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 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
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
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.
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,
350 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
(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
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
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
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.
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
Pasighat Peoples Welfare Committee (PPWC)
We are here for farmers
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 .
Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Produce
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh
How far it is correct?
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.
C- Sector Naharlagun.
Road becoming menace
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
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”.
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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
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
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.