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Police sensitized on tourism

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: A team of officials from state tourism department conducted a training programme for police personnel to sensitize them on some key issues on tourism In view of the ensuing Arunachal Spring Festival-2015 at Pasighat. Key topics like importance of tourism, role of police in providing security to visiting tourists, entry formalities etc. were explained with special focus on “Athithi Devo Bhava”.

Besides the subject of tourism, a refresher course on disaster management, first aids etc were also imparted to the participating police personnel by DDMO, Pasighat and Medical officer.

The team of Tourism officials was headed by ADT HRD, Bengia Manna Sonam along with all the officials stationed at Pasighat for the ensuing festival.


BJP president to visit Arunachal  in Apr 18

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah will visit Arunachal Pradesh on April 18.

Besides addressing a public rally, he will attend various party programmes during his maiden visit to the state, informed state BJP.

Prior to his visit, party’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav will also arrive in the state in the last week of March and attend the ‘Pradesh Karyakarta Sammelan’ and other party programmes.


APCA condemns rape of Nun

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) has strongly condemned the recent incident of gang rape of 72 year old nun in Ranaghat Convent, West Bengal.

Describing the incident as inhumane, APCA appealed to the government of West Bengal to give the culprits exemplary punishment.

The Catholic community of Arunachal prayed for immediate recovery of the Nun.


One dies in hit and run case

PASIGHAT, Mar 15: In a suspected hit and run case, a 23-yr-old girl was found dead in 3-mile area, Pasighat last evening. The girl was later identified as Bunu Chetry.

N Riba, OC Pasighat informed that police immediately rushed to the spot after receiving information from the police personnel on duty at 4-mile check gate at around 7.17 pm last evening. Postmortem was done today and police is waiting for the report for further investigation.

The police suspected it as a hit and run case and has begun investigation.

Bir Bahadur Chetry, brother of the victim has already lodged an FIR in this regard and informed that the deceased was recently working at Rengging village near Pasighat Township for teak plantation on daily wage basis.

Meanwhile, DC Nidhi Srivastava expressed shock and pain over the tragic death. She said, ‘such incident usually happens due to negligence and can be avoided if we obey the traffic rules. People spread rumor and try to breach law and order misguiding the society. Such activities may bring disrepute to our century old town and action can be taken under appropriate laws against the trouble makers’. DIPRO


Foreign tourists get stuck at Rly station

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Two foreign tourists, who arrived here by train this morning, were reportedly stuck for some hours at Naharlagun Railway Station for not possessing Protected Area Permit (PAP).

Two foreign tourists, one Dutch and another Swedish, were stuck at Arrival Lodge at Naharlagun Railway Station as they did not possess PAP. They were handed over to M/s Mercy Tour & Travel, Itanagar for necessary help and assistance in getting PAP.

Later, PAPs for the tourist duo were arranged with the help of Director Tourism Karma Leki. Later, they proceeded to Pasighat to attend the Arunachal Spring Festival.

While informing this, the proprietor cum managing Director of M/s Mercy Tour & Travel, Tadar Robin urged the Railway department to give necessary information regarding the requirement of PAP/RAP for foreign tourist(s) visiting the state overleaf the train ticket as done for domestic tourists so that no tourist visiting the state faces such kind of embarrassing situation.


AGSU cries  foul, Court gives stay order

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Claiming that there was foul play in the selection process of Psychologist post which was conducted by the Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman District Health Society under National Health Mission on 27th February 2015, the All Galo Students Union (AGSU) demanded for immediate cancellation of the appointment.  

In a press statement, AGSU claimed that genuine applicant Dagrik Gara was the lone candidate shortlisted by the District Medical Officer on 27th February 2015, however another candidate was appointed out of the blue.  

The union questioned how come the authority allowed other candidate to appear in the interview whereas Gara was the only candidate shortlisted in the qualified list. It further added that the last date of submission of application of the said post was on 19th February 2015. It threatened to file criminal case against the authority, the District Health Society Pasighat in particular if it fails to deliver justice.

Meanwhile, Itanagar Bench of Guahati High Court issued a stay order for appointment of the said post till the further order.


AR constructs community hall, toilet blocks for villagers

CHINGHAN, Mar 15: Assam Rifles located at Khonsa has constructed a community hall for the locals of Chinghan village under the Military Civic Action Programme – “OP SAMARITAN’’ project 2014-15. Jenlong Lowang, the chief and Kampong Halong, GB of Chinghan village inaugurated the community hall in presence of the villagers.

Chinghan village is situated along the remote border of Myanmar.

The long awaited need of the local people has been fulfilled with the inauguration of the community hall which serves as a platform for the youth and old alike. The villagers expressed gratitude to the unit of Assam Rifles for its yeoman service and contribution to their village along the border belt with Myanmar.

The AR also constructed two toilets blocks at Chingkui village under its Op Samaritan project. The gesture of providing toilet blocks has been in sync with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Manney Kamhua, a 108 years old resident of the Chingkui village inaugurated the project.


Dist unit DDPYK conference held

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The 4th general conference of Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang (DDPYK) of Namsai district committee concluded at Adi Ningroo village of Namsai sub-division today.

Attending the concluding day of the conference, retired officer (IAS) Tape Bagra explained the need for preserving the diverse culture and traditions.

Various activities of the Kebang were discussed and future plans and strategies during the three days conference.

Troupes from Gangings of Lohit and Namsai presented cultural programmes.

A new committee of DDPYK was also constituted for three years in the conference which was attended by delegates from Lohit and Namsai.


ASU for indoor stadium at Subansiri stadium

ITANAGAR, Mar 15:  Apatani Students’ Union (ASU) has appealed to the department concerned to start the construction works of Indoor Stadium at Subansiri Stadium, the only site well suited for the purpose.

ASU in a representation to Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner stated that a meeting was held under chairmanship of MLA Tage Taki on February 4 regarding construction of the indoor stadium. The meeting gave 20 days to find an alternative site for the project. However, no alternative site has been found during that period. Subsequently, go ahead signal for construction of the stadium was given, the representation said.

The students’ union has appealed to all unions, NGOs not to interfere in the construction of the stadium. It further urged the contractor concerned to complete the project in time as per the DPR by maintaining quality.


Training prog at CHF Psg

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Dean of College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF), Pasighat, Dr. AK Pandey emphasized on growing genetically modified crops for development of agriculture sector.

Addressing the inauguration programme on methods in microbial biotechnology at CHF, Pasighat yesterday, Dr. Pandey said that cultivation of transgenic crops like Golden Rice, BT Cotton and BT Brinjal etc. can make the miracle in the development of agriculture sector.

Dr. Pandey also highlighted the inception of biotechnology in India and how the biotechnological tools can be used in increasing the productivity as well as the quality of various crops and their varieties.

He also informed about application of bio fertilizers such as PSB, VAM, Rhizobium culture etc in organic farming. He also discussed about the application of microbial biotechnology in bioremediation, removal of oil spillage, control of water pollution etc.

The training is conducted by the Department of Basic Science and Humanities under Institutional Biotechnology Hub with a objective  to create biotechnological awareness, popularizing the biotechnological knowhow among the undergraduate, postgraduate students and academicians on application and importance of microbes in science especially biotechnology.

Earlier, Siddhartha Singh, Course Director and Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, emphasized on application of microbial biotechnology in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, horticulture and medicine for developing vaccines to prevent various diseases, and GM crops to improve the quality of products suitable for international trade.

A total of 45 trainees are attending the four days. All the faculty members, technical staff of the College of Horticulture & Forestry, Pasighat were present in inaugural session. The training programme is sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.


News Impact

Arunachal to turn a prosperous state soon: Rijiju

RONO HILLS, Mar 15: The eight North Eastern states, particularly Arunachal Pradesh would witness tremendous development during the next four years with the central government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopting a paradigm shift to accelerate the development process, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said today.

Addressing the Festival of Unity - the Arunachal Panorama at the Rajiv Gandhi University here, Rijiju said that as per 14th Finance Commission recommendations, Arunachal will get four times higher allocation but feared if the state had  the capacity to absorb such huge funds. He said funds allocated are surrendered while utilisation certificates remain pending all the times.

The border trade will begin at Moreh (Manipur), Pangsau Pass and Tawang (in Arunachal), the BSNL will provide broadband facilities within a year and all Arunachal villages, irrespective of population will be linked by road by 2019.

Expressing concern that the state imported the menace of bandh culture from Assam to turn it into a land of associations and unions, he blamed the past rulers, seniors and himself for misgovernance, adding that the character of politicians' reflect society.

Calling on the Rajiv Gandhi University to develop a pan-Arunachal identity, Rijiju said that the institution is not only a centre of excellence, but also a symbol of unity that could become the guiding force for state building. For this, he added, the academicians could play a vital role.

"Intolerance is the greatest enemy of Arunachal with the locals only identifying themselves on clan lines. If Nagamese is the unifying factor for Nagas, Arunachalees have to evolve a pan-Arunachalee identity as their unifying symbol," he reasoned.

Exhorting the varsity community to work for the higher global ranking for the RGU with conviction and commitment and to achieve the goal by not only producing job seekers, but also producing job givers, he said, "We cannot remain a consumer state, but have to be a producer one."

Admitting that the people of the NE are racially discriminated in the mainland because of ignorance, he said students of the region studying in the mainland have been assured of protection through the amendments of the IPC and the CrPC.

However, he called upon the youth to prove their mettle like Olympics medalist boxer Mary Kom to get recognised, instead of craving for it.

"As the RGU nurtures knowledge, you could pitch in to assist the GoAP finding solutions to numerous nagging problems," the state's Horticulture Parliamentary Secretary, Mutchu Mithi, said, adding "You have the capability to shape state's destiny. A united Arunachal as envisioned would not be possible if we don't think uniformly and talk univocally".  "Voice your concerns in a positive manner and grab the opportunities after passing out of the varsity, as the state is heading for progress and prosperity," Mithi added.

Earlier, RGU Vice Chancellor Professor Tamo Mibang said the platform, conceived by former Arunachal University Vice Chancellor Professor Atul Sharma to develop a pan-Arunachal identity, would facilitate the youth to promote, preserve and protect their rich cultural heritage while strengthening the canvas of unity and diversity.

He hoped the youth would rise to the occasion to achieve the goal to strengthen the national unity by emulating the ideals of Rijiju, a role model for the state's youth.

The festival got off to a colourful start with colourful cultural presentation, reflecting the ‘unity in diversity’ spirit of state’s numerous tribes.



Arunachal asks for approving 2000-km Tawang-Vijaynagar Road

Itanagar, Mar 15: Arunachal Pradesh has urged the Centre to approve the proposed 2,000-km road from Tawang to Vijaynagar to provide connectivity to the border areas along the McMohan line by declaring it as National Highway.

State PWD Minister Gojen Gadi made the plea during a meeting with Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju at New Delhi yesterday, an official release said here today.

Pointing out that a concept paper with provision for consultancy services to cost Rs 63 crore has already been submitted to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH), Gadi requested immediate sanction besides fund provision for preparing the DPR on priority.

Gadi also made similar request to declare the proposed 431-km East-West Industrial Corridor Highway along the foothill areas from Bhairabkund to Rukshin as NH with a fund provision of Rs 8.50 crore for consultancy services.

Both the roads are pet projects of Rijiju, which he had announced here in July 2014.

Gadi also reiterated his request for sanctioning eight un-awarded road projects of the total 22 to the state PWD as the physical progress of 14 ongoing schemes was about 71 per cent with a target to complete within a year.

If the eight projects are awarded to the National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDC) Ltd, the two divisions created by the PWD for speedy execution of 14 projects would be left with no work and create imbalance in placement of engineers and staff, he justified in his humble submission, the communiqué informed.

He urged for release of balance Rs 54.02 crore for 11 ongoing projects within this fiscal for completion of work on time. PTI



Enquiry into alleged violation of guidelines demanded

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: All Arunachal Agriculture/Horticulture Inputs Suppliers Registered Dealership Association (AAAHISRDA) has demanded formation of an enquiry committee to investigate into the alleged violation of Govt’s guidelines/notification in implementation of Agriculture/Horticulture Inputs of various schemes in the state.

In a complaint letter to the Agriculture and Horticulture Minister, the AAAHISRDA alleged that the DAOs of Tawang, Changlang, DAOs and DHOs of Roing, Yingkiong, Khonsa and DHOs Pasighat, Changlang had violated the Arunachal Pradesh Govt guidelines/notification vide No. AGRI/PLAN-2/2012-13 Dt Itanagar, the 23rd July' 2012 for implementing the schemes like NFSM/CMMP/RKVY/ Etc. Claiming that the genuine firms holders were deprived, the Association  demanded  action against the defaulters within 10 days to avoid any democratic protest.

The Association alleged that DAO/DHO of other districts had selected more than 100 firms with valid documents for supplying of departmental inputs, but the offices of DAO/DHO mentioned above have selected only few numbers of firms by means of 'pick and choose' without floating open tender. As an example the Association cited the office of the DAO, Changlang which has reportedly selected only 6 firms. Moreover, it said that non-APST firms were also entertained depriving the local registered dealers and unemployed educated youths.



Poppy cultivation in Mebo jungle destroyed

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Mar 15: Continuing its drive against the opium trade in East Siang district, a joint team of police and administrative officials accompanied by women members of Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) recently conducted operation in the jungles of Mebo and destroyed a large area under Poppy cultivation.

The team led by Mebo Circle Officer, Arvind Panging with the help of Ngopok village gaon burahs trekked inside the jungle in between Ngopok and Siluk villages under Mebo sub-division and destroyed Poppy plants in five different locations.

The team earlier conducted raid in Mebo area and seized huge quantity of hooch, narcotics and harmful tobacco products from the possession of the shopkeepers in rural areas.

The latex of Poppy (raw opium) and dried leaves of ganja (bhang) are commonly used as drugs, smoked or chewed for euphoric effect. After opium, ganja is reportedly cultivated in Mebo area which is supplied to different places through peddlers.



MLA calls for peaceful coexistence

Central Ali Aye Ligang celebration concludes at Jonai


PASIGHAT, Mar 15: Pasighat West MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (Industry) Tatung Jamoh called upon the people of Assam and Arunachal to maintain cordial relations to ensure communal harmony in the boundary areas.

Attending the concluding programme of 61st-Central Ali Aye Ligang celebration at Jonai near here today, Jamoh urged the people of both sides to foster unity and integrity for socio-economic development of the boundary area.

“The communities living at both sides should extend cooperation to each other in case of any needs. Problems such as communal tension and disputes should be solved through proper negotiation”, said Jamoh.

Stressing on the need for preservation of traditional cultures for ethnic identity, Jamoh urged the Mising youths to shoulder responsibility in preserving their traditional cultures.

The MLA suggested the Mising youths to refrain from consumption of alcohol, narcotic and other harmful substances. Citing some initiatives of the woman activists of Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) in the Siang district, Jamoh requested the woman folk to come forward to uproot the evil practices from the society. He also appealed to the parents and guardians to guide their growing children in right direction.



Orgs, volunteers  distribute relief, reconstruct dwelling house

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: A dwelling house of a police constable Ramge Tayam was destroyed in a fire mishap at Chimpu (Itanagar) on March 13 last.  There was no report of any casualty. However, the fire devoured the kitchen shed, bathroom and partially  damaged the house along with household properties including local ornaments.

A few hours later, several voluntary groups and organizations visited the fire-affected family with relief materials and some volunteers actively participated in a mass social service to rebuild the damaged structures.

While Arunachal Greenery Society led by its vice chairperson Moromi Kino Tayam and Jiji Jillen Welfare Society chief adviser Tesi Jillen distributed relief items and Papu Valley Women Welfare Society team led by Monu Cheri Techi contributed some cash as immediate relief of the fire-affected family. A group of volunteers comprising Jilen brothers and Tayam brothers from Capital Complex jointly conducted a social service to reconstruct the damaged structures.  Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Mama Natung also visited the fire-affected family and donated some cash as immediate relief.

Meanwhile, AAPSU finance secretary Suraj Tayam, who led the Tayam brothers at the social service, criticized the fire brigade for allegedly responding to the fire call 1½ hours late and urged upon the authority concerned to seriously look into such lapses. He also appealed the state Govt to provide immediate relief to the affected family.



Tea Board organizes workshop for small tea growers

ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Tea Board organized awareness programmes on the Plant Protection Code as well as ‘Scientific Cultivation of Tea for small tea growers of the state at a tea garden at Upper Jumi village near Kimin on March 13 and Sonajuli yesterday.

The workshop dwelt on tea pest management, including use of pesticide, storage, transportation and disposal of pesticide containers.

The awareness programmes also aimed at helping the small tea growers to face no problem in supplying green leaves to BLF from coming season.

The small tea growers were also imparted training on various scientific aspects of tea cultivation such as new planting, tipping, plucking, pests and disease management, IPM  practices in controlling major pests of tea, young tea and mature tea fertilization etc by Tea Board officials  from Itanagar as well as North Lakhimpur.

Bapi Techi, a prominent grower of Sonajuli said that tea cultivation being a very scientific agriculture the STGs must update their knowledge through such workshops.

Taba Taro, a prominent tea grower urged the youths to take up tea cultivation in the locality area as a good source of livelihood.

Earlier, Tana Tad, District Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association explained the aims and objective of the workshop.

More than 80 growers, progressive farmers of Upper Jumi, Kamasaki, Kimin, Kakoi, Durpang, Sonajuli etc attended the awareness programme cum workshop.



Transform strictures of NERPAP into reality, DC asks officers

BOMDILA, Mar 15: West Kameng Deputy Commissioner AK Singh has urged the administrative officers to transform the strictures of the National Electoral Rolls Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP) into reality involving all the stake holders in their respective segments.

Taking serious note of the lackadaisical attitude of the political parties at a meeting on NERPAP here today, Singh directed the administrative officers to ensure appointment of booth level agents by the political parties in their respective assembly constituency segments.

The DC Singh spoke at length on the objectives of the NERPAP, the methodology of Aadhar feeding, preparatory activities, role of the EROs, AEROs and Dos, BLOs, partnership with the stakeholders, work plan and the monitoring and submission of the time bound reports.

As of date, 56 percent has been achieved under NPR in the district. The second round would begin on March 20 with all the logistic support from the concerned administrative officers in the remaining areas.

The Deputy Commissioner urged the administrative officers to vigorously pursue the Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme for the welfare of the people and to ensure proper conduct of the ongoing CBSE examination.

The meeting was attended by the EROs, AEROs, BLOs, DF&CSO, DSO (Stat), service providers for the Biometric enrolment for Aadhar cards and others. DIPRO.



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---- Readers Forum ----


Respect our ancestors

Dear Editor,

It is nice to see people having varied discussion about the decision of the state government in regards to renaming of important government structures in the name of former state leaders. It is unfortunate to know that Congress led state government has no regards for ancestor of Tani group of tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. Abo Tani is our supreme commander, god, father and everything for kind information. This immature decision of the state government to remove the name of Abo Tani by naming former state leader in its place is not a wise decision as nobody is above Abo Tani for us. This decision of the State Government has deeply hurt our sentiments as it is a direct insult to that tribe whose ancestor is Abo Tani. State government should rather encourage and support scholars to do research on Abo Tani as he was considered one of the intelligent men on earth.

Further naming of any important government structures should not be judged by name rather we should honour only those former state leaders who have contributed selflessly for the development of the society and state irrespective of any party one may belong to (Mango or Apple etc). Moreover by not remembering former state leaders like Baken Pertin, T.C Teli and others on party line, the state government has somewhat hurt our sentiments.


Mr. Debia Muj,

Mr. Nabam Tado,





An appeal for help

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I on behalf of All Lego Youth Welfare Society (ALYWS) would like to make an appeal to the member of our society. Smti Api Lego, W/o Shri. Ning Lego has suffered kidney failure and is currently admitted at Down Town Hospital, Guwahati. She is currently in ICU and battling for survival. We ALYWS appeal to all the Lego family residing in various parts of Arunachal Pradesh to kindly contribute as their capacities for her treatment.


T. Lego,

Secretary, ALYWS




Let’s make our beautiful state a land of ‘Paradise’

Dear Editor,

I feel happy to be born in this state of ours where everything we need have been made available by the Almighty God.

Indeed, we have been blessed with abundant rivers and rivulets, highest flora and fauna, deep forest of varied species and commercially valued mineral and Mining, Cement Oil etc. Above these, mesmerizing natural beauty with unique landscape like plateau, small hills and Himalayan ranges on the top. Nature has truly endowed our people with a deep sense of beauty which finds delightful expression in their songs, dances and unique crafts.

The land is so vast with thin population comprising of many tribes and varied fascinating cultures. The people are also very honest, hospitable, compassionate, soft spoken and innocent. In every state level event, rich cultural items of various tribes are being exhibited which mesmerize the audience.

However with the advent of modernity and developmental activities, our people have abruptly changed. People have become so aggressive, greedy and over ambitious that even close friends turn bitter enemy and do not hesitate to use lethal weapons to kill each other or brutally injure. Many people have learnt how to earn easy money by threatening officers without doing anything and looting business communities.

In the event of floating tenders, many will start campaigning the Minister, MLAs and concerned officers to help them get the contract work but never complete the work as per specification or DPR. After securing the tender, the contractors shall apply his best technique to get the bill passed without having done the work as per the terms and conditions of the works. This is the main cause of slow developmental activities in our state. All these happen because of lack of sense of belongingness and over ambition. Those people who do not get contract or supply work, they adopt easy method of collecting forceful donation from various officers particularly engineers and business communities on various pretexts. These criminal and immoral activities are quite disturbing and create fear psychosis in every one's mind. No engineers or officers dealing with financial matters are willing to sit in the office in fear of physical assault, misbehaviour, abuses and forceful demand. Even in the capital itself where police are available, people are not secured.

Even the press who maintain neutrality are not spared which is not heard of in other states. Thus our state once called a land of peace is turning to be a land of horror and disturbances which is a serious concern for the people who want development and peace.

Arunachalees who were once called peace loving people can emulate the hospitality of Thailand. Until and unless tourism sector is fully developed with required infrastructures and people are hospitable, the economic condition of our rural people shall remain the same.

In the recent past, there was a report of snatching cameras, imposing huge fine on slight touch of vehicles and rude behavior.  Such incidents are very unfortunate and have negative impacts in the mind of tourists.

I appeal my fellow brethrens to use available resources judiciously with feelings of belongingness. We also need to change our rude and unethical behavior and learn ethical values to attract more tourists.


Tani Jongkey

Joint Commissioner,

Tax and Excise




An unfortunate walkout

Dear Editor,

Legislative assembly being the topmost institution in a parliamentary democracy wherein issues and policies affecting the lives of people of the state, are discussed, debated and solutions arrived at, it is extremely unfortunate on the part of the so called disciplined BJP to boycott the entire proceeding of the assembly. Such a tactics is nothing but a cruel joke played on the public who have elected them to represent their grievances and aspirations. The irresponsible behaviors of the legislators are unpardonable especially considering the fact that the same party has the mandate of the people at the centre Government. Instead of throwing lights as to what the legislators have done to ensure bigger allocations with the help their party MP cum State Ministry of Home Affairs Govt. of India Kiren Rijiju, the party MLAs have decided to shy away from their responsibilities. The negative tactics such as non release of funds on the flimsy ground of non submission of UCs for a project by the state Govt is doing no good to the people of the state. The fact of the matter is that the BJP supreme of Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju has time and again stated on records that no files of the state Govt. sent to various Ministries of the Centre would be approved without his signal. such a negatives politics did not go well with the people and as a result the party candidates had to pay the price at the recently concluded assembly elections in 58th - Kanubari (ST) and 27th -Libomoba (ST).

My humble appeal to Kiren Rijiju therefore, would be stop such a parochial approach and immediately allow the state Govt. and it is people to take full advantages of his high posting as the same people have loved him and voted him to power. Unless this is done, the people of the state will not just remain contacted with his continuous presence in the social media and might even vote him out of power in 2019 parliament election.    


Rillang Chege




Seeking stipend

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight that the students of Govt. Schools in capital complex are denied stipend whereas students of other parts of state enjoys this privilege. As we know that majority of students of Govt. Schools belongs to poor family, the concerned authority/ department should realise that students in capital complex faces lots of problems to go to school by tempo, trekker, procuring books and others necessary items. If the students are given stipend it will encourage us to attend our classes regularly and help us immensely in meeting our daily expenses. Also, I would be glad if the students unions look into this matter seriously.


Nyalen Hakom

Student, GHSSI




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Initiate strong action

In yet another controversial statement which has the potential to create rift between various communities, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy yesterday stated that mosque is only a building where prayers are being offered but not a religious place. He also claimed that mosque can be demolished anytime. Swamy made this controversial statement while attending a programme at Guwahati. BJP leader also allegedly made derogatory remarks against Assamese people on the issue of land swap deal with Bangladesh.

His statement has evoked strong reaction and an FIR has been lodged against him. In the ethnically sensitive region like north east, where often clashes break out between various groups, a statement like that of Mr Swamy can add fire to the fuel. Ever since BJP came to power at centre their leaders and members of greater Sangh parivar has been making series of controversial statements targeting the minority groups like Muslim and Christians. Due to such hate campaigns, today the minority communities are feeling insecure and sense of anxiety engulfs them. Sadly government of India on their part has not done enough to dose off the fear and anxiety gripping the minority groups. BJP should initiate strong action against people like Subramanian Swamy to send stern message.