November 09


Assistive devices distributd to CWSN

ITANAGAR, Nov 08:  Papum Pare SSA District Mission distributed assistive devices to children with special needs (CWSN) in a programme organized at Block Resource Centre, Doimukh today.

Wheel chairs, blind stick and hearing aids and appliances, crutches etc were distributed among the children in presence of their parents and guardians.

Doimukh EAC M Padung Doke urged the parents to take proper care of their children and send them to school regularly. DDSE TT Tara encouraged the children saying, “If you have courage and determination, physical disability should not be a major concern to achieve the desired goal in life. He hoped this initiative will remove the inequality between a normal child and differently abled children.


5th State Level Chess Tournament, 2013 begins at Yazali

ITANAGAR, Nov 08:  The 5th State Level Chess Tournament--2013 began at Yazali today.

Over 100 players, including defending champion Bharat Linggi, are participating in the tournament.

Inaugurating the tournament, Yazali ZPM Taba Techi appealed to all participating players, judges/arbiters to maintain sportsman spirit, discipline and fair play. He also highlighted the state govt.’s job reservation policy for meritorious sportsper-sons.

Yachuli BCC president Bengia Tadam, Chief Advisor and former President of All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) Dobin Doke, Yazali Anchal Chairperson Nabam Piju also attended the opening ceremony.

The tournament is being organized by All Lower Subansiri District Chess Association.


Dist level Children’s Science Congress held

ROING, Nov 08: The district level Children’s Science Congress, 2013 for Lower Dibang Valley was conducted by education department at VKV Prayer Hall here today.

Vishal Dutta, a Class XI student of VKV Roing got the first position while Niha Kumari of Kendra Vidhyalaya, Roing and Osi Ansari of Govt. Secondary School, Parbuk stood second and third respectively in the competition.

Fifteen students (of class VIII-XII) from different schools of the district participated in the Science Congress on the theme “Energy:  Explore, Harness and Conserve”.

The winner will represent the district in the State Level Children’s Science Congress.

Sandeep Kr Singh, Assistant Commissioner in-charge Deputy Commissioner, Roing inaugurated the programme.

DDSE M Lego, DAEO Abu Saring, officers, teachers and students attended the programme. DIPRO


Sensitization training on RTI Act held at Daporijo

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The three days sensitization training on Right To Information (RTI) Act, 2005 organized by Upper Subansiri district administration concluded at DC’s conference hall here today.

Inaugurating the training on November 6, Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu briefed about the RTI Act 2005 and suggested the participants to attend the training sincerely and cooperate with the resource persons.

ADC and Course Director Gyati Taji educated the trainees on RTI Act, Domestic Violence Act 2005 (43of 2005) and Protection of Domestic Violence Rule 2006. He also explained in details about AP State Women Commission for Women Act 2002 (Act No-4 of 2002) and their power and functions. He suggested them to get their doubts and confusion, if any, cleared through discussion.

Takar Rava, Circle Officer and Course coordinator highlighted about Central and State RTI Commissions.

Dr. B Paul, AC in-charge DRO as resource person dwelt and length on all sections of the Act.

Attending the valediction function, ADC and Course Director Taji distributed course completion certificates to all the trainees and suggested them to utilize the knowledge acquired properly.


Centre’s policy has failed to bring about change in NE: PPA

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: The ‘carrot and stick’ policy pursued by successive governments at the Centre vis-a-vis northeast states, particularly Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and parts of Arunachal Pradesh, has failed to bring in the much desired change, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has claimed.

Interacting with academicians at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) yesterday, PPA president Nikh Kamin said that time has finally come for a paradigm shift in the Centre’s policy towards the sensitive tribal states of the northeastern region, party sources said today.

Due to the proliferation of underground outfits and the economic conditions of the people going from bad to worse, the realization of all the regional parties to come under one banner of Northeast Regional Political Front (NERPF) was a welcome step, he said.

The consensus arrived at by 10 regional parties to help each other in the next Parliamentary and Assembly elections to root out ‘high command’-based national parties, like Congress, BJP and NCP was a move in the right direction, the party said in a statement today. PTI


Bosai chosen for Bharat Jyoti Award

KHONSA, Nov 08: Denhang Bosai, District Information and Public Relations Officer (DIPRO), Tirap district and Secretary, Society for Promotion of Nocte Indigenous Culture (SoPNIC) has been chosen for the Bharat Jyoti Award by the famed India International Friendship Society, New Delhi. The coveted award will be presented to Bosai on December 23, in New Delhi.


Hindi workshop at BSNL office

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: In a bid to promote use of Hindi language at workplace, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Itanagar organized a Hindi workshop at the General Manager’s  office here today.

S L S Purty, Deputy Director, Ministry of Home affairs, Hindi Teaching Scheme of NE region, delivered a lecture on Official Language policy of Govt. of India and enlightened the usage of Hindi in day-to-day office work.

BSNL Arunachal with help PowerPoint explained the importance and usage of Hindi language at all levels of official works and activities.

Arung Siram, Deputy GM, elaborated the activities being carried out by BSNL Arunachal to promote Hindi in Arunachal.

Earlier, the workshop was inaugurated by G. Nageswara Rao, General Manager, BSNL, Arunachal.


AACWA bandh deferred

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: All Arunachal Contractor Welfare Association (AACWA) has deferred its proposed 12-hour Capital bandh on 11 November for one month after Chief Secretary H K Paliwal has given verbal assurance to fulfill some of its demands in a meeting today which also attended by Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago, claimed AACWA in a release.

AACWA, however, threatened to re-launch its phase-wise agitation, if the authority fails to fulfill its demands within a month.


Union demands for equal distribution of GNM posts

ITANAGAR, Nov 08:  The Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Students Union has demanded the district authority for equal distribution of GNM posts in various PHCs and CHCs under Raga and Yachuli constituencies.

In its representation to Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, the union said that local unemployed candidates should be given preference for those vacant posts of GNM nursing at PHC Pistana, Talo and CHC Yazali and Raga etc.


Teachers demanded

ITANAGAR, Nov 08:  All Pakke-Kessang Pejeriang Dissing Passo Seijosa Students Union (APKPDPSSU) has demanded the Director of School Education  (DSE) to post senior Economic teacher at Govt Higher Secondary School, Seijosa.

The Union claimed that the school has been running without Economic teacher which has directly affected the students of class XI and XII (Arts).

Further, the Union demanded posting of permanent headmasters at Government Secondary School Pakke-Kessang and Darlong. The union said that both the schools have been running without permanent headmasters since 1992.


Arunachal League begins today

Bamang Taji XI to meet Todo United in opener

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Bamang TaJi XI will play against Todo United in the inaugural match of the Arunachal League at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow.

Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago will attend the opening ceremony as chief guest.


6 houses reduced to ashes

SEPPA, Nov 08: Six houses were reduced to ashes after a massive fire broke out at Fachang village under Pipu circle of East Kameng district at around 11.30 am today.

However, there was no report of any lose of life, informed the Pipu Circle Officer.

Meanwhile, East Kamneg Deputy Commissioner has instructed the CO to visit the victims and assess the properties lost or damaged in the mishap.

The District Administration has sanctioned immediate relief to the victims. DIPRO


Weak electric poles replaced

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: Three weak electric poles at different locations within Ward No. 5, which were standing in almost damaged condition posing great threat to human life and property, have been either replaced or removed by capital electrical division, department of power.

The electric poles at RK Mission Complex near Ram Temple and near type three Quarters of Vivek Vihar hill top side area were in dangerous condition posing threat to life and property of the locality.

Meanwhile, Councillor Taba Yall Nabam, on behalf of the residents of Ward No 5 has appreciated Joram Lalin, Executive Engineer Capital Electrical Division for taking prompt action to remove/replace the electric poles.


News Impact

Adventure @ menchukha aims at niche tourism: Sona

MENCHUKHA, Nov 08: Adventure festival - [email protected] – aims at niche tourism by popularising all exotic locations of Arunachal Pradesh, said Tourism Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona today.

Thrilled at the overwhelming response to the three-day festival that was declared open by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here Thursday, Sona told media persons that the tourism department in collaboration with the union tourism department has been planning various activities beyond the eye-catching scenic beauty to prolong the stay of the tourists, particularly adventure lovers. “We are not interested in bulk tourists till enough accommodation and logistics are ready, he reasoned.

The event is a stepping stone to woo selected group of tourists with the locals terming it as ‘never seen and never heard before happening’. Being an offbeat destination, Menchukha has to offer something unique, like developing good camp site and developing a world class golf course in the naturally available conducive atmosphere to meet the expectations of trekkers, adventurers and nature lovers. Moreover, the local youths have evinced keen interest to undergo training as para gliders and rafters showing a positive indication, informed Sona, who was flanked by West Siang deputy commissioner M K Sahu and Menchukha ADC Ravi Dhawan.

Citing the example of Sikkim and Ladakh where the government has encouraged home stay facilities by providing incentive to overcome accommodation facilities, Sona said the department has began an exercise by involving experts to develop a home stay guideline.

On communication bottleneck, he said that the present advanced landing ground here developed in 50’s is being developed by the Indian Air Force by extending its 1.3 km landing strip to a 2.2 km to facilitate landing of civilian fixed-wing aircrafts. This would solve half of the communication problem as the adventurers would love to fly by air to reach this tourist attraction, he said.

About 20 acres of land have been identified to hand over to the defence authorities and the airfield should be ready within three years, Sahu disclosed.

Located at an altitude of 6,300 feet, the township tugged in the western Himalayas, would be linked by the double-lane Trans-Arunachal Highway to facilitate speedy road communication, Sona added.

On future plan to showcase Menchukha’s uniqueness and vast tourism potentials, Sona said that “We are working untold stories of this magnificent land including the 1962 Battle of Menchukha while the Indian Army has planned to develop a war memorial here”.   

After two days’ heavy rainfall, the sky cleared from November 5 last offering clear weather, bright sun light that brought cheers among the 4,000 local residents.

The para gliders during the day went to unbelievable heights revolving over the snow-capped mountain looking like birds while the sounds of trap shooting intermittently rented the air at the venue. Some went for mountain biking while the tourists headed for various attractive destinations, including Samdin Yangcha gompa, Dorjeeling gompa, Yorlung border post.

Menchuka danced and sang to the tune of Indian idol-4 winner Sourabhee Debbarma till late night Thursday while the traditional culture programme left an indelible impression.

As the clock struck 4 pm today, the cultural evening started to provide respite to the adventurers after a hectic and exhausting day.



17 new leprosy cases reported in Arunachal

SHILLONG, Nov 08: Seventeen new leprosy cases have been reported this year till September in Arunachal Pradesh, informed Dr CM Agrawal, Deputy Director General (Lep), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The Centre has expressed concern at re-emergence of leprosy cases in certain pockets of the eighth North Eastern states which have reported 747 new cases.

Except four districts of Assam which recorded higher prevalence of leprosy than the national average, the NE region is otherwise considered low endemic states.

"It is a concern that the disease is re-emerging in certain pockets in the north east," Dr Agrawal said.

The north eastern states reported 747 new cases in a year till September 30 with Assam recording the maximum 616 cases, Agrawal told PTI at a sideline of a regional review meeting of state leprosy officers of the region.

Assam is followed by Nagaland (32), Tripura (23), Sikkim (20), Mizoram (18), Arunachal Pradesh (17), Meghalaya (15) and Manipur (six).

In Assam, the most affected districts were Sivsagar and Tinsukia which recorded 99 and 87 new cases followed by 42 in Sonitpur, 39 in Kamrup Metro and 38 in Cachar district, Dr B L Deori, Jt Director of Health Services in Assam, said.

All the other districts, except Chirang and Dima Hasao, registered new cases but their number is fewer.

Deori said the annual new case detection rate is 3.57 per one lakh population with 63 child cases this year alone, and over 1000 cases under treatment.

In Nagaland, Dr K V Kimiki, State Leprosy Officer, said the number 30 cases was reported from Dimapur, while one each was reported from Kohima and Mokukchung districts.

Tripura reported 23 new cases and 69 patients are undergoing treatment, the official said.

Agrawal said innovative approaches like involvement of faith-based organisations, child-to-child approach in spreading awareness about leprosy. PTI



Bharat Mera Ghar tour concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: A group of 23 teachers from nine districts of Arunachal Pradesh toured  Maharashtra under a tour programme called ‘Bharat Mera Ghar’ to promote national integration from October 28 to November 8.

The group visited Elephanta caves, Pagoda, Gateway of India and Juhu beach. The teachers also visited Keshav Srushti where they learnt about medicinal plants and type of projects the students are used to work on.

At Pune, a training programme was organized at Jnana Prabodhini, a renowned Institute working on gifted children. Sessions on Geography and History helped the group clear the basic concepts as well as various tools and methodologies which should be used by taking benefits of local surroundings.

A morning stroll in Central Pune conducted by Mohan Shete brought back the live memories of freedom fighters, like Veer Savarkar, Lokmanya Tilak, Chaphekar Bandhu, Rajguru by visiting their residences. In ‘Itihas Samshodhan Mandal’, the teachers recognized the importance of keeping History in written form. The group also got trained in Play-way methods, child psychology in Jnana Prabodhini. The group gained an advantage of sharing and discussing ‘Educational Scenario’ in Arunachal Pradesh for three  days with Vishwas Lapalkar and Vivek Ponkshe.

Lastly, the group visited the RSS headquarter and the birthplace of Dr. Keshav Hedgewar at Nagpur. The group also visited social projects run by RSS and its sister organizations like Hedgewar Blood Bank, Goshala Prakalp, Vivekananda Hospital run at tribal belt in Maharashtra.

By seeing the Goshala Prakalp, the group came to know about uses of Gomutra on medicinal purpose as well as why our culture believe cow as ‘Gomata’.

The group also visited ‘Dikshbhumi, where they saw the photo gallery of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.



APP Raising Day celebrated in Tezu

SP seeks public coop to contain drugs menace

TEZU, Nov 08: Lohit District Police celebrated the Arunachal Pradesh Police Raising Day for the first time in the premises of Police Reserve Line here today. Essay, games and sports competitions, legal awareness camp etc were organized by the District Police to mark the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo narrated the history of the APP Raising Day and spoke on the significance and role of Police in maintaining peace and tranquility in the society.

Touching upon some social problems like drugs menace in the district, the SP stressed the need for organizing mass awareness campaign against drugs abuse involving the local administration, PRI leaders, Gaon Burahs, NGOs, students and teachers. He sought cooperation from every section of the society, including public leaders, women organization, students, NGOs, media, government departments to contain the drugs menace.

Police personnel, students, teachers, officers and officials participated in the celebration. DIPRO



Awareness camp on Panchayat Raj at Ruksin


RUKSIN, Nov 08: With a view to strengthen the Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) in the district, the Panchayat Department of East Siang district conducted a block level ‘Panchayat Awareness Meet’ at Ruksin SDO’s kebang (conference) hall today.

Addressing the meeting, ADC cum District Panchayat Development Officer (DPDO) Rajesh Panyang dwelt at length about various aspects of Panchayat Raj and the process of implementation of various schemes and projects. He suggested the PRI members to maintain coordination between public and authority, select need base schemes with due consultation with public and submit report on their activities to the concern authority regularly.

Informing about the ongoing of panchayat office building scheme, the DPDO said the government has granted only Rs 40,000 to each panchayat, which is too inadequate for construction of office building. So, the authority has chalked out a policy to congregate the funds allotted to 10 gram panchayats for construction of an office building in phase-wise manner. The estimated cost of each panchayat office is Rs 4 lakh.

Speaking on the occasion, Sille-Oyan ZPM Tajing Taki demanded the authority to increase the honorarium of the PRI members while Bilat Anchal chairperson Bade Siram advocated for adopting a compact land policy for construction of Panchayat Ghar.

Ruksin ZPM Tonggeng Panyang also spoke on the occasion.

Ruksin SDO Yemlin Tayeng, Sille-Oyan Circle Office Aying Perme, department officials and PRI members of Ruksin, Sille-Oyan and Bilat circles attended the meeting.



Stress management prog held at NERIST

ITANAGAR, Nov 08: A three days TEQIP sponsored faculty development programme (FDP) on stress management was organized jointly by Centre for Management Studies and Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) at the institute premises, Nirjuli from November 4.

Resource persons, including Goutam Chakrabarty, former senior GM, Haldia Petro-Chemicals, Dr. Arkesh Pattnaik, Physiotherapist, SVNIRTAR, Prof. VK Shrotryia, NEHU and Professors from RGU, DNGC and NERIST conducted sessions on postural and bio-mechanical aspects of stress management, participatory approach--a panacea to stress management, work life balance, stress awareness and coping, time management-- a remedy for stress, ergonomics for better workplace etc.

A seminar was also held which was participated by Prof. PD Kashyap, Dean, NIT, Yupia and Management Forum of NERIST (MAFON) and NERIST Electronics Society (NES).

The programme was coordinated by Shibabrata Choudhury, Head of Centre, CMS and Madhusudhan Mishra, HoD, ECE under the chairmanship Prof. RM Pant, Dean, Acad.



Keden FC lift Rebi Ado Memorial Football Trophy

AALO, Nov 08: Keden FC won the Rebi Ado Memorial Football Tournament defeating Tadin FC 3-1 in a thrilling final here yesterday.

Keden FC took the early lead in the first half through a free kick. However, the lead short-lived as Tadin FC equalized the goal through a penalty kick in the same half.

In the second half, Keden FC displayed some fine football to pump in two more goals to seal the fate of young Tadin FC team.

Director of Panchayat Kemo Lollen, who enjoyed the final match, said that DSA should work out a proper plan to groom the best football talents in the district. While describing the Aalo people’s love for football, Lollen said the 10% reservation for meritorious sportspersons in Police, Forest and Sports and Youth Affairs departments would encourage the sportspersons to keep take up sports seriously and professionally.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Tejum Padu, Joint Director, Higher and Technical Education said that the quest for learning and sports have been a hallmark in this part of the state right from the beginning to produce intellectuals and sportspersons of high notch in the past. He said that the Govt. is embarking upon setting up of technical and arts colleges in various parts of the state and proposal for setting up a polytechnic college in West Siang has been sent to Govt. for final nod. But, what we need is congenial atmosphere and cooperation of our people for all round development.

Former Minister and sponsor of the tournament Doi Ado expressed gratitude to DSA, all the participating teams, match commissioner and match officials for successful conduct of the tournament.

Later, Lollen and Padu gave away trophies and cash prize of Rs.One lakh to winning team and Rs 50, 000 to the runners up team.

Both General Modi, who was chosen Best Player, and Kaling Tatin, the highest scorer, have also been awarded cash prizes of Rs5000 each. DIPRO

---- Readers Forum ----


When is the next bandh?

Dear Editor,

This was during the phase in my life where I had started to take responsibilities for my actions, my words, contrary to the ‘who cares’ attitude I always carried. At the time I was working as the only male English RJ at the only private FM channel in Itanagar, Radio OO Lala 91.9 FM. I did not carry a pseudonymous RJ name like others but went on air with my name itself, like I said; I wanted to take responsibility for either good or bad. I was living all by myself and my life was fun and adventurous.

One year at the station, one single route from my room to the station and back. I would always take a short cut route from Abotani Colony to Akashdeep and to SP Office near Jully road. Yes, since I did not have any means of transportation I walked through sun and rain.

And one year at the station, 12 bandh calls! On an average of one bandh call every month, a record in its own.

Well, these bandh calls and me go a long way and every single one of it has been a life changer for me. I almost lost my life in one of the bandhs during this phase and rumour had it that I was dead. I am still alive and kicking but the scar of the incident has been imprinted permanently on my head and I wake up through nightmares every now and then. I dream of the incident, the fire, and the flames rising through the blades of the machetes, the wrongly manipulated, angry and disillusioned looks of the youths, hatred in their eyes. I know I need a counselling but I will have to fight my own fight with the scars of that incident.

Now if I look back at the days of me as a Radio Jockey, things are blurred when I try to remember what I did or said on air during my shows. The most vivid are the journeys I took from my room to the station and back. Of all these, my walk through the 20 meter stretch of the great ‘Clock Tower’ of Itanagar. I don’t remember the last time the clock in the tower wasn’t showing 4:30!

For one whole year I walked through the same stretch, met the same people almost every day. And my story of anger, hatred, frustration and helplessness started from there, from that 20 meter stretch through the great Clock Tower.

It was just another day at work for me, speaking onto the microphone all alone by yourself in a sound proof room can confuse you at times. But as I dragged myself back home it wasn’t the usual 7:00 pm, everyone seemed to be in a hurry, a mini commotion of sort. Bandh call the next day and the next, 48 hours! Now since I was living alone which meant I need to cook for myself, which in turn meant I need to get groceries for the two days of forced asylum, I walked towards the ladies selling vegetables below the great clock tower and the moment I approached, I got a massive response from almost every  women sitting there. But as I leaned closer to negotiate the price, a surge of emotions ran through me as I looked around at the ladies. Each one of their eyes carried a hollow pain, as if almost every one of them begging me to buy their stuff for their vegetables carried a tagline that said ‘useless after 24 hours’. And their family had to survive for 48 hours. I stood there confused and sad, I could not be partial, and for hunger will hit all of them and their children the same and I knew what it felt like to be hungry. So I bought 10 items for 10 Rs each from 10 of them. Yeah, funny I did that since I did not even have a fridge. But I had reasons to be so emotionally overcharged that moment.

The faces of those ladies selling vegetables reminded me of my own mother. I am not ashamed to tell that there was a time my mother sold vegetables and supported the family. I am proud of her and all the other brave women out there who support their family and children through this job. I am proud that my education, even a single notebook I bought that period in time was through the hard earned money my mother got back home. Those women out there were doing the same for their children.

The second bandh call a month later and frustration and anger started growing inside me. This time the women looked petrified, anger and helplessness in their eyes. And I was just looking at a small fraction of these hard working women, who supports their family through the most honest but the least rewarding job. What about the women in Chimpu, Chandranagar, C’ sector Gandhi Market, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, Kharsingsa, Banderdewa? What about their children, their hunger, their education? I looked at these helpless women, their swallowed pride and I could not figure out their tribe, colour, race, just the mother’s protective instinct.

So the days before the next ten bandh calls, I started to take a different route than my usual walk through the great clock tower; I wasn’t brave enough to look at those faces again. I wasn’t brave enough to look at those eyes seeking some more time so that they could earn a bit more for their children; to look at the faces of their hungry children, through their eyes. I was angry, sad, frustrated but what could a mortal man like me do than to say a silent prayer for these women and everywhere else.

My mother was more fortunate compared to these present women for during her times there were sensible humans around the capital to not rob of the opportunity for people to earn a respectful living through honest hard work. Those were the days when hungry children did not have to say their last prayer! Tell me when those women and their children will suffer again, for I need to say a silent prayer. When is the next bandh?!


Duyu Tabyo,





Need immediate correction

Dear Editor,

The state government vide its memo AR-40/2010 Dated 21st October,2013 had recently adopted the policy that henceforth self certification of documents would be valid for all purpose, subject to production of original documents at the final stage and the same was also released in mass media.

However, it is seen that the APPSC had provided in the application form for UDC in clause (d) and (e) requiring the candidates to get all documents/photo attested by an officer. Moreover the Power Dept inviting applications for Draftsman vide advt no.SE/APEC/COOR/(A)/6/13-14 had directed the applicants to submit photo duly attested by an officer along with the documents.

The said instructions are in contrary to the above guidelines as notified and needs to be corrected for the benefit of the job applicants to the posts as advertised.


Dani Belo, Naharlagun.




Give some respect to media persons of state

Dear Editor,

Since news is just as much a commodity as anything else that is bought for consumption, there seems to prevail among the new graduates a particular aversion to engage in serious discussions on public affairs and state policies through the printed word. They look at news as just another inanimate object, a thing, a lifeless paper, unaware that live thoughts from living minds are being propagated.

The efficacy of print media in Arunachal has already been affirmatively established in the view of the local intelligentsia, and the crucial role that public news plays in a polity like ours need not be reiterated. Regrettably, a sizeable population of college educated natives not only refuse to recognize the important role print media has been playing in the state, but they go a step further and completely dismiss any discourse on hot-button issues that takes place through the news forums, their excuse being the infectious attitude of apathy assumed by most common folk. “Nothing ever happens, nobody cares,” is the usual refrain of this indifferent group, even as they at the same time subscribe to the papers every single morning. Another reason they rehash in this context is the comparative standard of journalism in the state (referring to the clarification issued by P. Chidambaram’s office, after his last visit to this state, on the actual meaning of his statement regarding the presence of insurgent outfits in the northeast), which, in their view, somehow miraculously depreciates the ongoing contribution of the press toward fulfilling their and everybody else’s responsibility as upright citizens to stay aware of latest social and political developments taking place in the home state, and beyond. And yet, though nose-deep in chronic pessimism, they never end their subscriptions. A habitual, modern indulgence in a light form of entertainment, all this is, to the news naysayer.

Through your esteemed columns, and simultaneously extending my profuse apologies to the erudite readership of AT for what follows, I request all such negative-mindsets to stop the yapping and start the clapping. If it were not for the hardworking people of the press (some of whom are known to have undergone intense physical hardships just so that they could gather news stories from around Arunachal), with a cup of tea in your hand you would be feeding on irrelevant tidbits from Ghaziabad instead of your home state. And even though it may come as a surprise to those affected by the “Yo-Yo factor,” people do consider local news seriously; never mind the niggling but venial discrepancies here and there. Keeping in mind the short history of Arunachal Pradesh as a full-fledged state, the very presence here of a thriving print media signifies progress.

I make an earnest appeal to all indifferent new-age greenhorns to discard the bleak outlook and engage, as I also thank the working reporters for providing me with relevant news before the start of every bright day. Knowing is always better than not knowing. As for the possibility of further progressive changes in a pan-Arunachali society, I leave that question wide open.


Ozzoh Rijiju,

Bazar Line, Bomdila.




Sarcastic at best

Dear Editor,

The cartoon published in the front page of this daily is very appreciable and delighting. The November 8, 2013 satiric cartoon on China’s claim over Arunachal was outstanding. The social evil, corruption, political issues beyond and within the state etc are seen exposed in an amusing manner. I find it speaks louder than long essays and topics of discussions. Your satiric cartoons really knock the heart and mind of the readers. Hurray!!!! Dora. Keep it up.


Birre Nirin, RGU.




Not in good taste

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the cartoon published in today’s edition of your daily. While I respect the views of each individual on any issues of social importance and also the freedom of the press/media as guaranteed under the Constitution of India, I beg to submit my views on the above mentioned carton published in your daily.

I thought that the cartoonist's idea behind the cartoon is not well presented. It can be easily interpreted (misinterpreted) that the cartoon reflects a form of racism (as referred to the physical features of the Arunachalee man in the cartoon). In any case, the cartoon is also patriotically insensitive. I hope to see more and better presentation of ideas in a cartoon. Hope!


Oyesu Tam






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International borders cannot be redrawn

India and China should consider stepping up bilateral trade through Nathu La, the mountainous pass in the Himalayas and the road connecting India's northeast with Myanmar to reduce transportation cost so that the entire region can prosper, a Chinese daily Global Times said on Thursday. The daily praised the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) between India and China signed during Prime Minister Mannmohan Singh's visit here last month. The opinion of Chinese daily is a welcome one for the state like ours which shares International boundary with China.

In Arunachal, there are places like Kibitho in Anjaw district and Bumla Pass at Tawang which can become major hub for business activity between India and China. In fact if the road is properly maintained, Kibitho has every possibility to become major trade centre as it is not located in high altitude unlike Bumla and Nathula pass. It remains open both in winter as well as summer season. India and China have to accept the fact that international borders cannot be redrawn. Both have to agree Macmohan line as international boundary and look for avenues to start border trade. If border post is opened, Arunachal stands to gain most. The govt of Arunachal should pursue the matter with central govt and seek for opening of border for international trade with China.

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