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July 30, 2015

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LPG shortage hits Lower Subansiri

ZIRO, Jul 29: Lower Subansiri district is reeling under acute shortage of LPG cylinders. According to the reports available with District Food and Civil Supply Office, the district has received only 2982 cylinders against the requirement of 22,000 cylinders in the month of June from Kimin IOC bottling plant.  

This has resulted in chaos in and around the LPG distributor and the office of the DFCSO.

Fearing that the uncontrollable customers could create law and order like situations, the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri district has requested the Chief Area Manager (LPG), IOC, Guwahati to arrange for more cylinders for the district from other bottling plant like Sarpara or New Bongaigon to overcome the situation at the earliest. (DIPRO)

 

ASSATA demands for reservation ratio

ITANAGAR, Jul 29:  All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) in its representation to the Secretary Education appraised the authority to maintain reservation ratio while regularizing Assistant Teachers under SSA. The association reminded the secretary of a cabinet decision taken in  2009 in which it was decided that reservation ratio would be maintained in conduction of promotional DPC in education department. Further it added that compliance of earlier cabinet decision would boost the morale of  serving SSA teachers.

 

Khao-wa

ITANAGAR, Jul 29: Theravada Buddhists would observe Khao-wa across the state on July 31 next with traditional enthusiasm and solemn devotion. Khao-wa, popularly known as the Rainy Retreat (Varsha Vaas) marks the beginning of the three-month Buddhist ‘Lent’ period.

Khao-wa would be observed in all monasteries, respective offices of the religious organizations and educational institutions through various programmes and chanting of the sacred verses from the Tripitaka.

Khao-wa is a time for serious contemplation and meditation for both monks and laymen alike. The elderly and devoted laymen on this auspicious day would choose to remain at the temple to take a vow with the monks to keep either five or eight precepts throughout the entire day. After taking the vow, they would split their time between praying, listening to the monks’ preaching and meditation.

This practice, like many others, has been preserved to the present day, and the period is considered by all Theravada Buddhists as exceptionally sacred to perform merits.

 

Sickle Cell Trait, disease screening begins

Daporijo, Jul 29: A programme for screening of Sickle Cell Trait and Sickle Cell disease among all school students of Upper Subansiri district, being organised by the District Health Society was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom on July 25.

Addressing the students and teachers present, the DC advised the students to actively get tested and urged the education department to co-operate with and supervise the technical staff of health department during screening test of students in their respective schools. He also emphasised on cleanliness and hygiene and told the students to actively participate in the Swach Bharat Abhiyan by keeping their surroundings clean.

DMO Dr.R.Tatan and DVBDCPO Dr.B.Nirin informed all present about the importance of the screening programme and Sickle Cell Trait and Sickle Cell disease.

The Screening programme and testing of the students has started in various schools of the district and will cover all the schools in the Upper Subansiri district. DIPRO

 

Awareness campaign on sanitation

HAWAI, Jul 29: A 3day awareness campaign on issues like conservation and management of forest flora & fauna and village sanitation was jointly conducted by the district disaster management (DDM) and Hawai Area Welfare Society (HAWS), a local NGO on Friday.

A team of resource persons divided into two groups covered a total of 45 recognized villages and other 7 newly established villages within Hawai circle. During the campaign, the resource persons informed the villagers about the important safety tips and devices which can help protect them during natural disasters like earthquake, landslide and fire accidents. The villagers were also made aware about the importance of flora and fauna and health sanitation awareness.

 

Fingerlings distributed to farmers

YINGKIONG, Jul 29:  In all, 60 farmers of various blocks of Upper Siang district were provided 1 lakh fingerlings by the department of fisheries during a free fish seed distribution programme at the premise of DFDO office here today.  

Addressing the farmers on the occasion, DFDO Kenbom Chisi informed that distribution of fish seeds to progressive fish farmers is an initiative of the government to boost fish production in the district and further urged all beneficiaries to ensure proper implementation of the scheme

ZPM Badeng Teng, who was also present on the occasion as chief guest emphasized the importance of fish farming which can play a vital role in providing gainful employment to the educated unemployed youths and exhorted them to take up commercial fish farming for more profit.

ADO Mennya Ete also spoke.  (DIPRO)

 

DC’s intervention sought to stop allotments

ITANAGAR, Jul 29:   Alleging that notified government land were allotted to private individuals at Dari village in West Siang district without the consent of the residents of the said village, the Darii Dolu Welfare Society (DDWS) has in a letter to the West Siang DC today sought his intervention to stop such allotments soon.

The people of Dari village have donated the land to the government but under the recent notification, private individuals have also been allotted land without consulting the land donors, the Society claimed and urged the DC to initiate necessary action soon.

 

Health convergence meeting held

BOMDILA, Jul 29: The fourth Block level Convergence meeting of the Health and Family Welfare department of the district involving the line departments on issues such as Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram (RBSK), Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK), activities of ASHAs and on the Weekly Iron Folic Supplement (WIFS) was held at PHC Singchung in the district.

Impressing upon the stakeholders the need for convergence at the Village Health & Nutrition Committee level to actually deliver the services, the departmental officers addressed the various issues raised during the interactive session.

Among others, DMO Dr.TC Khrime, DRCHO Dr. DK Lama, Deputy Director (ICDS) L Moyee, ADC i/c Singchung, DDSE i/c, ZPM Singchung, Medical officers from Singchung, Rupa and Bhalukpong health centers, ASHAs & Anganwadi Workers, teachers, GBs and PRI members attended the meeting. DIPRO

 

DASU demands action

ITANAGAR, Jul  29: The Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU), Lower  Dibang Valley has lodged a complaint against 752 BRTF Roing commandant at Roing Police Station alleging  violation of norms prescribed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways while constructing road between Meka Tinali and  Roing Bazaar area.

The  union in its complaint alleged that  in construction of embankment, river bed material (RBM) of random size has been utilized instead of classified earth materials as specified by the MoRTH.  Use of river bed material  will lead to easy erosion, the Union  said.  

The union further said smooth flow of traffic has to be maintained during construction of the road as per the standing instruction. However, the BRO under the command of G P Singh, Commandant, has utterly failed to maintain pollution free traffic. The dusty road is causing health hazard and inconvenience to commuters as well as the vehicular traffic, the Union added.

 

‘Dispose garbage’

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ITANAGAR, Jul 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers Union (AAPMTWU) has requested the Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC)  and  Urban Development department for timely disposal of garbage within the Capital Capital complex area.

Expressing displeasure over accumulation of garbage in some area of twin capital city, the  Union said that  despite assurance of the  IMC for collection and disposal of garbage regularly,  lot of waste materials and garbage  are seen in road sides especially in Supper Market, opposite to Police Station Naharlagun and sector area.

 

Solung Football starts

ITANAGAR, Jul 29: Third edition of Solung Football Tournament kicked off today here at DNG College Ground this afternoon. It is being organised by the Solung Festival Celebration Committee Itanagar-2015.  

The first match of the tournament was played between the Solung United Football Club (SUFC) and Pameng Patang Football Club (PPFC) where SUFC scored 9-1. General Modi of SUFC scored the first goal of the tournament. Following him Abu Tayeng scored 3 goals while Kampo Libang and Taja Bonung scored 2 goals each and Tanil Talom scored a goal against PPFC.

PPFC lone goal was scored by Katan Tamuk.  

Earlier, attending the inaugural function, Commissioner Land Management and Trade and Commerce, Belatee Pertin advocated the players to maintain discipline adding that players should abide by the rule and regulations.

The SFCC-2015, President Rajiv Takuk informed that 14 teams have joined the tournament this year and the final match would be played on August 15 next.

The tournament started with a friendly match between Yoksa and Tamte teams, played by the elderly people of Adi community where both the team scored a goal each to encourage and motivate the players.

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Poorly maintained Government Secondary School Jote. All Papum Poma Students Union(APPSU) members have visited  the schools  of its areas and urged the authority to address the problem of teachers shortage and poor infrastructure issue including teacher absenteeism.

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The 82 Mountain Brigade writes a new chapter in the area of community service by sponsoring higher education of a girl child in need.

Responding to an appeal of a child without parents Brig Virendra Vats, SM, VSM and officers of Lohit Brigade promptly agreed to sponsor her college education.

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Police arrest three in Daporijo rape case

APSCW concerned at lack of safety

[ Karda Natam ]

Daporijo, Jul 29: Upper Subansiri police have arrested three people yesterday night in connection with the 26th July Daporijo rape case. One was nabbed from Daporijo while the two alleged culprits were picked up from  Taliha.

SP Taru Gusar said that after the case was registered, a manhunt was launched that led the police to the alleged culprits.

With input from reliable sources, Special Branch Police Team interrogated a person at Lida Bailey bridge yesterday night which ultimately led them to the alleged culprits at Taliha.

Immediately  police team led by Gusar reached Taliha Town, 47km away from Daporijo at around 8.45 pm where two of the accused were apprehended along with a car. Later police brought them to Daporijo police station and sent them to district hospital for medical examination.

Further interrogation of the two arrested led to the nabbing of one more person from his house at Polo colony.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) has strongly condemned the recent rape of a teenager at Daporijo.

It is shocking to know that within a period of one month two rape incidents has been reported from the same place, the Commission said while expressing concerns for the safety of women and the rising crime rate in society. Such incident if not handled in time would give rise to more crime, it added.

The APSCW has been requesting the State Govt. for the establishment of fast track court with sufficient manpower to handle rape cases so as to expedite the process and discourage crimes against women.

The APSCW further requested the State Govt. to establish observation homes for juveniles in every district and also requested the concerned authority to expedite the investigation into the rape case.

 

 

Centre orders CAG enquiry into alleged misuse of disaster relief fund

ITANAGAR, Jul 29: The Union Home Ministry has directed the Comptroller and Auditor General to conduct immediate enquiry into the alleged corruption and siphoning of fund provided by the Centre for relief and rehabilitation under National Disaster Response Fund and State Disaster Response Fund to the state.

Making available the letter of the Union Home Ministry addressed to the Accountant General, Arunachal  Pradesh for conducting an enquiry, Opposition BJP leader Tamiyo Taga  in a  press meet at APC here today said that the state government during the financial years from 2011 to 2015 has received an amount of Rs. 569.84 Cr from the Govt of India under NDRF & SDRF which includes the state matching share. But as per the RTI document, an amount of Rs 238.43 crore only has been utilized,  Taga said and alleged that substantial amount of Rs. 331.41  crore  has been kept undisclosed by the government.

Casting aspersion on utilization of disaster management fund, Taga said  even Lohit, which has been declared flood prone  district has not received enough fund during the last four years and  most of the  disaster relief fund has been shown utilized in state Capital area.

 The BJP leader further said that his party had raised the issue during Fourth Session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly in March last, but the response of the state Govt was very casual. “Again in recently held budget session of Assembly, I had raised the issue during budget discussion demanding CBI enquiry but the CM avoided from giving a response”, Taga said.  It is worth mentioning  here that the Opposition leader Taga had called on  Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on June 30 last and reiterated its demand for institution of a high-level impartial enquiry through agencies like CBI or CVC to unearth the alleged financial scandal involving Relief and Rehabilitation and Disaster Management Schemes.

 

 

Arunachal seek central help to improve health sector

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ITANAGAR, Jul 29: The state government has sought early start of proposed Arunachal Medical College as well as enhancement of MBBS and BDS seats under Central pool and one-time central assistance for development of five upgraded General Hospitals in the state.

The demands were forwarded today to the centre when Minister Health Rajesh Tacho called on Union Minister for Health J.P Nadda.

Tacho also informed the Union Minister about the recent Dengue and Japanese Encephalities (JE) outbreaks in the state and sought support to curtail the epidemics.

Union Minister assured full support to all the issues brought to his notice and expressed desire to visit the state in the later part of August.

In a separate meeting with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik, Tacho submitted a memorandum seeking a fifty bedded Ayurveda College in the state with an in-take capacity of fifty students annually. He also sought support in establishing a separate directorate for AYUSH in order to streamline AYUSH system in the state. The minister also requested the Ministry to enhance the resource pool allocation under National AYUSH Mission to the state.  

Later, Tacho also met the Secretary (AYUSH), Joint Secretaries of various divisions of Ministry of Health in the Nirman Bhavan. He was accompanied by team of officials comprising of his OSD Dr. Dubom Bagra, Nodal Officer (NUHM) Dr. Raja Dodum and Health Research Scientist, Dr. Nabam Peter.

 

 

Leadership training for students

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 29: A two days leadership training for the ‘student leaders’ of the private schools of capital complex begun today at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Vivek Vihar. The programe is being organized by All Arunachal Private School Association (AAPSA). Altogether 77 student leaders ranging from class 9 to 12 are attending the programme. The theme of the event is “learning to live and work together.”

As part of the event, the students are trained to strengthen the leadership qualities through interactive sessions such as developing self image, leader qualities, friendship and how to choose the right career. Further students are guided to wean away negativities of life and acquire the positive leadership skills.

The three prominent resource persons namely Fr Athew Mathew, director, MCYO Imphal, KS Charles Asst. Director MCYO cum joint state organizing commissioner,  Bharat Scouts and Guides- Manipur and N Robert, social worker are guiding the students by having interactive session with them. The leadership training programme is an annual affair as it is organized every year by AAPSA. The two days event will end day after tomorrow morning.

 

 

Bogibeel bridge on track

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ITANAGAR, Jul 29: The N.F.Railway’s first train of 10 girders commenced its journey from the South Bank of Bogibeel Bridge towards the North bank across the river Brahmaputra. This is the first train of girders being pulled across the river. There will be similarly three more girder trains consisting of 10, 10 and 9 girders respectively. Each girder is all welded steel construction of length 125m.

The work of fabrication, assembly and erection of the 2nd train of 10 girders has already started.  The project is progressing as per schedule  with 2100 workers, welders and engineers of HCC-DHD-VNR consortium and launching of all 39 spans is likely to be completed by March 2017.

The Bogibeel Bridge near Dibrugarh with a total length of 4940 m is the longest rail cum road in India. The project with a total cost of around Rs 5000 crores incorporates apart from the main bridge, guide bunds on the north and south banks, dykes , road network of 30 Km, rail network of 74 kms and 6 new stations including New Dibrugarh. The project is targeted for commissioning by June 2017.

 

 

PMC carries out cleanliness drive

PASIGHAT, July 29: Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) today carried out massive cleanliness cum awareness campaign in Lower and Upper Banskota and Dengue prone Saw Mill areas thats fall under Ward No: 8, 10 and 12 as a part of its Swachh Bharat Mission.

Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk, ADC cum MEO Deepak Shinde and Dy. Chief Councilor Kaling Darang and District Vector Borne Disease Control Program Officer Dr. Tarik Talom personally visited the municipal wards and destroyed the sources of mosquito breeding sites.

Ward -8 is represented by the Chief Councilor Tamuk while Ponung Lego and Kangge Moyong are the councilors of Ward Nos -10 and 12 respectively.

29 municipal sanitary staffs were pressed into the service and Councilor Moyong spared two Dumpers, two JCVs and one Gypsy to clear water logging and filling up low laying areas with soil and sands.

Later, the MEO along with CC and Dy. CC destroyed many roadside automobile tyres which provides conducive environment for prolific breeding of mosquitoes. With a mission to reduce source reduction they also spread used/burnt mobil lubricant in many location where cleaning or filling process are not possible. The MEO informed that such cleanliness cum awareness drives will be continued. (DIPRO)

 

 

Dengue prevention is our responsibility

By Dr.Jego Ori

ITANAGAR, Jul 29:   Dengue is a major public health problem throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Almost half of the world’s population lives in countries where Dengue is endemic. It emerged globally as a critical threat to health of the population. WHO estimates that 50-100 million Dengue infections occur every year with 22,000 deaths. Today Dengue ranks as the most dreaded mosquito-borne viral diseases in the world and there is a 30 folds increase in global incidence over the last 5 decades.

Dengue case was first reported in India during 1956 from Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. Since then dengue had spread in all states and UTs of India except in Lakshadweep. India contributes 20% of dengue cases of the world. The pattern of its rapid spread in India is alarming for both human health and economy of the country. About 264 disability adjusted life years per million population per year are lost.

Every year, during the period July-November, an upsurge in case of dengue has been observed. The disease has a seasonal pattern, the cases peak after the monsoons and not uniformly distributed throughout the year. The disease was observed to be most prevalent in urban areas however; the trend is now changing due to socio-economic and man-made ecological changes resulting in invasion of diseases into rural areas. Construction activities, lifestyle changes, deficient water management, improper water storage, stagnation of rain water in containers lying outside, over head tanks, coolers, unused tires, coconut shells, disposal cups, unused grinding stones, houses, tree holes, bamboo stump leads to proliferation of vector breeding sites in urban, semi urban and rural areas.

The transmission of dengue remains low during low temperature in winter but during monsoons the environment becomes suitable for vectors. The temperature of 25 degree Celsius +-5 degree Celsius  with relative humidity around 80% and innumerable small water collections results in high vector density. There are four types of Dengue viruses designated as DENV1, DENV-2, DENV-3 ,DENV 4. Infections of anyone can cause dengue. Dengue viruses are transmitted from an infected person to others by the bite of the female Aedes mosquito. This mosquitoes deposit eggs on damp surface just above the water line and adults emerges in 7 days. The temperature and rainfall have major impact on its life cycle. During rainy seasons the survival is longer and risk of transmission is greater. In absence of vaccine and specific drug for Dengue, mosquito control is very significant in preventing disease transmission.

People of all age group of both genders are at risk. Travel to dengue endemic area is also one of the risk factors. However, if the patient develops fever more than two weeks after travel, it is unlikely to be dengue infection. Migration of infected person during infective stage to non endemic area may introduce dengue into that area. When mosquitoes takes blood meal from dengue infected person it takes 8-10 days to be infective and infected mosquitoes further bites and injects saliva into normal person. The person bitten develops dengue after 4-7 days. Though transmission of dengue virus primarily occurs through bite of mosquitoes; there are reports of dengue transmission through blood transfusion and organ transplantation. There are also reports of congenital dengue infections occurring in neonates born to mothers infected very late in pregnancy. The clinical course of dengue illness passes through three phases namely; febrile phase, critical phase and recovery phase.

In febrile phase, the fever suddenly rise which lasts for 2-7days and commonly associated with headache, flushing and rash. There may be pain around eye, muscle and joint. Rash appears after 3rd or 4th day of fever and commonly seen in face, neck and other part of body which generally fades away in the later part of febrile phase. Localise haemorrhagic spot may also be seen on hands.

Critical phase of dengue occurs after 3-4 days of the onset of fever, during this phase patient may develop low pressure, bleeding, accumulation of fluid in abdomen and lung. There is high chance of patients dying during this period. This phase lasts for 36-48 hours. The recovery phase started usually after 6-7days of fever and lasts for 2-3 days. Longer recovery period is seen in some cases where severe shock and organ failure exist.

The warning signs of dengue are fever with recurrent vomiting, minor bleedings from nose and other sites, abdominal pain or discomfort, palpitation, breathlessness, decrease urinary output, low blood pressure, cold extremities, rapid pulse, rapid fall of platelet count. The high risk group who need closely monitoring during dengue for development of severity are pregnancy, infant, elderly, obesity, peptic ulcer diseases, HIV infected or immune-compromised patient, thalassemia, heart diseases, hypertension and diabetic patient.

In endemic areas early symptoms of dengue mimics many other diseases like malaria, viral infection, urinary tract infections, typhoid etc. The laboratory test is ELISA based Dengue NS1 antigen test recommended in 1st day onwards of onset of fever and IgM captured –MAC ELISA Test recommended after 5th day of onset of fever.

The management of dengue fever depends on severity and basically symptomatic and supportive. Bed rest is advisable during acute phase, cold sponging is use to keep temperature below 38.5 degree Celsius. Aspirin, Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS group should be avoided as it may cause more vomiting, gastritis, platelet dysfunction and severe bleeding. Paracitamol  is preferable to control the fever. Oral and IV fluids should be given to patients with excessive sweating and vomiting. The platelet count of less than 10000/cu.mm and presence of bleeding irrespective of low platelet counts needs platelet transfusion. Those who have warning signs and symptoms should be admitted in the hospital to closely monitor the progress of diseases. The admitted patient who has recovered from acute illness must have following criteria to get discharge from the hospital such as, absence of fever for 24 hours with normal BP, normal urine output and no respiratory distress with platelet count of more than 50,000/cu.mm.

So far there is no licensed vaccine available against dengue virus however, some trials are ongoing successfully which may be promising in preventing dengue in near future. Till then each one us has responsibility to prevent its transmission by keeping our environment and surrounding clean and free from Aedes mosquitoes by stopping rampant and haphazard’s construction activities. (The writer is a ENT specialist at ASH, Naharlagun)

 

 

Tribute to former President Kalam

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At Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar.

 

ITANAGAR, Jul 29: The Alumni Association of Rajiv Gandhi University (AARGU) in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University Employees’ Association (RGUEA) organized a candle light vigil in honour of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at Rono Hills yesterday evening.

A host of dignitaries including, Vice-Chancellor of RGU Prof. Tamo Mibang, Dean of Languages Prof. A.R. Parhi and senior faculty member Prof. A.K. Das paid rich tribute to former President Abdul Kalam.

Earlier, AARGU members and Botany Assistant Professor Dr. Hui Tag, presented the life and achievements of Dr. Kalam, which was followed by reviewing of Dr. Kalam’s autobiography "Wings of Fire" and reading out of famous excerpts from it by the AARGU Joint Secretary and Political Science Assistant Professor David Gao.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Registrar (Academic) and Treasurer of AARGU Dr. David Pertin said, Kalam who was known as “Missile Man” and the “People’s President” will remain an inspiration for all.

Motivational speeches and videos of Dr. Kalam were also shown to the mourners.  

Recalling the contributions of  Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Chief Information Commissioner  Y D  Thongchi  said, Kalam was a great statesman and ideologist, who wanted to inculcate scientific temper among the young generation so that  they can make India a front runner in the world by 2020.

All the officers and staff of the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission   in its office premises observed two minutes silence and prayed for the peace of the  departed soul of Kalam.

The National Student of India (NSUI) Arunachal Pradesh state unit has organised a candle light tribute in memory of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and the martyrs of Punjab terrorist attack here at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan today.

Led by  NSUI state unit president Tanu Nima, all the  members including APCC President Padi Richo, NSUI, Congress frontal wings, Seva Dal, Youth Congress, Mahila Congress,  Congress office bearers observed  two minutes  silence  and prayed for his  eternal peace of departed soul.

Death of Kalam is an irreparable loss to the country, the NSUI said, adding the Union will always remember his contribution towards the welfare and development of the people of country.

The Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) in a condolence meeting held its office premises here today expressed deep shock over the demise of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at Shillong on July 27 and paid last homage to the departed soul of Kalam.

In its condolence message, IFCSAP, while describing Kalam as an eminent scientist of international repute,  said  the former president had immense faith in students and youth power to build a strong nation.

While mourning the death of Abdul Kalam, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Padi Richo said, Kalam was immensely popular  for his humility  and simple nature.  He constantly inspired the youth of the country through his valuable motivational speeches.  

Remembering contribution of Kalam as scientist, President of India and author and teacher, the APCC said the death of Kalam is an irreparable loss to the nation.

 

 

Lohit launches Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight

Tezu, Jul 29: Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight campaign, an intensification of efforts towards zero deaths due to childhood diarrhea and reduction in malnutrition was launched on July 28th last in Lohit district by its Deputy Commissioner Nyabin Ete .

Deputy Commissioner Nyabin Ete said that the success of IDCF totally depended on the persistent hard work of health official and staff of the District.

The DC, therefore asked every official and staff to work dedicatedly so that the initiative of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India through National Health Mission become a cent per cent success in a small district like Lohit.

Meanwhile, the DC asked the ASHA and Anganwadi workers to create awareness on hygiene and cleanliness which is panacea of all ailments. Proper hygiene and clean environment can prevent many diseases, he concluded.

While stressing the importance of IDCF, Dr. Hage Tabyo Director Family Welfare Itanagar appealed the ASHA, Anganwadi Workers and the team of district health officials to work like real activists to bring the infant mortality rate to naught level.

Highlighting 11% infant mortality rate between 0 – 5 years in India, Dr Tabyo made an earnest request to the entire team to further control it.

Earlier DMO K Basar urged the ASHAs and Anganwadi Workerss to control the diseases. He said, ASHA plays a vital role in accessing health services in remote tribal areas where there are no health centres and similarly ICDS department’s Anganwadi workers which basically works for the better promotion of health and hygiene of children needs coordinate with ASHA to make the IDCF programme successful”.

In her short speech, Sujan K Chai, CDPO assured to assist the campaign with all the available resources of ICDS Department.

Later Dr. T Taloh, OSD to IMR briefed the House  about the dubious distinction and inadequate coverage of NRHM programme in Lohit and asked the District Hospital/MO/ASHA/ANM/ to make the IDCF grand success to eradicate diarrhea and malnutrition.

He imparted practical training to the ASHAs on how ORS packets and Zinc Sulphate tablets will be distributed to every household with infant below 5 years of age. DIPRO

 

 

Kalam’s mortal remains reach home town, last rite on Thursday

Rameswaram (TN), Jul 29: Hundreds of mourners fought back tears as they stood in serpentine queues for the final glimpse of this island's most famous son--former President A P J Abdul Kalam--as he lay in state, back in his home town one last time.

There was spontaneous outpouring of grief in the temple town as the mortal remains of the hugely popular former President arrived here from New Delhi.

Grieving locals lined either side of the 10-km road from Mandapam to Rameshwaram as the mortal remains of the 'People's President' were brought to a place near the New Bus Stand here for people to pay their homage.

The young and the old shut their eyes and folded their hands in reverence as the gun carriage carrying the 'Missile Man' of India passed them by. Crowds gathered on the road in many places, as the vehicle inched its way to Rameswaram, pleading with the driver to go slow so they could have a clearer view.

The last rites after 'Namaz-e-Janaza' of the 83-year-old former Head of State, who passed away suddenly in Shillong on Monday, will be performed here around 11 am Thursday and would be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of political leaders, including some Chief Ministers.

 

 

Govt clears GST bill amendments, states to be compensated

NEW DELHI, Jul 29: The Cabinet today approved amendments to the GST bill to compensate states for revenue loss for five years on introduction of the uniform nationwide indirect tax regime, as has been suggested by Rajya Sabha Select Committee.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this evening agreed to the recommendation made by the Select Committee on compensation to states to win over support of regional parties like TMC of West Bengal and Odisha’s BJD in getting the landmark Constitution Amendment approved by the Upper House where the ruling NDA does not have a majority.

The Cabinet decided that the modalities for levy of 1 per cent tax over and above the GST rate by states as well as the ‘band’ rate would be finalised while framing the rules, sources said.

The Rajya Sabha Select panel, headed by BJP’s Bhupender Yadav, in its report last week suggested GST rate to be no more than 20 per cent and levy of 1 per cent additional tax by states only on actual sales and not on inter-company stock or inventory transfer.

The Constitution Amendment Bill for a Goods and Service Tax (GST), to replace all indirect taxes like excise and sales tax on all products, except alcohol, has already been passed by the Lok Sabha and is pending passage in the Upper House. The amendment approved by the Cabinet on compensation seeks to give an assurance to states for making up for revenue loss they may suffer in first five years of introduction of GST.

Government plans to roll out GST from April 1, 2016, a very tight schedule considering the fact that the Bill has to be approved by Rajya Sabha and half of the 30 states.

The final GST rates would be decided by the GST Council, chaired by Finance Minister, with Centre having one-third votes and states together having two-third votes.

The Committee had suggested that the provision in the bill, which provided the Centre “may” compensate states for a period up to five years for any revenue loss, be substituted by a commitment for this compensation for five years.

As per the current mechanism, the Centre will give 100 per cent compensation for first three years of implementation of GST and 75 per cent and 50 per cent in the fourth and the fifth year.

Being touted as the biggest reform in indirect taxation since Independence, the GST will ensure a single tax structure for goods and service throughout the country and make India a common market. PTI