March 14

Kojum wins Gold in National Weightlifting Championship

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Kojum Taba of Arunachal Pradesh won gold medal in Men’s 77kg category in the 67th Men & 30th Women Senior National Weightlifting Championship at Jaipur, Rajasthan yesterday.

Kojum lifted 173 kg in clean and jerk, one kg more than his senior competitor and National Games gold medalist Sathish Kumar of Tamil Nadu.

He has won two gold and 1 silver medals from this championship.

In 2011, Kojum won gold medal by lifting 132 kg in clean & jerk at 7th Sub-Junior (Youth) National Weightlifting Championship. He improved performances by 41 kg within a span of 4 years.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Weightlifting Association General Secretary Daniel Teli has congratulated Kojum for his astounding performance.


Govt. issues directive

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: In an important decision government of Arunachal has directed all the govt. departments to accept call deposits and bank guarantee issued by Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd. for tendering process by the firms and govt. departments.

In a communiqué, finance secretary Daulat Hawaldar informed that this decision has been taken in the interest of the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd. and to facilitate the members of the public to make call deposits, Bank Guarantee etc.


IMWA cautions bandh callers

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The Itanagar Market Welfare Association in a press statement strongly cautioned the bandh callers stating that it will not support any kind of bandh call by any organisation at Itanagar. Sending a strong message to the unions and organisations that resort to bandh call to meet their demands, IMWA stated that bandh calls causes

heavy losses to the business community and also impacts business activities. The IMWA further added that it will run its establishment during any bandh call, and if any bandh callers cause damage to the shops, the defaulter will be dragged to court under appropriate sections of law. However, IMWA clarified that it will extend any kind of help and cooperation to any organisation who adopts democratic means of protest such as dharna and peaceful rally within its jurisdiction.


Labour union lodges complaint with DC

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labour Union Upper Subansiri unit in a letter has drawn attention of the Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner towards various problems faced by the staff/employees of Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA), Daporijo.

In its complaint letter, the Union alleged poor state-of-affairs of the office building with damaged doors and windows and without required office infrastructure like toilet/bathroom, stationery items, office furniture like table and chairs etc. It also alleged non-payment of salary to the staff on time and non-cooperation of the Project Officer.

Alleging encroachment of government quarters by public, the union urged both APEDA Chairman and the deputy commissioner to inspect all government quarters in the district to know the ground realities.


CHF training on Agri-Horti implements

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF), Central Agricultural University, Pasighat conducted a training programme on introduction, repair and maintenance of Power tiller, centrifugal pump and plant protection equipments at Ayeng village of East Siang district today.

During the training programme, altogether 40 farmers participated, who were trained on maintenance and repairing of farm machineries like farm tractor, power tiller, centrifugal pump and different types of sprayers and dusters which are frequently used for agri-horticultural activities.

The training was imparted by Dr. Saroj Kumar Pattanaaik, Assistant Professor (Agricultural Engineering) and Er. R.K Salam, S.M.S. (Agricultural Engineering).


Counselling prog on career option

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The Career Guidance and Counselling Cell of the Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat has organized a UGC sponsored one-day counseling programme on “Career Options for Degree Students” today. A huge number of degree students enthusiastically participated in the programme.  

Narang Tari, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Career Guidance and Counseling Cell briefed the objectives of the Contact & Counseling Programme.

An elaborate discussion on the higher education in general and entrance system of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University etc across the nation in particular were made during the technical session. Assistant professors Dr. Romeo Dupak and Marshal Gao were the resource persons.


Union succeeds in school land demarcation

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Along with EAC Mengio, the All Mengio Students Union (AMSU) had successfully carried out the demarcation of the school boundary of Government Secondary School Sakiang on Thursday. This was informed by AMSU in a press release here this evening.  The union added the demarcation of the school boundary was carried out taking strong notice of the land encroachers.


Rally organized at Likabali

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The people of 28 Likabali & 36 Nari-Koyu Assembly Constituencies took out a peaceful procession from Likabali Bazar to  SDO office today to register their protest against the alleged “recurring arbitrary comments in public on Arunachal-Assam boundary” made by PWD Minister Gojen Gadi. They claimed that the minister termed Likabali as a part of Assam.  They also demanded resignation of Dr Emi Rumi from the post of GWS President and revocation of Circular No. GWS/P/2014 Dated 29/12/2014. The GWS president failed to maintain neutrality and impartiality, they alleged.  

Later, a memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister through  competent authorities for necessary action in this regard.


MCH cum Health Camp

Seppa, Mar 13: A day long mother and child health cum health awareness with free health check organized by the District Health Society in collaboration with PHC Pakoti was held at Loffa Village of East Kameng district. A total of 235 patients including 35 children and three pregnant women were treated and deliberations were made on Swine Flu, Japanese Encephalitis, non-communicable disease like diabetes, hypertension, mother and child care, immunization etc.

ADC Seppa Pooja Jain appreciated the villagers for the active participation and urged the health department to conduct similar programme in other villagers. She stressed on institutional delivery for safety of mother and infants. She also advised the parents to pay attention to the education of the children.

DMO, Dr. N. Geiyi urged the public to follow practically whatever is taught in the awareness programme related to health. He assured to take up the matter of new sub-centre at Loffa Village with the appropriate authority.

Dr. Jesy Tana Tara MD, Dr. Taso Tagia Dental surgeon, Dr.S.K Sumon SMO, D.K.Thungun, CDPO and Lenzing Tagi, CDPO also spoke on the occasion.  


SYNTEX tanks distributed by 14 Assam Rifles at Panlom

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: 14 Assam Rifles provided eight Syntex water tanks each to the villagers of Panlom village and Motong village respectively on March 11 and March 12. Volleyball matches were also organized between the villagers and the Assam Rifles personnel as part of the occasion. Providing of water tanks to this remotely located villages under Khimyong circle of Changlang district would go a long way in helping the villagers, stated a release. The villagers lauded this gesture of 14 Assam Rifles and expressed their gratitude for various development activities already being undertaken for the local populace.


Capacity building prog on poverty reduction

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The first phase block level intensive training programme to build capacity of frontline government functionaries in poverty reduction exercise concluded at Mengio, Papum Pare district.

The training programmes were held in four core sectors of development, namely rural water sanitation, primary health care in rural areas, education in rural areas, rural livelihood and rural development sponsored by Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi and implemented by Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun.

The trainings were conducted for Mengio block and its surrounding   villages under the supervision of programme course coordinator Dr Manjuli Komut and EAC Mengio S Gurung.  

The trainings were attended by Govt. functionaries, PRI Members, GBs and Public leaders.


News Impact

Stakeholders urged to play constructive role for quality education

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Parliamentary Secretary, Education and IPR Bamang Felix has called upon the panchayat leaders, school management committee members and other stakeholders in education sector  to play a constructive role to ensure quality education in the state.

Addressing the inaugural function of the five days state-level awareness campaign and gender sensitization training programme for PRI leaders, members of SMCs/NGOs/MTA/PTA organized by the SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar at Banquet hall here, Felix informed the participants that the Zero Tolerance Policy in Education is applicable to all functionaries of department from top to bottom including himself.

“The PRI leaders and SMCs are the real custodian and guardian of the school. It is their responsibility to preserve the infrastructure of the schools particularly during vacation period. Together they can check the menace of teacher absenteeism by monitoring, supervision and reporting on regular interval to appropriate authority. To improve the educational scenario of the state, selfless and committed participation of all stakeholders are required.”

Felix further said that the PR leaders being in the grass-root level can play a pivotal role in spreading awareness and implementation of various programme and policies of the Govt. He urged the participating NGO to render selfless service with missionary zeal with single motto to educate children and not to take it as a business venture.

Earlier, R K Mishra, Secretary (Education) has informed the participants about the shifting trends in imparting education through introduction of digital technology; one of which is launching of CM Global Education Programme in collaboration with Google. He urged the participants to be pro-active and not to make any compromises in regard to quality related to education of children. Opak Gao, State Project Director, SSA in his brief speech, has emphasized on community participation and stressed for effective role of SMCs and PR leaders to achieve the desired goal in the field of education. He opined that, every stakeholder should seriously introspect to impart quality education in the State.

The campaign cum gender sensitization training programme is being organized in convergence with departments of ICDS, Social Welfare, Police, Women Commission, Health and Family Welfare and State AIDS Control Society. The participants of the programme are Zilla Parishad Chairpersons, Zilla Parishad Members, AS Chairpersons, ASMs, GPMs, School Management Committee members, GBs, member representing Mother Teachers and Parents Teachers Association of the seventeen districts of the State.

Host of officers including Jt. Director, Elementary Education and School Education, Dy. State Mission Director (RMSA), Dy SPD(SSA), State Project Officers, State Coordinators and Resource persons attended the inaugural function, according to an official release.



Tuki pays tribute to First World War soldiers

NEW DELHI, Mar 13: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki attended an Exhibition organized by the Indian Army to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War in New Delhi today as the chief guest. The exhibition is being organized in the memory of the 1.5 million Indian Soldiers who fought in the war and over 74000 who made the supreme sacrifice.

While paying his tributes to the soldiers the Chief Minister recalled the contribution of many family members of the soldiers who subsequently contributed in safeguarding the international borders of Arunachal Pradesh at various times, particularly during the Chinese aggression in 1962.  

The Chief Minister and Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi were felicitated by the Chief of Staff of the Maneckshaw Centre in the national capital. They visited different stalls recreated the World War I achievements of the Indian soldiers and lauded the efforts of the organizers for paying a befitting tribute to their sacrifices.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister attended the inaugural session of the India Today Conclave 2015 where Arunachal Pradesh is the focus state for Leisure and Tourism.



NPR camp for legislators

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The National Population Register, NPR and Biometric Enrolment, BME camp was organized for Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs at the Nokmey Namati hall of the Legislative Assembly building today.

The objective of the NPR and BME is to create a comprehensive identity database in the country with full identification and other details by registering every usual resident in the country.

B Sohtun, Deputy Director Census, informed that at present NPR and BME is going on in full swing in ten districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The remaining districts would be covered later. She further informed that similar NPR and BME is being organized at Banquet Hall, here on 14th March for top ranking bureaucrats. The process started way back in the year 2013 from October. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki CM was the first to register under NPR & BME. DIPR



Ita-Dapo passenger chopper service resumes

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Mar 13: After a long gap, Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd has resumed its passenger services between Itanagar and Daporijo on Friday.

“Resumption of the chopper service will come as a great relief for the people of the district, especially for the patients during emergency,” said local MLA and APEDA Chairman Dikto Yekar, who travelled to Daporijo by the resumed flight.

While informing that the flight will operate once a week on Friday, Dado Nayam, a staff of the Pawan Hans Service, said that the helicopter service will be extended to remote Taksing. However, the helicopter service to Taksing will depend upon availability of passengers, he said. The ticket fare is fixed at Rs 2,100.



Lohit Library annual awards 2015

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Purabi Nath and Dileep Chetri, both students of Govt. Hr Sec School, Tezu, shared this year’s Bhajan Award for their dedicated services to Bamboosa Library for the last 6 years and for extending library services to the public of Tezu.

Purabi, Class XI has been one of the first regular library readers and activists, while Dileep, Class X, has been a dedicated volunteer for the last 6 years.

This is the second year of the Bhajan Award set up by a patron of the Libraries from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in memory of his pious parents. The duo shared Rs.8000 cash award.

Bethem Marai, a Class X student of Govt. Sec. School Wakro, got the first Ranganatha Award, for the Best library volunteer for her committed care and services to APNE library during the last 3 years.

Asuni Khamlai and Lakhsmi Ngadong, both class VIII students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Wakro have been declared outstanding library activists of the year.

Besunlu Mepong, Class X, GSS, Wakro, has been awarded for promoting Mishmi language in library programmes, while Laxmi Ngadong and Achila Ngadong were awarded prizes for their roles in Mishmi language skits.

Abhinav Dwivedi, Ashish Mishra and Ashish Singh (Cl XII) of Govt Hr Sec School, Tezu have been conferred a Decoration for their outstanding contribution in popularizing Bamboosa Library and reading campaign. In all, 29 activists and readers of Bamboosa and APNE libraries have been awarded this year, for their active involvement in the reading campaign, skit enacting and creative writing and painting.

The awards set up with contributions from patrons carry a certificate, books and magazine annual subscriptions.



Tagak exhorts party workers to become ‘game changer’

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Kurung Kumey district unit organized a district level conference of the party workers yesterday at Koloriang, the headquarters of Kurung Kumey, wherein party organizational matters and development activities in the district were reviewed.

Addressing the party cadres and workers, state BJP president Tai Tagak exhorted them to uphold the ideologies and principles of the party. Highlighting the alleged ‘corruption’ and ‘misrule’ by the ruling Congress government in the state, he held the successive Congress government for the communication bottleneck in Kurung Kumey district.

He called upon the party cadres of the district to become game changer and reach out to each and every village and highlight the mis-governance of the Congress Government.

Earlier, Tagak inaugurated the new office for the district BJP, Kurung Kumey at Bazar line Koloring and exhorted party workers and cadres to work with dedication for further strengthening party organization in the district. Tagak also told the party leaders that new District BJP Unit for Kara Dadi would be opened soon.

Party State Vice President Techi Necha, General Secretary Dominic Tadar also addressed the meeting.



Ex-servicemen demonstrate at Jantar mantar

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: All India Central Paramilitary Forces ex -Servicemen Welfare Association and National Coordination Committee of Ex-Paramilitary Forces Personnel Welfare Association along with their state’s units demonstrated at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on Thursday to protest against alleged ‘deliberate’ discrimination and apathy with retired paramilitary force personnel by the Central Government.

They demanded for framing separate service and pension rule instead of CCS (Rules), one rank - one pension, cash free medical treatment facilities, statutory Ex-Servicemen status, restoration of stopped pension of BSF personnel resigned under BSF Rule 19, Statutory Paramilitary Welfare Board and Canteen System, re-employment facilities and rehabilitation, compassionate appointments and Paramilitary Service Pay, Exemption from Contributory Pension System  and formal recognition as organized service for Group 'A’ Service (for Serving personnel).

Takhe Dibo, vice president and Honi Tazing Camdir, secretary of Arunachal Pradesh State Committee of All India Central Paramilitary Forces ex-Servicemen Welfare Association represented Arunachal Pradesh in the protest rally.



EKSWCO sets deadline against Highway authority

ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation(EKSWCO) has set a deadline of one week to the department of Highway for carrying out maintenance work including black topping from Nechipu to Seppa road. The EKSWCO members called on Chief Engineer Highway on Friday appraising him to expedite the work of Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH) in East Kameng. In a representation submitted to the Chief Engineer, the organisation claimed that Nechipu to Seppa road is left at the mercy of the nature and no maintenance work is being carried out over last couple of years. The highway authority virtually abandoned the road stretch which has made the already deplorable road to the worst condition” added EKSWCO.  Expressing displeasure over the reported slow progress of ongoing works of TAH within East Kameng district, the organisation claimed that there is zero activity of work between Bana and Seppa. EKSWCO expressed that the authority would fail to meet the deadline if the work is going in current pace. It also said that inordinate delay of formation cutting of the said project creates problem for commuters saying the road is life line of the district. The mega road project which kicked-started in 2013 has a deadline of completion within 2015, the EKSWCO claimed in a release.



Assam forest encroached by people from neighbouring states

Guwahati, Mar 13: The Assam government today said its forest areas along the borders of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram are encroached by the people of the respective states.

Replying to a discussion at the Assembly, state Environment and Forest Minister Atuwa Munda said: "Huge areas of Assam forest have become disputed along the borders of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram after border dispute started with these states." "Due to this, people of these states have encroached upon forest areas of Assam," he said.

Munda, however, did not mention how much forested area were under encroachment from other states.

"Encroachment of forests also took place by flood- devastated and landless farmers prior to the Forest Conservation Act 1980," he said.

Citing a report by the Forest Survey of India, Munda said the total forest and tree cover of the state had gone up to 29,253 sq km in 2013 from 29,129 sq km in 2005.

The total forest area of Assam also went up to 27,671 sq km in 2013 from 27,645 sq km in 2005, he said.

"Declaration of reserve forest of many forest areas of Assam before the Independence is the main reason for this increase," the minister said, refuting allegation of AIUDF MLA Mazibur Rahman, who initiated the discussion that forest areas in Assam were going down. PTI



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A worse kind of racism

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to " An Eye for an Eye" published in Arunachal Times on 11 March 2015. If natives commit an atrocity (lynching of a Muslim in Dimapur recently) then you analyze the socio economic reasons behind their action, while indirectly condoning the same. But if a native of Northeast gets victimized in Mainland India you dont bother to make a similar socio economic analysis but instead reiterate your branding of mainland Indians as racist. Whatsoever the natives do against mainland Indians is justified.  This kind of racism is even worse than the racism for which mainland Indians are blamed by natives of northeast. If Bangladeshis are proliferating entire Northeast, it is because of natives in police force taking bribes from them to let them in.


Santosh Kaur, New Delhi



Lessons from the Dimapur mayhem

Dear Editor

The lynching of a rape accused in Dimapur has been rightly criticised as ‘uncivilized’, ‘barbaric’ and ‘shameful’. But to brush it as a case of ‘reverse racism’ or hatred against ‘outsiders’ is a threat to the fragile heterogeneous social fabric of North East India which if destroyed will only result into mayhem and chaos and will push back the sluggish economy of the region to yesteryears and hamper the region's socio-political integration process. Such attempt by vested interest to give communal or regional angle to the unforgiving incident will only manipulate the truth, leaving the disease untreated. And the dormant minds of people may be unnecessarily put to ‘doubt mode’ of hatred and crime.  

The victim could not have been treated as ‘outsider’ since he was married to a local Naga lady. Therefore, mischief mongers falsely dubbed him to be an ‘illegal immigrant’ to garner societal backing for their heinous act. This clearly indicate that ‘religion’ angle was avoided by them since they knew that public anger could not be ignited if it was not a case of an ‘illegal immigrant’ criminal as against a particular religion or a community since it is but obvious that the Naga people know that various Indian citizens practising various religions including Islam live in Assam and Bengal. The cause for their brutal act of violence may have to be looked somewhere else. And the first thing that comes to mind is the people’s disenchantment with the palpable failure of the State to stop or check crime against women especially rape and the process of the justice delivery system which in majority of the cases fails to deliver. The mass participation indicate the frustration and anger that people holds against such act of crime and the failure of the State to curve such crimes.

It is a common-talk amongst general public that perpetrators of rape should be punished in a manner whereby examples are set for the future which will then not only act as deterrence but also meet the brutality of the crime of rape. Even the mouthpiece of the Shiv Sena, ‘Saamna' has described the incident as a result of 'public fury' which should have also happened in Delhi over the Nirbhaya incident.  Such thought and their advocates should be condemned and discouraged. However, the harsh reality is that such thoughts do exist. An unchecked mob with such thoughts only needs a trigger to turn their form of justice into a reality, which unfortunately happened in the Dimapur lynching case. Here again the State’s policing and intelligence system failed which otherwise could have checked the gathering of the mob well before it gained its force both in numbers and ferocity.          

What is most disturbing is the participation of young people including school children. How could parents/elders allow children to participate in such act of brutality? Are we failing as a society in teaching our children the right societal values and ethos and about rule of law? Society as a whole specially the parents/community leaders ought to ensure that such incidents do not repeat in future. State has to revamp its policing and justice delivery systems to not only ensure safety of its citizens but also to reinstall people’s faith in the State and its organs whereby a just society is established and principles of rule of law adhered to in its letter and spirit.   


Sam Tage,

IP University, Delhi



Need of accountability

Dear Editor,

I feel ashamed to read and see that political leaders and bureaucrats and public of Arunachal are behaving without any sense of rationality and accountability. The state is completely in anarchy. The concerned ministers do not show their expenditure details. They are not able to show their utilization certificate, because they have eaten funds offered by GoI in the name of projects without doing any work. The PM Modi clearly knows about corrupt practices and have made it mandatory to produce utilization certificate. The public of Arunachal, the leaders of opposition, elite societies and student unions have no sense and courage to ask CM and his ministers about the money offered for Arunachal Pradesh. On the statehood day, PM Modiji had clearly instructed the public of AP, the leader of opposition, elite societies and student unions to ask an account for every paise. The CM has no budget and neither can he give an account of the money offered by GoI for AP. Even if Rs 445 Cr would be generated as revenue from hydro project, I can predict that the amount would disappear in thin air. When the govt is not able to account for thousands of crores of free money offered by GoI, then how could they account for RS 445 Cr.? And now no bureaucrat will risk his/her job and life to give fake utilization certificates. So, there will be no fund from GoI, but anyway it would not affect the general public because even when funds were granted it never reached common people.

Indeed it is a very shameful scenario without a budget. I do not know how people from other states of India and other countries of the world would think about AP. It is all the more shameful for the public of AP, who have elected such leaders, who can only beg from centre.

Recently, our ministers passed land bill which permits people to acquire unclaimed government lands. According to the bill people have the right to claim land besides highways and build on it. It is funny and shameful to read the same group of ministers blaming bureaucrats of instigating people to acquire and build besides the proposed Trans highway. In fact, it was ministers who asked people to acquire land near high ways and build on it through the land bill. Everything in our State is in total chaos.


Takam Tadar

Delhi University




Dictatorship is not good for democracy

Dear Editor,

People are quite satisfied to see that after many decades state government has started to come down heavy on union and association leaders for calling bandh calls. Nowadays most of the union and association leaders are behind the bar or running after the court-kachari for calling bandh calls. But recent case of aggressive way of police manhandling against the leaders of Transport Association for staging peaceful dharna has very much confused everyone. If peaceful dharna is also consider as illegal today and handle in such a brute manner by the police and district administration than we are not living in a democracy nor governed by democratic government. If people don’t enjoy the right to address their grievances in a democratic means than it clearly shows that we are governed by Hitler regime.  Therefore, the governing style of present state government is clearly passing a message by creating fear in the minds of the people that no group should protest against the state government otherwise protesters will be hospitalized and jailed.

It is open secret known to everyone that tussle within the Congress state legislature for CM chair in the recent past was one of the main reasons for mushrooming of various organizations in the state. It is also open secret known to everyone that the same Congress government had sowed seeds of union and association and used them whenever they like it and now it has become a disease for them. Therefore, we are unable to digest the present harsh policy adopted against the union and association leaders because whatsoever most of its leaders are students and youths of our state not any terrorist.  So, cure them with best medicine not by poisoning them because every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

We would appreciate this dictator government if they don’t issue land allotment to the illegal encroachers, arrest illegal earth cutters along the highways, issues the pending bills of contractors, release stipend of students and salaries of SSA teachers on time, implement the rate fixed by district administration of perishable and nonperishable goods in the market, stop wasting public money on purchasing luxurious vehicles, arrest tax evaders, protect the innocent villagers from atrocities done by the Assam Police and Forest personals and many more.

It is true that some of the organizations are running behind the money but not every union. However, what to say about our state legislatures who are all corrupted and expert in looting public money for their personal development. Most of the issues raised and demands made by the organizations are for the people not for their union or association. Further most of the issues raised by unions and associations remind the elected representatives of their forgotten promises. Therefore they should not take it personally.

There should be strong Opposition in the Assembly, there should be strong pressure groups, there should be strong NGOs to make complete and healthy democracy and it is up to the government how to tackle the problems but not in a dictator way. We fear one day all these union and association may jointly launch movement against the government and create law and order problems in the state. In such situation innocent public will have to suffer again.

It shall be better if this government dissolves the assembly and declare for fresh election as because they have lost the people’s confidence and trust upon them. It is poor people and innocent general public who are facing acute financial crisis not the people in power & position. If the Home Minister or the state government has no any work then please follow the guidelines of the Supreme Court where it has been clearly mentioned about who are authorized to use red beacon in the government vehicles. Everybody knows MLAs and some irresponsible officers like DC, SP and top government officers are using red beacon in violation of the SC order. Therefore we request our honorable Home Minister, Sir, please arrest those officers and MLAs and put them behind the bar instead of running behind petty organization as everybody knows our Home Minister is expert in putting law breakers behind the bar.


Mr. Debia Muj,

Mr. Nabam Tado,





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Good initiative by PM Modi

Ever since BJP led government came to power at centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making conscious efforts to improve ties with neighbouring countries. Modi visited Nepal, Bhutan and also meet the leaders of China and Pakistan. Such exercise is important as in the recent years Chinese has been trying to encircle India by warming up with countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives which are traditionally considered to be India’s area of influence. Prime Minister this morning arrived at Sri Lanka on his maiden visit to island nation. His visit is considered to be very important as during the reign of former president Mahindra Rajapakse Sri Lanka got close to China and even allowed Chinese submarines to dock in Lankan waters.

Modi held extensive delegation level talks with new President Maithripala Sirisena. Strengthening the economic relations between India and Sri Lanka dominated the discussions between Prime Minister Modi and President Maithripala in Colombo. Also agreements on visa, customs, youth development and building Rabindranath Tagore memorial in Sri Lanka were agreed upon. PM Modi made series of announcement to boost the relation between two neighbours. In an important announcement Modi informed that Reserve Bank of India and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has agreed to enter into a Currency Swap Agreement of 1.5 billion dollar to help keep the Sri Lankan rupee stable. This visit by Mr Modi has come in right time and it is time to rebuild the relation between two nations. India needs to walk extra mile to better the relation with all the immediate neighbours. We just cannot afford to let China get strong hold over the neighbouring countries as it will strategically make us weak.