2011

September -  14

News Highlights

 

Training prog for farmers

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: Manghi Welfare Society organized one day farmer’s training programme for farmers at Sangram town on 7th of this month. The programme was sponsored by department of horticulture Kurung Kumey district under horticulture mission, North East Himalayan scheme.

Circle officer of Sangram T Riba while gracing the programme as chief guest spoke about importance of training in horticulture. He called on the participants to make good use of training. YP Singh, district horticulture officer of Kurung Kumey district was the resource person for the day. Also present during the day was Tai Janu, HDO Sangram and Benjamin Perin HDO Palin.

 

150th birth anniversary of Tagore celebrated

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Abu Tariang Socio-Economic Development Society (ATSEDS) has celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore with three days programme at Science Centre, IG Park, Itanagar from Sept 10.

Rabindra Sangeet competition, drawing competition among the junior children, dance-drama and symposium on life of Rabindranath Tagore were the main attraction of function which was sponsored by North East Culture Zone, Dimapur under the ministry of cultural affairs, Govt of India and supported by Nrityangan Dance Academic, Itanagar.

Deputy director of Art and Culture J Siram and Executive officer of Khadi and Village Industries Commission S. Dev participated in the programme as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

 

Teacher day

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: All Tawang Dist. Students' Union (ATDSU) and Yuva Arunachal celebrated the Teachers Day -2011 which was supported by DDSE ,Tawang. This is the second Teacher’s day organized by ATDSU. About 300 teachers were felicitated during the celebration.

MLA Tsewang Dhondup was the Chief Guest while Rinchen Phuntsok was as the Guest of Honour.  Other guests were Deputy Commisioner,Tawang K.Lolen, and AAPSU Joint secy Tsangpa Tashi

T.Chombay Kee. President.Yuva and MLA Tsewang Dhondup appreciated the efforts of the Union.

 

College election

BOMDILA, Sep 13: Sama Bagang, a BA IInd year student was selected unopposed as General Secretary for the term 2011-12 in the recently concluded Government Bomdila College election.

 

Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: Banderdewa Karsingsa Youth Welfare Association is going to celebrate its 11th  foundation day on 27th of this month at Nyokum ground. Former capital MLA Lichi Legi will be chief guest for opening day.  

 

Sports meet

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: Arunachal Vikash Parishad’s Sports and cultural centre, Desali conducted two days Sports competition at Desali an interior village of Lower Dibang Valley. Fifty seven youths from surrounding villages of Desali circle participated in two days sports competition on Sept 10-11.  

The function was inaugurated by  G.B. of Desali and Chanli Villages, and attended by Panchayat Members, school Headmasters, Circle Office Staff and  villagers. Certificates distributed by Joyete Miso, Gram Chairman, Dusuli Village. Sports and cultural teams came from Roing and walked around for four hours from Hunli to desali.

 

School boy dies

ITANAGAR: Six years old School boy Sangling Tayam died today by drowning at a stream near Chimpu in Itanagar. A student of class one in KV, Itanagar, the school boy had reportedly gone to the stream to swim when the accident occurred.  The body has been recovered by his friends.

He is the son of Machu and Kumari Tayam. The  Tayam-Brah-Tabo-Welfare-society has mourned the death of the young boy and prayed for eternal peace.

 

Follow tender process

ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA), Lower Subansiri District unit reiterated its demand for tendering of all works under Central Govt Schemes like SPA in the district. While reviewing the infrastructure development work in the state, the AACWA unit said the concerned department must follow the tender process in implementation of centrally sponsored scheme soon.

News Impact

Protestors stops shipment of turbines for Subansiri project in

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) led by renowned RTI activist  Akhil Gogoi and students organization including All Assam Students Union has launched a series of agitations in Assam opposing shipment of turbines for the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project.

Today the protestors staged a massive protest in Tezpur after the state government allowed a Bangladeshi barge to offload seven turbines. On Saturday KMSS launched a movement against transportation of the turbines at Jogighopa in Bongaigaon. Several protestors were injured when police resorted to lathi charge when the protestors tried to prevent the movement of the barge. Despite police crackdown, protestors are undeterred.

KMSS leader has said that his organisation shall oppose any move by the NHPC and the government to transport turbines to the project site.

According to a late report, the protest has been suspended after the government official’s assurance that turbines would not be transported to the project site till issue is resolved amicably.

Assam's main opposition parties, including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have also joined the protest.

Arunachal Pradesh government’s pet project being executed by the NHPC is scheduled to be commissioned in 2012. But it remains to be seen whether the project will be completed on time given the heavy protests in Assam.

Several environmental and pressure groups have already demanded that further construction of the project be scrapped citing adverse impact it was likely to have on ecology and in the downstream areas (Assam) of the project.

 

The state of affairs

Tongam Rina

After the death of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu the state particularly the Capital Region has witnessed many incidences which have pained many of us. Some instances could have been avoided had there been some kind of proper communication channel and respect for common people. But with all those who take decision for us remaining adamant and sticking to their grounds unwilling to move ahead, there is an uneasy calm.

The recent All Nyishi Students Union sponsored bandh call on Teacher’s Day in protest against Times of India report about Nyishi community saw violence and destruction of government properties and files.  While the rest of the state celebrated Teacher’s Day, the students Union decided to show their respect and reverence for the teachers by calling a bandh in Capital region.  It is reported that main function held by the state government to honour teachers was allowed to go ahead but many schools had to postpone their celebrations. While it is for the students to ponder amongst themselves on their choice of dates for the bandh call, the action of the state government was questionable too. It provoked those in support of bandh by announcing the deployment of 2500 personnel through the media.

The government should have known that the citizens of Capital region might not respect anyone but past experiences have shown that it respect bandhs more so if it is on a Monday.  After the provocative action, the government had no idea where to look when supporters of bandh indulged in violence. There was no police deployment in vulnerable targets instead Police is being accused of using unparliamentarily words while dealing with a group of protestors.  No matter how provoked, violence in any form by either Police or protestors is condemnable and it calls for strong action.

On the other hand, Times of India issue refuses to die down even after passage of so many months. One wonders whether enough effort was put by the state government and Nyishi Elite Society to resolve the issue. War of words using the media is acceptable but atleast it was expected that apart from verbal bashing accusing the other of betrayal, a logical conclusion was drawn respecting the sentiments of the people of the state.  The standoff continues. Given the situation, it will continue for a long time unless those involved in finding a solution respect each other and keep the communication channels open. Till now, it looks more like confrontation rather than finding an amicable solution.  For the well being of the state, it is expected that at least some forward steps are taken.

One more shocking incident was the violent attack on a Law Professional Taba Tagum and his family and alleged retaliatory attack at the residence of an office bearer of Itanagar Market Welfare Association.  The Police seems confused as it yet to make any arrests in the cases and act on the FIRs lodged in police stations by both sides.

Tagum allegedly was attacked for taking up a case. One is forced to wonder whether the home ministry by not taking any action so far against his assaulters is justifying the attack on a lawyer who carried out his duties. For the record, the department is yet to act against those responsible for the attack on the IMWA office bearer’s residence as well. Have the Home department left it on to the people to settle their own scores?

On one hand we expect some actions from all concerned, one is forced to question the absence of some Congress MLAs holding important positions within the government from Itanagar for so many months and frequent trips to Delhi by those who choose to stay in Itanagar. Yours truly know that the party is fiercely defensive about its affairs but citizens who elected 42 Congress MLAs deserve to know what is exactly happening. We need to know why a section of govt offices is being run by legislators sitting in resorts in Gurgaon and why those who choose to stay in Itanagar is silent on all  issues. Perhaps we will never get an answer but it is about time we see some developmental activities in the state.

 

 

Dignity Rally declares state Govt anti-Nyishi

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: The State Government led by Jarbom Gamlin was today declared anti-Nyishi Government by the people of the community in a mass meeting held at IG Park here at the culmination of the “Nyishi Dignity Rally” organized by Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU).

“The Government was formed out of anti-Nyishi  wave and currently it is doing anti-Nyishi works,” the meeting observed and  resolved to declare the Govt as anti-Nyishi Govt amidst thunderous support from a large number of people of the community, who braved scorching heat to join the meet.

The meeting further served 7 days ultimatum to the State Government to resolve the infamous Pradeep Thakur issue failing which the chief minister should quit.

Launching a scathing attack on Chief Minister Gamlin for undermining the sentiment of Nyishi people, NES president Bengia Tolum said that a welfare Government which can’t read the pulse of its people has no right to continue.

NES and ANSU, who have been shouldered to carry forward the movement, would decide its future strategy, if govt fails to respond its demand.

Accusing the Chief Minister of adopting ‘divide and rule policy’ on the issue, the NES president said that despite such tactics, the people of the community would continue to carry forward their movement to its logical conclusion. He also urged the ToI group to come out and help solve the problem by revealing the source of the comment which created ruckus among Nyishi people.

Earlier, the Rally was taken out from Nyirubjolli, Nirjuli which NES and ANSU said was necessitated following ‘Govt’s lackadaisical attitude’ in the resolving the issue as well as to strengthen the unity and integrity of the Nyishis in the back drop of ‘attempted onslaught’ on the oneness of the community by powerful divisive forces. It is pertinent to mention here that NES and ANSU have been exerting pressure on Government to compel ToI reporter Pradeep Thakur to reveal the source of his report and tender apology for the derogatory remark before the Nyishi people with state Government extracting a written and audio-visual apology from Thakur.

 

Capital witness protest against advocate attackers

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: The 12 hour bandh call issued by All Nyishi Nyijir Yapa Association evoked mixed response. The association had called bandh against government’s failure to arrest accused involve in attack of advocate Taba Tagum. While certain section of media claimed that association had withdrawn bandh, but there was no official communiqué from them in this regard.

Most of the shops in twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun remain closed. Even some private banks were closed. The movement vehicle was also minimal. However there was no report of any untoward incidents from any part of capital complex.

On the night of 2nd September advocate Taba Tagum and his family including wife was brutally attacked leading to serious injurious to him and his younger brother. In this regard FIR has been lodged at Naharlagun police station. But till today police has not been able to make single arrest which exposes inefficiency of capital complex police.  It is to be recalled that capital police under former SP Chukhu Apa had won hearts of citizen by cracking car bomb planting case of social activist Payi Gyadi in record time. The complete failure of capital police to arrest accused involve in attack of advocate Taba Tagum has raised serious question about their integrity and efficiency.

 

Call for change

AHEWA workshop on sanitation

ZIRO, Sep 13: All Hong Employees’ Welfare Association (AHEWA), Ziro has organized one day workshop on sanitation, health, hygiene and prevention of fire hazards at Tapi Lapang, Hong village on September 11 last.

Secretary, PHED Tomi Ete while attending the function as the chief guest, in his speech, stressed on hygienic living. Comparing cost of having a hygienic toilet and the expenditure to be incurred on treatment of diseases owing to unhygienic environment, he suggested people to avail financial assistance under Individual Household Latrine (IHHL) scheme of the Govt.  Under the scheme, Government provides financial aid of Rs. 4000 each for construction of toilet, he added. Though people of Apatani are mostly educated and talented and many of whom are highly placed in Govt service, even carrying out job outside the country in various capacities are well aware of the sanitation and hygienic living yet, positioning of their latrine in traditional houses are not advisable, he said and recommended for construction of the latrine at other end of the house instead of front side.

The Tourist inflow into Ziro Valley will increase considerably particularly in Home Stay Rural Tourism sector if toilet system is modified favourably, he added.

Disclosing government of India’s policy to provide minimum of 40 ltrs of drinking water per day to every citizen, he suggested citizens to avoid human activities at the water source to avert pollution, which is main cause of water borne diseases. He suggested for rain water harvesting system at village while informing about need of safe water supply. He further suggested for maintenance of rural water supply within the village by the Panchayat Leaders.

While advocating for total sanitation at village, he informed about the composition of Village Water Supply and Sanitation Committee, in which 50% of the members should be from women. Other members should be from Angawadi, School teachers, ASHA members and Junior Engineer PHED should be the Member Secretary. Panchayat leaders should be involved in sanitation programme as they can convince the villagers and appraise the officers of PHED.

Galo Welfare Society’s (GWS) Chairperson, Jarjum Ete while attending the function as the special invitee informed that more number of villages in Galo inhabited area have received Nirman Puruskar Award on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) as compared to Ziro Plateau, where only three villages received the award. She suggested for improvement in village level sanitation to get more awards in near future. She suggested that the sanitation campaign is to be initiated first in family and then to neighbours and the society at large.

Informing that five crèche centres/units have been established for child below 3 years age at Hong village under International Child Care Council (ICCC), she being member of the ICCC asked AHEWA and the Panchayat Leaders to monitor the centers.

She further advised ZPMs to give more importance on Gram Sabha as the village level planning starts at Gram Sabha as Hong village has 34 Gram Panchayats with two ZPMs.

She suggested AHEWA, Ziro to extend such workshop in other parts of Apatani Plateau also to ensure total sanitation in the plateau.

A.N. Singh, Director, CCDU, PHED in his speech asked people to give due importance on village hygiene to attract more tourists into their village and try to achieve the target of Open Defecation Free village through such workshop by AHEWA and the Panchayat Leaders togetherly.

Informing that 80% of the diseases are water borne, Lower Subansiri DMO Dr. Hage Tam while attending the function as the resource persons has stressed on use of boiled water. Discouraging alcoholic addict, he said that many people dies due to uncontrolled use of alcohol but not to one want of alcohol.

In the occasion, Er Dani Lampung, AE, PHED presented power point presentations on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) with special reference to Hong village and shown the graphic design of Low Cost Latrine suitable for Apatani Traditional Rural House with locally available building materials. While Er. Kago Habung and Er. Punyo Gambo presented on Sanitation problems and their remedies and Prevention of Fire Hazards in respect of Hong village respectively.

Resource person from Fire Service Department, Major Michi Koyang, LFM in his brief speech highlighted on the problems being faced by the department especially during fire accident in Apatani villages. People used to snatch water hose pipe and handle as per their wishes without realizing that they are not trained. As a result, water in the tank goes waste unnecessarily and some people in anger cut off the pipe presuming fire tender came with half filled tank, he narrated. Need of fire hydrants at each and every Apatani village was also disclosed specially large village like – Hong.

Informing that nothing of this kind occur in other part of the state, he appealed people to give safe passage for fire tender to reach the spot on time and not to snatch the nozzle. Later, he demonstrated on how to prevent fire if fire tender do not arrive in time with the theory of Fire Break by dismantling two houses at safe place. He also emphasized in his speech for location of houses at safer place having sufficient spacing at village and Hong denizens have no dearth of land for settlement like – Siiro, Manipolyang, Dilopolyang, Eastern Ring Road area etc.

Hibu Tadi, DFO-cum-Chairman, AHEWA, Ziro in his Presidential Address gave complete account on various health problems and fire accidents encountered at Hong village since late sixties like-Small Fox in 1969, Epidemic like Cholera, etc. due to the unhygienic environment at village emphasizing on need of sanitation system at village.

AHEWA’s Secretary, Er. Tapi Tai in his welcome address highlighted the need of such workshop at village level as fire accidents are vulnerable during the winter and health problem at summer due to unhygienic condition of village and untreated water supply.

Tilling Dolley, ZPM Niitii, Hibu Uma, ZPM Niichi, Hibu Dole, IFS and Er. Punyo Tangu, Asstt. Secretary, AHEWA also spoke on the function.

 

Gamlin calls on Rahul Gandhi

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today called on the AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi at his Tughlak Road residence in New Delhi to apprise him about various issues concerning the state. In their extended deliberations, Gamlin and Gandhi discussed developments in the state and also shared various concerns relating to the development process as well as political situations. Gamlin also put in perspective the ongoing protests in the state on the Pradeep Thakur-Times of India issue.

The AICC General Secretary on his part assured the Chief Minister his fullest support and exhorted the state government to work towards delivering the assurances given in the manifesto of the Congress Govt. He called upon Gamlin and his team to ensure that delivery of services and governance remains the highest priority.

 

NESO alleges violation of reservation policy, urges forest dept to come clear

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: The North East Students Organization (NESO) has urged the state forest department to come clear on the recent appointment of ACF (entry gate).

In a memorandum addressed to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), the NESO secretary general Gumjum Haider said that department had misled the DPC meeting held on May 19 last to appoint six candidates from general category and denied the promotional avenue of APST candidates serving as Range Forest Officer.  

The vacancy against which DPC meeting has been conducted occurred prior to 2009. Moreover the ACF (entry grade) was a group B post with 80 reservations for APST.

But no name of APST candidates appeared in the DPC minute,  the memorandum said.  Gumjum further maintained that the DPC has been shown a roster of 50:50 ratio in between the APST and general category candidates against the group ‘B’ post where reservation of post is 80:20 respectively.

The number of general category candidates against 20 per cent unreserved quota is limited to two candidates only, the NESO pointed out while questioning the appointment of six candidates against the quota under general category. The NESO urged the concerned department to explain and clarify its stance at the earliest in order to avoid any  future action by the organization.

 

Dabii inaugurates first Ice-Cream factory of the state

Naharlagun, Sep 13: This Day is very important in the history of industrial and economic development of Arunachal Pradesh as after over forty years since 1975, we are able to see a factory in the state, said Industries and Fisheries Minster and Government Spokesman Tako Dabii, while inaugurating the Lendo Ice-cream factory at Pappu Nallah, yesterday.

Terming the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh as a vegetable garden, where all kinds of vegetables are abundantly  grown wild,  Dabii said, we are lucky to be  settled in a big vegetable garden, for this we should thank god and take its full advantage. Natural resource is open for all but our people are ashamed of taping and exploring it. Outsiders has began to  take undue advantage of this, and began to collect and sell the local vegetables, sands, boulders and other forest products in the market  from whom we  have to buy back. This is a loss to the local individuals as well as loss to the state economy, he pointed out and further explained, “When everyone works, economy of every individual improves, when economy of every individual improves, the economy of state improves and when economy of  every state  improves, the economy of a country improves”.

Advising the youths to change their mindset for economic development and dignity of hard work and  engage their caliber for a constructive and dignified role in the society rather engaging themselves in bandhs and other controversial issues, he said, when you engage in self employment and  have self respect and  respect others  you will certainly be  respected.  There is no doubt in the fact that Small scale industries sustains the economy of India, it is also the highest service provider to our youths in the country.

The September 9, Investor’s meet held at Itanagar with  beeline of outside  investors in various sectors points to  huge scope in industries sector in the state. Our youths need to realize this, Dabii said and encouraged them to go for self employment in small scale industries rather than seeking for government employment which is very limited.

Informing that he has deeply gone through the workings and studied the prospects of the Departments of Industries and Fisheries, after taking over the charge, said, the scopes in both the departments are enormous, but proper policy guidelines are required and advised for a single widow mechanism in the departments.

Appreciating, Tania Doke, for venturing into the field despite being in the government job, advised him not have compromise on quality. A food adulteration is a serious case where a convict can be fined and jailed rigorously, he cautioned.  To avoid this every care should be taken that products are not adulterated, this will also ensure safety of the consumers and personal safety and longevity of the factory, he added.

The Proprietor of  the  Ice-cream factory, Tania Doke,  a teacher by profession,  who set up the  factory  at a  total investment of over 15 lakhs informed that he has set up the factory  on the suggestions of Senior leaders, well wishers and elders including , Tako Dabii, and after thorough study survey  of the market.  Though there is tough competition in the business, his quality hallmark will lead him to success, he optimistically opined. The support and cooperation of the locals, government officials and bankers will always be required for proper growth of the factory he added. The function was also attended by Director of Industries, Hage Bhat, Jt. Directors of Industries, Subu Tabin, Lekhi Phuntsu, SK Dutta, DDSE, Bigam Ngulam Lendo and others. (DIPR)

 

BJP unit demands enquiry

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), West Siang district unit has urged the chief secretary to initiate departmental enquiry into the unfortunate death of Kaying ASM Takom Palong who died of electric shock on Sept 8. The tragic incident reportedly occurred when Palong came into contact with live HT power line which fell down due to lose connection in his village at around 3.15 am on that fateful day.  Having noticed the short circuit in the main supply line early in the morning,  Palong along with wife came out from his resident to make aware the villagers about the probable danger. But as ill luck would have it, the ASM came in touch with live were and got electrocuted beyond recognition, said the BJP and BJYM leaders of the district in a letter to the state chief secretary.

Accusing the Rumgong electrical division of carelessness on their part, the letter also signed by state BJYM president Doni Nich demanded immediate action against the persons involved in poor quality electrification work in the village and responsible for the incident. They also pleaded for adequate compensation to the family of the deceased.

Earlier, All Kaying Welfare Society also demanded action against the persons responsible for the incident and also demanded adequate compensation.

 

10 days refreshers course on cooperatives begins

ITANAGAR, Sep 13:   A 10 days refresher course on cooperatives began at Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Training Centre (APCTC), Naharlagun yesterday. The programme is being sponsored by the National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT), New Delhi under Central Sector Scheme and altogether 18 trainees from different cooperative societies and LAMPs are undergoing the training.

The chief guest of the programme, S Padmanabhan, NABARD general manager in his inaugural address called for active participation of the cooperative sectors  in community upliftment which leads to the economic development of the state as a whole. He  also explained the need of the cooperators to diversify their activities to tap the potential of the  state in various fields.

Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU) chairman A T Kulo requested the trainees to take full advantage of the course for quality development in cooperative sector. SICS from Cooperation department   S R Biswas highlighted the course content, while executive engineer J Bora, incharge CEO of APSCU spoke on the importance of such training.

APCTC senior lecturer D Sen, guest lecturer H Athalia and S R Biswas are the main faculties of the refreshers course which will cover wide range of topics including definition of management and administration, business development planning, book-keeping and accounting, cooperative and rural development.

 

Upgraded ophthalmology dept of RKM Hospital at the service of the state

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: The department of ophthalmology in Ramakrishna Mission Hospital has come a long way since it was started in 1983. Today the department is equipped with modern and latest equipments to cater to the needs of the people of the state and surrounding areas of Assam. The outpatient department is equipped with autokeratometer, autorefractometer, motorized vision chart, motorized ophthalmic examination chair, slit lamp with applanation Tonometer, noncontact Tonometer, autolensometer, synaptophore, direct and indirect ophthalmoscope, retinoscope and other basic eye examination instruments. The first visual field analyzer (perimetry) to diagnose visual field changes in Glaucoma was installed few months back in the department. It’s the first such equipment installed in the whole state. The department is also equipped with A Scan and B Scan machines. ND YAG laser machine is also available to tackle posterior capsular opacification after cataract surgeries and glaucoma cases.

The department is also going to run specialty clinic of pediatric ophthalmology free of cost from next week every Thursday from 9 am to 12 am in an exclusively built pediatric eye OPD with the financial assistance from ORBIS International, New Delhi, India.

To serve the visually impaired and rehabilitate the blind persons of the state, low vision services would be started by the department very soon. In near future the department is also contemplating to start medical retina services.

The department has a 10 bedded eye ward with a state of art eye operation theatre. The operations are carried out with high-end operating microscope with CCTV attachment. Cataract operation is carried out using the latest phacoemulsification technique. Glaucoma surgeries, Squint surgeries, corrective and cosmetic lid surgeries, lacrimac sac surgeries, Orbital surgeries, ocular injuries and other anterior surgeries are carried out with utmost finesse. The department alone contributes to about 50 percent of the total eye surgeries of the state.

The department was first to initiate mobile outreach eye care services in Papumpare district and other areas with the help of Light for the World, Austria. In the last 5 years it has done innumerable free eye screening camps and surgical camps in the state and also adjoining parts of Assam. It has imparted training to more than 200 teachers and 100 paramedical workers in the state in primary eye care and vision screening and screened more than 20000 children. Free spectacles are also distributed to the needy children. The department also conducts continuing medical education program and workshops to update the ophthalmologists and medical officers of the state in the field of ophthalmology.

Eye donation center

With a view to promote Eye banking activity in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, an Eye Donation Center has been set up in our hospital. The center is functional under the aegis of the National Program for Control of Blindness Program and has been approved by the State Blindness Control Society, Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. It is also an Institutional Life member of the Eye Bank Association of India.

 

ASHA facilitator training on Module VI & VII begins

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: A Seven Days Training of ASHA Facilitators on module VI & VII under NRHM begins in East Siang organized by the District Health Society, East Siang District at Audio Visual Hall, General Hospital Pasighat on  Sept 12.

The Training was inaugurated by Dr. T. Taloh, District Medical Officer and attended by 20 ASHA Facilitators, DCM, DA (ARC) and senior officers and DPMSU staffs.

The Resources persons for the ASHA Facilitators training were Yaman Darang, Mary Dupak and Dani Mala.

Inaugurating the training, Dr. T. Taloh, DMO informed the participants that the ASHA Facilitators are considered to be the real force in streamlining the ASHA program. The AF is the person, who visits ASHA very frequently, tries to understand her field level situation, extending her necessary on job support, giving her confidence so that ASHA can deliver her best. Further he added, ASHA are the main bridge between the Community and Health Facilities. He also advice the participants to take advantage of the training and to be sincere while attending the training and ask all the participants not to go back without clearing their doubts.

Earlier Dr. M. Perme, DRCHO cum CEO, DHS informed the participants that the main objective of the training and further gave a PPT presentation on introduction to NRHM, VHSC, VHND, JSY/ various incentives for ASHA and Role & responsibility of ASHA Facilitators.

 

CRPF Civic Action Prog

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: 36 Bn CRPF headquartered at Khonsa, under IGP Ops Sector, Jorhat, organized Civic Action Programme at Community Hall, Wakka on Sept12. Various utility and educational, hygiene & sanitary items such as syntax, malarial prevention kits, First Aid boxes, Aqua Sure water filter, sports items and Sewing machines  were distributed to various GBs, schools of Wakka Town and local Self Help Groups (NGOs).

The programme was attended by Administrative Officers, officers of Security Forces, Schools from wakka, various Women Groups, Public leaders and GBs from 10 villages under wakka circle.

B.C. Sharma, commandant-36 Bn while speaking on the occasion exhorted the villagers and school students that the basic aim of this Civic Action Programme is to reach out to the people of Tirap District so as to forge a better understanding between the civilians and CRPF. He also urged the civil public to help the Security Forces in their endeavor to maintain peace and security in the district so that desired goals and developmental works of the Gov’t are achieved.

He also informed that more Civic Action Programme will also be conducted for familiarization and training, etc in other remote localities such as  Longding, Tissa and in Khonsa in the coming days.

After conclusion of the programme , a meeting with all the GBs and public leaders was also held at Wakka, where-in various security and welfare related issues were also discussed.

 

USPA urges Govt to act tough against repeated Pasighat bandh

ITANAGAR, Sep 13: The United Siang Progressive Alliance (USPA) has appealed to the state Govt to take bold initiative against the repeated bandh call at Pasighat town in East Siang district.

Apprising the state Govt of the resolutions taken in USPA central executive board meeting held at Pasighat yesterday, the Alliance in its memorandum submitted through the East Siang Deputy Commissioner, demanded the state Govt.  to act tough  against Bandh which badly affect the life of civil society and general public including daily wage earners.  Bandh call is against the freedom of people enshrined in the Constitution of India, it said. The Alliance further urged the administration to protect  the life of the people  and maintain peace and tranquility  and ban bandh as per Supreme Court order. Everybody has right to live with  peace and dignity in Pasighat town without prejudice, the Alliance added.

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Indian vultures and its future

 

Diclofenac was banned for use by vets and farmers in 2006 because of its effect on vultures that feed on livestock carcasses. But researchers found the drug for sale in some form in 36 per cent of the pharmacies investigated.

In 2004 scientists identified diclofenac-poisoning as the primary cause of the declines in number of vultures.  The vultures ingested the drug when feeding on the carcasses of livestock that had been treated shortly before their death.

Diclofenac was banned in India, Nepal and Pakistan in 2006 with further restrictions on its manufacture introduced in India in 2008. But a survey has confirmed conservationists’ concerns that pharmacies are flouting the ban.

Despite advances in captive breeding, conservationists warn the birds’ future in the wild cannot be guaranteed.

Three species of vulture native to India have suffered rapid population crashes since the 1990s: the Indian vulture (Gyps indicus), slender-billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris) and white-rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis).

Numbers of the latter species, also known as oriental white-backed vultures, are estimated to have dropped by 99.9 per cent in the past decade. Populations of Indian and slender-billed vultures have declined by 97 per cent over the same period.

But the findings also highlighted some hope for saving the vultures from extinction.

Researchers found the vulture-safe alternative drug meloxicam available in 70 per cent of pharmacies.

 

Thanks for the initiative  

Dear Editor,

I want to thank former Minister Roding Pertin for his initiatives for de-reservation of Dibang forest for which the people of Jemi Notko, Jia, Ithili,Iduli, Bolung, Parbuk, Kangkong, Kabang and many more villages can now live without fear of forest eviction and also can apply for PRC. Not only this,  the people of Dambuk also can have the dream of having the long felt Dibang bridge to access Roing throughout the year after 70 years of establishment of Dambuk Circle HQ.

I want to thank Jomin Tayeng present MLA , Bassu Perme former MLA, Kamin Pertin, Ex ASM Bolung, Tony Pertin Sr.Advocate, Mibom Pertin ZPM and each and every leaders who helped to achieve the goal. Really, it is a matter to rejoice but at the same time the people of all these villages should also not forget the importance of forest and environment for their next generation to come.                                                        

Yours,

Nomni Pertin,

Margherita , (on email)

 

 

I resent bandh calls

Dear Editor,

I would like to express deep resentment over the frequent bandh calls in our State.

We can see that our neighbouring State, Assam has been nick-named as ‘Lahey-Lahey’ due to its frequent bandh calls. If the present situation of our State goes on the same track, the day is not far when alike our neighbouring State, Assam we too might get to hear such weird names for our beautiful State.

Moreover, Frequent bandh calls are affecting and pausing the life of common masses in diverse ways.

Therefore, I highly request the people concerned to tackle their deadlock in a peaceful manner without hurting the sentiments of the fellow masses. I am in no sense to stand against any community.

Yours,

Dular Dujom

Itanagar, (on email)

 

 

May wisdom prevail

Dear Editor,

This is in response of the Reader’s Forum of your daily published on 12th Sept’11 “We already have the Forums”.

You ask 100 Nyishi people, almost 98 will know about the NES & ANSU and who’s who of NES & ANSU.

But 99 of the Nyishis will not know, what is NWA,NCC and ANNYA. Then, my question is who has given mandate to those associations and organizations to critisize the NES & ANSU for their rightful movement to safe guards the sentiments of Nyishi Society.

There for my earnest request to those Associations or organizations is to get first hand mandate from the Society with good deeds, instead of being a puppet of somebody.

May Almighty prevail upon them with Wisdom and Honesty.

Yours,

Tana Tara,

Naharlagun, (on email)

 

 

Termination not justified

Dear Editor,

It is astonishing to know that the Director of Health services issued termination orders for 12 RFWs from Upper Subansiri district, few from Papum Pare and West Siang districts.  The act of termination seems to be illegal as those RFWs were appointed between 2007 and 2009 on regular basis and were  also enjoying all facilities as regular employees.

If these RFWs were appointed illegally, the officers involved in such illegal appointment should also be brought to the book. Otherwise,   termination of appointees in later stage of service will only encourage a section of officers to go on an appointment spree.

One could imagine very well about the situation and mental agony of those employees if their bread and butter are suddenly snatched way.

Yours,

Tatung Tania

Upper Subansiri

 

 

Take a stand

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the Advocate Taba Tagum incident in which he was brutally attacked and tortured by some miscreants which has created a lifetime of trauma to the victim and severe shock to the law professionals. Such inhuman and barbaric act is a shameful and is a sign of coward, who attack people in group and is also a sign of presence of goons in the peace loving state like Arunachal Pradesh. These kinds of shameful act and goondaism should not be tolerated so that such incidence do not occur again. Such kind of communal virus should be prevented in its very beginning or else there will be a day when the entire state will live in fear because of such goondaism. Beside these I am very sad to know that various NGOs and student organisation are keeping mum. The Nyishi groups and student organisation like the Arunachal Law Student Association should have come forward in such crucial time when the matter is about the law profession and towards defamation of Nyishi community. An advocate is only a middle man licensed by the Bar Council of India who has freedom and right to handle the acceptable cases under Indian legal system and is enrolled in the state list to plead for justice for the clients. Therefore it is my appeal to the entire society and specially miscreants that torturing a lawyer is not a solution.

I appeal to the NGOs, Student Organisations and Arunachalees to come forward and fight against such communal virus before it becomes widespread.

Yours,

Gollo Dani

Meerut, (on email)

 

 

Thanks for the joy you brought

Dear Editor,

Though I read the news a day late, it was extremely gratifying to hear about Karling Natung and two others achievement at the National sub-junior Boxing championships in Shillong. Other sports are also very popular but while I’ve got nothing to boast about regarding my performance inside the ring, I used to dream of making it good someday. That never happened but Karling Natung’s success gave me just as much pleasure.

Even if the boxing may not be as popular or known in our state as others, hopefully the folks of our state and the sports council does more to encourage the performances by Aguk Juja, Techi Bida and Karling Natung.

Thanks for the joy you three brought for me and may your expertise in the sport soar to the highest.

Yours,

Atung D. Pangya,

Itanagar, (on email)

 

 

Don’t make the situation worse

Dear Editor,

So much of disgusting incidents occurring in state really needs to be controlled. All these bandhs and strikes are no benefit to the future of Arunachalees as it creates panic and hatred in the mind of the people of state towards both the government as well as the student bodies. Nobody really cares about the state and its citizens. If the student body did really care about the issue of Pradeep Thakur then they should have enquired about the matter genuinely. But no, as the history says we will and shall always remain unwilling to learn.

I don’t know how come Arunachalees could just sit and be a mute spectator. I don’t know why the learned personalities and higher ranked government officials are not trying to solve the issue genuinely. This issue also depicts that central government is really not interested in Arunachal Pradesh.

I feel that renowned personalities from all the communities should make themselves involved and bring a fruitful resolution to this never ending issue.

It also gave me a chance to thank Taba Ajum, a well learned and experiential person. He should be supported by all the citizens for his working and if possible his name should be proposed for the Presidency of some effective organisations.

We know that government and student body cannot give a bright future to Arunachal Pradesh but please don’t make the situation more worse.

Yours,

Concerned citizen

(on email)

 

 

Commendable effort

Dear Editor,

The article “Campaign against drug peddles/addicts intensify” at Roing by the D.C, Lower Dibang Valley District involving Gram Panchayat Leaders/Members and forming a ‘Anti-Drug Committee’ published in your daily dated 9th Sept is a very encouraging, healthy and need of the moment initiative. Such wonderful initiative deserves appreciation and support from all sections.

I am sure, the IMCLS and AIMSU will also join this noble campaign.

Yours,

Dr. M. Umpo,

Naharlagun, (on email)

 

 

 

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