ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Nations across the world are engaged to save the world from further
degeneration but unfortunately for people, government and administration in Arunachal
Pradesh, environmental issues have become a mere joke. Many influential people, including
politicians and bureaucrats of the state, are involved in creating environmental
nuisance, inspiring the younger generation to ape them.
One trend that has been overlooked by the people in power is the use of RDX in the
state. Indirectly, these people are responsible for such widespread use as many a
times these influential people are invited as VIP in some occasions where villagers
use explosive like RDX to catch fishes to be used in the programme.
RDX is dangerous explosive materials which are issued to be used only by authorized
licensees for lawful use in civil engineering applications such as mining, tunneling,
removing of bedrocks, outcroppings for building or highway construction. But in Arunachal
Pradesh almost in all the districts, people are selling RDX openly at the cost of
just Rs.100 or 200. These RDX are used as a tool to kill fishes. Harmful chemicals
in the explosive like ammonium and nitrate pollute the water body and kills aquatic
lives which is a great threat to the environment.
Winter season is the worse period, particularly in East Kameng district as massive
destruction is done because of use of RDX. Due to picnics and for commercial purpose,
the killings using RDX goes unabated. The impact is maximum as the water flow is
lesser during winter as compared to other seasons. The river, due to less flow of
water is unable to protect organisms of the water body from intruders.
In winter season, fresh fishes are available in the local market because of RDX explosive.
The diminishing environment could be preserved if tribal faith and belief system
The tribal people have their own method of worshipping the nature and in the process
nature is not only preserved but revered too. But with the onslaught of foreign culture,
such trends are diminishing. Modernization has brought in new culture which has
no respect for nature.
Today the people of the region have lost their emotional relations with the rivers
as the wave of modernity have blown away the love and affection of people towards
nature. Such evil practices not only pollute the water but also contaminates the
aquatic organisms, wildlife as well as human beings. In the winter season, one can
hear the sounds of several RDX explosions in River Kameng and other rivers of the
district. Sometimes it shake Seppa town. The tremor is felt even in the offices of
politicians and administrations but no one comes out from their rooms to take action
against the illegal activities.
It is widely believed that if a construction works is initiated in the district it
means that people have easy access to RDX to use in the rivers for fishing.
The loophole of administration is inviting a major disaster in the state, as RDX
is a great threat to nature and human beings. If it falls in wrong hand, the consequences
could be fatal. It is high time for the government and administrative and citizens
to realize the danger of using RDX.
Appeal for resumption of road construction to connect remote Lada
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) and East Kameng Middle
Zone Students’ Union(EKMZSU) have strongly reacted against the temporary suspension
of PMGSY road construction from Richukrong to Sekong (Lada) of East Kameng district.
It is reported that the court has issued a suspension notice after a contractor filed
a case against the ongoing PMGSY road construction.
Lada is a circle headquarters in East Kameng district which was established in 1980.
However, the area doesn’t have any road connection till this day and native people
have to march on foot for 10-12 hrs to get basic needs. In fact Lada is the remotest
place of the district which is located along the international boundary and it needs
urgent road connection for rapid development of the areas and also to provide a sense
of security to the dwellers.
The sanctioning of PMGSY road construction was a great relief for the natives of
the area; however due to filing of the case by some contractors in the court; there
has been disruption in the smooth progress of the road work, the students unions
The construction has already covered 10km.
AEKSU and EKMZSU urged contractors to solve the case through mutual dialogue for
the greater benefit of the native people of concerned areas.
Further, the unions have urged the state government to intervene in the case.
Celebrating Losar with a difference
DIRANG, Mar 4: It is said that new grounds are laid and hopes harnessed by building
bridges across the unknown paths. True to the spirit of Losar, the new year of the
Monpas, a new beginning was laid with initiation of celebration of this festival
in open grounds perhaps for the first time in the history of West Kameng district
at Dirang during this season. Heralded by Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering, the shackles
of so-called closed door nature of this major festival of the Monpa tribe was taken
to new and unprecedented heights by hitherto breaking the aura of seclusion associated
with the festival.
The seven-day continuous non-stop celebration of the festival since last Sunday covering
every major village of Dirang circle was an innovation in the sense that the festival
attracted not only lively open Monpa participation unlike the past, but also avid
and enthusiastic participation by other tribesmen and Govt. officials serving in
West Kameng district.
“The idea behind this ‘open celebration’ is that I want our festival should also
be celebrated like Nyokum, Dree, Mopin, Solung etc which creates not only bonhomie
amongst the Monpas but also serves as a platform of camaraderie and understanding
between all tribesmen of the state”, says the MLA.
The marathon celebration was also unique with its various topographical venue locations
spread over a distance of more than 100 kms radius. Be it the extremely high altitude
Lubrang, situated at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet above sea level and standing
face-to-face with the majestic Sela Pass or warm Salari, located at the foothills
of Bomdila, the charm and fun of the festival was livid which could have been a delight
In midst of this air of festivity, the charismatic local legislator was also pragmatic
enough to listen and understand the grievances of his people for which he announced
suitable remedial and developmental packages on the spots. Joining him in reaching
out to his people were the various heads of departments of the district including
the deputy commissioner.
Acknowledging gratefulness to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for extending his wishes
on the occasion to Monpa community, a minute of silence was observed in memory of
departed CM’s mother and 1000 blankets were also distributed to needy villagers which
had been gifted by CM under his relief fund during the celebration at Lubrang.
MP resents quality of BRO works
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The Member of Parliament Ninong Ering called on the officers of
the GREF/BRO at Tuting during a visit and expressed his dissatisfaction and resentment
over the sub-standard, low quality and poor maintenance of the road from Dite-Dime
to Gelling constructed by the BRO.
During his interaction, Ering asked them to speed up the road widening work by maintaining
quality and standard at the earliest.
He further informed that he would take up the matter with the Defence and Home Ministry
at the Centre and High Command of the BRO in New Delhi soon as Tuting and Gelling
are located at the most sensitive and strategic locations bordering China.
On way back the MP visited Mossing, Migging, Janbo, Bomdo, Ramsing villages and
other located along the left bank of the Siang river. The MP also visited the site
of road construction under the PMGSY programme at Zido to Ngamying. Earlier, Ering
inaugurated a mega eye camp at Govt. Hospital, Tuting on March 3 sponsored by local
MLA Alo Libang.
Inaugurating the camp, Ering said that such camps in remote locations like Tuting
bordering China was a very rare opportunity for the rural poor patients.
Ering appreciated the health department for organizing the Eye camp enabling the
poor patients from the far flung areas to get benefit out of it.
Dr. Kaling Jerang, Dr. Rajen Kombo and others from General Hospital, Naharlagun and
Dr. Ahik Miyu are camping at Tuting for a week to carry out treatments. DIPRO
Tribute to Late Dorjee Khandu &
Late Nabam Maga
BOMDILA, Mar 4: The 2139th Losar of the Water-Dragon Year at Bomdila was celebrated
with all solemnity.
Chairman of the Losar Celebration Committee Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi in
his address paid rich tributes to Lt. Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and Lt. Nabam
Maga; mother of present Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who died on February 29.
A 2-minutes silence was observed in honor and memory of Lt. Nabam Maga, praying for
the eternal peace of the departed soul and to give strength to the bereaved family
to bear the irreparable loss.
As a mark of respect to the departed souls, the general Losar celebration at Kameng
Club Bomdila the day before was bereft of any cultural programme or other source
However, all the HODs, general public, General Manager BSNL, Commanding Officer 8-JAKLI
with other army personnel and the chief patron of the Losar Committee MLA cum Parliamentary
Secretary for HPD RT Khunjuju attended the community lunch.
Earlier, Ngawang Tashi Bapu, Principal Dahung University and a previous Grammy Award
Nominee dealt at length on the concept of Losar – ‘Lo’ meaning ‘Year’ and ‘Sar’ meaning
‘New’ for the benefit of the non-Buddhists as the general Losar was mainly organized
for the people having other religious affiliations, reports DIPRO.
Meanwhile, the Paktu Ao Youth Association (PAYWA) along with Paktu Area People’s
Forum (PAPF) has conveyed its heartfelt condolences to Chief Minister on the sudden
demise of his mother Nabam Maga. The organizations prayed for the eternal peace of
the departed soul.
Pariksha De Hastein Hastein cum
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti organized a five day workshop “Pariksha
De Hastein Hastein Cum Career Counselling” for the students of D. N .G. College from
28 Feb in order to prepare them mentally, physically and psychologically to face
thier exams confidently.
Rupesh Mathur, State Organizer of Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Pradesh explained
the Concept of exam, confidence building, memory development, techniques for concentration,
importance of sleep, technique for gaining energy and study.
In practical session Students were taught breathing exercises to help them keep their
body and mind healthy.
Jahang Ajang, Education Counsellor conducted the whole workshop and took the session
on Career Counselling & guidance which helped the students to choose their goal.
It is worth mentioning here that the games for development of concentration and
memory were also taken by the Vivekananda Kendra workers.
Assam writes to Centre for joint operation against Maoists
Jorhat, Mar 4: Assam government is awaiting union home ministry's clearance to carry
out joint operations with Arunachal Pradesh government against Maoists who established
bases in the inter-state border areas of the states.
Director General of Police Jayanta Narayan Choudhury told reporters here that they
had sent reports to the union home ministry and was waiting for its nod to flush
out Maoists along with Arunachal Pradesh government from the area.
"According to intelligence reports, the Maoists have established their bases in the
areas bordering Assam and Arunachal Pradesh with the help of other militant outfits
since 1990s, but during the last two years they have become very active in the upper
Assam districts," Choudhury said.
"We have got some vital clues in Sadiya and Tinsukia recently after the recent arrest
of two Maoists who frequently travel between Arunachal and Assam," the DGP said.
The Maoists were also working with some overground organisations for fresh recruitment
and extortion drive in certain areas of upper Assam, Choudhury said. PTI
Poverty and World Bank
In every region of the developing world, the percentage of people living on less
than $1.25 a day and the number of poor declined between 2005-2008. An estimated
1.29 billion people in 2008 lived below $1.25 a day, equivalent to 22 per cent of
the population of the developing world. By contrast, in 1981, 1.94 billion people
were living in extreme poverty. The update draws on over 850 household surveys in
nearly 130 countries, according to a World Bank report.
Post-2008 analysis reveals that, while the food, fuel and financial crises over the
past four years had at times sharp negative impacts on vulnerable populations and
slowed the rate of poverty reduction in some countries, global poverty overall kept
falling. In fact, preliminary survey-based estimates for 2010, based on a smaller
sample size than in the global update-indicate that the $1.25 a day poverty rate
had fallen to under half of its 1990 value by 2010. This would mean that the first
Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty from its 1990 level has been
achieved before the 2015 deadline.
The $1.25 poverty line is the average for the world’s poorest 10 to 20 countries.
A higher line of $2 a day (the median poverty line for developing countries) reveals
less progress versus $1.25 a day. Indeed, there was only a modest drop in the number
of people living below $2 per day between 1981 and 2008, from 2.59 billion to 2.47
billion, though falling more sharply since 1999, the report says.
However, experts feel, having 22 per cent of people in developing countries still
living on less than $1.25 a day and 43 percent with less than $2 a day is intolerable.
A concerted effort is needed to reduce poverty by creating better job opportunities,
delivering better education and health services and basic infrastructure.
Parents appeal for calm
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Fearing a backlash against the people from Karnataka residing in
Arunachal after 50 students were allegedly beaten up by a local mob in Bangalore
on Thursday, parents of Arunachalee students, who were at the receiving end, has
appealled for calm.
Expressing its serious concern over the latest report, parents of Arunachalee students
today made fervent appeal to the people of the state not to commit such crimes. It
said that such a move will pose a serious threat not only to those students studying
in Bangalore but also jeopardize the interstate relationship.
The parents further stated that law should take its own course of action on whatever
happened in Bangalore and people of the state should not do anything that would have
7 houses gutted in different fire accidents
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Six houses along with properties worth lakhs of rupees were completely
gutted down in a massive fire accident at around 2.30 a.m. at Sigin Colony, Daporijo
Meanwhile, All Nyishi Youth Association, Upper Subansiri District Unit appealed to
the chief minister to immediately provide relief materials and compensation to all
the fire victims of Sigin colony.
It also appealed to the local MLA, DC, HoDs and public of the district to extend
help to the victims.
In another fire accident, the dwelling house of Larmin Taipodia of Upper Borajan,
Likabali along with properties including important certificates were completely gutted
in a fire accident recently.
All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union alleged that the cause of fire accident
was due to short circuit. It demanded the concerned department to compensate the
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University, in
collaboration with the Indian Council of Social Science Research, NERC, Shillong,
is hosting a national seminar on “Voices from the Border: India’s Response to the
Chinese Claim on Arunachal Pradesh” at Banquet Hall, Itanagar on March 8 and 9 .
Governor Gen (Retd.) J J Singh and Professor CV Ranganathan, former India’s Ambassador
to China will deliver the keynote address. Scholars and Chinese experts from across
the country will be participating in the two-day seminar.
AAPSU calls for proper investigation
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has appealed to the
concern authorities to carry out proper investigation into Nirjuli fire incident,
in which a 26 year old mother and her minor two sons were charred to death.
In a release, AAPSU General Secretary Tojum Poyom said circumstances of the fire
incident is suspicious and therefore needs proper investigation.
“Few days before incident, some people during late night came to steal water pipe
from the residence of the victim. When victim’s husband chased them away, he was
threatened with dire consequence. Police should use such clue and carry out investigation,”
He called for enquiry by first class magistrate in this regard. Further highlighting
the various case of arson in capital, AAPSU stated that capital police has failed
to solve any case till now, which is encouraging criminals in the state.
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: All Arunachal Engineers’ Games and Sports Association has demanded
the authorities concerned to declare the results of junior engineer recruitment under
sports quota in various department.
“The advertisement for the posts was given six months back but results are yet not
declared,” the association said.
The association also demanded state government and various departments, including
RWD, PHED, Hydropower, Power, APEDA, Education, Tourism to advertise the posts of
junior engineer under sports quota.
NPF incharge visits Changlang
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Tingkap Wangnow, incharge Member of Naga People’s Front (NPF) for
Tirap and Changlang visited Changlang.
Wangnow inspected the recently opened NPF office and appreciated the party’s progress.
Later a general meeting was held at Phangtip village where G.B, ASM, local church
members and village folks attended.
During the same occasion, Wangnow on behalf of NPF party felicitated the members
of Naga Students Federation of Changlang. He asked them to work for Naga People
and their society.
IDEA distributes nets
BALIJAN, Mar 4: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA), IMCP II in collaboration
with NVBDCP and Caritas India distributed long lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) to
620 beneficiaries of Balijan zone today.
Fr. Joseph, the new director of IDEA, inaugurated the function in presence of Tai
Taggu, the Extra Assistant Commissioner of Balijan, P.K Das Malaria Surveillance
Inspector of Balijan PHC, Techi Kako, the Headmaster of Lenka Middle School, among
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: NABCONS, a NABARD consultancy services organised a one day Awareness
Camp on Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure, Grading and Standardization at Aalo
and Pasighat on March 2 and 3 respectively. The programme was sponsored by National
Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM) a Govt. of India enterprises.
ITBP’s relay LRP baton reaches Daporijo
ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The relay Long Range Patrol (LRP) baton of the ITBP golden jubilee
reached Daporijo from Kimin yesterday.
Upper Subansiri deputy commissioner Ameya Abhyankar, senior officers of SIB, Rajput
Regt, GREF and CRPF, civil administration, business men and local people of Daporijo
witnessed the historic LRP.
The team carrying the Baton motivated the educated youths for joining ITBP. The team
also conducted an awareness programme on HIV/AIDS and water borne diseases.
The relay LRP will advance towards Nacho tomorrow .
The relay LRP Baton was started from Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh and is scheduled
to end in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, on October 24, 2012.
1. The news item under the heading “Fresh allegation of govt land encroachment” was
unauthenticated. We regret the mistake and apologise for any trauma caused because
of the publication of the news item on March 3.
2. In a news item under the headline “New village inaugurated” that appeared in March-4
edition of this daily the name of the village was wrongly spelled as Pojo instead
of Tojo. Error is regretted.
3. The poem published in Spark page under the title “Oh Lord, Rescue me from Blame
Game!” was wrongly credited to Sanya Khan. The poem was actually contributed by Yumri
Taipodia from Bangalore. We regret the mistake.
Kindly refer to the article published in your daily on 3rd March 2012 titled “Niglok
IGC without man and machine” in which it is quoted that I moved the state Industry
Minister to grant sanction for construction of RCC boundary wall around industrial
complex and to appoint adequate staff but to no avail.
This is not true as the Minister is very positive about the Industrial Growth Centre
and its development. He is taking personal initiation to develop the growth centre
and had visited the campus on December 4, 2011, the first establishment he visited
after being sworn in as the Minister Industries is the Industrial Growth Center,
which says a lot about his will to develop the lone growth center in the state.
The author of the article has misquoted me and I would like to clarify my stand on
ADI cum Project Manager
Govt’s hallow promise
I read the letter written by Hage Tarung on fulfilling the promises made by government
under 'CM Talent Award Scheme announced in 2011-12. I would like to suggest all such
students not to expect much from the govt. of Arunachal Pradesh who only makes hollow
Actually they don't want to expend funds on education, they would not pay SSA teachers
for months and months, they'll only express their fake concerns stating that the
youths are the future of the state and they really need to work hard. I don't understand
what kind of future they want to create when they cant even felicitate such talented
The people in power, the so-called representative of ours does not seem like our
representative rather they represent something else. We are not asking it from their
pocket but at least they can sanction it from the educational fund which I think
is merely used.
Neither we have good educational infrastructure and sufficient number of teachers
from school level to universities, nor we all belong to well to do families that
we could pursue our higher education in private schools and colleges.
Peter A. Burleigh, American Ambassador who recently visited RGU said that they in
U.S emphasize more on innovations. But very unfortunately here those minds which
have such potentialities are not being encouraged.
Lastly, I hope that despite such negligence all such brothers and sisters of our
state will continue their hard work on their studies because it is the only price
they have to pay for success.
Who are we?
In European countries Indians are against racism. But in our own country racial discriminations
have become an identity. Why mostly north-east students are discriminated in other
states? Why we need safety in own country? The question is who we are?
Recent incident at Bangalore with fifty students as victims is condemnable act and
justice must be given without any delay. I also request our students to be careful
wherever they stay.
Arunachal Students Coimbatore
The media and dams
We all know about Subansiri project but in interior areas of Arunachal Pradesh many
companies from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata have set up small and big dams which media
has not focused upon. The media which is again a tool of govt to an extent has not
focused on those dams because of which the Brahmaputra is drying up.
You need not go to China, just go to interior areas in Tawang, Dirang circles and
you will see dam constructions on the tributaries of the Brahmaputra, the water is
held up in the gorges among hills and everyone should be ready for dam-made flash
Next, the thing called power scarcity. It is due to theft in power lines and misdistribution
and malpractices in power distribution. These things are never talked about. Nagaland
is the only north-east state which is showing some sanity and investing on solar
power. The Kohima solar city project and electrification of villages with solar power
without causing flood and displacement is a great achievement of the Nagas and the
Nagaland govt which does not kneel before Indian propaganda easily and question the
truth behind statements in morning papers and TV channels.
Govt may fool around people but there is a superpower which does intervene from time
to time to teach man some lessons in disaster, unfortunately the lesson affects common
man in the form of floods and earthquakes. So these high profile robbers never care
for the lives and living of the ‘aam aadmi’.
Don’t harm the reputation of medical fraternity
Time and again Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) is coming across allegations
and counter allegations in the Readers’ forum of the Arunachal Times relating to
role of AYUSH Doctors in the state. On this matter the Association had extensive
discussion with the Head of Departments and drew following conclusion.
Health is a state subject. The State Govt. has to decide what is best for the state.
Few AYUSH Doctors were trained (Short course) on use of Allopathic Medicine at State
Hospital, Naharlagun. However, administrative approval for use of Allopathic Medicine
by AYUSH Doctors could not be materialized at Government level as respective Councils
had their reservations on ethical issues.
The supply of AYUSH medicines was short and inadequate till recently. However, there
will be no dearth of AYUSH Medicines at all Health Care level in the state as the
money from Govt. of India for procurement has reached the state and the Department
is in the process of taking appropriate measures.
There is no registered Association under the umbrella of APDA or outside till date
as Arunachal Pradesh AYUSH Doctors Association (NRHM). So credibility of claim of
such Association is doubtful.
APDA request all concerned to approach the concerned Department or choose an appropriate
platform to clear doubts before publishing in the mass media which harms the reputation
of the Medical fraternity.
Dr. Mika Umpo,
Arunachal Pradesh Doctors' Association
Inadequate Law College
Arunachal Law College is running without sufficient and experienced lecturers since
the last two years. The matter has been apprised to the Director of the law college
by the students but till today, we are awaiting for corrective measures.
The faculty and other staff members of the college changes after every six months
due to lack of payment of salary on time. The college is functioning at the whims
and fancy of management of the law college.
Even stipends of the students are disbursed late.
To add to all these problems, the syllabus of law forwarded by the Arunachal Law
Academy to RGU exceeds the number of subjects which is against the prescribed norms
of Bar Council of India Education guidelines.
Hence in the light of above facts and circumstances, I pray the authority concern
for kind interference into the matter for the interest of students and also to uphold
the public interest.
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