July 06

RGU results out

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the B.A.II Year (Pass & Hon) and B.A.III year (Pass &Hon) results today.

The University has asked the students whose result have been kept withheld to submit their result of BA I and II year along with original mark sheet.


Budget session begins on July 7

Itanagar, Jul 05: The Budget session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh will commence from July 7.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who holds Finance portfolio, would present the state's annual budget for the year 2015-16 on July 15, while discussion on the budget would be held on July 20 and 21, Assembly officials informed.

Speaker Nabam Rebia informed that the sitting of the Assembly would be held only in the morning sessions for its smooth and effective conduct to avoid frequent VIP movement on the NH 415, when surface communication was disrupted in the state capital due to landslides and flood triggered by incessant rain recently. PTI


IHRA cautions DA over unrecognised schools

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: The International Human Rights Association (IHRA) East Kameng district Unit today cautioned the district administration not to accept any application from private educational institutes for affiliation. In a letter to the Deputy Commissioner East Kameng district, IHRA district unit stated that many private schools are mushrooming in the district without having government recognition and affiliation. Many private schools are illegally issuing certificates and mark-sheets to the students, the association added. It sought district administration intervention to take action against unrecognised schools.


Society appeals for peace

ITANAGAR, Jul 5: While vehemently condemning the July 1 incident of Bogdo, Aalo in West Siang district wherein two individuals had involved in physical altercation following a land allotment dispute, the All Libo Ramo Bokar Welfare Society (ALRBWS) Itanagar today appealed the civil society organisations of Aalo in particular and West Siang in general not to give it a communal colour.

Stating that the incident was purely an individual case and nothing to do with any community or tribe, the Society appealed the public of West Siang particularly youths to refrain from giving it a communal colour. It alleged that some individuals or groups are trying to give it communal tone in social networking sites.  

Any kind of differences should be sorted out sitting together through dialogue; the Society said and requested the people to desist from taking the law into their own hands. Guilty should be dealt with iron hand no matter who commits it. Everyone is equal before the eyes of law. Let law takes its own course, the Society said and appealed for peace and tranquility for the larger interest of the people of district.

Meanwhile, the Society also appealed the local administration, Galo Welfare Society (GWS) and all other organisations to intervene into the matter so that the same is resolved amicably.


Governor extends birthday greetings to His Holiness Dalai Lama

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has extended warm greetings and most esteemed regards to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday.

Conveying good wishes to His Holiness on behalf of people of the State, the Governor prayed for his good health and long-life in the service of humanity. PRO Raj Bhawan


Class-1 contractors write to minister

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: The Class-I Registered Contractor Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CIRCAAP) has written to Union Minister of Road Transport and Highway demanding for prioritisation of local contractors in allocating works under Trans-Highway. The association in its memorandum claimed that the works and contract of Trans-Arunachal Highway have been awarded to  outsiders resulting to poor quality of works and inordinate delay in execution. The association further alleged that most of the works have been executed by the outsiders are slow and poor quality.

Claiming that tender participation limit for the local contractors by the state government in Trans Arunachal Highway is Rs 30 crore, the contractor association stated it arbitrarily deprived the local contractors from participating as TAH package started from Rs 40 crore.  The association has demanded the union minister to lower down the package amount from Rs 40 to Rs 30 crores.


BJP says AAPYF acting on behest of vested interests

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: The Arunachal Pradesh Unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that the Press statement given by All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum” (AAPYF) against the party was illogical and without any iota of truth.

The press statement was nothing but an abrupt attempt to defame the party and malign its image before public, BJP Spokesperson Techi Necha said in a release.

The party alleged that AAPYF was acting on the behest of the some certain vested elements to protect and safeguard the financial mismanagement by the ruling Congress Government in the state.


Students union provides beds to hostel

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: A team of All Lohit District Student's Union (ALDSU) yesterday visited the Tezu GHSS and its hostel buildings and provided 15 beds to the boys’ hostel.

The team interacted with the students in presence of the Principal of the school and advised them to maintain strict discipline, peace and brotherhood among fellow students.

Encouraging them to study hard for bright future, ALDSU also announced to provide merit scholarships of Rs.10,000 to those students of class X, XI and XII, who secure more than 70 percent marks in the final examinations.

A volleyball set each was also provided to the borders of both boys and girls hostels by ALDSU.


Training on digital locker system

ROING, Jul 05: A training programme on digital locker system was conducted for the government officials at NIC district centre, here as part of the Digital India Week celebration.

The participants included computer operators, clerical staff and other officials of various Govt. departments, public sector organisations, district administration etc.

Yagru Linggi, DIO, NIC Roing highlighted about the various aspects of Digital Locker System and informed the gathering that Aadhaar Card is a must for creating Digital Locker account. He highlighted the significance of Digital Locker System which is expected to reduce lot of administrative overheads in days to come.

While C.W Namshoom, ADIO, NIC Roing demonstrated the Digital Locker website https://digitallocker.gov.in/, walked through the steps for creating a Digital Locker Account using an Aadhaar Number of one of the participants. He practically demonstrated upon how an account holder can store and access e-signed authenticated e-documents from the Digital Locker portal. He also spoke about Jeevan Pramaan – an online application for generating Digital Life Certificate for pensioners.

Around 35 trainees from various govt. departments took part in the training. Digital Locker accounts of some of the participants were also created during the training session.  

Essay, drawing and painting competitions were also conducted in the District Headquarter, Roing on the topic “Information Technology in Todays Age” at Govt. Higher Secondary School Roing for senior level students of class 9 to 12 yesterday.

The drawing and painting competition was conducted at VKV, Roing on the topic “Digital World” for the junior level (class 6 to 8). The topic for the Sub-Junior level (class 3 to 5) was “Any Electronics Gadget of Interest”.

The competitions were conducted by the Digital India Week celebration committee in collaboration with National Informatics Centre (NIC), Dept. of Secondary Education Roing, VKV Roing and Govt. Higher Secondary School, Roing. DIPRO


News Impact

Arunachal celebrates Dree festival

Preseve and promote folk songs and dances: Governor Rajkhowa

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: Dree festival was celebrated at several places across the state today.

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa taking part at the Dree Festival of Apatani Tribe at Dree Festival Ground, Itanagar today said that the folk dances and folk songs of all the tribes must be preserved and promoted.

Governor said that people must be encouraged to celebrate their festivals to preserve the age-old cultural treasure.

Attending the first local festival of the State after assuming the charge as the constitutional head of the State, the Governor said that festivals promote amity and the people must observe it and whole heartedly participate.

The Governor said that Apatanis are known for their indigenous paddy-cum-fish culture cultivation system. This practice is unique and is known to enhance ecological sustainability, he said.

Ramesh Negi, Chief Secretary said that the festival is related to nature and all effort must be made to preserve the nature. The Chief Secretary emphasised that with time, the people should modernise and develop their society but at the same time they must be firmly rooted to their traditions and culture. He added that department of research and Art and Culture are putting effort to document the age old cultural heritage of the State.

Briefing on the mythology of Dree, Radhe Tajung, Vice Chairman of Dree Festival Celebration Committee said that the Dree is the main agricultural festival of Apatani. The Apatanis are ardent agriculturists and the origin of Dree is directly related to the origin of paddy seeds and agricultural practices of the community.

The occasion of performing rituals for good harvest during the year came to be known as Dree and have been performed by Apatanis since time immemorial. The Festival Celebration Committee Chairman, Er. Kago Tabyo and Secretary Nani Khambo also spoke on the occasion. A colourful cultural programme was presented on the occasion depicting the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Apatani community. Participating in the festivity, the Governor and First Lady Rita Rajkhowa took part in the ‘Daminda’ dance. The Governor presented citation award to Nani Challa for his exemplary social service as well as academic excellence awards to students from the community who had excelled in the board examinations. The Governor released the Dree Festival souvenir on the occasion, while First Lady released an audio CD titled ‘Aane’. The final of the traditional wrestling (Giibii) of Apatani Tribe was conducted.

Ziro, the home of the industrious Apatani witnessed the colourful celebration of Dree festival with full traditional fervour and gaiety here at Dree ground today.

Chairman Dree festival-cum-Local MLA, Tage Taki while briefing the importance of the festival said that it is agricultural based and being celebrated to pay respects to the nature.

Speaking at the occasion President of Tanw Supun Dukun(TDS) Dr. Hage Loder urged the community to preserve the age old tradition and culture.

Apatani culture and tradition is well known to the world and it is matter of pride that Ziro Valley is already being considered as a World Heritage Site”, added Loder.

Among others present were Deputy Commissioner K. Darang, SP Ziro, senior civil society members and other dignitaries.

At least seven villages from in and around the district head quarter Ziro is celebrating the festival under the banner of Central Dree Festival Committee Ziro at Hija ground.  Besides regular programmes, the traditional sports Hwru, folk dance, Miss Apatani beauty pageant will be the main attraction.

Central Dree Festival committee has also installed atleast 14 different food stall representing major tribes of the state. One can enjoy delicious traditional cuisine from all the stalls at a reasonable price, informed Secretary of the Festival, Hage Komo.

Roing: Dree was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety by the Apatani community of the district at the Multipurpose Hall here today. Festival goers in their beautiful Apatani traditional attire filled the atmosphere at the celebration site with a festive air.

Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture Mutchu Mithi congratulated the Apatani community on being one of the state's most advanced tribes, serving the state as well as the country in every field. "Our festivals are our identity. In our state we have so many beautiful festivals represented by different tribes. We should also have one festival to celebrate our state's unity in diversity. One identity that will identify us to the other states (and other countries) as an Arunachalee", said Mithi.

Taking part at the festivities, President DCC Chiliko Meto said, “Our culture and traditions are preserved through our festivals, and should always remain so".

Expressing sadness over the slowly fading traditional priest system, Meto said that each and every tribe must work on preserving this very important part of their cultural heritage, otherwise one day, it might not exist.

DC Roing Shiv Kumar, SP Roing Rajneesh Gupta, Panchayat leaders and Head of Departments of the district also attended the celebration.

Chairman of the Dree Celebration Committee, EE WRD Kago Rubo spoke about the Dree Mythology, which was followed by a string of cultural performances.



Water supply line damaged

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: Poma water supply line has been damaged last night due to torrential rainfall at Langkey point, 7 km away from Poma village. The restoration work shall start tomorrow morning which will take at least two weeks.

However water tankers shall be pressed into services to mitigate the crisis, said Tadar Mangku Executive Engineer, PHE Division Itanagar.



Arunachal can learn a lot from Ladakh

[ Taba Ajum ]

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: These days the name of Arunachal is becoming synonymous with the word ‘corruption’. Rest of India thinks that in our state no development takes place and only corruption prevails everywhere. This perception is badly hurting the image of brand Arunachal. Recently this journalist visited Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir with a group of friends.

Upon arriving at Leh town our local tour guide, one Mr. Sespal, who is a well known tour operator welcomed us. The moment we told him that we are from Arunachal Pradesh, he started sharing his experience of visiting our state. “Oh, please don’t mind but I had horrible time while visiting your state. I took foreign tourist from Itanagar to Pasighat via Ziro, Daporijo, Aalo. The road condition was terrible and honestly locals were unfriendly. Development is almost non-existent. We had so much expectation but Arunachal badly failed us”, said Mr Sespal. At first instant, his words pinched us and we were kind of not so happy with his harsh comment. However as the anger subsided, we started getting embarrassed by whatever loopholes he pointed out about Arunachal.

Next day, Mr Sespal introduced us to one Tashi Namgyal, a 50 year old local Ladakhi driver, who was supposed to take us around Ladakh region. During a casual interaction again the topic of corruption came up and we started sharing how badly it is affecting development of Arunachal. One of my friends told the Ladakhi host that during election in Arunachal, candidates have to spend crores of money to win the election. They were shell shocked to hear this. “If you take money during election, you have no right to criticise anyone. After selling yourselves how can you expect MLAs/MPs to develop your area? By accepting money, you open up window of opportunity to the MLAs to indulge in corrupt practices. In our Ladakh region no MLAs will win election second time if he/she does not properly use the government fund. Taking money during election time is out of question”, shared driver Tashi Namgyal. Despite being deprived of major fund, Ladakh region is way ahead of Arunachal in terms of human as well as area development. “Most of the developmental fund goes to Jammu (Hindu dominated) and Kashmir (Muslim) dominated. We receive the least funds but still our region is better developed. We value each penny and don’t allow politicians or government officials to misuse the money”, added Mr. Namgyal. It was an eye opener for us to see how much Ladakhi citizen care for the development of their homeland. As the tour started, we went to Nubra Valley passing through Khardungla pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. Nubra Valley stretches upto Pakistan border. Unfortunately during the journey from Leh to Nubra one of our tour-mate fell sick due to dehydration and high altitude sickness. She was admitted to a sub-district hospital at Disket. She had to spend one night in hospital to recover. We were amazed by the cleanliness and impressive infrastructure facilities available in a sub-district hospital. Adding to it, the staffs of hospital were very friendly and helpful unlike rude welcome we get in government run hospitals as well as at RKM Mission hospital, Itanagar. We got more surprise when staff told us that entire treatment was for free of cost. Likewise Ladakh region kept on surprising us on many fronts. Even though geographically it is situated in more hostile region than Arunachal Pradesh, they have better infrastructure facilities than ours. Ladakhis have truly embraced the development. Most of the areas are situated 10000ft above sea level. The region remains cut off from rest of the world due to heavy snowfall between November and April.

Some people might say that it is unfair to compare Ladakh with Arunachal Pradesh, but considering the similarity in geographical features the comparison is bound to happen. Ladakh is marching ahead because for its citizens the development of region is more important than individual growth. Their love for the homeland is an inspiration for everyone. Hopefully someday in future, the people of Arunachal will put development ahead of money.



Illegal earth cutting worsening road condition: Seva Dal

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) has blamed the rampant earth cutting as one of the main reasons for bad road condition in Capital Complex.

The state government is spending huge amounts for maintenance of roads in Capital Complex every year but natural calamities like landslides due to rampant earth cutting is causing widespread damage to the roads, stated Seva Dal Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha in a release.

Every capital dweller should contribute on their part in keeping the roads in good shape and they must not indulge in destructive activities like illegal earth cutting to ensure longevity of roads, Kaha appealed.  He also urged the State Govt. and department concerned not to compromise with the quality of work and verify the contractor concerned before awarding him any contract work. The State Seva Dal Chief also appealed to the state government to constitute monitoring/ vigilance committee to supervise construction works and public to stay vigilant on such work in their respective neighbourhood to ensure that quality of work is maintained.



MLA’s CGI sheet distribution and talent schemes launched

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: Indian Youth Congress General Secretary (I/c Arunachal Pradesh) Indrani Mishra has launched the ‘MLA CGI sheets distribution and Talent Scheme 2015-16’ for the people of Liromoba Assembly Constituency at Kamba, West Siang district on Friday in presence of a mammoth gathering, including all the HoDs and Panchayat leaders of Kamba.

Under the scheme, all the households under Liromoba Assembly constituency will be provided CGI sheets, said local MLA Nyamar Karbak. He distributed 50 CGI sheets per household under his MLAD fund on the occasion. Atleast 360 persons were covered in the first phase and rest will be covered very soon, he said. Sending strong message to the contractors and executing agencies, Nyamar said that zero tolerance policy will be adopted in his constituency in road construction, education and medical sectors as they hold the keys for rapid development of an area. He also cautioned all the government employees posted within his constituency to remain in their respective posting places.

The MLA also explained the vital roles of panchayat leaders in the development process and urged them to cooperate with him and work together for the sake of development brushing aside all party differences.

While launching MLA Talent Scheme 2015-16, Nyamar said, ‘No place can develop without civilization and no society can be civilized without education’.

Atleast 9 students who have secured more than 85 percent marks in class X and XII were provided laptops.

Addressing the people on the occasion, Indrani highly praised local MLA Nyamar Karbak for launching the schemes for the welfare of the people of his constituency. The INC general secretary hoped the constituency in particular will witness rapid development under the leadership of youth leader like Karbak, who had worked together with Rahul Gandhi before he joined in the state politics.

Nyiken Lollen, Kamba ADC, Gedo Kato, ZPM Kamba, Kenkar Yomcha, Secretary General INTUC Arunachal, Rinto Ete, President INTUC W/Siang District and Rippe Tali, President APLU West Siang District also spoke on the occasion.



AACWA welcome AAPSU move; but concerned over silence on poor CBSE result

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: The All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) welcomed the All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union (AAPSU)’s concerned over payment of the contractors’ pending bills.

Explaining the contractors’ pending bill issue, AACWA in a release claimed that the said released amount of Rs.108 crore was sanctioned by the Government of India in April this year. The amount, however, was allegedly diverted for payment of salary of the government employees, the release said.

AACWA had taken up the matter with the state government rigorously after it came to know the fact which resulted in constitution of a committee by the Chief Minister. It also informed that the committee during a meeting had agreed to release the payments for contractors pending bills of PMGSY immediately.

AACWA expressed gratitude to the state government for keeping their commitment. Meanwhile, AACWA expressed its unhappiness over poor results shown by the students of Arunachal Pradesh in the CBSE examination this year, which according to the association was lowest among the NE states.

But what has pained the association most was the stoic silence maintained on the matter by the associations for students’ welfare.

It is very regrettable that the associations working for the welfare of the students have neither raised any voice nor sought any clarification from the authorities concerned over poor CBSE result, the AACWA said.

Welcoming the decision taken by the state government to grant funds for flood-damage restoration works, development of infrastructure, like flyover and parking lots in twin capital cities, AACWA urged all contractors and executing departments not to compromise with quality of works by taking the advantage of urgency and deploy their site engineers at work places regularly to supervise works.



BJP’s Ram Madhav to visit Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: A meeting of the BJP State office bearers and senior leaders was held under the Chairmanship of Tamiyo Taga, Leader of Opposition at Party Head Office in Itanagar today in view of the two days State visit of National General Secretary, BJP, Ram Madhav. National General Secretary will meet the party functionaries, Civil Societies and other luminaries of the state and take first hand report of the state.

He will be accompanied by the MP (Lok Sabha Party In-charge, Arunachal Pradesh) Ramen Deka.

Besides, the State General Secretary Dominic Tadar informed the meeting that the National President Amit Shah along with BJP central leaders will be arriving at Guwahati on 14th July for the Maha Sampark Abhiyan of the party and address the party workers from across the North Eastern Region.

The General Secretary also announced the ambitious target of BJP to train 15 lakhs party cadres across the country which will begin in Arunachal Pradesh at Pasighat, where the State Level Maha Prashikshan Abhiyan Workshop will take place on Aug 7 and 8.

The party top leaders, State Office Bearers and Morcha Heads attended the meeting and gave final shape to the programme.



Governor, CM congrats Ranphoa Ngowa

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki congratulated Ranphoa Ngowa for cracking the prestigious UPSC examination-2014. He was the lone candidate from the state this year to achieve the feat.

“Ngowa has made all Arunachalees proud by his achievement”, said the Governor in his message.

Rajkhowa expressed the hope that his success will motivate and inspire many more youths from Arunachal Pradesh to compete in the combine civil services examination in the years to come.

The Governor wished him for a bright career and hoped he will serve the nation as a public servant with utmost dedication and commitment.

Rajkhowa also congratulated Ngowa’s parents, guardians and people of Tirap for the success.

In his appreciation letter, the CM wrote “You have done it !”. “I was elated by the news of you cracking the prestigious UPSC examination.” “Going by your track record, I was personally very confident that you would overcome this elite civil services examination - 2014 with flying colours. And by securing all India rank of 1191, you have proved me right”, the CM said.

While congratulating Ngowa on behalf of the state government and on his own behalf, Tuki termed the achievement as a result of sincere effort and hard work.

“You have already become a role model for the youth of the state to emulate and I am sure, you will continue to put your best foot forward and bring many more laurels to our tribal State. We are proud of you!”, the letter further read.



Second round of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched


PASIGHAT, Jul 05: The Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) launched the second phase “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” by organising a cleanliness drive at Two-Mile under Ward No 12 yesterday, wherein local residents actively took part.

Launching the cleaning drive, Pasighat Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Deepk Shinde urged the residents to contribute in keeping the area neat and clean by regularly cleaning garbage and domestic waste.

Kangge Moyong, who is representing PMC Ward-12, requested the dwellers of his ward to come forward and join the mission. He also requested his councilor colleagues to conduct such cleanliness drive on regular basis.



PRI leaders & HODs urged to be pro-active and committed

BOMDILA, Jul 05: ADC (HQ) P Sora, in-charge Deputy Commissioner reiterating on the importance of the various centrally sponsored schemes, called upon the PRI leaders and the HoDs to adopt a holistic approach and to be pro-active and committed in implementing the various centrally sponsored schemes in the district.

He was addressing the HoDs and the PRI leaders in the one day orientation programme on awareness and importance of the Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) at the Minority Concentration Block Dirang in the district the day before which was sponsored by the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA).

He called for the active participation of the PRI members right from the formulation of Block level proposals till monitoring and evaluation of the projects.

Earlier, Senior Research Assistant, District Planning Unit H Taipodia dealt at length on the MsDP guidelines and its mechanisms. He dealt on the present status of the projects being implemented under MsDP along with photographs of the completed and the on-going projects in the district. (DIPRO)



TTUSC lift 1st DB Memorial Volleyball Trophy

ITANAGAR, Jul 05: Tame Tadu United Sporting Club (TTUSC) won the first Dumro Bayor Memorial District Level Volleyball Championship Trophy -2015.

TTUSC defeated APP-XI 3-2 in a five-set thriller in the final at Sippi general ground recently.

The winning team was awarded cash prize of Rs.25,000 along with the trophy while runners up team was given cash prize of Rs. 10,000 with a trophy.

G. Gyadu was adjudged as ‘player of the competition’. He was awarded Rs. 2000 along with a trophy.

Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom, Superintendent of Police Taru Gussar and DPO Samee Timba were also present on the occasion and gave away trophies and prizes.

Altogether, 9 prominent Volleyball clubs took in the competition.

Thousands of volleyball lovers witnessed the final match at Sippi general ground.

The memorial volleyball championship with theme “'Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Sports” was organized by Sigin-I Panchayat in collaboration with District Olympic Association (DOA).

Moreover, the District Vector Borne Disease Control Society, Daporijo (DVBDCS) organized a malaria awareness campaign on the sideline of closing ceremony of the tournament.

Dr. T Niren, DVBDCPO, briefed about the causes and Japanese Encephalitis and advised all to use medicated mosquito net being provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

Long lasting insecticidal mosquito nets were distributed among the villagers of Sippi by ZPM Tayom Mothu.


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Crucial visit

Starting tomorrow Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a visit to five central Asian Countries and Russia. Modi’s visit to countries like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in Central Asia will be a landmark one. These central Asian countries constitute an important group of nation. Most of these countries are Muslim majority and in this time of rising ISIS militant activities across globe, the central Asian countries can play a pivotal role.

 Also these countries are rich in mineral resources. India’s growing energy needs can be somewhat fulfilled by tapping resources from countries like Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan etc. They are also potential market for the Indian goods. Kazakhstan is already India’s largest trading partner in Central Asia. Adding to the attraction, Indian culture including Bollywood movies is very popular in the region. Therefore keeping this in mind, India stands to gain by forging close relationship with the central Asian countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s visit to these countries has come in right time. Indian diplomats should make maximum use of the visit and develop closure business as well as strategic relation with the former Soviet republic countries.




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Let Arunachal bloom too

Dear Editor,

The land of the rising sun, Arunachal Pradesh has been blessed with enormous natural beauty. The same however is at deteriorating condition due to apathetic attitude of the authorities. The poor town planning and lack of infrastructure development is placing our state to ugly countenance. The recent occurrences of landslides, water logging, floods, and destruction of roads are a major problem for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The feeble roads get destroyed in seconds.

These problems demand an answer. Therefore the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh should set up a committee to examine the loopholes in the town planning and in the construction of the infrastructures.

A Committee to go deep into the matter and discover answers to the problems which later would recommend for appropriate changes and measures. The recommendations of the said committee should be implemented and strictly supervised. This will be a very positive step towards the infrastructure development of the state. All these issues have been brought multiple times in newspapers but now it’s high time to accomplish this agenda    and to allow our state to bloom like a sunflower. 


Atu yekar

Rajiv Gandhi University



The decomposing and crying national highway

Dear Editor,

The disastrous conditions of the capital road are really a great concern for all. It seems the national highway is highway for name sake only. It lacks both in dimensions and beauty. There is no proper drainage system and maintenance takes place at pathetic rates. Hence, we travel in the worst highway a capital city can ever have. There are accidents, heavy traffic and arguments on the national highway. The road has become an accident prone zone. Many have lost their lives and many more are in queue.

Cleanliness is far away. You will find garbage dumped along the roadside and bottles thrown on the road. The road stinks and the public suffers.

The area between Itanagar and Naharlagun lurks in darkness as soon as the sun sets which is very pitiful and heartbreaking. Again for name sake, the electric posts have been erected without the power connection. It becomes very dangerous to travel during night. The public suffers there too when a mishaps occurs at such neglected road which is also a part of the national highway. The condition of the road is always the same. No one talks about it. Neither the students union nor the politicians. And it’s a big shame for the government that we are unable to maintain even the only road of the state capital.

The lives are at stake always. The road needs proper planning and maintenance. Its beauty has to be nurtured again. Therefore, I, as a denizen of this sombre valley urge the concerned bodies-the politicains, the officers and also the students unions to take the issue seriously and work on it. We should never forget that – The NH 52 is the gateway to Arunachal. Its condition reveals a lot about the state.


Biku Jaipu




An open letter to Chief Minister!

Dear Editor,

Driving all the way from Pasighat via Assam on comfortable roads, my friend from Delhi who had come to visit the state was all shocked to experience and see the road conditions of the twin capital city of Arunachal Pradesh.

Annoyed and disturbed a lot by riding on the Kutcha roads (fully sweating even with the AC on) and on involving horrid full four hours to cover a short distance of 11 kilometres (Naharlagun to Itanagar) he asked me, “What is your Govt. doing regarding the only kind of Kutcha roads of a capital city in the country? Can’t they build proper roads and maintain them at par with other capital cities in the country? Who is the CM and what is he doing regarding the kind of Jurassic roads in the capital in this 21st century? I have never seen these kinds of the Jurassic roads of a capital in this twenty first century in any state. This is why people all over the country say that Arunachal Pradesh is totally aligned still with the Neolithic age in all fronts from roads to infrastructures, even in this cyber age, whereas, people all over the world and even in India are already taking allotments to settle on the Mars.

Being one among the waveringly faithful, sincere, and above all, deaf, dumb and blind to the state of the affairs of the state an Arunachal Indigenous Citizen, I was so embarrassed for and on your behalf but, as I was compelled by my friend to reveal your name (hesitantly, with all my due respect even in taking your name) I told him “He is our most Honoured, humble, respected, beloved “Mananiyah Mukhya Mantri Shrijut Nabam Tuki ji”.

And the rest discussions and comments cannot be written down here as it was in fact, not on a good taste for you, in comparing your nobility with the kind of performing Chief Ministers and the kind of capital roads other states are gifted with, with the same amount of money invested every year in maintaining the twin capital roads.

My friend left hesitantly back for Delhi cutting short his scheduled visit to the erstwhile’ Arunachal University when I apprised him that the roads to the university is ‘also not so good’ to travel.

And yesterday while I was listening to the All India Radio Itanagar News aired exactly at 7:45 pm, I chanced upon to hear that you have sanctioned Rs. 15 crore for construction of the capital roads, all over again, since a huge amount of money in crores were sanctioned to improvise the present Kutcha roads of the capital city, some six months back only, which I fully believe went to the drains even without construction of side drains anywhere along the road.

I was overjoyed with the news and I have made a resolve to invite my friend again to Itanagar, the moment your sanctioned amount of Rs. 15 crores is ‘executed’ by the Minister concerned, the Bureaucrats concerned, the Engineers and the Contractors and just before the black and carpeted roads turn to all muddy and natural frog habitats/ponds, all over again to Kutcha roads after one or two months ‘after the money sanctioned is distributed ‘evenly’ on the making of the roads by the Minister, Engineers and the Contractors. I shall invite my friend to recompense my embarrassment I got from him all because of you and on your behalf and show him the kind of roads that our most ‘expert’ engineers and contractors would have built by then.

In that particular time, I appeal you to give me the privilege to let my friend, skate down the roads on roller skates, rather than in a car from Itanagar to Naharlagun, if possible by declaring a Skating Week (festival) as our state (Your Government) is famous for holding of varieties of festivals and of all things to show it to my friend and let me say to him “See the kind of roads my respected and most beloved Mananiya Mukhya Mantri Shrijut Nabam Tuki ji has constructed under his personal strict monitoring. I would want to show him that now; it takes only 26 minutes time that too, by skating on roller skates to cover a distance of 11 kilometres which used to be a niggling four hours journey in a car.

Chief Minister, I fully look forward to you this time, even hoping more than the word hope can ever mean, that the road executing agency won’t fail my/our aspirations and give us a splendid shining road like the skin of a King Cobra, with beautiful and functional side drains by utilizing and investing all the money sanctioned for the road, on construction of the road, lest, they all get richer overnight without any official known source of income.

And stretching out my emboldened ’57 inch chest’ with all pride, I can tell my friend that this is the Rs. 15 crore road that our most beloved, humble, noble, honoured, humane “Mananiya Mukhya Mantri Shrijut Nabam Tukiji” has given to the people of the state. Can any other state Chief Minister beat this?


Vijay Taram,

Tebo, Pasighat

East Siang






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