August 11



Eagle Trophy: Semi-final line up completes

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: FC Doimukh stormed into the semifinal of the Vth Eagle Trophy State Level Football Tournament defeating Chief Minister XI 5-2 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun, today.

After a barren first half, Doimukh FC started the second half on positive note and earned a spot kick in 49th minute which was converted by Nabam Peri.

Nguri Alin scored four goals in 55th, 64th, 66th and 69th minutes to complete the drubbing drubbing of the team.

Gonbinso Drai scored two goals in 59th and 79th for CM XI.

With this lose, CM XI exited from the tournament with inferior goal difference to Bamang Taji FC.

In the second match, Gora Makik SC defeated Gangte Tugung SC (GTSC) 4-3.

GTSC shot into lead four minutes into the match through Gangte Taking. GMSC restored parity in 22nd minute through goal from Mihin Pullo. He doubled the lead in 33rd minute.

In the second half, GTFC again equalized the score in 43rd minute through Gangte Taking. GMSC needed two clear goal differences to make it to semi-finals and Topan Borah made it by scoring in 53rd and 73rd minutes (4-2).

GMSC were left heartbroken when Pagge Tashi of the GTSC scored in the dying seconds to reduce the margin to 4-3. Though Gora Makik SC won the match they were equal in points and also in goal difference with Capital Complex SC. In a very rare event, the coin had to be tossed to decide the winner between Capital Complex SC and Gora Makik SC where luck deserted the latter and Capital Complex SC advanced to last four.

Doimukh FC will take on Capital Complex SC in the first semifinal on August 12 while ITBP (Kimin) will lock horns with Bamang Taji FC on August 13, according to organizing committee.


PFC lift 5th MJM Football Trophy

PASIGHAT, Aug 10: Pasighat Football Club (PFC) lifted the 5th Matmur Jamoh Memorial Football Trophy defeating Bogong Soccer Club (BSC) 3-1 in the final at Pasighat Sports Complex playground here today.

Matuni Padung put PFC ahead in 30 minutes before Nitin Tayeng made in 2-0 in 65 minutes. Willson Ering scored the third goal for PFC in 71st minutes. The consolation goal for BSC was scored by Kamin Darin in 79th minutes.

Mitin Tayeng and Atul Tagi were adjudged as “best player” and “best goalkeeper” while Matuni Padung became the highest scorer of the tournament with eight goals in his kitty.

The wining team was awarded cash prize of Rs one lakh along with the coveted trophy while runners up team was given Rs. 60,000 along with a trophy.

Meanwhile, attending the closing ceremony, Adi Bane Kebang President Kangir Jamoh stressed on the need for maintaining discipline and physical fitness by players. Jamoh said that such tournaments help the players develop confidence, foster the unity,brotherhood and harmony among all.

Nido Taka EE (Elect), officers from various departments, public leaders and soccer lovers enjoyed the final match.

Sponsored by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, the tournament was  organized by East Siang District Football Association in collaboration with DSO.

Altogether 15 teams from East Siang participated in it.  DIPRO



Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Kaling Tatin scored five goals as Banggo United FC (BUFC) grounded Nulu Nubu Yameng FC(NNYFC) 5-3 in Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament here today.

Takut Tair scored all the three goals for Nulu Nubu Yameng FC.

In the second match, Junior Boys FC (JBFC) beat ABK FC by solitary goal. The winner was scored by Iddong Gamoh.

Meanwhile, Itanagar Solung Celebration Committee while taking serious note on lack of sportsman spirit among some players in today’s first match, appealed to the players to maintain discipline and sportsman spirit while participating in such tournament.

The main objective of the tournament is to spread the message of brotherhood, love and peace among the members of the community, the committee said.

Today matches: Golgí Boté UFC vrs  Nuyi Yameng FC (2.30 PM), informed Itanagar Solung Festival Celebration Committee, Sports Secretary Tarok Lomtung.


Veteran badminton tourney in Nov: ASBA

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) will organize the Veteran Badminton Tournament in November this year. It was decided in an executive body meeting of the association here today.

The meeting discussed measures for ensuring smooth conduct of the 2nd Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship 2014 from September 12 – 15.

Besides reviewing the recent activities of ASBA, the meeting discussed on matter relating to affiliation of district badminton associations and clubs with ASBA for promotion and development of the sport in Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing the meeting, ASBA Secretary Bamang Tago urged the organizing committee members to work sincerely and with dedication for smooth and successful conduct of the ensuing badminton tournament.

ASBA members present in the meeting shared their opinions and suggestions for development of the sport in Arunachal Pradesh as well as for smooth conduct of the 2nd DK Memorial Badminton tournament.


CM, Governor celebrate ‘Raksha Bandhan’

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today observed 'Raksha Bandhan' at Raj Bhawan and CM's official residence respectively.

The Governor along with his wife Jyotsna Sharma observed the day with members of 'Brahma Kumari' at Raj Bhawan.

“Raksha Bandhan is the festival of love and affection. The purpose of the festival is to strengthen the spirit of fraternal bonding, maintain communal harmony and reinforce peaceful coexistence,” the Governor said and hoped that the occasion would promote universal love, brotherhood and peace in the world.

Tuki while celebrating the occasion assured to work with commitment towards peace and security of all, especially women and the girl child.

The Brahma Kumaris, students of Abotani Vidya Niketan and little girls from across the capital thronged the CM’s official residence here this morning and tied the sacred thread of Rakhi to the chief minister.

Sharing sweats and pleasantries, Tuki advised them to study hard and walk shoulder-to-shoulder with their brothers with pride and dignity.


Hoteliers arrested for selling liquor beyond permitted time

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Owners and managers of few hotels and restaurants at Naharlagun area were arrested by Police for selling liquor to customers beyond permitted time and without possessing valid licence.

The arrests were made after a late night raid conducted by Itanagar Capital Complex District Administration along with PCR-4 at Naharlagun area, where a couple of hotels and restaurants were found selling liquors, according to an official press release.

Those hotels and restaurants were also sealed and appropriate action is being initiated under relevant sections of the law to prevent reoccurrence of such activities by the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner.

The Deputy Commissioner asked all the administrative officers of Capital region to work hard for the benefit of the society. He further asked them to conduct such raids and patrolling on daily basis to check illegal activities.

The raid was led by Circle Officer cum Town Magistrate, Naharlagun Nangram Pingkap.


Student conferred award

ITANAGAR Aug 10: Sania Srivastava, a student of Donyi Polo Vidhya Bhawan School, Itanagar has been given Sangey Lhaden Award for her excellent performance in AISSC exam for the academic session 2013-2014 by Education Department Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.  Sania is daughter of G.C Srivastava, who is junior engineer with public works department.


APLS’ 60th sitting held

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The 60th monthly literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) was held at Conference Hall of JN State Museum here today chaired by its president Y D Thongchi.

Today’s literary sitting started with a lecture by Kenyir Kamduk on Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya’s famous Jyanpith Awardee Novel “Mritunjay”. It has been also decided that a lecture on the topic “Kabayaras and its application” would be delivered by Thongchi in 61st literary session of APLS.

The members paid tribute to writer Nadine Gordimer who passed away recently. She voiced against apartheid in her writings.

Literary business started with the presentation of poems – “Cuckoo” (Hindi) by Kimi Diyam and “Our state Arunachal” (English) by Rissum Diyum. Baji Ringu presented an article – “My favourite writer” while Aryaman Das Borah recited his literary piece “My Trip to Delhi”.

Dr Takop Zirdo presented beautiful poem in Galo language alongwith English translation – “Keero-Komji Okkv, Dvvdw Komji Gadda” while Ramendranath Koley recited self composed Bengali poem “Chotto Janala”.

Inumoni Das Borah shared her writings based on past experiences while new member Kago Dith presented two poems in Hindi and Assamese languages.


Training on benefits of breast feeding held

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Karsingsa, Papum Pare organized a training programme for mothers on benefits of breast feeding today.

Subject matter specialist in Home Science of the KVK Nane Taga briefed on benefits of breast feeding for both the baby and the mother. She highlighted the components of breast milk and the nutrients it provides to baby. She also explained that in addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease fighting substances that protects the baby from illness.

The participants were also informed that Colostrums, which is the milk secreted during the first three days after the child birth, is rich in protein, minerals, vitamins especially vitamin ‘A’ and antibodies and hence not to discard it.

Further, she taught the participants how to plan a healthy diet for breast feeding mother.

Altogether, 38 breast feeding mothers along with their babies attended the training.

Doimukh Block CDPO Tenzing Chomo along with staff also attended the programme.


News Impact

China invites India to join its ambitious Silk Road projects

XIAN (China), Aug 10: Giving final touches to its most ambitious plan to build a wide network of new silk roads on land and seas to enhance global connectivity, China has invited India to join President Xi Jinping's pet project that would revive the ancient trade route and benefit the region.

"From historical point of view India is the converging point of Maritime Silk Road (MSR) and the ancient Silk Road on land. For more than 2,000 years India had very good exchanges with China through the passage of the South Silk Road," Gao Zhenting, Councillor, Department of International Economic Affairs, told PTI.

"So in China we have a belief that China and India both placed the trail of silk roads and MSR and we both have benefited from the roads," said Gao, who oversees the Silk Roads projects that involves a maze of highways on land and port connectivity by sea.

The projects were expected to revive China's trade links, specially its sagging exports besides globally enhancing its sphere of influence.

Throughout the history of Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road many scholars and businessmen from India visited China and still many Chinese remember the names of many of them and stories, he said.

Gao took a team of diplomats and journalists to showcase China's preparations to build the New Silk Road (NSR) from the historic city of Xian, once the flourishing capital of imperial China.

The road enabled China's famous Buddhist scholar Xuanzang to visit India in 600 AD and return with treasure trove of Buddhist scriptures.

According to the recent Encyclopedia of 2000 years of cultural contacts between India and China, Xuanzang, an ardent Buddhist scholar, visited India traversing through the ancient Silk Road of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan and entered the undivided India.

Xian houses the Wild Goose Pagoda, built in memory of Xuanzang's visit to India.

"The Chinese government believes that India naturally is an important partner in this One belt and One Road," Gao said.

"We are open to all friendly neighbouring countries to participate in this one belt and one road but of course we will not force any one to join nor we will give up if someone is not taking part," he said.

Gao denied the new projects were aimed at establishing China's influence, saying Beijing is not aiming to establish influence nor will it establish a new mechanism for the Silk Roads.

"By saying inclusiveness we are not aiming to establish new mechanism or aiming to have our sphere of influence and also we do not say no to other existing cooperative mechanism," Gao said, referring to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, ASEAN and APEC and other similar organisations.

Stated to be the most ambitious project of its kind, China's plans included revival of the ancient Silk Road, starting from Xian and possibly to Constantinople through parts of Pakistan, central Asia and Turkey.

The second Silk Road is called the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) and the third one was the revival of the MSR connecting China's Fujian coast with Asia and the world.

China also links its proposed Economic Corridor through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as part of Silk Road project.

India has expressed reservations as it runs through disputed region.

A Pakistani diplomat in China, Shazab Abbas, who was part of the delegation, said his country will be the "harbinger" for implementing the Silk road project.

"The (China-Pakistan) Energy Corridor will be built on the ancient silk road which practically passes through Pakistan and link with Middle East and India," he said, adding the corridor will be game changer for the entire region and a driving force for real cultural and economic integration.

For its part, India do not have direct link with NSR as it runs through parts of Pakistan.

The Wagah border point is closed for Indian goods other than selective bilateral trade. India has no direct access to Afghanistan and Central Asian countries.

India, however, is linked to BCIM and the MSR.

While New Delhi has endorsed the BCIM, it sought more details from Beijing about MSR for which China plans to make effective use of the newly developed port in Sri Lanka and Pakistan posing strategic concerns to India.

Gao said the final blue print of the Silk Roads will be released in about two months. The final document was expected to contain details of the extent of road networks.

He said the countries in this great plan include those from South West Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia including nations like Russia, Mongolia, to the Russian confederation and courtiers in East Europe.

"We believe all ports along the road is very important and priority will be given to establishment of certain zones and parks in the areas. Maritime cooperation and security of maritime navigation are important," he added.  PTI



Construction of Civil Secretariat building nearing completion

ITANAGAR Aug 10: One of the most prestigious infrastructure projects of state, the construction of Civil Secretariat building is picking up frantic pace in recent months. The work is being carried out under the supervision of Public Works Department (PWD). Funded by Ministry of DoNER, Government of India under NLCPR, the project has been facing many obstacles and has missed original target of completion.

The work commenced on 1st April, 2010 and was supposed to finish on 31st March, 2012. In April this year, block-4 of the said building was made functional and some department has started functioning from there. Block no.3 will be handed over to Civil Secretariat authorities on 15th August, while construction work of block 1 and 2 is supposed to complete on 31st March, 2015. PWD is putting all efforts to complete the construction of internal road. Work is also going on in full swing in block no.3 as its completion date target is just few days away.

A team of engineers from Capital Division ‘A’ under the leadership of executive engineer Techi Rotu and assisted by assistant engineer Lishi Lel and junior engineers GC Srivastava and DK Srivastava is monitoring the project and making all effort to ensure that it is completed on time.

While talking to this reporter, AE Lishi Lel informed that due to non-release of fund on time, the project has not been able to complete on time. He added that ministry has not released remaining balance amounting to Rs 82.2 crore and sought its early release. He also appealed everyone to cooperate, so that this prestigious project is completed without any hindrance. Along with Civil Secretariat building, trans-Arunachal highway and assembly building projects are considered to be of utmost importance.

While construction of Civil Secretariat building is going on smoothly, the work at Assembly building has stopped. Despite recent visits by Speaker Nabam Rebia, Deputy Speaker TN Thongdok and PWD Minister Gojen Gadi himself, the work has not begun.

The contractor executing Civil Secretariat building is Simplex Projects Limited, Kolkata and Dewatshang Sarangal, New Delhi is the consultant.  



Illegal ganja plantation destroyed in Ziro valley; LDV steps up against illegal drugs

From a Correspondent

ZIRO, Aug 10: Continuing its drive against cultivation of ganja, the Ziro branch of Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) along with Ziro Police and civil administration yesterday destroyed several illegal ganja (marijuana) plantations at Dukur, Gano, Pare Ami, Siiro and Taring area of Ziro Valley.

The team seized a truck load of ganja (bhang) plants and disposed it at garbage disposing centre instead of burning them on the spot.

Appreciating the initiative of APWWS, Lower Subansiri Superintendent of Police (SP) Tumme Amo suggested the Society members to carry out similar drive at Yachuli, Yazali and Raga along with women groups of those areas.

He encouraged the Society to take up more such philanthropic activities for the welfare of entire Ziro Valley.

“If there is a will there is a way,” he said, and called upon the Society to take initiative in maintaining cleanliness in the valley.

Talking about the menace of Japanese Encephalitis (JE), he advised the people of the district to take all prescribed precautions to avoid the disease and get vaccinated.

APWWS Ziro Branch Secretary Dusu Amer said that the society will continue the drive until all illegal ganja cultivations are destroyed, including wild one, and ill effects of use of ganja are realized by the people. She appealed to the people to cooperate the Society in its endeavor to make Ziro Valley a drug free zone.

Circle Officer Marina Siram also accompanied team during the operation.

Our Rong Correspondent adds: To check illegal drug business in the district, a nodal officer of Circle Officer level from the district administration will be appointed, and a mobile number to be operated by a police officer of good track record will be circulated in the public domain for public to pass information on illegal drug usage, informed Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar.

He said this during the concluding ceremony of the weeklong Anti-drug Awareness Campaign launched by the Enjalu Menda Women's Empowerment Forum (EMWEF) and the Dibang Adi Women's Association (DAWA) on August 4 last.

This initiative by the district administration is to ensure that secrecy of informer is kept secured, and chances of letting things becoming personal is prevented, said the Deputy Commissioner. He said informers will be reimbursed for any expenses incurred on information gathering and sending it to the authority.

As means for intervention, to fight drug and alcohol abuse, the district administration also announced for providing football and volleyball items to 20 gram panchayats in the district.

"Drug trade in the district has the potential to spread and flourish which if left unchecked today can contribute to rising law and order problem," the administrator cautioned, and informed that highway (NH-52) from Roing to Tezu via Koronu-Bhismaknagar has become a major drug route.

The Deputy Commissioner encouraged the people in their sustained effort in making Lower Dibang Valley district as the role model in the state towards their fight against drug abuse.

Earlier, speaking as resource person, Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) President Enju Linggi said it's time for the community to unite, for the drug abusers are in minority today, and non-abuser in majority. "If we crush them today, they won't dare to raise their head tomorrow," he said.

Suggesting measures to fight against drug abuse, Raja Lingi, Roing Anchal Chairperson, said the community must be bold enough to take action against those people who are involved in drug business. He particularly pointed out the role of police personnel in smuggling drug in the district, and urged the administration to cleanse the department of such practise.

Anjite Menjo, former ZPM and IMCLS member suggested the government to encourage games and sports among youths to fight drug menace.

"The drug addiction level in the district rose during the period, when the town lacked any facilities for sports," said Menjo, and added that in any day, between 5-8 pm is crucial for youths and they must be engaged in sports and other physical activities so that they are not attracted towards alcohol and drugs.



Chennai police assure all help to NE students

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Chennai Police has assured the students of Arunachal Pradesh in particular and people of North East in general all kind of helps and cooperation in redressing various problems faced by them in Tamil Nadu.

Attending a formal meeting held among Chennai Police, students and other people living in Chennai from North East on educational and various other purposes, Commissioner of Police Susil Kumar said that Chennai Police and the State Government are always there to help address their problems anytime and when help is sought for.

He assured this when Arunachal Students’ Union Tamil Nadu (ASUT) President raised the issue Arunachalee people being called as Chinese. He also lodged complaint with the Chennai Police Commissioner regarding the alleged non-grant of permission to students of Arunachal Pradesh to donate blood in hospitals for needy patients of his state. Even, the Tamil Nadu Government does not allow us to submit a memorandum, he alleged, according to an ASUT release.



Exclude Adi areas from Lower Siang: RBAPF

PASIGHAT, Aug 10: Ramle Banggo Adi Peoples’ Forum (RBAPF) in a meeting here today decided to intensify its movement demanding the state government for exclusion of Adi inhabited areas from Lower Siang district.

The meeting attended by Gaon Buras and PRI leaders of Adi community of the area unanimously resolved to fight tooth and nails against inclusion of Adi areas in the new district.

Detak Village Head Gaon Bura Tasing Siram said that he along with the villagers had opposed the idea of including Adi areas in the new district way back in 2004. We had also conducted meeting at Nari under the chairmanship of then EAC Obang Dai in this regard, he said.

“We are happy to remain in East Siang district and we don’t face much hardship to reach the district headquarters Pasighat,” he said, adding that the present Simen River (Korong) has been the boundary of Adis and Galos since time immemorial which is also known even to Galo brethren. And, those Galo brethren, who are living with us in East Siang and Adi areas needn’t bat for inclusion of Adi areas in the new district as we have been living together peacefully since long time,” he added.

Depi Moli, HGB Tatam Tatak also appealed for exclusion of Adi areas from the new district.

Depi Moli Anchal Samity Member cum RBAPF General Secretary Tanor Pago said, “We are not against the creation of the new district but we oppose the inclusion of Adi lands in the new district.”

RBAPF President Tamat Gamoh appealed to Nabam Tuki led government to respect the people’s sentiment while demarcating the boundary of the new district. He expressed the hope that the government will respect the demands of the Adi people of Ramle Banggo area.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Gaon Buras, Panchayat and public leaders from Depi, Detak, Depi Moli, Sido and Korang villages.



Japanese Encephalitis and its impact on economy

Dr. Gyamnya Baki Garam

When a disaster occurs, the first and the  foremost thing to do is to minimize  the panic in the common masses by the responsible authority through proper coordination among the various ministries, because disaster is directly related to our economy,  culture, health, trade and relation. Any decision related to disaster cannot be taken unilaterally without consulting the experts, out of panic. Decision taken out of panic will only aggravate the situation and it will bring permanent damage to our system and will have psychological impact in human behavior. When any disaster occur it is good to react promptly but with proper understanding of the logic and technicalities behind the disaster and its impact. Decision taken out of panic may bring more disaster with greater magnitude than the original one. But in Arunachal we often see some of the decisions are taken in haphazard manner without following any ethics and technicalities.

Before we go to the main issue, let me cite one examples of haphazard decision taken by concern authority in relation to epidemic in Arunachal.

Few years back the Govt. authority in Daporijo passed an order to cut down all the bamboos in and around Daporijo town by giving the reason that bamboo grass was the reason for breeding of mosquito population in Daporijo.

By the time, a protest from some intellect individual was heard, the green Daporijo was already turned into a barren looking ‘Taklarijo’ within few days by the authority. Thankfully, the preceding year, the rainfall was normal in Daporijo otherwise there could have been more natural disasters in the form of landslide all along the Sinyik and Sigin river banks as the bamboo grass which controls landslide all along the two river banks were cut down.

Now the question is what were the health, veterinary and forest departments of Daporijo doing that day when the rude order was passed. Didn’t they know that it was not the bamboo grass where the mosquito breeds?

Rather it was in the clogged drain and stagnant water bodies of unmaintained Daporijo town where the breeding was taking place. Mosquito population is always abundant in an area with dense trees or grass, as it provides dark and damp feeling to the mosquito due to the shadow and moisture. Mosquitoes are inactive in the bright light. Daporijo has large number of bamboo grass that does not mean that one should blame bamboo for rising mosquito population. Now, can you imagine, how much of poor men’s income was shattered that year by the wrong decision of the authority?

Anything cannot compensate the loss of human live so it is good that prompt preventive measure is taken and massage is spread to common mass as early as possible and it is timely happening in Arunachal with Japanese encephalitis disease this time.

Everyone is now talking about it in any social gathering or social networking sites, which is a good sign. Those who cannot pronounce it properly have named it “Japanbimar”. There is now panic like situation where some people are calling for ban on all form of livestock. Some district has already imposed ban on movement of livestock and livestock product, even on fish, which has no relation with spread of the disease. Therefore, before this panic situation is turning into another disaster, let us specifically know how the Japanese Encephalitis virus is related to livestock population.

Japanese Encephalitis Virus(JEV) is a single stranded RNA virus which causes infection in pigs, horse and human. There is no report of JEV infection in other domestic animals and poultry bird so far. Goat and cattle have not shown any viraemia even in experimental condition. When pregnant sow get infection, the prominent signs are stillborn, mummified fetus and weak piglet with neurological signs in the litters. When Adult pig and horse gets infection, the neurological signs and other symptoms are more or less same as in human infection. So it is necessary to collect and test the serum sample from the pigs of suspected area to ascertain whether the virus is particularly coming from the pig population or not. Because this virus in maintained in environment by Culex mosquito-pig-culex-human or Culex mosquito-egret/heron bird-culex-human cycle in nature.

Why pig is called amplifier host? It is because, when there is any infection in our body, the virus or bacteria proliferates inside the cell and potentially large numbers of virus are circulated in blood stream which is called Viraemia stage. This viraemia stage is longer in pig as compared to other host and thereby giving the mosquitoes the ample time to get infected during sucking of the pig blood. But in human and horse because of low titer and short viraemic stage, the virus cannot be transmitted from infected to the other by Culex mosquito that is why human and horse are called as death end host.

Then who is the main culprit in this cycle? It is ultimately the culex mosquito which is omnipresent in nature. It is proven that the culex mosquitoes can maintain the virus upto six to seven generation through transovarian transmission (Adult culex-culex eggs-culex larva-adult culex cycle). So the main strategy to control the disease is to break this cycle by controlling this vector mosquito. This vector mosquito proliferates in stagnant water, paddy field, ditches, pools, puddles etc.

There is no report of the JEV in the domestic poultry birds but it is reported in the Egret and Heron which is group of waterfowl. The JEV is maintained in Heron and Egret birds in the nature. When these birds fly into the paddy field, the mosquito present in the paddy field gets the virus or vice-versa. Now, can we order a ban on paddy cultivation just because the vast paddy field is the reason for breeding of Culex Mosquitoes and exchanging place of JEV from the heron and Egret birds? The answer is certainly a big no. The solution lies in the use of Larvicide, Insecticide, Neemcake and Larvivorous fish in the paddy field.

The same logic applies to the ban on livestock movement and its marketing. We cannot blindly put a ban on other livestock and poultry which have no relation to the Japanese Encephalitis virus, because many poor people are directly connected to the livestock economy. It is even proven that eating pork cannot transmit the virus as the virus is very susceptible to external environmental condition. The JE virus only survives in the living cell. Once the pig is slaughtered the JEvirus do not survive. On top of that the virus gets killed by boiling and roasting at temperature more than 60 degree Celsius.

In our neighboring state Assam, more than 350 cases of Japanese Encephalitis have been reported so far, but there is no ban on any kind of livestock marketing. Instead the awareness camps about the vector control are intensified through various print and electronic medias. The human and animal JE vaccines are given in the subsidized manner to the vulnerable section of the society and farmers.

In the recent ban order on livestock marketing in the West Siang district, it was mentioned that the Food and Civil Supply officials will keep vigil on the livestock related marketing in the district. Is there a veterinarian in the Civil Supply Department or there no Veterinary Dept. in West Siang or was there a complete lack of coordination among the responsible authorities?

Because entrusting wrong people for a job in any case of disaster emergency will only bring more disaster and wrong people will send wrong information to the common people. Let’s hope for proper coordination among the responsible authorities so that disaster can be minimized without creating any panic in the society. Let the people enjoy their favorite delicious meat during this joyous Solung Festival without psychological phobia attached to it. (The writer is a Veterinary officer, currently pursuing post graduation in Veterinary Microbiology in the College of Veterinary Science, Guwahati.)



NE students organize social service in Delhi

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: To create civic sense amongst the students of Delhi University and of the need to keep one’s area and neighborhood clean, the Northeast Students’ Society (NESS) of Delhi University conducted a cleanliness drive at South Campus yesterday. The cleanliness drive started at Motilal Nehru College and ended at South Campus office of Delhi University covering  one km . Around 100 students from North East participated in it.

“We are taking this small step to contribute to our esteem university’s legacy which is nurturing us,” NESS said in a release.

This kind of activity also fosters the sense of belongingness and oneness among the students of the university and the people of Delhi, it added.

NESS conducted similar cleanliness drive in North Campus on June 15 last.



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----Readers Forum ----



Some suggestions for ASBA

Dear Editor,

Being a Badminton lover it is very nice to learn that Aunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) is going to organise 2nd edition of Late Dorjee Kandhu Memorial state level Badminton championship in Sept and also decided to make it as an annual event of ASBA.

I would like to forward some suggestion, however it is the prerogative of ASBA how to orginise the championship.  

I suggest the ASBA to minimize the tournament expenditure to under Rs Ten lakhs because it is not possible either on the part of state govt or the family members of Late Kandhu's to provide huge amount annually.  We came to know that expenditure of first edition was Rs 30 lakhs.

Breakfast & dinner for participants need not be provided by the organisers as done last year. And there were an excess number of people who were engaged as organising committee members. If these two things are controlled, there will be reduction in tournament expenses automatically. Of course the sanctity of game must be of foremost importance and all the items required must be sufficient enough.

I request ASBA for construction of at least 6 courts badminton stadium with parking facilities, dormitory, rest rooms for players, galleries, conference hall as per latest norms of Badminton Association of India (BAI) at present Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium.

This can be used for other indoor games like kabaddi, Table Tennis, Karate, boxing, weight lifting etc for state, national level or zonal level tournaments.

Also a practice/ coaching time, most probably from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm for upcoming players need to be fixed at Raj Bhawan Court as many senior players remain in the court for long period and does not give opportunity for coaching /practice.


A Badminton Lover


I worked as per the company instructions

Dear Editor,

This is in response to a news article on demands made by All Arunachal Pradesh Seba Real Estate Marketing Executives Welfare Association’ (AAPSREMEWA) which was published in your newspaper on Aug 5.

I am not aware whether I am answerable to the allegation labelled against me by the association as the matter is proceeding in the Court. But to clear their repeated allegation against me, I want to share a few facts through your esteemed daily.

I joined as a staff of SEBA Real Estate Limited way back in August, 2008 as it was already operating in the state without knowing anything about the company. I was selected with many others as Development Officer.

I had clarified my position to the said association several times as I am not involved in misappropriation of public money. Despite that my name has been dragged into the scam. I have been cooperating with both investigating agencies as well as the association since the very beginning.

As such, charges against me for involvement in 17 crores scam of the company are untrue. All the business transactions were done at the proper instruction of the Board of Directors headed by Chief Managing Director. I worked sincerely under the guidance of the company authority with full dedication and got my shares in the form of salary as those of my other colleagues.

As per as my promotion to Regional Marketing Manager (RMM) is concerned, I hold the post for few months only.

The company was already collapsing when I joined the post which I came to know only after I was made RMM. Thus I had been trapped by the company. Finally I resigned from the post after few months realising the facts.

In a short span of my RMM tenure I carried out my work as per the existing rules and regulations of the company. I did not violate any norms or misguide nor misdirect the other officials.

Just before I joined as RMM, the staffs of Arunachal Pradesh visited head

office, Kolkata to place our grievances. The  Management Board forcefully ordered us to manage an alternative fund in the form of loan or any other means so as to minimize the maturity problem. So we tried our best to get the same. Finally after lots of efforts, we managed to get a loan of Rs twenty two lakhs after keeping my private plot on mortgage. The company assured me in written that loan amount would be cleared within three months from the date of receiving money.

The amount was disbursed to the different branches of the company of our state for redemption by the Managing Director, Sidhartha Nag himself. It was agreed upon by all the Marketing Managers and Executive Officer that all are equally responsible for the liabilities if the company was unable to pay off the dues. Even after two years, the company has failed to clear the liabilities. Thus I am personally victimised by the company.

It is also worth mentioning here that the Board of Directors issued a notification in "The Arunachal Times” somewhere in the month of Sept’2012 that payment of Redemption would be made in March 2013 accordingly we were waiting for the time framed. Also we had several meetings amongst us for the issue of redemption and everybody agreed to wait till the time given by the Management Board. In the meantime to place my personal grievances i.e. mortgage of my private plot, I went out from the state in search of company management. It took me few weeks time to trace them out. In the meantime, AAPSREMEWA had lodged an F.I.R. against me which was shocking as I was also an employee like others.

Now the matter/case is in the Court and investigating agency is doing their work.

I or Marketing Executives Association is not to be blamed for the failure of company as it was totally a failure on the part of the management of the company.


Gojum Nyodu

Papu Hill, Naharlagun



“The Rank never retires."

Dear Editor,


The use of words such as "Lord" and "Excellency" connotes with the British legacy and now a days they are not very much popular among the Indians. However, when we talk about the Rank in Forces, long after an officer retires, or even expires, he is still known by his rank.

Supporting the view that 'the rank never retires, the officer does, recently the Army has issued instructions that aim to immortalise the rank. The circular issued by the Directorate General of staff duties department of Army General Service (GS) branch reads: "Of late it has been observed that retired officers are mentioning the word 'Retd' after their rank which is incorrect. Ranks of service officers are granted by the President of India and valid not only during their lifetime but also after their demise. The privilege is only given to service officers."

Of late, I have been noticing that your Esteemed Daily has been mentioning the Honorable Governor of Arunachal Pradesh' s name as Lt.

Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma. Even after the officer hangs his boots, the Rank never retires. Hence, I would be glad to see that from now whenever your Daily mention the name of the Honorable Governor of Arunachal, it would be appropriate to mention as "Lt. Gen Nirbhay Sharma (Retd)."


Philip Ngwazah


Impoverished employees

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would humbly like to indulge the attention of the concerned authorities that in Arunachal there are employees who are working under a national program that goes by the name of National Rural Health Mission, lest you, The Concerned Authorities, have forgotten all about it. And that they are rendered penniless after 4 months of salary-less struggle battling diseases and infections nonetheless.

How on earth the employees are expected to work tirelessly, selflessly, effortlessly, efficiently and diligently without having his hard earned food? I am tired of asking 'udhar' from the local kirana shop. This is a humble request from a hardworking but penniless employee that please release our salary at the earliest or give money on 10% interest to all the NRHM employees.

Hardworking but Bankrupt Employee



A step towards transparent governance  

Dear Editor,

After taking over the charges of Chief Engineer, PWD ( Coordination, Training and Vigilance) and in a period of less than one year in the office , Bora Ete has  been able to upload seniority list of employees ranging from Superintendent to Chowkidar and even transfer and posting status of Junior Engineers and Ministerial staff, Departmental account exam result for Engineers which is available in-www.arunachalpwd.org

By uploading this in the website, it enables the person concerned to check his/her status in terms of seniority and posting. It also eliminates the requirement of filling RTI to get the information which is time consuming affair for both the officials and applicants. The initiative started by Bora Ete is highly commendable.

On the other hand, Department of Information, Public Relation and Printing, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh is yet to update its website regarding the council of Ministers even after passing of two months of allocation of ministerial portfolios. The names of retired bureaucrats are still there while the MLAs who lost election are also in the list of Parliamentary Secretaries.

The Chief Secretary is requested to issue necessary directives to all the departments to upload information in their respective website in order to take a step towards maintaining transparency.

Engineering Departments should be directed to upload detail on name of schemes, head of account, sanction no and date,  technical sanction no and date, work awarded on basis of work order/tender/ turnkey, instalment wise release of funds from Centre and State share, date of start, stipulated period of completion and status of furnishing of Utilization certificate.


K Padu,






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Just issuing order will not serve the purpose

In a welcome move, Capital Complex deputy commissioner has imposed blanket ban on use of polythene and plastic carry bags within Itanagar Capital Complex with immediate effect. Administration gave all concerned 15 days time to remove such bags from their shops, establishment etc. After the expiry of deadline, the authorities will start seizing and destroying the plastics.  Non compliance of the order will invite action under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and penalty would be imposed.

This is the second time in the last two years, capital administration has imposed ban on plastic items.  It is pertaining to mention here that capital administration vide an order on July 12, 2012 had put similar kind of complete ban on use of polythene and plastic carry bags in the Capital Complex area. However order failed to yield any concrete result. The shopkeepers rampantly violated the ban order without any fear. On their part, district administration miserably failed to take action against the violators. Just issuing an order in paper will not serve the purpose. Capital administration should ensure that order is properly implemented at grass-root, so that the dream of plastic free capital is realized.