In August 2008, he visited Arunachal Pradesh for the last time. Sitting with a group
of Apatani women in their bamboo hut and exploring how to empower them, he asked
them if they have a word for being empowered. They responded, “It is harro!” . This
word must have been one of the last vocabulary that he taught his students in John
Hopkins where he continued teaching till the previous week before his death.
Late Carl was born in the Indian Himalaya. After attending medical school at Harvard,
he worked in Panama but returned to India in 1947, leading a medical team through
the deadly riots of 1947 during the partition India. In 1949 he conducted the first
health survey of Nepal. In 1952, he founded the department of preventive medicine
at the Christian Medical College Ludhiana, the first such department in the developing
Carl was the founding chair of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins
University, Baltimore. He was instrumental in designing the global agenda for primary
health care in the 1960s and 1970s. Before it was widely embraced, he was part of
research and movements that connected women’s empowerment and holistic community-based
Taylor was the primary World Health Organization consultant in preparing documents
in 1978 for the Alma Ata World Conference on Primary Health Care. From 1957 through
1983 he advised WHO on a wide range of international health matters. In 1972, Taylor
became the founding chair of the National Council for International Health, now known
as the Global Health Council; as founding chair of the International Health Section
of the American Public Health Association, he helped establish the World Federation
of Public Health Associations.
In addition to his earned degrees, Carl received honorary degrees from Muskingum
College, Towson State University, China’s Tongji University, Peking Union Medical
College, and Johns Hopkins University. In 1993, President Bill Clinton recognized
him for "Sustained work to protect children around the world in especially difficult
circumstances and a life-time commitment to community based primary care.”
With an eight-decade long career in international health, Carl is beloved by thousands
students and colleagues around the world. His stories of adventure and service enabled
them to believe that they too could create just and lasting change, Byabang informed.
Have we given up on Tirap ?
The arrest of top NSCN (IM) cadres in Tirap has once again brought to the fore some
It is painful to admit, but the fact remains that both factions of NSCN calls the
shots in Tirap. It interferes at every level of governance. No government scheme
takes off without writing off a sizeable chunk to these organizations. Government
staffer part away with a portion of their hard-earned salary every year end.
Unfortunately, despite being aware of these facts, the government is yet to come
up with tangible roadmap for the district.
After two decades since both factions of NSCN made inroads into Tirap and Changlang,
not much have been done to address the problem.
Remarkably, Changlang managed to take control. Though insurgency remains a problem,
people of the district have been resilient. They continue to suffer but they have
not let these forces dictate their lives.
On the other hand, the situation in Tirap is precarious. Today, the state of affairs
is such that in Tirap, both factions are running a parallel government, apart from
doubling up as drug peddlers. Interestingly, the two organizations from time to time,
even serve notices to few users!
The state government in a hurry had created Department of Tirap and Changlang some
years back. But it’s for all Arunachaless to see that department does not seem to
have delivered much. The department on the other hand has become an added burden
for the state exchequer.
The schools continue to function without adequate teachers, hospitals cry for need
of doctors and medicines. What would one do when necessities are absent? Choices
are easy to make more so when lured with promises of better life once they join the
Teenagers walk across the border without a second thought. In Tirap, parents are
too scared to lodge a complaint against such missing children. They know its fighting
two forces at the same time against which they have absolutely no control.
However, unlike other states in the NE, where citizens are often at loggerheads with
Security Forces, in Tirap the scenario is different.
Though use of force by the security personnel is alleged to be widespread, most of
the people still look up to them, more so the 19th Assam Rifles.
Some 2500 personnel consisting of CRPF, Assam Rifles, Indian Army and State police
take care of one lac citizens in Tirap district. This is in stark contrast to some
five hundred personnel engaged to take care of the lives of the precious few policymakers
in the state.
The government must act. The state government instead of shifting the blame on the
centre must initiate something concrete for the welfare of the people. It needs
to rehabilitate those who have returned. A one time surrender ceremony is absolutely
no answer. Financial security should be ensured to these young men and women by
engaging them in productive activities.
Government has to chalk out a road map to deal with the extra constitutional forces
and restore peace and security to the people of the district.
Very soon, people of the state would want an explanation why teenagers just walk
across the border.
To start with, one wonders why a star performer like Ankur Garg of the Indian Administrative
Services who managed the district with super efficiency was relocated to Raj Bhavan.
Unemployment a blot in Arunachal’s development
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Never has been the frustration of being unemployed as high in Arunachal
as it is these days. Majority of educated youths who are coming back to their native
state in search of better avenues after completing higher studies in respective discipline
are feeling complete disarray and aghast at the alleged rampant corruption.
There is a growing anger among youths accompanied by sense of being helplessness
at way various agencies are allegedly indulging in outrageous corruption.
Other day this reporter went to attend a meeting of Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’
Association (UAEA) and was taken aback by numerous tales of agonizing fight for employment
shared by promising unemployed engineers.
As one after one started to share their experiences, entire meeting hall was filled
with raw emotions and they could be seen exhorting each other not to loose hope.
Some of the participants had been unemployed for last five years and were honest
to admit that they are running out of hope.
“I finished my engineering degree way back in 2004 and have not been able to land
a job yet. In our state either you should have political connection or top the competitive
exams to get a job, if not have enough money to bribe officials. May be, I am still
unemployed because of these reasons,” told an unemployed engineer in lighter vein.
Most of the youths present were explaining how painful it would be to seek money
from parents to pay bribe if needs arise.
“Our parents have already spent so much of money for our education and now to ask
money from them to get job is so embarrassing,” shared another youth.
More often than not, the candidates get exhausted before getting a job due to lengthy
official formalities. “Sometimes we put in so much of effort for one particular file
and run around like anything. But when we present it, some officials reject our files
for some silly excuses. That time you feel so helpless, it’s very hard to explain,”
lamented another unemployed youth.
These unemployed youths represent only minor section of state and like them there
must be thousands more youngsters in Arunachal who are fighting hard to live a dignified
life. Everybody keeps on emphasizing that ‘youth are the future of this state and
country’ but if same youths are not provided opportunity to prove their worth, then
these catchwords becomes meaningless.
Need of the hour is to provide job opportunities to these youths and make sure that
they become part of new prosperous Arunachal. This can be done by bringing down over-dependency
on government jobs in state.
And for this too, there is already a solution, which, if implemented properly, can
considerably bring down unemployment rate. “As per Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs)/
Memorandum of Agreements (MoAs) signed with some hydropower developers investing
in Arunachal, it has been clearly mentioned that 25 per cent of jobs would be reserved
for locals. If these agreements are implemented it will give employment opportunities
to both the technical and non-technical unemployed youths of the state,” said Yumlam
Aam, president of UAEA.
MP visits Sisiri river bridge construction site
PASIGHAT, Feb 9: A 200 mtrs long RCC bridge is being constructed by the S. P. Singla
Company under supervision of BRO 1443 BCC/752 task-force project “Udayak” across
the river Sisar (Sisseri) , about 45 Km away from Pasighat.
Underscoring the problems faced by the people, MP Ninnong Ering said that due to
lack of bridge in river Sisar, Dambuk area remains cut-off from the rest of the world
in summer season.
He urged the construction agency for timely completion of the bridge adding that
all the funds have been released to the BRO and they have started the construction
of the approach road also.
Meanwhile, the constructing company informed that they expected to be complete the
bridge by 2012-13 next.
Amongst other, the MP was accompanied by SDO Dambuk B. Lego, TAC member Nangku Tayeng,
Congress Sevadal member Oyin Yomso ,local leaders, BRO officials. DIPRO
RGUSU serves 10 days ultimatum
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union (RGUSU) today urged the
competent authority of the RGU to redress the grievances or fulfill the demands of
the students within 10 days.
In an ultimatum served to the Vice-Chancellor, RGU, the Union regretted that the
competent authority did neither take initiative nor did they give any green signal
to student representatives for redressal of their 11-point proposals which were submitted
in the form of memorandum on Jan 22 last. Even specific time fixed for solution of
some of the grievances has already expired, it said.
The union demanded that authorities concerned reconsider its demands within the ten
days from the date of submission of the ultimatum, otherwise, it will resort to a
series of democratic movement in the RGU campus against the authorities concerned
on Feb 22.
The union’s demands included construction of High Mast Tower-Light, immediate furnishing
of class-rooms infrastructures, early construction of view point, immediate arrest
of culprits who allegedly involved in the answer script scandal of Distance Education
and immediate edifice of security walls to all the hostels.
RGUSU further said that the union office bearers have also collectively decided to
extend its proposed educational awareness tour to all the 8 RGU affiliated Govt colleges
of the state to Feb 27. The tour was scheduled to begin from Feb 10.
Lohit youth library team steal the
limelight in Intl conference
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The VT-AWIC Youth Library volunteers from Lohit district stole
the limelight in the three-day International Conference on Children’s Libraries held
at Delhi from Feb 4-6. The young volunteers stole all hearts of the elite audience
of book-lovers, with a spirited display of skits, poetry recitation and story-telling
in Mishmi language, demonstrating how they have been running a 6-month Book Reading
Campaign in remote, rural pockets of Lohit and Anjaw, right upto Kaho, the last village
on the China border.
More than 250 delegates from 17 foreign countries and several Indian states took
part in the conference which was inaugurated by former President Dr A P J Abdul
Kalam as the chief guest.
The Lohit team was represented by 12 young readers – 7 girls and 5 boys – from Bamboosa
Library Tezu, Apne Library Wakro and the Chongkham Libraries, led by Ms. Mamoni Gogoi,
APNE Library, Wakro. The team was also introduced to Dr. A. P.J. Abdul Kalam, an
experience the young volunteers will cherish all their life.
In his address Dr. Kalam richly complemented the writers and library activists for
spiritedly taking up the cause of reading promotion in their own areas.
Narrating in his inimitable way, Dr Kalam told a very touching story of how two young
girls from Philippines, revived their mentally-challenged young brother by daily
reading out stories to them daily for 5 years.
Reminding the packed audience about the deplorably low-educational standards in rural
India, the former President urged them to strive to promote reading habits among
the rural and marginalized youth of India.
Addressing the Valedictory function Anupama Singh, First Lady of Arunachal Pradesh,
and herself a patron of Children’s Libraries supported by Army Wives Welfare Association,
(AWWA), outlined the long history of how book reading transformed the life of human
society, and complemented the AWIC for supporting the youth in remote areas of India,
like Arunachal Pradesh, and the Library activists and young volunteers who have come
from distant nations.
Lauding the Lohit Library team for putting up a splendid programme representing Arunachal
in the Conference, Anupama recalled her visit to the Bamboosa Library Tezu, and assured
full support to the team to carry on the Library reading campaign to more areas in
the Lohit and Anjaw districts.
Several eminent personalities, librarians, and authors and AWIC Award Winners presented
papers and participated in the 3-day conference, displaying various innovative practices
they have been using to promote Children’s Libraries in their respective areas.
Representatives from agencies like UNICEF, NBT, ICCR, MHRD, Sahitya Academy, Nehru
Bal Bhavan and several publishers, like Pratham, Scholastics, CBT, also participated
in the proceedings, assuring support to reading activists in rural India. Etalo Megha,
and Gita Ralhan, Library I/cs of Bamboosa Library, gave a lively power-point presentation
outlining the Youth Library activities in Lohit & Anjaw.
Truly inspiring were the teams of physically handicapped and mentally-challenged
children from Delhi! In turn, the participants were treated to a delightful 2- hour
play, “Children of the Magic Pen” by eminent theatre personality, Faizal Alkazi.
The Lohit Library volunteers could also get valuable tips on acting from Alkazi
and his team.
The participation of the Lohit team in this unique International Conference and their
visit to Delhi was sponsored by the generous patronage from Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh, Gen. (retd) J.J. Singh, Minister Chowna Mein, MLA Tezu Karikho Kri and MLA
Roing Laeta Umbrey. At Delhi, Prashant Lokhande, IAS, Vijay Talukdar, DRC, New Delhi
and Surekha Panandiker, Head, and All-India Convenor, AWIC Children’s Library Programme
acted as their local hosts.
The Conference has truly come as a most inspiring experience to the Lohit team and
should prove to be a landmark in the Youth Library movement in the state.
Road safety awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Police headquarter Road Safety cell lead by inspector KVG Pillai,
ASI AU Ansari, T Sorang, Md. Sarfuddin and A Darang conducted traffic safety awareness
campaign at government middle school, Niti Vihar, Itanagar.
On the occasion the team elaborated on safety tips on road crossing, road sign and
hand signal and also distributed pamphlets and other awareness items.
Altogether, 484 students and 21 teachers of the school attended the camp.
Meanwhile, the headmaster of the school Dr. J Rina appreciated the organizing team
for imparting road safety tips to the teaching community and the students.
Enquiry office opens
ROING, Feb 9: MLA Jomin Tayeng inaugurated an electrical enquiry office at Parbuk,
Divang valley district.
Speaking on the occasion, Tayeng highlighted the activities and importance of the
newly inaugurated office and advised the public to take extra care of the enquiry
office for the benefit of the people.
Tayeng appreciated the contractor for timely completion of the office building.
Electrical department officials, Zilla Parishad members, Panchayat leaders, GBs and
public attended the function.
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Toy Train "Muskan Express" at Nyokum Lapang, which was remained
defunct due to technical snag, has been repaired by Arunachal Cricket Association
(ACA) with help of Governor JJ Singh and is now ready to entertain children, according
to an ACA release.
Bomdila town gets Parking complex
ITANAGAR, Feb. 9: The first phase of parking cum shopping complex built at an estimated
cost of Rs. 326 Lakhs under the scheme Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR)
was inaugurated today at Bomdila town by R.T. Khunjuju, local MLA and parliamentary
secretary for hydropower development.
Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary opined that with the completion
of the parking complex, perennial parking problems of the Bomdila Township would
be addressed to a great extent. Deputy Commissioner, Swati Sharma who was also present
during the day revealed that, traffic in the market area would be regulated and made
one-way. Necessary co-ordination meetings would be conducted and orders implemented
in this context, she added.
Executed by the Department of UD and Housing, Bomdila division, the project have
been built on an area measuring 0.18 acre in the heart of Bomdila town with an allocation
of Rs. 293.40 lacs from the central government and Rs. 32.60 lacs as state share.
Project commenced in Feb/2006 and got completed in Dec/2009. This phase I parking
project, built at the cost of Rs. 326.00 lacs would be able to accommodate 80- light
motor vehicles. The shopping complex would be taken up under phase II allocation.
EE (E-M) clarifies
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Reacting to the news item published in this daily on Feb 1 under
the headlines “Poor power supply resented’ wherein it was said that Awapani power
project has been lying defunct resulting in poor power supply in Alinye village for
last several months, the executive engineer (E-M), Tezu E-M Division, DHPD, Er Tayum
Udik Taba clarified that two hydel stations, namely, Awapani MHP Phase-I and Awapani
MHP Ph-II located at 700 meter apart from each other in Alinye village are in operational
condition and are delivering power daily to Anini township and nearby villages including
Alinye. Therefore, the allegation leveled is totally false and unfounded, Taba said
in a statement.
“The Assistant Engineer (E-M) Tezu had visited the site on January 19 and on Feb
4, I myself with Er S K Gupta, consultant of NABCONs had visited the hydel site and
found the hydel station functioning. Records for last many months of the said hydel
stations have been verified by Gupta as a part of the third party monitoring of the
PM package project and found okay’, Taba further clarified.
Regarding the DG set of Alinye which has been reportedly burst out several years
back, Taba clarified that there has been no such DG set installation at Alinye or
nearby villages as informed by the local public. He appealed A K Paul EE (Elect)
and the Correspondent to clarify how bursting of DG set occurred when no such installation
has been made in that area.
RBWS welcomes Assamese gesture
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Ramle Banggo Welfare Society has thanked all the well-wishers who
have come forward to help rebuild lives of fire victims of Jan 30 at Seren Village
in East Siang.
President Bate Koyu in a message has particularly thanked citizens from Assam who
has been rendering a helping to the victims to restart their lives.
He informed that apart from material support, citizens from Assam, particularly Kochari
and Mishing communities have helped rebuild houses.
Society stated that such act in times of need not only strengthen the age-old relation
between the two states but also help in further restoring trust and mutual understanding.
SDP on mushroom cultivation
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in
its endeavor to expand its outreach and evenly spread the developmental activities
under its promotional and developmental programmes in the rural areas of Arunachal
Pradesh has sanctioned 6 weeks Skill Development Programme (SDP) on Mushroom Cultivation
and Bee-keeping to Action Aid Society Arunachal, a local NGO, based in Itanagar.
The Action Aid Society will conduct the training in Maro, Barijo and Tapi under Dumporijo
block of Upper Subansiri district. The programme will support 75 selected educated
unemployed youth and SHG members from Dumporijo area for bee-keeping and mushroom
activities. Officials from district like BDO, Deputy Director DIC, Extension Officer
(Industries), Extension Officer (Credit), PD DRDA and banks will be involved at various
stages of implementation of the programme, according to a release.
In-service teachers training
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: In-service teachers training is an experience sharing exercise rather
than a training, said West Siang DC Amjad Tak, as chief guest in the 5-day In-service
teachers training being conducted by DIET (DRC), Kamki at Govt. Primary School, Aalo
on Feb 9.
Amjad Tak said that the exam results of the students during the past few years in
the district is discouraging and it is our collective responsibility to bring back
it on the right track. He urged the trainees to take the training seriously during
the period and expressed displeasure over non-turn up by some of the teachers in
the training programme.
M. Potom, DDSE said that training is required to refresh the ideas and knowledge
of an individual and its application in day to day life. He was logical to say that
one should have more conscious of duty rather than conscious of right. He appealed
the trainees to be sincere and attentive for the betterment of the students. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: To strengthening the party organization, Bharatiya Janata Party,
Arunachal Pradesh has appointed the following persons as district BJP presidents
on ad hoc basis with Sambu Siongju for West Kameng , Sama Yangfo for East Kameng,
Kuru Tai for Lower Subansiri, Tai Chiji for Kurung Kumey, Lompak Paksok for Upper
Subansiri, Bai Gadi for West Siang, Tamat Gamo for East Siang , Bamin Kri for Anjaw,
Chau Ambika Engling for Lohit districts respectively.
Routine immunization training for doctors held
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The routine Immunization training for Medical Officers was conducted
by District Health Society, Lohit recently. Speaking in the inaugural session, Dr.
N. Ninu, DMO, Lohit urged the trainees to take maximum advantages from the training
programme and take part in the interaction sessions to educate them for maximum benefits.
Dr. Ninu said the GOI has formulated high quality Immunization service uniformly
and consistently across the country. The resources provided are to be used efficiently
and benefit them to carry maximum extent. Dr. Ninu urged all MO incharge of CHCs
and PHCs carry out Immunization schedules fixed and deliver outreach services effectively.
Earlier, welcoming the Doctors from both Lohit and Anjaw District, resources persons
from state HQ and other invitees, Dr. Nyage Geiyi, DRCHO Lohit, highlighted the aims
and objectives of the Routine Immunization training.
Dr. Geiyi, said Immunization is one of the most well known and effective methods
of preventing child hood Diseases and Immunization has to be taken as high agenda
to further reduce the incidence of all Vaccine Preventive diseases (PVDs).
After the establishment of Universal Immunization programme in 1985, there has been
decline in morbidity and mortality due to VPDs over the years informed Dr. Geiyi.
He further informed that GOI has provided additional resources for strengthening
UIP to all states under NRHM. It is therefore, essential that the knowledge and skills
of Doctors are updated on a regular basis to keep them well versed with not only
the basics to Immunization but also with prevailing practices pertaining to the Immunization
programme, Dr. Geiyi, also briefed the routine Immunization situation in Lohit District.
The Inaugural function were graced by Dr. B. Padu, DMO, Anjaw and senior doctors
and officials. The 3 days Routine Immunization were conducted by resources persons
from State Hq, consisting of Dr. Tana Takum, Dr. Sharmile Tana, Dr. Mary Ering Padung
and Dr. (Mrs) W. Shin Padung. Altogether 39 doctors of both Lohit and Anjaw were
Farmers training on Intensive Aquaculture
ITANAGAR, Feb 9: In one of the technology out–reach programme in Papumpare district,
all together 27 farmers of Laptap area were trained on Intensive Aquaculture by Krishi
Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Papumpare in collaboration with Dist. Fisheries Development
Officer (DFDO), Yupia on Feb 6 and 7. The programme was sponsored by National Fisheries
Development Board (NFDB). Hyderabad.
The selected beneficiaries of the N. F. D. Board (GOI) from different villages
of Sagalee area have been imparted training on various subjects on fish farming
including the Integrated farming system in addition to intensive aquaculture. The
Subject on Integrated farming system (Fish cum Livestock and Fish cum Horticulture)
was covered by Dr. Pranjal Borah ( SMS, AH &V) and Morseng Modi ( SMS, Horti.) respectively
Dr. Heli. (PC, KVK.) explained the farmers regarding role of KVK in technology transfer
and reach the out–reach area like Laptap which has huge potential for Agri–Allied
sector development. He informed the participants that more of capacity building programme
(Training and Field Demonstrations) will be taken up in future to inculcate the farming
community in the area with trained subject matter specialist (SMS) of KVK in various
The resource persons and trainees paid site visits to different fish pond construction
site of the individual farmers of different villages and suggested for area selection
and improvement in land development works which were on- going in the area, according
to an official release.