March  10


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Enforce laws effectively: Gumri Ringu

Arunachal celebrates International Women’s Day

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Kheel, a sleepy helmet under Toru circle in Papum Pare had its share of celebrating power of womanhood, as it hosted International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations.

The programme was organized by central executive committee of Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society and its Sagalee branch, with support from Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW)  and Department of women and child welfare and Arunachal Pradesh Social Welfare Board.

Addressing the gathering, APSCW Chairperson Gumri Ringu said that despite many women friendly laws, women continue to suffer discrimination at all levels. She suggested that laws are actually implemented in the country to effectively deal with problems faced by women.

While speaking about the rights accorded under the Domestic Violence Act, she said many magistrates and designated protection officers in the state are themselves not aware of the provisions of the Act.

Talking on issues confronting the state, she further said that despite efforts by the community and the state government, bondage of Puroiks continues even to this day. She further said that selective abortion of baby girls which was unheard of is becoming a trend in the state.  Ringu further said that cases of forced and child marriages are rampant in Kurung Kumey and in some places in East Kameng.

Vice Chairperson of the APSCW Radhilu Chai Techi said that domestic violence is a massive problem in the state which needs to be addressed.

Further citing numerous cases, she said that dowry is another problem confronting the state. She called for community involvement to end the dowry system in the tribal state.

She further underscored the need of economic independence and education of the girl child for empowerment of women.

Nabam Yali, President of the Sagalee branch of APWWS also underscored the need of economic empowerment and education of girl child to enable them to chart out their own destiny.

Gaon Buri of Kheel Nabam Yadum, Toru branch APWWS president Teli Yano also spoke on the occasion.

Advocate Nabam Rigam, the resource person of the programme spoke on laws for women while Toko Meena, a Ph.D scholar from JNU spoke on girls education.

At Sagalee, a resolution was passed by the District Mahila Congress Committee as part of the celebrations. It included separate IRBn battalion for women, a college for women with all disciplines including technical education, end to child marriage and sharing of paternal properties including movable and immovable with girl child.

Arunachal Pradesh Social Welfare Board chairperson Marina Nido attended the programe among others.  

Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) also observed International Women’s Day at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan  at Itanagar.

In her keynote address, APMCC president Yari Dulom remembered the legendary women who sacrificed their lives for the well-being of the women community of the world.  She also recalled the contributions of women achievers including Late Omem Moyong Deori,  Mamang Dai, Binny Yanga, mountaineers Anshu Jansempa and Tine Mena.

All the members present adopted resolutions demanding movable and immovable parental property rights to girl child. Members also discouraged prenatal gender determination and advocated for zero tolerance against domestic violence.

Along with the rest of the world, the women of Banderdewa celebrated the International Women’s Day which was organized by Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) supported by Caritas India in collaboration with Catholic Church Banderdewa. The celebration began with a rally from Circle Office to Banderdewa Check gate which culminated at Prem Bhai Memorial Hall.

In her address, CO of Banderdewa Higio Yame affirmed that women will be empowered only when they are strong from within. Their families and the society will be developed when they are determined to face the challenges that come in their life. She highlighted great contributions made by women to every sphere of the society in Arunachal Pradesh.

CDPO, Nirjuli, Banderdewa K.K Borgohain Boruah, called on woman to show more care and concern to the children at home and in their neighborhood and thus making a better society. In her address she emphasized the need of not only academic, but also mental, physical, social and moral well being of children.

As part of the celebration, a colorful skit based on child marriage was performed.

Spearheaded by the Department of ICDS, Project, Tezu, Lohit district, the International Women’s Day was celebrated in befitting manner at Tezu. Celebrating women hood, a procession was taken from Jubilee Ground via Gandhi Marg by women from all walks of life which culminated at the District Hospital Conference Hall, Tezu.

Dr. (Mrs). N. Ninu, DMO, Lohit District chaired the function and spoke on the health related issues.

CDPO Tezu W Tangha, and CDPO  Manchal J Gamlin briefed about the importance of International Women’s Day celebration and empowerment of rural women.

J Chai, Advocate cum President Mishmi Women Welfare Society, Tezu highlighted some legal issues including child and women trafficking.

Every speaker advocated on legal rights of women, tackling of drug menace and promotion of Self Help Groups for employment and income generation and empowerment of women.

West Siang Mahila Congress Committee and APWWS branch of Aalo also observed the day.

The Day was also observed at Pasighat with initiative and active participations of the District Mahila Congress Committee (DMCC) functionaries.

DC (Incharge) SC Debnath said that women should get equal opportunities in all sphere of life. Development of a nation is closely related to the entitlement of equal rights to women with their male counterparts, he said.

Earlier, the District President of Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society Aini Taloh urged all to make efforts to educate the women of the state in order to make them confident and self dependant.

Taloh, who is also President of Adi Banne Kebang (East Siang, women wing) informed that ABK is committed to deliver justice in the society. For any amendment in its byelaws to protect women and their rights, one could place their appeal before ABK, she said.


London gets a taste of tourism

potential in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: To mark the Silver Jubilee year of Arunachal Pradesh in London, UK, "Friends of Arunachal Pradesh UK” has created a website "www.visitarunachal.com" with an objective to promote the vast tourism potential of the state and highlight the investment opportunity under PPP.

The friends of Arunachal UK comprises of Alan Hitchins as President, Thomas Puskas and Christopher Dunhill, heir to Dunhill family as Vice-President and Michael Yeates as General Secretary.  The website was formally launched in a simple yet beautiful gathering at The Marylebone at Marylebone High Street, London by Pasang D Sona, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.

Sona was all praise for the initiative taken by the organization for promoting Arunachal. He expressed the hope that the effort will not go in vain and will really help promote Arunachal in all fronts and particularly in tourism which Arunachal undoubtedly has a great potential.

He further added that the event was an eye opener for the people living in Arunachal who could follow suit and contribute towards promoting and creating a hospitable environment for all the visitors coming to the state. He further added that tourism if taken into right direction will be solution to unemployment and sustainable economic growth of the state.

The programme saw the attendance of host of people from different walk of life interested in exploring the state apart from travel companies and non resident Arunachalees and students from Arunachal.

British TV actor and singer Fredrik Ferrier and renowned Travel Promoter Christopher Reid were among the celebrities who attended programme.  



Fast-track Sino-Indian border issue: Governor

‘Indian’s response to the Chinese claim on Arunachal Pradesh’

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Even as high level talks continue to be held between India and China, the border state and bone of contention, Arunachal Pradesh held a seminar addressed by none other than a former head of Army, Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh that delved on the issue of China’s claim on the border state. Conference calls for international understanding even as China remains belligerent on Arunachal Pradesh.

Inaugurating a national seminar yesterday on India-China relation with a theme, ‘Voice from the border: Indian’s response to the Chinese claim on Arunachal Pradesh’ at Golden Jubilee Banquet Hall, the Governor said McMahan line, which was signed in 1914 should be taken as the international border as it is based on international law and practice dealing with boundary delineation. He further said that Sino Indian border issue needs to be addressed at a faster pace.

At the same time, he added that there are a whole lot of measures being taken by India to safeguard the territorial integrity and defend the country against any aggression.

Governor said that India and China are emerging powers seeking rightful place on the world state as together the two countries make up a third of mankind. The Indo China relation has assumed huge significance for stability, peace and prosperity of the region.

Stating that the two countries may be competitors but not rivals, the Governor said that both countries have a strategic and cooperative partnership in place and there is enough space for sustained economic and social development and trade for both.

In the second day today, former MP Kiren Rijiju in his deliberation expressed his cynicism on Indian foreign policy vis-a-vis Arunachal saying that overlooking issues pertaining to the border with China is weakening Indian stand on Arunachal Pradesh.

Former MP stated that the spirit and voice of Arunachal for India is unquestionable and said it should be rewarded.

 Disputing India’s Look East Policy he said that North East and Arunachal must be part and parcel of the policy.

Lt General(Retd) John Mukherjee  viewed that amicable solution on boundary issue can be only arrived at if  two Asian giants understand each other. He said that unlike other times, India was fully equipped to guard its borders.

On the inaugural day, Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Prof. Mrinal Miri called for a mature approach to the issue which should be beyond State and political ambitions. Recalling ancient religious links, he said that while dealing with the subject all should make sure that facts are correct and not be carried away by emotions. Delivering the keynote address, former India’s Ambassador to China C.V. Ranganathan dwelled in length on the relation, which has geopolitical importance in Asia. He added that as India and China’s has interest in central, south and south East Asia, the relationship called for diplomacy of highest degree.

While introducing the seminar Indian Council of Social Science Research, North Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong, Deputy Director Dr. C.J. Thomas said that the world is changing from uni-polar to multi-polar with several countries emerging significantly. Stating that the seminar is of an academic exercise, he called for finding amiable solution to the issue.

Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Professor David R. Syiemlieh and Head of Department of Political Science, Dr. Nani Bath also spoke in the inaugural session of the seminar.

Later, the Governor released a book, titled ‘Security and Development in India’s Northeast’ by Gurudas Das, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology, Silchar.

The two-day seminar was being organized by Indian Council of Social Science Research, North Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hill, Doimukh and Government of Arunachal Pradesh. Large numbers of eminent speakers, distinguished guests and invitees, members of press media and students from RGU, NERIST, Dera Natung Government College and other colleges of capital complex are attending the seminar.



Pasighat faces erratic power supply yet again

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Mar 9: Pasighat town and its nearby areas are witnessing massive power cut and erratic power supply. The worst affected are students, many of whom are writing their board exams.  

The consumers including the members of Pasighat Public Welfare Committee (PPWC) have expressed great resentment over the frequent disruption of power supply for the last few months, blaming the power department officials of not paying any heed to consumers’ grievances.

The Jana Suvidha Kendra and other government offices, market establishments are badly hit by irregular power supply. Left with no option most depend on diesel operated generator.

The consumers also alleged that power cuts for long time without prior notice is compelling them to make alternative arrangement incurring extra expenditure. “Power supply is sometimes disrupted for one week at a stretch in our area. The department officials are accustomed to come up with some baseless excuses in order to convince the consumers. The department officials, despite of their promise, have miserably failed to restore regular power supply in the area, which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the citizens,” alleged PPWC president Okom Yosug.

Yosum, who is also the Bogong Anchal ZPM said that his committee had earlier moved the state’s power minister to improve the power supply scenario in Pasighat.

Despite massive power cut, the departmental officials refuse to see any reason.



Students question appointments under CAMPA

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has alleged that the department of Environment & Forest has appointed 20 people on contract basis for a period of one year against the State CAMPA Scheme without following any formalities.

It said even after the expiry of contract period of one year as per their appointment orders, the department has allowed these appointees to continue instead of floating proper advertisement.

The union has demanded conduction of fresh interview so that deserving local candidates are appointed. It further said that most of those appointed under CAMPA are non APST candidates.

It said that appointment of non- APST are violation of job reservation for the tribal inhabitants of the state.

The union further claims that, apart from it, the illegal appointees in the department have not provided all the requisite documents.  

The union informed that it submitted a demand to the Minister, Forest and Environment, Govt. of AP and the PCCF, Department of Forest for immediate termination of all the illegal appointees and issue of fresh advertisement so that appointments are made after written examination and viva voice.

The union also said that the department has to come out with clear picture on recruitment rule for appointments of former employees in the same department.   

 The students union further said that a departmental inquiry was conducted which is yet to be made public as it questioned the delay in furnishing information by the department.                   

The Union further said that appropriate action must be initiated against the Nodal Officers State, CAMPA who it said was solely responsible for illegal appointments in the department. It further called for a strict departmental inquiry to look into the whole episode while threatening to initiate legal action unless the demands are met.



Coaches’ assoc. resents short-term coaching

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Arunachal Pradesh Coaches’ Association (APCA) has expressed strong resentment over conduction of very short-term coaching for sports persons for the ensuing North East Games to be held in Mizoram.

APCA claimed that Arunachal Pradesh had recorded  good performance in last year’s NE Games held in West Kameng by finishing overall second in medal tally which it attributed to long-term coaching of 45 days. But this year, the department concerned is conducting 10 days coaching for players, which is not enough period to prepare the sports persons to compete in such prestigious event.

The coaches association also took a dig at department concerned for not sending state’s U-16 and U-17 football teams to any zonal competitions since 2007, which according to it, has hampered the players as well as growth of football in the state.

APCA informed that Arunachal Pradesh U-16 team became zonal champion in 2007.



Stop construction of convention centre

in IG Park: ALSU

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) today gave Arunachal Pradesh Government 7 days to stop the on-going construction of ‘Convention Centre’ within Indira Gandhi Park premises.

Opposing the construction of the convention centre, ALSU in its memorandum to the Chief Minister, said that IG Park, the only recreational park in the capital city which is considered as the “Green Zone” should be protected, preserved and developed further for the benefit of the common people. But, construction of such ‘centre’ within the Park premises would defeat the very purpose of the IG Park, the memorandum said and demanded the chief minister to stop the construction work and shift it to any other suitable places. While reiterating its demand to initiate action against the encroachers of Govt land and quarters, ALSU demanded the Chief Minister to ensure legal action against all illegal encroachers, including govt officials, servants and employees, and demolish unauthorized buildings, walls and other structure which are permanent in nature within Govt land within a week.

“Much eviction drive be initiated against the unauthorized occupants and construction on Govt land and quarters,” the memorandum demanded. ALSU further demanded for cancellation of land allotment certificates and land possession certificates issued against illegally encroached Govt. land.

ALSU also expressed serious concern over deteriorating law and order situation in the state and categorically blamed the judiciary system for increasing law and order problems.

Citing example of burning down of govt properties, including buses and office of importance in the last one and half years, where culprits involved in such incidents have gone unpunished for their committed crimes, ALSU claimed that slack in judiciary system in convicting the criminals is encouraging anti-social activities in the state. It appealed to the Home Department to strictly implement and execute the laws and order system framed by the Constitution of India.

ALSU further demanded proper investigation by a first class magistrate into the murder of one Romik Yalu on March six and regarding recovery of a body of a young boy at Papu Nallah near Yupia road. It also demanded immediate inquiry and investigation into the theft case in JN Museum, where two antique pieces have reportedly been stolen.

While extending its support to ALSU, All Nyishi  Youth Association (ANYA) demanded the Home Department to take immediate action against the persons involved in the murder of Romik Yalu and punish the guilty as per law. It also demanded proper inquiry into the recovery of a body of a young boy near Papu Nallah near Yupia road.

It demanded the state government to arrest the deteriorating law and order situation in the state capital by taking up necessary measures.

Alleging complete failure of law and order situation in capital complex, ANYA suggested for regular deployment of police patrol team in the capital for the safety and security of the citizens.



Quality education need of the hour: Siram

Review meeting on SSA & RMSA

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: A review meeting on implementation of SSA & RMSA was conducted by the Department of Education here today.

Secretary Education, Govt of Arunachal Anshu Vaish and Additional Secretary Anita Kaul  attended the review meeting.

On the occasion, Education Minister Bosiram Siram said that the whole effort in implementing various education programmes should aim at providing quality education as per mandate of RTE Act.

Arunachal Pradesh has made a remarkable progress in the education sector through major policy shift in the state for which he appreciated the performance of his officers in meeting the challenges of education in the state, he said.

The Education Minister further said, while the first few years of SSA implementation in the State had concentrated on providing access through provision of required infrastructures, the focus in the past few years have shifted towards quality dimensions. Even though the department is committed and working towards desired goals, he said that there was a need to address the issues of untrained teachers, teachers accommodation in remote areas, upkeep of students in residential schools and providing educational access to all habitations.

He hoped that the Centre and state can partner in mitigating the hindrance affecting the performance and progress of the state.

State Project Director P N Thungon made a presentation on the implementation SSA and RMSA in the state.  E Lego DDSE (RMSA) spoke on the achievements and problems areas of SSA and RMSA.

Few questions were raised by the participants in the programmes regarding the fund allocation, teachers quarters, constructions of girls hostels and model schools.

The programme was attended, among others, by DDSEs, SPO, Co-ordinators from the districts.



In search of teaching Innovations ...

Arunachal needs teaming up for improving English Language Teaching

P.  Sreedevi

Any person who believes true dedicated teachers to be an entirely mythical species should have been present to witness the excitement in Hyderabad from 3rd to 5th March, where the three day Second International Conference on English Language Teachers' Education was organised jointly by the British Council and the English and Foreign Languages University ( EFLU). More than a thousand delegates participated from around the globe, not taking into account the millions watching the proceedings live on the internet. For the second successive year, the Lohit Youth Library Movement participated in the conference, this time represented by this writer. One was glad to see another Arunachali representative, Taw Azu, an Asstt. Professor at the Government College, Itanagar, but representation from the school education sector was sadly missing. Prof. Amritavally, Vice Chancellor, EFLU set the tone of the conference in her keynote address," Many a time, a teacher feels like an airhostess doing her routines even if nobody pays any attention. She feels isolated and as much in need of motivation as her students. That is why we need such communions where people who care about education can come together and share their problems, insights and experiences". Though the focus of the conference was on the issues of assessment and evaluation, topics ranging from the involvement of students in the making of their own syllabus to the place of English vis-a-vis mother tongue were discussed upon in parallel sessions.

The most heated debates ensued over the newly introduced Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system, the implementation of which is planned by the CBSE for classes I to VIII in the academic year 2012-13. Though everybody agreed on the need for discouraging rote learning and also assessing children on the basis of extra-curricular activities and projects, some are doubtful about the teachers’ capacity to cope with the workload. Some teachers fiercely believe that without bringing any change in the working conditions and payment of teachers in private schools, such programmes will only turn into chaos. One teacher from Kerala puts it this way, “I am not sure if the programme has reduced a child's burden. Yes it is true that the fear of exam has greatly reduced. But now it is the infinite number of projects and assignment that eats into their playtime and reading time. Earlier we used to take up music and dance for relaxation. Now they are assessed even on the basis of what they do in their free time”.

The case of the rural school teachers was highlighted by one of the participants Taw Azu, from Itanagar, "There is always a tendency to blame the teachers for the poor condition of rural education, as if their lack of subject knowledge or the defeated attitude was by choice. One looks upon them with a feeling of charity. But I think they are the true heroes who manufacture self-motivation daily to do a thankless job for which they know they are ill-equipped for, making do with what limited training is offered to them".

Many success stories of rural education also won applauses from the audience. Shivaji Kushwaha from Chhattisgarh, who is a teacher-trainer and a resource person for PGTE courses at EFLU, narrates how he used open book exams as a solution for cheating and found that it had the additional benefit of encouraging children to think out-of-the-box. “Children find open book exams challenging and fun at the same time. Instead of testing a child's mugging up skills, through this we can assess how a child thinks”. Nivedita Bedadur, an academic specialist at the Azim Premji Foundation shared her experiences in how cell phones are a boon to a teacher- trainer who wants to keep in touch with her teachers and help them through SMS on a daily basis. The audience were taken aback by the videos in which the difference in the teachers' confidence before and after the SMS programme was unbelievable. Such programmes can do wonders to the confidence of our rural Arunachali teachers.

The conference also witnessed the participation of many young research scholars sharing their projects with the teachers, thus attempting to bridge the gap that exists between the academia and the on-field practitioners. Many of their papers gave practical guidelines to the teachers. For example, the importance of visual aids, games and technology for language teaching, the use of diary and rubrics for assessments etc. “A self-written journal is a teacher's best friend. With its help, a teacher can always find out a lot of things like what new teaching methods should she adopt, where she needs improvement, what types of lesson do the children like and why etc”, says Professor Rama Mathew from Delhi University. ‘Rubrics’ can be designed by teachers to assess on what criteria a child's performance should be assessed and in what scale. For example one can create a handwriting rubric with criteria like letter formation, letter slant, neatness, relationship with a scale of 1 to 5. This way the children will also get an idea on how they will be judged. One can access many such rubrics from online also.  

The British Council conducts Teacher Development Programmes in collaboration with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the state governments. The last programme was in Karnataka from October 2010 to June 2011 where intensive training was imparted to teachers in the areas of curriculum reform, tests and assessment and the use of technology for education. Such a collaborated exercise will definitely benefit a state like Arunachal. One hopes our educational authorities will come forward to utilize such valuable opportunities, to improve the standard of English teaching in rural and remote areas, as was done by Sri Lanka and our Himalayan neighbour, Nepal. [Sreedevi P is a library activist with the Lohit Youth Library movement. A Ph. D scholar in Linguistics at Hyderabad, she can be contacted at [email protected]]



TB patients urged to avail benefit of DOTS

ITANAGAR, Mar 9:  Papum Pare District Tuberculosis Control Society (RNTCP) organized its 7th round of review meeting at Arunachal State Hospital’s seminar hall Naharlagun today.

Addressing the house, Deputy Commissioner-cum RNCTP chairman Pige Ligu  called for elaborate discussion on health related matters.

Underscoring the importance of healthcare awareness among the masses, he said most of the urban health centers are equipped with all modern health care facilities but due to inaccessibility of health care facilities and lack of awareness in remote areas, people are becoming easy target of various kind of disease.  He called for vigorous health awareness campaign in remote and inaccessible areas.

He further said review meetings at regular intervals must be conducted to review the performance of RNTCP.

While responding to the problem of floating population specially daily wage laborers from neighboring state, he assured to take up the issue seriously. He also lauded the performance of the district medical team in implementation of all health care programmes. DC further said that district administration will strictly monitor the procurement of  medicine and medical equipments for the district and asked the DTO to conduct essay writing competition for school children on World TB day on March 24 for generating more awareness on TB among younger generations.

Dr. M Jini, Chief Medical Officer cum Vice Chairman RNCTP, who presided over the meeting, said that RNTCP must be strengthened so that all patients suffering from tuberculosis can get the best DOTS treatment. So far DOTS is the most effective method for treatment of TB patients, he said.

Pointing out that some patients are still prefer to take the drugs in old methods which may sometimes prove harmful, he said every TB patient must be sensitized to get the benefits of DOTS.

Regarding floating population, he said district administration should make it mandatory to check health status of a outside person while issuing inner line permit. He also stressed on sensitization programme in all Govt and Private Hospitals at district level to regularly monitor the recent trend of the disease.

Earlier, DTO cum Member Secretary DTCS, Dr. P D. Thongchi, briefed about the performance of RNCTP. While informing about the ongoing projects of RNTCP  including DOTS Plus service and TB-HIV collaborative activities of ICTC and ART Centres, he said highest cases of TB patients are reported from twin capital city and its bordering areas. Altogether there 32 DOTS centre  in the district. All executive members of RNCTP were present in the meeting. DIPRO



Horticulture College celebrates Foundation Day

PASIGHAT, Mar 9: The Horticulture College celebrated its 11th Foundation Day in a befitting manner here on March 7.

In his inaugural address, MP Ninon Ering lauded the valuable contributions  of the college in horticulture sector in India.

He assured all possible help and cooperation to the college authority and hoped that the college would continue to impart quality education to the students. The MP advised the college authorities to organize more interactive programmes cum workshops with the local growers for larger benefits of both the students and farmers.

ADC SC Debnath lauded the achievement of the college and stressed on implementation of modern technology in farm sectors to give a boost to rural economy.

Dean of the College, Dr. BN Hazarika informed that the college has been ranked 2nd in the nationwide ICAR competitive exam.  There are vast scopes for the budding horticulturists in the country, he said and reminded the gathering of the changing roles and responsibilities of the institute.

Ering along with state Seva Dal organizing secretary witnessed cultural  events and sports and game competitions. The MP also gave away meritorious awards to the students and also to the winners of cultural and sports  and  games competitive events. DIPRO



Face challenges with human

heart: Panggeng

Human Rights Issues for Police Personnel

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: A day- long Sensitization Training Programme on “Human Rights Issues” for police personnel was held at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today.

Addressing the police personnel, Law, Legislative  and  Judiciary Parliamentary Secretary JK Panggeng asked them to face challenges with human heart. At present Arunachal Pradesh is also confronted with various social and economic crimes like drugs addiction, underground elements and misguided youths taking the path of crimes.  He expressed  hope that the training would recharge the police personnel with fresh understanding and knowledge about their legal power and limitations as law enforcement agent of the Government.

He called upon the participants to change their perception to the fast changing situation around us and reminded them that as police personnel, they are the forefront agent of the government.  

While dwelling at length about the role of law as the supreme factor in dealing with Human Right issues, he said that Human Rights are important for the stability and development for any civilized countries around the world.

As many as 48 police personnel attended the programme.

Hibu Tamang, Superintendent of Police (City), Itanagar, Dani Belo under Secretary, Deptt. of Law  and Judicial, Tadu Tamanag, Advocate, Guwahati High Court, Itanagar, Permanent Bench, Naharlagun attended the programme as guest resource persons.

Director (Training) Pema Tshetan, Priscilla Tayeng, Asstt. Director (Trg.)  and Course Coordinator and Pate Marik, Asstt. Director (Training) also spoke on the occasion.



Arunachal bags 2 gold, 1 sil. in Intl Wushu C’ship

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Two Wushu players from Arunachal Pradesh won 3 medals, including 2 gold and a silver in the 10th Hong Kong Wushu International Championship, 2012 held at Hong Kong, China from February 24 to 28 last.

While Premkumar Singh bagged one gold medal each in optional Nanquan (southern style Chinese boxing) and Nandao (southern style Chinese broad sword play) Tai Yamak won a silver in 48 kg Sanshou (full contact fight competition).

Both Premkumar and Yamak participated in the event under the banner of All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association funded by Department of Sports and Youth Affairs.

Meanwhile, director of sports and youth affairs DK Dinglow and All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association president Toko Teki lauded the outstanding performance of Premkumar and Yamak. Teki also expressed gratitude to the sports and youth affairs department for extending financial help to the players for participating in the championship.



HRD officials calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Government of India, Anshu Vaish along with Additional Secretary Anita Kaul called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan yesterday. They discussed on the school education in the state, the challenges and initiatives required in the sector.

The Governor asked the officials to help in improving the literacy rates and other aspects of education. “At present, we are amongst the lowest states as far as primary education is concerned,” the governor informed.

Dwelling on the bottlenecks, such as inaccessibility, posting of teachers and lack of accommodation, the Governor informed them of need such as in-service training, bridge courses and distance education programmes under IGNOU for the teachers. He also informed that the state Government is implementing Right to Education (RTE) and new State Education Policy in letter and spirit.

While appreciating the Governor for his untiring efforts for the development of the state, the officials assured him to do needful which would help the state’s education department.



Unying-Aran celebrated at Bilat


RUKSIN, Mar 9: The Adi community of Ruksin block in East Siang district celebrated Unying-Aran festival with great enthusiasm on March 8.

The Aran festival at Bilat was attended by MP Ninong Ering along with a host of officials and public leaders.

The MP announced Rs.10 lakh for community fencing in Bilat village and also approved scheme for an entrance gate.

Later, addressing the people, Ering emphasized on preservation of Mithun and urged community people to restrict slaughtering of the animal in election and other social feasts.

A community feast was arranged under supervision of Elison Siram, an ASM.

Unying-Aran festival was also observed at Mirem, Ngorlung, Rayang and other villages.



Mahseer fisheries in Arunachal Pradesh

Dr. Deepjyoti Baruah

Mahseers of the family Cyprinidae are regarded as one of the best sport fish and also a sought-after food fish. It can grow up to 5.5 ft and weighs over 50 kg. The angling of mahseer is an adventure, where every cast could be a potential strike. The groups of mahseer in the state of Arunachal Pradesh are Golden mahseer (Tor putitora), Tor mahseer (Tor tor) and Chocolate mahseer (Neolissocheilus hexagonolepis). Mahseers are abundant in the river Kameng near Bhalukpong, river Subansiri at Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district, river Siang, rivers of Lohit district, Lower Dibang valley etc. A hatchery has been established at Iduli in Roing by the State Department of Fisheries for the purpose of commercial production of mahseer. Another hatchery was set up under A(B)ACA at Nameri National Park near Bhalukpong, Assam with the assistance from Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (ICAR), Bhimtal. Presently, the mahseers are bred on a large scale by induced spawning and artificial propagation in Bhimtal and Champawat campus of the research institute (Uttarakhand), producing thousands of fingerlings annually. Several programmes for the development of mahseer fishery in the lakes of northeast and the rehabilitation of stocks with mahseer fingerlings in the rivers have been tried by DCFR in the recent past. In order to further improve the present status of the mahseers in the region, a five days training programme on “Practical orientation on intensive grow out practices for golden and chocolate mahseer” was organized during 27th February to 2nd March 2012 by DCFR, in the premises of National Research Centre on Mithun (ICAR), Jharnapani, Nagaland with 20 participants from State Fisheries Department of Northeastern states. The training was imparted with several technical sessions with lectures from Scientists/Professors from DCFR, Assam Agricultural University, Nagaland University etc. Govt. Fish Farms of Nagaland were visited to highlight the potentiality of mahseer farming in the region. Issues on availability of raw materials and preparation of mahseer and trout feeds in northeast region were raised by the District Fisheries Development Officers Mr. James Nabam, Mr. Nabam Tania and Mr. O. Mize of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. The officers emphasized on the conservation of the state’s pride (mahseer) which is indigenous to the region and to culture them to the extent of self sufficiency for the consumers. Fishery Officers from Govt. of Nagaland and Sikkim highlighted on the need to establish mahseer hatchery in their states to harness the potential water resources. It was also stressed by Dr. D. Sarma, Principal Scientist (DCFR) cum Course Director and Dr. D. Baruah, Scientist (AAU) to consider mahseer not only for livelihood but also for promoting eco-tourism and sport fisheries in the entire region for income generation. But unfortunately, this fishery resource of the state is threatened due to indiscriminate and destructive fishing methods like poisoning, dynamiting, bleaching, electric fishing, and use of unregulated mesh size net. This destructive fishing method indiscriminately kills the juveniles and the brooders leading to decline in riverine fish species. Hence serious efforts from all corners should be made to conserve our riverine fishery resources.



Fruit and vegetable nursery for


Basar, Mar 9:  A three days training on “Establishment of fruit and vegetable nursery for self employment” was conducted from March 6 at ICAR, A.P. Centre, Basar under the guidance of Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR, A.P. Centre Basar.

The training was sponsored by NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar and organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, West Siang. Altogether 27 participants from 13 villages of West Siang district attended the programme.

Dr. Pranabjyoti Sarma, Subject Matter Specialist, Horticulture and Course-Coordinator of the programme delivered presentations on “Procedures for nursery raising of transplanted vegetables” and “Commercial fruit nursery for self employment”.

Dr. V.K. Choudhary, Scientist, Agronomy emphasized the importance of quality planting materials for increasing productivity of horticultural crops.

Dr. Anup Chandra, Scientist, Entomology and Goutom Bhagawati, Technical Officer (Agromet.) delivered presentations on insect pest management of fruit and vegetable nursery.

Dr. S.P. Singh, SMS, Plant Protection told about the disease management of nursery. Mr. Tony Peter, Research Associate highlighted the tips for commercial orange nursery.

The farmers were exposed to the various nurseries available at Research Farm, Gori by Devendra Singh, Farm Manager and they were given hand on training on preparation of nursery by Dr. P. Sarma, SMS, Horticulture and Takkar Ronya, Technical assistant Horticulture.

Capital bandh suspended

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: In view of the on-going CBSE examination, the All Arunachal Abo-Tani Clans Students’ Union has temporarily suspended its proposed Capital Bandh on March 12.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Abo-Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) has supported the district administration’s decision against bandh call  in Capital Complex describing it as illegal and anti-social. It also appealed to all not to support such bandh calls which affect normal life of everyone.


Holi at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The bonhomie between civilian and Army was witnessed in the border district of Tawang, when the civilian administration and Army got together in rejoicing the festival of colours. The civilian population too joined in, in celebrating the festival with their Army brethren who otherwise remain singularly committed in protecting borders against all odds.

DC Kemo Lollen lauded the Army for its contribution towards social upliftment through various empowerment schemes. He reposed his full faith on the Armed Forces against any eventuality. The celebration, above all witnessed the men in olive green, notwithstanding the climatic hardship & in celebrating the festival with the spirit known and associated to the noble profession of arms.


SDP on Cosmetology

PASIGHAT, Mar 9: MP Ninong Ering inaugurated a skill development training programme on “Cosmetology beautician” at Model Church Sunday School here today. Altogether 30 women are participating in the training which is being organized by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Itanagar.

Speaking on the occasion Ering said that the government has undertaken various skill development training programmes under union ministry of micro, small and medium enterprise for benefit of unemployed people. He called upon the people of Pasighat to avail maximum benefit from such training programme for self-employment.

Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, East Siang district wing president Aini Taloh said that with the growing number of population and expansion of township, there will be higher demand of beauticians in near future.  She also stressed on customer-friendly behavior of the beauticians.

The training is being imparted by Beautician Rina Taying.  DIPRO


AVP distributes relief to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) Upper Subansiri unit distributed relief materials to the fire victims of Sigin colony. Six SPT buildings along with properties were burnt to ashes in the fire accident at Sigin colony on March four last, AVP said. A fire awareness camp was also organized on the occasion, it added.


Society gives week-time

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Rending Welfare Society (RWS) in a letter  to the  Kurung Kumey district horticulture officer (DHO) requested  the horti department to address its grievances/problems regarding implementation of  project, namely, “Integrated community large Cardamom and orange plantation in jhum land” at Restarting, Korapu, Tarak Langdi Galang Putung villages under Tarak Langdi circle in the district within a week.

The Society resented that it had served  20 days ultimatum to the department concerned on February 8 for solution of its grievances within  February 20, but yielded no results. The Society threatened to launch stir if its grievances are not looked into within a week time.


Union condemn Bengaluru incident

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Nyishi Unemployed Engineers’ Association condemned the assault on 55 Arunachal Students studying in Bangaluru, Karnataka recently.

Highlighting similar incidents of the past, NUEA said that in 2009 also one medical student from Arunachal was murdered in Maruti Medical College, Bengalaru but till date justice has not yet been delivered.

NUEA appealed the government to initiate amicable solution with Karnataka government immediately and also appealed to the parent to keep constant vigil and monitor their children studying outside the state and urged the student community to concentrate on their study.


Two arrested in police barrack case

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: In a major breakthrough, two persons have been arrested by Itanagar police relating to  Chimpu police barrack case where a dead body of a woman was found. Two persons were identified as IRBn head constable DB Choudhry and Tagru Yanam, a friend of the deceased person.

According to police source, the arrest was made on the basis of first information report lodged by Romik Taha, husband of deceased Romk Yalu on 5th March. A case has been registered with Itanagar police station  (case no 47/12) under section 302/376 Indian Penal Code.

Meanwhile, in a release, husband of deceased person today sought justice for his late wife and demanded stern action against the persons responsible for her death. Expressing deep shock over the incident, he questioned the police department for allowing civilians to go inside the police barrack. He also questioned how heinous crime could happen in the premise of the office of the assistant commandant of 1st IRBN.

However, when contacted the police made it clear that till the post-mortem report comes and investigation over, it cannot say anything regarding the case.


Refresher Training for Laboratory Technicians

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Three Days Refresher Training for Laboratory Technicians of Integrated Counseling & Testing Center (ICTC)/Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) & Blood Banks of Arunachal Pradesh which started on March 6 at State Reference Laboratory (SRL), State Hospital, Naharlagun concluded yesterday.  Lab Technicians from all over the state took part at the training.  

Dr Emi Rumi, Project Director (APSACS) along with Dr Moji Jini, Chief Medical Superintendent, Arunachal State Hospital inaugurated the training on Mar 6.  

The PD (APSACS) observed that the Laboratory Technicians were doing their duty very dedication in spite of many difficulties.  

Dr. Moji Jini highlighted that such refresher training is very essential to update ones knowledge and skill.  

Dr Tao Kaki, Sr. Medicine Specialist, Dr. Mope Riba, I/C State Reference Laboratory, Dr Moli Basar, MO (ART), Techi Anne, Microbiologist and Md.Raju, Lab Technician of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun were the resource persons of the training.


Ph.D. Degree

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) to Genya Eshi (Ori) for his thesis “Impact of grass root level modern political institutions on traditional village council of Galo society: A case study of West Siang district.

Eshi (Ori) conducted his research work under the guidance of Prof. Pura Tado, Department of Political Science, RGU.


CCE training for teachers held

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Educomp Solution, a Delhi based organization conducted two days training programme on continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) for teachers of all school of capital complex at Kingcup Public School on March 8 and 9.

Altogether, 61 teachers from 17 schools attended the training.

Meanwhile, Kingcup Public school Principal AK Palit urged the organizers to conduct such training programme in near future for the benefit of teacher community.


Awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union conducted education and awareness programme on cooperatives at Chongkham on March 7. Altogether, 55 participants attended the programme.

Meanwhile, the local people urged the institution to conduct more awareness programme on cooperative movement in Arunachal Pradesh in near future.


Training prog

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: A two day training programme of Kishori Shakti Yojana Scheme,2011-2012 was conducted from March 5 which  was organised by Child Development Project Officer, Daporijo ICDS project. Tao Nalo, CDPO, Daporijo request all to take maximum benefit from the training.

Role of Anganwadi Workers and KSY was dealt in detail by Dani Yami , Dy.Director ,ICDS, District Cell Daporijo.

Dr Yanya Hankar Dulom, DTO, Daporijo trained the participants on health problem in adolescence period, awareness about Tuberculosis, AIDS, STD ,Hepatitis, Prenatal and Post natal Care.


Minor boy falls to death from bridge


PASIGHAT, Mar 9: The body of the minor boy, who drowned in Yamne River after he fell into the river from Yamne log-bridge, about 40 km from here, was recovered near Iyam bridge near Pongging village today.

According to report, the deceased Kaling Taku (8), son of Adem Taku of Jeru village in Upper Siang district, who was riding pillion in a motorcycle, slipped and fell into the river while they were coming from Pasighat to Jeru. The Panggi Students' Union (PSU), in a message today condoled the death of the minor and consoled the bereaved family members.

The president of PSU, Obang Panyang while criticizing the government for not developing road communication in the area, claimed that the narrow and unsteady rope wire bridges over hilly streams are turning into death traps for the commuters.


Miscreants set ablaze houses at Emuli

ROING, Mar 9: Miscreants from neighboring state of Assam set ablaze three houses to fire on Saturday noon at Emuli village near Roing.  

The total loss is estimated at Rs 30,000. No causalities or injuries are reported.  

The house belonged to agriculture labour Ajoy Tati, Gonesh Tati and Dina Gorh. An FIR is lodged with the Roing police station.  

Officer-in-Charge of Roing police station on being inquired said detailed information can be divulged only after investigation.

One eye witness said about 60 men were involved in the attack, including some uniformed personnel. They looted the house before setting it on fire.


AESDSU against illegal immigrants

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) would launch its 3rd phase of “Operation Clean Drive-A Movement against illegal immigrants in the District” from March 11 in the district.

The AESDSU is concerned at the alarming numbers of illegal immigrants in the state in the last few years, it said.  

AESDSU while holding a meeting with the District Administration highlighted the objectives of the issue and appealed all the citizens of the district to cooperate and strictly follow the provisions of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations of 1873 for the peace, security and development of the State.


Appeal for free and fair interview

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Tirap-Changlang Human Rights Organization (TCHRO) has appealed to the Deportment of Home Affairs, Arunachal Pradesh Government to select the genuine and qualified candidates by conducting free and fair interview in the on-going police recruitment interview in Tirap and Changlang.


Sido Benyong passes away

PASIGHAT, Mar 9: Benyong Taloh has passed away on Wednesday after a prolonged illness.

Benyong served the state as Political Interpreter under British administration and the then Assistant Political Officer PLS James.

Born in Sido village (1920), he later settled at Ledum and was popularly known as Sido Benyong.

Late Taloh is survived by his wife, eight children including Tajom Taloh, Commissioner Home.

Education Minister, Bosiram Siram, Industries Minister Tapang Taloh, MP Ninong Ering, Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii visited Ledum to pay their last respect to late Benyong. All including Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok, DSE Tapang Taloh and ABK East Siang unit expressed deep shock at the passing away of Taloh in their condolence messages.

The people of Lego Banggo and nearby areas, relatives and well wishers thronged his Ledum residence to pay last respect and mourned his demise. DIPRO


Traffic Warden passing out parade

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Attending the passing out parade of Traffic Warden, Hibu Robin, DIG, Traffic, advised the Traffic Wardens to perform their duty sincerely and with dedication.

The Traffic Wardens are set up on temporary and experimental basis in order to meet the challenges in the traffic management due to rapid increase in vehicular movement in capital.

Additional district magistrate (Law and Order) Talo Potom appreciated the state government, particularly the chief secretary and DIG (traffic) for setting up the Traffic Warden, who will assist the traffic police in the management of traffic regulation within the capital complex. He also extended gratitude to DIG (Traffic), SP (Traffic) and Principal PTC for imparting the required training to the traffic wardens.



ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society has celebrated the last day of Losar at Siddhartha Vihar Gompa premises here yesterday. The day falls on the 15th day of the Lunar Calendar of the 1st month of Water-dragon Year 2012.

A prayer was organized in collaboration with the monks of Tawang monastery, headed by Rev. Guru Tulku Rinpoche, Abbot of Tawang Monastery. The rituals included offering of Tsok, Tsewang and religious preaching on Buddhism by Rev. Rinpoche and other monks.


Benefits handed out

Daporijo, Mar 9: Benefits under Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board for registered workers/their nominees were handed over on March 7 at office chamber of the Registering Officer, Daporijo.

Yapa Kodak, wife of late Kechung Kodak, casual labour of power department, Taliha  received a cheque of Rs 50,000 only as death benefit. Four other registered workers were also given medical benefits as per APB&OCWWB guidelines.

Upper Subansiri district has more than 400 registered workers under APB&OCWWB. DIPRO


AR conducts free medical camps

CHANGLANG  Mar 9: In an effort to provide respite to the people of Changlang District,4 Assam Rifles conducted a series of Free Medical camps at  Saching, Khuchep, Jangji Havi and Ranglam. The turnout of the locals was far more than expected.

The medical camp was organized under DGAR MCA Project 2011 – 2012 and it is expected that steps such as these will allow security forces to get closer to the hearts and mind of the hill people in the future.


Orgs appeal

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The All Kimin Youth Welfare Association (AKYWA) has appealed to the citizens to come forward if they have any leads and assist the police to properly investigate the death of Late Tana Tagu, a schoolboy who was found dead on March 7 near Papu Nallah. The association further appealed to the police personnel to trace out those responsible for the death of school boy at the earliest.

 All Kimin Students’ Union also appealed to the concerned authority to immediately investigate the matter and arrest the culprit involved in the case. Late Tagu went missing on March 5 and later his body was found from Papu Nallah tri-junction near Yupia road on March 7 last.


Results declared

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the semester examination  results of BHMS. The result can be seen in the University website- www.rgu.ac.in.  

The RGU) also declared the results to the BHMS I, II, III & IV year supplementary examinations held in December 2011.


Mobile office reaches villages

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: A team of Govt officials from various departments under Yachuli sub-division took a mobile office to the doorsteps of villagers at Deed and Tajgi villages on February 28 and 29.

45 Scheduled Tribe certificates, 165 Permanent Residential certificates, 12 birth certificates and 15 Income certificates were issued  and four arms licenses renewed on the spot.

A total of 291 applications for ST and PR certificates had to be taken back to the office for necessary action due to unprecedented rush of villagers and power supply problem. The officers also made the villagers aware of Govt welfare schemes and took stock of  various problems being faced by the villagers. DIPRO

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The loo at the Solung-Mopin ground

Dear Editor,

'Mopin-Solung ground', Itanagar mirrors the two major festivals of Arunachal, that is, Solung of Adis and Mopin of Galos, which is celebrated annually by the people of these two communities residing in the capital  and nearby areas.

I got chance to visit the ground on the occasion of recently concluded pre-Mopin celebrated by the Galo students of DNGC.

I, along with my fellow students of RGU were invited as guests. We enjoyed our moments as the festive vibes blew us. But, my disappointment aroused when I step into the toilet to attend nature’s call. I was disappointed to see the condition of the toilet. To add to the woes, there was only one room available for gents with the people zooming in by seconds. Though I was quite embarrassed with the deteriorating condition of toilet, but in our land of kushi-kushi these are invisible to one's eyes. So I closed my eyes and paused my breathing till my mission was accomplished. As a guest, I was annoyed but as Arunachalee it was just another depiction of bitter facts.

We try to propagate our festivals but we never give attention to these basic things that in social gatherings or festive occasions, people needs tidy and usable washrooms.

I highly request the committees of Mopin-Solung ground to renovate or construct more washrooms so that in coming festive occasions, no guests are embarrassed.


Kekge Essi




Women and corruption

Dear Sir,

As Gandhiji had said that when a man is educated, only an individual is educated but when a woman is educated whole family is educated. And thereby the whole society is educated. Such is the impact of presence of women in any field. Similar is the field of politics.  When a man comes to decision making process, it is calculated as normal process as a country like India follows patriarchal norms. But when a woman comes to power, she sets an example for the whole generation. They display that women are able in every field. To be part of decision making is very essential to be called as empowered women.  

But, the cases like Mayawati, involved in corruption really point fingers at integrity of women. This in the long run could question women's capacity to handle politics. No doubt, there is many abled women in politics but it is human tendency to remember negative things more. Women who come to power should not only think about their selfish ends.


Priyanka Chakrabarty




BRO and roads

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to inform and appeal the Authority of BRO (GREF) of Arunachal Pradesh about the decreasing quality of road maintenance work by the GREF personal at the entire state. This is evident from the news item, where MP Ninong Ering criticised GREF about the road quality and personally I have seen the on-going low quality work at Ziro-Hapoli road in Lower Subansiri District.

It is observed that potholes have come out in the roads which was just been pitched hours ago, potholes after few years can be understood but after few hours is out of question!

Where has those years of  BRO (GREF) gone, when  the BRO was known for their quality and hard work? Are they also involved in the corruption activities? If such trend continues, then it is time that entire road of Arunachal should be taken over by the state govt.

I would like to request the district administration, NGO of Lower Subansiri to raise the issue at the highest level and I welcome BRO (GREF) authority to visit the Ziro-Hapoli road to have a look at the quality of the road.





Do not give up

Dear Editor

It’s the month of March again and it’s the pressure cooker situation for all the high school students of the CBSE board in our state. With a few exams over I can see a lot of students nervous, depressed and tensed for the exams completed or for the ones that are on the row. One thing I noticed is that most of the students in Arunachal seems to be the ones we called the one night dwellers. They are too lazy to study the whole year, and when the exams come nearer they complete the whole syllabus in a couple of nights. It is the common characteristics of all the students, irrespective of classes, be it degree or primary, secondary or higher secondary; everyone is the same. So now when the exams are on, many students seem to spend sleepless nights and strive in tension. The result is that they panic during the exams and are unable to give their best. And all I remember them is counting their marks 100 times a day just to get the feeling that they have passed, at least.

I met some of my younger siblings some days ago, who are right now appearing in the CBSE 12th board exams. I was surprised that they were ready to drop their year just because they felt that they didn’t do well enough to pass. And the surprising fact was that they were quite many in number. Board exams in my view first of all should not be taken lightly, as they tend to decide where our life and career will head to. It’s rather forgivable even if you neglected although, but quitting in the middle of the exam is most certainly an act of chicken hearted, foolishness and is certainly unacceptable. It has been often seen that board exams produce the most unpredictable results every year. Besides this, do not forget the quota of grace marks you could have inducted in the checkers heart if you tried your best.

Giving up is never the solution of any problem and certainly a bigger mistake in terms of your exam. What I mean to say is, that no matter in what condition you may be now, but trying your 100% is the best you can do. You may have studied the whole year, or just a single night, but it’s what you write in those 3 hours counts the most. Considering yourself dumber and getting depressed just because you didn’t do well in a single exam, will be foolishness. You can never judge your person’s qualities by a single exam.

It’s a humble request to the parents of the appearing students to be by their side in these critical days. Support, listen, motivate and provide them the self confidence they need in these times.

Please do not judge your own results to get depressed and make stupid decisions like dropping a year. Never give up and remember you haven’t failed until you get your CBSE report card. Be optimistic, and lastly I wish all the appearing board students lots and lots of good luck for their remaining exams.


Nguli Dabi,

J.N College




Nyokum ground at Ziro

Dear Editor,

The demand for Nyokum ground at Ziro made by Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Students union is really not genuine. I would like to clarify that Apatanis of the same district too don't have their Dree ground at District headquarters, instead their common Dree ground is in Nenchalaya. Nenchalaya is about 7km away from Hapoli. To join the celebration, Apatanis from Hapoli takes either tempo or sometimes go by foot.

Nyokum ground at Joram is also located nearby Hapoli, just 10-12 km away. So instead of demanding for Nyokum ground at Ziro-Hapoli, LSDNSU should demand for regular vehicle service from Hapoli to Joram,Yachuli etc. for the convenience of Nyishi brethren living in Joram, Yachuli and Hapoli.

I urge Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri and DA to make a proper conclusion as demand is not genuine.


D. Utung






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So many internal problems

A report, titled, India: the next superpower ? published by London School of Economics and Political Science while acknowledging the India’s formidable achievements in fostering democracy, growth and cultural dynamism said that structural weaknesses of India mean that it cannot yet call itself a superpower.

Writers of the report believe that India should not even aspire to be a superpower while it has so many internal problems unresolved.

Experts see the inequalities of Indian society as powerful brakes on its further development even though enthusiastic participation in democratic life is widespread. Pointing out the recent nationwide protests against corruption, they said Indians do not have the politicians they deserve.  

The report said it would be difficult to imagine India asserting its economic dominance in international markets any time soon. The rise of India as an economic superpower will only occur over a long period of time.

They argue that despite India’s rising power and wealth it remains shackled by weaknesses which include corruption and poor leadership, extreme social divisions, internal security threats and religious extremism.