February 01


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: 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


RCH camp benefits 199

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: A total of 199 patients were treated for various ailments in the two days RCH cum awareness camp on maternal health and family planning conducted by a team of physicians and para medical staff from District Hospital Yingkiong at Mosing and Palling village on January 28 and 29

The doctors comprising Dr. Appir Apang, DRCHO, Dr. Gepeng Litin, Obs. & Gynae,  MS, District Hospital Yingkiong, Dr Karo Teng, Psychiatric, Dr K Patuk, SMO and four para medical staff also conducted anti-natal check-up and medicines were distributed free of cost to the patients along with contraceptive like pills, condoms. Copper T insertions were also done.

The team treated 75 patients at Palling and 124 at Mosing village.


AdiSU lauds RBAPF decision

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: While welcoming the press statement given by Ramle Banggo Adi Peopls’ Forum  (RBAPF) for their intention to remain in present East Siang district published on January 31 issue of this daily, AdiSU in a release said that it did not find justification in MLA Tako Dabi’s rejection to the people’s urge.

Being a senior citizen and representative as well he should refrain from making such comments, it said.

“We welcome the creation of the new district and appreciate it for better administrative convenient and all round development for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, but such move should not hurt sentiment of people in general,” the release said.

The boundary demarcation should be made as early as possible and let it come up through open forum/dialogue to prevent any future complicacy, AdiSU opined.


‘Change the nomenclature’

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Appreciating the state Govt for creation of new district All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA)  Kurung Kumey district  has requested for changing  of name of the district from Kara-dadi to Lower Kurung Kumey or any other appropriate name.


Governor, CM’s Reh greetings

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Governor General (Retd) J J Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have greeted the people of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly the Mishmi community of Lohit, Dibang Valley and Anjaw on the auspicious occasion of Reh Festival.

In his festival message, the Governor wished that divine mother ‘Nanyi Inyitaya’ showers her choicest blessings on every member of the society.

In his festival message, Tuki said “festivals indeed strengthen the emotional integration and foster the feelings of brotherhood and mutual understanding amongst our citizens”.

Festivals showcase tribe’s vibrant and rich cultural heritage and traditions, the message further read.


Demonstration on threshing of rape seed and mustard

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), East Siang, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat conducted a demonstration on threshing of rape seed and mustard using tractor model multicrop thresher at Taki-lalung village.

The demonstration was conducted at an area of 1.5 hectare. The farmers were made acquainted with the thresher by letting them carrying out the operation themselves during the demonstration. The process requires only 4 persons where and the machine used can thresh over 1000 kg of dry mustard a hour.

The subject matter specialist o the KVK imparted knowledge to the farmers regarding the thresher machine and needs of selective machinery for  cultivation of different crops.


SMDC training under RMSA scheme

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The two days SMDC training for the session 2012-13 under RMSA scheme concluded at URC Building, Naharlagun today.

The aims and objectives and provisions under RMSA, and other topics like school mapping exercise, role and responsibility of SMDC such as planning, implementation, monitoring and supervision and  records keeping, accounting, auditing and filling up of data in U-DISE in the school level were elaborately discussed made known to the participants.

The resource persons of the training were, G Tatang, DPC, RMSA and G Tachang, Coord-Plg, RMSA, T Gadi, APO, attached to RMSA and Dr. AK Mishra, Coord-Pedagogy of Papum Pare district .

Earlier, Papum Pare DDSE cum DMO TT Tara appealed to all SMDC members for cooperation and participation in implementation of RMSA scheme at school level.

All the Principals, Headmasters and teachers of Govt. Hr. Secondary and Govt Secondary schools of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Doimukh and Banderdewa attended the training along with the SMDC members.


GSU ultimatum to Govt on Yudik murder case

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has demanded the state government to fulfill its various demands in connection with Goto Yudik murder case before February 10.

Deciding unanimously to continue its stir, in case the government fails to meet the demands within the given time period, GSU in its executive body meeting here yesterday placed few demands afresh ‘with slight modification’ in addition to the Union’s earlier demands submitted on January 15 before the government, which included immediate dropping of Parliamentary Secretary Home from his post for his alleged failure to discharge his authority and power as the Parliamentary Secretary (Home), immediate transfer of the Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and Town Magistrate of West Siang district, inquiry into the involvement and role of the Chairman and Organising Secretary of LOC in the mentioned incident, speedy investigation and submission of charge sheet against the culprits at the earliest.

“We appeal to the State Govt. to address our demand within February 10 failing which the union will be left with no other option but to continue its democratic movement,” the release threatened.

GSU threatened to launch its third phase of agitation in form of 72 hours ‘chakka jam’ at Galo dominated areas from February 12, 5 am to February 15, 5 am.


Army medical camp benefits over 500

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The 12 Assam Regiment and 402 Field Hospital under the aegis of Headquarter 2 Mountain Division organized a free medical camp at Tilai village of Lohit under ‘Operation Good Samaritan’ today.

A total of 515 civilians have availed the opportunity. The patients were treated mainly for diarrhea, respiratory problems, fungal infections, malaria, viral fever, anemia and skin infections besides basic treatment for other diseases.  Various rapid laboratory tests as well ECG were also done. Children were also administered vaccination during the camp.  The patients were provided medicines for all kind of ailments.

A dental officer from CHC Chowkham was also present and carried out dental inspection of all villagers

Three doctors and medical staff of the Army under Commanding Officer 402 Field Hospital of Headquarter 2 Mountain Division as well as civil doctors and staff of CHC Chowkham and Wakro conducted the camp.

The District Medical Officer and Gaon Bura Tilai village on behalf of the villagers and civil administration lauded the noble gesture of the ‘Army’ and expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the medical camp at their doorstep.


GBS mourns death of social worker

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Giogi Brothers Society (GBS) has deeply condoled the untimely demise of Giogi Nyakum, chairman of the Society’s youth wing who breathed his last at  Lorr village near biological park here on January 28.  He is survived by three sons and three daughters.  Born at Hatam village on Oct 4. 1979 under Sangram circle in Kurung Kumey district,  late Giogi was the founder chairman  of the GBS (in 1997). He was a sincere social and political worker and also elected as Gram Panchayat member from Hiba –I in 2003 and 2008. His demise is an irreparable loss to the society. The society members  prayed for his peace in heavenly abode  and for enough strength to the  bereaved family.





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

Revenue backbone of a state economy’

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Describing that revenue is the backbone of state economy, Tax and Excise Joint Commissioner Tani Jongkey said that the development and sound economy of the States and the country solely depends on handsome revenue collection.

Briefing the importance of tax collection to the business community of Itanagar in an interactive dealer awareness programme here today, the Joint Commissioner  was optimistic that if the dealers improve their sincerity, honesty and sense of belongingness, the revenue collection of our state can be doubled from the present collection and thereby improve State’s economy to a great extent.  He also observed that 99% of the businesses in the State are being run by outsiders and therefore, he appealed them to consider themselves as Arunachalee and contribute in the developmental process through effective collection of revenue because they act as tax collection agency on behalf of the Govt. He also appealed them to train up the innocent people of the State in the various business lines so as to stop the culture of looking for easy earning and donation.

To a speculation raised on the activities of Enforcement wing as a kind of harassment, he clarified that this has been necessitated to create awareness amongst the business community on the importance of maintaining proper books of account and timely submission of returns with utilisation certificate of ‘C’ forms obtained. He appealed them to engage well experienced tax consultant and computer expert for maintaining proper books of account and also to implement e-governance scheme as early as possible as the State is already lagging behind as compared to other States.  He also assured to conduct such workshop if required by the dealers. Tapas Dutta, Assistant Commissioner (Tax & Excise) showed the benefits of the e-services through a PowerPoint presentation and informed that the department is starting e-services for VAT & CST registration, filing of sales/purchase invoices, filing of returns and obtaining of statutory forms through online mode. The dealers would be able to use the services through the website of the department namely www.aruntax.nic.in. The application software and the web portal is being developed by NIC, Karnataka, he informed. He also said that department of Tax & Excise is moving for complete computerization (automation) of tax administration in Arunachal Pradesh and other services like e-payment, e-check post, e-refund, e-assessment etc. would be launched very soon.

Earlier, K Komut, Superintendent, Tax & Excise and State Project Co-ordinator of MMPCT welcomed all the participants.

Besides the State Informatics Officer, NIC, Itanagar senior officers and officials of the Tax department were also present.



One sentenced to 2 years imprisonment in land selling case

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: In a landmark judgment one person namely Karsi Tayem has been sentenced to 2 years simple imprisonment in judicial custody under section 420 IPC for selling a same plot of land to the two different persons. Delivering the judgment Talo Potom, judicial magistrate first class, Itanagar capital complex   further noted that the pecuniary transaction between the parties shall remains as it was and the interested parties may initiate a legal action against the accused under relevant sections of law after the completion of his sentences.

Such kind of incidents has been reported many times in capital complex. On various occasion it has been found that a person sells a particular plot of land to two persons leading to legal complications. Sometimes the buyer does not get back and lose his hard-earned money.

In this particular case, a complaint was received from one Menia Welly, a permanent resident of Seppa claiming that her occupied plot of land located near Helipad, Naharlagun was being encroached by one Yapang Nabam Yangfo. Accordingly, the Summon was issued U/s 145 Cr.PC, vide No. CEO/ICC/Jud-510/12/290-91, Dtd. 14/05/2012 and both the parties appeared before court and was heard on 21/05/2012.

After hearing from both parties, it was revealed that the actual owner of the plot was Kaku Taying of Model village Naharlagun and one Karsi Tayem had taken the plot from him. Later on, it was also discovered that Karsi Tayem sold the disputed plot to two different persons namely, Menia Welly of Seppa and one Jotin Yangfo, on two occasions.

Under the above fact and circumstances the court of Talo Potom judicial magistrate first class again issued summon/order vide No. CEO/ICC/Jud-510/12/353-355, Dtd. 21/05/2012 and CEO/ICC/Jud-510/12, Dtd. 23/06/2012 respectively to Karsi Tayem under section 420 IPC to appear before the Court. Consequently, on 10th October 2012, instead of appearing before Court, Tayem surrendered before Officer in Charge Naharlagun police station. Accordingly he had been produced before Court of judicial magistrate first class by the OC Naharlagun PS. Even after the several hearing, he could not decide as to whom the disputed plot belongs to and he admitted before court that he knowingly sold the said plot to two parties, namely, Menia Welly of Seppa and Jotin Yangfo of Dam site, Naharlagun.

After going through all the facts and circumstances, and after going through the records, the court found that he had committed an offence under Section 420 of Indian Penal Code. Accordingly, he has been sentenced to 2 years simple imprisonment.



NRHM review meeting held

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: A two days 3rd quarter review meeting of NRHM was organized at Banquet Hall, Itanagar on January 30 and 31.

While leading the review process, Dr D Padung, State Nodal Officer (NRHM) explained about the need of presenting the   action taken report of the last review meeting, the progress based on the ROP 2012-13 and physical status / achievements within the pre-formatted templates. Accordingly  representatives from all the districts presented their power point presentation as per the order.

While reviewing the NRHM activities, Health and  Family Welfare  Commissioner Tape Bagra and Special Secretary, (HFW) Dr Shalini Verma observed the trend of quality service delivery and gave focus on target set in the ROP.  While advocating for improvement in the financial achievement  they directed all DMOs / DRCHOs to ensure that the fund utilized at different level be uploaded into the web portal.

Acknowledging the untiring effort of DRCHOs of Kurung Kumey, Changlang and Tawang districts,  the Commissioner requested DRCHOs  of other district to work hard.

On the concluding day, Dr T Taloh, Jt DHS (FW) gave an overview of PCPNDT Act  and its importance. While presenting about the status of Arunachal, he requested all the DMOs to adhere to the Act and take all necessary   steps to ensure registration of all ultrasound machine / clinic in the districts. The last presentation of the review meeting was on ‘Delivery Points’ by Dr D Padung, State Nodal Officer (NRHM).  He requested all to meet the criteria in all health facilities of the respective districts. The review meeting concluded with a vote of thanks by Director of Health Services Dr K Nishing. Among others, Bidya Gadi, Mission Director (NRHM)  was one of the resource persons  in the review meeting participated by Addl DHS, Jt DHS, Deputy Directors from state directorate, DMOs and DRCHOs of the districts.


New CS motivates  doctor fraternity

H K Paliwal, the new Chief Secretary of the state addressed the medical fraternity during the NRHM review meeting which is of its kind in the history of NRHM in the state.  Paliwal motivated the doctor fraternity of being the ‘second God’  saying that a smile on the face of the doctor takes away half the problem of the patients.   Giving priority on health care he also assured  all possible help  from his end. While introducing  the new chief secretary, the  HFW Commissioner narrated how he (Paliwal) is an Arunachalee because of his love for the people of the state. His impeccable honesty, punctuality, workaholic character and integrity are of highest echelon, he said.

The chief secretary also narrated the first encounter with T Bagra at Delhi while he was in the DONER Ministry.



Arunachal stall in Kolkata Book Fair launched

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: As part of the 37th Kolkata International Book Fair, the exhibition stall of Directorate of Research, GoAP, was formally inaugurated today by Bijoy Talukdar, Deputy  Resident  Commissioner,  Kolkata  in  a  small  but  impressive  function  in presence of all staff of Arunachal Resident Commissioner’s office besides a number of visitors.

It requires here a mention that the exhibition stall has been commissioning since 26th January, the day of inauguration of the KIBF at SBI auditorium, Milan Mela in Kolkata.

In his inaugural address, Talukdar while expressing his utmost satisfaction over Arunachal putting up a stall in KBIF said, “Aesthetically the exhibition stall hosted by Directorate of Research is very attractive and one of the best. The cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh is adequately focused through its creative interior design and display of books. It has all merits to draw the inquisitive attention of the visitors.”

He also lauded the efforts of Director of Research in general and the visiting Arunachal team’s officials trio led by R N Koley, Asstt Director (Culture) and comprising Dr S K Ghosh,  Asstt Curator,  S Chanda,  Documentation Asstt in particular for highlighting Arunachal Pradesh to the greater mass.

Commenting on Arunachal’s participation in Kolkata International Book Fair for two successive years, Director of Research, Dr Tage Tada said, “It is a matter of great concern that  the  North East particularly Arunachal Pradesh has been overlooked by national  media except publishing some negative news only. So we intended to draw the attention of national media and greater Indian mass by giving them exposure to rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh in proper perspective through participating in International Book Fairs being organised in metropolitan cities and disseminating the data and information documented in Research publication.”

Secretary of Cultural Affairs, Indra Malo Jain has also been patronizing such endeavours,” he added.

R N Koley, in-charge of GoAP team, informed that 37th Kolkata International Book Fair would have gone unrepresented by the North East India had Directorate of Research, Govt of AP not participated. The response of visitors to Arunachal Pradesh stall hosted in Indira Goswami hall is encouraging, he said adding the books of Verrier Elwin and new publication - ‘Archaeological Heritage of Arunachal Pradesh’ written by Dr Tage Tada, J C Dutta and N Deori are on highest demand.

The Book Fair is scheduled to conclude on February 10 next.



DC inaugurates AMDO office at Roing

ROING, Jan 31:  The newly constructed semi-RCC office building of Assistant Mineral Development Officer here was inaugurated by Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar in presence of ADC W Tikhak and other administrative and branch officers of the DC office yesterday. The office building was completed in short span of 5 months 12 days by RWD Department under SPA.

Inaugurating the office building the Deputy Commissioner lauded the executing agency for its timely completion and hoped that the officers and officials of the department will find no problem and difficulty in discharging official work from now onwards. He also hoped that the revenue collection of the department will increase and would achieve the target set by the Government for this current fiscal year. Jotin Linggi, AMDO informed that the department has contributed a revenue collection of Rs 2.15 crore as Minor Mineral Royalty during the fiscal year 2011-12 to the state exchequer. He hoped to achieve the set target of Rs 3 crore in the current financial year. He informed that revenue of Rs 2.47 crore has been collected by the department since April 2012 to till date. DIPRO



Awareness cum workshop on sustainable drinking water supply, sanitation and FTK

KHONSA, Jan 31: A two days block level awareness cum workshop for PRIs on sustainable drinking water supply and sanitation and field test kit (FTK) training was organized by Khonsa Division of Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Division at Longding yesterday. Altogether 110 participants attended the programme.

Attending workshop, Dr. M Lowang gave brief note on relationship between health, water and sanitation. He informed that 80% of the disease is caused by contaminated water and 90% of diseases in Longding district are found to be water borne. He encouraged the gathering to give utmost importance to water quality.  

Doi Tarak, Consultant, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa gave detailed information on the role of panchayat raj institutions/ VWSC in the management of drinking water supply and sanitation through PowerPoint presentation. He elaborately explained on how to plan, implement, operate, maintain and manage water supplies to ensure their sustainability. He also highlighted on how to collect water sample and what parameter to be tested using Field Test Kit (FTK).

Tesa Tangjang, JT, Govt Middle School, Paniduria gave detail note on concept and component of sanitation. He elaborately explained on safe handling of drinking water, disposal of waste, personal hygiene and village sanitation. He stressed on abolition of age-old practice of traditional pigsty being commonly used in rural area.

BA Wangpa, JE, PHESD Longding detailed on different types of low cost sanitary toilets through PowerPoint presentation.  He explained how to construct, cost involvement, longevity and sustainability of the toilets.

SK Mukherjee, AE, PHESD Longding stressed the need for involvement of PRIs in implementation of people-centric Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA). He disclosed that the assets created under drinking water supply through NRDWP would be subsequently transferred and handed over to the respective PRIs for operation and maintenance after imparting proper training to them. He also explained on the roal and responsibility of District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC), Block Resource Center (BRC) and Village Water Sanitation Committee (VWSC).

Pasang Ratan, LT, PHESD Longding gave demonstrative training on how to use and measure the chemical reagents while handling the Field Test Kit for water quality testing. All the trainees were distributed IEC materials and FTKs in gano panchayat wise.

Chairing the programe, Longding ADC N Wangsu encouraged the participants to give importance and attention to such kind of training for the welfare of community. Further, he told that water is an elixir to our life and everybody should be careful about the quality of water supplied to them as most villagers consuming it may be prone to various water borne diseases.

Altogether 110 participants, including panchayat leaders, public and govt officers and officials of the block attended the programme. DIPRO



Taloh exhorts PWS to strive for socio-economic development

GEKU, Jan 31: Minister for Industries, Textile & Handicraft Tapang Taloh inugurateed the 5th general conference of Panggi Welfare Society (PWS) at Sumsing village, 17 km from here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Taloh stated that Panggi community is the part and parcel of the Adi tribe and appealed them to work, dedicate and promote various social and charitable activities for uplifting the Panggi community in particular and entire Adi as a whole.

He hoped that PWS will strive for eliminating social evils like drug (opium) addiction etc. He suggested the organization to discuss and take resolutions on various developmental activities like Tea and rubber cultivation, road communication and Hydro Power Projects etc for socio-economic development.

The Minister announced the Chief Minister's Loin-Loom Scheme which will benefit the poorest of the poor families of the state. He also informed that the State govt. headed by chief minister Nabum Tuki has decided to provide financial assistance to the interested persons of the state for tea and rubber cultivation.

He further informed that the center has already approved the proposal for establishing a Govt. Degree College and an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Geku.

Responding to one of the demands of the memorandum submitted to him by PWS, the minister announced Rs. 5 lakh   for construction of a 300m-long link road from main road to Sumsing village.

To another demand for construction of office building for the society at Geku, Taloh assured to take up the matter with the Chief Minister soon for positive action.

MLA Alo Libang called upon the society to work for unity, cooperation and mutual understanding among the members of the community.

Earlier, Tonggeng Panyang, Alum Taku and Angkom Paron, General Secretary, President and founder of PWS respectively traced the origin/history and reasons for the formation of PWS. They stated that the Panggi group lives in Beging-Banggo region under Geku and Katan circles and they are lesser in number and also lagging far behind others in education and other developmental activities including road communication. The motto of the society is to bring developments to this region.

The society felicitated Angkom Paron as the founder father of the PWS. It also felicitated the students of Class X and XII belonging to the community who excelled in the last Board examination with certificates and cash awards.



Workshop on joint forest management

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: A two days workshop to analyze the program and policies relating to Joint Forests Management in the state through participatory discussions with stakeholders organized by the Department of Forestry, NERIST began today.

The programme participants include CCFS/DFOs/ROs/VFMC chairman from different parts of the state. Workshop also has registered participation from mass allied groups such as scientists, academicians and programme officers of GBPIHED, RGU, SFRI and other institutions including NERIST.

Programme started by putting tribute to Swami Vivekanandji on the occasion when our nation is celebrating his 150th birth anniversary. Dr. C.L. Sharma, HOD forestry formally welcomed all the resource persons, other dignitaries and participants of the two days workshop.

DV Negi, PCCF and Principal Secretary to Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in his inaugural speech highlighted on forest resolutions, including Assam forest resolution, JFM resolution, Land tenure systems, Jhum regulation, etc. Discouraging jhum cultivation he said that conservation of forests can only be achieved if we are able to manage the unclassed forest degradation as it covers almost two-third of the total forest area in the state.

NERIST Director Prof. Dipankar Pal made a deliberation on forest cover, its types, biodiversity and joint forest management in the state. He also highlighted on the importance of natural resources for socio economic development of the society through employment generation through various forest based schemes. He also stated that forestry sector may collaborate with other disciplines like GIS & remote sensed data, electronics, computer science for developing the data base of the forest resources for better sustainability of these precious resources.

Prof. BK Tiwari, Coordinator, RC-NAEB, NEHU, Shillong elaborated on the importance of such programmes on land and resource management systems. He stated about the major role played by the regional centre in the region included carrying out evaluation, monitoring, training, cross fertilization of ideas and research studies. Informing that this year is the silver jubilee of forest policies he said “it is the right time to evaluate the policies and the programmes of the Govt. of India”.

Prof. ML Khan,Convener spoke in details on joint forest management programme in India and various on going schemes of the forests departments in collaboration with VFMC in the state. He also stated on the importance of people’s participation for management of precious natural resources of the state.

Dr. OP Tripathi, Organising Secretary highlighted on the aim and objective of the workshop, the outcome of which may be used for formulating the policies for conservation of forests through people’s participation.

RSC Jayaraj, CCF and Director, SFRI being the nodal officer from the department for JFM while giving detailed remark on JFM resolution in the state, emphasized on the people’s participation in the programmes, benefit sharing mechanisms, different programmes taken through such committee and their role in conservation of precious forest resources.



Arunachal tribe helps in TB research breakthrough

WASHINGTON, Jan 31: A small Arunachal sub-tribe has helped US scientists make a major breakthrough in tuberculosis research, giving them new insight on how TB remains a global epidemic causing 1.9 million deaths every year.

Studies carried on the people of Arunachal's Idu-Mishmis tribe, suffering from this dreaded disease, have discovered a possible reason for the resistance of tuberculosis, said the scientists from the Stanford University and Forsyth Institute.

According to results of the study published in the prestigious "Science Translational Medicine" journal, this is because of the ability of the tuberculosis bacteria to infiltrate and settle down in a particular class of stem cell in the bone marrow.

By doing so, the bacteria take advantage of the body's own mechanisms of self-renewal.

"Cancer scientists have noted that self-renewing stem cells like these in the bone marrow have properties - such as natural drug resistance, infrequent division and a privileged immune status - that make them resistant to many types of treatment," said Dean Felsher, MD, PhD, professor of oncology and of pathology.

Not only did the scientists find genetic material from the bacteria inside the stem cells, they were also able to isolate active bacteria from the cells of human patients with tuberculosis who had undergone extensive treatment for the disease.

"We now need to learn how the bacteria find and infect this tiny population of stem cells, and what triggers it to reactivate years or decades after successful treatment of the disease," said postdoctoral scholar Bikul Das, from the Stanford University, and lead author of the study.

The researchers and doctors conducted free general medical camps in five villages of Arunachal Pradesh and gave free medicines to all patients belonging to the Idu-Mishmis sub tribe.

This effort led to identification of individuals who had TB, and successfully completed drug treatment.

From these individuals, the team isolated the CD271+ stem cells, and found evidence of dormant TB bacteria in those stem cells.

These results supported Das' laboratory and Campos-Neto's animal study evidence that dormant TB hide in the CD271+ stem cells, the press statement said.

The findings raise the possibility that other infectious agents may employ similar "wolf-in-stem-cell-clothing" tactics.

And, although any new human treatments are likely to still be years away, they suggest a new possible target in the fight against tuberculosis, which infects nearly 2.2 billion people worldwide.

The study was carried in collaboration with scientists from the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge; Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto; and RIWATCH (Research Institute of World's Ancient Traditions Cultures and Heritage).

Ista Pulu, a Doctor belonging to Idu Mishimi community, and Vijay Swami, Director of RIWATCH are the co-authors of the paper.

Deepjyoti Kalita, a Doctor from Guwahati Medical College who participated in research study and Lab work at Roing, is also a co-author from north-east India.

The study as to "why TB treated patients remain sensitive to TB tests for life" made a breakthrough, "the results now will have direct implications in anti-TB drug development and explain why it is so difficult to treat active and latent TB", said the RIWATCH release.

This medical research has brought the Idu-Mishmi people and Arunachal on the world map. PTI



Women, Peace and Security: Strategizing to end violence against women in India

NEW DELHI, Jan 31: One Billion Rising campaign states, “One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime”.

In India, according to National Crime Record Bureau in 2011, 14.7% rape cases have been registered in cities while 85% rape cases are registered in rural India; there are more than one lakh rape cases pending; a total of 2, 28,650 women faced violence and abuse during 2007-2011 which includes rape, kidnapping, abduction, dowry death, cruelty by husbands and relatives, molestation, sexual harassment, importation of girls, immoral traffic etc. and the National capital Delhi has the highest percentage of crime rates against women which is 31.2%, informed Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network in a release. In Northeast India, a total of 13,308 incidence of crime against women had been reported according to the National Crime Records Bureau 2011 with 11503 cases in Assam, 269 cases in Meghalaya, 1358 cases in Tripura, 167 cases in Mizoram, 247 cases in Manipur, 38 cases in Nagaland, 171 cases in Arunachal Pradesh and 55 cases reported in Sikkim. Not only in their states, Northeast Indian women are also prone and are vulnerable in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc as violence and crimes happened to them such as rape, molestation, sexual harassment as frequently reported at the National media.

The panel, Justice J S Verma Commission that was set up in response to public outcry over the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on December 16, of a young woman has delivered its report outlining recommendations on how to tackle gender violence in the largely patriarchal country. The committee suggests key recommendations to tackle increasing violence against women in India that includes key recommendations such as to amend rape laws in India, to make gender sensitization through education, electoral reforms, police reforms, to monitor illegal patriarchal village council etc.

Taking strong cognizance of sexual offences committed by armed forces personnel in conflict zones, Justice J S Verma committee report has not only recommended amendments to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) but even questioned its continuance in such areas.

Gender equality is, first and foremost, a human right. Women are entitled to live in dignity and in freedom from want and from fear. Empowering women is also an indispensable tool for advancing development and reducing poverty.

In order to find strategies for change at this crucial time, we are hosting a round table discussion meeting on “Women, Peace and Security: Strategizing to End Violence Against Women in India” on February one at the Conference Room , Control Arms Foundation of India, New Delhi, the release informed.

Eminent panelist of the event will include Arvinn Gadgil, State Secretary from the Norwegian Ministry of Development, Reecha Upadhyay, Independent Gender Consultant, Nandini Rao, Delhi-based activist with the Citizens' Collective Against Sexual Assault Representations from YWCA, Monica Banerjee, Senior Programme Officer, National Foundation for India, Dr Deepa Ahluwalia, Sr. Project Advisor, National Mission for Empowerment of Women  and Binalakshmi Nepram Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network & Secretary General, Control Arms Foundation of India amongst others.

The panel will discuss issues and to strategize ways to end violence against women in India.

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Timely weather info to improve farm incomes

Weather forecasts are helping ensure that farmers make informed decisions to get the best from their  investments and hard work, scientists emphasized at a conference organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), as part of its annual global conclave, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit  (DSDS).

With India still primarily an agricultural country, its economy is still largely influenced by what  comes from the farm. Weather remains one of the most important factors determining success or failure  of agricultural production in India as elsewhere in South Asia.

Weather forecast can help minimize farm losses through proper management of agricultural operations,  opined experts during a meeting at the International Conference on Agriculture and Climate Change in  New Delhi. According to Dr Ananta Vashisth, a Senior Agricultural Physics Scientist  from the Indian  Agricultural Research Institute weather forecast helps in increasing the economic benefit to the  farmers by helping them in practicing suitable management techniques with proper advice on weather  conditions.

The weather forecast based agromet advisory bulletin contains information on crop management which is  based on weather forecast and gives warning to farmers much in advance regarding variations in  rainfall, in its amount and other weather factors including valuable information on pests and diseases.

Based on this information, a farmer is better geared to decide about his choice on crop management  including appropriate time for sowing, wedding, and harvesting and fertiliser application.



Thanks to all

Dear Editor,

I, on behalf of myself and my entire Doji family would like to express my heartiest gratitude and indebtedness to all those people who stood by me and my family at the hour of crisis which I had undergone few months back. I am still recuperating but the situation is better now. When I look back, I realize that I owe this new phase of my life to so many people, most of whom I personally don't know, but cutting across all man made barriers of religion, regionalism, casteism and most importantly communalism, all of you came together under one umbrella of humanity and wished for my well being and even contributed monetary help. Your prayers and good wishes had been really a source of guiding light, which helped me to garner my inner strength to fight on, no matter how grim and demoralizing the situation was.

The kind of unconditional support, love and affection that I got from you all, had been the only source of inspiration and strength to cope up with that difficult time of mine. Though no words can exactly express the feeling I have to say, as its inexplicable, I would sincerely like to thank one and all from the core of my heart to be a pillar of support and great understanding during my turbulent time.

May God bless you all and the entire Doji family wishes you all, a very happy and prosperous New Year 2013.


Moge Doji

Sipu Colony, Aalo




‘Rukin’ - an unexplored tourist destination

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed columns, I would like to bring in notice to the people in general  and tourism  department in particular about a mysterious and unexplored landscape named 'Rukin' at Basar of West Siang District.

Located just half km  away from Indian Council of Agriculture and Research (ICAR), Gori village, Basar, Rukin is a tributary of river 'Sii'  that flows through Basar. The area of confluence of these rivers has natural beauty at it's wilderness. The big trees, small waterfall, big rocks and sand on river banks are it's unique features. The gorge of Rukin is no less beautiful than Colorado river of USA or Marble rocks on Narmada river, with big enormous ancient rocks of various shapes through which mystic Rukin flows that will surely make one lost in another world. The cynosure is the spine-chilling dwelling caves of Indian flying foxes, a variety of bat on these rocks. There is a natural pond on these rocks which is a house  to variety of fish species which, according to local villagers, are believed to be protected by supernatural power and thus, they can't be caught. A mysterious place for local villagers, Rukin can be an ideal tourist spot for picnic, sight seeing, rock climbing, boating and angling if properly developed. The locally made hanging bridge named 'Palen Delo' over 'Sii' river that connects Rukin to the outside world can also be a tourist attraction. This bridge is in the dire need of upgradation though.

I hope Deptt. of Tourism will pay attention to make Rukin a famous tourist spot.

Yours ,

Bompi Basar

Gori Village, Basar