February 04


Thousands participate in SAG Torch relay

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 03: The Torch relay of the South Asian Games (SAG), which entered into the state in its last leg yesterday and halted a night here, was flagged by Governor JP Rajkhowa from Raj Bhawan helipad here this morning.

Around 2000 school students, sportspersons and enthusiasts participated in the relay.

Head of the Torch Relay Prof. Biswajit Basumotary, Dean of Lakshmi Bai Institute of Physical Science, handed over the Torch to Governor Rajkhowa, who passed it on to Everester Anshu Jamsenpa to begin the relay.

The rally culminated at IG Park, where it was again passed on to the head of the Torch relay.

Earlier, Rajkhowa exhorted the sportspersons and youth to take active part in sporting activities and to bring laurels for the state and the country.

He called upon the sportspersons to motivate all towards sporting activities, which would ensure physical and mental upliftment of the youth.

Rajkhowa wished that the torch relay would inspire the youth of the state and the region towards spectacular performance in games and sports and they in turn would contribute to the development of youth power in the country and the North-East in particular.

The relay was organized under the aegis of Department of Sports.



18 child labours rescued in Daporijo

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Feb 03: Daporijo police have rescued 18 children from different locations within the township here, who were engaged as child labour/domestic helps in various garages, houses and work places.

Most of the rescued children were from Assam and they were safely handed over to their parents and guardians with police escorts.

The children were rescued during the month-long operation under Operation Smile-II conducted by Daporijo Police under close supervision of SP Taru Gusar from January one to 30.

It was revealed during interrogation that the children were brought to Daporijo as mostly as domestic helps and as helpers in garages, told the SP.

The SP appealed to the local dwellers and NGOs to extend their full cooperation to the police against child labour and trafficking.



Arunachal’s Sambo Lapung  to represent country at SAG

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 03: Lifter Sambo Lapung is the lone athlete from Arunachal Pradesh to represent the country in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) to be held in Guwahati and Shillong from February 5 to 16, informed Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA).

Sambo is the current senior national weightlifting champion in 69 kg category. He won the title in the 68th Senior National Weightlifting Championship held at Patiala, Punjab in December 2015, where he struck 3 gold medals.

Sambo has brought many a laurels to the State by winning medals in national and international level competitions since 2011.

He won Gold medal at All India Inter SAI Championship at Aurangabad and Bronze medal at 7th Youth National Weightlifting Championship, held at Nirjuli (Arunachal Pradesh) in 2011.

He became Youth National Champion winning three Gold medals at 8th Youth and Junior National Champion at 49th Junior National Weightlifting Championship in 2012.  In 2013, he has successfully defended both his Youth and Junior National Championship titles at National Weightlifting Championship held at Guwahati.

At international level, Sambo has won silver medal at Commonwealth Youth Championship in Apia, Samoa in 2012.

In 2013, he became Asian Youth Champion as well as Commonwealth Youth Champion.

The Asian title was achieved at 15th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championship in Doha, Qatar and Commonwealth title at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship held in Penang, Malaysia, the AWA informed.



BJP questions delay by Cong in moving HC

NEW DELHI, Feb 03: An Arunachal Pradesh BJP  today questioned in Supreme Court the delay on part of the Congress in moving the Gauhati High Court against Governor J P Rajkhowa's decision to advance the assembly session in the political crisis-hit state without the then Chief Minister's consent.

"On December 9, the Governor took the decision and Congress Party approached the High Court on December 15 after the resolution to remove the Speaker (Nabam Rebia) was passed. The government has lost majority was also proved," the counsel for BJP MLA Tage Taki told a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar.

If such a "grave" mistake was committed by the Governor then why did the then ruling party allow the matter to "precipitate" further and move the court at the last minute, senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the lawmaker, said.

The constitutional head of state had discretionary power to summon the assembly without consulting the council of ministers if he had reasons to be convinced that the Chief Minister had lost majority support in the House, Singh told the bench that also comprised justices Dipak Misra, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and N V Ramana.

The court, which is considering pleas against imposition of President's Rule in the state, yesterday resumed hearing on earlier petitions seeking examination of constitutional schemes on the scope of discretionary powers of the Governor.

The bench is also examining the authority of Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa as to whether he can advance the assembly session without the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his council of ministers.

The court would tomorrow resume hearing on the petitions seeking examination of powers of Governors. PTI



Arunachal preparing list as per SC order

Itanagar, Feb 03: Arunachal Pradesh government is preparing a list of documents for submission to Supreme Court following the directive to it to return copies of all official files seized from the offices of former chief minister Nabam Tuki, his ministers and parliamentary secretaries after imposition of President's rule in the state.

A list of documents needed by the petitioners in the case is also being prepared, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi told PTI.

The SC order was received by the government on Tuesday morning and accordingly the lists of the files were being prepared.

He said the former chief minister, ministers and the parliamentary secretaries have been requested to take the relevant documents needed for filing replies in the court.

The apex court had on Monday directed the chief secretary and the administrator of the state to supply certain documents, personal documents and personal diaries of Tuki and his ministers including parliamentary secretaries on their request. PTI



The wave of Clean Arunachal Campaign

[ Hage Yami ]

ITANAGAR Feb 03: The Clean Arunachal Campaign since its commencement on Feb 1 has evoked huge response as the common masses have joined in wholeheartedly to clean their surroundings during the fortnight.  

Here are some opinions of the denizens regarding on-going Clean Arunachal Campaign.

A bank employee of Itanagar, who does not want to be named, said “It is not necessary to wait for the commencement of such campaign; in fact it should be an everyday process to maintain the cleanliness and not litter the city. Keeping the surrounding or city clean is solely the responsibility of the  citizens and it should be a voluntary efforts on the part of each and every individual.”

“As per as possible, I have cleaned up of my surroundings, home and office. I also feel the need for logistic support like sufficient vehicles to lift garbage and disposal of solid wastes. Moreover, I feel the need of awareness campaign in villages about the health and hygiene, particularly on sanitary system with involvement of NGOs,” said Er Tapi Tai, Executive Engineer Department of power Ziro.

“I feel this cleanliness drive is very good initiative but it has created a chaos among the commuters.  It is my sincere appeal to the concerned authority to carry on the campaign at allocated time so as to ease out the traffic” said a commuter.

A resident of F sector said “I feel the concern authority should promote Clean Arunachal campaign as far as possible in every nook and corner of the state as many people still don’t know about this. Moreover, maintaining cleanliness or personal hygiene doesn’t need any orders, campaign etc as it is a part of everyday life.” He continued “seeing the scenario of our state, especially state capital, I really appreciate this awareness campaign and would like to appeal concerned authority to step out some remedy to keep the capital clean with the continuation of this campaign. The campaign should continue even after the end of the fortnight, twice or thrice in a week to lift the dumped trashes on the road side.  The entrance of RKM hospital and F-sector has got very bad impression due to accumulation of garbage.”

From the opinions of the people, it is amply clear that expectations of common masses to see the twin capital cleaned are very high and cleanliness should not be the responsibility of the administration alone   but each citizen should make it every day habit.  At the same time, one hindrance to the cleanliness drive is the lack of garbage disposal mechanism, posing a challenging task for the authorities.



3 NSCN (K) cadres nabbed

ITANAGAR, Feb 03: Security Forces nabbed three NSCN (K) cadres from adjoining jungles of Laju and Noglo area of Tirap District on Wednesday.

The troops of 1st Assam Rifles, caught hold of the  cadres  along with several arms and ammunitions after 96 hours long search, battling vagaries of bad weather and sub zero temperature.

As per reliable source initially only 1 ultra was nabbed in adjoining jungle area of Kollam and on his tipoff, the two accomplices were apprehended subsequently from Kollam and Noglo area. The apprehended cadres were identified as Alon Wangsa, 28 yrs and resident of Nginu, Major Kommen Kanglon, 30 yrs, resident of Tutnyu and Napong Kangnong, 19 yrs, resident of Noglo village.

One 7.62 AK 47 Automatic Assault Rifle, one 9 mm Carbine Machine Gun and one 7.65 mm revolver along with huge quantity of ammunitions which included 550 AK 47 live ammunitions, 9 mm Carbine Machine gun ammunitions and 7.65 pistol ammunitions, pouches and extortion note were recovered from their possession.



Good time for effective, fearless administration: Rajkhowa

ITANAGAR, Feb 03: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa while addressing the commissioners, secretaries and special secretaries of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh said that President Rule must be a good time to bring in effective and fearless administration, free of fear or favour.

He said that there is an urgent need for change in the mindset of the officers and asserted that maintenance of discipline is the need of the hour and that starts with being punctual in office.

The Governor requested all officers to extend their fullest cooperation to ensure good administration during President Rule and thereafter also.

The Governor expressed his disappointment on the reported participation of certain Government officials in politics and remarked that officers should serve in Government without any prejudice.

The Governor also expressed regret that the practice of giving out of turn promotion to certain officers in officiating basis has become an ugly trend. He pointed out that this is the root cause of corruption in the works department. He further expressed his great concern over the reports of private individuals moving files in Government offices for vested interest and urged that such practices must discontinue.

The Governor lauded the Clean Arunachal Campaign and said that such endeavour go a long way in ensuring best practices.

The Governor also directed Commissioner PWD to immediately repair all the roads in and around Capital Complex.

Meanwhile, in a meeting on Tuesday, it was decided that State Infrastructure Development Fund (SIDF) projects would be reviewed and finalized by a committee under the chairmanship of Advisor G S Patnaik. "Funds would be distributed rationally as per population, backwardness and special needs of the area," Rajkhowa said.

The governor expressed surprise that the previous plan for SIDP fund distribution as per planning department had excluded Anjaw, Namsai, Changlang, Longding and Kra Daadi districts.

The governor had said that the 13th Finance Commission which was already approved previously by the last High Level Monitoring Committee (HLMC) should be implemented and no arbitrary changes be made on the project priority list.



Arunachal stun Manipur 2-1 in BC Roy Football

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 03: Arunachal colts stunned formidable Manipur 2-1 in their second group match in the 50th National (U-19) Football Championship for BC Roy Trophy being held at Chhattisgarh today.

Nabam Peri and Dunga Pui scored one goal each for Arunachal Pradesh, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) assistant general secretary Kipa Ajay.

A win against Gujarat in their last group level match will propel Arunachal Pradesh into the semifinal, Ajay said.

Arunachal played out a 1-1 draw against Chandigarh in their opening match on February one. Phassang Tama scored the only goal for the state.



LS lifts state level under-17 Subroto Cup

PASIGHAT, Feb 03: State Champion Lower Subansiri will represent Arunachal Pradesh in the national level Subroto Cup Football Tournament.

Lower Subansiri became champion defeating West Siang 2-0 in the final of the state level Subroto Cup tournament at General Ground here today.

Lower Subansiri took total control of the match right from the beginning of the play. Millo Tarung and Tailyang Tai scored one goal each.

The winning team will be given three months intensive coaching/training by the Directorate of Secondary Education to prepare them for national level tournament where teams from foreign countries will also participate.

The winners of district level competitions from 10 districts participated in the tournament, including East Kameng, West Siang, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw, Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare, Upper Subansiri and Lower Subansiri.

JN College Principal Dr. Tayek Talom handed over the winner’s trophy to LS team.

CCF Millo Tago, Organizing Chairman Gomo Tato, Youth Welfare Officer L Shokun Singh, DDSE cum Vice Chairman Obuk Panor, host officers, leaders and soccer lovers witnessed the final match. DIPRO




RGU results out

ITANAGAR, Feb 03: Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the Result of Semester Examination of Undergraduate Course held during December 2015.

The results have been uploaded at the university website: www.rgu.ac.in. The mark-Sheet shall be available in the respective colleges while re-check application should be submitted within 15 days of the receipt of the mark sheet to the respective colleges.



Sishir Dutta appointed as AG

ITANAGAR, Feb 03: Senior Advocate of Gauhati High Court Sishir Dutta is the new Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has appointed Dutta on Wednesday, after he fired Ranji Thomas from the post.

Governor had terminated the services of the Thomas and Additional Advocate General of the state R H Nabam on Feb 1.

Meanwhile, the Governor appointed Anil Srivastav as Additional Advocate General-cum-Standing Counsel for Arunachal Pradesh in the Supreme Court of India.  



Vehicle registration week

PASIGHAT, Feb 03: Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla today declared the period from February 8-15 as “Registration Week” and directed the District Transport Officer to ensure that all types of vehicles plying in the district are registered.

The DC took the decision in view of numerous vehicles particularly motorcycles on roads of the township without registration plate, which, she said, is becoming a fashion among the youths.

In some cases, the owners willfully do not get the number plate fixed in their registered vehicles, observed the DC.  

She also took serious note of reckless driving, affixing zigzag number plates and modification of bikes which does not conform to the specification given in Motor Vehicles Act.

Meanwhile, DTO Chakfa Wangsu informed that an intensified traffic checking would be carry out by his department in the next week with the help of traffic police and magistrates.

At the same time, HSRP (High Security Registration Plate) would be fixed by replacing detachable stylish number plates of all vehicles and unregistered vehicles would get registered on the spot during the upcoming Registration Week. DIPRO



90 % work of Likabali - Aalo BRTF road completed: EE says

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: In a clarification to the Feb 2 news item in this daily wherein the Galo Students’ Union’s (GSU) had held the Department of Power responsible for delay in progress of line shifting works for double lanning of Likabali-Aalo BRTF road, the Basar Electrical Division EE Lijum Ete has said that 90% of work has been completed and only shifting of three double pole structure is now required to be done which will be completed within a week.

The 0.75 Km of LT Line in Market area will also be done after receiving final strip plan from BRTF, the EE informed and termed the GSU’s complaints as illogical and uncalled for.

The EE further said that the Basar Electrical Division should not be held responsible for the Dec 23 last incident wherein one of the staffs of the private road survey team was electrocuted and suffered injury as he mistakenly hit the 33 KV line conductor with the metallic pole being used for survey.



Reh sports and literary competitions

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Feb 3: Central Reh Celebration Committee 2016 conducted various literary and sports competitions as part of Reh celebration.

The debate competition on "Reformation in Ang'ngi  Aenah of Idu-Mishmi (Social Taboo)" was won by Momai Umpe, while Ache Mimi and Mola Mili came second and third respectively.

Andi Menjo of Divine Word School won the first position in essay competition while the second and third positions were won by Riya Mikhu of VKV and Hine Linggi of Divine Word School respectively.

The winner of the quiz competition was Divine Word School team. Intaya Public School and JNV Roing secured the second and third places respectively.

In sports, Open Melo lifted the men’s open single badminton title defeating Brengso Kri in the final. Men's double open title was won by the pair of Apomo Linggi and Odick Umbrey defeating the duo of Danu Linggi and Handi Molo.

In veteran's category, Ambra Mena and Novin Baradwaj defeated Awang Lowang and Jumbo Geiyi to win the title.

Ajiya Umpey and Apali Mega won the women's double open title defeating Wishimi Mito and Guniya Dele.

Desali team became champion in Volleyball competition. Govt. Higher Secondary School Roing Hostel team was the runners up.



ATI training for state civil service officers

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: A two days training on power and functions of executive magistrate for Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service (APCS) officers commenced at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.

The training is mainly focused on CrPC, but the various statutory Laws or Acts should also be included in future programmes, said Onit Panyang,) Secretary Law & Judicial, who attended the inauguration function of the training. He informed that Civil Service officers of Arunachal Pradesh are guided by Assam Frontier Regulation Acts (AFR Act) 1945, hence, all the executive magistrates should have thorough knowledge on it.

Since 60 percent of indigenous people in the state prefer customary laws for settling conflicts/disputes, the role of customary laws of the state too has to be taken care of during the training, he suggested.

ATI Director Training Pate Marik has informed that ATI has introduced such training for the first time for the civil service officers of the state which will be improved in due course of time. He advised the participating officers to take full advantage of it for efficient delivery of services to the public.

Altogether 26 Circle Officers (COs) and Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs) from all districts are attending the training.

Priscilla Tayeng, Dy. Director Training-cum-Course Coordinator and Nani Khambo, Asst. Director Training also spoke on the occasion.

Md. Abdul Gani, WBCS (Exe), Prof. National Disaster Management and Joint Secretary to the Govt, of West Bengal, ATI Kolkata and Ajay Kr. Ghosh, WBCS (Exe), (Retd), Ex-Joint Secretary to the Govt. of West Bangal are the resource persons for the training.



Students asked to avoid junk food

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The harmful effects of eating junk food were explained to the students in an awareness programme organized at VKV, Itanagar today.

District Tuberculosis Officer Dr. Thongchi, who conducted the programme, told the students, who always do not understand the health consequences of their eating habit, that food containing high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) causes many diseases, including type-2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, chronic inflammation and hyperinsulinemia with a risk of cardiovascular diseases in later life.

These diseases and childhood obesity have been reportedly found to affect the cognitive and physical development of children adversely, causing an irreparable loss to the society, Dr. Thongchi said.

Students should avoid eating HFSS foods, such as chips, fried foods, and carbonated beverages, ready to eat noodles, pizzas, potato fries and confectionary items, chocolates, candies, samosos, bread pakora etc. They should consume healthy food items which contain enough fibers, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients for proper health instead, Dr. Thongchi said.

Around 700 students along with teachers attended the programme.



De-worming day

ROING/SEPPA, Feb 03: Addressing a meeting on National Deworming Day, Roing ADC Ruchika Katyal urged the department to take all necessary steps for full coverage of Schools, government and private and Aganwadi centers.

She also directed DRCHO to issue letters to PRI leaders regarding the day to ensure better coverage & monitoring.

In the meeting, Dr.Raju Mena informed that the de-worming day will be conducted on Feb 10 and will cover all the children under the age group of 1-19 years.

The block wise team including Nodal Teachers, Aganwadi workers will be given orientation training at District Hospital on Feb 8.

DC East Kameng Deepak Shinde, District has directed the DMO, DRCHO and DDSE to prepare a simple Standard Operating Procedure for the execution of the programme. He directed the DDSE to forward an urgent circular to all principals informing about the programme along with the SOP.

He further said that sensitization is very important for better participation. He has suggested for mass awareness and dissemination of information on de-worming objectives by announcement through PA system in the township. He further assured to depute administrative officers to monitor and provide necessary support to the executing team in their respective circles and blocks.

DMO C. L. Mallo informed that a rapid action team of doctors and staffs has been constituted for any untoward emergency occurs during the programme.

DRCHO K. Lapung informed that schools and Anganwadi centres are the most important platforms for better implementation of the programme.



NEIST conducts training on Mushroom cultivation

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch Itanagar in collaboration with Dobum Child Development Centre, Banderdewa organized a training and awareness programme on “Cultivation of Mushroom” today.

Demonstration on mushroom cultivation was conducted by the resource persons, who also highlighted the food value and commercial viability of mushroom cultivation.

The NEIST Branch assured to provide all technical support and help to the farmers for cultivation of mushroom.

Around 40 farmers and villagers attended the training programme.



Singh takes charge as Capital Complex DC

ITANAGAR, Feb 3:  Sandeep Kumar Singh who took over the charge of the Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex convened a meeting of all the officers here today.

During the meeting, Singh informed that his main focus would be the maintenance of law and order in the Capital Complex, no delay in public service and better function of the municipality. While urging the officers to maintain transparency and strict work culture in the office, he further asked the Executive Magistrates to ensure maintenance of law & order within their respective jurisdiction.

DC further asked all the officers to make a report of any issue that needed urgent attention. (DIPRO)



AAF unit meet

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The Arunachal Artistes Forum (AAF) Kra Daadi district unit recently organized an interaction programme. During the event AAF Chairman Bamang Loram released calendar of forum and called upon artistes to work with mission to promote hidden artistes of the district.



AAPSBMEA seeks regularization

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The All Arunachal Pradesh Saakshar Bharat Mission Employee Association (AAPSBMEA) has written to Governor and placed their six point demands. They have sought for regularization of SBM employees, enhancement of honorarium, induction of special package for SBM employees of Arunachal, release of 11 month pending honorarium, and establishment of adult education centre at 1657 gram panchayats.



NCSTC’s Educational-cum-awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: The National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) is going to organize an educational-cum-awareness programme on Birth defects including Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) at RK Mission Hospital on Feb 4 and Tomo Riba State Hospital on Feb 5 next respectively.

A team of experts from AIIMS, New Delhi led by Professor of Paediatric Surgery, AIIMS, New Delhi, M. Bajpai in collaboration with Director of Health Services, Arunachal State Hospital, Dr. Moji Jini will conduct the programme, informed a Directorate of Medical Education release.



Union seeks information

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: Claiming that it has been denied documents by the Public Information Officer of NERIST, regarding appointment of Group C&D post at the institute, the All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has in a memorandum submitted to the Governor appealed to him to direct the Director of NERIST, Nirjuli to furnish said documents at the earliest.

Stating that the concern PIO has failed to issue any documents citing non-availability of data in the office, the AAPLU has questioned as to how a premiere technical institute of the central government as NERIST has no data regarding the appointments and termed it as unacceptable.



Ensure proper implementation of RTE Act

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: Claiming that various government schools under Tali Area lack basic facilities such as stationery items and uniforms, the All Tali Area Student Union has in a representation to the Kra Daadi DDSE today sought his immediate attention towards proper implementation of the RTE Act in the area’s schools.

The Union had carried out inspections in various schools under Tali and found that almost all schools have poor infrastructure, it claimed and further urged the DDSE to initiate early steps to ensure that provisions like mid-day meal, uniforms and books under the RTE Act should be properly implemented.



Clean Arunachal Campaign

Roing, Feb 3: Clean Arunachal campaign was launched in the town to mark the 30th Statehood Day Celebration 2016. Detailed cleanliness plan has been prepared for sectors/colony, road sides and Baazar areas with participation of departmental staffs, NGOs, Police, ITBP, BRTF, market community and school children for effective cleanliness.

Feb 13-15 has been allocated for white washing of Govt as well as private buildings.

ADC, Roing Ruchika Katyal, DPO M.Dirchi and UPO, UD & Housing Er. Tao Tadap are in the monitoring team.



Students seek reason for postponement of interview

ITANAGAR, Feb 3: All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) has demanded the authority concerned to give the reason for postponement of the date of interview for selection of beneficiaries under PMEGP.

According to ATSU, the actual date of interview was fixed from February 1 to 3, but it has been postponed to February 8 to 10 without any valid reason.

The interview must be conducted under CCTV surveillance in a free and fair manner, ATSU said. The union further demanded that the candidature of government employees, NGOs and other candidates who have been granted loan earlier should be disqualified for the interview for selection of beneficiaries under the PMEGP scheme.


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NE states still waiting for good days

Central government today unleashed another round of major infrastructure projects. Govt. of India cleared six road projects and one port sector project with estimated project cost of around Rs 9,672 crore. It included four National Highway projects, one each in the state of Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh and two projects in the state of Uttar Pradesh and one port sector project in the state of Goa.

Much to the disappointment of the people of North East region there was no major announcement for the NE states.  When present government came to power at centre, people of north east region had huge expectation from them. For years successive central government has failed to develop the region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised a lot for the region but situation has not improved much. People are getting impatient and desperately want to see improvement at grass root. The biggest problem confronting our region is poor road  network. The hilly terrain makes it more difficult for the people to survive. Government of India should especially give emphasis on improving the road connectivity. It’s surprising that no major road project has been announced for the region so far. But hopefully in coming budget government will present a road map for the development of region. There is urgent need for it. If govt. of India continuous to neglect the region, it will send out wrong message and sense of alienation will engulf the region.






Readers’ Forum




No law that allows police to assault public

Dear Editor,

On Feb 2nd   at around 7 PM, I went to pick up my younger brother from his tuition centre at G-extension, Naharlagun from Press Colony, Papu Nallah but there was a heavy traffic jam near Niba Hospital.

As I was trying to enter the queue, I was not allowed, so very slowly I drove from the wrong side of the road till Naka point at Yupia road Tri-junction when a sub inspector along with his team stopped my car and started slapping and kicking me. I was trying to explain but they didn’t allow me to speak even a single word. As I was trying to make a call to my parents, they snatched my cell phone and threw out all my documents and belongings.

Later my parents and I went to the police station Naharlangun where we lodged a complaint. The officers there apologized for the incident.

If I am violating the traffic rule then the officer should have imposed fine as per traffic rule.  There are no provisions in Indian law that allows police to physically assault innocent public.

Therefore, I highly appeal to the concerned authority to correct the bad behavior and harassment by the city police. And their duty is to protect and safeguard the public but not to misbehave and harass the innocent public.


Tana Akash

Press colony, Papu Nalah



Super heroes do exist

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express my view on recent transfer order issued by Governor in the interest of people of Arunachal.

After learning that DC of East Kameng Sandeep Kumar has been transferred to Capital Complex, I was little disheartened but later realized that his deed has proved the proverb “action talk louder than words”.

He has done many commendable jobs during his short tenure as DC of Seppa. The people of Seppa, for the first time felt and experienced real administration. They were made to realize that law is above all and everyone is equal before law.

His action has made many people to believe that there exist super heroes too. He was next to messiah for poor and helpless people. The word rationality, punctuality and justice became his identity.

No word is enough to appreciate his work and measure his ability.

People of East Kameng will always remember you as our super hero and will cherish your dream of equality, justice and rationality.

May you continue to inspire many more and serve our state in different capacities.  My grand salute to our Sandeep Kumar.


Prey Tayem Dodum




A fortified city

Dear Editor,

A popular quote states that “when two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled”.

In the present situation of the state of Arunachal Pradesh, this is true.

But what is more confusing is the fact that, one cannot guess who is fighting with whom! First, we heard fights among members of the same party with different heads, then we witnessed fights between two constitutional heads of the state and now between the Honorable Supreme Court (SC) and the central government for recommending President’s rule in the state! 

In the meantime, the state’s capital has become a fortified city. Security forces are deployed in every two to three steps. I wonder what they are defending! 

All I see and hear is harassment of the people, mostly commuters. If imposition of President’s rule means fortification and harassment, then the temporary arrangement of president rule will have long term negative impact on the people.

To make things worse, the burning issues like unemployment, borders conflicts, deteriorating financial/ economic situation and other important developmental activities are left aside. 

It is time our leaders look back and pay attention to the state, start working for the people’s welfare and work dedicatedly instead of running to Delhi for power or fight.


An Aggrieved citizen




Dear Editor,

It is regarding the result of ”Research Assistant” which was recently declared. Out of 13 students selected for viva-voce, only 4 students are from commerce background. Whereas examination was mostly based on” accountancy”(2nd paper), it seems that the commerce students of our state need “reservation” in their own field.


Tazing Taggu

‘C’ sector,





When did Dao become a weapon?

Dear Editor,

Tradition and culture are part and parcel of any society. No society is complete without the unique culture and traditions they possess. Sikh’s Pagri and Kirpan, Nepali’s Khukri, Assam’s Gamusa are the geo- indicators of their society. 

I am shocked and tremendously surprised how an important agricultural and traditional tool like “Dao” became a weapon in due course of time? Besides the fact that Dao has been associated with only one tribe, which is a complete mis-inter-pretation. 

A basic item like Dao if rated as a weapon and carrying one is regarded as violation of rule and present any danger to the law and order situation, then the matter needs to be discussed seriously before the tradition become a matter of law and order problem.

Dao is a traditional item and it must be the right of every young man and women to possess it. Breaking of any law and order must be punished according to the law of the land. 

Criminals are punished for after they had committed a crime, not before. 


Joram Aatum



Boundary problems

Dear Editor,

It is very disheartening to know that the leaders whoever may be of Arunachal Pradesh are not concerned about the state. Moreover they are more interested for their chairs and power. It is very surprising to see that the court proceedings from the permanent bench, Itanagar to the Supreme Court of India via Ghty High Court is moving very fast.

I imagine why is the Inter State Boundary case left pending at a snail’s pace? If really they are concerned about it, there should have been speedy trial and permanent settlement.

If India can settle the boundary with Bangladesh, why not Assam and Arunachal?  The development in the interstate boundary has come to a complete halt hampering the life of local inhabitants.


Rickar Taipodia

PO/PS Likabali