March 13

Follow CPWD norms: AACWA

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: All Arunachal Contractors' Welfare Association (AACWA) today urged the state Govt, particularly the Govt departments to maintain CPWD norms during tender process.

Raising question over the demand for various documents from contractors during tender process by the authorities, AACWA general secretary Nabam Akin Hina said that PWD department had already sought all necessary documents from the enlisted contractors during the time of registration and the contractors were approved on the basis of already submitted documents. But tendering authorities were seeking many un-necessary documents from contractors during tender submission, which is not necessary, he said. The Association urged the department to maintain CPWD norms in which all tenders were submitted online only and if bidders secured lowest one than hard copy were submitted to tendering authorities.

Hina also urged the state Govt to split the works and float tender for various classes from V to Class-I.


Students question work quality

Daporijo, Mar 12: In a memorandum to Executive Engineer, Rural Work Department, Upper Subansiri District, All Chetam Circle Students' Union has appealed to the concern department not to release the payment of tender money of PMGSY scheme road from Sippi to Chetam.

Union has claimed that the work done so far under the scheme is not as per the guidelines of the PMGSY Scheme.

Union also alleged that the concern authority have not verified the work completion report.

They also informed that quality of work should not be compromised with the quality and if the work is done without following the norms of PMGSY guideline and fund is released without proper monitoring, the concern authority will be held responsible and accountable.

Democratic movement will also be initiated against the authority, they warned.


Association submits memo to home ministry

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: A delegation of All India Central Paramilitary Forces Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association, Arunachal Pradesh State Committee submitted a memorandum to MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju at New Delhi today. In its memorandum, the delegation requested the concerned ministry to take steps for provision of health scheme for the Ex-Paramilitary men, widows and their dependants. The delegation was assured to look into their grievances.


Rubdi opposes road alignment

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The people of Rubdi village have strongly opposed the alignment of C/o Shally Rubdi road under PMGSY being executed by BM Enterprises Naharlagun under RWD Ziro Division.  Rubdi Youth Welfare Committee in a representation to the Superintendent Engineer Rural Works Department Itanagar claimed that the executing agency does not follow the alignment which it supposed to pass through. It also claimed that survey was conducted through Tamro-Geko to Rubdi village via Toko Tegi paddy field. The committee also alleged that current alignment is being constructed at behest of few vested interests individual. The committee further added that present route will not be benefited to people, as it proposed to pass through confluence of Panyor and Nyorch Rivers. The committee however clarified that they are not against the developmental activities but against the dictatorial attitude of the concern authority. It also appealed to the constructing agency to start the work at earliest.


Integrated disease management training held

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Integrated disease management training was today conducted at Tekang village under East Siang district. More than 50 progressive farmers actively participated in the training under DST- Citrus project. Dr P Raja, Assistant Professor, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat narrated management practices to the farmers.

Citrus decline and citrus canker are most problematic diseases which can be controlled by organic methods informed Dr Raja. He demonstrated preparation of Bordeaux mixture to the farmers. Eradication of Loranthus was also demonstrated in the infected orchard. Seedlings and biocontral agents were distributed free of cost in the training.


19 from Changlang selected for mechanical training in job mela

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Altogether 19 unemployed youths from Changlang district were selected by the JIS Institute of Skill Development, Kolkata, during a job mela organized by the R K Mossang Memorial Society at Jairampur yesterday. The selected youths are all standard eight pass and between the age group of 18 to 25 years. They will undergo training on mechanical engineering (4 wheelers) at Kolkata. After successful completion of the training, the trainees shall be given appointment in reputed automobile companies, according to a society release.


Hands on training for SHG members

Itanagar Mar 12: Five Self Help Group (SHG) members from Mechuka circle were trained on paddy cultivation technique at Ziro from 7- 10 March last.

After learning lesson from Ziro, the enthusiastic SHG participants will apply the rice cultivation technique at Mechuka area.

The four days orientation training was supervised by Kago Yam of Siiro village, Ziro.


YOMA draws CS attention at illegal structures

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Drawing the Chief Secretary's attention towards the construction of illegal structures for sake of claiming compensation along Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH), Youth Organisation Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (YOMA) today claimed that more than 150 OBT buildings were erected overnight at Joram, Deed, Raga and Ziro in Lower Subansiri district.

"With a malafide intention to be paid handsome compensation, these houses were constructed overnight" YOMA complained in a letter to Chief Secretary. YOMA also added that illegal practice of malicious people causes inconvenience to travelers claiming that haphazard earth cutting is going on.  

The organisation requested the Chief Secretary not to compensate the individuals indulging in illegal construction along proposed TAH. It also claimed that due to illegal construction, the compensation amount is increasing every day. Earlier Arunachal Pradesh PWD minister Gojen Gadi had admitted in the floor of State Legislative Assembly on the involvement of officers up to the rank of deputy commissioner in instigating people to construct illegal structures along the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) for claiming huge compensation.


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Efforts to strengthen cultural and economic ties with Myanmar

Ambassador calls on Chief Minister

NEW DELHI, Mar 12: Ambassador of India to Myanmar Gautam Mukhopadhay today called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here and discussed possibilities of strengthening cultural and economic ties of Arunachal Pradesh with Myanmar.

The Chief Minister, while appreciating the gesture, underscored the need for concerted efforts from all quarters to mainstream youths of the districts that share borders with Myanmar. Asserting the state Government's priority to eradicate poverty and backwardness in different parts of the Indo Myanmar border, he urged the Ambassador to initiate confidence building measures and help create meaningful synergies between people of both the countries.

Tuki stressed that equitable development would be possible only in a peaceful and productive atmosphere by boosting infrastructure growth and trade ties between the two regions. He also called to make functional the Land Customs Station (LCS) at Nampong which will benefit not only Arunachal Pradesh but also the entire North Eastern Region.

Tuki also mentioned that an effective realization of the Act East Policy would render it possible for the North Eastern Region to significantly contribute to the growth of the country.

"We should see the region as the centre of possibilities. If one considers a catchment area with a radius of 1000 KM, the region would be central to at least 10 countries. This geostrategic concept gains eminence in the light of the Country's Act East Policy. We can Act East only through Northeast India," he observed. He reiterated the importance of opening Indo Myanmar connectivity through Pangsau Pass on the historic Stilwell Road.

Ambassador Mukhopadhay during the meeting mentioned that there is strong focus on Arunachal Pradesh in the Act East Policy and a road map for boosting trade and cultural ties with Myanmar is the need of the hour. To this end, he said that he will lead a high level delegation from Myanmar to Arunachal Pradesh probably in the month of April next to explore various possibilities of collaboration.



RCE East Arunachal gets UNU-IAS award

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Regional Center of Education (RCE) in Sustainable Development East Arunachal Pradesh hosted by RIWATCH Roing, was recognized by United Nations University - Institute of Advanced  Studies (UNU-IAS) and adjudged as best RCE among Asia Pacific countries. The award was given during its 8th RCE conference held at Cebu and Bohol, Philippines in 05-08 March 2015. Total 200 delegates from South East Pacific Region attended the program.

RCE coordinator and RIWATCH representative Malo Linggi presented a case study on "how to take environment education to the schools and through schools to the community" and impact achieved in Lower Dibang Valley. The case study included how the students identify the challenges, producing better solutions and thus becoming role models at global scenario.

RCE Chubu, Japan, RCE Penang, Malesia and RCE East Arunachal Pradesh topped from among the 21 case studies presented.

Malo Linggi gives credit to RIWATCH and its team for promoting thoughtful community initiatives and assisting Arunachalees to go on global platform.  RCE East Arunachal Pradesh hosted by RIWATCH was established in December 2011 by involving different stake holders including different schools, IG College Tezu, and voluntary organisations working in respective field. There are more than 250 RCEs in 120 countries recognised by UNU-IAS.

In India, Center for Environment Education (CEE) is one of main participating agency of the RCE works of UNU-IAS.



CE slams news as misleading

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The Chief Engineer, Central Zone-B, Public Works Department today clarified the news item regarding alleged fund crunch in multi-crore projects implementation in East Siang district.

Terming the news (Fund crunch hits multi-crore projects in East Siang) published in this daily on March 12 as misleading, the Chief Engineer said that the work for "construction of RCC roads with drainage system at Pasighat" under SPA 2013-14 with an estimated/approved cost of Rs. 939.39 lakhs vide State Govt. sanction order No.SPWD/PE- 01/SPA/BLC/2/013-14/1267 Dtd 09.12.2013 started in the year 2014-15. The tender work of the project was finalized in October '2014 and the fund/LOC of Rs. 400 lakh has been released. As per the progress of the work an amount of Rs. 38 lakhs has been paid to the contractor and the rest amount will be paid as per work progress by the Executive Engineer, PWD Pasighat division soon. Balance fund available with CE, CZ-B is Rs. 539.39 lakhs.

Regarding the NLCPR projects "construction of PSC Girder RCC bridge over Poklek river and Tolon river along Pasighat-Ledum-Tene-Koyu Road" in East Siang, the CE further clarified that  the total cost of the project is Rs. 1803.53 lakhs, out of which Rs. 1623.17 lakhs is central share and Rs. 180.35 is state share. First installment of Rs. 649.36 lakhs has been released by the Central Ministry and Budgetary Support has already been given by the Finance Department. The proposal is under submission for AA &ES of the State Govt. Fund is available with the department, he further said adding that  on getting sanction, finalization of tender, physical progress of the works, fund will be placed with Executive Engineer of the division.

The works for (i)"Mirem-Mikong Jonai Road (0.00 to 8.00 Km) and (ii) Mirem-Mikong Jonai Road (8.00 to 17.00 Km) have been sanctioned in the month of October & November '2014 respectively with an estimated cost of Rs. 199 lakhs and Rs. 99 lakhs under SPA.

An amount of Rs. 100 lakhs for  project number one and Rs. 50 lakhs for project number two have already been released to the Executive Engineer Pasighat Division as per the progress of the work and demand received from the division. The remaining amount will be released in final LOC during March'2015, the CE added.



ILP violators nabbed after an hour-long drama

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: After an hour-long drama of hide and seek, three ILP violators were nabbed from nearby jungle of Naharlagun Railway Station by Govt Railway Police (GRP) just after arrival of Guwahati-Naharlagun Intercity Express early this morning. The three ILP violators were identified as Kasim Ali, Shahidul Islam and Mizaroor Rehman from Belartari Village, Barpeta, Assam. Later, following the revelation of the ILP violators, a team of GRP personnel led by Rigio Tabam, District Tourism Officer, in-charge of Gumto Tourist ILP facilitation Centre nabbed the mastermind who encouraged the nabbed persons to visit Naharlagun without ILP. All were handed over to Naharlagun Police Station for further investigation.

Giving details of the episode, T K Kopak, DTO, Tourist ILP Facilitation Centre, Naharlagun Railway Station, informed that just after the arrival of the Intercity Express the GRP personnel on duty saw 3 persons running away from the railway stations towards jungle. Within no time the GRP team chased the ILP defaulters and started a search operation inside the jungle. Later with the information received from a local person, the team caught all the three. The team also nabbed the mastermind Sikarder Ali of Belatari village, Barpeta from Nyorch river bank while he was trying to escape from the security dragnet.

Surprisingly, the arrested ILP violators revealed that their boss Sikarder Ali who has been staying in rented house at Nyorch Village near Yupia, asked them to run way in the jungle after getting down from the train.



East Kameng to get better BSNL service from July

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) authority has assured trouble-free service from this July with five more Base Transceiver Stations to cater to growing demands of BSNL consumers.

NE-I and NE-II Circle Dimapur and Shillong Chief General Manager (Telecom) D P Singh and T Durga Prasad, who are on a whirlwind tour in Arunachal Pradesh, made this assurance to a delegation of East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) when it called on the BSNL authorities at its Itanagar office here this morning. The meeting was facilitated by Mara Kocho Superintendent Engineer (E) BSNL Shillong who accompanied the CGMs on Arunachal tour to access the problem of media connectivity.

BSNL is the lone mobile service provider in East Kameng district which has been complaining for better connectivity for long.

The 5-member EKSWCO delegation led by chairman Khya Safar Pao and general secretary Nikam Tallang called on CGMs and pressed for launching of 3G service, activation of BTS in Chayangtajo, Pakke Kessang, Rang, Loffa, Fengche, Fachang, Nyari Welly Model Village and erection of a tower at Pampoli besides requesting for improvement of BSNL service in Bana.

The CGMs, responding to the memorandum, said most of the points have already been included in BSNL's action plan and told the delegates to wait till July for improved connectivity including 3G service with the commissioning of five BTS.

General Manager Dilip Siram said with the commissioning of Microwave Tower at Lumdung, the customers can avail 3G facilities in Seppa Township. The microwave tower would not only increase the capacity manifold - thereby improving the mobile phone service - but would also facilitate high-speed internet connection via Wi-Max. The microwave tower would be linked to the one in Bomdila, West Kameng.

Tungri Effa, Member, Telephone Advisory Committee, Arunachal Pradesh and DGM Arung Siram also attended the meeting beside other officials. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today assured to improve better service in East Kameng district in particular, the state as whole.



Deforestation in Roing forest division alleged

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Mar 12: At a time, when the state forest department is claiming to have increased the forest cover in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh,  large scale cutting of trees in the reserve forest of Lower Dibang Valley districts has been reported by the local people.

Report revealed that massive cutting of valuable trees in Bijari area under Roing Territorial Forest Division is going on unabated under the very nose of the forest department officials. Rampant felling of trees in natural forest and protected areas is causing rapid depletion of the natural forest and other forest wealth thereby posing serious threat to ecosystem.

It is said that smugglers and illegal timber traders have a field day in the forest areas of Kaling, Loklung, Banggo and Gejenguri bordering Assam's Tinsukia district. As per report, the smugglers supply the timber logs through water routes to various saw mills in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia of Assam.

The chief councilor of Pasighat Municipal Council, Denong Tamuk, who recently visited different parts of Lower Dibang Valley, observed large scale cutting of planted trees on both banks of Dotung river between Loklung and Kaling-II villages. He said that depletion of forest cover was causing massive soil erosion posed by the rivers and streams in that area.

Councilor Tamuk has already brought the issue of large scale felling of standing trees and illegal collection of forest wealth to the notice of the forest department officials, but no step has been initiated by authority to check the illegal activities. 'I shall take up the deforestation issue with Adi Bane Kebang, Apex body of the Adis and move the higher ups of the state forest department for immediate action', Tamuk told this correspondent.



Railway Budget, 2015-16: From Populism to Reality

Prasenjit Bujar Baruah

The Indian railway has been playing an important role in the socio- economic development of the nation. It is generally states that Indian economy runs along with the railway. This explains the important role played by the railway in India. Indian railway is the single largest employer of the country, which employs more than 1.6 million workers. This is the cause why people of the country eagerly wait for the railway budget every year. Originally, railway budget was a part of the general budget. It was separated from the general budget in 1924 by the British Government on the basis of the suggestion made by the Acworth Committee headed by British railway economist William Acworth to separate the Railway finance in India from general government finance. In the post independence period also same practice is continued in India. In fact, considering the magnitude of the Indian Railway presently it is also difficult to incorporate the railway budget within the general budget. But, in the past several years it is found that the railway budget has been politicized and the respective railway ministers have used the railway budget as an instrument to earn popularity in their respective states. Those budgets ignored capacity building and capital investment in the railways.  Thus those railway budgets became budgets for everyone except for railway. It is good sign that this present railway minister (budget) is trying to break this tradition and shifting from populism to reality.

The Railway minister announced about three steps to modernize and improve railway facility. At the first step he placed a white paper in the parliament on the same day, before presenting the budget. It dealt with the present condition of and the challenges faced by railway. The annual budget 2015-16 was a part of a medium term plan for a period of five years. Further the minister announced about the preparation of a long term plan for railway i.e. Vision-2030 which would be presented in the present session of the parliament itself. In the budget the Railway Minister has announced four objectives to be achieved by the railway during the next five years (2015-19). These are,

a)  To deliver a sustained and measurable improvement in customer experience.

b)  To make Rail a safer means of travel.

c)  To expand railways capacity substantially and modernize infrastructure; i.e. to increase daily passenger carrying capacity, increase track length and grow annual freight carrying capacity.

d)  Finally, to make Indian railways financially self-sustainable.  Generate large surpluses from operations not only to service the debt, needed to fund the capacity expansion, but also to invest on an on-going basis to replace the depreciating assets.

To achieve the above mentioned four objectives the railway minister told about five means. First one is to adopt a medium term plan for next five years. The second one is to build partnership with different state governments, public sector undertaking and private parties. The third is to generate adequate resources. The railway is planning to invest 8.56 lakh crores during the period 2015-19. To generate this huge amount of resources along with budgetary support he told about some newer avenues like borrowing from multilateral banks and pension funds. Additionally he talked about foreign direct investment and public private partnership in the railway projects. The fourth one is the revamping management practices, systems, processes, and re-tooling of human resources; i.e. through better management to reduce the operating cost of railways. The fifth one is to setting standards for Governance and Transparency. He announced about the human resource audit and focused human resource strategy to raise employees' productivity in line with global standards.

This budget has not announced any new projects; rather it has given more and more emphasis on the completion of the ongoing projects and early revenue generation from those projects. The budget was given more and more importance on the capacity building and specially on infrastructural development. It declared about the provisioning of doubling and tripling of tracks and also for the construction of the fourth line on some existing routes. There is a hike in the plan outlay for 2015-16 by 52 per cent to Rs 1,00,011 crore over the revised estimate of the current year. Against the backdrop of talk of privatization of railways, the railway minister said it will continue to be a precious national asset and the people of India will always own railways. The other thrust areas include efforts to make railways the prime mover of the economy, resource mobilization for higher investments, decongestion of heavy routes and speeding up of trains, passenger amenities and safety.

The railway minister has announced to keep the passenger fair unchanged, but has increase the freight charge on commodities like cement, coal, grains and pulses, urea, iron ore, kerosene and LPG; which is expected to generate additional Rs.4,000 crores in a year. Carriage of grain and pulses as well as urea will suffer a 10 per cent hike in freight while coal will attract a 6.3 per cent increase. Keeping the passenger fair unchanged is possible as already there was an increased in the fair by 14.2% a few months ago. Additionally the decline in diesel price also reduced the operating cost of railways during these days.

Additionally, the Railway minister declared about setting up a full-fledged university during 2015-16. For technology up gradation the minister declared that four railway research Centers would be set up in selected universities for fundamental research;  and also announced to set up 'Malaviya Chair' for Railway Technology at IIT (BHU), Varanasi.

One of the important features of this railway budget is that it has not announced the introduction of any new train. The introduction of new train is actually an instrument of populism. But the introduction of new train on the existing tracks itself increases the railway traffic on those tracks and decreases the speed and hence increases the travel time. This is the cause why even the Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains are not able to achieve their potential speed. But it would try to identify trains be augmented to run with 26 coaches and add more General class coaches in those identified trains.

The white paper tabled in the parliament by the railway minister blamed the law and order situation in the North East for the delay in execution of projects. The plan proposal for the next five years stated about an estimated expenditure of 39,000 crores for the ongoing national priority projects in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India. Although the budget has given much importance on doubling and tripling of railway tracks on the existing route, no such projects from Northeast are included. But there is an urgent need for the doubling of railway track from Guwahati to New Bongaigaon via Rangia Junction. Again, there is also urgent need for the introduction of new trains from Naharlagun to Kolkata or Bangalore.

Another important point is that the railway minister has declared to review some of the railway projects already declared. It is a welcome step, because a large number of projects have been declared by the railway ministers over the years for political compulsions. A large segment of such projects are not commercially viable. Although some money has already been spent on such projects, such projects (which are commercially not feasible) should be stopped due to greater interest of the Indian railway. But it is to be noted that along with commercial motive railway also have the socio- cultural responsibility to be carried out. Moreover, there is a regional inequality in the railway network of the country; especially the railway connectivity in the North east India is very weak compared to rest of India. Experts states that if India railway is 50 years outdated compared to the railway services in the advanced countries; the railway services in Northeast India is 100 years outdated. So, some projects specially in the Northeast India although may not be so profitable, those cannot be ignored from the point of view of national integrity.

(Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh)



Govt committed to promote films from NE

NEW DELHI, Mar 12: Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Bimal Julka said that the ministry has been focusing on showcasing films from the North East to encourage production of films in the region. He said a North East Film Festival was held in New Delhi recently which attracted a large audience.  Julka was speaking at the  inaugural session of the third edition of the Indian Panorama Film Festival today at U Soso Tham auditorium in Shillong.

Emphasizing on the popularity of North Eastern films,  he said that there has been a separate section on North Eastern films in the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa. It gave a unique opportunity to showcase these films to film enthusiasts and film makers from India and abroad. He also said that the forthcoming International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will have a special section on the North East to expose the feature and non-feature films made in Meghalaya.

Appreciating film production by young film makers from the North East, Julka said that numerous short non feature films from the North East, have received National Awards. In order to further encourage this talent, the Films Division of the Ministry of I&B has implemented a special component under a Plan Scheme for production of short films from the North East.

Speaking further on the development of films during the last five years, he said the Films Division has commissioned 54 films from the North East.

Julka also said that in the period 2014-2015, a week-long film making workshop was also organized in Aizawl in Mizoram and another workshop is currently being conducted in Silchar in Assam. In this endeavour, the Films Division plans to conduct four such film making workshops every year in the North East to familiarize film makers from these states with the latest technology in film making. A host of film personalities including prominent film Director Anjan Dutt were present at the inaugural ceremony which was graced by Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma and Information and Public Relations Minister A. L. Hek. PIB



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Realign the road

Dear Editor,

This is regarding survey for construction of Trans Arunachal Highway. We would like to request the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh to instruct the constructing agency to change the survey of highway in between Dangoria Mondir (Pasighat) to Dojeng Atkong (Pasighat-Boleng PWD Division boundary) and make the highway a shortest one. This road in particular is a important military road. But it has been learnt that this highway is going to be used as village link road of Rengging village by the constructing agency. There is a short cut passes that joins Sirki and Sirpo points where the highway could have been easily constructed. But it has been intentionally ignored.

We are not against the people of Rengging village. But we want the highway to be a shortest one. The Rengging people should not insist that the highway touch their village. If the road touches the village, there would be 12 Km extra length.

So far the village link road of Rengging village is concerned, the village is already linked with the existing PWD road which connect Pasighat and Pangin and that can be used as their village link road.

So we request the Govt of Amachal Pradesh, to view it seriously and send an observer team to assess the situation and negotiate with public. Further we suggest the govt to realign from Dojeng Atkong (Pasighat-Boleng PWD boundary) point to Sirpo Korong to minimize the length of the road and avoid Kalamati danger zone.

We request His Excellency, the Governor Arunachal Pradesh and Central govt for intervention.


Some youths of Siang and East Siang



Blood donation

Dear Editor,

We all know that in our state, different organization keep themselves busy in extortions and Bandh calls making our life miserable. Also, most of the people used to pray to God to make them wealthy.

But, there are some extraordinary and chosen people who don't go for all the above. They don't know how to pray, they don't know how to beg money from leaders and God. They don't know how to extort and how to conduct hartaals. But they wander here and there untiringly to save human's life only. They even don't have proper vicinity to conduct their social service. But yes, they know when to reach and how to save a human's life. And these chosen people are called "Voluntarily Blood Donors".

They donate blood voluntarily. They only want the human life to be saved. They follow what we call "service to man is a service to God. And such group still exist in our Capital Complex, Itanagar. And I am proud to proclaim the organization as "Arunachal Vivekananda Yuwa Shakti (Ignited Youths Itanagar)" headed by Kumar Ramesh Jeke and Kumar Lenin Tungi being supported by existing 150 members (Blood Donators).

I could not stop myself to write this because; recently I have stumbled upon with them when my sister needed blood urgently in General Hospital Naharlagun.

Blood Donors Duyu Taliang, from Ziro and Tawsa Gyora Taku from Seppa saved my sister’s life. And blood donation was arranged by Ramesh Jeke from Daporizo.

Therefore, it is my humble request to the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh especially, the Department of Health Services to encourage and sponsor such social activists for the welfare of our state in particular and nation as a whole. Such organizations are highly valued in other parts of the country and the world. But, in our case, we find hard to find blood in Blood Banks. Hundreds and hundreds of life have been saved in Capital Complex due to these volunteers as per our knowledge.

So, last but not the least, if you and your relative's life can be saved by the blood, donated by an unknown person then why can't you donate your blood to save someone's life? Hence, I have joined as the member in the group and you can too. Let's attend the Seminar during the occasion of 'Blood Donor's Day' on 23rd March at Vivekananda Hall, Itanagar if you believe “God exists in me, if I save someone's life".


Ashok Sonam Tajo,

Former Member of

North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur




Make the tower functional

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned authorities, public leaders, Students Union and NGO’s towards irregular BSNL network at Baririjo Circle, under Dumporijo constituency of Upper Subansiri District.

The BSNL tower was installed five years back but it has remained silent just like a statue erected. I think the tower was erected for decoration and not for use. During every election, many political leaders come and promise to make the tower functional. But Baririjo continues to wait and facing huge problem due to lack of phone services. In case of emergency, we are unable to share our problems and students who study outside are unable to speak to their loved ones.

I request the concern authorities to pay attention towards this problem in order to ensure that BSNL starts functioning.


Hechi Gekar Yoka

Dera Natung Govt College, Itanagar



Humanity at its best

Dear Editor,

The recent accident at Kemliko village near Raga town of Lower Subansiri had displayed humanity at its best. We the family of the survivors of the unfortunate accident would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Kemliko village through the column of your esteemed daily. The survivors wouldn’t have made it had the selfless and timely help of the villagers didn’t arrive. The quick service and dedication of medical staffs and officers of Raga and Ziro need special mention here. Apart from this, we are equally thankful to each and everyone who came and supported in whatever possible way. Last but not the least; we appreciate the crucial and timely help rendered by the political leaders of Sagalee. The survivors are still recovering from their wounds and trauma. Let’s hope and pray they recover as soon as possible.

Once again, we thank each and everyone from the deepest core of our heart; their humane gesture further emboldens our belief that the humanity do still exists.


Family members

& relatives, Sagalee






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Say no to bandh culture

In recent days government of Arunachal has adopted tough stand against the bandh culture. Members of the various organizations who had declared bandh call in capital complex has been arrested and put behind the bar. The government’s posture has drawn mixed reaction from the public. Some believes that it is too late to contain the bandh culture, while others welcome such strong measure. Over the years various groups have made life miserable for the people of state by organizing bandh calls even for petty issues. In the disguise of fighting for the people of Arunachal organizations uses bandh call as a tool to earn.

To make the matter worse state government also never took strong action against the bandh callers which have emboldened them.  The organizations whose members have been arrested recently alleged that government is behaving like dictators by arresting their people. However they need to understand that during bandh call it is the poor citizens who are the worst sufferer. They should adopt other peaceful method to fight for their demands. Bandh calls are out-dated method of fighting for justice. World has gone beyond bandh culture and it is time Arunachal also bid adieu to this bandh culture.