April 02


News Impact


Innovative technology to increase life of tomato

Dr. Pijush Kanti Biswas and Minonti Pait

Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is one of the most important and widely cultivated vegetables in India. According to FAO  the annual production of tomato in India is 4,800 MT. Since tomato is highly perishable, it encounters several problems in its transportation, storage and marketing. The main problem related to tomato cultivation is that the market price of the produce is very fluctuating.  The price of tomato mainly depends on its production and supply. When supply is higher than the demand, its prices come down.  

In order to keep the ripen tomato for longer period at harvesting stage, one innovative technology is developed by the tomato growers of Tripura and the technology is now adopted by the Scientists of West Triputa KVK.

This recent innovative technique is followed when market value of tomato decreases. It is a technique to keep the tomato air hanging tying them with thread on ceiling. Ropes with 1-2 cm diameter are tied on two side of bamboo pool. Then tomatoes tied with stalks are hanged above 6 ft. height from the ground level and 2 ft. below the roof. To protect direct light from the roof, the tomato growers/ sellers use thick cotton cloth at a distance of 1.5 ft. from the roof. This technique increases the shelf life of tomato upto 3- 4 months.


Reading habit takes you far in life:  Gangkak

WAKRO, Apr 1: “You have picked up a valuable habit. Take it along. You will go far in life,” said T Gangkak, EAC Wakro, as he inaugurated the Youth Library volunteers’ Meet on Vacation Mini-libraries at the APNE Library premises today.

“APNE Library has been serving the young people of Wakro region admirably and you should continue to make the most of it. My wholehearted support will be for you. ” he warmly complemented, learning about the various activities of the reading campaign being run by the library in the circle.  

Gangkak also gave away the prizes of the Working model making contest organized by APNE Library on the occasion of the National Science Day. Teams led by Amilu Minin and Mumne Darrang (Apna Vidya Bhavan Wakro) and Bialu Kambrai and team (KGBV Wakro) received the prizes, sponsored by the Surajmal Jalan Charitable Trust, Dibrugarh. Earlier, library reader-activists Animai Chikro, Disemsi Appa, Helena Ngadong and Kesilu Tayang, explained to the Chief Guest, the salient library activities organized during the year.

During the meet that followed, the reader-activists discussed the action plan for the mini-libraries in 9 villages in the circle, to be run during April and May this year and appealed to college and university students from all over the state to join their campaign. The programme had evoked enthusiastic response last year from the village children and the approval of the village elders.



77th Utkal Divas celebrated


NAHARALAGUN, Apr 1: The people of Odisha working in various fields in this Himayan state for the last three decades celebrated the 77th Utkal Divas in a befitting manner under the banner of Arunchal-Utkala Sanskrutika Parishad (AUSP) at a function at gurudwara here today.

Though the celebration had first began at the initiative of then governor Surendra Nath Diwivedi in 1992, the initiative continued and the Oriyas serving in different parts of the state joined the occasion in subsequent years.

Following the Jagannath philosophy of ‘service to man is service to god’ and with the Lord’s blessings, the Oriyas  have kept the Odisha flag flying high across the globe leaving an indelible prints where ever they served, said AUSP president Pradeep Kumar Behera. Earlier, septuagenarian Malati Manjari Behera lit the candles to mark the occasion, flowed by a clarion call by general secretary Narayan Sahu to work with renewed vigour for the state building with Arunachal posing for a brighter tomorrow.     

On this day in 1936, Orissa became an independent state with Biswanath Das as its first Prime Minister. After the defeat and demise of the last Hindu king Mukunda Dev, Utkala now known as Odisha lost its complete political identity in 1568.

To regain their lost pride, odias revolted under the leadership of Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, Utkala Mani Gopabandhu Das, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandita Nilakantha Das, Fakir Mohan Senapati, Gangadhar Meher, Basudeba Sudhaladeba, Radhanath Ray, Bhubanananda Das, A P Patro and many others. They founded Utkal Sammilani and fought for three decades which led to the formation of a politically separate state under British rule on linguistic basis on this day.



Arunachal is being Talibanised: BJP

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The ruling Congress Government in the state came under severe criticism from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for alleged deteriorated law and order situation regarding growing incidents of loot, arson, assault, threat and murder which the saffron party termed ‘Talibnization’ of the peaceful State.

Launching a scathing attack on the State Government for failing to safeguard the life and property of its citizen, BJP national secretary and former MP Tapir Gao blamed the State Home Ministry for the present ‘lawlessness’ in Arunachal Pradesh.

“Recent cases of murder, loot, arson, assault, threat etc in Arunachal Pradesh are akin to Taliban regime in Afghanistan,” Gao said.

Expressing dismay over the present chaotic law and order situation, Gao said: “No officer is attending office and most of the officers have switched-off their cell phones for fear of receiving threat and extortion calls.”  “Slaughtering of dog and throwing it inside the compound of a Chief Engineer that too in presence of house guards is a very serious matter,” he said. He also mentioned alleged collection of money from officials in the name of financial year end by some groups and flayed the Home Ministry’s inaction and inability to arrest the culprits.

Claiming total collapse of ‘system’, Gao said that villagers had to intervene in the release of an engineer detained by Assam Rifles for interrogation  in Longding recently. “Had the government of Arunachal ever made any effort to find out the whereabouts of the Executive Engineer when he was illegally confined?” questioned Gao.

Gao said the alarming law and order problems in the state are the reflection of the poor governance.

“Govt can not and should not be a mute spectator of the happenings, he said and suggested the Chief Minister, who is also looking after the Home Department, to arrest the situation before it slips away. He also advised the state government to go for having “Quick React Team” (QRT) in the state Police.



Sonam advises students to focus on their studies

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam  advised the students to focus more on their studies to achieve the desired goal.

Inaugurating the office of building of the DNGC Students’ Union in presence of Principal Tomar Ete here today, Sonam suggested the students of the college to help create an atmosphere that is conduce for teaching and learning.

He also discouraged involvement of students in dharna, agitation etc. which adversely affect their academic studies.

The union office building was constructed with an estimated cost of Rs five lakhs sponsored by him.

AR nabs NNC cadre

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: 19 Assam Rifles (AR) along with ALP in Deomali today apprehended a Naga National Council (NNC) cadre and seized Rs 15,600  along with extortion notes addressed to market officials of  Deomali from his possession, according to sources.

The apprehended cadre, namely SS Private Khapwang Mema, 21 was allegedly carrying out extortion at gun point in the township since last couple of weeks. He was later handed over to Deomali police, sources added.

Earlier last month, Assam Rifles along with Arunachal Pradesh Police apprehended Walon Lowang and Jophua Ngobang, who were allegedly carrying out extortion on behalf of NSCN (K) and NSCN (IM) respectively.  


AAYUF seeks CS’s intervention

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: All Arunachal Youngstar United Federation (AAYUF) has sought the intervention of the state chief secretary towards reported ban on direct purchasing of bricks by the private parties or contractors from brick manufacturers of Borgaon, Konamukh and Balipara in Assam.

In a complaint letter addressed to the chief secretary, the Federation claimed that the Cement and Steel Traders Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CASTA-AP) took a arbitrary decision by banning direct selling of bricks and centralized supply of bricks through a sole distributor to  seven districts of  Arunachal  with effect from April. Opposing the decision of the Association, the Federation said “it is not clear whether the CASTA-AP had obtained views of business community of  seven districts before taking such decision.” It urged the CS to look into the matter so that private parties and  construction agencies do not suffer due to such decision taken by the  Association.


Solve  boundary problems : Union

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: All Papum Pare Border Students Union (APPBSU) has called on state government to take immediate steps for solution to the boundary row and the problems being faced by the people residing in Tarasso circle due to encroachment of Arunachal land by the Assam authorities.  While supporting the All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union, the APPBSU called upon state government to send an official team to visit the encroached area for necessary action. Further, the union took exception to the disturbance created by Assam officials during construction of multipurpose stage at Malinithan Mela ground, Likabali.


Association supports AAPYF

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Throwing its weight behind All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF)’s demand for action against the director of school education, Arunachal Pradesh Democratic Youth Association today extended its solidarity to Forum in fighting against corruption.


Sacrocolpopexy at Niba Hospital

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Dr. Jomson Bagra, Gybeocologist, has conducted ‘Abdominal Sacrocolpopexy successfully at Niba Hospital last month.

While informing this, the Hospital authority claimed that such kind of operation has never been attempted in Arunachal Pradesh in the past. Earlier, patients were referred and had to go outside the state for such kind of operation.

Abdominal Sacrocolpopexy is an operation for the treatment of vaginal vault prolapse.



ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The Sun Land Society (SLS) in collaboration with PHED Yupia division has conducted an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) on Total Sanitation Campaign for Rose, Leha and Chiputa Anchal Panchayat segments on March 30.

Speaking on the occasion, SLS vice chairman Sita Teli highlighted the role of panchayat members in ensuring safe drinking water in rural areas. She stressed on the need of multi-pronged approach to implement Govt policies on safe drinking facilities to rural areas round the year.   

Resource person Yab Hari explained in details on the need of maintaining minimum standard of living in modern life. With the changing global perspective on life style, the people should  improve their living standard by maintaining cleanliness, Hari said. Everybody should keep home, its surrounding areas neat and clean in order to live a disease free life, he added.

Rose Panchayat ASM Taba Yaje, Chiputa ASM Yab Ape, Chiputa village GPM Hibu Niya and head Gaon Burah Nabam Tadap also spoke on the occasion and stressed on the need of adopting individual house hold  latrines under total sanitation campaign.


ASUT demands State Guest House

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Arunachal Students’ Union of  Tamil Nadu (ASUT) has reiterated its demand for construction of a State Guest House in Tamil Nadu considering the long-felt  need of the students studying in Tamil Nadu and poor patients who have to go to Vellore for treatment.

Though the previous Government had decided to construct Guest House in Vellore along with Guwahati and Dibrugarh last year, which was published in a section of dailies, the authority did not take up any initiative to construct of the same till date, ASUT lamented.

A large number of patients from the State go to Vellore for treatment at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMHC) for its better services at reasonable rates.


2nd phase of IPPI campaign in Lohit

TEZU, Apr 1: The second round of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) campaign in Lohit district has been launched by Parliamentary Secretary (PHED) Karikho Kri at the District Hospital, Tezu today.

A total of  22168 children of age below five years would be immunized in 196 booths set up throughout the district.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner, the District Medical officer, DRCHO and other Medical Officers and staff were present during the launching ceremony. DIPRO


Foot & Mouth Disease

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Claiming outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Mithun in Rai and Raiga villages of Gangte and Tarak Lengdi circles of Kurung Kumey district, 3-Gangte-Tarak Lengdi Zilla Parishad Member  (ZPM) urged the veterinary department to rush a veterinary experts to the affected area to prevent further spread of the disease.

While claiming that many Mithuns have fallen sick due to FMD, the ZPM informed that the virus of the disease is  spreading fast in nearby Padpa Kembing, Taniotab, Charbia and Chimpegi villages.

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Why did they call us for interview?

Dear Editor,

I would like to raise my strong opposition at the selection Procedure of various Post(s) particularly LDC, vide advertisement No.1/2012 of 5 February, 2012 edition  of ‘The Arunachal Times’ by the Rajiv Gandhi University for filling up of  12 posts which were later reduced to eight numbers only.

On 30th March 2012 at  9.00 AM, the University Authorities called us for viva-voce after qualifying the written test for LDC. We had gone for viva voce with a ray of hope of getting selected but all gone in vain. All the eight numbers of selected candidates for appointments to the post of LDC were contingency employees of the university. None were selected from outside. If this type of selection procedure were to be followed then why advertise the post at all. It would have been better if they had distributed the post among their contingency employees.

Through my write up I want to raise my strongest opposition to the recruitment procedure and favoritism and nepotism happening in RGU. The whole story of mock selection procedure began with the advertisement of various post(s) on 5 February edition of your daily.  83 candidates were declared qualified in written test. Now I realize why they selected so many candidates for viva -voce whereas the govt. rule is 1:3 of total number of post.

If this trend of selection is followed in one of the sacred institutions what will happen elsewhere. I wonder whether the selection process itself was fair.


Bini Tare



Earning revenue at the cost of the young ones

Dear Editor,

So many crimes are taking place in our state capital and towns. As per record of the Police Department, the trend is abruptly increasing. In this regard, it is to mention here that the numerous wine shops in every town and Capital complex in particular seems to be one of the major causes. No doubt, state like ours where there is least revenue generation, granting of trading licenses for various trading activities is necessary. But granting of too many licenses of wine shops may be detrimental to the society as a whole and the youths in particular. For resource crunch state like ours, earning revenue through various sources is necessary to increase the state resources. But earning revenue at the cost of younger generation is not acceptable.

The big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata have limited number of Wine Shops. There we wouldn’t get liquor easily. One has to take a long drive to get foreign liquor.  But here in our state, in every step we find a wine shop. It is very sad and disheartening to see that many teenagers are taking liquor even in important public places and road side. It is now a common feature in every town and city of our state. Some children instead of going to school have been seen enjoying with liquor even in broad day light. Even the elders prefer foreign liquor than the local drinks during different occasions.

At some point, tribal people have been regarded as the most peace loving and disciplined people. Any person irrespective of community, race, creed, and religion were freely and happily enjoying life without fear and hesitation. But these days, it is difficult to move out of our homes as the dusk sets in unlike those golden days.

Moreover, there is no benefit of taking foreign liquor even from the health point of view. Every tribe of our state has special self prepared local drinks and cuisines. Our ancestors had a longer life enjoying these drinks and cuisine. So, let us promote our own traditional drinks and cuisine instead of going for foreign liquor. It will surely boost the tourism sector also.

Hence, it is an  earnest request to the concerned departments who are responsible for issuing trading licenses to restrict the issue of wine shop licenses for a better tomorrow. Various NGOs and educated youths of our loving state are requested to take-up the matter seriously and also take up awareness progrommes at the earliest before it is too late.


Minto Ete




Truly empowering  men and women

Dear Editor,

The Arunachal Citizens Right ( ACR) welcomes and appreciates the state Govt. under the leadership of  Nabam Tuki which has made a major stride in the field of higher education by passing bills to establish a state university at Pasighat, fulfilling the long demand of the people; Venkateshwara open university, Arunachal university of studies and the Indira Gandhi university of technology and medical sciences.

Kudos to Bosiram Siram for his initiatives and Nabam Tuki for his boldness!

ACR hopes that the universities will bring meaningful and healthy competition towards quality education in which students will benefit. ACR urges the govt. to come out with clear cut policy to monitor these universities so that it honestly empower the men and women of the state to greatly enrich the state and genuinely equip human resources. And these universities should be directed to give “human and duty” and “environment protection & preservation" as a compulsory paper in the under graduate courses.


Taring Mama

Chairman, ACR



Move the Hall

Dear Editor,

I would like to  support the matter taken up by Arunachal Law Student Union on illegal construction of Convention Hall at I G park. The plot for the Convention Hall should be allocated outside the premise of recreational park. Hence, I believe the Court’s intervention will bring justice to the Common citizen of the state and give punishment to errant and corrupt officers involved.


Taku, Itanagar




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Green building and environment

Going ‘Green’ is a buzzword in today’s anthropogenic arena and it is not just confined to flora, fauna, and automobiles but also extends to the construction of buildings due to growing environmental concerns.

Indian buildings are believed to consume a major chunk of the nation’s electricity. Their construction and operation depletes resources such as forests and water. Moreover, they contribute to climate change by serving as one of the biggest polluters by affecting urban air quality.

Regardless of many benefits, the biggest constrain remains that green buildings are perceived to be a lot more expensive than conventional buildings. But the truth is that in the long run, it costs less to operate a green building which has tremendous environmental benefits and provides a better place to live and work in.

Constructing green buildings is not just an act of responsibility but these are much more cost efficient because of the use of CFLs, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, etc, said an expert.

Despite India’s potential to construct larger numbers of green buildings; the country today has just about 1,000 green buildings. Simpler environment rating systems and increased trained manpower are required to further improve this concept of green buildings in India

There is an urgent need to design and construct green buildings that use the same resources but much more effectively and sustainably.