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2013
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June  08

CASH REWARD STANDS

 

The cash reward of  Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006

 

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AAF meet held

ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Attending a meeting of Arunachal Anthropological Forum (AAF) at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) today, Dr. Jumyir Basar, Director i/c, AITS, RGU urged the state government to look into the problems of anthropology students for the greater interest of the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Various issues regarding the promotion of anthropology and its importance in the state were also discussed in the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Radhe Amung, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, research scholars and students of the department.

 

Vaccination against FMD

ITANAGAR, Jun 07: In view of the reported outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Kimin and Kakoi circles affecting cattle and other livestock, the Veterinary Department, Kimin has decided to carry out an extensive pre-monsoon vaccination program against the disease in various villages under Kimin and Kakoi circles from June 12 to 21.

The vaccination program will start at Upper Jumi and Tadar Hapa on June 12 and cover Bada and Komaseki, Belo – Lora area, Lichi, Upper Sher and L/Sher, Kakoi, Lower Jumi, Dirgha and Borsetum, Tanio Hapa, Kimin Hq and Durpa in the following days, according to an official release.

 

PR leaders urge DDSE to post teachers

ITANAGAR, Jun 07: In a coordination meeting of Pate Anchal Samity Block of Upper Subansiri district, held on Thursday, headed by Zilla Parishad Member Lampop Laa, Panchayati Raj leaders urged the deputy director of school education Upper Subansiri for immediate posting of senior and junior teachers at government higher secondary school Muri-Mugli before the beginning of new academic session. It is said that Muri-Mugli government higher secondary school was upgraded years ago, however, due to insufficient of senior and junior teachers, the school could not function smoothly. PR leaders also urged the other government staffs of Puchigeko to stay at their respective posting place.

 

RKMH to host OSA mid-term meet

ITANAGAR, June 07: The Ramakrishna Mission Hospital is organizing 11th Opthalmology Society of Assam (OSA) Midterm meet on June 8 and 9 next.

A pre-conference sponsored clinical session will be held at June 8 at Hotel Arun Subansiri which would be followed by the inaugural programme. And scientific programme would be held at RK Mission Hospital Conference hall on the concluding day.

 

Ex-ASM’s death condoled

ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource & Development Agency Vice Chairman Yora Tagung expressed shock and grief over sudden demise of Yura Takang, ex-ASM of Lodocore village under Tali circle of Kurung Kumey district.

Takang was a young and energetic public leader and chief advisor of Giyha-ku-Welfare Society. His untimely death is a great loss to the society, Tagung said in a condolence message. He conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereft family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

 

Census -2011 registered a non-existent village: Association

ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Claiming that in the Census of India 2011 (Abridged House list) a village named Tanio Pai is listed under Paki Panchayat in Mengio circle whereas in reality there is no such village, the Jajing Tapo and Domi Saram Native Welfare Association has demanded for its immediate cancellation.

In a representation submitted to the Papum Pare DC, the association said that Tanio Pai is the name of the land or a small stream which comes under the jurisdiction of Jajing Tapo and Domi Saram.

The enlisted population for Tanio Pai is actually the population of Nargang, Lamte and Tagik which was done without the knowledge of the local people, it further stated.

 

Dree football tournament from June 9

ITANAGAR, Jun 07: The 46th Dree Football Tournament, 2013 will begin on June 9, according to Central Dree Festival Celebration Committee release.

Altogether 13 teams will be vying with each other for top honor in the most popular football tournament of Apatani plateau this year.

The teams are divided into four groups. Sojang Lapang Sports Club, Dolo Mando Football Club, Zeal Football Club and High Definition Football Club have been placed in Group-A, Diibo Sports Club, Laji Bogia Sports Club and All Salang Sports Association in Group-B and All Hija Sports Association, Diibo Football Club and Sancha Yapa Football Club in Group-C while Group D comprises Hari Sports Club, Zamara Club Siro and Youngest Club Hari.

The opening match will be played between defending champion Sojang Lapang Sports Club and Dolo Mando FC.

Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete and newly elected Zilla chairperson of the district Hage Kobing will attend the inaugural function.

 

Expedite investigation, arrest Bomjen’s killer: ANYA-US

Correspondent

DAPORIJO, Jun 07: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Upper Subansiri district unit has expressed strong resentment over slow progress in the investigation of Bomjem Gapak murder case.

The district unit of ANYA, in a release, said that murder of Bomjem Gapak has once again proved the weakness of law enforcing authority in maintaining law and order situation in the state capital, where no one is safe and secure, especially during night hours.

If Daporijo police despite limited resources can manage to nab the all culprits involved in a murder case within a week why can not the capital police? ANYA questioned.

The ANYA Upper Subansiri unit demanded immediate arrest of the culprit (s) involved in the murder of Bomjen by speeding up the investigation failing which it threatened to launch democratic movement. It also appealed to all to help police in the investigation by sharing information.

Meanwhile, ANYA deeply mourned the death of Bomjen and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

 

Tree plantation marks Vivekananda’s 150th birthday celebration

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Upper Siang unit of Arunachal Vikash Parishad organized a mass tree plantation program at VKV, Yingkiong as part of year-long celebration of Vivekanda’s 150th birth anniversary.

The mass-tree plantation program was participated by Upper Siang DDSE J Parom, principal of the Vidyalaya Amar Patel, AVP’s district level office bearers, members of Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang and teachers and students of VKV School Yingkiong.

 

Clarification

ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Responding to the news item under heading 'Protest against drinking water crisis in Roing' by Raju Mimi published on June six issue of this daily, where it was reported that tube wells funded from the MPLAD will also start its service within three months,  the PHE & WS department has clarified that the deep tube well boring for water supply will be funded from SPA under initiative of Roing MLA, and is likely to start within short time after getting budgetary support from Finance department.

 

 

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327 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

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News Impact

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CM pleads for pro-active role on AIDS awareness  

GUWAHATI, Jun 07: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki emphasized on pro-active role of elected representatives in creating awareness on HIV/AIDS and advocated that leaders should incorporate the topic in their public addresses.

“As HIV/AIDS is a social problem, it’s time that we the people’s representatives take proactive steps to sensitize masses on this dreaded disease. I would like to call upon all the members present here to incorporate the HIV/AIDS topic compulsorily in their public addresses so that mass awareness is created,” he said in his address during the North East Regional Consultation on HIV/AIDS here this evening organized by the Forum of Parliamentarians on HIV & AIDS in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of DoNER and Government of Assam.

The Chief Minister also asserted the role of corporate sectors and business communities in playing a vital role in the campaign against the dreaded disease. Requesting the corporate world to take the responsibility of sensitizing its employees and workers he said, “A holistic approach if adopted by these sectors will go a long way in containing this social issue. I personally feel that corporate giants should include HIV/AIDS topic in their Corporate Social Responsibility curriculum.”

Reiterating that HIV/AIDS has become a major concern for the society as well as the government not only with regards to health care but also as a social issue, Tuki advocated inclusion of the subject in school curriculum right from the primary level.

“We have to recognize the issue as a crisis of major enormity and therefore deal with it in a planned manner for a long term but permanent solution,” he suggested. He pointed medical treatment and preventive measures alone cannot tackle the growing menace, therefore stressed on a radical and holistic approach and evolve a mechanism to deal with it not as a disease but as a social issue.

Expressing relief that Arunachal Pradesh is one of the least affected state in the country by the menace, Tuki, however, cautioned that the state cannot afford to become complacent as HIV/AIDS is a ‘ticking time bomb’ upon which one cannot sit idle. He lauded the efforts put in by the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society for its crusade against the disease through various multi-media tools especially targeting the youth population, which is the most vulnerable section of the society.

For the Society to work more effectively he sought support from the central government and organizations working in this field and assured full cooperation from the state government.

The Chief Minister also advised policy makers and planners in the campaign against HIV/AIDS to keep in mind the sensibilities of tribal communities.

“As the crusade against HIV/AIDS does not include only medical treatment and preventive measures but also involves socio-psychological and emotional aspects, the uniqueness of tribal mentality and tradition may be kept in mind,” he suggested.

The Consultation was attended by Oscar Fernandes, President of the Forum of Parliamentarians on HIV & AIDS, Members of the Forum, MPs, Ministers, Legislators and officials of the region.

 

 

APIC recommends action against PIO

ITANAGAR, June 7: In a significant development, the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) has recommended the Director  General of Police (DGP) Arunachal Pradesh to initiate disciplinary action against the Officer-in-charge, Sangram P.S. Kurung Kumey district for ‘willfully’ denying the information sought by an old and illiterate villager under the provision of the RTI Act 2005.

The APIC took its step following a complaint received from one Yumlam Pumi, an illiterate old villager stating that in spite of the order from  Commission vide No.SCIC/5/2012 dated 13th August, 2012, to furnish the case records pertaining to Motor vehicle accident in which his younger brother Yumlam Tarang died, the O.C. PS Sangram, who is also Public Information Officer (PIO) is willfully denying the information till now for which the poor man could not file case for compensation under Motor vehicle Tribunal Act.

The DGP  should also obtain the case records of the Motor vehicle accident from Sangram Police station and supplied it to the appellant Yumlam Pumi with intimation to this Commission, free of cost within 30 days time from issue of this order, the SIC said.  The  Commission  also sought action taken report against the PIO within a month’s time.

 

 

Social service as part of anti-malaria month

ROING, Jun 07: A mass social service (source reduction drive) was conducted in and around Roing Township under the supervision of district administration as part of month-long anti-malaria campaign in the first week of the month.

It covered all Govt. office premises, schools, market areas and other important public places in the township.

All the Govt. employees, market committee members and public actively participated in the cleanliness drive.

Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar and Additional Deputy Commissioner W Tikhak supervised the entire program.

Anti-malaria campaign is observed in June throughout the country every year to enhance the level of awareness among people regarding prevention and control of malaria and other vector borne diseases. Malaria is one of the major killer diseases in India. The disease is also responsible for major loss of income and absenteeism in schools, informed District Medical Officer Dr A Yirang.

The direct costs of malaria include a combination of personal and public expenditures on both prevention and treatment of the disease. The indirect costs of malaria include productivity or income loss due to illness or premature death, he added.

Mosquitoes are responsible for transmission of malaria and other vector borne diseases like dengue, Japanese encephalitis, etc, especially during monsoon and post monsoon season. DIPRO

 

 

DHTE clarifies ‘misconception’ on students’ stipend

ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Director of Higher and Technical Education (DHTE) Dr. Joram Begi today clarified that delaying in disbursing  of the students stipend is due to  delay in sanctioning of stipend fund.  

Reacting to the numerous queries on delay in disbursement of stipend and the demand for early release of the same,  the Director made it clear that there should not be misconception on releasing of stipend.  He clarified that the Directorate did not receive any fund from the government of India for stipend; rather the stipend is released through the annual operating plan made available by the state government.  

On alleged misuse of the stipend, he said, there is no cash transaction at any point of time in the directorate. He added, after the applications received from the eligible students, it sanctions necessary amount in favour of individual applicant and routes through the state treasury to obtain demand draft from the SBI in the name of the drawing and disbursing officer of the concerned institution.  He stated that there is complete transparency and foolproof arrangement in disbursement of stipend to the students and any wild allegation of misuse of fund meant for stipend without knowing the facts and substantial evidence is unacceptable. On NEC stipend fund, he said the delay in the disbursement of the NEC stipend during 2012-13 was due to the receipt of fund at fag end of the last financial year. “Approval of the competent authority for release of the NEC stipend is under process and same would be released as soon as the approval is obtained.”

 

 

Panchayati Raj in Arunachal Pradesh

(Part-II)

Grassroots Democracy or Aristocratic Mobocracy?

Nani Bath

Based on the 1997 Act, the first election was held in 2003, and the recently concluded election, was the third in sequence after 2003. Incidents like reported death of a gentleman in Koloriang in poll related violence and fleeing of DC, Seppa under ‘mysterious circumstance’ indicate a possibility of emergence of a new trend in future panchayat elections in the state. We will not be surprised if incidents of such nature, even of more intensity, are repeated in the elections to the state legislative assembly or parliamentary elections that are due next year.

The first municipal elections in the state, held simultaneously with the panchayat elections based on the Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act, 2007, did through some politically significant results. It was perhaps for the first time that the presence of Congress party has been felt in the twin city of Itanagar and Naharlagun, prompting analysts to presume that the party has gained electorally at the cost of BJP. Another significant reflection being that the results did not show a cosmopolitan character of the capital city. Nor did the ruling Congress party take into consideration heterogeneous character of communities inhabiting in the city while selecting party candidates.

Initially, majority of political leaders voiced against holding of panchayat elections prior to assembly elections. They feared that those who have been denied party tickets may turn hostile and join the camp which is antagonistic to them politically. It was also anticipated that the defeat of party candidate(s) may expose their vulnerability and the ‘enemy camp’ will be benefitted politically in the process.

The worst nightmares of some of the elected representatives came true after the elections. For instance, in 17-Ziro Hapoli Assembly constituency, out of the four ZPM seats contested, Congress party was successful in only one seat.

 

The incumbent MLA’s political helplessness got reflected when the ruling party’s ZPM candidate was defeated in his own village. He may have his solace by pointing that three Congress ZPM candidates were elected uncontested.

It may, however, be pointed out that panchayat election results may not necessarily be repeated in the assembly elections. Studies have suggested that electoral behaviour of the voters in the panchayat elections are guided more by clan, lineage and family loyalties than political considerations. Primordial loyalties get somewhat diluted in the assembly elections, and the traces of such loyalties are found least in the parliamentary elections.

Of late, election in any form came to be associated with money and muscle power. Panchayat elections in particular are seen as an instrument that brings disunity in kinship relationships. Families and households in villages are identified on the basis of their political affiliations, and thereafter political colours are painted on each of the households. Elections to the panchayati bodies are fought on party lines, which often resulted into political rivalries at the clan and community levels.

Innocent and misguided people, to the surprise of many, still dance to the tune of greedy politicians in spite of knowing the fact that politician are squarely responsible for creating social divisions.

As per the 92nd Amendment Act, 29 subjects have to be transferred to village panchayat with adequate financial autonomy. However, powers and jurisdictions of panchayat bodies are extremely ambiguous in Arunachal Pradesh since inception. This may mostly be because of local MLA’s reluctance to share his ‘piece of pie’, and partly because of panchayat representatives’ inability to exert their authority convincingly.

Every chief minister an

nounces devolution of powers to Panchayati Raj institution but such promises remained hollow till the date. Some years back, the then Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Mani Shankar Ayer, announced with much fanfare that MLAs “giddar jaise dhar jayenge”, after signing an ‘Agreement’ with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. One of the gentlemen in the house almost immediately got out saying “hum giddar jaise to nahin dharege”. In the hindsight, we are compelled to think that the gentleman was right, and probably he will remain right for many years to come.

One of the excuses of the respective governments was that proper devolution of powers could not be carried out as activity mapping is still to be put in place. There have been many rounds of activity mapping exercises but there seems to be no end to these exercises.

It is equally true that the Panchayati Raj institution remains an active instrument of rural development and democratic decentralization. In this frontier state, the people had graduated to parliamentary democracy by participating in the system, which was initially considered foreign to them. It brought about uniform political structure throughout the state, and the democratic practices and ideas were inculcated even to those people, who are otherwise surrounded by hierarchal political and social systems.

The then Chief Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh, K.A.A. Raja, was deeply concerned over “each tribe and community thought and worked for itself”. During those days people’s outlook did not rise above the tribe. People’s participation in political activities broadened their outlook and forced them to look beyond their clan and community. It resulted in the breaking up of tribal’s age old isolation from the so-called national mainstream.

The 1997 Act ensures not only the participation of women in the political arena but their representation is enhanced greatly because of reservation provisions. Such participation, even by trial-and-error method, has contributed to a major socio-political change in the society where women are socialized to think that politics is not their domain. There are instances of women representatives who take independent decisions, independent of the ‘wishes’ of their fathers, brothers and husbands.

The successful participation of the people in the politics of democratic decentralization indicated their political maturity and was a reflection of the democratic temper of ‘traditional societies’. This in turn resulted in acceleration of democratic process of popular participation in political decision- making. Hence, the institution remains noble but for injection of some corrupt practices in the system of representation. (Dr. Bath can be contacted at [email protected])

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Scorching heat affects farmers in Siang belt

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jun 07: Scorching heat due to 2-week-long dry spell is turning lives of the people as miserable and it is affecting the rural farmers in Siang belt. The sunny weather, which came as a relief of frequent intermittent drizzles and a set of cyclone in the region has created drought like situation.

The Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) has predicted timely arrival of Monsoon towards NE states including Arunachal Pradesh, but the Monsoon is yet to be active in the region.

The Monsoon last time was remained active in entire Himalayan region as the Bay of Bengal branch of South-West Monsoon was heading towards North-East India picking up more moisture from the Bay of Bengal. The winds arrived at the Eastern Himalayas with large amounts of rain, resulted heavy rainfall in the NE states. As such, upper part of Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh witnessed excessive rainfall soon after the onset of the monsoon in early June last year.

According to rainfall data available with the ‘Regional Meteorological Centre’ in Guwahati (Assam), Arunachal Pradesh recorded 28 to 30 percent deficit rainfall during the last five years. The state recorded six monsoon rainfall deficit years and six normal rainfall years between 2001 and 2012. Earlier, between 1991 and 2000, the state witnessed one deficit rainfall year, three excess rainfall years and six normal rainfall years.

The decline in rainfall had an adverse effect on agriculture sector as there is no adequate irrigation facility in agricultural sites of the hilly state.

The East Siang district in East-Arunachal has received rainfall of 1628.0 mm during July last. The rate of rainfall was 763.3 mm in July and 379.6 mm in August last year. Siang valley has a tropical climate and usually receives rain from the South-West and North-East Monsoon. As such, over 2000 mm of annual rainfall during the month of July to September has been recorded.

The MET reports also revealed an early drought-like situation due to scanty rainfall has appeared more severe in Southwest part of the country and it going to cross the record of last four decades. The MET has a forecast of scanty rainfall in Mid-Indian region even after arrival of South-West Monsoon this year. The rate of rainfall by the Monsoon in the region last year was less than of the normal rate and consequently it badly affected on cultivation Sugarcane and Citrus fruit in western part like Maharashtra.

 

 

KVK team visits farmers’ field

ITANAGAR, Jun 07: A team from Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) West Siang visited farmers’ fields at Gori-I, Old Bam village to monitor the growth of crops like paddy, maize, soybean, black gram, green gram and other vegetables yesterday.

The team interacted with the farmers in their respective field and suggested different control measures for different problems faced by them in growing such crops.

The team found the severe blast problem in jhum paddy (Bali White) and nutrient deficiency symptoms in Maize at Gori-I Village and suggested corrective controlling measures.

The team further proceeded to Old Bam village and observed the maize, soybean, black gram, green gram fields and found no problems in their fields. However, they suggested the farmers for protective measures for insect pests and diseases in jhum paddy, maize and soybean.

The KVK team included, A Kiran Kumar Singh, I/C Programme Co-ordinator, Rita Nongthombam, SMS and Goutom Bhagawati, Technical Officer.

Training on scientific cultivation of Soybean

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Dibang Valley organized a day-long training cum demonstration program on soybean cultivation at Balek village today.

The farmers were briefed about improved methods of soya cultivation by the subject matter specialist. They were also advised to adopt scientific methods of farming to ensure better yield.

Live demonstration on seed treatment and seed inoculation techniques to avoid seed borne diseases were also organized.

Methods of bed preparation and line sowing of the improved soybean seeds were also demonstrated.

Seeds were distributed to the farmers to encourage the cultivation of improved variety. Fifteen farmers attended the training.

Field day on nutrient management

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tirap organized a field day on integrated nutrient management in maize at Surjyapathar, Deomali today.

A total of 25 farmers participated in the field day program.

Explaining the purpose of the program, Dr. DS Chhonkar, Programme Coordinator of the Kendra urged the farmers to abstract full benefit from the program to increase the production and productivity of maize and other field crops.

Dr. Simanta Kumar Kalita, SMS discussed the different components of nutrient and their management practices in maize crop cultivation. He also clarified different enquiries of the farmers on field crop cultivation.

 

 

Oath taking ceremony of Panchayat leaders

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav administered oath to the newly elected ZPMs of Changlang district today.

Later, Marina Kenglang was elected unopposed as the Chairperson of Changlang Zilla Parishad.

Meanwhile, Roing ZPM Sipi Elapra was elected as the Zilla Parishad Chairperson of Lower Dibang Valley district. Meanwhile, Choya Miso of Hunli-Desali, Raja Linggi of Roing, Maman Ratan of Meka, Rajen Mickro of Iduli, Monti Linggi of Koronu and Tokbom Saring of Dambuk Anchal Blocks were elected as Anchal Chairpersons of their respective Anchal Samiti Constituencies.

Oath of allegiance were administered to the newly elected Zilla Chairperson by W Tikhak, ADC cum DPDO Roing while Oath of Allegiance to Anchal Chairpersons were administered by concern Member Secretaries of respective Anchal Blocks.

The election- cum- oath taking ceremony to Gram Panchayat and Anchal Samiti Chairpersons of Dirang and Thembang Anchal Blocks were held on June 5 and 7 at office of the Member Secretary, Anchal Samiti cum ADC, Dirang.  

Lanzom and Lham Chorey were unanimously elected as Chairperson of Dirang and Thembang Anchal Samities respectively.

 

 

DC cautions irregular officials

AALO, Jun 7: West Siang Deputy Commissioner has taken serious note of some Govt. officials staying out of station without proper permission and cautioned them of stern action as per service rule.

Chairing the second coordination meeting of HoDs here yesterday, the DC asked govt officials not to leave their places of postings without authorization. He, however, expressed gratitude to all the officers and officials for successful and peaceful conduct of the Panchayat election in-spite of many problems.

He suggested all the HoDs to ensure recording of attendance of all the officials and maintain work culture.

Later, the meeting discussed on many important points, such as feeding of true and correct information and regular updation of district web-site, computerization of arm license, checking of illegal encroachment of Govt, land, preparation of contingency plan for disaster management, tree plantation and cleanliness drive to make Aalo clean and green, disconnection drive against illegal tapping of water and electricity, constitution of school management committee and timely distribution of textbook, uniform and mid-day meal in various schools, evacuation of dumping of construction materials at roadside, launching of immunization and vector borne diseases program, implementation of centrally sponsored scheme and timely submission of utilization certificate, identification of functional and non functional NGOs in West Siang district etc. DIPRO

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Humanitarian funds

Additional funding is needed for Afghanistan and Pakistan if the United Nations humanitarian community and its partners are to deliver lifesaving services and assist the South Asian countries in developing their potentials, a senior United Nations relief official said following a visit to the region.

"It's about laying the platform for all of the other elements of transition. If you don't get the humanitarian right, then you don't have anything else to build upon," John Ging, Director of Operations, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  said adding that  the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is "very challenging and very dangerous”.

The priorities for humanitarian response in 2013 are to provide more assistance to the internally displaced, who currently number 535,000 Afghans. It is also to minimize the human impact of natural disasters, particularly draught and flooding, which reoccur annually affecting a quarter of a million Afghans.

The funding would also help secure better access to people in need, including for distribution of aid. Some 9 million Afghans are hungry, of that figure, 2.1 million people face severe food insecurity, Ging said.

Afghanistan is also one of the least developed grounds ranking 175 out of 187 on the Human Development Index. Its literacy rates hover at 26 per cent, dipping to 12 per cent for women.

Discrimination in admission

Dear Editor,

Recently I visited Rama Krishna Mission School Narottam Nagar, Deomali, Tirap for admission purpose of a student in Class XI. But our hope has been shattered when we came to know that only the students who secured  100 per cent mark are  eligible for  admission in class XI. The student from our district could not make it to this prestigious school as he got little less than 100 per cent marks.

But we came to know that out of 30 Class X students of Rama Krishna Mission School, only one student scored 100% in the CBSE exam 2013. The rest of the students secured first and second class marks. Surprisingly, they (students from Tirap and Changlang districts), also get admission in the school very easily.

On the other hand, students from other districts who did not secure 100  per cent marks in each subject are not allowed to get admission in Class XI. Such act is curtailing of educational rights of the students of other districts within the state. Why they do not accept first class students from other districts? I think, the RKMS should frame policy to accommodate the students from other districts too.

Yours,

Doli Nguki

Spokesperson,

NSUI Upper Subansiri Unit

 

 

Welcome step

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily we would like to thank horticulture department for not keeping maths as one of the paper for written test in recently notified various posts. And we would also like to thank higher and technical education department for reducing the marks of maths paper to 50(usually in such exam maths paper carry 100 mark) for UDC exam recently notified by the department.

Such steps will give fair and equal opportunity to arts graduate to compete with the science and commerce students in job interview.

We would also like to appeal to all the government departments not to keep maths paper in job interview, where Arts students are eligible to apply. Maths paper is the biggest hurdle for the humanity students in getting government jobs. Maths knowledge is not everything. Once again we would like to appeal to all the government departments to understand our pain and follow the steps of above two mentioned department.

Yours,

Takap Arun,

Hage Rido, Itanagar

 

 

No tribe is superior

Dear Editor,

The article ''Let’s go back to basics'' by Taba Ajum published in today’s edition of your daily was timely and aptly written. The writer reminds me of some bitter experiences that one usually comes across in our capital but hardly spoken of. It was not very long time back that in my own capital I was verbally abused and threatened in several telephone calls by some of my friend’s parents [highly educated] .My crime was that I just had a normal friendship relationship with some young friends belonging to a different tribe. Upon enquiring, those good friends of mine frankly told me that even today people of their tribe right from their early age are being taught not to make friendship with people of other tribes as they are inferior in blood. Oh my God, I thought that by mingling with other tribes we actually grow in true sense as no single tribe is perfect .Secondly, in our twin capital some unknown people after committing offences simply make other people falsely believe that they are from districts like Kurung Kumey. But in reality many do not belong to these places. Like the 'good people', 'devil’ do exist in every tribe' so at least let’s not blame other tribes. Thirdly, every day we come across in newspapers several letters of congratulations for their achievements in various field of which many are truly praiseworthy, but no one dares to praise outside of their tribe, and sometimes certain narrow minded people overdo it to gain a superior colour of their tribes. I humbly request our press fraternity to freely exercise their rights in editing and skipping any letters or articles that may invoke regional pride. I beg pardon if anybody's sentiment is hurt but m sorry if readers do not agree with my view in this regard.

Yours,

Philip Jerang,

New Delhi

 

 

 

Lot of expectations

Dear Editor,

In my personal opinion, the reply given by Kaling Lego is more correct. Being a good advisor/secretary to present govt, the political secretary to CM should concentrate in addressing public grievances for good governance. Writing on the paper does not solve the public grievances. Stick to solving problem because you are the path finder of multi-crore PDS scam. We have lots of expectation from you for better Arunachal.

Yours,

Tabit Tapak

Papua Nallah,

Naharlagun

 

 

Never ending  stipend woes

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to reach out to directorate of higher and technical education. On 23th May, various local dailies had carried news of stipend being released. It’s been already two weeks, we are still waiting. So my questioned is if stipend has been released than why it is taking so long to reach us? If it was statement just to make us smile, then how long we have to wait? Last but not the least, wake up AAPSU you have mission to be accomplished.

Yours,

T Ken

Karnataka

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