Contact Us

January - 31


Arunachal orgs appeals for end to NSCN clashes

Kohima, Jan 30:  A seven-member delegation of the Arunachal Citizens Rights, NEFA Indigenous Human Rights Organization, met the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) and has appealed to intervene in the ongoing inter-factional clashes between rival factions of NSCN in Arunachal Pradesh.

The delegation of the Arunachal Pradesh met the FNR, which is working to bring reconciliation among all Naga rebel groups and preparing for a top level leaders meet in the mid-February, in Dimapur yesterday and appealed the Forum to immediately intervene into the ongoing inter-factional clashes between two rival groups of NSCN in Tirap and Changlang districts of the neighbouring state since November last year, causing the people untold suffering in various places of the districts.

FNR convener Dr Wati Aier told newsmen yesterday during their meeting with the delegation, they lamented on the spiraling violence and the condition of the people in the two districts.

The delegation, particularly pointed out while the FNR is in the process of Naga Reconciliation and bringing top leaders to meet the Nagas must be vigilant about external and internal forces that are attempting to derail the hard earned reconciliation process.  UNI


No chair without requisite qualification”

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: State Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) along with district presidents and general secretaries of INTUC and its affiliated bodies All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers Union (AAPMTU) conducted an emergency meeting under the chairmanship of State INTUC President Padi Richo yesterday.

In the meeting, the house unanimously resolved that no person can become office bearers of the INTUC without experience in trade union activities and active member of Indian National Congress.

It also resolved that the President, Secretaries and other office bearers of National, State and district are to be elected or selected by the registered members of INTUC only. If any unauthorized person(s) working against the INTUC like misleading and forming parallel organization shall be sued in the court of law and added that a case has been filed against Ambati Krishnamurthy and others at Delhi high court for misleading the INTUC.

Further, the state INTUC unit said that Richo and Sonam were appointed under the guidance of AICC President Sonia Gandhi, AICC Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh and National INTUC President Dr. G Sanjeeva Reddy.

And after their appointment, the State unit of INTUC is working restlessly for the welfare of the working class in the state with the blessing of high command including APCC President Nabam Tuki and Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.

The house also appreciating the present state government for extending numerous welfare activities toward the working class of the state said that the 20,000 INTUC members of the state will continue its efforts for the welfare of working class under their guidance.

Further, the house resolved to celebrate the Silver Jubilee celebration of INTUC Arunachal Pradesh at Ziro on May 01 under the leadership of its President Padi Richo and Secretary General Jalley Sonam.


PPA on revival of regional interest

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: People’s Party of Arunachal delegate lead by its President Kamen Ringu, and General secretaries, J K Riba and Togo Basar called on the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphio Rio and Working President of Naga Peoples Front, Apong Pongener and MLA –cum- Parliamentary secretary, Chotisu Sazo, on Jan 28 to discuss regional ideologies. They discussed on the  need of growth of regional political parties in the country and North Eastern Region in particular.

During the meeting the delegation further called on Rio to lead the common front as advocated by regional parties.  Rio is reported to have agreed in principle.

The leaders also discussed ways to explore the possibility of common political front in the region.  Meanhwile, Rio has accepted the invitation of PPA to visit Arunachal Pradesh in future to promote the regional ideology.


Padmashree Mamang Dai accorded a rousing reception

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Literary luminary of Arunachal Pradesh, Mamang Dai, who has been chosen for the prestigious Padmashree award this year, arrived here from New Delhi Saturday to a rousing reception.

Members of the civil society including Adi Baane Kebang, led by ABK Papum Pare district president Feroz Modi and the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) led by Tokong Pertin extended her a hearty welcome at Naharlagun heliport.

Dai, an active member of the APLS, would be the fourth Arunchalee to receive the fourth highest civilian award for her invaluable contributions to literature and education.

The APLS in a meeting today under the chairmanship of its president, Sahitya Akademi awardee YD Thongchi, decided to felicitate Dai at a function here on February 7 next. The APLS has urged likeminded people to be part of the Team Arunachal to congratulate her on the occasion.


I was a target of kidnappers: Teli

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A failed attempt to abduct Danial Teli, Member, State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, Rural Development, from the Tezu UD Guest House has been reported today.

It has been reported that four masked men had tried to drag Teli into their vehicle from the Guest House at around 7-8 pm on the night of 27 without any reason. He, however, somehow managed to escape from the clutches of the miscreants with his presence of mind, Teli told reporters today.

Teli was on an official visit to Anjaw to inspect the implementation of National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and Total Sanitation Campaign in the district. The incident took place during his stay at Tezu for another official purpose, he said. When contacted, Tezu DSP MM Gogoi told that investigation has been launched based on the FIR lodged by Teli which was addressed to SP, adding that the case is likely to be registered in a day or two. He, however, refused to elaborate further.


Pune SHG inspires  Arunachallee team

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A team of representatives from various NGOs of Arunachal Pradesh visited the different Self Help Group (SHG), farmers club and DRDA office of Pune, during their exposure tour from  Jan 23 to 25. The program was organized by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Itanagar and was sponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC), Shillong.

B. Rocket of Community Learning and Doing Centre, Itanagar, Ngorang Tado of Manghi Welfare Society, Itanagar, Tapan Biswas of National Youth Project, Itanagar, and Ghana Kanta Orang of Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi, Itanagar in a joint press release said that they were inspired by the 20 years old SHG which is running smoothly with 100 per cent loan repayment. They were given loan for income generation activities only and the bankers, Govt officers  and  NGOs of Maharashtra are working hand in hand for development of rural poor,  release said.

The team members visited Abhinab farmers club and inspired by the high-tech farming being carried out by the farmers.  The team observed that the income level of the poor people of Arunachal Pradesh could be enhanced substantially with the bold initiatives of the all stake holders.


Mengio cries for attention

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 30:  Mengio area, despite being part of Papum Pare district, the district nearest to state capital is still lagging behind in terms of development. Many villages in and around Mengio town is yet to have road and electricity connection and is considered to be the most backward area of Papum Pare district. In recent days road connection has reached Mengio town. But the road also remain closed during summer season and it’s only during winter people can avail this road.

Though Mengio circle is epidemic prone area but health care facility is almost non-existent. Often villagers have to travel to nearest hospital at Yazali to get treatment.

Though in paper Mengio area seems to have proper electrification but ground reality is quite different.  Electric pole which was erected almost 10 years ago have fallen down and electric wire have been stolen. An unused transformer lying in the middle of Jungle at old Mengio, tells the entire story of how Mengio circle is going back to 19th century when whole state along with rest of world is entering 21st century.  It is questionable how power department is not able to take care of government properties like transformer and electric poles.


Nature’s splendor at Raj Bhavan

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Nothing can match the perfect blend of nature's magnificence and majestic building of Raj Bhavan. Surrounded by lush green and adored with fifty-odd varieties of roses and blooming colourful petals of dianthus, marigold inca, French marigold, petunia, phlox, salvia, Chrysanthemum, Enthrinum, verbena, Calendula and dahlia along with pansy, the Raj Bhavan is at its season’s best. The green lawn with its greens of the golf course, the whole compound is at nature’s grandeur.

Under the initiative of the State First Lady Anupama Singh, orchid houses have the finest varieties of exotic orchids and thirty-one of indigenous ones.

Unique to the State, unlike other Raj Bhavans, it is open to public every Sunday, reflecting the peace and tranquility that exist in the Arunachal Pradesh. Conceived by Governor Gen JJ Singh, the people, especially school children have the opportunity to tour the compound. The tour, which started on the festive occasion of the Statehood Day 2009, is organized on the lines of Mughal Garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi. It is open to public every Sunday from 3 to 5 pm.

Availing the opportunity, excited and elated students along with their teachers, parents and relatives visits every part of the Bhavan. The orchid center, Hornbill cottage, the fish pond, Bee keeping, the country chicken farm and herbal garden are very popular among them.

With visits by research students, progressive farmers and entrepreneurs, the organic vegetable farm, in fact has become a research institute of sort. Round the year, free from contamination of synthetic fertilizer and agro chemical, seventy varieties of vegetables, including trail once are grown in the garden, which measures an area of 2088 Sqmtrs. Visitors never miss a chance to walk on grass carpeted roof of Darbar Hall. The grass, Twiff Dwarf Bermuda grass imported from Florida, USA, now, it serves as a Terrence lawn for high tea and other important functions. According to Raj Bhavan officials, thousands of visitors have visited the compound since it was open to public. Along with school students of the capital city, people from different part of the State and even from neigbouring State of Assam have visited the official residence of the Governor.

To make their visit more interesting, participating games like air rifle shooting, flower name writing and basket ball are organized by Raj Bhavan officials from time to time.

Today large numbers of delegates from India and aboard who are participating in the three-day centenary celebration of Don Bosco alumni along in addition to children and their guardians visited Raj Bhavan.

The Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh is located on a hillock close to a historical monument known as ‘Ita-Fort’ (Eastern Gate). The area of the compound is approximately 27 acres consisting of lawn and garden as well as kitchen garden and fruit trees. The foundation of this Bhawan was laid by Late K.A.A.Raja the then Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh on 17th April, 1977. Right from Bhisma Narain Singh, the first Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to present, the Bhavan has hosted seventeen governors.


Committee decries eviction drive

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Karsingsa Revival Church Colony Welfare Committee (KRCCWC) decried the eviction drive carried out by the administration at Karsingsa area yesterday.

The Committee in a release today said that the eviction was carried out a week before the stipulated time in most inhuman nature.  Only 15-minute time was given to vacate the houses and house-hold properties like TVs, and other valuable materials were destroyed. Even the school going children were forced to remain hungry and homeless after returning from the school, the committee said. It further claimed that cell phones used to capture the eviction scene were confiscated; some women and children were also taken into custody and houses outside the disputed area were also evicted. Sudden eviction has forced the house owner’s shelter less, it said.

The committee requested the authorities to do justice and provide assistance to the shelter-less people of Karsingsa.

Expressing resentment over the eviction drive, the committee claimed that the Karsingsa people had already spent  huge amount of money for development of residential plots and construction of houses in the colony near the APST workshop. The People already applied for the ownership of the land and many of them had already possessed photo identity card and ration cards.  

Yesterday, the members of the Leo Club of Karsingsa alleged that 15 houses in transport colony were demolished and set on fire during eviction drive.


Awareness prog on environment and education

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A group of educated youth from Mirba, Mukto, Gonkhar, Gyamdong, Khet, Bomja, Bongleng and Kharung village under Tawang district organized a one-day awareness programme on preservation of environment and importance of education at Khet Middle School on Jan 29.

Students and staff of the school, public leaders and villagers attended the programme organized with a motto ‘let’s be educated’.

The youths including Sangey Phunsto, Lobsang Tempa and Pem Tsering delivered speech on preservation of environment, culture and tradition and importance of education. The group urged the villagers to give priority to education and encourage children to attend school. The educated youth group has decided that such awareness programmes be held in other parts of the region since its first programme was a successful one.


News Impact

RCH camp held at Kasa

ITANAGAR, Jan 30:  Tirap District Health Society (TDHS) has organized an RCH camp at Kasa village   in Tirap district on Jan  29.

Altogether 185 patients from adjacent village like Khamhua Noknu, Khamhua Noksa and Jagan were benefited from the camp conducted Dr K Perme, DRCHO Khonsa, Dr K Socia, Dr P Mpnwangham, Dr K Kanglom and paramedical workers. Various components of RCH services like ANC, immunization, eye screening, dental check up and general physical check up were conducted by the team of doctors in the camp.  Apart from these, IEC/BCC activities were also conducted among the elders of the village to create awareness on importance of antenatal check up and immunization in this measles prone remote village.

Earlier, the DHS also conducted RCH camp at Pumao, Pongchau, Bonia, Neusa and Senua village of Longding circle.



ITANAGAR, Jan 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Malaria Employees’ Association (AAPMEA), in its 3rd general meeting today selected Heri Temi, Akash Bagang and Likha Karan as president, vice president and general secretary respectively.The industrial entrepreneurs of the state have formed the "Association for Industrial Development of Arunachal Pradesh" (AIDAP) in a meeting held here yesterday and appointed Kipa Tuglo as president, L Jamik as vice president and Techi Peko as general secretary.


YD Thongchi to head IFCSAP

ITANAGAR: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) has constituted its new executive body in its recently concluded 4th State level general conference held at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nirjuli on January 27 to 28.

The IFCSAP will be led by Yeshi Dorjee Thongchi and Gichik Taaza as its President and General Secretary, Tamat Jonnom, Ngungtim Changmi and Tage Taki as vice president of West, East and headquarter respectively with Neelam Rani and Geter Ingo as President and Secretary of IFCSAP Women wing.


Hemphu Lokhiman

ITANAGAR: Karbi Community of Kokila area under Balijan Circle is celebrating its 52nd anniversary of Hemphu Lokhiman festival at Lokhiman Temple, Kokila from February 5-7.

Parliamentary Secretary for Industries Nabam Rebia and ZPM Kabak Takam would attend the festival as chief guest and guest of honour on February 6.


Association questions govt department

ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) condemned the Department of Urban Development for executing works in various sectors in Capital Complex without inviting tender, as the rules demand.

Describing such practice as illegal, AARCA demanded the authority concerned to immediately stop all such works undertaken by the department.

Copyright © 2008, The Arunachal Times Publications Pvt. Ltd., Siang House, Sector - E, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh - 791111, India

All rights reserved.


Governed by Political opportunity

Dear Editor,

Apropos the news carried in the front page of your esteemed daily on dated Jan 29 with the heading “Taki joins BJP”, I as a neutral citizen of 35 Pangin (ST) Assembly Constituency would like to place my observation.

According to the Jan 26 issue of your daily, Tabin Taki, the then State Unit General Secretary (Election) of Nationalist Congress Party resigned from the primary and active membership of the party on health grounds.

Surprisingly Tabin Taki joins Bharatiya Janata Party expressing his full faith in the ideology of the BJP Party on dated 26th Jan’2011.

Tabin Taki’s surprisingly speedy recovery from sickness and ill health which entailed his resignation from NCP leaves a big question mark on his integrity. Apparently he had no grievances whatsoever against NCP party and its leadership, but owing to health ground alone he quit the party recently.

In our state, switching of political allegiance by cheap Political leaders has become a routine and phenomenal activity. Only for such cheap games of our Political Leaders, Central government hardly pays any attention to our state. Because, our leaders can be bought at any moment. As per Taki is concerned, it is doubtful whether his full faith on the ideologies of the BJP would last long. His antecedent political career shows that once he had full faith in the ideologies of the Janata Dal. Then his full faith shifted to the ideologies of the Indian National Congress. In the recent assembly election, he developed a strong faith in the ideologies of the Trinamool Congress Party. Whilst the assembly election was on, the mocking candidate of the TMC party withdrew from contesting the election and yet another strong feeling of full faith for the ideologies of NCP arose in the heart and mind of Taki so he switched over to NCP immediately. Thereafter he was inducted in the state unit executives of the NCP. From his track records it appears that Taki is not governed by any political ideology but governed by Political opportunity. I can bet, shortly Tabin Taki shall be accorded a berth in the Bharatiya Janata Party and he shall gladly accept the same.

I being a keen observer of the politics of Pangin-Boleng Block would humbly suggest that such decayed leaders deserve no attention of the esteemed Press and public. They have taken up politics as a subsistence means of earning and only to satisfy their personal interests.


Angel Tamut

Itanagar, (on email)



My views

Dear Editor,

In the Reader’s Forum of your daily one impudent called Vox Populi has passed a comment about my discussion with Prime Minister of Bangladesh. I wonder what he/she knows about that meeting & how easily the word enemy is being used casually. I was specially invited from North-East for that important visit because as an MP I fought against govt of India and pressurised them to practically Look East and break the geographic isolation of North-East India through increased trade connectivity with Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

During our meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, I raised the issue that Chittagong port may be opened up to our use as it would not only be Naval gateway route to South-East Asian Countries but also close up transportation between North-East India and the entire peninsular India. It was in response to that the PM said Bangladesh is a natural transit for India which she is willing to open up. Bangladesh can reduce our burden of passing through chicken neck corridor which we have been paying since Chittagong was unjustifiably made part of Bangladesh. It was the PM who said that power evacuation from North-East and heavy power machineries needed in Arunachal Pradesh can be transported through Bangladesh but India should sell power to them at subsidised rate. How can her statement be attributed to me? My view on Hydro-Power is well known. Kindly recall records in Lok Sabha how I was against private developers and urged for full proof agreement with PSUs to safeguard the protection of environment and indigenous people.

My view point is that Arunachal Pradesh shouldn’t remain as the last frontier of India but the beginning of India from East Asian context. North-East is never treated as business hub but remain draped under security blanked.

On I being Principal Adviser to CM, kindly check with CM office if I have accepted and assumed any responsibility. I remain an individual person with independent thinking.


Kiren Rijiju

Former Member of Parliament, (on email)



Absolutely no rivalry  

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the news report "We are Indians first: Mizo CM"( 29 January).

Without according any disrespect to the noble intentions and sentiments of Mr. Lal Thanhawla, I desire to humbly state that the comments like "Indians first" or "Marathi second" really hold no significance.

Actually there exists absolutely no rivalry between love or respect towards the concerned region and that towards the country.

Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi were proud Bengali and Gujarati respectively, but their "regionalism" did not deter them from becoming patriotic Indians as well.

Let's take the example of two luminaries of the North-East ---- Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and Ratan Thiyam.

To prove his dedication towards Assam, Dr. Hazarika did not shun the country or the world and to establish his  national/international credentials, he did not forsake his cultural roots. Both Assam and India, as well as the world, are deeply embedded within Dr. Hazarika. And Manipur's living legend, who carries the torch of Manipuri theatre, is also liberal enough to make plays based on Tagore's works. Both Dr. Hazarika and Thiyam stand tall as shining example of true human beings who remain faithful to their roots, yet embraces the whole country and the world. If the rest of India tries to emulate them, humanity will survive and the world would become a much better place to live in.


Kajal Chatterjee,

Kolkata, (on email)



Citizens should act first

Dear Editor,

I would like to educate general public about their right & duties. It might appear bit irrelevant to some population of the society who can afford luxuries car for transportation but it’s valid for those population who rely on public transportation system to travel around the city. Every year central govt. sanctions crores of rupees towards uplifting the living of rural as well as urban population through scheme such as JNURM etc. But fund which is meant for general public is misused by the officers and their employee in hierarchical manner wherever it is possible.

These buses do not have fixed schedule and most conductors of these buses do not provide ticket to most of passengers especially those passengers from Naharlagun, which means fare collected from ticket less passenger goes into the pocket of conductors. But such practice is illegal and cause great loss for concerned dept.

People say that govt. is corrupt but it’s we citizens duty to curb the corrupt practice wherever it’s possible.

We must insist for ticket while travelling to make sure that our hard earned money doesn’t go to the third party’s hand.

These points remind me of my old days in Bangalore.  Public transport system out there in Bangalore is different from here. They do have fixed schedule, they make sure that every passenger must possess ticket by deploying surprise ticket checkers team who may check your tickets anytime. If any passenger fails to produce ticket then there is certain penalty & if conductor fails to issue tickets then there is penalty for them also but such practice is not adopted here.

I would like to request the officers of the concern dept. to look into the matter and take measure to curb such corrupt practices. At same time I would like to request to general public to cooperate and insist for ticket while traveling by public transport system. Your minute contribution may act as catalyst in combating corrupt practice.


Michi Tabyo

Itanagar, (on email)



A painful episode

Dear Editor,

This is reference to the news item about the brutal killing of Additional Collector Yashwant Sonawane by the oil mafia. This is very unfortunate that an honest and upright officer has been killed by oil mafia.

I am really shocked to know that this painful incident happened in our country India. There is corruption in every walk of life. India still lacking behind where as everyone else is progressing. China builds 20 cities every year and we can’t build one railway line! Manjunath S was killed in UP and now Sonawane. The oil mafia is willing to take the risk and dare anyone who comes in between because the opportunity of adulteration is very high.

I would like to request our government to take this seriously and all the accused criminals should be punished. It should become a lesson to all the criminals so that next time if they want to do such things they think 100 times.


B.L Pancharia

Naharlagun, (on email)




Don’t encroach on the boundary

Dear Editor,

The Adis never ever oppose any creation of districts anywhere in the state, but blatantly oppose every move to annex Adiland or rivers. We will never accept any inclusion/partition of Adis across borders without their consensus. We will not tolerate inclusion/ encroachment of our age old boundary-from Tuting, Payum, Kaying, Siyom, Jugiingadi, Yoyiitukkut, Talubatbong, Peekiiliipiik, MIneeroleen,  Simen River, Buriburonti upto Rodoliiteeng.  Those  boundary points were settled by the leaders of Galong and Minyong about a century ago at old Jini village. Other people can live with us but they have no right to take away our people, land and rivers. The Arunachal government must understand the historical facts and views of the community.

It is understood that in a democratic set up or a system, the voice/opinion of the involved people is parallel to the system's power.

Finally, Arunachal government must have a second thought that it’s not a child's play; it’s a matter of great concern involving two community of different vision. It will be a worthwhile if the Arunachal government could do simultaneous creation of both Middle and Lower Siang district based on ethnic and the existing historical boundary demarcation.


Dr Kapang Ering

Pasighat, (on email)



Make way for private service providers

Dear Editor,

Often we read in newspapers that BSNL mobile service is not working properly. I feel this problem will go on.

So, in my opinion, we should not run after deaf government mobile service provider. Rather we should invite private companies to start their mobile services in our area.

Therefore we appeal to private mobile service companies like Reliance, TaTa Indicom etc to start their service in Lower Subansiri and in other districts of the state.

We the local people are ready to co-operate with the private companies and would like appeal to state government to provide full co-operation to private companies to start their service in other districts of the state.



Ziro (on email)



Let’s go for public audit

Dear Editor,

This is apropos to the letter by Executive Engineer, PWD Boleng,- “Allegation which has no substance”  in this daily  on Dec 8. After my personal inspection of the project sites in the third and fourth week of December last, I find his clarification was hollow, therefore, I want to mention it again specifically in regard to 3rd para  of  his letter.

Firstly, no infrastructure in Boleng tells a new story. The building didn’t undergo a beauty tips under the fund. Neither the roads under the twin towns are improved.

There was an amount of ` 10 Lakhs under ACA 2006-07 for Improvement of infrastructure of  Boleng Health Centre but the plastic wall partition in the X-ray room is ridiculous though the bill was drawn without a work completion certificate.

PWD Boleng claimed to be judicious in use of Govt. fund  but the PP Briddle road - the lifeline of Upper Siang, West Siang and East Siang testify that the department concerned has been doing red soil topping as binders since last five years which lasted not even ten days. Amazingly ` 2.5 crores were sanctioned under RIDF for its renovation but the money was siphoned off. With such a huge amount at least some 25 km in a hilly terrain could have been black-topped but not 25 m work has been done.

Secondary, the people of Pangin-Boleng are not blind and they are witnessing the entire infrastructure since 2000. The visible reality is ludicrous against this huge sanction for fund. Do not befool the innocent Riga villagers by white-washing statements. ` 1 Crore was sanctioned for construction of road from BRTF road to Siang river at Riga village (4 km under SPA 2006-07), but the villagers could only marvel at the sanction and pity over the road condition. Your judicious expenditure on Pareng-Lising-Yibuk road is exposed already in the limelight. Please bring to the limelight about the work progress and who received the sanction amount of ` 1 crore.

I have also few words for Er. Talem Taloh, EE RWD, Pasighat who clarified that “It didn’t fall from the sky”  (on 13th Dec) regarding utilization of fund amount of ` 36 Lakhs (whereas sanction was ` 40 Lakhs). The work performance under Pangin  Medical is not up to mark. The fencing stands without wire.

The Nugong Bridge was sanctioned under NLCPR but PWD Boleng manifested an excellent work culture by an indefinite stoppage of construction work.

Volumes of words on your judicious expenditure of Govt. fund through paper records show finished excellent work but the visible facts depict the reverse.

If my claim is baseless then let the Govt have a high power vigilance and monitoring team for site  visit with experts, technicians, magistrate, panchayat members, gaon buras and the public and Boleng PWD shall facilitate the public audit to unearth the truth.


Karunath Pazing




Rabindra Bhawans and Assam

Dear Editor,

Assam CM Tarun Gogoi proposes 4 more Rabindra Bhawans in the state.

Can any state govt stoop so low to appease migrants!! This scheme is to woo Bengali refugee voters in Assam.

There is already a Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati. Though Rabindranath Tagore has done nothing substantial for Assamese literature or culture, one of the best auditoriums in the capital city has been named after him for reasons best known to political circles.

Rabindranath Tagore has got more recognition than he deserves. He has got more than enough recognition. A Nobel prize is not the ultimate yardstick of a writer. Many great talents have gone without awarded. Even Mahatma Gandhi didn’t get the Nobel Prize. The Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati should be named after Bishnu Prasad Rabha. This shows that the Congress govt in Assam are anti-tribal and anti-native. It is only trying to appease migrant vote-bank. Setting up Rabindra Bhawans are a good poll plank in Silchar, but not necessarily in other towns of Assam. The Assam government should think of setting up Nathan Brown Bhawans more than Rajiv Gandhis or Rabindranath Tagores. People like Nathan Brown, Elizabeth Brown etc. though from the Western world loved Assam and worked for Assamese literature and culture with all their heart.


Sumon Das


(on email)





All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.