September 02

Isha bags gold in Ntl Sub-Junior Taekwondo C’ship

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: Isha Kumari of Arunachal bagged a gold medal in the 31st National Sub-Junior Boys and Girls Taekwondo Championship which concluded at Pune, Maharastra today.

Isha won the medal in below 24 kg category defeating her opponent from Maharashtra in the final.

Isha defeated her opponents from Assam in the pre quarter-final, Utrakhand in quarter-final and Puducherry in semifinal before entering into the final.

It is worth mentioning here that Isha earlier won a silver medal in the 29th National Sub-Junior Boys & Girls Taekwondo Championship held at Goa in 2011, gold medal in National Open Taekwondo Championship held in Lucknow in 2012 and another gold medal in the 30th National Sub-Junior Boys & Girls Taekwondo Championship held at Lucknow in the same year.

While Congratulating Isha, Arunachal Taekwondo Association president Kipa Kaha advised her to maintain the same tempo and spirit in future too.

He has also congratulated the coach and manager Tui Nika and Dharmendar Rawat for their successful mission. He advised that a coach should continue the learning process along with coaching the players while the players should concentrate in their academic studies along with the game and respect the coaches for success in life.


DSE creates web portal for schools  

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: The Directorate of School Education has created a web portal for all the Secondary and the Senior Secondary Schools with the web address http://www.dseap.info/school_web_directory.htm .

The portal, also in the line of the requirements of CBSE for the registration of the students  has been designed to provide the details of the each such school in public domain. With this portal, the Directorate will solely be responsible for managing the website of all these Government schools.

No school will be required to manage school website on its own. This is necessary to maintain standardization and to avoid confusion at the school level. The concerned school now will provide the requisite data in the prescribed format by 6th September, 2013 to the directorate for uploading it.

One such example is http://www.dseap.info/school_data/GHSS_basar.pdf . This proforma will be used by all the schools. All the DDSEs are directed to ensure to get it done by 6th September, 2013. DIPRO  


Youth leadership training at Pasighat


RUKSIN, Sept 01: The Siang Adi Baptist Association (SABA) is organizing leadership training for the youth religious leader, which got under way at Pasighat Mission Compound since Saturday.

The 3-day training includes training on the theme “Train yourself in Godliness”, which aims personality development and moral building among the youths.

The organizers informed that more than 150 youths from East Siang district is attending the religious training.


Likabali minor rape incident condemned

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: The Arunachal Block Education Officers (BEOs) Forum has expressed its disappointment over the recent Likabali rape incident wherein 14 minor girls were reported to be raped and molested by the hostel warden.

In a release, demanding exemplary punishment to the rapist it said, we strongly condemn the sexual assault committed by the member of Nation’s builder on the member of Nation’s future. Any individual when in the teaching profession are supposed to be acquaintance with intellectual minds and he/she is bound to maintain prescribed code of profession. The teacher pupil relations established in the course of teaching learning for academic purpose must not be misused in resorting gender crime by taking advantage of minor status of students. The committing of such heinous crime by a member of teaching community irreparable damage of dignity and status of teaching profession, hence the line department in the government must take necessary measures in this regard.

Urging West Siang police to charge sheet the principal of the school as well, it said that such criminal acts cannot be committed in the school without the knowledge of head of the institution.

The forum further demanded separation of judiciary from executive as remedial measure against rising crime in the state.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: A mass social service was organized in and around Ziro point Tinali and the market area here today by 13th Itanagar Assembly Youth Congress Committee.

Apart from the party workers, local shopkeepers and traders also participated in the drive to clean the surroundings.

Such initiative of cleanliness drive would give much solace to clear the garbage prone city to a greater extent, opined 13th Itanagar Assembly Youth Congress Committee, general secretary Kipa Mangal.

The committee urged the local MLA and the UD department to build dustbin at some of the important places like Ziro point Tinali and asked the shopkeepers and residents to keep dustbins in their shops and to avoid unnecessary stocking of garbage along the roadside.


Monpa Feature film ‘Pun Sun’ to be released soon

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: The ‘Pun Sun’ is a Monpa feature film whose shooting was recently concluded at Tawang. Now, its post production works like dubbing, music and editing is going on full swing at TNT & NIS Digital Film Shooting and Editing Centre, Naharlagun.

N. Ibomcha Singh is the editor of the film, which is being produced by Thuptan Nima and Directed by Lham Dorjee. The lead role who took in the film are Lham Dorjee and Ms Bamang Pamii. Many local artists from Tawang district took part it and its production manager was Sonam Tashi and Cameraman Sanjit Laishram.

The ‘Changam’ was the first locally made Monpa feature film in digital format which was produced in 2008 by Jambey Tashi before he became an MLA in 2009 wherein Lham Dorjee took lead role in the film. Since, 2008 Lham Dorjee is very active in film production particularly in Tawang district and the film ‘Pun Sun’ which is directed by him is expected to release shortly.


Rebia visits flood ravaged Kimin area

KIMIN,  Sept 01: Parliamentary Secretary (Planning) cum- Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia along with  Kimin EAC in-charge  Liken Koyu, ZPM Kimin Tai Tayu and Anchal Chairperson Kimin Takio Yanu visited various flood ravaged areas of Kimin circle including Durpa village, Model village and Hawa Camp to take stock of the damages caused by torrential rain last week.

The local MLA also inspected the on-going project sites including Circuit House and Inspection Bungalow at Kimin. The MLA stressed for early completion of the said works.

The local MLA also visited PHC, Kimin to take stock of the status of the hospital. Nabam Rebia while interacting with the doctors and medical staff assured all possible help from his side for acquiring the requirements of the hospital and fulfilling other demands.


23rd World Pentecostal Conference -2013 held

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: The four days long 23rd World Pentecostal Conference 2013 convened by the World Pentecostal Fellowship, Malaysia at the Calvary Conventional Center Malaysia, Kaula Lampur came to an end successfully on August 30. More then 5000 peoples  from 69 nations participated  in the conference.

The Anointed Gospel Preacher from Arunachal Pradesh, India, Dr. Joram Dol, Founder President of Apostolos Bible College and Out Reach Mission Members of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council, has participated as one the Guest Speakers among 18 other resource persons.

While focusing on the Conference theme, "In one accord, relaying, reaching and releasing the next generation”,  Dr. Joram Dol, encouraged the congregations that this Conference is nothing but the way to Interact and share with each other and build a friendly relationship worldwide.

The inaugural program with the Dedication of Calvary Conference Center was graced by Prime Minister of Malaysia, as Chief Guest and Dr. Paul David Yongicho, the Anointed servant of God as Dedication Minister. The world renown Gospel singers from 69 nations performed with heavenly Music before   the delegates from 69 nations. God did His work powerfully, where many people experienced the touch of God.


Don Bosco alumni mourns Niani’s death

ITANAGAR, Sept 1:  Don Bosco Alumni, Itanagar, in an emergency meeting convened by Michi Paku, President at DBYC Itanagar has condoled the sad demise of Niani Natung, a Don Bosco Past Pupil and a great lover of the poor and the down trodden.  

Speaking at the condolence meeting Fr. Cyriac, Director, DBYC, Itanagar spoke about the great association that Don Bosco Institutions has always shared with her and late Dera Nathung. While serving the state in various capacities late Niani Natung had shown her love for the weaker sections of the Arunachalee society. The members prayed for the eternal repose of the soul of Niani Natung and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.


Sensitization workshop on NFSO

ITANAGAR, Sept 1: A day-long sensitization workshop on implementation of National Food Security Ordinance (NFSO) was conducted by Kaniar Gida, Councilor of  ward number 16, IMC at its office premises today. The ward houses more than 5000 residents.

The workshop was conducted under the supervision of Nabam Jose, a noted social activist of the state.  Jose  disclosed that the Ordinance envisages providing of food security to all needy people at affordable prices. He advised all ward members and office bearers to finalize priority households and issue fresh ration cards as per the guidelines as enshrined in the Ordinance. He also asked to engage all women wing and the youth wings of the ward to carry out the task.

While, outlying the aims and objective of the meet  Nabam Jose said that the food security ordinance encompasses entire BPL consumers of the ward and such herculean task cannot be completed without much needed sensitization and help of the stake holders of the ward.

Earlier, the members present observed two minutes silence for  heavenly abode of the departed soul of  former minister Niani Natung who passed away at Guwahati yesterday.


Objection letter to Rumgong ADC

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rumgong, West Siang District  has been urged not to include  Bomsing area (Arik) land in the Rumgong township area and  not to allot it to the private individuals.

In a letter to the ADC Rumgong, one Tabang Pajing, a  permanent resident of Rumgong  village said that he possesses a plot of land measuring 18,00,000 ft. (Length x Breadth) at Bomsing area (Arik) and the said area does not fall within the Rumgong township.  “It is an ancestral property and transferred to me by my ancestor,” Pajing said adding “presently the same plot is under my possession and duly recognized by the competent authority.”

He requested the competent authority not to consider the said plot of land as a vacant Govt land and thereby not to allot the same to any other persons.



The  41st Foundation Day of KKSU was wrongly mentioned as 7th foundation day in the news item of this daily  on August 30 last under heading “KKSU felicitates meritorious students” Further the name of Er. Tomi Gamlin was also wrongly given as Tomo Gamlin. The inadvertent error is regretted.


News Impact

Solung celebrated with gaiety


ITANAGAR, Sept 01: Solung—the main festival of Adis—was celebrated for better and rich harvest across the state today with gaiety.

Attending the festival at Solung-Mopin ground here today, Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Setong Sena said, “Festivals in Arunachal Pradesh are almost same and related to nature and agriculture,” Describing that festivals of all the communities in the state are unique in nature and dance is the soul of all the festivals, he praised the Adi community for zealously guarding their rich culture and traditions.

Saying that Adi people are well versed with agriculture and horticulture practices, Sena informed about the government’s initiative to bring agri-horti produces from roadside markets to the markets of North East for economic benefit of the farmers.

Informing that 47 different crops are cultivated in Arunachal Pradesh, Sena encouraged farmers and unemployed youth to cultivate cash crops like rubber, tea, palm oil etc. in large scale for which government extends help.

Sena also lauded the theme of this year’s Solung celebration, “Culture, Agriculture and Green Environment” to make Arunachal clean and green.

Earlier, Sena released Solung souvenir ‘DiiGok Roli’ and presented certificates and cash awards to APJEE (both degree and diploma), class ten and twelve (both science and arts) toppers belonging to Adi community initiated by Adi Baane Kebang (ABK).

“Women play a crucial role in passing on culture and tradition to the succeeding generations,” said Nyishi Elite Society (NES) President Benga Tolum, while addressing the huge revelers on the occasion.

Impressed by the folk dances performed by various Ponung teams on the occasion, the NES president lauded the Adi women for their splendid performance and preserving their age-old culture and traditions.

He also recalled his days in JNC and described Pasighat as the educational and cultural hub of the state.

Earlier in his welcome address, Solung Festival Celebration Committee Itanagar (SFCCI) president Dr. Asham Borang informed about the theme of this year’s Solung celebration and the pledge to make Arunachal green through culture and agriculture.

“Through this celebration, we also want to send message to the youth to fight against HIV, not against the person living with HIV,” he said.

Later, both Sena and Tolum gave away trophies to the winners and runners up teams of the first ever SFCCI football and second T Taloh Memorial Volleyball competitions.

Former chief minister Gegong Apang also attended the festival and witnessed the entire celebration from the beginning to end. Attending festival at Naharlagun, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) Vice Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang called for introspection by all in order to reform and strengthen core cultural traits of the Adi communities in the light of rapid changes in the society.

Greeting the people on the auspicious occasion, Prof Mibang, who himself is one of the leading cultural luminaries of the society, said that many of our traditional practices needs reformation so that the core cultural values can be strengthened.

He cited the case of singing of Solung Aabang, the rhapsody describing the story of Solung that takes three full nights. According to him, it is difficult to sustain in the light of today’s busy and fast life, and therefore, it requires modification.

One of the fundamental components of Solung is welfare of domestic animals, especially mithun and pigs apart from wellbeing of human beings. Considering its importance, efforts must be made by the people to learn and practice scientific management of domestic animals for socio-economic development, he said.

Prof Mibang lauded the initiative of Ojing Tayeng for launching a vernacular newspaper titled, ‘Arunachal Aung’ and expressed the hope that the newspaper would not only help develop more enhanced information services in the state but also substantially contribute to the growth of Adi language and literature. He appealed to the community members to regularly subscribe the paper and contribute articles to it.

Ojing Darung, Labour Commissioner complimented the members of the community for their enthusiastic participation in each Solung festival in spite of many constraints. He appealed them to keep up the spirit in the days to come to strengthen their traditional culture.

Nani Dai, Editor, ‘Echo of Arunachal’ called for collective efforts for preservation and promotion of cultural identity of the community. She appreciated the people for their dedicated effort in organizing the festival regularly at Naharlagun despite many challenges.

Dignitaries including Mamta Riba, Director Art and Culture, and other senior citizens also participated in the celebration.

Earlier, Taket Jerang, President of Naharlagun Solung Gidi Committee, Kaling Borang, general secretary also spoke on the occasion and called upon all participants to show similar support and co-operation in the future in the larger interests of the society.

Oti Boko, a renowned Miri (singer leader) from Komkar village of Upper Siang has been invited for performing Solung Ponung Miri for the traditional dance that lasts for three nights.

The Solung Ponung song, called Solung Aabang, describes the story of evolution, men’s early struggle and social and cultural growth. Cultural events including folk and modern dance completion among various dance gropes and sectors, fashion show are some of the highlights of the celebration conducted since last three days.

At Pasighat, Solung festival was celebrated with traditional gaiety and religious fervour at Solung ground today.

While extending Solung greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion, Education Minister Bosiram Siram prayed the Solung goddess for bumper harvest, peace, prosperity and good health.

Describing the importance of celebration for identity, he exhorted the younger generation to carry forward this legacy by actively involving themselves in such celebrations so that they can learn and keep the tradition alive. He believed that despite the onslaught of globalization and modernity, Adis are capable and competent enough to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage, asserted Siram. He fervently appealed to the locals and outsiders too to extend cooperation in upholding the sanctity of the festival stating that apart from merrymaking, Solung is an occasion to share love, joy, peace and extend brotherhood to other community members.

The minister assured to grant Rs Two crore from his local area development fund for construction of ultra-modern Solung Hall and another Rs 10 crore for construct cement concrete roads in the township.

On this auspicious occasion, the minister released the Solung souvenir, ‘ARSI’ and inaugurated the Solung Website (www.solungpasighat.in) developed by Maktil Apum.

Earlier, Kaling Dai, ZPC in his address said festivals bring all the sections of society together irrespective of caste, creed and religion and promote peace and harmony. Passing a good message to the society, Dai appealed all to celebrate the festival in true spirit with sacred feelings.

He proposed to hoist the traditional flag in every important places/establishments on such auspicious occasions, which he termed as an important vehicle to carry forward the essence of socio-cultural identity.

He highly appreciated the Bin-nyat Aane groups, which serving the society selflessly. Dai congratulated Ojing Tayeng, Editor Arunachal Aung for bringing out local language newspaper and also Kabom Perme for successful preparation of ARSI magazine.

Dai strongly discouraged intoxication, Jhandi-munda (gambling) etc during the celebration which hurts the sentiments of the entire community.

Renowned social worker Nakmin Perme defined Solung as ‘Towards prosperity and integrity’. He urged the people to maintain cordial relationship with other communities to uphold the feelings of unity and integrity stating that culture cannot create boundary. He advised to display Adi costumes in cultural shows and Miss Lune Contest through which own identity is reflected.

He also described the mythological aspects of Solung to the gathering on the occasion.

The Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk in his deliberation focused on “Preservation of Age-Old Tradition and Custom of the Adis”. He said earlier Solung was celebrated at village level praying for bumper harvest and protection of crops from insects. It was in 1967, the celebration of Solung turned into a community celebration. The chief guest of the first celebration was the architect of modern Arunachal late Daying Ering while PN Malhotra, Adviser to Governor of Assam was the special guest. He exhorted all to continue to maintain and preserve the age-old culture and tradition along with modern day complicacies.

Earlier, to symbolize the beginning of the celebration, ‘Taku Taabat,’ a ritual was performed by the chief guest Bosiram Siram at the celebration altar with chanting of hymns and offering of prayers by the Solung Miri (festival priest).

Social worker Nakmin Perme, Chief Councilor of PMC Denong Tamuk, DC Nidhi Srivastava, SP Pushpendra Kumar, retired IAS and APCS officers and common people of Pasighat attended the festival.

The Solung Football Trophy, 2013 was won by DEM-HSS defeating IGJ-HSS 4-3 in the final yesterday.

Ninu Rukbo was adjudged Man of the Tournament while Kisu Kakki was named Best Player and Ama Robinso Best Goalkeeper.

Our Correspondents: Like previous years, Adi community of Ruksin block today celebrated their main festivals 'Solung' with traditional gaiety and religious fervor.

Solung was ceremonially started at Ngorlung village Community Hall as people from all walks of life gathered at the festival ground with their best traditional attires.

Attending the festival, public leader of Ledum Tayor Radeng lauded the community members for preserving their unique cultural identity and maintaining their old-aged traditions. He stressed on the need for preservation of cultures for unity and posterity.

Describing the importance of celebrating festivals for one’s own identity, senior teacher of Ruksin, Omir Tatin urged the community people to respect their culture and protect it.

Stating that traditional culture is separate from religious ethos, he exhorted the younger generation to carry forward this legacy by actively involving in such celebration.

The celebration was marked by ‘Taku Tabat’, traditional inauguration which was performed by the duo invited guests and Ponung dances.

Solung celebration has also been reported from Bilat, Sille-Oyan and other places in the Adi belt.

The Adi people residing at Daporijo also celebrated Solung in a colourful manner with various programmes at Rijo House today.

Attending the festival, local MLA Tapen Siga assured his all help and support to Solung Celebration Committee for celebrating the festival and promoting social harmony in the society.

He urged the committee to celebrate the festival every year in Daporijo and exchange culture with other community to know each other better.

Zilla Chairperson Susil Nalo urged the celebration committee to not restrict the celebration within Adi communities but involve all the community members since the Solung festival is celebrated for the peace, prosperity and welfare of human being.

He suggested the celebration committee to celebrate the festival in common general ground at Rijo ground in future so that other community members can participate in it.

Besides games and sports activities various cultural programmes were organized as part o the celebration. A cultural troupe from East Siang was also invited for the festival.

A exhibition football match was organized by Solung Festival Celebration Committee in association with District Sports Association between DC Eleven and SP Eleven in which the latter defeated the former 3-1.

Meanwhile, an Adi modern song album titled “Tapung-Yingkong (Vol-II) composed by Guni Pertin, a prominent lyricist and singer was released by former MLA Basu Perme on the eve of Solung Solung celebration at Bolung village yesterday.



Are Arunachal Bhawan and Arunachal House only for VVIPs?

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: The Arunachal Bhawan and Arunachal House, two of the prominent residential stay for Arunachalee citizens travelling to national capital Delhi is day by day getting out of bound for the ordinary citizens. These two places of stay was started especially to cater to the needs of students and for those travelling for medical treatment in various hospital.

However off late both Arunachal Bhawan and Arunachal House have turned into VIP and VVIP’s personal home. Only VIP and VVIP get accommodation. “VIP and VVIP from state book room and occupy it throughout the year. They use it as their personal suite. Their children who are studying in Delhi often use these rooms for celebrating birthday parties. Also most of the time rooms are allotted on the basis of recommendation made by rich and influential people,” shared a citizen. He further continued, “These rich people can afford to stay in costly hotels but we can’t. We depend on Bhawan and House as it provides cheaper accommodation in compare to private hotels. We appeal state government to look into this matter urgently. If they really want to keep Bhawan and House exclusively for themselves they should rather name it as ‘VIP Arunachal bhawan and house’ respectively.”

Meanwhile, it has also come to notice that the officials of Arunachal bhawan and house, taking undue advantage of situation have started business of brokering. The citizen’s who are not able to get room at bhawan and house are provided accommodation in the nearby private hotel by the officials of Arunachal Bhawan. They get commission for every customer. Adding salt to  the injury the officials of Bhawan and House rudely behave unless the person  has VIP tag.

“We have business tie-up with Arunachal Bhawan officials and we pay them commission for every customer that they send to us,” told a staff of private hotel from Bikaji Kama Palace, New Delhi. Owing to such situation one wonders whether Arunachal Bhawan and Arunachal House are only meant for VVIP or what?



Traders plead for foolproof security

NAHARLAGUN, Sep 01: After taking stock of various problems including increasing law and order in the Capital Complex at a meeting under the auspices of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries here today, the business community unanimously decided to urge the  state Govt to ensure law & order for smooth conduct of trade.  Victimized by fear psychosis created by the unruly elements at the drop of a hat, the traders who have suffered huge losses, particularly during the bandhs, demanded that without a peaceful atmosphere and sense of security to life and property trade and commerce cannot flourish in the state.

As the traders have been contributing to the state exchequer immensely through tax payment, the  state Govt  has to develop a foolproof security mechanism including by adequate deployment of security personnel, installment of CCTVs in all vulnerable market areas as announced by the  Govt  and revival of police beats set up with the traders’ contributions.

These were the common demands after traders from Banderdewa, Nirjuli, Doimukh, Naharlagun and Itanagar poured out their grievances and sought tangible actions.

ACCI president Techi Lala and general secretary Tarh Nachung assured them to serve as a bridge between the GoAP and traders, draw the attention of the chief minister towards their grievances and seek a permanent solution to their nagging problems.

The traders would be left free to decide their future course of action if the GoAP fails to respond satisfactorily, the meeting univocally decided.



Job Mela concludes with positive note

ITANAGAR,  Sept 01: The 3-day Job Mela-cum-Skill Development Interview Rally conducted by Department of Industries in collaboration with 28 vocational Training providers (VTPs) which began on August 30 last continue to draw huge crowd of youths  for the third day  today at  Indira Gandhi park, Itanagar, where it concluded with high and positive note of hope and expectations.

The day reserved for candidates of  Itanagar capital Complex and  from other districts who registered here had massive response  of enthusiastic youths from Itanagar, West Siang, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey,  Upper Subansiri and  East Kameng districts  as well.

The demand and response was such that huge rush  of job seekers were seen in most of the stalls including those of  VLC C institute of Beauty and Nutrition, Emporium Training and Consultancy Kolkata and Indira Gandhi  Technological and Medical Science University, Ziro, where the VTP personnel had hard time   in managing the situation. State chief Minister Nabam Tuki while encouraging the youths to avail the opportunity, the  first of its kind in the entire North East said, the literacy rate in the state has increased manifold in the last few years as a result there is unemployment problem. The rally is aimed at bringing  number of vocational Training providers to the door steps of the local unemployed youths at one go and  at  government expenses  so that the youths have option to chose the choicest  job from the many.

Advising the youths to be sincere and hardworking he said, your parents had  taken the pain in educating you to the level that you are now and it is  your turn to repay it through hard work and sincerity. You have the required educational qualifications what is required is technical knowledge, proper grooming and above all sincerity and hard work. This Mela would not only provide you the platform but also the technical knowledge and groom you for the next 3-6 moths to make you fit for the job you have been looking for. But you need to be sincere and hardworking which the way to success, he added.

It is not that you will be employed  in other state of the country alone, you can be engage in Arunachal Pradesh as well and even abroad if you opt to as the VTPs are reputed world over and have the privilege of providing world class manpower to the best institutions and companies of the world, be prepared for it, he advised.

Chief Secretary, who has been monitoring the organization of the mela for last one week while presenting the welcome address  advised the youths to take full advantage of the Mela in getting employment and to the VTPs in taping the vast manpower potentials  of the state.

The function was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary for Land Management Padi Richo, State Planning Board Deputy Chairman Takar Marde, State Chief Secretary, Hari Krishna among others. DIPR



Delhi police conducts interactive meeting with NE delegates

NEW DELHI, Sept 01: In an endeavor to reach out to the students and employees of  North East  working at Delhi, Delhi police has conducted an interactive meeting with all the representatives from the Northeastern states,  student leaders, NGOs and employees’ associations at Arunachal House Delhi yesterday.

Delhi police has also co-opted Gorkhas who are living at Delhi by appointing three representatives from the Gorkhas.

Representatives from the NE employees, delegation from Gurgaon and Noida submitted theirs representations to the Secretary NE MP Forum, Takam Sanjoy, Member of Lok Sabha who was the chief guest. The NE employees association of Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad requested the MP to take up the matter with the Govt of India, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for  replicating the model security initiatives for the security of NE people  by Delhi police, which include appointment of chief coordinator, standing order procedure based on zero tolerance for any discrimination against  NE people based on color, creed and language, etc. appointment of representatives from different states of NE giving them proper training for assisting the NE citizens in distress, intensive sensitization of all ranks for the proper response to any grievances of NE people at Delhi, regular meetings with students leaders, representatives, church leaders, NGOs from N.E states.

Sanjoy assured  that the  NE MP Forum will take up the representation with the Govt of India, Govts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. He also informed that the Forum is aware of the problems faced by the NE youths at metropolitan cities especially at Delhi.

Disclosing the initiatives taken by all the  states for  security of NE people in  metropolitan under the guidelines of the MHA, Sanjoy also expressed happiness that Delhi police has taken a lead in putting in place the initiatives like regular meetings, chief coordinators, etc. for the security of NE people at Delhi.

He further informed the delegates  that NEMP Forum had taken initiatives for ameliorating of the accommodation problem of NE students at Delhi. He also exhorted the student leaders, representatives, employee associations present in the meeting to be more sensible to issues concerning the NE youths at Delhi and should bring it to the notice of the concerned authority. During interaction, Robin Hibu, Chief Coordinator, also presented a power point presentation for investigation of rape cases.

The SHO Vasant Vihar Anil Kumar, SHO Mukherjee Nagar Ram Swaroop Meena and SHO Timarpur Yashveer Singh, S.I Sushil Sanwaria and Constable Vijay of PS Vasant Vihar and Ct. Rajiv Kumar of PS Paharganj  were honoured with commendation certificates for their outstanding initiatives for the safety and security of the NE people residing in their respective jurisdictions. Commendation certificates were  given away to them by MP Sanjoy. All the representatives of the NE states also presented their report card.



Should we be teaching our daughters

how not to be raped?

Dr. Rima Taipodia

If a young boy is convicted of raping a school girl as well as dissemination of child pornography for sending around photographs he took of her, the girl’s name is made public, which is highly unusual, because major news media  and  society outlets just don’t seems to care about protocol.

After the verdict, the rape-sympathizing is blatant by several reporters and so-called legal analysts. Statements about how these boys lives are being ruined by having a conviction and being sentenced to incarceration in a juvenile facility is spewed by women reporters who seemed more maternal than objective. There are tweets and comments to news articles talking about how “their lives are ruined”, referencing the boys convicted of rape. So is the punishment of only 3 years for those who raped & killed DAMINI.

There are articles where page after page of comments are from people who blame the girl. People who said she chose this when she got late night with her boyfriend. That in another case she got so drunk she couldn’t stand up. That the girl had a history of getting drunk, of “hooking up” with guys at parties, of being “a whore”. There are comments that she shouldn’t have been there. She was dressed like “she wanted it”. She was “all up on these boys” earlier.

So, basically, it’s her fault. For being raped. She should have left. She shouldn’t have been drinking. She should have dressed more modestly. She was irresponsible. She didn’t make good choices. She got what she deserved because she was sexually promiscuous.

Having been cross examined by a defense attorney who ask victim so many personal (and inappropriate) questions, parents shouldn’t be surprised by any of the responses blaming the victim. It’s one of very few strategies a defense team takes in cases of rape or sexual assault. But the aftermath and public response shocks me. First it may be members of the news media who becomes personally attached and feel the need to tell us we should feel sorry for this horrible fate the juvenile boys faces. Then it is the public. It’s the girl’s fault for putting herself in this position, is basically what it comes down to.

I get that the girl made some poor choices. I get that she may have a history of being promiscuous. I get that she’s been drunk before. I get that she was dressed provocatively. But none of those, individually or in the collective, is justification for rape.

Everyday people make poor driving choices. But if they’re hit by a drunk driver no one says they deserve it. Lots of people forget to set their house alarm, drive fancy cars, and buy expensive things. But who says they flaunted their wealth and therefore it’s their fault they were robbed? Both of these sound absurd. It’s not their fault, it’s the drunk driver or the robber’s responsibility.

Not so with rape. So in 2013, parents need to have the “How not to be raped” talk with their daughters. Let’s not talk to our sons and teach them to be respectful of girls and women. Let’s not teach our boys that rape is NEVER a good choice. No, let’s sit our girls down and erase 10+ years of self-esteem building where we told them that what they wear doesn’t define them. Let’s tell our daughters that all those years they heard us tell them they were strong and independent we were lying to them.

Instead, we have to teach our daughters that what they wear can give the wrong message and if they’re attacked it’s their fault so think twice about what you wear. We need to make sure our daughters know that sometimes boys don’t understand what ‘No’ means despite having been told many times and hearing it yelled into their face. Parents must demand their daughters NEVER drink alcohol because if they do and their judgement is impaired and a boy rapes them it’s their fault for being impaired and not saying “No” (note how this conflicts with above that even saying NO doesn’t matter, but let’s just hope our girls don’t pick up on that). We can’t forget to tell our daughters not to flirt, bat her eyelashes, flip her hair, giggle, touch his body in any way, or even look at a boy because if they do and are then raped, any of those things can be considered consent. Oh, and let’s not skip making sure our daughters know never to tell their friends that they like a boy because what she’s saying is that she wants to have sex with him and that’s consent to whatever he does to her after her friends tell his friends who tell him that she likes him.

As ridiculous sounding as all that is, it’s what parents of young girls are up against. Basically, if we let our daughters out in public alone where boys may be then we’re sanctioning her rape. Because evidently boys can’t be trusted to make good choices. And so it’s all on girls, and their parents, to take on the responsibility of not being raped.

It’s 2013, boys (and men) should know that you don’t rape people. Seriously, people should know you don’t rape anyone. They are not qualifiers. No, unlesses. It’s an absolute. We don’t rape other people. Doesn’t seem all that complicated to me. It’s pretty amazing boys even get to be teenagers if society doesn’t think they’re capable of  learning something as basic as “don’t rape people”.

Somehow boys learn not to kill people (for the most part). I’m pretty confident boys can be taught not to rape. But until that day comes, parents around the world need to sit down with their tween and teen daughters and begin the ongoing conversation of how not to be raped. Maybe we start off with the basics of not getting on an elevator alone if there is a guy already on it. Then we move to the disapproving look and “are you sure you want to wear that” when our daughters are dressed in anything other than the most modest of clothing. Ultimately, we’ll need to sit down with our daughters and break it to them that boys aren’t responsible for the choices they make and despite our girls having been told they’re strong and independent and smart and only responsible for their actions and choices that we’ve been lying and they’re also responsible for the bad choices boys make when “boys are just being boys”.

I think girls (and boys) need to be taught about making good choices. I think we need to talk to our daughters about the consequences of drinking, doing drugs, or being in a situation where they’re not in control of their choices. But girls don’t bear the responsibility of a boy’s poor choice. Girls of the world do not carry the burden of not being raped.

And yes, I get that girls can be aggressive with boys. And yes, girls, too, should be taught that “no means no”. But when statistics show 1 in 4 girls will be a victim of sexual assault by the age of 18, we’re dealing with an epidemic. And when cases like Delhi rape case bring out victim-blaming and shaming rather than focusing on the fact that it doesn’t matter what the girl was doing with a boyfriend late night, what was she wearing, if she had sex in the past, or any of the factors that lead to a girl being so intoxicated she passed out, nothing, I repeat nothing, gives cause to rape. We need to take a hard look at what we’re teaching our kids. Boys (and girls) should learn not to rape, just like they learn not to kill, not to dismember, not to assault. Why is it so difficult? If can’t, we may be breeding rapist from our own blood.

Nevertheless, unlike Delhi-DAMINI gang rape and Mumbai gang rape where one girl is raped by four or more boys, Likabali rape case is contrary where one rapist even not a juvenile, rather a teacher rapes 14 children is rarest of the rare case hence, must be convicted and awarded unlike Delhi culprits (3 years imprisonment) but a full pledged exemplary punishment.

Until the society stop blaming the victim and makes rapists – even when those rapists are teenage boys “just being boys” – accountable for their choice, as parents of daughters we need to sit down with our daughters and talk about how not to be raped. (Writer is a sto Anini, Govt. of ap.)



Niani Natung’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) condoled the untimely demise of Niani Natung, ex-minister, who passed away at GNRC, Guwahati on Saturday after a brief illness leaving behind two sons and two daughters.

A first lady convent graduate from remote Kurung Kumey district, she was the 1st lady minister from the Nyishi Community. Born at Nikja village in Koloriang administrative circle under Kurung Kumey district, she lent a befitting share of social service with her late husband late Dera Natung, ex-minister and former President & General secretary, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU), who died in a tragic helicopter crash at Sessa on 8th May’2001 who was a towering social and political figure.

As a befitting tribute to the departed soul, the Nyishi Elite Society extended gratefulness to the state Government for declaring one day state mourning on 1st September and further request to declare holiday on the day of last rites, i.e, Monday, 2nd September to enable the employees to pay their homage and last respect to the mortal remains at Dera Natung memorial, Seppa.

The executive members of NES led by its Vice President (East) Tarin Dakpe and Vice President (West) Er. Katung Wahge, former Presidents and General Secretaries of NES, senior members and executive members of Nyishi community based organizations rushed to Seppa to attend the last rites.

May Almighty grant eternal peace to the departed soul and bestow enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss!

Joining the entire state in mourning over death of late Niani Natung, East Kameng Social Welfare Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) and East Kameng Middle Zone Students Union (EKMZSU) today deeply mourned untimely demise of  Niani Natung, former minister.

Terming her as one of women role models of the state in politics, both organizations said that late Natung was true woman representative and her demise has big jolt to the entire state and East Kameng district as well. It also said that she left political void which would be difficult to fill in. In their condolence messages to bereaved family EKSWCO and EKMZSU said that late minister would be fondly remembered by the people of East Kameng for her contributions towards the socio-economic and political upliftment of the district in particularly and stated as whole.

The East Kameng District Congress Committee has mourned the demise of former minister Niani Natung.

Late Niani Natung was the wife of former minister late Dera Natung.

In a release, it said, she served the people of East Kameng with great honour and dedication during her short stay as minister. With her passing away, the entire district has lost a motherly figure.

Offering condolences to the bereaved family members, it further prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) and the Catholic Community of Itanagar deeply condoled the death of former minister Niani Natung,

Catholic Church of Arunachal Pradesh recalled with gratitude the contribution made by late Niani Natung to the growth of the Church and her dedicated service to the state in different capacities. Prayers were offered at the different Churches of the state for the repose of the departed soul and invoked God’s blessings on the bereaved family members. A special service was conducted at St. Mary’s Parish, Catholic Church, Itanagar today. “May God give eternal rest to her soul.”   Rt. Rev. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar, has also conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the family.

Palove Multipurpose Cooperative Society (PMCS), Pakke-Kessang, deeply mourned the untimely demise of Niani Natung.

Recalling her concern for development of all aspects as well as contributions and love  and affection for the people of 12th Pakke-Kessang and services to the state in various capacities, PMCS expressed its shock  and  grief over the sudden demise of. Natung.  It is an irreparable loss for the area in particular and state as whole, it said.

The Society prayed almighty to give eternal peace for the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members to cop up with the tragedy.



Youth Cong workers repair Dambuk-Paglam road

ROING,  Sept 01:  Assembly Youth Congress (AYC) of Dambuk constituency on Saturday volunteered to repair roads which are in a dilapidated state due to onset of monsoon.

Under the leadership of Mida Perme, President, AYC, about 100 youth Congress workers carried out repairing and filling of potholes in the 300 metre stretch road of Dambuk-Paglam road at Anpum village.

He said the initiative is purely of the youths of the area after witnessing the road had full of potholes that needed to be filled to ease movement of vehicles.

This 300 metre road is a temporary diversion of the original road that got washed away during the monsoon flood of 2012 by Taro-Tamak river.

Perme appreciated the youth for coming together and willing to engage in community work.

The initiative is supported by Karikho Kri, General Secretary-in-charge, Pradesh Congress Committee, Lower Dibang Valley unit and Roding Pertin, District Congress President.

During the exercise, Pertin urged the youth in the other villages to emulate the practice in developing their respective areas.

He said that the youths of Dambuk-Paglam should help themselves by taking up social work instead of wishing for government’s help every now and then.

Dambuk-Paglam area is one of the least developed regions in Lower Dibang Valley district with very poor road connectivity.

Prominent youth leaders of the area Bormoson Pangging, Secretary, AYC, Gemin Langkam, Oto Boko and Promot Tayu were among Congress youth members who attended the voluntary service campaign.



Team visits Likabali to assess progress of enquiry

ITANAGAR,  Sept 01: A team comprising of representatives from the Galo Welfare Society, the Indian Council of Child Welfare (AP) and the National Alliance of Women (AP) visited Likabali in West Siang district on 30th August  last to ascertain the progress on the investigation of the ‘unfortunate’ Green Valley School case where young students of class I to VII have lodged complaint against the school management, headmaster and a particular teacher for sexual abuse of children in the school over the last one plus year.

It was found that the first information verbally lodged by a group of 7-8 students to the OC, Likabali police station was not entered in the GD, and the IGP, SP, SP(Security) who are camping in Likabali to monitor the case were not aware about the same.

It was also found that a lap top and CDs, which the students used to see the main accused use in the school was not recovered by the police as an angry mob had vandalized the school even before the police could swing into action.

While the initiative of the government has been highly appreciated by all and sundry, the concerned parents also felt that the government schools in the remote villages and circle headquarters need to be revamped, teachers posted, books and furniture and housing facility provided to each school so that poor parents don't have to send out their little ones so far away from home, for providing them some good foundation.

Some of the parents of children who had listed themselves as having been abused were reported to have withdrawn their support for fear of social stigmatisation of the children. Therefore the visiting members appealed to all concerned to stand united and give witnesses and statements to both the police and the magistrate without fail so that the accused does not get away with the crimes he has committed on the little children. The society at large also ought to refrain from mentioning names of children abused even if they know.

The various loopholes about establishing of private schools, their registration with the Dept of school education, character verification of persons recruited as teachers etc were emphasized by concerned members of the public. It was also alleged that the five teachers in the police lock-up did not have inner line permits also.

The visiting team members suggested the local leaders, women organization representatives, affected family members and youth  to mobilise for the retrieval of the missing lap top as at this stage it cannot be ruled out that the main accused might have been involved in child pornography also.

The medical board members had come with limited kits for medical tests and later more students had volunteered for tests. Unfortunately, the doctors had to leave for Itanagar as there were no kits left.

Meanwhile, the OC, Women Police Station, Itanagar, has been appointed to investigate the case. This was informed by Jarjum Ete, Chief Advisor, GWS and President, ICCW-AP & NAWO-AP)



First ever APCRCC professional laymen’s mega convention-2013 conducted

ITANAGAR, Sept 01: The First ever APCRCC Professional Laymen’s Mega Convention-2013 with theme verse Prov. 3:9, “Honour the Lord with your wealth”, was held on  August 31 at CRC Itanagar under the chairmanship of Makbul Pertin, former Commissioner to the Govt. of Arunchal Pradesh and Chairman of Finance Committee, APCRCC.

The much awaited convention was set in tune with the praise  and  worship team leading the gathering into heart moulding worship which was followed by addressing of welcome speech and briefing on APCRCC functioning by Evan. Tai Ete, General Secretary, APCRCC which was followed by  felicitation/ presentation to Kameng Dolo, former Deputy Chief Minister, Makbul Pertin, Rev. Dr. Nyakdo Tasar, Chairman, Outreach Mission, APCRCC, Pakru Setuo, General Manager, Nagaland State Transport, Dr. K. Kire IFS, Conservator of Forest, Govt. of Nagaland,  Dr. David Pertin, Deputy Registrar, RGU, Gyati Kobing, DRCS and Bengia Dipti Tako, Headmistress.

The house also  felicitated  four achievers, namely, Rev. Dr. Takeng Taggu (for being conferred with three awards and gold medal by Friendship Forum of India recently for social works), Rev. Dr. Ayang Sor (for being conferred with Honoris Causa Doctorate in Divinity by COTR), Er. Toko Jyoti (for being conferred with a Gold medal by the Govt. of AP and for his promotion to Chief Engineer) and Jimmy Chiram (for his success and induction to IPS). This was followed by handing over of ex-gratia payment with a cheque of Rs. One Lac only to Gonosori Bam, wife of Late Rev. Harbom Bam, one of the pioneer leaders under APCRCC ministries in presence of an emotional house.

The day also witnessed formal launching of APCRCC website; http://www.apcrcc.org/ by Kameng Dolo, former Deputy Chief Minister. The President APCRCC Tarh Kama giving the keynote address highlighted the vision documents of APCRCC, which was later adopted by the house in the meeting. The resource persons of the convention, Rev. Dr. Nyakdo Tasar, Pakru Setuo and Dr. K. Kire IFS dwelt in length on the topics “Partnership in the Business of God’s Kingdom”, “Honouring the Lord with your wealth” and “Honest and sincere approach towards one’s chosen fields with true workmanships”, explained the Biblical principles of prosperity, knowing the responsibility and personal roles respectively.

Kameng Dolo while launching the APCRCC website, appreciated the pioneer revivalists for bringing people who were in dark to the light of Christ and emphasised on the importance of living a prayerful life.

Jalley Sonam, Chairman, APB&OCWB, in his speech said that, as a Christian one should not play a hypocrite in serving a holy and living God. Remember God in everything you do and serve with true workmanships keeping away the egoistic natures.

While, Kipa Niya, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Development & Marketing Board (APHD&MB), after reading out Hebrews 10:24 from the Bible opined that all should strive towards with love and good deeds. Balo Raja, former MLA, while appreciating the launching of council’s website urged everyone to be united and to lead from the front in tackling the problems of the society.

Among others, Tapyam Pada, ADC, Pasighat, Jiken Bomjen, EAC, Itanagar, Er. Nabam Tado, EE, PWD Seppa, Dr. David Pertin, Deputy Registrar, RGU, Er. Tadar Tarang, UPO Changlang, Motum Koyu, Forest Range Officer, Pasighat, Norbu Sonam, Spokesperson APCC, Haj Dodum, Dy. Director, Textiles & Handicrafts, Er. Takam Dari Vinod, AE (PHED), Duyu Tadu, ADO, Taring Bath, Ex-ZPM, M.T. Anga, Businessman, Tap Tapum, Businessman, Mrs. Gitani Tayeng, Section Officer, Dept. of Research, and Evan. (Ms.) Gumde Riba, General Secretary APCRCWW also spoke.

The convention and meeting was attended among others by Councillors of Itanagar Municipal Corporation Gangte Togung, Biri Tigdo, Gora Lotak and Donik Tayu, and more than 125 professional laymen including hosts of church leaders and well wishers comprising of members from APCRCC, APCRCWW, ACRYA, APCRCC district councils and leaders of Christian Revival Churches of the state, according to an release.

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Efforts to improve sexual health of married women

An early and holistic intervention in married lives can help mitigate the risk of women's sexual health problems according to a program and study implemented by International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) and its collaborating partners.

The innovative project called RISHTA (Research and Intervention in Sexual Health: Theory to Action), the findings of which were released today, was implemented in a slum community in Mumbai over six years. Designed to reduce the sexual risk and improve the sexual health of married women from low income communities, the study tested an approach that worked on the marital relationship supported by community intervention focused on gender equity to address women's sexual health issues in an effort to prevent their potential negative consequences.

RISHTA used a multi-level approach with a view that bringing about changes in women's attitudes must be accompanied by positive change in the marital relationship and community norms that perpetuate gender inequitable attitudes. The approach incorporated counseling on marital relations with women and group meetings of couples. It also included a community education component to target gender inequitable norms.  This approach was highly successful in reducing tension in women's lives, increasing their negotiating power and involving male partners in their health and well-being.

Globally, marriage is seen as the greatest risk factor for women's vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases (STI) and HIV. Women are particularly vulnerable due to the patriarchy and gender inequity that dictates most marital relationships, limiting husband-wife communication, women's ability to negotiate marital sex, and their mobility to seek testing and treatment. The integrated RISHTA model showed multifaceted benefits at the end of the study period.


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Ill effect of Trans Arunachal highway

Dear Editor,

The trans Arunachal highway a project which is for connecting all of Arunachal is a very good step taken up by our govt. and I really thank them from my heart. The compensation rate paid off also seems to be fair but only that its methods of distributions seem to have witness some "gotala". I am not going deep as public seem pleased with everything. Now let me brief you all not about the compensation but the side effect which the people of Hollongi are facing due to the construction activity. Firstly 100% of the people living at Hollongi depend on farming, which is the only source of living for day to day life. But the ongoing project seems to have made the fertile land of Hollongi a sandy river beach. River left its own course to find a new route to our houses. But what benefited us is that we didnot buy fish as it came to us by its own. There are lots of road works being executed all over our state but none have caused flood so far, say the road of Yupia and Hoj. The works there did not alter the river route nor caused any flood, then why the road activity at Hollongi is at an alarming rate increasing the river level. I can’t blame anyone but following reason could be 1.contractor for not executing as per engineering norms. 2. Concerned engineering department for not guiding the contractor for a well planned construction without hampering nature. 3. Administration for overlooking works which is hampering masses. 4. Panchayat leaders for their inactive part in conveying a strong message so as to protect their village peoples land and politician as they might be involve in some kind of pact. Please visit the river portion of Hollongi and judge for yourself if I am false, and if not then help us to protect the land that feeds us.






The helper owl

Dear Editor,

One fine night I was lying on my bed when I heard an owl screaming from a tree nearby. I was shocked by a gunshot just moment after. After a brief silence, the brave owl screamed again, followed by another loud gunshot. This time the owl made a run for its life but continued screaming when it reached a much safer place bit far away. In Seppa, owls are brave too, I thought.

The shooter wasn’t trying to kill the owl, as it was too dark to spot it. He was just trying to shoo away the bird known for its bad reputation. In our Nyishi belief, just like many other communities of the world, owls are considered to be unlucky and its screaming near someone’s house is considered to be a bad omen, signaling death. I bet the poor owl have no idea about all the accusation leveled against it. I think it acquired these negative impressions because unlike other birds, they are active at night (Nocturnal), have scary large eyes and of course an utterly bad voice. On the contrary, despite its devilish character and looks, owls are actually our friend, doing us many favors without asking back for any. Owls help us by feeding on insects, mouse, lizards and small snakes. They come near our house only to get us rid of these nuisances; they have no intention to be a death messenger at all. If singing of an owl signals death, then I believe the hospitals must have been full of them, as many deaths occur in hospitals almost daily than in any other place. Next time if you see an owl near your home, please don’t panic despite its looks, and try to forgive its bad voice, after all its there just to help you.


Tai Dora



Learn to accept the mistake

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the rejection of candidature for ensuing APPSCCE-Prelims 2013 to be held on 22nd Sept 2013. First of all, it is a matter of great concern that every time the list of rejected candidate is issued the enlisted candidates try every possible way to accept their candidature despite their own mistakes. They reach the APPSC office with numerous organizations/associations demanding to accept their candidature. I request those organizations not to entertain those requests rather put their energy in some fruitful work as those demands are not at all genuine.

Secondly, for how long the APPSC would consider the plea of rejected candidates, which in itself is a unique trend- first REJECT then ACCEPT. Our request to APPSC is to stop this trend once for all as the office had been sympathetic enough towards candidate in the past. As we all know, in UPSC even a single mistake leads to rejection of candidature.

Thirdly, I request those rejected candidates not to harass the APPSC office and interrupt the examination process as they are solely responsible for getting enlisted in the rejection list. They should be very careful in filling the forms in future. Had it been the mistake of commission, the request for acceptance of candidature could have been taken seriously.

Finally, I firmly believe that those candidates who are not in the rejected list share the same view that rejected candidates should not be given chance after all it is a matter of competition. Can we also gherao the APPSC office to endorse our demand???


TT Raju



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