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
"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.
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
The Chief Minister also stressed on providing proper guidance to the youth using
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Being the Boss, you should keep a close eye on the work and conduct of your colleagues.
If found unfit, you can reshuffle them.
Poor quality of fuel
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
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
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.
Rajiv Gandhi University
Move with time
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.
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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