November 18

Badminton tourney rescheduled

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The Kalyan Kumar Sonowal Memorial District Level Badminton Tournament scheduled to be held from November 23 has been re-scheduled to December 3-8, informed Ziro Badminton Association.

The winners in various categories of the tournament will represent Lower Subansiri district in the 2nd Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Level Badminton Tournament.


2nd Nyeri Welly State Level WomenFootball Tournament from Dec 7

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The Second Nyeri Welly State Level Women Football Tournament will be held from December seven to 17, 2013.  

Teams from district and Capital Complex will participate in the tournament, informed organizing committee chairman Takam Tallum Dado.

The tournament aims to promote and popularize women football in the state, he informed.

The tournament is being organized by Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) in collaboration with Nyeri Welly family.


VKV Eknath ji Football Super-Six begins

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The Super-Six round of the 17th Eknathji Memorial all VKVs Football tournament was kicked by Jairampur Anchal Chairperson Nobinkam Tikhak at Jairampur VKV playground today.

The final of the tournament will be played on November 19 on the occasion of 99th birth anniversary of Eknath Ranade, who was the founder of Vivekananda Kendra Rock Memorial.

VKV Sher won the last year’s tournament.


Farmers’ union opposes decentralization of scheme


PASIGHAT, Nov 17: Reacting to a news item published in this daily recently regarding demand for centralization of schemes, the East Siang District Farmers’ Union (ESDFU) has opposed the demand made by All Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture & Horticulture Dealership Registered Tribal Contractors Association.

The farmers union in a press statement said that decentralization of the agriculture and horticulture schemes should be implemented on need base for the benefit of the poor farmers of the area like East Siang and other East-Arunachal districts.

The union further said the seeds and other agricultural assets supplied under CSS scheme are of low quality, which is incurring heavy loss to the farmers.


DC scolded, alleges Forum

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The 21-Koloriang Assembly Constituency Native People Forum has alleged that the DFDO, Ziro and his group has scolded the DC cum DEO Koloriang and the local MLA in the office cgamber of the DC on November 13 last.

The Forum, in a release, further alleged that the CO cum AERO, Damin was brutally dragged out of the DC’s chamber by another group at around 8 pm. An innocent person has also sustained grievous injury in the incident, who is now undergoing treatment at RK Mission, Hospital here, the release informed.

The Forum further alleged that a firing incident also took place outside the local MLA’s residence on the same day.

An FIR has been lodged against the culprits with Koloriang Police station by local MLA Lokam Tasar.


Vikas rally an eyewash:PPA

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) today said that “Vikas Rally” organized by the ruling Congress Government yesterday was nothing but an ‘eyewash’ and waste of public money.

Describing that the 'Rally’ was a desperate attempt of the state government to mislead the public ahead of the forthcoming elections, PPA said, “No development has taken place in the state during the last two years.”

“As expected, the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M Verappa Moily and the Union DoNER Minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar, who addressed rally, have not announced any new schemes or projects for development of the state. They have just reiterated about their already sanctioned projects which has reflected the Centre’s step-motherly treatment towards this frontier state,” the party alleged.


Drug peddler nabbed

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Mahadevpur Police has apprehended a drug peddler along with contraband items from Dirak check gate on November 15.

A sachet of contraband suspected to be brown sugar has been recovered from his possession.

A case been registered against the persons identified as Jeet Buragohain  under section 21 of NDPS Act, and investigation launched, informed Lohit SP Tumme Amo.


News Impact

Formal adoption of modified Adi script

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: A modified version of the prevalent Adi script was formally announced by Adi Agom Kébang (AAK) today.

While informing this, AAK has appealed for widespread adoption of the script for all future correspondence, publications, writings and literature development in Adi language.

Earlier, on November 9, 2013 at Pasighat, a script committee constituted by Adi Agom Kébang had submitted its recommendations to the President, AAK for suitable modifications to the existing Adi script to enable exact pronunciation of words which was ratified by AAK. AAK ratified the usage of É/é to represent mid-central vowel, the usage of Í/í to represent high-central vowel and the use of colon(:) to mark long vowels.

The usage of five vowels in Roman script has been found inadequate to represent 14 vowels of Adi language and other Tani languages including Mishing language. So, a three-member script committee was constituted last year in a joint meeting of Adi Agom Kébang and Mishing Agom Kébang at Guwahati which, after thorough examination, recommended the above modifications.

The ratified decision of the Adi Agom Kébang was also formally communicated to the executive members of both Adi Agom Kébang and Mishing Agom Kébang at Gogamukh today. The two Kébangs have unanimously agreed to represent the modified vowels by adopting the recommendation in letter and spirit.

However, the Adi textbooks already introduced in schools for the academic session 2013-14 using double vowels to denote long vowels will continue until the introduction of new textbooks using the adopted script including colon (:).

The joint meeting was attended by Mishing Agom Kébang President Dr Bidyeswar Doley, General Secretary Purna Kr. Chintey, former MAK president Chengaram Morang, DPYK Assam President G Lagachu, former Mising Bané Kébang Secretary P Mili and other MAK executive members and Adi Agom Kebang President Nini Pertin, AAK General Secretary Obang Tayeng, AAK advisor member Prof Ani Taggu, AAK advisory member Gindu Borang, and renowned intellectual and AAK Advisor Kaling Borang, Adi Cultural and Literary Society Chairman Er Kirpa Pertin, DASU president Nun Pertin and other.



Ban hawkers, demands APPDSU

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) has condemned in strongest term the recent incident of attempt to molest and kidnap a housemaid and a minor girl at Naharlagun by some hawkers. This is not the first case of intimidation by these so called hawkers. In the past also many such incidents have taken place, APPDSU said in a release.

Taking serious view of the incident, APPDSU has called upon the state govt to impose a blanket ban on entry of any type of hawkers in the state including twin capital complex more particularly the illegal Bangladeshis.

Further, the union requested the state govt not to grant bail to the culprit of the 13th November incident and give them stern punishment under appropriate section of the IPC so that such incident does not recur.

The local people who are directly or indirectly helping those anti-social elements are equally responsible for such act and we appeal them to refrain from such activity, APPDSU added.

The union has also expressed concern over the inordinate delay in execution of Trans Arunachal Highway by Sushee Infra. Pvt. Ltd. The land acquisition for the road had already been completed and all the affected persons had been properly compensated by the respective district administration who had handed over the land to the company for execution of the TAH project. But, project implementing agency is showing lackadaisical attitude in completing the TAH work in stipulated time. Any project taken in hand for execution must be completed within stipulated time which will not only help in preventing price escalation but also bring rapid development of the state, stated APPDSU.



Media and social responsibility

Dr. Kh.Kabi

The growth of news papers in terms of numbers in a small state like Arunachal Pradesh is quite amazing. Presently, there are about nine dallies along with one television news channel that was launched very recently.  

No doubt, this is something to cheer and be proud of, for it provides choices to the readers and perhaps it also reflects that, more and more people in the state are beginning to read newspapers. However, let us not get swayed away by this numeric figures, for what it matters at the end of the day is the quality.

As we witness this growth phenomenon, perhaps it is time to critically examine upon their role and functions. To what extent is the press in state presenting a true picture? What are the challenges and scope of this development? Will this trend bring about healthy competition?

Any regular reader of newspapers would definitely wonder and ask whether there is anything else to report beyond the ‘celebrations and inaugurations’ that occupies major chunk of the front page in almost all the dailies, that too with the same word to word headlines. One would wonder what is so significant about this kind of news items that deserved its place in the front page almost every day and how does it serve the society?

Another crucial element of journalism that seems to be missing out is that of critical views and opinions on issues of importance. Journalism should not always try to please people but rather it should shake them up, particularly people at the helms of affairs. Authoritarian theory of the press suggests such practice, that the media should always be subordinate to the established authority and should do nothing to undermine their status quo. This theory is easily indentified in a dictatorial or repressive society. Let us be reminded that, ours is a democratic society and the press is expected to function based upon the fundamental principle of freedom of expression.

There a so many issues that needs the attention of media, like, the issue of growing disparity between rich and poor, of health, education and unemployment etc, the list can go on. Here, one need to also point out that readers too, have a significant role to play because modern day journalism has become highly interactive, they have to be more vigilant and critical with their media habits, this will compel upon the press to pull up their socks and improve their standard of journalism for ultimately only the best will survive in the business. That is what media literacy concept is also all about.

As we celebrate another National Press Day, perhaps it’s time for the press to introspect and go back to basic principles of journalism which means setting up high professional standards, such as, informing truth, accuracy, objectivity and balance. It should underplay that news which might lead to violence and social tensions particularly in a diverse society like ours and allow access to diverse point of views. It should sensitize not provoke readers.  

Let us be once again reminded, that journalism is a serious profession with a huge social responsibility and obligation. Its role is crucial in all round development of the state like Arunachal Pradesh.  

Last but not the least, it is also equally important to stop telling only what people want to hear and start telling what they need to hear. (Dr. Kabi is Associate Professor, Dept. of Mass Communication, Rajiv Gandhi University)



Panchayat leaders concerned over poor education scenario

Raju Mimi

ROING, Nov 17: The failing educational scenario in Hunli-Desali block has caused a concern about the future of hills people of Lower Dibang Valley. Over the past few years, the hills region has witnessed gradual decrease of enrollment in schools, shortages of teachers, decaying school infrastructure and high cost of running hostel mess on account of head load carriage charges.

Though the Sub-Divisional headquarter Hunli is well connected by road, the circle headquarter Desali is permanently cut off, which takes almost four hours by walk to reach from Hunli.

The Hunli-Desali panchayat leaders therefore expressed deep concern about the present state of education in the region. They were gathered at Hunli Sub-Divisional headquarters to attend the Block Education Meeting cum Community Training for School Management Committees (SMC) and Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRI) organized by District Project Office (DPO), Roing held on November 12 last.

The subject of discussion was the lone Government Secondary School, Desali of Hunli-Desali block where enrollment has been going down over the few years.

Also on the discussion was the status of Government Primary Schools in Taloni, Jambupani, New Elope and Aloni where the schools are facing shortages of teachers and poor maintenance of infrastructure.

Suggesting steps to improve educational services, the panchayat leaders gathered called for a complete review of education system in Hunli-Desali.

The meeting also discussed on issues of poor quality of school uniform supplied, urgency for restarting of Anganwadi centres and absenting teachers.

Attending the meeting as Chairperson was Roing DDSE M Lego who said the district education department has put Hunli-Desali on special priority because of its difficult hilly terrain. As a measure to revive the ailing Desali Secondary School, Lego promised to pursue for a headmaster of gazetted rank.

The chief guest of the meeting Mama Miso, Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM), Hunli-Desali said panchayat leaders have assumed responsibility, so it is now their duty to perform. Summing up the meeting he said he will accord top priority to education during his tenure.

The meeting was also attended by Choya Miso, Anchal Chairperson, Hunli-Desali including Block Resource Centre (BRC) in charge Hindu Meme, SSA Coordinator Sikhy Mikhu and SK Tamang.



PRI leaders demand action against 3rd party monitoring team from NEDFi


PASIGHAT, Nov 17: Serious allegation has been leveled against ‘Third-Party Monitoring Team’, which recently visited East Siang and left Panging constituency without inspecting any project implemented under various centrally sponsored schemes.

The PRI members of Pangin, Boleng, Riga and Rebo-Pergin blocks under Pangin constituency, who are also member of the Sub-Divisional Level Monitoring Committee (SDLMC), expressed serious concern over the alleged irresponsible role of the monitoring team from Guwahati based NEDFi. They alleged that the team left their area without inspecting the developmental works/schemes keeping the SDLMC members in dark.

The PRI leaders, including the ZPMs and Anchal Chairperson of the area, have lodged a written complaint with the East Siang Deputy Commissioner against the team members for their alleged ‘willful’ dereliction of duty and demanded action against them as per law. They also demanded the state government to scrap the MoU signed with NEDFi with immediate effect.

It may be mentioned here that the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Boleng, by its circular vide no. BLG/DEV/334/11, dated 31st October, 2013, informed the SDLMC members that “A Third-Party Monitoring Team from NEDFi is scheduled to arrive in Pasighat on November 5 for inspection of various schemes under ACA, SPA, NEC, NLCPR, RIDF, Untied Fund and Border Area Development Programme (BADP) and other centrally sponsored scheme (CSS) implemented in the district. The team is also supposed to hold a SDLMC meeting at Boleng to discuss about the progress of the on-going schemes/projects.”

The PRI leaders in a joint statement said that they were anxiously waiting for the third party monitoring team at Boleng. But, the team left the area on November 11 under mysterious circumstances without informing them.



Arunachal cultural troupe participates in Assam function


RUKSIN, Nov 17: Participating in a day-long cultural programme organized at Nagaon in Assam today, a cultural team from East Siang district led by young singer Delong Padung presented a patriotic song which received thunderous applause from the audience.

The programme was organized to mark the 150th birth anniversary of famous Assamese litterateur Rashraj Lakshminath Bezbaruah.

Troupes from various Northeast communities presented Assam’s state anthem “O Mur Apunar Desh……..”, composed by Bezbaruah in their local languages.

The 28-member Arunachalee team too presented the song in Adi language.



Lower Jumi Panchayat wins Inter-Panchayat Football

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Lower Jumi Panchayat Team won the Inter-Panchayat Men’s Football Tournament defeating Durpa Panchayat 7-6 via penalty kick  on November 15.

The match was taken to tie-breaker after both the teams were tied 2-2 in regulation time.

Lichi - Sher Panchayat Team –A won the Inter-Panchay Women’s Volleyball Tournament defeating Upper Jumi Panchayat Team A.

The closing ceremony was attended by Lok Sabha Member Takam Sanjoy. While enjoying the final match, Sanjoy highlighted the initiative of the state government under the leadership of chief minister Nabam Tuki for identifying football and volleyball talents in the state by launching the Chief Minister’s Trophy.

While appreciating the Kimin people’s love for football and volleyball, Sanjoy also informed about 10 percent job reservation for meritorious sports persons in Police, Forest and Sports and Youth Affairs Departments to encourage the youths of the state to take up sports seriously.

He assured to sanction Rs 5 lakh for construction of AKKYWA office building and another Rs two lakhs for construction of a water tank for Government Higher Secondary School, Kimin from his MP LAD Fund.

Councilor and member of the Itanagar Municipal Corporation's empowered standing committee Gangte Togung, Managing & Marketing Chairman of Arunachal Football Association Kipa Niba, Kimin- III ZPM  and sponsor of the tournament Tai Tayu also attended the closing ceremony.

Later, Sanjoy and other dignitaries gave away cash prizes of Rs 50,000 for to the winning football team and Rs 25,000 to winning women’s volleyball team.

Cash prizes of Rs 25,000 and Rs 15, 000 were also given to the football (men) and volleyball (women) runners up teams.

Tob Sara of Upper Jumi Panchayat-Team B was chosen as the best football player and Bamang Marta of Upper Jumi panchayat Team -A as best volleyball player. Dare Takar of Lower Jumi Panchayat became the highest scorer. The individual prize winners were awarded Rs.3000 each.



Arunachal Football League

Todo Utd beat Tugung Neri, jump to top spot

ITAANAGAR. Nov 17: Todo United Football Club (TUFC) defeated Tugung Neri Sporting Club (TNSC) 3-0 in the ninth match of the Arunachal Football League 2013 being played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today,

After a barren first half, Todo United pumped in three goals in quick succession in the second half. Taying Nega scored the first goal in 57th minute, Tagio Raja the second in 60th minute before Takio Raja made it 3-0 in 70th minutes.

With this win TUFC moved on top of the league points table with 10 points from five matches. TUFC is closely followed by Bamang Taji FC with 7 points in their kitty from four matches.

Lok Sabha member and Arunachal Pradesh Football Association president Takam Sanjay enjoyed today’s match.

Bamang Taji FC will take on Capital Complex SC tomorrow at 2 pm.

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Syllabus does have Substantial Deficiency

Dear Editor,

This refers to Dr. BL Behera’s ‘Syllabus has no Substantial Deficiency’ published on 16th edition of your daily in which he has utterly deviated, digressed from our genuine concern; tried to illogically and cunningly justify the unjustifiable syllabus. Here we strongly reiterate that the contents of the article ‘Bulky Syllabus Creates Panic Among College Students” by Mr Amar Sangno that appeared in your esteemed daily on 12th November and subsequently of “Correct the Syllabus at the Earliest” published in Reader’s Forum on 15th November are irrefutable truth and undeniable facts.

First of all we would like to make it very clear that it is not at all our concern to know the names of members of BUGS or need we to know the criteria for selection of members of BUGS nor are we interested to know how big and great are the members of BUGS? It’s at the discretion of the University authorities to make any members of BUGS. What we need as students, studying in the colleges affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University is a good, relevant and useful syllabus keeping in account the duration of the course since the syllabus is the most important document and soul of our learning activities.

We appreciate that this has been done by RGU as well, in context of all the other subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics and Commerce. In these subjects, the syllabus has not changed; it has been rightly cut short to 50% only, as in annual mode a student has one year whereas in semester system a student gets hardly six months for preparation of examination. And in all these subjects too, each paper carries 100 marks. But for English Compulsory Paper, interestingly Dr. Behera writes ‘Then in that case the paper has to be of 50 marks not of 100 marks’ as he totally ignores the difference in duration of the course between the annual mode and the Semester system.

In our view BUGS for other subjects proved to be more competent than that of English as they did their duties sincerely and responsibly and remained successful in designing good syllabus for us. It is rightly said Works speak louder than the words.

One should not live in utopia. Dr. Behera was also assigned classes in B. Com I year. Did he complete the syllabus? Did he teach the so called literary Texts including As You Like It? B. Com students are crying as not a single unit could be finished that means not even 10% of the bulky syllabus could be done, and in B.Sc. too hardly 20% of the syllabus has been taught. How many classes he has taken B.Com students know it? Only making bulky syllabus, beating own drum and preaching cannot make anyone great. It is the actions that make one great. In a college like DNGC the teacher student ratio in English is 1=1000 and similar is the case in JNC,Pasighat. Is it not a hypocrisy and against the career of students to make such a bulky syllabus whose even 10% cannot be taught in whole session?

This year semester system has been introduced for B.Com and B.Sc 1st year students, hence approximately 1800 students of D.N.G.C Itanagar, J.N.C. Pasighat, I.G.G College, Tezu and Donyi Polo College, Kamki have been affected.

He seems to have venom in his heart against other teachers and students as he blames baselessly that ‘a particular teacher with vested interest misguides the students’ ‘as they need not yield to the cunning trap of anybody.’ Is it not a ‘cunning trap’ and ‘the vested interest’ to make a bulky syllabus but to teach hardly 10% of it?

We want to tell Dr. Behera that our teachers cannot misguide us. The proof of this is that when in the beginning of the session after comparing our semester syllabus of Compulsory English with that of annual mode and finding the semester syllabus doubly bulky we wanted to go to University to complain but our teachers advised us not to do that instead they said that they would request the university authorities and indeed they did so in August itself and submitted valuable suggestions for correction and removal of unwanted as well as additional components from the syllabus but unfortunately till date nothing has been done. It seems after reading Dr. B.L. Behera’s letter to the editor that he and his likes have been misguiding and confusing the university authorities not to correct the erroneous and bulky syllabus.

Had the university retained previous syllabus of Compulsory English, we would have been happy because that syllabus of annual mode was far better in all respects. This is the reason that though it was taught for a decade neither any teacher nor any student ever complained.

Neither we nor our teachers have any ill feeling towards anybody. We simply want that this bulky syllabus should be justifiably reduced and corrected. Dr. Behera is trying to misguide the university and the students as well, by saying that it is not bulky. But in reality it is too lengthy and bulky as the semester syllabus of Compulsory English Paper not only contains all the contents of previous annual mode syllabus rather additional, irrelevant and new contents have been put in Units –A(i.e. four prose pieces), D- (‘As You Like It’ by William Shakespeare) & E. Still in the first para, he writes ‘the unwarranted fear of the students’. In the second para, Dr. Behera writes: ‘the question of being a bulky syllabus as apprehended by the students and a few teachers does not arise at all’. We are not fools; we are undergraduate students and understand very well who has vested interest? Our teachers, or somebody else- Nobody can befool us. Even a school- child if looks at the previous syllabus of Compulsory English under annual mode and that of under semester system, on comparison between them can easily make out that the syllabus of compulsory English Paper under semester system has not only been made lengthier, bulkier and more difficult than the previous syllabus of annual mode but also vague. We talked to the teachers of English Department at DNGC Itanagar out of six five teachers except Dr. Behera oppose this syllabus; from JNC, Pasighat, IGG College, Tezu and Donyi Polo College Kamki also most of the teachers oppose this syllabus. They all and we all the affected students firmly believe that ‘As You Like It’ and other literary Texts may be relevant for students of Elective English or English Honours but not at all for students of Science & Commerce. Moreover ‘As You Like It’ is already prescribed for B.A. II year (Hons) under RGU.

Our teachers are already teaching bulk of literary texts to English Honours and Elective English students because they are relevant for those papers. Hence, his sermon given in third para, ‘we cannot shirk the responsibility of studying the texts even if it needs some rigor and teach the students as the syllabus demands’ does not hold water.  Dr. Behera should understand the varying objectives of different papers. What is relevant for one paper may not be so for the other.

It is good that in the concluding stanza talking about review he writes, ‘thing can be taken care of in future’ but again this ‘future’ is a vague term. Shall it be in near future? Because, our term end examination starts from 9th December and it should be done before that.  We do not want to blame any individual nor to University. What we want is justice from the university authorities because hardly 10% of the syllabus could be taught as it is too lengthy and bulky. We appeal to the university authorities to take prompt decision in this regard to save our career.


Duyu Taliyang, Yayir Rai, Tapi Radhe, Johny Arangham, Kuldeep Thakur, Sreekanth menon, Wangdam Sumnyan,  Padnakanta Bora, Kipatayam, Chownonee, Nanapang, Tammar Ekke, Rahul Das, etc

On behalf of all B.Sc and B.Com I year Students of Arunachal Pradesh.  




Public transportation should be improved

Dear Editor,

Every person that purchase light vehicles has different purpose. Most of us purchase light vehicle on compulsion and few of us for luxury and fun. Due to this increase in number of light vehicles the traffic in twin city Itanager/Naharlugan is getting worse day by day. Making it worst is the unhealthy competition and unregulated public transport system. Every day six seater/nine seater vehicles like winger/trekker etc is put on the road without taking the traffic congestion into consideration. The traffic can be well eased by dividing the various modes of transport system and with proper planning. Each mode of transport system should be regulated and each should be complementary to each other instead of competing each other. If we see the reason of using personal car for office is not because of dignity etc but because of non availability of suitable mode of transport system. If we go outside state, we hardly find clerk and officers using personal car to go office. They may own a personal car but uses it for holiday etc only. But we are unable to provide healthy transport facility to commuters and hence people out of compulsion uses personal vehicle for office.

The department of Transport and State Transport Service should seriously come out with proposal. Government should direct the Transport Authority especially the District Transport Officer to regulate the Transport System. Why I am deliberately mentioning District Transport officer here, because putting of vehicle on road starts from here only. In Arunachal Pradesh permits to ply passenger bus is issued without obtaining NOC from State Transport Service unlike other state of India. Now without dwelling at length the demerit, I would like to come straightly into technique which may ease traffic congestion in days to come.

Since road from Chimpu to Banderdewa is a linear road, no other means of transport except bus should be allowed to ply. To meet the ever increasing passenger, the number of fleet and frequency of service should be increased. Frequency of bus service especially in the peak hour should be regulated by the department of transport liasoning with the state transport service because it is the major player of transport system.

Secondly Trekker and winger should be made as complementary to the bus instead of making them as competitor. This vehicle should work as shuttle/feeder to bus, say carrying passenger from 'F' sector to Takar complex, Pothighar Book stall area to last of high court area, medical point to police station from the back of medical. And in Itanagar from Bank Tinali to various locations say Lobi, Minister Colony, Doordarsan area, Ganga to Division IV etc.

And taxi cab and auto rickshaw should specifically be used for tourist and some special location where Buses and Trekker cannot reach. However taxicab which is used for special hire is generally not regulated anywhere and it is also very difficult to regulate. And since officers and official are provided with well define public transport system and other means of transport in their door step, they should be discouraged to use personal vehicle for office except government provided vehicles.

There should be some kind of concession system for daily officegoer in every mode of transport system. The state Transport Service should have designed specific buses for city service, having better seat capacity and comfort; one should not feel low in travelling STS buses.  The above idea may be understood as a utopian idea for some people and some officers, but in reality if it is implemented ever increasing traffic congestion will definitely ease.


Bojum Lusi Sorum

Station Superintendent

State Transport Service





Capital police should be better equipped

Dear Editor,

Most respectfully, this is to express my profound gratitude for the arrest of Salman Ahmad (from North Lakhimpur), Arif (from Delhi) and Shahabaj Rashid (from West Bengal) by the police team led by Naharlagun SDPO Techi Tab on 13 November after the trio had molested my daughter and maid servant and attempted to kidnap them.

It is relevant to mention here that instances of molestation, and even murder, of local girls have been taking place in different parts of the state - for instance, the rape and murder of a local girl in Yazali by outsiders, the serial rape of minor girls by the warden of a private school in Likabali, and the disappearance of local girls from the capital complex (reportedly under the influence of outsiders). But, despite suffering from serious manpower and infrastructure shortage and having to work day and night without rest, the police department has been doing a commendable job in solving cases and arresting criminals in the capital complex, and the state as a whole.

It is high time that the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh directly addressed the woes faced by the brave officers and personnel of police department. It is the government's duty to provide sufficient vehicles and other requirements for law enforcement to every police station, so that our brave personnel can carry out their duties more efficiently. I believe it is also necessary that the hard work of dedicated policemen should be appreciated by the government and that such policemen should be promoted as a token of acknowledgement. Meanwhile, I would humbly urge the police department to make the checking process at the interstate check gates stricter in order to check the illegal entry of outsiders and foreigners (especially illegal Bangladeshis) into the state.

Further, any local person or persons who enters into a nexus with outsiders in committing crimes, or offers protection to such criminals (either by offering sanctuary or by bailing out criminals) should also be arrested and given exemplary punishment. I would also urge lawyers and politicians not to entertain any request to bail out criminals, as such acts only encourage the criminal-minded people in the society.

The only other suggestion I would like to make is that there be ready police teams at the police stations at any time of the day, so that they may act swiftly on receipt of complaints, either verbally or telephonically, from the citizens.

I would also like to take this opportunity to salute courage and concern for the citizens' safety displayed by the capital police.


Tana Totu,

Ex-Vice President,


C Sector, Naharlagun



The salt bomb

Dear Editor,

Not long before the administrative blunder of UP government has  died, a new  live bomb has exploded in broad daylight that too in front of the whole nation--The" Namak Bomb" as I would call it. I really fail to understand these sorts of things happen only in India. Look at the series of what I would call total breakdown of administrative policy.

First onion, 2nd gold price and lastly this salt saga. I wonder what other countries must be thinking about the credentials of our  white collar bureaucrats. They talk of reaching to moon and back yet they succumb to filthy rumors and dreams. Just imagine where would we all be with these napping administrators. We all witnessed what I call a Namak bomb which exploded in northern India including in NE region. The price of common salt sky rocketed to 30 Rs a kilo. Wonder what will be the price of Chillies tomorrow? The vendor’s pocketed thousand of rupees from the citizens just because of inapt administrators. Had they warned the shopkeepers, this kind of situation wouldn't have arisen? I appeal to common man not to be so vulnerable.


Dr. K Jonnom







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Use fund judiciously

The Union DoNER Minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar yesterday said that his ministry has sanctioned 183 projects worth Rs 2,116 crore for Arunachal Pradesh over the past few years. Projects worth Rs 540 crore under North East Council (NEC) have also been sanctioned for the frontier state during the same period, Ghatowar said while addressing the Vikas Rally organized by the state government at Indira Gandhi Park.

The minister while highlighting various packages allocated by the Centre for the state, informed that during the Eleventh Five year plan, Arunachal Pradesh received an amount of Rs 7900 crore which was a hike of 190 per cent from the allocation during the tenth plan period.

There is no doubt that union government has been pumping in huge amount of money into the state. Keeping in view the Chinese threat, govt of India has given special importance for development especially infrastructure in Arunachal. However not much change has taken place at ground situation. The infrastructure especially road condition is getting worse day by day. The ambitious trans-Arunachal highway project is getting delayed due to local problems. The government has not been able to utilize the central fund judiciously for the development of state. It’s time for some accountability.