February  23

Conference of Higher and Technical Education

Governor calls for introspection & accountability

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh today called for improving the quality of education in the state.

Addressing the XII Conference of Higher and Technical Education at Banquet Hall here today, Singh advised all for introspection, assessment and analysis of the problems encountered in the sphere of higher education in the state and to discover the effective remedies in order to get over those problems more effectively and efficiently.


Giving emphasis on proper training of the teachers and use of information technology, Singh stressed on proper infrastructure for the colleges, accommodations for the teaching faculties and accountability amongst the faculty, students and administrators.

Dwelling on the importance of education, the Governor said that through education the feelings are disciplined, the passions are restrained, true and worthy motives are inspired. Hence, the role of education in all round development of personality, society and state cannot be underestimated.

“In a society like Arunachal Pradesh where development process started very late, the responsibility of the teachers is of paramount importance. They are obliged to train the youths and infuse skill in them so as to enable them to take up the responsibility of the state in the future,” he said.

While reposing his faith in youths that they have tremendous inherent skills and potential to become engineers, doctors, good teachers and sportspersons the Governor pointed out that they need a conducive environment for the manifestation of that potential. The students need proper guidance and the colleges and university must ensure it through right kind of curriculum, a befitting evaluation system for appropriate career opportunities based on their skill and aptitude. If we strengthen our sector of higher education, we can produce an enormous human resource pool equipped with skill and expertise to cater to the world job market, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed that the thrust is on for expanding educational infrastructure and increasing Gross Enrolment Ratio in the higher and technical education sector.

Highlighting on the initiatives of the State Government, Tuki said 10 more Polytechnics in 10 different districts of the state are coming up of which decision for one each at Dirang, Laying, Ziro, Pasighat, Roing, Hawai and Namsai have been finalized while one each at Tirap and Changlang are under process. Moreover, one at Yachuli is proposed under PPP mode. Besides that, the Chief Minister added, the state Govt have proposed to set up six Model Degree Colleges of which four will be at places like Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district, Geku in Upper Siang, Basar in West Siang and Roing in Lower Dibang Valley and two colleges opened after 2008 such as Seppa and Nyapin are proposed to be converted to Model Degree Colleges. The state Govt has also started P.G. courses in Geography and History in J.N. College, Pasighat to enable more number of students to enroll at masters level, he added.

Tuki further said that considering the heavy and unmanageable rush of students in Dera Natung College, Itanagar, we are considering to establish one more college somewhere at Yupia or Doimukh.

Sharing with the intellectual community, the Chief Minister said, ‘My government has adopted PPP mode of implementation of welfare schemes in a few sector in the state and education is one of them. We look forward to establish few colleges and universities by reputed private parties under PPP initiative mostly for technical and professional courses. The department of Higher & Technical Education shall strictly monitor and regulate their operation to prevent commercialization and compromise in quality of education in such institutions. All these measures are mooted to strengthen the education sector which is considered by my Government as a key sector for overall development of the state, he added.

In his address, Education Minister Bosiram Siram hoped that the two days conference would cover various vital issues of higher and technical education and come out with a concrete policy and clear guidelines which can be implemented in letter and spirit to impart quality education to the students. Siram further said, “the higher and technical education is in the threshold of rapid progress in the state and your deliberation in the conference will go a long way in expediting  the process”.

The minister further said learning is a continuous process, hence,  it is more important than the degree we receive or give to our students, he said.

Earlier, the Governor felicitated the pioneers of higher education in the state, namely,  Dr S.N. Suri, former Principal of J.N. College, Pasighat and Dr. Jogendra Nath, former Principal of R.F. Govt. College, Changlang. The Chief Minister presented the ‘Outstanding College Teacher’s award to Nivedita Sharma, HoD History of DN College, Itanagar, Dr. M.Q. Khan, Associate Professor (English), DN College, Itanagar and Dr. Ajay Kumar Mishra, Associate Professor (Political Science), Wangcha RajKumar College, Deomali. V. Arul Kumar, Programme Officer, NSS, Tomi Polytechnic, Basar received the best Programme Officer NSS Award while Nokwang Wangsa and Namngi Lanching of Don Bosco College, Itanagar received the best volunteer NSS Award. Neelam Rupa of Don Bosco College, Itanagar, Chathe Lammaty of JN College, Pasighat and Monika Sharma of IGG College, Tezu received the Governor’s Award for University toppers.

Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof David R Syiemlieh, NERIST Director Prof. Dipankar Pal, National Institute of Technology Director Prof CT Bhuyan and special invitee Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, Secretary Planning and Director School Education T. Taloh were present on the occasion.


Statehood Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The reports of celebrating 25 years of Statehood of Arunachal Pradesh are still pouring in from various district and circle headquarters.

While unfurling the Tri-colour on the occasion at Aalo General Ground, West Siang deputy commissioner Amjad Tak highlighted the various achievements of the district in education, health  and other important sectors. He, however,said that more efforts should be made to bridge the development gaps in the interior places like Tato, Monigong, Mechuka, Gensi and Likabali.He urged the teaching community to discharge their duties effectively.

Expressing satisfaction over health delivery system in block areas and the health awareness programme being launched in the district, the DC hoped that shortcomings in health sector would be overcome in future.  He also called for preservation of rich cultural heritage various communities for identity.

Former minister Doi Ado was awarded with Governor’s Commendation Certificate in recognition of his meritorious services in his field of activities on the occasion.Chief Ministers Disability Pension Scheme, 2012 was also given to 15 beneficiaries.

Earlier, a Swachhata Rally was organized in Aalo township  to bring awareness about the importance of Total Sanitation Campaign in the district.

At Kimin, while attending the statehood day celebration, ZPM Bamang appealed to the panchayat and public leaders to work in unison and extend cooperation to the Govt for better development of Kimin  and the state as a whole.

Distribution of Best BLO award, red coat to newly appointed GB, Volleyball and Football competitions for both men and women  were the main highlights of the celebration.  The ZPM gave away the prizes to  the winners of the sports competitions.

Earlier, Kimin EAC S. Lowang flagged off ‘Swachchata rally’ which was organized by the PHE department under Total Sanitation Campaign.

At Changlang, addressing the gathering on the occasion statehood day celebration, Zilla Parishad chairperson Junpo Taikam Jugli narrated the political evolution of the state from the erstwhile North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) to the present Arunachal.  Highlighting the achievements made in the district in education, health and communication sectors, she informed that a Zilla Parishad Bhawan would be constructed soon for effective functioning of the Panchayati Raj institution.

Coinciding with the celebration the department of Public Health Engineering and Water supply, PHE&WS Changlang division organize  a Swachchata Rally under Total Sanitation Campaign.

The day was also celebrated at Arunachal Bhawan, At New Delhi.

Besides the employees of the Arunachal Bhawan,    large number of Arunachalee students studying in Delhi participated in the celebration   Cultural  programme and  sports competition were organised to mark the occarion.

In Upper Subansiri district, Swachchata Rally or ‘Sanitation walk’ was organized at Daporijo, Taliha, Siyum, Nacho, Baririjo and Gusar administrative to mark the Silver Jubilee of Arunachal’s Statehood.  The main aim of the rally was to bring awareness among the masses of the need to maintain health and hygiene.    

At Daporijo,  the Swachchata rally led by DC A Abhyankar was participated by large number of students, Govt officials, panchayat members.

Addressing the gathering at Rijo ground on the occasion, MLA Tapen Siga  appealed to the people to cooperate with the Govt and maintain peace and harmony. He said development of the state is possible only with the support and cooperation of the people. Siga also spoke about the hydro power  and tourism potentials of the state.

The day was also celebrated at Seppa and other sub-divisional and circle headquarters of East Kameng in befitting manner.

Attending celebration, former MLA Tame Yangfo appealed to the people of all walks of life to work hard and shoulder the responsibility in the development of East Kameng district.

The other highlights of the day were the cultural programmes presented by various tribes and games  and  sports competitions. In Tug-of War competition, DC-XI  defeated DDSE-XI. Deputy commissioner Tope Bam  distributed the prizes to  the winners of the games  and  sports competitions.

At Laporiang, Circle Officer, Hage Tarung, unfurled the national flag on the occasion of statehood day celebration amidst presence of panchayat leaders, general public, government staffs and students. March Past by students, games and sports were the main attractions of the day. Tarung also distributed prizes to winners of sports competitions.

At Guwahati, Guwahati Arunachal Students Association (GASA) celebrated the statehood Day at Arunachal guest house by distributing sports items and mosquito nets to Arunachalee students studying in various institutions in Guwahati.

Arunachal Community College, Vivek Vihar  also celebrated the statehood day with great enthusiasm which was participated by the principal, faculties and students of the college.



Book reading a must for healthy mind: Padung

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Book reading is a must for youth for development of a healthy mind and a healthy body, said Hawai EAC J Padung while addressing a gathering of students and teachers at the National Book Week celebrations at Hawai  on February 18. He urged the students to make regular book reading a habit.

Acting Principal of Hawai Govt. Hr. Secondary School, T. Saro and JNV principal H S R Rina also appreciated the wide range of valuable books displayed for the benefit of students and the public during the Book Week.

At Khupa, the Book Week celebration was inaugurated by an upcoming entrepreneur Somerso Gam. He exhorted the students to concentrate for their own educational advancement. He lauded the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, Vivekananda Trust and the DDSE Anjaw for making various readable books available in remote corners of the hilly district.

Anjaw DIET lecturer MK Mishra also exhorted the students to take maximum benefit from the celebration.

The main highlight of the celebrations was the novel contest on the topic, ‘Design a cover page for your favourite library book’, which drew enthusiastic participants from students from both Hawai and Khupa. Besides a series of book-contests for students, creative story-writing, book and  vocabulary quiz and educational video-show were organised.

At Hawai, Sahilu Pul  and Kuru Reela of both Govt HSS, Hawai and Asenglu Bellai  of JNV Hawai won the top prizes for their creative stories, while 9 more were awarded for their promising stories. The vocabulary quiz (juniors) prize was won by Aromai Romat, Moushumi Chaitom and Bapringlu Longling , all from KGBV Hawai. At Khupa, the quiz prizes were bagged by Shivam Pradhan and Amanti Ama, both from Govt MS, Khupa and Raksha Pradhan, Govt HSS, Huyuliang. Prizes for the contests were sponsored by Anjaw DDSE K Perme. The book exhibitions will be reopened in  Anjaw  in April after the annual examinations.



Know Your Legendary Artistes

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: We have already highlighted the achievements of the various renowned artistes of the state. In continuation of our effort to pay tribute to those legendary artistes, today we are presenting popular singer James Bijnoo Nabam and Moge Doji.

James Bijnoo Nabam, popularly known as Bijnoo is one of the most popular singers of Nyishi community. Hailing from Nimte village under Sagalee circle, Papum Pare district, Bijnoo was born on 15th February 1964. He graduated from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong and later worked as junior teacher from   1985 to 1993. He has diploma in Indian Classical Music (Vocal) from Donyi-Polo College of Music under the Guru of Vishnupur Gharana.

He recorded his first song with AIR Dibrugarh in 1985 and his first recording in with Doordarshan came in 1990 at DDK,Guwahati. His famous works include, ‘IJI-LELLA’(1986) -the first Nyishi Christian devotional music   album from Arunachal,  ‘KOMCHI-LELLA’ Vol-I & II(1989)-  the first ever modern and folk song  mix album from  Arunachal Pradesh,  ‘YUMA’ (1991) - Nyishi modern song which he sung along with Chukhu Nayo, ‘ANYA’(1993)- the Nyishi modern song with Taba Yall.  Bijnoo was a member of North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) from the year 1998 to 2000. Besides music, he also actively took part in various social initiatives being part of the Nyishi Elite Society. At present he is working as transmission executive with All India Radio since his joining in 1993.

Moge Doji hailing from West Siang district is very popular figure in the field of music. He graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat in 1980.  He recorded song like Modi Tolok kose kole and Takar Tesinm for AIR Dibrugarh in 1975.  He had rare opportunities to sing in tandem with late Dr. B. Hazarika in 1974 at Aalo. His popular songs include Si gi moko si Kuena, dinyie nyilela, lune bane, tani sisang yenam si, siang ane. Besides Galo, he has sung for other tribes including Nyishi and Adi. Moge has recorded around 140 songs till date.



Tribute to a great father

Dani Sulu

It seemed winter was reluctant to leave it's grip on Ziro that year for it was already February and there was no sign of abetting cold and bone chilling wind. Winter as it was in Ziro (one of the coldest place in state) it had been raining for more than two months now bringing the bone chilling cold l and other winterly miseries with it.

But today it was different. The sky was clear and deep blue, the winter sun shone bright and warm in eastern sky. People were busy drying their moisture ridden household articles and sat leisurely soaking in the warmth of winter sun in their bamboo porch. There was smile and warmth on everyone's face. They sat leisurely chatting and wondering why nature was so kind to them today.

Oblivious to most of them, in a corner of house, a man was preparing for his last journey. He was in that twilight zone of life and death when one foot is in our world and other foot already beyond this physical world. He was slowly and constantly moving his hand as if wading through the water. Whenever his daughter who had been nursing him for so many days asked him what he was doing, the dying man would reply," I am preparing my way and parting away the clouds so that there is sunshine in the path to my other world where my father and mother awaits me."

Indeed, he was parting those dark and dreary clouds of winter weather and blessing his beloved world with another beautiful and warm day. Even as he was leaving this world, for the last time he wanted to lit this world one more time with warmth and sunshine. When the desire in man is from the core of his heart, even the nature becomes willing servant to his wishes.

Having settled the day for the people he was leaving behind, he asked the people around him to keep his legs joined and hold his hand. And as the winter sun confirmed its willing presence on this fatefull day, the man passed away slowly to be with his parents and other loving ones who had long before preceded him to the other world. Thus a great soul, passed away in the arms of person who was close to his heart with all loved ones around him. Just as He chose and charted the path of his life, ... he chose and charted his path to the other world. This is the way great souls move - nonchalantly and gracefully. His physical being gave way to his spiritual being by manifesting himself into that sunshine and warmth on a winter day and bring happiness and warmth in everyone’s life during dark, dreary and cold winter time.

That was my father- the greatest man that ever walked on this planet. On 21st February 2008, he went away to be with my grand parents in that other world. Forever. I know he must be sitting by his father’s knee, listening to the stories of the distant past, of the great hunts and wars that brought misery to all even in victory. I know he must be looking at his father with that expectant look as he stopped to refill his tobacco pipe and lit the dying fire in the heart deep into the night.

Yes..That was Him .. Dani Kunia, first Agency Councillor (1967-72) when Arunachal Pradesh was still NEFA. He was there when debate for separate UT for Arunachal Pradesh raged, he was there in it's naming ceremony, he was there to debate on shifting from Assamese medium to English medium, when debate on location of capital for nascent state of Arunachal was done. He was there when Arunachal Pradesh was being conceived, he was there when it was born. He gave it name and shape and faded into shadow like a good father to give way to his children by giving way to new leaders and new world and went back to his village to tend his fields and bamboo groves, his forest and his near and dear relatives during the time of sickness and happiness.

Yes, my father, the greatest man that ever walked on this planet. At barely five feet ..he was the tallest person I shall ever see or know. And with lady like slim feature and weighing around 44-45 KG, he was the strongest person in the universe. He went away to be with his parents and siblings ..to be with long gone uncles and aunts whose love and care he longed for ..and who now dwells in the netherworld waiting for the prodigal child. He left...but he still lives with us ..in fond memories. I shall share his loving memories with my dear friends and sing the love song between father and son to my children in times to come. For now ...happy stay..ABBA..na..a Yabii ( We used to call him Yabii)



Total Sanitation Campaign

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A day-long awareness programme on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) was organized at Denka Govt Middle school covering three villages, namely, Bogoli, Denka-1 and Denka-2.

Explaining the objective of TSC, Galaxy Family Welfare Society chairman G Tate exhorted the villagers to give up age-old open defecation practice and suggested to have cost effective individual household latrine.

Stressing on cleanliness for maintaining good health, the chairman suggested the villagers to keep their farm animals like pig, goat, chicken etc. properly to avoid communicable diseases.

Anchal Samity Member Gollo Yakiam assured her all possible support from her side in conducting such campaign in future.

The campaign was organized by Papum Pare District Water Sanitation Committee under PHED in collaboration with NN Charitable Society, Doimukh branch and Galaxy Family Welfare Society here.

Panchayat leaders, HGBs, GBs, senior citizens of the area attended the programme.



Skill development training for in-service staff concludes

PASIGHAT, Feb 22: The year-long skill Development training progamme for ‘stockmen” concluded here today.

Addressing the valedictory function, deputy commissioner Talem Tapok said the continuous up-gradation of professional knowledge is essential for stockmen (para-veterinarians) to render better, efficient and professional service in the society.

He further highlighted the importance of mid-career practice-oriented training.

Altogether six faculties of VTI (Veterinary Training Institute), Pasighat imparted the training to 19 in-service ‘Stockmen.’

Tapok also gave way the certificates to all the participants. Ghana Phukan, Stockman, who secured 1st position in the training, received Gold-Medal.

ATMA PD Abang Doso urged the Stockman to set good example in their service after gaining knowledge from the year-long training.

VTI deputy director Dr. M Nyodu while focusing on infrastructural bottlenecks informed that process of setting up of an in-campus clinic is under way and maintenance of water tanks and bus services would be improved soon.

Among others, DVO Dr. Emo Lego, Dr. O Siram, Dr. N Taloh, Dr. T Tamut and Dr. T Tatik also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO

JN College week celebration concludes

PASIGHAT, Feb 22: The three-day academic, cultural and sports events of JN College Pasighat concluded on Sunday evening.

BRO (Project Brahmank) Chief Engineer Col. SK Pandey and Dean of College of Horticulture  and  Forestry, Pasighat, Dr. B N Hazarika, were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Col.  S K Pandey briefed on the importance of co-curricular activities and encouraged the students to take active part in such activities in near future.

Earlier, Dr. Hazarika said that such celebration facilitates greater understanding and interactions among the students.

He lauded the faculties and students for their untiring efforts and advised the students to be more sincere, dedicated in their study.

The college Principal T Talom also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Assam Rifles distributes Mosquito net

ITANAGAR, Feb 22:  4 Assam Rifles distributed free Mosquito net to villagers under Civic Action projects at Namtak circle, Changlang recently.

A total of 400 mosquito nets were distributed to villagers as a measure to increase the goodwill relation between civilians and army personnel.


Transport dept to curb revenue pilferage

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: All possible efforts and measures would be taken to minimize loss and pilferage of transport revenue at district as well as state level, Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin said while attending a meeting of the Department of Transport at Naharlagun here today.

Highlighting the various developmental activities of his department, Gamlin urged the officers and officials of transport department to work with missionary zeal to earn more revenue.

The district transports officers presented the annual action plan 2012-13 for onward approval from the government.

Earlier, the meeting discussed in details various issues related to revenue and infrastructure development of the department.


Arunachal Bhavan closed for accommodation purpose

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: In view of the major renovation work and conversion of the administrative block, the Arunachal Bhavan at New Delhi will remain closed for accommodation purposes for three months, according a release issued by deputy resident commissioner. Further, the present administrative block has been shifted to the Banquet hall for smooth functioning of the routine works till completion of the renovation and conversion works.


DSYA organizes indigenous sports on statehood day

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The directorate of sports and youth affairs organized various indigenous sports like tug of war, bobo, bamboo skill exercise, bamboo wrestling, traditional wrestling etc. on the occasion of Statehood Day celebration at Indira Gandhi Park here.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with host of ministers and MLAs, visiting dignitaries enjoyed the competition for more than 30 minutes.

Sports Authority of India Special Area Game Center, Naharlagun won the first prize while Kurung Kumey and Tirap came second and third respectively in the competitions. The winner, runners up and third position winner would be awarded Rs. 5000, Rs. 3000 and Rs. 2000 respectively, according to a release by director of sports and youth affairs.

The department of sports and youth affairs would formulate rules to make the indigenous games and sports more competitive, the release added.


CM takes part in Swachchata rally

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Public Health Engineering Department, Itanagar organized a Swachchata Rally with the theme “Clean Arunachal, Healthy Arunachal” as part of the Statehood day celebration on February 20.

The rally which was led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki started from Nyokum Lapang Ground and culminated at Indira Gandhi Park.

School children from Vivekanada School, Chimpu, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chimpu, Govt. Middle School, Niti Vihar and Green Mount School, Itanagar participated in the rally.

The main objective of the rally was to create awareness among common masses the importance of sanitation and disseminate the message to make Arunachal open defecation free.


National Integration Tour

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A 14 days National Integration tour for students of Tirap district was organized by Assam Rifles under the aegis of Army’s Dao Division.

The 16 member students team was taken to various historical sites and modern shopping malls. They have also had a chance to witness the culture and traditions of the western part of the country during the tour.

The flag-in ceremony was presided over by General Officer Commanding, Dao division today.


UNO to go ahead with its bandh call

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: In view of non-fulfillment of its single point demand to transfer the Yazali PWD division executive engineer by the government, the United Nyishi Organization (UNO) has decided to go ahead with its proposed 12 hours Lower Subansiri bandh call on February 27.


Nyokum celebration begins at Yupia

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Nyokum Yullo celebration began at Yupia with ZPM Nabam Aka unfurling the festival flag at the Papum Pare district headquarters yesterday.

In his inaugural speech, the ZPM urged people of the Nyishi community and other tribes residing at Yupia to celebrate the festival in befitting manner.

Doimukh ZPM Tana Bado, who inaugurated the Nyokum house, gave a brief description about significance of Nyokum Yullo, the celebration of which was started at Joram in 1967. He exhorted the Nyishi brethren to preserve their own culture and traditions irrespective of their religious beliefs.

Borum ZPM Taro Modi, Borum Anchal chairperson Gyamar Jiri, Tigdo/Yupia ASM Teri Rada, administrative officers and officials of Yupia attended the programme.


150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Rinchen Dorjee, the Prant Sanyojak of  Organising Committee for celebration of 150th birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in Arunachal Pradesh,  recently visited the different places in Tirap and Changlang district as part of celebration. He was accompanied by Pelbang Tayeng, Sah Prant Saiyojak during the tour.

They visited places like Miao, Changlang, Khonsa, Longding and Kanubari. During their visit large number of local people joined the celebration. The year-long celebration will have the five pronged activities which include Yuva Shakti for Youth, Samvardhini for Women, Prabuda Bharat for Educated Elite and Social Leaders, Gramayan for villages and Asmita for culture.

During his addresses, Rinchen emphasized the need of  Sahitya Seva - development of literature on the life and message of Swami Vivekananda in local dialect with proverbs and sayings of local community.


Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Statistic Colony Mahila Samity celebrated its foundation day  with four days programme from February 18- 21. Sports and cultural activities were  the major attraction of the celebration.

Among others, Economic and Statistic Joint Director Koj Tajang and Rural Development Joint Director Tado Ado also attended the function.


Bandh reduced to 12 hours

ITANAGAR, Feb 22:  The proposed 24 hours  Changlang district bandh called by All Changlang District Students’ Union (ACDSU)  on February 21 was withdrawn after 12 hours of bandh following the assurance of the administration to look into its demand at the earliest.

However, the Union threatened to observe 48 hours bandh in case of failure of the Govt to fulfill its demand for cent percent reservation in the recruitment of AAP (Civil Police) in Tirap and Changlang districts and immediate issuance  of  the gazette notification in this regard.

Changlang DIPRO informed that there was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the district during the bandh, except complete destruction of two government vehicles (Maruti Gypsy) of the general administration and IPR department along with the public address system.

All private vehicles remained off the road, traders downed their shutters and Govt. offices recorded thin attendance. However, home examination of students went smoothly. Later, on persuasion of the district Administration that bandh call was reduced to 12 hours.


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Bonded child workers

A new survey by ILO finds that 56 per cent of workers in Afghanistan's brick kilns are bonded children, who work for more than 70 hours a week in very poor conditions.  

In addition, the brick kilns rely almost entirely on debt bondage and workers and their families are tied to a kiln by the need to pay off loans taken for basic necessities, medical expenses, weddings and funerals.

The survey, conducted between August and October last year in Nangarhar and Kabul provinces, found that 64 per cent of the families contacted had worked in the kilns for 11 years or more and 35 per cent for more than 20 years. Nearly all households fell vulnerable to debt bondage while living in Pakistan as refugees or migrants.

Both adult and child labourers work more than 70 hours a week, in very poor conditions. Average daily wages are between 297 and 407 Afghanis for an adult and 170-278 Afghanis for a child.

Article 49 of the Afghan Constitution prohibits bonded labour while the Afghan Government has also ratified ILO Convention 182, which came to force in Afghanistan last year and identifies bonded labour as one of the worst forms of child labour.

The survey report identified bonded labour as an economic problem and emphasized formulating a comprehensive strategy that focuses on improving conditions and providing workers with tools to escape from the cycles of debt, vulnerability, dependence and poverty.


Literate not educated  

Dear Editor,

It was a cool February morning, like every other day, I was waiting for my university bus at the Doimukh market, the designated bus stop.

The bus arrived shortly and thankfully it wasn’t crowded. On most days I have to squeeze past innumerable limbs and fuming heads as the bus service is very limited.

As I climb on the bus I found that all the seats were occupied …. too many a dark haired faces staring at me with no signs of smile or gesture, as if I had committed a crime. That made me tad uncomfortable but I sighed a relief thinking, at least am not breathing stale air.

The bus then started with a jolt and as it started speeding up, my discomfiture grew. With every curves and turns my body was swaying along with the bus. I was holding so tight to the railings that I could see my wrist bones become prominent. The rusted metal smell with did not help either. I was tired and kept shifting my weight from one foot to another.

My discomfiture must have been visible to the other students on the bus, so I glanced back hoping that some one would help a fellow student. But every one seemed to be mourning on some departed soul, which is a daily scene inside the bus.

Not a single guy had the courtesy to offer his seat and not a single girl scooted over to make space for me to sit.

We all come to college and university everyday hoping to gain knowledge and to get a degree so that we can call ourselves educated citizens.

Whenever some body talks about education, we picture smartly dressed people with high degrees and all such staffs. But education is not all about degrees and bookish knowledge, it goes much beyond that.

These students are supposed to be the bright minds of Arunachal but looks like ‘Humane nature’ is something they haven’t learned yet.

Literate, but not educated. Is that what we are??

The ‘Basic civic sense’ is what we need to cultivate in us. Having toiled so hard for our degrees, let us not let it be something to keep in a file, laminated and useless.

It is important to note here that women are, by nature physically weaker than men and the very anatomical body frame work and physiological capacity of a woman is such that she cannot stand for as long as a man can. So, if not courtesy, it would be appropriate for men to offer their seat out of consideration to women specially to old aged people and pregnant women’s.

We are in serious need to brush up our manners and etiquettes. We try to copy the western culture, their fashion, latest gadgets, parties and what not. But what we feel to copy is their manners and courteous habits.

So if you are a lady and the next time you travel in a bus and don’t get a seat, you will know who is an educated gentlemen and who is not.


Ngurang Meena

RGU,  Rono Hill



The Economics of Itanagar

Dear Editor,

It’s been six months to date that I moved back to Itanagar from a 7 years long stay in New Delhi. During these past few months I’ve come to understand a few things about the monetary facets of our town.

1. MRP apparently doesn’t stand for Maximum Retail Price, instead here it seems to mean Minimum Ransom Price. In most stores every product under the sun is sold  at an amount exceeding the MRP and upon inquiring why this is so, two things  happen; first I get a blank stare as if I’ve asked a rhetorical question and so to give an answer is an exercise in futility which is then followed by a very apt reply that goes something along the lines of, “it’s like that only”.  Now that is not an answer,  it’s a statement and a very obvious one at that. Occasionally I do get a different reply like the other day this storekeeper told me that she doesn’t get the products at wholesale rates. Now why must I suffer for her bad business acumen?

2. Shopkeepers never have change. This is something that baffles me. How does one  run a store and not keep change. The shopkeepers always expect us to bring the  change which I’m more than happy to do but considering how so many products  are so conveniently priced to meet a shopkeeper’s interest (like a milk carton  priced at Rs.47), it becomes too tedious to walk around with coins tinkling in

Sometimes even when they do have change they don’t want to give it away. This  one time I remember buying something that cost Rs.45 and I handed  over a fifty rupee note to the lady over the counter upon which she very politely  asked me what I would like for the remaining five rupees. I went into a daze for a  while ‘because I had no reply to that question but when I came to I told the nice  lady that for “the remaining five rupees” I would like to have “the remaining five rupees”.

3. Auto fares are like science fiction novels turned into reality. The fares are out of  this world. Most autos also are completely out of this world when it comes to their  maintenance and taking a ride in them may take a passenger out of this world too.

Apparently the moment you sit in an auto you have to pay Rs.40. As if to suggest  that these autos are here for our amusement, although I must admit that given the  sorry state of our roads, taking a ride in an auto does seem to have the same affect as being on a roller coaster.

I have two questions relating to the contents above.

One, why do we not have functioning regulatory bodies which looks into these matters? Why must only the interest of the shopkeepers be looked after and not those of the consumers? In my opinion the shopkeepers and the shoppers are in a partnership with each other and as of now it’s not a 50-50 relationship.

My second question is where is the outrage on these daily matters? Where are the self proclaimed Anna Hazares who shout and scream about so many issues which at most times don’t affect our daily realities?

I believe that while it is important to take care of the big issues it is also important to look into the smaller issues. If we are able to take care of the small things, the big things will take care of themselves.


Ranju Dodum



AYUSH as equipped as any other medical practitioners

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letter published in your esteemed daily titled “Unhealthy practice by doctors” on Feb 20. The issue raised is a genuine concern but was written with bad faith.  Such unwarranted and unfounded assertions against AYUSH practitioners are clearly mala fide, desperately trying to raise apprehensions about AYUSH practitioners thereby blocking our opportunities.

The concerned citizen has questioned our clinical knowledge while forgetting that we have undergone same five and half years of clinical training in refuted and  recognized institutions in India.

While accusing us of playing with the lives of rural folks, the concerned citizen has ignored the reality that we are the ones saving lives where no allopathic doctors are available in places like Tali, Yatong etc. We are equipped with adequate clinical acumen to offer a wide range of preventive, promotive and curative treatments that are both cost effective and efficacious for rural health care needs.

The National Health Policy emphasized integration of AYUSH with modern medicines and accordingly promoting AYUSH through NRHM.

National Policy on Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy-2002 has given special focus to the North-Eastern states considering the rich stores of medicinal plants and we urge our Government to tap the potential and open up avenues for us by creating more job opportunities as prescribed by National Policy.


Dr Taba Yano

I&P Secretary,

AYUSH Doctors Association of Arunachal Pradesh (NRHM)




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