December 01


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


DA clarifies

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: While referring to the Tezu PS case no 58/2012 u/s 420/409/34 IPC r/w  Sec 7 of the Essential Commodities Act 1955, the Lohit district administration today said that the alleged mismanagement of food grains is in fact an FCI scam rather than a PDS scam as it is apparent from the report that alleged management have occurred while the food grains were on move from one FCI depot to another FCI depot. Reacting to the news item under the headlines “One arrested in alleged PDS scam’ published in this daily on November 28, the Lohit district administration today clarified that  in fact the movement of food grains from FCI depot located outside the state up to the FCI/FSD depot inside Arunachal Pradesh is regulated soley by the FCI authorities. Therefore, it said,  branding the of the food grains scam in the report as PDS scam seems unnecessarily  distort  the public opinion and taint the image of the food and civil supply department of the state in particular and the state Govt in general.


Five more accused in EoA attack case surrender

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: In a major breakthrough in Echo of Arunachal office vandalization case five more accused namely Kipa Nai, Tadar Mama, Gyamar Talik, Kipa Simi and Tadar Chada have surrendered before Itanagar police on Nov 29,  police said. During the interrogation, the accused admitted their involvement, police added. They have been remanded to 14 days judicial custody.


Nyobia Administrative Circle HQ created

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 30:  A new administrative circle with its headquarter at Nyobia under Kurung Kumey district has been created for administrative convenience, according to a notification issued by the Department of District Administration, GoAP.

The new administrative circle of Nyobia will cover Niahutung, Rowa, Donngu, Powakkoyar, Palin, Langro, Kaglang,Reyup, Hagar, Langrik, Bagang, Pagrang, Pagga, Nibi, Hatam, Samgmey, Hocho, Cheki, Dera, Hiba, Leba, Demepup, Kamrung, Byasi, Tachak, Niangpopo,Pachang,Nyori, Lower Hapa, Sona,Upper Gida, Lower Gida villages of Kurung Kumey District. DIPR


DC inspect power canal restoration works

YINGKIONG, Nov 30: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang accompanied by staff of Hydro-power Development (Civil) today inspected the power canal restoration work site at Siking River and hoped that the work would be completed before the ensuing Siang River Festival.

Borang appreciated the prompt action taken by the Hydro-Power Development department within a short notice to restore the damaged portion of the canal.

The power canal of Yingkiong Phase-I and Phase-II was damaged and washed away by landslide about half a month ago due to which the people of Yingkiong and nearby areas, including Moying, Gossang, Bomdo, Janbo and others have been suffering from power supply. DIPRO


Refresher training for laboratory technicians

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The five days refresher training for laboratory technicians of Integrated Counseling and Testing Centre (ICTC)/Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) was conducted at Arunachal State Hospital (ASH) in two batches from November 20 to 30.

ICTCs/PPICTs laboratory technicians from all the districts and headquarters attended the training. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Moji Jini, State Referral Laboratory in-charge Dr. Mope Riba, Medical Officer (ART) Moli Basar, MEO, Arunachal Pradesh Aids Control Society (APSACS) Koj Tara, Microbiologist Techi Anne and Laboratory Technician of ASH Md. Raju imparted training to the participants as resource persons.

Panel Serum for external quality assurance programme received from NRL, RIMS, Imphal were distributed to each site.

The training programme was inaugurated by Dr. Jini on November 20. He highlighted on the importance of such refresher training to update the knowledge, skill and recent updates in the field of HIV testing etc.

The JD (Basic Services) of APSACS observed that the laboratory technicians were discharging their duties dedicatedly in spite of many difficulties.


Union pleads orgs not to call bandh during house test exam

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The Students Union of Dera Natung Government Itanagar today appealed to various organizations and unions in the state not to call bandh during the house test examination.

In a release union said that academic calendar and winter vacation of college had already been finalized and it would not be possible to postpone and prepone the house test in midway. It further pleaded the organizations not to propose any bandh during this month for the greater interest of students’ community.


Orgs condole student’s death

ITANAGAR, Nov 30:  The Arunachal Pradesh Common Cause Society and All Nyishi Youth Association have deeply mourned at untimely demise of Tagru Gyayo, a student of class IX in government higher secondary school Itanagar who died on 26th Nov at Naharlagun.  Late Gyayo was bright and sincere student and his death is not only loss to family but entire society, organization added.


ZPCFSL selected for NCDC’s award

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: M/s Ziro Poultry Cooperative Farmers Society Ltd. (ZPCFSL) has been selected for the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC)’s, Biennial Award for Cooperative Excellence-2012 for their excellent performance in the field of poultry farming.

The award comprises cash prize, a memento and certificate of recognition. President Pranab Mukherjee will present the award at a function to be organized at Rashtrpati Bhawan auditorium, New Delhi on December 8, according to an official release.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC), 35th Pangin Assembly Constituency organized a Social Service on November 27 at Pangin.

The volunteers temporarily repaired Officer's Colony Sector road, the materials were contributed by APC, Pangin General Secretary Tamo Taggu.

The Committee appealed to the colony members to inculcate the spirit of rendering Social Service.

Meanwhile, the Colony dwellers appreciated the noble gesture shown by the Youth Congress for the welfare of the common people of the area.






138 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

Providing total connectivity to Arunachal top priority: Antony

NEW DELHI, Nov 30: Defence Minister A K Antony today committed to provide connectivity to all areas of Arunachal Pradesh, a strategically situated frontier state of the country in the North East.

Antony made the commitment when Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on him here this evening.

The Chief Minister apprised the Defence Minister about the status of several road projects including those under Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

Expressing concern over the inordinate delay in completion of several road projects, he appealed Antony’s personal intervention in order to expedite the pace of works being carried out.

Antony, in a positive note, assured that providing connectivity to all areas of Arunachal Pradesh was one of his foremost priorities and he would fulfill it by taking up with concerned authorities. Tuki further emphasized on the strategic importance of the famous but dilapidated Stilwell Road to enhance border trade, particularly along Pangsau Pass in Changlang district bordering Myanmar. He explicitly explained that opening of the Stilwell road would open up vast avenues of trade with South East Asia, which has also been envisaged in the Look East Policy of the Government of India.

Both the leaders also discussed various issues of strategic interest to the state as well as the country.

Later, the Chief Minister called on Minister of State for Defence Jitender Singh and asserted on early start of the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang in West Kameng district.

Singh assured to lay the foundation stone of NIMAS during later part of February next year. He also added that the Union Defence Minister would inaugurate the institute once it is completed.

Tuki was accompanied by APCC President Mukut Mithi, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, MP Takam Sanjoy and APYC Vice President Nyamar Karbak during the meets.



District outreach prog of Arunachal media conducted at Tezu

TEZU, Nov 30: The District Outreach programme of the media fraternity under the banner of Arunachal Press Club was organized on the theme ‘Press & Society: Common Goals, Shared Responsibilities’ at BRC Hall here today.

Journalist Ranju Dodum from Independent Review in his power point presentation made the participants acquainted with the many aspects of media and its limitations.

Chief guest on the occasion, Tezu Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) Oling Lego expressing disappointment over less turn up of the participants, said, “It is because of the people’s ignorance that less people turned up for the programme. “Civil society has a vital role in forming decisions so more and more people should cooperate with media and reap its benefits,” he said.

Tezu Anchal Samiti Member Hauli Kri while congratulating the media team from Itanagar for choosing Tezu as one of the venues hoped that the people present will benefit from it.

The participants raised various queries related to media and its functioning which made the interaction session more interesting. The participants made it known about their expectation of a better media functioning in the state. Azing Pertin from Echo of Arunachal interacted with the participants and responded to their queries.

Among others, Lohit DIPRO, Tezu CO, panchayat leaders and common public participated in the programme.

District outreach programme is being organized as part of the 30th year of Arunachal Press Club (APC). Media team from Itanagar includes Sanjay Mosing from Echo of Arunachal, Taba Ajum from The Arunachal Times and Appu Gapak from Seven Sisters Post.



Candle light justice march for late Koyel Ngupok at Ballughat, Assam

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Dibang Adi Students’ Union (DASU) observed a Candle light Justice March yesterday at Ballughat, Assam where the dead body of late Koyel Ngupok was found on November 25 last.

On the occasion, the Dibang Adi Students’ Union said that the bail petitions of both the alleged accused Kiran Pulu and Suresh Pulu should not be accepted until and unless a proper investigation is done.

The members also appealed to the both Govts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh not to grant bail to both the alleged accused in order to maintain peace in the valley. It also demanded immediate posting of more police personnel at Shantipur Check gate and immediate deployment of police personnel at Ballughat, Assam.

Meanwhile, addressing the gathering DASU President Nun Pertin said ‘Criminals do not belong to any society, religion or clan, and both the alleged accused should be properly investigated. He also emphasized on the need of magisterial enquiry on the issue at the earliest.

He further informed that, the area where late Ngupok was brutally murdered has become a place of vicious criminal activities for the last past few months. On the month of February 2012, an Assistant Director, Handloom and Textile was attacked by some hooligans and again on October 2 a lady from Meka village was physically ill-treated.

Nun further informed that the union has constituted a fact-finding committee under his chairmanship. The members will submit detail report on the murder case within 7 days to the Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia and Deputy Commissioner, Roing.



Governor, CM mourn death of Kirge Ori

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have expressed sadness on the demise of Kirge Ori, former member of State Legislative Assembly at Dispur Hospital, Guwahati yesterday.

While expressing sincere and heartfelt condolence on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the Governor said that Ori was a distinguished personality, who made immense contributions towards socio-economic development of people in various capacities during his long and distinguished administrative and political careers. In his death people of Arunachal Pradesh have lost a dedicated social worker and a grassroots leader. The people of state, especially 30-Aalo Assembly Constituency will always cherish his fond memory, the Governor said.

“A renowned social activist and a politician par-excellence, Late Kirge Eshi (Ori) will always be remembered for his zest to usher development in his home constituency – 30 Aalo West - during his tenure as MLA besides contributing his best for over-all development of Arunachal Pradesh. Because of his persistence and commitment to serve the society, today almost all villages of 30 Aalo Assembly Constituency are linked with motorable roads and electricity. Till his last breath, as an able and conscious citizen, he had been relentlessly working and contributing to the socio-cultural upliftment of the society he belonged to and took pride in,” Tuki said in his condolence message to Lompu Ori, wife of Late Kirge Ori .

“His loss has ended an era of dedicated service to humanity.”     

“I know this would be the most trying times for you and family members to cope with the irreparable loss. I hope my humble words of consolation would ease the grief even if a little. In this moment of grief, me, my family, colleagues in the Government and people of Arunachal Pradesh extend our solidarity with you and share your pain inflicted by the greatest truth of life,” the message said.

“May the soul of one of the ablest sons of Arunachal Pradesh rest in peace in heavenly abode,”.

Tuki prayed to almighty to bestow enough courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

GWS condoles

Galo Welfare Society (GWS) condoled the early demises of two of the community's assets former MLA, Kirge Ori and grassroots leader Minyi Raksap.

While Minyi Raksap lost his fight against a long fought battle for life in Aalo Kirge Ori breathed his last in International Hospital in Guwahati, where he was taken for treatment.

Both the persons, who have died on the same day on November 29, were much loved and respected by their peers and younger ones.

On behalf of the community, the GWS prayed for the eternal peace of the two departed souls and for the solace of the bereaved families and friends.

Meanwhile, Kargu Kardi Students’ Union expressed their deep shock on the untimely demise of Minyi Rakshap of Boru Rakshap village, West Siang District, who died on November 29 at District Hospital, Aalo.

Late Minyi served the union as General Secretary from 2003 to 2005 and later he joined the education department as junior teacher but he resigned from the job.

He was also the former block youth president an active members of Indian National Congress of 27th Liromoba Assembly constituency.

He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Late Minyi was a renowned social activist and a public leader of West Siang District. His untimely demise is a great loss to the society. The people will always remember his countless contributions towards the society.

The members of the union prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended their condolence message to the bereaved family members.



Pappu Viking clinch last ball thriller; easy win for Lower Subansiri

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Papu Vikings beat Siang Riders in a last ball thriller to register their second successive win in their Super Eight match in the ongoing 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket Championship at General Ground, Seppa today.

Chasing a target of 119 runs set by Siang Riders to win, Papu Vikings had to wait for the last ball to accomplish the task.

Hira Natung hit the winner (four) in the last ball of the final over to clinch the match. Papu Vikings needed 4 runs in last one ball.

Papu Viking lost their opener duo cheaply, but Subal Burman stood firm in the crease and scored 26 runs with help of 4 boundaries.  Toko Tasap and Nasir Ansari also contributed their shares in successfully chasing the target.

Arun Tayang and Oni Dai took 3 wickets each and India Taruk and Miliko Darrang took one wicket each.

The man of the match award sponsored EKKCI president Raju Gyadi, went to Rudra Pradahan for his brilliant performance.

Earlier, electing to bat first, Siang riders made 118 runs all out.

Opener Kabit Megu scored 26 runs and faced 42 balls. Arun Tayeng (4 run) was given leg before wicket (LBW) in the second over. Anthony Taloh scored 23 runs in17 balls (1x4 & 6x2).

Rudhra Pradhan took 3 wickets in three consecutive deliveries and bowled a maiden over. He conceded 16 runs in 4 over. Imtiaz Rehman also claimed 3 wickets. Rohit Dui took 2 wickets and gave 20 runs in 4 over.

Earlier in the morning session, Lower Subansiri Cricket Association thrashed Papum Pare Criket Club by 45 runs.

Electing to bat first, LSCA amassed 177 runs from the stipulated 20 over losing seven wickets.

Opener Joram Richo smashed 48 runs from 41 balls with 10 hits to the fence. The captain of the team made 39 runs (7x4) in 35 balls. Hard-hitter Rahul Das made a rapid 20 runs in 8 ball with help of three sixes while Joram Kamal contributed 33 runs in 16 balls with 4 boudaries and six to team’s total.

Teli Jomnia took two wickets and conceded 30 runs while Teli Sera, Tad Tuma and Techi Doria got one wicket each.

Chasing the huge target, PPCA batsmen maintained the required run rate until the end of 10 over. They played very cautiously and scored 83 runs losing four wickets. Tana Begi scored 24 runs in 18 balls (1x6 & 4x4) with Nabum Gunia, who made 35 runs in 28 balls (1x6 & 4x4). Tad Tuma scored 45 runs in 21 balls (6x3 & 4x5). After the fall of Tad Tuma’s wicket, none of the tailenders could last long before disciplined bowling attack and PPCC were finally all out for 132 runs.

Licha John took 4 wickets in his quota of 4 overs and conceded 22 runs.  Anil Sahani was proved expensive as he gave away 17 runs for two wickets in two over.

The Man of the Match award sponsored by Guruk Waii,PI was given to Joram Kamal, who scored 35 runs and made 4 stumping.


Today’s Match

8-30 AM

Capital Complex CC


Pare Rangers



12.30 PM

West Siang CC Vs The Gorkhas




Publicity campaign on health and family welfare launched

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The Directorate of Field Publicity, Arunachal Pradesh region, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India today launched state wide publicity campaign on ‘Health & Family Welfare’ in a function here.

The campaign will be conducted till February, 2013 with a view to make the rural and semi–rural masses to make aware of state Government’s various health schemes and avail the benfits.

Addressing on the occasion of launching ceremony, Dr. Shalini Verma, Special Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh stressed of the need to identify various current health issues and sensitize the rural and semi-rural on good health and hygiene practices to prevent diseases. She assured to provide all possible help to the field publicity functionaries for success of the camapign.

Director of Health Services Dr. Kartik Nishing underlined the importance of health care and said that ‘prevention is always better than cure. Dr. Nishing advocated for attitudinal change among rural people of the state to successfully fight against diseases. Deputy Director, DIPR Obang Tayeng encouraged the district field publicity officers to take bold steps during the health awareness campaign saying that field publicity is one of the best instruments to educate the rural masses.

State Surveillance Officer Dr. L. Jampa underlined the need of health awareness in far flung areas in the state.  

In his keynote address, Nampibou Marinmai detailed about the forthcoming health awareness campaign. He informed that all seven field units of DFP located at Along, Bomdila, Nampong, Seppa, Tawang, Tezu and Ziro will organize various health awareness programmes during the campaign.

Later, all the field functionaries of DFP were imparted training on the selected health themes by Dr. Lobsang Jampa, MD,     State Epidemiologist,         State Surveillance Officer, and Dr. Nabam Budh, Deputy Director, Blood Safety, Arunachal AIDS Control Society.

Under this campaign, the Directorate of Field Publicity will organize 84 awareness programmes on various welfare schemes, like Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), diseases like, malaria, HIV-AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, strokes and the importance of immunization at different localities all over the State.

The main activities will be public meeting, awareness rally, group discussion, experts’ address, quiz, film shows, people’s reaction and feedback collection etc.

The campaign would be conducted with support of Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, NRHM, and Arunachal Pradesh HIV & AIDS Control Society.



Army agrees to accept D/certificate in recruitment

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: In persuasion of the initiative taken by the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh, the Army has agreed in principle to accept Domicile Certificates as valid residence proof during the Army recruitment rallies to be held in the State in future. This consideration is only for the non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe residents settled in Arunachal Pradesh for long periods and will not affect the reservation quota for the scheduled tribes of the State.

Continuously pursuing for welfare of every individual living in the Frontier State of Arunachal Pradesh particularly those coming from different parts of the country and serving in the State, the Governor took up the matter with Army Chief recently, who reciprocated positively.

In his letter the Governor pointed out that as per State Government policy, no PRC is issued to non-APST residents. As a result, the non-APST residents of the State, settled here since long time were not accepted by the Army and the vacancies under general quota go un-availed and diverted to other States of the country.

With these revised procedures, the State of Arunachal Pradesh is likely to have several more residents securing recruitment into Army starting from the proposed recruitment rally from 3rd to 5th December 2012 at Tezu in Lohit district.

It may be mentioned here that State Finance, Planning and PWD minister  Chowna Mein first highlighted the issue before the Governor and also made concerted efforts to ensure that these residents get their due and maximum youth from Arunachal Pradesh get representation in the armed forces. PRO to Raj Bhavan



APC photo exhibition thrills young students

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: As it is said a good photograph worth a thousand words, the photo exhibition being organized by Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh of Working Union of Journalist (APWUJ) as part of its 30th year’s celebration with theme ‘Triumph and Tears’ at APC building here continuously thrilled and attracted young students and school children.  Everyday a folk of school children and youths in a serpentine queue thronged at APC building to have a glimpse of brief history of own state media houses and evolution of media in the state.

The exhibition not only reflects the evolution and expansion of state media rather it also reflects how media persons are silently working for the welfare of state while disseminating the information. It painted silently, not in words but in picture, the other side of media houses and media people’s story-- the story of constant threats, vandalization, physical attacks, hostile atmosphere.

“I am thrilled to be here, it’s an incredible photo exhibition and quite inspiring” said Marina Modi a visitor today. The first newspaper of state Echo of Arunachal and winning photos in photo contest were cynosure of all eyes. The visitors gazed at those pictures with disbelief as one visitor said ‘It’s really amazing to see and touch old newspaper, which was completely different from new one”.

Many students and visitors felt that such exhibition should be organized twice in a year to get people know how media houses and journalists are working in the state. Apart from the old pictures of down the memory lane, the few minutes slot of “News & Views” remains centre of all attraction.



Circle level Inter Club T20 tournament held

ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Government Secondary School Parang Cricket Club beat Parang Panchayat Cricket Club by 23 runs in the final match of the T20 Cricket Tourney of Inter Club of Parang circle.

The tournament was played at Parang General Ground and organized by United Peoples’ Forum of Parang circle under the sponsorship of ASM Chairperson Nabam Yakum, Er Techi Tatu, Er Nabam Epo.

Addressing the valedictory function, Headmaster of Govt. Sec. School Parang Gollo Tania advised the youth to devote in their education and also urged them to maintain physical fitness.

Later, he gave away the cash prize along with trophy and certificate to the champion team and cash prize and certificate to runner up team.

Tana Taro and Debia Nyikum of Parang School Cricket Club were adjudged as man of the tournament  and man of the match respectively.

Techi Tangam and Job Techi Tagar were the commentators of the final match.



Observation of World AIDS Day

By Tashor Pali,

Dy. Director (IEC), APSACS, Nlg.

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government, Health officials, NGOs, Students, Volunteers observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the day would be observed across the state with the theme ‘Getting to Zero’ - Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths, through District Medical Officer, various state government schools, private schools, colleges.

In the state capital, Itanagar, World AIDS Day would be observed in Nokmey Namati Hall, Assembly Secretariat which is being organised by Arunachal Pradesh Legislators’ Forum on HIV/AIDS with logistic and technical support from Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Naharlagun. Wanglim Lowangdong, Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh State Assembly who is also the President of the Forum would chair the meeting.

P. Varu, Regional Communication Officer from North East Regional Office, Guwahati under National AIDS Control Organistaion would attend as Resource Person of the programme.

This years’ theme “Getting to Zero” - Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths, would focus on 10 important areas related to HIV transmission and prevention, which included,

1.   Sexual transmission of HIV reduced by half, including among young people, men who have sex with men and transmission in the context of sex work

2.   Vertical transmission of HIV eliminated, and AIDS-related maternal mortality reduced by half.

3.   All new HIV infections prevented among people who use drugs.

4.   Universal access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV who are eligible for treatment.

5.   TB deaths among people living with HIV reduced by half.

6.   People living with HIV and households affected by HIV are addressed in all national social protection strategies and have access to essential care and support.

7.   Countries with punitive laws and practices around HIV transmission, sex work, drug use or homosexuality that block effective responses reduced by half.

8.   HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence eliminated in half of the countries that have such restrictions.

9.   HIV-specific needs of women and girls are addressed in at least half of all national HIV responses.

10. Zero tolerance for gender-based violence.

Lets on this day resolved everyone of us to dedicate at least one day of a year to work for the cause HIV/AIDS and its prevention.



Ramakrishna Mission School’s reputation at stake?

Denhang Bosai

Having studied in the ‘famous’ Ramakrishna Mission School situated at Narottam Nagar about 8 km from Deomali, I know the school and its surroundings like the back of my hand. Sadly, the hitherto reputed school has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the years. The recent tragic accident in which 3 young boys were drowned in the Buri Dihing River has sent shock waves across the state. This is not the first time that such tragic drowning cases had been reported from the school.

That the school is situated right on the bank of the gentle but mighty Buri Dihing river should have sounded caution for both the teachers and the parents.

The Buri Dihing river may look gentle and quiet from the surface but it is turbulent and unforgiving inside. Many don’t know that there are spots in the river where there are quick sands. Once caught in the quick sand there is very less chance of survival. I vividly remember during the 70s a boy was drowned during a picnic in the same Buri Dihing. I could see a teacher crying helplessly as he did not know how to swim. However, a young brave heart Manwang Lowang who was also young plunged into the river and saved the drowning boy. But Apart from the Buri Dihing that has devoured many precious young lives there are numbers of lakes, streams and rivulets near the school campus which are potentially dangerous for the adventurous students. I have personal experiences that there is no or very little interactions between the parents and the school management. They only discuss about the academic progress of the students sidelining the safety of the students.  This is exactly why they fail to hammer out many differences. The parents go to meet their children with all home-cooked stuffs and after having a good meal together return to their respective places.

These days parents admit their wards to those schools where academic result is brilliant. Safety of the students is hardly discussed. They proudly claim ‘we have admitted our child in a reputed school.’  When some accidents like drowning occur they repent which is quite late by then. They don’t realize that a brilliant result is of no use when the safety of the ward is not ensured.

Now, coming back to Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar, the school management also cannot shirk off its responsibility. Once the parents drop their children to the school it is the bounden duty of the school authorities to take over the onus and the safety of the students is in their hands. The parents too should regularly interact with the school authorities and they should caution their children against venturing into the river. In fact, the teachers and the parents should tell the students that a ghost lives in the Buri Dihing river that devours human beings alive. This little thing can bring wonders. The fencing around the hostels can also be heightened. The parents should tell the school authorities not to take the students for picnic to the rivers. There are a number of grounds where they can enjoy picnicking. This is the time for the parents to go and meet their wards as they must be in shock like all of us. The school authorities must pull up their socks to ensure that no such tragedies ever occur again. The frequent drowning cases have without an iota of doubt sullied the image of the school. Many tragedies could have been avoided if some precautions were taken. It has to work hard to rebuild its reputation. Safety of the children is more important than brilliant academic result.

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More efforts needed to eliminate AIDS

According to a new report by global advocacy group ONE, the world is not on track to meet ambitious targets to significantly reduce sexual transmission of HIV, virtually eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission and achieve universal access to treatment by 2015.

The authors of the report, The Beginning of the End? Tracking Global Commitments on AIDS, note that while cases of mother-to-child transmission of HIV have fallen by 24 percent over the past two years, just 6.6 million of the 15 million who need HIV treatment have access to it, and 2.5 million people continue to be newly infected every year. At the same time, funding for HIV response has levelled off, limiting the growth of treatment and prevention programmes.

One defines ‘the beginning of the end of AIDS" as the point at which the number of new HIV infections annually is finally surpassed by the number of people newly added to treatment annually,’ the report states. ‘At current rates of progress, the progression curves for these two indicators will not cross until 2022.’

According to the report, achieving the beginning of the end of AIDS by the end of 2015 will require, in addition to current treatment growth rates, an additional 140,000 people to start HIV treatment annually. The world will also have to double rates of progress on prevention of new infections.