May 03


News Impact


Buddha Jayanti

ITANAGAR, May 2: The 2256th Buddha Jayanti will be celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety at Thuptan Ga-Tsaling (Gonpa), Siddharth Vihar and Theravada Buddhist Vihara, Vivek Vihar on May 6.

Thousands of Buddhist devotees are expected to participate in the celebration.

The devotees will also take out a religious procession from Siddharth Vihar to Theravada Buddhist Vihara early in the morning to mark the celebration. This would be followed by prayer for world peace and discourse on life of Buddha and his teachings at Theravada Buddhist Vihara.


No stipend to students of unrecognized institutions

ITANAGAR, May 2: The students studying in unrecognized institutions and courses are not eligible for award of the state Govt’s stipend, said higher and technical education directorate in a release today.

The directorate cautioned all the stakeholders, especially the students and their parents not to be misled by the advertisements issued by some universities and institutions. The claims of some of the universities/institutions as recognized/affiliated may not always be correct, the release said.  Parents are requested to verify the authenticity of such institutions through the official websites of various statutory bodies before getting admission to their children, the release added.


DM’s prohibitory order

ITANAGAR, May 2: The District Magistrate (DM), Itanagar Capital Complex, in an order, prohibited movement of any type of vehicle through the road passing near Police and Fire Stations, Naharlagun with immediate effect.

The district administration has verified the complaint lodged by the Naharlagun OC and found it genuine that movement of vehicle through the road has been obstructing and creating problem in easy mobility of vehicles of the fire brigade and police during emergency, the order said. The DM, in another order also banned sale, display and storage of masks with tag in Itanagar Capital Complex by shopkeepers.

This ban has been imposed following reports of crimes by some anti-social elements by putting mask as camouflage in and around Itanagar Capital Complex.


Contractors serve ultimatum

ITANAGAR, May 2: The contractors for construction of road from Yazali to Mengio under RIDF XIV and Jop to Silsango under NLCPR, have served an ultimatum to the PWD central zone to release outstanding dues of the genuine contractors within 20 days.

The Contractors Welfare Committee (CWC) of the above mentioned roads, claimed that though the then PWD Yazali division reached an agreement with local contractors on March 31 for release of outstanding dues within April 25, but  the contractors are still running from pillar to post for their dues.

The contractors threatened to occupy the PWD properties if their demand is not fulfilled within given time.  Earlier, the contractors, in a representation, appealed to the PWD Minister to direct the authority concerned to release the outstanding dues of the genuine contractors in the first week of April.


Society calls for up-gradation of ME school Tato

ITANAGAR, May 02: Claiming that government middle school Tato has been lying unattended by the government; Boh-Aao Welfare Society today urged the government to upgrade the school from existing middle school into secondary from the next academic session.

Society said that despite repeated pleas and representations from many quarters for the up-gradation of the school, the authority concerned have not responded yet.

It said that up-gradation of school would enable children from humble background to study up to secondary level. It also appealed to its local MLA to take up the matter with concerned authority.


Vaccination cum awareness camp at Etalin

Anini, May 2: Vaccination cum awareness camp on Swine Fever disease was organized by District Veterinary Office team at Etalin block led.

The programme was inaugurated by Zilla Chairperson Empi Meya.  

Swine fever is a viral diseases caused by virus and it is contagious disease. The disease can be prevented only through vaccination in proper time, said Veterinary Officer Dr. Lige Basar in a message.

Altogether 70 farmers took the advantages of the camp. The team also distributed the medicines and injections to prevent the further spread of disease.


‘BWC is working for its member’

ITANAGAR, May 2: Bazar Welfare Committee (BWC), Naharlagun appealed All Capital Complex Unemployed Youth Association not to interfere in the affairs of business community as BWC works for the interest of its members only.

The present executive committee of BWC is working hard for the betterment of not only the business community but also citizens of Naharlagun township with active cooperation with the capital administration, BWC in a release said.

It suggested the Association to approach the authorities concerned for availing any facility and opportunity as BWC was not appropriate authority to solve unemployment problem of educated youths.


Night watchman’s death condoled

ITANAGAR, May 2: The officers and staff of General Manager, State Transport Services, Naharlagun condoled the death of night watchman of its Karsingsa workshop Tame Sorang on April 28. They also conveyed their heartfelt condolence to bereaved family and prayed for his eternal peace.


NMWC urges CA to protect burial ground

ITANAGAR, May 2: Nirjuli Market Welfare Committee (NMWC) urged the Capital Administration (CA) to protect and preserve the Rajdhani Rajghat (burial ground) located at Nirjuli west end.

It is seen that the shed and boundary wall had been completely damaged and CGI sheets taken away by the land encroachers who are now busy in distribution of the plot of land among themselves, NMWC alleged  in a release.

The government had created the burial ground by expending huge amount and rampant destruction by few people for their selfish gain is not acceptable by anyone of the society, it said and appealed to the capital administration including the police to keep proper and strict vigil on the burial ground and arrest the culprits so that Rajghat could be saved from further encroachment.

It also appealed to the concern department to sanction sufficient fund immediately for construction of proper link road to the ground so that it could be utilized by one and all.


Legal awareness camp

ITANAGAR, May 2: A total of 18 crime cases against women and girls were registered in Ziro Police station during the past three years out of which charge sheets have been filed against most of the cases and few are under investigation.

It was informed by Officer in-Charge of Ziro Police Station Tapo Techi  during a legal awareness on women and girl organized under National Commission for Women by ‘Home Society’ in collaboration with District Legal Services Authority, Ziro, on April 27.

Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women Gumri Ringu explained the participants in details about procedures of approaching the Commission for lodging any complaints and actions to be taken.

MN Bharali, senior advocate highlighted the rights and privilege of women and girls in the society.

Raga CDPO Kena Taka spoke about protection of women from domestic violence under the relevant Act.

The programme was attended by DC in-charge of Lower Subansiri, Raga ADC, women organization groups and heads of various departments.


Vantage Point Cafe inaugurated: Sona

ITANAGAR, May 2: Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Pasang Dorjee Sona this evening inaugurated the newly renovated TT Bar-Cum-Restaurant in presence of Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs Wangki Lowang during a simple but impressive function at Vantage Point Cafe, Six Mile, Itanagar.

 Among the other guests present on the occasion were Thrizino-Buragaon MLA Kumsi Sidisow, Director Tourism and Capital Complex Superintendent of police. The state tourism department owned, ‘Vantage Point Cafe’, located along the NH52 between Itanagar and Naharlagun is given on lease to a private firm.  Situated far away from maddening rush, Vantage point Café offers chance to the visitors to relax in the best ambience. The café is being run by local tribal resident and offers delicious cuisines at reasonable rates.  


Ph.D degree

ITANAGAR, May 2: Philip Modi, an Assistant Professor at Rajiv Gandhi University, is being awarded Ph.D degree in Commerce discipline by the university. The title of his thesis is ‘Ginger Cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh and its Economic Contribution - a Study on Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit Districts’.  

He has more than 55 research publications in many journals and  also presented papers in more than 42 national and international seminar and conferences.


Personality development prog

ITANAGAR, May 2: The Centre for Management Studies (CMS) of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) is organizing three days Faculty Development Programme on ‘Personality Development’ at Institute’s seminar from May 7. This programme aims at studying different aspects of personality and to suggest necessary personality development interventions.

The programme is sponsored by NERIST Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) under the aegis of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and World Bank. The resource persons from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Sikkim and several faculties from different departments of the institute are expected to participate in it.


May Day celebration

ITANAGAR, May 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union, Changlang District Unit celebrated May Day yesterday at Changlang.

ZPM John Jugli, IFCSAP Vice President N Changmi, Arunachal Youth Congress, Eastern Parliamentary President James Jugli, Labour Officer B Nyorak, Zonal Secretary, Eastern Zone (AAPWU) Sanu Tamang addressed the gathering on the occasion.

Besides meeting and cultural programme, a mass rally was also conducted in within Changlang Township.

Centre assures more DIETS and BLTEIs

ITANAGAR, May 2: Centre today assured more DIETS and Block Level Teacher Education Institution (BLTEIs) in Arunachal Pradesh.

More DIETS and Block Level Teacher Education Institution (BLTEIs) would be established in Arunachal Pradesh very soon to address the problem of untrained and under-qualified teachers, Anshu Vaish, Secretary in Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry assured Education Minister Bosiram Siram in New Delhi today. On the issue of granting recognition to the private B.Ed. Colleges of different locations of Arunachal Pradesh such as Siang Royal Academy, Pasighat, Teacher Training College, Aalo, Puri Symbiosis College, Naharlagun and M T H College, Ziro, Siram, who  who called Vaish in New Delhi today sought the MHRD’s help to enable four pending B.Ed. Collages to start courses from the session 2012-13 for which MHRD confirmed to initiate action at an earliest.

During the course of discussion the Union Secretary appreciated the initiative of State Govt, the Education Department for successful implementation of all national flagship programmes, such as RMSA, MDM, ICT, Sakshar Bharat Mission etc.

Siram praised MHRD's generous support to Arunachal Pradesh for all-round development of education sector especially for successful completion of Project Approval Board (PAB) meetings for SSA-RTE programme 2012-13.  

MHRD granted special consideration to Arunachal Pradesh to tune up the education of the state at par with national level.

He acknowledged the approach of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for extending all supports as well as taking prompt action for making strategy with the help of finance department for clearance of state matching share in phase wise manner to avoid delay in quality delivery of services as well as release of centre share against national flagship programmes of education department. The departmental initiative for working out the modality to meet up state matching share was also discussed.

Siram also called on Amita Kaul, Additional Secretary MHRD.

Sangeet Dubey, DRC and D K Chaturvedi, OSD (Education) accompanied Tuki.



AAPPTF takes up the cause of DTO offices

ITANAGAR, May 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) led by its president Takar Goi met Transport and Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin at his office yesterday.

The Team apprised the minister about the grievances of District Transport Officers (DTOs) and the general public.

The AAPPTF members said that the present nine DTOs of the state are playing important role in collection and generation of revenue for the state exchequer running into crores of amounts.

But, the DTO offices in the state are ill-equipped and there is shortage of basic amenities and staff, due to which DTOs are not in a position to discharge their function satisfactorily.

It further said that in 2008-09 Mahindra Bolero were allotted to each and every DTOs but the Mahindra Bolero meant for DTOs are being used in the Directorate Office, Naharlagun.

The team appealed to the minister to look into the matter seriously and initiate necessary step to provide vehicle to every DTO for better execution of assigned duties in the hilly mountain terrain region of the state.  They also urged the Minister to conduct state transport authority (STA) meeting and review the 12.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) immediately.

It said that due to high tax rate many vehicles are being registered in Assam resulting loss to state exchequer.

Meanwhile, General Secretary Dobing Sonam demanded creation of posts for separate deputy director for eastern and western Arunachal.

He further said that the life expectancy of vehicles in state is very low as compared to other states, and hence, charging road tax for a long period is ‘unreasonable’. It urged the authorities concerned to reduce the subscription period to seven years immediately.  

He appealed to the Chief Minister and the Minister Transport and Cooperation to fulfill the AAPPTF’s demands immediately and provide vehicles and necessary office stationery to each DTO within this financial year, adding that, if their demands are not fulfilled within the stipulated time, AAPPTF will launch movement against the government.

When contacted many DTOs also appealed to the higher authority to provide the allotted office vehicles and necessary office stationeries immediately for better execution of works.

Meanwhile, Gamlin assured to take up necessary step into the demands put forward by AAPPTF members.

The meeting was attended by all the executive members of AAPPTF.



Nature’s fury in Upper Siang, Yingkiong cut off

ITANAGAR, May 2: Yingkiong, the headquarters of Upper Siang district continues to be cut off due to incessant rain for the last few days.

The two main roads of the district connecting Yingkiong via Mariyang and Pangin-Boleng have been cut off for last few days causing hardship to common people. Only light vehicles are plying through Simong village short-cut jungle road connecting Yingkiong-Mariyang road.

Besides,  all the roads in  township, including road to DC office at education colony are threatened by erosion due to inadequate and improper drainage system.

The Yingkiong-Gandhi bridge road which connects left and right bank of Siang has been eroded near Siking bridge. The situation may worsen if rain continues. DIPRO



Forum seeks security while AdiSU says no to Naying public hearing

ITANAGAR, May 2: Dam Affected Peoples Forum of Yapik today demanded the state government to provide adequate security for the public hearing of Naying hydro electric project to be held at Pene village under Tato circle in West Siang on May 11.

The Forum, in a release, said that anti-dam protesters might disrupt the proposed environment clearance public hearing. It demanded the state government to deploy paramilitary forces.  

It also condemned the anti-dam protestors while alleging that they are influencing the people to protest against the dams. The Forum welcomed the projects saying that the upcoming hydel projects would benefit people and help develop the interior places of the area.

On the other hand, All Adi Students Union (AdiSU) reiterated its demand for cancellation of the proposed public hearing for the 1000 MW Naying Hydro Electric Project.

The Union had earlier also called for the cancellation of the proposed public hearing on Naying HEP in January last.

Expressing resentment over the announcement of public hearing on the said project, the Union in a memorandum to the Arunachal Pradesh Pullution Control Board chairman, said despite repeated appeal to the state Govt for revision of all the MoUs and MoAs in Siang basin, the Board announced the public hearing.

Alleging that the Board is working against the interest of the affected area rather than addressing their problems, the union said the recent strong opposition to the public hearing on 2700 MW Lower Siang hydro electric project should have been an eye opener for the Board.

Forceful conduct of public hearing may lead to law and order situation for which the Board will have to take responsibility, it added.



IPR dept  urged to sensitize masses about Govt policies

ITANAGAR, May 2: The resource persons attending the inaugural session of IPR officers’ conference at ATI, Naharlagun on Wednesday underlined the importance of strengthening the Department of Information & Public Relations for rapid dissemination of information regarding govt plans, programmes and achievements among the masses besides reinforcing the feedback process.

Attending the conference, retired State Information Commissioner Habung Payeng said that the IPR department would have to play a proactive role in sensitizing the masses about govt’s policies and programmes besides educating the people about local-oriented programmes regarding education, health, rural development etc.

Besides underscoring the need of maintaining unremitting liaison with the Press as well as other govt departments, a senior journalist said it was the duty of the department to provide timely and objective information to the media. He further called for conduction of more orientation programmes for DIPROs for their skill upgradation besides equipping them with latest technologies for rapid dissemination of information among the civil society.

Stating that IPR department was the most powerful tool for information dissemination, political secretary to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Bamang Tago said the department should become an effective channel of communication between the govt and the masses.

Tago said it was imperative that the IPR department to have a set of “well-trained, responsible and dedicated” IPR officers to strengthen its extension network in the rural areas to bring the govt’s development agenda and success stories to the people living across the State.

He exuded hope that the district IPR officers would work with a renewed vigour, and underlined the need for promoting good governance, stating that media and good governance were inter-related. Earlier in his welcome speech, IPR Director Leki Phuntso said that the IPR department was the “eye and ear” of the govt and divulged that the department was planning to set up “Information Centre” in each district during the 12th five year plan period to educate the people of all sections about the govt plans, policies and achievements.

Explaining the steps being taken by department to strengthen its field network, the director further informed that the department was going to implement a new scheme called “Line-up display” from this year through which the department would display current news of the State govt on TV screens at different locations of the capital city as part of community viewing scheme.

He further informed that proposal for centralized funding for advertisement has been put up to the govt.

The department’s other key initiatives are revival of community listening system to connect far-flung areas to the mainstream, strenthening direct to home (DTH) community viewing system to facilitate rural people to view news and other educative programmes, development of a digital photo archive and sophisticated equipments for preserving and editing films and videos.

Senior journalists from Assam Samudra Gupta Kashyap also shared his views and experiences besides giving a slew of suggestions towards strengthening the department.  

Earlier, the president of AP Information Service Officers’ Welfare Association, Denga Bengia submitted a memorandum to the CM’s political secretary demanding the State govt to address the officers’ grievances like pay anomalies, backlog service cadres, lack of promotional avenues, etc to which Tago assured to convey the same to CM for early redressal.



National Panchayat Day

SEPPA, May 2: The Panchayat Day was celebrated with participation of Panchayat members, Govt officials and public representatives at Kameng Hall, Seppa on April 24. It was a rare occasion to see all the PRI members from various pockets of the district and HoDs in one platform.

Addressing the gathering, MLA Tapuk Taku highlighted the power and function of the Panchayat members for bringing development in village level. He, however, called upon them to gain more knowledge about their responsibility under three-tier panchayati Raj system and work as trend-setter in their respective jurisdiction.

Taku also divulged the steps taken by present Govt for capacity building and empowerment of the  panchyat members in state. Formation of ‘expert committee’ on devolution of power, the 2nd State Finance commission, construction of Zilla Parishad office in the district are some of the steps being taken to empower PRIs, he mentioned.

The MLA further emphasized on collective efforts of all the people and administration and police to maintain law and order and to make  East Kameng one of the peaceful districts in the state.

Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam appealed the PRI members to participate in review meeting on various flagship schemes. He also urged PRI members to take care of the Govt. assets under their jurisdiction and stressed on improved law and order for peaceful environment as peace is perquisite for development.

While informing of the survey works for Arunachal Trans-Highway in the district to be taken-up very soon, he called on the PRI members to extend whole-hearted support to the survey team in their respective jurisdiction. He also appealed the dwellers of the Seppa town to maintaine cleanliness.

ADC cum DPDO Tage Tado gave a power-point presentation on the evolutions of Panchayat Raj and its aspects. He also read out the message of the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on the National Panchayati Raj Day.

Sepi Bagang, Chairperson Zilla Parishad cum Chairman Co-ordination committee of Zilla Parishad dwelt at length on the initiative taken up by him for the devolution of power to the PRIs in state.



NRHM workshop on programme management

ITANAGAR, May 2: The four days residential workshop on Programme Management for state and District Programme Management Supporting Units began here today.

The 3rd batch of the programme has been organized by state NRHM in collaboration with Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi.

Addressing the inaugural session state NRHM Mission director N. Mali, highlighted the importance of constant refresher course for field officers from the districts. He also called upon the participants to reap maximum benefit from the workshop.

Pointing out various hurdles in implementation of the NRHM programme, H & FW secretary Kaling Tayeng, hoped the current exercise will help in overcoming such problems and preparation of better DHAP for the next year. He further reiterated that the Performance Appraisal of the contractual staff must be submitted to NRHM MD at the earliest. He asked the DRCHOs to take action against the habitual non-performing staff. All the activities should be implemented without any delay after finalization of ROP, he said.

He also advised the DMOs to ensure that the newly appointed MOs are made aware of Treatment and Identification protocol of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Malaria in the state. He further advised all to continue working with the zeal to improve it.

The inaugural programme was attended by DRCHOs and DAs from all the districts, senior officers and staffs of the Mission Directorate.

Dr. Anupama Hazarika, Dr. Vivek Singh and Dr. Surjeet Bakshi from PHFI and Dr D Padung State Nodal Officer (NRHM) are the resource persons for the workshop.



CM mourns deaths in boat tragedy

ITANAGAR, May 2: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock and grief over the death of scores of people, including women and children, when the boat carrying them capsized in Brahmaputra River in Dhubri district of Assam on Monday evening.

In a message today, Tuki said it was one of the worst ever tragedies in the region and has shocked the entire country. He endorsed the offer made by Governor Gen J J Singh for all necessary help and cooperation in relief and rescue works from the state.

“My heart goes out to the near and dear ones of those unfortunate passengers as well as the people of Assam. At this time of tragedy, the people of Arunachal stand by their brethren in Assam,” he said.

At least 103 people, including women and children,  drowned and over 100 went  missing when an overloaded boat carrying about 250 to 300 passengers capsized in Brahmaputra river.

The Chief Minister while praying for eternal peace of those unfortunate passengers expressed the hoped that similar incidents do not repeat in future. He also wished success to the rescue operations with the belief that those still alive are saved.

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ADB’s efforts to combat poverty

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has joined in to combat poverty in Asia by not only pledging $12.4 billion as monetary assistance, but also with a renewed strategy for effective development assistance and streamlined plans for economic and social infrastructure improvement.

The  development fund will help improve the lives of millions of Asia’s poorest through inclusive and environmentally-sustainable growth, including improved access to education, social safety nets, and the development of clean and renewable energy. They will also seek to narrow the development gaps and rising income inequality, and help vulnerable countries cope with shocks such as rising food and fuel prices, natural disasters and conflict.  It will also be used to promote gender mainstreaming, good governance, food security, private sector development, and stronger regional cooperation. Special attention will be given to countries affected by conflict and smaller island states with fragile economies. Donors agreed to establish a Disaster Response Facility under ADB fund on a pilot basis to support the poorest countries in responding to natural disasters.

The ADF continues to be a critical source of finance for badly needed economic and social infrastructure improvements. More than 2.5 million students will benefit from school improvement programs or other direct support to the education sector. And over 3,40,000 new households will be connected to electricity and around 5,60,000 connected to a regular water supply.


Bring North East to national perspective

Dear Editor,

No condemnation is enough for the coward brutes who are instrumental in ensuring the tragic deaths of Meghalaya's daughter Dana M.Sangma and Manipur's son Loitam Richard.

When Indian students get attacked in Australia, the Union Government immediately contacts its Aussie counterpart and angrily voices its concern. Similarly the respective State Governments of North-East should protest against the barbarities meted to the North-Eastern students and sternly ask its Karnataka, New Delhi, Haryana (to name a few) counterparts to provide adequate protection to them. Also the State Governments should bring the violent incidents to the notice of the Indian Government and ask the authorities to promote the statement of "India is for Indians" from rhetoric to reality.

Australia may have seen few attacks against the Indian students, but that "alien" nation has also ensured that  the criminals be promptly brought to book. In the same vein, it is sincerely hoped that the authorities in so-called mainland India would also ensure justice to the assaulted North-Eastern students, who are not only very much an integral part of this nation, but whose right over Karnataka or New Delhi is not a bit less than an ethnic Kannadiga or North Indian.

And before accusing Australians of promoting racism, the Indians should learn the basic tenets of nationalism and humanity. Ensuring justice to the assaulted individual or families of the victims from the North-East is not enough. There lies an urgent need to place North-East India in an honourable pedestal and brought into national perspective.

Just take a glimpse of the history books that are taught to the Indian students. It starts from Indus Valley civilization, Maurya empire, Mughal Period and ends with Sepoy Mutiny and the exodus of British which have been ensured by only Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru! Heaps and heaps of praises are showered on Rana Pratap, Shivaji, Rani Laxmibhai, Bhagat Singh and Chandrasekhar Azad. But not a single line devoted to the gallant Prince Tikendrajit Singh who fought against the British in the Anglo-Manipur war of 1891! Not a single mention of King Tirot Singh who died in Dhaka jail after being imprisoned by the British! For the same "sin" of trying to drive out the Britishers, Rani Gaidinliu was arrested in 1932 at the tender age of 16 and spent her life in jail till India's independence. But no effort has been taken to educate the whole country about that lion-hearted lady!

All hell breaks loose if Baba Ramdev or Anna Hazare undertakes a fast for few days. But hardly anyone cares about the unique decade-long uninterrupted fast of Iron Lady Irom Sharmila! A Mumbai cricketer ("superstar" of a team-game that is seriously played by hardly 10 nations in the globe), who has rarely played a decent innings in critical situations in last 23 years and feels no qualms in achieving a personal record at the cost of fortunes of the Indian team, gets hailed as "God" and there are no dearth of cricket "lovers" demanding Bharat Ratna for him! In contrast no one cares about a certain M.C.Mary Kom who has won five consecutive Gold in Women's  World Amateur Boxing Championship through her sole effort in a game played throughout the globe!

As if relegating the North-East from the national psyche is not enough, New Delhi even went to the extent of issuing a circular which directly infringed upon the attire and food habits of the North-eastern students living in the national capital! Though the right of the North-Easterners over New Delhi is not a bit lesser than the Punjabi and Hindi-brigade, still the administration tried to put a bar on the culture of Nagas, Manipuris and the others. If the administration itself refuses to acknowledge the rights of the North-Easterners in their very own country, what can be expected from the commoners? Even the "bright futures of our nation", who are pursuing higher education in reputed Universities and engineering colleges, engage themselves in making fun of the language and physical features of the North-Easterners and racially abuse them by calling all kinds of names. Yet this very parochial country accuses Australia of being "racist"! Atleast the Australian authorities immediately nab and punish the culprits who heckle the Indians living there. But how many North Indian brutes have been sentenced or atleast booked by the administration for raping the vulnerable girls and killing the students hailing from North-east?


Kajal Chatterjee,




Make use of their services

Dear Editor,

Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh is still in the dark about the medical specialties.

No medical specialties are minor or major in connection with treatment of patients.MD/MS holders cannot be differentiated into major and minor departments in regards to knowledge and patient treatment. They differ in numbers not in quality and importance.

Patient will certainly aproach for specific medical specialties for confirmation and correct diagnosis.

Those in-service MD/MS degree holders were sponsored by the government and huge money were spent on them. However, due to non-sanctioning of posts, government is not getting any returns from these MD/MS degree in-service post graduate holders.

So, I suggest the Health ministry to use the knowledge of those MD/MS degree holders by creating and sanctioning posts for all the medical specialties so that services are available in the state and patient are saved in time.

It will also save the government unnecessary expenditure that is incurred while refereeing patients outside the state for treatment.


A concerned




Mishings have a right

Dear Editor,

I have been following the matter of ABK's demand of inclusion of Mishings in Adi fold and issue of ST certificate and AAPSU and some individuals objecting to the demand.

The ABK’s demand is  genuine because of the fact that the Mishings who are living in small pockets of East Siang like Oyan, Namsing, Gadum etc. and Anpum,Paglam, Loklung in Lower Dibang Valley and Namsai, Lekang, Nongkon and its adjoining areas in Lohit districts are very much Arunachalees and they don't have any linkage with Assam Mishings.

Even if they are not brought under Adi fold, the government of Arunachal should grant not only S/T status but also PRC because they are the owner of their land where they are living from time immemorial.

I am writing this because, once I was also a student leader and visited many Mishing villages to collect data of old and new entry in the those villages by Mishings from Assam and the reports were sent to AAPSU for three consecutive years during 70s.

Till now their population has grown to some extent but they too are defending their own land from other Mishing encroachers, thereby defending interior Arunachal along the Assam- Arunachal boundaries.

So it had been and would be wrong to term Arunachalee Mishings as non-tribal and restricting issue of ST status and PRCs.






We want separate HC

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed paper, I want to draw the attention of the Govt. of India and Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh regarding the need of separate High Court for our state.

Our state needs a separate high court for the welfare of citizens of the state. Even smaller state likes Sikkim with a population of just six lakhs has a separate High Court.

If we have a High Court, it will create employment opportunity in our state. In this connection, I would like to appeal Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, public leaders, NGOs, Mediapersons, students Unions and concerned citizens to work for a separate High Court for our state.


Sannu Hai

Ex Assam Rifles Personnel






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