ITANAGAR, April 26: The Bangtey Fatey Nikam Longte festival was celebrated with traditional
fervor at Chambang village, 7 kilometer off Nyapin in Kurung Kumey district on Wednesday.
The festival was jointly celebrated by five villages of the areas.
Attending the festival Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers
Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam said that unemployed youth should
return back to villages instead of passing their days in urban areas leisurely and
take up agriculture and horticulture activities for self-employment and enrich the
rural economy. He further asked the youths to avail opportunities provided under
various central Govt sponsored schemes for self-employment at the village level.
He further suggested the villagers to preserve age-old festival and culture. Sonam
later gave assurance to extend all possible help in building community hall at the
Stressing on the important of village in preserving the culture and tradition, Arunachal
Pradesh Youth Congress General Secretary R N Lalum appealed the youths to shoulder
the responsibility in preserving the culture and tradition. Lalum further donated
50 bags of cement for the construction of cement concrete stairs at general ground
and also announced to donate 200 plastic chairs to the village.
Exposure trip to NCR
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The members of the Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS),
Sagalee chapter returned home after an eight days exposure trip to the National Capital
region, including Agra, Jaipur and Shimla.
The exposure trip was led by circle officers of Sagalee and Leporiang Likha Sampu
and Hage Tarung.
Participants of the trip, all of whom belongs to rural areas, were overwhelmed by
the magnitude of socio-economic development in the North Indian states. The members
were particularly touched by the tourism sector in Jaipur, Agra and Shimla.General
Secretary of APWWS, Sagalee chapter Debia Tukap and other members were effusive in
their praise for Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his magnanimity and the sincere initiative
of Nabam Yakum, Anchal Chairperson, VIIth Sagalee Anchal Samiti because of whom early
arrangement of the trip was possible.
Society rubbishes forum’s claim
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Reacting to the Upper Subansiri District Intellectual Forum (USDIF)’s
claim that the tendering process for upgradation of 18 km road from Subansiri bridge
point to Segi (CO Hq) of Gusar circle was unfair, All Tator-Tani Area Welfare Society
(ATTAWS) today rubbished the claim a baseless and unfounded.
ATTAWS claimed that it witnessed the whole tendering process and found no any unfair
activity while floating tender.
Why the competitor for tender did not file any complaint so far if there was an
irregularity, it questioned. Society further quashed the demand of re-tendering
by Forum that it would only hamper the developmental activity.
The Society appealed the Forum to call off its proposed bandh call on May 15 and
said that Intellectual forum should pro-development, instead of resorting to bandh
call which would harass common people.
Meanwhile ATTAWS condemned the reported burning of a motorcycle at medical line Daporijo
on April 24 by miscreants and demanded action against the culprits.
Meanwhile, Bui Youth Club and Diso-Katu Youth of Segi-Gusar circle strongly opposed
the proposed bandh call by Upper Subansiri District Intellectual Forum on May 15
in protest against alleged misappropriation of funds.
AASU demands establishment of Sainik School at Pasighat
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: All Adi Students Union (AASU), in a memorandum, has urged the chief
minister to fulfill its various demands, including introduction of commerce stream
at Govt. Higher Sec. School, Yingkiong and establishment of Sainik School at Pasighat.
Apprising the CM of some of the pressing problems in education sector and the difficulties
faced by the students of the Siang districts, AASU, in its memorandum, said that
introduction of Commerce stream at Govt. Higher Sec. School, Yingkiong, which was
established in 1996, would fulfill a long-felt demand of the students who want to
pursue study in the subject. On the other hand, establishment of a Sainik school
at Pasighat, the oldest town of the state, would go a long way in providing quality
education to the talented students of the state, most of whom do not get a chance
to pursue education in the army school outside the state.
Other demands of the 5-point memorandum included, construction of a Mini Stadium
at Pasighat, up-gradation of Govt. Middle School Joipur, Namsai and Govt. Secondary
School, Pesing to Higher Secondary School.
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The Rajiv Ganhdi University (RGU) has awarded the degree of Doctor
of Philosophy (Ph.D) to Tasso Tabin for his thesis “Studies on fungal diversity
associated with aquilaria agallocha Roxb. and their role on the formation of Agarwood”.
Tabin conducted his research works under the supervision of Dr. AK Shukla and Dr.
Association mourns death of former member
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: All Capital Complex Auto Welfare Association Naharlagun branch
mourned the untimely death of Gyamar Kaya today at Damsite Naharlagun.
Kaya was former vice president of Naharlagun Auto Welfare Association. The association
decided to keep their Autos off the road on Friday from 9 am to 1 pm as a mark of
respect to their former member.
MLA visits remote villages
YINGKIONG, Apr 26: Tuting-Yingkiong MLA Alo Libang visited few remote villages including
Zido, Ngaming, Kugging, Yereng, Yortung, Nyukong, Mankota and Deokota from April
19 to 25.
At Deokota Gompa, the MLA sanctioned Rs. 5 lakh for construction of toilet and CC
steps under SPA fund and assured to help renovate the Gompa. The MLA and his party
planted more than 100 ornamental plants provided by the DFO, Yingkiong.
The MLA and his team conducted a spot visit of Sikut and Kopu Hydel projects and
also on-going construction work of tourist complex at Tuting and other works under
BADP. The MLA inaugurated a community hall at Migging. In all the public meetings
Libang advised the people, especially the Panchayat bodies to implement the government
schemes properly and judiciously.
Tuting ADC, Yingkiong DPO and a number of officers, officials, senior public leaders
and PR members accompanied the MLA. DIPRO
Awareness programme on child care held
TEZU: Apr 26: A Special Awareness Programme on Child Care was organized by Directorate
of Field Publicity (DFP), Tezu unit at Primary Health Centre, Loiliang, near Tezu
Addressing the gathering Medical Officer Dr. S Manyu said Folic Acid tablet is the
life line for every pregnant woman and they should take this tablet from the first
month of pregnancy or, if possible, one month before the pregnancy for safe delivery
and healthy baby.
Informing about child care from the time of pregnancy Dr. Manyu said that blood testing
and TT vaccines are essential for every pregnant woman. He however requested to the
ground level health workers to make awareness among the first pregnant woman about
the health care during the period of pregnancy.
At least 50 pregnant women, infant baby mothers, Anganwari workers, ASHAs and villagers
were present in the programme. Some child care kit also distributed to the infant
baby mothers during the programme by DFP, Tezu unit.
Head of DFP, Tezu unit Mihir Kumar Jha also spoke on the occasion.
Milk price hiked
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The state Government has approved the hike in the milk collection
and milk selling prices of “Arun Dairy” pasteurized toned milk containing 3 per cent
fat and 8.5 per cent solid not fat (snf) from the existing rate of Rs 22 to Rs. 36
The sale of pasteurized toned milk will be available from April 27.
‘Encourage young achievers’
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) appealed to the state govt to
encourage young achievers in sports by providing incentives.
While lauding the performance of Digbi Gangkak, who won a silver in the 49th Surush
Singh Memorial North East level Carrom tournament at Nurul Amin Stadium, Nowgong
in Assam, KKSU urged the state government to provide incentive to Digbi as a token
Rehabilitate mentally retarded persons: ECDS
KIMIN, Apr 26: Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS), Kimin urged the
authority concerned to rehabilitate the mentally retarded persons roaming on streets
in twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun immediately.
Taking serious view of the matter, ECDS said that some times they (mentally retarded
persons) through stone at people and vehicles which may put one’s life at risk and
cause damage to properties.
While criticizing the authority for not taking care of mentally retarded persons,
it urged the district administration as well as health department to pick up all
those persons from the streets and send them to mental hospital for their treatment.
It also questioned about functioning and utilization of fund meant for the Mental
Hospital at Kola Camp, Doimukh.
Demand for recognition of Arunachal Mishings as Adis
CM calls for proper utilization of water resources
PASIGHAT, Apr 26: Adi Bane Kebang (ABK), the supreme body of the Adi community has
demanded the state government for recognition of indigenous Mishing tribe as Adi/Abor.
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today, the ABK stated
that the Adis and Mishings speak same language and therefore there cannot be second
opinion about the social relationship between these two ethnic groups. It further
said any policy to differentiate the Adis and Mishings living in Aruncahl Pradesh
and also in neighbouring Assam for centuries together shall be on wrong footing.
The ABK urged the Govt to look into the sufferings of the Mishing people in Arunachal,
who are claimed to be descendant of Adis and have genealogical, socio-cultural and
ethical similarity with the Adis.
In a separate memorandum the ABK also sought adequate fund for construction of office
building at century-old Doying Gumin Hall (Adi community hall) including a library
and museum therein.
The Chief Minister, who was attending the opening session of the two-day Gaon Burahs
convention at Doying Gumin Hall, said that the demand for recognition of Mishings
of Arunachal Pradesh as Adi/Abor will be taken up in the cabinet after through study
and discussions with various organizations and experts. He also assured to sanction
fund for the proposed community hall as per the estimated cost.
Addressing the gathering the chief minister reiterated various developmental efforts
initiated by his government during the last six months.
The Central Govt has been pouring in adequate development fund to the hilly state,
the chief minister said and stressed on concerted efforts for successful implementation
of the central-sponsored projects.
Assuring all-round development during the 12th five-year plan, he said that efforts
are on for completion of all large-scale projects including the construction of 1500
km Trans-Arunachal Highway as early as possible.
The chief minister also stressed on proper utilization of water resources. He said
that the hilly state, despite having sufficient hydropower sources, is still depending
on Assam, Meghalaya and other NE states for electricity. “We have already signed
agreement for generation of about 41,000 MW electric power from the river water sources.
No new project has been taken so far. The natural resources, if properly utilized,
our 13 lakh people can be self dependent,” he said. Reacting on the anti-dam activities,
the chief minister urged the anti-dam activists to come forward for negotiation for
amicable solution to the problem if any.
Earlier, Tuki inaugurated the newly constructed SP office building near East Siang
DC’s office and the Additional District and Session Judge court.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Agriculture
Minister Setong Sena besides a host of MLAs and government officials.
The two-day programme is organized by Adi Bane Kebang with an objective to codification
of Gam (Gaon Burah) kebang in Adi society.
PMEGP camp draws avid entrepreneurs
BOMDILA, Apr 26: Avid and prospective entrepreneurs thronged the “One-Day District
Level Exhibition-cum-Awareness Camp of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme
(PMEGP)” at District Industries Centre here yesterday.
Emphasizing self-employment as panacea to rising unemployment in the state, West
Kameng District Additional Deputy Commissioner B. Dehengia called upon youths and
prospective entrepreneurs to take up self-income generating and feasible schemes
in the district such as horticultural, carpet-weaving, mask-making, weaving etc.
for self sustenance and generating more employments.
Pleading the Industry Department to be more-pro-active in creating more employments
for unemployed youths in the state, Nafra Zilla Parishad Member Leki Dongru called
for increasing the quota in PMEGP for West Kameng district as many avid and prospective
entrepreneurs were being left out from ambit of the scheme due to less number of
quota allocated to the district.
Attending the meet as resource person, (HQ) Assistant Director of Industries Geto
Ori emphasized on liquidation of the loan amounts to create good rapport with bankers
as most Govt schemes were credit linked. DIC Bomdila Assistant Director of Industries
P.C Lama called upon the entrepreneurs and participants to derive maximum benefit
from the programme.
As many as 60 avid entrepreneurs and participants took part in the meet and many
artisans also displayed their locally made and indigenous products on the occasion.
BRTF takes steps for improvement of Pahumara-Kimin road
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The 756 BRTF officers and local representatives of Kimin elaborately
held discussion on the urgent need of improving Pahumara-Kimin and Kimin to Zoram
roads in a meeting held at Kimin on April 25. Commander, 756 BRTF HQ, J K Dwivedi,
Commandant 10th Battalion ITBP, Kimin, R K Tomar, CO, local area president Techi
Tata, (GB Darpa -3,) chairman Tader Takey and Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya (Kimin)
were present in the meeting.
While explaining the delay in road improvement works, 756 BRTF (Hq) commander JK
Dwivedi informed that he himself has taken initiative to improve and repair the roads.
The road maintenance works were delayed due to continuous downpour for almost nine
month in the region. Moreover, non-sanctioning of fund by the higher authorities
was another reason of non-execution of Pahumara-Kimin road maintenance works this
year, the BRTF commander informed. “However, finally the works were sanctioned on
February 23 but with an unreasonable rates for supply of materials and hence the
construction could not be taken up immediately. The case has been again referred
back to HQ DGBR/BRDB Sectt for concurrence of lowest rates for contract supply based
on competitive tender”, he added.
He further informed that there is a plan for doubling the road from Kimin-Zoram and
Pahumara-Kimin and it is under consideration of higher authorities of BRTF.
Pointing out that the construction of good quality road in all sectors of Arunachal
Pradesh is the main objective of BRO, especially for HQ CE (P) Arunank and HQ 756
BRTF, the BRTF commander said roads are equally important for public and defence
personal. He further assured that the construction of drains along Pahumara-Kimin
will be improved and WBM in the area of 10th ITBP Bn will start during rainy reason.
Earlier, the local leaders highlighted the problems being faced by the local people
due to dilapidated condition of Pahumara-Kimin road and enquired about the initiatives
taken by the BRTF for improvement of the road at the earliest. This road plays an
important role as it connects seven districts besides the international border to
China and cater to the transportation of LPG at bottling plant Kimin, the local representatives
Tadar Takey opined that 756 BRTF should meet with the chief minister in case of any
difficulty in road improvement.
10th ITBP Bn Commandant R K Tomar also spoke on the poor condition of the roads
and stressed the need of improving it.
Withdraw FIR against dam protestors: FSD
Forum asks all Jaypee local staff to resign
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD) appealed to the administration,
JAPL authorities and concern individuals to unconditionally withdraw the FIR lodged
at Pasighat Police Station against few dam protestors.
FSD claimed that the stray incidents aftermath of the cancelled public hearing at
Jeying on April 17 was, in fact, instigated by JAPL officials and some local lads.
It, however, regretted for the whole incidents.
Meanwhile, FSD expressed gratitude to all like-minded individuals and organizations,
who have extended wholehearted supports to the protestors in their fight against
the public hearing, and urged them to continue the same in future too.
FSD also opposed construction of mega dams in entire Arunachal Pradesh against the
will of people.
“Let us not confine our movement in particular belt or basins,” FSD said and exhorted
people of the state to oppose mega dams which are being constructed/proposed against
the will and consent of indigenous people.
Meanwhile, Dam Affected Peoples’ Forum of Siyom-Sirit Banggo (DAPFSSB) claimed that
eight employees of Jaypee Company from Siyom-Sirit Banggo have resigned in front
of the public at “Ralung Dere (Community Hall) recently.
DAPFSSB in a public meeting at Pessing village on April 24 also resolved that all
indigenous people from Siyom-Sirit Banggo employed under Jaypee Company should resign
from their respective post with immediate effect to prove their opposition to the
Lower Siang Dam.
The meeting chaired by the General Secretary, Bogum-Bokang Kebang (BBK) and attended
by all the public from the Pessing and Lorging village further demanded the Jaypee
Company to make public all the financial deal made with Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,
private individuals, Gaon Buras and Panchayat members of all to be affected villages.
While threatening rigorous movement against construction of dam over Siang river,
the meeting warned the Arunachal Govt not to propose Public Hearings anymore in future.
Papum Pare observes Panchayat Day
YUPIA, Apr 26: Along with rest of the state and country Papum Pare district celebrated
the National Panchayat Day in a befitting manner at Sangdupota circle on Apri 24.
Attending the programme, Parliamentary Secretary (Planning and Industries) Nabam
Rebia explained the role and the responsibility of Panchayat leaders towards the
people at grassroots level and successful implementation of various welfare schemes/projects
at village level.
Explaining about Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA),
the Centre’s flagship programme which aims at enhancing the livelihood security of
people in rural areas by guaranteeing hundred days of wage-employment in a financial
year to a rural household, Rebia advised the people to take the opportunity of the
Responding to fund allocation on the basis of population criteria in Arunachal Pradesh
which has hampered proper implementation of various govt schemes, he said that the
state government is taking up the matter with central government.
Rebia also advised the public to adopt commercially viable agricultural and horticultural
crops which will yield good income. He said that Sangdupota circle has enough scope
for tourism development, especially rural tourism which can boost rural economy.
He appealed to the people to maintain hospitality and create tourist friendly environment.
Greeting the Panchayat leaders on the occasion, Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige
Ligu highlighted the development of Panchayati Raj in the country and in Arunachal
Pradesh in particular.
Though Panchayat has come long way in the governance but there is still lot more
to do to bring more awareness on the increasing importance of Panchayati Raj bodies
and its full-fledged functioning in the state, Ligu said. He also said that Panchayat
bodies play a very important role at the grassroots level and they must be given
full power and function to work independently for the larger interest of the people.
District Panchayat Development Officer cum ADC, Yupia Tarin Dakpe also spoke on occasion
and hailed Mengio Panchayat for wining the Best Performing Panchayat.
Zilla Chairperson Nabam Aka called upon Panchayat leaders to work collectively and
sincerely while ZPM Taro Modi stressed on streamlining the power and functions of
Panchayat bodies and more awareness campaign on role of Panchayat at grassroots level.
A free medical camp was also organized by the Papum Pare District Health Department
to mark the day.
The day was organized by the 4th Upper Balijan Anchal Samiti under the supervision
of Circle Officer Likha Teji. All heads of department, Panchayat leaders, GBs, and
general public attended the celebration. DIPRO
The Panchayat day was celebrated at Abotani hall, Hapoli town with much fanfare.
Addressing the gathering Tamer Murtem, District Panchayat Development Officer, spoke
in length about importance of the day. He also read out the message of Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki on the occasion of Panchayati Raj day.
Attending the programme Taru Talo, incharge Deputy Commissioner, while highlighting
the importance of Panchayat day, urged the Panchayat members to perform their duty
dedicatedly. Tasso Gambo, EAC, also spoke on the occasion. The participants included
Panchayat leaders from Ziro-I, Ziro-II and Raga.
Dadamja celebrates Hoju Kuhwa
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The popular Hoju Kuhwa festival of the Dadam area under Borduria
was celebrated on April 25 at Dadam village with great enthusiasm.
While addressing the huge festival revelers, Parliamentary Secretary for DoTC, SWWCD
Yumsen Matey said that he shared the joy and happiness of the Dadam area on the occasion
of Hoju Kuhwa adding that festivals were inseparable parts of the different ethnic
tribals of Arunachal Pradesh and must be preserved for the posterity. Matey, who
is also the local MLA, said that the traditional culture of the tribals must not
be trampled in our quest for modern comfort as culture is the identity of the tribals.
While urging the youth to spare extra effort to zealously guard their rich traditional
practices, Matey said that culture and religion were two different entities and they
must not be allowed to clash.
Emphasizing on quality education, Matey urged the parents to take proper care of
their children’s education. He also appealed to the teachers, especially SSA to work
with missionary zeal to mould the career of their students properly. The MLA assured
to sanction funds from DoTC for construction of a multi-purpose stadium at Dadam.
Earlier, Matey unfurled the Hoju Kuhwa flag and released the audio CD ‘daa bang hong
chha.’ He also distributed awards to the past and present local artistes of Dadam
The Commandant of the 36 CRPF BC Sharma in his speech extended his greetings to the
people and appreciated the colourful dances of the people adding that the people
were close to their roots. He said that the security forces were also parts of the
society and assured all possible help from his side. The Commandant exhorted the
youth to maintain the spirit of celebrating their age-old festivals and preserve
The president of the Hoju committee Hangliam Sumnyan in his welcome address threw
light on the significance of Hoju Kuhwa and elaborated the literary meaning of Hoju
which means famine in Wancho and scarcity or lean period in Nocte while Kuhwa means
festival. He said that the forefathers of Dadamja decided to celebrate this Hoju
as a challenge in the difficult lean times of the year to inspire the villagers to
work harder for all round prosperity.
The special attraction of the day was the ceremonial test-firing of guns called [Wanthoraam.]
Presentation of folk and modern dances and community feast marked the day-long celebrations.
It may be mentioned that Dadam area comprises of Dadam, Moktowa, Hukan, Laho, Chinkoi,
Kothin and Bera villages. DIPRO
Work allotment and tender formalities
Following the publication of a tender notice in a local daily inviting interested
firms for construction of road from 6 km (Shiv Mandir) to Pappu River recently, I,
being an interested contractor went to the office of the UD and Housing on April
23 for a tender paper. But I was shocked to know that the work against the same tender
notice had already been completed.
I was informed that the work for the same tender has already been completed but due
to some reasons (better known by a departmental officer), they had published the
advertisement for the sake of Govt formalities.
If officers are hell bent in sucking blood of common people and determined to violate
the Govt norms then what better we can expect from other sections of the society?
How did the department award the works without following Govt norms and formalities?
It is one of the uncovered cases of illegal work allotment.
One wonders, how many illegal work allotment had been done by the department earlier.
We request the higher authority to investigate the matter.
Power projects and public hearing
The violent protests against the 2700 MW Siang hydel project, that led to police
firing, have raised several questions over the Centre’s plans to commission a large
number of mega hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh. The first major question is about
the “public hearing”, a process so far used to gauge public opinion in the area of
a major project. The environmental activists and the village groups at Siang challenged
the public hearings that were to take place in several parts of the districts in
the third week of April. They say the huge police posse deployed in the district
was meant to “terrorise” villagers into accepting the project as it is and the public
hearing, in their opinion, would have been a “stage-managed show”. So, the activists
were determined to scuttle the public hearing rather than influence it or mobilise
opinion against the project. The administration says that the “general opinion” in
the area is in favour of the project and realising that they were in a minority,
“a handful of activists whipped up trouble that led to the vandalism and arson”.
Both sides have a few questions to answer — and their arguments are less than convincing.
If the entire population in the area was indeed against the project, they would freely
express themselves against the project in spite of heavy deployment of security forces.
So why not allow the public hearings? The administration also should understand that
huge demonstration of force is counter-productive and security management in such
situations have to be more calibrated and discreet than has been the case this time.
But until a substitute is found, the “public hearing” perhaps cannot be done away
with. Both the government and the activists must let the “public hearing” happen
freely and in a fair manner.
Secondly, perhaps it is time for Delhi to change its strategy. Rather than go ahead
with the all the mega hydel projects at one and the same time, it might be advisable
to concentrate on finishing a project or two. If the population then sees the benefits
of the projects and the adverse effects are managed well, the dissent and opposition
to the other projects will dissipate, regardless of the passionate activism that
has grown around them.
Thirdly, a way has to be found to make the local population be stakeholders — rather
than imposed subjects. And last but not the least, the benefit from the project for
the community, locality and province needs to be properly highlighted, so that it
does not look like a corporate conspiracy to steal resources.
A commendable step for promotion of education and recognition of Late Tadar Taniang
The recent visit of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to Sangram has indeed paved way towards
all round development to Nyapin Sangram and Phassang area of Kurung Kumey district.
One such part has been the revamping of the education sector in Nyapin and Sangram,
as Kurung Kumey stands as the lowest literacy rate district as per the latest census.
An investigative study conducted by the Second body of the Arunachal Pradesh State
commission for women in the year 2009 -2010 into the educational backwardness of
low literacy rate of just 25.74% provided examples of geographical location coupled
with slow pace of development whether economic, social or administrative. The Study
helped to enable to understand the insight into the mechanism of delivery of educational
services, the challenges therein and aid formation of certain ameliorating strategies;
with the political commitment of education for all.
The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki laying the foundation stones to the first two colleges
of Kurung Kumey, Polytechnic govt college and Tadar Taniang Government Degree college
has been one of the remarkable milestones and immense felt need in providing equal
opportunities towards the field of education in the remote district of Arunachal
The people of Nyapin and especially the people of Langthlot village, the native from
where Lt Tadar Taniang belonged do expresses their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation
to the Chief Minister and Member of the Parliament Takam Sanjay and the local MLA
Bamang Felix and former minister Tater Kipa who made it possible to lay foundation
of the two colleges and give the honor of naming the government college after Lt
Tadar Taniang for his notable contribution as leader of the state and a renowned
social worker in his life time.
The Association for the Welfare of ST of Arunachal Pradesh also expresses thankfulness
to the government for setting up two prestigious institutions in the remote district
in bringing equal opportunities in field of education and its recognition to the
late leader Tadar Taniang.
Mepung Tadar Bage
Association for Welfare of ST of Arunachal Pradesh.
Luxuries of heaven are of no use if one is not independent
Being an Indian, I feel disappointed by the constant threat to the freedom of press
and rising insecurity among the common masses in the land of Dawn lit Mountain. One
wonders, why everyone seems frustrated, unhappy and daunted. Even luxuries of heaven
are of no use if one is not independent. The most important thing is that one must
be free from any threat in every walk of life so that he/she can enjoy life as desired.
The situation is undoubtedly very grave. It is not to conclude that all the politicians
should be blamed for their inaction but hope lies in the Indian democratic set up
where all the power lies in the hands of the voters. Thus an awakening among the
general masses can only show the right place. We Indian have always believed in the
better that awaits us, however, hopeless the present may seem.
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The Indian Heart Watch study assessed the prevalence of different lifestyle and biological
cardiovascular disease risk factors across the country and these risk factors are
now at higher levels in India than in developed countries and regions.
Seventy-nine per cent of men and 83 per cent of women were found to be physically
inactive, while 51 per cent of men and 48 per cent of women were found to have high
Some 60 per cent of men and 57 per cent of women were found to have a low intake
of fruit and vegetables, while 12 per cent of men and 0.5 per cent of women smoke.
Moreover, the prevalence of biological and metabolic risk factors was also found
to be high. Overweight and obesity was reported in 41 per cent of men and 45 per
cent of women.
High blood pressure was reported in 33 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women,
while high cholesterol was found in one-quarter of all men and women. Diabetes (and
or metabolic syndrome) was also reported in 34 per cent of men and 37 per cent of
According to the study, urban social development is also playing a role in the development
of CVD risk factors.
Risk factors such as smoking, high fat intake and low fruit/vegetable intake were
shown to be more common in less developed cities, while physical inactivity was seen
to be more prevalent in highly-developed cities.
Accordingly, metabolic risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and high
cholesterol were seen to be more prevalent in more highly developed cities.
Indeed, the results of the study showed that even among literate middle-class urban
Indians there is a low awareness and control rates of these risk factors.