No move to grant a ‘Supra State Body’ to Nagas: Govt
NEW DELHI, Nov 20: The Centre on Saturday informed Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh
that there was no move to grant a 'supra state body' status to Nagas settled across
the north-east and the negotiators, who have been talking to the NSCN (I-M), had
never promised the outfit any such arrangement that may have severe inter-state ramifications.
The 'clarification' comes in response to the objection from all the three states
that sought the Union home ministry's views over certain reports on the purported
'move', according to a report published in today’s edition of Times of India.
The reports have mentioned that the Centre was considering keeping the Naga-inhabited
areas of Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh under a 'supra state body'
to enable the Nagas to preserve their culture, identity and customary laws under
an umbrella entity, and it would be finalized before Christmas .
Referring to the 'clarification' made to the states over such reports, sources in
the home ministry said the government had nothing to do with the 'move', which was
a NSCN (I-M) proposal. The Centre had never agreed to any such proposal, and the
outfit badgered the negotiators with it during both 'formal' and 'informal' discussions,
'Greater Nagaland' has been a demand of NSCN (I-M), who under their leaders Isak
Swu and T Muivah have been demanding control over all Naga-inhabited areas in neighbouring
Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, ever since they joined talks with the government
after signing a 'ceasefire' agreement in 1997.
They said as part of any peace deal with Nagas, the government would, at best, provide
maximum autonomy to Nagaland under existing provisions of the Constitution that may
lead to giving them additional financial and legislative powers.
Rice bowl low on production because of pest and inadequate rainfall
RUKSIN, Nov 20: Scanty rainfall this summer and unusual weather pattern has hit rice
production in one of the rice bowls of Arunachal.
Apart from the weather, some pockets of East Siang districts like Ngorlung (Ralung
Rikmeng) and Ledum (Yapop Rikmeng) under Ruksin and Bilat circle were hit by drought
and pest infestation. East Siang district usually experiences normal rainfall every
year during the summer season. But this time, rain gods haven’t been kind even after
the onset of monsoon in the region.
The farmers including some panchayat leaders of Ruksin and Bilat area have informed
that most of the rain-fed irrigation channels leading to the paddy fields became
dry this year due to insufficient rainfall. Farmers approached the district agriculture
department to mitigate the situation but it didn’t yield any positive result.
“We have approached the East Siang district agriculture department to mitigate water
crisis in the crop fields. Last year too, several hundred hectares of paddy fields
under Bilat and Ruksin circles were damaged by pests like Caseworm (Nympula depunctalis)
and Rice Hispa (Dicladispa armigera), but the department failed to control infestation
even after it claimed to have pressed its men and materials”, alleged Ojing Aje,
an Anchal Member of Ngorlung in Ruksin circle.
Aje, while expressing dissatisfaction over the efforts initiated by the district
agriculture department in combating crop pests, said that little amount of pesticides
were supplied to the farmers and spraying of the pesticides without technical guidance
was ineffective. Further, unpredictable rainfall was a major concern.
The farmers have demanded the authority to install irrigation pipe to the paddy fields
to ensure adequate water supply during Sali paddy cultivation and alternative pest
control measures like biological pest control under Integrated Pest Management scheme
in order to save the crop fields from the grip of pest.
Reports from Guwahati based Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC)said that Arunachal
Pradesh meteorological sub-division (set up in Naharlagun) has recorded 35 per cent
deficit rainfall in the current year, while it was 30 percent last year. It also
said that since 2001, Arunachal Pradesh has recorded deficient rainfall during monsoon.
Singa – lost in the wilderness
Matey Miuli has never been to Singa, a remote Mishmi hamlet in northeast of Upper
It is a six days walk towards east from his village Chepe in Dibang valley district
and for Miuli, visiting Singa meant an emotional get-together with his relatives.
“It just sounded a dream come true,” the 24 year old school drop out said when an
expedition on foot from Anelih village in Dibang Valley to Tuting village via Singa
was led by PHED Secretary Tomi Ete, where Miuli also took part. “It's something I
always thought about but never could put into motion.”
The 13 days arduous journey started on October 20, where a team of 24 members participated
that included PHED officials Tobom Riram, Ere Linggi, Wildlife official Ipra Mekola
and local people of Anelih circle.
“It is probably the love for the wilderness and to reach the inaccessible parts of
the state in search of something indefinable,” said Miuli recounting the zeal of
secretary Ete to walk the mountains. “We slept, woke up and ate together, cracked
jokes and laughed together.”
The team reached Tuting on November 1 with six members. They were accorded a warm
reception by the local Khamba and Adi people. Thereafter, the team started its journey
on road, finally reaching Itanagar on November 6.
The rest had returned back after safely escorting the six members at Abroka pass
(3864 mtr), the entry point to Upper Siang district.
“It was days of difficult journey following the route of hunters and walking along
the ridge leading us high into the mountains to reach Abroka pass, ” Miuli recalls.
The Anelih – Tuting track is the old route of Mishmi people of Ahi valley to cross
over to Tibet for procuring salt. Ahi River is a tributary of Dibang River that originates
from the mountains of Abroka.
The track lay abandoned after the road started opening in Ahi valley connecting it
with the rest of Dibang valley. This development eventually brought to an end the
contacts between Singa circle and Ahi valley.
"It's been an amazing experience," Miuli said of the journey that took him through
beautiful and desolate landscapes and through villages as Singa, Simuge, Abapa, Tashigaon,
Dewakota, Mankota and Nyokong of Singa circle. “Also the challenges we faced have
been many but it was made less onerous by the people we met along the way.” “The
people were too good to us,” he remembers. “My relatives wanted me to stay back for
few more days. It was a painful departure, when we left the villages.”
The Mishmis here live in seclusion and have rare contacts with their tribesmen in
Dibang and Lohit, as this part is totally cut off from rest of the world. The nearest
road is three days walk towards Tuting.
“People in Singa kept asking me to come back to show them the town of Roing and Anini,”
Arunachal Pradesh to host MATRIX-2011
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The writers of the all eight North Eastern states would break borders
to have a two-day brain storming session here from November 27 next with Arunachal
Pradesh gearing up to host MATRIX-2011.
Aimed at celebrating creativity and the spirit of the North East, MATRIX-2011 is
the annual general meeting of the NE Writers’ Forum (NEWF).
It would be attended by 24 noted writers of the region who, joined by their counterparts
of the host state, would discuss various issues rising above all feelings which have
been confronting the region to reflect it beyond the borders through their powerful
pens and poems, said NEWF vice president and convenor of the event, Mamang Dai.
Dai, a Padmashree awardee and prominent author and poet of the state, who has been
a globetrotter with the mission to showcase the rich cultural moorings and traditional
values of the people of this region, particularly Arunachal, today said that the
MATRIX would be a literary programme of poetry, readings and panel discussion on
the theme ‘The writers and the world’.
The NEWF, formed in 1997 involving writers of the NE, is engaged in promoting creative
writing, translation of various language books highlighting the rich cultural mooring
of the region to English, peace and communal harmony besides projecting the this
region beyond the borders.
The members of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society would be involved to make the
two-day programme a success.
It may be mentioned here that the writers and poets from the NE had reflected the
diversity, complexity, richness and poignancy of the region during a two-day festival,
organized by Zubaan, a leading Delhi-based publishing house, in collaboration with
Heinrich Boll Foundation and India Habitat Centre, in Delhi in January last.
Power department appeals consumers to bear little longer
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The power department today appealed to the consumers to bear with
them little longer for power crisis in the capital and its adjoining areas over the
last four days.
The response from the department came after this daily highlighted the problem. Regretting
the inconvenience caused to consumers, the department said that the crisis was due
to break down of 16 MVA Power Transformers at Nirjuli coupled with shortage of water
in Ranganadi hydel project.
Itanagar and Naharlagun township may experience power cut due to load shedding during
peak hours and the problem is expected to continue till the replacement of the 10
MVA transformers, the department said.
Team of Kurung Kumey officers visit remote Sarli
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The Kurung Kumey district administration led by Deputy Commissioner
visited Sarli on Nov 18 and inaugurated the Government residential School at Sate
village about 4kms from Sarli circle HQ.
DC Kurung Kumey Rajeev Takuk along with Zilla Parishad chairperson Pisa Gonia, PD
DRDA Tabin Siga, AE PWD Tami Nikja, DDSE Sorang Tapi Zara, EAC Tamo Koyu and CO
cum DIPRO Jacob Tabing visited the area.
Addressing a public meeting, DC emphasised on education and road communication which
is the basis of development. He sanctioned Rs 90,000/- for hostel kitchen, Rs 50,000/-
for water connection and Rs 1 lakh for school furniture from untied fund.
School Management Committee Chairman Pisa Minju submitted a memorandum to DC, ZPC
Zilla Parishad chairperson addressed the gathering and advised the villagers to take
care of the school and other public properties.
Later DC along with CO Sarli Dubom Apang, ZPC and other officers visited Govt.Secondary
School, Sarli and interacted with teachers and students. He sanctioned Rs 1 lakh
from untied fund for fulfilling the shortage of furniture. DC also visited ITBP camp
and interacted with officers and jawans.
Lohit and East Siang to implement National School Safety Programme
ITANAGAR Nov 20: Lohit and East Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh have been selected
for implementation of National School Safety Programme (NSSP), a demonstration project
to promote culture of safety in schools amongst 43 other districts of 22 states and
union territories of the country as identified by the National Disaster Management
Authority of India.
With a total cost of Rs. 48.47 Crore, the 100% Centrally Sponsored Scheme has concentrated
the districts and states falling under seismic zone IV & V. The programme is being
implemented by NDMA in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource development
and in partnership of States and Union Territories within a time frame of 24 months.
With the key output of National School Safety Policy in order to usher in an era
of safe school education for the children of the nation in the backdrop of various
catastrophes claiming lives of thousands of school children in the form of flood,
tsunami, earthquake etc. in the recent years, the NSSP has been designed as a demonstration
project to be implemented in 8600 schools in the country.
The programme is part to promote a culture of disaster preparedness in the schools.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has taken the programme as welcome challenge and has assured
the NDMA that the state of Arunachal Pradesh would leave no stone unturned to implement
the project in the given time frame. (PRO to CM)
Khandu to be conferred Karma Vir title by APLS
By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS), in its extra ordinary
meeting held at State Museum here today, decided to confer the Karma Vir title on
former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in recognition of his invaluable contributions
for the socio-economic development of the state during his short tenure (April 2007-April
2011), during its foundation day celebration on January 8 next.
Khandu, who took over the reins of the state on April 9, 2007, died in a chopper
crash on April 30 last but made a difference through his unparallel commitment for
speedy development of the state. This had prompted APLS president YD Thongchi to
instantly announce Karma vir title for him.
The meeting chaired by Thongchi also decided to bring out a souvenir to mark the
occasion, invite Khandu’s son and Minister Prema Khandu to receive the honour and
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to do the honour. Appreciating the local media for giving
adequate coverage since the death of Arunachal-born music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika,
it was unanimously decided to approach the electronic media of the North Eastern
region, particularly NETV to give adequate publicity to all activities relating to
Bhupenda in the state of his birth. The NETV should give daily adequate coverage
by introducing Arunachalimis, Thongchi suggested.
The meeting attended by research director Tage Tada and host of officers of his department,
senior journalist Nani Kojeen, APLS general secretary Tokong Pertin also decided
to coordinate with the government for naming the road from Arunachal State Hospital
to Prem Nagar in Naharlagun after Luminous Lummer Dai, as announced by Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki on November 16 last, during the literary giant’s birthday on June 01 next.
It was also decided to extend all possible help and logistic support for holding
the annual meeting of North East Writers Forum during November 27-28 here at the
request of NEWF vice president Mamang Dai, also adviser of APLS, who was present
on the occasion.
The woes of APP
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP), the sole guardian of state is battling
hard to save itself from the numerous problems plaguing the department. APP is struggling
in all fronts to provide effective security to the ordinary citizen.
The most serious problem which is crippling the functioning of police department
is shortage of manpower. As per the record available with this daily, the state civil
police are battling hard for existence because of shortage of police force.
The insurgency affected districts of Tirap and Changlang has only 255 and 261 civil
police to take care of the security concern of citizens. Tirap has only 1 inspector,
14 sub-inspector, 4 assistant sub-inspector, 20 head-constables and 216 constables.
The situation is not much different in Changlang district which has 6 inspector,
10 sub-inspector, 12 assistant sub-inspector, 20 head constables and 213 constables.
It will be unfair to expect state police to take on heavily armed Naga rebel group
like NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) with such less number of manpower. Adding to the woes,
the state police are ill-equipped as they have not been provided with modern weapons.
The crime prone capital city is also facing major problem due to shortage of police
force. Itanagar police station is being run by 6 sub-inspectors which include officer-in-charge.
Further the police department often struggle hard to get fuel for their vehicles.
“We often have to beg state government for fuels. While many useless departments
get heavy quota of fuel, we often get very less fuel for patrolling duties,” told
one police official of Itanagar PS. He further added, “Already we were running short
of vehicles and to make things worse for us 14 police vehicles got damaged in the
last few bandh calls.”
Besides shortage of manpower, state police immediately need to be modernized with
addition of latest weapons and technologies to combat crime. However the fund allocated
is very meagre and it takes lot of effort to clear files with babus creating hurdles
in every step.
“Just for clearance of one file it has to pass through 26 tables to reach the office
of concern authorities. And for verification it comes back to 26 tables downward.
So, altogether a single proposal crosses 46 tables before it gets approval. Babus
make things worse with their own agendas,” told one senior police officials.
He went on to add, “We want to request the new home minister to start policy of single
window clearance system for the proposals put forwarded by police. It will make things
easy for police department to get project clearance on priorities. Further the fund
allocated has to be increased as state police need more fund for modernizations of
The new home minister has to urgently address the various problems plaguing police
department to make policing more effective in the state.
ASC lift Odam Ering memorial football trophy
PASIGHAT, Nov 20: Alongbar Sports Club (ASC) of Silapathar, Assam won the 10th Odam
Ering Memorial Football Tournament defeating DW (Dishnet Wireless) team 3-0 in the
final here today.
Alongbar Sports Club shot into lead 22 minutes into the match through goal from George
Soren before Derkasar Narzari scored the second goal in 30th minute. The last goal
was scored by Rishad Dahar in 83rd minute.
Attending the closing ceremony as chief guest, East Siang deputy commissioner (in-charge)
SC Debnath said that such tournament provides good opportunity to the local youths
to show their talent as well as foster brotherhood in the society. He appreciated
the members of Ering family, president DFA Oshong Domin, Secretary Tajing Taki and
other members for organizing the tournament in a befitting manner.
Debnath and along with veteran footballer Er. Tapi Darang, the guest of honour of
the closing ceremony, gave away the trophy and cash awards to the winner and runners-up
Derhasar Narzari of ASC was adjudged the Best Player while Padi Jhony of DW team
and Karik Moyong of BC Roy Rengging team were declared of best defender and best
goalkeeper respectively of the tournament.
The tournament is conducted annually in memory of Lt. Odam Ering, wife of Late Dr.
Dying Ering and mother of MP Ninong Ering. DIPRO
Workshop on HIV/ AIDS held
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: In its attempt to create awareness about HIV/AIDs among the labours
and workers, Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society organized a one day capacity
building programme for state and district labour officers on work place policy on
The basic objectives of the workshop was to impart knowledge on HIV and AIDS so that
they could disseminate information and create awareness among the workers on HIV/AIDS.
The programe was inaugurated by Dr K. Neshing as Chief Guest. Senior Dermatologist
Dr. B Riba dwelt on way to prevent Sexual Transmitted Diseases and HIV.
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: In a bid to enhance the skill of local youth for self employment
the North Eastern Industrial & technical Consultancy Organisation Ltd (NEITCO) is
conducting a two months duration practical training programme on repairing & servicing
of electronic goods at Itanagar from Nov 15.
All together 25 participants are undergoing the programme. The programme is sponsored
by Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India, New Delhi.
Two eliminated from VOA
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Damkho Moidam and Gidam Gadi were eliminated after end of 4th
round of the singing talent hunt BSNL Voice of Arunachal- 2 held yesterday at Naharlagun.
They were eliminated on the basis of public voting through SMS.
Neelam Akam was leading the contestants chart after end of the 4th round.
Meanwhile, the organizing committee decided to eliminate one contestant from the
next round onwards which would be held on November 26.
Jalley Sonam has announced prizes for winner in the 6th elimination round, the organizing
committee said in a release.
Tirap for peace
ITANAGAR, Nov 20: Tirap Peoples Committee for Peace (TPCP) has been formed under
the initiative of All Tirap District Student’s Union which was attended by the Govt.
Officers, Public, Panchayat, Church, Students Leaders, Ex-Servicemen Association,
Tutsa Christian Association, two delegates each from G.B Association and Nocte Chief
The meeting appointed Gulley Sumnyan as Chairman, Noksom Hangsik as Vice-Chairman
with Jiten Wangsa as Member Secretary.
The committee has been formed in view of establishing peace and harmony in Tirap
Christ the King festival
Itanagar, Nov 20: St Joseph Church Nyokum Lapang celebrated Christ the King festival
The feast was first started in 1925.
To commemorate the day, around 400 faithful of St. Joseph Catholic Church along with
the Children of Holy Cross School took out a procession up to Mithun gate singing
hymns to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Blessed Sacrament was exposed and carried all along the road by the Parish Priest
Rev. Fr. Tomy.
ATA rejects bad quality uniforms
ITANAGAR: In an unprecedented development in education department, All Arunachal
Teachers’ Association (ATA) has out rightly rejected the quality of uniforms supplied
by the department for children in schools saying that it was below quality.
ATA demanded the State government to release the enhanced salary of teachers under
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) immediately especially in festive season. It also urged
the government to release the salary of EGS and ECCE volunteers engaged under SSA
saying that these workers have been working without honorariums.
IX Inter College Youth Festival
ITANAGAR: Rajiv Gandhi University emerged as overall champions at the IX Inter
College Youth Festival which was held at its campus at the Rono Hills.
The second position was grabbed by Don Bosco College, Itanagar followed by Dera Natung
Govt College, Itanagar.
18 colleges from all over the state took part in the four day long festivities.
In the Cross country marathon event, Jasi Rimo of Government College Seppa came first
in men’s section while in women’s section Mongchang Longri of Rangfrah Government
College Changlang secured the first place.
A commendable effort
You may call me a bit late but I hope it’s never too late to compliment a good job
done. Recently through a friend of mine, I happened to watch a beautiful Nyishi movie
titled- “ Dr. Abo”.
I was really touched, not so much by the movie itself but to see the efforts put
in to make such a movie. Nonetheless, the storyline of movie was also superb which
emphasized on the need for the communal harmony and peaceful coexistence. But what
I really like about the movie is- it’s entirely in Nyishi language and such movies
are a rare today.
May I dare advice the elders of Nyishi community to encourage more of such movies
and take such movies to all Nyishi villages. This way we will not only encourage
the preservation of our dialect but we will also help smoothen out the problem of
variation in accent and pronunciation that our dialect invariably faces in different
And to the people and crew members who made the film "Dr. Abo" happened- Hats off,
you have done a wonderful job. I am hoping to see more such exciting Nyishi movies
in near future, but please add English subtitles for Non-Nyishi viewers.
T. Sono, Seppa, (on email)
Scrap Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project
The Dam Affected Peoples Forum of Sirit Siyom Banggo (DAPFSSB) reiterates its absolute
opposition to the Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project for its massive disadvantages
and appeal the state government to scrap the LSHEP in the greater interest and wishes
of the Adi community.
The DAPFSSB appeals Adi Baane Keba(ABK), Adi Bogum Bokang Kebang(ABBK), Adi Students
Union(AdiSU), Ministers/ MLA’s, Government Officers/ Officials, Panchayat/Public
Leaders, and esteemed members of Adi Community to support, cooperate and proactively
work for scrapping of the disastrous LSHEP.
Further, DAPFSB question Tamiyo Taga, MLA cum Chairman of Steering Committee of Lower
Siang Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP) for making false and malicious statements on
the matter that was published on Oct 25 issue of this daily.
The MLA had stated that the said Steering Committee was constituted many years back
to study benefits and effects of the dam. However, the fact of the matter is that
the committee was constituted by the state Department of Hydro Power Development
not many years back but hardly a year ago on 06/09/2010.
The MLA was also invited at the LSHEP related mass meeting at Pessing on 14th and
15th October’ to clear all facts and public issues related to the dam, but which
he had shied away being unable to face the ire of public in spite of being present
at the station at Aalo.
The media reports about few unnamed Panchayat leaders/ Exs-Panchayat leaders, HGB/GB’s
& public leaders of Jomlo Mobuk Circle downplaying the Pessing LSHEP meeting and
demand for re-convening of a meeting is censured. In the Pessing LSHEP meeting, consensus
of almost cent percent majority of the dam affected people was evolved and resolved
to fight tooth and nail for scrapping of the LSHEP.
The DAFSSB rubbishes the false and misleading claims made by the few JAYPEE sponsored
individuals who claim that the majority of the LSHEP affected people of the area
are pro-dam. The DAFSSB urges such people to dare a pro-LSHEP meeting at the area
or to ascertain majority by head counting of people instead of hiding behind the
curtain and issuing false and misleading statements to the press. The DAFSSB strongly
urge such people motivated by vested interest to immediately stop any kind of illegal,
anti-community and anti- Adi activities or to face strict actions as per customary,
legal and democratic ways.
The DAPFSSB strongly criticize the public notice issued the Additional Deputy Commissioner,
Rumgong to the LSHEP banning the affected individuals who are also government employees
to attend any LSHEP related meetings. The public notice issued by the ADC, Rumgong
besides being arbitrary and illegal is extra-constitutional and is a violation of
the Right to Freedom guaranteed under Art. 19 & the Right to protection of life and
personal liberty under Art. 21 and it should be immediately revoked.
The DAPFSSB once again urge the JAYPEE Arunachal to stop all LSHEP related activities
and to evacuate from the occupation of lands owned and inhabited by the LSHEP affected
native Adi people since the cent percent dam affected people are not willing to spare
and land for the project.
Ensure an uninterrupted and smooth payment of wages
I intend to draw the attention of the Chief Engineers viz. Highways and the PWD,
A.P. to the genuine grievances of the employees serving at Pasighat Highway Division
The staffers of the Highway Division, Pasighat East Siang are facing acute financial
crises as a result of non-payment of their salaries since August, 2011. They have
been posted from the PWD to Highway Branch a few months ago.
In view of the hardship of Junior employees, I request the authorities concerned
to expedite remedial steps so as to ensure an uninterrupted and smooth payment of
wages to the suffering employees.
K. Riba, (on email)
Jawans and slang
Yet, again our Jawans have proved that they are the real masters when it comes to
After the evening show of inter-college meet held at RGU I along with my mates were
on our way back home, cheerful with the good conduct of our college but as soon as
we reached Kankadnala bridge, Naharlagun we were quiet disturbed by the use of slang
by security forces. It was indeed a bitter experience to encounter with the CRPF
Jawans deployed there. The abusive and the slang in their language had no comparison
to anything worst. I came to realise the reason why the people hate Jawans.
I wonder whether they have classes for such slang and abusive words or their parents
did not teach them good manners. No doubt that they are there for our security but
if they are such ill-mannered than what good at all we can expect from them. They
are often forgetful that Arunachalis have a strong emotion and self respect.
I, therefore appeal to the authority to put an effort to end their use of slang and
abusive nature for the good of all.
Don Bosco College,
Arunachalees have a role to play
With both Indian and Chinese government flexing their muscles across the border,
making claims and counter-claims of territory, the situation don’t seems will improve
in the years to come. Seeing the situation going from bad to worst with each passing
day, no right thinking person in Arunachal can have peace of mind thinking of the
future, where the war zone is seen drawn in our backyards.
The situation of Jammu and Kashmir, which is a by-product of hostile attitude adopted
by both neighbouring countries India and Pakistan, against each other, causing immeasurable
destruction and chaos among the local residents by the cross-border firing which
ranges from bullets, artillery shells to missiles, is a grim reminder for us Arunachalees.
Both the governments intoxicated with the newly found economic growth are rather
adding fuel to the fire by pumping in their resources in developing more weapons
of mass destruction and military build-up instead of using these resources for improving
the socio-economic condition of the millions of people living below poverty line.
Of course, these developments are not to the best interest of the Arunachalees. It
would have been better that the border issue between the two fastest growing economies
of the world are resolved in a peaceful manner ensuring no contra-lateral damage
on either side of border permanently.
Peaceful border is to the advantage of Arunachal as that would encourage opening
of various trade route across the border and Arunachal could become a hub of trans-border
economic activities of two fastest growing economy of the world. These would open
plethora of economic opportunities thereby making Arunachal truly a “Land of Opportunities.”
But these to happen, we the people of Arunachal has a role to play, that is to facilitate
in early resolution of the border issue of both the Asian giants. It is now upon
us to ponder where do we fit-in in this whole scheme of affair and how do we go about
RIMS-Imphal, (on email)
Water crisis and PHED
I would like to wake up the concerned department from their deep sleep. I am writing
this with utmost frustration as patience has run out due to the ‘I don’t give a damn
attitude of the PHED’.
G Extension, Ganga (SP Office) area is without supply water for the last 8 to 9 days.
A water tank was seen supplying water to the people once during this period, though
when supplied by water Tank it is always a big fight to get a bucket of water as
it is never enough. On enquiry with the area PHE staff it was told that, they were
unable to supply water as the motor in the Feeder tank of the area has gone bad.
Now the big question here is, does it take 9 to 10 days to get a motor repaired by
a big department like PHED?
In the meanwhile, you can well imagine our plight, without water for the last so
many days, with school going kids et all.
A Suffering Citizen,
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Sustainability and Equity
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Human Development Report 2011 “Sustainability
and Equity: A Better Future for All” explores the integral links between environmental
sustainability and equity and reflects that how critical this link is for people
today and in generations to come.
The point of departure is that the remarkable progress in human development over
recent decades that the Human Development Report has documented cannot continue without
bold global steps to reduce environmental risks and inequality. We identify pathways
for people, communities, countries and the international community to promote environmental
sustainability and equity in mutually reinforcing ways,” says the report.
Substantial unmet need persists worldwide, and evidence suggests that if all women
could exercise reproductive choice, population growth would slow enough to bring
greenhouse gas emissions below current levels.
Gender Inequality Index (GII), updated this year for 145 countries, shows how reproductive
health constraints contribute to gender inequality. This is important because in
countries where effective control of reproduction is universal, women have fewer
children, with attendant gains for maternal and child health and reduced greenhouse
The report proposes an emphasis on Low-emission, climate-resilient strategies to
align human development, equity and climate change goals, Public-private partnerships
to catalyse capital from businesses and households.
Climate deal-flow facilities to bring about equitable access to international public
finance and Coordinated implementation and monitoring, reporting and verification
systems to bring about long-term, efficient results and accountability to local populations
as well as partners.
The suggestions in the report are achievable with productive partnership at all