PASIGHAT, Dec 13: Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) team led by its President Kangir Jamoh visited
Sine Village of East Siang District where 32 houses were burnt to ashes in a devastating
fire mishap recently.
During the visit, ABK Youth Wing contributed some financial aid to the fire accident
victims as immediate relief and appealed to the state government to look into the
grievances of fire victims immediately.
The president appealed the people to continue the traditional Lamkang system and
urged the people to follow fire accident precaution measure to avoid such major catastrophe.
Earlier, on their way to Sine, the Adi Bane Kebang team held a meeting with the
leaders and members of Siang District headquarters Demand Committee, Boleng at Boleng
Tourist Lodge on Tuesday last.
During the meeting, the ABK members appealed people of Siang district to maintain
peace and harmony.
NCST team arrives at Tawang
TAWANG, Dec 13: The Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)
Dr. Rameshwar Oraon along with Commission officers KD Bhansor, Director and Ramesh
Kumar, Under Secretary arrived at Tawang for monitoring and to oversee the implementation
of rural policies, developmental programmes and implementation of SC/ST Act 1989.
The commission visited Changprong and Lagongsum villages to review the implementation
of various centrally sponsored schemes and interacted with the PRI members, GBs,
ASHA & Anganwadi workers, and villagers and explained the people about the planning
process of socio-economic development of STs.
After the field visits, the Commission members had a discussion with the officers
of the district regarding health, education, sanitation, tribal development schemes,
educational programmes etc.
The DC Tawang Abhishek Dev gave a detailed report of the district.
The observations of the field visit on the issues concerning will be discussed with
the state government on December 17 at Itanagar. DIPRO
PM to interact with school children
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with children of 27
schools on December 14 on the occasion of “Energy Conservation Day. From Arunachal
Pradesh Kingcup Public School, Itanagar has been selected to represent the state
on this occasion. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), New Delhi has taken up this
initiative in order to disseminate knowledge on energy conservation and efficiency
in schools. The programme will be coordinated at the state level by APEDA and video-conferencing
be facilitated by NIC. The entire programme will be telecast live on national TV
IFCSAP supports anti-conversion law
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh” (IFCSAP)
has expressed its support on the Union Govt’s suggestion to introduce “Anti-Conversion
Law” in the Parliament. The Society also appealed the State Govt. to implement
the “Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act 1978” (Act No.4 of 1978) in the same
Claiming that Arunachal Pradesh is going through a very alarming phase where indigenous
people are lured very easily by forces from outside and are being converted easily,
the IFCSAP advocated that such conversion should be banned and stopped in the interest
of the people of the state. Lot of damage has been done to our indigenous people
in the past by conversion to other religions, it said and appealed all sections of
people to preserve and practice one’s own culture and tradition.
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: With the IMC motto of “Clean Itanagar, Green Itanagar,” the ward
members under Ward 22 led by Councillor Tarh Pacho conducted a day-long social service
in major sector area today.
Pacho requested the public not to dump their garbage in the sector drains and appealed
them to follow and maintain the IMC guidelines to keep the sector area clean.
Cautioning the general public of the Ward against many leakages in the departmental
water pipe line, he suggested them to inculcate the habit of healthy and hygienic
lifestyle by consuming boiled and filtered water to prevent any water borne disease.
Foundation day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: All East Kameng Youth Forum (AEKYF) has celebrated its 1st Foundation
Day at DUDA Tourist Lodge, Seppa with great pomp and show on December 11. Around
100 people including youths and students of East Kameng district took part in it.
APSLSA conducts legal awareness prog
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) today
organized a Legal Awareness programme on Women Rights at Naharlagun under its National
Plan of Action for 2014-2015. Large numbers of women including the representatives
from All Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, Nyishi Nyem Achem, IDEA and students
attended the programme.
The resource persons of the programme Nikita Danngen and Jumgam Jini presented talks
on protection of women from sexual harassment at work place and rights of women respectively.
In his address Budi Habung, the District and Sessions Judge cum Member Secretary
dwelt on the role of the legal services authorities in facilitating the legal services
and aids to the applicants for legal aid at both the legal services clinic at Yupia
and District Jail, Jully. Dani Belo, OSD spoke on Arunachal Pradesh victim compensation
scheme and the methods to obtain the same.
During the programme, Gumri Ringu, ex-chairperson, AP State Commission for Women
in her speech called upon the women folk to attend such awareness programmes in order
to enrich their knowledge on law and to demand their rights. The programme also included
interaction with the participants and doubts on issues were cleared on the spot.
Later the APSLSA team visited the Oju Mission, Missionaries of Charity and Mothers
Home, Lekhi to inspect the facilities provided to the inmates of short stay home,
victims of violence, destitute and to understand the problems faced by the said institutions
in getting help from the govt agencies. It may be mentioned here that the visit was
carried in pursuance to the directions of the National Legal Services Authority,
according to an official release.
DNGC Student Union seek more bus service
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The Students’ Union of Dera Natung Government College Itanagar
has appealed for five more buses to be provided to the college claiming that the
lone bus is not enough to transport the 5000 plus collegians.
In this regard, it has written a letter to the Education Minister.
The other demands of the union include separate road for Government Polytechnic College,
check gate with round the clock security guard and street lights in the college campus.
Meanwhile, the union has claimed that the Education Minister has given his assured
for the demands placed.
Women group claims mysterious death of Mithuns
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Claiming that many Mithuns are dying in mysterious manner at Magney-Dogha
Rangha and Homi villages under Tali circle of Kurung Kumey district, the village
women group has called upon the veterinary and animal husbandry department to check
into the situation and provide necessary treatment.
North East Sports Competition ends
Manipur emerge overall champion,
Arunachal finish 2nd
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Manipur—the power house of Indian sports—underlined their growing
prowess emerging overall champion in the North East Sports Competition which concluded
at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu near here today.
Manipur won 89 medals--37 gold, 24 silver and 28 bronze--whereas Arunachal Pradesh
won 31 gold, 20 silver and 24 bronze medals to finish runners up followed by Assam
that won 29 gold, 25 silver and 36 bronze medals.
Karate contributed the major chunk of medals (12) for the host state.
Arunachal won gold medals in Karate (nine) Judo (five), Boxing (five), Weightlifting
(four), Badminton (three), Archery (two), Wushu (one) and Track and Field events
Arunachal created history by winning gold medals for the first time in NE Games since
introduction of the games 28 years ago.
Ace shuttler of the state Laa Talar lived up to home crowds expectations and won
the men’s single title defeating W. James of Manipur in the final. The hosts also
clinched two gold medals in women’s single and double events and bagged the team
champion in Badminton.
Lifters Soram Hitlar Tagru, Yukar Tachak, Kojum Taba and Tang Devi did not disappoint
and clinched a gold medal each in their respective weight categories. Another promising
lifter from Arunachal Sambo Lapung won a Silver medal.
Both Kojum and Lapung will represent India in the next Commonwealth (Weightlifting)
Games to be held in Pune and Asian Junior Weightlifting Championship, 2015, the venue
for which is yet to be fixed, told ASI coach Subedar RK Lanke. He also informed that
Kojum is one of the biggest medal hopes for India in the next Olympics.
Hitlar, Tachak, Kojum and Sambo are students of Army Sports Academy (ASI), Pune and
Tang Devi is studying at National Sports Academy, Imphal, Manipur. Hitlar, Tachak,
Kojum and Sambo were picked by Army under its Mission Olympics initiative to produce
The silver-line for the host in the 28th edition of the Games was the winning of
a gold medal in 1500m race by Anung Wangsa. She was the lone athlete from Arunachal
to win a gold in track and field events. She clocked 5:18:6 minutes to win the race.
The host also scripted history by winning a broanze medal in football. Arunachal
beat Mizoram 1-0 in the thrid place decider match to win its maiden bronze medal
in any major football event.
Meghalaya beat Assam 1-0 to win the gold medal.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki lowered the Games flag with an Army band in the background
followed by a dazzling fireworks signaling the end of the four-day sporting extravaganza.
Earlier, all the participating players presented a jumbled march-past signifying
unity and friendship among people of the North East region.
A galaxy of dignitaries, including RWD Minister Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretary
(Sports and Youth Affairs) Likha Saaya, Arunachal Olympic Association president Padi
Richo, former minister Bosiram Siram, officials from Sports Authority of India, Secretary
Sports Dani Salu, attended the closing ceremony.
Over 1100 athletes and 250 officials from all the eight Northeastern states participated
in the 28th edition of the Games which was organized by the Department of Sports
and Youth Affairs, GoAP, in collaboration with Union Ministry of Youth and Sports
Affairs under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan.
RKMH brings healthcare to doorsteps
DAMBUK, Dec 13: More than one thousand patients were benefited from the two-day free
health and awareness camp being organized by the R K Mission Hospital Itanagar here
on December 12 and 13.
A total of 12 doctors with 20 paramedics from RKM treated more than thousand patients
of various ailments from Dambuk, Bomjir, Bizari, Anpum, Loklung, Paglam, Keba, Sirang
and Banggo villages during the camp. Free medicines, spectacles and crutches were
also given away to the needy patients.
When enquired, one Andeng Libang said that such camps are beneficial for patients
who otherwise do not have the chance to get themselves thoroughly checked. O. Mena
of Sirang village said that such camps should be held every year. Appreciating the
efforts of the RKMH, Naha Mikhu of Bijari village who brought his wife to the camp
said that such camps are beneficial for people who are unable to avail advanced medical
The health camp was opened by Parliamentary secretary WRD Gum Tayeng on Friday. The
logistics of the camp was provided by Dambuk Baane Panchayat and Anyang Si:rum and
the local administration.
Action plan to provide health care facilities for elderly people
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Health & Family welfare secretary Indra Mallo today disclosed that
the GoAP will roll out its action plan approved by the GoI this year for health care
of elderly people besides information, education and communication programmme to
sensitise the society about them.
They are also covered under the CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme, Mallo said
in her address to the day-long workshop on ‘Senior citizens’ association & status
of implementation of centre/state policies for older persons “Maintenance of Parents
& Senior Citizens Act, 2007”, organised at Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC) here.
With the life expectancy of only 50 in Arunachal, there are a very few people in
higher age-group who need support and care, she said and advocated social networking
for creating space for the aged.
The workshop was a collaborative event of HelpAge India and the Nyishi Elite Society
HelpAge India, is a voluntary organisation, presently serving one million disadvantaged
elderly to help them smile, which extends its multi-faceted services to the needy
elderly, aims at reaching the unreach in Arunachal Pradesh, said its Guwahati-based
north east chapter chief Manindra Tanya. He said that with the elderly population
growing every year with increasing longevity in India, the suffering of the elderly
are going from bad to worse.
He spoke at lengths on UN principles on elderly persons and national policy (MWPS
Act 2007) through PowerPoint presentation and pointed out that the humanity is benefiting
from the knowledge of senior citizens, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi or
former PM Manmohan Singh which calls for giving due respect and care to the elderly
in the society.
Justifying that Arunachal may not have old age homes now but the necessity would
be felt soon with massive migration across the country and fast change in traditional
value system, he called for urgent intervention by the central and state government
and involvement of all stakeholders to find a solution to meet the needs of the older
people to give them a dignified life.
He said that the NGO offers medical services through its 81 runs mobile medical units
(MMUs) covering 840 locations, considered Asia’s largest mobile medical programme
age care to 16,000 elders in physiocare centres across 22 states, funds over 30,000
cataract surgeries annually, offeres cancer and palliative care to 7,500 patients,
30,000 destitute elderly live with dignity through ‘Support-a-Gran’ programmes across
the country, runs 60 old age homes, took up relief and rehabilitation during major
The elderly people suffer on being neglected by their off springs, who go too far
off places in search of livelihood, said senior journalist Pradeep Kumar, adding
Arunachal Pradesh is no exception for which a national seminar was conducted by NERIST
for an in-depth review of their problems and possible solutions.
A book titled “Ageing in North East India-Arunachal Pradesh perspective”, edited
by R M Pant, head of humanities and social sciences department of the NERIST and
published by New Delhi-based Akansha Publishing House, was released during a seminar
in NEIRIST on Oct 09, 2007. Shillong-based Indian Council of Social Science Research,
North Eastern regional centre (ICSSR-NERC), assistant director, C J Thomas, was instrumental
in taking up this study through ICSSR-NERC. Kumar had presented a paper highlighting
the problems of elderly people of Arunachal.
The craze for jobs usually takes children away from their parents, who are left to
fend for themselves in remote villages, without anyone to look after them, he said
and advocated sensitisation of students in all educational institutions through policy
intervention. However, Tanya clarified that HelpAge has a programme to collect funds
through school children while it has succeeded in evolving policies for elderly in
Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
Citing the example of an 80-yr-old body found eaten away by worms in Kerala though
her daughter was living nearby and son away in Dubai, DBYC director father Chriac
expressed concern that older people have no space in present day homes with change
in life style. The need of the hour is to sensitize the present generation of Arunachal
to change their mind-set about the elderly people, particularly their parents.
Appreciating the Help Age India for their endeavour and the participating senior
citizens, including former IPR director Supriyo Deb; IMC chief councillor Higio Aruni,
APPSC chairman Dr Ligu Tacho, NES president Bengia Tolum called upon everyone to
do their bit to care for the elderly by citing the example of a bird’s attempt to
douse forest fire. The workshop concluded with a resolution to form a body of elderly
persons to assess their problems and seek interventions for solution.
NERCORMP adopts Longman as model village
From a Correspondent
JAIRAMPUR, Dec 13: North East Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP)
was officially launched at Longman village by MLA Laisam Simai on Dec 12. With this
launch, Longman village with nearly 400 people became the first model village to
be adopted under NERCORMP. The project is expected to change the rural landscape
of Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts.
Speaking on the occasion, Laisam Simai advised all the villagers to avail the enormous
opportunities NERCORMP offers by keeping aside their personal differences. Motivating
the rural throng, Simai advised them to work together as a team to gain success.
“NERCORMP has given us the chance to work as a team and we should utilize this platform
without any negativity”, he said.
Simai also said “we have lost many opportunities in the past due to our ignorance
and laidback approach”. He advised the masses not to treat NERCORMP like other project
that disappears without any follow up.
Former minister Komoli Mossang lamented about the SHGs that crumble due to lack of
follow up. She also said that local NGOs attached to grassroots level should be preferred
as a sign for encouragement.
Former ZPC Izmir Tikhak said NERCORMP will allow the villagers to earn according
to their ability and need. He appealed the line departments to extend their supporting
hand and suggested all the villages to make maximum benefit from it.
The Miao Times Editor Pisi Zauing also spoke on the occasion. NERCORMP can solve
all the problem of villages as we can undertake all the activities of a village under
this project, he said.
In an interactive session with villagers, NERCORMP (Changlang, Tirap & Longding)
Project Manager R Billai responded to the queries of the villagers. He also divulged
that on phase wise manner model village from Nampong and Manmao area will be selected.
“Our target is to cover as many as we can in next five years,” he said. He also
requested the line departments to extend their support in order to make this project
a big success.
Earlier, Billai made a power point presentation on various NERCORMP projects and
its activities in Changlang, Tirap and Longding.
Water quality monitoring and surveillance program at Pumao circle
KHONSA, Dec 13: A day long programme on water quality assessment was conducted by
PHE & WS Division, Khonsa at Pumao village on Dec 12.
Doi Tarak, Consultant, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa informed that the individual health
and hygiene is largely dependent on adequate availability of drinking water and proper
sanitation. More than 50 kinds of disease and 80 percent of sickness are due to lack
of potable water supply and good sanitation facilities. Indiscriminate open air defecation
is the cause for transmission of diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid and warm
infections. He mentioned that the major causes of diseases in Tirap/ Longding districts
are due to consumption of unsafe drinking water, improper disposal of human excreta,
improper environmental sanitation and lack of personal and food hygiene.
Pasang Ratan, LT, PHESD Longding gave demonstrative training on how to use and measure
the chemical reagents while handling the Field Test Kit(FTK) for water quality testing.
Lampang Wangsa, Consutant, PHE & WS Divison, Khonsa, Tiren Ketok, Block Coordinator,
P Wangpan, ASM, Pumao also spoke on the occasion.
All the participants were distributed H2S strip bottles, Chlorine tablets, Zeolite
and Alum for disinfection of water. Altogether 100 persons attended the programme.
Two days APCMUHIS enrollment camp concludes
PASIGHAT, Dec 13: Around 1100 persons enrolled in a two days Chief Minister’s Universal
Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS) camp held at General Hospital Pasighat.
Meanwhile, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava while inspecting the ongoing
enrolment process today said that Pasighat town in particular, the district as whole
is densely populated and the time frame for total enrollment may not be enough to
complete the process in time. Highlighting the difficulties in enrolment of people
for smart card under the scheme, she said people should be well informed every time
through wide publicity and get sufficient times to enroll their names so that all
can avail free treatment at empanelled government and private hospitals in the state
and other parts of the country.
Giving an overview of the scheme, Srivastava said “we need to be the agent to provide
better health service to all.” She called upon the health managers to work with commitment
on a mission mode for successful implementation of the APCMUHIS. Stressing the need
of organizing mass awareness camp at grass root level to ensure maximum coverage,
Srivastava urged the PRIs and municipal councillors should come forward, work hard
and give extra efforts for successful implementation of the health scheme. She called
upon all stakeholders to come out with valuable suggestions to make the scheme a
grand success and further called upon the health insurer for timely release of payment
to the empanelled hospitals.
Dr. Kabang Lego (JDHS) and Dr. Y R Darang (MS) supervised the camp and extended their
cooperation to the team.
MS Darang informed that altogether 32,000 smartcards were issued to the eligible
people and patients have already started availing the benefits of the scheme. DIPRO
1st Assam Rifles celebrates 164th Rising Day
KHONSA, Dec 13: The 1st Assam Rifles unit celebrated its 164th Raising Day at Khonsa.
Speaking on the occasion, Commandant 1st AR Col. Prashant Nair appealed to all the
youths of Tirap-Longding and Changlang to channelize their energy in positive way
by avoiding all unlawful activities such as drugs and anti-national activities. The
commandant assured that every possible help for restoration of peace in Tirap-Changlang
& Longding regions would be rendered on top priority.
The Commandant urged all the Chiefs, GBs, PRIs and students union leaders of Tirap
& Longding to avoid all kind of unlawful activities prevailing in the districts which
may hamper the development activities. Col. Nair also assured to provide possible
help to the Noctes, Wanchos and Tutsas youths in higher education sector.
Arpana Nair, 1st Lady of 1st Assam Rifles and Mrs. Panging wife of former CO 1st
AR awarded prizes to the participants of dance and sports event conducted in the
Earlier, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi flaged off the National Integration
tour comprising of 14 children from Tirap - Longding & Changlang districts to Pune
The Raising Day was attended by Brigadier 25 Sector, Chahwang Lowang, Chairman Tirap
Zilla Pasishad, Chief of Dadam Wanggo Lowang, General Secy. Chief Council Khamwang
Lowang, Tawang Wangsa, Chairman GBs Union, ATDSU President Jiten Wangchha, GBs from
all Nokte & Tutsa villages, women leaders from various wings, Khonsa Bazar Welfare
committee members, HoDs and general public. DIPRO
Orgs express displeasure over detention of bandh callers
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The Ramle Banggo Elite Society (RBES) has expressed displeasure
over the arrest of many of the senior citizens for the ongoing 96 hours Lower Siang
Saying that its sentiment has been hurt with the state government’s non responsive
attitude on its long felt demand, it questioned why the government is reluctant to
grant the demand stating that Lower Siang was created much before Namsai and Kara-Dadi
The society also expressed its strong resentment over the Basar Area Students’ Union’s
(BASU) claim that the district headquarter be established at Basar and said the proposal
for the temporary headquarter at Likabali and permanent headquarter at Sikirima is
a consensus decision taking in view the constant problems faced by the people residing
in boundary areas. It called upon BASU to comply with the situation for the greater
Meanwhile, All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) and Hirik Hiru Students’ Union in a joint
meeting condemned the detention of the agitating people including senior citizens
during Lower Siang district bandh. They urged the police authorities to respect the
sentiments of the people and do not treat the law abiding people as criminals.
Strongly denouncing the dilly-dally tactics of state Govt in posting of DC and SP
and declaring Likabali as functional headquarter for the Lower Siang district, both
the organizations said that time and again all the Galo based organizations have
been pleading for early creation of Lower Siang district with Likabali as its temporary
headquarters but state government never paid heed to the genuine demands of the community
which resulted in the launching of democratic movement.
Justifying movement launched by DDJAC & GPF as unquestionable, the Unions urged the
state government to fulfill the demands of the agitating organizations at the earliest.