December 21


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Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: 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


Pre-Christmas celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: Pre Christmas was celebrated at Divine Word Touch Ministry, Lobby today.

Hydro Power Development Corporation Ltd Managing Director Toko Onuj and Secretary of Christian Revival Church Evan. Tai Ete, Pastors from various churches attended the function.

The programme was marked by colourful dances and gift exchange.

Delegates from various places like Itanagar, Ziro and Kurung Kumey participated.


Posted teachers yet to join school: ANSU-USU

ITANAGAR, Dec 20:  All Nyishi Students’ Union Upper Subansiri Unit (ANSU-USU) today claimed the six junior teachers who had been posted to Muri-Mugli Secondary School were not turned to school so far since July 2012.

In a release the union questioned the state government whether transfer and posting is only in the paper. In a same breath, it also questioned the government for upgrading the school without providing teachers. It further demanded for appropriate action against those teachers for non-compliance with posting order.


Sagalee faces PDS and LPG crisis: ASSU

ITANAGAR, Dec 20:  All Sagalee Students Union today said that people of Sagalee area are facing acute shortage of PDS items and LPG cylinder over last many months. It went on to claim that various schools in the area are also not getting adequate PDS items due to meager allocation of PDS in the area. It also resented that none of the departmental staff stay in the posted place which made the matter worst.


Visit deferred

ITANAGAR, Dec 20:  The visit of Member of Parliament and leader of Opposition (Lok Sabha) Sushma Swaraj at Walong and Kibito (Anjaw) to participate in Jara Yaad Koro Quarbani – Shahid Shraddhanjwali Rally on Dec 22 and 23 has been deferred to 2nd week of January 2013.   Her visit was rescheduled due to Merry Christmas and 89th birthday celebration of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on December 25.  Fresh dates will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, the ranks and files of the state BJP celebrated the victory of the BJP in Gujarat election.


Temporary closure of liquor shops ordered

Naharlagun, Dec 20: In view of the ensuing elections for various posts of one student union scheduled to be held from December 21 to 25 at Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, the District Magistrate, Sanjay Goel under Section 144 CrPC, has directed all the wine/IMFL/Beer/Country liquor retail shops, bars and restaurants to remain closed from 8 am of December 21 upto midnight of December 25 next. Violators of the said order would be prosecuted under relevant sections of the criminal law. Earlier, the District Administration had issued order under section 144 CrPC regarding the deposit of weapons/ arms by the license holders of the Capital Complex and those coming from outside. DIPR


Congress resolves to strengthen party at grass root level

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Dec 20: A coordination meeting of Nacho Block Congress Committee was held at Nacho general ground for the smooth functioning of the party in the block level.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Power, RD and PR Tanga Byaling, Zilla Chairperson Nakap Nalo and other senior panchayt and public leaders. The meeting after a long discussion resolved to stand united and work for the party.

Meanwhile, BCC submitted a memorandum to Byaling, demanded for construction of a community hall from MLA local area development fund which was taken under consideration by the minister.

Byaling said that their party is always serving for the nation and welcomes every citizen, who are dedicated and ready to render selfless service for the society. He also advised the party members to cooperate with each other in every step to strengthen the party organization.


APLS  felicitates RGU new VC

RONO HILLS, Dec 20: A team of office bearers of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) led by adviser Tony Koyu and general secretary Tokong Pertin called on newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Prof Tamo Mibang in his office here today to felicitate him on being appointed to the highest post of the central varsity.

With Arunachal Pradesh still lagging far behind in education after attaining Statehood in 1987, the appointment of first Arunchalee to such an honourable post by the President of India is true recognition of the calibre of the tribal people of the state, the team said while conveying best wishes to him.

The APLS delegation – also comprising of R N Koley, B Pertin, Dr Pekba Ringu and Jamuna Bini – exuded hope that under the able leadership of an educationist and administrator, the RGU will attain more glory.  Reciprocating the gesture, Prof Mibang assured that he would make all possible efforts to meet the expectations of the nation, particularly the people of the state.


Awareness on Tuberculosis held at Mechukha

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: The district health society, Aalo under its RNTCP-ACSM awareness generation programme successfully organized a two-day health awareness programme on “Prevention and control of tuberculosis (TB)” for students and teachers at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) campus at Mechukha on December 18 and 19 last. A medical team from district hospital Aalo, headed by DTO Dr K Dirchi and other staff conducted the camp and enlightened the participants on prevention and control of tuberculosis. Hundreds of students from Tso Yargey Public School, Mechukha and KGBV run by Onge Welfare Society besides general public of Mechukha attended the two-day camp. Meanwhile, as part of the awareness programme, a painting competition on TB was also organized wherein Yaoung Podo, a class VII standard student, of KGBV won the first prize while Sapna Komi of KGBV and Rinjin Naksang of TYPS bagged the second and third prize respectively.

The prizes were given away by Onge Welfare Society (OWS) Chairman Onge Gebu.





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

Bam felicitated on being elevated to ISC Secy

ITANAGAR, Dec 20:  Tabom Bam, Chief Secretary who was elevated to the post of Secretary, Inter State Council, Government of India was felicitated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on behalf of his government at banquet hall here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the CS said that everyone desires and wishes to retire as a Secretary to Govt of India and said he was lucky to be one of the few. He thanked former CM and Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi during whose tenure he had a chance to work with the Union Government. He also thanked the present CM for clearing his matter in a prompt manner.

Mentioning that Bam was always involved with the all round development of the state in various capacities, Tuki said that he has learned a lot working with him. Terming him as a man of discipline, Tuki said that he has always maintained that spirit. Chowna Mein, Minister for Finance recalled his days of long association with the CS. Pige Ligu, DC Yupia also spoke on the occasion.

Born to late Tolin Bam and his wife on April 10, 1954, Bam hails from Bam village under Basar Sub- Divisional Headquarter under West Siang District.

Making a humble beginning, Bam walked 7 kms from his village to attend primary school at Basar during his tender age. His sharp mind and discipline paid off when he was selected for admission to the prestigious Sainik School, Nainital in the year 1966 through open competition. Though he got admission to the National Defence Academy through UPSC by bagging the 9th position in all India rankings, he did not join it. In his futuristic eyes, he had different dreams.

He pursued his further studies at Loyala College in Chennai and did his Bachelor of Science with distinction in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in 1974. He then joined LLB in Delhi University and successfully qualified in the year 1977.

The same year he got through UPSC and was selected for IAS. Bam became the second only Arunachalee after Jomin Tayeng to be selected for IAS through UPSC paving way for others to emulate through all these years.

After undergoing training in Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu, Bam was first posted as Sub- Divisional Magistrate at Karol Bagh, Delhi in the year 1979. Thereafter he served in various capacities as Assistant Commissioner, Koloriang (1980), Additional Deputy Commissioner, Changlang (1981), Deputy Commissioner, Tirap (1982), District Collector of Daman (Goa, Diu & Daman (1983-85), Deputy Commissioner Aalo (1986-88), Secretary, Education (1989), Secretary, Health (1990), Commissioner & Secretary planning (1992-93), Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Mizoram (1995-97), Divisional Commissioner, Government of Arunachal Pradesh (1998), Commissioner PWD, PHED etc. (1999-2003), Joint Secretary to Government of India (2003-04), Principal Secretary to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh (2004-05) and Chief Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh since November 2005 till date.

Bam has got the distinction of becoming the longest serving Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh with numerous achievements to his credit.

Bam was instrumental in changing the nomenclature “Dafla” to “Nyishi” and “Gallong to Galo”.

The high point of his tenure as Chief Secretary was when Arunachal Pradesh was rated as the most advanced small state in India by India Today Group (the study period being 2009, 2010 and 2011) and rated the best in small state’s category by CNN IBN.

Under his stewardship, the state of Arunachal Pradesh treaded on an unprecedented pace of development. He took pro-active steps for expeditious implementation of the Prime Minister’s Package and construction of trans-Arunachal highways and timely completion of a large number of other projects.

During his tenure he delicately managed the synergy between legislature and executive and was able to successfully execute through his leadership qualities the policies framed by the legislature. DIPR



ACS takes out mass protest rally against law and order

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) took out a mass protest rally against deteriorating law and order situation in the state and submitted a memorandum to the Governor of the state urging him to find mechanism to contain the prevailing situation as well as instill sense of safety and security among people.

Citing several examples of deteriorated law and order situation that took place in the last couple of years, including IG Park shooting case last year, burning down of many Govt properties, repeated attack on media, including journalist’s shooting case etc., ACS, in its memorandum said that most of those cases remained unsolved.

Criticizing the state government’s role in containing the increasing law and order problem, the memorandum resented that though accused in such cases are apprehended they get released on bail within no time. Non-imposition of punishment to the accused as per law is another main reason for rising crime, it claimed. It also alleged non-cooperation by the state government to investigating agencies like, CBI, SIT, SIB, when they are engaged/constituted to investigate cases. Meanwhile, ACS demanded the Capital DC to bring all the accused in those cases to book within two months.



Workshop on Bachat Lamp Yojana

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: A workshop on Bachat Lamp Yojana was organized by Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency under the aegis of Bureau of Energy Efficiency here yesterday. The resource person from Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power explained in depth about the Bachat Lamp Yojana of the Ministry of Power through PowerPoint presentations.

A case study on Kerala state was also shown, where the scheme has been implemented successfully.

The Bachat Lamp Yojana is a scheme which involves distributing two numbers of highly efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) to each household only at Rs.15 per Piece which is equivalent to the price of the Incandescent bulbs, which are mostly used in all households. But the actual concept behind this is to replace the highly energy consuming incandescent bulbs with highly energy efficient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The resource person from BEE, P. Samal urged upon the State Government to put in funds to meet the cost of the CFLs over and above the price fixed for the beneficiaries. There will be a huge peak load reduction if the BLY is implemented and the state stands to gain as they have to purchase peak load power at a very high cost, she added.  

Earlier, the workshop started with the PowerPoint presentation on the power scenario in Arunachal Pradesh by S.K. Shahi, Project Officer, APEDA. He also gave a presentation on energy conservation and its relationship with global warming.

The workshop was attended by the officers of Department of Power, Education, UD, Principal of RGGP and APEDA. Director, Art & Culture Mamta Riba also attended the workshop as chief guest.



Passenger bus looted in broad daylight at Daporijo

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Dec 20: In a broad day light robbery, miscreants stopped a running bus and looted the passengers in middle of the market place here yesterday.

An FIR has been registered u/s-392/506/34 IPC at Daporijo police station against the miscreants involved in robbery case.

The incident took place at around 2.30 pm yesterday at Daporijo market place when MM travel bus was leaving for Assam with full passengers.

Most of the passengers were non-tribal, who were leaving for Assam for business purposes.

Police launched manhunt to nab the culprits. One suspect has been detained for interrogation.

Police scanned whole Daporijo thoroughly in search of the culprits today, said a police officer.



Taloh inaugurates National Handloom Expo

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: Industry, Textile & Handicraft Minister Tapang Taloh has inaugurated the National Handloom Expo -12-13 at Nyokum Lapang Ground, here yesterday. Organized by Assam Apex Weavers and Artisans Cooperative Federation Limited (ARTFED) in collaboration with Development Commissioner, Handloom, Union Ministry of Textile the  Expo will remain open up to 7th January 2013.

In his address, Taloh  said the Expo will provide a right platform for local weavers and artisans to interact and exchange ideas and knowledge about  the handloom products with other artisans from different states of the country.

Highlighting the initiatives taken by his department, the minister  informed that   around 100 unemployed youth of the  state have been  provided  skill development training  outside the state. He further informed that local weavers won a bronze medal at Delhi Expo recently for their unique design and handloom works.

Textile and handicraft director Khoda Ruja   and Trades and Commerce director Tokong Pertin also spoke on the occasion.

Weavers from various states of the country including Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, New Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu are participating  in the on-going Expo.



No respite from power problem for Pasighat residents


PASIGHAT, Dec 20: There has been no respite from erratic power supply bringing normal lives of people of Pasighat town to a complete standstill.

Unscheduled power cut has forced many important Govt offices and other commercial establishments to make alternative arrangements at extra cost. The worst affected are students, many of whom are writing their board examinations.

The chronic power problem has frustrated the people of Pasighat.

In fact, nothing has been developed so far even after repeated assurance of the MLA, Ministers and senior power department officials.

Some irritated consumers said that the power department is sincere only in giving false promises and refuting facts. They do not understand the plight of common people. According to them, Pasighat town has now become ‘Land of Power Crisis’, where power goes on and off at will.

The consumers’ movement led by Pasighat Public Welfare Committee (PPWC) is now playing the role of a silent spectator under mysterious circumstances.

It is pertaining to mentioned that the PPWC leaders moved the state’s chief minister, power minister and other top ranking power department officials last year seeking their immediate intervention to find a lasting solution to the chronic power problem. As a result, a series of meeting of the elected representatives and officials were conducted. But nothing fruitful has come to fore in this regard till date, decried the sufferers.

It is pertaining to mention here that an indefinite Pasighat bandh was called to press the authority to improve the power scenario.

It is alleged that power department officials are accustomed to give lame excuse like technical snags at main power supply line for the power disruption, but the local people refuse to consume such unreasonable explanation.

The department engineers point towards ongoing construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway along Pasighat-Pangin route as main cause of power disruption. They say power supply gets disrupted frequently due to damage of power transmission line caused by felling of trees.



BJP is a party for common people, says Tapir Gao

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Dec 20: Bahratiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Tapir Gao has claimed that his party works for the greater interest of common people without any discrimination of race, religion and caste.

He asserted that the saffron party’s people-friendly policies would lead the party to return to power in Delhi again during the next general election.

Addressing a mammoth gathering at Mirku village near Pasighat in East Siang district on Tuesday, Gao said that public leaders or political party workers should act for welfare of the common people rather than working for winning in the election. He urged the public leaders to deal with the problems that are being faced by the people of the district and the state as well.

Expressing concern over the present pathetic state of the century-old Pasighat town and adjoining areas, Gao stated that some developmental structures and road links in and around Pasight town were made during the regime of former Chief Minister Gegong Apang, but no further development has been noticed thereafter.

Punching a hole towards the ruling Congress government in the Centre, the BJP leader alleged that it made lives of the countrymen measurable by hiking the prices of petroleum products and other essential commodities.

He observed that Congress party in the state is presently on a divided state and many anti-incumbency factors are waiting to bruise the party at the time of next assembly election.

Gao, who is a native of Ruksin in East Siang district welcomed the recent en-mass merging of the Pasighat block Nationalists Congress Party (NCP) leader Kaling Moyong and his supporters in BJP. He is optimistic that the en-mass joining of the NCP workers would further strengthen the saffron brigade, which is playing active opposition role in the Centre as well as in Arunachal Pradesh.

Senior BJP leaders including State president Tangor Tapak, state level organizers Tayek Goi, state council member Lenjing Pertin and other district and block level functionaries were also attended the meeting and claimed that the present political wave in the country is in favour of BJP.

Speaking the occasion, the NCP leaders Kaling Moyong exuded his confidence on BJP, appealed the worker for shedding any differences between new and old workers in political field.

Moyong, who fought the 2009 assembly election from Pasighat AC as NCP nominee captured more than 5700 votes, which was one third of the total voting.



Tuki rejoices the victory of Shandil

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has extended his wishes and congratulations to Dr (Col) Dhaniram Shandil for his stupendous victory in the Assembly Elections of Himachal Pradesh.

Shandil, who is the AICC in-Charge of Arunachal Pradesh, contested from Solan assembly constituency.

In a message to Shandil, the Chief Minister said, “I am elated by the news of your victory and it is a matter of great joy for all of us here since you have been very closely associated with Arunachal Pradesh for long.”

On behalf of his colleagues and people of Arunachal Pradesh, Tuki congratulated Shandil and expressed hope that he would live up to the expectations of the people who have exuded confidence on the Congress Party by bringing it to power in BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal has a 68-member Assembly in which BJP had won 43 seats in the last elections against Congress’ 16.



JURPI YULLO- a corn lifting ritual

Dasher Teshi

Preserving the family’s tradition as heritage, the grand sons of late Taba Tei (Seryi) repeated the footsteps of their grandparents late Taba Tei and late Techi Jirw who had every year bountiful of harvest and had never faced famine in their life time. A ritual connecting the soul calling of corns from agriculture field to granary house in the village with chanting on sources of grains, germination as plants, adoption as grains, utility for sustenance as food to human society was observed with complete rituals at Depo Village under Yazali circle under sponsorship of Taba Choya son of late Taba Bida and his better half Likha Tudi.

Truly, Jurpi is a lifting of last corn from the mat at agricultural field with defined observations of ritual, chanting by priest calling the souls of corn not to become prey to famine stricken animals like Dhir-Bun Khore, (rates) Dhir-Tachik Tokeo (birds) and other animals. The souls of corn is spiritually led to granary house with physical storage of corns (food grains) mostly the rice. This ritual is different from normal Jurpi festival commonly performed with simple and limited ingredients normally noticed in rural and semi urban life of present day society. Whereas, Jurpi Yullo is performed with full length and complex rituals associated with narration and chanting in Yullu tradition that involves sacrificial observation of Yullo festival in recent past. Jurpi Yullo is rarely performed and traces the linkage on such Yullo puja in a clan is referred. The grandsons of late Taba Tei were blessed to have such opportunity of Depo Village on December 15, 2012. Jurpi is observed as shelter festival in some areas.

In other words, it is a clan Yullo (festival) where all clan members are involved and invited to take part in the entire process of rituals at home and in the field as well. The lifting of last corn and storage of grains at granary house with all essential Yullo ingredients viz sacred rice powder (etwi) Taki (ginger) opo (rice beer) Dilly (sliced pig meat). The remaining grains are lifted by the lady of the host after division of grains (rice) between the host and the priest. The priest lifts the basket (eqin) of host and shares for himself who are carried by host and members of the priest respectively. The corns are divided in equal proportion but due amount of priest’s share is restored to owner (host) basket as last doze of blessings so that the soul of grains does not go to the priest side absolutely. This is nothing but giving of blessings for continued bumper harvest.

The soul of corn is led from agri field to granary house by offering of opo-etwi on various points of crossing and diversion and bridges are laid down over the stream and rivers through Tepi plants and rim creepers since these plants are believed to have bonded the soul of corns in the turbulent past. After a long journey, the soul of corns is stored with concluding chanting and offering of Yullo ingredients. Lavish use of rice powder at ladder (Stairs), post of granary house, household articles are wrapped with holy khompu leaves and Tepi plants are impost /erected at all sides of the granary house. It is followed by distribution of etw-taki, opo and other eatables.

The belief goes that the dog played a significant role in carrying down the rice (grain) from the heaven with great tests and scrutiny at various hurdle points. The dog could hide the corns in its ear and today human being is blessed with food grains due to help of dog and is considered a second brother to men according legend, since human being could not carry the corn and were subjected to serious scrutiny. The dogs are fed first with special dishes on such occasion as respect or reverence to their service for human being.

In the history of Taba clan of the area, such a Jurpi Yullo was performed during life time of late Taba Tei, the grandfather who had planned to migrate (Dogin) from present village to Karbw Nemchi to join his cousin late Taba Ron and late Chada. A Pam Rongo (transitional) Jhum was done at Goya /Sutumpu near Hoj and his elder brother late Taba Jobi did the same at Kotu Legab (Pech) for settlement there. At home, the relatives of the community did not wish the separation from them and the original land without the family might have fallen vacuum and all of them started various propagandas about impending consequences on settlement at lower areas because of prevailed superstitious belief. They forced late Tei and Jobi to return to the original village. The family returned with heaps of food grains involving entire community as porters in batches. A festival called Yirin-Amper Yullo was performed by late Tei and his wife late Jirw at original village where the Jurpi the corn festival was coincided as associated elements. The soul of corns led from such a distant agricultural field now under Papum Pare to Posa village under Kebi Anchal with rituals throughout the long travel.

Similarly, the grand and great grand sons of late Tei had privileged to perform a Pote Yullo associated with Jele a (Large scale) marriage ceremony some  (seven) years back and concluding ritual was due to be observed. Fortunately, the priest who is still alive and the remaining process could be completed before expiry of the year 2012; otherwise, the opportunity would have not happened in case the priest survived no more.  It also opened a flood gate of get together of blood lineage of late Taba Tei and other close and distant clan members. Among the notable clan members who took part in the rituals were grand uncle Taba Tadap, Taba Tedir, Chief Engineer-cum-Director, Urban  Development, Taba Teni, Superintendent Engineer, PHED, Taba Nepa, ADEO, Taba Peri, JE, Taba Topu, Ex ZPM and his two wives Smti Taba Yag and Smti Taba Chiji ZPM Yazali, Taba Tekhi, Ex ASM Chulyu, Chukhu Teti, nephew of late Taba Bida and father of Chukhu Appa, IPS, Nabam Takhi father-in-law of Teni, Nabam Chada, nephew with his wife Nabam Piju ASM of Kebi, Y.Ligu wife of Pige Ligu, DC, Papum Pare, Likha Tongum, Zilla Chairperson Lower Subansiri and his wife Likha Osi and many others.

The Priest Chera Talar who completed the pending ritual, while questioned had viewed that he is fortunate and privileged enough to finish the assigned spiritual job which is rarest of rare that happened after seven year  of the  main Yullo.

In conclusion, it is believed that such fortune to observe the ritual associated with large scale clan Yullo once in a generation. Their father late Taba Bida an acclaimed personality who himself was a priest of repute and great orator, hunter and husband to 11 wives blessed with 10 sons, 14 living daughters with 103 grand children and 13 great grand children till now. His generation could only perform normal Jurpi but his sons have been blessed. This is unlikely in present or next generation because the customary practices are diminishing since environment of culture and tradition has undergone a sea change. Now, we hardly finds priest in the society who can perform such highly ordered rituals. Moreover, the traditional practices are no longer given due importance by people in general on coming of modernity and change in traditional life. Unless and until traditional practices are in full swing, lineage of Priest in the society is not possible and without the priest some rituals are untenable. Preservation of culture can be made by community decisions, consensus, and coordination of socio-cultural practices in a organized form as various indigenous groups are now involved with established prayer system to hold the basic culture.

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Eye donation

According to Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society (SLEDS) the Sri Lankan Eye Bank has become the world’s fifth biggest Eye Bank.

First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa on Wednesday became the one millionth Sri Lankan eye donor when she signed the consent form at the Eye Donation Day ceremony.

The SLEDS had donated 41,000 eye tissues locally and 60,326 internationally. Around 33,000 eye tissues had been tested and donated to people with vision impairment.

The Sri Lanka Eye Bank has become the world’s fifth biggest Eye Bank, the society said.

SLEDS have donated Rs. 100,000 to the Tangalle Blind School for the welfare of blind students and Rs. 45,000 to the Sri Jayawardanepura University Blind Welfare Unit.

In India despite the growing spread of awareness campaigns, the country has registered a dip of 3.5% in the number of corneal donations in the last one year, according to the latest government statistics. The number of corneas harvested dropped from 46,589 in 2009-10 to 44,926 corneas in 2010-11.

According to data recorded by the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), Rajasthan has recorded the highest fall of 72.19%, followed by Karnataka (36.36%), Punjab (18.45%) and Tamil Nadu (10.24%).

The country needs at least one lakh corneal donations every year to reverse blindness in thousands of people. Ophthalmologists say the reversals are surprising considering the investment in public awareness campaigns for eye donation.

Until 2010, there was an upward trend in the number of corneal donations. Doctors are unable to explain why there was a dip in states like Tamil Nadu which has consistently topped others in the number of all organ donations, including cornea. However, some states like Andhra Pradesh have recorded improvements in the eye donation programme.


Power supply worse at Roing

Dear Editor,

Though the irregularity and erratic power supply in Roing township is not a new matter, the power supply scenario has now deteriorated further. As the sun light bids goodbye, long spell power cuts, up to a span of one and half hour to two hours continues and is becoming a routine matter. In addition, low and un-steady voltages are two root causes of great inconveniences. Residents of the township, more specially, students facing exams are badly hit by this power imbroglio.

Keeping in view of difficulties faced by the residents, higher authorities of the Power Department should urgently initiate appropriate measures to ascertain smooth power supply to the Roing Township.  


P. Baishya,





Stop sending unwanted messages

Dear Editor,

For the last 4 to 5 months, we have been receiving messages from the unknown numbers viz. BV-ONMOBL, 12555 etc which we never subscribed for. They use to send messages frequently stating that “thank you for subscribing chalisa pack. Will be charged Rs 1.00/1 days or Rs 5/7 days. To unsubscribe, call 1255599 etc”. Infact, when we start calling 125599 for un-subscription even though having no any fault of ours, they use to charge Rs 5 instead of response we sought. These messages we receive daily is irritating us.

In view of above, we would like to request to the concerned BSNL service provider to kindly stop sending such unwanted and unnecessary messages for which we did not subscribed for.


G. Padu & friends