February  7

Govt committed for all round development: Tuki

PASIGHAT, Feb 6: Giving a clarion call for maintaining a spirit of pan Arunachal among all tribes, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, on his maiden visit to remote Pangin today exhorted all and sundry to maintain their age old tradition of peace, brotherhood and communal harmony for overall development of the state.

“The state government is people friendly and committed for all round development and maintenance of peace in every nook and corner of the state,” Tuki declared to the thunderous applause of the gathering.

The Chief Minister informed that the government was giving special attention to transparent e-governance, road and air communications, health, education, agro and horti based industries which he said were the key factors for progress and prosperity of this land-locked state.

“The Trans-Arunachal Highway encompassing Tawang to Kanubari will boost inter-district connectivity and bring rapid development besides enhancing economic growth to the state,” the chief minister asserted.

Reiterating his government’s commitment for taking up various development works on need-based, Tuki urged the people to be partners to development with the Team Arunachal spirit to translate his government’s plan into a reality.

Referring to the state’s immense potentials in the hydro-power sector, Tuki said that hydro-power projects would not only minimize employment problem but would enrich the state’s coffer.

Lashing out at mushrooming growth of organizations in the state, the chief minister lamented on the  frequent bandh culture which of late is becoming a current trend and jeopardizing the developmental process.

Responding to a memorandum for creation of a new district to deliver faster administrative services Tuki  assured to take up the matter in the cabinet.

He informed that the fund for the on-going bridge construction over Siang River linking the villages of the left bank to the mainstream would be considered in the 12th years plan.

He also assured for taking up the issue for establishment of first track court in Pasighat.

In his speech the local MLA cum Industries Minister Tapang Taloh underlined various developmental initiatives undertaken by the state government in industrial development.  Education Minister Bosiram Siram assured overhauling of the education department with various developmental initiatives while Power and RD Minister Tanga Byaling stressed on the importance of developing hydropower in the state assured to toil for total electrification as well as revenue resource.

Tourism Minister Pema Khandu advocated for harnessing the rich tourism potential of the state through innovative and tourist-friendly schemes.


Orgs condemn arson, demand action

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has strongly condemned the burning down of APSTS buses by unruly mob. In a release AAPSU President Takam Tatung has called on authorities to take strict action against the culprits as per the provision of law. Further he appealed to the citizens not to target state assets.

“APST buses are mostly used by poor citizens and student communities. Therefore, destruction of buses is a loss for the poor people of the state. I on behalf of student community of the state, appeal everyone to stop taking law into their own hand. Let rule of law prevail,” stated Tatung.

 Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has called on capital administration to arrest all the miscreants involved in the incident. Calling enough is enough; ALSU said time has come for capital police and administration to get tough on hooligans who are destroying government properties.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) while vehemently condemning the barbaric act of burning down of buses has expressed serious concern over frequent occurrence of such incident.

All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization has demanded immediate arrest of all culprits involved in bus burning incident and has threatened to launch democratic movement if the state govt fails to arrest the culprits at the earliest.

All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) also condemned the burning down of APST buses. The Federation appealed to the Capital SP to immediately arrest the culprits involved in the incident and also urged all the ministers, MLAs, Parliamentary Secretaries, NGOs and Students organizations to advise the young generation to avoid such act in near future. The Federation further appealed to the people to adhere with traffic rules and regulation to avert accident.

All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers’ Union also condemned the  incident and demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits. Meanwhile, it appealed to the drivers and bike riders to maintain speed limit for safe driving.

Students’ Union DNG College, Itanagar appealed to the state government to terminate the APST bus driver from his service and provide immediate relief assistance for better treatment of the accident victims. The union  also condemned the alleged negligence on the part of security forces  to rush the victims at hospital. It threatened to launch movement in case of failure of the Govt to fulfill its demand.


Water crisis hit Ngorlung


RUKSIN, Feb 6: The people of Ngorlung village near Ruksin have been facing acute drinking water crisis for last several weeks due to alleged failure of the PHE department to maintain water supply system for last few years.

It is alleged that the pipelines connected with a 10,000 litre storage-tank at Ralung side of the village failed to cover the whole of the village under  water supply system causing immense suffering to the residents.

Huge fund had already been spent but the concern department allegedly failed to cover a large portion of the village under water supply system.  Residents of Ngorlung part-II are worse sufferers and they are compelled to fetch drinking water from unhygienic water sources. Such practice of using unclean water may cause various health problems..

The Legong Banggo Students’ Union (LBSU) president Jonny Modi has blamed the department officials for the never ending water problem in the area. Alleging authority for its irregular maintenance, he has demanded the local MLA take immediate remedial measures to solve the problem.

The residents have alleged that ineffective management by the concern department caused acute water crisis. Denying the allegations the PHE officials, however, said that water went dry at sources causing water shortage. According to the section officer of Ruksin PHE, misuse of supplied water and non-functing of village level ‘Water Sanitation Committee’ are the main cause of the problem.

It is worth mentioning that a mega drinking water supply project at Ledum is being implemented. After  completion the project will cover the 30 villages of three circles under Ruksin block. But, the project could not be materialized within the time scheduled and yet to see the light of the day.


Orgs mourn death of Moter Jini Gamlin

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Various organisations of the state today mourned the death of Dr Moter Jini Gamlin, wife of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, who passed away at a private hospital, Guwahati yesterday evening after prolonged illness.

While condoling the death of Dr Moter Jini Gamlin, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee said, untimely demise of Dr Moter Jini Gamlin is a great loss to the Galo community, medical fraternity and the state as a whole.

“It is matter of sorrow and sadness for whole medical fraternity that Dr (Mrs) Moter Jini Gamlin, Senior Medical Officer (SG) and a member of Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA) is no more in this world,” said Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA) in a condolence message.   

 The selfless and dedicated services rendered to the public of the state during her service career will always be cherished by people of the state and medical fraternity in particular, APDA added.

Joining the mourners in expressing their deep sense of condolences at her untimely demise, MPs Mukut Mithi (Rajya Sabha), Takam Sanjoy and Ninnong Ering (Lok Sabha) today conveyed their deep shock at the death of their colleague’s wife, particularly a senior doctor in selection grade, which they described as an irreparable loss to the state and the society.  Officers and staff of the Aalo District Medical Officer condoled the untimely death of Dr Moter Jini Gamlin. The staff members observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

The untimely demised of brilliant and dedicated lady Dr Moter Jini Gamlin  is not only loss to family member but a great loss to whole state, said Nyishi Elite Society in its condolence message.   

All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International Arunachal Pradesh, Hirik-Hiru Peoples Forum and Lobom Welfare Society  also mourned the sudden demise of Dr Moter Jini Gamlin and conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family.

Kargu Kardi Students’ Union mourned the untimely demise of Dr. Moter Jini Gamlin. Her demise is a great loss to the family and the society as a whole, it said.


Is violence the only way of protest?

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: ‘Burn baby burn’ seems to be the new mantra for people of Arunachal to take out their frustration. During the last couple of month, many incidents of arson have been reported. It all begun on October 11, 2011 when many vehicles were burnt down in state capital after clashes broke out between two groups over so called peace rally. However the first major arson incident that shuddered the foundation of Arunachal was burning down of office of the SE Coordination PWD, Itanagar by unknown miscreants on November 4, 2011. On that same fateful night, 3 buses of Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service (APSTS) parked in STS, Ganga was burnt down.

As usual innumerable number of unions, associations and organizations came out to condemn the incident.  The political bosses of state led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki promised strong action against miscreants and assured that such incident will not be allowed to repeat. The people of Arunachal forgot that incident as bad dream and moved ahead with their life.

However on 10th January, the office of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission was set  ablaze damaging seven rooms and giving heartache to many aspirant candidates.  

To the utter shock of public, this month two major incidents of arson have rocked the state capital. The first incident took place on February 2nd when unknown miscreants torched Central Cattle Breeding Farm located in Nirjuli. The fire incident led to massive loss of government properties as farm equipment worth lakhs were gutted down. The department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary is one of the most neglected departments but of immense important for the poor tribal people of Arunachal. By damaging the properties of department, miscreants has inflicted deep wound on the heart and soul of  tribal people who are so much dependent on Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department for the safeguard of domestic animals.

The February 4 night incident of burning down of four APSTS buses and damaging of many other has exposed the weakness of state machinery. The clashes broke out between police and angry mob after collision involving bike and APSTS bus carrying security personnel.  Police and administration knew quite well that mob will target STS station Ganga. Despite that they did not deployed enough security forces. Some reports alleged that gun totting security personnel were present when mob attacked the STS station but they did not prevent the mob. The important question is what forced the capital police to go easy on those unruly mob? Why police did not deploy strong force at the STS station despite anticipating attack? Why there has been no statement from office of chief minister and parliamentary secretary home in this regard?

It is believed that majority of mob involved were college students from interior places of state. The victims’ friend had justified their act saying they burnt down buses in retaliation to lacklustre attitude of security personnel towards the accident victims.  

No doubt security personnel should have immediately taken the victims to hospital. But there are so many better ways of protest. Is violence the only way of protest? These are the same college boys who bombards transport department with all sort of demand for transport service to the interior areas. If they burn down the APSTS buses, how can department provide bus service? It is a well known fact that despite SUVs flooding state capital, majority of poor Arunachalee depends on APST bus service to reach their home districts. By burning down APST buses, they are destroying the very lifeline of interior people of Arunachal.

This time also many unions, associations and organizations have come out to condemn the incident. Like the past incidents, no arrest has been made till date and people of Arunachal do not have much expectation from police in this regard. After few days people will forget about this incident and will move on. After all government properties have been damaged and who cares about government properties in Arunachal? The government’s weakness is encouraging many hooligans to get violent and in near future Arunachal will be known as “Fire Pradesh.”


A seminar to create awareness about civil service

ITANAGAR, Feb  6: In a first of its kind, Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students Union (APSTSU) is going to organize a seminar cum workshop on “Myths and Realities” of Civil Service Examination on February 18. The workshop will be graced by dignitaries like Governor Gen JJ Singh, RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof David R Syiemlieh, Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Bamang Tago and North East Students Organization Secretary General Gumjum Haider.

DIGP Robin Hibu, Programme and Implementation director Sonam Chombay, Health secretary Kaling Tayeng, IPR cum Cultural Affairs Secretary Indira Mallo Jain, JNU alumni  Pranab Bharatwaj and Smart Foundation Director Mayank Bansal from Guwahati will be the resouce persons.   

The main idea behind organizing this seminar is to spread awareness about Union Public Service Commission Examination (UPSCE). “The name UPSCE itself creates fear psychosis among the tribal students of Arunachal. Usually our students think that we cannot compete with mainstream Indians. By organizing this workshop with participation of many tribal UPSC cadre officers we hope to kill that fear from mind of tribal students,” told APSTSU president Meje Taku,  who is also chairman of the organizing committee.  Further he added, “The guests and resource persons for the day are all achievers in their own profession. By organizing this programme, we are giving chance to youths of Arunachal to interact with them.”

 The Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students' Union (APSTSU), the federal unit of All India Scheduled Tribe Students’ Action Forum (AISTSAF) New Delhi, was formed with a resolve to work for the upliftment of the tribal student community of Arunachal Pradesh particular and nation as a whole. “Many non-APSTs have obtained fake ST certificate and are enjoying all privileges under the ST quota. We strongly oppose such move and will continue to fight against such injustice,” said Meje.

Appreciating the idea of organizing such kind of workshop on UPSCE, this Daily is proudly associating itself as media partner for the event. “We will always back such kind of innovative programmes organized by youth and student groups. This newspaper always had always supported such kind of encouraging programmes specially meant for youths in the past too,” told an official of Arunachal Times Publication Ltd.  


VSC’s variety prog for less privileged

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The Members of Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC), Naharlagun organized two days variety programme for the hearing impaired and visually impaired children of Donyi-Polo Mission School Chimpu on February 4 and 5  

This programme was organized to spread the message of Swami Vivekananda and to commemorate the year long celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as well as silver jubilee celebrations of Vivekananda Study Circle.

On the first day of the programme sports and game were organized where the less privileged sections of the society proved that they are no less than the mainstreamers. They participated in spoon race (Girls); Toffee race (Girls); Dress up and go race (Boys); Blind hit for Blind children; 100 mtr & 200 mtr race (for both Boys & Girls); shot put (Boys & Girls) where the children of VSC also participated.

In the senior (from VII to X) category painting competition, first three positions were secured by  Taba Tara, Class X; Tajum Sohi and Markar Kato. In the junior category, Lok Effa, Nabam Duping  and Vikash Miroh bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively.

An art expert Dr. NC Deb informed that Marker Kato & Lok Effa of Class VI and V respectively won Consolation prizes with cash in National Painting Competition organized by Union Ministry of Water Resources, New Delhi during January 2012.

The second day of the programme began with cultural program with Bhajan and Patriotic songs. This was  followed by Quiz competition in the evening. In the cultural meet, Rie Koyu – a visually impaired who did not receive any formal training on music stole the limelight with melodious numbers.

Karbom Doji, an executive member of VSC, Naharlagun handed over a PA system to the school authorities on behalf of the NGO.

Rev. Vishweshananda, Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar gave away the prizes to the winners. He also invited children of Donyi-Polo Mission School Chimpu, to perform at Vivekananda Auditorium on February 8.


Technical workshop under TEQIP begins

NAHARLAGUN,  Feb 6: A 14-days training programme  on  “operation  and  maintenance  of technical  workshop’’ has  began today for technical staff at NERIST. The programme is being conducted under TEQIP (Technical Education Quality Improvement programme) and sponsored by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development with World Bank assistance.

Under NE region, NERIST and NIT Agartala have been identified as the project institutes for implementing TEQIP project as part of NPIU (National Project Implementation Unit), GoI mission for developing highly skilled manpower and competitive technological qualities of the nation. Addressing the inaugural session NERIST Director Prof. Dipankar Paul gave emphasis on training under staff development programme for technical staff and faculty members including administrative staff for producing highly skilled manpower. He said the reputation of an institute is built by the quality of students it produces.

The thrust areas of TEQIP are “improving the learning- teaching process” and enhancing the “employability” of students through attaining excellent placement record, he said, and added that 100 per cent training must be given to all faculty members under TEQIP Phase II.

Earlier Prof. Muralidharan, Coordinator of TEQIP also spoke on the occasion.

Acting in-charge for AWC, department Mechanical Engineering, NERIST and Coordinator of the staff development programme, Tapan Kumar Chakraborty said that such staff development programme has the capability to improve the technical education and work culture.  Such programme have already been running successfully in institutes like the University of Pennsylvania in USA. He also highlighted the projects under NPIU like TEQIP Phase I and Phase II. Altogether, 35 technical staff members are participating in the training. DIPR


MMC on HIV/AIDS organized at Seppa, Bomdila

SEPPA, Feb 6: East Kameng Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sepi Bagang kicked off the Red Rockfest, a concert under Multi Media Campaign on HIV/AIDS at Abotani Manch here on  December 30.

He appreciated the innovative idea of campaigning through rock music which attracts the youth group as these groups are more vulnerable to HIV infection. He appealed youth to be equipped with correct and complete knowledge on HIV/AIDS for prevention is only means to protect from HIV infection.

East Kameng Deputy Commissioner in charge Tage Tado underscored the need of youths’ involvement in such campaign as they are future of our nation. He further said that the youths of 15 to 29 years age group are  most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

Ibom Etem,  DI, BS, APSACS while highlighting the objective of MMC explained that the Campaign aims at creating awareness among the youth aged between 15 to 29 years through music and sports. He informed the mass gathering that out of 188 HIV positive cases in Arunachal Pradesh, East Kameng has recorded 3 HIV positive cases.

DRCHO and DMO in-charge Dr K Lapung explained  the cause of the AIDS  disease and appealed  to the youths to stay safe.

APSACS M and E Officer Koj Tara, urged the youth to avail the services of free counseling and HIV testing at District Hospital. He also organized spot quiz competition on HIV/AIDS and the youth who gave all right answer was awarded with one T-Shirt on Red Rockfest Campaign.

Seppa District Hospital MO Dr. K Sopin  and ZP member Buru Sangyu also spoke on the occasion.

The Symmetry Clan, the winner of last year’s Red Ribbon Superstar enthralled the youth audience.

At Bomdila, MMC was launched by West Kameng DC in-charge Habung Donyi on February 1 at Hr. Secondary School Auditorium, Bomdila. He complimented the campaign through music and sports as best medium of creating awareness on HIV/AIDS for the youth in Arunachal.  He added, HIV/AIDS can be prevented through proper knowledge. He urged youth to stay healthy and to abstain from high risk behaviour.

West Kameng DMO incharge Dr D K Lama while explaining mode of transmission of HIV/AIDS, urged youths to share  the knowledge on HIV/AIDS with others.

 Ibom Ete, and Koj Tara also spoke on the occasion.

The Symmetry Clan, Red Ribbon Superstar rocked the youths with various numbers.


Boori Boot celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The two-day Boori Boot festival at Rijo ground, Daporijo came to a successful end with a colourful cultural programme and reading out of mythology amid the presence of a mammoth gathering of people from all walks of life, including a visitor from faraway Netherlands marking the concluding day of the celebration.   

Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development, Punji Mara emphasized the need for preservation of culture and traditions by different tribes of the State.

Throwing light on the importance of education for brighter days ahead, he called upon the students to concentrate on their studies coupled with co-curricular activities.

One of the highlights of the day was the address delivered by Upper Subansiri DC, Ameya Abhayankar in Nyishi dialect.

The DC  in his speech, called for effective utilization of development package for the betterment of the district in particular and the State as a whole in the coming days.

He also advised the parents to send their wards to school in order to provide them with better opportunities on career front.

While discouraging hunting, the DC exhorted the masses not to go for killing of wild animals.

The general secretary of organizing committee, Jumni Ligu read out the Boori Boot mythology.

Last but not the least, a group – ‘Muri Mugli’ caught the attention of all and sundry with their ‘Dabbang’ (a mega hit churned out from Bollywood in recent past) performance, dressed in beautiful traditional attires of different hues and colours.

Continuing with its efforts to spread awareness on energy conservation, APEDA (Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency) displayed its Mobile Exhibition Van, though it attracted lukewarm response, said IPO, Timi Muri.


Mushroom training programme

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: A one-day mushroom training programme was held at Chayang Tajo and Bameng on February 3 and 5 respectively.  While 85 trainees attended the programme at Chayang Tajo, the participants in Bameng training was 75. Sponsored under BADP, the training was imparted by Mahila Samaj Unnayan Samiti, an NGO based at Nagaon, Assam. The enthusiastic participants also took active part in the practical session where various stages of mushroom cultivation were demonstrated.  

The training programme was declared open in both Chayang Tajo and Bameng by the respective circle officer Dahey Sangno and  Topek Kakki.

The DPO Vijay Sonam  while interacting with the participants informed that training programme on weaving, tailoring  and embroidery, mobile repairing will also be taken up from February under BADP. He urged the participants to take advantage of the capacity building training programme. An incentive of Rs.1000 per month per trainee will be given to boost the interest of the participants, he informed.

He further informed that one month basic and advance river rafting and guide training will be organized at Seppa from the first week of March. The programme is being sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of AP and the experts from the Sikkim Association of Adventure Tour Operators (SAATO) will impart the training. He appealed to the youths of the district to enroll for the training programme to make themselves experts in river rafting and guide so that the Kameng River which flows throughout the length of the district upto Balukpong can be harness for water ways. This will not only ease the discomfort of roadway but it will also provide an alternate route by means of river rafting in case of road blockade.


Farmers training workshop

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: A farmers’ training workshop on broiler poultry farming was organized by the Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Changlang under centrally sponsored scheme at the community hall Jairampur recently.  Veterinary officers from Nampong, Manmao, Kharsang  and Changlang imparted the training to 161 trainees, mostly women from Nampong, Jairampur  and Manmao circles.

Addressing the participants in the workshop, Agriculture, Horticulture, AH & Veterinary Minister Setong Sena lauded the sincere efforts of the Veterinary department for showcasing the immense potentiality of broiler farming in this area. He underlined the need for holding such training workshop at Jairampur, a fast growing urban township of Changlang district where the demand for broiler meat is very high. He also exhorted the participants specially the village women and unemployed youths to take full advantage of the training and to learn the basic know how of poultry farming for self-employment.

Changlang District Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Officer Dr. Md. Usman highlighted the aim and objectives of such training being conducted at various places of the district to create awareness on commercial broiler poultry farming as a potential source of income generation activities.

The most interesting part of the training was the exhibition of various low cost locally made models of poultry houses and equipments.

Among others, Govt officers and panchayat members and public leaders were also present on the occasion.


Union demands land for Nyokum ground

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Students' Union (LSDNSU) has demanded land allotment for Nyokum ground at Hapoli.

Pointing out its letter written to Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner in July last year, the Union further  demanded immediate direction to the various departments and offices of the two sub-divisions located at Yachuli and Raga to start functioning with full strength.

Union claimed that at present as officials of two divisions mostly from district headquarter Ziro, it is causing chaos amongst the general public regarding the official works and is greatly affecting socio-economic condition of these two blocks- Raga and Yachuli. Further union has given 20 days time to the district administration to respond to its demands.


APSSACEA indefinite strike begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Contractual Employees’ Association demanding immediate release of their enhanced salary approved by MHRD, GoI today began its second phase of indefinite pen down strike in the state.


AIRGVM team visits Denka village

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The team of All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International, Arunachal Pradesh visited remote Denka village under Doimukh circle today. During their interaction with villagers, the team stressed on the need of carrying out developmental activities by plantation and other sustainable  means for rural economic growth.


Governor seeks report in week time

ITANAGAR, Feb 6:  Arunachal Pradesh Governor  J J Singh has sought a detailed report from the Assam Rifles (AR) Director General on the alleged  recruitment of Chakma and Nepali citizens by AR under ST quota reserved for Arunachalees during the recruitment rally held in September 2011 at Dimapur and Guwahati.

Raj Bhawan sources  informed that the Assam Rifles authorities have been asked to submit their factual report within a period of one week.

It is worth mentioning here that the this Daily had unearthed the abnormality in AR recruitment process and published the report in its January 28 edition.

Three Chakma refugees and one Nepali citizen were recruited by the AR in various posts under ST quota reserved for Arunachalee youths. Various organizations including All Arunachal Pradesh Students had strongly reacted and sought intervention of state Govt and Governor for justice to the Arunachalee youths.


12 houses gutted  

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: At least 12 houses were gutted in a devastating fire incident at Rakha village under Yachuli circle, Lower Subansiri district on February 3, said All Yachuli Students' Union (AYSU) in a release today.

Besides livestock, properties worth lakhs including traditional ornaments were also gutted in fire, said the union a team of which visited the incident  site recently.

The union exhorted the well-wishers and organisations to extend help to the fire victims and also appealed to the  relief department to provide compensation to the fire victims at the earliest.

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For us, door closed everywhere

Dear Editor,

In comparison to Science and Commerce graduates, Humanity graduate has less job opportunities. There is no go government job exclusively for the Arts graduate. The Govt job such as Accountant, R.F.O etc are only for the Commerce and Science graduates.

In Govt job where the Arts students are eligible to apply, students from other two streams can also compete with us. Doctor and engineer can also apply for those posts. But we cannot apply for the post of doctor, RFO or Accountant.

These increase numbers of competitor minimize job opportunities for the Arts students. Jobs of many government departments are exclusively for the other two streams.

Hence, we have to depend on clerical and other group –C category  jobs, which are rarely advertised. But what is greatest problem for the Arts students  for appearing job interview is written exam which includes Mathematics  paper.  After leaving Mathematics subject in 10th standard, it is very difficult for us solve Math’s problem in such exam.

Though concerned advertising  department claims that  Math’s paper  of such  exam  are of elementary  nature, but if one see today’s Mathematics paper, it is of very high standard and becoming  more and more tough day by day. Here again candidates of other two streams take maximum benefits who are of Math’s background. 7-8 years back Math’s paper of various competitive exams was not so difficult. But today it has become very difficult for the Arts students to solve Math’s problem. But the standard of other two papers i.e general English and general studies remains the same. We do not mind if tough paper for the general English and general study is set up, but setting tough Math’s paper means indirectly excluding Arts graduate from such job opportunities. It is seen that many candidates secured 80 to 90  per cent in General Study and General English papers but in  Math’s they secures only 35 to 45 per cent.

If doctors and engineers do not find government job, at least they can be engaged in Private establishments. But humanities graduate does not have such other alternatives. If Science and Commerce graduates do not get government job, at least they can earn some money through private tuition. But have any one heard about, any one taking History or Political Science tuition? For us, doors are closed everywhere. And where ever we have some free passage, Math’s paper blocks our way.

If one look into data, majority of graduates in the state are from Arts stream and majority of unemployed graduate are also from Humanities stream.

Therefore, we appeal to all the government departments, especially to APPSC not to keep Mathematics as one of the papers for any job interview where Arts graduates are eligible to apply. Or if it is not possible, make the math’s paper as qualifying nature i.e. 33 per cent out of hundred.

Hope, government will look into our problems and suggestions, if it is really concerned  for the job scope of the  Humanities graduate.


R. Jhon, K. Tatung




It is your time

Dear Editor,

Apropos the  news items published under the  headlines “Students write to DA on encroachment” (Feb 2), I would  like to affirm that the public of Lower Subansiri district are supporting All Lower Subansiri Students Union in their fight against illegal encroachment.

A daring step was initiated during the tenure of then Deputy Commissioner, Ziro by demolishing 3 number of RCC buildings at Hapoli township on Nov 1, 2005. The people of Ziro Valley opined that at least a committed officer has come to revive the beautiful Hapoli township by plucking up all the mushrooming illegal/unauthorized encroached construction.  But alas, the hope of people died down and nothing was done by the administration.

Today, there is a ray of hope for the denizens of Lower Subansiri once again as the students union take up the matter with district administration. I appreciate the step taken by the union and hope that fight will continue till the uprooting of all the illegal construction on Govt. land.

ALSSU be an eye opener, I request them not to take rest till the goal is reached. It is your time.


Ato Hassang, Ziro,





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Gender imbalance

The latest UNICEF report, Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle indicate that important gender imbalances exist in the population structure in some countries, particularly in parts of Asia, resulting in a higher deficit of girls than normal.

Among the surviving children, available data suggest that in early childhood, gender disparities are relatively small among the indicators examined such as education, health, nutrition and protection. However, gender disparities become more evident as children approach adolescence.

In most populations, female infants under 1 year old have lower mortality than male infants, because of certain biological and genetic advantages.  This advantage may also exist beyond infancy, although at some point during early childhood, environmental and behavioural factors begin to exert a greater influence.

Measles immunization coverage is similar among boys and girls across all regions, except in South Asia. The likelihood of being stunted is similar for boys and girls in India across wealth quintiles, even as total levels vary. Most countries have reached gender parity in primary education; girls remain disadvantaged in some countries in Africa and Asia.

A comparison of nine Asian countries shows that gender parity has been achieved in the richest wealth quintile for most countries. However, the gap in attendance between boys and girls varies greatly across countries for the poorest children.

As far as secondary school education is concerned, girls are most disadvantaged in South Asia and boys are most disadvantaged in Latin America and the Caribbean.