May 30


News Impact


Jamuna Binny bags Saraswati Singh Smriti Samman

ITANAGAR, May 29: Jamuna Binny, Assistant professor, Department of Hindi, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has been awarded ‘Saraswati Singh Smriti Samman-2012’ by the Purvottar Hindi Academy, Shillong in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Hindi literature. She received the coveted award that carries a shawl and a citation, in a glittering ceremony held at the Meghalaya capital on May 26 last.

Jamuna has 10 poems and two short stories to her credit. A member of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society, the prolific Hindi writer credits her success to APLS. “I’m very thankful to APLS for giving me the encouragement over the period to write in Hindi,” beams Jamuna.


Power supply normal in Pasighat: EE

ITANAGAR, May 29: The Department of Power, Pasighat Electrical Division (PED) has asserted that power supply in Pasighat township has returned to normal while saying that the recent disturbance was due to technical problem at Aalo and Daporijo power sub-stations, Raga tower line and power failure at Bongaigaon which are beyond the control of the PED.

Construction of 33 kv line from Koyu to Pasighat is completed and will be commissioner shortly, the EE of PED said in a release. Further, erection of all towers of 132 kv line from Aalo to Pasighat within the jurisdiction of PED have already been done and stringing works were going on, the release said. It clarified that the demand for replacement of turbine at Yembung hydel project and complete renovation of Sille hydel project were the responsibility of Department of Hydropower Development. Since the Department of Power and the Department of Hydropower Development are two separate departments, it can not take up the matter, it added.

The department is ready to sit together with Pasighat People’s Welfare Committee to discuss and fix a date for drawing power supply from Rina Hydel Project to Pasighat, the EE said.

PPWC had called Pasighat bandh yesterday to register its protest against erratic and frequent disruption of power supply despite repeated pleas to the department concerned to improve the supper supply by taking up the needful.


State BJP  to observe Bharat bandh

ITANAGAR, May 29: Welcoming the appeal made by the Northeast Congress Committee to the Centre to rollback the steep hike in petrol prices, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh has appealed to the all sections of people irrespective of their political affiliations to extend support to the proposed Bharat bandh in state on May 31. Stating that the bandh will be observed in Arunachal Pradesh,  the state BJP also appealed to all the political parties including regional party, traders’ bodies and various other organizations to extend whole-hearted support to the bandh to mount pressure on the Centre for rollback the hike in patrol prices. The party said the wrong economic policy of the UPA Govt severely affected the daily life of the common people. The BJP exempted the students, who are appearing various examinations and media fraternity from the purview of the bandh.

The BJP further said that recent widespread protests against petrol price hike throughout the country had forced the UPA Govt to ask all state governments including Arunachal Pradesh to cut taxes on fuel prices.


Bandh in protest against transfer

ITANAGAR, May 29: AdiSU has strongly supported the proposed 24-hour West-Pasighat area bandh given by the Legong Bango Students’ Union (LBSU) from May 30 morning in protest against the transfer of East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok.

“The present DC is yet to complete one year in serving the people of the district and there is no complaint against him of failing in handling the law and order situation. The state govt’s decision to transfer the DC is unreasonable and uncalled for and not acceptable. The move seems to be politically motivated from authority concerned”, AdiSu said.


Society resolves to work for development

ITANAGAR, May 29: The Lapung Welfare Society (LWS), Paksa camp, in its two days general conference-cum election held at Seppa on May 24 and 25 adopted various resolutions for development in health, education, road and communication sectors.

Emphasizing on the need of materialization of irrigation channel project,  the  Society resolved to persuade the Govt   to take development activities in various sectors at the earliest.

Meanwhile,  the Society formed its new executive body in the general conference.


‘DSYA faces fund constraint’

ITANAGAR, May 29: The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) claimed that it had been facing financial hardship in carrying out various sports and youth development activities in the state.

Disclosing it in a meeting of the Directorate which was chaired by SYA Secretary Gamli Padu and attended by district sports officers (DSOs), the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, in a release rued that the department was unable to honour with cash incentives to the achievers and winners of various sports competitions due to meagre allocation of fund.

Fund constraint has also plagued the department in conducting Centre’s ambitious youth development programme Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyaan (PYKKA), the release said and appealed to the state government for allocation of additional fund for smooth functioning of the department activities.

The meeting was held in connection with PYKKA scheme and departmental AOP.


PPA appeals for VAT exemption

ITANAGAR, May 29: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) has appealed the state govt to reduce the VAT on petrol and adopt measures to ensure that the prices of essential items do not rise as it called on the Congress led UPA Government to roll back the price of the petrol for interest of the common masses.

It accused the Congress led UPA govt of adopting policies which affect the poor.

PPA further said that it would support the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s Bharat Bhandh on May 31 in protest against steep rise in petrol price.

However, the party appealed to the State Unit BJP to include the university examination in the exempted list from the purview of the proposed bandh.


IGNOU exam

ITANAGAR, May 29: The Term End Examination for June, 2012 of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) would commence from June 1 and will conclude on June 28.

The University has established 780  examination centers, including 47 overseas centres and  53 centres in Jail for jail inmates. Hall Ticket (Examination Intimation Slips) have been issued to 4,08,224 eligible students who had applied for appearing in the Term End Examination.  The detailed hall ticket status is also available on IGNOU website www.ignou.ac.in.


Orgs reiterate demands

ITANAGAR, May 29: A day after the 12 hours Capital bandh call, the Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization, All Nyishi Youth Council and All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum today urged the  state Govt to fulfill their demands within seven days. The demands of the organizations included cancellation of the land allotment to non-APSTs, enhancement of existing age limit for APST and OBC aspiring candidates in APPSC competitive examinations upto 35 years, immediate release of contractors’ pending bills under UD and PWD.

The organizations threatened to call  2nd phase 48-hours state-wide bandh on June 8 if their demands are not met within the given time.  Meanwhile, it demanded the police authority to release the minor and innocent persons who are reported to be detained earlier.


Awareness training

ITANAGAR, May 29: The awareness and training programme on various labour laws for women was organized by Abu Apa tribal society under sponsorship of department of Labour and Employment on May 29 at Doimukh which saw participation of women from all walks of life.

Labour Commissioner O Darung and District Labour Officer, Lower Subansiri, Tore Ete spoke as resource persons on various labour laws relevant for women including maternity benefit, payment of wages and bonus, worker compensation and bonded labour system (Abolition) Acts.


New East Siang DC take charge

ITANAGAR, May 29:  IAS officer Rajesh Kr. Mishra has taken over the charge of Deputy Commissioner East Siang today. He relieves Talem Tapok who has been transferred as Director, Supply and Transport and Civil Aviation.

Before his new assignment, Mishra served as DC East district, Delhi.


AAPBSU threatens phase-wise bandh calls

ITANAGAR May 29:  Reiterating its 10 points demand, All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union (AAPBSU) today threatened to go on phase-wise  Arunachal bandh calls if the demands were not met within fifteen days.

Earlier AAPBSU had demanded immediate issue of land possession certificate free of cost to local people settled along border. It also demanded for establishment of 4th IRBN training centre cum headquarter at Radhaso under Taraso circle of Papum Pare district. Other demands include the relocation of existing Likhabali police check gate to actual Assam-Arunachal boundary.  Further the union stated that aspirations of the people living along the border were overlooked by the state government in terms of infrastructural development.  

AAPBSU felt that Centre should felicitate the settlement of vexed boundary issue through negotiation.


Union submits memo to CM

ITANAGAR, May 29: All Maro, Baririjo Area Students Union (AMBASU) has demanded the state Govt  for immediate posting of circle officer at Maro circle headquarters and an allopathic doctor at Primary Health Centre, Maro in Upper Subansiri district.

In a 8-point memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during his recent visit to the Maro and Baririjo area, the Union further demanded recommencement of APST bus service on  Daporijo-Baririjo route.

Other demands of the Union include immediate postings of junior teachers in various subjects in different schools under Maro and Baririjo area, construction of auditorium at Govt Secondary Schools, Maro and Baririjo, teachers’ barracks at Govt Primary schools, Maro, Haider, Yoka, Kulo and Tamaripa, renovation of boys’ and girls’ hostels at Govt Secondary School, Maro and Govt ME School, TasiDoni and for improved BSNL service at Baririjo circle.


Re-tendering demanded

ITANAGAR, May 29: Alleging non-maintenance of transparency in bid process for awarding contract work under SPA schemes by the authority, All Dalbing Students’ Union (ADSU) has demanded the authority concerned of RWD, Yingkiong division for re-tendering of the work immediately.

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Make use of the abundant medicinal and aromatic plants: Tuki

Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board

Building inaugurated

ITANAGAR, May 29: “With a forest cover of 82% we are blessed with approximately 500 species of medicinal and aromatic plants, if correctively harnessed it would fetch handsome revenue for the state”, asserted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the newly constructed Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board building here at Chimpu today.

While revealing that the indigenous populace especially living in the rural areas has better knowledge about the traditional medicines, Tuki suggested the forest officials to conduct extensive research to identify the medicinal and aromatic plants apart from already identified species.  

The chief minister opined that with the available resources of the state, Arunachal Pradesh is capable of becoming a leading exporter of medicinal and aromatic plants in the country.  ”Instead of digging the graves, we should ensure safeguarding the living creatures”, Tuki said while referring to a recent news on illegal hunting and selling of meat in the open market. He urged the forest officials to work with renewed vigour giving full justice to their assigned work so that the wild life and forest crimes could be completely contained.

He also put on record the efforts put on by the GBs to protect the wildlife and forest in their respective areas.

He suggested for coming up with innovative proposals for taking up medicinal and aromatic plants in areas subjected to jhumming to wean people away from jhum cultivation practices. Besides, aromatic and medicinal plants, he laid emphasis on promoting tea and rubber plantations to cover the barren fields created out of Jhum cultivation.

“With the coordinated efforts from all corners, we are committed to increase the forest cover percentage from existing 82% to 90% by the end of 12th five year plan” the CM said in a confident note.

Speaking on the occasion, the PCCF highlighted the areas where the department needs to focus. He disclosed Amla and Sajana project would be intensified in every village areas of the state and further hinted to adopt the PPP model to invite ayurvedic companies like Dabur, Medimex etc. to invest in the state on medicinal and aromatic plants.

APSMPB member Secretary T Gapak while narrating a brief history of the board urged the Chief Minister for additional fund to equip the building with requisite furniture and equipments. The CM assured to provide assistance from the state government’s end

Among others, local MLA Techi Kaso, senior forest officials were present on the occasion. (PRO, CM)



Arif Siddique wins Indian Himalayan Photography Competition

Khandu announces cash incentive

ITANAGAR, May 29: Couple of weeks after the Indian Airlines in-flight magazine achievement, in yet another feat, Arif Siddiqui has brought laurel to the state by winning the coveted title of 2nd edition of Indian Himalayan Photography Competition 2012 held at Gangtok.

An engineer in State PWD, Arif has been instrumental in putting the state on the world forum with his awesome photographs depicting varied faces of Arunachal.  

The photography contest was a side event of the ‘2nd Sustainable Mountain Development Summit’ of Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) hosted by Sikkim. Photos showcasing the unique natural and cultural heritage of Indian Himalayan States were exhibited for the competition.  There were 178 official entries from different states of the country. Siddiqui won the first prize of Rs 50,000 for his photograph titled ‘Stuff of Life’ which captures two children collecting bamboo for daily use at Tato, Mechuka.

Chinlop Fudong Lepcha from Kalimpong’s entry was adjudged second for his photograph titled ‘Nature’s Fury’ depicting a natural disaster provoked by man’s interference with the natural course of Teesta River. The consolation prizes were won by Anup Shah for his photograph ‘Village life in Someshwar Valley in Uttarakhand’ and Romong Lepcha for his picture of a fisherman engaged in his daily activity along the turbulent waters of Reshi river in Sikkim-West Bengal border.  

Tourism minister Pema Khandu acknowledging the triumph has announced an award of Rs 50,000 for Arif Siddiqui’s selfless efforts in promoting Arunachal tourism. Terming it as a great achievement for the state and tourism department in particular, Khandu added that Siddiqui has been representing the state to the rest of the world through his fabulous photography.

Siddiqui was delighted when he was informed about the honor conferred by the Tourism Minister. Speaking from his residence in Lucknow, he dedicated the triumph to the state and thanked Tourism Minister Pema Khandu for acknowledging his effort. Further disclosing more on the contest, he said that basically it was a theme based contest about people’s dependency on forests and hills.

Opining to confer the designation of state tourism ‘ambassador’ officially, Publisher of Eastern Sentinel Jarpum Gamlin said that Siddiqui has been the unofficial ambassador of tourism potential of the state through prism of his lenses since many years. His camera works has been the only tangible tourism promotional activity visible to the world beyond Arunachal. No doubt, he truly deserves wherever he is and whatever he is achieving, Gamlin added.

The Arunachal Times Associate Editor Tongam Rina said that Arif is one of Arunachal’s greatest ‘ambassadors’ and all these years, he has been doing what department of tourism has failed to do – entice tourists with his wonderful photos.

Meanwhile, congratulating Siddiqui for the award, Dodum Yangfo, a senior journalist said it was a humble recognisation to his immense talent. Dodum, who learned a trick or two on photography from Arif while lauding the efforts of his ‘guru’ hoped that the state government will also acknowledge his contribution in promoting Arunachal. He further said that half of the walls, calendars and hoarding of Arunachal uses his photo’s but with little or no acknowledgement.

Dodum also suggested proper reorganization of Arif by IPR and Tourism Department. It must be mentioned that Arif Siddiqui also won the second place in the recently concluded Dhemaji Orchid Festival organized by Assam Tourism and district administration of Dhemaji on April 10 last. He was conferred with citation and cash award.  



Artificial cattle breeding in East Siang

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, May 29: Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science department’s project “Artificial Insemination of Domestic Beasts” implemented five years ago in East Siang district considering the viability of rearing of cattle and the economic gains involved with it, has begun to bear fruits.

The district AHVS department is reportedly achieved artificial insemination of about 500 cows during last year within its operational area at Pasighat, Mebo, Ruksin and Nari circles. The entrusted officials are deputed to perform their tasks in animal fertility by introducing “frozen semen’ free of cost. The project was launched in 2007 with a view to improve the local cattle and pure-breed by genetic make up.

District veterinary officer Dr Nalu Taloh informed that the project has been on full swing in East Siang for the last five years. A Liquid Nitrogen Plant (LNP) with a capacity of 300 litres was installed inside the district office at Pasighat for production of required quantity of Nitrogen for preservation of the frozen semen.

The machine extracts 10 litres of liquid Nitrogen from the free air. The liquid transferred to metallic container cools down up to minus (-) 196 Degree Celsius, where living semen is kept with proper nourishment inside a cup. There are 50 such liquid containers for storing 300 cups in the office. The bull semen is imported from Guwahati, Shillong, Pune and other places.

There are nine Artificial Insemination (AI) centres in the district including one at the Veterinary Training Institute at Pasighat which covered as many as 415 AI of cow during last year. There is report of 187 calves born including 107 males and 80 females. The achievement is claimed to be 50 percent in context of 60 percent National Average.

Dr Taloh, while pointing towards some cases where artificial breeding failed, said that wrong determination of heat symptom/excitement time of the cow may cause it. He said the “Heat Symptoms” comes after every interval of 21 days and insemination should be done during right time and such symptoms are not visible in some cases. The doctor cited that reasons of such failure are dependent on quality of semen, technical fault, lack of awareness, wrong determination of heat time etc.

The officials of veterinary department of the district are unhappy that the government is not granting adequate fund for smooth conduct of the official activities.



Ringu appeals for early passage of customary bill

State Women Commissions meet President

ITANAGAR, May 29:  A delegation of all the chairpersons of State Commissions for Women (SCW) called on President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and discussed woman related issues including 33 per cent reservation of women in Parliament, state Assemblies and Municipal bodies on May 24.

The team led by chairperson of National Women Commission Mamta Sharma had elaborate discussion on women empowerment, particularly for greater say of women in decision-making bodies.

While participating in the discussion, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Gumri Ringu appealed to the President of India to give her assent to the Arunachal Pradesh Bill for Protection of Customary Laws and Social Practices, 1994.

Highlighting the two important aspects of both customary laws and social practices, Ringu, in a written letter to Patil, said social evils like child marriage, forced marriage and polygamy need to be stopped  for rapid progress of a society.

“As per Central Conduct Service (21) rule, Govt employees are supposed not to marry more than one time during their whole service. But CCS rule is violated by marrying more than one wife on the pretext of customary law and social practices in Arunachal Pradesh,” Ringu said.  She appealed to the President to review the customary bill in order to do way with the evils social practices in Arunachal Pradesh.



Safeguard the interest of consumers: Chief Minister

Symposium on Consumer Protection

ITANAGAR, May 29: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki advocated for strict adherence of Consumer Protection Laws to protect the rights and interest of the common public.  He was speaking at a Seminar cum Symposium on Consumer Protection organized by the Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs at Banquet Hall today.

 “I believe, safeguarding the interests of common citizen of a border state like Arunachal Pradesh, where people are prone to become a victim of fraudulent trade practices and deficiency in services is an urgent necessity” Tuki emphatically said.

“Modern day market is flooded with wide range of products and services. The proliferation, change and complexity in this products and variants have created a huge information gap. With the growth and dominance of markets by exploiters, consumer interests have taken a back seat,” the chief minister viewed.

He emphasized on the need to protect the consumers from the evils like unfair practices, adulterated and injurious products, black marketers, excess pricing, misleading advertisements, duplicate products and services. “For this we need to strengthen the consumer laws and strictly adhere to its provisions”, Tuki assertively said.

He called upon the department to be more vigilant and act promptly on the complaints received from the consumers. While advising for regular conduct of surprise checking in the market, the chief minister appealed them to uphold the sanctity of being the nodal agency for monitoring and co-coordinating the standardization and quality control activities as enshrined in the bureau of Indian Standard act, 1986.

The chief minister appealed for participations from the common people, print and electronic medias, NGOs, Voluntary Organization, Students and women community to propagate the message of consumerism. He also hoped that the trading community would discharge their responsibilities with honesty and create a consumer friendly atmosphere in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs Atum Welly sought coordinated effort to make the state and its market, free from unfair practices. Endorsing the chief minister’s appeal, the minister also urged the media to play a pivotal role in creating awareness amongst the masses on consumer rights. Welly further disclosed about the department’s programme to conduct massive awareness campaign in the state.

Among others, the president state consumer disputes redressal commission and Secretary LM & CA also spoke on the occasion.



3rd SAPE Career Fair begins today

ITANAGAR, May 29: The two-day 3rd SAPE Career Fair-12 will be held at a city based hotel here  on May 30  and 31.

The event is organized by SAPE, a leading educational fair organizer in South East Asia, with support of Higher Education department, Arunachal Pradesh Govt.

This year’s education extravaganza features over 50 leading India and international institutions. This 2-day event will provide aspirants a single gateway to entire gamut of academic and professional courses available in India in various conventional and non-conventional streams. Indian Air Force will also participate in the fair for the first time at Itanagar.

The event will present students an opportunity to explore and evaluate a wide spectrum of courses ranging from academic to professional and vocational courses including Advertising, Animation, Bio-Technology, Computer Training, Engineering, Fashion Designing, Film Technology, etc. The exhibition also will offer a wide selection of courses ranging from graduation, post graduation, vocational and part-time courses.

The students can also gain information on education expenses that are a definite requirement to fund today's growing expense in education. The students can  use this platform to avail scholarships and spot admissions.

During last two years, SAPE Career Fair offered unique opportunities for students of this region to directly meet reputed colleges from all over India and enable them to shape their career, according to a SAPE release.



ATI training on office rules and procedures for new entrants

ITANAGAR, May 29: A week-long training on office rules and procedures for newly recruited ministerial staff of the level of LDC and UDC from AP Civil Secretariat and various Heads of Department from Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli commenced at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.

Addressing the trainees, ATI Director (training) Pema Tshetan reminded that officers keep on changing but the continuity of the department is maintained by its regular staff members and, therefore, they play a vital role as the custodian of office records and documents. The Director cautioned that lack of sound knowledge in office rules and procedures can hinder the working of the office. He said that the standard and efficiency of the department ultimately depend on the caliber, training and integrity of the staff and as such, the Government employees should demonstrate vision, ability and honesty in discharge of their duty.

Tshetan urged the new service entrants to adopt a positive attitude of hard work, sincerity and discipline from the early stage of their service career and not to take government job for granted and become casual towards their own duty after getting the secured job. He further advised them not to be hesitant in asking and getting any doubts cleared from the seniors since learning is a continuous process.

Earlier, course coordinator Duyu Addey, SRA (Training) highlighted the course contents and informed the participant about the basic objective of the training which aims to equip and update the officials with the latest office rules and procedures and understand their duties and responsibilities more clearly.

The resource persons for the training programme includes the director (trg), JK Bhattacharjee, FOA (Accounts/Trg)), Taniyang Tatung, FOA, RCS office, Naharlagun, Somanth Hore, Observer, Directorate of Printing, T Lodo, deputy director (Trg), Pate Marik, deputy director (Trg) and Priscilla Tayeng, asst. director (Trg).



AAPSU suggests border peace committee

ITANAGAR, May 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has called on the North East Students Union (NESO) to form a peace committee to look into the constant border row erupting in the North East, especially Assam-Arunachal border.

The president of the Union Takam Tatung said this during a coordination meeting of the NESO which was attended by students Unions of the region in Guwahati today.

Takam said that Supreme Court’s direction of maintaining status quo between the states has been ignored repeatedly by Assam resulting in encroachment of Arunachalee land. The Committee should visit those areas affected by border row to understand the problems being faced by the people and bring an amicable solution.  

He further called on Assam Police not to target vehicles belonging to Arunachal. He said that it has almost become a habit of Assam Police to target vehicles with Arunachalee registration number terrorising the drivers and passengers. He further called on Nagaland not to encroach on the territories of Arunachal. He further called for opening an Arunachal unit of the Central Board of Secondary Education in Arunachal Pradesh. He said that such a move would ease the difficulties being faced by thousands of students in the state.

The Union further appealed NESO to take up the issue of staple visa being issued by China to Arunachalee citizens. He said that time has come for China to recognise the truth.

During the meeting it was further decided to organise the North East Inter Tribe Youth Festival to be hosted by AAPSU from Aug 1-4 in Itanagar.


Racism and discrimination

UNESCO will soon come out its report  -- Fighting racism and discrimination: Identifying and sharing good practices in the International Coalition of Cities - which will be a culmination of work done since 2004.

This report is the culmination of the work of the International Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination. The report showcases results of years of UNESCO’s involvement and work with the cities of the coalition. The forthcoming publication will feature more than 50 good practices that more than 38 members of the Coalition have adopted to prevent and combat racism and discrimination.

The aim of the report is to draw together a collection of good practices in anti-discrimination so that they can inspire and inform the policies and practices of other cities. The report also uses major themes related to the different roles and domains of cities to inform and indeed, encourage critical reflection on anti-discrimination work in these areas.

The publication is only a first step in the creation and preservation of channels of communication between cities around the world.

As current member cities become increasingly active and new ones join the Coalition, the collection of good practices will undoubtedly expand.


Lets create a history!

Dear Editor,

Garbage dumping zones are rising up day by day in our state. It is a shame to see the capital itself get drowned amidst piles of garbage in front of our very eyes. The locality that I live in, that is, G’ extension, Naharlegun, is the nearest example. People seem to be dumping their household wastes carelessly over the already filled garbage dustbins. And there seem to be no facility. This is not the only problem.

Infact, in almost every single corner now one can see numbers of plastic wrappers, be it from a toffee or a packet of chips. The capital has also become very dusty. This is a result of lack of public street-sweepers and our carelessness regarding public cleanliness.

It is true that this is the case in many corners of India. But it is also true that if we start making a change from this little zone of ours, surely there will be a little bit of benefit. Everyone knows that cleanliness means better health, then why this mess?

This problem needs serious government support as well as a nod and support from the citizens.

I request your esteemed daily to highlight this horrible fact. As a citizen of Arunachal Pradesh, I request the urban development department to take up serious measures regarding the issue as soon as possible. I would also like to suggest a cleanliness drive by the citizens of Itanagar and Naharlagun. By this act, history is also likely to be created.


H. N.



We will miss you

Dear Editor,

I once read an Urdu couplet that rhymed; "O thou picker of life's flowers ; you made a grave mistake you plucked the one flower which laid the garden desolate."

Such fine words never really get into your mind, until you realize someone you admire and look up-to has to leave for higher callings. In a very short time, the Vice Chancellor of our premier university Prof. David Symlieh would bid his goodbye to the institution and leave behind an array of exemplary achievements and a visionary plan for the university.

The proficiency with which the recent recruitment drive had been successfully conducted speaks volumes about his visionary steps and bold dedication. But the most important piece of remembrance he will leave behind is his humble, courteous nature. A true epitome of a gentleman, he listens equally to a contingency peon or a simple sweeper or  someone with a white colored status and this attribute, my friends, is found among very few these days. To be honest, more gross is the number among authorities with a high post. His warmth, caring attitude despite his hectic schedules has touched everyone irrespective of difference in statures and it shall be embellished in our hearts forever.

Lastly through this letter I would also seek the opportunity to ask for his kind forgiveness if by any way, he had a hard time here.

Words will fail to describe the due emotions attached, so it’s better to say ' we will miss you sir ".

Thank you for everything Sir!


K Tamut

Rajiv Gandhi University



A ploy of the politicians

Dear Editor,

This is in response to Dr.S.Saraswathi's article "Caste Census"(23 May).

Caste-based census is nothing but a ploy of the political parties to meet their vested interests. More doles of reservation would be provided to the "backward" people to reap electoral dividend. Had our politicians been really sincere to India, then they would have invested their energy in identifying the poverty-stricken people, irrespective of caste-affiliation, and worked for the upliftment of them through adoption of various welfare schemes.

Kajal Chatterjee  




The fish pond in Aalo

Dear Editor,

During my recent visit to Aalo; I have seen that the govt. fish pond at Aalo near Donyi Polo Dere is being drained out and earth fillings are being carried out to occupy the fish pond illegally. During our student days, the fish pond was also one of the landmarks of Aalo township. The fishery deptt produced fingerlings for the farmers and table fish were made available during VIP visits and were also sold in open market by the department near the Aalo Paktu market.

I have observed that only after postings of local officers as DFDO's that the condition of fish pond has deteriorated. The upper part of the fish pond has already been occupied.

I think instead of giving the fish pond to private individuals or organisations; the fish pond should be developed as a recreational tourist spot like that of Wards Lake in Shillong.

I would appeal to all the senior citizens of Aalo Township and intellectuals of the society to look into the matter seriously and take appropriate measures to restore the old glory of Aalo Township instead of carrying on with infighting amongst ourselves for our individual interest.


Johny Ete



Mebo requires attention

Dear Editor,

Mebo block bordering Assam requires attention of home ministry of the state. Most of the plain areas are covered under forest reserve, devoid of road and transport communication and govt infrastructure.

People are ready to welcome development with sufficient community land unlike other town dwellers that seek contract allotment when they donate land. The people of the area sell their land to the people of Assam adding to the border problem of the state. It is also the refuge of ultras of bordering state, in order to check security threat. An Army camp could be established here.  


A citizen



Regular versus the casuals staff

Dear Editor,

The letter headlined "Work Culture" by Taba Rajen published on May 23 is a reality. The public who visit offices for works have to return empty handed if the officials are absent. The officers are helpless since they seemingly can't do anything to 'regular' staff. A few who man the office are casual or contract staff, the latest euphemism for backdoor entry, since they are not as lucky as the 'blessed' ones. It is not the first time that this issue is taken up in this space. Sure, it will not be the last one. Vigilance on the part of public might put a halt to such gross negligence of public good.


A citizen.




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