July 29

9th Independence Football Tournament  begins

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The 7 Warriors 9th Independence Running Trophy Football Tournament organized by Gohpur Youth Club began at KV No 2 playground here today.

The opening match was played between Seven Brothers and Service XI in which the former defeated the latter by 3-1 goal.

Akash Taw (23 min), Taksing John (30 min) and Sartam Raja (40 min) scored a goal each for Seven Brothers. The consolation goal for Service XI was scored by Bulo Obin.

Councilors Taba Yal Nabam (Ward No. 5) and Biri Tugdo (Ward No-1) attended the opening ceremony.

G Sector will paly against Bondhu XI in tomorrow’s first match while the second match will be played between All Chimpu Rural Football Club and Talum Tok FC.


Unaccounted money seized at Longding

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The Longding Police yesterday in a joint operation with Army Personnel of 4th Rajput Rifles, Longding  apprehended one Girwar Singh, 38 yrs old, employee of Aggrawal cloth shop, Longding market and seized unaccounted money amounting to Rs 25,72650/- without valid documents in a mobile check post in between Longsom and Namding area. A case has been registered in Longding Police station and the person is in custody of Longding police station along with the seized amount. This was informed by Bomto Kamdak, Dy.sp (HQ) Longding


India Sub-Jr. Ranking Badminton Tournament

Laa Tukun-Yash Raikwar wins U-13 Boys Double title

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Laa Tukun pairing with Yash Raikwar of Madhya Pradesh won the Doubles Under-13 Boys title at All India Sub-Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament-2013 which concluded at Durgapur, West Bengal today.

Tukun-Yash duo beat their opponent from Uttarakhand in straight sets 21-9, 21-16 to win his maiden gold medal.

Laa Yajum (U-15) and Lunku Sih (U-15) from Arunachal Pradesh made early exit from their respective single and doubles events.


Compensation sought

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Claiming that the heavy downpour on Friday night has damaged the colony road, standing crops of WRC fields, agri/horti gardens, parked cars, RCC buildings, and protection walls worth crores of rupees at Mudirijo, the Mudirijo Welfare Society (MWS) has requested the state government to provide immediate relief to the flood victims.

State government should come up with plans to avert these kinds of furies instead of doing just paper works, it said.


32 tested Hepatitis B positive

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Altogether 495 people were tested for hepatitis-B in a day-long free hepatitis-B screening camp conducted by Heema Multi Specialty Hospital here in collaboration with Zydus Heptiza on the occasion of World Hepatitis day today.

A team of doctors led by medical superintendent Dr Kesang W Thongdok provided information and conducted awareness programme regarding hepatitis viruses and the diseases caused by them.

Out of the many patients screened, 32 were found to be  Hepatitis B positive. The blood of the Hepatitis B positive patients will be sent for HBV DNA Quantitative analysis for further confirmation outside the state.

The HBV DNA Quantitative analysis which is quite costly will be done at a discount price of nearly 70% less than the original cost, which is being arranged by Heema Hospital along with Zydus Heptiza.



‘NHPC maintaining cordial relation with local’

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Reacting to a news report of the Papum Pare Unemployed Engineers Association (PPUEA) denying assault of NHPC staff by its president and four others, the NHPC authority today claimed that the assault incident did actually happen.

It further clarified that NHPC has no reason to tarnish the image of PPUEA and has always tried its level best to maintain very cordial relation with local people/organizations in the interest of the development of Arunachal and its people and the Nation as a whole.

Meanwhile, NHPC further clarified that “Litan Das, whom the members of the Association had assaulted, is not an employee of  NHPC (as appeared in the news papers), but he is a contract helper engaged by NHPC through contractor M/s L. T. Enterprises, Zero Point Tinali, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh”.


News Impact


Matching infrastructure  development in NE a must

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma inaugurated a seminar on ‘Issues in Sino-Indian Relations and Leadership Change in China’ at Kolkata, West Bengal on July 27. The seminar was organized by the Kolkata Chapter of Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a leading think tank of India.

Presiding over the seminar, the Governor emphasized on building matching infrastructure in the North eastern states to balance what China has done in Tibet. He said strengthening it is a must to ensure peace and cordial relationship.

Citing connectivity as one of the major problem in the strategically located North east region, the Governor said other than Assam, only 66 km of railway line has been built in the region since Independence. Poor connectivity and infrastructures have posed serious problems in the developmental progress of Arunachal Pradesh, he added.

The Governor said that India has to look at China in a pragmatic manner because of a wide gap in the capabilities of the two countries.

Highlighting at the positive note of the India-Sino relationship, the Governor said despite the 1962 border conflict and both the countries being unable to resolve their border dispute, not a single shot had been fired in anger by either side since 1967 which was a big achievement.

Dr. C. Raja Mohan, Distinguished Fellow, ORF delivered his talk on ‘India’s China Policy’, while Dr. Manoj Joshi, Defence Analyst and Distinguished Fellow, ORF spoke on ‘China-India Border Issues’. Professor Sobhanlal Dutta Gupta, Professor of Political Science, Calcutta University delivered lecture on the topic ‘Leadership Change in China and Its Implications’.

Earlier in his welcome address, Sunjoy Joshi, Director, ORF spoke in length on the endeavour of the organization. Ashok Dhar, Distinguished Fellow, ORF also spoke on the occasion. Eminent scholars, number of important dignitaries, ORF officials, and members of media fraternity attended the seminar.

The outcome of the Seminar will be synthesized into a Policy Brief and circulated widely among policy makers.  PRO to Governor



NRHM nurses struggling hard to survive

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The contractual GNM and ANM nurses working under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) are struggling to make ends meet as they have not been paid their salary since the month of April 2013. Most of these nurses are posted in rural areas of state under difficult circumstances.  

Despite submitting numerous memorandums and representation to minister, parliamentary secretary and NRHM authorities regarding their pathetic condition, these nurses are still yet to hear anything in this regard.

“To reach my posting place it takes one whole day. No one pays for my travelling expense and adding to that I have a family to feed. Also everyone is aware about escalation of prices of essential items. For the last four month we are struggling hard to survive. If our salary is not released at the earliest, we may die of starvation. Such is the situation now,” told a nurse working under NRHM. The NRHM nurses of state be it GNM or ANM are extremely underpaid in compare to those  working in other states. The state government is not able to pay such meager amount of salary giving immense trouble to the nurses.  

According to the source this situation is developing due to the  failure of state government to pay the state matching share. Salaries of NRHM nurses are to be borne by both central and state governments. However it is alleged that since 2007, state govt has been erratic in paying their part of matching share. Whenever central fund is received, salaries are being released. However off late central govt is cautious to release fund. This is one of the reasons for the delay in releasing of salary. It is surprising, how state government is failing to take care the need of small number of NRHM employees.

The health department is facing acute shortage of manpower across the state.  As per the details there are about 419 health centre across the state and 233 existing GNM nurses working in various government run health centre, while the actual requirement is 1414 leading to the shortfall of 985. Similarly 419 ANMs are presently working whereas the actual requirement is 896, a shortfall of 319. The situation of other areas are as follow, Lab technician (existing-79, required-290, shortfall-211), Radiographer (existing-28, required-76, shortfall-48), Pharmacist (existing-201, required-270, shortfall-69), Health Assistant (existing-319, required-468, shortfall-149). Due to the lack of manpower 236 health centres of state are non-functional.

As per the government of India notification vide no. DO.NO.10 (37)/2011-NRHM-l dated 21st December 2011 it is clearly stated that there should be creation of regular post and regularization of contractual staff within 5 years. However majority of NRHM nurses of state has not been regularized yet. Many of them are working as contractual nurse for more than 6 years in various hospitals. Adding salt to the wound, now these nurse are not being paid their hard earned salary on time. The contractual nurse has requested state government to look into the matter seriously and to take necessary action, so that they can discharge duty with full devotion. They have threatened to go for democratic protest in the form of wearing black batches followed by mass casual leave etc.



AKA’s self-defense training for women receives overwhelming response

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The ongoing free karate and self-defense classes for women being conducted by Arunachal Karate Association (AKA) from July 20 in Itanagar and Naharlagun are receiving an overwhelming response.

Women from all walks of life, including government employees, house wives, students and children above 10 years are enthusiastically participating in the camps and getting self-defense training from expert trainers in three different training centres, two in Itanagar and another in Naharlagun.

Designed specially for women, the training is being attended regularly by more than 200 women in all the three training centres.

A mother, who is an employee of the Director of Health Services, said, “I came here to drop my child at the training centre. But I’m very much impressed and motivated by the training and I myself started learning.”

She encouraged others too to avail the golden opportunity of learning karate and useful techniques of self-defense free of cost through this training.

“Wonderful, very useful…” another trainee, who has just learnt the punching and other techniques to deal with attackers, said.

The main objective of conducting the training is to ward off trouble and stay fit will prove immensely beneficial.

According to AKA, this training will prove immensely beneficial to the trainees in view of the rising incidents of crime against the weaker section of the society in the state.

“The tips and techniques being imparted to the trainee will definitely help them ward off trouble and stay fit,” AKA President Sensei Likha Tara hoped.

In view of the overwhelming response and request from school going students, AKA is planning to conduct similar training for next year (2014) during summer vacation to facilitate them.



CM secretariat gets nearer to citizen

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The citizen of state can now directly lodge their complaints and grievances to the chief minister of state through chief minister’s grievances cell. The website of Arunachal’s chief minister which was launched today at CM’s conference hall here has a page dedicated especially for grievances and complaints. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki launched the website in presence of chief secretary HK Paliwal, Secretary Tourism Sonam Chombay, Secretary IT Gaken Ete, Commissioner to CM CB Kumar, Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago and OSD to CM Dr Hatobin Mai.

Website www.arunachalpradeshcm.in has all the information regarding various programmes and policies being implemented by state government. It gives information about vision and plan of the Chief Minister besides containing information about numerous other activities being initiated by state government. However, the most innovative of all is the facilities to submit public grievances online. Any person can email their complaint to the web address- [email protected] and also fax it at the number-0360-2212439. Poor people who are often denied chance to meet CM to air their grievance can now hope to directly reach Chief Minister by logging into the website.

Speaking on the occasion CM Tuki stated that his government wants to know the real problems and issues concerning every Arunachalee citizen and launching of CM’s website is a step in this direction. He also added that now CM secretariat is open to view by citizen and exudes hope that this will bring more transparency.

Commissioner to CM, CB Kumar informed that CM secretariat will work hard to ensure that all the grievances lodged are addressed properly. However he cautioned that only genuine complaint will be entertained.



Clinical research summit puts emphasis on regulation

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Inaugurating the two-day Clinical Research Summit at New Delhi organized by the National Institute of Clinical Research (NICR) and Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University, Arunachal Pradesh with the theme “Pharmaceutical Research and Development in India : Present Scenario and Future Scope”, the Judge of the Supreme Court of India Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra stressed the need for proper regulations for controlling clinical research and trials in the country viewing the disastrous effects of such researches without appropriate legal controls.

She congratulated the National Institute of Clinical Research for taking lead in this direction. Delegates from all the important medical colleges and hospitals are participating in this important Summit.

Speaking as the Chief Guest Rajesh Tacho, Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Fisheries, Arunachal Pradesh said that Indira Gandhi And Technological Sciences University, Arunachal Pradesh will be developed optimally with the active cooperation of the Central and the State Government.

Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary, Land Management and Urban Development, assured of the latest infrastructure at Ziro besides cooperating for skill based courses.

Nido Pavitra, Parliamentary Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Food and Civil Supplies discussed regarding the Supreme Court judgment for seeking suggestion from the State governments for Clinical trials. He declared for the launching of hydro power engineering courses in cooperation with NHPC LTD.

Director of All India Institute Sciences Dr.RC Deka who received the World Health Initiative For Peace (WHIP) award, said that AIIMS will work enclose cooperation with this university for developing oenological and clinical Research.

Chancellor of the University Dr. P.R Trivedi declared that an ultra modern hospital with all facility including Cancer Research and Clinical Research will be established at Ziro and other important district headquarters of Arunachal Pradesh.

The ambassadors of Bosnia and Herzagovina and Niger Dr. Sead Avdic and Ali Allissu and the Vice Chancellar of Chattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University Prof. VC Mal were also felicitated for their outstanding work.

Quoting the recent Supreme Court Judgments, the Director of the Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University, Arunachal Pradesh, Arvind Kumar Das said that he has seen through the recent newspaper reports that the clinical trials by foreign pharmaceutical companies in India have slowed down due to new Government rules that complicate testing for new drugs. The Government of India implemented rules recently that impose a new approval process for trials and compensation packages for patients who fall sick or die during testing.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has signed the laws after it found in a probe last year that new drugs in some cases were being tested on patients without informing them. The probe was ordered by the Supreme Court after an NGO from Madhya Pradesh complained.

Earlier in 2012, a Parliamentary Committee claimed in a report that Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, the regulatory body that oversees India's drug market, approved the sale of several drugs that hadn't been tested on Indian patients, as required by law, Arvind K. Das further added.




VYS organizes voluntary blood donation camp

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Thirteen persons, including a girl student from Dera Natung Govt. College, here have donated blood voluntarily in a blood donation program organized by Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (VYS), Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar at RK Mission Hospital here today.

Inaugurating the program, Chief Councilor of Itanagar Municipality Higio Aruni highly appreciated Yuva Shakti for arranging the program and the blood donors for donating their best gift for the poor and needy patients. She personally met all the blood donors.

Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (VYS) Chairman Ramesh JK narrated the story of how he became inspired with voluntary blood donation to foster unity and brotherhood among people of different communities.

VYS President Jyoti Panka briefed about simple procedures of blood donation, its importance and cleared some myth associated with blood donation.

Hage Kobing from Ziro said that he took part in the blood donation camp to reciprocate the gesture of VYS as he received blood for his relatives earlier in the hour of need from the organization.

Bindung Dindo Nanya from Kurung Kumey informed that she too received blood free of cost from VYS team for her own people which inspired her to join the organization. Presently, she is an executive member of VYS.

Purnima Dangpong Rijiju, a teacher of Don Bosco School, Jullang, who led the students of her school for today’s program, is also an executive member of VYS.

VK Arun Jyoti, Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society, Indo Global Social Services, students of VKV School, Chimpu and Don Bosco School, Jullang along with their principal and teaching staff participated in the camp.

Swami Prasant Maharaj of RK Mission Hospital was also present on the occasion,



4th MJM Independence Cup football tournament begins

United Sika Tode beat Regeneration 4-2 in opener

PASIGHAT, Jul 28: United Sika Tode (UST) beat Regeneration Team 4-2 in the inaugural match in the 4th Matmur Jamoh Memorial Independence Cup Football Tournament at General Ground here today.

The score at half time was 2-2 with scorers being Kaling Tasung of Regeneration and Kalom Apang of UST.

The match was evenly poised in the half before UST added two more goals in the second half to win the match (4-2).

Earlier, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association General Secretary Geshi Doke kicked off the tournament in presence of Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Matmur Jamoh-II, Great-Great grand son of Matmur Jamoh, Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk and huge gathering of football lovers and enthusiasts.

In his address, Doke stated that huge crowd turnout is testimony to the popularity of the tournament and lauded the organizer for hosting the tournament successfully for the fourth times. This tournament gives us an opportunity to pay our rich tribute to great warrior Matmur Jamoh, who fought against the Britishers, he said and advised the youths to maintain discipline and sportsman spirit throughout the tournament.

The tournament is being organized by East Siang District Football Association in collaboration with Department of Sports and Youth Affairs to pay tribute to the gallant warrior Matmur Jamoh.

In total, 32 teams from the district are participating in the tournament.

The final will be played on August 15. DIPRO



CHF celebrates freshers’ day

PASIGHAT, Jul 28: College of Horticulture and Forestry, CAU, Pasighat celebrated Freshers’ Day function to welcome newcomers with a theme - “Future belongs to those who believe in the beats of their dreams” on July 27.  

Participating in the celebration as chief guest, East Siang Superintendent of Police Pushpendra Kumar expressed his happiness to observe the best infrastructure, ultra modern laboratories, highly qualified faculty and most energetic students. He said it is an appropriate time for newcomers to mingle with their seniors and make fun. He promised  to extend any kind of help if sought from the police administration.

Dr. A. K. Pandey, Dean, CHF, Pasighat told that the freshers may feel homely environment at CHF campus as college management is dedicated to provide better education and other essential amenities to them. Dr. Pandey desired to see the hoisted CHF flag in every nook and corner of the country due to brilliant performance of students.

While welcoming the dignitaries and audience, Krishna S.Tomar, Student Welcome Officer told the audience that the Fresher’s Day at CHF sees an amalgamation of students from various walks of life, from various regions of the country with a common goal. It’s a subtle effort to make their celebration big, nurture their dreams and deliver words of wisdom. He appealed the young minds to do extra efforts in making CHF a centre of excellence. Dr. Tomar urged the students not to indulge in any such activities which will not contribute positively in their future.  Dr. B.N. Hazarika and Dr. S. D. Warade also spoke on the occasion and blessed the newcomers.

All fresher students participated in question round and cultural competition enthusiastically. A cultural extravaganza was presented by newcomers. Kelmi Lingodoh, B.Sc. Forestry First Year and Pekila Bhutia B.Sc. Hort. First Year  were declared Mr Fresher and Miss Fresher respectively for academic year 2013-14.

Besides the  students, faculty members, staff and their families were present on the occasion.



Modernity and wailing of Lamas of Itanagar Gompa

Debananda S Medak

Can anyone accept liquor and tobacco logically sharing spaces with holy place like Gompa ? Despite the expected answer is no, the reality is rather ironical in our state. His Holiness, the Buddhist monk Lobsang Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama says “Buddhism is a path of reason and logical inquiry”. Hence, to arrive at a truth, it is provable; Gompa is a spiritual centre where both reason and logic are practised with a strengthened and a powerful mind.

Today Lamas of Itanagar Gompa laments “nuisance created by the wrongdoers are louder than our verse. Boys routinely gathering here are not good, if we inform the police they may wind up and even their parents may hopping mad upon us. We have been hurt and do not feel good in such circumstances. We use to inform the president of our Gompa Management Committee. Police sometime chase the boys but within no time it is made out as fruitless again. Largely, we regret for the tourists who come all the way from different states to see our beautiful landscape, rich culture and religious sanctity”.           

This is the unheard cry of the Lamas at Itanagar Gompa today. Once, for the state capital, Gompa was a place of congregation; to delight one’s mind, evening walk and the nearest tourist spot for the visitors. The so called simplicity and humbleness of the tribal people residing in the capital city adds no grace towards beauty of this magical Gompa. We have made it a safe zone for smoking, drinking and for the love birds.

Are we really becoming nearer to wild biped. Modernity situates us unable to fundamentally differentiate holy place with a park, bar, club and pub. Punctilious Lamas are conditioned to helplessness. People from different places visit Gompa to get blessing and calmness. But on the contrary, they witness, smokes of incense and cigarette roll together and hundreds of beer bottles drained in a minute. Visitors are also spectators of thunderous bike stunt perform by youngsters that roar around the surrounding. Moreover, couples’ stretching on the railing at the curbing Gompa road is becoming routine exhibition.

The present day proviso of Gompa occupies no place in the discourse of intellectuals and civil society members. How long the so called civil, elite and educated society will pretend as if they know and see nothing at Gompa complex? Would we remain fame with our ancestral majesty forever? The truth is, the attitude and behaviour of young in each generation redefine a newer characteristic for a particular society.

Let us read the thoughts of Captain Sobhey and Rifleman Raju of Indian Army who visit Gompa every evening all the way by walking.

In an interaction they reacted, “Our wish is to readily serve and save  the country from Kashmir to Arunachal. We believe in one God. So we visit sacred places like Mandir, Majjid, Church and Gompa located in diverse places. But what inexpressible here is that the visitors are intervened with nuisance. Local youth commits unwanted acts like smoking and drinking liquor gathering in such a sacred place without any sense of guilty. It is morally dangerous. We are really worried whose offspring are they? There must be parents and teachers at home and school who can impart knowledge that fits into their practical world. They are young, not  pauper. The key is to control and turn their live into resource for the nation”.

Gazing for a while at Gompa is pitiable. One can get our true distinctiveness there. By birth children are not addicted, they learn from elders growing up gradually. Therefore partial blaming only upon the youth will never be the solution. We need a collective introspection. Let us understand the philosophy behind modernity rather than not just possessing and establishing a material world. Or else, suffering and bad names for the culture will be the consequence.

The urgency is to burden the responsibility and voluntarily address the concern by which a legal guard from such wrongdoings can be ascertained for this sacred place. Those who dirtied the surrounding of Gompa are our own, not visitors from outside. Had there been any authoritarian rules, we could have intercepted the wrongdoer. (The writer is a student of Mass Comm. RGU)

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Dilapidated road condition

Dear Editor,

With due respect, we would like to inform the public that presently road condition of Gandhi Bridge to Ramsing approach Road, which is the sole means of the communication for the villagers and government officials/officers living and posted on the right bank of Siang river is in dilapidated condition. Above that many people from left bank of  Siang are also using the said road as their main source of living. Also the very approach road is lone life-line for supplying ration commodities and other important items of villagers under Jengging circle and Tuting Sub-Division.

Further, the construction of V.K.V. at Ramsing Village is also going on in full swing, for which transportation of construction materials and quarry etc. are totally dependent on this approach road. Apart from that improvisation of the said road will ultimately help in the on-going construction of Gandhi Bridge during the transportation of construction materials and communication of the officials as well as workers, etc.

Hence, we would like to request state govt. to include the improvement of Ramsing to Gandhi Bridge approach road in the A.O.P. 2013-14.


Opang Apang

GPM chairperson

Ramsing Village

Aroty Apang, GPM, Ramsing, A  Apang

Vice President, AUSDSU




Dear Editor,

This is clarification regarding the article published in Readers' Forum column of your esteemed daily on 24/07/2013 by Shri Kompu Dolo, Nebia Taya and Chagam Dolo under caption "RD Joint Director is illegally appointed".

We, being the President of two Rural Development department Employees Association that is Arunachal Pradesh Block Development Officers' Welfare Association (APBDOWA)and All Arunachal Pradesh Rural Development Department Employees' Association (AAPRDDEA) jointly made an appeal to Arunachal Law Students' Union (ALSU)which is lone legal base organization in the State to refrain from ongoing protest against appointment of Joint Director (Agri & Allied) on deputation in RD Department and same was published in the local newspaper on 21/07/2013 (Sunday).  The matter is already in Hon,ble Guwahati High Court Itanagar Bench . In democratic set up of society any individual or organization has right to make an appeal to any agitating organization and it should not hurt any individual or organization. Writers also termed the APBDOWA as self style organization which carries no meaning as one of the writer Shri Nebia Taya, BDO, Doimuhk CD Block had attended the general conference - cum- election of APBDOWA at hotel Nemko, Naharlagun on 22/06/2013 last where present President of Association was selected. Regarding statement that "cold war is going on in the RD Directorate after appointment of Joint Director (Agri & Allied)", we would like to state that is purely administrative work of Directorate in which our organization has no jurisdiction to interfere with. Also pointing finger at fellow officer accusing him to be corrupt is unfortunate.


Lokam Kani

Tadar Takar



Poor Road Condition at ESS-Sector & RWD Colony

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw proper attention of concerned department regarding the problems faced by citizen of ESS-Sector & RWD Colony Hill Top and DD Colony, Itanagar. ESS-Sector road is lifeline for ordinary citizens, of above mentioned colonies. Many MLAs’ and Ministers including present Urban Minister along with Health & Family Welfare & RWD minister also use the same road for transportation. The said road is in worst’s condition since many years. Neither MLAs, ministers, VIPs nor concerned department officials is taking any step to maintain this road beyond the Director Higher Education Office. I would like to appeal to the concerned department to properly maintain the said stretch of road.


Muik Maju, Itanagar


Create more drug inspector post

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to lay down few lines. Presently, our state has 18 districts, which are having ONLY SIX (6) Drug Inspectors’. It has been more than a 10 long years has but not a single post for Drug Inspector has been recruited by authority concerned.

In your daily, Directorate of Health Services had notified the BANNED DRUG’S which is regulated by Drug Controller of our state through Drug Inspectors under section 26A of Drug and Cosmetic Act, 1940 and the Rules 1945, which is highly appreciable and commendable work done by them. But it is out most surprising that lots of substandard, adulterated as well as spurious, even ‘BANNED ‘ drugs and medicines has being circulated in our state which is not reported to the authority concerned. These drugs cause immense health hazards to denizens of state as slow poison. Thus, for our vast geographical area and scattered population we require of lots of dynamic as well as energetic youths to regulate above said purposes. However, the students from our state those who got selected in Joint Entrance Examination for Bachelor degree in Pharmacy courses hope that one day she/he will serve as a Drug Inspector after completion of course. But, it has become only a “DISTANT DREAM”, because most of them are unemployed or has joined in some other unsuitable profession for sustaining her/his livelihood.

So, I would like to highly appeal on behalf of Arunachal Registered Pharmacists Association (A.R.P.A) to the concerned Health Minister, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Secretary of Health, and Directorate of Health Services, to look into matter hearing the grievances of aggrieved degree holder students (Bachelor of Pharmacy).


Hage Chobin

(Vice president)

For President

Arunachal Registered Pharmacist Association


Pollution and Indian economy

A World Bank study released recently revealed that the annual cost of environmental degradation in India is about Rs 3.75 lakh crores, which is equivalent to 5.7 per cent of country's GDP.

Outdoor air pollution in urban areas alone claims 1.09 lakh lives of adults and another 7,513 of children below 5 annually, says a new World Bank study.  The annual cost of environmental degradation in India is about Rs 3.75 lakh crores, which is equivalent to 5.7% of country's GDP, it points out.

Commissioned by the Central government the study underlines the perils of unfettered urban growth. Between them, outdoor and indoor air pollution accounts for 52 per cent of the environmental cost borne by the country.  This is followed by cropland degradation (19%), water supply and sanitation (14%), pasture (11%) and forest degradation (4%).

This first ever national level economic assessment of environmental degradation in India focuses on particle pollution (PM10) from burning of fossil fuels, which has serious health consequences amounting to up to 3% of India's GDP along with losses due to lack of access to clean water supply, sanitation and hygiene besides natural resources depletion. The indoor air pollution is mainly due to burning of wood, mainly in rural India.