ITANAGAR, May 30: On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, a group of prominent doctors of Arunachal Pradesh today appealed to the state Govt for formulation of strong policies and programmes to control use of tobacco and tobacco products in the state and imposition of complete ban on Gutka and implementation of pictorial warnings on chewing tobacco products strictly.
Tobacco is responsible for causing 1 million deaths every year in India. The findings
of recently conducted Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS 2009-
Around 35 per cent of the adult Indian population in consuming tobacco in various forms, out of which 26 per cent are consuming chewing forms of tobacco like gutka, khaini, tiranga etc.
GATS study for Arunachal Pradesh reveals that over 47.7 per cent of state population is consuming tobacco and 36 per cent use smokeless tobacco like gutka, khaini, tiranga etc and many consuming both the forms of tobacco.
As a part of Anti-
The doctors, which was representing the victims of tobacco induced cancer patients of the state, in its charter of demands placed before the CM pleaded for increase in taxes and put an end to indirect advertising of chewing tobacco products and ban on sale of chewing tobacco products near educational institutions. The team also discussed with CM on the issue of upcoming Tertiary Cancer Centre at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun which is in final stages of approval from Govt. of India.
The team also called on Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly and apprised him of the alarming situation of diseases related to tobacco use.
Both Chief Minister and Health Minister signed a pledge in support of anti-
The national wide Anti-
ITANAGAR, May 30: Three people were killed and 4 others reportedly sustained grievous
injury in a bizarre road mishap when a trekker bearing registration number AR0C-
The ill fated trekker was reportedly coming from Naharlagun to Itanagar with 10 passengers, when they met with an accident at around 6:30 this morning.
A passenger identified as Sharad Boruah died on the spot while Subu Kanya and entrepreneur and social worker Hage Punya succumbed to their injuries at RKM Hospital.
The police personnel rush to the spot and swung into action to rescue the accident victims.
The injured persons were rushed to RK Mission Hospital and General hospital Naharlagun.
Three female and 1 male were among the injured persons including a doctor.
Source informed that one Subu Yami a female passenger who’s conditioned was stated to be critical was immediately evacuated for Guwahati for further treatment.
Confirming the incident, Officer In-
Meanwhile near the same spot a Maruti Alto with registration number AR01B-
Local MLA Techi Kaso expressed deep shock over death of the three passengers in the accident and described it very unfortunate.
The MLA personally visited the RK Mission Hospital today and met all the injured persons. According to him, two of the seriously injured have been referred to Guwahati for better treatment.
The MLA appealed to the Capital Complex deputy commissioner to check the driving licences of all the Tracker drivers to identify fake drivers. He also advised the owners of commercial vehicles to appoint those experienced drivers only who had a proper driving licence and skills. Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) in an emergency meeting today, decided to keep all commercial vehicles off the road and Tata Sumo counter closed on May 31 as a mark of respect to the deceased. While appealing to the people to bear with the federation of inconvenience caused to them, APMTF further decided to check licences of drivers and their reckless driving on June One.
Meanwhile, the Apatani Socio-
Late Hage Punya, who was popularly known as Atta Unya, was an entrepreneur, social
activist and a devout member of Donyi-
Late Punya devoted her life for the empowerment of women through co-
Late Punya is survived by five sons and many grand children. Three of his sons are engineers, one being Executive Engineer, WRD, Roing. Late Kanya is survived by two sons.
Public Accountability and RTI
ITANAGAR, May 30: A Week-
Addressing the inaugural function Y.D.Thongchi, Chief Information Commissioner (SIC), revealed that as per general observation and record in Information Commission in the last 5 years, almost 60% information seekers are Govt. employees, 30% are professional information seekers who file RTI with vested interest and rest 10% are the genuine information seekers who come from the lower and middle order sections of the society.
The Chief Guest stressed the need for creating awareness among people about their rights to seek information since the very objective of RTI is to empower the citizen, promote transparency and accountability in the working of Government.
He urged the officers holding the charge of SPIOs and ASPIOs to acquire a thorough knowledge of the RTI Act and also understand their liability in case of default in performance of the duty assigned to them by the Act.
Thongchi said that the RTI Act has brought a revolution in empowering the citizen in bringing a complete change in governance and today the public servant are answerable to the common people in the matter of their action and deeds. The Chief SIC requested the participating officers to work with helping attitude as the main motive of RTI is to "Get things done and to keep records in right condition".
He reminded that the coming days will be more challenging for Govt functionaries, public authorities and public servants from top to bottom level with the promulgation of Lok Pal Bill in the country.
Habung Payeng, Information Commissioner (SIC), called upon SPIOs/ASPIOs to take full responsibilities in matter of furnishing informations that too without any delay.
He reminded that after the enactment of the RTI Act 2005, the citizens of the country are radically empowered as well as given opportunity to participate in the day to day political, social and economic governance matters. The Act also aims to promote the transparency, accountability and check the scourge of corruptions, he said.
He requested the departments to make the best use of information technology (IT) in the dissemination of information.
Earlier, Director (Training) Pema Tshetan in his welcome address said that the training will provide all the participants an opportunity to refresh their knowledge on RTI and get clarification of their doubts and problems. He reminded the participants that free excess to information should be the norm or regular practice of the departments and they should be aware that denial of information will entail a legal obligation upon the authority to defend its act of denial.
As many as 35 officers are attending the programme which is being conducted by ATI
under the 100% Course Fee sponsorship of DoPT, GoI, New Delhi under its Plan Training
Assistance for 2010-
Pradip Thakur issues
ITANAGAR, May 30: A joint meeting of various organizations representing the Nyishi
community including Central Nyokum Committee (CNC), Nyishi Service Engineers’ Forum
(NSEF), Nyishi Agri-
A NES press statement informed that the ten MLAs of the community that attended
the meeting univocally pleaded the house to refer the matter to them to take-
Honouring the efforts of the elected leaders, the meeting unanimously resolved on the assurance of the Nyishi Legislators, of which 7 Legislators are party to the Government, for initiating concerted legal proceedings against the culprit and locating the root source of the Times of India report.
The process would be completed within 20 days starting from June. Till then, ANSU
movement on the issue has been temporarily suspended. For the purpose, a fifteen
Minister Atum Welly would be the Convenor with Tani Loffa as the Co-
Daporijo, May 30: A Co-
Speaking to the public of the district for the first time after taking charge of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary portfolio, the Minister expressed his gladness and satisfaction over the new charge and added that under the new Chief Minister, all the Ministers and MLAs were under one umbrella and would always work for the development of the state and the upliftment of the common citizens.
Byaling appealed to all the government departments of the district to work towards the all round development of the area and enjoined the public to extend their full support to see the place prosper.
DC Abhayankar, while addressing the meeting informed about efforts undertaken and policies followed by the District Administration in order to see the effective functioning of all govt. departments in the district and especially Health and Education departments.
The importance of recognizing the talent and inherent potential of youth of the area was stressed by the DC, while adding that programmes have been and would be organized to recognize and bring forward the talented youth of the area.
ZP Chairperson N. Nalo and ADC G. Ete also addressed the meeting speaking on developmental schemes and public awareness and problems of the district respectively. (DIPRO)
ITANAGAR, May 30: Twenty Parliamentary Secretaries to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh were sworn in today in an impressive function at state Banquet Hall.
The team of Parliamentary Secretaries witnessed the retention of nineteen from the previous Dorjee Khandu led Government which includes Tsewang Dhondup, Kumar Waii, Nabam Rebia, Padi Richo, Lokam Tasar, Nido Pavitra, Jomde Kena, Gojen Gadi, Gadam Ete, J K Panggeng, Rajesh Tacho, R T Khunjuju, Phosum Khimhun, Thingaap Taiju, Newlai Tingkhatra, Thangwang Wangham, C C Singpho, Wangki Lowang, Karikho Kri while a new face in Likha Saya joined the team.
Likha Saya had been Chairman APEDA in the previous government.
Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Parliamentary Secretaries amidst the Speaker of Legislative Assembly Wangling Lowangdong, Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, officers and Party Leaders.
The family members of Chief Minister Late Dorjee Khandu were also present in the function.
ITANAGAR, May 30: G-
It said that the roads and drainage system of the G-
It also said that due to shifting of SBI, Naharlagun office at G-
It urged the authority to look into their demands immediately.
My first appointment in Arunachal Pradesh Government was as District Information and Public Relations Officer (DIPRO), my initial posting was at Khonsa in Tirap district before bifurcation of Tirap district into two parts, i.e. Changlang and Tirap districts respectively during late eighty’s.
I was fortunate enough to join in the service at the Directorate of Information and Public Relations and Printing’s (DIPR&P) office at Naharlagun, instead of my posting place for a one week acquaintance and familiarization training in office functioning and press reporting under the direct supervision and guidance of the then DIPR&P, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh Late Payi* Lummer Dai (the post which he held until his superannuation in 1998).
Within a week, he (Late Dai) made a lasting impression on me. To me, he was a great scholar, novelist, philosopher, and champion of woman’s causes, a social reformer through his writing, a guide, a father figure and a good friend. Love for humanity was always the most appealing part of Late Dai’s amiable nature.
After a couple of months, I was summoned to Naharlagun from Khonsa for an urgent
official works. In one fine morning, while returning from Naharlagun to Khonsa after
attending official works, my official DIPRO vehicle (Mahendra and Mahendra old version
Jeep) bearing registration No. ART-
Since than, as a prized souvenir, I used to carry that very telephone post stay cable
in my vehicle as a blessing rope/tool to use for myself or to extend help to other
in need on the road in the event of similar eventualities encountered by me. On reaching
M/s Dhemaji Mechanical Motor Workshop, Dhemaji, I informed one of the garage boys
that the gentlemen who had towed my vehicle was Lummer Dai, a great Assamese Scholar
and novelist from Arunachal Pradesh and I instructed the boy to inform his master.
Within a couple of minutes the owner of the garage appeared with customary Assamese
Namaste to Payi and offered gamucha, tea and snacks to us. Before proceeding for
Aalo (Along the then, district Hq of undivided Siang district) he requested the garage
owner to immediately attend my vehicle problems, as I was to travel to Khonsa covering
long distance to which job of garagewala accomplished within no time and I reached
Khonsa safely. At that time Payi was accompanied by his dear and only son Mibom (He
was dearly called Bobom by Payi Lummer & close family members). I was told by Payi
that he had got delayed for more than two hours at North Lakhimpur as per insistence
upon by Bobom to get a new cricket bat from one of the sport shops at North Lakhimpur.
Whenever, I happen to pass this very spot Hatigarh the big mother Simolu trees and
kilometre pillar standing by the NH-
Late Dai’s literary works received late recognition in the literary world, but as the saying goes, better late than never, and in time Late Payi got spontaneous love and affection from thousand of Assamese admirers and readers where ever he went onto. The physical and moral support extended to late Dai and his family members by the people of Assam when he was undergoing treatment at Down Town Hospital in Guwahati and also after his demise is a tribute to their emotional recognition. There was a truly touching gesture. The people of Arunachal Pradesh cannot forget the support extended to one of our own sons and his family in distress. This showed in us of solidarity, which proves yet again that had Payi Lummer received timely recognition and encouragement, he could have scaled many more literary heights in popularizing Assamese literature. But the will of almighty, otherwise to what we feel and desire. Lummer Dai, the youngest son of late Jobu Dai and late Srimati Komsak Dai of Siluk, a small Adi village about 40 Km from Pasighat district; Hq of East Siang district born on June 1st 1940, breathed his last on 05/04/2002 at 4.15 AM at Down Town Hospital, Guwahati, Assam and his mortal remains were laid to rest on 06/04/2002 at 11.45 AM at Naharlagun.
May this great soul be in God’s keeping.
(The author is former DIPRO and presently holding charge of Director Trade & Commerce, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh) and General Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society. He can be reached through email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Surname prefixed to youngest son in the Adi family, equivalent to the little ‘Chacha’ in Hindi.
ITANAGAR, May 30: Higher and Technical Education Director Joram Begi has inaugurated a two days career fair – 2011 at Hotel Subansiri here today. The programme is being organized by Sape Events and Media Pvt Ltd, in short SAPE, with support of department of higher and technical education for second consecutive time.
The fair will provide the aspirants of technical education a fair platform to interact directly with the representatives of leading technical institutes of India, said Dr Joram Begi. He further said that students often fail to select proper subject and proper institution for pursuing higher education, particularly technical education due to lack of proper guidance and this fair will help them to interact and select right career.
Around 30 leading institutions from various states of the country are participating in the event and offering more than 100 career options. Last year 25 institutions from various state of the country took part in the career fair.
Both H&TE director Begi and Joint director Dr T Padu also visited all exhibition stalls and interacted with the representatives of the institutes.
Founder and Managing Director of the SAPE Sanjay Thapa expressed satisfaction over the huge response received from the aspiring students on the first day of the fair. He however, said that students should not be lured by the attractive banner, poster and advertisements of the institutions. They should think twice and verify the credentials of the institutions before their final decision to get admitted for technical education, he added.
ZIRO, May 30: The PHE & WS Division, Ziro has organized one day workshop on” sustainable sanitation & management of drinking water quality monitoring –role of PRIs at Hapoli on May 25.
Secretary, PHE & WS Tomi Ete who presided over the workshop explained the incentives given by the Govt of India for construction of Low cost Latrine (IHHL) under Total Sanitation Campaign. He requested all the participants to take pledge not to practice open defecation.
Deputy Commissioner cum Chairperson, Lower Subansiri District Ziro Nila Mohanan has requested all the PRIs members to give awareness to each and every one of the district not to practice open defecation.
AN Singh, Director CCDU, PHED Itanagar, spoke on initiatives taken by Govt of India regarding Total sanitation campaign under Rural sanitation programme.
AE PHESD Raga Dani Lampung highlighted the achievement made by the Ziro Division on TSC.
Pura Puming and Chiging Sonia of VKV Ziro was awarded cash award of Rs. 1500/-
Executive Engineer cum Member Secretary
District water & Sanitation Committee (DWSC), Lower subansiri Toney Ete and SE PHE & WS Circle, Naharlagun Toko Jyoti, panchayat leaders attended the programe.
Training prog on micro finance
ITANAGAR, May 30: Deputy Director ICDS, Kurung Kumey District conducted two days
microfinance vision 2011 training programme at Koloriang on May 26-
Altogether, 164 AWWH attended the training programme.
The inaugural day was attended by ADC, Koloriang Hage Takka as chief guest. He emphasized the importance of self help group formation under the microfinance vision 2011 and advised the trainees to avail the value of training and give wide awareness to all section of women in the village for formation of SHG in the locality.
Deputy Director ICDS in-
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Where doctors and patients jostle for space
I would like to draw a kind attention of the authority concerned towards the deplorable condition of patients in OPD of State Hospital,Naharlagun. There is a single compact room where numerous doctors of different department attend to their patients and the patients queue in four to five rows for counsel.
The scene is more and less like queuing in ration shop or in a cinema theatre. There is no one who may care about ailing patient, of their privacy.
The privacy of patients with their doctor has been lost in gigantic shadow of lack in infrastructure facilities. Many patients are hesitating to consult freely with doctor because of huge crowd in single room and sometime they have to leave without consulting anything. In the same way the attending doctors are also facing problem because of this noisy atmosphere. They are compelled to leave the patients without through examination because there is no space and facility where the patients may lay for through examination. Therefore, I request the concerned authority to provide separate room for OPD doctors of different departments so that the patient may avail precise counseling and treatment. The privacy of patient with their doctor may always be maintained.
Pate Yasuk Ngurang
Naharlagun, (on email)
Who is this?
Apropos to the article "Alliance question Dabi demotion" published on 26th May, I'd like to make it clear that despite being born and brought up in Siang belt I’ve never heard about the functions and contributions of an association known by the name 'United Siang Progressive Alliance' (USPA) to the Siang belt since my childhood.
Prior to Dabi demotion there had never been any voice raised by this association for social cause despite the region is reeling under immense crisis from every angle.
When the whole assembly body made the decision unanimously then they might have also witnessed substantial lacunae in Dabi governance.
I would also further like to state that this association is an overnight groomed and politically motivated.
Please do not taint the beauty of Siang belt by attaching it with such a vested interest association.
A citizen, (on email)
What kind of clarification is it?
Referring to Kripa pertin’s plea that he is innocent and victim of his own simplicity, I would like to address certain concerns here. He has said that he is not the maternal uncle of the victim since they are five generations apart. What kind of clarification is it? So, does he mean that a person can rape anyone if their generation gap is five years apart? Further, he writes that the victim is an adult and above eighteen years, this statement was even harder to digest as I am confused of what to conceive from the statement. In simple terms, I could not draw any reasonable meaning behind the statement. After reading his clarification statement, my suspicion further enhanced as it reflected a devil design in itself. Often wild animals make this kind of cry in desperation when surrounded by the hunters.
Further through this column I would like to appeal the Women Wings of Arunachal Pradesh to please wake up from your unusual sleep, the APPSU to please provide the required strength and mobility, and the rest from the civil society to render their constant support for the cause of righteousness. Let us see if we can collectively shorten the long hand of lazy judiciary and help provide early justice to the victim’s family.
Oyan, (on email)
That’s how it should be
I was touched by the letter written by one Duge Soki. Such thinking should be appreciated and encouraged by one and all, but not the biased ones.
Say no to corruption
There is the hue and cry over the corruption in our society, but we should not forget that from where this corruption originated, if we introspect yourself we find that corruption is deep rooted within us.
For instance, if any of the department creates a vacancy then there will be uncountable persons ready to bribe for the vacancy. In such kind of situation who doesn't want to fill their pocket when somebody offer you such a heavy and free money.
After all everyone is a social animal with some desire and necessity. But all of that, some of wicked persons have no guts to compete in selection process fairly so they pay bribe, which encourage optimum corruption. If nobody comes forward to pay bribe then selection will automatically becomes genuine, and corruption can be also controlled to some extent. Therefore, be a law abiding citizen and don't pay bribe, so to bring prosperity in our society.
K.Tamu, (on email)
Beware of online surveys
I joined Ramsurvey.com on the month of Feb. and I made payment request on 9th and 28th April. But till today survey income has not been transferred to my Bank account.
Some people are claiming that they are getting money from Ramsurvy.com every month. But this is not possible, because me and my friends are proof, no payment have been made from the month of April till today. Those people are just selling ID to new associate and thus are making adjustment to old associates. And this adjustment is one time only.
So I would like appeal those people not to lie to others. Because they will be answerable to people if their money is stuck!
And here I would like tell people that why those people are lying. The reason is that if they tells other that Ramsurvey do not pay, then no body will join it and their down line business will collapse. Infact it seems that Ramsurvey does not pay for survey, people will be paid only if they find down line.
So, beware of Ramsurvey.com, it did not pay till today and I think neither will in future, because whenever payment times comes Ramsurvey make some excuse and delay the payment. And this happen every time. In this way no payment have been made from the month of April till today. Not only this company makes new rule regarding payment request, every time (when payment time comes) and this is known by all associates of Ramsurvey.
Lastly I would also like alert people of other online survey company like FLC India.com, new light.com, Admatrix.com etc. Before investing in these companies , first get the proof that these companies really pay you or whether they make bank transaction or not.
Hapoli, (on email)
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
ITANAGAR, May 30: District Health Society, NRHM Directorate of Field Publicity Tawang Unit along with NGOs conducted grand health mela at Namtsering on May 28 and 29.
Altogether, 774 people from nearby villages attended the camp.
The medicines supplied by DHS, SSB and GREF, Tawang were distributed to needy patients free of cost during the camp.
The resource persons of the camps also highlighted on various issues on health related problems and rural development programmes through power point presentations.
Meanwhile, Agriculture department also organized a farmer-
ITANAGAR, May 30: Talo Uli, Taluk Nguki and Tare Bulo have been selected as president,
vice president and general secretary of Diso-
Union reports Measles outbreak
ITANAGAR, May 30: All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) informed that measles is spreading fast at Sakiang the circle headquarter of Mengio. The students union appealed to the Health department to send team of experts to control the disease before spreading to nearby areas.
ITANAGAR, May 30: The vice president of All Mengio Students Union (AMSU) today alleged that the Rs 4,91,84000 NEC scheme for improvement of power supply in Mengio circle under Sagalee constituency in Papum Pare district was not implemented as per the NEC guidelines.
The sanctioned amount has already been spent, but there is no improvement of power supply in Mengio area, the AMSU leader said. Informing that some transformers are laying at jungle owing to ‘negligence of power department’, the students’ leader further advocated for proper investigation into utilization of fund under the scheme.
ITANAGAR, May 30: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) has criticized the state Government for not awarding them contract works.
It alleged that major developmental works such as road and other allied construction works are being awarded to multinational companies which has not only deprived the local eligible contractors from work opportunity but also hampered economy of the state, AARCA said in a release.
“Despite fulfilling all laid down norms and criteria for bidding such contract works
the local contractors are being ignored by the Government,” it lamented. AARCA further
appealed to the Government to categorize work packages so that contractors of all
classes (from class I-
ITANAGAR: Upper Subansiri District Judicial Magistrate has summoned Daporijo MMS scandal accused ASI Bohun Bo @ Bohyon Bo @ Boyom Bo of Bordumsa under Changlang district to appear before the Judicial Magistrate’s court at Daporijo on June 30 to answers the complaints made against him on the infamous scandal.
It further informed that the accused ASI Bo has been absconding since he was granted bail on March 21 by capital complex magistrate.
NCP leaders resign
ITANAGAR: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders Tayu Jerang of 32-