April 27


News Impact


Sonam asks youth to come to village

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 village.

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.


Ph.D degree

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. Karuna Shrivastava.


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 yesterday.

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 per litre.

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 of encouragement.


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 said.

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 programme.

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 area.

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 their culture.

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

Dear Editor,

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.


Kipa Niba




Power projects and public hearing

Dear Editor,

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.


Donyi Taga

Rani Village




A commendable step for promotion of education and recognition of Late Tadar Taniang

Dear Editor,

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 Pradesh.

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

Dear Editor,

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.


Philip Jerang

New Delhi



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Cardiovascular disease & risk factor

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 fat diets.

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 women.

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.