May 24


News Impact


Disruption in power supply

ITANAGAR, May 23: The people of  C Sector area here have been facing innumerable problems due to disruption in power supply. According to sources, erratic power supply badly affected the broadcasting of news and various other programmes of All India Radio (AIR), Itanagar today.  It is worth mentioning here that AIR requires 24 hours power supply to continue its news and other programmes.


GB dies

ITANAGAR, May 23: All Doimukh Gaon Burah Welfare Association has mourned the death of GB Tana Tonium. Late Tonium died on 22nd May at his residence. He is survived by four sons and two daughters. Born on 5th June 1936, late Tanium was appointed as GB in 1968. He was actively involved in various developmental works in Doimukh area.


Ete mourns ASM’s death

ITANAGAR May 23:  Parliamentary Secretary Home Affairs Gadam Ete today mourned the demise of Kigam Loya, Anchal Samity Member (ASM) of Kabu village who passed away recently.  

In his condolence message to the bereaved family, Ete termed the death of Loya as irreparable loss to her family and Galo society as well.  

He said that Late Loya was a pioneer who brought awareness amongst womenfolk in generating self-employment and entrepreneurship.  



ITANAGAR,  May 23:  In recognition to his achievement, Gusar Youth Welfare Society (GYWS) has felicitated Nyajar Gusar who got the post of Child Development Project Officer in recently conducted APPSC examination.


Association demands early conduction of interview

ITANAGAR May 23:  All Arunachal Pradesh Diploma Holder in Elementary Education Association has demanded the State Project Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to conduct interview against more than 200 sanctioned posts of assistant teachers.  

Claiming that there are enough numbers of trained teachers, it questioned the department why so much time was being wasted.

Association also claimed that education minister has assured them that no untrained teachers would be appointed.


GCIF seeks veterinary team

ITANAGAR May 23: Gangte Circle Intellectual Forum (GCIF) today informed that there has been a foot and mouth disease outbreak in Rei and Riaga village.  It demanded the district animal  and husbandry and veterinary department to send its officials to contain the disease. It also claimed that in spite of repeated pleas, the department is not initiating any action.


Governor’s intervention sought

ITANAGAR, May 23: In a letter written to the state governor today, Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) sought Governor’s intervention to halt ongoing projects at Indira Gandhi Park here, saying that with coming of lot of projects inside, the park would be destroyed.


Field day on Hybrid maize variety

ITANAGAR, May 23: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Siang conducted field day on hybrid maize variety “All Rounder” and “DKC 8010” at FLD Sikatode village. The programme was a part of front line demonstration on maize which is carried out by Kendra on  5 hectare area. It was sponsored by Integrated scheme on Oil palm, pulse, oilseed and maize, New Delhi.

Toge Riba SMS, plant protection coordinated the FLD programme and lectured on importance of hybrid variety.

Talem Minki FLD maize farmer shared his experience on hybrid crop farming among fellow farmer and highlighted the importance of scientific farming over traditional farming. He also highlighted KVK intervention on FLD maize programme at various stages of crop.

Nabum Yadi, Programme Assistant delivered lecture on pest and disease management of maize and rice and also emphasized on scientific rising of Paddy nursery. Altogether 35 farmers participated in the programme and Paddy seed variety “Cauri” were distributed to each farmer.


BBK, BBYK denounce DC transfer

Pasighat, May 23: The Bogong Banggo Kebang and Bogong Banggo Yameng Kebang in a release today opposed the untimely transfer  of East Siang  DC Talem Tapok.  

Citing the premature transfer, the Kebang said that his transfer has halted various development process in the district.

“Being a local of the area, Tapok has been frequently emphasising on area’s development during his eight months tenure”, said BBK president Oyem Dai.

Further, the Kebang urged the state government to retain him in the district.



ITANAGAR, May 23: Dr. K Romeo Meetei, In-charge Adventure Cell, Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs stood top (level 1) in the Judges Course conducted by  International Federation of Sport Climbing ((IFSC), Italy organised by Indian Mountaineering Foundation New Delhi  from May 19 to 22. He is the  first from North East to achieve this rare feat.

It is pertinent to mention here that Dr Meetei is presently serving as vice chairman of the North East Zone Sport Climbing Committee under the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi.


Society bans hunting

ITANAGAR May 23:   In an attempt to preserve wild life animals, Parang Panchayat Youth Welfare Society has banned against hunting and fishing in its area. In a release society stated that violator will be imposed with fine.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, May 23: In an attempt to keep the public place clean, All Liromoba Youth Welfare Association conducted social service cum cleanliness drive at public health centre Liromoba in West Siang district recently. Further association appealed to public to keep the hospital premises clean.


Parl. Secy attends dev. meeting

ITANAGAR, May 23: Yachuli MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya laid the foundation of the upgraded Dodo ME School under Yazali circle in Lower Subansiri district in presence of RWD Executive Engineer, Ziro division Toko Ottu on May 19 last.

Attending the second village development meeting, Saaya assured the villagers to provide drinking water supply at Toll and Tanio, construct a RCC bridge over Panye river linking Tanio with Toll village, provide Rs 10 lakh for developing a football ground at ME school and MIC channel from Toll to Gugi (Approx 4 km).

The villagers appreciated Saaya for his assurance to provide these basic amenities and other development activities for the welfare of people of his constituency.

The meeting was attended by panchayat members, Gaon Burah, public, students, All Dodo Welfare Society, All Toll Youth Association and NGOs.


APCC orientation programme

ITANAGAR, May 23: The two days orientation workshop on flagship programme of UPA I & II  of  Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee concluded today.

Heads of implementing agencies of various flagship programmes, PCC office bearers, heads of Congress frontal organizations and DCC/CCC presidents were present in the programme.  

The 2nd day of the programme was graced by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and  APCC President  Mukut  Mithi. Tuki gave away the certificates to the participants in the orientation workshop.

Sellers flee as Forest dept raids markets

CM questions dept, directs action against forest officials  

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, May 23: Days after this daily carried a news highlighting sell of wild meat in the markets of capital, today forest officials swung into action and conducted raid in Ganga market, Itanagar.

During the raid officials seized carcass of wild animals including that of one barking deer and 8 porcupines.

Forest officials led by G Doke, range forest officer (RFO), Poma Wildlife Range carried out the raid. The forest team was assisted by capital police comprising of civil police, IRBn and CRPF jawans.

According to the report, the carcass was packed in thermocol container with ice-cubes and kept in the market. It is believed that poacher got prior information about the raid and by the time officials arrived they had fled from the scene.

Despite repeated enquiry from forest officials and police, no vendors gave any information about the ‘owner’ of the container  of carcass.

Yesterday also forest official seized carcass of one barking deer and khaliz pigeon from the same market.

RFO Doke expressed regret over non-cooperation of vegetable vendors in carrying out of their investigation.

“No one is cooperating with us. The shopkeepers and vegetable vendors are refusing to share any information. Our investigation will be in vain, if people fail to help us. Forest department is trying its best to stop selling of wild animals in the market but we need people’s cooperation,” said Doke.

He further added, “We would like to appeal to the market welfare committees of capital to be more vigilant in this regard. They should create awareness among vegetable vendors regarding illegal selling of wild animal in market. Market Welfare Committees can also help arrest the poachers by providing us information about their activities.”

“The way animal carcass was properly packed in thermocol container along with ice-cubes, it seems professional poachers are involved. One cannot deny that this wild animal carcass might have been imported from other districts,” added Doke.

Forest officials had lodged an FIR at Itanagar police station against unknown person in this regard.

Later in the afternoon, a post mortem was done by the veterinary officials and carcass was buried by the forest officials.    

It is disheartening to know that despite best effort put in by forest officials, meats of wild animal are being rampantly sold in various markets of capital. Majority of the buyers are officers and well educated businessmen who know that selling of wild animal meat is illegal.  The citizen of Arunachal has to understand that these wild animals are assets of the state. Many of them are on the verge of extinction and if such rampant killing continues, very soon jungles of Arunachal will be without any wild animals.


Expressing serious concern at the lack of proper surveillance and patrolling on the part of forest officers and officials resulting in rampant killing of wild animals and selling their meat in the open market in sky-high rates especially in the twin capital city of Itanagar and Naharlagun, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has ordered for stringent action against the erring officers, according to a report from Chief Minister’s office.

Besides directing the PCCF to take the responsible officers and officials to task, Tuki issued directives to book the culprits involved in such killings and selling of wild animal under the relevant forest laws.

In response to the orders issued from the Chief Minister, PCCF and Principal Secretary Environment and Forest B S Sajwan has issued a show cause notice to the responsible DFOs and Range Officers asking them to explain as to why disciplinary action should not be initiated against them for dereliction of duties. He has sought the reply within a time frame of one week.    He has further sounded red alert to his department officers to avoid recurrence of wildlife offense of such serious nature in near future.



Six dead in bus collision

ITANAGAR, May 23: Six persons were killed this morning when two busses collided head-on at Haijan Bridge in North Lakhimpur town at 4.30 AM.

The drivers and conductors of both the buses- Nandalal Rajbanshi and  Rajani Das and Hari Doke(40) and Kajom Tamang (24) besides two others - Apet Pitek (30) and her seven-year-old son Kamin were killed at the spot.  More than 30 injured passengers were admitted at Civil Hospital at North Lakhimpur while some were shifted to Ramakrishna Mission Hospital at Itanagar and State Hospital, Naharlagun. Of the four seriously injured, one has been shifted to Guwahati.

One of the busses belonged to the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport services which was coming from Yingkiong to Itanagar with registration number AR-02/0414. The other bus was headed to Silapather from Barpeta in Assam.

Initial investigation has revealed speeding coupled with foggy weather as the cause of the tragedy.

Director Transport T. Kaye, along with APSTS General Manager, District Transport Officer and other staff rushed to accident site this morning.

When contacted Director Transport said that tedious long journey could be reason that led to the accident.

Taker Taloh, general secretary of East Parliamentary Constituency of the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress rushed to the accident site this morning. He appealed to the state government to assist the victims with financial assistance at the earliest. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has announced Rs. 100000 ex-gratia as immediate relief to the families of the deceased, Rs. 50,000 to those grievously injured and Rs.15000  each to those sustained minor injuries.

Terming the incident as most unfortunate, Tuki extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members while praying for the eternal peace of the departed souls. He wished speedy recovery of the victims sustaining injuries in the fatal accident.

Former Capital DC Onit Panyang and Parliamentary Law Legislative and Judicial JK Panggeng visited the grievously injured passengers at R K Mission Hospital this evening. (with inputs from ATNS)



Torrential rain creates havoc in Khonsa

KHONSA, May 23: As it is, Khonsa is famous or should we call ‘infamous’ for heavy rain, especially during the monsoon. But the torrential rains here on May 21 was unprecedented which left a trail of destruction at many locations in the Tirap district headquarters  Khonsa. Some thatched dwelling houses were destroyed completely. Many portions of newly laid Township roads were damaged badly. The roads are now filled with mud and boulders brought in by the flooding rain waters and drains have been blocked resulting in overflowing of water on the roads.

The district administration is not at all prepared for such eventualities for want of man power, trained personnel, machineries and utter lack of awareness among the residents. It may be mentioned here that Khonsa is crisscrossed by a number of streams and the entire Township is prone to landslide. Unauthorized construction of private houses and roads on the bank of these streams is only compounding the problem of Khonsa.

If something is not done urgently now more disasters can strike the Township.

Parliamentary Secretary for DoTC, SWWCD Yumsen Matey has expressed concern over the damages caused by the recent heavy rain and asked the administration to remain alert adding that the assets of the Township must be saved at any cost.

He asked the residents to follow the laid down norms and government guidelines while constructing their houses. He further said that creation of awareness among the people is of paramount importance to save life and properties during natural calamities. This is just the beginning of the rainy season. We can well imagine what will happen in June-July.(DIPRO)



Arunachal win 6 medals in Natl Karate C’ship

Winners, officials felicitated

ITANAGAR, May 23: The Arunachal Pradesh Karate team won six medals, including a gold in the just concluded 24th Junior and Cadet National Karate-do Championship at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.

While Master Nikam Sono won a Gold medal in 70 kg cadet category, Bamang Yakum  and Likha Lej won a Silver medal each in 54 kg junior and  52 kg cadet category respectively.

Goda Ash, Ribyalu Kri and Dongro Dodum bagged a bronze medal each. Bulang Marik was the team coach cum manager while Rajnita Rotom and Rakom Dugi were the Female team coach and Assistant team coach (male) respectively.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Karate Association felicitated the medal winning players and officials at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun today which was attended by Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General G. Doke, AKA president Sensei Likha Tara, vice president Sensei Yarda Niki, Technical Director Sensei SD Sharma.



Govt announces vehicle subsidy for unemployed youths

ITANAGAR, May 23: The Chief Minister today announced 25% subsidy on purchase of commercial vehicle by unemployed youth of the state through the MoA between Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank and All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki made the announcement this evening when All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) led by its president Takar Goi and General Secretary Dobing Sonam met him this evening to apprise about the grievances of commercial vehicle owners and drivers and other transport related matters.

It is worth mentioning that Apex Bank and AAPPTF had signed the MoA to provide loan to unemployed AAPPTF members. Meanwhile, responding to their demands for creation of two deputy Director posts, eight DTOs and favorable numbers of MVIs post along with other office staff and vehicle to each DTOs, Tuki  assured action within this financial year.

Regarding other demands like review of reciprocal transport agreement between government of Arunachal Pradesh and government of Assam (corridor agreement) 1999 Tuki assured that the matter will be discussed with Assam government for early review of the agreement and a special plying permit would be issued to transport operators of Arunachal Pradesh by state government which will cover both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

He also assured that demand for reduction of double taxation of 12.5% VAT on purchase of vehicles from other state would be placed in next cabinet meeting for necessary discussion and reduction of existing 10 years road tax to 6 years will also be taken up with concerned authority in due course of time.



Edufest Itanagar to start on Friday

ITANAGAR, May 23: Edufest, North East India’s oldest and most reputed Education Exhibition is starting in Itanagar at Siddhartha Hall from 11am-6pm from May 25.

The fair, to be opened by the Education Minister Bosiram Siram would be held till May 26 and entry for all students and parents are free.

The fair is a unique opportunity for Students and parents to meet reputed universities and colleges from all over India at North East India’s most prestigious education exhibition.

Students of Arunachal have been migrating in bigger numbers each year as they look for more exposure in their search for successful careers. With demands for professional courses going up each year students prefer travelling to Banagalore, Chennai, and Delhi etc to continue their studies post their 12th standard.

Lynchpin which has started their exhibitions in 2003 is in its 10th year and is coming to Itanagar for the very first time. Lynchpin exhibitions are unique because it attracts some of the most well known names in the education industry and same is the case this time in Itanagar.

Some of the most well known education institutions in India like Manipal University, Lovely Professional University, Sharda University are amongst the many who would be present at the exhibition.

Another unique feature of this exhibition is that at this fair only university officials would be allowed to participate and no agents and middleman would be allowed to put up a stall. It has been seen that students and parents sometimes fall prey to these middleman who make false promises and take huge sums from them on the basis of false promises. The students and parents can attend the exhibition and talk directly to officials with the full confidence of getting correct information from them.

Lynchpin verifies the authenticity of these colleges, and on verification, allow them to put up stalls at these exhibitions. Lynchpin education fairs are the only fairs in India where such a verification process exists.

Students would have a choice of over one hundred courses both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Besides information on popular programmes like MBBS, MBA, Engineering, BBA, BCA newer programmes like diplomas in Fashion, Computing and many such newer professional courses would be available.



Infrastructure dev. should be taken up in planned manner: Welly

Seppa, May 23: Every infrastructural development scheme funded by the State and Central Govts should be executed in planned manner as per specification, said Health Minister Atum Welly.

Addressing a series of public meetings at Baliso and Seijosa recently, Welly advised the people of the border areas to maintain cordial relations with the people of the neighbouring states by organizing time to time meet-together during special occasion and festivals to know each other better.

Welly inaugurated the newly electrified villages under RGGVY at Baliso on May 20 and appealed to the villagers for judicious use of power. He was all praises for the contractor and Power department for timely completion of electrification work in the said village.

Responding to a public memorandum, he announced for establishment of Primary Health Centre at Baliso. Talking about delay in bridge construction over Passo river, he suggested for formation of a committee comprising students, GBs and PRI members to actively pursue the authority concerned. The minister said that he was doing whatever he can for the speedy development of the area. But he reminded the people of the fact that human wants are unlimited.

Accompanying C.T. Mein, Parliamentary Secretary Environment  and Forest during inauguration of an I B at Pakui, Pakke-Tiger Reserve and wildlife Sanctuary on May 21, Welly appreciated the efforts of the Sanctuary staff and the NGOs for preservation and protection of the Wildlife under Pakke-Tiger Reserve. He said that Pakke Tiger Reserve has got all the potentials for the tourist with the improvement of road from Itakhola to Seijosa.

Earlier on the day, the minister attended the observation of the 21st death anniversary of the former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi by Pakke-Kessang Block Congress Committee and paid floral tributes to the portrait of the departed leader.

Welly also inaugurated rural electrification under RGGVY at Niti-Darlong, 3 RCC classrooms of Govt. Secondary School Darlong funded under MLA Local Area Development Fund, the newly constructed Nyari Welly Guest House at Seijosa  and an approached road under SPA. He informed that Rs 21 lakh has been sanctioned under MSDP for girls hostel. He also inaugurated BDO office, an additional classroom at A-2 Govt. Middle School and sanctioned two teacher quarters at A-2 Middle school. He also inaugurated Eco- camp at A-2 and sanctioned scheme for the development of Pakke Jungle Camp Eco Tourism.

Welly also inaugurated water supply shed constructed at a cost of Rs 36.15 lakh including pipes executed by WRD for jolly village. He appealed to the people to take care of public property as the Govt. can’t provide fund repeatedly for the same purpose. Jolly villages comprise of various clans which he termed as mini-Arunachal and was all praise for their unity and oneness.

Responding to a public memorandum, he sanctioned one Teacher Qtr at Jolly Primary School and Langka suspension bridge. DIPRO



IEC campaign in Toru circle

ITANAGAR, May 23: The Papum Pare District Water and Sanitation Committee in collaboration with N N Charitable Society (NNCS) launched an awareness campaign on the IEC component of TSC under Toru circle on May 21.

Addressing the launching ceremony at Ompuli PWD Inspection Bungalow, NNCS project officer Techi Ragi Tara called upon the community people to maintain health and hygiene in everyday life. He said community people should conduct social service to clean up their surroundings to prevent communicable diseases like diarrhea, cholera and malaria. The need of the hour is to construct Individual Household Latrine (IHL) and its proper use for disease free life, he said.

Tamang village GB Changkung Tache expressed hope that the knowledge gained from the campaign will help the villagers to maintain hygienic life. He also lauded the District Water Sanitation Committee and NNCS for launching awareness campaign for the benefit of villagers.

Kenglo village GPM Taba Yatum appealed the authority to implement  the  scheme under total sanitation campaign immediately after awareness campaign. She also urged the ASHAs and Anganwadi workers to bring awareness among the villagers about the need of maintaining cleanliness.

A  Junior Engineer under Toru circle also spoke on the occasion. Large number of Panchayat leaders and Govt officials participated in the programme. Puppet show titled ‘Alemabu lamtangam Opanyatuju, sangu lamtangam kariklai sangnyatuju’ was the other highlight of the day.



Gangte Village Sports Club win Intra-district cricket tourney

ITANAGAR, May 23: Gangte Village  Sports Club (GVSC) won the VIth Intra-District Cricket Tournament defeating Nyapin Sports Club by 10 runs in a nail biting final match via Super over after the match ended in a tie at Nyapin yesterday.

The winner was awarded Rs two lakh along with trophy while the runners up team was given Rs one lakh.

Kamsha Yangfo was declared as ‘Player of the Tournament while Tech Neri was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’. Both Yangfo and Neri were awarded cash prizes, cups and certificates.

Over 1000 cricket lover of Nyapin town enjoyed the thrilling final match.

Addressing the players in the valedictory function, Arunachal Law Students’ Union president Tadar Tarish said that winning and losing are part and parcel of sports and one should not lose heart for losing one or two games. He encouraged players of both the teams to improve their performance through regular practice. Describing the importance of games and sports, Tarish urged the parents to encourage their children to participate in sports besides their academic studies.

Nyapin Anchal chairperson Tadar Lalik said that such tournaments foster unity and brotherhood among youths beside providing them a platform to expose their sports talents.

Gangni Dolo ASM Tadar Deven also spoke on the occasion.



Sonam inaugurates micro financing company at Naharlagun

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, May 23: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam has inaugurated the office of the Nana Marketing and Financial Service Pvt Ltd at G-Extension, Naharlagun this morning.

The NM and FSPL is a private micro financing company being run by a group of six local youths with an aim to create awareness among people of state in the field of economic development through micro saving, credit and finance and to ensure the concept of community inter-dependency for self sustainability.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonam appreciated the youths for their initiative and exuded hope that such initiative by the unemployed local youths with proper planning would solve the unemployment problems of state upto some extent. Further, he urged them to behave properly while dealing with the customers. He said politeness and good manner is essential to attract more and more customers. However, he cautioned the youths to be very careful from frauds and cheaters. As an encouragement to the youths, Sonam opened an account and deposited Rs 50 thousand at NM&FSPL and appealed the other unemployed youths to come up with such self-employment venture.

Lauding the youths for their initiative, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dominic Tadar said it is a noble initiative to help the people in saving their hard earned money.

He expressed hope that the joint endeavour of youths will benefit the local masses and urged them to work with sincerity.

Earlier, NM&FSPL Managing Director Techi Siwa Tara gave a detailed information on the aims and objectives of the company and also informed that more such branches will be opened in every district of state.  



East Siang monitoring committee meets

Pasighat, May 23:  District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) of East Siang was held today where all the physical and financial achievements and status of all ongoing schemes funded under ACA/SPA/NEC/NLCPR/RIDF/ PM's Package/ DoNER/MPLAD/MLALAD were reviewed.

DC Talem Tapok while welcoming all urged the executing agencies to speed up the working system so that all the projects and schemes are completed on time to avoid price escalation. He also instructed them to look after the materials stored in the work sites so that govt. properties are not lost.

DC wanted that more interdepartmental co-ordination to be developed so that development works can be taken up smoothly. He appealed to the Power department to gear up their activities so that the consumers do not face any problem.

Regarding the demands by the members especially the Panchayat leaders for timely submission of the list of ongoing schemes for proper verification and monitoring and accommodation facilities for the members those come from fur flung areas, the DC assured that these will be taken care of in future.

The DC appealed to all the departments to bring any kind of impediments or hurdles to the notice of the local Administrative Officers and the PRI leaders so that they are solved locally for faster development works. Zila Parishad chairperson of Y Dabi, PRI leaders, officers of the executing agencies and other members were present at the meeting. DIPRO

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Internal security versus international boundary

Dear Editor,

It is sad and disappointing to know that despite numerous life-threatening kidnapping, extortion and even murder cases happening in Namsai-Chongkham area, the government is not taking any step to eradicate the menace, even after knowing fully well where such perpetrators are originating from.

On one hand, we have a government sending a mammoth contingent of military personnel to the eastern border to match up to our eastern neighbour and on the other hand, the same military contingent passes through the reserves of Manabhum and Tengapani forest and yet do nothing to clear up the pests and rodents that have been threatening the very core of a human being's basic right; peace and security.

From a layman's standpoint, I ask the government why this military strength cannot be diverted to Manabhum-Tengapani forest to wipe out this rising face of terror completely, before it becomes too late to be able to be put under control.

Militancy, crime and terror survives and thrives on the platform of locally fed emotional, ethnic, social and moral support, necessitated by a common cause to both the militants and the sponsoring locals.

But in case of Namsai-Chongkham area and the criminals/terrorist sheltering in Manabhum-Tengapani forests, no such pairing elements exist. Various meetings by the people of Namsai-Chongkham area concluded with resolutions to ask the government to carry out military operation within the terror infested Manabhum-Tengapani.

Why is the government not acting, despite the locals' endorsement? Is internal security not as important as that of safeguarding an international boundary?

It is high time the minister, legislatures and the public leaders of the area do someting tough to coerce the government into taking decisions that will be favorable.

My request to the government is that do not delay in taking drastic steps. Nip it in its bud before its tentacles spread out.


Concerned citizen



Opium and society

Dear Editor,

The article published on opium menace is very timely and appreciable. British used Opium to create disunity among North Easterners. Presently, though we have an elected government, they too are unable to find an amicable solution.

In my opinion, until  and unless the local youths shall not be conscious regarding the menace, no campaign or direction can stop the Mishmis from opium cultivation.

I have been serving in this region for about 15 years and found many opium addicts and cultivators who agreed that, opium is a menace but they cannot stop taking or cultivating it as it is a source of economy. I thus believe, by educating the people some success can be achieved. But destructing their fields is not the solution.

Secondly, the Government can set up some rehabilitation camps in selected areas for the rehabilitation of addicted people. Proper strategies like consciousness drives/de-addiction camps/Psychological consultancy services/alternative corps aid/One time financial assistance for growing corps can bring down the level of danger. Let us hope for the best. Drugs are never good for our heath.


MM Borgohain




Mithuns and FND

Dear Editor,

It is sad to read that mithuns in Chayang Tajo areas are gripped under Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) epidemic. Although, animal husbandry and veterinary dept has taken up steps, in order to prevent and reduce such occurrence, more need to be done to contain further outbreak of the disease in the state. To save the mithuns, there should be efforts to completely eradicate the problem.


Hage Kanya

Rajiv Gandhi University



Restrain them from going haywire

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in response to your news article titled - "Tawang awaiting govt officers", dated May 22nd. It's an open truth that almost every district in the State faced extortion threats in the month of March and April.

As a matter of fact, you, I and everyone in the State vaguely know who were behind these enumerable extortion cases.

Especially this year in Tawang, the threats on HODs were more evident. However, the fact remains that all the coercion demands were from outside not a single one from local Monpas.

Sonam Tenzin, the VP of AAPSU having raised the issue, it's worth giving a buzzer to the apex students' union that most of the terrorizations were from students and related unions.

Through this newspaper, I would like to request the students union to restrain students from going haywire.

It is worth informing him that there has been volunteered vitalization of public property by some students in the district on May 18 bandh call. What is incomprehensible, is a bandh called for the benefit of the people going against its very primary objective. It's like you are continuously trying to cease problems but yet continuously doing all the things that will create problems.

In a democratic country every citizen is equally responsible for creating peace and havoc.


Lobsang Droma




Wild life and law

Dear Editor,

Through your daily, I would like draw the attention of our concern authorizes as well as the concern citizens of twin capital regarding law and order problem. When we visit our nearest daily markets, we see varieties of wild meat being sold in the markets. If this is not a law and order problem then what exactly is law and order problem?

Anyways we know our authorities and how it works and what will be its consequence, so better we the concern citizens of this state stand against the violators of wild life Act.

Citizens need to check from where the wild meat comes from and inform the concern authorities so that action can be initiated.

I personally feel such an act would deter people from selling wild meat.  So I urge all the concern citizens to raise their voice so that we have a safe and healthy environment for the growth of wild animals. Lastly I would once again request our concern authorities to show some responsibility towards wild life.


Koj Ganga




Declare results

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to know the result of written exam for the post of UDC and LDC which was conducted by DDSE’s office on April 21- 22. The other districts have already been declared their written results.

I do hope that concern department will declare the result as soon as possible for free and fair selection of genuine candidates.


T. Mize

Mirem village



They kept their promises

Dear Editor,

We are very much grateful to East Seppa MLA Tapuk Taku and Bameng MLA and Parliamentary secretary, PWD, Kumar Waii. Both the dignitaries kept their words towards infrastructure development for the wellbeing of Seppa Govt College.

While participating at the inaugural function of the Ist ever District Level Teachers Trophy Tournament at Seppa,  MLA Taku had assured to provide college street light. Now the concern department has started necessary works for providing the same.

Similarly, Waii, who took part in the closing ceremony of the tournament, had fulfilled his commitment. Now, college ground leveling work will start.


Raj Pao, GS,

Seppa Govt College Students Union





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Calls for protection of world’s oceans

22nd May is observed as the International Day for Biological Diversity, to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for this year’s observance was marine diversity.

Oceans cover almost three-quarters of the surface area of the globe. They are home to the largest animal known to have lived on the planet,the blue whale, as well as billions upon billions of the tiniest of microorganisms. From sandy shores to the darkest depths of the sea, oceans and coasts support a rich tapestry of life on which human communities rely, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said in a message to mark the Day.  Yet, despite its importance, marine biodiversity… has not fared well at human hands,” he added.

According to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the survival of marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity is essential to the nutritional, spiritual, societal and religious well-being of many communities, and not just those in coastal areas. Amongst its findings, it notes that fisheries provide more than 15 per cent of the global dietary intake of animal protein; oceans and coastal areas provide invaluable ecosystem services, from tourism to protection from storms; and, minuscule photosynthesizing plants called phytoplankton provide 50 per cent of all the oxygen on Earth.

The CBD entered into force in December 1993, with three main objectives- the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.