ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Longte, the oldest festival of the Abotani group, particularly
the Nyishi’s symbolises universal unity and peaceful co-existence free from bloodshed.
Though the Nyokum festival is more popular amongst the Nyishis, but the relevance
of Longte is more relevant today as the humanity is confronting violence and bloodshed
everywhere and every moment, said celebration committee secretary Amit Bengia.
Longte is a barrier between the humanity and the unforeseen forces, he said while
explaining the genesis of the festival conceived by the great Abotani for helping
the humanity to lead a peaceful co-existence without any distinction in the society.
The Longte is a festival celebrated without any animal sacrifice.
While Longte festival celebration committee Chairman Lokam Nai unfurled the longte
flag. Dr Bengia Tubin, the chief patron and the first doctor among the Nyishis, declared
the festival open and wished one and all a happy Longte Festival 2013.
The most striking feature was young ones in their best traditional attires performed
Gungte-Gungri Nernam and Buya Sonam (traditional dances), giving ample proof that
the Generation-Next was fully prepared to take over from the older generation the
responsibility to guard their culture and identity zealously.
Senior journalist of the state Pradeep Kumar inaugurated 12 food stalls set up by
young women entrepreneurs from interiors places like Damin, Sarli under Kurung Kumey,
Chayang-Tajo under East Kameng and Taliha, Lemking and Taksing of Upper Subansiri
Districts etc. to serve traditional cuisines to the guests.
Though the festival is scheduled for April 15 but numerous competitions are in the
offing to showcase the indigenous talents. Archery (Opuk Apnam) and trial of strength
with the help of a stick (Dapo Nyarnam) thrilled the gathering at the venue today
while modern sports competitions, tug-of-war (Osho simin sunam), javelin throw (Nengkio
Chemein Sonam) and volley ball are series of event. The fashion show (traditional
and modern) on April 15 evening would be the most attractive event of all.
CM inspects Damaged Bridge
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with concerned officials today
made an unscheduled visit to the site of a collapsed bride over River Poma near Jote
here this morning. The Bailey bridge had collapsed on March 30 last triggering voices
of concern from various civil society organizations including several students’ unions
of the area. Reportedly few persons were injured in the incident.
Inspecting the site, Tuki expressed concern over the incident that has snapped vehicular
movement to Jote and Basarnallah areas. He directed the officials concerned to enquire
into the reasons for the collapse and assured the people that the bridge would be
restored immediately. He promised that the 180 ft bridge would be re-erected by May
12 next and issued directives to the concerned department to go ahead with the job
Training for women group concludes
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: The two day motivational training programme for women group of
all section belonging to SHG’s, PRI’s and unemployed women conducted by the Department
of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh concluded today. This is the 2nd batch of
such training programme.
In the inaugural programme, outgoing Director AK Singh who has been recently posted
as Deputy Commissioner, West Kameng district in presence of the new Director Taru
Talo lauded the participants for taking up this training programme which would benefit
towards development of tourism in the state. The inaugural programme coincided with
farewell to the outgoing Director AK Singh who is the longest serving Director in
Tourism Department history. Participants were invited from different places where
the tourist faces accommodation shortages so as to encourage opening up of more homes
stays to cater to the growing demand of accommodation. The women were briefed about
increase inflow of tourism and its importance, opening of Home stay ,Eco Tourism
and methods to make it more sustainable, Importance of website and Internet, travel
and legal formalities, Gender Issues, Introduction to legislation to protect and
safeguard women, Role and involvement of community in Promoting Tourism etc. The
participants actively took part in the group discussion during the programme.
The main objective of the training programme was to promote Home stay, rural tourism
and Eco-Tourism with the participation of local community by using the local resources
available in the area. Various resource persons from RGGP, NERIST and SRLM imparted
the training. Sanjiv Tirkey from SRLM was the main resource person. There were altogether
43 participants in the training Programme. While giving away the certificates in
the valedictory programme, new Director of Tourism Taru Talo and Under Secretary
Tourism Jumsi Tana gave away the certificate to the participants. Director Talo called
upon the participants coming from various districts to come forward and sought their
active participation in taking tourism to a greater height. He emphasized that without
the supports from the citizen, the dept alone cannot promote tourism.
Assistant director Bengia Manna Sonam exhorted the participant to train their neighbours
and expand the home stay avenues in their own community as well and encourage the
local masses to try to have a better understanding on hospitality. She urged them
to take back the knowledge they learn during training to their respective home district
and requested the participants to act as a messenger generating awareness about tourism
in the society as women are the torchbearer in a Society. Amongst the trainees,
20 participants have been selected for onward training on Home stay, Eco tourism
and Rural Tourism to Sikkim (Namchi) and Maniram village ,the most successful destination
on Home stay and Rural Tourism at Sikkim who are be leaving tomorrow.
NCP alleges favouritism in BADP scheme
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Submitting a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
and Chief Secretary, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, the State unit of Nationalist Congress
Party(NCP) alleged that the ruling Congress Legislators in 38th Border Blocks of
the State have converted the BADP (Border Area Development Programme) schemes into
another MLALAD. According to BADP Implementation Guidelines issued by Ministry of
Home GOI, the power to select schemes and implementing agencies rest with the PRI’s
and the traditional village authorities and not with the MLAs or MPs. Citing instances
from Mechukha, Monigong and Koloriang wherein schemes were allotted to workers of
the MLAs, NCP regretted that such interferences are unfortunate and defeats the very
purpose of the noble idea of nation building and providing safety, security and all
round development of the border people. The present practice wherein schemes are
distributed based on political consideration and whether the beneficiary has voted
for the ruling party candidate, has unfortunately divided the close knit tribal groups
into political groups of haves and have not, NCP alleged. Citing two instances one
each from East Kameng and Kurung Kumey Districts wherein the High Court too has
directed the Govt. to adhere to the implementation guidelines, NCP President Kahfa
Bengia further revealed that some MLAs in connivance with State Planning Department
and few officials at the level of the Joint Secretary rank under Ministry of Home
for Border Management, have evolved a concept of Additional BADP allocation running
into hundreds of crores that will beautifully bypass the laid down procedures of
going through the scrutiny of Village, Block and District Level Steering Committee
on BADP. The illegal practice of taking post facto approval of additional BADP Schemes
from the Deputy Commissioners by the Planning Department is violative of the laid
down norms of Decentralized Planning and therefore, shall be challenged in the Court
of Law for meeting the end of justice and also putting an end to interference by
the Legislators in the affairs of the Grass Root Institutions, the NCP added.
Golden jubilee celebration
of Jia church begins
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: The Christian community of the largest Adi village of Lower Dibang
Valley District, Jia begun celebrating Golden Jubilee Year to commemorate the completion
of 50 years of the church establishment in the village today. The first Church building
(OB Type) was established in the village on 13th April’ 1963 under the pastorship
of Late Oken Pertin, the first Pastor of the Baptist Church Jia. The Golden Jubilee
Year is being celebrated with the theme, “The People who walked in darkness have
seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows but now light is shining on them”.
Mukut Mithi, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) inaugurated the Golden Jubilee year
Celebration of Baptist Church. In his inaugural speech, Mithi exhorted the people
of all community and religion to live peacefully together with brotherhood and harmony.
He informed that at present in Arunachal Pradesh, Christian community constitutes
a major portion of state’s population. Though India is basically a Hindu Country
with 80 % of the population as Hindu, other religions like Muslim, Bhuddist, Sikhs,
Christian, Jain etc also exists. This became possible due to secular nature of Indian
Constitution adopted by the drafting committee under the chairmanship of great visionary
Dr Ambedkar stated Mithi.
Chiliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson attending the programme called upon everyone to maintain
one’s culture, tradition and language irrespective of the religion they adopt. “Whether
we believe in Christianity, Donyi-polo, Nanyi Intaya or any other God, we basically
belong to a particular tribe or community which is our identity”, he added.
Roding Pertin, Ex-MLA Dambuk also spoke on the occasion. Kekep Modi, Chairman Golden
Jubilee Celebration Committee threw lights on the significance of Golden Jubilee
Celebration. Jowar Moyong and Ukut Lego, Secretary Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee
also spoke on the occasion. On the occasion, Golden Jubilee Souvenir and a Golden
Jubilee Video Album were released. Earlier, the Mithi unfurled the Golden
Jubilee Celebration Flag and inaugurated the celebration and exhibition stalls showcasing
the various growing stages of church history and traditional items. Various cultural
troupes presented colourful items on the occasion. Sonom Tayeng, President DLBCA,
Rev Banbo Pertin, Executive Secretary DLBCA and Rev Daniel Noroh, Pastor Baptist
Church Rayang will be the speakers for the two days programme. (DIPRO)
The Sangken Festival
The month of April ‘is the cruelest month’ says T. S. Eliot, but goes on to say that
it stirs the ‘dullest roots with spring rain’. It is the month of new beginning and
new hopes and new celebrations. It is a month when many communities in the country
celebrate their festivals. The Sangken festival is celebrated by the people of the
Khampti tribe. Sangken generally falls in the month of 'Naun Ha', the fifth month
of the year of the Khampti Lunar calendar coinciding with the month of April. It
is celebrated in the last days of the old year and the Lunar New Year begins on the
day just after the end of the festival.
Before the beginning of the Sangken festival, a temporary shrine called 'Kyongfra'
is constructed for keeping the idols of Buddha during Sangken. In this Kyongfra during
Sangken, clean water is sprinkled through a specially designed water fountain called
the 'Lungkong'. Clean and scented water poured through the fountain is sprinkled
over the idols of Buddha kept inside the Kyongfra. This water, which has washed the
Gods, is collected as holy water by the devotees.
Sangken festival is celebrated for three consecutive days. On the first day and at
an auspicious time, the images of Lord Buddha are taken out of the shrine, given
a ceremonial bath and placed in the 'Kyongfra’ to the accompaniment of drums and
cymbals. People pray, offer sweets and food as offerings in the temple and then distribute
sweets and goodwill amongst all by pouring water over each other.
Water is also poured over all the holy objects, including the Boddhi tree, the Sailiks
(ropes of the holy book), Chausangphau-upuk and the Sammukathing. Water is also poured
on the hands of Bhikkhus (monk) to invoke their blessings for good luck, good health,
peace and harmony throughout the year.
During the three days, people do away with ill feelings and seek togetherness by
coming together to form groups and visit temples in different villages, pray, pour
water over the idols and relics (Sonfra) and distribute sweets. Young and old alike
can be seen going towards the temples to pray in the morning and evening during the
On the final day of the Sangken festival at the appointed time, the images are taken
back to their original places and this marks the end of the old year. The Sangken
festival marks a farewell to the old year and a warm welcome to the New Year. The
New Year is welcomed with community prayers and feast during the ‘Poi Sangken’ celebrated
after the end of the festival. This day is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm
by all and marked by people going to the monastery to wash and clean up the shrine,
idols and sprinkle holy water in the premises and a community feast which follows.
This festival is dedicated to the worship of Lord Buddha so that he can bless mankind
During the celebration, the Khampti people observe certain percepts which include
abstinence from killing, stealing, lying, taking intoxicants, cutting trees, indulging
in sexual misconduct, involving in dispute among others. This festival is observed
for peace and harmony.s
In our race towards modernity and development we have forgone many of our beliefs
and the percepts that we are to follow as good beings. These are the three days that
can be kept for us to free ourselves from the hectic race and tensions in life and
get in touch with ourselves, our families and the simpler pleasures of life following
the teachings of Buddha.
Historical Uyu Liisik pillar unveiled
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: A popular historical place in ADI history Uyu Liisik pillar was
unveiled by MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary JK Panggeng amidst huge gathering at
Mariyang on April 10.
Situated in the east of Mariyang in Upper Siang district about 2km from the township,
Uyu Lisik is an important and famous development in the folklore of Adi (specially
It is the place where Jalying and Kesing Olung first met together and recognized
one another, thus identification and social development took place between Jalying
and Kesing Kumting.
Organization of community feast at Dorik Yiibe (Feasting place) which led to the
migration of two groups to present Padum Gidang now Damroh which led to the birth
of new sub-tribe Padum now Padam.
The event of Uyu Liisik also led to the identification of ‘Emo’ (aconite) to other
clan through Jalying dwellers.
The possession of ‘Emo’ by the Padam/Padum sub-tribe of Adi led to cordial relationship
between other sub-tribe of Adi by gifting of Emo to other sub-tribe who did not posses
Speaking on the occasion the Panggeng emphasized to develop Uyu Liisik as tourist
spot as the landscape is attractive and ideal to be a tourist place.
The function was attended by R Perme, SDO Mariyang, Dukkang Pertin, ZPM (Mariyang
block), all Gaon Buras, PRI members and other senior citizen, according to Lego (Lingging)
Erang, Itanagar release.
Cash reward stands
The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
President of India invites Nani Oniya
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: The 2nd National Level Exhibition & Project Competition, 2012 winner
for the state Nani Oniya, a class-X student of VKV Ziro, was invited by President
of India Pranab Mukherjee at Raj Bhawan, New Delhi on March 22 last. She was invited
along with the other winners for the competition of their respective states.
In the function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, President Pranab Mukherjee encouraged
the students and referred to them as young scientists of India. Union Minister for
Science and Technology Vayalar Ravi highlighted the achievements of science and technology
department. Delighted on being part of the invitation, Oniya said, “It was a wonderful
experience. I will always cherish those great moments that I experienced all my life.”
Meanwhile, the teachers and students of VKV, Ziro while congratulating her, hope
that she would achieve much more success ahead in life.
AAPSU pay condolence to Late Sonam
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has condole the
death of former Bameng MLA Donglo Sonam. AAPSU expressed shocked on his sudden demise
and term his death as irreparable loss for the society. He was a dedicated politician
as well as social activist of the society. His contribution for the betterment of
society shall never be forgotten in future. He spearheaded many social movement of
the district for positive changes in educational upliftment and eradication of social
evil too, AAPSU stated in a release.
AAPSU remembered him as famous leader since student life and said he was pioneer
in shaping East Kameng district and relentlessly worked for the cause of society
till his last breath. AAPSU sent condolence message to the bereaved family.
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh has
conveyed warm greetings and good wishes to people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious
occasion of Sangken.
In his festival message, the Governor expressed his hope that the occasion will inspire
all to follow the path shown by Lord Buddha.
May the propitious occasion enthuse each one of us to strive towards the universal
peace and harmony, the Governor wished. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a separate message
this evening has conveyed his best wishes on occasion of Sangken, Bihu and Baisakhi
to the people.
April 14 will be celebrated as Sangken by the Tai Kamptis of Lohit while Bihu will
be celebrated by Assamese community and Baisakhi by others across the country. “Let
this New Year celebration of our brothers and sisters across the state and in various
parts of the country bring in prosperity and peace. Let us celebrate the occasion
as a day to reaffirm our respect for each other and re-dedicate ourselves to peace
and progress of our state,” he added in his festival message.
NWS resents granting of bail to rape accused
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Neelam Welfare Society (NWS) has expressed strong resentment over
granting of bail to Joram Punio the alleged accused in the rape of a minor school
girl on April 9 last.
The accused has been released on bail by the Judicial Magistrate, Ziro without the
knowledge of IO of the case as well as without case records pertaining to the case
in question which is against the laid down procedure, NWS alleged in a release.
NWS in its release even feared that the rapist and his parties may conceal the evidence
and may pose threat to the life of victim girl as well as innocent parent (justice
seeker) in days to come. Even they (the accused party) are trying to manipulate the
Medical Board Report which is still awaited, NWS alleged.
“The Society has lost faith on handling of rape case by District Administration,
Police and Medical board of Lower Subansiri District,” the release said and appealed
all the NGOs, Civil Societies and other likeminded people to co-operate with each
other to fight such an evil act in the society. It also urged upon the respective
parents of students studying in Bomi English School Joram to evacuate their children
from the school for their safety.
Training on SRI held
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: A two day training programe of agriculture field functionaries
of Papumpare district on system rice intensification (SRI) was held at Krishi Vigyan
Kendra (KVK) Karsingsa under ATMA Papumpare. SRI is a technology to achieve increase
yield in rice by a typical method of nursery sowing and transplantation. The training
was imparted for implementing cluster demonstration on rice under NFSM in the district.
Speaking on the occasion Director Agriculture Marketing said that SRI is best technology
to increase rice yield and production. Programme coordinator, KVK, Karsingsa Dr Taba
Heli along with hosts of officers from KVK, Agriculture department and ICAR Basar
attended the programme.
APCTA to boycott RGU exam evaluation
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: In a meeting held here the central executive members of Arunachal
Pradesh College Teachers’ Association (APCTA) has resolved to abstain from Rajiv
Gandhi University’s exam evaluation if authority failed to fulfill their demand.
APCTA demanded the RGU authority to exempt the serving college teachers from appeariing
entrance test for Ph.D registration. Association also demanded for designating the
eligible college teachers as Ph.D supervisors.
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: The Indian Engineers Federation, North Eastern Region (INDEF-NER)
has strongly condemned the murder attempt on life of one senior engineer Er Nich
Tedir, EE (PWD) by criminals at his Ziro camp office. While appreciating the District
Administration, for their timely intervention by arresting the accused, the federation
urge authority to give exemplary punishment to the accused.
This to inform all concerned that there is a Correction article carried on Arun ePDS
dated 13th April 2013 in our daily that Amit Premi is the ICT Consultant and Technical
Expert to the Deparment Of Food & Civil Supplies, Govt. Of Arunachal Pradesh and
has NO Association with M/s Beacon Analytics of Delhi. The error is a typographical
mistake and the same is highly regretted.
272 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.