March 29

Governor felicitates Laa Talar

ITANAGAR, March 28: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma felicitated Master Laa Talar, when the International Junior Badminton player along with his parents and other siblings called on the Governor at Raj Bhawan here today.

Governor expressed his happiness that Master Laa has created a niche for the Arunachal Pradesh, India and himself in the national and international sporting arenas.

Governor also congratulated Laa Ribe and Laa Gumri, parents of Master for encouraging their children in sports. Their two other children, Master Laa Tokum and Miss Laa Yayum are also national junior badminton champions. He hoped that one day these children will become one of the brightest stars from the State.

While conveying his good wishes for the forth coming junior Badminton World Cup Championship at Malaysia in the first week of April, Governor expressed his hope that his endeavour will encourage other children of the State towards sports. He further added that good sportsperson makes a good human being. PRO to Governor


Cash incentives to Taekwondo players

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO), an electricity generation public sector undertaking, has provided an amount of Rs one lakh each to Taekwondo players Ranjit Biswakarma and Isha Kumari as cash incentive through directorate of sports & youth affairs. While receiving the cheques (Two cheques of Rs.1 lakh each) for the players, Director of  Sports & Youth Affairs, DK Dinglow extended thanks on behalf of all the sports enthusiasts, promoters and players and hoped that other power developers will also come forward for financial assistance to registered sports associations of the state for overall development of sports and games in Arunachal Pradesh.


MCC violation against APCC

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: A case of violation of model code of conduct (MCC) was lodged by Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) against Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) with the Chief Electoral Office, Nirwachan Bhawan here today.

The duo organization lodged the complaint claiming that Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee violated Model Code of Conduct by distributing cash to media persons during the release of party’s manifesto at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here yesterday evening.

According to the media persons who attended the function, the cash was offered in a sealed envelope. Only after one of the journalists enquired about the content, it was found out that it contained cash which was returned immediately. When they lodged complaint with the APCC president and the chief minister, both of them had expressed ignorance about the incident. Taking suo-moto cognizance of press reports on violation of Model Code of Conduct by the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, the Chief Electoral Officer has sought a reply from the APCC on the press reports of handing out bribe to journalists. State CEO, CB Kumar, said that, ‘we have asked for a written reply from the APCC on the report and within two days proceedings would be forwarded to the Election Commission of India’.


Election violence breaks out at Lumla

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Sonam Gechen Agola, Chairman of Northeast India Welfare Society in a press release today claimed that independent candidate for Lumla assembly constituency Theg Tse Rinpoche was not allowed to campaign at Mangnam village by workers of INC led by Nari and Thuten Gombu who stopped the peaceful procession taken out by supporters of independent candidate.

 “He was accompanied by his election agent Maling Gombu and Advisor R.N. Gengla at the time of incident.  INC workers ordered Venerable Theg Tse Rinpoche and team to immediately stop from moving ahead. They gathered more people and terrorized supporters of independent candidates and indulged in violent activities,” read the statement of Northeast India Welfare Society.  As a result of violent clash, they claimed that five supporters of independent candidate were injured and they had to be taken to hospital for treatment. Three vehicles were damaged too.

An FIR was lodged at Lumla PS but surprisingly all the 6 accused in the case were left out bail reflecting how poorly law and order mechanism is functioning in the region. Society further stated that strong protest against the granting of bail to the accused was registered outside the ADC Lumla Office. They added that administration is biasly working in only of Jambey Tashi, INC candidate.


Vehicular movements under strict surveillance

ZIRO, Mar 28: The surveillance and monitoring of vehicle movements being carried out by the flying squads and SSTs have been intensified in Lower Subansiri district with the support of administration. An intensive vehicle checking drive was initiated by the District Administration to curtail transport of illegal materials/cash etc for the purpose of inducing and wooing the electoral rights of a person this week.

Altogether 38 vehicles were challaned for violations under MV Act. A number of vehicles found without proper documents and number plates were seized and kept in the police station. Few vehicles were registered on spot. Rs 1, 75,000 were collected as fines under various sections of MV Act.

The District Transport Officer Yajum Lombi Yumlam along with OC T. Mingki, SI Ige Gamlin, SI T. Messar and other police personnel carried out the checking drive. DIPRO


Ten days election training ends

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Continuous ten days batch wise training of the polling personnel (presiding and polling officers) organized by the District Election Office, Roing that begun on March 19 last ended successfully at Multipurpose Community Hall here today.

During the training, various procedures in relation to smooth, free and fair conduct of election including handling of EVMs were imparted by team of officers comprised of Tage Tado, PD (DRDA) cum Nodal Officer for Training, Basant Singh, Principal DIET, Abu Saring, DAEO and EVM Ground Team as Trainers.

Besides the presiding and polling officers, Sector Officers also attended the EVM Training on March 27 and M Riba, DFO(T) cum Training Observer also attended the 10 days training programme. Altogether, 540 Polling Personnel (90 Presiding & 450 Polling Officers) fully attended the training programme.

YINGKIONG: Second phase of training for Micro Observer was conducted in the Conference Hall of the office the Deputy Commissioner today. Training for candidates setting and sealing of the candidates section of EVMS was imparted during the training. Master Trainers Hengo Basar PD, Dr. Karik Mize and Dr. Ahik Miyu and EVM Engineers imparted the training. DIPROs


World TB Day observed

AALO, Mar 28: The World TB Day with the theme “Reach the three millions, find, treat and cure TB” was observed at District TB Centre, Govt. Middle School Dali and Yimar Riba Memorial School Padi on March 24.

Spelling out the aims and objectives of celebrating the day all over the world, Dr. K. Dirchi said that TB is curable and our people should come up voluntarily for its complete eradication. The Principal of Yimar Riba Public School, Padi and teachers of Govt. Middle School, Dali appreciated efforts of the medical department to take such an important programme to their places. Minli Padu, STS, S.T. Sherpa, STLS, Koj Tari, Sr. DPS, Kenjum Riba, DEO highlighted on the disease and treatment aspects. The process of collection of sputum for diagnosing the TB and importance of detecting the disease by microscope, NRD-TB and its reasons, importance of ACSM activities for the success of RNTCP were also highlighted elaborately to the people.

On the occasion caps, posters, pamphlets and note books were distributed to people and children. The day was observed at District TB Centre Aalo and other parts of the district. DIPRO


Final phase of training to polling personnel concludes

AALO, Mar 28: The final phase of rigorous training to Polling Personnel concluded at Aalo Town Club on March 28. Dege Ete, PD DRDA and Henrik Basar, HDO imparted the crucial training. DIPRO


Seizure of cash and goods soars up

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Flying Squad and Static  Surveillance Teams operating in the state under Election Commission of India to control violation of Model Code of Conduct have made seizure of cash Rs. 1,22,700 and IMFL (750 ML) 9 Bottles, IMFL (180 ML) 22 Bottles, Beer (650 ML) 36 Bottles, local dao 4 number,  INC/BJP/PPA flags 37  number today.

Since the operation of MCC, a total cash of Rs. 1,59,53, 500, IMFL (750 ML) 8656  bottles, IMFL (375 ML) 2473 bottles, IMFL (180 ML) 3634 bottles, IMFL (175 ML) 67 Bottles, Brandy (180 ML) 336 bottles, Beer (650 ML) 42085 bottles, Beer (500 ML) 58 Bottles,  Cane Beeer-55 number, Blanket - 1651 Nos., CGI sheets - 5409 Nos., Local Dao - 321 Nos., Mobile Handset - 89 Nos., Opium -40 gms, Tea Leaves-104 Kgs, .32 Revolver 2 Nos, .32 Ammmn. 34 Nos, 12 Bore DBBL Gun 2 Nos., 12 Bore Ammmn. 115 Nos., SBBL Gun 4 Nos., .32 Pistol 1 No., .32 Ammn. 31 Nos., .315 Rifles 02 Nos., Khukri 1 No. Tata Mobile 1 No., Scooty 1 No., NP Bore Revolver 1 No. NP Bore Ammmn. 26 Nos. Dagger 1 No, Cheque Book 6 Nos. BJP Party Flag 2 Nos. Congress Cap 86 Nos. Flag-1, 44,977 Nos, Party Poster 3769 Nos, PPA/INC/TMC Banner 12 Nos., INC Shirt/T-Shirt 200 Nos., Axe 1 No. INC/BJP/NCP Muffler 102 Nos., Motorcycle 6 Nos, Tata Sumo 1 No, Rice 150 Bags, Potato 20 Bags have been seized, according to a release issued by State Nodal Officer, Election Expenditure Monitoring (EEM) today.

Liquor seized : The Flying Squad Teams and Static Surveillance Teams checked 145 vehicles, including heavy motor vehicle, light motor vehicle four wheelers in and around Tezu today. One BJP Flag and 10 quarter bottles of IMFL was also seized by Flying Squad Team. DIPRO


Governor appeals all to participate in the earth hour

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has appealed to the people of the State to participate in the Earth Hour, which is an initiative of World Wide Fund for Nature to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.

Governor called upon people of the State to be part of the very important endeavour of World Wide Fund for Nature to make one small but significant change for our planet by switching off the non essential lights in their houses, office premises and commercial establishments for an hour from 8-30 pm to 9-30 pm on 29th March 2014.

Governor urged all to make this small contribution for the planet. He said that this one hour of darkness will be the first step towards their bright future and that of their children. PRO to Governor


‘Know Your Leaders’

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), New Delhi in collaboration with Arunachal Civil Society, is organizing an interactive programme called, “Know Your Leaders”, in which citizens of the state will have an opportunity to interact with the contesting MP candidates of Lok Sabha elections-2014, to know their mission and vision, and to provide inputs to their policies and programmes. It takes place on 30th March at Arunachal Law Academy, Leki village, Nirjuli.

Contesting candidates from various political parties, including Takam Sanjoy and Kiren Rijiju, have confirmed their participation, informed ADR state coordinator in a release today.


News Impact

Sanjoy & Rijiju trade punches over Wangcha Rajkumar murder case

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: With election nearing political atmosphere is heating up in the state. Congress candidate for the Western Parliamentary seat Takam Sanjoy today raised question mark over role of former MP and BJP candidate Kiren Rijiju in the Wangcha Rajkumar murder case. Addressing a press conference in a city hotel, Sanjoy claimed that Rijiju has been summoned by CBI court many times in the trial of the killing of former MP Rajkumar.

“He is not related to late Rajkumar and is not a witness of the case. Therefore court summoning him is matter of public concern. He should come clean and let public know about the reason for it,” said Sanjoy. Regarding the allegation about involvement of senior Congress leader in the murder of late Rajkumar, he claimed ignorance and said he is not aware about such allegation.

Sanjoy also alleged that his opponents are carrying out campaigning against him with communal overtone. “Using social media and other form, my opponents are trying to fool people by telling them that am against certain community, which is absolutely wrong. I appeal Election Commission to take note of such hate campaign and initiate action against them for dividing people on communal line,” said Sanjoy.

He also came down heavily on BJP Prime Minister Nominee Narendra Modi for his provocative speech against China delivered at Pasighat last month. “China is our neighbor and we have to solve problems confronting two nations peacefully. Mr Modi, who is PM candidate, should not give such provocative statement, which can harm the relation between India and China. We don’t want repeat of 1962 like situation as our people becomes victim in such situation,” stated Sanjoy.

Regarding law and order situation in the state especially in regards to capital complex, Sanjoy said Congress government has been quite tough on anti-social elements. “We will continue our endeavour to make Itanagar safe for the citizens. Donation system by various groups and imposition of fine are some of matter concerning capital citizens. We will work out mechanism to deal strongly against such practice. We are also seeking fund from the central government for beautification of capital,” said Takam Sanjoy.

 Claiming that Congress is the only party which cares for Arunachal, Sanjoy stated UPA government has pumped in massive amount of money for the development of Arunachal. “Construction of Trans-Arunachal is going on in full swing. Rajdhani train will start service from Naharlagun railway station in the near future. The high court has cleared construction of green field airport at Hollongi and hopefully after election process of construction will begin,” continued Sanjoy.

Meanwhile when contacted former MP Kiren Rijiju strongly reacted to the allegation, claiming that it is baseless and concocted  which holds no ground. Rijiju clarified that he was summoned by the court not because he was involved in the case rather to help the investigation as he had demanded CBI enquiry into killing in Parliament.

 “I was the only person who dared to speak about the case, when entire Congress leaders were afraid of speaking. Infact at that time in the floor of assembly Congress leaders including Mukut Mithi and few others had accused each other of using underground to kill late Wangcha,” said Rijiju. He further added that without knowing the facts one should not make loose comment just to gain political mileage ahead of the election. “Late Wangcha Raj Kumar was forgotten man of Congress rather they should appreciate me for daring to demand CBI enquiry into the case in the pursuit of justice,” he retorted.



Young football star Techi Amin given rousing welcome by ANSU

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The new team of All Nyishi Students Union today welcomed young footballer Techi Amin on her arrival after participating at Colombo in the AFC under-14 girl’s football championship, where she represented Indian team. The entire ANSU team by President Byabang Joram and General secretary Nyanya Gollo gave rousing welcome to the young soccer star.

Amin scored three goals for India in the tournament. Later a small function was organized at the Doimukh resident of Amin. Speaking on the occasion ANSU President Byabang Joram termed Amin as role model of youngsters. “By donning Indian colour, she has created history. No Arunachalee girl has ever represented India in any international football tournament. Am sure her achievement will inspire generation of youth to take sports seriously. The parents must be congratulated for her success. If they had not supported Amin, such achievement could not have been possible,” said ANSU President.

ANSU meanwhile has appealed to the state government to take note of her achievement and encourage such young talented sportsperson who represents country at international event. ANSU education secretary Lokam Tagiam also spoke on the occasion.



Tuki deserves to continue as CM, says Sanjoy

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: Senior Congress leader and party candidate for Arunachal West parliamentary constituency Takam Sanjoy today claimed that Nabam Tuki will continue to be chief minister of Arunachal if party comes back to power. During a press conference, Sanjoy stated that Congress has created history by winning 11 seats unopposed under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and therefore Tuki deserves to continue as CM.

“I don’t see any reason for him not to continue as CM. His style of functioning is quite different and has been effective. We have already won 11 seats and are confident of winning around 50-55 seats. Tuki will definitely continue as CM,” said Sanjoy. He also called up on BJP not to level baseless allegation and urged them to present proof regarding allegation that Congress has been buying or intimidating their MLA candidates to withdraw nominations.   



Regulate election expenditure; keep records of all sensitive events: AEO

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: A meeting was held in the office of the Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex, chaired by the DC cum RO Mige Kamki with the Assistant Expenditure Observer Kenish Ningthoujam and attended by all the members of the Flying Squads, Static Surveillance Team and the Sector Magistrates in connection with the ensuing elections.

During the meeting, the AEO briefed the magistrates on their duty to regulate expenditure and also dwelt at length on the technicalities of videography. Informing that a media monitoring and video viewing team has been formed for 13th Itanagar (ST) Assembly constituency, the AEO asked all the magistrates to record the sensitive events and big public rallies in the constituency and submit the same with the video viewing team, the expenditure record of which would be maintained by the AEO Itanagar.

The RO also stressed on the need to conduct a free and fair election and called everyone a stakeholder in making it a success. He also stressed that the model code of conduct should not be violated. Later, the magistrates also presented their grievances while carrying out their duties to which the RO assured to look into the matter. DIPRO



Expenditure observer calls for proper monitoring of election expenses of candidates

YUPIA, Mar 28: Expenditure Observer Sidharth Meena convened a meeting with all Assistant Expenditure Observers and Expenditure Accounting Team appointed to oversee the expenditure related to ensuing Parliamentary and Assembly Election -2014 of Papum Pare District to discuss on issues relating to proper monitoring of expenditure incurred by the contesting candidates of both Parliamentary and Assembly yesterday at DC’s conference hall, Yupia.

He asked the officers to properly maintain the shadow register of Parliamentary candidates by registering their day to day account.

Calling the role of videographers as very important tool in collection of evidences through their videographies  he reiterated on proper briefing of videographers to capture appropriately all the electioneering process.  He also clarified that there is no limit for party expenditure but strict vigil have to kept on expenditure limits  of contesting candidates. He also advised the officers to maintain sincerity in discharging their duties as any negative recommendations from any corner is seriously viewed by ECI. He also discussed in details all works to be undertaken by  AEOs and Accounting Team. ADC B.J Duia also shared the information about works undertaken by FS and SST team. DIPRO



At the polling station’ – a one-act play  staged  at Namsai

NAMSAI, Mar 28: Drama is one of the most effective tools to explore situations as it can establish visual icons of reality and consciousness. With a purpose to engrain every aspects of polling procedure into the minds of the polling personal a one act play called “At the polling Station” was staged at Namsai Town club  today. Around 350 officials designated as Sector officers, Micro-Observers, Presiding officers and first polling officers of 46-Lekang, 47-Namsai and 48-Chongkham Assembly constituencies  participated and enjoyed the show and got  clear idea of proceedings of a polling station which they are slated to face on 9th April 2014.

ADC CUM RO of these three constituencies Ravi Jha, IAS took initiative in staging the drama and emphasized on doing everyone’s duty involved in electioneering with utmost sincerity to ensure free, fair and error-free election. The drama explored the entire critical aspects-like challenged vote, tender vote, refused to vote in Parliamentary or Assembly constituencies, blind or infirmed voter etc. In the end of the play the master trainers cleared the queries of the polling personnel and trainees, according to a release.



LS & LA observers hold meeting with contesting candidates

PASIGHAT, Mar 28: Parliamentary Election Observer Ankur Gupta and Assembly Election Observer HK Behera today interacted with the contesting candidates and representatives of the political parties in a formal meeting held at the DEO’s Conference Hall. DEO Nidhi Srivastava and ADC (Election) Rupok Boje were also present in the meeting.

Highlighting the important aspects for the ensuing assembly election for strict adherence by all the contesting candidates, both the Observers instructed the candidates not to paste/display their posters, flags and banners etc on government buildings, religious structures, roads and roadside trees. For publicity/propaganda, private buildings and estates could be used with a prior written consent from the legal owners duo said and further briefed the gathering on Model Code Conduct focusing on issuance of permission for vehicles, processions and public meetings, date and time of EVM preparation and role of candidates etc. Use of money power or liquor etc to influence the common voters must be avoided, they further added. The Observers apprised that only the Presiding Officers are allowed to use cell phones inside the polling booths no Polling agent and other representatives are authorized to use such devices. The Polling agents must reach their polling booths at 600 hrs on the polling day without fail and positively attend two rounds of mock polling.

Both the Observers made a request to all political parties to train their agents properly regarding their duties and warned not to take law in hands. Assembly Election Observer H K Behera said grievances, apprehensions etc should be registered in written form and which would hear by him on every Tuesday and Saturday between 1500-1600 hrs. He urged all to follow the rules prescribed by the ECI and to ensure free and fair conduct of elections in the district. DIPRO



BJP alleges misuse of Govt machinery, demands replacement of ROs

ITANAGAR, Mar 28: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today demanded the Election Commission of India (ECI) to replace the returning officers of Sagalee and Pakke-Kessang assembly constituencies accusing them of partisan attitude towards opposition party candidates of both the constituencies.

Equipped with the letters written to their respective returning officer by party candidates Nabam Tade (Sagalee) and Atum Welly (Pakke-Kessang) not to accept the withdrawal of candidatures saying that they did not put signatures on withdrawal forms, BJP state unit vice president Techi Necha said that the party candidates were totally unknown to the withdrawal of their candidatures on March 26.

Alleging injustice ‘manipulated on party candidates’  the BJP said that the ‘unfortunate and unbecoming incidents” have clearly exposed that the very objective of the ECI to ensure free and fair election process is under threat from the “ruling party leaders nexus with the entire election machineries and one sided state administration in Arunachal Pradesh which everything are happening even beyond the provision of the conduct of Election Rules.”  

The party demanded the ECI  to intervene in the ‘serious incidents’, replace the ROs of both the Assembly constituencies and accord necessary enquiry and investigation into the incidents. The Party also seeks urgent intervention by the ECI into a “large scale misuse of election machineries and one sided state administration which have adverse impact on the election 2014.”



Maintain strict adherence to EC guidelines: Election observer

TAWANG, Mar 28: In a bid to curb violation of Model Code of Conduct as per the ECI guidelines, General Election Observer for the three constituencies of Tawang district, S.S Pattanashetty inspected the general public meetings organized by the contesting candidates/political parties in various parts of the district.  He directed the candidates/political parties to ensure that MCC were followed for which they need to read the booklet and guidelines to know the rules  and conduct thereby pass on the knowledge to their party workers.

Citing instances of public meetings wherein it was stated that the expenses were borne by the villagers, he asked the DEO Tawang to instruct the Asst. Expenditure Observer to book the expenditure against the concerned candidate after examining the video clippings of such meetings.    

As per the ECI guidelines, it has been made clear that any poster/banners/campaign materials should be put in the designated locations as notified by the District Magistrate. In this regard, the DC-cum-DEO Tawang issued notices to  two contesting candidates  for violation of the Arunachal Pradesh Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997.

It is to be mentioned here that, Flying Squads and Static Surveillance Teams have been deployed round the clock and are engaged in patrolling all throughout day and night. In addition to this there are police check gates operational at various locations across the district.

A total number of 12 Daos, 317 Bottles of IMFL, 348 bottles of Beer, 56.5 litres of local wine and 24 bottles of breezers have been seized so far in the district. The total amount of other items seized by the SST is Rs 9,240. Further, 7 vehicles were also impounded for campaigning without permission along with 132 Nos of posters, 200 nos. of stickers  and 35 nos. of brochure of various candidates/parties. DIPRO



Campaigning in full swing in Tirap & Longding districts

KHONSA, Mar 28: With the end of the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers by the contesting candidates, the campaigning by the various political parities including Independent and NPF candidates has started in Tirap and Longding districts in a big way.

As of now only sloganing and house to house and village to village campaign are carried out by the contesting candidates. No large meeting has been held so far and also no star campaigner has yet visited the two districts. It’s heard that former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio are likely to campaign at some pockets in the two districts. The campaign is going on under the watchful eyes of the General Observer J C Chudasama, IAS and Expenditure Observer Ram Mohan Tiwari, IRS who are camping at Khonsa. Display of posters, banners and festoons by the candidates have also started in all the major towns of the two districts.  

The entire process of campaigning is so far peaceful and the political parties are strictly adhering to the guidelines of the ECI. Barring seizure of liquor and some cash, no major problem has been witnessed. As a matter of fact, elections are always peaceful in the two districts. Elaborate security arrangements have been made and more security forces would be deployed in the more sensitive and vulnerable polling stations. The Democracy in Tirap and Longding districts has been truly functional and there was never a single instance in the electoral history of both the districts when a candidate was elected unopposed. This indeed is a good sign for the health of Democracy. There are 27 candidates in the fray including a number of fresh candidates. Training on use of EVM and other election related trainings had already been held and more such trainings would be held shortly to ensure that the polling officials were well-versed for a smooth and error-free con duct of polls. DIPRO



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Defence sector need urgent attention

What can be termed as major blow recently acquired C-130J transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed 72 miles west of Gwalior airbase on Friday morning, killing at least five personnel on board. The crash of the four-engine US made aircraft has baffled experienced pilots, given its safety records and extreme agility. The IAF started inducting C-130J in February 2011 and has half a dozen of them in service. It is also set to induct another six of them. The C-130J is among the most agile aircraft in service and has an impressive safety record. Therefore, the news of its crash has shocked everyone and IAF need to conduct proper investigation to find out the cause.

The incident also exposed how poorly India is equipped to deal with such disaster. At the crash site, Madhya Pradesh police could not do much as they had no boat to cross Chambal River to carry out rescue operation. Indian defence establishment has been rocked by such kind of incidents in recent year. Disaster after disaster struck Indian navy in the last one year, leading to resignation of Navy chief Admiral DK Joshi in February this year. Major defence modernization projects have not moved ahead. All these do not augur well for the national security perspective of India. New government should take urgent steps to address these concerns.

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Hard work and humility is mantra for development of Arunachal

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh – heard about it right? If you are a Chinese or an Indian (and does not belong to the Mainland) then there’s a real chance that you must have heard about it. So, this Arunachal , which started as a God forsaken sub-tropical land with its evergreen trees covering the Himalayan hill-ranges, amidst which, it’s so called ‘the descendants of Abotani’ and other tribal groups lived as an aborigine with their plethora of folklores and folktales. The life was good - we had no proper road connectivity, we had no communication or transportation networks, we had no political system, we had nothing that could make us be listed as a developed region, but still life was pretty good. Then one fine day, it took a turn – turn towards development (or say destruction in disguise) and analyzing the turn of events that followed, it would be pretty much safe to assume that the turn we took was sadly, a WRONG TURN. It led us to this day, where the whole state is in a state of political chaos with corruption in its peak. The state has its own version of election system – Leaders buy people, People take money and give vote, after the election those leaders squeeze out the money they had lost during the campaign and people start blaming.

Then another election comes and same thing repeats. As a result, rich get richer and the poor remains poor. Sad thing about it is that no one stands apart. Everyone wants to see the change but no one wants to be the change. Here, they do not discuss ideas but people discuss people and ultimately blame-game becomes a second nature. Our people talks about ‘politics and policies’ as if it’s their job. Let’s take a look at the scenario in some Facebook groups – here all they are talking about is politics. No-one seems to think different. Someone is campaigning; someone is blaming a particular leader. Is that all that is left to talk about? It’s good that it means our people are well versed in these political games but there are other things in life that you have to think about. Development does not come just by political development. Development does not come by one good leader. It has to be brought about by synchronization. From a simple ‘Abacus’ to  a highly complex ‘super-computer’, every machine need its unit to be working individually and properly and that is exactly what we have to understand. Every one of us is a unit that makes up Arunachal and every one of us must be synchronized and work properly in different areas to keep Arunachal working. Corruption is not something that would just disappear like they do in magic shows. Infact, it might never be because of human nature. Politics and corruption is a human nature and could be found in any civilization. But we have to make sure that corruption does not exhaust the resources. We have to try something like a ‘Sustainable Corruption’, where those leaders take in money but by keeping in mind the need of others and the future. Resources must be properly divided, so that gap between rich and poor is not wide. Civilizations tend to die when the resources don’t get along with people and is partially distributed. Such extreme partial distribution will result in either of the two cases (for most of the cases) –

First- The poor on not getting enough resources to live a respectable life will ultimately choose the wrong path and opt non-social activities and thus increasing crimes which will eventually result in the fall of civilization.

Second- The poor, not getting enough resource, just dies out and as a chain of event it’s pretty much sure that others too will also die out thus resulting in the same – the civilization dies.  

So the next big question is – IS ARUNACHAL GOING TO DIE? The answer is NO (atleast that’s what we want to hear). It’s true that there are much evil in our society but we should not just look at the negatives but must always have a positive approach. There is so much in our state that could be cherished – the abundance of natural resources, the flora and fauna, the innocent people, the hidden talents in our youths, our rich culture and heritage and the never ending list goes on. We have very much everything that could make us independently a developed state.

Instead of discussing whether the state capital should be shifted or not, why don’t we approach with a better town planning, properly remapping every infrastructure of Itanagar so that outsiders can understand in a glance that yes! This must be the capital, and then go doing the same to the next towns and then the next villages and so on.

Instead of discussing if we should go with China or India, why don’t we just leave this to our bigger policy makers and rely on making our state independent enough to say, “we don’t need the support of a  country, we are sufficient ” (obviously that does not mean we start asking for an independent country. We were a part of India as far as history goes, so we should be proud of being a part forever). Some recent incidents with our neighbouring state Assam, demonstrated how much we are internally inadequate. They call an economic block and we can’t move to other districts and suddenly we start conserving petrol and diesels, they call a block and we can’t even feed ourselves properly. So what does this mean? It clearly indicates the narrow and linear framework of our govt. so far.

We have to become self-reliant. We have to bring a paradigm shift in the way we think and do things. We should start thinking beyond politics and develop ourselves in other areas and must try to perform our duties with atleast 80% honesty. We have to bring in some discipline, some humility and some hard-work, then hopefully everything goes as our visionaries had once planned.


Kaze Tadar



Security personnel behaving rudely is bad

Dear Editor,

It’s unfortunate to state that the way checking and search operation is being carried out these days, harasses the general public though we are cooperating with officials in their duty. Especially the IRBN jawans holding rifles using unfriendly and filthy words in front of children and women sitting inside the car and forcing them to get down, which I experienced near Pai-Gate, Hapoli is very bad.

I wonder why these jawans did not learn how to behave with public during training. They don't have children and women at their home or what? Or is this the order of their commanding officer? Public expects them to work for the safety and convenience of citizen rather than cause inconvenience.


Atto Hasang

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