November 19

‘No Chakma-Hajong in electoral roll’

KOLORIANG,  Nov 18: The Electoral Roll Observer of Kurung Kumey district Dani Salu today visited Koloriang to take stock of the alleged enrollment of Chakma-Hajong refugees in the electoral roll of Koloriang assembly constituency.

The ERO for Koloriang, in a meeting with the observer, claimed that “there is not a single case of enrollment of Chakma or Hajongs as electorate in the electoral rolls of the constituency. The percentage of non-APST electorate is also far less than what has been projected,” he added.

The ERO also stated that the law and order situation at Koloriang is normal.

Later, Salu met local MLA Lokam Tasar and representatives of various political parties and assured them that no bogus voters would be enrolled as electorates,

He also visited Sangram and held meeting with the AEROs of Sangram and Nyapin and representatives of various political parties, including PPA district president Tamchi Taming. DIPRO


AMSU appeals for development of school infrastructure

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: A delegation of All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) today called on Chief Minister and submitted a 4-point memorandum urging for infrastructure development of Govt. Secondary School, Sakiang, immediate activation of the mobile tower at Sakiang, provide electricity in various villages under Mengio and Silsango circles through Mengio sub-station and by making the Sakiang power sub-station functional.

As claimed by the AMSU, the chief minister has assured to look into the demands.


Departmental seminar

AALO, Nov 18: The department of Political Science and the department of History of SFS College here organized two seminars on the topics “functioning of rural local bodies with special reference to Arunachal Pradesh” and “the Gandhian Era and some aspects of history of North East India,” respectively on November 14 and 16 last.

Fr. George, Sis. Tressa Mary, Principal of the college Sis. Annie, Faculty of Political Science, Dr Dusu Sambyo, Head of the History Department of the college, Reyom Ete, Head of the political science Department, Kenli Ete, Asstt. Prof. had words of wisdom and encouragements to all participants and guided the participants to present the important papers. DIPRO


NCP alleges illegal entry in electoral roll

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Claiming that 108 non APST electors have been enrolled illegally in the electoral rolls of 9-Chayangtajo assembly constituency allegedly by the ruling Congress party, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh has urged the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner to ensure that no non APST electors without having valid document are enrolled in the electoral rolls .

While objecting to the alleged unhealthy practices, NCP state general secretary (in-charge East Kameng) Barish Bagang said that we are not against the enrolment of names of non-APSTs in the electoral rolls, who have been residing in the area with valid documents on various purposes like government service, business, labour etc. but we oppose enrollment of names without valid documents.

The party urged the local Panchayat and student leaders to refrain from indulging in such alleged unhealthy practice.


Capital Complex bandh

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has called 24 hours Capital bandh on November 27  from 5 pm in protest against non-fulfillment of its various demands.

ALSU has been demanding immediate cancellation of illegal appointment of TT Dagium as joint director (Agri & Allied), department of RD, immediate cancellation of illegal appointment of BDO, joint BDO, APOs (M) APOs (RE) TAs (IWDP) TAs (RE) in the department of rural development, strict implementation/equal distribution of IWMP scheme in all districts of Arunachal Pradesh and proper implementation of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) in Arunachal Pradesh.


3 charred to death

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: In a bizarre fire accident, three members of a family were charred to death on Sunday morning at Yadhi village (Hoj-II) of Dakte Hoj Panchayat under Toru circle of Papum Pare district,

The victims were identified as Yarda Talik (25), his wife Yarda Yaw (22) and their two years old daughter Yarda Esther.

After receiving information, Toru Circle officer Tame Yajum, alongwith EAC Doimukh Mamang Padung Doke, Circle Inspector, OC Doimukh Police Station and a medical officer rushed to the spot to take stock of situation. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Meanwhile, the members of Giya Ku Welfare Society informed that an FIR has been lodged at Doimukh police station and matter is under investigation. (DIPRO)


UGC recognizes WRGC

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, has recognized Wangcha Rajkumar Government College (WRGC), Deomali under Section 2F and 12B of University Grants Commission Act 1956 vide its letter No. F. No. 8-485/2013 (CPP I C) dated November 2013. This paves the way for speedy development of the college in terms of infrastructure, faculty enrichment, academic curriculum, among others; as the college would now get financial aid not only from the Government of Arunachal Pradesh but also from UGC for various developmental projects, informed Principal of the college Dr. Milorai Modi, in a release.

It is worth mentioning here that Dr. Modi since he took over the charge of Principal of the college has been putting great deal of effort to alleviate the lone institution of higher learning in Tirap district.


21-KPF rejects allegation

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: 21-Koloriang Peoples’ Forum (21-KPF) has out-rightly rejected the allegation that the Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner and the local MLA were scolded in the office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner on November 13.

Rejecting the claims of the MLA in the FIR lodged with Koloriang Police, the Forum alleged that it was him who allegedly confined the DC in his office chamber beyond office hour forcing him to re-conduct the hearing of special revision in respect of Damin area which was already concluded on November 9 last.

On alleged police firing incident, the Forum stated that unprovoked firing was started from MLA’s residence besides stone pelting at police personnel on duty. In order to control the situation the DA instantly declared 144 CrPC.

The Forum strongly demanded the Koloriang SP to act immediately as per FIR lodged at Koloraing PS on November 14 last against the MLA and Chairman 21-Koloriang Assembly Native People’s Forum for violation of election code of conduct.


Mass protest rally held at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The All Kameng & Tawang Youth Welfare Association (AKTYWA) organized a mass rally at Tawang to protest against extortion and anti-social activities as well as to promote peace and mutual understanding among people of the three districts on November 14 last.

The rally was joined by people from all walks of life including officers, businessmen, students and general public.


Night bus services demanded

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) has demanded APST night bus service from Itanagar to Longding, Tezu via Namsai, Roing and Changlang.

While describing the hardship faced by the people of those areas due non-availability of STS night bus service, the organization urged the State Transport Minister for immediate introduction of daily night bus service along the mentioned routes.


Students of Kimin GHSS stage dharna

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Students of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Kimin staged dharna in front of the school gate demanding immediate posting of a History teacher (senior).

The school is running without History teacher (S/T) since last three months.

Meanwhile, the school management committee (SMC) chairperson has informed that she talked to Director of School Education (DSE) over telephone to apprise him of the problem of the student and claimed that the DSE had assured to solve the problem within a week.


Education awareness campaign by APATCYO

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) is organizing educational awareness campaign in all the Govt. Primary Schools of the state.

Visiting various schools in the Capital Complex, the organization distributed stationary items, like pen, pencil, books on GK,copy book etc. to poor, needy and orphan students.

APATCYO president Kame Kipa has suggested the students to study hard to achieve success in life. He also urged the education minister to direct the department concerned to implement all educational schemes properly for overall development of the student.


Workshop on Universal Health Coverage gets underway

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: A six-day workshop on Health System Framework and Universal Health System Coverage in India for Arunachal Pradesh got underway at Administrative Training Institution Naharlagun today.

The workshop organized by National Rural Health Mission Arunachal Pradesh and Health Systems Research India Initiative (HSRII) is being attended by district medical officers, DRCHOs, district programme managers, district account managers, district data managers and the state programme officers of all vertical programmes of the NRHM. The workshop will give focus on health system framework, emergency perspective of universal health coverage and health care financing and health insurance.

The workshop was inaugurated by National Health Mission Director PN Thungon.

Dr. Mohmmed Shaffi, Guatam Chakraborty, Dr Tushar Monakshi and Dr Altaf A are the resource persons.

Additional Mission Director Habung Lampung was also present on the occasion.


Students demands teachers’ appointment

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU), in a memorandum has demanded the Education Commissioner for immediate posting of teachers at GHSSs, Liromoba, Yomcha and Govt. Secondary School Darak.

The GHSS, Liromoba has been running without senior teacher since it was upgraded to higher secondary level in 2010, which has adversely affected the academic studies of the students, said KKSU, in its representation to the Education Commissioner.

Claiming that the Hindi and Economics teachers (ST) posted at GHSS, Yomcha have been transferred after 8- 9 months of their posting in 2010, the union appealed to the Education Commissioner to do the needful for early posting of eachers for that two subjects in the school.

The union also urged him to post English and PCM teachers (JT) at Govt. Secondary School Darak.

Other demand of the union was early opening of BEd course at Donyi Polo Govt. College Kamki.


Fire guts Govt. quaters in Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Nov 18: Two Government quarters near Pasighat Power house were reduced to ashes in a massive fire that broke out at about 3.10 am today.

The fire had almost destroyed both the houses along with properties before  the fire brigade reached the spot.

One Oni Saroh of PHED and B Tatin of RWD were living in the quarters.

Meanwhile, East Siang Deputy Commissioner in-charge Rajesh Panyang along with administrative  officers met the victims and assessed the properties lost in the fire. He handed over Rs. 3000 each to the victim families as immediate relief from the disaster management fund.

Expressing concern over frequent fire accident, Panyang asked all to take necessary precautions and be careful while handling fire to prevent such incident.

Police launched investigation to ascertain the actual cause of the fire. DIPRO


BTFC meet Todo Utd in do-or-die match

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Defending champion Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC) will be up against Todo United in a do-or-die match in Arunachal Football League at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow.

BTFC, which played out a goalless draw with Capital Complex SC (CCSC) today, must win the match against Todo United to defend their title. On the other hand, a draw is enough for Todo United to become champion.

Todo United are top of the league points table with 10 points from five matches and BTFC are at second position with 8 points from equal matches.


News Impact

LDV bids to replace poppy with cardamom, kiwi

Raju Mimi

ROING, Nov 18: Confronted with high mortality rate due to poor dietary habits, unwarranted drinking and addiction to opium, Hunli-Desali subdivision in Lower Dibang Valley is lagging in human development sector.

Though blessed with generous development funds, life in this difficult terrain presents numerous challenges. Here costs of essential items are highly priced. Health services have limited reach because of poor road connectivity.

For years, people have whined about such hurdles. The new leadership under Mama Miso, a young Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) of Hunli-Desali, however, now wants to steer ahead of such hurdles wanting to create opportunities for his people.

With such aspiration in mind, a 3-day panchayat tour programme of the hills region of Lower Dibang Valley was launched on November 13 last. Approved by Roing Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar,  it is the first ever tour programme of panchayat leaders in the district where all department heads has been mobilized.

Hunli-Desali offers great deal of opportunities for local farmers. With climatic conditions and topography ideally suited for growth of cash crops like cardamom and kiwi, the panchayat leaders are now eager to explore more. “Every house in this hilly belt has cardamom plantation. What they need now is support from government,” says Miso. “This tour programme has been essentially designed to understand such needs of our people.”

During their visit to remote villages, the panchayat leaders have been encouraging cultivation of cash crops to eradicate growing of opium. In a visit to Eyanli vilalge, Miso has been explaining to people of how farmers in Anjaw district had earned revenue of Rs 7-8 crores in the previous year by exporting cardamom.

“The tribal apex body of Mishmi community, the Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM) has launched effective campaign in promoting growth of cash crops instead of opium,” he tells the villagers.

But what had lacked in such endeavor is the flaccid role of government departments. “Because of difficult living conditions and hostile environment, government officials are shying away,” says Miso. “So practically there are no government offices that are functioning here.”

To correct such practices, the young leader now wants to create conducive atmosphere for government officials to make them feel part of this region. On the starting day of the tour programme at Hunli he had appealed the public to have warm and cordial relation with government officials.

Head of government departments accompanying the panchayat leaders also interacted with the locals. On improving medical services, Dr D Rattan, Medical Officer, Hunli encouraged local women to enroll themselves for ANM courses. This will enable them for job opportunities as well give them a chance to serve their people.

Speaking about different schemes available at Block Development Office, Angete Linggi, BDO informed that the department has no shortage of funds. But what was required was proper implementation of schemes as well furnishing of proper completion report.

On development of agriculture sector, K Kamduk, Agriculture Development Officer (ADO), Desali admitted there was lack of information being made available to locals. He encouraged the people to avail subsidized loans offered from the department and assured to offer all help.

Scarcity of drinking water was also one issue that surfaced during the visit. In Desali people faced drinking water shortages in winter due to drying up of sources. The panchayat leaders therefore felt the need for a comprehensive plan to address such crisis.

The tour programme was accompanied by Toyom Pertin, Assistant Engineer (AE), PWD, Hibu Ama, Junior Engineer (JE), M Deori, JE, Longe Miso, ex ASM, Hunli, Jona Miso, Anchal Samity Member (ASM), Jowete Miso, ASM, Roto Mega, ASM, Jambupani and officials from ICDS, Hunli.



Arunachal’s land encroached immediatelyafter visit of Local Boundary Commission

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Land encroachment in Taraso area after the visit of the local commission team headed by justice (retd) Tarun Chatterjee there on November 12 last intensified, and about 400 people from Assam were identified as encroachers to the dismay of a team of representatives of the ANSU, APPDSU, AKKDSU and Jote Youth Association led by AAPSU president Kamta Lapung, who said he “resisted the visiting team today.”

This is clear violation of the Supreme Court directive to maintain status quo. Therefore, the encroachment by the people of Assam should be brought to the attention of the local commission appointed by the apex court to study the contentious issue and submit a report, Lapung suggested to the GoAP in a statement.

Demanding immediate eviction of the encroachers on behalf of the organisations, he called upon the GoAP for immediate deployment of adequate police personnel for the security of life and properties of the locals; establishment of an IRBn battalion HQ there; streamlining of directorate of border affairs; issuing a directive to all district administrations to strictly monitor such activities along all interstate boundary areas to prevent encroachment; and grant of gun licenses to responsible citizens of the boundary areas as repeated illegal activities by people from across the boundary have created a fear psychosis among them.



AAPSU wants proper monitoringof activities of refugees

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today said that "improper monitoring" of the activities of refugees, particularly Tibetans residing in Tawang and West Kameng districts, "pose a great threat to the tribal people of the state and the country".

A team of the apex students’ body of the state conducted a five-day tour of the two districts recently to assess the status of Tibetan and Nepali refugee populations there, an AAPSU statement said.

"Some of the refugees are trying to obtain ST certificates through underhand processes," AAPSU vice president and chairman of refugee affairs wing Likha Takar said in the statement.

The team visited Shyo village in Tawang, which is a temporary place given to Tibetans refugees.

"The village has become a safe haven for the Tibetans. Many of them have obtained fake ST and permanent residential certificates," AAPSU information and publicity secretary Lota Singhi claimed. He suggested the refugees with fake ST/PRCs to surrender and seek apology from the people of state.

“The political leaders of both the districts, particularly of Tawang should come out openly against the "wrongdoings of refugees instead of looking for vote banks. The refugees residing at Shyo village are even trying to contest in elections of district students union which is highly condemnable,” the AAPSU release said.

The team also visited Bumla near the Line of Control between India and China and found acute shortage of infrastructure in terms of roads and buildings on the Indian side compared to the Chinese side.

It demanded that the state government pressurize the Centre to start constructing border roads in the state, particularly in the West Kameng and Tawang sectors, saying the condition of the road to Bumla is such that one cannot even drive a light vehicle on it.

The team also included Tame Tahi, AAPSU chief auditor and vice chairman of refugee affairs and AKKDSU general secretary Phassang Raish.



APCC hits back at PPA

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Hitting back at People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) for its comment that ‘Vikas Rally’ was nothing but an eyewash and waste of public money, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) stated that Govt. will welcome positive and constructive criticism but can’t accept such ‘meaningless’ ones.

“Any constructive criticism of the government is most welcome but we can’t accept such meaningless one,” APCC general secretary TC Tok said in a release.

“Are not the laying of foundation stones of a Nursing College and Rs 78 crore gas-based project new projects?, he questioned.  The regional party yesterday claimed that no any new project/scheme has been announced by the Union ministers during the Vikas Rally and they just spoke about already sanctioned projects.

“Can the PPA deny the difference in the life of by few hundreds youths and their families brought in after they got employed in various parts of the country following skill development training sponsored by the state government?” The Vikas Rally not only reflected a departure in the implementation process to benefit all sections of the society but also accountability of the present government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. This is the beginning as many other sectors, particularly agri-horti & allied, tourism and sports would spring many surprises yielding massive benefit to the state while enriching the state exchequer. No investment could give immediate return is a common sense. Therefore, it is advisable for the regional party to wait and watch as to how the Congress government would facilitate the state to its desired level of development.”



The fire that devours everything

Denhang Bosai

The dry winter months are here again. The greatest threat that poses to Arunachal Pradesh is not China or any other external aggressions but the most common and the most useful thing, the ‘Fire. ’ Yes, fire accidents are dangerously too frequent in our state, especially in the dry winter months. We have been witnesses to horrific fire accidents in different parts of Arunachal. My birthplace Kaimai village in Tirap district has been devastated by major fire accidents several times during my life time. There are still many other horrific tales of fire accidents that devoured my village before I was born. Fortunately, for my villagers, there has been no heavy human casualty in any of these accidents. The reason being our houses are made of bamboo, mostly, and it’s always easy to escape. However, it’s the bamboo and the toko leaves that help spread fire fast in most of the Arunachali villages as these are highly inflammable. The unplanned way of house construction and clustered thatched houses only compound the problems. Fire tenders are hardly heard of in the villages. Even if they are pressed into service, they will not reach the affected villages on time given the difficult terrains and the not so vehicle-friendly condition of the village roads. The greatest loss that the tribals had faced during such tragedies of fire accidents are the age-old original traditional costumes that vanish for ever. In my village Kaimai, which was considered to be the centre of these invaluable traditional attires, hundreds of priceless ethnic items have been gutted. After the original items had been lost, the people now have to be content with the duplicate and cheap costumes. The fire has been the villain all these years. This is the sad tale of many villages in Arunachal and not an isolated story of my village. But it’s the villagers who should be blamed for the fire mishaps and not the fire, after all the fire does not know anything. It’s duty is to burn and devour all things that come its way. The people will have to be cautious and be well-versed with all the fire safety measures. But unfortunately our people realize only after the fire accident had actually taken place and not before it.

These dreaded fire accidents can be arrested if the people are little cautious and alert. Most of the fire accidents are man- made. In most cases, it’s the children or the old people who start the fire. It has also been observed that fire accidents are common in villages that don’t follow strict code of conduct in the village. It is necessary that the people are extra cautious as most of the houses in Arunachal are made of toko leaves and bamboos. Every time we go through the morning newspapers, we come across the tragic news of fire accidents in Arunachasl Pradesh, especially in winter months. After everything has been gutted the victims apply for compensation which is very meager these days. So, the people should take precaution. If they are cautious and alert, many fire accidents can be averted. In the past the Noctes of Tirap district had a system called ‘Thingbaam’ wherein young boys would be stationed in the Paangs[dormitories] in the village during the day when all the villagers would be busy in their jhum field. The primary objective of these boys was to check fire in every house. If they detected fire in any house, it would be doused and informed to the villager concerned as a warning. It is about time the people of Arunachal realize that it’s fire accidents that pose the greatest threat to the people than any other thing. Accordingly they should be aware of the fire safety measures and take precaution to avert tragedies that fire accidents bring. [The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at denhangbosai @yahoo.co.in]



Buddha relics draws huge crowd at Tawang

TAWANG, Nov 18: Thousands of Buddhist devotees from across the district lined up near the Galden Namgyal Lhatse popularly known as the Tawang Monastery to get a glimpse of the sacred relics of Lord Buddha.

The Buddhist Town of Tawang wore a religious look as the locals in traditional attire lined up from Shyo village to the entrance of the monastery with khadas and incense to get the blessings/view of the relics.

Almost 8,000 people from different villages of the district had a glimpse of the relics on the first day.

Thrilled at the overwhelming response to the 7 days exposition of the sacred relics of Lord Buddha, Chairman Karmik & Adhyatmik(Chos-rig) Affairs TG Rimpoche advised the devotees to follow the path of Lord Buddha. “The main objective behind bringing the sacred relics to Tawang is to spread peace, harmony and tranquility and to inculcate Buddha’s teaching among the people,” said Rimpoche.

In a message here, the devotees have conveyed their gratefulness to the central as well as the state government for providing the lifetime opportunity to pay respect to Lord Buddha.

The relics from National Museum, New Delhi arrived at Tawang on November 15. These Kapilavastu relics (four out of 22 pieces of the relics) are considered to be the most genuine relics of Lord Buddha.

The relics would be kept at Tawang Monastery for exposition till November 23 and the next day it would be taken to Bomdila where the relics would be kept at Bomdila Monastery till December 2. The relics would be taken to Namsai on December 4. DIPRO



CM advocates for empowerment of PRIs

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: “You are people’s representatives in the grass root level and so are the public servants that mandate you to ensure that every benefit schemes and programmes of the Government reach the genuine masses”, asserted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while speaking to the ZPCs, ZPMs and ASMs here at Banquet hall during a breakfast meeting.

Tuki strongly advocated for empowerment of Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs) and disclosed that the Government is doing all out effort to devolve remaining power and functions to the PRI at the earliest.

While dwelling on the flagship programmes of the UPA Government in the Centre and State Government’s flagship programmes, CM appealed all to ensure that these people oriented schemes are judiciously implemented. He also called on them to exhibit leadership qualities while dealing with the public.

He exhorted their role in the society and termed them as the backbone of a strong and vibrant Arunachal Pradesh.

Minister Setong Sena, Chowna Mein, Tapang Taloh, Newlai Tingkhatra , Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena , MP Takam Sanjay , Parliament Secretary Nabam Rebia, MLA Karya Bagang, Takar Marde,Techi Kaso also present on the meeting.


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Act before it’s too late

In a shocking incident few days ago at Naharlagun town, some hawkers tried to molest and kidnap a housemaid and minor girl while pretending to be selling household items. Due to the timely intervention of Naharlagun police the two girls were saved. This incident is a warning sign of impending danger. The capital district administration should check large scale migration of illegal immigrants into the state. In the past numerous incidents of migrant workers indulging in criminal activities has been reported from capital complex.

Need of the hour is to ensure strict implementation of ILP in various check gates. The police posted at Banderdewa, Hollongi and Gumto check gates should be issued order to ensure proper checking of ILP. Such move will deter the illegal migrant from entering state. Meanwhile reacting to Naharlagun incident, the members of All Papum Pare District Students Union (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. This demand need serious thought by the concern authorities.

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Likabali-Aalo road in terrible condition

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to invite the kind attention of all the MLAs hailing from West Siang District on the matter as described below.

During my recent very uncomfortable journey I was so upset to see such a horrible and pathetic road. This route is not other than Likaball to Aalo Road, whose condition is worst. It is beyond understanding how this stretch of road became so hopeless to such an extent that travelers have to face a journey of night-mare in spite of having largest number of representative in the State Assembly where issues of public grievances are being placed in public interest and welfare.

The innocent people have lots of expectation from their MLA hoping that new development will usher in. But the very deplorable condition of said road vanished their hope to hopeless as none of the MLAs has raised the issue in the Assembly till date which ultimately invite criticism of these MLAs of West Siang. Then what is the meaning of their (MLAs) BIG - BIG Speech and assurance in the public places? Are they really concern about the public interest and welfare? Why these MLAs are not taking interest for maintenance of this road which is a life line of West Siang District? Why they are so reckless and not bother about the inconvenient of people of the district? Whom they are waiting to renovate Likabali-Aalo road? Do they really have the quality of 'LEADERSHIP' with principle and vision for common cause? No doubt they may be busy for other important works but without maintaining this particular stretch of road any type of developmental activities cannot be imagined in the district. Sometime I feel sorry for the educated persons of the district as they have to ply on such a backward and low standard road, while they visit their home town. This is really too much, people of other districts will never belief that one of the popular district headquarter like Aalo have ugly and disgusted road which has become unfit for any vehicle to ply.

Dear MLAs you people have the honour and power to correct things if your heart really has sense of social work. Please have a look at the pathetic condition of said road and think how people will bear your negligence. Why not this road be well maintained for betterment of your own native place? People will certainly take an example of your Good and Bad in ‘LATER DAYS’...


Lukgum Komin,

Miao, Changlang



Give us break from this daily nuisance

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed column, I would like to bring into light the recent scuffle over syllabus of B.Com & B.Sc courses. First of all, kudos to the students who have written such a long letter to the editor (almost half a page of the daily), their mastery over the language is really appreciable. I wonder if they have such grasp over language, why do they feel disturbed by the new syllabus, rather they should feel blessed that they can use their skill in writing the answers.

Everything deserves a change, but when the time comes people get scared of the impending changes. It is a baseless allegation that Compulsory Paper should contain only Grammar and Essays. As it is a known fact that we all went through Grammar and Essays since our primary schooling days, a standard piece of literature such as Shakespeare gives us a breathing space. BUGS while designing the Syllabus might have thought that Shakespeare’s “As you Like it” would relieve the students and provide pleasure along with their regular studies.

This trivial issue is being blown out of proportions with the allegations and counter allegations. The Lecturers of the affected students and authorities at RGU should chalk out a solution “together” for the matter and not turn it into some newspaper fight. Make us free of your daily nuisance, which takes up the important space for the people to share their grievances.


Yiri Kamcham

Department of English.



Progress & development are two different concepts

Dear Editor,

A person who commits himself to anything worthwhile will always experience the wrath and hostility of those who stand for nothing.

The illusionary image of a developed Arunachal based merely on statistical indices as depicted by Oyesu Tam (‘Regional party is not the solution’, Arunachal Times, 13 November 2013) as a matter of fact is that of a dependent economy. Moreover, making a state and its people dependent on the government is far removed from the ideal of social progress. Progress and Development are two different concepts. Merely quoting statistical figures is like adopting an ostrich like approach- ‘bury your head and imagine that there is no danger ahead’. We all will have to pay a heavy price for acting like blind men with lanterns in our hands.

This miscalculation leads me to believe that the Planning Commission needs to be re-done in the footsteps of Bhutan. The Bhutanese government measures growth not as a gross domestic product (GDP) but focuses on gross national happiness of the people. Their planning commission is called Happiness Commission. If fact all our policy planners should go for an internship there instead of delving into unproductive debates on policies, which are redundant and have lost their relevance. This scenario compels me to talk of an alternative party where fish will not be distributed freely but the people will be encouraged to grow fish-breeding farms and make themselves self reliant and economically confident, and thus ‘rise above impotence’.

Regarding the rot in the system, which Tam has pointed out, let us admit this fact- who forms the majority in any society? Is it the wise or the ignorant? It seems that the ignorant generally outnumber the wise. If you go by the sheer number, the ignorant shall always rule the wise. What a paradox! What is popular is not necessarily right and what is right need not always be popular. Now, it is for us to take a decision- ‘Stand with anybody that stands right; stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.’


Kaling Jerang



Shopkeepers deserves punishment

Dear Editor,

The recent incident of panic over salt has exposed the extent of malpractices prevailing in India. It has abundantly demonstrated the power of unscrupulous traders and rumour mongoers. Thanks to the credulous consumers who are easy preys to game-plans of the hoarders .This incident reminds us of a story ‘The Sky is Falling' which formed a chapter in primary schools decades ago. In the aforesaid story the panic stricken characters were serially running for safety from the falling sky without even attempting to know the truth. Shopkeepers found guilty should be awarded stringent punishment so as to deter them from duping the innocent people.


Kirtu Riba,








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