June 09


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Respect sentiment of each other: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) president Takam Tatung  yesterday urged the NESO and All Assam Students Union in particular to educate people of Assam about maintaining brotherhood among NE states. He said this during  a  rally organised by NESO at Guwahati  in protest against the discrimination meted out to NE  people and students in various parts of country. Besides the AAPSU president, other members of AAPSU led by Tatung participated in the rally. Drawing reference of recent boundary skirmishes in Likabali, Tarasso and constant harassment of Arunachalee citizens by Assam police while passing through Assam, Tatung called for end to such discrimination. “If we do not respect the sentiment of each other, how can we expect mainland Indians to respect us. We should stop  harassing each other and stand united, that will send strong message to those who discriminate NE people,” stated Tatung.


Forest officials conduct raid, seize wildlife meat at Dapo

ITANAGAR, June 08: As a part of its unannounced checking, Daporijo forest officials along with police personnel have raided daily market areas including golden market, new market and Gandhi market on Wednesday against the wild meat sellers. During the raid, officials seized and recovered numbers of wild life animals’ skins and carcasses from the Tata Mobile pick up bearing registration number AR01C-1413. Passengers and driver of Tata mobile vehicle were interrogated by the officials.


Two houses gutted

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: Two houses were completely gutted down in a fire accident at Talo village, Lower Subansiri District in broad daylight on June 6. The house owners Nich Yaniam and Licha Yeri lost properties worth lakhs of  rupees in the fire mishap. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, Swtam Aajin Society visited the spot and donated blankets, utensils and some cash amount to the fire victims. The society appealed to the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner, Yachuli to provide necessary help to the fire victims immediately.


Union seeks Dissing-Paso-Tarasso link road

ITANAGAR, Jun 08:  Citing the various incidents faced by the local people while going through Assam, All Pakke-Kessang Pijering Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students Union (APPDSSU) today sought the state government to construct link  road from Dissing-Paso of East Kameng to Tarasso cricle of Papum Pare. Union claimed that local people residing along the boundary area have to face untold harassment from local people of Assam. It viewed that it would be wiser on the part of government to construct new link road to avoid  unnecessary harassment.


Federation condemns fee collection

ITANAGAR, Jun 08:  Claiming that various government schools across the state are collecting Rs 200 from the children as school fees, All Arunachal Pradesh Youngster United Federation today condemned the reported collection of fee from children, where as free and compulsory education was clearly mandated  under Right to Education Act. It urged the concerned minister to look into the matter.


Violation of guidelines alleged

ITANAGAR, Jun 08:  Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Students’ Union (LSDNSU) today alleged that executing department and contractor had grossly violated the guidelines in constructing Anganwadi centre building and EGS school building at Sikhe.  LSDNSU claimed that a single building was constructed to house both  Anganwadi centre and EGS school whereas it has  separate sanctions. It further stated that despite repeated complaint lodged by concerned public against the works, the department had released the payment and accepted photos without proper verification. Union appealed to the concerned department to set up  inquiry committee to unearth the truth.


Employees to stage dharna

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: The standoff between employees and authority of Ranganadi hydro electricity project (RHEP) is continues as the employees of 89 days basis of RHEP decided to go with its second phase of agitation on 13th and 14th June next. The decision to  stage peaceful dharna at premise of RHEP was taken following the non-fulfillment of their demands by the authority.


Training concluded

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: A three month long training program on web designing and computer hardware and networking conducted by Arunachal Grace of Green Society  sponsored by Union Ministry of micro, small and medium enterprise under its entrepreneurship and skill development program at Arunachal Community college concluded here today. Speaking on valedictory function G. Thaosen, assistant manager of NEDFI, highlighted various schemes initiated by the government for self employment generation. Demo Dadda, Chairman of Arunachal Grace of Green Society suggested trainees to develop entrepreneurship skill for self employment generation.


Associations decry shortage of NRHM doctors

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: The Unemployed Dental Surgeon Association of Arunachal Pradesh (UDSAA) and the Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Ayush Doctors Association (APUADA) today claimed that State NRHM is being run without doctors to serve its rural population after the State govt had regularized the services of 68 GDMOs (general duty medical officers) under health service department. All the regularized GDMOs were earlier appointed under NRHM on contractual basis, it said.

With the regularization of 68 GDMOs ( 28 Allopathy, 21 Homeo, 6 Ayur and 13 Dental) “which had been done without any notification or informing the govt of India”, the State NRHM has left with just 17 doctors (12 Allo, 2 Homeo, l Ayur & 2 Dental) for the whole state of Arunachal, the Associations claimed.

It further said that not a single post of GDMO has been recruited since March 2012 under NRHM, which is likely to get extension for another five years.  The associations, demanded immediate removal of the Mission Director accusing him of failing to clarify on NRHM fund allocation and manpower distribution in the State specially in the rural areas.


Union condoles death of student

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has condoled the untimely demise of Ena Kakki, who died under strange situation at Shillong yesterday. In a release AAPSU President Takam Tatung while deeply mourning the death of Ena, called on police to properly investigate the cause of death.

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Bacterial leaf blight affects paddy fields in Ziro Valley

ZIRO, Jun 08: The farmers of Apatani Plateau have faced heavy losses as the unique paddy cum fish cultivations at Ziro valley  has been badly affected by bacterial leaf blight. The dreaded disease has also attacked the nursery beds resulting in acute shortage of seedlings for replantation, reports DIPRO.

The disease caused by a drought-like situation over the last couple days damaged and killed all the fishes causing heavy losses to the farmers. According to the reports, the bacteria of the disease has spread to entire paddy fields of Apatani Plateau. Further, outbreak of White Backed Plant Hopper has further worsened the situation. The disease has been reported for the first time in Ziro Valley.

This integrated paddy-cum pisciculture is the mainstay of farmers here.

Meanwhile, a team of officials headed by Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo and Deputy Commissioner Taru Talo inspected all the affected paddy-cum fish cultivation fields to assess the extent of damages.

Richo assured the affected farmers to convey their helplessness due to crop damage to the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation for relief and assistance and discuss the matter with the CM personally.

The DC asked the district agriculture department to submit the survey reports within a week for follow up actions.



Mingkhi completes hattrick of titles

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR/PASIGHAT, Jun 08: Teenage Tennis sensation Mingkhi Talom completed a hattrick of titles in the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament at Guwahati by winning the under-14 Singles title today. Mingkhi taking part in U-16 years category had won the Singles and Doubles titles just a week ago.

Mingkhi defeated top seed Parikshit Somani of Assam 6-3 6-4 in straight set in the final today to continue his giant killing spree in the championship. He outsmarted Siddharth Bisnet of Sikkim 6-0 6-4 in the semifinal yesterday, informed Dr. T. Talom, father of Mingkhi.

Meanwhile, the ‘Talom Brother’s Union’ of Pasighat has appealed to the state government to grant financial assistance to the budding tennis player to meet the expenses in participation of tennis tournaments. The general secretary of the union Tarin Talom appealed to the Adi Bane Kebang, Adi Students’ Union and other local organizations to encourage and extend moral support to him in this hour of need.

Though Minkghi was selected to train in Wholeistic Tennis Academy at New York, his trip to USA is being delayed mainly due to passport and financial problems.His father Dr. Tarik Talom had applied for financial help and assistance to the Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, the Director of School Education and to the Secretary, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. But no response has been received so far, Dr. Talom rued.

According to Dr. Talom, playing tennis is very expensive. He exclaimed that barring Arunachal Pradesh, the players of other states are provided all required facilities and necessary support by their respective state government.

Mingkhi is regularly taking part in AITA Tennis tournaments all over the country. He will be proceeding to Patna, Bihar for another two AITA Tournaments after conclusion of the ongoing tournament at Guwahati.



24-hr Pasighat bandh ends, people decry Govt. adamant attitude

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: With active supports from people of Pasighat in particular and East Siang in general,  the Pasighat Peoples’ Welfare Committee (PPWC) sponsored 24 hrs Pasighat bandh came to an end this evening.

However, despite repeated appeals and pressure from PPWC and general public of the district, the government is still not sure to address the demands for renovation of Yembung and Sille Hydel and other public grievances.

During the bandh government offices and business establishment remained closed. Surprisingly,  the people who are demanding improved power scenario, have enjoyed uninterrupted power supply within the Pasighat township during the bandh period. One questions  whether the uninterrupted power supply is meant only for bandh period or to continue in other days to the delight of general people.  Meanwhile, PPWC expressed its displeasure over the alleged failure of elected representatives of East Siang district to redress the grievances of the people of East Siang. Keeping mum on the burning issues shows elected representative’s lack of concern for the people, it said.

Expressing resentment over the adamant attitude of the state government and the concerned department on the crucial issues, the Committee   decided to convene  a general public meeting on June 14 at Pasighat General Ground  regarding its  proposed 72 hrs Pasighat bandh. It also appealed to all the elected representatives of East Siang district to participate and express their stand on the crucial issues.

Meanwhile, supporting the movement being launched by PPWC, All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU), Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) East Siang Unit slammed the state government for indifferent attitude shown to the genuine demand of the people which has been pending for the last few years.

It blamed the state government for its lack of political will to expedite the process to bring an end to people’s misery. The Unions urged the Chief Engineer (Power) Middle Zone to immediately direct the Aalo and Rumgong electrical division to sort out the local problem to complete the 132 KV line which has been already completed by the Pasighat electrical division in its jurisdiction.

The dilly-dallying tactics on part of the Aalo and Rumgong electrical division for the erection of tower under NLCPR scheme is uncalled for, it added.

The conglomeration of students unions also urged the other component of the department like Department of Hydro power Development (Civil & Electro Mechanical) to take up immediate step so that people of the district get sufficient power supply throughout the year.

The DPHD Pasighat division needs to make its stand clear as to how much power it  could supply from Rina Micro Hydel to Pasighat area.



Fire extinguishers mandatory for all private schools in West Kameng

BOMDILA, Jun 08: West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi made it mandatory for all the private schools to have Fire Extinguishers  installed in every building and hostels with proper training of the operation on or before July 31.

Addressing the first ever review  meeting on the performances of the private schools in the district here today, Tashi  said unannounced visits would be conducted by the District Administration and the Education Department to take stock of the academic progress and the implementation of the safety norms and other precautions being taken for the safety and welfare of the school children. Necessary actions including recommendations for cancellation of Licenses to run the schools would be initiated against the defaulters, he cautioned.

The meeting assumed significance as all the Chairpersons, Principals, Head Masters and representatives of all the 39 Private schools including that of the BRO and the Christian missionaries attended the performance appraisal meeting.

Tashi called upon the managements of the private schools to play the role of a good samaritan in making the society completely literate. Opening schools with profit motive alone would do no good without responsibilities, he said..

On a humanitarian note, he urged the managements to take in orphaned children and make a them worthy citizen. This act of compassion would go a long way in defining and shaping the humanity, he observed. Also, Tashi advocated for taking the parents into confidence before making further hikes in the school and hostel fees.

Concerned over the large number of private schools still unrecognized; 19 to be exact in the district, which is a gross violation of the government’s order, the Deputy Commissioner extended a grace period of two months till July 31 for obtaining the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the District Administration. The matter would be taken up in a different light if not complied with, he impressed.

Earlier, Deputy Director School Education Marken Kadu going at length on the State government’s guidelines reiterated that the private schools too come under the purview and control of the education department and as such the prevalent guidelines, rules and regulations framed by the state government are applicable to them. This makes them responsible and accountable to the society and the government, he said. For imbibing moral growth in the children and achieving academic excellence, the DDSE directed the school Managements to compulsorily implement the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation which also is mandatory under the Right to Education (RTE).

The district with 39 Private and 175 government schools including a Degree College should be sufficient enough to cater to the educational needs. But with a current literacy rate of 69.40%, the journey is still incomplete and the destination  far-off. There is a need for concerted effort by all the stake holders. Vision, commitment and follow up actions could do wonders in accelerating the pace of education in the district. DIPRO



Don’t use armed forces against dam protestors: Forum

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM) has urged the Arunachal Pradesh Govt to stop use of armed forces in dealing with mass protests against construction of big  dams in Siang belt, Dibang Valley and other parts of Arunachal.

Pointing out the reported use of force for public hearing for hydro project in Siang belt, the Forum said high-handed approach displayed by both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh against the protesters of dam in recent past is a clear violation of the democratic rights and aspiration of the indigenous and river basin communities.

The Governments’ response to the democratic, peaceful and non-violent protests has been insidious to say the least. In Siang and Dibang Valley, public hearings had to be cancelled because of people’s opposition to hydro projects many a times in the last five years, the Forum claimed and added that  police and para military forces were amassed as a show of brute strength by the State to forcibly organize the public hearings. The tactics to muzzle the dissenting voices against destructive development projects are on the increase in Arunachal Pradesh, the Forum added.

The Forum condemned the use of forces to deal with the “legitimate, democratic, peaceful and non violent peoples’ protests” against hydro projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and in other parts of the North East. It urged the authorities concern to create a conducive atmosphere in the region, free of state brutality and repression, to start an immediate dialogue with the protesting communities and groups to listen to their concerns.

The Forum further demanded the Arunachal Pradesh Govt to review all the Hydro Power MoUs of Arunachal Pradesh. “The hydro MoUs/MoAs were signed with power developers many of whom are completely new to dam building. Moreover, the projects are being developed without any meaningful consultation with the affected communities, the Forum said.

The Forum urged the authorities to respect the voices and concerns of the affected communities and stop going ahead with all those projects which do not have a clear mandate from the local people.

Opposing the on-going construction of Lower Subansiri Project, the Forum called upon the authorities to take note of the various independent studies on the downstream impact of the Lower Subansiri project.

The Forum also called on the authorities  to respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples on the important issues of free and prior informed consent.



Society rejoices appointment of new RGU registrar

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: Tebw Lappa Welfare Society has expressed joy over appointment of Dr Rachob Taba as Registrar of Rajiv Gandhi University. In a release the Society said, “Dr Rachob Taba truly deserves the post. Despite the odd against him, Dr Rachob had contributed immensely to the growth of RGU. We believe that his appointment as Registrar will benefit the university.”

Born on 2nd March 1964, Dr Rachob hails from Fangche village under Seppa circle, East Kameng district. He completed his graduation from JNC Pasighat in the year 1982. He went on to do his MA from North East Hill University and Ph. D from Rajiv Gandhi University in education department. Prior to his new assignment, Dr. Rachob Taba was the Associate Professor of this University since 2005. He served the University in various capacities such as Co-ordinator, Students’ Welfare, Deans of Students’ Welfare. He was also the Head, Department of Education for a period of three years. He served as President and General Secretary of Rajiv Gandhi University Teaching Association on several occasions.

The Non-teaching employees of the University organized a get-together programme on 6th June at University Conference Hall in the honour of new Registrar, Dr. Rachob Taba. The programme started with the formal welcome by Taniyang Ningee, General Secretary, RGUEA. Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Rachob Taba, new Registrar and few other officers also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Tebw Lappa Welfare Society has urged state government to groom properly weightlifters like Kojum Taba and others who won laurel for country at Commonwealth Youth Championship. The Society said these weightlifters need to be given proper support so that one day they win medals for country at Olympic Games.  



Nabam Atum conferred ONE Indian Award

ITANAGAR, Jun 08: Nabam Atum, the renowned social activist and former chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, who worked selflessly for creating a sense of nationalism among the people of North East India was on Monday felicitated with the ONE Indian Award 2012 by My Home India (MHI), a non government organization. The award was presented to him by Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at a function organized at the Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi, Mumbai.

Noted actress and social worker Kiron Kher, national patron of MHI Sanjay Kakade,  founder of MHI Sunil Deodhar, BJP’s Mumbai unit President Raj Purohit and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

After receiving the award, Atum promised to continue his work for the cause of North East India. Atum was instrumental in generating a wave of nationalism among the people living on the India - China border in Arunachal Pradesh through Seemant Darshan Yatra. Born in 1948, Atum has been associated with various social works in the North East India for the last many years.

Gujrat CM Narendra Modi appreciated Atum’s work and came down heavily on Central government for neglecting the North East India. Modi said North East India has tremendous potential for generation of electricity through hydel power projects, but the government is negligent to it.

Modi said that his government has offered all the north eastern state governments to send about 200 policemen each to Gujrat for a period of two years, which would help know each other’s culture better through cultural exchange programmes. He said that Gujrat government is ready to bear the expenses for those police personnel during their stay in his state.

Sunil Deodhar explained the work of MHI and stressed on the need of awareness about north eastern states among the people from rest of India.

A video film on Nabam Atum’s work was shown during the event, which was appreciated by all.

The award was sponsored by Saraswat Bank.



Miao Police deserves admiration and recognition for their heroic service

Pissi Zauing

JAIRAMPUR, Jun 08: May 31, the day when the entire nation was experiencing the temperature of Bharat Bandh called by the country’s principal opposition party in protest against unproportionate rise in petroleum and other products, a catastrophic incident silently transpired in turbulent Tirap River at Old Khamdu village, 8 km from Jairampur town in Changlang district. On the fateful Thursday a six-member team set off for Tirap River at Khamdu to slay egg laden helpless fishes. The team was led by Urban Development Deputy Director George Joseph, Drivers Sange Longthen (40) of Tawang; JCB Operator Anil Pradhan (29) of 9 Mile Jagun and Deep Dutta (30) of Miao.

On reaching their destination, Sange Longthen, Anil Pradhan and Deep Dutta, who carried mobile generators and fishing nets, boarded a tiny country boat and headed for the hunt. But the boat after fleeting few metres downstream suddenly lost control due to overload and within no time the turbulent current swallowed them while UD Deputy Director and others witnessed the tragic end of three young lives helplessly from the bank. The trio didn’t even realize that the donggi (country boat) had cracks that were detrimental to ferrying.  By the moment they realized it was too late to escape from the jaws of death. A case was registered vide Jairampur PS UD Case No. 06/12 u/s 174 CrPC.

On the day of doom, only the body of Longthen could be recovered that prompted the angry relatives of Anil Pradhan and Deep Dutta to gather near Police Station, Jairampur in large numbers and tried to manhandle the frightened deputy director. They were demanding to take them to place of occurrence and immediate recovery of bodies. But Miao OC R. Rawat had rushed there as soon as the mishap occurred to assist Jairampur IO Sub-Inspector A. Hari for not being in a position to go to the place of occurrence owing to ill health demonstrated his policing experiences and prowess that helped him sink the tension. Had OC Rawat not been there, the situation could have gone out of control, SDPO M. Mihin recalled the tense moment that could have transformed into interstate problems had it not been dealt intelligently and maturely.

The bodies of Anil Pradhan and Deep Dutta were recovered on June 2 only after intervention of Miao Police led by SDPO Miao M. Gambo and OC R. Rawat who managed fisherman from neighbouring Assam to fish out the bodies. The bodies were recovered from such a place where there was no route by land because of steep gradient of slope and dense forest with bushes, bamboos, canes and other thorny species making next to impossible for transportation of corpses.  ASI L Yeshi, Ct. D Lamra and other police personnel handled the decomposed corpses with naked hand while SI R Rawat OC PS Miao held inquest over the dead bodies. ASI L. Eshi prepared a stretcher like bamboo boat (Woan in Singpho dialect) which was unique, innovative and interwoven with traditional method. They brought the corpses through river course in upstream direction covering a distance of more than 1 km as there was no other way to budge the bodies other than the risky river route.

The police team under the command of SDPO M. Gambo toiled more than 60 hours despite unfavourable weather conditions risking their lives to accomplish their mission with sheer determination, dedication, sincerity, discipline and self confidence.

In Arunachal, the police are treated as mere tool to deal with law and order. Citizens often tend to forget that the police are responsible for ensuring them secured slumber without an iota of fear for wrong doers. The amount of hardship they faces while rendering their duty is never recognized nor seen by the public and the government higher-ups. The recovery of the three bodies from Tirap River after struggling for three days was not a bed of roses. The operation was carried out without any logistic support and technical expertise whatsoever. Therefore, the police team in question deserves every appreciations and reward from the state government and police HQs for the example they have set so that it would boost their morale and ethical police working culture. The recognition would also encourage and promote them to become finest police officers and personnel in the days to come and serve the society with utmost sincerity, integrity and discipline. The police are not to be bullied but respected, they are our strength.



Miao Mini Zoo gets public attention while Zoo staff struggle without salary

Pissi Zauing

MIAO, Jun 08: After the Zoo Authority of India provisionally granted recognition to Mini Zoo, Miao under Section 38 H of the Wildlife Protection Act for a period up to 31 October 2014 subject to compliance with some incentives, the process to find an alternate land has started. The existing Mini Zoo area is small and will not fulfill the laid down norms of Mini Zoo. The alternate site is therefore urgently required so that Master Plan for Mini Zoo can be prepared and submitted to the Zoo Authority of India (ZAI).  


To find a suitable site for the shifting, a meeting was held in the office of FD on June 5. Most prominent public leaders and officers in the meeting were only interested in meeting the demands of ZAI and not in making the zoo full-fledged in future. The site at Bat camp has mere 7-8 hectares and if this land is finalized, the problem faced by the mini zoo today will re-surface after 10-15 years.

As per ZAI guidelines many structures and parks will be coming up in the zoo like visitors shed, separate enclosures for various species of animals, visitors shed, veterinary unit, quarantine ward, post mortem room, CC footpath, modern drainage system, culverts, new water supply, new lawn and gardens, deer park, pond for crocs, children and recreation park, staff quarters, interpretation centre, standoff barriers and fodder plantation. If these structures and parks come up, will the site be sufficient? However, the leaders of Miao Singpho are likely to sit for discussion and help in finding a suitable land. Any wrong planning will only warrantee problems in future. There are many visible instances of wrong planning. It is wise to have a glimpse of the past.

But till the suitable land is finalized and master plan is approved the existing zoo needs to be maintained.  NNP (PT) authority is helpless as there is no flow of funds for the zoo. The handful of staff that looks after the zoo does not get their hard earned salaries in time. There is monthly requirement of food for zoo animals and an amount of Rs. 81, 000 is required monthly for purchase of their food items.  The pending bills against supply of animal food item amounts to Rs. 6, 48, 000 from October 2011 to May 2012. The zoo needs Rs. 1, 05, 990 monthly for payment of salaries to  five regular staff and Rs. 57, 000 to 10 casual staff. These poor casual staff are running without salary since the last  four months. The pending salaries from February to May reaches the figure of Rs. 2, 28, 809. The shop keepers of Miao Township have stopped supplying rations on credit to these casual staff for non clearance of existing credits. They are actually in dire straits.

The reason for not releasing the salary of workers in time is not understandable but the practical problems of varied magnitudes experienced by the poor workers can be gauged. But still they render their duties sincerely and efficiently.  Their hospitality, sincerity and efforts attracted 8, 100 visitors to the zoo in the last two years as per records based on sale of tickets. Therefore, they deserve encouragement and appreciation and not step-motherly attitude by not releasing their hard earned salaries for months. All is not well and attention of Chief Minister Nabum Tuki, who also holds charge of Forest ministry, is the need of the hour.


A Lok Sabha MP on a different mission

Dear Editor,

It was a rare occasion for the people of Dambuk to witness a VIP visit during the mid-summer month of June when the place is virtually remains an island with its road communication cut off from all the three sides. By visiting the place during such a time of the year when the people are least expecting any VIP visit, Ninnong Ering, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency has not only surprised them but stole the heart of the people of this landlocked sub-divisional headquarter.  Mr Ering mesmerized the people by his extra-ordinary zeal to cross the raging Sissiri river on back of a Elephant instead of availing VIP Helicopter service that too by taking the rider’s seat and maneuvering the elephant by himself across the river.

For the people of Dambuk it was more than a mere VIP visit as they often felt that they are left on their own fate in such difficult time of the year. In fact, he was a Good Samaritan coming home for them. During his visit, the Lok Sabha MP announced a Package of Rs 45 Lakhs to be provided from his MPLAD fund for this trouble torn place. The package includes 25 Lakhs for construction of new Musup (Kebang Ghar) at Remi Village, 10 lakhs for construction of Gangging (Donyi-Polo Prayer Hall) at Dambuk, 5 Lakhs for construction of Staging Hut near new SDO Office Complex and another 5 Lakhs for Flood Protection Work at Bomjir Village besides assuring to look into other grievances faced by the people. This kind gesture of the MP, though not sufficient for people of the area, will always be cherished in years to come.

For Ering, it was not only the first time to directly address the people in time of need but he was always among the first to visit the places in his constituency during trouble time whether it was communal tension at Roing or the protesting anti-dam activists of 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro-Electric Project at Siang Belt. Indeed, he is a true ambassador “For the People” UPA Govt. at least in his constituency.


Ajay Saring, Dambuk

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Global policy topreserve planet earth

The policy advocacy organization, World Future Council presents an emergency policy agenda consisting of 24 tipping-point policies that need to be implemented globally to preserve a habitable planet.

It is observed that the growing climate chaos, biodiversity decline, ocean pollution and forest decimation  are threatening the very capacity of the earth to sustain life. The policy document, titled, “Saving our Shared Future – Best Policies to Regenerate our World”  is the result of more than five years of work with parliamentarians, national and international policy-makers, as well as scholars and civil society groups to identify, debate, legislate and implement breakthrough policies to enable the transition to a fair and sustainable future.

The 24 tipping-point policies are divided into four main areas of necessary policy reform. They include policies to speed up the global transition to renewable energy, policies regulating financial instruments, securing sustainable ecosystems, granting equal educational opportunities for women and outlawing nuclear weapons. Policy documents also proposed to  follow New Zealand’s lead and ban nuclear weapons in a phased, verifiable and irreversible manner.

It also advocated for implementation of feed-in tariffs, or policy mechanisms that can advance renewable energy, which are currently enforced in more than 60 countries and also proposed to  shift taxes gradually from labor to resources. The council aims to raise awareness on the crises afflicting the world today, and mobilise support behind the policy agenda.