Tashi Delek Tawang, says Rahul

TAWANG, Oct 29: Tawang this morning wore a deserted look with the markets closed and scanty traffic on its narrow and winding roads. In fact, the whole of Tawang had zeroed in at the Tawang Festival ground to have a glimpse and listen to the youth icon of the Congress MP and son of Late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India and heir to the Gandhi-Nehru family, Rahul Gandhi.

On the penultimate day of the 5-day Tawang Festival, a mega tourism extravaganza, Rahul Gandhi air-dashed from Delhi via Tezpur on an IAF chopper to attend the festival. Incidentally this was his first visit to the oft-visited picturesque Tawang and a short one at that. His visit lasted for about two hours.  

“Tashi Delek,” Rahul greeted Tawang to a thunderous applause.

Addressing a huge gathering of people of Tawang and tourists from outside, the AICC General Secretary, in chaste Hindi, said every single person of the country must be involved in governance to move ahead as a progressive country.

“If we don’t involve people of all walks of life, especially the backward class in the governance, our nation will not move ahead,” he said while informing about the national flagship programmes like MNREGA and SSA.

He added that such national flagship programmes gives opportunity to everyone of the country for better employment and livelihood.

Asserting that special attention is being given by the Government of India to Arunachal Pradesh, he said the mega PM’s package provided to the state is exceptional and no other state in India had received such a huge package in terms of funds.

“This clearly proves the keen interest of the Centre to see Arunachal at par with other developed states,” the young Gandhi said.

He expressed optimism that with implementation of the mega package Arunachal will see a new light of development with proper air, railway and road connectivity.  

Marveling at the dance performances by various tribes and sub-tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, the Gandhi scion commented that ‘we are different flowers of the same bouquet –different in culture yet same in spirit’.

Welcoming Rahul, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his speech recalled the Nehru-Gandhi contributions in shaping Arunachal Pradesh and the special bond shared by the people with the family.

“Though it is your first visit to Tawang but your great grandfather Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, grandmother Indira, your father Rajiv and our leader madam Sonia visited Tawang and showered their blessings to our people,” he said.  He informed Rahul that the developmental package bestowed by the Center is being properly implemented in construction of a four lane road to connect the State Capital, Trans Arunachal Highway, Railway line to Itanagar, Green field Airport, etc.

Tuki sought Rahul’s intervention in getting sanction for construction of road from Lumla to Rangia via Tashigong (Bhutan) while stating that it will pave way for opening up of border trade with Bhutan and also shorten the distance from Tawang to Rangia by around 260 kms. He also sought Rahul’s cooperation in getting sanction for construction of a short take-off and landing (STOL) Airport at Lumla and reconstruction of Stillwell road in Changlang to boost border trade with Myanmar and other South East Asian countries.

“NHPC is doing survey and investigation for construction of a Tunnel road from Senge to Jang which will not only cut short a distance of about 60 kms but will also serve as all weather road which will help in easy movement of traffic and transporting heavy machineries for Hydro Power projects in Tawang”, he informed while seeking support for approval of this project by the Center.

Tourism Minister Pema Khandu in his welcome speech expressed the desire of people of Tawang to see Rahul for long and said the dream came true with his maiden visit. He expressed hope that Rahul would visit Tawang again in the future.

Parliamentary Secretary to Civil Aviation Jambey Tashi said Rahul’s visit has cemented the relation Nehru-Gandhi family hadshared with Tawang and state as a whole.

Earlier, Rahul laid a wreath at the War Memorial, unveiled busts of his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, grand mother Indira Gandhi and his father Rajiv Gandhi at the Nehru Gompa.

Rahul also paid ‘darshan’ at the 400-year-old Galden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery, popularly known as Tawang Monastery and laid foundation stone of the Rajiv Gandhi High Altitude Sports Complex at Tawang to be funded by the Center.

Former chief minister Jarbom Gamlin, MPs Mukut Mithi and Takam Sanjoy, WRD Minister Newlai Tingkhatra, UD Minister Rajesh Tacho, Agriculture & Horticulture Minister Setong Sena, Parliamentary Secretaries-T N Thongdok, Likha Saaya, Passang Dorjee Sona, Phurpa Tsering, Tsewang Dondup shared the dais with Rahul.



Tapuk unveils Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket Championship Trophy

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: The biggest cricketing extravaganza of North East, the 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial (YWM) T20 Cricket Championship, is all set for a grand opening on November 21 at Seppa with MLA cum Chairman Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Tapuk Taku unveiling the trophy before a hosts of dignitaries, public and media persons here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Taku said that organizing a mega sport event is the best way to remember the late mother. He lauded the chief patron for organizing such a big tournament in terms of prize money.

The organizing committee has kept a whopping Rs 5 lakh for the winner and Rs 2 lakh for the runners up team besides various individual prizes.

The tournament being organized in memory of late mother of the chief patron, Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretary Secretary (RWD) aims at encouraging and giving opportunity to cricket players to show their cricketing talent and skill. He called upon the participating teams from various districts, including the host teams, to maintain sportsman spirit while taking part in such tournament.

While extending his whole-hearted support for grand success of the tournament, Taku announced Rs 5 lakh from Sports Authority of Arunachal for smooth conduct of the event.

Director of Sports and Youth Affairs D.K Dinglow expressed the hope that the championship would provide a much needed platform for the upcoming cricketers of the state to expose their talents. He assured that all possible efforts will be made to promote cricket in the state although the sport is not within the ambit of the sports and youth affairs department.  He opined that T20 cricket format is best suited for Arunachal youths and added that youth should take up the sport sincerely.

Briefing on the championship organized in memory of his late mother Yaja Waii, Chief Patron Kumar Waii informed that this year’s tournament would be the final edition of the tournament. Disclosing the reason for dedicating the tournament in memory of his late mother instead of father, Waii said, “In our tribal society, we identify a person by his father’s name and title. But mothers just get lost in between”.  The Chief Patron also made it clear that his motive for organizing the tournament is to encourage the youths towards cricket. Waii also assured full-proof security for all the visiting teams and said that there should not be any misconception on Seppa.

Union DoNER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar along with Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy would inaugurate the tournament on November 21.

The grand finale will be held on December 7 which will be attended by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Seppa West MLA Tani Loffa, APBOCWWB Chairman Jalley Sonam, Championship Commissioner Dahey Sangno and captains of all the 12 participating teams attended the function.



Advocates urged to give up professional misconduct

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Oct 29: The East and Upper Siang District Bar Association (EUSDBA) celebrated its first ever general conference stressing to impart legal training to the rural people of the two Siang districts and creating legal awareness among the people of the state.

While explaining the objectives of the meeting, general secretary of the association Taber Tamuk urged the practising advocates to keep close coordination among them. He said the advocates should acquire practical knowledge and maintain the ethics and conducts.

Addressing the general meeting on the occasion, president of EUSDBA Tonning Pertin discussed on various legal issues and topics, including ethics of serving advocates and Advocates Act-1961 besides codification of the customary laws in Adi societies. He urged the advocate colleagues to maintain professional ethics.

“Advocacy is a noble profession and so the serving advocates should maintain professional ethics in their conducts.”

Referring Advocates Act, 1961, Pertin said the advocates have right to protest any irregularity or misconduct in judicial process in any criminal cases. He discouraged charging of exorbitant fees from the clients.

Pertin, who has completed 10 years of the profession, was sharing his experience with the junior advocates. According to him, serving advocates should work in united and avoid any misconduct during legal practices. Citing two stages in advocacy- Learning and Earning, he suggested them for proper utilisation of the times bonds.

Speaking on the occasion, advocate from Itanagar permanent bench of Gauhati High Court Diky Pangging suggested the local advocates to maintain coordination in case of legal complexity. He felt that case pending problem in the DC courts has been solved after establishment of judicial court in places like Pasighat. He said the phase-wise separation of the judiciary from executive has eased the system and now advocates should deliver justice within a short period.

High Court advocate Nalo Pada emphasized on closer coordination among the advocates at the time of tragedy and distress.

Later, the meeting  unanimously adopted the association’s constitution (Bye law) and constituted its 15-member executive body including the president, vice president, general secretary and 12 other functionaries besides four advisers. It also resolved to appeal the DCs and Bogum Bokang Kebang (Supreme kebang body of Adi societies) for fixation of jurisdiction of the ‘Gaon Burah Kebang’ against certain category of disputes.

The meeting further made introspection to legal conflicts between the Political Interpreters (PI) in administrative offices and Gaon Burahs with regard to Kebang (trial) process in rural areas.

Making an over view on the present scenario of Pasighat Additional District & Session Court, the Bar association functionaries revealed a number of alleged ‘irregularities’ and ‘illegal’ conducts reining in the court regarding prosecution of criminal cases.

Meanwhile, the association submitted complaint petition to the Chef Justice of Gauhati High Court demanding legal action against the alleged misconduct of the present AD&SJ of Pasighat.




WTP under threat due to encroachment

DAPORIJO, Oct 29: The Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Storage Tank of 600000 litre capacity at Tanium Putu, which supplies water to entire Daporijo town, is under threat due to rampant encroachment.

The encroachment has reached such a stage that the 6 lakh litre capacity tank has been destabilized due to unauthorised earth cutting. Earth cutting has been done upto 5 metres of the tank while the earth has eroded away up to .50 metre from the tank structure on its downhill side. The tank is vulnerable to bursting as its natural support has been removed. It is precariously supporting itself by the strength of the RCC body it is constructed of. Not only is the tank at risk, but the main pipelines supplying the town with water too are at risk as the area around the pipelines have been cut away with the RCC posts supporting the pipelines hanging in the air.

The WTP was constructed in 1996-97 at an initial cost of Rs 49 lakhs (approx) in an area of 1500 sq metres and has an ongoing project of 10 crores for laying pipelines through the town.

 According to records, complaints of encroachment have been received from 2007 onwards and eviction was carried out on May 18,  2007 and August 30,  2010.

The district Administration has warned the people that WTP sites are restricted areas and unauthorised encroachment/ trespassing is strictly prohibited at Tanium Putu. A Judicial order has been passed on October 25 last in which construction of any kind of building/ fencing and earth cutting without valid permission/ land allotment order is prohibited and strict legal action will be taken against violators of the order.

The water tank area has illegal occupants living few metres away on its downhill sides. In the event of bursting of the weakened tank structure, the people living around it and on the downhill will be severely affected and the areas most vulnerable are Abo Tani Colony -I and -II and Sikarijo village of Daporijo. DIPRO



DC expresses concern over bad sanitation scenario

SEPPA, Oct 29: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam expressed serious concern over bad sanitation scenario at Seppa town and urged all town dwellers to come forward and join hand with DUDA in making Seppa town clean and hygienic.

Addressing a coordination meeting with officers and officials of DUDA, office bearers of various colonies and Bazarline on October 26, the DC cum chairman DUDA reiterated strict implementation of the executive order passed prohibiting pig rearing within the township.

While informing that construction of sanitary toilets is mandatory for all BPL families till appropriate arrangement is made, he discouraged Katcha toilets which directly discharge human excreta into the rivers, streams or nallahs.

He directed the Dy. Director of DUDA to follow up the estimate as submitted to the Govt. for construction of low cost toilet for BPL families. He appealed to the dwellers of Seppa town to keep their surroundings neat and clean for a healthy environment.

Er. T. Tachang, Dy. Director DUDA explained on cleanliness tips and suggested the possible ways to improve the present sanitation scenario in Seppa town. DIPRO



Darka village felicitates Class X toppers

AALO, Oct 29:   The present trend to felicitate the meritorious students is a noble step to encourage the students to inculcate the spirit of competitiveness in them to excel in life, said West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Marnya Ete while attending the felicitation function of the first batch Class X toppers of Darka Secondary School on October 27.

“We are witnessing a period of transition among the young generation. And the role of teachers and administrators alone are not sufficient unless parental care is given to students,” Ete said.

Responding to the demand placed by Headmaster Eto Ete pertaining to fencing of the school compound and walling of the open school auditorium, he assured to look into the matter in due course of time.

Attending the function, West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke said that big Darka village is always considered a hub of intellectuals and young generation need to follow their footsteps and emulate their feats.  Educational set up in the district is vast, problems enormous and handling depends on the cooperation from all corners, he said.

The yearly late Tumngam Padu Award of Rs. 10,000 along with trophy and citation, instituted by Er. Geyum Padu and family in memory of their mother were awarded to Dengam Padu for standing first in the school along with fourteen other students. The Chairman Darka School Management Committee Mito Ete, All Darka Welfare and PAYWA secretary, Minto Ete, Yaali Ete, HGB and Kenyir Padu ASM of Darka- 11 also spoke and encouraged the students. DIPRO



Students advised to abstain from using drug, alcohol

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Chairman Tapuk Taku advised the students to abstain from using drugs, alcohol and tobacco, which can ruin a person’s life.

Attending the valedictory function of the 3rd Dera Natung Memorial Badminton Championship in the DNG College Auditorium here today, Tapuk advised to students to actively participate in games and sports activities to remain fit and healthy.

All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) president Takam Tatung exhorted the students to study hard and maintain discipline as discipline is the key to success in life. He requested the SAA chairman to provide the college with better games and sports facilities.

Principal of the College Tomar Ete highlighted the achievements of the college in curricular as well as co-curricular activities and appreciated the Students Union for organizing the tournament in a grand manner.

The General Secretary of Students Union drew the attention of Taku and Tatung towards some genuine problems faced by the college, which included renovation of basketball court and completion of Lawn Tennis court.

The valedictory function was also attended by the vice principal, lecturers, faculty members and students of the college.


News Impact

AGSU submits memo to CM

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: The members of All Galo Students Union (AGSU) recently met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and submitted a five- point memorandum.The main demands of AGSU included naming of the Arunachal State General Hospital Naharlagun, which will soon become a State Medical College, as Tomo Riba Memorial State Medical College, construction of a Multipurpose Auditorium and a Multi-storied Library Building at Donyi Polo Govt Kamki College, Declaration of Lower Siang District as a full fledged district, up-gradation of District Hospital Aalo to General Hospital and setting up of Model Technical College in West Siang district. The AGSU claimed that chief minister gave them a patient hearing and assured to look into the demands.


AAPYO to sit on dharna

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) has decided to sit on Dharna at Rajbhawan on November 1 due to the state government’s alleged failure to take up the Karsingsa Greenfield airport issue.

The organization further threatened to launch a 12 hours capital bandh after the proposed dharna, if its demands are not fulfilled by the government.


Pray for early recovery of Moge Doji

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: All Arunachal Young Star Artist Association, in a message, prayed for early recovery of legendry artiste Moge Doji, who is undergoing treatment at Dibrugarh.

The association informed that the singing talent hunt show would be resumed on first week of January at Daporijo.


APCC, ABK congratulate Ering

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC)  and Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) congratulated MP Ninong Ering for being inducted as union minister of state yesterday and expressed their gratitude to Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for the same.

All Boggong Students Union (ABSU), the general public of Pasighat and Karko Ao Welfare Association have also congratulated Ering for his induction into union ministry.


AAPSTEWA Raising day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees’ Welfare Association (AAPSTEWA) celebrated its raising day on October 27 last at APSTS Bus station, Naharlagun.

STS department Deputy General Manager Doi Dirchi and Administrative Officer Api Nima attended the programme and gave away prizes to the winners of various games and sports competitions held on the occasion.


APSTGA conference held

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: The Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association (APSTGA) conducted its 4th conference cum election at Itanagar on October 26 last.

It was resolved in the meeting to urge the concern department to implement the Tea Plantation Project in the state in collaboration with APSTGA.  It was also resolved that a special committee would also be constituted to look after the land possession and environment clearance certificate with the competent authority. It urged the state government to set up cooperative tea factory in the state. It also decided to review the bye-law of the association.

Earlier, APSTGA General Secretary Sompha Wangsa highlighted the activities and achievements of the association.

APSTGA president Tadak Gab, Chief Adviser Bao Tamo,, convener Neelam Tago, vice president Nabam Nikia, assistant secretary Dingwang Wangham and others also spoke on the occasion.


GSU reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: Galo Students Union (GSU), in a release, informed that fund amounting to Rs.60 Lakh (Approx) has been sanctioned for construction of Multipurpose Community Hall at Donyi Polo Govt. College, Kamki by the office of Director of Higher and Technical Education.

While expressing gratitude to Education Minister for his initiative to get the fund released, GSU hoped that the Government would fulfill other demands of the union at the earliest.

The GSU has been demanding for creation of Lower Siang district, up gradation of District Hospital Aalo to General Hospital, infrastructure development of various schools, posting of sufficient teachers, establishment of Sainik school in West Siang district etc.

However, GSU has rued the state government’s alleged lack of interest in fulfilling its demand


Doctors remove tumor from woman in health camp

ITANAGAR, Oct 29: A medical team led by Dr. Jego Ori, ENT specialist of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun removed a tumor measuring 20cm X 10 cm from a patient’s neck during a two days free medical camp organized by Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board at remote Mengio circle in Papum Pare district on October 27 and 28.  

Altogether 400 people, both registered workers and public, have benefitted from the health camp.

Relief materials were also distributed to the registered workers by officer incharge of the Board of Papum Pare district on behalf of Board Chairman Jalley Sonam.

The reliefs were provided on the nature of damage and assessment made by All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union Papum Pare district unit President Paul Tath.


Fire victims get immediate relief

ZIRO, Oct 29: Padi Kumya wife of MLA Padi Richo along with Nima Drema, DRRO and Bazaar Committee members visited the site of fire accident at Hapoli and interacted with the affected families today. Kumya contributed few amounts to the affected families along with CGI sheets for their rehabilitation. Each family was also given Rs 2,700 by the district administration for immediate use.

A devastating fire gutted 4 houses at SP colony yesterday. DIPRO



Lower Siang was wrongly mentioned as Lower Subansiri in a news item under the heading “GSU lambasts Govt….” published in p-5 of this daily on October 29 issue. The mistake is regretted.






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

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Dream remains dream

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I write this to invite the kind attention of the concerned political parties and authorities of the Nari-Koyu circle regarding the non-renovation of “EGO to PASIGHAT” PWD Road.

It appears that the different political parties go into deep slumber after the election. They don’t seem to understand that renovation of said PWD Road is part of their duty.  The bad condition of our village road makes us feel as if we are living in the fifteenth century. In every decent village there are tarred roads. But in the rainy season, our roads are full of slush and huge landslide.   More particularly, EGO to PASIGHAT road is a lifeline of KADU village. This village is situated in between EGO and KOYU. There are more than 1200 peoples living in this village. The people of this village are compelled to carry the patient on their shoulder for medical treatment. Unfortunately most of the patients are not so lucky to reach the hospital for further treatment, due to lack of proper road transportation.

Last but not the least during my childhood I had a dream that one day I will come in my native village with my own vehicle. Alas!!!! My dream remains only in dream. I, therefore, on behalf of KADU village, request the concerned authorities to take immediate step for renovation of the said road. I am sure something could be done by your influence for a better tomorrow of this remote village.


Rerik  Karlo

Kadu Village.




Let’s save Hollock Gibbon

Dear Editor,

I was recently posted to Changlang Social Forestry Division as a Range Forest Officer Probationer. Though I was bit reluctant and concerned at the beginning, but after reaching here my concept changed gradually. I stayed in this beautiful Circuit House of Changlang till quarter was allotted to me. In these few days stay at Circuit House, I was surprised to see so many birds’ species around it. Parakeets, Bulbuls, Munias, Oriole, Minivets, and Thrush etc are few to be named. Within a short period, I was able to list around 50 different bird species in Changlang town, the count which only keeps on increasing with each passing day.

Early morning is one of my favorite times in Changlang, as it is the time when the only ape of India, Hollock Gibbons’s call can be heard by all the town dwellers. Few (probably) families of Gibbons are located in a small patch of forest in the heart of the town/main market. It is great to hear their calls every day, as it gives me the feeling of wilderness and a satisfaction that there is still some place for wild animals in this rapidly developing world, though for how long I am not sure. Unlike other areas, this part of forest near the main market still has almost untouched virgin forest cover. It may be due to the reasons that it is a Water Catchment Area and or that, it being a steep hill, is geographically inaccessible. It seems the Gibbons are confined to this relatively small patch of forest area due to habitat fragmentation. I am not sure if every morning they call to guard their territory against invaders or are a desperate SOS call for their rescue. Sadly, there is no any database about the faunal aspect of this division, even though it is blessed with the treasure of wildlife. Likewise, nothing is known about the Hoolock Gibbons near the main town, except for the knowledge of their presence.

A thorough research and field survey is necessary to, at least, create a database of Hoolock Gibbon, or even for the entire wildlife of the area. For this purpose, the Forest Department, Local people, NGOs and Research Institutes together could play a vital role. I have talked to my senior colleagues and they are more than willing to do their bid. T. Mali (R.F.O.) has recently engaged few locals to collect as much detail about the Gibbons as possible.

Though just a small step, but I hope it will lead to a never ending journey towards conservation of the only ape species of India, the Hoolock Gibbons in particular, and all other wildlife in general, in this small town of Changlang in near future, well before they end up being a dinner menu or their calls get overshadowed by the ever increasing traffic.


Tai Dora,

Forest Range Officer (Probationer),

Changlang Social Forestry Division,






Dear Editor,

We condemn the act of arson and vandalism carried out by two self styled groups namely All Nishi Youth Council (ANYC) and Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Youth clan organization (APATYCO) in the land of Yadap Apang, proprietor of M/s Arunachal Automobiles and chairman, Arunachal Times at the old Arunachal Times building Banderdewa, which belongs to Smti Apang since last 30 years.

We do not encourage such anti-social elements to take law into their own hands and spoil the name of the peace loving people of Banderdewa. Since, Banderdewa is in our jurisdiction, it is our duty to protect and preserve the lives and property of each and every peace loving citizen of our area. We discourage any such anti-social organization and call upon them not to take law into their own hands. We also urge them not to further damage and tarnish the peace and tranquility of Banderdewa by such act.


Tai Tasung,


Banderdewa Bazaar Welfare Committee

Spread of dengue, a cause for concern

In a major cause of concern for the health department, the cases of dengue are being reported from various parts of the state. Altogether 165 blood samples collected from various parts of the State have tested positive for dengue NS1-antigen, implying that dengue transmission is continuing in Arunachal Pradesh. A total of 586 blood samples have so far been tested at the laboratories of Arunachal State Hospital (ASH), Pasighat general hospital, RMRC and the ICMR (Dibrugarh).  The first case of dengue came out from East Siang district and soon it has spread to Papum Pare, West Siang and Upper Siang districts. The state government initiated various steps to fight dengue including fogging operations with malathione chemical in sectors of the Capital Complex and dengue testing is being done in large way at Arunachal state hospital, Naharlagun. But one wonders whether these steps are enough to fight such enormous menace.

People of Arunachal should also take their own precaution in this regard. Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with symptoms such as headache, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen glands.   The presence of fever, rash, and headache (and other pains) is particularly characteristic of dengue. Other signs of dengue fever include bleeding gums, severe pain behind the eyes, and red palms and soles. Dengue can affect anyone but tends to be more severe in people with compromised immune systems. Because it is caused by one of the four serotypes of virus, it is possible to get dengue fever multiple times. However, an attack of dengue produces immunity for a lifetime to that particular serotype to which the patient was exposed. The state health department needs to carry out awareness about dengue so that people are alert to the situation.