March 14

Training for micro observers conducted

BOMDILA, March 13: The first round of training for the 45 Micro Observers and Reserve against the 12 Critical & 33 Hyper Sensitive Polling stations in the district was conducted at DC’s Conference Hall today.

Addressing the Micro Observers DEO A K Singh impressed on the need for collective effort and endeavor for successful conduct of the ensuing Parliamentary & Assembly polls. Acquainting them of the poll preparedness in the district, DEO Singh highlighted on the guidelines for strict adherence by the Micro Observers.

In order to ensure that all the Micro Observers exercise their right to vote, the District Election office have facilitated issuance of Form -6 to those who have not yet enrolled themselves.

SDO (Eln) P. Sora made a detail Power point presentation on the role & responsibilities of the Micro Observers.

Master Trainer Dr. G C Panda, Associate Professor of Government College Bomdila thoroughly dealt on the poll process.

The handling of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), its components and operation was demonstrated by P. Gadi, JE (Elect).  The second and final round of training for the Micro Observers would be with the General Observer. DIPRO


Polling personnel sensitization meeting held

NAMSAI,  March  13: Training and sensitization of sector officers and BLOs, SVEEP committee, inspection of polling station, route map and vulnerability mapping  and training and sensitization of FS, SST, VST, VVT and accounting team on SOP’s reporting and duties was conducted today. All the officers were sensitized about their roles and responsibilities during the ensuring elections 2014.

ARO cum ADC Namsai Ravi Jha requested the appointed officers to abide by the rules and regulations and code of conduct as prescribed by ECI. He appealed all the officers to remain on their toes till the election process is over. The flying squads were asked to perform their duties 24/7 with strict vigil. The VST were also asked to take the videography of every rally, meeting etc and to submit to VVT for further submission to the RO and DEO. The assigned duties of respective officers have got optimum importance and any lapse from any one can spoil the whole process. He also informed that all the control rooms have been activated from today and everyone should be ready to impart their duties round the clock.


DEO holds meet with IMLF wholesalers & hotel owners

AALO, Mar 13: In order to discuss issues relating to setting of business schedule and other important issues for the peaceful conduct of Parliamentary and Assembly Elections, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of M K Sahoo, DEO Aalo with IMLF/retailers and Hotel Owners at DC’s conference hall today.

The DM asked all wine shop vendors to maintain all guidelines and timings set by the ECI. Proper book of account, daily report should be followed scrupulously as responsible citizens of the district. He asked all wholesalers and retailer of IMLF to put CCTV in their respective vendors. He also insisted all hotel owners and other accommodation providers to maintain proper register and identity proof of all visitors to contain likely hide out of anti-social elements that may disrupt the election process.

Night patrolling and police checking will start soon and any violators to rules circulated to them will be acted upon with non compromising attitude and zero tolerance. Since the state is going for a simultaneous poll, he sought the cooperation of all in conducting the election in a free and fair way.

Participating in the discussion the Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said “in democracy we all have joint responsibility. Following rules as enshrined in the ECI guideline is the greatest contribution the citizen can give.” He urged people not to get themselves in wrong foot to invite unwanted troubles.

Speaking on behalf of the West Siang IMLF wholesalers and retailers Ejum Karbak said that businessmen are always ready to co-operate the government as in the past but explained their difficulties to put CCTV in a short notice in all the areas. He also appealed for checking on sale on liquor in various unauthorized locations including shops in the street, residents and govt. quarters.

The administration and police and tax and excise department also decided to act swiftly on different locations.  DIPRO


DEO holds meeting with magistrates at Seppa

SEPPA, Mar 13: The DC cum DEO Tarin Dakpe has convened a meeting with magistrates and sector magistrates of the forthcoming General Election in DC’s chamber here today.

DC Tarin Dakpe said that good magistrate having wise application of mind taking right decision in the right time at right place can solve problems arising thereof in their respective jurisdiction. He asked the Sector magistrates to visit their jurisdiction in advance just after withdrawal of nomination in advance and get themselves acquainted with all the polling stations. He said that sector magistrates need to have gathered information about the road connectivity, distances and communication network of all the polling station in their jurisdiction before the polling day. He added that sector magistrates have to asses all these in advance so as to enable them to give feedback of two hourly voting percentages during the polling day. He directed the sector magistrate to take care of movement of all the polling team and could come to the station only after dispatch of the last polling team.

D. Lama, EAC (Eln) briefed the sector magistrate about their role and responsibilities saying that  sector magistrate have to play a pivotal role for the smooth conduct of the General Election-2014. The training for the polling personnel was also conducted at Kameng Hall, Seppa today. In the morning shift, all the staffs of the Education department attended the training and in afternoon shift, the female staffs of entire East Kameng district attended the training. DIPRO


Social service

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The Papum Pare College Coordination Committee (PPCCC) conducted a social service at Nyari Welly Girls Hostel, Dera Natung Govt. College here today. Many students participating in the social work cleaned the roadside drain.


News Impact

Arunachal to finally have air connectivity

HC gives verdict in favour of Hollongi

ITANAGAR, Mar 13:  In a historic judgement, Gauhati High Court yesterday upheld the decision to shift the proposed green field airport site from Karsingsa to Hollongi. The two bench judge comprising Chief Justice A M Sapre and judge A K Goswami while pronouncing its judgement on a PIL stated, “On careful evaluation of all the factors and issues for establishment of the Airport in two locations, it becomes obvious that the change in the location for establishment of the Airport from Banderdewa to Hollongi is technically and scientifically justified.”

The judgement comes after almost a year of legal battle over airport site.

The Public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by one Kipa Taniang against decision of Airport Authority of India to suddenly shift the site from Karsingsa to Hollongi. Based on his PIL, Gauhati High Court on 14th November 2013 had constituted a committee to visit both the sites and make ground level assessment. The committee headed by Justice AC Upadhyay, former judge as chairman included director of Aerodrome, director of land reforms (Govt. of India) Saranjit Singh, director of north east and home affairs (Govt. of India) JP Singh and home secretary government of Arunachal as members. The committee visited both the sites and submitted its report running into 26 pages to the High Court.

“ All  the members of the committee individually and collectively subscribed to the view that the site for construction of Greenfield Airport at Hollongi would be more appropriate, suitable and convenient in terms of topography, environmental impact, constructability, airport operations and on safety point of view,” read the court order.

“The learned counsel for the petitioner however argued that the decision to shift the airport was taken to extend undue benefit to few persons in power. He contended that due to change in site, few individuals in power are likely to be benefited in terms of money because now State will have to pay money to them by way of compensation. In other words, the submission was that the decision to shift was more for the benefit of few persons in power rather than for the benefit of public.  In the first place, the petitioner did not place any factual details and evidence on this issue. Secondly, he did not implead any such persons in the petition. In the absence of material pleadings and necessary parties, it is not possible for this court to make any factual inquiry on this issue, which is based on legal and factual malice. It is apart from the fact that no such comments was made by the committee in their report,” the Court stated in its judgement. Further they directed that it shall be the duty of state to ensure that all factual inquiries as is necessary under the provision of the Land Acquisition Laws and other related state laws in relation to the land in question at Hollongi be undertaken strictly in accordance with law and after verifying and making inquiries necessary, proceed with the construction of Airport on the new/alternative land selected. With these directions, the court disposed of the petition.  Advocate Maitry Borah, represented Arunachal Pradesh Govt  in the  case.



Amin becomes first Arunachalee to don national football team jersey

M Doley

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Techi Amin, a class IX student of JNV, Doimukh, has created history by becoming the first Arunachalee to don national football team jersey.

Amin achieved the feat when she was selected for the Under-14 National Women’s Football team for Asian Confederation Cup to be held in Sri Lanka later this month.

Another girl from Arunachal Pradesh Degio Achom who along with Amin and 33 other players was invited for selection trial in Kerala to select the Indian team, however, failed to impress the selectors.

Meanwhile, Amin gave her coach Kipa Bharat, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association Assistant General Secretary Kipa Ajay, her parents and Principal of JNV, Doimukh, the then political secretary to chief minister Bamang Tago credit and respect for her tremendous achievement.

“I am very much thankful to my coach Bharat, APFA assistant general secretary Ajay, Tago, my school principal, Women’s Football Committee Chairman Takam Tallum and my parents without whose support and guidance I would not have been able to participate in the selection trial and get selected,” an elated Amin told this reporter from Kerala after being selected for the Indian team.

Ajay, meanwhile, exhorted women footballers of the state to come forward and take up the game of football sincerely for which APFA will extend all necessary support and guidance. He said, Amin’s achievement will encourage more women in the state to take up football seriously. He also hoped the state government will take more initiative for promotion and popularization of women football in Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, APFA General Secretary G Doke has lauded Amin for her achievement and hoped her selection to the national football team will inspire many other women football players of the state to take up the game sincerely.

The Indian team will be leaving for Sri Lanka on March 18.



Firearms, liquor seized, traffic violators fined

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: One 0.32 mm Revolver, one SBBL gun and local 22 daos were seized during checking today by City Police, Flying Squads and Static Surveillance teams deployed in capital complex to monitor possible violation of ‘model code of conduct’ ahead of the assembly and parliamentary, informed City SP.

Vehicle checking was also carried out by City Police at various points and 147 vehicles were fined for violation of various sections of Motor Vehicle Act and Rs.18,000 realized as fine from the violators, the SP added.

Further, a large amount of cash, liquors and local daos were also seized by Flying Squads and Static Surveillance Teams elsewhere in the state. They made seizure of cash amounting to Rs. 2,20,000, IMFL 84 bottles Indian Made Foreign Liquor, 48 bottles beer today, informed state nodal officer on behalf the CEO.

A pick up van with 60 cases of illegal liquors was also seized at New Mohong,  under Lekang constituency, Namsai today.

The cash and materials were seized for alleged violation of ‘Model Code of Conduct’.



Fight for party ticket gets bitter

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Two major national political parties - Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, are finding it hard to finalize the names of candidate for the ensuing assembly election. According to the sources, Congress party is witnessing intense lobbying for tickets with many aspirants making beeline at national capital. There are chances that Congress may drop few sitting MLAs which include ministers and parliamentary secretaries and field fresh candidates to beat anti-incumbency factor.

When contacted over phone Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Mukut Mithi, who is currently camping at Delhi, informed that so far no decision has been taken regarding finalization of the names. “We are still working out the list of candidates. AICC will finalize the names and then it will be made public. By tomorrow or day after tomorrow, we will release candidate’s list,” stated Mithi.

The principal opposition party BJP is also having major trouble in finalizing names of party candidate. Recent joining of many veteran leaders, who were earlier associated with various other political parties have created division between old and new BJP leaders.

According to the source, party cadres are not happy with the move of new entrants seeking party tickets for ensuing Assembly election.

It is reported that specially for the prestigious Itanagar assembly constituency, there is strong fight. As many as 5 candidates are believed to have applied for BJP ticket for Itanagar assembly constituency which include former AAPSU President Takam Tatung and young businessman Lishi Ronie. State BJP President Tai Tagak, who is also at Delhi to finalize list of candidates informed that by 15th they will make public list of the candidates.  

Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) has already announced two batch of list of candidates. The most surprising decision was to field party president Nikh Kamin from Bordumsa-Diyun assembly constituency. He is a former MLA, who once represented 16th Yachuli assembly constituency. Justifying his move, Kamin stated that local people of Bordumsa-Diyun invited him to contest election from there. “Bordumsa-Diyun assembly constituency comes under general category and any Indian can fight election from there. Moreover I have constantly visited the area in the past for my personal work and developed close contact with locals. It is only because of their desire, am contesting from there,” stated Nikh Kamin. With just two days remaining for the issuing of notification for Assembly election, it will be interesting to see how long BJP and Congress will take to make public the names of the candidate.



Governor visits Gerukamukh, takes stock of Subansiri Lower project

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today visited the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project under National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd. at Gerukamukh.

Accompanied by NHPC officials, state secretary for power Kaling Tayeng and Chief Engineer Hydropower Development Er. Sang Phuntsok, Governor visited the Project site and had first hand assessment of the dam, which is under suspension since December 2011. He also visited the Power House, Intake Area and the Surge Tunnel. NHPC Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project Executive Director Rakesh briefed the Governor on the project at the site.

Interacting with the NHPC officials, Governor said that the dam is an engineering marvel. It is the temple of development and progress for the country.

Expressing his concern that the work is been halted, he said that lots of effort has been gone in the project and it is now incurring huge losses. Hoping that the work will be starting soon, Governor exhorted the officials to keep the equipment in order and operational.

Governor said that Arunachal Pradesh is adored with immense hydropower potential. It will be a major contributor in the country as source of sustainable energy when the State harnesses its hydropower potential.  

Later Governor, who was accompanied by First Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma, met villagers of Dollungmukh Circle at Kolaptukar. He expressed his happiness that NHPC has taken care of the local people of the area under Corporal Social Responsibility. PRO to Governor



Former AAPSU leader Takam Tatung joins BJP

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: In an interesting development in the countdown to the state assembly elections, former AAPSU president and chief advisor AAPSU Takam Tatung has formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in a function held at BJP party headquarter today. Tatung was formally welcomed into the party fold by state BJP president Tai Tagak in presence of party leaders including BJP vice-president Techi Necha and senior leader Bai Gadi.

Informing this, Tatung said that he would like to serve the state as a political leader from the party under the dynamic leadership of Narendra Modi, Kiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao. While continuing to take up the issues he had taken up as an AAPSU leader, he said, ‘the stapled VISA issue, inter state boundary issue with Assam, better law and order situation in the state are some of the issues I would like to devote upon for a better Arunachal’.  



PPA announces 2nd and 3rd list of poll candidates

ITANAGAR, March 13: People's Party of Arunachal president Nikh Kamin declared third phase of list of candidates for upcoming state Assembly election. The declared candidates are: Tsering Sonam for 5- Kalaktang Assembly and Jabring Venia for 9-Chayangtajo Assembly. Remaining candidates name will be announced in phase wise manners. However, Nikh Kamin further informed that the candidature of Kenyyir Ringu for Nari-Koyu Assembly Constituency have been held on.

Yesterday,  Kamin had declared second phase of list of candidates  which include Tsering Naksang for 33 – Mechuka, Kahfa Bengia for 21 – Koloriang, Kaling Jerang for 35 – Panging, Thomas Borang for  40 - Maryang Geku and Togo Basar  for 29 – Basar Assembly Constituency.



AASSATA revokes decision to boycott poll duty

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) has revoked its decision to boycott election duty after the authority of SSA Rajya Mission assured to release remaining three months salary at an early date.

The assurance was given to AASSATA by Deputy SPD, SSA Rajya during meeting a with the central executive committee members of the Association headed by president Tagru Kasha.

It was informed to AASSATA in the meeting that SSA Rajya Mission had been constantly pursuing with MHRD, GoI for early release of the 2nd installment.

While assuring their cooperation to the government in the coming days, the AASSATA members have expressed their gratitude to the Secretary, Education, GoAP for his personal initiation in the matter.



EE clarifies allegation

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Reacting to the allegation of misappropriation of fund leveled against Congress leader Bosiram Siram and others by East & Upper Siang District Bar Association, which was published in a section of local dailies, the Executive Engineer (PWD), Pasighat Division has termed the allegation as baseless and politically motivated.

“The allegation of misappropriation of fund meant for repair and maintenance work of Court building at Pasighat leveled against Siram and others is totally baseless, false and politically motivated,” the EE said in the release

The release further said that “On January 22, 2012, Siram, who is also local MLA, along with Secretary and Joint Secretary of Law & Justice, Arunachal Pradesh and the then East Siang DC visited the court building and requested the EE, PWD Pasighat division to start the repair and maintenance work of the said building immediately and complete it within March, 2012, enabling to start the functioning of the session court from April, 2012. The team during their visit assured to provide necessary fund in the financial year 2012-13. The delegates also apprised that the Chief Minister would inaugurate the building in the month of April, 2012.”

“Considering urgency of the matter, the EE (PWD) at once framed an estimate and submitted it to government. The work had been taken up and completed timely by creating liabilities in anticipation of fund,” the EE said in the release.

He also informed that the said building was inaugurated by the Chief Minister in presence of DC, officers and public leaders on April, 26,'2012.

“Hence, the allegation leveled by the Bar Association is totally baseless and dragging the name of Siram into the controversy is meaningless,” the EE added.



Discharge assigned tasks with utmost sincerity and dedication: DEO

PASIGHAT, Mar 13: The DC-cum-DEO Nidhi Srivastava has convened a series of coordination meetings with the leaders of all political parties and officers for smooth conduct of the ensuing Parliamentary and Assembly Elections-2014 at the DC’s conference hall. The meeting was convened to sensitize and summarize all the responsibilities of the officers and appointed for the ensuing elections.

Srivastava while presiding over the first meeting advised the officers to discharge the assigned tasks with utmost sincerity and dedication and to furnish their reports on daily basis to the DEO’s office which are very important for control of law and order, preparation of poll day arrangements including preparation of polling stations, Model Code of Conduct, route and transport planning etc. To minimize human error to zero level she asked all the appointed officers to go through the guidelines provided by the ECI so that they could guide their subordinate officials assigned under them.

Indulgence of any government servant in electioneering will not be tolerated at any cost and they should restrain themselves from campaigning or canvassing in favour of any party or candidate. No exemption from election duty should be made nor should any kind of leave be granted by the HoDs without the consent of the DEO as staff requirement on election duty is very heavy this time, she said.

Taking privilege Srivastava also informed that banners/hoarding and posters would be published and displayed in public places for creating mass awareness about the ethical voting and urging the citizens to come out voluntarily for voting.

In her second meeting with the leaders of all political parties, DEO Srivastava briefed about the imposition of the Model Code of Conduct and appealed for strict adherence while seeking fullest cooperation from them. She praised the admin officers and security personnel as due to their concerted efforts; the administration could conduct last Panchayat election successfully and hoped they would extend further help with the same tempo during the ensuing parliamentary and assembly elections peacefully and fairly.

The East Siang SP Devendar Arya stated police are there to assist the administration to contain unlawful activities besides ensuring proper implementation of model code of conduct in the district during the coming elections. He asserted that police personnel have been briefed thoroughly to be impartial and contain all unlawful activities without showing any leniency.

Flying Squad and Static Surveillance teams made seizure of large amount of money, IMFL and Beer etc. ILP and vehicle checking has been intensified and good amounts have been realized as fine from the violators in the township. The SP suggested all vehicle owners to get proper number plates fixed on their vehicles and carry all relevant documents while on road. In order to maintain the law and order, peace and tranquility he appealed all arms license holders to deposit their arms to the nearest police stations on or before Mar-18 next which would be returned shortly after the declaration of results. Restriction on printing pamphlets, posters etc. without the set guidelines of ECI has also been banned, accommodations in the hotels, Guest House, lodge and rent without identity proof has also been restricted to contain anti social elements that may seek hide out in different areas of the district. The violators of all executive order will be dealt seriously as per appropriate section of law, added the SP in his deliberation. DIPRO



Govt servants urged to maintain impartiality

ZIRO, March 13: A routine 4 pm meetings of all nodal officers, sector magistrates, flying squads have been fixed at the conference hall of Deputy commissioner, Lower Subansiri District for poll preparedness. Besides daily reports by various nodal officers, strategies for smooth and peaceful conduction of the elections were planned in detail.

Orders have been issued to Govt. Servants and HGBs/GBs not to indulge in election campaign in any manner for or against any political parties. Goan Burahs must be independent and impartial while discharging their duties, said  DEO  K M Uppu. Any such political involvement would be  violation of MCC and would attract disciplinary actions, he added.

To streamline applications for the grant of permission to political parties and candidates for public meetings, processions, rally, loudspeakers and usage of non-commercial airports and helipads a “single window system” in the office of Taga Ekke, EAC, nodal officer, MCC Law and Order will be established. Permissions for vehicles shall be processed through the Nodal Officer Transport Marchina Boria, CO. The permission shall be granted purely on first come first service basis during the office hours.

The DEO also directed the SP, Ziro and the Flying Squads to remove all the unauthorized posters and pamphlets and ensure zero defacement immediately. He also instructed the SP, Ziro to register FIRs against all the violators of the Arunachal Pradesh Defacement of Property Act.



Changlang chalks out plan for  effective security measures

CHANGLANG, Mar 13:  The District Magistrate Changlang Chanchal Yadav today in exercise of the power conferred  upon her by Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedures, 1973 (No. 2 of 1974), issued an order that no landlord/ Hotel/ Guest House/ Lodge  shall let/ sublet/ rent out any accommodation to any persons unless and until he has obtained the copy of reasonable document of identity proof (like Election  ID Card, PAN Card, Driving License, Passport, Credit Card or Debit Card and any other reasonable proof of identity) of the said tenants/ Visitors/ guests/ and unless and until he has furnished the particulars of said tenants/visitors/ guests to the In-charge of the police station/ out post concerned. The order further directed that all persons who intend to take accommodation on rent shall inform in writing in this regard to In-charge Police station/ out post concerned in whose jurisdiction the premise falls.  

The order was issued due to the prevailing situation in Changlang district because of the ensuing general election -2014 apprehending that anti-social elements may seek hideouts in different areas of the district and there every likelihood of breach of peace and disturbances of public tranquility and also there is a grave danger to human life and safety and injury to public property and it was necessary to put some checks in these source of accommodation.  Also, the DEO, Changlang sensitizing all the political parties of the district by circulating the directives of Election commission of India in connection with Prevention of Defacement of Property warned that in case of violation necessary action as per law will be taken against the concerned person/ candidate/ party.  She requested for strict compliance of the provisions of Arunachal Pradesh Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997 and ensure Model Code of Conduct in order to ensure incident -free election process. DIPRO



National seminar on women empowerment & gender equity in North East India: Issues and Challenges

TEZU, Mar 13: The Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu in collaboration with Centre for Ethnic Studies and Development Analysis (CESDA), organized a one-day national seminar on Women Empowerment and Gender Equity in North East India: Issues and Challenges at the College Auditorium on March 10 with a conglomerate of academia and research think-tank. The scholars from various colleges of the state as well as RGU participated in the seminar and presented 35 papers on the multi-dimensional aspects of the theme.

While giving welcome address, Principal Dr. B K Nath spelt out the significance of the seminar and the need for organizing such serious intellectual discourses.

While delivering the key note address during the inaugural session, Prof. Girin Phukon, Director, Institute of Tai Studies & Research, Moranhat as well as National Fellow, ICSSR, New Delhi explained the dominant feminist paradigms  for comprehensive understanding of women empowerment and gender equity. He dwelt upon several issues confronted by the women of Northeast India and the obstacles in their empowerment created by all pervasive patriarchy.

The participants presented papers on various issues related to women and gender equity in two technical sessions. The first technical session was chaired by Prof. Girin Phukon, while the second technical session was chaired by Dr. B. K Nath.

The convener of the seminar Dr P.C Swain, Associate Professor& Head Department of Political Science deliberated on state women interface in Arunachal Pradesh and brought to the fore the issue of public/private patriarchy for the disempowerment of women.

While pondering over the challenges faced by women, the participants observed that the gender biasness was embedded in masculinity and unevenly poised in the power relations. Thus, Arunachalee women have to unshackle themselves from their enclosed space and deal with their problems and prospects while retaining their women hood.

The dominant paradigms should be deconstructed in lieu of a new paradigm reinforcing education, economic self sufficiency and human rights in order to attain gender equity in Northeast India.

In his valedictory address Dr. Vijay Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Economics raised the problems encountered by the tribal women due to lack of institutional reforms and emergence of crony capitalism. The seminar was coordinated by Razzeko Delley, coordinator (CESDA). Dr J. K. Pattnaik and Dr.G. S. Jha acted as rapporteurs for the technical sessions while Razzeko Delley coordinator (CESDA) offered vote of thanks. The seminar was preceded over by Mikta Mansai. DIPRO



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Population explosion is big concern

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to remind people of India about the population explosion. India is the second largest populous country of the world next to China. According to the recent estimate current population of India is 1.27 billion. That means every year Indian population is increasing 1 or 2 billion. More than 50% of India’s current population is below the age of 25 and over 65% below the age of 35.About 72.2% of the population lives in some 638,000 villages and the rest 27.8% in about 5,480 towns and urban agglomerations.

Every year, India adds more people than any other nation in the world, and in fact the individual population of some states is equal to the total population of many countries. For Example, population of Utter Pradesh almost equals to the population of Brazil. The second populous state Maharashtra, which has a growth rate of 9.42%, is equal to that of Mexico’s population. Bihar with 8.07% is the third most populous state in India and its population is more than Germany’s. And forecasting trends suggest that India may reach well over 1.53 billion people by 2030.

It is a matter of great sorrow. Population is very essential for the existence of society. Natural resources of a country are limited. Population should be accordance with the natural resources. Natural resources satisfy the needs of the people. If a nation has more population that the natural resources cannot satisfy them then it become an unavoidable problem. The needs of the people cannot be satisfied. The main causes are poverty, illiteracy, backwardness. All types of crime are increasing in India due to unchecked population. So, we people should be aware about such problems.


Genlum Tawsik

Media student



SSA teachers should not be engaged in election duty

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to appeal to officials of education department and state election commission not to engage SSA teachers in election duty of forthcoming Lokh Sabha and Assembly poll. I am working under SSA in Kurung Kumey District and I was assigned poll duty in the recent Zilla Parishad Election.

The hardship of walking barefooted during night in the heavy dense forest to reach polling station was nightmare experience. In the mid­-hour of poll, often polling agents from different parties starts fighting over some issue by blaming unnecessarily on each other and sometimes even levels false allegation on polling officers. There is always risk to the life during polling. On the other hand, security provided by the authorities for the safety was countable i.e two or three police constables that too without weapons. They were only carrying stick and were no match against long sharp Dao’s carried by the people of concern local area especially in hyper sensitive areas. I too personally believe that dragging SSA teachers into such election duty is wrong. Also we haven’t received our hard earned salaries for the last many months.

I also would like to remind the authority concern that many SSA teachers are pursuing various courses such as D.EI.Ed, B.Ed through both private and regular. They have to submit their assignment papers in the month of April and on the other hand Lok Sabha Polls and Assembly Polls have been fixed on 9th April’2014. SSA teachers are pursuing those courses in order to get degrees so as to secure their jobs as an order has been directed by the education department to complete all the necessary B.Ed or D.EI.Ed degrees on or before 2015. On the other side, the disbursement of monthly wages of SSA teachers has become big mystery. Without money, how can one go for election duty? It would be impossible to do the same without money. Thus, we are firmly against the engagement of SSA teachers in election duty for the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

Hence, it is our earnest request to the education department and State Election Commission to kindly not to engage any SSA Teachers of the state in the upcoming election. Hope authority concern will acknowledge our problem and prompt action will be taken before election process starts.


Dugi Raju (J/T)


Kurung Kumey







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Matter of serious concern

The news about seizure of mobile phones and copying materials from examination hall of an Itanagar based school during an unannounced inspection by team of education officers yesterday is matter of grave concern. The team comprising Secretary Education RK Mishra, Director of School Education T Taloh and Deputy Director Secondary Education (A) T Tatak seized the items from some of the examinees during ongoing class 12 CBSE Chemistry exam. It is quite shocking as how did invigilators failed to take note of such mischievous act.

CBSE exams are very important fixture and school authorities should have taken every possible step to ensure free and fair conduct of examination and maintain complete decorum in the exam hall. The incident also pose serious question mark over morality of the students. In this age of competition, the young students indulging in malpractice during exam is not the sign of good future. These students have to compete with the fellow students from across the country. If they don’t study properly and depend on malpractices to pass exams, then for sure, future does not abode well for our state. The education department needs to take stern against such schools for failing to stop wrong doing during examination.