June 07


News Impact


Rescued Slow Loris released on World Environment Day

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: The Slow Loris which was rescued from Pasighat township some days ago was released back into the abode of endangered animals ‘D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary’ yesterday on the eve of World Environment Day celebration at Pasighat.

The Slow Loris scientifically called ‘Nycticebus bengalensis’, ‘Lajuki Bandor’ in Assamese and ‘Besung Raaye’ in Adi was released by the officials of D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary led by DFO T Mize after crossing the flooding Siang River by fighter boats. The animal climbed into a fruit bearing tree and started eating as soon as it was released,’ informed Kalen Panggeng  Range Forest Officer, Borguli Range.


Awareness campaign on TSC concludes

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: District Water Sanitation Committee (DWSC) under PHE Division Yupia, has conducted Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in collaboration with the NN Charitable society (NNCS) at Sakiang on June 3.

On the occasion, resource person and NNCS Field Coordinator, Henge Rame urged the local people to adopt proper household latrine and cautioned that open defecation invites innumerable diseases.

Richa Sangcha Farmers Club President Nabam Dopung called on the community to make sure about the proper output of the TSC scheme and suggested that involvement of PRI leaders is necessary for proper implementation of the project. Adding that, there should be no any discrimination by the implementing agency while proving TSC scheme to local people. He also said that the department concerned should involve the community for proper implementation of the project.

The programme was attended by HGBs, GBs, and PRI leaders and from different farmer’s club and SHG leaders.

They urged the department concerned for immediate start of the IHHL mission and also urged the state government to add some amount to the existing amount for construction of IHHL.

With this programme, entire villages of Papum Pare district  were covered under  awareness campaign on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC).


World Environment Day

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: Banderdewa Forest Division celebrated the World Environment Day by planting trees and distributing saplings among the villagers at their door steps.

A vehicle carrying seedlings ran across the villages and colonies at Banderdewa and distributed seedlings among the people and encouraged them to plant more trees to save the environment. The shopkeepers and other roadside vendors also shown keen interest on tree plantation. The villagers took utmost interest to plant aesthetic trees of Gulmohar in their hamlets.

At Kimin and Doimukh, public were seen queued to receive seedlings from the range headquarters.

While distributing seedlings, the officials also informed the public of the punishment under Wildlife Protection Act for the offense of killing, transporting, possession, consumption of wildlife meat, articles etc., informed DFO, Banderdewa Forest Division Tasso Sira.


Enquiry demanded

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: Bongte ASM under Palin circle has appealed to the Rural Development Minister to constitute an independent enquiry against  alleged misuse of MGNREGA and SGSY fund in Sangram  and Dui GPs under  Palin circle.

In a complaint letter addressed to the minister, the ASM Toku Dellum  alleged that the Palin BDO incharge had misused over Rs 8 lakh MGNREGA fund during 2009-11and the scheme was implemented without following proper guidelines and without the knowledge of public.

Equipped with RTI papers, the ASM further said that guidelines were also  violated while implementing the SGSY scheme during 2010-11. Name of a minor school going child was  also included in the beneficiary list under the scheme, the letter said. It also demanded posting of regular BDO at Palin.


Anti-Malaria month observation kicks off in Lohit

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: Anti-Malaria month observation in Lohit District began with awareness campaign at Tafargam, Tafragam-I, Tafragam-II, and Tafragam-III today.

The launching ceremony of the month-long anti-malaria campaign was attended by Tezu-Sonpura MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri’s wife Bagilu Kri and Tezu EAC G.K Paulchoudhary. They distributed 350 LLIN to the villagers.

District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. N. Ninu along with the NVBDPC staff spoke about various malaria preventive measures such as use of mosquito nets, DDT spray etc. The DMO advised all present to impregnate their bed nets with insecticide to prevent mosquito bite.

Panchayat leaders, all the GBs and public attended the awareness programme.


BSNL staff stage dharna

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: The members of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees Union Arunachal Pradesh today staged dharna in front of BSNL head office Itanagar in favour of its demand for leave travel concession (LTC), leave encashment and medical without vouchers, among others.

The union said that many executive and non-executive officers are deprived of various allowances under new pay commission. The demands of the Union included payment of medical allowances on quarterly basis, family planning allowances, professional upgradation allowances, restoration of all India leave travel concession, and implementation of childcare leave and provision of superannuation benefit to directly recruited employees as per DPE guidelines.  If the authorities fail to fulfill the demands at the earliest, the BSNL employees would launch indefinite strike from June 13, the union said.


Meet to revive Officers Club

TEZU, Jun 06: Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma convened a meeting to revive the defunct Officer’s Club at Tezu today.

Describing the importance of revival of the Officers Club, which has been remaining defunct since long, Sharma said that the Club was opened to cater to the recreational needs of the officers as well as develop a cordial environment and better understanding among the Government officeers serving in Tezu.

The meeting opined for framing a new committee and rules and regulations for the members. They also discussed on recreational activities in the Club. DIPRO


AR, Police nab NSCN (K) cadre

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: Assam Rifles (AR) along with Arunachal Pradesh Police personnel apprehended a hard-core NSCN (K) cadre in Tirap on intervening night of June 5.

A well planned joint operation by AR and APP personnel was carried out in Deomali on the intervening night of June 5 which led to the apprehension of self-styled Private Phamwang Lowang.

One Chinese hand grenade, one combat uniform and extortion note were recovered from the cadre. The slain NSCN (K) cadre is son of Jowang Lawang of Namsang village under Deomali sub-division of Tirap.

Apprehension of the cadre has not only dented the morale of the cadres but also gave a major blow to the extortion racket being run by cadres of the NSCN faction in Deomali, according to an Army release.


Unannounced checking

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: A team of officers from office of the Deputy Commissioner, ICC Naharlagun, DAO, Yupia, Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun and Police personnel conducted an unannounced checking of trading license/ food license in the capital complex from Chimpu to Banderdewa recently.

During the checking, many shopkeepers were found running their business without trading license/food license and notice have been issued to those shopkeepers and also imposed penalty for illegal trade practice.

The administration advised the shopkeepers to get their trade licences renewed and cautioned  that legal action will be initiated against such shopkeepers on expiry of the date of the  notice. Checking drive will continue at regular intervals in near future, it added.

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Outgoing VC foresees bright future for RGU

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, June 6: The outgoing Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Prof David R Syiemlieh sees bright future for RGU in years to come. Professor Syiemelieh has left RGU after being appointed as member of the prestigious Union Public Service Commission.

In an exclusive chat with this journalist hours before leaving the RGU campus, Prof Syiemlieh stated that if everything goes as per 12th Plan, the university will attain excellence in terms of academic environment and infrastructure development. “RGU has great plan for the future. Being central university, it is getting excellent support from the central government. In recent months, we carried out recruitment drive for faculty and non-teaching staff as there was huge backlog. New buildings are being constructed and new department are also being opened,” said Prof Syiemlieh.   

On the question of RGU failing short in compare to other central universities of the country, the out-going VC urged people of Arunachal to be patient and let it grow in its own pace. “We have to remember that RGU started as state university. The initial planning was limited to that of a state university. The transition from state to central university takes time. Therefore, we have to give ample time to RGU before comparing it with other well established universities.”

“RGU is a small university as compared to other central universities. The issues and concerns of RGU are quite different from that of others. We need to give special attention to these issues and concerns,” he added.

He expressed the need for paying serious attention to the college education system in Arunachal. “We need to give utmost importance to college education. The quality of education needs  to be improved at college level, so that our children get maximum exposure, which will make them ready for life ahead. Introduction of semester system examination in college will go a long way in this regard,” said Prof   Syiemlieh.  

Prof   Syiemlieh said he will cherish every moment of his stay in Arunachal. “I enjoyed my eight month stint in Arunachal. The unity in diversity and rich tribal tradition of Arunachal has amazed me. My only regret is that I could not travel around the state during my stay as most of the time I was pre-occupied with university work. I loved RGU campus and was ably supported by the staffs. I made lot of friends and learned many new things in the last 8 months,” said Professor Syiemlieh.

Further Prof   Syiemlieh added that he is leaving RGU with heavy heart. “I was beginning to feel at home. But in life they says everything happens for good and therefore I believe that my appointment as UPSC chairman will have store something good for me. However I will continue to keep track of every new development happening at RGU. This university has special place in my heart,” said Prof   Syiemlieh. His last words to RGU students were, “Be true to oneself, work hard and success surely will follow.”



Dibang Valley remains cut off for 5 days

Anini, Jun 06: Landslide and soil erosion triggered by heavy downpour over the last couple days caused major damage to Anini-Roing road with the district remaining cut off from rest of the country for five days. Heaps of debris, stones and mud brought down by heavy showers blocked the road at several points. It will take atleast another 4-5 days to clear the road for vehicular movement, reports DIPRO.

Incessant rain also snapped road communication between Anini-Mipi  and Anini- Etalin- Malinye circles. The Chu-Nallah mini hydel project in Mipi has also suffered huge damage. However, the actual damage caused to the hydel project is yet to be assessed.

According sources, the BRO OC has assured to make the road through for vehicular traffic by June 10.

The Jindal Power Company Ltd has also engaged its earth moving vehicles in restoration work at Etalin –Anini road on request of Deputy Commissioner Abu Tayeng, who is personally monitoring the restoration work. However, the shortage of machinery in a 100 km stretch of road from Anini to Ethi -Nallah is causing delay in restoration work.

The  DC today marched on foot along Anini – Roing  road starting from Kadali to Punli village to take stock of the landslides and personally assess the quantum of damages.

Earlier, the DC inspected the reported defect in the recently launched AMBOLI Bridge and observed minor erosions in one of its abutments. Instructions have already been given to the BRO for corrective measures. Meanwhile, the DC expressed concern that  delay in restoration work would disrupt in regular supply of PDS items causing artificial shortage in such items and other essential commodities.

Further, erratic mobile phone service and non-functioning of landline telephone for the last five months have added to the woes of the district. DIPR



‘Sainik School in Arunachal soon’

NEW DELHI, Jun 06: The road to a prestigious Sainik School in Arunachal Pradesh is opening up thanks to the ardent pursuance of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in every possible forum, particularly with the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Army.

Calling on Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh here today at South Block Tuki, while wishing the 59 year-old Singh, who was commanding the Kolkata-based Eastern Army Command before taking over the Indian Army, reiterated his request for opening up a Sainik School in the state, probably within the peripheries of the state capital Itanagar.

Gen Singh, who had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Minister at his official residence in Itanagar while holding the charge of Eastern Command, assured his commitment to the proposal. The Army Chief had already accepted the proposal in principle during his last meet with the Chief Minister over lunch.

Tuki expressed optimism that with Gen Singh as the Chief of Army Staff the dream of having a Sainik School in Arunachal would be at last fulfilled.

There are 24 Sainik Schools in the country so far. In the North East only Assam and Manipur boasts of a prestigious school each.

During the course of discussion with the new Chief of Army Staff, who had taken over the mantle hardly a week ago on May 31 last, the Chief Minister emphasized on improving connectivity in the border areas of the state. He impressed upon the General that connectivity was urgently needed not only in the field of surface communication but also air connectivity as well as tele-communication. Prospects in civic action programmes like Operation Sadbhavana, creation of infrastructure like community halls, playgrounds, etc and education and health services were discussed in detail, where the Army can play a major role.

Lamenting on the sluggish progress of road projects by BRO in the state, particularly in strategic border locations, Tuki urged the Army Chief to intervene and make the BRO work to the expectations of the people. He also suggested the General to impress upon the BRO to outsource some roads that it is undertaking in the state. This, he observed, would lessen the burden on BRO and allow other reputed and competent companies to finish the projects on time.

Gen Bikram Singh, who has a first hand experience of the region, appreciated the concerns raised by the Chief Minister. He assured his cooperation in all aspects and welcomed similar suggestions and proposals from the frontier state. He also appreciated Tuki for being the first Chief Minister in the country to call on him after assuming the post of Chief of Army Staff.

Meanwhile, to a request made by the Chief Minister, the General green-signaled in principle establishment of additional units of NCC in the state. Tuki had sought the additional units to streamline the youth force through man making and character building and imbibing patriotism.

Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago and other officials of the State Government accompanied the Chief Minister. Media Cell, CM



Siram highlights priority agenda in education sector

NEW DELHI, Jun  06:  Education Minister Bosiram Siram gave emphasis on  high priority  area in education sector in both Education Ministers conference and the 59th meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) held in New Delhi on June 5 and 6 respectively.

Participating in both the important meetings, Siram highlighted the issues concerning the protection of State Reservation Policy in Common Entrance Examination for Engineering Programme starting from 2013. The minister also emphasized on immediate recognition to the private B. Ed Colleges in the state, up-gradation of Block Resource Centre into full fledged DIET besides  alignment of APTET with CTET to address the burning issue of untrained teachers in the state. Siram further advocated for transferring mentorship from IIT Durgapur to NIT Itanagar.

Highlighting the flagship  programme being implemented in the  state, the state Education Minister called for broad band connectivity across the State for  expansion of knowledge and effective ICT implementation in Higher Education  sector. The people of Arunachal Pradesh are grateful to  the Central Govt for making the state a hub of national flagship programme under education sector, Siram said while speaking on agenda note such as National Mission on Teachers  and Teaching, Modal School under PPP, Sakshar Bharat Mission, community college, UGC regulations on prevention of discrimination and establishment of Ombudsman.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, who presided over both the meetings, expressed satisfaction over the progress made in education sector in the state.  Sibal assured that the state reservation policy shall be fully protected for admission in IIT, NITs and IITs. Siram also assured to extend full support in implementation of CABE decision in the state.

T. Taloh, DSE, B. Yirang, DEE, V. N. Sharma, SLO and D. K. Chaturvedi OSD (Edn) accompanied Siram during his hectic activities in New Delhi.



Governor urged to intervene in construction of border area roads

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: All Tagin Students’ Union and Taksing-Limeking Anchal Block, Anchal Chairperson in a letter appealed to the governor to immediately intervene in Taksing road construction work carried out by BRTF/BRO and  effective implementation of the BADP schemes in border area.

The union and ASM alleged that the road construction work from Limeking to Taksing started 15 years back but till today there is no progress in the said work. The road construction work being carried out by BRTF/BRO is progressing in snail pace while in other side of the boarder, infrastructure development is progressing rapidly.

Due to absence of road communication in the area, people are facing lots of hardship in this strategically important area.

It further alleged that BADP schemes are not properly implemented in border area. There are altogether eight passes/border tracts in the area and all the border tracks are lying in deplorable condition due to lack of maintenance.

Sometimes the local porters used to repair wooden ladder, log and hanging bridges on porter tracks without any financial assistance as the concern authority is not taking up the  maintenance works, they said. It further alleged that Indian Army is not carrying out there duty sincerely in Rijala-I,II and Tondahara passes. They are also not paying the porter charges sincerely to local porters, they said.



Fund shortage hits safe drinking water supply


RUKSIN, Jun 06: Non sanctioning of fund against a number of extension schemes is badly affecting the drinking water supply under Pasighat Public Health Engineering Department (PHED).

Some new schemes for extension of the existing water supply in rural areas were submitted by the department but the authority has not yet sanctioned the same leaving the department to bear the brunt of public ire for water shortage at different parts of the district, official sources said.

The assistant engineer of PHED, Pasighat sub-division Nyong Paloh informed that the ongoing Water Supply Mega Project at Ledum is on the verge of completion and water problem in the vast area will be solved soon.

Clarifying a recent allegation of water shortage at Pasak village, Paloh said that Pasak being a new hamlet  of Bamin Bilat village has not been covered yet under the exiting water supply project.  However, the department has submitted proposal to provide water supply facility in the village which is yet to be sectioned.

The engineer further informed that lack of staff quarter at Bilat section office is hindering the smooth maintenance of water supply in the rural areas. A section officer (JE) has been posted in Bilat section but there is no accomodation facility for him.



Yuva Drishti kicks off

ITANAGAR Jun 06: Yuva Drishti 2012, a 3 days state level leadership development programme organized by Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress kicked off this evening with over 250 elected leaders from various parts of the state participating in the programme.

Youth leaders from Indian Youth Congress (IYC), faculty members from Jawaharlal Nehru Leadership Institute (JNLI), master coaches from Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh are also attending the programme.  Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture, Horticulture Minister Setong Sena said that workshops are steps towards solving and understanding the problems faced by the people and finding a solution to the problems by leaders. The state will benefit from this training programme, he said.

Leadership is the other coin for responsibility. There are many challenges that need to be faced before becoming a true leader, he said. One needs to correct himself first before trying to restrict and control others. One needs to understand the problems of the common masses, Sena added.

He praised Rahul Gandhi’s initiative to impart leadership training to the youths for the betterment of the Congress party. The system of election process is very good one as there is, in fact, no loser and everyone is accommodated. This needs to be introduced in the village level to bring about a positive outlook towards the system and to keep the community together in one ideology.

In the coming elections we need to stick together and work in united for the Congress Party. In the coming Panchayat elections your leadership and strength will be tested. Youths will become the watchdog of the party, he added.

“Youths should push for quality leadership in the state. Your road to leadership is in its starting point. One should not hurry but rather work with the party to bring about a change for the common masses. If we follow Congress ideologies, one needs to go to the grassroots level,” Sena said.

Tomorrow’s Arunachal belongs to youth and keeping that in mind the youths should not encourage any kind of wrong precedent to take place. Party centric culture needs to be developed as well, he added.

Sena voiced against the bandh culture which is becoming a regular phenomenon in the state capital.

Lokam Tassar called upon the youths to work for peace and tranquillity in the state besides bringing awareness on the ill effects of drugs etc.

“Youths need to work for the betterment of the party and discipline needs to be maintained. More women youths need to participate and be a part of the youth Congress team to bring about positive change,” he added.

He contributed few amount to APYC fund for utilizing  it in emergencies like fire accidents. He stressed on judicious utilization of such fund.

Arunachal Pradesh in-charge IYC secretary Indrani Mishra, B C Tok, General Secretary APCC in-charge of Frontal Wings  and APYC president Tadar Niglar also spoke on the occasion.



Determination and will power-- main mantra for Arunachalee woman achievers

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR Jun 06:  The recent success of Arunachal women in state competitive and joint entrance examinations has proved that Shakespeare’s famous soliloquy in Hamlet’ “frailty thy name is woman” is fatal flaw for them and it should be rather ‘determination thy name is women’.  The state women are on its echelon, in terms of success and sheer determination. Women’s domination over the men can be easily seen in the recently concluded Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination and Arunachal Pradesh Joint Entrance Examinations where the top positions were secured by Shania Kayem Mize and Habung Yarang respectively.

Apart from Mize and Yarang, another lady, namely, Obang Taki has broke the jinx of tribal belief that male are more stronger than female. Taki has cracked the Indian Engineering Service (IES) Examination conducted by Union Public Service recently. She is the first lady IES from the state.

When asked by this correspondent Taki revealed that her father who died in car accident was her source of inspiration. She dedicated her success to her late father. However, she said that her unwavering will and sheer determination was the driving force for her success. She further twitted that any person guided by its sheer determination and strong will, would achieve its goal at the end.  

Hailing from Panggeng village under East Siang district, Obing did her schooling from Jonai Jubilee Model School in Assam. Disclosing the reason for opting civil engineering; she said that she also wanted to contribute her share in nation building.

Apparently, Arunachal women are rising from its phoenix, outshining men in every field and empowering the women in the male dominated society state like ours.



AVP training camp concludes

Itanagar, Jun 06: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) conducted 10 days State Level  ‘Pragat Varg’, advance training camp for its workers who had undergone ‘ Parichay Varg’, introductory Training camp of 5 days at their districts and have been devoting their time and energy for the socio-cultural development of Arunachal Pradesh through its various  service projects.

AVP had conducted 20 Parichay Vargs at various districts of Arunachal Pradesh where more than 1000 workers participated. These workers are given training to develop their personality, leadership quality, cultural values, and to educate them about the dangerous design of western cultural invasion. Yoga, pranayama, physical exercises, games, story telling, patriotic and traditional song competitions, intellectual discourses were the various activities to impart the desired virtues in the participants who have to lead the society in future keeping themselves away from politics.

So far, 3 Pragat Vargs have been conducted in 2010, 2011 and 2012 at Doimukh, Namsai and Pasighat respectively. 54 workers from 11 districts of Arunachal Pradesh were participated in the recently concluded  ‘Pragat Varg’ at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya at Pasighat.

Atul Jog, Organising Secretary, Kalyan Ashram North East Zone and Krishna Bhide, Joint Organising secretary of the Region, Tam Takia, General Secretary, AVP, Amir Tatin, Joint Secretary, AVP, Oshong Ering, senior citizen and retired officer and  Oyin Moyong, Joint Secretary, Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang were the main resource persons who have conducted classes for the trainees.

Otel Komut, veteran Social worker  and General Secretary of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), Onyok Pertin, President, AVP East Siang, Kaling Dai, Secretary, AVP, East Siang, Tajom Tassung, General Secretary, Central Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang attended the valedictory function among others.

Arunachal Vikas Parishad has been doing tremendous work in the socio- cultural development following the footprints of its founder President Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo since its inception in 1993. AVP is concentrating upon developing local human resource to make its projects and programmes more effective, vibrant and participatory.



Misuse of official power alleged,  while SI refutes the charges

ITANAGAR, Jun 06: All Arunachal Pradesh Contractors Welfare Association (AAPCWA) Lower Subansiri District Unit president Subu Lento has urged the concern authority to initiate departmental enquiry against Ziro Police Station SI  D Singpho for allegedly abusing the official power.

Lento in a written statement said that he went Ziro PS on June 2 in order to enquire about a complaint lodged against one of his friends and introduced himself. However, the police officer got irritate with his introduction and rebuked him by misusing official power, Lento claimed. He further said that he had to come out of the PS to avoid “unnecessary argument” as the SI got angry. However, Lento said, he was forced to come back at PS and later illegally confined behind bar for three and half hours. The AAPCWA district unit president also demanded termination of the said SI within 20 days for smooth conduct of the enquiry against misuse of official power. Lento further claimed that he was forced to write an apology.

When contacted, SI Singpho clarified that he was not aware of the designation of Lento as he did not introduce himself as the president of the district unit of the Association, entered his office without permission and forced him to release the person accused, who was yet to be arrested.  The SI further said he informed Lento about official formalities, urged him to produce the accused and file a bail application before the OC, PS Ziro for his release. But Lento insisted him for the same, began to misbehave and obstructed him from doing normal duty, Singpho claimed. The police officer further said that Lento threatened him with dire consequence when he asked Lento to go out and wait for the OC. Lento was confined as precautionary measures, Singpho said adding that he (Lento) was not forced to write apology.


An open letter to Education Minister

Dear Editor,

The KGBVs (Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas) are centrally sponsored schools under S.S.A. In the past few years, the salaries of S.S.A. teachers in the government run schools have been enhanced to a considerable level in multiple phases by your esteemed office. However, the staff salary of KGBV has not been raised even once till date. We, the staff members of KGBV are serving with utmost sincerity since the first day of our appointment despite these unparalleled hardships and meager salaries.

This, Sir, is to remind you that on 28th December 2010, you had publicly assured us to enhance the KGBV staff salary. A year has already passed but your promise remained as a distant dream for us. Hence, apart from re-bridging the gaping confidence between your humble servants and your esteemed office, your immediate action on this matter at the earliest would be greatly appreciated by the staff members of KGBV.

With this view, I humbly request you to kindly look into the matter with due seriousness and do the needful for which we will remain ever indebted to you.


Moken Loyi,

General Secretary,

KGBV Teachers’ Association,

East Siang District,



Right approach

Dear Editor,

I heartily welcome the initiative taken by our Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for pursuing the Jindal Steel and Power Limited for establishment of a polytechnic, a multi-purpose hall and a 20-bedded hospital under  Raga Assembly constituency.

It is indeed a great news for the entire people of the 25th Raga Assembly constituency. At the same breath, I would also like to appeal and urge the Chief Minister and local MLA to look into the grievances of the people living both in upstream and downstream area of the Subansiri Middle H.E. project, Tamen.   

I would like to request the local MLA and CM to take all the concerned people into confidence before taking any major decisions regarding the Subansiri middle H.E. project.


Nido Terin





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The role of women in sustainable development

The role of women in the society as driving force in enhancing sustainable practices can not be denied. Today, women’s involvement in governance and their ability to influence lifestyle at household level is widely recognized world over.

A UN Women report, The Centrality of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for Sustainable Development, highlights,  gender equality, empowerment and participation of women are integral for achieving the three pillars of sustainable development-social, economic and environmental.

Gender empowerment furthers the achievement of social justice and welfare. It also helps to achieve population control, heightens food security by moulding consumption patterns and accelerates economic growth and poverty reduction. Empowered women can also play a pivotal role in promoting the use of traditional knowledge for advancing environmental sustainability and strengthen their community’s ability to adapt and innovate in response to climate change.

However, while there is a growing realization about these inter-linkages between women empowerment and sustainable development, the potential of women to engage fruitfully as  agents of change and beneficiaries in the current period of transition to 'a green economy' remains largely under-utilized.

Given the impact of environmental changes on women's lives and women's potential to play a positive role, it becomes very important to involve women actively in this shift towards a greener world and integrate a gender perspective in reaching the goals of sustainable development.