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AKKDYO reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Reiterating its demand for cancellation of reallotment of 8 plots of land to   individuals, which were cancelled earlier by land management commissioner in 2009, All Kurung Kumey District Youth Organization (AKKDYO) threatened to gherao the director of land management office as  first phase of agitation if its demand is not fulfilled.

The organization further said that  it will launch strike at district headquarter and stage sit-in dharna befor the land commissioner office as 2nd and 3rdphase of agitation in favour of its demand.


ATA teams calls on Deori

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: A team of central executive committee, Arunachal Teachers’ Association called on the new education secretary Bandana Deori today  and apprised her of  various problems of teachers and education department.  The team pointed out the long-pending grievances such as release of backlog student stipend, 50 per cent promotional avenue for AT to JT, construction of Shikshak Bhawan at state capital and  pay anomalies among others.

Deori assured the team to look into the grievances on priority basis and sought cooperation of the Association for al round development of the education sector, the Association informed.

ATA also urged upon the state Govt to release fund under RTE for smooth running of the schools in the state.

Meanwhile, the ATA appealed the state Govt to find out solution to present impasse  in order to avoid repeated bandh calls which hamper the education process of the students.


Royal Ajmi lifts T20 cricket running trophy

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: The Royal Ajmi of Palin circle has defeated the Bangte Yaglung Royal Strikers and lifted the running trophy in the final match of teachers premier league T20 cricket tourney  organized on the occasion of the  Teachers  Day at Palin General Ground  on Sept 5 last.

Altogether 9 teams from various schools under Palin circle participated in the five days long premier cricket league.

While participating in the prize distribution ceremony as chief guest and guest of honour, both Palin Chambang assembly constituency MLA Takam Pario and Pania ADC Chukhu Takar suggested the teachers to maintain discipline and spirit of games. MLA Pario also advised the students to be discipline and respect the teachers.  Teachers’ community should follow the ideals of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan for quality education and to enhance the morale of the students, the MLA added.

Large number of Govt officers, PR leaders, GBs and general public witnessed the final match.


New executive body

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Polo Colony Youth Welfare Association (PCYWA) has reconstituted its executive body with Tame Amesh, Kipa Kaha and Kipa Pajik as president, vice president and general secretary respectively.


STS AGM’s death condoled

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: The members of All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees’ Welfare Association (AAPSTEWA) and staff of State Transport Services (STS) expressed deep shock over sudden demise of Pintum Loyi, assistant general manager, STS on September 4 last.

Loyi was a very sincere, efficient and dedicated officer of the department. His death is a great loss for the department, AAPSTEWA said in a release.

The members AAPSTEWA and staff of STS, in a condolence meeting at Naharlagun on September 4 observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to late Loyi.

AAPSTEWA conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


ASM dies of electric shock

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Takom Palong, ASM of Kaying village died of electric shock when he came in contact with a live wire in his residence premises on Thursday morning at around 3.15 am.

The tragic accident occurred when the live HT line from Aalo to Mechuka, which passes through the house of the deceased, fell down due to lose connection and came in contact with Palong, informed All Kaying Welfare Society (AKWS).

While demanding the authority concerned to initiate appropriate action against the culprit responsible for the incident, AKWS urged the state government to compensate the family of the deceased appropriately and provide govt job to one of the d family members of late Palong.


Workers dharna postponed

Itanagar, Sep 8: The proposed dharna infront of Chief Secretary's office on Sept. 12 next called by All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union (AAPWU) has been postponed till further notice. This decision was taken after the assurance given by Jalley Sonam, Chairman APB&OCWWB and also president of AAPWU to hold talks with the Chief Secretary and other HoDs at earliest.

AAPWU has been demanding timely release of monthly wages of W/C and contingency workers of the state i.e. release of monthly wages in the first week of every month and requested Chief Secretary to convene a meeting of all the HoDs and finance department to sort out the problems so as to felicitate timely release of workers monthly wage.



ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor, General J.J. Singh has extended his sincere greetings and best wishes to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Onam.

In his festival message, the Governor wished that the festival, which is being celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in traditional flavor, usher in the peace and prosperity in the Society. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)


Dabi, Sena appointed as govt Spokesmen

Naharlagun:  Minister for Industries, Textile and Handicraft and Fisheries, Tako Dabi and Minister for Environment and Forest, Electrical-Power , Setong Sena has been appointed as Government Spokesmen.

The order also relieved Parliamentary Secretary for Industries etc, Nabm Rebia from the post of Government spokesman.


ANYO demands CM’s resignation

ITANAGAR: Blaming the state Govt for its alleged failure to deliver justice on  reporter Pradeep Thakur issue, All Nyishi Youth Organisation (ANYO) said  that  ‘dragging the issue for last four months in the pretext of it being sub-judiced speaks volume of the sincerity of state Govt towards  solution to the issue.’

It demanded resignation of Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin on moral ground ‘for taking the Arunachal society for a ride.


News Impact

GoAP, unions under press censorship

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Enough is enough. We have suffered enough and tolerated enough. We are not going to tolerate intimidation and threat any more.

This is the unanimous decision of the members of the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and the Arunachal Press Club, taken during an emergency meeting at the Press Club here today to discuss the threat issued to media persons during the recent 48-hour Capital Complex bandh.

Media persons including TV channels were intimidated during the bandh while stones were pelted at The Sentinel Arunachal CEO Jarpum Gamlin’s house, which are acts deserving of strong condemnation. Moreover, it was shocking that an IPR vehicle which was parked inside the locked compound of the PWD western zone office in Mowb-II after press duty was also damaged.

Condemning the repeated attacks, the organizations called on the people of the state to come out in support of the media and other professionals so that they are allowed to discharge their duties fearlessly without any intimidation and threat.

The media also questioned the GoAP, the Capital Complex district administration and the police’s miserable and incapable handling of the situation during the bandh. It said despite prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC being in place there were numerous instances of media persons having been gheraoed during the recent bandh and the GoAP after its tall talk proved to be a lame duck.

Why is the media repeatedly attacked during bandh though all organizations exempt the media from the purview of bandhs and media persons do their best to provide them due coverage. If this is not stopped forthwith the media persons would be forced to take a democratic decision of their own to protect their lives and properties.

The APUWJ and the APC also regretted the closure of The Sentinel Arunachal for an indefinite period. The media house is out of print for an indefinite period of time beginning from Friday ‘in view of issues pertaining to circumstances that may hinder the free and fair functioning of the publishing house’.


GoM on comprehensive taxation study

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: The empowered group of finance ministers on goods and services tax (GST) representing various states of India began a 13-day tour Tuesday across Europe for a comprehensive taxation study.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has organized the tour of the continent for the ministers so that they can get a firsthand feel of how tax regime functions in countries such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom and become more objective about the economic merits of the tax the GoI is keen to introduce at the Centre and state levels.

The study would immensely help India in tax reforms with the GoI on March 22 last introducing a bill to usher in a nationwide GST - a comprehensive value-added tax (VAT) on goods and services - but political opposition is almost certain to delay one of the country’s most ambitious reform proposals.     

A National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) study commissioned by the 13th Finance Commission says, ‘implementation of GST across goods and services is expected, ceteris paribus (other things being equal), to increase India’s GDP somewhere within a range of 0.9 to 1.7 per cent’.

The new tax is expected to replace the central excise and services tax as well as VAT and other levies imposed by state governments and help avoid multiple layers of taxation.  A nationwide GST is intended to usher in a uniform market for goods and services, cut business costs and boost government revenues. It would also facilitate unimpeded movement of goods and services across a federation, thus encouraging efficient regional specialization. But several states and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have resisted the proposal.

The state finance ministers are also expected to get a good look at how the European common market operates.

Arunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Kalikho Pul, speaking to this daily from Paris, today said that these developed nations introduced taxation half a century ago and are evolving the system to remove hitches to make it people-friendly while enriching the state coffers.

Once introduced, it would accrue great benefit to a state like Arunachal which depends on outside markets for all its requirements, he added.


Takio Yana wins 3 silvers in Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: India added 3 more medals on the 4th day of the 13th Asian Youth (Girls) Weightlifting Championships with Arunachalee lifter Takio Yana winning three silver in 58 kg category at Pattaya, Thailand today.

Yana won a silver each in snatch (66 kg), clean and jerk (90 kg) and total (156 kg)

With the three silver medals, India`s tally swelled to nine, according to Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) release.

Saram Hitlar Tagru and Yukar Sibi are also participating in the Asian Youth (Boys) Weight Lifting Championship being held at Pattaya.

Meanwhile, IWF Joint Secretary Abraham K Techi informed that the Arunachalee trio of Yana, Sibi and Tagru have qualified for the ensuing Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship to be held in South Africa next month.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Weightlifting Association has lauded the medal winning performance of Yana.


Campaign against drug peddlers/addicts intensify

ROING, Sep 8: Sensing the alarming rate at which the drug addicts and Peddlers are raising day by day in the district engulfing mostly the youth and students, the District Administration of Lower Dibang Valley District have urged to intensify the Anti Drug Campaign with a motto to eradicate the menace of drugs from the society, to ensure healthy future for the youth. With this objective of intensifying campaign against the Drug Peddlers and Addicts, especially Opium, right from the village level, Deputy Commissioner of the district Garima Gupta has issued a circular to all the Gram Panchayat Leaders/Members recently.  It asked them to report to the district administration immediately as and when ever they find any drugs peddlers/addicts in their respective areas. It was also asked to conduct awareness meeting at village or block level involving the villagers regarding the menace of the drugs peddlers/addicts and to form Anti Drug Committee in every block with ASM as its chairperson to have a vigil on it. It further asked to send composition of the committee to the office of Deputy Commissioner within a period of 15 days.

The recently constituted Dibang Anti Drug Campaign Committee (DADCC) headed by the Zilla Chairperson of the district with ZPMs, ASMs and all the GPMs as members will spear head the anti drug campaign in the district. Accordingly, an action taken report will be forwarded by all these committees in the first week of each month to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Roing to ensure their functioning. (DIPRO)


IYC to bring grass-root level leaders in forefront: Satav

Ranjit Sinha

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Indian Youth Congress (IYC) has taken up an ambitious mission to bring the grass-root level leaders to the forefront for real development of the country, said Indian Youth Congress President Rajeev Satav today. He was addressing the large number of Youth Congress leaders in the Youth Congress Membership drive campaign organized by APCC at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.

IYC has been endeavouring to search out the good leaders in order the help the country in its mission to achieve the excellence in all fronts, Satav said while adding ‘We need workers who are eager to work with grass level people”.

Highlighting the mission of youth icon Rahul Gandhi,  Satav said that days are over where the youth workers use to seek political blessing of  a post in the Youth Congress. Now the workers have to prove their capability to serve the people and work in grass root level in order to become a office bearer of youth Congress,  the IYC president said. “No para jumping for leadership,’ he emphatically added.

Rahul Gandhi has realized that development of Arunachal Pradesh is essential for overall development of the country. Therefore, the Youth Congress  is making all out efforts to give proper direction to the youth of the state for their involvement in nation building, the national Youth Congress president added.

Highlighting the tourism potentials and natural resources of the state, Satav urged upon the youth Congress leaders to work for development of the state and well-being of its people.

Addressing the gathering APCC vice president and Home Minister Takar Marde called for transparent Youth Congress election process. He said, there should not be political interference in youth Congress election.

It was Rajiv Gandhi who realized the need of  involvement of youth in nation building process, Marde said  while highlighting  path-breaking mission of Rajiv Gandhi to empower the  youths of the country. He assured all possible help from Congress leaders for smooth conduct of youth Congress election.

Earlier, IYC secretary and incharge Arunachal Pradesh, Baptu Chakraborty gave a details overview of the vision of Indian Youth Congress to search the talent. Rahul always advocated for bringing the youth into politics for development of the country, he added.

Stressing the need of strengthening internal democracy of the party, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress election PRO Deepak Rathod called upon the youth of the state to take active part in the Youth Congress election process.  It is golden opportunity of the youth of the state to fight election and prove their mettle, he said. Rathod also gave a details of the Youth Congress  membership drive being carried out in the state since Sept 2 last.

APCC spokesman and chairman of the organizing committee Nabam Vivek and organizing secretary Hina Camder Tok  also spoke on the occasion.

Apart from large number of youth Congress workers, Congress leaders including Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Power Minister Setong Sena, former minister and Congress leader Tatar Kipa, APMCC president Yari Dulom, office bearers of frontal wings of the Congress party took part in the campaign.


Society draws Govt attention to border areas

ROING, Sep 8: The Hunli Area Development Society (HADS) said the government must pay adequate attention to people living close to international borders, since their presence deter border intrusions by Chinese.

“The government of India is able to assert its territorial claim, only because of our settlement in border regions,” the society said in release while drawing attention of HRD minister Kapil Sibal and state education minister Bosiram Siram over poor quality education in the hills region of Lower Dibang Valley district.

The society said time stands to witness that huge funding in this remote region has failed to assuage the growing discontentment in people on poverty and deprivation. The reasons, it said could be lack of a need based approach to development and education centric policy.

“Things have started to change for better after establishment of a residential girl’s school, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) under SSA scheme. Such initiatives are highly encouraged since it has direct impact on people’s outlook, by bringing education to the doors of underprivileged,” said HADS.

Putting its concerns to education minister, the society centered its demanded on upgradation of Government Middle School (GMS), Hunli to secondary under Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyaan (RMSA).

The society noted that absence of quality education institutes at secondary level in Hunli circle had caused a diaspora of government servicemen as well as civilian population to plains leading to closing down of several government offices in the town. And this has degraded the life of the hills people, it said.


New faces in DCC and Frontal Wings

Pema Khandu appeals all to strengthen the party

Nima Khenrab

TAWANG, Sep 8: Pema Khandu, Minister WRD & Tourism, who is also the President DCC Tawang, on his arrival from a weeklong Lower Dibang Valley  & Lohit district  tour convened  a meeting of the organizational setup of District Congress Committee (DCC) Tawang, here at Zomkang Hall today. The meeting was attended by DCC presidents of all the three Blocks, ZPMs along with other prominent public leaders of the district.   The prime objective of the meeting was to revitalize the DCC body and its frontal wings.

Pema Khandu in his address said that  DCC and the frontals wings play a significant role in strengthening the party and it functions. He also dwelt on the responsibilities of the party functionaries in proper monitoring of the central flagship programmes. The developmental activities being undertaken in the district by the State Government and the Central Government needs proper attention of the party functionaries to make it more people oriented, he said.

After a threadbare discussion, it was unanimously resolved to shuffle some of the party portfolios in the district.  It was also resolved to elevate some of the existing office bearers and to induct new faces to induce vigour in the party activities. Frontal wings like District Mahila Congress Committee (DMCC), Seva Dal and NSUI have been reconstituted new faces.

While congratulating the new office bearers, Khandu appealed them to carry forward the party agenda with renewed zest and zeal for the betterment of the general public. He requested them to submit progress reports of the activities undertaken by them every 4 months. “Women are homemakers and therefore I feel they will diligently shape the image of the party in all fields by playing a significant role for the development of not just the State but the Country”, he said. “Youths, as we all know, have the potential and prospects to shape the future of the country.  I am happy to welcome the young faces in the party functionaries and place my reliance on them” he added.

Senior Congressman and eminent public leader, Pema Wangchu while accepting his new responsibilities as General Secretary, placed a proposal of a fully functional Congress Bhavan within the district on behalf of the party functionaries to which Pema Khandu assured his assistance. Parliamentary Secretary (CMO) Tsewang Dhondup in his speech welcomed the large participation of women in the meeting and appealed to all the party functionaries to pay adequate attention towards preservation and promotion of local art, culture & tradition which got a large applause from the house.  

President BCC Tawang Pema Nawang and President BCC Mukto Nawang Sempa also spoke during the programe.

The gathering offered prayers for superior rebirth of the Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu by reciting ‘Om Mane Pemay Hu’ 500 times individually.


Eye donation- an expression of highest humanitarian ideas

Dr. Taba Khanna, M.S.

Our pair of eyes is the best ever and most beautiful gift that God has given us, and is considered as windows through which we view the world around us. One is not aware of its importance as long as the vision is perfect, but a person realise its impotance once the vision is compromised because of age, disease, injury etc. A person who is born blind may not realise the deficiency of this precious sense, since he never had the oppurtunity to appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature, but it will be difficult for a person who was enjoying the benefit of good vision to loose sight all of a sudden. Just imagine a world without your vision……..dark all around, grooping, unsteady and list goes on, scary?

We, normal person feel scary even to imagine a world without vision, but it’s a reality for millions of fellow beings in this world. They are living a life without this most precious gift of God. According to World Health Organization, there are about 284 million visually impaired people of which 39 million are totally blind. The unfortunate part is that more than two third of these blind population are concentrated in developing countries like Sub-Saharan Africa and  South Asia, but the good news is that over 50% of these blindness are avoidable- either preventable or treatable. For example, the major causes of blindness like cataract is treatable by modern surgical procedures, while other causes like corneal & childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and infections are both preventable and treatable. The Ophthalmologists all over the world is unitedly working for elimination of avoidable blindness by 2020, through the ambitious project VISION 2020, by identifying some prority eye diseases like cataract, corneal blindness, childhood blindness including refractive errors, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, trachoma and onchocerciasis. But here I want to throw some light on corneal blindness, since we are observing Nationa Fortnight on Eye Donation; it is of relevant at this point of time. By conservative estimate, there are about 4.9 million corneal blinds whose sight can be restored by corneal transplantation.

Cornea, the outermost glassy and dome shaped covering of our eyes is also the main focussing elements of our eyes. Normally it is transparent and focuses the light or image falling on our eyes to desired point in retina, so that we get a sharp and clear vision. But this precious and invaluable organ of ours may become abnormal in form of opacity, abrasion, perforation, distortion in shape resulting from injury, infection or nutritional deficiencies thereby severely compromising the normal functioning of our eyes. The light or image from outside is unable to reach the retina for further processing and interpretation by brain. The patients with such abnormal cornea can hope for second sight through corneal transplantation. Since we are yet to develop artificial cornea inspite of advanced medical research, the only source is human cornea harvested from human eye after the death of supreme donors. There is huge backlog of corneal transplantation in our country. Against the huge demand of about 4.9 million corneas, we targeted for atleast one lakh corneal collection last year and our collection was way below our target. Only 25,000 corneas were collected by 200 Eye Banks of India. Various factors ranging from social deterrent to poor counseling and inadequate resource mobilization are responsible for this dismal corneal collection rate in our country.

This true for our state too, we have two Eye Donation Centres at General Hospitals - Pasighat and Naharlagun since 2007, we are yet to open our account. But we are still hopeful that we will be able to contribute to cause of restoring vision  for needy patients inspite of rigid and resistant tribal culture. My reason for being so optimistic is that earlier, blood donation was also resisted by individual and society, but today people are volunteering themselves to save life of fellow human being in distress and become part of responsible society. In the same manner, eye donations are resisted by relatives of the deceased, but time is not too far when society will realise its responsibilities of giving happiness and joy to their brethen by restoring their sight by donating pair of cornea. By now many might be wondering what is eye donation. It is the voluntary donation of individual’s eye after his/ her death for puppose of giving sight to blind or for medical research for the benefit of human race. Volunteers, willing to donate their eyes after death may pledge his/her eyes, when alive by filling a pledge form available with any Eye Donation Centre or Eye Bank and inform his/her wish to relatives, who actually will inform the Eye Bank team on demise of the supreme donor who pledged the eyes. The whole eye or only cornea may be harvested by team and immediately transplanted to corneal blind patients after due formalities. Now more and more people are supporting this movement of restoring vision, even most of the religious leaders are in favour of it and termed it as ’an expression of the highest humanitarian ideas’. So my optimism is very high since we are a society with full of dedication and sacrifice ,many will join  noble endeavour in days to come and pledge their eyes as sign of love and compassion to treatable corneal blind people and help them live life in dignified manner. (The contributor is Eye Surgeon Arunachal State Hospital and NPCB cell Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun)


All tribes festival of Arunachal at Shillong

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: The 3rd All Tribes Festival of Arunachal Pradesh began at Shillong on September six last according to Arunachal Students’ Union Shillong (ASUS) release.

The main attraction of the inaugural function was mega dance performed by all tribes to the tune of  “Aaruge Kamchige Donge.......Huka Ko Nge Nguluge Arunachal which defined about land of Arunachal and unity of its tribes.

Attending the festival as chief guest, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) information and publicity secretary Hawa Bagang emphasized on celebration of such festival which foster unity, integrity and brotherhood among students of various tribes of Arunachal Pradesh studying outside.

Describing students as backbone of a society, he urged the students to gain knowledge and quality education to become responsible citizens. While informing about AAPSU’s initiative for improving the education scenario of the state, Bagang said that AAPSU will place problem of girls hostel at Shillong Shillong before the state government for necessary action.


APPDSU condemns attack on advocate

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) vehemently condemned the attack on advocate Taba Tagum by some miscreants on the night of September 2 and demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the brutal attack

APPDSU, in a release, said that such kind of incident should be dealt sternly, otherwise it will set a wrong precedence and will encourage goondaism in the capital complex. The police department should be tough while dealing with such cases, it added.

People should also learn to respect one’s own profession through which he/she earn livelihood for the family. Any differences or issues, if there, should be sorted out legally rather than taking laws in their own hands, it said.

APPDSU expressed its apprehension that younger generation might opt for other professions than professions like advocacy and journalism, if such trend continues.


Cultural interaction at Raj Bhavan

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: A Raj Bhavan initiative towards cultural integration, a ‘Cultural Interaction’ prog was held at Raj Bhavan, here today with Bharatnatyam exponent Subhasini Vasanth presenting riches of Bharatnatyam on the occasion.

Large numbers of dance students from Kalashetra and Nrityangana Dance Academy led by its Principal, Amitabh Mukherjee and students from Little Rose Public School, Naharlagun along with its Principal Anil Kumar attended the programme. Guests and special invitees were very impressed by the ‘Cultural Interaction’ programme.

Subashini Vasanth is the wife of Col Vasanth who was killed in 2007 in an encounter with militants in the Uri sector of Kashmir. He was honoured with highest peacetime military award ‘Ashoka Chakra’ posthumously. Subhasini coauthored ‘Forever Forty-Colonel Vasanth A C’, along with her daughter Rukmini. Governor Gen Singh and Col Vasanth were from the same 9th battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry. Gen Singh was the Army chief when Col.Vasanth was killed in action.

Attending the programme, which is one of the few special cultural events organized in the State, Governor Gen Singh said that the event was very educative and interesting.

Governor conveyed gratefulness to Vasanth for the wonderful dance exposure to the school children especially those from dances schools of capital complex. As a token of appreciation, Gen Singh presented memento to her.

Earlier, in the interactive Ms. Vasanth highlighted on classical dances and mythologies related to it with focus on origin of Indian Classical Dance. She said that dance essentially has three parts, Nritta, Abhinaya and Natya, Dance is the expression of our thoughts through the use of our body in tune to ‘Laay’ and ‘Taal’.

Showcasing this essential part of dance, she started the presentation by performing an ‘Alaripu’. A piece which does not tell any specific story and that use different body parts in with ‘Laay’ and ‘Taal’. She concluded the presentation by performing Tilana, a piece which is performed at the end of a recital. It is a combination of both Nritta and Abhinaya.

Gold medalist in Kathak Dance Moyir Riba, who also attended the special programme, while throwing light on classical dances in Arunachal Pradesh said that although folk dances have been integral part of Arunachalees, classical dance has made its presence in the last twenty years only. Nirola Sharma, Oti Khaund were the early exponent of classical dances. Of the various dances forms such as Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Odissi and Ksattriya etc., only Kathak, Bharatnatyam and  have made its mark in the State. The classical dance in Arunachal Pradesh is only in the earliest form with a very few degree holders like Nitumoni and me, she added.


Sethai appeals youths to join Youth Congress


MIAO Sep 8: All youths should join the Indian Youth Congress and be a part of nation building process appealed Changlang DCCI president Sethai Sena during the Changlang District Youth Congress meet organized at Circuit House Changlang yesterday.

The youths must avail this chance and take membership under Youth Congress so that they can be a part of India’s largest and oldest political party he said.

Sena also urged all DCCI members and senior leaders of 52 and 53 Changlang Assembly Constituencies to encourage the youths of their respective areas to join the Youth Congress as they are the backbone of our society.

He further informed that there will be portfolio reservation for women as well.

Rahul Gandhi has initiated much of the positive policies and programme keeping in mind the welfare of youths, Sena said and further added that programmes meant for empowering youth has been given special significance and as part of that Rahul ji's vision. Indian Youth Congress had progressed very much under his leadership, he added.

The DCCI president also surveyed the site for construction of party office at the district headquarter.

Changlang DCCI general secretary N K Longchang pointed out the financial constrains faced by the party workers of the district. He urged the concerned minister and MLAs of the district for their support to make the party strong and united.

Youths are the key to our party’s future and we must see that leaders of tomorrow are well prepared to perform their duties said DCCI vice -president Thangngam Tangha.

He also called for construct of a permanent party office building in the district headquarter for proper party functioning.  

52-Changlang South BCCI president K Techi, 53-Changlang North BCCI president Khomton Ngotan and 52-Changlang South BCCI general secretary Thangshum Tangha also spoke during the meet.


Association concerned at law and order problem

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: The Capital Complex Petroleum Depot Association (CCPDA), an important organ of the business community of the state capital, today expressed concern over the law and order problems directly effecting smooth business transactions in the capital complex from Banderdewa to Hollongi.

In a statement today, CCPDA President Tadar Babin said that deteriorating law and order scenario has demoralized the business community of the capital in delivering service to the citizens, particularly referring to the recent attack on the private residence of Bamang Taji, who is President of the Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA). He said such episodes indirectly have cascading effects on the individual members of the business community, who look upon market-based organizations as custodians of their welfare and interests.

Appealing the law enforcing agency to tighten up its belts to thwart such incidents, Babin also called for arrest of all those involved to discourage repetition of similar incidents.

Meanwhile, the Association has appealed the state government to resolve the pending issue with All Nyishi Students’ Union, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and other organizations as the agitation launched by the students’ body has badly affected the market of the state capital. With the agitation threatening to continue, it pointed that the business community is very low in spirit that may negatively affect the over-all economy of the state besides overburdening the common citizens.

“Sooner things are sorted out, better it would be for the business community, which has to face the brunt every time for no fault of theirs,” Babin added.


Sustainable Sanitation and Management of Drinking Water Quality Monitoring

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: A day long workshop on “Role of Panchayati Raj Institute’s members on Sustainable Sanitation and Management of Drinking Water Quality Monitoring ” was conducted at Officer’s Club, Bomdila yesterday.

Secretary ,PHED & WS T.Ete exhorted the PRI’s members to take active participation in TSC and to form “Village Level Water Supply and Sanitation Committee” comprising of members from Gram Sabha, School Teachers, Anganwadi Workers, ASHA etc . He extolled the members of Women Welfare Committee, an NGO based at Bomdila and DWSC for carrying out successful sanitation awareness campaign in far flung villages of the district with the support of PRI’s members and Govt. Officials. He, however, expressed his dismay that none of the villages of the District has qualified for “Nirmal Gram Puruskar” and urged everyone present to work towards that goal.

Shri Rinchin Tashi emphasized that hygiene and sanitation are important social indicators of development and appealed to the PRI’s members to convince the villagers to construct affordable toilets with the resources available locally without always depending upon Govt.Schemes. He also adviced PRI’s members to always highlight the importance of sanitation in Gram  Sabha meetings. Shri A.N.Singh said that sanitation is an important component of sustainable development and socio-economic growth and PRI’s members can play an important role to achieve that. The PRI’s members present indulged into healthy interactions with the resource persons and brought into fore their grievances which were taken into consideration. The meeting ended with vote of thanks from Shri Taba Teni,SE.

The workshop addressed by Shri T.Ete, was attended by Rinchin Tashi, Deputy Commissioner, West Kameng cum Chairman, District Water & Sanitation Committee(DWSC), A.N.Singh, Director, Communication and Capacity Development Unit, SE, PHED, Circle Rupa, HODs, NGOs and PRI’s members of all levels of the district.


APCSU draws  Govt attention

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Highlighting various problems being faced by the people of Pumao circle in Tirap district, All Pumao Circle Students’ Union (APCSU) has urged the state Govt to look into to the problems of Pumao police station and Pumao CO HQ for proper administration and maintenance of law and order. It also demanded  renovation of main road of Pumao circle.

It further urged upon the authorities improve the power scenario in the area. The power department at Longding has measurably failed to supply power for many years, but nobody knows the actual cause of such power failure, the union said.

The union also expressed resentment over the failure of the BSNL authorities to improve both land line and mobile service under Longding sub-division. Common masses and Govt unemployees are worst sufferer due to non-functional of the BSNL service, it said.


Aid and appliance for differently abled

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Papum Pare district administration and the department of social welfare women and child development would provide aids and appliances to differently abled persons at a camp to be organized at school ground of Donyi Polo School for the Hearing Impaired, Chimpu on September 22.

The persons with disabilities may avail the opportunity by either producing income certificate having monthly income less than Rs 6,500 or BPL card along with a photograph showing the nature of disability.

Interested persons may contact the office of the deputy director, district ICDS cell, Yupia for further details.

The camp is being organized with inputs from Donyi Polo School for the Hearing Impaired and in collaboration with  ALIMCO, Composite Regional Centre, Guwahai under ‘assistance to disabled persons’ scheme of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GoI.


An attempt to bridge the gap


ROING, Sep 8: In an attempt to bridge the gap between academics and farmers, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Roing organized a scientist-farmer interaction on Monday.

Around 32 agriculture scientists from all over India from various esteemed organizations of the country acted as resource person, while KVK scientists, extension functionaries from Developmental Departments also participated in the programme

According to Dr TJ Ramesha, KVK programme coordinator, such interactions will promote closer interaction between farmers and scientist. It will also help bring scientific expertise to farmers giving the scientists an opportunity to put their academic research to the test out in the fields, he said.

The team of scientist was accompanied by District Fishery Development Officer (DFDO) G Dabi, KVK official Toktel Boko, Subject Matter Specialist (Plant protection), Olina Lego, Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) and Sangam Linggi, KVK accountant.

A simple interaction programme was held at Jia, Iduli and Kebali village, where the team of scientists visited the agriculture farm site of the local villagers.

Around 85 farmer/farm women shared their experiences and problems in farming to the visiting scientists. They availed technical information on blight disease management in potato, farm mechanization, round the year production of vegetable under poly house, green manure crops to improve soil health status, rubber and cashew cultivation to utilize waste lands, mustard crop integration with honey bee enterprise for higher income, profitable Jhum cultivation methods,  income generation avenues for SHGs, Integrated Farming System for effective utilization of resources and eco-friendly  techniques for pests and diseases management in crops.

"Instead of confining their technology to academics, the visiting scientists can put their application in the field. This will help the farmers in understanding newer techniques of farming,” said Ramesha.

He says he is determined to change the agriculture scenario in the district and assures of providing all possible technical services to the farmers.

The interaction programme has boosted tremendous confidence towards adoption of innovative agricultural practices for sustainable farm production, said Raju Linggi, a progressive farmer from Iduli village.  

Dr Jade Gowda, scientist from College of forestry, Madikeri, under the University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore presented on Soliga Tribe’s (A tribal group of Karnataka) culture and agriculture practices, which included honey bee extraction, processing and marketing and collection of forest produce.

The farmers were also informed about educational opportunities available for tribal farmers’ children in Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra, an organization meant for tribal upliftment in Chamarajanagar, Karnataka and assured for their admissions in the schools.


26th National Fortnight on Eye Donation at Daporijo

Daporijo, Sep 8: The 26th National Fortnight on Eye Donation from 25th August to 8th September was observed today in a small function at the District Hospital, Daporijo today by the District Health Society, Daporijo, Upper Subansiri district. Attended by the ADC Gejum Ete, DMO Dr. Dubom Bagra, doctors, medical staff and the public, the aim of the function was to educate people on the importance and need for Eye Donation and proper Eye Care.

ADC G. Ete addressed those present saying that our body is made up of many organs and parts, and the function undertaken by the eyes is one of the most wonderful one, that of providing sight to us. It is through our eyes that we get to see the world around us and appreciate the beauty of nature. So as a humanitarian act it is the duty of each and every one of us to pledge to donate our eyes.

DMO Dr. D. Bagra terming eye donation as a noble act explained about it and the processes involved in it. He said that we have to do away with superstitious beliefs against eye donation and encourage it so that millions of sightless would get a chance to see this beautiful earth of ours.

He explained that eye donation was a pledge given to donate the cornea- the thin layer covering the iris and pupil of the eye after death. He added that anyone could donate their eyes, even people wearing spectacles and those suffering from asthma, diabetis etc barring a few diseases.

Dr. J Mara also gave a powerpoint presentation explaining the structure of the eye and importance of taking good care of it. He also explained the various eye diseases, precautions and cares to be taken. There was also a plea by the DRCHO Dr. N. Geyi to disseminate the message of eye donation to people everywhere so that lives of sightless could be made better through this one selfless act of ours- of pledging to donate our eyes. (DIPRO)


International Literacy Day

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: International Literacy Day -- 2011 was observed by Papum Pare Zilla Saksharata Samiti with special emphasis on total literacy at Govt Middle School, D Sector, Naharlagun today.

A procession was taken out by the students, teaching staff and members of  Zilla Saksharata Samiti in the main thoroughfare of the Nahalagun township with slogan shouting ‘Jan Jan Ki Ho Shiksha Puiri Chahe Jo Bhi Ho Majburi to mark the occasion.

Addressing a meeting organized on the occasion, Papum Pare DDSE Tagu Tana Tara briefed about the importance of World Literacy Day which aims to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. He also informed about number of literate and illiterate persons in the district.

Emphasizing on ‘each one teach one’, DK Bondyopadhyay, DPO, said that the day reminds us of the status of literacy and adult learning each year.

E Rumi, APO highlighted the performance Papum Pare Zilla Saksharata Samiti in improving the literacy rate which is above the national average. He praised the officers and officials for efforts in making Papum Pare the highest literate district in the state..

The 46th International Literacy Day was celebrated jointly today by Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) & State Resource Centre Arunachal Pradesh (SRCAP) at the training premises of JSS Naharlagun. The students of Oju Mission School, Naharlagun had also performed a short drama on the theme of importance of Literacy &  Education.

Further, the International Conference on “Women’s Literacy for Inclusive & Sustainable Development”, which is being held at New Delhi from September 8-10, was also webcast live during the celebration.


NWA appeals

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Nyishi Welfare Association (NWA) appealed to all the like-minded Nyishi people of the state to judge the written and audio-visual apology tendered by Pradeep Thakur, the Times of India reporter, repeatedly through NE TV and local dailies.

Can’t we (the Nyishi people) being the largest single tribe of Arunachal Pradesh accept his apology and forgive, NWA said in a release while applauding the state government’s initiative to hammer out an amicable solution to the burning issue.

NWA in its meeting yesterday also regretted the 48-hr capital bandh by All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) which has badly affected the normal life of the common public.

“ANSU being a torch bearer of the younger generation should work as a bridge for better communication and understanding between different tribes and communities of the state,” it said.

It accused the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) for “unfortunately involving in the state politics instead of maintaining consonance with all other communities for peaceful co-existence”.

It alleged that NES had deliberately and intentionally remained absent from attending the high level meeting to resolve the Pradeep Thakur case.

“NES should have attended the meeting if it desired to solve the problem in the larger interest of the community,” NWA said.

It also criticized the NES for ‘misleading’ the entire Nyishi community ‘without having any valid sanction’ of the community

Meanwhile, NWA cautioned Pradeep Thakur to refrain from making such kind of remark against any tribes of the state and country as well.


Workshop at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Workshop on the theme “Sustainable Sanitation & Management of Drinking Water Quality Monitoring – Role of PRIs” was held at Conference Hall, D.C. Office, Tawang on 5th September’ 2011 under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman District Water and Sanitation Committee, Tawang

Participating in the Workshop, Tsewang Dondup, MLA Tawang, emphasized the Panchayat leaders present, to actively involve themselves in such programmes. He suggested modifying the present system of toilet in villages with proper cover over the excreta after defecation, thereby preventing it to come in contact with the drinking water sources and food materials. Further he also stressed on identification of suitable water sources and proper implementation of water supply schemes.

Director CCDU, PHED, Er. A.N.Singh highlighted issues relating to National Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance programme of the department and the role of the PRIs thereof. He also spoke on formation of VWSC at each and every gram panchayat level and underlined the importance of testing water quality through Field Testing Kits, which would be supplied to them.

Er, Tomi Ete, Seretary PHE & WS, in his address exhorted upon the panchayat leaders to actively participate in the programme, in order to achieve its objective. He also reiterated the members for early formation of VWSCs in the district, whereby the O&M of the completed water supply schemes within the village could be undertaken by themselves and at the same time the water quality also could be monitored through supply of FTKs to them. He informed that an NGO named Environmental Protection Society, Tawang had already been entrusted upon with the work to train villagers, village school teachers, ASHA workers etc to handle FTKs. Through power point presentation he also highlighted toilet systems of various part of the State and stressed upon use of proper sanitary toilet. Comparing Mahtama Gandhi, the father of the Nation, he called upon each and everyone to inculcate upon his saying “cleanliness is next to Godliness”.

The Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman DWSC, Tawang, Kemo Lollen while appreciating conduct of such workshops in the District assured full cooperation to the department as well as the panchayat leaders in making the programme of the Govt of India a successful one. He advised the panchayat leaders to carry forward the lessons learnt in the workshop to the village and be the torch bearers in implementation of such programmes.

Earlier in the Programme, Er. Taba Teni, SE, PHE circle Rupa, in his welcome address called upon the Panchayat Leaders to take out maximum benefit of such workshops which is all to senistitize them only.

Er. Radhe Raja, Executive Engineer, cum Member Secretary DWSC Tawang made a power point presentation on the background of TSC and highlighted the achievements made by the District in the field. Dr. T. Kunga, MO District Hospital Tawang also gave a detailed presentation on facts related to water born diseases.

The other members who spoke occasion were, ADC cum DPDO Lumla, Lobsang Phunchu, ZPMs Dorjee Norbu and Jambey Tsering, and Padmasree Lama Thupten Phuntsok. The meeting was also attended by the Members of DWSC Tawang, HoDs of Tawang District, and NGOs.


Trainings for ASHAs and CHVs

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: Two days Training of ASHAs and Community Health Volunteers (CHV) were conducted by Voluntary Health Association of Arunachal Pradesh (VHAAP) at Daporijo from August 29-30 and Sept 1- 2 at Ziro. The trainings have been conducted under ongoing Internship Malaria Control Programme (IMCP-II) of GFATM (Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria Round-9) in collaboration with District Health Departments respectively.  Each batch consisted of 30 to 35 number participants. The objectives of training is to provide skill training on early detection and prompt diagnosis of Malaria, prompt treatment at community level through CHV & ASHAs and for distribution of LLIN (Long Lasting Impregnated Nets) to the beneficiary along with Behavior change Communication (BCC) and Inter Personal Communication (IPC) through outreach programs for Indoor Residual Spray (IRS).

There are at least 25 to 30 batches yet to be trained Upper & Lower in Subansiri Districts.


Mock fire drills conducted

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: A mock drill on fire safety measures was conducted by the department of fire services at Hotel Arun Subansiri here on September 4 last.

The staff members of the hotel and other present on the occasion were taught how to react when a fire breaks out.

The mock drill gave exposure to the staff members of the hotel to enhance their alertness, preparedness and responding skills during fire accident.

Demonstration of extinguishing the fire by using the normal fire extinguisher, first aid to the injured and overall rescue operation were also imparted to the staff of the hotel by SC Mazumdar, station fire officer and his team.


USPA welcome East Siang DC, criticizes bandh

ITANAGAR, Sep 8: The United Siang Progressive Alliance (USPA) welcomed Talem Tapok as new Deputy Commissioner of East Siang district. Tapok took over the charge from outgoing DC Onit Panyang on Tuesday.

USPA in a release said the civil society and public of the district expressed hope for new era of peace and tranquility under the able leadership of new DC. While congratulating DC, the Alliance further hoped  that the DC will deliver equal justice to all citizens without fear or favour.

Criticizing the proposed 36th hours bandh call given by ABSU on Sept 8 and 9 demanding retention of former DC Onit Panyang as illogical, the USPA  said that bandh call has already  been declared illegal by the Supreme Court of India. Moreover, transfer and posting is normal process of the Govt, it said.

The state Govt should take action against those people who are violating the SC order, the USPA added.



I am just a commoner

Dear Editor,

Getting used to the Bandhs in my town. Maybe next year someone would bring out a calendar with the dates of Bandhs in it along with the list of holidays! No office for me today, poor Mr. X had to wait for another day for his license. Heard the bandh callers burned some govt. vehicles and damaged official establishments (praying my office is safe!) and destroyed public properties. Ha! pathetic democracy! Only they should have known that the policy makers in the govt. wont pay for the losses from their pockets instead the cost for renovation would be taken up by the state exchequer, which is our money! Instead maybe the people in the govt. could use the money allocated for renovation as a source of extra income !ha! one sided symbiosis!!I get confused nowadays, Bandhs are so frequent i don't even care for the reason behind it! In fact I knew the reason for this Bandh only this evening! So much footage to an insignificant junior reporter of TOI (the brat must be enjoying all these publicity!)But on second thought if I was in  the legislative body of the union I would have suggested them to go for a peaceful dharna, thus by gaining positive mass public support and sympathy, and raising the issue in a more civilized but effective way involving the whole of the state. Who knows today this tribe, tomorrow it could be anyone's community! Recently we saw Anna's crusade against corruption lakhs of people got involved from the whole of the country but not a single incident of violence! And they got what they wanted, shaking a powerful center! But who am i to suggest this to the unions, as i am only a commoner!....oh! Mr.X just called, requesting for the early issuance of license citing the reason that because of the Bandh he did not get the license, and back home in his hometown (which by the way is 300kms from Itanagar) his son got sick,also he is staying in a hotel which does not lower it's fees for Bandhs! But am helpless he has to wait for couple of days as formalities to be done. Mr.X and I and hundreds of us are affected by these bandhs but who care for a commoner?


Ajoy Kamsi,  (on email)



The other side of State Awardees

Dear Editor,

Every year on National Occasions our State too awards individuals, NGO, Organizations in recognition of their meritorious services etc.

Like previous years I am sure many of our readers of this Daily may agree with me if not openly, but in their hearts that I have some doubt and reservations on the merits of selection of candidates for State Awards, of course not all of them but some do not deserve. Integrity and wisdom of those responsible for selecting of candidates are also doubtful, reasons may only be known to them. But it seems more importance has been given to the individuals and less to the State and the Sanctity of the Institution compromised, a noble and great cause for which it was conceived has been ignored.

Some of them not to talk of Gold, Silver medal or Commendation Certificate but do not even deserve for Aluminium award from the State Government in true sense. Government employees who have not only pocketed funds in lakhs but have constructed top class commercial and palatial residential buildings in Capital and in their home towns have been awarded Gold, Silver medal etc.

Such awards are not only a mockery of a noble institution but an insult to the State, Awarding corrupt officers will not only send a wrong message to the people but in no way help the State, instead may make things worse in the long run, and the STATE will be the looser.

A Gold medal awardee was suspended on the charges of corruption, a State as well as National Awardee had to repay Rs. 10 lakh to the department for misappropriation. List can go on and on. It will keep repeating if the selection committee compromise at the cost of States honor.

Their greatness would have been in refusing to accept Awards, because they don’t deserve and not worthy of it.

This is with due apology and at the same time hearty congratulations to those awardee who really deserve recognition for their courage, honesty, dedicated and selfless services. Keep doing good.


A Concerned Citizen,

(on email)



Destruction is not the answer

Dear Editor

Yes, it is crucial to boost up the person when he/she is about to die with electric shock however, destruction during agitation in own place to wake up some one is also worthless.

Since, paradise is our own; it’s our duty not to jeopardize it by destructing during agitation. We can achieve through many ways like, the most famed "Gandhian principle".  Anna Hazareji had won his battle to implement the toughest Bill in the parliament called "Lok Pall Bill" recently.

Agitation is beneficial but destruction with it is vain.


Tatu Ronya

Coimbatore,  (on email)




Dear Editor,

Bit surprised to know that one of the local teachers from Anjaw District has been conferred with state award on the occasion of Teachers’ Day 2011.No, not that he doesn’t deserve the prestigious award but because for majority of local teachers, teaching or duty towards students or society is not important. What is important for them is, Meri Ilaichi ke kheti (My Cardamom garden), Mera santara ka Bagaan (My orange garden)  Meri Biwi ki padai (Further studies of my wife) etc.

It is quite heartening to learn that even in present day phenomenon; there are also some committed teachers like one Dolem Ngadong who hasn’t veered from their foremost responsibilities.

Congratulations to Ngadong Sir from very core of my heart!


Lap Tanjesh (on email)

Camp Tezu.



I dream of getting into the nearest college

Dear Editor,

I was going through your daily and i saw a letter by Deewan Mara, and i recalled my class 11 admissions. I am an average student and I studied very hard to get science qualifying marks but as soon as I started searching for a good school I was deprived by all because my percentage couldn't match with those privilege students and I had to come back to my old school Govt. hr secondary Daporijo. The situation here is bad and I knew I could not study science here because of problems faced by most of the govt schools throughout the state.

So at last I joined Arts as I thought I could do a bit of self study and get at least pass marks. Now my dreams are just pass mark and getting to nearby college i.e. Dera Natung as my district is without any college, for graduation and do a small govt. job whereas earlier I always thought I would be an engineer or a doctor etc.

This is my humble request to education minister, secretary to please send a Geography Teacher to my school Govt hr sec. school daporijo as it is sole responsible for the future of the whole district . I dont envy some of the places which hast number of Higher  Secondary schools, I just want your tiniest favor in the form of posting a teacher. We would be very grateful.


Talin Marging

Cl-XII (hum)

Govt. Hr. Sec,  Daporijo.



A road where bus gets stuck

Dear Editor,

Being a student of Don Bosco College, I would like to grip the attention of the higher authorities regarding the miserable road leading to the college in Jollang village (Itanagar). It is disheartening to see the condition of our road. And in spite of having such a fine college, the way to the college is miserable. The means of transportation for the students of this institution is only the college bus. Many students prefer to have their own vehicles, but due to the poor condition of the road, students find it difficult to use their own vehicles like, car, Scotty, motorbike etc. In summer season the road is full of dust and when there is a heavy rainfall, the students suffer a lot, due to the ‘landslide’ caused by the rain. Especially in the rainy season we find lots of problem. Some times the college bus cannot pass through the narrow road, in that case our college remains closed for several days, which directly or indirectly affect our studies.

No doubt that the authorities are also trying their best to construct a good road, but mostly the constructed road in nearby areas last only for a few months and after a month or so the road starts to crack and again this road comes to its prior identity. So my humble request to the authorities is that they must look after this miserable road and should start constructing a well planned road that will last for a long period of time. In fact, this will be the first step of developing our state. And the new generation must take this as a serious issue and encourage the people who are unaware of the importance of transportation.

The government should give us a helping hand for a bright future and for the development of our state. If we do not take this as a serious problem the future generation will ‘face the music’.


Josum Karga




There is still some hope

Dear Editor,

Arunachal is going through a dark phase. The day is not far when various tribes will call for respective autonomous councils. Seeds of Balkanisation of Arunachal have already been sown. However, there is hope from this eventuality only when our major tribes understand that society is best when it is based on cooperation not on competition. They must lead Arunachal in a positive direction rather than colliding with each other at every given opportunity. Everything is not lost, but everything is not good either. We have to make it good until it is too late.



Itanagar,  (on email)





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HIV diagnosis made easy


An easy-to-use diagnostic chip could be a game changer in the field of cheap diagnostics for remote regions, claim the researchers who developed it.

Tests of the 'mChip' on blood samples collected in Rwanda showed that it can diagnose HIV/AIDS and detect 100 per cent of cases in just 15 minutes — with the same accuracy as standard laboratory tests that can take weeks to give a result.

The chip is roughly the size of a postage stamp and can be cheaply mass produced. Researchers say that the same technology could be used to diagnose other diseases, such as malaria and hepatitis.

It combines microfluidics, an interdisciplinary field of science that deals with tiny amounts of fluids, with nanotechnology in a single, hand-held device. The resulting chip is essentially a miniature ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test, a standard laboratory diagnostic test based on detecting molecules.

It needs a drop of blood, which is treated with pre-loaded reagents within the chip that produce a visual result that can be read off directly or using a mobile-phone sized device.

The chip has been specifically designed for use in remote regions of the developing world, said the study.

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