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Capital admin. to regulate prices of goods

ITANAGAR, May 13: A meeting was convened in the chamber of Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki in view of the rising prices of seasonal commodities. Chairing the meeting, the DC stressed that the prices of all seasonal commodities as well as fish, meat etc need to be regulated keeping in view the need of the public and in this connection, the District Administration would soon notify and fix the prices of the commodities as well as fish and meat and added that after notification a monitoring committee would be formed to ensure that it is being enforced. The DC also stressed that products of local farmers should be encouraged instead of getting it supplied from neighboring states.

Amit Bengia, DFCSO suggested that while fixing the prices of the commodities, the actual prices from the neighbouring states should be verified and to that transportation charges along with the retailers price should be added to ensure fair dealing. He also suggested that a board should be formed to check the quality of veterinary products supplied from outside.

Tarh Nachung, Councilor and Lala Techi, President, ACCI suggested that a proper space in the Capital Complex should be notified as sabzi mandi. Almost all the line departments had attended the meeting. DIPRO


GWS congrats Tongam

ITANAGAR, May 13: Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has congratulated Associate Editor of this daily Tongam Rina for being chosen as one the 100 information heroes by Reporters Without Borders on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

“It is a tremendous achievement and we all are very proud of her,” GWS in a congratulatory message to Tongam said, adding that the Society will felicitate her recognizing her achievement along with other achievers of the Galo community on July 12.


ADWS demands enquiry

ITANAGAR, May 13: All Dodo Welfare Society (ADWS), Lower Subansiri district has demanded enquiry into construction of road under PMGSY scheme and also demanded re-preparation of DPR of the road project to include the area under 03 Dodo Anchal samiti.

In a letter to the Chief Secretary, the ADWS said approval of PMGSY scheme “68Km. point Kimin - Ziro BRFT Road” is going to partially overlap the SPA scheme which was implemented in the same road during  2011-12 financial year whereas the area under 03 - Dodo Anchal Samiti  remains uncovered or unconnected by this PMGSY scheme. The Society alleged that “investing fund on the same road is a clear misappropriation of Govt. fund.”


Training on vote counting held

SEPPA, May 13: The training on counting of votes was conducted by East Kameng District Election office at Kameng Hall here today.

Sandeep Kumar Singh, DC while addressing the final round of training to the supervisors and assistants of counting asked them to report at counting Hall by 6 am on counting day. He also asked the trainees to clarify doubt during the course of training so as to avoid confusion during the counting process. DIPRO


No chairmen, vice chairmen posts to non-elected candidates: ACS

ITANAGAR, May 13: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has strongly opposed appointment of non-elected MLAs as chairman, vice chairman, OSD etc.

 “Only elected MLAs or former-MLAs should be given top priority in such appointments and no retired officers should be appointed as OSD at any cost,” demanded the ACS in a release.

Other demands included “proper implementation of CSS welfare fund, ceasing of SPA fund system to unelected MLAs, re-introduction of normal AOP, clarification regarding overdraft.


APCYGTSU calls for ATM provision in Palin

ITANAGAR, May 13: The All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak- Langdi Students’ Union (APCYGTSU) has called for immediate set up of an ATM booth at Palin town.

In its letter to the SBI, Palin branch, it said, Palin is the epicenter of Kurung Kumey district and due to the absence of ATM provision in the area, people are facing lots of problem.


Summer Science festival

ITANAGAR, May 13: The Vigyan Prasar department of Science & Technology, GoI, is going to organize a month-long summer Science festival through Vigyan Prasar Edusat Network from May 19 next at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, IG Park here. The programme is mainly focused for children in the age group of 11-15 years and will provide opportunity to interact with national level scientists/experts directly as well as perform some hands on experiment.


Training imparted to counting agents of candidates

YINGKIONG, May 13: The District Election Office/RO imparted training to counting agents of the respective candidates of Upper Siang district today in the DC's conference Hall. The Master Trainers  Starlie Jamoh EAC and Dr. Ahik Miyu, DTO in presence of the DEO Dr. Tariq Thomas imparted the training to the candidates’ counting agents about their duties and responsibilities during the counting hours. Dr. Thomas, the Returning Officer asked all the counting agents of the respective candidates to strictly follow the procedures and rules laid down in the Election Commissions manual. The 2nd phase of training to the counting supervisors and Assistant supervisor and micro observer was conducted yesterday and the third and final phase of training is being conducted on May 14.  DIPRO


News Impact

Gohpur-Jote road in a shambles

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, May 13: The Gohpur-Jote road which is the lifeline for the people of Upper Balijan area under Papum Pare district is in deteriorating condition. With the onset of monsoon, the said stretch of road looks more like river than road. Due to heavy downpour at various stretches water got accumulated in the middle of road. Many small lakes have formed along the Gohpur-Jote road and they are giving tough competition to popular Gyekar Sinyi (Ganga Lake) as tourist destination.

Even thought this road connects Itanagar to popular tourist attraction like Itanagar Zoo, Gyekar Sinyi and Poma Bamboo mission centre (Poma) which welcomes many visitors including VIPs, the condition of Gohpur-Jote road is one of the worst in whole Arunachal. Besides causing damage to the vehicle, the poor road condition poses serious threat to vehicle users. The commuters risk their life as they have no other choice.

It is surprising to know that PWD has totally neglected this stretch of road. According to the locals, this road did not witness any major renovation work after 2007. Since then, the road remains untouched. Making matter worse, the citizens who are constructing houses near the road side are contributing to the worsening of road condition.

The haphazard earth cutting is causing massive damage to the road. The Papum Pare district administration has totally failed to take any step against such person, which encourages them to indulge in more rampant earth cutting without the fear for law.



Snapped surface communication posing problem to poll officials to reach Anini

ITANAGAR, May 13: Disruption of road communication is posing serious problem to election officials to reach Anini, the district headquarters of Dibang Valley, before counting of votes on May 16.

According to officials report, road communication to Anini remained cut off since May 9 following diversion of the course of Deopani River and landslide at several points in between Anini- Roing road.

Although the authority has arranged a chopper to airlift the election officials, including the general observer, from Roing tomorrow, the chance of materialization of the air sortie seems remote as it is raining cats and dogs in both the districts.

The incessant rain for the last one week has not only paralyzed the movement of people but also affected transportation of essential items to the district.

Flood situation is also grim in Changlang.

At least 17 houses were partially submerged by Noa Dehing River at Dumpani village under Diyun circle. Water level of both Noa Dehing and Buri Dehing are increasing rapidly due to heavy downpour. The situation may take serious turn if downpour continues, informed BK Karki, EE, WRD, Bordumsa.

The WRD department has assured the Dumpani villagers to provide sausage wire netting sheet and boulders to plug the breach at right bank of Nao Dehing River.



Governor emphasizes on more research on tribal cultural heritage

ITANAGAR, May 13: The Chairman of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata Sitaram Sharma along with Tamo Mibang, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan here today.

Both MAKAIAS chairman Sharma and Mibang apprised the Governor of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata and RGU for academic collaboration and engagement of research scholars in the field of tribe studies.

The Governor expressed his appreciation to MAKAIAS, Kolkata for considering partnership with Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh in enriching the knowledge depository of the state.

The Governor said that Arunachal Pradesh is a paradise for researchers as there is no dearth of research subject from tribal culture, diverse flora and fauna to unique geographical characteristics.

The Governor also informed the Chairman of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata that Arunachal Pradesh will be crucial to India’s Look East Policy and therefore more academic studies may be taken up on this subject.

Governor emphasized on conduct of more research, workshops, seminars and conferences on rich and well-preserved age-old tribal cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh. He hopes that the initiative will go long way in cementing the relationship between the two institutes and facilitate in bringing out the mystical tribal culture.

Secretary to Governor Dr. Joram Beda, IAS, Dr (Mrs.) Sreeradha Dutta, Director (MAKAIAS), Kolkata, along with Prof. SK Nayak, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. A Mitra, Department of Economics and Dr. R Taba, Registrar of RGU were present on the occasion. PRO to Governor.



Both Congress and BJP claim victory in East Siang


RUKSIN, May 13: The Congress party is confident of making a clean sweep in the Assembly elections in East Siang district besides retaining the Eastern Parliamentary seat.

The Congress has already captured the Mebo assembly seat uncontested after nomination of the lone BJP candidate was rejected.

The party last time had won four seats out of the five in the district. It lost the Pasighat (West) seat to opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Sitting Congress MLAs Bosiram Siram (Pasighat-East), Tapang Taloh (Pangin) and Tako Dabii (Nari-Koyu) are seeking re-election from their respective constituency, Congress has fielded Tatung Jamoh from Pasighat-West constituency. He is a new face in the state’s politics. He was serving as Executive Engineer in Pasighat Electrical division.

On the other hand, the saffron party too has expressed the confidence that it will win at least three seats, including the Pasighat (East) seat.

Kaling Moyong and retired DDSE Kento Rina are contesting on BJP ticket from Pasighat-East and Nari-Koyu assembly constituency respectively. Moying had earlier contested from the seat on NCP ticket.

Sitting MLA (BJP) Tangor Tapak is seeking re-election from Pasighat-West seat. Former AAPSU leader Ojing Tasing is fighting from Pangin seat on BJP candidate.

Political observers say many government officials and non-tribal people living in the district have extended support to BJP this time favouring a change in the country’s political leadership. The much talked “Modi Wave” has also helped the saffron brigade to woo more votes this time.

The Congress party this time received a big jolt with resignation of its district committee president Tatong Padung on the eve of the election. Moreover, ouster of many active party leaders due to stiff internal wrangling in the Block Congress Committees eroded the party’s earlier strength.

The political analysts further observed that the ruling party regained its normal strength in Pasighat-West constituency after the State’s caretaker Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had addressed election rally at Ruksin town and assured the local people of all-round development. According to Congress party sources, the APCC heavyweights closely monitored the party’s electioneering activity in Pasighat-West constituency, which is growing a winning confident among the party worker in the constituency.

However, the hopes and speculations will be cleared on the Day of Judgment on May 16.



ANSU provides relief to fire victim

ITANAGAR, May 13: The residential house of one Sartem Tatup of Aniya village in Nirjuli was gutted in a fire early in the morning today. All properties/ valuables of owner of the house, including ornaments were lost in the fire, informed All Nyishi Student’s Union (ANSU).

Meanwhile, a team of ANSU led by vice president Joram Bath distributed some relief items to the victim family. The students union urged the relief and rehabilitation department to provide the immediate relief to the affected family for their quick rehabilitation.



Tuki reviews employment generation scheme for jobless youths

ITANAGAR, May 13: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki reviewed his ambitious scheme of opening scopes of employment for youths of the state with officials of Employment Generation and Skill Development Councils in the backdrop of experiences gained in the last 6 months. Taking into account the hurdles experienced in providing gainful employment to jobless youths, Tuki directed modification in the Government’s strategy so that success rate is close to 100%. Accordingly a detailed programme has been chalked out to train about 8000 youths in the current financial year.

As per feedbacks received from training institutes several candidates dropped out at the last moment to pursue further studies while some dropped out during training due to various reasons. Tuki took serious note of the causes and felt that a different and student specific strategy has to be incorporated by the Government to make the novel and ambitious programme a success.

Earlier, the Government under Tuki as the Chief Minister had embarked upon the ambitious skill development programme to provide employment opportunity to youths, particularly matriculates and school/college drop outs. A first of its kind anywhere in the country, Job cum Skill Development Selection Rally was organized on 30, 31 August and 1 September, 2013 at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar which was attended by more than 12,210 youths from different parts of the state. Thirty-three reputed Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) from different parts of the country participated in the Job Fair to sensitize, counsel and select candidates for different training programmes which included Beauty culture & Hair dressing, Spa & Wellness, Electrician, Wire man, Fitter, Computer operator, Security Guard, Welder, Plumber, Fashion Technology, Retail  Sales & Marketing, Tourism & Hospitality, Banking & Finance, BPO, Information Technology, Laboratory Technician, etc. Some of the important VTPs were VLCC, International Institute of Wellness Studies (IIWS), Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC), Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET), IL&FS, O2 Spa Academy, Amazing Networks Pvt. Ltd., Orion Edutech, Emporium Training & Consultancy Pvt., Ltd., PCT Institute Ltd, Indira Gandhi Technological & Medical Sciences University, Gorgeous Parlour cum Training Institute, etc. At least 9012 youth were selected for various courses during the three day event.

Under this unique initiative, the Government provides to and fro travel cost subject to a maximum of Rs. 5000 per person, training cost at the rate of Rs. 25 per trainee per hour, boarding and lodging at the rate of Rs. 300 per trainee per day, cost of assessment, certification and placement. Training duration ranges from an average of 3 to 6 months.

In the last about 6 months, 2625 youths have been deputed for training out of which 1073 have completed their training. 1038 youths have been offered placement with annual package of Rs. 1.00 lakh to 1.80 lakh. As per market practice, certain trades also offered boarding, lodging and transport facility in addition to salary. As per latest data, 735, about 71 % of those offered placement, have joined their jobs and 368 have either dropped out, not joined or opted for self employment back home.

Some of the most popular trades have been Beauty Culture & Hair Dressing, Spa and Wellness, Hospitality & Tourism and Banking & Accounting.

At least 223 youths have been selected by prominent 5 stars hotels in beauty & Spa therapy – Oberoi Hotel – 24, ITC- 32, Lila Palace – 9, Pride Hotel – 6, Madhuban Resort – 10, Head Master – 6. Meanwhile, 27 youths have been employed in the International Airport Kolkata in Hospitality trade and 19 have been appointed by Eternal HR Services. There are many other companies which have recruited in smaller numbers in different cities.

Encouraged by the response, government organized district level job fairs from 12 to 28 February, 2014 in order to reach out to remote locations to facilitate participation of youths from rural areas. This effort yielded good result and 4931 youth have been selected by 23 VTPs. They could not be sponsored for training during the elections. However, they will be deputed after the election process is over.

The programme has been a very successful experiment and many State Governments such as those of Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Jammu & Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, etc. have organized similar job fairs taking the cue from Arunachal Pradesh.



144 CrPC imposed in LDV & West Kameng

ITANAGAR, May 13: In apprehension of law and order problem after counting of vote and declaration of result of Parliamentary and Assembly constituency on May 16 next and also to maintain public peace and tranquility in the interest of public safety and security, Lower Dibang Valley District  Magistrate Shiv Kumar exercising the powers conferred under Section 144 CrPC has prohibited and imposed ban on organizing rally, mass procession, shouting slogans in public places including victory celebration, procession, rally etc. by any political parties/candidate or organization and also ban carrying of lethal/deadly weapons like dao and any sharp weapon in the Lower Dibang Valley District.

In another order, the District Magistrate has also prohibited and orders that no person whatsoever will carry lethal weapon like daos, knife etc. inside the District Hospital premises, Roing with immediate effect.  This order has been issued by the District Magistrate considering that some unscrupulous miscreants carrying lethal weapons like dao, knife etc in the District Hospital Premises and thereby create law and order problem and a sense of fear and insecurity to the medical officer/sisters and other staffs on emergency medical duty including patients and their attendants. The order has been issued to maintain public peace and tranquility in the District Hospital Premises, Roing and also to create a sense of safety and security to all people.

The above orders come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force till further order. Violation of these orders shall attract legal punishment under appropriate provision of Law, it further said.

BOMDILA: Based on reports indicating backlash by supporters and sympathizers of the political parties and candidates in the post poll period, the District Magistrate AK Singh has issued an ex-parte order under Section 144 of Cr.PC in order to prevent violence and to maintain law and order & peace and tranquility in West Kameng district. Further, carrying or display of any kind of arms including fire arms and other weapons like Dao etc has been prohibited.

The Police department has been directed to take appropriate measures for prevention of violence and dispersal of assembly of five or more than five persons during the period of the prohibitory order.

The above order shall remain in force for a period of ten days with effect from 14.05.2014 to 23.05.2014.

Earlier in the morning, the practical rehearsal for the counting was conducted at the Indoor Multi Sports Complex, Bomdila which would be the Counting centre and also which houses the Strong Room guarded by Central Para Military forces and monitored by CCTVs round the clock in addition to the 12 hourly duties by the officers under the supervision of the designated Strong Room officer.

With this, all the exercises have been attended to and arrangements in place for the D-day. DIPROs



Buddha Purnima greetings

ITANAGAR, May 05: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has extended his sincere greetings to people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima and hoped that the occasion will inspire all to follow the path of non-violence and universal brotherhood as preached by Gautam Buddha.

In his festival message, the Governor said that Buddha’s teachings are of eternal significance. The Noble Eightfold Path encompasses the entire Wheel of Dharma, with its central axis of ethical discipline. It has always facilitated in promotion of peace and happiness in the world.

The Governor wished that prayers and celebrations on the auspicious day will help in imbibing Guatam Buddha’s ideals amongst the people.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima to be celebrated across the world on Wednesday.

Joining the believers of Buddhism and followers of the Buddha’s teachings, Tuki offered his prayers for enlightenment of all human beings so that all may live in peace and harmony in a society devoid of sins.

“Today man is polluting his mind because of his evil vision. So, first of all he should develop sacred vision. See no evil, see what is good. Man is subjected to hardships because of his unsacred vision leading to sinful acts. Let’s follow the Buddha’s path of morality and attain nirvana in our own humble ways,” Tuki said in a message this evening.

The day of Vaisakh Purnima, which usually falls in the month of May, is considered most sacred by Buddhists all over the world. This day is significant for three reasons. It was on this day that Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born as Prince Siddhartha. It is also the day when He attained enlightenment and again on the same day attained Nirvana (Unity with the Absolute) years later.

“Lord Buddha preached that desires are at the root of all sorrow and hence advocated the path of right conduct and the right use of senses as the way to enlightenment. As simple human beings, this may be a difficult task for us….but on this day…let’s resolve to use our senses on righteous terms and make the world a happier one,” Tuki added.



Meeting on disaster preparedness held

YUPIA, May 13: A disaster preparedness meeting of Papum Pare district was organized at DC’s Conference Hall Yupia by the District Disaster Management Department, Yupia.

Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar presided over the meeting and called for preparation of systematic and well coordinated disaster preparedness plan for the district to cope up with any disaster. He interacted with all heads of all line departments and enquired about their preparation and plans of disaster management.

Meanwhile, Papum Pare Dy. SP,  CO, Tarasso, DMO, EE(RWD), DVO, EE(WRD), DAO, PD(DRDA), EE(PWD), EE(Power), DFDO, DF & CSO, CO Sagalee, ADTH, EE(PHE), EE(Highway), HDO respectively apprised DC about their preparations and Plans of  disaster management.

Papum Pare District Disaster Management Officer Preetha Menon requested all the line departments to co-operate the District Disaster Management department in preparation of a well planned Disaster Preparedness Plan for district which may helpful in dealing with any disaster aspects. DIPRO




2nd day of paralegal volunteers training witness fruitful discussion on gender & development, rights of women

ITANAGAR, May 13: The second day training of paralegal volunteers started with a session on gender and development in context of Arunachal Pradesh by Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW), Arunachal Pradesh General Secretary Mepum Tadar. She highlighted the role of ICCW in protecting the interest of children.

ICCW Arunachal Pradesh president Jarjum Ete spoke on the rights of women, law and CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) under customary laws of Arunachal Pradesh.

Other speakers in the training were Dani Belo, Under Secretary, Department of Law and Officer in Special Duty, Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Service Authority, Hasina Kharbhih, Chair of Board Impulse NGO Network, Sunil Mow, Athupopo Social Foundation and Rosanna Lyngdoh, Board Director, Impulse NGO Network and Vikash Pradhan, Impulse NGO Network.

Organized by Impulse NGO Network, Shillong in collaboration with Athupopo Social Foundation and supported by Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority the training commenced yesterday at Don Bosco Youth Centre here.



Nurses Day observed in Ziro

ZIRO, May 13: With the rest of world, Nursing Unit of District Hospital Ziro (NUDHZ) celebrated the Nurses Day in a befitting manner at district hospital’s Conference Hall here yesterday with the theme: “Nurses – a force for change a vital resource for health”.

The day was celebrated in commemoration of 195th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing service.  

Attending the celebration, Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr. Kime Horming advocated that if nurses are sincere, dedicated and well disciplined, the working system of that hospital and its reputation will be in very high degree.  He asked the nurses to follow the path of Florence Nightingale and emulate her dedication for the cause of common people.

Earlier,  Sr. Nenker Nakang highlighted the aim and objectives of celebration of the Day as well as the life history of Florence Nightingale while Sister i/c Sankar Pator explained the theme that was chosen for celebration of the Day world wide.

NUDHZ’s president Onima Deori, Asstt. Matron, Sr. Kago Kena, Sr. Dusu Riniya among others was also spoken on the occasion.

The nurses from PHC Old Ziro, Sub-Centers of Siiro, Hong & Hari were also joined in the celebration.



Claims and counterclaim continue

ITANAGAR, May 13: Claims and counterclaims continue with the order of re-poll to be conducted in two polling stations of Kurung Kumey tomorrow. After much persuasion, the ECI on May 11 had ordered for repoll to be conducted in 15-Richik of Tali Assembly Constituency and 31-Chulla polling station under Koloriang Assembly Constituency.

Disagreeing with the decision, the INC candidate of 21-Koloriang Assembly Constituency has urged for reconsidering the decision for re-poll in 31-Chulla Polling Station. In his letter addressed to the chief electoral officer (CEO), Nirvachan Bhawan condemning the decision said it is arbitrary violation of the provision of representative of Peoples’ Act 1951.

As per report, the repoll on April 19 was conducted in fair manner and peacefully amidst presence of polling officers and presiding officers and under close supervision of returning officer and observer, the letter read. He asked  the ECI  to allow the already polled EVM of April 19 for counting.

On the other hand, the NCP candidate of Tali Assembly Constituency reiterating its demand has again sought repoll in three polling stations; 2-Ruhi, 6-Giba and 21-Ha along with the approved repoll on 15-Richik polling station.



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Industry has high hope from new Govt.


Exit polls showing the BJP-led NDA is projected to form the next government gave a fresh boost to domestic markets on Tuesday with the BSE benchmark sensex zooming to new all-time high of 24,068.94 and NSE Nifty surging to 7,172.35, the third straight record-setting session. At close, the sensex concluded at a new high of 23,871.23, showing a sharp gain of 320.23 points, or 1.36 per cent, over Monday.

Hopes of a stable business-friendly government at the Centre also helped 50-share NSE Nifty finish at a new closing peak of 7,108.75, logging a rise of 94.50 or 1.35 per cent. Indian economy has been battered in UPA II era. No major economic policies could be implemented as regional parties which were extending support to Congress party blocked any move which can possibly harm their interest. Despite having dream team of PM Manmohan Singh, finance minister P Chidambaram and planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Congress led government failed to achieve high economic growth. The Indian industry is hoping that Modi led stable BJP government will introduce major reforms and infuse new life to the tattered economy.

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Developmental project should not be politicized

Dear Editor,

On behalf of Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO), I would like to state our view regarding political interference going on for theconstruction of Greenfield Airport within the capital complex. Why there is always a big problem whenever any development activities take place? It is a well known fact that Airport Authority of India (AAI) has already chosen the Banderdewa site for construction of airport. However, I also wonder why government chose Hollongi site after foundation stone has already been laid at Karsingsha. We are forced to believe that there is political hand behind such decision. But I should not forget that wherever Greenfield Airport is constructed it will lead to development of our state. Calling Bandh Call will not bring solution but will delay the decision making and the real sufferer will be ordinary citizens. The entire situation is happening as everyone is crazy for claiming compensation from the project.

So, I on behalf of Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) request everyone involved including NGO’s association, organizations, not to politicized the issue, otherwise it will stop development activities.


Kame Kipa

President APATCYO


Tempo drivers need respect

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to share the pain and problems faced by the tempo drivers in their day to day lives while doing their services to the people of Itanagar. Whenever any tempo drivers meets with an accident the people without trying to know the actual fact, wont even take a second to comment "Kutta tempo driver kaa hi galti hoga." Whereas in actual, the driver is in his own right track with all his valid documents like driving licence. There are ocassion when other vehicles overtake from the wrong side of the road and hit us. Tempo drivers always become the victim and target of every one. Even the traffic warden always keep their eye on us, where and when we are going to make mistake, whereas the other public vehicles always violate the traffic rules.

Some people say that we tempo drivers practice reckless driving. So, to those people I want to share a small knowledge that tempo has a maximum of 80 KMPH speed only but we drive at 20 to 30 speed and drive as slow as possible for the convenience and comfort of the passengers. Because slower we drive, the more passenger we get.

But the people of Itanagar forget that tempo drivers are always at their services. We drivers carry ten people at a time to take them to their destinations, from home to office, markets, hospitals, sumo and bus counters for their next journey without bothering whether it is rainy or sunny day. Even at times of floods in the road specially during rainy season, we tempo driver any how manage to drive them to their destinations. The people forget to think about the consequences if there were no drivers in the world. Many do not own their vehicle, they have to walk miles in rain or sunshine. Timely delivery of a single child would not have been possible without us. Many emergency patients would have died at homes if there were no drivers in the world.

On behalf of Arunachal Tempo Welfare Association I would like to appeal the public of Itanagar to deal in a gentle and loving manner and stop misbehaving or discriminating the drivers. Please don't look down us as germ or insect of a drain. We too are the sons of God and have the right to live in respect.

Though we tempo drivers are in poor profession we too have a heart and like to feel respected and loved from you people as a human being.


Kokum Paffa

Asst. General Secy.

Arunachal Tempo Welfare Association


Right decision

Dear Editor,

I'm told that due to controversy over ILP, the train would halt at Harmuty from now onwards. I'm truely relieved to hear this news. Earlier I was worried about our Arunachal Pradesh. But the right decision taken by railway will lesson crowd. I am very happy.


Tojum Rigia






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