Supreme Court refers Arunachal political crisis issue to constitution bench

NEW DELHI, Jan 14: The Supreme Court today referred to a Constitution bench a bunch of petitions arising out of certain orders passed by the Gauhati High Court in the ongoing political battle in Arunachal Pradesh.

A bench comprising Justices J S Khehar and C Nagappan said the matters pertained to constitutional provisions on the rights of the Governor, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker and hence needed to be decided by a larger bench.

The counsel, appearing for Nabam Rebia who was allegedly removed by 14 rebel Congress and BJP MLAs from the post of Speaker, the deputy speaker and the Governor agreed with the suggestion of the apex court bench that the matter should be heard by a five-judge Constitution bench.

The moment the bench said it would refer the matter to a larger bench, a battery of senior lawyers, including F S Nariman, Kapil Sibal and Harish Salve, representing various parties in the matters, rushed to the court of the Chief Justice T S Thakur and sought setting up of the Constitution bench on an urgent basis on the ground that the matter was sensitive and needed to be decided at the earliest.

The CJI assured them of an early decision.

Yesterday, the apex court had ordered that the proceedings of the state assembly will not be held till Friday.

The bench had also allowed Rebia to take back his plea filed against an administrative order of the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court.

Rebia, who has challenged in Gauhati High Court various decisions of the Governor and Deputy Speaker including his removal from the Speaker's post, had alleged that the High Court's Acting Chief Justice had "erroneously rejected" his plea, filed on the judicial side, in administrative capacity.

He had also sought recusal of Justice B K Sharma from hearing his plea.

Rebia was removed from the post of the Speaker by 14 rebel Congress MLAs, disqualified by the Speaker, and BJP MLAs on December 16 in an assembly session presided over by the Deputy Speaker in a Community Hall in Itanagar.

The Deputy Speaker, before removing Rebia from Speaker's post, had also quashed the disqualification of the rebel Congress legislators.

Later, various decisions of the Governor and the Deputy Speaker were challenged by Rebia in Gauhati High Court which passed an interim order keeping in abeyance the decisions of Governor and Deputy Speaker till February one.  PTI




Ugly protest outside Raj Bhavan

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: Scores of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki supporters gathered outside Raj Bhavan demanding the ouster of Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa on Thursday morning. The protest was fueled by the High Court judgment of Wednesday which issued a verdict in favour of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly deputy speaker TN Thongdok’s application for vacation of December 17 court order of keeping in abeyance of Rajkhowa’s order to advance the legislative session which saw the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia removed and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki losing the floor test as chief minister.

The protestors including two MLAs and Congress workers  shouted slogans against the Governor, burnt tyres and obstructed all the three routes leading to the Raj Bhavan.

Later, the protestors finally dispersed at around 12.30 PM.

The Governor was inside the Raj Bhavan when the supporters of the Chief Minister were protesting outside.

Capital Complex Superintendent of Police Devender Arya said that two cases of rioting have been registered but no arrests were made.

The DGP, Arunachal Pradesh S. Nithianandam said that though the Police had no prior information about the protest, it managed to bring the situation under control. He further said that arrests will be made soon.




Mission to clean up Kameng continues

Staff Reporter

SEPPA, Jan 14:  With the Kameng River Festival 2016 slated to start from January 21-23  next, the people  of Seppa township are cleaning up the entire stretch of the Kameng River bank. Kra Dadi Club (KDC), an NGO along with Mothers Group, Women Welfare Organisation(WWO), Changtam Ane, the members from Shantipur and Rajabapak colony in collaboration with East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) today conducted cleaning campaign at Shantipur colony opposite to KRF venue on Eastern bank of the River. KDC volunteers with help of inflated tube cleared the wastages and heaves of plastic materials which was deposited at the river bank.  EKSWCO with help of the district administration had kick-started sanitation campaign to clear up the wastages deposited at the bank of Kameng River ahead of KRF.




DC calls for smooth implementation of IPPI

KHONSA, Jan 14: Tirap DC, Ravi Jha asked all the members of District Task Force to co-operate for the smooth implementation of the IPPI programme while addressing a District Task Force meeting in connection with IPPI, 2016 held at his chamber here today.

The DC appreciated the District Health Society headed by DMO N Lowang for the preparation being carried out for ensuing IPPI programme and further appealed to parents to extend full co-operation to the medical team by bringing their children on the immunization day for vaccination.

DMO N Lowang also informed that  a total of  126 IPPI booths have been set up for National Immunization Day on  Jan 17 and Feb 21 next in which 2 drops of oral polio vaccine will be administered to the children of age group 0-5 years.

The meeting was attended by ICDS Deputy Director, A Lowangchha, DDSE Pubi Lombi, Medical Superintendent Khogen Socia and technical and para-medical staff.(DIPRO)




Discovery North-East Festival concludes

TEZU, Jan 14: The Discovery North-East Festival concluded here today at Jubilee Ground Tezu, Lohit District.

Attending the closing ceremony, former minister, Nakul Chai spoke for preservation and promoting the culture of ethnic tribes through music as well as audio visual and modern electronic media. He also called young generation to learn and imbibe one’s age old culture in the period of globalisation.

Artists from Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Orissa, Mizoram, Gujarat, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh performed folk dances at the festival ground.

Deputy Director of North East Cultural Centre, Dimapur Zone, Senti Ao said that the motto of Discovery of North-East Festival was to preserve, innovate, promote and disseminate arts of the North East zone. DIPRO



PPA urge Governor to act as per Art. 371 H

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: Expressing its concern on the alleged growing lawlessness in the state capital, the Peoples Party of Arunachal(PPA)has stated that the Governor should bring normalcy in the state.

In a release, PPA president Kahfa Bengia stated the Governor should use every possible means at his command as per the Article 371 H to take stock of law and order.

Khafa added that there is complete breakdown of law and order in the state, while the common public is puzzled with the near collapse of the administrative system. The immediate need of the hour is that the Governor of the state should swing into action and take tough measures on anybody found indulging in creating law and order problems, he stated.

Further, citing Thursday’s gathering before the Raj Bhawan with burning tyres and shouting slogans against the Governor as politically motivated, the PPA release stated that the administration should be held totally responsible for allowing it to happen.      




District review meeting held

KOLORIANG, Jan 14: A 3rd quarter district level review -cum- convergence meeting with special focus on upcoming IPPI programme, achievement of Mission Indradhanush, selection & implementation of Peer Educator under RKSK, IMR and review of household survey data was conducted at the DC’s conference hall here on January 13 last under the chairmanship of DC cum Chairperson District Health Society, Mamata Riba.

During the meeting, District Reproductive and Child Health Officer Koloriang Dr Nani Tanyo made a power point presentation on current status of ANC, institutional deliveries, IMR, MI achievement, Peer Educator selection, RBSK achievement and immunization status of the district. He requested the house present, specially the ICDS & Education Departments, to enhance full cooperation in the implementation of Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) and Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) programmes in the district, so that services provided from the govt may be fully utilized at the end of consumer level.

DMO Koloriang Dr Higio Tama emphasized with a special focus on ongoing Mission Indradhanush programme, upcoming IPPI programme and instructed all MO in-charges to play pro-active role in leading the health scenario towards proper health delivery system for greater interest of community and service users. He also directed the Medical Officers in-charge of respective block to be very cautious while preparing any sort of health related reports/returns and correct the household survey data in order to ensure proper policy and planning to accomplish desire level of output. He further called upon the departments to work together for successful conduction of national de-worming day on February 10 next.

DC Riba suggested the line departments like ICDS and Education to create awareness among their grass root level workers in the importance of inter-sectoral convergence with the health department to avoid discrimination among field level workforce of these three sisterly departments. She also emphasized on the health managers to carry on the team spirit and put more effort to further improvement of health system of Kurung Kumey District.

The DC assured the DDSE and CDPOs cooperation in health sector while implementing the programme.

The meeting was also attended by CDPOs, MOs i/c, Supervisors/Gram Sevika (ICDS), BCMs, AFs and DPMSU officials. (DIPRO)



Shinde calls for timely implementation of health schemes

ITANAGAR, Jan 14:  While addressing the governing body meeting of District Health Society (DHS) held today at Siang Guest House Pasighat, the Deputy Commissioner in-charge Deepak Shinde gave emphasis on timely implementation of all health related schemes and urged everyone to strictly adhere to the norms and guidelines provided by the government.

The DC while urging members to render their best services to the needy people hoped that joint efforts of administrative officers, medical officers and PRI members by organizing awareness camps in rural areas could go a long way in improving the overall health scenario of the district. He advocated that the doctors should conduct village/block level coordination meetings in their respective PHCs and CHCs to study the health scenario and submit report to the higher authority. They must educate the rural masses how to live clean and hygienic life to avoid various diseases. They should mobilize the people for institutional delivery and timely immunizations for safety of mother and child, added Shinde.

ZPC cum Co-Chairperson Kaling Dai stressed the need for thorough and timely implementation of all health related schemes in the district. Appreciating the DMO and his team, Dai stated that enrollment under APCMUHS is very encouraging and successful. He said that doctors and their associates were doing commendable job. He advised the department to maintain good relation with PRI leaders for successful implementation of all government beneficial schemes and to make East Siang healthy. Earlier DRCHO Dr. T Gao gave a presentation regarding the ongoing schemes, achievements and proposals and held an open house discussion. DMO Dr M Perme, Medical Supdt. Dr. YR Darang and ZPMs of East Siang district also spoke. (DIPRO)




DC satisfied with construction work under central progs

ZIRO, Jan 14: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, Kanki Darang expressed satisfaction over the construction work of schools being carried out under various central govt schemes.

Inspecting the construction work sites of schools and hostel buildings at Ziro today, DC Darang also suggested the need for better planning and feasibility study before implementation of any project. Schools should be easily accessible to the children, he said emphasising the need for good approach roads.

The DC was accompanied by DDSE, Yumlam Tana, EE WRD, Tamchi Tab among other officials.

Terming school buildings as assets of the society, the DC directed the DDSE to ensure that the contractors do not compromise with the quality of work. Darang also interacted with the school management committees of the schools he visited and exhorted them to assist in keeping the sanctity of the education institutions. DIPRO



Led TV for  GBs

ITANAGAR, Jan 14:  Gaon Buras in Mechuka Subdivision were distributed LED TV under Chief Minister’s Information Scheme by Parliamentary Secretary  Food and Civil Supplies cum MLA Liromoba Nyamar Karbak along with  MLA Daporijo Dikto Yekar in Vikas Rally held  on Tuesday. The Vikas Rally was organised under the leadership of Tori Ragyor with objectives to highlight the achievements and welfare schemes under Chief Minister Nabam Tuki leadership.

Addressing the rally Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak announced Rs 5 crore as developmental package under State Infrastructure Development Fund to four circles under the sub-division.

Karbak appealed the people to avail the benefits under CM’s health insurance scheme.  He further informed that the skill development programe launched by Nabam Tuki government for unemployed youth has widely appreciated and many state have been following the policy to tackle unemployment problem in their respective states.

In his address Daporijo MLA Dikto Yekar blamed the state BJP and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for the current political situation.



Former DC Sushen Pao passes away


RUKSIN, Jan 14: Former Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Siang and East Siang districts, Sushen Pao has passed away at a private hospital, Jorhat in  Assam  due to prolonged illness on January 12 evening. He left behind his wife Jamuna Pao, two sons and two daughters.

Born in Kobo village under then North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) administration in 1932, Pao completed his secondary education at Sadiya and graduation from Dibrugarh Kanoi College in 1953. Joined in government service as LDC under then NEFA administration in 1954, Pao gradually climbed up the ladders of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service and even promoted to Panchayat Director of the state. He was working in the erstwhile Siang Frontier Division of NEFA from 1955 to 1963.

After retirement, Pao settled down at Jonai-Ruksin (Assam) and associated with a number of social and cultural organizations there. He was the founder president of Do:nyi-Po:lo Yelam Kebang, Assam unit and also became adviser of Senior Citizens Forum at Jonai.

Pao was founder president of Jonai Press Club.  Pao also authored a number of books. His book ‘Beyond the Blue Hills’ focuses interesting stories and events during his service period.

Hundreds of people from both the states, leaders of Do:nyi-Po:lo Yelam Kebang (DPYK), Adi Baane Kebang (ABK), Mising Baane Kebang (MBK) Mising Students Union (TMPK) besides will wishers and  relatives paid last homage to Late Pao before his mortal remain laid to rest at his native village Kemi last  evening.



NERCORMP training on natural resources management

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: A two days training on trainers programme for partner-NGOs staff on “Natural Resources Management-cum-field Demonstration” was organised by NERCORMP-Tirap and Longding from Jan 13-14.

Project Manager, Lily Rose Jajo spoke on the training objectives, while resource person Mihin Dollo gave a presentation on the broad objectives of NERCORMP/IFAD. A wide range of topics on sustainable management of natural resources like integrated watershed management programme, interrelation on management of natural resources and income generating activities (IGAs), use of participatory rural appraisal (PRA) tools and classification of resources for planning in rural developmental programme etc were detailed to the trainees.

The programme concluded with on-field demonstration along with the participants and some NaRMG leaders of Khonsa village on conversion of jhum fallow into permanent terrace fields, techniques on development of double contour hedgerow and inter-cropping system, technique for bamboo propagation, etc. A total of 46 Partner-NGOs staff participated in the training programme.     



Ering visits Kangkong

Roing, Jan 14: MP LS East Parliamentary Constituency Ninong Ering, who was on an official visit at the district, visited Kangkong village under 42nd Dambuk (ST) Assembly Constituency on Tuesday last.

Ering interacted with the villagers and heard their grievances. He assured a CHC building at Parbuk  and a rostrum at Kangkong field.

Ering was accompanied by DPO M.Dirchi, Block President 43rd Roing (ST) Assembly Constituency Zilla Mega and ZPM Parbuk Starson Saring.




AAPLU seek ROs

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has demanded posting of Registering Officers in Labour departments of Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, Longding, Siang, Upper Siang and Namsai districts claiming that the districts do not have ROs. The Union wrote to food and civil supply and consumer affairs, parliamentary secretary.

Claiming that the Directorate office has four ROs and its Bomdila office enjoys two ROs, the union requested that the extra ROs from the headquarter office and other offices be transferred to the mentioned districts.

It further warned of launching democratic movement if the demand is still not fulfilled saying that it had submitted various representations on the issue with no action so far.




Training for AYUSH doctors

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: Altogether 32 Ayush doctors from various districts participated in a training programme at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun on January 11 and 12 last.

The training programme was aimed at updating knowledge and skill on mother and child health care, basic laboratory testing protocol and its interpretation, common medico legal issues, emergency management of common ENT, common skin diseases, management of geriatric complain and sensitization of National Ayush Mission Programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Director, Health Services Dr Moji Jini emphasized on the importance of education and conducting such training programme which will enhance the skills.

“AYUSH system of medicine should be strengthened and their services should be benefited by the society,” he said and called on the attending doctors to be proactive in serving the needy.



President’s act denounced

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: The executive members of All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) have denounced the act of its president claiming that he has not consulted them for issuing press release along with other 15 organizations demanding stepping down of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Saying that its union is a non political organization, they asked the 15 other organizations not to interfere in political matter.




Subroto Mukherji Cup Football Tournament

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: The 4th District Level Subroto Mukherji Cup Football Tournament of Papum Pare District concluded today at Rono Ground, Doimukh with GHSS, Doimukh emerging as the district champion.

The final match of the tournament was played between GHSS, Doimukh and GHSS, Ganga in which Doimukh drubbed Ganga by 4 - 0 goals. GHSS Doimukh was in total control of the match since the beginning of first half in which it scored 2 goals. Despite several attempts to equalize the difference from the players of Ganga in the second half, Doimukh managed to control the match with netting additional 2 goals in the second half.

GHSS, Doimukh will represent the district in State Level. Principal, GHSS, Doimukh N. Riba handed over the trophies to the winning team.

Among others, DDSE Yupia, T.T.Tara, departmental officials, teachers, students and large number of public witnessed the final match.




APPCS coaching camp concludes

AALO, Jan 14:   In all 46 students attended a Seva Bharati and Jnana Prabodini, Pune conducted week-long orientation-cum-coaching programme for APPCS and UPSC aspirants, which concluded at the DIC Conference Hall here on Wednesday.

West Siang DDSE Tumto Lollen had inaugurated the camp along with RSS Prant Pracharak Sunilji Mahanti. Maharashtra Circle Officer, Kiran Sawankar, Sales Tax Inspector Sunil Lahana, MBBS Assistant Commandant CRPF Dr. Sandeep Devkate were the resource persons.

A yoga camp was also organized by yoga expert Dhananjay Chetia from Yoga Nilayam Centre Guwahati as part of the programme wherein Deputy Director Industries, Gomar Angu and Vibhag Pracharak Siang, Kamesh Kumar and Rtd Deputy Commissioner, Gejum Ete attended. (DIPRO)



Mechuka Girls clinch CM’s Trophy

AALO, Jan 14:  The girls’ team of Mechuka Constituency clinched both the football and volleyball titles by defeating Basar and Likabali constituency respectively in the finals of the three-day long District Level CM’s Trophy which concluded at General Football Ground here on Wednesday.

In men’s football, Aalo West defeated Basar Constituency by 5-0 in a one sided match while, in men’s volleyball Aalo East emerged victorious by beating Likabali constituency.

Later, Former Minister, Doi Ado gave away cash prizes of Rs. 50,000, 25,000, 7000 and 5000 to the winner, runners-up and best players of football and volleyball respectively besides, medals and certificates to the winners of district and constituency level.   (DIPRO)




VKVians attend Utsarg Samaroh

ITANAGAR, Jan 14:  A total of 224 students from VKVs of Amliang, Tafragam, Sunpura, Jairampur and Roing attended ‘Utsarg Samaroh’, a specially designed three-day residential camp for class X students, which was inaugurated by Lower Dibang Valley ADC, Ruchika Katiyal at Roing today.

Addressing the students, she advised them to always keep their surroundings clean and participate in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan programme. Resource person Acharya Santoshji of Chinmaya Mission Chennai who conducted a workshop on ‘Transforming Indians to Transform India’ further lauded the VKVs for giving importance to value education apart from providing quality education.

The students will also be given academic tips for appearing in the ensuing CBSE exam 2016 by resource persons drawn from various VKVs.

The programme was also attended by Trustee of VKVs, Jatan Pulu and VKVAPT member R Krishna Kumar.


January  15






Welcome sign

In the aftermath of Pathankot terror attack, India and Pakistan has exhibited lot of maturity which is a revelation in itself. Earlier whenever Pakistan based terrorist group carried out terror attacks in India, it use to create tension in the region. Pakistan use to out-rightly reject involvement of their citizen even if the evidence is provided. On the other hand Indian leaders would talk of bombing Pakistan in retaliation.  Ultimate sufferer use to be peace initiative. However this time both the countries have shown restrain and deserves appreciation for it.

Indian leaders did not issue any hostile statement despite deep sense of betrayal. The attack took place just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lahore to greet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Shariff on his birthday. Modi had put his own image at stake by initiating peace process with Pakistan.  India shared all the initial evidence collected from the attack site with Pakistan. The Pakistanis also acted swiftly on the evidence presented by India. Raids were conducted across Pakistan and arrests were made. This is for the first time Pakistani establishment have shown such promptness. In another welcome sign, Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan has been rescheduled and not cancelled. Many feared that talks will be cancelled. Infact today ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup issued a statement welcoming Pakistan government's statement on Pathankot Attack probe that considerable progress has been made against terror elements involved in the attack. It is also expected that an investigating team from Pakistan will soon visit India to gather more evidence. The maturity shown by leaders of both the hostile neighbours is encouraging and augurs well for the future. Hopefully FS level talks will be held at the earliest. Dialogue is the only way forward to resolve the outstanding issues straining the relation between India and Pakistan.







Readers’ Forum




Hitting the Base and the Superstructure: Yet another 9/11?

Dear Editor,

The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 is significant because it fundamentally questioned the prevailing sense of security and the political structures that had been established to provide it. It can be well perceived that the attacks were directed not just at physical targets but at representations of power. No building symbolized the neoliberal economic world order better than the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, and no building symbolizes the military might of the United States better than the Pentagon. The White House, the target for a failed third attack, would have been the perfect representation of political power.  Can we, then, say that the brazen attack at the Pathankot Air Force Base on the 2nd of January 2016 was a similar assault on the military structures of India? The whole world had just stepped into a new year when heavily armed Pakistani terrorists attempted to storm the Air Force base with the obvious intention of destroying fighter jets and helicopters housed there leaving a deep impact on the recesses of our consciousness. The shock experience of both 9/11 and the Pathankot macabre can be linked to a fundamental breach of security, for security had come to be associated with the integrity and sovereignty of the nation-state.

The terrorist attack at Pathankot represents a different type of threat, one that cannot easily be anticipated, nor prevented, through prevailing state-based structures of security. The conflict was not launched with conventional military equipment but with simple and unanticipated means. The attack itself took place in surprise, revealing a fundamental weakness in the state’s intelligence apparatus. Unlike 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, this particular one wasn’t aimed at civilian, although India certainly lost some brave souls, but at the very heart of a military target.   “The creation of symbols seems to be hard-wired into human brains and human personalities,” said Christopher Simpson, professor of communications at American University in Washington, D.C. “People build symbols to try and express themselves, and these expressions reflect their culture.” Political and religious movements wrap their ideology and goals in symbols such as crucifix, swastika, hammer and sickle- or buildings and monuments. These symbols make a statement and evoke potent emotions. Touch the Sky with Glory is the hallmark crest of the Indian Air Force which is the fourth largest air force in the world. The use of symbolism in armed struggle has been extremely effective historically both as motivation for one’s own forces and to instill fear in one’s enemy. The Pathankot attack was a strategic maneuvering on the part of the terrorists to disorganize, terrorize and disrupt the military infrastructure and activities at the IAF base.

The terrorist needs to publicize his attack. If no one knows about it, it will not produce fear. The need for publicity often drives target selection; the greater the symbolic value of the target, the more publicity the attack brings to the terrorists and the more fear it generates.

Since the rhetoric of terrorism is largely non-verbal (though many terrorist attacks are followed by claims of responsibility and explanation), symbols play an important role in creating meaningful messages, and consequently become central to the mission and effectiveness of terrorism. The Twin towers of the WTC stood as the very image of globalization, capitalism, and Western economic superiority, their collapse both exposed and symbolized ‘the vulnerability of governmental power and the fragile nature of the dominant cultural worldview. Psychology discusses the effect of symbols on the human mind, and gives insight into why the rhetoric of terrorism may be conducted partly through symbols. The attacks, more often than not, create fewer casualties than might be expected by the magnitude of the news they generate; however, such acts leave potent signs and images indelibly impressed upon our minds. The significance of their message creates interference and anxiety in the form of powerful psychological noise in our daily lives.

Relations between India and Pakistan have been complex due to a number of historical and political events. The tussle between the two states have been defined by the violent partition of British India in 1947, the Kashmir conflict and the numerous military conflicts fought between the two nations. Consequently, even though the two South Asian nations share linguistic, cultural, geographic, and economic links, their relationship has been plagued by hostility and suspicion. The recent attack has caused a nation-wide tremor, the reverberations of which would be felt for years. Hoping against hope, will the Joint Investigation Team probe into the matter seriously? We are all doting on Pakistan to lead the way this time.


Vipasha Bhardwaj

Research Scholar,

Department of English





Build it safer

Dear Editor,

An earthquake moves the ground. It can be sudden movement, but more often, it is a series of shock moves at short intervals, moving the land up and down and from side to side.

All building can carry their own weight vertically; so even badly built building can resist some movements, but building are not necessarily resistant to side to side loads, so it is important to take it into account during the structural engineering design and construction phase with some earthquake proof measure.

The extra weight produces great forces on the building and helps in collapse. The more weight there is and the higher the building, the stronger, the building and its foundation must be to be resistant to earthquakes. In lots of multi storey building, the floor and roofs are just resting on the walls held there by their own weight; it can result in a floor and roof falling off its support and crushing down.

When designing earthquake safe structure, the first consideration is to make the highest bit, the roofs as light as possible, this is best done with profiled steel cladding on light gauge steel zed purlins.

If it is flat floor, this could be made with a galvanized steel decking and solid insulation boards, and topped with a special membrance having slope of about 2 degree.

It’s your home, make it safer.


Madhu Tok ,





Solar Power

Dear Editor

With India’s population increasing steadily and rising living standards the demand for meeting its energy challenge in a sustainable manner is the pressing need. The need of the hour is to develop renewable energy solutions like solar power for sustainable & cost effective energy solution. Hope the union budget paves way with right policies to make India’s solar power dream a reality


Karthik T.S.



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