New Delhi, Jul 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country's northeast
cannot be developed from Delhi and that he was deputing central government officials
to the region. "Is it possible to develop the North East while sitting in Delhi?
No! Officials will visit and see how it is to be done," Modi said on his radio programme
'Maan Ki Baat'. He said the central teams would camp in various districts and villages
in the northeast and interact with people to know their problems.
APCSOA for implementation of Bagra report
NAHARLAGUN, Jul 26: The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association (APCSOA)
in its general meeting today at Naharlagun has called for implementation of Bagra
Committee Report immediately. The officers said that they would submit a one point
memorandum to the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary very soon to press for their
PMC sensitizes people on Dengue
PASIGHAT, Jul 26: As a part of their fight against Dengue, Pasighat Municipal Council
(PMC) carried out a three days massive cleanliness drive within the township.
Initiated by the PMC Municipal Executive Officer Deepak Shinde, all the councilors
conducted social services in their respective wards with a mission to reduce sources
of vector breeding sites.
While making the public aware of the need to maintain cleanliness, PMC Chief Councilor
Denong Tamuk, Dy. Chief Councilor Kaling Darang and MEO Deepak Shinde exhorted all
the town dwellers to keep their surrounding neat and clean and use municipal dustbins.
Chief Councilor Tamuk while assuring the people that there was no need to panic as
Dengue was not contagious. He further said steps are being taken by PMC with the
help of health department to stop breeding of mosquitoes in stagnant water by spraying
insecticides and fogging. To sustain the environment conservation, PMC planted many
saplings in the township area.
Meanwhile, 5th IRBN Commandant Dilip Yosung along with officers and jawans also conducted
a special drive to clean the IRBn complex and planted more than 200 saplings with
the help of forest department to mark Van Mahotsav. DIPRO
Kargil Vijay Diwas observed
AALO, Jul 26: The 16th Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated in a befitting manner at
Military Station here today.
The Station Commander and all ranks and file of the Army paid their obeisance to
the martyrs of Kargil battle, who made supreme sacrifices to safeguard the Indian
Territory and reiterated their commitment to work for nation building.
The Station Commander exhorted the Army men to be prepared to meet any situation
at any time. DIPRO
Kargil Vijay Diwas
ITANAGAR, Jul 26: The Bharatya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the Bharatya
Janata Party today celebrated Kargil Vijaya Diwas in Itanagar. The main function
was organised at Ganga Market which was participated by the BJP State President Tai
Tagak along with MLA Tage Taki, Tesam Pongte and National Council Member Tame Phassang
along with party cadres and workers.
ATA unit calls for enquiry into death
DAPORIJO, Jul 26: Upper Subansiri unit of Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) and
Leyu Welfare Society (LWS) have expressed deep shock and grief over the untimely
demise of Raja Timba on July 24 due to electrocution while on his way from Itanagar
Taja was working as Junior Teacher at Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Dumporijo.
ATA district unit has appealed to the state government to provide an appropriate
job to the next of the kin on compassionate ground.
Meanwhile, the Mara Youth Welfare Association has alleged the Power department of
negligence in causing death of Late Timba.
Had there been strict and regular vigilance and sincerity on the part of the department,
Raja could not have died from electrocution, it said in a release seeking termination
or suspension of the concern officers.
While also seeking constitution of judicial enquiry on the matter, the association
has requested compensation to be provided to the family of the deceased.
Siang region experiences searing heat
PASIGHAT, Jul 26: Scorching summer heat has made life tough for Pasighat dwellers
forcing them to remain indoors.
The temperature rising to 37°C during the day hours has badly affected normal life,
commercial activities and usual office works at Pasighat and Ruksin areas.
The tormenting temperature has also badly affected daily wage earners, shopkeepers
and farmers during their busy season of Sali paddy cultivation.
According to Meteorology report, lack of rainfall activity has mainly led to the
present condition in the region, which recorded 2 to 3 degree Celsius above the normal
for last couple of days. Predicting that the heat condition is likely to persist
in the region for some days, the report said that presence of a low pressure system
over Bay of Bengal over South Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Coast is leading rise in
temperature in the NE region.
Jamoh visits flood-hit areas, promises action
PASIGHAT, Jul 26: Parliamentary Secretary for Industries, Tatung Jamoh visited flood-hit
areas of Sille-Oyan and Ruksin and assured all help to the flood affected people
from the government side.
Interacting with the people, Jamoh said that matter of relief and financial assistance
for the flood affected people has already been brought to the notice of the Chief
Minister. He promised that all effort will be made to ensure that relief is reached
to the doorstep of the affected people and areas.
Jamoh accompanied by Ruksin ADC T Pada, DCC President Takom Mize and ZPM Toggeng
Panyang visited flood ravaged Ngorlung and Rayang villages. On the following day,
he interacted with the flood victims in Sille Oyan, Mangnang, Mikong and Mirem villages.
In all places, Jamoh assured for immediate restoration of road communication.
During his tour, Jamoh advised the people to take adequate preventive measure to
avoid Dengue and Malaria. DIPRO
Enquiry sought on wall demolition
ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Claiming that the boundary wall of Jawahar Novodaya Vidyalaya Seppa
was demolished by unknown miscreants, the International Human Rights’ Association
(IHRA) East Kameng unit has sought enquiry into it.
In its complaint to the DC requesting constitution of an enquiry committee, it demanded
stringent punishment for the person/s involved in the misdeed.
Van Mahotsav at Bhalukpong
ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Along with the rest of the state, Bhalukpong also celebrated 66th
Van Mahotsav by organising plantation programme and generating public awareness on
the importance of tree and protection of forest and wildlife for survival of human
Attending the celebration, Parliamentary Secretary (PHE&WS) Kumsi Sidisow advised
each and every one to contribute to protection and conservation of forest and wildlife.
He highlighted the importance of planting trees and protection of catchment areas
of the district.
DFO, Khellong Forest Division, VK Jawal emphasised the role and participation of
NGOs and community for better conservation and protection of forest areas. Encouraged
by the participation of students in large number, he advised them to plant trees
in their schools and localities.
J Padu, RFO Bhalukpong highlighted the importance and significance of Van Mahotsav
The Van Mahotsav was celebrated in collaboration with West Kameng, Nature & Native
Wild Life Protection Society, a local NGO of Bhalukpong and Khellong Forest Division.
Free medical camps by AVP
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: Around 236 patients from 17 villages of East Kameng district were
treated in free medical camps conducted by Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) recently.
The camps were conducted by Dr. Ramniwas Mishra with help of AVP’s district unit
workers, GBs and Panchayat leaders at Pachi, Mebua and Margengla villages.
(Sub headline) AVP’s circle level sports competitions
Meanwhile, AVP’s Namsai district and Piyong circle unit conducted circle level sports
competition at Adi Nigroo village on July 24.
96 athletes-both boys and girls took part in the competition.
Similar competition was also conducted at Koronu in Lower Dibang Valley district.
A total of 57 athletes participated in the competition.
AVP is celebrating this year as Sports Year. It has decided to hold sports competitions
in more than 100 circles covering 10,000 youths. The circle level competition will
be district and state level competitions to be held during September-November. The
National level competition has been scheduled at Ranchi from December 25 to 31.
Events like running race, Kho Kho, Kabaddi, Archery, Shot-Put, Long Jump, Volleyball
will be held for sub junior, junior and senior level players.
Hoax report force thousands to abandon their homes in Seppa
[ Amar Sangno ]
SEPPA, Jul 26: Seppa town reportedly plunged into a massive chaos and disorder at
midnight following an unauthenticated report of Kameng River flowing above the danger
level at Marjingla and Pakke, 40 kilometers upstream of Seppa. Sources from Seppa
informed The Arunachal Times that thousands of residents have abandoned their homes
and shifted to safer locations out of panic and fear since a hoax report broke out
that Kameng River was flowing above danger level upstream.
Hundreds of residents of Bebo colony are reportedly taking shelter at Government
Higher Secondary School Seppa(Pacha) and residents of Type-1 and Type-II have reportedly
shifted to General Ground.
“We really don’t know what exactly has happened, people are running around out of
panic” said Doni Rimo over the telephone.
“I was woken up by my relatives telling me that Kameng River is flowing down above
danger level. Now we cannot sleep” said Rangno Weshi Sangno, a resident at New-Seppa.
Unconfirmed reports from Marjingla and Pakke claiming that Kameng river was surging
down above danger level, led to the panic situation. However, no one was able to
point out from where the report of Kameng River flooding came from. But it was enough
to trigger fear as people, mostly near the bank of the river fled from their residents.
Sources also added that district administration has played down the report terming
it unfounded circulated by rumour-monger. The District administration made an announcement
appealing every citizen to remain calm and not to panic. DA assured that there is
nothing to be worried about and report of flooding in Kameng river is totally baseless
Tea attracts many farmers in Arunachal
465 tea units were established in 2013-14
Itanagar, Jul 26: Arunachal Pradesh is all set for a revolution in the tea industry
with more and more farmers opting for the cash crop.
Officials at the Trade & Commerce department disclosed that assistance in the form
of planting material 13,000 tea saplings and barbed wire for 1 hectare per beneficiary
is being provided by the state government.
465 tea units were established in 2013-14 while in 2012-13, 285 units were established
with financial assistance of Rs 3 crore.
Farmers, who have set up tea units under the project, termed the scheme as boon for
small and marginal farmers, and demand more assistance in terms of land and maintenance
cost to push the plantation drive.
Bimal Lego, who set up a tea unit under the scheme at Oyan in East Siang district,
said, "We will need help for 2-5 hectares instead of just 1 hectare and also maintenance
cost up to three years."
Another tea cultivator from New Deka village in East Siang district, Marto Riba said,
"The scheme has opened a new vista of employment for farmers like us and we appreciate
the state government's efforts to help farmers. Maintenance cost up to 3-4 years
will be needed," he said.
Immanuel Lego of Oyan in East Siang district was also of the similar view and suggested
the state government to provide maintenance cost up to three years of plantation.
On assistance, commerce department officials said that Rs 1 lakh per beneficiary
per hectare in the form of planting materials, fencing materials and equipment and
fertilisers has been provided to farmers.
"Until and unless we provide quality and assured planting materials to our farmers
by involving Tea Research Association (TRA)/ Tea Board of India (TBI), there is every
possibility of duping farmers by unscrupulous traders.
"As a tea sapling is planted, its life span is calculated up to 80-100 years and
in the process the duped farmers will incur heavy losses both economically and also
fertility of their soil," Trade and Commerce Director Tokong Pertin said.
In 2012-13 an amount of Rs 3 crore was allocated under tea cultivation covering 285
Among 285 units that were established during 2012-13 included West Kameng (20), East
Kameng (20), Papum Pare (21), Lower Subansiri (20), Kurung Kumey (20), Upper Subansiri
(20), West Siang 20), Upper Siang (20), East Siang (20), Lower Dibang Valley (21),
Lohit (21), Changlang (21), Tirap (21) and Longding (20) respectively.
The allocation during 2013-14 was increased to 5 crore covering 465 beneficiaries.
A total of 465 tea units were established in 2013-14 including East Siang (20), West
Siang (20), Lohit (40), Tirap (25), Papum Pare (20), East Kameng (25), Lower Dibang
Valley (25), Changlang (35), Longding (25), West Kameng (35), Lower Subansiri (40),
Upper Siang (40), Kurung Kumey (40), Upper Subansiri (40) and Namsai (35) respectively.
The state government during 2014-15 also kept a fund provision of Rs. 5 crore covering
another 465 beneficiaries under the project.
‘Health dept not doing enough to prevent Dengue’
RUKSIN, Jul 26: Even though a large number of Dengue cases were detected in Pasighat,
the East Siang District Health Department has not yet initiated any Dengue control
measures at vulnerable foothill areas bordering Assam.
The people residing in foothill areas, including Ruksin, Rayang, Debing and Nari-Seren
alleged that the Health department has neither carried out fogging operation nor
conducted any awareness camp at vulnerable state border areas yet to prevent Dengue.
They urged the local MLA and PRI leaders to move the health department for prompt
Dengue control measures.
The boundary dwellers are apprehensive about dengue outbreak as the Assam-Arunachal
boundary areas are highly prone to vector borne diseases.
Ruksin CHC is yet to be supplied with a fogging machine for carrying out fogging
‘Mwangkar-the realization’ premieres
ITANAGAR, Jul 26: The first Nyishi feature film ‘Mwangkar– the realization’, relating
to extra marital affair and polygamy was today premiered at Siddharta Hall here before
a jam packed audience.
The premier show was inaugurated by Minister Home and Power, Tanga Byaling in presence
of Parliamentary Secretaries Tapuk Taku and Karya Bagang.
The film subtitled in English was written and directed by Sambo Flago and dwells
and reflects the impact of extramarital affairs prevalent in Arunachalee society.
Inaugurating the film premier, Byaling urged the people to pay attention on such
films which reflects social issues through cinema and arts.
“Earlier polygamy was proudly practiced by tribal people because we believed more
wives was sign of wealth, however in modern days it’s no longer applicable and it
should be discouraged”, said Byaling.
While dwelling on theme of the film, Producer Chopa Cheda exhorted that the film
is a louder message to the society that extra-marital affair and polygamy is a bad
practice which can ruin a family. The film is an attempt to highlight the social
vice which is prevailing in the society rather than to hurt any individual, added
Cheda. Arunachal Film Federation President Taro Chatung lauded the entire Mwangkar
team for making a wonderful film which has lot of societal message on social evils.
Reportedly the film has been produced at a budget of around Rs.20 lakhs.
Dear Bohemian Man - a collection of poems released
ITANAGAR, Jul 26: Dear Bohemian Man - a collection of poems by Subi Taba was released
by Professor K.C Kapoor, Vice Chancellor (In-charge), Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh
in the presence of Registrar, Prof. Rachob Taba.
Dear Bohemian Man is the debut collection of poems by Subi Taba that speaks of different
facets of love in our lives. It is a collection of 30 poems divided into two parts,
Days and Nights, each speaks of a world of stories that lives inside the mind of
the poet and aims to make everyone step back from their busy lives for a moment and
have a conversation with oneself, as the book says, "we humans are all words".
It starts with the lines, "Days regress into nights, nights regress into days and
in between I keep regressing to you", stirring the feelings of loneliness and yearnings
that every heart goes through on the highway of life.
The book ascended to the second position in the top selling category in Notion Press
store. "How can one afford not to go through such poems in the times of dull, manufactured
fictional upstarts?", said Prof. A. R. Parhi, who is one among the first to go through
The book is published by Notion Press, Chennai and priced at Rs.150. The book is
available in all online book outlets like Amazon, Flipkart, BookAdda, Infibeam, Sapnaonline
and in local bookstores here at Naharlagun.
The poet Subi Taba was born in Seppa, East Kameng and has been writing poems and
essays since her school days. After doing her M.Sc in Horticulture from Nagaland
University, Subi is currently pursuing PhD in Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat.
She was also the Miss North East 1st runners up in 2013. The author can be reached
at firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.
Deputy Registrar, Nangram Toglik and faculty members of the institution including
Prof. P. K. Panigrahi, Prof R.C. Parida, Prof M Hussain, Dr.Tayum Saroh were present
at the book release at RGU on Saturday.
Mwngkar holds mirror to society
Dealing with the topic of polygamy, the film goes beyond just telling the tale of
a married man and his extra-marital affair. It tells a story most of us are familiar
Director Shambo Flago makes use of a song to introduce the primary characters of
"Mwngkar" in the opening scene depicting the happy family life of Tapi (Nabam Sonil),
his wife Aniyam (Tab Mona) and daughter Medak (Pungyang Cheda). That happiness however,
does not last too long after Tapi begins an extra-marital affair with Mechung (Taba
Reema), following a chance meeting.
What follows next is the blossoming of romance between Tapi and Mechung and the deterioration
of his marriage. There are negotiations held, fights break out and song-and-dance
routines. While the ending of the film may leave some viewers hanging, what's important
is what lies in the core of the film's message.
The film is about a man who hides the fact that he is married and has an extra-marital
affair with a younger woman. It is a story that many in the state are all too familiar
with and have been affected by in some way or the other. The actors in the film,
all of whom are debutants, put in performances that are realistic and natural without
Some of the technical and post-production flaws need to be addressed if the film
is to work at all levels. Thankfully, the actors and the script salvage it to deliver
a film that seems to have a little sprinkling of everything.
Tab Mona as the wife hurt by the actions of her husband as much as by a society that
not only permits but endorses polygamy is exceptionally worthy of praise and deserves
special mention. The scene where she confronts her husband about the affair where
she goes from being angry to breaking down in tears feels real. Nabam Sonil plays
Tapi 'sir' with the kind of ease that seems natural. Taba Reema as the other woman
has the difficult job of convincing the audience to sympathise with her, and she
manages to pull it off.
The supporting cast is mostly made up of friends of the two female leads who aren't
so convincing in their roles except for Poly Tamin who plays the role of Aniyam's
sister angry with her 'makte' for cheating on her. Most of the film is in Nyishi
with subtitles. The film is laced with songs that are both melancholy and soulful
and thankfully does not tread the Bollywood style of music. As I said before, the
strength of the movie lies in the core concept of the story.
Polygamy is an issue that makes many people uncomfortable. Community-based organisations
avoid healthy discussion on the topic and society leaders are themselves often guilty
of indulging in the practice. Supporters of the practice often make dubious arguments
that it is a traditional practice dating back to the beginning of time. "Mwngkar"
challenges the validity of the practice in the modern era and hence makes it a mandatory
viewing for men of the state in my book. Despite its serious topic, the film is able
to navigate well and manages to induce laughs. One delightful scene has a minor character
named 'Mangto' who is reminiscent of Gabbar Singh and his cronies ala Sholay.
From amidst the entire film, there is one particular scene that caught my attention.
When Tapi and his uncle hold a yalung/kebang (meeting) with the family of the scorned
wife, the men use sticks to place their arguments. It is a practice that has faded
from the memory of many of the Tani tribes over the years. Like polygamy, the pointer-sticks
are also an ancient practice. However, while both practices are still prevalent in
Nyishi society, perhaps the community collectively needs to reconsider if polygamy
should continue to earn the collective nod that it does.
Former Union Minister B K Handique passes away
JORHAT, Jul 26: Former Union Minister and a six-time Lok Sabha member from Assam,
Bijoy Krishna Handique died today at a hospital here.
Handique, 82, who was admitted to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital for heart-related
problems only yesterday and shifted to ICU, died this afternoon, a hospital spokesman
The veteran Congress leader, who was born in 1933, leaves behind his wife and three
Handique was the Minister for Mines and Development of North Eastern Region in the
He also held the portfolios of Union Minister of State for Defence, Parliamentary
Affairs, Mines, and Chemicals and Fertilizers during the tenure of the UPA-I government.
The senior politician from Assam had been elected to Lok Sabha from Jorhat for six
consecutive terms since 1991. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1985
and a member of several parliamentary committees.
Handique, first elected to Assam Legislative Assembly in 1972, became an AICC member
in 1973 and Congress Working Committee member in 2002.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has deeply mourned the demise of Handique.
“I am deeply saddened by the demise of Handique. He was known for his high integrity
in public life and honest politics. He was particularly fond of Arunachal Pradesh
and always a well wisher of its people”, Tuki said in his condolence message.
As Minister of DoNER, he was instrumental in initiating several long-term policies
for the entire NE Region including Arunachal Pradesh. As a Congressman, he was known
as the conscience keeper of the Party in the North East and his association at the
Party level spanned all the eight North Eastern States, the message said.
The government of India’s move to introduce Road Transport and Safety Bill will immensely
benefit the people of India if properly implemented. During his Mann Ki Baat programme
on All India Radio Prime Minister Narendra Modi disclosed that government is going
to introduce the Road Transport and Safety Bill very soon which will offer cash less
treatment to accident victims. A toll free number 1033, ambulance for patients and
how the victim will be treated well in the first 50 hours after the accident occur
will be given priority in the proposed bill.
This bill gives lot of hope. Most of the accident victim dies due to lack of proper
medical attention at the time of incident. Most significantly the bill will give
thrust on the need to how to treat the victim within initial hours of accident. The
government should also encourage people to come forward to help the accident victims.
People get reluctant to help victim as often victim’s family and police unnecessarily
harasses those who help the accident victim. It is important to give protection to
such persons. Government also needs to carry out wide range of discussion with various
stakeholders to make this bill more robust.
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Through the column of your esteem daily, I want to bring it to the notice of the
Department of Elementary Education that some of the AT (A) who have been posted at
various districts other than Capital Complex and nearby have shown their joining
date as on 24-3-2008 in the AT (A) seniority list whereas their appointment order
is issued on 24-3-2008.
My question to the concerned department is-how is it possible for those teachers
to reach remote areas on the same day their appointment order was issued.
I request the concerned department to verify the appointment order of those ATs (A)
posted at various district whose joining date is shown as mentioned above and redress
the seniority list of AT (A) accordingly.
Through your daily, I would like to appeal to the concerned Department of Government
of Arunachal Pradesh as well as to the general public to pay heed towards the growing
concern on wild life, particularly in Kurung Kumey district. The Department of Forests,
along with the wildlife protection committee had organized a public awareness campaign
about the importance of forest and wildlife. The campaign stressed on forming a village
level wildlife protection committee and to take strict action against these illegal
practices. Despite unanimously passing resolution to completely ban any kind of hunting
activities in the entire district, sadly, many still continues to practice wildlife
hunting to be major concern.
Wildlife conservation has become matter of acute concern. This is quite essential
especially when it comes to conserving endangered species of plant and animals. Hunting
has been a way of life for the tribal community but it’s time we sit down, ponder
and act on preserving the wildlife. It has also come to notice that the easy availability
of cartridge in district also makes it convenient for people to practice these illegal
practices. Therefore, I would like to request concerned Department to take the necessary
action to stop such illegal practices.
All Kurung Kumey Gaon Bura Association
TAH and compensation
People of Arunachal are well acquainted with corruption in offices and businesses
in Arunachal Pradesh. The recent CAG report is a substantial evidence of corrupt
Arunachal. But, I wonder why no nobody is able to punish such corrupt officers; not
even CAG or Vigilant officer or any NGO or opposition party has filed case against
them. Well in such a scenario, overcoming corruption is left entirely in the hands
of common people. Common and good people can overcome corruption if they know the
laws of offices and businesses. With such an approach, the Right to Information Act,
2005 was established. Without knowing the laws of offices and businesses, information
obtained through RTI can be hardly of any important use. Through your esteemed newspaper,
I would like to share my views concerning some corrupt practices done in the Trans
Arunachal Highway (TAH) project, which is affecting thousands of people and hundreds
of villages. The Guwahati High Court in the case WP(C) No. 153(AP)/2012, had found
gross corruption done by the Chief Secretary of AP, the Commissioner, Department
of Land Management, Itanagar, the Director, Department of Land Management, the DC,
the ADC,CO, Dirang, West Kameng, the Director General of Border Roads, Delhi Cantonment,
the Commander, 42 Border Road Task Force (BRTF), so as to pay huge compensation to
local public leaders and officers, who were not eligible for any compensation by
any standard and pay very low compensation to genuinely TAH affected people of Dirang,
West Kameng. The corruption was so gross in nature that the Guwahati High Court had
ordered for CBI investigation into the matter. In the earlier article, I had request
all the TAH affected people to cross check if GoI and GoAP had followed all the specifications
laid down in “The National Highways Act-1956”. Such cross checking through RTI would
force officers to refrain from corruption. But, if affected people fail to cross
check, officers will freely do corruption. Handing corrupt practices to Judiciary
will deter corruption in Arunachal. Through this column, I would like to question
the validity of the rates of compensation as published in Arunachal Pradesh Gazette
on November, 2011. The land rates given are: Jhum/plantation land—Rs11/Square-meter,
Residential land—Rs74/Square-meter, Commercial land—Rs86/ Square-meter. How will
the affected people not resist TAH with such low compensation for their land? The
rates for standing structures like houses, wells, walls are also very low for people
to accept. Compared to compensation paid by GoI in other states, the people of AP
are compensated very low. A common affected man of AP could definitely assume corruption
of some kind at higher official levels. Can any person possessing land between Banderdeva
to Itanagar, give away his/her land at such cheap price? It is high time for all
the TAH affected people to know the provisions granted by “The National Highways
Act-1956” and unite to blot out corruptions in the TAH project to obtain reasonable
and fair compensation under “The right to fair compensation, & transparency in land
acquisition, rehabilitation & resettlement act, 2013”. The people of AP in general
should also be united to monitor the implementing agencies of TAH. According to their
contract, agencies should construct their assigned portion of TAH within 4 years
and after that it should maintain the same portion of TAH for 12 years. Many agencies
have exceeded 4 years of construction and have still not finished their work, because
of which people are suffering and accordingly they have are to be fined as per their
contract. Some constructed portion of TAH roads of private agencies are so poor that
within 6 months many of its roads & culverts have collapsed. For, example the Popu-nallah
to Yupia road has already sunk. On the contrary executives and people should legally
remind and demand the agencies to maintain TAH roads. TAH is such a blessing to the
people of AP and its our collective responsibility to make it corruption free from
its beginning through its life time.
Weak BSNL services
Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to draw the attention of concern
authorities regarding the weak service of the BSNL.
As we know that BSNL means Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd but due to its weak service,
it’s been changed as BSNL- Bhai signal nahi lagega.
I can understand if Itanagar was a remote area but it is the capital of our state.
I’m afraid that if in capital we are facing this many problems, people dwelling in
other parts of the state may have stopped using it.
Tana P Tagru
Ensure that another Kargil like conflict doesn’t take place
One salutes the brave soldiers who fought & laid down their lives in Kargil war.
In the conflict, the Indian Army lost 490 officers, soldiers and jawans. Many families
lost their brave sons & some children lost their father & many wives lost their husbands.
Armed forces personnel are cut off from their family and children for months together
as they are currently guarding our borders, patrolling our coastlines and protecting
Indian airspace, to keep India safe and secure. But let us not forget that they too
have their own dreams and hopes, joys and sorrows, but it is their olive green, Navy
White & Air force Blue uniform, which camouflages all their emotions. Some Armed
forces personnel lose their life at a very young age leaving behind their loved ones
or some lose their limbs while fighting the opposing forces which leaves them emotionally
and psychologically traumatised. In a fraction of a second their life changes and
they have to spend the rest of their life as a cripple. Here begins the second and
more arduous battle for them and their families. But they and their families know
that after the tears dry up they have to find the inner strength to move on in life
because they know that despite their handicap their spirit remains unvanquished because
the heart that beats inside is the heart of a soldier. The Indian Government should
ensure that another Kargil like conflict doesn’t take place. One remembers Saint
Augustine’s quote “The purpose of all war is peace.”
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