November 01

Gambling items seized

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Gambling items were seized at Chandra Nagar, Chimpu, Ganga Basti, Division-IV, Senky View, and BSNL Colony area here and Damsite in Naharlagun during patrolling today while the gamblers who violated the ban order managed to escape, according to Capital Complex deputy commissioner Sanjay Goel.

The district administration launched patrolling by deploying magistrate supported by a strong 15-member police team headed by an officer in Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa areas since 5 pm today which would continue till midnight for the next three days, the DC told this daily over telephone.

“Anyone found violating order would be taken to task and dealt with as per law,” the DC cautioned.  "We have completely banned jhandi munda this time as it causes economic hardships and squandering of money resulting in starvation for many poor families," Goel said.

Arunachal Pradesh is perhaps the only Indian state where gambling has been legal under the Public Gambling Act, enacted in 1867.

But this Diwali, the state government has banned issue of licences for setting up betting kiosks.

Last year around 5000 licenses were issued in the capital city alone and the number perhaps crossed 15,000 in the entire state.


India, China reaffirm resolve to strengthen friendship

Tezpur, (Assam), Oct 31: A Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) between India and China in Arunachal Pradesh today reaffirmed the resolve to strengthen friendship and maintain peace and tranquility along the border.

In the meeting held at Maitre Sthal in Bum La in Tawang district, border personnel from both sides decided to enhance the bonhomie, defence sources said.

Such meetings play a pivotal role in enhancing relations between the two countries and serve as a vital platform for resolving local issues in the sector and prevent escalation of tension, they added. PTI


Extortion by miscreants in name of SP

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Some miscreants, who claim themselves to be the Papum Pare Superintendent of Police (SP), are reportedly extorting money from various petrol depots at Khonsa, Roing, Tezu and Itanagar, said Papum Pare SP Nabam Gungte.

While informing that a case has been registered against the miscreants and investigation launched to nab the miscreants, the Papum Pare and Capital SP has appealed to all businessmen not to provide their mobile numbers or give donation to the caller in the name of the SP.


Meet held to check tax evasion

ROING, Oct 31: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar has directed all the DDOs of the district to strictly adhere to the guidelines of Arunachal Pradesh Goods Tax Act 2005 and to ensure that the payment of VAT for goods and materials procured by the departments are being made to the Tax & Excise Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. Addressing the DDOs in a meeting in his office chamber today to discuss about the payment of VAT in order to check tax evasion by traders in collusion with officials of various govt. departments, the DC asked them to apply TDS at the time of payment of bills to the contractors/suppliers which is mandatory as per the law.  

He also instructed all the HoDs to procure goods and materials from the VAT Registered Firms/Traders in order to check tax evasion and also to pay the VAT through Challan No. FF-08. He  asked them to properly verify the challan/invoices produced by Traders/Firms whether it was actually deposited to the Govt. Account before making payment of bills.

DDOs also put forth their doubts and views regarding VAT which were cleared by the Finance & Account Officer of the DC’s Office T Megu and Officials of  Tax & Excise Department.

The DDOs submitted details report regarding payment of CST/VAT/Labour Cess, etc as asked by the Deputy Commissioner.

The meeting was also attended by Sandeep Kr Singh, Assistant Commissioner besides DDOs from the district. DIPRO


Donyi Polo Govt. College Week begins

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The XVII Annual College Day Celebration of Donyi Polo Govt. College (DPGC), Kamki began today.

Parliamentary Secretary Gojen Gadi, who inaugurated the College Week, said that he would convey the chief minister about the memorandum submitted to him. Gadi also assured to sanction three high mast lighting system for the college.

Dr. Rejir Karlo, Principal, highlighted the various problems and academic achievements of the college.

The function was supposed to be attended by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and JK Pangeng, Parliamentary Secretary. But the helicopter carrying them could not land due to inclement weather, he informed.

The General Secretary of the Student Union submitted the memorandum to Gadi.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner MK Sahoo and ZPC Yaman Bagra also spoke on the occasion.

Nyamar Karbak, VP, APYC, Dibang Tatak, former minister, Nyiken Lollen, ADC, Kamba and ZPMs of West Siang were also present during the inaugural function.


AEKYF sports and literary meet concludes

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The first ever Sports and Literary Meet of All East Kameng Youth Forum (AEKYF) concluded at Seppa on October 28.

Gyawepurang ZPM Demo Gyadi and former chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal Tungri Effa attended the closing ceremony as chief guest and guest of honour respectively and distributed  prizes to the winners of various competitions.

The winners of literary and sports competitions are, Essay: First prize: Mekap Tayem, GHSS, Bebo Colony, Seppa, 2nd: Senka Rebe, St. Don Bosco School, Seppa, 3rd:Bri Natung, GHSS, Bazaar Line, Seppa. Quiz:First prize: JNV (Feshi Riang, Sonam Liyak, Fesham Tariu), 2nd: GHSS, Bebo Colony Seppa (Pawan Jomoh, Togo Lapung, 3rd: GHSS, Bazaar Line, Seppa (Sandhya Taku, Megonl Natung, Napung Gyad)

Football: Winner: X-11 Football Club, Runners Up JNV Football Club.


CRC, Yaba celebrates silver jubilee

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The Christian Revival Church (CRC), Yaba celebrated its silver jubilee from October 25 to 27.

Speaking on the occasion, Rev Dr Takeng Taggu exhorted the delegates to be thankful to god and to remain faithful to him. Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) chairman Jalley Sonam also attended the programme.

Hundreds of delegates from across the state participated in it.


APCC observes Indira’s death anniversary

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) observed the 29th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) here today.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led the party rank and file in offering floral tributes to the decorated portrait of Indira at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here and appealed to the party functionaries to follow the ideals of the late prime minister.

MLAs,Ministers and Party office bearers attended the function.

The death anniversary of Indira was also observed at Yingkiong and Ziro as Rashtriya Sankal Diwas today.

At Yingkiong, DCC president Dunggoli Libang and the party office bearers offered floral tributes to Indira.

At Ziro, the day was observed at Deputy Commissioner’s office complex and tributes were paid to her by head of offices, officers and officials of the district.


State BJP team attends party meet at Aalo

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: A team of State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by its president Tai Tagak attended the executive body meeting of its West Siang district unit at Aalo yesterday and reviewed the party’s poll preparedness.

Addressing the party office bearers and workers, Tagak informed the latest political scenario in the country and state and exhorted them to gear up party activities at district and mondal levels for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. He also highlighted the ‘misrule’ by Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre and ruling Congress Government in the state. He said that the soaring price of all essential commodities is a result of Centre’s mis-governance.

General Secretary Dominic Tadar urged the presidents of all the seven mondals of the district to work with dedication for further straightening party organization in the district.


Agri inputs distributed to farmers

ROING, Oct 31: Agricultural inputs, including sprayers, nutrients, bio-insecticides were distributed to 145 farmers of Meka, Jia, Ithili, Bolung, Mobang, Kangkong and Idili villages during a day-long programme in presence of M Lego, DAO Roing, J Umpo, Circle Officer and TEte, ADO yesterday.

The DAO highlighted the objectives of the schemes and asked the farmers to use the inputs judiciously for enhancing crop production.

The ADO trained the farmers about safe use of those equipments, pesticides and crop nutrients through demonstration.


AdiSU reminder to CM

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Adi Students Union (AdiSU), in a reminder, has urged the Chief Minister for early fulfillment of its nine-point charter of demands, including declaration of Deopani Reserve Forest under Lower Dibang Valley as de-reserved land.

AdiSU, in its reminder claimed that the Supreme Court had directed the Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) for De-Reservation of the land under Deopani Reserve Forest under Lower Dibang Valley dist. But till date, the De-Reserved status has not been granted, it said, and demanded the Chief Minister to immediately declare the de reservation status.


Union urges DDSE to develop school infrastructure

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) has urged Papum Pare DDSE to sanction fund for development of all the schools in Mengio and Silsango circles.

Informing about acute shortage of teachers in almost all the schools within the two circles, AMSU in a letter to the DDSE, claimed that many schools were being run by one or two teachers.

AMSU also urged the DDSE to provide necessary school furniture, like desk bench and hostels for the students.


Electoral roll malpractice alleged

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Alleging malpractice in the new electoral rolls of Pangin Assembly Constituency, ZPM of Rebo Anchal Block Tajing Taki has requested the Chief Electoral Officer to depute Electoral Roll Observer to oversee the hearing on November 6 at EAC office, Pangin in East Siang district.

In its letter to the CEO, the ZPM claimed that about 400 new voters’ names have been filled up for inclusion in electoral rolls. He claimed that most the new claimants are non-Arunachalee labourers, who do not have permanent or temporary houses in Pangin area. Further, many of the tribal claimants are already enrolled in electoral rolls in either Pasighat or Pangin Assembly constituencies, he claimed.


U-DISE Training cum workshop on data collection format concludes

TEZU, Oct 31: U-DISE Training Programme cum Workshop for filling up of Data Captured Formats to record all types of information as per the guidelines laid down by MHRD was concluded at Chongkham circle, recently.

The training cum workshop was organized by DLMC (SSA) Lohit district at different venues, including at Tezu, Namsai, Mahadevpur, Wakro, and Chongkham.

Headed by Lohit district DDSE Barom Siram the programme was attended by all head of schools.

A Kri, Pill Takur and VS Tiwari assisted the DDSE in successful conduct of the programme.

VS Tiwari, SC Tiwari and RP Sati acted as Resource Persons and imparted training on filling the DCF error free while preparing the effective Annual Work Plan of SSA and RMSA of the district.

Training was imparted to Principals, Headmasters, teachers and EVS of all Government and private schools. DIPRO


News Impact

CM calls for more cooperation between Assam and Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has called for better cooperation between people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, especially amongst those residing along the inter-state boundary, for overall and speedy development of the region. Tuki was addressing a huge gathering of people of Lakhimpur district of Assam today at Boginadi while attending a blood donation camp organized by NGOs North East Socio-Cultural Organization (NESCO) and Jankalyan to commemorate the 29th Death Anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Both the organizations were founded by Dr Ranee Narah, Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, who hails from the area.

Connecting to the people in chaste Assamese, Tuki cited Arunachal Pradesh and Assam as siblings and called for coordination as seen in a family for all developmental projects.

“We are family and therefore our needs and aspirations are interlinked. We have to work and live together as siblings for achieving our common goals, which are peace and progress,” he said.

Tuki pointed out that the region has all the potentials to become a major hub of activities including tourism, he however regretted mushrooming of unions and organizations, which trigger frequent bandh calls, agitations and strikes and ultimately hamper the developmental process.

Without naming any organization, the Chief Minister observed that it is the duty of elders and peers to understand and resolve genuine concerns and demands of agitators. He appealed organizations to discard the practice of agitations and strikes but resolve all issues through dialogues and better communication.  “We all have issues….we should help each other to resolve these,” he said.

Taking advantage of the presence of Union Minister Dr Narah – playing the perfect hostess – Tuki thanked the people for electing her to the Parliament that has bore fruits after her coronation as the Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs.

“With you in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, our aspirations – as tribals – have grown more. We hope that you will justify the opportunity offered by bringing in developmental projects and schemes for the progress and welfare of the tribal people of the region,” he said.

He also lauded Dr Narah for her philanthropic services through her NGOs. Wishing on her birthday – which incidentally is today – he expressed hope that besides her political activities she would continue her philanthropic works and bring succor to the needy.

Tuki also hailed the volunteers, who thronged the camp to donate blood, saying donating blood is one of the most pious services to humanity.

“Ek baar blood donate korile…gotey jibonor pap belak ulay jabo (donating blood will wash away all your accumulated sins),” he added to a loud cheer from the people.

Also present on the occasion were Agriculture Minister Setong Sena, Urban Development Minister Rajesh Tacho, Parliamentary Secretary (UD) Padi Richo, APCC Secretary Likha Tongum and others.

Tuki and his colleagues also visited the offices of the Deputy Resident Commissioner (DRC) at Lilabari and interacted with the state government employees posted there. He also inspected the dilapidated Lilabari Circuit House and the Inspection Bungalow at Lakhimpur, which too is in a worn-out condition.



Be innovative, entrepreneur and disciplined, Governor to NERIST students

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma called upon the students of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli to be innovative, entrepreneur and disciplined.

The Governor, who paid a visit to the institute today, exhorted the students to think in new ways to find solution to existing challenges of society. He said that innovation is not about doing different things but doing things differently. It is about solving the problem with simple technologically feasible and acceptable creative solution.

Advising the students to get rid of colonial mind set of looking for government jobs, Governor said that government jobs are limited and many of jobs are unproductive. You must become entrepreneurs, which is essential for progress of the nation. You must not be job seeker but job creator, Governor emphasized.

Underscoring the importance of discipline amongst the students, Governor said that discipline leads to respect for each other, which in turn creates peace and harmony in the campus and in the society. Discipline since early life helps to grow as a responsible and responsive citizen. He added that discipline will not only help in inculcating a quest for knowledge, a spirit of tolerance, a positive mind and respect for fellow human beings, but also in bringing out the best in a person.  The Governor, who was addressing the students on the platform of Recreational and Cultural Activities Forum (RACAF) of NERIST, appreciated proactive role of RACAF in promoting creative aspect of the students in areas of Art, culture, music and dance. He added that culturally based programs in the areas of art, drama, music and dance provide a different, but equally important, means of building skills in creative thinking, decision-making and problem-solving. Cultural activities foster social cohesion and community identity by promoting multicultural understanding. Such activities provide opportunities for sharing the various forms of diversity that comprise a community.

The Governor, who is the President of NERIST Society further said that through cultural festivals, presentations and exhibits of art, it is possible to display and recognize different historical and cultural backgrounds as well as other forms of social diversity. Culture and recreation contribute immeasurably to the health of individuals and of communities by keeping them alive and well.

Earlier, interacting with members of the faculty, Governor urged upon them shoulder the responsibility to make NERIST equivalent to IITs and NITs. He said that one of the biggest challenges to them is creating human resource qualified to meet the needs of today’s dynamic world. Governor advised the faculty prepare the students ready for avenues for employment, entrepreneurship and industry by encouraging more researches, redesigning courses, relevant to the present and future requirement.

The Governor said that inspite of having pool of talents, outstanding faculty and brilliant students, no Indian University is ranked among the top 200 Universities of the world. He exhorted the faculty to improve the quality of education and use technological options available to increase the reach of technical education. He remarked that the delivery of higher education in institutes cannot be allowed to continue in a routine fashion any longer. The administrators and academicians must introduce innovative changes in the institutions. The challenges have to be addressed expeditiously. A culture of excellence has to be promoted by allowing adequate flexibility in different aspects of academic management.

He suggested the faculty to address challenges to region specific such as hydropower, tourism and water resources. He also suggested for focus on earthquake and waste management.

On his maiden visit to the institute, the Governor also took part in a plantation programme and visited different parts of the 512 acres campus of the NERIST.

He also released the annual cultural magazine of NERIST, titled Sonar Echoes, as part of five day cultural festival ‘Shristi’ of the institute.  PRO to Raj Bhawan



APPSC committed to build better Arunachal’

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: While reacting to the editorial published in 31st October edition of this daily under the headline “APPSC have to streamline recruitment process,” the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) today clarified that Commission is adopting corruption free recruitment process and it is unfair to blame it for the repeated mistakes committed by the candidates.

The APPSC stated that just because they are maintaining stoic silence over numerous allegations, people should not cast doubt on their integrity. “Our task is to ensure that every job aspirant be given fair chance to compete. Also we are following transparent recruitment process and people should appreciate our sincerity. Labeling of baseless allegation without substantial proof hurts the sentiment of all the sincere people at APPSC who are working tirelessly day and night for better Arunachal,” the Commission stated.

Meanwhile, APPSC informed that The Gauhati High Court on 29th October has stayed the order of 23rd October passed in WP(C) No. 408(AP)/2013. In its order Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench on October 23 had directed the Commission to publish the result of 97 candidates who appeared in September 22 preliminary examination conducted by APPSC. These candidates were barred from appearing the examination due to alleged error in filling up of form. The APPSC also informed that Commission is working towards introducing the online application system. “Due to lack of fund at present we are not able to start online application system. However we are hopeful in the near future everything will be on digital format,” stated APPSC.



Speaker to give order after hearing all parties’

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Reacting to news items published in some local dailies regarding disqualification petitions filed against four MLAs, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Secretary has clarified that the Speaker will pass appropriate orders after hearing all the parties.

“After hearing all the parties, the Speaker will pass appropriate orders on merits which will demonstrate whether the claim of merger by the respondent MLAs is valid or not,” the release said.

The clarification has been necessitated due to ‘misinformation’ and ‘assumption’ that the Speaker had already recognized the merger of the NCP MLAs with the Indian National Congress and that once a Petition for Disqualification has been filed, disqualification should entail the MLA concerned as a matter of course, the release said.  “The Speaker, under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India, has two roles: one, a mere administrative role and second, an adjudicatory role. When an MLA gets elected to the House, he files information about his party status in Form III of the Anti-Defection Rules. The speaker, as an administrative authority under the anti-defection law, merely notifies this information in Bulletin Part II of the House. When an MLA changes his party status by joining another party (through merger), he again informs the Speaker about his change of party status through Form III. The Speaker, once again, as an administrative authority, notifies this information of change of party status in Bulletin Part II. The Speaker does not, at the time of notifying the information given by an MLA in Form III, either recognize the merger or reject it.

The anti-defection law read with various judgments of the Supreme Court of India does not authorize the Speaker to recognize or reject a claim of merger by any MLA unless there is a Petition for Disqualification challenging the claim of merger. At no point of time, the Speaker unilaterally accepts or rejects the claim of merger. He hears both parties while adjudicating on a Petition for Disqualification, where the MLA, who is defending his case, takes the claim of merger as a defence against disqualification. If the disqualification petition is dismissed, the claim of merger is upheld. If the petition is upheld, the claim of merger is quashed. Thus, the Speaker does not pass independent unilateral orders recognizing or rejecting claims of merger. He does so only on a Petition for Disqualification when he functions as an adjudicatory authority,” the release added.



Arunachal breeding ground of GenNext Indian sport stars, says MP

Dodum Yangfo

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: A host of Zilla Parishad Chairpersons and members led by Lok Sabha Member Takam Sanjoy in presence of Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) office bearers felicitated the Arunachalee medal winners of the 17th North East Open Badminton Championship that concluded here on Saturday.  

The medalists included Laa Talar (men single’s - gold; U19 boy single’s and double’s gold & U19 team champion gold), his sister Laa Yajum (junior single’s silver; women single’s bronze medalist), Jokom Ribya (U19 boy double’s gold; U19 team champion gold), Nabam Yapu, Taring Yania (junior girls double’s 1 bronze), Pinky Karki (individual junior girls women’s double’s 2 bronze), Gieta Karki (individual women’s double’s bronze medalist) and Akshya Raito (19 team champion gold).

Sanjoy after giving away Rs 75,000 to Talar and Rs 40,000 to medal winning girl shuttlers in recognition of their achievement said that weightlifters andshuttlers of the state had been performing very well at national and international level competitions because of the support of their parents. The society should stand by them and the Government extend all support for further improvement of their performance, he said. With young Talar turning the torchbearer of sports sector, Arunachal Pradesh would prove to be the breeding ground of GenNext Indian players in all sports, including football, archery, karate, taekwondo, wushu, etc, the MP proposed to move Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for absorbing Talar in a GoAP job, may be as a police sub-inspector (like appointment of Olympic Silver medal winner Mary Kom as ASP by Manipur government), for him to not face financial crunch and play with full devotion to win more laurels, to the applause of the gathering.

Pointing out that West Siang has huge soccer talents, Sanjoy, who is also president of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association, said that two international coaches of Reading Football Club would be in the state soon for six months on a talent hunt mission throughout the state

In appreciation of ASBA’s consistent efforts since its formation in 1994, the MP announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh from his MPLAD fund for renovation of the Raj Bhawan badminton stadium.

Interestingly, though Arunachal organized the regional championship for the third time and foreign coaches confirmed state’s huge badminton potential, Arunachal is yet to have infrastructures (six badminton courts at one place) to conduct a national event.

“Without any coach the fathers, guardians and local coaches only facilitated the state badminton players to prove their mettle at national and international level. If international coaches could be engaged our players who have put Arunachal in global badminton map could rise much higher in their ratings,’ said ASBA honorary secretary and WRD secretary Gaken Ete.

“The flexible body of Arunachalees, their stamina, and state’s climatic condition is best suited to produce world class badminton players”, he said with confidence and urged the panchayat leaders to encourage the game by constructing courts and conducting badminton tourneys at all levels. The medal winners would be representing the NE at national events at Chandigarh soon while Talar is already a national player, he informed.

Ete also announced that ASBA would also conduct Dorjee Khandu Badminton championship and Governor’s Badminton championship.

“Parents should realize that sports could be rewarding careers other than doctor or engineer or officer as has been proved by the state players,” said ASBA joint secretary and CM's political secretary Bamang Tago, adding the GoAP has reserved 10% jobs in police department for sports persons. Talar’s father Laa Ribee, Arunachal team coach Tomar Angu and manager Mudu Ado, among others, were present on the occasion.



ABK women wing reaches remote Monigong, organizes education awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The women wing (WW) of Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) led by its president Yamek Mize Taggu organized an education awareness camp at Government Secondary School, Monigong on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, Taggu urged the teachers to shoulder the responsibility of educating and moulding the future of students. She requested the parents to help and extend cooperation to the school administration for better management of school and quality education.

She alsohighlighted about the incentives given to girl student for promotion of girl education.

While highlighting the aim and objective of the awareness camp, West Siang unit of ABK women wing secretary Yaying Bunyi asked the students to take advantage of the schemes provided by the government.

She urged the womenfolk of the area  to wake up and work for the betterment of the society as women can a crucial role in the development of the society.

Describing ill effects of drugs, ABK joint secretary Yalem Taga Burang urged the all to abstain from using drugs and alcohol.

ABK women wing general secretary Amum Tamuk and Vice-president Yasen Bunyi also addressed the gathering.

During interaction, the students and teachers of the school informed the visiting team about various problems faced by the school and students, such as irregular implementation of mid day meal schemes, acute shortage of textbooks, teacher, lack of toilet for girls, water supply facility, acute shortage of teaching learning materials, desk bench, classrooms, hostel. The 100-bed Government Girls Residential School was also running without proper infrastructure facility and sufficient teachers. According to the team the school is being run by only three teachers.

On Tuesday, the team visited Government Karo Inter-Village Secondary School.

Established in 1986 for eight villages of the Pidi circle, the school too was facing acute shortage of teacher, classroom, teachers quarters etc. The school is being run by only two teachers since last many years, informed headmaster in-charge of the school Sintung Yorpen.


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Public should defy frequent bandh calls by “self-declared leaders”

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express the general feeling of the “aam admi” of this state regarding the infamous bandh culture. No doubt these bandh callers are doing a great social work by checking corruption. They may also rightfully argue that the whole state must also support them in their fight against corruption. However, my questions to the bandh callers are,

• Is calling bandh the only way to get justice?

• What are courts for?

• Did you people ever achieve anything by calling bandh calls in the past?

• Do you people even have people’s support for the cause?

• How many Ministers or Govt. Officers have “resigned” so far due to bandh calls?

My dear bandh callers, you have more than thousand ways of protesting or pressurizing the concerned department or government. You people must mend your way of seeking justice and fighting against corruption. Your intention might be right, but the way you are doing it is slowly but definitely losing public sympathy. By the reactions in reader’s forum of various local newspapers and social networking sites, it is more than clear that public had more than enough of your bandh calls. Defiance of the recent capital bandh call by XYZ organization by the entire public is one of the best examples.

I would like to appeal the entire people of the state, especially the twin capital city (as it is worst hit by frequent bandh calls) to defy frequent bandh calls by “self-declared leaders” of various XYZ organizations by coming out whole heartedly with your two, three or whatever wheelers you own during such band calls. Never mind if it gets damaged, as the damages will be re-paid by the so called “leaders” of the bandh calling organization/association.


Tai Dora

Pachin Colony,




Consumer’s plight be heard

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of concern authority regarding the problems faced by consumer of the state. It is sad to see that LPG Cylinder is not regularly available throughout the state even in Capital Complex. The consumers do not get LPG Cylinder even after standing in long queue in the issuing office. There is always shortage of cylinder throughout the state despite consumer’s raising hue and cry.

The authority must sort out the problem by monitoring day to day LPG Cylinder delivery system. They must arrange a vehicle for deliver at the door of every consumer at Itanagar in particular and district as a whole. LPG is part and parcel of the consumer be it VIP or ordinary man every consumer require fire for food. The authority should also respect LPG card holder by ensuring that every house having LPG card be provided regular supply. It has come to the knowledge of All Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Association (AAPCA) that at Marina Gas Agency office there is no proper arrangement for consumers. Those standing in queue faces lot of problem both during rainy and sunny days. The present office for ticket booking counter is not appropriate place for consumer. So, the owner of Marina Gas Agency is sincerely requested to shift the present office to other good place for the convenient of consumer. It is hoped that immediate action may be taken before it’s too late.


Gamto Nayam


All Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Association



Website is not working

Dear Editor,

Through Column of your  esteemed daily, I on behalf of students of Dera Natung Government College Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh would like to draw attention of concerned authority of education Department Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh towards the burning problem faced by entire students of Arunachal Pradesh. The website for filling online stipend does not work properly. I have been trying to fill up my form in online since 26th Oct onwards but it shows error in connection. Every day I go to Cyber Cafe and ask “stipend ka website khul-raha hai kya” but the answer is same “nahi work kar raha hai.” If it continuous like this till the last date, what we have to do.? In this website to fill up the form first we have to register ourselves. Suppose if we forget the password there is no way to recover it and we have no choice but to re- register inorder to create new account. In DNG College the stipend form was almost submitted by all the students. What the government will do with those documents? I think this is wastage of our documents, time & money if the form submitted by us is meaningless.


Daved Hillang Jadish

DNGC,  Itanagar.




Justice delayed is justice denied

Dear Editor,

At the outset, we would like to make things very clear to our media friends that the picture portrayed by Karikho Kri, MLA Tezu regarding the recent incident that took place at Tezu on the night of 27-10-2013 is completely false, fabricated, and fictitious. Though the statement given by him might has served as a fodder to feed the mind and please the ears of innocent citizens of the state who are not well versed or acquainted with his belligerent personality. The fact of the matter is that on that fateful night he and his relatives were seen by many eye-witnesses actively participating in the crime. Now, he cannot under any circumstances deny or disprove his involvement. There are many eye-witnesses who are ready to substantiate and testify his involvement and nullify his absurd claim.

It is also to inform that the complaint of Kuling Chaitom regarding the physical assault by the Tezu MLA in the police station has not yet been registered by the police despite the complaint being received by the OC, PS Tezu on 01-10-2013. He and his relatives in a well planned manner armed with deadly and lethal weapons attacked our houses on September 27 nights.

The incident of 27-09-2013 has happened only because of the direct involvement of MLA Tezu in the internal matters of the AMSU. It is completely misleading that there was internal rift in the union. The fact of the matter is that there was no any internal rift or differences in the union. Everything was going on smoothly till the direct interference by outsiders.

We want to make it clear that we never discuss the internal matters of AMSU with any political leaders as AMSU is a pressure group and we maintain distance from the political leaders. Sadly, despite the prima-facie evidences against him he is maliciously and unnecessarily dragging other prominent public and state leaders including the Chief Minister. Since, all the evidences and proofs are against him, the question of involvement of other leaders in the incident does not arise at all. Instead of dragging other leaders he should be opened for independent judicial enquiry.

After the incident our spouses have visited Chief Secretary, DGP, IGP, and Women Commission and placed the grievances and plight before them and demanded independent judicial enquiry of the case and early arrest of all the culprits. It was also informed to the government regarding non-cooperation of the district police especially by Tumme Amo SP, Tezu and SI, CB Rai as the complain of Kuling Chaitom was not registered by the police.

We came to capital once again to appeal the state government to constitute independent judicial enquiry and to expedite the investigation in the case. We demand that all the culprits irrespective of their position should be booked and punished under appropriate provision of the penal law. And, also appeal the government to direct the police to register the complaint lodged by Kuling Chaitom on 01-10-2013 and complaint of Bisen Halai. If our demands are not met or fulfilled we would be compelled to start democratic movement or seek legal remedies by approaching High Court or Supreme Court or any other forums like National Human Right Commission.


Sohalo Ngadong



Locholum Tayang

Kuling Chaitom

Charanso Halai

Anemso Pul

Ajun Pul

Chief advisor, AMSU




Laa Talar need support and help

Dear Editor,

I, on behalf of the people of Laa village under Puchi-Geko Circle of Upper Subansiri district bring the following points and request for kind publication in your esteemed daily. Prominent young badminton player Laa Tallar hails from remote and economically backward locality of Laa village under Puchi-Geko Circle. He has won gold medals in the men’s open and U-19 boys’ singles’ categories in the recently concluded NE Zone Inter State Badminton Championship. He is the first youth of our community to bring laurel for the State of Arunachal Pradesh in the field of badminton and we should encourage & extend moral support to him for further success in future tournament. He is now practicing at Bangalore to participate in upcoming tournament being held at Singapore during December, 2013. Laa Talar belongs to middle class family, who is unable to bear the whole expenditure to participate in the international tournament being held at Singapore. I appeal to the 25- ST Raga MLA as well as State govt, to extend all possible financial support so that he can participate in the aforesaid tournament without any hindrances. Till date, no financial assistance has been provided in his favour either from local MLA or State govt. All expenditure relating to his sports training, participation in tournament etc. is being bore by his parents. I also sincerely appeal NES and ANSU to extend moral support and also exert pressure on state govt, to grant financial assistance to Talar so that he can take part in the international tournament being held at Singapore in the month of December 201 3.


Talam Laa

Abotani Colony, Daporijo




Stapled Visa issue need logical end

Dear Editor,

The much anticipated visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to China last week in the backdrop of yet another instance of issuing stapled visa to two archers Miss Maselo Mihu & Miss Yumi Sorang of our state has resulted in a naught.  The vexed issue unfortunately didn’t even find a place in the discussion table. It is quite disheartening for someone like me, who had always been very vocal on the issue of Chinese claim over the state of Arunachal Pradesh on the development. The defiance of the communist government to acknowledge the issue clearly reflects its attitude of adamancy on the matter and more pathetic is the union government weak standing on the issue. Mr Prime Minister has utterly failed the people of the state on the visa row. The visit probably his last to the country of Dragon was keenly watched upon by us with much hope and was a great opportunity to correct a historic wrong trusted on the peace loving people of Arunachal Pradesh. It is an act of apathy to the people of this frontier state on his part that inspite of the burning issue surfacing just before his embarking on the said tour not a single word came up defending the legitimate right of the Arunachalee people  travelling to china.

The continued silence on the visa row depriving the people of Arunachal mostly comprising of sportsmen, entrepreneurs, students etc etc travelling to China is uncalled for and unwarranted. Now the pertinent question is; if the union government cannot push for a solution on the subject, which has been persistently conjure up by Chinese government at regular interval since the time of denying visa to senior IAS officer Ganesh Koyu in 2007. Why should the people of the state bear the brunt of it without any of its fault? The union government must allow the people of our state travel to China with stapled visa, if it has nothing better to offer our people on the issue. Mere lip service and dilly dallying approach on the matter will alienate and emerge as a major factor for feeling of isolation from the nationalism fervor found abundance in every citizen of Arunachal Pradesh. Diplomacy forsaking the right of its own citizen is no policy, the state government or for that matter the union government at the center of the same congress party needs to arrest the situation. The people of the state and more particularly the youth and the student community have time again demonstrated their undying love for “BHARAT MATA”. Courting arrest of hundreds AAPSU activist at Delhi Chanakyapuri police station on the issue in the year 2011 under my AAPSU presidency, apprising the Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh on the subject  are few moments of showcasing our love for motherland. The onus also lies on the public representative sent to Delhi (3 MPs) from the state to reflect the peoples feeling rather than to remain mute under the guise of congress high command. The working of the three Mps from the state on the issue is much desired for. These 3 MP should not be only busy in plotting and planning to bring down their own Congress govt in the state.       


Takam Tatung

E- Sector, Near Civil Secretariat







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Who are to be blamed?

The news about suspected multi-crore real estate scandal involving the Arunachal Pradesh government which came to light has shocked everyone. The state govt authorities allegedly allowed a private developer to commercially exploit the land leased to it by Maharashtra at subsidised rates to set up a state guest house-cum-emporium. A 26,375-sq ft prime plot near the Vashi railway station in Navi Mumbai was allotted to the Arunachal government at Rs 372 per sq ft in August 1994, and the 90-year lease agreement was signed in August 1997.

It has been found that barely 10 per cent of the built-up space has been set aside for the guest house-cum-emporium, with the rest diverted to a Navi Mumbai-based developer, US Roofs (USR) Ltd, in violation of lease conditions.  USR, in turn, entered into a formal 60:40 profit-sharing arrangement with another prominent Navi Mumbai developer, Akshar, for the project. The people of state who travels to Mumbai for various work have long felt the need of an Arunachal Bhawan. Especially the students and those travelling for medical ground have been demanding for construction of Bhawan. It is quite shocking to know that land meant for construction of Bhawan has been diverted to private developer. Who are to be blamed for this? State govt should order an enquiry into the matter and find out the truth.