ITANAGAR, Jun 28: 18 Assam Rifles at Vijaynagar (air maintained post) has assisted
the energy and resources institute, (TERI) in implementing ‘Lighting a Billion Lives’
(LaBL) which aims at providing eco friendly and cheap renewable lighting source to
villages which lack facility of electricity, in Mazgaon village of Vijaynagar circle
An entrepreneur Kamal Chhetri, resident of Mazgaon village was appointed as LaBL
Captain and was trained for running, establishing and monitoring the Solar Charging
Station under the aegis of TERI.
A total of 50 Solar Lanterns along with equipment for establishing Solar Charging
Station was distributed by Post Commander of 18 Assam Rifles.
The implementation of the project took approximately four months including the period
of preparation, training and implementation on ground. The major challenge was the
induction of the items of the project at Vijaynagar, the same was successfully completed
through Assam Rifles air sorties to Vijaynagar in lots.
The eco friendly lighting system will help students of village Mazgaon and will give
opportunity for entrepreneurship at village level to expand charging stations into
multiservice centres such as mobile phone charging, TV battery charging, energy for
computer and education.
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Doimukh Nyem Welfare Society (DNWS) today strongly reacted to
the press statement of All Nanghi, Natung Moya and Tacho Welfare Society (ANNMTWS)
and All Papu Valley Women Welfare Society (APVWWS).
Expressing surprise over the recent allegation of both the Societies that the wife
of the alleged accused misled the DNWS regarding the Doimukh rape case, the DNWS
termed it as the comment of immature Societies. How could it be possible for a
mother to tolerate immoral act of a father with his daughter, it questioned.
Instead of seeking justice for a minor daughter, the Societies are standing behind
an alleged rapist, the DNWS said while condemning the remarks of the both ANNMTWS
and APVWWS as chauvinistic.
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: The Gram Panchayat Member of Bath/ Lorr village has written to
Papum Pare DDSE demanding for toilet, bathroom facilities for students and teachers
of govt middle school Lorputung. The panchayat stated that in absence of toilet facilities
students and teaching community is facing serious problem.
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) has tendered apology to
All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) for opposing the 24 hours bandh observed
by the apex students body on May 18.
In an apology letter addressed to AAPSU president, the AEKSU president said “ It
is our prior duty to comply with each and every decision of AAPSU. But unfortunately
we committed a big mistake against the Apex student’ body during its last bandh call
due to some communication gap.” It promised not to repeat such mistake in future.
Students seek action against earth cutting
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU) has urged Papum Pare and
Capital district administration to take strong action against those people who are
indulged in illegal earth cutting along Gohpur Tinali to Poma village road. Union
wanted to know whether these people have taken required permission to carry out earth
cutting near the road side.
APPSU informed that people of Sangdupota circle is suffering due to frequent blockade
of road caused by illegal earth cutting. While expressing resentment over such harassment,
union urged administration to take strong action against people doing illegal earth
cutting leading to blockade of road.
Union further informed that road between Itanagar to Basar Nallo has been badly damaged
because of incessant rain and called on concern authorities to immediately repair
the damaged road.
AAPSU upset at VC departure
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: While reacting to induction of former Vice Chancellor of Rajiv
Gandhi University Prof David R Syiemlieh as member of Union Public Service Commission
(UPSC), All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) said that it will greatly affect
the progress of the university.
The union has nothing against his appointment but fails to understand the logic behind
such a development which will bring nothing positive to the single institute of higher
learning in the state which was emerging out from the many controversies that had
docked it previously, it said. The RGU which was mired in many unpleasant incidents
in the past was experiencing bit of orderliness under the Prof Syiemlieh, the union
said as it condemned the negligent attitude of the state government for not nurturing
the lone higher institute of learning.
The apex students’ body of the state also called upon the state government to expedite
the construction of Trans Arunachal highway without any further delay. The slow pace
in construction of the much hype mega project at the ground level is a cause of great
worry. The callous attitude of people from Center who are in the helm of affairs
overlooking the project is also not helping the matter as well; hence the state government
should pull up those responsible for the slow progress, the Union said in a release.
Kamnoi Mamai passes away
Naharlagun, June 28: The officials of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations,
here today expressed shock and grief over the untimely demise of former Deputy Director
of IPR, Late Kamnoi Mamai, who died on 24th June last at his Rangkatu residence,
Changlang after a prolonged illness. Director, IPR, Lekhi Phuntso, who was associated
with him for long in the department while leading the officials in paying homage
to the departed soul said he was a very fine, polite and kind hearted gentleman.
At his demise we have lost a good friend, he added. The officials observed two minutes
silence and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and also conveyed deeps
sense of condolence to the bereaved family.
Born to Lt. Khamu Mamai, on March 29, 1949, late Mamai, joined as District Information
and Public Relations Officer (DIPRO) on September, 1, 1973, got promoted to the post
of Deputy Director, on May 7, 1999 and retired on superannuation on March 31, 2007.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons. His last rite was performed
on June 26 last at his native place Changlang.
Ziro police nab lifters
ITANAGAR, June 28: In a major breakthrough, the police team of Ziro led by its OC
Tab Techi, busted a gang of lifters operating at Hapoli township and recovered seven
gas cylinders, four TV sets and others properties from their possession.
As many as seven persons of the gang have also been arrested by the police team.
The team also arrested Suraj Pradhan from Yazali in connection wit Ziro PS case,
who attempted to commit theft from the SBI ATM boot by breaking cash vault and digital
lock of the ATM Machine at Hapoli market earlier this month.
IAF team airlifts 185 marooned citizens
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: An Indian Air Force team rescued 185 marooned villagers from Bijoypur
I and III today. Additional deputy commissioner K Riba, WRD Executive Engineer BK
Karki and Kishore Kumar Chakma assisted the IAF team, which came in a Chopper, in
safely airlifting all the stranded villagers to the relief camp.
Changlang Deputy Commissioner Opak Gao was constantly monitoring the situation from
Bordumsa and Bijoypur.
Meanwhile, ADC Riba, who has pulled up his sleeve to work out the post flood management
strategies like control of gastro intestinal diseases etc, informed that the Noa
Dehing river has started to recede gradually. Medical team has been positioned round
the clock in the relief camp to look after the sick flood victims with sufficient
medicines, he informed.
The Dharmapur area of Kharsang circle remained cut off from rest of the world. There
have been reports of extensive damages to flood control structures, he added. Meanwhile
rains over the past couple of days and the devastating rainfall on June 20 midnight
have caused flashflood and landslide at many locations of Tuting sub-division washing
away roads of Tuting town. Torrential rains-triggered landslide and flashflood swept
almost all corners of the sub-division damaging public and private properties. Surface
communication between Migging and Gelling village is completely cut off.
The torrential rains has caused extensive damages to Sipo and Sikut hydel project
and water supply etc. To the worst, it completely swept away the farm lands of the
Even thought departmental men and machineries are making all possible efforts to
restore the damaged road, incessant rains is giving them a tough challenge. The restoration
work may take many days.
However, with the initiatives of Tuting ADC, social services are being conducted
by the Govt. staff, Meenakshi Hydro Power Private Ltd. and public for the temporary
restoration of water and electricity supply.
PTI adds: Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today demanded the
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to depute a central team to the state to assess
the damage caused by flood, sources here said.
The flood, caused by incessant rain, damaged roads and property in several districts.
Siram assures improvement in drinking water supply in Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Jun 28: A visible change in the supply of potable water will be brought
within the next few months, asserted Education Minister Bosiram Siram while conducting
a field visit of various water supply sources and reservoirs at Pasighat today. Accompanied
by engineers of PHED and local leaders, Siram inspected the water reservoirs, pumps
at Forest Colony, Craft center, DEMHSS, IGJHSS, Upper and Lower Baskota and Jarku
village. He also visited the Pane-Korong and instructed the PHED authority to submit
a scheme for best utilization of the flowing water and construction of swimming pool
and amusement park to beautify the area.
Admitting the limitation of PHED in supplying potable water to different areas of
the township at present, Siram said that supply of sufficient drinking water to every
nook and corner in the densely populated town like Pasighat is a very difficult task
at this moment. But efforts will be made for immediate improvement of the situation
by the government with proper planning and strategies, assured Siram. He sought the
co-operation and co-ordination of the citizens to successfully carry out the tasks.
He stated the population is increasing day by day and after few years the requirement
will be more than double of what it is today. Siram stressed for judicious use of
water and appealed to the people to help the government in saving all the water sources
so as to improve the supply of drinking water in the township. He instructed the
EE (PHED) and his subordinates to work in war footing to redress the grievances of
the public. DIPRO
Jang, Jun 28 : RWD & Tourism Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the newly constructed
Circuit House at Jang.
Construction of the circuit house was conceived by former CM late Dorjee Khandu
and the building, with six rooms including two VIP suites was constructed by the
PWD Jang division.
Interacting with the people present on the occasion, the Minister expressed his satisfaction
over the exquisite furnishing as well as the quality of work maintained by the executing
agency. He further viewed that the Circuit House will considerably ease the accommodation
shortage at Jang and advised department for its proper maintenance as a valuable
asset of the sub-division.
Jang ADC Duly Kamduk, AE PWD Jang T. Rongradu, other departmental officers of Jang
sub-division, PR leaders and large number of public were present on the occasion.
Pema, thereafter attended the inaugural function of the 3 days district level training
programme on Panchayat Mahila evum Yuva Shakti Abhiyan, organised by the SIRD for
the Mukto Assembly Constituency at Indoor stadium Jang from June 28-30.
Addressing the trainees Pema appealed them to avail the opportunity to know their
powers and functions and their role in implementing the plans and policies of Govt.
in the grassroots level. He was optimistic that the PR leaders will highly benefit
from the training.
The Minister felicitated Tsering Pentsom, Nima Phuntsok and Tashi Lungthan, all
from Jang, who cracked the recently held APPSC Examination with gifts and cash award
of Rs. 10,000 each.
Congratulating the candidates, Pema described them as an inspiration for younger
generation and urged the PR leaders to pay adequate attention to education of children
vis-a-vis welfare of teachers posted in remote villages.
Speaking on Tourism sector, the Minister announced to adopt "Shyaro village" under
the Village Tourism scheme during this financial year. He advocated for responsive
and responsible tourism to reap the maximum benefits from tourism prospect of the
Earlier on June 27, Pema convened a Civil - Army co-ordination meeting in the conference
hall of ADC's Office at Jang. Brig. R. Kundra, Commander 40 Brigade and his team
of officers attended from Army's side while ADC Jang Duly Kamduk and all the Circle
Officers under the sub-division alongwith PR leaders, GBs and village elders composed
the civil side.
Contentious issues pertaining to land acquisition by Army were discussed at length.
ADC Kamduk explained in details the areas under army occupation including those under
adverse occupation of army and status of actions initiated by the Civil administration
in regularising such occupation.
Brig. R. Kundra, while convincing the villagers of the requirement of the land for
national security, assured full co-operation to the villagers and civil administration
in the matter.
Highlighting the excellent Civil-Army relation, Pema advocated for implementation
of more Civil Welfare Schemes by the army in the field of education and health care.
He also appealed Brig. Kundra to impart pre-recruitment training to qualified youths
of the area for ensuring entry of local youths in Army to which the Brigadier happily
agreed. The Minister thanked all the participants for reaching to a positive conclusion
and ending the discussion on a healthy note.
The same day, Pema visited RWD work site for construction of cultural heritage site
at place called India gate near Shyaro village.
The Minister also inspected the ongoing PMGSY road from Jang to Thingbu. The road
passes along some of the steep rock cliff where formation of the road is chiselled
out manually over kilometres at stretch.
The EE RWD Tawang who accompanied the Minister explained the ever looming danger
to life of the labourers, who dared to work on the site.
Gora Tamar Memorial Football Tournament
East Kameng FC thrash Emchi FC 7-0
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: East Kameng FC, riding on Gela Tall’s brilliant hat-trick, thrashed
Emchi FC 7-0 in their first league level match of the first Gora Tamar Memorial State
Level Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today. Tall scored
in 19th, 49th and 52nd minutes to become first to complete a hattrick in the on-going
The East Kameng team shot into lead 12 minutes into the match through goal from Atam
Bagang. Pritam Manfi and Wan Tallang scored a goal each in 15th and 38th minutes
before Bagang netted his second goal in 64 minutes to complete 7-0 drubbing of Emchi
The second match of the day was played between Biri Brothers FC and Barapani FC in
which the former trounced the latter by 4-1 goals.
Biri Rajiv, Biri Sonia, Biri Tama and Biri Tama scored a goal each for Biri Brothers
while the consolation goal for the Barapani FC was scored by Tagio Raju in 42nd minutes.
Arunachal United FC defeated Laa Punglu 2-0 in the third and last match of the day.
Vijay Kino and Dry were the scorers.
Tayar Brothers FC would meet Karsingsa FC in tomorrow’s first match at 12 noon while
the second match would be played between Sagalee SC and Nyokum Lapang FC at 1.45
pm. Game Zone United FC would lock horns with Tali Pipsorang SC in the last match
of the day tomorrow at 3.30 pm.
Tuki raps NHPC, questions intention of Subansiri Lower Project protestors
NEW DELHI, Jun 28: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today urged the officials of National
Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) Ltd. to amend the proposed policies for Recruitment,
Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of
its ongoing Power projects in Arunachal Pradesh. Of late, NHPC has been into troubled
waters with resistance emanating from various cross sections of the society against
its projects in the state. The ambitious Subansiri Lower and the Dibang Multi-Purpose
projects are more or less stalled due to stiff resistance from the people.
Attending a high level review meeting with NHPC officials here this afternoon, Tuki
took detailed stock of the status of the Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric Project (HEP),
Tawang-I HEP, Tawang II HEP and the Dibang Multipurpose HEP Projects.
“There is a communication gap between the power developers and the people. People
of Arunachal are very simple. If they are properly made aware of the advantages of
the projects including security of the local communities, they would never oppose,”
Tuki observed while hinting at the lackadaisical attitude of the executing agencies
in taking the people, especially those affected by the projects, into confidence
and winning their faith.
While almost all construction works on the Subansiri Lower Project has been stopped,
the Dibang project is facing hiccups at the Public Hearing stage.
The Chief Minister said he has full faith in PSU’s such as NHPC and NEEPCO and expressed
hope that they would always work towards safeguarding the greater public concerns.
He also suggested that besides implementing power projects in the state, the PSUs
should chip in creation of infrastructure as and where necessary. In this regard,
he Sought NHPC’s initiative to build tunnels on roads in Anini area that would help
cut-short the distance.
“You have the expertise in constructing huge tunnels. Why don’t you use it and help
us in construction of road infrastructure?” he urged.
Meanwhile, expressing grave concern over the stalemate in execution of the Subansiri
Lower Project due to opposition from Assam base anti-dam groups, the Chief Minister
reiterated his doubts over the intentions of the protestors particularly KMSS and
said they were trying to hijack the development agenda of UPA in which power has
been given highest priority. “Floods are being modulated besides other benefits coming
from the projects. I have no problems and rather happy if a neighbouring state benefits.
The anti-dam elements have been routinely holding economic blockades which are causing
a lot of hardship to the populace of Arunachal Pradesh. Who will take responsibility
of the sky rocketing prices of essential commodities in the wake of economic blockades,”
Tuki said and sought an early solution to the problems. On his part, he assured the
State Government would address all pending issues at its end at the earliest.
To a request made by NHPC for carrying on basin studies the CM observed that basin
studies are time consuming and should not be done separately. They should be simultaneously
carried out with the project works, he added.
Earlier, NHPC CMD A.L Srivastava made a detailed presentation on the status of the
power projects in the state and answered various queries in the Interactive Session.
The meeting was attended by Member of Parliament Ninong Ering, Speaker W Lowangdong,
Minister Komlung Mossang, Parliamentary Secretary, Nabam Rebia, Deputy Speaker Jomde
Kena, MLAs Laeta Umbrey, Ralom Borang and Alo Libang, Political Secretary to CM Bamang
Tago, Chief Secretary Y Tsering, Principal Secretary (Power) H K Paliwal, Development
Commissioner Ramesh Negi and others.
Dept warns absentee teachers
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: East Kameng Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) urged Block
Education Officers (BEOs), Block Resource Center Coordinators (BRCCs) and Cluster
Resource Center Coordinators (CRCCs) of the district to remain present in their respective
place of posting and cautioned that taking leave by any teacher without prior approval
of the department head would be viewed seriously.
Since BEOs are responsible for ensuring teachers and other non teaching staff’s availability
at their place of posting in their respective block, they should conduct regular
inspection of schools in order to check teachers’ absenteeism, DDSE Kata Rangmo said
in a coordination cum review meeting at Seppa on June 22. The DDSE urged the teachers,
BEOs, BRCCs and CRCCs to discharge their assigned duties sincerely and maintain a
team spirit to work for improving the education scenario in the district.
The joining report as well as leave applications or any type of complaints should
come through proper channel, he said and suggested the BEOs to maintain leave account
Highlighting about CCE and Mid-day Meal programmes, the DDSE informed that training
programme for BEOs, BRCCs, CRCCs for implementation of CCE programme will be organized
by Pedagogy Coordinator to get themselves well acquainted with these programmes.
Claiming that some teachers are habitual absentee, Block Education Officer (Establishment)
Ashing Lamgu emphasised on regular inspection of schools and timely submission of
teachers’ performance and joining reports to the higher authority by the field functionaries
to check the menace. He suggested the field functionaries to be active and sincere
in discharging their duties.
BEO Midday Meal AN Jha, BEO and in-charge SA Nanu Khan stressed on the need of furnishing
accurate data in the QPR for which he urged all the BEOs to furnish the list of students
and required cook cum helpers in details by July 5 enabling his office to submit
the first QPR in time.
Jha also gave emphasis on maintaining proper records of MDM at school, block and
IED Coordinator Kacha Tajo highlighted the activities being under taken by him on
IED programme. He requested the field functionaries to cooperate him in collection
of list of disabled children.
Zaro Lingfa, DPC RMSA stressed on the need of school mapping under SSA and collection
of accurate data on teachers, students’ enrolments and building position like availability
of classrooms and teachers quarters etc.
The meeting resolved among others to maintain accuracy in data collection in regards
to students enrolments, teachers posted and building position, proper strategy for
100% school inspection, wide publicity for implementation of CCE and Mid Day Meal
scheme, to complete the school mapping of all schools at elementary level, ensuring
presence of all BEOs, BRCCs &CRCCs at their respective places of posting by July
The meeting was attended among others by BEO (Aca.) and BEOs of Pakke Kessang, Chayang
Tajo, Pipu, Seijusa, Bameng, BRCCs of Seppa, Chayang Tajo, Pipu, Bana, Bameng,
all CRCCs of the district and JE (SSA).
Lack of border management plagues Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: The Arunachal-Assam interstate boundary issue continues to be headache
for the Arunachalee people living along the border areas and the state government.
There are claims and counter claims of land encroachment along boundary areas as
the inter-state boundary is not properly demarcated even after formation of Arunachal
Pradesh as a state.
One may find it ridiculous that a state like Arunachal Pradesh was formed without
any concrete inter-state boundary.
Had the pioneers of separate union territory (state) and Assam government drawn the
boundary line at that point of time, the pains of the people living along the boundary
would have been lesser.
The misdeeds of that point of time have resulted in frequent eviction drive, ravaging
of many lives and properties in boundary areas today.
Few months back, a minister from Assam had claimed that 15,000 hectares of Assam's
land have been encroached by Arunachal Pradesh alone out of 80,000 encroached hectares
of Assam’s land by neighbouring states.
And recently at North Lakhimpur, the minister again warned that Assam will not 'tolerate'
any encroachment on its land by neighbouring states. He directed the concerned district
authorities to evict all encroachments.
Besides these, Assam government has decided to set up nine border outposts in Lakhimpur
district along the 158 km border with Arunachal Pradesh with road facilities.
They chalked out Rs 40 crore projects to develop its border with neighboring states
and constant efforts are also being made by Assam forest departments to evict the
These entire steps were taken up by Assam government following alleged land encroachment
reports from the people of Assam residing in border areas.
On the other hand, developmental activities of the Arunachal government along
inter-state boundary area are going on a snail’s pace despite alleged encroachment
of Arunachal land.
It is worth mentioning that, many villagers of Depi-Debing area of East Siang District
had left their villages in recent past following forceful occupation of their WRC
land by people from neighboring state.
The same trend of encroachment tactics seems to be still continued in the boundary
areas. If such situation continues, Arunachal will lose its vast areas of land and
the land scape of the state will be reduced to hills and mountains only.
It is a shame on the part of state government that it could not make it public how
much land inside Arunachal territory has been encroached by Assam. Even the government
could not find out any concrete solution in this issue except few verbal peace talks
to conciliate the victims.
People of the state have witnessed frequent eviction drives by Assam officials ignoring
their peace talk and status-quo agreement between Arunachal and Assam governments
leaving peace loving people of both the states under constant fear.
The Arunachal government should gear up its interstate boundary activities and also
work out concrete modalities to solve the boundary row before it goes from bad to
RGU declares results of undergrad courses
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono Hills has declared the results
of its undergraduate courses (BA-II, BA-III, BSc-III, B.Com-III), the examinations
for which were conducted in April/May, ’ 12.
A total of 1363 students appeared in BA II (Honours) course of which 573 candidates
passed the examination taking the total pass percentage to 42.99 .
In BA II (Pass) course, out of 2653, only 996 could make it through with pass percentage
of a paltry 41.17.
In BA III (Pass) Course, of the total 1777 candidates, 726 passed their examinations
making the pass percentage 41.06 while 252 candidates are eligible for compartment.
In BA III honours course, of the 848 candidates 700 passed the exams.
In B.Sc III (Pass) Course, of the total 86 candidates, 67 passed their exams taking
the total pass percentage to 77.91.
B.Sc (honours) course gave a better result with 67 making it through of the total
In B.Com (Pass) Course, of the total 147 candidates, 95 passed while 16 are eligible
for compartment examinations. In B.Com (Honours) Course, out of total 102 candidates,
90 passed their exams.
RGU’s Deputy Registrar (Examination) Dr. Nani T.Jose informed that candidates willing
to apply for revaluation may do so after 15 days on receipt of marksheets while revaluation
will be entertained only for failed candidates.
The results are also available at University website: www.rgu.ac.in.
DC holds coordination meet with HoDs
PASIGHAT, Jun 28: East Siang Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra today urged all the HoDs
of the district not to leave station without prior approval of the higher authority.
“All officers should have the sense of responsibility and try to redress the public
grievances with sincerity,” Mishra said in coordination meeting for proper implementation
of social projects and schemes held in his conference hall today. He cautioned
that unannounced checking would be conducted to ensure their attendance.
Emphasizing on maintaining transparency in their dealings, the Deputy Commissioner
suggested the officers and officials to use the latest technologies in security and
communication related matters. He advised them to construct all the buildings as
per norms and pre-condition to avert any mishap. He sought proper inter-departmental
coordination so that all the works are completed smoothly to gain public confidence.
He sought cooperation from all to check illegal encroachment of government lands.
All officers have to take the responsibility to inform the District Administration
whereever any encroachment takes place, he said.
Giving emphasis on disaster management preparedness, the Deputy Commissioner assured
to arrange training with mock drill where he wanted all to participate. He also stressed
on health and hygiene and suggested the department concerned to conduct sanitation
drive in the township. Mishra also emphasized on concrete action for improvement
of water supply and electricity. He suggested to explore avenues for tapping wind
and solar power also.
The DC appreciated the works done in wild-life, agriculture, horticulture sectors
and appealed all to set a target and try to achieve it. He asked executing agencies
of various centrally sponsored schemes to maintain norms and guidelines and efforts
should be made to complete the schemes in time to the satisfaction of the public.
There arises no question about P.A.Sangma's merit, experience, deeds, qualities and
personality. Also we fondly remember his efficiency and popularity as the Speaker
of the Lok Sabha. Though I am an ardent supporter of Pranab Mukherjee and would be
extremely delighted if he succeeds in entering Raisina Hills, still I used to hold
utmost respect for Sangma and was also of the belief that he had every qualities
expected from a candidate contesting the Presidential elections.
But it was indeed shocking to witness how unlike the dignified Mukherjee, Sangma
himself came to the forefront to beat his own trumpet, that too by exploiting the
sentiments of religion and tribe! What was the need for it when there exists innumerable
admirers of Sangma who would have rooted for him by banking on his merits and qualities
alone? Perhaps he got influenced by the suicidal trend in the fractured Indian society
where every step is being presently taken by eyeing different vote banks!
Sangma, after being nominated as the BJP-backed candidate for Presidentship, holds
every authority to ask for votes from the Electoral College by visiting different
states. But the manner in which he is spewing venom towards Pranab Mukherjee has
not only tarnished the image of Sangma to the extreme, he has also diluted the dignity
of Presidential elections.
Perhaps the history of independent India has never witnessed such cheap antics from
a candidate vying for Presidentship. How can he accuse Mukherjee alone for the economic
slowdown in the country? Is Mukherjee the Prime Minister or the be-all and end-all
of Government? Though there exists different Ministers holding different portfolios,
but each and every Government decision or step remains the collective responsibility
of the Union Cabinet including the Prime Minister. Moreover, perhaps no nation exists
in the globe which has remained absolutely unaffected by the recession in recent
years. And can Sangma name a single Finance Minister during whose tenure India's
economic picture was the "envy of the world"?
In his zeal to become President by hook or by crook, it seems that Sangma is fast
losing all sense of logic.
But at the end of the day the fact remains that one's performance as a Cabinet Minister,
Chief Minister, MP or MLA is completely irrelevant when the question concerns eligibility
for President ship. The candidate for President ship needs to be a person of sharp
acumen and intellect and also should be knowledgeable of Constitutional norms. He
should be honest and enjoy wide popularity cutting across political spectrum. And
Pranab Mukherjee fully fits the bill in this respect. Instead of making a fool of
himself by taking resort to rhetoric, take potshots at the stalwart named Pranab
Mukherjee or provide moral support to the religious fanatics who have blood in their
hands; P.A.Sangma should instead put emphasis on his own personal achievements, traits
and what could he offer to the nation as its President. His duty as the Presidential
candidate ends right there and thereafter he should just wait for the verdict, which
should be accepted with utmost dignity.
Where is our cash prize?
I would like to bring to the notice of the Ministry of Public Health Engineering
and also the government of Arunachal Pradesh that Kaimai Gram Panchayat under Khonsa
Block of Tirap district was awarded the NIRMAL GRAM PURASKAR on attaining full Sanitation
Coverage in Households, Schools, Anganwadis, etc. and for outstanding contribution
in promotion of Rural Sanitation from the President of India in the year 2009. The
award comprises of a certificate, a trophy and a cash amount of Rs.5000/- .
However, the cash amount has not received till date. This fact has been brought time
and again to the notice of the department but to no avail.
Now, the Kaimai Gram Panchayat would like to know whether other gram panchayats who
were given the same award have received their respective cash amount or not. If they
have received theirs, where is the money meant for our gram panchayat? Whether it
has been sent to the concerned department at Khonsa or not? And if it is already
with the department at Khonsa, the EE(PHED) may be asked to give the money immediately
to our panchayat.
Necha Wangsu, ASM
Kaimai Gram Panchayat
Give a serious thought
What is the logic behind keeping with the temporary capital Itanagar when there is
no room for development? Every year, due to incessant rainfall, roads get washed
away; there is almost no area for extension of the capital complex. It is expensive
to continue with Itanagar as capital. The state government repeats the same expenses
every year. It is effecting the potential growth and development of the entire state.
38 years before, it was declared as a temporary capital and since then the government
has been working on various developmental projects but with not much outcome. It’s
time to give a serious thought over and choose a permanent capital.
The age old tradition of the working system of the government especially Arunachal
Pradesh should be reformed and changed. Even a snake sheds off its old skin!
The interest of the people of the state is of much greater importance, and with a
developed capital, better transportation and communication, better efficient administration,
a better future of Arunachal will be a dream come true.
Learn from them
I am a regular reader of your esteemed daily and enjoy reading all the contents as
it gives us local, regional and important national & international news. While going
through the publication dated 27th June at page 5, an interesting caption appeared
with the headline "Girl students in Manipur asked not to wear uniform above knees"
as dictated by six students bodies.
The organizations also advised students to avoid using mobile phones in schools and
colleges and banned sale of intoxicating substances at academic institutions.
It is a welcome move by the students which the student’s organizations in our state
should also learn and adopt in our state, instead of involving themselves in administrative
and political issues unnecessarily wasting valuable time.
A Well wisher
Prevention is better than cure
It’s really weird and disgusting to see our Government departments working enthusiastically
only in the dying hours. I mean to say is that they could have worked on the highways
earlier, i.e. in the months of February-April, but no they would just like to go
for repairing when the whole road is going to collapse. I think the well educated
bureaucrats and ministers should know that prevention is better than cure".
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Ray of hope
A new Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey report released by the Central Statistics
Organization shows significant improvements in the lives of Afghani women and children.
The Afghanistan MICS is a national survey by the CSO, with the support of UNICEF,
providing data on a range of indicators to enable the assessment of the situation
of women and children in the country, including child mortality, nutrition, child
health, water and sanitation, reproductive health, child development, education,
child protection, and HIV/AIDS. The Survey is a Government’s effort to monitor progress
towards key goals like the Millennium Development Goals.
However, experts admit that progress has come more slowly in many areas, such as
in women’s literacy, vaccination coverage, early childbearing and gender parity in
education. There are findings of concern in the area of child protection, such as
in the prevalence of child labour in Afghanistan, low school attendance among orphans,
and high rates of violence against children, including severe physical punishment
used for discipline.
According to survey, much more needs to be done to support the health and wellbeing
of Afghan women and children in order to meet the Afghanistan’s MDGs on time. Careful
analysis of the data found in the survey would help the planners in more targeted
interventions to remove disparity in the society.