August 11


Anjaw, Dibang Valley cut off; Namsai, East Siang hit by floods

[ Karyir Riba ]

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Anjaw district is cut off from rest of the state. Several stretches on Tezu-Hawai road has been hit by landslides in the last two days severely hampering connectivity of the border district.  

Meanwhile, the incessant downpour since the past few days has led to the collapse of the bailey bridge over the Eze River here today, disconnecting the Hunli-Desali Block under Lower Dibang Valley district, and Dibang Valley district from the rest of the country.

In yet another incident, a section of the under construction bridge over the Chipu River, which would connect Lower Dibang Valley district with Lohit district, has also collapsed on Thursday. As per the BRO, the construction agency, the flaw occurred because the flash flood caused by the river following the continuous rainfall, washed away the 'staging' of the pier, which was still under construction.

The BRO informed that they had identified the damage in the staging on the previous day and had made arrangements to take remedial measures. However, just as labourers were deployed to work on it today, at around 7 am, the staging was washed away, bringing the entire section of the bridge crashing down.

A labourer who was injured in the process was immediately shifted to the GREF Hospital at Tezu, informed the BRO.

Reportedly, the bridge which was estimated for completion by October 2017 will now be delayed by a month or two.

The constant rain has resulted in an alarming rise in the water level of the rivers here. Many areas in the town, and adjoining villages, are suffering from water logging and overflowing, as the rain seems to be ceaseless.

Further, the low-lying areas of Namsai district have been submerged by flood water, following incessant rainfall since the last few days.

Villages of Dirak Miri, Lekang Gohaingaon, Rajabeel, Mokrun and Nongtaw Khamti are reportedly the worst affected, with water of the Noa-Dihing River, other rivers and their tributaries in the district flowing just below the danger level.

Damage reports of dwelling houses, granaries, cattle sheds are also pouring in, and around 756 people from 105 houses under Lekang circle have been severely affected by flood water.  

Reports of massive soil erosion along with losses of private properties are also being received from various pockets of the district.  Around 200 hectors of cultivated land, especially paddy fields are submerged by flood water. However, the actual loss can be ascertained only after the flood water recedes.

The Namsai District Administration has directed all agencies concerned to keep a close look out on the flood situation and to ensure all necessary precautionary measure to avert any untoward incident.

Necessary relief materials are being provided to the affected people by the District Administration, while people residing in river bank areas have been alerted.

While no loss of human life has been reported, the Namsai District Administration has imposed complete ban on fishing.

Meanwhile, incessant rain also triggered landslides at two different points on the Koyu-Kora stretch of road under 36th Nari-Koyu Assembly Constituency, cutting off Koyu circle from all surface communication.  

Flash flood also hit Silluk Village under Mebo circle of East Siang this afternoon. Siluk River flooded many homes and villagers were seen busy keeping their possession in safer places. However, there was no report of any casualty.

The Siku Bridge which connects Pasighat with Roing has also been reportedly washed away by the flood.

Leporiang ZPM, Nabam Tara informed that the state government has not taken up any action to clear the blockade on the PMGSY road from Leporiang to Pape Panchayat, which remained cut off for the last three months due to landslides.

Teaching staff and students of Government Residential School, Pape Sango have been facing  severe hardship as  there  is no transportation of ration items due to road blockade, he said.




BJP ends marriage with PPA in state executive meet

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has parted ways with its North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner, the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA).

The official announcement towards it was made on Thursday by state BJP President Tapir Gao during the state executive meeting of the BJP. NEDA Convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma passed on the decision of the central BJP leaders to break alliance to Gao, who made the announcement.

In a release, the BJP informed that Sarma was to attend the meeting and make the announcement, but could not reach Itanagar due to inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the PPA has stated that it is yet to receive an official communication.

"Till now we have not received any official communication in this regard. Our leaders are meeting tomorrow and we will react after that. We had already written to BJP President Amit Shah and the NEDA Convenor placing our condition on running the coalition," said PPA leader Kaling Jerang.

The breakdown in relation between two parties is not surprising considering the fact that PPA leader Takam Pario had rebelled against Chief Minister Pema Khandu and almost brought down his government. It is reported that even after Pema Khandu joined the BJP to form the saffron government, Pario remained in touch with certain BJP MLAs who are not happy with Khandu. Sensing danger, Pema reportedly pressed party high command to break the alliance with PPA.  

Meanwhile, addressing the state executive meeting of the BJP, state BJP President Tapir Gao urged all the delegates to actively counter the baseless rumours being thrown about by the opposition parties and rumour mongers about instability of the Pema Khandu Government.

Assuring the gathering that there is no threat to the current state government, he reassured the delegates that it is not the principle and policy of the BJP to change government in mid-term.

"Till today there have been no such instances and it is very unlikely that BJP will break this tradition", he said, and urged all present to rest assured, and exhorted Chief Minister Pema Khandu to focus on developmental work  for the benefit of the people of the state without any trepidation.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu remarked that there is a better understanding of the ideology of party legislators and party cadres, who joined the BJP recently, and opined that from now there will be better governance based on BJP ideologies.

Pema said that everyone, including the Chief Minister has to perform or perish. Every two months, there is revision of performance of chief ministers by the Prime Minister and accordingly everyone has to be accountable, he said.




Thongdok calls for cordial Assam and Arunachal relations

RUPA, Aug 10: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker, T N Thongdok called upon the people of Assam and Arunachal to maintain age-old cordial relationships.  

He made this appeal at Singri during his two-day development tour in Sonitpur district in Assam on August 8 and 9.   

The people of Arunachal, especially Sherdukpen and people of Assam had been maintaining cordial relationship in the past and  same has to be revived and maintained in the days to come,  Thongdok said.

Disclosing his plan to build a Buddhist temple at Singri, the Speaker also requested the Assam Government to donate land for its construction.

Thongdok had also apprised Chief Minister Pema Khandu of the importance of Singri for Buddhist people, especially the Sherdukpen community. The CM reportedly assured all the necessary help from his side and also assured to take up the matter with his Assam counterpart.

In his address, Borchalla MLA (Assam), Ganesh Kumar Limbu also assured necessary help from his side. The MLA also highlighted the importance of Singri from religious and tourism points of view.

According to Buddhist monk Jigme Lingpa, Singri has been the pilgrimage site for Tibetans and Bhutanese since the 14th century.  It is the place where the mortal remains of Buddhists, especially the Sherdukpens are taken for last rites. The Monpas of Kalaktang and nearby areas also regularly visit Singri as a holy place.

Among others, Sonitpur ADC S S Kashyap, former Minister D K Thongdok, gaon burahs and Panchayat leaders of 5-Kalaktang Constituency accompanied the Speaker during his visit.

On the second day of the developmental tour, the Speaker visited Yokmuzor at Musaksingpam and Blapsar at Lingbaktang village to take stock of the ongoing tourism projects. He was accompanied by NIMAS Director, Colonel Sarfraz Singh.





PHED restores water supply to Naharlagun town

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The PHED has finally managed to restore water supply to Naharlagun town from Wednesday onwards.

The water supply was disrupted on July 9 last due to the breakdown of pipe line after an unprecedented flash flood washed away the pipeline near the Naharlagun Helipad.

The department has realigned the pipe line along the trans-highway road. Hundreds of labourers worked day and night to restore the water supply line.

Talking to this daily, Executive Engineer PHE & WS, Capital division Tadar Mangku has thanked consumers of Itanagar and Naharlagun for their support and cooperation during the entire period of water crisis.




Municipal services go online

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The citizens of Itanagar-Capital Complex can now obtain their birth and death certificates, trade license and its renewal, besides raising grievances for immediate disposal of cases online.

In a communiqué, UD & Housing Chief Engineer, Taba Tedir informed that these modules are active online for citizens of Itanagar-Capital Complex in the website, www.itanagar-municipality.com, which is run by the Itanagar Municipal Council, Naharlagun.




RBI to issue new Rs. 20 notes

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will shortly issue bank notes of denomination Rs 20 in the Mahatma Gandhi series -2005, which will be similar to the Rs 20 bank notes in the same series issued earlier.

The new notes will be bearing inset letter 'S' in the number panels and signature of RBI Governor Dr Urjit R Patel, the RBI said in a release.

The design of the new notes will be similar in all respects to the Rs 20 notes in the same series issued earlier. All the bank notes in the denomination of Rs 20 issued by the bank in the past will continue to be legal tender, the release added.




Ering opposes phase wise National Highway construction

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Opposing the phase-wise construction of the double-lane national highway, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering has requested Union Road Transport and  Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari to sanction adequate fund for the double-lane construction of the entire 35 km stretch of the Khonsa-Hukanjuri Road (NH 315A) as envisaged in the Detailed Project Report during the current financial year 2017-18.

Submitting a memorandum to the Union Minister in New Delhi on Wednesday, Ering said, "it is reported that only a length of nine kilometer out of the 35 km has been considered in the Annual Plan NH (O) 2017-18, which implies that the ministry is going for a phase-wise double-laning of this road".   

"Phase-wise double-laning will prolong the initiation of all-weather connectivity in this important road which will, in turn, hamper the anti-insurgency operations of the security forces and will also extend the present distress of the road-users who depend on this life-line for their livelihood", Ering said

The Khonsa-Hukanjuri road in the eastern sector of Arunachal Pradesh connects Tirap, Changlang and Longding  districts with the rest of the country.

Ering also appealed to the Union Minister for formal declaration of 44-km Margherita - Changlang road and Tezu to Chapakhowa (59 Km) road as national highways.

Informing that the central government had   accorded  'in principle approval'  for declaration of these two roads as National Highway, Ering said, "Formal declaration of these two roads as national highways will give a boost to the road connectivity scenario in the strategically located state.

The MP further requested the Union Minister to expedite the sanction process for the remaining work of Lalpul-Manmao-Changlang and Khonsa-Tissa-Longding roads.  

The estimates for the remaining work of the road projects have already been submitted to the Regional Officer, Itanagar who has since shifted his office to Tezpur, Assam, the  MP  informed the Minister.





Teachers' association seeks timely issue of textbooks

ITANAGAR, Aug 10:  The All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (AAPETA) has in a memorandum to the state Chief Secretary on Thursday, appealed to her to direct the department to ensure timely supply of textbooks to the schools.

The AAPETA in its memorandum claimed that inordinate delay in issue of textbooks to government schools hampers timely completion of syllabus, resulting in poor performance in examinations.

It also demanded promotion of regular Assistant Teacher (AT) to Junior Teacher (JT) of 1992 to 1999 batch in one go, strict implementation of one man, one post policy and reshuffling of DDSEs over staying their normal tenure in a particular district. It has also threatened to launch democratic action in case its demands are not met with soon.





One body recovered

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The dead body of Puma Limbu, who drowned on July 31, was recovered by the Papum Pare unit Police near Emchi village along the Pare/Dikrong River after a 10-day long search.

Limbu, a labourer working for Pare Hydro Power Project had gone swimming along with another worker when strong currents swept them away.

SP Tumme Amo has advised all to avoid the rivers during the monsoon period.




Workshop on research based pedagogical tools for Science faculty

PASIGHAT, Jul 10: A regional training workshop on Research Based Pedagogical Tools (RBPTs) for Undergraduate Science Faculties was held at Jawaharlal Nehru College in Pasighat from August 7 to 9, which saw the participation of over 50 government colleges from the North East region.

Held in collaboration with IISER, Pune and sponsored by DST, New Delhi, a team of trainers on various subjects, including Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Life Sciences arrived at the town for the three-day workshop.

Organizing secretary, Dr S Jayanthi said that the enquiry-based learning will improve and sharpen teaching skills of the faculty members and will motivate undergraduate science students to pursue research in higher studies.  

"As India moves from a service economy to knowledge economy, the scientific enterprise in the country, whether academic or industrial or in other domains of society, is set to grow", she said, adding that to meet these demands, science education should empower students with problem-solving skills that form part of scientific methodology, such as meticulous observation, analytical abilities, critical thinking, and reasoning.

Principal Dr Milorai Modi stressed on the relevance of the workshop, while Vice Principal S D Choudhury spoke on the application of RBPT teaching tools. He hoped that the programme would enhance the academic dynamism of the science fraternity of the college.




DNGC awards toppers

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: Dera Natung Government College on Thursday hosted the annual orientation cum felicitation programme here for the second consecutive year.

Lauding the leadership of Principal in-charge, Kumar Tok for organising the programme, Director of Higher and Technical Education, Dr Tayek Talom stated that it is always a proud moment for the teachers when their students excelled.

Three categories of toppers were felicitated on the occasion. All the five semester toppers of BA (Bos Frontalis Award), B Com (Hornbill Award) and B Sc (Foxtail Orchid Award), under Student's Academic Performance Credit (SAPC) of the college were felicitated.

Initiated by Principal In-charge Tok last year, this scheme waives off the admission fees of students for that particular semester. This year, 16 students were awarded.

All the 37 rank holders from Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar in RGU Exam-2017 -both overall and subject wise toppers were also felicitated.

Dekey Chumku got the first rank in BSc. The Principal's Merit Award for 2017 was given to Ankita Dey (BA), Nang Nomita Munglang (BCom) and Dekey Chumku (BSc) for being the college toppers in each stream.

Later, as a part of the orientation programme for freshers, faculty members of the college conducted two technical sessions focusing on sensitizing the students on general rules, library and examination rules of the college and RGU.




3rd Siyom Banggo Football C'ship begins

PESSING, Aug 10: The 3rd Siyom Banggo Football Championship Running Trophy 2017  started at Pessing on  Wednesday.  

In the opening match, defending champion Pangkeng Youth Club A defeated Pessing Young Star by 6-1.

Earlier, Power Minister Tamiyo Taga inaugurated the   tournament in presence of District Sports Officer incharge, T Kopak, government officials, PRI members and general public.

The tournament is being organized by the Solung Festival Celebration Committee, Pessing. (DIPRO)





GYFC, AFC win their respective matches

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The dominant Gidii Yameng FC crushed Golgi Bote FC 4-1 in the Pool-C match of the ongoing Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament-2017, played at DNGC ground on Thursday.

Gidii Yameng FC dominated the match from the beginning and took the lead 1-0 in just fifth minute of the match when Durga Nonang netted the first goal.

However, Raja Gao of Golgi Bote FC scored one goal in the 15th minute to equalize the match 1-1.  

Continuing their dominance in the second half, Gidii Yameng FC's Tarok Lomtung scored the second goal for his team. The third goal came from Ojing Jerang, while the fourth goal was netted by Tasor Saroh.

The Second match was played between Abor FC and RGU Solung FC, wherein the former defeated the latter 2-1.

Bani Taki and Obang Ngupok scored one goal each for the winning team. The lone goal for RGU Solung FC came from Atek Nangkar.

On Friday, Gabang FC will take on Kine Nane FC, while Todi Yameng FC will take on Solung United FC (Veteran).




Food Commission meets to prepare annual report

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: A meeting regarding preparation of the annual report pertaining to the state Food Commission was held here on Thursday in the Directorate of Higher Education.

Making an opening remark on the functioning of the state Food Commission, Arunachal Pradesh State Food Commission (APSFC) Chairman, Dr Joram Begi highlighted the importance of the Commission as envisaged in the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 and placed the issues requiring utmost attention in proper implementation of the Act in the state through the Department of Food & Civil Supplies, Department of Women & Child Development and Department of Elementary Education.

Director of Food and Civil Supplies, Liyon Borang, Director of Woman and Child Development, Tokmem Pertin Loyi and Director of Elementary Education, Tapi Gao presented reports on implementation  of NFSA of their respective departments before the APSFC.

Sharing her recent experiences of district tours, APSFC Member, Nanom Jamoh highlighted the numerous impediments in proper implementation of NFSA in the state. She appreciated initiations and dedication of some of the district officers in implementation of NFSA despite the impediments.

For early preparation of annual report of the APSFC to the state government, the Chairman instructed the line departments to prepare department wise report within 10 days time.

APSFC Member Secretary, Mitali Namchoom, and members Abraham K Techi and Matem Linggi also attended the meeting.




‘Provide road connectivity in remote areas of U/Subansiri’

DAPORIJO, Aug 10:  Informing that areas like Taksing circle, Maza under Limeking circle, Tongdara, Riiala and Kodo Pass areas under Nacho circle of Upper Subansiri district bordering China do not have proper road connectivity, the Siyum, Nacho, Limeking, Taksing Border Area Intellectual Forum (SINALITA BAIF) has appealed to the state government to ensure early construction of the same in the larger interest of the people of the areas.    

It has also urged both central and state governments to grant special development package to the said areas, saying that schemes under BADP are often insufficient to take up all developmental activities there.

'Taksing circle, having a population of over a thousand people is situated nearest to the Mc Mohan Line. However, there is no proper road communication yet. The road between Kette Nallah to Taksing circle has remained dilapidated since the last 15 years, while the construction of road between Gele Sinyik to Maza has been delayed for a couple of years.  Remote areas like Maza, Tongdara, Rijala and Kodo also do not have any road connectivity,' the Forum claimed.




Month-long awareness on open-defecation

NAHARLAGUN, Aug 10: In an attempt to spread awareness on open defecation, United Charity, an Itanagar-based NGO is organising a month-long awareness programme in different schools across the Capital Complex.

Starting off its programme at Government Higher Secondary School, Naharlagun on Thursday, United Charity Chairperson, Sangge Droma informed that the state's current open-defecation free status is 87 percent as the state has a low population. With only 13 percent left out to be covered, it is imperative to create awareness or the toll may increase, she emphasised.

The NGO also informed that other issues, like open urination and proper garbage disposal will also be taken up.

Impressed by the responsibility taken up by the NGO, EAC Hento Karga encouraged the members and assured to support the NGO.

Later, the EAC also assured to donate a water tank of 2000 litres capacity to Government Higher Secondary School, Naharlagun.




SLMC inspects schemes under NSWF, RKVY

HAWAI, Aug 10: An official team of State Level Monitoring Committee, headed by Deputy Director of Fishery, T Yonggam inspected the schemes executed under the National Scheme for Welfare of Fisherman (NSWF), RKVY and NMPS in Anjaw district on August 8 and 9.

Inspecting the NSWF (housing unit) under Lekang, Piyong, Namsai, Lathao and Chowkham circles and interacting with the farmers, the team expressed satisfaction with all the housing schemes implemented under Namsai district. They also inspected the new fish pond under RKVY and NMPS.

On August 9, the team visited Borbeel Fishery at Jona - III and Government Fish Seed Farm, Lathao and inspected all the ongoing NMPS project works.

Other members of the Monitoring  Committee  who accompanied Yonggam, included ADF D Bhatacharjee and FO Joram Rupa.




DC, DDSE urged to address issues affecting govt. schools

ITANAGAR, Aug 10:  Upper Subansiri unit of the All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) Vice President and Education Secretary called on Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Director of Secondary Education recently apprised them about the issues affecting the education scenario in the district.   

Informing that the some of the government-run higher secondary schools in Muri-Mugli, Ligu and Puchigeku areas under the district are in a dilapidated state and have been facing shortage of subject teachers and NCERT books, the ANSU appealed to them to initiate early steps to address the said issues in the larger interest of the student community.   




119 ITI students receive scholarships

ROING, Jul 10: The NHPC Dibang Multipurpose Project (DMP), Roing awarded scholarships to 119 meritorious students on Thursday as part of its ongoing activities for the development of ITI Roing.

DMP Chief Engineer, Ramesh Kumar awarded cheques and certificates to the winners, who were selected on the basis of a comprehensive evaluation comprising attendance, discipline, performance in class, monthly test and interview.

A total of Rs 3, 49,500 was distributed to the students with Rs 3,000, Rs 2,500 and Rs 2,000 for first, second and third position winners respectively.

ITI Principal Subhash Pertin, Senior Personnel of NHPC, staff of ITI and students were also present on the occasion.




Land donor alleges authorities of not honouring agreement

ITANAGAR, Aug 10:  In a letter to the state Chief Secretary on Wednesday, one Tok Tagin, a land donor and contractor of the newly constructed inter-state bus terminal has alleged the authorities of not fulfilling the land donor’s demands and sought early inquiry into the issue.    

The land donor has claimed that the authorities have promised to release his pending bill before inauguration of the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), retain some portion of his land and provide group 'C' and 'D' job, but have completely failed to fulfil the same as yet.

He further urged the state government and the authorities concerned to fulfil the land donor's demands prior to inaugurating the inter-state bus terminal on August 12.  




5th DK Memorial Badminton C’ship begins

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The 5th edition of the Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship-2017 began on Thursday at the Raj Bhawan and MLA Cottage badminton stadiums here.

Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister, Alo Libang, who formally declared the tournament open, congratulated all the participants to have made it to the state level competition and wished them success.

Recalling the contributions of, former Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu, in whose memory the tournament is being organized, Libang said "It is due to the contributions of the late leader that Arunachal in today's date has some big names in the sporting world, badminton in particular."

Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs, Nyamar Karbak thanked the BAI for extending its support in the promotion of badminton in the state.

"Along with various other games and sports, badminton too is on the rise and loved a lot in the North Eastern states, especially in Arunachal Pradesh," he said.

Giving a brief report on the tournament and achievements of Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) till date, association President, Techi Rotu asserted that the state level tournament has always aimed at providing a platform for the young shuttlers from across the state to showcase their potential.

The president further appealed to all to encourage youngsters so that they could go a long way in fulfilling their dreams through the medium of sports.

The youngest participant in this year's event is a 5-year-old, Arimitho Dususow from West Kameng.

Over 260 players from 18 districts of Arunachal Pradesh are participating in the coveted championship, which would see its finals being played on August 13 next.

The D K Memorial State Open Badminton Championship is organized by the Arunachal State Badminton Association, in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs.

RESULTS for Day 1

(Till 6 pm):

Women's Singles (Quarter Finals):

Tania Yasap vs Yamba Degio (21-5 21-4), Apali Mega vs Nani Ankhi (21-14 21-18)

Men's Doubles:

Jokom Ribya and Laa Talar vs Gebo Ori and Takar Hiba (21-10 21-13), N Lain and Takam Yolu vs Bijit Changmai and Jeeven Yema (18-21 21-17 21-18), Dane Linggi and Ginu Bomgyo vs A Raito and Raja Gupta (NA), Sarma and Beto Gadi vs Nariya Pungkhung and Pengpa Sara Mantaw (21-14 18-21 21-11), Charu Jaji and Saji Baby vs Biri Tame and Tai Kagung (21-12 21-14), Amibita Sonam and Biki Lakai vs Kailuk Lukham and Manpu Lukham (21-10 21-8), Arup Buragohanain and Proven Kr Chetry vs Bilim Moyong and Jachak Kadu (21-11 21-15), Kulang Takhi and Rahul Thapa vs Bolam Wangpan and Nokngam Lekham (21-9 21-18).

Women's Doubles (Quarter Finals):

Irani Sonowal and Kenpi Karga vs Boram Sidisow and Nani Ankha (21-13 21-15), Apali Mega and Pema Laden vs Aaya Pulu and Goniya Mihu (21-19 21-15), Boni Yapu and Taw Aniya vs Ingam Poton and Kapu Rumi (21-14 16-21 21-18).

Mixed Doubles (Quarter Finals):

Dilip Gurung and Y Mopi vs Jeeven Yema and Boram Sidisow (21-17 21-14), Tai Doyom and Boni Yapu vs B Jamja and Irani Sonowal (21-10 21-15).

Boys Singles (U-13):

Biku Ter vs Jabom Toam (15-8 15-8), Gejum Riram vs Jummi Jini (15-9 15-12)

Nimi Dorjee vs Bamang Chungya (NA)

Girls Singles (U-13):Gunzan Gongo vs Happy Ekke (15-5 15-6), Lideina Sona vs Mary Jebisow (15-0 15-3)

Nyaty Dolin vs Sneha Jebison (15-4 15-3), Napi Tayam vs Jomba Waii (15-6 15-7).

Girls Singles Quarter Finals (U-17):

Nisha Upadhyaya vs Timna Miji (21-1 21-0), Sonia Laa vs Anita Jiduson (21-2 21-5) Yumlam Mopi vs Nido Aya (21-7 21-6)

Boys Doubles Quarter Finals (U-17):

Ano Mikhe and Ena Tangu vs Lham Dorjee S and Maling Tashi (21-17 21-15), Gaurav Sonowal and Kiyon Maanpang vs Ajay Khonjuju and Sachin Degio (21-5 21-9), Domo Gamlin and Iran Gamkak vs Nyado Rigia and Rida Rechi (21-12 25-23).

Girls Singles Quarter Finals (U-17):

Bipi Gamlin vs Men Youton (21-5 21-2)




'Introduce Tani-Lipi script in academic curriculum'

ITANAGAR, Aug 10:  The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) has in a release on Wednesday appealed to the state government to introduce the Tani-Lipi script in academic curriculum of the state's schools and colleges.

'Tani-Lipi is a very scientific script and adopting it in the state's academic system will help promote and preserve our local dialect', the Forum said.




Breast Feeding Week observed

YINGKIONG, Aug 10: Breast Feeding Week was observed at various Anganwadi centres under ICDS project, Yingkiong from August 1 to 7 last.

Attending the concluding function as resource person at ICDS conference hall, Dr O Tayeng through a power point presentation explained the importance of breast feeding. (DIPRO)




APST asked to provide financial aid for bus accident victims

ITANAGAR, Aug 10: The Kargu Kardi Students' Union (KKSU), in a letter to the APST General Manager has appealed for release of financial assistance to the passengers who received major injuries  in the APST bus accident near Pushi Doke village recently.

The Union said that one of the passengers of the bus, identified as Gepe Boje, lost four teeth and sustained injuries on the forehead, while the right arm of his son was completely fractured and he is undergoing treatment in Tomo Riba State Hospital in Naharlagun. They need financial assistance for further treatment for complete recovery, the Union said.

It further alleged that the bus accident occurred due to the carelessness of the driver.  The conductor had jumped from the bus just before the accident and managed to escape from the spot without giving any information about the bus accident to the people or the police, the Union claimed.  

---- Editorial ----





Be prepared for any eventuality

The detection of four cases of swine flu in East Siang district should worry the officials of health department. Regional Medical Research Center, Dibrugarh disclosed the detection of swine flu after four samples collected for testing Influenza A and Swine Flu H1N1were found positive. Though health department has allayed fear claiming that case is not serious, everyone needs to be on their toe. With monsoon battering the state there are every chance of epidemic outbreak. Departments like health, PHE, urban development and municipalities will have to coordinate and work together to face any eventualities.

On regular basis government should review the preparedness of health department to deal with any potential health crisis. Also there is need to ensure the availabilities of doctors, nurses and medicines in the hospitals especially in those located in interior areas. Strict action should be taken against those health department officials who remains absent from their place of postings. Govt should remain prepared in true sense to face any kind of health crisis.






---- Readers Forum ----




Put  statutory health warning on all soft drink

Dear Editor,

Sugar consumption is continuously increasing in the world, passing from 5.1 kg/capita at the beginning of the 20th century to an average of 24 kg/capita in 2014. A big contrast is observed between developing and developed countries.  With the globalization of the economy and the increase of free trade among nations, sugar has been rapidly commercializing as a cheap available product. Significant part of sugar use comes from soft drink consumption  that  include sugar-sweetened, high-sugar categories carbonates, juice and sports energy drinks, and the sugar substitutes with colorings preservatives and other ingredients. With the diversity of meals and recipes, sweet taste is more and more controlling the nutrition of millions of people around the globe. Although sugar consumption is essential for the body; however, soft drink consumption must be regulated. High sugar intake increases the chance of obesity and obesity related ailments, diabetes, cancer, abnormally impacts mental behavior; and has negative impact on the local environment. WHO recommends a daily maximum of 10% of calories from free sugar.

Sugar is being added to all dishes and drinks creating nutrition imbalance among the consumers. US show one of highest sugar consumption per capita. Big multi-national food companies like Coca-cola and PepsiCo spent 7.27 billion US$ in advertisement in 2013. The omnipresence of these companies in the strategic sector of nutrition is changing the availability, affordability, and desirability of soft drink; thereby reshaping sugar consumption patterns across the globe.

The economic agreements between nations in North America (NAFTA) resulted in the preferential elimination of tariffs on soft-drink imports. Furthermore, the stronger protections for US investors, is giving companies free pass to reshape world nutrition pattern from diversity to a uniform, unhealthy and unbalanced diet.

Significant correlation has been established between sugar consumption and the annual rate of depression. Comparing the effect of coffee and soft drinks on depression of US citizens, frequent consumption of sweetened beverages (1-4 cans/day) can slightly increase the risk of depression; while coffee consumption slightly lowers the risk of depression. Furthermore, an addition of sweeteners in beverage, coffee or teas increases the depression risk.

A study on UK based soft drink industry identified five sectors (packaging, ingredients, manufacturing, waste management, and transport) on greenhouse gas emission (GHG) with large impact in the environment. Based on their findings, carbonated drinks in the UK produced over 1.5 million tons of CO2 eq. greenhouse gas (GHG) per year; which represented 13% of the GHG emissions from the whole food and drink sector in 2010. This is equivalent to the emissions generated from burning 3390 barrels of oil which contribute to global warming that affect the survival of ecosystem. Furthermore, the use of artificial sweeteners in soft drink is raising concerns because of the fact that these products pass undigested and end up in stored water.

Presence of several artificial sweeteners in the aquatic environment has been documented around the globe. As a consequence, aquatic organisms are subjected to long-term exposures which could have a negative impact on the natural ecological systems. The large amount of unmetabolized artificial sweetener in rivers are likely to negatively impact the local environment, natural biodiversity and endanger several aquatic organisms. The negative relation between frequent soft drink consumption and prevalence to diseases is a serious issue from the perspective of public health perspective ad hence needs immediate attention. It is therefore important to impose a ban on soft drink advertisements and to put a statutory health warning on all soft drink bottles and cans for making public aware of the risks associated with soft drink consumption.


Saikat Kumar Basu,





CM musical Chair will hamper and not aid

Dear Editor,

It is a disturbing thing to read of the demand for resignation of the present Arunachal Chief Minister!

If we are being dragged into the Arunachal CM Musical Chair again, it will hamper and not aid our State.

In this short span of time, since the days of former CM Lt. D. Khandu, we have witnessed turbulence in the leadership circles of our State! It appears to a common man that the top elected leaders of our State are more interested in Power politics; aligning and dis-aligning themselves in various equations while the business of the State remain in shambles!

So many developmental projects are left unattended. Hydro-power Projects rot. Hospitals lack doctors. Schools lack teachers. Dispensaries are empty. Unemployment is on the rise. Social and economic issues are not settled. Houses continue to burn. Roads continue to form fish ponds. Job seekers continue in dismay. And the list goes on and on. And all these happen while the leaders of our State worry about themselves, thinking about toppling and raising CM after CM!

My impression about present CM Pema is positive. I think he is energetic, and a decisive leader. He is sincere in his responsibilities. He should be given enough space to prove himself. He has the pressure to maintain the standard of his father as former CM and even take things further for better. He seems to stand at a crucial time. There are huge issues facing the State. The State politics is in the transition period. The merging of State's 'old' and newly arrived BJP must be tricky enough. His hands must be full!

It would not be unfair, at the same time to say, if the claims of the APCC is true that a certain Bureaucrat at the top of the system is erring, that must be dealt with. And if the charges of APCC against the CM himself is true, then the CM must confess it and repent. And if the charges are false, let honorable CM call a press conf and lay out his case for all to hear. Let there be transparency.

I would appeal to our elected leaders to think of the common people in your constituencies! Think of their issues, their struggles, their letters and memorandums submitted to you over the years! Think of your promises to them! Think of the finance you 'sanctioned' for them in public meetings, but are not given as yet. Think of the benefits that could be theirs. If you would only stop to think of the amount of responsibilities you have for the development of people you  represent, you will not have time to scheme or plot. You would be consumed in service and dedication! You will not be able to make yourself as the center of your decisions; rather you would be making your people as the center of your service!

Anyway, when the day comes, when you will no longer be the MLA/Minister/CM and so on, the good deeds you have done for the good of the voiceless, the common man will continue to bear witness to your greatness.  Rich people are easily forgotten, but a merciful person is cherished long after he / she is gone. Service is an opportunity.

Let us do it now! Tomorrow may be too late to try.  


Aphu A Ngwazah,







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