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2012
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December 03

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News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006

 

Pre-Christmas celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: The second Inter-Denomination Pre Christmas was celebrated at EAC ground Doimukh yesterday organized by Inter-Denomination Youths’ Committee of Doimukh.

Attending the celebration, Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) General Secretary Toko Teki exhorted the Christian youths of Doimukh to use their energies for activities that promote peace, harmony and social development. He also advised them to big dream and work hard for achieving the desired goal in life.

Speaker of the program Gyamar Baba, Youth Secretary, NBCC shared words of God on theme, “For God so loved the World…(John 3:16).

The worship team was led by Dobom Raju, CRC Doimukh.

The program was chaired by Nabam Tagam, Youth Secretary, TBC Doimukh.

Cultural displays, like group dance and skit, group song etc. organized as part of the celebration which enthralled the crowds.

The benediction prayer was pronounced by Pastor Nabam Tade.

 

Social service

ITANAGAR,  Dec 02: The 52 Gangte Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (GPYWA) under Sagalee circle conducted  a two days social service at Govt Middle School  Langper and Govt Middle school, Balapu on Nov 29 and 30.  During the social service, the youth and students cleaned the periphery of both the schools. Meanwhile, the Association appreciated the students of both the schools for their active participation in social service.

 

Ering seeks people’s cooperation for success of MsDP schemes

PASIGHAT, Dec 2: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Ninong Ering sought cooperation from all concerned for successful implementation of various schemes taken under the Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) in the State.

Ering, the MP from Arunachal East constituency, was addressing a gathering on the occasion of Advent Christ celebration at the Kiyit Baptist Church today. Advent Christ was organized by Adi Baptist Union (ABU).

While assuring to address the issues of minorities, Ering said in a positive note that challenges are ahead and we have to shoulder the responsibility jointly. He handed over some amount for development activity of the church and further assured to provide ten lakhs for construction of  compound wall in next financial year from his MPLAD fund.

Among others, MLA Ralom Borang, religious figure Tapon Ering, Daniel Noroh, Chairman David Ratan, Jhon S. Borang (Executive Secy, ABU) also spoke on the occasion. Mebo ADC O Dai was also present.

 

Nyishi Youth convention

YAZALI, Dec 02: The All Nyishi Youth Association is organizing the Nyishi youth convention here on December 6 next. Geology & Mining Minister Kamlung Mossang and Tax & Excise Parliamentary Secretary Lokam Tassar are scheduled to participate in the inaugural function. However, MP Takam Sanjoy has had to cancel his participation owing to official engagements elsewhere.

 

Workshop for architects and engineers ends

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: The State Government has selected two districts, namely, Lohit and East Siang where the school buildings would be equipped to deal with the danger of earthquakes damages. While informing this at the concluding day function of the two days workshop for architects and engineers here today, Y W Ringu, Director of Disaster Management Department, said that natural calamities were considered as disaster in the past and the immediate rescue of victims was the concept of disaster management. But now, the times have changed and more efforts and focus are given to pre-phase prevention of disasters related casualties/damages as the calamities/disasters are created due to man-made environment more than natural phenomenon.

“To prevent losses during natural disasters, like earthquakes we need to have more well prepared action plan as we are dealing with living phenomenon like movement of tectonic plates in the crust of the earth,” she said.

Quoting the famous saying, “What we are is God’s gift to us but what we become is our gift to the God”, she requested the architects and engineers present to overcome the constraints in the field and educate the people in creating better and safer buildings.

While interacting with the Director, the participants urged for early approval of master plans and adherence to building-bye-laws and organization of more such workshop.

Later, she distributed certificates to the participants.

J. Basar, Deputy Director, UD, who was the course co-ordinator, shared the learning experience and events of the two days workshop, which included a site visit to construction sites of Convention Centre at I.G. Park and MLA Apartment at Chimpu.

 

Bordumsa ADC visits Bijoypur  villages

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: Months after a massive flood devastated the homes and hard earned properties in Bijoypur I, II & III Villages of Bordumsa sub-division, it was a day filled with hope and happiness for the same villages as ADC Bordumsa Kento Riba today visited Bijoypur I and III villages and distributed 16 pieces of CGI sheets to each of the 84 flood affected families. The ADC accompanied by ZPM SN Singpho and other Head of Departments of Bordumsa Sub Division also provided Rs 2000 in cash to each of the 66 families, who had lost their dwelling houses and other properties and were forced to live in makeshift shelters since the flood in September.

While addressing to the people of the villages, the ADC encouraged them to start a new life all over again and not to lose hope. He reminded them that the District Administration is in constant touch with them and doing everything within its capacity to bring relief to the people.

Later, Riba handed over two wooden boats to the villagers and told them not to use the boat for any inconsiderate works but for the school going children, who were the worst sufferer of the recent flood.

 

World AIDS day observed at Oyan

Correspondent

RUKSIN, Dec 02: To create awareness about HIV/AIDS among the young school children, the Lishand Donyi Welfare Society of Oyan organized a day-long awareness programme on the occasion of ‘World AIDS Day’ at GNA English school premise.

The programme started with an HIV/AIDS awareness procession by the school children.

Dr. Robin Bori explained to the school children on different modes of HIV/AIDS transmission, its symptoms and preventive measures. Since there is still no cure for AIDS, prevention through proper awareness is the only answer to the disease, the doctor said.

Earlier, speaking the occasion, teacher of GNA school Jitendra Pait advised the students to give up all bad habits which may invite AIDS. He informed that 3.5 million out of over 40 million HIV/AIDS patients are Indian. He thanked the State AIDS Control Society for initiating awareness program against the killer disease.

The Oyan Circle officer, Ayeng Perme, Science teacher from Oyan VKV Ashok Singh and others also spoke in favour of awareness against AIDS among people.

 

Khonsa NYK gives priority on human resource development

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: Human resources development is most important before beginning any developmental activity, said Pailo Mihu, District Youth Coordiantor (in-charge), Nehru Yuva Kendra, Khonsa.

Addressing the district youth convention at Changlang yesterday, Mihu exhorted the youths to use their energies for the activities that promote peace and development. Saying that youth is the backbone and future of the nation, he encouraged them to engage themselves in self employment activities.

The main objective of the convention was to inform the youths about NYKS existing programmes and activities, which included youth club formation, personality development and leadership qualities.

The World AIDS Day was also observed by NYKS on the day.

Youth activist Maipa Kenglang asked the youths to play an important role in prevention of HIV/AIDS by creating awareness among the masses. He distributed volleyball and football to youth clubs and mahila mandals.

President and secretaries from all Youth Clubs and Mahila Mandals from various blocks attended the meeting.

 

 

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

APC district outreach prog concludes

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: A  team of Arunachal Press Club (APC) headed by its president Taba Ajum and comprising vice-president Azing Pertin, journalists Sanjay Mosing, Appu Gapak and Ranju Dodum returned to the state capital here last evening after successfully conducting the district outreach programme on the theme ‘Press & Society: Common Goals, Shared Responsibilities” in a few selected district headquarters of the state. The district outreach programme, conducted as part of the 30th year of Arunachal Press Club (APC) celebrations, was a modest initiative of APC and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) to reach out to the common masses of Arunachal Pradesh particularly those living in remote areas in order to educate them on the media and its role towards the society as well as to learn from them on various issues.  

Besides, it was also an attempt to clear various apprehensions and misconceptions of people about media and its role in the state.

During the programme, which was held in three district headquarters - Bomdila, Roing and Tezu, the common public, PRI leaders, students as well as the govt officials actively participated and gave their valuable opinions and suggestions to reinforce Press in the state.  The participants also raised various queries related to media and its functioning indicating their expectations of a better media functioning in the state in days to come during interaction session.

At Bomdila, taking part in the interaction session, one of the participants complaint that the media particularly local papers based in Itanagar were too capital centric and do not reach to the people of districts where real problems exist and attention is required. Another participant Dorjee Tsering, a senior citizen lauded the press fraternity for holding such programme in Bomdila braving the chilly weather. He called upon the press fraternity not to afraid of the criticisms or threats that they receive regarding their work while pointing out that press has played a pivotal role in the development of the state.

Expressing grave concerned over repeated attack on press, one of the participants said people attack press in Arunachal because of their own ignorance. He expressed hope that such kind of programme would instill sense of responsibilities among the people besides making them realize their mistakes and doubts towards media.   

At Roing, the participants raised various queries related to media and its functioning making the interactive session more interesting and lively. They made it known about their expectations of a better media functioning in the state.

Media has a significant and indispensable place in everyone’s lives. It brings to us the true face of today’s world – a face which is usually hidden from the common man. It makes us realise that we are being ruled by the wrong people. I salute the media for its incomparable contribution and its outreach programme which will definitely benefit the state and its people in the long run, asserted a senior member.

Lower Dibang Valley Zilla Parishad Chairperson Chiliko Meto, while expressing his happiness for choosing Roing as one of the venues for district outreach programme, exuded hope that the programme will inculcate sense of responsibility among the people of the district towards societal work. He called upon the media persons to be fair and unbiased in imparting their duties.

At Tezu, Anchal Samiti Member Hauli Kri said, “I hardly know about media and its functioning and I couldn’t take any help from it until today. However, this programme has given me lots of inputs and knowledge about media and its role.”  She added that more and more people have to come forward for the support of media to make it more powerful.

Taking part in a discussion, a college student complained that the state media often portrays non-issues as real issues while sidelining the real issues. He claimed that instead of addressing these real issues, the media often tries to divert the attention of people toward non-issues. He appealed the visiting media persons to introspect and mend the lacuna so that the spirit of fourth pillar of democracy is upheld. He also suggested for deployment of more number of correspondents in every district so that the grievances of people of those districts are highlighted properly.

However, EAC Tezu Oling Lego expressed disappointment over less turn up of the participants at Tezu. He said “It is because of the people’s ignorance that less people turned up for the programme. Civil society has a vital role in decisions making and so, more and more people should come up by the side of the media and reap its benefits,” he added.

In response to the queries and suggestions, the visiting media persons tried their best to enlighten the participants on various issues related to media and its functions while giving more stress on ethics of journalism which sometimes do not allow journalists to highlight some issues. In a nutshell, the entire programme was a success.  

 

 

Army chief reviews security situation along China border

KOLKATA, Dec 02: Operational preparedness of troops deployed along the border with China and security situation in the northeastern states was reviewed by Army chief Gen Bikram Singh here on Sunday.

"Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag briefed the Army chief on the operational preparedness and the security scenario in the eastern region," defence spokesperson Group Capt T K Singha said here.

The Eastern Command of the Army is in-charge of securing the region east of Kolkata up to Arunachal Pradesh covering India's boundary with China.

India is upgrading its defence preparedness along the eastern boundary by raising more troops, new formations and deploying more lethal assets such as the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

This was Gen Singh's maiden visit to the Fort William-based command headquarter since taking over as Army chief on May 31, this year. The visit follows his earlier visits to the three Corps headquarters under Eastern Command based at Sukna, Dimapur and Tezpur in recent months.

"It is virtually a homecoming," said Gen Singh on arrival. Having commanded the Eastern Command for over two years, this is one formation that is very close to my heart," he said. PTI

 

 

Continue to grow while serving the society: Dasgupta

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 02: Former Itanagar PTI manager and founder member of Itanagar Press Club, rechristened Arunachal Press Club now, Phani Bhushan Dasgupta was thrilled to learn about the growth of media in Arunachal Pradesh.

“It is a long cherished dream fulfilled,” quipped the septuagenarian journalist when informed about the ongoing 30-year celebration of the press club including a photo exhibition –‘Triumphs and Tears’ – involving the Centre for Cultural Research & Development (CCRD), the APC and the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist at the press club, besides awareness campaigns in various parts of the state.

“I cannot express my happiness in words. Being a catalyst, you should be happier because you are still amidst the young and energetic scribes enthused to discharge the responsibility in the greater interest of the society and the nation. My good wishes to the media fraternity, the people and the state government for facilitating the growth of media in the state. Continue to grow while serving the society is my prayer for all of you,” he added.  

Though Press Trust of India (PTI) and United News India (UNI), both news agencies, were functioning since 1975 from Shillong, the then capital of NEFA, Hindustan Samachar agency’s bureau chief Ram Bahadur Rai, was the first to come to Naharlagun in 1978. Dasgupta came to Arunachal Pradesh to work for the PTI in 1980, followed by Anindo Kumar Bhattacharjya in 1982.  Both were stationed at E Sector, Naharlagun, before being shifted to their present offices in Itanagar in 1984 at the desire of then then chief minister Gegong Apang. Dasgupta and Bhattacharjya were the founder members of the press club, which was formally inaugurated at the present premises on May 14, 1995 by Apang, who was instrumental in allotting it besides giving Rs 1 lakh for its furnishing.

“Indeed the press club was a long felt need of the local journalists. I am sure with the opening of the club, the journalists would be able to interact and exchange information pertaining to various aspects of development and progress of the state. I have no doubt, while reporting the journalists would be guided by the principles of journalistic ethics and their responsibilities towards the people and the state,” was Apang’s message contained in the souvenir published on the occasion.

State’s first IPR Minister Dera Natung in his message had noted: “... In Arunachal Pradesh, the Press has come into existence in the recent past and has been playing a constructive role in motivating and educating the people about the policy and programme of the government and also the rights and duties of the citizens. The establishment of the Itanagar Press Club, I am sure will help create more congenial atmosphere for furthering the cause of development of journalism.”

The grand celebration by the then 20-member executive committee headed by Dasgupta, Pradeep Kumar and V Ravindran as president, secretary and treasurer respectively, had involved Jadu Kakoty, a teacher of Apang’s, who had taken up journalism in Assam after retiring from service from Arunachal.

While Dasgupta retired in 2004 and settled down at Guwahati, Bhattacharjya was transferred in 2002 to different places in the country before retiring in 2007. But ill health claimed his precious life in 2010.

 

 

Pasang D. Sona to flag-off ABC ride to Hornbill Festival, Kohima

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Parliamentary Secretary Tourism Pasang D Sona will on Monday morning flag off the riders of the Arunachal Bullet Club (ABC), the frontal motorcycling club of the State, who are all set to ride to the North East Riders Meet 2012 (NERM), which has been organized as part of the Hornbill Festival in Kohima.

NERM is a yearly event, where Royal Enfield Riders from the North East region and invitees from other states get together with their Bullets, and meet and get to know each other. The idea of having a Royal Enfield rider’s meet in the North East first originated when seasoned rider Sunil Karnany from Assam Rhinos took the initiative in 2009 of calling all the clubs riding Royal Enfields in the North East. The first meet was held on August 22 and 23 at Kaziranga in Assam. In this first ever meeting of the NERM, it was decided that in order to have a closer relationship amongst riders of the north east, this event should be held once a year with the motto “When we meet, we grow”- coined by Mark Vincent Shullai from RERAM, Shillong.Since the 1st NERM in 2009, which 20 riders attended, NERM has grown from strength to strength and this 4th NERM in Nagaland will see other clubs from the northeast region participating.

It is worthwhile to mention that the Arunachal Bullet Club (ABC), with support from Sona, hosted the 2nd NERM in 2010 with the Ride In Paradise to Menchuka, where 185 riders from all parts of the country participated. It was in this NERM that a new committee for the North East was formed with RERAM president P.S. Warjiri as the chairman, Nabam Jose, then president of ABC as the vice chairman and Mark Vincent Shullai as the general secretary and all clubs as members.

The ABC, having done numerous awareness rides on a variety of issues concerning the state, has grown in stature incredibly since it was set up 7 years back with veteran riders like Kipa Babu, Pige Ligu, Vijay Sonam and others. “We need to support the riders who are promoting a new way of safe and responsible riding,” said newly elected club Chief Dingwang Wangham. “Our riders are going as ambassadors of the people of Arunachal and will carry the goodwill of the State and a code of solidarity with the rest of the north-east,” he added.

 

 

Preliminary round of Miss Arunachal held

ITANAGAR, Nov 02: The preliminary round of Miss Arunachal 2012-13 and Group Dance Competitions were held at Nikum Nyia Hall, Nirjuli tonight.

Attending the function as chief guest Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Development Board Vice Chairman Yora Tugung highly appreciated Arunachal Guild for Cultural Integration (AGCI), the organizing committee, for giving a platform to the women of the state to show their talents in the field of fashion. Tugung appealed to the parents and guidance to encourage their children to take part in such events which help the young women develop themselves for the future besides empowering them.

The beauty pageant with theme “Beauty with Brain” aims at providing a platform to young women to show their talents in the field of fashion besides empowering them and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the state, said Kipa Kaha, Chairman of Arunachal Guild for Cultural Integration (AGCI).

Former ANSU president Niglar Veo, in his welcome address encouraged the young women participants to make full use of the opportunity to show their talents. He appreciated Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for extending all logistic support to the organizing committee.

The panel of jury comprised of former Miss Arunachal Aman Lego, renowned film director Hage D Apa and Likha Tajje

Altogether 18 beautiful women will be vying with each other for the top honor in the grand finale at the same venue on December 5.

Chief Mnister Nabam Tuki and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu would be attending the grand finale to encourage the young participants.

 

 

Kena, Orgs mourn deaths of Ori and Rakshap

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena expressed deep shock at the death  of former MLA Kirge Ori, who passed away on Nov 29  morning at a Guwahati-based hospital after  prolonged illness.

The people of the state, particularly the people of Aalo Assembly constituency are indebted to Late Ori,  who accelerated the pace of development in proper way, Kena said in his condolence message.

While representing the people in the state Assembly, Late Ori could prove himself a worthy son of Arunachal Pradesh. The demise of Kirge Eshi (Ori) created a big vacuum, Kena said. He prayed to the Almighty for eternal peace of Late Ori and for enough strength and courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

The Ori Welfare Society (OWS) deeply mourned the passing away of former MLA Kirge Ori.

“Kirge was not only an important advisory board member of our society but also a fatherly figure of the entire Ori family,” OWS said in a condolence message.

He dedicated his life for the cause of social harmony, educational upliftment and shown us the path of simplicity and high moral values in the society, the message said.

Since his school days he was the man of principle and social activist. He was the founder Chairman of Ubu Bango Student Union in 1976. He was the first APSC officer from Ubu-Bango. He was the life time chairman of Ori-Re organization committee and instrumental for re-nomenclature of Ori clan from Eshi to Ori.

As a MLA he brought many developmental activities in his Home constituency--Aalo West. He was founder of TURBO Society and established Karpu Kendra Vidyalaya in Bogdo Aalo.

“It is indeed a great loss for Ori Society and the vacuum created by his demise would be very difficult to fill,” the society said and prayed to almighty to rest his soul in peace and give his family enough courage and strength they need to overcome this irreparable loss.

Galo Students’ Union (GSU) expressed deep shock over untimely demise of two of the prominent figures of Galo society former MLA Kirge Eshi (Ori) and Minyi Rakshap of West Siang District.

“Kirge’s contributions towards the development of his home constituency in particular and the state as whole cannot be ignored easily.

On other hand, Minyi Rakshap, former General Secretary of KKSU and former Block Youth Congress, was an active grassroots level leader, who contributed a lot, especially for the uplift of the youths,” GSU said in a condolence message.

“Their deaths have caused an irreparable loss to the Galo Society in particular,” it said

While conveying its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, GSU prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.

 

 

Pare Rangers, Gorkhas register big wins

ATNS

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: Pare Rangers and The Gorkhas won their respective Super Eight matches in the 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket Championship played at General Gorund, Seppa today.

Pare Rangers beat Papum Pare Cricket Club by a huge margin of 125 runs while The Gorkhas defeated Siang Riders by 45 runs.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the Rangers piled up 191 runs losing 7 wickets. Opener Akhilesh Sahani top scored with 87 runs. His 36 ball, 87 run knock was studded with nine fours and seven sixes.

Chasing the target, Papum Pare were bundled out for 68 runs in 13.1 over. Barring Techi Doria (17) and Teli Jomnya (13), none of the Papum Pare batsmen reached double figures.

In the afternoon match, riding Janam Bodo’s ton, the Gorkhas set a challenging target of 172 run before Siang Riders to win. Janam faced 69 balls and hit 11 sixes and eight fours in his unbeaten knock of 117. His opening partner Raj Hussain made 35 runs with help of one over boundary and four hits to the fence.

In reply, Siang Riders could make only 126 runs all out in 19.2 over. Excepting Oni Dai, who scored 43 runs (4x6, 3x4), none of the Siang Riders batsmen lasted long to chase the target successfully.

 

Today’s Match

 

8-30 AM

Capital Complex CC Vs Lower Subansiri CA

 

12.30 PM

Papu Vikings Vs West Siang CC

 

 

 

RCH-cum-Mother and Child Health camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: Papum Pare DRCHO Kipa Tuglik advised all to keep their surrounding clean and hygienic to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.

Participating in a RCH cum mother and child health camp at Leporiang PHC on November 30 last, Tuglik highlighted about dengue fever which is transmitted to human through bite of an infected mosquito. He informed that many people die from this fever and many more are affected every year.

While responding to the appeal made by the medical officer (in-charge) of Leporiang PHC Dr. T Taling for providing necessary infrastructure requirements of the PCH, like staff, laboratory, wall/fence, medicines, especially anti-venom, Papum Pare District Medical Officer Dr. S. Ronya has assured all possible help from his side to provide requirements of the PHC. Anti-venom drugs are highly perishable and get expired within very short period. Hence, it is not easily available, he said. He, however, assured to take up the matter with the Directorate of Health Services.

While briefing the public about roles and responsibilities of ASHAs, he appealed them to support the ASHAs in discharging their duties to strengthen the health services at grassroots level.

Earlier, Dr. Talin highlighted the infrastructural position and performance of the PHC before the DMO.

The camp was attended by three doctors, NRHM staff, PRI members, Gaon Buras and a large number of public.

Altogether, 90 beneficiaries availed the opportunity in the free medical camp.

 

 

In-service  teacher training prog on CCE

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: In- Service Teachers Training-cum-refresher course on CCE of Palin-Yangte and Chambang Block began at BRC hall, Palin from Nov 30. Altogether 185 Teachers from various schools of Palin-Yangte and Chambang Block are attending the programme.

Addressing the participants at the inaugural function, Biri Son, Principal, GHSS, Palin urged the teaching community to be role model for the students and society. He asked the trainees to take up the training seriously to build up their professional skill and to make teaching-learning process more effective.

Khyoda Tagum, BEO, Palin -Yangte Block called upon the teaching fraternity to be sincere and loyal to their duties for all round development of the children.

Tassar Bapu, BRCC, Palin-Yangte Block highlighted the aim and objective of the training. He said that various methodologies of teaching and learning can not be successful without participation of teachers in the training programme from time to time.

Wide-range of topics including basic Mathematical concept, teaching techniques, approach to English and Hindi language teaching, Science and Social Science teaching and  CCE related topics like concept and scope of CCE, role of school and teachers in CCE at elementary level, assessment of co-scholastic areas and activities, tools and techniques for CCE, RTE, multilingual education, educational quality and ADEPTS and lesson planning will be taken up during the programme conducted by SSA Block Mission.

V N, Yadav, S/T (English), A.K Rai, J/T (Hindi),  Tadu Gruyu, J/T (Science), Nyali Geyi, J/T (S/Science) and Ckera Kam, AT (Maths) are the resource persons for the training programme.

 

 

World Disabled Day

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Indu Chetry

World Disabled Day is observed every year on December 3 since 1992. The day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called "International Day of Disabled Persons”.

Each year the day focuses on a different theme. This year’s theme is, “Removing barriers to create an Inclusive and Accessible Society for all”. Accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities are fundamental rights recognized by the UNCRPD and are not only objectives, but also pre-requisites for the enjoyment of other rights.

The UNCRPD (Article 9, Accessibility) seeks to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life and development. It calls upon the  States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas. These measures, which shall include the identification and elimination of obstacles and barriers to accessibility, shall apply to, inter alia: (a) Buildings, roads, transportation and other indoor and outdoor facilities, including schools, housing, medical facilities and workplaces; (b) Information, communications and other services, including electronic services and emergency services. States Parties shall also take appropriate measures: (a) To develop, promulgate and monitor the implementation of minimum standards and guidelines for the accessibility of facilities and services open or provided to the public;

(b) To ensure that private entities that offer facilities and services which are open or provided to the public take into account all aspects of accessibility for persons with disabilities; (c) To provide training for stakeholders on accessibility issues facing persons with disabilities; (d) To provide in buildings and other facilities open to the public signage in Braille and in easy to read and understand forms; (e) To provide forms of live assistance and intermediaries, including guides, readers and professional sign language interpreters, to facilitate accessibility to buildings and other facilities open to the public; (f) To promote other appropriate forms of assistance and support to persons with disabilities to ensure their access to information; (g) To promote access for persons with disabilities to new information and communications technologies and systems, including the Internet; (h) To promote the design, development, production and distribution of accessible information and communications technologies and systems at an early stage, so that these technologies and systems become accessible at minimum cost.

The PWD Act, 1995 (Chapter VIII: Non Discrimination) stated of Article 44: Establishments in the transport sector shall, within the limits of their economic capacity and development for the benefit of persons with disabilities, take special measures to (a) Adapt rail compartments, buses. Vessels and aircrafts in such a way as to permit easy access to such persons; (b) Adapt toilets in rail compartments, vessels, aircrafts and waiting rooms in such a way as to permit the wheel chair users to use them conveniently. Article 45: The appropriate Governments and the local authorities shall, within the limits of their economic capacity and development. Provide for (a) Installation of auditory signals at red lights in the public roads for the benefit of persons with visually handicap; (b) Causing curb cuts and slopes to be made in pavements for the easy access of wheel chair users; (c) Engraving on the surface of the zebra crossing for the blind or for persons with low vision; (d) Engraving on the edges of railway platforms for the blind or for persons with low vision; (e) Devising appropriate symbols of disability; (f) Warning signals at appropriate places. Article 46: The appropriate Governments and the local authorities shall, within the limits of their economic capacity and development, provide for- (a) Ramps in public buildings; (b) Braille symbols and auditory signals in elevators or lifts; (c) Braille symbols and auditory signals in elevators or lifts; (d) Ramps in hospitals, primary health centers and other medical care and rehabilitation institutions. Article 47(1): No establishment shall dispense with or reduce in rank, an employee who acquires a disability during his service. Provided that, if an employee, after acquiring disability is not suitable for the post he was holding, could be shifted to some other post with the same pay scale and service benefits. Provided further that if it is not possible to adjust the employee against any post, he may be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains the age of superannuation, whichever is earlier. (2) No promotion shall be denied to a person merely on the ground of his disability: Provided that the appropriate Government may, having regard to the type of work carried on in any establishment, by notification and subject to such conditions, if any, as may be specified in such notification, exempt any establishment from the provisions of this section.

In spite of several provision and steps initiated in international, national and regional levels for persons with disabilities, Today, also in many part of country including Arunachal Pradesh, lack of awareness and understanding among the parents/care givers, community and policy makers on issues, remains as an obstacle towards the achievement of progress on mainstreaming persons with disability and on the development of inclusive society.  (The contributor is Master in Disability Rehabilitation Administration, IE Consultant, SSA, Rajya Mission, Itanagar)  

 

 

On Being Globally Local

P Sreedevi

In this globalized age, the entire world has become the size of a microchip that fits into our mobile phones. The communication revolution has turned us into international citizens. Whether we stay in Arunachal, New york or Zambia our consciousness, our aspirations have become global. We start our day with English breakfast, wear clothes made in China, drive German engineered automobile, hum the latest music hit in Korea, and work our heart out for a company in California. The well being of people, and their hope for financial security is subjected not only to national but international political and economic climate. Nuclear leakage in Japan, war in Iraq, stock market crash in America, everything creates ripples in the life of a poor farmer buried in the corner of some village in Tamil Nadu. Even a small Bandh that shuts down a call-centre in Bangalore will become a matter of great worry for corporate-giants far away in Sweden. There are positives to this scenario. One of them is that people are increasingly realizing how no nation whether big or small is an island, and that prosperity all around the globe is needed for their own personal prosperity.

But then where there is an up, there is a down too. And it first hits the smallest, weakest, marginalized and the less organized sections of the society. Your kirana shop waala who has to compete with international giants like Wal-mart, the aunty who makes snacks lost the race to cheaper, longer lasting fast-food, your neighbour lost his job because a machine has replaced him, the local expert weaver has moved into masonry in the town because people choose bland jeans and T-shirt over his traditional craftsmanship.

Somewhere our current education in a frenzy to create national citizens with 'modern', 'scientific' values has unwittingly created this prejudice and even induced a sense of shame in our indigenous values, culture and livelihood. Our education has solely been promoting the earning of degrees fit for white-collar job, thus creating more graduates than there are jobs. Equipped with neither the skills nor the right attitude towards other fields like agriculture, pottery etc, the capable youth waste all their energy battling the trauma of unemployment. This is such a sad scenario!! Such an education compounded by the forces of westernization and consumerism weakens our confidence in our local tradition and knowledge system calling them superstition and 'unmodern' and plunges us into a pursuit of this elusive modernity.

Our concern is not to decry this irreversible process, or boycott outside influences, but to ponder over how to make sure that the positives of the current economic scenario reaches the smallest of people. That is why we need the philosophy of Swadeshi movement if not to uproot at least to balance out the terrible side of market economics. Our founding father Mahatma Gandhi was right in saying that the villages were the heart of India. If village perishes, India will perish too. We have to concentrate on the village being self-contained and self-sufficient so that a climate change in Russia, or political unrest in Delhi will not affect the livelihood of a village in Nagaland. It is all about taking responsibility for one's future. Instead of remaining passive recipients of government assistance, villages must become active leaders of development initiatives. Our gaze must shift from upward mobility and the resulting feeling of insecurity to a sense of local belonging and trust in one's tradition. Only fervent activity to promote our strengths can help us feel less-marginalized and more in control of our destiny. Hence we must encourage the revival of our local knowledge system, agriculture, cottage industries and small scale set-ups. There are only advantages in such a mission.

Self-employment for women and the youth.

Creation of jobs for people with basic or no education.

Improves the productivity and self-sufficiency of the village.

Preservation of the unique knowledge-system, cultural wisdom of the region.

The decrease in anti-social activities that arises from unemployment, poverty and hopelessness.

Better standard of living.

Bolsters the feeling of solidarity and sense of brotherhood.

Now slowly people even in the developed countries are realizing their folly and returning to their roots and started looking east for spiritual leadership and old world wisdom that has been tried and tested for generations. In an age of mass-produced values let us celebrate our uniqueness. Let us support and encourage our indigenous industries, products and find the optimum way of living harmoniously with nature and with each other. (This article is inspired by Swami Sri Sri Anubhavananda and author can be reached at weapnes@gmail.com)

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Heartfelt thanks to present Govt and Felix

 

(I)

Dear Editor,

We, on behalf of the people of Nyobia circle, would like to extend sincere thanks to the people-friendly Govt headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his colleagues for creating new circle headquarters Nyobia for administrative convenience of the people.

The Kurung-Nyobia Youth Association (KNYA) is also appreciating and expressing our gratitude to Nyapin Assembly MLA Bamang Felix for his tireless effort to fulfill the long pending demand of the people of Nyobia belt.

Therefore, all the Panchayat leaders, public, Govt officers, youth, students and intellectuals of Nyobia circle are cordially requested to extend support and cooperate with the present state Govt for speedy development and immediate creation of infrastructure for Nyobia circle headquarters.  

Yours’

Bamang Maya

President

Kurung-Nyobia Youth Association

 

 

(II)

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I, on behalf of the Giogi Brothers Society (GBS), would like to congratulate the people of Nyobia area under Kurung Kumey for getting a separate administrative circle with the initiative of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Nyapin MLA Bamang Felix. It was the dream of the entire people of Nyobia area of Sangram circle, which comes true now.

On this happy moment, I, on behalf of the GBS, Sangram also extend sincere thanks to the local MLA Bamang Felix who fulfills the biggest common dream of the Kurung Nyobia people in a short span of time. Also thanks to Tai Yapang, the ZPM of Sangram Anchal Samity for her effort to create separate administrative circle.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to appeal all section of the people of Kurung  Nyobia area of Sangram circle to come forward and extend cooperation for speedy development of newly created administrative circle.

Yours’

Giogi Paih

Chairman, GBS Sangram,

Camp: Itanagar

 

 

 

Gratitude to all

Dear Editor,

The parents of Late Rallo Rine (Tarh) would like to express our deep sense of gratitude to Nyishi Elite Society(NES), All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU), All Yachuli Students Union (AYSU), Women Welfare Association Yazali (WWAY), Ziro–II Anti Corruption Youth Forum (ZACYF), All Dodo Welfare Society (ADWS), Abu Camder Youth Association (ACYA) and Yachuli MLA Likha Saaya, Dodo ASM Toko Tana and all  relatives and well-wishers who had stood behind us firmly and supported all along during the hours of grief and sorrow.

The help and cooperation extended by Lower Subansiri district Deputy Commissioner Taru Talo, SP P N Khrimey will never be forgotten. And my  special gratitude to T Messar, SI officer in-charge of Yazali police station and his team. The prime accused of the case have been nabbed  for their tireless efforts and cooperation.

Further, family  members strongly appeal to the higher authority not to grant bail to the accused and award exemplary punishment (capital punishment) to accused so that my daughter’s soul may rest in peace and criminal minded persons think twice before committing such heinous crime.

Finally, I appeal to the people of Arunachal Pradesh to verify the credentials properly while hiring or engaging labourers in different works to avoid such incident near future. I don’t want  other parents to have such horrible experience which I had.

I would also like to take the opportunity to clarify here that my daughter’s name is Rallo Rine (Tarh). It was wrongly published as Rallo Rine Camder in this daily during August last.

Yours’

Rallo Kojum (Tarh)

Father of Late Rallo Rine (Tarh), Tanio, Yazali

Poor becomes poorer

According to the latest Food Price Watch, global food prices increased 10 per cent between June and July 2012 with staples such as wheat increasing 25 per cent  in the period. The crisis continued affecting food and nutrition security throughout South Asia. Bad weather, trade curbs, oil prices and bio-fuel diversions have all led to higher food prices, which destabilizes the incomes and food security of millions across the region.

While rising food prices risks higher core inflation in the developing countries, the volatility proportionally squeezes the poor with considerably detrimental effects for their nutrition outcomes.

Studies in the last few years in Afghanistan and elsewhere have confirmed that rises in the cost of food have led to a switch in consumption from nutrient rich foods, such as vegetables, meats and other proteins to nutrient-poor staples, such as rice and wheat. There is also evidence of children’s food intake being protected, typically at the cost of women’s consumption. When the effects of the crisis are more severe, households may also sell productive assets, take children out of school, and reduce expenses on health.

Another South Asia report, Food Price Increases in South Asia: National Responses and Regional Dimensions found that households who previously were living not far above the poverty line are likely to have fallen into poverty as the result of higher food prices.

Concerted efforts should be made at a national level to mitigate the nutritional effects of such shocks, for instance, rice fortification can be a cost-effective means to stabilizing the nutritional impact on these poorest households.

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