October 19

High security in place: Police

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: With 12 hour's Capital bandh being imposed by All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) on Oct 19, police department and district administration are on their toes as they strategise security measures.  

More than thirty government vehicles have been requisitioned by the police department today to ease the movement of security forces during bandh hours, informed SP Capital Devendra Arya, here this evening.

Sharing the security arrangement made in and around twin capital town to ensure peace, SP Capital Complex further added that four companies of paramilitary force (two companies each from CRPF and ITBP) are being deployed along with APP, APPBns and IRBNs to thwart any untoward incident.   "Four SP ranked officers will oversee the situation with coordination of district administration" SP said while disclosing that strategic locations and government offices will be given full security during the bandh hour.  

However, there have been no preventive arrests so far.  

The District Magistrate Mige Kamki has already declared 12 hours bandh by ANYA as illegal.


Towards Clean Kley River

ZIRO, Oct 18: The lone source of water for people, aquatic life and agricultural use, Kley River in Ziro Valley is considered the life line. But since long, Kley has become the dumping ground of household waste including non-degradable materials and dead animals.  However, the river is ready to get a new life, courtesy 'Mission Clean Kley' a part of 'Clean Ziro, Green Ziro', an environmental conservation program initiated by Apatani Youth Association (AYA) as a massive cleanliness programe is set to be launched on November 13 next.

'Clean Kley Committee' has been constituted by involving district administration, elected representatives, para military force, students, NGOs which would be headed by AYA President Taku Chatung as the Chairman and Narang Samo as Member Secretary. The committee members yesterday inspected whole length of the river and its tributaries right from Siiro village to Suluya, covering nearly 20 kms.


Health camp for CWSN

PASIGHAT, Oct 18: A one day multi specialty free medial camp was conducted to assess the health of Children with Special Needs (CWSN) at general hospital here today.

ENT Specialist Dr. B Taki, Orthopedic Dr. J Taloh, Psychiatrist Dr. LC Darung, Pediatric Dr. Kaling Tatin and Eye Specialist Dr. Beauty Borang assessed the health of the CWSN.

An outreach camp was also organized in the same venue by the district administration to facilitate the children and their parents to fill up STC, PRC, I-Card and Biometric Enrolment for Adhar Card.

The department of ICDS issued NSCP forms for Chief Minister Disability Pension Scheme and ex-gratia depending on percentage of disability under old age pension scheme.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla formally inaugurated the camp in presence of ADC Deepak Shinde, DDSE Obuk Panor, Dy. Director (ICDS) Ponung Ering Angu, specialist doctors and hundreds of CWSN and their parents.

The camp was organized by the district administration in collaboration with the Department of Health Services and ICDS. DIPRO


Pasighat gears up for Stage-II Smart City challenge

PASIGHAT, Oct 18: Pasighat is gearing up activities for the second stage of smart city challenge.

A consultative meeting was convened by the East Siang Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla with DDF Consultants (New Delhi), Pasighat Municipal Council and Head of Offices yesterday to discuss various aspects of smart city development plans.

The city/town level plans will be evaluated based on sets of criteria by the officials of Urban Development Ministry, for selection of the top ranking 20 cities for financing in the first round.

Informing that DDF Consultants has been assigned for preparing plans for Smart City in Pasighat, Deputy Commissioner asked the executives of Consultants to take up the Smart City project with their best knowledge and abilities.  

Khosla asked the officers to submit their best plan, vision immediately and to extend full cooperation to the DDF Consultants to win the Stage-II Smart City Challenge.  

Directors of DDF Consultants Amit Bose, MSN Infra Sudhir Malik and senior Manager Puneet Bhardwaj highlighted the concept of Smart City and also shared their experience and suggestions.

MEO Deepak Shinde presented a detailed report on preparation and Director TP &ULB Amoy Morang laid stress on government initiatives in this regard.

Member of Parliament Ninong Ering, Director, ZPC Kaling Dai, PMC Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk and his deputy Kaling Darang were present in the consultative meeting. DIPRO


Miscreants damage MLA’s house

PASIGHAT, Oct 18: Miscreants damaged Mariyang-Geku MLA Olom Panyang's temporary house and RCC boundary wall located at Mone, near Upper campus of JN College, Pasighat in the wee hours on Friday.

While informing this, MLA Panyang claimed that the plot of land was given to him by his father-in-law and he has every right to use the land.

Panyang, who visited the spot on Saturday afternoon, said "Miscreants had probably targeted me, but fortunately, I was not there on that night." He also informed that Pasighat Police has started investigation after registering the FIR filed by him. DIPRO


Social service at JN College campus

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: A mass social service was organised in the lower campus of JN College, Pasighat today as part of the NSS, JN College unit activity. The programme with the theme "Keep your campus clean" saw participation of more than 270 NSS volunteers. NSS programme officers, Dr. Temin Payum, Dr. Kento Kadu and Ing Perme guided the social service, stated a release.


Non-posting of teachers paralyzes school

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:  Teacher shortage and infrastructure problems continue to haunt many schools in the state.

The Govt. Higher Secondary School, Chayangtajo is one of those schools where no senior teachers have been posted although the school was upgraded to higher secondary level long ago. There are no senior teachers for English, Hindi, Political Science, History, Economics and Geography.

Non-posting of teachers has almost paralyzed the school in providing education to the students of the area, said Chayangtajo ZPM Lama Bagang. According to him many students have already left the school.

Besides, the school has no vice principal, clerical staff, including UDC, LDC, Peon, Chowkidar Mali, leaving it is a hapless situation, he said.

Compounding the problem of the school was its old infrastructure. The ZPM said that the school buildings constructed decades ago have already started waning for want of renovation.

The ZPM appealed to the State Government to pay heed to the prayer of the students of the remote area who are striving hard for getting quality education by sanctioning Senior Teachers and other non-teaching staff for the school. He also appealed for providing adequate fund for maintenance and renovation work at the earliest.


Peers educators training

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The five days district level peer educators' training under Rasthriya Kishor Suraksha Karyakarm (RKSK) concluded at conference hall of General Hospital, Ziro.

The training modules included growing up, health and happiness, healthy mind and healthy behavior, health and sex education, response to violence and rights of adolescence.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the RKSK in 2014 with a vision of providing comprehensive services to the adolescents. The programmme aims to reach out to the adolescents through Peer Educators to guide and help their fellow adolescents to face numerous challenges during the growing up phase. These Peer Educators are the most important link between service providers and the adolescents in the community.

DMO Lower Subansiri M Riba, DFWO Dr.D Likar, Medical Superintendent Dr. K Horming attended in the inaugural function.


SCCZ Alumni meet held

ZIRO, Oct 18: The second alumni meet of Saint Claret College, Ziro was held at the college campus under the aegis of SCAN (Saint Claret Alumni Network). More than 150 alumni participated in the daylong event.

Bishop of Itanagar, Rt. Rev. Dr. John Thomas attending the function appreciated the College and called upon the alumni to play a vital role and support the college in its endeavours. Among others Rev. Fr. Pius Thuruthyil and Fr. John K.J, the Major Superior and the administrator of the Northeast Claretians and Fr. Benoy Joseph, the former Principal attended the programme.

During the cultural evening, 29 Claretine rank holders of the University Examinations of 2015 were felicitated and were inducted into the SCCZ Hall of Fame.

A 'Fun 'n' Food' fest, Gastronomia was also hosted with ethnic and continental cuisines. The profit made from the sale of items will go out for charitable purposes.



The name of Amum Bagang, a student of BA 3rd semester of Don Bosco College Itanagar, who bagged third prize in the state level essay competition conducted by Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, was wrongly published as Amum Gagung, BA 3rd year in a news item published on October 1. The mistake is regretted.


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Raid de Himalaya:  Lhakpa Tsering

makes history with podium finish

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Arunachal's Lhakpa Tsering took the 2nd position at the coveted 17th Raid de Himalaya 2015. He was leading the challenge for Team POLARIS, driving a RZR 1000 4Xp.

Raj Singh Rathore, in a turbo charged RZR 1000, brought home the trophy while the nine times Champion, Suresh Rana, also known as the King of the Mountains had to settle for 3rd position.

This was the first time in the history of rally, considered the toughest in the country and among the 10 most difficult rallies/raids in the world, where the attrition rate is more than 75 %, that a non Maruti vehicle clinched the overall top two positions.

Lhakpa TSering dedicated his win to the youth of the northeast.

The 17th Raid de Himalaya 2015 started form the scenic hill station of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh on Oct  10 with more than 150 cars and motorcycles. But little did the participants especially the first timers know what was about to hit them.

The 2000 kms,-15 degrees temperature in the  treacherous mountains of the Greater Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh and  Jammu & Kashmir tests not only the physical but mental as well.

Lhakpa Tsering, a veteran of many rallies stormed into 4th position on day 1 itself clocking the fastest timing in the 3rd stage of the day with Suresh Rana leading the pack.

The treacherous mountain roads with frightening drops from Shimla to Manali was no walk in the park. The first day itself claimed the scalp of last year's winner Amartej PS Buwal and veteran rallyist Sandeep Shrma from Delhi driving for Team Maruti Suzuki when his Grand Vitara caught fire.

The 2nd day which saw 400 km long race to beautiful Dalhousie saw many dropouts.  The 3rd day, dash to Srinagar through Chamba district in Himachal was disadvantageous for the Polaris machines as the stages consisted of long sweeping downhill tarmac.

With the brakes heating up on the machines forcing a change in pace, the Vitaras and Gypsys were gobbling up the competition. Samrat Yadav of Chandigarh literally flew off the mountain in front of Lhakpa Tsering and his navigator Venu Ramesh kumar after his brakes failed.

The vehicle plummeted down 200 feet and Lhakpa Tsering, first on the scene of the accident helped stabilize the victims. They were injured but saved due to the high technical safety specification build that a rally car has to pass. Within minutes, they were airlifted to PGIMS, Chandiargh which speaks for the standard of the event.

On the 4th day, the competition moved to Drass in Kargil. The gravel stages from Drass to Umbala Pass and onto Rangdum in the Zanskar region of J&K brought the Polaris machines in the top 4 position again but with Suresh Rana still leading.

It was time to go back to the drawing board for Team Polaris whose Raj Singh Rathore was in second position by now and Lhakpa Tsering in 4th overall.

The 5th day strategy by Team Polaris worked as Suresh Rana who was leading, fell to the immense pressure generated by the Polaris team that he took a deadly topple on the 60th km of the Rangdum stage. But a true fighter as he is, he finished the stage, bruised and battered but not out.

Lhakpa Tsering clipping close, passed him to take a lead of 45 seconds over Suresh Rana by nightfall.

Rangdum, a beautiful village in the Zanskar region of J&K played host to the rallyist in tented accommodation. Temperatures dropped to -15 at night.

The return stages on day 6 saw Team Polaris lead the competition. The treacherous gravel section was a boon for the Polaris machines which decimated any challenge from the competition.

Taufiq Mughal, Navin pal Yadav,Lowis Shangshai, Arivnd Balan, Tirvikram Singh  and Arindam Saikia were all driving various Polaris machines.



675 govt posts created, 20% tax rise on alcohol

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has decided to create 675 numbers of posts under Department of Health & Family Welfare for various health institutions in the state. These posts include Specialists Doctors, Medical Officers, Nurses and para-medical staffs and shall be rationalised and distributed in all health institutions across the state.  

The cabinet further decided to create health cess and also approved for increasing the tax levied on alcoholic beverages to 20% in the state.

The amount accrued by the 20% tax on excise duties would be used for depositing the annual premium of the Chief Minister's Universal Health Insurance Scheme.

This move of the state cabinet will permanently secure the CMUHIS as the premium would directly be deducted from the health cess accrued from the taxes, said govt Spokesperson Bamang Felix..

Meanwhile, the Director General of Police in his briefing to the cabinet said that over-all law and order scenario of the state is peaceful.



WW-II plane in the deep jungles of Lower Dibang Valley

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Oct 18: Remains of what seems to be an American fighter plane of World War-II is located in the deep jungles of Lower Dibang Valley district.

The debris of the aircraft is scattered over a large area in the jungle near Sidibi Lake, which can be reached after two day's foot journey from Chepe, the nearest village. The village, located at 173kms from Roing can only be reached via foot march, which takes not less than three days.

It is believed that there are 400 Americans who remain unaccounted for since World War II in Arunachal Pradesh as hundreds of planes and pilots went missing in China-Burma-India war theatre in their mission to maintain supply line from Ledo in Assam to Kunming in China avoiding Japanese fighter planes.  Remains of the majority of missing Americans are believed to be in Lohit, Dibang valley and Upper Siang.

Mate Miuli, a young boy from Chepe village, informed this correspondent that he has visited the site twice already, the one last one being very recent.

Miuli, as a child, had heard stories from his grandfather about the crashed aircraft.

According to his grandfather, plane wreckage has been lying there even before the earthquake of 1950.

"My grandfather had told me that many of the items like clothing and coins, that were found from the wreckage were handed over to the British at their base at Sadiya before Indian independence", informed Miuli.

On his first visit, Miuli said that he saw a skull in the site, but this time it was nowhere to be seen. "Like many other things, the skull must have been buried deeper into the ground, because of the snow, "he said.

According to Miuli, he brought back some photographs, which he found at the site.

"There are ammunitions, weapons and parachutes. I haven't been able to identify all but there are remains which looks like some kind of war weapons", Miuli informed.

An American is believed to have visited the crash site, some years ago.

In absence of official documents or noting of the plane wreck, there are very sketchy details.

With the specialised identification and recovery teams from the US Defense Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Accounting Agency already in Damro area of East Siang district to trace the remains of "Hot as Hell"-which went down on January 25, 1944 with eight members, perhaps it is time that the plane is documented too.

With passage of time, valuable and personal items will be lost too, if enough action is not taken to preserve it for their historical values.



Sports Policy of Arunachal at a glance

Monday Musing

[ M. Doley ]

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Physical fitness and sports are vital components and integral part of our lives. The importance and role of sports and investing on youths is already recognized by the government.

In every five year plan, the Government of India gives special thrust on a particular area of sports for development, such as integration of physical education and sports with formal education in the fifth five year plan. Even the UNESCO has stated that every human being has a fundamental right of access to physical education and sport which are essential for full development of the individual's personality.

Unlike the earlier times,  modern games and sports are played in an aggressive and highly competitive manner. Competing with world's best athletes and winning medals in such high level of competition is not an easy task.

Sportspersons need to put lot of hard work to excel in their chosen field besides encouragement and necessary support from their parents and, of course, the government. Hence, a clear cut policy is required to look into the well-being of the athletes and persons associated with them as well as to ensure the implementation of sports development programmes in an organized and systematic manner.

After a long wait, the Sports Policy of Arunachal Pradesh has finally been approved by the State Cabinet recently giving a major boost to state's quest for development and excellence in sports. However, an official notification in this regard is still to be issued.

Since the approved copy of the Sports Policy has not been made available so far, one cannot say much about the policy. However, it has been confirmed by the CM's office that the same final Draft Sports Policy was approved almost in toto with few additions.

The Draft Sports Policy, a copy of which was obtained by this reporter, adopts a holistic approach to overall development of sports taking into account youth development, health and social benefits.

Moreover, granting future security of a sportsperson after their retirement is a vital issue that needs to be addressed. It is seen that most of the retired sportspersons, who made the state and nation proud during his/her heydays, end up in abject poverty in later parts of their life, which is a bane for development of sports. The government must look into this serious issue.

The sports policy focuses on the objective of achieving excellence in sports through adoption of several sportspersons friendly programs and policies, such as higher incentives for meritorious sportspersons and coaches, job reservation, out of turn promotion and pension scheme for retired eminent sportspersons.

As per the policy, a gold medal winner in Olympics will be awarded-Rs. One crore, Silver medalist-Rs. 75 lakh and Bronze medalist-Rs. 50 lakh. Mere participation in the Olympics will also fetch Rs.25 lakh. Moreover, there are incentives for medal winners at various regional, national, international level sports events ranging from Rs10,000 to Rs 10 Lakhs.

The five percent job reservation for non-APST meritorious sportspersons from the existing 20 % non-APST quota is good initiative indeed.

The policy sets a target to meet the basic infrastructure needs and technical back up in district, sub-divisions and blocks for development of sports and youth activities by the end of 2030.

One of the main thrust of the policy is to produce Olympians for 2020 Olympics and integration of physical education and sports with formal education from Class 1 onwards. The policy proposes to make physical education and sports compulsory from Class one to ten.

The policy, if implemented in letter and spirit, is expected to fulfill most of the demands and needs of sportspersons as well as take sports a step forward in the state.



RGGP team visit Tawang's small hydro, solar plants

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic (RGGP), Itanagar conducted industrial visit for its final year students at Tawang district from October 13-17 under All India Council for Technical Education - North East Quality Improvement Programme. The industrial visit led by Bengia Taday, Lecturer cum Course Coordinator, covered various small hydro and solar power plants located in the district.

The team visited Nuranang mini hydro power plant at Jang which is managed by Department of Hydro Power Development, Lhou (EM) Division.

The officials of plant took the team around the campus and imparted them detailed practical knowledge.  Er. Sajish Kumar PK, Executive Engineer, Lhou (EM) Division personally attended the visiting team and encouraged the students. The students also visited Paidhar Micro Hydro Power Plant and Solar Water Heating System, Tawang Monastery.

At Paidhar plant, which is run by Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency, Tawang sub-division, students gained knowledge about how to manage Micro Hydro power plant. Er. Dorjee Norbu, Junior Engineer of plant told the visiting students that such plant is cheap as well as easy to construct, operate and maintain and ideal for small village communities.

The industrial visit has provided much needed practical knowledge about how small hydro & solar power plants are being set up & operated in geographically difficult region like Arunachal Pradesh. It has also helped students to know the importance of these plants for the people of state in terms of being self reliant," said Bengia Taday, Course Coordinator.



10,000 kms of roads for North East: Sonowal

ITANAGAR, Oct. 18:  The central government has decided to construct 10,000 kms of roads in North East at the cost of whopping Rs. 50,000 crores, said Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal.

Addressing a huge gathering of public, party cadres and workers at Namsai Town Club yesterday, Sonowal informed that Rs 6000 crore out of Rs 15000 crore has been earmarked for Arunachal Pradesh. The Govt. has also planned to connect all the Northeastern states with railways and airways, he said.

Sonowal, said that Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful and resourceful states and it can become one of the richest states if the resources abundant are harnessed and exploited properly and in scientific manner.

He also highlighted the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government's various welfares programmes and policies in the meeting and appealed to the public to avail the benefits of such programmes and schemes.

The State BJP general secretary Dominic Tadar apprised the visiting union minister and public about current party activities in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Party's state vice president Kenyir Ringu also spoke on "Beti Bachao, Beti Parao" programme of the party and explained the purpose of the programme.



Zonal level basic course for

commissioners and group leaders

[ Tawang Vigilance ]

Tawang, Oct 18: Four days Zonal level basic course for Commissioners and group leaders training course was conducted by the Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG) at Lhou secondary school.

Training on Aims, Policy, Rules and organization (APRO) and basic knowledge of scouts and guides fundamentals were imparted to headmaster and principal level trainees by State Training Commissioner, BSG, Sudama Tiwari and Assistant Training Commissioner, BSG, Prafulla Kalita during the programme.

19 trainees from Upper Siang, Kurung Kumey, West Siang, West Kameng and Tawang districts participated in the training.

Tawang DDSE cum District Chief Commissioner, BSG, Tawang, Apel Tayeng and Sudama Tiwari felicitated the participants with Commissioner Scarves and certificates for the successful completion of the training during the Valedictory function on Saturday.

Earlier, District Organizing Commissioner (Guides), Yangdron Lhamu was felicitated with parchment for successfully completing the Himalayan Woods Badge. She is the first person to complete the course in the district.

The curtains on the training programme were finally drawn after an all faith prayer and flag retreat function.



AEMA says goodbye to its former president Taro Chatung

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The Arunachal Electronic Media Association (AEMA) bade farewell to its former President Taro Chatung at a function organized at Arunachal Press Club (APC) here today.

He was the founder president of the association.

The programme was presided under the chairmanship of Arunachal Press Club president Chopa Cheda

In his speech, Chatung said that he was very happy to see the upcoming youths showing keen interest on electronic media and some of them striving hard since many years. This is a good sign for development of electronic media in state, he said.

"You may get lot of obstacles in this profession but failure is the pillar of success," Chatung, a veteran journalist and producer of then popular news show News and Views, said.

He also recalled his 30 years of journey in the profession and the various difficulties faced by him during that period.  

He appealed to the members to cooperate with new President Kara Guma for further development of electronic media in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, APC president Chopa Cheda encouraged healthy competition among the AEMA members. He also advised them to cooperate with each other for growth of electronic media in the state.

He also felt that the electronic media is still at nascent stage and assured his cooperation with them.

The new president Kara Guma also spoke on the occasion and sought cooperation from the all the members, outgoing executive members of the organisation and APC in addressing the problems of the electronic media.

Various speakers also shared their views and suggestion for development of electronic media.

Meanwhile a 9-member new committee of Arunachal Electronic Media Association was constituted for the smooth functioning.

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Don’t confuse the people

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has been under fire over controversial remarks of its leaders on Dadri and beef row today cracked whip. Even though a belated action, party president Amit Shah meet Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, MP Sakshi Maharaj and MLA Sangeet Som and warned them against making such comments that threaten to derail the development agenda of the Modi government. National media also reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed "extreme displeasure" over the remarks of Khattar, Mahesh Sharma, Sakshi Maharaj and Sangeet Som.

Even as BJP was carrying out the much needed PR campaign, they received another setback when their ideologue RSS defended the Dadri killing.  RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya’s latest cover story defended the killing of Akhlaq Saifi, 52, in Dadri on the night of September 28 over allegation that his family consumed beef. RSS quoted Vedic texts to defend the shameful and brutal murder of an unarmed Muslim man. BJP and its Sangh Parivar affiliates are sending mixed signal to the people of India. While Prime Minister Modi seems concern over communal incident but Sangh affiliates are least bothered. They are continuing with their provocative activities which are harming the image of India.  The opposition parties today came out blazing all guns and dismissed Mr Shah's exercise as mere gimmick and hollow formality. The move of RSS to defend Dadri killing, somewhat does justify the opposition criticism. BJP will have to take some harsh measure against its leader as well as Sangh Parivar affiliates to convince people of India about its sincerity and honesty towards communal harmony.




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Tamils and Chakma refugees

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to AAPSU’S protest against the SC verdict on the vexed Chakma refugee issue. I am witnessing the protests right from 1977.

No solution was found by the Government of India to this issue. It is very disgusting to note GoI’s lacklustre attitude on such importance issue.

No registration of refugees are done by the authorities, it seems.

In Tamil Nadu, there were lakhs of Tamil refugees from Srilanka who are kept in refugee camps. All these refugees were registered and enrolled. This camp is like a jail and their movements are restricted and police personals were posted to watch their movements. If this is the treatment meted out to the Tamils, I am unable to understand the stand taken by the GOI with regards to Chackmas and Hajongs. Now with this SC  verdict, they too will claim citizenship .Our country should not remain a dumping yard for refugees.

If a bonafide Indian requires inner line permit to visit your state, how a foreigner or a refugee can be exempted from it?

What is the stand on this issue by the governments and by the SC? The GoI has to scrap the Bengal Frontier Regulation so as to treat all citizens equal. If ILP system has to be stopped, it will create havoc with the people of the State.


Ramachandran Mohan




A costly dinner for Longding

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news item published in your daily about the prevailing political situation in our state. Three new cabinet ministers were inducted in Tuki ministry. Whereas citing the reason for reshuffle of the cabinets, CM Nabam Tuki claimed that, “it was done due to their weak performance”.

In another news item of the same day, CM’s advisor Bosiram Siram had pointed out that “Govt. has taken appropriate action against some MLAs and cabinet ministers for their anti-party activities”. Both the comments came on the same day but with different reasons. What an irony.

Well, I am neither a political analyst nor crazy about the ongoing political hypes within the state. After all in democracy majority and politics matters a lot to remain in power and chair.

But, when I had to look from a common man’s perspective towards the ongoing political upheavals within our state, I must say that people of Longding district are the most deprived ones due to such political crisis.

The reasons are. Mlas Gabriel D. Wangsu along with Wanglam Sawin was forced to resign from their membership of the Legislative assembly.

The dinner party where the signature for resignation were taken turned out to be the most costliest and poisonous dinner not just for Wangsu but for the entire people of Longding district.

And then there was news circulating about Thangwang Wangham dropping from the Ministry. Yesterday papers confirmed that he has been drop from the cabinet. The minister hails from 59th Longding-Pumao A/C from Longding district.

Third, Honchun Ngamdam, representing 60th Pongchau-Wakka A/C, though the senior most and popular for his sincerity and punctuality had never found himself in Tuki ministry.

So, all the three representatives from Longding district i.e 58th, 59th and 60th have been deprived due to the present political crisis.

Whatever might be the next outcome, but the people of Longding district have lost the opportunities to be served and benefited by three of the most energetic, vibrant, intelligent, dynamic and sincere MLAs.

However, I wish that things will fall in a righteous path very soon.


Concern citizen




Political deadlock and its consequences

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to jot down a few words regarding the present situation of Arunachal Pradesh. Since last few months we have been witnessing political deadlock in the Tuki led congress government, which has led to grinding halt to all the developmental activities of our state.

We have witnessed the dramatic so-called forged resignation of two legislators and subsequent sacking of four cabinet ministers. Moreover the decision of the Supreme Court on refugee issue has cast uncertainty over the future of tribal of our state. If Chakma-Hajongs are given citizenship in our state, it will significantly change the political, social and economic demographics of our state.

Formation of new pressure groups and underground elements cannot be ruled out. Problems within the state may embolden antisocial groups or external forces to gain influence in our state.

More importantly, the entry of community based organization and various Union in the political affairs of the state is setting a very dangerous trend. The elected representative should be free to choose their leadership and perform their duty accordingly. No unions or organization can dictate the state political affairs. It may lead to slow and gradual disintegration of Arunachal.

Frustrated public whose political voice is suppressed by any influential force may lead to various new demands and rebellion for more autonomy, separate autonomous councils etc.

Therefore, I request the legislators of our state to solve the deadlock immediately. Majority should prevail.


A citizen



A few questions

Dear Editor,

Through you, I want to ask a few questions that always arise in my mind and heart.

The Supreme Court ban on timbers in 1996 was right but this time, I think don’t you think, it is wrong?

From Arunachal based RSS, I want to know what is there stand on refugee issue. Are they with Indians or the intruders?

To the three MPs, I want to know whether they do think this is the right time and golden opportunities to sacrifice for the peoples and state. Will they resign from their posts to protest against the one sided SC verdict?

And I want to ask the student leaders why they want to leave our beautiful country. This is your country, not the refugees.  

Where are the voice and press release of so called societies, NGO and organisations against SC verdict?


A reader




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