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Temporary shutdown of CT Scan

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: Ramakrishna Mission Hospital has announced temporary shutdown of CT Scan services from March 22 due to installation of a new machine.


Water supply to be affected

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: Normal water supply under RK Mission and Gohpur section will be affected due to ongoing four lane work being executed by department of highway. Due to this water supply to H-sector, Vivek Vihar, Ganga area, Police Colony, DN College, Polytechnic College and Gohpur area will be affected. This was informed by Junior Engineer PHED Tamchi Syam.


CAG submits finance accounts for 2013-14

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The Comptroller & Auditor General of India prepared the Finance Accounts and Appropriation Accounts of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for 2013-14 and forwarded to the State Government on March 9, 2015 for presentation before the State Legislature, according to an official release.


DC issues order

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner cum district magistrate Kanki Darang in an executive order has prohibited the carrying of weapons like pistol, revolver, dao etc within the premises of government offices of Ziro-Hapoli Township till the end of financial year 2014-15. Any person found violating the said order will be prosecuted as per law, stated the order.


DHS meeting held

YUPIA, Mar 19: The 4th quarter District Quality Assurance Committee meeting cum workshop and Annual Review Meeting on family planning of District Health Society was held at Deputy Commissioner Office complex here today.

National Urban Health Mission, Nodal Officer Dr. Raja Dodum highlighted on role of Quality Assurance Committee and informed that National Quality Assurance Program (NQAP) was launched to improve the quality of health facilities from Primary Health Centres to tertiary care level and added that the State level Quality Assurance Committee and District unit will be formed and the task of the Committee is to ensure that facility assessment and subsequent quality improvements efforts are executed as per guidelines.

Meanwhile, Papum Pare DRCHO Dr. Kipa Tuglik briefed about family planning and its performance in the district. During the meeting, quality assurance measures in all healthcare institutions and its implementation were discussed. DIPRO


AIMSU donates relief  materials to fire victims


ROING, March 19: The newly elected team of AIMSU today donated relief materials in cash and kind to fire victims of two different villages.

The house of Handi Molo of Mashelo village was completely damaged in fire at around 9:30pm on Tuesday last. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. There was no report of any casualty but property could not be saved.

The team also donated Rupees ten thousand to another fire victim, Ngapra Linggi of Denlo village, whose house too was completely burnt down by fire on Saturday last. The house was reportedly left unattended after clearing of jungle around the house. The team was also accompanied by VC RTI cell AAPSU Togeh Mepola.


Jr Engineer passes away

YINGKIONG, Mar 19: Moom Pertin (Bagra), a Junior Engineer in Hydro Power Development department of the state passed away at Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi on March 15 after prolonged illness. She was 28 only and is survived by a minor son Gebom Bagra and her husband Marge Bagra.

Her body was flown to hometown Aalo on March 16 and buried there the next day in full Galo custom and tradition.

After completing her Civil Engineering graduation from PDA College Gulbarga, Karnataka, she served as a Junior Engineer in Hydro Power Development department of the state to till her last breath.

Meanwhile, former Minister Bosiram Siram, Denong Tamuk Chief Councilor PMC along with family and relatives from Pasighat paid their last respect to the departed soul.

Expressing shock over the premature demise of death of Moom, Bosiram said that her demise is an irreparable loss to the society, family and state as a whole.  DIPRO


Pacha, Sessa MHS restored

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The micro hydel station (MHS) of Pacha at Seppa in East Kameng district and Sessa in West Kameng district was successfully restored on last Tuesday by the department of electro-mechanical under hydro power development, Bomdila.

This was informed by the Executive Engineer (EM) division here this evening in a release. The restoration was possible only after relentless effort put by Parliamentary Secretary Hydro Power Phurpa Tsering, informed EE (EM) Bomdila.

With the restoration of Pacha MHS (2x1.5MW) and Sessa MHS (3x500KW), Seppa and its adjacent villages are now getting uninterrupted power supply, added the department. Earlier Seppa was reeling under darkness for the last two months with the breaking down Pacha MHS due to technical snag.

Maximum power can be drawn from this (Pacha) hydel station after completion of 2x3.15 MVA, 33/11kv power sub-station Seppa by department of Power, added the department in a release.


Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme camp held

ROING, Mar 19: With a view to make Keraah Village under Mayu-II Gram Panchayat Segment as an Adarsh Village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme, an outreach package camp was held today at Rekoh, Keraah Village near Roing township.

In the camp, facilities like Free Health Check Up with medicines & Immunization of children, Financial Literacy Camp and Biometric Enrolment in National Population Register for issuing of Adhaar Card on the spot was provided to the people of the village. Meanwhile, one hundred patients have benefitted from the health camp put up by the District Hospital, Roing, 20 People have opened pass books under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana on the camp put up by the Customer Service Point of SBI Roing. The villagers who had missed the previous Biometric Enrolment in NPR were also benefitted from camp.

Lower Dibang Valley District, Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar personally oversee the camp and urged the villagers to take full benefit of the camp and also informed that more such activities will be taken up under the Mayu II Gram Sanchayat Segment to develop it into an Adarsh Village.

Earlier, Rajya Sabha MP, Mukut Mithi had adopted the Mayu-II Gram Panchayat Segment under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 on January 5 last. DIPRO


Massive plantation drive launched at Oyan


RUKSIN, Mar 19: Under the banner of Oyan Upper Primary School, Oyan village in East Siang, a massive tree plantation programme was launched today with planting 50 saplings of ornamental species inside 'Oiram Bori Memorial Cultural Complex'.

Launching the plantation programme, Daaying Pao said that plantation is important for saving environment from degradation. Pao, who is a Block Elementary Education Officer, explained that planting of trees not only protect the atmosphere but also rejuvenate the climate. He urged them to take proper care of the planted saplings for its survival.

Dr Dhanajay Pait, who supported the programme by supplying 50 saplings, hoped that the occasion will go a long way in imbibing a sense of responsibility to protect the mother earth. Being the general secretary of Oiram Bori Trust Committee, Dr Pait appreciated the students' effort for development of greenery inside the cultural complex.

The massive plantation programme is being conducted by teacher Jitendra Pait, the in-charge of craft department of the school. He informed that the plantation programme was a part of Clean Arunachal, Green Arunachal Mission and his students are planning to conduct more plantation activities in education institutions, government offices, roadsides and market places during this spring season. He further informed that the plantation drive was especially to inculcate a sense of responsibility among the students of maintaining the ecological balance for their posterity besides development of practical knowledge in making bamboo fencing to protect the planted saplings.


World Consumer day observed

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: A commemorative function was organized on the premises of Arunachal Law Academy to mark World Consumer Day on March 16. The programme which was attended by the students and teachers of the institution included series of awareness campaigns relating to consumer rights.

Principal of ALA, Dr. G. George highlighted on the importance of consumer rights within the four corners of a globalized consumer society.

Mopi Ete, Assistant Professor presented a nuanced account of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and its implication for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. She also stressed on how the people of Arunachal Pradesh would be the ultimate beneficiary if a prolonged campaign on consumer rights can be sustained. Among the students, Tadar Gunu and Wangalee Khomarang gave a visual presentation on the rights of consumers and "certified marks" that are used by the Govt. to certify food products considered to be consumer friendly. In his discussion, Khomrang also highlighted on the current wave of consumerism generated by public interest campaigns like "Jago Grahak Jago" and stressed on how even retail prices can be bargained by consumers.


AASKA felicitates Nobin

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: All Arunachal Shotokan Karate-do Association (AASKA) today accorded warm welcome to Sub Inspector P. Nobin Jomoh on his return from Malaysia after taking part in the Asian Karate Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

Nobin won a Silver medal in the event.

In a simple but impressive function held at Shotokan Karate headquarter Naharlagun today, the Karate family felicitated him with bouquets and congratulated for his brilliant performance in the highly competitive event.

Meanwhile, AASKA urged the Police Department to promote and encourage players serving in Police Department, like Nobin, who brought laurels to the state, by extending all support.

The Association has expressed gratitude to Kamku Lamnio, a public leader, for sponsoring him without whose generous support the trip would not have been possible.

North-East States Karate Federation of India President Shihan Likha Tara, AKA Technical Director Shihan S. Deben Sharma, AKA Vice President Tai Hipik, senoir karatekas Sampal Niktar Taja and sponsor Lamnio were present on the occasion.


Bameng exists in paper only: Forum

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: Bameng Town People's Forum (BTPF) today stated that Bameng ADC headquarters in East Kameng district has virtually turned a pitiful town with no government employees staying there. In a letter to the Chief Secretary, BTPF said that Bameng town exists in official papers only claiming and the government functionaries are abstaining from their duties. "People are silently suffering and the government infrastructures are dilapidated and ruined" it added.

Forum said that despite repeated pleas to the Deputy Commissioner East Kameng to address the issue has always fallen on deaf ears. Forum demanded the authority to give direction to all government employees posted at Bameng to stay regularly. Claiming that all the ADC headquarters in Arunachal Pradesh have been delegated with independent charges including financial power, the forum also sought for delegation of power to ADC Bameng. Apart from deployment of police force, it also demanded for uninterrupted BSNL service at Bameng.


News Impact

All have equal rights for a quality life:Lowangdong

Regional conference on multiple disabilities

NAHARALGUN, Mar 19: Social Justice, Empowerment & Tribal Affairs Minister Wanglin Lowangdong said that persons with multiple disabilities have equal rights like any other citizen to maintain a quality life.

Addressing a regional conference on Multiple Disabilities held at Banquet Hall here today, Lowangdong called for a combined effort and equal participation of professionals and society at large in achieving the goal of empowering the persons with multiple disabilities. Describing the day as a red letter day for the state, the minister emphasized on inculcating hygiene sense among the people in checking various diseases in rural areas. He also appreciated the visiting officials of NEIPMD for their active participation on the issue and hoped that this would facilitate reaching to the unreached and achieving the goal.

The conference was organized by Chennai based National Institute for empowerment of persons with multiple disabilities (NIEPMD) in collaboration with Department of Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.            

Parliamentary Secretary Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Karya Bagang said that the teachers and NGO's should act as guardians and play a pivotal role in tapping out talents beneath the person with disabilities. She further called upon the NGOs and similar organizations to explore the far flung areas of the state to record and identify the cases relating to multiple disabilities.

Highlighting the aims and objectives of the NEIMPD, Dr. Vijayalakshmy emphasized on proper educational and vocational programmes while understanding the persons with multiple disabilities in the remote and far flung areas of the state. On the occasion, she made a presentation on the introduction and causes associated with multiple disabilities and disability certification amid the medical practitioners and differently abled students. She informed that the NIEMPD undertakes development of human resource for management, training, rehabilitation, education, employment and social development of persons with multiple disabilities, besides promoting and conducting research in all areas relating to the issue. (DIPR)



Mahila mandal stages peaceful dharna, demands early execution of Highway

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The members of Manmao Mahila Mandal staged a peaceful dharna demanding clarifications over the excessive delay in executing Jairampur-Manmao-Changlang Highway road under TAH in the  office premises of Valecha Engineering Ltd, at Tengmo near Jairampur on  March 16 last.

The officials of Valecha were tight lipped over the issue but on being pressurized by the women's group, they issued a letter stating that the work had been stopped owing to internal financial problems and also assured that the works would be re-started from the 2nd week of April 2015.

The same day, the Manmao Mahila Mandal placed their grievances before the AE(NH). They have also submitted written complaint against the Valecha Engineering before the ADC Jairampur requesting him to take stringent action against the erring construction company. The work has been stalled for last 7 months and the concerned authorities are not responding to our fervent calls, informed Phengi Ronrang, the President of the Mahila Mandal. Taking serious note of the issue, ADC Kento Riba assured the Manmao Women's group of taking prompt action against the defaulters.



National Seminar on Corruption at RGU

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: Two days national seminar on the topic "The trends and danger of corruption in India with special reference to Arunachal Pradesh" begin today at Rajiv Gandhi University auditorium. The seminar is being organized by department of political science and economics in collaboration with ICSSR-NERC, Shillong and All Nyishi Students Union.

Large number of research scholars, media persons, students and faculty members of various departments of RGU attended the programme. Dr. Nabam Nakha Hina coordinator of the seminar and HoD political science, presented power point presentation about how public perceives the politicians of state. He also discussed in details about various mechanism to prevent corruption. Dharmendra Sharma, principal secretary, government of Arunachal who attended the seminar, stated that by organizing such seminar the scholars should try to find solution towards eradicating the corruption. He also advised them to push for better tool to fight against the menace of corruption. RGU Vice-chancellor Tamo Mibang in his address stated that due to increase in corruption, society is witnessing more inequality. Other speakers during the day include Prof NM Panda of NEHU, Prof Atul Sharma former VC, RGU, Prof SK Nayak, Dean Social Science RGU and Dr Vandana Upadhaya, HOD, Economics RGU. The inaugural session was followed by technical session. Prof Atul Sharma chaired the first session in which senior journalist Pradeep Kumar, Research scholar Jobe Riba, Rajin Mehu assistant professor and Sulung Sonam, system analyst RGU, presented their papers. In the second session chaired by Prof. NM Nanda, journalist Taba Ajum, Prof. Sarah Hilaly of history department RGU and Milo Yasung, research scholar Tezpur University, presented their papers. In the last session which was chaired by Prof. Nani Bath, research scholars Rinkiolo Chai, Miti Siboh, Taba Bilow and assistant professor Dr Danial Mize presented their papers. There was also an interesting interaction round in which audience asked several questions to the speakers who presented their papers. The members of All Nyishi Student Union lead by their general secretary Nyanya Gollo also attended the seminar. The two days seminar will conclude tomorrow.



12-yr girl rescued from Chandigarh

Itanagar, Mar 19:  A 12-year-old girl from Kurung Kumey district in Arunachal Pradesh, was rescued from Chandigarh with the help of Child Helpline, Itanagar and Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union Chandigarh, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) Yame Higio said today.

Higio said the girl, a victim of child marriage, was rescued on Sunday last.  The girl, married off to a 30 plus man hailing from Kurung Kumey district, is now in safe custody of the APSCW, she said.

The commission has expressed its gratitude to the Child Helpline Itanagar and Arunachal Pradesh Students Union Chandigarh and Chandigarh authorities for their help.

Meanwhile, the APSCW condemned the gang rape of 72-year-old nun in Nadia district of West Bengal and urged its West Bengal counterparts for speedy investigation into the case.



Khandu visit PMC office

PASIGHAT, Mar 19: "You have to fulfil the entrusted duties to meet the people's aspirations with expertise in coming days besides bringing mass awareness for revenue generation as well as to make the Pasighat town clean and beautiful" said Urban Development, Town Planning and Urban Local Bodies and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu during his recent visit to Office of Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) at Pasighat.

He suggested the Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) to adopt need-base planning and strategies to yield visible development and sought suggestions from the councillors for the welfare of Pasighat Township and informed that under 14th Finance Commission grant, his ministry would be in better position to strengthen the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) for creation of manpower as well as infrastructures.

Khandu further expressed his desire to convene a meeting with councillors of PMC and IMC at Itanagar soon to chalk-out future-plans and further course of action.

Later, the minister handed-over cheques to four individuals and four SHGs as beneficiaries under UWSP and UWEP component of SJSRY.

PMC, Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk presented a detail report on achievement and briefed about the activities carried out by PMC.

He said that under Nixon Lego (MEO) various Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) related activities are being carrying out like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, lifting of garbage on regular basis, preparation of estimate for various projects, Action Plan for sanitation and implementation of SJSRY (Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojana), Ward development fund are among them. Tamuk informed that under 'Skill Training for Employment Promotion' ninety-five urban poor has been providing Diploma in Computer Application, four women self help group has been provided subsidy for self employment generation under Urban Women Self Help Program (UWSP). Four educated women have been appointed as Community Organizer under Urban Community Development Network and to conduct survey on urban street vendors and forming of women self help group.

Further, PMC is constructing a Pay & Use toilet at APST Bus stand under Urban Wages Employment Program and at present the MEO is working out modalities of National Urban Livelihood Mission for implementation at Pasighat Municipal Council, informed Tamuk.

ESC Osi Yosung Boring and Tagom Doming also spoke on the occasion.

The minister was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretaries Bamang Felix (Edn & IPR) and Mutchu Mithi (Horti) and local MLA Kaling Moyong. DIPRO



NHPC donates equipments to Anini district hospital


ROING, Mar 19: In its continuous effort to contribute in improving the medical services of Dibang Valley District, the Dibang Multipurpose Project (DMP), NHPC Ltd yesterday donated equipments such as X-ray view Box, Nebulisers, Heine ENT diagnostic sets, RMT diagnostic kits, Hepatitis A&B diagnostic kits, desktop computers, printers and scanners, laptop and Sony Projector to the District Hospital Anini.

The items were handed over to Anini District Hospital Medical Supdt. Dr Muchu Mihu and Medical Officer Dr James Lego, in presence of Dy. Manager (PR) NHPC S.R. Gupta, and Dy. Manager (Civil) NHPC  Tajen Dulom in a ceremony organized by the medical unit of DMP.

While appreciating NHPC, Dr Mihu said that the contributions of the power giant would enhance the quality of Medical facilities provided by the District Hospital.



Experts call for positive attitudinal change towards persons with disability

RONO HILLS, Mar 19: Media as a medium to advance the very concept of ‘inclusive society’ in the area of disability and making it accessible for persons with disabilities in the society, are key subjects for discussion, in a two-day orientation and training program on Media and Accessibility that got underway, here today at Rajiv Gandhi University. The two-day training program is organized by the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH) GoI, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Mumbai in collaboration with the department of Mass Communication, RGU.

The two-day training program is aimed at focusing on practical skills, information on media tools and techniques to improve digital media and website accessibility and the communication delivery in media houses and organizations in the area of disability.

A steering group of members including Dr. P J Mathew Martin from AYJNIHH Mumbai, communication manager The George Institute of Global Health, New Delhi, K Kannan, HoD AYJNIHH Dr. Arun Banik and director Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies, Mumbai, Dr. Mageshkar Karandikar reach the state to facilitate requisite skills to the communication professionals and students of Mass Communication in dealing with disability issues.

Chairing the first day of the training, dean faculty of Education Prof. J C Soni stressed on positive attitudinal change towards person with disability and the right to happy life for all. Revealing the statistical data on disability in the country he informed that disability in the North East is less in comparison to other states, with Arunachal Pradesh having 1.5% disability while Manipur-2.11% and Sikkim-2.98% having highest percentage of disability in the NE region.

HoD Mass Communication, Dr. Kh. Kabi welcoming the steering group called for a paradigm shift from a need based approach to a right based approach in the area of disability.

In his key note address, K Kannan described the concept of disability, saying, disability is a part of human condition and can happen to anyone.  He said journalists need to be careful using technically correct terminologies in their reporting. Emphasising on the Right based approach; Kannan said that persons with disability should not be victims of ‘lack of equal opportunities’, as such, human rights being universal in nature should not be divisible in terms of disability and that the subjects of disability should be treated with same opportunity.

During the technical sessions all the resource persons spoke on accessibility rights, management and disability and role of media and accessibility.

Dr. P J Mathew Martin dwelt at length on the concept of universal design media and called for a product design that is universal in nature accessible to everyone irrespective of their ability, age and status in life. Martin informed that additional aids such as closed captioning, audio description and sign language are rare in films produced in India and that such aids can help in the area of disability.

Dr. Mangesh Karandikar while addressing the participants spoke on the role of media and accessibility and stated that media should be accessible and that it should be designed in a manner that mitigates the gap between the haves and the have nots, making it accessible for all.

On the day students were trained on using alternative media such as comics to create a platform for person with disability enabling them to participate. Talking on how comics can reach out to people, Liza Burgohain of World Comics emphasized that comics are cost effective way to reach out to the grass root level and a good way for self-expression.

The first day of the training ended with interaction and a competition declared in four categories, wherein, the participants need to come up with an advertisement for TV spot, article on issues regarding disability, print advertisement and best comic. 



Discourage compensation politics, says PPA

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) today called upon the people of the state to develop positive mindset and discourage the 'Compensation Politics' in whatever form in greater interest of Arunachal's development.

Addressing a party meeting on development aspects in the state including construction of the Hollongi Airport, the PPA president Kahfa Bengia said that with the tempo of development coming up at fast pace in Arunachal in the form of projects like Highways, Airport, Hydropower and introduction of railways, the people in the state should be ready with positive mindsets and shed and discourage 'Compensation Politics'.

"It is unfortunate that the much talked about proposed Airport project at Bandewdewa had to be stalled because of the sudden change of proposed project site at Hollongi along the Assam boundary where the compensation costs is estimated to be running into crores," the PPA said. However, the Party president Bengia exhorted everybody to think of only the project first as it symbolizes the state interest. "All the civil societies, student organizations and political parties should untidily exert upon the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India to start the project at the earliest, retorted Kahfa Bengia.

Expressing concern over the erection of concrete structures like residential buildings and plantation of various trees along the highway projects, the party president said "bad ideas are always contagious and these negative precedents should be out-rightly condemned in toto by one and all."

The Govt of Arunachal should initiate healthy discussions on important issues involving all political parties like the steps needed to be taken to safeguard the sanctity of ILP (Inner Line Permit) with the introduction of railways in the state which though is a positive sign of development, added Kahfa Bengia.



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Pan Arunachalee identity

Dear Editor,

Pan Arunachalee Identity through saffron cap of the BJP or the Nehru cap of the Congress will only divide the Arunachalees on the lines of the party politics. While the BJP is driven by the RSS ideology of the dominances, the congress ideology is based on appeasing the minority in the name of secularism. While it is true when Rijiju says that Arunachal is land of plenty but without governance, it is equally true that the mainstream parties like the BJP and Congress themselves are responsible for reducing the state and its people to the status of slavery and serfdom.

The defective statehood bill of 1987 has snatched away everything from the control of the Arunachalees. The vast natural resources like the Jal, Jameen and Jungle, the unparalleled cultural resources are simply owned by the central govt. unlike the state of Nagaland which has been placed under article 370(A) and has full control over their underground as well as over ground resources.

Arunachal is placed under article 371(H) such a draconian provision was opposed by the PPA and AAPSU in 1980 and 1990 but their voices were simply crushed by the so called power political party of the mainstream of India. Although there is a late realisation of the follies committed by the Congress leadership and moved a resolution in state assembly for appropriate amendment of the constitution, the matter is still pending in the cold storage of the union home ministry. Now that Rijiju is at the helm of affairs and he has been apprised of the grievances on number of occasions, it is therefore understood that he tables the amendment proposed in the floor of the parliament. Going by his pre-poll promises in social media platforms, it is accepted that Rijiju practices what he preaches. Failure to address the issue would mean putting the Arunachaleese under the syndrome of  dependency and the culture of the begging bowl. Pan Arunachal identity, according to me is giving the Arunachalee their rights over their natural and cultural resources and letting them decide their own destiny.

This is possible only when the defective statehood Act is amended at the earliest and let Arunachalee decide as to what want to do and how they do with their own god gifted resources. Million dollar question therefore is will Rijiju make an effort or he like any other tribal leader from the mainstream parties succumb to the pressure of his political master and the corporate giant of the mainland India.


Rillang Chege



Negligence by postal dept

Dear Editor,

There has been an utter negligence from the postal officials of Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh in delivering service to us. The department has knowingly delayed in dispatching the Passport parcel sent from Guwahati of my son Ngurang Nyakum.  The letter was dispatched on 12th March 2015 from Guwahati and reached here at Itanagar on 14th March 2015 and was to reach Kimin Post Office by 15th March.

The Department purposely delayed in delivering service resulting in the hindrance of the official process for obtaining visa. The matter is a very serious issue relating to my son's professional career as he is suppose to participate in a football tournament to be held in Spain on 28 March 2015.

According to official information from Itanagar, the Driver Deori carrying the important document have left for Ziro only today in spite of the movement order given to him on 16th March.  He travelled via Doimukh - Potin road by passing Kimin intentionally resulting again in delay for one day.


Ngurang Pinch

Chairman (APAMB) Naharlagun




A road that lasted 15 days

Dear Editor,

When re-blacktopping of various roads in the township area of Aalo begins, people held a sigh of relief that after about fifteen years the Aalo township was going to have a facelift. But it is a shame for everyone that the newly built roads didn't even lasted fifteen days. The earlier worn-out roads were far better than these newer ones. It is very unfortunate that although there are around three sitting MLAs, three ex-MLAs and three former ministers and not to talk about the uncountable public and students' organizations headquartered in the town, but no one seems to be concerned about the matter. Yes, we are responsible for our sorrowful condition. Come let's wait for another fifteen years again for re-blacktopping of our Aalo town roads!


Jirken Bagra

Panya village,






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Mature decision

The Nagaland Government has made mature decision by deciding to hand over the investigation of the lynching of a rape accused in judicial custody by a mob at Dimapur, to the Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI.  The incident invited widespread attention nationally and internationally. Demands were made by several organizations, and also due to involvement of large number of people in the incident, the government decided to hand over the case to CBI.

Though everyone condemns the rape incident, the manner in which public lynched the alleged accused does not augur well for the legal justice system of the country. Also some anti-social elements tried to give communal colour to the incident.  The situation had gone so bad that home ministry had to issue alert notice to some state government to take care of the safety and security of NE people. The attempts were also made to malign the image of victim with different kind of false stories being circulated about her character and her background. The incident also damaged the image of NE region. Hopefully CBI enquiry will unearth the whole truth, so that justice prevails.