October 16


Swearing in of new ministers today

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: Four new ministers will be inducted into the Nabam Tuki ministry on Oct 16 following Governor’s acceptance of recommendation of the Chief Minister to drop Ministers. After ten days, the Governor finally accepted the recommendations of the Chief Minister on Thursday. The swearing in of the new ministers are slated for 16.30 hours at Raj Bhavan.

The names making the round for induction into the Tuki ministry are Lombo Tayeng, Jomde Kena, Tirong Aboh,  Phurpa Tsering and Likha Saaya but there is no official confirmation yet.

 The dissidence activities which started in early 2014,  forced the Chief Minister to call for early elections but have continued to plague Tuki since. Though he seems to have tide over the current crisis on hand, but it remains to be seen for how long.


Dearness Allowance

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: Government has enhanced the Dearness Allowances of 6% from 113% to 119% w.e.f. 1st July 2015 for the State government employees. And in addition, the arrear of the DA i.e. three months shall be paid in cash to the employees.


Tawang copter service re-introduced

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: State Govt has approved for re-introduction of helicopter service from Naharlagun to Tawang via Guwahati in the existing flight schedule of Sky One Airways Pvt Ltd with effect from Oct 9. The helicopter will operate on every Tuesday and Friday and it is purely a temporary arrangement till resumption of 2nd MI-172 helicopter services, according to an official release from Civil Aviation department.


Take up refugee issue with Home Ministry: ANSU

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has urged the state government to take up the refugees issue with the Ministry of Home, as it appealed all political parties and elected leaders to stand up with state government on the refugee issue and suspend any kind of political turmoil saying it is not above the sentiments of indigenous tribes of the state.

In a release today, ANSU President Byabang Joram extending support to All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has said that the Supreme Court verdict to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees has hurt the sentiments of the state’s indigenous tribes and urged all to stand united under the banner of AAPSU irrespective of their differences to fight against the verdict.


Farmers decide not to use weedicides and insecticides

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The 2nd General Conference of Bhartiya Kishan Sangh was held today at Horticulture College, Pasighat.

The farmers present in the meet decided not to use inorganic weedicides and insecticides in their farms.

The farmers of Siang Valley have decided to form district level Bharatiya Kishan Sangh in the four districts in the meet. The farmer representatives from Upper Siang, East Siang, West Siang and Siang districts participated in the meet among other representatives.

All India General Secretary of Bharatiya Kishan Sangh, Prabhakar Kelkar attended the conference. The conference was headed by Takali Tamuk, President All Arunachal Bharatiya Kishan Sangh and Ngurang Tadap, General Secretary All Arunachal Bharatiya Kishan Sangh, informed General Secretary Siang Peoples’ Forum Oyar Gao.

‘Release pending salalries’

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers Association in a letter to education secretary has called for early release of 3 months pending salaries within October month. The association alleged that due to non release of salaries, the teaching communities are facing difficult time. They have appealed to the secretary education to consider their plea and release salary at the earliest.


Seva Dal rejects CM, Speaker resignation demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) has condemned the Joint Action Committee Arunachal Pradesh (JACAP) demand for resignation of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Speaker Nabam Rebia.

It is clear that the JAC is acting at the behest of vested interests to destabilise the State Government and writing to the Raj Bhavan for issues solely out of their domain smacks of an agenda which is anti-people, anti-Arunachal and anti-development, read a Seva Dal statement.

The JAC is resorting to political intimidation and trying to tarnish the image and respect of the office of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh by trying to highlight issues which are against the overall spirit of constitutional propriety, the statement further added.

Dropping and induction of Ministers is the prerogative of the Chief Minister, the Seva Dal said adding that JAC’s is acting like an extra constitutional authority by demanding that present recommendations of the Chief Minster be withheld.

APCSD while rejecting the demand for resignation of the Speaker said that case of the resignation of the MLAs Gabriel Wangsu and Wanglam Sawin is a sub judice.

Forced resignations and other political coercions are the speciality of JAC which has been indulging in strong arm tactics to dislodge the Government and badly failing to do so, the Seva Dal added.  


Solve Mathew Dabi case within 7 days: AAPETA

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: More than 18 months have passed with no breakthrough in the late Mathew Dabi case, who lost his life while performing election duty. Frustrated with no outcome, All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (AAPETA) has now decided to take the matter to the court if the case is not solved within seven days.

In its reminder letter submitted to the Governor, it sought interrogation of all the members of the polling team to unearth the truth behind the death.


National tribal sports meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The District Level National Tribal Sports week kick-started at Khonsa on October 13 under the aegis of Arunachal VikashParishad. Altogether 115 players from various schools and villages  actively participated in volleyball, shot put and long jump for both boys and girls in sub-junior and senior groups. The qualified volleyball team of Government Town Secondary School, Khonsa shall be participating in the state level event to be at Itanagar. (DIPRO)


DUDA meet for clean Seppa

Seppa, Oct 15: The Governing Body Meeting of District Urban Development Agency (DUDA) was held at Kameng Hall, Seppa on Wednesday. After an elaborate discussion, the resolutions included common septic tank with soak pit proposed under SBM, common septic tank to be financed on 50: 50 share with 50% to be borne by beneficiaries, two hydraulic Mini Trucks and a Robot JCB proposed under SBM, segregation of waste to be done at individual Household level.

DUDA shall collect only non-biodegradable waste.

 Type-IV colony was selected as model for carrying out street sweeping, segregation of waste at household level and vermin-compost.

Speaking at the meeting, DC -Cum -Chairman DUDA Sandeep Kumar Singh emphasized on the need to maintain cleanliness and sanitation within Seppa Town.

ADC Pooja Jain explained various aspects of maintaining hygienic atmosphere and highlighted the sanitation action plan for Seppa town including New Seppa to be taken up under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).

Dy. Director, DUDA Er. Takar Tachang spoke on achievements of DUDA in maintaining cleanliness & sanitation within Seppa town. (DIPRO)


Awareness campaign reach Yomcha circle

AALO, Oct 15: The Mother’s Vision which has been spearheading awareness campaign on drug addiction, health and hygiene and cleanliness in 33 sectors of Aalo Township including market area and business establishment is now set to reach out the interior areas of West Siang.

The NGO launched one-day awareness campaign on drug addiction, health and hygiene and cleanliness recently at Yomcha Sub-division where Jumde Yomgam Gamlin and Kenter Jini Bagra, President and Secretary, Mother’s Vision called upon the people of the sub-division to participate in the programme for wider reach.

The public leaders, PRIs, Govt. officials, teachers, students and people at large attended the meeting. (DIPRO)


ATA calls for withdrawal for TGT ad

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) submitted a representation to the Secretary (Education), seeking immediate cancelation of Walk in Interview of Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) advertised by the Director of Elementary Education vide order No.  EED.2/342/APT/2013 dated Itanagar, the 9th October 2015.

The representation was also made available to the Chief Minister, Minister of Education and Chief Secretary

ATA has been striving for restoration of 50% promotional quota for Primary Teacher (PT) or Assistant Teacher (AT) to the post of Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) or Junior Teacher (JT). Post of Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) must be distributed at the ratio of 50% for promotion from Primary Teacher or Assistant Teacher,  25% for regularization of SSA TGT and 25% for direct recruitment, it said while adding  that the file in this regard is under process at the department.

Advertising of vacancy without addressing demand of teaching community seems to be an affront and disrespectful to the teaching fraternity, it said.

It said that if the demands of ATA are not met, it shall be compelled to launch democratic movement against the decision.

ATA further decried the Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teacher Association (APETA) press statement seeking appointment of senior most Joint Director of Elementary Education to the post of Director.



The name of Koje Nayam Tamin was wrongly printed as “Kojeem Tameem” in a sports news item regarding 2nd State Boxing Championship published in this daily on October 13.  Koje Nayam Tamin is among the four budding boxers short-listed by the officials from the 58th Gorkha Training Centre (GTC) of Army Boys Sports Company, Shillong.


News Impact


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Ray of hope

The last few days have been an eventful one for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The decision of Supreme Court of India to grant citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees has evoked strong reaction. Feeling bitter over the decision of apex court, people have hit the street and are protesting across the state. Even as Arunachalees were yet to overcome this shocking news, the internal fight in the ruling Congress came out open. Four ministers got dropped and it was followed by resignation drama of two Congress MLAs. While assembly secretariat claimed that two MLAs namely Gabriel D Wangsu and Wanglam Sawin resigned on their own but the duo negated the claim.

They alleged that they were forced to resign by the Chief Minister. First time in the history of Arunachal this kind of instance has been witnessed. Such kind of politics does not augur well for the future of young state like ours. The political turmoil and refugee issue have tasted the patience of the people of Arunachal. Till now Arunachalees have shown great resilient and have not reacted emotionally to the events unfolding. To a certain extent this is testimony of the maturing society. In the midst of all the uncertainty, the sportsperson of Arunachal have brought laurel to the state with their inspiring performance.  Jimjang Deru, Lalu Taku and Kojum Taba made the country and state proud by winning gold medals each in their respective weight categories in the ongoing Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship at Pune. The amazing performance of three youngsters in this moment of gloom has lightened the mood of Arunachalees.  Once again they have proved that if provided with proper support, the sportspersons of Arunachal can do wonders.




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An open letter to legislators


Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to say few words to the legislators of Arunachal Pradesh.

I have witnessed political drama since few decades but this time level of water have risen above the danger level.

It is fact that the Govt of Arunachal is facing important issue of Chakma and Hajong refugees after the Supreme Court verdict.

It is high time for all the legislators to come united to fight against it as the Supreme Court has underestimated the sentiments of peoples of Arunachal.

It is also learnt that central govt is granting minimum amount of fund to run the state and the state with limited revenue of its own, leaders should use their caliber for the development of their respective constituency as well as the state.

But it seems that power hungry have forgotten their election manifesto.

It is my cordial request to all the legislators irrespective of party affiliation to come forward to fight against Supreme Court verdict on Chakma- Hajong issue and also build our state stronger, so that our next generations do not beg from the central govt.

I hope that the leaders of our state will lead us where the bright futures are waiting for us.

United we stand, divided we fall.


Tache Lombi



India’s foreign policy

Dear Editor,

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) established in 1969 is currently a dynamic global organization with 57 member states from the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

The organization projects itself as the collective voice of the Islamic world. Unfortunately, India with over 12% global Muslim population is not an active member of this Islamic organization; and on the contrary has been blocked at the behest of another member nation Pakistan from joining the global Islamic organization. Although the incident is unfortunate and unfair as the organization does not allow voicing the concerns and plight of a substantial part of the global Muslim population from the subcontinent representing the largest democracy of the world; and a regional military and economic power.

For decades Indian foreign policy has remain over shadowed by the turmoil of domestic politics and has only recently been shaping itself with the realities of the modern world with strong emphasis of building her presence and influence successfully in the Asia-Pacific region. India has been recently receiving strong political, strategic and diplomatic support from several influential Middle-East nations like Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf member states and Egypt.

This is the right time for the Foreign Office to project India’s advocacy for the full membership into the organization and table requests for the removal of the unfortunate blockade. If the back channels and diplomatic wings are fully dedicated in working this deal out, India will certainly be successful in strongly advocating for her membership. The world’s largest democracy representing significant proportion of global Muslim population could not be blocked from joining an international organization that claims to serve for the interest of the Muslims of the world. India needs to actively push for this avid membership using her full strength and dedication to have a stake in this very important international organization.

Similarly, India need to continuously push for a place in the ASEAN in South East Asian economic block as well as for a permanent position with veto power in the United Nations Security Council. Sooner or later the world powers have to accommodate the largest democracy of the world.


Saikat Kumar Basu


Water Sharing Treaty with China

Dear Editor,

Hail China for commissioning Zangmu HP Station on Yarlung Zangbo or Brahmaputra River. It is learned that more such dams are coming up in the river and knowing China, they will do it in record time. Whereas, India is still struggling to complete the half-built Lower Subansiri HEP for last more than 3 years.

Now, where is the Assam govt and Akhil Gogoi and Co? Aren’t you staging some kind of protest or you are not expecting any windfall gain?

My suggestion, scrap all MOUs signed for HEP in our State and instead India should enter into a HEP development-cum- Water Sharing Treaty with China wherein India also will invest in China for HEPs. That way we will get not only cheap power in record time that too without much headache but this will help in normalising our relation with the giant neighbour. Importantly, our ecology would also be intact in this way.


Lijum Ete, Aalo




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India to monitor Chinese Hydropower situation on Brahmaputra: MEA

New Delhi, Oct 15: Amid reports that Chinese Zam Hydropower Station on the Brahmaputra river may disrupt water supplies in the country, India today said it will monitor the situation and will convey its concerns to Beijing, if required.

"We have ongoing consultations mechanism with China on water resources sector and China has repeatedly assured us that they have no intention of diverting water of the river and the Chinese projects that are coming up including this one are run-of-the-mill projects, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.

“Therefore, we will continue to monitor the situation and if we feel that it need our concerns to be conveyed to the Chinese side we will certainly do it," the spokesperson said.

Two days ago, China operationalised its USD 1.5 billion Zam Hydropower Station, the largest in Tibet, built on the Brahmaputra, which has raised concerns that there may be disruption in the water supplies to India. PTI



Governor calls for contributing towards differently-abled

DPM School for Hearing Impaired celebrates 25 years

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has called upon the people of the state to contribute their bit for the school and students of differently-abled. He was speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impaired at Chimpu here today.

The Governor also called upon all PSUs and private companies to sponsor for the school. Stating that the people of the state were richer according to per capita income, he said the rich people should come forward to contribute to help the school as well as its students.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that the society and social attitudes play an important role in determining the participation of differently abled people in social and economic life, often even within their own families.

Further saying that the differently-abled children needed respect, not pity, Rajkhowa also appealed the Chief Minister to release the Rs. 1 crore funds earmarked by the state government for the school by this year.

Taking a serious note on the encroachment of the school land by the public, the Governor expressed the hope that the state government through the district administration will take necessary action and remove the encroachments. The boundary wall of the school would be also built after the eviction of the encroachers, he added.

Deeply impressed by the capability of the differently-abled students after witnessing their performances, Rajkhowa said the efforts of the school management and people responsible for opening the school was laudable as such schools itself were rare across the region.

Appreciating the ‘Waste Paper Recycling Vocational Unit’ at the school, the Governor appealed the state departments to take up recycling for a sustainable existence.       

The Governor said that Raj Bhawan will order different paper pads and stationery items from the Unit. He said that such unit must be there in every district and town of the State which apart from providing employment to the youth, would make eco-friendly bio-degradable paper bags etc. replace the non-degradable plastic items.

Earlier felicitating the retired employees and founder Chairman of the school, Governor Rajkhowa said the invaluable service to the humanity by Gegong Apang cannot be forgotten. Chief Ministers come and go, but few leave their mark, he said while appreciating Apang for continuing to serve the differently-abled children.

Principal of the Institute H. Sharma and dedicated staff Haridas Burman and Sammang Tayeng were felicitated on the occasion, for rendering commendable services to the Institute.

The Governor also launched the school website and released an ‘information brochure on the school and on rehabilitation of all types of disabilities’ in the function.

Addressing in the celebration, founder chairman of the school and former chief minister, Gegong Apang recalled that the school had started with three students and in a rented house in 1990. It was very difficult during the start due to absence of trained teachers and it was hard to get teaching aids for the differently-abled children, he added.

Stating that although the lack of funds has deterred them from upgrading the school, Apang hoped one day there will be a college for the differently abled. The students and parents have made demands for upgradation of the school, he informed.

Apang appealed the state government to properly execute the work at the school from the govt earmarked funds.          

It may be mentioned here that the Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impaired, Chimpu was established on 15th October 1990 and is a Co-educational Residential English Medium Rehabilitation Centre. It aims to provide education, training & rehabilitation of hearing impaired children to bring them back into the mainstream of the society to show that the hearing impaired children are as much as independent as anyone else with the same right in the society. Started with 3 hearing impaired children in the year 1990, the enrolment at present is 88 with 54 boys and 34 girls.

Among others, First Lady of the State Rita Rajkhowa, Secretary Education Marnya Ete, Director Social Justice, Empowerment & Tribal Affairs, Taw Tebin, Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itangar, Swami Vishweshananda and former MLA Nima Tsering Khrimey were present amongst others. (With inputs from PRO, Raj Bhavan)



Chindang celebrated with cultural fervor

Preserve and carry forward age-old tradition and culture: Kiren

Staff Reporter

BHALUKPONG, Oct 15: The Sajolang(Miji) Community of Bhalukpong, West Kameng district today celebrated Chindang, a agro-based festival with colourful cultural fervor.

The festival is being celebrated across the state particularly in Sajolang inhabited districts of  East and West Kameng.


Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju called upon Tuki-led state government to be a responsive government. He also appealed to the state government to work in tandem with the center for the greater interest of people of the state.


 Greeting the community on festive occasion, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju appealed to the youths to shoulder the responsibility to preserve and carry forward age-old tradition and culture.

Outlining the importance of culture and tradition, MoS Home said, “Even if we are developed, if we lose our culture, we are as good as dead”.  

Rijiju said that with modernity, one has to adapt but as well as ensure that original culture is not distorted.

Responding to memorandum submitted by Chindang Festival Celebration Committee Chairman Aju Khonjuju, the MoS assured to build permanent structure such as rostrum at  Chindang Festival celebration ground. Earlier, Khonjuju requested Rijiju to allocate fund for construction of Rapung to Lada road.

Wishing the community on the occasion, MLA Kumar Waii said that people should come forward to participate in the festival as it gives a platform to showcase talents in sports and arts.  

Aka, Nyishi, Manipuri, Nepali, Monpa and Adi  communities displayed colorful cultural programs during the occasion.



Road map for effective implementation of centre, state sponsored progs: Cong

26 legislators attend CLP

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: Congress Legislator meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister and CLP leader Nabam Tuki which was attended by 26 of the 47 legislators at CM’s residence today, decided to prepare a road map for effective and quality implementation of all central as well as state sponsored programmes in the state.

While pitching for strict monitoring mechanism to be put in place to ensure that all the development initiatives of the state government is genuinely reaped by the common people, Chief Minister called for various levels of monitoring and requested the law makers to contribute their part by inspecting the projects and schemes on the ground besides conducting periodical review meetings on the status of the projects.

“It has been our collective effort to provide our people the benefits through the dedicated state flagship programmes and also ensure that the state and centrally sponsored programmes are judiciously implemented by adopting complete transparency and quality” Tuki said while adding that these people centric programmes have been effecting the lives of common citizens and have provided them the fruits of development. He appealed the law makers to take onus to upscale the state programmes so that more state populace are benefitted.

The CLP further decided to give priority to road sector which has been damaged by the unprecedented rain which poured in for more than five months this year. The elected representatives would monitor the works of maintenance of roads in the state capital as well as in the district headquarters for quality and timely completion of maintenances for which funds have already be provided.  

APCC President Padi Richo briefed about the activities to be taken up during the year.



Nyirmen Aloo celebrated with fervor

Joken Ete

ITANAGAR, Oct 15:  The Xwrmen Aloo (Nyirmen Aloo) or the Galo New Year Day was celebrated across the state with pomp and traditional gaiety today.

On this particular occasion, (Nyirmen) women exempted from doing any chores. It is a day of acknowledgement of the role women play in our daily life, from taking care of children to working in the field to doing household chores. On this day, men cook and arrange refreshments while women have fun, sitting together, singing and dancing.

Members of the Galo community residing in Itanagar also celebrated the day at Mopin-Solung ground here.

Addressing a huge gathering, Galo Welfare Society (GWS) women wing president Tumken Ete Angu lauded the GWS for reviving the age-old practice of Nyirmen, a celebration of womanhood.

Empowering women is necessary, as a woman can educate the whole family, she said. ‘This is important not only for development and growth but also for an egalitarian society,’ Angu added.  Terming the day as historic, GWS president Dr Emi Rumi said the GWS will write to the state government to declare October 15 as a holiday in Galo inhabited areas of the state.

‘Status of women in a society is the yardstick of its progress, he said while lauding the contributions of the fairer sex’ and expressed concern that many age-old practices of the community are dying because of modernisation and called for proper documentation of customs and practices.   

Earlier, GWS research and reformation committee chairman Goto Nyorak called for popularization of Nyirmen. Pleading with all to participate in the celebration, he said ‘it is not only a day for women but men have equal role to play to make it enjoyable, memorable and successful for women’.

Colourful cultural presentations, tug-of-war and an educative skit on practice of Nyame Giinam (cicisbeism) were performed to mark the day.

The day was also celebrated in Hayuliang, Khupa and Swami Camp in Anjaw district.

At Aalo,  the Nyirmen Festival was celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety at Gumin Kiin today, reports DIPRO.

The senior citizen of Aalo, Riluk Rime who chaired the festival gave fascinating and nostalgic insight into the festival and stressed on its celebration as one of the festivals of Galo community.

Tumpak Ete and Pakjum Ete, the father son duo who coined the festival narrated the significance of the festival and role of women in ancient tribal society. Former Minister Doi Ado, President APWWS Aalo unit Marbom Riba Bagra, Jumde Yomgam Gamlin from Mother’s Vision, Kenpu Ete Bagra and Domo Ado from DPDTC spoke on the role of women in tribal society.

Earlier, a huge procession in traditional attires was taken out in Aalo street with slogans, banners and posters to preserve the indigenous culture.

There was a cultural presentation by various tribes to mark the day.



Public Hearing of Par Hydro Project held

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: A public hearing for grant of prior Environmental Clearance of Par Hydro Electric Project (52 MW) was held at the football ground of Nimte village yesterday.

Teli Maji, of Nimte village expressed disappointment that there was no mention of Nimte, Rigo and Deb villages in the list of affected villages in the Power Point presentation shown by the M/s Par Power Private Limited.

Senior Manager NEEPCO Ltd, Ngurang Sania, also a native of Rate village (Sagalee) requested the Company to give computers in the school, conduct pre-medical camp and distribute free medicines to the villagers to gain good will and also as part of CSR activity. He further requested the Company to arrange for the warning system/siren in event of release of water during the period of execution. Flood control system for the downstream villages was also demanded in the public hearing.

Earlier, member Secretary, APSPCB, N Tam elaborated the provisions of the EIA Notification dated 14th September’ 2006 and subsequent amendments issued by the Ministry of Environment & Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Govt. of India pertaining to Environmental Clearance for developmental projects and requirements of Environmental Public Hearing thereof.

ADC Sagalee Jalash Pertin, who chaired the public hearing, advised the people to know the difference between Dam and Barrage.

Among others present in the meeting were Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare Tai Kaye, APSPCB Scientist Jumli Kato, DLRSO, Papum Pare Techi Hitler, Ex-MLA Taba Hania and ZPM Nabam Yakum.



Research team visits heritage sites in West Kameng

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: In order to take stock of the heritage wealth of the state, a team of research department led by cultural affairs secretary Dani Salu has visited different archaeological sites including Taklung Dzong, Mud Gompa, Megalith sites of Shergaon and historical remnants of Bana Raja at Bhalukpong in West Kameng district today.

While interacting with the functionaries of Taklung Dzong, the important religious destination of the Buddhist, Salu emphasized on preservation of manuscripts and scriptures housed in the Dzong. Further, he assured to send a team of research department to take steps for preservation of precious antique documents.

While lauding the activities undertaken by the archaeological section of the department for preservation and conservation of Megalith sites, Mud Gompa and Taklung Dzong since a decade, Salu also suggested to take more research activities to unearth the heritage wealth of the state.

The research team members included Director of Research Batem Pertin, former Director and State Consultant (WHS) Dr. Tage Tada, Deputy Director and Assistant Director of Research (Archaeology), Bulton Dutta and Pura Koji and  technical assistant Buru Taki.



IMC to implement AMRUT

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The Itanagar Municipal Council in its 14th Business Meeting with decided to implement the “AMRUT” a flagship scheme of Central Govt while stating that the state Government should clarify it’s stand on implementation of the programe.

It said that as per the central govt guidelines,  the nodal department in the state for implementing AMRUT scheme is Department of Urban Local Bodies and implementing agency is the concerned Municipality but the state govt has notified the department of Urban Development & Housing as the nodal agency which is against spirit of the guidelines issued by the Central Govt.

The Municipal Council will pursue with Govt to follow the guidelines issued by the Government of India and rectify its mistake in selection of Nodal Agency.

The meeting which was chaired by Chief Councillor, IMC Kipa Kaku also spoke on  revenue pertaining to management of the solid waste and welfare of the sanitation staff.

It was also decided that IMC shall issue trading license within its jurisdiction and the local traders functioning within the Itanagar Municipal jurisdiction are to apply for new or renewal of their Trading License at the Municipal office.

The Council also resolved to pursue with the govt of Arunachal Pradesh to amend Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act 2007 and delegate more powers  to municipality to create its own cadre officers/engineers and other staffs.



Institute of Folk Medicine to be ready by Nov

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The construction work of North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM), Pasighat will be completed in the first week of November. This was informed by the officials of Hindustan Life-care Limited (HLL), the executing agency of the project. Advisor to Chief Minister Bosiram Siram today inspected the ongoing work of AYUSH hospital accompanied by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Isha Khosla, ZPC Kaling Dai, Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk along with officers, councillors and PRI leaders.

Later while holding coordination meeting with AYUSH officials in the conference hall, Siram informed that Rs 32.88 Crores project was approved by former Prime Minister Monmohan Singh in the year 2008. The hospital will facilitate systematic and comprehensive documentation, presentation and validation of the folk medicine traditions of the region.

“4.9 Ha of land was allotted for the establishment of institute by the state government and the project was supposed to be completed within 18 months starting from 1st September 2010 but due to some hindrances, the works could not be completed on time,” informed Bosiram.

While seeking help from the administration in particular and the people as a whole, Siram said that NE region has rich heritage of traditional folk medicine practices, remedies and therapies. The aims and objectives of the NEIFM are to survey, document and validate folk medicine practices with a view to revitalize, promote and harness these local health traditions. The NEIFM is being developed as a center of excellence and apex research center for all aspects of folk medicine knowledge with linkages and collaborations with other research institutions.

DC Isha Khosla assured that local administration will extend full cooperation to NEIFM authority. She hoped that institute will upgrade the skills of the local traditional/folk medicine practitioners and integrate them into the mainstream healthcare system for wide uses by the public. NEIFM Director Otem Dai informed that at present three folk healers and one Ayurveda doctor are treating the patients on regular basis and plantation of medicinal plants and research works are underway. He added that 3 acre of land is being used to plant 4,000 plants of around 500 species. (DIPRO)



Global Handwashing Day

ITANAGAR, Oct 15: The office of the Chief Engineer, Sanitation, PHE & WS Department observed Global Handwashing Day at Pobi Memorial School, Daath Village, Jollang. Global Handwashing Day is observed on 15th Oct every year and is a campaign to motivate and mobilize people particularly children around the world to improve their hand washing habits by washing their hands with soap at critical moments throughout the day. This simple and accessible action according to research can reduce the rate of mortality from disease such as diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections by almost 25 to 50 %. The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008, where over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries.

At the even today, Yowa Anya, State Consultant, Sanitation & Dr. Binod Pokhrel, State Consultant, Water Quality, PHE & WS Department highlighted the importance of handwashing and encouraged the school children to adopt the habit.  

They also demonstrated the eight important steps of handwashing. The principal of school, Chera Yaram also spoke on the occasion and made the children to pledge to adopt sanitation as a way of life. The department distributed antiseptic soap and hand wash gel to children and also donated few dustbins to school.

The PHE & WS division, Yupia conducted a swachhta rally cum cleanliness drive to commemorate “Global Handwashing Day” at Kimin today. A good number of panchayat members, Government staff, teachers, students and general public took part in the cleanliness drive.

Addressing the participants in the programme, Kimin CO Liken Koyu, while highlighting the backdrop of the Swachh Bharat Mission, exhorted one and all to make the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of clean India by the 2nd October 2019 a reality.

Anchal Samiti Chairperson Takio Yanu also spoke on the occasion and advised the gathering, especially the students to inculcate behavioural change and keep the public premises neat and clean.

Earlier, PHED Assistant Engineer, explained in brief about the importance of Global Handwashing Day. He  said handwashing with soap is a ‘do-it-yourself’ vaccine that prevents infections and saves life.

The programme ended with a mass social service in the premises of Government Higher Secondary School, Kimin.



Tawang remembers Dr Kalam

TAWANG, Oct 15: The Environmental Protection Society today organized a series of events to mark the 84th birth anniversary of Former President, Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in collaboration with the Losel Nyinje Charitable Society.

The day started with “Run For Kalam” Marathon from the Tawang Monastery till the Nehru Gompa at Nehru market. It was flagged off by the Abbot of Tawang Monastery Guru Tulku Rinpoche .

The event saw the participation of 200 people.

After the Marathon a programme name “Marching Towards Kalam’s Mission” was organized at the Zomkhang Hall Tawang which saw the attendance of   400 Students from  different school of the district as well RSS functionaries among other.

The last phase of the programme was a Science Exhibition by the students from all over the district. Town Secondary School Tawang won the first prize followed by students of Govt. Hr Secondary Jang in the second position and Govt. Secondary school Seru  in the third place.

EPS Greenheads will continue to organize such programmes in  days to come where we can channel the students in the right path, said its President Jambey Dondu.



Upper Siang DLMC to conduct field visit

YINGKIONG, Oct 15: Upper Siang  District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) in its meeting  held at the DC’s conference hall here today unanimously decided to conduct spot visit and  monitor various Govt schemes  being implemented  in the circles and sub-divisions of the district during the month of November.

Speaking on the occasion, ZPC, Apel Modi gave emphasis on equal distribution of Govt developmental schemes in all circles and sub-divisions. He further said the executing agencies should maintain proper official formalities and informed the administrative officers and PRI leaders about the  scheme and its sanction order while implementing the scheme.    

Taking part in the discussion, DDSE Tanom Tapak also appealed the officers of executing departments to provide  a copy of sanction or work order to the  concerned departments to make them aware of the on-going construction works under particular scheme.

Deputy Commissioner cum DLMC chairman, Remo Kamki, who presided over the meeting, expressed serious concern over the absenteeism and said  that necessary action would be taken against the absentee officers.

The officers of the  various executing departments like PWD, PHED&WS, WRD, RWD, HPD, DRDA presented the status report on their completed and on-going projects/schemes  in the meeting.

Officers from  various other departments including  horticulture and agriculture also attended the meeting. DIPRO



Week-long sanitation programme at Kurung Kumey

ITANAAGR, Oct 15: To create awareness on better sanitation & hygiene among the villages of Kurung Kumey, a week-long Sanitation cum Cleanliness programme was carried out in the district under the banner of S.B.M (Swachh Bharat Mission) from Sept 25 to Oct 11. Koloriang, Sangram, Nyapin, Sarli & Parsiparlo blocks were covered under the programme.

The focus of the campaign was to create total awareness on Swachh Bharat Mission to keep villages clean, water conservation and operation and maintenance of water supply system.

The programme was flagged off by Deputy Commissioner Kurung Kumey M. Riba.

Riba spoke on the value of cleanliness and the practice of using toilets, safe disposal of household wastages and safe drinking water.

At Sangram block, Executive Engineer P.H.E & W.S while distributing the prizes to the school students for literary competition held during the programme, stated that insanitary practice are root causes of many health related problems. He urged the people to change their mind set to stop open defecation in all villages and also urged the teachers, students and parents to play a vital role in disseminating the message of good sanitary practice among the masses.

Further the District Consultants Human resources development, Chera Tare, Water and Sanitation, Bema Lida, Monitoring and Evaluation cum Management information System, Nabum David, appealed all the participants to take the path of hygiene in every steps of life.



Communal harmony committee constituted

YINGKIONG, Oct 15: A District Level Committee has been constituted with 32 members representing various tribes as well as non-tribal groups belonging to different religious and communities to promote communal harmony in Upper Siang District.

A meeting of the committee was held in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Wednesday.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of the committee, Remo Kamki said Committee has been formed to deal with communal tensions, riots and to prevent such situation through awareness campaign to promote peace, tranquillity and progress in the district.

Kamki informed the members that Upper Siang is the most peaceful district but because of overall scenario in different parts of the country, district should be very aware of such problem.

Zila Parishad Chairperson Apel Modi while participating in deliberation suggested for formation Communal Harmony committee at sub-divisional level also.

Project Director Hengo Basar dwelt at length about the latest overall situation of the country under the impact of communal tensions.

DIPRO O.Pertin said quarrel, skirmishes, fight or altercation between two individuals on personal or small matters shouldn’t be taken/ twisted on communal lines.

All the participants representing the public including Dunggoli Libang, Nyokgon Nitik, Yanggo Tayeng, Tonek Ngupopk and Mekem Nopi praised the District Administration for constituting such a committee for peaceful co-existence among different groups, clans in the district. All the speakers discouraged formations of NGO, Unions, and Associations, Welfare Societies in the names of tribe or sub-tribe.

ADC Tapik Pertin, EACs Jumte Jini, Adong Pertin, D. Lama, CO Nancy Yirang and Nikita Panggam participated the meeting. (DIPRO)



Overweight and Obesity: awareness

Radhe Natung, MD

Know it: Sooner, the better!

Many of us know something about obesity and overweight. But what we do not know is that obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally. There are more than 1 billion adults overweight and atleast 300 million clinically obese. It is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability. According to a study titled ‘Global, regional and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980-2013’ published in the noted journal Lancet, India has 30 million obese people which is just behind US and China in this global hazard list of top 10 countries with highest number of obese people.

India; a country where 270 million people live below the Poverty line, obesity seems to be a distant issue, meant for the rich kids of first world. But, the fact of the matter is that obesity co-exists with under-nutrition, giving a complex condition, with serious social and psychological dimensions, affecting virtually all ages and socio-economic groups.

Arunachal Pradesh has 10.6% of people who are suffering from overweight and obesity as per the National Family Health Survey published in 2007.

Childhood obesity is already epidemic in some areas and on the rise in others. An estimated 17.6 million children under five are estimated to be overweight worldwide and the figure is rising at an alarming rate.

Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for serious diet-related chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke and certain forms of cancer.

Why is this happening? Who is to blame?

While genes are important in determining a person’s susceptibility to weight gain, energy balance is determined by calorie intake and physical activity. As incomes rise and populations become more urban, diets high in complex carbohydrates give way to more varied diets with a higher proportion of fats, saturated fats and sugars. At the same time, large shifts towards less physically demanding work and increasing use of automated transport, technology at home and more passive leisure pursuits are some of the forces underlying the epidemic.

How do we define Obesity and overweight?

Overweight and obesity is assessed by using body mass index (BMI), defined as Weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in metres (Kg/m2). According to World Health Organisation (WHO), a BMI over 25 kg/m2 is defined as overweight and a BMI of over 30 kg/m2 as obese. For Indian population, BMI of 18.5 – 22.9 kg/m2 is normal, 23 – 24.9 kg/m2 is overweight and e” 25 kg/m2 is obese (ICMR). You can also assess your BMI using apps from Google play in android phones.

The distribution of BMI is shifting upwards in many populations. Studies have shown that people who were undernourished in early life and then become obese in adulthood, tend to develop conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes at an earlier age and in more severe form than those who were never undernourished.

How does excess body fat impact our health?

Overweight and obesity lead to adverse metabolic effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin resistance. The non-fatal but debilitating health problems associated with obesity include respiratory difficulties, chronic musculoskeletal problems, skin problems and infertility. The more life- threatening problems include cardiovascular heart disease, insulin-resistant type 2 diabetes and certain type of cancers including cancer of breast, colon, prostrate, endometrium, kidney and gallbladder.

Chronic overweight and obesity contribute significantly to osteoarthritis, a major cause of disability in adults.

Can we do something about it?

Yes, we can! Effective weight management for individuals and groups at risk is the cornerstone for the prevention of overweight and obesity and the long-term complications arising thereof. It should be part of an integrated, multi-sectorial, population-based approach, which includes environmental support for healthy diets and regular physical activity.

Here are some practical tips for the prevention of overweight and obesity at an individual level:

i. Encourage and motivate yourself to lose weight by joining gym, aerobic dance or Yoga classes

ii. Eat more fresh fruits and green-leafy vegetables as well as nuts and whole grains

iii. Engage yourself in daily moderate physical activity for atleast 30 minutes

iv. Cut the amount of fatty, sugary foods in your diet

v. Prefer unsaturated vegetable-oil based fats (mustard, sunflower oil) to saturated animal-based fats(cheese, butter, Ghee)

vi. Discourage spending long hours in front of television/mobiles

vii. Encourage your children for more outdoor activities like cycling, gardening, trekking

viii. Avoid high-calorie food stuffs like chips, cokes, fast foods (Pizzas, Burgers)

ix. Have fresh lime water instead of carbonated drinks (Coke, Thumps up, etc)

x. If you are non-veg, try to take more fish and chicken; preferably boiled. Red meat (mutton, beef, pork) should be consumed in small quantities and less frequently

xi. Minimise use of vehicles

In a nutshell, overweight and obesity pose a major risk for various life-style diseases and certain cancers. With emerging fast foods in the market coupled with sedentary life style, we are putting ourselves and our children at stake here. Always remember prevention is better than cure. So, eat healthy, drink healthy and stay healthy!! (For more queries or details, please visit District NCD Clinic, ASH, Naharlagun or at rnatung5@gmail.com. You can also log on to obesityfoundationindia.com)