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Arunachal Children run for the safety of women in India

In the wake of recent crimes against women across India, a group of children in the last village of Arunachal Pradesh ran for the safety of women in India to conclude their annual sports day celebrations on 4 December 2019. The number crime against women has been on the rise in the recent past. Every day morning greets us with depressing news about atrocities against women. Just when the country was recovering from the Nirbhaya incident in Delhi, similar incidents have started happening across the country in the recent past. The murder of the young veterinary Doctor in Hyderabad and the killing of a school child in Rajasthan in the past week have left us wondering if our country has become unsafe for women and children  to live any more, said the Principal of Newman School in Neotan village of Changlang District. Inaugurating the event, he said, “Your running today may not solve this problem. However, your act will spread awareness among yourselves to work towards building up a safer society for women in India”. A group of 200 children participated in the 3 Kilometer mini marathon that began from Government Higher Secondary School in Namphai I and ended at Newman School Neotan. Students from class four to class ten participated in the running that began at 5.30 am and everyone showed enthusiasm to be part of the early running for an important cause. “I woke up at 4am today to be in time for this running today”, said Wangthan Chithan, a tenth grader who won the marathon. “The purpose this running motivated me”. I would grow up to build a better country for the women to live in, said Gideon Khimhun, the youngest participant at the end of the...

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Arunachal Missionary Nun receives International Human Rights Award

A missionary Nun, Doctor Rose Tom, working in Arunachal Pradesh is conferred with ‘International Human Rights” award 2019 for her healthcare services in the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh by a Delhi-based International Human Rights Council on 9 December, at the India Islamic Centre Auditorium in the presence of invitees from all over the country and abroad. Doctor Sister Rose Tom, who hails from Kottayam District in Kerala, a Gynecologist, with more than 33 years of work experience from across the country, is currently working for the last four years at the Krick and Bourry Memorial (KBM) Hospital in Injan village of Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh. “I am totally humbled by this honour”, said the 67 year old Nun, who belongs to the Sacred Heart (SH) Congregation of Pala Province, Kerala. She came to Arunachal in 2015, responding to the special invitation from Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese, to serve in KBM Hospital, the only Church-run hospital in the north eastern state, bordering Myanmar and China. Speaking on the occasion, she said, “Healthcare service is still major concern for the people in Arunachal.” According to a recent report, the Arunachal’s Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) is 36 deaths per 1000 births, the highest figure recorded in the state since 2000 and one of the worst in the country. “We are doing our best first of all to educate and spread awareness among the people to reduce the IMR in the state through our mobile clinics and village health workers”, said the awardee, who has done her MD in Padova University, Italy and DGO in Dublin, Ireland. Accepting the award, she said, “This award is for the hundred of health workers like me, who walk for days to care for the sick in the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh”. Bishop George too congratulated Doctor Rose Tom for the honour and said that she rightly deserves the award. “Dr. Sr. Rose Tom, with her years of experience and expertise is a doctor for the people. When she was told of the need for a Doctor in KBM Hospital, she at once relinquished her duty as a medical superintendent in a big hospital in Kerala and moved to Arunachal. She has indeed become a blessing for the people around. More than the health care per se, the awareness imparting role that she plays is more important as many deaths are caused to due to the ignorance of the people”, he said. The missionary Sister receiving the award is not only a big honour for the state but it also highlights the lack of proper healthcare for the people living in hilltops of Arunachal...

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Extraordinary Missionary Month inaugurated with a prayer guide in Miao Diocese

The Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMM) of October 2019 announced by Pope Francis was inaugurated with a prayer guide booklet for prayer intentions for the mission stations in Miao Diocese of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. Responding to the Pope’s call to celebrate the month of October 2019 as Extraordinary Missionary Month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, the faithful in the northeastern most region of India inaugurated the month of October with a special prayer intention booklet and Rosary procession across the diocese. Releasing a small booklet prepared for the event, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese said the month should make everyone aware that the primary duty of the Church is to make Christ known to all the people. “I hope this booklet helps everyone to make an extra effort to make this month days of deep reflection on the call of everyone to be a missionary”, he said. The booklet contains a brief reflection for each day of the month and prayer intentions for all the mission stations in the Diocese and concludes with a short prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Miao Diocese has drawn up a huge action plan to make everyone participate in the EMM, that includes animations for Catechists, men and women groups, Eucharistic procession and prayer rally scheduled to be held all over the month of October. People also expressed happiness to be part of this global event of the Church. “Such events of the Church not only make participate but it also makes us aware that we belong to the Universal Church”, said a believer at the end of the first day of...

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North East based tour operator bags National Tourism Award

International Pilgrimage Revolution (IPR) a North East based tour operator bagged National Tourism Award for the Best Inbound Tour Operator category at the World Tourism Day celebrations in New Delhi on 27 September 2019. Receiving the award on behalf of IPR, Rev. Fr. Tomy Joseph, a Catholic Priest based in Miao Diocese of Arunachal Pradesh, said this award will give the entire North East region some much-needed visibility. “North East region has a huge tourism scope. Sparing a few places, the region has not found a place in the wish list of the tourists. We hope this award will attract more tourists to the region and IPR can facilitate them for a hassle-free visit”. Fr. Joseph received the award from Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel in the presence of Secretary-General of World Tourism Organisation Zurab Pololikashvili. Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese, who was instrumental in bringing IPR to North East region, too expressed joy over the award.  “Each State in the North East Region has its unique and identity and beauty. It has every feature to become a tourist’s delight. This award will go a long way in capturing the attention of the tourists across the world”, said the Salesian prelate. In its first move to promote tourism in the region, IPR brought a group of 13 Germans for a week-long trip to the North East. They visited Kaziranga National Park, Majuli Island, Sibsagar Rang Ghar, Namsai Golden Pagoda, Miao Tibetan Settlement, Jairampur World War Cemetery and Namdapha National Park from 22 to 27 September. “It is the first time we have experienced such a beautiful culture, traditional houses and food”, said Mr. Hild who visited India for the fourth time. “This is an overwhelming experience and totally different”, said Ms. Eisenreich who visited India for the sixth time. A North East based operator winning National Tourism Award and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu taking a tough stance on promotion of tourism in the State augurs well for the scope of tourism in the...

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Plantation and cleanliness drive mark Earth Day Network mega event in Arunachal Pradesh

Seva Kendra Arunachal East (SKAE) participated in the mega event conducted across India by Earth Day Network with awareness session on waste management and plantation and cleanliness drive in Namphai town of Changlang district on 20 September. SKAE, the social service wing of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh, brought together student community, self-help groups, youth, women association and public leaders from around Changlang district at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Namphai to spread awareness on environment protection to participate in the mega event held across India on the same day. Speaking at the awareness session, Chief Guest Apolo James Lungphi, Extra Additional Commissioner for Miao and Vijaynagar sub-divisions of Changlang districted, highlighted the critical situation of the environment across the globe. “This is the time to act”, he said. “With the Amazon Forest on fire for the past few weeks, it is everyone’s duty to do his or her bit to protect and promote the environment”. Around 200 people participated in the awareness event that discussed on water and air pollution, waste management, the threat plastic use poses to the environment and alternative solutions to plastic use. The Circle Range Forest Officer Tage Mali advocated for the inclusion of tree plantation in the academic curriculum for the students to encourage them plant more trees.  “Planting trees around is a major step towards the promotion of the environment. Every school in the district should make it mandatory for the students to plant trees to get promoted”, he said. Speaking on behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society and the Self Help Groups, Mrs. Nganpa Mossang expressed her gratitude to SKAE and Caritas India, the sponsor of the event for spreading awareness among the youth group and student community. Fr. Edvin Prabhu too spoke on behalf of the SKAE. The mega event ended with planting saplings and cleaning the market area of Namphai town by the...

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