Eviction drive continues, more structures demolished

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Continuing its drive to widen the capital road,  the Capital Complex administration today carried out eviction drive along NH 52(A) at Itanagar town. A team of District Administration comprising Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goel, ADM-cum-CEO Talo Potom, J. Bomjen, EAC Itanagar with the help of Police and para-military personnel, PPPF personnel initiated an eviction drive from morning 8 am to evening 5 PM. Many temporary/semi-permanent structures and hoardings falling within 15 mtrs of RoW of  NH 52A were removed with the help of 2 JCBs and other equipments.

The other permanent structures falling under 15 mtr of RoW of NH 52A have been given seven days time to remove their structure and belongings on their own, otherwise the same would be done by the District Administration, the DC informed in a release. The notice to this effect has been given to all the illegal occupants and the public announcement through PA system was also done today in this regard.

The drive is in continuation to the eviction drive conducted by the District Administration on 29th September last  at Naharlagun wherein more than 100 structures and hoardings were removed.

The effort of the District Administration is to free the RoW of atleast 15 mtrs of NH 52A on both sides, so that the pedestrian and the moving traffic can commute freely without congestion and risk of accidents. It would also help in giving better aesthetic beauty to the Capital City. The District Administration has appealed to all including residents, affected parties, media fraternity and others to help in their endeavour to make capital city beautiful and congestion free. The first phase of eviction drive was widely welcomed by various NGOs and civil societies of capital.

The DC capital Sanjay Goel and his dedicated team of officers is on a crusade to make capital complex an ideal city to live. The time has arrived for law abiding citizens of capital to come out and extend support to such endeavour.



Expedition team reaches base camp

Bomdila, Oct 07:  The 12-member Mt. Gorichen Expedition team has crossed the glacier point and set up its base camp (Camp-3) successfully.

The team reached the base camp located at an altitude of 16500 ft as per schedule via Jang, Dushinthang, Mago, Jithang and Merathang with the help of Mules and Yaks, stated a report from the Base camp.

“All team members are physically fit and sound and the team is expected to attempt the summit on October 8 and 11 by rope as the weather favored the team since it was flagged off by Governor Gen JJ Singh at Itanagar on September 22 last,” the statement said.

However, the team has gone out of contact with rest of the world due to disruption in communication system due to failure of generator set; and as a result of which K N Damo, Field Advisor cum LO of the team with Police WT operator Tasso Tayung had to rush back to Mago from Base Camp for arrangement of support team in the event of any emergency. Mountains in Arunachal Himalayas are considered pious; hence, the team members offered puja to the respective deities at Chillipam Gompa, Thubchog Gatseling Gompa and finally Tawang Monastary on September 25 before the start of the trekking at Jang.

Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) organized the final get together programme at Bomdila Bazar Gompa which was attended by West Kameng DC Rinchin Tashi, former Minister D K Thongdok, Sports and Youth Affairs Director D K Dinglow and AMASA president Tsering Wange.

The team led by Dr. K R Romeo, includes KN Damo, LO/Field Advisor,  Anshu Jamsenpa, Everester, Tine Mina, Everester, Nima Lama, Inspector Lobsang Sherpa, Everester, i/c Eqpmts,  ITBP,  Anil Boudh,  Member, ITBP,  Rinchin Dolma,  Member, Shanti Rai, Member, Sikkim, Hokson Lyngdoh,  Member, Megalaya,  Joram Sanga,  I/c Medical, Mizoram. Khorsing Terang, Assam.

It is worth mentioning here that Mt. Gorichen is a technical peak and only seasoned climber can make it to the top (6488 Mtr). During the last Indian Army Expedition to Mt. Gorichen, two of their best mountaineers lost their lives and the third one was critically injured while negotiating a climb between Camp-2 and the Summit Camp.

It is also the third highest peak in North East excepting the Sikkim Himalayas. The other two unclimbed and virgin mountain peaks located in Arunachal are Mt. Kangto (7090 mtr) and Mt. Nyegikangsang (7050 mtr).

This is the first civilian expedition to Mt. Gorichen organized by the Dept of Sports & Youths Affairs Govt of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Indian Mountaineering Foundation. If successful, it will be a curtain raiser for high altitude trekking and mountain expeditions to Arunachal Himalayas.



Governor appeals to preserve and promote folk dances

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh appealed all to preserve and promote traditional folk dances and disseminate its values. The Governor was speaking at the National Folk Dance Festival here this evening.

Exhorting all to revive and preserve folk music, folk dances and folk dramas of different tribes of the country, the Governor appealed to the parents to teach their wards indigenous dialects, customs and traditions thus maintaining a linkage between the past, present and future. He lauded the efforts of various indigenous organizations, who are working for preservation of indigenous faiths and cultural heritage.

Stating that Arunachal Pradesh is not only rich in biodiversity but also rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, the Governor said that it is a mini India and truly a mesmerizing cultural mosaic. If combined with tourism, it will be a sustainable venture to boost rural economy.

The Governor lauded North East Zone Cultural Center, Dimapur and State Department of Art and Culture for organizing the National Folk Dance Festival and expressed his confidence that the festival will showcase the richness, diversity and magnificence of Indian art and culture. He said that folk dance and cultural festivals have always played a crucial role in creating awareness and consciousness amongst the people about cultural heritage, traditions and practices in other parts of the country.  It also instills the proud spirit of ‘Unity in Diversity’ in every Indian, Singh added.

Taking the opportunity, the Governor exhorted the media to participate enthusiastically in promoting national unity. He said that media can play important role in depicting the culture,  tradition and practices of the north east region and help the people from other parts of the country to know and understand their fellow citizens.  He stated that India is diverse but united.

The Governor while felicitating the people associated with NEZCC, Dimapur on the occasion of its silver jubilee celebration, reposed his faith that the center will continue to promote the timeless and treasured cultural legacy of the region and also provide a platform for artists to exhibit their talents.

Member of Parliament Takam Sanjay speaking on the occasion, called for nation unity. Sanjay, who is associated with the NEZCC since 1991, asked the Center to market the cultural assets of the north eastern region properly.

The Secretary Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, also spoke on the occasion.

State First Lady Anupama Singh, State Minister Art & Culture Komlung Mossang, Tali Moksha, Joint Director, North East Zone Cultural Center, Dimapur, hosts of dignitaries and senior officers of the State, officials and representatives from different States were present on the occasion.

Artists and folk dancers from Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Manipur, Gujarat, Assam and Punjab took part in the festival. Students from Kalakshetra Academy of Dance and Music, Itanagar also participated in the event. PRO to Raj Bhawan



RGGP civil engineering Dept building inaugurated

Govt accords top priority to education : Siram

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Despite paucity of fund,  the state Govt has given top priority on development of education sector in Arunachal Pradesh,  said Education Minister Bosiram Siram  today.  He was addressing the faculties, staff and students of  Rajiv Gandhi  Govt Polytechnic (RGGP) here after the inauguration of  civil engineering department building of the  Polytechnic in an impressive function.

Education, health and rural development are the priority area of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Siram said.  Despite hilly terrain and geographical isolation, Arunachal  Pradesh is marching  towards right direction to  fulfill the needs  of  more than 3 lakh students, the minister said while lauding the  role of teachers, particularly those teachers  who are  performing their duties in remote and far-flung area of the state.

The Minister also had words of caution for the students.  He said students, particularly the  students who are studying outside the state, should take extra care and never allow themselves to be victim of immoral act like drug abuse, he said.

Stressing the need of maintaining a balanced life, the Minister said physical, mental and social growth is equally important for a student  to become good  and  successful citizen  Only mantra to achieve success in academic life is hard work and dedication, the minister added.

While  lauding the  academic activities of the Polytechnic since its establishment in 2002,  Siram  urged the  authorities of the institution to give emphasis on vocation course and personality development of the  students.

Admitting that encroachment of land within the educational institutions causes concern, the  Minister  also urged the Polytechnic authorities  to  approach the general administration  so that   even an inch of land of the institution is not encroached.

In his address, director of higher and technical education Dr Joram Begi said the RGGP, being the only Govt polytechnic in the state should be a role model. He added 10 more polytechnics are being established in Arunachal under the initiative of Central Govt.   

Lauding the academic growth of the polytechnic within a short span of 10 years,  Begi said “we are trying our best to ensure proper growth of this technical institution.” The Director, however, urged both faculty members and students  to strive hard for academic excellence of the institution.

Steps  are  being taken  for creation of regular posts under the civil engineering department of the institution within this financial year, Begi said while adding that  remuneration of guest faculties of the institution has been increased from Rs 8000 to  Rs 15,000.

It is worth mentioning here that Civil Engineering department of the institution is running without regular faculties  for last 4 years.

Education Commissioner Gonesh Koyu said the Govt is always ready to extend any kind of help for academic growth of the  instution.

Earlier, RGGP principal A K Tripathy briefed on the achievements of the Polytechnic and its future plans. He said  during last two years,  the  RGGP gets its civil engineering department building and other infrastructure like staff quarters, girls’ hostel  with security barrack.  It has received 11 projects funded by AICTE, which is highest in  the country.  6 students received gold medals for academic excellence, while  the principal and faculties of  the technical institute also received international and national awards during last two years. Recently, it has signed pact with Tata Consultancy services in career counseling and bagged 11  consultancy and entrepreneurship projects.   

PWD Executive Engineer Roto Techi and HoD EEE Anil Choudhary also spoke on the occasion.

The construction of the  building  to house the civil engineering department  started in January 2011 with an estimated cost of Rs one crore. Speakers also lauded the team of PWD engineers – Roto Techi, EE, Nabam Takar, AE and Toko Lento, JE for  completion of project within  July this year.



Arunachal Bhavan Shillong in shambles

Arunachal Bhavan, situated in Cleave Colony, Shillong was acquired by Lt. Governor K. A. A Raja through exercise of his constitutional authority for his immense love for the state of Arunachal Pradesh.  The historic building was known as Brown House during British days.

Many Arunachalees would admit that the Bhavan in question is testimony to many accomplishments that Arunachal can boast of today. Arunachal Bhavan in Shillong was a place of great interest for our state leaders till late 90s; but gradually the route of interest shifted to Guwahati and New Delhi. The shift of interest almost brought the heritage building to a total shambles as maintenance works disappeared since then. The affairs of the Bhavan and adjoining circuit house in Shillong are looked after by Naharlagun Division of PWD.

Over the years the health of the Bhavan had deteriorated to such an extent that almost the entire set of walls, furniture, doors and other things need immediate replacements. The Bhavan looks pretty and healthy from outside but the ailment is indeed serious inside. The old-fashioned freeze stopped working a decade ago but it still stands undeterred to catch the attention of visitors’ eyes. The bathrooms and sanitary tanks contribute to stinking odor emitting out of it. There is no gardener, sweeper, launderer and plumber to withhold the needs and dignity of the assets. There is only four staff to look after the Bhavan and adjacent Circuit House while the only cook on duty is due to retire on superannuation.                

The Bhavan has vast area, part of which can be intelligently used for accommodation of Arunachalee students by constructing a multi-storied rental house on the genuine basis of monthly rental. Shillong is the epicentre of education and we cannot deny the fact that Arunachalee students preferring the city has multiplied in recent years. It is a hard fact that finding rental house in Shillong is much difficult than getting admission in schools and colleges.                 

The state government can solve the problem by preparing a lucrative project as Bhavan and Circuit house have sufficient plots of land. Mizoram House situated few metres down from AB is indeed in a good shape. Though the share of land is small, Mizoram government has developed the land intelligently whereas Arunachal with large area of land is yet to cultivate the opportunity. Apart from education, Arunachalees go to Shillong to avail quality health care services offered by North Eastern Indra Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), run by Government of India and feather institute of AIIMS. The guardians and patients going to NEIGRIHMS from Arunachal often face hardship due to non-availability of accommodation facilities as they cannot afford to withstand the expensive hotels there.              

 Declaring the bhavan as a heritage building and developing its land into a revenue earning asset would certainly be in the interest of the state.  Arunachal government under the leadership of Nabum Tuki in less than a year has already initiated various programmes to utter satisfaction of its citizens. Including the heritage Arunachal Bhavan of Shillong in the government’s development agenda would pay dividends. (From PISI ZAUING)



Pema visits crash site of  late CM, pays tribute

Tawang, Oct 07: Tourism Minister Pema Khandu visited Luguthang, the place where his father and former minister Dorjee Khandu along with four others died in a chopper crash, and paid rich homage to all the departed souls on October 5 last.

Former Chief Minister Khandu, Yeshi Lhamu, Yeshi Chodak along with the two pilots died in a chopper crash near Luguthang village on April 30, 2011.

Pema lighted butter lamps and erected a memorial structure at the spot where the body of his father was found and offered prayers for the eternal peace of the departed souls. Pema, as obvious, was seen sombre and overtaken by emotion at the site.

At Luguthang village, Pema, on behalf of his entire family members as well as people of the State expressed deep gratitude to the villagers for the pains they had taken during search operation and also during retrieval of the body of the Late CM and others by enduring the rough weather in a dreadfully inhospitable terrain.  On the request of the villagers for drinking water facility, he assured for construction of channel to the village from the nearest water source and asked the villagers to start the work immediately. He also committed for construction of boundary wall around the age-old temple of the village. The young Minister suggested the villagers to shift at Domtsang which is located at a lower altitude where the necessary infrastructures such as dwelling houses for the ten households, school building and community hall have been constructed by the Government long back. The new location also has drinking water facility and electricity. Road connectivity to the new village will also be taken up shortly in near future, assured the Minister to the villagers.

Luguthang is a tiny village with 10 households perched on slope of rocky mountain at an altitude of over 13,000 ft. The extremely humble folk of the village are graziers as the altitude of the village does not permit agriculture. They barter foodgrains with yak butter and cheese.

Pema was accompanied by his younger brother and Tawang DCC president Tsering Tashi, President BCC Tawang Pema Nawang, OSDs to CM Nob Tsering and Lham Tashi, SMO Jang Dr. Rinchin Neema, MO Jang Dr. Sang Thinley and Circle officer Thingbu Pemtan Monpa.

Meanwhile, Pema accompanied by RWD Executive Engineer (Tawang)  Nyodu  today inspected the stretch of PMGSY Road from Jang to Thingbu which is chiselled out of rock face on gorge along the Tawangchu river.  The Minister directed the engineers on site for early completion of this strategically important road considering the very short spell of working season in the area.  DIPRO



APYC leader briefs Rahul of state’s latest situation

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) president Tadar Niglar attended the three days National Executive and State Presidents’ meet at Srinagar, Jamu & Kashmir from October 2-4.

The meeting was attended by All India Congress Committee general secretary and in-charge Youth Congress Rahul Gandhi, Railway Minister Prof. C P Joshi, Union Minister Ambika Soni, chief ministers of Delhi Sheila Dixit, Tarun Gogoi of Assam, Pritviraj Chavan of Maharastra, Bupinder Singh Hooda of Haryana, among others.

Addressing the concluding day programme, Rahul exhorted the Youth Congress workers to act as a bridge between the poor and needy people in the rural villages and urban centres as well.

Speaking on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Rahul claimed that FDI in retail would be beneficial to the farmers since there would be no middlemen or brokers between the farmers and the retailers.

Referring to the Information Technology revolution initiated by his Late father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, which was initially opposed by all, Rahul said that India is now ahead of many developed countries in IT sector only because of the visionary leader. Likewise, the nuclear deal was also opposed with ulterior political motives without assessing the future benefit, he stated.

Responding to a briefing of APYC leader of the state Tadar Niglar on the sideline of the meeting, Rahul assured that he would take up the issues and matter highlighted before him, including the present flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Earlier, Tadar briefed Rahul about the present political, social and economical issues of the State apart from the present flood situation in the State.

Prof. C P Joshi dwelt at length on the role of youths in Indian society and in political establishments in the country in general and Congress party in particular. He emphasized on the party’s working system and stated that Congress should be grassroots based organization by cultivating the energy and potentials of youth of the Nation.

The meeting was presided over by IYC president, Rajiv Satav.

A hosts of central and regional Congress leaders also attended the meeting, dwelt at length on various given subjects, like lecture on Gandhian Philosophy and it’s impact on Indian society worldwide, “Equity and Efficiency of the leadership in Indian politics” and “Indo-Pak relations, before and after India’s Independence”.



Governor inaugurates new badminton court

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh along with State First Lady Anupama Singh inaugurated a new badminton court at Raj Bhavan premises here today. A ceremonial match was held between the Governor and the First lady before declaring the court open for players.

Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goel, PWD Executive Engineers Gumnya Padu and Tana Nikham Tara, Raj Bhavan officers, other officials and their family members were present on the occasion.

Interacting with the players, officers and officials of the Raj Bhavan, the Governor expressed the hope that the sports facility will be beneficial not only to the players but also the officers and officials in building mental and physical endurance. He exhorted them to use it properly and avail maximum benefit out it.

PWD Assistant Engineer Ipe Basar informed that newly constructed court has a plinth area of 272.50 Sqm and was built in seven months.

Earlier, initiating the inaugural function, Sqn Ldr Rajesh Punia gave brief background of the game of badminton. PRO to Raj Bhawan



Wildlife Week’ ends with positive note

M’PEN, Oct 07: Along with the rest of the country, Namdapha National Park (Project Tiger) observed ‘Wildlife Week’ from October 1-7 with various wildlife related programs. The week-long celebration ended by organizing a pubic meeting at Government Middle School, M’Pen, 9 km from Miao and buffer zone of the park yesterday.  Essay and drawing competitions were organized among students and winning students were facilitated with cash prizes and certificates.

Addressing the meeting, Conservator of Forest-cum-Field Director S.J Jongsam appealed the villagers of M’Pen to shoulder the responsibility of protecting the national park. “The entire fringe areas (buffer zones), including your village would be benefited once eco-development programmes are undertaken,” said Jongsam.

Other officers of the park AFD Nyorak, Research Officer, Yomcha, Range Officers, L. Karlo and L.Tungkhang advocated for a total halt of wildlife related crimes while re-iterating their commitment for safeguarding the national asset at all cost.                    

Saman Taism, a teacher, appealed to parents and students to imbibe sense of love, care and respect for the national park and its habitat. Another teacher J K Mungrey admitted of experiencing a sea change in the mindset and attitude of students and their parents in M’Pen area who have given up the use of catapults and are contributing largely to welfare of the park.                

Speaking on behalf of M’Pen villager, Rai Mohan Chakma of 3 mile area said ‘villagers including students of M’Pen are convinced about the significance of NNP and are trying their best to extend cooperation in protecting wild lives. Taking advantage of the programme, he brought the deteriorating condition of the middle school to the notice of NNP authority and sought help for its maintenance.                   

There is no denying the fact that celebration of wildlife week assumes mass significance as such programs can make an everlasting impact. It was so heart touching to learn from teacher J.K Mungrey that the students of M’Pen Middle School have given up the use of catapults for shooting birds and other small creatures. Such transformations surface when there is mass awareness.                        

Namdapha management also urged M’Pen villagers to permanently stop sale of bamboo and tender cane shoots in the markets since these items are banned.  A video show on wildlife was screened and students and parents enjoyed it. (From PISI ZAUING)


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.


State TMC calls for amicable  solution to Airport issue

ITANAGAR, Oct 07:   The All India Trinamool Congress Arunachal Pradesh Unit today expressed concern over the decision to shift Green field Airport site to Hollongi. In a  release,  AITMC state unit said that state government should not expose its lackluster attitude towards the demands for getting airport at Karsingsa, rather it should resolve the issue amicably.

 It said that repeated bandh call by Banderdewa Circle Intellectual Forum (BCIF) is  causing hardship to common people. Further TMC unit blamed the state government and Airport authority of India for the imbroglio, saying that flip-flop decision of shifting airport would delay the execution of airport. It requested the government to resolve the issue with BCIF amicably so that people of the state should not suffer any more.  


Association mourns its member’s demise

ITANAGAR, Oct 07:  All Honik Hoke Welfare Association (AHHWA) has expressed its deep shock at the demise of Dai Takum who passed away on 4th October 2012. Late Takum was former Anchal Samiti Chairperson of 12th Tali Panchayat Segment in 2004-07. Death of late Takum created a vacuum in the society, it said in a condolence message.


Vendors urged to stick to  Govt fixed rates

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Kharsang Circle Unemployed Youth Association (KCUYA) urged the vendors of Kharsang in Changlang district not to sale vegetables at an exorbitant rate to make hefty profit.

“Though there has been rise in prices of all commodities due to various factors, we would like to appeal to the traders and businessmen of Kharsang to charge the price as fixed by the circle administration for vegetables and other commodities,” KCUYA said in a release.

The Association also urged the commercial vehicle owners not to engage underage drivers in driving and those who do not have proper driving license. It urged drivers too not to drive under influence of any intoxicating substance and maintain the speed limit (of 20-30 km/hr) near schools, market and hospital areas. In regards to public transport (taxi) fare, the association urged the vehicle owners to stick with the rate fixed by the administration.


Govt to establish HC at Banderdewa, says Rebia

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Parliamentary Secretary, Planning, Nabam Rebia today said that the state Govt  has  proposed  to establish the Arunachal Pradesh High Court at Banderdewa  where the green field airport  was proposed earlier and  the same would be officially announced by the chief minister on November 01 next at Doimukh. Rebia disclosed this while responding to a joint  memorandum submitted by the Karsingsa, Banderdewa and Pichola/Tanihapa Development Committees on October 01 last.

Regarding the demand for creation of Banderdewa zilla parishad segment, Rebia further informed that the Papum Pare district administration has been advised to work out the modalities and take up the matter with the department concerned so that same could be materialized before the ensuing Panchayat Raj election.  In the matter of transferring the administration from Capital Complex to Yupia, the parliamentary secretary said he has taken it up with the state Govt.


Sora to participate in intl. conference

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Marpe Sora, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh is attending the 4th International Conference on “International Conference on Information and Electronics Engineering" (ICIEE 2012) being organized by Science and Engineering Institute Singapore Institute of Electronics, Singapore, on October 6 and 7.

Marpe will present a paper titled, ‘Formant Frequency and cepstral method of Galo Phoneme using acoustical cues’ in the conference.

The ICIEE conference is an international forum for the presentation of technological advances and research results in the fields of Information and Electronics Engineering. The conference will be attended by leading researchers, engineers and scientists from across the world.


BJP orientation prog

ITANAGAR, Oct 07: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organized an orientation workshop for its youth leaders of North East to create awareness among people about the coal scams of UPA government, impacts of Foreign Direct Investment in retail and price hike in diesel, petrol, LPG etc, at Guwahati yesterday.

East Siang BJP president Tamat Gamoh and state council Member Hondee Taki attended the workshop from Arunachal Pradesh.

BJP National Secretary Bhupendra Yadav, MP inaugurated the workshop, who spoke about the art of good and captivating speech so that the party leaders can successfully and tactfully highlights those anti-people policies of the UPA government among the masses.







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Shortage of teachers

Some 1.7 million more teachers are needed to achieve universal primary education by 2015, the second of the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the heads of various United Nations agencies said in a joint statement.

According to UNESCO, teacher shortages remain a major obstacle for countries to achieve the goal of universal primary education, with a quality education offering hope and the promise of a better standard of living, while also noting that there can be no quality education without competent and motivated teachers.

The 63-year-old UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East which assists some five million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East, has launched two programmes focussed on school-based teacher development and quality improvement that underscores the Agency's broader human development and humanitarian agenda.

Education is  the largest programme, accounting for more than half of the Agency's regular budget, with one of the largest school systems in the Middle East, providing half a million Palestine refugee children with free-of-charge basic education every day.

Across the Arab World, countries are striving to improve the quality of their education system through reform, said expert.


Take corrective step

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed paper, I would like to address to all the MONPA Community of Arunachal Pradesh that Government of India doesn't recognize our tribe. There seems to be the nomenclature problem with our tribe due to the negligence of the bureaucrats, administrators and legislators. According to the Latest Census of India and also Ministry Of Tribal Affairs website, our tribe’s nomenclature is MOMBA. This indicates sheer negligence on the part of the State Government. The ST certificate mentioning “MONPA alias MOMBA” is very readily accepted by the Government of India whereas the certificate mentioning “MONPA” is not.

There are more educated youths than the jobs that State govt. creates. So Central Government job remains the last option for everyone. Presently there are more than 500 Monpa students outside Arunachal Pradesh trying for Central jobs and this particular nomenclature problem strips us of all the opportunities even if being a Bonafide Scheduled Tribe of India.

This is my humble request to all the concerned authorities to take corrective steps towards it at the earliest so that the nomenclature MONPA stays instead of MOMBA.


Yeshi Wangchu Kharma

Indra Vihar, New Delhi




‘Eagle nest is in West Kameng’

Dear Editor,

There was a little error in the AT daily dated 3rd of Oct. Instead of West Kameng,location of eagle nest wildlife sanctuary was mentioned in the East Kameng. Even the Book of GGL Group's GK on Arunachal Pradesh at Page 46, the same mistake was made. Therefore, correction may be made in this regard.


Pema Khandu Khrime

Rupa, West Kameng