Scientists warn Arunachal of grave seismic threats
Bill on urban & town planning soon: CM
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: A major seismic threat looms large over entire North Eastern states
especially Arunachal Pradesh, with the state situated in the Zone V of the seismic
belt, according to geophysicist from IIT Kharagpur Professor S K Nath.
“All states in the region would suffer heavy casualties in the event of an earthquake
of above eight point in Richter Scale and more damages will be suffered by Arunachal”,
Professor Nath cautioned while delivering a keynote address on a day-long workshop
on ‘Micro-Zonation of landslide and earthquake hazards in Arunachal Pradesh’ organized
by state remote sensing application centre in collaboration with union ministry of
earth science and Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre here this morning.
Advocating for assessment of seismic vulnerability, Professor Nath warned that out
of the 69 urban centers falling under seismic micro zones, 36 were very dangerous
and Arunachal is one among them.
“Over one lakh people died in India in the last century due to earthquake and thirty
per cent of the present population are in the zones IV and V of the seismic belt.
Around 3.2 million square kilometer of area is under earthquake belt in the country”,
“We need to create awareness among the people on the hazard of earthquake and to
work out the guidelines in a holistic manner to prepare a comprehensive detailed
project proposal to mitigate the adverse affects of natural disasters like earthquakes
and landslides”, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu commented. He said, about 786 earthquakes
of varying magnitude occurred during the last century in the state and its surrounding
areas with six above seven magnitude in Richter scale.
He pointed out that landslide, a common phenomenon in the state occurred due to various
human factors could be minimized if awareness could be created among the people.
“The state government will like to provide facilities like fencing and irrigation
to the farmers switching over to permanent cultivation instead of jhum and in this
regard a proposal has been submitted to the Centre for approval. Once the proposal
is approved it reduce landslide to a great extent”, he added.
The chief minister also urged the people to stop hunting and cutting trees.
Expressing regret on improper construction and unplanned towns in the state without
proper drainage system, Khandu informed that a bill on urban and town planning would
be prepared soon.
Since natural catastrophes are unpredictable, preparedness is the only means to lessen
the disaster, said Parliamentary Secretary IT & Science & Technology Jomde Kena.
He hoped that the expert advises of the scientists during the workshop would benefit
the people of the state to great extent.
Finance Minister Setong Sena, Rural Development Minister Takar Marde and Commissioner
IT & Science & Technology Y D Thongchi were present on the occasion. UNI
West Kameng chalks out plan to attract more tourists
BOMDILA, Jan 29: The District Level Tourism Development Committee meeting (DLTDC)
of West Kameng was held yesterday under the initiative of its chairman cum Deputy
Commissioner to finalize the annual plan.
Though Bomdila lies in the heart of the most frequented upon tourist cum travel circuit
of the state widely acclaimed for it’s science beauty and rich traditional culture
coupled with numerous options for adventure tourism, angling, bird watching etc,
there is need for expansion and identification of new prospects and potentialities
so as to give the tourists a wider option to choose from, observed the DC Swati Sharma.
Acknowledging the need for participation of the locals for development of tourism
in true sense, the chairman suggested for constitution of a sub-committee consisting
of panchayat leaders, senior citizens and prominent village elders.
Identification of tourist circuits within the district, trekking routes, tourist
villages with home stay facilities, adventure tourism, opening of peaks for trekking
and mountain expedition, construction of cafeterias and view points besides early
completion of the on-going tourism projects, leasing out of the completed projects
of the district and maintenance of the Tourist Lodge Bomdila were the matters taken
up for discussion by the District Tourism Officer for consideration and recommendation
by the DLTDC. Another important feature taken up for discussion was the proposal
mooted by the DC for celebration of the 1st Bomdila festival in the second week of
The Committee suggested for recommending Sangti Valley and Shergaon in the district
as Tourist villages and identification of around 10-12 tourist interest places to
be incorporated in the districts tourism brochure. The committee also suggested for
taking up of the proposed helipad at Chillipam on priority in order to provide easy
air connectivity for the tourists and dignitaries coming to the district. DIPRO
Post teachers to Leporiang Sec school
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Leporiang People Welfare Committee Capital Complex (LPWCCC) conducted
its 1st ever socio-culture and educational awareness tour programme in Leporiang
area from Jan 24 to 26. The committee members discussed the topics on social importance,
health and hygiene, preservation of flora and fauna. Resource persons Dr Tana Talin,
MO, Nabam Aka, asstt professor RGU, Nabam Sera Hina, ADEO also delivered valuable
lectures during the awareness campaign.
Expressing concern over the deteriorating condition of the Govt Secondary School,
Leporiang which is run by only few SSA teachers, the committee also urged the Govt
to post subject teachers to the school at the earliest.
It also conducted social service in Leporiang health unit with the involvement of
1000 people including panchayat leaders and youths.
Steel suspension bridge inaugurated
PAKKE, Jan 29: It was no less a great day for the people of Pakke and the students
of Pakke Middle school across the river when they got their much needed steel
suspension bridge over Pakke River, inaugurated on Jan 25 last by local MLA and
Parliamentary Secy. Kumar Waii.
With the estimated cost of 109 lac, the bridge is of 120 meter long and was undertaken
by the deptt. of RWD under SPA scheme. The construction of bridge which started
from 2007-08 was completed in 2009.
It is pertinent to mentioned here that the Bridge which replaced the earlier log
bridge, would be of immense help to the students of Pakke Middle School situated
across the Pakke river.
Addressing the gatherings who were all elated on the day, Waii pointed out that the
school has come to the limelight due to this bridge. While ensuring the people of
bringing more scheme in the years to come, Waii opined the launching of bridge as
the beginning of development in the area. Responding to the memorandum submitted
by the school, he announced 10 lac for the standardization of the existing School.
He also suggested the public to cooperate the teachers in all the school related
problems. However, he pointed out that the state has enough teachers as per the ratio
of the students but due to lack of sincerity on the part of teachers, there is shortage
of teachers in the state. He also asked the teachers to stay in their posting place
and do the duty sincerely. DIPRO
Sika micro hydel inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: MLA Alo Libang inaugurated Sika Micro Hydel Station of 15 KV at
Likor during his visit to the Likor village along with Upper Siang DC Pawan Kumar
Sain and officers and public leaders yesterday.
Addressing the public, Libang appealed them cooperate the Govt in its initiatives
for all round development. He also assured to give emphasis on improvement of the
Pawan Kumar Sain, informed that already water and electricity supply have been provided
to the village and road connectivity has been taken on priority. People should utilize
these facilities and maintain and look after them well. Education should be given
priority so that younger generation becomes worthy citizens, he said. Indiscriminate
hunting and fishing should be stopped for the posterity of the future generations,
he further said and assured full co-operation from the district administration. DIPRO
Give priority to development: MP
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: MP Takam Sanjoy called on Union Minister of State (Independent
charge) for women and child development Krishna Tirath on Friday. MP apprised the
minister of the delay being caused in sanctioning developmental projects to the state.
While calling upon the minister to give priority to development of the frontier state,
Sanjoy said Arunachal has been deprived of many important and basic schemes of various
Meanwhile, expressing concern over the report that Kendriya Vidyalay School (KVS),
Nahalrgaun is running without principal for last two months ever since incumbent
principal S. Tyagi was taken out of school, Sanjoy in a letter to the KVS Commissioner,
New Delhi urged him to post a principal to the school immediately.
National Seminar on Buddhism
Expert stresses on archaeological excavation to shed new light on Buddhist studies
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Prof. R.D.Choudhary, former Vice-Chancellor and Director General,
National Museum, New Delhi today stressed on archaeological exploration and excavation
to shed new light on Buddhist Studies on North-East India.
He was addressing a two-day National Seminar on the theme ‘Buddhism and Buddhist
Tribes of North-East India’ organized by the department of History, Rajiv Gandhi
University as the Chief Guest. He also dwelt on Buddhist remains of North-East India.
The Seminar was sponsored by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies,
The guest of honour and Prof. K Sankaranarayn, Director K. J. Somaya Centre for Buddhist
Studies, Mumbai dwelt on the significance of the study of Buddhism as a part of life.
She lamented that very little is known about Buddhism of North-East India to the
In his key note address on the inaugural function of the seminar Prof. Josh from
Visvabharati Shantiniketan dwelt on origin of Buddhism both Theravada and Mahayana
form and focused on the importance and relevance of Buddhist teaching in the present
Delegates from Orissa, Bengal, Delhi, Mumbai and North-East states have attended
the session. Dignitaries from the states including Dr. T Nyori, former Registrar,
RGU, IPR director Leki Phuntso, Monks from Theravada Vihar of Itanagar also participated
in the inaugural function.
Earlier, Prof. S.Dutta, former Prof. RGU, Prof. A Sahu, Head Dept. of Ancient History,
Visvabharati, Shantiniketan and Prof. B. Mukharjee, Shantiniketan presented their
paper on various aspects of Buddhism and Buddhist art. Prof. A. Mitra, Vice-Chancellor
In-charge, Rajiv Gandhi University, chaired the inaugural session, informed Coordinator
of seminar, Prof. B. Tripathy. DIPR
Know Your Army mela brings youth & Army closer
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: 26 Maratha Light Infantry of Lohit Brigade under aegis of Dah
Division organized an awareness campaign under the theme ‘Know your Army’ for the
youth of Namsai sub division on Jan 28 at Chongkham.
Speaking on the occasion Colonel HS Chouhan, Commanding Officer 26 MLI said that
this programme will make inroads in the mind of the youth towards joining the Army
and will also help in reinforcing the bonhomie of friendship and cooperation between
the people of this sub division and the Army.
Apart from around 1700 students of the area, T. Gankak EAC Chongkham, principals
of the local schools, teachers, parents and general people took part in the Army
The awareness programme started with "Run For Fun" which was flagged off by Colonel
HS Chouhan. It started from Pali Vidyapith and culminated at same venue.
Cultural activities, martial arts by Army, display of band, exhibition of weapons
and equipments, dog show and prize distribution were the major highlights of the
programme. There were stalls of Army Adventure activities and awareness about joining
army through various entries which attracted the youth.
NYP sponsores students
ITANAGAR, Jan. 29: National Youth Project of Arunachal wing recently sponsored the
students of Markio Memorial School, Itanagar to participate in the national youth
festival held at Kolkata from 22nd to 26th January. During festival students of Markio
Memorial School performed traditional dances of Arunachal Pradesh which truly impressed
Tezu Expo-2010 concludes
TEZU, Jan 29: The 15-day long Tezu Expo 2010 cum Gram Shree Mela organized by Amik
Matai Society, concluded successfully at Tezu. The Expo was jointly supported
by NABARD, Regional Office , Itanagar and the state Microfinance Vision.
The main objectives behind the Tezu Expo were to provide a marketing intervention
of SHG and rural artisan products. Local SHGs were provided stalls to market their
handloom and handicraft products in the Expo. The SHG stalls were jointly sponsored
by the State Microfinance Vision, Arunachal Pradesh and NABARD Arunachal Regional
Office, Itanagar. A Buyer-Seller Meet was also conducted for interaction between
the traders and the buyers. Nearly 45 stalls of traders from Delhi, Mumbai, Kashmir,
Guwahati, Kolkata and the other parts of the country took part in it.
It may be mentioned here that Amik Matai Society had participated in the Bhutan-India
Regional Friendship Trade Fair organized by the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(BCCI) at Gelephu, Bhutan from 8-12 January. DIPRO
De-stressing the sentinels of north - east
Yoga for AR personnel
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Yogacharya Dr Gopichand Chauhan, Delhi had conducted a month long
‘yoga capsule’ for the 19 Assam Rifles personnel and their families at Khonsa recently.
The batch-wise programme was the part of the 175th anniversary of Assam Rifles.
Dr Gopichand Chauhan is prolific and seasoned Yoga Instructor who has been conducting
Yoga capsules all over the country for last twenty years.
In prevailing environment stress levels among soldiers is high owing to changing
living conditions, personal and professional requirements. In such situation, the
significance of de-stressing minds by pristine and time-tested means like `Yoga’
needs no emphasis. Yoga has helped soldiers to maintain their physical, mental and
emotional well being.
MLA conducts development tour
JANG, Jan 29: Worth million dollar smiles dribbled upon the faces of all ages under
Jang-Mukto constituency as young and dynamic youth leader Tsering Tashi performed
development tour of Jang and Thingbu blocks under Tawang district from January 18
The tour which included visit of entire villages falling under Jang-Mukto constituency
including remote Mago, Thingbu in China border and Bongleng village, the last village
bordering Bhutan is aimed towards creating awareness among the rural masses over
health and hygiene, education and also the developmental initiatives taken up by
the local MLA.
Tashi, had managed a medical team along with sufficient medicines during his to bring
the health services to the doorsteps of common masses residing in remote border villages.
Free distribution of medicines and free medical checkups has been some important
components of the tour programme. During the tour, CGI sheets procured under MLA-LAD
were being distributed to the BPL beneficiaries at the behest of the local MLA. He
also hosted lunch for school children in all the villages he visited.
18 days trekking tour to numerous villages, interacting with the villagers, briefing
them about the means and ways of sustainable income generation, advising on proper
sanitation and hygienic way of living, emphasizing on compulsory education to all
children and preservation of wild life and forest became the main highlight.
During interactive sessions with the locals, Tsering was apprised of the grievances
and problems faced by them to which he assured to take up the matter on urgency with
the chief minister who is also the local MLA.
He was accompanied by ADC of Jang, D Kamduk, ZPMs of Jang-Thingbu block Jambey Tsering,
Mukto Block Dangsang, Anchal Chairpersons Passang and Namgey Tsering, and Circle
Officers Pemten, Lobsang Tsetan and Choikey Dondup and other Public leaders of the
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) advocated
for circulating/floating all departmental advertisements through directorate of advertisement
and visual publicity (davp) excepting urgent cases.
All tenders, irrespective of their values, must be invited in the most open and public
manner through departmental website or Press in English, Hindi or in written language
of the district giving full details of the NIT, including ID no. However, a brief
advertisement may invariably be inserted in the Press in classified category, AARCA
ALSU early establishment of Govt law college
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Appreciating the Khandu-led state Govt for endorsing the demand
for a law college Arunachal Law Students’ Union has appealed to the Govt for immediate
construction of the Govt Law College at state Capital.
The union also extended its thanks to National Hydro Power Corporation for granting
Rs 17 crore for establishment of the College.
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Parliamentary secretary, Industries, Nabam Rebia and Tapu Gapak,
Deputy Conservator of Forest (HQ) would attend the pre-Nyokum Festival as chief
guest and guest of honour respectively at Arunachal Bhawan, Cleave Colony, Shillong
on February 4.
Leprosy - an infectious disease
A disease is an abnormal condition of an organism that impairs bodily function associated
with specific symptoms and signs. It is mainly of two types- communicable (infectious
diseases) and non communicable (non infectious diseases). Communicable diseases are
categorised according to the types of pathogens like bacterial, viral, protozoan
etc. Out of several bacteria causing diseases leprosy is one of the most fatal one.
Leprosy is a slow progressing chronic infectious disease which is characterised by
development of granulomatous lesions on nerves, skin, mucous membranes, bones and
viscera. The disease is nonfatal and curable. Leprosy was the first disease which
was found to be caused by a patogen. It is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae
and Mycobacterium lepromatosis. It was discovered by Norwegian doctor Hansen in 1874.
It is also called Hensen's disease. The most favourable sites are Schwann and perineural
cells in areas which tend to remain cool. Another name is lepra due to presence of
rough and scaly skin.
Historically, leprosy has affected mankind since at least 600 BC and was well recognized
in the civilization of ancient China, Egypt and India. In 1995 the World Health Organization
(WHO) estimated that between two and three million people were permanently disabled
because of leprosy. India has the greatest number of cases, with Brazil second and
Burma third. In 2000 the WHO listed 9 countries in which Hensen's disease is endemic.
India, Myanmar and Nepal contained 70% of cases. India accounts for 64% of globally
registered cases of leprosy. According to recent figures from the WHO, new cases
detected worldwide have decreased by approximately 107,000 cases from 2003 to 2004.
This decreasing trend has been consistent for the past few years.
At highest risk are those living in endemic areas with poor conditions such as inadequate
bedding, contaminated water and insufficient diet, or other diseases that compromise
immune function. Recent research suggests that there is a defect in cell mediated
immunity that cause susceptibility to the disease. The region of DNA responsible
for this is also involved in Parkinson disease giving rise to current speculation
that the two disorders may be linked in some way at the biochemical level. In addition,
men are twice as likely to contract leprosy as women.
It is not highly infectious, as approximately 95% of people are immune and sufferers
are no longer infectious after only a couple of days on treatment. They would not
have spread leprosy through a community, whereas syphilis, which has similar symptoms,
is more contagious.
Leprosy can develop at any age but appears to develop most often in people aged 5
to 15 years or over 30.
How leprosy is spread is unclear. However it may be passed from person to person
through droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person and breathed
in or touched by an uninfected person. But even after contact with the bacteria,
most people do not contract leprosy. About half of the people with leprosy probably
contracted it through close, long term contact with an infected person. Leprosy cannot
be contracted by simply touching someone with the disease, as it commonly believed.
The only other animals besides humans known to contract leprosy are Armadillo, Chimponzu
and Cynomolgus macaque. The incubation period for the leprosy causing bacteria can
last anywhere from two to ten years.
Leprosy can be categorized by the type and number of skin areas affected. Those with
5 or fewer affected skin areas have leprosy that is called paubacillary. Those with
6 or more affected areas have leprosy that is called multibacillary. Leprosy can
also be classified as tuberculoid, lepromatous or borderline according to the symptoms
people have and other findings.
Since the bacteria that cause leprosy multiply very slowly, symptoms usually do not
begin until at least 1 year after people have been infected. On average, symptoms
appear 5 to 7 years after infection. Once symptoms begin they progress slowly.
Leprosy affects mainly the skin and peripheral nerves. Characteristic rashes and
bumps develop. Infection of the nerves makes the skin numb or the muscles weak in
areas controlled by the infected nerves.
Tuberculoid leprosy, is benign and self limited form of leprosy which is characterised
by the presence of a few asymmetrical sharply defined, pale or reddish patches or
macules with elevated border and dry rough surface. It is mostly non infectious and
is believed to occur in patients with high degree of immunity.
Lepromatous leprosy, is malignant and infectious type of leprosy in which the bacillus
spreads to all parts of the body because the immune system of the patient is poor.
A number of diffused, symmetrical pale nodules appear in the skin and get transformed
into plaques and then nodules or lepromas.
Borderline leprosy shows the features of both tuberculoid and lepromatous type of
leprosy, without treatment, borderline leprosy may become less severe and more like
the tubercuboid form, or it may worsen and become more like the lepromatous form.
If left untreated leprosy has serious effects on the body including—
Hands and feet--Leprosy bacteria attack the nerves in the hands and feet and cause
them to become numb. A person may get cuts or burns on the numb parts and not know
it, leading to infections which cause permanent damage. Fingers and toes may be lost
to infection. Paralysis may cause the fingers and toes to curl up permanently.
Eyes-leprosy bacteria attack the nerves around the eyes causing the loss of blinking
reflex. The eyes become dry and infected, and blindness may result. Because of numbness
of eye, the person cannot feel dirt or scratches in the eye.
Nose-damage to internal lining of the nose causes scarring and eventual collapse
of the nose.
Sexual function-men with lepromatous leprosy may have erectile dysfunction (impotence)
and become infertile. The infection can reduce the amount of testosterone and sperm
produced by the testes.
Kidneys-the kidneys may malfunction. In severe cases kidney failure may occur.
Because leprosy is not very contagious, risk of spread is low. Only the untreated
lepromatous form is contagious, although even then the infection is not easily spread.
Once treatment has begun, leprosy cannot be spread. Avoiding contact with bodily
fluids from and the rash on infected people is the best prevention. National leprosy
control programme (NLCP) aims at treatment and re-habitation of leprosy in the society.
This program was started in 1955. The BCG vaccine, used to prevent tuberculosis (TB)
provides some protection against leprosy.
Antibiotics can stop the progression of leprosy do not reverse any nerve damage or
deformity. Thus early detection and treatment are vitally important. The drugs chosen
depend on the type of leprosy.
For multibacillary the standard combination of drugs (MDT-multidrug treatment) dapsone,
rifumpin and clofazimine is used.
People take rifumpin and clofazimine once a month under a health care practitioner’s
supervision. They take dapsone plus clofazimine once a day without supervision for
6 months. Because the bacteria are difficult to eradicate, antibiotics must be continued
for a long time. Depending on the severity of the infection and the doctors judgment,
treatment continues for 6 months to many years. Doctors recommend lifelong treatment
with dapsone for people with lepromatous leprosy.
Love The Lepers, Care The Lepers
Help To Cure The Lepers
BSC lift GRM Trophy
Seppa, Jan 29: Bameng Sport Club (BSC) beat East Kameng Football Association (EKFA)
by 3-1 goals in a thrilling encounter to lift the 3rd edition of Gamsang Rimo Memorial
Football Trophy at general ground here on January 26 last.
After a baron first half, Bameng Sport Club scored within a few minutes from the
lemon break. However the lead short-lived as the EKFA equalized it immediately.
The game was marred by some controversies inside the ground and had to be suspended
for a short period.
However, old horse BSC using their hidden tactics scored two quick goals with the
help of free kick. The match was declared in fravour of BSC by the referee in consultation
with the committee after the infuriated EKFA players refused to play and walked
out of the ground.
Sunil Neri of EKFA became the highest scorer while Adam Rimo and Krish Tallang both
from EKFA were declared player of the tournament and best goalkeeper respectively.
Tapuk Taku, who was the chief guest, urged the players to maintain sportsman spirit
saying that winning and losing are part and parcel of game. Hence, winning or losing
one or two games make no team better than other, he said. DIPRO
Gachi Volleyball Open Tournament conducted
ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The first Gachi Volleyball Open Tournament 2010 was conducted at
Gensi under West Siang district from January 22 to 26 last. The final match was held
between Nyoi team and Young Bird in which the former defeated the latter by straight
3-0 set. The winner and runners up were given Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 8,000 respectively
along with trophies.
The opening day of the tournament was attended by MLA Jomde Kena and executive engineer,
PWD (Basar divn) Mimar Nyodu as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.