March  01

An evening with the legends of the state

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Arunachal Guild for Cultural Integration in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture felicitated 26 legendary artists of the state in recognition of their outstanding contributions in state’s cutural field in a glitteirng function at IG Park here this evening.

The legendary luminaries were Bengia Hemanta, Sida Banor, James Bijnoo Nabam, Taba Yall Nabam, Takio Soki, Jomnya Siram, Moge Doje, Talut Mize, Guni Pertin, Hage Taniyo, Goto Ete, Gyati Anda, Rinchin Dorjee, Ngawang Tashi Bapu (Lama Tashi), Thajam Aboh, Kengling Kenglang, Sokhep Kri, Nabam Tata, Bengia Mala, Joram Tajing, Tadu Tayung, Bengia Loog, Tari Taipodia, Budhiman Linggi, Padi Hinda and Yabin Nani.

The commendable efforts of the organisers were apreciated by the legends. Talut Mize summed it up best when he said “when I started I didnot know where I was going. But today I realise it was worth an effort”

The legendary artists entrralled the huge gathering with thier old gems.

Tari Taipodia, Bengia Hemanta, Taba Yall Nabam, Talut Mize, Takio Soki, Goto Ete, Gyati Anda, Sida Banor, James Bijnoo Nabam had the crowd on thier feets as they churned out old  popular melodies.  

Giving away the mementos to the artists, Minister Arts and Culture, Geology and Mining Komlung Mosang said that art is a very significant part of life and it should be dearly preserved.

Appreciating the event, pride of Northeast Lou Majaw said, “it is a very commendable gesture by the organizers to acknowledge the contributions of the the legendary artists.

Racalling  the painful experiences that  he had gained during his sojourn to the world of music, Lou urged the  connoisseur of mucis to believe in their inherited talent and values involved in their field of activities.  Artists need supports to expose their musical talents, he said.

Lou pledged before the crowd that he would be back to Itanagar very shortly to perform live show.  

Organizing Secretary Pasang Dorjee Sona who is also Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism said the event was just an attempt to recognize those luminaries. He assured that the left-out artists would soon be honoured.  

PWD and Finance Minister Chowna Mein also attended the function.

Another attraction of the evening was a play titled Lapya by Tai Tugung. The play which depicted  the pain of a girl who is forced to marry against her will and later chained in wooden plank (lapya) for her refusal to settle down with her husband was widely cheered by the young crowd. The amatuer actors came up with a splendid performance.



China has no right to intervene in India’s internal matter: Tuki

DAPORIJO, Feb  29: Arunachal Pradesh today endorsed Union Defence Minister A K Antony’s rejection of the Chinese objections to his visit to the state on February 20 last. The Chinese foreign ministry had earlier objected to the Minister’s recent visit to Itanagar to attend the state’s Silver Jubilee celebrations of Statehood on February 20. The ministry spokesman Hong Lei had said that India should refrain from taking any action that could complicate the border issue.

Concluding his three-day visit to Upper Subansiri district here today, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, along with Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, univocally supported Antony’s criticism of the Chinese reaction and asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India.

“Arunachal Pradesh has never been a part of China, which is locally known as ‘Quiding’ – a distant land, or any of its territories,” announced Tuki and Sanjoy in unison at a massive public rally held here by residents of the district headquarters. A day earlier, Antony had also criticised China for raising objections to his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, describing Beijing's comments on the issue as "most objectionable".

“I feel it is most unfortunate and, at the same time, it is really objectionable,” he told reporters at the national capital.

Following the development since the Union Minister’s visit to the state, the Chief Minister and the MP expressed surprise on the whole hullabaloo. They said that China had no rights to intervene in the internal matters of a sovereign country and its democratically formed state government. Both stood ground that Arunachal was celebrating its 25 years of Statehood and had the right to invite any Indian official to join the celebrations.

China had earlier opposed the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Arunachal Pradesh. China routinely takes exception to any high level visits of Indian officials to Arunachal Pradesh which it claims is a part of Southern Tibet.

It was part of the discussion of the past 15 rounds of border talks by the Special Representatives by the two countries. China also denies visa to people of Arunachal Pradesh as part of its claim to the area.

In a recent case, visa was denied to a senior Indian Air Force officer to visit China as part of defence delegation prompting New Delhi to scale down the size of the delegation. Antony said a secure, non-porous international border was the top-most priority of the Centre.



RGU scholar picks Suicide among the Idu Mishmis as Ph D thesis

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: A PhD scholar in Rajiv Gandhi University Tarun Mene’s thesis “Suicide among the Idu Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh” could help policy makers and other agencies in understanding the issue that has hugely impacted the Idu Mishmi community.

The University has awarded the Ph.D degree to Mene for his path breaking research from Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies under the supervision of Dr. S.K Chaudhuri.  

Mene hails from village Mayu, Lower Dibang Valley District. Praising his Anthropological research, perhaps first in North-East India, the experts said that the work has immense implications for policy makers and other similar agencies in understanding suicidal phenomena among the Idu Mishmi tribe of Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley Districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The research is based on 218 suicide incidents and found 10-29 age groups to be more susceptible group to suicide.

The study included a total of 218 completed suicide incidences (the figure may go up in actual) during the last four decades, i.e. from 1971-80 to 2001-2010. Out of the total, 103 are reported male and 115 female. The study found that suicide is a serious issue in Idu Mishmi community. It is found that social customs and norms, religious beliefs and practices and values, socio-political aspects, have greatly influenced and determined the suicidal phenomenon among Idus. The inferences drawn from the questionnaire is enough to ascertain that how the living members of Idu community are deeply impacted and are crying for help.

Further research in this direction may help, if not at all, at least to minimize the suicide rate among this hardly 10,000 souls of Idu population, said Mene while responding to a question from this daily.

To this date, no initiatives have been taken up to address such social epidemic at Government level, rather these are completely left as the internal matter of the community who are negotiating with such incidences as per their traditional social norms. On the other hand, we do not find any interference made by community based Society and Unions to address such menace in the Idu Mishmi community.

Mene says that the work may provide an empirical basis to initiate some definite steps in that direction. For example, age old beliefs depicting suicides as the handiworks of the evil spirits, which made people complacent need to be addressed from the sociological perspective and on the light of research findings. There is a clear need to rethink about the existing marital norms of the Idu Mishmis followed by spread of education and building awareness among the people about the negative impact of such act on the family, collective psyche of the upcoming young generation and ultimately the whole Idu Mishmi society at large who are passing the phase of transition.



AAPSU conducts awareness campaign on road connectivity

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Students (AAPSU)’s week-long ‘Social Awareness campaign on education, health and road connectivity’ in remote Tali constituency concluded on February 27.

Holding series of social awareness interaction in Lingdhum, Langdhing, Khowa villages on its way to Tali Circle Headquarter on foot, the AAPSU team advocated for road connectivity to the remote Tali constituency.

The AAPSU leaders called upon the villagers to cooperate with the government departments and the elected representatives for early completion of the Yangte-Tali road. Following the complaint of local villagers that the local contractors have been duped by the executing agencies by not paying them their dues for the formation cutting of the roads, the AAPSU team also asked the villagers to sort out the differences, if any, amicably.

The AAPSU team also made aware the villagers about the ill-effect of demanding money during the election period. Development in the form of road connectivity should be the fundamental demand of the local people, lest the coming generation of the area will be deprived of the fruits of development, AAPSU said.



Tuki showers Upper Subansiri with gifts

DAPORIJO, Feb 29: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki summed-up his 3 days Upper Subansiri tour; bestowing series of developmental packages — a Government Degree College, Mini-Secretariat, Cold Storage for agriculture and horticulture produces, a mini-stadium at Rijo ground, infrastructure for schools, suspension bridges and link roads.

Tuki who was on his maiden visit to the district after assuming the CM’s office created history of sorts by becoming the first CM to traverse the serpentine interiors from Itanagar to Pagenalo by road – a distance of more than 400 kms.

In a public meeting at Rijo Ground here today, Tuki termed Daporijo as a special place and informed that an Upper-Subansiri specific policy is on anvil for speedy development of the region. Incidentally, Upper Subansiri is recognised by the Government of India as one of the most backward districts in the country.

Dedicating the college to the public, which will start functioning from next academic session, Tuki opined that with its commencement the district would usher into new era of human resource development.   

Acknowledging massive unemployment in Arunachal Pradesh as a serious problem, Tuki informed that the Government is envisaging employment generation council, which will keep track of the unemployment graph registering details of educated unemployed youths including school dropouts. He said that a skill development council, which is also on the pipeline, would augment govt’s initiative to curb unemployment.

Emphasising that Govt alone cannot bring desired changes, Tuki asked the public to chip-in through all possible ways for the all round development of the area. Taking the opportune moment of a huge gathering despite inclement weather, he announced Rs 5 crore for construction of infrastructure for the degree college at its permanent site besides Rs 10 crore to start the work on a mini-secretariat. Another Rs 1 crore was announced for maintenance and construction of the Todak Dulom Bridge over Subansiri River.

To the demand for development of Daporijo as a Model Town, the Chief Minister sought a Master Plan for it. He also sought a proper estimate for construction of an auditorium for the Government H S School here from the concerned department. He also assured to post sufficient Senior Teachers and Subject Teachers at the H S School and sanction funds for extension of classrooms.

Accompanying Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy said the Centre is aware of the importance of Upper Subansiri, a strategically located front, and is providing all required assistance to bring in economic stability. Asserting the role of youths in process of development, Sanjoy asked them to take optimum advantage of Centre’s flagship programmes being implemented in the district.  Referring to public reluctance in handing over the Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in Daporijo to the Army, he asked the citizens to ponder over the issue given its all-pervasive importance in the nation’s interest. He said that in lieu of the land, the Centre is ready to compensate monetarily and re-settlement.

Power and RD Minister Tanga Byaling laid emphasis on civic sense among the people for sustainable development of the area. He said all development packages/schemes would go waste if public lacks civic sense and make improper use of the amenities. He also expressed concern over the poor hygiene and sanitation scenario of Daporijo and called for complete makeover so that it becomes a Model Headquarter in future.  

Yari Dulom, president, APMCC and Daporijo MLA Tapen Siga also spoke on the occasion. Among others, DC Ameya Abhyankar, SP, HoDs were present on the occasion.



Photo calender on enchanting Mechuka released

Priority to tourism sector: Mein

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 29:  In an effort to promote the vast tourism potential of Menchuka in West Siang district, a photo calendar titled ‘Year of the Dragon’ showing the striking scenic beauty of Mechukha was released by PWD and  Planning Minister Chowna Mein  here today.

All the breathtaking photographs in the calendar are by Parliamentary Secretary of Tourism Passang Dorjee Sona, who is also the MLA of Mechukha. Releasing the calendar, Mein said, “Arunachal is indeed a paradise on the earth and the need of the hour is to exploit the vast tourism potential of the state.

Mein disclosed that the 12th five year plan of the state would give more priority to tourism sector and efforts would be made to equally promote all such potential tourist destinations. He assured to extend all possible help to tourism department for promoting the tourism sector and develop the infrastructures on need basis.

He also stressed the importance of marketing on the state tourism sector and involving foreign researchers to explore the tourism potential of the state.

Parliamentary Secretary Tourism PD Sona sought support and cooperation from all to promote Mechukha as tourist hot-spot.  He also appealed to the media to play vital role in promoting the tourism sector of the state.  

On being asked about the lack of accommodation facility in Mechukha for visiting tourists, Sona said that efforts are on to develop more and more infrastructure for accommodation and youths are being given the opportunities to run tourism infrastructure on private public policy (PPP) mode.

Expressing concern over deforestation in the area, Sona assured that he would impress upon the forest department to restrict the felling of trees, especially pines.

Later, Mein released the tourism department’s souvenir.

Highlighting the objectives of the programme,  Tourism Secretary Sonam Chombey said that efforts are on to take the tourism to next level.

Earlier a video on enchanting Mechukha was screened.



Workshop on bee-keeping begins

Take up self-employment schemes, Tacho urges youth

DAMBUK, Feb 29:  Urban Development, Housing, Town Planning and Fishery Minister Rajesh Tacho has exhorted the educated youth of the state to take up take small scale and cottage industries like bee keeping, handloom and handicraft for self-employment and to enhance the economy of the  state. He was addressing the inaugural session of the six days long Industrial Development training cum workshop on bee keeping being held at Higher Secondary School Auditorium, Dambuk yesterday. The minister exhorted the educated youths to take up such self-employed projects availing Govt. subsidy and loan in order to make themselves self-dependent instead of “wasting their time and energy on short term gains like contract works”.

The programme is jointly organized by department of Industries, Department of Trade and Commerce, department of Textile & Handicrafts and state’s Khadi  and Village Industries Board, and state’s KVIC  Office, union ministry of MSME and sponsored by National Bee Board under Union Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi and KVIC, Union Ministry of MSME, Mumbai. Among others, public leaders, PRI members, GBs, farmers and trainees

Highlighting the importance of Beekeeping, the minister said Govt. has given emphasis on Beekeeping and other small scale industries like handlooms and handicrafts besides tea and rubber plantations in order to make our state self-sustainable.

As the district has ample of fertile land, he exhorted the youth to take up tea and rubber plantations. “As most of the honey and tea industries of other developed states have become polluted due to maximum use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, people of our state can take up organic tea plantation and honey production in large scale which has great demand throughout the world,” the minister said. He, however, stressed on formulation of proper policy for success of cottage industry including bee-keeping.

He further informed that efforts are on to boost the activities of fishery department by taking up more fishery development schemes in the next financial year.  He also called upon the people to maintain peace, brotherhood and communal harmony which are pre-requisite for development.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by Anchal Chairperson Tuppik Saring for notification of new Dambuk township area and fund for construction of boundary wall around it, Tacho asked them to submit the proposal through district administration. He sanctioned Rs 50,000 for proper electrification of the multi-cultural hall.

In his key not address Makbul Pertin, Commissioner (Industries, Department of Tirap and Changlang, Trade and Commerce and Member Secretary, Khadi  and Village Industry Board, highlighted the main objective of the programme. He called upon the trainees to take optimum benefit of the training cum workshop and make themselves well equipped with knowledge of technical know-how. He informed that Beekeeping combined with Sericulture has achieved a great success in the state. Honey Bee Processing Unit with bottling and storing capacity has been running successfully at Sille village near Pasighat in East Siang district for the last ten years, he said.

Tokong Pertin, Director, Trade  and  Commerce enlightened the gathering on prospects of tea and rubber plantations in the state. Highlighting various initiatives of the department, he said that the department is making all out efforts with the help from tea and rubber boards for popularizing tea and rubber industries in the state.

Tassar Talar, Director, Department of Geology and Mining, S Deb, CEO, KVIB, Kaling Koyu, DDI Pasighat, Maktel Pertin, GB and Kirti Linggi, ASM also spoke on the occasion.  

Earlier, the dignitaries visited Community Health Centre and Higher Secondary School, Dambuk which are one of the oldest in the state. DIPRO



Nyokum Yullo celebrated at remote Tali

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The people of Tali and Pip-Sorang circle celebrated the Nyokum with traditional fervor and gaiety at remote Tali on Sunday last.

Despite heavy rain, Rikampada and Buya Gyum-Nam dances were performed by the cultural parties with much enthusiasm.

Attending the festival, local MLA Markio Tado assured to work for faster development of the circle. Informing that steps has been taken for creation of the ADC headquarters, he also announced for construction of IB at Tali which was initiated by AAPSU earlier.

Speaking on the occasion, AAPSU president Takam Tatung exhorted the people to preserve the age-old culture and celebrate the festival with participation of all the people irrespective their religious belief. He also urged the people to maintain health and hygiene.

“As we are the people of a secular country, we should celebrate the festival together irrespective of our belief and faith for the future generation”, said ANSU VP Tagru Tame.

Tali, Pip-Sorang Joint Nyokum Yullo celebration committee chairman Ha Tagong and general secretary Hari Tara also spoke. Noted artists Nido Ronu and Yami Gamlin added colours to the festival with their melodious numbers.

Among others, IFCSAP general secretary Gichik Taja, Govt officials, GBs and panchayat leaders attended the day long festival.

It is worth mentioning here that Governor JJ Singh and Agriculture Minister Setong Sena could not visit the remote circle due to inclement weather.

Meanwhile,  while appreciating MLA Er Markio Tado for taking initiatives for Nyokum celebration after a gap of six years at Tali, the Gichik Abu Welfare Society  said the people of this circle are facing lot of problems including lack of medical facilities and proper education due to non-existence of motorable road.

HAMARE, Hayang Memorial and Agro Industrial and Education Trust, an NGO also celebrated the  Nyokum Yullo festival at Chayang Tajo in East Kameng district with four days programme from February 23 -26.

Folk dance, Lurik or Dumdam dance, Miss and Mr Nyokum contest and game and sports competitions were the main attraction of the celebration. Metung Bagang and Chapu Bagang won the Miss and Mr Nyokum title respectively.

While Bagang team lifted the Late Moik Bagang Memorial Nyokum Yullo Football Running Trophy, Kya Brothers team emerged winner in volleyball competition.

Attending the festival NESO secretary general Gumjum Haider stressed on participation of each and every individual of the community in such festivity.  Safar Pao (Kya), Member, Wildlife Board, HAMARE secretary Ashok Sonam Tajo also spoke on the occasion. The festival was organized with the financial support from the union ministry of cultural affairs.

At Tarak-Lengdi,   the Nyishi Nyokum festival was celebrated  with gaiety on February 26.

Addressing the gathering, former NSUI general secretary Tap Tapum assured to donate one rice mill each to Restaring, Korapu, Galang Putung and Puchi Pute village and also assured construction of Nyokum Namlo at Tarak-Lengdi.

Pre-Nyokum festival was also celebrated at Lumte village with traditional fervor on February 25. MLA Bamang Felix attended the festival. He urged the villagers to respect own religion and culture. Village Committee, Chairman Tarh Tallum read out the Nyokum mythology.

At Chambang, addressing the gathering on the occasion of Nyokum celebration, parliamentary secretary, tax and excise, Lokam Tassar exhorted the Nyishi brethrens to take active part in Nyokum Yullo celebration.

In his address, Kurung Kumey DDSE S T Zara stressed on the need of promoting Nyishi language. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for construction of a permanent Nyokum Nygang (Altar) at Chambang.



Reading a never ending process: DC

Aalo, Feb 29: In order to promote reading habit among school children of West Siang under the initiative of Indira Mallo, Secretary Cultural Affairs, a one day seminar was organized by District Library Aalo and sponsored by Directorate of Public Libraries Itanagar at Gumin Kiin yesterday.

More than hundred students from various schools took part in the seminar which opened up wide range of activities like book review, story telling, library tour etc.

Attending the seminar,  West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak said that the maiden effort will go a long way in promoting library movement in the district. Reading is a never ending process and it is quite essential to inculcate reading habit among the children, he said.

Former minister Doi Ado was appreciative of the effort to preoccupy young minds for constructive purposes to dissuade them from present day vices.

West Siang DDSE  Tomi Doke said that library should be a place where child gets free access to choice of books and develop reading habit in their formative years.

Earlier, in her key note address, the DLIO and Programmme Coordinator, Lingam Ete said that the expected outcome of the seminar is to help in creating interest towards using library as a source of information.

29 Children Corners have been established with the support of Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation and State Govt. to meet the needs of the young generation.

Y. Kena, DLIO Aalo  dwelt at length on objective of the seminar like helping the children interest towards using library as a source of information, developing language skill and better utilization of their ideal time.



State Level Table Tennis Championship

Bijoykumar, Mary Rinya win men’s and women’s title

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Y Bijoykumar of NERIST and Mary Rinya of Govt Hr. Sec. School, Itanagar won the Men’s and Women’s singles title in the first ever State Level Table Tennis Championship held at indoor stadium of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy, Chimpu near here today.

Bijoykumar pairing with Limatemsu Jamir also lifted the Men’s doubles title while the title for doubles event in women’s category went to Suman Devi and Sonam Chokey of KV No 1, Naharlagun.

Attending the closing ceremony, North East Today managing director Chombey Kee requested the state government to extend support for promotion of table tennis in the state.

Tsering Sonam, spokesperson, TSOPA, urged the Table Tennis Association (TTA) and the state government to nurture the budding players to grow as National and International level players.

TTA Secretary Passang Dingla informed that the players selected on the basis of performance in the championship would be sent to participate in the  XXVI North East Games to be held in Mizoram in the last week of March.

He exhorted the gathering to engage themselves in sports for enjoyment as well as building a healthy society.



Reducing measles morbidity and mortality through measles catch up campaign

Dr.  D. Padung

Measles Catch-up Campaign is being conducted in East Kameng and Kurung Kumey disttricts as a part of global effort to reduce measles morbidity and mortality rate. Target age group of this campaign is 9 months to 10 years children irrespective of their previous measles vaccination status or measles infection. Along with other technical and operational issues, two major challenges in this campaign are huge target group and mass vaccination with injectable antigen.

Measles is a highly infectious and potentially fatal viral infection mainly affecting children. Immunization against measles directly contributes to the reduction of under-five child mortality.

With the introduction of measles vaccine in national programme from 1985, which is given at 9 to 12 months of age, the disease burden has reduced and this reduction can be further accelerated by improving the coverage of the 1st dose of measles which stands at 69.6% as per DLHS-3 survey and providing second opportunity for measles vaccination. In controlled studies it has been found that measles vaccine efficacy is of the order of 89% when given at 9 months of age and approximately 99% when given at >12 months of age. Actual vaccine effectiveness, under field conditions, is usually lower. It is of the order of 85% when given at 9 months and 95% when given at >12 months of age.

Rationale for Measles Catch-up Campaign

Measles is a leading cause of childhood mortality, and the reduction of child mortality is a key Millennium Development Goal. Analysis of measles outbreak data reveals that around 90% of the measles cases were in the age group of <10 years. Although reported coverage for measles vaccination is high, previous CES revealed that it never exceeded 70%. As measles vaccination does not confer 100% protection and sero-conversion rate is only 85% when given at 9 months of age, a substantial number of children remain unprotected even if they are vaccinated. Supplementary activities like measles catch-up campaign is required to sustain high measles vaccination coverage and also for providing a second opportunity for the unprotected children. Lessons learnt from this campaign will be useful for future immunization activities. A follow up campaign may be required to maintain high population immunity against measles besides maintaining high routine immunization coverage. The timing and need for a follow-up campaign will be determined by routine immunization coverage rates, the quality of the catch-up campaign and surveillance data.

Overall strategy for catch-up campaign

The highest level of political, administrative ownership, commitment and support needs to be sustained for successfully implementing measles catch-up campaigns. Measles catch-up campaigns are a one time activity and therefore coverage must be near 100% in the target age-group to impact on disease transmission and rapidly build up population immunity.

The following approach will be used for measles catch-up campaigns :

During the campaign period, immunization activities for the campaign will be conducted on 4-5 working days of the week without disturbing the routine immunization/Village Health & Nutrition days of the week.

To ensure safety, all children will be immunized at fixed posts (‘Measles Session sites’) only.

On an average, a district will be able to complete the campaign in 3 weeks. Immunization session sites will operate from schools in the 1st week and from outreach sites in the community in 2nd and 3rd weeks.

One village or an urban area will be covered in a day by a team(s). If the size of the village or urban area is large, multiple teams will be engaged so as to cover it in one day. But no vaccination team will conduct activities at two session sites in any one day.

Several such vaccination teams will work simultaneously in a block or an urban municipality to complete the immunization activities in the shortest possible time without compromising on quality and safety of vaccination.

A school session will start as soon as the school starts in the morning and will end when all children have been immunized. An outreach site will operate from 8 am to 2 pm or until the last child is vaccinated. The ANM will do her scheduled work in that area for that day after 2 pm. This will also ensure that the ANM is available in the area for at least 1 hour after the last injection to attend to any AEFI.

Mobile teams will be used for covering hard to reach areas, mobile populations and temporary settlements. These teams will not conduct house to house vaccination, but will immunize children from a fixed location in these high-risk population settlements.

Supervisors will support the vaccinator teams on the day of activity and assess coverage on the day after the completion of activity with a structured check list.

Areas having less than 90% coverage will be reached again by immunization teams to vaccinate the missed children. Ensuring safe injections practices will be of paramount importance during the campaign and only trained vaccinators must be allowed to vaccinate children. Based on the experience of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) immunization campaign in India, it is planned to cover 125-150 children per vaccinator per day. This number may go up to 200 per vaccinator in a school where vaccinators do not have to wait for children to turn up at the session site.

Measles 2nd dose introduction in India

Providing second dose of measles vaccine through catch-up immunization campaigns and or routine second dose/follow up immunization campaigns after 6 months of successful completion of measles SIA supported by sensitive laboratory supported surveillance and appropriate case management, including administration of vitamin A.

Rationale for second dose of measles

Previous coverage evaluation surveys have shown that mean national (similarly Arunachal Pradesh at 69%) coverage with measles vaccine has never exceeded 70%. With 85% vaccine effectiveness for vaccination at 9 months, actual protection was offered to only 60% of annual birth cohorts (70% × 85% = 60%). In other words, at least 40% remained susceptible to measles. A second opportunity measles immunization given at or above one year of age (>95% effectiveness) along with simultaneous increase in first dose coverage in the population is an effective way to reduce the proportion of susceptible children in the community and to prevent measles outbreaks.

Whom to vaccinate?

All susceptible children for whom measles vaccination is not contraindicated. The target age group for measles catch-up campaigns will be all children in the age group 9 months to 10 years (not reached their 10th birthday) irrespective of their prior measles immunization status or history of measles like illness.

Adverse reactions to the vaccine

Adverse reactions following measles vaccination are generally mild and transient & there can be slight pain and tenderness at the site of injection within 24 hours, sometimes followed by mild fever and local swelling.

Following are not contraindications for measles vaccination:

Malnutrition and Minor illness such as mild respiratory infection, diarrhoea, and low grade fever for less than 3 days. These children should be referred to nearest health facility after they have been immunized.


Immunization against measles contributes to reducing under-five mortality and is an indicator for MDG4.

Vaccine effectiveness of one dose of measles vaccine at 9 months of age is around 85%. Vaccine effectiveness goes up to 95% and above when given at >12 months of age.

MYP objective is to reduce measles related mortality by 90%, by 2013 when compared to 2000 levels.

Measles is a highly infectious viral disease which can cause complications and death.

Measles vaccine is a live attenuated virus vaccine. It is safe and effective and provides long term immunity.


After successfully completing the measles SIA in 14 districts, the 2 remaining districts of East Kameng and Kurung Kumey will organize MSIA during March 2012. The coverage of measles vaccination in these two districts is very low as has been recorded by recurrent, localized outbreak of measles cases. As discussed above, till the coverage level is well above 90%, we may have to continually tackle recurrent outbreaks of measles. To put an end to this menace, it is requested to all concerned, especially the elites, leaders and other community concern people of these two districts to participate, cooperate and most importantly to propagate the message of the effort from health department to parents to bring their wards to the nearest booth/ health centre for measles vaccination. With a hope of full participation from all quarters, the morbidity and mortality more importantly, the recurrent outbreak due to this dreaded disease will finally be reduced or stopped.

(The contributor is State Nodal Officer (NRHM) Arunachal Pradesh)



National Science Day celebrated

WAKRO, Feb 29: National Science Day was celebrated here with participation of school children yesterday. Model making contest on scientific invention organized by the VT Youth Library Network and photo exhibition on solar cooker by Bappu Deshmukh were the highlights of the day.

Periscope model made by Apnes Amilu Minin, Solina Khamblai and Bebulso Rangmang secured the first position. Model on low cost water filter by KGBV Wakro girls, Bialu Khamblai, Animai Chikro and Dipeshi Pul and model on heat and magnetic effects of electricity by Apnes Kesilu Tayang, Mumne Darang and Lakhilu Mepong won the second and third prize respectively.

Earlier, SKIL project manager Yoginder Singh inaugurated the model contest.

Photo exhibition on solar cooker was highly appreciated.

Wakro children were also overjoyed with the assurance of Swami Sri Sri Anubhavanandaji to visit Arunachal with the Wakro kids.  Meanwhile, Anugrah lauded Nivedita Khandekar a Delhi based journalist  for mobilizing fund for free education of Apnes.

Rousing welcome to new Youth Cong leaders

JAIRAMPUR, Feb 29: The youths and public leaders of Jairampur, Nampong and Manmao gave a rousing welcome to James Jugli and Pinna Kitnal Muklom, the newly elected president designate of the East Parliamentary Committee and General Secretary designate of the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress respectively.  In a small but impressive function to welcome the newly elected youth leaders, Khingranong Tikhak, ZPM, Rima-Putok said that it was the proudest moment in the history of youth of Changlang district. The youths of East Parliamentary Constituency and the state have elected good and educated leaders, he said.


AAPWU reacts

ITANAGAR Feb. 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has rubbished the remarks of Adi Students’ Union that Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung has been singled out on ‘personal grudge’ on land encroachment issue.

Reacting to the AdiSU statement published in a section of local dailies yesterday, the AAPWU said the court had pronounced its verdict for removal of the structure built within the Govt quarter premises that too after careful examinations of the reports being submitted by three departments.

It appeals to the student organization not to make any remarks through media ‘without knowing the facts and circumstances in depth’.


Budget session from March 22

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The 8th session (budget) of the 5th legislative assembly of Arunachal Pradesh would be held from March 22 to 27 next, according to an official release.


SIC recommendation

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission has recommended disciplinary action against Kurung Kumey SP and Sangram OC by DGP, PHQ, Itanagar for failing to furnish information as sought by an information seeker under Right To Information Act within the stipulated time.

The order which was issued under section 20(2) of the RTI Act, 2005, further directed to comply with the order within two weeks failing which same disciplinary action would be initiated against the authority under relevant provision of the law.


De-addiction camp

ANINI, Feb’29: A three days de addiction camp was organized by Prajapati Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) here from February 26.

The “De Addiction Camp” was attended by senior govt. officers and officials, officials from private comapnies, GBs, Panchayat leaders, students and villagers.

Attending the camp, Abu Tayeng, Deputy Commissioner, has appealed all to extend their support in fighting against the drug menace prevalent in the society.  He described the initiatives by the Brahma Kumaris as good effort in eradicating the drug menace.

Prominent workers from Jonai, Tinsukia, Tezu, Pasighat and Roing centres were the main counsellors and trainers of the camp. They informed that a proposal for setting up a meditation centre at Anini is on the pipeline. DIPRO


AWS empanelled as NLM

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Aaarro Welfare Society,  a Yinkgiong based NGO has been empanelled as Institutional National Level Monitor (NLM) under Union Ministry of Rural Development for monitoring the implementation of programmes under RD Ministry. Only two NGOs from North East have been selected for the task including one from Sikkim.


House gutted

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Two houses were gutted in a fire at Haider village under Baririjo circle yesterday. The fire also reportedly destroyed all house-hold properties of the victims.

Meanwhile, All Maro Baririjo Area Students’ Union appealed to the local MLA to provide relief materials to the fire victims immediately.


ACWA demands action

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (ACWA) has reminded the Superintendent of Police, State Investigation Cell (SIT)  to register case against ex-Commissioner, Information Technology and a Scientist/Engineer of AP State Council for Science and Technology under appropriate sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act within seven days for their alleged act of corruption in siphoning off public fund.

ACWA, in a reminder to Superintendent of Police, SIT, said that an FIR against the duo was lodged for allegedly committing irregularities in awarding works of State Data Centre and State Wide Area Network (SWAN) projects to Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation on January 11, 2012 last, but no case has been registered against them till date.


KVK training on apiculture

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit organized a 3 days NABARD sponsored training programme on Apiculture for the rural youth of Borbill village from February 27 to 29.

A total of 31 participants including ASM were present in the training programme under the supervision of Dr. P. K. Mallick, Programme coordinator of the KVK.

Madhumita Sonowal Bora, Subject Matter Specialist in Plant Protection trained the farmers about importance of honey bee, identification of honey bee species, beekeeping equipments and their uses, bee rearing and their seasonal management, bee flora and their identification, diseases and enemies of bee and their management, economic of bee keeping , etc.

Practical session on handling of honey boxes and colonies was also shown to the farmers. During the training, problems faced by farmers in various portion of management of handling of honey colonies were discussed.


NSS camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The NSS Unit of  JN College, Pasighat conducted a special camp at Taki-Lalung village, East Siang from February 28 to 29.

The volunteers cleared road side jungles, dug drains and filled up around 1 km link road that connects Taki Lalung and Rani village.

Anchal Samity Member A. Tani, village secretary and Gaon Buras also took part in the camp.

Villagers were made aware on health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, swine flu, drug abuse, adult education, rural economy and role of parents during the camp.

A cultural programme was arranged in the community hall bearing messages on national integrity, patriotism, importance of the culture and tradition etc.  The village youth also participated in cultural programme.

A friendly volleyball and cricket match were played between the village youth and NSS Volunteers.

Programme officer T Payum made power point presentation on aims and objectives of NSS.

The camp was led by the programme officer Payum and Principal Incharge Dr. T Taloh.

132 volunteers and 16 faculty members from the college participated during the two days camp.


Union distributes dustbins

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Legong Banggo Students’ Union distributed Dustbins to various schools, offices, medical institutes and market area within Legong Banggo jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, Sub-Divison Officer Ruksin Yemling Tayeng and LBSU President Jhony Modi urged the people of the area to keep their surrounding neat and clean.


‘Declare semester results’

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union (RGUSU) urged the university authority to declare the semester results which are yet be declared by some departments of the university within a week. Most of the university students are not attending their classes because of non declaration of results, said a RGUSU press release.

The union also urged the authorities to avoid the system of late declaration for results for the betterment of the students.

However, Union President Tao Abo informed that RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof. David R Syiemlieh assured to look into the matter at the earliest possible.


Memo to CM

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU), in a memorandum has, urged the chief minister to introduce Commerce stream at Degree College Daporijo considering the importance of the subject in today’s world.

ATSU also appealed to the CM to upgrade the Nacho Secondary School to Higher Secondary level.

The lone secondary school of the constituency with 10 feeder schools of four circles is a genuine case for consideration, the memorandum said.


GB’s death mourned

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The Jering Matkir Society deeply mourned the demise of Tayeng Darang, Head Gaon Bura of Komsing village under Pangin circle of East Siang district.

He was 73 and is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters.

“He was source of inspiration and strength to Jering Matkir Society during his active days.  May his soul rest in peace in heavenly abode,” the society said in a release.


Org demands arrest of all accused

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: Expressing concern over the reported granting of interim bail to the main accused of Rs 2.50 crore forgery case, Parsi-Parlo Area Youth Organisation today appealed to the Kurung Kumey district authorities  for immediate arrest of all the accused involved including main accused in the forgery case. It further urged the authorities not to grant bail to the two arrested persons in connection with the forgery case. It regretted that the whole amount of  Rs 2. 50 crore sanctioned by the Central Govt for welfare of the people was not utilized, instead the  whole amount was swindled.


Visit postponed

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: The proposed four-day visit of renowned spiritual and humanitarian leader and founder of Art of Living  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Arunachal Pradesh has been postponed. Sri Sri was supposed to arrive here on March 2 and interact with people from all sections of society apart from meeting decision and opinion-makers, according to a release. The new dates for Sri Sri's visit to Arunachal Pradesh will be finalised soon, said the release.


School inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Feb 29: MLA Bamang Felix inaugurated government primary school at Lumtey recently.

He advised the students to attend their classes regularly and also advised the teachers to devote in their duty and improve the education scenario of the area.


Strategy discussed to mitigate power crisis

SEPPA, Feb 29 :  A joint meeting of the Department of Power (Electrical) and Department of Hydro Power (Civil  and  Electro-Mechanical)  was conducted here on February 25 to discuss the prevailing power problems in  Seppa township and to find out the ways and means to address the same.

The meeting presided over by Seppa East  MLA Tapuk Taku was attended,  among others, by West Seppa MLA Tani Loffa, DC Tope Bam, SP Kime Aya and SE (power) Tasso Hinda from Dirang, SE R K Joshi of hydro power from Bomdila and other officials from power and hydro power departments. After threadbare discussion , the members suggested strengthening of 2 ×1.5 MW Pacha SHP and Khuppi to Seppa 33 KV line with additional power Sub-Station at Bana  as an immediate measure to resolve the power crisis. DIPRO


News Impact



Thank  you

Dear Editor,

I am indeed very grateful to the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for felicitating a number of  senior artistes and eminent sports persons of the state as a part  of Weeklong Silver Jubilee Celebration of Arunachal Statehood.

As one of the  awardees, I feel extremely happy that people of Arunachal Pradesh including the people at the helm of affairs have started understanding the value of Art & Culture, the need for promoting them and giving due respect to people who have put lot of hard work  in the field of Art & culture. This trend, I am sure, will continue to forge ahead and the talented people of the state will get necessary support to aspire in this field.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few persons in a special way who have helped me reach this milestone.

They are Nabam Tata(Paata) the first actor from Arunachal Pradesh who has been my mentor and inspiration, Bengia Tabb- my brother and guide, Nabam Pekhi-my kind hearted brother ,TC Tok  and Arif Siddqui my bosom friends. They have been part of my life and will remain so forever. Of course my parents, wife, children, brothers and sisters have been my strongest support in all circumstances.

After all I can’t ever forget  Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam  Tuki who has conceived the idea of honouring  popular singers and exponents in the field of Art & Culture from different tribes of the state. Receiving the honour from him , Mukul Sangma, CM of Meghalaya and Takam Sanjoy,MP(LS) on 24th Feb’2012 at IG Park, Itanagar will always remain imprinted in my heart !


Bijnoo Nabam,

All India Radio,




Arunachal festival; lessons to learn from

Dear Editor,

As sitting by my window, working on my new sheets to be submitted on the next day, I couldn’t restrain myself from pondering over the recently concluded Arunachal Fest, which to my contemplation might have been a clumsy disappointment to the denizens of the state. And yes, i could do nothing more than mere imagination as stationed at miles away from my own state barred me to the limit of just going through the descriptive reports of the Arunachal Times set online, elaborative posts and comments in the face book group and some disregardful opinions of my own acquaintances over there. And bringing into light the various negative aspects of the fest by previous columnists like Taba Ajum and. Aditya could be regarded highly commendable, as I too believe in the perceivable dalliance of money and resources that were at the disposal for the much better hyped Statehood fest of our state.

Tell me, who doesn’t take pride in ones culture and traditions? Everyone does. And I am no different, and this subjects me into a dead disappointment that the fest actually was spinning a cocoon over our diversed yet unique cultures by demanding sky high prices for commodities, which are the most basic parts and parcels of every Arunachali household, after all the fest was to commemorate the silver jubilee of our statehood, right? It is barely practical that a common girl from our state would afford to buy a mekhla that costs some multi-thousand bucks than buy three pairs of denim jeans within the same price range. And yes, the political heads and beauracrats keep taunting us by preaching us about promoting our culture and traditions, and further make a fool of themselves in occasions like the recent fest by pretending to be flaunting the same! Nevertheless, some well-heeled people buy those things only to lock down them into a safe, who would dare to spoil an outrageously over-priced material like that?

And I also happened to hear that even Hollywood celebs like Yana Gupta and all were invited. But for what reasons?  This only exemplifies the mindless expenditure of enormous money with no good payback options. Surprising stupidity! Okay, agreed that they were invited, but didn't anyone ever wonder if we could make them dance in our indigenous outfits in our local songs with the local stars? Wouldn't that strengthen the ties with the world beyond our political boundary, giving a crystal clear testimony of our integrity and unity even in the present context of diversity?

Notwithstanding that, the most exasperating fact was that the fest turned out to be just a partying event that concluded into a dumpyard, littering all over the park, with no noticeable outcomes worth remembering. The park, the people; What else? But a sober testament to the flippant insult to our state.

And the most I can do now is hope, as an ever faithful representative of our state and its people, that if ever such opportunities befall or even if not, we be in our peak to safeguard our motives to preserve our beautiful culture and traditions and also I fervently hope again that the management team and other related authorities in the arriving future do not bungle with the power and money under their responsibilities ,leaving only a dried up mass, assuming the degree of importance that these endeavours are subjected to. I wish, in the coming years we host such extravaganzas with the quest to couple it with something to take back home; maybe traditional articles, maybe an inspiration invoked in us to promote our indigenousness, maybe a common feeling of oneness, or just a sweet memory to remember. In words to be simple- one good event is what we hope, that is for one and all.


Mijong Ripuk, Nagpur



A new union territory

Dear Editor,

A new union territory comprising of East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang, Lohit, Dibang Valley and Anjaw districts covering an area of 42949 Sq Km needs to be curved out from present Arunachal Pradesh.

The people of these regions are peace loving and have the  same culture, tradition, customs and faith and living in communal harmony since time immemorial.

Right from the NEFA period, the tribes of these regions are rendering commendable service for all round progress and conducive social harmony of the state and are still following the same spirits and principle.

Further, some district head quarters of Eastern Parliamentary constituency are far away from the present state capital resulting in innumerable hardship to the people of these regions.

The only bright way to recreate mental peace for these people is the creation of new union territory.


Ogam Mengu, Pasighat



The roads

Dear Editor,

In several years the stretch of capital town has finally adorned itself with cement cubes as road divider, it doesn’t matter if its Bank Tinali area alone. I can only wish it had chess board black and white paint or I wonder those blocks needs more cement before the painting work could begin, its just a dream and despite it’s never coming true I’m happy that the road is more convenient now, at least one can drive safely without being afraid of VIP vehicles zooming without traffic breaks upon that those reckless bike riders roaring amidst the slower speed. Please improve the capital traffic system to a convincing standard, adopting measures for proper pavement etc.


Haku Tatak, Itanagar



A common festival ground

Dear Editor,

There should be a common festival ground at the heart of the city for all the festivals of Arunachal Pradesh and the country irrespective of caste, tribe and religion. This would rather imbibe a feeling of strong bond among all. The most advantage of having a common festival ground would be; it will be fully utilized and will be used thorough out the year. It is observed that there are good numbers of festival grounds in the capital complex belonging to different tribes. These grounds are under-utilized as these festival grounds are used once only in a year during the time of respective festivals. Rest the time it remains idle.

Second advantage would be; we can construct museums around the common festival ground where we can depict the mythology and historical aspects of each and every festival of all the tribes thereby help  in knowing each other and the festival.  Even the tourists and the outside visitors can have a glimpse of all the festivals of different tribes of Arunachal Pradesh while visiting the common festival ground.

In addition to this, there are also some tribes which are still not having festival ground for their festivals. The idea of having a common festival ground would relief their agony of not having festival ground of their own in the capital complex. Moreover, from the developmental view, it will be easier for the government to develop the ground as there will be only one festival ground. The lone ground can be kept neat and clean throughout the year.

Hence, the department of Art and Culture is requested to look into the matter and take up the issue with the government to materialize the dream of having a common festival ground for each and every tribe.

Surely, having a common festival ground would be a good beginning for creating more understanding, strong relationship and unity among all the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.


Minto Ete



Nice lunch and thereafter

Dear Editor,

While I went to a restaurant to have my lunch, in Gohpur, Assam and when I came back I saw my bike nowhere. It was stolen. I was not able to do anything because I finished my money in a nice lunch. So standing on the side of the road I asked for lift from Arunachal cars but no car stopped.

After hours of waiting, my luck succeeded. A generous boy stopped his car and gave me a lift to Itanagar. I am so grateful to Bigam Pertin. Praise the lord.


Techi Doben, Itanagar



Time for Lokayukta

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily,  I would like to ask and share my views with the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and our  Governor, about the much talked about Lokpal and Lokayukta.

States such as Karnataka, UP and few others have set up Lokayukta in their states and they are doing tremendous job in their respective states. Yedurappa of Karnataka had to give up CM post due to the Lokayukta findings.

So, I wanted to know from the Governor and Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh that, what are their plans and when are they going to setup Lokayukta in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Hope that the state govt. will set up an effective Arunachal Pradesh Lokayukta very soon.


Miti Hunn, Doimukh




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Meet the needs of urban children

Almost half the world’s children now live in urban areas, says UNICEF’s annual flagship publication, 'The State of the World’s Children 2012'.

Traditionally, families and children moved to cities in search of better opportunities, but most urban growth now seems to be the result of children being born to parents who already live in a city. And services aren’t keeping up with this growth.

The report says all children who live in cities are necessarily better off than those in rural communities. It shows that, although disadvantaged children may live minutes away from schools and clinics, for example, they are cut off from them by poverty and discrimination.

It also calls attention to the lack of data on conditions in slums, particularly as it relates to children, and it calls for a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poverty and inequality in cities and increased political will to improve the lives of the most marginalized.

The report notes that the very children and families who are excluded from the opportunities of urban life can come up with improvements that benefit everyone. It calls for greater emphasis on identifying and meeting their needs.