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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Arunachal Pradesh (Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains) is a thinly populated hilly tract on the eastern most part of India, surrounded on three sides by the international border with Bhutan to the west, China to the north and Myanmar to the east and Assam to the south. Arunachal is entirely mountainous except for thin strips of flat land most of which adjoin Assam. Dense forests cover more than two-thirds of the territory. The hydel-power potential is very high.

Nearly 80% of the population is engaged in agriculture. The traditional method of agriculture is jhumming, a kind of shifting cultivation. 

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The main crops are rice, maize, millet, wheat and mustard. A large number of medium and small scale industries including saw mills, plywood and veneer mills, rice mills, fruit preservation units, oil expellers, besides handloom and handicraft industries have been established. 

The population of Arunachal is predominantly tribal. All the tribes belong to Scheduled Tribes. According to the census figures, Scheduled Tribes form about 80% of the population as against an average 8% for the whole of India.  There are about 20 major tribes which are divided into a number of sub-tribes.  These tribes speak their own tongues.

In a major policy change in 1992, the Union Home Ministry agreed to allow foreign tourists to visit Arunachal to trek, raft and fish on select nature trails.

Itanagar-Siro-Daporiji-Pasighat and Marghe-rita-Mian-Nampdapha are two circuits cleared.  A new tourism ministry also has been formed. India’s largest Buddhist monastery is at Tawang.


When the securities scam ran riot during his stewardship of the finance ministry, Dr Manmohan Singh diagnosed the malaise as “systemic failure”. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

P.G. Rajendran; Mathrubhumi Books, MM Press, Cherooty Road, Kozhikode-673001. Rs. 60. (Tribal Folk Tales, Hindu, K. Kunhikrishnan, Nov 06, 2007)

There are four main aspects to the China-Tibet-India problem over the last century, some of which are only now becoming apparent. (China’S India Aggression, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Cross-border support to militants operating in Kashmir is continuing unabated, despite the ceasefire on the India-Pakistan border, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said here on Friday. (Cross-Border Support To Kashmir Militants Continuing, Says Antony, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

The latest Communist Party of China Congress saw Hu Jintao emerge for his second five-year term as a stronger leader. (Skirting The Border, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

One lesson which India learnt from its experience of dealing with China before the Sino-Indian war of 1962 was the folly of treating Chinese transgressions as unintended. And there have been two recently. (Hu's China - Vii, OutLook, B. Raman , Oct 31, 2007)

Two ULFA militants were killed in an encounter with the Army inside a forest area in Arunachal Pradesh bordering upper Assam while 11 revellers were injured in a blast triggered by unidentified militants at a Lakshmi Puja fair at Orang in . . . . (Army Kills 2 Ultras; 11 Revellers Hurt In Blast , Tribune, Bijay Sankar Bora, Oct 30, 2007)

Sonia Gandhi’s visit to China has come at a time when there is unease in Beijing and New Delhi over the Sino-Indian bilateral relationship. (Positive Signals , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Oct 30, 2007)

Integration into the global nuclear order has been a long-standing Indian demand. However, New Delhi is dropping out just at the moment when — following lengthy and arduous negotiations and activism — the prize is within its grasp. (Many Colours Of Imperialism, Times of India, SWAGATO GANGULY, Oct 30, 2007)

If there is a “natural alliance” between India and the United States, it arises to the extent that both are large democracies and more or less free societies that happen to be placed half way across the globe and pose no perceptible military threat . . . (India-Usa Interests , Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Oct 30, 2007)

If there is a “natural alliance” between India and the United States, it arises to the extent that both are large democracies and more or less free societies that happen to be placed half way across the globe and pose no perceptible . . . . . (Special, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

Those who see India's growing closeness to the US as an indication that New Delhi has mortgaged the independence of its foreign policy should feel reassured by Sonia Gandhi's visit to China, which followed close on the heels of . . . . . (Romancing The Dragon, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

After embarking on better road links to the Chinese border, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has turned its attention to Nepal with an ambitious plan for a road running right along the border to strengthen border surveillance. (India Plans Road All Along Nepal, Bhutan Border, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 27, 2007)

An ambush by separatist rebels in northeastern India left three soldiers and a civilian dead, while a series of clashes between rival militants also killed six rebels, officials said Friday. (10 Dead In India Rebel Attacks, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 27, 2007)

China on Thursday for the first time publicly said “mutual concessions and adjustments” were a must to reach an early deal on the vexed boundary issue with India for which the two governments have set up a Working Group to prepare a framework agreement. (Sino-India Border: Beijing Favours Mutual Concessions, Adjustments, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

October 26 marks the first anniversary of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. The law was conceived as a civil law as distinct from the existing criminal law: Section 498A IPC. It was often said that criminal law had no space for . . . . (Family Against Woman, Indian Express, Indira Jaising, Oct 26, 2007)

The Bharatiya Janata Party has described Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s China visit as “shocking.” (Sonia’S Visit To China Shocking, Says Bjp , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

India and China have established a Working Group to prepare a framework for the settlement of their vexed boundary issue, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced on Thursday. (India, China Making Progress In Border Negotiations: Mukherjee , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

Admitting that the present practice in Arunachal Pradesh of keeping undertrials in police lock-ups was a violation of their human rights, State Home Minister Jarobam Gamlin on Thursday said the first jail in the State would be inaugurated soon. (Arunachal To Get Its First Jail Soon , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)


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