Killer tobacco claims 2,200 each day
Workshop advocates for strict implementation of COTPA-2003
ITANAGAR, Jan 9: More than 2,200 Indians die each day from tobacco related diseases
and it kills nearly 5.4 million people globally each year. Tobacco use will cause
10 lakh death each year in India by 2010, according to reports of the World Health
Organisation and surveys conducted from time to time.
Sensing the danger from this ‘global epidemic’(use of tobacco products) the media
(including print and electronic) unanimously observed that the section 4 of the Cigarettes
and Other Tobacco Products (prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade
and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA)-2003 which prohibits
smoking in public place must be enforced strictly.
In a Media Advocacy Workshop on Tobacco Control organized jointly by the Voluntary
Health Association of India (VHAI) and Itanagar Press Club (IPC) here today, the
media persons were made aware of the fact that Sikkim is marching ahead in regard
to implementation of tobacco control acts and rules which must be a good example
to follow by the law enforcing authorities and NGOs of the state.
One of the resource persons of the workshop and state Epidemiologist Dr L Jampa
said, health department and NGOs alone can not bring awareness among the common people
about the ugly impact of tobacco use. He pointed out that the health and environmental
losses caused by the tobacco is much more than the revenue generation.
Giving a brief history of the use of tobacco and its production since 1566, Jampa,
however, informed that Arunachal Pradesh has been taking every step to check and
control tobacco being used in the state in various forms.
During last 15 years Arunachal became the 2nd highest state in regard to chewing
of tobacco, Mizoram being in the number 1 position. However, the good news is that
tobacco cessation centres are being set up in West Kameng and East Siang districts
to check and control the use of tobacco and tobacco related products. Besides these,
state level steering committee and district level monitoring committees have been
formed for strict enforcement of laws against tobacco use.
Calling upon the media to perform a pro-active role to check and control use of tobacco
products, Dr. B. B. Rai, Executive Director, Sikkim VHA said “ we should not invite
death by using tobacco products”.
Rai, however, said that the use of tobacco and tobacco products has been a part
of socio-culture life of the people in Sikkim. But at the same time, the NGOs such
as VHAS( Voluntary Health Association of Sikkim) succeed to bring in awareness among
the people against use of tobacco in some extent. In every Govt department in Sikkim,
someone will find sign board banning use to tobacco in office premises, he informed.
Pradeep Kumar, senior journalist and President, IPC hoped with the active involvement
of media, the state Government would be able to implement different tobacco control
Ajay K. Tripathy, Senior Manager, VHAI highlighted about different roles that VHAI
has been playing in the country on tobacco control.
115 farmers educated on Intensive Aquaculture
ITANAGAR, Jan 9: In one of the technology out-reach programmes in Papum Pare district,
all together 115 farmers of Sangdupota circle were trained on Intensive Aquaculture
by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) , Papumpare in collaboration with District Fisheries
Development officer (DFDO) , Yupia on Jan 7 and 8. National Fisheries Development
Board (NFDB), Hyderabad sponsored it.
The selected beneficiaries from different villages of Sangdupota area (Poma, Jote,
Dola, Basar, Nyello, Bat , Yadung etc) have been imparted training on various subjects
on fish farming including the Integrated farming system and intensive aquaculture.
In his inaugural address Dr. T. Heli. (P.C ,KVK Papumpare) highlighted the importance
and need for conservation of natural resources and wildlife.
While Nabam James (DFDO, Yupia) S.K. Jaiswal (FO, Yupia), V. Safi (SMS, Fisheries.
KVK) delivered lectures on lay out, design and construction of fish pond, fish pond
management and value addition on fish products, N. D. Neekom (STA,Deptt. Agri.) inspired
the participants on the entrepreneurship development considering the conducive location
of the area for agri – farming.
M. Piel (DAO,Yupia) highlighted the over all view of agriculture in the district
and encouraged the farmers for commercial cultivation of crops as the income generation
Dr. Heli. (PC, KVK.) requested the participants to form Farmer clubs and tie up with
National Agri. and rural Development Bank. (NABARD) for the credit support in future.
Panye Mattang (ASM, Chairperson , Sangdupota.) who was key person and inquisitive
participant throughout the 2-days training advised the villagers to take full benefits
of the training programme and disseminate knowledge gained to other villagers.
The resource persons from various disciplines also visited different fish pond construction
site of the individual farmers of different villages and suggested various measures.
AEKSU to support eviction drive
ITANAGAR, Jan 9: All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) has unanimously decided
to support the authorities in its proposed eviction drive against unauthorized occupants
of the public land in the headquarters of the Kurung Kumey district.
The union also appointed its vice president S D Londa as chairman of the mass eviction
drive students community which will extend all possible help to the authorities
for successful eviction. Meanwhile, Londa appealed the people to cooperate with the
authorities in this regard.
Meanwhile, the union demanded the authorities concerned to cancel all land possession
certificates issued to the ‘unauthorized occupants’ of public land and constitute
an enquiry committee to find out the persons or authorities involved in such allotment
of public land.
Computer education gets priority in West Kameng
ITANAGAR, Jan 9: In her endeavor to make the people of the West Kameng district,
especially the youths, computer literate in this era of Information Technology, Deputy
Commissioner Swati Sharma on Saturday inaugurated the free computer classes with
a modest beginning of five computer sets and ten trainees in the NIC building annex
Impressing upon the trainees and all the HODs who were present on the occasion, Sharma
categorically stated that, it is important for everyone to learn computer as today
world depends on it for all purposes. She further informed that the outstanding trainees
would be admitted in the IGNOU Diploma Courses, which would then pave way for securing
the future of the incumbent concerned. If the number of trainees increases, some
instructors from the Army would also be made available, she added. DIPRO
Arunachal under the grip of winter blues
ITANAGAR, Jan 9: The severe winter condition which has been creating havoc across
the world seems to have made its way in Arunachal Pradesh too.
The whole state is under the grip of extreme winter condition with temperature dipping
to minus degree in higher reaches like Tawang, Mechuka, Ziro, etc. Tawang town already
experienced snowfall of the season few days back.
The district headquarter of Lower Subansiri, Ziro, is also under the grip of severe
winter weather. The biting cold and foggy climate has made life miserable for the
people of Ziro valley. Students who thronged Ziro township to appear Arunachal Pradesh
Civil Service prelims exam are being hit hard by bad weather.
“I just reached Ziro from Itanagar yesterday and surprised to find myself in comparatively
unpleasant cold weather. Since landing here, I have been suffering from cough and
it’s too cold to bear,” told one aspiring candidates of the much awaited state
civil service examination.
Twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun too have witnessed considerable fall in temperature
during last few days. The night especially endures frosty atmosphere with temperature
touching single digit. The aged people and student community are the worst affected.
“My class 12 CBSE exam is just months away and am trying hard to study. But this
sudden change in weather has made it quite tough to continue my study during night
time,” said Techi Aku, a student of government higher secondary school, Naharlagun.
On Saturday (Jan 9) capital city Itanagar recorded temperature of 18 degree Celsius
though it was pleasantly sunny through out the day.
Interestingly, a large number of outsiders, particularly, people from warm places
like Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala etc residing in the twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun
for some reasons or others are finding it difficult to cope up with this spine chilling
“In the last few days during night it has become unbearably cold and my family is
struggling hard to survive,” told one of the vegetable vendors at Naharlagun market,
who is a native of Bihar.
ITANAGAR: Unemployed Arunachal Engineering Association (UAEA) has demanded creation
of assistance engineers and junior engineers posts in the state trans-highway department.
Raising voice against ‘officiating and ad hoc posts of assistant engineers, the UAEA
also urged the all engineering departments to cancel all such officiating posts within
a week and conduct direct recruitment through APPSC for filling up the vacant posts.
Namsai ST achieves revenue target
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service (APSTS) Namsai transport station
has achieved the revenue target fixed for 3rd quarter of financial year 2009-10.
Against the revenue target of Rs 67,50,986 fixed up to the end of 3rd quarter, this
transport station earned Rs 70,74,022.
The highest revenue of Rs 8,80,108 were collected during November -09, informed J
L Saikia, Station superintendent of Namsai transport station.
ITANAGAR: National Students’ Union of India, Arunachal Pradesh president Kafa Bagang
clarified that Ziro-I block unit of NSUI has already been dissolved prior to the
election of the NSUI unit.
No new executive body in the district or block level has been formed till date, Bagang
said and added that issuing of press releases by any executives of the dissolved
NSUI unit is violation of the NSUI constitution. Bagang was reacting to the press
release published in this daily on Jan 07.
Road safety measures lauded
ITANAGAR: All Ar-unachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) in its meeting
held yesterday at Naharlagun has appreciated the state traffic police, especially
road safety Cell for conducting awareness programmes on road safety and traffic guidelines.
The awareness progr-amme is proved beneficial for the drivers and owners of the vehicles
not only in the Capital Complex and but also in the state as a whole, the AAPPTF
said and assured to extend cooperation in such educative programme in order to minimize
the road accidents which become a major problem in the twin capital city.
Meanwhile, AAPPTF has congratulated Jalley Sonam for being appointed to the post
of chairman, workers welfare board.