May 14


News Impact


IDEA reaches out to the victims of fire-hazard at Boasimla

Boasimla, May 13: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) distributed relief material to the victims of the fire tragedy at Boasimla.

With the support of CARITAS INDIA, IDEA distributed essential items like utensils, accessories, blankets, bed sheets, buckets and mosquito nets to all 54 families who lost everything they had in the recent major fire-accident.  

IDEA Area coordinators, and SHG leaders together with Fr. Charles Ekka CMF, the Principal  of St. CLARET School, sisters, local leaders and youth of Boasimla assisted the emergency relief distribution. Fr. Charles expressed his deep sense of gratitude to IDEA for showing sympathy to the victims of fire accident.  

IDEA also educated the victims on disaster management method for such emergencies and fire safety measures.


Sonam preaches religious value

ITANAGAR, May 13: “Religion should be a medium to foster brotherhood among humankind and a channel to promote peace and harmony” said Jalley Sonam Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APBOWWB) while addressing the Nepali community on the occasion of Shivkatta yagch being organized by Nepali Sanskrit Suraksha Parishad Arunachal Pradesh at Lingaya Ashram between Naharlagun and Itanagar road here this afternoon.

Sonam further said that each and every people should respect and value all religion and beliefs without discrimination.

He also urged the community to follow the path laid by their ancestors in preserving the age old culture and religion.

B. Bhandari Chief Secretary of Nepali Sanskrit Suraksha Parishad informed that the festival is observed with objective to preserve its religion and culture from the influences of westernization. Thousands of people from the community turned up during the occasion.


Forum welcomes Naying Public hearing

ITANAGAR, May 13: The Dam Affected Peoples Forum of Yapik has welcomed the conduct of the  Public Hearing for Environment Clearance for the 1000 MW Naying power project on May 11  at Pene under Tato circle.

The Forum said that it wants over all development in area with the help of hydro project.

Dam affected people have the right to declare that we need development through the project while stating that the particular project area is inhabited by poor villagers who has no other means of development.

It further said that objection of public hearing of Naying HEP is not acceptable while adding that the land affected people participated in the public hearing and registered their support for the project. The Forum has reason to believe that stoppage of public hearing is an attempt to deprive  the land affected people in the project area of their only scope of development.

It further said that police was deployed during the hearing to thwart the bandh that was called to oppose the public hearing.


State BJYM leaders take part in national conclave

ITANAGAR, May 13: The national conclave of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva was  organized at New Delhi on May 11 and 12.

Participating in the conclave, Arunachal BJYM president Doni Nich called upon the BJYM leaders of various states  and National Capital to raise  voice against the torture, harassment and killing of the North East students. BJYM leaders of various states including national capital could play a pivotal role in ensuring safety and security of NE students  including Arunachalees who are pursuing their higher study in Bangalore, Delhi etc, the state BJYM leader said. Meanwhile, the BJYM national president decided to take up issue with Central Govt. He also directed Yuva Morcha leaders of all the states to ensure security and safety of the NE students. Another state BJYM leader Tarin Tari also participated in the programme.


Restrain from cheap statement, concentrate on law and order: BJP

ITANAGAR, May 13: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh today urged the Congress party to refrain from hurling unbecoming and cheap statement.

It is unfortunate on the part of INC to react in such cheap way when the state is facing numerous problems including deteriorating law and order situations, illegal appointments, inter-state boundary and insurgency issues, the BJP said.

The BJP said the Congress party should discharge their duties and  ensure safety and security besides improving the socio-economic status of the  people who voted it to power. There is no question of feeling ashamed due to less number of legislators, rather the ruling Congress party with maximum number of legislators should feel ashamed for its failure  in all fronts be it law and order, economic security, community health and quality primary education and roads communication, the party said. The BJP urged the ruling party to ensure good governance  with proper utilization of fund instead of issuing misleading statement.


Training of public prosecutors

ITANAGAR, May 13: A four members team of advocates from Arunachal Pradesh, namely, Deepa Yoka, Mama Tang, Anima Mize and Kholi Tado recently attended a four days residential training of public  prosecutors organised by the Directorate of  Prosecution, Govt of West  Bengal in association with Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India at  the West Bengal National Juridical science University, Kolkata.The camp was organised for the public prosecutors of the entire  states of North Eastern Region to enhance their performace in the  court duties.

The programme was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.


Upper Subansiri contractors oppose bandh

ITANAGAR, May 13: Arunachal Construction Workers Union (ACWU), Upper Subansiri district unit has opposed the proposed bandh call on 15th May by All Upper Subansiri Intellectual Forum against tender process of NLCPR funded road project from Subansiri bridge point to Segi under Gusar circle. Union stated that said project is long pending of the people of Tator Tani area and therefore locals are cooperating with authorities for peaceful completion of project.


SDP for weavers

ITANAGAR, May 13: The two months long skill development programme on weaving concluded at Barapani Takar Colony, Naharlagun on May 8. The programme was organized by the Rural Development Society and sponsored by NABARD.

Addressing the valedictory function of the programme, NABARD assistant general manager Upendra Bagh assured to extend support to marketing facilities for the weavers. Chief Manager, LB, State Bank of India also assure to cooperate and provide credit facilities to the weavers.

No breakdown in law and order: CM

BALIJAN, May 13: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, on the repeated claims of law and order breakdown, said that sporadic and individual acts of crime cannot be labeled as breakdown of law and order. He said perpetrators of acts of violence, trespassing, arson, etc are criminals and they will be dealt accordingly by law.

“Investigations are on. Agitation or no agitation, law will ultimately catch up these criminals and they won’t be spared,” Tuki added.  He said that people have very high expectations from him and he is doing his best to fulfill them. However, he sought time and patience from the people to fulfill his responsibilities as Chief Minister of the state. “I am also human but with the onerous job in hand I am working overtime. So much is expected of me. Please give me time. It has to be understood that results cannot be brought overnight,” he said while addressing a huge gathering of public and students at Balijan in Papum Pare district Saturday evening.

Tuki had traveled by road to Balijan to inaugurate the ‘VI Sports Meet-cum-Miss Papum Pare Beauty Pageant 2012’ organized by All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) straight from Raj Bhavan helipad after seeing off the visiting Central team of Home Minister P Chidambaram, MoS Home Jitendra Singh and others.

Speaking his heart out for almost two hours Tuki appealed the people, particularly the student community, to have patience and faith on his government to sort out all pending issues. He welcomed organizations of all hues to have straight talks with the government to understand the circumstances instead of launching agitations and calling bandhs abruptly.

“What’s the point calling bandhs and launching agitations that would bring no results but instead derail the process initiated by the government to resolve the very issue for which the agitation is launched? No one is going to gain by bandhs. The issue would remain as it is and the common people will suffer,” Tuki observed.

Expressing regret on the bandh called by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on May 18 next, the Chief Minister said that his government has nothing to hide. To the demand for a ‘white paper’ on financial status of the government, he said the budget placed in the recently concluded Assembly session itself is a ‘white paper’ and is there for anyone to see. He informed based on the budget the Planning Commission of India would summon a meet with the state government and accord sanctions as per requirement after discussion. Once the budget allocation is made by the PCI the State Planning department would formulate the Annual Operational Plans (AOPs) and place the funds accordingly.

“I have personally talked to the Finance Minister in this regard. We are elder brothers and ready to explain anytime if approached. Come tell us. We are ready to listen and discuss issues that are of state interest,” Tuki said.

Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, who joined the function coming all the way from Bomdila, called upon the people to rise to the occasion and castigate such perpetrators of crime even if they are relatives or members of the same community.

“Criminals are criminals without any community, religion or family. Just because of a few mischief-mongers the whole community is bad-mouthed. It’s time we as community members finger-out these elements and deal with them as per our customary laws,” he called.

The MP also cautioned rumour-mongers against giving communal overtones to individual acts of crime and warned against talks-in-the-air of his and the Chief Minister’s hand behind the incidents of sporadic violence.

“We are watching the rumour-mongers. Its disgusting that some people can stoop so low,” Sanjoy said.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia also spoke at length on student leadership and the role of student unions in constructive means for development of the state and welfare of students.

Meanwhile, to the various demands placed by APPDSU and the local MLA like establishment of an IRBn headquarter at Tarasso, a college for girls in the district, upgradation of Balijan EAC Hq to SDO, a circuit house at Balijan, various roads in the area, etc, the Chief Minister assured to consider all and sought proposals from concerned offices for further action.



SFRI comes to rescue of  bamboo flowering affected villagers

ITANAGAR, May 13: The State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), Department of Environment and Forests organized village to village training and awareness camp on Rodent and Pest management at Ledum, Korang and Koyu villages of East Siang district during the field survey on bamboo flowering areas last Friday.

During the survey and visit to the villages, Scientist R K Taj highlighted on possible outbreak of insect pests and diseases in connection with bamboo flowering. He asked the villagers to avoid using poisonous rodenticide, which may not only harm the rodent but also domestic animals and humans. However, he suggested use of traditional trap technology and  non poisonous substances like N-Rat, etc for sustainable management without threat to the environment and health. Further he cautioned the villagers not to use it on destructive and unproductive way which is against biodiversity conservation.

Taj also suggested the local panchayat leaders, GB’s and senior members of the villagers on various action plan and project preparation procedure at grass root level such as Natural Regeneration (NR),  Added Natural Regeneration (ANR) and other plantation programmes under the purview of government guidelines.  Speaking as a resource person, Journalist Gandhi Darang asked the villagers to follow up the action plan being taken by the government in a best possible way at grass root level .Further, he asked them to be cautious on various water and soil borne diseases, epidemic outbreak after bamboo flowering in the affected areas.

Appreciating the visiting team, Korang ASM Ritu Padung and Ledum ASM Tayam Dupak categorically highlighted the problem faced by the villagers and assured to monitor various programme in a best way in future.



Land acquisition sans final green clearances violates Supreme Court orders

ITANAGAR, May 13: In December 2011 the Siang Peoples’ Forum (SPF), one of the organizations opposed to mega power projects, had brought to the notice of the Land Management officials in the state that land acquisition procedures initiated for the Simang hydroelectric project stage - I prior to final environment and forest clearances is illegal and it is violation of the orders of the Supreme Court of  India.  The Supreme Court in the case of Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board vs C Kenchappa  (2006) 6 SCC 371 dated 12-5-2006    held that “we direct that, in future, before acquiring of lands for development, the consequence and adverse impact of development on the environment must be comprehended and the lands be acquired for development that do not gravely impair the ecology and environment”.

In view of the direction of the Supreme Court in above mentioned case,   it is clear that any acquisition of land for projects which require approval under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 issued under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 is illegal and will be in direct violation of the orders of the Supreme Court unless final environment and forest clearance has been first obtained.

The consequence and adverse impact of development on the environment can be comprehended only through the following two legal processes:

(i). Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) process under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 as notified through notification issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forest dated 14-9-2006.  The said EIA Notification provides for preparation of EIA report, Public Consultation including public hearing and appraisal of the project by the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forest and the final decision by the Ministry of Environment and Forest or the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee. The EIA also include studies on carrying capacity and cumulative impacts which have been highlighted by the Supreme Court.  As per the law,  no work preliminary or otherwise can begin till the Environment clearance is obtained.

(ii). The Forest Clearance process under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 which requires prior approval of the Central Government before any forest land is used for non forest purpose. The clearance is granted in two stages, in-principle (Stage – I) and final (Stage – II). While SPF had brought this to the notice of the Land Management officials in the context of Simang Stage – I project, land acquisition procedures at various stages appear to be still underway across the state for hydropower projects which are still awaiting final forest and environment clearances. This would be a gross violation of the orders of the Supreme Court.

Interestingly, officials in Lohit district has last week informed land-owners affected by the 1750 MW Demwe Lower project, that proceedings under section 11 of the Land Acquisition Act have been completed and they will be given compensations very shortly. But the Demwe Lower project is yet to be granted final (Stage – II) clearance under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. Thus completion of the land acquisition proceedings are therefore not only illegal as per the Supreme Court order but also put land-owners at risk if the Stage – II clearance does not come through for some reason. It would be wiser to wait for the final clearance, not only to comply with the orders of the  Supreme Court of India, but also to ensure that land-owners are not put at risk by payment of compensations before final clearances.

The environmental clearance of the Demwe Lower project is also sub-judice, under challenge in the National Green Tribunal (NGT), due to serious anomalies in the clearance process. For example, P. Abraham, a director of one of the promoters of the project, PTC India Ltd., was chairing an Environment Ministry panel which evaluated the project at an important stage of approval called Scoping. Thus, the process involved a serious conflict-of-interest. Given this situation, the land acquisition proceedings should be put on hold to avoid unnecessary risks to land-owners in case the NGT gives an adverse ruling on the faulty environment clearance process.



A mixed year for East Siang police

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, May 13: There were four reported murders, five robberies, nine rape cases and 29 incidents of burglary cases till December 31 last year in East Siang. The police had registered 102 cases under IPC and other Acts in different police stations of the district.

The crime record/statistics maintained by police department through its ‘Crime Branch’ shows increasing trend in rape, theft and various other cases in 2011. However, the numbers of robbery, burglaries and kidnapping/ abduction has significantly decreased. As compared to 42 in 2010, the numbers of robbery and burglary cases were 34 in 2011. Reported cases relating to simple and grievous injury also saw a drop.

Till March this year, the East Siang Police has recorded 46 criminal cases including a robbery, 2 rape and 5 burglary till March 31.

Reversing the common view that criminal activity is on an ever increasing trend with increase of population and urbanization, the uniformed personnel of East Siang district have claimed ‘better conduct’ in  restraining law and order situation last year.

But in the contrary, the citizens of the area don’t accept the claim and allege police failure to stop criminal activities especially among the youths.

People say that taking advantage of administrative and policing loopholes; antisocial elements are alarmingly increasing in the societies, while the unruly youths and school going children are daring to commit heinous crime.

It is worth mentioning that some local youths said to be juvenile vandalized the statues of Mahatma Gandhi near 24X7 Police beat post at the heart of Pasighat town during early March this year. They also defiled the statue of Daying Ering.

A peek into crime reports of  police in the district bared the involvement of teenagers, especially students in various schools in the town.

Moreover, frequent crime like burglary and theft besides rampant use of narcotics and other contraband drugs has been reported from vulnerable areas at Ruksin, Nari and Telam bordering  Dhemaji district of Assam.



AAPSU reacts to PC’s “loose comment”, advices APCC to talk to Assam

ITANAGAR, May 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has come out strongly against the reported statement of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram where he is credited to have said that “Central Govt does not recognize presence of NSCN factions in Tirap, Changlang and Longding district”.

Terming it a loose comment, the Union said that “Home Minister seems to forget that former MP and popular Congress leader Wangcha Rajkumar was killed by NSCN in Tirap district. People of three districts are suffering because of factional fight and forceful donation from NSCN groups”.

AAPSU  described  the PC’s statement as an insult to every Arunachalee and  sought explanation from him, said Union president Takam Tatung.

AAPSU  further said that Home Minister has hurt the sentiments of the people of the state by saying that he is not aware of Chakma-Hajong making life miserable for indigenous tribal of Lohit and Changlang district.

The students asked whether central govt cares more for refugees than indigenous tribal.  

The Union further said that they would go ahead with the Bandh on May 18.  

Govt has not met our demand of white paper on financial status, Independent Home Minister and solution to Assam-Arunachal boundary issue, said Tatung.

While reacting to APCC appeal for talks rather than bandh, the students said that AAPSU had submitted a list of demands and had given enough time to the state government to look into it.

AAPSU asked the APCC to work out with their Congress counterpart in Assam so that common people along the border are not harassed.



State level Sho-Tokan Karate do C’ship concludes at Seppa

ITANAGAR, May 13:  A two day state level Sho-Tokan Karate-Do open competition which was held at Seppa from 12th May concluded today.  Altogether 151 participants from across the state took part in open championship including 12 officials, and Arunachal Karate-do Association president Sensei Likha Tara, Technical Director SD Sharma and Tai Hipik president All Arunachal Pradesh Sho-Tokan Karate-Do Association.

P. Nobin Jomoh was adjudged best of the championship.


In the girls’ kumite category, Monika Kayang won gold in below 11 years old.

In below 13, Devi Singhi won the Gold while Papate Yapa got the silver and Jeena Tallang won the bronze.

In below 15 years old, Goda Asha won the gold, while Joni Mangkya and Tadar Mama won the silver bronze respectively.

In below 18 years old category Laxmi Chettry won gold while Padi Ripa got the silver and Tame Papi won the bronze.

In senior kumite category Sumpi Chage won the gold while Chunnu Sangno won a silver.

In another category of below 18 years girls open katam Padi Ripa won gold, while silver and bronze were won by Goda Asha and Tadar Mama.

In boys kumite  category of below  11 years old Lindum Linia  won gold, Bongali Sono won the silver while Nibo Neri won the bronze.

In below 13 years,  Raja Yangfo won the gold, followed by Kamita Rasam with silver while Techi Bagang won bronze.

In below 15 years Doniram Tawe won gold, Vijay Bodo won silver while Kofa Raje fetched a  bronze.

Below 18 years category gold, silver and bornze were won by Vijay Techi, Dongro Dodum, Domle Eri respectively.

In Senior boys kumite, gold went to Takiang Bagang, Runa Dada fetched silver while Pisa Nachung won the Bronze.

Meanwhile in boys (below 11 years old) kata, Santosh Sharma won the gold while Chopa Talo and Lindum Linia won the silver and bronze respectively.

In below 13 years, Vinod Digeo got the gold, followed by Raja Yangfo and Doni Yangfo.

In 15 years boys Ajay Taku won the gold, Kofa Raje won Silver while Samuel Dolo got a Bronze.

In below 18 years boys Janam Dodum won a gold whiel Doniram Tawe and Nabam Gambo won a silver and bronze respectively.

In senior men open kata P, Nobin Jomoh won a gold followed by Tage Saa who won a Silver, while Takiang Bagang won a bronze.

In men Open kumite final  P. Nobin Jomoh won gold while Nikam Sono won the silver while  Kocho Bengde got a bronze.



Call to curb traditional hunting

ITANAGAR, May 13: An environmental awareness campaign was conducted on May 10 at Berung village in East Siang district, organized by Bogong Banggo Yameng Kebang (BBYK).

BBYK raised their voice against illegal hunting and cutting of trees from wildlife reserves.

Reckoning the environmental problems posing a threat to floras & faunas thus affecting the human beings as well, globally, BBYK ardently stepped forward to initiate the much needed awareness programme among the masses.

The members present during the campaign stressed on curbing the traditional hunting practices from reserved forests, thus conserving the animals on the verge of extinction. The campaign was a successful one and ended with a common notion, to impede the deteriorating condition of wildlife in Pasighat, East Siang district. The campaign was sponsored under state CAMPA.

Chief Conservator of Forest accompanied by District Forest Officers and forest staff, Panchayat leaders, Gaon Buras and villagers also participated during the campaign at Berung Dere.



APLS to celebrate Lummer Dai’s birth anniversary

ITANAGAR, May 13: An in-depth discussion on the celebration of 72nd birth anniversary of ‘Luminous’ Lummer Dai, the doyen of literature, on June 1 next dotted the 36th monthly literary session of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) at the premises of JN State Museum here today.

The literary sitting chaired by APLS president Y D Thongchi decided to conduct the birth anniversary of Luminous Lummer Dai  in a grand style with the Asom Sahitya Sabha and Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society as co-organizers.

Apart from the opening of a road named after Lummer Dai at Naharlagun most likely by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, floral tributes to his graveyard and a general session at JN State Museum summing up the late author’s contribution towards literary field in the State are scheduled to mark the special occasion.

In this connection, a team of delegates from the Asom Sahitya Sabha led by its general secretary Dr Paramananda Rajbanshi is expected to visit Arunachal Pradesh on a goodwill mission.

Coming back to today’s literary session, the presentations by students and new members were highlights of the day.

A list of newcomers (all girls) came up with recitation of English poems with Oyam Yirang reciting ‘Thoughts in the woods’ and Kenyam Pertin reading out ‘Two Boats’ while Onam Langkam recited ‘Nothing’s been the same’.

Another young member, Gaby Miyum Damin recited a beautiful poem titled ‘Delhi Dream’ revolving around people of North East.

Another new entrant, Achyut Bora came up with his own composition in Assamese, reading out an article named ‘Sahitya Surya Luminous Linmmer Dai’.

Among others, the 36th literary session was graced by who’s who from APLS, including Nanni Dai (advisor), Dr Tage Tada (vice president), Tokong Pertin (general secretary), Batem Pertin (executive member), R N Koley (coordinator), S Kri and Dr Pekba Ringu (AGSs).



Training on quality drinking water testing held


RUKSIN, May 13: With a view to sensitise the rural people on safe drinking water, the Future Generations Arunachal (FGA), launched a training programme on “Handling of Water Quality Testing Kit” in different circles of East Siang district.

The programme at Oyan village got underway on May 10 last with a good response from all sections of the local people.

The programme was followed up at Ruksin circle office today, where there were 20 participants including the PRI members and the leaders of local social organizations.

The FGA training programme is being sponsored by the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department under “National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Programme”.

Attending the day-long training as resource person, Dr Dilip Dutta, a senior medical officer of Ruksin PHC explained on various water borne diseases and ways to  prevent it.

There was a demonstration of water quality testing and as many as 20 drinking water samples collected from different portions of Ruksin village and township were tested by using ‘Multi Parameter Field Testing Kit’.

Disclosing the findings of water testing, the section engineer of Ruksin PHE Taring Padun informed that the water supplied from Rombo Korong contains PH (acid/base), chloride and other minerals above the permissible level. He suggested the people to boil the water to get rid of any health hazard.

The Rombo Korong, a stream at Rombo located at 9 Km from Ruksin town is the main source of the drinking water in the area.

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Before it’s too late

Dear Editor,

This is in addition to the open letter written to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh by Sotai Kri of Lohit District through your esteem daily on 11th May.

In fact Kri must have painfully observed the fate of dying youths of Lohit and Anjaw. The menace has gone to such an alarming extent that any word in this paper is not enough to express one’s concern.

But I am scared of my tearful words shall have no impact to Governor or Chief Minister for sure since they have zero concern and sincerity to curb the menace.

I have heard a responsible administrator commenting on drug use.  But he did not reveal what he has been doing with so many machineries such as police force, Intelligence network and administrative authority. If he in the capacity of a magistrate knows who takes drugs/Kani and who sells them then why he stands as mute spectator? This attitude of the district administration coupled by Government’s silence often puts us in confusion whether we are systematically being trapped under this menace.

Our leaders and policy makers, though it is late but not lost yet hence please pay your iota of concern over the future of eastern valley in particular and Arunachal as a whole in general and try to understand the dangerous challenges that we in eastern Arunachal are facing today. Our Doctors, our administrators, our teachers are engaging themselves in consuming Kani not to talk about the other mass. Most of our male teachers (more than 90%) in Anjaw and Lohit district are already addicted to it. Our lady teachers of upland areas are the good peddlers of Kani.

It has become so acceptable that a teacher of Anjaw district did not mind posting a photo of himself, consuming kani in social networking site.  

I have taken a photograph of one teacher’s poppy field inside the campus of his official residence that too in roadside and I have pasted the same in facebook.

This year the campus of IGG college was full of poppy fields. If any student needs Kani even in his classroom then he would get it just near his college veranda, after all, almost all the collegians are already addicted.

Even in elections, kani is used to lure voters. Seeing the trends and go ahead signal by the state authority, we can presume that by next assembly election, only that candidate shall win the election who distributes more and more Drugs/Heroine in Namsai and Kani in Chongkham, Tezu and Hayuliang.

Most often, the excuse of Kani growers is that they call it their source of livelihood. It may be true to some of the families but when the wives of magistrates are engaged in the poppy cultivation then what conclusion can we draw. Therefore it is the responsible of whole of the society to fight against this menace in whatever way possible but above all our welfare Govt. must not stand mute spectator rather it should come and stand tall with appropriate measures before it is too late.


Barum Masong




Putting us at risks

Dear Editor,

Bike riders especially youths in state capital Complex are dangerous. They are not only risks to themselves but to others as well.  

This is the fact witnessed everyday in the capital Complex.

Rash driving and riding need to be discouraged at all costs.  

Why is the authorities mum on it? Due to reckless riding, the mortality rates are on an increase. These young people put others life also at risk.

So, authorities should come up with some needful steps to prevent such practices before its too late and more youths become victims of it.

I request the authorities and civil societies to do something to minimize the rates of accidents in the Capital Complex.


Taba Rajen



The roads

Dear Editor,

It is already known to the readers that our state Arunachal Pradesh have transport communication problem since a long time. Mai village is facing these problems at a much higher level. Though there are two power houses in the village but still the road is not a concrete one. This shows the level of low quality works done by the administration. The poor transport condition creates havoc in the daily life of the villagers. If a person needs urgent medical attention, it is impossible for him/her to go to a better health unit due to the hurdles of the road.

It is high time that the concerned MLA, departments and minister take proper steps. In lieu of this we humbly request the concerned MLA to improve the road and transport conditions of the Mai village.


Mai Aram



Land and the people

Dear Editor,

It is observed in Namsai area that many non-locals those who are marrying local girl are purchasing land and settling there. So it reflects the weakness of the concern authority in particular and local community in general in checking the happening. Before it is too late and by realizing the gravity of the situation as it was witnessed in PRC episode, now it is the need of the hour to oust the entire fellow and make Namsai a peaceful and safe place for the present and the future.

This is what we long for as a local populace of Namsai.


Chow Nakunand Singkai




Ensure essential services

Dear Editor,

Though your daily, I would like to thank all those individuals and organizations who came forward to help the victims of fire at Boa Simla in which more than 50 houses were burnt down. I request  PHED & WS And Electrical Department Ziro to ensure water and power supply for those to who are living in temporary relief camp.

BSNL authority should also ensure interrupted service in the area. On the day of the fire, there were not services, making it impossible for the people to call up. If there was a service, we could have minimized the losses caused by the fire.


Gochi Tatum





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Child survival not enough

A study shows that even though global mortality among children dropped by 26 per cent, there is a still a lot of work to be done to meet the Millennium Development Goal 4 of slashing child deaths by 66 per cent over 15 years.

Global mortality among children younger than five years declined by 26 per cent between 2000 and 2010 indicating that the lives of some two million children were saved but this is still not enough for many countries to meet the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths in this age group by two-thirds by 2015, according to US research study

The study showed an average drop in mortality of only 2.6 per cent annually, with preventable infectious diseases causing almost two-thirds of the deaths. Pre-term birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) followed by pneumonia were responsible for the highest number of deaths globally, with Africa and Southeast Asia hardest hit.

In Africa, 73 per cent of all child deaths (2.6 million children) were attributed mostly to malaria and HIV/AIDS, while in Southeast Asia nearly one million babies died within their first 28 days of life because of too-early birth, problems during delivery, or infection.