Indigenous Faith Day celebrated across Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The followers of Donyi-Poloism, Rangfraism and Intayaism across
the state celebrated the Indigenous Faith Day with a pledge to preserve, promote
and rejuvenate their indigenous faiths and beliefs for posterity.
The Day was centrally celebrated at Nirjuli under the banner of Indigenous Faith
and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) with a day-long programme.
Apart from a ‘massive’ car and two-wheelers rally taken out from RK Mission helipad
ground here to the venue, Nyikum Niya Ground, Nirjuli via Doimukh earlier in the
morning, display of several colourful cultural programmes by different cultural troupes
from the state capital complex were the center of attractions of the function.
Earlier, the celebration of the day got a formal start with the chief guest, Nabam
Rebia, Parliamentary Secretary for Industries, unfurling the flag which preceded
an impressive band display by the students of VKV, Nirjuli amidst a drizzle.
Addressing the people, the chief guest said that Donyi-Polo (Sun and Moon God),
as worshipped by the people of Arunachal Pradesh, was the mother of all religions.
He appealed people to stick to ‘religious tolerance’, respect others’ religions,
upholding the secular fabric of the country. He, however, said one should not overlook
his or her constitutional right but to protect one’s own religion, saying “invasion
of culture” and “invasion of religion” are not good for this democratic country.
He said that IFCSAP’s movement will only be a success when the people of state upkeep
their own indigenous faiths and culture.
The other speakers—Vanavashi Kalyan Ashram organizing secretary Atul Jog, Higher
& Technical Education Director Dr Joram Begi & Joint Director Dr Tejum Padu, IFCSAP
president Nabam Atum and general secretary Augung Bengia—made a clarion call to their
fellow believers of indigenous faiths to uphold the ‘pristine glory’ inherited from
their ancestors. The IFCSAP general secretary said that every faith and culture has
the right to exist and nobody should disturb them to change it through force or allurement.
As the day (Dec 31) was declared state holiday by the state govt to facilitate the
people to celebrate the Indigenous Faith Day in large scale, the function witnessed
a massive turnout but in middle of it, the weather god turned a matter of concern
for organizers for a few moment.
At Pasighat, Donyi-Polo Day was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in all
the Ganggings (Donyi-Polo Prayer Hall) all over the district today.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram and MP Ninniong Ering were present in the hometown
and took part in the celebration in all the Ganggings and extended heartiest greetings
and best wishes to all the people of the district. They also prayed for peace and
prosperity. Both of them expressed confidence that the celebration would help in
promoting communal harmony and feeling of brotherhood among the people.
Besides hoisting of religious Donyi-polo flag, formal prayers were offered and religious
discourses were held amidst the intellectuals and the followers.
At Ngopok, about 20 km away from Pasighat under Mebo sub-division, Indigenous people
proclaimed the dignity and solemnity of the indigenous faith and culture. Their colorful
procession projected the diverse and rich Adi tradition through folk music. Tableaus
depicted various facets of the simple yet rich and colourful indigenous lifestyle.
The procession culminated at the Ngopok Gangging Ground, where ceremonial flag was
hoisted and special prayers were offered in the Gangging led by the Chief Guest Onyok
In his brief speech Pertin appealed to preserve the rich tradition for the younger
generation and also to protect own identity and culture.
The Chief Guest also inaugurated an Adult Education Center locally launched mission
by SHG (Self Help Group) of Ngopok village and also released CD Cassettes containing
Among others, the Guest of Honour Oming Pertin, President Ngopok Gangging Maliyang
Perme and Secretary Nabom Damin also spoke and gave their valuable suggestions on
the day. H K Roy reports.
At Aalo, Indigenous Faith day was celebrated in a befitting manner at Donyi-Polo
Dere, Aalo today.
Chief guest of the celebration was the state Chief Secretary Tabom Bam.
Highlighting the settlement and migration of Abo- Tani race, he appealed the senior
officers from Abo-Tani group to take responsibility of preserving religion and culture.
He also urged for voluntary contributions to pay honorarium to priests and other
expenses for compilation and documentation of religion and culture. One’s own culture
and religion have to be carried on strongly, he added.
DC Amjad Tak as Guest of Honour urged the senior citizens to inculcate a sense of
responsibility among young generation for preservation of culture, rituals and practices.
Tumpak Ete co-founder of Donyi-Poloism informed that Donyi-Polo was recognized as
religion in international forum in Germany during 1990. Colorful cultural programmes
including Erap Dance, Tapu Dance ete were also organized on the occasion. DIPRO
Tawang experiences first snowfall of the season
TAWANG, Dec 31: Tawang known as one of the most attractive places in Arunachal Pradesh
is yet again in a mood of festivity. This time it is, of course, the festival of
Tawang township area experienced the first snowfall of the season. With sub-zero
temperature, it started snowing early in the morning. The view was as that of an
area covered with white blanket.
Witnessing the first snowfall comes as a magical spell for Tawang, compliments are
pouring in from all the tourists who confessed their jaw dropped while viewing the
picturesque landscapes of Tawang.
Tawang itself is snowed under tourists from all over India who are on spree off for
their winter holidays.
We came here to experience snowfall and here we are lucky enough to arrive today,
said delighted tourists from Assam.
“Away from the maddening crowd, pollution, and concrete jungle this is the best place
for spending winter holidays, this is totally a different place, no regrets”, said
another tourist from Kolkata. I would like to visit this part of earth one day again
said Mr. Das, a tourist.
Most of the people came out of their respective houses to experience the first snowfall
of the season. The children snow-balling each other and making snow man, people encircling
bhukhari (local fireplace); it is indeed a festival of joy. DIPRO
Grievances Cell in CM’s secretariat
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s secretariat will now have a
Grievances Cell. While approving establishing of the Public grievances cell, the
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu appointed his OSD K Riram to be the nodal officer designated
as Public Grievances Officer.
A suggestion box is being placed in the chief minister’s office which shall be opened
on regular basis by the Public Grievances Officer. The grievances which require the
attention of the chief minister or the principal secretary to CM as the case may
be shall be placed before them for appropriate action. This will facilitate easy
communication of the public with the chief minister.
Similar arrangements are being done in the district headquarters where the Deputy
Commissioners shall be the public grievances officers. Complaint or suggestion box
shall be placed in a prominent place in the office of the Deputy Commissioner and
the contents will be examined and periodical reports will be sent to the chief minister’s
secretariat. PRO to CM.
NABARD eager to help TDF projects in Dibang Valley
ANINI, Dec 31: The Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programme and programmes under
Tribal Development Fund (TDF) should be launched in Dibang Valley district, opined
A K Pasrija, DGM NABARD during his address in the seminar on “Financial Inclusion”
held at Anini today.
Explaining the various schemes, namely, KCC, SHG Programme, Farmers Club Programme,
which are available in NABARD and can be taken up for Financial Inclusion Programme
in the district he advised the district administration to take the help of NGO from
Lower Dibang Valley District to start the project under TDF from NABARD. Pointing
out the Dr.C. Rangarajan Committee’s recommendations on Financial Inclusion, Pasrija
said that the local Panchyats can also be involved in the programme. There was a
common demand for setting up of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in the district, he added. The
Seminar was held in collaboration with NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office,
The Deputy Commissioner T. Jempen who presided over the seminar pointed out that
there was no meeting of District Consultative Committee under Lead Bank Scheme since
last two years.
The MD of LAMPS also participated in the deliberation apart from members of PRI.
Besides the line department officials, the Branch Managers from SBI and Apex Bank
were also present.
The district officials were highly appreciative of the efforts taken by NABARD to
promote various development schemes in Dibang Valley District and Deputy Commissioner
promised to hold the follow up meeting sometime in April next year so that actions
taken in the seminar are duly carried out.
DGM, NABARD will also have a discussions with LAMPS officials and other Board members
of LAMPS as to how the LAMPS can be revitalized with the package given under Vaidyanathan
5.5 magnitudes earthquake hits NE again
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: North East region being falls under category V of seismic zones
has been rocked by a series of quakes in the last few months.
On September 21 an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale was felt in the
region, on December 29 last an earth quake of 5.5 magnitudes jolted NE Regions.
Again, just after three days a moderate intensity earthquake rocked parts of North
East region today at a dept of 7 km below the earth surface.
The Meteorological department sources informed that an earthquake of 5.5 magnitude
jolted the region at 1527 hours with its epicentre in Bhutan and it was felt at Shillong,
Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
However, no damage of life and property has been reported yet.
VAHAN project launched
Seppa: In order to maintain the transparency in the registration of the vehicles
in the East Kameng district, the automation of the DTO office was inaugurated by
Deputy Commissioner, Pige Ligu at DTO office on Dec 30.
The softwares VAHAN and SARATHI meant for the registration of the vehicle and all
the work related to it was installed with the help of DIO Krishan Murari.
Ligu informed that the installation of the softwares would put check on the corruption
in the registration of the vehicles and also the issuing of the licenses. DIPRO
West Siang prepared to celebrate Siang River Festival
AALO, Dec 31: Siang River Festival (SRF) will be celebrated for the 4th consecutive
time at Aalo, West Siang District from Jan. 11, 2010.
The venue of the celebration has been opted at the confluence of Sipu and Yomgo River
from where one can have a glance of uninterrupted view of scenic beauty of the Yomgo
Initiating a discussion in the final meeting for the successful celebration of the
festival on Dec 30, West Siang D C Amjad Tak appealed one and all to involve themselves
mentally and physically to make it an special one. He said that whatever is built
at the celebration site whether it be floating houses, gates, traditional houses
and tea stalls should have local touch, artistic and beautiful for on-lookers.
Jarsa Gamlin, Chairperson Zila Parisad requested the administration to carry out
necessary initiatives for broadening the entrance road not only for SRF but for the
tourist lodge located at the bank.To add more colours to the festival, cultural troupes
from Manipur, Army Band Party, and Celebrity singers of West Siang will perform.
Arrangement and measures taken up for safety and comfortable stay of the visitors.
Resolution adopted to make Seppa a beautiful township
SEPPA, Dec 31: The intellectuals and leaders of East Kameng have discussed elaborately
the beautification plan of the Seppa Township and unanimously adopted resolution
to make Seppa one of the most beautiful district headquarters in a coordination meeting
held on Dec 29 last.
In his address WRD and Civil Aviation Minister Atum Welly informed the house that
under the initiative of legislators of the district some Rs 4.5 crore (CRF-2 crore
and SPA Rs 2.5 crore) for improvement for Seppa township road is on priority list
and almost certain to sanctioned soon. Further, he proposed resolution for taking
over of BRTF road from Hari Bridge upto District Hospital road tri-junction.
Parliamentary secretary for environment and forest Kumar Waii said that Rs 4.5 crore
may not be enough for improvement of township road as the required fund is actually
Rs 8 crore. He stressed on more discussion on bringing more funds. He suggested that
extra effort should be taken to avoid duplication of works. He asked Gammon India
to a set time frame for start of removal of telephone/power/water-supply lines.
MLA Tapuk Taku suggested PWD to survey all types of structures and their owners,
if any, along the road from Hari Bridge to Seppa township and artery roads so that
leaders could also cooperate in making affected people understand about the need
of eviction in the interest of the people. Tapuk Taku further advised that eviction
should not be carried out in haste, but in after examination by the DLAAB. He urged
that township boundary should be immediately notified.
Sipi Bagang, Chairperson, ZP, stressed on advance planning for development of the
town so that in future there is no need of eviction.
EE. PWD Seppa Tanya Soki informed that the department had proposed for Rs. 6 crore
for which the concept paper has already been sent the higher authority of the department.
He further informed that proposal for improvement of township road under CRF for
Rs. 3 crore is on priority list.
In order to improve the township road we need to improve the trunk road (from 0’
Seppa –P/Kessang to Seppa-C/Tajo 0’ point) upto Major District Road standard (width
8.7 meter with mantled width of 5.5 mtr), he suggested. Survey exercise already started.
However he informed that there are lots of hindrances (permanent structures) along
the road side which needs to be scrap off with the help of District Magistrate.
Nyikpu Yangfo, AE PWD cum project in-charge of Seppa-C/Tajo road, told that by second
week of January we will start construction of road from 0’ point.
Katung Wage, SE (PWD) told house that there is no need for transferring of road from
BRTF to PWD, as the Nechipu to Hoj road is already under PWD for construction of
Trans National Highway.
Deputy Director, UD, Kame Bengia briefed the house about the master plan for drainage
in Seppa township under JNNURM.
He further informed that out of required 40 labourers, only 12 of them are here.
The only truck available with us is in poor condition. We need to have a proper
waste disposal mechanism which including selection of a disposal site. The current
site for disposal of waste near Hari Bridge is objectionable. He demanded a new truck
for disposal of wastes.
EE, Power, AC Don, informed that works under RGGVY have already started. He promised
not to compromise with quality of works.
EE PHD, Seppa, Kirba Sora, regarding shifting of pipelines along the road to make
way for widening purpose, he expressed requirement of fund. He promised to systematize
supply lines to ensure minimization of leakages by next year gradually.
MLA Tani Loffa stressed on eviction of all illegal encroachment.
MLA K Bagang said some people have been deprived of land allotment in spite of occupying
a plot of for last 20-25 years. Hence, proper verification must be carried out of
unfeasible land before eviction of land.
DC Seppa, P Ligu said, if no concrete suggestion is coming forth, then the issue
lies with the wisdom of district administration. In that case, we will have to take
up the issue of eviction case to case.
Among others, many intellectuals, govt officials besides ANSU president Niglar Veo
and AEKSU president Tukfi Riang spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
ATASU conference deferred
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The All Tali Area Students’ Union (ATASU) has deferred its proposed
13th general conference cum election scheduled to be held at Pipsorang next month
till further notification.
The decision was taken keeping in view the ensuring APPSCCE preliminary examination
as well as clarification from the Piposorang township Anchal Samiti member and All
Langden Kollang Youth Association.
125 Foundation day of INC celebrated
ITANAGAR, Dec 31: District Youth Congress Committee, Daporijo celebrated the 125
foundation day celebration of INC at Daporijo on December 28 last.
All the Frontal head, DCCI, DYCC, Seva Dal, DNSUI, DMCC and INC workers took active
participation on the occasion.
ROING, Dec 31: Ms Sushanta Kumari Sahu, a junior teacher of the Government Higher
Secondary School, Roing has been honoured with memento by All Idu Mishmi Students’
Union in recognition of her dedicated service in an impressive farewell ceremony
She has been serving in this part of the region ever since she was first posted in
November 1980. Completing her 30 years of service in working for the tribal students,
she retired this month.
Road safety week
ITANAGAR: The 21st Road Safety Week is being observed in the state from January 1-7,
under the theme ‘life is safe, if driving is safe’.