February 07

2nd edition of state level CM trophy from Feb 9

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The 2nd Edition of State Level Chief Minister's Trophy on Football and Volleyball (Men & Women) 2014-15 will start from February 9 at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu, Itanagar. The tournament will come to end on February 20 in commemoration of the 29th Statehood day celebration. The Football final match (men) will be played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun. The total number of 1020 participants consisting of 456 men players, 456 women players, 76 team officials and 32 technical officials from 19 district including Capital Complex Itanagar will be taking part in this 12 days sports extravaganza which is being organized by the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the constituency and district level CM trophy competitions have come to an end.


Fire devours a house

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: In a devastating fire accident at Rono-I village under Doimukh circle, one SPT building and a Kuccha house belonging to one Nabam Kuli was completely gutted. The accident occurred around 12.30 am last night and cause of the fire is yet to be unearthed. The younger son of the house owner was injured while saving the family members who were trapped in the fire. On getting the report, DC Papum Pare Tai Kaye along with DDMO Preetha Menon immediately rushed to the spot and handed over Rs.10000 as immediate relief to the victim. DIPRO


Raids against opium continue in Changlang

CHANGLANG, Feb 6: Continuing its tirade against opium menace, a team of Miao police station along with executive magistrate conducted a raid and destroyed opium cultivation areas at Mpen under Miao police station. The local people are extending all kind of cooperation with the police team in its drive against opium cultivation. Due to sustained efforts of the police, the opium cultivation in the area has come down significantly. DIPRO


3 houses gutted

YINGKIONG, Feb 6: Three houses were gutted down in a fire accident at Janbo village, 70 kms away from here on February 5 midnight. The cause of the fire accident is yet to be ascertained. However, there was no report of any casualty.

Meanwhile, Jengging Anchal Block chairperson and Migging-Tuting Anchal Block ZPM Nyokgon Nitik along with a team of police personnel from Jengging police station rushed to the accident spot today to take stock of the situation. DIPRO


Withheld results declared

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Rajiv Gandhi University has declared all withheld result of undergraduate all semester (B.A./B.Sc/B.Com) and Special Annual (B.A.)  Examinations 2014. The result may be seen in university website: www.rgu.ac.in. For Spl. Annual Examination, candidate may apply for revaluation (if any) within 15 days of the declaration of result, according to a RGU release.


Awareness meeting on patients’ safety held

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: In an effort to ensure the safety of the patients in Arunachal Pradesh, the  India Pharmacist Abhiyan, a  Delhi  based all-India organisation which has been spearheading  the India Pharmacist Revolution has organised an awareness cum sensitization meeting at the seminar hall of Arunachal State Hospital Naharlagun today. Large number of health professionals including doctors, nurses, para-medics and policy makers attended the meeting.

Keeping in mind the “Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat Abhiyan of the Central Govt, the participants in the meeting stressed on the need of maintaining professional ethics. They further gave emphasis on the need to maintain cleanliness in and around all the  health centres for a clean and healthy Arunachal.

It is worth mentioning here that the India Pharmacits Abhiyan had already taken initiatives under Udyog Development Foundation, New Delhi for the patients’ safety in the country with the theme: “Save the Pharmacists - Save the Patient.” The objective of the country-wide Abhiyan is to sensitize policy makers in health sector and other health professionals on the need of maintaining ethics in professional life for good health of the patients.


Debate on pre-paid meters for students

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: A debate competition on the topic “Implication of Pre-paid Energy Metering System on Energy Conservation in Arunachal Pradesh” was today organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency at Industrial Training Institute, Roing. The programme was sponsored by Bureau of Energy Efficiency.

On the occasion, Er Nangkham Tanga, Deputy Director, APEDA Tezu Division briefed the gathering about the aim and objective of the debate competition. He informed that the main motto is to create awareness regarding the advantages of Pre-paid Energy Metering System on Energy Conservation which is going to be implemented in Arunachal Pradesh starting from the Capital Complex. The Prepaid Energy Metering System will check electricity theft and revenue leakages, he informed. Ten students from ITI Roing participated in the debate competition that was held in the auditorium hall of the institute. Nitesh Sharma and Luknu Lomri won the first and second prize respectively. The competition was judged by the instructors from ITI, DIET and engineers from the department of power and APEDA as judges.  Amping Megu, Project Officer, APEDA Roing also spoke on the occasion. Subhash Pertin, Principal ITI Roing, instructors and students witnessed the debate competition. (DIPRO)


APATCYO condemns arrest of Arunachal women

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clan Youth Organisation has strongly condemned the Assam Forest officials who allegedly arrested two Arunachal women namely Nido Yakum and Bini Yujum from Dullungmukh under Lower Subansiri district. Claiming that the arrested women are innocent and have been framed by the Assam forest officials, APATCYO appealed to the government to ensure their early release. It also has called upon the state women commission of both Assam and Arunachal to intervene and resolve the issue.


Cops educate children on road safety

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: In a bid to create traffic awareness among the school children, the road safety cell of Police Headquarter Itanagar conducted road safety awareness campaign here today at IRBN, BHQ Jully, Itanagar. The awareness team was led by SI A.U Ansari 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 handed signal demonstration and distributed pencils and copies and road safety information kits, a release added.


IMC, Ward 22 meeting held

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: A joint meeting of Itanagar Municipal Council, Ward No.22, D- Sector Naharlagun and public of the ward was held recently.

During the meeting, Ward councilor Tarh Pacho informed that due to non provision of vehicle for collection of garbage in every nook and corner under 22 Ward Jurisdiction, the area is facing lots of problems.

He appealed the State Govt. for early release of sufficient fund for sanitation management and appealed to the general public of D- Sector to pay monthly garbage collection fee under 22 Ward Jurisdiction and added that the collection of garbage collection in the ward will be discontinue if the residents fail to pay the monthly fee.


District task force meeting on IPPI held

CHANGLANG, Feb 6: The meeting of the District Task Force for IPPI was held at Changlang yesterday. The meeting was chaired by Wangjen, SDO, Changlang on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner, Changlang. The meeting was attended by the members of the District Task Force for IPPI & JE Campaign.

Addressing the meeting, DRCHO Dr.Tope Yomcha, presented the global and national status of the prevalence of WPV and also highlighted the performance of the first round and last round of IPPI and informed that 99.76 % was achieved in its first round IPPI despite numerous constraints.

SDO cum Chairperson of DTF, Wangjen advised the IPPI workers to sincerely perform their duties to achieve 100% success on second IPPI round on February 22 next. Earlier, DMO Dr. S Chai Pul, highlighted the objectives of the meeting and its importance. DIPRO


News Impact

Union Ministers to arrive in state, PM Modi likely to be Feb 20 chief guest

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga rejuvenation Uma Bharati is arriving to the state capital on February 9. She is on an official visit to Assam and Arunachal. During her time in Itanagar, she will hold meeting with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and are likely to discuss wide range of issues.

On the same day Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh is also going to visit state capital. He will have a review meeting with officials of agriculture, animal husbandry and fishery. Minister is also expected to review the progress of dairy schemes, ICAR institute, KVKs and agriculture culture.

Meanwhile, there is a buzz that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the statehood day celebration on February 20 at Itanagar. Even though state govt. is tight lipped about visit, sources told this daily that chances of the PM attending statehood day is bright and in all probability he will attend, provided there was no last minute hiccup. Sources further told that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki himself has personally invited PM Modi.



Police officers felicitated for Gallantry Awards

PASIGHAT, Feb 6: The Central Range Deputy Inspector General of Police, LH Shanliana felicitated the East Siang Superintendent of Police Devendar Arya, Inspector Nikom Riba, Sub-Inspectors Nani Nama and Tailang Bukar for achieving Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG) and Dy. SP Tab Techi for state award (Silver Medal) at a function held at his office chamber here today.

Shanliana while congratulating the SP and his associates informed that as many 132 police officers across the country have been award police medal. This year on the occasion of Republic Day and out of eight awarded SPs in the nation, Devendar Arya was the lone SP from the state. The young brave IPS officer conducted a rescue operation on 3rd May, 2014 last and had successfully released one Keshob Pandey from the clutches of hardcore NDFB militants.  “The recipients of gallantry awards exhibited bravery and valour of an exceptional order while discharging their duties. It is a great honour for us to felicitate awardees who have rendered distinguished service to the nation. We express our deepest gratitude to the armed officers for their commitment and service to the nation,” added the DIG in his address.

Amongst other, Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava, ADC Ruchika Katyal, and other senior officers also attended the function. DIPRO



ANYA temporarily defers bandh after NES intervention

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has temporarily deferred its proposed 12 hours Capital bandh on February 10 ,  till February 18 next following the intervention of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) over the pre-paid meter issue. This was informed by ANYA President Biri Kakum while addressing a joint press conference with Nyishi Elite Society President Bengia Tolum here today.

Kakum added ANYA had to take the decision considering appeal from the Director of School Education and it also coincides with the schedule of a Union Minister visit on 10th February. ANYA partially agreed with NES to resolve the issue; however the ANYA President made it clear that it is sticking to its demands and will only be able to suspend the bandh after having a meeting with the government over the issue.  

Addressing media persons, NES President Bengia Tolum, informed that NES has convinced ANYA on some points of its demands but said that there are few points on which both organisations want to talk to the government for logical solution concerning the Pre-paid meters. Tolum also said that NES does not encourage bandh calls rather support peaceful mode of protest such as dharna and hunger strike. NES president further appealed to the people to be energy conscious so that power department of the state could generate revenue.

ANYA demanded the government for immediate stoppage of pre-paid meter installation process and cancellation of ‘pay as you use method’ of the power department. Other demands include reduction of power tariff rate and constitution of Independent Inquiry Commission to contain revenue leakage in the power department.



Shoulder responsibility towards the state: CM

ANINI, Feb 6: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki underlined the importance of ‘work-culture’ amongst the people for sustainable development of the state. Addressing a public gathering at Anini, headquarters of Dibang Valley district this morning, he said every citizen of the state, irrespective of position, has a responsibility towards the state.

“Running away from responsibility is a sin,” he said.

Tuki while exhorting the people to shun illegal means to earn money said that finding means to earn without working is a crime.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by the panchayat leaders, the Chief Minister assured that all issues raised and demands made will be sympathetically considered in a phased manner.

The Chief Minister assured that the demand for upgradation of the Arzoo CO headquarter to Sub-Divisional Office would be taken up by the Cabinet soon while the state government would fervently plead with the Center for establishment of a Model Degree College at Anini to meet the need of the students of the remote district.

To a request for change of nomenclature of the district from Dibang Valley to Anini, the Chief Minister said the state government is open to popular demands of the people provided a consensus was arrived.

“We will consider the change in nomenclature but first all sections of the society of the district should arrive at a consensus,” he observed.

The memorandum also included construction of a road from BRO road to Brango bridge point over Mathum river, a road from Anini entry gate to New Anini via JNV school, a road connectivity to every circle of the district and an arch bridge over Dri river at Dambuin for tourism development. Meanwhile, the panchayat leaders expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for the projects - ‘augmentation of water supply’, improvement of road network and ‘construction of a burial cum cremation ground’ at Anini – which were promised by the Chief Minister during his visit to the district headquarters last year.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister visited the JNV school and laid the foundation stone of road network for the township. He also inaugurated the office buildings of Deputy Director, Urban Development, Deputy Commissioner and the Zilla Parishad.

A day earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Circle Office at Dambuen. Tuki had laid the foundation stone of the Circle Office during his visit on January 13 last year.



AAPSU for GLC Jote to be named after Jarbom Gamlin

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today demanded the state government to name the Government Law College (GLC) Jote after former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin. Addressing presspersons at press club here today, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung said that Late Jarbom Gamlin was not only the first AAPSU president who became Chief Minister but also was a practicing lawyer. “To honour his contributions for the state, AAPSU wants the government to name GLC after late Jarbom Gamlin”, Lapung added.  

AAPSU further urged the power department to stop installing prepaid meter in the Capital Complex. “If the government has failed to stop the installing of the meters, AAPSU will launch massive democratic movement” the union threatened.

“It is ironic that Arunachal being projected as the future power house of the nation has to adopt such policy which is so steep priced that the common man and the students are unable to afford electricity” AAPSU added.

Claiming that prepaid meter installed by the power department had badly hit the students’ community as they cannot afford the exorbitant bills, AAPSU threatened to launch a non-cooperation movement with the state government if the prepaid meter was forcibly enforced. “It is a faulty policy to contain revenue leakage, installation of prepaid meter is not solution to power pilferage” said, AAPSU IPR Secretary Lota Singhi in his address. AAPSU also strongly demanded the state government to repeal some clauses of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which was passed by the State Assembly on July 2014. The bill was tabled by Home Minister Tanga Byaling in order to curb the bandh culture in the state. However, the students’ body was not specific which particular clauses should be repealed. It informed that it had resolved to demand for the repealing at the recently concluded Federal Assembly in Tawang. AAPSU also reiterated its seven point’s charter of demand to the government for early redressal.

Meanwhile Arunachal Pradesh Fabrication Welfare Association also strongly opposed the pre-paid meter and appealed to the government to withdraw it immediately.



Computer sets bring smiles to school children

From a Correspondent

DIRANG, Feb 06: A total of 15 new computer sets were gifted to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission School Khasso (RSMSK) by Parliamentary Secretary Department of Hydro-Power Development (DHPD) and local MLA Phurpa Tsering here today.

Two of these machines would be engaged for official works while the rest would be used by the students as part of their school curriculum on computer education which has become a vital and necessary subject in modern education.

‘The school had been facing scarcity of fund to procure the computer sets and we are grateful to the local MLA for his good gesture’, said RSMSK secretary Mataji Anilapranaji, while also requesting the MLA to provide another 200 numbers of ceiling fans to the school building, hostel and the residential quarters.

While considering request of the Mataji, Phurpa also pledged to sanction Rs 15 lakhs from his MLALAD in the next session for construction of additional classrooms. ‘I believe charity begins at home and the RSMSK is very special to me for their selfless and noble duty of imparting low cost but excellent education to daughters of our soil’, said Phurpa amidst chorus of gratitude and cheers by smiling children of the school. Phurpa had also donated a Tata Sumo’ to RSMSK in 2011.

The only other school in the state after Ramakarishna Sarada Mission School Khonsa that caters education to only girl child, the RSMSK presently runs classes from three to six and houses around 200 boarders. ‘We are in the process of slowly upgrading the classes on yearly basis according to demands of the situation and meeting of the required infrastructure. This year we have approximately 30 seats for new admissions and the interview for Tawang and West Kameng Districts will be conducted during the last part of this month while for other districts it would be conducted next month’ informed the Mataji.

Meanwhile, taking stock of other developmental activities of his constituency, Phurpa visited the renovation sites of Dirang Multi-Purpose Indoor Stadium, ongoing new circuit house by PWD at Regional Apple Nursery, renovation of road from St.Lopon School to main road by the Urban Development and the Sanghti-Phudung and Khasso village segments. The MLA also visited the pandal and other preparations going on for the Lossar celebration at St. Lopon Stadium to be held in the last part of this month. The event is seen as a departure from the closed door Lossar celebration of the past and promises to be festive and colourful with avid participation by other tribesmen of the state and display of multi-local products, cuisines and cultural extravaganzas.



Zoologists take interest in discovery of rare bat species in Arunachal

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Feb 6: The report of discovery of small sized colourful bat species at Ralung village in East Siang district recently drew special attention of the State Forest Research Institute (SFRI). SFRI will be reporting the existence of the important bat species to Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) for publication in its journal.

The Forest Zoologist of SFRI, after morphological study of the dense orange coloured winged species, has identified the Painted Bat (Kerivoula picta) and affirmed that it was a newly discovered in the fauna of Arunachal Pradesh. The discovery of the bat species has given an input to local zoologists and amateur naturalists about existence of rare bat species in Arunachal forests.

The rare bat species belongs to Chiroptera group was discovered in Rombo hillsite near Gutin Reserve Forest under Pasighat (T) forest division. Toni Pertin, a young school boy encountered with the dense small bat near a natural bamboo groove, which was caught by him and handed over to this correspondent. The bat has scarlet fur and black and orange wings and it is said to be a vesper bat in the Vespertilionidae family and Chiroptera order. The specimen was later handed over to SFRI Museum in Itanagar for further study and research communication.

Senior Forest Zoologist of State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), Dr Asham Borang, who is enthusiastic on the discovery of the rare bat species in Arunachal forests, said that presence of Painted Bat was not traced for first time in the state. According to him, presence of the bat species was reported in Sikkim in Eastern Himalaya and Orissa during 1863 and later it was reported from Lakhimpur (North-Assam) in 1969, which was published in the journal of Indian Science & Technology, Kanpur (Vol-7, B).

‘’We are all set to report presence of Painted Bat in Arunachal forests to BNHS for highlight and conducting reference study and research communication. We will also seek project support from the society for systematic study on bat species found in the Himalayan stat’’, Dr Borang informed.

The report of tracing a rare bat species in East Siang is also attracted attention of the forest department. The Assistant Conservator of Forest (Pasighat), Boken Pao has visited the Rombo hillsite. Meanwhile, Divisional Forest Officer (T) of Pasighat has instructed the department officials to keep strict vigil on Rombo hillsite and Gutin RF and take step to make the local villagers aware on conservation of bio-diversity of the area.

An assistant professor of Zoology in Rajiv Gandhi University, Dr Daniel Mize is also putting interest to the newly reported colourful bat species. He is all set to conduct a special study on different bat species in the State and explore their habitats at various altitudes.



2nd edition CM’s trophy at West Siang and West Kameng

AALO, Feb 6: The West Siang District Level Volleyball and Football tournament for men and women under Chief Minister's Trophy that started on February 3 came to a glittering end on February 5.

In Football, Aalo West constituency and Mechuka constituency lifted the trophy for men and women beating 27-Liromoba constituency and Likabali constituency respectively. In Volleyball Aalo East and Likabali constituency emerged as winners in men and women beating Likabali constituency and Basar constituency respectively.

Rito Lollen of Aalo East and Geba Loya of Aalo West constituency were adjudged best in volleyball and football for men while Lingam Kena of Likabali constituency and Juli Koje of 33-Mechuka constituency were declared best player in women volleyball and football.

Attending the closing ceremony, former minister Kento Ete encouraged the upcoming volleyball and football players to build stamina and learn game techniques. The winning teams for men and women will participate in the state level volleyball and football tournament to be held at Itanagar.

BOMDILA: The 2nd edition of Chief Minister's Trophy for Men and Women (Football & Volleyball) 2014-15 concluded this evening at Buddha Stadium, Bomdila.

The Dirang constituency Football team (Men) emerged as the winner in the Men's final and bagged the trophy with cash award of Rs 50,000. The Runners up Thrizino constituency team was awarded with Rs. 25,000.

In the Women's Football, 4-Dirang constituency was declared as the winner and walked away with cash award of Rs 50,000 and the Runners up Nafra constituency team was awarded with Rs. 25,000.

The Nafara Constituency Volleyball team (Men) emerged as the winner and bagged Rs. 30,000 and a trophy, while Thrizino constituency team grabbed the runners up prize money of Rs. 15,000.

The cash award and the trophy for the Women's Volleyball were lifted by Nafara constituency with 5-Rupa-Kalaktang coming second. West Kameng Superintendent of Police Dr. A. Koan attended the prize distribution ceremony. DIPROs



China border upgrade: 6 airports in Arunachal; first in Tezu by Jan, 2016

NEW DELHI, Feb 6: In a strategic move, the NDA government has commenced work to develop six airports in Arunachal Pradesh. The eastern border state, which China does not recognise as part of India, does not have a single operational airport at present and has just a heliport near Itanagar.

In fact, along the 3,488-km border with China, there are no operational airports at present. According to the proposal firmed up in a meeting between Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati and chief ministers of northeastern states on January 29-30, the first of these airports at Tezu is to be made operational in January 2016. Raju was on a two-day visit on direction of the Prime Minister’s Office to the North-East to speed up airport development and improve air connectivity in a region considered extremely sensitive because of its international borders with China and internal security issues.

Apart from the airport at Tezu, efforts have also been renewed to resolve a long-standing dispute between the Central and state government over sharing the compensation for rehabilitation of 145 families to develop a second airport at Hollongi. “After the new land acquisition act came into force, rehabilitation costs shot up to around Rs 650 crore from an earlier estimate of Rs 145 crore. The ministry is now actively looking to resolve the dispute,” an official said.

Besides, feasibility studies are being commissioned to set up four more airports at Tawang, Daporijo, Anini and Koloriang. The push to improve air connectivity in the region comes close on the heels of the Indian government easing norms to construct 1,800 km of roads and military facilities along its disputed border with China in September last year.

The seven operational airports in the North-Eastern region are Dibrugarh, Lilabari, Guwahati (Assam), Dimapur (Nagaland), Shillong (Meghalaya), Imphal (Manipur) and Agartala (Tripura).

A senior government official said , “China has vastly improved roads and is building or extending air strips on its side of the Line of Actual Control. India does not have a single operational airport in Arunachal Pradesh. The Civil Aviation Ministry, in a recent meeting with chief ministers of Northeastern states, has decided to set up six airports and several helipads in Arunachal Pradesh.”

Sources said growing Chinese influence has been hindering execution of several developmental projects in the region over the last few months.

At Tezu, for one, an airport engineer was allegedly put behind bars for three months on trumped up charges by local authorities and the previous contractor was roughed up, delaying construction work. Moreover, according to reports, construction equipment was not permitted to be carried to the project site. “The Tezu airport would have been commissioned by now but for protests by locals. One of the key issues on the minister’s agenda this time was to resolve problems so that work can resume at Tezu,” the official said. The minister has assured locals that wherever permissible, local labour would be engaged and local people employed at the airport. With a breakthrough achieved last week, Tezu, which is being built at a cost of Rs 80 crore, can now become operational in a year.

India’s current approach to territorial disputes with neighbouring countries marks a departure from its traditional non-aligned approach to foreign power blocs. Since assuming office in May 2013, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited Nepal twice, becoming the first Indian PM to travel to the buffer state with China in 17 years. He has improved ties with Vietnam and Japan, both locked in territorial disputes with Beijing. India has also contested an $8 billion port project in Bangladesh, taking on another bidder, China Harbour Engineering Company, which was previously the frontrunner. The new government in Sri Lanka led by President Maithripala Sirisena has said India is the “main concern” of his foreign policy and that he will review all projects awarded to Chinese firms, including a sea reclamation development in Colombo that would give Beijing a strategic hold near India.

Only last week, China had expressed concern about US president Barack Obama’s second visit to India as chief guest during the Republic Day parade. The Daily, a mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party of China, had carried several articles in the past few days with assertions by Chinese analysts that it is aimed at denting improving China-India relations.

“The US is looking toward India as a regional partner in South Asia and the Indian Ocean to coordinate with its ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy and as a counterweight to a rising China. It also needs India’s cooperation in international affairs given New Delhi’s increasing sway in the international community,” it had said. (Source-Financial Express)



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Stop Hindutva force before its too late

Ever since BJP led government came to power at centre, the Hindutva elements have been emboldened and are carrying out activities which is detrimental to social fabric of India. Communal violence and attacks on minority communities’ places of worship has increased across the country. There are reports of forced re-conversion of Christians and Muslim, popularly known as ghar vapsi, being allegedly engineered by Hindu fringe elements.

Naturally the incidents have not gone unnoticed and international community is beginning to express concern over it. US President Barack Obama on Thursday stated that the "acts of intolerance" experienced by religious faiths of all types in India in the past few years would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi. Earlier also, Obama, at the end of his three-day visit here last week, had made a strong pitch for religious tolerance, cautioning that India will succeed so long as it was not "splintered along the lines of religious faith".  Reacting cautiously to Obama’s speech, government on Friday said any "aberrations" do not alter India's history of tolerance.  Two senior Union ministers — finance minister Arun Jaitley and home minister Rajnath Singh — underlined that India was a multireligious and multicultural country where communities including Muslim, Jewish, Parsis and Christians were present. The union government needs to show some action in order to ensure that minorities feel safe under them. Just giving sound bytes to media will not help the cause. Also BJP should go back to history and learn a lesson from 2004 general election. The party lost election despite all the good works done under Atal Bihari Vajpayee due to Gujarat riots where thousands of innocent Muslims were killed.


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Failure of governance and the society

Dear Editor,

The  phase-wise bandhs being called in the state in protest against the on ongoing pre-paid electric meter installation is failure of our governance system and the  society. Both the protesting people and the leaders who have hastily dictated its installation without proper analysis and communication of the problem are responsible for the bandh. Our leaders after getting elected act like dictators. We all witnessed of how our leaders took their offices. In the face of such dictator like functioning of our ruling leaders, our leaders in opposition are mute and passive. Their silence indicates that they agree and comply with ruling party. Since our leaders in opposition have become dysfunctional, our students unions, societies, NGOs and common people have to leave their studies and jobs to stage hunger strikes, protest rallies and call bandhs. I guess oppositions leaders are busy doing their business because all our leaders are businessmen. They do not have time to study and resolve the problems of the people who elected them. The common people have to vote them as well as solve the problems they create in doing business from their office. Why are the leaders in opposition not challenging the blind and anti-people policies of the GoAP? Leaders in opposition in AP have never realized their role and responsibilities. They have unspoken and implicit nexus with ruling leaders for their personal business benefits. In the face of such dysfunctional leaders in opposition of AP, the student unions, societies and common people are forced to take up their roles and responsibilities. Why haven't the leaders in opposition, questioned and found out which ministers and officers are responsible for the huge deficit worth 300 crores of the power department? Why haven't they booked those responsible for the poor condition of electricity in such a sparsely populated state of AP with minimal energy requirements? Why haven't they opposed the hike in electricity price? Why haven't they checked the functioning of the power department? Why haven't they questioned the ability of pre-paid meter system? Why haven't they questioned the source of 85 crores for the pre-paid project amid the department facing huge deficit? Why haven't they questioned the ban on tuition by teachers, when the GoAP has consistently failed to regularly pay their salaries and allowances and when the ministers being a government employee themselves engage in businesses? Why haven't they asked for ban on ministers doing business and contain themselves with their salaries? What has they done for SSA teachers? When the GoAP banned carrying pistols and knives to office, why didn't they recommend GoAP to ban corruption in offices?

Through this esteemed daily, I would like to ask the leaders in opposition to study and realize their role and responsibilities for proper and normal governance, in order to relieve students to study and common people to do their jobs. The leaders in opposition have the primary role to stop the bandh culture that the students and common people are forced to adopt.


Takam Tadar,

Delhi university,





At the right platform

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to congratulate Tapang Taloh, the Minister of Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh for receiving positive response from the  Union HRD Minister, and subsequent assurance of the Union Minister to look into the issues Mr. Taloh raised during the 52nd General Council Meeting of NCERT, New Delhi. Attending the meeting, Taloh highlighted the various issues like the inclusion of Horticulture and Agriculture, Finance and Account in the Secondary level curriculum. The most important subjects he stressed in the meeting with the Union HRD Minister were the inclusion of Tawang Monastery and other ethos of the Northeast regions in the National Curriculum. He also highlighted the need for the MHRD, NCERT and other national level organisational support in protection, preservation and promotion of endangered dialects of the Arunachal Pradesh, which later on Union HRD Minister appreciated the issues and assured for the consideration of the same in the National Education Policy (NEP) which is in pipeline, which is indeed appreciable.

The inclusion of Tawang Monastery and other historical and important places and some tourism hot spots of the Arunachal Pradesh in the National Level Curriculum is very much needed not only for the people of Arunachal Pradesh but for the people of the country as a whole.

Many times, when we go out from the Northeast, we are asked whether we are Chinese or Nepalese, even by the educated and grown up people of the mainland India. When we reply that we are neither Chinese nor Nepali but we are also Indian, and belong from Arunachal Pradesh, which is also one of the states of the Union of India, then they again ask where Arunachal Pradesh is.

In this regard, it would be relevant to mention an incident when the Map of Arunachal Pradesh was not only missing from the Indian territorial domain but mentioned as the part of Chinese territory in the 10th Standard textbook of geography of the State Board of Maharashtra. Again, in recent BJP’s Vision Document for Delhi Assembly Election referred the North Eastern People as Immigrants.

All these unacceptable incidents and insults may be because people do not know anything about our state.  

Taloh’s stress of the inclusion of the Tawang Monastary and some other famous and historical places of Arunachal Pradesh in the National Level Curriculum of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus would be the best option to make the people of the entire country feel and know that Arunachal Pradesh is also one of the states of the union of India.


Tamin Nalo

RGU, Doimukh




The controversy

Dear Editor,

It is most disheartening to observe the treatment of the present BJP government meted out to the North Eastern states. BJP's Vision Document for the Delhi assembly polls stirred up a controversy by referring people from North Eastern states in the national capital as "immigrants" that too when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was visiting China, which lays claims to Arunachal Pradesh.  Was it proper for the BJP to come out with a Vision Document terming North East people "immigrants"?


Zon Damin, Mebo







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