ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The tourism based Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2013 will be held
from January 20 to 22, 2013. The festival offers unique opportunity to the tourists
to explore the secluded region and culture and tradition of the local people.
VKV annual sports & cultural meet gets underway
AALO, Nov 29: The three days Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of Vivekananda Kendriya
Vidyalaya Jirdin began yesterday.
The entire school is divided into four houses, namely Vishwamitra, Valmiki, Ved Vyas
and Vaishtha houses.
Inaugurating the meet Gijum Tali, DIPRO Aalo said that the school is the livewire
of all important national days celebration at Aalo be it Republic or Independence
Day. The school caters physical, mental and spiritual development to the students
which come handy for the students to excel in life. What is most important is not
the win or but the spirit of participation matters most, he said and encouraged the
students to show their talents in the three days meet.
Principal of the school Jirdin gave a detail out line on the aims and objectives
of the sports and cultural meet and overall achievements of the school. The teachers
from the school also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Death of social worker mourned
ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The members of Kargu Kardi Welfare Society (KKWS) have deeply mourned
the sad demise of its member Minyi Raksap at Aalo today.
He was an active social worker and dedicated teacher and his death is an irreparable
loss to the society, KKWS said in a condolence message.
The KKWS members along with the people of Lodu Banggo under Darak circle area observed
a minute’s silence as mark of respect to the departed soul and prayed for his eternal
Resentment over delay in appointment of new VC
ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The Rajiv Gandhi University Student Union (RGUSU) expressed its
anxiety at delay in appointment of new Vice Chancellor at Rajiv Gandhi University.
RGUSU, in a release said that unusual delay in appointing a full VC has adversely
affected the smooth functioning of the university.
A Search Committee for VC visited the University last month and promised to appoint
a regular VC within very short period, RGUSU said.
It hoped that the Centre will appoint VC from the region, preferably from the state,
so as to avoid frequent transfer.
ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The Jering Matkir Society (JMS) expressed deep shock over untimely
demise of Dogin Mize, 15, son of Tarik Mize of Rengo Village of East Siang district.
Dogin drowned along with his two friends on Sunday afternoon at Buri Dihing River,
Born on March 6, 1997, Mize left behind his parents and three sisters.
He was also a promising football player. He did his schooling from B-Sector KG School
(Raj Bhawan Complex), Gyan Ganga School, VKV Chimpu and RK Mission School, Narottom
JMS prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and extended its condolence to
the bereaved family members.
137 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Capital bandh fails to evoke response
ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The majority of the business community opened their shops in the
Complex Complex during 12 hours Capital bandh which ended this evening, according
to an official release.
Dawn to dusk capital bandh was called by All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization
on airport issue.
“Although the response of the shopkeepers to open their shops was lukewarm in the
early morning, the shopkeepers opened their shops immediately after the intervention
of the district administration, police and bazaar welfare committees and by 10 am,
majority of shops in Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa were open,” said
capital DC Sanjay Goel.
The capital district administration under the guidance of the Capital DC Sanjay
Goel took “exemplary measures of sealing and affixing closure notices” on many shops,
banking establishments, etc for not complying the repeated appeals of the state
Govt, district administration and Bazaar Welfare committee to open their establishments.
The release further informed that many of the bank branches in the Capital Complex
including the Yes Bank, HDFC, IDBI, ICICI bank, Itanagar, SBI Ganga branch, which
were found closed even after 11 am without any reason were sealed. Similarly, the
office of the CDPO, Itanagar, which was found closed during inspection at 12.30 hours
was sealed, the administration said.
At Naharlagun also, Apex bank branch, LIC branch and other banking establishments
found closed without reason were sealed. However, all the petrol pumps in the Capital
Complex remained open throughout the day.
Informing that these steps were taken by the district administration to discourage
the bandh culture in the state capital which continuously paralyzes the livelihood
of common man and causes immense inconvenience to the residents, the capital district
administration, however, appreciated the efforts made by the office bearers of the
Bazaar Welfare Committees, transport associations/federations which ‘made such frivolous
bandh call a failure.’
he administration further informed that most of the offices of the state Govt were
open with presence of adequate staff. “Wherever the government staff was found absent
without intimation, information, report has been sent to Govt for action as per rules”,
the release said.
ATNS adds: However, some shopkeepers expressed resentment over the act of sealing
of shops “without justification.”
The DC has sealed our shop without any justification. I had shut our shop due to
personal and family problems today, a shop owner, who chooses to remain anonymous,
said. “If the DC really wants to revive the confidence of the market community,
then it should not only provide security but also act against those organization
who calls this bandh. The administration should catch hold of band callers and make
them recall the bandh. This way the market community could open their shutter without
Stating that the business community is put in a very awkward position, the shop owner
further said the administration forces the trading community to open their establishments,
on the other hand the organization (bandh callers) warns the shopkeepers not to open
the shops during bandh. So, it is the market community which is always at the receiving
No shopkeeper will willingly close their shops without any reason or compulsion,
the shop keeper said, adding the dictatorial act of sealing shops is condemnable.
“This will not revive the lost confidence. But further alienate the market community
with the administration,” he said.
PTI adds: The dawn to dusk Capital bandh on Thursday failed to make any impact with
the state government taking measures to ensure full attendance.
All markets and business establishments remained open and work at all government
offices was normal. However, a few private educational institutions and commercial
banks remained closed during the day.
Former MLA Kirge Eshi (Ori) no more
Aalo, Nov 29: Former Member of Legislative Assembly Kirge Eshi passed away this
morning at around 10.30 am at a Dispur-based hospital in Assam after a prolonged
He left behind his wife and a son.
Late Kirge had been elected as MLA from Janata Dal in 1990 from 30 thAalo West Constituency.
Prior to his entry into politics, Late Kirge Eshi was a Circle Officer and served
in various districts within the state. He was a born leader and selected as General
Secretary of Govt. Hr. Secondary School Aalo in 1983 and General Secretary of Jawaharlal
Nehru College Pasighat during his college days. He was a man of visions and conviction.
A renowned social activist and known for his philanthropic deeds, Late Kirge Eshi
brought many developmental activities in his home constituency during his tenure
as MLA. Today, all villages of 30thAalo constituency is linked with motorable roads
and electricity due to his tireless and pioneering efforts. Also, this constituency
is said to record the highest number of technocrats and bureaucrats in the state.
Development in education sector is also an offshoot of his relentless efforts.
On behalf of Itanagar unit of Ori Welfare Society, Chairman Geto Ori has expressed
deep shock at the untimely death and offered his condolences to the bereaved family
members and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
The ranks and file of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh led by its
president Dr. Tangor Tapak deeply mourned the sad demise of former MLA and BJP State
Council Member (SCM), Kirge Eshi (Ori) and prayed for eternal peace of the departed
“Ori was a very sincere and dedicated party leader. His death is not only an irreparable
loss to the party but also entire state. His contribution towards development of
the state would always be remembered,” BJP in a condolence message said.
The Party conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed
to almighty “Donyi Polo” to bestow enough courage and strength to bereaved family
members to bear irreparable loss.
Expressing shock over sudden demise of Kirge Ori, former MP Kiren Rijiju in a condolence
message said Ori was a true epitome of great human being, who lived a simple life
with high morality.
Many people may not know about him because he always discharged his duty quietly
at grassroots level.
“I have lost a senior friend and a mentor in his death, Rijiju said while recalling
his association with Late Ori. My fond memories of wonderful moments spent with him
will remain forever in my heart,” he said.
While conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, Rijiju prayed for eternal
peace of the departed soul.
The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) expressed shock
over the sudden demise of Kirge Ori (Eshi).
“As an officer he was sincere and dedicated and served the State in different capacities
during his short service tenure. He last served as circle officer-cum-BDO at Ziro,
Lower Subansiri, District, before entering to politics,” APCSOA said in a condolence
The APCSOA conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed
to almighty Donyi-Polo to grant eternal peace to the departed soul.
The Paktu Area Peoples forum (PAPF) and Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA)
are saddened by the untimely demise of Kirge Ori.
Describing Kirge as leader par excellence, both the organizations said that the vacuum
created by his death will be difficult to fill. Both the organizations conveyed their
heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty to rest his departed
soul in peace.
The Galo Peoples' Federation (GPF) expressed deep shock over the death of two of
its prominent members, Kirge Ori and Minyi Raksap at Guwahati and Aalo respectively.
The deaths loomed a sad period for the entire Galo Society. Their contribution to
the Galo Society as Public Leader and Social Worker cannot be easily ignored, the
Terming the deaths as irreparable loss for the Galo Society in particular and the
State of Arunachal as a whole, the members of Federation prayed to the almighty Donyi-Polo
for peace and strength for the bereaved family. The GPF members hold a two-minute
silence for departed souls.
Pallam Raju to lay NIT foundation, assures help to develop education sector
NEW DELHI, Nov 29: The unfinished job of laying the foundation stone of the prestigious
National Institute of Technology (NIT) at its new and permanent site at Jote near
Itanagar by former Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal would be finished by his successor
M M Pallam Raju.
Raju, who has been given the Human Resource Development ministry in the last Cabinet
reshuffle of UPA-II, accepted the invitation to lay the foundation stone extended
by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who called on him this evening at 7.45 pm at New Delhi.
Due to the ongoing winter Parliamentary session, Raju offered to visit the state
during the first part of January next year.
Tuki, while extending wishes on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh to Raju
on his assumption of the HRD portfolio, expressed hope that he would continue giving
special attention to the state as his predecessor Kapil Sibal.
Sibal, as the HRD Minister, had visited the state capital Itanagar on October 12
last. He attended the 3rd Convocation of the North East Regional Institute of Science
& Technology and was scheduled to lay the foundation stone of NIT. However, he had
to cut short his visit due to time constraint but had assured to come back soon to
complete his unfinished job of laying the foundation stone of the NIT.
In a heart-to heart talk with the new HRD Minister Tuki sought special focus of the
Center for development of infrastructure in the education sector.
He said the Rajiv Gandhi Central University along with upcoming universities in the
state needed special packages from the Center for development of the requisite infrastructure.
When enquired about the over-all scenario of education in the state, Tuki explained
in detail the achievements made in the field despite several hurdles. He also explained
to the Union minister the drawbacks and problems faced by the State Government in
implementing policies and programmes of the Union HRD Ministry, which was appreciated
Tuki specifically drew the attention of the Union Minister towards the plight of
teachers employed under SSA. He appealed Raju to release the central grants for SSA
regularly on time so that salaries of the teachers could be disbursed on time every
month. He said due to financial crunch the state government is not able to regularize
the jobs of hundreds of SSA teachers and in this backdrop it would be a sin not to
be able to pay them their monthly salary regularly and on time.
“We have a genuine problem of SSA teachers who are dedicatedly working in remote
villages across the state. We are not able to deliver to their expectations and the
Central Government has to help us help them tide over their problems and grievances,”
The newly appointed HRD Minister assured Tuki that there would be no shortfalls from
his Ministry and development of education scenario of Arunachal Pradesh would continue
in an accelerated pace.
Raju asked Tuki to submit proposals of new projects and suggest the Ministry to put
to rest loopholes and problems faced by the sector in Arunachal Pradesh. On behalf
of the Central Government, he assured hundred percent assistance and cooperation
to the State Government in development of human resources in a meaningful way while
taking care of welfare of teachers and employees working in this sector.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs
Ninong Ering and Parliamentary Secretary for UD and Town Planning Padi Richo.
APC district outreach programme conducted at Roing
ROING, Nov 29: District outreach programme on the theme ‘Press & Society: Common
Goals, Shared Responsibilities’ was organized at Anchal Samiti Hall here with maximum
participation from the common public as well as the government officials.
Editor Roing Times Raju Mimi highlighting the objective behind holding the outreach
programme pointed out that media has always been a tool for educating the masses
about rights and wrongs in a society.
“There is a need for the people to avail benefit by making proper use of media,”
Taba Ajum presented a power point presentation on the different aspects of press
and its limitations which were targeted to do away with the much confusion that news
reports are often accompanied with.
Chief Guest on the occasion, Lower Dibang Valley Zilla Parishad Chairperson Chiliko
Meto, while expressing his happiness for choosing Roing as one of the venues for
district outreach programme, exuded hope that these kind of programmes will inculcate
sense of responsibility among the people of the district.
He called on the media persons to be fair and unbiased in imparting their duties.
During the interaction session, the participants raised various queries related to
media and its functioning which clearly indicated their expectation of a better media
functioning in the state.
Among others, EAC W Tikhak, government officials, panchayat leaders and common public
participated in the programme.
District outreach programme is being organized as part of the 30th year of Arunachal
Press Club (APC).
Niglok IGC yet to see light of the day
RUKSIN, Nov 29: Resentment over slow-pace of development of much hyped Industrial
Growth Centre (IGC) under the state Industry department at Niglok in East has literally
reached its zenith.
The locals termed the industrial centre a prime example of waste of public money
and lack of vision.
Apart from a small scale “Bamboo chips” production unit operated by ‘Siang Bamboo
Factory’, building for other units are lying abandoned with dilapidated condition
for the last several years thanks to state government’s shortsighted policy for industrial
Set up at Niglok at 7 km from Assam-Arunachal boundary here, the IGC, which one brought
new hope among the entrepreneurs, is yet to see the light of the day even after long
20 years of its commencement n 1988. The industry, which is designed with installation
facilities of various industrial units including bamboo, tea and fruit processing,
information technology park, cold storage, fruit processing, machinery weaving and
tea processing, is running (?) without men and machines till date.
The state’s Industry Minister Tapang Taloh and a host of officials, who visited the
industry during early December last year, assured the local people that he would
take the IGC to a new height. He further assured that he will take up the problems
faced by the state’s industry sector with the Chief Minister for taking a strategic
steps. But, the minister’s ritualistic promise allegedly become a farce only.
It may be recalled that the department of industry had submitted an estimate of Rs
20 crore to the Government of India (GOI) in December 1988 and accordingly, the Centre
approved an estimated amount of Rs. 1.5 cr and the department acquired a plot of
land measuring 582.15 acres at Niglok under Ruksin circle.
Presently, most of the buildings constructed inside the industrial complex are lying
abandoned in dilapidated condition for the last several years while a large portion
of land allotted to the Industrial centre is lying unused.
Constant erosion of Industry land by Sille River and encroachment are adding to the
problems of the industrial centre.
Officials informed that “Vinayak Tea Company”, has agreed with the the state industry
department to set up a tea factory in Niglok IGC. The Kolkata based company is extending
its rural outreach programme by making agreement with small and marginal farmers
(tea growers) for supplying tea plant in subsidised rate. The company has also agreed
with the state government and acquired 1 hectare land inside the industrial complex,
but no development of tea industry has been noticed by the local people so far.
Dept to executive project, committee resolves
ITANAGAR, Nov 29: A joint coordination meeting of the Development Monitoring Committee
of Construction of Phaa Steel Bridge and Dha to Gangte road was held at Naharlagun
on Nov 27.
Palin MLA, Tali PWD division executive engineer, assistant engineer of Gangte PWD
sub-division, executive members of the committee, panchayat leaders and intellectuals
of Gangte circle attended the meeting, according to a release issued by the committee.
During the meeting, the EE, Tali PWD division assured to complete the project in
the financial year 02013-14. He also sought cooperation of all section of the people
of the Gangte area in this regard, the release said.
After threadbare discussion, the house resolved that the construction of the Phaa
steel bridge over Kumey river shall be executed by the concerned department under
the supervision of development monitoring committee as per the CPWD norms and there
shall be no any public interference on construction of said bridge.
It was further resolved that the Central Development Monitoring team along with the
executive agency shall inspect the project site within December.
ASVS organizes Mothers Meet at Pasighat
ITANAGAR, Nov. 29: A day-long Mothers Meet (Matri Sammelan) was held recently at
Donyi Polo Vidya Niketan School campus, Pasighat, under the aegis of Arunachal Shiksha
Vikas Samiti (ASVS), the state chapter of Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan,
The day-long Sammelan was proposed for the awakening of women in every sectors of
Around 350 mothers from in and around the town attended the unique programme which
infact is a routine function that is observed every year by the organization (ASVS).
Hosts of dignitaries, including Nidhi Srivastava, Additional Deputy Commissioner
East Siang, Dr. Yater Darang, Eye Specialist PHC, Ruksin, Binita Mishra and Lilavati
Kushraji, Organising Secretary, Rashtra Sevika Samiti attended the meet.
The visiting dignitaries gave their valuable and thought provoking speeches on women
empowerment, importance of their roles and responsibilities in the society on topics,
such as significance of women’s education, role of women in family as well as in
the society, role of women in preservation of Indian tradition and cultural heritage,
the role of women as a mother etc.
The message for this years’ celebration of MATRI SAMMELAN is “destiny of children
lies in healthy and good mothers”
Quiz competition, tongue twister, identitical touch and basket ball for the women
were also conducted as part of the celebration.
District consultative committee meeting on banks
SEPPA, Nov 29: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam enquired about the status
of opening of new bank branch at Chayangtajo and Pakke Kessang and urged the Lead
Bank officers to take follow-up action for early opening of the bank branches.
Chairing the district consultative committee meeting yesterday, the DC urged the
bankers to put efforts for recovery of bank loans saying that we can not neglect
the genuine demand on the excuse of recovery problem. Taking note of education loan
which is nil in the district, he asked the Bankers for creating awareness among people
on provisions of loans. He also assured to provide plot of land for SBI, Seppa.
T.Ringu, SP said that the Bank of Seppa is not advisable to continue in the present
old building for security point of view and also suggested to erect security wall
around the Bank. He also enquired about the ATM guard bills of the security personnel.
Roman Singh, Chief Manager lead Bank, Bomdila while highlighting the cash deposit
ratio, Annual Credit Plan Implementation, Performance of Banks under various schemes
informed of appointment of two business correspondents for covering Bameng, Chayang
Tajo, Pakke-Kessang and Bana.
The meeting was attended by K.K. Pandey AGM, RBI Guwahati, S.S. Sahoo Manager, NABARD
Itanagar, B. Bhuyan, director, SBI-RSETI Bomdila, C. Mara, BM Apex Bank, Seppa, Kego
Jilen, PD DRDA, BDOs, EOs Credit of RD Deptts, HODs of line Deptts. DIPRO
FMD in Mithun and preventive measures
Mithun (Bos frontalis) which is considered as pride of North Eastern region of India
plays a major role in social, cultural and economic life of the tribal people. Arunachal
Pradesh contributes about 82.84% (2,18931approx)) of the total Mithun population
of 2,64279 (Approx) in the country.
Mithun, a free range a domesticated bovine species, suffers heavily due to FMD. FMD
is considered as the most dreaded viral disease of mithun since it causes huge losses
in terms of livestock productivity and trade. It is found that mortality is high
in young mithuns as compared to Adult mithuns.
What Exactly Is FMD??
FMD is extremely contagious, acute viral disease which spreads rapidly if not controlled.
Mithun is mostly affected by FMD than other livestock species.
FMD has a special place in the history of virology for it was the first animal virus
to be recognized. It has 7 immunologically distinct serotypes (A,O,C,SAT-1,SAT-2,Asia-1).
Among these serotype O is the most common which is mainly responsible for FMD outbreak.
**Clinical signs of FMD:
*How to know if one’s mithun is suffering from FMD. The general signs of FMD are
-- The first sign of disease are dullness, difficulty in breathing, followed by nasal
discharge& ropy viscous salivation.
--Vesicles & erosions in the mucosa of the mouth and skin hoof junction.
--Lameness occurs due to affection of hoof.
--Loss of apetite, depression & high fever.
--Blisters form in the mouth ruptures within 24 hrs leading to ulceration & bleeding.
--Abortion,constipation also seen.
*Following measures can help in reducing the disease evidences-
--Avoid secondary bacterial infection by administering such as Terramycin or penicillin
for 3 days.
--Antiseptic mouthwash with 1% potassium permanganate solution.
--Washing of foot lesions with phenyl solution.
--Fly repellant ointment must be applied to prevent maggot infection.
--And lastly povidone iodine 2-5% may be used.
*Prevention & Control of FMD (Dos and Don’ts)
Affected mithun should not be allowed to graze in a common pasture; Affected mithun
should not be allowed to drink water from rivers/sreams; Calves should not be allowed
to suck milk from infected mother; Vaccination of mithun above 6 months of age with
polyvalent FMD vaccine is effective; Cleaning and disinfection of utensils; Utensil
should be used separately for infected mithun; Slaughtering of infected mithun to
prevent the transmission of infection to healthy one. (Contributed by Moon Moon Haji)
An Epitome of Success
(A conversation with Bharat Linggi)
Chow Bilaseng Namchoom
Age is no bar for Chess. One of top seeded of the game and a five times state champion,
Bharat Linggi (51 years), born during the Chinese aggression of 1962 is an international
first and highest rated player of Arunachal Pradesh according to World Chess Federation
(Federation Internationale des Echecs, known as FIDE from its French acronym). He
was in Itanagar to participate in the 4th State Level Chess Tournament 2012. He regained
the title defeating defending champion Mr Gapor Dupit in a straight set.
Linggi is an epitome of hard work and dedication to chess for our whole generation.
He’s consistent and very strict with himself.
His playing style, for me, is dynamic. He loves sharp lines where each move counts.
He has a feel for the initiative. He grasps very well, on his fingertips, what you
can get away with in complications, and what you can’t. Of course he’s a remarkable
openings expert. He’s personally plumbed the depths of some set-ups. You can learn openings
from his games. Linggi doesn’t cut corners and he hardly ever bluffs. If he adopts
something – then there’s serious analysis to back it up.
He continues to work seriously on his chess – when almost all of his contemporaries
have long ceased to do so. He follows a fitness regime, plays sport, does everything
correctly. While most of his contemporaries behave like normal people, Linggi continues
to motivate himself to excel in the game he most loves.
Mr Meheta Umpo, proud relative of Bharat Linggi, said that he was very happy to see
someone like Linggi representing from a remote village of Lower Dibang Valley district
in a state level championship thereby bringing glory for the entire community of
Idu-Mishmi and of the entire region.
Good-natured, well-mannered, intelligent, a pleasant man to know. He values his colleagues,
which is something you rarely find.
In this interview with Bharat Lingii, he tells us about the importance of daily physical
exercise for the chess players, his views on modification of draw rules, cheating
at high-level tournaments, computer chess programs, how children can manage the balance
of both academics as well as chess. Chow Bilaseng Namchoom (CBN) interviewed Linggi
after his recent championship triumph conducted in Itanagar.
Excerpts from an hour long conversation with Linggi.
CBN: Congratulations for winning the 4th State Level Chess Tournament 2012, you performed
very well. You must be very happy with your performances.
Bharal Linggi (BL): Thank you very much. Of course I am very happy. It was a crucial
match. Defeat at this juncture would not place me to top 5. 1point or ½ points can
make a big difference in the crucial match. The game was of only 9 rounds, draw at
this time would have placed me to third or fourth position but winning it in straight
set has ensured me my winning moment.
CBN: Could you tell us a little about your background and what first drew you to
BL: I belong to Idu-Mishmi tribe of Lower Dibang Valley. During my childhood I was
not acquainted to chess game and also there was nobody to teach chess. So, I tried
to master myself in many different games like football, badminton and table tennis
but I found myself that I was not fit to play all this game. During my matriculation,
I lost my hearing ability and when I was in Madras for my treatment, a man who was
the Officer of Vivekananda Kedra Vidyalaya presented me with a chess board and a
book which enthused me to take up this game of chess.
CBN: Do you think daily physical exercise can help a chess player to increase brain’s
ability to concentrate, remember, focus, visualize, and plan ahead? Could you tell
our readers about your views on importance of physical fitness + chess.
BL: In chess a small mistake can cost you the game. If you are tired then you make
errors in calculations. I exercise daily for 10 to 12 hours and it helps me concentrate
longer. Especially when you play a tough tournament you need to conserve energy for
the last rounds.
CBN: Do you consider the possibility of cheating at high-level tournaments as a serious
problem? What measures would you suggest to reduce such a possibility?
BL: More than cheating, the thought that someone could cheat is more serious. Even
support should be prohibited from going on stage or into the player’s area before
the game. They should also not be allowed to enter the playing hall and leave and
re-enter during a game. But in today’s time where a mobile phone is more than enough
to cheat we need to take these steps. Delay in transmission is one step.
CBN: How old were you when you learned to play chess? When did you represent your
BL: As like other village children I went to study in Class I when I was 10 or 11
years old. As I mentioned earlier, when I was doing my matriculation my urge to play
the game developed. But it was in the year 1989 when I played my first game of chess
at national level in Calicut. We were three players representing our state in the
national level. Mr K.Mena and Mr. Z. Dai both also International Rated Player played
along with me in the national level.
CBN: Do you have a favorite opening? Why is it interesting?
BL: e4 King-Pawn opening, it is interesting as whatever my opponent sets the square
I can easily break its combination through this opening.
CBN: In order to become a good chess player do you have to have natural talent –
or is hard work enough?
BL:It’s a very interesting question, absolutely, of course, unexplored. But then,
how would you explore it? What is talent? And what level of “good chess player” are
we talking about? I think that practically anyone, if they set themselves the goal
of becoming a good player and work hard and consistently can achieve that goal, as
long as they can organize their work well. But in order to become a top-class player
– then, of course, you need a combination of many qualities – talent, and work, and
an effective approach to work, and energy and a tough nervous system. So to say,
natural talent will widen only when you put your nervous system to work and exercise.
CBN: Who, in your opinion, was the strongest opponent in this tournament?
BL: At the penultimate round i.e. at the 8th round, it was Mr Raluk Dui also an international
rated player, who defeated me last year; this time too he gave me a tough fight.
He played brilliantly then and plays brilliantly now.
CBN:Do you find that in a particular tournament situation against a particular opponent
you would choose (if, hypothetically, you had the choice) the black pieces instead
of the white, or is the right to start always an advantage?
BL:Overall the right to make the first move is always an advantage. With some opponents
it has more significance, while with others – less. The drawing of lots at a tournament
is always quite important. Sometimes you get white with a player who aims for a complex
game with white while not trying to set particular opening problems. And you get
black against a white specialist. But if it’s just in one game then I’d always prefer
to have white.
CBN: Which playing factors will the “old” generation try to use in order not to concede
its positions to the “youngsters”?
BL:There are common factors – understanding, experience, the ability to work effectively.
But all of us have our own style and approach to the game, our trademark qualities.
The young players have to grasp which factors they can use to squeeze us out, which
characteristics they need to develop. They’ll have to put in a huge amount of work
to develop those qualities and continue to progress.
CBN: Is there any promising chess star in Arunachal Pradesh? Who would you point
to as a potential player in the coming years?
BL: Mr Nabam Kayang of Papumpare and Tachung Dupit of Upper Subansiri both have already
developed as players of the highest level. Both have got all the requirements to
get in the next few years. Again I really hope that it works out for them. Mr Nabam
Kayang challenged me that in the next session he would prepare himself thoroughly
to defeat me.
CBN: What is the shortcoming in a state like Arunachal where chess game hasn’t been
given a proper recognition?
BL: Under All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA), game of chess has gain
a momentum in state, for last 5 years organization has conducted chess tournament
at various level and many players from different districts are brought under one
roof of AAPCA to participate for state at national and international level. Now,
under the initiative of AAPCA 2014 North East Chess Championship (NECC) will be held
in our state and it is a matter of great pride for all of us. The 2013 NECC will
be held at Imphal, Manipur, where our international rated player from state will
compete and vie for the top seed. Sponsorship is the main concern for the players
of our state. At a time, I spend my own money to get affiliated to play game of chess.
It is high time for the authority concern to give proper recognition to game of chess,
which will surely bring glory for our prudent state.
CBN: And who had the greatest influence on your achievements in chess?
BL: Well, that’s hard to say. There are many to whom I awe my gratitude. First of
all, it is Mr Akene Linggi who provides me financial support. President and ex-president
of AAPCA who are the guiding force behind my success. They are also two pillars of
success for game of chess in a state like ours. Their motivation inspired the players
to opt chess as a game.
CBN: Thanks Linggi. It’s been good talking to you. We wish you all the best!
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to request the concerned
department to defer/extend the date of hearing for objection/inclusion of names in
electoral rolls fixed by election office for the people of Mite village and Jigi
village in Upper Subansiri district on Dec 5 and 6 respectively. It is almost impossible
for the students of both the villages, who are appearing the on-going house test,
to participate in the hearing.
Therefore, I request the concerned authorities to defer or extend the date of hearing
to facilitate all the citizens to include their names in electoral rolls. We should
not denied our right to participate in the democratic process.
Jigi village, Daporijo
Prevent M&F disease
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention
of the authorities towards the serious problem of foot and mouth disease in Mithun
particularly in Durpai village under Kangku circle of West Siang district. Due to
lack of doctors and medicine a good number of Mithun died already and remaining
Mithun have also infected by the disease.
Therefore, we appeal the state Govt to dispatch a team of veterinary doctors with
sufficient medicines soon to control the outbreak of the disease.
Dure Bui, HGB
Durpai, Kangku circle, West Siang
We are waiting for call letters
I, on behalf of all the degree/diploma holders in textile technology, textile design,
fashion technology, fine arts, chemical engineering, handloom technology etc, would
like to draw the attention of the authorities of state’s textile and handicrafts
department about the posts of development officer and craft superintendent etc which
were advertised in this daily on November 26, 2011.
It has been a year but no call letters has been issued to the eligible candidates.
Now it is frustrating for all the candidates who are impatiently waiting for call
letters after remaining unemployed for last eight to nine years.
Therefore, I request authorities of textile and handicraft department to conduct
the interview for the same posts at the earliest.
Nich Raju, Naharlagun
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School dropout rates remain high
The latest edition of the Global Education Digest reveals the urgent need to address
the high numbers of children repeating grades and leaving school before completing
primary or lower secondary education. New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics
(UIS) show that about 32.2 million primary pupils were held back a grade in 2010,
and 31.2 million dropped out of school and may never return.
Entitled Opportunities Lost: The Impact of Grade Repetition and Early School Leaving,
the Digest presents a wide range of UIS data and indicators to better identify the
millions of children that are falling through the cracks in education systems and
leaving school, often without being able to read or write.
The greatest challenges to completing primary school are found in three regions:
Sub-Saharan Africa, where 42% of pupils will leave school early, with about one in
six leaving before Grade 2;South and West Asia, where for every 100 pupils who start
primary school, 33 will leave before the last grade; Latin America and the Caribbean,
where 17% of pupils leave school before completing primary education.
The Digest also highlights some potential good news, namely that the global repetition
rate has fallen by 7% between 2000 and 2010 even though there were more children
in primary school, with enrolment rates rising by 6% during the same period. Yet,
high repetition rates persist in many countries. Every child starting school today
risks repeating a year, or more, in the Arab States, Latin America and sub-Saharan