May 10


News Impact


Fire devours 50 houses at Boasimla

ITANAGAR, May 9: A devastating fire devoured 50 dwelling houses, including a community hall at Boasimla under Raga assembly constituency of Lower Subansiri district yesterday.

Many livestock were killed and properties worth several lakhs of rupees, including local ornaments, guns, a motorcycle, all easily burnable household items and mechanical equipments were burnt to ashes in the inferno.

All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union (ALSSU) being the apex student body of the district urged the authority concerned and local legislator to visit the victims and provide them immediate relief.

ANYA appeals for relief

After receiving a report that more than 45 houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Boasimla, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) team led by its general secretary rushed to the spot for helping in rehabilitating the fire victims. Meanwhile, ANYA appealed to the state government and district administration to provide immediate relief for the victims.


Brisk preparation for Etor fest at Bilat


RUKSIN, May 9: Preparation is afoot to celebrate Etor Giidi (festival), an agricultural festival of the Adis, with a grand manner at Bilat on May 15.

Bilat Anchal Somiti Member Elison Siram informed that the state’s Minister for Art & Culture, Kamlung Mossang, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Parliamentary Secretary for Sports & Youth Affairs Wangki Lowang and MLAs of all East Siang constituencies besides 10 Po:nung parties are invited to attend the festival as guests.

Siram, who is the overall in-charge of the festival, further informed that Kamlung Mossang would inaugurate a newly constructed Community Hall at Bilat, while opening of the Village Entry Gate is handed to Lowang. The invited dignitaries have consented to attend the day-long programme.

There is a plan to organize an “Inter-state Cultural Exchange Programme” at Bilat during October this year. The organizers are reportedly keeping contact with the organizations of different tribal communities in NE states, to join the programme.


Committee resents slow work progress

ITANAGAR, May 9: Pha Steel Bridge and Dha to Gangte Road Development Monitoring Committee expressed their resentment over the slow progress of foundation works of Pha steel Bridge over Kurung River in Kurung Kumey district.

It alleged that the contractor is not carrying out the basement work of the said bridge for completion of work within the stipulated time. Hardly 20 per cent of work has been completed so far, it claimed.

The committee appealed to the authority to look into the matter and issue a notice to contractor for immediate and timely completion of the work adding that no any bill be prepared regarding the said work without prior knowledge of the monitoring team.


Training for vaccine & cold chain handlers

ITANAGAR, May 9: A four days training for vaccine and cold chain handlers started at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today organized by the State Health Society, Naharlagun.

Inaugurating training Dr. T. Taloh, Jt. DHS(FW) encouraged the participants to get clarified all their doubts from the facilitators in vaccine management and cold chain maintenance.

Dr. D. Padung, Nodal Officer (NRHM) emphasized on the importance of training and asked all the participants to attend it sincerely.

The inaugural programme was also attended by Dr T Takum, SMO (NPSP-WHO).

The participants are Health Assistants, refrigerator mechanics from the district and staff of the Mission Directorate, NRHM, Naharlagun and facilitators are Dr. D. Padung, Dr. Tana Takum, M. Bagra, A. Kutum and S. Sutradhar.


KKSU demands posting of teachers

ITANAGAR, May 9: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU, in a memorandum, has urged the Director of School Education (DSE) to post teachers for various subjects at Govt Hr. Sec. Schools Yomcha, Tirbin and Liromoba.

The memorandum demanded immediate posting of Senior Teachers in English, History, Geography, Pol Science, Economics and Hindi subjects, Junior Teachers for Physics and Chemistry and Physical Trainer (JT) at Liromoba Hr. Sec. School, Senior teachers in the subjects of English, History, Pol. Science, Economics and Hindi at Yomcha Hr. Sec. School, Junior Teachers for Mathematics and English at Darak Sec. School, and a teacher each at Boje Lite and Doko Putu Middle School.

The students union claimed that the above mentioned three higher secondary schools have been running without senior teachers since its establishment.


Union demands proper roads, power supply

ITANAGAR, May 9: All Upper Subansiri District Student’s Union (AUSDSU) in a joint meeting with Market Committee, Daporijo urged the Urban Development department for cambering types of black carpeting in the township road for no stagnant of water to maintain cleanness.

The union suggested contractor and department of Urban development for maintaining quality in the work.

The union, meanwhile, gave the power department 3 days ultimatum to restore normal power supply in the township.

“Besides common people, students and businessmen, irregular power supply in the township for the last two weeks has badly affected normal functioning of the district hospital and the patients as well,’ it said.


Health workers training camp

ITANAGAR, May 9: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) recently conducted a training camp for the health workers at Dibrugarh under Health Service Forum.

23 youths from interior parts of Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh participated in the five days residential camp. They were taught on basic health aspects in the camp by doctors and other paramedical staff. Nikhita Modi, physiotherapist from Tinsukia  taught them on pain management. Practical sessions were conducted by the nursing staff of S.D. Sahewalla Memorial School of Nursing, a unit of Aditya Hospital, Dibrugarh.

It is to be mentioned that the Health Service Forum of Vivekananda Kendra regularly conducts health camps in the remote parts of Tirap, Changlang and Upper Subansiri districts of Arunachal Pradesh.


Implement hydro projects, says APBSU

ITANAGAR, May 9: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (APBSU) has strongly demanded the all hydro-power developers to immediately start their project works in Arunachal Pradesh as per MOU/MAU signed with the state government.

“As per record, memorandum of understanding (MOU) were signed for 149 hydro-power projects between various power developers and the state government during the tenure of late chief minister Dorjee Khandu. But not a single project has been started/implemented properly till today,” APBSU said.


PAPLOA appeals

ITANAGAR, May 9: The highway (double lane) Project Affected Private Land Owners’ Association (PAPLOA) has appealed to its members not to damage any structure, plantation and any other assets which have already been accounted for payment of compensation. It said that compensation against any lost or damaged assets would not be paid to the affected land owner(s) as per the agreement by the authority.


NCPCR team to assess child rights issues

ITANAGAR, May 9: A  3-member team from National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) led by its Chairperson Prof. Shantha Sinha  was scheduled to arrive the state capital here this afternoon. The team would assess and take up the child rights issues with the State Government during its three day visit, according to an official release.


ECDS backs AAPSU demand

ITANAGAR, May 9: The Education and Cultural Developments Society (ECDS) backed All Arunachal Pradesh Student Union (AAPSU) in demanding white paper on financial status of the state from the government.

Majority of the families in the state have to depend on government in form of contract and supply works for their livelihood since there is no many other avenues for income generation. But non payment of contractors’ bills has put them in serious financial problem, ECDS said in a release.

Taking note on the attack on AAPSU general secretary, it appealed to Galo Welfare Society (GWS) not to give any statement on communal line saying that such incidents happen in every community or tribes. Criminal is not born from particular tribes or community, it added.

Moreover, the Society urged the state Govt. to start the four-lane highway work from Banderdewa to Hollongi at the earliest for smooth movement of traffic in the capital. It said that traffic problem has become one of the major problems in twin capital city.

Leadership camp shows the way

ITANAGAR, May 9: The five-day ‘Youth Leadership camp,” organized by the National Youth Project in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), seemingly has achieved its desired objective as was witnessed during the participants’ interaction with the media persons here today.

They spoke in different languages they have learnt from their camp’s friends other than their mother tongues and demonstrated the newly learnt dance postures to the thunderous applause of the gathering, which included GSDS director Dr Manimala and former Arunachal KVIC director A K Saran.

Most of them lauded the scenic natural beauty of the state and the local boiled cuisines with Rony from Meghalaya saying: “This is the best food I’ve ever eaten.”

Arunachal’s Richi Yania explained how she volunteered to befriend with others without knowing their languages and ultimately won most of the hearts.  

Sikkim’s Uday Rai, a student of Sikkim’s Livelihood School demonstrated Bhangra and Bihu and made every one laugh with his typical “Nga Ieid ia phi (I love you) in Khasi”, albeit in Sikimese style.

Tripura’s Panna Bhattacharjee explained the beauty of Arunachal, as part of Bharat, demonstrated in Bharat Ki Santan.

“Amakey bhaut bhal lagise (I’m beholden), said Assam’s Priti Rekha Barua.

“As I entered Bander-dewa into Arunachal I felt a home away from home on being influenced by the hospitality of Arunachalees who symbolizes true Indianness,” said a visibly moved Arati Adhikari, principal of Sikkim’s Poklok-Kamrang Livelihood School. She disclosed that there are 31 such schools in Sikkim and the one she heads was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and all the schools were engaged with autonomy to develop skilled manpower to make the huge natural resources of the state for productive purposes as wells generate employment.

Earlier, during interaction with Saran, Tripura’s Abhijit Das said that nothing is waste on the earth by citing the example of an earth worm, which moves inside the soil to make it fertile for the trees to bear more fruits for the humans to consume.  Describing this as a great message, Saran said that the youth should be determined to work like an earthworm to benefit the society to which they belong than only Indian would maintain its greatness.

Appreciating the participants and their feeling, senior journalist Ravindran advised them to translate their knowledge into practice and also pass on to friends and relatives so that good messages spread to far and wide corners of the NE region.



Training cum demonstration on preservation of antique specimens

ITANAGAR, May 9: A three-member expert team from J N State Museum headed by Dr S K Gosh conducted 11 days  training cum demonstration on preservation and conservation of artifact/antique specimens at Tawang Monastic museum  from April 26 to May 6.

The team including chemist Tage Tabin and laboratory assistant Anil Dutta organized  demonstration on preservation of  artifacts made of cooper, brass, silver, leather, bamboo  and  also manuscripts. The team also conducted training on use of chemicals, modern technique and equipments for conservation of cultural artifacts and antique specimens. The team was dispatched by the research department on a goodwill mission. The departmental officers observed that artifacts and antique specimens houses at Tawang Monastic Museum were laying in deteriorating condition due to lack of skilled human resources  to take care of it.  The department hopes that effective schemes would be prepared for development of other museums and preservation of cultural heritage of the state in near future.



Training on commercial fish farming

ITANAGAR, May 9: A two days training programme on “Commercial fish farming” concluded at ICAR, Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar today. The training was organized by ICAR, Centre, Basar under the NICRA (Research) Project. Altogether 54 participants from 18 Self Help Groups of West Siang district attended the training.

Presiding over the programme, ICAR Basar Centre joint director Dr. R. Bhagawati encouraged the farmers take up large scale fish farming  for commercial purpose.  He also assured to provide necessary technological support from ICAR.

Inaugurating the training, Dr. Sachin Shinde, Deputy Commissioner in-charge, West Siang and Additional Deputy Commissioner, Basar emphasized on market driven fish farming.  He also told that, there is ample opportunity for fish farming in and around Basar and the present production is not sufficient to meet out the demand of the local market.

Dr. S.K. Das, Principal Scientist, Division of Fishery, ICAR, Meghalaya delivered presentations on “Seed production of Indian Major Carps” and “Management of soil and water quality parameters for fishery”.

 Dr. Khuntia Murmu, Scientist, Division of Fishery, ICAR, Meghalaya gave presentation on “Site selection for construction of aqua farm”, “Nursery pond management”,  “Composite fish culture” and “Fish health management”.  

The training programme was coordinated by Dr. P. Sarma, SMS, Horticulture while a field visit to Kenmar Basar’s Model IFS Farm was coordinated by Dr. Doni Jini, Scientist, Animal Science.  

The Farmers also visited Sago village today under the guidance of Dr. R. Bhagawati, wherein the resource persons gave the hand on tips to them for commercial fish farming.



Need mechanism for co-ordination between NCTC and NIA: Tuki

ITANAGAR, May 9: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has called for a prospective linkage between the National Investing Agency (NIA) and the proposed National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) to rope in expertise to deal with complicated terrorist cases with inter-state ramifications.

In the Chief Minister’s Conference on NCTC held at New Delhi on May 5 last, Tuki observed that ‘NCTC can take effective action across the state boundaries, analyze and share the actionable intelligence to the State police in the greater interests of the nation’.

Stressing for empowering the NCTC with proper investigative powers, Tuki outlined the need for a mechanism for co-ordination between NCTC and NIA. He said that such linkages would bring professionalism to counter insurgency measures at the operational level.

Putting across the state’s standpoint on the proposed NCTC, the Chief Minister discussed in detail the Government of India’s initiative to set up such a counter terrorism agency. He explained the scope of NCTC with reference to the strategic border location of Arunachal Pradesh as uninhabited, vast and difficult terrain makes the state vulnerable to terrorist elements seeking safe havens to carry out different crimes like extortions, kidnapping for ransom and similar violent activities. In this respect he hoped that the NCTC would play a vital role in developing a comprehensive data base of terrorists with different affiliations in the North Eastern Region.

While referring to the proposed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the proposed NCTC, the Chief Minister made some suggestions for improving the same. He emphasized that in order to make NCTC more effective and result oriented, proper co-ordination and consultation with all levels and agencies of the state police will be very important.

“It is to be appreciated that any Central Agency entrusted with police powers would find it difficult, if not impossible to exercise these powers such as arrest, search and seizure with the help of the local police,” he said.

He further suggested that operational provisions of the NCTC should be aligned with proper policing practices like comprehensive investigation into the offence before arrest, medical examination of the accused and other related concerns.

While drawing a reference to the resource constraints such as manpower, weapons, equipment and communications networks, the Chief Minister said that amount allocated to the state for intelligence collection is very negligible. In view of this, the state is dependent on Central Forces for counter insurgency activities, he pointed out and appealed for deployment of additional forces for sustaining counter insurgency activities. (CM media cell)



Students upset at grant of bail

ITANAGAR, May 9: West Siang District Students’ Union(WSDSU) and  Kargu Kardi Students’Union (KKSU)  have expressed displeasure over the untimely grant of bail under suspicious circumstances to Leezen Gyadi and his three other accomplices booked under case No. 101/12U/S448/365/326/34 IPC, for assaulting, trespassing and   kidnapping AAPSU of general secretary Tojum Poyom.  

It has been established that the above accused were remanded for 10 days judicial custody by the chief judicial magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex, Naharlagun, for further interrogation and investigation. But yesterday, prior to the completion of the remanded judicial custody, all the accused have been granted bail by the judicial magistrate, in spite of objection by the Public Prosecution Officer and the investigation officer. They protested on the ground that the weapon used in the crime is still to be traced and another accused person is still absconding and the case is under investigation.

It is learnt that the bail to the main accused has been granted on the ground of appearing for the ongoing annual examination whereas the accused can be allowed to appear the examination from the remand itself considering the incomplete investigation, the organizations said.  

It appealed AAPSU to further enquire into the fact and pursue the case seriously.



AHPF calls for common platform to exchange views

ITANAGAR, May 9: The Abor Hills People's Forum (AHPF) called upon the people and various organizations of the Adi belt to come to a common platform to address their views and issues. The positive and negative aspects associated with the project have to be exchanged through dialogues on a common platform.

“We the people of Adi belt should not blame our elected legislators for policies and programmes which are not in consonance with the public psyche and aspirations. Sometimes the broader picture has to be comprehended and our leaders perspective appreciated. Our legislators, irrespective of their party affiliation, deserve the span of five years to implement their policies and programmes. After their tenure is over, we can always change the leadership, if we are not satisfied,” AHPF said in a release.

“How long we would depend on central government funds? How long we would depend on other's hard earned taxes as funds for our state? it questioned.  “God has given us rich natural resources. We have to tap our natural resources and be self dependent. Of course we can produce revenue through agriculture, tourism etc. but all these can not be compared with hydro power. We would like to see our mother Arunachal as a resourceful and developed state and not as a beggar state always going to Delhi for fund”.

“In this competitive age other states are inviting foreign investors, not to say of Indians, because they trust and have faith in them. But we the Arunachalees have no faith and trust even on our own people.”

“The government of Arunachal has the right to look after the interest of its state and chart out plans and policies which will help the state prosper, ” the release said.

“The river Aane Siang is our river and each one of us is a stake holder; therefore let us be well informed and discuss and debate in a civilized and democratic manner that should the Lower Siang hydro electric power project be installed in order to harness the huge energy potential or should it be left to its natural glory?”, it added.



Commuters decry slow pace of highway re-construction


RUKSIN, May 9: The commuters have been facing hardship due to slow-pace of reconstruction work of the National Highway (NH-52) between Ruksin and Pasighat as more than 15 km stretch of the highway remained un-repaired for the years.

Border Road Organization (BRO), which was entrusted with the 2-lane reconstruction of the highway, has not been active in work, citing paucity of funds. The BRO has completed a stretch of 11 km of the road from Ruksin entry gate to Sille (Oyan) and another 8 km near Pasighat town.

The BRO engineers, observing numerous turning/curve along the highway, has decided to divert a portion of 15 km of the road between Sille and Saatmail. But construction works of the diverted road portion is not yet started compelling the commuters to travel on the dilapidated highway. It has become almost impossible to drive along the abandoned portion of the road due to unbelievable large potholes and deep ditches

The NH, passing along the Assam-Arunachal border here is the lifeline for East Siang, Upper Siang and parts of twin Dibang Valley districts as essential commodities and other materials to those areas are transported through this route. The highway, which links North  Assam with East Siang, Upper Siang, twin Dibang Valley and Lohit districts ends at Sitapani junction near Saikhowaghat of Upper Assam.

It may be recalled here that the vital highway link came up at the time of Chinese aggression in 1962, for transportation and mobilization of security forces to the Indo-China border. But, even after nearly five decades, it has not been spruced up.

The Union Ministry of Road Transport & National Highway (MoRTNH) cleared 2-lanning of NH-52 eight years back. But its implementation on the ground level remained stagnant for years due to the proverbial bureaucratic bottlenecks. BRO refused to put into service its men and machines for several years on the pretext fund constraint.

The renovation work of NH-52 in Arunachal has been included in the list of approved roads under phase-‘A’ of Special Accelerated Road Development Project for Northeast (SARDP-NE).



GWS reacts to AAPSU statement

ITANAGAR, May 9:  Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has reacted to AAPSU’s statement appealing the Society  to refrain from communalizing the assault on the General Secretary of the students Union Tojum Poyom issue.

AAPSU and all other concerned bodies inside and outside the state can rest assured that GWS is the last body to communalise any issue, unless forced to. As a welfare organization, the least that GWS does, and will always do, is to raise the concern of welfare of its constituent members in all the right forums, the press release read. And surely such interventions of the GWS cannot be misconstrued as ‘communalisation’ by anyone in the state who has observed the unfortunate developments in ‘Law and Order’ matters in the capital complex, vis-a-vis members of the Galo community particularly, it said.

Issue of the house trespass, premeditated group assault and abduction of AAPSU Secretary General, Poyom, and his wife, who happen to be Galos, residing in the Capital Complex, was just the latest case in a long list of cases of violence and atrocities against members of the Galo community in the capital complex in recent times. The District Administration and the District Police are aware of all the cases reported and registered with them, it said.

While the cause of the crime against the body and family of Poyom may be an internal matter of the AAPSU, as concerned community welfare body, the GWS is also curious to know about the progress in the investigation of the case, the press release added. Whereas five persons had attacked Poyom in his house only three of those five were in police / judicial custody and apparently enlarged on bail despite the pleas of the investigating officer, the GWS said and asked AAPSU whether it has taken any stand on enlargement of the accused even before the investigation is over.

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Water resource management

With water resources under increasing pressure from ballooning populations, urbanization, and climate change, more than 80 per cent of countries have pressed ahead with reforms that have improved drinking water access, human health, and water efficiency in agriculture. However, progress has been slower in irrigation, rainwater harvesting, and investment in freshwater ecosystems.

These key findings are recorded in a recent United Nations water survey that audits the implementation of the internationally-agreed Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) strategy, around the world. Ratified by UN members as a core aspect of sustainable development and management of limited water resources at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, IWRM adopts an integrated approach to planning domestic, agricultural, industrial, and environmental needs for water.

 Overall, 90 per cent of countries reported several positive impacts from integrated approaches to water management.  The Survey further found that water-related risks and the competition for water resources are perceived by a majority of countries to have increased over the past 20 years and domestic water supply is ranked by most countries as the highest priority for water resources management.  

Most countries felt there was an increase in financing for water resources development, although obstacles to implementation remain.


Unnecessary harassment

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like share the deep frustration one goes through while applying for Bank loan for farming related to Agricultural and Veterinary.

After so many rounds of negotiation, we hardly get Agricultural Bank loans and than most of the bank agencies insist on getting the Detail Project Report (DPR) prepared by non technical person through private agencies.  Doing so, poor people have to pay heavy amount and again that same DPR has to be verified and counter signed by technical officers of related department.

Most of the officers are reluctant to give technical viability and feasibility certificate for various technical reasons. We have to look for another officer, so that our project report gets countersigned any way.

Cost of expenditure increase as we run pillar to post just for a technical verification and consent. But the unseen expenditure is never reflected in the DPR. But ironically, we feel lucky, when we encounter an easily negotiable Technical officer who gives immediate clearance without going through even a single page of the DPR prepared by Non Technical people!

The question is how a DPR related to Agri. Horti and Vety can be prepared by a non-technical person. If a non-technical private person are at all authorized to do the job, than why there is need of verification from technical person?

If rupees 10000-15000 are spent just to get a DPR and Verification signed how can we expect good returns from a poor farmer whose loan amount is only rupees one lakh?

These are some impending questions, which compel us to think that certainly there is a doubtful nexus among the agencies. Unless this harassing and confusing procedure is minimized, agriculture in Arunachal will never be improved technically and number of bank defaulter will simply increase.        


Taru Pucha




It’s not unconstitutional

Dear Editor,

This is to bring to your kind notice that it is not unconstitutional to have ST status in two states.

If it is unconstitutional then why the Garos are ST in Meghalaya and Assam, Kukis in Assam & Manipur? There are many more examples.

The ABK demand for ST status for the Mishings is genuine. The Mishings who have been living in Arunachal Pradesh since time immemorial are Arunachalees. They have been living here as any other Arunachalees.

The Mishings people of Anpum, Paglam in Lower Divang Valley and Lohit and East Siang have every right to claim ST status in Arunachal Pradesh. The govt should grant ST to these people who have been here since time immemorial.


Oyontong Regon




A genuine demand

Dear Editor,

Through your daily, I would like to appreciate the genuine demand made by All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) with reference to news item published in this daily on May 3 regarding facilities for Transport officers.

More importance should be given to revenue generating department.

Yes I also agree to AAPPTF that proper modern facilities with sufficient staff be provided.

In my knowledge, in some districts, there are only 3 or 4 staffers, which include District Transport Officer, Motor Vehicle Inspector and one Contractual Clerical Staff, therefore causing slow down in work and revenue generation.

So I kindly request concern department or ministry to look into this matter.  


Duyu Rijo



Save quarters from encroachment

Dear Editor,

I would like to appeal the district administration of Upper Subansiri District to evict all those who have encroached Govt. quarters. Almost all the Govt. quarters are being encroached upon.

The district administration of Upper Subansiri District turned blind eyes to the grievances of govt employees. Now, we the govt employees residing in the quarter have been suffocated by the skyscraper building constructed illegally in front of quarter.

Our daily peaceful lives have been disturbed by the land grabbers. Some of our employee colleagues are forced to vacate the quarter. Therefore, I would like to appeal all likeminded people of Upper Subansiri District including public leaders, student unions to discourage the Quarter encroachers in the Upper Subansiri District.


Vivek, Daporijo



There no logic behind shifting of Peki Modi

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the article published on May 08 in your daily titled “Efforts on to shift Peki Modi village”.

Peki Modi being a historical place of Adis, is famous for her Aconite poison reserves without which the Anglo-Abor wars from 1835 to 1912 could not have been fought so successfully. Aconites from Peki Modi reserve were smeared on arrows and spears to be used by brave Abors to cause collateral damage to invading British forces.

Given her historical importance, as a member of Modi clan who have long protected and taken care of Peki Modi reserve, I am really saddened to read the proposed shifting of present dwellers from Peki Modi.

DC Upper Siang reasoned the shifting of village based on a seismic report/study conducted by the Remote Sensing Application Centre, Itanagar.

If at all the seismic report is true, then DC should have realized the fact that Peki Modi is situated only within 5-6 hrs march from Millang village.

Being an engineer myself, I fail to understand how adjoining villages like Millang, Dalbing, Maryang, Damroh, Komkar, Shimong situated within less than 50 KMs radius would be ‘safe’ if an earthquake really happens to strike in future.

Why these adjoining places are not being shifted too in line with same logic?

Also, DA seems to forget the fact that in 1950s earthquake epicentred at Tibet, whole of North-east was badly affected.

Rather the real fact about ‘Peki Modi’ is utter grotesque failure of district administration and concern MLA, leaders of the area to provide road connectivity, electricity, medical and education facilities to the Village since 64 years of independence. It is true also that not more than 20 families are present dwellers of Peki Modi but one should not forget the fact that there are many villages in Tawang, Dibang Valley,Anjaw, Kurung Kumey districts where even less than 10 people also constitute a village and Govt. of ArP  recognizes such village/anchals and give all civic facilities possible including power, medical, school etc.

Instead of giving basic facilities to illiterate villagers they are being asked to shift from their ancestral land and settle near Maryang /Pasighat to avail modern benefits. Does it make sense or Justice has been blind folded again?

I urge the ABK to take up the issue and help ensure Peki Modi villagers get their long deserved due of basic facilities at least and stop using such hypothetical and illogical reason to fool the villagers.






Provide transportation

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of Arunachalee students, studying particularly in Sikkim and its nearby areas request the state govt, Department of Transport to provide state transport bus service facilities from Itanagar to Siliguri so that students can travel comfortably and safely reach their respective institutions.  

Now the students have to travel all across by breaking their journey at several places.

I request the state government to provide bus service for the convenience of the students and public.


Tapa Dulom

Jorethang, Sikkim




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