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AIYWA appeals to Govt

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: All Itanagar Youth Welfare Association (AIYWA) has appealed the state Govt to take necessary steps for development of school infrastructure in order to accommodate growing number of students in the twin city of capital.

While adopting resolutions in its meeting held here today for submission to the state Govt, the Association further suggested that the state Govt should chalk out necessary plan for construction of double storied building within the existing school campus in various schools of both Itanagar and Naharlagun in view of limited land space in Capital and to accommodate the students coming from various districts of the state. As the renovation of existing old school infrastructure will involve huge financial liability, construction of double storied building would help solve the infrastructure problem with minimum fund, the Association observed.


Enquiry into ASM’s death

AALO, Sep 20: The circumstance leading to death of Late Takom Palong, ASM of Kaying, West Siang who died of electrocution on 8th September last is being inquired by a team. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rumgong rushed to Kaying village for immediate enquiry accompanied by the officers of Electrical Division, Rumgong, C.O. Kaying Circle, Secretary General and Secretaries of AKO Society and Mandal President 32-Rumgong B.J.P. Unit on 16th September last. Further, ADC Rumgong visited victims family and paid Rs. 50,000/-(Rupees Fifty Thousand) only from district administration and other Rs. 50,000/- has been handed to victims family by way of donation by Electrical Division of Rumgong. ADC Rumgong urged the concerned department to initiate proper inquiry & work out compensation packages upfront for the family members of the deceased.


“Hindi Diwas”

RONO HILLS, Sep 20: “Official Language Hindi Week”, as part of weeklong Hindi Diwas celebration organized by the Hindi department, Rajiv Gandhi University concluded here at conference hall today.  “Hindi is not only our official language but also our business language”, said Vice Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang while speaking at the valedictory function as the chief guest. Highlighting the importance of language, he believed that language is a perfect tool for innovation when coupled with technological development, which can bring along a dignified society.

The main speaker of the celebration, Prof Devraj stressed upon publication of folktales, folklores, myths and various other beliefs in Hindi, so that the mainland Indian can have an taste of our tribal society.

Among others, Dr K C Kapoor, Dr Syamshankar Singh, Dr Amendra Tripathi also spoke at length on the importance of Hindi language in the society.

Prizes were distributed to the winners of various literary competitions organized earlier by the department on the occasion, according to a report sent by the  Mass Communication Dept, RGU)


APEYO supports AVYF

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: While extending support to the demand made by Arunachal Volunteer Youth Federation (AVYF) to drop Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, Arunachal Pradesh Elite Youth Organization (APEYO) appealed to the State Government that it should not try to defend such ‘corrupt’ leader since the issue involves common interest rather than personal.


Social Service

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Polo Colony Welfare and Development Committee, Naharlagun is organizing mass social service within the colony on September 24.

The programe would be attended by MLA Techi Kaso and ADC, Capital Complex Bokar Basar, students and members of various organizations.


Dunium villagers appeal for connectivity

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Dunium Village Development Committee highlighting the grievances being faced by the villagers said that the there is no proper road and electricity connectivity in the village.

It strongly appealed to the local MLA of 14th Doimukh Assembly Constituency to look into the grievances of the villagers immediately.



ITANAGAR, Sep 20: The officers and staff of General Manager, State Transport Services office, Naharlagun expressed their grief sorrow on the untimely demise of Hina Talin, Conductor, State Transport Services, Itanagar who died yesterday at Naharlagun.

The officers and staff extended their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Awareness cum maintenance drive

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Energy Solution, Itanagar in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency is launching state wide awareness campaign cum maintenance drive of the existing solar equipments in every district of the state from first week of October.


CCRT scholarship to Shatabdi

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Shatabdi Nath a student of Nrityangan Dance and Music Academy, Itanagar has been selected for CCRT Scholarship in the field of classical Dance (Kathak) by Ministry of Cultural, Government of India.


Union reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: All Mengio Students Union (AMSU) has reiterated its demand for high level enquiry into alleged embezzlement of Rs 4.80 crore NEC fund meant for improvement of power supply at Mengio.

Expressing displeasure over the delay in investigation, the union said that it had submitted a representation to power secretary (electricity) on August 12 in this regard. But there is no any encouraging steps being taken for recovery of embezzled fund and action against officers involved in irregularities, the  union said.


Conference of Presiding Officers

New Delhi:  Deputy Speaker of Arunachal Tapang Taloh, would attend the Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies in India to be held at Jaipur from 20th to 24th September. The deputy speaker would take the place of Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong as the Assembly Session of State Legislative Assembly is slated from Sept 23-26.

During the Conference at Jaipur, Taloh will take part on the discussion "The Role of Legislature in Scrutinizing and making Laws of Good Governance", which has been moved by the Assam Legislative Assembly and also in other topics besides symposium in the last day.

The Conference would be chaired by Speaker of Lok Sabha Meira Kumar.


Ultimatum to Govt

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization has given 7 days ultimatum to the State Government to hand back NH 52A road from Banderdewa to Hollongi over to BRTF failing which the organization has threatened to launch democratic movement.

A peaceful rally cum dharna was staged in front of Raj Bhawan recently by APCF, ACCYWF etc. in support of their demand where the ADC to Governor on behalf of the Governor had assured to take up the matter with the State Government on or before September 12, the organization said.

It said that APPWD has totally failed to maintain the road properly ever since the road was taken back from BRTF by APPWD. Further, funds meant for maintenance of the road are also not being used judiciously, it alleged.


Catholic meet

ITANAGAR, Sept 20: The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU) is going to attend the Working Committee Meeting (WCM) of All India Catholic Union (AICU) at Baroda in Gujarat from September 23 to 25 next. The APCU team, comprising president Tok Buttum and general secretary Taw Tabin – who are also the executive members of AICU - is leaving here for Baroda tomorrow to represent the State in the three-day meeting.

The WCM is scheduled to discuss various important issues, especially regarding the upliftment of Dalits and Churches across the country.  

It may be mentioned here that the APCU earlier underwent a survey in various districts of the State – West Siang, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, East Kameng, West Kameng and Papum Pare to gather a first-hand knowledge about the functioning of Churches.


News Impact

Lisus say no to relocation from Namdapha National Park


MIAO, Sep 20:  The Lisu community is yet to come to a final decision on the issue of re-habilitation and relocation from Namdapha National Park despite various meetings set up by the local administration. There has been a series of meetings between the Lisu and Singpho, Tangsa and the administration to find a permanent solution to the issue of re-habilitation.

Though the Lisu’s had earlier in a representation submitted to the Parliamentary Secretary (Environment and Forest), government of Arunachal Pradesh had sought for alternate land which is secure, protected and free from encroachment yet the disposition of today’s meeting spoke otherwise.

A committee was constituted for identifying alternate land during a meeting held on April 26 last. The committee was headed by Circle Officer (land records) of ADC office Miao with seven members representing NGOs, public leaders of Singpho and Tangsa community besides officers of the concerned department.

The committee identified 200 hectors of RF land outside the Namdapha National Park. The identified area is approximately 10 kms from Miao.

Though the committee put forward proposal of the verified land before the Lisu community for consent yet it was rejected outright.

We should not be moved from our present settlement area. For many years we have been writing to the government not to relocate us from our ancestral land, said Nibodi GB Liaso Yobin.

38 Mile GB Atseta Yobin also said that it is a unanimous decision of all the Lisus living within the park that they will not leave the land that they have been occupying for many years. We wish to stay within the park and we will take responsibility to protect wildlife, he further said.

The land identified for us has a lot of plantation and wildlife and if we settle there it would mean destruction of more forest, Atseta said.

GB Hwayasi Yobin said that no immediate decision can be given by the community on the issue of alternative land. He said that the community will first see the land for themselves and than a decision will be made known to the administration.

Being a local, onus rest more seriously on my shoulders to find land for the Lisu so that there is a permanent solution to the problem vis-a-vis conservation of wildlife as well as proper re-location and settlement of Lisu families living within the Namdapha National Park said S Jongsam CF & FD (Project Tiger).  

The Field Director also informed the meeting that if the Lisus agree than Forest Department would start the process for de-reservation of RF land.

Jongsam further said that the land verified would be recognized as Lisu area and the local administration would issue LPC.

Jongsam also informed that in an earlier meeting with the Lisu community, they were intimated about the Rehabilitation package announced by the government of India under which two options were given.

Under the first option a package of 10 lac rupees in cash per family if they were willing to vacate the land and the second option was that the government would identify suitable land for rehabilitation and take up other developmental activities for the community.

As per discussion, the Lisu’s had rejected the relocation package under Option one. The community had agreed on the second option provided that the land should be free from domination of other tribes and prosecution, he said.

I fail to understand as to why our proposal is being rejected when we have followed the desired demands of the Lisus to finding an alternate land that is secure, protected and free from encroachment of any other tribe, Jongsam said. He further appealed the community leaders to seriously consider on the matter.  Assistant Field Director P Tangha giving a brief report of the land verified by the committee also said that the land identified was located 3 kms beyond the Park area.

SEACOW general secretary Phupla Singpho urged the Lisu community to accept the land identified by the committee for the betterment of all. Re-location is a serious issue not only for the state government but also for the nation, he said.

Phupla further appealed the Lisu community to recognize the serious concern and efforts put into finding the alternate land for them by the locals and the committee.   

Charanong Tikhak, GB Khachang urged the administration to make proper demarcation of the area. He said that before any re-location takes place, the nearby villages should be informed through proper notification.

Singpho Development Society Vice-President cum The Miao Times Editor Pisi Zauing also urged the Lisu community to come to a decision for the good of society and the environment.

Numerous steps are being taken for eco-logical balance around the world today. We need to understand the urgent need to protect and conserve our environment and wildlife, he said.

Zauing hoped that the Lisu’s would take a positive decision quickly and bring an end to the issue of re-location.

It is disheartening to note that despite various exercise carried out by the administration and well wishers for the good the Lisu community, the meeting today has not be rewarding said Miao ADC T Mara.

Mara urged the intellectuals and the younger generation of the Lisu community to think about their future and take a decision.

He also informed the people that the government will not be able to provide any kind of facilities to the community living in encroached area.

Without taking a look at the alternative land verified by the committee and rejecting the proposal is great setback for those who have been working positively for the good of the Lisu community, Miao CO S Roy said.

He informed that no state or central package will be available for those living within the Namdapha National Park.

Senior Public Leader K K Muklom urged the Lisu community to give a second thought to the proposal put forwarded by the committee.

When we are living together in a society it is difficult to ignore the anguish faced by the other. When the Lisu community faces trouble it becomes the problem of Singphos and Tangsas as well, he said and appealed them to accept the alternative land that will not only be recognized but also developed with basic amenities like road, health centers, educational institutions, water and electricity supply besides others.

Nature Conservation Foundation Sr Scientist Dr Aprajita Dutta, who has been leading community-based conservation initiatives with the Lisu community urged them to consider the 200 hectors identified by the committee as the issue of Lisu rehabilitation has been pending for a long while now.

Namdapha National Park is very important from bio-diversity point of view, she said and added that to save the national park, it is very important to re-located the families living within the park but with their agreement and consent.

She informed the meeting that it is very important for the families to move from the park as the settlement area is very fertile and a good spot where regeneration of wildlife is possible.     

Since the day long deliberation failed to come to any conclusion the local administration gave a timeline till October 10 next for the Lisu community to come up with a final decision.


Assistance to differently abled persons

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: An assessment camp for providing Aids and Appliances to differently abled persons is going to be organised by the District Administration, Papum Pare, and the Department of Social Welfare Women & Child Development, Naharlagun, with inputs from Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impaired, Chimpu and Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, on Sept 22  0930 hrs in collaboration with ALIMCO, Guwahati under “Assistance to Disabled Persons (ADIP)” scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, in the school ground of Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impaired, Chimpu, Itanagar.

The persons with disabilities, desirous of attending the camp are required to produce income certificate, having monthly income less than Rs. 6500/-, or a BPL card, along with a small photograph exposing the disability.

Interesting persons may contact the Office of the Deputy Director, District ICDS Cell, Yupia, and Principal, Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impaired, Chimpu, Itanagar for further details by calling at 9436416702.


Preparation on for Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: SIRD and Department of Rural Development is conducting two days State Level Workshop-cum-Training on Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 from today.

Tape Bagra, Commissioner(RD) while explaining about the importance of the survey urged all Deputy Commissioners, Project Directors , Master Trainer Facilitator  and officers from Rural Development and Urban Development to take workshop very seriously for successful conduction of survey  during November, 2011 and to have a realistic data on BPL in rural as well urban areas.

Secretary (Urban Development) Kapa Kholie explained the role and responsibilities of the Urban department in carrying the survey in 27 census towns of the state. He requested them to carry out the survey with full dedication so that programmes and policies for rural and urban poor can be designed accordingly.

Jokey Angu, Director (RD) explained the module of survey and the role and responsibilities of Department in this mission. There would be electronic device where the data would be feed by respondents and entered directly at the field by enumerators. But where there is no electric facility, in such would blocks, data be manually collected. The use of tablet PC and Data Entry Operation System was further highlighted by Deputy Director, DCO.

Bharti Chanda, Jt. Director, Census Operation dwelt on schedules of rural and urban areas and gave a break up of the population.

At end of the day Commissioner (RD) collected the information on status of preparedness of each district. Almost all Deputy Commissioners and  Project Directors have apprised that they are ready to conduct the socio-economic survey, 2011 but the time frame given may not be sufficient to cover the entire area of the state because some villages in the state take 6-7 days to reach by foot.


AAPSU welcomes step on TOI issue, reminds legislators

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Students ’ Union(AAPSU) appreciated the outcome of the joint sitting between the state government with Nyishi Elite Society and All Nyishi Students’ Union regarding Pradeep Thakur issue. In a release AAPSU hoped that the new committee set up would go in all details so that the furor caused by the controversy will have a permanent conclusion.

The apex student’s body of the state also called upon all the elected representatives to discuss important issues like deteriorating law and order situation in state capital, poor education scenario, Chakma-Hajong issue, interstate boundary issue in the ensuing legislative assembly session starting from the 23rd of September. The union also further called upon the state government to spruce up the road condition of the capital complex. AAPSU also appealed all those politicians who are camping outside state to think for citizen of Arunachal and work for the betterment of state. Further union expressed concern over report that in many departments, officers are taking advantage of absentee ministers and parliamentary secretaries for their personal benefits. AAPSU warned that if such reports are true, they will take their own course of action against such erring officials.


ANSU concerned at law and order problem

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Expressing serious concern over recent firing incident in which two persons received grievous bullet injuries, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) urged the Home Minister to make proper strategy for providing full security to its citizens.

The State is witnessing law and order problems in the last couple of months which has caused fear psychosis and infused a feeling of insecurity among people, ANSU said.

While condemning the firing incident, the students union demanded the authority to arrest the culprits within five days failing which the Union would be compelled to launch democratic movement. All Nguri Welfare Society while condemning the incident, said that the firing incident has exposed the deteriorating law and order problems of the capital. It demanded the authority to bring the culprits to book under appropriate section of the law.


Seven more cases of Hepatitis-B at Ziro

ZIRO, Sep 20: As many as 7 Hepatitis-B positive have been detected during one day Free Hepatitis-B Screening Test-cum-Awareness Campaign held at Govt. Secondary School, Hong on Sept. 17 last. The camp was organized by NEETI Society (NS), Ziro in collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai. 343 people came forward for the test.

Hibu Uma, ZPM, Niichi (Hong) while attending the camp as the chief guest suggested people of Hong village in particular and Ziro Valley in general to avail such free test when expert team from reputed Company come to their door steps.  The NEETI Society’s chairman, Yachang Tacho briefed on impact of Hepatitis-B and also explained as to why his society is keen to organize screening tests in the valley. The team would also conduct the programe at Govt. Secondary School, Tajang and at Old Ziro on Sept 23 and Sept 24 next respectively.

The screening tests were conducted by Pintu Dhar, disease advisor, Chandan Nath and Susanta Ghosh technicians of the Company. Of the, 7 positive cases have been detected in the camp.


APCSCEU appeals for termination of illegal appointment

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat Contingencies Employees Union (APCSCEU), Itanagar conducted a meeting here today regarding illegal appointments of group ‘C’ staff in Civil Secretariat, Itanagar.

The union alleged that 20 Group C Staff were appointed in Civil Secretariat illegally in recent past. It appealed to the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary to terminate all the alleged illegal appointments within September and decided to sit on Dharna in front of Chief Minister’s Office/Bunglow on October 18 and 19 if their demand is not fulfilled within the stipulated time.


Video Conferencing at Itanagar Bench of Guwahati High court

NAHARLAGUN, Sep  20: The Video conferencing System of Itanagar Bench of Guwahati High court was inaugurated by Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court, Justice Madan B. Lokur, at Court No.1 of  Itanagar Bench here today in the presence of Guwahati High court Judge (Itanagar Bench)  Justice K. Meruno, Additional Advocate General, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Kardak Ete, Deputy Registrar P.B. Dutta, Arunachal Pradesh Bar Association  President Pritam Taffo and Bar Members and employees of the High court bench.

After inaugurating the video conferencing unit Justice Lokur, in a face to face talks with the Judges and other  members of Guwahati High court through video conferencing  said our physical distances have been  reduced to a great extent.  This will greatly help not only the Judiciary system of the state but will also be very less expensive and convenient for the Advocates and the clients as court proceedings going on at Guwahati and other states can be watched and joined.

On a query from one of the Judges from Guwahati on whether all the seven states of the northeast can have a joint session, Justice Lokur, said at this stage we can have joint sessions of at least four states, beyond that the picture quality will be low, but one to one video conferencing with  all the state courts of the Northeast can be made. Besides, Itanagar and Guwahati, Video conferencing facility is available at Nagaland and Mizoram, he added. (DIPR)


Youths are backbone of nation: Babu

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: The youths are the back bone of the nation, said former MLA Kipa Babu while inaugurating the office of the All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association, at I G Park, near King Cup Public school, here today.

Addressing the large number of youth on the occasion as chief guest, Babu, who is also Itanagar City Congress president, called upon the youths, particularly the youth of the Capital Complex to discard all kind of bad habit including use of drug etc and participate in nation building process.

The former MLA also urged upon the ACCYWA to involve more youth,  especially the youth of Capital Complex in its noble work for the cause of society. The MLA said that he is ready to support the association but for right cause and called upon the Association members to work with a vision and accomplish the work within a targeted period of time.

Speaking on the occasion, the guest of honour and former president of ACCYWA Achung Yumlam narrated his experience in the Association and also highlighted the activities for well-being of the people during his tenure.

He called upon the organizations to work for the development of nation and also stressed on unity  among the youths of every community for their rights.

Special guest and president of Arunachal Law Students Union Tadar Tarish assured his support to the noble cause of the Association, particularly in education sector. He said, everyone should have knowledge of law for better society and smooth running of Association.

ACCYWA president Khoyda Daniel and  general secretary Tai Roket also spoke on the occasion and  extended sincere thanks  to all the participants in the function including VIPs, youth of various sectors and colonies.


Training of Trainers for Measles SIA

ITANAGAR, Sep 20:  A one day Training of Trainers of block level medical officers of Tirap District on Measles Supplementary Immunization Activity (SIA) was conducted at District Hospital Khonsa on Sept 20.

The training was formally inaugurated by DMO Tirap Dr S.Ronya. Addressing the gathering, he requested the Medical officers coming from periphery to implement the National immunization programme successfully in all the seven blocks of the District due from 21st November onward till 11th Dec/11. He requested the Doctors to take utmost care to avoid any adverse events following immunization.

Dr.K.Perme DRCHO Tirap explained the objectives and the genesis of Measles catch up campaign for which the SIA is being launched in the country.

Trainings included lecture, discussion, ppt, exercise with presentation by participants and AV show. Altogether 14 Medical officers attended the training.

Resource person were Dr.K.Perme, Dr.P.Monwangham, Dr.T.Moidam and Dr.K.Matey who were trained at Naharlagun state hospital recently.



Impact of climate change


More than 30 million people were displaced last year by environmental and weather-related disasters across Asia, experts have warned, and the problem is only likely to grow worse as climate change exacerbates such problems.

Tens of millions more people are likely to be similarly displaced in the future by the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, floods, droughts and reduced agricultural productivity. Such people are likely to migrate in regions across Asia, and governments must start to prepare for the problems this will create, a report by the Asian Development Bank warned.

The Asian Development Bank warned that governments must start to make preparations now, to be ready for the multiplying threats, and because more extreme weather has already started to take effect, though changes so far have not been dramatic in their impact.

The bank is working on a report that will set out in detail the likely problems and propose a range of potential policy changes to help to deal with them. The report will be published next spring, though preliminary research is being disclosed at a series of regional conferences in the intervening months.

The probable solutions are likely to include measures to improve vital infrastructure, such as energy provision, transport systems and communication networks, in order to make such infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change.


A peace loving state?

Dear Editor,

It seems that our state, which was till now known as the most peaceful state, is joining with rest of the North-Eastern States in the race of insurgency.

Attack on Advocate Taba Tagum, threat to FCI GM, shootings at Pasighat and Sinki Park etc. All these and many more incidents tell us that we should give up the "peace loving state" tag. Although we may keep on calling ourselves peace loving, but in the present world of internet and Mobile communications, these incidents aren't hidden from the rest of the world, who are deciding how peace loving we are. Whom are we fooling? Them? I don't think so. Because they all know what’s going on in our state.

Until now our state did not find much airtime in national channels. But, now we have started making news, but the news is not that we should we proud of. We are making news only on wrong topics. Mainland people didn't know anything about Arunachal till now, but they do something now. They know how mean and dumb we are, that we are fighting each other on communal grounds, there is no stable Govt. and that you can't tell when you'll get hit by a bullet on glaring daylight.


N L Richo

NIT Patna,  (on email)



Dismantling of govt properties

Dear Editor,

Illegal dismantling of Govt Quarters is being witnessed in every corner of district, Daporijo in particular.  Off course, the pace of dismantling is very slow which makes DA blind further in term of action. Nevertheless, had the present DC been strict in action, it would have saved many Govt Quarters from being dismantled.

DC is equally responsible for it as he is incapable of executing the law against illegal encroachment. The public of Daporijo feels that DC should stay in his place of posting rather than in his wife's place of posting. People off course are happy at his absence as they can dismantle another wall of Govt. Qtr fearlessly. If this trend continues then very shortly not a single Govt. Qtr will be left. Govt should also see that officers and officials who have stayed more than the stipulated time period as per the norm must be transferred out. If transfer/posting is maintained strictly then such illegal encroachment will be prevented easily.


A citizen (on email)



Woes of district headquarters

Dear Editor,

Your daily is the only newspaper that reaches Upper Subansiri so I would like to request you that basic problems of the District must be given importance in your newspaper. Only focusing the problems   of  Twin Capital, Itanagar  and Naharlagun and  particular tribes  will not do justice to rest of the people of the Arunachal Pradesh.

On the other hand, all the district  of Arunachal  Pradesh  too want to enjoy the basic facilities  that  are available in the  Twin Capitals.

I would like to seek the attention of the District Administration, concerned  departments, Public leaders of  Daporijo for better road  communication, power and water supply.

The  deplorable road condition from Gandhi Market-New Market up to  District Hospital  Daporijo which is supposed to the life- line of Daporijo Township is for all to see. The road has become so bad that   pregnant Women fear to travel apprehending spontaneous abortion. Their regular monthly visit to Hospital is an uphill task because of the bad road condition.

Even our learned District Magistrate and other officials ride on this road on a regular basis. They know better but no effort has been initiated to correct it. Proper Drainage system is non-existent which create havoc in rainy seasons.

Many will remember recent total power failure in Upper Subansiri Disrtict which could have been controlled had the department concerned had enough trained personnel to handle such situation.

These all are indirectly or directly related to corruption. Though we have  paid Road tax in one go, paying water supply bill & electricity bill on regular basis to Govt, the services are very poor.  Roads are  un-motorable, drinking water  are turbid  in rainy season and  power supply is erratic though we pay from our hard earned money.

Janlokpal Bill is the only straw of hope. Till then, there is no hope apart from taking a ride on un-motorable road.


Tanam Linke

Daporijo,  (on email)



Earthquake and dams

Dear Editor,

Everyone is shocked by Sept 18 earthquake which shook half of India measuring a 6.9 on the Richter scale. The quake hit Sikkim and many parts in India trembled. Think what will happen to the high seismic zone Arunachal if all the Mega Dam projects numbering more than hundred come up.

Devastation and nothing less! Can the power corps and the Govt. ever assure of a tension free state in the future? Haven’t we learnt a lesson from Japan or from the latest quake which was not that far?

Say no to Big Dams.


A concerned Citizen

Likabali , (on email)



Problem of water

Dear Editor,

Since last month, water supply is irregular in Itanagar giving a lot of problems to consumers. Water is supplied only 4 days a week. Sometimes water is supplied for only 15 minutes while at times its just for half an hour. In some days, there is no water supply at all for two three days at a stretch.

I request PHE Department to supply water regularly to mitigate the problems of the consumers.


Ayem Lego

Vivek Vihar,  (on email)



The quiz contest

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my gratitude to the DDSE Changlang and the organising committee of District Level Governor's Quiz competition organized at DIET Auditorium, Changlang on Sept 16.

At the sometime, I would like to request that in such competitions no teacher of HSS/SS teachers should be entrusted to frame the questions and no teacher should be engaged as time keeper. This time all the questions were framed by a senior teacher of government H.S.School, Changlang. No doubt the questions were simple and easy but lacked current events.

The time keeper who was also a senior teacher of the HS School Changlang had different timings for other schools. In such cases, students coming from other schools are demoralised. Here the quiz master was an energetic young doctor, Dr. Thangjam from Dist. Hospital Changlang who acted aptly from beginning to the end.


Nomni Pertin

Margherita, (on email).





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