August 02

CBI raids NYP office

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today raided the office premises of NGO National Youth Project (NYP) and at the resident of its president Hari Pado Biswas. Team of CBI officials from Guwahati made the raid. A case was allegedly registered at Guwahati CBI against a government department in regards to mismanagement of government schemes.

As per the sources though the case was not registered against NYP, during the trail of investigation the role of said NGO came under scanner. The CBI team seized documents and other materials during the raid.


Medical and self defense training for young girls

Roing,  Aug 1: A medical camp was conducted at KGBV Dambuk by the school administration under MHRD scheme on Wednesday last. Dr. Amit Perme, resource person of the camp gave health and hygiene tips to the students during this programme. Apart from  this, medical check-ups were also conducted.

Self- defense training for the students was also conducted simultaneously. More than 100 girl students were given training on self-defence for 2 days by Marshall Lego, a Black Belt 1st dan from Mebo.

Attending the valedictory function SMC Chairperson Aseng Tayeng praised the MHRD for introducing such programmes in KGVBs for girls. Veterinary

Officer Sherpa Dorjee also attended the valedictory function.

Retired headmaster K.Apum, who also attended the programme,  stressed on organisation of such programme on a regular basis for benefit of students.


PPWC gives one-month time to improve power scenario


PASIGHAT, Aug 1: Angry over the alleged  failure  of the authority to improve the erratic power problem in Pasighat Township despite repeated pleas, the aggrieved consumers gave authority one- month ultimatum to improve the power scenario failing which they threatened to resume agitation against the power department.

Taking serious note of the prolonged power problem, the frustrated consumers, including the members of Pasighat Public Welfare Committee (PPWC) in a meeting here today decided to submit  representation to Power Commissioner and Chief Engineer (Monitoring, Planning & Transmission) demanding their immediate intervention for improved power scenario. The meetings further resolved to demand the power department for early replacement of the decade-old transformers.  Besides PPWC members, PRI leaders; Municipal Councillors and student leaders attended the meeting.

The PPWC had earlier moved the Chief Minister, Power Minister and top ranking officials of Power department for lasting solution of the chronic power problem. But the authority has miserably failed to redress the people’s grievances despite their repeated assurance.


AAPSA train teachers

Itanagar, Aug  1: All Arunachal Private Schools Association (AAPSA) held representative Teachers Effectiveness Training for the private schools of Itanagar at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Vivek Vihar, here. The training attended by 57 representative teachers from various private schools of the capital complex was a mix of practical and theoretical sessions led by Fr. Athew Mathew and K. S. Charles from Imphal.

Fr. C. D. Mathai, Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Capital Complex, spoke about Don Bosco’s system of education known as the Preventive System of Education which is based on reason, religion  and loving kindness and called upon the teachers present to include these three elements in their teaching which touches lives.  

The resource persons dealt extensively on topics such as class room management, handling the problem child, disciplining without corporal punishment and innovative methods in classroom teaching.


Steering committee meeting on IDCF

DAPORIJO, Aug 1: Steering Committee meeting on Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) cum convergence meeting on Adolescent Health was held in the District Medical Officer’s office here on July 31.

Presiding over the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner K Dulom briefed about the importance of safe drinking water, IDCF and adolescent programmes and requested all the stakeholders to cooperate with the health department for effective and successful implementation of various programmes. During the meeting, he also took stock of the health scenario of the district and assured to provide all necessary help from his side also.

Earlier, DRCHO Dr. G. Hangkar briefed about the IDCF. He informed that the fortnight campaign is being conducted in two phases (July 27 to August 2 and Aug 3 to 8). During the 2nd phase counseling activities on infant feeding will be taken up at all health centres and schools by the MOs, ANMs and ASHAs.

The meeting also discussed about the adolescent programme like Rashtriya Bal Swasthiya Karyakaram (RBSK) and Weekly Iron Folic Supplementation (WIFS) being implemented by District Health Society in schools.

Dr. R. Tatan, DMO requested all the stakeholders to extend cooperation in successful implementation of various health related programmes  in  the district.

Among others,  DDSE and EEs of PHED, Power and RW departments and DPMSU staffs  attended the meeting.


Locals conduct social service at college

ITANAGAR, Aug 1:  A mass social service was jointly conducted by the people of Layang village along with the members of Polytechnic College Development Committee and PRIs at the institute under Sangram in Kurung Kumey district today.

Villagers along with local contractors took up electrification and water supply work in the college campus at their own expense to ensure that students of the lone institute of the district could avail the much-needed basic facilities.  


Public made aware of various welfare schemes

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Tezu unit yesterday organised a Special Outreach Programme (SOP) on “Saal Ek Shuruat Anek” at Tamlanagar village of Lohit district.

The villagers were made of various centrally sponsored welfare schemes, like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA), Atal Pension Yojana (APY) etc. during the programme.

While briefing the gathering about those schemes, resource person of the programme Soloi Ngadong, General Secretary, Gaon Burha Association of Lohit and Anjaw districts stressed the need of making the people aware of these schemes and their benefits.

Mihir Kumar Jha, unit-incharge, DFP Tezu unit also spoke during the programme and elaborated the gathering about the new schemes launched by the present Government during past one year.

Feedback on the newly launched schemes was also collected from the gathering.

A quiz competition on “Saal Ek Shuruat Anek” was also organised and winners were given prizes.


Youth Cong marks Friendship Day with social work

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The 13th Itanagar Assembly Youth Congress unit of Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) conducted a social service at Kankar Nallah, Naharlagun today to mark the occasion of ‘Friendship Day’. Led by Kipa Mangal, president and Techi Tadap, general secretary of the  AYC, hundreds of members joined the social service and cleared the debris and garbages which were accumulated near the national highway.

The mass social service was organized under the patronage of local MLA Techi Kasho and APYC  president Nyamar Karbak.

While appreciating the 13th Assembly Youth Congress for organizing the social service, Nyamar Karbak stated that he looked forward to such social ventures including ‘blood donation’ and assistance to the needy people specially during the time of natural calamity as  the capital has often witnessed disastrous incidence in the past.


Anti drug awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: One-day workshop on drug awareness campaign was conducted at Govt. Higher Secondary School Itanagar today by Department of Tax and Excise in association with Tarhuk Samaj (NGO) Koipla, Kurung Kumey distrct.

The drug awareness campaign was attended by Dr. Nabam Budh, Deputy Director, Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society, Naharlagun along with Principal Govt. Higher Secondary School and Tolum Takar, Chairman, Tarhuk Samaj. While speaking on the campaign, Dr Budh asked  the students to stay away from drugs  for a better future.


Cleanliness drive at Koloriang

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: A mass social service was conducted in Koloriang town under the joint initiatives of district administration, All Nyishi Youth Association, Kurung Kumey unit and Bazar Welfare Committee. All the Govt officials, NGOs, students of private and Govt schools participated in the social service in the respective institutions amidst heavy rains during the day.

Bengia Tania, President, Bazar Welfare Committee engaged his JCB and DUDA, Koloriang provided trappers during the programme. Biaro Sorum, EAC and Idam Bagra, Circle Officer supervised the work. (DIPRO)


Union demands

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Aug 1: During an inauguration function of labour office at Gandhi Market by Taru Gusar, Superintendent of Police Upper Subansiri District along with Jumli Ligu DLEO, All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union district unit submitted a memorandum demanding for land for AAPLU-USU office at Daporijo. Other demand includes regular checking of Inner Liner Permit, establishment of labour barrack and labour stand, fixation of equal wages.


Social service conducted

SEPPA, Aug 1:  Over 30 volunteers including members of Bameng Town People’s Forum (BTPF) led by its chairman Tani Liyak took part in a social service conducted at PHC Bameng here on Friday. During the social service, the volunteers erected fencing around the PHC to do away with the problem of encroachment. (DIPRO)


Union discusses progress of road with BRTF

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The All Bori Adi Students’ Union (ABASU) has in a release today informed that its members led by its president Tadur Taring met BRTF 92 RCC OC Rakesh Kumar on Monday, to discuss about progress of the ongoing double-lane road construction work being carried out between Aalo to Tato and Bile to Miging road.

While lauding the BRTF for maintaining quality of work, the union further urged Kumar to take up more such projects in the district.

OC Kumar further informed the union that construction of Bile to Miging road will begin from March next year.


Solung Festival Football Tournament

Siang United FC, Donyi-Polo Ganging FC and Sisang Yameng FC win

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Siang United FC, Donyi-Polo Ganging FC and Sisang Yameng FC won their respective matches in the Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament played at DNG College playground here today.

Siang United FC defeated Banggo United FC 3-1 in the first match of the day played at 7 am while Donyi-Polo Ganging FC defeated Pameng Patang FC 3-0 in the second match played at 2 pm, Sisang Yameng FC won the third and last match of the day beating Ngargo Yameng FC  3-1, informed Tarok Lomtung, Games & Sports Secretary,SFCCI-2015.

The scorers of Siang United FC were Opang Lonchung, Miloko Nobeng and Megu Jongkey while the consolation goal for Banggo United FC was scored by Kaling Tatin.

The scorers of Donyi-Polo Ganging FC were Tom Lego, Batong Perme and Kajin Ratan.

Nongkim Siang Pertin, Olom Darin and Nung Ering were the scorers of Sisang Yameng FC.

Tony Ering scored the lone goal for Ngargo Yameng FC.

Today’s Matches:

1) Nulu Nubu fc vs President XI FC (7 am)

2) Giidi Lepang FC vs Giidi Yameng FC (2 pm)

3) Abo Tani FC vs Donggin Yameng FC (4 pm)


Badminton tourney begins at Lumla

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: The Independence Day Badminton tournament for both men and women began at Sports Club, Lumla today.

In the inaugural match, the pair of Mika Nyori and Tashi Namgey defeated Karsang Lama Kee and Kesang Gyatso in men’s double.

All together 22 teams are participating in the tournament.

Final will be played on August 14.

The tournament is organized by Lumla Sports Club and sponsored by Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi.


News Impact

State to formulate traffic policy

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Taking serious note of frequent road accidents, some fatal, that occurred during the last three years, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has suggested for a strong and effective state policy to avert and minimise such mishaps. He advocated for vigorous campaign for safe driving, safe speed and safety measures for commuters and pedestrians users during a high level meeting of the Road Safety Council here at his office conference hall on Friday evening.  

The meeting was convened on Supreme Court’s direction to constitute state specific Road Safety Council to control and check road accidents.

The Chief Minister opined for regular checking of driving licences including vehicle documents besides keeping track of the safety measures which are compulsory for drivers or passengers during driving. He was of the view that maximum road accidents occur due to negligent and rash driving coupled with other reasons like bad roads and lack of safe road infrastructure.

Tuki directed the law enforcement authorities to take stringent measures to regulate traffic rules by ensuring compulsory use of seat belts, helmets for both driver and pillion and strict prohibition of mobile phone usage during driving besides asking the department concerned to put concerted effort in developing safe road infrastructure across the state. While advocating for a government notified and registered Driving Training Centre in the state, Tuki suggested for a mandatory fill up of forms on formats prepared by transport department for issuance of driving licences. He also suggested for mandatory health check for all drivers before issuance of driving licence.

The Chief Minister proposed to set up road safety fund besides attaching ambulances with the traffic police for evacuation of critical accident victims to hospitals. He directed the departments to install necessary signboards on the roads which are mandatory for road safety.  He further opined for road safety slogans to be incorporated in school curriculum.

Tuki directed the department of transport to prepare an action plan on road safety guidelines by September next.

“Haphazard parking along the roads affects road jams besides making it vulnerable to accidents,” the CM viewed and directed for constitution of a committee for identifying parking places under the Chairmanship of DC Capital.

The House was appraised that the department of transport had identified 8 black spots in the capital region where frequent accidents occur while 40 other junction posts (25 in Itanagar and 15 in Naharlagun) have been identified. Department further requested the House for a full-fledged traffic SP to regulate traffic regulations in the capital region.

Among others, Chief Secretary, Secretary Transport, Secretaries Home, PWD, Finance, Education, Health, Planning, DGP, CEs, representative of MoRTH, BRO, NERIST/NIT/CRRI and NGOs attended the meeting. (PRO, CM)



Parents holds PTC authority responsible for death of IRBN jawan

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, Aug 1:  Yet to come to terms with the death of his son, Nabam Tadap in his 50s, father of late Nabam Regang, an IRBN jawan who was found dead at Police Training Center (PTC) Banderdewa at Bravo 'Coy' Barrack on 19 July 2015, feels that his son had died due to sheer negligence of officers and lack of responsibility of his colleagues.

"My son could have been saved, if he was given timely medical attention" grief- stricken Tadap said.

Late Nabam Regang (PTC chest number 75) was a fifth IRBN personnel posted at Likabali and was undergoing refresher course when he was found dead under mysterious circumstance in wee hours of July19, 2015.  

The preliminary report of investigation suggested that late Regang died of injuries sustained after he fell down from balcony of Bravo 'Coy' Barrack. The report ruled out any foul play or involvement of any jawan leading to the death of late Regang.

However, SP Capital Complex informed The Arunachal Times that till the detailed verification of call records of jawans who were on night duty, it would be too early to jump to conclusion. He also said that so far there is no lead which would suggest the involvement of any person.

Contradicting investigation report, aggrieved father claimed that circumstantial evidences suggests involvement of  few individuals who were awake and on night duty when incident is believed to have happened.  

Tadap questioned the PTC authority why there was no blood stain at the place of occurrence (PO), if the injury was so major which killed his son. He further squarely blamed  PTC authority for sheer negligence claiming that no ambulance was provided to take his son to the hospital.

"I was informed about incident around 3:50 am, probably after two or three hours" Tadap added.  

"What made them take so long to inform us (parents) when our house is walking distance from the Barrack" questioned the father, who is still shell- shocked.  

The parents also claimed that their son was not even taken to the medical sub-center which is hardly 100 meters away from the place of occurrence.  Medical staff K. Dhar confirmed that deceased was not brought to medical sub-center. But he got information about the incident around 4.AM in the morning presumably after hours of accident.

The parents are suspecting there is a serious foul play in the whole incident and the authorities are trying to hush up the facts of tragic death of late Regang by twisting the facts to save the image of the state police training center.

However, the post mortem report totally contradicts with the parents' claim, suggesting that there was no foul-play.

According to SP Capital Complex, the post mortem report suggests death was due to accident.  SP further added that all possible angles are being investigated and examined by the investigation team.

Late Regang's death has however raised eyebrow at the role of PTC authority in disciplining jawans under training.   The incident also reflects lackadaisical attitude of PTC authority to equip the state police training centre with modern medical facilities including ambulance.

Squarely blaming the authority for death of late Regang, All Puyu Panchayat Youth Welfare Association and All Silsango Circle Youth Association demanded the Home Minister to suspend Principal, Vice-Principal, TO and Medical Officer of PTC holding them responsible for death of late Regang.



Pasighat qualifies as Smart City

PASIGHAT, Aug 1: Pasighat is the only city in the state which fulfills the condition of having an existing master plan or a proposed one for being selected as a smart city under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, launched by Union government. Notably “Smart City” is an initiative by PM Narendra Modi to take the pressure off Indian metros. Basic objective is to ensure basic civic infrastructure such as drinking water and sewerage, increasing green cover in cities by developing parks and augmenting public transport among others. Reportedly, one hundred smart cities would be developed in a phased manner in five years with financial share of the state government.

The 1st meeting of the State Level High Power Steering Committee, constituted for steering the proposals and implementation of Smart City Mission was held on July 30 last in the Banquet Hall, Itanagar under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi.

The Chief Engineer cum Director, Urban Development and Housing highlighted the criterion for selection of a City/Town as “Smart City”. He stated that only one city could be selected from Arunachal Pradesh.  In order to select a city the reports on existing service levels submitted by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) have been computed and placed before the committee for examination and subsequent selection for making recommendation to union government.

The Secretary, PHE&WS while participating in the meeting opined that it would be better if a town having scope for future growth could be selected as Smart City.

After going through all the reports on existing service level submitted by ULBs, the committee has decided to recommend “Pasighat” for submission to the government of India for further examination and selection as smart city.

Later, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, while assessing the present scenario of garbage management, landfill site, composed plant, drainage system and crematorium of Capital Complex, has desired that top priority must given to all these aspects. He urged the concerned department to prepare plan and proposal so that allocations could be made as and when untied funds from Government of India as recommended by 14th Finance Commission is received. DIPRO



State’s responsibility to provide the best to students: Taloh

Review of RUSA

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: “Students are the future of the nation and it is our responsibility to provide them with the best of facilities,” said Education Minister Tapang Taloh.    

Speaking during a day-long workshop on the implementation of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyaan (RUSA) at the institutional level across the state, Taloh said the government has to enable students to face the challenges of the world.    Taloh, who is also the chairman of the state higher education council, said the state has come a long way in the field of higher education.

“In 1964, the state had just one higher education institute – Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNC) in Pasighat. Now we have more than 52 higher educational institutions,” he said.

Although, compared to other states, Arunachal introduced RUSA late, “it is being implemented properly”, Taloh said.

The minister informed that the Centre has sanctioned establishment of an engineering college in Toru; upgradation of JNC, Pasighat, and DNG College, Itanagar; and upgradation of infrastructure in Donyi Polo government college, Kamki and the government college in Bomdila under RUSA.

“With the implementation of RUSA in the state, the financial burden on the state government has been significantly reduced,” he added.     

On the enrollment issue plaguing colleges in the state, Taloh said “there is need to evolve a proper mechanism to deal with the problem.”

Concurring with the fact that not creating posts of non-teaching staff has been a big problem for college authorities, he disclosed that posts for non-teaching staff are likely to be sanctioned by the state government within 2-3 weeks. Earlier, RUSA chief consultant Simanta Mohanty from New Delhi said Arunachal Pradesh has accorded priority to higher education by implementing RUSA in 2014.

“Under RUSA, the higher education in the state will be developed in a planned, systematic way with funds for infrastructure and upgradation of existing institutions,” he said.

Board member, Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) Dr Joram Begi, who is also the   former higher & technical education director, in his keynote speech said while literacy and higher education have no connection, “higher education is connected to social status”.

“If the needs of financial, quality and infrastructures of the higher educational institutes are not addressed, we’ll be producing an army of disgruntled people,” he said.

Pointing out that many students are being deprived of access to higher education, he called for increasing the state’s dismal gross enrollment ratio (GER), which is currently around 19.04 per cent.

Stating that “product itself possesses quality”, he further lamented that no Indian university has made it to the list of the top 200 universities of the world.

“If you don’t have quality education, how can you realize the dream of a developed nation?” he questioned.

Dr Begi also expressed concern at the present teacher-student ratio, which is around 1:56.5 in most of the government colleges in the state.

The state government and the education department must implement RUSA not only for quality education but to tide over the manpower and resource crunch faced by most of the colleges, he said.

“With the implementation of RUSA in the country in 2013, the path for further development of higher education in the state has been laid,” said higher and technical education director Dr Tejum Padu.

He exuded hope that under RUSA “our higher educational institutions will only benefit”.

RUSA deputy project director Minto Ete also spoke.

It may be mentioned here that RUSA is a centrally sponsored scheme launched in 2013. It aims to provide strategic funding to eligible state higher education institutions with the objective of improving overall quality of education.



AAPTAHWA decides to conduct spot visit, bring awareness on TAH

ITANAGAR, Aug 01: All Arunachal Pradesh Trans-Arunachal Highway Welfare Association (AAPTAHWA) in its central executive meeting held at Naharlagun today decided to conduct spot visit to monitor the work progress of the TAH construction agencies in the state.

AAPTAHWA also decided to organize a district-wise awareness programme on TAH for the benefit of common people. It further said after completion of sport visit and investigation, the  Association will  take proper action.

Expressing displeasure over the TAH work progress and alleged poor quality construction, the meeting held under the chairman of its president Papu Tayem observed that TAH project is a complete failure. The meeting said working agencies  should  carry out  construction  work   within  the specific time frame  and  compensation should be disbursed according to the  DPR norms  with immediate effect.

 Describing the TAH as the root of  all developments  of the state AAPTAHWA  alleged that road between Banderdewa to Itanagar is the best  example of poor quality road works. Just after few months of  completion, the new road got damaged, it said adding  the state government should constitute a vigilance committee to unearth the reason behind it.

Claiming that some working agencies have stopped working and left the working sites in the districts, the Association urged state government to find out the reason behind it.  “If construction company is not capable of performing its job, other company should be  engaged   for  completion of road works,” it added.

Speaking  on the occasion, M. Rakshap, ASM Liromoba cum spokesperson AAPTAHWA lamented   over the pathetic condition of Likhabali to Bam  road which was earlier looked after by  the BRO. The  Association urged the state government and contractors for early  completion of Likhabali to Bam TAH as it is the life line of West Siang, Upper Subansiri and Upper Siang.



PRIs denounce press statement

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Reacting to a press release on alleged arbitrary land allotment at Dari Circle under West Siang district, the PRI members of 12- Dari Anchal Samity, Dari  Dolu Welfare Society (DDWS) and land donors has vehemently condemned  and called it as unfounded, baseless and publicity stunt by some vested interest individuals.

DDWS further clarified that people are well aware of the land being notified vide Govt. order no. LR-14/93 dated 23rd December 2014 and its representatives have even submitted in written that they have no objection whatsoever to any government activities. DDWS while supporting the local administration for forwarding few applications after observing codal formalities said that everything has been done on merit and maintaining transparency for the allotment of land donors which is still under process.

Taking strong exception and sentiments for the defamatory and malicious remarks against the local administrative officer which were highlighted in various print and social media, the PRI members, DDWS termed it as unfounded and unacceptable. DDWS executive members and PRI also question the malafide intention of individuals who are tarnishing the image of society as well as local administration who are selflessly working for the uplift of the area. DDWS and PRI members caution that they would not tolerate such kind of anti-social and anti-development activities of vested interest group.

Both PRI members and DDWS have further sought unconditional public apology from them and asked to refrain from such unwanted activities else strict action would be initiated against them.

Earlier, Dari Youth Committee (DYC) and Ego Banggo Intellectual Forum (EBIF) had accused the Circle Officer, Daring (Dari), West Siang and ZPM, Daring Circle for indulging in nepotism in land allotment process of Circle Headquarters. Administration has been accused of allotting land without proper master plan.



We are all responsible

[ Nimina Namchoom ]

Being born and going through our lives on this earth, one thing every one of us is bound to do, along with breathing and eating, is creating waste. In this day and age, this waste production begins right from the time a baby is born. From using copious amounts of diapers and packets of baby food and plastic toys, graduating to demands for packets of chips  and  biscuits to using up reams of paper in the quest to gain education. It culminates, during a lifetime to using and discarding of plastic bags, plastic bottles, paper, mobile phones, electronic equipments, cloths and so on. The list goes on and on and is endless. What is required is the proper management and disposal of the waste. Although we are the producers of the waste, we have a tendency to hide what looks ugly and sweep it out of our property and outside on roads, in the drains and everywhere else.

A growing concern for the towns in our state is the haphazard disposal of plastic and other waste. Our towns give the illusion of being beautiful from afar, nestled in the hillsides with lush greenery and nature surrounding it. But enter into the towns and what shocks our sight is the amount of plastic and other garbage dumped all along the roadside and everywhere else. In these times when everything is packaged in plastic, it is inevitable that waste is created and disposed, but it can be done in a responsible manner. We can learn from the system practised in the villages by some where food waste and vegetable peel is fed to cattle or discarded separately, and other waste is collected and later burnt by individual households and usable waste like plastic bags are reused. The same practise, if adopted by all those who can, will minimise the amount of garbage and thus lighten the task of the civic authorities.

We also tend to ignore huge mounds of garbage which are an eyesore and stink, even though piled high outside our compounds. I remember when I was allotted my first quarter after joining the state government service and it was difficult to park near my residence, for the obvious reason of there being no space due to rampant encroachment prevalent in the place. Parking was possible only some 30 meters away in the junction of the road next to a huge pile of garbage. I started becoming immune to the smell and habituated to the sight when some colony residents started advising me to approach the civic authorities to clear the area so that I could make space for parking. Various visits to the offices of the authorities, copious amounts of diesel, days of burning the garbage to lessen it and a whole day of supervising the work of clearing and dumping waste on a truck which made 3 trips to clear the space and the place was free of the garbage dump. The place looked bigger and cleaner.  What got me thinking was that the people who ‘advised’ me had lived in the place for years and it was their garbage that I had cleaned. While they did not feel responsible, I did and so did whatever I could. So if each of us feels this responsibility, waste disposal will become much more manageable in our towns. We have to remember that bottles of cold drink, mineral water, packets of chips, biscuits, etc that was bought by us and brought home in plastic bags, even when empty and useless to us, is our property and so to be disposed off responsibly.

There is still time for us to change our habits and mend our ways as we still have sufficient space in our compounds to keep aside a spot for the responsible disposal of waste, unlike in metropolitan cities where houses are choke a bloc and people have to rely on the civic authorities. In our state, what waste is collected by the authorities is usually dumped in the outskirts of the towns, along the roadside and burned. Only a town or two has solid waste management plants commissioned or coming up. We should not rely only on others to do our dirty work but start doing it ourselves and develop it into a habit. We should teach our children to pick up after themselves from a young age so that it becomes a habit with them.

There are commendable instances of responsible individuals coming together to spread the word on cleanliness and cleaning up through social service work and the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan started by the government. The initiatives should not be confined to photo opportunities, but the message behind the initiatives should be learnt by each of us and practised at an individual level. During a recent social service event organised for clearing overgrown grass in a field, the objective of clearing the field was attained and the area was assessed for further maintenance. But in doing so more waste was created in the form of mineral water bottles that had been used to quench the thirst of the volunteers and then discarded. The empty bottles were thrown under trees and in various corners of the field. The intention was commendable but the actions were not. This is not a lone case as many such works done with good intentions, meetings conducted to discuss such issues, programmes  conducted to create awareness on cleanliness etc end up with similar consequences. We have to remember to look back and term such programmes as a success only if our actions adhered to the objective.

Garbage dumped haphazardly, not only mars the beauty of a place, but also creates problems especially during the rainy season. Garbage dumped on roadsides fall into drains, clog them up and create flood like situations in our towns during the rainy season. Clearing the drains during rains and dumping the silt and waste right next to the drains only continues the cycle. So the ideal solution is to keep the roads and drains clean by disposing the garbage properly.

I am not ashamed of admitting that I too have littered many places by throwing waste in places other than dustbins, but now I am changing my habits one step at a time. My household degradable waste goes in to a pit in the backyard to be turned into compost, the other waste is collected and burned regularly, while any waste that I produce while travelling or in transit is collected, taken home and then disposed. Every small action matters. Even small pieces of paper, thrown by thousands, make a huge mound of waste. So if each one of us picks up after ourselves, the difference will be huge. (The contributor is DIPRO, Upper Subansiri)



Introduction of pentavalent vaccine in Arunachal Pradesh

[ Dr D Padung ]


Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) bacterium was estimated to have caused 8.1 million cases of serious Hib diseases, and 371,000 deaths globally in the year 2000. In India, an annual estimated 2.4 to 3.0 million cases and 72,000 deaths in under-5 children were attributed to Hib diseases. Safe and effective vaccines to prevent Hib diseases have been available for nearly two decades and are being used globally. The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) in India recommended the introduction of Hib vaccine in the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) in 2008. From December 2011, Hib vaccine in combination with diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and hepatitis B has been introduced under UIP in Kerala and Tamil Nadu states. A comprehensive technical review on Hib diseases and vaccines was published in 2009 and it provides an update on global Hib vaccine use, and reviews the process and steps undertaken in India to introduce Hib-containing pentavalent vaccine. This review ultimately forms the foundation for introduction of Hib-containing pentavalent vaccine in 10 states of India in 2007-08 and from this year in other remaining states including Arunachal Pradesh.

Hib Diseases

It is estimated that mortality due to Hib disease contributes 4% of all annual under-5 deaths in India. Approximately 300,000 children aged under 5 years die every year due to pneumonia and out of this, 20-30% deaths (63,000 deaths each year) are due to Hib infection. Approximately 400,000 hospitalizations take place due to Hib pneumonia besides large number of OPD attendance

Moreover, a combination of limited access to health services and poor health-seeking behaviour by rural populations results in many affected children never having the opportunity of being correctly diagnosed or receiving appropriate care. Even for those children who do reach health facilities, the increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistance makes treatment difficult.

Studies show 23-73% of confirmed bacterial meningitis in children due to Hib infection. About 50,000–60,000 cases of meningitis are attributed to Hib infection every year and out of this, one-third die and another one-third suffer crippling disabilities such as deafness, paralysis and mental retardation

Bacterial meningitis sentinel surveillance to track Hib infection in India shows 12% of probable meningitis cases are found to have confirmed Hib infection.


In 2008, the National technical Advisory on  Immunization (NTAGI) Sub-committee on Hib vaccine reviewed available literature and information related to disease burden in India, vaccine availability, safety and efficacy, and cost-effectiveness. Based on this information, the Sub-committee recommended that Hib-containing pentavalent vaccine should be introduced in the country. Based on the cumulative weight of supporting evidence, the Sub-committee’s recommendation to introduce Hib-containing pentavalent vaccine was endorsed. Importantly, the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) had already recommended in 2006 the use of Hib vaccine for all children in India.

Following the recommendation of NTAGI, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India decided to introduce the vaccine was a far sighted decision taken in 2009 that was hailed internationally.

Capitalizing on Opportunity

Lessons from the introduction of Hepatitis B vaccine in 10 states of India in 2007-08 illustrated the immunization system strengthening opportunities that introducing a new vaccine can provide. This include training/re-training of health personnel on proper injection techniques, assessing and correcting existing cold chain problems, improving program monitoring and supervision, and enhancing reporting of adverse events following immunization.

Moreover, the introduction of Hib-containing pentavalent vaccine offers poorer families the opportunity to avail the same life-saving protection to their children as wealthier families who can afford vaccine services in the private sector. Therefore, the introduction of Hib vaccine, free of cost in the government system, helps to ensure equity in health service availability.

Strategy for Vaccine Introduction

Government of India has introduced Hib as liquid pentavalent vaccine (LPV) combined with DPT and Hep B in 5 or 10-dose presentation. The use of combination formulation has certain clear programmatic advantages. First, the number of injections per completed schedule will be less, consequently requiring fewer syringes and generating less potentially hazardous sharps waste. In addition, cold chain space will be saved as a single vial of LPV replaces DPT and Hep B vials. LPV has been recommended for all infants and will be given in a 3-dose schedule. The first dose is given at 6 weeks of age or older followed by dose 2 after a gap of at least 4 weeks and a gap of at least 4 weeks before dose 3.

Hib vaccination also reduces nasopharyngeal colonization with the bacterium, resulting in further reductions of Hib disease incidence. Indirect benefits include herd immunity and reductions in antibiotic resistance by preventing disease and inappropriate use of antibiotics. These benefits have been amply demonstrated by the post-introduction studies where near elimination levels of Hib disease have been reached; near-elimination of the disease occurred in both industrialized and developing countries, even countries with moderate to low immunization coverage rates.

Preparing for Introduction in Arunachal Pradesh

Training and sensitization at national and within states then followed by a cascading training at district and sub-district level. The state level orientation and training workshops is to be attended by District Immunization Officers and Medical officers, frontline workers and program managers of the districts. This will be followed by training at block level of all remaining frontline workers on introduction of pentavalent vaccine. Wide dissemination of information, education and communication (IEC) material and FAQs will be ensured so as to generate demand..

Arunachal Pradesh is geared up for introduction of pentavalent vaccine. The readiness includes assessment of existing manpower, micro-planning status, training sites, vaccine and logistics management, monitoring / supervision, AEFI surveillance and social mobilization and advocacy. The timeline for introduction is set for 2nd October 2015.


From a public health perspective, Hib is one of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis in India and a major cause of childhood pneumonia, the largest killer of Indian children less than 5 years of age. It is estimated that Hib disease prevention through vaccine use has the potential to reduce India’s under-5 mortality rate by 4 percentage points.

The introduction of pentavalent vaccine in India is a major milestone and a step forward to accelerate child survival in India, and its potential to reduce mortality and morbidity amongst children aged less than 5 years, bringing the country closer to Millennium Development Goal 4. (Information sourced from GOI data/UNICEF). -- (Dr D Padung, MD is State Nodal Officer (NRHM), Arunachal Pradesh)



RSS to link people with the national mainstream: Ashokan

AALO, Aug 1:  Arunachal Shiksa Vikas Samiti project coordinator KV Ashokan said that the motto of Rashtriya Syamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) services in the beautiful hill region is to link its people with the national mainstream through a wide range of activities.

He was addressing Aalo branch RSS organized programme on the occasion of Guru Poornima Utsav which was held at Donyi Polo Dere here on Friday.

Terming the RSS as the oldest organization in the country, Ashokan further said that it constantly strives for infusing nationalism with the idealism of Bharatiya philosophy, traditions, moral values and rich culture without any political and religious affiliations.

Also present on the occasion as chief guest was retired deputy commissioner Gejum Ete, who in his address exhorted the Sangh Parivar of the district to inculcate sense of patriotism, nationalism and take pride in the rich Indian culture that have always steered and guided the world.  While lauding the Yoga Shibir and physical education training which is conducted by the Sangh from time to time, Ete said that panacea to all ills that plague the society lies in proper education and awareness on art of living and the movement should not be confined to headquarters but should reach every nook and corner of the district.

Senior citizens, officers and members of the district Sangh Parivar attended the programme.

Guru Purnima was also celebrated at the E-sector Shiv Mandir in Naharlagun today. Swayam Sevaks from across different parts of the state participated in the programme.

Speaking on the occasion North East zonal physical training incharge Nirmalendu Dey emphasized the role of Guru in the society and said that Gurus play a vital role in the overall development of the students.

Dr Rajen Kambo of Arunachal State Hospital was also present. (DIPRO)



School screen documents to detect tribe certificate anomalies

Kimin, Aug 1: In an attempt to curtail conversion of non- APST students into APST status, the School Management Committee of Govt. Hr Secondary School Kimin has screened documents such as ST and PRC  submitted by students for availing  Hostel stipend and other facilities entitled to APST students of the State.

During the screening of documents, it was found that many non–APST students (having non-APST father and APST mother) have adopted their mother’s title (tribe) and successfully obtained the ST and PRC in order to avail government facilities entitled to APST students only.  The SMC members rejected out rightly such cases unanimously on the spot. They also requested the School Principal not to entertain such cases without prior knowledge of SMC.

Meanwhile, Takio Yanu Tarh, Chairperson SMC who also happens to be Chairperson III Kimin Anchal Samiti informed that Speaker of Arunachal Legislative Assembly  has assured to pursue with the Govt for introduction of Science and Commerce streams at the Kiming HS School. He is also reported to have agreed to provide state of art office building for the principal and principal quarter in phase manner.



Eagle Trophy opener ends in drab goalless draw

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 1: Todo United FC (TUFC) and Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) played out a goalless drab draw in the opening match of the state level 6th Eagle Trophy Football Tournament at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Both the teams started the match on a cautious note leaving no room for other to take any advantage. Raiders of both the teams made some occasional foray into rivals’ territory but failed to score.

The second match of the day played between Nirjuli United FC and Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) also ended in a goalless draw.

The main attraction of the second match was the NUFC’s two Nigerian players.

Earlier, Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Chairman Gora Makik, who kicked off the tournament amid capacity crowd, advised the teams to play the game with true sportsman spirit. He cautioned that indiscipline among players would not be tolerated and strict disciplinary action would be taken against those players whoever is found violating rules and regulations of the tournament.

The SAA Chairman announced that he will initiate for enhancement of the prize money of the Eagle Trophy tournament to Rs. 3 Lakh from the current Rs 2 lakh for the winner and Rs.1.5 lakh from the current Rs. 1 lakh for the runners up team.

Makik said the state is steadily making progress in the field of games and sports which is evident from the recent performance by players in various disciplines.

Lauding the recent performance of state’s promising tennis player Mingkhi Talom, who created history by becoming the first Arunachalee to be ranked Number one in national tennis ranking under 18 years category, Makik exhorted youths to take up sports seriously and to make career out of it.  

He stated that the initiative of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who has accorded high priority to sports, began to bear fruits. He hoped sports in the state under Tuki’s leadership will achieve new heights in time to come.

Tadar Appa, Director, Department of Sports, Ramesh Linggi, Joint Director, Department of Youth Affairs, Kipa Takum, Vice President, Arunachal Football Association and Geshi Doke, General Secretary, among others, attended the opening ceremony and witnessed the matches. Bamang Taji FC will play against Tarh Ku SC in tomorrow’s first match at 1:30 pm. The second match will be played between Gangte Togung SC and FC Doimukh at 3:20 pm.


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