June 30

Protest Chinese claim: SUMA

ITANAGAR, June 29:  Objecting strongly to China’s repeated claim over Arunachal Pradesh, the Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) has called upon people of the state to wake up and protest the claim vehemently.

“Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and the people of the state are proud to be an Indian. But China’s repeated claim over Arunachal Pradesh is jeopardizing our future,” stated SUMA in a release.

“We can solve our internal problems and disputes through proper planning and dialogue. But the real threat to our country today is China’s growing interest in Arunachal Pradesh,” the students union said.


8 rescued from Siku river

ITANAGAR, June 29:  Eight people from Ayeng village, who had gone to the Siku River for fishing and got trapped in between the river course, were rescued by people of the area. They found themselves trapped in the middle of the river when the river suddenly changed its course due to breach in protection bundh in the upstream of the river, informed Mebo-Banggo ZPM Oling Perme.

This kind of incident would not have happened had the BRTF finished the construction work before on set of the monsoon, the ZPM said.

He said that Siku River bridge needs special care and protection as this is the lifeline for the people of entire Eastern Arunachal.

The flood also swept away BRTF’s shuttering plates meant for construction of bundh in the river bank.

Later, ZPC Kaling Dai, East Siang SP and others visited the spot to take stock of the situation.


Training on yarn extraction

ITANAGAR, June 29: Six youths from Arunachal Pradesh have undergone training on banana and pineapple fibre and yarn extraction at Alfa Delta Corporation, Chennai Tamil Nadu from June 24 to 26.

Dr. Amal Dutta of Alfa Delta Corporation said that Arunachal can be a large producer of fibre and yarn as banana and pineapple are available here. Fibres and yarns are used for making paper and handloom textiles.

The training was funded by the Directorate of Science and Technology, GoAP and organized by Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS) Kimin.

Meanwhile, ECDS Chairman Nabam Akin Hina informed that training on banana and pineapple fibre and yarn extraction will be organized in various areas where banana and pineapple are available. The Society appealed to the state government to extend help to the trainees in establishing micro industry on fiber and yarn extraction.


BJP team attends felicitation prog.

ITANAGAR, June 29: State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Tai Tagak along with the party MLAs and state office bearers attended the North East NDA felicitation programme organized by the Nagaland unit of BJP at Dimapur yesterday.

In their speech, both Tagak and Nagaland BJP president Chaba Aao highlighted the common issues and problems of both the state and assured to cooperate with each other in addressing them.

National General Secretary Tapir Gao, Opposition Leader (Arunachal Pradesh) Tamiyo Taga, Member of Parliament Neiphiu Rio were present among others.


Visually impaired kids treated in Guwahati

ITANAGAR, June 29: Twelve students from DPM School for Hearing and Visually Impaired, Chimpu—nine visually impaired and three hearing impaired—were taken to Sri Sankardeva Netralaya, Guwahati in two batches for examination and treatment of various eye ailments by Muskan Welfare Society (MWS) headed by First Lady Jyotsna Sharma recently.

The Netralaya provided low vision aids, spectacles, magnifying glasses and medicines to the children free of cost.

Having interacted with the faculty of the hospital Arabinda Dey, Academic Co-ordinator, who escorted the students to ‘Netralaya’, said that lack of awareness about basic health care and eye care, poverty are the main causes of eye problem besides genetic factors. A number of eye ailments can be either prevented or minimized if timely treatment is provided, he said.

The Management of Donyi Polo Mission headed by Chairman Gegong Apang, Secretary SK Singh and Treasurer Mone Yonggam thanked the First Lady and all other members of MWS for taking up the cause of differently abled children.

Further, Mone thanked MWS Chairperson and its members for donating a Van to school for the children of the school.


APATCYO reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, June 29: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO), All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) and City Students’ Union (CSU) have urged the education minister to refund the school admission fees which were collected from students of various government schools in the current academic session and ensure proper implementation of RTE Act 2009.

In a release, APATCYO stated that as per the RTE Act 2009, every student from the age group of 6 to 14 years should get free and compulsory education. But every Govt. Primary and Middle Schools of the state has charged admission fees from students which is against its provision.

In its representation, the organizations also demanded for appointment of adequate non-teaching staff in the schools, proper distribution of books and school uniforms free of cost in the schools and to ensure proper implementation of Mid-Day Meal scheme.


Forum resolves to demand for creation of new district

ITANAGAR, June 29: The XII-Pakke-Kessang Intellectual Forum in its 4th general conference held recently has resolved to press the state government for creating Pakke-Kessang district with its head-quarter at Limmi carving out from East Kameng district.

The forum also resolved to take up the road connectivity within the constituency on priority and move the local representative and the state government for development of agri-horti sector in the region.

Outgoing general secretary of the Forum informed that despite many hiccups, the forum succeeded in its efforts to create mass social awareness in the area for socio-economic progress of the region.

Forum’s chief advisor Er Katung Waghe exhorted the elders and youths to work selflessly for betterment of the region while reminding that the forum has been working selflessly to serve the people of 12th Pakke-Kessang Assembly Constituency.


Anti-Malaria campaign launched

HAYULIANG, June 28: A month-long anti-Malaria campaign was launched in three malaria endemic blocks of Anjaw district, namely, Hayuliang, Hawai and Walong. Apart from various IEC/BCC activities on control and prevention of vector borne diseases, awareness campaign was organized on prevention and control of vector borne diseases through postering and distribution of pamphlets. The use of bivalent rapid diagnostic test kits for malaria was demonstrated to peripheral health workers. They were encouraged for more surveillance of fever cases in their respective locality.  

Meanwhile, a review meeting on observation of anti-malaria month was held at Hayuliang CHC recently.  The meeting was chaired by DMO Dr T Talloh.  

Dr S Tayang, the District programme officer along with Yakakoj, DVBD consultant made a power-point presentation on the trend of disease during the last five years.  She   stressed on awareness among the villagers on the need of indoor residual DDT spray.


News Impact

AAPSU-Govt standoff continues, union declares 36-hr state-wide bandh

China’s expansionist attitude condemned

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, June 29:  The standoff between All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) and the state government is still on as the apex students union today called 36-hours state-wide bandh as its second phase of agitation from July 9.

While informing this at a Press Conference at Press Club here today afternoon, AAPSU General Secretary Biru Nasi said that the bandh has been scheduled in consultation with all the members of the union keeping in view the ensuing Dree Festival from the first week of July.

The union has called a general meeting of all federal units and district students unions on July 3 to chalk out strategies for the bandh call. It disclosed that AAPSU President Kamta Lapung will not be a part of the bandh as he has been referred for neuro-surgery.

“We are sticking to our seven-point charter of demands, including termination of SDPO Bomge Kamduk. We will not compromise on our demands and fight until our demands are met, said Nasi.

“Our demand is for the welfare of people, particularly the students’ community, he added.

The students union accused that the state government has totally failed to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people and protect them.

AAPSU also condemned the home minister for taking a U-turn by not agreeing to suspend the SDPO although he had assured to suspend him temporarily in presence of government spokesperson Bamang Felix before the independent fact finding committee was set up.

The union further questioned the financial position of the state. “If the financial position of the state is sound and stable as stated by the government Spokesperson, then why is it reluctant to come out with a white paper on financial position,” AAPSU questioned.

Union spokesperson Tanya Agu retorted that the government should stop giving hypocritical statement.

AAPSU’s demands include discontinuation of appointment of chairman and vice chairmen in various govt. departments, white paper on financial status of the state, immediate release of students’ stipend, ensure uninterrupted power supply, improvement of roads in capital complex, release of salary and pending bills of government employees and contractors.

Reacting to reports that China has in its recent map shown Arunachal Pradesh as its territory, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union today condemned the country's "expansionist attitude" and said the state is an integral part of India.  "The expansionist attitude of China must be condemned at all platforms and the state government should send a loud and clear message to New Delhi that Arunachal Pradesh was and will remain as an integral part of India,"

Criticising Nabam Tuki government for allegedly failing to raise the issue strongly with the Centre in order to send a clear message to Beijing, Nasi said "whenever Chinese leaders visit India, Arunachal Pradesh never tries to raise voice before the Chinese delegates on the state's stand.

"The state government should makes its stand clear on the often repeated claims of China over the state's territory and the stapled visa issue and should exert constant pressure on the central leadership to resolve the issue once for all," Nasi said.

He said, the apex student body would soon stage protest in the national capital to voice the people's concern on China's claim over Arunachal.



SLSC lift Dree football trophy

ZIRO, June 29: Sojang Lapang Sports Club (SLSC) lifted the 47th Dree Football Trophy defeating defending champion Diibo Sports Club (DSC) 5-1 in the final at Subansiri Stadium here today.

Captain Tage Kano scored a free kick taken from a distance of about 20 meter to put SLSC ahead in 25th minutes. Mihin Taker doubled the score in 37th minute.

Rubu Kojing, Mihin Pullo and Taker of SLSC scored one goal each in the second half to complete the drubbing of the team.

The consolation goal for DSC was scored by the captain of the team in the last minute.

The winner was awarded cash prize of Rs One lakh along with the coveted trophy and certificates while the runners up team was given cash prize of Rs.50,000 along with trophy and certificates.

Mihin Pullo of SLSC was adjudged the Best Player of the tournament while Tage Kano and Tage Pilya of the same team were chosen as the best defender and best goalkeeper respectively.

Rubu Nado of SLSC won the Best team coach award while Michi N Sala of DSC received the award for best team manager.

Best fair play team award went to All Hija Sports Association.

The prizes were given away by Lower Subansiri Zilla Chairperson Hage Kobing, Kalung Reru ZPM Nani Takha and Diibo ZPM Bamin Siri.



Mutchu gives top priority to education

Raju Mimi

ROING, June 29: Putting education as top priority for his constituency, the local legislator cum Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture Mutchu Mithi today visited the boys and girls hostel of Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Roing. The visit was part of his continuing tour to all the government run schools in his home constituency.

The girl's hostel has intake capacity of 50 students and the boys of 100. The parliamentary secretary began his inspection starting with boy's hostel. The hostel was found to be in dire condition with leaking roofs, broken windows and perforated walls. He was ushered in to a damp and congested room used as kitchen. The utensils and gas stove were all in bad shape that needed to be replaced.

Thereafter he inspected the hostel rooms where partitions were erected using plastic bags. The wooden floors of the rooms were all perforated with holes and decaying. The entire hostel building structure which is more than 30 years needs to be replaced with new RCC structure, suggested the hostel authority. Also the Parliamentary Secretary was apprised of the need for a boundary wall and gate for hostel compound to prevent it from miscreants and trespasser.

Comparatively, the girl's hostel was in much better shape. What it needed was a boundary wall with a strong steel gate, requested the girl's hostel authority. In the hostel backyard, the drain water from kitchen and bathrooms gets clogged, informed the authority and requested for drainage facilities. A need for a reading room cum library for hostels was also suggested to the visiting legislator. Having inspected the hostel, the Parliamentary Secretary advised the students to take care of the hostel property as it belonged to them.

"We will never be behind in giving help; but what is important is how good care is taken of the resources in the hostel," said Mutchu.

He assured to immediately release funds for procuring essential items (cooking requirements) for hostel, and promised to direct the works department for preparing estimate for all constructional works required. On funds for running hostel mess, he assured all help possible as when need arises.

Later, interacting with the students at school auditorium, the Parliamentary Secretary said, "In my life, I have seen hardworking and intelligent people. But in the end the hardworking one excels. So never be tired of doing hard work."

He said education is the only means through which one can find a space for himself in the society and without education it is difficult to find acceptability. "Nonetheless, be proud of who you are and never try to pretend about your personality. There's always a beauty in being oneself," said Mutchu.

Earlier, giving out his motivational speech to the students, Rakesh Tacho, 2008 APCS topper and Circle Officer (CO), Khonsa advised the students not to divert their time and energy in students' politics.

"If you feel that you are serving the society through students union, it's better to take care of yourself first and society will take care of itself later," said Tacho.

He said higher secondary is the most crucial stage in a students' life, and it's almost certain that one has chosen their path of their career. "But never regret on your choice of subject. Try to excel in your field and never give up. If you do not succeed today, but tomorrow you will for certain," said Tacho.

Accompanying the visiting team, Dr Rasto Mena, Medical Officer, Community Health Centre (CHC), Iduli and Khare Keche, Assistant Protocol Officer, Itanagar Civil Secretariat also gave motivation speech to the students.



Panchayat leaders urged to work for development


ROING, June 29: A meeting of the Hunli-Desali Anchal Samity was held recently for submission of proposals for inclusion in Annual Operating Plan (AOP), 2014-15 chaired by the Anchal Samity Chairperson Choya Miso.

Ranpok Perme, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Hunli in his welcome address requested all PRI members to work for the development of their areas with responsibilities as mandated by the people. He also requested the panchayat leaders not to represent their wife and mother as 33% reservation for women has been effected in view to empower women.

The concern ASMs of their Anchal Segment submitted their proposals in their respective gram panchayat meeting. An interaction session between PRI members and head of the departments was also held.

Mama Miso, Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM), Hunli-Desali requested all the government officials and staff to stay in their respective posting place. He said that the public of Hunli-Desali are finding it difficult to reach out to the officials for redressal of their grievances as most officials are found to be absent from their posting place. He requested all the PRI members to sink their political differences for the greater interest of the area.

The ZPM in his concluding speech congratulated Mukut Mithi for being re-elected as Rajya Sabha MP. He also thanked the Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture Mutchu Mithi for adopting eight children from poor family background of Hunli-Desali for their schooling. Of the eight, four children have been admitted in a private school at Roing, informed Miso.



Students object to govt.’s transfer policy


RUKSIN, June 29: Alleging that the state education department has illegally transferred the principal of Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS), Sille in East Siang, the people of Sille-Oyan area, including Sille Banggo Students’ Union (SBSU) have demanded the authority to withdraw the impugned transfer order.

The SBSU in a statement said that the education department is transferring the new principal of GHHS at Sille Otem Tayeng violating the transfer and posting rules framed by the government.

Substantial information revealed that the education department by an order (Vide No- SEDN/77/2011(PT) dated 10/06/2013) transferred Deputy Director of Elementary Education (DDEE) Otem Tayeng to the GHSS and posted him as Principal of the school. It also transferred incumbent Principal Tamon Doruk to Itanagar and posted him as Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE).

Tayeng following the transfer order joined the school as principal on June 26, 2013; but he was not given charges for a long seven months.

Doruk on January 28 this year approached the East Siang DDSE for retention of his service on health ground. The higher ups of the education department on the same day issued an order to retain incumbent principal Doruk in his earlier post. Meanwhile, Tayeng was again transferred to GHSS, Koyu. Thus, Tayeng received another transfer order within a period of seven months.



Toppers and achievers felicitated

ITANAGAR, June 29:  The All Sagalee Employees Forum (ASEF) has felicitated the toppers of Class X, Class XII, APJEE-2014 and other distinguished achievers of Sagalee sub-division yesterday.

Attending the felicitation programme, PWD Chief Engineer (Western Zone) Katung Wahge advised the students to work hard to reach the desired goal in life as there is no substitute for hard work and short cut to success. He urged the students to devote more time in study instead of wasting their most valuable time and energy in unproductive activities.

ASEF president Nabam Kiron Hina while highlighting about the activities of ASEF hoped all the toppers and distinguished career achievers would act as role model and inspire the younger generation of the Sagalee Sub-Division to do better in their life.

Information Commissioner Abraham Kaya Techi, Papum Pare DDSE Tana Tagu Tara and parents and guardians of the students also spoke on the occasion.

Besides all the employees of sagalee area, the programme was attended by the Mengio ZPM, senior citizens, present and former office bearers of ASEF.

The meritorious students who were felicitated are, Techi Jama, Class-X (10.00 CGPA), Bado Nabam, Class –X (10 CGPA), Tarh Lellam, Class-XII (Sc.) (84%)., Nabam Meti, Class-XII (Hum) ( 81%).

Popi Teri and Aphyai Tana were felicitated for qualifying in APJEE-2014 (PCB) and JRF (ICAR) 2014 respectively.

Other distinguished achievers who were felicitated include, Dr. Nabam Peter (for being the first state health research scientist in DHS, Nlg), Dr. Nabam Nakha Hina (for his appointment as Associate Professor), Teli Momu and Nabam Tabang for their appointment as Asstt. Professor, Tad Logi (for qualifying in APPSC examination and subsequent appointment as AE (PHE), Naresh Teli Camdir for qualifying in APPSC examination and subsequent appointment as AE (PWD), Tacho Taba (for life time achievement and successful completion of Govt. service on superannuation.



DC inaugurates irrigation project at Leelangthong

CHANGLANG, June 29:  Changlang Deputy Commissioner cum NSFM Chairperson Canchal Yadav inaugurated Leelangthon Lift irrigation Project at Leelangthong WRC field at Changlang yesterday.

The much needed project was implemented under National Food Security Mission through the department of Agriculture, Changlang.

Speaking on the occasion, the deputy commissioner appealed to the farmers to avail optimum benefit from the project as the success of the project depends on the performance of the farmers.

Terming the lift irrigation project as asset of the villagers, she requested them to take good care of it.

She said that the irrigation project will be implemented in five different locations in the district to increase the productivity and introducing double cropping.

Stating that nature has bestowed Changlang with good soil, favourable climate and plenty of water which should be utilised properly, she hoped the project will help the farmers immensly.

Earlier, Changalng DAO A.D. Panggam informed that Leelangthong lift irrigation project was taken up with a view to help farmers to increase crop production through constant water supply to their crop land for cultivation of different crops throughout the year.  He further said that the project has capacity to irrigate an area of 5-10 hectares of WRC and the farmers will be able to grow both Rabi and Kharif crops.

The programme was attended by all the heads of department Changlang, SHGs, public leaders and farmers of Leelangthong WRC Field. DIPRO



TSG Memorial Football Tournament

Capital Complex, Gangte Togung SC win

NAHARLAGUN, June 29: Capital Complex SC beat Bamang Taji FC 2-1 in a keenly contested match in the first Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

The match began slowly and gained momentum in the 12th minute when a BTFC corner kick managed to find the CCSC goalkeeper but was punched out by Gyamar Sankio. Before that CCSC’s Giogi Tani had the chance to take his team ahead with a free kick in the 4th minute but only ended up sending the ball sky high. BTFC again had a chance in the 15th minute when Tage Tath put in an excellent through ball but Pura Byai couldn’t reach the ball in time to take advantage. On the other end, CCSC number 17 Techi Tatra puts too much force behind the ball after finding himself free from a square ball as the opportunity squanders away.

The Capital Complex boys had a scare in the 17th when BTFC are awarded a free kick for ball handling just outside the box. Team skipper Rocky Ramching cleverly chips the ball past the CCSC wall to find his brother Roshan Ramching whose effort hits the crossbar.

Going against the run of play, the CCSC players begin their attack with renewed vigour. It would eventually pay off when Janu Soki weaves past defenders to slot home the first goal in the bottom corner. The goal seemed to have diffused BTFC hopes as the CCSC onslaught continued with Gakir Dulom making it 2-0 before the break.

Not much changed once play resumed as efforts from both teams failed to bring any result until BTFC’s Tath pulled in a consolation to end the game 2-1 to Capital Complex.

A high tempo match that produced as many talking points for the skills as well as the sliding tackles marked the day’s second match here at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.

Gangte Togung SC and FC Doimukh players displayed an extraordinary zeal to register wins in their opening match and that resulted in a game that was filled with exciting play.

As the match began to pick up speed, it seemed difficult to predict which side would open its account first. Doimukh looked to be heading in the right direction Nabam Gunia was at the receiving end of an excellent through ball but managed to find the side bar instead of the back of the net.

Dribbling skills were on display when GTSC players lined up a series of passes in the 28th minute. Take Arun managed to find pick out Pagge Tashi who then passed on the ball to Dare Takar. Unfortunately the beautiful movement ended without a conversion.

Play began to get a little rough as the game approached half-time and neither managing to break the deadlock. The game was even stalled for a few minutes when a clash of heads occurred between GTSC keeper Tomo Ada and FCD’s Tame Loram. The audience would have to wait until the next half before any goals were scored.

The excitement began early into the second minute of the second half when GTSC’s Kamku Tawe heads the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0.

The lead seemed to have made the GTSC players overconfident as their defence began to feel the pressure of a Doimukh team desperate for an equaliser. They finally gave in when FCD player Nguri Alin seemed to pick the ball out from the air with an excellent first touch and scored with an even better second touch to level the game in the 52nd minute.

With the match on even keel, FCD pushed on with great intent to take the lead in the match for the first time. GTSC players were no pushovers as they too pressed ahead. Tensions and tempers began to flare up with a couple of rough challenges.

The game seemed to be heading to a 1-1 draw until a dipping ball from outside the six yard box by GTSC’s Taw Akash beat the Doimukh keeper in the 73rd minute of the game. The match ended 2-1 in favour of Gangte Togung SC.

Tomorrow’s matches: ITBP v/s Mc Mohan FC and Gora Makik SC v/s Tagung Neri SC.



Govt. may relax RAP, PAP to boost tourism

BANGKOK, Jun 29: The Central Government may relax rules in the restrictive areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Leh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to promote tourism in these picturesque regions without compromising security, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said.

The People Area Permit (PAP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP) from certain pockets of Arunachal Pradesh, Leh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir will be relaxed to promote tourism, Rijiju said here.

He said tourists including foreigners, were keen to visit places like Buddhist shrines, and some of these were inside the restricted zone.

"If you restrict a region it will never open up. Link will always be restrictive. We are not lifting all restrictions. We want to open up for foreigners partially with less restriction easily accessible to all visitors, Rijiju said.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, where he was leading an Indian delegation.

The minister who has been given the charge of the Northeast region emphasised the need to open these areas to domestic and foreign tourists with less restriction and develop infrastructure in the bordering areas.

"We don't want to lift RAP and PAP. We want to relax to extent that it does not pose security risk," the minister said.

He said, if a region was restricted and made inaccessible to tourists it would never develop.

"We are not lifting all restrictions, but would like to open these areas to domestic and foreign tourists with less restriction and develop infrastructure in the bordering areas to make it easily accessible to all visitors," he said.

India's Look East can be substantiated only through North East India, Rijiju said.

The Northeast can be a hub of tourism, culture and trade, he said adding that it was also important strategically.

An Itanagar report adds: Rijiju has assured Arunachal Pradesh of all possible help from the Centre for developing roads in the land-locked state.

Rijiju’s assurance came when Arunachal Pradesh PWD Minister Gojen Gadi called on him in New Delhi yesterday, Gadi told PTI today over telephone.

While lauding the Centre’s decision to allocate Rs 5,000 crore to settle local citizens along the border areas who, have of late been migrating to rural areas, Gadi pleaded with him to include all non-border but very remote and far-flung areas of the state under such development initiative.

He made a special request for expediting the eight national highway packages pending with union ministry of road, transport and highways as road communication held the key to state’s development. PTI



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Centre-state relation to improve

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured full support to the Arunachal Government saying that it would be the endeavour of his Government to promote an investment friendly environment for the benefit of the state. This assurance came when the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on the Prime Minister at his New Delhi office. It is believed that during 30 minute meeting Modi laid stress on the development of horticulture in Arunachal Pradesh with special reference to the potential of harnessing herbal and medicinal plants.

This assurance should end the misgiving that BJP government at centre will be having unfriendly attitude towards Congress government of Arunachal. For a state like ours which is totally dependent on centre for funds, it is important to have a friendly government at Delhi so that developmental work is not affected. Modi who was chief minister of Gujarat state before he became PM, has prioritized the need to improve centre-state relation. He has already issued directives to his office to give special preference to any requests for help from the states. During UPA rule, centre-state relation broke down due to differences over several issues. Hope Modi will bring desirable change and let every state feel part of his developmental agenda.

----Readers Forum ----


Prevent fire  

Dear Editor,

Daporijo witnesses frequent fire accident. Precious properties and human lives have been already lost due to fire accident, and many more such tragedies are waiting to happen, if we do not take early precautionary measures and needful steps.

In this regard, I earnestly request the concern authorities  to sanction new Fire fighting Vehicle to Daporijo Fire Station as soon as possible to prevent any kinds of  fire accident.

Other organisations working in Daporijo is also requested to kindly look into the matter seriously and take up the matter with the government of Arunachal for fruitful result.


Vishal  Gurung





Look into the basic parameters

Dear Editor,

It is commendable that the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh is focussed on building project in tourism sector as it is one of the primary pillars in the state economy. Promoting tourism means a step towards generating employment, sustainable development and poverty reduction. But one of the striking underlying facts is the condition of the roads in capital itself.

What impression does it make on the domestic and international tourists when narrow, unsafe, poor quality roads and highways, potholes with untidy garbage dumps & unusual smell welcome them besides traffic congestion? The abandoned bus stop & its premise near Bank Tinali is sufficient to show evidence. It is hoped that govt and related departments might look into such basic parameters and boost the tourism industry in our state.


Jumli Rina, Itanagar




Build roads capable of withstanding calamities  

Dear Editor,

Thank you for inserting a photograph that I took at Karsingsa of blocked road in your 28th June issue.

The road was in a horrible situation. The need of the hour is not only restoration of recently blocked points but the roads of our state capital.  There has to be proper road planning with strong drainage system with proper retaining wall as well to avoid such horrible situation. Of course natural calamities are unavoidable but it can be controlled to a certain level if we construct roads with good planning keeping in mind the dimensions of natural calamities that are likely to hit.  Countries like Japan which faces natural calamities frequently have been able to build earth quake proof building but we cannot even divert a small stream to save our main road.


Dr Jomnya Ado,  Tezu




Don’t deny them admission

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the “Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh Notification,” regarding the intake capacity of B.A, B.Sc & B.Com 1st Semester admission of Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar for the session 2014-15 (June 24).

Interestingly every year thousands of students from Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh come to Itanagar for admission in Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar but they are being denied through catchment area policy. And the students wonder in search of best colleges in Arunachal Pradesh as they cannot afford to go out of state due to various reasons. The reason why students hailing from Tirap, Changlang, Lohit and Longding come to get admission in DNG College Itanagar is because colleges in these districts offer courses only in some specific subjects. Not only this, the infrastructure development and management is very-very poor.

What surprise me most is introduction of catchment area policy in regard to colleges of Capital Complex.

Most of the districts of our state have Govt. Colleges and so catchment area policy should be applicable to those colleges of respective districts. DNG College is one of the NAAC Accredited institution situated in the heart of capital complex. So intake capacity of students should not be limited only to the catchment area instead it should offer 100% admission and on merit basis & cut off marks should be introduced in respect to whole of Arunachal Pradesh.

If catchment area policy is applicable for the lone college of capital complex then another catchment area Capital Complex should be created in the Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh where students from those areas could get admission without any difficulties.


Aton Sungam

President,  TCLLSUI




Don't blame us without knowing actual facts

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the new item published in your daily on 26th June 2014 by All East Kameng Student Union (AEKSU) with the headline, "POWER DEPARTMENT BLAMED FOR DEPLORABLE POWER SITUATION AT SEPPA." In this regard, we express regret about severe inconvenience caused to the people of East Kameng District due to power failure. However it is clarified that power disruption in East Kameng District is owing to sudden breakdown of 132 KV Tower Line from Balipara to Khupi at Tower No. 159 located in between Zero point and Saddal caused by heavy land slide on 24/06/2014.

The maintenance of damaged tower line is being taken up by M/s Mega Power Assam being assigned by NEEPCO authority as per annual maintenance agreement for the Grid Line from Balipara to Khupi which will take more than 10 to 15 days as per discussion held with Engineer in-charge and work site mechanical in-charge.

Further it is clarified that another source of power supply, the state owned Pacha Hydel under Electro-Mechanical division of Hydro Power Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh which meet up partial power demand of the Seppa Township is also out of service since 11/06/2014 due to breakdown of Excitation Unit (Battery Bank) of the Pacha Hydel. Discussion has been initiated in presence of Tapuk Taku, local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Tax and Excise Govt.of Arunachal Pradesh regarding need for immediate restoration of Pacha Hydel. It was assured that new set of battery was under transit from Kolkatta by M/s Concept Engineering. In such situation Power Department is not in position to provide power supply to Seppa Township. Squarely blaming Power Department for non supply of power without knowing actual fact and going directly to the press demoralizes the working spirit of the departmental staffs. I on behalf of the power department sincerely appeal apex student union of district and public of East Kameng District to bear with the power department till restoration of Grid Line (NEEPCO) and Pacha Hydel (E&M department).


Executive Engineer (E),

Seppa Electrical Division,





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Dear Editor,

Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) appreciate the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Nabam Tuki for  appraising the Fiscal challenges of the state to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

ACS also express its gratitude to the Prime Minister of India  for his assurance to look into the grievances placed by Arunachal for best initiative and a domestic window for funding of infrastructure projects in lieu of Externally Aided from agencies like World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Arunachal Pradesh need support from Central Government in absence of resources of its own.

Hence ACS, appeal one and all to support the initiate taken by Tuki led Government for betterment of the Society and its people. And moreover every sections of Society must give collective input so that the present government could do good things for the State.


Patey Tayum,

Chairman, ACS