January 25


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Bandh declared illegal

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner has declared the proposed 12-hr Raga subdivision bandh called by All Raga Area Students Union on January 26 illegal.


Protest against Shinde’s remarks

Itanagar, Jan 24: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh today joined the nationwide protest against the  “saffron terror” remarks made by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde recently.  Shinde  had  reportedly  accused the BJP and  RSS  of promoting  Hindu terrorism  in the country. The BJP in its strongest terms condemned the highly ‘irresponsible and unbecoming statements’ made by Shinde. It is not only “unacceptable but dangerous" for the country, the party said.

Party protest rally was also organized at Seppa (East Kameng) led by the District President, Loku Sono and later burnt the effigy of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde which was joined by the party’s workers and frontal wings functionaries and public.  BJP district unit also burnt the effigy of Shinde in nine districts of Arunachal Pradesh, the party said.  The BJP also demanded removal of Shinde from union cabinet.


Training programme on SJSRY

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Itanagar is organizing a two-day state level training programme on SJSRY/Proposed NULM and Social sector convergence at IGNOU centre, Naharalagun from January 28- 29.

The training is sponsored by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, GoI.

The various session of the training shall be taken up by eminent officials/faculties from concerned institutes/departments/organizations.

The target group of the training shall be government officials and development functionaries working in urban areas/sectors of Arunachal Pradesh.

All institutes/departments/organizations working in this line can nominate their officials to attend the two days training and forward their nominations to the IIE Branch Office, Tusok Complex, Ziro point Tinali, Itanagar.


Awareness campaign on Health and Family welfare progs

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Directorate of Field Publicity, Tawang unit had organized awareness campaign on health and family welfare programme at Kyableng, Kakaling School and PWD colony on Janyary 21, 22 and 23 respectively.

The programmes were organized in close coordination with school authority and PRAGYA.

On the occasion mass public rallies, quiz competition and mass meeting were conducted in which the resource person K Doji DPM NRHM Tawang highlighted on maternal and child health and various NRHM schemes.

He advised the students to quit consumption of Mono sodium glutamate added food products.

Officials from PRAGYA also delivered lectures on AIDS, Malaria, Dengue, Diabetes, H1N1 flu and other health related subjects.


Training on soil testing

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: A training cum demonstration on soil testing and method of lime application was conducted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Lower Subansiri at Siiro village today.

Subject Matter Specialist in Soil Science Hage Munth demonstrated soil testing to the farmers and told them the benefit of liming in crop nutrient management and also Do’s and Don’ts in lime application procedure. Around 12 farmers have benefitted from the training.


AYC demands new fire tender at Basar

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Assembly Youth Congress (AYC), 29 Basar has demanded immediate replacement of the old fire tender besides providing another new one at Basar fire station.

The demand was made during tahe AYC team’s recent visit to Nyigam Village (not Ragam as mentioned in earlier news item), where a devastating fire gutted the dwelling house of family. The team was led by AYC Basar president Toli Kamdak, vice president Jumdak Basar and general secretary Jummi Basar.


GZS conducts medical camp

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Green Ziro Society (GZS) in collaboration with RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar conducted two days free Medical Camp on January 16 and 17.  

More than 600 patients, including old age and children have benefited from this health camp. Free health check up, medication along with free laboratory and blood tests were conducted by a medical team from RK Mission hospital, including ENT, Medicine and Child specialists.

“However, many patients could not avail the opportunity of various laboratory tests that came to their door step for want of electricity, it lamented and condemned the power department for not supplying electricity during the camp despite requests.


East Siang DA launches drive against tints in vehicle windows

PASIGHAT, Jan 24: East Siang Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra in an executive order has directed all car owners to remove dark tints/glasses from their vehicles in their own on or before January 31.

Issuing an executive order he informed that Supreme Court of India has banned black films of any percentage of tints.  

“There is an alarming rise of heinous crimes, sexual assault, alcoholism, drug abuse inside the vehicle, especially with black films for which zero tolerance approach would be adopted,” the order said.

The Deputy Commissioner has instructed the district transport authority to conduct regular drive against tinted films on car windows with help of police.

He assured that a massive drive would be conducted from February one against cars with tinted films irrespective of their percentage and fine would be imposed against the violators and tinted film removed immediately. DIPRO


Social service

PASIGHAT, Jan 24: In an effort to make the office premise and surrounding clean, all the officers and staff members of the Deputy Commissioner today participated in a social service on the eve of Republic Day celebration. DIPRO


GB’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Gichik Abu Welfare Society (GAWS) has deeply mourned the untimely demise of Gichik Ponung, Gaon Burah (GB) of Jhome village under Tali circle, Kurung Kumey District on January 21 at his native Village.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

He was an active, straightforward person and prominent member of the society, GAWS said in a condolence message.

The society prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.


Consecration ceremony

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The villagers of Khagam, Phup, Lewing and Pisi arranged a consecration ceremony of the entire villages as per Buddhist rites today after the ghastly attack of Chakma mobs at Maio area of Changlang district nearly a month ago, Buddhist monks (Bhikkhus) chanted sutras and other recitations on the occasion which is known as Kamma-Vacca to restore peace and harmony in the area. This is indeed an unparalleled effort on the part of the Buddhist monks to maintain harmony and co-existence in the area.





193 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

WCD dept. committed to girls’ welfare: Riba

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The women and child development (WCD) department is committed to focus attention on adolescent girls to help them overcome their mental, emotional and psychological issues,  said WCD director R T Riba  in her key note address at a seminar here today.

The seminar with the theme  ‘Girl child and the society’,  was organised  at Banquet Hall here to mark the  National Girl Child Day today.

“It is important that young girls are informed about legislations such as the Dowry Prohibition Act, Prohibition of Child Marriage Act and Domestic Violence Act in order to make them better prepared to face the numerous challenges in life,” Riba said. She also called for halting the practice of determining the gender of unborn children.

In his address, Dr D Padung, Mission director NRHM informed that there are 927 females per 1000 males in Arunachal Pradesh, “which is much below the ideal ratio.” Tawang has the lowest with 701 females/1000 males, while Kurung Kumey has the highest with 1029 females/1000 males, he said.

Expressing concern over the prevailing ratio, Dr Padung said it would have adverse effect on the society by creating competition for marriages, encouraging abuse, trafficking, prostitution and violence against girl children. He informed that there has been no report of prenatal sex determination in Arunachal Pradesh, but urged people to report to DMOs or to the health directorate if such instances come to the fore.

RMSA state gender coordinator Ribom Basar  made a PowerPoint presentation on ‘The importance of girl child education’, and enumerated the schemes being implemented for upgrading the educational status of girls, while IGP Garima Bhatnagar made a presentation on ‘Crimes against girl child and women’, through which she highlighted issues like the increase in rape cases, social and economic discrimination, legal issues, etc.  She also enumerated the initiatives of the police department, like educating juvenile welfare officers, training police officers/officials, and issuing guidelines for police personnel on dealing with juveniles.

Community food and nutrition extension centre demonstration officer B Bordoloi  spoke about the nutritional needs of females from childhood to adolescence. He said that the age of marriage for a girl is 18, “but it should ideally be 19, and pregnancy should be after two years of marriage to avoid malnutrition of mother and baby.”

In his address, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Gumri Ringu shared her experiences with cases involving violence and crimes against girl children and women in the state.

“The APSCW has submitted a recommendation to the chief minister to appoint women police officers at every police station in the state,” she informed. Citing the example of Oju Welfare Association, she urged other NGOs in the state to come forward and work for the welfare of women and children.

IAS officer Belatee Pertin called for creating awareness on the schemes, legal rights, health, etc, of the girl child by involving the state’s media.

The seminar also saw the participation of members of the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society and Nyishi Nyem Achem besides CDPOs, anganwadi workers and women from the Capital Complex.


Earlier, hundreds of girls carrying placards reading ‘Save the girl child, educate the girl child’, ‘Honour the girl child’, etc, participated in rallies organized by the WCD department in Itanagar and Naharlagun.



Pawan Hans resumes helicopter services

Itanagar, Jan 24: Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd (PHHL) on Thursday resumed its passenger services between Guwahati and Naharlagun in land-locked Arunachal Pradesh, operations of which were suspended in May 2011 in the wake of the death of then Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in a chopper crash.

A brand new M-172 helicopter with seating capacity of 26 passengers was flagged off by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at Naharlagun helipad here at a simple ceremony in presence of civil aviation department and PHHL officials besides, host of Ministers and MLAs.

PHHL commercial helicopter services in the North-East have been suspended since May 2011 after the death of Khandu and four others in a chopper crash at Tawang on April 30, the same year.

However, the service was resumed in Meghalaya in August 2012, after a gap of fifteen months.

During June 2011, the Arunachal Pradesh government had introduced a 13-seater (VT-ALPHA Bell 412) chopper of Global Vectra to ferry passengers between Naharlagun and Guwahati for four days in a week.

 However, the service failed to cater to the need of the increasing passenger demand as most of the time the chopper was requisitioned for VIP duties.

 "During 2012 the chopper was requisitioned for passenger service to Roing, Dambuk, Anini and Pasighat for five months when road communication to these places were snapped," SK Parida, Base Manager (Operation) of civil aviation department informed.

 After the state government signed a MoU with PHHL on January 15, the company on wet lease positioned the helicopter here on January 18.  The chief minister accompanied by Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi and Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) PD Sona had along with officials inspected the chopper yesterday and gave the go-ahead signal to resume the service. PTI



Rescue team cheers as released gibbon gives birth in Mehao WLS

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: A baby gibbon was born to a family of relocated eastern Hoolock gibbons in their new home in Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, bringing much cheer to conservationists, who rescued them.

The family is among the five stranded families rescued from the remote agrarian Dello village, under the Mehao Gibbon Rescue Project by the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department and International Fund for Animal Welfare – Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI).

About 15 more are currently stranded in scattered trees separated in farmlands in Dello, awaiting relocation.

Named ‘Ouiji’ (meaning ‘hope’ in the local Idu Mishmi dialect), the infant was photographed suckling on its mother on January 22 by IFAW-WTI primatologist Dr Kuladeep Roy. It was born to the third family, rescued and moved from Dello in February last year. The family was sighted “moving about and feeding in a relaxed manner” in the release site in Sally Lake, Mehao WLS.

“This marks a milestone in our project,” remarked Ipra Mekola, State Advisory Wildlife Board member, who oversees the project on the ground.

“This is absolutely brilliant news,” concurred Dr Ian Robinson, IFAW-Animal Rescue Director.

It is well-known that in mammals, specially primates, successful conception and gestation relies on favorable conditions in their environment. Accordingly, during the initiation of the project, breeding success was identified as one of the crucial indicators of the successful rehabilitation of the gibbons.

“This is what makes it special… the gibbons are now completely at home in the release site,” Dr Robinson added.

Till date, five families have been rescued from Dello and rehabilitated in Mehao WLS. The last family was moved in December 2012.

Dr NVK Ashraf, Chief Veterinarian, WTI, said, “We are preparing for capture of more families in Dello in the coming months. It’s always good to hear such news…makes our effort (and our existence) more worthwhile.”



Wildlife seized from Daporijo markets

Daporijo, Jan 24: The Forest Department, Daporijo, during a routine patrolling by Range Forest Officer Kali Paja and his team today seized wildlife from the daily markets of Daporijo.

The team seized a wild cat, a big flying squirrel and 5 small ones, 2 squirrels and 2 wild hens from Daily Market, Vegetable Market of Golden Market and Gandhi Market areas during the patrolling. A case has been registered against unknown persons under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 as no one claimed the seized animals which were found in a sack and abandoned in the market.

If caught and convicted, a person is liable to imprisonment for 7 years with a fine of Rs 2 lakh, warned the department. The people are advised to desist themselves from hunting wildlife.

RFO Paja said that although patrolling is done from time to time, it has been difficult to stop the practice of illegal hunting of wildlife altogether as it is considered a traditional practice and some wild animals are used for medicinal purpose by the locals or considered as delicacies and hence there is a demand for it. Creation of awareness on the importance of wildlife and need for its conservation in required to prevent killing, he added DIPRO



Don’t mix politics with development: Tuki

JAMIN, (Kurung Kumey), Jan 24: “Please don’t mix politics with development,” appealed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a developmental meeting at Jamin, near Palin, in Kurung Kumey district today.

The appeal came in the wake of stray objections to the creation of a new district – Kara Dadi – with its headquarters at Jamin under proposal. The new district is proposed to be carved out of Kurung Kumey comprising two Assembly constituencies Palin and Tali.

Accepting in principle the popular demand of the people, Tuki, however resented that petty political differences often put hindrances in developmental works and cause undue delay in providing governance at the doorsteps of the needy people.

Admiring the serenity of nature, he lauded the people for their consensus to have the headquarters of the proposed district at Jamin, a picture-perfect plateau covered by virgin forests and surrounded by pristine rivers Pagu, Palu and Kurung.

“Government has no objections to genuine demands of the people. Our main motto is governance to the people and development of all. We will bring up the issue (creation of the new district) in the next Cabinet meeting for approval then bring it on the floor of the Assembly for finalization,” Tuki assured responding to several memoranda with the single demand submitted by MLAs Takam Pario (Palin) and Markio Tado (Tali) besides other public leaders and Block Congress Committee.

Taking the example of Hawai, the headquarters of Anjaw district, which he had visited on January 2 last, Tuki asserted that if materialized Jamin should also come up like Hawai.

“Whatever we have done with older district headquarters cannot be undone. But new one’s like Jamin should come up properly planned keeping the future in mind. Like Hawai I believe Jamin, which is a virgin land, would become a model district headquarter in future,” he said.

He clarified in chaste Nyishi that creation of new district elsewhere in the country depends on the population of the proposed district. However, he said, in Arunachal Pradesh the ‘population criteria’ cannot be applied everywhere.

“Here we have to consider factors like geography, accessibility, administration and pace of development. We have to see that every section of the society, no matter how lesser in number they are, are not deprived of development and basic facilities of governance,” Tuki said.

As per the Provisional Census of 2011, the proposed district has a population of more than 46,000, which is a formidable figure in context of Arunachal Pradesh.

A private firm from New Delhi, M/S Deeba Orthographics Pvt Ltd has already surveyed the area availability at Jamin using GPS and Total Station and found that 70% of total 1085 hectares are buildable areas. Besides, there is no human habitation in the said area making it feasible for development in a planned manner.

Rajya Sabha MP and Pradesh Congress President Mukut Mithi, who accompanied the Chief Minister, endorsed the demand for creation of the new district. He reminded the people that accepting the need for accelerated development of the area, he had created Kurung Kumey district way back in 2001 as the then Chief Minister.

“Kurung Kumey today has grown up and now it is time to give birth to a child. Let this child grow on its own and find its destiny,” he said.

The meeting was also addressed by Lok Sabha MP and native of the place Takam Sanjoy, MLAs Takam Pario and Markio Tado.

Also present in the meeting were Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Chayangtajo MLA Karya Bagang, Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso, Nyapin MLA Bamang Felix, Zilla Chairperson Tarh Talo, Bamboo Resource Development Agency Vice Chairman Yura Tugung and others.



Cable thefts in state capital

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The underground cables through which BSNL extend Landline and Broadband services to its customers have been repeatedly damaged in many places in Capital Complex causing disruption in internet and telephone services.

All the underground telephone cables of 3000 lines were destroyed completely by PWD Highway team near Sumo Counter at Ganga on December 12, 2012 due to which all the Landline telephone and Broadband services are totally affected in Ganga Market, RKM Hospital area, Vivek Vihar, G & H Sector, Chandan Nagar, Police Headquarter and other adjoining area, claimed a BSNL release.

Similarly on January 21, the telephone cables of 900 Lines were damaged by PWD Highways thereby affecting SP (capital) office, Ganga Market, Juli road and other adjoining areas.

In addition to the above, the cable thieves are constantly wandering around and looking for such opportunities and they are stealing the exposed cable, thereby adding further difficulties for BSNL in its restoration works.  

In the last 3 month, around 150 cable thefts have occurred in various places within Itanagar Township along the roadside of NH52A for which BSNL has lodged numbers of FIRs. Now, the cable damages have gone to such an extent that restoration materials are running out of stock for BSNL, the release said.

It said that BSNL outdoor staff and officers are working day and night even in Sundays and holidays to restore the services.

It denied the allegation published in some of local dailies that BSNL was not responsive in restoring the cable damages.

“BSNL is doing its best effort in restoring the telephone lines. But, with the continuous and repeated wanton damages being done by PWD (Highway), it is not possible for BSNL to provide smooth landline telephone services till further cable damages are stopped.

As the landline/broadband services are being interrupted frequently, customers may take WIMAX connections as wireless broadband and WLL for voice calls, it suggested.



Tezu observes National Girl Child Day

TEZU, Jan 24: By the joint effort of the Deputy Director, Integrated Child Development Services and CDPO, Women and Child Development Departments, National Girl Child Day was celebrated in the school premises of Government Secondary, Loiliang, Tezu, today.

Students, teachers and staff of medical, education and ICDS departments participated in the day-long programme organized for the first time.

Geyum Amo Deputy Director, District ICDS Cell, Tezu spoke on the importance of ‘National Girl Child Day’ and said that every child should be equally loved and cared. Expressing concern over increasing cases of violence against women, she said that only if women are treated respectfully and equally our society can prosper. She hoped that this venture will make an impact in the society, where girl child are still considered less important than that of boys.

W. Tangha, CDPO, Tezu taking the opportunity of the day, highlighted on the SABLA which is a centrally sponsored scheme for empowerment of girl child in the country.

Dr. S. Manyu Medical Officer, Loiliang PHC spoke on nutrition, health and hygiene. He educated the students on the harmful effects of drugs and HIV/AIDS. He said that it is important for every one to be aware of HIV and to know its precautionary measures is even more essential.

Representatives from Education Department also spoke on negative effects of child marriage and dowry system etc. which stands as stumbling block to the development and empowerment of girl child.

The Government of India in 2008 declared January 24 of every year to be celebrated as the ‘National Girl Child Day’ with the objective of raising consciousness of the society towards the girl child so that she can be valued and respected.

Ministry of Women and Child Development has been taking a multi pronged approach to address and reverse the trend of declining child sex ratio in the country. The objective of all these initiatives is to work towards ensuring that girls are born, loved and nurtured and grow up to become empowered citizens of this country with equal rights and opportunities. DIPRO



Non-invitation of tender irks public


PASIGHAT, Jan 24: The people of Mebo subdivision in East Siang have expressed dissatisfaction over the non-invitation of any tender/bid against road construction works in the sub-division by Public Work Department (PWD).

Even though a number of project funded under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) for the current financial year have been sanctioned by the PWD is delaying the tender process, the people alleged. As per the project guideline, calling tender for the works under SPA is a mandatory process, they said.

Inordinate delay in the tender process by the Pasighat division of PWD is causing concern among the local leaders of Mebo. It was alleged that the PWD did not call tender against construction of bridge at Kadang, Tatsing and Ngopok river and thereby violated the norms and project guidelines. It also left a number of works incomplete in the area, despite full amount of fund against the projects was released, they alleged.

It may be mentioned that the PWD has a mega project for construction of road from Ngopok to Bijary (linking Lower Dibang Valley). The fund worth Rs 10 crore was sanctioned under SPA of 2012-13. The Rural Works Department (RWD) and other have already called tender for five projects for “Construction of Rural Link Roads” in the sub-division whereas the PWD has not yet initiated the process of calling tender.

The Arunachal Government vide letter no. PD (SPD)-11/2011-12 dated 24/09/ 2012) released fund under SPA through the annual plan of 2011-12. An amount of Rs 92499.75 lakh was sanctioned against 536 projects proposed by various departments in the state including PWD, RWD, fishery, Industry, Handloom and handicraft etc.



Eagle Trophy to be revived

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: With the aim to provide opportunity to the football players of the state to hone their talents it has been decided to revive the Eagle Trophy Invitational Football Tournament from March 1, 2013.

The tournament, which was last played in the year 1997 will be organised under the aegis of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association.

A precursor to the now famous and prestigious Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament (TTMSLFT), the invitational event has had three editions from 1995 to 1997 played out so far with Nyapin-Sangram Sports Club winning the last edition of the competition. A total of eight teams have so far confirmed of their participation in the tournament. The winning team will be awarded Rs two lakhs while the runners up team will be awarded Rs. one lakh. All individual winners like the ‘Man of the Tournament’ and ‘Golden Boot’ will be awarded Rs 10,000 each.

The tournament was originally slated to be held from February 1 to capitalize on the football atmosphere that has gripped the state thanks to the recently concluded XII TTMSLFT at Pasighat. However the dates were changed because this would have resulted in a clash of dates with this year’s edition of the Santosh Trophy, which would be played from February 1 to March 3 in Uttar Pradesh and Kerala, meaning some of the state’s top players may miss out on participating in the invitational tournament, informed member of the organising committee Kipa Ajay.

Ajay informed that the tournament was abandoned in 1997 after many of the players involved in the initial years had to take up traditional jobs as football was not a feasible career option in those days. However, thanks to improved facilities and public awareness, the players today can seriously pursue the sport. The capital’s sole stadium and venue for almost all major sporting events, the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Naharlagun is also currently undergoing renovation work to raise its infrastructural level.

The tournament’s organising committee is being headed by football enthusiast Kipa Takum as its chairman while Tadar Apa is the chief patron.

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Major decline in global FDI

Macroeconomic fragility and policy uncertainty for investors has led to an 18 per cent decline in global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows last year, to an estimated $1.3 trillion, the United Nations said in a new report.

The Global Investment Trends Monitor, published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), added that the 2012 figure is close to that of 2009, when FDI flows reached their lowest level of just slightly over $1.2 trillion.

Global FDI had started to recover, reaching $1.6 trillion in 2011, according to the agency, which noted that it peaked in 2007, when it was close to $2 trillion.

“We thought it was a healthy, steady recovery and now we feel that it will take longer than we expected for the recovery of FDI,” said James Zhan, Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise, who added there was “cautious optimism” for this year and next.

“The report – which covers FDI trends in developed, developing, and transition economies, as well as in major developing regions and recipient countries – states that FDI flows fell “drastically” in developed countries to values last seen almost 10 years ago.

FDI inflows to developing nations in Asia fell by 9.5 per cent as a result of declines across most sub-regions and major economies, including China, India, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Turkey.

However, 2012 inflows to Asia were still at the second highest level recorded, accounting for 59 per cent of FDI flows to developing countries. FDI flows to China declined slightly but the country continues to be a major FDI recipient – the second largest in the world.

Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Africa witnessed positive growth in FDI in 2012, the agency added.


An appeal to Govt

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of the people of Dambuk-Paglam circles would like to highlights the grievances of people and  draw the attention of the  state Govt for necessary action for solution  to public grievances.

Dambuk- Paglam PWD diversion road was sanctioned under CRF and the road along with culvert was constructed under the supervision of PW department of Dambuk sub-division during the year 2004-05.  PWD had also invited tender for completion of the remaining  works of the said road -- bridges and black topping in 2007 and the  works were allotted to highest bidders. But the black topping  work is not started yet. On the other hand, two years time was given for completion of all the bridges, but some of the  bridges are still kept incomplete.

Therefore,  I would like to appeal to the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly the PWD  to issue  instruction to the contractors for completion of the works within 2013.  This 60 km PWD road is only the lifeline of the people of Dambuk sub—division.

It is also seen that the bridge construction work over Sisiri river in between Bomjir and Bizari village is not up the satisfaction and  construction  work  for another bridge over Sisiri river in between Dambuk and Aohali (way to Pasighat) is also going on very slowly. Therefore, I request the state Govt to give instruction to both PWD and BRTF authority respectively to speed up bridge construction works.

Apart from the grievances mentioned above, I would also like to request the state Govt to take up flood protection works within this financial year to save Dambuk from flood fury.   Flood water in Sisiri river during September 2012 had washed away many areas of the left bank of the river and also damaged properties of many surrounding villages. Similarly, flood in Dibang, Sinkin  also created havoc during last flood.  Govt should act fast  and  take flood protection measures before the flood damages everything in  years to come.


Gotem Tayeng

Ex-ASM,  Dambuk




Festival and its social values

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed new paper, I would like to congratulate and Thanks Nimina Namchoom for her thoughts and efforts to bring out the importance of Festivals in country like India. The view of author will really be appreciated by the major section of the society whether it's be Arunachal Pradesh, NE or Nation as a whole. Festival plays a significant role in upbringing of creative minds and societies by giving them opportunity and chance to acquaintance with ones own people, art and culture, the interest for which is seemed to be loosing day by day. I've noticed this personally in my society where large section of teenagers refrain themselves from cultural activities, sports etc. and busy with Calling, texting, internet, gaming and more what new gadgets has to offer them.

It's true that one have to keep track with changing phase of the new G revolution that changed many lives and face of a nation but this doesn't mean you forget your root. Change is the necessity of time but the one who keeps his basic cultural instinct alive within, is a person who is really successful and worthy.

A person cannot do anything without his society and to be with society he needs to have cultural values in him. It's culture through which a person gets appreciation of the arts and human intellectual achievement.

Best example in this context is Pasgsu Pass Winter Festival which is more often termed as trans-border cultural fusion. Which is attracting record number of footfall of domestic as well as international tourist.

We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.


Gobind Sharma

New Delhi