January  18


News Impact

Tadak Dulom Som needs attention

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:  The 179 M long  and 17.86 m high Tadak Dulom Som bridge at Daporijo  with a live load capacity of 400 kg needs immediate attention of the authority concerned and the public.  

Interestingly, it is written in bridge description that three wheelers are allowed to pass. But the another caution notice hanged on the top of the tower read “two and three wheelers are strictly prohibited till further order” contradicting the earlier one.

The authority should immediately rectify such perplexing safety notice. Instead it should keep a regular watchman to control the movement of two and three wheelers to avert major accident.

Further, the bridge constructed in 2002-2003 under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is in dilapidated condition and needs immediate renovation. But, in spite of the weak condition of the bridge, it still carrying  load much more than the  allowed capacity putting the safety of passerby at risk.

The locality, including private and government institutions and various Govt establishments of Dumporijo and Daporijo should also collectively sort out a safety measure and contribute some fund for its renovation besides the government’s assistance, if any.

There may be many such cases around the state. The public should not totally depend on the government for all minor repairing work of essential public amenities and we should regenerate the tribal sense of collective community activities.

The districts, circles, villages, unions, associations and societies etc of our state should also take up such work on self-help basis.

The people of locality can also contribute in cash or kind voluntarily to those committees, which take up such minor repairing works of bridges, roads, community halls and drinking water pipelines in their respective areas.


Cultural progs steal the limelight

Yomgo River Festival-2012

Ranjit Sinha

AALO, Jan 17: The second day of the five-day Yomgo River Festival-2012 began with traditional sports and cultural programmes at festival ground today.

While the morning session of the festival witnessed sports and games competitions including beach volleyball and tug-of-war, the folk dance competition enthralled the festive revelers till late afternoon.

However, the first day of the festival did not bring cheers to the  exhibition cum sale stall owners yesterday with only sizeable number of visitors visiting the stalls. The first day of the festival was also totally discouraging for some of the food stall owners.

Things looked up today as the festival was able to lure increasing number of visitors with the state of the cultural evening. Other attraction of the festival is “Know Your Army” exhibition stall which is a success with the youth.


Tourism Information Counter at Guwahati Airport

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: In an effort to promote tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh, State Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh inaugurated a Tourism Information Counter (TIC) at Guwahati Airport on January 17.

Interacting with media persons on the occasion, General Singh informed on the initiatives of the State government such as renovation of 17 forest guest houses for the adventure and nature lovers and starting of new tourist circuit in Tirap district. Concrete steps have been taken for augmentation of tourism related activities in the State, he added.

General Singh further informed the people present on the inaugural function that thrust is now given on tourism related ventures under Public Private Partnership.  

The Governor said that the State Government has already taken up for more relaxation in the entry restricts with Government of India.

The Governor commended the Tourism Department for establishing a very impressive Tourism Information Counter at the Guwahati Airport. The Tourism Department has placed tourism related literature including works on Arunachal Pradesh by well known authors.

The Governor advised that the Tourism Information Counter at the airport should be manned by Tourism Department round the clock and if required the State Government may be approached for necessary support in this regard.

Principal Secretary (Tourism) GN Sinha, Secretary to Governor, Secretary (Planning) Ankur Garg, Tourism Director AK Singh and  Guwahati Deputy Resident Commissioner DJ Borah were present on the occasion.

Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri, Chief Conservator of Forest (Assam) Dr. RM Dubey, Assam Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Anurag Singh, senior officials from Airport Authority of India and security agencies were also present on the occasion.

On the sideline of the inaugural function, Principal Secretary (Tourism) Sinha informed that development of tourism requires wider and easy dissemination of tourism related information like availability of infrastructure, road and air connectivity and background information about places of tourist interest. Easy availability of this information at places like airports, railway stations and bus stations are a prerequisite for tourism promotion. It was in this background that a tourism counter at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI)Airport, Guwahati was  needed as this is the main hub where all tourists reach for their onward travel to various states of the North East.

The Principal Secretary further added that realizing the importance of this, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh initiated the proposal to establish a tourism information counter at LGBI Airport at Guwahati and instructed the Tourism Department to complete the setting up of tourism counter in a time bound manner. The Tourism Department took up the establishment of TIC in the arrival area of the Guwahati Airport in a time bound manner under his supervision and coordinated by State Tourism Director A.K. Singh, and Leena Perme, District Tourism Officer (Guwahati) implemented the must required facility, Sinha added. (PRO, Raj Bhawan)


India, China to set up mechanism on border management

Sanjoy raises stapled visa issue

India-China border talk

New Delhi/Itanagar, Jan 17: India and China today agreed to set up a working mechanism on border management to deal with matters related to maintaining peace and tranquility in the frontier areas.

The mechanism, mooted by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, was finalised at the conclusion of the 15th meeting of the Special Representatives (SR) on the boundary question -- National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo here.

The agreement to establish the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs was signed by India's Ambassador to China S Jaishankar and China's Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin.

The working mechanism will undertake mutually agreed tasks but will not discuss resolution of the boundary question or affect the SR process.

It will be headed by a joint secretary-level officer from the Ministry of External Affairs and a Director General-level officer from the Chinese Foreign Ministry and will comprise diplomatic and military officials of the two sides.

"The Working Mechanism will address issues and situations that may arise in the border areas that affect the maintenance of peace and tranquillity and will work actively towards maintaining the friendly atmosphere between the two countries," according to the text of the agreement released by the External Affairs Ministry.

It will study ways and means to conduct and strengthen exchanges and cooperation between military personnel and establishments of the two sides in the border areas.

It will also explore the possibility of cooperation in the border areas that are agreed upon by the two sides.

India had time and again conveyed to China that there should be no discrimination against visa applicants of Indian nationality on grounds of domicile and ethnicity, as the Chinese Government decided to issue stapled visas to people of Arunachal Pradesh. Beijing uses this visa issue just to raise pitch before any dialogue process.

China disputes the international boundary with India in the Eastern sector and claims approximately 90,000 square kilometres of Indian territory in the Arunachal Pradesh.

Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy, who is the only representative from the North East region in the Parliamentary Standing Committee of External Affairs, told media persons in Itanagar today that he made this demand vociferously, as the Arunachal issue dominated the meeting held on January 13.

The meeting was also attended by top officials of the Ministry including Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.

“The issues related to Arunachal Pradesh are lingering on due to lack of coordination between the ministries of External Affairs, Defence and Home,” he told the members of the Standing Committee.

“Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister or his representative should also represent New Delhi during the Sino-India border talks, as we have been part of India and let China know that there would be no compromise on the issue of Arunachal,” he said.

Sanjoy made it clear to the members of committee that China had stalled the Asian Development Bank loan worth Rs 396 crore and World Bank loan of Rs 1713 crore to build capital city of Itanagar and Sikkim, as part of their political strategy to stall the economic progress of Arunachal Pradesh. He also asked the Central Government to resolve the long pending issue of stapled visa, and added that energy and potential of young people should be utilized in such manner that they are not misguided to join extremist outfits of the North East.

“The stapled visa row is proving to be a bottleneck for Arunachalees who would like to go to neighbouring countries like China for sports, cultural and educational activities. And at the same time the security scenario in Arunachal Pradesh is grim, as the Maoists have started infiltrating in the jungles of state.

“The security scenario in North East and particularly Arunachal is going to be quiet worse if not managed properly, as this will also have affect on national security in future,” he said.

Taking note of the grim scenario in Arunachal Pradesh, Chairman of Standing Committee of External Affairs Ananth Kumar extended the deliberation for two days, which will be held on January 19-20 and will also be attended by Defence, Home and Trade & Commerce ministries.


Arunachal releases state matching share

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The government of Arunachal has released Rs. 25.00 crores towards state matching share for SSA project for the current financial year. This would help the SSA Rajya Mission to receive its Central grants from the MHRD. Till date, the SSA Rajya Mission has received Rs.88.00 crores  from the MHRD which has been already used for teachers’ salary.

“It has been the endeavor of the State government to provide SSA teachers salary on time but due to resource crunch, it couldn’t be done; Now that the state share has been released, we are bound to receive our Central grants so that our teachers don’t face any more problems regarding their salary,” said a statement from state SSA Project.

For the past few months the SSA teachers have been repeatedly praying for release of their salary and arrears which couldn’t be done on time due to paucity of fund with the State government. The State government is fully aware of the problems faced by the SSA teachers who are serving with dedication in remotest areas of the State and even manning Secondary and Higher Secondary schools where even regular teachers refuse to work, the statement added.  

The SSA Rajya Mission appealed to the SSA teachers to rededicate themselves towards the cause of quality education in the state by being regular in their duty so that no one points finger towards their performance.

The State government is always there to work for the betterment of their service career; hence there should be no doubt that the government is not doing anything for SSA teachers, said State Project Director P N Thungon.


Dabi endorses dignity of labour

ZIRO, Jan 17: While speaking at a programe of All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch International (AIRGVMI), Ziro unit at Hapoli on January 16, Tako Dabi, Adviser to Chief Minister -Cum-General Secretary, AIRGVMI said that one needs to respect the dignity of labor and that one should work incessantly to achieve something worthwhile which would go a long way in moulding the society.

Dabi further underscored the need to consolidate the education system in the state. “One needs to take care of one’s education as it is the backbone of society.  Educated man makes prudent use of the resources that are available. Without education, even the available resources become barren, fertile fields dry and attractive building crumbles down,” said Dabii.

Earlier in the function, the Dabii along with AT Kulo, President, AIRGVMI, state unit, distributed I-Card to the members.

Kulo also stressed the need to be honest and dedicated in whatever one does.

Calling AIRGVMI a Congress NGO directed wholly to uplift the deprived and needy people of the society and to bring them to the mainstream, he expressed optimism in the NGO to do a whole lot to the needy people.

Earlier in the function Kuru Tago, General Secretary, AIRGVMI, Ziro unit, informed that as many as 280 members were enrolled in its first membership drive for which the I- Cards were issued in the function.


Teachers’ Football tourney concludes

Seppa, Jan 17: Teachers Eleven won the first ever District Level Teachers’ Football tournament pipping Chayangtajo Higher Secondary School 1-0 in a highly competitive final match here yesterday.

The all important goal was scored by Tero Dodum.

In girls volleyball, Lamdung Sec School beat Higher Secondary School, Bebo to win title.

Parliamentary Secretary, RWD, Kumar Waii , who enjoyed the final match, advised the students to maintained discipline and respect teachers. He hoped that the just concluded football tournament would immensely help in improving  the student-teacher relationship.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by the students’ union general secretary of Govt.College, Seppa  regarding leveling and maintenance of the college road, Kumar assured to look into the matter saying that he has pursuing the Govt. for infrastructural development of the college from time to time.

Sepi Bagang, Zilla chairperson stressed on regular practice by players for improving their performance.

Later, Kumar and Bagang gave away best teachers awards to seven regular teachers and eight SSA teachers.

Migin Natung of Lamdung Secondary School was adjudged the ‘best volleyball player’ while Lunge Bagang of Bebo School was chosen as ‘best smasher’.

Altogether 12 teams participated in the tournament.

An essay writing competition was also conducted in which Master Raj Tajo of JNV, Seppa and Jesia Lamgu of Govt. College, Seppa won the first and second prizes respectively.


Mein calls on Dr. Joshi

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: PWD Minister Chowna Mein alongwith Parliamentary Secretary (PWD) TN Thongdok, called on Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr. CP Joshi,  recently in New Delhi and apprised him about the deteriorating condition of the NH-52A which needs immediate repairing.

Mein submitted a detailed project report (DPR) for 4-laning of the highway from Itanagar to Kankor Nallah and 2-lane with paved shoulder from Kankor Nallah to Banderdewa to Dr. Joshi and requested him for sanctioning it early.  Meanwhile, the Chief Engineer, MoRTH inspected the NH-52A alongwith chief engineer (Highway) PWD and Regional Officer (MoRTH) on January 15 as directed by Dr. Joshi. The Chief Engineer (MoRTH) will submit his report to Union Transport Minister for further action.

Mein along with Thongdok and team of engineers also called on A K Anthony, Union Minister of Defence on January 13 and apprised him of the slow progress in construction of Trans Arunachal Highway in some portions and district connectivity roads taken up by BRO.

Meawhile, the Union Defence Minister has reportedly assured to look into the matter seriously.


Power cut

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Power supply to Itanagar and Naharlagun areas would be disrupted by shutdown of 132 KV, Nirjuli-Dikrong (NDTL) line for strengthening the jumpers during day time from January 20 to 25.

The Power Department has appealed to the consumers to bear with the inconvenience.


‘Replace Bhoti with Sanskrit’

 ITANAGAR, Jan 17: In a major setback to the implementation of Bhoti language as third language in schools of Buddhists inhabited areas in the state, All Libo Bokar Ramo Students Union (ALBRSU) today appealed to the authority concerned to change the third language.

It said that instead of Bhoti, Sanskrit should be introduced at Government Higher Secondary School, Mechuka from the next academic session.


‘Post senior teachers’

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) in a letter to education minister appealed for immediate posting of senior teachers at Government Higher Secondary Schools Yomcha, Tirbin and Liromoba.

The union claimed that the students of those schools had been facing problem in their academic studies due to non posting of subject teachers.


Committee appeals not to interrupt project

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:  E-Sector Indira Gandhi Park Forest Colony Welfare Committee today appealed to the people not to interrupt the ongoing construction work of Conventional Hall executed by Arunachal Pradesh Infrastructural Development Cooperation Private Limited.

It further requested the district administration to take responsibility to ensure that the project is completed without “external intervention”.


DDSE visits schools

AALO, Jan 17: West Siang Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) Tomi Doke conducted a whirlwind visit to different schools of the district to know the ground realities of those schools from January 9 to 13 last.

During the course of his unannounced visit along with ADEO (Estt), a unique and praiseworthy voluntarily service rendered by three unemployed graduates and college going youths were found taking classes for the last so many days at Govt primary school, Raglam.

Such voluntary services by Redo Ado, Tumjum Lotem and Gekar Ado is an encouraging trend and was rewarded by the DDSE from his own pocket.

While visiting the schools, the shortage of infrastructure, shortage and excessive posting of teachers, negligence of teachers in their duties were identified.

He interacted with staff and student at Eyi, Logum Jini, Biru, Hissam, Bazaar line, Dego, Panya, Hiker Gumin, Guminnagar, Yoji-Yora, Pakam, Jirdin, Raglam, Kombo Pomte, Kombo, Tarsu mobuk, Nigmoi, Doji-jelly, Ngomdir, Police colony, Town Middle School, PI colony, Rigo, Kabu, Pobdi, Soi, Gori.

The DDSE will also visit all schools in the remote areas of district.

Various grievances faced by those schools established in nook and corner of district cannot be understood and addressed properly unless there is spot inspection. It may take sometime to bring changes, the DDSE said. DIPRO


Vivekananda Jayanti

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Vivekananda Jayanti was celebrated in various government schools of Italin circle of Lower Dibang Valley.

As a part of the celebration, personality development camps were conducted in various schools. Leading the day, Yupi, a senior activist of Vivekananda Kendra Arunjyoti, taught patriotic songs to the participants. He also appealed them to imbibe the ideals and teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

Vivekananda Jayanti was also celebrated at government school of Jijaon village.

Attending celebration, VKV Shergaon Principal enlightened the participants about the contributions of Vivekananda to the nation in particular and world in general.

VKV Seijosa also celebrated Vivekananda Jayanti with great enthusiasm. A total 870 students and parents took part in the celebration.

The students and teachers of Green Mount School  under aegis of Vivekananda Kendra Arunjyoti-Itanagar also celebrated the Vivekananda Jayanti.

Speaking on the occasion, Tara Dajam, a research scholar of Rajiv Gandhi University spoke about the history of the Kendra and its various social activities in the state.

Later, Dr. Lobsang Tsetim, alumni of VKV, who is also an Ophthalmologist at RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar, spoke on the life history of Swami Vivekananda.


ITBP golden jubilee

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The 10th Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Kimin is celebrating the Golden jubilee of the Force in a unique manner by organizing various welfare activities in its area of responsibility.

A series of medical camps and awareness programmes are being organized in locality area beside distribution of stationary and sports items to various schools.

Moreover, various welfare activities are also being carried out in border areas for the benefit of local people.

The Pipe Band of the Force had also participated in the recently held Si-Donyi Festival at Daporijo. The band also enthralled the pilgrims at Parshuram Kund with its majestic display recently.


Scientist-farmer interaction

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: A scientist-farmers interaction programme under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) was held at Hapoli on January 16 last.

Attending the programme, Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Nila Mohanan suggested the farmers to imbibe the latest knowledge on agriculture technology imparted to them and adapt it practically and also disseminate the same to the fellow farmers. She encouraged them to take up eco-friendly and innovative methods of cultivation.

KK Gupta, district training officer cum project director, ATMA, Lower Subansiri, distributed appointment letters of Farmers Friend (FF) to all the 30 participants. He suggested the farmers that hard labour was the only way to become successful farmers.


Dist unit suspends pen down strike

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association, Kurung Kumey District Unit has suspended its proposed pen down strike from February 1 in order to join with CEC AASSATA’s indefinite movement from January 26.


64th Army Day

New Delhi, Jan 17: At the 64th Army Day celebration in New Delhi on January 15 last, a book on North East titled “North East Trilogy” authored by film maker Dipti Bhalla and Kunal Verma was released by Chief of Army staff Gen VK Singh in the presence of the Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and other dignitaries present on the occasion. The trilogy authored in three parts is a “family album” of the North-East. The book weaves geography with history, myths of origin with daily life, religion with culture and breathtaking photography and illuminating text. The part one titled “East of Kangchendzonga” encompasses Sikkim, North Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya. The second book “Brahma’s Creation” is solely devoted to Arunachal Pradesh. This book aims at demystifying and understanding what is even today known to be one of the most challenging areas of the country. In the third volume “Children of the Dawn,” the authors start their journey from East Arunachal ( Tirap and Changlang districts) and travel to Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram. After the book release function, Gen. Singh presented the Chief of Army Staff Memento Medal to all the four members of the NE team.  

On the occasion, Rashmi Krisikro, Bursar of Apna Vidya Bhavan and chairperson of Anu Shiksha Seva Trust (ASSET) of Arunachal Pradesh presented a detailed report of various welfare measures taken up by the 82 Mountain Brigade, 2 Mountain Division and the 26 Maratha Light Infantry towards promotion of rural education by Anu Shiksha Seva Trust (ASSET) to Chief of Army staff Gen VK Singh.

The chairman also met Bharti Singh, president of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) and presented a copy of the report informing her at length about the involvement of AWWA members for social and community service in Arunachal Pradesh.

The ASSET team also met Gen. (retd) Shankar Roy Choudhury, former Army Chief and a ASSET brochure was presented to him. The ASSET team was also introduced to Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chief of Naval Staff. The team also met Lt. Gen Indrajeet Khanna and Usha Verma, Maj Gen Ashok Kalyan Verma, who had served in Arunachal in 1972 and 1962 in Along and Kibithu.

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Emission control


Scientists identified 14 emission control measures that, when applied together, could reduce global warming by around 0.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, avoid up to 4.7 million premature deaths, and boost crop yields by up to 135 million metric tonnes by 2030.

Both black carbon  and methane in the atmosphere warm the climate, and black carbon is dangerous to health when inhaled. Methane is also responsible for boosting the production of ozone — a gas that is useful for life on Earth when high up in the atmosphere where it screens some of the sun's radiation, but is dangerous lower down in the atmosphere where it damages plants, reducing agricultural productivity, and human health.

The range of technological and regulatory measures,  include targeting methane emissions from livestock and rice farming, and black carbon emissions from cooking stoves. The estimated benefits of cutting these emissions would far outstrip the costs of doing so, the authors said.

South Asia and central Africa would reap the most health benefits and the Middle East would see the best yield improvements. This is because black carbon does not disperse evenly throughout the atmosphere and so cutting its emissions also has different regional effects.

China and India combined could grow 20 million extra tonnes of crops as a result. Brazil, Pakistan and the United States would also see great gains. Overall, gains could be worth around US$8 billion per year globally, the scientists claim.

Because black carbon, methane and ozone have short lifetimes, cutting them brings a quicker climate and health response than cutting CO2 emissions.

Energy industry is the largest methane, black carbon and also carbon dioxide emitter.

Relying on short-term reductions from ozone gases and black carbon is not a complete solution. What is needed is combine approach with long-term carbon reduction schemes.



Land of power, money and might

Dear Editor,

Arunachal is an outlaw State. If false, try to be an Anna, Ramdev or Buddha. Who will acknowledge and understand your ideas? Arunachal practice a constitution of different ideology neither of its land nor of India. It is a land of power, money and might. Actual poor victims of corruption can hardly find a place for complaint and expression.

In this land, the daily constitution changes with power, money and might. For all these phenomena, I would blame our political leaders, not to civil, judicial and military administrations. Political leaders misuse and look down on these administrations and civil societies. So many organizations from employees, businessmen, workers, villagers, students, etc. are due to their negligence and faults in all forms of work under guidelines.

In the recent incident, everybody has heard about the whole episodes of AE (Civil) recruitment exam under APPSC. Why do the APCC, instead of pressurizing action against the PSC Chairman, pressure heavy actions against the UAEA students? If the PSC Chairman were a small clerk found guilty on his part in a infamous corruption, he would have been terminated from the job and sent to the Central Jail.

Now, it should be an obligation of all individuals and organizations to raise voice and banners against corruption. If not, when? Let it be or stop it? And if somebody has any kind of knowledge about corruption on the part of PSC, it is the right time to disclose all what we had or have faced, found or solved. Hiding the corruption is encouraging the corruption.

The UAEA students already in the lock-up should not be physical harassed and they should be released soon.

Wait and see.  More chaotic situations are on the rise as there are so many dams agreed and signed under the table by our leaders without the knowledge of public/affected people. But political leaders, with a small group of blind and manipulated supporters, will say anti-development activists be punished, lathi-charged, transferred and so on. It's our Arunachal !


Rajom Ponnor

G- Sector, Naharlagun.



Won’t play with fire anymore!

Dear Editor,

I recently checked the state public service commission’s website half expecting that they have updated the site. To my dismay, things hadn’t changed. Same old news of selected candidates in last year’s prelims. But what about the other exams?

For getting any information we have to rely on state dailies or have to approach the commission itself. But how long? Everyone has access to internet nowadays.

It would be extremely convenient for job aspirants if the commission update the site from time to time. And i dont understand what their computer programmer is being paid for.

If the wiz kid has done mastering all card games and have browsed every possible website on earth or befriended every possible individual in Facebook, then we pray to you to do your job efficiently now. If you can’t, then please vacate the seat for some unemployed computer engineer.  The numbers of which seem to ever increase. But then i understand that these were amongst the blokes who half gutted your office. So a bit grudge surely will be there. Whatsoever, we request you to update the site regularly and provide relevant information regarding upcoming exams. Of course thanks to some community based organisations of the state, exams get postponed now and then. Thats not in the commission’s jurisdiction, we understand. But if you do this small favour of updating your site regularly, our problems will be solved to some extent. And we promise not to play with fire again. Not near your building or your scorpios.


An aspirant,




Breakfast tips

Dear Editor,

The day is not far when our traffic police will charge extra road tax from our innocent people.

I want to share an incident that happened on the morning of Dec 25 near A sector at Naharlagun while I was on way to Aalo.

Few traffic policemen were checking all the vehicle documents. Obviously, it is very good to verify these things, but what I saw was that, even when the driver of our Sumo showed all documents, they collected extra amount from him.

The driver told me that this happens most of the days.

What’s this? A tip for breakfast?

It’s really shameful. There are many tourists from outside who come here. What kind of images are we creating?

One side, they demoralise the self employed drivers and on the other side they lose their goodwill. This doesn’t end here.

When I was coming back from Aalo to Itanagar, I again saw the same thing happening at Likabali check post.  They were also collecting fees in the name of some expenses incurred.

God knows, what will happen in future. Therefore, I request the concerned department to look into the matter otherwise it will become a habit for them.


Oson Mibang




Nyetshidow festival

Dear Editor,

Apropos news items published on Nyetshidow festival of Aka tribe, as the Secretary (Publicity) of the All Hrusso (Aka) Socio-Cultural Society, the Apex body of the tribe, I would like to appeal to all concerned to use the correct spelling as per pronunciation for the prestigious name of the festival by the tribe. It is Nyetshidow. Not Nyechidow nor Neychi-Dow.

It is either gross mistake on the part of Organizing Committees or the reporters. In this regard the Society had also submitted several applications to the concerned Departments like General Administration, Art & Culture and IPR for necessary correction in official records which has not yet been attended to.

For general readers it is to clarify that in Aka language Nyetshi means village or country and dow means cleansing. Sh is pronounced as in the case of pronouncing English word shoes. Alongwith t before sh it clearly makes the pronunciation of the name of the festival of the tribe. In Aka Nyechi means granary which has no connection with the festival and Neychi has no meaning at all.


Serphow Nimasow

Deputy Director

Department of

Tourism, AP





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