ITANAGAR, Dec 12: The villagers of Palove under Pakke-Kessang circle of East Kameng
district performed “Jeriph” -- a seasonal social ritual ceremony practising since
time immemorial, on November 29 at Palove village. The celebration marks the last
day of paddy harvest.
All the villagers residing outside also reached the village and participated the
ceremony by sharing the “Awtw” (Rice powder) together which is the main traditional
snack. It is also considered as sacred food during such important ceremonies.
Various traditional cultural programmes, games and sports and local delicacies were
the main attractions.
Relatives and friends from neighboring villages also joined the joyous occasion to
encourage preservation of the tradition, informed SC Tok, Chairman, Palove Multi-purpose
Gingma Tok, priest-cum-spiritual leader-cum-head of the village performed the necessary
chanting of “Jeriph” in which the souls of the grains of various paddy fields are
invited and escorted to the granaries invoking the Ane Donyi in the form of Changtum
Ane and Pewrte Denne to protect the souls of the grains of the village called ‘Yall
Sepak takraw at Namsai
NAMSAI, Dec 12 : Three days Sepak Takraw coaching camp was inaugurated today by
Minister, Finance, PWD & Planning Chowna Mein at Namsai general ground amidst huge
Inaugurating the coaching camp, the Minister asked the participants to play the game
honoring true game spirit and tempo.
Further, he assured the organizing committee and the participants that he will ensure
recognitions of the sport in the state provided the players show keen and active
interest in learning the techniques of the new sport.
Nang Sati Mein, MLA Namsai in her address encouraged the players and the organizing
committees and sub-divisional administration and hoped that Namsai in particular
and the state of Arunachal Pradesh in general would progress and prosper in sporting
Sepak takraw is a sport native to the Malay-Thai Peninsula. Sepak takraw differs
from the similar sport of volleyball in its use of a rattan ball and only allowing
players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball. It is a popular
sport in Southeast Asia.
IGA training on tea and orange benefits SHGs
ITANAGAR, Dec 12: With an aim to promote and acquire healthy plantations of tea and
orange, the Seva Kendra Miao organized IGA training for 30 SHG members of Nayang
and New Khamlang village under Miao.
Attending the training programme as resource persons P. Khosia, SDAO and G. Singh
ADO Block Office, Miao gave inputs to the farmers on the scientific methods of healthy
and long lasting plantation with theories.
Knowhow on different varieties of Tea plants like Ts 449, 463, 461 and 462 were also
shared with farmers.
According to the resource persons, Ts 463 tea variety is the best quality and best
suited for the local climatic conditions. While informing about the specific measurements
for tea and orange plantation, they strictly warned against orange plantation in
tea garden as it causes damage to the tea plants and depletes the growth due to its
Sickness and spider bite of tea plants should be prevented for the healthy growth
and surplus production, they said.
Kishan Credit Card (KCC) schemes was also introduced to the trainees and they are
asked to apply for the same in the agriculture department to avail the facility.
‘Give charge to CDPOs to perform’
ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Arunachal CDPO Welfare Association in its annual meeting discussed
some vital points necessary for effective functioning of the 94 ICDS projects of
social welfare department.
While giving emphasis on improving the work culture of the department officials in
the meeting, the association demanded for providing committed liabilities to the
CDPOs and subordinating staff without which, the meeting observed, was hard to take
up many important services to the grassroots level.
“The CDPOs, who are the key officials of the department, have to face numerous odd
situations many a times without such liabilities,” the meeting opined.
The president and general secretary of the association appealed to its members to
be dedicated to their duties at their best possible ways.
Deploy police force at Tarasso
ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Concerned over the repeated eviction drive carried out by Assam
Forest department in Assam-Arunachal Pradesh Border areas, All Arunachal Pradesh
Border Students’ Union today strongly appealed to the state government to deploy
sufficient police force at Tarasso to protect the life and property of the Arunachal
people living in Tarasso area and also urged the government to immediately take up
necessary step to stop such eviction drive by Assam in near future.
The union further appealed to the state government to release the relief materials
to victims of Tarasso circle, whose properties were damaged during the alleged illegal
eviction drive carried out by Assam forest officials led by Forest Ranger, Borgang,
Diyun to host circle level volleyball tourney
DIYUN Dec 12: The circle level volleyball tournament for Diyun administrative circle
will be held at Diyun from December 20 sponsored by the Department of Sports & Youth
All schools and youth clubs under Diyun administrative circle are expected to participate
in the tournament. Winners will be awarded mementos alongwith certificates. The last
date for joining the tournament is December 15 while the fixture will be drawn on
Centre assures adequate funds
ITANAGAR: Centre has assured that all necessary assistance will be provided to Arunachal
Pradesh for speedy and timely completion of scheme/project and that fund will not
be a hindrance.
This was informed to the Minister WRD/ Social Welfare, Women & Child Development
Newlai Tingkhatra, who met the Central Minister of Parl. Affairs & Water Resources
Pawan Kumar Bansal and Minister of State of Water Resources & Minority Affairs Vincent
Tingkhatra apprised both the central ministers in details about various ongoing schemes
and projects of Waters Resources and Social Welfare, Women & Child Development departments
of the state.
Tingkhatra also briefed the central ministers about the complexity faced by the state
Govt. in completion of projects/schemes due to paucity of fund with state Govt as
well as delay and fractional release of central assistance by centre.
13 farmers club inaugurated in Upper Subansiri
ITANAGAR: As many as 13 farmers clubs were inaugurated at Nima village of Upper Subansiri
district at a function organized by Rural Development Society (RDS), Daporijo branch
on December 8 last.
Nima, Sorum, Jitu, Natam, Lega, Bagbi, Aya-Mara, Mo-Mara, Tarba, Seki, Nonging, Nalo
and Lingi were the farmers clubs inaugurated by NABARD, Itanagar manager S. Majumadar.
Attending the programme G Ete, ADC, Upper Subansiri urged the bankers to come forward
and help the poor and needy farmers by granting loan. He also urged the farmers to
ensure timely repayment of availed bank loans. Ete appreciated NABARD, Itanagar for
helping RDS in forming farmers clubs in various villages in Upper Subansiri.
T Chokar, Branch manager, Arunachal Pradesh Co-operative Apex Bank Limited assured
that 50% of annual credit plan of his branch would be handed over to RDS for selection
and monitoring of beneficiary.
Paktin Bagbi, president, RDS Daporijo branch, while presenting the annual report
informed that his organization has established two dairy farms for individual farmers,
a pig breeding farm for Sorum Women SHG, a dairy farm for Leya Women SHG under APRB,
Daporijo with NABARD scheme. Further, 39 farmers were issued KCC of Rs. 40,000 and
29 farmer’s of Rs. 25,000 each through SBI, Daporijo and APRB, Daporijo branch respectively.
Center assures Arunachal on
New Delhi, Dec 12: The Centre today assured Arunachal Pradesh Government to expedite
the process for sanctioning of the ambitious Trans-Arunachal Highway, about 1811
kms of total length, that was ceremoniously announced by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan
Singh in January 2008 during his visit to Itanagar as part of a development package
by New Delhi for the geographically isolated frontier state.
Accompanied by Lok Sabha Arunachal West MP Takam Sanjoy, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
today called on Union Minister for Surface Transport & Highways Dr C P Joshi here
at his 15 Akbar Road official residence and urged him to expedite the process for
speeding up the proposals for faster approval and sanctioning.
Tuki apprised the Union Minister that due to delay in approval and sanctioning of
proposals under the Highway Project its implementation at the ground level was getting
actually delayed. While requesting expediting the process of clearing the road projects
under the PM Package, he also sought the Minister’s intervention in obtaining approval
for the state government’s proposal for roads to connect all the districts under
Sanjoy, this evening informed that the Union Minister, who took keen interest in
development of the state, promptly directed the officials of his ministry to do the
necessary and expedite the process and put up the proposals for immediate approval.
Meanwhile, Tuki invited Dr Joshi to visit the state for laying the foundation stones
for the Nechiphu to Hoj (311 kms) and Potin to Pangin (aprrox 400 kms) portions of
the Trans Arunachal Highway.
Accepting the invitation, Dr Joshi assured to visit the state during first week of
January next year and gave a go ahead to the state government to chalk out a programme
for the same as per convenience.
Earlier in the day, Tuki and Sanjoy along with Newlai Tingkhatra, state Minister
for Water Resources Department and Social Welfare, Women and Child Development and
state government officials called on Surface Transport & Highways Secretary A K Upadhyay
and Director General Ingoria at Transport Bhavan. They discussed ways and means to
expedite implementation of road projects in the state including the Trans-Arunachal
It was brought to the notice of the Union Secretary and Director General that several
schemes under the Highway project were pending since last three years, which need
urgent intervention for speedy approval.
Tuki, while calling for cooperation of the officials, asserted that the pending schemes
cannot be subjected to further delay as already three and half years have passed
since their announcement.
A note on Trans-Arunachal Highway:
The Trans-Arunachal Highway, a trunk route of about 1811 kms in length, would be
developed to 2-lane NH standards to link Tawang in north-western tip of Arunachal
to Kanubari in south-eastern end of the state and finally ending at NH 52 near Akajan
on the right-side of Bogibeel bridge near Dibrugrah in Assam. The Highway, passing
through mid belt of the state, will inter-connect 12 out of the 16 district headquarter
towns of the state providing improved connectivity to the state capital and important
locations of population concentration and economic activities including sites of
major hydro electric power projects. Within Arunachal Pradesh the Highway will connect
district headquarters and other important places such as Tawang, Bomdila, Nechiphu,
Seppa, Sagalee, Yupia, Yazali, Ziro, Daporijo, Aalo, Pasighat, Roing, Tezu, Mahadevpur,
Bordumsa, Namchik, Changlang, Khonsa, Longding, Kanubari, etc and help greatly in
reducing isolation of the people.
Out of about 1811 kms, about 290 kms forms part of NH 52 and 10 km of NH 153. The
whole length of 1811 kms, including the link roads in Assam, would be declared as
a separate National Highway, the process of which is already on in the Ministry of
Shipping, Road Transport and Highway, Government of India. The tentative cost of
the Highway is estimated to be about Rs 5500 crore as mentioned in the PM Package.
Governor at RKM, Aalo, suggests alumni to give back
ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh inaugurated
a six-classroom building block in Ramakrishna Mission School, Aalo, today.
Amidst Vedic chanting by the monks, the Governor also inaugurated a ten-room residential
block and a dinning hall. The constructions of the infrastructures are funded under
During an interacting with the students of the school and acknowledging that today
there are large numbers of officers, doctors, engineers and business leaders and
social workers amongst the alumni of the institution, the Governor asked the alumni
to give something back to their alma mater.
The Governor advised the students to respect their teachers and elders and to be
good human beings. Emphasizing on ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’, he asked them to inculcate
the values of discipline, selflessness, compassion and sense of fairness. Exhorting
the students to be dedicated and sincere in their endeavour, the Governor cited examples
of weightlifters Yukar Sibi, Soram Hitlar and Takio Yana, who have won many medals
in international meets and Laa Talar and Laa Yajum, who won awards in National Sub-Junior
Badminton tournament recently.
Stating Everesters Tapi Mra, Tine Mena, Anshu Jamsenpa as pride of Arunachal, General
Singh said that it is their dedication and sheer determination that they have excelled
in their chosen fields.
Impressed by the spiritual and philanthropic approach of Rama Krishna Mission Order
in the service of the people in the State and Ramakrishna Mission School, Aalo for
its 45 years in field of school education, the Governor said that the institution
is not only imparting education but also making sure that all the students of the
school are kept in close touch with cultural values and tradition of our great civilization.
He conveyed his sincere appreciation to Secretary Swami and his devoted team.
As token of appreciation and encouragement, the Governor announced a sum of Rs. 50,000
as a textbooks, library books and stationeries grant. He also announced a sum of
Rs. 5,000 each for girls’ and boys’ toppers of Class X and XII in the ensuing Central
During his maiden visit to the school, the Governor, who was accompanied by Secretary
to Governor Ankur Garg visited the main prayer hall, hostels and school buildings.
A colourful cultural programme was presented on the occasion by the students. The
boys’ and girls’ bands of the school played some mesmerizing tunes, while school
NCC troop accorded a smart turn up.
Interacting with the members of school management board and gaon burahs of the villages
around the school, the Governor urged upon them to ensure utmost discipline in the
school and uphold the good name of the school. He also asked elder citizens to help
the younger generation in channelizing the youthful energy.
The Governor also met Sub Lieutenant Rige Bagra, who has recently been commissioned
as Executive Officer in Indian Navy. The former Chief of Indian Army presented
a ‘Team Arunachal’ label pin and souvenir pen to him and wished him success in his
Swami Vashishtha-nanda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission School, Aalo apprised the
Governor on the details of the school and newly inaugurated buildings. He informed
that as on the day, there are 2259 students in the school of which 767 are girls.
There are 261 boys as boarders.
BARTALAP - awareness & sensitization programme of Army
Civil-army relation in Tawang is a good example: Pema
TAWANG, Dec 12: BARTALAP was organized by the Military Station Tawang at Diamond
Park, opposite Tawang War Memorial. The 190 Brigade, popularly known as the Korea
Brigade, presented various initiatives taken up by the Army to motivate the local
students to excel through vocational courses like hospitality, tourism, nursing,
distant education etc. The Military Station also expressed their keenness in inducting
local officers in the Territorial Army and steps taken in the direction.
An overview of humanitarian services provided to the children of Manjushri Vidyapeeth
Orphanage, monasteries and nunneries, medical camps in the villages and agro practices
through green house culture was also brought up by the army. Station Commander Brig.
Sudhakerji in his speech, urged the local youths to come forward in availing the
opportunities offered by the Army.
Minister RWD & Tourism Pema Khandu alongwith the Station Commander Brig. Sudharkerji
and abbot of Tawang Monastery Guru Tulku presented gifts to school children, GBs,
monks and nuns and yak herders on behalf of the Army.
Speaking on the occasion, Pema extended his heart felt gratitude to the Army for
the noble gesture toward the civil populace of the district.
“Civil-army relation in Tawang is an example to be followed everywhere in the country”
said Pema in acknowledging the goodwill prevailing in the district. “Recruitment
of 32 local boys in the Army in the recently held army recruitment rally at Tawang
is a record in itself and this will go a long way in motivating the local youths
to be the sentinels of our great motherland,” said Pema while thanking all ranks
of the Brigade for their co-operation.
Ensuring full support to the Army from the civil administration, Pema appealed to
the Military Station Tawang to adopt a more liberalized approach towards land acquisition
and committed for a dedicated officer from the district administration solely to
deal with the matter. He also advocated for more relaxation to tourists and improvement
of road condition. He thanked all the ranks of the Army for braving the extreme weather
conditions in a difficult terrain, far away from their homes in the line of their
duty to secure the nation.
Later in the day, the minister inaugurated the National Integration Centre of the
SSB at Tawang. He congratulated the Commandant and all ranks of the 38th Bn SSB for
bagging the Best Administrative Battalion Award of the organization and Indian Police
Medal award by an officer of the battalion.
Sale of bamboo, tender cane shoots banned in Miao
MIAO, Dec 12: The first ever coordination meeting of all departments under Miao
sub-division has unanimously decided to ban sale of bamboo shoots and tender cane
in the weekly markets of Miao sub-division.
The basic aim of the meeting was to explore ways to overcome all odds inflicting
upon Namdapha National Park such as illegal hunting and fishing; poaching; destruction
of forest and immediate problems faced by employees working under Namdapha Project
Attending the meeting, ADC Tayom Mara asked forest department to initiate strict
action against any individual or group found guilty of fishing, hunting, poaching
and deforestation while assuring follow-up action from the administration. He expressed
the urgent need to ban sale of bamboo and tender cane shoots in the weekly bazaars
of Miao sub-division to save bamboo and cane from extinction.
Protection of Namdapha is not only the duty of the forest authority but every like-minded
citizen has obligation towards it, the ADC said while calling for a united effort.
Field Director-cum-CF S.J Jongsam re-iterated the presence of Tigers in Namdapha
Tiger Reserve but called upon every section of society to participate in the process
of preserving the gifted national asset. While spelling out the woes of Namdapha,
Jongsam informed that the project presently has only 27 frontline staff to protect
the 1985 Sqkm reserve forming an unhealthy ratio of 1 forest guard per 74 Sqkm against
national norm of 1 per 20 sqkm.
He also expressed dissatisfaction at the inadequate release of funds that comes from
Government of India under Centrally Sponsored Scheme. The slow disbursal makes practically
difficult to keep employees get going, Jongsam complained.
He was critical over issue of cane permit by DFO, Jairampur that led to extraction
of cane by contractors in the jurisdiction of the reserve. On intercepting the illegality,
Namdapha Strike Force under the command of Kamrap Kanglong swung into action and
detained poachers last month and seized all equipments used by them.
However, they were released safely with dignity. Kamrap Kanglong admitted of not
getting the requisite support from the administration, police and public whenever
anyone is arrested on charges of perpetrating illegal activities in the reserve.
In the past, the Forest Guards, Strike Forces of Namdapha had to undergo hardship
of varied magnitudes while dealing with criminals. Brushing aside all speculations
about the insincerity of Strike Forces while rendering their duties, Kanglong stated
they are doing everything within the parameter of their reach to ensure that the
world acclaimed Namdapha Tiger Reserve is free from all evils.
OC Miao Police Station R. Rawat said the basic ingredient needed for the safety and
prosperity of Namdapha Tiger Reserve was augmentation of the existing infrastructure.
He assured fullest cooperation while dealing with criminals related to the reserve
in accordance with the gravity of the cases.
The local leaders present were unanimous on the question of total protection of Namdapha
and its inhabitants.
While assuring public support, the leaders urged Namdapha authority and administration
to be hard-hitting on the issue.
The meeting after a threadbare discussion resolved that Namdapha office would create
awareness by exploring various methods to instill sense of respect and love for animals,
plants and would conduct regular patrolling in vulnerable points to check flow of
fishes and animal fleshes to Miao township.
The administration will serve notice banning sale of bamboo and tender cane shoots
in markets under Miao Sub-Division with immediate effect.
The coordination meeting further urged the state government to consider the grievances
experienced by employees of NTR and ensure timely release of funds.
The FD assured that his office will try its level best to protect the sanctity, geography
and dignity of the country’s 15th Tiger Reserve at all costs.
The meeting convened by the Miao ADC, on behalf of Namdapha Project Tiger was attended
former MLA & N’Hkumsang Chief K.G Singpho, SEACOW Secretary Phupla Singpho; Lewang
ASM and Member, State Wildlife Advisory Board, Miao Anchal Chairperson Jawkhong Singpho;
OC, PS Miao R. Rawat, Forest and GA officers.
AAPSU extends help to Daporijo fire victims
ITANAGAR, Dec 12: The representatives of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU)
today visited Airport colony, Daporijo where a fire incident had claimed one life
and burnt down 50 houses.
The AAPSU team was accompanied by All Tagin Students Union and All Upper Subansiri
District Students Union.
The AAPSU team distributed essential items to the fire victims. The victims told
the visiting team that fire brigade could not reach in actual site due to lack of
colony road. Later the AAPSU team called on Upper Subansiri deputy commissioner in
his office. When they raised the issue of lack of colony road, DC assured that he
will look into the matter and promised to work towards solving this problem at the
Fraudsters on the prowl
ITANAGAR, Dec 12: In recent past numerous cases of cheating have emerged in Arunachal.
Many citizens have been cheated off their hard earned money by fraudster with promise
of better return for the investment made by them. The cases of cheating have been
reported from every part of the state.
In fact a source with capital police told us that almost every month they get complain
of cheating. The modus operandi used by the conmen is quite simple. In the first
step, they give advertisement in various local dailies about business opportunities
to lure their prey. Once the local Arunachalee citizen starts contacting the person
after reading advertisement, they begin their ploy.
While informing this journalist, a citizen from Daporijo who recently lost huge amount
of money in one such cheating incident urged Arunachalee citizens to be aware of
“I read in one local daily about requirement of land for setting up mobile tower
by a private company. I called up in the contact number given in the advertisement
and got in touch with a person who claimed to be representatives of that particular
mobile service provider company. “Initially he asked me to deposit rupees four thousand
five hundred as registration fee. I was bit surprised as to why I have to pay him
if he needed my land. But somehow he convinced me. A week later I got a letter informing
that they have selected my land to set up mobile tower”, he shared.
Few days afterward, he got a call from same person asking him to deposit rupees twenty
five thousand for insurance coverage of the mobile tower. Like this, he was made
to pay all together rupees seventy thousands for various purposes.
Finally he received a cheque of rupees eight lacs fifty thousand as advance payment
for leasing his land to set up mobile tower.
“After receiving cheque I went to bank to withdraw money. But the cheque bounced
and later bank officials told me that it is fake cheque. I sensed that something
was wrong and tried to contact the person with whom I was dealing all these days.
But his number was switch off and then I realized that I have been fooled of my hard
earned money,” informed the Daporijo citizen. He has since then lodged an FIR with
Itanagar police station and he also contacted the local representative of the mobile
service provider. But his all efforts went in vain and most probably he will never
get back his money.
While this journalist drew the attention of the Vigilance Officer of Aircel mobile
service about such cheating cases, he strictly warned people to be aware of such
“We have got lot of complains from Arunachalee citizen about such cases. We keep
on intimating our higher ups about it. We also want to appeal local citizens to at
least once inquire with us before going for business with unknown people from outside.
We being local representative can guide them if it concerns our company,” said the
vigilance officer of Aircel.
This is just one case which is being highlighted and like this there might be many
more cases of cheating. The Arunachalee should be careful while dealing with unknown
people for business opportunities.
Govt should also be accountable for safety in private hospitals
Ajay K. Tripathy
Tragedy in the AMRI hospital of Kolkata would compel every patient and his or her
relatives to think twice before getting admitted in a hospital. The growing confidence
and dependence on the private hospitals in India have been affected to a great extent.
How much more money the Indians need to spend from own pockets for their treatment,
and now the cost of hospital security may become an additional burden?
India’s military expenditure is told to be number ten in world, whereas our human
development index rank is134 as per the latest UN report. USA’s military expenditure
is highest in world; however, its rank in latest human development index is just
four. So, it appears that in India security matters a lot than food, shelter, education
and health. Of course, the geopolitical situation can be made responsible for such
In the year ended 2004-05 out of the total health expenditures Government spent 19.67%
and external-aid contributed 2.28%, so, the private expenses should be 78.05%. Among
the private expenses 71.13% appears to be Out-of-Pocket (OoP) expenses whose burden
is shouldered by the households. India’s public or government expenditures on health
become 1.10% of the GDP in the year 2008-09 that was 0.84% in 2004-05, 0.96% in 2005-06,
0.98% in 2006-07 and 1.03% in the year ended 2007-08. It’s good to know that the
government expenses on health would increase significantly, which is expected to
be 2.5% of the GDP during the 12th five-year plan period. The challenge is how the
government’s proposed increase in health-budget could bring down the OoP expenses
and reduced the burden on common households. Government’s expenses can be increased
by different ways including enhancing staff salaries; but it would not bring down
the OoP in real term expect minor changes in statistics.
Government may try to wash its hands by enhancing health insurance coverage; however,
what the insurance can do unless the health sector functions? Thus, in this situation,
the insurance money could be literally swallowed by the profit-making agencies including
the urban hospitals. Hospitals are growing like the roadside Dhabas, motels, to absorb
the health insurance funds and the middle-class maybe getting the benefits to some
extent whereas majority of the poor Indians miss the health-insurance-bus in true
sense. It’s noteworthy that most of the health insurance funds are generated through
the taxpayers’ money and even the poorest of the poor pays tax although it’s not
in the form of income tax.
The so called slogan of health tourism is useful to get different exemptions from
the government, however, India is far behind than Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.
So, why the poor would suffer because you need to give discounts for health tourism
and further commercialise the healthcare? Common people are literally forced by
the Government to utilise the unsafe health facilities in many profit-making hospitals.
In fact, 28.8% of the hospital beds in India were with the private sector during
the year 1973 which increased to 78.3% in 2009.
So, when common people have less choice and the market-driven health insurance is
adding fuel to the fire can’t the government handle the security of patients in hospitals
to avoid another AMRI? Government can even establish fire stations, may be in PPP
mode, inside all the major hospitals. The strengths of the fire stations and other
security majors may vary as per the size and bed-strength of the hospitals. Government
can easily do it, as it need not require any clinical expertise. There is no point
in asking the private hospitals to shoulder the burden of enhanced security, as it
would be indirectly charged to the patients’ bills. Ensuring security in private
hospitals could be one of the better ways of reducing the OoP expenses in contemporary
India where almost everyone is forced to utilise the private healthcare, both profit
and non-profit, facilities which also includes huge opportunity-cost. (The contributor
is a Senior Manager at the South Asian Cochrane Network & Centre, CMC, Vellore. The
article does not reflect any view of the institution. He can be contacted at [email protected])
Choose and take up sports as career: MLA
Seppa, Dec, 12: MLA Tapuk Taku exhorted the youths of East Kameng to avail the opportunities
provided to them by the State as well as Central Governments under Panchayat Yuva
Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA).
Attending the inaugural function of the annual sports camp 2010-11 organized by the
department of sports and youth affairs in collaboration Sports Authority of India
at Seppa yesterday, Tapuk suggested those players who are good in sports to take
up it as career.
“If pursued seriously, you can earn livelihood as well as personal glory through
sports,” he opined.
Talking about Bana Bridge, he informed that the elected legislators along with East
Kameng Students Union and ANSU have already placed the proposals which is under due
consideration of the State Government. He appealed to the people to bear with the
problems till alternative arrangement is made and co-operate with the Chowkider and
Police personnel who are manning the bridge for safety of men and materials. He
said that police alone can’t maintain law and order and it is everyone’s responsibility
to maintain peace in a civilized society. He urged all sector chairmen and secretaries
to help law enforcing authority control law and order problems.
All Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Welfare Association chairman
Jalley Sonam advised the participants to concentrate and keep practising throughout
the year in a professional manner and make it as means of earning livelihood instead
of trying and abandoning it in the mid-way of the career.
Director, Sports & Youth Affairs DK Dinglaw highlighted the aims and objective of
Centre’s ambitious programme PYKKA which aims at producing players from the grassroots
level with the provisions of ground maintenance, equipments etc. Informing that Arunachal
stands “second” in the North-East in terms of performance in sports, Dinglaw stressed
on proper grooming of the talents. DIPRO
Mushroom productions by SHGs get whopping response
ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Under the initiative of NABARD regional office, Itanagar, AMYAA
has been promoting mushroom cultivation through Self Help Groups (SHGs) under Khagam
CD Block, Miao through a Ripple Effect Concept method in the target villages with
SHGs taking the lead role, stated its secretary R.K Paul Chawang.
SANYA SHG of Khasan Jugli village in Kharsang circle was the first SHG to take up
mushroom production venture that influenced and brought a ripple effect on Susana
SHG of New Khamlang Village, Blessing and Sarah SHGs of Songking village and Aphaung
SHG of Old Plone, who have already gone for the first harvest of the Mushroom products,/
Oyster Mushroom Products.
The SHGs have started selling their mushroom produces in Miao and Kharsang Bazaar
@ Rs. 100 per kg and they are highly impressed with the outcome, Chawang said. The
climatic behavior of Miao is best suited for mushroom cultivation. The economy of
time, less labour, use of easily available waste straw as raw material and the conducive
climatic condition for mushrooming provides greater possibility of encouraging the
SHGs, farmers and unemployed youths to focus on exploring alternative sources of
income besides their traditional/conventional occupations.
The cultivation of Mushroom can be thought of at a larger scale in the form of cluster
comprising of a village and cluster of villagers where SHGs, farmers and unemployed
youth will be the beneficiaries. The larger products of Mushroom can be led to further
processing for outside market with value tag prices, he said.
This can bring about a new growth of local economy primarily with much significance
to the poor in the remote villages. In order to make mushroom cultivation business
more commercial and competitive, AMYAA has called for genuine support and grant of
funds from Agriculture and Horticulture Departments.
Like the mushroom cultivation other food processing ventures in agri-hort products
can also create similar stories of success provided the poor are facilitated with
credit and grant facilities along with specific training packages, Chawang stated
while informing that AMYAA has initiated the livelihood development process by instilling
in the minds of the grassroots community members the possibilities of going for alternatives
sources of income based on the available local resources.
“We look forward to collaboration and co-operation of Government department and banks
in this process of capacitating the poor to be self-employed and self-sustained,
I would like to draw the attention to the Education Department, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh relating to National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The Medical council
of India (MCI) and Health Ministry has finally reached a consensus to hold All India
Common Entrance Test Known as NEET for MBBS course, in all government Medical colleges,
Private Medical Colleges and Deemed Universities from 2012-2013 academic session.
Besides MCI on 4th November, 2011 finalised a common core syllabus for NEET for
MBBS course after reviewing various States Syllabi as well as those prepared by CBSE,
NCERT. On November 18, 2011, it is announced that CBSE will be conducting NEET on
May 13, 2012. We all know that, it is crucial time for 12th Science Students as well
as last year passed out students, who are preparing for MBBS Entrance Exam, to set
their desire goal. Not only the students, the parents and guardians are busy for
filling up various MBBS Entrance Exam forms, expecting a bright future for their
wards. The said notification create confusion in minds of aspiring students as well
as sincere guardians. Aspirants for MBBS will face some problems with new syllabus.
The students have to change their mindset and have to prepare themselves for that
level. 5 states, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharashtra are
not ready to participate in NEET, 2012. Chief Ministers of some other states have
also requested the Union Health Minister for exemption from NEET, 2012 on the ground
that students should require some time to switch over to new system & get fully acquainted
with the changed syllabus, prescribed by MCI. In this context, we want affirmation
from the concerned authorities of the Govt whether Arunachal Pradesh will participate
in NEET, 2012 or going to hold AR – JEE, 2012 for the betterment of the student’s
When one fails to engage in a debate with logic and facts, they call names
Kudos to Pawan Rai for his "brilliant" letter "Hindi is a binding force"( 2 December)
where he dubs them "lunatics" who dare to oppose the barbaric Hindi imperialism that
is being unleashed upon the non-Hindi speakers! Actually when an individual fails
to engage in a debate with logic and facts, he is left with no other option but to
call his "adversaries" names! Thanks a lot Rai, your violent attack directed towards
us prove that we are in the right path! By what temerity did he declare that development
in North-East has taken place because people from "developed" zones like Rai's cowbelt
has landed up in the "dark" zone so as to "enlighten" the North-Easterners? As far
as modern education and its good effects are concerned, the missionaries form the
main contributors in the North-East, not the Bihar-UP brigade. Also not to forget
the great cultural legacy of the indigenous tribes which date much before the entry
of missionaries. And Rai calls his land of origin as "developed"! When the cowbelt
is notorious for honour killings, female foeticide and innumerable saga of torture
and injustice towards the womenfolk; the North-East remains a bright exception in
this regard. Instead of trying to Hindi-ise the North-East so as to "enlighten" the
"dark" minds of its residents, the tribes of Rai should learn from North-East what
civility and respect towards woman are all about!
And there lies one Ananth Kumar who is also of the opinion that Arunachal Pradesh
would have still lagged behind in every sphere had the "mainlanders" not settled
in the North-Eastern state( "Arunachalees and their double standard", 5 December)!
People who have entered Arunachal Pradesh in droves to fill up their starved stomachs,
exploit the land or to play a major role in the Central project of Hindi-imposition
are acting as if they have rendered a great mercy to the indigenous tribes by gracing
Arunachal Pradesh! No shame is enough for these Ananth Kumars who; instead of remaining
indebted to the soil which provide them shelter, bread and butter; try their utmost
to belittle it!
And if "inspired" by Nebam Serbang's letter "Language is for communication"( 5 Decmber);
we, the opposers of Hindi-imperialism, try to eradicate English from the country,
then we would immediately recede to the Stone Age when all communications had to
be conducted through gestures only! People from all over India can read Arunachal
Times only because it is published in English. The letter-writers, affiliated to
various linguistic gruoups, can debate over Hindi in Arunachal Times just because
there is existence of a language named English. Had they written their pieces in
Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Khasia or Gujarati only; they would have got confined within
their respective linguistic groups only. Thus pan-Indianism of English is very much
a fact which only the blind Hindi zealots can afford to ignore! Mr. Serbang is also
of the view that Hindi language doesn't harm anyone or any region! Hindi is not only
imposed in India, but at the expense of non-Hindi languages also.
And Syndulum advises us that all languages, culture and tradition are beautiful and
so we should stop fighting over Hindi language for good( "Let's stop the fight",
2 December)! He should extend this piece of advice to the Hindi imperialists who
try to brainwash the nation into believing that Hindi is not only the most beautiful
language in the country, but one and only Hindi will enable all to learn the essence
of India! If Hindi-imperialism remains unabated, all self-respecting non-Hindi speakers
would continue their fight against Hindi imposition.
The young generation is watching you
So often many people laments upon inconsequential bandh calls but it seems those
words never reaches the bandh caller's. But effort should not be dotted here because
we can’t see things to go on this way! In aid to this, just like to ask all the bandh
callers to retrospect. Have we made it large? I do recognize and admire their indomitable
spirit to hold such courageous way of protest; but I rather, would like to advice
them better they use this energy for other developmental work.
We have heaps of noble things to do in earth, then why this bandh calls? Why deprive
ourselves of all the good things in the menu? Why waste our energy in such nuisance?
Why waste our valuable time? With this cheap bandh calls you are not only limiting
your credibility but also hampering others work. These are all political intrigue
which has blinded you, me and all of us to the needs of the state. Our beloved state
is already lagging behind in almost all sectors then why don't we put efforts to
make it a better place to live in?
We are not against bandh calls but against the frequent bandh calls of some mild
You may personally be contented and may gained something in other way, but Just for
once think unselfishly and make a retrospect what really you have achieved regardless
of those materialist fulfillment.
Here’s a request from a younger brother, a friend and a fellow citizen, please before
conceiving those ideas don’t think twice but think thousand times. The young generation
is watching you!
There is a Narayan Murthy, Ambani among us
The state’s literacy growth has doubled over the years. It is really an appreciable
fact that the people have recognized the value of education and its importance. The
awareness about the education and its importance has compelled the youngsters to
not only avail the best education in the state, but migrate to other best institutions
in the country. The state can now boast of IITians, Doctors, PhD and MBA students.
It is actually a proud thing for every Arunachali.
But, Arunachal is facing the second stage of problems with increased educated youngsters.
I come across lot of people who are highly educated, they would have had the opportunity
in one of the best educational institution, but they are so “be rozgar” that they
find a clerical job as alluring. I apologize that words might sound rude, but this
is truth. The only economical support in Arunachal is either agriculture or the govt
job. Though in the last few years there has been entry of the some private banks
and other jobs that people had some option.
The point that I would like to make is that due to gap between education and employment,
it could really give rise to serious problem. Because of unemployment- terrorism,
criminal activities and other things could be on rise. The other option is that people
getting out of the state, but the state requires the educated people.
The question that rises on my mind is when we do not have lack of intelligent people
in our state, why can’t all this strong and intelligent minds come together and create
jobs. Why are there no entrepreneurs in Arunachal? Why are there no big dreams out
there which are bigger than just making your home? There is a serious need of people
who can create jobs and I am sure it can be done. Arunachalis are one of the most
I know there are lot of hurdles, troubles and issues, but I guess it’s not impossible;
I just have a request for all the youngsters let’s stop complaining about the government.
We are the government and we are responsible for what our life is , we can definitely
bring out the solution. I sit far here from Arunachal but I certainly would want
to see a revolution in Arunachal. I am sure there is a Narayan Murthy, Ambani among
us. If there is someone out there, please do not stop yourself , go out and be the
Arunachal needs someone like you, we would support you.
Dunyak (on email)
Either way we the commoners are the foremost scapegoats. It’s been more than once
that I have encountered such upshot. I run a lowly shop at Itanagar. When I came
to my shop today by 10 am I found my locks broken and the shutters wide open. Later
I learned that it was against some certain bandh callers by the IMWA active volunteers.
So is that the way to do it? That’s uncultured rowdy vandalism. Who would have taken
the responsibility if something like the case of B B Plaza would have occurred on
us? Though it was reported in the daily locals about the bandh and governments view
on them atleast we could have been served notice about the “shutter-breaking-mania”
by those IMWA active Volunteers a day ahead or so, when they can go around each &
every shop in and around Itanagar for their monthly collection. I don’t feel secure
under such association who holds no respect for fellow members/people. Break open
up someone’s door! What this is? That’s Hooliganism.
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