Tawang/Guwahati: The Centre has asked Arunachal Pradesh governor General (retd) JJ Singh to coordinate all the major border development initiatives to build high-tech infrastructure along the Sino-Indian border. The initiatives include building an airport at Tawang, after one is in place in state capital Itanagar, and constructing a 1,840-km state-of-the-art trans-Arunachal highway touching the borders with China, Bhutan and Myanmar besides spreading a rail network in the state on the lines of one the Chinese have built in Tibet.

Some of the finest paper in the world is still made in the remote villages of hilly Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh, whose Buddhist Monpa and Sherdukpan tribes are skilled artists.

Arunachal Pradesh is a part of the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot, one among the 25 identified hotspots world wide. Due to decrease in firewood source and increase in local market price, rural people are compelled to resort to indigenous energy-efficient technologies. In this respect, rural people of Arunachal Pradesh, especially of West Kameng and Tawang districts, have developed a new