February 08


SAG: Arunachal’s Sambo scripts history

ITANAGAR, Feb 07: Lifter Sambo Lapung of Arunachal Pradesh today scripted history by winning a gold medal for India in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) being held in Guwahati.

Sambo, living upto expectations, bagged the gold medal in 69 kg category in his maiden appearance in the SAG. He defeated his nearest Sri Lankan rival M Disanayake in a close contest, informed Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA).

After trailing by 5 kg in snatch, Sambo lifted five more kilograms than his Sri Lankan rival in clean and jerk, leaving the two lifters tied on a total lift of 281kg. Sambo lifted 123 kg in snatch and 158 kg in clean and jerk.

The lifter from the state was adjudged the gold winner as his bodyweight (68.8 kg) was lesser than Disanayake (69.00 kg), who won the silver, the AWA release said.

Sambo is the lone athlete from the state to represent the country in the Games.

Compatriot Saraswati Rout brought the first gold of the day in Women’s 58 kg with a total lift of 187 kg (snatch: 80 kg + clean and jerk: 107 kg).

With Sambo and Saraswati winning one gold medal each on the second day till filing of this report, the country’s total medal haul from weightlifting in the games rose to five.

The silver and bronze medals in this category went to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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.

In international level, Sambo has won a silver medal at Commonwealth Youth Championship in Apia, Samoa in 2012. He became Asian Youth Champion as well as Commonwealth Youth Champion in 2013. The Asian title was achieved in the 15th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championship held in Doha, Qatar and the Commonwealth title in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship held in Penang, Malaysia.

It is pertinent to mention here that Sambo along with Jimjang Deru and Kojum Taba, are attending a two and half months national coaching camp at SAI, Netaji Subash National Institute of Sports, Patiala, Punjab as a preparation for various International Senior Weightlifting Championship, including 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, messages congratulating Sambo for his stupendous performance in the Games started to pour in from all quarters.

Thrilled by the achievement of the lifter from the state in the SAG, Governor JP Rajkhowa said that Lapung has truly showcased the sporting potential of the State and the region.

The Governor, who reposed confidence on the potentials of young men and women of the state, hoped Sambo’s achievement will inspire many more youths of the state towards games and sports.

“It is a great moment for all of us. By bagging Gold in the Games through his sheer determination and hard work, Sambo has made the state and country proud,” said Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General Gechi Doke.

“The initiative of former chief minister Nabam Tuki, who accorded top priority to sports sector, started to bear fruits,” said the AOA secretary general.

The state’s U-19 football team also reached the semifinal in the 50th National Football Championship for BC Roy Trophy being held in Chhattishgarh, which is a great achievement indeed, Doke added.

“This is the curtain raiser and proof as to why Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) office bearers, national and international judges and observers after the national event at Nirjuli in 2011 pinned their hopes on Arunachalees weightlifters to win medals in the ensuing Rio Olympics in August 2016,” said Abraham K Techi, Arunachal Weightlifting Association president and general secretary Daniel Teli while congratulating Sambo.

“We are making all out efforts to provide the required training and practice to meet their expectations,” Abraham, also Indian Weightlifting Federation vice president, said.

“Our weightlifters would undoubtedly excel for winning much more glory for India and we are confident about that,” Abraham added.



Young Arunachalee scientists shine at Taiwan International Science Fair

ITANAGAR, Feb 07: Four girl students from Arunachal have secured the 3rd position at the Taiwan International Science Fair, which was held from Jan 24-29 at Taipei.

VKV Nirjuli students Lishank Tasar (Class VII) and Tadar Parte (Class VIII), presented a “Study on Traditional House Architecture in Itanagar Capital Complex and to improve climatic responsive contemporary house” while VKV Jirdin Aalo students, Toyir Kamgo and Zarnie Lollen, (both class VIII students), made their presentation on “Impact of firewood collection on weather & Climate of Jirdin village, Aalo”.

The four were awarded medal, citations and cash prize of 3200 dollars.

153 projects were presented in the event which saw the participation of 513 young scientists from 22 countries.

The selection process was a tedious one with scrutiny of  projects at districts and then at the state Level by State Council for Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology and finally at National Children Science Congress held at Bangalore and Chandigarh, sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

The students were under the guidance of Director cum Member Secretary State Council for Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology, Er.Tanya Ronya and State Coordinator, Children Science Congress Dr Debojit Mahanta.

Ronya has congratulated the students for the stupendous performance and thanked Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi for his interest in the innovation and Science activities relevant to the need of the state.



Raj Bhavan seeks opinion on role of Deputy Speaker, Congress cries foul

NEW DELHI, Feb 07: In an interesting turn of events, Raj Bhavan has sought the opinion of the Secretary Law based on a letter written by T N Thongdok, asking if he can function as Deputy Speaker performing the duties of Speaker when President's Rule is in place in the state.

In a letter to Secretary Law written on Feb 4, Raj Bhavan has asked the details to be furnished by Feb 5 for the “perusal of the Governor”, taking many by surprise at the urgency shown.  

Meanwhile, the Nabam Tuki led Congress has been quick in accusing Governor J P Rajkhowa of conspiring to help the dissident MLAs form a government with the support of BJP without waiting for a decision of the Supreme Court which is hearing petitions challenging imposition of President's rule in the state.

Geetartha Darshan Barua, spokesperson for CLP leader and deposed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, said "We have contended that the Governor is guided by malafide intention and he had taken all decisions keeping in mind vested interests. The Deputy Speaker's letter to the Governor reflects the nexus between the two. Their final aim is to lodge a government with the help of BJP without waiting for the Supreme Court order," Barua alleged. In his letter, Thongdok has contended that although a five member Constitution Bench is hearing matters related to the session held on December 16 and 17, 2015, the Speaker's office is vacant as per the Gauhati High Court order dated January 13, 2016.

The Supreme Court, which is considering pleas against imposition of President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh, is hearing on petitions seeking examination of constitutional schemes on the scope of discretionary powers of the Governor.  (With inputs from PTI)




Unending fire woes

Monday Musing

[ Ranjit Sinha ]

For many years now, fire accidents have become major cause of concern, particularly during winter and spring seasons, in many parts of Arunachal Pradesh.  

One can easily imagine the horror that the villagers of Lazu in Tirap district had faced at the dawn of this year as the fire devoured 38 houses causing damages to properties worth crores.

This year, so far four persons have lost their lives in the fire mishaps within state Capital alone.

Though East Siang has been witnessing increasing incidents of fire mishap for the last many years, fire is also a menace in some parts of Papum Pare, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, West Siang, East Kameng, West Kameng and Lohit districts  causing human sufferings as well as huge loss of hard earned properties, shelters and sometimes human lives.

Gradual changing of lifestyle with modern utilities for a comfortable living has made our homes extremely prone to fire. With defective electric wiring, short circuit in the electrical equipments, open flame in the makeshift places of worship inside the houses, unattended fire in traditional houses, gas leak, we are living with the danger of fire at all times.

However, in villages of Arunachal Pradesh, where most of the dwelling houses are made of bamboo and toko patta (leaves), defective electric wiring and burning of fire wood in middle of the house round the clock without proper care are believed to be main causes of the fire accidents.

When the winter and spring descend, the Govt authorities, sometimes, appear with its usual advertisement about do and don’ts to prevent fire mishap, but in reality nothing much is done.  Such awareness through news paper seems to be futile exercise while the fire mishaps are rapidly on an increasing trend everywhere in the state.

And the dreaded forest fires are a massive problem in itself. Come March-April, the many places will witness forest fire.

On the other hand, most of the time, fire victims and locals do complain of late arrival of fire tenders at the site of fire accident. By the time fire tenders reach the scene, the victim losses all chances of preventing fire and saving properties.

Regrettably, in many populated important administrative circles, there is no fire service station and in most of the villages and sectors in town area of the state, chances are huge that help from fire service authority won’t arrive on time as there is no access due to narrow road or no road.

The Govt should provide sufficient fund to the fire service authority of the state for long term strategy to minimize the fire mishap and to equip itself with modern utilities to fight the fire.

At the same time,   the fire service authority in collaboration with other departments like education and health should play vigorous role in educating the citizens about fire safety norms. It is also duty of the RWD and PWD to think twice while constructing roads in villages, sectors and colonies so that fire tender reach the destination on time in case of fire accident.  The authorities may also explore the feasibility of revamping the Lamkang --- an old traditional system of dividing the villagers into several groups with a purpose to guard the village on daily basis and to meet any eventualities -- all over the state, which was once popular in Siang valley.

Experts say, fire, once it begins to burn, takes only 6 minutes to transform into untamed blaze to devour everything. In the given situation, only awareness and precaution is the best solution to prevent fire accident.



Committee to investigate fire mishaps

ITANAGAR, Feb 07: Governor JP Rajkhowa has instructed concern authority for setting up of a high level committee to conduct a detailed investigation of fire accidents in various parts of the state and recommend measures to mitigate such fire mishaps which have become nightmare for many.

While expressing shock and grief over death of a student Ganga Subba in the fire accident of Nyokum Lapang, the Governor appealed to the people to take extra care and precautions while handling fire, gas cylinder, fire place etc, to avoid fire accidents.

He emphasized on creating awareness on fire prevention and safety tips by gas marketing agencies and also by the State Fire Department, reports PRO to Raj Bhawan.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Gorkha Youth Welfare Association has appealed to the City Police to conduct a thorough investigation to unearth the truth behind the death of Subba in the fire accident.

But there is no respite from house fire in Arunachal as reports of fire accidents destroying dwelling houses and also involving deaths in some cases, continues to pour in.

One house belonging to Biki Bapu was completely damaged in a fire accident at Santinagar colony under Kimin Sub-Division yesterday around 7 pm. However, there were no reports of any injury or causality and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Kimin SDO in-Charge Liken Koyu rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation and assess the damages. While providing Rs.5000 to the victim family as immediate relief, the SDO requested the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner to provide relief amount to the victim, reports DIPRO, Yupia.



Rajkhowa dissatisfied with State Guest House facilities

ITANAGAR, Feb 07: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa said that he was not satisfied at all with the arrangements made so far in the State Guest House in Khanapara, Guwahati. The Governor, who is currently in Guwahati on an official tour, today visited the guest house, the renovation works of which is going on.

He asked for expediting the renovation works, and complete it within a time frame with all required facilities.

The Governor directed the concern officials for regular inspection and monitoring of the works. Details should be sent to Raj Bhavan regularly; Rajkhowa said and assured all assistance to address the bottlenecks in progress of the project.

Later, the Governor also visited the Deputy Resident Commissioner's Office, Guwahati and found it in a very shabby condition. He was surprised to see the basic electrical fittings missing, giving excuse of paucity of fund. He directed the DRC to refurbish the office immediately. The Governor said that it is the epicentre of coordination and liaison as many tourists come for Inner Line Permits. (PRO to Raj Bhawan)



One nabbed in looting case

ITANAGAR, Feb 07: A cash amount of Rs five lacs has been looted from one Austim Muang of Pasighat by the miscreants at North Lakhimpur yesterday,  informed Education Secretary Reedeep Jack Doley of Takam Mising Poring Kebang (All Mising Students' Union) in a release today.

A team of North Lakhimpur Police led by S.I Suraj Doley with the help of the members of TMPK  conducted a search operation and apprehended the main accused  identified as Noor Mohammad alias Rajiv Sharma Engineer of Bangalmara, Laluk today and recovered an amount of Rs One lakh fifty thousand  from his possession, the  release said adding the remaining amount will be recovered soon. However, hideouts of the remaining accused are not known till filing of this report.

North Lakhimpur district TMPK president Robin Doley  also extended  cooperation  in recovering the amount  and apprehending one of the culprits.



Reh-Tamladu celebrated in Capital Complex

ITANAGAR, Feb 07: The members of Mishmi community residing in Capital Complex celebrated Reh-Tamladu festival with pomp and gaiety at Mishmi Cultural Heritage Centre (MCHC) site at Jollang here yesterday.

Director (Art and Culture) RD Thongon, who attended celebration, appreciated the efforts of Mishmi Welfare Society (MWS), Itanagar for celebrating Reh-Tamladu festivals in unison.

Hailing the rich cultural heritage of the Mishmis, Thongon advised MWS to submit a proposal to the Department of Art and Culture for construction of a festival hall at MCHC site for which the Director assured to take up the matter with the higher authority.

Presentation of Igu (priest) dance of Dibang Valley led by public leader cum artist Bailo Mele, who came all the way from Anini, and Kambring (priest) dance of Lohit valley led by Michael Massong were the main attraction of the festival.

Other highlights of the festival were presentation of dance by the troupes from Lohit district like, Jumping Jacks from Tezu, G-Bangers and Crazy Youngsters from Wakro. Besides, Anyiyu Mena, a well known composer, lyricist and singer, enthralled the massive festival crowds with numbers from his recently released audio album “Mre-aa Inyi”. The color of the festival got more flavor with the soulful Mishmi numbers by Sokhep Kri, a legendary singer.

Dr. S. Tawsik, Chairman, MWS briefed the gathering about the activities of MWS and appealed to the community members to contribute in whatever way possible in developing MCHC at Itanagar.

Dr. Mika Umpo and Shivumso Chikro highlighted the significance of Reh and Tamladu.

Later, Thongon also participated in the serpentine Tanggong dance.

The festival was attended among others by Dishi Mihu Mallo, Retired Director, Social Welfare & Child Development, M. Linggi, Information Commissioner, Jathi Pulu, former member APPSC, Lupalum Kri, Chief Engineer, PHE, T. Welly, Chief Engineer (RWD), Techi Tolu, ZPM (Borum), Keni Bagra, Dy. Supdt of Poiice, public leaders Robot Rondo from Anini and Khuje Drai from Tezu.

The festival ended with Volleyball final match between Hungjo team and RGU team which Hungjo team won. The winning team was awarded with cash prizes.

The Reh- Tamladu-- the festivals of the Mishmis of Lohit, Anjaw, Lower Dibang Valley, Dibang Valley, Upper Siang and East Siang districts has been celebrated together in unison at Itanagar since 2013.



‘Clean Arunachal' campaign gaining momentum


PASIGHAT, Feb 07: Clean Arunachal campaign, which was launched in East Siang district on February 3, reached Mebo town today.

Local residents, including government officials, students, teachers, gaon burahs, were seen taking part in the ongoing cleanliness campaign actively.

Mebo ADC Yemlin Tayeng informed that his team today cleaned up the Mebo town collecting and disposing all garbage and polythene in and around the township.

East Siang Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla in a statement lauded the team efforts and urged the people to always maintain cleanliness in order to live in a healthy and hygienic atmosphere.

Sources from Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) said that a mass cleanliness drive will be carried out in the township on account of Statehood Day due on February 20.

Our Daporijo Correspondent adds: Responding to Clean Arunachal Campaign, the dwellers of Daporijo Township carried out mass cleanliness drive on February one.

Cleanliness drive could be seen in every colony of Daporijo. The colony dwellers, business community and government employees actively participated in cleaning their respective house/business establishment/office premises.

A social service was conducted at Sikarijo yesterday wherein public and PRI leaders, students, officers and businessmen enthusiastically took part in clearing blocked drains, picking up garbage/waste material etc.

Vehicles of UD Department were pressed into service to pick up and dispose garbage collected in every colony.



Farmers provided vermi-compost units under TSP

ITANAGAR, Feb 07: 20 vermi-compost units were provided to 21 farmers of Sangti village during a three-day long training-cum-demonstration programme on Vermi-compost Technology jointly organized by ICAR-National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang and West Kameng KVK under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) which concluded at Dirang today.

On the inaugural day of the programme, Dirang ADC, Dagbom Riba highlighted the importance of organic farming and appealed to the trainees to take scientific inputs from the KVK scientists for improving soil fertility and use organic vermi-compost prepared from the locally available bio-waste materials and cattle dung.

ICAR-NRC on Yak, Director, Dr. S M Deb spoke about the importance of organic products and their demands by the health conscious consumers while, Regional Sheep Breeding Farm, Deputy Director, Dr. Hano Tama and Anchal Chairperson, Lanjom appealed to the farming community for more production of chemical free agri-products.

KVK programme coordinator Dr. N D Singh provided detailed insights on low and high cost based vermi-compost technology.

The farmers were also educated on the benefits of adopting organic farming through vermi-compost technology, scientific livestock rearing, organic potato and vegetable production.



Written exams for UDC, LDC, Multitasking staffs held

KHONSA, Feb 07: The written examinations for the posts of Multi-tasking Staff, LDC and UDC, conducted by Tirap district administration on January 30, 31 and February 6 and 7 ended peacefully.

A total of 957 candidates out of 1158, who applied for Multitasking staff, appeared in the examination, while the total number of candidates appeared in the examination for the LDC job was 312 (out of 409). The number of candidates appeared in the examination for UDC job was 39 (out of 87). DIPRO



St. Claret College’s DARPAN 2016

Deptt. of Geography wins interdepartmental fest

ITANAGAR, Feb 07: The department of Geography of Saint Claret College, Ziro was declared winner of DARPAN 2016, a two week-long interdepartmental fest which concluded on Saturday.

The winners will receive a cash award of Rs.25,000 along with the Darpan Shield. The department of History won the Runners Up prize which carries Rs.15,000 while, the special category of ‘Swachh Campus Award’ of Rs.5,000 was bagged by the Department of English. The prizes will be given away at the Commencement Ceremony which will be held in March.

While, addressing the students and faculty members on the valedictory function, Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang exhorted the students to make best use of the opportunities to excel and contribute towards a better society.

During the fest, each of the seven departments presented a 15-minute capsule of cultural performance themed along the departmental discipline. It was followed by holding of theme-based exhibition stalls of each department. The department of Geography had showcased the theme of ‘culture and physiography of the Apatani Valley’ through its twin programs whereas, the department of History showcased the highly relevant theme of the status of women through various centuries.

Director of Claretian Publications at Macao, Rev. Fr. Jijo K. Paul and Principal of VKV Ziro, Anand Mishra were also present on the occasion.


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Keep an eye

Ever since Pathankot terror attack took place, the role of Border Security Forces (BSF) has been under scanner. BSF guards large section of Indo-Pakistan border stretching from Gujarat to Jammu & Kashmir. On eastern front they guard Indo-Bangladesh border. Questions have been raised over how Pakistan based terrorists sneaked into India from Punjab border and carried out terror attack in Pathankot. However this is not for the first time BSF has been under scanner. In the past they have been accused of helping smuggler in the western front.

 Large scale drugs are smuggled inside India from Punjab border. It is widely alleged that smugglers are hand in glove with some border men guarding the sensitive Indo-Pak border. Last month Punjab and Rajasthan police arrested constables of BSF from their respective states for allegedly helping cross-border drugs and arms smugglers. In North East India especially in Assam, BSF has been allegedly accused of not being tough on illegal migrants who enter state from Bangladesh. But after coming under scanner over Pathankot incident and subsequent arrest of the some of their member, BSF seems to have learnt lesson. Today 191 battallion of BSF killed 4 smugglers in Khemkaran Sector on Indo Pak Border under Punjab. According to BSF sources two Indian Smugglers and two Pak smugglers were exchanging the packets of Heroin. After intercepted by BSF soldiers they started firing. All the four smugglers were killed during exchange of fire. The prompt action of BSF deserves appreciation. They should continue to act tough against the smugglers. Further besides strictly guarding the border, BSF should keep an eye on their own men and don’t let them become prey to anti-national elements.






Readers’ Forum




Fees without parking lot

Dear Editor,

As far as I am know, one of the function of Municipal is to clean and clear the street to make it garbage free and to reduce traffic chaos but I did not see anywhere in India that the Municipal collects Fees for parking the vehicles in the National Highway which is absurd. I’ve been to metropolitan Cities like Mumbai, Delhi, etc. and nowhere have I found collecting parking fees in the National Highway. They do but in certain places such as shopping Malls, private market areas where they had installed parking lots.

My friend told me once, “Assam is a rich state with poor people and Arunachal is a poor state with rich people”. The other people use their resources tactfully while ours waste it like there’s no tomorrow plus desire to earn Lakhs in a minute.

This attitude is not limited to any individual rather had extended its hands to Unions, Associations, Cooperation, etc. The difference between others and ours is that despite privileging parking areas, they take Rs.2 or 5/vehicle but ours as expected, charge Rs.10-20/vehicle that too for being parked throughout the National Highway from Itanagar to Banderdewa. There’s a system which needs to be followed and which the Municipal needs to know. There are thousands of vehicles in the capital if each is charged Rs.20, it becomes Lakhs a day. Where will Municipal use it? In addition to paying road tax, why parking tax?

I would ask the Municipal Officials, where are your Parking Lots? Why Rs.20? What’s the problem to start from Rs.5/vehicle? Is there no jam in traffic flow now than before or is the same as before? Any decision taken by the Municipal officials affects the public life whether we want it or not. Being responsible decision-makers of our city, the Municipal should execute works for the welfare of the society without getting double benefits from the public in return. Despite the huge resistance by public, Municipal had left no stones unturned to make us their source of earning. If IMC had deployed these volunteers voluntarily, people would have clapped for what they have done but since they are engaged to collect fees from people, it is awkward.

It is requested to IMC that decisions be reviewed for people’s well-being and these volunteers be given salary from other Government funds rather than from our pockets. It is a good step to minimize the traffic chaos but at the same time it should not be head ache for public as well. In spite of collecting from us directly, a donation box should be installed in the parking areas. Those whoever want to donate, would heartily donate.  


Bamang Taba HB




Monster of hatred

Dear Editor,

No one can deny the statement of the editorial (“Shameful incident” , AT, February 5, 2016) , ‘India has been deeply shamed by what happened at Bengaluru a few days ago’. The mindset of the mob who tortured a Tanzanian student at Bengaluru street has a deep rooted sewerage connection with hatred and prejudices against Dalits of different hues. India’s sex ratio of 940 women against 1000 men exposes the practice of killing girl child through foeticide and infanticide. Though things are changing now, but women are still being treated as gender Dalits. They are being projected as animals in popular B-grade reel world. Reel heroes resort to eve teasing to ‘tame’ heroines and that has been sold as love stories. Heroines are to dance with minimal clothes even in subzero temperature with monkey-cap clad heroes. It is supposed that women are not human beings so there is no question of their catching cold. With such animal tag in her forehead, a woman is to face apartheid in marriage market if she happens to have a dark complexion. Cosmetic companies freely fan the existing colour prejudice for selling their fairness cream. Such attitudes against the fair sex and dark complexion explain Bengaluru mob’s becoming so furious with a black woman. Many avatars of prejudices are dancing in the dark in the courtyard of our country. We have gender Dalits (women), colour Dalits (dark complexion), language Dalits (non-Hindi speakers), class Dalits (poor) besides caste Dalits. That nine Dalit students committed suicide in Hyderabad University in just five years clearly indicates how hostile environment a Dalit is to face in educational institutions in twenty first century India. The juggernaut of prejudice against caste Dalits still rules the roost. This prejudice of hatred has a new language avatar. It is a matter of concern that non-Hindi speakers in Hindi heartland are being relegated to language Dalits. Such prejudice is creating walls of falsehood among us and kills Nido Tanias in the process. However, it is seen that the existence of so many avatars of prejudices cannot hide age old class hatred a bit.  After the 2002 hit and run incident at a Mumbai street, a Bollywood singer is quoted as having said that a dog will die a dog’s death if it sleeps on a road. This clearly exposes our attitude towards class Dalits. In fact, the monster of hatred is still so powerful that it makes parents kill their wards in the name of pedigree. Such a cannibalistic and horrific act is passed for honour (!) killing. According to statistics from the United Nations, one in five cases of honour killing internationally every year come from India.The need of the hour is to fight in all possible ways against prevalent hatred for Dalits of all hues. The Preamble of the Constitution of India resolves to secure fraternity. It is our duty to translate it into reality in our everyday life. Any departure should, adequately, be dealt with. The environment should make us realise the truth that a rainbow is so beautiful because it is multicolour.


Sujit De Kolkata




Collective effort

Dear Editor,

Cleanliness is a grey area in India and we do not maintain any discipline in cleanliness. Occasional participation in cleanliness drives will not make the state any cleaner. Self discipline and attitudinal changes from us only can change. All the municipalities and corporations must be held accountable for keeping the areas under their jurisdiction dirt-free. The business houses can take up one area each and attempt to make it clean and green.

   More public toilet should be provided and garbage bins should be placed at the corner of the road. Fines should be imposed on violations. All schools, colleges & local bodies should be encouraged to participate in cleanliness crusade.

We are responsible and we need to get solution and not blame others.


Anil Thapa, Doimukh




Courts are there to help us

Dear Editor,

First of I would like to congratulate Jhon Libang and his friends who took help of the court and dared to fight against the misdeed of department of Secondary Education who tried to recruit PGT and TGT in spite of knowing that the concerned department has no authority to do so.

It is lesson to those officials who think that they can break norms.

They have done good job and every unemployed youth of the state appreciate them. Actually this job should have been done by the student union. But our students have no time for such work rather they are busy in playing politics. That’s why slowly parents and guardian have started to ask their children not to participate in any student union activities.

The corrupt officials and politicians forget that time has changed and public of Arunachal are now well aware and ready to fight against any kind of injustice.  Besides court are there to help.

Now it is clear that recruitment of PGT and TGT will done by APPSC, I appeal to commission to start the recruitment process soon.


Tage Tadu, Itanagar




Salary and promotion

Dear Editor,

A government employee keeps going for two things, salary and promotion. But sadly, these two are becoming distant dreams.

A group of Junior Engineers were appointed in 2003 in PHE & WS Department.

Since the last thirteen years, they had been serving the department with utmost sincerity and dedication playing their role silently in building the state.

As their turn for promotion neared, their spirits were high. But the government had other plans. Three Junior Engineers gets promoted to Assistant Engineer (functional) vide order no PH E/Sectt-45/97 Pt II Dated 14thJanuary 2016, superseding more than 47 Senior Junior Engineers. Though functional posts are stop gap arrangements but the government overlooked the seniors which are disheartening. This development has jolted the moral of these seniors for now they will be under the command of juniors. As has been the trend, any vacancies, ad-hoc or functional had been filled up by the senior Junior Engineers maintaining the gradation list. The illegal appointments backed by political and money power is leading our state to wrong direction and is murder of humanity.


Victimized JE

PHED 2003 batch