December 14


News Impact



ABK team visits Sine village

PASIGHAT, Dec 13: Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) team led by its President Kangir Jamoh visited Sine Village of East Siang District where 32 houses were burnt to ashes in a devastating fire mishap recently.

During the visit, ABK Youth Wing contributed some financial aid to the fire accident victims as immediate relief and appealed to the state government to look into the grievances of fire victims immediately.

The president appealed the people to continue the traditional Lamkang system and urged the people to follow fire accident precaution measure to avoid such major catastrophe.  Earlier, on their way to Sine, the Adi Bane Kebang team held a meeting with the leaders and members of Siang District headquarters Demand Committee, Boleng at Boleng Tourist Lodge on Tuesday last.

During the meeting, the ABK members appealed people of Siang district to maintain peace and harmony.


NCST team arrives at Tawang

TAWANG, Dec 13: The Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Dr. Rameshwar Oraon along with Commission officers KD Bhansor, Director and Ramesh Kumar, Under Secretary arrived at Tawang for monitoring and to oversee the implementation of rural policies, developmental programmes and implementation of SC/ST Act 1989.

The commission visited Changprong and Lagongsum villages to review the implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes and interacted with the PRI members, GBs, ASHA & Anganwadi workers, and villagers and explained the people about the planning process of socio-economic development of STs.

After the field visits, the Commission members had a discussion with the officers of the district regarding health, education, sanitation, tribal development schemes, educational programmes etc.

The DC Tawang Abhishek Dev gave a detailed report of the district.

The observations of the field visit on the issues concerning will be discussed with the state government on December 17 at Itanagar. DIPRO


PM to interact with school children

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with children of 27 schools on December 14 on the occasion of “Energy Conservation Day.  From Arunachal Pradesh Kingcup Public School, Itanagar has been selected to represent the state on this occasion. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), New Delhi has taken up this initiative in order to disseminate knowledge on energy conservation and efficiency in schools. The programme will be coordinated at the state level by APEDA and video-conferencing be facilitated by NIC. The entire programme will be telecast live on national TV channels.


IFCSAP supports anti-conversion law

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh” (IFCSAP) has expressed its support on the Union Govt’s suggestion to introduce “Anti-Conversion Law” in the Parliament.   The Society also appealed the State Govt. to implement the “Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act 1978” (Act No.4 of 1978) in the same line.

Claiming that Arunachal Pradesh is going through a very alarming phase where indigenous people are lured very easily by forces from outside and are being converted easily, the IFCSAP advocated that such conversion should be banned and stopped in the interest of the people of the state. Lot of damage has been done to our indigenous people in the past by conversion to other religions, it said and appealed all sections of people to preserve and practice one’s own culture and tradition.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: With the IMC motto of “Clean Itanagar, Green Itanagar,” the ward members under Ward 22 led by Councillor Tarh Pacho conducted a day-long social service in major sector area today.

Pacho requested the public not to dump their garbage in the sector drains and appealed them to follow and maintain the IMC guidelines to keep the sector area clean.

Cautioning the general public of the Ward against many leakages in the departmental water pipe line, he suggested them to inculcate the habit of healthy and hygienic lifestyle by consuming boiled and filtered water to prevent any water borne disease.


Foundation  day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: All East Kameng Youth Forum (AEKYF) has celebrated its 1st Foundation Day at DUDA Tourist Lodge, Seppa with great pomp and show on December 11. Around 100 people including youths and students of East Kameng district took part in it.


APSLSA conducts legal awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) today organized a Legal Awareness programme on Women Rights at Naharlagun under its National Plan of Action for 2014-2015. Large numbers of women including the representatives from All Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, Nyishi Nyem Achem, IDEA and students attended the programme.

The resource persons of the programme Nikita Danngen and Jumgam Jini presented talks on protection of women from sexual harassment at work place and rights of women respectively.

In his address Budi Habung, the District and Sessions Judge cum Member Secretary dwelt on the role of the legal services authorities in facilitating the legal services and aids to the applicants for legal aid at both the legal services clinic at Yupia and District Jail, Jully. Dani Belo, OSD spoke on Arunachal Pradesh victim compensation scheme and the methods to obtain the same.  

During the programme, Gumri Ringu, ex-chairperson, AP State Commission for Women in her speech called upon the women folk to attend such awareness programmes in order to enrich their knowledge on law and to demand their rights. The programme also included interaction with the participants and doubts on issues were cleared on the spot.

Later the APSLSA team visited the Oju Mission, Missionaries of Charity and Mothers Home, Lekhi to inspect the facilities provided to the inmates of short stay home, victims of violence, destitute and to understand the problems faced by the said institutions in getting help from the govt agencies. It may be mentioned here that the visit was carried in pursuance to the directions of the National Legal Services Authority, according to an official release.


DNGC Student Union seek more bus service

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The Students’ Union of Dera Natung Government College Itanagar has appealed for five more buses to be provided to the college claiming that the lone bus is not enough to transport the 5000 plus collegians.

In this regard, it has written a letter to the Education Minister.

The other demands of the union include separate road for Government Polytechnic College, check gate with round the clock security guard and street lights in the college campus.

Meanwhile, the union has claimed that the Education Minister has given his assured for the demands placed.


Women group claims mysterious death of Mithuns

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Claiming that many Mithuns are dying in mysterious manner at Magney-Dogha Rangha and Homi villages under Tali circle of Kurung Kumey district, the village women group has called upon the veterinary and animal husbandry department to check into the situation and provide necessary treatment.

North East Sports Competition ends

Manipur emerge overall champion,

Arunachal finish 2nd

M Doley

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Manipur—the power house of Indian sports—underlined their growing prowess emerging overall champion in the North East Sports Competition which concluded at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu near here today.

Manipur won 89 medals--37 gold, 24 silver and 28 bronze--whereas Arunachal Pradesh won 31 gold, 20 silver and 24 bronze medals to finish runners up followed by Assam that won 29 gold, 25 silver and 36 bronze medals.

Karate contributed the major chunk of medals (12) for the host state.

Arunachal won gold medals in Karate (nine) Judo (five), Boxing (five), Weightlifting (four), Badminton (three), Archery (two), Wushu (one) and Track and Field events (one).

Arunachal created history by winning gold medals for the first time in NE Games since introduction of the games 28 years ago.

Ace shuttler of the state Laa Talar lived up to home crowds expectations and won the men’s single title defeating W. James of Manipur in the final. The hosts also clinched two gold medals in women’s single and double events and bagged the team champion in Badminton.

Lifters Soram Hitlar Tagru, Yukar Tachak, Kojum Taba and Tang Devi did not disappoint and clinched a gold medal each in their respective weight categories. Another promising lifter from Arunachal Sambo Lapung won a Silver medal.

Both Kojum and Lapung will represent India in the next Commonwealth (Weightlifting) Games to be held in Pune and Asian Junior Weightlifting Championship, 2015, the venue for which is yet to be fixed, told ASI coach Subedar RK Lanke. He also informed that Kojum is one of the biggest medal hopes for India in the next Olympics.

Hitlar, Tachak, Kojum and Sambo are students of Army Sports Academy (ASI), Pune and Tang Devi is studying at National Sports Academy, Imphal, Manipur. Hitlar, Tachak, Kojum and Sambo were picked by Army under its Mission Olympics initiative to produce Olympics champions.

The silver-line for the host in the 28th edition of the Games was the winning of a gold medal in 1500m race by Anung Wangsa. She was the lone athlete from Arunachal to win a gold in track and field events. She clocked 5:18:6 minutes to win the race. The host also scripted history by winning a broanze medal in football. Arunachal beat Mizoram 1-0 in the thrid place decider match to win its maiden bronze medal in any major football event.

Meghalaya beat Assam 1-0 to win the gold medal.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki lowered the Games flag with an Army band in the background followed by a dazzling fireworks signaling the end of the four-day sporting extravaganza.

Earlier, all the participating players presented a jumbled march-past signifying unity and friendship among people of the North East region.

A galaxy of dignitaries, including RWD Minister Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretary (Sports and Youth Affairs) Likha Saaya, Arunachal Olympic Association president Padi Richo, former minister Bosiram Siram, officials from Sports Authority of India, Secretary Sports Dani Salu, attended the closing ceremony.

Over 1100 athletes and 250 officials from all the eight Northeastern states participated in the 28th edition of the Games which was organized by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, GoAP, in collaboration with Union Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan.



RKMH brings healthcare to doorsteps


DAMBUK, Dec 13: More than one thousand patients were benefited from the two-day free health and awareness camp being organized by the R K Mission Hospital Itanagar here on December 12 and 13.

A total of 12 doctors with 20 paramedics from RKM treated more than thousand patients of various ailments from Dambuk, Bomjir, Bizari, Anpum, Loklung, Paglam, Keba, Sirang and Banggo villages during the camp. Free medicines, spectacles and crutches were also given away to the needy patients.

When enquired, one Andeng Libang said that such camps are beneficial for patients who otherwise do not have the chance to get themselves thoroughly checked. O. Mena of Sirang village said that such camps should be held every year. Appreciating the efforts of the RKMH, Naha Mikhu of Bijari village who brought his wife to the camp said that such camps are beneficial for people who are unable to avail advanced medical facilities.

The health camp was opened by Parliamentary secretary WRD Gum Tayeng on Friday. The logistics of the camp was provided by Dambuk Baane Panchayat and Anyang Si:rum and the local administration.



Action plan to provide health care facilities for elderly people

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Health & Family welfare secretary Indra Mallo today disclosed that the GoAP will roll out its action plan approved by the GoI this year for health care of elderly people besides information, education and communication programmme to sensitise the society about them.

They are also covered under the CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme, Mallo said in her address to the day-long workshop on ‘Senior citizens’ association & status of implementation of centre/state policies for older persons “Maintenance of Parents & Senior Citizens Act, 2007”, organised at Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC) here.

With the life expectancy of only 50 in Arunachal, there are a very few people in higher age-group who need support and care, she said and  advocated social networking for creating space for the aged.

The workshop was a collaborative event of HelpAge India and the Nyishi Elite Society (NES).

HelpAge India, is a voluntary organisation, presently serving one million disadvantaged elderly to help them smile, which extends its multi-faceted services to the needy elderly, aims at reaching the unreach in Arunachal Pradesh, said its Guwahati-based north east chapter chief Manindra Tanya. He said that with the elderly population growing every year with increasing longevity in India, the suffering of the elderly are going from bad to worse.

He spoke at lengths on UN principles on elderly persons and national policy (MWPS Act 2007) through PowerPoint presentation and pointed out that the humanity is benefiting from the knowledge of senior citizens, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi or former PM Manmohan Singh which calls for giving due respect and care to the elderly in the society.

Justifying that Arunachal may not have old age homes now but the necessity would be felt soon with massive migration across the country and fast change in traditional value system, he called for urgent intervention by the central and state government and involvement of all stakeholders to find a solution to meet the needs of the older people to give them a dignified life.

He said that the NGO offers medical services through its 81 runs mobile medical units (MMUs) covering 840 locations, considered Asia’s largest mobile medical programme age care to 16,000 elders in physiocare centres across 22 states, funds over 30,000 cataract surgeries annually, offeres cancer and palliative care to 7,500 patients, 30,000 destitute elderly  live with dignity through ‘Support-a-Gran’ programmes across the country, runs 60 old age homes, took up relief and rehabilitation during major disasters.

The elderly people suffer on being neglected by their off springs, who go too far off places in search of livelihood, said senior journalist Pradeep Kumar, adding Arunachal Pradesh is no exception for which a national seminar was conducted by NERIST for an in-depth review of their problems and possible solutions.

A book titled “Ageing in North East India-Arunachal Pradesh perspective”, edited by R M Pant, head of humanities and social sciences department of the NERIST and published by New Delhi-based Akansha Publishing House, was released during a seminar in NEIRIST on Oct 09, 2007.  Shillong-based Indian Council of Social Science Research, North Eastern regional centre (ICSSR-NERC), assistant director, C J Thomas, was instrumental in taking up this study through ICSSR-NERC. Kumar had presented a paper highlighting the problems of elderly people of Arunachal.

The craze for jobs usually takes children away from their parents, who are left to fend for themselves in remote villages, without anyone to look after them, he said and advocated sensitisation of students in all educational institutions through policy intervention. However, Tanya clarified that HelpAge has a programme to collect funds through school children while it has succeeded in evolving policies for elderly in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.   

Citing the example of an 80-yr-old body found eaten away by worms in Kerala though her daughter was living nearby and son away in Dubai, DBYC director father Chriac expressed concern that older people have no space in present day homes with change in life style. The need of the hour is to sensitize the present generation of Arunachal to change their mind-set about the elderly people, particularly their parents.  

Appreciating the Help Age India for their endeavour and the participating senior citizens, including former IPR director Supriyo Deb; IMC chief councillor Higio Aruni, APPSC chairman Dr Ligu Tacho, NES president Bengia Tolum called upon everyone to do their bit to care for the elderly by citing the example of a bird’s attempt to douse forest fire. The workshop concluded with a resolution to form a body of elderly persons to assess their problems and seek interventions for solution.



NERCORMP adopts Longman as model village

From a Correspondent

JAIRAMPUR, Dec 13: North East Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) was officially launched at Longman village by MLA Laisam Simai on Dec 12. With this launch, Longman village with nearly 400 people became the first model village to be adopted under NERCORMP. The project is expected to change the rural landscape of Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts.

Speaking on the occasion, Laisam Simai advised all the villagers to avail the enormous opportunities NERCORMP offers by keeping aside their personal differences. Motivating the rural throng, Simai advised them to work together as a team to gain success. “NERCORMP has given us the chance to work as a team and we should utilize this platform without any negativity”, he said.

Simai also said “we have lost many opportunities in the past due to our ignorance and laidback approach”. He advised the masses not to treat NERCORMP like other project that disappears without any follow up.

Former minister Komoli Mossang lamented about the SHGs that crumble due to lack of follow up. She also said that local NGOs attached to grassroots level should be preferred as a sign for encouragement.

Former ZPC Izmir Tikhak said NERCORMP will allow the villagers to earn according to their ability and need. He appealed the line departments to extend their supporting hand and suggested all the villages to make maximum benefit from it.

The Miao Times Editor Pisi Zauing also spoke on the occasion. NERCORMP can solve all the problem of villages as we can undertake all the activities of a village under this project, he said.

In an interactive session with villagers, NERCORMP (Changlang, Tirap & Longding) Project Manager R Billai responded to the queries of the villagers. He also divulged that on phase wise manner model village from Nampong and Manmao area will be selected.  “Our target is to cover as many as we can in next five years,” he said. He also requested the line departments to extend their support in order to make this project a big success.

Earlier, Billai made a power point presentation on various NERCORMP projects and its activities in Changlang, Tirap and Longding.



Water quality monitoring and surveillance program at Pumao circle

KHONSA, Dec 13: A day long programme on water quality assessment was conducted by PHE & WS Division, Khonsa at Pumao village on Dec 12.

Doi Tarak, Consultant, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa informed that the individual health and hygiene is largely dependent on adequate availability of drinking water and proper sanitation. More than 50 kinds of disease and 80 percent of sickness are due to lack of potable water supply and good sanitation facilities. Indiscriminate open air defecation is the cause for transmission of diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid and warm infections. He mentioned that the major causes of diseases in Tirap/ Longding districts are due to consumption of unsafe drinking water, improper disposal of human excreta, improper environmental sanitation and lack of personal and food hygiene.

Pasang Ratan, LT, PHESD Longding gave demonstrative training on how to use and measure the chemical reagents while handling the Field Test Kit(FTK) for water quality testing. Lampang Wangsa, Consutant, PHE & WS Divison, Khonsa, Tiren Ketok, Block Coordinator, P Wangpan, ASM, Pumao also spoke on the occasion.

All the participants were distributed H2S strip bottles, Chlorine tablets, Zeolite and Alum for disinfection of water. Altogether 100 persons attended the programme. DIPRO



Two days APCMUHIS enrollment camp concludes

PASIGHAT, Dec 13: Around 1100 persons enrolled in a two days Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS) camp held at General Hospital Pasighat.

Meanwhile, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava while inspecting the ongoing enrolment process today said that Pasighat town in particular, the district as whole is densely populated and the time frame for total enrollment may not be enough to complete the process in time. Highlighting the difficulties in enrolment of people for smart card under the scheme, she said people should be well informed every time through wide publicity and get sufficient times to enroll their names so that all can avail free treatment at empanelled government and private hospitals in the state and other parts of the country.

Giving an overview of the scheme, Srivastava said “we need to be the agent to provide better health service to all.” She called upon the health managers to work with commitment on a mission mode for successful implementation of the APCMUHIS. Stressing the need of organizing mass awareness camp at grass root level to ensure maximum coverage, Srivastava urged the PRIs and municipal councillors should come forward, work hard and give extra efforts for successful implementation of the health scheme. She called upon all stakeholders to come out with valuable suggestions to make the scheme a grand success and further called upon the health insurer for timely release of payment to the empanelled hospitals.

Dr. Kabang Lego (JDHS) and Dr. Y R Darang (MS) supervised the camp and extended their cooperation to the team.

MS Darang informed that altogether 32,000 smartcards were issued to the eligible people and patients have already started availing the benefits of the scheme. DIPRO



1st Assam Rifles celebrates 164th Rising Day

KHONSA, Dec 13: The 1st Assam Rifles unit celebrated its 164th Raising Day at Khonsa. Speaking on the occasion, Commandant 1st AR Col. Prashant Nair appealed to all the youths of Tirap-Longding and Changlang to channelize their energy in positive way by avoiding all unlawful activities such as drugs and anti-national activities. The commandant assured that every possible help for restoration of peace in Tirap-Changlang & Longding regions would be rendered on top priority.

The Commandant urged all the Chiefs, GBs, PRIs and students union leaders of Tirap & Longding to avoid all kind of unlawful activities prevailing in the districts which may hamper the development activities. Col. Nair also assured to provide possible help to the Noctes, Wanchos and Tutsas youths in higher education sector.

Arpana Nair, 1st Lady of 1st Assam Rifles and Mrs. Panging wife of former CO 1st AR awarded prizes to the participants of dance and sports event conducted in the function.

Earlier, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi flaged off the National Integration tour comprising of 14 children from Tirap - Longding & Changlang districts to Pune and Mumbai.

The Raising Day was attended by Brigadier 25 Sector, Chahwang Lowang, Chairman Tirap Zilla Pasishad, Chief of Dadam Wanggo Lowang, General Secy. Chief Council Khamwang Lowang, Tawang Wangsa, Chairman GBs Union, ATDSU President Jiten Wangchha, GBs from all Nokte & Tutsa villages, women leaders from various wings, Khonsa Bazar Welfare committee members, HoDs and general public. DIPRO



Orgs express displeasure over  detention of bandh callers

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The Ramle Banggo Elite Society (RBES) has expressed displeasure over the arrest of many of the senior citizens for the ongoing 96 hours Lower Siang bandh.

Saying that its sentiment has been hurt with the state government’s non responsive attitude on its long felt demand, it questioned why the government is reluctant to grant the demand stating that Lower Siang was created much before Namsai and Kara-Dadi districts.

The society also expressed its strong resentment over the Basar Area Students’ Union’s (BASU) claim that the district headquarter be established at Basar and said the proposal for the temporary headquarter at Likabali and permanent headquarter at Sikirima is a consensus decision taking in view the constant problems faced by the people residing in boundary areas. It called upon BASU to comply with the situation for the greater interest.

Meanwhile, All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) and Hirik Hiru Students’ Union in a joint meeting condemned the detention of the agitating people including senior citizens during Lower Siang district bandh. They urged the police authorities to respect the sentiments of the people and do not treat the law abiding people as criminals.

Strongly denouncing the dilly-dally tactics of state Govt in posting of DC and SP and declaring Likabali as functional headquarter for the Lower Siang district, both the organizations said that time and again all the Galo based organizations have been pleading for early creation of Lower Siang district with Likabali as its temporary headquarters but state government never paid heed to the genuine demands of the community which resulted in the launching of democratic movement.

Justifying movement launched by DDJAC & GPF as unquestionable, the Unions urged the state government to fulfill the demands of the agitating organizations at the earliest.

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