25th state level in-services training of nurses begins
Govt to look into the demands of Nurses
ITANAGAR, July 25: The immense relevance and growing role of Nursing profession as
the backbone of the healthcare delivery services to the patients and the community
in general was highlighted by the dignitaries including First Lady Anupama Singh,
the keynote Speaker Arvind B. Kulkarni, President TNAI, Mumbai at the inaugural session
of the six-day 25th state level in-service short training for nurses of Arunachal
Pradesh on “Nursing trend and Nursing Management cum TNAI State Branch Meet” organized
by the Nursing Cell, DHS and sponsored by Ministry of Health Nursing Division, GoI
at Banquet hall here today.
During the programme state government has assured to look into the demands and grievances
put forward by the TNAI (Trained Nurses Association of India) state branch.
Addressing the function as Guest of Honour, the First Lady of the state, Anupama
Singh, who is also the Chief Patron of TNAI state branch emphasized on the in-service
training for nurses to update their knowledge and skills to cope up with modern medical
science and nursing practices.
‘Today, medical science has advanced so much, side by side the Nursing practices
has undergone many changes’, she said and felt that as the job of a nurse is a challenging
career option, in-service training has become a necessity. Adding that the Nursing
profession, comprising of Nurses and Nursing Assistants constitutes the largest working
group in the health care sector, she hoped that the training would impart knowledge
on important development in nursing today and help in serving the suffering humanity.
While terming Nursing, as a noble profession, Mrs Singh called upon the Nurses to
be selfless and devoted to their profession, besides being a good and compassionate
human being. She said that Nursing is much more than a job and to become a nurse
is to make a commitment to provide care for the patients and their families on a
She further requested the Department of Health services to look into the grievances
and problems of nurses and provide them basic facilities by creating conducive environment
to work for long hours with patients.
On the occasion, the First Lady also felicitated two Retired Nurses of the state
Bengia Mema and K. Tana for their contributions in the Nursing sector. While Dr Bamin
Tada, Jt DHS and i/c TB Cell and the only two male Nurses of state Tapno from RKM
hospital, Itanagar and a senior serving male nurse working under Govt. of AP Shankar
Pathak from District Hospital Ziro were also felicitated on the occasion. Parliamentary
Secretary (Health & FW) Nido Pavitra in his address assured to look in to the demands
and grievances raised by the TNAI state Branch through a memorandum including implementation
of the 6th CPC Part-B in-Toto. However, he also laid emphasis on training and skill
up gradation of the Nurses adding that, the 6th CPC gives stress on well trained
Nursing personnel for availing certain benefits.
Terming the 25th in-service training programme as a milestone, Nido said such training
help the nurses particularly those serving in the far flung areas to learn new skills
and keep updated on nursing trends and emerging diseases to serve the community and
society at large. He also expressed happiness that AP Nurses have joined the Mainstream
Nurses of India through the state TNAI branch.
‘Centre plans to open 132 ANM schools’
Earlier, delivering the keynote address, President TNAI, Mumbai Arvind Kulkarni
stated that in the today’s scenario, Nursing has evolved into a Professional oriented
service with advancement in Nursing research and practices. Nursing today has finally
been given its due place as a fully professional course from policymakers and people
adding that, Nursing care role as a backbone and forefront of healthcare delivery
has been accepted and recognized. It’s a good career option for students, today in
view of its professional status in present context, Kulkarni added. The TNAI, Mumbai
President informed that Govt of India, Ministry of Health Services recognizing the
role of Nursing care has allocated adequate budgetary provision to strengthen and
upgrade Nursing sector and to address shortage of Nursing staff. GoI has also given
stress to improve Nursing standard, he added. Adequate fund provision has been provided
by GoI to address the acute shortage of Nurses in the country by increasing the number
of seats in Nursing Institutes.
Further, Govt. of India has planned to open 132 ANM schools and more than 100 GNM
schools in various districts of the country where there is no Nursing Schools. 6
Regional colleges of Nursing is also to be established and the existing Nursing Colleges
to be strengthened and upgraded. The TNAI, Mumbai President also put forward for
improved nursing infrastructure, creating of Nursing Officer post for Nursing Cell
at DHS, College of Nursing for facilitating graduation for serving nurses, State
Earlier, the TNAI State Branch submitted a memorandum for expediting implementation
of 6th CPC Part-B in-toto, setting up of Nursing Cadre, establishment of Nursing
Council, Nursing Superintendent for all districts, and implementation of allowances
under 6th CPC.
The NRHM Mission Director, Talem Tapok in his address while lauding the efforts of
Nurses working in the state towards community and people despite various challenges
and limitations, urged upon them to be efficient and good service provider to earn
their rightful place in the society.
Among others, C.S. Tada I/c Nursing Cell also spoke.
The programme which started with the lighting of ceremonial lamp by the dignitaries
to mark the formal inauguration of the function was also attended by Secretary Swamiji
of RKM Hospital, APSCW Vice-chairperson Mepung Tadar Bage, President TNAI, Gujarat
Iqbal Kadiwala, APSACS PD Dr. Emi Rumi and Dr. Bamin Tada I/c TB Cell, Mr. Kulkarni
wife of Mr. Arvind Kulkarni President TNAI, Mumbai, besides the participants Nurses
from various districts and RKM hospital of the state.
The six day long training programme would conclude on July 29 next. DIPR
Villagers hold up SSB personnel
ITANAGAR, July 25: When the people of the state are agitating seeking justice for
the kins of the Late Jumchi (Tachi) Nguso, another alleged incident of rape and murder
come to light though lately.
The agitating people of Nagmandir village under Rupa Police station in West Kameng
district today got hold of four SSB personnel suspected to be involved in rape and
murder of one Dolly Chetri on July 8 last. The villagers found the brutally abused
body of Dolly on July 9, sources said.
The villagers got hold of the SSB personnel as they were leaving the area despite
police intimation not to move. They also identified one of the SSB personnel today
who was allegedly seen offering money to a woman in exchange of sex.
Sixty personnel of 38 Bn SSB had reportedly erected their camp at Nagmandir while
on their way to Tawang from Debennagar, Tezpur on July 8.
The OC Rupa Police station had already written to Commandant of 38Bn SSB asking him
not to transfer or let any one of the 60 personnel move out of Nagmandir area. The
investigating agency has already collected the semen sample from the body of Dolly
for DNA test.
AAPSU to go ahead with proposed bandh
ITANAGAR, July 25: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has stated that
their proposed bandh call on 28th of this month will go on as per decided earlier
in response to the ‘custodial death’ of late Jumchi Nguso and subsequent non-fulfillment
of AAPSU demands by authorities.
Reacting to the today’s statement by Home Minister Tako Dabi, AAPSU president Takam
Tatung said that till all the demand of AAPSU is accepted, bandh will not be called
off. “We have nothing against any policeman. We are against those erratic police
officers who are not able to perform their duty honestly. No body is above scrutiny
and the citizen of this state has every rights to criticize police personnel if
they commit gross error. Till a fair report comes, no one can give clean cheat to
those police officials involved in death of late Jumchi,” added Tatung.
AAPSU comes out in support of Haider
ITANAGAR,July 25: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) has appealed to all
the civil society groups and various other bodies to extend support to NESO general
secretary Gumjum Haider who is fighting for the post of Hockey India general secretary.
Gumjum is also fighting for post of treasurer and election for Hockey India will
be held on 28th of this month at Delhi. In a press statement issued AAPSU president
Takam Tatung exhorted all the people of North-East to support Gumjum Haider in his
“Hardly anyone from our region participates in election of such major national level
sports body. We should take pride of Gumjum’s effort and wholeheartedly extend support
to him. The north-east MP Forum should actively support Gumjum as his victory will
be a victory for whole region,” expressed Tatung. He further added, “Our North-East
region has produced some of the best national sports star like Dingko Singh and MC
Marykom in boxing. Women’s national hockey team has half of the players from our
region. In this context it would be great if entire people of NE back Gumjum in the
‘Release students stipend’
Meanwhile AAPSU president Takam Tatung has expressed serious concern over non-release
of stipend money to various government school students. Claiming such delay as a
slap on the face of poor student, Tatung urged state government to immediately release
stipend money. “It’s been five month but till now government has not released stipend
money. Students are facing acute hardship because of this move. Many poor students
virtually depend on stipend money for their survival,” told Tatung.
He further warned of series of democratic movement from AAPSU if stipend money is
not released on priority basis. “AAPSU stands for the student community and if Arunachalee
students are denied their basic rights, we won’t hesitate to take to the street.
We are warning state government to take urgent step in this regard or else we will
be compelled to start democratic moment.”
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Reacting sharply to the Press statement of Home Minister Tako Dabi,
which was published in local dailies today, The Global Human Rights Organization
(GHRO) and Nefa Indigenous Human Rights Organization (NIHRO), in a joint press statement
said that there are ample evidences that Late Nguso was brutally tortured before
he succumbed to his injuries.
"The witnesses, documentary evidences, photocopies of Nguso’s body clearly reflect
injury marks in back side of the deceased. Further, the sign of head injury clearly
indicates that the person died due to police torture. Even handcuffed/hands tied
marks clearly indicate that the victim was hand tied," the statement said. It also
questioned the HM that "Why the victim was first taken to Police Station instead
of rushing him to hospital immediately after the accident occurred? The victim’s
life could have been saved had police taken him to the hospital for treatment immediately.
But alas! it took police two hours for reaching the hospital for his treatment
Both the organizations requested the Minister Home not to defend the erring police
personnel involved in the incident without any valid reasons. Such statement on the
part of the Minister may again encourage those police personnel to commit the same
guilty in future.
"It is not fair and justified on the part of the minister to make such press statement
before submission of reports by one- man inquiry committee headed by the Papum Pare
Deputy Commissioner and SIT," they added.
APPDSU seeks action against erring police
ITANAGAR, July 25: Angry over Govt’s failure to take action against erring police,
All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has threatened to call indefinite
Capital Complex Bandh for fulfilling its demand. Referring to June 20 incident where
Dr. Tana Talin Tara was beaten up brutally causing grievous injury by police at Naharlagun
Police station, APPDSU questioned the authority of its stand against those errant
Had government taken prompt action against those erring cops as demanded by the Union,
the incidents involving the death of Tache Nguso would not have happened, APPDSU
maintained and demanded the authorities concerned to immediately fulfill its demand
as mentioned in the memorandum submitted earlier.
Conference on NSS impact
ITANAGAR, July 25: Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Itanagar is organizing
a three-day training conference on 67th round national sample survey (NSS) at its
office premises from July 27-29.
Yazali comes alive in screen
ITANAGAR, July 25: The sleepy Yazali town located few hours drive from capital complex
came alive on big screen when a documentary film titled “Yazali: Ballad Of Existence”,
was screened in the Saturday Cinemaghar show at E&K’s restaurant, Naharlagun organized
by the Centre for Cultural Research & Documentation (CCRD) yesterday.
This 26 minute documentary film depicts the story of a small town Yazali situated
in the Lower Subansiri district. Movie highlights the importance of Yazali town
for the very existence of Nyishi Society. The film also depicts about Yazali that
used to be in the past before construction of Ranganadi phase-I dam and what it is
now and what would be its fate in days to come if the second phase of Ranganadi-II
dam is constructed.
Many affected people and senior Nyishi intellectuals who were interviewed in the
documentary expressed that the local people will be left with no option but to go
back to their primitive way of living in the mountainous areas practicing the same
age-old system of farming that people used to follow many-many years backs and finding
food in the jungle as all the fertile and plain land will be completely submerged
in water, changing the complete map of Yazali.
The Documentary also questions if the construction of the dam in its first phase
brought any development for the local people of Yazali and its adjoining areas. Potin
village which came into existence after building of Ranganadi Phase-I find prominence
in the movie. In the film one resident of Potin says, “NEEPCO which had constructed
Phase-I promised many things to us but did nothing in practical. We were shifted
out from our ancestral village Chun and made to stay in Potin. In real speaking Potin
is the worst affected village and yet we have got nothing from this project.”
The large displacement caused by Ranganadi Phase-I totally changed demographic picture
of Yazali and its adjoining areas. With second phase looming large over them, people
of Yazali has expressed fear that soon their beautiful land will become history as
construction of Phase-II will submerge whole town.
They say that they are not completely against the development but that should not
be at the cost of extinction of the tradition, culture and people of the land. The
documentary also revealed that the local people were promised to provide free electricity
supply and other facilities but after the completion of the dam the authority forgot
everything. The striking point of the film is that it also reflects thinking and
opinion of the people of what lies ahead in their future.
The screening was followed by brainstorming discussion session and Souparna Lahiri
who had conceptualized the documentary answered to the queries put to him by the
audiences regarding the making of the film and impact of the construction of the
dam in the state. He also informed that the documentary was shoot in seven days outdoor
shooting. The film has been directed by Tapas Majumdar and Indrajit.
SSA teachers deserve their share of respect
ITANAGAR, July 25: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA) teachers are the most vilified group
of people in Arunachal. From minister to ordinary citizen everybody does not mind
taking pot shot at SSA teachers whenever talks centre around poor education scenario
of the state. They become soft target and citizen tends to blame them for every bad
thing happening with education sector.
It’s very easy to find fault with SSA teachers but before criticizing them we have
to try understanding under which traumatic circumstances they perform their duty.
With salary lower than even that of security guard, SSA teachers often struggle
for motivation. It’s quite natural everybody work hard where return is good and it’s
shame on the part of citizen to expect them to give their best without being paid
properly. They also have families to look after and often delay in payment makes
life miserable for these helpless SSA teachers.
“My four-year-old son is demanding me to buy some new toy for him. I have been avoiding
him telling I will buy it next month. Its been four month since we are deprived
of our salary and am yet to buy a toy for my son. I feel so miserable,” shared one
Further he added, “Often people mock at us when they get to know that we are SSA
teachers. Government officials also never give us serious hearing whenever we complain
to them about irregularities in disbursing of our salary. Despite working so hard
we are being treated like second class citizen and this really hurt us. Why one target
SSA teachers only for all mess, why nobody says anything about those regular teachers.”
Even at work place SSA teachers often complain about being forced to put extra hours
of work. But nobody takes note of their effort and if they commit even a minor mistake
people make big fuss out of it. “Last year I was absent for some days as my father
was admitted at a hospital. When I arrived at school after some days, I got to know
that some other teachers and public had complained against me. Officials almost suspended
me on the basis of their complaint without bothering to know the cause of my absence,
“told another SSA teachers. Also majority of the SSA teachers are posted in the most
interior districts of state and are staying there without proper basic amenities.
“I share room with three more teachers. There is no privacy and virtually we live
like labourers. We are the most neglected section of society who work zealously without
concerning about any monetary gain,” said another SSA teacher.
Another aspect which hurt SSA teachers is when people doubt their integrity. Just
because some of the teachers are not regular in carrying out their duty, people think
all SSA teachers are same. “We agree that there are some teachers who are irregular
in attending duty and are busy in looking for contractual works. But all are not
same, for many SSA teachers job is the only source for running their family and so
they are true to their duties. Constructive criticism is always welcomed but negative
criticism of SSA teachers is going too far,” explained a middle aged SSA teacher.
Instead of making fun out of these SSA teachers, civil societies should come out
and support them. May be every major civil society group and NGO should institute
an award for best performing SSA teachers to boost their confidence.
‘Unplugged Night’ to rock Itanagar
ITANAGAR, July 25: In order to promote local talents in the field of music and cultural
activities, Mascot Network Society (MNS) is going to organize another attractive
event, titled, ‘Unplugged Night’ at Siddhartha hall, Itanagar on July 30.
Bands like ‘Hellgate’, ‘Far Cry’, ‘The Methods’ from state capital Itanagar will
perform and also many individual artiste and musicians will take part in the programme
and play acoustic guitars and violins.
It is worth mentioning here that the band “Hellgate’ was formed by coming together
of two enthusiastic rock ‘n’ roll musicians Ricky and Sebong; the two lead guitarists
of the band, the band has already enthralled the audience at various places of
the state including Pangsau Pass festival held recently.
Similarly “Far Cry” was formed on May this year. The six-members Far Cry band
play in alternative and slow rock genres. They have proved their mettle while performing
at Bos Frontalis-2010 and emerged winner in rock competition.
The “Methods” one of the emerging bands of Itanagar will also perform in the programme.
“We play in genres like heavy metal, rock n roll; alternative rock” informs the lead
The harmonious unplugged event also has a team of three musicians coming together
to try something new in fusion music -- one with guitar and two on violins. “This
is the first time that we are trying a fusion on violin with guitar which has never
been tried earlier in Arunachal, informs one of the members.
Development of Tezu airport going on
SHILLONG, July 25: The development of Tezu airport in Arunachal Pradesh, at a cost
of Rs.79 crore has been approved during 2009-10, according to an official statement.
The project is being implemented by the Airports Authority of India and will be ready
for operations by March 2012.
The statement further said the Ministry for Civil Aviation has also approved the
setting up of three Greenfield airports to improve the air connectivity in the North
Apart from Itanagar green field airport in Arunachal Pradesh, the other two are Pakyong
in Sikkim and Cheitu in Nagaland’s capital Kohima.
The one at Pakyong in Sikkim is under construction at cost of Rs 264 crore, the statement
In the meantime, the viability gap funding to Alliance Air for providing air services
in the North Eastern Region has also been approved for the years 2010 and 2011 at
a cost of Rs 94.14 crore, the statement said.
Meanwhile, on development of national highways in the region, the statement said
that about 596 km length of road has been completed during the year 2009-10.
The statement also added that in Arunachal Pradesh 2, 319 kilometre of roads and
highways have been developed.
“Bids have already been received for 4 projects with a total length of 776 kms. The
Trans-Arunachal Highway forms an important part of this initiative,” the official
The mega rail-cum-road bridge at Bogibeel over river Brahmaputra which has been taken
up will provide an important link between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
ITANAGAR, July 25: The staff and students of Gumpto Middle School in collaboration
with Range Forest Officer, Doimukh has organized a mass tree plantation programme
yesterday to mark the 61st Vanamahostsava.
On the occasion, Range Forest Officer, Doimukh provided 165 numbers of saplings to
Gram chairperson, GB and others also took active part in the tree plantation programme.
HVDWC discuss development activities
ITANAGAR, July 25: Hari Village Development and Welfare Committee (HV DWC), Ziro
in a development meeting has discussed the developmental activities taken up by
various Govt departments under Hari village at Megyang Field on July 24 last.
The meeting also adopted resolutions urging the PWD executive engineer, Ziro division
to implement the NLCPR schemes in Hari village with quality works before March
The house present further appealed the EE PHED Ziro to improve water supply system
to Hari village and also urged upon the Executive Engineer (Elect.) Ziro Division
to improve street light system of Hari village at an early date in view of in- coming
The meeting also decided to constitute a monitoring committee with ZPM, Anchal Chairperson,
Chairman HVDWC, five Members each from HGBs and from among public to ensure quality
execution of developmental activities under Hari Village.
Earlieir, presiding over the meeting committee chairman Mudo Nikang appealed the
house to co-operate with Govt departments in development activities. HGBs, GBs,
Panchayat leaders, officers and General Public attended the meeting.
Guru Pujan held
PASIGHAT, July 25: The East Siang RSS wing organized a Guru Pujan Samaroh amidst
hundreds of followers on the occasion of Guru Purnima at the Solung Hall, Pasighat
on July 25 .
Speaking on the occasion, the special guest Dr. Krishna Gopal, (Kshetra Pracharak,
Assam) said it was the opportunity for all to progress spiritually.
The Guru dispels the darkness of spiritual ignorance bestowing us spiritual knowledge
and experiences and such celebration is an opportunity to pay tribute our Guru with
a mission for the Truth, sacrificing body, time, wealth and mind.
We must love others without any expectation and it should be always unconditional,
impartial, Dr. Gopal further advised.
Among others M.G. Omprakash Secy and Tate Gammeng Jt. Secy East Siang RSS wing and
Tatem Mize Secy North Assam also attended the program.
NABARD to hosts workshop
ITANAGAR, July 25: NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office in collaboration with
NGO partners is hosting a workshop at Itanagar on July 26.
The workshop is being organized to deliberate on various issues and challenges of
developmental programmes in order to intensify the SHG movement, Farmers Club Programme
and various skill development initiatives under the aegis of NABARD. The workshop
will also seek the views of NGOs on achieving the objectives of Millennium Development
Goals (MDG) of United Nations in which India is a signatory.
ITANAGAR, July 25: Loma Toko Jotam, Tamo Tatung, Punyo Bamang and Buru Elyu have
been elected as Chairman, President, Vice President and General Secretary respectively
of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation, Lower Subansiri District Unit
in a meeting held at Hapoli recently.
Kara Topu, Kholi Naga and Paklem Yomgam have been appointed as President, General
Secretary and Vice President of All Arunachal Commerce Students’ Association.
NEDWS to take up more development activities
ITANAGAR, July 25: North East Development Welfare Society has conducted its 3rd general
meeting here yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest EAC T Bomjen appreciated the society for
organizing various developmental activities and encouraged to the members of the
society to organize more voluntary activities in the state.
Meanwhile, the society has decided to take up more developmental activities voluntarily.