know computer applications and electronic record management. The proper record management with systematic approach will reduce the volume of work pressures and also utilization of time in proper prospective manner, he said and advised the participants to take full advantage of the programme which will be immensely beneficial to the participants.

The five days training organized under cent percent course fee sponsored by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Govt. of India will conclude on December 12, according to an ATI release.


Teachers urged to discharge duty

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: A team of All Papu Valley Youth Welfare Association (APVYWA) led by its president visited various schools within Papu Valley area under East Kameng to take stock of the functioning of the schools.

APVYWA in a release, claimed to have found during the visit that some schools were not functioning properly and midday meals were not also being provided to the students.

While urging the teachers to discharge duty, the Association urged the school management committees (SMCs) and public to cooperate with the school authority for proper functioning.

APVYWA also asked the students to be disciplined and sincere in their studies for a better future.


Meeting on tourist circuit held

KHONSA, Dec 8: A meeting was held at the office chamber of the Tirap Deputy Commissioner today to discuss regarding inclusion of Tirap District in State Tourist Circuit.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi said that if Tirap was included in the circuit, it would go a long way to augment the economic condition of the people of the district, adding that it has been a long-felt demand of the people.

The Addl. SP said that no cases of trouble to any tourist (foreign & domestic) have been recorded despite visiting numbers of foreign tourists in the district.

Other members ADC, DLEO, ZPM of Khela-Lamsa & Dadam also stressed on the immediate inclusion of Tirap in the tourist circuit for the betterment of the people.

On the same day, the Deputy Commissioner convened a meeting of the district level committee to assess the recommendation of the local boundary commission which was attended by SP Tirap, SDO, Deomali, DFO, Khonsa, DFO, Deomali DAO, Khonsa and DLSRO Hibu Dolley. DIPRO


Awareness programme on health and sanitation

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology conducted a daylong programme for creating public awareness about the importance of maintaining proper health and sanitation practices in day to day life at Yomcha circle of West Siang district.

Speaking on the occasion, Yumbi Yongam, Scientific Officer highlighted the relation between health and sanitation. She briefed the women and adolescent girls on how to maintain hygiene during menstruation and emphasized on discarding conventionally used cloth rags with affordable sanitary pads during menstruation.

Attending the programme as Resource Person Tam Saring, Assistant Protocol Officer, Department Of Protocol, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh pointed out the importance of having a household toilet and discarding open defecation and keeping the environment clean specially the water sources. Learning and teaching the children on how to use toilets is the duty of the parents, she added.

Belong Doni, Junior Accountant, Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology spoke on the techniques and importance of proper hand washing.

Gem Peri, Education Assistant, APSCST, laid emphasis on maintaining high degree of sanitation practices at all places, especially at home, school and work places. She pointed out some diseases that can be spread due to poor or non- maintenance of sanitation practices.

Various speakers on the occasion, including ASHAs and Anganwadi workers briefed the villagers on the importance of adopting personal hygiene for healthy living.

Audio- visuals on health and sanitation were shown to the villagers for better understanding of the topic.


Nephrologist & Cardiologist at RKM

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Dr. Chandan Modak, MD(Med), DM (Cardiology), Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, and Dr. T.A. Choudhury, MD (Med), DM - Nephrology (BHU), Consultant Nephrologist of Dispur Hospitals, Guwahati, will be available every second Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.  

Secretary, Swami Vishweshananda Ramakrishna Mission Hospital in a statement said that people of Arunachal Pradesh may avail the services of these two specialists.


Youth convention organized

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: A one day district youth convention and Yuva Kriti was organized at Chimpu here on December 6 by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Itanagar in collaboration with Jarkum & Yania Charitable Society.

Aimed at providing opportunity and platform to rural youth leaders to express themselves, share experience, 100 youths from various youth clubs participated in it.

NYK official Delwar Hussain, Chairman YMAC Yomjum Yongam, JE, PHE Tam Tadam and Secretary Jarkum Yania & Charitable Society Hake Toko attended the programme as resource persons.

CYO apprehends two traders without license

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The Capital Youth Organization (CYO) today apprehended two non-APSTs from Laluk in Assam selling fish in Itanagar without any license. They were later let off after they assured not to repeat such thing in future.

Meanwhile, CYO has expressed concern over increasing number of people from outside doing business in the state without valid license.


Cops educate road safety cell to children

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: In a bid to create traffic awareness among the school children, the road safety cell of Police Headquarter Itanagar has conducted road safety awareness campaign here today at Government Upper Primary School D-Sector Itanagar.  The awareness team was led by SI A.U Ansari, ASI J Loya and Constables Sorang Take, Md Sarfuddin and guided by SP Traffic Hibu Tamang. The team gave the children road safety tips such as how to walk on the road, how to board and read vehicle signals through power point presentation. It also displayed hand signal demonstration and distributed pencils and copies and road safety information kits, a release added.


Enquiry gives clean chit to PMC

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Following an allegation levelled by Ward-12 Councilor Kangge Moyong against Pasighat Municipal Council for misappropriation and misutilization of huge amount of funds, an enquiry was conducted by East Siang District, Deputy Commissioner and state government representative from Itanagar.

The enquiries didn’t find any misappropriation and misutilization of funds under Pasighat Municipal Council and the complainant also withdrew his statement of allegation after the committee gave clean chit to PMC.


Gadi inaugurates way-side amenities building

AALO, Dec 8: The way-side amenities building under Tourism Department at Yomcha, Bam and Daporijo BRTF Road trio-junction was inaugurated by PWD Minister Gojen Gadi, recently.

On the occasion, Gadi informed that the payment of compensation of Arunachal Trans Arunachal Highway are expected to be completed within March and asked DC Aalo for immediate dispatch of paper works for consideration of GOI. DIPRO


Society appeals for relief

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Ramle Banggo Elite Society has urged government of Arunachal Pradesh to provide immediate relief to the family of late Yaluk Gamlin who was burnt alive in a fire accident at Nari under East Siang district on 5th of this month. The entire household items were destroyed in the fire. Further society has appealed to the local representative and various local organizations to extend contributions to the victims.


Villagers impose restriction

ITANAGAR, Dec 8:  All Lorr Bath Youth Association in a meeting held yesterday at Bath village under the chairmanship of Kara Topu, GPM Lorr Bath imposed strict regulation within the jurisdiction of village area. Fishing, hunting, felling of trees, clearing of forest for cultivation and burning of forest has been restricted in the village area. The meeting decided to strongly punish those people who violate the restriction imposed by the villagers.


32nd RPF criticizes signature campaign

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The 32nd Rumgong People’s Forum (32nd RPF), in a meeting on Saturday last criticized the reported signature campaign by the 32nd Rumgong BJP for establishment of the proposed Siang district Headquarters (HQs) at Boleng which might mislead the common public of the two constituencies.

The party also condemned the complaint lodged by the local MLA opposing the State Government’s notification declaring Pangin as temporary headquarters of Siang district.

The Forum also termed very unfortunate the alleged allegation leveled against the 32nd Rumgong INC party by the public of Boleng for supporting the establishment of district headquarters at Pangin.


Arunachal's Got Talent

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: People across the state will get a chance to showcase their talents beginning December 21 when auditions for Arunachal's Got Talent kicks off at Pasighat.

Auditions will be held at various locations across the state according to their respective zones. Doying Gumin College, Pasighat will be the venue for East, West and Upper Siang districts and Dibang and Lower Lower Dibang Valley districts till December 23.

Auditions will then proceed to Ziro in December 26-28 at the Abotani Hall for Lower and Upper Subanisiri districts and Kurung Kumey. Hopefuls from the greater Kameng belt can audition at the Bomdila government higher secondary school on the same dates. Auditions for the remaining districts including the capital will be held from December 27 to 30 at the Siddhartha Hall here.

Forms are currently available at various locations across Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Doimukh. A Facebook page providing complete information regarding the competition has been created as well.


State boxing team for NE sports competition

ITANAGAR, Dec 08: Arunachal Amateur Boxing Association (AABA) has selected 23 pugilists for the National Level North East Zone Sports Competition beginning here on December 10.

The team (men): Techi Bida, Aguk Juja, Kumar Beyong, Karling Natung, Khunpong Wangcha, Aadu Milli, Dari Laknia, Hongrang Kongkeng, Jenbang Juja Hakhap, Tacha Tajik, Emin Ali, Dani Tamang, Rohit Gupta (women): Sunday Natung, Posen Kongkang, Sanari Brahma, Mauda Devi, Tonibala Sanu, Anjima Khaklari, Yadam Baja, Nanu Sonam, Techi Yana, Jumsang Taking.

Fire devours 32 houses in Sine

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: A devastating fire has destroyed 32 houses in Sine Vilage under Boleng subdivision in East Siang district during early hours of Sunday. The fire allegedly started from a small outhouse at midnight and engulfed 32 of the 64 houses in the village.

Nothing could be saved including domesticated animals. One person required medical attention for burn injuries. Sine is located 31 kms from Boleng.

EAC Boleng, I/C ADC Gamtum Padu led a police and medical team consisting of Dr T Rina to the village for rescue efforts and medical care.

Padu gave Rs 2000 and other essential items to each household as immediate relief.

DC Nidhi Srivastav has also announced relief money to the victims.

Padu said that devastations have been massive and people are struggling as they could not save any household items. The cold have made it worse even as people have been put up in temporary shelters and tents, the EAC said.

This is the second major fire incident in as many months in Siang belt.

70 well-built houses were gutted down in a devastating fire that broke out at Kerang village under Kaying Circle in West Siang district on Nov 12 rendering many families homeless.



Dengue outbreak in Pasighat, 7 cases detected

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Seven people have tested positive for Dengue Fever in Pasighat town, according to State Epidemiologist Dr L Jampa. The DHS, Naharlagun had received report of outbreak of Dengue Fever on Dec 5.

In a press statement, Dr Jampa said that cases were detected for Dengue IgM by ELISA testing in the District Priority Laboratory (DPL) at General Hospital Pasighat.  

The team led by Dr. Hage Taki, Consultant-NVBDCP along with Zonal Malaria Officer, Kimin and an Entomologist has been dispatched by Director of Health Services to Pasighat to investigate the outbreak on Dec 6 to prevent further spread of the disease.

Dengue Fever outbreak had been reported from Pasighat for the first time during August to October in 2012. Subsequently, 346 cases of Dengue Fever were found in East, West, Upper Siang and Papum Pare as well, he said. The Department of Health stated that it closely monitoring the situation.

The state had been witness to epidemic of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) which had affected many districts earlier this year.

Dr Jampa said that “People’s participation is very essential to help in the prevention and control of dengue transmission in the area. He advised them to protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing full sleeved and sleeping inside bednet. “Knowing the usual breeding places of the Aedes mosquitoes makes the task for control of dengue fever much easier, because by addressing on “source reduction” of the mosquitoes which acts as vectors for dengue virus transmission, we can significantly control the disease and even prevent it. The water collected in the artificial reservoirs should be emptied and cleaned every week”, he said.

Dengue Fever otherwise known as “Break Bone Fever” or Haddi Tod Bukhar in Hindi, is an acute febrile illness of 2-7 days duration (sometimes with two peaks) with two or more of the following manifestations, i.e  Headache, retro-orbital pain (pain behind eye-ball), muscle pain & Joint pain, rash, Haemorrhagic manifestation and leucopenia (decrease white blood cell count). Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) and Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) are serious complications.

Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of female Aedes mosquito which is infected by the dengue virus of which there are 4-serotypes. The Aedes mosquito which is also called ‘Tiger mosquito’ because of its stripes on the body and legs normally bite during daytime. It breeds in clean water by laying its eggs on the side of containers like opened overhead water tanks, stagnated waters in the empty tyres, tins, bottles, coconut shells, flower vases and in air-coolers etc.



Over 1100 players to participate in NE Sports Competition

Host to field 160 players

M Doley

ITANAGAR, Dec 08: A total of 1111 players, including 665 men and 446 women from all the eight northeastern states, including Sikkim, will be seen in action in the National Level North East Zone Sports Competition which will begin here on December 10.

The four-day sporting extravaganza organized by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, GoAP in collaboration with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, will feature Athletics, Boxing, Karate, Judo, Archery, Wushu, Football, Weight-lifting, Teakwondo and Badminton. Assam will field the largest contingent of 190 players followed by Tripura, which is sending 180-member squad. Host Arunachal will field 160 players in the competitions and take part in all the 10 disciplines.  Manipur and Nagaland will not participate in football while Meghalaya and Sikkim will not take part in Weightlifting.  Tripura is not participating in Archery.

Football matches will be played at RG Stadium, Naharlagun, Weightlifting at DN College auditorium, Badminton at MLA cottage Badminton hall and rest of the events will be conducted at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA), complex, Chimpu near here.

Director of Sports and Youth Affairs DK Dinglow today said the organizing committee has put in place elaborate arrangements to receive, accommodate and provide adequate hospitality to the participants and officials during the event.

The players would be accommodated at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy complex and Bharat Scouts and Guides Hostel, Polo Colony, Naharlagun. The officials will be put up in different hotels across the city, Dinglow informed.

The team from Mizoram has already arrived in the state capital today while the rest of the teams will be reaching the city tomorrow, informed Ramesh Linggi, Assistant Director, Sports and Youth Affairs.



PPA imbroglio continues, secretaries resign

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The People’s Party of Arunachal, after a meeting today stated that “The party is left with no alternative but to issue Show Cause Notice to Nikh Kamin as to why he should not resign as the President, PPA within a period of seven days, failing to which appropriate disciplinary action will be initiated against him for causing irreparable damage to the party”. “The party image has been damaged beyond repair” said Kamen Ringu, Chairman CWC, PPA.  The crisis hit Party had removed Nikh Kamin as party president which has been rejected by most the PPA legislators.

As the infighting intensifies within the lone regional Party, the party executive members led by Kamen Ringu, Chairman CWC, PPA had a detailed discussion on the issue with the party Secretary General Dr Ashan Riddi, General Secretary Dr. Kesang Degi and General secretary Dr. Gibji Nimasow, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hill, Doimukh.  

“Because of the serious nature of the issue with socio-economic and political ramification for the state, the secretaries considered it is better to tender resignation from the post but cited domestic reason in order to keep the honour of the party intact”(sic), a statement from the Party read.

The support to the Congress (i) candidate during Rajya Sabha election was also engineered by Nikh Kamin which was against the party ideology, said Ringu said.



Orgs question delay in NLCPR work

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: A team of All Basarnalo Youth Association (ABYA), All Sangdupota Circle Youth Association (ASCYA) and All Tapioso-Habia Youth Association (THYA) recently visited the 30 KM long Kampo to Tapioso ongoing road project which is being funded under NLCPR scheme. They claimed that only 30 percent work has been completed till date.

The association has written to Commissioner PWD expressing serious concern over the delay in execution of the project. “The said project was awarded to M/s. Tamchi Kusuk in the month of April 2012, whose stipulated completion period was 24 months but till date the work is incomplete and going on at snail pace. Adding to it, the work quality is below standard. Before the sanctioning of the said project, the road from Kampo to Tapioso was 60 percent motorable but even after taking over of the project by the firm the road could not be completed till date,” the association claimed.

“Moreover it is very interesting to note that total project cost of road from Kampo to Tapioso (30 KM) was Rs. 3885.19 lakhs which was sanctioned vide no. DNER/NLP/AP/150/2010 on dated of 25th November 2010. By letter Vide No.DNER/NLP/AP/150/2010 a total amount of Rs. 1551.75 lakh was released for first installment against the project on dated 29th November 2010. Total amount released for second installment was Rs. 1495.46 lakh on 11th November 2014. Hence, the total fund released in favour of the said project till date is above Rs. 30.00 Crore. Whereas only Rs. 23, 88, 52, 409.46 was advertised by the department concern for standard bidding out of Rs. 3885.19 lakhs,” they added while questioning the integrity of PWD who is the executing department of the project.

The associations have strongly urged the state Govt. and Ministry of DoNER, department of North-East Region, Govt. of India to constitute inquiry committee to investigate the misappropriation of fund against the said project. Further they also demanded the authority concern to immediately take appropriate action against the M/s. Tamchi Kusuk for delaying the project.



Awareness campaign on wildlife protection and preservation

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The Pakke Valley Multipurpose Cooperative Society (PVMCS) Ltd in collaboration with Seppa forest division conducted a series of awareness programme on ‘wildlife protection and preservation’ under the state CAMPA in East Kameng district. The programme which started at Khenewa on December 4 was held at Pakke and Bameng on December 5 and 6 respectively. Lastly it concluded at Pakoti today. These series of awareness programme on “Wildlife Protection and Conservation” was mainly participated by the GBs, GPs, agriculturists, students and general public. The theme of the programme was “Stop Hunting! Stop Deforestation!”  

Addressing the concluding function at Pakoti as a resource person and representative of forest department, Seppa DFO Tailang Pali assured the villagers, students and GBs of providing sapling free of cost if  they  are willing to have plantation in the area. He further stated that “this awareness campaign on wildlife preservation and protection is not only to give message of repugnance to the people or villagers about the legal matter on the illegal hunting, fishing and deforestation, rather, the objective of such awareness programme is also to make them aware about the importance of natural resources including wildlife and forested land in the area for the cause of future generation.” Seppa Range Forest Officer Tai Daro also spoke on the occasion. Both DFO and RO also spoke at resource persons at the Pakke programme.

Earlier, Medical officers Dr Minto and Dr Tamut, Head Masters Karak Taba, Sama Pao, and the Principle of KGBV, Bameng G L Gulzaar attended  the programmes as resources persons. The resource persons asked the members present not to practice heavy deforestation method of cultivation. They also suggested the participants to continue the traditional way of hunting and fishing (annual community hunting and fishing practices). Because, such type of hunting and fishing will give time for regeneration of the creatures and the plants.



Lok Adalat conducted at Roing


ROING, Dec 8: The National Lok Adalat Day was conducted here by the Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Civil Judge (SR) Division Court, Roing, at the Court building on December 6 last. The event was organised by Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Service Authority.

A total of 55 criminal cases were heard on the day, out of which, 38 were compounded. Members Tadu Tamang, CJM-cum-Civil Judge (Sr) Division Roing, Advocate Atet Pertin and Advocate Bulia Pulu, judged the hearing, in the presence of DSP Hq Habung Hailyang.

The last National Lok Adalat Day was conducted in April this year.

DAPORIJO: 23 criminal cases and 2 civil cases were disposed off in a National Lok Adalat organised by District Legal Services Authority, Upper Subansiri district, Daporijo on December 6 last at Daporijo.

Earlier, while initiating the inaugural session of the Lok Adalat, Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman of District Legal Services Authority, Komkar Dulom highlighted the significance of Lok Adalat and requested the litigant parties to participate in the Lok Adalat to assist them in solving their difference amicably.

At SEPPA, 11 Criminal cases and 24 civil cases have been disposed of in the national Lok Adalat held on December 6 last.



DRDA conducts training under IPPE

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: District Resource Team of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) of West Siang conducted training for Block Planning Team (BPT) under Intensive Participatory Planning Exercise (IPPE) at Kaying Payum CD Block.

These training are parts of state’s initiative to develop need based labour budgets for financial year 2015-16 under MGNREGA in 61 identified backward blocks.

The training involved Panchayat members block officials, Panchayat Technical Assistants and volunteers from Kaying Payum CD Block. These trainees, henceforth, will function as BPT members for Kaying Payum CD Block.

While inaugurating the training on Saturday last, Payum Anchal Samiti Chairperson Yaki Taring, highlighted the significance of developing labour budgets through a well structured participative process.

Kirli Bui, Nodal Officer (IPPE), West Siang urged the officials and village level institutions to work towards achieving broader objectives under IPPE. Briefing various provisions of PRA exercise, he appealed to everyone to sincerely attend the training for smooth and speedy implementation of such vital initiative of MoRD.

Tamar Baki, State level Master Trainer cum Coordinator IPPE trained the participants on conducting Transact Walk, social mapping, seasonal mapping, resources mapping, survey of vulnerable house-holds, etc.  He urged all the officials of DRT, DRDA, BPT, PRIs and volunteers to work as one unit to develop models through such programmes.

He also requested everyone to conduct Gram Sabhas for finalization of the shelf of works that emerge on the basis of PRA soon after the process is over. The BPT members were also informed about the importance of maintaining proper records of Gram Sabha proceedings.

Nyoi Nyodu, EO (RE), CD Block Kaying Payum and Nyaki Rike, EO (RE) CD Block Monigong urged all the BPT members, PRI’s and volunteers to coordinate for speedy implementation of the IPPE programmes so that the preparation of Labour Budget under MGNREGA can be placed within the stipulated  time to the Department of Rural Development.

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Communal agenda is against spirit of Indian constitution

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has caused major controversy by pushing for declaring the Bhagvad Gita as national scripture. Her statement has caused massive outrage and opposition parties have bitterly criticized it. The opposition parties further slammed her by stating that BJP was trying to impose a dangerous ideological position which is detrimental to the nation's unity. Her statement follows the recent controversial statement of another union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. Mrs Swaraj is a senior leader of BJP and such statement coming from her will surely worry the secularists.

Ever since BJP came to power at centre, the Hindutva forces have been hitting headlines  for making series of provocative statements, which is deeply hurting the secular fabric of nation. What makes matter  worse is the stoic silence maintained by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over such statement. Except disagreeing with the statement of Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Prime Minister has not been vocal against his party colleagues for making communal toned statements. Naturally the minority communities are deeply worried and are hoping that government will respect Indian constitution, which has declared India as a secular nation.

----Readers Forum ----



Reschedule exam

Dear Editor,

I’m writing to express my concern regarding the notification No. PSC-R/23/2014 on dated 4th of December 2014, made by APPSC, Itanagar for the postponement of Research Assistant examination in view of RGU examination. We are feeling very delighted, but at the same time, it may be noted that the student pursuing Master Degree from IGNOU have our respective examination on the same date. Hence, I request the authority to kindly reschedule the said examination for January 2015 for our well being.



Master Degree Student




Save us from debt and hunger

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily, I would like to portray the agony and pain of SSA teachers of our state.

It is observed that the state government never releases the hard earned salary of SSA teachers on time nor regularly, instead the concern authority delays payment for 2-5 months since the implementation of the SSA scheme.

We all know that one’s salary is the main source to feed and take care of the family and it gives a sense of security to meet contingencies of future.  Without salary, it is very difficult to survive.

Thus, it is a matter of great concern for a person working as SSA teachers posted in far-flung areas of state to do without salaries in this age where cost of living have gone up drastically.  

To meet our basic necessities we take loan from money lenders @10% interest, which swallows major portion of our salary.

Now, it has been more than three months since we last had out salary because of which we are living a miserable life of pain and agony.

Therefore, kindly release our salary at the earliest and save us from hunger and debt.


Zeis Nabam




Festivals, alcohol and new generation

Dear Editor,

I believe that there is a big difference in observation of various festivals these days as compared to the earlier days. Earlier we celebrated various festivals with series of cultural events and exchanging of love and respect within family members; relatives and friends. But these days, we notice that without alcohol, especially amongst youths, festivals like Durga Puja, Solung, Mopin and New Year Day are incomplete. As a result road accidents take place and most of the accidents are due to driving in an inebriated state. This is mainly due to easy availability of alcohol in every nook and corner of the towns and villages.

During last Durga Puja we observed that drunken youths in age group of 15 to 20 years created havoc at Ranaghat Bridge by driving their vehicles mainly two wheelers at a very high speed and showing bike stunt. Such behaviors have created major problems for the law abiding citizens.

However, during this festive season we hope that East Siang police may take stringent action against such hooligans. We would also request the East Siang police to take action frequently so as to stop such hooliganism.

We also request parents, guardians, owners of rented house to keep a watch on their children and boarders so that they maintain peace and avoid alcohol during the festive occasion.


Zon Damin




Preventing Forest fire

Dear Editor,

Since long killing of wildlife is rampant in Arunachal Pradesh and till today there is no record of conviction of any person for hunting and killing of wild birds and animals in the state is found.

For the first time, a mass level awareness meeting on protection and preservation of wildlife was organised on 3rd November, 2014 at Rono Ground,Doimukh where actual stake holders of the State and many people of 14th Doimukh  Assembly Constituency had participated. It seemed that the Department of Forests & Environment is going to take a decisive step to protect wildlife in the State. Such beginning is welcome as otherwise it will be too late to do anything in context of protection and preservation of wild birds and animals of this State. The sitting  Legislator of 14th Doimukh Assembly Segment, DFO Banderdewa and other forests officers deserves appreciation for initiating such specific mass level awareness but only time will tell the actual impact.

Again, I found another wake up step taken up by Forests Department by organising one day workshop on forests fire and forests protection on Nov 27 at its office conference room. Usually such workshop had never been organised before the burning of forests in dry season but this year the department has made a point to organise such workshop before burning of forests fire in the State particularly in and around the Itanagar city. The PCCF & Secretary (F& Environment), PCCF(WL), Additional PCCF and other senior forests officers had advised range level officers and staff to take required measures  and steps to prevent forests burning and to bring guilty persons to the book. They also called on their colleagues in the department to make a record by not allowing any forests burning in current season particularly in and around the Capital city of Itanagar.

The range level officers narrated their earlier experience in fighting forests fire with traditional daos and raw branches which is at all not effective.

Therefore, they requested the higher level officers to provide them with modern fire fighting equipments which instantly received assurance from higher ups at the meeting spot itself.

N.Payeng, IGP and Talo Potom, Chief Estate Officer were also present in the workshop and assured forests department to extend them with required help connected to forests burning matters.

A resource person from Police Department had presented a power point presentation on forests fire where he explained to the participants how to make defensive attack on forests fire to prevent them from further spreading.

We will see soon what would be the outcome of these meetings. Let us hope that citizens of Itanagar will not witness forests burning around its periphery in the coming dry season.


Taro Chatung,

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