July 01



The cash reward of  Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006





24th Hong Dree Football Tournament

MMDSC to meet SCAT in final

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Defending champion Miring Manni Diko Sichusi Club (MMDSC) will meet Sambu Club A-team (SCAT) in the final of the 24th Hong Dree Football tournament at Hanoko, near Ziro today.

MMDSC thrashed Kago Narang Tallo Budhi Football Club (KNTBFC) 6-0 in the first semifinal while Sambu Club A-Team trounced its ‘B’ team 5-0 in the second semifinal today.

Main striker Bullo Khoda of MMDSC scored at will in 2nd, 13th, 33rd, 55th and 89th minutes and Punyo Habung in 63rd in a lopsided match.

In the second semifinal, Punyo Vicky and Tilling Tajung of SCAT scored two goals each and Kago Kula scored one to complete the drubbing of the team.

The final will be played on July 5.


Challengers' T-7 Tournament-2013 kicks off

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The Challengers' Tiger Seven Tournament-2013 kicked off at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Attending the inaugural function, Arunachal Pradesh Football Players’ Association President and Itanagar Municipal councilor Kipa Takum has assured football lovers of the state to work for all round development of the sport as well as players in the state.

The inaugural match was played between United Cadets FC and Payo-XI in which the former defeated the latter 3-1. Tasso Bapu, Nyado Tao and Kesto Leriak scored a goal each for UCFC while the consolation goal for Payo Xi was netted by Dare Takar.

Karna Tayum FC beat Real Model FC 2-0 in the second match of the day. Techi Tassar scored both the goals.


ASEF felicitates toppers, achievers

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: All Sagalee Employees Forum (ASEF) has honored the students from Sagalee sub-division who have shown excellent results in Class X and XII examinations and have qualified in APJEE-2013 (PCB) and All India JEE (JIPMER).

The meritorious students felicitated on the occasion are Taba Tahang, Techi Akal Chang Tara, Ngurang Pania and Nabam Mepu.

Tahang ranked seventh in All India JEE (JIPMER) and also have qualified in APJEE-2013 (PCB).

Akal Chang (Class-X) and Pania (Class-XII, Sc.) and Mepu (Class-XII, Hum have shown brilliant results in their respective examinations.

Felicitating the students on the occasion, ASEF President Dr. KT Mulung hoped all the toppers and JEE achievers will act as role model and inspire the younger generation of Sagalee to do better in their life. Dr. Mulung also equally credited parents and guardians for the success of those students.

Emphasizing the importance of human resource development for socio-economic development of the state in general and Sagalee in particular, Dr. Mulung advised the toppers and achievers not to be complacent with the success but to be prepared to shoulder bigger responsibilities and challenges ahead.

The parents and guardians were also present on the occasion and said that hard work and determination are the keys to achieve any goal.


Chief Councillor inaugurates Dree Food Festival 2013

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Chief Councillor of first ever Itanagar Municipality Higio Aruni inaugurates the Capital Complex Dree Food Festival 2013 at Dree Ground today with great fanfare. She inspected the Food Stalls and Apatani Art and Artefacts exhibition being presented by Popi Sarmin Society.

Addressing the gathering as chief guest Aruni said, Apatani is one of the advancing and hardworking tribe in our state and she exhorted the Apatanese to preserve age old culture & tradition keeping pace with modernity.

On the occasion she also informs that her office will work for the overall development and welfare for every sector in the twin city.

Earlier chairman Capital Complex Dree Festival Committee 2013 Dr Dani Duri in his welcome address congratulate Higio Aruni on behalf of Apatanese on assuming the office of chief councillor, wished her success in every endeavour. Dr Duri also highlighted some importance of Dree in brief.

The program was concluded with the vote of thanks by Hibu Takha Social Service Secretary CCDFC 2013.


Heroes lift the coveted Dree Volleyball trophy

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Heroes Club of Naharlagun lifted the coveted Capital Complex Dree Volley Ball Tournament 2013 by defeating Hutho Club by 18-25, 25-22 and 25-22 in a keenly contested match here at Dree Ground today.

Chairman Capital Complex Dree Celebration Committee 2013 Dr Dani Duri grace the occasion as chief guest. He advises the players to play with sportsmanship spirit.

Galaxy of spectators thronged the Dree Ground to witness the final match. Heroes continue their winning streak from league match. However, Hutho Club gave a tough fight but Heroes outperformed them.


AHHWA felicitates it’s clan achievers

Itanagar, Jun 30: The All Honik Hoke Welfare Association (AHHWA) has felicitated the meritorious students of it’s clan on June 29 last, along with their newly elected ASMs Mui Take, Tamok Yaka and Tagiu Yajak. Tali MLA Markio Tado and society president S. C Maru gave away the certificates and cash awards to the meritorious students.

The society president further announced to award scholarships to students qualifying in various competitive and entrance examinations.


Disaster Management Committee meeting held

SEPPA, Jun 30: The Disaster Management Committee Meeting was held at Seppa under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Tarin Dakpe recently.

The DC urged Superintendent of Police and District Disaster Management Officer to keep in touch with the Army of Tenga Valley, NDRF Guwahati and other in the event of any eventualities. He instructed the administrative Officers of outpost to be alert and instructed all departments to take suitable action on disaster preparedness.

DMO informed that Rapid Response Team has been already constituted and DDMO read out the District Disaster Management Plan.

Among others MLA cum Chairman Sport Authority of A.P Tapuk Taku attended the meeting. DIPRO


DPS restricts its bus drivers from using mobile phones while driving

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Setting an example for others to follow, the Delhi Public School (DPS), Itanagar has restricted its school bus drivers from using hand-held cell phone (mobile phone) while driving.

This step was taken after senior journalist of the state Taro Chatung raised the issue of using hand-held phones by school bus drivers while driving, in a parent-teachers meeting last month.

While appreciating the school principal for the initiative, Chatung hoped the authorities of other schools, colleges and other institutes of higher education will follow suit.

He also appealed to the Chief Minister to instruct the department concerned to frame specific guidelines, particularly for drivers of all types of long distance passenger vehicles, to keep their mobile phones switched off during their journey from beginning to end. The same restriction should also be imposed on local passenger vehicles, he opined.






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


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CM assures all help to workers

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The Government is with the workers both in organized as well as in unorganized sectors and we have been ensuring implementation of projects and schemes for their welfare, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while addressing a massive gathering of workers in an workers awareness camp cum spot registration of workers of capital complex organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) at IG Park here today.

The massive rally was organized to create awareness on activities of the Board and encourage labourers to register themselves with the Board to avail benefits on offer.

Emphasizing on ‘dignity of labour’, the Chief Minister urged the workers to take their respective jobs seriously as they form the building blocks of a developed society.

He advised the workers to give special care to the education of their children and cited the example of an IAS topper, whose father is an auto-rickshaw driver. To encourage education of children of workers, he assured initiation of a scholarship programme for higher studies.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki further called upon the working class to extend cooperation to the Government for smooth administration and assured all possible assistance to them in times of need.

Tuki lauded the activities of the APB&OCWWB for benefit and welfare of the workers of the state and urged all to take optimum benefit of the schemes. He, however, suggested the Board to enhance the monetary benefits being provided at present such as Housing Loans, Medical, Marriage and Maternity Assistance and Old Age Pension.

Responding to some demands put forward by the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU), Tuki informed that the Government has increased the maternity leave of working women to 3 months. With regard to adhoc bonus to workers, he assured the same will be examined through a committee. He also assured to consider regularization of Auxiliary Labour Corps (ALCs), who have served more than 30 years.

To mark the occasion, the Chief Minister handed over a sum of Rs 50,000 each as Death Benefits to the widows of Late Godapani Das and Late Ramferrai Rai, casual workers of the Power department, who died following electrocution on February 19 last while working.

The Chief Minister also launched the official website of the APB&OCWWB and distributed school-bag kits to children of the workers.

Earlier, APB&OCWWB Chairman Jalley Sonam highlighted the aim and objectives of the programme and emphasized every worker to take full advantage of the schemes under workers board.

He urged all the officers, public leaders and workers to maintain cordial relation. Sonam particularly appealed the officers and leaders to bring awareness among the workers about the welfare measures being taken by the workers board.  He informed that rate/amount of the some of the present benefits such as Housing loan, maternity, marriage, pension benefits etc would be enhanced.

He also advised the workers to cooperate with the state government by contributing maximum out put towards the developmental activities and appreciated Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led government for enhancing wages of labour.

Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex, Sanjay Goel, who is also well acquainted with working and activities of labour board, appreciated APB&OCWWB for their tremendous work toward welfare of various categories of workers in the State.

Goel further said various departments and other construction agencies need to deposit cess amount to the Board so that more workers welfare schemes could be introduce by the board.

He also advised the workers to cooperate with the government and

APB&OCWWB Secretary cum Labour Commissioner, Ojing Darung also briefed about APB&OCWWB awareness campaign.

He urged all the work HODs to deposit 1% cess to the board and also urged the workers to register their name in the board to avail labour benefits provided by the board.

All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union, acting President Changma Tajo briefed about the activities of AAPWU and INTUC and assured that various categories of workers working in the state would cooperate with the government and will do nothing against the government.

He appealed to the chief minister to look in to the grievances of the workers community and the demands submitted the by the union for the welfare of workers.

He expressed hope the government would increase various labour benefits schemes being implemented by the board.

Parliamentary Secretary LM & UD Padi Richo, who was the first Chairman of the Board briefed about APB&OCWWB. He also advised the workers to avail the benefits from the board.

Officer on Special Duty to Chairman, APB&OCWWB Dr. D Bhardwaj also spoke on the occasion.

The programme was also attended by MLA Techi Kasso, Itanagar Chief Councilor Higio Aruni, Mahila Congress Committee President Yari Dulom and others. (Staff Reporter with inputs from PRO to CM)



DA starts distribution of compensation to TAH affected people

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 30:  The Papum Pare district administration has begun the distribution of compensation money to all the project affected citizens of Trans-Arunachal highway (TAH) project.

Today project affected people of Toru circle received their compensation amount at Kheel Inspection Bungalow. The amount was distributed in cheques. However, for the convenient of villagers, a movable bank is part of team through which small amounts are paid in cash against the cheque.  Large number of villagers are availing the facility of movable bank and they are quite appreciative of the noble idea of administration.

After completing the task of distributing compensation at Kheel, the team went to Sagalee.

The Leporiang and Sagalee circle project affected villagers will receive their share of compensation money in the next two days. The Hoj-Nechipu section of Trans Arunachal highway passes through the heart of Papum Pare district and it will cover 102 kilometres in the district. The total compensation amount for the district is Rs 71 crore.

The survey and assessment work for compensation started on April 2012. Altogether 30 villages are being affected in the Hoj to Leporiang section of the project. The entire process is being undertaken under the care of Likha Sampu, circle officer of Sagalee, who is the overall magistrate.

The respective circle officer also attends the programme as witness   to avoid any controversy in the future and there is tight security cover to ensure peaceful distribution of compensation.

Meanwhile, LRSO Papum Pare Techi Hitler informs that entire exercise will be over by 1st week of July. He expressed satisfaction over positive response of project affected citizens and hopes that Hoj-Leporiang section of Trans Arunachal highway will be constructed without any hindrance.  



Govt for strict implementation of MDM scheme

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Commissioner, Education CB Kumar exhorted the state and district education officers and officials for inspection of mid day meals served in schools and furnish un-biased reports on actual meal served in the schools.

Interacting with the state and district coordinators of mid-day meal scheme to get the ground reality and various problems faced by the Department while implementing the scheme in a review meeting at Naharlagun today, the Education Commissioner said, “The objective of inspection is not fault finding exercise but to strengthening the school system in positive manner.”

The Commissioner provided the co-ordinators with formats of Schedule of Detail Inspection and Surprise Inspection Report (SIR) to be submitted directly to the Deputy Commissioner at District level and Commissioner (Education) at State level.

Giving a pragmatic approach to the implementation of MDM scheme, the Commissioner emphasized on the need of compulsorily tasting of the meal being served to the children. Paucity of fund should not be a constraint since State has already released the State share for CFY, Kumar said, adding that DDSEs and district coordinators should ensure that mid-day meal is served every working day effective from July 1, 2013.

While addressing the attending officers, Director Elementary Education Bodong Yirang, who has been visiting the schools in and outside Capital Complex since June 2 to till date with the recently developed SIR format expressed his dissatisfaction over implementation of mid day meal scheme in the schools. Yirang repeatedly asked why mid-day meal was not served to the children even after 29 days of re-opening of schools which is Children’s Fundamental Rights. He advised all to work with honesty, sincerity and dedication for the cause of school children who are the future of the nation.

Earlier, Monya Nyori, DDSE, MDM presented a detailed status report of physical and financial achievement of the scheme in the last financial year.

Nyori also dwelt in details the problems faced at state level to release the Central Assistance of mid-day meal scheme to the districts on timely basis.



Admissions to various courses in RGU starts

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Admission processes to various courses in Rajiv Gandhi University for the academic year 2013-14 have started.

The lone central university and premier institution of higher education in Arunachal Pradesh offers a total of 31 courses, both conventional and professional with total seat strength of 879.

More than 700 prospectuses were sold on the first day. For the first time in the history of the university, the forms and prospectus have been made available in the university website www.rgu.ac.in in downloadable format. One can avail the facility by paying a nominal processing fee.  

As new ventures, the University is introducing few professional courses like MCA in CSE, PG Diploma courses in Banking & Insurance, Biodiversity, Functional Hindi and a certificate course in Graphics and Animations from the current academic session. In addition to the above, the University proudly offers two Year Post Graduate Programmes and Professional Courses under semester mode in Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, Education, English, Geography, Hindi, History , Management (MBA), M.Tech (Computer Science & Engineering), Mass Communication, Mathematics & Computing, Physics, Political Science, Sociology and Zoology, besides BCA and B.Ed.

The university also offers PG Diploma Courses in Mass Communication, Disaster Management, Hospitality Management & Tourism and also Certificate Courses in GIS, Tribal Languages and Yoga.

As far as mode of admission is concerned, for most of the courses, merit in terms of marks obtained in the qualifying examinations and lower classes is the basic criteria, while in few departments, particularly for professional courses, a departmental entrance test is conducted composed of both written and personal interview, informed the RGU’s Deputy Registrar (Academic & Conference) Dr. David Pertin.

He further informed that the procurement of prospectus and submission of admission forms to concerned departments can be done upto 11th of July.

The follow up processes of scrutiny of applications, notification of selected candidates and admission to courses will be completed by July 29, and the classes will be commencing from July 30, 2013.



AAPSU to continue its fight for solution to boundary row

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), which has been spearheading many core issues of the state including the inter-state boundary dispute for the last few decades, would continue to do so for the greater welfare of the people.

When the Arunachalee villagers living along the Assam-Arunachal boundary have suffered umpteen times for none of their faults, the GoAP has come out with a stereotype replay of taking up the mater with the Assam government and exhorting its Assam counterpart to honour the status quo agreement signed many times, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung said in a statement today.

The deputy commissioners of districts located along the inter-state boundary need to know about the contentious issue and how the Arunachalees suffer, Lapung said referring to the resentment of Longding DC against AAPSU statement.

AAPSU is concerned with the interest of the state and its people and continue to advocate policy to be adopted by the government to achieve it as the apex students’ body has nothing to do with any individual DC, Lapung added.




Health beyond healthcare: Social determinants of Child Health in Arunachal Pradesh

Dr. Raja Dodum

Social determinants of health (SDH) form the starting point of reform for universal health coverage in India. The SDH are directly declared in the guarantee of the Indian Constitution of the right to health. The 2008 Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health defines SDH as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system” and states boldly that we should aim to close unjust and avoidable health inequities in a generation. The Report advocates a right to health framework; identifies the health system itself as one of the social determinants of health and proposes a continuum of care across four pillars: health, nutrition, education and environment.

Studies using different conceptual frameworks and statistical models have proved that various social risk factors affect the health of a child where households are the primary producers of it. Some of the social risk factors like household tobacco and alcohol use, single-parent families/orphanhood, family conflict, educational level of parents/mothers, lack of maternal health and depression, lack of health insurance, levels of community violence, child belonging to minority groups (ethnicity or religious), standard of living index of children’s household, type of family (nuclear/joint), child gender preference, birth order and mass media exposure have significant associations with different health outcomes of a child.

Proportion of tribal population in Arunachal is 68.8% which is the fourth highest in India next only to Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya. Data sources like National Family Health Survey-3 (NFHS-3) report provide us information which could be used by our health managers and policy makers at different levels of planning and implementation of programmes effectively and efficiently. As per NFHS-3 data, prevalence of alcohol use in Arunachal Pradesh is the highest in India with 61% in men and 34% in women. Arunachal Pradesh also is the state with highest level of prevalence of orphan hood in India (9%).

Proportion of births delivered in health facility in Arunachal is the second lowest in India (29%). Only 7 per cent of households in Arunachal Pradesh report that they have any kind of health insurance that covers at least one member of the household. National Crime Records Bureau, 2011 reports put Arunachal State in the second highest list of murder rate in India (4.7 per 100,000 persons) next only to Jharkhand with 5.3 per 100,000 persons.

These data give us some of the social risk factors which might determine the health of our children in the society.

Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), childhood immunization coverage and malnutrition status of child are some of the child health outcomes. IMR of our state is 61% which is very high when we compare with state like Tamil Nadu with only 24%. Full vaccination coverage for Arunachal Pradesh was 28%; fourth lowest in India with national average of 43.5%. In spite of all odds we have gained top position in the improvement of malnutrition status for our children.

Ours is the state with least child malnutrition with malnourished 2.00% and severely malnourished 0.00% (CAG report on Integrated Child Development Scheme as on 31-03-2011).

Thus we find that health of our children is confined not only with the health sector. It needs to be dealt with equitable, participatory, inter-sectoral and multipronged approach. Other sectors like education, Social Welfare and Women Child Development, State Social Welfare Board, State Women commission, Police, Labour, Urban Development, Industry, Department of Panchayati Raj, Mass media, NGOs, etc., should also be involved in the process of building a healthy society. There is a need for reconfiguring and strengthening the health system with inclusion of these sectors which are conventionally regarded as falling in the domain of non-health sectors. There is also a scope for future researchers to provide evidence to guide interventions such as policy or legislative changes which will enhance health and wellbeing of all populations inclusively. (The writer is a scholar of Public Health Specialist at ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) School of Public Health, GOI and WHO Collaborating Centre, Chennai. Contact: - [email protected])



Mega tree-plantation programme ends

BOMDILA, Jun 30: The five days mega tree plantation cum awareness orientation meeting organised by the North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS), West Kameng district unit concluded successfully at Jerigaon on June 29 last.

The programme began with the awareness meeting at Kameng Club. This was followed by mass plantation at Buddha Park and Pendung village on June 25, Nafra circle on June 26, Ditchik Village on June 27, Nakhu Village on June 28 and Jerigaon Village on June 29. During the programme five hundred saplings each at Bomdila and Nafra and one hundred each at Ditchik Village, Nakhu Village and Jerigaon were planted.  

Addressing the awareness meeting  NEDWS district unit president Gautam Khangriju, Ex-Army highlighted various development activities including socio-economic development, women empowerment and formation of Self Help Group (SHG). Tabom Boje, Chairmam NEDWS HQ cum- NEDWS President Arunachal Pradesh, gave more emphasis on the development of agriculture and horticulture.  Without development in horti-agri sectors,  real development can not be achieved in rural and semi-urban areas, he said. He also called upon the  people to avail the   Govt schemes to overcome economic hurdles.

Encouraging the people, he ensured that NEDWS will even take the products of farmers to the market, thus the farmers need not worry about marketing and unstable price mechanism.

Meanwhile, he lamented over the poor condition of schools in many areas like Middle schools at Nakhu, Ditchik, Saddle and Jerigaon.

Speaking on the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner Habung Donyi appreciated the noble task undertaken by the NEDWS and  exhorted the people to protect the  flora and fauna of the region.

At Nafra, Extra Assistant Commissioner, Suresh Gurung briefed and explained about the benefits of SHG formation, Kishan Credit Card, SGSY, and BPL health card.

DRDA project director Taso Gombu, Govt officers, panchayat leaders, gaon burahs and NGO leaders and general public joined the mega tree plantation, according to an release.



Nutrition is the science of food

Nani Chaniya

(I came across an interview (panel discussion) where the questions were being asked on the role of nutrition in the mid-day meal provided to the school going children of our state by the govt. The panel discussion was held at Itanagar Doordarshan by the group of eminent personalities. In my observations, the questions round of the panel discussion should have been - which kind of food is being provided ? And does the provided food meet the nutritional requirements of those children?  Since I belong to Nutrition field, would like to put forward some basic principles of Nutrition.)

In 1942, Mason Eleanor introduced Dietetics in the undergraduate curriculum in Women’s Christian College, Madras and later in 1950 the Christian Medical College Hospital at Vellore started Dietary Department under the guidance of Helen Writer, a qualified dietitian from U.K. In the year 1956, under the U.S Technical Cooperation Mission and Government of India Project, a postgraduate course in Institution Management and Dietetics was introduced.

In the year 1963 a band of Nutritionist, dieticians and Medical Scientist resolved to form a scientific body to deal with problems concerning the science and technology of dietetics and nutrition and to highlight the importance of dietetics and nutrition not only in the maintenance of health but also in the prevention and treatment of diseases. Thus the Indian Dietetic Association was founded with C. Gopalan as president and Prof Kalyan Bagchi as Secretary and was registered Under Societies Registration Act 1961.

Nutrition is very important throughout the life cycle. From the moment of conception, the human organisms depend on Nutrition for growth, development, and long-term survival. Prior to birth, the fetus must draw from maternal nutrient supplies and this process may continue after birth if the mother chooses to breastfeed her baby. Ultimately, an outside food supply provides the on-going nutritional support for life. This nutritional support may come from both animal and plant food sources.

Nutrition is the science of food and its relationship to health. Nutrition and health are not synonymous but without good nutrition health cannot be at its best. Nutrition is important not only for promoting proper physical growth and development but also for ensuring adequate immune-competence and cognitive development.

Raising the level of Nutrition, Standard of living and improvement of Public Health are the primary duties of the state as enshrined in Article 47 of the Indian Constitution.

The school lunch programmes were started with the objective of providing food for undernourished children and to improve the nutritional status and monitor it. To increase school enrolment and attendance of the children, to reorient good eating habits, to incorporate Nutrition education into the curriculum, to improve literacy and educational performance of the pupils, to encourage the use of local commodities and to encourage the community participation in the feeding programme are the other objectives of introducing lunch programmes in every state of India.

Mid-Day Meal Programme for School children is not all about providing food to the children. One has to know which type of food contains what kind of nutrients and which type of nutrients is good for the child’s growth and development. Nutrition foods are based on five food groups which are composed of nutrients like Carbohydrate, Fats, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals and Water. Mid day Meal of a child should be a combination of Cereals and Millets, Pulses, skimmed Milk, Green Leafy Vegetables, Root and Tubers, Vitamin C rich fruits, Eggs etc.

Diets consumed by the school children are deficient in calories, proteins, vitamin A (Retinol), riboflavin, folic acid and iron. Signs and symptoms of vitamin A deficiency and anaemia due to deficiencies of iron and folic acid are widely prevalent among them. The nutritional requirement of an individual depends on various factors such as age, level of activity, climate and physiological stress. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is the average dietary intake level that is sufficient to meet the nutrition requirement of nearly all (97-98%) of healthy individuals in a particular life stage, gender group and life-style. The Revised RDA for Indian school going children and adolescents (ICMR, 2010) is given in Table below:

Recommended Dietary Allowance for school children and Adolescents in India.

I would also like to mention here that Therapeutic diet is not a Balanced diet but it is a diet which is prescribed based on Patient’s Condition as well as based on Disease Condition. The normal diet is modified to provide change in consistency as in fluid and soft diets; to increase or decrease the energy value, to include greater or lesser amounts of one or more nutrients, for example, high protein, low sodium, etc; to increase or decrease bulk-high and low fibre diets; to provide foods bland in favour.

And also it is a wrong notion to think that nutritious foods are costly, there are many nutritious foods which are cheap and are affordable as well as available in the open market. One has to have some awareness and knowledge about Nutrition and practice it in one’s day to day life rather than keep waiting for the time to fall sick because of unhealthy diet. Nutrition is a basic need that can be met minimally to prevent death or optimally to help achieve maximum genetic potential. (The writer is a post-graduate, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics).

I beg to differ

Dear Editor,

This is in response to article on Eugenics by Tanya Miroh. Enlightenment on the subject matter is highly appreciated but it has also raised doubts and questions on the article presented. So with due respect I beg to differ on certain aspects.

The subject by using the phrase like ‘judicious breeding’ sounds demeaning and discriminative. It sounds more like breeding chicken or peas by selective breeding. Or it strongly reminds one, of the infamous Adolf Hitler’s projects to breed superior human. With the kind of self importance that human attach to themselves it is highly unlikely that most people would consider not having progeny just because they inherit a defective gene. That in itself is against the basic instinct of human and nature’s design for continuation of the species. Moreover it is unlikely that most people would care to scrutinize his/her partner’s genetic tree before marrying the person. Sadly but matter of fact though most of the people with visible defective gene rarely get to raise their own offspring. Most of them end up being single in life. Maybe this is nature’s way of selective breeding but this needs no emphasis or eugenics.

From the cave man days to the dawn of modern era, a male with strong physique, good hunting skills and ability to defend his family from adversaries were the sought after qualities But society has evolved with “dwindling wildlife” and better security in white collar job, most of the modern female would prefer long term relationship with male who can buy food, security and look after her needs than that of a successful hunter with strong physique. This means that healthy looking man cannot be the sole criteria for choosing long term partner though researches suggest that healthy looking male or female have greater chance for flings or uncommitted relationship.

This new trend may be understood from this angle that olden days successful hunter equals modern days financially sound guy where the ability to hunt and protect are being replaced by ability to buy food and security. Sounds disillusioning but true.

Thirdly it may be pointed out that as research shows, most fertile age for female is between 18-32 years of age and not 30 - 35 years. Conception after the age of 32 increases the chances of complications during birth for both mother and child and also may affect the child’s mental development. And it is disturbing to see in our society eligible male and female in late 20s still unmarried trapped in studies and job insecurity. This can be attributed to late educations which is a sign of a young society.

It may be added here that it is a sad fact that most parent in our society still clings to the idea to marrying off their sons and daughter in the same tribe. But with the zeal with which our society is embracing the western ideas, it is unlikely that such concept will hold ground for long. It is a matter of debate though whether such homogenization of human population is good or bad for the species.


Michi Raju



Promises unfulfilled

Dear Editor,

Memoranda after memoranda, sitting after sitting, Review meeting after meeting in continues interval. But we fed up totally fed up today, as the clarification, promises and assurances given by Govt representatives from time to time can be vividly observed from their work culture.

Our memorandums and sittings and their assurances yield nothing and the common people are always at the receiving end. How long the people of Pasighat will have to face the problem which is supposed to be basic amenities in this modern world. Now the reader might have understood on which point I am emphasizing? Yes, you all have got me rightly; I am talking about the Electricity Problem- the chronic problem that the people of Pasighat have been facing for a quite long time.

Sometime I fail to understand the intention of the Government, the vision of our elected representative and the concern of the Electrical Department in respect of easing out the existing problem which has truly became a never ending chronic disease which needs urgent and immediate attention of everyone.

Pasighat one of the oldest District HQ of Arunachal Pradesh, supposed to be a historical place finding its place in the History of India and a tourist destination is today reeling under darkness. No one bothers as to find out the where lies the crux of the problem. Everyone irrespective of their position and status has a readymade answer to the erratic power supply scenario which has been informed and circulated by the concern department. But the actual problem lies in the ineffectiveness and lackadaisical work culture attitude of the electrical Department. The problem cannot be ascertain by the general public as the registered telephone number of Pasighat Power House just goes off the moment there is a power cut and this attitude of the concern officer manning the power house needs to be rectified and corrected as the consumer has every right to find out the power position as we have not been provided free rather we are paying for the power that has been consumed.

The Government and the department concern has a wrong notion that the common consumer has the habit of digesting everything but days are not far when the people of Pasighat will again shout for their basic rights and when the people start hitting the road, there will be no looking back. The Pasighat Peoples Welfare Committee (PPWC) is not in deep slumber rather it is observing and examining the process and till date, whatever process the department is taking and the work culture and the commitment level as displayed by the concern department is not at all satisfactory. The Department should always think and work with speed and promptness and not casually which has been seen and observed at this present juncture.

Hence, I on behalf of PPWC would like to urge upon the Electrical Department to improve their work culture and commitment level at par with the peoples expectation, the elected representatives to at least ponder upon the chronic problem for which the people of Pasighat is suffering and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to give justice for the fulfillment of our basic amenities which is not a demand rather it’s our right.


Okom Yosung


Pasighat Peoples Welfare Committee (PPWC)




We are here for farmers

Dear Editor,

The department of Horticulture was bifurcated from parent department Agriculture with few manpower and infrastructure in the year 1989. Arunachal Pradesh being the horticultural hub of the north east region of India, the production in the horticulture sector is in large scale especially in kiwi, orange, apple, ginger, large cardamom, grapes and pineapple which are grown organically having high value in the international market. The horticultural sector in the state is highly potential for improving the socio- economic as well as employment generation. It can also substitute the traditional jhum cultivation system of the local tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh as the Govt, of India has already banned the jhum cultivation system in the light of serious threat to ecological balance. Hence, horticultural sector is the primary source of livelihood to the rural people of Arunachal Pradesh.

At present the department of Horticulture is taking up lots of activities in HMNEH, RKVY, NEC, Bamboo Mission, Fruit Preservation, Coconut development, Floriculture, Mushroom Development, Research & Development and Marketing. With all out effort of the Horticulture Department lots of gardens have been established and many more are coming up in the state specially in Apple, Kiwi, Oranges, Ginger, Pineapple, Grapes, Large Cardamom etc. The apple produced in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has been declared as the best apple produced in India.

Earlier horticulture produce marketing activities were looked after by the Agriculture Produce Marketing board but, now the Govt, has created separate board in the year 2010 i.e; Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Produce Marketing & processing Board which was conceptualized to look into the marketing activities of the horticulture produce for the welfare of the farmers.

In this regard, I would like to inform all the farmers of Arunachal Pradesh that there is a provision for creation of horticulture marketing infrastructure like cold storage, Whole Sale Market, Apni Mandi, Market Shed, Collection Centre, Fruit & Vegetable processing Industries etc under the centrally sponsored scheme called Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States (HMNEH) with the condition of 50% Govt, of India assistance and 50% individual share. Hence, anybody who wants to avail the benefit may contact the Marketing branch of the Horticulture Department. Now Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Produce Marketing & processing Board (APHPM&PB) is working tirelessly for creation of Horticulture Marketing Infrastructure in the state for the benefit of the farmers and state as a whole. In the last financial year , i.e; 2012-13 around 212 nos. of on farm collection and storage unit have been established in some districts of Arunachal Pradesh under Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States (HMNEH) with the condition of 50% Govt. of India assistance and 50% individual share / state Govt, share .


Kipa Niya


Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Produce

Marketing &

Processing Board

Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh




How far it is correct?

Dear Editor,

This is in connection with an article, “What’s in a name?” that appeared on 29th June issue of your esteemed daily written by Ms Vipasha Bhardwaj.

Eve as we all know was the first human female created by god on earth as per Bible. But how far Ms Vipasha is correct in drawing a conclusion that the ‘Eve’ used in Eve-teasing is the same biblical character is controversial beyond any doubt.

So far my little knowledge goes; eve means evening or period of time immediately before an event or occasion as used in- New Year Eve, Christmas Eve, etc. This appears to be correct because of two main reasons, firstly because eve-teasing is mostly done at evening time when women are out for evening walk or shopping, etc. Secondly because the teaser fantasise some sort of event with the teased. Just for the sake of argument, even if we believe Ms Vipasha that ‘Eve’ in ‘eve-teasing’ is Adam’s Eve, is it right on her part to drag the names of Hindu goddesses. Let me also clarify here that ‘Devi’ & ‘Apsara’ are different & Eve as first human female is quite different.

Ms Vipasha has also expressed her intense urge to go out in the street & start teasing the man out there to PAYBACK. Let me tell her that unlike women, men will only be very happy to be teased by a woman. So never ever try this tactic on man. And more so because eve-teasers are LAFANGEY PARINDEY as she has rightly said.


Tapek Riba

C- Sector Naharlagun.




Road becoming menace

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily would like to highlight the pathetic road condition of West Siang district especially between Basar and Aalo. This road which connects Yingkiong, Tuting, Mechukha, Monigong, Tato, and Pidi bordering to China and the life line for the people of Liromoba, Tirbin, Basar and Aalo area has been neglected by BRO for many years

So, the member of parliament representing Arunachal Pradesh are requested to place this problem in the parliament for immediate construction or maintenance of said road because it is very strategic one for the national security point of view which is undertaken by the BRO. It is also to be informed that the quality of the road constructed by the BRO is very low which indicates that corruption is prevailing along with the road construction.

The poor road condition besides being national security concern is also damaging vehicles. The vehicles are getting damaged and frequent accident takes place. It is also seen that the road is also damaged by the poor condition of water pipe lying on the road which is to be replaced and maintained by the PHE Department.

It is also requested that Local MLA LAD Fund may also be used for road maintenance in the town area as the quality of leaders is reflected through the condition of road in their areas. The land owners are also requested not to create problem in dealing with the compensation cases in the road construction.

If this problem is left unattended, then the democratic movement would be invited in days to come against the BRO by the people of these areas for the interest of the nation. Hope that there will be speedy work on this said road for the interest of the Nation as saying goes “stitch in time saves nine”.


D Lomri





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Dear Editor,

I am a regular reader of online version of Arunachal Times and I really appreciate this site a lot as it gives us a lot of information. Being far away from home the only way to be in touch always is through this website. Thanks to all the member of Arunachal Times. My only kind request is that if this website comes in MOBILE VERSION then it will be great.......


Chau Sunaka Moungkang



Domestic workers and legal protection

At least 52 million people around the world - mainly women -are employed as domestic workers, according to the first research of its kind conducted by the International Labour Organization.

They account for 7.5 per cent of women's wage employment worldwide and a far greater share in some regions, particularly Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Between the mid-1990s and 2010, there was an increase of more than 19 million domestic workers worldwide. Many migrate to other countries to find work. It is likely that the figures contained in the report underestimate the true numbers of domestic workers worldwide, which may in reality be tens of millions more.

The figures also exclude child domestic workers below the age of 15 that are not included in the surveys used by the report. Their number was estimated by the ILO at 7.4 million in 2008.

Despite the size of the sector, many domestic workers experience poor working conditions and insufficient legal protection.

"Domestic workers are frequently expected to work longer hours than other workers and in many countries do not have the same rights to weekly rest that are enjoyed by other workers. Combined with the lack of rights, the extreme dependency on an employer and the isolated and unprotected nature of domestic work can render them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse," said Sandra Polaski, ILO Deputy Director-General.

The report, Domestic workers across the world: Global and regional statistics and the extent of legal protection, follows the adoption, in June 2011, of a new ILO Convention and Recommendation on domestic work.

These new international standards aim to ensure decent working conditions and pay for domestic workers worldwide. The Convention so far has been ratified by three countries. Three other countries have completed national ratification procedures and many others have initiated them.

The findings of the research will act as a benchmark against which progress in extending legal protection will be measured.

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