November 02

Indian Army to conduct talent hunt trials

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: A team of officials from Boys Sports Company, AOC Centre, Secunderabad will conduct talent hunt trials (pre-induction rally) here from November 14 to 17.

Physical and proficiency tests will be conducted among young sportspersons (of age between 11 to 15 years) in three sports disciplines, namely Athletics, Swimming and Weightlifting.

The interested young athletes are suggested to come along with their parents/guardians and bring with them original birth certificates, certificate from school indicating class in which he/she is currently studying and sports participation certificates, if any, for fair selection.

The selected players will be enrolled in their training centre and they will be provided coaching/training, education, food and accommodation etc. free of cost by Army.

Interested candidates, parents and guardians can contact Officer Commanding Boys Sports Company (tele:8886046564) for further details.

The Army Boys Sports Company is a Joint venture of Army and Sports Authority of India (SAI).


AGT promo events from Nov 4

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: The promotional events for Arunachal Got Talent (AGT)-Season II will start from the first week of this month.

The promotional events for Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri, Kra Daadi, Sagalee & Kimin will be held from November 4 to 10, while this events will be conducted at Namsai, Lohit,  Longding, Tirap and Changlang from November 4 to 7, at Upper Subansiri, East Siang, West Siang, L/Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley from November  7 to 15 and Tawang, West Kameng and East Kameng from November 11 to 15.

The district level auditions will be started from the first week of December 2015, informed the event organizers.


Villagers take cleanliness pledge

KHONSA, Nov 01: The series of awareness campaign conducted by PHE and WS division Khonsa under Swachh Bharat Mission (G) at Katang, New Kothin and Doidam Gram Panchayats resulted in adoption of resolution by the villagers to make their villages open defecation free through use of sanitary toilets.

As part of the campaign, the villagers were administered cleanliness pledge during the campaign, who signed the pledge, informed Binken Nomuk, Executive Engineer, PHE & WS, Khonsa.

The campaign was conducted from October 28 to 30 last month. DIPRO


NGO shocked at Governor's suggestion on airport

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) expressed shock and surprise over the Governor's suggestion to Prime Minister on Greenfield Airport at Hollongi.

It is an unprecedented move by the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly at a time when the state is striving to get its first airport, ACS chairman Patey Tayum said, and questioned the motive of the Governor.

ACS also strongly condemned the statement made by Leader of opposition on the Greenfield Airport.

The media report on governor suggesting the Prime Minister to upgrade Lilabari Airport, Assam instead of constructing the Greenfield airport at Hollongi has evoked widespread protest and condemnation from all quarters in the state.


Kurung Kumey football team leaves for Tezu

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: The Kurung Kumey district football team has left for Tezu to participate in the 14th Tadar Tang Memorial football tournament which is slated to begin from November 2 next.


Children’s Science Congress

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Nov 01:   Vivekananda Public School stood first in the district level National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) conducted at Vivekananda Public School here yesterday.

VKV Kuporijo and Govt. Hr. Secondary School, Daporijo secured the second and third positions respectively.

The theme of the NCSC was "Understanding Weather and Climate."

While attending the programme, DDSE in-charge Thimpu Maying urged the teachers to encourage the students to develop scientific temperament. Highlighting the effects of climate change to environment, Maying asked the students to educate the villagers about the causes and effects of global warming.

The NCSC was organized by the office of the DDSE Upper Subansiri District under the guidance of programme coordinator Jitu Rigia, BEO.

Ten teams from different schools participated in the programme.


Colony road repaired on self-help basis

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: All Nirjuli Youth Organization (ANYO) conducted its second mass social service and road maintenance works at Nirjuli-ll CLF Colony today.

The members of the organization repaired the road on self-help basis. The colony road was in a bad condition due for want of maintenance.

The students and staff of Govt. Sec. School Nirjuli, residents of Yogin Colony, D-Sector, P-Sector, Anya Colony and Rayo Colony also joined hand with the organization in the maintenance works.

The Veterinary Department provided vehicles for the social service cum road maintenance work.


Annual College Week “Resonance -15” conducted in SCCZ

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: Saint Claret College, Ziro, celebrated Resonance- 15, the Annual College Week from October 26 to 31.

Various games and sports, literary, art and cultural competitions were conducted among the students during the week- long programme.

The College Week was themed after the popular online game, 'Clash of the Clans' and so the teams were named after the game characters, viz., Archers, Dragons, Goblins and Wizards.

Ajom Sitek, District Sports Officer of Lower Subansiri, who inaugurated the College Week, underlined the formative value of Sports and Games and Co-curricular activities in the life of a student.  

After six days and 38 competitive events, the Wizards emerged as the Champions followed by the Goblins and Landi Puming, as the Runners-Up.


DPR violation alleged in 4-lane highway construction

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: Alleging gross violations of DPR in the four-lane highway road construction at Hollongi, the Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA) has requested the Chief Engineer, Highway (Eastern Zone) to look into the matter and direct the executing agency to follow norms as per the DPR.

Expressing concern over the work quality BCYA in a release today stated that the sand and gravel meant for construction of drains, culverts, retaining walls etc are being procured directly from the Hollongi River where the soil out of earth and formation cutting is being dumped into the same river. There are cracks and fissures in almost all the drains, retaining walls which were constructed in the recent past due to the low quality of sands and gravels being used, it further alleged.

Further, BCYA stated that the absence of drains in one side of the road in the stretch from Hollongi Charali to Police Check gate has inundated the cultivable land because of siltation and dwelling houses  remain under mud and water when it rains.

BCYA appealed for constructing drains in the said stretch of the road before the cultivable and human dwelling land becomes unfit for use and threatened to launch democratic movement if the grievances were not redressed.


Rebi Ado Memorial Football Tournament

Semifinal line up complete

AALO Nov 01: The semifinal line up for 3rd Rebi Ado Memorial Football Tournament is now complete with Jumi Combats taking on All Kombo on Wednesday before Hiker Gumin face Artu Tadin on November five.

Hiker Gumin beat Kabu 1-0, Artu Tadin outclassed Yigikaum 8-0, All Kombo pipped DPGC 1-0 and Jumi Combats thrashed Memo United 4-0 to enter the semifinals. DIPRO


News Impact


Capital road widening work under public scanner

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: Serious question are being raised over quality of the ongoing road widening work in the capital complex. PWD Highway (Western Zone) is carrying out construction of paved shoulder on the existing highway. The road widening project has been started with the hope to create 3 feet extra space on both side of the highway.

However the poor quality work is putting serious question mark over viability of the project. "I don't see any engineer monitoring the project. Quality of work is so poor that if there is continuous rainfall for even one hour, the road will get washed away," shared one road user. The recent monsoon has shown us how unforgiving they can be. Therefore the construction agency should ensure that fund is not misutilised and best quality work is done. When informed about this, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi shared the concern of capital citizen and assured to pull up the department concern.



CHC remains closed after alleged

physical assault on doctor

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Nov 01: The Nacho Community Health Centre (CHC) in Upper Subansiri district has remained closed for more than last 15 days due to non-availability of doctor.

According to Siyum Nacho Limeking Taksing Students' Union, (SINALITASU) and Rural Women Welfares' Society Nacho, the hospital has virtually closed after the lone doctor posted in the CHC had left the health centre following the alleged assault incident of October 15.

Arunachal Pradesh Doctors' Association, Upper Subansiri unit gave an ultimatum to the district administration to immediately arrest the alleged accused in the incident.

SINALITASU, meanwhile, denied the allegation that the doctor on duty was mercilessly beaten by the alleged accused.

"The allegation is completely baseless and misleading," the union said.

"The alleged accused Taru Bayaling was attending an emergency patient, who was in need of a doctor. He was searching for doctor in the CHC and was murmuring to himself on non-availability of doctor.

In the meantime, the doctor came out from a room and allegedly scolded him before they had engaged in an argument. It was only a case of push and pull," the union claimed.

They asked the APDA district unit to immediately withdraw their false statement made without knowing the fact and ground reality which has defamed the entire area.

This kind of 'one-sided' press statement may create misunderstanding and discourage doctors to serve in rural areas, they added.



BJP  backs Greenfield airport project

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh unit stated that the proposed Green Field Airport should come up either at Karshingsa or Hollongi considering all the techno-economic feasibility at the earliest.

The state BJP stands solidly for Pan-Arunachal and all round socio-economic development of Arunachal Pradesh by upholding the popular principles of "Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas", the party said in a release.  

However, the BJP  said that party is unaware of the opinion of the leader of opposition, Tamiyo Taga as it appeared in the local dailies reportedly suggesting upgradation of Lilabari Airport in Assam.  

The party questioned why the BJP state unit should be dragged into controversy in the failures of Congress led state government. It also added that it was an indulgence by the ruling party in misleading the people of the state just to divert the attention of the people from the infightings in the Congress party.

The BJP would not maintain stoic silence over the alleged rampant corrupt practices and mismanagement by the ruling Congress govt. in all sphere of development in the state. "There is disproportional claim in the land compensation by the vested interested ruling govt. leaders involved at proposed green field airport at Hollongi, despite the proposed land for green field airport at Hollongi was allotted for the rehabilitation of the Chakma refugees by the Union Home Minister during the early sixties," the party said.

Further, the BJP stated that the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki's wild allegation on the interference of BJP in the internal matter of Congress is contradictory, misleading and unfounded. At the same time the CM should not forget that the Congress Party cannot keep the state in uncertainty and in a hanging situation badly affecting the developmental activities and victimising the common men between two groups, added the release.



APB&OCWWB provides laptops to meritorious students

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) in collaboration with AAPPHE&WSWU organized a free health check up cum awareness camp for registered labourers of the Board at Senki View today.

Minister for PHE, Water Supply Takam Pario, who inaugurated the camp, lauded the APB&OCWWB Chairman, Nyamar Karbak for his noble initiative of conducting free special hepatitis 'B' screening test for workers of PHE & Water Supply Department. He suggested all the workers of his department to take full advantage from the free medical camp.

Pario, along with Parliamentary Secretary Karbak handed over one laptop each to five children of registered workers, who excelled in Class X and XII examinations. 400 medicated mosquito nets, few torch light and mobile handsets were also distributed among the registered workers by APB& OCWWB.

In his speech Karbak acknowledged the contribution of workers in nation building and said that the state Government was fully aware of the condition of the workers. To improve the living standard of the workers, the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki-led government has increased their wages twice, he said. He assured the workers that the state government would look into their genuine demands and try to fulfill them.

INTUC general secretary Kenkar Yomcha and AAPWU Chief Advisor Changma Tajo also attended the camp and appreciated the government for hiking the wages for workers.

Around 655 registered workers of PHE and Water Supply Department under APB&OCWWB from Capital Complex and adjoining areas took part in the programme. The programme was also attended by the departmental engineers, office bearers of APPHE&WSWU.



Campaign on Smart City mission

PASIGHAT, Nov 01: Third day campaign of citizen consultation for Smart City Proposals (SCPs) was organised at the Daying Ering Higher Secondary School ground  here last evening.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Pasighat East MLA Kaling Moyong said that Smart City Mission is not a mere urban infrastructure up-gradation, it aims to provide benefit to all citizens in and around Pasighat city.

For success of SCM, we have to think out of the box and act smart accordingly, he opined.

The district administration along with Municipal Council has been organising "Citizen Consultative Campaign" (CCC) in all municipal wards to interact with all city stakeholders, including residents, traders, professionals and with all vulnerable sections of the society including socially, economically and physically deprived citizens. While seeking maximum participation in CCC, the MLA urged all the elected leaders and senior members of the society to guide the young generation in particular to put forth their grievances and suggestions to make Pasighat smart and beautiful with availability of all smart amenities like 24x7 potable water and power supplies, traffic management for vehicular and pedestrians, shopping complex, amusement parks, crowd pulling tourism infrastructures, robust IT connectivity along with educational hub and international standard health services without disturbing the ecological balance.

Earlier, the MLA inaugurated a Massive Signature Campaign and SCM Theme Song conceived by All India Radio, Pasighat on the occasion.

Speaking on SCM, ADC cum MEO, Deepak Shinde stated that "Smart City Proposal" would be citizen oriented and the bottom-up planning based on citizen participation would be evolved based on extensive consultations with them. He informed that authorities from the centre are closely monitoring all developments broadly assessed for the extent and quality of citizen participation and their economic and environmental impacts. These would be evaluated in the second stage of City Challenge competition. "After securing place in the top hundred cities in the first phase, it is time to get a place in the top twenty to ensure central funding through the Smart City Challenge which is tougher than the earlier process.

Among others Associate Professor, Narmi Darang, ZPC, Kaling Dai, PMC Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk and Dy. Chief Councilor Kaling Darang also spoke and shared their views in the campaign. DIPRO



Effective governance is the cornerstone

of democracy: Tuki

KIMIN, Nov 01: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that effective governance is the cornerstone of a progressive democracy.

Addressing a huge public rally with the theme 'Arunachal Pradesh towards Progress' organized to celebrate the completion of four years of his Govt. since Nov. 2011 at Subansiri Mini Stadium here today, Tuki said that his government has always given thrust on people centric programmes and policies at all levels along with transparent governance.

We have identified many priority areas and have tried to create and strengthen the institutional mechanism to deliver our agendas, he said.

He said that skill development of youth, employment generation, social security, empowerment of women, agriculture and allied sectors, tourism, health care, industries and commerce, education, border area development, enhancement of physical and social infrastructure, reformation of local self governance, administrative reforms, sport promotion along with strengthening of internal security are among the priority areas.

He said that initiatives are made to build strong foundations to strengthen the delivery systems. He also disclosed that Right to Service Act will be introduced in the next assembly session in January to make the public essential service more people friendly and easily accessible.

In health sector, Tuki informed a Territory Cancer Centre in Naharlagun having facility of radiation therapy for treatment of cancer patients will be made functional this year. He also said that low cost generic drug will be made available in all district hospitals from this year.

Two tele-medicine centre, one at ASH, Naharlagun and another at General Hospital, Pasighat will be established, he said while informing that the annual insurance coverage under Chief Minister's Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) has been increased from Rs.2 Lakh to Rs 3.

Tuki also said that skill development and employment generation schemes of Govt. is also huge success helping many unemployed youths to gainfully get employed in diverse field. In Sports, Tuki said, as many as 355 sportsperson have been appointed against sports quota in various Govt. departments of the state Government. Tuki also said that state Govt. has received numerous accolades from reputed institutions for its good governance and development, all this have been possible because of teamwork and able leadership of the Chief Secretary and his team of top bureaucrats, technocrats, head of departments.

He also said that there is no financial crisis in the state and requested the people not to believe in the rumours doing round.

All the Govt. departments have been asked to formulate schemes keeping in view the Vision Document 2030, which will be ready in three months.

Hailing the Gaon Buras and Buris for their role in maintaining peace, law and order at grassroots level, he said that Govt. will provide TV sets under the Chief Minister's Rural Information Schemes to all GBs in the state.

Later on  LED TV were distributed among the GBs.

Minister for Home, Horticulure Tanga Byaling also addressed the gathering and requested the people to abide by the law and maintain peace and tranquility.

Saying that horticulture has huge potential to raise socio-economic status of the state, Byaling stressed the need of developing a proper mechanism to make the state one of the top horticulture producing states.

Health Minister Rajesh Tacho also requested the people to take benefit of CMUHIS.  

Education and WRD Minister Tapang Taloh also hailed Tuki for leading the state towards remarkable development in all fronts.

PWD Minister Gojen Gadi, Minister of Power (civil), Veterinary Phurpa Tsering, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Jomde Kena, Parliamentary Secretary (Forest and Environment) Kumsi Sidisow, former MP Takam Sanjoy and APCC President Padi Richo also attended the programme and spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, Legislative Assembly Speaker and Local MLA Nabam Rebia gave the welcome address and hailed Tuki for this able leadership and his vision for development of the state.

Minister for DoTC Tirong Aboh, all the Parliamentary Secretaries, Commissioners and Secretaries of various departments, Papum Pare DC, SP, all the HoDs, Panchayat leaders, GBs and public attended the rally. DIPRO



Long-horned Chinese beetle discovered in Arunachal

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

PASIGHAT, Nov 01: A team of entomologists, who have conducted long five-year survey on existence of beetle species in Arunachal forests, have discovered a new species of long-horned Chinese beetle in natural vegetation.

The beetle (Rhytidodera griseofasciata) belongs to Cerambycid group, was earlier spotted in Yunnan province of China. The discovery of the beetle species in the border state for first time has drawn attention of scientists.

The team of entomologists led by Dr. M M Kumawat, Assistant Professor (Plant Protection) of CHF, Pasighat,  who have conducted survey on "cerambycids" in the natural forest of the Himalayan state, has found the new species near Pasighat town. The 27 mm-long brownish color male insect has 20mm- long antenna.

The beetle has been sent to New Delhi based National Pusa Collection for preservation.

The survey was supported by Dr. K. Mamocha Singh, Assoc. Professor of College of PG Studies, CAU, Barapani and Dr. V.V. Ramamurthy of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). They have collected 49 species of cerambycids from Arunachal forests, out of which seven species were newly reported from the state.

Dr. Bhanu P Mishra of CHF, Pasighat said that the beetle species (longicorn) were collected from ornamental plants, old and fresh wooden logs, leafy trees and weeds in the forest and also using light traps during night hours.

The research history including new discovery of Chinese beetle has been published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa with title "A Checklist of the Long-horned beetles of Arunachal Pradesh, Northeastern India with Several New Reports", published in October, 2015 edition.

Accordingly the scientists, beetles come under order Coleoptera are largest group having as many as 3, 50,000 to 4, 00,000 species. It covers about 40 per cent of all insect species and nearly 30 per cent of total animals. These are forest insects that constitute one of the largest groups of wood-boring beetles, dead wood feeders. The newly discovered Chinese beetle is also a wood-boring beetle, which usually make tunnel on standing tree trunk.

Scientists said that study on the wood-boring beetles is important as these are damaging forest trees in the state and posing threat to the terrestrial ecosystem. They observed that complex geography and natural factors supports rich entomological fauna enabling the cerambycids for better survival in the natural forests of Himalayan region.



PPA blames govt. procrastination for delay in airport construction

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) blamed procrastination of the government for delay in construction of an airport in the state.

"It is sad for the people of Arunachal to see a high profile development project being drawn into controversy because of the myopic, greed and procrastinating attitude of the leaders in the state," PPA said in a press statement.

The project could have been halfway through by now had it been allowed to be continued at Banderdewa, the original project site against which the foundation stone was laid by former Union Minister Shivraj Patil, the party said.

Every one of us knew who were behind the delay and the reasons for the delay but we all remained silent spectators all these years, it said.

"The Governor joined Arunachal just a few months back. Should not we be shameful of blaming someone innocent instead of blaming ourselves? Why Tamyo Taga is being blamed; he is not talking of shifting of the project. His suggestion is just that of an alternative idea till the controversies over the project site between Hollongi and Banderdewa is settled. Now the pertinent question remains who are the real culprits responsible for the criminal delay in this project," the release said.

"The PPA has always been concerned regarding the long delay in the project. The Party had submitted a memorandum to the Governor in connection to this. We had even raised the question why the sudden change of project site, that too in a place where the Chakma refugees were already settled. The matter did appear in all the local dailies. But the kind of hue and cry that we get to see today in the social media against this sudden shifting of the project site then was almost missing," the party observed.

"Instead of wrongly pointing fingers at the Governor you nail the culprits who are among your own native leaders. Identify them, condemn them and punish them," the party said.

"This delay is because of the procrastinating government. Weak leaders procrastinate because they don't have the guts to face up to the consequences and hence lack decisiveness," the party added.

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---- Editorial ----


Dissidence at the cost of development

The dissidence movement is finally taking toil on the development of the state. For the last 2 month section of Congress legislators who are rebelling against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki are camping at Delhi and is remaining absent from their respective home constituencies. This has badly hurt the developmental process and in many areas people are starting to raise serious question against their respective MLAs.  Yesterday panchayat members of the seven panchayat blocks of Tirap district expressed their strong resentment over the long absence of their MLAs from their respective constituencies.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson of Tirap Chawang Lowang told media that irresponsible attitude of the MLAs has greatly hampered the developmental activities in the district. ZPC Chairperson  further claim that due to absence of MLAs during peak working season PRI members and work departments are not able to submit development schemes to the government agencies. The PRI leaders of Tirap have dared to speak what others could not till now. MLAs should understand that they have been elected to serve the people and not to enjoy long vacation at Delhi. They have every right to rebel against Chief Minister but should not abandon their own people who elect them during election.  They should atleast remain in touch with their people and ensure that their absence does not affect the development process. The MLAs should understand that after few years again they will have to knock the door of these same people whom they are neglecting now. Dissidence at the cost of development is of no use.




---- Readers Forum ----


Arunachal will not forgive Mr Rajkhowa

Dear Editor,

The controversial letter written by our Governor JP Rajkhowa with input from the leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga is returning to haunt both. While Rajbhawan is yet to clarify and therefore we assume that Governor is dead serious about upgrading Lilabari airport and discontinuation of Hollongi airport project. BJP leader Tamiyo Taga’s clarification has only confused us more and he sounded very arrogant in his reply.  Rajkhowa should understand that he is no more Chief Secretary of Assam and is governor of Arunachal.

Thousands of people give thousands of suggestion to him every day. Does it mean that he will write letter to Prime Minister on every issues suggested by any tom, dick and harry. We understand that he loves his home state Assam very much but he should not use Arunachal’s soil for the benefit of his home state. For years we have waited to have airport of ours and with his single letter  Governor  Rajkhowa has killed our dream. Arunachal will not forgive him for this blunder. I appeal people of Arunachal to be united and demand immediate removal of present Governor before he causes more damage to the future of Arunachal. As per as Tamiyo Taga is concern, I would suggest him please first of all take care of your Rumgong assembly constituency and then talk about other issues. Everyone knows the pathetic condition of Rumgong constituency.


Tarung P,





Looks like there is a deal between Governor

and opposition party

Dear Editor,

It was very sad and painful to read the news concerning the shifting of airport from Arunachal Pradesh (AP) to Assam. Such dirty politics does not fit our honorable governor and the leader of opposition. It is a known fact that Arunachal Pradesh is not economically contributing to the central government like other Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Kerela, Gujrat, Maharastra etc. But does that mean that other poor states should of India should not be cared, because it is takes crores of rupees to care for the under developed states of India. If such is the attitude of governors in the states of India, then India will surely be divided into many small countries like those in Europe. Governor J P Rajkhowa and leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga, feels that it is costly to develop airport in AP and therefore it should be shifted to Assam. Then, based on the same reasoning, it is also very costly for the central government to sanctions various projects in Assam. In that case all the projects for Assam should be shifted to West Bengal and other already developed states.

All the ongoing road projects in Arunachal Pradesh is also very costly, so all the road funds  should be diverted to Assam and all the people of AP should migrate to live in neighboring Assam. It is very shameful to contemplate such weird ideas on part of Mr. Rajkhowa and Mr. Tamiyo Taga. I think the reason put forward by them in support of their suggestion are too silly and does not have any gravity. Their suggestions are against the spirit of inclusive development and national integration, for which PM Modi has been advocating strongly since assuming office. If China can connect Tibet with railways on much higher cost than the airport at AP, then why can't India connect Arunachal with airport? In his international visits, PM Modi boasts of India becoming a major economic power, but, internally he is adapting a miserable policy towards Arunachal which is shameful. I would like to request Mr. Rajkhowa and Mr. Tamiyo Taga to visit the airport in Aizwal, Mizoram, which is built on a hill top. Also, I would like to request them to visit airport in Ladhak. Government of India (GOI) has definitely spent a lot of money to build them. We have waited for 68 years for our state to be connected to Delhi by railways. So, I would like to inform Mr. Tamiyo Taga that people of AP is not in a hurry to have airport. I would like to suggest to Mr. Rajkhowa that, if GOI is poor, then GOI can implement the airport project in a phased manner in Arunachal but not in Assam. Presently, China is not attacking India, so GOI can take time to construct the airport. If GOI indeed has no money for the said airport, then in that case China will be more than happy to build one in AP. So, on a friendly note, Mr. Rajkhowa can request China to built one in AP. The crux is that it is the politics to keep AP underdeveloped and develop Assam. Since, these days opposition is demanding the governor of Arunachal for the resignation of Tuki government, the governor, who is a native of Assam, in return to the request of the opposition leader might have asked for his support to shift the airport from AP to Assam. And may be because of such a deal made between the governor Rajkhowa and leader of opposition, today we hear such sad, painful and shameful news. Why has they made such proposal to PM at this point of  time, while the estimates of the airport were made and submitted long back. Surely, there is something fishy. I request all the people of AP to be united to dig out the truth and stop the airport from being shifted to Assam at any cost.


Takam Tadar,

Delhi University




Please no bandh call

Dear Editor,

After reading releases of various organization/associations/committees in the newspapers, I get a feeling that some agitation or bandh call is in the offing during the diwali week.  This has become quite a concern for the MARKET community. While writing this I am sure the feelings of all the TRADERS/shopkeepers of the capital complex is being shared.

I will be wrong in commenting anything on the FINANCIAL health of the state without knowing the true facts and figures. But going by daily sales of our market, the flow of cash has definitely taken a nosedive for the worse since many months. The festive or the puja season usually brings out smiles for the market community every year. This year we had a 12 hr bandh to welcome that season. Now, nearing diwali the fear of an impending bandh or agitation has become a major concern for the market community. Overkill of the market would be an understatement if another bandh were to be experienced now.

Through this letter, I sincerely request all organizations/association/committees etc to think about the rare smile which the market community rarely gets to put on once a year and hold-up any such movements/agitations/bandhs during this ongoing festive season. Please let us have our rarest of smiles in peace.


Tadar Babin

A-sector, Naharlagun





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