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    Taki vouches for drug testing laboratory

    By Staff Reporter , NAHARLAGUN, Nov 22: : * We Hindusthanis care not for China, but for Delhi: Dr Nishing
    "The need of the hour is to stop making laws but to enforce them with honesty as the country has enough laws," lawmaker Tage Taki today said.
    "Desh mein bahut nitiyan hai. Yeh samay niti banane par lagam laga key ushey niyat ke saath lagu karna jaruri hai", he said, in his address to the Arunachal Pharmacistsâ€(TM) Convention in the health directorate here.

    Responding to the demands for immediate setting up of drug testing laboratory (DTL) and drug ware house by India Pharmacist Revolution convenor Amitav Joyprakash Choudhury, Taki suggested the health & family welfare (H&FW) department to prepare proposals for him to move the central ministry as the peopleâ€(TM)s agent.
    There is no guarantee about manufacturing spurious medicines by anti-human traders, he said, adding, and "It would be unfortunate if we fail to control only 900 pharmaceutical shops of the state".
    The GoAP has been doing its most which would be supported by the lawmakers, particularly technically qualified ones who have joined politics.
    Doctors/pharmacists and druggists are two sides of the same coin, said Confederation of Services Association of Arunachal Pradesh secretary general Pate Marik, adding that pharmacists are given least importance in the state though they mitigate human sufferings.
    Arunachal has much less pharmacists than required, he said, adding their knowledge still under utilised should be used to help improve the health care delivery system.
    Exhorting the pharmacists to discharge their duties sincerely, Marik said that â€~Rights and duties go hand in handâ€(TM).
    "We want all health facilities to overcome the shortcomings but unable to influence Delhi. Help as an activist in availing all facilities in the greater interest of state", inhabited by Hindustanis, said H&FW health services director Dr Kartik Nishing, adding "We donâ€(TM)t care for China which has been eying our state. We are least bothered as we look towards Delhi with great hope for providing us with good health institutions and roads".
    Saying that â€~Right from medicine manufacturers to suppliers and givers are links of the same chainâ€(TM), he lauded Choudhury for his effort to set up first pharmacovigilance centre in Arunachal State Hospital.
    India represents the third largest pharmaceutical industry in the world, said H&FW (Training & research) director medical education Dr Moji Jini and wondered if the medicines are affordable and their quality reliable?
    Patient, pharmaceutical industries and the physicians (including pharmacists, nurses) as a love triangle are involved in a critical interplay in North East where people are ignorant of their rights and no DTL exists, Dr Jini said, adding the needy and the poor are the worst sufferers.
    The connivance between pharmacists and physicians pollute the health system which calls for urgent measures to save the humanity, he said, and advocated sensitization of even the policy makers for giving enough funds and manpower for setting up of pharmacovigilance centre in detecting spurious medicines and wrong prescriptions. He also suggested for doctorâ€(TM)s prescription audit for many times unwanted medicines are prescribed.
    Terming the movement a noble initiative to save life, Arunachal Pradesh Doctorsâ€(TM) Association former president Dr Mika Umpo said that lack of DTL is a matter of grave concern, and cited the example of availability of rodent killer in a drug in Chattishgarh which might have killed many. The state hospitals depend on mostly government supplies is all the more calls for such facility and assured all support of APDA to achieve the goal. His view was supported by APDA president Dr Biman Natung and ASH deputy medical superintendent Dr Kenyi Ete.
    Highlighting the poor state of affairs throughout the country earlier, Choudhury pinpointed steps needed for the involvement of the pharmacists for the safety of 13 lakh patients of Arunachal.
    Pointing out that the GoI has attached top priority to the NE, Choudhury who as founder of New Delhi-based Udyog Development Foundation had launched the pharmacistsâ€(TM) revolution from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, called for concerted and collective efforts to avail the opportunity.
    National regulatory body, Central Drugs Standard Control Organizationâ€(TM)s east zone pharmacist Kailash Malik gave a clear picture about what was lacking and need of the hour in the zone and the initiative taken by the GoI, before responding to numerous questions.
    Hinting at dismal state of affairs, Arunachal Registered Pharmacistsâ€(TM) Association (ARFA) general secretary Tade Dui said that there are only 197 pharmacists against 825 health centres including 566 sub-centres (which are manned by the pharmacists in the absence of doctors) through there are 206 unemployed pharmacists in the state.
    The convention was organised by the Indian Pharmacist Revolution in collaboration with the ARPA.


    Cultural kaleidoscope reflects 'unity in diversity'

    From Karpu Chisi , BOMDILA, Nov 22: : The cultural kaleidoscope of West Kameng district was at its best today when all indigenous tribes came under a single platform to showcase their uniqueness, but â€~unity in diversityâ€(TM).
    "Honour hard labour instead of being a mere believer of god" as "Man himself is a manâ€(TM)s God", said Home Minister Tanga Byaling, adding that following any religion without hard labour will not do any good.

    Congratulating the West Kameng Indigenous Peopleâ€(TM)s Society (WKIPS) for organising the three-day maiden event at Buddha Stadium here, he urged everyone to consider such festival as an opportunity for learning different facets of any religion, custom, culture and language etc
    Undeterred by chilling wind, huge number of locals belonging to Bugun, Sartang, Monpa, Sherdukpen, Aka and Miji tribes in their best traditional attire thronged the venue t showcase their diverse cultures and traditions which they have been guarding zealously.
    It was matter of sheer chance that few foreign tourists who could be part of the cultural extravaganza and got an opportunity to relish the local cuisines in festival food stalls.
    Advocating that "Localization is the best form of globalization", department of Karmik and Adhyamik Studies (DOKA) chairman Jambey Wangdi urged those who matter to correct the distorted names of the places; such as calling Tawangâ€(TM)s Sangetsar Lake as Madhuri Lake, Lungla instead of Lumla etc. He sought more fund for DOKA to work in greater interest of the people for future.
    District lawmakers and festival patrons including T.N. Thungdok (Deputy Speaker), Kumsi Sidisow (PHE&WS Parliamentary Secretary) and Japu Deru while emphasizing on preservation, protection and rejuvenation of the indigenous cultures and traditions, congratulated the WKIPS for conceiving he idea.
    Earlier, WKIPS Chairman Bony Sakrinsow, in his address, requested the legislatures present for including the festival as a tourism calendar event while general secretary Passang Dingla said support from all corners led to the spectacular success.
    DC and festival chief advisor A.K. Singh, SP Surendre Kumar and XVIII Madras Regiment officers along with other dignitaries were present but chief patron & MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju could not attend due to pressing engagements.


    Exploitation of Arunachalee patient alleged

    From Maksam Tayeng , PASIGHAT, Nov 22:: A case of exploitation of innocent Arunachalee patients in Assam has surfaced with Pasighat-based Ruying Ajon Society president Kamin Mitkong complaining that the management of private Sanjivani hospital at Dibrugarh forcefully admitting patient, Phonidor Taye, 70, to ICU despite patientâ€(TM)s refusal as he was ok, apparently to squeeze money.

    The hospital administration didnâ€(TM)t pay any heed to their request and the patient was released from ICU after two day by after coughing up charges for three days, following constant pressure with the help of people from Dibrugarh, claimed Mitkong, who was the patient attendant.
    "It is a sheer exploitation", Mitkong said from Sanjivani.
    There have been several cases of such exploitation in the past by various hospitals in Assam, but still the Arunchalees go to these hospitals out of compulsion.
    The poor medical facilities in the state have been compelling our patients. The state has two general hospitals at Naharlagun and Pasighat. However, CT scan meant for Pasighat GH was lying unused at Ruksin since over a decade now for which most patients goes to hospitals outside for CT scan.
    Who should be blamed for procurement and issue of such costly machine is for the GoAP to decide. But how long the poor patients would suffer?


    India's Best Project-2014 conferred on Arunachal

    ITANAGAR, Nov 22: : New Delhi-based research and consultancy group, Skoch Group conferred "Indiaâ€(TM)s Best Project-2014" on skill development & employment generation department of Arunachal Pradesh for its record in skilling and providing employment to less educated and school dropout youths.

    Departmentâ€(TM)s director Subu Tabin on behalf of the GoAP received the award from Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu at a function at India Habitat Centre on Friday evening in presence of Competition Commission of India chairman Ashok Chawla, PFRDA chairman Hemant Contractor, besides a galaxy of dignitaries.
    This is the beginning of Chief Minister Nabam Tukiâ€(TM)s decision for conducting job mela to skill them with job guarantee by national level vocational training providers (VTPs), Tabin said, adding the path-breaking imitative has served as a model for may states to emulate. Senior officers of many states have visited the state capital to learn methodologies to follow suit, Tabin said in a release.
    A record 14,012 youths (1% of stateâ€(TM)s population) were registered during the first job mela conducted here in August 2013, followed by such meals in the districts. However, the ongoing district-wise job mela will include renewal of the MoAs, signed last year with the VTPs,
    The selected candidates are sponsored by the GoAP with job placement guarantee, a gift of the ruling government for the youth to become employed, he said.
    The department is also contemplating to organize such programme in districts along the
    international border under border area development programme (BADP) with the help of professional resource persons of the VTPs, the release added.


    Judge reaches school to spread legal awareness

    ITANAGAR, Nov 22: : Yupia-based district & session judge-cum-member secretary of Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA), Budi Habung today highlighted various aspects of legal services activities and availability of free legal services in the state today.
    The judge was conducting a day-log legal literacy class for 150 students (Class VIII-X) of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Vivek Vihar here, according to an official release.

    The programme, conducted by the APSLSA under its 2014-2015 state plan in collaboration with the VKV, covered legal aid, availability of various legal services schemes, fundamental duties, national integration, Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme 2011 (APVCS), sexual harassment, juvenile justice and child rights.
    Other resource persons included OSD to APSLSA Dani Belo, advocates Sunil Mow and Deepa Yoka.
    VKV principal, in his address underscored the important role of APSLSA in spreading legal awareness.
    Brochures on legal aid and APVCS, 2011 were distributed besides screening a short film on domestic violence for the benefits of the students.


    NFR DRM urged to start goods train service soon

    NAHARLAGUN, Nov 22: : Northeast Frontier Railwaysâ€(TM) Rangiya-based divisional manager has assured to take steps to resume the train service to Arunachal Pradesh capital at the earliest.
    His assurance came when a seven-member team of the All Arunachal Section Divisional North Frontier Railway Construction Loading & Unloading Sramik Union, Arunachal unit called on him to urge that the much desired train service would break the isolation syndrome of this land-locked state and help merge with the mainland.

    The team led by union president Kipa Karo and general secretary Tadar Harji called on divisional railway manager in his office at Rangia on Thursday last and requested him for immediate steps to start goods train service immediately to be followed by passenger train in the greater interest of the state.
    The transportation by train would reduce the cost to benefit the consumers while help the railway labourers to earn their livelihood, they said to justify their demand.
    The DRM after a patient hearing also assured all possible steps for the development of railways in Arunachal Pradesh.
    AFND adds: It may be mentioned here that the maiden passenger train had chugged in into the Borum station on April 12 last putting this Himalayan state on the railway map of India but was suspended abruptly after a month.
    The proposal to introduce Rajdhani Express from this month seems to be a distant dream.


    Locals to monitor road works

    AALO, Nov 22: : Fed up with the deplorable internal and external road connectivity in the district HQs here, the local people have decided to closely monitor the construction of road, CC drains and culverts for which a sum of Rs. 10 crore have been sanctioned.

    The works will be taken up at Police Point to TCP gate, Siyom Colony, Upper Colony, DRDA to Sipu Puyi, Pakam Tiniali to Hydel, New Market, Puakgumin to police station, GHS school Gaur Hill via industry, Goye-Hisum, Medical Colony to SIB, RWD Complex to Lik-Gumin, PI Colony roads etc. .
    All obstruction from any quarter would be removed as decided in a coordination meeting under the chairmanship of ADC-cum-estate officer T. Talom.
    Former minister Kento Ete & AAPAWS president and former MLA Talong Taggu said that the works have to be done as per the DPR specifications to ensure quality. Committees and organizations at various sectors should be taken into confidence before any payments are made to the contractors. The administration need to take bold steps as the masses would always extend support for any good cause, they opined.
    PHED EE Toni Ete stressed on providing the right of way (RoW) for laying pipelines. Moreover, locals should take permission from the PWD for laying pipes as damaging the road is an offence.
    The DLR&SO disclosed that the RoW has been reduced to minimum level to avoid damages of properties and facilitate development. (DIPRO)

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    Swachh Bharat Abhiyan organized

    NAHARLAGUN, Nov 22: , Nov 22, 2014: More than 100 members of All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) led by its president Dana Tadu conducted a e mass social service in Arunachal State Hospital (ASH) here today toeing the ongoing nation wide Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
    The group cleaned up drains, bushes and garbage strewn all around the hospital campus before disposing off the accumulate garbage.

    Tadu urged the members of the civil society to voluntary take up such drives for creating a healthy environment. A hygienic environment in and around hospitals, government offices, schools and public places would symbolize the clean the habit of the stateâ€(TM)s people, he added.

    KVK's village adoption prog

    BOMDILA, Nov 22: , Nov 22, 2014: West Siang KVK programme coordinator incharge A. Kirankumar Singh and horticulture scientist Thejangulie Angami visited fields of different farmersâ€(TM) at Nyodu for adopting the village under AICRP on tuber crops; Nyigam and Chirne under seed production programme on rapeseed/mustard.

    The duo inspected the fields of Migo Basar, Nyayi Basar, Ipu Basar, Migam Basar, Joba Basar, Mimar Basar, Inya Basar, Margo Basar and Kensum Basar of Nyigam village and Peken Basar and Kriya Basar of Chirne village, where the farmers are growing potato, mustard, radish, pea, etc.
    The team observed the problem of early blight in potato in which the uncertified varieties are grown and suggested control measures, according to an official release.

    Obang Tangu remembered

    PASIGHAT, Nov 22: , Nov 22, 2014: Education Minister Tapang Taloh today exhorted the people to be accommodative to bridge the gap among different classes to make Arunachal society a classless society.

    Remembering his father-in-law Obang Tangu on his first death anniversary at the latterâ€(TM)s native village Takilalung on Friday, Taloh said that he still lives in the heats of the people as he made sacrifices and served the society with dedication. He was appointed GB at a very young age but turned social reformer to foster better understanding and harmonious living irrespective of rich and poor, tribe and religion.
    East Siang DC Nidhi Srivastava, senior officers and leaders, among others, offered special prayers on the occasion.
    Born in 1940 in Riew village under Pangin-Boleng sub-division, Tangu was served as head gaon bura and died last year after brief illness. (DIPRO)

    MLA distributes CGI sheet to fire victims

    KHONSA, Nov 22:, Nov 22, 2014: Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh distributed 50 CGI sheets to each fire victims of Moktowa village, located 58 km from here.
    Aboh, who could not reach the village due to sudden death of his cousin brother the same day, consoled the victims and suggested them to construct houses by maintaining safe distance to prevent such mishaps.
    The MLA also appreciated district administration for offering Rs 15,000 to each of the eight victims and Rs 1,900 each to five others as immediate relief.

    Moktowa chief Hangthian Tekwa also appreciated Aboh for his concern for the fire victims.
    Aboh, who announced Rs 1 lakh for improving the festival ground of Moktowa village, inaugurated the house of Tianye Kamhua, chief of Kamhua village for which 80 CGI sheets were managed. Earlier, he had inaugurated the houses of Thinra Colony and New Kothin chiefs.
    The MLA was accompanied by host of government officers including Khonsa BDO incharge Jangpong Tangjang, Dadam Chief Wanggo Lowang, public and youth leaders. (DIPRO)

    SRC trains 55 master trainers

    NAHARLAGUN, Nov 22:, Nov 22, 2014: State Resource Centre (SRC) for Adult Education here conducted a 13-day master trainers training of district coordinators which concluded today.
    In all 55 participants from Kurung Kumey, Tawang, Anjaw, Tirap, Changlang and Lower Dibang Valley districts, identified for having low female literacy. They were oriented about Saakshar Bharat Mission (SMB), financial literacy and legal literacy as a part of inter personal media campaign under the SMB, according to an official release.