July 31


Financial approval accorded for 2nd Arunachal Scout Bn  

NEW DELHI, Jul 30: The Union Ministry of Defence has accorded the financial approval for raising  the 2nd Battalion of Arunachal Scouts and notification to this effect would be released soon by the Ministry for starting the process of recruitment, Union Defence Minister A.K Antony informed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here today. Among other issues, the Chief Minister discussed in detail the condition of roads under implementation by BRO and impressed upon the Defence Minister to expedite the said works in interest of the state and the country.

The CM Minister discussed the Bhalukpong-Tawang road, the deteriorating condition of which has made communication difficult and sought Antony’s intervention for improvement of the same.

They also discussed the BRO roads affected by the recent spate of heavy floods in the state.

The Defence Minister assured that he would take up the matter with BRO authorities for addressing the issues on top priority.

The Chief Minister also requested the Defence Minister to instruct NHPC for expediting the construction of the tunnel from Sessa to Jang.

Later in the day, the Chief Minister called on the Minister of Culture, Housing and Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja, who informed that a Pilot Project related to the Infrastructure Development and Construction of 500 Houses with amenities, would be allocated to the state at an early date.

Selja also assured the CM that the Ministry of Culture would support the hosting of the year long celebrations of the 2600 years of the Enlightenment of Lord Buddha in the state to be organized by the Buddhist Culture Preservation Society and the Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik (Chos-Rig) Affairs, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, later this year.

The Chief Minister also requested Selja to expedite the permission for bringing the Buddha’s Relic from the British Museum for public viewing on the occasion.



SRK official attacked in Pangin, attacker absconding

Highway authority seeks people’s cooperation

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: In a bizarre incident, the senior surveyor of SRK Construction Private Limited (SRKCPL), namely, Sombhu Shankar Rai was allegedly attacked by his driver Ashi Riba at its Pangin camp on Saturday evening.

Injured Sombhu was immediately rushed to Pangin CHC in critical condition, as he was attacked with lethal weapon, according to SRKCPL   sources.

However, his condition is reported to be stable and normal.

The incident has sent shockwaves among SRK officials and agitated employees of Hyderabad based construction agency stopped all work to protest until they are provided with adequate security. There is also unconfirmed report that, two local youths had assaulted its project manager on July 17 last without any valid reason.

When contacted, Superintendent of Police (SP) East Siang district confirmed the incident.

“Fight between two employees took ugly turn and there is no other issue. An FIR has been lodged against Ashi Riba and he is absconding at the moment. We will soon arrest him,” said SP.

Chief Engineer Highway Bora Ete termed the incident as internal matter of company and said there is no need to press panic button. “I have spoken to my engineers present at the site. The issue has been resolved and company officials have resumed their work,” said Bora Ete. He further added, “We are facing some problems in implementing Trans Arunachal Highway project in the eastern side of Arunachal. We appeal locals to cooperate with us in this regard as highway project cannot be properly implemented without their support. On the otherhand we have witnessed immense support from project affected people of Nichipu-Hoj Trans Arunachal Highway road project which is really encouraging.”  He also said department has instructed all the private companies under TAH to provide job opportunities to project affected people.

Pangin incident is big reminder to us that unless people of Arunachal wholeheartedly support development work, the outside companies will find hard to implement those projects. Unemployment problems will only be solved when private companies make investment and for that, a congenial atmosphere has to be created.

Such is the fear among SRK officials that they have reiterated its demand to the state government for immediate deployment of Para-military force at the construction site. If the project is not allowed to go freely, Trans Arunachal Highway  will remain as a distant dream.



Press fraternity lifts ban, decides to continue stir

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Arunachal Press Club (APC) in a review meeting held in the Press Club here Monday decided to lift the ban on carrying the state government news and advertisements at the end of 15 days in public interest.

The symbolic protest was against inaction of the State Government and its law enforcing agencies along with the courts for their failure in bringing the attackers to book and awarding them punishments, which showed its deadliest face in the attack on APUWJ president and Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina on July 15 last.

Though the media fraternity appreciated the police for arresting 11 accused in the April 15 AT attack case and identifying the absconding mastermind, but they took serious exception that the gunman who fired at Tongam was still at large.

The organizations have appointed a legal advisor to constantly maintain vigil on the legal process and advise them on the future course of action for expeditious investigations till a logical conclusion is reached, the culprits in both the cases are brought to book and the conspirators are exposed.

The journalists unanimously evolved strategies to continue their protests by highlighting the issue daily in the print media and hold dharna to draw the attention of one and all.



Local students must get first preference: RGUSU

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union (RGUSU) has demanded the university authorities to give maximum preference to local ST students in  their pursuit of higher education.

In a seven-point memorandum submitted to the Acting Vice  Chancellor of the University,  the union   said that the students who are passing out from the colleges affiliated to RGU must get admission in the  university and also the APST students be given preference, for, the university is in Arunachal  Pradesh.

“To our utter surprise, the top ten students of the university of under-graduate  courses could not get through the admission process and they were disqualified due to limited  seat capacity in some of the departments of the university and also due to heavy flow of  scheduled tribe students from other corners of the country,”   the memorandum said while exuding its full faith on the university administration.

It demanded that weightage should be given to the students passing out from RGU upto 10 per cent (from  existing 2%) during admission process. The intake capacity of the departments of Anthropology,  Sociology, Physics, Chemistry, English, Botany, Zoology, Management, Commerce, History,  Political Science and Education for PG course should be enhanced by five seats each from  current academic session.  Demands for increasing the intake capacity of M Phil degrees upto 10 as against the present 5, and for BEd degree, and inclusion of one student representative from RGUSU in the Academic  Council of the university also got mention in the memorandum.



J&K Governor, CM release ‘A Soldier’s General’

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J J Singh, who is on an official tour to Jammu and Kashmir met the Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at Raj Bhavan, Srinagar on July 28. They discussed  developmental issues and cooperation.

On the occasion, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Vohra released ‘A Soldier’s General’ - the autobiography of his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart General (Retd) J J Singh.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Senior officers from the army, police, civil administration and people from literary circles were present at the book release function.

Speaking on the occasion, J&K Governor expressed hope that the approaches mentioned in the book would help in strengthening civil-military relations and enhance the confidence which serving and retired army personnel and security forces enjoy.  Governor Vohra said that Gen Singh has been doing an excellent job as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and congratulated him for writing about his service to the nation.

General Singh gave a brief resume of the book and dwelt on the aims of writing his autobiography.

It may be mentioned here that the book was launched at Delhi by Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, at Chandigrah by Punjab Governor and Administrator UT Chandigarh, Shivraj V. Patil, at Mumbai by Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan and at London. ( PRO to Raj Bhawan)



AR nabs drugs peddler, recovers opium

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: Assam Rifles personnel nabbed a drug peddler and recovered huge quantities of opium from his possession at Jairampur recently.

Pratap Mahto, 23 of village Kovin under Jairampur police station was apprehended by AR personnel during a checking at mobile check post at Lal Bridge near Jairampur and recovered 8 kg (approx) opium from the car in which he was travelling from Sorulongvi to Chamro. The apprehended person and the recovered items were handed over to Jairampur police on July 26 for further investigation, according to sources.



AAPSU cautions Govt against illegal immigrants

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) while expressing its grave concern over the situation arising out of the communal violence that has rocked the Bodo land Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTAD) in the neighboring state of Assam cautioned the state government to keep strict vigil and pull up its intelligence apparatus so that the spill over effect of the violence involving immigrants from the neighboring country Bangladesh does not get safe haven in the state as reported in various regional papers.

It is unfortunate to know from various media publications, if it is to be believed, that somewhere the fallout of the violence in a way has been due to the presence of unaccounted numbers of illegal immigrants from the neighboring country of Bangladesh and as such it cannot be considered as an isolated case affecting only the BTAD region rather the whole of the country in general and north eastern states of the region in particular should view the situation seriously keeping mind the complexity of the problem that can have far reaching consequences in the demography set up and internal security of the country, AAPSU said in a release.

The union called upon the state government to immediately instruct all the district administration to carry out extensive Inner Line permit (ILP) drive in their respective jurisdiction to check and detect the presence of illegal immigrants.

The apex students’ body of the state also urged the government to take necessary step for immediate renovation of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination (APPSCE) office building which was damaged by unidentified miscreants few months ago.



Students demand effective policy to prevent  illegal influx

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jul 30: All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU), a federal unit of AAPSU has demanded the state government to make a rigid policy for stopping influx of the illegal immigrants. The union urged the district administration to find a permanent solution to the problem and strengthen the check gates to prevent illegal entry of the suspected citizens, particularly the Bangladeshis.

Referring to its ongoing “Operation Clean Drive” in East Siang district, AESDSU leaders today said that a large number of deported Bangladeshis came back because of lack of proper policy. The union leaders observe that regular inflow of Bangladeshi immigrants to the area is posing serious threat to the socio-economic development of the local people. They appealed all sections of people to put their efforts together to carry out their operation, which entered its third phase, successfully.

The union allege that the ‘Inner Line Regulation, 1873’ has not been effectively enforced in the state. The government machinery has failed to check illegal entrance of the Bangladeshis and other foreign nationals into Arunachal territory.

AESDSU made it clear that such operation is not against the sentiment of any individual, organizations or religious group, but to ensure peace, safety and security of the local people.  The union also demanded that issuing of Inner Line Permits (IPLs) should be stopped and appealed to the political leaders, contractors and businessmen not to engage Bangladeshis as cheap labourers and not to give them shelter under any circumstances. The Union decided to continue the operation until the illegal immigrants are completely flushed out from their area.

It may be recalled that the movement against the illegal Bangladeshis was launched by AAPSU in 2007, but it  has been stalled due to a bureaucratic roadblock.

According to sources, about 5000 illegal Bangladeshi migrants were driven out of the state by the AAPSU during its firsts phase movement.



Annual Day celebrations of the APNE Library

Youth Libraries -- a learning platform for all ages: EAC

WAKRO, July 30: The Lohit Youth Libraries are platform for free learning for not only students, but teachers and parents also, said Tuli Gangkak, EAC, Wakro as he delivered the valedictory address on the occasion of  the 6th Annual Day celebrations of the APNE Library, Wakro on Saturday.

“Arunachalis need to grow from being merely literate to educated citizens, competent to earn an employment anywhere in India by their sheer competence and abilities. This can be possible only through wide reading habits.”

Lauding the young reader-activists from the APNE Library, for their spirited lead in spreading reading habits among the children of the remote villages of Wakro, he appealed to teachers and parents to support such selfless enthusiasm of the activists.

“I can see a bright future ahead for them”, he said while complementing ASSET, Wakro for encouraging their students to spread the joy of reading in the community.

Gangkak presented the Outstanding Library Activist of Lohit 2012 Award to Animai Chikro, cl. 8 student, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Wakro, amidst loud cheers from reader-activists, library volunteers, parents and school teachers.  He also gave away prizes to other awardees for their all round contribution to strengthening the youth library movement. Animai also received from the Chief guest, a carton of attractive books gifted to the Wakro library by Simon Smith, a patron and ELT educator from England.

Sharing her impressions of the impact of the APNE library on the students of Wakro, Rejum Potom, teacher Govt. Sec School, Wakro pointed out that within the tiny space of the  library room lie great learning potential for all ages, from a 3 year old to a Hr sec school teacher. Listing out immortal books like Totochan, Matilda, Swami and Friends, and magazines like Teacher Plus & Civil Society, as excellent teacher-training materials, she appealed to her colleagues to update themselves regularly by frequenting the library.

Speaking on behalf of the community, Silotmai Dellang, Secretary, Wakro Women’s Welfare Committee, observed the visible personality development in the library readers and urged the parents to be more involved in strengthening the reading habits of their wards, and appealed to them to extend all support to the APNE Library for the benefit of future generations.

Sharing their experiences as APNE Library readers, Bialu Kambrai and Disemsi Appa, vividly narrated how they rose to win recognition and acceptance by their family members, after being almost condemned to become school-drop-outs. “Today I can say to my brothers, "Look, this is my story! It has been published in a magazine!" said a confident Bialu, a cl. 8 student of KGBV Wakro. Alikmai Kri, who successfully ran a vacation mini-library at Namgo village for the second year, spoke of the positive responses from several mothers and villagers.

The highlight of the day was the presentation of skits, poem recitations and story reading by the reader-activists.



Awareness campaign on TDCCC held

KHONSA, Jul 30: An awareness campaign-cum-motivation programme on Tirap District Career Counseling Cell for excelling in entrance examinations was held at government higher secondary school, Khonsa on 28th July in which the science students of class-XI and XII participated.

Speaking on the occasion, Tirap DC Sachin Shinde who is the main force and inspiration behind the formation of TDCCC said that there was no substitute for hardwork and asked the students to utilize their time gainfully by preparing themselves well to face the ensuing examinations adding that having chosen science subjects the students have to work harder as they would be facing tougher competition in the future.

Shinde told the participants that it was the duty of TDCCC members to show them how to prepare themselves for various competitive examinations but to work towards achieving the set goal was in the hands of the students. He elaborately spoke about his childhood and the amount of hardwork he had put in and told the students that their future was in their own hands.

Honi Bayang, DFCSO, topper of 2008 Arunachal combined competitive examination said that the main objective of holding the awareness programme was to acquaint the science students with various facets of entrance examinations adding that the students should try to score good marks in the board examination as getting admission in reputed institutions mattered. He also threw light on his childhood struggles and asked the students to face the challenges of life fearlessly with resolve and unwavering determination.

Dr. Pongkhu Monwangham, MO, CHC, Longding in his inspiring speech described the many struggles he had to undergo when he was a student.

Earlier, Principal M. Hosai appreciated the initiative of the Deputy Commissioner saying that this would immensely benefit the students.

Denhang Bosai and DK Tyagi, ST also spoke on the occasion and urged the students to take maximum benefit out of the awareness programme. DIPRO



Demonstration on scientific agri technologies

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: A one-day demonstration programme on the Scientific Agricultural Technologies was organized for the farmers by the technical staff under Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) and the Scientists of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum Pare at Nirjuli Rural Haat on July 28.

Altogether 50 farmers including 20 farm women from different parts of the Papum Pare district participated in the programme.    While resource person Moji Kamduk, ADO highlighted the importance of soil sampling and soil testing, Joram Tako, RO delivered on importance of soil treatment. Other topics included importance of seed and seed treatment by Debasish Kar, AFA (Sr.), importance of crop protection using Bio-control Techniques by Michi Mamung, A.D.O, importance of organic cultivation on maize and soybean     by Tadang Meena SMS(Agro.).  H. Thongbam SMS (Horti.) presented a demonstration on the topic Organic cultivation on turmeric and its post harvest technologies.

The day long programme was conducted under the supervision of N.Pertin, PD-ATMA, Papum Pare.



8th Independence Running Trophy Football

Itanagar FC, All Chimpu FC win

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: Itanagar FC and All Chimpu FC won their respective match against Anung Kabak 47 FC and Vivek Vihar FC in equal margin of 2-0 goals on the 4th day of the 8th Independence Running Trophy Football Tournament 2012 at KV No playground here today.

Taksing Tai and Manpumg scored a goal each for Itanagar FC in 10th and 40th minutes while the scorers for All Chimpu FC were Kegi Bai (20 min) and Lee Ete (56th min).

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News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/9856060490.


Mopung-Molom road link disrupted

Aalo, Jul 30:  Mopung-Molom road connecting Rumgong Patum PWD road West Siang District has been disrupted due to blockade at many places caused by heavy down pour.

The Mopung-Molom road constructed under PMGSY is the life line of people residing in Rumgong Sub-division. The people of the area has appealed to the concern department for early restoration of the road to ease the suffering of the people at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the flash flood has also destroyed and damaged large wet rice drop fields of Keyor area of Mopung village. The relief assessment team led by ADC Rumgong, ZPM and ADO Rumgong visited the flood damaged area recently and assessed the properties lost. They appealed to the govt. for grant of  immediate relief of Rs. 1 crore to the affected villages. DIPRO


Union demands for ST quota

ITANAGAR, July 30: Papum Pare Unemployed Engineers’ Association in a letter to Chairman and Managing Director, NEEPCO Ltd, Meghalaya appealed him  to reconsider its recruitment criteria and  reserve Schedule Tribe (ST) quota in its recruitment policy.

It further urged the NEEPCO authority to conduct interview at respective project affected area and threatened to launch movement against NEEPCO at respective project office if their demands are not fulfilled.


Mathematics orientation camp

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: VKV Nirjuli organized a three days Mathematics Orientation Camp for the Mathematics teachers at the Vidyalaya from July 28.

The camp discussed at length the ways and methods to teach Mathematics in a user friendly way and make it fun.  The Resource person for the camp Dr. PK Chaurasia, Dept. of  Science  and Mathematics, NCERT, New Delhi said it has five basic characteristics-  precision, definition, reasoning, coherence and purposefulness.

More than 50 teachers participated in the camp and gathered valuable tips on teaching.


Disaster Management Rally organized

Aalo, Jul 30: Disaster Management Rally was organized by the Department of Disaster Management, West Siang District at different location at Rumgong, Kamba, Kaying and Aalo from July 19 to 26 with support team from Fire Service Department and 19 Grenadiers Army Aalo.

This rally was organized in order to make better understanding of pre and post-disaster management activities and to sensitize the youth and the people for any form of disaster.

While attending the sensitization meeting of all the line department and training programme of NGOs, CBOs and student volunteers at Aalo Kangki Darang, ADC said it is not only the responsibility of the department but responsibility of all of us to take precaution for any eventuality.

N. Dorjee,  DDMO West Siang presented a PowerPoint presentation of Dos and Does not of Disaster Management.

The programme concluded with Mock drill presented by Fire Service Department and 19 Grenadiers Army Aalo.


Seminar on age verification held

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: A seminar on BCCI’s new methods of age verification of players and its importances was held here on July 29.

The new method, known as the TW3 (Tanner-Whitehouse3) bone maturation process, allows accurate estimation of a player's age by the analysis of x-rays of the lower end of the forearm of the players. According to BCCI, this would eliminate the cases of fraud during player selections at various age-group tournaments.

Office bearers Capital District Cricket Association, Papumpare District Cricket Association, Kurung Kumey District Cricket Association, Lower Subansiri District Cricket Association and Arunachal Women Cricket Committee attended the seminar.

The extensive programme was conducted  by Joram Anand as resources person and he was coordinated  by Rintu Phukan and Kabak Geda, according to an Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) release.


Public jubilant over highway alignment decision

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The general public of 12th Pakke-Kessang Assembly Constituency in East Kameng district expressed joy over the inclusion of Palin into the Trans Arunachal Highway alignment.  The inclusion of Palin into alignment was came after the public meeting held between the highway authority headed by chief engineer Bora Ete and public of area. Earlier according to map the highway alignment runs through Sede to Veo without touching Palin which was objected by the public of area.  Further people of said area decided  to extend its full cooperation to highway authority in executing the project.


Adult literacy prog by IDEA at Siyum

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The Catholic Mission at Siyum started a three-month-long Adult Literacy Programme to educate the illiterate people of the area.

Inaugurating the programme, Fr. Siju Jose, the Parish Priest of Siyum motivated the participants to put wholehearted effort to learn the lessons and be literate.

Sr. Josin SD, the local coordinator of IDEA explained the motive behind this programme which aims to make the people of the area literate for overall development. The participants expressed their willingness to learn to read and write by regularly attending the classes.

About 35 participants, mainly women are attending the classes regularly.

The programme includes classes and awareness programmes on social, health and economical issues.


DA declares bandh illegal

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The Capital Complex administration today declared the 36 hours govt office and vehicles bandh call proposed by Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization from 31 July illegal. The bandh call is a violation of fundamental rights of the citizens and it causes untold hardships to the common people particularly to the daily wage earners,  patients and business communities  and also causes  serious law and order problem. Further authority directed the superintendent of police Itanagar to take all necessary steps.

Meanwhile,  Capital Police, in a release, appealed to all to not cooperate with the bandh callers and help district administration and police in maintaining peace and tranquility in capital complex.

“The proposed 36 hours capital bandh call given by a organization demanding immediate arrest of culprits involved in journalist shooting case is uncalled for and illegal and interfering in the smooth progress of the investigation,” Capital SP Hibu Tamang said in a release.


Environmental awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The members of Environment Protection Society (EPS) has organised environmental awareness campaign on forest and wildlife  at VKV Kitpi yesterday. The  programme was sponsored by the Department of forest and Environment under CAMPA and conducted by the resource persons including  senior medical officer Dr. Wangdi Lama Range officers Hania and  Victor.

Addressing the gathering, the dignitaries including Tawang DFO B Pradhan and CO Kitpi Tenzin Jambey called upon the people to stop hunting and poaching completely and also check rampant killing of wildlife.

While emphasizing on mass tree plantation and need of organising more such awareness campaign, the guests highlighted the ill-effect of the global warming and strictly advocated against use of plastics.

At the end of the programme the EPS President  Jambey Dondu presented a  CD  containing one of the episode of ‘Satyameva Jayate’, which  describes the ill-effects of the use of pesticides. A large number of people participated in the programme.


ICAR, Basar Felicitates Women SHG & Entrepreneur

ITANAGAR, Jul 30:  ICAR, Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar felicitated Pajo Women Self Help Group and progressive women entrepreneur Aruna Riba of Kadi village, Basar on July 28 last.

Attending the function, Dr. R Bhagawati, Joint Director briefed about the importance of group activities and appealed all SHGs and progressive women farmers to work hard to make Basar proud of them.

Jonya Basar, Chairperson of Basar Anchal Samiti lauded the role played by ICAR, Basar in transforming the society and improving the livelihood of the common people.

He appealed to all women participant to work in a group mode and to use the ICAR given all food processing equipments for income generating activities.

Bajaj Microwave Oven, Bajaj Food Factory and Demand Draft of Rs. 8060 and sample jam bottles (empty) were distributed to the Pajo Women Self Help Group and Aruna Riba by the ASM.

The President of Pajo Self Help Group Hengam Nyodu and individual progressive entrepreneur Aruna Riba expressed their heartfelt thanks to ICAR and KVK and assured that their activities will be exemplary and visible in the society. They thanked all the staff of ICAR and KVK for rendering their technical support.


Provide facilities to Anganwadi centers

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union Kurung Kumey district alleged that the concerned authority is not providing essential facilities to Anganwadi workers and helpers at Anganwadi centres of Kurung Kumey district.

It urged the Director, Social Welfare and Child Development to disburse the necessary items within August. It also appealed to the state government to intervene into the matter and direct the concerned authority to issue the  basic facilities like TA/DA, SNP items and medicines particularly at Sarli, Damin, Parsi Parlo, Tali, Pip-Sorang and Chambang.






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

People have high expectation from Capital police

Dear Editor,

The arrest of 11 attackers and identification of mastermind behind April 15 attack on leading daily of state The Arunachal Times has come as relief for law loving citizen of state. Capital Police in particular SP Hibu Tamang and his team of officers deserve appreciation for putting all efforts to solve the case.

Now there is genuine believe among citizens that capital police will soon solve the inhuman and cowardice act of attack on Tongam Rina. People have high  expectation from capital police and we hope they will not disappoint ordinary citizens.  In the last couple of few years The Arunachal Times has emerged as voice of poor Arunachalee and Tongam Rina has become the face of new Arunachal who will not bow down to money, political and muscle pressure. Therefore, by attacking Arunachal Times and Tongam Rina, the criminal minded people are trying to suppress the voice of unheard and unseen citizens. However, their motive was backfired as attack on Tongam Rina has angered entire citizen of state and genuine hate for criminal minded people have developed after this incident.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki often says he will make state capital Itanagar a crime free zone. Now he has best opportunity to turn his statement into action. It is well known fact that the alleged mastermind of April 15 attack is a person who has blessing of influential persons. If he is not arrested and given exemplary punishment, people will think that CM has bowed down to the pressure from masters of April 15 main accused who will use any means to protect their puppet gunda. People are closely watching the activities of CM and Capital Police. If any wrong step, you all have to pay big price in coming days.


T Tahin, Naharlagun.



Malicious and baseless allegation

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news item published in this daily on July 21 wherein it was alleged by the All Adi Youth Association that some teachers of Kebang Secondary School are engaged in business instead of concentrating on their duty.

How comes such an association can issue abstract statement without any authentic and specific proof.

The question of neglecting the duties and engaging in business do not arise at all as because in the education system we have DDSE in the district, ADEO in block level and PTA, SMDC within the locality that constantly monitor and supervise the day-to-day school administration.

Apart from this school is a learning institution free from politics, religion, caste, colour, creed etc. So, one needs to cooperate and suggest if any thing goes wrong in open forum of SMDC, PTA meeting. No problem can be solved in this way. Thus, in a nutshell, the statement given by the Association is totally inequitable and malicious.

The mischief activities of the association may create chaos and confusion in the mind of people and it may mislead the people of the state in the wrong way.

We don’t like to criticize and condemn the Association but it’s sole purpose should be  to serve the mankind, putting down the problem of people as  because the strong-hold of association contains four element i.e. purity, truth, unity and innovative.

So in reply to the statement given by the Association we the teachers of Kebang Secondary School would like to highlight some of the obstacles in the way  of teaching-learning process.

Firstly, the Kebang Community hall was constructed inside the school premises. So the villager often assemble here for sorting out local meeting which in turn create lot of hue and cry and hamper the ongoing school teaching and learning process.

Secondly, we the teachers of Kebang Secondary School are living in state of constant fear and confusion as because in the midnight, the local youth from the village throw stones at our residence and the elder of village pay no heed to our complaint.

Thirdly, school is a sacred place and it is known to be temple of learning with certain rules, norms and regulation. But to our dismay, this norms and rules are infringed by the frequent visit to  the  school and staff room by the local people during the class hours in spite of the wide protest by the teachers.

In spite of all the obstacles and hindrances, we the teachers of Kebang Secondary School put all our efforts and dedication in our duties to give fruitful education to our students.

We have never taken our problems and grievances to the higher authority because we believe in ourselves and manage all the problems through the joint and collective efforts of all the teachers.

So, we  would like to ask  the people of Arunachal Pradesh, why the teachers always become the object of criticism in spite of their best efforts. Why the words like ‘applaud’ and ‘appreciation’ seem to be  miles  away from the teachers  in spite of the golden works they do.

This loose and cheap talk won’t distract us from fulfiling our commitment towards our duties and student. Finally, it is a mass appeal to any concern individual or organization that if our conduct and attitude in school administration is not in proper way, then we will pave the way for the new team to handle the affair of the school in a better way.


Teachers  of Kebang Secondary School



Karsingsa is suitable location

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the news item regarding selection of new site for Greenfield Airport at Hollongi which was published in a section of local daily on July 30.  We, the local leaders of Karsingsa, Banderdewa area, strongly raise our objection to the selection of new site for the airport. The state Govt had already spent an amount of more than three crore on survey and investigation for the airport. The foundation stone of  the airport was laid by then Home Minister Shivraj Patil during 2008.

Shifting of project site after huge expenditure will put extra burden to the state Govt. Moreover, we had donated land free of cost for the project. Hollongi, being a boundary disputed area, construction of airport there may create law and order problem.

As per survey and investigation report prepared by the expert committee, Karsingsa is the most suitable location for establishment of airport. Frequent change of location will only hamper the smooth and early implementation of the project.

In case of change of present project site Karsingsa to any other location, it will compel us to start democratic movement against injustice.


A Kipa Loram and

Charu Kasa

Public leaders, Karsingsa, Banderdewa



Please wake up

Dear Editor,

Since the attack on Tongam Rina, some of our friends have been recalling the success and failure of our home department in the past. It was observed that none of cases relating to attack on media and media offices have been solved so far. We want the media persons continue their pressure to nab the culprit/s.

Please wake up. Giving no importance to media fraternity is like hitting your own foot with an axe.


Pebi Lombi, Tirbin


Water woes

India’s burgeoning cities are struggling to provide their residents with basic services. No Indian city receives piped water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Raw sewage often overflows into open drains, polluting ponds, rivers, and groundwater.

There is a clear need to revamp the  water supply system in urban area with a further 10 million people expected to move into the urban areas each year. Recognizing this, the Indian government has been implementing an ambitious urban renewal program for the past five years. However, creating infrastructure alone will not solve the problem; the management of urban water supply services will also need to be addressed to arrive at a sustainable solution.  

To find a way forward, the World Bank and India’s central Ministry of Urban Development, recently brought out a report, “Improving Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Services – Lessons from Business Plans for Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Haryana and International Good Practices.”

The report finds that while towns in Haryana, for instance, had the highest average quantity of water available per person per day, supply was irregular and varied widely between seasons. Towns in Maharashtra, on the other hand, had less water available but benefited from a more regular supply. Rajasthan, the desert state, had the least availability of water and the least reliable supply, with only 162 out of the state’s 222 towns receiving water every day.

Many experts believe that there must be clear cut role and responsibility for policy makers and service providers for judicious use of water.