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Landslide snaps road link

ITANAGAR, July 24:  The road link to  Sangrik Putung colony remains cut off from rest of the Itanagar township due to landslide on their private road following heavy downpour in the wee hours today.   Though the local people cleared the road blockade through four days social service earlier, the landslide triggered by heavy rain again snapped the road link, said Sangrik Putung Colony Welfare Society (SPCWS) in a release today. It appealed to the capital administration to assess the damages caused by landslide and take necessary action.


Organizations demand apology

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: All Hrusso (AKA) Students’ Union (ARSU) and Aka-Miji Capital Complex Welfare Society (AMCCWS) demanded apology from GGL Group of publication division for giving misinformation to the people in their publication - “Master Suggestion for Competitive Exams.”

The members of both the organizations ARSU and AMCCWS expressed their profound dismay and anguish over the publication which has badly hurt the sentiments of the AKA tribe.

It claimed that answers to the question No 149 (b), 152 (b) 153 (e), 154 (c) & (d) etc under page number 20-23 of the book are wrong. It appealed to the Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex and the concerned authority to setup enquiry committee against GGL Group, stop all the GGL publications from circulation particularly the “Master Suggestion for competitive Exams”, cancellation of GGL license and arrest of editorial board members for tarnishing the image of Aka tribe and disseminating wrong knowledge and information to the people of the state and the country as a whole.

Meanwhile, the AMCCWS threatened to launch phase wise movement if authorities fail to initiate immediate action against the publisher.


AARCA unit appeals

ITANAGAR, Jul 24:  All Arunachal Registered Contractors Association (AARCA) Kurung Kumey district unit has urged the Rural Work Department to maintain transparency and  follow the guidelines  while  floating e-tendering  for implementation of PMGSY schemes  under Koloriang constituency in Kurung Kumey district.

While urging the authorities concerned for fair selection of bidder/firm under the PMGSY, the AARCA unit also appealed to the participants in tendering process not to use any unfair means.  


YWS condoles former GPM’s death

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Yangfo Welfare Society (YWS) condoled the death of former Gram Panchayat Member of Yangfo village Yaffia Yangfo, who breathed his last at Seppa today after a prolong illness. He is survived by two wives, four sons and a daughter.

Expressing its deepest sense of sorrow and profound grief over the death of one of its members, YWS said that Yaffia was a simple yet jovial gentleman. His early demise is a great loss to the family members and the Society.

May his soul rest in peace and may almighty God bestow enough strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss, the society said in its condolence message.



ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Tayam Dayam and Riknya Lombi have been selected as president and general secretary of newly formed All Arunachal Pradesh Health Assistant (Jr) Trained Association in meeting held yesterday.

Aka Tok, Chada Techi and Padang C Teli have been selected as president, vice president and general secretary of Passa Valley Development and Welfare Society in a meeting held at Rilloh, Pakke Kessang circle.

Nabam Pekhi and Alo Joram have been selected as president and general secretary of All Capital Complex Unemployed Youth Association in a meeting held at Naharlagun yesterday.


ARTIAF reiterates stand

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) has reiterated its stand that both Mama Rigom and Buke Flago have been terminated from the post of vice president and general secretary of the Forum respectively by two-third majority in a meeting held on July 21 last. Meanwhile, Forum lodged a complaint at Itanagar Police Station against ‘use of duplicate letter pads and office seals of ARTIAF’.  


Appeal for financial help

ITANAGAR, Jul 24:  Pranab Kr. Sinha, 23, a student of NERIST, Nirjuli has been suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Lupus Nephritis  and presently undergoing treatment in Apollo Hospital, Chennai. Pranab, son of Prafulla Kr Sinha, has been in coma for the last few days and is fighting for his life. His parents have exhausted all resources in the treatment of their only son.

The friend circle (students of NERIST) and guardians of Pranab have appealed to the well-wishers and  kind-hearted people to donate for the treatment of the ailing student on humanitarian ground. Meanwhile, Bishnupriya Manipuri Welfare Society, Arunachal Pradesh also appealed one and all to extend financial assistance for effective treatment of this meritorious student of NERIST. The donation may be deposited to the Account: Prafulla Kr. Sinha, SBI A/C No. 10320423246, Branch: TLA House (Code: 5559, IFSC Code: SBIN0005559, MICR Code: 799002009).


News Impact

Repair all damaged roads in Capital: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Students (AAPSU) urged the State Government to immediately repair all the damaged roads within Capital Complex.

Drawing attention of the State Government towards the worsening road condition due to heavy rains, AAPSU president Takam Tatung, in a release, said that Capital being the gateway to state needs proper road communication.

“The recent rain has totally damaged the National Highway and all the sector roads, he said, and urged the Government to immediately carry out repairing work.

He also sought the intervention of Governor JJ Singh in this regard.

“Arunachal Pradesh being a border state, needs more attention from Governor in addressing the problems of the state” Tatung said and appealed him to give necessary direction to the Government to carry out the repairing work at the earliest.

Further, AAPSU hoped that BRTF, the main agency responsible for maintaining roads at interior areas, will work with utmost dedication during this monsoon saying that any road blockades could bring normal life of ordinary citizens to a grinding halt.

Meanwhile, AAPSU, in its executive meeting today expressed serious concern over loss of human life in capital due to heavy rain and landslide.

While condoling the deaths, AAPSU urged capital administration to learn something from this incident.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Youth Federation (AYF) has demanded PWD & UD Minister Nabam Tuki’s resignation for failing to maintain the roads of Arunachal Pradesh, especially Capital Complex, properly.

While it’s not easy to drive in the road in Capital Complex, it’s even more difficult to walk, AYF said, while describing the present road condition.

“Ever since he has assumed the office of PWD, the road condition has deteriorated from bad to worse,” AYF alleged and demanded the chief minister and AICC president to drop the minister from the council of ministers.


YA register protest against Chinese stand

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: China issuing stapled visas repeatedly to sportspersons of Arunachal Pradesh and preventing them from representing India in international events is highly shocking and objectionable, said Yuva Arunachal (YA).

Five Arunachalees, including three karatekas were prevented by the immigration officers at IG International Airport, New Delhi from flying to China on July 19 to take part in the 11th Asian Karateka-do Championship (Junior and Cadet).

This has hurt the sentiment of the Arunchalees, who reflect their nationalistic spirit on every occasion, Yuva Arunachal (YA) president Chombay Kee, said in a press release.

The truth - Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India - will never change just because China claims over the territory of the state. This has been categorically clarified by no other than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Kee said.  

While China’s diplomatic move and visa regime for Arunachalees deserve condemnation in no uncertain terms, but the silence of New Delhi is equally disheartening as Arunachal and Arunachalees serve as the sentinel of the eastern frontier of the nation.

While China should update its information about Arunachal’s status, New Delhi should send a louder message to Beijing by taking few bold steps, like suspending all official talks on border issue till it issues regular visas to the Arunchalees.

While registering its strongest protest against the whimsical Chinese stand, YA urged New Delhi to respond quickly to assuage the hurt sentiment of the Arunachalees.

While appreciating three MPs from the state, Chief Minister Jarbam Gamlin and APCC president Nabam Tuki for their reactions on the issue, Kee urged them to take up the matter with the Centre with due earnest as China’s stand questions the very status of Arunachal.


Guv, CM condole AG’s death

ITANAGAR Jul 24: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh and Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin have deeply mourned the death of State’s Advocate General Chapal Kr. Sharma Baruah, who breathed his last this morning at International Hospital, Guwahati.

Baruah was shifted to Guwahati on July 10 after he was reported of cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Conveying condolence to the bereaved family, Governor said, Sharma Baruah, a legal luminary made immense contribution towards the State during his two-term as Advocate General of the State.

In his condolence message to the wife of Late Baruah, the Chief Minister said, “I am aware, how painful it is to you to be deprived of an adorable husband and the futility of these words of condolences. But we should take solace in the eternal truth that the soul is immortal.”

“Baruah was a great man with great wisdom. He served as a mentor to the government with his valuable advices”.

“I along with my family members, my cabinet colleagues and my people of Arunachal Pradesh pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul and may God give enough strength and courage to the family members to bear this irreparable loss,” the message said.  Designated by the Gauhati High Court as Senior Advocate, Late Baruah had been an effective member of Executive Council, Bar Council of India, Executive Member, Rule Committee, Bar Council of India and many more. He was instrumental in organizing XXth National legal workshop in 2002 which was first of its kind in the entire north east. He had also served as Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh from 2003 to 2007 and he was again appointed in the same post in May 2011.


FIR lodged against Lab technician


ITANAGAR, Jul 24:  In a shocking incident, a Lab Technician of Mediscan Pharmacy Naharlagun identified as Digonto Hazarika from Lakhimpur district Assam allegedly tried to molest a minor girl patient inside X-Ray room today.  According to the family members of minor girl patient the incident happened around 10:30 am in the morning when minor girl was advised to take X-ray. The family members alleged that Lab Technician asked her to strip and tried to capture her picture in his mobile phone.

When the matter was referred to All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) by family members, ANSU activists nabbed Lab technician and later handed over him to Naharlagun Police station.  Confirming the incident Investigating officer  SI Jaswinder Singh informed that a case has been registered at Police Station Naharlagun with case no, PS/101/2011 under the section of 354/509 IPC.

Meanwhile terming the incident as very unfortunate ANSU President Sikka Gapak said that such incident should not be repeated again. He appealed the authority to deal sternly against the accused person.  He cautioned that such immoral act of any individual to minor students would not be tolerated. He further urged private clinic owners to check against such immoral act during the course of X-ray or CT scan examination.


Vidyamandir felicitates toppers


ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Vidyamandir, a leading institute based at Itanagar that imparts coaching for medical & engineering entrance exams preparation, has felicitated nine of its ten toppers in this year’s Arunachal Pradesh Joint Entrance Examination (AP-JEE).

The Vidyamandir’s toppers – Genom Moyong, Jaliam Lowang, Michi Kobing, Omem Badu, Neba Salo, Mary Apang, Mihin Nania, Nabam Raja and Rike Riba – were honoured by presenting them cash awards and ‘certificates of proficiency’ in a simple but impressive function here yesterday.  Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, the chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, Komoli Mosang praised the toppers and exhorted them to keep up their spirit of working hard to shine in life in this era of cut throat competition and become good citizen.

Averring that the bookish knowledge being imparted by State-run educational institutions was not sufficient for students to appear the competitive exams, the guest of honour, State Information Commissioner Habung Payeng, while hailing Vidyamandir for joining the State’s efforts for human resources development, said such institutes should take the initiative to prepare state’s students for IITs as well.      

In his encouraging speech, Dr V N Sharma, State Liaison Officer of Directorate of Higher & Technical Education, told the students, “This is the beginning of your life’s journey. You should concentrate more on your studies to acquire the knowledge to meet challenges in life. And on top of that, you must build a sound character in order to become a complete human being.”

Senior journalist V Ravindran also spoke on the occasion and appreciated both the toppers and Vidyamandir for earning the glory within a short period. The institute has completed one year of its existence on 12th of this month.


If not bandh call, what else ?

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jul 24:  State capital has witnessed number of bandh calls in recent months. Frequent bandh call disturbs the normal life and also leads to loss of economy. This newspaper is flooded with readers writing against bandh culture and advising bandh callers to take up other means of protest instead of calling bandh.

There is no doubt that bandh culture is serious threat to the development of any modern state. West Bengal is a prime example of how bandh culture has broken the backbone of economy. Once the most prosperous and industrialized state, today West Bengal lies way behind the states like Karnataka and Maharasthra in terms of development and industrialization. This all happened because of frequent bandh call in Bengal. Our neighbouring state Assam is another state which has become victim of bandh culture. For every small matter, any union or association resort to bandh. While fasting and dharna have become new weapons to fight against injustice, in Arunachal it is only bandh call which is used to seek justice. Many Arunachalees also advocates for using fasting and dharna instead of bandh call to fight against injustice.

But bigger question is how effective will be dharnas and fasting in a state like Arunachal Pradesh which is yet to witness any major democratic movement till date. Couple of rallies, dharnas and fasting has been organized in the past but without much success. The problem in Arunachal is that authorities laugh at those people who uses fasting or dharnas as means of fighting injustice.

A prominent social activist who has attended many such rallies and dharnas shared his experience to me. “Once we were holding dharna and subsequently fasting outside civil secretariat office years ago against one particular minister. There was certain corruption allegation against him and we wanted his ouster. As we were protesting, the concern minister zipped passes us in his official car with headlight on. On seeing us, he commented this to the police official present there, “Yeh log kya fasting karney ka acting kar raha hain. Evening hote hote yeh log saab khana khayega. Impor-tance mot do in logon ko,” this is how Arunachalee people react to democratic means,” shared one social activist. He further adds, “Actually if we go for fasting or dharnas, people mock at us. Virtually we become laughing stock and authorities to do not bother too. Also in absence of active electronic media, we hardly get any coverage. Lack of media coverage hampers such democratic means of protest in Arunachal Pradesh.”

Many Arunachalee social activists believe that it is unfair to compare their activities with likes of Anna Hazare. “Ana Hazare gets national limelight wherever he goes. He has got this recognition after fighting against corruption for so many years and national media also actively highlights issues raised by him. But social activism is new to tribal society like us and it will take some time for masses to get aware of it. We also lack active media, especially non-existence of electronic media is a curse for us,” stated another activists. In such scenario, bandh call seem to be only option to fight injustice though there is no particular record to prove that bandh call has  ever benefited society in general. However, there is no doubt that some bandh caller have got maximum benefit for withdrawing their bandh in the past.

The problem in Arunachal is that we have limited democratic means to fight against corruption and injustice. The bandh call is fast becoming an outdated means of fighting for justice whereas dharnas, rallies and fasting are yet to be accepted as popular means to seek justice. In such precarious situation, what kind of means should social activists of Arunachal employ  to fight corruption? May be people of Arunachal can give some good advice to the honest social activists on this particular issue.


Green tea - A disease panacea

Rima Taipodia

India and China were among the first countries to cultivate tea as indicated from botanical evidences. Today, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Hundreds of millions of people drink tea around the world, and green tea (Camellia sinensis) in particular has many health benefits.

There are three main varieties of tea — green, black, and oolong. The difference between the teas is in their processing. Green tea is prepared from unfermented leaves, the leaves of oolong tea are partially fermented, and black tea is fully fermented. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals — damaging compounds in the body that alter cells, tamper with DNA (genetic material), and even cause cell death. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet rays from the sun, radiation, cigarette smoke, and air pollution) also give rise to these damaging particles. Many scientists believe that free radicals contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems, including cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants such as polyphenols in green tea can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

Throughout the ages in India, China, Japan, and Thailand, green tea has been consumed. In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners used green tea as a stimulant, diuretic (to promote the excretion of urine), astringent (to control bleeding and help heal wounds), and to improve heart health. Other traditional uses of green tea include treating flatulence (gas), regulating body temperature and blood sugar, promoting digestion, and improving mental processes.

Results from studies suggest that green tea may be useful for the following health conditions:


Clinical studies indicate that the antioxidant properties of green tea may help prevent atherosclerosis, particularly coronary artery disease. Researchers aren’t sure why green tea reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Studies show that black tea has similar beneficial effects. In fact, researchers estimate that the rate of heart attack decreases by 11% with consumption of 3 cups of tea per day. Few years back, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected a petition from tea makers to allow tea labels to claim that green tea reduces the risk of heart disease. The FDA concluded that there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea or green tea extract reducing the risk of heart disease.

High cholesterol:

In both animals and people, research shows that green tea lowers total cholesterol and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol. One population-based clinical study found that men who drink green tea are more likely to have lower total cholesterol than those who do not drink green tea. Results from one animal study suggest that polyphenols in green tea may block the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and promote its excretion from the body. In another small study of male smokers, researchers found that green tea significantly reduced blood levels of harmful LDL cholesterol.


Several clinical studies have shown that both green and black teas help protect against cancer. For example, cancer rates tend to be low in countries such as Japan where people regularly consume green tea. However, it is not possible to determine from these population-based studies whether green tea actually prevents cancer in people. Emerging clinical studies suggest that the polyphenols in tea, especially green tea, may play an important role in the prevention of cancer. Researchers also believe that polyphenols help kill cancerous cells and stop their progression.

Bladder cancer. Only a few clinical studies have examined the relationship between bladder cancer and tea consumption. In one study that compared people with and without bladder cancer, researchers found that women who drank black tea and powdered green tea were less likely to develop bladder cancer. A follow-up clinical study by the same group of researchers revealed that bladder cancer patients (particularly men) who drank green tea had a substantially better 5-year survival rate than those who did not.

Breast cancer. Clinical studies in animals and test tubes suggest that polyphenols in green tea inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. In one study of 472 women with various stages of breast cancer, researchers found that women who consumed the most green tea experienced the least spread of cancer (particularly premenopausal women in the early stages of breast cancer). They also found that women with early stages of the disease who drank at least 5 cups of tea every day before being diagnosed with cancer were less likely to suffer recurrences of the disease after completion of treatment. However, women with late stages of breast cancer experienced little or no improvement from drinking green tea. In one very large study, researchers found that drinking tea, green or any other type, was not associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. However, when the researchers broke down the sample by age, among women under the age of 50, those who consumed 3 or more cups of tea per day were 37% less likely to develop breast cancer compared to women who didn’t drink tea.

Ovarian cancer. In a clinical study conducted on ovarian cancer patients in China, researchers found that women who drank at least one cup of green tea per day survived longer with the disease than those who didn’ t drink green tea. In fact, those who drank the most tea, lived the longest.

Colorectal cancer. Clinical studies on the effects of green tea on colon or rectal cancer have produced conflicting results. In one study, women who drank 5 or more cups of green tea per day had a significantly lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to non-tea-drinkers. There was no effect in men, however. Other studies show that regular tea consumption may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in women. Further research is needed before researchers can recommend green tea for the prevention of colorectal cancer.

Esophageal cancer. Studies in laboratory animals have found that green tea polyphenols inhibit the growth of esophageal cancer cells. However, clinical studies in people have produced conflicting findings. Given these conflicting results, further research is needed before scientists can recommend green tea for the prevention of esophageal cancer.

Lung cancer. While green tea polyphenols have been shown to inhibit the growth of human lung cancer cells in test tubes, few clinicial studies have investigated the link between green tea consumption and lung cancer in people and even these studies have been conflicting. As with colon and esophageal cancers, further clinical studies are needed before researchers can draw any conclusions about green tea and lung cancer.

Pancreatic cancer. In one large-scale clinical study researchers compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers and found that those who drank the most tea were significantly less likely to develop pancreatic cancer. This was particularly true for women — those who drank the most green tea were half as likely to develop pancreatic cancer as those who drank less tea. Men who drank the most tea were 37% less likely to develop pancreatic cancer. However, it is not clear from this population-based study whether green tea is solely responsible for reducing pancreatic cancer risk. Further studies in animals and people are needed before researchers can recommend green tea for the prevention of pancreatic cancer.

Prostate cancer.  Laboratory studies have found that green tea extracts prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells in test tubes. In a large clinical study conducted in Southeast China resear-chers found that the risk of prostate cancer declined with increasing frequency, duration and quantity of green tea consumption. However, both green and black tea extracts also stimulated genes that cause cells to be less sensitive to chemotherapy drugs. Given this potential interaction, people should not drink black and green tea (as well as extracts of these teas) while receiving chemotherapy.

Skin cancer. The main polyphenol in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Scientific studies suggest that EGCG and green tea polyphenols have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may help prevent the onset and growth of skin tumors.

Stomach cancer.  In two studies that compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers, researchers found that people who drank tea were about half as likely to develop stomach cancer and gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) as those who did not drink green tea.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Green tea may help reduce inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two types of IBD. If green tea proves to be helpful for preventing colon cancer, this would be an added benefit for those with IBD because they are at risk for colon cancer.


Traditionally, green tea has been used to control blood sugar in the body. Animal studies suggest that green tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed. Green tea may help regulate glucose in the body.

Liver disease

Clinical studies have shown that men who drink more than 10 cups of green tea per day are less likely to develop disorders of the liver. Green tea also seems to protect the liver from the damaging effects of toxic substances such as alcohol. Results from several animal and human studies suggest that one of the polyphenols present in green tea, known as catechin, may help treat viral hepatitis (inflammation of the liver from a virus).

Weight loss

Clinical studies suggest that green tea extract may boost metabolism and help burn fat. One study confirmed that the combination of green tea and caffeine improved weight loss and maintenance in overweight and moderately obese individuals. The substances in green tea known as polyphenols, specifically the catechins, are responsible for the herb’s fat-burning effect.

Other uses

In a small clinical study for dental caries, or tooth decay, drinking green tea has been found effective. More studies need to be performed. Green tea may also be useful in inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis. Research indicates that green tea may benefit arthritis by reducing inflammation and slowing cartilage breakdown. Chemicals found in green tea may also be effective in treating genital warts and preventing symptoms of colds and influenza. Studies also show that drinking green tea is associated with reduced risk of all cause mortality.

(The writer is a STO, scholar(Botany), specialized in Tea Husbandry and technology sponsored by Tea Board Of India and former tea consultant to the state planning department  govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.)


Talar lifts U-15 title

Bangalore, Jul 24: Second Seed Laa Talar (2) of Arunachal Pradesh defeated fourth seed S Daniel Fridi of Karnataka to lift the Under 15 title in the 10th UBI All India Sub-Junior Major Ranking Badminton tournament here today.

In the finals, Talar trounced Fridi in straight sets 21-15 21-12.

Top seed G Ruthvika Shivani of Andhra Pradesh proved her seeding by defeating second seed Lalita Katre of Maharashtra 21-15 21-12 to lift the title. UNI


Tiger 7 Soccer tournament

Gora Makik ‘B’ trounce Papa XI 6-0

ITANAGAR, July 24: Gora Makik SC ‘B’ trounced Papa XI 6-0 while Nyokum Youth Football Club beat All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association (ACCYWA) 3-1 in the 2nd state level Tiger 7 Soccer tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Tapan Borah scored in 6, 8, 16, 27 and 28 minutes of the first half while Loi Kena added another goal in 43 minute of the second half to thrash the hapless Papa XI 6-0.

In another match, Tai Danil, Chaka Raemi and Takhe Habung scored a goal each in 6, 12 and 34 minutes for Nyokum Youth FC while the lone goal of ACCYWA was scored by Langha Tani in 38 minute.


Today’s matches

1st match: Nyokum Youth FC vs Nirjuli Youth Welfare Association SC (1 pm); 2nd match: Moni Deori FC vs TTFC (2.30 pm); 3rd match: Senki Soccer United vs Capital Complex Sports Club ‘B’ (4 pm).

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Your comfort is not more important than public safety

Dear Editor,

The entire capital complex is reeling under heavy rain, floods and landslide. Roads have developed pot holes and places where land has slided the road has narrowed making it possible for a single vehicle to pass over. It was horrific to see the police pilot vehicle, which was security to a VIP convoy abusing a driver for not making way for them. The said police officer was calling the name of the driver as if he was not a son of a mother or a brother to a sister.

We understand that our ministers and VIPs need special and preferential treatment.  But in such a place and circumstances, wherein a little turn here and there could result in falling of the vehicle to a gorge, causing casualty the police personnel and minister need to understand that honking the horn, blowing the siren to the fullest and yelling the driver is not the solution.

The officer concerned should understand that someone's comfort is not above the security of another person’s life, be it a VVIP. If we dig the root out, the politician for whom you yells for way is responsible for this situation as they have no proper and concrete policy to tackle the mud cutting, landslide, road blocks etc.

Through your esteemed columns I would like to request our leaders, ministers, and VIPs to advise the sycophant officers, who would go to any extent to please stop this inhuman, undignified and life risking practice.


Jumbom Riba

Nirjuli, (On e-mail)




Callous attitude

Dear Editor,

It’s appalling to note the callous attitude of the authorities, who deviates from the prescribed norms to get things done. A notice dated 13th May, 2011 was circulated among the project affected families of the 1750 MW Lower Demwe HEP. It was regarding the conduct of Gram Sabha meetings, which is mandatory to facilitate the ‘forest clearance’. The phase-wise meetings are proposed to be conducted from 22nd August onwards. The notice said that all the villagers having valid claim over the affected land should come forward with their claims in the ‘prescribed forms’ kept at the office of the Member Secretary, Gram Panchayat – 12 Durailiang, Tezu, which was to be submitted to the office for placement before the Gram Sabha.

But to our utter dismay, on 22nd July, when some citizens approached the member secretary at his office, he told them that the prescribed form was not available in his office. Instead he rang up the company office at Tezu and gave a telephonic instruction to the company staffs that the forms should have been provided by them, which is ridiculous and illogical. This incident is an ample evidence of how the authorities concerned are taking the citizens for a ride, which is a matter of concern. Such callousness from the authorities is condemnable and it is further expected that henceforth they would refrain from repeating it, which tantamount to dereliction of duties. Since the Gram Sabha meetings are only a month ahead, the prescribed forms must be made available in the designated office at the earliest in the interest of the citizens.


Suraj Tayang

Gen. Secretary

Lohit Valley Dam Affected Citizens Forum









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Status of mother and children


State of the World’s Mothers 2011 report by NGO Save the Children, uses the Mothers’ Index to compare the well-being of mothers and children in 164 countries. The index uses various health, educational and economic indicators for women and children across the globe.

Millions of poor and marginalized families do not get basic health care because it’s simply unavailable, too far away, or too expensive. This remains the primary reason why 8 million children under 5 die every year from preventable or treatable causes.

Right now, mothers and their children in developing countries are dying because they can’t get safe drinking water, or immunization against common diseases, or basic health care.

As per the Mothers’ Index Rankings which includes 164 countries across the world; the most industrialized countries cluster tightly at the top of the Index – with the majority of these countries performing well on all indicators – the highest ranking countries attain very high scores for mothers’ and children’s health, educational and economic status.

The bottom 10 countries are mostly those in Sub-Saharan Africa. But Afganistan lies at the bottom of the bottom ten.

The data collected for the Mothers’ Index document indicates the tremendous gaps between rich and poor countries and the urgent need to accelerate progress in the health and well-being of mothers and their children.