ITANAGAR, Apr 10: The 720-mt-long Digaru bridge linking Lohit and Dibang Valley districts
was inaugurated by Minister of State for Defence and Chairman, Border Roads Development
Board (BRDB) Dr. M M Pallam Raju at a function at Lohit district yesterday.
The Digaru bridge, the longest bridge constructed by the Border Roads Organization
(BRO) ever, was undertaken by Project Udayak. With opening of the bridge, a long
pending demand of the local population as well as the Army authorities has been fulfilled.
The Union Minister experienced the hardships faced by the local population as well
as Army personnel due to absence of bridges in the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh
during his more than five hours grueling road journey to reach Lohit after the helicopter
in which he was travelling could not proceed further due to inclement weather.
During his road journey, Dr. Pallam Raju inspected each and every under construction
roads and bridges on National Highways NH-13 and NH-15.
After the inauguration, he inspected the portion of trans-Arunachal Highway being
constructed by BRO and visited Paya Production Centre where all the pavement works
material are being produced. The Minister complemented BRO for the excellent work
despite severe constraints. Monday’s inauguration ceremony was attended by Lt Gen
S. Ravi Shankar, Director General Border Roads (DGBR), Lt Gen Dalbir Singh, GOC,
3 Corps and other civil and military officers and officials.
DGBR Dalbir Singh gave a detailed account of all road and bridge infrastructure being
developed in Arunachal Pradesh, according to Press Information Bureau (Defence Wing).
LCF's mission health care
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Till recently, whenever a place like Vijoynagar in Changlang district
pops up in local media, the news used to be that of despair and all sorts of negativity.
Vijoynagar circle, locally known as Moloshidi Valley is still an air-fed area. Being
a remote area, the people are facing many hardships in their everyday life. Health
care problem has been one of the major issues causing loss of many precious lives
every year, according to an official release.
Keeping this in mind, Life Care Foundation (LCF) led by Philip Ngwazah has been providing
free medical care to the people through Medical Supply Journey programmes and by
organizing medical camps in many villages since 2008 where medical facility is a
distant dream till today. The Foundation also is also trying to provide free educational
support to the unfortunate children of the valley by having a Life Care Home in Miao
town since last year without any support or sponsorship. This year, LCF was able
to make medical supply journey to 8 villages and organize free medical camps in 5
different places starting from February 18 till March 7.
Medical supply journey and medical camps could be possible and materialized with
kind financial assistance from a church through Asia Christian Services, Kamlung
Mosang, Minister, Food & Civil Supply, Geology & Mining and Art & Culture; S. Agarwal,
Coal fields- Kharsang and Shomlung Mosang, public leader of Miao.
Further, the medical programmes could not have been possible without the support
and contributions of Chemkha Wangpan, Health Assistant, Karuna Trust (Arunachal)
posted in Khimiyang PHC, Dr. T. Khimhun, MO Vijoynagar PHC, Dr. K. Nishing, DHS,
Dr. P. Dutta, I/C DMO Changlang; Dr. M. Khimhun, District Tuberculosis Officer, Changlang;
Anup Sarmah, Coordinatior- Karuna Trust (Arunachal), Itanagar; District administration,
Changlang and Miao Sub-Division and R. K. Rai, CO Vijoynagar.
Wushu team wins 13 medals
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Arunachal Pradesh Wushu team won seven silver and six bronze medals
in the 11th Sub-Junior and 20th Senior National Wushu Championship which was held
at Jammu from March 27 to 31.
The medal winners are (sub-junior (Optional Taolu), Monalisa (Sil. in Guanshu), Swrangsiri
(Sil. in Gunshu), Smita (Br. in Daoshu), Sanma (Sil. in Taiji Jian), Kumshi (Sil
in Nangun), P Gujral, 20 kg (Sil in physical fight), Rato Doye, 44kg (Br. in physical
fight), Likha Taz, 52 kg (Sil in physical fight).
Senior group (optional Taolu): Chinglembi Chanu (Br. in Taiji Jian), Thaja Chanu,
65kg (Sil in Girls fight), Abo Lukham, 52 kg (Br. in Men’s fight), Premchandra Singh,
56 kg (Br. in Men’s fight), Manu Gora, 60 kg (Br. in Men’s fight).
The team was led by master Premkumar Singh who was also the head judge of the championship.
All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association president Toko Teki has highly appreciated
the performance of the state team.
IFCSAP, APCLO seek state Govt. intervention
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: A team of Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh
(IFCSAP) visited Malini Mela ground at Likabali, where Assam officials had carried
out an eviction drive and demolished the pandal and other structures built to celebrate
After taking stock of the situation, IFCSAP vehemently condemned the act and urged
the state government to tell its Assam counterpart to immediately stop such unlawful
activities within Arunachal territory.
“Since Arunachal Pradesh is protected area, any outsider cannot damage any public
or private property which is within the political boundary of Arunachal Pradesh,”
IFCSAP said in a release.
It reiterated that Malithan area was part and parcel of Arunachal Pradesh.
“There is historical evidence that the original boundary of NEFA is at Akajan Tinali.
But Assam government has pushed it back upto Likabali,” the release said and criticized
the Arunachal Pradesh government for being a mute spectator to such serious issue.
Demanding a permanent solution to Assam-Arunachal boundary disputes, IFCSAP impressed
upon the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to initiate dialogue with Assam government
with an assertive stance. Further, the land Act of Arunachal Pradesh should be implemented
immediately with a provision of easy procedures for issuing LPC, especially at boundary
areas, the release added.
The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Liberties Organization (APCLO) vehemently condemned the
destruction of public properties inside Arunachal territory at Malini Mela, Likabali
by Assam authorities on April 6.
Repeated destruction of properties and harassment to the Arunachalee people that
too inside the Arunachal territory by the Assam officials has posed a serious threat
to the time-tested age-old relations between the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the
Blaming the Centre for its lackadaisical attitude towards solution to the Assam-Arunachal
boundary row, the organization further said “the divide and rule policy of the Union
government has encouraged the Assam Govt to act as big brother.” The ruling party
in both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh left the boundary issue unresolved to score political
mileage at the cost of peace and tranquility of the people of both the neighbouring
states, it alleged.
Giving a details of boundary problems right from the formation of Gopinath Bordolai
Committee on boundary, the organization said that unilateral decision to capture
4051.10 sq km Arunachal territory and land by Assam authorities resulted in boundary
disputes and skirmishes along the Assam-Arunachal boundary. Ground level study on
nature of land holding system and implication of forest laws in boundary area is
a must before initiating any major steps towards solution to the vexed inter-state
boundary problem, the organization opined.
Lambasting the Assam Govt for violating the Supreme Court order to maintain status
quo along inter-state boundary, the organization said Assam authorities made it a
habit to demolish dwelling houses of Arunachalee people with complete violation of
status-quo. Eviction drive carried out by Assam officials and torture meted out to
Arunachalee citizens inside Arunachal territory is not only unethical and illegal
but also a blatant violation of Human Rights, the Organization said.
APCLO urged upon the Arunachal Govt to register a criminal case against the Assam
officials who were involved in illegal eviction drive and to demand compensation
from Assam for damages caused to the public properties. It further said the state
Govt should request the Supreme Court to file a contempt of court petition against
Assam Govt for willful violation of status quo so that the Assam officials could
not dare to repeat such undesirable incidents in near future.
YNMA attacks Govt on law and order, demands logistic support to police
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Youth Network Movement of Arunachal (YNMA) has vehemently criticized
the state Govt for prevailing deteriorating law order situation in the state capital.
Launching a scathing attack on State Govt, the YNMA said it is state Govt not police,
which is responsible for pathetic law and order in state Capital. The state government
has neither deployed adequate number of security personnel nor provided logistic
support to police department like adequate number of vehicles, ambulance and fuel
to run the vehicles. Moreover, police personnel have not been properly trained to
execute task. Where is the government’s internal security policy? It questioned.
“It is very difficult for sizeable number of police personnel with limited number
of vehicles to check and control crime at state capital when it occures at more than
one place at the same time, especially during night hours,” the YNMA said.
Pointing out the recent attack on a law student Haku Tatak, who is also one of the
coordinators of YNMA by unknown miscreants, YNMA said the police personnel did not
rush to the spot though they were informed of the incident by a good Samaritan. Even
the police was unable to provide an ambulance to take the injured Tatak to nearby
hospital. Who is to blame for this messy situation, questioned YNMA.
It appealed to the state Govt and Parliamentary secretary, Home, to create one more
police station in state capital, increase the number of police personnel and provide
adequate number of vehicles including ambulance so that police personnel are able
to check and control crime effectively and efficiently .
YNMA further called on the state Govt to deploy police personnel at all the sensitive
areas in state capital during night hours to control ‘monkey business’ of drunken
youths. YNMA coordinators also appealed to the general public to discourage criminal
activities in order to create a congenial atmosphere in Arunachal Pradesh. ‘Might
is not a means to sort out any problem,’ it added.
Expedite the probe into brutal attack: Orgs
Adi Students Union Itanagar (AdiSUI) has called on SP capital to fast-track the investigation
into brutal attack on law student Haku Tatak by unidentified person on the April
While condemning the incident the union expressed serious concern over deteriorating
law and order in the state particularly in the Capital Complex. They also urged government
to provide medical assistance to the victim.
The 13th Itanagar Assembly Constituency Youth Congress Committee has also expressed
sadness over inhumane attack on Haku Tatak. While appealing the authorities concerned
to expedite the investigation , the Youth Congress said if the culprit(s) are not
arrested at the earliest, it might encourage criminal activities further putting
the life of other people at risk.
Redress your banking grievances through Banking Ombudsman
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: A banking awareness programme was conducted by officials from office
of Banking Ombudsman for north eastern states, Reserve Bank of India, Guwahati in
collaboration with Orchid Foundation Guwahati and Society for Indigenous Development,
Pasighat at Science Centre, I G Park here today.
During the campaign, awareness on ‘Banking Ombudsman Scheme, Grievance Redressal
Mechanism for Bank Customers, Detection of Fake Currency Notes, Fraudulent Non-Banking
Companies and Fraudulent SMS and E-mails including ATM were highlighted by the resource
Addressing the gathering, Banking Ombudsman for North Eastern State BB Sangma briefed
about the role of office of Banking Ombudsman in resolving the grievances relating
to deficiency of customer service of banks.
He informed that Banking Ombudsman Scheme (BOS) was introduced by Reserve Bank of
India in 1995. The BOS enables an expeditious and inexpensive forum to bank customers
for resolution of their complaints relating to certain services including credit
cards, ATM and Internet banking service rendered by banks.
“If you do not receive any reply within a period of one month after filing a complaint
against a particular bank or you are not satisfied with the reply given by the bank
you may approach office of ombudsman for redressal of your grievances,” he said.
However, he advised that a complainant should first try to find out satisfactory
result directly with the bank concerned. He informed that mobile banking system/
cashless transactions would be adopted in north eastern states soon.
Reserve Bank of India, Guwahati Deputy General Manager A K Kureel through powerPoint
presentation highlighted on various tactics applied by fraudster to lure the bank
He advised the public not to fall into the trap laid by unscrupulous persons offering
rewards of fictitious lottery schemes and not to be lured by schemes of various non
banking financial companies offering very high returns on their investments.
Further highlighting about misuse of magic pen by unscrupulous persons, he advised
the public to use own pen while filling up Cheques for safety and security.
Anyone can directly lodge their bank related complaint at email@example.com and
also can get detail on banking ombudsman schemes at http://www.rbi.org.in/commonman,
Reserve Bank of India, Guwahati Treasurer BK Pegu demonstrated various features of
genuine Indian currency notes and how to detect fake currency notes.
Meanwhile, exchanging some mutilated notes of the participants on the occasion, Pegu
briefed about the exchange value of mutilated notes.
He further briefing about certain banking rules and regulation said that there should
be a separate service counter for old age citizen in the bank.
Orchid Foundation, Guwahati President Dr. Neelanjan Konwar highlighted the objectives
of the awareness programme. He urged the people to avail the facilities offered under
Banking Ombudsman Scheme meant for redressing grievances of bank customers free
The Banking Ombudsman can receive and consider any complaint relating to the deficiency
in banking services including internet banking. These include:
* Non-payment or inordinate delay in the payment or collection of cheques, drafts,
* Non-acceptance, without sufficient cause, of small denomination currency notes
tendered for any purpose and for charging of commission in respect thereof. l Non-payment
or delay in payment of inward remittances.
* Failure to issue or delay in issue of drafts, pay orders or bankers cheques.
* Non-adherence to prescribed working hours.
* Failure to provide or delay in providing a banking facility (other than loans and
advances) promised in writing by a bank or its direct selling agents.
* Delays or non-credit of proceeds to customers' accounts, non-payment of deposit
or non-observance of the Reserve Bank directives applicable to rate of interest on
deposits in any savings, current or any other account maintained with a bank.
* Refusal to open deposit accounts without any valid reason for the refusal.
* Levying of charges without adequate prior notice to the customers
* Non-disbursement or delay in disbursement of pension (to the extent the grievance
can be attributed to the action on the part of the bank concerned, but not with regard
to its employees).
* Refusal to accept or delay in accepting payment towards taxes, as required by Reserve
* Forced closure of deposit accounts without due notice or without sufficient reason
* Refusal to close or delay in closing the accounts
* Non-observance of Reserve Bank of India guidelines on engagement of recovery agents
by banks and any other matter relating to the violation of the directives issued
by the Reserve Bank of India in relation to banking or other services.
Taloh inaugurates school & medical sub-center
Pasighat, Apr 10: Industry, Handloom & Handicraft Minister Tapang Taloh inaugurated
a medical sub-center and Govt Primary School at Lokpeng village yesterday. He was
accompanied by officials and public leaders.
Speaking on the occasion, Taloh highlighted various developmental projects in the
area and said that all schemes and projects should be taken up on need base basis.
He assured to provide fund for a permanent building for the medical sub-center and
development of the school surroundings.
Describing the hydro-power potential of Arunchal and its natural resources, including
limestone, the Minister informed that the Govt is planning to setup a food processing
unit in the area which will help in producing value added products. He appealed all
to create congenial atmosphere and help setup industries which will go a long way
in solving the unemployment problem.
Speaking about Right To Information (RTI), Taloh said that RTI Act should not be
allowed to be misused to become a tool to obstruct the developmental activities.
Replying to a two-point memorandum regarding construction of a link road and community
hall, the minister assured to look into their demand.
District Medical Officer Dr. T Taloh said that health care facility in the district
is improving very fast with the support and guidance of the minister. He said that
required staff has been placed and medicines would be made available. He also informed
that OT facilities will be introduced at Boleng CHC very soon by posting qualified
doctors. He sought cooperation from all in improving the health services.
Taben Jamoh, ZPM, prominent leaders, GBs also spoke on the occasion, among others.
Mythology of Longte festival
By Nangram Pingkap
The Nyishi community, which inhabits in the Central and the Western part of Arunachal
Pradesh and also in some parts of upper Assam believes in the existence of some Supra-Physical
beings and ancestor deities. Hence, their customs and traditions may rightly be described
as conventional. They also propitiate a great variety of deities- benevolent and
malevolent, beneficent and maleficent which are credited with the power of influencing
their lives and actions from womb to tomb. To avoid the anguish and displeasure of
these unforeseen Supra-Physical beings and also to get their blessings, they are
(Deities) worshipped with performances of rituals and festivals individually and
collectively by sacrificing domesticated animals and with the offerings of attiing
(rice powder), takki (ginger), rughmagh (fowls feathers), amchuk (un-husked paddy-grain)
and other related items.
With these sacrifices and offerings, the Nyishis believe that human being can live
a life of peace and prosperity on this earth only when a perfect harmony is maintained
between human, God and nature.
Longte is one of such propitiations; literally, it means a large wooden or bamboo
barricade/fence which is erected on the principal path leading to their habitats
generally at a place where their ancestors used to close the path on community basis
with the belief that it demarcates the domain of humans and spirits from ill-intended
In the olden days, the festival was celebrated in clan-wise or village-wise during
the advent of spring season or during a major Mithun sacrifices ritual in villages
concern in the month of Datey - Polu (February) and no particular day was fixed.
However, with the impact of modernization, cultural diffusion and advent of administration
into the Nyishi Society the timing of the celebration had to be changed to month
of Lechar-Polu (April) to avoid coinciding with examination timing of school children’s
and give full access to the Govt. officials participation.
As per the myths of the Nyishi community, the genesis of the Longte is contemporaneous
with the marriages of Abotani and his Dogging gingnam (migration) for survival with
Myth had it, that Abotani, the mythical ancestor and progenitor of human race and
also the hero of his time married number of wives including Kusuk - Kurak (Dry leaves),
Hutung-Rungbung (Bamboo-Tube), Tagne-Hamak (Toads), Nyido-Noko, Nyido-Negin, Nyido-Lote
Loder, Nyido- Nonang, Nyido-Nosho etc, all of who were celestial wives.
Finding no suitable lady as his life-partner on earth, Abotani decided to avenge
his misfortune by creating havoc on earth. Empathizing his plight, Doriang-ne (a
divine and merciful lady) came to know the evil plans of Abotani. So, she sent a
messenger- Hintejorjo-Pu, (humming bird) which in turn impressed upon Abotani against
resorting to such type of extreme steps. Further, the Hintejorjo-pu informed that
a divine lady named Changa-Griang- Loyang-tamangne (known for her beauty and charm
on earth) was found weaving all the time in a beautiful place on the earth.
HinteJorjo-pu assured to offer his service to Abotani. Resultantly, Abotani with
the aid of Hintejorjo-pu impregnated Changa-Griang- Loyang-Tamangne by applying an
ingenious trick. Finally, Changa-Griang-Loyang-Tamang-ne (the most beautiful lady
on earth) conceived and gave birth to Atu Nyiya (a baby boy). The birth of a male
baby hitherto heralded a series of extreme problems for Abotani.
All the malevolent contenders who wanted to marry Changa-Griang- Loyang-tamangne
like Kiarg-Riargh (the deity of forest), Nyor (the deity of land), Sii (the creator
of all living things), Pamdu (the deity of snow), began claiming the fathership of
the child. In this regard, even Changa-Griang-Loyang-Tamang-ne herself too was confused
because she could not understand the fact on how she could conceive and gave birth
to a baby without having any physical contact with any male.
Finding no any acceptable solution, Changa-Griang-Loyang-Tamang-ne proposed that
a series of tests were to be conducted to ascertain the father-ship of the child.
Amongst the many tests, she handed over a piece of meat to the child and asked him
to give it to his real father. The child crawled from person to person and finally
gave the piece of meat to Abotani, who was sitting at the corner of the room in a
pitiable condition, and thereby, provoking all other malevolent beings.
As a result, the father-ship was proved and Changa-Griang-Loyang-Tamang-ne accepted
Abotani as her legitimate spouse. Then and there, gruesome, animosity and malice
against Abotani started emerging from all corners in leaps and bounds. Finding it
extremely difficult to live in harmony with those malevolent beings, Abotani sought
the advice of Doriang-ne, a divine lady who could foresee the future to suggest as
to how Abotani and his Associates could separate and migrate to a safer place.
Doriang-ne advised Abotani to consult and seek the advice of Thugh-Changtum (a divine
lady) and Tugung-Butey (a great benevolent spirit). Under such perplexing situation
Thugh-Changtum (divine lady) and Tugung-Butey (a great benevolent spirit) felt pity
for humankind and advised them to seek the help of Ane- Doriang-ne or Ane-donyi (Mother
Goddess resembling the Sun).
Accordingly, Tani and his Associates were advised to start Dogging-gingrap (migration)
before the dawn of spring season, the time when evil forces, diseases, epidemics,
serpents etc, are yet to become active on the earth’s surface. The period of this
Dogging-gingrap (migration) is referred to as the era of NIKUM TUGH… The mouths of
all the domesticated animals and birds to be taken along with them were tied up so
as to restrict creation of any noise which could awaken the evil spirits, but some
of the evil spirits managed to dig out the plan of Abotani and his Associates. At
the same time, Abotani also committed certain stupidities by not following all the
instruction of Ane Doriang-ne. Due to the follies committed by Abotani, the malevolent
spirits followed the human beings throughout their migration. Herein, the Nyishis
believe that till today the malevolent spirits leave no opportunity to cause misfortune
and harm to humankind.
After having committed certain stupidities, Abotani, without having any second option
once again sought the advice of Ane Doriang-ne. Accordingly, she gave following advice
to Abotani and his Associates:
1. That all unforeseen problems/miseries can be minimized by appeasing the evil/malevolent
spirits by performing rituals, offertories and by sacrificing domesticated animals
as and when the problem arises.
2. Tugh Tariap was advised to erect two wooden posts (Longriap)in upright position,
at Narba Gillang (a pass), one with left hand to restrict the entry of evil spirits
or destructive forces in human domain(siikhi doligh-ham, deregh yarangham, dighdhar
rachik-ham haghragh debe) and the other with right hand to signify multiplication
of human race, his domesticated animals and crops (lapang piire ham, richigh-kimu
ham, dinte subuham haghbukh debe).
3. Tugh Tatup was advised to go to Kampung Ryang, (where a plant with large leaves
grow) to collect kukam (Large Leaves)and with these leaves he was asked to cover
the tops and holes, so as to avoid injuries from objects like thorn, poisonous insects,
sharp materials etc.
4. Tugh Changtum was told to prepare rice powder (attiing)for feasts of human and
deities as sacred refreshment. She was also advised to offer rughmagh-Amchuk (White
fowl feather & un-husked rice grain) to Gods and Goddesses of Namchang-Suku (Settlement
areas and source of drinking water) as Nyishu Sujo-Gumlung Chakjo (token for up bringing,
care and protection).
Abotani and his Associates followed above instructions religiously and won the love
and affections of the deities, with this the era of NIKUM TUGH ended and the era
of NIYA TUGUNG (Atu-Gungte)started.
Atu Gungte (a pious and divine man) and Ayu Gumru (pious lady with divine nature)led
the humans to a safer places and gifted the future generations following household
articles, which symbolizes and signifies the domesticated animals or birds and food-grain
to men and women folks:
After getting all these household articles, the humans started their own occupations
for their survivals. First they started looking for their Gangdha deligh-Gangte deligh
Some of the others who stayed back in gangtung rudung (their earlier settlement
places) started occupying the lands while Gangta Taba-bu succeeded in occupying new
habitats before the others, Gangkar yayar-ne became the caretaker of the new occupied
lands and Gangping Peming-bu became expert in giving names to land, forest, rivers,
hills, streams, materials etc.
As seen above, the humans finally won the heart of the deities and able to defeat
evils of malevolent nature, succeeded in capturing and converting the Tabhagh-Taigh
Namchang to Heme-Hu Namchang (dwelling places of snakes and bees to playground of
joy full children); Sunyu-Tarmu-Abdak-Riitu Namchang to Hu Namchang (Extinct and
barren land to growing up land); Gumgo Namchang to Ryunghigh Namchang (habitats of
wild boar to pigs habitat); Dumpung(Deer) to Bingtung (Goat); Bigchugh (Wild Bostfrontalis)
to Subu (Mithun); Tade (Mountain bird) to Bobigh (Fowl) and lastly the humans started
striving for their own future, their personal development and prospects. Thus originated
the celebration of Longte by the Nyishis and is relevant even till date for the facts
narrated in the foregoing paragraphs.
Before, during and after the course of the celebration of Longte Festival, the stakeholder’s
are expected to observe certain taboos or restrictions which are as follows:-
a) Any kind of sacrifices which involve bloodshed of animals or birds are strictly
prohibited just before, during and after the celebration of the festival.
b) Dances/Circular movement around the fence is
not done except placing or erecting their respective decorated bamboo poles in it
and shouting/yelling of hymn called Gugrey with rhythmic.
c) Giving of domesticated animals like mithun, pig, goat etc. to others are not done
for some days after the celebration of the festival.
d) After the closer of the path with longte longriap/barricade/fencing neither the
stakeholders themselves nor other people are allowed to cross the fencing for at
least seven days or less.
e) Rice powder in paste form is not smeared to people as practiced in some communities.
But rice powder is thrown on the sacred fencing and bamboo poles.
f) There used to be heavy exchange of edible items like Oppo (Local brew) and adding
(meat) and also male members used to visit each others house while females remain
in their respective house to receive the guests and to offer them meats & drinks.
The Nyishis believe that these formalities are observed to strengthen the demarcation
of domain of humans and spirits and to free from the influences of ill intended trespasses
of destructive or harmful forces. In brief, Longte is a customary practice to emphasize
the efforts and endurance of humankind to block outside evils like epidemics, diseases
and ill influences so that health, wealth and prosperity is maintained.
Thus, it was how the Longte became a traditional and customary practice of the Nyishi
community since time immemorial. It was believed to have, first celebrated at Narba
Namchang (After erecting Longte-longbe or Longte Longriap at Narba Gillang), a mythical
place where the early Nyishis settled and the present day culture of the tribe evolved.
The Longte is a festival which does not distinguish any person on the basis of age,
creed, sex etc. and it does not involve any kind of bloodshed ritual sacrifices during
the course of its celebration. It has also close link with agricultural activities
of the people. During Longte, the benevolent spirits are invoked for their blessings,
so that there may be bumper production of food-grains and the occurrence of famines,
damage by pests and rodents, drought, landslide, flood, etc does not hamper cultivation.
The festival also emphasizes on the fertility and multiplication of animal husbandry
and human beings for centuries to come.
On the whole, Longte is connected with the invocation of benevolent spirits for peace,
prosperity and wellbeing of humankind.
It was, and is, an organized, conscious and deliberate attempt to uphold the pristine
and age old custom and tradition. In the context of the rapid socio-cultural transitions,
the celebration of the Longte festival is a much felt and conscious collective effort
to preserve and promote the unique tradition of the Great Nyishi Community of the
State of Arunachal Pradesh for the generations to come... thus popular chanting goes...
On this auspicious occasion of Longte Festival (Migration day), May Atu-Gungte, Ayu
gamru, shower blessings to each one of us with health, wealth, peace and prosperity.
And also may they (Atu-Gungte and Ayu Gamru) protect us from all evils like diseases,
epidemics, droughts, famine, accidents, flood, landslide etc. for the years to come.
(The author is an APCS Officer, 2009 batch, presently serving as Circle Officer
– cum - BDO at Pip Sorang, Kurung Kumey District. He welcomes all constructive and
positive feedbacks from the esteemed readers.)
AAAPTWA resolves to work for the people
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) in a
meeting held here today resolved to work for the welfare of the tribal people of
In his address AAPTWA president Pumcho Tapuk explained in details about the aim and
objective of the organization. Tough the Association is now in an infant stage, it
will emerge as one of the leading organizations to work for the well-being of the
tribal people, he said.
Chief Patron Bida Taku, Chief advisor Yura Magung, advisor T K Murtem also spoke
on the occasion and offered valuable suggestions for effective functioning of the
Association so that it can serve society efficiently. The meeting was presided over
by Perlek Nima, the legal advisor of the association.
Mopin cum Galo day
ITANAGAR, April 10: A three days festival cum Galo Day was celebrated with great
pomp and gaiety at Namey village in East Siang district from April 5.
Hoisting the Galo flag on the occasion of Galo day on April 5, Head Gaon Burah Bomnya
Doke advised the people of the village to preserve their tradition and custom and
maintain unity and integrity for peaceful co-existence.
Dance, essay writing and quiz competitions among the students of Namey Middle School
and cultural programmes were the main attraction of the three days festivity. Large
number of community people, Govt officials and people from nearby villages of Assam
participated in the festival.
ITANAGAR, April 10: A girl child identified as Kajik Soja, 7, was found near the
chief secretary’s official bungalow here at around 6.30 am on March 26, informed
All Puroik Welfare Society Kapit Bechang in a release today.
Meanwhile, Bechang informed the police about the girl and appealed to her guardians/parents
to contact on phone No. 9436872945.
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: All Nyishi Youth Association Capital Complex Unit (ANYACCU), appealed
to the Development Commissioner of Finance department to release the all bank draft/bankers
cheques prepared by the department, which have reportedly been deposited into civil
deposit under major bank head 8443, within a week.
Due to delay in payments, the public are facing lot of problems, like repayment of
bank loans on time and various other domestic problems.
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki conveyed their sincere greetings and good wishes to all the people
of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly the Tutsa community of Tirap and Changlang district,
on the auspicious occasion of Pongtu Festival.
The Governor expressed the hope that the festival of Tutsa community will usher-in
peace and prosperity.
On the festive occasion, the Governor offered prayers to Almighty for bumper harvest
and happiness for all.
Tuki, in his message, said that the agriculture festival of Pongtu will bring in
peace, prosperity, happiness and bumper harvest for the people of the state”.
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Arunachal Pradesh State Assembly Speaker has nominated MLA Tako
Dabii as chairman of six-member ad-hoc committee constituted to examine the matters
relating to modalities in providing contract works up to Rs 90,000 to local people,
according to an official release.
Farmers exposure tour
ITANAGAR, Apr 10: Nine selected farmers from Lower Diabang Valley district were taken
to Gujarat on an exposure tour to train them on groundnut production and value addition
at Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh, Gujarat from March 24 to 29.
A total of 9 selected farmers of the district were accompanied by Miss Nanang Tamut
(SMS ,Home Science) and Mr. Jimmy Mize (SMS, Fisheries) to the esteemed institute
for the programme. Several eminent scientists delivered lectures on prospects and
potentiality of groundnut cultivation in North East Hills (NEH) region, improved
varieties suitable for the region, agronomic practices for sustainable production,
pest and disease management, marketing strategies and value addition for effective
utilization as well as higher monetary benefits.
The farmers were imparted hands-on knowledge through field visits to fields of various
progressive farmers. They also learnt knowledge on improved farming practices such
as polythene mulching, drip irrigation, ‘fertigation’, farm implements. Farmers were
also taken to farm section of the institute where they could observe improved farm
implements, germplasm and entomology laboratory, cold storage, wild species unit
suitable for fodder and soil conservation.
The team was accompanied by subject matter specialists Nanang Tamut and Jimmy Mize.
The tour was initiated by Dr. T.J. Ramesha, Programme Coordinator Krishi Vigyan Kendra
(KVK), Lower Dibang Valley.
Stop before the spark starts flying
The constant contravention by the Assam authorities against the Supreme Court`s directives
to maintain Status-Quo in the inter-state boundary areas has led to social turmoil
and confusion among the citizens of Likabali, West Siang district.
People of Arunachal Pradesh are already affected by International boundary problem
wherein China claims Arunachal Pradesh as their land.
To add salt to the injury, the Assam authorities are creating the same atmosphere
of insecurity, which are not legally and constitutionally valid, by trying to occupy
land in Arunachal.
In spite of promoting peace and harmony among the Indians, our brethrens in Assam
seems to be interested in divide and rule policy among the peace loving people by
inciting ill motives and creating communal disharmony through boundary row.
I appeal to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to sort out a permanent solution
through meaningful dialogue with the Assam Counterpart as soon as possible before
the spark of hatred flares up wild out of control. Further, it is an earnest request
to our Chief Minister to declare Likabali the HQ of proposed Lower Siang for maintaining
proper law and order.
We don’t want others to intrude and rule our home.
Is this real democracy?
I am not pointing or intending against any particular person, but being in a democratic
country I am just focusing on the common problem of Arunachal Pradesh.
Though Indian independence is 64 years old, but is it really appropriate in terms
of Arunachal Pradesh?
For me Arunachal at present is like struggling India prior to its independence. Arunachal
under corrupted politicians and officers, who commit atrocities with their power
every now and then, is like India, during British Empire.
Though bandh calls are nuisance and trouble maker, but in several cases left with
no option people are compelled to opt for it. I too emphasis for democratic way of
protest, but where is democracy and its principle in our state?
I don't need to highlight the election system in our state, as everyone knows about
monetary and muscle power involvement. Further in Govt. Offices back door appointments
and below the table deal is a common practise.
To add to the dismay, I would like to draw attention towards deteriorating law and
order prevailing in our state. Every day we hear about heinous crimes like murder,
robbery, loot, unnecessary beating up, destruction of public properties etc.
Also stepping out at night time has became more dangerous than the nightmare and
common people are the main sufferer either from the police personnel or drunken street
Further, atrocity of law enforcing authorities towards common people is not a rare
problem, but when we need them, where do they go?
Recently at Likabali, Assam police personnel raided and destroyed Malini Mela complex,
but where is our law enforcing authorities? In the state of Khusi khusi raising voice
for own right also sometimes turns into crime. It seems in independent India, we
are in dark regime.
Recently our state government took step towards facilitation of higher education
through opening of few universities which is really appreciable.
In last few years our state govt did take several steps and measures for improvement
of elementary education and large sum of funds and schemes were meant for this purpose.
Did our state govt really achieve its goal?
Beside this there are several problems and drawbacks in the systems of so called
'Independent Arunachal Pradesh, the land of rising sun".
I expect from my fellow citizens to judge by themselves and come up with suggestions
Needs a relevant response
“Democracy is by the people, of the people and for the people".
Soon it will be against the people if the government stops responding to the needs
of the people and their welfare for which it has been formed.
Malinithan has always been an inextricable historical property of Arunachal. And
its grand 'mela' had always been welcoming the tourists and many outsiders mostly
from neighbouring Assam.
Instead of making it more successful, the neighbouring state is trying to disturb
the peace and harmony of both the states.
Recent chaos led by few learned need more social education and a relevant response
from our state government is needed.
There was a time I use to love my ride to Itanagar, because it’s so much greener
and fresher than dusty old Naharlagun and cooler too if people might have noticed.
But recently I find no difference, it saddens me to see the beautiful mountains standing
naked and exposed now. I think it’s time the concerned officials and departments
did something about the burning of forests and banning jhum cultivation in the capital
One of its kind
It is peculiar to notice the serpentine road separator at Bank Tinali, traffic point
area; it is unique in India and may be one of its kinds in whole world.
Such an unprofessional workmanship and quality is rarely seen in today’s world. Is
it only the design we got to decorate our capital. Atleast some minimum design, finishing
touch could have been given. A capital is the face of our state. Ruined Itafort is
still better in work and quality.
I being a dweller here is really sorry to see our capital complex decorated in such
a manner. Bank tinali , is a high profile tri- junction in the heart of the city.
But NH-52A, a part of prestigious road system in India is maintained in an unprofessional
manner. Shall I call it improvement or defacement of capital city.
Who is responsible for it; APPWD, GREF (BRTF), UD or Police?
I strongly urge the authority concern to check the work done and atleast put some
engineering designs to make it purposeful as well as beautiful.
The separator should be straight in line and there should be turning point for traffic
coming from opposite direction.
Any future construction near high way should be made to enhance beauty of our state
capital to welcome domestic and foreign tourists.
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address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
India’s position in global ICT ranking
India ranked 69 this year in terms of global information and communication technologies
(ICT), according to latest series of Networked Readiness Index report published by
the World Economic Forum and INSEAD. This is a further slip of India from its 43rd
position in 2011.
The report that examined 142 developed and developing nations in terms of their ability
to leverage advances in ICT’s to drive economic productivity and social development,
saw China almost 20 ranks ahead of India, at 51.
Referring to the long procedures of paper work that needs to be completed before
starting any business processes in India, the report highlights, extensive red tape
stands in the way of businesses and corporate tax is among the highest of all analyzed
The country ranked 117th in the individual usage pillar. The report emphasized on
the relatively low figures of ICT being used in the country. It states that there
are 61 mobile subscriptions for every 100 people and a mere 7.5 per cent of the population
uses the Internet. Since only six per cent of households own a PC, broadband Internet
remains the privilege of a few, with less than one subscription per 100 people. Upgrading
skills and infrastructure would contribute to increasing these figures, states the
However, India ranked fairly well in terms of availability of new technologies and
venture capital, intensity of local competition and the quality of management schools.
Despite major advances made in the ICT sector, India faces hindrance in trying to
overcome several factors. The biggest and the most basic being the need for efficient
and continued power supply to its increasing population; the essential requirement
for such technologies. Secondly, the technology needs to percolate to all parts of
the country, especially the poor in the rural areas. An imbalanced distribution of
such, can hardly be called a success story.