Five year plan for Kurung Kumey DC’s bungalow
Coordination meeting held at Sangram
Koloriang, May 2: Notorious for weak implementation of policies and programmes, even
by Arunachal standard, Kurung Kumey is on way to create another record. Even after
five years and with all funds exhausted, the new residence of Deputy Commissioner
is yet to come up.
'What can we expect of other schemes' observed the Deputy Commissioner while chairing
a co-ordination meeting of all Panchayat Members of 19-Nyapin Assembly Constituency
at Sangram today. The meeting was convened at the initiative of MLA Bamang Felix
to discuss issues that were confronting and obstructing the development process in
the area. ZPMs, Chairpersons of Anchal Samitis, ASMs and Chairpersons of GPs of 19¬
Nyapin Assembly Constituency, cutting across party line, attended the meeting.
Expressing his concerned over poor implementation of works in the District, Tayeng
urged Panchayat Leaders and public to help the Govt. agencies in proper execution
of works. 'For better development, there is no option but to change our mind set,
thinking and intention. This alone can bring changes to the District. The change
must come from within ' said Tayeng, DC, Kurung Kumey.
Felix particularly pointed out the problems of land owners, who were obstructing
essential service schemes like lying of drinking water pipe line, erection of electric
poles, telephone lines, construction of roads thereby holding the development process
of the area to ransom. He urged all the panchayat Members to bury their political
differences and help come out with a solution to fix these problems.
He further expressed concerned at the in-fighting among the public for work orders,
leading to unnecessarily wastage of time in the schemes execution. ` If any public
continue to obstruct scheme execution in any village in future, the site of the schemes
will be shifted to another village, where public are more co-operative' he warned.
The ZPMs, Chairperson Anchal Samiti; ASMs and Chairperson of GPs put forward their
views on various matters of development. They urged their MLA to allow them to play
their role in implementation and monitoring of schemes in their respective areas.
The PR Members cutting across political parties were unanimous in all the important
issues. A resolution was unanimously adopted at the end of the meeting, which includes
action against public obstructing implementation of essential services schemes, action
against absentee officers, absentee teachers, total ban on hunting and fishing, streamlining
of PDS system and proper coordination among MLA, PR Leaders and Officers.
Miao get Cathedral with Asia’s tallest statue of Christ
Pinna Kitnal Muklom
MIAO May 2: ‘Shrine of Christ the Light’ Cathedral with Asia’s tallest statue of
Christ was inaugurated here today.
The cathedral placed on a hill also houses the statue which is 36 feet in height
and weighs 7 quintals.
His Eminence Cardinal Telesphore P Toppo, D.D blessed the Cathedral today amidst
huge gathering. It is a miracle that the dioceses of Miao in just four years have
been able to achieve its dream, the Cardinal said while adding that God has spoken
forcefully with the opening of the Cathedral.
With the coming of Catholic missionaries, Arunachal Pradesh has witnessed major
change in the education sector besides maintenance of culture and traditions said
Arunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Setong Sena.
The diocese of Miao is doing a great job both in Changlang and Tirap districts with
the opening of more schools, the minister further said.
In due course of time with the help of the Church, the communities of both districts
will become communities of potentialities, he added.
The minister also said that it’s a miracle for a small town like Miao to have such
a dynamic church. The effects and blessing can already be witnessed in the form of
development amongst the people of the area, he added.
The diocese of Miao in a very short time has become an integral part of the society
in East Arunachal and is involved in every aspect of life of the people of the region,
said Local MLA Kamlung Mossang. The Catholic Church also maintains good cultural,
ethnic and religious relationship here, he added.
The cathedral is a pride not just for the Catholics but a point of unity for the
whole of Miao, Mossang said while adding that the cathedral will put Miao on the
Monsignor Abraham Mutholath, Vicar General, Diocese of Chicago appreciated the efforts
put by Bishop P K George. He further assured to give full support for development
of Arunachal Pradesh in future.
The 18 Assam Rifles Jairampur Commanding Officer Col S Choudhary released the first
Ollo devotional music album ‘Tekhio Ratkhaap’.
The inaugural programme was also attended by Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil the
patriarch of Arunachal Missions, Archbishop Dominic Jala of Shillong, Bishop Joseph
Aind of Dibrugarh, Bishop Victor of Nongstoin, Father James PM of the Salesian Provincil
of Dimapur, Father Joy Pallikkunnel the VG of Dibrugarh, Rory Desmond representative
of Archdiocese of San Francisco, USA besides many other dignitaries from various
part of the country.
Cultural and felicitation programme was also organized. A devout precession within
the township was also organized on May 1.
ITANAGAR, May 2: The Union Food Processing Industry Minister Subodh Kant Sahai had
a meeting with the Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan yesterday. Meeting touched
on various subjects for the development for special focus sectors which needs some
initiatives from the State and Central Government.
Meanwhile carrying forward the Raj Bhavan tradition, Sahai planted a sapling of Brunfelsia
pauciflora, a flowering plant, in the lawn of Raj Bhavan, Itanagar here today.
State Governor and First Lady Anupama Singh were present on the occasion. (PRO, Rajbhavan)
NESO wants ouster of VC
ITANAGAR, May 2: The North East Students Organization while extending its support
to Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union has called for immediate removal of the
Vice Chancellor to ensure peace and normalcy at Rajiv Gandhi University campus. Secretary
General of the NESO, Gumjum Haider said that Organisation is not at all happy with
the halfhearted attitude of the government even after such an uproar over the issue.
He said that government should not undermine the voice of the aggrieved and majority.
He further said that delay in action will only result in showdown between the forces
of the government and the student’s community while adding that the state government
should talk with the centre for recall of the VC.
Warning a movement, he however hoped that govt would take immediate steps to redress
“He who procures clear water can mock the doctor”
Dr D Padung
An Old Dutch proverb says “He who procures clear water can mock the doctor” and
therefore, good quality drinking water is a top requirement in life. I take an example
of cholera to substantiate why clean water is important. How did we get cholera?
Well, it has raged already for thousands of years in South-Asia and was one of the
scythes – after the description by Malthus – that Death used to keep the population
in check at a level that was permitted by the means of existence.
We now know, it is not so amazing that a cholera epidemic, once it was in full swing,
could make countless victims in cities, town and villages, via the excretion of vibrios
by the sick and the recovering. It only subsided after a large fraction of the population
had been contaminated and either had not developed the disease or fell ill and either
recovered or died.
Cholera, a water borne disease, has rendered a very valuable service to the science
of epidemiology. Due to the combination of disaster for the Londoners and the intelligence
of doctor John Snow, half way in the nineteenth century and it was during a cholera
epidemic at the end of the 40s that Snow grasped the idea of the cause. In the beginning
of the fifties came the next epidemic, around the pump of Broad Street near Hay Market.
He demonstrated that this pump was the source of contagion and when his solid argumentation
did not convince the Government, he had the courage to remove the arm of the pump
personally. This all happened before the triumphs of microbiology but Snow had already
postulated the presence of very minute contagious particles in the water as the cause
of the epidemic. Today virtually everyone, also the poor of this world, is more or
less aware of the dangers that lurk in contaminated water and food. But the strange
thing is that apprehension of risk factors does not lead to immediate and clear-cut
solutions, especially not when poverty is around.
The poor of this earth now, are sometimes regarded with a mixture of disdain and
mercy by the rich quarter. But what are their possibilities to turn cognition into
useful solutions in their difficult circumstances? May be illegally tapping off water
systems. Also sending trucks with water tanks to poor quarters but poor municipalities
cannot meet the needs sufficiently. That is why it is not surprising that the epidemic
mainly hit the poor. Even more interesting than the morbidity data (of course the
poor were most at risk) were the case fatality rates. The chance of dying was much
higher for a poor than for a rich patient, not only because the difference in physical
condition but also by social factors (like the availability and affordability of
A future quite in contrast with our present world where still 2-3 million children
will die annually before they are five because of diarrhoeal diseases from contaminated
water. This early death happens virtually only to children in poor areas or segments
of the population of which, at least one in 20 of the deaths that we consider to
be completely avoidable.
Lastly, People who are not aware of the misery that unclean water meant for (public)
health can be tempted to consider the efforts for providing clear water to be too
costly. I hope that the small sample of the health aspects of our drinking water
presented here, have shown you why, Water is of invaluable importance for our high
level of public health.
Wastewater, especially if polluted by faeces, is a source of disease and misery.
It is still responsible for the death of millions of people per year in the world.
But the majority of the 6 billion people in the world today have no adequate sanitary
facilities and furthermore even more people have no idea of the cycles that connect
waste water with ill-health. It has taken thousands of years for public hygiene to
evolve, but in the last two centuries there has been an explosion of insight, corresponding
measures, with the resultant present health and life expectancy.
It was only in the second half of the 19th century that a mammoth alliance between
engineers and doctors emerged. Their aim was the amelioration of sanitation in the
society; we call them ‘Hygienists’. The Hygienists, though, despite their clear and
well-founded knowledge, insights and ability, had a very hard task convincing the
government to invest extensively in sewage systems. Nevertheless there were improvements.
The investing in good sewage systems and their maintenance has to be continued to
have impressive results in public health or establish one.
In India, the people in the countryside use all kinds of small plots of land as
a toilet. But in the big cities, the poor people have no other choice than to use
an open space. These spaces eventually become built upon or are fenced off. So much
so that some years ago there was a demonstration in Delhi by poor women carrying
banners with the text ‘We have the right to defecate’. In this same country, washing
the body with water is seen as holy. The yearly ritual of thousands of people bathing
in the holy river “the Ganges”, is a colourful sight but also dangerous. The cleansing
river is, in the microbiological laboratory, an enormous open sewage containing not
only the seeds of cholera.
In conclusion, the key message I am trying to project is everybody should make sure
that clean and potable water is consumed especially provided to children (to reduce
unnecessary morbidity/mortality which is otherwise avoidable). The provision of clean
water may be an urgent agenda of the providers not only in the urban areas but also
in the villages. Further, the household waste or human excreta should be disposed
off properly in a manner that it does not create local pollution and become a source
of breeding ground for disease agents. Effective sewage system is the need of the
Improve the well-being of girls and women and the circumstances in which their children
are born, put major emphasis on early child development and education for girls and
boys, improve living and working conditions and create social protection policy supportive
of all, and create conditions for a ?ourishing older life. Policies to achieve these
goals will involve civil society and government. (The contributor is State Nodal
Lower Subansiri win thriller, reach semis
ITANAGAR, May 2: Three times champion Lower Subansiri held nerve to beat holder Capital
Complex Football Club in penalty shot-out and entered semifinals of the 9th Tadar
Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun
The two teams battled to a 0-0 draw after 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes
of extra time, before Lower Subansiri won the match 4-3 in the shoot-out.
Captain Toko Takar, M Pullo, Tapi Apa and B. Sushil found the net for Lower Subansiri
while Tage Tath’s shot sailed over the goal bar. Credit must be given to Lower Subansiri
goalkeeper who saved two crucial goals brilliantly to ensure team’s victory. T Tuka,
Rocky Ramsing and L. Banggo were the scorer for Capital Complex.
Earlier, both the teams were engaged in tumultuous battle for supremacy. Capital
Complex had almost scored in 23 minutes of the first half. But luck deserted the
team today as Punia Raju’s strong footer was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper.
Another golden scoring opportunity that came in favour of Capital Complex in extra
time was also missed by a whisker as the ball rebounded hitting the goal post.
As stalemate continued even after the extra time, the match was finally decided by
The match to be played between Upper Subansiri and Lower Dibang Valley tomorrow at
3 pm will decide the third semifinalist of the tournament.
Art of Living workshop
ITANAGAR, May 2: The Art of Living is organising a stress management and rejuvenation
workshop in Itanagar from May 4. The six-day course will be held at the Art of Living
Centre in Itanagar.
ANYA to call yet another bandh
ITANAGAR: All Nyishi Youth Association has said that it would continue to press for
its demand and will announce second phase of agitation by calling yet another Capital
Bandh. It however said that bandh will be called after the University exams are over.
The Association is demanding white paper on AOP.
It further denounced the Police inaction to arrest those people who opened fire at
activists while they were enforcing a bandh in Leki village.
Dharna against killing
ITANAGAR: Palin Area Youth Welfare Association and All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte
Tarak Langdi Student Union would hold a Dharna in front of the office of the Deputy
Commissioner Capita Region demanding immediate arrest of those involved in the killing
of Dihu Raja, a college student on April 19.
The organizations said that Police is yet to make any breakthrough despite arrests
of some suspects.
Strike demanding power supply
ITANAGAR: Yobung welfare Society of Kaying in West Siang has called a strike on May
5 demanding restoration of power supply in Kaying Circle. Kaying township and periphery
has been without power supply for quite some time. The Society said that authorities
have further delayed restoration of power because of lack of interest.