Three more arrested in KP Chacko murder case, accused injured in firing
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: In a major breakthrough, capital police today arrested three more
persons related to brutal murder of businessman KP Chacko. Superintendent of police
capital complex Seju P. Kuruvilla in a press release informed that this early morning
city police laid an ambush at Holongi area and arrested three persons. The three
arrested are Daya @ Gunda Basumatary, 21yr, village Baligaon under Dhemaji district
(Assam), Dora Sanjay @ Dora Tadu 22 yr, resident of P-Sector, Itanagar and Bikram
Boro 18yr, village- Dormopur under Gohpur district (Assam).
Police also recovered one pistol, 4 live rounds, one fired empty cartridge, one stolen
motor cycle, 6 mobile phones and 9 SIM cards.
Based on the information gathered, the team led by SDPO Naharlagun Jumar Basar and
consisting of Inspector M. Nyori, SI T Loya, SI N Lali, SI G Basar and constables
from IRBN laid a trap and intercepted the trio.
During the operation accused fired at the police team and tried to flee. In response,
the police opened fire and all the three accused have been caught. They have been
admitted in R K Mission Hospital as they received bullet injury during the operation.
With the arrest of the above, a total number of seven accused have been arrested
in the kidnapping cum murder case. SP further informed that investigation is in progress
to arrest the remaining accuseds who are on the run.
Chacko was kidnapped on 28th August from his Naharlagun rented accommodation. His
decomposed body was found few days later from Chiputa near Doimukh.
However, surprisingly the capital police have not revealed the names of remaining
four arrested person.
APPSC postpones Mains exam, hundreds of aspirants take out rally in protest
[ Amar Sangno ]
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) have been
forced to postpone the ongoing APPSCCE (Mains) 2013-14 till further notice after
alleged leakage of the General studies question paper. The commission also resolved
to approach the competent authority for magisterial enquiry into the allegations.
Cornered from all sides, it huddled in its office today to fend itself from the barrage
of criticisms which has unleashed on it after what appears to be a sheer negligence
leading to leakage of general studies question papers.
Hundreds of agitated aspirants today took out rally which started from APPSC office
gate to Raj Bhavan. The candidates who were due to appear for Public Administration
and Botany had to leave the examination hall after seeing the tense situation.
Angry protesters, holding placards, shouting slogan against the commission marched
to the Raj Bhavan and submitted a representation to the Governor which was received
by Secretary. The protesters demanded immediate cancellation of ongoing APPSCCE (Mains)
2013-14, constitution of enquiry committee to investigate the matter and ouster of
present members of the commission and re-conduct of the APPSCCE (Mains) within a
In its letter to the Governor, aspirants said that it was saddened by the commission
as it allegedly circulated the general studies question papers 2014 since last October
“The commission has let down the entire state, and its credibility is under serious
question” remarked a protester. Another protester said, “The entire members of the
commission should be immediately terminated from their position or replaced, because
they failed to perform their duties”. Later a group of protesters met the Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki to brief him about the situation while submitting the same representation.
Raj Bhavan reportedly have instructed the government to look into the matter.
However the state highest independent recruiting body’s move for redemption was seemingly
too little and too late for itself as well as for the aspiring candidates, as BJP
and All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) already joined in condemnation.
The state BJP has demanded that the case be investigated by a responsible committee
to restore people’s trust and confidence otherwise the Commission will continue to
face criticism from all quarters.
Citing a past incident of destruction and burning of Commission’s building in 2012
due to alleged irregularity in conduction of examination for the post of Assistant
Engineer, BJP said that time has come for Commission to live upto people’s expectations,
especially younger generation.
AAPSU in its statement demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) inquire into
the paper leak case.
A delegation of AAPSU led by its president Kamta Lapung met the APPSC members and
discussed the issue and called for re-setting of the APPSCCE mains question paper.
While condemning alleged carelessness of the concern authority responsible for the
alleged leakage of the question paper, AAPSU stated that APPSC should not play with
the future of the students.
It was quite a sight to witness hundreds of students out in already crowded street
today in Itanagar braving the heat and dust, protesting against the alleged leakage
of General Studies paper of the Combined Civil Service (MAINS) 2014 examination
being conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
One's heart went out for aspirants as they formed a long line screaming their frustrations
out on the streets armed with hand written banners. Perhaps, many did not venture
out for months together as they burnt the proverbial midnight oil preparing for the
exam, considered one of the most prestigious in the state.
The Commission has announced postponement of exams but it is sure to affect the lives
of many students who have been seriously considering a career in bureaucracy in the
state and preparing for it.
Even though Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission has given the state some
of the best officers, it is no stranger to controversies.
The reputation of the Commission has been in tatters because of its own doing. Over
the years, the Commission has been dragged to court many times because of administrative
indecisiveness and wrong decisions. Each time, the Commission has lost the argument
in the Courts, which speaks a lot about it.
Other times it has been accused of nepotism, inefficiency and for lack of transparency
in its dealing. They say reputation travel miles ahead of reality. In the case of
the APPSC, the lines are not blurred anymore as it has found itself in serious trouble
again and again.
One is left wondering why effective and foolproof mechanisms have not been put in
place by the marred Commission. The least they could do is ensure that papers are
not leaked. Year after year, the commission cannot afford to make avoidable mistakes.
To be fair to the Commission, this latest episode does not look intentional as the
unused question papers of 2011 were apparently given out to all those who sought
for it since last year. But it sure looks like carelessness on the part of the Commission,
which has left aspirants on dire streets.
Will the APPSC try and learn from its past mistakes or will it live up to the reputation
of being unable to do anything without committing series of mistakes? One must remember
that careers of students and future of bureaucracy is at stake if the very Commission
entrusted to search talent fails to exhibit some talent in conduction of its numerous
College teacher’s car burnt down over election feud
ITANGAR, Sept 16: A car, Alto K10, belonging to Assistant Professor Tao Abo, Department
of Commerce, Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) Itanagar with registration number
AR01E-3742 was allegedly set ablaze by miscreants reportedly due to college election
feud on Sunday evening, said police. Police claimed that arson appeared to have been
committed by sympathizer and supporters of the losing party in college election for
A case has been registered with Itanagar Police Station and matter is under investigation,
Sources said that Assistant Professor Abo was targeted because he was looking after
the election process as he is an advisor of students union who is deemed ex-officio
chairman of students’ union election grievances reddressal cell as per the Lyndoh
Commission. He was among five board members of election process, it added.
Sources also informed that feud started when the losing party claimed fault in the
election counting process and started demanding immediate recounting. When board
was unable to take decision the matter was referred to the Principal who directed
It further added that when board was about to start the recounting process, the opponent
party was not present. In meantime Abo’s car was reportedly burnt down.
Taking serious note of the incident, the faculty members of DNGC under the banner
of Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers Association (APCTA) DNGC unit today gathered
at College and resolved pen down strike till their demands are met.
The association demanded immediate compensation to the victim and immediate measures
to stop violence against faculty members. The association also resolved to stage
dharna in front of administrative block of DNGC from 8.30 am and will march to Director
Higher and Technical Education office on Wednesday in protest against frequent violence
against teaching fraternity. It is said that college GS election in DNGC often leaves
trail of violence and teaching faculty are ostensibly sandwiched in the rivalry.
Protesters demand capital punishment for rapist-killer
AALO, Sept 16: Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, West Siang unit today took
out a massive rally at Aalo in protest against the rape and brutal murder of a lady
at Garu village under Gensi circle recently, molestation of a student at Saint Xavier
school Aalo and other growing crimes against women and children. Hundreds of members
from various organizations including Siyom Army-Public School Principal Hardip Guraya,
Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association, West Siang District Socio- culture and Economic
Development Society, school and college students and general public participated
in the rally shouting slogan against growing criminal activities against women and
children and demanding capital punishment to the rapist and murderer.
The rally culminated at Donyi Polo Dere where the protesters observed two minutes
silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul of the rape and murder victim.
Later, addressing the gathering on the occasion, APWWS, Aalo unit president Marbom
Riba Bagra expressed deep concern over the growing crimes against children and women.
APWWS Aalo Unit secretary general Hoksum Ori called for solidarity among all strata
of people to fight crimes that are posing serious threat to our peaceful life.
“We cannot remain mute spectators to evils that plague our society as evil tolerated
is evil propagated.”
Later, the Society submitted a 5-point memorandum to the West Siang Deputy Commissioner
demanding fast tracking of the rape and murder case at the earliest, proper checking
of Inner Line permit at Likabali check gate and other working places, proper identification
of outsiders staying in all rental houses, installation of police beat at Garu Tinali,
Basar and Patum, appointment and identifications of teaching staffs at private schools
under supervision of District Administration. The Society team also had a detail
interaction on various issues. DIPRO
Apex Bank inks MoU with NSTFDC, becomes channelizing agent for ST progs
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: National Schedule Tribe Finance & Development Corporation (NSTFDC),
a government of India undertaking has entered Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) with
Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Limited, appointing later the additional
channelizing agent for various schedule tribe related programmes for Arunachal Pradesh.
Participating in the MoU signing function, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki termed it a
red letter day for the state and exuded hope that the two agencies would cater to
the needs of the tribal populace of the state.
While welcoming the novel decision of NSTFDC for appointing Apex Bank as the additional
channelizing agent, the CM exuded confidence that with the entire 32 branches of
the cooperative apex bank located mainly in remote areas, the basic objective of
the Corporation to support people at situ for employment generation and raise their
level of income would be achieved.
“My Government is conscious that we need to create rich pool of human capital to
address the concern of unemployment amongst our youths. You all will appreciate that
we have created a separate department for Skill Development & Employment Generation
to address the problem of unemployment and under employment in the state” Tuki informed
He further disclosed that Employment Generation Council and the State Skill Development
Council have been constituted with an objective to firstly provide skills and then
identify gainful employment opportunity for the youths.
“One lakh jobs by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan is the target for the State
and till date we have successfully employed 31048 youths” a visibly happy Tuki said.
He also divulged on new programmes introduced in the current states budget viz. A
Loan-cum-Subsidy Scheme for eligible Unemployed Youths of Arunachal Pradesh for setting
up stone crushers/stone quarries so that sufficient aggregates are made available
for speedy completion of road works by implementing agencies.
The chief minister suggested NSTFDC and APSCABL to come forward for more financing
programmes especially in skill development and employment generation through institutional
and job training, besides focusing on agri and allied sectors.
The chief minister further requested the NSTFDC and Cooperative Apex Bank to support
students pursuing job oriented courses like UPSC, APSC and other competitive examinations.
Tuki suggested for providing educational loans to the tribal citizens on easy documents
so that more and more youths from the state can pursue quality education.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi emphasized on project formulation
considering the viability of the projects/schemes. He stressed on the agencies to
built linkages between the local entrepreneurs and the market so that the produces
of the locals are properly marketed.
In his keynote address, CMD NSTFDC G Ramesh Kumar while giving an overview of the
programmes and functions of the Corporation hoped that the welfare measures taken
up in Arunachal Pradesh would bear fruitful results with the involvement of Arunachal
Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank which has deep rooted presence in the grass root
level. He sought support from the state government for successful implementation
of all the programmes initiated by the corporation.
Later, MoU was signed between CMD NSTFDC and Administrator Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative
Apex Bank Limited Olik Taring amidst round of applause from the gathering.
Among others, Parliamentary Secretary Education and Government Spokesperson Bamang
Felix, Secretary Cooperation, members from NSTFDC and Apex bank were present.
47th Engineers Day observed
Leave no scope for complaint, CM to engineers
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The 47th Engineers Day was observed here last evening by the Arunachal
Pradesh Engineering Service Association (APESA).
Addressing the gathering of the engineers on the occasion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
advised the engineers of all work departments to stick to basic rules of schemes
and projects and leave no scope for complaints. He said every care should be taken
in the preparation of projects at the very early stages so that implementation part
is smoothly completed.
Lauding the engineers of all cadres and disciplines for their contributions in building
the state, Tuki said “No development is possible without engineers and engineering.
Therefore, you all are of prominence to the society.”
Tuki dissuaded taking up of projects under pressure and those that are individual-centric.
He emphasized that only projects and schemes that would be beneficial to the society
at large should be taken up and encouraged.
The Chief Minister pointed that the job of the government or the concerned department
is not finished after completion of a project. He said projects completed must be
put into use as envisioned.
“There are some projects, which after completion, are lying defunct for various reasons.
This is wastage of public money and loss of time and energy of the department concerned,”
he observed and stressed for better coordination between sister departments.
In order to do away with loopholes in formulation and execution of projects, the
Chief Minister suggested formation of a Technical Committee both at the state and
district levels to study projects from all angles and monitor their execution.
Tuki also advised the officials of the work departments to submit Utilization Certificates
to concerned ministries on time to facilitate release of funds from the Central Government.
Another issue that he pointed, which needed to be taken care of, was revenue leakages.
Responding to a five-point memorandum submitted by APESA President S Sumnyan, the
Chief Minister assured to take up the issues raised with his cabinet colleagues and
arrive at a decision soon.
He appreciated the power-point presentations made on the occasion by the departments
of PWD, Highways and PHE and suggested that such informative presentations ought
to be shown to the people at large to educate them on issues related to implementation
of projects while taking care of the environment and global warming.
The Chief Minister also appreciated the suggestion made in one of the presentations
that engineers from the state, who are as qualified as any engineer in the country,
should be sent to outside the state (even the country) to study successful projects.
Also present on the occasion were Power (Electrical) and Home Minister Tanga Byaling,
Parliamentary Secretary Karya Bagang, Engineer-turned-MLA Tumke Bagra, Itanagar Chief
Councilor Higio Aruni, bureaucrats, retired technocrats and engineers of all work
Police arrests attempted murder suspect
BOMDILA, Sept 16: On September 6, one Md Mojibur Rehman, driver of White colour Bolero
of Tezpur was brutally attacked with a Dao and later the attackers fled with the
Bolero, informed ASP Doge Jini i/c SP Tawang and West Kameng district.
On September 5, Dadar Lorah of Seppa and Roy Bhowmik of Rubber Bagan T3P hired the
Bolero from Tezpur on the pretext of an urgent work at Dirang in West Kameng. After
a night halt at Bomdila, on their way to Tawang, Dadar and Roy attacked the driver
with sharp weapon and threw him into a ditch assuming him to be dead at Thonglay
about 12 kms from Lumla.
The duo after committing the crime fled away with the stolen vehicle (Bolero).
However, the villagers of Thongley village picked up the driver and brought the driver
at Lumla hospital in critical condition.
On hearing the incident, the OC PS Lumla SI Tsering Dorjee alerted all the OCs and
Check gates of both the districts of Tawang and West Kameng and swung into search
operation. Next day the stolen Bolero was intercepted at Nag Mandir Check gate in
West Kameng with its number plates removed.
The main accused Dadar Lorah managed to escape while co-accused Roy Bhowmik was apprehended
with the vehicle.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered under Lumla Police Station. Roy and the vehicle
have been taken to Lumla for further investigation and a mass man-hunt is on to arrest
The driver had been referred to Guwahati for further treatment and his health condition
is reportedly stable. DIPRO
Soaring prices of vegetables hit common people of Ruksin, Pasighat
RUKSIN, Sept 15: Though the stabilization of onion prices brought some respite, steep
hike in prices of raw vegetables, fish and meat in the markets of Ruksin and Pasighat
has hit hard the common citizens, particularly the wage earners.
The prices of the leafy green vegetable, fruit vegetables and local fishes have become
almost double than that of the last year, while the vegetables imported from other
states are being sold at an exorbitant rate.
It is alleged that the vendors, taking the advantage of the adverse weather conditions
and non-availability of local products, are charging exorbitant prices of vegetables
from the consumers. They said high transportation charges of vegetables from Bomdila,
Shillong and parts of Assam have led to higher prices of vegetables.
Currently, the average price of a kg of cabbage is Rs 40, Potato - Rs 30, Tomato
–Rs 80 to 100, Bitter Gourd - Rs 60, Brinjal - Rs 60, Long Bean - Rs 60, Squash -Rs
50 to 60, and Ladies finger-Rs 40 in the markets of Ruksin and Jonai of bordering
The prices of fish and meat are also soaring high. The local fishes of various sizes
are being sold in exorbitant rate ranging from 200 to 600 per kilogram, while, Mutton
sells at anything between Rs 300 to Rs 350 while Broiler chicken and pork go at Rs
200 per kilogram. Similarly, eggs sell at Rs 60 per dozen against official rates
of Rs 48 a dozen.
The locals have criticized vendor and fish & meat sellers for ‘arbitrarily’ hiking
the prices of commodities, they also blamed the local administration for not monitoring
the ‘arbitrary’ price hike in the market.
“The local administration has no regulation over the soaring market prices; the locals
said adding the vendors fix the rates of vegetable and other food items on their
The authority is purposely giving a free-hand to vendors and sellers to sell the
commodities at such high rates,” the sufferers alleged.
Prices of fruits and vegetables, fish and meats are almost the same in the markets
of Ruksin, Pasighat and of Jonai (Assam) bordering here. Apples reportedly brought
from China and New Zealand cost around Rs 200- 220 per kg and pomegranate brought
from Nasik and Hyderabad cost around Rs 240 to 250 per kg.
Congress hiding Govt.’s failure: BJP
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said that Congress
was beating around the bush to hide the failure of the state government by making
some absurd remarks against the saffron party.
Reacting to Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC)’s press statement about state
BJP’s growing demand for ouster of the Home Minister over state’s law and order situation,
the State BJP today said that Congress is trying to divert people’s attention from
the state’s burning problem by making statement like resignation of the Union Home
Minister over security of NE people in the national capital.
“BJP was the first to raise the issue of repeated attack on NE people in the national
capital, including the murder of Nido Tanya during UPA-II government in the Centre
and the Congress had just followed suit,” the party said.
Congress has never taken any other political party into their confidence in regards
to developmental and administrative issues. Therefore, the call of the APCC to fight
anti-social elements together in the state is nothing but an eye wash to escape from
the responsibility, the party said.
The BJP clarified that it had taken up the issue of law and order problems to the
street only to ventilate the anger of the common men and requested Congress not to
take the serious issue lightly.
BJP also said that APPRCC’s appeal to not politicize the issue holds no water.
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Arunachal RTI Activist Forum in a representation to the Education
Minister has demanded immediate cancellation of surplus Block Education Officer as
well as immediate and permanent ban on deputation of teachers. The letter said that
there are 150 BEOs in the state whereas the sanctioned number is 32. The forum said
that while the schools are facing shortages of teachers, so many teachers have been
engaged in administrative duty.
The Forum further called for immediate call back of subject teachers engaged as BRC/CRC
and other non teaching departments in various flagships programmes.
It further called for recalling of teachers on deputation outside the state.
ASUD resents Delhi Police’s inaction
ITANAGAR Sept 16: Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi (ASUD) has resented Delhi Police’s
alleged inaction in arresting the culprits involved in attack on an Arunachalee nurse
at All Indian Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi.
Although an FIR was lodged with Hauz Khaz Police Station, New Delhi against the culprits
immediately after the incident took place on September 10, there has been no positive
response from Police till date, ASUD alleged.
It also alleged the Investigating Officer (IO) of giving some lame excuse like difficulty
in identification of the miscreants due to false entry of name in the register book
Dissatisfied with the manner in which the case is being taken up by Delhi Police,
ASUD sought the intervention of the Union Minister of Home in this case.
According to an ASUD release, the Home Ministry has sought a status report of the
case from SHO, Hauz Khaz and the IO fur further action.
Apiculture training held at Mongku
PASIGHAT, Sept 16: The agriculture department conducted a daylong training program
on Apiculture at Mongku village today.
Altogether 70 progressive farmers from Bogong I & II, NGOs, SHGs attended the training
On the occasion, ADO Miram Perme urged the traditional beekeepers to adopt modern
and scientific beekeeping practices to increase the productivity of honey. He also
urged them to motivate unemployed youths to take up beekeeping enterprise as a means
of self employment and sustainable economic source.
Perme while stressing on organic cultivation practices in the village said such produces
would get good market value and boost Apiculture mission also.
Earlier, resource persons Toge Riba and Talem Tali gave details about rearing and
management of various bees and usages of medicinal and cosmetic preparations etc.
Later the duo demonstrated making and arrangement of ‘Bee-Box’ and extraction of
honey on the occasion. DIPRO
SAI emerges overall champion
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Sports Authority of India Special Area Game Centre, (SAI SAG),
Naharlagun emerged overall champion in the 22nd State Level Taekwondo Championship
held at Doimukh from September 12 to 14.
Doimukh Taekwondo Academy and Papum Pare Taekwondo Academy became the first and second
runners up respectively.
The closing ceremony was attended by Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kai and Deputy
Conservator of Forest Chukhu Loma, who distributed prizes to the winners and runners
Over 400 players from different parts of the state participated in the championship.
Earlier, the championship was inaugurated DCPF president Tana Pahi in presence of
Papum Pare DDSE Tana Tagu Tara.
Meanwhile, Doimukh Taekwondo Academy in a release informed that the players of the
academy have won as many as 24 medals--8 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze—to secure the
first runners up position.
Nyokar Siram passes away
PASIGHAT, Sept 16: Nyokar Siram, who served as Yagrung Head Gaon Bura and father
of former Minister Bosiram Siram died on September 15 at around 11.59 pm at his private
residence at Diking village, Pasighat after prolonged illness.
Later, the mortal remain of Lt. Siram was brought to his Yagrung residence for the
last rites which will be performed tomorrow at 1100 hrs.
The 91 yrs old Nyokar is survived by ten children.
Late Siram was born in Sido village. He dedicatedly served the people of Yagrung
as Head Gaon Bura and was liked by all for his effective and impartial justice delivery
Acknowledging his visionary mission in Agriculture and Horticulture sectors, the
Agriculture department of the then NEFA administration sent him to Shillong, Jorhat,
Chabua, Margarita, Daporijo, Aalo and many other places in 1960 to gain better knowledge
in agriculture and horticulture sectors.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Tapang Taloh, Member of Parliament (LS) Ninong Ering,
ZPC Kaling Dai and PMC Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk have condoled the death of Late
ITANAGAR Sept 16: West Kameng Indigenous People's Society (WKIPS) comprising various
tribes in the district has decided to celebrate West Kameng Indigenous Festival from
November 22 to 25 at Bomdila which will also commemorate the raising day of the society.
The motto behind the celebration of the festival is to promote and preserve the aged
old culture and tradition of the indigenous tribes of the West Kameng district. This
festival would also promote tourism in the district, according to a WKIPS release.
Seminar on Indigenous tribes of West Kameng, traditional dances, ethnic shows, sports
events, food festival will be some of the main events during the festival.
When a WKIPS team headed by Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering called on Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki to apprise him about their proposed festival, the latter has
assured all possible help from the government for the successful celebration of the
festival, the release said.
AACS seeks ouster of NERIST Director
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS) has sought ouster of
Director, NERIST claiming that under him the administration of the institute has
completely broken down.
Many irregularities and mismanagement in administration and financial matter has
been reported against him since he joined as Director in 2011, stated a letter written
to the ministry of Human Resource Development.
It also blamed him of being against the citizens of the state on job appointments.
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: While pointing out a mistake in the final results of the Second
Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship that concluded yesterday,
father of Laa Tukum said that Tukum was leading the set 10-5 against his opponent
Jokom Ribya in the Men’s Open Single final before he retired hurt.
The final results of the championship published in today’s edition of this daily
showed that Tukum lost 21-0 21-0 to Jokom.
He also pointed out that Men’s and Women’s (Open) single titles were lifted by Jokom
Ribya and Laa Yajum respectively not by Jokom Riba and Pinky Karki as has been published.
----Readers Forum ----
The tip of iceberg in public impropriety
It is not legally proven that the paper-II of general studies of APCS examination
2014 was leaked but the agitation of the candidates who are writing this examination
is quite genuine. Any serious candidate would definitely doubt the whole process
because of this incidence. Such cases of anomalies have been time and again committed
by the APPSC. The incident like burning of one of the buildings of Public Service
Commission in 2012 by the candidates of Assistant Engineer examination who blamed
the APPSC with proof that the marking in the objective type general knowledge paper
was arbitrary and inconsistent, is still fresh in the public memory. Such incidence
of discrepancies or what one can term “nepotism and favouritism” is a deep rooted
problem in the state. Many think-tanks will agree that the condition of our state
today is the true reflection of such cases of malpractices prevalent and practiced
by the who’s and who’s of the state day in and day out with impunity.
This incidence is an opportunity for all the patriotic citizens of this beautiful
state to look into the blatant malpractices of our public authorities. The struggle
of deprivation, disregards for the existing rules are order of the day for many who
do not have money, muscle and political power. It is an oft repeated adage that the
state where a person with simple diploma can aspire to rise upto Chief Engineer by
distorting the basic rules and acquiring degree from unrecognised correspondence
course, an Assistant Engineer can overnight attain the rank of ADC and can wield
unlimited power, a clerk can reach upto Director level in the department without
proper graduation, a junior teacher becomes DDSE within short period by taking circuitous
route of promotion bypassing all the seniors and many people are serving today in
the state in group ‘A’ post without facing any competitive examination in their lifetime.
Please do not forget all those tainted elected leaders boasting themselves as “Public
Leader”. This is the state in which the Home Minister cautions the public not to
venture out and proudly declares that his office cannot be blamed for the lawlessness
prevalent in the state. Every year in the name of relief and rehabilitation the crores
of money is spent without reaching a single penny to the affected individuals. This
is the state where state capital roads look like village roads of 18th century despite
huge amount out of the state exchequer earmarks every year for road maintenance.
This is the state where vehicle to human population ratio is disproportionately high
although state is categorised as underdeveloped. This is the state where government
land grabbers led by officials from land department form an association urging the
authority to regularise their misdeeds and most importantly the authority is tacitly
supporting the idea. This is the state where students are more interested in politics
and contract works than study. It is a fashion in the state to introduce oneself
by giving a visiting card of some x, y and z unions and associations. The so called
educated people demand money and job in exchange of vote during election is the ultimate
irony of our state and such trend is the mother of all evils.
Hence, our state is languishing in the bottom of the development ladder and still
struggling to come out of this vicious circle. The blame for such mess should be
shared by everyone because it is a fact that one who commits a crime and one who
overlooks the crime happening in front of one’s eyes, are criminal. Here one can
only resolve to save the state out of this vicious circle by fighting any form of
malpractices committed in public life. Let’s use such incidence of alleged leak of
question paper by APPSC as an eye opener for all of us because this is just a tip
of iceberg in the world of public impropriety in our state.
This is regarding last Saturday's written examination for the post of "Sheristidhar"
for Gauwahati high court, Itanagar permanent bench. 38 questions are repeats from
written examination for direct recruitment of Junior Administrative Assistants for
the principal seat of Guwahati High Court which was conducted on 6th April 2014.
Was last Saturday’s written examination only formality to show exam was being conducted?
It is matter of serious concern that 38 questions are repeated and it appears fishy.
Would the concern authority give explanation for this gross violation? If they cannot
answer then they are making a mockery of all candidates who came from interior places
to write the exam.
An appeared candidate
Through the column of your esteemed daily, we would like to share some concern about
the pathetic condition of District Institute of Education and training (DIET), Naharlagun.
We visited the Institute recently where we noticed that there are no proper road
and boundary wall to safeguard the compound and so far there has been no attention
from state Government.
The road and boundary wall from both sides are completely damaged by soil erosion
due to earth cutting by encroachers.
Through this letter, we want to ask the state government, concern education Minister,
local MLA, public leaders, councillor and well wishers of Papum Pare to take note
of the problem.
We also appeal to the students organizations to pressurize the state Government for
early restoration/for construction of Boundary wall and road maintenance.
Save the aspirants from cumbersome burden
If the report “Allegation of APPSCCE surfaces, hundreds of candidates in trouble.
Mains Exam to continue” published on 16th Sept’ 2014 or the claim that APPSCCE (main)
2011 set B was made available to few examinees since last October 2013” is true even
to a slightest extent, than the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission should
immediately consider making the GS-II paper as qualifying paper and not add/consider
the marks obtained in the Paper, while preparing the final merit list.
By this, aspirants would be saved from the cumbersome burden of giving the exam again-
which has already been delayed for about a year. Moreover, it will save the valuable
time and resources of the aspirants in general and that of the Commission in particular.
The Commission should not ignore or shy away from the issue at any cost.
Recently conducted exam of Sheristadar Guwahati High Court can be considered as lone
hope for many diligent candidates as other departments in the state has become second
home for officers and their relatives.
There is no place for hardworking and intelligent people, just you have to be a son,
daughter, niece, relatives or a owner of a suitcase full of money to get entry pass
in the department. We hope judiciary branch will bring free and fare result. I want
to request the recruitment In-charge to provide answer key of this exam so that candidate
can evaluate their performance and can also give their point of view on it.
The written exam was done on OMR sheet therefore it should not take long time to
declare the result. My words may sound rude but it’s coming from experience.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
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Special Corporation for NE region
The union minister for road transport & highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said a special
corporation will be set up soon to look after the road projects in the northeast.
Even though he did not set time frame, Gadkari stated that body will have its headquarters
in Guwahati and execute road construction works for the entire region. Gadkari had
first made an announcement about the special corporation during a review meeting
of road projects across the country in June this year.
Outlining the major initiatives undertaken by his ministry in the 100 days of Modi
government, Gadkari also assured of speeding up road infrastructure projects in the
border areas of Arunachal Pradesh. The ambitious trans-Arunachal highway to connect
all the district headquarters of state has not been able to pick up pace owing to
various problems. People of the state have great hope that Modi government will expedite
the prestigious Trans- AP highway project. The local citizens will also have to extend
support and don’t create obstacle in the implementation process. Also the decision
to set up Special Corporation should be welcome by the people of NE region. However
union ministry should ensure that it properly monitors the project and not just become
a statuary body.