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Hepatitis-B in Ziro

ITANAGAR, Sep 23: Eleven Hepatitis-B positive cases have been detected out of 700 tests conducted during a Free Hepatitis-B Screening Test Camp at Govt. Secondary School, Tajang by the NEETI Society (NS), Ziro in collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai with full cooperation from Panchayat leaders of the Tajang village today.

While monitoring the camp, Tajang village ZPM Rubu Hangu appreciated the NS chairman, Yachang Tacho for bringing the expert teams to his village. Assuring full cooperation in future, he appealed NS team to conduct similar camp once again in his village as early as possible.

Mihin Tayu, ACP, Tajang village, who invited the team NS to his area also monitored the camp till the last hour. He said that when a test cost Rs. 200, it would have involved lot of money for 700 people but with the persuasion of NS chairman, Yachang Tacho, Hepatitis-B testing kits and expert have been provided free of cost by the Company.

Appreciating the service in the camp, an elderly man said that it is the real social service being taken up by NS for the cause of society and appealed the Society to conduct similar camp from time to time.

Later, at the end of the camp, NS chairman, Yachang Tacho credited success of the campaign to the panchayat members of Tajang village who motivated  the  general public and students community of the area. He also thanked PRI members for meeting up the day’s requirement including launch and other expenditure.

Later, he disclosed that next programme for the team would at Govt. Hr. Secondary School, Hija on September 24.

The students, teachers and staff of Govt. Sec. School, Tajang, Ziro Valley School, Lempia and Govt. Primary School, Pine Grove and public of Tajang village and its surrounding areas were benefited from the camp..


Revision of rates

ITANAGAR, Sep 23:  Tata Mobile Welfare Association (TMWA)  in its executive body meeting on September 18 has unanimously decided to revise the rates of Tata Mobile fare for different destinations.

Meanwhile, TMWA president has appealed to all Tata Mobile owners in particular and commercial vehicles as a whole to check valid driving license before engaging their drivers. Further, he advised all the commercial vehicle drivers not to take liquor  while driving for the safety of life and property.



ITANAGAR, Sep 23: All Tarak Langdi Youth Welfare Association (ATLYWA) has deeply condoled the tragic death Tania Tarek, a student of class XI of Govt. Hr. Sec. School Yazali.

According to ATLYWA, Tarek died after drowning in Yazali river yesterday.

He was son of Tania Heri of Kembang village of Tarak Langdi under Palin circle.

ATLYWA described his death as great loss for his family in particular and the society as a whole. The association conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Association resent bandh calls

ITANAGAR, Sep 23:  All Capital Complex Youth Welfare Association (ACCYWA) today denounced the capital bandh call given by AVYF which was declared illegal by administration.

Expressing resentment over frequent bandh calls in Capital Complex, the Association in its meeting today decided not to entertain any organization which call bandh in capital without its knowledge and requested the general public, traders and vehicle owners to cooperate with the Association in its effort against bandh call.

Association further said that the people in general and business community  in particular should stand united, defy bandh call and cooperate with the administration as it declares the bandh illegal and deploy security forces to thwart any kind of untoward incident during bandh. It demanded the administration to take strict action against the people who call ‘uncessary bandh’.


Pasighat tensed

PASIGHAT: There is tension in Pasighat because of student unrest after the JN College election.   The District magistrate has declared prohibitory order under section 144 Cr PC to defuse the tension this evening.

According to a late night report, a section of students’ gheroud the Deputy Commissioner’s Office this evening demanding counting of ballots while another section is demanding re-polling.  JNC, the premier College in the state almost every year witness violence and unrest during College elections.


NFC demands President’s Rule

ITANAGAR: Nyishi Federal Council (NFC) has appealed the state Governor to recommend President’s Rule in the state in order to facilitate the people for fresh mandate.

The NFC in a memorandum to the Governor said that after the death of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, the state machinery virtually failed to deliver due to division of ruling Congress party in two groups. There is no other alternative except mid-term election, the Council maintained.

All the development programmes have come to a standstill due to absence of elected representatives of various constituencies including ministers, parliamentary secretaries since May last, the NFC said. Taking advantage of the present situation, various self-proclaimed organizations are blackmailing both the groups, the Council claimed and appealed all NGOs to raise voice for well-being of state.


Association calls bandh

ITANAGAR: Paktu Ao Youth Association (PAYWA), which has been demanding transfer of West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak, in a consultative meeting at Aalo, has resolved to declare 48-hr bandh call in the very first week of October 2011, if the government fails to transfer him within September 30.


News Impact

Members pay homage to Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu

Legislative Assembly begins

ITANAGAR, Sep 23: Cutting across party lines, members of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly today paid glowing tributes to the former chief minister Dorjee Khandu who was killed in a Pawan Hans helicopter crash at Luguthang in Tawang, on April 30.

Popularly known as the Laughing Buddha, Late Khandu died when the chopper carrying him, his Security Officer Yeishi Chodak, Yeishi Lamu, sister of MLA Tsewang Dhondup  and two pilots perished. It took more than five days to locate the mortal remains of Late Khandu and others despite putting in services of Sukhoi and ISRO. It was the local people of the area who sighted it as citizens of Arunachal were plunged into state of shock, despair and uncertainty.

While the members who were meeting for the first time after the death of the leader recalled the services rendered by the Late leader for the development of the state, many of the members questioned the rescue and search efforts put in.

Members urged the state government to name institutions after the Late leader as a mark respect.

The Late Chief Minister’s efforts in bringing in Trans-Arunachal Highway, Rs 24,000 crore PM’s package, construction of new Civil Secretariat and State Legislative Assembly buildings in the state and power projects were particularly recalled by several members.

Leading the house, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong recalled the contributions made by the Late Khandu for the people of the state during his short tenure of four years as Chief Minister.  

Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin said that a true tribute to the departed leader would be to carry forward his vision. He said to accelerate the pace of development in the state, brought in by Late Khandu, people of the state will have to work unitedly.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram said that Late Khandu had exceptional managerial and negotiation skills which helped in bringing in developmental packages for the state. He recalled Late Khandu’s incentives for the teachers and students.

Phurpa Tsering said that people of the state deserved to know why people of the state were misled into believing that the Chopper carrying him landed safely in Bhutan. The MAL rejected the claim that Indian Army personnel were involved the search operation. He however suggested that state government should recognize the efforts put in by ITBP and SSB personal during the search operation. Jomde Kena said that proper enquiry has to be made to unearth the circumstances that led to the crashing of chopper.

Lokam Tassar said that Late leader unified all the tribes of the state and said all 42 Congress MLAs need to work united to fulfill Khandu’s unfinished job.

Setong Sena said that Late Chief Minister was a workaholic who created assets and infrastructure for the state. He further added that Late leader was sympathetic to the needs of Tirap and Changlang.

Nabam Tuki while recalling the services of the leader said that during his short tenure, Late Khandu took many major policy decisions pertaining to the development of the state. He also said that proper enquiry need to be done to unearth the reason that led to the chopper crash.

Tamiyo Taga while calling for involvement of central agencies to look into the circumstances that led to the accident and inordinate delay in location of the dead bodies said that culprits should be brought to book.  

Bamang Felix said that though he was from a different party, the Late leader ensured that there was equal distribution  of developmental activities and funds. He also called for involving the central agencies to unearth what led to the accident.

Paying his tribute, J K Panggeng called for safety of the air passengers.

Honchun Ngamdam said that the Late Khandu was a rock of support for the people of Tirap and Changlang. We felt secure while he was around, he said.

Among others Chawna Mein, Thinghap Taiju also spoke.  The house was adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to the late leader.


Quotes of the Day


• “Waha Koi nehi aaya. Sirf Techi Kaso aye jo humlogo ka hoshla baraya”:   Phurpa Tsering, expressing his displeasure at the leaders not visiting Tawang during the time of crisis.

• “5000 Army nehi tha. Waha Army nehi tha’’: Phurpa Tsering refuting reports that 5000 Indian Army personnel were involved in search operation.

• “What were the sources of the news that told us that he landed safely in Bhutan?”: Tamiyo Taga

• “If there is enemy attack, will India wait for the weather to clear up?” Tamiyo Taga taking a dig at ISRO and Sukhoi’s failure to locate the chopper.

• “I find a big vacuum in this house in his absence”: T N Thongdok  

• “He spoke from his heart, not his mind”: Wangki Lowang

• “He was not an ordinary member. He was the leader of this house and the greatest son of Arunachal Pradesh’:  Laeta Umbrey demanding adjournment of house in honour of Late CM.


Everester Mra attacked, police clueless

ITANAGAR, Sep 23: In what could be termed as a shameful act, some miscreants attacked pride of Arunachal Everester Tapi Mra and his wife in between Hollongi and Chimpu yesterday injuring them.

Six miscreants riding on three motorcycles intercepted Mra’s vehicle near the dumping point along NH-52A and snatched the ATM card, cash amounting  to Rs.15,000, mobile phones and key of the car while he was returning from Hollongi. Thereafter, Mra was taken to ATM counter near PHQ here where he was forced to withdraw money at dao point. He, however, somehow managed to escape from the grip of the miscreants and ran into nearby PHQ for help.

In the meantime, the miscreants drove back to the dumping point dragging Mra’s wife with them and again assaulted her mercilessly.

An FIR has been lodged against the miscreants at Itanagar police station.

Meanwhile, Mra, hurt by the incident, appealed to those misguided youths to desist themselves from such criminal activities. “ I appeal to those youths to refrain from such criminal activities. They should utilize their youthfulness in constructing activities, which would be appreciated by all,” Mra said.

He also appealed to the law enforcing authority to nab the miscreants immediately.

It is pertinent to mention here that two persons were severely injured after they were being shot at by miscreants recently.

The firing incident and yesterday’s case simply indicates the increasing law and order problems of the capital city.

But, police is yet to find any clue of the crimes committed by those miscreants.


Arunachal announces Rs 30 Lakhs for quake-hit Sikkim

ITANAGAR, Sep 23: Arunachal Pradesh govt has decided to contribute Rs 30 lakhs for quake-hit Sikkim. Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin announced this at the state legislative assembly today as members expressed their solidarity with Sikkim which has seen massive destruction following an earthquake last Sunday.

It is worth mentioning here that a 6.8 intensity earthquake violently hit Sikkim-Nepal border region, jolting  large parts of India, Bangladesh  and Nepal too on Sunday last.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the epicentre of the quake was on the Sikkim-Nepal border.

The total death toll climbed to 112, mostly in Sikkim so far. Several hundreds are still believed to be stranded in the worst affected north districts of Sikkim.  

A total of 5,500 Army personnel have been pressed into relief and rescue operations. Out of this, 94 army columns have been deployed for rescue operation.

A total of 94 villages have been physically covered by the Army jawans in their search and rescue operations. Meanwhile, the Centre decided to provide Rs 50 crore to Sikkim as immediate grant for relief and rehabilitation work in quake-ravaged state where nine villages are still cut off in the North district. The announcement of central grant was made by Union home minister P Chidambaram who visited the state and reviewed the relief and rescue operations.


Assessment camp for differently abled persons

ITANAGAR, Sep 23: The Papum Pare district administration and the department of social welfare women & child development in collaboration with ALIMCO, Guwahati under “Assistance to Disabled Persons (ADIP)” scheme of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment organised an assessment camp for providing aids and appliances to differently abled persons at the premises of Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impaired, Chimpu yesterday.

Sanjay Dwiwadi, Incharge and RC Sahu, Orthotist and Prosthetist from ALIMCO Outreach Centre, Guwahati along with eye specialist Dr. Abraham Siram from RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar and A Dey, Senior Special Educator of Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impaired conducted the assessment camp. Besides the screening of 91 hearing impaired and 16 visually impaired students of school, 26 orthopedically, 1 MR, 10 hearing impaired and 10 visually impaired persons attended the camp for screening, who will be provided requisite aids and appliances suitable for them from ALIMCO, Kanpur at a later date.

P.E Angu, Deputy Director, District ICDS cell, Yupia expressed her satisfaction on the successful conduction of the camp and thanked the team of ALIMCO, Guwahati and R.K Mission Hospital for providing technical support.

Attending the camp, Mone Yonggam, Treasurer, Donyi Polo Mission requested the organizer to keep provision for to and fro travelling allowances for the participants along with one escort so that maximum number of out station participants may avail the benefit.


Heavy vehicles restricted at Bana Bailey Bridge

SEPPA, Sep 23: East Kameng district administration has restricted plying of heavy vehicles on Bana Bailey Suspension bridge after the bridge was declared totally unsafe for movement of such vehicles by BRO.

The decision was taken by East Kameng deputy commissioner Tope Bam after a discussion with BRO authority, which made a thorough inspection of the bridge. The DC has seriously pursued with the BRO authority for immediate repair and maintenance of the said bridge, which is in a very bad condition due to years of wear and tear.

The DC has also requested his West Kameng counterpart to prevent movement of heavy vehicles passing through Bhalukpong check gate towards East Kameng.

Meanwhile, the DC has deployed Police Personnel  to regulate the movement of vehicles over Bana bridge. DIPRO.


Bandh peaceful but anger among the people

ITANAGAR, Sep 23: Barring minor incident of stone pelting, the 12 hours Capital bandh call given by Arunachal Volunteer Youth Federation (AVYF) passes of peacefully this evening.

According to police sources, the agitators pelted stone in three security vehicles near Papu Nallah, Naharlagun early in the morning and damaged side mirror of a police vehicle. Three police personnel received minor injuries. One person was arrested in this connection, sources said.

A press vehicle of a local daily was also reportedly damaged by stone pelting. The incident occurred near Papu Nallah when the vehicle was on its way for distribution of daily newspaper. The bandh activists completely damaged the front glass of the press vehicle with huge stone, sources said.  

The Federation had given the bandh call in favour of its demand for removal of Pema Khandu from the  ministry for his alleged involvement  in corruption and review of CBI investigation case no RC-8 (A)/2003 against Pema.

The bandh affected normal life as all the mode of transport, except Govt transport buses and few private vehicles, were off the road.  The state government had declared the bandh illegal. However there is palpable anger among the citizens at bandh calls being given by several organizations. Citizens fed up with repeated bandh calls are not amused and there is raising resentment against the bandh calls in the Capital complex. This office has been inundated with phone calls from citizens voicing their anger at the repeated bandh calls.

A shop keeper said that he was caught between those calling and opposing the bandh.

Another citizen said that authorities need to clamp down on bandh callers. He said that citizens were being taken for a ride by the bandh callers.


ALSU demands early construction of law college

ITANAGAR, Sep 23: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has appealed the state legislators to raise voice in the ongoing Assembly session for immediate establishment of Govt Law College at Itanagar.

The proposal for establishment of Law College was approved during the tenure of Late Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu and the NHPC, Subansiri Lower Hydro project has provided Rs 17 crore for the establishment of the same. But nothing tangible has come out so far, the ALSU said in a release.

The union also demanded state Govt, particularly the education department to clear all hurdle regarding land acquisition for construction of infrastructure for the proposed law college.

The union further urged upon the state Govt to implement transfer and posting policy in the state in letter and spirit. ALSU claimed that the Govt had modified the transfer and posting policy during 2008 reducing the tenure of posting of Govt officers in particular posting place to two years instead of three years. But the Govt itself does not follow the same policy, it alleged.

Welcoming the appointment of new Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Prof Syiemlieh, the ALSU also reminded its memorandum submitted earlier for introduction of five years law course in the university and creation of adequate posts for law faculty.

It also urged the state Govt to improve the law and order situation in the capital and take strict action  against the attackers of AAPYF president.


A brave heart from remote Karo

Aalo, Sep 23: Late NK Tape Yajo, Kriti Chakra was a glaring example of a successful army man whose career graph soared to the extent of bagging seven army medals and decorated lastly with Kriti Chakra, a rare feat by any Arunachal army men. He bagged 50th years Independence Anniversary Medal, Videsh Seva Medal with clasp Bhutan, Special Seva Medal clasp Suraksha, OP Rakshak Medal, 9 years long service Medal, OP Prakarm Medal by dint of his meritorious service rendered for 12 years, 8 months and 28 days.

Born on 19th August 1977 and enrolled in the 1st Assam Regiment of Indian Army in the year 1995 as a sepoy, rose to the rank of Naik through his distinguished services rendered to the nation. His successful stint continued till he faced the twin tragedy of losing his wife a year before his death, fighting valiantly against the enemies of the country but he did not loss the faith reposed on him by the Indian Army. He laid down his life in a gun battle with terrorists on 22nd September 2008 at Punch in Jammu and Kashmir.

The dejected but proud parents and relatives, Commandant 5 Mountain Brigade with rank and file did not waste any opportunity to jointly observe the death anniversary of son of the soil by putting wreaths on grave of brave soldier and his wife that lie as bliss of solitude in front of the residence of their parent.

Kudos to 5 Mountain Brigade for erecting a beautiful memory. The army has done a lot and doing whatever is possible from their end. The Govt. of India has also recognized his services by upgrading a Sainik School at Punch in Jammu and Kashmir in his name. A gym and Karate Club have been established at Happy Valley (Shillong) in his name at Assam Regiment Training Centre by Govt. of India.

The great son of mother India who represents Bokar community from Karo village located in the remotest border, Monigong circle of West Siang District is no more but his valour, courage and zeal to serve the country linger in the hearts of many and stands as a source of inspiration to many young aspirants to serve the nation.

The aging and ailing parents, aptly say, “We are proud to be recognized as mother and father of a martyr with distinction, more proud that our son has given up his life for the cause of country” But sustenance is a cause of concern for the aged parents. They are planning to approach state govt. for aid and assistance to sustain themselves. DIPRO


District Micro Planning meeting on Measles Catch up campaign

ITANAGAR, Sep 23: A district level meeting to create awareness regarding the measles catch up campaign and train the medical officers and health workers regarding the preparation of an effective micro plan, was held at District Hospital Changlang recently.

Addressing the meeting, district medical officer cum CEO of District Health Society, Changlang, Dr. P. De stressed on the preparation of a good micro plan for 100 % achievement of the programme. The MOs were also asked to direct their ASHAs of their respective areas to do a head count of all children in the age group of 9 month to 10 years.

DR. P Dutta, DRCHO cum CEO (Executive Committee) of District Health Society Changlang detailed regarding the rational of a second dose of measles as a supplementary dose and its benefits.

During the course of the training he stressed on the vivid nature of the different communities residing in Changlang district who should all be taken into account for calculating the beneficiary list. He stressed on the fact that no child should be left out during the campaign and special emphasis should be given in estimating the beneficiaries in bordering areas, tea garden labourers and Chakma dominated areas.

DR. Dutta expressed his concern regarding the coverage of the beneficiaries at Vijaynagar areas, where there was a dearth of manpower, cold chain management and communication. Efforts will be made to create awareness at the state level to find measures to vaccinate the children at Vijaynagar areas through the District Task Force under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Changlang, he said. Measures will be taken to seek help from the Army personnel/ Air force to cover the area, he added.

Senior Medical Officer Dr. P. Sonowal from CHC Jairampur, Dr. K. Khomrang from Nampong PHC and Dr. R.C. Das, DPO (IDSP) from District Hospital imparted training on different subjects to prepare a proper micro plan for effective implementation of the programme.

Medical officers and Health Workers from DH Changlang, CHC Miao, CHC Bordumsa, CHC Jairampur, CHC Diyun, PHC Innao, PHC Kharsang, PHC Nampong, PHC Vijaynagar, PHC Manmao, PHC Khimiyong, PHC Yankang & PHC Namtok attended the meeting.



Who are you?

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh, which everybody called as khushi-khusi, is turning into Khushi-marji. Since few months we are witnessing so many bandh calls by so many organisations in the name of Arunachal. If I am not wrong when any organisation's nomenclature include Arunachal, its mean it represent the people of Arunachal. Now being a bonafide citizen of this state of khusi marji, I want to know who are these people who are leading or calling so many bandh calls, who are the people who elect you to form organisation in the name of Arunachal? Can those people please explain us for what and for whom you stand or stood for? Do you think you really represent Arunachal? If yes then how many tribe is in your organisation as members? Can you name them? Or is there only one who is running and enjoying? Dear citizen of capital, it’s not time to sleep or to follow this bandh culture of some vested people for their own benefit.

It’s so funny when I read name of organisation, start with this and that and end or start with Arunachal.  It’s true that as somebody wrote in reader forum that other are laughing at us.

Dear bandh caller please do not call yourself an intellectual. Time will come when people will start asking for shifting of capital from itanagar and call a bandh call against bandh callers.


Angry citizen

Itanagar,  (on email)



Who will save our school?

Dear Editor,

The senior students of Govt. Secondary School, Kongsa would like to wake up the lazy greedy local administration, Mine and forest dept, police and local brethrens of Namtok  for the damages done to our school by boulder collection and selling it to contactors outside of Arunachal without valid permits for last 10 years. The rostrum constructed beside the school play ground is about to collapse. A large area of field boundary collapsed due to excessive excavation of boulders and sand from the river. So the existence of rostrum, Girls hostel, teacher’s quarter, community hall and the school buildings are at stack. For these, we have written to EAC but nothing had been done so far. Now the river is being used for plying and transporting coals endangering the very existence of the school. Daily hundreds of trucks collect boulders and coals day and night. What are the Mine & Forest departments doing?  

We  are not concerned about crores of money in royalty that Arunachal lost due to local administration’s lack of interest  for the last 10 years but our concern is to save the school compound and school buildings where we study now and our younger will study tomorrow. Now our question is: Who will check and save this school?


Wangnong Changwang-  School Captain

Anmai Tailu

Vice School Capatin

Govt. Secondary School, Kongsa (Namtok),




Sacrificial lambs

Dear Editor,

In the Capital complex, it was really amusing plus pathetic to watch the faces of the shopkeepers standing near their respective shops in a puzzled manner. A gang of men now comes and warns the shopkeepers not to keep the shops open. But after a while again another gang of men comes and warns the shopkeepers to keep the shops open and even tries to break the locks of the shops that were closed.

Whether they keep the shops open or closed in both the circumstances the shopkeepers are being made the 'Lamb For Sacrifice'. This do not sum-up to the shopkeepers but to the whole of common masses.

Therefore, I highly request the concerned groups to maintain a sense of respect and concern towards the fellow masses. 'Love can make you win any fight but hatred cannot'.


Dular Dujom

Don Bosco college,




Has the meaning of democracy been changed?

Dear Editor,

The former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had a vision for a developed state. Now the present legislators have ruined his dreams and vision. They prefer to follow “People last” policy   and are misusing the development funds for the sake of their comfort sacrificing people’s interest. Reminding Dorjee Khandu’s “People first” slogan, I would like to say that there is brutal murder of democracy in our state.

The duty of the elected representative is to work for the people, not for the individuals. But our present legislators, instead of doing their duties and responsibilities, they are engaged in “cash for my side” game and are also spending the developmental fund on foreign tours and for their comfortable life without bothering the state’s development.

It is really a matter of shame and concern that the state has gone too far in view of its development whereas there is rapid growth in individuals’ development. Is this democracy or meaning of democracy has been changed? It is a matter of concern that there are countless societies and organizations in the state but none of them raise their voice against improper use of public money by the legislators and lack of development.

However,   there is a little hope at the end of the tunnel that at least some legislators of different political parties appealed for stable government for smooth running of Govt machinery.


Sanjeev Sargo

Rajiv Gandhi University



Keep in mind

Dear Editor,

I'd like to share few words with my fellow people.

How to Detect Hidden Camera in Trial Room?

In front of the trial room take your mobile and make sure that mobile can make calls. Then enter into the trail room, take your mobile and make a call. If u can't make a call, there is a hidden camera. This is due to the interference of fiber optic cable during the signal transfer. Please spread the word so that no one fall prey to hidden cameras, Pinhole Cameras etc in Changing Rooms of various shopping malls and showrooms.

When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc, how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a 2-way mirror I.e., they can see you, but you can't see through them. There have been many cases of people installing 2- way mirrors in female changing rooms or bathroom or bedrooms. It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by just looking at it. So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty what type of Mirror we are looking at?

Conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a gap between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is a genuine mirror. However, if your fingernail directly touches the image of your nail, then beware, it is a 2- way mirror! There may be someone seeing you from the other side. It is simple to do. This is a really good thing to do. The reason there is a gap on a real mirror, is because the silver is on the back of the mirror under the glass. Whereas with a two- way mirror, the silver is on the surface.

So remember, every time you see a mirror, do the fingernail test. It doesn't cost you anything.


N L Richo

NIT Patna, (on email)



Fulfill all promises

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of PWD and UD minister towards the deplorable Sagalee-Toru road. The MLA of Sagalee constituency was elected uncontested in 2004 for his promise to make the road one of the best, but till date no development has been taken place. I do not understand what is going on with him and his department. I would like to ask him whether he has no sympathy for his own people ? The minister used to make promises  in different public rallies, meeting, especially during election time but those promises are not implemented yet. Moreover, in comparison to other areas which are represented by MLAs, Sagalee area represented by a minister witness slow pace of development.

Therefore, I would like to request the concern minister to take steps for speedy development in his constituency  and fulfill all promises made earlier.

Last but not the least, I would like to know the whereabouts of the PWD and UD Minister who has not been seen for last few months in state capital. There is no movement of important file of his department  due to long absence of minister.


Techi Solo

General Secretary, NYC

Arunachal Pradesh





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Malnutrition and gender discrimination


Gender discrimination lies behind much of the malnutrition found in under-five children in Nepal, say experts.

According to the preliminary Nepal Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) released recently, 29 percent of children under five are malnourished, and the problem is chronic in remote parts of the Mid-Western Region of Nepal. The most recent regional figures show more than half of the children are chronically malnourished.

Women live hard lives from day one, born with no fanfare, contrasting starkly to the six-day celebration to mark the birth of a boy. Walking along the road from one village to the next, women and girls bear the weight of baskets of apples, rocks or bags of rice, while men and boys tag alongside unburdened.

Research indicates that about half of stunting in children occurs before birth and up to two years old. Girls who are not fed well, turn into women who are more likely to give birth to low weight babies, and so the cycle perpetuates.

Nearly a quarter of Nepalese women have their first child before they are 18.

The Nepal Red Cross, WFP and other NGOs are combating discrimination by mandating women’s participation in committees, trying to create opportunities for economic independence, and by improving education. But these efforts require women to change their own situation, and exclude men from the process, said experts.