November 30


News Impact

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The tourism based Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2013 will be held from January 20 to 22, 2013. The festival offers unique opportunity to the tourists to explore the secluded region and culture and tradition of the local people.


VKV annual sports & cultural meet gets underway

AALO, Nov 29: The three days Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya Jirdin began yesterday.

The entire school is divided into four houses, namely Vishwamitra, Valmiki, Ved Vyas and Vaishtha houses.

Inaugurating the meet Gijum Tali, DIPRO Aalo said that the school is the livewire of all important national days celebration at Aalo be it Republic or Independence Day. The school caters physical, mental and spiritual development to the students which come handy for the students to excel in life. What is most important is not the win or but the spirit of participation matters most, he said and encouraged the students to show their talents in the three days meet.

Principal of the school Jirdin gave a detail out line on the aims and objectives of the sports and cultural meet and overall achievements of the school. The teachers from the school also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Death of social worker mourned

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The members of Kargu Kardi Welfare Society (KKWS) have deeply mourned the sad demise of its member Minyi Raksap at Aalo today.

He was an active social worker and dedicated teacher and his death is an irreparable loss to the society, KKWS said in a condolence message.

The KKWS members along with the people of Lodu Banggo under Darak circle area observed a minute’s silence as mark of respect to the departed soul and prayed for his eternal peace.


Resentment over delay in appointment of new VC

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The Rajiv Gandhi University Student Union (RGUSU) expressed its anxiety at delay in appointment of new Vice Chancellor at Rajiv Gandhi University.

RGUSU, in a release said that unusual delay in appointing a full VC has adversely affected the smooth functioning of the university.

A Search Committee for VC visited the University last month and promised to appoint a regular VC within very short period, RGUSU said.

It hoped that the Centre will appoint VC from the region, preferably from the state, so as to avoid frequent transfer.



ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The Jering Matkir Society (JMS) expressed deep shock over untimely demise of Dogin Mize, 15, son of Tarik Mize of Rengo Village of East Siang district.

Dogin drowned along with his two friends on Sunday afternoon at Buri Dihing River, Deomali.

Born on March 6, 1997, Mize left behind his parents and three sisters.

He was also a promising football player. He did his schooling from B-Sector KG School (Raj Bhawan Complex), Gyan Ganga School, VKV Chimpu and RK Mission School, Narottom Nagar.

JMS prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and extended its condolence to the bereaved family members.    






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

Capital bandh fails to evoke response

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: The majority of the business community opened their shops in the Complex Complex during 12 hours Capital bandh which ended this evening, according to an official  release.

Dawn to dusk capital bandh was called by All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization on airport issue.

“Although the response of the shopkeepers to open their shops was lukewarm in the early morning, the shopkeepers opened their shops immediately after the intervention of the district administration, police and bazaar welfare committees and by 10 am, majority of shops in Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa were open,” said capital DC Sanjay Goel.  

 The capital district administration under the guidance of the Capital DC Sanjay Goel took “exemplary measures of sealing and affixing closure notices” on many shops, banking establishments, etc for not complying the repeated appeals of the  state Govt, district administration and Bazaar Welfare committee to open their establishments.

The release further informed that many of the bank branches in the Capital Complex including the Yes Bank, HDFC, IDBI, ICICI bank, Itanagar, SBI Ganga branch, which were found closed even after 11 am without any reason were sealed. Similarly, the office of the CDPO, Itanagar, which was found closed during inspection at 12.30 hours was sealed, the administration said.

At Naharlagun also, Apex bank branch, LIC branch and other banking establishments found closed without reason were sealed. However, all the petrol pumps in the Capital Complex  remained open throughout the day.

Informing that these steps were taken by the district administration to discourage the bandh culture in the state capital which continuously paralyzes the livelihood of common man and causes immense inconvenience to the residents, the capital district administration, however, appreciated the efforts made by the office bearers of the  Bazaar Welfare Committees, transport associations/federations which ‘made such frivolous bandh call a failure.’

he administration further informed that most of the offices of the state Govt were open with  presence of adequate staff. “Wherever the government staff was found absent without intimation, information, report has been sent to Govt for action as per rules”, the release said.

ATNS adds: However, some shopkeepers expressed resentment over the act of sealing of shops “without justification.”  

The DC has sealed our shop without any justification. I had shut our shop due to personal and family problems today, a shop owner, who chooses to remain anonymous, said.  “If the DC really wants to revive the confidence of the market community, then it should not only provide security but also act against those organization who calls this bandh. The administration should catch hold of band callers  and make them recall the bandh. This way the market community could open their shutter without fear.”

Stating that the business community is put in a very awkward position, the shop owner further said the administration forces the trading community to open their establishments, on the other hand the organization (bandh callers) warns the shopkeepers not to open the shops during bandh. So, it is the market community which is always at the receiving end.

No shopkeeper will willingly close their shops without any reason or compulsion, the shop keeper said, adding   the dictatorial act of sealing shops is condemnable. “This will not revive the lost confidence. But further alienate the market community with the administration,” he said.

PTI adds: The dawn to dusk Capital bandh on Thursday failed to make any impact with the state government taking measures to ensure full attendance.

All markets and business establishments remained open and work at all government offices was normal. However, a few private educational institutions and commercial banks remained closed during the day.



Former MLA Kirge Eshi (Ori) no more

Aalo, Nov 29:  Former Member of Legislative Assembly Kirge Eshi passed away this morning at around 10.30 am at a Dispur-based hospital in Assam after a prolonged illness.

He left behind his wife and a son.

Late Kirge had been elected as MLA from Janata Dal in 1990 from 30 thAalo West Constituency.

Prior to his entry into politics, Late Kirge Eshi was a Circle Officer and served in various districts within the state. He was a born leader and selected as General Secretary of Govt. Hr. Secondary School Aalo in 1983 and General Secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru College Pasighat during his college days. He was a man of visions and conviction.

A renowned social activist and known for his philanthropic deeds, Late Kirge Eshi brought many developmental activities in his home constituency during his tenure as MLA. Today, all villages of 30thAalo constituency is linked with motorable roads and electricity due to his tireless and pioneering efforts. Also, this constituency is said to record the highest number of technocrats and bureaucrats in the state. Development in education sector is also an offshoot of his relentless efforts.

On behalf of Itanagar unit of Ori Welfare Society, Chairman Geto Ori has expressed deep shock at the untimely death and offered his condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

The ranks and file of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh led by its president Dr. Tangor Tapak deeply mourned the sad demise of former MLA and BJP State Council Member (SCM), Kirge Eshi (Ori) and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

“Ori was a very sincere and dedicated party leader. His death is not only an irreparable loss to the party but also entire state. His contribution towards development of the state would always be remembered,” BJP in a condolence message said.

The Party conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty “Donyi Polo” to bestow enough courage and strength to bereaved family members to bear irreparable loss.

Expressing shock over sudden demise of Kirge Ori, former MP Kiren Rijiju in a condolence message said Ori was a true epitome of great human being, who lived a simple life with high morality.

Many people may not know about him because he always discharged his duty quietly at grassroots level.

“I have lost a senior friend and a mentor in his death, Rijiju said while recalling his association with Late Ori. My fond memories of wonderful moments spent with him will remain forever in my heart,” he said.

While conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, Rijiju prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) expressed shock over the sudden demise of Kirge Ori (Eshi).

“As an officer he was sincere and dedicated and served the State in different capacities during his short service tenure. He last served as circle officer-cum-BDO at Ziro, Lower Subansiri, District, before entering to politics,” APCSOA said in a condolence message.

The APCSOA conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty Donyi-Polo to grant eternal peace to the departed soul.

The Paktu Area Peoples forum (PAPF) and Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) are saddened by the untimely demise of Kirge Ori.

Describing Kirge as leader par excellence, both the organizations said that the vacuum created by his death will be difficult to fill. Both the organizations conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in peace.

 The Galo Peoples' Federation (GPF) expressed deep shock over the death of two of its prominent members, Kirge Ori and Minyi Raksap at Guwahati and Aalo respectively. The deaths loomed a sad period for the entire Galo Society. Their contribution to the Galo Society as Public Leader and Social Worker cannot be easily ignored, the Forum said.

 Terming the deaths as irreparable loss for the Galo Society in particular and the State of Arunachal as a whole, the members of Federation prayed to the almighty Donyi-Polo for peace and strength for the bereaved family. The GPF members hold a two-minute silence for departed souls.


Pallam Raju to lay NIT foundation, assures help to develop education sector

NEW DELHI, Nov 29:  The unfinished job of laying the foundation stone of the prestigious National Institute of Technology (NIT) at its new and permanent site at Jote near Itanagar by former Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal would be finished by his successor M M Pallam Raju.

Raju, who has been given the Human Resource Development ministry in the last Cabinet reshuffle of UPA-II, accepted the invitation to lay the foundation stone extended by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who called on him this evening at 7.45 pm at New Delhi. Due to the ongoing winter Parliamentary session, Raju offered to visit the state during the first part of January next year.

Tuki, while extending wishes on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh to Raju on his assumption of the HRD portfolio, expressed hope that he would continue giving special attention to the state as his predecessor Kapil Sibal.

Sibal, as the HRD Minister, had visited the state capital Itanagar on October 12 last. He attended the 3rd Convocation of the North East Regional Institute of Science & Technology and was scheduled to lay the foundation stone of NIT. However, he had to cut short his visit due to time constraint but had assured to come back soon to complete his unfinished job of laying the foundation stone of the NIT.

In a heart-to heart talk with the new HRD Minister Tuki sought special focus of the Center for development of infrastructure in the education sector.

He said the Rajiv Gandhi Central University along with upcoming universities in the state needed special packages from the Center for development of the requisite infrastructure.

When enquired about the over-all scenario of education in the state, Tuki explained in detail the achievements made in the field despite several hurdles. He also explained to the Union minister the drawbacks and problems faced by the State Government in implementing policies and programmes of the Union HRD Ministry, which was appreciated by Raju.

Tuki specifically drew the attention of the Union Minister towards the plight of teachers employed under SSA. He appealed Raju to release the central grants for SSA regularly on time so that salaries of the teachers could be disbursed on time every month. He said due to financial crunch the state government is not able to regularize the jobs of hundreds of SSA teachers and in this backdrop it would be a sin not to be able to pay them their monthly salary regularly and on time.

“We have a genuine problem of SSA teachers who are dedicatedly working in remote villages across the state. We are not able to deliver to their expectations and the Central Government has to help us help them tide over their problems and grievances,” he pleaded.

The newly appointed HRD Minister assured Tuki that there would be no shortfalls from his Ministry and development of education scenario of Arunachal Pradesh would continue in an accelerated pace.

Raju asked Tuki to submit proposals of new projects and suggest the Ministry to put to rest loopholes and problems faced by the sector in Arunachal Pradesh. On behalf of the Central Government, he assured hundred percent assistance and cooperation to the State Government in development of human resources in a meaningful way while taking care of welfare of teachers and employees working in this sector.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering and Parliamentary Secretary for UD and Town Planning Padi Richo.


APC district outreach programme conducted at Roing

ROING, Nov 29: District outreach programme on the theme ‘Press & Society: Common Goals, Shared Responsibilities’ was organized at Anchal Samiti Hall here with maximum participation from the common public as well as the government officials.

Editor Roing Times Raju Mimi highlighting the objective behind holding the outreach programme pointed out that media has always been a tool for educating the masses about rights and wrongs in a society.

“There is a need for the people to avail benefit by making proper use of media,” he said.

Taba Ajum presented a power point presentation on the different aspects of press and its limitations which were targeted to do away with the much confusion that news reports are often accompanied with.

Chief Guest on the occasion, Lower Dibang Valley Zilla Parishad Chairperson Chiliko Meto, while expressing his happiness for choosing Roing as one of the venues for district outreach programme, exuded hope that these kind of programmes will inculcate sense of responsibility among the people of the district.

He called on the media persons to be fair and unbiased in imparting their duties.

During the interaction session, the participants raised various queries related to media and its functioning which clearly indicated their expectation of a better media functioning in the state.

Among others, EAC W Tikhak, government officials, panchayat leaders and common public participated in the programme.

District outreach programme is being organized as part of the 30th year of Arunachal Press Club (APC).




Niglok IGC yet to see light of the day

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Nov 29: Resentment over slow-pace of development of much hyped Industrial Growth Centre (IGC) under the state Industry department at Niglok in East has literally reached its zenith.

The locals termed the industrial centre a prime example of waste of public money and lack of vision.

Apart from a small scale “Bamboo chips” production unit operated by ‘Siang Bamboo Factory’, building for other units are lying abandoned with dilapidated condition for the last several years thanks to state government’s shortsighted policy for industrial development.

Set up at Niglok at 7 km from Assam-Arunachal boundary here, the IGC, which one brought new hope among the entrepreneurs, is yet to see the light of the day even after long 20 years of its commencement n 1988. The industry, which is designed with installation facilities of various industrial units including bamboo, tea and fruit processing, information technology park, cold storage, fruit processing, machinery weaving and tea processing, is running (?) without men and machines till date.

The state’s Industry Minister Tapang Taloh and a host of officials, who visited the industry during early December last year, assured the local people that he would take the IGC to a new height. He further assured that he will take up the problems faced by the state’s industry sector with the Chief Minister for taking a strategic steps. But, the minister’s ritualistic promise allegedly become a farce only.

It may be recalled that the department of industry had submitted an estimate of Rs 20 crore to the Government of India (GOI) in December 1988 and accordingly, the Centre approved an estimated amount of Rs. 1.5 cr and the department acquired a plot of land measuring 582.15 acres at Niglok under Ruksin circle.

Presently, most of the buildings constructed inside the industrial complex are lying abandoned in dilapidated condition for the last several years while a large portion of land allotted to the Industrial centre is lying unused.

Constant erosion of Industry land by Sille River and encroachment are adding to the problems of the industrial centre.

Officials informed that “Vinayak Tea Company”, has agreed with the the state industry department to set up a tea factory in Niglok IGC. The Kolkata based company is extending its rural outreach programme by making agreement with small and marginal farmers (tea growers) for supplying tea plant in subsidised rate. The company has also agreed with the state government and acquired 1 hectare land inside the industrial complex, but no development of tea industry has been noticed by the local people so far.




Dept to executive project, committee resolves

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: A joint coordination meeting of the Development Monitoring Committee of Construction of Phaa Steel Bridge and Dha to Gangte road was held at Naharlagun on Nov 27.

Palin MLA, Tali PWD division executive engineer, assistant engineer of Gangte PWD sub-division, executive members of  the committee, panchayat leaders and intellectuals of Gangte circle attended the meeting, according to a release issued by  the committee.

During the meeting,  the EE, Tali PWD division assured to complete the project in the financial year 02013-14. He also sought cooperation of all section of the people of the Gangte area in this regard, the release said.

After threadbare discussion, the  house resolved that the construction of the Phaa steel bridge over Kumey river shall be executed by the concerned department under the supervision of development monitoring committee as per the  CPWD norms and there shall be no any public interference on construction of said bridge.

It was further resolved that the Central Development Monitoring team along with the executive agency shall inspect the project site within December.  



ASVS organizes Mothers Meet at Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Nov. 29: A day-long Mothers Meet (Matri Sammelan) was held recently at Donyi Polo Vidya Niketan School campus, Pasighat, under the aegis of Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samiti (ASVS), the state chapter of Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan, New Delhi   

The day-long Sammelan was proposed for the awakening of women in every sectors of life.

Around 350 mothers from in and around the town attended the unique programme which infact is a routine function that is observed every year by the organization (ASVS).

Hosts of dignitaries, including Nidhi Srivastava, Additional Deputy Commissioner East Siang, Dr. Yater Darang, Eye Specialist PHC, Ruksin, Binita Mishra and Lilavati Kushraji, Organising Secretary, Rashtra Sevika Samiti attended the meet.

The visiting dignitaries gave their valuable and thought provoking speeches on women empowerment, importance of their roles and responsibilities in the society on topics, such as  significance of women’s education, role of women in family as well as in the society, role of women in preservation of Indian tradition and cultural heritage, the role of women as a mother etc.

The message for this years’ celebration of MATRI SAMMELAN is “destiny of children lies in healthy and good mothers”

Quiz competition, tongue twister, identitical touch and basket ball for the women were also conducted as part of the celebration.



District consultative committee meeting on banks

SEPPA, Nov 29: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam enquired about the status of opening of new bank branch at Chayangtajo and Pakke Kessang and urged the Lead Bank officers to take follow-up action for early opening of the bank branches.

Chairing the district consultative committee meeting yesterday, the DC urged the bankers to put efforts for recovery of bank loans saying that we can not neglect the genuine demand on the excuse of recovery problem. Taking note of education loan which is nil in the district, he asked the Bankers for creating awareness among people on provisions of loans. He also assured to provide plot of land for SBI, Seppa.

T.Ringu, SP said that the Bank of Seppa is not advisable to continue in the present old building for security point of view and also suggested to erect security wall around the Bank. He also enquired about the ATM guard bills of the security personnel.

Roman Singh, Chief Manager lead Bank, Bomdila while highlighting the cash deposit ratio, Annual Credit Plan Implementation, Performance of Banks under various schemes informed of appointment of two business correspondents for covering Bameng, Chayang Tajo, Pakke-Kessang and Bana.

The meeting was attended by K.K. Pandey AGM, RBI Guwahati, S.S. Sahoo Manager, NABARD Itanagar, B. Bhuyan, director, SBI-RSETI Bomdila, C. Mara, BM Apex Bank, Seppa, Kego Jilen, PD DRDA, BDOs, EOs Credit of RD Deptts, HODs of line Deptts. DIPRO



FMD in Mithun and preventive measures

Mithun (Bos frontalis) which is considered as pride of North Eastern region of India plays a major role in social, cultural and economic life of the tribal people. Arunachal Pradesh contributes about 82.84% (2,18931approx)) of the total Mithun population of 2,64279 (Approx) in the country.

Mithun, a free range a domesticated bovine species, suffers heavily due to FMD. FMD is considered as the most dreaded viral disease of mithun since it causes huge losses in terms of livestock productivity and trade. It is found that mortality is high in young mithuns as compared to Adult mithuns.

What Exactly Is FMD??

FMD is extremely contagious, acute viral disease which spreads rapidly if not controlled. Mithun is mostly affected by FMD than other livestock species.

FMD has a special place in the history of virology for it was the first animal virus to be recognized. It has 7 immunologically distinct serotypes (A,O,C,SAT-1,SAT-2,Asia-1). Among these serotype O is the most common which is mainly responsible for FMD outbreak.

**Clinical signs of FMD:

*How to know if one’s mithun is suffering from FMD. The general signs of FMD are as follows.

-- The first sign of disease are dullness, difficulty in breathing, followed by nasal discharge& ropy viscous salivation.

--Vesicles & erosions in the mucosa of the mouth and skin hoof junction.

--Lameness occurs due to affection of hoof.

--Loss of apetite, depression & high fever.

--Blisters form in the mouth ruptures within 24 hrs leading to ulceration & bleeding.

--Abortion,constipation also seen.

*Following measures can help in reducing the disease evidences-

--Avoid secondary bacterial infection by administering such as Terramycin or penicillin for 3 days.

--Antiseptic mouthwash with 1% potassium permanganate solution.

--Washing of foot lesions with phenyl solution.

--Fly repellant ointment must be applied to prevent maggot infection.

--And lastly povidone iodine 2-5% may be used.

*Prevention & Control of FMD (Dos and Don’ts)

Affected mithun should not be allowed to graze in a common pasture; Affected mithun should not be allowed to drink water from rivers/sreams; Calves should not be allowed to suck milk from infected mother; Vaccination of mithun above 6 months of age with polyvalent FMD vaccine is effective; Cleaning and disinfection of utensils; Utensil should be used separately for infected mithun; Slaughtering of infected mithun to prevent the transmission of infection to healthy one. (Contributed by Moon Moon Haji)



An Epitome of Success

(A conversation with Bharat Linggi)

Chow Bilaseng Namchoom

Age is no bar for Chess. One of top seeded of the game and a five times state champion, Bharat Linggi (51 years), born during the Chinese aggression of 1962 is an international first and highest rated player of Arunachal Pradesh according to World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs, known as FIDE from its French acronym). He was in Itanagar to participate in the 4th State Level Chess Tournament 2012. He regained the title defeating defending champion Mr Gapor Dupit in a straight set.

Linggi is an epitome of hard work and dedication to chess for our whole generation. He’s consistent and very strict with himself. 

His playing style, for me, is dynamic. He loves sharp lines where each move counts. He has a feel for the initiative. He grasps very well, on his fingertips, what you can get away with in complications, and what you can’t. Of course he’s a remarkable openings expert. He’s personally plumbed the depths of some set-ups. You can learn openings from his games. Linggi doesn’t cut corners and he hardly ever bluffs. If he adopts something – then there’s serious analysis to back it up.   

He continues to work seriously on his chess – when almost all of his contemporaries have long ceased to do so. He follows a fitness regime, plays sport, does everything correctly. While most of his contemporaries behave like normal people, Linggi continues to motivate himself to excel in the game he most loves.

Mr Meheta Umpo, proud relative of Bharat Linggi, said that he was very happy to see someone like Linggi representing from a remote village of Lower Dibang Valley district in a state level championship thereby bringing glory for the entire community of Idu-Mishmi and of the entire region.

Good-natured, well-mannered, intelligent, a pleasant man to know. He values his colleagues, which is something you rarely find.

In this interview with Bharat Lingii, he tells us about the importance of daily physical exercise for the chess players, his views on modification of draw rules, cheating at high-level tournaments, computer chess programs, how children can manage the balance of both academics as well as chess.  Chow Bilaseng Namchoom (CBN) interviewed Linggi after his recent championship triumph conducted in Itanagar.

Excerpts from an hour long conversation with Linggi.

CBN: Congratulations for winning the 4th State Level Chess Tournament 2012, you performed very well. You must be very happy with your performances.

Bharal Linggi (BL): Thank you very much. Of course I am very happy. It was a crucial match. Defeat at this juncture would not place me to top 5. 1point or ½ points can make a big difference in the crucial match. The game was of only 9 rounds, draw at this time would have placed me to third or fourth position but winning it in straight set has ensured me my winning moment.

CBN: Could you tell us a little about your background and what first drew you to chess?

BL: I belong to Idu-Mishmi tribe of Lower Dibang Valley. During my childhood I was not acquainted to chess game and also there was nobody to teach chess. So, I tried to master myself in many different games like football, badminton and table tennis but I found myself that I was not fit to play all this game. During my matriculation, I lost my hearing ability and when I was in Madras for my treatment, a man who was the Officer of Vivekananda Kedra Vidyalaya presented me with a chess board and a book which enthused me to take up this game of chess.

CBN: Do you think daily physical exercise can help a chess player to increase brain’s ability to concentrate, remember, focus, visualize, and plan ahead? Could you tell our readers about your views on importance of physical fitness + chess.

BL: In chess a small mistake can cost you the game. If you are tired then you make errors in calculations. I exercise daily for 10 to 12 hours and it helps me concentrate longer. Especially when you play a tough tournament you need to conserve energy for the last rounds.

CBN: Do you consider the possibility of cheating at high-level tournaments as a serious problem? What measures would you suggest to reduce such a possibility?

BL: More than cheating, the thought that someone could cheat is more serious. Even support should be prohibited from going on stage or into the player’s area before the game. They should also not be allowed to enter the playing hall and leave and re-enter during a game. But in today’s time where a mobile phone is more than enough to cheat we need to take these steps. Delay in transmission is one step.

CBN: How old were you when you learned to play chess? When did you represent your state?

BL: As like other village children I went to study in Class I when I was 10 or 11 years old. As I mentioned earlier, when I was doing my matriculation my urge to play the game developed. But it was in the year 1989 when I played my first game of chess at national level in Calicut. We were three players representing our state in the national level. Mr K.Mena and Mr. Z. Dai both also International Rated Player played along with me in the national level.

CBN: Do you have a favorite opening? Why is it interesting?

BL:  e4 King-Pawn opening, it is interesting as whatever my opponent sets the square I can easily break its combination through this opening.

CBN: In order to become a good chess player do you have to have natural talent – or is hard work enough?

BL: It’s a very interesting question, absolutely, of course, unexplored. But then, how would you explore it? What is talent? And what level of “good chess player” are we talking about? I think that practically anyone, if they set themselves the goal of becoming a good player and work hard and consistently can achieve that goal, as long as they can organize their work well. But in order to become a top-class player – then, of course, you need a combination of many qualities – talent, and work, and an effective approach to work, and energy and a tough nervous system. So to say, natural talent will widen only when you put your nervous system to work and exercise.

CBN: Who, in your opinion, was the strongest opponent in this tournament?

BL: At the penultimate round i.e. at the 8th round, it was Mr Raluk Dui also an international rated player, who defeated me last year; this time too he gave me a tough fight. He played brilliantly then and plays brilliantly now.

CBN: Do you find that in a particular tournament situation against a particular opponent you would choose (if, hypothetically, you had the choice) the black pieces instead of the white, or is the right to start always an advantage?

BL: Overall the right to make the first move is always an advantage. With some opponents it has more significance, while with others – less. The drawing of lots at a tournament is always quite important. Sometimes you get white with a player who aims for a complex game with white while not trying to set particular opening problems. And you get black against a white specialist. But if it’s just in one game then I’d always prefer to have white.

CBN: Which playing factors will the “old” generation try to use in order not to concede its positions to the “youngsters”?

BL: There are common factors – understanding, experience, the ability to work effectively. But all of us have our own style and approach to the game, our trademark qualities. The young players have to grasp which factors they can use to squeeze us out, which characteristics they need to develop. They’ll have to put in a huge amount of work to develop those qualities and continue to progress.

CBN: Is there any promising chess star in Arunachal Pradesh? Who would you point to as a potential player in the coming years?

BL: Mr Nabam Kayang of Papumpare and Tachung Dupit of Upper Subansiri both have already developed as players of the highest level. Both have got all the requirements to get in the next few years. Again I really hope that it works out for them. Mr Nabam Kayang challenged me that in the next session he would prepare himself thoroughly to defeat me.

CBN: What is the shortcoming in a state like Arunachal where chess game hasn’t been given a proper recognition?

BL: Under All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA), game of chess has gain a momentum in state, for last 5 years organization has conducted chess tournament at various level and many players from different districts are brought under one roof of AAPCA to participate for state at national and international level. Now, under the initiative of AAPCA 2014 North East Chess Championship (NECC) will be held in our state and it is a matter of great pride for all of us.  The 2013 NECC will be held at Imphal, Manipur, where our international rated player from state will compete and vie for the top seed. Sponsorship is the main concern for the players of our state. At a time, I spend my own money to get affiliated to play game of chess. It is high time for the authority concern to give proper recognition to game of chess, which will surely bring glory for our prudent state.

CBN: And who had the greatest influence on your achievements in chess?

BL: Well, that’s hard to say. There are many to whom I awe my gratitude. First of all, it is Mr Akene Linggi who provides me financial support. President and ex-president of AAPCA who are the guiding force behind my success. They are also two pillars of success for game of chess in a state like ours. Their motivation inspired the players to opt chess as a game.

CBN: Thanks Linggi. It’s been good talking to you. We wish you all the best!

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We should not be denied our rights

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to request the concerned department to defer/extend the date of hearing for objection/inclusion of names in electoral rolls fixed by election office for the people of Mite village and Jigi village in Upper Subansiri district on Dec 5 and 6 respectively. It is almost impossible for the students of both the villages,  who are appearing the on-going house test, to participate in the hearing.

Therefore, I request the concerned authorities to defer or extend the date of hearing to facilitate all the citizens to include their names in electoral rolls. We should not denied our right to participate in the democratic process.


Tanya Makcha

Jigi village, Daporijo




Prevent M&F disease

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of  your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of the authorities  towards  the serious problem of foot and mouth disease in Mithun particularly in Durpai village under Kangku circle of West Siang district. Due to lack of doctors and medicine a  good number of Mithun died already and remaining Mithun have also infected by the disease.

Therefore, we appeal the state Govt to dispatch a team of veterinary doctors with sufficient medicines  soon to control the outbreak of the disease.


Dure Bui, HGB

Durpai, Kangku circle, West Siang




We are  waiting for call letters

Dear Editor,

I, on behalf of all the degree/diploma holders in textile technology, textile design, fashion technology, fine arts, chemical engineering, handloom technology etc, would like to draw the attention of the authorities of state’s textile and handicrafts department about the posts of development officer and craft superintendent etc which were advertised in this daily on November 26, 2011.

It has been a year but no call letters has been issued to the eligible candidates. Now it is frustrating for all the candidates who are impatiently waiting  for call letters after  remaining unemployed for last eight to nine years.

Therefore, I request authorities of textile and handicraft department to conduct the interview for the same posts at the earliest.

Yours etc,

Nich Raju, Naharlagun




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School dropout rates remain high

The latest edition of the Global Education Digest reveals the urgent need to address the high numbers of children repeating grades and leaving school before completing primary or lower secondary education. New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show that about 32.2 million primary pupils were held back a grade in 2010, and 31.2 million dropped out of school and may never return.

Entitled Opportunities Lost: The Impact of Grade Repetition and Early School Leaving, the Digest presents a wide range of UIS data and indicators to better identify the millions of children that are falling through the cracks in education systems and leaving school, often without being able to read or write.

The greatest challenges to completing primary school are found in three regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, where 42% of pupils will leave school early, with about one in six leaving before  Grade 2;South and West Asia, where for every 100 pupils who start primary school, 33 will leave before the last grade; Latin America and the Caribbean, where 17% of pupils leave school before completing primary education.

The Digest also highlights some potential good news, namely that the global repetition rate has fallen by 7% between 2000 and 2010 even though there were more children in primary school, with enrolment rates rising by 6% during the same period. Yet, high repetition rates persist in many countries.   Every child starting school today risks repeating a year, or more, in the Arab States, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.