March 03

BJP alleges misuse of fund

ITANAGAR, Mar 02: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged misuse of centrally sponsored funds, the Special Plan Assistance (SPA), before the announcement of the upcoming parliamentary election by the ruling Congress government led by chief minister Nabam Tuki.

The party in a release alleged that the SPA funds meant for the infrastructural development of the state is brazenly misused by the ruling Congress government without following the laid down norms prescribed by the Planning Commission of India.

It alleged that the centrally sponsored Funds of Special Plan Assistance (SPA), Thirteen Finance Commission (TFC), Additional Central Assistance (ACA) and Border Area Development Fund (BADF) are allocated to various assembly constituencies across the state without inclusion of AOP by the District Planning Board and approval of the State Planning Board. As a result, these funds are not reaching to the grassroots level people.

The party demanded the State Government to immediately stop inviting tender under SPA fund.

“Otherwise we will launch democratic movement against the State Government,” threatened the release.


Upper Subansiri bandh


DAPORIJO, Mar 02: All Tagin Students Union (ATSU) has called 12-hr Upper Subansiri district Bandh on March 6 in protest against non-fulfillment of its charter of demands.

ATSU has been demanding immediate approval of the new alignment of the Trans-Arunachal Highway NH-229 at Daporijo, cancellation of land allotment order and eviction of govt. land, quarters/office encroachers, immediate revival of the blood bank at District Hospital Daporijo, erection of street lights in the colonies of Daporijo Township.

ATSU has threatened to launch its second phase of democratic movement in form of bandh call if the authority fails to fulfill the demands at the earliest.


Nyokum celebrated at Tali

ITANAGAR, Mar 02: The Nyokum Yullo Festival was celebrated in traditional fervor at Tali in Kurung Kumey district. The festival was organized by Tali-Pip Sorang Joint Nyokum Yullo Celebration under the banner of All Tali Area Students’ Union.

Various games and sports competitions, cultural shows and beauty contest were organized to mark the festival.

In the men’s volleyball, Gichik Abu won the trophy while in women’s volleyball KGBV Tali emerged as winner.  

In the beauty contest, Rigio Yari was adjudged as Miss Nyokum and Dayum Yage and Dayum Popi were the first and second runners up respectively.


NBSU discusses development issues

ITANAGAR, Mar 02: The Nugong Banggo Students Union (NBSU) held a meeting at Pasighat and discussed various developmental issues of the Banggo, including the problems faced by the students studying in various educational institutes outside Nugong as well as to extend support to them.

Chairing the meeting, Karunath Pazing of Rasing village highlighted the various problems of Banggo due to negligence of the Government. He exhorted the youths to come forward and work for all round development of Nugong Banggo. He also stressed the need for construction of a road in Nugong stretching from Riew to Pongging village connecting all the villages in the area.

The meeting also discussed on opium menace and decided to deal with it with a zero tolerance approach. The Union will also decided to bring awareness about the importance of proper health, hygiene and sanitation practices, education etc. in the Nugong Banggo. The meeting also gave emphasis on ‘Green Revolution’ for economic upliftment.

The meeting was attended by more than 100 students of Nugong area studying in Pangin, Boleng, Pasighat and Itanagar.


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APSTS introduces Sumo service

Raju Mimi

ROING, Mar 02: The Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services (APSTS) has for the first time introduced Tata Sumo service that will ply on Roing-Anini and Dambuk-Paglam-Pasighat route.

Three new Tata Sumo were introduced which was flagged off by Abu Tayeng, General Manager, APSTS here today in presence of Kabit Ering, Station Superintendent (SS), Roing, Rajkumar Keche, SS, Yingkiong, JN Saikia, SS, Namsai, BL Soram, SS, Tezu, and Rokom Tayeng, District Labour and Employment Officer (DLEO).

The flagging off ceremony was preceded by car puja to invoke blessings of the lord to bless the vehicles to protect it from mishap.

Two Tata Sumos will operate on Roing-Anini route, and one in Dambuk-Pasighat route, informed the APSTS officials.

"The Sumo service has been introduced following demands from people which was long overdue," informed Tayeng.

"The demand for Sumo service in Anini had persisted for long as people there had to face inconvenience due to unregulated hikes in fares on account of road blockades."

The existing fare charged by private taxis are Rs 700 for Roing-Anini route and Rs 400 for Dambuk-Pasighat route. The new government Sumo fare for Roing-Anini route has been fixed at Rs 530 and for Dambuk-Pasighat at Rs 250.

"The Sumo service to Pasighat will operate from Dambuk and will cover Anpum, Paglam and Bizari areas that had remained uncovered by private taxis," informed Tayeng.

He also informed that Tata Sumo services  in other remote areas of the state, where there is no APST bus services,would be covered in phase-wise manner.

The demand for Sumo service in Anini was first raised before Teyor Jempen, the then Deputy Commissioner of Anini in 2008, informed Loga Tacho, a senior citizen from Anini and Political Interpreter with district administration, Anini.

"Today I am happy that the six years of relentless pursuit has finally borne results," he said.




Tuki allocates portfolios to newly inducted ministers

ITANAGAR, Mar 02:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has allocated portfolios to the newly inducted cabinet ministers, effecting a reshuffle in his 27-month-old ministry, official sources said here today.

While allocating the portfolios yesterday, Tuki retained Planning and Finance while Gojen Gadi was allocated the PWD department, sources said.

Three-time Finance Minister Kalikho Pul was given Health & Family Welfare, Economics & Statistics, and Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs. Kumar Waii was allocated the Rural Works Department (RWD), sources added.

The chief minister affected the reshuffle of his 27-month-old ministry after dropping Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein, Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly and Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin. PTI



Curtain drawns on Arunachal Film Festival

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 02: The three days Arunachal Film Festival- 2014 ended with screening of the film ‘Crossing the Bridges’ by Sange Dorjee at Sidhartha Hall here today evening.

The film festival featured still photography, short films, documentary and feature films of different genres.  

Attending the closing ceremony of the film festival as chief guest, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi said that film making in Arunachal is a challenging task considering financial, marketing and promotional aspects. The chief secretary, however, opined that government should channelize it to promote the film as well as preserve culture.

Responding to a request  Hage D Appa to the state government for establishment of film financial development cooperation for promotion and development of film industry in the state, Negi assured to consider it as a matter of priority. He hoped once the Conventional Hall is completed it would meet the requirement of film theatre for screening of films.  

Later, Negi gave away prizes to the winners of the short films.

‘Unity and Diversity in Arunachal Context’ by Tako Siga bagged the first prize along with cash prize of Rs. one lakh, while ‘Innocent Truth’ by Neelam Raja and Friends Indeed by Tsangpa Norbu bagged the second and third prizes respectively.

Earlier, the Secretary IPR Dani Sulu said that the film festival this year mainly gave focus on exposing the young hidden talents and encouraging them in film making.

Sharing his experiences of film making, filmmaker and resource person Ashan Mujid said that we should try to bring our films to the global platform so that the whole world knows about Arunachal and its culture. He said that Bollywood films have strangled the growth of regional films. He said that regional film makers have to create own space in the film world without depending upon government.  

The acclaimed film-maker further said that film does not need language while citing his film ‘Sonam’ on Monpa tribe which won numerous awards and was screened around the world.  

Dorjee khandu Thungon, a renowned filmmaker expressing his views on filmmaking said that movie is an illusion of reality to capture the attention of the audience and advised the young film-maker that the road ahead is not easy but nothing can stop a person if he has the commitment and determination to go ahead.

IPR Deputy Director Obang Tayeng said his department will try its best to provide a bigger platform to the upcoming talents next time and assured that any kind of positivie criticism and suggestion will be taken into consideration for development of state’s film industry.

Earlier in the day, Short Film competition  was held and the documentary film ‘Lossar ‘by Department of IPR and ‘Walking with the City’ were screened. (with inputs from DIPRO)



LS polls likely from April 2nd week

NEW DELHI, Mar 02: Polling in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is likely to commence in the second week of April and may be spread over seven phases, the longest so far, highly placed sources said today.

The probable dates for the commencement of polling are between April 7 and 10, the sources in the Election Commission told PTI while emphasising that the poll schedule was still being "fine tuned".

As of now, the plan is to have voting, involving over 81 crore voters, in seven phases but efforts are on to reduce that to six phases. The 2009 polls were held in five phases from April 16 to May 13.

The much-expected announcement of the schedule is expected in the middle of this week. The Model Code of Conduct for governments and political parties will come into force from the date of announcement.

However, the Election Commission has ruled out advancing the schedule or compressing it to avoid the summer heat, a demand put forward at the all-party meeting convened by the Commission last month.

The term of the current Lok Sabha expires on June 1 and the new House has to be constituted by May 31.

Along with the Lok Sabha polls, Andhra Pradesh, including the regions comprising the newly-carved out Telangana, Odisha and Sikkim will go to polls to elect new assemblies.

Highly placed sources in the Commission said finishing touches were being given to the schedule. Consultations with the Union Home Ministry, state governments, para-military forces and Chief Electoral Officers of states have already been completed.

There was speculation that the announcement may be slightly delayed for the Centre to promulgate some of the ordinances it plans to bring out against corruption and on some other issues but there is no confirmation of it.

If a six or a seven-phased schedule is finalised, it would be the first time the country would witness elections over such a long period.

An estimated 81.4 crore voters will be eligible to vote in the coming elections after 9.71 new voters have been added to the rolls since the last elections.

From the coming elections, candidates in a Parliamentary constituency in bigger states can spend up to Rs 70 lakh on their campaign, up from Rs 40 lakh in 2011. In the 2009 elections it was Rs 25 lakh.

Another first in the Lok Sabha elections will be the introduction of "None of the Above" (NOTA) option in voting, which was put in vogue in the assembly elections a few months ago.

The electoral rolls are ready after being updated with January one this year as the cut-off date.

A total of 1.1 crore poll personnel, half of them being security forces will be deployed for the smooth conduct of polls and to ensure that they are free and fair.

Poll officials said the database of the civilian staff to be deployed for conducting polls has been prepared and at least 5.5 million civilian staff would be deployed.

The list of central government employees to be deployed for poll duty as micro observers in sensitive polling stations has also been prepared.

About 8 lakh polling stations have been set up across the country keeping in view the convenience of both the voters and the poll staff.

Preparations have been made for deployment of around 12 lakh electronic voting machines with the addition of another 2.5 lakh new EVMs which it had ordered with various public-sector companies.

During the 2009 polls, there were 714 million voters against 671 million voters in 2004 Lok Sabha polls.

The Commission favours a multi-phased election for a country of India's size and electorate because it is better that there is "complete satisfaction" of voters.

Otherwise, it can lead to "discontentment" in case of any shortcomings, they said.

The EC sources said the Commission has not conducted any election in a single go in one phase after 1971 as the size of the electorate in the world's largest democracy has grown considerably over the years.

The officials also said that the entire poll process takes around three months time. But there is a limit of six weeks time from the announcement of the schedule to the first date of poll in view of the Supreme Court direction that the Model Code of Conduct inhibiting government decisions cannot be an unduly long period. PTI



Missionaries helping to improve quality of life: Sanjoy

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 02: Lok Sabha Member Takam Sanjoy has opined that the quality of life has improved tremendously with the coming of religious institutions and its teachings in Arunachal Pradesh especially Christian with its numerous missionary works.

Sanjoy was addressing a huge gathering of public after inaugurating the newly built Mary Immaculate Catholic Church Pachin as chief guest in the presence of Kipa Babu, Vice-Councillor, Itanagar Municipal, here this morning.

“In the past 25 years, there’s a sea of change in quality of life with the coming up of various religious denominations in the state. This is a positive sign and we must bolster such religious moments in the socioeconomic development of our state,” he opined.

However, he advocated religious tolerance and mutual respect among followers of different faiths and belief, while reminding that India, a secular country, promotes flourishing of many religions.

“We must do away with religious fanaticism and respect each other’s religion, only then we can think of progressive and peaceful state,” he observed.

Underscoring the importance of education in a man’s life, he further said that only through education, the true teachings and core values of religions  would be properly understood and imbibed in practical life.  

Responding to a memorandum by Tara Yorna Thomas, the organizing chairman, for the construction of retaining and compound wall around the church, Sanjoy assured all possible help and sought time to materialize it.

Babu, who attended as guest of honour, remembered the pioneers of the Christian movement in Arunachal Pradesh, especially in Nyishi belt such as former minister Tadar Taniang, Neelam Taram and MP Sanjoy for their unstinted works in spreading the message of Christ despite so many oddities. Lauding the efforts of Christian missionaries, the Vice Councillor  said that it has brought about a positive change in people’s life.

Itanagar Diocese Bishop Dr John Thomas Kattrukudiyil dedicated the church and urged the people to follow the path shown by the Jesus Christ to have a blissful life.

Established in 1989, Mary Immaculate Church is the oldest church in Naharlagun Parish Council under Itanagar Diocese.  



Aalo Forest Festival concludes with promises for sustainable development

AALO, Mar 02: The  first ever Forest Festival of the State, the Aalo Forest Festival organized by Aalo Forest Division, Department of Environment & Forests under the leadership of Divisional Forest Officer Nyali Ete concluded  at Gumin Kiin on February 28. The Forest Festival which was organized with an objective to create environmental awareness among the masses for sustainable development was attended by by legendry singer Moge Doji as chief guest.  

AK Biswal, the Chief Conservator of Forests, Central Arunachal Circle, Pasighat; Senior Public Leaders, Heads of Departments; Village Head  men, Priests and Citizens of Aalo township.

Hundreds of people thronged the venue to watch major events of the festival like traditional collective Ponu dance followed by tree plantation by the chief guest and the invitees. Around 30 seedlings of Gulmohar, Nahar, Pine, etc. were planted within the Gumin Kiin premises. Attractive Exhibition stalls adorned the Gumin Kiin ground.

Major attractions were Forest Department stall highlighting the activities done by the Aalo Forest Division. Stalls of Traditional Medicinal Plants put up by the Nyibo (local Priest), Private Nurseries; various NGOs; Hydropower groups; local handicrafts and textiles; finished wooden products with splendid carvings and designs like beds, tables, chairs, etc. put up by various furniture units like Ngomdir Furniture, Ete Furniture, Eri Furniture, Lollen Furniture and wild vegetables and fruits, which had been the mainstay of our food-habits, the deliberate choice from variety of food sources, which forms the basis of our survival and existence by the Gomar Foundation drew numerous visitors.

Side-by-side, a formal function was organized in the Gumin Kiin Hall. A colorful cultural programme by the staff of Aalo Forest Division like self-composed group song about preservation and conservation of wildlife and nature, group dance, solo songs, etc. mesmerized the audience.

Nyali Ete, DFO Aalo gave a detailed power-point presentation on different forest activities by various forest ranges in the district.

AK Biswal CCF stressed on creating forest and environment awareness through such be and entertaining platform.

Former minister Doi Ado, priest Mogi Ori, GBs, the Nyibus, chairmen of various VFMCs, representatives of various User Agencies and Civil Society Organizations also attended the festival and spoke on the importance of preserving forest and environment. DIPRO



Awareness prog. on NRDWP held

KHONSA, Mar 02: The week-long awareness programme on national rural drinking water program (NRDWP) organized by PHE & WS Division, Khonsa concluded yesterday.

A ‘Swachchata’ rally from Main Ground, Longding to Circuit House, Longding was organized on the final leg of the programme followed by block level workshop- cum-handing over of water supply assets to PRIs at circuit house, Longding yesterday. Over 400 participants, including students, teachers, govt officers and officials and PRI leaders participated in the rally.

While addressing the rally, Doi Tarak, Consultant, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa, informed that individual health and hygiene is largely dependent on adequate availability of drinking water and proper sanitation practices. Indiscriminate open air defecation is one of the main causes for transmission of diseases, like cholera, dysentery, typhoid and warm infections. Sanitary disposal of human excreta prevents the transmission of these diseases which can be done through construction of sanitary latrine, he said.

He said that the major causes of diseases in Tirap and Longding districts are due to consumption of unsafe drinking water, improper disposal of human excreta, improper environmental sanitation and lack of personal and food hygiene.

Attending the workshop at Ciruit house, Longding Chonai Wangpan, Consultant, PHESD, Longding spoke on community participation and behavior change communication (BCC).

BA Wangpan, JE, PHESD, Longding explained on what the water supply asset and fully covered (FC) status are. He informed that FC status is given to those habitations/ villages/ GPs which achieve 55 lpcd. He added that as of now the villages, namely Zedua, Kaiho and Wakka have achieved FC status. The water supply asset created under these villages will be handed to VWSC/ PRIs.   

While handing over water supply asset including T&P, Pipe & fittings to GPC of Wakka/ Kaiho and Zedua resource person Doi Tarak highlighted the role of PRI/ VWSC in the management of drinking water supply and sanitation.

Highlighting the water quality, he disclosed SODIS (Solar Disinfection) technology wherein disinfection of water can be done using only sunlight and transparent plastic bottles of about 6 cm diameters. He also added that SODIS is a free and effective method to disinfect water, usually applied at the household level and is recommended by the World Health Organization as a viable method for household water treatment and safe storage.

Dr Wangnai Wangsu, MO, Pongchau gave brief note on relationship between health, water and sanitation. He disclosed that there are four aspects of health to be called healthy--physical, mental, social and spiritual health.  To achieve these aspects one need to know how water and sanitation are interrelated to health. It is only through hygienic practices one will achieve health in life. He added that 80% of the disease is caused by drinking of contaminated water and most of the diseases in Longing district are found water borne. He encouraged the gathering to give prime important to water quality and sanitation.   

Resource person, Manhang Lowang, BEO, Longding spoke on concept and component of sanitation. He stressed on safe handling of drinking water, disposal of solid- liquid waste, personal hygiene and village sanitation. He also encouraged total avoidance of defecation in open and in pigsty toilet..

Lampang Wangsa, Consultant, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa detailed about on different types of low cost sanitary toilets in power point presentation.  He elaborately explained on how to construct, cost involvement, longevity and sustainability of the toilets.

Chairing the programme, Atik Padung, EAC, Longding encouraged the participants to give important and attention to such kind of training for the welfare of community.

The training programs were attended by all PRIs, Public and Govt Officers/ Officials including DDSE of the district.  

Earlier, the programme started with a water and sanitation rally at Khonsa on February 25. DIPRO



Peri-Pumbh members visit ancestral village after 50 yrs

TAMEN, Mar 02: The second leg of social awareness tour cum public interaction of Peri-Pumbh descendents organized by Peri-Pumbh Association (PPA) conducted at Persin Phalen, 20 kms from here yesterday.

The descendents of Peri-Pumbh, namely Taya, Rotom, Bini, Biku, Kina, Jokom, Pabo and Nyido clans were earlier settled in Persin Phalen but due to communication problems they migrated to  different parts of the state. As per their oral calculation, this 107-km ongoing Tamen-Dolungmukh NEC road is coming up after 50 years of their migration. Therefore, the Persin Phalen was chosen as the venue for the camp as it located in the middle part of the ongoing NEC road constructed by the PWD department between Tamen to Dollungmukh.

Taking privilege of the road communication getting into their origin villages, the members from these eight clans has organized this 'social awareness touring cum public interaction' under the banner of PPA.

Being a member of the Peri-Pumbh Association, MLA cum parliamentary secretary (Food & Civil Supply, Health & Family Welfare), Nido Pavitra appreciated the organizing team for conducting the awareness camp and appealed them to conduct similar interactive meet twice a year so that Peri-Pumbh's descendents could be in touch with each other.

While disclosing that Tamen-Dolungmukh road that started two years back has completed 50% of its work, he said that once the road is completed, it would benefit not only to the people of PPA but whole of the state and appealed PPA to monitor the quality of the road.

Ensuring more infrastructural development in his constituency, the MLA asked people of his constituency to remain united to bring more development.

Peri-Pumbh Association’s (PPA) president Ratan Tebin, SE PWD in his speech said that he and many elderly members of the clan who left the place are visiting it back after a gap of 40 years, for which he conveyed his thankfulness to the MLA for bringing up the project that helped them re-unite and re-connect to eight clans of PPA – socially, economically and so on. He appealed the MLA for bringing more developmental project into the area.

On behalf of the Association, the president has decided to request VKV authority for naming the Dollungmukh VKV School’s hostel block after Lt. Nido Tania.

PPA secretary Kina Temik, assistant secretary Ronjon Bini and 25th Raga ST Constituency’s development chairman Nido Tagom also spoken in the camp.

Later, recognizing tireless works rendered to the PPA by Ronjon Bini, who is also holding the post of assistant secretary, the Association has gifted him a Scorpio vehicle. The MLA handed over the Scorpio’s key to Bini.

In the meet, sports competitions like volleyball, tug-of-war etc were conducted as part of the social interaction programme.

Among others, Dollungmukh ZPM, Kumporijo ZPM and hundreds of PPA members and other guests also participated the awareness tour.

Talking to this correspondent, a man in his 50s from Laa village said, ‘though the Tamen-Dollungmukh road is yet to be completed but communication to go to my village became much better as compared to 2 years back. Whenever there was bandh call in Assam, we were unable to go to Dollungmukh to meet our relatives via Ziro and Itanagar but after completion, no one could stop us.  This benefit will go not only to people of Lower Subansiri but to people of Upper Subansiri and West Siang also. However, the credit for this attainment goes to a single man. He is none other than our local MLA Nido Pavitra. We must thank him.’

Earlier, they observed one minute silence to pray for eternal peace of the departed soul of Lt. Nido Tania.



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Itanagar traffic warden needs immediate attention

Dear Editor,

The old saying goes like this “God helps those who help themselves”. For our ITANAGAR TRAFFIC WARDENS(ITW), it seems no God exists. They have no master to feed them in spite of daily hardships they face during duty; they are yet to receive their share of care and affection from the Govt. They are so dedicated and determined. They do their job tirelessly in the midst of high volume traffic of the capital. Without them, we would definitely have more chaos as they help and control the movement of vehicles and citizens whole day in scorching sunny days to chilled winter days and in return they get a meager salary of Rs.4300 per month. In fact, they don’t have their home department as they are paid by Urban Department for the time being. Two years and still counting, the traffic wardens are living at the mercy of petty Chillars in the name of monthly salary which is inadequate to survive a month. Still they are hopeful and keeping finger crossed hoping either for the regularization of job or hike in their monthly salary at a convenient time.

As a responsible denizen of the city, I’m very impressed with their work and want everyone to support and cooperate the good deeds of the ITW. Lastly I appeal to the concerned authorities to look into the grievances they are facing now.


Hai Taru

Senki Park, Itanagar



Delay in declaration of results

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) towards prolonged delay in declaration of results of written examination of Sub-Inspector (WT). The exam was held along with the written exam of Sub-Inspector (Civil & IRBn) on 12-01-2014. The final recruitment of Sub-Inspector (Civil & IRBn) has been done and they have even started training at NEPA, Shillong.

Thus, the delay in declaring even written results of Sub-Inspector (WT) in which few numbers of candidates appeared is beyond my understanding. Further, the delay is seriously inducing pessimism and doubts in the minds of candidates about the recruitment process.

So, I would exhort the concerned authorities of APP to declare result as early as possible. Let the qualified ones put a hearty smile and the disqualified ones brace up for ahead without any lingering hope.

Yours ,

Rugli Gali, Itanagar.



APST helpline numbers not working

Dear Editor,

It is to bring in the notice of general public and particularly “Arunachal Pradesh State Transport dept”, Itanagar regarding the “APST Bus Service Helpline” which is being provided in Page 2 of your newspaper.

I tried calling in the phone no. provided, not once but several times. The response I got was not helpful, but it was rather disappointing and funny. While, calling the first no i.e. 0360 2212338, a local voice automatically replies “This phone no. is out of order, kindly dial after sometime”.

While, dialing the second no. 2351490, so called computer lady replies “Number your trying to reach does not exist, kindly check the number and dial again”. So, after calling these numbers, I suppose that our APST dept doesn’t have a working phone, that’s really sad.

I do appreciate the step taken by the APST dept of sharing the Bus routes, but it doesn’t make sense to me of them sharing the obsolete numbers. So, I hope that they share working phone no. or mobile number, which would be really helpful for the citizens of Arunachal pradesh.


Tasso Byai, Itanagar



Public transport be improved

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to focus about regular traffic jam and increasing road accidents in capital complex because of undue growth in the number of private vehicles. I want to know what government is doing to tackle this problem. The public transport facilities have not kept pace with the increasing demand and the most ‘at risk’ are the pedestrians who run the risk of losing their lives whenever they move out. Most of the auto, tempo and tracker do not have indicator, reflective tape and single headlight working. Why traffic police overlook all this and harass only the public in the name of checking. So, here my suggestion will be improve the public transport system, road and regulate fair.


Dr. Chow Nakunand Singkai

Rajiv Gandhi University

Rono Hills, Doimukh






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Arunachal readying for Lokh Sabha election

Arunachal is entering into election mood as major political parties have started announcing names of their candidates for the coming Lokh Sabha election. Few days ago BJP, NCP and PPA declared the names of their candidates. A number of independent candidates have popped up too. Some of the political parties including ruling Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are yet to declare their candidates. This coming Lokh Sabha election will witness intense battle in both Western and Eastern parliamentary constituencies.

In the western parliamentary seat it will be three way battles among BJP, Congress and PPA. The decision of PPA to field labour leader Jalley Sonam from Western Parliament constituency has made it three horse race. Jalley is expected to give tough fight to both former MP Kiren Rijiju of BJP and sitting Congress MP Takam Sanjoy. In eastern parliamentary seat it will be straight fight between BJP stalwart Tapir Gao and union minister Ninong Ering. However, it is expected that PPA and NCP may also put up strong candidates. The putting up of large number of candidates is good for democracy. It also offers ample opportunity to the public to choose best among all the candidates.