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Trader shot dead, business community give ultimatum to Govt

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: In a shocking incident early this morning, owner of Logun Hardware shop, Rajendra Chaudhury, situated in G-Extension, Naharlagun was shot dead and another seriously injured by four masked armed men at around 3 am.

The criminals broke open the iron shutter of the shop with a crowbar and shot twice from close range with a pistol when the 48 year-old Chaudhury, a native of Sujangarh, Churu district, Rajasthan, raised alarm to prevent the criminals from looting the shop.  

Kamal Kishore, a salesman of the shop also received serious head injury when one of the masked men attacked him with an iron rod. He was rushed to the hospital and received four stitches and is now stable.

The criminals alarmed from the commotion created soon after the firing escaped the scene and couldn’t loot any cash or valuables.

Police have collected fingerprints from the crime spot and sniffer dogs were also put into service.

The body of the deceased has been sent to General Hospital, Naharlagun for autopsy. Later it was reported that his body has been sent to his native village in Rajasthan after post-mortem.

Choudhury had been living here since 1990.

According to police sources, the modus operandi of the criminals is akin to the recent crimes occurred in Doimukh, Nirjuli, Buishi Yada and Akashdeep. Crime done here could be the handiwork of same criminal, sources suspected.

The police patrol had whizzed past the spot 10 minutes before the crime was committed, the police source added.      

The traders of the Capital Complex under the aegis of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA), Bazar Welfare Committees (BWCs) of Nirjuli, Doimukh and Banderdewa, in an emergency meeting today univocally condemned the cowardly and inhuman act.

The meeting unanimously criticized the failure of the security apparatus and victimization of the traders all the time, particularly the failure of the government in protecting the life and properties of the business community, who have been immensely contributing towards the socio-economic development of the state while enriching the state coffer by paying crores of tax.

Few traders have already left the state and if no action is initiated, the fear psychosis caused by the murder would have a disastrous impact on the state, they said, adding Home Minister Tako Dabi was briefed by ACCI on the issue on March 11 last.   

The traders in the Capital Complex downed their shutters spontaneously as a mark of protest as there has been no action what so ever by the police despite a series of dacoities and robberies - February 21 Buishi Yada robbery in Naharlagun, March 3 behind the Akashdeep market complex in Itanagar, March 5 Doimukh robbery and March 15 Naharlagun dacoity and murder.

Expressing strong resentment at the lackadaisical attitude of the state government, the traders unanimously resolved to serve an ultimatum to the government to bring the culprits to book by March 18 failing which the traders would begin their first-phase 12-hour Capital Complex bandh from 5am on March 19.

The traders also urged the BSNL and power department for flawless service as their faulty service also facilitates crime. Pointing out that the habitual criminals are known and get bail easily from the courts, the traders’ bodies pleaded for the human face of the judiciary so that the anti-national are not granted bail easily to become threat to the civil society.

Besides the MLA, ACCI president Techi Lala, general secretary Tarh Nachung, IMWA president Bamang Taji, Naharlagun BWC vice president Kipa Tuglo, general secretary Shillong Taju, Banderdewa BWC president Kipa Loram, general secretary Kipa Pifik, among a host of traders were present at the meeting.   

Expressing deep shock and condolences to the bereaved family members, the traders observed a minute’s silence and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Meanwhile, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has condemned the murder. In a message, AAPSU President Takam Tatung said that this murder has once again exposed the deteriorating law and order scenario of the state, especially the capital complex. He urged the state government to take corrective measures in providing security to the lives while citing that fear psychosis has gripped the capital complex with back to back crimes occurring here.


NCP calls for boundary solution, takes a dig at Cong on corruption and lack of planning

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Nationalist Congress Party(NCP), Arunachal Unit has urged upon NCP party leadership to initiate a process to persuade both the Governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to bring about an early and amicable settlement of the Arunachal Pradesh-Assam boundary issue.

State NCP unit president Ngurang Pinch made this appeal while speaking at the party’s national conclave at Karla. The miscreants who are often helped by a part of the Assam Administration are taking advantage of the absence of a proper border between the two states and encroaching upon the land and households of the border area of Arunachalees making their life miserable, he said.

Pinch sought intervention of Party President Sharad Pawar  for construction of a boundary between the two states.

He further sought for a tangible and concrete position on Indo-China border dispute. ‘If need be we may adopt a resolution in this aspect to appraise and submit the Union Government to make the Government stand clear’, he added.

Taking a dig at the Congress run state government, Pinch further said that despite being the store house of enormous potential for development Arunachal Pradesh is suffering because of lack of proper, fool proof planning and corruption and lack of strong political will. Lack of understanding the ground-realities has spoiled the broth for the hydro-power developers in Arunachal Pradesh and their snail–paced progress  has practically amounted to no progress so far, he added. The growth so far visible in Arunachal is essentially cosmetic and most of the promised things are yet to be realized. The people are waiting with exemplary patience but then everything has its limit, he added.

What Arunachal Pradesh need now is the relief from the swing between will and lethargy, between inertia and action and above all a definite relief from corruption and money culture. He further said that if support and resources are made available, the party would form the next government.

Meanwhile in a three point memorandum to the NCP chief, the state unit called for early completion of Green Field airport at Itanagar, special financial package for small and marginal farmers and provision for special package for rural sanitation and drinking water supply programme at interior villages of Arunachal Pradesh.  


Army selects 15 Arunachalee boys for enrollment in ASI

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Giving a major boost to the state’s sports, Army has finally selected 15 boys from Arunachal Pradesh for enrollment in Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune.

Army had short-listed 51 boys in a talent hunt conducted by Arunachal Weight-lifting Association in collaboration with ASI at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on January 22 last. Of them, 15 have qualified in “all tests”  for final selection for five different disciplines—Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Weightlifting and Wrestling. Three have already left here for ASI, Pune while the rest will join them by the end of the third week of this month.

The selected boys are—Timlik Raji, Sorum Hitlar Tagru, Sambo Lapung, Gungte Yangfo, Paul Changmai, Tingchat Wangchu, Dada Riba, Kozum Taba, Jimjang Deru, Yomin Rui, Karling Natung, Likha Tak, Taluk Bage, Rotom Jaipu, Lalu Taku.

Meanwhile, AWA appealed to the state Govt. to follow the method of Army and sponsor/conduct more such talent hunts in order to tap the latent sports talents of Arunachal Pradesh.


Disruption in water supply

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  The normal water supply to Itanagar township will partially be disrupted  due to break down of one DG set installed at water treatment plant, Senki View, Itanagar and depletion of water discharge at source, according to an official release.  The esteemed water consumers are requested to co-operate and bear with the PHE and WS department. However,  though the repairing and maintenance work may take time, but the department is taking every effort for immediate restoration of water supply, the release said.


Economic independence imperative for complete emancipation: Mepung Tadar

KHONSA, Mar 15: Vice Chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission of Women Mepung Tadar said that economic independence of women was imperative for complete emancipation of women adding that women were more sensitive to public grievances as they have better grasp of the problems people face.

Tadar was speaking at the International Women Day celebration at Khonsa on March 14 jointly organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Commission of Women and Tirap based NGO-Integrated Development of Eastern Area.

Dwelling at length on various clauses of the Women’s Commission Act, Tadar told the gathering that today women are protected by legally framed Act and that the women should be aware of all the Acts, adding that Women’s Commission can summon anybody on receipt of complaint. She further said that even if police ignores such complaints, the Commission can take up  the matter under the Act.

Addressing a huge gathering of women at DBYC, Khonsa, Advocate Jawang Sumpa and ASP AK Oja spoke on protection of women under Domestic Violence Act and elimination of discrimination against women respectively.

Hundreds of women from Khonsa and its peripheral areas, officers and public attended the function.  (DIPRO)


Depts to meet British Deputy High Commissioner

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Departments of Industries, Trade & Commerce, Geology & Mining, Textile & Handicrafts, Fisheries, Tourism, Managing Director (APIDFC) and the representatives of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries will hold a meeting with British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata Sanjay Wadvani, to showcase and highlight investment potential of the State.  The programme shall be presided over by Parliamentary Secretary Industries Nabam Rebia. The meeting would be held on 16th of this month at the Conference Hall of Directorate of Industries.


IGNOU celebrates 21st convocation

Siram lauds IGNOU’s performance

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) celebrated its 21st Convocation in a grant manner today. It is indeed a unique occasion since it is the silver jubilee year of IGNOU.

The Educational Minister Bosiram Siram was the Chief Guest of the occasion. He lauded the activities of IGNOU all over the world in general and Itanagar Regional Centre in particular by saying he records in his heart the contributions of IGNOU in this state.

While appreciating the IGNOU’s functioning in strengthening the scope of higher education, he mentioned the expansion of university education and shift in the mode of delivery of education over the years has brought a sea change in the educational scenario in the state. ODL system has no geographic barriers and it has already reached the unreached in the state. The education minister in his address, mentioned about the up-hill task faced by the education sector in the state to impart quality education owing its large chunk of untrained teachers. Through IGNOU shared the responsibility by offering B.Ed programme, but it is not adequate. He suggested for more intake of B.Ed students to supply quality human resources to the sector of basic education.

While congratulating the recipients of the degree, diplomas and certificates he asked the students to remember the basic needs of socialism, secularism, communal harmony and give their best to show that they are not less than the students of formal education system.

The IGNOU Director Dr. S.J. Neethirajan welcomed the Chief Guest, dignitaries and students presented the annual report. In his report he mentioned that 149 students have qualified for receiving degrees and 33 students have received their degrees in person. While expressing his happiness over their successful completion of the degrees he advised them to use it for the betterment of the society. The programme ended with the vote of thanks delivered by the senior Co-ordinator of IGNOU Dr. S.K. Sharma, professor D.N. College, Itanagar.  


Grassroots democracy

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  In a unique departure from convention, the local market recorded one of the highest earning on the day of election to the Leporiang Market Welfare Association! The election saw three candidates contesting for the post of president for a market which boast of some ten shops. More than 170 people turned up to vote which included students, Nongovernmental organizations and Panchayat  leaders and representatives of political parties.

Unlike other election which usually are held in tense situations, March 6 was more like a festival as large number of people turned out.

The Gaon Burah and Pacnahayat leaders of the area had approached the administration led by Circle Officer Datum Gadi to conduct the elections.

The code of conduct was in place and the administration even conducted a voter’s awareness program. The only violation of model code of conduct, however was putting up of posters of contesting candidates! The counting was done in open and there was no sign of post poll violence either.

Tam Saji was declared the president while Nabam Radhe was the General Secretary.  The Circle Officer had words of praise for all those involved during the entire electioneering process. What was unique was the involvement of the everyone including women for the successful conduct of the elections.

People from rest of the state could take a lesson or two from people of Leporiang to ensure grassroots democracy.


Consumer protection through Legal Metrology

Supriyo Chakraborty

The motif of any court in our country is projected as a pair of scales, which has been regarded as the symbol of justice. For arriving at the accuracy in weighment and measurement also, a pair of beam scales is used in every day to day transaction. Significance of a balance for achieving accuracy in every sphere of human endeavour indicates the importance Legal Metrology Department in regulating weights & measures, weighing and measuring instruments in commercial, industrial, public health & safety.

Inaccurate weights and measures not only cause a substantial loss to the government exchequer but also to that of common consumers. As for example, a weighbridge averaging 30 tonne capacity, making 20 measurements a day with a tolerance of 2% error, may result in a loss of rupees two to five lakhs, depending on the goods being weighed.

There are about 40,000 numbers of weighbridges in the country and quantum of loss as may be caused could easily be estimated. Similarly, dispensing pump delivering petrol 50 times daily with an average error of 20 ml in 10 litre may also cause considerable loss. As such the estimate of loss throughout country could also be understood.

Let us assume 50% of our population, say 50 crore, make a daily spending for purchase of their needs. Of them, 50% i.e. 25 crore people use to leave an amount of 50 paisa on an average to the shopping establishment for non-availability of change, which in other words, means that an amount of Rs. 12.5 crore (approx) per day is kept unaccounted. Now, estimate the amount of money per annum which is left unaccounted by everyone of  us as a consumer.

Keeping in mind the interest of common consumers, the Standards of Weights & Measures Acts, were enacted in the Parliament for :-

a) extension of legal control to cover commercial transactions, industrial measurements and measurements involved in ensuring public health & safety;

b) creation of effective machinery in the states;

c)regulation of  manufacture, repair and sale of weights and measures;

d)regulation of packaged commodities sold or distributed in trade and commerce;

e)regulation of users of weights & measures , including sale by heaps; and

f)punishment for offences against the proposed legislation.

Accordingly, Legal Metrology department and its enforcement machinery were created in the states. With the enactment of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the LM department is given with responsibility for acting as the nodal agency for consumer protection activities. Earlier Legal Metrology department is now known as the Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs. This is done for drawing easy attention of the common public on consumer protection.

The coverage of legal metrology changes with time and need of the society. With the economic growth and development in the field of science and technology, a variety of sophisticated measuring instruments are being introduced in the areas of transactions and production. Thus, there is need to regulate them so that these instruments retains their accuracy. Similar is the necessity to regulate the packages, both standard & deceptive packages containing numerous items meant for direct consumption of consumers.

The laws on legal metrology in the country is under revision very shortly to extend the coverage of regulation of new instruments and package commodities, measurement techniques for ensuring protection to common consumers interest. But, ultimately it is the consumer to reap the benefits of the law through proper vigilance and alertness. (Contributor is a Technical Assistant, Legal metrology)


IMWA adopts resolutions

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) in its general body meeting at Akashdeep  Complex here yesterday unanimously adopted resolutions banning shelling of alcohol at the restaurants and use of polythene bag by the shop keepers.

Other resolutions include introduction of new numbering system of shops and registration of shop owners, building owners and uniform green colour painting on shutters of all shops.

It said that the closing of shop shall be 9 pm for general and for   beer bar it will be 9.30 pm, weekly rest day for market on Tuesday and every second Saturday shall be social service day.

The meeting was also addressed, among others, by MLA Techi Kaso, Capital DC Padmini Singla and Capital SP Hibu Tamang, according to an IMWA release.


East Kameng gets new  garbage disposal truck

SEPPA, Mar 15: Adding another feather to the Dream ‘Team East Kameng’, a garbage disposal truck was flagged off today by MLA, Tapuk Taku in presence of Deputy Commissioner, Pige Ligu, DPO, Vijay Sonam and host of officials at the premises of DC office,  Seppa. The noble initiative was materialized with the personnel contribution of all the MLAs of the district. The garbage Truck would be operated under the aegis of District Urban Development Agency (DUDA), Seppa.

It was first of its kind and expected to go a long way in maintaining cleanliness and sanitation of the township. The DC who is also the chairman of  DUDA thanked all the five MLAs for their kind gesture and generosity. He also urged the town dwellers to extend their kind cooperation in keeping the district clean and free from all kind of unwanted materials which causes common diseases. DIPRO


Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union Formed

ITANAGAR, Mar  15: The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU) was formed in a meeting held at Bishop’s House Itanagar on March 13.  Rt. Rev. Dr. John Thomas, the Bishop of Itanagar Diocese endorsed the decision of the All India Catholic Union (AICU) to appoint Tok Buttum as the president and Taw Tebin as Secretary. APCU will conduct its general body meeting within a year and it is affiliated to the AICU.

While congratulating the newly formed Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union, the Bishop of Itanagar Diocese said “APCU exists to be a voice to promote the causes of the Tribal and the Poor, and not just those who are Christians. APCU will work with all Civil Society organisations and activists to uphold Human dignity and Civil Liberties.”

Tok Buttum reiterated the main aims and objectives of APCU which is to “foster Christian ideals and empower Lay members of Christ’s faithful and promote unity and solidarity among Catholics of Arunachal Pradesh.”

Taw Tebin, the Secretary pledged that “APCU will be the exponent of Catholic opinion and to make representations to authorities and public bodies in all matters affecting Catholics and safeguard by all lawful means the legitimate rights, liberties and interest of the Arunachal Catholic Community particularly those guaranteed by the Constitution of India.”


Mopin festival

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Finance Minister Setong Sena and MLA Techi Kaso have consented to a grace the Mopin Festival as chief guest and guest of honour respectively at Itanagar Mopin festival on April 5.


In search of better reading habits among youth

-Etalo Megha & Geeta Ralhan-

“Learning makes you creative, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, and knowledge makes you great.” That was the declaration made by a white haired old man, in his highly spirited magical voice, and repeated by a 400-odd audience young and old, like a rainbow in their different attires, seated in the magnificent hall of the India International Centre, New Delhi. He was none other than our former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

‘Yes, we do feel that the young minds of ‘web 2.0 generation’ have already wasted their beautiful lives on internet, TV serials, computer games and in a hundred other unproductive activities. It’s a big concern for our future. If today we won’t care about their interests or habits, then definitely, we must expect the worst for our coming generations. From the neglect of reading books which give fun, pleasure, and knowledge. For Reading promotes positive thinking and Peace.’

If you had been in the IIC hall that day as a participant in the International Conference on Children’s Libraries organized by the Association of Writers & Illustrators for Children at New Delhi from Feb 4-6, 2010, you too, like us, would have been going through such strong impressions. And be a thrilled witness to a colourful show of how the participants from seventeen countries had taken up innovative and unconventional practices, to propagate the joy of reading among young; to reach books into the hands of those who had no access to them. Spirited efforts to make a difference in the lives of those around them.

Like D Jamba, a well-known children’s author from Mongolia, who has been running his children’s mobile library from 1991, with the help of books collected from friends, and distributed them to the remotest areas in Mongolia, on horseback, camels, reindeers and even cows, rather than motor vehicles! He has already covered 80,000 kms in his project and has written 80 books in his mother-tongue, benefiting over 1 lakh Mongolian children.

And the “First Words in Print”, a project run by the National Library of South Africa, for encouraging parents to develop reading habits among children. “We encourage parents to start reading stories to their children in their mother tongue, from the day they are born. If the parents are illiterate, then we train them to narrate stories from picture books. By the time the children go to school, they have already developed a love for stories and language”, says Ms. Nombulelo Baba, the project i/c. She says it has created new market for children’s books in local languages in South Africa, which was earlier dominated by English books. Any lesson for the Arunachali intellectuals?

Hafsha Yasin of The National Library of Singapore believes that reading provides two distinct benefits, viz., immense pleasure and enhanced knowledge. Hence The National Library allows membership even to a one-day child! She also emphasizes the importance of father’s role in moulding the life of their children, through reading.

Monica Chojnacka of Poland showed a striking video: a big library hall with the librarian lying down in a sofa and the shelves all empty! When a group of young readers approach him for books on Harry Potter, the librarian replies, “Except me you will find nothing here!” Monica also blames the negative effect of excessive access to electronic media as compared to books, which hampers the life of young children and its direct effect on the disappearance of emotional ties in families. Seeing a familiar link around us? For this she suggests to read everyday at least 20 minutes to the child at home. An impossible task for today’s literate Arunachali couples?

Ellis Vance, a librarian and Treasurer of IBBY, USA (which has helped to set up the VT-AWIC Libraries in Lohit), says that the poor reading habit among the youth is because of the half-hearted attitude of schools and the lack of motivated librarians. Hearing him, it struck us: ‘When can we expect every school in Arunachal to have a little library of its own? And can we dream of a separate section for youth in our Public Libraries, a corner where the children can joyfully walk into?’

Another interesting item in the conference was the bilingual books so widely used in south-east Asian countries. Delegates from Japan presented story-reading from books with every page carrying Japanese, English and Hindi ! Indonesia too uses bi-lingual books, which help promote learning local language. The readings drew wide attention in the conference. With bi-lingual teaching once again gaining acceptance in language teaching, Arunachal Govt. could well take lead to promote mother-tongue education in primary levels, in this manner - perhaps it may even improve the English language standards in our villages!

The 2nd day of the conference after lunch came the program that we had been waiting for the last 6 months - it was the turn of the young Arunachali library volunteers! A 20 mts demonstration on how they have been conducting a 6-month long reading campaign in the villages in Lohit and Anjaw. The moment our children came on the stage, the entire audience felt it was something new: a special song on ‘reading promotion in Arunachal Pradesh’, (composed by Ms. Rashmi Krisikro of ASSET, Wakro), set the tempo: “We are here from the land of misty blue mountains ……,One come, all come………”.

Yes, the young readers with their innovative items of skits, recitations, rhythm, and story narrations in Mishmi, English and Hindi – brought the message clear: scenes which spoke what the youth Library volunteers were doing for the last 3 yrs to spread the joy of reading across the Lohit valley. Covering over 60 schools, interacting with 250 teachers and 2500 students, spread across 200 kms. And making a call for using Arunachali mother-tongue to promote education of the young.

The moment we completed our show, the hearty cheers of the audience clearly told us, we had done our best.  A performance which lived upto the expectation of our AWIC friends and our esteemed Arunachali patrons, who had so strongly supported us to reach Delhi.

Looking back, it was a real tussle to complete the 6-month campaign, when the weather conditions varied from sultry hot July to windy and heavy rains of monsoon, traveling with anyone willing to give us a lift, on cycles, bikes, open trucks or any vehicle! Yet, we kept on marching from one school to another in full spirits, to stage our activities like story telling, poem recitation and of course skits in English, Hindi and our mother tongues. The constant encouragement of the AWIC members, local friends and patrons helped our team to keep up the library movement active, and reach more remote village youths.  

After our program, many of the delegates congratulated us. AWIC officials were thrilled and warmly cheered our children! Some from abroad, like Dr. Murti Bunanta, a renowned Indonesian author, became our friends, presenting us their books, and taking photographs. Some even took down the lines of our song; others who got curious were asking our young readers, “Who trained you all?” We are touched when some organizations invited us to visit them. “Bhaasha” of Pune, straightaway extended their invitation to participate in their forthcoming Conference in Nov 2010, with items in Arunachali languages!

Here we must fully compliment our reader-volunteers. Though coming from different areas - APNE Library, Wakro and the Govt. schools of Tezu and Chongkham - they have got attracted to books and youth magazines. Today they have become experts in developing skits, selecting their roles themselves. Later they refine these, discussing with us library volunteers and our Coordinator, ‘Uncle Moosa’.

In conclusion, we must say, however, that it was a disappointment to us that none from our state was there in such an international program to discuss Reading habits among children. Representatives from the Depts. of Education, Public Libraries, and other NGOs from Arunachal could have used this occasion to take up the challenge of poor reading standards in the state. We feel that VT-AWIC Youth Library Network cannot carry such movements alone, but many more must come forward to help it progress.  

A month after the conference, the memories are still fresh in our young readers. It is touching when these spirited youths say: ‘this time we would read more books in the vacation.’ Others have planned vacation-libraries in their remote villages and share ideas through skits in Mishmi and Khamti, their mother-tongues.

But we realize there are far too many Arunachali children, who would be fond of books - but books have to reach them. The other day, at the Tezu market, an eager youth came up to us and said “Bhaiya, aap log fir khab humare school me aa rahey hain?” [Brother, when are you again coming to our school (with books)?]

To all such, we can only say, ‘Dear children, we don’t know about the others but some of us are ready – we shall continue the mission.’ Any volunteers to join hands?

(  Etalo Megha is the Tezu Coordinator of the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network.  Ms. Geeta Ralhan, a Final year B.Com student, is Asst. Librarian, Bamboosa Library, Tezu.)


Governor to inaugurate golf driving range

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh will be inaugurating the first Golf Driving Range of the State, which has been set up at Sangay Lhaden Sport Academy, Chimpu tomorrow. An ace golfer himself, Gen Singh is also an ace shooter and a keen mountaineer took initiative in the setting up of the driving range, which aims to provide promising Arunachalee golfer the basic of the sports. Gen Singh has a firm belief that Arunachalees have the potential to excel in the sport if proper guidance and direction is provided to them.

It may be mentioned here that the Gen Singh, who won the winner’s trophy in his category, while taking in a golf tournament organized at Royal Spring Golf Course, Srinagar in Sept last, also took initiative in organizing a weeklong Golf orientation training in the month of June last year, in which fifty-one participants, including students from 13 (Thirteen) schools of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Assam and Meghalaya and also personnel from Raj Rifles also attended. Lots of girl students and ladies participated in it. Expert and famous professional coach Ali Sher and his assistant Shyam Lal conducted the camp.

According the PWD Assistant Engineer, Er. Francis Joseph, who is supervising the work, informed that 10 meters by 5 meters driving range has five driving platforms. The length of the range is 170 meters from the Driving point and is 110 meters wide with six meter high catching net. PRO to Governor.

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Time to conserve Mithun


Dear Editor,

One of the Nature's most beautiful creatures bestowed to our state, popularly known as the "Black Diamond” is Mithun which has, hence, been adopted as our state animal. After acquiring statehood day,  we proudly present it to the world as our indigenous identity representing virgin diversed culture & tradition, unexplored natural resources and the oneness among the Arunachalees. In simple words, we present it as the pride of Arunachal Pradesh.

Unfortunately, this ‘black diamond’ is on the verge of extinction due to our reckless, inhuman and merciless killings and sacrifices. Even today in this educated and civilized society, the immoral and merciless killings of the state's pride is practiced in large scale in various social occasions, victory celebration and even in public gatherings.

The rich and affluent people sacrifice Mithuns in large number in one go in their matrimonial alliances which is nothing but to show their power and position in the society.

However, there are some local organizations which are trying to check this increasing menace. But as usual, with few thousand rupees as fine, the wealthy people in the society easily escape any social and legal sanctions. This is due to the lack of support and initiation from the government.

I recall my childhood. In our village, every household/family had at least 5-10 mithuns on average in their disposal. But after a decade and a half, the situation is completely different. There are only 20-30 families, who are fortunate enough to be called the owner of Mithun.

At this time, I can see that the ‘pride of our land’ is in the process of disappearance. Like the great dinosaurs, our coming generations will be telling the existence of our “black diamond” to their children. And former won't even believe themselves that their ancestors once domesticated the Mithuns.

Here, many questions arise -- what step the state government is taking to protect this endangered Mithun. The world is united to protect the endangered species like the tigers, rhinos, dolphins, etc. and fortunately, some NGOs are trying to create awareness among peoples about the need to protect Mithun. But due to lack of support from the government, it hasn't been successful so far.

Therefore, time has come for the people to come forward and take some genuine responsibilities to safeguard Mithun from the verge of extinction. Though we have very lately realized, we must start thinking about it seriously and not wait for others to start. Maybe our government is waiting for some perfect time to deliver. But we must realize that there is no perfect time for doing something good.


Mepe ete

‘A' sector, Itanagar




Hospital delivery beds need modification


Dear Editor,

The delivery beds in hospitals should be made bigger in length and breadth than the present size of the bed. From my personal experience as woman and mother I would like to suggest that the head-side of the bed should be slightly raised and its leg side should be slightly lower than the head side of the bed. When the delivery beds are at the same level at the head and leg sides, pressures are experienced only at the chest portion of the mother which sometimes is very dangerous and risky. Moreover there should be supports for both hands at the head side of the bed and foot rest at the leg side of the bed.  Providing supports for hands and legs and raising of the bed at the head side adds to the proper application of pressures and hence an easy delivery of baby.

So, I do hereby request the Department concerned to examine the design and style of the delivery beds with huge involvement of experienced women for interactions so that the delivery beds can be modified according to the comfort of the mothers and also that the inexperience young women does not get shocked which may sometimes lead to the death of the mother.


Mrs. Opung

Jerang (ZPM)

Jomlo Mobuk Circle,

District West Siang Aalo.



District museum


Dear Editor,

The construction work of the Upper Subansiri district museum cum office building of DRO, Daporijo started during the year 1991-92, but till date it has not been completed. As a result the research scholars and students are not getting benefit out of it.

Therefore, I do hereby request the director of research as well as higher authority concerned to take necessary action for early completion of the district museum cum DRO building.


Tanya Bulo

Member, District Vigilance and

Monitoring Committee, Upper Subansiri district