September 29


News Impact



Streamline posting of IAS, APCS officers: APCSOA

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officer’s Association (APCSOA) has urged the state government to streamline the posting of IAS and APCS officers in the state.

Claiming that the government has posted ‘very’ junior IAS officers to hold the posts meant for senior officers, APCSOA in its representation to the chief minister said that the posts of DCs should be held by senior IAS officers or APCS (Admin Grade). The IAS officers who have not rendered minimum 4 years of service (including probation period) should not be posted as additional deputy commissioner as per progression of IAS.

“The IAS officer inducted from SCS, having required length of service experience in administration, should preferably be posted as Secretary to the Government. The posts like Commissioner/ Secretary (Home/ Vigilance) should be entrusted only to the officers with rank and status next to Chief Secretary of the State,” the representation said.

Constitution of separate IAS cadre for Arunachal Pradesh may be considered favourably, it said, adding that the cadre strength of IAS for the state may be enhanced to 75 from the existing 37 posts. The increase of cadre strength of IAS will pave way for the induction of SCS Cadre Officers to IAS, it said, and hoped the government will address the issues to avoid ‘deterioration’ of civil administration in the State.

In yet another memorandum to union minister of state for home, APCSOA sought the union minister’s intervention for constitution of a separate IAS, IPS, IFS cadre for Arunachal Pradesh.  “There has been a constant demand for creation of separate cadre for IAS, IPS, IFS officers for Arunachal Pradesh and the officers born under this cadre would be more committed to the state as they will be given the responsibility to serve the people of the state,” APCSOA said in its memorandum while driving its points home.

At present the officers of AGMUT cadre are manning the state whereas smaller states like Nagaland and Sikkim are having its own separate cadre, APCSOA said. Further, very recently the DoPT (MoPPGP), GoI has issued notification for creation of separate IAS, IPS, IFS cadres for state of Manipur and Tripura, it informed.

APCSOA in its memorandum also said that the cadre strength of IAS in the state should be enhanced to 75 from the existing 37.

“This will not only boost the morale of the serving APCS officers but also lead the state towards better delivery of administration vis-à-vis various developmental activities,” the memorandum added.



HM leads cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Holding broom Home Minister (HM) Tanga Byaling along with DGP Nithyanandam and other top ranking police officers launched the ‘Clean Arunachal, Green Arunachal’ drive at the police station here today.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Byaling welcomed ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’, an initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The life of all human beings are linked to police station for security and to hospitals to remain disease free, he said and called for treating the PS and hospital as mandir, masjid and church.

Green (trees) is synonymous to life giver oxygen which was abundant in the past but its wanton destruction under the pressure of massive development brought a wave of diseases which were intensified by unclean and unhygienic living, Byaling reasoned. “I was an ITBP jawan like you in 1966, joined politics in 1976 and elected MLA in 1999. Hard work with honesty helped me to rise to this position,” Byaling told all ranks of cops present and advised them to be disciplined and discharge their duties with sincerity to rise in life.

“Punish cops for dereliction of duty but reward the good doers,” he advised the senior officers, before emphasising good officers-jawans relation.

“The PSs and hospitals are indivisible part of Indian social system, the DGP said, adding that though individuals behave well but in groups they indulge in conflicts for which policing has been in practice since the days of Chanakya.

People will lose faith in police if the PSs are shabby when they approach with their grievances. This drive is a message to all ranks of police, who belonged to a disciplined force, and the masses about the value of cleanliness which is directly linked to healthy living, the DGP said.

He lauded Byaling for his constant encouragement and support for bringing the much desired improvement at all levels.

IGPs I D Shukla and Navin Payeng also spoke on the occasion.

Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board chairman Nyamar Karbak was also present on the occasion.

Earlier, the HM and DGP also planted saplings in the PS compound to mark the occasion.


‘Swachch Bharat Mission’ underway in Upper Subansiri

DIPRO adds from Daporijo: Swachchh Bharat Mission, a government initiative to encourage sanitation and spread awareness, has begun in Upper Subansiri district with people actively cleaning their homes, surroundings and Daporijo town. The residents of Daporijo have actively come forward to support the mission by cleaning the drains and colony premises. An environment of enthusiasm and initiative was seen with people actively working to clean the District Hospital premises, the clogged drains near the Medical Line, at the SP’s office, Power Grid colony and various other places.

The initiative started on September 26 with the cleaning of houses and common areas across the district.

Commenting on the initiative, Tapak Dagam, a resident of Power Grid Colony said that such initiatives must be sustained to ensure that cleanliness becomes a way of life here.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner K. Dulom in his meeting on ‘Swachch Bharat Mission’ with PRI members, colony representatives and other stakeholders explained the vision behind the mission. He stressed on ‘at-source-segregation’ of garbage so that it can be treated separately.

Under the mission, the plan is of cleaning of houses with emphasis on individual and domestic hygiene, cleaning and maintenance of animal shelters, cleaning of roads and markets, cleaning of public places, cleaning of water bodies and water sources, cleaning and removing blockages in the drains etc on individual days throughout the week from September 25 to October two, 2014.

The District Administration will come up with long term solutions to ensure ‘ Clean Dapo MIssion’ . On September 30, an on-site mid-term inspection of the work will be conducted by the District Administration, by visiting all the colonies of Daporijo. (DIPRO)



International Buddhist Conclave

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The International Buddhist Circuit needs to be extended from Bhutan to Tawang encompassing entire Buddhist sites of Arunachal Pradesh and exit at Tinsukia in Assam, said DTO (HQ), Department of Tourism, TK Kopak while participating in the three-day International Buddhist Conclave at Bodh Gaya, Bihar yesterday.

While informing that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh is planning to submit request to extend Buddhist Circuit in the state, he informed the state has 11 approved travel circuits so far.

To improve tourism in Buddhist areas, Kopak told passenger rope way has been constructed to connect Tawang Gompa and Ani Gompa (nunneries) with the financial support of Government of India, and Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies at Dahung in West Kameng district was established in 2000 for monastic study. During the inaugural day, Union Tourism Minister Shripad Naik said a fully air-conditioned train would start running in the Buddhist circuit from 2015. The train would have facility of separate kitchen in the train itself in which foreign tourists could cook and enjoy food of their country.

He said a sum of Rs 1,000 crore has been sanctioned for development of Buddhist circuit.

Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are the primary pilgrimage places of Buddhist Circuits associated with the life and teachings of Lord Buddha.

The Union Tourism minister said that presently it has been seen that foreign tourists come here mainly in winter season. But to draw them here in summer season too, fortnight-long country-specific festival would be organized in monasteries of different countries.

During the international Buddhist festival, tour operators and others associated with tourism visited different Buddhist temples and international monasteries at Bodh Gaya on Sunday.

Around 132 delegates from 31 countries including Japan, UK, Russia, Australia, Taiwan, Cambodia, Spain, Sri Lanka and Serbia participated in the festival at Bodh Gaya, the famous Buddhist place, about 100 km from capital Patna.

The conclave was organized as an important tourism promotion and marketing event in which international tour operators, opinion makers and media personalities as well as Indian stakeholders attended.

An exhibition stall was also set up at the venue of the conclave by the Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh to promote Buddhist destinations and products of the state.



Rasho Yangda Memorial Sports Meet begins

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The 7th Lt. Rasho Yangda Memorial Sports Meet cum Talents Show 2014 organized by East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union (EKMZSU) started on a colourful note at General Ground, Seppa yesterday.

Ten teams are participating in men’s football while four teams are taking part in women’s football competitions. In volleyball, eight teams are participating in men’s category and five in women’s category.

Inaugurating the week-long sports meet, Zilla Parishad Member of East Seppa Raju Gyadi suggested the participants to maintain sportsman spirit throughout the meet.

Saying that feeling of regionalism creates division, Gyadi said that EKMZSU being a zonal students’ union should not encourage regionalism. It should work for the greater interest of the entire district, he said.

Robin Hissang, Principal of Government Degree College, Seppa, said that Lt. Rasho Yangda Sports Meet should be a platform not only for the players of middle zone areas but also for the players of entire district to identify sports talents. He suggested the students to give priority to their study to achieve the desired goal in life.

EKMZSU president Rocky Blange sought cooperation from all, including the spectators to make the tournament a grand success. He also briefed the short-biography of late Rasho Yangda, founder president of EKMZSU.

The opening match was played between ME School Seba and Gracious Academy School Seppa which ended in a draw.



A Bollywood film from Arunachal Pradesh

Lopamudra Gogoi

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Except the recent Bollywood hit film Mary Kom, it is very rare to find North-East being depicted in the so called mainstream Hindi cinema. The diverse culture and people of this region is not explored in Bollywood films. But kudos to Maya Kholie from Arunachal Pradesh to have come up with the guts to produce a mainstream Bollywood film with a story which has its root in one of the states from the region, Assam.  

The film stars Bollywood actors Palash Sen, Ira Dubey, Yashpal Sharma, Saurabh Pandey, Tinu Anand and also two young talents from Arunachal Pradesh, Kymsleen Kholie, who is playing the main protagonist of the film and Kezleen Kholie, who is singing one of the main songs composed by Dr. Palash Sen from the famous Euphoria Band.

The film “Aisa Yeh Jahaan” is written and directed by Biswajeet Bora, who earlier worked with renowned filmmaker Jahnu Barua for a couple of years.

The film is supposed to be India’s first ‘Carbon Neutral Feature Film’.

‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’ is a socio–environmental, light-hearted feature film which tells the story of an urban family trapped in the concrete jungles of a metropolis.

As per information from the co-producer of the film, Karanzal Kholie, a Mumbai based NGO, CERE (Centre for Environmental Research and Education), who works to promote environmental sustainability through action-oriented education, awareness and advocacy also a pioneer in the field of carbon management  has come up to help the film all the ways.



An Assamese who donated his land

for an Arunachalee

Pekba Ringu

Driving in the rush hour traffic of Itanagar is not a matter of joke.

And one really can’t help but admire when one sees eighty-year-old Golok Hazarika drive his car all the way from Bihpuria, Assam to Itanagar to escort Jadab Sharma, executive member of Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) to invite Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) to attend the 71st Lummer Dai birth anniversary function which was held on June last at Bihpuria. The admiration increases all the more when one realizes that Sharma is younger to Hazarika by decades. Even at this advanced age, he cycles everyday for going out to work.

And incidentally, he is the man who donated five bighas of his personal land at Bihpuria to ASS to establish ‘Lummer Dai Institute of Distant Learning and Tribal Research,” named after the famous Arunachalee writer Lummer Dai.

But that is, as they say, is just the beginning of the story. He astounds you further with his extraordinary memory. The Assamese people have a tradition of cooking 101 different types of vegetables during the ‘Bohag Bihu’. He can count all of them in a go. Similarly, he can effortlessly recite the names of all the 67 Presidents of ASS beginning from its inception in 1917 at Kohima. I was literally floored when he started narrating the names of all the Chief Ministers and past kings of Assam. That makes a total number of 15 and 74 respectively.  

I was gasping for breath as he began to recite the names of the Assamese films made so far, starting with ‘Joymoti’ in 1935 to the latest one with all the counting in serial order. That makes a whooping number of 389 movies till date. And mind you, the list include films of other ethnic tribes of Assam as well e.g. Bodo, Karbi, Jaintia etc.

In fact, everything about Hazarika is interesting and worth mentioning. Take for example, his marriage to his wife Jogamaya Hazarika which has an old world charm to it. “It was an arranged marriage. And I saw the face of my wife for the first time on the day of marriage only,” He informs with a chuckle. And the marriage has blossomed and grown from strength to strength with the addition of two sons and one daughter, all of them happily married and settled with families of their own. So much for love marriage and the so called love at first sight about which the whole world is mad about.

Though a businessman by profession, its arts, history and social work that excites him the most. Like his marriage, the grand old, one storied palatial house of his too exudes an old world charm of the bygone days. The house has played host to innumerable dignitaries and organizations connected to the fields of arts and culture including APLS.

Third son of Jagneswar Hazarika, Mauzadaar (Land record officer) Bihpuria and Mrs Soneswari Hazarika amongst three brothers and two sisters, he had his primary schooling from Narayanpur M.V. School. Then he shifted to Dikrong higher secondary school, Bihpuria where he studied up to class-x. Incidentally, the school was opened in 1934, the same year of his birth i.e. 1st October 1934.

In his heyday, he had killed more than 23 tigers, 1 bear and innumerable deer and other animals. But he has given up hunting for good now. “I felt I was not doing the right thing by slaughtering so many innocent animals,” He explains.

Similarly, he gave up timber business in 1985 when he realized the ecological hazards caused by wanton destruction of forest products.

Later, he ventured into paddy and rice business which consumes most of his time now. In addition, he has a big rice mill to look after.

But the old world charm doesn’t end there. The man has a close link with the NEFA days.

During those days, in the 50s and 60s, he was a big timber contractor. The areas of Karsingsa and Nirjuli were one of his major areas of operation. In his own words, “At that time there was no road from Banderdewa to Karsingsa. I cleared the jungles and made a makeshift road for bringing out the timbers. That was in 1958.” He further informs, “Each year I would extend the road by a Km. And by 1968 a rough road was constructed up to present Karsingsa. The Forest department added sand and gravel on this road somewhere between 1962 and 65 which were developed later to its present day highway by the Government.”

M.C.Barua, ex-Conservator of Forest who was looking after Banderdewa Beat office as a Ranger at that time describes Hazarika as a very sincere and honest businessman. He adds further, “He would supply the departmental ordered materials within the stipulated time. And all his goods were of the highest quality.”

During the time of his timber business he had developed a lot of acquaintances from Arunachal. He knows Gegong Apang, ex-CM and A.Namchoom, ex-Principal Chief Conservator Forest. In addition, he had friends like Maina Yab of Karsingsa, Hechi Techi of Durpang and Ananda Nguri of Gumto, to name a few. But sadly, he has lost contact with them.

“I wonder whether they’re still alive,” He voices wistfully.

Before parting, I ask him the question which had been in my mind for quite some time. “Why did you donate 5 bighas of your personal land, and that too for an Arunachalee?”

He replies without hesitation. “To renew that old tie between Assam and Arunachal that has been lost now.” True enough, there was a time when Assamese was the common medium of exchange, both in the public as well as the Government institutions in the erstwhile NEFA days. In fact, it was the lingua franca of instruction in schools. Assamese songs and films were avidly listened and watched by the public. Programs were hosted in Assamese. Those were the glorious NEFA days when non-local, especially Assamese teachers and officers trekked for weeks on foot to carry out their duties in remote far flung areas of NEFA. And because of their selfless service, now Arunachal has reached to its present development.

But with the passage of time, that tie has been lost and forgotten. And with the incidents of boundary disputes, the relationship has turned sour, if not bitter.  

“And I want to renew that tie by donating this land.” He explains.

The grand old man from Bihpuria has a point there, in fact, a point for deep introspection - for all of us.

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East Siang bandh ends


RUKSIN, Sept 28: Normal life was paralyzed in Pasighat and Ruksin of East Siang district for the second day today due to dawn to dusk bandh call given by Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) supported by various Adi organizations and students’ unions.

Many vehicles, including passenger cabs, oil tankers, goods-laden trucks and APST buses were stranded for the day as protesters blocked the national highway-52 at Ruksin gate.

However, there was no report of any bandh related incidents from any part of the district.

The ABK and AdiSU leaders have alleged that the state government has ignored the interest of the Adi people living in the state.

They are infuriated over the fact that the state government gave nod for creation of Lower Siang district including parts of present East Siang district without taking consent of the Adi people living in the district.

The protesting organizations will assemble in a joint meeting at Pasighat tomorrow to chalk out their future strategy against the “forceful inclusion” of Adi land in the proposed new district.


Bird watching expedition organized at Ziro

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club (APBC), Ziro organized its 3rd Bird Watching Expedition on the concluding day of the Ziro Festival of Music today.

Many tourists, who witnessed the Festival of Music at Ziro, joined the day-long birding expedition along with few government officers.

They were taken to eastern ‘Ring Road’ of Ziro valley where birds are found in abundant, including few rare ones. The bird enthusiastic tourists were seen very happy to witness many rare bird species and requested the APBC to make it a regular event.

Ziro has already received many tourists having interest in watching bird after the previous expedition. The bird watchers who used to tour Manas and Kaziranga in Assam is now making Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary as their destination, APBC said.

The expedition was flagged off by Tater Mize, District Tourism officer, Ziro, who appreciated APBC for taking the initiative.


Charge-sheet rapist-killer, students demand

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Galo Students Union (GSU) has demanded the officer concerned of Basar Police Station to immediately file charge-sheet against the person(s) accused of raping and killing a young girl at Dari.

The OC of Basar Police Station despite assurance given to a visiting GSU team on September 17 has not yet filed charge-sheet against the accused, GSU informed in a release.  

Meanwhile, GSU yesterday convened a mass consultative meeting of various Panchayat leaders, students unions, GWS of West Siang unit to discuss the demand placed by GSU for establishment of the proposed AIIMS at Basar. Representatives of various organizations, students union and individual who took part in the meeting extended their whole-hearted supported to GSU’s demand and urged the State Government to immediately consider it.


Committee seeks DA attention

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: All Seppa Colony Welfare Development Committee (ASCWDC) has drawn attention of the district administration as well as department concerned towards the Seppa - Tezpur road near Seppa-Sagalee-Tezpur tri junction where the road is heavily eroded.

While highlighting the deplorable condition of the road, ASCWDC urged both district administration and department concerned to protect the road without any further delay.

Further, the ‘poorly’ built drainage system near the New Hari Bridge Seppa has also cracked, it said. ASCWDC also took serious note of the half-constructed “Welcome gate’ of Seppa near the tri junction of Seppa, Sagalee and Tezpur road.

It informed that the gate is standing half-constructed with two pillars at the side of road with bundle of naked iron rods.


2nd Dera Natung football tourney from Oct 4

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Second Dera Natung U-16 State Level Football Tournament will be held at Nari, East Siang from October 4 to 12, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association general secretary G Doke.


Awareness campaign for registered workers

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) conducted an awareness campaign for the registered workers of the Board at Yomcha recently and distributed school bags, books, solar lamps, safety helmets, and other household materials to the beneficiaries.  

APBOCWWB member cum secretary general of INTUC, Arunachal state unit, Kenkar Yomcha who attended the programe stressed that the local MLAs, concern ministers and heads of various work departments must streamline various developmental schemes and projects to fulfill peoples’ hope and aspiration.

He also suggested the natives of Yomcha to get registered with the Board to access due benefits provisioned in the government.

Yomcha along with the heads and officers of various departments, civil society members, trade union leaders and senior public leaders also visited the Govt HS School, Public Health Center (PHC) and PWD Division, Yomcha as desired by the public.

After a thorough observation of the PWD office, Yomcha revealed that without apprising the concern authority, the computers and other departmental equipments has been transferred to Aalo for which he demanded the concern authority for immediate intervention and reinstallation of the equipment.

He requested all the officers of PHE and Power division of Yomcha who are stationed at Aalo to report to their respective offices at Yomcha.


State level workshop on PMJDY

ITANAGAR, Sept 28: A state level workshop on Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY) was conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd; with support from the Department of Cooperative, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun yesterday.

Addressing the participants, Apex Bank MD Tsering Thongdok dealt in length about the concept of cash-less transaction in future in banking sector, ‘Know Your Customers’ , introduction of various banking products by adopting technology etc.

While explaining the aims and objectives of the PMJDY scheme in details, Thongdok informed that the Apex Bank is planning to open branches in far flung areas where there are no banking facilities.

Since Apex bank and LAMPS are Govt. sponsored credit institutions, the PMJDY scheme should be implemented by the cooperative sector which will give additional opportunities to enlarge its membership and enhance the business beside generation of rural employment, he opined.

Dinesh Raina, DGM, NABARD, highlighted that as per All India Survey Report that 52 percent of the people of India do not have any bank account and out of the 48 percent having bank account 77 percent did not avail any credit facilities from the bank. As such govt. has taken it in a mission mode to cover 100 % people under the financial inclusion program.

Through banking sector has flourish during last decade, a large section of people are still not aware of the banking facilities. As opening of branch in every village is not possible, banking services will be taken to the door steps of the people through Business Correspondent model. As RBI has now allowed cooperative banks to implement the FI schemes, through PACS/LAMPS as BC and there is ample opportunity to increase the business and services in the sector. He also opined that NABARD will help the Cooperative Banks in technology adoption, capacity building of banking personnel and financial literacy of the rural masses. He advised MD of the bank to submit the proposal as per the scheme.

M. Das, Business Executive of M/S C-Edge, a subsidiary of TCS and SBI, from Mumbai gave a live demonstration of the devised to be used for the financial inclusion through a power point presentation. He also highlighted the advantages of the Hand Held Bio-Matric Machine on which the BC model would work.

The workshop was attended by chairmen, MDs of Large Sized Adivashi Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd; Apex Bank Branch managers and officials along with subject matter experts from  NABARD regional office here and technical experts from C-Edge, Mumbai.

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At a barber shop

Dear Editor,

It was as usual one of the evenings when I was on my way home through Akashdeep, the shopping mart for most of the citizens in Itanagar. I went to a barber shop where I was eagerly waiting for my turn.  

When a person who appeared well to do entered the barbershop. The barber smiled at him.

" Mera to free mein kar dega hoga?, he asked in response to the barber’s smile.

"Sir, apke liye to sabkuch free hai”, pat came the reply.

I was confused by the exchange of words.  Before I could recover, the man  had a haircut, went away without paying.

Afterwards when I enquired, they told me that the man had something to do with ILP cards.







No audible resentment

Dear Editor,

Except a very few subdued voices, no audible resentment came from any corner towards the most dirtiest of misdeed that occurred at St. Xavier School, Aalo, where a minor boy was sexually assaulted by his teacher in hostel.

When incidents of sexual assault on any being are reported there is so much hype and cry and protests and marches. I don't want to sound disapproving of other incidents but what I want to say is that everyone should be vocal against such acts be it here or there, to him or her.


A Citizen




Democracy and communism

Dear Editor,

After the transfer of power in 1947, initially India worked tirelessly to attain the stature as one of the world’s largest democratic country. The hard work paid off; India under the leadership of some of the great intellectual came up with a constitution which is one of its kind- incorporating the finest quality of several other constitution of the world. Amid all this in the neighborhood of India, China which also dismantle the colonial rule about the same time India did, adopted different form of government. And today after about seven decades the in-depth comparison of the position where these two Asian giants stand would be interesting.

In India, every year out of 1000 children born 66 dies before the age of 5, while only 13 child in China dies before age 5. This figure reflects India’s dilapidated condition of health care service. The health care service in India can be looked from three different aspects: access, equity and quality. All these are interrelated and India need to prioritize health care sector. The government should focus on establishment of research centers as merely increasing the number of hospitals won’t solve the problem.

The project Narmada dam (1,450 MW) in India started in 1979 and was commissioned in 2006. Compared to this the construction works of 3-Gorges dam (22,500 MW) in China started in 1994 and by the end of 2009 it was supplying electricity. Such a long gap in the completion of developmental projects in India may be attributed to the delay in decision making process of each department which are directly or indirectly involved.

Any new developmental project in its initial stage in India has to go through a lot of hurdles, may it be at local or at national level, not to mention the inefficacious policy and negligence on the part of the government after these hurdles are cleared. To do away with such delay, all the legal procedures such as land acquisition, obtaining clearance from environment & forest department etc. must be streamlined. Moreover only 34% Indian above the age of 15 are educated while 94% Chinese above the age 15 are educated.

These differences make one think again of the cliché “Democracy is better than communism”. Although communism might appears obnoxious in many aspects but one can hardly deny its pertinence when it comes to building of a strong nation. Though India has curved a niche for itself in global arena; but it attaining the stature of a developed nation seems dubious.


Dani Byai






Bring back the glory and status of NERIST

Dear Editor,

I would like to say a few words on the NERIST crisis. It is without a doubt that the brewing problems in NERIST at present are caused upon by the indefinite strike called by NERIST Employees’ Association (NEA). I’m a former student of NERIST, from Nagaland, passed out this year itself. The NEA strike is not new, but was building up from past few years.

As a former member of SUN, I too am well aware of the NEA matter which is in so far I can surmise as unreasonable and unnecessarily brought up to only cause hindrances in students’ regular activities and academic progress. Even last year there was enough hazards caused by NEA agitation. Of all the demands put by NEA, most of them were fulfilled already, and the remaining was beyond the capacity of the Director and as such cannot be handled at institute level. It seems the employees’ of the NERIST are either too blind to see the rationale behind or they are deliberately being mislead by some persons with vested interested.  Arunachal Pradesh should feel fortunate to have an institute like NERIST. The ministers, locals, especially the NERIST employees’ should be responsible enough to upkeep and maintain the standard and protect from degradation and encroachment. Remember NERIST is established for the whole Northeast regions, and it becomes a concern for all of us. There will be students gearing up for the NEE exams, and as such, if the present gloomy clouds keeps hovering over NERIST, a time will soon come when NERIST will have to seek out for students without tests or entrance exams because NERIST no more will have the appeal it used to.

If Arunachal is finding it too much of a burden to carry up the North Eastern Regional institute of Science and Technology, there are many places for such important institution to be. With this, I appeal to the higher authorities to look into the matter and bring back the glory and status of NERIST as it should be.


H. Kato Shikhu

A former Student,






Wrong responses

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed Daily newspaper, I would like to highlight the mistakes committed by Gauhati High Court during the Sheristadar examination held on last 13 September 2014.

In their answer Keys for Sheristadar, some answers are wrongly placed. Question No. 8 (correct answer is-a), Question No. 22 (correct answer is-c) , Question No. 33 (correct answer is-d) , Question No. 59 (correct answer is-b) and Question No. 87 (correct answer is-a) have been responded with wrong answers.

Take for example, Question 59 (Which of the following planet is nearest to the earth?).   The correct answer is Venus (not Mars).  The distance between the Earth and the Mars is 225 million kilometers whereas it is 38-42 million kilometers from Venus to the Earth. No planet gets closer to Earth than Venus.

I request the authority responsible for conduct of examination of Sheristadar to rectify the error as soon as possible so that candidates who performed well are not deprived.


Aspirant candidate







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Citizens should extend cooperation

The setting up of an anti-extortion cell by the capital police is laudable. In the wake of the series of unfortunate incidents rocking Itanagar, culminating with the killing of businessman KP Chacko, the need for a dedicated extortion cell was felt. While reviewing the law and order situation on September 6 last, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had directed the police department for establishment of an ‘Anti-Extortion Cell’ besides strengthening intelligence capability of the department, particularly in the organized crime sector involving illegal arms and extortions.

Following the Chief Minister’s direction, capital police have set up an anti-extortion cell. The team is believed to have quietly started their work. The members of the teams are roaming in civil dresses to identify the persons involved in extortion and other unwanted activities in the Capital region. However citizens also will have to come out and inform police if they receive any extortion threats. Most of the time extortion threats are not reported to police and citizens tries to sort out the matter out of the purview of law. General people should cooperate with police and don’t promote such illegal activities.