July 25

‘Hello Doctor’

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Dr. Nabum Budh will reply to the listeners’ queries on Anaemic diseases and treatments during Arun FM’s (103.1 MHz) live phone-in-programme "Hello Doctor" on July 25.

Listeners may call to the doctor from 8 PM to 8.30 PM (tele: 0360-2292239).


Enhancement of APL rice sought

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Informing that the monthly allocation of Rice for APL in Lohit district is far less than the ration card based requirements, the state consultative member,  Food Corporation of India, Drengso Pul has called for its enhancement. He has written to the minister food and civil supply in this regard.

While also informing that supply of other PDS items such as Sugar, Wheat and Salt was stopped in 2013, he asked for resuming the supply with immediate effects.


Patanjali Arogya Kendra inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The PHE & WS minister Takam Pario yesterday inaugurated a new Patanjali Arogya Kendra at Akashdeep market. The new store run by Itanagar based Melody Traders will cater all grocery products of Patanjali.  

Inaugurating the Patanjali Arogya Kendra, PHE minister assured his full support for the business community of Capital Complex.

Dr AK Pandey who is the in charge of Patanjali Arogya Kendra Arunachal informed that Patanjali products are made of natural resources and people will benefit from using it.


School without sufficient teachers

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Govt. Hr. Secondary School, Seijosa under East Kameng district is running short of teaching and non-teaching staff which is adversely affecting the academics of students.

Providing a copy of the information obtained from the School Principal, the Seijosa ZPM in a release said that the school is running without senior Economics teacher since 2013 and Chemistry teacher since April this year. Further, the school has no Junior Teachers for PCB, English, Music and Social Science, the ZPM said.

Adding to the students’ problem, the Junior Teachers of PCM and Hindi are retiring in September this year, the ZPM said. He also informed that Senior Mathematics teacher is on maternity leave since last month. Moreover, one post of LDC and Peon/CCM each is also lying vacant since 2010, whereas one UDC is on leave since February this year. Further, no Vice Principal has been posted in the school since August 2011, he added.

One can easily understand the plight of the students and the school under such situation, the ZPM said, and appealed to the higher authority of the Education Department to do the needful for early posting of required teachers and other staff.


Film growth in Arunachal encouraging: Chatung

ITANAGAR, July 24: With the release of three feature films in the recent past, the growth of film in Arunachal Pradesh is commendable and encouraging, said Taro Chatung, President of Arunachal Film Federation (AFF) here today.

Within this month three feature films titled “Diinsoping”, “Hiimii” and “Itanagar 0 km” have been released. While “Diinsoping” and “Hiimii” in Apatani dialect were released on July 1 at Ziro, the  third one “Itanagar 0 km” produced in Hindi language by Alison Welly was released  in various parts of Arunachal Pradesh on  July 11. Film lovers response and marketing of the films in Arunachal  were very good,  Chatung said.

Another film titled “Mwangkar” produced by Chopa Cheda, Mepu Phassang (Cheda) with co-producers Bukhe Flago and Tage Dodum will be released with a premier show at Sidhartha Hall here on July 26. The two talented young film makers Sambo Flago and Nabam Abo are the main persons to contribute in making of film “Mwangkar”.

In fact, all the producers and co-producers of above mentioned four films are first timers whose contributions in growth of films in the state is truly appreciable and encouraging for younger generation of this state, the AFF president said.


Dolo calls for quality education

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: MLA cum Principal Advisor to the CM, Kameng Dolo today emphasised on quality education for benefiting the society. He was speaking on the occasion of the XII-Pakke-Kessang People’s Consultative Meet-2015 cum felicitation programme at Science Centre, IG Park here. “We need to nurture students through quality education, who will be shouldering greater responsibilities in days to come for their society,” he said.

Expressing his dismay over the growing indiscipline amongst the student’s community, he exhorted the student leaders to take lead role for motivating the students to devote their time for their studies. He urged the students to refrain from involving in destructive activities which would spoil their future, adding that there is no short cut for achieving success in one’s life.

He later awarded merit certificates with cash amounts to the academic toppers and other achievers in APJEE, NE-II.


Enquiry against curtailment of PDS rice demanded

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) Upper Siang district today appealed to the Director, Food and Civil Supply Department to conduct an enquiry into alleged curtailment of PDS rice distribution to the ration card holders in the district.

Various Fair Price Shops (FPSs) within the district are issuing only 18 kgs of rice to each card holders against the actual allotment of 35 kg, AAPLU unit said. When 35 kgs of rice is not enough even for a week for a family, curtailment of the same is further aggravating the problems, the Union said. It further alleged that FPSs are also not distributing Wheat, Maize, Sugar etc. to the card owners.

Claiming that black marketing may be cause of meager distribution of PDS rice, it urged the department to conduct an initiate an enquiry if required to unearth the actual facts.


Steering committee stresses on intensifying IDCF

AALO, Jul 24: The district level Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight Steering Committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu at his office chamber today.

Addressing the gathering, the DC has given specific instructions to all administrative officers to attend the inaugural functions of the IDCF at their respective places to encourage the people. He also instructed the health department to involve children of the private schools and Anganwadis for grand success of the programme.

DMO, Dr. Marbom Basar and DFWO Dr. Kengo Ori disclosed that the programme from 27th July to 8th August is aimed to improve awareness generation on use of ORS and Zinc in childhood towards achieving ultimate goal of zero childhood Diarrhea deaths.  Key activities like home visits by ASHAs, promotional prescription of ORS and Zinc, ORS and Zinc corners for children, hand washing techniques, child feeding will be integral part of the programme.

DDSE, Dy. Director ICDS and officers from the medical department attended the function. DIPRO


District e-governance society meeting held

SEPPA, Jul 24: A meeting of district e-governance society was held under the chairmanship of East Kameng District DC Sandeep Kumar Singh at Kameng Hall today.

In the meeting, DLO-cum-member secretary DEGS, Gaurav Kumar reviewed the action taken report of the minutes of the last meeting and urged the various HoDs present to serve a copy of RTI related replies to DIO for uploading in district website and also sought suggestions for enhancement and improvement of the district website.

It was further decided in the meeting to soon start internet point at Bana and Chayang Tajo simultaneously with integration of kiosk facilities provided by the banks, rebuilding/renovation of CICs of Seppa, Chayang Tajo, Bameng and Pakke-Kessang, testing of modem of CIC NIC Seppa and installing it by August, regulation of rates of private BSNL broadband connection service providers and display of rates besides, regulation of rates of DSPT set by SDOT. The HoDs were also asked to furnish all details with photographs for uploading in the district website.  (DIPRO)


Extra seat for ST students at AUD

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Responding to a petition filed by North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS), the Vice Chancellor of Ambedkar University Delhi has agreed to create one supernumerary seat in every undergraduate programme for Scheduled Tribes (ST) students from outside the NCT of Delhi.

Eligible candidates will be offered admission in order of merit.

NEFIS on July 13 and 23 had protested against denial of reservation for ST students from outside NCT, Delhi for admission in undergraduate courses in Ambedkar University.


News Impact

Unaccountable PWD Aalo and Mechukha divisions in West Siang bend rules

CAG Report

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Public Works Department, one of the least respected government departments in the state has done it again. This time West Siang is under the scanner of Comptroller and Auditor General because of unexplainable work ethics chosen by the department.  

Due to execution of formation cutting work departmentally, Executive Engineer, PWD Aalo Division incurred avoidable expenditure of Rs. 98.60 lakh. Besides, the contractor was paid an extra Rs.16 lakh due to overlapping of Chainage in formation cutting.

The work for Nyorak to Rime-Moku Village in West Siang District under NLCPR’ was administratively approved (June 2007) by the Ministry of DoNER for Rs.989.75 lakh. Technical Sanction was accorded (August 2008) by the Chief Engineer for Rs.1,056.23 lakh. The work commenced in March 2008 and was completed in July 2013 at a cost of Rs 989.75 lakh. The work was partially done by the Department and partially by the contractor through a agreement.

Scrutiny of records of the Executive Engineer, PWD Aalo Division (September 2014), revealed that out of 9.200 km of formation cutting work (including clearance of grass, removing of rubbish and cutting of trees), 5.700 km (Chainage 3.500 km to 9.200 km) was awarded to M/s Siang Engineering by way of two lump sum agreements at Rs. 20 lakh per km. The construction firm commenced work in February 2008 and completed it in March 2009, for which it was paid Rs.1.30 crore. Formation cutting work of the remaining Chainage - from 0.000 km to 3.500 km was executed departmentally by incurring Rs.152.60 lakh. The total expenditure on formation cutting was Rs. 282.60 lakh as shown in the Financial Progress Report.

Had the Division awarded the work to the same construction firm (M/s Siang Engineering) by way of lump sum contract, the total expenditure for formation cutting would have been Rs.184 lakh calculated at the lump sum rate of Rs 20 lakh per km. Thus, by executing the work departmentally, the Division incurred extra expenditure of Rs.98.60 lakh (Rs 282.60 – Rs. 184 lakh).

Further, it was noticed that the 1st lump sum agreement was made with the firm (M/s Siang Engineering) from Chainage 3.500 km to 5.00 km (1.50 km), and accordingly, the firm was paid Rs.30 lakh (@ Rs. 20 lakh per km). The 2nd lump sum agreement was made with the firm for Chainage 4.200 km to 9.200 km at a cost of Rs. 100 lakh. Thus, the firm was paid twice for Chainage 4.200 to 5.00 km (0.80 km). Due to overlapping of Chainage, the Division incurred extra expenditure of Rs. 16 lakh (20 lakh x 0.80 km).

Due to excess expenditure of Rs. 98.60 lakh incurred on formation cutting, the Division reduced the scope of the technically approved RCC Bridge from a span of 30 metres to 24 metre, without assigning any reason. In addition, some other components of work were either less executed or not at all executed. Thus, compromises in quantity of some items of work were made due to deviation from the estimated provision so that the total cost of work could be restricted within the sanctioned cost while execution. This ia bound to adversely affect on the quality of the work.

The matter was reported to the Government in October 2014 and their reply is awaited (March 2015).

Due to execution of earthwork by manual means on maintenance of roads approachable by mechanical means, the Executive Engineer, PWD Aalo Division incurred an excess expenditure of Rs. 61.79 lakh.

Scrutiny of records of the Executive Engineer, PWD Aalo Division (September 2014), revealed that from February to March 2014, the Division incurred Rs 2.13 crore on execution of earthwork.

Arunachal Pradesh Schedule of Rates (APSoR), 2010 was adopted for execution of 62,275.11 cum of earthwork.

Rs 2.13 crore was incurred on maintenance work of Lipu Bagra to Jeye Bagra via Pigi Bagra Village and maintenance of Road from Higi Bagra to Jeye Bagra Village (5.00 km). The amount was paid at the rate of Rs 279.50 per cum with 22.5 per cent Cost Index over the APSoR 2010 rate, applicable for manual labour rate.

Excavation work was executed for maintenance of the two existing roads. Since the roads were approachable by mechanical means, the Division could have executed the work by engaging machinery at rates much lower than manual labour rates. Had this been done, the Division could have restricted the expenditure to Rs 1.51 crore.

Thus, the Division incurred extra expenditure of Rs 61.79 lakh (Rs 2.13 – Rs 1.51 crore) due to execution of work through manual instead of mechanical means. Response of the Government was awaited as on March 2015.

Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, Mechukha Division admitted the doubtful claim for carriage of 33.26 MT steel fabricated plates which led to payment of inadmissible head load charges of Rs. 22.36 lakh. Further, an excess expenditure of Rs. 48.61 lakh was incurred on head load charges due to allowing higher rate while making payment. As a result, abutment work of the bridge was not executed raising doubt about the construction of the bridge itself.

The Government of Arunachal Pradesh accorded (September 2011) administrative approval and expenditure sanction of Rs 1.99 crore new construction of Porter Tracks, Foot Suspension Bridge, Log Bridge on strategically important Border Tracks leading to Indo-China Border.  Looking into the needs of military forces like Army, ITBP, etc. the Government earmarked the fund for this project.

The project was funded through ‘Special Plan Assistance’ from Government of India.

Scrutiny (September 2014) of records of the Executive Engineer, PWD Mechukha Division, revealed that the work was stated to have been completed in March 2013 at a total cost of Rs 2.12 crore, which included Rs 62.09 lakh towards head load carriage charges of 92.35MT of fabricated steel plates from the road site to work site.

 Further scrutiny revealed that:

The fabricator (M/S B.W. and Co, Pasighat) delivered (February - March 2013) 59.09 MT of fabricated steel plates. Thus, the unfounded excess quantity of 33.26 MT (92.35 - 59 .09 MT), claimed to have been carried by head load, for which payment of Rs 22.36 lakh was doubtful.

Of the 92.35 MT, without authorisation or recorded reasons, the payment was made at higher rate of Rs 2.60 per km/kg for transportation of the remaining quantity of 61.84 MT by head, incurring excess expenses of Rs 48.61 lakh.

 Further, the abutment work of the bridge, for which there was a provision of Rs 80.46 lakh in the estimate, was not executed at all. Thus, constructed bridge was doubtful. The government had not responded as on March 2015 even though the matter was reported to the Government in October 2014.



Nine JE cases detected at ASH

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Nine cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have been detected so far at Arunachal State Hospital (ASH).

Nine out of the 13 blood samples collected from suspected JE cases have been tested positive for JE virus and all of them are children aged between 11 months to 10 years, informed State Epidemiologist Dr. L Jampa.

The state health authority recently issued high alert following death of a 7-yr-old girl from Dollungmukh area due to JE on July 15.

One more suspected JE case from Kolaptukar village of Dollungmukh area is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital at Naharlagun, Dr. Jampa informed.

He said that the report of 15 JE cases in Dollungmukh area as reported in ‘The Arunachal Times’, is being verified by an investigating team of IDSP and DVBDCP from Ziro at Dollungmukh.

The IRS team has already started ‘Indoor Residual Spray’ operation at Dollungmukh which will be carried out at Kolaptukar village (Upper & Lower) from where the JE cases are originating from.

Our Ruksin Correspondent adds: Several cases of JE and Dengue are also reported in Ruksin and foothill areas bordering Assam.

According to the medical officers of Ruksin hospital (CHC), many patients with symptoms of Dengue fever and Acute Encephalitic Syndrome (AES) have been referred to Pasighat General Hospital for diagnosis.

A private run Hospital and Diagnostic Centre at Ruksin tested blood samples of 100 patients out of which 20 were tested positive for Dengue. However, samples were sent to Pasighat for ELISA test for confirmation.

“We are directed to refer any suspected Dengue case to Pasighat for diagnosis,” said Dr N Kadu, a senior medical officer of Ruksin.

Twelve AES cases were also reported from neighbouring Jonai, Assam with three deaths.

Expressing apprehension over the probability of Dengue outbreak, the boundary dwellers urged the health department to tackle the disease with utmost care. The villagers here have urged the panchayat leaders to press the health department for prompt control measure.

The people of Ruksin, Rayang, Debing and Nari-Seren areas bordering to Assam are apprehensive that Dengue might spread to these areas because the entire border area is highly prone to vector born diseases.



Acute shortage of LPG cylinders at Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Jul 24: The people of Pasighat and its adjoining villages are facing acute shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders for the last two months. Long queues are seen every day in front of M/s Sango Gas Agency, Pasighat since early morning, only to return empty handed. They are told to wait at least for 60 days to get a filled cylinder due to shortages in supply from the Kimin Bottling Plant.

The Manager of M/s Sango Gas Agency, Pasighat informed that there are 15,663 registered consumers in the district but Kimin Bottling Plant has supplied only 4,434 in April, 5,146 in May, 4,164 in June and 2,946 cylinders till filing of this report. Such short supply is causing immense hardship to the consumers.

He further informed that talks between the IOC authority and the local distributor failed to produce a breakthrough. Transportation of LPG cylinders from Bottling Plant to Distributors is purely under the IOC, but the IOC has confirmed their inability saying that out of 30 trucks, only 13 numbers are plying on the road and they are waiting for a fresh tender process since 2014.  The Manager further informed that the proprietor of M/s Sango Gas Agency has held several meetings with the IOC officials (LPG) NEISO, Guwahati, Assam and proposed to engage the distributor’s own truck as per the earlier approved rate fixed by the IOC to streamline the supply system. The problem being faced by the consumers due to short supply of LPG cylinders was also appraised to the Plant Manager of Kimin Bottling Plant by the District Food & Civil Supply Officer Bijoy Pertin on June 25 last but no fruitful result has come out till date. DIPRO



East and West Kameng plunge into darkness

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Bomdila and Seppa plunged into complete darkness following disruption in Power supply from 132/33kV, 5x3MVA Sub-Station, Khuppi.

According to the Executive Engineer (E), Bomdila Elect Division, power supply from the 132/33kV, 5x3MVA Sub-Station, Khuppi to East and West Kameng districts remained cut off for the third day today due to defect in 33 KV incoming breaker.

Both the district headquarters had experienced power crisis a week ago due to the same fault, the EE informed. The substation is being maintained by NEEPCO.

An engineer from ‘Mega Elect’ is reportedly proceeding to Khuppi from Tezpur, Assam on request to attend the fault, the EE said.



Parents of dead IRBn jawan suspect foul play

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The parents of IRBn jawan Nabam Regang who died under mysterious circumstances at PTC on 18th of this month has raised serious questions over the way the whole incident was handled by PTC officials. In a press release, the father of late Regang alleged that his son died due to negligence of PTC Principal and PTC officials.

“The PTC official said he died after falling from a building. We want to ask who had seen him falling and who was the first person to see him lying unconscious? No shoe or either a slipper was found at the site. Also no bloodstain was found at the site. His body was rubbed with sand which further raise suspicion about the circumstances that  led to his death,” said Nabam Tadap, father of the deceased. He further added, “The PTC officials should tell us who were the guards engaged on the night of the incident? All the personnel who were on duty should be thoroughly investigated. We would like to ask why Principal PTC did not promptly provide ambulance after the incident. Police personnel repeatedly knocked his door to inform but he was not responsive.” The father also alleged that the doctor and medical staff did not give timely treatment. “The principal of PTC should be terminated for negligence and also to ensure fair probe into the incident. The concern medical officer and guards who were on duty that night should also be terminated immediately”, added Tadap.

Meanwhile All Silsango Youth Association has demanded the state government to suspend the principal, doctor and other officials of PTC Banderdewa for their failure to save the life of IRBn jawan Nabam Regang. The association has also appealed the state government to set up Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the alleged murder case.



PPA asks Governor to take over governance

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has urged upon the Governor to assume the task of governing the state saying that the Nabam Tuki led state government has lost public confidence. The party members today met the Governor and submitted a memorandum asking him to apply the special power conferred upon him. The members also discussed issues pertaining to political defection of legislators in the state, corruption, pathetic condition of roads and the delayed project of Greenfield airport.

It alleged that democracy is being silenced using public money.

The legislators questioning the dictatorial and non transparent policies are threatened with non sanction of development funds, it said.



Army recruitment for Arunachal Scouts

NAHARLAGUN, Jul 24: The Ministry of Defence will shortly conduct special recruitment rallies for candidates of Arunachal Pradesh for recruitment of General Duty and technical posts in Indian Army for raising the Arunachal Scouts at Tawang, Likabali and Tezu.

The recruitment rally will be held for 450 posts of general duty and 250 technical posts. The minimum educational qualifications for the posts of General Duty and Technical posts are class 8 and Class 12 (10+2) pass.

Interested candidates will have to register themselves online and file application by logging on to the official website of Directorate General of Recruiting of Indian Army : www.joinindianarmy.nic.in .They can further visit official website: www.joinindianarmy.nic.in or contact respective Deputy Commissioners’ office and Directorate of IPR, Naharlagun for further details. DIPR



Prepare plan for climate change expeditiously: NGT to states

New Delhi, Jul 24: The National Green Tribunal has directed the states and Union Territories to "expeditiously" prepare their action plans on climate change in according with the Centre's guidelines and get them approved by the Environment Ministry.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also slammed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for dilly-dallying on the issue.

The directions came after MoEF told the green panel that the National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) was already in force and it has requested the states and UTs to implement and act in accordance with the said plan.

"The states have already been requested to bring the State Action Plan in conformity with the National Action Plan," the ministry said.

"In view of the above circumstances, we dispose of this application with a direction to the state governments to comply with the directions issued by the MoEF and prepare their respective draft plan and get the same approved expeditiously," the bench said.

Several states like Gujarat, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, Nagaland and Manipur and Union Territories of Lakhshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands have already prepared their action plans which have been approved by MoEF as well, the ministry added.

The green panel was hearing a plea by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal seeking directions to place on record the relevant documents relating to steps taken by the Centre and states in order to implement NAPCC. The plea had also contended that the state governments should be restrained from acting in violation of NAPCC.

"There is a conflict of interest between the central government and various states of the country and because of the same an important plan like NAPCC has failed to get implemented in its true letter and spirit," it had said. PTI


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Don’t patronage criminals

After a brief lull, the crime against woman is once again on the rise in the state. Two recent incidents of rape and an attempt to rape have shocked the people of Arunachal. A minor girl was allegedly raped by three boys at Dumporijo under Upper Subansiri district on 8th of this month. All the three boys who are locals of the area have been granted bail and are currently alleged to be roaming freely. The victim’s family alleged that accused trio easily got bail. The Dumporijo incident was followed by another incident of attempt to rape on an elderly woman aged between 55-60 years old at Likabali in West Saing district. Till now police has not been able to identify the accused who is believe to be a labourer from neighbouring state.

Unfortunately in recent year many incidents of rape have been reported from Likabali area which shares porous border with Assam.  The local alleges that due to lackadaisical attitude of district administration in particularly police department many non-APST enters area without obtaining proper ILP and easily goes back after committing heinous crime. Local administration definitely needs to learn lesson from such incident and take steps to fill the loopholes.  Over the year Arunachal is witnessing gradual rise in the incident of crime against women. This trend is deeply worrying and need to be addressed properly before things goes out of control. Just few years ago such kind of rape incident was unthinkable in the state. We all need to join hand together to keep our daughter and sister safe. This can be done by ensuring that accused never gets patronage by family, clan or tribe members and are strongly punished for their heinous act.




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Enforce preservation laws

Dear Editor,

The Arunachal Pradesh Heritage Bill 2015 passed by 6th Arunachal Legislative Assembly on 4th day of Budget Session from 7th to 21st July 2015 should be hailed as historic legislation as the bill has sufficient provisions for conservation and protection of heritage sites abundant in this part of the country. A similar bill called “The Arunachal Pradesh Ancient Monuments, Archaeological Sites And Remains Preservation Act 1990” too was passed by the Arunachal Pradesh provisional Legislative Assembly way back in the  24th of June, 1987 & became an act (No.4 1990) with the assent by the President of India on 5th May, 1990. The Heritage bill 2015 is more relevant in the present context with lands becoming more precious in cost values than natural frameworks. Geography is said to be the permanent framework of history but in Arunachal it seems to be a temporary framework of history with people alternating everything with newer concept of frameworks.  

 Generally, an act of parliament or legislative assembly is required to declare any ancient monument or heritage of universal object value as protected monument, heritage or archaeological  site for the purpose of their conservation & protection. The Arunachal Pradesh Heritage Bill 2015 moved by Thangwang Wangham, Minister of Cultural Affairs, GoAP & passed by the 6th Legislative Assembly on July 9 last too was aimed at providing an act with provisions for conservation and protection of heritage sites including buildings, artefacts, structures, areas, streets & precincts of historic, cultural or environmental significance and sites of scenic beauty. 

   Arunachal Pradesh known in the ancient times as Prabhu Pahar has the highest heritage sites yet unexplored by any and these includes the natural heritages of cultural & environmental significance & various pre-historic & historic monuments. The enticing Papu & Pakkesa valleys in East Kameng, the mystic lakes numbering around 118 at Bangajan adjoining Sela ranges, the ever alluring Ziro plateau, the historic Gelling - a fame mythological migratory pass, the Mishmi Hills, the Patkai ranges, the mighty & serpentine rivers, the snow-capped mountains, charming streams, deep gorges of various shapes, to mention some, are the natural heritages of environmental significance. On the other hand, the numerous pre-historic archeological sites like Parsi Parlo of Kurung Kumey, Daporijo of Upper Subansiri, Komkar of East Siang & Kale, Techum & Glow of Lohit district; Megalithic at Jamiri in West Kameng & numerous ruins of forts, temples, buildings, monasteries, stupas like the14th AD ruinous Itafort at Itanagar, Malinithan at Likabali, Naksaparbat archaeological site in East Kameng, Remains of Hinayana Buddhism at Vijayanagar in Changlang district, Dirang, Taklung & Dirkhi Dzong in West Kameng, Manambhum in Lohit district; and Central Protected Monuments like Bhalukpong historical fort, Bhismaknagar, Gomsi (Rani village), Chidu-Chimri (Rukmininagar), Bo-Ngal Yapgo (Adi stone barricade), World War-II Cemetery, Mud fort, Hatiduba, Haju archaeological site & Tawang Monastery are some of standing examples of monumental heritages of historical significance. The Directorate of Research as nodal department has been zealously guarding these monuments & sites since its auspication as an essential department in the year 1951. However, there has been massive destruction of these hewn remains by the multifarious activities of humans. The lone ruins of Itafort has been systematically encroached upon by people over the years & the hills overlooking Ganga Lake which actually should have been allowed to remain in its natural settings are now grabbed by locals. 

As such, the bill was tabled & passed at a critical juncture  when everything that actually have glory past and are of immense importance to us are in the verge of sudden extinctions and when government intervention was felt unavoidably must to slow down such massive destructive activities endangering the precious gifts of nature on mankind. The act so enacted should not merely remain in papers but be effectively enforced for greater causes.


Bengia Kabnang




Toughen the exam system

Dear Editor,

I would like to share the confusion going on among the college students because of the constant changes and introduction of new rules by the Rajiv Gandhi University regarding under graduate programme.

New programmes like special exam, super special exam sounds absurd. Besides up gradation of students to next class in spite of being failed is also one of the loopholes. Moreover, new procedure to take up honours subject is far more insignificant. Other universities like NEHU, DU intakes students in honours programme in the very first year which is very valid because students should be given at least two three yars to be acquainted with the subject in which they specialize. But on the contrary, the new system of RGU has the honours programme only in final year which means student can study their honours subject only for one year. All such above changes has decreased the credibility of study.

Many college goers have started to take the exams lightly as they too know that they will get number of chances in name of special exam, super special exam. And who knows more chances may be created by RGU named as super duper special exam. Being the highest learning institute of the state, RGU should look into such sensitive loopholes and consequences.

In fact, it should establish new rules which will compel the student to study hard instead of providing chances for mere graduation which will only be for namesake.


Anjali Siga

Rajiv Gandhi University,

Rono Hill



Improve BSNL connectivity

Dear Editor,

The people of Pangin Town are experiencing poor mobile phone network facility. BSNL authority should think for the improvisation of network

in all the district head quarters of Arunachal Pradesh and special care should be taken for the new district. Landline facility should be restored at the earliest so that fax facility can be restored. Due to lack of landline facilities important dak are delayed which hampers day to day official correspondence.


Raja Padung

Assistant General Secretary

Siang District Development Committee




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