2011

February  - 02

News Highlights

One arrested in VKV child abuse case

Tom Simai

JAIRAMPUR, Feb 01: In connection with the sensational child abuse case that rocked a premier institute of Changlang district, Vivekanada Kendriya Vidyalaya under Jairampur sub-division on 27 Jan last, the police team led by OC KN Das arrested the co-accomplish, Jintu Borah, here today.

Borah, a resident of Assam was employed as the head cook of the school. He is now under police custody on seven days judicial remand. He is suspected of being co-accomplish of Brijlal Baitha in sexually abusing and harassing the sub-junior hostellers ranging from Cl III-V.

As the interrogation is under progress, I’ll not be able to reveal much details of it, informed OC Das.

Though the school management has assured of full co-operation but due to the absence of senior students who have filed the FIR, the investigation has slowed down a bit, Das said.

The senior students along with all the hostellers were sent home by the school management after an aggressive demonstration was staged by the senior students against the management for not responding to their complaint on 27 Jan.  

Reportedly, the senior students informed the school management about the heinous crime committed by the washer man and the cook immediately after the sub-junior hostellers confided on them about the reprehensible act the duo were involved in.  The senior students staged the protest by damaging some school properties after the management did not respond to their pleas of taking strict actions against the culprits. The situation alarmed the culprit and he fled from school.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the prime accuse Brijlal Baitha is still not known. He is absconding since the night his heinous crime was exposed by the senior students, informed Das.   

The school management has filed a formal missing report of Brijlal Baitha.

“Other than this so far nothing of significance has come into focus regarding Brijlal Baitha”, added Das.

Baitha employed as washer man and part time warden was working since last 15 years in VKV. A resident of Shankar Patkholi, under Kusinagar district in Uttar Pradesh, he is also accused of torturing the student, theft, using abusive language, threatening, besides sexual abuse. Responding to an FIR submitted by the senior students, the police have registered a case no 5/11 Sec No 379/352/377/506 on 27 Jan last.

As soon as the legal process is over, an arrest warrant will be issued against Brijlal Baitha, we will do whatever we can to book the culprit at shortest possible time and we are also looking forward for co-operation from the victims, senior students and the school management to solve the case, Das added.

 

The long wait

Tongam Rina

When formal announcement of Pasighat Centennial celebration was made, not only the people of the beautiful town but almost whole of the state endorsed and welcomed it. Little did we realized that celebration would soon run into controversy over the repeated postponements and worse still the renaming of the bridge over Siang. But the best was yet to come! Apparently, the celebration has been postponed over and over again because invited central leaders have not been able to find out free time from their busy schedules!. In such a situation, yours truly wish these chief guests were as considerate as us. But priorities are clearly very different.

It is typical Arunachal syndrome to depend on others for every little need, but it has crossed all possible limits. Even to celebrate something as important as the hundredth year of a historic town, we have to wait for their presence and endorsement. The citizens, their preparations and expectations have all been tossed aside.

Yours truly, as amnesic as any other journalist worth his or her salt had actually forgotten about the celebration.

It took a very engaging desktop calendar, brought out by the Department of Tourism to mark the event to remind her about the celebrations! If calendar is any indication, the celebration should be a grand success. But after having waited for so long, the interests and excitement have dwindled. Now it almost borders on anger and frustration. She would not dare mark the dates of celebration on the calendar and dirty it good looks.

Why can’t the citizens be given the chance and freedom to celebrate something as momentous as hundredth years of a town. As someone said, why do we have to stick to tried and tested phenomenon of pleasing others?  In our effort to continue the policy of appeasement, innovation has died an unnatural death. We even did not bother to give it a decent burial.

The efforts of a simple villager who prepared the apong, gathered the ekkam, and celebration committee members, whose daily routine has gone haywire, does not matter to us. What matters to us is the presence of someone big and important as Chief Guest. One could easily conclude that it’s almost obsessive. Going by the practiced norm, it’s not about the event we celebrate, its rather the presence of the chief guest who takes the centre stage of any celebration. It’s the felicitation of a chief guest that matters, not the importance of the event or the mass participation.

Yours truly would wish that celebration actually happens before the next batch of apong is wasted, ekkam dries, and the potholes adorned the roads once again.

It is for the government to ensure that dates are announced and celebration goes ahead with or without the hallowed chief guest.

Blatant hijacking of landmark event is not something we would like to associate centennial celebration of Pasighat. Citizens would rather celebrate her courage; recall her contribution to the state and her never ending resilience. That would be the ultimate tribute to the place which ushered in a whole new era in all spheres to the state.  

 

FCI releases 21.69 cr for PDS contractors

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has released a sum of Rs 21.69 crore to the Arunachal Pradesh government as the second installment of payment for the PDS contractors of the state. However the money is yet to reach the contractors.

 This was disclosed in the first meeting of the state consultative committee of FCI, held here today.

Chaired by Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering, the chairman of the state consultative committee, the meeting discussed various issues pertaining to PDS problems in the state.

Deputy General Manager (R), FCI, Arunachal Pradesh Region, Harish Chander while apprising of the situation and role of FCI in the state, informed that due to different topography, it finds difficult to reach and fully satisfy the people of the state.

Citing that the FCI regional office is recently set up in the state capital, the DGM assured to redress various grievances pertaining to PDS items in the state in days to come. ''Establishment of the FCI regional office in Itanagar will help a lot to redress various problems and grievances of the people of the state,'' he added.

The FCI is going to construct 10 godowns in different district headquarters to store food grains and in seven districts the land allocations have been completed, but in Tawang, Aalo and Anini, the process of land allocation is in progress, the DGM informed adding, in the second phase of construction, all 16 districts of Arunachal Pradesh will have its own godowns.  ''About 197 posts have been sanctioned by the authority concerned to fill up various vacancies under Arunachal Pradesh region of FCI, which will provide an opportunity to the eligible youths to get themselves employed,'' Chander informed and sought cooperation from all sections of the society to meet the demand of the people of the state.

The MP while urging the state consultative committee to monitor the functioning of PDS in all districts has urged the FCI authority to take care of the quality of grains.

At the meeting, the state consultative committee members including Nima Sange, Likha Maj, Anok Wangsa, Nabam Jollaw, Karto Kaye and member secretary Aath Kabak Tacho while appealing to FCI authority to enhance the PDS quota to the state of Arunachal Pradesh also highlighted various grievances pertaining to PDS contractors, malpractices under PDS and others. UNI

 

Reh celebrated with traditional gaiety and festivity

Have your feet on the ground: Singh

ROING, Feb 1: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Gen JJ Singh (retd) took part in the  Reh Festival of Idu Mishmis here today.

In his message, he said: “Have your feet on the ground and do not detach yourself from your cultural roots. I encourage the parents to interact with their children in their local language. The rich culture and tradition of this district must be preserved and our young people must not forget their dialect.” “We must modernize at a pace that we do not loose our roots with our culture and civilization.”

Calling the year 2010 as the golden period in the history of Arunachal, he said, “We are sitting on a gold mine. And in this year the state govt has initiated several important developmental projects like trans-Arunachal highway and several hydro projects.”

Decorated in full Idu Mishmi’s warrior attire, he thanked the people of the district for the love and affection and said, “I am extremely proud today to be decorated with the dress of an Idu warrior.”

The Reh Festival is celebrated every year on this day by Idu Mishmi community to maintain peace and prosperity. The festival helps to bind people together along their culture, spiritual and traditional roots.

A grand arrangement was set up elaborately in the Reh-ko premises, along with 14 exhibition stalls and food stalls serving local delicacies.

Earlier in the morning, the Governor and his wife Anupama Singh were received with a rousing welcome with the traditional cheering ‘Meye-bo’. Escorted by two guards dressed in Idu Mishmi warriors, Gen Singh was ushered to the main pedestal, where he unfurled the festival flag symbolizing the start of the festival.

The unfurling of Reh flag by the Chief Guest followed with the traditional Reh Flag Song, ‘Atudi atudi, Reh machi asala’.

A display of traditional games and sports was also exhibited along with a round up in the exhibition stalls.

The stall had put up show on rich handloom products from various self help groups showcasing tribal ornaments and rich textile designs of Idu Mishmis. The exhibition also had display from Tine Mena, who is set to climb Mt Everest in the coming March. Extending support in her endevour, the festival announced Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner, Bidol Tayeng donating some funds to her. It also announced Jindal Company donating a 'mini bus' for Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS).

The Governor inaugurated the newly renovated Cultural Hall, renamed as ‘Ita Pulu Cultural Hall’. It is named after late Ita Pulu, who started the first General Reh Festival for the community in the year 1968.

He also released the ‘Reh Souvenir 2011’ and two new Idu music albums.

In the cultural show, traditional dances and fashion show were presented.

 

CM writes BRO DG for early completion of road widening works

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has urged the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) director general to intervene in the Tezpur-Tawang road widening works  for its completion at the earliest.

It a letter to BRO director general S Ravi Shankar on Jan 25, the chief minister said though the widening work of 12 km stretch of the road from Bhalukpong to Elephant village was started about 2 years back, major portion of this stretch still remains incomplete in an abandoned manner, making movement of heavy transport vehicles very difficult.

Khandu further pointed out that if the road work in the portion is not completed before the onset of monsoon, transportation of essential commodities to East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang districts will be affected badly during the monsoon season. He added, it will also affect movement of the people of these three districts including domestic and foreign tourists to Tawang.

Earlier, Thrizino-Buragaon  MLA Kumsi Sidisow appealed to the Chief Minister for his personal intervention to mitigate the problems being faced by the people  due to  non-completion of the Tezpur-Tawang road widening works being undertaken by BRO.

In a letter to CM the MLA further said that works have been taken up in an unplanned manner. In most of the stretches the excavated earth remained blocked to the road which diminished the road width making inconvenience for the heavy transport vehicles. This has resulted into a series of accident cases and loss of many lives during last two years, the MLA said.

The letter further said that the delay in completion of road widening works has also caused scarcity of water supply for the people of Bhalukpong and Tippi towns. The water supply pipelines from Pinjori near elephant village to Bhalukpong which were uprooted for road construction two years back are yet be restored,  he said.

The ongoing work has also caused considerable damage to the existing 11 KV grid line from Sessa Mini Hydel to Bhalukpong which often resulted in disruption of power supply during last rainy session, the letter said.

During rainy season transportation of essential commodities to the three districts, namely, Tawang, West Kameng and East Kameng is adversely affected due to worst road condition from Bhalukpong to Elephant village. Because of deplorable road condition, the tourist flow in the area has drastically come down and most of the local tour operators render jobless.

 

First state level School Games begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: The first State Level School Games conducted by Directorate of School Education began at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) playground here today with 420 school children from nine districts participating in the 5-day event. The State Games are being conducted in six disciplines which include Archery, Boxing, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo and Weightlifting. While Boxing and Weightlifting events would be held at SAI SAG Center Naharlagun rest will be conducted at SLSA playground, Chimpu.

Speaking as chief guest of the inaugural function, Padi Richo, Arunachal Olympic Association President and Parliamentary Secretary, Labour and Employment, gave emphasis on conducting sports meet at village, block and district level to identify young sports talents. Being the president of AOA, Richo said, he had been in constant touch with State Government for promotion of Games and Sports in the State. He assured to take up with the Government for organizing sports meet at grassroot level. Informing that Centre has been pouring huge amount under PYKKA (Panchayat Yuva Krira aur Khel Abhiyaan) Richo said, Panchayat leaders should consult with sports administrators and others regarding conduct of such sports activities successfully for achieving the goal of the ambitious scheme. He exhorted school dropouts to take up sports seriously as it could earn them not only livelihood but also personal glory. He hoped that sportspersons would strive for excelling in their chosen field, which is perfectly achievable.

Informing about welfare measures taken up by the Government for the sportspersons of the state, Richo said that so far, 41 candidates have been recruited under sports quota in police department and there is still 20 vacant posts to fill.

The AOA president also stressed the need for appointing coaches for each sports discipline for good results and urged the Government to provide sufficient fund to AOA for development of sports sector. Later, Richo declared the Games open.

Director of School Education Tapang Taloh said that the School Games mainly aims at exposing the hidden talents. He asked the participants to imbibe discipline for excelling in their chosen events.

Joint Director, School Education, Hage Tatung urged for support from different sections of the society to popularize sports in the state. Earlier, the students of SLSA and SAI SAG Centre demonstrated Karate, Judo and Wushu maneuver and self defense tactics.

School children from nine districts Papum Pare, East Siang, East Kameng, Tirap, Lohit, Anjaw, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri and West Siang are participating in the school games.

 

CTPDC to look into the problems of Chayang Tajo

SEPPA, Feb 01: The “Chayang Tajo Township Planning and Development Committee (CTPDC) was formed in a mass public meeting held under the government-citizen initiative at Chayang Tajo on Jan 27.

The main objectives of the Committee is to mitigate the maladies of township like unplanned and congested habitations, choked drains or lack of them, absence of link roads and un-authorized occupation of public premises of Chayang Tajo sub-divisional township. To be headed by a veteran public leader, Ropo Yangfo, as the chairman, CTPDC shall comprise of the Sub-Divisional Officer as its Member Secretary, besides the presidents of local NGOs like the Chayang Tajo Youth Welfare Association, the Chayang Tajo Development Committee, All Tajo Welfare Association, ASMs of Chayang Tajo model village and Sangchu village, native village (nearby township) associations and a couple of social workers as its members.

The Committee shall be responsible for requisition of planning experts for preparation of futuristic master plan for Chayang Tajo township encompassing all aspects of planning like expansion, internal roads, drainage, sectors etc., bridging the policy-gap between Government and citizens in the matters of planning and development of the township and  taking follow-up actions for creation of Chayang Tajo sub-division as an Additional Deputy Commissioner administrative outpost.

Besides constitution of the CTPDC,  the meeting also adopted resolution pleading for formation of a sub-divisional level land allotment advisory board. The meeting further resolved that  recommendations for land allotment to District LAAB shall be given on priority to those occupants who are ready to shift to plots earmarked by the SDO and  stressed on eviction of illegal occupants of Govt. quarters.

Meanwhile, the All Tajo Welfare Association (ATWA) has pledged its support for negotiation with the native villagers for donation of additional land for township expansion provided the Govt fulfills the landowners demand, according to a release.

 

Life Skill Education and Career Guidance

ITANAGAR, Jan 01: The Two-Day Workshop on Life Skill Education and Career Guidance held at Conference Hall, SIRD, Itanagar concluded yesterday.

The programme was jointly organized by the Kerala Kala Samskarika Vedi (KKSV), Itanagar and the State NSS Cell, Directorate of Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in association with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India, Sriperumbudur.

Altogether, 150 selected students from various Govt. and private- run schools of the capital complex took part in the programme.

Dr. Athiqul Laskar, Retd. Army Officer & Ex.NATO Commander and Chairman, Conant Institute, USA & India, Ratna Singh, Principal, Hindustan Public School, Guwahati & Consultant on Life Skills and Ranjan Baruah, Eminent Career Counselor were the Resources Persons of the programme.

The Valedictory function was attended by P. Michael Vetha Siromony, Director-cum-Vice-Chancellor, RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur as Chief Guest and chaired by Director, Higher & Tech. Education. Dr. Joram Begi,

Earlier, the programme was inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Affairs & Sports Wangki Lowang.

 

Access IT opens its 2nd institute in state

Correspondent

JAIRAMPUR, Feb 1: Access IT, a pioneering education institute of India, providing training in software and hardware has opened its second institute here on Friday.

Addressing the gathering as the chief guest Finance Minister Setong Sena applauded the efforts of Access IT members for opening up its institute, adding that the Access IT is like a golden feather on a cap and it’s a reputable matter for a small place like Jairampur sub-division that it has opened up its institute here.

The first institute of Access IT was inaugurated in Tezu in May 2010 and the one in Jairampur is the second institute to be opened up in Arunachal Pradesh. It provides courses formulated on a concept based in Australia and resembles to the technical teaching methodology being adopted in Australia. It also offers 100% job guarantee to the students completing the course.  

Besides complementing the efforts of the institute, ADC M Roy who was the guest of honor said that it’ll be a good opportunity for the locals to gain more technical knowledge that will equip them to get job in various sectors in the future.

Divulging the mission of the institute of providing opportunity to the students to get professional qualification along with their college education, Access IT community development officer CS Prasad informed that it’ll also bring forward the talents among the students through conduct of the unique communication and personality development program.

He also added that so far 60 students have been enrolled for its first session to begin from February 05 next and from the 60 students; the institute has conferred scholarship to 6 students, two each from VKV Jairampur, Govt Hr Sec School Nampong and Govt Hr Sec School Jairampur.

 

Training on mushroom cultivation

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The  month-long training in Mushroom cultivation for SHG members and unemployed youth under REDP at Khasan Jugli village under Kharsang circle is turning out to be a great success with active participation of the trainees. The training is being organized by the AMYAA (NGO), Namphai-I, Miao with the support of NABARD regional office, Itanagar

Resources persons Seraphin Lepcha and Joshua M. Pamei from AIDA, Dimapur made the training programme an interesting event with theory and practical sessions and theme-based games on leadership, group dynamism, personality development.

The trainees having learnt the art and skill of mushroom cultivation now decide to take up as income generation activity.

The trainees will be visiting the agriculture and horticulture offices at Miao on Feb 10 to have discussion with the officers and to explore the possibilities of taking up agri-horti based income generation activities at the village level.

 

MLA  assures road link to Hamba Pingda

SEPPA, Feb 1: East Seppa MLA Tapuk Taku had assured road connectivity to Hamba Pingda during his recent visit to Hamba Pingda village before the end of his tenure. He was accompanied by West Seppa MLA Tani Loffa and all the heads of the various departments during his visit. Apart from road connectivity, Taku also assured for the establishment of one Anganwadi center under MSDP, which he informed, has already been approved.

The road connectivity was one point memorandum of the villagers. Hamba Pingda is one of the remotest villages under 10th East Seppa Constituency and takes almost three hours from Pakoti by foot march.

Tani Loffa also announced to provide fund under his MLAD for the construction of the one school building.

Taku also visited Laimoya village. Responding to the three-point memorandums which include road connectivity to Nerewa via Laimoya and Serewa under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), wire rope suspension bridge with steel plate at Lachang point over  Pacha river and transfer of  GPC from Gyawe Purnag Anchal Samiti to Seppa East Anchal Samiti, Taku directed the Executive Engineer RWD to prepare the DPR for the construction of the road from Pabua to said villages. Regarding the suspension bridge Taku directed the PWD Seppa division to prepare estimate for the renovation of the present bridge. Regarding the transfer of the GPC, he said that he shall pursue the matter in govt. level.

Apart from Govt officers, ZPM Brue Sangyu and PR leaders from the concern area accompanied the MLA. DIPRO

 

Handloom exhibition at Changlang

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: A district level handloom exhibition cum buyers-sellers meet-2011 will be held at 6th Namdapha Eco Cultural festival-2011, Miao from Feb 5. The three-day event is being organized by the textile and handicrafts department, Changlang and sponsored by the development commissioner (Handloom), Union textile ministry under the Integrated Handloom Development Scheme (IHDS) for the handloom weavers of Changlang district.

Large number of entrepreneurs, handloom weavers, crafts man, artisans, NGO representatives and buyers from outside the state are  expected to participate in the exhibition.

The core objectives of the handloom exhibition is to showcase the traditional design and dresses of different tribes of Changlang, with special focus on eco-tourism, cultural heritage, traditional folk dances, fashion shows apart from missives awareness on handloom finished product among the consumers. DIPR

 

Awareness prog on Govt schemes

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: A one-day program on “Facilitating Communities to get excess to Government ongoing schemes” was organized by Maio based NGO Seva Kendra at Hetlong village under Jairampur sub- division, Changlang district.

The resource person of the programme Bennyson, Chief Coordinator cum Project Officer of Seva Kendra and NABARD-Itanagar highlighted on the Govt schemes being made available in the district  in various levels. He also briefed on the SGSY schemes meant for BPL people, Self Help Group) besides old age Pension, widow Pension and schemes for mentally and physically challenged people.

Another resource person Tuman Mossang, a social worker, spoke on the activities done by Seva Kendra, Miao. He informed that the Seva Kendra had formed around 55 SHGs under Maio and  Kharsang circles. Many SHGs had also received subsidies from the block under SGSY scheme, he added. The Seva Kendra constituted two SHG for men and women during the programme.   

 

PWS celebrates Raising Day

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: The Panggi Welfare Society (PWS) celebrated its 12th Raising Day with much enthusiasm amidst huge gathering at Ngorlung community hall yesterday.

Addressing the gathering, the chief guest Angkom Paron, who is the first president of the PWS, called upon the Panggi community to be united and contribute their best for the upliftment of the society. The Panggi people are lagging behind in every aspect and they have to go a long way to be frontrunner, he said.

The guest of honour, Rajesh Panyang, Yingkiong ADC also spoke on the occasion.

Oni Padun and Olom Panggeng  of the community who came out successful  in recently held APPSCC examination were also honoured and felicitated with mementos.  Nine students of the Panggi community who secured 70 per cent marks in AISSE 2009-10 also attended the programme.

PWS general secretary Tonggeng Panyang, senior member Opang Taying, officers and public leaders from Panggi community also spoke on the occasion.

 

Reh: The festival of  Idu Mishmis

Jonomo Rondo

Its meaning and philosophy

According to the myths of the idu Mishmi, the slave named Apiju was the person who performedReh for the first time. When Apiju, the slave of Inyime, was in the cultivation field looking after the crops, a group of people belonging to Inyiambribri were returning after a hunting expedition from north direction, a place called “Zahili-awro”. When Apiju told them that he does not know the way to the place, then he was told that he would find the place where a bird called “Etopisubri” is flying.

Apiju went to the place where he could find the leftover meat of a snake called Beka. Soon he started chopping the head of the snake and suddenly he found a glittering object called Pidi (diamond). Apiju brought the Pidi secretly and hide it in his home. Thereafter, his house caught fire several times.

After that Apiju hid the Pidi in different trees called, Etombo,Asombo, Irumbo etc; but all these trees also got burnt down. At last he hid it inside a boulder. After that most of the time, he was sufferings. Asi Anjowru was consulted to cure his sufferings. Ultimately Asi Anjowru could detect the cause of his sufferings. The cause was the hiding of the Pidi. The Asi Anjowru suggested for sacrificing some animals. He also suggested for purifying the animals before killing. Here, Aji Jiwru volunteered himself to act as priest to purify all the animals to be sacrificed in the Reh. After coming to know that “Aji Jiwru” has been invited as a priest in place of him, “Sinewru” took away the soul of Apiju and hid in a strange land of snakes called “Aju Diwe, Apru Diwe”. After that “Elokhruwru” attempted a trick by making snake from the trees of Ilumbo, Amumbo, through which the soul of Apiju was recollected from the land of snakes. Apiju Menga the slave of Inyime Menga, who performed Reh has no relatives of his own; as such he offered” Emata and Yu” to the trees called Achumbo, Engambo etc; mockingly. After observing this mock Reh performed by Apiju, Inyime Menga started performing the Reh, practically in a systematic manner by inviting all the relatives whom he offers Emeta, Yu etc. by sacrificing sufficient numbers of Mithn and Pigs. This is how the Reh celebration has originated.

1. Adda

In Idu Mishmi society any male member after his marriage is expected to start the process of Adda. The meaning of Adda is offering loan or advanced either in case or in kinds to a person who is performing Reh. The kinds may be of the following items:

a) Mithun b) Pig c) Yu d) Dry fish, Dry rat(wild), e) Rice f) Millet g) Salt and chilly

The Adda word is applicable to only when a person is giving loan that is planning to celebrate Reh in near future. Normally, an eligible person after his marriage is encouraged by friends and elders to start the process of Adda. All Addas either in kind or cash is recorded immediately by Agiro-Th-rayiga on behalf of Menga, presents received from female relatives are also recorded by some person. Adda –gi i.e loans received in kinds are recorded separately for separate items. In case of measurement of dry fish, dried rat (wild) and Yu, the size of basket is counted. For rice and millet, number and size of the container is taken into account. So far as mithuns and pigs are concerned, its size and age is considered as below:

Sl. No. Size of Mithun Approximate age

1. Allo Manga 5 month

2. Allo Hro 5-7 month

3.  Allo-wi 7-8 month

4. Allo-Lu 8-9 month

5 Allo-Huwi 11-13 month

6. Allo-holoke 13-14 month

7. Allo-hulunyi 14-24 month

8. Allo-holoso              24-27 month

9. Allo-hulupri 27-44 month

10. Allo-holome            44-56 month

11. Allo-holohro 56 and above.

The size and stage counting for Pigs is as follows:

Sl. No. Size of Pig Approximate age

1. Layre 2 months

2. Etope-ye 3 months

3. Anthanga –ye 4 months

4. Ambo-Ginyibru 5 months

5.                            Eka-ginyibru 6 months

6. Edo-nyibru 7 months

7.                            Ke-ginyibru 8 months

8.                             Edo-sobro 9 months

9. Kegisobro 10 months

10. Asoyu 14 months

11. Kapriyu 2-3 years

12. Mangayu 3-4 years

13. Ahroyu 4-5 years

14. Ewinyu 5-6 years

15. Elunyu 6-7 and above

16. Huwu-sowe 7 years and above

If the loan is in the form of mithun and pig, the Menga is called to see him the size and stage and after that it is recorded in the credit khata by Agiteya and Adaya thrayiga. Everything had to be recorded properly, as all the Adda or loan has to be repaid in same kind. The number of Adaya and Agiteya are also recorded in a traditional manner in Tayi (rope), separately by tightening knots serially.

In case of death of a person who received Addagi, the surviving widow and children are responsible to return the entire loan. If the widow is engaged or remarried with the brother of the late husband, then he is responsible for repayment. It is to be noted that the Adda given in Reh cannot be repaid in normal times except when he performs Reh or when he starts the process of Addasse by asking to pay back the dues when he is unable to perform Reh.

2.Duration of Adda:

The time period for Adda is not fixed but it is expected that one should not delay the process of Adda for a long period. Normally it takes 3-4 years, because sufficient number of pigs, food items and cash has to be given to others in advance. All the required items should be given to the others as Adda advance within the period of these years, after offering sufficient number of pigs and other required items to others then only one starts the process of Reh.

3. Eliprochhu/Sa-prochu/Etowru,Etopo:

When a person starts the process of Adda he will atleast keep one mithun as Sa-prochu and one pig as Eliprochu and two numbers of Eto-la (cock) as Etowru and Etopo. In addition to this he can keep as many as mithuns, pigs and cocks as per his capacity.

4. Hathru:

If one decides to perform a Reh within a year, he makes a celebration by performing a Hathru where atleast one mithun and one pig are sacrificed. However, it is not compulsory for all to perform Hathru.

5. Mranno-che:

When a person declares that he will perform Reh within a year, he starts cleaning jungles for cultivation, which is called Mranno-che. The production of this cultivation is exclusively utilized during the Reh. Al the villagers are obliged to help the performer in all these activities.

6. Regusi:

It is a very important part as because the Igu (priest) narrates the whole story behind the Reh celebration. As such, Igu is the pivotal and exponent of the Idu-Mishmi culture. The choice of the Igu for Reh is exclusively decided by the Menga himself. But the demands will come from many. However there is a system of regusi from the non Igu also. If the Menga offers the contracts of Regusi to a non Igu, then the choice of Igu is done by that person after consultation with Menga. Generally, when the contract of Regusi is offered to either to a non Igu or Igu, they will have to offer a mithun or a pig and a huge amount as Adda or loan to Menga which is called Regusi-ne. the fees for Igu or priest is generally offered with a pig. If there are two persons including the non Igu who has taken the contract of Regusi. The menga will have to offer two numbers of pigs, one each to them. The non Igu person, who has taken the contract of Regusi, must also observe certain taboos along with Igu.

7. Ada-se:

The meaning of Ada-se is asking for returning the cash or kinds given to others as Adda. Before performing Reh if a person dies, then the widow or their children will ask for returning the entire loan given by their late husband or father, Ada-se is also asked by someone who realizes after giving some advance that he is not capable enough to perform Reh. In such cases he is looked down in the society.

8. Hawe-anji:

After harvesting, paddy, millet, maize are placed in the open place for sub-burn for 2-3 days. On completion of all this, the women folk of the village are informed or invited on a particular date for husking paddy, grinding rice, etc. which is called Hawe-anji. It is called Hawe-anji because all the food items prepared is exclusively consumption for Reh.

9. Yu-aphi:

This is a part of process for Reh where the real and final preparation for Reh starts. One of the most important items for Reh is prepared on this day i.e Yu. Different items of Yu like Yu-nyie, Yuyu, and Yu-nu are all prepared on this day. As such it is called Yu-phi or Yu-nyi-phi, the meaning in English would be burning of rice beer. One mithun and a pig is sacrificed on this day to entertain the villagers. In addition to this dry fish, dry rat (wild) mixed with boiled rice called Akuki-ri would be served to all women. It can be called a mini Reh. The peculiarity of this ritual is that most of all women are prepared by men folk otherwise in normal times Yu is prepared by women. All the participants of  Yu preparation has to observed certain taboos as some items of Yu is considered as sacred, out of which some quantity of Yu will be offered to deities. After this ritual all the people outside the village will also come to know regarding his preparedness for Reh. Normally, it is observed for 1-2 months ahead of the final Reh.

10.  Taboo:

After preparation of Yu-phi, the Menga has to observe certain taboos like not to take food or drink in the house where wild animal is killed.

11. Igu-naya:

Igu also starts dance programmed (naya) in his house after hearing about the Yu-phi. In short, after Yu-phi. Igu and also men and material is mobilized for the Reh.

12. Salo/Maji-lo:

In addition to mithuns those are already in his possession, Menga deputes a trusted person expert in trading, to purchase mithun within his budget from nearby village area. After returning of this particular person with mithuns, the Menga fix up the date for Reh.

13. Tayi-la/invitation:

The invitation for Reh is sent to all his relatives and also to those persons whom Menga has given Adda through a Tayi, i e. a rope of rubber tree bark, having number of knots depending on the number of days fixed for the purpose. Normally, Tayi is distributed 10-20 days before the start of the Reh so as to reach the distant places in time. As the count down starts, one knot is cut off on each. Last two knots represent the starting of Reh. As the Reh is celebrated once in a life time sending invitation with a knotted rope, carries a very significant meaning.

14. Ada-so:

This is an occasion when the chang is constructed in front of the house joining the varanda. All invitees and guests are received at the chang in their initial arrival, where gifts are received and recorded... Besides the chang, a Sa-aka is constructed in the corner of the chang to store meat. This construction is generally done in 5-6 days before the start of the Reh. A feast is arranged to entertain the whole village on this occasion. In the late night of this day a special rice beer called Yu-angi is prepared either by Appa or the mother of the Menga. The Yu-angi is separately prepared and taken only by the members of Igu and the Menga. The day after the construction all villagers come forward daily and help in collection of fire wood, leafs and bamboos, chungas, green vegetables and other items required be storing / keeping in readiness for use during the Reh. Separate site called Sa-rupo and Eli-muko are also constructed for the sacrificed of mithun and pigs respectively. Though one individual performs the Reh, all invities and guests attending the celebration are treated as guest of the entire village. And an elderly woman is entrusted by Menga to look after the fooding items meant for women folk and distribution. She is in turn rewarded with dried fish, rice and self for her service after the festival.

15. Andropu (First day)

The first day of the Reh celebration is called Andropu as because Igu starts the puja with ritual items like laroti, meye-aji, andropu, andro-nya etc. on this day Igu arrives first and starts the rituals for the well being of all guest, traditionally called as Meye-aji. After this, all invitees and guest arrived in batches from different distant places. On the arrival they are greeted by the host and villagers by shouting ‘Meye-bo’ in chorus for 2-3 times. Guests initially climbed to the chang before entering the house and they are offered with Yu-chunga. During this time, presents either in cash or in kinds as Agite from female relatives are received. Some returns their dues and yet some other offers loans t the Menga. All gifts,Adayi-ga and loans returned are recorded immediately by Agiio-thrayiga. Besides, it is also recorded by tying knots to the rope which is later put on the jaw of pig sacrificed ritually in the form of Illi-ayu. In the evening all guest are entertained with Yu/food/meat etc. in the late night there will be a dance competition where every one including non Igu takes part.

16. Eyanli:

The second day of the Reh is called Eyanli. All mithuns are sacrificed on this day in the early morning, except one which is kept separately for Aru-ha i e, feasting with villagers only. Before sacrificing the mithun there is a ritual for purifying the animals by Igu which is called Sha-aji. After this ritual the animal will be properly tied in the neck as well as the horn with a rope especially made for this purpose called Sha-ru and Sha-yimri. After tightening properly the animal will be brought to the sacrificial place called Sha-rumpo one by one and sacrificed with dao by experts. After killing all the mithuns, it will be cut into pieces. The pieces of the meat shall be divided for the day’s food and also for the consumption of the remaining days, which will be kept in the Sha-aka. All the chopped off heads of the animals will be distributed among the cousins by the Menga himself. An item of mithun meat called Sha-isi will be offered to Igu. A special item of mithun intestine and stomach called Sha-khipuhi will be prepared on this day. The intestine and stomach of mithun will be cut into small pieces and it will mixed with millet, salt and chilly which will be packed in leaves called Ikhu-na and distributed among the elders by Menga himself as a token of love and respect. After preparing these items a group of young boys and girls will go to every house carrying the meat in basket for distribution which is called Meye-aroro,  Andaro i.e collection of live pigs from other houses by young boys. After gathering all the live pigs, the Manga will separate two live pigs, one as Ili-ayu and another as Ili-amra. Now Menga will start giving presents to his maternal uncle and father-in-law or brother-in-law with live pigs which is called Ili-antroto. The giving of presents of the live pigs will begin serially from Igu. After this the Menga will continue giving presents to all the relatives of his wife including her parents with cash. A few numbers of pigs will be killed with bamboo sharps. The skeletal parts of the killed pigs will be distributed to each relative of the wife and maternal uncle who is called Ili-itrungu, in the evening some quantity of the rice and rice beer is also offered in addition to it. Also the meat of the pig will be cooked with rice and distributed among them. It is considered as one of the most important items of the Reh.it is like a sacred or holy item. After consuming this one is bound to maintain the relationship with Menga forever. Igu will be busy in narrating about the story of the origin of the mithun starting from Sa-assithru, Sa-aji,Sa-iyu-athu, Sa-acha, Sa-mra-athu, Sa-rula etc in the late night there will be dance competition among the guests. In this occasion everyone including the non- Igus takes part.

17. Einyi

The entire village will arrive in the early morning in the Reh-ko to prepared food and meat as most of the Meye (Guests) will depart on this day. This is the third day of the Reh celebration. Maximum number of pigs including Ili-prochu will be sacrificed on this day. All the heads of the sacrificed pigs will be kept separately and will be distributed among the cousins by the Menga. A special meat item called Ili-iyu-mene with intestine and blood of pork will be mixed with boiled rice and served as breakfast. There is a practice of giving and receiving presents in Reh celebration. The female relative of Menga who offers gifts to Menga either in cash or kinds is called Agite. As a mark of

respect, Menga wills in return offers gifts to them in the form of bundles of dry fish and dry rat (wild) called Agiro. Early breakfast and Agiro is given before the guests depart. The bundles of Agiro are distributed by the young boys headed by Agiteya-thrayiga. In the evening after the departure of the entire guest, there will be an early dinner. Igu will continue the following rituals;

1.) Laro-mitu-ajo 2) Yu-yu-su 3) Amra-se 4) Alimbru 5) Amra-nya 6) Adeko etc for adeko ritual another Igu is engaged.

18. Ili-ru-muni/Aru-go

This is the fourth day of the festival. On this day one mithun kept separately will be sacrificed to entertain the villagers besides one mithunm, a pig kept separately for some ritual purpose called Eli-ayu will also sacrificed on this day. Igu will continue with the following rituals;

1)  Ipi-nya 2) Hala-nya   3) Apo-nya 4) Iwau-nya   5) Asanji   6) Ade   etc for Aponya ritual, a local bamboo called Abrato is collected by Menga. The branch and leaves of the lower part of the bamboo will be cleaned and it will be carried by Igu and his party while dancing. After this ritual a cock especially kept for this purpose called Edo-apo will be cut off from the head and the head will be kept pierced in the pointed bamboo pole outside the house. For hala-nya ritual a pig called Eli-ayu will be laid on the ground in the front room surrounded by all the members of the house. Then the Igu continues top dance around it. While Igu continue dancing, the Menga will immediately make bamboo ropes which will be tied in the wrist if all the members of the house as a mark to keep away the khinu (evil sprit). A small quantity of pork meat and Yu will be served among male members and dried fish and rat called Akukiyi will be served among the female members of the house. After completing dance ritual some quantity o Yu will be poured into the ear of the pig by Igu. Having all this rituals completed the pig is carried away for sacrifice. The major portion of the meat is offered to the priest who performed when two males are dressed like a couple and demonstrate the sexual act and Igu dance mockingly causing a lot of entertainment and laughter. A black paste made of the charcoal mixed with the fat of the pork is applied to all the members present except the members of the house and the Igu and his party. This ceremony is performed to appease the god known as Apessa to grant prosperity and bumper crops.

19. Etonu-che:

Etonu-che is the concluding day of the festival. Fowls are sacrificed in the morning. If the fowls are sufficiently available then all the members of the house should sacrificed otherwise the women in charge of each granary and the Menga will sacrificed one each. The procedure for sacrificing fowl is that the neck of the fowl is cut off in one stroke and then the fowl will be let loose to crawl around before it dies. If the fowl dies near the main pillar post of the house where the blood of the killed animal is pasted then it indicates that in near future the Menga or any male member of the house will be able to kill wild animals. In case of the fowl dies near the husking place it is considered that there will be a bumper crops in the next harvesting time. The main reason behind the ritual of Etonu-che is to appease the god Appessa to bestow a bumper crop. The chicken will be cut into small pieces and fried with boiled rice which is called Etonu-keye-awahi. It will pack in leaves and distributed in the entire village. Igu also departed on this day. With this, the Reh celebration comes to an end. Another 5-10 days taboo is observed by Menga and his entire family members

Conclusion:

Since then immemorial times, the Reh has been observed at individual level in order to achieve prosperity of his kith and kins with earning name and fame in the society. Earlier the system of celebrating the festival on community basis was unknown. The first ever celebration of Reh on a common platform \ materialized in 1968 at Roing. This may be considered as turning point in the history of Reh festival celebration.  The Reh is the main source of unity, integrity and fraternity of the Idu society. It helps to bind together, the people along the culture, spiritual and traditional ties. It is observed that Reh celebration is not always possible by every individual considering that enormous expenditure are involved both in cash and kind. But this section of the society never realize that performing Reh is not an all compulsory. Even one can celebrate Reh without much sacrifice. The best part of Reh is that it is an occasion where all relatives including in-laws meet and interact with one another. As such, the individual Reh where all rituals are done in a traditional manner should not be abolished in toto. Actually, all these ritual performances cannot be undertaken where community festival is celebrated. therefore, while celebrating the community Reh, age old system of celebrating the individual Reh should be continued, as is practiced all over the country by various communities. (The contributor is an Assistant Research Officer (ARO)

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Readers Forum

Their and our laws

Dear Editor,

The relation between centre and state had always been intentionally ambiguous and in fact equivocal. The Sarkaria commission in mid-1980s had undertaken a comprehensive review of the centre-state relation.

Similarly, in April 2007, Punchi commission headed by Justice (Retd.) M.M. Punchi was constituted to take a fresh look at the relative roles and responsibilities of the various government and their relations. The report contains seven volumes, wherein both the polity and economy of the country have since undergone profound changes posing new challenges.

Best telling example of this attitude became apparent when centre had formulated and directed the states to check price inflation; state seemed reluctant and never reflected. Centre directed the state to crackdown against corruption; the fraud rate climbed trice. The similarity is that; centre hesitate to make public the names of the account holders of the black money allegedly stashed in Swiss Bank to public and state waver to grant prosecution order to those involved in Multi-Crore PDS scam.

When we precisely say about Arunachal Pradesh, our political financing is weak, its judicial accountability is also very weak, its civil service regulations are weak, its media is weak and of course its law enforcement is incredibly weak. If not, what about Multi-Crore PDS scam? Where is SIC and other pressure groups like AAPSU? Where are the civil societies and media? Have they all gone into deep slumber?  SIC is not matured enough to handle the scam, perhaps, either they are under-resourced or lazy or scared to take on the big guns, or may be all of the above.

Ours is no more a democracy; the more apt name would be king-o-cracy. Because our leaders are more or less like a little kings. They are elected but they are not accountable. Just like erstwhile kings, once in power, they are free to use the kingdom to their advantages. The laws are meant for the common people, not for them. As such, we citizen must demand an independent, constitutional authority that can prosecute the crooked politicians or kings. Awareness programmes explaining democracy need to be carried out.

Yours,

Taw Teri

Roing , (on email)

 

 

Pain and agony

Dear Editor,

Having gone through the report that class iii-v students of VKV  Jairampur being molested, I felt the pain and agony, being one of the victims during yesteryear's at VKV Amliang. This is one of the topics no one would like to discuss in open, but the heinous and gruesome nature of crime committed, affecting the self confidence and attitude of the victim, my conscience forces me to share my experience. I was a simple kid of remote village who studied there. Very lovingly I was offered sweets and eatables by one of the bhaiyas (staff) who would kiss me and sleep with me. He almost preyed on all other good looking kids. Even some teachers were involved in committing this crime. This is not at all a cock and bulls story but a true crime inflicted on kids. The other kids would tease you of being his wife which hurt the dignity and self respect of the kids. The same experience had made me an introvert and low in self esteem affecting my relationship with others. Parents take care and be vigilant that the same agony is not borne by one of your wards. I know the person who committed this crime, where he is posted in VKV but have forgiven him. The management of VKVs should ensure that this crime is stopped and come clean on it. I thank VKV for the moral and quality education that they gave but this area too needs to be taken care of. I am writing this not with grudge, but with a caution that a blot is not brought on your hard earned reputation by few black sheep's.

Yours,

A former student

(on email)

 

 

Third class journalism

Dear Editor,

The Editor's name and her relation with our former Chief Minister Gegong Apang itself speaks out about this daily’s political affiliations.

Publishing anything with an anonymous name like Vox Populi is something inconsiderate means to gain on your end and shows the standard of your paper.

Vox Populi means "Voice Population" and is nobody by name and is some retard and insane, hiding somewhere wanting to maintain his / her anonymity to use this paper as a means to earn some means over the other.

I wonder if it’s the really Vox populi wanting to write something or is it the editor herself wanting to tarnish someone's image like the way you have done in Jan 27 edition.

Writing anything on sensitive issues is commendable but anything without a proof to substantiate the allegation is third class journalism. Journalism in Arunachal still has to go a long way and dailies like yours give it a bad name and shows how immature it is.

Yours,

Joram Leli

Itanagar

 

 

Broom and sweeping training

Dear Editor,

I would like to highlight the ongoing training of Sub Inspector of police at Dergaon, Assam. Here we are treated as police officer less but sweeper more.

We begin our mornings at 5 by sweeping the field. Every holiday is ended by sweeping the barracks of others including those of ladies, which really hurt our sentiment. After coming here we realised that we were actually appointed as sweepers not as police officers. No doubt this is a part of training, but priority should be given on training not on and sweeping. They give more emphasis on outdoors and sweepings rather than indoors which is equally important to be an efficient police officer.

If this condition continues then really our training will be hampered and we will not be able to stands to our expectations as efficient police officers in future.

Hence I on behalf of all trainees request our DIG training to take the matter with his Assam counterpart for providing good quality training to us.

Yours,

Trainee

PTC Dergaon,

(on email)

 

 

Traffic rules and us

Dear Editor,

The news of sudden demise of late Techi Taha, one of the senior citizens of Nyishi Community hit by a biker in the Leki Village, certainly left many in mourning. Definitely the bikers are to be blamed for their reckless driving.

But in spite of that, this is quit ironical that accidents occur particularly in the same road near Leki village most of the time.

Guess these sound of accidents is not loud enough to reach the ears of the concerned traffic authorities to look into the matter and figure out corrective measures.

As from technical background, I genuinely believe that the area needs proper survey now. There is no proper typical highway traffic signboard which includes mandatory and cautionary signs that plays significant role in traffic safety. There is a provision for zebra crossing though the road crosses across the village.

The road is not properly leveled and properly banked on the turnings. Moreover, the roads having many pit holes need to be filled up regularly. Also proper lightings is lacking, which is true for the whole twin capital city. Most importantly, Stopping Sight Distance (SSD) and Crossing Sight Distance(CSD)should be reviewed.

Henceforth, I ardently appeal to the traffic authorities to look upon those safety precautions. And also appeal to those desperado biker and drivers to follow the traffic rules. After all precaution is better than cure.

Yours,

Dhon Bagang

Seppa, (on email)

 

 

When we lost the dynamic and visionary leader

Dear Editor,

It is nice to see our old political hero Kiren Rijiju, former Member of Parliament after a long gap through your esteemed daily giving his view point and clarification. It is nice to hear from him that he remains an individual person with independent thinking.

It may seem irrelevant now as it has been a long time since he changed his political party. However, many of his worker and fan including me still wonder what could be the exact reasons behind him to change his party demoralising almost all his fan, although he gave some consolation letter through your column. We could not believe till today. It was a political blunder for him, I suppose.

Many of the officers, whom I know has sacrificed and came out openly to campaign for him violating code of conduct during recent election. But he did not even bother to ask or inform his people once before his extreme decision.

In our state, somebody has rightly pointed out that switching of political allegiance by cheap Political leaders has become a routine and phenomenal activity. Only for such cheap games of our Political Leaders, Central government hardly pays any attention to our state.

There may be genuine reasons for him to take such an extreme decision. However in the process we lost the very young, dynamic and visionary leader.

Yours

A political fan,

(on email)

 

 

Arunachal and her people

Dear Editor,

Though I am miles away from Arunachal Pradesh, but I never forget to read your daily.

I have a very close attachment towards Arunachal and its people and I love to read your paper every morning, because I have spent most of my time in the beauty of Arunachal and I got my university degree too from Arunachal.

Some days back, I was going through the daily, when I came across a write up on Mamang Dai, the prestigious padmashree winner. Being a fan of hers, I congratulate her for this achievement. Since long, I have loved her literary activities.

Yours,

Sanjay Kumar Joshi

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,

(on email)

 

 

Bandhs and our state

Dear Editor,

Apropos Nabam Serbang's yesterday’s letter even I stand by his point in maintaining "bandh free and violence free" state.

Our state is one of the youngest states in our country but one of the fastest developing also. We should keep in mind that by giving bandh calls we are not supporting but instead interfering with our state in its development process. And there is no doubt about the peace and safety our state provides us in comparison to other states.

So let us all avoid unnecessary bandh calls and violent means so to maintain the dignity of the message of peace and non-violence that our state stands for in the whole of NE and the country.

Yours,

Subi Taba,

(on email)

 

 

Black money and India

Dear Editor,

I would like to request the people of our country to join the movement started by Swami Ramdev, for bringing the Black money deposited in foreign Banks by Dishonest Industrialist, scandalous politicians and corrupt officers. Swami Ramdev have started signature campaign to bring the Black Money from the foreign banks.

Black money is the result of hoarding smuggling tax evasion and dealing in immovable property for which the consideration is paid in black. It has been beyond the control of the government. The black money has already created a serious problem in our country. The black money according to some reliable estimates has gone up to Rs. 1000000 million in our country. It is to a great extent responsible for a great rise in prices because the purchasing power of ¬the people has increased. People having black money are leading a life of luxury whereas the poor people are leading miserable life. They use this money for corrupting and demoralizing social and political life. They display it in ostentatious living and wasteful luxuries. They bribe Government officers and lead them to corruption and dishonesty. They purchase political bosses and control the strings of the Government. Thus the entire social structure comes to be badly polluted.

Once this huge amount of black money and property comes back to India, the entire foreign debt can be repaid in 24 hours. After paying the entire foreign debt, we will have surplus amount, almost 12 times larger than the foreign debt. If this surplus amount is invested in earning interest, the amount of interest will be more than the annual budget of the Central government. So even if all the taxes are abolished, then also the Central government will be able to maintain the country very comfortably.

Yours,

Bajrang Lal Pancharia

Naharlagun, (on email)

 

 

 

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News Impact

Laparoscopic operation

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Laparoscopic operation is being conducted on February 3rd at CHC Chowkham. Target of operation is 80 and while 150 have registered.

Dr.Dangi Perme, gynecologist from District Hospital, Tezu will conduct the operation and he will be accompanied by Dr.Nani Rika, DRCHO, Dr.N.Ninu, DMO and a team of assisting members from Tezu.

Nang Chadrika Kangkeo, Chairperson, District Zila Parisad cum ZPM of Chowkham is likely to inaugurate the programe.

 

Abduction bid condemned

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: The East Kameng District Unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has vehemently condemned the reported abduction bid on Danial Teli, one of the members of the State Level Vigilance & Monitoring Committee (SLVMC) by four unidentified persons from Tezu UD Guest house on January 27 last.

The abduction attempt was made on the SLVMC member when he halted for a night at Tezu for collecting documents relating to PMSGY fund allocation and expenditure.

“When the chief engineer, RWD can furnish all related documents within an hour then why he did not,?” the NCP questioned, and pointed finger of suspicion towards the EE RWD, Tezu on the whole episode.

 

BJP appointments

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh president, Dr. Tangor Tapak (MLA) has re-shuffled the party executives and appointed Sotai Kri as state Vice President, Kotige Mena and Kago Tadi as state secretaries for smooth functioning of the party yesterday.

 

Boori Boot Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 01: Boori Boot Yullo Celebration Committee, Itanagar, will celebrate the festival on 6th February at Nyikum Niya ground, Nirjuli.

Tony Koyu, managing director, Arunachal Pradesh Industrial Development & Finance Corporation Ltd and former capital MLA Kipa Babu will be chief guest and guest of honour for the day.

 

Assn formed

ITANAGAR, Feb 01:  All Capital Complex Car Accessories Association was formed in a general meeting of the owners of car accessories shops  at Naharlagun on Jan 28.  

 

Association calls for safety measure

ITANAGAR: Pasighat Market Association in a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, East Siang District today, appealed for better police surveillance for improving the deteriorating law and order situation in the market areas. The association claimed that lot of cases pertaining to snatching of valuables of  passerby and physical assaults to resistors have been reported.

The association further demanding relocation of the fish and meat market to the earlier site or to an easily accessible place from the main market, said that due the sudden shifting of fish and meat market from the main market has led to numerous problems to the customers and vendors and cases of looting and physical assault to meat and fish vendors have also been registered in the Pasighat Police Station in this regard.

 

Sports festival begins at Doimukh

ITANAGAR: A sports festival cum tournament began at Doimukh for promotion of games and sports in the district.

Various sporting events, such as football, volleyball and track & field events are being conducted among students of below 16 years.

Altogether 10 teams from various schools under Doimukh circle are taking part in the tournament.

The inaugural function was attended by Doimukh ZPM Tana Bado, who suggested the players to maintain discipline while taking part in such events. He also encouraged them to aim high and dream big for participating in higher level of competitions. Doimukh EAC Nighee Bengia gave the welcome address.