October 11


News Impact



HIV/AIDS cases on the rise in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Oct 10:  HIV/AIDS cases have been steadily going up in Arunachal Pradesh over the past five years, with 223 cases being recorded till last March.

The number was 167 in 2010, officials of the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) said.

APSACS Dy. Director (IEC) Tashor Pali said that most of those tested positive were in the age group of 15 to 39.

Papum Pare district topped the list of HIV/AIDS-infected patients followed by Lohit and Changlang in the second and third spot respectively.

"Unprotected sexual contact is found to be the primary reason for increase in HIV infection among people in the age group of 15 to 39 in the state," Pali said.

Pali said, "Awareness is the only way to stay away from infection as Anti Retro Viral Treatment (ARVT) can control only the multiplication of HIV virus inside the body, but cannot cure AIDS."

District Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTC) Supervisor Ali Taloh says that counselling for patients is a must since patients suffer from sudden shock and fear of death after they test positive.

Pali observed that through proper and timely counselling, the longevity of life of the patients could be expanded by making them understand that there was a life beyond AIDS.

"Through counseling we try to instill confidence among them on how to live a positive life, besides urging them to become a symbol of awareness by sharing experiences with their family members, friends and the society", Pali further said.

A private organisation "Arunachal Network of Positive People (ArNP+)" has been rendering a great service in creating awareness about the disease among people.

The ArNP+ is a registered society in the state constituted by 14 HIV-positive individuals. PTI



Students stage dharna demanding

posting of subject teachers

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: The students of Government Higher Secondary School Kharsang staged dharna in the school compound to register their protest against non-posting of subject teachers. The school has been running without Geography (ST), Mathematics (ST) and Science teachers. It is believed that class X and XII students are suffering a lot due to this.

The Kharsang Circle Unemployed Youth Association and Tangsa Youth Association who supported the dharna urged the Directorate of School Education for early transfer and posting of required teachers for the Government Higher Secondary School, Kharsang.

After getting information about the agitation, N L Naam, Circle Officer and T Zirdo Officer in charge Kharsang rushed to the school and interacted with the agitating students. The duo informed that Directorate of School Education has assured to send the required teacher very shortly.

Satisfied with the assurance, the students called off the agitation but threatened to resume the strike if the demands are not fulfilled within this month.

Further, the students of Govt Higher Secondary School Kharsang along with Kharsang Circle Unemployed Youth Association and Tangsa Youth Association have welcomed the decision of the Education Minister Tapang Taloh to carry out mass transfers to streamline the teacher shortage issue.



Focus on the potential & cultural richness: CM to DIPROs

NAHARLAGUN, Oct 10: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called upon the Information and Public Relations Officers (DIPROs) of the state to focus on the potential and cultural richness of the state. He emphasized on highlighting the best and positive aspects of the state particularly in Tourism sector.

The Chief Minister, who was addressing the officers of Information and Public Relations Offices here today called upon them to disseminate information related to flagship programmes of the state and central governments. He advised the officers that they must educate the people to facilitate them to avail benefit out of the programmes and schemes.

The Chief Minister also stressed on providing proper guidance to the youth using information technology.

Stating that education department imparts education to 5 lakhs or more people but IPR department educates the whole state, Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix exhorted the officers to be more active. He also expressed his concerns on the challenges of the district officers.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary IPR  Dani Salu stressed on orientation programmes to strengthen the department. He advised the officers to be proactive in their duties.

Earlier, IPR Director CM Longpong briefed on the achievements and challenges of the Department.

District Information and Public Relations Officers and IPR officers of the headquarters attended the daylong review and coordination meeting of the department.  DIPR



International conference at RGU concludes

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: The two-day international conference on ‘Media’s Role in Facilitating Peace in Conflict Situation in Northeast India and Neighbouring Countries’ concluded at Mini Auditorium, RGU, Rono Hills, Doimukh today.

In the first session, journalist Teresa Rehman talked about harsh realities a journalist had to face reporting from severe conflict zones.

“Nobody talks about the trauma a journalist faces. The safety of a journalist, especially in a country like India is never a priority,” she pointed out.

“It’s an irrefutable fact that journalists working in this violence scarred region, especially in Manipur and Nagaland, are constantly flirting with danger. In a state like Manipur, where over 20 different underground outfits operate, editors have been killed by unidentified gunmen and journalists stopped from doing their jobs by militant outfits that have gone to the extent of closing down newspaper offices. Media persons often have to face the wrath of both the underground outfits and government agencies, including the security forces,” Rehman said presenting the grim situation.

“A picture never lies; however, perspectives can tell different stories,” said Pradip Phanjoubam while speaking on the topic ‘Media Trauma Reporting and Conflict Resolutions’. Talking on ‘Media’s role in conflict situations in Assam in the last two decades’, Rajeev Bhattacharya said escalation of mass media reporting can have both positive and negative aspects.

Paranjoy Bordoloi spoke on ‘Media Ethics and social responsibilities in reference to Northeast India’. “It is in the domain of a reporter to use the right image at right time,” he said.

Other deliberations saw topics such as ‘Media in Conflict Situation in Manipur’ by Dr M Nawaz Khan, ‘Media Localization effects and conflict situations: A study on mass media escalation syndrome’ by Debraj Deb, ‘students union movement’ by Tayuk Sonam, ‘Old Man river and a river story: social issue documentaries as a tool for promoting socio-cultural harmony in North East India’ by Bharati Bharali, ‘Social media the new change maker and harbinger of peace in the world: its process and proliferations’ by Longjam Meena Devi, ‘Facebook as an agent of peace journalism’ by Nongmaithem Rohinkanta Singh, ‘Interstate boundary dispute between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam’ by Ratna Tayeng, ‘Coverage of peace talks and insurgency news in The Nagaland Post’ by Imrana Begum, ‘Peace journalism’ by Dr Ramesh Kumar Rawat,  ‘Conceptualizing ULFA reportage by broadcast media of Assam within the purview of peace journalism’ by Ankita Gogoi and Brahma Kumar Yudhisthir spoke on ‘positive peace journalism of Brahma Kumari organization in establishing peace in conflict torn northeast India and neighbouring country: a novel and divine perspective’.

During the day long deliberations, emphasis was put on the role of media in resolving conflict like situations and promoting peace.

Earlier, Director Disaster Management Y W Ringu while speaking on disaster management urged the media fraternity to play a crucial role in educating the public and create the much needed awareness.

Explaining the role of media in disaster management, she urged that media needs to inform, educate and empower communities with relevant knowledge for influencing public actions and policies towards disaster preparedness and mitigation.



APSCW advocates eradication of forced marriage, polygamy

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: A team of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) headed by its chairperson Gumri Ringu in collaboration with Mangder Hender Welfare Society (MHWS) Koloriang conducted social awareness campaign at Sarli and Parsiparlo circle headquarters on Oct 8 and 9 respectively.

During the awareness campaign, the APSCW team advocated for eradication of child and forced marriage and abolition of polygamy. Parents should send their girl child to school for proper education as the government is providing all facilities especially to educate girl child, they said.  MHWS chairman Bengia Chuma also spoke on the occasion and called upon the women folk to work for uplifting of the girl child and destitute women in the society. A large number of women, GBs and general public attended the awareness campaign. DIPRO



BJP demands cancellation of transfer orders

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Claiming that the recent mass transfer order of teachers issued by the Department of Elementary Education has violated the transfer and posting policy framed by the state government, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded immediate cancellation of the order in the larger interest of the state.  

Taking strong exception to the transfer order, which evoked massive reaction and criticism among different sections of the society, the state BJP in a press statement said that “How can a Joint Coordination Committee comprising Cabinet Ministers and Legislators of State Legislative Assembly take such decision and recommend the transfer and posting which violates the laid down policy already framed by the state government.” The most important criteria for transfer and posting of govt. employees are station seniority, their records and career. But the recent order did not take these criteria into account thereby making it an abnormal one, the party said.

The order has mostly affected the teachers, who came back to the district after having been earlier posted at interior and hard places in different districts, physically unfit and disabled teachers and those who are on the verge of retirement, the release said.

The Party felt that injustice has been meted out to the teachers by discrepancies and irregularities in the transfer and posting procedures which is not only demoralizing the teaching community but also badly affecting the academic studies of the student community by effecting the transfer order in the middle of the academic session and at a time when the schools across the state were preparing for Summative-1 examination.

The mass transfer, which has allegedly been issued without taking account of the teachers about their carrier, records and station seniority in a particular school properly has not only created inconvenience but also grossly demoralized the entire teaching and students’ community, the party said.

Saying that the party was not against the transfer of teachers that followed the rules and procedures, the state BJP demanded the state government to maintain transfer and posting policies in order to maintain effective and smooth functioning of schools.

The Party has also expressed serious concern over the huge expenditure to be incurred in the form of TA/DA after the mass transfer was affected as the state has been passing through financial crunch where many employees have not yet received their salaries for the last five to six months, the party added.



Living with Schizophrenia”

Dr. Pakha Tesia

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year, with the primary objective of increasing awareness about mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

Mental health refers to the broad range of activities related towards ‘mental well-being’ which is an important component in the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health: “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease”. It is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, and the treatment and rehabilitation of people affected by mental disorders. Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

This Day provides a unique opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their field of work, and what further needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. It also involves addressing the issues of stigma and false perceptions associated with mental illness.

The theme for this year 2014 is “Living with schizophrenia” and the focus is on living a full, productive and healthy life with schizophrenia. The spot light is on those who face every day of their lives with it, their families, friends, doctors and society as a whole, as we all have a part to play in raising awareness of schizophrenic illness.

According to the WHO, 26 million people are affected globally with the disorder, and majority of the patients (90%) with untreated disorder live in the Developing countries. Despite being a treatable disorder, more than 50% of people with schizophrenia cannot access adequate treatment.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder often characterized by profound disruptions in domains of thinking, feeling, beliefs and behavior. Schizophrenia typically begins around 15- 25 years of age, however it can present for the first time in middle age or even later. Persons with Schizophrenia have difficulty with reality judgment and key symptoms include- feeling fearful,  hearing voices talk about oneself, feeling suspicious against others including family members, abnormal beliefs like black magic, behaving oddly- talking or laughing to oneself, sudden anger and aggression, disinterest in day to day activities, unable to perform daily routine activities like going to school/college/work. Sleep and appetite disturbances are also common. Schizophrenia is a heterogeneous disorder and there are many clinical sub-types of Schizophrenia like Paranoid, Catatonic, Disorganized type depending on the presence of a set of symptoms. Gradual deterioration occurs in self- care, attitude towards others and enduring personality changes.

Schizophrenia patients have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular illness commonly diabetes and hypertension; and around 50% of patients show excess use tobacco and alcohol. Depression and suicide attempts also have a higher incidence among persons with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a treatable disorder and help can be sought in a General Hospital Psychiatry Unit or at a Mental health care facility. Diagnosis of the disorder is done using diagnostic tools like the WHO- ICD 10 (WHO- International Classification of Diseases) or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Evaluation process involves adequate clarification of the history from the family member/caregiver and detailed mental status examination of the patient. 

Treatment of Schizophrenia is primarily anti-psychotic medication which acts on the brain dopamine receptors. The commonly used anti-psychotic medications are: Olanzepine, Risperidone, Quetiapine, Amisulpiride. In acute psychotic conditions, Electro convulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective option. Family psycho-education is an important aspect of therapy, which involves engaging the caregivers towards understanding Schizophrenia, its symptoms and course; factors implicated in development of the disorder i.e. genetic, environmental, stress and neuro-chemical imbalance. Also information is provided about the treatment modalities and relapse risk factors. Schizophrenia Psycho-education has been shown to improve caregiver understanding, coping and reduce their burden of care. Individual need based interventions include- Cognitive behavior therapy, cognitive retraining and Occupational Rehabilitation.

The treatment setting for patients with Schizophrenia may vary according to the clinical severity, co-morbidity and need of a given patient. The most common setting is the Outpatient clinic. Severe cases with acute psychosis benefit from Inpatient care and monitoring.  Chronic sufferers benefit from Psychiatric Rehabilitation centers which are an important community resource for the mentally ill. Early diagnosis and good compliance to treatment are cornerstones towards predicting a good patient outcome.

Unlike the West, in India the family is the key resource for taking care of mentally ill persons. The reasons for this are twofold- Indian families are traditionally close knit and interdependent especially in times of adversity. The second reason is the paucity of mental health professionals to cater to the vast majority of population. Large scale international collaborative studies conducted by the WHO have established that persons with Schizophrenia have a better outcome in India than their Western counterparts and much of this is attributed to good family support towards these patients. Thus, the role of family members and society at large cannot be over emphasized as limited mental health resources make most persons depend on family members for their treatment and care. Regular follow up, medicine supervision, social support groups, productive lifestyle all help towards improving the quality of life of persons with Schizophrenia. Early identification of changes in behavior especially among young adults and early use of antipsychotic medication treatment are an important goal in the awareness about Schizophrenia

In clinical practice, the common treatment challenges include dealing with stigma, denial and lack of awareness about mental illness in general. Even after an initial response to medication many patients suffer from poor adherence to treatment which leads to prolonged illness with increased family and social burden.

In summation let us pledge to provide support and care to those with mental illness; because when the ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’- Illness becomes Wellness.  (Dr. Pakha Tesia is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Mind & Wellness centre, Shillong, Meghalaya)



Ineffective management leads to revenue pilferage

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Oct 10: Arunachal Pradesh which depends mostly on Central funds is losing huge revenue either due to ineffective managements or lack of proper mechanisms. The glaring example of ineffective management is that the District Land Revenue & Settlement Officers in the state have been declared head of office for land management matters a couple of months ago vide Govt. Notification No.LR-2/80 dated 1st August 2014, but they  are reportedly yet to work independently in terms of revenue generation and land allotment.

As per recent directives of the Department of Land Management vide No.LM-15/2013/1378 dated 3rd September 2014 to all DLRSOs in the state, a sum of Rs. 1 Crore annual revenue target has been fixed for each district for the financial year of 2014-15.  

When contacted about the process of revenue generation and land allotment in the district in view of Rs. 1 crore target set by the department for the financial year of 2014-15, Pasighat DLRSO Ojing Nangkar said, “We are yet to work independently despite government’s recent order making all DLRSOs heads of offices. There are several unauthorized occupations of lands in the district, which if allotted while seeing the ground feasibility, would generate enough revenue. By making DLRSOs an independent office without need of approval and attachment from district administration on land management matters, the concern department would make more concrete effort in generation of revenues.”



IMC warns against ‘illegal’ collection of money from traders

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Taking strong exception to the prevailing system of collecting money from traders and shopkeepers of Capital Complex by some group of persons and market welfare society as civic charge or other fees, the Empowered Standing Committee of Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) has cautioned them to refrain from such activity.

In an ‘extra ordinary meeting’ of the Empowered Standing Committee of IMC held under the chairmanship of Chief Councillor Higio Aruni observed that such collection amounts to extortion from the public.

The meeting cautioned that that IMC would initiate legal proceedings against the defaulter(s) in future and warned them to refrain from such activity to avoid legal proceedings. The meeting also decided to constitute a fact-finding committee to study such illegal collection from traders.

It also urged the district administration to take legal action against those found involved in such illegal collection from the traders of Capital Complex.

Training for Bhoti language teachers begins

TAWANG, Oct 10: Ten days training programme for the in-service teachers of Bhoti language started under the initiative by the Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik (Chos-Rig) Affairs, (DoKAA), GoAP at the newly constructed office building of DoKAA here yesterday. The inaugural function was attended, among others, by Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, DoKAA chairman Jambey Wangdi, DC Abhisekh Dev.

Under the guidance of learned Buddhist Monks and Scholars, the Arunachal Pradesh Govt introduced Bhoti as the third language of instruction in the schools of Buddhist dominated population in Tawang and West Kameng districts.

The responsibility for framing the syllabus for teaching Bhoti language upto Class X has been entrusted to DoKAA. The department has printed the text books of Bhoti language upto class VIII and already circulated it in all schools in Tawang and West Kameng districts. The state government has also appointed Bhoti Language teachers for the purpose. DIPR


Ego Valley Open Tournament starts from Oct 24

ITANAGAR, Oct 10:  The 27th edition of Ego Valley Open Tournament (EVOT) cum Festival 2014 is kicking off on 24th October at Daring under Daring circle of West Siang district. The tournament is one of the biggest sports and cultural extravaganza being enthusiastically celebrated by the people of the circle as well as the district, a release added.  Football for men and women, volleyball and marathon race and cultural programmes and trade fair will be the main attractions of the  event, informed Organizing Committee President Nyato Riba. “We have been organising this open tournament every year since the last 27 years” Riba added.  The committee also informed that very sole objective to organise the event is to bring the people of the circle in particular and district to encourage interaction once in a year and bring the entire people under one umbrella, so that people share their joys and sorrows together.  It is said that EVOT has set a tradition in the area, as people wholeheartedly join the celebration in every year.  Riba further exuded hope that like each year, this year too people in large numbers would turn up to take participate in the event. The lottery for fixture will be drawn on Oct 17th next, disclosed Riba.


Dera Natung Memorial (U-16) State Level Football Tournament

East Kameng to meet Kurung Kumey in final


RUKSIN, Oct 10: East Kameng Football Club entered into the final of the second Dera Natung Memorial (Under-16) State Level football Tournament at Daying Ering Football Stadium at Nari town in East Siang district.

The team defeated Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) of Itanagar by 3-0 goals in the Semifinal to book the team’s berth in the final today. The team had defeated host East Siang in their last league match to reach semifinal.

The team will face Kurung Kumey in the final on October 12.


Councilor issues regulatory guidelines

ITANAGAR, Oct 10:  In a bid to regulate its’ respective area and thwart unlawful activities, the Councilor of Ward no. 8 Itanagar resolved to take action against late night gatherers (boys and girls) in its area. Issuing regulatory guidelines to the dwellers and submitting it to Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex, the Councilor said that appropriate action would be taken against persons who throw garbage and liquor bottles in unauthorised ways. It also resolved to take action against illegal liquor sellers and whoever creates unnecessary noise during nighttime.


Nature Interpretation Centre

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC), a centre for knowledge and information about nature and biodiversity of Pakke Tiger Reserve was inaugurated by PCCF and Principal Secretary, Environment & Forest Omkar Singh at Tippi Wildlife Range yesterday in presence of Dr. Yogesh, Chief Wildlife Warden, DFO Pakke Tiger Reserve.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Singh said the NIC can be a learning center for school children and a centre for generating awareness amongst the communities in preserving rich biodiversity of Pakke Tiger Reserve. Appreciating the DFO and the staff for efficiently managing the Tiger Reserve, the PCCF advised the local population and the school children to take full advantage of the centre.

Tana Tapi, DFO Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR) explained about the importance of NIC and management of the Tiger Reserve.

The Chief Wildlife Warden described about the vast forest cover and rich biodiversity of the state.

Panchayat members also spoke on occasion and reiterated that they will extend their full support in conservation and protection of wildlife.

The main objective of NIC is to create awareness about importance of forest and wildlife to young children and nature lovers. NIC also aims to give first hand information about Pakke Tiger Reserve to tourists and visitors. Besides, many interactive panels and posters--the main attraction of NIC Tippi-- is the so called “bird call box”, which plays the audio of bird call of 50 different species.


Training for resource persons, master trainers under SSA

TAWANG,  Oct 10: The ten days training program of the resource persons and master trainers under SSA began at the Town Secondary School Tawang  yesterday.

Inaugurating the programme, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev dwelt in length about the importance of the training and that of quality education. A total of 80 persons including DAEO, BEOs, BRCCs, CRCCs and senior teachers of different schools of the district attended the training program. DIPRO


HSRP installation starts in Upper Siang

YINGKIONG, Oct 10: Affixing of the High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) in vehicles started here with inauguration of the HSRP office by the Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Dr. Tariq Thomas in presence of government staff on Oct 8 last.

The DC appealed all officers, officials and public to affix the HSRP as per the Govt. of India Gazetted Notification vide No. TPT(B)98/2002 Vol-I Dtd 2nd March, 2012. He appealed all vehicle owners to affix HSRP in their vehicles within a stipulated time.

DTO Yingkiong informed that MV checking of all types of vehicle shall be carried out shortly and vehicle running without HSRP will be imposed fine as per appropriate section of MV Act. DIPRO


Aalo gets Adventure Club

AALO, Oct 10: The Aalo Adventure Club (AAC) was formed here yesterday in order to promote adventure activities in West Siang district. The club is destined to generate awareness on promotion of any adventure tourism in the district in the years to come.

Highlighting the motto behind the formation of the club in a meeting here, DFO Nyali Ete, who is also the president of the AAC, said that tribal ways of life like climbing hills, hunting, fishing and rafting through bamboos and bananas  itself is full of adventure. The club is destined to promote adventure within and outside the district on commercial lines in future, he added. DIPRO


High Achievers camp of VKVs

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Education Minister Tapong Taloh has reiterated the state government’s commitment to extend all possible help to the VKVs in the state to ensure smooth functioning.

Inaugurating the high achievers camp (Prachodaya Shibir) for the students of VKVs in Arunachal Pradesh at VKV Chimpu here, the minister told the students to uphold the qualities like discipline, punctuality, and respect towards teachers for success. He appreciated the attempts of VKVs for conducting such programs like Utsarg Samaroh, Marti Puja etc.

“Prachodaya Shibir” is conducted for all round development of students in Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas of various districts in Arunachal Pradesh. Inputs with the help of eminent personalities drawn from different parts of the country are given to meet challenges and sharpen their intellectual abilities. Students who secured more than 75 percent marks in the Central Evaluation conducted for Class VIII students are attending this particular camp.


HGB dies

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: A prominent public figure of Ruksin area and Head Gaon Bura Takir Jonnom died aged 82 years on October 6.

Born at Leying Kumteng, Jomlo Mongku village in 1932, Jonnom migrated to Ruksin village in 1966. He was one of the prominent public figures of his time. Taking cognizance of his contribution to various social issues, he was appointed as Gaon Bura in 1975 by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. Later, he was elevated to the position of Head Gaon Bura and selected as the first President of Gaon Bura Association of 37-Pasighat (West) Assembly Constituency.


Association demands action

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA ) has condemned the murder of Diganta Teron, Anchal Samity Member (ASM ) of Kokila Panchayat under Lower Balijan of Papum Pare on October 8.

While conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, BCYA urged the authority concerned to award exemplary punishment to the accused as per law.

---- Editorial ----


Let peace prevail

At a time when India and Pakistan are engaged in heated exchange of fire along the international boundary, Norwegian Nobel committee sprung big surprise by awarding Nobel peace prize for the year 2014 to India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai. The news took everyone by surprise. Twitter and Facebook were flooded with congratulation messages with one person sarcastically writing, "Now gun salute will be given at international boundary by Pakistani and Indian forces."  This was in obvious response to the ongoing tussle along the international boundary witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir.

Child labour activist Satyarthi became India's 8th Nobel laureate while the champion for children's education Malala became her country's second citizen to be given the most coveted prize. Malala is also the youngest to be awarded the globally prestigious annual prize. The two will split the £690,000 ($1.11m) prize announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. By awarding Nobel peace prize to an Indian and a Pakistani, the committee have sent strong message to the government of India and Pakistan. It's time for the humanity to take forefront.  The two governments should end the hostility and initiate peace process at the earliest. The villagers living along the international boundary from both the sides are suffering due to heavy shelling. Let us give chance to the peace.

----Readers Forum ----



An open letter to Chief Minister

Dear Editor,

It is very sad to bring to your kind notice that many Govt employees of our state are now being victimized because of transfers. In the lead, the Education Department under the leadership of Minister Education Tapang Taloh has moved for mass transfer of 567 teachers to far flung areas with  the intention to punish them for having voted against him and other MLAs of the District.

I on behalf School Management Committee of UPS Debing do condemn such ill treatment done to Govt teachers who are known as nation builders. Two teachers including head teacher of our school are under transfer. Presently, school is functioning in full swing. If they are transferred how the school will function?

Hence, I on behalf of school community fervently seek your personal intervention to stop your Minister  & MLA colleagues from doing injustice to teachers and other employees.

Being the Boss, you should keep a close eye on the work and conduct of your colleagues. If found unfit, you can reshuffle them.


Kamin Apum,


Govt.UPS Debing




Poor quality of fuel

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to throw some light upon the supply of adulterated fuel that the people of Upper Subansiri have been using since many years. Many will agree with my point that whenever we fill our vehicles with this fuel the condition of our vehicles start deteriorating and creates disturbing sound which is no doubt because of the adulterated fuel. The vehicles which are actually to last 10 to 15 yrs will last just for 3 to 4 yrs because

of it.

The common people ought to raise voice against it as we don’t expect the head of the department and Students Union to do so, as they often fill their vehicle on credit from petrol pumps.

We have been keeping silence about it but for how long?

Someone needs to raise his voice and put an end to it. We can’t go on biting the bullets anymore and risking our vehicles using such poor quality of fuel.

I want to know from the

concern authorities if they are aware of this problem or are they just turning their back upon it? We just can’t let this issue get swept under the rug.

We need to ponder it again and again till the concern authority give in and take some necessary measures. We the common people value our hard earned money a lot and if we are spending it on something then it should be worth it.


Axl Rimar Ekke





Misuse of Govt vehicles

Dear Editor

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw a kind attention towards the misuse of government vehicles by the ex-chairmen and the vice-chairmen of the concerned departments even after their tenures are over now.

After their tenure is over, they should return the Govt vehicles to the concerned authority immediately. Actually they are misusing the public property.

As a citizen of this state, I strongly voice against such Mal practices in the state and also appeal to the general to come forward to voice against the same.

Last but not the least, I must request to the concerned authority to take back the vehicle in an appropriate manner and procedure.

I also appeal those using these vehicles to return to the concerned departments as soon as possible.


Karan Kholie

Rajiv Gandhi University

Rono Hills




Move with time

Dear Editor,

Recent Pakistan army activities along Jammu & Kashmir border has surprised many. Innocent public are being targeted without any reason.

Though India tried to maintain good relationship with neighbouring country, Pakistan has snubbed the Indian hospitality and help. This proves that Pakistan intention towards India is still unchanged. How long our brothers & sisters living in border area will suffer? How long our brave soldier will be sacrificed for the same thing? How long our patience will be tested?

Many politicians tried to colour it as weak Indian security system but our bold PM answered all the hue & cry of opposition by showing the intention of the country.

PM Narendra Modi’s tough reply to the Pakistan is praiseworthy. We hope our government will no longer be like the past one. We have to move with the time.


Kenmar Givi





Moral duties

Dear Editor,

Will candle light march give justice to late Hage Hassang even if the culprits are caught? With no fault, how can we give justice by only nabbing the culprit to one who has lost his life? Justice will only be done when people let no more similar crimes to occur, learning from this.

Situation of Ziro is getting worse with teenagers smoking openly, getting drunk every night, and roaming late night in groups. Including police administration, isn’t it also a duty of local public and local self administration like unions to raise concern over it? But who cares? Only after something has happened they show up and raise their voice that too against the police and administrations.

Now, ASU is demanding and giving ultimatum to arrest the culprit within 7 days. Is this the role of unions?

Instead should not  it be “we give our full support to D.C and police administration to nab the culprit as soon as possible.








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