May 12


News Impact


Reduction in water level affects power supply in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, May 11: The state power department has been compelled to load shed due to various reasons, said CE (Power) Western Electrical zone in a release today.

The release said Hydro Power Stations in the North Eastern region are facing acute shortage of water and overall power generation in the region has gone down drastically  as the discharge in all the rivers has reduced to minimum level.

Power supply in the state has also been badly affected due to shortage of Central sector power availability. The only power station of Central sector Ranganadi hydro power station has also been badly affected and is partially operating only five hours (17:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs) daily, the release said.

400KV Transmission line of Power Grid linking Eastern region and North Eastern grids is under restoration in between Bhinaguri and Bongaigaon, it said.

While regretting the inconvenience caused to the power consumers, the authorities requested them to bear with it till power scenario is improved and damaged 400 KV line is restored.



ITANAGAR, May 11: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) extended support to  the bandh call proposed by AAPSU  in favour of its demands for a white paper on the financial status of the state, improved law and order, appointment of full time HM and solution to inter-state boundary problem.

ALSU appealed to the state Govt to respond to the AAPSU demands and requested the organizations to support the genuine demands of the apex student body.  Expressing displeasure at the prevailing judiciary system, ALSU also appealed the authorities to maintain the principle of rule of law.


Arunachal win 1 gold, 3 silver medals

ITANAGAR, May 11:  State Taekwondo team won one gold and three silver medals at recently concluded 9th Open National Taekwondo Championship held at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh from 4th to 6th May.

Isha Kumari won a gold medal and Anu Ragmuki, Pinky Kumari and Tai Bankar won silver medals.

The team was led by Deepak Gurung and Margam Karbak.


Union urges DC to carry out eviction drive

ITANAGAR, May11:  All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students Union (APCYGTSU) today urged the Deputy Commissioner of Kurung Kumey district to carry out eviction drive at Government Higher Secondary School Palin premises.

Union claimed that school campus is being illegally encroached.

Further APCYGTSU sought for a new head master for middle school Sanglum.

Claiming that in spite of funding from state govt for the infrastructural development of the school, no proper development has taken place.

It demanded third party monitoring team to re-inspect the school.  

It also drew the attention of the district administration for posting of a circle officer at Yangte circle.


USDIF calls 12 hours bandh at Daporijo

ITANAGAR, May11: Protesting against the authority for failing to fulfil their demands on alleged tempering of biding process of NLCPR funded road from Subansiri Bridge point to Segi circle headquarter of 18 kilometers, Upper Subansiri District Intellectual Forum(USDIF) today decided to call 12 hours Daporijo bandh on May 15 next.  In a release Forum stated that in spite of repeated pleas, government and authority concerned have not paid any heed. Reiterating its demands, the Forum sought immediate suspension of executive engineer of PWD Dumporijo division and re-notification for fresh biding.


AASSATA sets deadline

ITANAGAR, May 11:  Claiming that six months arrears of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teachers of Dibang Valley district  has not been released so far by the district authority, All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) today gave seven days time to Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) for releasing arrears.  

AASSATA said that arrears have already been released by State Project Director two months back.


Livestock vaccination progs

ITANAGAR, May 11: A team of veterinary officers and field staff will conduct routine vaccination programmes against Foot and Mouth disease and swine fever in livestock in various locations of Capital including Yupia from May 15 to 29, according to a release.


Free mega health camp

ITANAGAR, May 11: Sajolang Elite Society (SES) in collaboration with the doctors of R K Mission Hospital, Itanagar will conduct a two days mega free health camp at Government Higher Secondary School, Nafra on May 23 and 24 to mark the Society’s foundation day.

While addressing the joint meeting of the SES executive members and Panchayat leaders of the community held at Nafra on May 9, the SES president Er. Aju Khonjuju further informed that spectacles, hearing aids, medicines will be distributed free of cost besides  free health check up to the patients. He also highlighted the achievements of the SES.


ANYA provides relief to Boasimla fire victims

ITANAGAR, May 11: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) provided relief materials to fire victims of Boasimla.

ANYA team rushed with basic relief materials at the spot where more than 45 houses were gutted down in a major fire that broke out on Tuesday.

Association urged the department concern for early restoration of power and drinking water supply.

Further it expressed displeasure over the alleged non-turning up of local representatives to help the victims.


Community mourn demise of octogenarian

AALO, May 11:  People from all walks of life have mourned the demise of Bijum Doke, who breathed her last after brief illness at her Ragi Doke village under Tirbin circle, West Siang district.

Her body was laid to rest amidst prayer on May 9. She died at the age of 80 and is survived by 3 daughters and 5 sons.


Workshop on medical certification

YINGKIONG, May 11: A workshop for the Senior Medical Officers and Medical Officers of Upper Siang district on medical certification on various causes of death was conducted   at Yingkiong today.

Presiding over the workshop, DMO Dr. K. Dai, briefed about the importance of the workshop.

The resource person Dr. Joseph Tekseng SMO(SG) of District Hospital Yingkiong highlighted various aspects on certification of causes of death and explained the prescribed formats on institutional and non-institutional deaths.

Gomge Nochi, District Statistical Officer, Yingkiong  also spoke on the occasion.  The workshop was sponsored by statistical  department.  DIPRO


Parl. Secy visits Geku

YINGKIONG, May 11: Parliamentary secretary, Science and Technology, J K Panggeng has visited Geku today where Govt. Model Degree College, the only college in Upper Siang district is being established.

He also visited historical place Porey Yorbe in between Geku and Katan to explore its tourism potential.

Later at a public gathering at Sikem Siang confluence, he explained the role and importance of Model College. While appreciating the land donors, he urged the people to extend full co-operation. Among others, Liyon Borang DC, A  Yomso SP, R. Panyang ADC and A. Pertin EAC  were present. DIPRO


Demand for regular power supply

YINGKIONG, May 11: Expressing concern over erratic power supply in Yingkiong town for the last six months, the Upper Siang Women Welfare Society in a memorandum to district administration urged the authorities to take necessary action for restoration of ininterupted power supply within a week.


Boy missing

ITANAGAR, May 11: A student is feared to have drowned at Subansiri River in Daporijo. The boy identified as Kenli Dirchi has gone for a picnic when he went missing on May 7. Kenli had recently appeared class X exams. His body is yet to be traced out and search operation is still on.

While informing this Dirchi Welfare Society has called upon public to help trace the body. The  Society  further appealed to the people to contact on numbers - 9402031622, 9401939040 and 94029357591  if they find the body.


Global Vetra suspends copter services

NAHARLAGUN, May 11: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Govt of India, has suspended the Non-Scheduled Operator’s Permit (NSOP) of Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd (GVHL) with effect from May 7. Accordingly, GVHL has suspended its helicopter service in Arunachal Pradesh with effect from May 8. DIPR


NE quake

ITANAGAR, May 11:  An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale shook many parts of North East at about 6.15 this evening.

The epicenter of the quake is Nagaon in Assam. Some minor cracks have been reported in buildings in Nagaon. However,  no major damage has been reported yet from anywhere.

Ahead of PC’s visit, Assam does it again

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, May 11: Just a day before the arrival of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in Itanagar, the Assam-Arunachal boundary problem is back to the forefront yet again. Likabali town which has borne the maximum brunt of agony from  Assam officials in the past today witnessed another such act.

Assam police officials destroyed the boundary wall constructed by one Mime Riba around her commercial plot inside the Arunachal territory. Recently her husband had passed away.

According to the report, around 5 PM this evening, Assam police team led by J Sonowal, who was in charge of police station near Likabali, visited the work site and forcefully stopped the work.

Further, they dismantled the protection wall being built and warned them not to carry out any construction activity in the future.

The Assam police claimed that area where construction is going on belongs to state of Assam and added that they are carrying out dismantling work under order from their higher authorities.

When family members of Mime Riba asked them to show order paper, they refused and instead kept on threatening of dire consequences.

The incident came as shock to the people of Likabali area who are yet to come with terms over illegal eviction carried out by Assam police officials at Malini Mela area last month. As per the locals  the commercial plot, where incident took place, is more than 20 years old. Situated just adjacent to Assam PTC, it houses many shops.

An FIR against J Sonowal has been lodged at Likabali police station by Mime Riba.

In her report, she alleged that Sonowal often comes to her wine shop and ask for Indian Made Foreign Liquor for free. Sonowal also asked her to pay money in return for allowing her to carry out the work.

Galo Students Union (GSU) has strongly condemned the repeated act of Assam officials carrying out eviction drive inside Arunachal territory.  While talking to this journalist over phone from Likabali, GSU General Secretary Pakmik Taipodia urged state government to act before it’s too late.

“People living along Assam-Arunachal boundary is being constantly harassed by Assam authorities. In Likabali area, Assam officials treat us like second class citizens. Anytime they come inside our territory and carry out eviction drive and we can’t do anything.  We are being repeatedly insulted and still our government keeps mum. Our patience is being tested and soon we will force to take our own course of action if govt does not protect us,” said Pakmik.

He further urged the visiting Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to worry more about Assam-Arunachal boundary problem than Indo-China boundary.


Assam-Arunachal boundary skirmishes


1. In  August 2010, Assam imposed economic blockade against Tirap and Changlang districts after clashes broke out at Russa village under Kanubari circle.  

2. On 23rd November 2011, Assam forest officials along with police force carried out eviction drive inside Arunachal territory  by dismantling 8 houses at Sango village under Tarasso circle of Papum Pare district.

3. On 6th April 2012 around 2.30 am in the morning Assam police numbering around 300 led by Dhemaji Deputy Superintendent of Police P R Khar carried out eviction at Malin Mela area which is located way inside Arunachal.

4. On 13th April 2012 Assam Forest officials assaulted 70 years old Taba Murtem, Head Gaon Burah of Kherbi village under Dollungmukh circle.


NCPCR appalled at lack of welfare measures for children and juveniles

ITANAGAR, May 11: National Commission for Protection of Child Right (NCPCR) has expressed concern at the grim situation pertaining to welfare measure for children and juveniles.

Describing the Juvenile Justice System in Arunachal as “weak”, the NCPCR chief Shanta Sinha lamented that formation of Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), Child Welfare Committee(CWC) and Special Juvenile Police Units (SPJU) remained only on paper in the State.

Having encountered a flurry of grievances regarding child rights violations in Arunachal Pradesh during their two-day visit to the state, the three-member team led by its Chairperson Prof Shanta Sinha on Friday advocated for a multi-pronged strategy to change the mindset of the people in protecting the rights of children in Arunachal.

She said setting up of JJB and CWC was mandatory in every state as per the Supreme Court order.

“During our visit to Arunachal, we held a series of discussions with NGOs, child rights activists, senior govt officials and academicians and have come across numerous lacunae relating to protection of child rights,” divulged the NCPCR chairperson while addressing a press conference here this morning before leaving for New Delhi.

“Given the serious lacunas in this field, we are contemplating to appoint a local person as our representative in Arunachal Pradesh to take care of children’s rights and to report the cases of child rights violations to the Commission. The Commission will definitely take up such cases, summon the violators, get them presented before the Commission and recommend to the govt or the judiciary to  action based on an inquiry,” she said. “In Arunachal Pradesh – the land of rich cultural, social and political diversity – there remains the conflict between customary laws and human rights. We have to push forward and take the children and their rights to center stage. We need a constant campaign to do away with those conflicting situations by involving all stakeholders for taking up the issues of child rights violations in the State,” she said.

During her interaction with govt officials here yesterday, she expressed concern over the practice of traditional child and forced marriage which are still prevalent in some areas of the State.

She further said that the State needed to fulfill the infrastructure requirements of schools in order to check the school dropouts and ensure proper implementation of Centre’s flagship programmes such as RTE, RMSA, SSA so that every child remains in school.

The NCPCR chairperson, who along with her team had also visited the Short Stay Home and Orphanage being run by Oju Welfare Association headed by renowned social activist Binny Yanga, said, “We need many more Binny’s in every district of Arunachal Pradesh for protection of child rights.”

Meanwhile, Indian Council for Child Welfare-Arunachal Pradesh honorary chairperson Jarjum Ete informed that NCPCR would soon start panels in all the states. It already has a North East Cell. NCPCR team is scheduled to come back to the state at last quarter of 2012 and have a properly planned interaction/ orientation meeting with a team of Gaonburas from various parts of the state regarding the rights and welfare of the children.



APCC hits back at BJP, appeals AAPSU to reconsider proposed bandh

ITANAGAR, May 11: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has sharply reacted to the statement issued by BJP state unit stating that the law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh has worsened.

Denouncing the statement as untrue and baseless, APCC said Congress led Government under the leadership of CM Nabam Tuki and APCC President Mukut Mithi is making all out efforts for  good governance and to  maintain social security of all ethnic tribes.

Stating that few incidents occurred couple of months back,  the APCC said the State Govt. has directed the concerned law enforcing authorities into the task and police are working round the clock to apprehend the culprits and punish them as per the law of the land.

APCC appealed everyone to cooperate with the State Govt. while saying that the Govt. will always open the doors for constructive suggestion and criticism.

APCC made it clear that the function of the Govt. cannot be dictated by any individual or association since every Govt. has its own policies and programme for its people.

“BJP, which do not have any grass root support, should feel ashamed about their own agenda, calling themselves as opposition party as it does not have even pre-requisite numbers of legislators in  the  state Assembly. It is easy for any party, organizations and individuals to criticise Govt whereas they forgot to mention about their “duties” as the right and duties is the two faces of the same coin,” the APCC said.

APCC further appealed to the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) to reconsider its proposed bandh call and requested for solution to any problem through dialogue and  negotiations with the state Govt.  The bandh culture creates a negative impact on the economy and it is an unproductive precedence, the party said.

The Congress also warned its party workers and leaders to refrain from making baseless allegations.



Civil servants denounce abuse

ITANAGAR, May 11: The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officer’s Association (APCSOA) has vehemently condemned the incident that took place in the office of the Secretary Personnel, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, in which groups of public resorted to abuse and threat to officials and staff of the Personnel department on May 7 pertaining to transfer and posting. Such incidents are uncalled for and unwarranted, said the civil servants association.

If the public start intervening in the affairs of functioning of government offices we cannot expect people friendly administration and good governance, the Association said.

Transfer and posting of APCS officers is a routine duty of the Personnel Department and it is bound by government orders, APCSOA said while appealing to the public not to meddle in the internal affairs of the department. It further said that if any officer has any grievance relating to transfer and posting, they should get their grievances redressed through proper channel or through other grievance redressal mechanisms established by law of the land.

The APCSOA believes in the efficiency and integrity of the Personnel department which has been discharging its duties with utmost sincerity and dedication. Any act on the part of any individual or group to sabotage the functioning of its parent department won’t be tolerated, APCSOA further stated.



Touching lives, changing landscapes

Gajraj Corps reaches out

Tezpur, May 11: Thupten Tsering was 6 years old, when, on his way to school, he came across an electric wire that had fallen on the road after a storm.  Curious, he bent down and touched the wire only to nearly die of electrocution. The incident changed his life  as he lost both his arms, leaving him disabled for ever.

His parents were too poor to do anything beyond nursing him back to health. They sent him to Manjushree Vidyapeeth, in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, a Home for children run by Lama Thupten Phunpsok, who was awarded with a Padmashree for the tremendous work he has done for the downtrodden.

Now 18, Thupten is finishing his schooling, using his feet to write his exams, and in his spare time painting colourful landscapes. Blessed with a clear voice, Thupten loves to sing. His friend, Lobsang Choeiyi, 9, also has no arms. The two friends know they are different and accept it as their fate.

 A chance meeting at Manjushree Vidyapeeth with the Corps Commander, Gajraj Corps, Lt Gen Shakti Gurung, was to turn their life around.

In its bid to reach out to the less fortunate through its Operation Sadbhavna of winning hearts and minds, Gajraj Corps stepped in to provide medical intervention to the children of Manjushree Vidyapeeth.

Initially, a team of doctors screened 60 children from the Home and found 13 of them seriously afflicted with various degrees of disability. These children were provided with medical interventions that now gives them greater mobility, confidence and a new hope for their future.

While children with lower limb disability were fitted with their prosthesis in Guwahati itself, both Thupten and Lobsang were sent to the Army`s Artificial Limb Centre in Pune and are now on their return journey back to Tawang with brand new prosthesis. On the threshold of their youth, the two friends haven’t stopped smiling; they admit that it has given them a lease of life.

Of the other  13 children identified by the team of Army doctors, interventions have also been carried out on nine year old Thuptan Norbu, who lost his right eye and has now undergone an artificial eye implant.

Ten years old Lebsang Wangyal`s life changed when the Army provided him with corrective glasses allowing him vision for the first time.  

Tsering Choonzam, 15, had bilateral myopia for which also corrective glasses brought relief, enhancing his ability to read with greater comfort.

Yet another recent intervention undertaken by Gajraj Corps was at Jhamtse Gatsal Children`s Community -- an orphanage in a remote village called Lumla in Tawang district. A team of Army doctors and respiratory physicians screened 70 children for tuberculosis (TB). The orphanage already had 8 known cases of TB, and after comprehensive tests, 23 more children were detected with the illness. Currently, Gajraj Corps doctors are facilitating door to door step delivery of anti-tubercular medicines.

In its continued effort to reach disadvantaged sections of society, Gajraj Corps Medical doctors have undertaken several  tertiary medical care initiatives in both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.  One of the most sought after was the Cleft Lip camp conducted by Dr Subodh Kumar Singh, of the Smile Train Foundation who is also a recipient of the Peat Prize.  

In the financial year 2011-12, Gajraj Corps has till date organised 35 medical camps and reached out to 37116 beneficiaries. The endeavour of Gajraj Corps to provide not just security to the people of Assam and Arunachal, but medical assistance as well, especially in remote, far flung areas, continues.



NIT observes National Technology Day

ITANAGAR, May 11: National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh has observed its 1st National Technology Day on May 11.

National essay writing competition on the title “For National Development, Need is Appropriate Technology or Modern Technology”  for undergraduate students of Engineering/Technology  was organized to mark the occasion. Altogether 31 students from different technical institutes took part in it and four students were declared winners. To explore the hidden talent of its students, the NIT also organized technical quiz and debate competition on technology. Poster competition and power point presentations by the in-house students besides cultural programme were the other  highlights of the day.

During prize distribution ceremony P D Kashyap, NIT Dean, (ACAD) highlighted the importance of the  National Technology Day (NTD).

State NIT Director Professor (Dr.) Chandan Tilak Bhunia, in his message on Technology  Day, said, the Day is observed  every year  to commemorate the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on 11 May 1998, which may inspire  and  ignite the young minds to accept, “we may make a difference.”

It is worth mentioning here that NIT, AP was established by the union Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2010. It is temporarily located at Yupia.

Currently it runs three   4-years B. Tech programmes in Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

It  is  poised  to  start  in 2012-13 three more 4-years B.Tech programmes in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Bio Technology, one 2-years M.Tech programme in Mobile Communication and Computing and Ph.D programme in Computer Science and Engineering.



Gaon burahs, students, PR leaders join with Forest dept to save wildlife


RUKSIN, May 11: An “Environmental Awareness Campaign” under the aegis of Pasighat Forest Division and All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) was held at Sille-Oyan circle office today, where the resource persons spoke on the importance of forest and wildlife protection.

The day-long programme, sponsored by the state forest department under its CAMPA project overviewed the growing trend of deforestation and unabated hunting in the area. Participants from seven nearby villages including the Gaon Burahs, panchayat leaders and NGO activists besides the forest department officials have joined hands to stop hunting of wild animal and birds in the area.

President of AESDSU Tageng Nyitan said his union is all set to extend cooperation with the forest department for the protection of wildlife and the remaining forest resources in the area.

The Chief Conservator of Forest for Pasighat central zone RK Singh urged the people to have  “Collective responsibility” to protect the forest resources.

He said that the government machineries cannot effectively function without public cooperation. He further said central sponsored CAMPA aims to create awareness among the masses for protection of forest resources and wildlife.

Singh observed that media’s role is indispensable for wide publicity about various initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of the people.

Pasighat Divisional Forest Officer (T) Bittem Darang, sought active participation of the student communities for environmental awareness among the masses.

According to him, the limited numbers of forest staff are not enough to prohibit illegal activities without cooperation of the local people.

He disclosed that a number of local NGOs and social organizations are engaged for the awareness drive. The DFO also stressed on judicious/ meticulous use of the government fund meant for awareness mobilization.

The DFO (Wildlife) of Pasighat Tasi Mize also discussed on inter-relation of forest and human habitat with reference to degradation of ecosystems in the region. He advocated that social customs such as community hunting should be abolished.

Assistant Conservator of Forest Boken Pao, Sile-Oyan Circle Officer Aying Perme, Majit Pao and several others also spoke in favour of protection of the remaining forest wealth and wild life in the area.



BJP demands review of MoUs for hydro projects

ITANAGAR, May 11: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh today reiterated its demands for micro and run-of-the river hydel projects in the state.

Demanding review of all MoAs/MoUs  signed for large number of hydro projects in the state, the party said implementation of dams will have disastrous effect on local  population and environment.

The BJP also condemned forceful conduct of public hearing and demanded enquiry into torture and harassment meted out to local youths in the name of pubic hearing. The party said hydro power potentials should be explored to boost state coffer and development, but it is unbecoming on the part of the state government to sign MoUs/MoAs in a short span of time without taking public into confidence and without considering their safety and security.

Moreover, construction of large number of dams on a particular river would create adverse impact as the state is categorized as high seismic and disaster-prone zone, the party said.

The party claimed that many students including general public were injured during forceful conduct of public hearing for 1000 MW project at Kaying today. The BJP wanted to know from the state government as to why armed forces were deployed and forceful public hearing  conducted without facilitating the willing participations of the affected people.

The party also expressed concern over the culture of “siphoning off pubic funds” which badly affects  the common people. It alleged that rampant illegal back-door appointments in various state establishments have demoralized the  educated unemployed youths. The act of such illegal appointments is also affecting the work culture resulting in non-availability Govt staff in the offices, particularly in rural areas, the party said.

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The roads and pedestrians

Dear Editor

It is encouraging to see road renovation being done in different colony road. However, it is indeed a sad plight to see that the renovated road gets eroded within a short duration of time. The reason for early road erosion is mostly due to no drainage or ill-maintained drain. Heavy rain during monsoon damage the road causing difficulty to the vehicles as well as pedestrians.

On the other hand, numbers of vehicles keep increasing day by day, but the road enlargement has never been undertaken by any department so far. Even in the heart of the town area of capital complex like Ganga and Naharlagun main town, there is no footpath where people can walk at ease. It has begun to seem as if the roads are only for the vehicle users and not for the common man.There is not a single zebra crossing and a person has to wait for a long time just to cross road since there is neither zebra crossing nor traffic policeman to assist the people on foot in heavily trafficked place.

The whole capital area is in chaotic condition. A little space left for footpath are taken over by vendors and cars are parked here and not a single parking place has been provided by the administration.

It is high time we need to take stock of our capital and to develop a town with proper planning before it’s too late.

I appeal to the authorities’ concerned to look into the matter and to take quick step towards footpath construction, drainage and proper space allocation for vendors and car parking. This could reduce the difficulty of the general public dwelling in the capital of our state.


Dani Sumpi




A farce

Dear Editor,

This is in response to Poonam I Kaushish's recent article on nomination of  sporting personalities and film stars to the Rajya Sabha.

Since Sachin Tendulkar has declared in no uncertain terms that he would continue playing as he is still in "top form", it is obvious that he would be short of time due to series of cricketing commitments. Still Congress has not hesitated to nominate Sachin to the Rajya Sabha, despite possessing full knowledge that the cricketer can hardly devote time in the Upper House of Parliament!

This directly implies that importance of having filmstars or cricketers in Rajya Sabha stands next to nil.

Instead of investing so much resource and energy towards continuation of this farce or symbolic gesture, wouldn't it be prudent to utilise it towards the development of this poor nation?


Kajal Chatterjee,




Zenith of irresponsibility

Dear Editor,

Eyes are one of the most precious gifts to us by nature and incontestably a powerful tool too. With just one look the most intimate message can be relayed without the burden of moving the lips. To keep these priceless organs healthy and shinning one can go to any length and follow elaborate instructions and medications as advised by an expert. Naturally a person having any kind of eye ailment will opt to be treated by a renowned and reputed specialist and at a prominent hospital or nursing home. But sometimes such preferences results into the most dreaded fact of losing one's eye sight permanently even in case of a minor surgery, may be due to exaggerated aplomb of the attending surgeon/s. Whatever may be the explanations tendered, after inflicted agonizing physical disaster due to disregardful attitude of the nursing staffs or the doctors, will not give any succor to the victim of negligence and no material compensation can bring the color of life back. The simple thought of going blind sends a chill down the spine. Ruefully too often due to slackness of professionals these chilling thought turns to reality. Unfortunately repetitions of such professional derelictions are too frequent to be comfortable and not confined to lesser known or comparatively ill equipped hospitals.

Many patients especially those from the interior areas of the State consider the treatment facilities at the State hospital, Naharlagun (Itanagarh) paramount and its doctors to be perfect and flawless.

This unfounded confidence proved costly for some unfortunate patients who recently preferred to undergo cataract sugery at the State hospital. Post surgery a good number of patients developed complications, consequently were referred to Gauhati and Dibrugarh. Few more unfortunates lost their vision permanently, not only that in more serious case eye ball too had to be removed in an effort to evade further life threatening outcome.

One can only hope that after attaining the 'zenith of irresponsibility' medical authorities concerned will prevent reoccurrence of similar tragedies so that a patient can regain not only the blurred eye sight but the goodwill and confidence in the doctors serving at the premier hospital too.






Sainik School

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed paper, I want to draw the attention of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Centre and Arunachal Pradesh regarding establishment of Sainik School in the State. This School will open the door of opportunities for entry into Army, Navy and Air Force. It will also increase the interest of common students on defence.

So, I also would like to appeal all the concerned public, leaders and NGO’s and students unions to co-operate for establishment of Sainik School in our State.


Hajin Hai

Former Army Personnel




With a condition

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the article published on May 9 in your daily titled “It’s not unconstitutional”.

Where the writer emphasized on giving ST status to the Mishings of Arunachal Pradesh and the ABK also demanded it, yes it is not unconstitutional.

But before giving them ST status, a mechanism has to be made to check the influx of Mishings from Assam for getting the benefits of ST in Arunachal Pradesh and the Mishings of Arunachal Pradesh also need to ensure that they will not invite distance kith and kin of Assam in our state.


Chow Nakunand Singkai





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India & climate change

India’s Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reiterates country’s commitment to global concerns on climate change.

The report provides the context and the National circumstances inter alia India’s geography, imperative of development needs, climate and economy; based on which India would be addressing and responding to the challenges of climate change.  It includes results of wide ranging of studies, specifically conducted at the National level capturing diversity of India.

The Greenhouse Gas Inventory of gases of anthropogenic origin for the year 2000 has been reported, as per the stipulated guidelines using prescribed methodologies by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

It is to be noted that, for year 2000, the net Carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions for India were estimated to be 1301.21 million tones, indicating a growth of 4.2% in Carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from the levels in 1994.

It is expected that the information in this report shall be useful to the various stakeholders in policy making at different levels.  The information will enhance the understanding of the issues related to climate change and its impacts and create general awareness relating to Government of India’s proactive efforts towards addressing the challenges due to climate change.