The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
ITANAGAR, May 14: The Gauhati High Court has declared the May 16 as holiday for its
Itanagar Permanent bench on account of Municipal and Panchayat elections. However,
June 15 (Saturday) will remain as court working day in lieu of May 16, according
to Court release.
RGU exams rescheduled
ITANAGAR, May 14: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) end PG semester examination scheduled
on May 15, 16 and 17 has been postponed to May 31 and June 1 and 3 respectively.
Further UG college annual examination 2013 scheduled on May 16 has been postponed
to May 18, Dr Nani T Jose, deputy registrar, RGU Rono Hills, Doimukh informed.
Power allocation revised
ITANAGAR, May 14: The Transmission, Planning and Monitoring zone of the Power department
has revised the power allocation to the districts connected with grid for the
month of May and June.
The Chief Engineer (P) of power department in a release said the SLDC has been
ordered to monitor hourly power drawl by all concerned and to report regularly on
defaulting divisions/districts for corrective measures. It further said that district/division
wise allocation shall be reviewed from time to time depending upon availability of
power from both state and central sector sources.
Notice served to the violator of code of conduct
ITANAGAR, May 14: Violation of Election Model Code of Conduct by contesting candidate
has been reported from Longding district.
According to a DIPRO report, a person contesting for Zilla Parishad Member was caught
with cash amount of Rs.3,44,000 along with liquor and beer bottles. The money and
liquor have been seized and a notice served to the erring candidate.
“This is a case of clear violation of model code of conduct,” the DC cum DEO said
and cautioned all contesting candidates, their supporters and the government employees
to follow the election code of conduct strictly failing which similar action would
be initiated. DIPRO
Don’t harass the genuine voters: APCC
ITANAGAR, May 14: Claiming that some other political party candidates and their supporters
are unnecessarily harassing and threatening the genuine voters asking them to vote
in favour of their candidates in Municipal and PR election in Capital complex, Arunachal
Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today vehemently condemned such practice. APCC
also claimed that few candidates are making fake identity proof for the bogus voters
to produce during polling day if required.
The APCC appealed to the district administration to check the bogus voters in the
sensitive areas of Itanagar Municipality.
ASUD resents non-release of stipend
ITANAGAR, May 14: Angry over non-release of stipend to the students, Arunachal Student
Union Delhi (ASUD) has cautioned the state government not to play with the students’
While criticizing the state government for adopting dilly-dallying tactics to release
students’ stipend, ASUD also demanded fruitful action from All Arunachal Pradesh
Students’ Union and All Nyishi Students’ Union in this matter.
KVK conducts training on onion cultivation
ITANAGAR, May 14: Training cum demonstration on scientific cultivation of onion was
organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Subansiri district at Hong village
today. Subject Matter Specialist in Horticulture Shashi Kant Chaturvedi trained the
farmers about scientific cultivation and management practices of Onion for higher
Yowa Nunu, SMS (Agronomy) also suggested the farmers on methods of onion cultivation.
Altogether 15 farmers participated in the said training.
NIT signs MoU with NIRD for M Tech course
ITANAGAR, May 14: National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh has initiated
a dream project of running course M.Tech on Appropriate Technology and Entrepreneurship
in collaboration with National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad and
a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two in presence of Prof.
Dr. Chandan Tilak Bhunia, Director, NIT and Dr. MV Rao, Director General, NIRD on
May 11 to run the M.Tech course from the academic session 2013-14.
The programme is stated to be highly innovative and relevant for growth and development
of the nation. It is the first time that such a prospective course is launched in
SC sets aside ‘impugned judgement’
ITANAGAR, May 14: While giving its judgment on civil appeal (No 8260 of 2012) filed
by Markio Tado, the Supreme Court of India set aside the ‘impugned judgment’ and
order rendered by the Gauhati High Court on November 12, 2012.
After hearing in details and thorough examination, Justice H L Gokhale pronounced
the judgment of the Supreme Court Bench comprising Justice G S Singhvi and his
lordship on May 10 which read “we have no option but to allow this appeal and set
aside the impugned judgement and order rendered by the learned judge of Gauhati
High Court dated 12.11.2012. The election petition filed by respondent no 1 (Takam
Sorang) bearing election petition No 1 (AP) of 2009, renumbered as election petition
No 1 (AP of 2012, shall stand dismissed.”
Delete the names of bogus voters: GDF
ITANAGAR, May 14: Gohpur Dene Federation (GDF) has demanded the authorities concerned
to delete the names of bogus voters from the electoral rolls under Ward No 2 in Itanagar
Producing a copy of HC Itanagar bench order on a writ petition filed by a resident
of Gohpur Tinali (Ward No 2) seeking Court direction to the respondent to look into
the anomalies in voters list, the Federation claimed that the names of some voters
were shown as voters in two different segments in violation of laid down laws.
In its order issued on May 10, the HC said that the respondent – Municipal officer,
Itanagar shall consider the representation submitted by petitioner on May 2 and dispose
of the same within a week.
303 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Elaborate security arrangement for Panchayat polls
ITANAGAR, May 14: With barely a day left for the Panchayat polls in Arunachal Pradesh,
the election authorities in Upper Siang district were apprehensive about bad weather
condition which may disrupt road communication during poll period, if the rainy weather
persists. Fortunately, there has been no report of road blockade received from anywhere
in the district till filing of this report.
The last batch of polling teams and Sector Magistrates of Upper Siang district left
the district headquarter, Yingkiong today for their respective polling stations for
conduct of the Panchayat Poll on May 16.
At West Kameng, a total of 27 Sector Magistrates today received their final training
in Bomdila for successful conduct of the PR polls.
Addressing the trainees, Deputy Commissioner AK Singh reiterated on the importance
of the role to be played by the Sector Magistrates in the successful conduct of the
polls in their respective sectors.
“Ultimate aim of the Sector Magistrates should be for the peaceful conduct of the
polls with minimum use of force,” he said.
He also spelt on the other duties and responsibilities of the Sector Magistrates
and urged them to carry out their duties pro-actively and without fear or favor.
“Matters should not be escalated rather the assigned officers should tactically handle
the situation,’’ he added.
Superintendent of Police Nupur Prasad informed of the Police deployments and other
security arrangements put in force for conduct of the polls. She also assured to
provide Walkie-Talkies to the Sector Magistrates in addition to the ones available
with the Police officers. However, elaborate police networking system has been made
and the Sector Magistrates can use the same for effective conduct of the polls, she
said. She asked them to deal with the trouble shooters firmly and in conformity with
the guidelines issued and deter them from jeopardizing the election process. ADC
cum DPDO Habung Donyi and Prosecuting Officer R.S Kumar dealt on the guidelines for
the Sector Magistrates and on the Electoral offences and election disputes and urged
the trainees to perform their duties with diligence.
With this training of the Sector Magistrates, all the exercises have been completed
and everything accounted for. A total of 521 Polling personnel have been pressed
into service for the 93 (Ninety three) Polling stations in the district where the
poll is being contested.
The district has 39 Hyper-sensitive and 37 sensitive Polling stations but adequate
security arrangements have been made with the additional forces provided to thwart
misadventures, if any.
A report from Upper Subansiri informed that the district was ready to conduct the
panchayat election in 162 polling booths set up in 14 Anchal Blocks.
Election will be held to elect 10 ZPMs, 86 ASMs and 97 GPMs in the district.
A total of about 750 polling 500 security personnel have been deployed to oversee
the polling process in the district.
It is pertaining to mention here that 4 ZPMs, 62 ASMs and 421 GPMs have been elected
uncontested in the district.
Elaborate security arrangement has been made for smooth and peaceful conduction of
the election, informed Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Tahang Taggu.
Another report from Khonsa informed that the government employees of Tirap district
who have been assigned various election duties have exercised their right of vote
272 electors cast their vote till 4.30pm. Khonsa Anchal Block had the highest voters
turn out of 136 while Lazu Anchal Block had only 9. Fifty-one voters from Khela-Lamsa,
41 from Dadam and 35 from Kapu Anchal Blocks also cast their votes.
The voters falling under the Deomali and Soha Anchal Blocks have exercised their
right at RO office Deomali although no official reports have been received till now.
Meanwhile, a meeting cum interactive session of executive magistrates/sector magistrates
and police officials of both Itanagar Municipal and Panchayati Raj elections in Papum
Pare was held at Siddhartha Hall here today.
Addressing the magistrates and police, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu suggested
them to extend cooperation to each other as certain areas are common to both urban
and rural for smooth conduct of municipal and panchayat election. He informed that
static magistrates would be deployed at hypersensitive areas along with the sector
magistrate so that no untoward incident takes place during the poll. He also informed
that mobile police and magistrates would also be provided for the entire process.
He also requested the Superintendent of Police (City) Surender Singh to provide the
situation report timely to the Control Room.
Elaborating on security arrangements, the SP informed that barricade would be setup
in areas to monitor the movement of public where there are chances of brawl or clashes.
He also informed that extra police would be deployed to hypersensitive and sensitive
area as announced earlier.
Advocating against re poll, SS Bedi, Special Observer said that the sector magistrate
and police should coordinate with each other. He also informed that reserve EVMs
are provided to the Sector Magistrates for immediate replacement of defunct EVM.
Bokar Basar, MRO, SC Debnath, Dy. Secretary Education, Tarin Dakpe, ADC Yupia were
also present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, total disruption of power generation from Nuranang Hydro Electric Project-1
of Jang has affected the election process in Tawang.
According to a report from Dr Dilip Kr Chutia, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jang,
Power generation was totally disrupted after the spill way channel and forebay tank
of Nuranang Hydro Electric Project-1 of Jang were washed away by a massive landslide
caused by heavy and torrential rain last night.
The Hydro Electric Project is the primary source of power for entire Tawang district
and its sudden closure has adversely affected the election process in the district,
the ADC informed. According to the Department of Hydro Power Development restoration
of the hydel project would take atleast two to three months.
Meanwhile, RWD & Tourism Minister Pema Khandu accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner
Abhishek Deb, ADC Jang Dr Dilip Kr Chutia visited the site and took stock of the
situation. The minister instructed the District Administration and the department
concerned to take all steps for immediate restoration of the hydel project so that
generation of power starts at the earliest. DIPROs
Highest decadal growth in population recorded in Kurung Kumey district
ITANAGAR, May 14: According to the Primary Census Abstract (PCA)-Data Highlights
of Census 2011, highest decadal growth in population which has been recorded in Kurung
Kumey district with 113.5 per cent.
This was revealed during a press conference for the release of PCA at Arunachal Press
Cub here today. Joint Director, Census Operation, Bharti Chanda read out the PCA
data highlights in front of the media persons and officials of the various government
The total population of Arunachal Pradesh is 13,83,727 showing an increase of 285,759
persons in absolute numbers of population during the decade 2001-2011. During this
decade, population of the state grew 26.03 percent against 27.00 percent in the previous
As per Census 2011, 10,66,358 persons live in rural areas and 3,17,369 persons lives
in urban areas in Arunachal Pradesh.
Density of population as per current Census is 17 persons per sq km against 13 persons
per sq km in 2001.
Child population in the age group 0-6 years in 2011 Census is 212,188 with 205871
Sex ratio in Census 2011 is 938 females per 1000 males as against 893 in 2001 Census.
Population of Scheduled Tribes in this Census is 951,755 as against 7,05,158 in 2001.
As per Census 2011, number of literates is 65.38 percent against 54.34 in 2001 with
only 11.04 percent growth rate in the last decade.
In the total population of 13,83,727 for the entire state, 5,87,657 is the number
of total workers in the which tantamount to only 42.5 percent of work participation
Utilize your adult franchise for vibrant democracy:CM
ITANAGAR, May 14: With a day left for the state to go for Panchayat and Municipal
bodies, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki appealed the people to exercise their fundamental
right of adult franchise with confidence for a vibrant democracy in the grassroots.
“I appeal my fellow citizens to utilize their adult franchise to elect the right
representatives for themselves. This is your fundamental right given by the Constitution
of India and no one can curtail it. You have the right to decide your future. Therefore
utilize it without fear or prejudice. Remember your one vote can change the future
of your area and your state,” he said in a statement today.
Tuki expressed optimism that the election process would be completed successfully
without any hindrance. In a veiled warning, he called upon all elements intending
to disrupt the electoral process to desist from any such act. He said anyone attempting
to disrupt the democratic process or incite violence or create law and order problem
will be dealt strictly as per law.
The Chief Minister called upon the administration and security agencies to ensure
conduction of a free and fair election without fear or favour.
“The Government assures to provide a conducive atmosphere for our electorates to
exercise their fundamental rights in a free and transparent manner. We hope that
voter turnout this election would surpass all earlier records,” he said.
Specifically addressing electorates of Itanagar and Pasighat, where Municipal elections
would be held for the first time, Tuki said, “This is a history in creation. Let
us participate in this maiden electoral process rising above our differences and
make the best beginning possible.”
The Chief Minister urged all political parties, organizations, civil society and
social activists to help the Government maintain law and order during the electoral
“With pride, let us look back at this election as one the most peaceful and successful
ones,” he appealed.
Changlang witness a silent revolution in health care
CHANGLANG, May 14: At a time when the entire state machinery is busy with Panchayat
election the Changlang district administration is inching towards a silent revolution
in the fields of nutrition, pre-primary education, health-care and children with
A comprehensive programme named “Children of the Mist” has been started by the district
administration wherein all the children of Anganwadi will be medically screened to
find out incidences of malnutrition, delayed development and disability, if any and
provide them requisite medical care and nutritional supplements.
Specially designed training modules for Anganwadi and ECCE workers are also scheduled
to improve the quality of pre-primary education.
The programme was kick-started from Bordumsa on May 3.
The dedicated health teams screened 1139 children of 56 anganwadi centers in Bordumsa
Sub-Division. The children were examined for general and dental ailments. Out of
1139 children total 542 children were found under weight. Nine among the underweight
children were found severely under weight/malnourished and are being further examined
at District Hospital, Changlang. 65 children were detected with dental ailment and
treated at Changlang. Out of 1139, nine cases of squint and ptosis, two cases of
blindness and four cases of locomotive disability detected which are further being
screened at District hospital.
These children will be referred to specialists if required for further corrective
surgeries. All children were de-wormed and requisite nutritional supplements and
medicines were given.
Further, a two-day training for Anganwadi and ECCE workers was organized on May 6
and 7 wherein workers were taught the latest teaching-learning methods and study
material was devised in the local tribal language. Healthy habits like washing hands
before eating, cleaning teeth, cutting nails etc. were also taught to the Anganwadi
Deputy Director, ICDS and lecturers of DIET, Changlang contributed greatly to make
this a success.
Children with special needs (CSWN) already identified under SSA were also screened
by the visiting medical team for further interventions. The district administration
has resolved to cover all the Anganwadis, primary school and CSWN under this programme
and provide children necessary nutritional supplements and medical intervention to
make their life better and lay foundation of strong and healthy state.
Meanwhile, Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav has appreciated the efforts
of District Medical officer and health team for the initiative. DIPRO
Reckless driving causes highest number of death in state capital
ITANAGAR, May 14: Reckless driving is an issue that has lately risen to the point
that every now and then an accident gets reported. Maybe society considers it as
a minor and irrelevant issue. There are no specific measures taken to prevent rapid
occurring of road accidents and to curb down the reckless driving.
According to the survey road accidents is the prime cause of death in the state capital,
which should really draw the attention of Govt. and officials. They have to take
deeper look into curbing down the road accidents and perhaps implement harder rules
on reckless driving.
Why Rash driving? What is it that makes the citizen drive their vehicles like crazy
maniac? Is it the thrill of chasing the speed or is it simply because one is a bad
driver -- in either way a person can never be justified or has the right to take
the lives of an innocent person even if it is unintentional. The worrisome consequences
of rash driving are that one doesn’t simply get hurt without endangering other people’s
New trend that has infiltrated the capital complex and leaving most of the citizen
furious is the Bike riders. Bystanders are scared and get worried about the bike
riders of the capital. The public are wondering if the authorities will come down
heavily against these teenagers who are creating menace due to adrenaline rush and
will police act against them for violation of traffic rules.
Rash driving has led to the death of numerous people more than disease or natural
calamity in our state. Who should be accountable for the death of those people who
are being killed because of negligence caused by someone else? Has the society not
learned to value the life of others too? What makes this people drive recklessly,
because to the contrary of our capital development, look at the roads of our capital
complex. It is so small it hardly fits two vehicles at a time and above it, these
reckless drivers try to zoom past the daylight traffic in such high speed adding
irony to the situation.
To ensure public safety authorities has to take some step immediately. The traffic
police need to implement restriction over the speed limit not just during the normal
daylight but also during the night as most of the accidents occurs during the night
time. There is no such proper pedestrian or footpath (although it is now being constructed)
in the capital road.
Society needs to highlight these very issue not just because it is the violation
of the traffic rules but it is also about an innocent lives been taken away and endangering
lives of rest of the population. Authority should draw their attention towards curbing
down the very issue of rash driving. And of course there are many possible measures
that can be taken such as proper installation of traffic signals in specific points,
also to check the alcohol intake (which is also one of the prime reasons for reckless
driving), regulate strict patrolling and most importantly laying down speed breakers
at places which are accident prone areas and in crowded places. We should also look
at some of the very effective measures taken by the western countries like introduction
of RADAR GUN, which is used to detect the speed of a vehicle within stream of traffic.
It can be expensive but proved very effective. Moreover citizen should itself realise
and act responsible and drive their vehicle without creating a menace and also without
endangering public safety and stop driving recklessly.
Health secretary calls for effective plan to make immunisation week a grand success
ITANAGAR, May 14: Secretary Health & Family Welfare Indira Mallo Jain stressed on
Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign involving ASHAs and IPR Department
prior to Immunization Week.
Addressing the first state task force meeting on immunization at the Conference Hall
of Directorate of Health Services today, the Health Secretary has suggested various
measures to be taken for successful organization of the Immunization Week to be started
from June 3.
Expressing her desire to know the status of cold chain and logistics in the state
for keeping the vaccine in law temperature, Indira suggested for issuing instruction
to DMOs to send pre-report of plan to the SHQ.
Dr. Tana Takum, State Surveillance Medical officer (WHO-NPSP) gave an overview of
Immunization coverage in the state. Record reveals that highest number of unvaccinated
infants are found in India and that is why the Govt of India has declared 2012-13
as the ‘Year of Intensification of Routine Immunization, he informed’.
He went on to present the Rationale for Task Force and Terms of Reference of State
Task Force for Immunization. The state Health Management Information System (HMIS)
data on Immunization coverage during 2012-13 reflected Full Immunization Coverage
at 46%, the highest being Papum Pare and East Kameng the lowest, he shared.
Dr. T. Taloh, Joint Director Health Services (Family Welfare) presented the Communication
Plan for increasing Routine Immunization Coverage in Arunachal Pradesh. Identifying
the key issues and problems from a situational analysis, he presented both the Providers
and Beneficiaries aspect where non-credible data, lack of proper reporting from facilities
were highlighted as providers’ aspect and lack of knowledge on Immunization and its
importance, fear of side effects after vaccination were some points accredited to
the beneficiaries’ aspect. Further, he dwelt at length on the details of other Communication
Plan such as, Proposed Communication activities, Expected outcome, Timeline/venue,
Resource required, Supporting partners and Actual outcome after implementation of
the planned activity.
The status of RI fund in the last 3 years and status of Implementation of Immunization
week during 2012-13 were also highlighted by him.
Representatives from IPR department and Women & Child Development also attended the
meeting along with Director Health Services, Jt.DHS (FW), Nodal officer (NRHM) and
Senior officers and staff of the Mission Directorate.
Lohit DC puts emphasis on institutional delivery to reduce maternal mortality
ITANAGAR, May 14: Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma has strongly advocated for
institutional delivery to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate.
Chairing a review meeting on achievement under National Rural Health Mission in the
district conducted by the District Health Society at Tezu yesterday, the DC urged
health officers, officials and workers of the district to put more efforts to reduce
the mortality rate by encouraging institutional delivery. He informed that India
has appalling rate of infant and maternal mortality.
The DC assured to persuade the higher authority for an ambulance for Mahadevpur CHC.
He appealed to all medical officers to discharge their duty with dedication and to
the satisfaction of all.
District Medical Officer Dr N Ninu while highlighting on NVBDCP and Leprosy in the
district informed that there are a total of six leprosy cases in the district and
they are presently under treatment (MB category). She requested all medical officers
for timely submission of report all activities.
DRCHO, Dr. Nani Rika, highlighted through PowerPoint presentation the physical and
financial achievement under NRHM during 2012-13 and requested all for better performance
in the next year. He also emphasized on institutional delivery and asked the ASHAs
and health workers to motivate the mothers for hospital delivery.
DTO Dr UK Nath also presented on RNTCP.
The meeting was attended by Medical Officer in charge of District Hospital, CHC,
PHC, SC and all vertical programme officers.
Death of senior teacher mourned
PASIGHAT, May 14: East Siang Teachers Association mourned the untimely demise of
Dil Bakh Singh Ohlan, Sr. Teacher (History) of Dambuk Higher Secondary School, who
died on 12th May last at the age of 55 . Late Singh Ohlan was a permanent resident
of Haryana and started his career as Junior Teacher on 28/8/1982 and served at various
places like Dirang, Tawang and Ziro at the same capacity and later on promotion as
Senior Teacher he was posted at Anini, Bomdila and Dambuk. He is survived by his
wife, two sons and two daughters.
The ATA district unit also extended sincere gratitude to the DC Lower Dibang Valley
Kumar, DDSEs of LDV and East Siang and Principal Mebo HSS for their support and cooperation
in sending the body of Late Singh Ohlan upto Dibrugarh from Dambuk via Pasighat.
East Siang ATA prayed to the almighty God to give rest the departed soul in heavenly
abode and strength to the bereaved family members to bear the loss.
The Education Fraternity of Lower Dibang Valley District also condoled the untimely
demise of D B Singh Ohlan, Senior Teacher (History) who died of cardiac arrest on
May 12 at Dambuk.
DDSE T Tatak in his condolence message said that the services rendered by late
Ohlan were remarkable and priaseworthy.
He was a sincere and dedicated teacher and a man of humble character who performed
his duty with full dedication, said DDSE T Tatak in his condolence message. His
untimely demise has created a void in the department which will take many time to
fill in. His body was taken back to his native place at Haryana for the last rite.
Through your esteemed column, I would like to bring the following facts to the notice
of the authority. In Arunachal Pradesh, many laboratories and clinics are mushrooming
without any valid license. Most worrying fact is number of ultrasound clinics coming
up even in small towns. For example, during my recent visit to Ziro town, I was told
there are many ultrasound clinics there. I don't know whether they are authorized
or not. I would like to request the authority to kindly verify so that they are not
Let sanctity of NERIST remain intact
Through the column of your daily I would like bring to the notice of general public
who visit NERIST about certain rules of the campus. NERIST is neither a driving school
nor a place for doing bike stunt, dating lovers, drinking liquors etc. It is the
only technical institute in the state which is very unique in its existence and let
it remain unique forever. Visitors are always welcomed but we are very strict against
such activities in the campus and violators may have to pay if found guilty. This
is being informed with best intention and we seek your cooperation.
DM order violated
Kindly allow me to express my view in your esteemed daily. Off late, I have observed
that candidates for Municipal election are violating the order of district magistrate
Itanagar capital complex.
In the public notice DM/ICC/01/2012 Itanagar Dated 1st May’2013, the capital district
magistrate had prohibited use of loudspeaker and banned holding of any kind of public
procession/rally by the contestant party. But contestant candidates seem least bother
about the order. They are using loudspeaker and taking out rally with slogan shouting
(obviously help of loudspeaker). Such thing can cause problem for common people and
may lead to conflict among workers of candidates.
And at the end of public notice, capital DM had warned that any violator shall be
dealt seriously as per the law. To our utter surprise, no action has been initiated
either by district magistrate or election commissioner against the person who has
violated the order. This is not beseeching to the concern authority for any action
but simply trying to tell what been observed.
Pachayat election- a family destructor ?
With our state gearing up for Panchayat and Municipal elections in another day, the
tension is in the air. This is the time when villagers get divided and the ever so
loving brethren from the same mother become lifelong enemies. Whilst the destruction
of the society takes place, we have our great leaders making promise, as Nikita Khrushchev
the former soviet premier rightly mentions, “To build bridge even where there is
no river”. They play on the innocence of the village folks and turn them against
each other for their benefit. For them it’s only a matter of month or two of campaign,
while the villagers have to live with it for generations together. If at all mutual
understanding takes place, some part of it always exist at the background as glowing
amber. The leaders give air to such old flame whenever they get chance. It really
is heartbreaking seeing small brothers and sisters of village being brought up in
proximity of this corrupt environment, for these early exposures really degrade their
character. I wonder sometimes if we really were better off with our gaon buras and
local councils, for these people were selected on the basis of their experience and
knowledge, rather than muscle and money power. It also led to strong feeling of brotherhood
Please listen to our plea
This is really hard time for the student pursuing higher studies, far away from native
places, as we are yet to receive 'STIPEND'. It is almost unbearable to meet high
price at the moment. The students coming from poor family background live miserable
life in cities.
In today's storming inflation, the poor people are suffering the most and many of
us are the scion of this poor family. Till last year, to some extent the stipend
from the government had helped us to get back home during semester vacation though
it is a meager amount if compared to the scholarship received by students of other
state. Unfortunately, our state government has not enhanced the stipend amount keeping
in view present market condition where things are so costly. Now, most of the students
have finished their semester examinations but they are paralyzed to stay in their
friend’s rental house due to inability in arranging journey tickets for way back
home. Most of the students plan to visit their native places once a year after semester
examination when the stipend is released. But this year the negligence of our state
education department has discouraged the spirits of student fraternity at large and
played with our emotions.
Therefore, we sympathetically request our state Government to listen to our rightful
pleas and release the stipend at the earliest possible before the commencement of
new academic session. We hope that our pleas would be given due importance and moved
at the highest stack.
Population growth and food production
As a continued population growth, rising meat and dairy consumption and expanding
biofuel use in the coming decades promise to increase the pressure on global agriculture,
China and India, home to over half the world's population, are beset by stagnation
in the production of staples like rice, wheat, soybean and maize, says a new study
on crop yield growth.
This is the finding of a newly published study that is based on statistics from around
the world during the 1951 – 2008 period. Titled, 'Recent patterns of crop yield growth
and stagnation', the study published by Nature Communications says that for some
crops in China and India, the spatial extent of yield stagnation is more than half
the cropped area.
For this study, the scientists developed geographically detailed maps of annual harvested
areas and yields of the four staples from 1961 to 2008 to demonstrate that yields
in 24–39 per cent of the harvested areas had plateaued or declined in recent years.
This was in spite of an increase in crop yields in all regions during the period.
Examining 2.5 million census observations on crop yields from different countries,
the study has expressed concern at the findings on rice, wheat and maize which provide
57 per cent of the world’s calories.
For the world’s top three rice producers, China, India and Indonesia, there are no
yield gains in 79 per cent, 37 per cent and 81 per cent of their rice croplands,
respectively, the researchers point out.
Similarly, top wheat producers, China, India and the United States, show no yield
increases in 56 per cent, 70 per cent and 36 per cent of their wheat croplands respectively.