Daporijio, Jul 19: Various sports competitions, including athletics, for U-16 age
group are being conducted in all administrative blocks of Upper Subansir District
to promote sports activities in rural areas as well as identify the sport talent.
The team led by Upper Subansiri District Sports Officer G. Karbak has so far conducted
the athletics and other sports competitions at five circle headquarters of Gusar,
Chetam/Giba, Puchigeko, Dumporijo and Baririjo.
Two hundred (approx) school children participated in the competitions.
Earlier, the DSO also conducted 3 days Kridashree training under PYKKA at the Higher
Secondary School, Daporijo, which was attended by 42 Kridashree and 2 block Kridashree
along with Master Trainers.
The programme is being sponsored by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs,
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. DIPRO
Stop earth cutting
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Adhoc Committee Action for Restoration of Youth Hostel and Forest
Colony Road, Naharlagun has appealed to the Capital District administration to restrain
illegal earth cutting in the vicinity of youth hostel and forest colony, Naharlagun.
The Committee claimed that water supply line to youth hostel is going to collapse
due to land erosion below the road followed by illegal bulldozing of land.
ANYA ends infighting
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Both the groups of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) conducted
a joint meeting today in order to resolve in-fighting between the Taring Mama-led
ANYA and Achung Yumlam- led ANYA groups.
The meeting attended by former ANYA presidents Ngurang Changriang and Tarin Nabam
and executive members of both the factions after discussion for reconciliation and
amicable solution to present impasse, decided to end factional fight and passed resolution
endorsing Achung Yumlam as ANYA president and Tadar Bingley as general secretary.
Henceforth, there will be one president - Achung Yumlam and one general secretary
– Tadar Bingley, the house resolved.
The house further unanimously resolved that all official correspondences made during
the period of Taring Mama such as declaration of election on Sept 9 shall stand
Both Yumlam and Bingley have requested former president Tarin Nabam to handover
the official file relating to the Association and decided to organise oath taking
ceremony along with handing over of the charges to new executives.
Bharat Jyoti award for Tarin Dakpe
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Papum Pare ADC Tarin Dakpe has been conferred Bharat Jyoti Award
by the India International Friendship Society (IIFS) in recognition of his outstanding
performance, especially as managing director cum CEO of the A P State Cooperative
Apex Bank Ltd during 2006.
Former Assam and Tamil Nadu governor Dr Bhishma Narain Singh presented the award
at a seminar on economic growth and national integration held at New Delhi on July
Expressing satisfaction over his performance, Dakpe in a release said that the Apex
bank has now re-started banking business smoothly and qualified for borrowing from
any financial institutions for micro financing to the agricultural farmers and self-help
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: All Arunachal Youngster United Federation (AAYUF) has appealed
to the Capital Complex deputy commissioner to provide immediate relief to landslide
affected people in various parts of Capital Complex during last 48 hours.
It further appealed to the department concerned to press the manpower into service
to early clearance of drain and road blockade in various areas of the Capital Complex.
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The District Agriculture Officer and staff of Upper Siang expressed
deep shock over sudden demise of T. Mibang, AFA(SR) on July 16.
In a condolence message, the DOA said that Mibang’s untimely demise has caused irreparable
loss not only to family but also to the department.
The staff of Agriculture department prayed for eternal peace of departed soul and
conveyed deep sense of condolences to bereaved family.
ITANAGAR: Acting on a tip off, the staff of Namsai Forest Division led by Aduk Paron,
Divisional Forest Officer, Namsai and Jeevan Kumar Saikia, Range Forest Officer,
Wakro seized the machineries, sawn timbers including round logs from an illegally
operated saw mill at Wakro falling under Namsai Forest Division today. Terming the
raid as a fruitful one, the Divisional Forest Officer cautioned all the Range Forest
Officer’s under him to be more vigilant and deal with such offence strictly. Further,
he also requested the public of Wakro not to encourage illegality in the area but
to save the forest vis-à-vis save the humanity. All the seized materials will be
disposed off as per Govt. procedure.
IBCS lauds Pema
ITANAGAR: The Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS), having members throughout
the state, has lauded WRD & Tourism Minister Pema Khandu for his initiative for the
success of 32nd Kalachakra initiation at Bodh Gaya from December 31 to January 12
next and “World Peace Prayer” at Buddha Park, Patna on January 1 next.
His gesture would go a long way in facilitating the Buddhists, particularly of the
North Eastern region, to take part in the global events.
The details on 32nd Kalachakra initiation could be viewed at www.kalachakra2012.org,
IBCS sources said.
PHED Water Supply installation damaged
Itanagar: PHED Water Supply installation in the capital and the district towns have
been heavily damaged due to torrential rain. Dept has been put on high alert to be
on standby with manpower and resources to respond to any eventualities. Restoration
would be undertaken on war footing and yet in a planned manner with safety and well
being of the workers in mind, said a dept release. Public have been requested to
cooperate and not panic.
CM assures Tirap students
ITANAGAR: Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has assured All Tirap District Students' Union
(ATSU) to consider the Khonsa-Joypur road via Hukanjuri under the inter-state road
A delegation of the students union which met the CM at his residence discussed various
developmental issues with the chief minister. The brief meeting was also attended
by Horticulture & Agriculture Minister Honchun Ngamdan.
Meanwhile, ATSU appreciated the CM for his assurance to work for all round development
of Tirap district.
Landslide create havoc in Capital, three dead
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Three persons are reported dead due to landslide in the capital
Complex triggered by heavy rain on the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday. Several
others are reported injured with some in critical condition.
The City Police SP Chukhu Apa said that Police have identified the dead as Md Rokul
Islam (4 years), Lakhan Rai (45), Nandan Dorjee. The deaths occurred near Heema
Hospital, beneath All India Radio Colony and Lobi-Panchali in Itanagar.
Many road stretches in the Capital region are under mud and water because of heavy
landslide. Several sector roads are also snapped. There is breach in several stretches
of NH-52-A and road leading to Rajiv Gandhi University is also reported to be affected
due to landslide.
Although, the heavy rain is considered to be the major factor for the cause of landslides,
but the unplanned earth cutting around and within the state capital have increased
the risk of landslides. The UD and PWD department’s half hearted attempt at beautification
of the Capital Region was another contributing factor in the landslide. The protection
walls built as part of the beautification process led to landslides on many areas
in Itanagar. While the drainage system was clogged at many areas, thanks to earth
cutting to build these protection wall, which has rather proved to be destruction
The landslide has also damaged property worth lakhs of rupees of Heema Hospital.
The laboratory and generator rooms which were constructed in the ground floor were
severely damaged and the staff quarter building of the hospital constructed on the
other side of the rivulet was also under water due to blockade of rivulet (nallah).
Another landslide occurred at the back side of Akash Deep, Itanagar were two SPT
buildings of Tarak Tajam and four other OBT houses were totally damaged this morning.
Beside these, incidents of tree and bamboo uprooting and clogging of drainage system
occurred at different parts of state capital.
At Doimukh, the resident of Nabam Tagam, Goan Bura of Doimukh was completely damaged
early this morning at around 4 am. His son Nabam Robin and his wife were severely
injured and admitted at General Hospital Naharlagun for treatment.
The police team and Circle officer Pama Bagang visited the spot. The main cause of
the incidence is due to random earth cutting to make way for NF Railway. Meanwhile,
Doimukh-II ASM- Chairperson Nabam Vijay appealed to the Concern Authority to compensate
the victim and direct the rail contractor to build SPT Building against the damaged
It alleged that the Goan Bura had repeatedly requested the NF Railway contractor
to fill the hollow gap that existed due to earth cutting but the concern contractor
failed to do so.
It also urged the authority to verify the spot and assess the loss.
The ASM also appealed to the state Government to construct two lane road connecting
Doimukh and Harmuty via Gumto Village and provide proper flood protection to Gumto
check gate as Gumto personnel Barrack is under threat from the nearby streams.
The gushing rain water also caused damages to the Maa Book Stall, Doimukh. Properties
worth Rs 2 lakh has been damaged due to flash flood.
Meanwhile, witnessing the increased water level of river Siang and incessant rainfall
in the last couple of days, a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) meeting held in Pasighat
this morning. An a precautionary measure, there was a discussion to put on alert
emergency services including medical, potable water, fire-tenders, alternative link
road connectivity, rescue operations.
CM announces exgratia, Singh cautions
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today visited various landslide-affected
areas in the state capital that was triggered by the torrential rains that have continued
since last night. Taking stock of the loss of life and the damages caused, he announced
an immediate ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of the 3 deceased
persons. In addition, he also directed for necessary medical expenses to be provided
to the injured and for relief to be provided for house and property damage, as per
govt norms. He was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Lokam Tassar and SP, City
Chukhu Apa. A team led by Director, Relief and Rehabilitation also made visits to
all the sites to assess the extent of the damage.
Earlier in the day State Home Minister Takar Marde too visited the affected sites
and took assessment of the situation.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has expressed shock and deeply mourned the
loss of precious lives due to landslides in different parts of Capital Complex. While
conveying sincere and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families on behalf of
the people of Arunachal Pradesh and on his own behalf, Governor urged upon the people
of the State to be more cautious during the rainy season and to take necessary precautions.
HM to visit Tirap, review law & order
Ering sanctions Rs. 2 lac for bridge construction
KHONSA, Jul 19: Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Takar Marde is visiting insurgency-
hit Tirap District from July 27 to 29. During his whirlwind tour to the District,
the Minister will visit Kanubari, Deomali, Lazu, Wakka , Longding and Pongchau. He
is likely to hold a series of meetings with public and Government employees. He will
also meet the security forces engaged in counter insurgency operations and also
try to have proper grasp of the ground realities vis-à-vis insurgency related incidents
in the district.
It will be his maiden visit as Home Minister and the people are looking forward to
his visit with hopes and high expectations.
In connection with the proposed visit of the Home Minister, a meeting was held in
the DC’s chamber today in which local MLA Kamthok Lowang, HoDs and public leaders
MLA Lowang while throwing light on HM’s proposed visit asked the participants to
apprise the visiting dignitary about problems faced by them properly. He also spoke
at length about the steps initiated by him for all round development of Khonsa in
particular and the constituency in general. He appealed to all to co-operate with
the state government for speedy development of the District. Tirap Deputy Commissioner
W. Lowang asked all to be fully prepared to receive the Home Minister.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha member Ninong Ering honouring the request of DoTC chairman Yumsem
Matey and Laju BDO-cum-CO NL Nam sanctioned Rs 2 lakh from his MP LAD fund today
for construction of a hanging bridge over Barap River.
The bridge between Senliam and Laju would provide shortest link covering a distance
of 3.5 km to Laju, one of the oldest CO HQs of Tirap district with a population of
The work would begin on war footing soon, assured Matey and thanked Ering on behalf
of the people of Khonsa West constituency for his gesture.
More youths must take up Library Movement forward: EAC
CALSOM to strengthen reading movement in Lohit
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: “Bamboosa Library Tezu and the reader-activists of the Lohit Youth
Libraries have shown an excellent model to promote reading habits across villages.
Now more youths should come forward to spread the library movement to other areas.”
said H.N. Dubey, EAC, Tezu as he addressed a gathering of bright-eyed young students,
teachers and parents on July 16 at Tezu.
He was speaking as chief guest at the valedictory function of the 5th Annual Day
Celebrations of the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, Lohit. Dubey, speaking on behalf
of DC Lohit, complemented the Library In-charges, reader-activists and library volunteers
who joyously spared their time, energy and resources to inspire others to discover
the joy of reading.
M. Rina, Dist Program Coordinator, RMSA, Lohit, who represented DDSE Lohit, also
applauded Etalo Mega, the Library I/c of Bamboosa Library and the library activists
for their spirited efforts to reach out to Govt. school students.
Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Swami, Fulbright Scholar & Project Director, RIWATCH,
Arunachal Pradesh, used interesting examples to demonstrate that an efficient reader
uses speed-reading with his mind perceiving only the meaning from the passage. His
mind does not take note of the spellings of individual words. “Parents and teachers
should therefore be judicious not to over-emphasize rote-learning of spelling by
Highlighting his close involvement in the Lohit Youth Library Movement during the
last 4 years, Bajai Pul, Patron, Totochan Library, Hawai expressed his joy and satisfaction
in the youth Libraries creating an enchanting spell on their readers and hoped that
the Network will spread to more areas of remote Anjaw. He also assured the audience,
in his capacity as Chairman of CALSOM, that his organization CALSOM would take up
promoting the Youth Library Movement in the region.
The valedictory function concluded with a spirited skit & recitation display by
the young reader-activists of the Police Welfare Children’s Library, Tezu and the
Bamboosa Library, who brought home vividly the magic that books can do on a reader’s
mind and spirit.
The audience roared with delight as young Nikita, Dona, Neha, Geetanjali and Kanchan
recited poems with verve. This was followed by two hilarious skits “Marta na kartaa..”
(Punit Tiwari & team, Bamboosa Library) and “Three friends” (Susmita & team, Police
Welfare Library), the last one an adaptation of a piece from Jr. Chandamama by Bialu
Kambrai, a reader of Wakro Library.
The highlights of the 2nd day’s program was a workshop on the Joy of Using Digital
Camera by Sri Vijay Swami, who introduced various aspects that an amateur photographer
needs to know. “I have discovered many new ways to use my digital camera”, said an
excited Sri. Yogesh Kumar, a cl. IX student-participant.
The first day’s celebrations, upholding the Library Network’s maxim, “Reaching out
to the rural Youth” was a Skit & Book reading training workshop by library activists
at Mekailiang, outside Tezu.
Nearly 16 volunteers headed by Arpita Dwivedy (Bamboosa Library Tezu) and Sonali
Singh (Police Welfare children’s Library) organized a thrilling training in which
nearly 80 students from cl.V to VIII of the local Govt. Middle School participated.
Speaking of the workshop, L.B.Choudhury, Head Master spoke warmly of how his students
found the books coming alive through these young reader-activists.
The Coordinator, VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, placed on record the wholehearted
support of the district Admn, Education Depts of Lohit and Anjaw, volunteers who
provided adult time and training, parents and teachers who supported its activities.
He recalled that the Library Movement could grow only due to the generous patronage
of H.E. the Governor Gen (retd) J.J. Singh, Patrons in the state and friends from
all over the country and abroad.
Tiger 7 Soccer Tournament
CCSC ‘A’ trounce TPYC 7-3
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Tennis like score continues in the second State Level Tiger 7 Soccer
Tournament as Capital Complex Sports Club A trounced Toru Panchat Youth Club 7-3.
Kipa Takum, Kago Chama and Tagio Raju struck two goal each while Lindum John one
in 46 minute to help CCSC trounce TPYC 7-3.
For TPYC, Tayer Tapa found the net twice in 45 and 46 minutes before the team took
lead for a brief through a goal from Lagung Sonam in 15 minutes.
In another match of the day, Indo Tibetan Border Police Force, Kimin thrashed Model
Sports Club by 5-1 goals.
Amit Liven Beck of the para military force team scored hattrick with goals in 9,
19 and 28 minutes. Mahesh Ekka and A Suresh Singh scored a goal each in 50 and 51
The consolation goal for Model Sports Club was scored by Techi Takar in 12 minutes.
1st match: Empires Club vs Gora Makik Sporting Club-B; 2nd match: Nyokum Youth Sports
Club vs Jubilee Sports Club.
Students asks SBI Pasighat to behave
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: A delegation of All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU),
APCF and J.N College Students’ union, Pasighat led by Tobom Dai, Spokesperson AAPSU
today called on the Branch Manager State Bank of India’s Pasighat branch.
The meeting was necessitated owing to failure of the SBI branch in fulfilling customer
service inspite of its big promises. The delegation highlighted the frequent breakdown
of SBI ATM in Pasighat Township that has become a cause of great worry to the people.
A memorandum was submitted to the Branch Manager in which the students highlighted
the frequent non-functioning of ATM in whole of the Pasighat Township. They gave
the authorities fifteen days to sort out the problems of the citizens. The students
said that the indifference & laid back attitude shown by SBI Pasighat is matter of
great concern. The recurring problem has been brought to the notice to the authorities
several times, it said and added that the dilly dallying tactics and shifting of
responsibility instead of looking into the matter fromyour end will not be tolerated
any more. The students further called for opening of sub branch of the SBI which
has been already earmarked for pasighat town.
Fake currency notes seized
DIRANG, Jul 19: The Dirang police here recently seized counterfeit currency notes
running into thousands of rupees during the course of a raid at the daily market.
Dirang police station officer-in-charge SI B.S Sharma said, “ After receiving a tip
off that large cache of fake currency notes were going to be exchanged at Dirang
market, we laid a trap. One suspect and a GREF staffer Dal Bahadur Tamang, who had
come down from Naga GG area deposited Rs fourty thousand, all in five hundred notes
to a prominent bussinessman at Dirang market. On verifying authencity of the notes,
it was found that Rs ten thousand were fakes”. The culprit has been arrested and
remanded to judicial custody for further enquiry under Dirang P.S Case No.08/11 U/S
489 (B)/489 (C). The OC further said that they had intimated all business houses
to remain vigil and inform the police on reciept of similar fake currency notes.
“ We are expecting more siezures and arrests in the days to come as our West Kameng
SP S.B Tamang is personally taking keen interest and monitoring the case”,added Sharma.
The raid party comprised of OC SI B.S Sharma, H/C L.Dondu and cadets T.Noksang and
Training on court procedure for labour and employment
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: A three days training Programme on “Court Procedure for Labour
and Employment Officers” commenced at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun
from today. The programme is being organized under the 100 per cent Course Fee
sponsorship of Deptt. of Personnel and Training, Govt. of India, under its plan
training assistance. As many as 16 officers belonging to the labour and employment
department posted in different districts are attending the programme.
Huzar Lollen, Secretary (P and AR training) in his inaugural address as the Chief
Guest informed that this training programme is the first of its kind to be organized
by the Administrative Training Institute. He stressed on the importance of this training
as the officers have to shoulder the responsibilities regarding enforcements of
many laws and Acts which are of quasi judicial nature. This training will be a good
opportunity to acquire knowledge on the fundamental aspects of laws while following
the court procedures. He asked the officers to keep in mind the principles of Natural
Justice while discharging their duties as quasi judicial officers. This training
would definitely help in making them more competent and confident, he added.
Earlier the Dy. Director (Training) T Lodo sought the cooperation of the officers
for the success of the training programme. The guest resource persons are -Tadu
Tamang and Nikfta Danggen, Advocates of the Guwahati High Court Itanagar Permanent
Bench. P Tayeng, Asstt , Director (Trg) and Course Coordinator submitted the details
of the course content of the three days Training Programme.
Anini finally gets a X-Ray machine
ANINI, Jul 19: Much to the relief and convenience of the general public of this land
locked area, the X- Ray machine of the District Hospital which was defunct for want
of Technician and major repair is not fully functional.
The X- Ray machine which was lying defunct since long was made functional by providing
necessary accessories and an X-Ray technician.
Initiative taken by the Deputy Commissioner was seen bearing fruit with functioning
of the X-Ray machine.
Interacting with MOs and other Medical staff of the District, DC appreciated the
efforts put in by Dr. Y. Yomcha, Dr. S.Migri and categorically extended his heartfelt
appreciation to Jindal Power Company Ltd for sponsoring an X- Ray Technician. Further
DC urged the Medical staff and Technician to handle machineries of the Hospital with
extra care as it is directly relates to human lives.
Prior to this, public had to travel all the way to Roing even for minor X-Ray. Attendants
of Patients present in ceremony thanked DC for his kind initiative and concern on
improving health care services of the District.
Earlier in the day, DC inspected the project site of tourism department at Alinye
where Tourisn infrastructure is being constructed. (DIPRO)
Computer training prog for ministerial staff
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan has inaugurated
a two-week long computer based Training programme on office Automation Course for
ministerial staff of the district at National Informatics Centre at Ziro today.
The programme was sponsored by the department of Department of personnel and training,
Govt. of India through Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun.
The advent of computer technologies has made the office works paperless, faster and
lighter, said DC in her inaugural address. Such training of officials on office
automation is very important as the office works are almost impossible without computers,
she said. The DC further said the knowledge obtained from the training can be
very beneficial for the offices as well as the concerned trainees in their daily
life and help their children in learning computer.
Suggesting the trainees to be sincere in the training, she said the training can
be made more meaningful and lively with interactions and practical sessions. 25 ministerial
employees of DCs office and allied departments are participating in the training.
Community hall inaugurated
CHANGLANG, Jul 19 :The Inter-Community Cultural Hall at Diyun under Changlang district
was inaugurated by Manan Gam Singpho, Head GB of Kumchaikha village yesterday in
presence of MP Ninong Ering and Parliamentary Secretary C.C. Singpho.
Speaking on the occasion, the HGB said the hall constructed under MPLAD fund at
an estimated cost of Rs 20 Lakh would facilitate to conduct any mega cultural activities.
He appealed all to take care of this asset and maintain communal harmony among cross
section of people for peace, progress and all round development.
Ering expressed his pleasure that he could fulfill his commitment to the people of
Diyun circle by providing an Inter-Community Cultural Hall. Ering, termed Diyun Circle
as a mini India, where different ethnic group with different language and religion
are living happily.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by the people of Diyun circle, Ering asked Executive
Engineer, WRD, Tezu and Bordumsa to prepare an appropriate estimate to carry out
flood protection works from the source level. On construction of road under PMGSY
and Bharat Nirman Roads under Diyun and Bordumsa circle, he said it needs consultations
with the chif minister and Ministers concerned and local MLA. He, however, assured
to look into it. Regarding construction of an auditorium at Govt. H.S. School Diyun,
he sanctioned Rs.10 Lakh as first installment. He appealed all to extend help and
cooperation to the Govt for rapid development of the area.
Singpho said that Diyun Circle where ten communities, viz. Singpho, Nocte, Khamti,
Chakma, Hajong, Adivasi, Nepali, Deori, Adi and Ahum are living happily by maintaining
communal harmony and mutual help and cooperation, should be an example for the rest
He asked Agriculture and Horticulture departmental officers and field functionaries
to impart proper knowledge to the farmers on modern technology on Agriculture, Horticulture
and Fisheries as the agro climatic condition of Diyun and Bordumsa area highly congenial
for growing any crop including Fisheries to boost the economy of the people.
K. Riba, ADC Bordumsa, Ramesh Ch. Deori ZPM, Diyun, Dakto Riba, EAC-Cum-BDO Diyun
and TNN Innao Chairperson Anchal Samity also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)
World Population Day observed at Khonsa
KHONSA, Jul 19: World Population Day 2011 with the theme – “Seven Billion Actions”
and the slogan in India “Small family- Overall Development” was observed at Borduria
near Khonsa today.
The campaign was attended by village Chiefs, GBs, PRI members and intellectuals of
the adjoining village like Kaimai, Laptang, Poakam and Pullung .The campaign was
organized by District Health Society Khonsa.
Dr.K.Perme DRCHO Khonsa explained the gathering that 11th July of every year is observed
as World Population Day by international community initiated by Governing Council
of United Nations Development Programme to raise awareness on global population issues.
Dr.S.Ronya DMO Khonsa briefed the gathering the immediate cause of population explosion
in India. He informed the gathering that 1.21 billion populations in India, second
most populous country in the world, are directly related to poverty and illiteracy.
Dr.K.Matey MO motivated and demonstrated the various contraceptive measures for family
planing available in the district.
Prominent figures of the area like Tikat Dada, Tedium Lowang and women welfare committee
representative Chaki Lowangmedam also spoke on the occasion.
WSSU alleges imposition of hefty admission fees
ITANAGAR, Jul 19: West Siang Students’ Union (WSSU) alleged that some schools in
West Siang District are imposing hefty fees for admission in the Schools especially
in primary and middle schools, which is against the Right to Education Bill.
While condemning the high fees being charged for admission, WSSU suggested those
school Authorities to stop such practices and refund the fees at earliest otherwise
the West Siang Students’ Union will take up the case as per our constitution and
go for further democratic course of action.
It said that as per the 86th constitutional Amendment Act children would get fundamental
rights to Free and Compulsory Education. The rights of Children to free and compulsory
Education Bill, 2009 seeks to provide free and compulsory Education to children aged
between 6 to 14 years and also earmarks 25 percent seats to weaker section in private
Further, the financial burden to implement the bill will be shared by the state and
Make bandhs a peaceful weapon, not a growing culture
I feel there is an urgency to rename the state to "Karunachal Pradesh" the land wailing
in pain, after the series of events our state has witnessed in the past few years.
The peaceful hilly state is in chaos; corruption, insurgency, communalistic violence,
ineffective law and order, etc etc. The state has been on the news for all the wrong
reasons. And to make it worse the frequent bandh calls in arunachal.
It seems disrupting the public life and living has been a habit for the various organisations
active in our state. And the most unfortunate remorse is that, some of the major
student organizations, at which we youth rely upon are also actively participating
in such unethical bandhs.
Seems like nothing much has been increasing in our state, isn’t it? Thats not true
though. Insurgency, corruption, crimes, natural and artificial disasters have increased
,and yes the most important significant increase has been in the number of organisations
in our state. I dont understand the need for existence of most of these organisations.
But the reason for concern is not the existence alone, the frequent bandhs they call
creates unwanted nuisance to the innocent public who is always made the scapegoat.
It wasn't long ago when as a resident of Pasighat ,i used to curse the active organisations
of Dhemaji district of ASSAM when they called frequent bandhs , disrupting our only
route to Itanagar. But probably the curses has been reflected back on me and now
my own Arunachali people are running a spree of bandhs all over the state for their
own reasons. I should ask the organisation heads, a simple question . "who do you
think are effected the most from your bandhs?".
The state govt, whose attention you are trying to grab, the govt officials, who enjoy
a free holiday? The accused who must be sitting around a corner in his desk somewhere
and enjoying the bandh with a morning tea. No, none of them suffer. The govt. doesn't
even bother to read your bandhs, the officials enjoy it. The one who suffer the most
are the lower middle class and the poor section of our society. Ranging from people
involved in business firms, shops, vegetable vendors, transportation business like
auto, tempo, trekkers etc. These are the group of people who are daily wage earners.
A single bandh of yours leads to their family sleeping empty stomach. The helpless
people are stuck between the gibberish unions and stubborn government. Everyone
is busy with his own deal , no one hears the cry of the common man.
Bandhs are one of the most powerful and widely accepted method of non violent protest
against the governing body all over the world. But it hasn't been effective in our
state in recent years. Have you ever wondered why? Its because the public is agitated
by the obsessive bandh calls. They support the bandh half heartedly, and how can
you expect a bandh to leave a mark when the public participating is itself not interested.
Why won’t the common man be agitated when different organisations call for half
a dozen bandh every month? I feel the reason for such agitating situation is the
presence of innumerable organisations who tend to confuse the public rather than
work for their welfare. The communal diversity in our state is an exotic heritage.
We need to culture it well by staying united and working under a single umbrella.
Factional unions will only break up our integrity and there would be no good result.
It’s a humble request to keep the bandh as the ultimate and last option. Frequent
bandh calls would be pesky for the common man and instead of gaining support we may
It is true that many a times the govt. Policies or atrocities need to be boldly opposed
through bandhs and strikes. But that doesn't mean that every now and then an organisation
comes up with his own issue and calls for bandh. Our state is feeding on centre's
funds, providing minimum economic output, like an irresponsible child , enjoying
and making merry on its parents money. But we are still on a rage to kill our half
dead economy by these frequent bandhs. Better and legitimate ways of protest need
to be carved out for the well being of the innocent public. We cannot die in hunger
every time, to support your cause. It’s a sincere and kind prayer to all those bandh
calling unions, please think about the citizens who would be sleeping empty stomach
to support your cause, think about the thousands of classes that would be lost when
the students are forced to sit in their homes, and do think of the needy and helpless
people who curse their heart out , after suffering from your bandhs. Make bandhs
a peaceful weapon, not a growing culture.
Pasighat, (on email)
Do some good works instead
I on behalf of the Jomlo Mobuk Dam Affected Welfare Association (JMDAWA) condemned
and criticized the statement made by the so-called Jomlo Mobuk Circle Welfare Association
(JMCWA) in this daily on July 13.
I am a bonafide and local citizen of this area but never heard about such Association.
I being the member of the JMDAWA would like to suggest the said Welfare Association
to do welfare activities for the people of the area instead of creating disturbance
in the activities of other organization for personal interest or political grudge.
It is further clarified that the delegates from Jomlo Mobuk Dam Affected Welfare
Association went to Delhi for submission of memorandum before the Union Forest and
Environment minister with a request to fulfill its demand immediately which were
submitted to the state Govt and construction company earlier many a times but not
to support the construction of the Lower Siang Hydro Power Project. Moreover, the
BJP MLA did not initiate the Delhi programme, we the Welfare Association invited
him to lead us in Delhi.
We, being the Welfare Association, are doing nothing without the knowledge of the
public. Even before leaving for Delhi we had conducted a circle level public meeting
at Circle Office, Jomlo Mobuk. The delegates from all the villages of the circle
attended the meeting to place their grievances before the public and voices of the
majority was heard and their grievances included in the memorandum.
I would also like to know who the people being mobilized by the construction company
with money power. Is it BJP MLA or are the dam affected welfare association?
I strongly urge the said Association to answer the question and apologize for maligning
the reputation of the MLA and executive members of the Dam Affected Association in
particular and public of dam affected area as a whole. In case of failure of the
association to do so, we shall not hesitate to move appropriate forum against such
JMDAWA, West Siang
For the sake of the students
The Education Directorate has made it mandatory to open SB accounts for stipendiary
in all Inter village schools and school which have hostels in Arunachal Pradesh which
is praise worthy. But where will the boarders of Kongsa, Vijaynagar, Dambuk, Soha
and many more far flung boarders open SB accounts. Each boarder will spend more than
4000/- to get 3000/-for a ten month's session. I therefore, would like to request
the Directorate to instruct DDSE's of all districts to open SB accounts of each boarder
collecting required documents from each boarder through Principal, HM and Teacher
i/c for those school which are more than 50 km from the District HQ and State Bank
of India or any branch of Nationalised bank. If is done as requested, it will save
not only poor student's money but also a week's study period.
Govt. Secondary School, Kongsa
Don’t let your paper be used
There are allegations and counter allegations in the readers forum of your daily
publication. But, it is not good to accept the views which are derogatory and personal
in nature. Daily paper should not be used for scoring personal issue.
Kamba, (on email)
The fake certificates
"Scrutiny of B.Ed certificates necessary" by Olik Megu, is indeed a very serious
problem now days, not only in Education Deptt but in every department. Sometimes
it surfaces and then whitewashed with the power and money.
Very recently news of an engineer with fake certificate was published in this very
daily. But no one knows what happened. Many working professionals are with fake
certificates from Peon to white collar professionals. Government and concern departments
need to do something now.
Aalo, (on email)
Cancer patients and their needs
I would like to echo the plight of cancer patients in our state. In the last few
years many people have succumbed to cancer as a consequence of shortage of monetary
resources. The exorbitant cost of preliminary tests coupled with absence of secondary
treatment facility has made it sort of mandatory for patients to migrate to other
states which is no mere cakewalk for most patients.
I appeal to the state govt to kindly cater to the needs of this section of the society.
Providing financial support in the initial stages of cancer would prove a welcome
step in this effort. Also civil society may contribute a mighty lot by mobilizing
public opinion in this regard which would coerce the govt into action.
Naharlagun, (on email)
I would like to request our forest department officials to take necessary strict
action against the bench saw mill owner who are running and setting saw mill illegally
without any fear under safe umbrella of selfish locals. Most of the labourers and
owners are outsiders and exploiting our natural gold. Now, mainly in Tezu area forest
were cleared by timber smugglers. If effective action is not taken, forest will vanish
in coming days.
B. K Abraham
Tezu, (on email)
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Land Acquisition Bill
The Prime Minister gave a green signal to integrate the provisions for rehabilitation
and resettlement within the Land Acquisition Bill. Commensurate with National Advisory
Council’s recommendations, the bill aims to solve the policy conflict between The
National Advisory Council (NAC) and states.
Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh proposal to integrate in one bill
the provisions for land acquisition and rehabilitation and resettlement is similar
to what the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council had suggested.
However, his Ministry would prepare a separate rehabilitation and resettlement bill
for large projects and national calamities.
NAC of India has supported 100% land acquisition by the government with adequate
compensation and participation of the families involved. The proposal says that land
will be acquired for public purposes only if other less displacing alternatives are
It also wants that landowners be given six times the price of a plot in the area
and affected families must participate in and be consulted on the acquisition.
It said no private sector player could buy land for projects where more than 400
people are being displaced.
The recommendation that government could acquire 100% of the land is a major departure
from earlier suggestions to amend the Land Acquisition Act that stipulated that the
government could only acquire up to 30% of the land required by a private industry.
Moreover, the government was allowed to undertake land acquisition for private projects
only if the private party had already acquired at least 70% of the land.
All across the country -- mainly rural areas -- landowners are protesting the forcible
acquisition of their lands for various government and private projects such as ports,
mining projects, airports, power plants, special economic zones, irrigation projects,
Other recommendations made by the NAC on the issue include there should be a law
to ensure that before agricultural land is acquired other types of land that are
more barren, less fertile or wasteland should be explored.
As seen recently in Bhata-Parsaul, in Uttar Pradesh, Jaitapur in Maharashtra, and
earlier in West Bengal, land acquisition has become a political issue. As the new
Land Acquisition Bill is being prepared, and the NAC inputs will be critical.