ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Arunachal Guild for Cultural Integration in collaboration with
the Department of Arts and Culture felicitated 26 legendary artists of the state
in recognition of their outstanding contributions in state’s cutural field in a glitteirng
function at IG Park here this evening.
The commendable efforts of the organisers were apreciated by the legends. Talut Mize
summed it up best when he said “when I started I didnot know where I was going. But
today I realise it was worth an effort”
The legendary artists entrralled the huge gathering with thier old gems.
Tari Taipodia, Bengia Hemanta, Taba Yall Nabam, Talut Mize, Takio Soki, Goto Ete,
Gyati Anda, Sida Banor, James Bijnoo Nabam had the crowd on thier feets as they churned
out old popular melodies.
Giving away the mementos to the artists, Minister Arts and Culture, Geology and Mining
Komlung Mosang said that art is a very significant part of life and it should be
Appreciating the event, pride of Northeast Lou Majaw said, “it is a very commendable
gesture by the organizers to acknowledge the contributions of the the legendary artists.
Racalling the painful experiences that he had gained during his sojourn to the
world of music, Lou urged the connoisseur of mucis to believe in their inherited
talent and values involved in their field of activities. Artists need supports to
expose their musical talents, he said.
Lou pledged before the crowd that he would be back to Itanagar very shortly to perform
Organizing Secretary Pasang Dorjee Sona who is also Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism
said the event was just an attempt to recognize those luminaries. He assured that
the left-out artists would soon be honoured.
PWD and Finance Minister Chowna Mein also attended the function.
Another attraction of the evening was a play titled Lapya by Tai Tugung. The play
which depicted the pain of a girl who is forced to marry against her will and later
chained in wooden plank (lapya) for her refusal to settle down with her husband was
widely cheered by the young crowd. The amatuer actors came up with a splendid performance.
China has no right to intervene in India’s internal matter: Tuki
DAPORIJO, Feb 29: Arunachal Pradesh today endorsed Union Defence Minister A K Antony’s
rejection of the Chinese objections to his visit to the state on February 20 last.
The Chinese foreign ministry had earlier objected to the Minister’s recent visit
to Itanagar to attend the state’s Silver Jubilee celebrations of Statehood on February
20. The ministry spokesman Hong Lei had said that India should refrain from taking
any action that could complicate the border issue.
Concluding his three-day visit to Upper Subansiri district here today, Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki, along with Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, univocally supported Antony’s criticism
of the Chinese reaction and asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of
“Arunachal Pradesh has never been a part of China, which is locally known as ‘Quiding’
– a distant land, or any of its territories,” announced Tuki and Sanjoy in unison
at a massive public rally held here by residents of the district headquarters. A
day earlier, Antony had also criticised China for raising objections to his visit
to Arunachal Pradesh, describing Beijing's comments on the issue as "most objectionable".
“I feel it is most unfortunate and, at the same time, it is really objectionable,”
he told reporters at the national capital.
Following the development since the Union Minister’s visit to the state, the Chief
Minister and the MP expressed surprise on the whole hullabaloo. They said that China
had no rights to intervene in the internal matters of a sovereign country and its
democratically formed state government. Both stood ground that Arunachal was celebrating
its 25 years of Statehood and had the right to invite any Indian official to join
China had earlier opposed the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Arunachal
Pradesh. China routinely takes exception to any high level visits of Indian officials
to Arunachal Pradesh which it claims is a part of Southern Tibet.
It was part of the discussion of the past 15 rounds of border talks by the Special
Representatives by the two countries. China also denies visa to people of Arunachal
Pradesh as part of its claim to the area.
In a recent case, visa was denied to a senior Indian Air Force officer to visit China
as part of defence delegation prompting New Delhi to scale down the size of the delegation.
Antony said a secure, non-porous international border was the top-most priority of
RGU scholar picks Suicide among the Idu Mishmis as Ph D thesis
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: A PhD scholar in Rajiv Gandhi University Tarun Mene’s thesis “Suicide
among the Idu Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh” could help policy makers and other
agencies in understanding the issue that has hugely impacted the Idu Mishmi community.
The University has awarded the Ph.D degree to Mene for his path breaking research
from Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies under the supervision of Dr. S.K Chaudhuri.
Mene hails from village Mayu, Lower Dibang Valley District. Praising his Anthropological
research, perhaps first in North-East India, the experts said that the work has immense
implications for policy makers and other similar agencies in understanding suicidal
phenomena among the Idu Mishmi tribe of Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh. The research is based on 218 suicide incidents and found 10-29
age groups to be more susceptible group to suicide.
The study included a total of 218 completed suicide incidences (the figure may go
up in actual) during the last four decades, i.e. from 1971-80 to 2001-2010. Out of
the total, 103 are reported male and 115 female. The study found that suicide is
a serious issue in Idu Mishmi community. It is found that social customs and norms,
religious beliefs and practices and values, socio-political aspects, have greatly
influenced and determined the suicidal phenomenon among Idus. The inferences drawn
from the questionnaire is enough to ascertain that how the living members of Idu
community are deeply impacted and are crying for help.
Further research in this direction may help, if not at all, at least to minimize
the suicide rate among this hardly 10,000 souls of Idu population, said Mene while
responding to a question from this daily.
To this date, no initiatives have been taken up to address such social epidemic at
Government level, rather these are completely left as the internal matter of the
community who are negotiating with such incidences as per their traditional social
norms. On the other hand, we do not find any interference made by community based
Society and Unions to address such menace in the Idu Mishmi community.
Mene says that the work may provide an empirical basis to initiate some definite
steps in that direction. For example, age old beliefs depicting suicides as the handiworks
of the evil spirits, which made people complacent need to be addressed from the sociological
perspective and on the light of research findings. There is a clear need to rethink
about the existing marital norms of the Idu Mishmis followed by spread of education
and building awareness among the people about the negative impact of such act on
the family, collective psyche of the upcoming young generation and ultimately the
whole Idu Mishmi society at large who are passing the phase of transition.
AAPSU conducts awareness campaign on road connectivity
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Students (AAPSU)’s week-long ‘Social Awareness
campaign on education, health and road connectivity’ in remote Tali constituency
concluded on February 27.
Holding series of social awareness interaction in Lingdhum, Langdhing, Khowa villages
on its way to Tali Circle Headquarter on foot, the AAPSU team advocated for road
connectivity to the remote Tali constituency.
The AAPSU leaders called upon the villagers to cooperate with the government departments
and the elected representatives for early completion of the Yangte-Tali road. Following
the complaint of local villagers that the local contractors have been duped by the
executing agencies by not paying them their dues for the formation cutting of the
roads, the AAPSU team also asked the villagers to sort out the differences, if any,
The AAPSU team also made aware the villagers about the ill-effect of demanding money
during the election period. Development in the form of road connectivity should be
the fundamental demand of the local people, lest the coming generation of the area
will be deprived of the fruits of development, AAPSU said.
Tuki showers Upper Subansiri with gifts
DAPORIJO, Feb 29: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki summed-up his 3 days Upper Subansiri
tour; bestowing series of developmental packages — a Government Degree College, Mini-Secretariat,
Cold Storage for agriculture and horticulture produces, a mini-stadium at Rijo ground,
infrastructure for schools, suspension bridges and link roads.
Tuki who was on his maiden visit to the district after assuming the CM’s office created
history of sorts by becoming the first CM to traverse the serpentine interiors from
Itanagar to Pagenalo by road – a distance of more than 400 kms.
In a public meeting at Rijo Ground here today, Tuki termed Daporijo as a special
place and informed that an Upper-Subansiri specific policy is on anvil for speedy
development of the region. Incidentally, Upper Subansiri is recognised by the Government
of India as one of the most backward districts in the country.
Dedicating the college to the public, which will start functioning from next academic
session, Tuki opined that with its commencement the district would usher into new
era of human resource development.
Acknowledging massive unemployment in Arunachal Pradesh as a serious problem, Tuki
informed that the Government is envisaging employment generation council, which will
keep track of the unemployment graph registering details of educated unemployed youths
including school dropouts. He said that a skill development council, which is also
on the pipeline, would augment govt’s initiative to curb unemployment.
Emphasising that Govt alone cannot bring desired changes, Tuki asked the public to
chip-in through all possible ways for the all round development of the area. Taking
the opportune moment of a huge gathering despite inclement weather, he announced
Rs 5 crore for construction of infrastructure for the degree college at its permanent
site besides Rs 10 crore to start the work on a mini-secretariat. Another Rs 1 crore
was announced for maintenance and construction of the Todak Dulom Bridge over Subansiri
To the demand for development of Daporijo as a Model Town, the Chief Minister sought
a Master Plan for it. He also sought a proper estimate for construction of an auditorium
for the Government H S School here from the concerned department. He also assured
to post sufficient Senior Teachers and Subject Teachers at the H S School and sanction
funds for extension of classrooms.
Accompanying Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy said the Centre is aware of the importance
of Upper Subansiri, a strategically located front, and is providing all required
assistance to bring in economic stability. Asserting the role of youths in process
of development, Sanjoy asked them to take optimum advantage of Centre’s flagship
programmes being implemented in the district. Referring to public reluctance in
handing over the Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in Daporijo to the Army, he asked the
citizens to ponder over the issue given its all-pervasive importance in the nation’s
interest. He said that in lieu of the land, the Centre is ready to compensate monetarily
Power and RD Minister Tanga Byaling laid emphasis on civic sense among the people
for sustainable development of the area. He said all development packages/schemes
would go waste if public lacks civic sense and make improper use of the amenities.
He also expressed concern over the poor hygiene and sanitation scenario of Daporijo
and called for complete makeover so that it becomes a Model Headquarter in future.
Yari Dulom, president, APMCC and Daporijo MLA Tapen Siga also spoke on the occasion.
Among others, DC Ameya Abhyankar, SP, HoDs were present on the occasion.
Photo calender on enchanting Mechuka released
Priority to tourism sector: Mein
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: In an effort to promote the vast tourism potential of Menchuka
in West Siang district, a photo calendar titled ‘Year of the Dragon’ showing the
striking scenic beauty of Mechukha was released by PWD and Planning Minister Chowna
Mein here today.
All the breathtaking photographs in the calendar are by Parliamentary Secretary of
Tourism Passang Dorjee Sona, who is also the MLA of Mechukha. Releasing the calendar,
Mein said, “Arunachal is indeed a paradise on the earth and the need of the hour
is to exploit the vast tourism potential of the state.
Mein disclosed that the 12th five year plan of the state would give more priority
to tourism sector and efforts would be made to equally promote all such potential
tourist destinations. He assured to extend all possible help to tourism department
for promoting the tourism sector and develop the infrastructures on need basis.
He also stressed the importance of marketing on the state tourism sector and involving
foreign researchers to explore the tourism potential of the state.
Parliamentary Secretary Tourism PD Sona sought support and cooperation from all to
promote Mechukha as tourist hot-spot. He also appealed to the media to play vital
role in promoting the tourism sector of the state.
On being asked about the lack of accommodation facility in Mechukha for visiting
tourists, Sona said that efforts are on to develop more and more infrastructure for
accommodation and youths are being given the opportunities to run tourism infrastructure
on private public policy (PPP) mode.
Expressing concern over deforestation in the area, Sona assured that he would impress
upon the forest department to restrict the felling of trees, especially pines.
Later, Mein released the tourism department’s souvenir.
Highlighting the objectives of the programme, Tourism Secretary Sonam Chombey said
that efforts are on to take the tourism to next level.
Earlier a video on enchanting Mechukha was screened.
Workshop on bee-keeping begins
Take up self-employment schemes, Tacho urges youth
DAMBUK, Feb 29: Urban Development, Housing, Town Planning and Fishery Minister Rajesh
Tacho has exhorted the educated youth of the state to take up take small scale and
cottage industries like bee keeping, handloom and handicraft for self-employment
and to enhance the economy of the state. He was addressing the inaugural session
of the six days long Industrial Development training cum workshop on bee keeping
being held at Higher Secondary School Auditorium, Dambuk yesterday. The minister
exhorted the educated youths to take up such self-employed projects availing Govt.
subsidy and loan in order to make themselves self-dependent instead of “wasting their
time and energy on short term gains like contract works”.
The programme is jointly organized by department of Industries, Department of Trade
and Commerce, department of Textile & Handicrafts and state’s Khadi and Village
Industries Board, and state’s KVIC Office, union ministry of MSME and sponsored
by National Bee Board under Union Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi and KVIC, Union
Ministry of MSME, Mumbai. Among others, public leaders, PRI members, GBs, farmers
Highlighting the importance of Beekeeping, the minister said Govt. has given emphasis
on Beekeeping and other small scale industries like handlooms and handicrafts besides
tea and rubber plantations in order to make our state self-sustainable.
As the district has ample of fertile land, he exhorted the youth to take up tea and
rubber plantations. “As most of the honey and tea industries of other developed states
have become polluted due to maximum use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, people
of our state can take up organic tea plantation and honey production in large scale
which has great demand throughout the world,” the minister said. He, however, stressed
on formulation of proper policy for success of cottage industry including bee-keeping.
He further informed that efforts are on to boost the activities of fishery department
by taking up more fishery development schemes in the next financial year. He also
called upon the people to maintain peace, brotherhood and communal harmony which
are pre-requisite for development.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by Anchal Chairperson Tuppik Saring for notification
of new Dambuk township area and fund for construction of boundary wall around it,
Tacho asked them to submit the proposal through district administration. He sanctioned
Rs 50,000 for proper electrification of the multi-cultural hall.
In his key not address Makbul Pertin, Commissioner (Industries, Department of Tirap
and Changlang, Trade and Commerce and Member Secretary, Khadi and Village Industry
Board, highlighted the main objective of the programme. He called upon the trainees
to take optimum benefit of the training cum workshop and make themselves well equipped
with knowledge of technical know-how. He informed that Beekeeping combined with Sericulture
has achieved a great success in the state. Honey Bee Processing Unit with bottling
and storing capacity has been running successfully at Sille village near Pasighat
in East Siang district for the last ten years, he said.
Tokong Pertin, Director, Trade and Commerce enlightened the gathering on prospects
of tea and rubber plantations in the state. Highlighting various initiatives of the
department, he said that the department is making all out efforts with the help from
tea and rubber boards for popularizing tea and rubber industries in the state.
Tassar Talar, Director, Department of Geology and Mining, S Deb, CEO, KVIB, Kaling
Koyu, DDI Pasighat, Maktel Pertin, GB and Kirti Linggi, ASM also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the dignitaries visited Community Health Centre and Higher Secondary School,
Dambuk which are one of the oldest in the state. DIPRO
Nyokum Yullo celebrated at remote Tali
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The people of Tali and Pip-Sorang circle celebrated the Nyokum
with traditional fervor and gaiety at remote Tali on Sunday last.
Despite heavy rain, Rikampada and Buya Gyum-Nam dances were performed by the cultural
parties with much enthusiasm.
Attending the festival, local MLA Markio Tado assured to work for faster development
of the circle. Informing that steps has been taken for creation of the ADC headquarters,
he also announced for construction of IB at Tali which was initiated by AAPSU earlier.
Speaking on the occasion, AAPSU president Takam Tatung exhorted the people to preserve
the age-old culture and celebrate the festival with participation of all the people
irrespective their religious belief. He also urged the people to maintain health
“As we are the people of a secular country, we should celebrate the festival together
irrespective of our belief and faith for the future generation”, said ANSU VP Tagru
Tali, Pip-Sorang Joint Nyokum Yullo celebration committee chairman Ha Tagong and
general secretary Hari Tara also spoke. Noted artists Nido Ronu and Yami Gamlin added
colours to the festival with their melodious numbers.
Among others, IFCSAP general secretary Gichik Taja, Govt officials, GBs and panchayat
leaders attended the day long festival.
It is worth mentioning here that Governor JJ Singh and Agriculture Minister Setong
Sena could not visit the remote circle due to inclement weather.
Meanwhile, while appreciating MLA Er Markio Tado for taking initiatives for Nyokum
celebration after a gap of six years at Tali, the Gichik Abu Welfare Society said
the people of this circle are facing lot of problems including lack of medical facilities
and proper education due to non-existence of motorable road.
HAMARE, Hayang Memorial and Agro Industrial and Education Trust, an NGO also celebrated
the Nyokum Yullo festival at Chayang Tajo in East Kameng district with four days
programme from February 23 -26.
Folk dance, Lurik or Dumdam dance, Miss and Mr Nyokum contest and game and sports
competitions were the main attraction of the celebration. Metung Bagang and Chapu
Bagang won the Miss and Mr Nyokum title respectively.
While Bagang team lifted the Late Moik Bagang Memorial Nyokum Yullo Football Running
Trophy, Kya Brothers team emerged winner in volleyball competition.
Attending the festival NESO secretary general Gumjum Haider stressed on participation
of each and every individual of the community in such festivity. Safar Pao (Kya),
Member, Wildlife Board, HAMARE secretary Ashok Sonam Tajo also spoke on the occasion.
The festival was organized with the financial support from the union ministry of
At Tarak-Lengdi, the Nyishi Nyokum festival was celebrated with gaiety on February
Addressing the gathering, former NSUI general secretary Tap Tapum assured to donate
one rice mill each to Restaring, Korapu, Galang Putung and Puchi Pute village and
also assured construction of Nyokum Namlo at Tarak-Lengdi.
Pre-Nyokum festival was also celebrated at Lumte village with traditional fervor
on February 25. MLA Bamang Felix attended the festival. He urged the villagers to
respect own religion and culture. Village Committee, Chairman Tarh Tallum read out
the Nyokum mythology.
At Chambang, addressing the gathering on the occasion of Nyokum celebration, parliamentary
secretary, tax and excise, Lokam Tassar exhorted the Nyishi brethrens to take active
part in Nyokum Yullo celebration.
In his address, Kurung Kumey DDSE S T Zara stressed on the need of promoting Nyishi
language. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for construction of a permanent Nyokum Nygang
(Altar) at Chambang.
Reading a never ending process: DC
Aalo, Feb 29: In order to promote reading habit among school children of West Siang
under the initiative of Indira Mallo, Secretary Cultural Affairs, a one day seminar
was organized by District Library Aalo and sponsored by Directorate of Public Libraries
Itanagar at Gumin Kiin yesterday.
More than hundred students from various schools took part in the seminar which opened
up wide range of activities like book review, story telling, library tour etc.
Attending the seminar, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak said that the maiden
effort will go a long way in promoting library movement in the district. Reading
is a never ending process and it is quite essential to inculcate reading habit among
the children, he said.
Former minister Doi Ado was appreciative of the effort to preoccupy young minds for
constructive purposes to dissuade them from present day vices.
West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke said that library should be a place where child gets free
access to choice of books and develop reading habit in their formative years.
Earlier, in her key note address, the DLIO and Programmme Coordinator, Lingam Ete
said that the expected outcome of the seminar is to help in creating interest towards
using library as a source of information.
29 Children Corners have been established with the support of Raja Ram Mohan Roy
Library Foundation and State Govt. to meet the needs of the young generation.
Y. Kena, DLIO Aalo dwelt at length on objective of the seminar like helping the
children interest towards using library as a source of information, developing language
skill and better utilization of their ideal time.
State Level Table Tennis Championship
Bijoykumar, Mary Rinya win men’s and women’s title
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Y Bijoykumar of NERIST and Mary Rinya of Govt Hr. Sec. School,
Itanagar won the Men’s and Women’s singles title in the first ever State Level Table
Tennis Championship held at indoor stadium of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy, Chimpu
near here today.
Bijoykumar pairing with Limatemsu Jamir also lifted the Men’s doubles title while
the title for doubles event in women’s category went to Suman Devi and Sonam Chokey
of KV No 1, Naharlagun.
Attending the closing ceremony, North East Today managing director Chombey Kee requested
the state government to extend support for promotion of table tennis in the state.
Tsering Sonam, spokesperson, TSOPA, urged the Table Tennis Association (TTA) and
the state government to nurture the budding players to grow as National and International
TTA Secretary Passang Dingla informed that the players selected on the basis of performance
in the championship would be sent to participate in the XXVI North East Games to
be held in Mizoram in the last week of March.
He exhorted the gathering to engage themselves in sports for enjoyment as well as
building a healthy society.
Reducing measles morbidity and mortality through measles catch up campaign
Dr. D. Padung
Measles Catch-up Campaign is being conducted in East Kameng and Kurung Kumey disttricts
as a part of global effort to reduce measles morbidity and mortality rate. Target
age group of this campaign is 9 months to 10 years children irrespective of their
previous measles vaccination status or measles infection. Along with other technical
and operational issues, two major challenges in this campaign are huge target group
and mass vaccination with injectable antigen.
Measles is a highly infectious and potentially fatal viral infection mainly affecting
children. Immunization against measles directly contributes to the reduction of under-five
With the introduction of measles vaccine in national programme from 1985, which is
given at 9 to 12 months of age, the disease burden has reduced and this reduction
can be further accelerated by improving the coverage of the 1st dose of measles which
stands at 69.6% as per DLHS-3 survey and providing second opportunity for measles
vaccination. In controlled studies it has been found that measles vaccine efficacy
is of the order of 89% when given at 9 months of age and approximately 99% when given
at >12 months of age. Actual vaccine effectiveness, under field conditions, is usually
lower. It is of the order of 85% when given at 9 months and 95% when given at >12
months of age.
Rationale for Measles Catch-up Campaign
Measles is a leading cause of childhood mortality, and the reduction of child mortality
is a key Millennium Development Goal. Analysis of measles outbreak data reveals that
around 90% of the measles cases were in the age group of <10 years. Although reported
coverage for measles vaccination is high, previous CES revealed that it never exceeded
70%. As measles vaccination does not confer 100% protection and sero-conversion rate
is only 85% when given at 9 months of age, a substantial number of children remain
unprotected even if they are vaccinated. Supplementary activities like measles catch-up
campaign is required to sustain high measles vaccination coverage and also for providing
a second opportunity for the unprotected children. Lessons learnt from this campaign
will be useful for future immunization activities. A follow up campaign may be required
to maintain high population immunity against measles besides maintaining high routine
immunization coverage. The timing and need for a follow-up campaign will be determined
by routine immunization coverage rates, the quality of the catch-up campaign and
Overall strategy for catch-up campaign
The highest level of political, administrative ownership, commitment and support
needs to be sustained for successfully implementing measles catch-up campaigns. Measles
catch-up campaigns are a one time activity and therefore coverage must be near 100%
in the target age-group to impact on disease transmission and rapidly build up population
The following approach will be used for measles catch-up campaigns :
During the campaign period, immunization activities for the campaign will be conducted
on 4-5 working days of the week without disturbing the routine immunization/Village
Health & Nutrition days of the week.
To ensure safety, all children will be immunized at fixed posts (‘Measles Session
On an average, a district will be able to complete the campaign in 3 weeks. Immunization
session sites will operate from schools in the 1st week and from outreach sites in
the community in 2nd and 3rd weeks.
One village or an urban area will be covered in a day by a team(s). If the size of
the village or urban area is large, multiple teams will be engaged so as to cover
it in one day. But no vaccination team will conduct activities at two session sites
in any one day.
Several such vaccination teams will work simultaneously in a block or an urban municipality
to complete the immunization activities in the shortest possible time without compromising
on quality and safety of vaccination.
A school session will start as soon as the school starts in the morning and will
end when all children have been immunized. An outreach site will operate from 8 am
to 2 pm or until the last child is vaccinated. The ANM will do her scheduled work
in that area for that day after 2 pm. This will also ensure that the ANM is available
in the area for at least 1 hour after the last injection to attend to any AEFI.
Mobile teams will be used for covering hard to reach areas, mobile populations and
temporary settlements. These teams will not conduct house to house vaccination, but
will immunize children from a fixed location in these high-risk population settlements.
Supervisors will support the vaccinator teams on the day of activity and assess coverage
on the day after the completion of activity with a structured check list.
Areas having less than 90% coverage will be reached again by immunization teams to
vaccinate the missed children. Ensuring safe injections practices will be of paramount
importance during the campaign and only trained vaccinators must be allowed to vaccinate
children. Based on the experience of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) immunization campaign
in India, it is planned to cover 125-150 children per vaccinator per day. This number
may go up to 200 per vaccinator in a school where vaccinators do not have to wait
for children to turn up at the session site.
Measles 2nd dose introduction in India
Providing second dose of measles vaccine through catch-up immunization campaigns
and or routine second dose/follow up immunization campaigns after 6 months of successful
completion of measles SIA supported by sensitive laboratory supported surveillance
and appropriate case management, including administration of vitamin A.
Rationale for second dose of measles
Previous coverage evaluation surveys have shown that mean national (similarly Arunachal
Pradesh at 69%) coverage with measles vaccine has never exceeded 70%. With 85% vaccine
effectiveness for vaccination at 9 months, actual protection was offered to only
60% of annual birth cohorts (70% × 85% = 60%). In other words, at least 40% remained
susceptible to measles. A second opportunity measles immunization given at or above
one year of age (>95% effectiveness) along with simultaneous increase in first dose
coverage in the population is an effective way to reduce the proportion of susceptible
children in the community and to prevent measles outbreaks.
Whom to vaccinate?
All susceptible children for whom measles vaccination is not contraindicated. The
target age group for measles catch-up campaigns will be all children in the age group
9 months to 10 years (not reached their 10th birthday) irrespective of their prior
measles immunization status or history of measles like illness.
Adverse reactions to the vaccine
Adverse reactions following measles vaccination are generally mild and transient
& there can be slight pain and tenderness at the site of injection within 24 hours,
sometimes followed by mild fever and local swelling.
Following are not contraindications for measles vaccination:
Malnutrition and Minor illness such as mild respiratory infection, diarrhoea, and
low grade fever for less than 3 days. These children should be referred to nearest
health facility after they have been immunized.
Immunization against measles contributes to reducing under-five mortality and is
an indicator for MDG4.
Vaccine effectiveness of one dose of measles vaccine at 9 months of age is around
85%. Vaccine effectiveness goes up to 95% and above when given at >12 months of age.
MYP objective is to reduce measles related mortality by 90%, by 2013 when compared
to 2000 levels.
Measles is a highly infectious viral disease which can cause complications and death.
Measles vaccine is a live attenuated virus vaccine. It is safe and effective and
provides long term immunity.
After successfully completing the measles SIA in 14 districts, the 2 remaining districts
of East Kameng and Kurung Kumey will organize MSIA during March 2012. The coverage
of measles vaccination in these two districts is very low as has been recorded by
recurrent, localized outbreak of measles cases. As discussed above, till the coverage
level is well above 90%, we may have to continually tackle recurrent outbreaks of
measles. To put an end to this menace, it is requested to all concerned, especially
the elites, leaders and other community concern people of these two districts to
participate, cooperate and most importantly to propagate the message of the effort
from health department to parents to bring their wards to the nearest booth/ health
centre for measles vaccination. With a hope of full participation from all quarters,
the morbidity and mortality more importantly, the recurrent outbreak due to this
dreaded disease will finally be reduced or stopped.
(The contributor is State Nodal Officer (NRHM) Arunachal Pradesh)
National Science Day celebrated
WAKRO, Feb 29: National Science Day was celebrated here with participation of school
children yesterday. Model making contest on scientific invention organized by the
VT Youth Library Network and photo exhibition on solar cooker by Bappu Deshmukh were
the highlights of the day.
Periscope model made by Apnes Amilu Minin, Solina Khamblai and Bebulso Rangmang secured
the first position. Model on low cost water filter by KGBV Wakro girls, Bialu Khamblai,
Animai Chikro and Dipeshi Pul and model on heat and magnetic effects of electricity
by Apnes Kesilu Tayang, Mumne Darang and Lakhilu Mepong won the second and third
Earlier, SKIL project manager Yoginder Singh inaugurated the model contest.
Photo exhibition on solar cooker was highly appreciated.
Wakro children were also overjoyed with the assurance of Swami Sri Sri Anubhavanandaji
to visit Arunachal with the Wakro kids. Meanwhile, Anugrah lauded Nivedita Khandekar
a Delhi based journalist for mobilizing fund for free education of Apnes.
Rousing welcome to new Youth Cong leaders
JAIRAMPUR, Feb 29: The youths and public leaders of Jairampur, Nampong and Manmao
gave a rousing welcome to James Jugli and Pinna Kitnal Muklom, the newly elected
president designate of the East Parliamentary Committee and General Secretary designate
of the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress respectively. In a small but impressive
function to welcome the newly elected youth leaders, Khingranong Tikhak, ZPM, Rima-Putok
said that it was the proudest moment in the history of youth of Changlang district.
The youths of East Parliamentary Constituency and the state have elected good and
educated leaders, he said.
ITANAGAR Feb. 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has rubbished the
remarks of Adi Students’ Union that Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung has been singled
out on ‘personal grudge’ on land encroachment issue.
Reacting to the AdiSU statement published in a section of local dailies yesterday,
the AAPWU said the court had pronounced its verdict for removal of the structure
built within the Govt quarter premises that too after careful examinations of the
reports being submitted by three departments.
It appeals to the student organization not to make any remarks through media ‘without
knowing the facts and circumstances in depth’.
Budget session from March 22
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The 8th session (budget) of the 5th legislative assembly of Arunachal
Pradesh would be held from March 22 to 27 next, according to an official release.
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission has recommended disciplinary
action against Kurung Kumey SP and Sangram OC by DGP, PHQ, Itanagar for failing to
furnish information as sought by an information seeker under Right To Information
Act within the stipulated time.
The order which was issued under section 20(2) of the RTI Act, 2005, further directed
to comply with the order within two weeks failing which same disciplinary action
would be initiated against the authority under relevant provision of the law.
ANINI, Feb’29: A three days de addiction camp was organized by Prajapati Brahma Kumaris
Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) here from February 26.
The “De Addiction Camp” was attended by senior govt. officers and officials, officials
from private comapnies, GBs, Panchayat leaders, students and villagers.
Attending the camp, Abu Tayeng, Deputy Commissioner, has appealed all to extend their
support in fighting against the drug menace prevalent in the society. He described
the initiatives by the Brahma Kumaris as good effort in eradicating the drug menace.
Prominent workers from Jonai, Tinsukia, Tezu, Pasighat and Roing centres were the
main counsellors and trainers of the camp. They informed that a proposal for setting
up a meditation centre at Anini is on the pipeline. DIPRO
AWS empanelled as NLM
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Aaarro Welfare Society, a Yinkgiong based NGO has been empanelled
as Institutional National Level Monitor (NLM) under Union Ministry of Rural Development
for monitoring the implementation of programmes under RD Ministry. Only two NGOs
from North East have been selected for the task including one from Sikkim.
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Two houses were gutted in a fire at Haider village under Baririjo
circle yesterday. The fire also reportedly destroyed all house-hold properties of
Meanwhile, All Maro Baririjo Area Students’ Union appealed to the local MLA to provide
relief materials to the fire victims immediately.
ACWA demands action
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (ACWA) has reminded
the Superintendent of Police, State Investigation Cell (SIT) to register case against
ex-Commissioner, Information Technology and a Scientist/Engineer of AP State Council
for Science and Technology under appropriate sections of the Prevention of Corruption
Act within seven days for their alleged act of corruption in siphoning off public
ACWA, in a reminder to Superintendent of Police, SIT, said that an FIR against the
duo was lodged for allegedly committing irregularities in awarding works of State
Data Centre and State Wide Area Network (SWAN) projects to Karnataka State Electronics
Development Corporation on January 11, 2012 last, but no case has been registered
against them till date.
KVK training on apiculture
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit organized a 3 days NABARD sponsored
training programme on Apiculture for the rural youth of Borbill village from February
27 to 29.
A total of 31 participants including ASM were present in the training programme under
the supervision of Dr. P. K. Mallick, Programme coordinator of the KVK.
Madhumita Sonowal Bora, Subject Matter Specialist in Plant Protection trained the
farmers about importance of honey bee, identification of honey bee species, beekeeping
equipments and their uses, bee rearing and their seasonal management, bee flora and
their identification, diseases and enemies of bee and their management, economic
of bee keeping , etc.
Practical session on handling of honey boxes and colonies was also shown to the farmers.
During the training, problems faced by farmers in various portion of management of
handling of honey colonies were discussed.
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The NSS Unit of JN College, Pasighat conducted a special camp
at Taki-Lalung village, East Siang from February 28 to 29.
The volunteers cleared road side jungles, dug drains and filled up around 1 km link
road that connects Taki Lalung and Rani village.
Anchal Samity Member A. Tani, village secretary and Gaon Buras also took part in
Villagers were made aware on health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, swine flu, drug abuse,
adult education, rural economy and role of parents during the camp.
A cultural programme was arranged in the community hall bearing messages on national
integrity, patriotism, importance of the culture and tradition etc. The village
youth also participated in cultural programme.
A friendly volleyball and cricket match were played between the village youth and
Programme officer T Payum made power point presentation on aims and objectives of
The camp was led by the programme officer Payum and Principal Incharge Dr. T Taloh.
132 volunteers and 16 faculty members from the college participated during the two
Union distributes dustbins
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Legong Banggo Students’ Union distributed Dustbins to various schools,
offices, medical institutes and market area within Legong Banggo jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, Sub-Divison Officer Ruksin Yemling Tayeng and LBSU President Jhony Modi
urged the people of the area to keep their surrounding neat and clean.
‘Declare semester results’
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union (RGUSU) urged the university
authority to declare the semester results which are yet be declared by some departments
of the university within a week. Most of the university students are not attending
their classes because of non declaration of results, said a RGUSU press release.
The union also urged the authorities to avoid the system of late declaration for
results for the betterment of the students.
However, Union President Tao Abo informed that RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof. David R
Syiemlieh assured to look into the matter at the earliest possible.
Memo to CM
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU), in a memorandum has, urged the
chief minister to introduce Commerce stream at Degree College Daporijo considering
the importance of the subject in today’s world.
ATSU also appealed to the CM to upgrade the Nacho Secondary School to Higher Secondary
The lone secondary school of the constituency with 10 feeder schools of four circles
is a genuine case for consideration, the memorandum said.
GB’s death mourned
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The Jering Matkir Society deeply mourned the demise of Tayeng Darang,
Head Gaon Bura of Komsing village under Pangin circle of East Siang district.
He was 73 and is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters.
“He was source of inspiration and strength to Jering Matkir Society during his active
days. May his soul rest in peace in heavenly abode,” the society said in a release.
Org demands arrest of all accused
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Expressing concern over the reported granting of interim bail to
the main accused of Rs 2.50 crore forgery case, Parsi-Parlo Area Youth Organisation
today appealed to the Kurung Kumey district authorities for immediate arrest of
all the accused involved including main accused in the forgery case. It further urged
the authorities not to grant bail to the two arrested persons in connection with
the forgery case. It regretted that the whole amount of Rs 2. 50 crore sanctioned
by the Central Govt for welfare of the people was not utilized, instead the whole
amount was swindled.
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The proposed four-day visit of renowned spiritual and humanitarian
leader and founder of Art of Living Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Arunachal Pradesh has
been postponed. Sri Sri was supposed to arrive here on March 2 and interact with
people from all sections of society apart from meeting decision and opinion-makers,
according to a release. The new dates for Sri Sri's visit to Arunachal Pradesh will
be finalised soon, said the release.
ITANAGAR, Feb 29: MLA Bamang Felix inaugurated government primary school at Lumtey
He advised the students to attend their classes regularly and also advised the teachers
to devote in their duty and improve the education scenario of the area.
Strategy discussed to mitigate power crisis
SEPPA, Feb 29 : A joint meeting of the Department of Power (Electrical) and Department
of Hydro Power (Civil and Electro-Mechanical) was conducted here on February 25
to discuss the prevailing power problems in Seppa township and to find out the ways
and means to address the same.
The meeting presided over by Seppa East MLA Tapuk Taku was attended, among others,
by West Seppa MLA Tani Loffa, DC Tope Bam, SP Kime Aya and SE (power) Tasso Hinda
from Dirang, SE R K Joshi of hydro power from Bomdila and other officials from power
and hydro power departments. After threadbare discussion , the members suggested
strengthening of 2 ×1.5 MW Pacha SHP and Khuppi to Seppa 33 KV line with additional
power Sub-Station at Bana as an immediate measure to resolve the power crisis. DIPRO
I am indeed very grateful to the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for felicitating a number
of senior artistes and eminent sports persons of the state as a part of Weeklong
Silver Jubilee Celebration of Arunachal Statehood.
As one of the awardees, I feel extremely happy that people of Arunachal Pradesh
including the people at the helm of affairs have started understanding the value
of Art & Culture, the need for promoting them and giving due respect to people who
have put lot of hard work in the field of Art & culture. This trend, I am sure,
will continue to forge ahead and the talented people of the state will get necessary
support to aspire in this field.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few persons in a special way who
have helped me reach this milestone.
They are Nabam Tata(Paata) the first actor from Arunachal Pradesh who has been my
mentor and inspiration, Bengia Tabb- my brother and guide, Nabam Pekhi-my kind hearted
brother ,TC Tok and Arif Siddqui my bosom friends. They have been part of my life
and will remain so forever. Of course my parents, wife, children, brothers and sisters
have been my strongest support in all circumstances.
After all I can’t ever forget Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki who
has conceived the idea of honouring popular singers and exponents in the field of
Art & Culture from different tribes of the state. Receiving the honour from him ,
Mukul Sangma, CM of Meghalaya and Takam Sanjoy,MP(LS) on 24th Feb’2012 at IG Park,
Itanagar will always remain imprinted in my heart !
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Arunachal festival; lessons to learn from
As sitting by my window, working on my new sheets to be submitted on the next day,
I couldn’t restrain myself from pondering over the recently concluded Arunachal Fest,
which to my contemplation might have been a clumsy disappointment to the denizens
of the state. And yes, i could do nothing more than mere imagination as stationed
at miles away from my own state barred me to the limit of just going through the
descriptive reports of the Arunachal Times set online, elaborative posts and comments
in the face book group and some disregardful opinions of my own acquaintances over
there. And bringing into light the various negative aspects of the fest by previous
columnists like Taba Ajum and. Aditya could be regarded highly commendable, as I
too believe in the perceivable dalliance of money and resources that were at the
disposal for the much better hyped Statehood fest of our state.
Tell me, who doesn’t take pride in ones culture and traditions? Everyone does. And
I am no different, and this subjects me into a dead disappointment that the fest
actually was spinning a cocoon over our diversed yet unique cultures by demanding
sky high prices for commodities, which are the most basic parts and parcels of every
Arunachali household, after all the fest was to commemorate the silver jubilee of
our statehood, right? It is barely practical that a common girl from our state would
afford to buy a mekhla that costs some multi-thousand bucks than buy three pairs
of denim jeans within the same price range. And yes, the political heads and beauracrats
keep taunting us by preaching us about promoting our culture and traditions, and
further make a fool of themselves in occasions like the recent fest by pretending
to be flaunting the same! Nevertheless, some well-heeled people buy those things
only to lock down them into a safe, who would dare to spoil an outrageously over-priced
material like that?
And I also happened to hear that even Hollywood celebs like Yana Gupta and all were
invited. But for what reasons? This only exemplifies the mindless expenditure of
enormous money with no good payback options. Surprising stupidity! Okay, agreed that
they were invited, but didn't anyone ever wonder if we could make them dance in our
indigenous outfits in our local songs with the local stars? Wouldn't that strengthen
the ties with the world beyond our political boundary, giving a crystal clear testimony
of our integrity and unity even in the present context of diversity?
Notwithstanding that, the most exasperating fact was that the fest turned out to
be just a partying event that concluded into a dumpyard, littering all over the park,
with no noticeable outcomes worth remembering. The park, the people; What else? But
a sober testament to the flippant insult to our state.
And the most I can do now is hope, as an ever faithful representative of our state
and its people, that if ever such opportunities befall or even if not, we be in our
peak to safeguard our motives to preserve our beautiful culture and traditions and
also I fervently hope again that the management team and other related authorities
in the arriving future do not bungle with the power and money under their responsibilities
,leaving only a dried up mass, assuming the degree of importance that these endeavours
are subjected to. I wish, in the coming years we host such extravaganzas with the
quest to couple it with something to take back home; maybe traditional articles,
maybe an inspiration invoked in us to promote our indigenousness, maybe a common
feeling of oneness, or just a sweet memory to remember. In words to be simple- one
good event is what we hope, that is for one and all.
Mijong Ripuk, Nagpur
A new union territory
A new union territory comprising of East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang, Lohit, Dibang
Valley and Anjaw districts covering an area of 42949 Sq Km needs to be curved out
from present Arunachal Pradesh.
The people of these regions are peace loving and have the same culture, tradition,
customs and faith and living in communal harmony since time immemorial.
Right from the NEFA period, the tribes of these regions are rendering commendable
service for all round progress and conducive social harmony of the state and are
still following the same spirits and principle.
Further, some district head quarters of Eastern Parliamentary constituency are far
away from the present state capital resulting in innumerable hardship to the people
of these regions.
The only bright way to recreate mental peace for these people is the creation of
new union territory.
Ogam Mengu, Pasighat
In several years the stretch of capital town has finally adorned itself with cement
cubes as road divider, it doesn’t matter if its Bank Tinali area alone. I can only
wish it had chess board black and white paint or I wonder those blocks needs more
cement before the painting work could begin, its just a dream and despite it’s never
coming true I’m happy that the road is more convenient now, at least one can drive
safely without being afraid of VIP vehicles zooming without traffic breaks upon that
those reckless bike riders roaring amidst the slower speed. Please improve the capital
traffic system to a convincing standard, adopting measures for proper pavement etc.
Haku Tatak, Itanagar
A common festival ground
There should be a common festival ground at the heart of the city for all the festivals
of Arunachal Pradesh and the country irrespective of caste, tribe and religion. This
would rather imbibe a feeling of strong bond among all. The most advantage of having
a common festival ground would be; it will be fully utilized and will be used thorough
out the year. It is observed that there are good numbers of festival grounds in the
capital complex belonging to different tribes. These grounds are under-utilized as
these festival grounds are used once only in a year during the time of respective
festivals. Rest the time it remains idle.
Second advantage would be; we can construct museums around the common festival ground
where we can depict the mythology and historical aspects of each and every festival
of all the tribes thereby help in knowing each other and the festival. Even the
tourists and the outside visitors can have a glimpse of all the festivals of different
tribes of Arunachal Pradesh while visiting the common festival ground.
In addition to this, there are also some tribes which are still not having festival
ground for their festivals. The idea of having a common festival ground would relief
their agony of not having festival ground of their own in the capital complex. Moreover,
from the developmental view, it will be easier for the government to develop the
ground as there will be only one festival ground. The lone ground can be kept neat
and clean throughout the year.
Hence, the department of Art and Culture is requested to look into the matter and
take up the issue with the government to materialize the dream of having a common
festival ground for each and every tribe.
Surely, having a common festival ground would be a good beginning for creating more
understanding, strong relationship and unity among all the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.
Nice lunch and thereafter
While I went to a restaurant to have my lunch, in Gohpur, Assam and when I came back
I saw my bike nowhere. It was stolen. I was not able to do anything because I finished
my money in a nice lunch. So standing on the side of the road I asked for lift from
Arunachal cars but no car stopped.
After hours of waiting, my luck succeeded. A generous boy stopped his car and gave
me a lift to Itanagar. I am so grateful to Bigam Pertin. Praise the lord.
Techi Doben, Itanagar
Time for Lokayukta
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to ask and share my views with the Govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh and our Governor, about the much talked about Lokpal and Lokayukta.
States such as Karnataka, UP and few others have set up Lokayukta in their states
and they are doing tremendous job in their respective states. Yedurappa of Karnataka
had to give up CM post due to the Lokayukta findings.
So, I wanted to know from the Governor and Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh that, what
are their plans and when are they going to setup Lokayukta in the state of Arunachal
Hope that the state govt. will set up an effective Arunachal Pradesh Lokayukta very
Miti Hunn, Doimukh
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Almost half the world’s children now live in urban areas, says UNICEF’s annual flagship
publication, 'The State of the World’s Children 2012'.
Traditionally, families and children moved to cities in search of better opportunities,
but most urban growth now seems to be the result of children being born to parents
who already live in a city. And services aren’t keeping up with this growth.
The report says all children who live in cities are necessarily better off than those
in rural communities. It shows that, although disadvantaged children may live minutes
away from schools and clinics, for example, they are cut off from them by poverty
It also calls attention to the lack of data on conditions in slums, particularly
as it relates to children, and it calls for a deeper understanding of the issues
surrounding poverty and inequality in cities and increased political will to improve
the lives of the most marginalized.
The report notes that the very children and families who are excluded from the opportunities
of urban life can come up with improvements that benefit everyone. It calls for greater
emphasis on identifying and meeting their needs.