---- Editorial ----
Time for introspection
The CBSE class 12 result poorly reflects everything that is wrong with education
scenario of the state. This year the pass percentage dropped to 43.33 from the previous
years pass percentage of 50. As expected the state run government schools have poorly
performed. Private schools and central government run schools like KV, JNV have outperformed
the state government schools. The education department should introspect and try
figure out where things are going wrong. It's time people responsible for such poor
performance is hold accountable and strongly punished.
Majority of Arunachalees especially those residing in interior areas depend on government
schools to educate their children. Not everyone can afford to send their children
to private school as it is a costly affair. Therefore it becomes more important to
improve the standard of govt schools. One of the main reasons cited for poor performance
is the absence of subject teachers. On several occasion education minister Honchun
Ngandam has spoken about need to rationalize transfer and posting of teachers. Everyone
will be hoping that process is started at the earliest so that teachers are equally
distributed across the state. Right now teachers are mostly concentrated in capital
complex and district headquarters. Government often talks about prioritizing education
sector but their words hardly translate into action. Allegation of corruption and
nepotism continues to hurt the image of education department.
---- Readers Forum ----
Waiting for scholarship money
Through your esteemed daily, I want to state that since last few months the scholarship
issue is hurting sentiments of students as many are being deprived. It is clear that
the many students are waiting with a ray of hope for the disbursement of the stipend
as several of them depends on stipend money to buy books and other essential items.
I want to tell tribal affairs department that we students are still patiently waiting
for the scholarship money.
Glow Lake-potential tourist destination
Obviously, thou art is at its best in Arunachal Pradesh. Amazingly, alluring landscape
ranging from grassy plain to lush Green Mountain to permanently snow covered mountain
peak which is twirl round by numerous blue serpentine river, manifest the greatness
of nature’s divine art in Arunachal Pradesh. One of the jaw dropping facts which
always caught the imagination of man is the numerous high altitude pristine lakes
scattered over many valleys of mountains that mostly occur along the northern portion
of the state. Glow Lake is one of such lakes in Arunachal Pradesh.
It is a serene lake stashed away in the wilderness of Kamlang Wildlife sanctuary.
It sprawls over a vast high altitude plain, geographically, located between 270 41’
37’’N and 270 42’ 7’’ N latitude and 960 26’ 45’’ E and 960 27’ 33’’ E longitude.
Astonishingly, Glow Lake is land locked by lush green & lofty hills from all sides,
physically, bounded by 1530 m, 2635 m, 1286 m and 1380 m high hills at east, south,
west and north respectively. Continuous drifting of cloud across lake always evinces
a feeling in heart that Glow Lake is a sea in the sky and celestial maiden dancing
across admiring the great art of the divine nature. With perimeter of 5.1 km, Glow
Lake is the second largest lake in the state, slightly smaller than Mehao Lake near
Glow can be accessed from Wakro, a reclusive town of Lohit district near famous pilgrimage
site Parshuram Kund. From Wakro one can drive up to Sinai River (Sinai Berai in Mishmi),
the last motorable point. Then trek up north along west bank of Kamlang River for
4 km to reach Champa Bridge, a hanging bridge over Kamlang River. It is the only
means to cross the Kamlang River on to the trek that go to Glow Lake. The trek spirals
up and down over the hill slope, many times till it reaches an altitude of 1380 m,
the highest height along the way, and then descend down for 3 km to arrive at mighty
Glow Lake which is located at altitude of 1170 m above sea level. Glow lake’s enchanting
beauty always mesmerize the visitor at first sight, which has miraculous soothing
effect on visitor’s weary and pain due to whole day trekking. Howling of Hoolock
gibbon, barking of deer, sound of chirping bird’s etc make the ambience a paradise
like. Interestingly, the lake is sustained by numerous perennial foamy streams gushing
out of foothill that trotted down into the lake.
Small flat land occur at west south and east banks of the lake, before hill take
over, these make camping near the lake , pleasant and easy. Furthermore, at east
of Lake, there is a rest house for night stay and one high reach tower for better
overview of the lake, which has been constructed and maintained by forest department.
If, properly publicized, Glow Lake could be a worthwhile adventurous tourist destination
even though trek to lake is a challenge
Dr. Daniel Mize,
Ecology & Wildlife Biology
Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University
Rono Hills, Doimukh
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