February 14


News Impact

MMC on AIDS reaches Roing

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The Multi Media Campaign (MMC) with the theme, “Live Another Day, Journey Against AIDS” continuing its journey reached Roing town to educate youth about HIV/AIDS.

The death metal band ‘Alien Gods’ with large number of fan following among the youth yesterday evening made Roing audience dance to the tune of its rocking numbers at Roing General Ground. At the same time the lead vocalist of Alien Gods, Olik Boko, appeal youths to stay away from drugs and HIV while urging them not to discriminate people living with HIV. Carnal Sins, another death metal band who is also the goodwill ambassador of APSACS enthralled the Roing audience consisting of hundreds of youth while appealing them to stay safe from HIV.

W. Tikhak, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley, while attending the programme appealed to the youths to be sincere towards their studies and avoid unwanted activities which may put them at risk. He also stressed on the need for creating awareness in order to prevent the further spread of HIV.

Tashor Pali, deputy director (IEC), APSACS, during the course of rock concert while educating the youth on the routes of HIV transmission and its prevention asked the youth to come forwards and donate blood voluntarily. “You need not be a film star to become a hero. You can be a hero by donating blood voluntarily to a needy person and save a precious live. Voluntary blood donors are the real life heroes. They save live of someone who is in need of blood,” said Pali.

Ongtang Thamphang, deputy director (IEC), Family Welfare sensitised the audience regarding weekly iron and folic acid supplementation.

He appealed youth specially aged between 10-19 years to take IFA tablet to keep their mind and body healthy. He also appealed the parents to encourage their children to take IFA tablets. IFA is not a medicine but it is iron supplement which is necessary for human body, he said.

NRHM, Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with APSACS this time is promoting ‘Solid Bano India Campaign’ where Weekly Iron Folic Acid supplementary for adolescence shall be given in the schools for youth aged between 10-19 years. DMO in charge, Roing, Dr. M.C Gogoi also spoke on the occasion.

Two local rock bands, The Chaos and The Iconic Creator also enthralled the Rock fans of Roing by its rocking numbers.



Fire guts down 8 houses

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: In a devastating fire mishap that occurred at Puak Gumin yesterday midnight eight MIBT dwelling houses belonging to Bindo Lollen, Meto Lomi, Kakor Loyi, Tamu Zerang, Takir Gara, Liyi Ngomdir, Tomar Loyi and Jumli Ori were gutted down. Also one RCC Building suffered heavy damage while seven other dwelling houses were partially damaged. Seventeen families including one tenant have been affected by the fire accident. The cause of fire has been attributed to bursting of LPG cylinders.

The West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete and Superintendent of Police rushed to the spot at midnight to take stock of the situation. The District Administration has provided immediate relief of Rs. 4000 to those whose house has been completely damaged and Rs. 2000 to partially damaged fire victims. The District Administration has also constituted a standing board to finalize detail assessment report. No casualty has been reported so far but properties running into crores are said to be damaged in the accident. Help and Assistances with cash and kind from Well wishers from Aalo Township are also pouring in. (DIPRO)



‘Govt planning to revive industry dept’

DAMBUK, Feb 13:  The state Govt is planning to revive the industry department in the state and also launching the Chief Minister’s Gram Loins Loom Scheme soon under which free weaving materials will be provided to the beneficiaries in order to encourage the people to take up such self-employed activities, said Industries, Handlooms and Handicrafts Minister Tapang Taloh  while inaugurating  the office building of Extension Officer of Industry at Dambuk today.

The Minister also inaugurated the Bee- Keeping Refresher Programme cum Awareness Camp under Prime Minister Employment Guarantee Programme (PMEGP) at School Auditorium, Dambuk.

Efforts are being made to ensure that development reaches the downtrodden, rural and remote areas, the  minister said while  exhorting the educated unemployed youths to take up self-employed enterprise like Bee Keeping, handlooms  and  handicrafts and other small scale industries which will provide long term  and permanent benefit to them.

Criticizing the rampant Govt land encroachment by private parties in the state, he called upon the Govt officers to stand firm and not to compromise with the land encroachers.       

The minister further informed that the department of Industry sent 100 trainees to attend one year skill development course at Industrial Training Institute at Noida last year and all of them got employed in various parts of the country after completion of their course. The department is further planning to send 200 more trainees for the same course. He asked the local leaders to submit the names of those candidates at the earliest to the Deputy Director of Industries.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by the Anchal Chairperson Tuppik Saring regarding fund  provision for renovation of school auditorium and security fencing around it, he assured to take up the matter with the concerned minister and the chief minister of the state.

Bado Singhi, Vice- Chairman Khadi & Village Industry Board  highlighted the schemes under the Industry and Textiles  and  Handicrafts department.

Makbul Pertin, Industry Commissioner in his key note address exhorted the villagers and trainees present to avail full benefits of the bee-keeping refresher training programme cum awareness camp on PMEGP.

S Tabin, Joint Director of Industry highlighted the National Food Processing Mission and National Skill Development Mission and S Dev, CEO (KVIB) highlighted on Bee-Keeping Industry and PMEGP Workshop. Roding Pertin, Ex-Minister, T Saring, Dambuk Anchal Chairperson and Atul Tayeng, SDO Dambuk also spoke on the occasion.

The Minister distributed 50 Bee Box/Hives, Gloves and Veils and handed over 5 Honey Extractor to the EO (Industry). Altogether 50 trainees attended the training programme.

Later, the minister visited the Sericulture Farm and the Craft Centre at Dambuk. The Minister asked the ADTH Roing to maintain the Sericulture Farm properly and also to enhance revenue generation from the Craft Centre. To the much delight of the Craft Centre trainees, he informed that the govt. is planning to raise the training allowance from Rs 550 to Rs 2500 per month by next financial year.  DIPRO



Ali A:ye Ligang celebrated at Silley-Oyan


RUKSIN, Feb 13: Ali A:ye Ligang, the main festival of the Mishings of Arunachal and Assam was celebrated with traditional gaiety today.

Ali-Aye Ligang was celebrated by Mishings at Kemi, Oyan, Oiramghat, Jelom and Adi Leku villages located at Assam-Arunachal border here.

The celebration began with hoisting of festival flag followed by traditional rituals and Gurag dance. Mishing people including youths with their traditional attires danced to the tune of "Oi nitom" and drum beats (Dumdum-lupi).

Attending the day-long Ali A:ye Ligang celebration at Kemi, the Circle Officer of Silley-Oyan Ayeng Perme urged the Mishing people preserve their age-old cultures to preserve their ethnic identity. Saying that the Adis and Mishings are similar in terms of dialect, culture and traditional customs, Perme urged the people to maintain peaceful coexistence with a sense of unity and brotherhood.

In response of a plea to develop road communication along Assam-Arunachal boundary at Kemi-Oiramghat portion, the CO assured to move the elected leaders of the area for taking up the issue with the state government. He suggested the youths to shoulder the responsibility in preserving their rich traditional cultures and also urged them to give up detrimental practices such as alcohol intake and drug abuse.

At Oyan, Ali A:ye Ligang was celebrated at Babu Oiram Bori Dirbi Lotta with traditional fervor. The villagers paid homage to late Oiram Bori, a selfless social worker who was instrumental in promoting Mishing art and culture at the eve of the occasion.

The executive Engineer of power department (Upper Siang) Tatung Jamoh and many others graced the day-long occasion.

Report of Ali A:ye Lignag celebration has come from Namsing- Gadum in East Siang and parts of Lower Dibang Valley besides Jonai subdivision in Dhemaji district of Assam.



Police nabs two in Namsing murder case

PASIGHAT, Feb 13: In a shocking incident four members of a family were found murdered at Namsing village under Mebo Sub-Division on Feb 11 last. Police registered a case and started investigation to unearth the motive behind the murder case.

Till the filing of this report, police has apprehended two persons in the matter.

Police sources have informed that apparently the motive behind the murder is personal enmity, however, the investigations are on considering all possible angles.

It is understood that the postmortem of the bodies have been conducted and apart from the neck injuries there are no signs of other injuries on the bodies including the female one.

The Police and District Administration have appealed all to maintain peace and tranquility for which the bordering administration and police authorities are in constant touch. DIPRO



Siram for conducive atmosphere to attract tourists

PASIGHAT, Feb 13: Campaign clean India-Arunachal was launched at Komlighat, Pasighat today by Education Minister Bosiram Siram along with East Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra, officers, public leaders, staff and students of Paglek Upper Primary School, Pasighat.

Appreciating the people for the cleanliness drive, Siram said that pristine beauty and serenity of the area should be preserved. The environment should be made clean and hygienic so that flow of tourist increases. Aforestation has to be taken up in a large scale.

Mighty river Siang which is a source of livelihood for the locals can be developed for adventure tourism like white-water rafting. It should be made a most sought after tourist destination.

Tourism has great capacity to create large scale employment of diverse kind from the most specialize to the unskilled and it is source of generating massive productive employment opportunities, said Siram.

Waste garbage bags were distributed to the Taxi drivers and pledge to implement ‘Plastic-Free Zone’ was administered by the minister on the occasion.

RK Mishra while lauding the children and the locals appealed all to inculcate the habit of maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. The reputation of the place and the sanctity of Siang river should be such that large number of tourists are lured to the place. He also informed that all necessary helps and supports will be provided by the government for developing tourism in a large scale.

 The DTO Augusti Jamoh while welcoming all briefed about initiatives taken up by the government for development of tourism. DIPRO



AAPSU condemns gang rape, demands arrest of culprits

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has condemned the gang rape of a minor school girl allegedly by a group of Chakma refugee youths at Chownkham, Lohit district on February 10 last.

AAPSU appealed to the authority concern to immediately arrest the culprits involved in shameful act and award them exemplary punishment as per the law.

It also demanded the state government to restore the deteriorating law and order situation. AAPSU further demanded the state government to confine the refugees in their respective designated block areas at the earliest. Repeated involvement of refugees in criminal activities indicates that state government is not dealing  with the vexed issue seriously despite repeated appeal, it said.

AAPSU also condemned the kidnapping of principal of government higher secondary school Mahadhevpur. It demanded the authority to arrest the culprits involved in the kidnapping of school principal and award them severe punishment.

It also informed that AAPSU team would visit the incident spot and all refugee affected areas soon.



Fire safety norms a must: Byaling Correspondent

DAPORIJO, Feb 13: Power and Panchayati Raj Minister Tanga Byaling today called upon the people of Daporijo township to strictly follow the fire safety rules while constructing dwelling houses at colony. Byaling was addressing a mass awareness campaign on fire safety organized by the Tagin Cultural Society after the tragic fire mishap which claimed three precious lives at Singin colony recently. The awareness campaign was attended, among others by all the heads of department, panchayat leaders, fire victims and general public.

Most of the residents of Daporijo are not aware of fire safety measures, Byaling  said. He said that carelessness and indiscipline are the two main  reasons for frequent occurrence of fire accidents in the township.  The minister, however, advised the common people to maintain proper drainage and  construct their dwelling houses in a planned way so that fire tender move freely in case of fire accident and not to encroach land on congested area. He also urged the  people to cooperate  the fire service authorities in time of needs.

The  minister further asked the district administration to find out the  cause of  frequent fire accident and to nab the miscreants who are creating nuisance particularly during night hours.  Byaling also lauded the TCS for its role in providing immediate relief assistance to the fire victims.

Executive Engineer PWD, Tania Raji appealed the denizens to  extend all possible help to fire victims and fire  personnel during the fire accident. He also urged them to maintain proper road in the colony so that fire tender can easily reach the spot in case of fire mishap.

Expressing concern over the frequent fire mishap in this township, DUDA Dy Director, Halli Welly asked the  general people to analyse of cause of such fire mishap.

Almost all the speakers emphasized on precautionary measures to be taken for fire safety.



Blood flows at NIT Yupia courtesy Blood Bank team of ASH

ITANAGAR, Feb 13:  The Blood Bank, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun as part of the 3 Days Induction Training Progamme on Standard Operating Procedure for Blood Bank staffs conducted a Blood Donation Camp at National Institute of Technology, Yupia in association with NSS and NCC cell of the institute under the aegis of Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Naharlagun for practical and field visit for the trainees.

A brief inaugural cum donor motivation session was arranged to sensitize the donors on the voluntary blood donation. In his speech Prof. (Dr).C T Bhunia, Director, NIT, Yupia humbly mentioned that this is the second time that NIT, Yupia has participated in blood donation camp and spoke on the logo adopted by the institution which consists of four pillars and one signifying service to the society which is synonymous to a Voluntary Blood Donation. Prof Bhunia added that saving someone’s life is a noble cause and further advocated for conducting of regular Voluntary Blood Donation Camps to NSS/NCC cell, NIT, Yupia and appealed to the rest of the other civil societies to shoulder their social responsibility and come forward to organise such blood donation camps.

Dr. N. Budh, Dy. Director (Blood Safety), APSACS gave a power point presentation on importance of voluntary blood donation to the expectant donors of NIT students and faculty members. Annually our state on the basis of population needs 15,000 units of blood for transfusion in medical related emergency cases but we are not able to meet 1/4th of our demand for blood, he said. Also he highlighted that blood cannot be artificially produced in any factory nor it can have any substitutes. Further he warned patients not to buy blood from professional blood donors for transfusion purposes, it may lead to risk of chances of getting of Transfusion Transmitted Infections like malaria, hepatitis, syphilis and HIV/AIDS.

Also a technical team from Blood Bank, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun headed by Dr. G. Padu, Blood Bank In-charge, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, Dr. Moli Basar, Medical Officer, ASH, Naharlagun and other staff were present to conduct the practical training session and blood donation camp.

At the end of blood donation camp and training session a total of 60 units of blood was collected which was donated by 50 males and 10 female. The volunteers from NSS/NCC cell of NIT showed enthusiasm to donate blood and requested the Blood Bank authority to arrange more such camps in the near future.

Dr. Moji Jini, Chief Medical Superintendent, on behalf of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun thanked NSS Volunteers, NCC Cadets, others students and faculty members  of NIT, Yupia for their active cooperation and successful conduction of the programme.  Such camps will benefit poor and needy patients of our state, he added.



Governor, CM greet people on Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi festival

ITANAGAR, Feb 13:  The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh has extended good wishes to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi. The Governor prayed that the occasion promotes socio-cultural growth of the community and helps in preservation of the rich Singpho traditions.

May this year festival further strengthen the cultural bonds and bring peace and prosperity to all, the Governor wished. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also conveyed his heartiest greetings to the people on occasion of the joyous festival of Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi to be celebrated on Wednesday.

“We – each and every community of the state – join our Singpho brethren’s on the joyous occasion of Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi. Let the celebration be an occasion to cement the age-old bonding between members of each and every community of the state,” Tuki said in a message on eve of the festival. Literally a dance festival, it is an occasion to show, propagate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Singphos, the Chief Minister pointed and expressed optimism that besides serving its central objective, the festival would also beckon misguided youths to alienate themselves from drug abuse and anti-social activities. “Let this celebration go beyond the festivities and usher in a positive-minded society for peaceful co-existence and prosperity,” the Chief Minister added.

Capital admin. continues drive

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Another drive against traffic violators including two wheelers without helmet, license and other documents was carried out on Tuesday by the District Administration with the help of 10 Magistrates and Police Personnel.

During the drive the vehicles having black film in glasses, plying without number plates and those vehicles parked unauthorized along NH 52(A) were challaned and penalized.

A sizable amount of money was recovered as penalty. Another drive simultaneously was carried out by the CEO-cum-ADM along with PPPF and Police personnel wherein the construction materials/ debris stacked on the highway/ main roads by private/ govt departments was removed with the help of JCBs and tippers. Both the drives were successful and their aim was to curb the traffic violations and to stop dumping of construction materials, etc on the main roads which leads to traffic jams, accidents, etc. Such drive shall continue in future and the residents of Capital Complex are requested to cooperate for the same and abide by the rules.


Demonstration cum training prog on Tapioca organized

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: A method demonstration cum training programme on “Value added product preparation and snacks making of Tapioca” was organized by KVK, Changlang district on 13th February at Longvi villages under Nampong Sub division. All together 21 women including SHG and Anganwadi Worker participated in this programme. Pinki Sharma, SMS Home Science demonstrated various processes on preparation of different products from Tapioca by making Chips, Flour and Livestock feed etc.

Dr Narendra Kumar, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Changlang suggested the farmers to prepare different products from Tapioca and to sale in the local market besides household consumption.


Request to medical practitioners

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Following the directives of the Medical Council of India, the Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council has requested all medical practitioners (allopath) and medical institutions to prescribe drugs with generic names as far as possible.

“Every physician should, as far as possible, prescribe drugs with generic names and he / she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs,” said the release while referring to the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002.


Unions supports ALSU demands

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Arunachal Law Academy Student Union, Nyishi Students’ Union RGU, All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union, Nocte Students’ Union, Nyapin, Sangram Phassang Students’ Union, All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte and Tarak Langdi Students’ Union extended their supports to Arunachal Law Students’ Union’s demand for immediate removal of Parliamentary Secretary Home and immediate induction of independent home minister, separation of judiciary from executives, appointment of high court judge from Arunachalee and establishment of separate high court.


NSUI seeks relief assistance

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: A team of NSUI State Unit met Member of Parliament Takam Sanjay at his residence at Itanagar today and appraised him about recent Sigin Part-I colony Daporijo fire accident.

Responding to their appealed Sanjay assured to provide Rs five lakhs from his MPLAD fund as financial assistance to fire victims, NSUI report said.


PWS donates relief items to fire victim

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The members of Panggi Welfare Society (PWS) contributed relief materials to the fire victim of recent Geku-Peram village fire accident. The society further appreciated MLA and Parliamentary Secretary J. K Panggeng and Deputy Commissioner Upper Siang Yingkiong L Borang for making effort to reach out to the fire victim and helping them in the need of the hour.

Meanwhile, the society has condoled the death of one Tarun Tateh who was working as SSB constable and was posted at Darjeeling. He died because of electric shock during his duty hours. He was around 40 years of age. Lt. Tarun Tateh is survived by his wife, 3 sons and 2 daughters. His mortal remain was brought to his residence at Geku Village under Geku Circle of Upper Siang district. His last rite was performed on 10th of this month. Panggi Welfare Society expressed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to the almighty God to bestow enough strength to bear the irreparable loss.


Orientation programme for in-service teachers held

ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The five days Orientation cum capacity building training programme for 120 number in-service teachers was organized by pedagogical cell of District level management committee (SSA) Lohit District from 8th to 12th at BRC Training centre, Tezu.

R.K Sharma, Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma, Lohit District, attended the programme as chief guest.

Addressing the participants, Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma stressed upon the need of quality education and advised the teachers to design a couple of innovative activities for teaching of difficult subjects and to be a role model for the student and society as a whole. V.S Tiwari, District Pedagogy and training coordinator (SSA), Lohit District, highlighted the aims and objective of the training programme.

K Rina, DDSE, Lohit  cum chairman of the programme explained about D.EL.ED programme and its implementation in the district. Dr. B K Nath, principal IGGC, Tezu also spoke on the occasion as key resource person.


Architect honoured

ITANAGAR, Feb 13:  Architect Haring Camder Tok, working as an Architect under the Directorate of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh has been conferred with prestigious Bharat Jyoti Award and Certificate of Excellence by the India International Friendship Society. The award was presented to Tok in recognition of outstanding performance and meritorious services in the field of science and technology.

He was awarded on 9th February at a grand function held at India International Centre, New Delhi. The former Governor and Union Minister Bishma Narayan Singh gave away the Certificate and Trophy. Other dignitaries like G.V.S. Murthy former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Joginder Singh, Former Director CBI and Shahid Satte Rajvi former governor of Jharkhand were present on the occasion.



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Malnutrition and MDGs

Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child and maternal malnutrition in the world, say health experts. According to the State of the World's Children (SOWC) Report 2008, issued by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), eight million or 48 per cent of all children under-five are underweight.

Millions of children and women suffer from one or more forms of malnutrition, including low birth weight, stunting, underweight, Vitamin A deficiency, iodine deficiency disorders and anaemia.

Malnutrition passes from one generation to the next because malnourished mothers give birth to malnourished infants. If they are girls, these children often become malnourished mothers themselves, and the vicious cycle continues.

Malnutrition contributes to about half of all child deaths, often by weakening immunity. Survivors are left vulnerable to illness, stunted or intellectually impaired.

Newborn deaths make up nearly half of all under-five deaths (57 per cent) and 71 per cent of infant mortality. One neonate dies in Bangladesh every three to four minutes; 120,000 neonates die every year, according to UNICEF.

However, Bangladesh is on track to achieve several Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including reducing by 2015 the under-five mortality rate to 50 per 1,000 live births from 65, the UNICEF report claims.

Matching achievements of only five other countries, Bangladesh has halved the child mortality rate since 1990.

Between 1996 and 2005, the prevalence of underweight children fell from 56 per cent to 45 per cent, while stunting fell from 55 per cent  to 40 per cent.


Rural areas need more media coverage

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily, I would like to request concerned authority and local MLA to kindly provide relief materials to fire victims of Riko village, one of the most remote villages of Upper Subansiri district. Even to provide some help one has to travel more than 6 hrs by foot march. People are having tough time due to winter season as cloths and domestic items of many houses have been burnt to ashes. Also I would like to request all media houses of our state to kindly cover the sufferings of remote and so called backward areas of our state.


Takap Kena