January 13

APSCU conducts training programme for women

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU),  Naharlagun, conducted a series of training programme for women and youths on cooperative ideology, principles and practice and a leadership development programme at Koronu, Kangkong and Meka in Lower Dibang Vally district from January 8 to 10 last. The programme involved 160 participants including women SHGs, Panchayat leaders, youths and students as well as cooperators of the respective areas.

Development Officer, department of industry, DAO, Agriculture, branch manager, Apex Bank, department officers, ARCS, Roing and faculty from APSCU were the resource persons on the occasion.

The programme was sponsored under Cooperative Education Fund (CEF) of National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), New Delhi.


Boxing championship postponed

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The first State Level Senior and Sub-Junior Men Boxing Championship scheduled to be held at Khonsa, Tirap from January 17 to 20 has been rescheduled from January 30 to February 1 next due to some unavoidable circumstance, informed Tirap District Boxing Association (TDBA).


Arunachal to participate in Junior National and Inter-State Carrom Championship

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: All Arunachal Carrom Association (AACA) will participate in the 42nd Junior Nationals and Inter-State Carrom Championship to be held in Moradabad, UP, from January 16 to 21, informed AACA in a release.


ACRYA observes foundation day

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The 23rd Foundation Day of Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA) was celebrated with full gaiety and devotion today, which was attended by around 1000 believers and delegates from various parts of Arunachal Pradesh at Christian Revival Church, Chimpu.

The foundation day service was chaired by Evan. Tanya Daniel and Pastor David Koza was the recourse person for the programme. The programme was attended by Tarh Kama, President, APCRCC, Evan. Tai Ete, General Secy, APCRCC, Evan. Dr. Joram Dol renowned preacher, Dr. David Pertin, Deputy Register, RGU and various other dignitaries and believers.

Also to mark the occasion ACRYA executive team headed by its President, Domar Bomjen and General Secy, Timothy Nima with all its district representatives of various Revival youth council along with 250 youths visited the Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing and Visually Impaired, Chimpu near here.

ACRYA president commended good work being done by principal H Sharma and all his staff members. He also encouraged all the youths present to come forward and contribute for the development of the society.


Awareness prog held on food processing development

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The North Eastern Regional Marketing Corporation Ltd, a government of India enterprise in association with Directorate of Industries conducted an awareness programe on food processing development sponsored by National Mission on Food Processing on Saturday at Banquet Hall here.  

Attending the programe as chief guest Chief Secretary Dr HK Paliwal stressed upon importance of technical know-how for specific food processing business and suggested to utilize the mission for sustainable activities.

Director Industries cum Mission Director Tamiya Tatak also spoke on the occasion.

More than 90 entrepreneurs attended the programe.


Awareness campaign by APBOCWWB at Ziro

ZIRO, Jan 12: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board  (APB&OCWWB) conducted an ‘awareness-cum-spot registration’ of workers at Abotani Hall, Ziro yesterday.

The awareness camp was attended by Tilling Sambyo, ZPM Niitii (Hong), Hage Tatu, President, Youth Congress, Hage Ropo, President, district unit INTUC, Puri Logi, president, district unit workers union and Takhe Khopi, secretary, workers union, Lower Subansiri district attended the camp.

Attending the programme as resource persons, Tore Ete, Labour Officer, Ziro briefed about the rules of the Welfare Board while Punyo Tana, Registering Officer, APB&OCWWB spoke about benefits extended by the Board.


News Impact

Playground, coach fundamental requirements for development of football: AIFF vice president

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Playground and  coach are fundamental requirements for development of football in India, said All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice president Larsing Ming Sawyan. Ming was speaking as the guest of honour of the inaugural function of the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament (TTMSLFT) at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun yesterday.

Describing Arunachal Pradesh as sleeping football giant, Ming, who is also the Managing Director of Shillong Lajong FC, said that more playgrounds, coaches, finding young talents and exposure to players are the fundamentals for development of football in our country. He assured Federation’s all help and support to Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) for development of the sport. He also announced to conduct ‘C’ and ‘D’ grade referee course by AIFF for Arunachal Pradesh and facilitate one month’s training for a team of 15-20 selected junior players from the state at Shillong Lajong FC.

Informing that Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) has entrusted India to host the U-17 World Cup in 2017 in which India will play for the first time as host, Ming urged APFA to identify football talents under 14 years and groom them so that they can vie for the national U-17 team for the mega event. Ming said that Arunachal Pradesh can avail the service of former Shillong Lajong captain Gumpe Rime from the state, who has joined as coach in prestigious Tata Football Academy.

In his speech, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki reiterated his Government’s commitment to develop sports in the state. In all, 117 players—51 in police, six in Power, 11 in Tax and Excise,  39 in SSA, three each in Education and UD, two in PWD, one each in Hydropower and WRD--have been recruited by those government departments under 10 percent sports quota, he informed, adding that sanction had also been accorded for construction of stadiums at Sagalee, Pasighat, Yupia, Ziro, Daporijo. He also informed about the on-going CM’s Trophy for football and volleyball for both boys and girls, which he believes, will go a long way in exposing hidden sports talents.

Tuki also increased the grant for holding the Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament from Rs.12 to Rs.20 lakh.

Later, he declared the tournament open. Organizing Committee Chairman Bamang Tago administered oath to the captains of all the participating players.

Lok Sabha member and Arunachal Pradesh Football Association president Takam Sanjoy, Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo, APMC president Yari Dulom, wife of Tadar Tang and Tang Foundation Multipurpose Society chairperson Tadar Yadir and other senior officials were present on the occasion.

Earlier, 800 troupe members presented colourful cultural items to enthrall the audience.

Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare, Lower Dibang Valley win

Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare and Lower Dibang Valley won their respective group matches on the second day of the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Lower Subansiri defeated Tawang 2-1 while Papum Pare nailed Upper Subansiri 3-2 in a keenly contested second match. Lower Dibang Valley downed East Siang 3-1 in the third and final match of the day today afternoon.

Papum Pare took the lead 10 minutes into the match through goal from Tapan Bora. Moge Lollen scored the second goal for Papum Pare in 36th minute to give his team 2-0 first half lead.

The second half started with chances at both ends and some brilliant saves by goalkeepers of both the teams. Upper Subansiri played some fine football in that half creating several scoring opportunities. Rayu Dagiam found the net in 67th minute to reduce the margin to 1-2. But, Papum Pare’s Techi Takar again made it 3-1 through a wonderful header in 70th minute. Taning Marging of Upper Subansiri scored in 79th minute to further reduce the margin of defeat to 2-3.

Yesterday, Capital Complex trounced hapless West Siang 6-0 in a lopsided opening match. All the goals were scored in the second half.

Today’s matches: West Siang vs Upper Siang (9 am); Kurung Kumey vs East Kameng (12.30 pm), East Siang vs Anjaw (2 pm).



PPA calls for ending ‘VIP culture’

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) has questioned the misuse of public space by VVIPs.

Drawing the attention of the public towards misuse of circuit house and the state guest house by the ruling Congress Govt, Laeta Umbrey, the lone PPA MLA and the Chief Ministerial Candidate of the Party stated that the misuse of public space and property by the VIPs and VVIPs mostly from the ruling regime has crossed all tolerable limits.

“Hundreds of Govt circuit houses and guest houses across the state are either lying unutilized or are being ill utilized. The huge public money spent on renovation and maintenance cost including water, electricity and human resources are simply proving to be a burden on the tax payers, and it can best be seen as a symbol of VIP culture. The large numbers of buildings, instead of being a revenue earning source of Govt, are treated as private property of the so called legislators and their guests to display their power and status. The frequent misuse of the space for throwing lavish parties and entertainment venue and also a place for secret political discussions are nothing but sheer violation of all norms of decency and misuse of public property”.

Citing an example from Pasighat, Laeta Umbrey stated that a huge five star studded room constructed exclusively for UPA Chairperson  Sonia Gandhi at Siang Guest House during Pasighat Centenary celebration in 2011 is even today lying unused. Such a ridiculous practice clearly reflects the heights of sycophancy and rampant waste of public money. Umbrey further revealed that if PPA comes to power in 2014 Parliament and Assembly elections, a comprehensive policy shall be drawn to see that public spaces are judiciously and commercially used for maximum revenue augmentation as well as in addressing the genuine problems of the Govt employees on duty.



ANSU-ANYA warn of repercussion

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The members of All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) and All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) on Friday visited Tarasso circle where Assam officials had carried out eviction drive inside Arunachal territory. The team expressed strong resentment against Assam government officials for harassing Arunachalee citizens. The visiting team was led by ANSU General Secretary Arjun Panye and ANYA President Bamang Taji respectively.

“The people of Tarasso are really fed up with repeated encroachment of their land and illegal eviction carried out by Assam officials inside the Arunachal territory. Henceforth, we will monitor the situation and if Assam continues to harass innocent Arunachalees, we will take action accordingly,” stated Arjun Panye. He further added, “People of Arunachal living in boundary areas whether it is in Papum Pare, Longding, West Siang, East Siang or any other place has never encroached inside Assam territory.  Our people respect status quo declared by Supreme Court of India and are peacefully living. However Assam never reciprocates our gesture and continues to harass Arunachalee citizens.”

ANYA President Bamang Taji stated that ANSU and ANYA will stand together to protect Tarasso area from further encroachment. He also added that repeated encroachment inside Arunachal territory will not be tolerated anymore and it will have severe repercussion.



AKA felicitates medal winning school karate team

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) has felicitated the 59th National School Games medal winning karate players, coach and manager of the state in a simple but impressive function at Shotokan Karate Club, Headquarter Naharlagun today afternoon. The school karate team bagged 14 medals--one Gold, six Silver and seven Bronze in the prestigious event to finish runners up.

Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) vice chairman Likha Tara expressed immense pleasure and happiness over the outstanding performance of the school karate team in the prestigious event.

“Winning 14 medals in their second participation in the highest school level competition in the country is a great achievement for the karate players of the state,” Tara, who also is AKA president, said. He gave full credit for the success to the coaches and instructors.

Arunachal, for the first time, took part in karate in the 58th National School Games last year and won three bronze medals.

Tara advised the players to practice regularly and hard to improve their level of performance. Highlighting the state government’s various sports policies, including 10 percent job reservation for the meritorious sportspersons in three state govt. departments, namely Police, Forest and Sports and Youth Affairs, he asked them to avail the opportunity by excelling in their chosen sport.

Earlier, Tara presented bouquets to the medal winning players.

AKA general secretary L Marik also congratulated the medal winning players, their coach and manger for bringing laurel to the state by perforimg exceptionally well and finishing second in the prestigious event.

While informing that the government has sanctioned Rs. two crore for conducting various sports activity like training, coaching etc. to prepare the state team for National School Games, he urged the authority concerned to utilize the amount judiciously for the benefit of the students/sportspersons.

In his speech, Dr. Marli Ete said that discipline, determination and dedication were the keys to success and asked the players to maintain the same.

Tagiu Tachu and Tagri Raju were the Team Manager and Team Coach respectively. Tachu is serving as BRCC at Tali in Kurung Kumey district while Raju is servicing as constable in Tax and Excise Department, Naharlagun.

 Sensei Tai Hipik, Charu Tatung and Upper Subansiri District Cricket Association president Dosh Dasi also present on the occasion and presented bouquets to the medal winning karatekas, coach and manager.



Power deptt. awaits Rain God’s intervention to improve power supply

Amar Sangno

A technician wrestles with conundrum that which point he should plug out or in while following the instruction of the department’s load shedding chart at Power House (33/11 KV), Chandranagar, Itanagar. Every technician including junior engineer on duty are given clear instruction to “plug in and out” at each hour stoppage time and that is how the department of Power has been managing the power supply at twin town here over the past one month.   

Perhaps the power supply in Itanagar this year is at its height of erratic, since it is going by “fast come and fast gone” mode.  The power supply left many ecstatic New Year party goers fretting and fuming as many failed to strike on the New Year’s midnight cake with knives when the clock struck 12. It has reduced noisy rock & pop songs party to mere distorting mobile phone party and cut the high decibel spontaneous sports commentary into inaudible audio, overlapped by roaring spectators.  It often breaks the rhythm of eloquent power point presenter and forces him/her to fumble in the middle of deliberation.  

“Cant’ believe our state capital is facing power crisis especially during this festive season” said Sama Pinda an angry youth.  

 It has hit hard on business community, government and private offices, competitive exam aspirants and the students. Thank god, most of the state capital’s buildings do not have lifts or escalators else there would be many more stories to tell.

Ironically Arunachal Pradesh, the so called “the power house of North-East India” which is supposed to provide uninterrupted power supply  to each and every household from urban to rural,  has been reeling under darkness since early December 2013 and is expected to continue till the Rain God’s intervenes. Forget about other parts of the state, the power department is struggling to manage adequate line for Capital only. As out of 24 hours, people here are getting only 13 hours power supply with frequent interruption every hour.

When contacted by The Arunachal Times, the department source informed that due to decrease of water flow level at NEEPCO’s Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project, Yazali, the required amount of power supply is not reaching the capital.  It further divulged that until the water flow level increases at Ranganadi, there are less expectation of improvement of current power crisis as Ranganadi hydro project is generating half amount of power from the existing capacity of 405 megawatt. Moreover the water level can be only increased after rainfall at upstream area of hydro power project, the department added.

To end the power crisis, the state government could buy power from Power Grid; however it would cost high amount and definitely burn the state exchequer, the department further suggested.   

Literally the state power department, particularly the Capital Complex, is awaiting Rain God’s (Indra Dev) intervention to improve power supply and the people here have to prepare for special ritual seeking Indra Dev to bless Yazali with heavy rainfall or else it would have to see more darkness till the pre-monsoon comes.



First leg of IMCLS tour ends


ROING, Jan 12: With the slogan - ‘Cho! Zoji, Chiji, Ahruji, Keba Kera lyopu Gebane,’ meaning ‘Let’s work for our better tomorrow,’ the first leg of the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) tour to Mishmi (Idu) inhabited area was successfully undertaken in Dibang Valley district from January 2 to 10.

The IMCLS tour was flagged off from Cheta Rehko in Roing by Jatan Pulu, former President of IMCLS on January 2 in presence of large gathering that included student leaders from All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU), women activists from Enjalu Menda Womens Empowerment Forum (EMWEF), well wishers and executive members of IMCLS.

Earlier, Pulu offered prayers to almighty ‘Mashelo Zinu,’ the supreme deity of the Mishmi people. He wished the team success in their mission and offered Kalita, a traditionally used medicinal herb to all team members for good health.

According to Enju Linggi, President, IMCLS, the objective of the tour was an effort to foster education and to study the socio-economic conditions of Mishmi (Idu) people, and also to facilitate interaction between the people and the community apex body.

During the tour, IMCLS had discussion on education, health, economy, area specific issues, women’s rights, institution of Igu (priests), and Mishmi (Idu) language meeting experts, priests, professionals, public leaders, and community elders.

The IMCLS under its literary department led by Chief Editor Yirem Linggi also carried out extensive survey seeking suggestions and views on codification of customary laws. As per the IMCLS statement, this term they intend to codify its community customary laws to override inconsistencies in traditional justice mechanism.

The team was accompanied by experts like Razzeko Dele, Assistant Professor, IGGC College, Tezu, Rajen Miwu, IGGC, Tezu and Dr Mite Lingi, President, Idu Mishmi Government Employee Association (IMGEA).

Dele spoke on the importance of education and urged all the legislators and parliamentarians from the community to give priority on education and health sector. Miwu regretted that performance of students from Mishmi community in schools and colleges were declining and felt the need for community elders to shoulder responsibilities. Dr Lingi spoke on the importance of politics as means through which people can negotiate benefits for themselves.

The IMCLS team also visited all government run schools in Dibang Valley district. The team visited government middle schools in Etalin, Mipi, Alinye, Anelih and Arzoo including the pre-primary school in Malinye. The tour members also visited Anini government higher secondary school and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Anini.

During visit to schools, IMCLS General Secretary Rajiv Mihu and IMCLS Women Wing President Lomi Linggi had interaction with school students.

During the interaction, they imparted lessons to school children on different study techniques including speaking on the importance of maintaining hygiene. The IMCLS team led by President Linggi also had interaction with school teaching staffs and noted their grievances.

The tour programme to Dibang Valley district is part of IMCLS phase wise visit to all Mishmi (Idu) inhabited areas in Arunachal Pradesh. The second leg of visit will be in Dambuk constituency followed by visit to Hunli-Desali sub-division of Lower Dibang Valley district.

The future tour programme also includes visit to Aohali in East Siang, Singa in Upper Siang and Tezu in Lohit district. The 8-day tour was supported by Rajesh Tacho, Urban Development Minister, Mutchu Mithi, Managing Director (MD), MM Hyundai, Er Ginko Lingi, Superintendent Engineer (Power), Tezu and Etalin Hydroelectric Power Company Ltd and Dibang Multipurpose Project Ltd.



Workshop held on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan

ROING, Jan 12: The PHE & WS Department, Roing Division conducted a day- long block level workshop on “Management of Rural Drinking Water Supply and Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA)--Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions” at Hunli on January 10 last.

On the occasion,  S Pertin, EE, PHE &WS Division, Roing briefed about the guidelines, salient features and components of the programmes being implemented under NRDWP and NBA through Power-Point presentation. He informed the gathering that as per guideline Management of Rural Drinking Water Supply created under NRDWP lies in two shoulders. The department will be responsible for bulk transfer of drinking water to village and the operational and maintenance water supply systems from intake to door step of the village or WTP will be responsible of PHED. The operation and maintenance of water supply within village will be the responsibility of the PRIs. The village Water and Sanitation Committee-sub-committee of PRIs shall take over the Intra-village water supply of their respective GP, he informed.

He also presented the linkage between poor sanitation and health through PowerPoint presentation.

Mure Linggi, AE, highlighted the role of PRIs pertaining to operational manual of Village and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) issued by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. He informed that as per guide manual the VWSC has been authorised to the budgeting, planning of intra village water supply, fix water tariff, connection etc. through Gram Sabha. Opening of VWSC bank account in SBI is mandatory for deposition of money related to Water and Sanitation which may be received either from private or government aid but opening of bank account without taken over of water supply schemes of their respective GP shall not be confirmed the guideline.

Mama Miso, ZPM, Hunli-Desali block informed the gathering that water and sanitation are basic need for human survival. Therefore collective effort should be inculcate among PRI leaders/all stakeholders so that the water supply and sanitation assets be maintained properly. He also emphatically said that PHE & WS Department has devolve power and function with financial power to PRI in the field of Water and Sanitation. He requested PRI leaders/VWSC members to accept the responsibilities assigned to them without hesitation. At the meantime, he requests the department to have proper maintenance of water supply before handing over to PRI.

Goche Dele, ASM and Longe Miso and other also spoke in the occasion.

In the technical session, training on handling of FTK and T & P items of Drinking Water Supply, Planning, monitoring and management training was imparted to PRI leaders and grass root level workers of Hunli Panchayat block by Er C Taktak, JE & Kamin Perme, and Laboratory Assistant.

A set of FTK was handed over to VWSC of every Gram panchayat through C Miso, ASC, Hunli-Desali block. While handing FTK to VWSC, PHE officials urged them to submit test report of water source atleast thrice a year which needs to up loaded in net for monitoring by GOI.

The Workshop was chaired by Mama Miso, Zila parishad Member, Hunli-Desali block and attended by PRI leaders, ASHA, Anganwadi Workers, Teachers and other Participating departments.

Earlier, similar workshop and training was also conducted for Dambuk-Paglam block at Dambuk on January 6 last under the chairmanship of CO-Cum-BDO Dambuk Iving Yirang. DIPRO



Arunachal celebrates National Youth Day

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The BJP Yuva Morcha Arunachal Pradesh today held Yuva Sammelan on National Youth Day commemorating the 150th birthday of Swami Vivekananda at Hotel Tosum.

The Sammelan started with inaugural session followed by technical session. In the afternoon session “Parivarthan Abhiyan” was kicked off from Diomukh.

The inaugural session started with lightening of lamp by State President Tai Tagak. Dugh Saha, President BJP Yuva Morcha Arunachal Pradesh in his keynotes address called upon the youths of state to work hard to bring tangible changes in the state and country in field of education, health and hygiene. Dr. Techi Upen Tara, Assistant Professor, who was resource person for the day spoke about life of Swami Vivekananda and role of youth in shaping.

State BJP President Tai Tagak called upon the State Yuva Morcha cadres and the youth workers of party to take inspiration from ideals and thoughts of the Swami Vivekananda. Party Spokesperson Techi also spoke on the occasion.

The Swami Vivekananda’s  150th Birthday was celebrated as National Youth Day today at VKV, PTC, Banderdewa premises. The programme started with the warm welcome of the guests by the band troop of the school following the ‘Puspanjali‘to Swami Vivekananda. A cluster of cultural items were presented by the student groups of the school. Among the dignitaries present include Nabam Rebia Parliamentary Secretary  (Planning), Hage Lalling, Vice-Principal, PTC, Banderdewa, Tasso Sira, DFO, Banderdewa Forest Division and Tai Tasung , Municipal Councilor , Word No- 30, Banderdewa.

While addressing the audience, Parliamentary Secretary NabamRebia dignified the contribution of VKVs in the field of education by building character as well as creating discipline among the students of Arunachal Pradesh.



Street show performed for HIV/AIDS awareness

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Neeti Society Ziro (NSZ) in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) in an innovative way organized HIV/AIDS awareness programme through Street Show covering about 20 km on January 11 last. A team of 25 artists in full traditional attire came out with innovative models concerned to HIV/AIDS and joined the Phen procession of Subu Sha’s murung festival which attracted thousands of people in every village. In the Phen procession, thousands of people of all age took part covering entire village of Apatani plateau.    

The models they used for display like condom, syringe etc were inscribed with phrases like ‘use condom’, ‘never use syringe twice’ etc. They also displayed negative impact of having multiple sex partners through which HIV/AIDS spreads easily. The volunteers who participated with the team carried placards with different messages  like ‘Know the AIDS for No AIDS’, ‘Open your eyes before AIDS closes them’,  ‘ABC – Abstain, Be faithful and Condomise’, ‘Knowledge is best prevention, from the HIV infection’, ‘Condoms are cheaper than AIDS’ and ‘Avoid multiple sex partners’ etc. They also pasted posters at prominent places in all the villages and distributed pamphlets to waiting spectators.

The team covered about 20 km on foot touching 13 villages i.e Tajang, Reru, Kalung, Hari, Biirii, Niichi (Hong), Niitii (Hong), Mudang-Tage, Tadu, Dutta, Hija, Nenchalyang and Old Ziro. Appreciating the effectiveness of show which can easily be understood even by illiterate people, Tilling Chobing of Hong village asked NSZ team to perform the show in every phen procession so as to bring more awareness about dreaded HIV/AIDS. “This could be one of the most effective street shows ever performed where thousands of people witnessed the act and learnt many things about HIV/AIDS. Similar type of sensitization programme should be performed every year during this festival season”, said Nada Tatung, ACP Hija. The idea was conceived by NSZ secretary Yachang Tacho and supported by APSACS.



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---- Readers Forum ----


When neighbour treats you as enemy

Dear Editor,

The consistent barbaric act of demolishing houses and making our citizens homeless by the Assam government is raising many questions in my mind.

Are we an enemy? Are we inferior to them? Are we not in our own motherland? Is this not against the honorabe Supreme court’s order of forming a committee to look into the border issue and maintaining status quo till final outcome is arrived?.

The 'constitution of India' empowers both centre and all the state with equal powers and none is inferior to the other. How can a neighbouring state bully against its own counterpart?. This reminds me of what Germany did to Poland and other countries during Second World War. Also what Iraq did to Kuwait?

It can have serious repercussions in the minds of the people between the two states leading to violent and most destructive outcomes. The tough stance taken by our local MLA is a very welcome gesture and justified. We need to stand by the people of Tarasso and all the people facing similar wraths.

Let us remind our neighbour that, a person can change its neighbour, but a state or a country cannot. The matter needs serious introspections into the border issue and bringing this menace to a permanent solution. I humbly pray to our honorable Governor along with the state government to intervene into this matter at an earliest, before it takes its violent face.


Joram Aatum

New Delhi



Shun violence

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to the killing of two civilians and badly injuring another during the cross firing between NSCN (IM) and security forces at Tirap on 2nd January 2014. It is a mean act. Why innocent civilians are made human shields and then butchered in the name of cross firing and encounters? Whose bullets hit and killed the civilians – was it that of the security forces or militants? I am in a dilemma. Whom our security forces are providing security to - themselves or civilians?

Let not the power and freedom assigned to security forces be abused. Ironically, two civilians killed, one injured and two militants killed, one arrested. Hisaab lag Bag Barabar? This time, on the dead bodies of innocent civilians, the courage, valour and selfless services of our Security Forces will be imprinted and on the other hand, the militants or terrorists as usual will keep on writing their history and achievements with the blood of innocent civilians. Shun violence and make endeavour to live in peace and harmony.


Kuru Joram

Vice - President

Balijan Circle Youth Association






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Increase budget allocation for defence ministry

According to report despite government cutting down budgetary allocation for this year, defence ministry in this fiscal till December 31, has been able to spend over 82 per cent of its budget for modernization. They have continued to procure and upgrade military assets, which has seen a whopping Rs 3.25 lakh crore (around $55 billion) being spent over the last five years. The ministry has already spent 82 per cent of the capital acquisition budget of around Rs 80,000 crore and is slated to fully utilize its allocation.

The procurements included 10 C-17 heavy lift and 12 C-130J transport aircraft, 12 P-8I anti-submarine warfare planes, Akula-II class nuclear submarine (on lease) and Su-30MKI aircraft.  Besides, money was spent on developing the indigenous LCA Tejas for the IAF and to upgrade 51 Mirage-2000 combat planes. A number of procurements are in the pipeline while some are in their final stages and expected to materialize in the coming months.  Those include deals for 22 Apache combat choppers, 15 Chinook heavy lift helicopters and the 126 Rafale combat aircraft.  Defence ministry is also in advanced negotiations for a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) programme with Russia, on which it is expected to spend around Rs 1.5 lakh crore in the next 10-15 years.  The army is also raising special mountain brigade keeping in mind the Chinese threat. The defence ministry needs more fund for modernization of armed forces. The two hostile neighbours Pakistan and China continues to pose threat. Both these countries have massive defence budget, but, off late Indian govt. government has cut down the budget giving jittery to security forces. The budget allocation for defence ministry should be increased to ensure that armed forces are well prepared for any eventuality.