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
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
The instruction has been given following uncontrolled and steep rise in price of
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
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.
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
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.
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
The main attractions of festival were open football and badminton championships and
Winner and runners up teams of football, badminton (single and double) and cultural
competitions were awarded cash prizes along with trophies.
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)
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.
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,
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
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
Capital face heavy traffic chaos
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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”,
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
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),
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
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 !
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
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
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
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
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
Road construction and traffic congestion
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.
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