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November -  27


17th State Level Karate C’ship begins

M Doley

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The state level karate championship, considered to be the most popular sporting event of the state’s sport calender, began on an impressive note at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy Indoor Stadium, Chimpu near here today.

A record 288 karatekas and 33 officials from 10 districts viz. East Siang, Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, West Siang, Lohit, Tirap, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Anjaw and teams from Arunachal Pradesh Police, Sports Authority of India, Special Area Game Centre (SAI SAG), Naharlagun and Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy are taking part in the 2-day event, informed Arunachal Karate-Do Association General Secretary L. Marik.

Competitions for both sexes in the age group of 10-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years 16-17 years and above 18 years are being held in  Individual Kumite, Team Kumite, Individual Kata as well as Team Kata. A whopping 216 medals would be up for grab during the championship.

Parliamentary Secretary Lokam Tassar, who attended the opening ceremony as chief guest, advised the budding karatekas to give more emphasis on mental and body concentration while performing physical exercise, especially in sports like karate for better result.

He was overwhelmed at the number of participants in the championship.

“I am overwhelmed at the number of participants and the enthusiasm shown by so many people for the sport,” Tassar said and appreciated Arunachal Karate-Do Association (AKA) for organizing the event smoothly.

Later, he declared the championship open.

It is worth mentioning here that food and lodging facilities are being provided to the participants by the organizing committee.  In his brief speech, AKA president Likha Tara described the importance of a medal at national level competition and suggested the budding karatekas to make aim for qualifying for National Games at first instead of going directly for some international events abroad which do not have much importance.

He said that AKA has been organizing the championship for the last 17 years regularly despite various constraints which is a great achievement. The karatekas of the state have been performing consistently by winning medal in various national and international level competitions and over 40 karate players have already landed job in various Govt. departments, including state police and ITBP, he said.

He also reiterated the demand for construction of a multipurpose stadium in the state capital for overall growth of sports sector.

Geology and Mining Director Tassar Talar was the guest of honour.

Earlier, the Judokas of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy demonstrated Judo which was appreciated by all.


APPDSU blasts Border Affairs dept, demands relief camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 26:  After eviction drive carried out by the Assam Forest Officials at Sango under Tarasso circle in which several houses were burnt, All Papum Pare District Students’ Union has come down heavily on the Border Affairs department of Arunachal Pradesh as mere “show-off”.

It said that creation of the department is a huge wastage on government’s exchequer.  

The Union who visited the affected area yesterday said that at least 10 families have been rendered homeless. It called on the government to set up temporary camp with basic facilities.

APPDSU further demanded the state govt. to give first priority to the development of the road communication of the inter-boundary areas of the district which will not only give relief to the villagers from hardship they are facing since 1940 but also generate employment opportunities and boost the economic development of the locality.

APPDSU further said that it is shocked to see  the pathetic condition of Taraso Secondary School and boys and girls living in small huts designated as hostel.

The union appealed for establishment of hostel and deployment of subject teachers immediately.

The students union demanded the government of Assam to compensate the villagers of Sango under Taraso circle.

It further said that the Assam forest officials responsible for the inhuman act should be punished as per law of the land to prove that Assam Govt is not behind the eviction drives.


AAPSU writes to Chinese envoy, rakes up border, visa issue

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: In a surprising move that is unlikely to find any favour with the Centre, All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has sought an appointment with the Chinese Ambassador in India. The people of Arunachal have faced lot of trouble in the last 50 years because of Indo-China border issue and students want the meeting to place its view regarding the complex issue. The 50 years of Indo-Chinese Peace Treaty expires next year but the people of the Arunachal still do not know the content of the treaty. The indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh` have every right to know the details of the agreement that affects them till today, the letter added.

It said that the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh have been silent spectator to the various talks on the border issue between China and India in the last few decades. The Union further mentioned the issuances of stapled visa by the Chinese government to the Arunachal people and repeated claims of Arunachal by the Chinese as their own.

There has been report of numerous intrusions into Arunachal state territory by the Chinese army and the people of Arunachal Pradesh is being sandwiched in the international politics. The tense atmosphere created by Chinese government's claim over Arunachal is quite evident as the development has slowed down and people live in fear that Chinese army may raid just like 1962, the letter read.


Siram emphasizes on filling the vacancies

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Education Minister Bosiram Siram gave emphasis on filling up the vacancies of all categories of teachers to enable the schools to have teachers in all subjects.

Addressing a coordination meeting of all departments here on November 24 last, Siram stressed the need to gear up the education sector, especially for a holistic and progressive development of the department. He also reviewed the SSA initiatives in the state and directed the officers to complete all on-going infrastructure without any delay.

While interacting with the officers of Higher and Technical Education, the minister directed the officers to provide proper infrastructure and other basic facilities like teachers’ quarter, sufficient classrooms and laboratories at all the functioning colleges. He also directed the department to expedite the process for creating more posts of Assistant Professors and two posts of Professor for Post Graduate programme at JN College Pasighat along with other posts so that teaching and learning process in PG programme is not hampered.

The Education Minister visited the Science & Technology office yesterday and discussed with the Commissioner, Director and other officers of the department regarding on-going schemes and other initiatives of the department.

Siram also visited the office of the Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs and interacted with the officers.


Don’t be misled by false propaganda: Rebia

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Parliamentary Secretary (Planning and Development) Nabam Rebia accompanied by Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu and SP Nabam Gungte visited Taraso circle yesterday to take stock of the prevailing situation of the area amidst reports of large scale eviction drive carried out by the authorities of Assam in a few villages of Taraso circle in the last couple of days.

Addressing the gathering Rebia gave a detailed narration on the genesis of the boundary imbroglio and appealed the people not to be misled by any false propaganda and advised them to maintain the age old harmony between the people of the two neighbouring states.  He told them that the DC and SP of Papum Pare are working tirelessly to diffuse the tension along the border and exhorted the people to assist them in maintaining peace. He directed the circle officer Border Affairs to assess the extent of damage done to the villagers of Sango and submit a detailed report.

He also interacted with the GBs and panchayat leaders and informed them that he was in touch with his counterpart in Assam for early road connectivity through Bihumari in Assam and further informed that necessary fund shall be managed for alternate connectivity to the state capital along the existing porter track from Basarnallah to Tarasso as early as possible.

But he cautioned that the department or any work agency whoever is entrusted with the construction work must be given free hand and asked the Panchayat members to give an undertaking to that effect.

Enroute he visited the Police Outpost and heard the problems of the jawans and sanctioned a Television Set with a Satellite Dish on the spot. He assured the SP that necessary infrastructure shall be created for the additional forces. Later he visited the Tourist Complex at Gaera Lake and directed the EE RWD to maintain the lake and clean the area within a week’s time. He opined that the Lake would be a tourist hot spot once the road connectivity from Bihumari and Basarnallah is completed.

While addressing the gathering the SP highlighted the importance of maintaining peace and tranquillity in the area and apprised the MLA about the manpower shortages in Tarasso and requirement of more police personnel.

Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu also spoke and apprised the people about the recent parleys he had with his counterpart in Sonitpur district.

It may be recalled that a team of officials comprising of DC, SP, DFO, EAC and CO of Papum Pare had rushed to Tezpur on November 23 and had held hectic parleys with DC, SP and CF Sonitpur to diffuse the tension along the border. He asked the people to maintain communal harmony and praised the young ZPM and Anchal Samiti Chairperson Nabam Eka and Tana Bagang for their untiring work in preventing the situation from turning volatile.


Dept urges allocation of funds for livestock farms

Sena visits farms  

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Minister Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Setong Sena, yesterday visited the office of Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary and other livestock farms at Nirjuli after assuming office.

Accompanied by the Joint Director Dr T Padung and other officers, he visited Piggery farm at Karsingsa and Arun dairy milk processing plant and interacted with the officers and other staffs. Later he visited Central Poultry Farm Nirjuli and Central Dairy Farm Nirjuli.

Dr Tachi Taku while briefing the status of the functioning of the AH & Veterinary Department, narrated the pathetic condition of the livestock farms of the department due to shortage of plan allocations.

He informed the Minister that major portion of the Plan allocation is utilised for pay and wages of the staff leaving no room of fund for any farmers benefit oriented developmental activities.  The farms are running with eagerness of the officers and staff to keep alive the functioning. If adequately funded the Department farms can be revitalized to its lost glory and provide sufficient poultry and other livestock for the benefit of the farmers of the state.

  While addressing  the officers at the visited farm site the Minister said that he was amazed that inspite of fund crunch the livestock farms are performing well. He implored upon the senior officers of the department to propose viable schemes benefitting farmers for inclusive growth. He also assured the department officers to look into the matter relating to enhancing Plan assistance for strengthening the livestock farms of the state which he will take up the matter with the Ministers concern and the Chief minister as the Animal Husbandry and Dairy is the backbone of the economic development of the rural farmers and which was adequately addressed in Budget Speech of Finance Minister in 2010-11.

He urged the officer that in return they should work hard with sincerity to increase the revenue generation of the livestock farm for the state exchequer.

He also visited the construction site of the new Directorate office building at Nirjuli and wished that the construction of the office is quickly completed so that the officers can work in new building with a new zeal.


Robbers rob cardamom worth Rs 35 lakh

Raju Mimi

TEZU, Nov 26: A gang of robbers numbering around 10 on Thursday looted a truck carrying cardamom worth Rs 35 lakhs at Tezu-Hayuliang road.

Sources informed that at around 3 to 4 am early in the morning, the robbers forced the driver of the truck carrying 56 bags of cardamom at gunpoint in Hawa Camp in Tezu-Hayuliang road to follow them.

“They had come in a chocolate colored Mahindra Scorpio,” the source said. “The truck was then taken to a place near Dimwe, which is about 13 km from Tezu.”

“The robbers tied both the driver and the helper of the truck to the nearby trees and took away the loot in their own truck after reloading.”

The source said the truck and the Scorpio didn’t carry registration numbers.

An FIR is lodged in Tezu police station under section 395 IPC read with section 25(1)a of the Arms Act.

The identities of the miscreants are yet to be traced as the case is under investigation, the police source said.

All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU) Sohalo Ngadong has condemned the incident and has regretted the rumor of involvement of union members in the robbery. “The robbers had allegedly claimed themselves as member of the union,” AMSU president said in a release.

Denying involvement of the union he said the miscreants are trying to implicate the Union and said that AMSU has absolutely no involvement in the incident, whatsoever.

“In any unlikely event of any of our executive members or for that matter any member from the Mishmi Student Community is involved, we request the authorities concerned to initiate strict action according to existing provisions of law,” the release said. Ngadong also said the SP Tezu has been apprised of the situation and has been requested to expedite the process of investigation to nab the culprits and initiate exemplary punishment to the culprits no matter whosoever they may be.

“We express our solidarity with the victims and hope that the culprits will be nabbed at the earliest,” and added “We are also ready to extend any help that may be needed by law enforcement agencies.


Worn-out NH-52 gives harrowing time

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Nov 26: Border Road Organization’s (BRO) inordinate delay in repairing National Highway-52 between Ruksin and Pasighat has become the cause of harrowing time for the commuters.

BRO entrusted with the 2-lane reconstruction of the highway has not been active in work, citing paucity of funds.

From Ruksin Gate, only 12 km has been completed while widening and earth filling works of another 8 km stretch between Saat mile and Pasighat town is under progress. But major portion of the highway out of its 35 km length is yet to be repaired by the BRO.

The NH is presently in a dilapidated condition. The treacherous stretch of road dotted with potholes has caused harrowing time for the commuters and plying of vehicles will be almost impossible if it is not repaired soon. With potholes everywhere, there is risk for those commuters travelling at night hours.

It is pertinent to recall that the vital highway link came up at the time of Chinese aggression in 1962, for transportation and mobilization of security forces into the Indo-China border. But even after passage of four decades, it has not been spruced up.

It is a vital lifeline for the region as essential commodities and other trade materials to Pasighat and parts of Upper Siang and Dibang Valley district besides Jonai of Assam passes through this route.

Union Ministry of Road Transport & National Highway (MoRTNH) cleared 2-lanning of NH-52 seven years back. But its implementation on the ground has remained stagnant due to the proverbial bureaucratic bottlenecks. BRO refused to put into service its men and machines for several years on the pretext of fund crunch.

The highway, which links East Siang with Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit districts and ends at Sitapani junction near Saikhowaghat of Upper Assam has been included in the list of approved roads under phase-‘A’ of Special Accelerated Road Development Project for Northeast (SARDP-NE). Cost of the project was estimated to be about Rs 36.92 crores.


Tezu Police attends stress management prog.

Tezu, Nov 26: The Stress Management Program organized by Art of Living for police personnel in Tezu started.

Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest SP Isaac Pertin said that as on date the police department needs such programs to keep the personnel in uniform fit to discharge their duties well while ensuring their personal and family welfare.

The SP exhorted the participants to make all out efforts to take maximum benefit from the SMP. He instructed concern officials to fix duties of the Police personnel in a way that maximum personnel get to attend the SMP while discharging their normal duties.

Pertin appreciated the Art of Living and local NGOs for taking up such initiative for police. DIGP Robin Hibu in his message for the Tezu SMP said such sobering exposure is urgently and really needed amidst hectic police life. It will go a long way in reducing stress in police life. The DIGP lauded the Art of Living and local organizers for the concern expressed for cops.

Conveying the feedback received from personnel of various stations of Mahadevpur, Namsai and Chongkham AoL teacher Ramaji said that the constables and officers were extremely grateful to SP Tezu for getting the course organized. Anugrah also informed the course participants about the prompt response, quick decision and timely action of the district police authority in getting course organized to ensure their welfare. The SMP team also called upon them to be more responsible and disciplined to build a capable and happy police. Respect for police service and obedience towards seniors in the department are prerequisites to build and maintain an effective police force it added. DSP Manik Gogoi along with 38 other ranks registered for the SMP. In Chongkham EAC Kenbom Nyodu after inaugurating the Chongkham leg of SMP thanked the AoL for bringing such noble service to the doorsteps of the people in remote and difficult parts of Arunachal. He informed at length of the many service activities of the AoL world over. O S Chandran, former Dy Commissioner, Chennai also spoke on the benefits of such stress management program. The SMP team lauded SI S Lakra for the sincere efforts taken to get the course completed without a single participant dropping out. The team was humbled and greatly moved to witness the strong desire of Constable Lemchun Wangpan who was posted on sentry duty to take up the course. The authorities suitably reassigned his duty to ensure his attendance in the prog. Wangpan complimented saying his mind has a total positive shift.

I am fresh, calmer and energetic, claims constable Sanjay Kumar. ASI M B Sunar said, Yes I could improve on some undesirable habits and I experience that we can remain healthy by doing yoga and also keep our morale high. There were 21 participants in Mahadevpur station, 18 in Namsai and 13 in Chongkham outpost. Constable Chote Lal Sahni met the SMP team to assure that he will not use force on offenders unless it will be in the supreme interest of the law and the offender. WT operator Ripul Ghose in Mahadevpur reported the fact that after taking up the SMP it was for the first time in six years that he had sound and refreshing sleep. He was suffering from severe sleep disorder due to retinopathy and severe diabetic condition.

A senior police official in Namsai conveyed that now he is able to realize his many faults and assures that he will be a changed person to serve the society much better.


1st green revolution-a succes or failure!

Rima Taipodia

In the agricultural policy in the 60s, a change had been noticed that had been termed the first green revolution. A joint venture of the Ford Foundation of Henry Ford, and the Rockefeller Foundation of Standard Oil had made the world’s agricultural system more dependent on energy and mineral oil. This was an indivisible part of the strategy of making the world more dependent on petroleum. Behind this “green revolution” there were other motives than just improving the Indian agricultural output. The fulfillment of the self-interest of the US was much greater, especially the fulfillment of the plans of the oil companies who wanted to create a permanent market for themselves through this process. The aim of the first revolution was to introduce petrochemical dependency on farming and make inroads in the fields of ownership of seed distribution, take control over the sectors of pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers, etc.

By exploiting the food crisis, the green revolution entered India. When a nationwide food crisis was going on in the country in the beginning of the 60’s, the green revolution package entered the country through the medium of export reform. Firstly, India was told that a nationwide survey of soil fertility needed to be conducted. The sale of farming equipment in India heralded the use of expensive machinery in Indian agriculture. Also, technology related to chemical fertilizer production was made sophisticated at this time. This was followed by the induction of high yielding seed varieties. Punjab was chosen as the incubation center for the green revolution. Along with the revolution, diesel pump-sets came into India. All of this was tied to the selfish profit motives of the Rockefeller and the Ford Foundations. These technologies were not introduced to alleviate India’s hunger.

Towards the green revolution, in order to turn the popular tide of public opinion, a large scale effort was undertaken to train the scientists who would support it. The US undertook the responsibility of establishing an agricultural university in Punjab. After that, such universities were established in different places like Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu.

By directly becoming involved in the establishment of 5 universities of the first phase, US established roots in the Indian agricultural education and training arena. National universities had very close associations with US based universities, which often influenced their policy decisions. Examples of such collaborations were the involvements of the Ohio University in Punjab, Michigan University in Tamil Nadu, Purdue, Iowa university in Bangalore.

In India, this is how the green revolution established itself. This same idea was applied in other countries.

Tales of increased yield from the green revolution were circulated. Starting from the school textbooks, people were brainwashed on the positive effects of the green revolution. But nowhere were its negative aspects mentioned. While statistics of increased yield were presented, the price for this yield increase was not mentioned. There were three main subjects of the green revolution.

1. Increase in amount of land under agriculture.

2. Fertile lands were directed to have double crops and increased irrigation.

3. Increased use of high yielding variety seeds.

Regarding the first two abovementioned steps, it is not clear why on earth one would need the great opinions of American experts. There was no need for the eminent experts to tell us that more grain can be produced by cultivating more land which would help in building up the farming system of the country. Second, neither is there any doubt that production would rise if two crops are grown instead of one. The third advice was for securing their hold in seed market. This raised per acre yield undoubtedly. But one also has to consider that cost of production has gone up in the same rate. There is no efficiency gain in obtaining more power by spending more power. In newly independent countries like India where the bourgeoisie rules, the “green revolution” was accorded the status of national agricultural policy. In order to protect from the danger of Second World War and world wide economic depression, the interest of the saviour of world capitalism, namely the United States, and that of the Indian bourgeoisie converged on the same point.

The government was not concerned about the food availability of common people in the agricultural system of colonial age. Without attaining any development in agriculture many exportable crops such as jute, coffee, tobacco, cotton were grown. In the interest of imperialism through permanent settlement, zamindari, mahalwari, ryotwari tenure systems capitalist production were carried on. The main aim of the British government was to collect taxes, to that end it compromised with the local feudal structure.

Along with problems of expansion of capitalism in agriculture, immediately after independence therefore food crisis, problems of all around rural development cropped up. The reason why the Indian capitalist class interest started following the blue print prepared by the two American organisations, Rockfeller and Ford Foundation are as follows,

1. In the newly independent country the torch bearer of democracy, to achieve welfare for all ,the Indian government, followed a system of mixed economy. But while doing so crisis on food front became the biggest issue. To reach food to industrial workers and ordinary citizens control should be exercised over supply of food and its price. Therefore, the central government adopted green revolution oriented agricultural policy to quell possibilities of imminent rebellion and insurrections.

2. In agriculture, some investments were legitimately taking place. A major part of the compensation paid to the princely states also got invested in industries and share market. But in spite of all this the capitalist structure in agriculture was not taking a robust shape because of elements of semi-feudalism, slavery, begar system (bonded labour system in agriculture). So land reform, technology oriented farming, high yielding variety seeds, expansion of irrigation and such measures were taken.

3. On the thinking, practice, values (especially in the field of technology) western influences were leaving deep imprint in the middle and upper class for decades before independence was attained. In the newly independent country that western influence, mainly in technology, became US oriented within a decade.

On the other hand as far as the harmful effects of green revolution are concerned the first is stability. The yield per acre could not be sustained. Two, countries which had adopted this technology are importing food at present. Possibly the global food merchants had this aim in mind. Three, hunger of the poor has not gone down, it has risen on the contrary. Serious harms were done to ecology. The farmers are finding farming no longer profitable courtesy adoption of the expensive farming system. Besides the well off farmers, conditions of small and marginal peasants have deteriorated (92% of peasants in West Bengal are small and marginal).

Farmer Suicide:

Incidence of farmer suicide has been growing no matter how loud India blows their trumpets over agricultural development,. Existences of crores of marginal and small farmers are at risk due to the attack of neoliberal economic policies. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 1,99 132 farmers were forced to commit suicide between 1997 and 2008 itself. The count is still inclining. Five states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh contributed the most to this. Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, is supposed to be the life centre of financial activities in India. The same state saw about 45000 farmer suicides. In a year alone, Maharashtra clocked a record of 436 and Karnataka 398 farmers suicides.

The Punjab Experience:

Due to the first green revolution, it is heard that Punjab has prospered a lot and the lives and livelihood of the farmers in Punjab have improved. But what is the actual state of Punjab peasants? Of all states, the highest number of indebted farmers is in Punjab. The average level of indebtedness per agriculturist is about Rs 42000. The volume of total indebtedness is Rs 25000 crores. From 1998 to till today, more than 2000 farmers have committed suicide in this state. According to non-official sources the actual number is several times more than this. About 60% of farmers are in debt. The price of the first green revolution  is being paid by small and middle peasants committing suicide. On the other hand, India has chosen the eastern states such as West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa for unveiling the second green revolution.

Small and marginal farmers own most of the land in West Bengal due to land reforms,. They have succeeded in achieving all round improvement of agriculture in the state. West Bengal is one of the major states in agricultural production. One of the sinister aims of neoliberal globalisation is to establish the dominance of capital in agricultural business. Many infamous multinational companies and capitalists of this country have entered the fray to secure their business power in agriculture. These businessmen are eager to put into practice a capital and technology intensive agricultural system. If they are successful the small and marginal farmers will either be thrown off their occupation and turn into farm labourers. Or they will choose the final option of suicide through the debt route.

The aim of many national and international big capitalists as it is well known  is to grab large tracts of land, invest huge sums of money and modern technology and earn windfall profit in the agricultural business. To achieve this, the first task would be to reverse whatever little land reform that has taken place. As it is, per capita land ownership is less in eastern India. After the land reform in West Bengal per family land ownership has gone down further. One of the aims of the second green revolution is to nullify the land reform system and establish the unchallenged dominance of big capitalists in place of the big landlords of yesteryears. (The writer is a STO, scholar(Botany), former consultant APTPS-state planning department  govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.)


Consumer campaign at Pasighat draws huge crowd

Pasighat, Nov 26: 2 days Exhibition-cum-consumer awareness campaign organized by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer affairs has concluded on November 24 last with a quiz competition.

Ten teams consisting of two students each of secondary level representing various schools of Pasighat township and adjoining areas participated in the competition.

Siang Model School team represented by Pakpi Doye and  Nitmem Padung secured highest marks to receive the first prize of Rs. 2000  while D. Ering Memorial Govt H. S. S. School team represented by Modak Kadu and Subankar Roy bagged the second prize of Rs. 1500  and S. F. S. School team represented by Mithu Mibang and  Lirik Jonkey received cash prize of Rs.1000 as the third place. Rest of the seven teams were awarded consolation prize of Rs. 500 each.

Earlier, Daro Marbom, Asstt. Controller, Jaro Dai, Asstt Controller and Abom Apum, Inspector encouraged the participating teams and the volunteers of the exhibition to carry forward message of awareness campaign so as to generate consumer movement in the district as well as in state level.


Thousands of visitors including students of more than ten schools and colleges led by respective teachers, NGOs, public, traders and govt servant visited the camp. As it was first of its kind in East Siang District, everybody who thronged into the exhibition hall appreciated the organizing Department.

Though the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 covers both goods and services, the Deptt has this time emphasized on products as the beginning. However in subsequent campaign, the department will give due emphasis on service sector too to keep consumers of the state well informed in all respect, said K. P. Tago, Assistant Controller (HQ).

Dean College of Horticulture Pasighat, Dr BN Hazarika, on Wednesday while attending the campaign said that overcharging is punishable offence.

A dissatisfied consumer has right to lodge complaint against the manufacturer, producer or seller in consumer court.

Hazarika while urging all to avail optimum benefits from the exhibition, advised organizer to conduct such campaign at village level involving PRI members to let the rural masses know more about their rights and benefits.

The Department is organizing such exhibition in four district headquarters of the state including Pasighat, Tezu, Tawang and Daporijo as the first phase during current financial year, informed Taba Tabin, Inspector LM & CA (HQ).

Before putting the exhibition for the public, eighteen students of Govt. H. S. School (IGJ), Pasighat were given extensive training to perform as demonstrator on various products and other consumer interest like product standardizations, discount sales, simple tests in food adulteration, product imitation or sub-standard, consumer laws, guidance for taking admission in technical college etc. These demonstrators along with seven enforcement officers of the department from host East Siang District unit, West Siang and Headquarter office conducted the awareness campaign.

The objective of the campaign with their jago grahak jago slogan was to educate the consumers particularly of younger generation so as to augment level of consumer awareness in the state.


The Green Gold

Dr. Gitartha Roymedhi

The green gold or the green tea is a gift from the nature to the world. Very commonly, this green tea is also known as the Chinese tea. From last few years, the green tea is becoming one of the popular beverages in the world. More than refreshing, green is have many other qualities. The medicinal qualities if the green tea is not hidden from the world. Even in the developed countries in European Union and USA, about 50 percents of the people prefers the daily sips of green tea other than any other beverages.

The scientific name of the teas plant is Camallia Sinesis. Both the green tea and the black tea are made from the leaves of this plant. Green tea is made before the tea leaves begin to wild after harvesting. Black tea is produces when the tea leaves are wilted. Unlike green tea black tea is made from the leaves that have been fermented. Fermentation of the tea leaves reduces the level of many essential compounds; hence it reduces the medicinal quality of the tea. The medicinal affects of the green tea has been found beneficial in many occasions. It helps to prevent, cure and heal many diseases. In Indian and Chinese traditional treatments, green tea occupies a special place.

Many researchers around the world believe that the medicinal properties of the green tea are very beneficial to a cancer patient. The green teas can be uses as an antioxidant against the free radicals. It can be used as a fat burner against obesity. It is one of the best diuretic that helps to flush out the toxins in the body through urine. Green tea also possesses antibiotic properties that act against many infections. It also contains certain biological compounds that inhibit the growth of a cancerous tumour. It is also a good source of Vitamins that improve the body’s immunity. Beside this, green tea also helps to control the Central Nervous System, Cardio Vascular System, Hormone and Insulin level, Digestive System etc.

After a cancer related surgery, the patient should get special care. The post operative care of a cancer patient is also very important. The patient is always given tea at first, when it is allowed to have food orally. Green tea plats an important role in these cases. The antioxidant quality of the green tea acts against the free radicals released by the cancerous cells and keeps the other healthy cells from its effects. The diuretic property of the green tea helps to flush the toxins realized by the cancerous tumour and deposited in the body that may affects the healthy cells. The antibiotic qualities of the green tea acts against the infection caused by microorganisms after the surgery. The vitamins present in the green tea help to heal the wounds and reduce the bleeding. It compensates the loss of nutrients in the body and keeps the patient away from the risk of cancer in future.

In a patient receiving the Chemotherapy, the daily habit of green tea shows positive response. The chemotherapy drugs are very toxic that are given through veins or sometimes orally. It makes a patient weak sometimes. It may also lead to loss of essential nutrients in the patient’s body. Green tea neutralizes the affects of free radicals released by the cancers cells through its antioxidant property. This way it helps the chemotherapy drugs to shrink down a cancerous tumour to a much lower level. Through its diuretic property it flashes out the toxins released both by the cancerous tumour and chemotherapy drugs. It fulfills the body’s loss of nutrients. The Vitamins present in the green tea nourishes the immunity of the patient and helps to keep the patient treatment tolerant.

In a patient undergoing Radiation Therapy, green tea plays an important too. Just like in Surgery and Chemotherapy, green tea here too acts against the free radicals released by the cancerous tumour in the form of anti oxidant. In the form of diuretic it flashes out the toxins released by the tumour. It supports the treatment by inhibiting the growth of the tumour and spreading it to other cells or organs. Compensating the nutritional loss in the body, it keeps the patient healthy. The vitamins in the green tea improve the body’s immunity making the patient treatment tolerant. Regular habit of green tea also fulfills the loss of water in the patient’s body during the treatment.

Behind many cancers, the hormonal imbalance has been found as the key reason. Green tea helps to maintain the hormonal balance in the body, especially in women. Obesity is also a reason that may affects negatively in a cancer patient. The green tea has been proved as one of the good fat burner that may burn the unnecessary fats in the body. A cancer patient should follow a special diet plan to keep the body treatment tolerant and strong. During the cancer treatment, the patients losses the regular appetite and suffers from malnutrition. Green tea improves the digestives power in the patients along with the whole digestive system, increasing the appetite.

Many other abnormalities in the body may create disturbances during the treatment of a cancer patient. Mental stress and psychological disturbances lead to negative response of the treatment. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), High Sugar Level (Diabetes) etc. does not allow the treatment of a cancer patient. The medicinal qualities of the green tea improves the central nervous system, cardio vascular system, sugar level, blood supply etc. keeping the body’s abnormalities away and supporting the treatment of the cancer patient.

The exact reason of cancer is yet to be discovered but it can be treated and healed if detected in the early stages. A patient always develops the risk of cancer for the second time too, if it struck once. That is why proper prevention should be taken. In case of healthy people, a regular sip of green tea reduces the risk of cancer to a lower level. A cup of green tea twice a day, may always keep the cancer away.

Dr. Gitartha Roymedhi,


Medical Officer in Charge

Department of Social and Preventive Oncology

North East Cancer Hospital and Research Institute


New colony inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Local MLA Techi Kaso inaugurated the new Kurung Pare Colony at Pappu Nallah as chief guest.

He also laid the foundation stone and visited the colony.

In his speech, Kaso urged the people of the new colony to maintain peace and unity among neighbors He assured the colony dwellers for sanctioning fund for construction of Steel over-bridge over Pappu river between the colony and Pappu Nallah in the next year.

Shilong Tajo, chairman, Bazaar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun  requested to the people of the colony to remain united and bring good name to the area.

Tarak Nachung, Chairman, Commerce and Chambers of Arunachal Pradesh was also present on the occasion.


Relief fund demanded

ITANAGAR, Nov 26:  Parsi-Parlo Area Youth Organization (PPAYO) demanded the state government to provide immediate relief to victims of fire accident at Koloriang where belonging of students were reportedly reduced to ashes.


Chalo-loku at Deomali

DEOMALI, Nov 26: Joining the Chalo-Loku festival at Deomali as chief guest, Minister Geology & Mining, Food & Civil Supply and Art & Culture Kamlung Mossang appreciated the endeveour to preserve our culture and tradition through such celebration. He evoked the people to engage themselves to undertake agriculture and horticulture for self sustenance and  economic development since Tirap and Changlang districts have abundance of fertile land. In reply to the public memorandum for sufficient allotment of PDS items, he assured to look into the matter.

All Guwahati Nocte Students’ Union (ANGSU) also celebrated Chalo-Loku festival at Arunachal Bhawan, Guwahati yesterday. Splendid cultural flow by the group of Nocte students added more colour to the festival.


KKSU invites minister to area

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Kargu Kardi Students Union (KKSU) invited Transport Minister Jarkar Gamlin to visit Darak, Kamba, Liromoba, Tirbin and Yomcha of West Siang district to redress various grievances of the people.

The Union also hoped that the minister would live up people’s in terms of carrying out development activities.


Sports, Literary cum Cultural meet

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The week-long Game and Sports, Literary cum Cultural meet which was held at government middle school Lapnger under Papumpare district ended on a colorful note. Speaking on the valedictory function Zilla Parishad Chairperson Nabam Aka advocated the concept of conducting the meet, which she said, would help students to enhance skills. Later prizes of various categories were given away by the chief guest and guest of honour.   


ALSU to conducts legal seminar

ITANAGAR:  Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) is going to conduct legal seminars on codification of customary law in eight districts across the state in mid December 2011. It stated that the objective of the seminar is to bring awareness about legal dimension of law and the benefits of codification of customary law among the people.


Live cartridges. animal carcass seized

ZIRO: In a joint patrolling, two rounds of live cartridges and carcass of a barking deer were seized on November 22 last. Sensing danger of being caught by the patrolling team, the miscreants escaped through thick forest, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Hapoli Ngilyang Tachang informed.

The Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) of Lempia village and a Ziro based NGO, the Nature Care & Disaster Management Society (NC&DMS) along with Forest department personnel have launched a joint patrolling within the jurisdiction of Lempia BMC.

While appreciating BMC Lempia and NC&DMS for the initiative, the RFO suggested other village BMC to save wild animals of their respective forest by preventing hunting with regular patrolling.


APC president

ITANAGAR: With the unwillingness of Arunachal Press Club (APC) president Jarpum Gamlin to continue in office from which he had resigned a few months ago, the members of the APC and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) accepted his resignation at a meeting at Press Club Saturday and unanimously elevated vice president Taba Ajum to the post of president. Moreover, Azing Pertin was elected as the vice president.


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