March  03

Siang water level normal: DC

Tsangpo dam not affecting water flow to India: China

PASIGHAT, Mar 2: Alarmed after news reports that Siang River is drying up, the Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok along with senior officers rushed to Komlighat and Raneghat point (Pasighat) yesterday to take stock of the latest development of the water level.

Quoting officers and concerned engineers of the Water Resource Development, Pasighat, Tapok confirmed that the water level is higher than the last year and there is nothing to be worried about the situation.

Circulating a message to the people, the DC informed that he has been closely monitoring and updating reports and nothing abnormal has been found. Stating that the situation was normal, he stated that the people of Pasighat have been witnessing such decline in water level of Siang during lean season particularly in January and February due to scanty rainfall in the past several years.

Meanwhile taking serious note on the issue, a team of Army officers from nearby Rayang Division met the DC and discussed the whole issue today. Later they visited all the accessible points. (DIPRO)

Meanwhile, claiming that its hydropower project on Brahmaputra river in Tibet was not obstructing the water flow to India, China today said its dam was "not big" enough to affect the lower riparian regions.

"...you might have noted, Foreign Minister (S M) Krishna and other Indian officials have remarked to the knowledge of Indian government, China has not developed new hydro-projects on the river," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing here.

"Our projects have not affected the lower stream regions.

Overall, the utilisation of Chinese side of the Tsangpo River  is very low and the river in concern has only been developed (to utilise) less than one per cent" of water, he said.  His comments follow remarks by a spokesman of Arunachal Pradesh government that the Brahmaputra river was suddenly found to have almost dried up at a town in the state.

On his part, Hong said that the Chinese side built Zangmu dam in the middle part of the river, but this hydro project "is not of a big capacity and has no need for storage of water and it will not affect the ecology and environment." PTI



Nabam Maga laid to rest

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 2: Mortal remains of late Nabam Maga, mother of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was laid to rest today at her native village Ompuli in Sagali subdivision.

She died on February 29 at Guwahati after a prolonged illness.

Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Commerce Phosum Khimhun, MP Takam Sanjoy, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development Nabam Ribya and large number of public attended the funeral.

Indira Malo Jain, secretary IPR and Leki Phuntso DIPR also paid their homage to the departed soul.

The Panchayat leaders of VIIth  Sagalee deeply mourned the untimely demise of late Nabam Maga.

“We have lost great lady and will always remember her yeoman service she had rendered in our area and pray for her soul and her family members,” said Zilla Parishad Member Abraham K Techi

The Sherdukpen Employees Welfare Association (SEWA) also condoled the death.

Principal Advisor to Chief Minister Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, in a message, said that he is shocked to learn about the sudden demise.  May almighty give enough courage and strength to the bereaved family members to endure the irreparable loss, he said in a message.  Nabam Welfare Society (NWS) deeply condoled the untimely demise of Maga.

She was a well cultured woman, widely acknowledged for her charismatic qualities and she played major role in shaping the political career of her eldest son, it said in a release.

NWS Executive members joined her funeral service at Ompuli and prayed to almighty to give strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss and also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

All Sagalee Employees Forum, Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union, All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization have also expressed shock over death of CM’s mother.

. The members of the organization observed two minute silence to pay respect to the departed soul.



Governor to take up Tali cause

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: A delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) led by its President Takam Tatung called on the Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar today. Interacting with the students, the Governor urged upon the student leaders to be responsible individuals and always work for the betterment of the student community and the people as a whole.

Giving a patient hearing to the challenges of the students, the Governor assured his best efforts for providing impetus to the development programmes and educational infrastructure in the interior areas of the State.

Stating that lack of proper road communication in interior areas like Tali has resulted in slow progress in socio economic activities such as infrastructure, education and health, the Governor said that he will push for speedy implementation of the road projects. The road projects must be implemented within the given timeframe following prescribed procedure and utmost transparency must be maintained. He further emphasized that the district administration should be involved in all the development works within the district. Earlier, showing photographs of dilapidated school buildings and hostels, the AAPSU leaders apprised the Governor on the lack of avenues for proper education in the interior areas of Kurung Kumey district.

Giving firsthand account of the plight of the people of Tali circle in Kurung Kumey, the student leaders informed the Governor on scarcity of ration items and lack of proper medical facilities, employment opportunities and modern technology in agrarian activities.

The AAPSU delegation, who returned from Tali recently, submitted a six-point memorandum and pleaded the Governor to initiate for early completion of Yangte-Tali road, construction of Tamen-Limeking road via Tali and Pip Sorang, adequate supply of ration items, proper health facilities and posting of police personnel at Tali. While calling for inclusion of Tali-Pip Sorang under tourist circuit map, they also requested the Governor to recommend for exploration of hydropower potential of the district.

Secretary to Governor and Secretary Planning Ankur Garg was present in the meeting.



Parents seek govt security for children

Students assault case in Bangalore

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The parents of the students who were allegedly assaulted at Bhuvan Polytechnic hostel, Yelahanka, Bangalore have called on the state government to provide security to the students studying there.

Yesterday, around 50 boys belonging to Arunachal Pradesh were allegedly beaten up by the people staying near the hostel as the boys were celebrating a birthday of one of the students.

A  mob of more than 100 people broke open the main gate and started thrashing the students, said a student who spoke to this daily. The mob also took away cash and personal belongings including laptops and mobile phones.

He said that after the local residents were done with their brutality, they called the police.

As the police took over, more atrocities followed. All the residents of the hostel were brutally assaulted. Later 13 students were taken away by the Police.

A student informed that they were released on bail this afternoon.

A student alleged that even the college authorities are yet to initiate any probe in the case. While sharing the fear of the students, he said that state govt should assure safety and security of the all the students and also take up the matter with the management.

 The parents alleged that despite the trauma being faced by the students and parents, there has been no reassurance of any kind from the government. Gyamar Tana, one of the parent’s called for security for the students and medical attention to all the injured. He said that government should step in at the earliest so that such instances do not occur again.

According to a source, Ankur Garg, Secretary to the Governor is reported to have taken up the matter with the Karnataka officials who assured him that the DGP, Karnataka will provide all assistance and security to the students.

All Arunachalee Students’ Unions’ Association of Karnakata president Jacky Boje Pada appealed to the state Govt and apex student bodies of the state to intervene for safety and security of fellow Arunachalee students studying in Karnataka.

This is not the first time students have had to face such problem. In October last, 10 Arunachalee students studying at Poojya Dodappa Appa Engineering College Gulbarga, Karnataka were allegedly beaten up by local residents. In September, 2011 Arunachalee polytechnic students were attacked in Tamil Nadu too.



Society says no to mega dams in Tawang

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Continuing its tirade against construction of big dams in Tawang district, the Society for Development of Culture and Education (SDCE) today said construction of dam in seismic zone would threaten the very existence of various habitats in the region.

The  SDCE,  a Society formed by the monks from Mon area, who are  now studying in South India,  said Tawang district is very vulnerable to disaster like landslide and earthquake and it falls under seismic zone where no dam can be allowed to be built.

Opposing the initiatives for construction of dams on Tawangchu and Nyamjangchu river basins, the Society said, “There is no need to construct mega dams.  Many small hydro projects which are being implemented will fulfill the power requirement of the district and the neighbouring area.”

Claiming that no proper public hearings were held on hydro projects and the students bodies were not allowed to participate in such public hearing, the society said that the people likely to be affected by the 900 MW Nyamjangchu hydropower project are not aware of the merits and demerits of the proposed dam.

It further alleged that the private power developers in connivance with vested interest group have managed to obtain no objection certificate for the construction of dams. The Society appealed to the authorities to maintain transparency and make all the dams related papers public.  Soil erosion has already threatened the very existence of famous Tawang monastery, the Society claimed adding “we are going to loss a centuries-old cultural and religious fountain head institute like Tawang Monastery for  few crores of rupees due to man-made disaster like construction of dam.

The Society further reiterated its stand that two senior monks who are deputed in Tawang district for creation of awareness among the villagers on protection of environment, importance of Bhoti language were not allowed to do so, instead they were abused and forced to sign bond on November 22, 2011.



MP assures to take up suicide cases with authorities

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society, (IMCLS) commenting on a PhD thesis by Dr. Tarun Mene on suicide among the Idu Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh has said that taking cognizance of the burning issue MP  Mukut Mithi has assured to take up the issue with relevant authorities both within the state and the Centre. He said this during an interaction with the society.

Earlier, Prof. V.R.Rao, Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, in his tour of the twin districts of Dibang Valley in order to collect anthropological study material for Delhi University’ research programme; too had noted the high incidences of suicide in the tribe. And has submitted a research proposal to the Indian Council of Medical Research, (ICMR), Ministry of Health, Govt. of India; in order to study the causes as well as to find out appropriate intervention.

The General Secretary of the apex body of the Mishmis Tome Mickrow said that Dr Mene’s work will definitely provide an empirical basis to initiate definite steps in reducing the social epidemic in a tribe passing through the difficult phase of transition.

Dr. Mene’s work has immense implications for policy makers and other similar agencies in understanding suicidal phenomena among the Idu Mishmi tribe of Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley Districts, he added.



Tawang remains cut off by heavy snowfall

Itanagar, Mar 2: Life came to a standstill in Tawang district due to heavy snowfall in the past few days.

The district bordering China, recorded 1-ft of snowfall in the past two days, with temperature dipping minus four degree Celsius, official sources said here today.

Roads to Tawang and its adjoining areas including Sela Pass have been blocked by heavy snow from the rest of the state since Wednesday.

The markets remained closed in the district and people preferred to remain indoors due to intense cold and snowfall.

Though the district administration has pressed its men and machineries to clear the road at Sela Pass, the continuous snowfall is proving to be an impediment, sources said. Heavy snowfall is also recorded at Mechukha Valley in West Siang district since Wednesday affecting normal life.

The blizzard which lashed the valley left the entire township under a thick blanket of snow.

The valley has not received much snowfall in recent years and this season’s snowfall is reportedly the since 2005. PTI



Training on preservation of Library materials

Itanagar, Mar 2: A library is repository of wisdom and are indeed a priceless heritage of mankind as they preserve facts, ideas, thoughts, accomplishments and evident of human developments in multifarious areas, ages and  directions, said S Kri, State Editor GoAP while attending the two days training  programme on Preservation of Library Materials organised by department of Public Libraries and sponsored by National Library Kolkata at State Library conference hall, Itanagar today.

The State Editor said preservation of intellectual cultural heritage is not only an academic commitment but also the moral responsibility of the librarians and information scientist.

Further, Kri appealed the Director Public Libraries to extend possible help to other agencies and NGOs who are involved in library movements in the State.

Earlier, R N Koley Asst. Director of Research GoAP , while appreciating the Department of Public Libraries said libraries are not only the Kingdom of knowledge but also archives for the future generation. He said that such trainings are very essential to learn how to preserve such rich cultural heritage.

Dr. R Ramachandra, PL & IO, National Library Kolkata also spoke on the occasion by giving brief insight of the programme and its importance.

The programme was attended by the Director of Public Libraries, librarians of all the districts of the State. DIPR




Niglok IGC without man and machine

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Mar 2: The Industrial Growth Centre (IGC), set up at Niglok in East Siang district, which once brought new hope among the entrepreneurs is running without man and machine as the people are yet to see any industrial development till date.

The IGC was designed with installation facilities of various industrial units including bamboo, tea and fruit processing, information technology park, cold storage, fruit processing, machinery weaving and tea processing. Apart from a small scale “Bamboo chips” production unit operated by ‘Siang Bamboo Factory’, building for other units are lying abandoned with dilapidated condition for the last several years.

The state’s Industry Minister Tapang Taloh, during his visit in December last year, assured to take IGC to a new height. But, for the people, the minister’s assurance seems like another ritualistic promise.

The Assistant Director of Industry (ADI) cum Project Manager of Niglok IGC, Jumbom Riba said that he has not received any development proposal from the government.

“I moved the state’s Industry Minister to grant sanction for construction of RCC boundary wall around the industrial complex and to appoint adequate staff. But to no avail,” he said.

“I have been serving here  without any infrastructure and other necessary facilities, Riba lamented.

He informed that there are total seven staff, including an economic investigator, an LDC, a store keeper and two contingency appointees. “It is almost impossible to maintain or guard the valuable properties with the limited officials,” he said.

The project manager said that a natural irrigation channel which meandering through the industrial complex  has become a  major problem for the growth of industrial centre. The channel was blocked by the authorities during construction  of the Industrial Centre keeping in mind  that   flow of water through the industrial Centre cause erosions.

However, Ruksin block ZPM, Tonggeng Panyang is hopeful of a scientific solution to the problem.

According to him, closure of the irrigation channel may hit paddy cultivation in the vast area.



Evict illegal land occupants: Forum


RUKSIN, Mar 2: The executive members of Ruksin Area Youth Front (RAYF) and local panchayat leaders today held a meeting with the sub-divisional administration and reminded the administration about their demand to dismantle the illegal structures built on government  land in Ruksin township.

The RAYF president Tadi Jonnom, while addressing the meeting, said his organization had submitted a petition to the Ruksin SDO, demanding removal of  illegal structure built in government notified land in Ruksin township. He said,  some non-bonafide individuals are constructing temporary and permanent structures on the government land illegally. On the other hand, some officials, who were  transferred to other areas,  are also still occupying Govt quarters.

Jonnom has requested the administration to serve an ultimatum asking the encroachers of Govt land to vacate it within a  year.

The joint team later visited Ruksin town and  short listed name of the illegal occupants.

The Ruksin SDO(C) Yemlin Tayeng, when contacted, said that the administration is taking up the  encroachment cases with the Land Settlement and Revenue department. He deputed an Extra Assistant Commissioner  to  enquire into Govt land encroachment cases and submit the report at the earliest for necessary action.

Training on seed treatment

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: A training cum demonstration programme on seed treatment and composting using EM technology under macro-management was conducted at Kolya village under Ziro circle recently.

Altogether 120 farmers including field functionaries of the district agriculture department, Ziro were imparted seed treatment techniques and composting using EM technology by experts.

The programme was inaugurated by  Ziro ADO Koj Horming in presence of  officers and officials from agriculture deparment of  Lower Subansiri district.


Follow  proper process

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association, Upper Subansiri district unit has written  a letter to RWD division executive engineer urging him to award all works under SPA  and follow proper tender process. Association said awarding of work without tender is not acceptable under SPA scheme and it amounts to breaking of existing norms.


Chetchu festival at Taksing

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Chader, Hafi, Hari and Tashi people of Taksing circle celebrated Chetchu festival as per Buddhist calendar at Taksing recently.

During the festival, Buddhist Lamas performed rituals at Buddhist Monastery for peace, tranquility, health and welfare of human beings.

Addressing the gathering, Commanding Officer 23 Rajput Regiment S Vats assured to extend all possible help for grand celebration of the festival next year. He also assured to provide every possible assistance from army personnel in education, health, agriculture and horticulture sector.

Later, he distributed blankets to the BPL family on the occasion. Assistant Commandant 19th ITBP Taksing also distributed games and sports kits, books and school stationary items and also assured to extend possible help to the people of the area under ITBP civic action programme.

Chairman, secretary and chief patron of the festival, Made Tashi, Sanju Tashi and  Nori Chader  also spoke on the occasion.


Water connectivity for village

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Totpu Panchayat Youth Welfare Society has expressed joy over news of Totpu village getting water connection under national rural drinking water programme. The Society lauded executive engineer PHED Yupia division Er JT Badal and his team for completing the drinking water project without compromising with quality.

Further, the Society called on authorities to give water connection to Nguriangbung, Tadariso, Pollang, Quante, Tar and Yaya village under Totpu Panchayat at the earliest.


CCE training for teachers

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: To provide awareness on continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) and various other examination reforms such as replacing marks with grades, de-emphasizing the board examination, empowering schools and teacher to conduct school based assessment, mentoring and monitoring and integrating formative assessment in classroom, a two days Capacity building training programme on CCE for the teachers of Capital Complex will be held at Kingcup Public School, Itanagar on March 8 and 9.

Faculty of CBSE would attend the programme as resource persons.


Deadline set

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Barta Camp-Magney-Dogha-Rangha-Homi Village Development Committee has set March 31 as deadline to release the outstanding dues/pending bills of Yangte-Tali road to Lingdum people. While giving the ultimatum to the local MLA Markio Tada, the committee further threatened to stop road work within the jurisdiction of Lindum if its demand was not met after 15 days.


AFA’s death condoled

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The officers and staff of district agriculture office, Lower Subansiri, have condoled the death of Michi Tari, AFA (Sr.) and prayed for peace of the departed soul. They  conveyed their deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family.


Students informed of school problems

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The members of All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) along with All Tali Area Students Union (ATASU) recently visited government middle school Dotte under Tali circle of Kurung Kumey district. ANSU team included Vice-president Tagru Tame and finance secretary Takam Tayum.

T Tapong, member of the school management committee, apprised the visiting team of various problems affecting the smooth functioning of the school. He told that though the school was up-graded in 2006, concern authorities  did not provide the required infrastructure which  compelled the parents to construct OBT building hostel for boys and girls. The visiting ANSU members assured to take up the matter  with  the competent authorities. The Panchayat leaders, Gaon Burahs, teaching staff, students and  villagers of Dotte attended the meeting.  


Community hall inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Local MLA Takam Pario inaugurated the newly constructed community hall at Gangte village on February 25. The community hall has been constructed under MP LAD fund. Also present during the occasion was Kabak Yania, Anchal chairperson, 3- Gangte- Tarak Lengdi circle.

 Taniang Youth Welfare Association (TYWA) which coordinated the function submitted 3 point memorandum to the two guests. The main demands included construction of office for Taniang Youth Welfare Association, extension of the general ground and construction of quarters  for  Assistant Engineer, PWD, Gangte sub-division. In his opening remark,  TYWA president said the association will endeavour to work for  welfare of the people.


ANYA demands

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Kurung Kumey district unit has demanded the state Govt   for immediate arrest of Oshan Borang, district art and culture officer, Kurung Kumey,   who is the main accused behind Rs 2.50 crore forgery scam. The  forgery scam rocked art and culture department last month. It further called on concern authorities not to release those accused who have been arrested earlier.


ANYA appeals

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) expressed dissatisfaction over the manner  in which  Essar Construction Company Pvt. Ltd is carrying out the construction work at Doimukh-Potin Trans Arunachal Highway  road.

It said that the company is not engaging required machineries in to service smooth construction of road. It further said that due to complete obstruction at the road site, public are facing problems in transportation and appealed to the concerned authority to look in the matter.


Exams peaceful

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The first day of the CBSE examination of class X and XII was conducted peacefully at all the 14 examination centres of Papum Pare District with active vigilance and cooperation of both District Magistrate and Superintendents of Police Papum Pare and Itanagar Capital Complex, informed TT Tara, Deputy Director of School Education, Papum Pare District.

He expressed the hope that the remaining examinations will also be conducted peacefully.


APATCYO submits memo to CM

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) has  appealed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to fulfill its five-point demands, which included immediate establishment of engineering and medical colleges, creation of one more parliamentary seat, creation of Arunachal regiment and introduction of English language as medium of instruction in every educational institution in the state.

In a memorandum submitted to CM yesterday, the organization said, establishment of a medical college and an engineering college will help the poor brilliant students, who cannot afford to pursue their higher study in outside the state, to continue their study in home state. On the other hand,  Arunachal regiment will create job opportunity for unemployment youth of the state. It further said creation of one more MP seat is necessary to cater to the needs of increasing number of population.  With the popularization of the concept of global village, there is an urgent need to introduce English language as medium in instruction in every educational institution, the organization added. The CM reportedly assured to look into the demands.

Meanwhile, APATCYO, Papum Pare unit endorsed the demands of its parents body.


Watershed project at Yom-Komporijo

ITANAGAR, Mar 2:  Watershed Development Project under Shifting Cultivation Areas (WDPSCA) at Yom-Komporijo, Komporijo circle in Lower Subansiri district is implementing CSS Project.

On March 1, 17000 orange seedling and 700 banana sucker were distributed among the beneficiaries. It is worth mentioning that the necessary land preparation started from month of December. The inputs were transported to doorsteps of the farmers overcoming very hard and difficult road condition.

Two-hundred farmers covering villages of Yom, Komporijo, Tomporijo, Deed Rakhe, Siren Rakhe under the Project were selected. About 40 hectare of land is being brought under fruit plantation during the  2011-2012 Financial year. This is the first time where such massive plantation works is being carried out in the area.


Dr. T Ao Memorial Football

Arunachal hold Sikkim 2-2

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Host Sikkim failed to capitalize their two goal first half lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Arunachal Pradesh in their first match of the Dr. T Ao Memorial Football Tournament, 2012 at Gangtok Stadium, Sikkim today.

Coming from behind, a spirited Arunachal scored two goals in the second half one each by Rockey Ramching and Pura Byai to restore parity as well as force the host team split points.


Forum opposes cadastral survey

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Opposing the construction of 2700 MW Mega Dam project over Siang River, the Dam Affected People’s Forum of Siyom Sirit Banggo in a letter to Deputy Commissioner, West Siang District today, opposed the proposed cadastral survey to be conducted in the second week of March.

It also urged the official team deputed for the purpose to refrain from survey.

It further said that, several meeting were conducted regarding scrapping of the 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydro Electricity Project earlier and the resolutions of the meeting were submitted to the government. But till today no appropriate action was initiated by the state and union government, it said.


ATA alleges assault

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Changlang district unit of Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA), in a release, claimed that four teachers of Gautampur middle school in Diyun circle were allegedly physically assaulted by local hooligan on  February 28 last. The victims included a lady teacher named Nilop Bo. The teachers were attacked with sharp weapon and there is report that even household materials were damaged. ATA district unit while expressing anger over such attack has urged district administration, particularly police officials, to take stringent action against the attackers.


News Impact


Expensive marriages

Dear Editor,

I am really pained to see the recent marriage ceremonies in Arunachal, specially the Nyishi Nyada system. Most families give 30 to 100 Mithuns and more in exchange of valuables from the bride’s family. These days one Mithun costs more than 50,000  in the market.

Today community recognises the individuals by their economic power and it has become a trend that members of well to do families play a prominent role in the community. Generally they become the socio-cultural ambassadors of the particular community and often talk of preserving and promoting the tradition.

Instead of preserving the tradition and culture they are destroying it to large extent as the common people like us will not be able to afford the cost of cultural preservation.

I am not against anyone as it's a personal matter as to how much they spend on marriage ceremonies, but this trend is indirectly discouraging  the poor people and is making them run towards other customs.

Another demerit of this high budget competitive marriage system is that it affects the economic system a lot.  Lakhs of money being spent on marriages could be used for other developmental activities.

Lastly, I appeal to NES, ANSU and all the learned persons of our community to regulate the marriage system specially the expenditure involved in it, so that every Nyishi can proudly participate in marriage ceremony.


Lingdum Taha

Former Gen.Sec RGUSU



Let Lada be connected

Dear Editor,

The Lada Circle in East Kameng is the most backward and remotest circle Hq of the district. The Lada Circle Hq was established in 1980 but even after more than thirty years of its establishment, there are still no road connectivity, no basic amenities and some of the villages are living in primitive stage. Therefore, people in large numbers have shifted to Seppa, Bhalukpong and Itanagar in search of better avenues for livelihood.

Recently, the people of this backward circle have seen that some machinery engaged in construction of road under PMGSY from Richukrong towards Sekong village giving them the hope of a road. The road connectivity is the only ray of hope for the people of Lada for addressing their problems and miseries which they have suffered for so many years.

Now, there is news that the road construction work is likely to be stopped again because of some legal fights among the contractors.

Therefore, the entire people of landlocked Lada Circle would like to  request the esteemed contractors to resolve their problems amicably so that the people of the circle do not suffer any more. We, on behalf of the people of Lada Circle, also  appeal to the Govt. to resolve the problem and allow construction work of road from Richukrong to Sekong under PMGSY to continue for the sake of the people.  


Dase Khonjuju,

ASM, Sekong

Piai Miji, ASM,


Khrishna Miji,

ASM, Lada

Solung Miji,

ASM, Lada HQ.

Ley Puroik,


Gram Panchayat




A union territory

Dear Editor,

This is in response to one of the letters demanding creation of a union territory carved out of Arunachal Pradesh.

I totally agree with his views.

The capital of Arunachal at the first instance has been created at a wrong place. It should have been located centrally so that all the corner of Arunachal could access it easily.

I would like to appeal all the MLAs and MPs belonging to Siang, Tirap, Changlang, Dibang Valley, Anjaw & Lohit, to unite together and raise the genuine demand for creation of a union territory comprising of these districts. Or at least the capital should be shifted to a central area.


M Goi, Tinsukia



Clash of examinations

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the concern authority regarding the collision of School Examinations with the Police recruitment rally in Tirap and Changlang Districts.

It is a matter of concern that more than 90% of the applicants in this Police recruitment drive are pupils and continuing their studies having important Board examinations and secondary school examinations like CBSE, CCE and State Board which have started from 2nd March`2012 colliding with the Police interview dates starting from 5th March`2012.

This collision of important examination and interview dates has put many candidates to dilemma as they are unable to decide whether to take the exams or the interview.  

It would be appreciable accomplishment on the part of concern authority if the interview dates could be postponed to some other comfortable dates. I would also appeal the Public Leaders and the aspiring candidates to look into the seriousness of the mystifying situation please.


Nokgen Wangsu,




CM Talent Award Scheme

Dear Editor,

This is to remind the government that "CM Talent Award Scheme" was announced in 2011-2012 by the government of Arunachal Pradesh. Under this Scheme boys and girls toppers of class X and XII of all schools were to be provided a free laptop and a cash incentive of Rs. 10,000. Accordingly, letters were issued for submission of lists of toppers and opening of their bank accounts wherein the cash awards would be credited. The parents and the heads of the concerned institutions diligently performed as directed by the Planning department and the toppers waited patiently for the government promised incentives. However, the government promise is still illusive.

The intervening period has seen three Chief Ministers and the next batch of probable topper students are already taking their exam since 1st March, 2012, but this time without much expectation for any government incentives.

Such apathy on part of the government tends to have negative implications on morale of the young talents. Therefore, I as well-wishers of the upcoming talents, would like to request the government to fulfill the genuine promise which in fact does not cost much to the state exchequer.


Hage Tarung,





Hype versus reality

Dear Editor,

Theoretically we hail from the Power House of the country but practically it’s very different. Almost every day there is irregularity in supply of power affecting daily lives.   

The concern authorities know that the power/electricity is the main life line as most of the work is done through technological devices but there is massive power cut even in the twin capital which affects work.

If Capital is like this, just imagine what must be the case of the other areas. Sometime we are compelled to wait for half to one hour just to get a photocopy of our documents and have to run around looking for shops with generators.

Therefore, I appeal to the authorities to regularly supply electricity in the capital region so that work is not affected.


Kiryi Potom,





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Towards polio-free world

India has been removed from the WHO list of polio-endemic countries after it completed one year without a single reported case of polio in January 2012.

India's last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. Before polio eradication can be certified in India, it must go two more years without another case of the disease. Polio remains endemic in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

Until 2009, India accounted for nearly half the number of the world’s polio cases. A chief factor in the country’s success has been the widespread use of the bivalent oral polio vaccine, which is effective against both remaining types of the polio virus. Another has been rigorous monitoring, which has helped reduce the number of children missed by health workers during National Immunisation Days to less than 1 per cent.

It is said that Rotary International has played a major role in helping to stop the transmission of polio in India. Rotary has been a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988, along with WHO, UNICEF etc.

Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee calls India's achievement a significant step towards a polio-free world – an example as to what can be accomplished no matter what problems need to be overcome.

To date, the Indian government has spent more than US$1.2 billion on domestic polio eradication activities.

Hope, this land mark achievement would be a morale booster for India to achieve the Millennium development goal within the stipulated period of time.