January  12


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Singh invites NRIs to invest in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) JJ Singh while handing out the awards at the Non Resident Indians at Pravasi Divas 2012 organized by NRI Institute, New Delhi at New Delhi on January 10, has invited the NRIs to invest in Arunachal and participate in the socio-economic development of the Frontier State. He said that the outside world does not know much about the land of enchanting beauty and peace loving, patriotic and sincere tribal people.

While inviting the participation of NRIs in the rapid progress of the State, the Governor maintained that the development should be in such a pace, where indigenous people are comfortable.

With a help of audio visual footage of Arunachal Pradesh, the Governor gave a vivid presentation on the State. The state is on a path of development and will become the power house of the Nation in next decade or so, with an estimated capacity of 55,000 MW of hydel power. It also has immense potential for eco tourism, he added.

Highlighting on recent adoption of the state Public Private Partnership Policy, 2011, the Governor informed the NRIs that the policy envisages leveraging central and state government funds to support private investment, setting up of a transparent mechanism to create level playing field for all participants. The important sectors identified for PPP projects in Arunachal Pradesh include roads and bridges, airports and helipads, industrial parks and theme parks like IT park, biotechnology park, water supply treatment and distribution, power generation and transmission, he said.

The Governor further informed that solid waste management and drainage, tourism, healthcare, education, urban infrastructure, agriculture, horticulture, forestry and allied sectors have also been identified.

The Governor also spoke on the important role played by NRIs in projecting the image of India abroad. He said that though they live in different countries, speak different languages, practice different faiths and are engaged in different vocations, they are bound together by the common thread of a shared culture and the strong bond with their country of origin.

The Chief Guest presented the NRI Institute – Parvasi Awards to A. K. Usman, M.S.Bukhari and K.P. Abdul Hameed from Doha, Dr. Ajit Swaran Singh from New Zealand, Dr. Apurv Gupta, Dr. C M Prasad and Rennu Dhillon from USA, Avijit Das from South Africa, Harsha Kumar Rai from Oman,  Kishore M. Tulsidas from Mauritius, S.P. Singh Oberoi from Dubai, Neil Prasad from India and Atul Pathak, Dhiren Katwa,  Gaurav Juneja, Mehmood Khan, Prof. Poonam Kumar from UK. Dr. Rami Ranger, also from UK received the NRI Institute – Parvasi Lifetime Awards.

Dr Bal Ram Jakhar Former Governor MP, H .E Nimisha Madhvani Uganda’s High Commissioner to India, Rajesh Satija President Sun and Sand Industries Ltd, Jagmohan Singh, Secretary General, Dr Rami Ranger from UK, Dr G S Paul from Canada, Tarlochan Singh MP and Joginder Singh IPS (Retd.) were amongst the dignitaries.

The Governor also appreciated the NRI Institute, New Delhi led by Udai Patel and Dr. S.K. Pauchauri for doing a tremendous job in connecting people of Indian origins to its root in the country. He also released the magazine NRI achievers. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)


EAC office dedicated to Bame

SEPPA, Jan 11: Much to the delight of public of Bameng block under East Kameng district, Parliamentary Secretary for RWD & Supply and Transport, Kumar Waii, who is also the local MLA, today handed over the newly constructed Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) office complex building to the people in presence of APB & OCWWB chairman Jalley Sonam and others during a simple but impressive function at Bameng.

The newly constructed office building was undertaken by DRDA, Seppa under SPA 2010-11.

While inaugurating the office, Waii urged the officers and public of block to properly look after the office building.

Meanwhile, while attending the ongoing general conference of All Bameng Khenewa and Lada Students' Union (ABKLSU)  at Bameng, Kumar Waii exhorted the students to work hard to achieve the desired goal.

He also announced cash awards to those who exceptionally do well in class X and XII examinations. Those students who get selected for MBBS course and qualify in competitive examinations like as APCS and UPSC would also be awarded handsomely.


Imbibe work culture, Matey tells people

KHONSA, Jan 11: Parliamentary Secretary for DoTC and SWW&CD, Yumsen Matey asked the people to imbibe work culture and extend cooperation to the executing agencies for proper execution of various beneficial schemes in Lazu area.

Addressing a development meeting at Lazu yesterday, Matey said that he was fully alive to the problems faced by the people and was trying his best to address their problems on priority basis.

Matey passionately appealed to the people to come out of the cocoon of self-made miseries and explore the vast world out side which is full of avenues, possibilities and opportunities instead of depending upon the government for everything. He told the people that these avenues, opportunities and possibilities were only for those who work hard but not for those who have laid-back attitudes. He asked the people to engage themselves in agriculture and horticultural activities  in large scale to augment their economic income. Earlier, the Parliamentary Secretary accompanied by CO LN Naam, HoDs and public leaders inspected the on-going schemes at Lazu.

While appreciating the departments for carrying out the work efficiently, Matey told the HoDs not to compromise on the quality of work.

It may be mentioned here that the entire Lazu area including CO HQ Lazu is situated in the border of Myanmar due to which insurgency problem is rampant. It is also one of the most backward places in Tirap district. DIPRO


AAPPTF awareness prog on bank/ traffic held

PASIGHAT, Jan 11:  All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) conducted an awareness programme on traffic and financial aid at Pasighat on January 9 and 10.

Addressing the gathering on Bank awareness programme, Arunachal Pradesh Co-operative Apex Bank Naharlagun Managing Director  Tsering Thongdok  highlighted the various benefit provided by the Bank like Kisan Credit Card (KCC), micro finance, agriculture/horticulture, animal husbandry, farm mechanization scheme, small business loan, transport vehicles and rural housing loan.

He informed that the AAPPTF unemployed member can avail the opportunity from the Apex Bank as per the memorandum of the undertaking signed between the Apex Bank and All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation. He also said that Bank has already sanctioned 40-50 commercial vehicles to unemployed youth of various districts as per the recommendation of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF).

AAPPTF General Secretary, Dobing Sonam said that extension of financial help to unemployed youth of the state would also immensely reduce the unemployment rate of the state. He further advised all the AAPPTF executive members and unemployed youth to avail the benefit of the Bank and extend all possible help to Apex Bank for its steady growth.

AP Apex bank Branch Manager, Pasighat assured to extend all possible help to transport federation in Bank related matters.

Later, AAPPTF state level executive members, its East Siang District Unit along with District Transport Officer, DTO Pasighat held a meeting at Pasighat.

During the meeting traffic rules and certain fundamental issues of motor vehicle rules were discussed.

The meeting urged the vehicle owners and drivers to follow the traffic rules and also advised all the owners and drivers of commercial vehicles to keep their vehicle documents up to date. It also appealed to the authority concerned to maintain uniform road tax and plying permit.

The federation taking serious note on the dilapidated road condition around Pasighat, appealed to the local MLA and district administration to initiate step for renovation of road as early as possible.


Women can play pivotal role in rural sanitation: Ete

Raju Mimi

ROING, Jan 11: Concluding the state wide Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) here today, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Secretary Tomi Ete emphasized the need for active participation of women in spreading hygiene in rural areas to inculcate sanitation as a habit in tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh.  

Organized by PHE & Water Sanitation department, government of Arunachal Pradesh, a workshop for PRI leaders on sustainable sanitation and management of drinking water quality monitoring was held to sensitize them on sanitation and safe drinking water; to help them plan, implement, operate, maintain and manage drinking water security.

The secretary underlined the need for active participation of panchayat leaders in successful implementation of TSC. He made a presentation on traditional system of toilet in different tribes of Arunachal and subsequent changes being adopted for safe disposal of wastes through TSC campaign.

AN Singh, Director (CCDU), PHE & WS department, government of Arunachal Pradesh said permanent behavioral change in people is must to make the sanitation campaign successful. He said sanitation is way of life and should be practiced and owned by people.

Lopolam Kri, Superintendent of Engineer (SE), PHE, Miao encouraged the people to develop the sense of ownership in sanitation. “TSC is a ‘community led’ and ‘people centered’ programme. So the thrust must come from people for clean and hygienic sanitary environment.”

Meka block in Lower Dibang Valley, followed by Dambuk block is responding adequately to the sanitary campaign, but much headway is to be made by other blocks in the district, he said. Speaking on the occasion, Zilla Chairperson Chiliko Meto said though Roing has a water treatment plant for drinking water, it has no permanent water source. He requested the visiting secretary for a permanent drinking water source for the town.

Also speaking on the occasion, Roing Zilla Parishad Member Namo Lingi rued that since panchayat leaders have limited power, they are unable to give their best to sanitary effort. He demanded government for devolution of powers to panchayat for effective implementation of all programmes of the government.

Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey said though sanitary programme demands increased participation of elected leaders and panchayat bodies, they are not sensitized adequately on their roles and functions in this regard.

Concluding the training session, deputy commissioner Garima Gupta said no amount of resources made available can motivate, unless the people themselves are not sensitive and aware enough. She informed that under the state innovative fund (SIF), a community toilet for the town is awaited.

A presentation on water and sanitation related diseases was presented by Dr N Yirang, district hospital, Roing. ADC W Tikhak spoke on water sanitation and community participation.

Earlier, opening the session, PHED EE Subhash Pertin gave a report on physical achievement on sanitation campaign in the district. He urged cooperation from panchayat bodies, students and community elders for successful implementation of TSC programme. The welcome address was read by PHED AE Mure Linggi while AE O Yirang gave away the thanks note.




LDV boy wins 100M race

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Mido Yirang of  Lower Dibang Valley won the Boys 100m and 400m race in the on-going rural sports competition under PYKKA at SLSA playground, Chimpu today. He clocked 12.03 Sec for 100 m and 57.91 sec for 400m.

The Silver and Bronze medals in 100m went to Pojum Jini of West Siang and Suchingta Chowhai of Lohit respectively.

The prizes to the winners were distributed by Indira Mallo, Secretary, Cultural Affairs, IPR and Printing etc.

On the end of the day two, Papum Pare was leading the medal table with four Gold. Results:

100M Boys: Mido Yirang (Gold), LDV, Pojom Jini (Sil), W.Siang, Suchingta Chowhai (Br), Lohit;

400M Boys: Mido Yirang (Gold), LDV, King Kong Pari (Sil), E Kameng, Tanyabg Nokar (Br), U Siang; 800 M Boys: Kagom Potom (Gold), P Pare, Amit Urang (Sil), Lohit, Ngawang Yonta Khochy (Br) W. Kameng.

800m Girls: Amung Wangsa (gold), Tirap, Meko Ngorang (Sil), E Kameng, Aroti Jomang (Br), W Siang.

4X400M (Boys) : Soma Pao, Lamko Modo, Kogum Potom, Chepa Abo (gold), P Pare, Ending Saroh, Tajong Tatin, Tarong Tatin, Tamar Tatuk (Sil), E Siang, Binya Lomi, Tonya Bam, Mijum Ada, Pojam Jini (Br), E Siang.

High Jump (Boys): Rajen Gorh (gold), Lohit, Kenmi Angu (Sil) W Siang, Pappu Rokdndu (Br), W Kameng.

High Jump (Girls): Nung Perme (gold), E Siang, Kabita Rangmo (Sil), E Kameng, Pisam Singpho (Br), Changlang.

Discuss Throw (Boys): Tukin Ligu (gold), U Siang,  King Kong Dari (Sil), E Kameng, Teli Kuma (Br), P Pare.

Shotput (Boys): Oyin Komut (gold), U Siang, Pemanada Deori (Sil), Lohit, Kemken Jini (Br) W Siang.

Long Jump (Boys): Fraklin Taki (gold), E Siang, Nikil Jang (Sil) E Kameng, Rajen Gorch (Br), Lohit.

Long Jump (Girls): Keter Ete (gold), W Siang, Bengia Mereey (Sil), Kurung Kumey, Tare Pangkham (Br), U Siang,

Shot Put ( Girls): Osiri Pertin (Gold), P/Pare, Minam Pertin (Sil), LD/ Valley, Likhe Swari Mili (Br), Lohit.


UAEA denies setting fire to APPSC building

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: In a dramatic development, Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association (UAEA) today denied the charge of setting fire at APPSC building on Tuesday just hours before the 12 hour Capital bandh called by it.

In a release today, UAEA quashed the charged made against them by district administration yesterday stating that the association was behind the APPSC building fire.

However, the Union claimed the responsibility of road blockade and damage of moving cars within the periphery of capital complex during the bandh hour.

Lashing out at Nyishi Elite Society (NES) for supporting APPSC on the issue, the association expressed its displeasure at society saying that despite having enough proof against the Commission, the NES is supporting it.

It further said that parental organization of a community like NES should guide the youths against corrupt system rather than discouraging them on raising the issue. The Association hoped that various organizations and civil society would come forward to support its the movement in “seeking justice”.


Achieve the revenue targets: Gamlin

APSTS review meeting held

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: A review meeting on the overall performance of the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services Stations (APSTS) for the quarter ending 31st December, 2011 was held in the conference hall of office of the General Manager on January 9 last.

During the meeting, performance of all the Stations in terms of their achievement vis-a-vis the revenue- target fixed up to 31 December, 2011 was discussed.

Addressing the meeting, Transport, State Transport and Co-operation Minister Jarkar Gamlin emphasized on achieving the revenue targets set by the Government. He advised the departmental officers and officials to be disciplined in their approach to their job.

While encouraging the officers and officials, he advised them to serve the people of the State with dedication and assured to look into the grievances and problems of the department.

Secretary (Transport) B Siram also advised them to improve the productivity activities of the department.

Earlier, General Manager, STS CN Longphai, appealed to all to forget all individual differences and take advantage of the meeting for taking stock of failures and mistakes of the department, to review the strategies in order to achieve the revenue targets in the current financial year.

Joint Secretary (Transport) N Ete also attended the meeting.


Delay in starting RDC at Ruksin CHC causes concern

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Jan 11: The people of Ruksin area in East Siang district have expressed their dissatisfaction over inordinate delay in functioning of the proposed Regional Diagnostic Centre (RDC) in Ruksin Community Health Centre (CHC). Delay in setting up modern health care facilities in the only CHC in the vast area has compelled people to go either to Itanagar or Dibrugarh for diagnosis of complex health problems.

When contacted, East Siang District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr T Taloh informed that the engineer, who was supposed to install the machine, is presently engaged at Silchar Medical College Hospital (Assam). He will be free to come to Ruksin only after completion of his works.

He said, “the engineer will first examine the present condition of the machineries kept inside Ruksin CHC and if it is found ok it would be installed. Otherwise, the machines would be replaced with another one which may take more time.”

Sources informed that the RDC was sanctioned in 2006. But it could not be started due to shortage of suitable compartment in the hospital as the CHC building was not suitable for installation of the Ultra- Sonography (USG) and Computerised Tomography (CT)- scanning machines.

The people of the area are hoping that setting up of the RDC with modern health care equipments at Ruksin CHC would immensely benefit the people.

“It has been a long pending demand to start X-ray and USG service in the CHC and we are hoping that as soon as the machines start functioning it would provide great relief to the people”, said Ruksin Zilla Parishad Member Tonggeng Panyang.

“The authority is wilfully neglecting the issue which has caused hardship to the common people,” Tadi Jonnom, President of Ruksin Arae Youth Front has alleged.  The CHC set up in 2003, is the only government hospital and First Referral Unit (FRU) in the area, which caters to about 8000 people covering West Pasighat area. Located at Assam-Arunachal border, the hospital also benefits a large number of patients from Assam.

An average 40 patients are treated everyday in the hospital.

Patients from different parts of Upper Siang, twin Dibang Valley districts and Jonai in Assam regularly come to this hospital for availing various medical treatment.


NYWA, NUEF denounce recruitment process

Org blames admin

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Extending its solidarity to Unemployed Arunachalee Engineer Association (UAEA)’s demand for re-conduction of Assistant Engineer (civil) examination and resignation of APPSC chairman, Nyishi Youth Welfare Association today said that person involved in alleged erroneous evaluation of answer sheets and  tampering should be punished as per established law so that such incident do not recur.  

Association also criticized the Commission for such incident which has led to massive protest among aspirants against authority.

While condemning   the way of holding the viva voice examination for recruitment of AE (Civil) by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission before publication of final report of the high-level enquiry committee constituted by the Governor, the Nyishi Unemployed Engineers’ Forum (NUEF) today held the APPSC and other concerned authorities responsible for present state of affair in AE recruitment. It appealed to the authorities to trace out actual cause of such chaotic situation.

It further castigated the apex NGOs like NES and AAPSU for, what it said, keeping mum while UAEA is running from pillar to post for justice.

Condemning the district administration for unpreparedness to foil untoward incidents after bandh declared by organizations at capital complex All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO)  today questioned the district administration for clamping 144 CrPc after APPSC building was set ablaze.

AAPYO said that it was meaningless to declare 144 CrPC after the incident.  Further, the organization asked the authority to end the imbroglio by arriving at an amicable solution by looking into the grievances of Unemployed Arunachalee Engineer Association.


Theory and practice of Bonsai culture

Tobom Bam

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Bonsai is an art of growing trees in small container with or without rocks by treating them with certain techniques to reproduce in small form (miniature) the big appearance of large and aged trees or landscape as it is found in nature.

Ancient history tells it is the Culture of China (206 BC-220AD). Buddhist monks probably brought bonsai from China to Japan (10th& 11th century). Japan has achieved the culture and introduced it to West. Nowadays this culture has been spread all over the world.

The Bonsai culture is now an extraordinary branch of horticulture. It needs a very artistic eye and elementary knowledge of pruning, training and growing of a plant in a container. Just like a less qualified person with long years of outstanding public service and deeply unadulterated love and adulation of public may win over a highly qualified but new entrant in political fray in a constituency where all electorates are educated, economically sound, homogenous and have no enmity among themselves, bear top priority on previous contribution of the candidates to the concerned constituency and not at all corrupt. Similarly a ‘Mali’ or a common man with long years of practice and skilful hand in Bonsai culture can make a far better Bonsai culture than a graduate, postgraduate or even higher in the field because it is much more of art and devotion.

In India any person making an excellent bonsai can earn thousands from one sample.   

Present status of bonsai as a business and hobby:  Once concept of Bonsai is introduced, people try and slowly in course of time develop interest and attain success with few plants. Later they achieve quality in their art. Some people take few days training in concerned institutes. Bonsai is a hobby of plant lovers and those who can give attention to this art. People whose bonsai is exhibited in major festivals earn huge amount according to quality and stage of the plant. At the same time people auction their bonsai in major shopping complex, nurseries by tagging the price. It ranges from Rs 2500 to Rs 50000 or even more depending on kind of plant, age, type of bonsai, etc. However, my feeling is that those who try this art and attain excellence earn one kind of inner satisfaction and fulfillment in life. They can succeed and not those who try to earn quick money because it needs devotion. Moreover number will be in small quantity.     

Merits of Bonsai: It is a replica of a natural tree in all miniature form. The beauty of the plant and the style are the major factor and not the age. This can be attained within three years of culture. Miniature in all forms should be maintained in Foliage, Flower and Fruit etc. The color of the bark and normal growth of the plant is maintained. Bonsai is a living sculpture. A bonsai artist sees a tree in nature and reflects them in a bonsai.

Container: There are three types of pots used for Bonsai culture Earthen, Glazed and Porcelain. For the two types the soil should be in three grade from Rough (Base), Medium and fine because the glazed and the porcelain pots have no capacity for soaking the water from the soil. For earthen pot ordinary soil, mixed with all organic fertilizers, may be used.

Soil Preparation: Common soil, Cow dung (one year old), Bricks (in broken form) and leaf mould (Fungicide proof) to be taken all in equal volume in ¼” and down position. All these to be mixed and then pass it through the sieve of 1/6" mesh and 1/8" mesh. We will get the 3 different grades of soil – Base, medium and top soil.

Pot preparation: Cut the nylon net of 1/8" square inch size and then cover the holes of pot by this net. Net is to be fastened by the nylon string, leaving a certain portion on both ends for binding the plant.

Preparation of plant before placing in the container: The desired plant is to be taken from the earthen pot by a stroke of the pot in upside down position. Then immerse the plant in any fungicide solution and cut off excess 1/3 portion of root from the plant. Again dip it in the same solution.

Placing the plant in the container : Container fitted with nylon net, a layer of base soil i.e. the rough soil to be spread over the net and then a thin layer old medium soil. Place the plant over the soil in 1/3rd position of the pot. More and more medium soil will be given so that the earth ball of the plant to some extent is covered. Plant should be fastened by the nylon string. At this stage dibber is used to minimize the gap between layers to layer. On the top place the top soil and use the dibber lightly.

Watering: Container fitted with the plant to be immersed, in a small bath tub filled with water, at a depth of 2/3rd of the container. Within 2 or 3 minutes water will rise above the soil. Take out the plant from the tub and place it in a shady place for 48 hours.

And gradually the plants are to be exposed to the sun and within 7 days it may be placed in the open sun. Placing of the plant will be north to south facing the east.

Care and attention: In summer the upper layer of soil is to be covered by mesh. The plant should be observed every day. As soon as the upper layer of the soil becomes dry the plant is to be immersed in bath tub for watering. In a week manure is to be given in the form of liquid Muster oil cake in rotten state with raw cow dung. The manure to be mixed in bath tub should be as thin as possible (just decolourisation of the water). In a week any liquid insecticide in mild dose may be sprayed in the evening. After exposure of the plant for one month in the open sun, one liquid insecticide may be sprayed once in every month.

Pruning, Trimming, Bending, Wiring and Unwiring is extremely necessary for this culture. The plant requires close observation. It is a dynamic culture.

Wiring: Wiring by aluminum wire is preferable. It is done for making correct style of the plant.

Mainly 11 “styles of Bonsai” are followed in Japan:

1. Bankan (crooked or twisted trunk).

2. Ne- tsun Agari (root of trees connected to each other)

3. Sokan (Twin trunk)

4. Chokkan (Single straight trunk)

5. Ikadabuki (branches from laid down trunk have grown as if many trees are planted together)

6. Yoesue (cluster planting of trees)

7. Mayoki (a tree having crooked)

8. Shakan (Slanting trunk)

9. Ishi-Juke or Ishi-Suki (trees planted on the rock)

10. Han-Kengai (Semi-cascade tree)

11. Kabu Dachi (trees growing from one root)

Classification of Bonsai: Based on size:

In traditional Japanese system 4 groups are followed all over the world.

1. Miniature bonsai (height not above 15 cm) 2. Small bonsai (height of 30 cm)

3. Medium bonsai (30-60 cm) 4. Large bonsai (above 60 cm)

List of plants suitable for Bonsai culture:

 Azalia, Alstonia scholaris, Butea spp, Bougainvillea spp, Bottle Brush (C. lanceolatus ),  Cassia fistula, C. tomentosa, Casuarina equisetifolia, Cycas revolute, Camalia spp, Citrus plants, Delonix regia (Gulmohar), Ficus benjamina, Ficus religiosa ( peepal), Ficus bengalensis, Ficus triangularis, Ficus retusa, Juniperus prostrate , Malphigia coccigera, Largestromeria indica, Murraya exotica ( Kamini ), Pomegranate, Tabebuia crysantha etc.

In Arunachal Pradesh are Wild Chestnuts, wild citrus etc

 (The Contributor is Horticulture Development Officer (SG) Basar)

Shame on you

Dear Editor,

Shame, shame, shame all of you. Shame on NES criticising the Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association. You are the creator of such violent agitation; whole state knows it, remember Oct 2011? Being the intellect body of largest population of state you should be farsighted enough to see this; youth will definitely try to step into your shoe. You cannot expect to have mango after planting babool tree.

Shame on capital administration, even the dumbest of dumb would have known that the APPSC office will be target of UAEA. You have entire team of administration and police department but still a handful of youths have outsmarted you. That is unacceptable. You really have to pull up your shocks.

And shame on UAEA, almost entire capital stood with you by observing shutter down and keeping vehicles off-road on your bandh call still you resorted to violence and set ablaze APPSC office and vehicles.

Congratulations to you for proving that being educated and literate are two very different thing and sadly you belong to the later group. If by any chance some of you get selected as Assistant Engineer you might get the task of repairing those damaged offices and that will be like licking your own spit.

I know my words are harsh, but all of you deserve harsher criticism but then that will be unprintable.


Ramesh Jamo




The types of bandh callers

Dear Editor,

In our State there are more than 7000 NGOs/organizations and all of them have number of issues to press before the government for justice. But, unfortunately, some of organizations adopt the means of strike for every issue.              

The organizations resort to bandh call as a last resort to pressurize the government.  Government should also come forward and deliberate on the issues of the aggrieved party.

We have seen some of the bandh callers, after drawing public support straightway begs apology from the individual or officers or minister personally. One organization after conducting marathon bandhs which was also widely supported by public has directly begged apology from the Minister but such bandh caller organization must beg apology from the public for causing inconveniences instead of Minister concerned.  Public should take legal action against such fraudulent bandh callers and public should not treat all the bandh callers in same way.

The ARTIAF also had resorted to bandh calls but for genuine and serious issues.   The ARTIAF had to resort to  bandh calls only after prolonged oppression by the Gamlin led government, but the bandh calls were for genuine reasons. But ARTIAF has not left the issue inconclusive. As an alternative measure instead of third phase bandh call of 72 hours, we have filed court cases vide PIL No.43 of 2011 in the matter of Y.D. Thongchi,  in which  High court has issued show cause notice to the government  and the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh will file affidavit on 23rd January, 2012.

We on behalf of ARTIAF urge upon the Tuki led government and the High Court that judgment should come without loss of time as early as possible for sake of justice.  There is a saying that justice delayed is justice denied.  We are hopeful that the Tuki led government will cooperate with the High Court for early judgment.  So, the present government should not adopt delay dallying tactics.

It is urged upon to re-organize the State Information Commission by inducting retired High court or Supreme Court judge as Chief information Commissioner.  Before selecting the Chief information commissioner their antecedents and performance and back ground must be examined.  

The image of the State Information Commission must be held high.

In order to avoid frequent strikes the State Government must strengthen its Public Grievances Department, which will examine all types of issues and demands any organization raises. There must be time bound processing of the issues and responses before an organization resort to strike due to failure on the part of the authorities.  Issues raised by public either individually or through a forum should not be allowed to linger.   

The 12 hours capital bandh on 10.1.2012 called by Unemployed Arunachal Engineers Association had genuine reasons. There is no harm to conduct re-examination of the engineers afresh by cancelling the previous examination for which the Unemployed Engineers launched this movement.

Government should keep an eye on the unemployment situation in the State.   Accordingly, Government should create avenue for their employment in the various departments and upcoming power sectors.  I on behalf of   ARTIAF wholeheartedly support the cause of Unemployed Arunachal Engineers Association.  We also appeal to the Chief Minister to intervene into the matter and conduct re-examination afresh in a transparent manner. We urge upon the Chairman and Members of APPSC to resign on moral ground if they have sense of ethics and morality.


Chopa Cheda,


Arunachal RTI Activists Forum



A witty mind at work

Dear Editor,

Recent time our state capital has been very chaotic and unpleasant, but some of the opinions in your newspapers are very refreshing, especially by one gentleman named Ramesh Jamo.

His one liners like “NES & ANSU the father of bandh calls” and “our youths as pirated Koreans” are the best. It’s good to see that when all are burning down public property and fighting with one another, a witty mind is at work. Keep it up!!!


Tach Ridi




Look for other option

Dear Editor,

These days we see so many bandh call. Every organisation use bandh call as a tool to get their demands fulfilled.

I am not saying that their demands are useless and meaningless. They have right to fight if there demand are right. But instead of indulging in bandhs, they should use some other tool which will not affect normal citizens.

If a patient can’t reach hospital on time during a bandh day and dies, who shall we blame?  And what about those who have to earn their livelihood on a daily basis? Who will feed them on the day of bandh? And what about students who losses precious time? Who will take credit for such losses?

So stop bandh call.


 A citizen (on email)



Motivated and baseless allegation against Changlang police

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the letter “Highlight the plight of Chakmas’’ by Sintu Chakma published in Readers’ Forum on Jan 09. The letter is not true and the allegations made against police or AAPSU is motivated and baseless. I had immediately rushed to Diyun on the same day and the fact of the incident was that on 07/01/12 an accident took place at Diyun near secondary school, wherein a minor girl sustained injury. Just after the accident, the motor cycle rider immediately fled to police station, Diyun to report the matter. Some students, who were playing cricket in the school field came to the accident spot and physically assaulted Ct. Loma Nima of IRBN, the pillion rider without any provocation, taking law into their own hands. On getting information, police team from police station, Diyun immediately rushed to the spot of the accident for causing an enquiry into the matter and assured the students to take action as per the provision of law. Instead of listening to police, the agitated students attacked police on duty and damaged the police vehicle without any provocation and valid reasons. Under such circumstances, finding no way out, police resorted to firing of five rounds to disperse the rowdy mob taking all precautionary measures to save their lives and further damage of  Govt. vehicle. The police party somehow rescued the pillion rider from the clutches of students. After few minutes, students numbering 300 forcefully entered into the PS complex of Diyun and made attempts to break open the lock of PS lock-up by using stones demanding handling over of motor cycle rider and police constable who opened firing. The students were again and again asked to refrain from such mischievous activities but they started pelting stones at police personnel and PS building resulting damage of windows panes and injury to police personnel, while they were discharging their lawful duties. To avoid further damage of Govt. properties and injury to police, the police on duty resorted to firing in the air to disperse the violent group of students, taking all precautionary measures. Because of tactful and mature handling by police in two different incidents of firing, no injury was caused to anybody.

The allegation made against police for not arresting accused involved in accident case was not true. The accused was arrested and kept in PS lock-up for further necessary action. Also, the allegations made against police and APPSU on various issues for dominating the Chakmas are not true.

The crime data for last 12 years clearly revealed that out of total 116 cases involving Chakmas in Changlang District since 2000, APST committed crimes against Chakmas in only 4 cases whereas Chakmas committed crime against APST in 36 cases. In 64 cases, crimes were committed against Chakmas/other refugees within themselves. In 12 cases, accused parties could not be identified.    

On next day, Jan 08, I called a meeting at Diyun to discuss about the unfortunate incident of students attack on police. The meeting was attended by EAC Diyun, Headmaster, public leaders, Chakma/Hajong village headmen and police Officers. The members present in the meeting condemned the violent and unfortunate activities of students and agreed to extend all co-operations to police and administration in nabbing the culprits.


Tumme Amo (APPS)

Superintendent of police

Changlang District




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Centre approves major portion of Trans-Arunachal Highway

NEW DELHI, Jan 11: The much awaited Trans-Arunachal Highway from Potin to Pangin via Ziro, Daporijo, Bame and Aalo with stretch of 407 km has been approved by Centre.

The other scheme from Neichipu to Hoj via Seppa and Sagalee was sanctioned 6 months back.  

The foundation stone for the two major roads will be laid  by Union Minister for Road Transport & National Highways Dr. C.P.Joshi and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in the first week of February 2012. The ECI of Hyderabad will be executing the work.

The approval was given by the Union Minister Dr.C.P.Joshi in presence of MP Takam Sanjoy and Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo at Transport Bhawan, here yesterday.

“With this, a major portion of the highway has been approved, Sanjoy said, adding that UPA Government has almost completed awarding of PMs Package.

Sanjoy appealed to the leaders and public to co-operate in expediting the commissioning of these roads which will give economic boost to the State.


SDT on cane and bamboo

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: A 42 days skill development training programme on cane and bamboo was inaugurated at Bolung village in Lower Dibang Valley district on January 7.

The NABARD sponsored programme is being organized by Social Welfare Management and Promotional Organization (SWM and PO), Parbuk village  at Balek, Bolung and Bizari villages of the district.

While participating in the inaugural programme Allen Pertin, EAC, P Arangham, DDI and R K Das of SBI, Roing  showered praise on the NGO for taking such initiatives.


Forum suggests roads for Siang dists

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: In a representation to the Chief Minister, All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum today urged the government to build National Highway for three Siang districts without touching Assam territory.

In its four points memorandum, the Forum also demanded the government to initiate talks with Assam to resolve the longstanding boundary dispute.

In same breath it also demanded for road connectivity of circle headquarters of state and release of all departmental pending bills.


Org questions CM

ITANAGAR, Jan 11:  All Arunachal Pradesh Rights Claim Organization today questioned the Chief Minister for holding the Home and PHED ministries.

It  believed that Chief Minister would soon distribute the cabinet posts to a competent leader.


National Voters Day

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: The National Voters Day would be celebrated at Rono, Doimukh. It was decided in a coordination meeting held in the office chamber of Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex, Naharlagun today.

Deputy Commissioner cum DEO, Papum Pare district Pige Ligu and other senior officers also attended the meeting.


Vandalism condemned

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Akom Welfare Society (AWS) has strongly condemned the act of vandalism at the official residence of Dr Ligu Tacho, Chairman, APPSC and Public Service Commission office here yesterday  allegedly by  Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association (UAEA).

“Since its grievances are official the issue should have been handled officially rather than indulging in vandalism,” the society opined.

“How far it is correct on the part of UAEA to take the law in its hand when there is other legal options to redress its grievances,”? it questioned.

“Right to Information (RTI) and legal doors etc are open for all and they should have followed this path in today’s civilized world. If any finding against Dr Ligu Tacho exists then law is there to take its own course, AWS said.

“Resorting to such act that too before their scheduled bandh time of 5 am does not seem to be a right way of protest. Rather, it appears as very individualistic motive of arson, looting, inflicting harm to the very individual.”

“The APPSC chairman is the chief of a constitutional body and attack on him is equivalent to attack on very structure of the Government, which deserve condemnation from all quarters,” the society said and demanded exemplary punishment for the culprits involved in the arson.


Bye election

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: The State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to conduct bye-elections to all casual vacant seats of gram panchayat, anchal samities and zilla parishads in Arunachal Pradesh on February 17.

With the announcement of election date, the model code of conduct is enforced with immediate effect till completion of election process in poll bound areas, according to SEC release.


Free health camp

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: A team of doctors from GNRC, Guwahati will conduct a two days free health camp on neurology and cardiology at State Hospital, Naharlagun on January 18 and 19.

The team includes Dr Prasenjit Deka, neurologist and Dr Bikash Rai Das, cardio-thoracic surgeon.

Registration of patients began on January 10.


Malnutrition and child health


42 per cent of India’s 16 crore children are underweight and malnourished, according to a survey report of the HUNGaMA (Hunger and Malnutrition). The survey conducted across 112 rural districts in 2011 provides reliable estimates of child nutrition. Of the 112 districts surveyed, 100 are those with the poorest child development indicators and referred to as the 100 Focus Districts. These districts are located in Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The HUNGaMA survey finds that the prevalence of child underweight has decreased from 53 per cent to 42 per cent; this represents a 20.3 per cent decrease over a 7 year period with an average annual rate of reduction of 2.9 per cent.  42 per cent of children under five are underweight and 59 per cent are stunted. The prevalence of underweight in children born with a weight below 2.5 kg is 50 per cent while that among children born with a weight above 2.5 kg is 34 per cent.

The survey also reveals that the prevalence of malnutrition is significantly higher among children from low-income families.

The low nutritional, educational and social status of women is among the major factors that contribute to a high prevalence of underweight in children under five.

The government has numerous programmes to fight malnutrition but nothing much has been achieved.  However, it is hoped that united move of both Govt and private sector will help streamline public service delivery system  and ensure the benefits of the government schemes reach the poorest in India.