September 14

Raj Bhawan opens for public

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: The Raj Bhawan, Itanagar will remain open for the public on every Sunday from 12 noon to 3 pm. Over 143 people with their families, including school children visited the Raj Bhawan on the opening day today. The visitors were allowed to walk around the Bhawan compound and see the majestic Raj Bhawan.


Computer training for youths

ROING, Sept 13: The valedictory function of the Capacity Building Training under BADP for Basic Computer programme organised by DBYC and sponsored by the Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh concluded here Saturday last at Roing. A total of 41 youths were trained.  

M. Dirchi, DPO, Roing exhorted the trainees to make use of all the opportunities that the government is providing for skilling India. He praised DBYC, Itanagar, for actively collaborating with Government of Arunachal Pradesh in skill development and employment generation programmes.

Fr.Clement Quadras, Parish Priest Catholic Church, Roing stressed on the importance of hard work.  

Fr. Roy, Principal, Divine Word School also spoke on the occasion.


RGGP organises interaction programme

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic Itanagar organised interaction programme for the new students of RGGP. Director Higher and Technical Education Dr. Tejum Padu attended the occasion along with Danghi Mangam, education secretary AAPSU and Nyanya Gollo, General Secretary ANSU.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Padu shared the journey of the first polytechnic of the state from the day it started to till date and the various difficulties faced to manage the institute. He advised the students to work hard as there is no shortcut to achieve success. He also advised the faculties and staff to work sincerely.

Education Secretary AAPSU and General Secretary ANSU also spoke on the occasion. Both of them advised the students to study hard and to use their mind and energy in a proper direction by not indulging themselves in bad habits. Dr. A K Tripathy, Principal RGGP also addressed the gathering and highlighted the various challenges faced by the institute.

General Secretary of RGGP student union Marcus Tachang Tara under the guidance of Proctor Arun Joram (Lecturer Mathematics) submitted a memorandum to the Director.


Sagalee administration issues arms notice

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Additional District Magistrate Sagalee has issued a notice cautioning people to get their arms license registered on or before Sept 30. While saying that the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked for updating national data on arms license by Sept 30 2015, it said that those licenses will be canceled which are not registered by the given date.

The notice also says that under section 3(2) of Arms Act 1959, an individual can have maximum of three firearms against one license issued.

However records reveal that if an individual has more than one license which should be clubbed into one and rest should be surrendered to the issuing authority by Sept 25, else such cases shall also be suspended, the notice further added.


ABU medical camp at flood ravaged Mebo


PASIGHAT, Sept 13: Around 350 patients from flood-ravaged Mebo area were benefitted from a medical camp organised by the Mebo Pastoral Circle of Adi Baptist Union (ABU) with the help of local Gaon Burahs and PRI members at Raling village in East Siang district recently.

A six-member team of doctors led by Dr Kabit Ratan (Ruksin) offered free treatment on various water borne diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, cholera and ENT cases. The team also conducted eight dental operations in the camp.

Medical officers from Mebo CHC, Senior Dental Surgeon Dr K Ratan and Jonai (Assam) doctor Dr Jyotish Doley, also took part in the medical camp.


Onam celebrated

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: The Kerala Kala Samskarika Vedi (KKSV) Itanagar celebrated its 21st anniversary cum Onam at Siddharth hall here yesterday. Cultural programmes were presented by the children of KKSV and a folklore troupe from Kerala.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: The two days social service conducted at Govt Secondary School, Mani, concluded yesterday. Teaching staff, school management committee (SMC) members, parents, PRI leaders, GBs, youths and general public of Chiputa, Leha and Rose panchayat participating in the service constructed fencing around the school campus which was conducted by the SMC.

Also participating in the drive yesterday, local MLA cum Legislative Assembly speaker, Nabam Rebia advised the students and teachers to be dedicated and to keep their surroundings clean. He also directed the villagers not to let their domestic animals enter the school campus.

The SMC in its memorandum submitted to the local MLA sought maintenance of school building, toilet and provision of furniture for the school and hostel. The local MLA reportedly assured to fulfill the demands with his intervention.

Doimukh BDO and Doimukh ASM assured to provide 237 metres chain link fencing material to complete the remaining incomplete fence work of the school.

The DDSE and former chairman of the school assured to provide computer sets and equipments for games and sports.


Kokila Karbi GB dies

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Bidyaram Kiling, Gaon Bura (GB) of Kokila Karbi under Balijan circle of Papum Pare district passed away after prolonged illness at his residence on Sept 11. Born in 1949, he served the society in various capacities and became GB in 2007.

Tana Puna Tara, Zila Parisad Member Lower Balijan attended the funeral ceremony and paid his last respect to the departed soul.


Review meeting on power scenario held at Seppa

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: A review cum coordination meeting to understand the power scenario of district was convened today at Seppa by Tapuk Taku, Parliamentary Secretary (Tax & Excise and Power). Taku expressed requested the gathering to present their achievement, problems, views and suggestions, and requirements and demands in the form of proposals so that he could try to tackle the matter at his personal level.

Made Nalo, EE (Power) highlighted about the reason for persistent problems faced by the district and suggested for alternative solution in order to solve the existing problems temporarily till the upcoming 132/33 KV Power Grid Transmission Line, IPDS and DDUGJY are realised. He suggested for setting up of separate distribution lines for villages in and around the Seppa town, so that if any fault occurs then it will not interrupt the power supply of the town and also could be handled from Seppa directly. He requested the Parliamentary Secretary to pursue for setting up of a Sub-Station at Khuppi to NEEPCO, Power Grid and CE (TPM-Power). He informed that Khuppi to Palizi transmission line is under the jurisdiction of Bomdila division, and then also Seppa division is looking after the maintenance work if any shortfall occurs along it.

Tasso Hinda, SE (Power) apprised the house about the issue pertains to land acquisition for construction of Sub-Stations under Comprehensive Scheme and assured to forward the details to the higher authority soon. He further assured to hand over the jurisdiction of Khuppi to Palizi transmission line segment to Seppa division. T. Ete, EE (Hydropower) informed that restoration work of Pacha Hydel is undergoing in full swing and assured that it will take three to four months for completion.

Admitting the hardships faced by the public and acknowledging the Power department staff’s hard work, Sandeep Kumar Singh, DC East Kameng exhorted the AEs and JEs present to exert more energy and work sincerely. He requested the Parliamentary Secretary to accord top priority to the district under Comprehensive Scheme. He further requested him to increase and allot more fund for the maintenance work. As an outcome of the meeting, Parliamentary Secretary Tapak Taku requested the EE (Power) to prepare and submit proposals. Admitting that the Comprehensive Scheme will solve the power problem of the district, he assured the house that he will keep the district at top priority while implementing the scheme. He cautioned against wrong proposal preparation and urged the department to avoid fraudulence.


News Impact

ABK demands govt intervention

for flood affected people

25 days on, relief yet to reach people


ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has called for immediate rehabilitation of the affected families of Anpum and Loklung villages under Lower Dibang Valley district. It lamented the failure of the Govt to provide adequate relief to the victims except the arrangements made by the local administration.

Terming the materials provided as meagre and an insult to the victims, the ABK called upon the Disaster Management and Relief & Resettlement Department to explain such discriminatory and lackadaisical attitude.

ABK was shocked to learn that for 125 houses washed away or dismantled, the local administration could arrange Rs 1 lac, 60-quintals of Rice, 2-quintals of Dal, 4-quintals of Potato, 3-quintals of Salt, 70 pieces of Tarpaulin sheets, 15 Tube Wells (Hand Pump) and 20-Water filters since the flooding started on August 18 but not a single help has been provided by the department concern.  

Toni Pertin, who is the vice president of the ABK, informed that flood victims have been left on their own, forced to live in the houses of their relatives and in schools.

While appealing the Governor and the Chief Minister and other Ministers to visit the flood affected people and the area, the ABK had welcomed the aerial survey made by the Chief Minister today, though belatedly. The current devastation is the largest and most severe in the contemporary history of Arunachal Pradesh. The ABK appealed the State Govt to initiate a project to divert the Dibang, Dotung and Singkin rivers to its original course as permanent solution. Such extent of devastation was caused due to the change in course of Dibang and Dotung River into Singkin River. The change in course of Dibang has also affected Namsing, Godum, Mer, Bizari and other villages.

Meanwhile, ABK distributed relief items-both cash and kind to flood affected families of Anpum village on Sept 12. The ABK had already distributed more than Rs. 5,50,000 in cash and materials worth Rs. 2,00,000 directly to the victims and further fund drives are going on at Roing, Tezu and Namsai.



Relocate to safer places, says CM as he visits flood affected Paglam circle

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: A high level team led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was shell-shocked after witnessing the trail of devastations left by the current flood in the state while conducting an aerial survey for over three and half hours today of flood-hit areas.

After witnessing Anpum village under Paglam circle of Lower Dibang Valley district, which was completely devastated by the merger of Taro Tamak and Dotung rivers, the Chief Minister directed to shift the village to a different and safer location.

“Necessary funds required for shifting and rehabilitation of the villagers would be made available as soon as the assessment report is received,” Tuki said. He directed the district administration to immediately workout plans for shifting and rehabilitation of Anpum villagers in consultation with the local MLA.

Similar directives were issued for Chiputa village under Likabali which has been totally inundated under debris due to landslide. Half of the Taro-Tamak Bridge at Mebo has been washed away while road at various locations have been snapped.

As an immediate relief, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki announced Rs. 5 Cr for carrying out restoration works to bring life back to normalcy in these affected areas. He, however directed the respective district administration and departments to conduct proper assessment of losses and submit details to the state government for further release of fund.  

The team also conducted aerial survey of flood hit areas of Doimukh, Kimin, Mebo, Diyun, Dambuk, Namsai, Tezu, Bordumsa, and Chiputa village near Likabali.

The team included Ministers Chowna Mein and Kamlung Mossang, Parliamentary Secretaries Jomde Kena (Likabali), Gum Tayeng (Dambuk), MLAs Zingnu Namchoom (Namsai) and Nikh Kamin (Bordumsa-Diyun), Disaster Management, Secretary, Khapa Kholie and Director Y W Ringu, Arunachal Pradesh State Transport, GM, Abu Tayeng. However, Minister Tapang Taloh, MLA Lombu Tayeng (Mebo) and Olom Panyang (Mariyang-Geku) joined the team when the SkyOne helicopter landed at Pasighat for refueling.

Respective lawmakers were apprising the CM about the intensity of flood and damages caused while indicating the affected areas.

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had recently written to Union Minister of Home apprising about the damages in the state. He informed the centre that there have been colossal damages to the infrastructure, roads and bridges, culverts, power, water supply, communication lines, agriculture and horticulture fields and standing crops including injury and loss of human lives and live stocks etc. due to heavy showers of South-west Monsoon for more than five months.

He further apprised that many districts were cut-off from the rest of world for different spells. Tuki had sought for immediate relief assistance to restore the damages and bring life to normalcy. As desired by the Union Ministry, the state government will be submitting a memorandum within this month which shall incorporate details on the losses incurred by the state during this monsoon.

Earlier, on his way to Naharlagun Helipad, Chief Minister accompanied by PWD minister Gojen Gadi and Engineers from the department surveyed alternate road for Itanagar and Naharlagun twin capital cities to ease the growing traffic congestions. CM directed the department to urgently prepare a plan to resolve the traffic issue in the twin capital cities.



State govt. outwitted by private builder

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Dr. Sopin was taken aback to see a hand-written sign board with ‘Arunachal Guest House’ lying in the dust-laden store room in the ground floor of the Arunachal State Guest House in Sector 30 A, Vashi Navi Mumbai. The visitors mostly cancer patients who have been to India’s financial capital are amazed to see Kalyan Jewelers sign board prominently occupying the fifteen floors of Arunachal State Guest House building.

“The rusted sign board was lying inside a dusty store room for many months,” complaints, a cancer patient used to with the condition of the guest-house.

The Arunachalees, mostly cancer patients who come to be treated at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital often swarm the state’s lone guest-house in Navi Mumbai in search of cheap accommodation and also to get a homely feeling in the city far away from the state. However, many have to turn back dejected, as the only eight room guest-house is most of the times full.

Way back in 1994, the City Industrial and Development Corporation (CIDCO) of Mumbai allotted a plot of land measuring 2331sq.mtrs at Sector 30A, Vashi Navi Mumbai to the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, department of Industries for construction of the state guest house cum sales emporium. After three years, a lease agreement was executed between CIDCO and Directorate of Industries on Aug 1st 1997.

The sordid saga of the state’s lone property began after nine years on April 18th 2006, when the state government handed over the said plot to Arunachal Pradesh Industrial Development and Financial Cooperation Limited (APIDFC Ltd).

Despite knowing that the said plot could be a high revenue generating asset in the heart of India’s Commercial Capital, particularly at Navi Mumbai, the state government decided to float a tender to allow a private builder to develop the guest house cum emporium. The work was awarded to M/S US Roofs Ltd on the conditions that the developer will provide eight rooms including office and emporium to Arunachal Pradesh Government and also pay Rs.10 crores non-refundable upfront money within 15 days.

On being asked by this daily, APIDFC, Managing Director, Tony Koyu stated that the execution of the 60 years lease agreement with M/S US Roofs Ltd on October 12th 2007 was a blessing in disguise for APIDFC at the hour of huge financial crisis in the state. Koyu further added that APIDFC came as a saviour for the said plot as CIDCO was about to terminate the lease agreement with the state government when the later had failed to pay the penalty imposed by the former. APIDFC, Managing Director further maintained that the upfront money paid by the developer was judiciously used by the Corporation. “Guest House Cum Emporium project of Navi Mumbai is a brilliant innovation as it had opened the floodgates of many more projects”, added the MD, APIDFC. On a closer look, the 60 years lease agreement with M/S US Roofs Ltd seems like a huge blunder on the part of the state government. The developer which is now the sole legal owner of the multi-storied building had reportedly rented out 14000 sq.ft (one-third of the whole space) to the jewellery chain Kalyan Jewellers.  The business establishment’s name has prominently overshadowed the guest house cum emporium thus violating the clause no.25 of the lease agreement, where it clearly mentions, “the premises measuring 6500 sq.ft being the owners allocation shall be called as Arunachal Pradesh State Guest House or such other names as the owners may deem fit, necessary, proper and said name shall be displayed in prominent places”.

It is said that Arunachal State Guest House is just a mythical name outwitted by the private builder. Also people from the state are allegedly humiliated by the employees of the Kalyan Jewelers that is running the building. “The employees treat us badly. We often argue with the security and their staffs, because they treat us like intruders’, claimed Gamli Bogo, former President of Arunachal Students Union Mumbai (ASUM) who had been fighting against the ill-treatment and poor condition of the guest house.

Bogo further informed that there is a bar and Italian restaurant near the emporium which often creates nuisance leading to face off with Arunachalees staying in the house.

“Providing accommodation to the needy people especially cancer patients and government staffs in a metropolitan city like Mumbai were the prime objective to establish the Arunachal state guest house, however it remains a distant dream,” added the former ASUM president.

However, the state government has no choice but to wait for the completion of the 60 years lease agreement to reclaim the lone state property in far off Mumbai.



Agri dept team conducts overseas exposure visit

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: On an overseas exposure visit, a nine-member team of the Arunachal Pradesh agriculture department led by Agriculture, Horticulture, Veterinary Minister Chowna Mein  toured Phillipines and Malayasia during August 31 to Sept 7 to gain knowledge about technological intervention to enhance rice production, oil palm and rubber cultivation in the state.

During the visit to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at Los Banos, Laguna (Phillipines), Coordinator, Crops & Environmental Science Division of IRRI Dr. Abdelbagi M Ismail explained the team about the latest research findings on stress tolerant rice varieties especially under moisture stress and submerged conditions which is relevant to the climatic conditions of Arunachal Pradesh. Agricultural Development Specialist and Head of Impact Acceleration & Training Center of IRRI, Dr P Magor while explaining the activities of the institution advised the team to avail advantage of the training center for capacity building of field level extension officers on latest rice production technologies for enhancement of production under diverse agro-climatic conditions.

The team also visited other divisions of IRRI, held a detailed discussion with the scientists and identified various collaborative issues which included development of rice strategy, provision of high yielding stress tolerant rice varieties, efficient seed system, conservation and improvement of traditional rice varieties, assistance in agricultural planning related to rice based cropping system and provision of need based technical assistance. The protocol of discussion was signed by the state Agriculture & Horticulture Commissioner, Hage Khoda and Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino, Deputy Director General (Communication & Partnership), IRRI on Sept 1 last.

The visiting team also met the Phillipines Bureau of Plant Industry officials and discussed in details about market linkage and Plant Quarantine protocol.

The team while visiting Sime Derby Seeds & Agricultural Services Sdn Bhd,Jalan Banting-Kelanang of Malaysia was taken around the plantations, seed development and processing  laboratories by Azman Mohd Yusoff, Vice President. In a presentation, every aspect of successful Oil Palm cultivation and processing were elucidated. A meeting was held with the Director (Marketing) of Malaysian Palm Oil Council.

It was a unique opportunity to visit Sime Derby Oil Palm & Rubber Plantations where the entire process of nursery to processing was elaborately demonstrated by the officials and they expressed their willingness to extend need based assistance and advices to the state in its fulfillment of the vision of transforming into a major producer of Palm Oil and Rubber. The delegation was invited to a brief session on global Marketing strategy of Palm Oil organised by M/s Bursa Malaysia and it was a brain storming session indeed.

The exposure visit has immensely benefitted the delegation and shall go a long way in consistent planning and implementation of rice, oil Palm and rubber based cropping system in Arunachal Pradesh for a vibrant economy, according to an official release.



HC asks Arunachal to issue public notices on hydro projects

GUWAHATI, Sept 13: A division bench, comprising Chief Justice (acting) K Sreedhar Rao and Justice PK Saikia, has directed the Arunachal Pradesh Government to issue public notices in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in regard to the construction of hydro-electric projects over the Siang river.

The order came in response to two public interest litigations (PIL No. 61/2015 and PIL No. 61/2015) filed at the Gauhati High Court by the people belonging to indigenous Adi tribes of Siang Valley who are directly affected by the signing of as many as 232 MoAs/MoUs by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh with various power developers, including nearly 50 MoAs, over the Siang river and its tributaries.

In the PILs, the petitioners have sought a direction from the High Court to probe the matter by the CBI, SIT or any other competent investigating agency, covering the expenditure of the non-refundable premium received in crores by the State Government out of the 50-plus MoAs with power developers.

It is contended in the PILs that the large number of mega dams without proper assessment of cumulative impact will displace many people directly by submergence. These dams are also likely to displace many people by affecting forest resources, river, private land and community land. (Courtesy-Assam Tribune)



Pinch seeks central assistance for AP Agriculture Board

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board has said that the present scale of Government of India's financial assistance for creation of market infrastructure requires revision considering resource scarcity of Arunachal Pradesh.

This was informed by APAMB Chairman  Ngurang Pinch who is currently at New Delhi meeting the representatives of Ministry of Agriculture and Marketing for relaxation of norms and revision of scale of Government assistance for market facilitations.

He said that govt of India may take responsibility of  upto 90% of the fund to improve market infrastructures as well raising central govt assistance under Technology Mission- III for creation of credit link market infrastructures to 75%.  He further said that grading, branding and packing requires substantial financial support and merits for passionate consideration.

During a meeting with Director of Marketing Padmaja Singh, Pinch pointed out that the present pattern of funding is not viable mainly because of the fund constraints in the form of State’s share.

As suggested by the Director Marketing earlier this year,  Pinch said that the department have been advised to prepare a DPR for setting up of Cold Chains in collaboration with the Private sector at the earliest and delegate a competent Nodal Officer to look into the developments of the scheme.

The Chairman is also pursuing the matter with the CEO, Niti Ayog GOI for Financial Assistance to rejuvenate and strengthen APAMB. He requested for provision of one time Grant-in-Aid in the form of Corpus Fund.



Facts about introduction of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in Routine Immunization program

[ Dr D Padung ]

Globally synchronized, phased withdrawal of  Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) strains, starting with OPV type 2 and that means that trivalent OPV (P1+P2+P3) must be replaced with bivalent OPV (P1+P3). Withdrawal of OPV type 2 will reduce risk of emergence of community Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cVDPV) type 2 and also reduce the burden of Vaccine Associated Polio Paralysis (VAPP) cases due to OPV type 2.

The last naturally occurring Wild Polio Virus (WPV)  case was detected in Aligarh, India in 1999 and it’s a well documented fact that Type 2 polio vaccine causes >95% of Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (VDPV) cases and out of which Type 2 causes approximately 40% of Vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis (VAPP) cases.

Withdrawal of OPV type 2 will leave a gap in population immunity against type 2 poliovirus and increased risk of outbreaks due to type 2 poliovirus following reintroduction.

To mitigate the risk of low population immunity against type 2 polio, introduce at least one dose of IPV prior to OPV type 2 withdrawal. Single dose of IPV, given to children previously vaccinated with OPV, boosts humoral and mucosal immunity significantly.

The approach is to give emphasis on routine immunization strengthening, raising coverage critical for achieving the polio endgame, introduction of IPV into the routine program and switch from tOPV to bOPV steps are taken.  Until polio transmission is interrupted globally, OPV will be a critical component of the eradication strategy.

The immune response to a single dose is substantially higher, particularly against type 2 poliovirus (63%), when administered at 4 months of age compared to a single dose at 6 weeks to 2 months of age. Higher response is due to declining maternal antibodies in older children.

At present, there are 2 (two) types of polio vaccines in the world namely Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and injectable inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV). OPV is given orally whereas IPV is given as an injection and together protects children from lifelong polio paralysis.

IPV is not a new vaccine as it is being used in many countries since 1955 in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. IPV was licensed for use in India in 2006 based on recommendations of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) and used in the private sector, in addition to OPV schedules, since 2007.

IPV is to be administered intramuscularly (I/M) using 0.5 ml Auto Disable syringe in a single dose in the antero-lateral aspect of mid-thigh (right thigh). One dose of IPV will be administered at 14 weeks along with OPV3/Pentavalent 3 or OPV3/DPT3/HepB3 and in delayed cases; IPV should be given as early as possible (maximum up to one year of age).

IPV is not replacing OPV and remember that OPV and IPV together make the safest combination for protection of the child from polio. OPV will continue to be given in the program as birth dose (within 15 days of birth), OPV1 (6 weeks), OPV2 (10 weeks) and OPV3 (14 weeks) and OPV Booster at 16-24 months. IPV can be administered to premature infants (born before 37 weeks gestation) at the recommended chronologic age concurrent with other routine vaccinations. This means that a premature child attaining 14 weeks of age and child with immunodeficiency (e.g., HIV/AIDS, congenital or acquired immunodeficiency, sickle cell disease) can be given IPV vaccination safely.

IPV provides much needed additional protection against polio, protects both your child and children in our community. Evidence shows that when IPV is used along with OPV, it builds better mucosal (intestinal) immunity, than when OPV is used alone. IPV increases both, the protection to the individual and to the community. To maximize childhood immunity and move towards global polio eradication, it is recommended that both vaccines should be used together.

No serious adverse events have been reported following vaccination with IPV, including when used alone or in combination with other vaccines. Occasionally some redness and tenderness of the skin might occur following IPV administration. IPV should not be administered to children with a documented/known allergy to streptomycin, neomycin or polymyxin b, or with a history of a previous allergic reaction after IPV injection.  The vaccine can be safely administered to a child with minor to moderate illness however if the child is, or seems to be severely sick then it is better to wait and ask the parents to consult the doctor and  then get back when child gets better.  

Even after receiving injectable IPV and OPV doses in routine immunization, the child should not be denied additional OPV doses through Special Immunization activities (SIA) like IPPI that will provide additional protection to the child.

Overall, the IPV will not replace OPV and it is recommended to be administered in a single dose at 14 weeks of age along with OPV3 under Routine Immunization. This strategy is the beginning of polio endgame globally. (The contributor is State Nodal Officer (NRHM), Government of Arunachal Pradesh)



Diet based approach best way of maintaining good health’

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Union Ministry of WCD, Itanagar in collaboration with Urban ICDS Project, Itanagar organised a workshop on the theme, “Better nutrition: key to development” as part of National Nutrition Week celebration at Ganga here yesterday.

Resource person of the programme Dr. Morik Bagra, Medical Officer of ItaFort dispensary stated that diet based approach was the inexpensive way of maintaining better health and good nutrition. Apart from macro nutrients, like carbohydrates, proteins etc. micro nutrients such as vitamins, minerals required in very small amounts by the body play a vital role in maintaining good health, she said.

She also stressed the need for sensitising the health workers to educate the target groups of the need to maintain proper health, hygiene and sanitation practices.

Dr. Toko Aku, Physiotherapist, said that women, especially pregnant, lactating should pay proper attention to their diet during this stage. During menopause stage, the female body undergoes various hormonal changes which lead to depletion of various nutritional resources from the body, particularly the calcium. This leads to weak bones which are vulnerable to fracture and also osteoporosis.  

Taba Yal Nabam, IMC Councilor Ward 5 and member of Standing Committee, Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) suggested for involvement of larger cross section of the society to stimulate a better understanding of basic nutrition in our daily life.

T Banerjee, Demonstration Officer, CFNEU, said that the people are not potential problems but they are potential assets. If the country has to reap the demographic harvest of its young population it must ensure that quality of population is good and productive. Efforts to change the existing nutritional scenario should be top priority in the years ahead, he said.

Joya Tana Taba, Child Dev. Project Officer, ICDS Project, Kimin, said that the Arunachal Pradesh is rich in agricultural and horticultural products which the people of the state can take advantage to fulfill their nutritional demands and upgrade their micronutrient status.   

SC Tok, CDPO, Itanagar urged upon the participants to disseminate the information they received during the workshop to the poorest of the poor. He also said that the parents should be sensitive to the nutritional and emotional needs of their child.

During the course of his speech, the CDPO stated that there was a spurt in violation of Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of children in need of Care & Protection) Act, 2000 due to lack of awareness.

Around 60 participants, including the district level officers and field officials of Women & Child Development, Health Department, Anganwadi Workers, Helpers and adolescent girls attended the programme.



Rab Kara Taj, to represent state at 10th World Bamboo Congress at Korea

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Rab Kara Taj, Scientist, State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) and Nodal Officer, Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources & Development Agency, Department of Environment and Forest, has been nominated by the state government to represent at the 10th World Bamboo Congress to be held at Damyang County, Korea from September 17-22.

He has been invited by the Governor of Damyang County, Jeollanam-do, Korea and is supported by South Asia Bamboo Foundation- a chapter of World Bamboo Organisation.

Earlier, in April 2012, Taj has also represented the state in World Bamboo Congress held (WBC) at Antwerp, Belgium organised by World Bamboo Organisation (WBO).

After obtaining diploma in Bamboo cultivation, processing and production technologies, machinery, tools and its administration from National Bamboo Research Center, Hanzou (China) in 2003, he joined the Department of Environment & Forest as scientist in 2005.

A pioneer on bamboo and its development in South Asian region, particularly North East India, Taj has so far trained thousands of people in bamboo development and its technology in the state, national and international level under the support of GoAP, UNIDO, DC (H), NEC and National Bamboo Mission. He has also recorded several new bamboo species from the region.



State Karate team for C’wealth C’ships

leaves for New Delhi

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Thirteen karatekas from Arunachal Pradesh will represent the country at 8th Commonwealth Karate Championship to be held in New Delhi  from September 18.

They were selected by Karate Association of India (KAI) on the basis of their performance in the National Karate Championship-2015 held in the national capital in May this year.

Besides, another team of 16 players (sub-junior) from the state will attend the qualification trial for the Commonwealth Championship. The qualified players will get chance to participate in the newly introduced sub-junior category.

Both the teams left here for New Delhi today evening accompanied by Sub-Junior team coach Tadar Eba.

The selected players are Nabam Radhe, Mojum Dodum, Kamku Tallo, Yorjum Sera, Raja Yangfo, Tade Bayer, Biplob Devnath, Sinne Mikhu, P Nobin jomoh,; (women) Niamun Mara, Minam Tekseng, Yaisi tausik, Johny Mangkhiya.

The Sub-Junior team included, (Boys) Simon Megu, Santos Sharma, Gyadam Doka, Taju Natam, Joseph Parang (Londa), Tem Taniang, Chusam Yun, Khaketo Mipi, Atum Sono; (Girls): Lipin Ete, Resemblu Tamblung, Tami Ani, Sania Laa, Yanung Gamnu, Kushi Paktung and Likha Nama.

P. Nobin Jomoh, SI, currently posted at Banderwa Police Station, has been selected on the basis of his medal winning performance in the previous edition of the championship. He bagged two silver medals in the Championship held in Canada in 2013.

Nobin has expressed gratitude to State Police Department for granting him leave to take part in the Championship.

Further, KAI has appointed Arunachal Karate Do Association Technical director Shihan S Deben Sharma and General Secretary Sensei L Marik as the Coaches of the Indian team for the Commonwealth Championship.

The state team is funded by Sports Authority of Arunachal

Meanwhile, sports officials in the state, including Arunachal Olympic Association President (AOA) Padi Richo, Sports Authority of Arunachal Vice Chairman Gechi Doke, Arunachal Karate Do Association President Likha Tara, Arunachal Weight-lifting Association President Abraham K. Techi, AWA General Secretary and AOA Joint Secretary Denial Teli have wished the state team all the best for the prestigious international event.


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Don’t deny Arunachal its right


Government of India is making tall claim regarding the construction of national highway across the country. The ministry of road transport and highways has declared that it will add nearly 50,000 km of roads to the National Highways (NH) network in the country in the next six months. At present the process of notification to include about 15,000 km under Bharat Mala and joining backward areas in the NH network is under way. The MoRTH is also carrying out feasibility study for large chunk of stretches that states have forwarded for upgrading them as NHs. This would be about 20,000 km. While rest of the India seems to be benefitting from the construction of many new highways, the situation is opposite in our state.

In recent month due to monsoon showers the condition of national highways across the state has deteriorated. Especially the people of state capital have faced torrid time due to the pathetic condition of road. There was high hope that the early construction of the proposed 4 lane highway between Itanagar and Banderdewa will ease the pain. But now big question mark hangs over the fate of the four lane highway. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has scrapped 4 lane project and has instead suggested for submission of proposals for 2-Lane with paved shoulder for existing Itanagar-Banderdewa road by providing a viaduct (elevated roadway) to avoid Karsinga sinking zone. The decision to dilute the project at this juncture will send wrong message to the people of Arunachal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to state had promised that Arunachal will witness massive development in the next few years. However by delaying the construction of 4 lane highway, the Delhi government is sending confusing signal to this landlocked state. At a time when MoRTH is launching national highway revolution across the country, the Arunachal should not be denied its right.




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Govt authority can’t alone deal with garbage

Dear Editor,

Today, indeed the problem of garbage dumping is counted as one of the hot issue in the state. It is a problem which each of us is concerned about but fails to contribute to make easier the way to solution. 

 Now the very question that pings is who is responsible for this?  An obvious answer if we follow the trend of blaming the authorities alone is “yes authorities are absolutely responsible”  which is not true. Did we ever try to realise that the authorities to whom we are holding as the solely responsible for the ugly street, may be facing problems too in a way to fulfil their duty?

Citing the example of our capital city, after having a brief discussion with one of the executive members of Municipal council, I could understand the problems they face especially when the people don’t cooperate. Imagine about 76.50 metric tonne i.e 76,500 kg of garbage is carried everyday with the help of only 2 garbage trucks as others are not in working condition and it’s maintenance cost goes up to Rs.20,000 per day! Isn’t this a big deal? With no side revenues like other states in India, the govt allocated fund is always not satisfactory.  

  We need to understand that no development takes place without cooperation. We cannot always fully depend on authorities without extending our help by at least doing our own part. If each people dump garbage at the proper place and use garbage bags instead of dumping it openly, it would help a lot to make things easier even for the authorities. 

Remember, development and cooperation walks hand in hand and we can at least cooperate for the good cause. 


Atu Yekar 

Rajiv Gandhi University 




The community areas and quarry

Dear Editor,

This is apropos to the news dated 4th Sept regarding the notified quarry inauguration of M/S Nyodu Taipodia & Sons Private Quarry, Likabali.

The incumbent SDO, Likabali has filched away the community land (quarry) clandestinely and awarded/notified it to M/S Nyodu Taipodia & Sons Private Quarry. The said notification of the quarry has, therefore, been protested by Village Welfare Committee (VWC) and the case is presently in the Hon’ble Guwahati High Court, Permanent Bench Itanagar.

The quarry was inaugurated underhandedly even claiming the presence of Mito Taipodia, ZPM of Likabali. In fact, Mito Taipodia, ZPM abstained from the controversial and litigious quarry inaugural program. It is also fact that there was not a single Head Gaon Bura/ Gaon Bura or Anchal Samithy or any Panchayati Raj Institute member in the inaugural program.

It has been alleged by the proprietor of M/S Nyodu Taipodia & Sons Private Quarry that VWC has been illegally doing quarry operation since 1974 but this is to clarify that the Assistant Mineral Development Officer (AMDO), Likabali has been monitoring the quarry operation and VWC has been paying royalty to the government of Arunachal Pradesh.  

We, therefore, urge competent authority to unearth the truth against the baseless allegation against VWC.

Under the aegis of VWC comprising of four villages namely Lika, Bali, Nilok and Liru the quarry has been a community land which was officially established in1974. The VWC has gone a long way in its 41 years of significant existence in the philanthropic service of Likabali in general and four villages particularly.

Hence, villagers of Lika, Bali, Nilok and Liru of Likabali, District West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh ardently denounce and protest against the proprietor of M/S Nyodu Taipodia & Sons Private Quarry and the SDO, Likabali for his act of abetment by recommending the community property to private party without knowing an iota of history of community life of these villages.


1. Nguge Taipodia, ASM Vice President, Bali VWC

2. Chinya Taju

General Secretary, Lika VWC, West Siang



4-lane and compensation

Dear Editor,

At the time when the nation is preparing to move at the high speed of a bullet train and already moving at the speed of the metro train in many of its cities, when there is thousand Kilometres of high cost track for metro train, we cannot have just 40 km stretch of four lane for the capital town.

The people of Arunachal have to move at snail pace in two lane highway full of traffics and no compensation also. Isn’t it a step motherly treatment to us? Or false compensation claim is the reason for scraping of the four lanes? Whatever be the reason truth is that we are not going to get 4-lane road.

Why not Central Govt make use of a Google earth images of the capital town one before the year 2006 and one image of the after 2006.

And compensate the genuine people and demolish the structures build just for the sake of compensation after 2006 by some greedy people, that too without compensating a single penny.


A concern citizen




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