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Give punishment to lab technician

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Doimukh Nyem Welfare Society appealed to the concerned authority to give exemplary punishment to Lab technician of Mediscan Pharmacy, Naharlagun who allegedly tried to molest a minor girl inside X-Ray room on July 24.


Org formed

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: A new organization, titled, All Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activist Organization (AAPRTIAO) has been formed in a meeting held here today. The house appointed Bukhe Flago, Jaro Nayu and Mama Rigam as chairman, vice chairman and general secretary of the organization.


HLAPWC formed

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: All the land affected people of the Holongi area in a general body meeting held  at Hollongi yesterday constituted the Hollongi Land Affected People’s Welfare Committee (HLAPWC) with its Chairman Nabam Tado and Secretary Nabam Rebia and all the land affected people of the area as its active members.  The main motto of the committee constituted is to address the grievances regarding the various compensation rate fixed for the Trans-Highway (Four Lanning Road) by the concern department which is totally “not satisfactory and below the standard of the value of the land and other miscellaneous property”. The house, however,  made its stand clear that committee constituted is not against the development coming for the benefit of the state.


Training on Practicing Farmers

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK), Tawang has organized a training programme at Surbhi village.

As many as 29 farmers were trained on the Scientific method of Paddy cultivation.

Chandra Kumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy) discussed about the biodynamic and organic farming. He also discussed about the role of plant nutrients for crop production alongwith deficiency symptoms of plant nutrients found in Tawang District.


APDA lauds Govt for honouring sanctity of APHS

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: The Central Executives of the Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA) met the Director of Health Services (DHS) Dr. Kartik Nishing and Additional Director of Health Services (ADHS) Dr. Gyati Tatu today and congratulated them for being appointed to the highest post under the Arunachal Pradesh Health Services (APHS) Cadre.

The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA) appreciated the effort made by the Jarbom Gamlin led Government and Health Minister Atum Welly, in particular for retaining the sanctity of the Arunachal Pradesh Health Services (APHS) Institution by appointing them to the said post.

The APDA hoped that sanctity of this Institution (APHS) will be maintained in future too and will strongly oppose to violation of the sanctity of APHS Institution by appointing from other cadres into its en-cadre post.


Maintain impartiality: Union

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Rujen Students Union (RSU), a Kanubari-based students organizations of Tirap has appealed to the police department of the district to maintain impartiality while acting upon an FIR lodged against MLA Newlai Tingkhatra at Kanubari police station on June 23.   The Union had charged the MLA of threatening a student leader publicly during bandh at Kanubari.

 It is a matter of grave concern that almost a month passed since the FIR was lodged but the police yet to   take action. Police should perform its duty impartially to uphod the law of the land, it said.


Complaint against misuse of official power

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: The Eastern Zone Arunachal Pradesh Right to Information-Bureau- Centre for Good Governance (APRTI-B-CGG) has lodged a complaint with Pasighat Police station against six Govt officers/ officials alleging their involvement in making false bill, misuse of government papers and seal.

The APRTI-B-CGG in its complaint said that as per information obtained through RTI those Government officers and officials of East Siang/ Pasighat were involved in making false bill and misuse of Govt paper and seal.

It alleged that the DM had issued three orders earmarking certain plots of land in favour of three persons and the High Court also passed an order with a direction  to the DC/DM for allotment of the land before the sitting of next DLAAB.


Association alleged police inaction

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: All Raying Balo Youth Welfare Association has demanded suspension of Kurung Kumey SP for alleged failure of police to re-arrest the absconding rapist even after five month of committing crime. The Association said that victim’s family caught the alleged rapist of a minor girl on March 5 last and handed over him to Police out Post at Palin. However, the alleged accused fled away from the police custody at night on the same day and the police failed to re-arrest him even after five months, it said.



ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Kara Welfare Society mourned the sudden demise of its active member Rotu Kena who died at Pasighat yesterday and the last rite was performed at Itanagar today.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.The members of the society conveyed their condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Social Service

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Arunachal Public Motors Transport Federation, Seppa Unit conducted a three days social service at 12 km Seppa to Kote Dada from July 23 to 25.

During the three days, the workers cleared various block points.

It further informing about heavy road blockage from Kote Dada to Pipu town appealed to the Chief Minister, PWD Minister, Local MLA, EE, PWD Bameng and AE, PWD Pipu Division for early redressal of the problems.



ITANAGAR, Jul 26: The members and staff of the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation, Sammonoy Gut Cooperative Society Ltd (CCRD) deeply condoled the untimely demise of Dr B B Pandey, who breathed his last at New Delhi  on May 24 last. Late Pandey was an able administrator, prolific researchers and an inexhaustible author, who have contributed immensely to the state he served, said CCRD in its condolence message.

He demise is a great loss to the state, especially in the field of social research. “At this hour of grief, our deep felt condolences are with the bereaved family and we pray for almighty for eternal peace for the departed soul”, the message added.



ITANAGAR, Jul 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union has appointed Sotho Thalal, Sotemso Gam and Kejen Tayang as president, vice president and general secretary of AAPGDLU Lohit District unit along with Samdang Doo and Soyemlu Dagga as its women wing president and general secretary. On the other hand, Jimkhi Manyu, Bakeso Manyu and Robinso Manyu have been appointed as president, vice president and general secretary respectively of AAPGDLU Anjaw unit.  AAPGDLU also appointed Jyoti Manyu and Rekha Manyu as women wing president and secretary of Anjaw district unit.

Takio Arun and Taba Yassom have been selected as chairman and member secretary of school management committee, Romi colony P-Sector Primary School in a meeting held here recently.


Rapist murderer arrested

ITANAGAR: Bander-dewa Police led by OC Police Station SI K Dev averted a serious communal clash by immediately arresting one Budhuram Nayak involved in the rape and murder of one Mariyam Bingra.

On July 20, while late Mariyam Bigra was returning to her home at Harmuty, Budhuram Nayak intercepted her at Banderdewa and took her to the jungle in V/1 area and murdered her after raping, the SP said.

Accordingly, a case u/s 302/376 has been registered against Budhuram Nayak.

After hearing the incident, the relatives and the Adivasi Student Union became very agitated and situation became volatile.

However, with the timely arrest of the culprit, the charged situation was brought under control, he added.


‘Allegation baseless, unfounded’

ITANAGAR: Rejecting the allegation levelled by one Loku Sono against Deputy Commissioner East Kameng reportedly for not furnishing the papers sought through RTI,  the DPO today clarified that  the information relating to MLALAD  schemes for the year 2010-11 are available in District Planning Office, Seppa.

While terming the allegation as baseless and unfounded, the DPO, informed that Sono was personally requested to collect the information. But, the applicant did not collect it.  On the other hand the information could not be dispatched by post as the address of the applicant was not given in detail. Instead of  going to the press and lodging complaint to the SIC, the applicant should collect the information by depositing the required fees, said an official release.


News Impact

Gamlin meets Central ministers: seeks support for state

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin who is currently at New Delhi, called on various Central Ministers to apprise them of the special developmental support needs of the state and sought their cooperation.

In a meeting today with Minister Health Ghulam Nabi Azad, he extended the gratitude of the people of the state for the up gradation of the General Hospital, Naharlagun to a 300-bedded referral hospital and the up-gradation of numerous district hospitals. In the discussions, the establishment of a Medical College and Nursing Colleges were examined at length and the Minister assured that these would be taken up on priority.

Earlier, while calling on MoS (Independent Charge), Environment & Forests Jayanthi Natarajan, where the CM was accompanied by State’s Minister for E & F Setong Sena, he briefed the Minister about the long pending forest clearances for the Trans-Arunachal Highway as well as for various power projects.

Apprising the Minister that the delays caused in obtaining forest clearance was a major hurdle for projects to achieve a financial closure and take up construction activities. He further emphasized that these delays have not only resulted in unsettling the project planning but would lead to inevitable time and cost overruns.

Citing hydro power as a vital resource of the state, he said, “In order to reduce dependence of the State Government on central assistance, development of hydro power is essential as it would provide great opportunity for boosting the State’s own revenues. Also significantly, sustainable hydro power development in the State holds the key not just for infrastructure development and employment creation but more importantly, it would result in reducing dependence of the local populace on forest resources.”

Assuring her fullest cooperation in the matter, the MoS re-assured Gamlin and Sena that her Ministry will take up the matter in great exigency.

In another meeting with Prof. KV Thomas, MoS (Independent Charge) for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, the Chief Minister raised the matter of pending payments of Hill Transport Subsidy (HTS) for the transportation of food grains from FCI base depots to PDC and various en-route and off-route Fair Price Shop locations in the state.  He briefed the MoS that although the issue about settlement of long pending HTS claims of the State was taken up several times in the past, owing to cases pending in the Guwahati High Court, no specific decision could be taken by the Ministry.

He appealed for the intervention of the Minister and requested him to settle the outstanding HTS as a ‘one-time’ exercise as recommended by the High Power Committee constituted by the GoI.

Gamlin is expected to return to the State later this week after these deliberations and will chair the crucial meeting of the State Cabinet slated for August one where many critically important decisions are expected to be taken in regard to the development processes on going.


Disaster and management

Tongam Rina

The perennial flash flood and landslide causes large scale destruction in the state during monsoon season almost every year. This year too, the story is repeating itself and citizens in many parts of the state are already facing the consequences.

With onset of monsoon, the Capital Region too had its share of destruction and deaths this year.  Four deaths were reported while dozen more were injured. Hundreds of homes and major portion of road infrastructure were destroyed because of landslide that hit the state capital and essential services thrown out of gear. As usual the ill prepared state government and Capital Region administration was caught unaware this time too and it had no idea what to do.

It is ironic that District Administration sent out a warning note asking citizens to move to safer places after the landslide had already caused considerable destruction.  The administration also suddenly realized that rampant earth cutting was the cause of such large scale destruction and in typical ‘we told you so’ tone, it brought out an order banning earth cutting. It was not too long back that administration had issued a similar order. But then no one took note of it and earth cutting went on unabated. This time too once the rain stops, rampant cutting will start again.  An order after all is just an order and it really does not require much of our attention.  The ones who took out the order will forget about it until the next tragedy strikes and ones for who the order was taken out too will forget it. Collective amnesia till the next tragedy.

On the other hand, when the new state government had taken over, it launched an ambitious disaster management programme to face any eventualities. But apart from announcing assistance after the recent landslide, nothing much was witnessed. One wonders whether the programme itself need rescue from being a disaster.  

They say disasters and nature’s fury do not come announced. But the recent destruction due to landslide was a tragedy that was waiting to happen. We knowingly extended our invitation to it.  It’s a different issue that we forgot about the invite all together.  

To a large extend such tragedies can be controlled if the government and its people are serious about it. But greed knows no boundary. In Capital region, it is unlikely that there is any plot of land that has been spared by the government and the people. All of it has been encroached and almost every one of us is dealing with the consequences. As the population increase, we are leveling more and more hills. We are even diverting the flow of rivers and streams according to our wish. The end result is for all to see.  

Capital region will see many more tragedies and the magnitude will be much more bigger. And people at the helms of affairs need to take disaster management and preparedness seriously.  Yours truly would not want to elaborate on what need to be done since everyone is well aware of it.

But to start with, it is advisable that administration   shift people from dangerous locations to safer places. Easier said than done, but somewhere a start must be made before the next tragedy strikes.


Engineers urged to restore damaged roads


ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Planning and Finance Minister Kalikho Pul today gave instructions to the PWD and UD engineers to undertake immediate need-based maintenance and repair of roads and other infrastructures damaged by the heavy spell of rain since July 18-19 in the Capital Complex for which funds would be sanctioned.

Itanagar had recorded a high rainfall of 242.3 millimeter during 24 hours till 8 am on July 19, which left a trail of devastation and claimed three lives. The rainfall was only 28.3 mm the previous day.

A high level team led by Pul, Environment and Forest Minister Setong Sena, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, local MLA Techi Kaso, Capital DC Bokar Basar and the senior engineers inspected various sites damaged by heavy rain and landslides.

After inspection, Pul told media persons that the inspection helped in assessing the losses to initiate measures for repair.

Pointing out that there is no dearth of funds received under various heads, including central road fund (CRF), DoNER, NEC, NLCPR, SPA, state plan etc, Pul insisted on pragmatic planning, proper utilization of funds and timely maintenance with sense of belongings by the users.

The users, the construction agencies and the departments have the moral responsibility to prevent encroachment and damage of any asset and ensure proper maintenance and up-keeping for longevity, he urged.

Expressing deep concern at the main aur mera (me and mine) attitude of the capital residents in resorting to encroachment, haphazard construction and mindless land cutting without thinking of consequences and blocking of drainage that had brought catastrophic impact on government infrastructures and properties, Pul urged the civil society to adopt civic sense to avoid such damages. While landslides are damaging buildings and claiming lives, the team was shocked to see an ongoing construction of an officer’s building on a hill slope in Senki View.

“On one hand the government is blamed for lack of maintenance of the capital and sector roads, while in many places the damages as observed during inspection were mostly for man-made reasons,” Pul said. The civil society has to rise to the occasion to stop such un-civic behaviour or else no planning and maintenance would suffice in such an unstable land, prone to recurring natural calamities, he reasoned.

Road planning specifies any construction beyond 30 mtr of the NH, 15 mtr of the state roads and 7.5 mtr of district roads and adequate space in sectors for development, Pul said, adding that the massive encroachments were the greatest hurdle to develop roads in the state.   

When asked about grant of relief to the victims, he informed that the chief minister has sanctioned Rs 25 lakh for the victims of the capital to be paid immediately by the relief and rehabilitation department. Funds would also be allocated to each district for the purpose, he said.

As manmade problems are chronic throughout the state,  Sena advocated proper planning and widening of road, besides development of green patches for beautification. A holistic approach is the need of the hour involving the civil society, he insisted.

Supporting him, Siram said that the East Siang administration has initiated eviction of encroachers, with the aim of implementing development plans. “All of us are to be blamed for the present state of affairs in the capital and act unitedly,” said Siram, who recalled his past question in the assembly: to whom do the capital’s roads belong?  

Extending wholehearted support to the administration for any action, Kaso directed that anyone found damaging government properties, including roads, and causing loss to the state and inconvenience to the public be dealt with severely and, if required, put behind bars.

He pleaded with the minister for adequate funds for maintenance as well as construction of drainages.

The team, including UD chief engineer Taba Tedir, PWD SE(CC) Katung Wahge, SE (highways) S Sumnyan, EE (CDA) Tage  Taki, EE(Naharlagun) Ratu Techi, inspected the Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan road, Niti Vihar tri-junction near King Cup School, Senki View (including the road to CRPF camp), the road to ESS Sector in Itanagar, the Capital deputy commissioner’s office (threatened by Pachin river), the road to Scouts and Guides headquarters (damaged by private construction), G-Extension, and the massive construction blocking the passage of Lagun river in Naharlagun and the NH 52A.

It was planned that encroachers would be evicted for widening of roads, including in the sectors. Besides this, some government quarters would be demolished, and anyone found damaging roads or drainage and dumping construction materials on roads would be taken to task forthwith. The DC was directed accordingly including issuing executive order and dispose of dumping materials.


USPA condemns ‘forceful’ eviction drive

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: The United Siang Progressive Alliance (USPA) vehemently condemned the East Siang district administration for carrying out eviction drive in Pasighat township where more than 1500 people were either displaced or rendered homeless.

Describing that the eviction drive was enforced by ‘outside force with some political manoeuvre’, the USPA severely criticized the Deputy Commissioner for violating citizen’s right by not listening to their petitions.

While the Constitutional Rights of the citizens has been over thrown by the DM all the five elected MLAs remained silent spectator on the issue, it lamented.

Thousands of people, who had been living there for more than 20 years, are crying at mid-night without any food to eat under open roof after they were rendered homeless while many women and children were admitted in hospital with grievous injuries, USPA said. It claimed that tear gas and explosive materials were lobed to disperse the protestors during the eviction drive yesterday inflicting grievous injuries to many women and children and the injured persons are still battling for life in Pasighat hospital.

An FIR has been lodged against the East Siang SP at Pasighat PS by the victims, the Alliance claimed.

The USPA urged ABK and AdiSU to come forward and involve in the issue before the situation is aggravated.

It also sought the immediate intervention of the CM, CVC, CS and Home Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh to protect the Constitutional rights of its citizens. It further demanded the authority to effect mass reshuffling of administrative officers at East Siang district in the interest of the people of the district.

The district administration yesterday carried out eviction drive in PI colony of the township and dismantled over 100 houses including RCC buildings.

Eight JCB excavators, 10 tippers were pressed into operation in the eviction drive and more than 300 Para military forces and civil police were deputed after the drive and imposed 144 CrPc at Pasighat town yesterday, USPA said.


Recruitment of Junior Commissioned Officers in Army as Religious Teacher

NAHARLAGUN, Jul 26: Recruitment for Junior Commissioned Officers (Religious Teachers (Pundit) RRT-67 Course in the Army will be carried out by Army Recruiting Offices, Rangapahar under the aegis of HQ Recruiting Zone, Shillong from October 10 ro 15. Written examination of selected candidates will be conducted at ARO Rangapara on October 30.

The age of candidates for RRT Course should be between 27 and 34 years for civilian while the age for re-mustered candidates should be between 25 to 34 on 14 Feb, 2012. The Minimum educational qualification for appointment as Pandit will be graduation in any discipline.  However, the candidates applying for the post must be qualified in Madhyama in Sanskrit or Bhusan in Hindi.

While minimum qualification for re-mustered candidates is 10+2.

The Minimum Physical Standards are Height – 160 Cms, Weight -50 kgs, Chest – 77 Cms and candidates should be able to run one mile in eight minutes.

Interested candidates can apply for the post by affixing their recent passport size photographs in the application form along with necessary documents to HQ Recruiting Zone (NE States), Shillong , Meghalaya, PIN-793001. DIPRO


Water supply augmentation of Koloriang township being taken up

KOLORIANG, Jul 26: In an effort to create awareness about the need for proper sanitation, a  district level workshop on sustainable sanitation and management drinking water, quality monitoring system vis-à-vis Panchayati Raj Institutions was conducted at Koloriang on July 22 last  by the Communication and Capacity Development Unit, (CCDU), being implemented by PHE and WS department under the Total Sanitation Campaign(TSC).

Tomi Ete, secretary PHE and WS, in his address emphasized the importance of total sanitation in the villages like construction of latrine in individual households and schools. He urged PRI members to actively participate in managing quality drinking water supply in the village and asked them to levy minimal amount to consumer for effective monitoring and maintenance. He informed that the government has sanctioned Rs. 4.9 crore for augmenting water supply in the Koloriang Township.

Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner, Rajeev Takuk commenting on the prevailing water and sanitation problem in the district, advocated for convergence of all the central and state government schemes for a comprehensive and realistic implementation. Such workshops will go a long way in maintaining the basic hygiene of the individual as well as of the entire area for prevention of waterborne diseases and other diseases due to lack of sanitation.

 A.N.Singh, Director CCDU spoke about the facilities and assistance that can be availed from his organization and asked PRI members to constitute Village water and sanitation committee, which could act as the imposing and monitoring authority in regulating good quality water supply in the villages. DIPRO


ABK systematize script

ITANAGAR, Jul 26: In a significant move, the Adii Baane Kebang (ABK), the Adii Agom Kebang (AAK) and the intellectuals of the community, during a marathon discussion held on July 17 and 18, have systematized the Adii script (Adii merey) with certain add-ons.

ABK general secretary Bodong Yirang today said in the meeting, the Adiis have decided to adopt the Roman script with certain additions of two vowels (gaayo merey) and two consonants (merey) whose phonetics are not very common in international phonetic alphabets (IPA). The four new alphabets coined for use in Adii language (agom) are dual-letter vowels - EY & UI and consonants - NG & NY.  

With this restructured script, AAK, the apex literary body of Adii community, will develop study materials for use in the schools of Adii areas as third language. All books, poetries and archive writings, already in printed form, will be re-written with this script in due course of time.   

Describing as “historic” the reform brought in towards enriching the traditional cultural heritage of Adii community, the ABK exudes hope that this will usher in a new era of linguistic and literary development of Adii. “The ABK has also banned further use of self styled innovated scripts for all writings in Adii language with immediate effect”, informed Yirang.



Tiger 7 Soccer Tournament


ITANAGAR, Jul 26:  BT XI trounced Nirjuli Youth Welfare Association Sports Club 4-0 while Gora Makik Sporting Club-A (GMSC-A) pipped All Blacks Team 2-1 in the 2nd state level Tiger 7 soccer tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun today.

Toko Polium scored two goals in 12th and 49th minutes while Dari Kiran and Rocky Ramsing netted a goal each in 22nd and 52nd minutes respectively to help BT XI thrash NYWASC.

In the second match of the day, GMSC-A coming from behind defeated All Blacks 2-1 with goals from Gichik Taming (54 min) and Prahlad Borah (59 min).

All Blacks Team was leading 1-0 with a 41 minute goal from Techi Ragi.

Today’s matches:

1st match: Zing Urban Football Club vs Toru Panchayat Football Club; 2nd match: Dari Sports Club vs ITBP Kimin.

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Open letter

Dear Editor,

This is an open letter to the Director of Higher Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh that Academic Session for 2011-12 has been started in the first week of June,2011 and students who failed in their first attempt ( CBSE Cl-X & XII) have already been allowed to take admission as regular candidate, as per your Direction of giving second chance of 1 year more. However, we came to know that CBSE Boards have decided not to allow any failure students (whether failed in his/ her first attempt or more), to get admission as regular candidate.

The irony is that CBSE Board have brought it before  the Govt. school authorities concerned of our state only after 45 days of school being re-opened where the failed students  are already in the classroom. Many of parents are illiterate and it will not be easy to convince them by the  school principal or other concerned. Hence, I guess that  there may be unhealthy situations  in the schools  after the CBSE directives.

The biggest problem is that students are psychologically disturbed. I, therefore, request the Director to make a clarification with the CBSE authorities and take all steps for avoiding dilemma among school authorities, students and guardians.


Er. P. Lombi




Make the state better place to live in

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to reported bandh call appeared in your esteemed daily on July 26. I just want to ask the people who are calling bandh in the state that how much more bandh does the state have to see in future. Why don’t they understand that if they are calling bandh then the problem may be solved but in a long run the GDP of the state will be badly affected.

Many of the tourists who are supposed to arrive to the state on that particular day will cancel or postpone their programme. In short the financial position of the state will be hampered.  If they want to protest then they should do it in another way. All must try hard to make the state a better place to live in.


Anant Raja

Gautam Nagar,

New Delhi



Pani Nagar !

Dear Editor,

Itanagar should be rechristend as "Pani Nagar" since the entire capital city of our state is looming under saturated water on account of incessant  and catastrophic monsoon rains which also claimed few lives in the recent times.

Surprisingly it is observed that the water level rises and get stagnant even in the places where it is not expected due to poor drainage system. The mudslide, landslides and other rainfall related damages may get bigger if drainage facility and water outlet is not properly sorted out.

Therefore, it is requested to the concerned authority of our state to assess and analyze the gravity of impact which may cause due to water overflows and irregular seepage.


Jumli Rina ( Karko)





Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the news item published under the caption “AdiSU opposes appointments” in this daily on July 24 last.  The East Siang AdiSu is already an existing union that has been functioning long before Tapu Mibang became president of AdiSU.

AdiSU General Secretary and Tabit Mibang were part of the whole process when all the Block students’ union of East Siang had attended the meeting. Further we came to know that there is no such resolution adopted opposing formation of AdiSU units. Hence, the Adi Students’ Union East Siang outrightly condemns and rejects the statement given by Tapu Mibang.


Kaling Doruk, President

Kepang Nong Borang

GS, East Siang AdiSU



We need enough time for preparation

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of APPSC that 25th Sept. as fixed for the APPSCCE 2011 (Prelim) exam by the commission is too early. At least 5  moths time for preparation should be given after the advertisement as does by UPSC and as done in last APPSCE. Because such exam require enough time for preparation.

Many have gone for coaching at Delhi and their coaching will be over in the mid of Sept.

Therefore it is our humble request to concerned that kindly extend Prelims Exam date.


Rakap Apik

R. Pertin,




Give priority on restoration of road in Darak

Dear Editor,

The problems being faced by the people of Darak circle under West Siang district are so many to elucidate. Yet, through this esteemed daily I want to highlight the pathetic road condition which  has turned bad to worse with the advent of rainy season.  The rampant communication problems inflicted upon the public and the government servants of Darak Circle is neither a recent issue nor  it is caused by torrential rain only. As a matter of fact, deplorable road condition started two years back and there is uncertainty of daily bus service to district headquarters Aalo since then.

We have not witnessed arrival of any small vehicles at Darak for last 14 months due to inaccessible road and these days the owners of bus/Tata Sumo have left the service to avoid any possible accident. As such one can imagine the plight of the inhabitants of Darak township in many spheres including health care facilities.   Due to deplorable road condition, the only option left with the unfortunate passengers is to foot march up to Kamba (17) km and vice-versa to travel in bus for Aalo and other destination which  has become a daily routine work for passengers. In a nutshell, circle HQ is totally cut off from the rest of the district and mainstream.

In this connection, we made repeated pleas to the local MLA who is also CM of Arunachal Pradesh  and to AAPSU president/secretary and KKSU leaders through memorandum and  also apprised them about the situation verbally in the past but yielded no results. Whom we have to expect now? On Appraisal to the department concerned, they pointed out reasons like paucity of fund. If the people of CM’s constituency are deprived of and their long-pending grievances on road yet to be heard, what would be  fate of people and development activities in other  remote pockets of the state. In such a situation question generally arise – whether we are being neglected or CM’s good office has kept aside the problems of own area while concentrating on the problems of other areas of the state.

In addition to communication bottleneck, immediate provisions of relief package for mass damages of crops fields in the catchment villages of the circle of the HQ due to heavy rains and land slide, installation of mobile service tower, deployment of adequate staff for few administrative set up etc are also worth mentioning here.

While coming to the conclusion, I, on behalf of the citizens of Darak, earnestly re quest the state Govt to take up the issue of deplorable road condition as a state issue and issue directives to department concerned and administrative agencies for immediate restoration of road to mitigate the sufferings of the people. Finally,  Panchayat leaders are also requested to be more pro-active and take prompt action in this regard.


Beyi Potom


Pathetic Road Condition Committee









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India plans fiber optic network in rural areas


In a recent statement, Kapil Sibal, minister of communication and information technology said the Telecom Commission has proposed to create the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) which will extend the country's existing fiber optic network from the district level to the village level, or gram panchayat level.

The initial part of the project will be funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), said Sibal. He added that private sector will likely contribute similar investment to complement the infrastructure and to provide services to users.

Sibal hoped that the extension of connection will boost economic benefits such as provide additional employment, e-education, e-health, e-agriculture and other e-services as well as reduce migration of rural population to urban areas. Aside from economic benefits, the nationwide fiber optic network will help drive government initiatives such as e-health, e-banking, e-education and so on. The proposed NOFN will enable effective and faster implementation of various mission mode e-governance projects amounting to approx 500 billion Indian rupee (US$11.25 billion) initiated by Department of Information Technology as well as delivery of a whole range of electronic services in the above areas by the private sector to citizen in rural areas.

According to an ABI Research report last year, India is expected to drive the region's mobile Internet traffic by 2015.