Arunachal needs own policy on HIV/AIDS: Byaling
ITANAGAR, July 30: Expressing serious concern over rapid growth in number of people
with HIV/AIDS in the state, Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling emphasized
the need for formulating state’s own policy to curb the disease.
Attending a day-long state level advocacy programme on HIV/AIDS organized specially
for media persons by Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS) here today,
Byaling said that considering the rapid growth in HIV/AIDS cases and lack of awareness
among common masses about the disease, the state needs a separate HIV/AIDS policy
of its own to tackle the menace successfully.
A total of 159 HIV positive cases have been detected so far in Arunachal Pradesh,
the Health Minister informed, adding that the rate of prevalence could be much more
high if tests are conducted for more people. He said that test conducted for HIV/AIDS
in the state so far includes less than 10 per cent of the total population which
is very low achievement.
While giving detailed information regarding HIV/AIDS density in the state since 1998,
he informed that one person was tested HIV positive in 98, two in 2000, four in 2001,
10 in 2003, 19 in 2004, 22 in 2005, 35 in 2006, 19 in 2007, 32 in 2008 and 13 in
He appealed to the people with HIV/AIDS to come out without any hesitation and avail
the various welfare measures, including free treatment being provided to them by
In his keynote address, P Varu, Regional Communication Officer, NACO, NERO, Guwahati,
spoke about the role of media persons in addressing various issues relating to HIV/AIDS.
He said that media, especially print can play a pivotal role in disseminating messages
regarding HIV/AIDS to the masses effectively.
While appealing media persons to take utmost care in using expressions, he urged
for carrying success stories regularly in their newspapers instead of publishing
only data-based articles occasionally.
Indian Network of People with HIV/AIDS (INP+) president Jhanvi Goswami, who herself
is a HIV positive and has been spreading awareness about the disease for the last
16 years throughout the country, said that people with HIV positive should come out
without hesitation and take the benefits of various initiatives being undertaken
by the government for their welfare. Differentiating between HIV positive and AIDS,
she said that an HIV positive may not be an AIDS patient. With regular medication
a person with HIV positive can keep themselves healthy and lead a normal life.
He urged the media to use its influence in reducing AIDS related stigma and discrimination
in the society. Being impressed by the Orphan Home established by Assam government,
she suggested for opening of such Home in Arunachal too by the government.
APSACS project director Dr. Emi Rumi while informing about present HIV/AIDS status
in the state said that Arunachal Pradesh is risking high infection rate in view of
influx of labourers to the state for construction of mega dams and also due to on-going
trans Arunachal highway.
While throwing light on overall health scenario of the state, Rumi informed that
majority of people in our state are not disease free. He said that only six youths
out of 30 could donate blood during its voluntary blood donation campaign organized
at RK Mission hospital recently. Rest 24 were either suffering from malaria, flue
or other minor diseases, for which their blood could not be collected, he said. He
urged the media persons to highlight this issue also along with HIV/AIDS.
He also held an interaction session with the media persons on the key issue and shared
knowledge on various moods for communication and creating awareness on the disease
among common people.
Taba Ajum from The Arunachal Times, Pradip Kr. Behera and Gopal Rai from Arunachal
Front, Senior journalist Taro Chatung, V. Ravindran from Dawnlit Post, the director
duo of DDK Itanagar and AIR, Itanagar among others took part in the interactive session.
Nido Pavitro, Par. Secy for Health and Family Welfare, Secretary Health Kaling Tayeng
also spoke on the occasion.
Electronic crematorium soon in the state: Khandu
Traditional system: Change and Continuity
amongst the Monpas
TAWANG, July 30: Arunachal plans to introduce electronic crematorium. This was informed
by the chief minister Dorjee Khandu while addressing a seminar on “Traditional system
– Change and Continuity amongst the Monpas” organized by Vivekanada Kendra Institute
of Culture and Monyul Socio-Cultural Development Society (Mon region) as chief guest
at Kalawangpo Convention Hall here today.
He said that the religious and customary implications in some of the customary rites
of Monpas have adversely affected the environment and need to be preserved.
Highlighting the need to preserve the age-old culture and tradition which is the
essence of an individual or community, Khandu said such seminar should be organized
in regular intervals so that younger generation know about its importance. He lamented
over the youths bending towards the western culture thereby overlooking their indigenous
culture and tradition which is not a healthy sign. He appealed the society to bring
about changes and reforms in the society without affecting the originality of the
custom and tradition. “Organize competition on folk songs and folk dances with attractive
prizes. This will immensely benefit the young to gain interest in their own custom
and tradition”, Khandu opined. The chief minister while called for community celebration
of local festivals, he emphasized that wearing of traditional costumes in such occasion
should be made mandatory. He also advocated for using local dialects while communicating
within the family members so that it helps the children to learn and know their own
dialect. “Education is must but not at the cost of your mother tongue”, he argued
and stressed on laying emphasis on third language introduced in schools.
He lauded the organizing committee for conducting such fruitful seminar and also
dwelt in length the services rendered by Vivekanda Kendra. “The quality education
they provided to the people of Arunachal Pradesh will always be remembered and we
are whole heartedly grateful for that” he said.
Taking ahead his mission against hunting practices, the chief minister warned of
taking appropriate action according to environment and wildlife acts whosever found
guilty. Khandu justified that wild life and forest are interlinked with the human
society. The disturbance to it will automatically affect the sentient beings of the
earth in form of natural catastrophe etc., he reasoned.
He categorically appealed the house to give due importance to girl education. He
believed that if a girl is educated, a family is educated. And when a family is educated,
the whole society is educated.
The chairman of Karmic and Adhyatmic Affairs Department and former MLA Rev. T G Rinpoche
who presided over the meeting said “We are looking for an enlightened society in
the near future and for which a collective effort is required from all corners”.
He quoted some of the lines from the holy Dhamapada and appealed the people to follow
the path. “Change is necessary, as it reflects the development of an individual and
the society but in the same time taking along the indigenous culture and tradition
is equally important, as it reflects the identity”, he emphatically said.
Vice President of Vivekananda Kendra A Balakrishnan emphasized on development with
culture. He dwelt in length the curriculums of VKIC and expected a positive outcome
from the seminar.
Among others, former Minister Thupten Tempa, Rev Guru Rinpoche Tawang Abbot, Rigya
Rinpoche, Reverend monks and anis from various gompas and nunneries, delegates from
West Kameng and Itanagar were present in the inaugural function. (PRO to CM)
ITBP team lifts DC Memorial Football Cup
ITANAGAR, Jul 30: Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) team lifted the Dhiren Chaudhary
Memorial Football Cup defeating United Club of Assam 3-1 in the final at North Lakhimpur
on July 28.
CC Bhutia, CT/GD scored the first goal for ITBP while CT/GD Amit Livens Beck and
CT/GD Anil Bisht scored the second and third goal respectively. CT/GD Amit Linves
Beck of ITBP team was declared “Best player” of the tournament’ and CT/GD CC Bhutia
as “Best player” twenty two.’
The Chief Guest distributed the glittering trophies and individual prizes to the
winner and runners up teams.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajesh Kumar Tomar, Commandant, 10th ITBP lauded the victorious
team for bringing laurel to the force. He also expressed his satisfaction over the
huge response shown by the people of the area towards the tournament and thanked
all for its grand success.
Fourteen teams, including teams from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh participated in
tournament which was played in memory of Late Dhiren Chaudhary from July 14 to 28
at North Lakhimpur.
The final match was enjoyed by various Govt. officials, political leaders, village
elders and local people.
FGA gets endorsement from PR leaders
PASIGHAT, July 30: The half-yearly review meeting of the Primary Health Center, Sille,
which is being managed by Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) under the Public-Private
Partnership (PPP) of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh was held in the Circle Officer’s
Conference Hall at Oyan today.
The leaders who spoke in the meeting representing their villages were all praise
for the staff of the PHC, who has brought significant changes in the morbidity and
mortality pattern of the whole area by improving the clinical services, regular outreach
activities and training of mothers on basic health care.
The shape of the PHC now is ten times better than that in 2005 before FGA took over
the management, said Nalo Tasing, Anchal Chairperson.
Okyam Gao, Zilla Parishad Member, agreed with him said that the leaders of the area
should work together to get an X-ray unit for the PHC. She added that the NGOs should
be working in more difficult areas and FGA should keep on improving their performance
since Sille is well connected with road.
Nakek Moyong, Zilla Parishad Member (Bilat) explained about the purpose of the government’s
PPP project and congratulated the people of the Sille-Oyan area for getting their
PHC managed under the project.
Byabang Rocket, Chairperson, Master Coordinating Committee (MCC), FGA gave an overall
view of the works being done by FGA in other parts of the state. He recounted various
misgivings about the organization in early days in places like Palin when it was
misunderstood to have political agenda. He urged the leaders not to repeat the same
mistake since FGA is working with the welfare of the people of Arunachal Pradesh
as the only motive.
Earlier, Dr. Tage Kanno, Executive Director, FGA explained about the purpose of the
meeting and said that involving the communities in managing the PHC is one of the
main objectives of the organization, and the meeting aims to elicit more participation
in the project. He added that FGA hopes that the communities themselves should be
able to manage the PHC whenever the PPP project comes to an end.
It may be mentioned that FGA has been managing the PHC, Sille since 2006 when it
took over from the government. PPP project is one of the innovative project conceived
by the government of Arunachal Pradesh as a part of National Rural Health Mission
and has been nationally acclaimed for its success in improving rural health services.
SWFC campaign against use of chemical fertilizer
ZIRO, July 30: Chemical fertilizers are being rampantly used world wide in agricultural
field. However, in a secluded village of Ziro Valley, people are using only natural
Nestled not far from the Lower Subansiri district Headquarters, Ziro, people of Siiro
village depend mostly on agriculture and horticulture products. Their product is
considered superior. Even in vegetable market in Ziro, people prefer to visits those
corners where Siiro products are selling.
Kiwi, tomato, cabbage are very successful in Ziro particularly at Siiro village.
One who initiated cultivation of these crops was Kago Kampu, wife of Er. Kago Habung.
Later, with her initiative, in the year 2008, a group of women comprising 20 women
of Siiro village formed a club called ‘Siiro Women farmers’ Club’ (SWFC). The club
selected her as its Secretary.
Today, SWFC is taking up a campaign against use of chemical fertilizer within their
jurisdiction. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ziro, department of Agriculture, ATMA, horticulture
and other allied Deptt are taking keen interest at the traditional way of cultivation
and encourage people for more production.
Kampu, says that “with the technical guidance from KVK, the club has made a breakthrough
in production of strawberry, passion fruit and cucumber”.
Success in cultivation of ‘Baby Corn’ is also on the way which is new to them, she
Do justice to your unique status in society: DC
SEPPA, July 30: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam has called upon the teachers
to discharge their duty with sole objective of imparting quality education. He said
this during his visits to Govt. Hr. Secondary School Pompoli recently.
Bam said the teachers having great responsibility of nation building should devote
their time in discharging their duty sincerely so that they could justify their unique
status they hold in the society.
“The teachers should not do their duty only to get salary, rather they should discharge
their duty with the purpose of imparting quality education”, the DC emphatically
While reminding the teachers of the importance of school level education, he said
it is the right time to groom the students so as to make them capable enough to face
competitions. Unless the basic things are instilled in the mind of the students in
the school level, the very purpose of being a teacher here is of no use, he further
Suggesting the teachers to adopt friendly approach in imparting the education, Bam
said that the days of imparting education through instilling fear psychosis have
gone. He added one should be able to convince the students to concentrate in the
study through love and affection for quality education.
Teachers from outside the state might be facing problems like accommodation and other
basic amenities, he said while adding that they should go ahead with their profession
against all odd so that their service get recognition from the society.
Encouraging the SSA teacher to not get dishearten with the status of their job and
salary they are getting, Bam informed that the Govt. has considered the demand of
the teachers and assured to regularize the SAA teachers in a phase wise manner. He
warned the absentee teachers of stern action saying that he would come down heavily
on those found absent from the duty. He further asked teachers to bring their problems
to the notice of the DC and the DDSE.
The DC also visited Ekalavya Model Residential School(EMRS) Bana where he expressed
his satisfaction over the management of the school. EMRS Bana is one among seven
Ekalavya Schools in the whole North East, he disclosed.
He also expressed satisfaction at the performance of the Schools being managed by
the VKV organization. School like VKV, RKM and Donbosco are the torch bearer of the
state in education sector, he said and suggested the teachers to make the students
expert in extra-curricular and cultural activities also.
Bam also inspected tourist lodge at Wessang and Bana and asked the executing agency
to expedite the work and release the fund as per the percentage of the work completion.
He also inspected the work progress of EAC quarter, Bana and Bana PHC. Bam was accompanied
by Bana EAC W. Ramdasow, other officers and officials and public leaders from the
concern area. DIPRO
Six traders booked
ITANAGAR, July 30: After an announced inspection, the Mobile Inspection Team of the
Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs has booked six traders of Super
Market, Naharlagun for violation of Weights and Measures Laws.
In most of the cases, the traders were found keeping for sale readymade garments,
toys, shoes, electronic goods etc in packaged form without having mandatory declarations
like MRP etc as required under the provisions of Packaged Commodities Rules, 1977.
In some cases, the MRP printed on the packages by the manufacturer/ packers have
been found smudged or removed.
In one of the shops, a set of toys was displayed by marking its price as Rs. 999/-
whereas actual price printed on the package was Rs. 123/- (inclusive of all taxes).
In another case, a trader was booked for selling a T.V set at a price higher than
the price declared as MRP on the Company’s price list as reveled from the cash memo
seized by the team. The TV set was sold at price of Rs. 8800/- against the declared
MRP of Rs. 8290/-.
The department appealed to the consumers to be careful while purchasing day to day
requirements in so far as quality, quantity and the price of the items are concerned.
IDEA Empowers SHGs on Bank Linkage
ITANAGAR, July 30: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) conducted a one
day training programme on SHG formation and Bank Linkage at Holongi, Balijan Block
in collaboration with NABARD.
The programme was organised in collaboration with NABARD for the promotion of SHGs
and create Bank-linkage. The training programme has enabled the participants to understand
the concept of SHG formation and functions, inter-loaning, micro-credit, bank-linkage
for micro-enterprises, etc.
Sanjiv Tirkey, the project coordinator of IDEA said that progress is impossible without
social change and the women are the best instruments of initiating changes in the
family and in the society at large.
Sr. Merin Toms, the Dy.Director of IDEA appreciated Dr. B. G. Mukho-padhyay, the
General Manager of NABARD for the partnership and collaboration with IDEA for the
various developmental initiatives. She also encouraged the SHG women in the area
to utilize the various developmental programmes availed by NABARD through IDEA.
Sensitization Training on RTI Act concludes
Daporijo, July 30: The 3 days Sensitization Training on RTI Act 2005 conducted by
the District Administration, Upper Subansiri district successfully concluded here
today with a Valedictory Function attended by the DC H. K. Shalla as Chief Guest
at the Rijo Conference Hall, Daporijo.
Giving away the certificates to the participants, Shalla lauded the enthusiastic
efforts of the course coordinator G. Ete in conducting the training and appreciated
the active participation of those present. He called on them to use the acquired
knowledge in imparting their duties as PIOs and APIOs efficiently.
G. Ete(ADC) terming the training a success, said that all sections of the Act had
been covered in the training and an attempt had been made to provide necessary information
and knowledge of the Act.
He also praised the sincere efforts of Dr. B. Paul in providing the training. Overall
8 PIOs and 12 APIOs actively participated in the training.(DIPRO)
Fishery training organised at Tirap
ITANAGAR, July 30: Under the auspices of National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tirap organized a 5-day training programme on ‘Induced breeding
technique of fish seed production’ from July 26-30. Altogether 30 participants from
23 different villages of Tirap district were trained during the programme.
Welcoming the participants and dignitaries, Dr. Narendra Kumar, Programme Coordinator,
KVK elaborated the mandates of KVK and requested the farmers to take full benefit
of the services of the Kendra.
Inaugurating the training programme as the Chief guest W. Lowang, Deputy Commissioner,
Tirap district urged the trainees to acquire and apply the scientific fish culture
practices to make the district self sufficient in fish production.
Speaking on the occasion L.Lasa, District Fisheries Development Officer, Tirap district
briefed the participants on various potential areas of fisheries available at Tirap
district and request to explore them for self employment and food security.
A.K. Bhattacharjya, BDO, Khonsa block appealed all the participating farmers to take
up fish culture in a more productive way so as to fulfil the requirement of the state
as well as the district.
The training programmes consisted of lecture classes in the forenoon, followed by
practical demonstration session in the afternoon. Video graphic presentations were
made on various aspects based on the topics. The farmers were trained on various
aspects of fish seed production like preparation of broodstock for breeding, operation
of a carp hatchery, role of quality fish seed in fish culture by Rajdeep Dutta SMS
(Fisheries) KVK, L.Lasa, DFDO, D.Bhattachrjya and P.Pilia FO. Special interactive
sessions of farmers and experts were also organised during the programme.
Training programme for Extension Functionaries
ITANAGAR, July 30: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Kameng has conducted a training programme
for Extension Functionaries on July 27 at Kameng hall, Seppa. 32 extension personnel
from different departments attended the training programme.
The inaugural session of the training programme was presided over by Deputy Commissioner
The Deputy Commissioner, East Kameng formally released the 1st issue of Newsletter
of the KVK and also launched the official website of the KVK.
Accepting the difficulties faced by the KVK staff at the district for accommodation
and other infrastructural unavailability, the Deputy Commissioner requested the KVK
staff to bear with the problems and urge to continue their zeal for development of
rural mass of the district.
Dr. S. Borthakur Programme Coordinator, KVK East Kameng briefed the gathering about
one and half year of journey of the KVK, East Kameng and urged all the head of the
departments of the line departments for their cooperation for all round development
of the district. He also mentioned the achievements of the KVK during its short period
Miss Beauty of Arunachal 2010
ITANAGAR: The preliminary round of Miss Beauty of Arunachal 2010 was held on July
29 at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli. Event was held mainly to select Miss Cat Walk, Miss
Beautiful Smile and Miss Talent. The winner for all the three categories will be
declared on 31st August when grand finale of Miss Beauty of Arunachal 2010 will be
held at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli.
Akshay Urja Diwas
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency is celebrating Rajiv Gandhi
Akshay Urja Diwas to mark the birth anniversary of former prime minister of India
Rajiv Gandhi on August 20.
On the day, drawing competition for class I-V, Quiz competition for class VI-VIII
and essay writing competition for class IX-XII will be organized.
World Breast Feeding Week
ITANAGAR: Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit, Arunachal Pradesh Unit in
collaboration with Directorate of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, Naharlagun
is celebrating the World Breast Feeding Week from August 1-7 next.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare and Women and Child Development
Newlai Tingkhatra has consented to attend the symposium, to be organized at the office
premises of Directorate of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, Naharlagun
on August 2.
ITANAGAR, July 30: All East Kameng Contractor Welfare Association in a letter to
Deputy Director, Urban Development Agency, East Kameng District said that the ongoing
construction of drainage system in Seppa Township be done as per DPR and the payment
of contractors should be made after the satisfactory work completion certificate
obtained from respective chairman and secretary of the respective colonies.
ITANAGAR, July 30: National Student Union of India (NSUI) state unit is going to
award Rajiv Gandhi Sadhavna meritorious scholarship to two toppers of class XII from
both arts and science background for session 2009-10 to mark the 125th year of Indian
National Congress foundation. The two toppers would be selected from every district
and scholarship will be awarded on 20th August next by PWD and UD minister Nabam
Tuki, who is also APCC president to mark the occasion of 66th birth anniversary of
late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Meanwhile, the Christian Revival Church (CRC) Pasighat organized a felicitation program
on July 30 last in the church premises in recognition of Lok Bahadur Thapa and Bai
Riba for outstanding performances and grabbing top positions in recently declared
RGU result. Both the toppers are students of B. Sc (Hon) Physics of JN College Pasighat.
While expressing his extreme happiness, the Pastor T. Pada advised them not to limit
themselves with this award alone. He called upon the students to adopt good human
character and work for the betterment of the society.
ITANAGAR, July 30: Nerba Colony Welfare Society (NCWS) deeply mourned the death of
Late Dongda Lonia who died at his colony residence on July 29 due to prolonged illness.
Late Lonia was working as a peon of Govt Hr Secondary School, Itanagar and associated
with various social and sports activities.
The Society expressed deep condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed to
Almighty for heavenly abode of the departed soul.
ITANAGAR, July 30: Lendo Ao Welfare Association reiterated its demand for immediate
arrest of police personnel allegedly involved in ‘custodial death’ case of Late Jumchi
Nguso. The Association also appealed the NGOs and well wishers continue fighting
for the justice to the family of Late Nguso.
ITANAGAR, July 30: Arunachal Pradesh Common Cause Society (APCCS) has lauded the
Food Civil Supply Minister for formation of 11-member committee to look into the
grievances of non-allocation of AAY and BPL food grains to non-motorable circles
in Kurung Kumey district and to solve the problems once for all.