July 25


APCC alleges BJP of adopting cash-for-vote tactics to win election

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has alleged misuse of government machineries and adoption of cash-for-vote tactics by the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to ensure victory of its party candidate in the Pakke-Kessang bye-election.

The APCC alleged that the BJP is pressurizing the government employees to campaign for the party candidate.

Allegedly, top bureaucrats and technocrats have been found involved in alluring voters through various means, like offering government jobs, cash and contract works in lieu of votes, the APCC claimed in a release.

Taking serious note of the alleged malpractices ahead of the bye-poll, the APCC stated that those government employees allegedly involved in such malpractices were inviting their own problems as they may face serious legal action under election laws.

The APCC stated that the party will take up the issue with the Election Commission as soon as the date for the bye-election is notified.

The party also demanded that the Election Commission of India announce date of bye-election to Pakke-Kessang (ST) A/C at the earliest.




Tourism ministry assures support

NEW DELHI, Jul 24: Union Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma said that Ministry of Tourism shall extend all possible assistance in marketing and getting tourists for Arunachal, apart from other support.  

She said this during a meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday.

Pema while seeking Government of India's continued support to make tourism a vehicle for employment generation and economic growth,has advocated for construction of tourism infrastructure based on indigenous technology.

He informed the Union Secretary about the initiatives undertaken by the state government to boost the tourism sector in the state.  

The Chief Minister said that the state government is focusing on adventure tourism,for which tour providers are being encouraged,besides establishment of eco-tourism resorts in select locations.

The National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Dirang is doing exceptionally well in this field, informed the CM.




DC urges people to desist from reckless deforestation

YINGKIONG, Jul 24:  Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner, Remo Kamki has urged people to desist from carrying out reckless deforestation and using pesticides and weedicides in their fields as it is harmful to the ecosystem.

He said this during an awareness programme on 'Green India Mission', which was organized by the Yingkiong Forest Division at Community Hall, Komkar on Sunday last.

Informing about the directives of the Supreme Court order, the DC warned people not to use foreign-made handsaw machines. He also warned that strong action will be taken against those who have taken optical fibre cables and not returned the same on time.

Further, responding to a public memorandum regarding creation of a Circle, the DC informed that the creation of a new Circle at Pobe has been recommended to the state government. Speaking about de-limitation for ZPM at Komkar, he suggested them to rectify the papers with minutes for recommendation to the GoAP.

DFO, Anying Boli informed that Komkar has been selected under Green India Mission and clarified that the scheme is for the benefit of the villagers. Highlighting the importance of conservation of forest, the DFO urged people not to hunt wild animals and birds. (DIPRO)




PWD starts CC road construction

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The PWD has started construction of CC road at C-II sector, Itanagar.

The condition of said road was in pitiable condition and residents have been facing torrid time due to it. With the construction of the CC road, thesituation is expected to improve for better in days to come.

Meanwhile, Assistant Engineer, PWD Tadar Bhupen has assured to complete work at the earliest, provided the weather condition is favourable. He has also appealed to the residents of the area not to use the newly laid CC road until curing process is completed and opened for traffic by the department.




12-hr Pasighat bandh against power crisis


PASIGHAT, Jul 24: Angry over the Power Department's failure to restore the snapped Aalo-Pasighat transmission, leading to acute power shortage in Pasighat and adjoining areas, the Pasighat Peoples' Welfare Committee (PPWC) has called a 12-hour Pasighat bandh on July 25.

In a press statement, the PPWC stated that the Department of Power and Transmission & Planning, which promised to restore power supply within a very short period, has miserably failed.

The PPWC informed that it had suspended agitation after the Power Department assured to restore regular and uninterrupted supply in a coordination meeting held under the chairmanship of the East Siang Deputy Commissioner on July 15last.

"But the promise remains a ritualistic one as there has been no improvement in power supply", the PPWC said.

"We are left with no other option but to resume our phase-wise agitation to register our strong discontentment over the indifferent attitude of the officials of the department," the PPWC added.

Emergency and essential services like ambulance, pharmacy and milk van have been exempted from the purview of the 12-hour bandh to be effective from 5 AM.




5 days charity event begins

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: PPA President Kahfa Bengia has called on youths to preserve the rich culture and tradition of Arunachal Pradesh. He said this on Saturday while inaugurating the five-day Arunachal Pradesh Disable Charity Event-2017 at Nyokum Lapang ground.

Bengia said that the young generation needs to preserve the ethos of the society, which has been passed on from forefathers.

He said that differently-able people are also part of the society and called on the people not to treat them indifferently.

He further appealed to one and all to support persons with disabilities.

Organising Chairman Bamang Doro also addressed the gathering and expressed gratitude to the audience for coming out in large numbers to witness the programme.

Assam Idol-2017 1st runner up Gobin Payeng; Arunachal Idol-2015 1st Runner-up and Hills wood and J2 movie singer Anu Mra;Nyishi Idol-2017 2nd runner up Bamang Ama; professional singers Dev Taid, Sivani Rai and others enthralled the audience with their performance.

The Arunachal Pradesh Disabled Charity Event-2107 is being organised by the Arunachal Pradesh Disabled Artist Forum (APDAF) which shall continue till July 29.




APWWS, ABK question police

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The APWWS and Adi Baane Kebang (Women's Wing) demanded immediate arrest of Joint Commissioner Tax and Excise, Tani Jongkey, who allegedly molested a minor girl.

The APWWS questioned the Police Department for taking more than 19 days to arrest Jongkey, and sought immediate arrest of the culprit and early investigation, stating that many such similar cases are not being reported.

The organisation urged the parents and concerned adults to report such cases to the appropriate authority.

The organization also demanded establishment of Child Rights Commission on priority basis.  

Condemning the incident in its strongest term, the ABK (WW) also demanded that the law enforcing authority expedite the investigation and punish the paedophile as per law.

"The alleged offence as described in the FIR filed by the victim's family is of very serious and heinous nature. The perpetrator of such offence deserves severe punishment so that no one dares to commit such crime in future," it said.

It also urged the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the State Commission for Women to ensure prompt investigation into the case so that justice is delivered to the victim.

The ABK (WW) also expressed its deep sympathy and solidarity with the family members of the victim.





PRIs seek exemption from Aadhaar Card for Tali area

ITANAGAR, Jul 24:  In a letter to the Chief Secretary, 12 Tali ASM Chairperson NiapuYaka and Pipsorang Anchal Chairperson, Langpu Yakia have on Monday, appealed to her to temporarily exempt furnishing of Aadhaar Card and bank account  for 20-Tali  area under Kra Daadi  district as a special case.

Both PRI members have claimed that the government's recent decision to link Aadhaar and bank accounts for most of the welfare schemes is practically impossible to implement in the area as it still does not have all-weather motorable  road.

'Few months back an employee of from the district administration tried to enrol the nearest village for Aadhaar card, but unfortunately the vehicle met with an accident and plunged into a deep gorge', informed  the PRI members.




Head Gaon Burah killed by motorcyclist

BASAR, Jul 24: Bam village Head Gaon Burah, Goken Bam was killed in a motorbike accident on July 23, following which an irate mob reportedly burnt the motorbike which caused the accident in the heart of Basar town on Monday.

The Head Gaon Burah was reportedly killed after a motorcyclist hit him from behind at around 4 PM on July 23 last.Goken was immediately rushed to the CHC Basar, but succumbed to his injuries within an hour.

Reportedly, there were three riders on the motorcycle, who have been identified as Pawan Bdr Chetry, Prenanda Borah and Jyotishman Gogoi. The three were caught by the villagers and handed over to the police.

Further, the body of Goken Bam was sent for post mortem on July 24 and later handed over to the relatives of the deceased. Soon after receiving the body, a mob went down to the Basar Police Station and took out the motorcycle used by the alleged culprits and burnt it down in the middle of Basar Town.

As the three alleged accused are employees of M K Poddar of the M/S Poddar and Sons Agency, the mob demanded immediate arrest of M K Poddar for employing "anti-social" workers, including the arrest of the owner of the motorcycle, Sajan Singh, for allegedly providing his motorbike to commit a crime.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner and Extra Assistant Commissioner of Basar immediately rushed to the spot and persuaded the mob to calm down. The administration has also sought additional police force from Aalo to control further untoward incidents.

Following the uproar, the entire market at Basar town reportedly remained closed for the day.

At present, the three accused have been remanded for 14 days in judicial custody.

Late Goken Bam was a prominent social worker, and a renowned orator with great experience in the Keba system of the Galos. He is survived by two sons, eight daughters and grandchildren.




Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge spawns tourist inflow in Roing

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Jul 24:   With the opening of the Dr Bhupen Hazarika Bridge that connects Assam and Arunachal, there has been a surge in tourism inflow at Roing town.

The first Sunday after the bridge's opening came as a shocker as the roads were jammed right from the market area to the Eze River, causing one of the worst traffic jams the town had ever seen. Now, it has become a usual thing, especially during the weekends.

Taking the opportunity, Agni Mihu, a local youth, has taken the initiative to promote the Idu-Mishmi culture, while also giving the tourists a chance to get closer to the local traditions.

Mihu, along with his team, has started a rental service wherein tourists can try on the Idu-Mishmi traditional attire and ornaments, and get photographed, to make their visit to the district even more memorable.

Mihu, who is a photography enthusiast and the founder of Dibang Photography Club, says that it was this passion of his that had initially brought the idea to his mind. To give meaning and an objective to his passion of photography, he planned this service which would promote the Idu-Mishmi culture and bring the community to the eye of the rest of the country.

"The local attire, because of its intricacy in craftsmanship, is very highly priced, making it difficult for all tourists to procure. Thus, the rental service seems most apt for both the tourists and promotion of the local attire", said Mihu.

"We have had tourists coming in from states,like Rajasthan, West Bengal and the larger masses are from different parts of Assam, like Jorhat, Silchar, etc. On an average day, we receive about 35 to 40 tourists, which can go up to more than 60 or so during weekends", informed Mihu.

Most tourists visit the Eze Park and the EzeRiver, so Mihu and his team are operating from outside the park.




Body recovered from Papum River

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: One Nabam Tagap of Kanebung Village under Sangdupota Circle is suspected to have drowned in Papum River. His body was found on Monday at Boroighat under Behali Police Station, Biswanath district, Assam by the locals.

Tagap, who was a former Gram Panchayat Member of Kanebung Villager under Bassarnallo Circle, went missing at 3 PM on Sunday when he went out for fishing. Frantic search operation was launched by villagers but they failed to locate him.

Upper Balijan ZPM Gollo Takam has appealed to the state government to compensate the family members of the victim.  

Confirming the incident, Papum Pare DC,Tai Kaye said that Sangdupota EAC, Nabam Tagik had alerted him early this morning about the incident.

District administration carried out search operation with the help of local police, SDRF and villagers.

Kaye said that on the request of the Behaliunit police after registering necessary entry, they had handed over the body, which is now being brought to Kanebung village in Sangdupota circle.




Rescue team yet to trace passenger  

YINGKIONG, Jul 24:  A team of Upper Siang district unit police and NDRF personnel, along with district administration has been unable to trace a female passenger, who along with five others were on board an SUV taxi(Tata Sumo) which met with an accident on July 19 last between Ranaghat to Mariyang road at Sizon area of Mopom Circle.

During the joint operation conducted on Sunday, the rescue team was unable to retrieve the body as the Yamne River was in spates.

However, earlier on July 20, the rescue team under the supervision of SP, Amulya Borauh and DSP, Tapang Tatak recovered a dead body from the river and saved four persons, who were later admitted to Late Bakin Pertin General Hospital at Pasighat. (DIPRO)




Panchayat leader voices for DRDA employees

ZIRO, Jul 24: Lower Subansiri Zilla ParishadChairperson (ZPC), Hage Kobin appealed to the state government to look into the demand of the agitating DRDA employees as he expressed fear that the indefinite strike launched by them would badly affect implementation of rural development programmes.

The ZPC said that the DRDA employees, who have been playing a crucial role in effective implementation of vital schemes, like MGNREGA, IAY, PMAY (G), IWMP, PMKSY etc, should not be deprived of their service benefits.

Moreover, most of the beneficiaries of these schemes happens to be the families belonging to below poverty line, he said, and appealed to the state government to find a permanent solution to their demands.

Meanwhile, the DRDA employees of Lohit met Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister, Dr. Mohesh Chai and submitted a memorandum urging him to take up the matter with the concern authority for early solution of their long pending demands.

According to Tezu (Lohit) unit of All India DRDA Employees Association, Minister Chai has assured the delegation to take up the issue with the concern ministry as well as the Chief Minister.

"The ministry concerned has already initiated to find a solution to their demands and accordingly, constituted a high-power committee under the Joint Secretary (RD), which may take some more time," Chai was quoted as saying by Tezu (Lohit) unit of All India DRDA Employees Association.

He requested the DRDA staff to call off their strike as necessary steps were already initiated by the government.

The DRDA employees of West Kameng district also informed that it entered its 6th day of strike on Monday.

The DRDA employees' indefinite pen and tool down strike in protest against non-fulfilment of the demands for their immediate absorption in line departments of the state government and regular disbursement and drawl of DRDA salary through Treasury bill will complete a week on Tuesday.





MLA inspects school, assures completion of boundary wall within next fiscal

ROING, Jul 24:  43rd Roing MLA, Mutchu Mithi, who inspected Mayu Secondary School on Monday, assured the school authorities that the school's boundary wall would be completed within the ensuing financial year.

Informing that the issue of water and power supply at the school has been addressed, the MLA said that his next priority was towards improving the education and health sectors.

He was also provided with an update on the functioning of the Smart Class system.

Earlier in the day, the MLA also inspected the Deopani River and Eze Park to assess the issue of parking of vehicles and traffic movement.

'The opening of the Dr Bhupen Hazarika/Dhola Sadiya Bridge has provided easy connectivity to the people of Assam to visit various tourist and sightseeing spots in Lower Dibang Valley. However, the huge inflow of tourists had put a severe strain on the local populace and the administration in terms of traffic management', the MLA said and directed the BRO officials to develop parking areas near the Nehru Van Udyan (Forest Park) and the Eze river point so that traffic movement is not hampered.

The MLA was accompanied by CO Rakesh Tacho, DFO (T) Aduk Paron, DSP O Paron,  OIC 752 BRTF Baburaj P and JE (Civ) 62 RCC VK Sharma.





NABARD Workshop on flagship programmes

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: A district level workshop on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya SwavalambanYojana, Chief Minister's Krishi Rinn Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana schemes was organized in Changlang.

District Development Manager of NABARD, Kamal Roy stated that the schemes aim at empowering SC/ ST and women beneficiaries to stand on their own feet.  While the contribution of agriculture is high in the state's income, industry and service sectors have not picked up, he said.  

"However, the agriculture produces in the state offer high scope for processing and value addition. By this, the state can be able to realise better income of local produces.

Through these programmes, it would be possible to leverage institutional credit structure to reach out to underserved sections by facilitating bank loans.  Further, the scheme ensures handholding support to the beneficiaries during pre-loaning stage and during the operations of the unit" he said.

Changlang DC, Wajong Khimhun advised the banks to extend loans to the intended beneficiaries under the scheme. He further added that the loans under the scheme qualify for priority sector advances and sought co-operation from banks for the successful implementation in the district.

The meeting was attended by various participants, including ADCs of Miao, Jairampur, EACs, COs, ZPC, NGOs, bank managers and officers from all line departments.




G-XI enters final of Kargil Vijay Diwas Football Tournament

AALO, Jul 24: Team G-XI defeated SFS College by 2-1 on Monday to enter the final of the Kargil Vijay Diwas Football Tournament, which is being organised by the 5 Infantry Brigade, Aalo in the run up to grand celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas.  

Further, the Indian Army beat Aalo Veteran FC by a margin of 3-1 to sail into semi final match with Tarsumobuk FC.

Commanding Officer of the 5 Infantry Brigade Aalo, Brigadier J S Budhwar who witnessed the quarterfinal match encouraged the players of both teams to maintain sportsmanship as the Army Civic Football Tournament is dedicated to the war heroes and martyrs of Operation Vijay in Kargil. (DIPRO)




Meeting on I-Day celebrations

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner, Prince Dhawan called on various departments for coordinated efforts in organising the Independence Day celebrations on August 15 at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar.

In a meeting held on Monday, Dhawan proposed that stalls may be set up at the park by various government departments to celebrate the day in a grand way.

On being informed by EAC (Festival), Tame Yajum that the parade rehearsal would begin from August 3 next, the DC urged all the departments to ensure that all arrangement works are finished by then.

 The DC also briefed the Director Art & Culture on their role and further asked him to ensure the arrangement of cultural troupes. He asked all the officials to place their suggestions to ensure that there are no lacunae left in the preparation of the Independence Day.(DIPRO)  




GSU threatens non-cooperation movement

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The Galo Students' Union (GSU) gave the Chief Minister August 10 deadline for fulfilment of its various demands, failing which the students' union threatened to launch a non-cooperation movement from August 15.

The students' union, which recently met the Union MoS (Home) in New Delhi seeking his personal intervention to get their demand fulfilled, has been demanding to develop infrastructure of General Hospital Aalo, post sufficient manpower and equip the hospital with latest medical equipment, including diagnostic machineries and instruments.

Other demand of the GSU was to sanction required posts of PGT/STs against upgraded government higher secondary schools of Liromoba, Maro, Dari and GHSS Nehru Memorial School, Aalo.




Tadak Dulom Memorial Badminton C'ship begins

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Jul 24: The second Tadak Dulom Memorial Badminton Championship began at Singik hall here on Monday.

Deputy Commissioner A K Singh, who inaugurated the yearly tournament along with DSP Minjum Ete urged the participants to play the game with true sportsman spirit maintaining discipline.

The three-day tournament consists of men's and women's singles and doubles, and boys and girls U-15 (singles and doubles).




Kaso inaugurates upgraded school

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The newly upgraded Government Secondary School at Police Colony was inaugurated on Monday by Parliamentary Secretary for UD, Techi Kaso.

Addressing students, parents and local residents of Police Colony, Kaso expressed concern over poor performance of government-run schools.

"Sufficient teaching staffs have been posted in the government schools operating out of the Capital Complex, but the results are still very poor. There may be some lacunae, and it requires serious examination. Teachers will have to re-dedicate themselves and put more sincere efforts," said Kaso.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by the local councillor, Kaso informed that approach road to Police Colony will be taken up on priority and also assured to keep fund provision to improve infrastructure of the school.

DC Capital Prince Dhawan also spoke on the occasion.




Badminton trials

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Papum Pare District Badminton Association (PPDBA) is all set to conduct a day-long badminton trial for the shuttlers of the district for their further selection to compete in the 5th edition of Dorjee KhanduMemorial State Level Badminton Championship-2017.  

The trials would be conducted at the MLA Cottage badminton stadium here on July 28 next, whereas July 26 is the last date for entry of names.

The Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Level Badminton Championship would be played from August 9 to 12 next.

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Expectation from new president

As President Pranab Mukherjee completes his tenure, the whole nation will be hoping that newly elected president Ram Nath Kovind will continue the legacy of keeping president's office neutral and beyond politics. Former Bihar governor and one of the prominent leaders of greater Sangh Parivar, Ram Nath Kovind was recently elected as the new president of India. Even though he has an RSS-BJP background, Kovind will be expected to perform his duty as per Indian constitution. When Pranab Mukherjee was declared presidential candidate of UPA it took everyone by surprise. He was an influential member of Congress party and was expected to play critical role for party in the 2014 general election. During his tenure Mukherjee has done commendable job and always took decision within the boundary of constitution.

 Even during political crisis which engulfed Arunachal Pradesh, many thought Mukherjee because of his long association with Congress will be sympathetic to the grand old party. But he acted as per the laid down norms and signed the order of imposing president rule in the state based on the recommendation of the govt of India. Keeping decades-long party affiliations aside, Pranab Mukherjee also came down hard on the Opposition over the continued logjam during the 2016 Winter Session of Parliament. The Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Left parties had come together to demand a debate on demonetisation under a rule that entailed voting. The government agreed to a debate, but was unwilling to vote on it. More recently, President Pranab Mukherjee spoke unequivocally against the mob violence. Hopefully president elect Ram Nath Kovind will follow the same path and be true president of every Indian.







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Myanmar: India’s gateway to the East

Dear Editor,

When Indian and Chinese troops are continued stand-off near Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction, India rolled out the red carpet for Myanmar military chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, who was recently visiting India. India has been concerned for long from the cross border activities of North-East insurgent groups that taking shelter in Myanmar. India also worried about China’s aggressive sway over Myanmar’s peace process. On the other hand they kept providing shelter, aid and weapons to NSCN-K, who is fighting for independence of Nagaland for decades from Sagaing region of North West Myanmar. The recent attack on pilgrimage of Amarnath yatra at Anantnag is a cowardly act supported by another unfriendly neighbour. Whirlpool violence in unrest Kashmir is caused by propaganda, falsification of non state terror. The increased incidence of drug abuse and unemployment in the valley are committed by radical Islamic terrorist. Despite all a closer relationship between Burma and India is not in China’s interest.

Myanmar is India’s strategic neighbours that share a 1,640-km-long border of India’s north eastern states. It has significance from various angles as the only member states of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with which have a common border. New Delhi's backing the military junta clouded the relation between the two neighbours. Now Myanmar looks to India for bilateral defence and security cooperation.  They now review check in balance on strategic dependence only on China. New Delhi is closely watching this opportunity which was dominated by China and Pakistan.  PM Modi took up India's foreign policy on Myanmar from where his predecessor Manmohan Singh had left. Myanmar is rich in energy and natural resources. India is yet to exploit its geographical proximity with Myanmar to the fullest. The annual trade between the two countries is minimal. And Russia provides training to Myanmar Army Officers. In June 2015, Indian army carried out operation near Indo-Myanmar border against NSCN (K). Is ULFA (I) in real trouble after NIA charge sheeted them recently? India is eyeing against counter insurgency operation and sharing intelligence on Islamic insurgents in Bangladesh- Myanmar border.

Myanmar is a key pillar of India’s Act east policy. Both the countries have shared history of colonisation by the British. Ahom are the descendants of the ethnic Tai people of Burma that ruled for six centuries. Myanmar also attached from the time of Buddha. It was said that the Chinese were exploiting Myanmar's own resources. Myanmar has finally realised after New Delhi kept distance from China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative, which hampered India’s sovereignty from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. OBOR is now renamed as ‘Belt and Road Initiative' (BRI). India just cannot accept that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity.  Asia's third largest economy India has one of the world's busiest shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean.

Delhi is already upset over China's refusal to allow it entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and refusing to block UN sanction on Masood Azhar, the Pakistan-based head of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed. India is ready for intervening Chinese strategic inroads by expanding defence cooperation with ASEAN countries. India has already started dealing of military arms and equipments to Myanmar.  Indian army speeds up cooperation with Myanmar Army for patrolling of porous long border. Also Indian Navy warships undertake bilateral maritime boundary.

OBOR initiative is expected to cement China's dominance over Asia in coming decades. To counteract, India is trying to develop railway connectivity with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal. BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar) Economic Corridor has just revived for consultation and academics. Beyond commanders meet and diplomatic talks, the General took time to visit the centre of Buddhist world Bodhgaya and placed keen interest on successful co-operative movement of Amul Dairy and Tata’s world cheapest car project Nano. It is high time that the two countries shed their past in a fresh ambience and strive for a better future. New Delhi needs to get closer to Nay Pi Taw to plug the loopholes as it has done successfully with Bhutan and Bangladesh. Myanmar is not just a little corridor for trade but a gateway to the South East Asian countries in the future. Is that India’s answer to China’s OBOR?


Kamal Baruah,






A letter to the Chief Minister

Dear Editor,

Recently I read regarding our Civil Secretariat to be fully Wi-Fied, first of its kind in the whole nation and your live-stream declaration of bringing Itanagar under top 50 cleanest city of India from bottom. Daily you launch some new scheme and talk lot about technology to tackle the development of the state.  You clearly speak against the corruption and ill practices in the state and that’s highly appeasing. The respect and support for your govt. is sky touching while reading your acclamation or declaration on papers daily.

The clandestine admiration turns into dissatisfaction and sorrow as soon as one happens to walk, drive or travel trough the capital city and other parts of the state. The condition of the state capital proves all your achievements wrong and subtle.

We have only one highway connecting the twin cities. Here, a visitor faces crescendo, dwindling structures, pot-holes, layers of stinking garbage, unorganized buildings and ruptured roads all around. Problems of electricity water are prevalent in almost every colonies of the city. The condition of remote areas can be easily gauged by the condition of capital itself by any visitor.

As a concerned citizen, I wonder what your ministers are doing regarding all these basic issues. Don’t the ministers feel the way we feel? Every day 99% of your ministers and leaders drive in and out of this lone highway. The road side dumped garbage has become the centre of attraction for all.

I wonder whether the authority realizes the sudden upsurge in crime and social imbalances. I wonder whether they debate on our state’s poor literacy rate, poor medical facility and quality of life.

To be frank and to be true, most of the properties of the city belong to political leaders and bureaucrats. Most of the lavish vehicles honking for way even on the congested road belong to them.  

All of us have travelled between Itanagar and Naharlagun at night. Wonder what will happen if your car stops midway between the twin cities during a dark cloudy night. You will see no sight of light out there. The whole road lurks in darkness as soon as the sun sets. Not even a single electric pole has electricity connection in it. It’s so risky to travel at night. That part of road needs modification, rectification and electrification. It’s so shameful that we are unable to maintain the only highway of the state.

Technological fitness is necessary but structural and administrative fitness is much more vital for a remote state like ours.


A concerned citizen




Nursing students in Karnataka

Dear Editor,

It was highlighted in the media that nursing students pursuing their courses in and around Karnataka state couldn’t be employed outside the state of Karnataka.

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the agony of nursing students pursuing various courses in Karnataka and at the same time appeal honourable CM and the state govt to kindly look into the matter and help the suffering students.

So it’s my earnest appeal to our state and the centre to initiate necessary course of action in favour of suffering Students as their careers are at stake.


Rinchin P Dingla,








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