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Growing hostility cause for concern
Defying the international pressure North Korea is continuing to indulge in reckless
activities of conducting nuclear and missile tests. The reclusive country is posing
threat to the international peace by aggressively pursuing nuclear programme. It
claimed to have developed nuclear missile capable of reaching mainland US. The growing
hostilities between US and its allies like South Korea, Japan on one side and North
Korea on the other side is creating atmosphere of uncertainty.
The unpredictable North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and equally maverick US President
Donald Trump is not helping the situation with their eccentric behavior. Both the
leaders lack maturity to deal with the crisis. As soon as North Korea make public
declaration of missile or nuclear test, US and its allies responds by flying bombers
over Korean peninsula and by deploying THAAD missile defence system in South Korea.
No concrete step has been initiated to ease the tension. China which has some influence
over North Korean regime has also miserably failed to reign in Kim Jong Un. The international
community is hoping on China to exert pressure on North in order to bring them under
negotiation table. But the situation is getting worse with each passing month. This
continued hostility has potential to develop into full blown conflict. Such situation
can wreak havoc as North Korea is in possession of nuclear weapon. It's time countries
like China and Russia which still enjoys good relation with North Korean regime intervenes.
The US and its allies also need to tone down aggressive posture and give peace a
---- Readers Forum ----
Establishment of Arunachal Regiment
Green Arunachal Foundation (GAF) appreciates that in a first of its kind instance,
the Ministry of Defence, Government of India has duly responded to a representation
submitted by a state based non-governmental organisation (NGO).
GAF is thankful to the Ministry of Defence, Government of India for its correspondence
to a representation submitted by the foundation for establishment of an Arunachal
Regiment (APR). The Defence Ministry, though not clarifying the matter on establishment
of APR has informed that the government is planning to raise two more Arunachal Scouts
battalions in addition to the existing two battalions.
However, GAF feels the necessity and urgency of establishing an Arunachal Pradesh
Regiment at the earliest, as the state shares international boundaries with China
and Myanmar. With day-to-day tension brewing up with neighbouring China and its powerful
PLA, Arunachal needs a regiment of its own to counter any danger posed by China.
Establishment of Arunachal Pradesh regiment will also solve the unemployment problem
of the state to a great extend. GAF also urge the central as well as the state government
to shift the Headquarters of the Arunachal Scouts from Jorhat in Assam to some suitable
location in Arunachal Pradesh.
GAF further feels that this is the most right and appropriate time for the state
government to act as the MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju is from Arunachal Pradesh.
It is an opportune time for the Hon’ble Minister to initiate programmes in the central
level for the welfare of Arunachal Pradesh. Further, GAF urges the governor of the
state to be pro-active and take up necessary steps for welfare and development of
Arunachal Pradesh. The state would benefit much if Raj Bhawan took interest the way
it used to be during the tenure of former governor Gen (Retd) J.J. Singh. Even the
Arunachal Scouts was the brainchild of the former governor.
Stop double standards in education
Great initiatives are taken by the government of Arunachal Pradesh to push the state
forward in the path of development. Roads, schools, colleges, urbanization, smart
city and many things accelerate the speed of the development. Above all, what attracted
my attention in recent days was the government’s new initiative in the area of education,
especially introducing smart classes across the state. Great is the idea and it deserves
kudos. I can see this facelift of development in our Himalayan state coming across.
But what appallingly astonishes me as someone who is directly involved in the education
sector is the pathetic conditions of the village schools run by the government. The
geographical hardships in our state are genuine such as isolated villages, completely
cutoff roads during the monsoon, frequent migration of villagers to the urban areas
and also the inaccessible hilly terrains with slippery landslides making situation
worse. When the younger generation in the urban areas is shown the light of better
education and hope and scope, those who remain in the villages in our state with
its maximum land area known to be geographically rural in nature , is still deprived
of basic educational facilities.
Associated with the education sector for years with an experience of travelling to
many areas in this beautiful state, I am saddened to see our tiny tots strolling
to their dilapidated schools with no benches and desks to sit and many times no teacher
to teach. Often I get to see broken blackboards and classrooms turned to cattle sheds.
Schools with broken walls and totally rusted corrugated roofs are never the signs
of an education system becoming smarter indeed. While applauding the government’s
efforts to bring modernity into the system, I want to ask the authority a question
which often brings tears into my eyes that who should be held responsible for the
misfortune of those innocent students who are deprived of a basic standard education.
They are as intelligent and enthusiastic as any other child among the urban populace.
My interactions with them in many of the village schools were great testimonies of
their intelligence and talents. But what seems to be appearing on the surface is
the laxity of the authority in the system which fails to monitor the situation around
and take corrective steps.
Every child born to this world is an intellectual giant in a sleeping stage. What
needs to be done with him is to arouse that sleeping intellect in him and get him
move towards a greater personal goal. He is a seed with the capacity to grow as a
big tree, which would one day shelter many people under it. But, if the seed is kept
in a barren surface with no water and support provided to it would dry from in and
die a tragic death. With this process of social and systemic negligence prevalent,
the future of our rural children will be perilous. To make the educational system
of the state smarter, what needs to be urgently done is to support the village schools
with adequate facilities and teachers. Teachers’ organizations often call pen down
strikes to put their demand for pay hikes and other amenities. Whereas, nobody seems
to be uniting their forces against the rampant absenteeism of teachers and students
in schools and take measures to improve the standard of teaching. Children with no
adequate knowledge of things would come out of their primary classes and become a
laughing stock during their pursuit of education elsewhere.
Therefore, the government must have appropriate action plans to help the poor children
in the village schools. If not, it is imminent to see a younger generation growing
unenthusiastic and inevitably unreformed of the sociological changes in a modern
society. In fact everybody, from the law makers to the teachers to the parents need
to be aware of this fact and need to consciously wake up responding to the call of
It has been rightly said by our chief minister that increasing retirement age for
another two years will not have much impact on employment scenario in the state but
only if all the vacant posts are notified.
Through this esteemed daily, we would like to inform that there are huge vacancies
including DTO(transport), DTO (tourism), BDO Tourist information officer (TIO),
District Art and culture officer( DACO), Assistant Art and culture officer (AACO),
District sport officer (DSO), assistant sports officer (ASO), District Planning
Officer (DPO), MVI, Tax and excise Inspector, supply inspector, Treasurer, clerks,
Many of these posts are held either by Circle officers or by other administrative
officer. If these vacant posts are filled through open competitive exam, it would
be really big relief to our unemployed youths and big chunk of local unemployed youths
of the state will become productive member of the family.
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