October 21

DCs asked to prevent hoarding

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The State Government has instructed all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) in the state to initiate measures to prevent hoarding of pulses and check price rise.

Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, in a letter to all the DCs, instructed to make sudden inspection and checking of food item wholesalers, particularly pulses, in their respective jurisdictions. Anybody found involved in hoardings must be taken to task and action initiated against them immediately under Essential Commodities Act and other relevant rules.

The instruction has been given following uncontrolled and steep rise in price of pulses. DIPR


PIL filed against compensation claims

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: A PIL has been filed in the Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench on Saturday last by one Tadar Takio of Karsingsa Village against the compensation claims made by alleged non-locals against the Green Field Airport, Hollongi project.

The petitioner claimed that 500 individuals including Chakma people and some people from Assam  listed for grant of compensation are not entitled to own land in Arunachal and no LPCs have been issued in their favour. Therefore, the petitioner claimed that they are not entitled to claim compensation.  


BJP alleges TFC  bungling

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged misappropriation of TFC grants amounting to Rs 3.17 crore accorded to Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Research Development Agency during the financial year 2013-2014.

The party in a release alleged that the fund meant for bamboo development in the state was misappropriated without any physical achievement. It demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter.


Solar inverter for Ziro hospital

ZIRO, Oct 20: A 5kv solar inverter that would supply uninterrupted power supply to the blood bank at General Hospital Ziro was commissioned today. The solar panels have been donated by Infosys and the installation has been done by Lifeline Clean Technology, Guwahati. Earlier, a new x-ray machine was also installed in the hospital.

DMO Moli Riba expressed hope that the hospital that caters to the patients from Upper Subansiri, Kra Daadi, Kurung Kurmey districts would immensely benefit from these initiatives. DIPRO


Governor congratulates Lhakpa Tsering

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has congratulated Lhakpa Tsering for his excellent performance, finishing second in the 17th Raid de Himalaya, considered as the toughest in the country and among the ten most difficult motor rallies in the world.  

The Governor said that Tsering, who had taken part in national rallies like the 'Raid de Himalaya' and 'Desert Storm', many times,  is pride of Arunachal Pradesh and his splendid achievement will inspire and encourage many youth from the North Eastern Region particularly from Arunachal Pradesh towards Adventure Motor Sports.   

The Governor expressed the hope that the Motor Sports in Arunachal Pradesh will become a popular event as the man behind 'Motorsports Club of Arunachal' has become an idol for others. He wished him spectacular success in future international competitions also. (PRO to Governor)


AAPWU seeks reappointment of employees

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union (AAPWU) has sought reappointment of a casual peon under the Department of Labour and Employment, Aalo.

The union in its 30 days ultimatum to the Secretary, Department of Labour and Employment claimed that she was terminated without prior notice.

The Labour Commissioner not only terminated her from the job but also withdrew the post from West Siang district, it alleged.


Inter-school meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The 5th Inter-School meet of the five Calvary English Schools namely Moinhappa, Yachuli, Sangram, Pakke Kessang and NBCC compound was held at CES Moinhappa from October 15 to 18 last.

During the meet, various activities like Games and Sports, Cultural and Literary Competitions were organized in which Calvary English School Yachuli lifted the championship trophy while Calvary English School Moinhappa bagged the title of the most disciplined school.

Attending the closing ceremony, Parliamentary Secretary Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs and WCD Nikh Kamin and DDSE Papum Pare, Tana Tagu Tara exhorted the students to give their best academically and be disciplined while also giving importance to games and sports.


Sport meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) conducted a series of circle level sports competition at Tarak Langdi, Chambang and Yangte in Kra Daadi district recently.

Around 102 players from the area took part in the competition for selection at district level completion which will be held jointly for both Kra Daadi and Kurung Kumey on October 24 and 25 at Koloriang.


18th Loum Banggo Sports & Cultural Festival concludes

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The week-long 18th Loum Banggo Sports & Cultural Festival was conducted at Yomcha.

The main attractions of festival were open football and badminton championships and cultural competitions.

Winner and runners up teams of football, badminton (single and double) and cultural competitions were awarded cash prizes along with trophies.


Ban orders

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The District Magistrate of Lower Dibang Valley Ravi Dhawan, banned carrying of all kind of lethal/ sharp weapons, including licensed arms, sword/dao, knife, bow and arrow within Roing Township during the Durga Puja as well as gambling with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the Itanagar Capital Complex District Magistrate has upheld the standing order issued earlier this year banning gambling of any kind, including dice game, cards, housie, etc within Capital Complex under Arunachal Pradesh Gambling (Prohibition) Act, 2012.

The DM instructed all the Executive Magistrates and SP to take necessary action with the help of the OCs of their respective jurisdictions to ensure that the prohibitory order is imposed and no gambling activities taken place.

Coordination meeting of PRI and HoDs held

ZIRO, Oct 20: A coordination meeting of PRI members and Head of Departments was held here today under the chairmanship of Zilla Chairperson, Hage Kobing at conference hall, Hapoli with the aim to sort out programmes for smooth and effective implementation of developmental projects in the district.

Addressing the meeting, the ZPC suggested the HoDs to get PRI members involved right from decision making to implementation of developmental programme including selection of beneficiaries which is the sole responsibility of PRI members. However, if PRI members do not turn up even on intimation, HoDs are bound to carry out the work lest developmental activities are not hampered, he added.

While suggesting PRI members to work for the cause of the society he discouraged on unnecessary interference of people with vested interest which hampers the progress of any developmental activity.

In the meeting, the HoDs highlighted developmental activities taken up by the respective department within the preview of PRI. DPDO cum ADC Nending Chatung, all the HoDs, ZPMs and Anchal Chairpersons of the district attended the meeting.


Training concludes

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: More than 50 officials and staffs participated in a week-long training programme on digitization, software and library keeping held at the Legislative Assembly secretariat, Naharlagun from October 12 to 16 last.

The resource person for the training was Director Craft Media, Lok Sabha, New Delhi, Kabira Hazarika.


Mission Indradhanush

SEPPA, Oct 20: A District Task Force Immunization meeting on Mission Indradhanush Phase-II was held under the chairmanship of East Kameng DC-cum-District Health Society Chairman Sandeep Kumar Singh at Kameng Hall here on Monday.

In the meeting, the DC enquired about the schedule of immunization and movement plan of the immunization team from various Primary Health Centres and directed them to ensure cent percent coverage in the district.

Earlier, DRCHO Dr. K Lapung highlighted the achievement of Mission Indradhanush during its 1st round of immunization.

ADC Pooja Jain also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)


Training on Cole crops nursery management

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: In all, 42 farmers took part in a day-long training programme on Establishment of Nursery and Nursery Management on Cole Crop conducted by KVK, Anjaw at Metengliang village in Anjaw district on Monday.

During the training, Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture) explained to the farmers the importance of nursery and its management. Stating that the district usually faces shortage of vegetable supply during blockade caused by landslides, the SMS advised them to practice vegetable farming through proper nursery management. The farmers were also informed about all components such as nursery bed preparation, soil treatment, methods of sowing, essential operations in nursery raising and its aftercare through a power point presentation.

Later, vegetable seeds were also distributed to the farmers.


Villages identified for waste management

Seppa, Oct 20: Watte and Veo villages have been identified for implementation of solid liquid waste management system in East Kameng.

This was decided at a District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC) meeting held at Kameng Hall, Seppa on Monday. DC cum chairman DWSC Sandeep Kumar Singh directed the staff of Health, Education and ICDS posted at the village level and also PRI members to attend the IEC programme compulsorily along with administrative officers and BDOs.

EE PHED M. Riba cited the impediments while implementing Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in the rural areas which includes poor reception to programme, use of pigsty toilets and remoteness of rural habitation. (DIPRO)



In the news item under the headline "WW-II plane in the deep jungles of Lower Dibang Valley",   which was published on Oct 19 edition of this daily, the name of the district was wrongly mentioned as Lower Dibang Valley in place of Dibang Valley. We regret the error.


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Capital face heavy traffic chaos

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The unprecedented traffic jam yesterday and today has paralyzed the normal life in twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun and nearby areas.

Long queue of vehicles were seen on the national highway the whole day and evening. The distance between Bank Tinali and Ganga market, which is usually covered in 15 minutes today took almost 2 hours to reach.

With no concrete solution in the offing, the residents of capital should brace up for more traffic woes in days to come. At present most of the arterial roads of Itanagar are closed, either for repairing or due to damage caused by monsoon.

Another cause for traffic snarl is the ongoing road widening- repairing work on the Highway. The road work at Naharlagun and Itanagar has further congested the national highway.  

"We are aware about traffic issue. However I would like to make it clear that it will take minimum of two months for re-carpeting work to finish," said Bora Ete, Chief Engineer Highway (WZ).

 "Ever since Abotani colony Bailey bridge was dismantled by PWD, traffic problem has worsened in Itanagar.  The new bridge was supposed to be ready by March 2015. Until the new bridge comes up at Abotani colony, IG Park road should atleast be opened during peak traffic hour," said a commuter.

When contacted Katung Wahge, Chief Engineer PWD (Western Zone) informed that it will take another 4 to 5 months for the bridge to get ready.

The forest officials on their part clarified that IG Park road was opened only for monsoon season and has been closed from Monday.

"For greater cause of commuters, we had agreed to open the park road. But besides dirtying the park, commuters often indulge in rash driving," informed an official of Forest Department. The park however is slated to be open again from Wednesday.

The lack of coordination among the officials of capital administration is further causing more trouble. Going by the present situation, it looks like no proper planning has been evolved by capital administration to tackle traffic woes.

"The Deputy Commissioner and Additional District Magistrate are engaged in some kind of power struggle. In local dailies, we can see their fight while the SP Capital and SP traffic barely speak about traffic issue. There is complete chaos and it is reflected on the capital road," shared a frustrated commuter. When contacted, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi assured that he will soon hold a meeting and find out ways to ease the traffic congestion. Itanagar Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki today held a meeting with various line departments to explore a possible mechanism to ease the ever growing traffic jam problem as well as to chalk out strategies for the ongoing road construction works.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the on-going road construction works from Itanagar to Baderdewa and Cement Concrete road works in various sectors and colonies have led to unprecedented traffic congestion in the twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun.

Kamki suggested department concerned not to take up work simultaneously on both sides of the road as it will contribute more to the traffic congestion. He said that care should be taken to ensure minimum damage to water supply lines, telecommunication cables.

The DC instructed the departments concerned to provide proper work planning, map as well as schedule of excavation to the District Administration to enable it to make proper strategy. During the meeting, it was decided  that the stretches of roads dug up so far would be done first.



Four Parliamentary Secretaries dropped, two inducted

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Four Parliamentary secretaries have been dropped by the Chief Minister today. They include Markio Tado who was handling Food and Civil Supplies, Pasang D Sona-Animal Husbandry and Civil Aviation, Mutchi Mithi-Horticulture and CT Mein-Environmental and Forests.

On the other hand, legislators Nyamar Karbak and Dikto Yekar were inducted as Parliamentary Secretaries in the Nabam Tuki Government.

Karbak and Yekar took the oath of office and secrecy before Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a simple ceremony here today. The newly sworn in Parliamentary Secretaries would be given their respective portfolios soon.

Present on the occasion were Health Minister Rajesh Tacho, legislators Nikh Kamin, Kumsi Sidisow, Tatung Jamoh and Jambey Tashi, APCC President Padi Richo, the Chief Secretary, the DGP and host of officials.



Individuals and power centers

[ Tongam Rina ]

During VC Pandey’s Governorship, the state witnessed a typical political drama, in August 2004 when the power shifted to Gegong Apang from Mukut Mithi, in a very classic Arunachalee style. Overnight MLAs changed loyalties. There were rumours of horse-trading and MLAs being kept in captive in a hotel near Itanagar. Unimaginable today, but a group of unhappy and very aggressive MLAs had landed up at the Raj Bhavan, breaking the tight security cordon. The physically weak Governor was cornered violently in full view of media persons. The act was not only disrespectful to an elderly person but the whole Institution of Raj Bhavan itself, which till than was revered by the people of Arunachal, who are naturally drawn to people and Institutions in power and position. The learned MLAs physically forced the Governor to sign a paper, while his officers, who were supposed to protect him, looked on helplessly. In the meantime, a hungry MLA went out looking for food and barged into the kitchen, delivering orders to the cooks and attendants to prepare lunch. Yours truly is not sure whether forced lunch was served, the day decency made a hasty retreat, but even for reporters always looking for news, it was shocking to watch the violent streak, out in open among some of the elected representatives. But then power corrupts and blinds even the most enlightened.

These days, politicians in Arunachal are smarter. While they camp elsewhere, numerous organizations are used as a tool to spread violence and propaganda, unmindful of the fact that it’s common citizens who elect them, in lieu of money but in expectation of development, peace and security.

While the debate will continue who uses whom, times sure have changed.  Today, Raj Bhavan is not just an institution that carries out its constitutional duties but tries and engages with normal common citizens as well as asks difficult questions.

In recent times, the trend was set by Gen J J Singh, who knew exactly what he was doing. Not only did he threw open the Raj Bhavan to common people, at some point, he became more popular than the Chief Minister, because he was approachable and accessible with populist ideas, unlike traits of the Indian Army. He was known to ask uncomfortable questions to the Chief Ministers but so was SK Singh who would frequently snub nonsensical ideas by the politicians.

Governor SK Singh would often make his feelings known through his public speeches, stopping short of calling politicians and media persons stupid and short sighted. He had no time for Unions, which he declared were an impediment to the development of the state, annoying half of the people in Capital, who are either presidents or general secretary of these or that organization.  There was an uneasy truce.

For many, it’s going back in time as the same atmosphere is felt now but between the Raj Bhavan and Chief Minister’s Office.

A colleague said that body language of JP Rajkhowa and Nabam Tuki, during a recent event was for all to see; not open hostility but uneasiness in each other’s company. Predictably so.  The Political bosses do not like questions while the current incumbent at the Raj Bhavan, will only settle for a satisfactory response. Ask the already harassed Chief Minister! Not only did the Raj Bhavan made him wait for days, but his proposals for dropping the ministers were sent back, apparently, the reasons were not convincing enough. Absenteeism of ministers finally was the key word.  

We have to acknowledge that a trend has indeed been set in the state where a mere line of recommendation for dropping of ministers or new appointments to any position will not be accepted without asking  questions or making the Officers read the law books. Whatever it is, citizens can only hope that there is at least politeness in place, if not camaraderie between Raj Bhavan and CMO, even if ideologies are different.



Arunachal shows interest in

Centre’s Nirbhaya scheme

NEW DELHI, Oct 20: The Centre's efforts to have a national emergency response system (NERS) nationwide under the 'Nirbhaya' scheme have found few takers with only Arunachal Pradesh  and Telangana have shown interest in the scheme, according to the Economic Times (ET) report.

However, they are yet to ink a pact with the Centre. "We are hopeful that other states and UTs will soon respond to our requests. Some of the southern states already have similar emergency response system. We will try to integrate them to Nirbhaya plan," a senior government official said.  

However, Gujarat is the only state which has so far signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre, showing its eagerness to be part of the project from the first phase,  the report said quoting officials.

In August this year, the Union home ministry had written to state governments and union territories, proposing to sign memoranda of understanding with them for maintaining standards and quality of NERS.

Envisaged on the lines of the 911 emergency helpline in the US, NERS aims to integrate services, including police, fire and ambulance. It will also be integrated with the road transport ministry that involves setting up an emergency button on buses, officials claimed.



School without required infrastructure

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

NARI, Oct 20: The 100-bed Girls Residential (Upper Primary) School at Depi village under Nari block in East Siang district is running without basic infrastructure and other required facilities, portraying a poor education scenario.

This correspondent, while visiting the school, noticed acute shortage of furniture including table-chair, bench-desk, almirah and other necessary equipments, causing immense problem in conducting teaching-learning activities. The teaching and non-teaching staff are forced to face unhealthy situation due to lack of housing facilities in the school premise, while the kitchen and dining hall is running in unhygienic condition.

The residential school set up in an isolated location has no boundary wall or fencing for protection of the school properties and to ensure safety and security of the students. There is no water supply, electricity and power generator in the school.

Established in 2013 under SSA (Rajya Mission), the school started lately in November, 2014 with four Upper Primary Classes i.e. Class IV to VII. Currently, there are 32 students, three teachers including the headmaster, four supporting staff, a peon and chowkider in the school.  The local people lamented that the school is running in a pathetic condition but neither the officers from education department nor the MLAs and Ministers have ever looked back at the school.

They alleged that the education department has paid no heed to the appeals of the public for development infrastructure for the school.



LDSU issues ultimatum against pending highway work

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Longding District Students' Union (LDSU) has urged the Chief Minister and the PWD Minister to immediately intervene and take necessary action after inordinate delay of the construction of Longding-Khonsa Trans Arunachal Highway.  

In a release, it stated that Longding-Khonsa Trans Arunachal Highway work has been pending with no work progress since November 2014. The work for the Trans Highway started in August 2012 and the deadline for the completion of the work is by the end of 2015. The LDSU threatened to seize the machineries of the JKM Company and hand it over to the government, if the company does not resume the work within a month. “The common people are suffering due to the bad road connectivity in Longding district and we shall not compromise at any cost in the work quality of the highway”, it added.

Further, the release added that PWD, the nodal agency of the project, should initiate the process to blacklist JKM Company for lapse in their work.

If the PWD and the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh do not take immediate and appropriate action against the company, the Union said that it will take up the matter with the  Union Minister, Road and Transport.



ToT for Christian Educators & Sunday School Teachers begins

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: A three-day long state level Training of the Trainers (ToT) programme for Christian Educators & Sunday School Teachers started today at CRC A-Sector, Naharlagun.

Chief Engineer, PHED Toko Jyoti inaugurated the event being organised by Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Children Department (APCRCCD).

Releasing a song book on the occasion, Toko Jyoti spoke on the importance of godly teachings in a child's life and encouraged the house to follow what one speaks by being a role model for the society. APCRCC president Tarh Kama attending the conference exhorted the participants to be diligent and dedicated teachers to lead the students in the right direction.

National Director of CEEFI Rev. Bendang Toshi while handing over the CEEFI books to APCRCC remarked that this is a welcome move by the two organisations towards children's ministry.

110 delegates from various districts including the host Papum Pare, East Kameng, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Kra Dadii, East Siang, West Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang, Tirap and Longding, besides various revival churches of the Capital complex are taking part at the programme.

The  training will cover varied topics including teaching methods, child development, parent-children relationship, value of devotion and gospel services, songs and dance learning session, puppet and film show and group discussion and competitions.



Bogibeel Bridge works picking up speed

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The construction works of Bogibeel Bridge is picking up speed as the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), the construction organization, has successfully launched two girders of the bridge within a month for the first time since the commencement of the work.

The 13th girder of 125 meter span has been successfully launched on Sunday--barely 25 hours from its launch on the previous day, NF Railway informed in a press statement.

The 12th girder span of the bridge was launched on October 12.

The increase in the pace of the work was possible due to commissioning of the 2nd Assembly shed, the statement said.

There are total 39 girders of 125 meter and 2 girders of 33 meter span. Girder fabrication and assembly works are being executed with state of the art welding technology as per European standards.

The project is progressing as per schedule with 2100 workers, welders and engineers of HCC-DSD-VNR consortium. The launching of the remaining girders is likely to be completed by March 2017, it said.

The Bogibeel Bridge near Dibrugarh with a total length of 4.940km is the longest Rail cum Road Bridge in India.

The project with a total cost of around Rs. 5000 crores incorporates, apart from the main bridge, Guide bunds on the north and south banks, dykes, road network of 30 Km, rail network of 74 kms and 6 new stations including New Dibrugarh.

The project is targeted for commissioning by June 2017.



Arunachal girl wins Animatsuri India Cosplay Contest

ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Junnu Pinggam of Arunachal Pradesh has won the Cosplay Contest at Animatsuri India at New Delhi recently.

Animatsuri is a fusion of, "anime", and "matsuri" which means festival in Japanese, so essentially an anime festival. The four-day mega event comprised of two-day competitions held at IIT, Delhi from October 16 to 19 last.   

Junnu, a 17-year-old girl is a student of class XII of Don Bosco School, Itanagar, stood second on the first day and bagged the first spot on the second day.

Professional cosplayer Akira Konomi and renowned singer Yumi Inoue from Japan attended the event as guests.

"I want to represent India at 'World Cosplay Summit' which takes place every year in Japan where cosplayers from all over the world participate," Junnu said when contacted.  



Delhi to get three new hostels for

students from Northeast

JNU has a huge strength of NE students

NEW DELHI, Oct 20: Three new hostels for students from the Northeast will be constructed in Delhi, including one exclusively for those studying in the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh informed this during his visit to the JNU campus yesterday.

The new hostel in the university is expected to be ready by 2017 and is one of the three accommodations being planned for the students from the Northeast in the capital and planned by the Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), he said.

While the work on the construction of JNU hostel is expected to begin shortly, there is also a proposal for two other hostels in Delhi University campus of Ramanujan College and possibly within Hindu College premises, he said.

However, he said that an alternative proposal recently sent to Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University which states that instead of constructing hostels at different sites like Ramanujan College or Hindu College, a common piece of land can be acquired at a location convenient to all and a large hostel complex can be developed there.

The DoNER minister said that the existing Northeast Working Women's Hostel at Jasola near Apollo Hospital is also being upgraded with the inclusion of more modern amenities.

Singh said JNU has a huge strength of students from Northeast and the number of students staying over here from each of Northeastern states is higher than the number of students from several other states.

The Northeast Study Center in JNU is also being advised to enlarge the spectrum of scholars and faculty persons associated with it in order to seek a healthy balance among all schools of thought.

The DoNER Minister was informed that most of the formalities and paper-work with regard to the hostel project in JNU Campus are nearly complete and the construction work will start very soon.

At the same time, there is an unusual enthusiasm about this project not only among the students from Northeast in the campus, but also among the students of the other parts of the country, he was told.

Singh appreciated the active cooperation lent by Prof Sudhir Kumar Sopory during his tenure as Vice-Chancellor and hoped that similar coordination between the JNU authorities and DoNER Ministry will continue in future. PTI

---- Editorial ----


Its time ministers start working

In the last two months development work has virtually stopped in the state due to internal fight in the ruling Congress party. Section of Congress MLAs started rebellion against state leadership and for long stayed at Delhi seeking change of leadership. The rebel leaders include ministers and parliamentary secretaries. Their long absence from office has badly hurt the developmental process. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has dropped five ministers and has inducted three new ministers in place of them.

The portfolios to the newly inducted ministers were allocated yesterday. Further some ministers have been allocated additional portfolios along with their existing ones. Also today four parliamentary secretaries were removed from their post and two new parliamentary secretaries were sworn in. While it is too early to say whether these move will stabilize the present government but it is time government start working. The complete lull in governance has put a brake on development process. If Congress party wants to retain confidence of people they will have to start delivering on their election promises. If not people of Arunachal will punish them in the next election. Congress should not allow their internal problem to plague the future of state.  Its time ministers and parliamentary secretaries start working seriously and dedicate themselves for the cause of Arunachal.




---- Readers Forum ----


Excavation and constipated traffic

Dear Editor,

Since last two nights, I could hear the sound of excavators (JCB) on the main road from my residence at A-sector, Naharlagun.

As 19th Oct was a bandh, we were home the whole day. But, Tuesday morning I could see the excavated-works done on the roads. Water pipes were damaged, phone cables were unearthed and the main-road had become some sector road. The parking lanes were no more available hence, vehicles were parked on the main-road or what was left of it. An already congested traffic had become constipated.

I later found through my local councillor that it was being done by some contractor for widening of roads. More hardships to bear for development. I request the concerned authorities to see that unplanned and mindless excavations do not take place. As for us, we will be yet again creeping on the constipated traffics with yellow dusts in the air during this festive season.

Happy Puja !


Tadar Babin




Customer unfriendly

Dear Editor,

It is observed that when we call the customer service number of corporate houses, the customers are put through considerable difficulty. Instead of a customer service executive answering the call immediately, the customers are asked to press various numbers by the Interactive voice response and only the last option allows you to speak to a customer service executive. The whole process is like testing the patience of customers. On top of it the already irate customer is compelled to listen to various promotional offers with wide options. This result in a lengthy call which burns a hole in customer’s pocket and only telecom companies are benefitted. One wishes the corporate could be more customers friendly.






Bandh is no solution

Dear Editor,

Bandh call is not appropriate at this time.

It’s high time we fight refugee issue together as one. The bandh call during such strategic time seems not wise. I fear no matter how important their issue may be, calling bandh at these times will project them less patriotic towards the state. The internal issues can be dealt with later. The time calls out to every politician, bureaucrats, and student unions to fight against one sided decision of SC verdict. Granting of citizenship to Chakma and Hajor and allowing them to enter our state without ILP will totally change the demography of state in no time.

Besides bandh call is not a proper means to get our demands fulfilled. It not only hampers the development process but also strike poor wage earners the most. High profile people shall go wherever they want with security escort.

Our states have lost a whopping Rs 1058.89 cr due to bandh calls between 2011-2015.

So broad minded citizens shall look for other means of protest instead of harassing poor citizens, sick people (everyone does not reach hospital in ambulance) and vendors.

It’s my earnest request to the unions to lend a helping hand to AAPSU in fighting refugee issue instead of using their energy in other issues.


Gogum Buchi, Maro



Delayed result

Dear Editor,

The department of IPR conducted UDC written examination on May 30 and subsequently viva-voice was held on Aug 21. After viva-voice, it has been nearly two months but the result is not yet been declared. We want to know the reason behind unusual delay in declaration of the final result of the examination.

The concern department already took 5 years to conduct the examination as it was advertised in 2011. Are they going to take another 5 years to declare the final results?

It is also learnt from the sources that some of the candidates are already absorbed in other department like High Court, civil secretariat etc. So the question is whether the department is waiting for the rest of the candidates to be absorbed too?

Still hoping for fair and transparent selection in the final list from the department.





Police needs refresher course

Dear Editor,

Its seems to me that time has come to change or send Ruksin Police for a refresher course to tackle hooliganism caused by people from neighbouring state that has become a routine trend.

Lacklustre attitude of Ruksin Police was experienced by me on the night of 18th October 2015 where some drunken hooligans from Jonai, Assam started abusing and manhandling staff of Private Nursing home at Ruksin. After having failed to calm down the abusive nature of the hooligans by the hospital staff and members of Bazar committee present during the incident,  Ruksin Police were called upon to diffuse the situation so that attending Doctors could tend the accident patients.

To my surprise, the mob was not at all responding to them and they started abusing the Bazar people and hospital staff in their presence and started to create another scene in front of them. At last looking at their inability to control the scene, hospital staff had to shut the gate and tend the patient. All the patients were attended in spite of the abusive nature of the party.

Now my point is how come handful of hooligans can take our Ruksin Police for a ride. Is it due to lack of training or they have just outlived their presence. Usually, Ruksin is a peaceful place where all communities across the border also live in harmony. But last night’s incident has given me a jolt of my life. If such incidents keep on happening, someday all border dwelling people will suffer due to inept attitude of our police personnel. It might sound cynical but callousness has no other name and should be rectified before it’s too late.

Therefore, I appeal to all citizens ,Public leaders to  have a threadbare discussion, so that we are not abused, humiliated again and again. These messages go for all good people who want to live in harmony in their own motherland.

This matter should not be taken as personal issue by the officers concerned rather should be assumed as an outcry by a citizen debarred from his rights to live in harmony.


A concerned citizen




Honour of nation lies way above political gimmicks

Dear Editor,

The latest row over PM Modi signing the Indian flag in US is yet another example of useless Indian ego, megalomania and true show bizz type gallery acting by a section of so called irresponsible politicians, parliamentarians and pseudo nationalists reining this unfortunate country. One could not understand that how a privileged section of Indians living in this country survive with raising controversies as their sole pleasure and goal in life. The head of the government of an emergent super power signing his name on the national flag is in no way humiliating any national value. Then even painting the body with national flag colours while supporting any national team during a sports event is also a criminal offense. Several statesmen, sports star and celebrities across the world kiss their national flags, put the flag on their body with love and respect and sign their names with no intent of devaluing the nation; when the people of the nation unfortunately ran out of real issues they spend time in such rubbish activities. The so called nationalists voicing and dying for the honour of the national flag do not spends a single penny or shed a single drop of tear when millions of fellow citizens go to bed in empty stomach, survive on less than a dollar per day or a helpless women is brutally gang raped by rape martyrs of this nation. No one stand up when a leading and illiterate national politician from UP said that rape is a mistake made by young boys. The honour of the nation lies way above such political gimmicks.


Saikat Kumar Basu

Lethbridge, Canada



Road construction and traffic congestion

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the traffic congestion faced by the daily commuters during renovation of roads in capital complex. The heavy machineries/ vehicles have been engaged on both sides of the road particularly in office hours which makes vehicles stand still for hours or moving at snail pace.

The students are always reaching their school late and office goers are facing the same fate.  Moreover, the constructing agencies cannot utilize their manpower and machineries to get the optimum result in such rush hour.

To reduce the agony of traffic problems and make optimum use of men and machines, particularly in the market areas, the authorities concern may advise the executing agencies to work at night time and early in the morning at least in market areas as done in other cities.


Mihin Sambyo





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