Siang River Festival gets off to a colorful start
Selja bowled over by scenic beauty of Arunachal
AALO, Jan 11: Simply bowled over by the scenic beauty of Arunachal Pradesh, Union
Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty alleviation and Tourism, Kumari Selja said,
the state blessed with natural beauty and flora and fauna could generate huge employment
opportunities in tourism sector.
She was addressing the inaugural function of the five-day long 4th Siang River Festival
2010 here this evening at General Ground Aalo.
Showering praises on Arunachalees for preserving age-old culture and tradition,
and for their hospitality Selja said that the state is blessed with huge potentials
for development in every sector.
Many projects have been sanctioned to the state by the Centre, she said and assured
more developmental projects in future as well.
Stressing the need of initiatives to attract more tourists, both foreign and domestic,
she called upon the people and the Govt to cooperate with developmental initiatives.
She further revealed that hotel management institution has been approved at the cost
of Rs 10 crore at Yupia in Papum Pare district, and added that two projects -- development
of circuit houses for different places and construction of tourist infrastructure
at Tape Hapa have been sanctioned.
Power Minister, Jarbom Gamlin also expressed hope that the festival would be listed
in the calendar if it maintains continuity. Gamlin further highlighting the importance
of tourism said that the recognition of the festival at the national level will pave
a way for inflow to tourists in the state and will also provide a platform for the
unity of various tribes.
For last three years it had been celebrated at a river bank but this time it has
been shifted at general ground due to non-availability of the permanent place, informed,
ZP chairperson, Jarsa Gamlin. He also appreciated the participants coming from various
places and state including Manipur and Assam. He expressed hope that the festival
would be a major success in future.
The festival was attended by Aalo (East) MLA, Jarkar Gamlin, tourism parliamentary
secretary, Gojen Gadi, tourism secretary, Bandana Deori, Aalo deputy commissioner,
Amzad Tak and many other dignitaries.
Earlier, Selja also visited the various stalls put up by various departments and
NGOs, model houses of the various tribes of Siang belt set in the ground and interacted
with the stall owners.
Around 25 different types of stalls have been temporarily set up in the ground. The
exhibition stall built jointly by Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery and Veterinary
departments attracted large number of crowd.
On the opening day local artistes enthralls the visitors. From tomorrow the cultural
competitions will be organized, besides participants from the Siang belts, Manipuri
cultural team will display Thang-ta (art of displaying sword) and other cultural
Lohit all set to welcome pilgrims
Parshuram Kund mela from Jan 13
NAMSAI, Jan 11: Lohit district is all set to welcome the pilgrims to the Parshuram
Kund Mela scheduled to begin from January 13 to 15 on the occasion of Makar Sangkranti.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made after a threadbare discussion with
the security agencies.
It is expected that a large number of pilgrims from various states of country and
Nepal and some VIPs will visit the holy Parshuram Kund on the mela days whereas hundreds
of people from the neighbouring states have already started to come into for Picnic
and religious visit.
A team of Vishwa Mangal Gow Gram Yatra is also visiting Parasuram Kund on the occasion.
Lohit Deputy Commissioner Kaling Tayeng along with Namsai Addl. Deputy Commissioner
R.K. Sharma and all Head of departments visited the Mela site today.
While reviewing the final arrangement for mela, he suggested some improvements so
that pilgrims visiting the holy place could take a dip in the Kund with comfort and
It is to be mentioned that the Tourism department has constructed two dormitories
which could be used by the pilgrims. Steps leading to the Kund and ralling thereof
have been constructed.
Bathing ghat and changing place have also been constructed. Parking places have been
identified and it is decided that no vehicle will be allowed beyond parking zone.
All the pilgrims shall be frisked thoroughly. These steps have been taken in view
of security of the pilgrims and it is appealed to all the visitors and pilgrims to
bear with the arrangement even if some inconvenience will be caused to them. Arrangements
have also been made to issue Entry permits for the vehicles going to Parshuram Kund
and for issue of ILP to the visitors at Dirak and Sunpura Checkgates.
The Parshuram Seva Samity, Tinsukia will be providing free food to all pilgrims during
the Mela days. Volunteers from Vivekananda Kendra and Arunachal Vikash Parishad will
extend all help and assistance to the pilgrims. Medical facilities will be provided
by the District Medical authorities, Arunachal Pali Vidyapeeth and Arunachal Vikash
Parishad will be provided round the clock. To facilitate the transportation, the
APSTD will be running buses from Tinsukia to Parshuram Kund and back.
Selja inaugurates Housing Complex
PASIGHAT, Jan 11: Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Tourism Minister
Kumari Selja inaugurated a housing complex for ‘Safai Karmchari’ at 2 miles, 2 km
away from Pasighat main town.
Speaking on the occasion Selja said that under the guidance of the UPA Chairperson
Sonia Gandhi, the union government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has
been implementing several projects in Arunachal Pradesh which are bringing developments
in every corner of the state.
She assured that she would attend as Chief Guest during the forthcoming golden Jubilee
celebration of Pasighat Township which is scheduled to be held on 2011 next.
The project implementing authority HPL (Hindustan Prefab Limited), a govt. of India
enterprise executed Rs. 224. 56 Lacs project and it was started on September 5 last
and completed within the sanctioned period, stated the Deputy Director (UD) Pasighat
Er. Taring Darang.
The minister was accompanied by Education Minister Bosiram Siram, MP Ninnong Ering,
MLA Passang Sona and MLA Ralom Borang, DC Onit Panyang, Chairman & Managing director
Sanjoy Khothari, Vivek Nangia Dy. Secy to Govt. of India, Yeshi Tsering Principal
Secy to Govt. of AP and Bandana Deori Secy to Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. DIPRO
MLA visits Sisiri, Siine river sites
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Local legislator of 42-Dambuk Assembly Constituency, Jomin Tayeng
(IAS Retired), visited Sisiri and Siine river sites, which often becomes cause of
sorrow during monsoon for the people of Dambuk along with head of departments, panchayat
and public leaders of area.
Siine River was a small nallah in the past and many hamlets settled around their
prior to the earth quake of 1950 which had rocked the north east region. Since then
river became turbulent and started inundating the nearby hamlets due to which the
main Dambuk town was shifted to the present location. Many flood protection measures
were taken in the meantime with canalizing and construction of embankments but it
did bear fruitful results. During monsoon seasons, the river becomes turbulent carrying
with it large boulders and sands thereby raising the level of river bed year by year.
In the May 1987, the river water over flowed the embankments and flooded the erstwhile
Poblung Village, which was known for its beautiful landscape. In the subsequent year,
the river continues to inundate and flood the places like Tapat (Patbuk village and
half of the Patku village) besides flooding many agricultural fields and cultivated
lands. Till date the river poses a great threat to the Dambuk headquarter and is
just 100 metres away from the Remi Village.
Sisiri River too has been posing as a great threat to the main Wet Rice Cultivated
land of Dambuk stretching around 200-300 hectares. In the preceding year 2009 in
the month of July, the river water has inundated agricultural fields at Iprom, 6
km away from Dambuk Sub-Divisional Headquarter.
Keeping in view the above dangers posed by the twin sorrow of Dambuk, the newly elected
MLA has taken it seriously and efforts are being made on his part to find some permanent
solutions against the odds of the nature.
Inspecting the river site, Tayeng asked the Executive Engineer, Water Resource Department
to channelize the river water before onset of monsoon as an exigency measures to
direct the course of water through the middle of the river until some permanent flood
protection measures are taken up.
The dignitaries also inspected the RCC Bridge Site over Sisiri River which if completed
would be the lifeline between Dambuk and Pasighat. DIPRO
Sally Lake Resort, Yatri Niwas need Govt. attention
ROING, Jan 11: Sally Lake, one of the tourist hotspots in Lower Dibang Valley district
has become the dumping ground and left to ruin over the last many years. Though the
entire asset of the resort has become disputed among Fishery, Forest and Tourism
departments, the wildlife department who actually owned this resort has failed to
restore the lost glory of it.
The most exotic fishes in the lake are in threat due to regular poaching. Moreover
endangered animals in the Mihao Wildlife Sanctuary are equally in peril which need
urgent protection. The lackadaisical attitude of the wildlife department is clearly
We are in helpless situation, the variety of rear and endangered fishes (chocolate
Masher) in the lake are not safe, we cannot take measures of our own as the lake
is under the control of wildlife, said, Dayum Davi DFDO.
The lake could be the best place for tourists’ with its scenic beauty and initiatives
could have been taken for water sports but nothing happened.
However, the wildlife department also expressed its helplessness. On the other hand,
Yatri Niwas constructed at the cost of Rs 99.69 lakh with a purpose to meet the acute
accommodation shortage at the Eze river site is totally damaged beyond recognition.
Surprisingly no officials from tourism department had visited the site to assess
the situation till yet.
The District Level Tourism Development Committee (DLTDC) is also in place to promote
tourism in the district but unfortunately the promotion of tourism remains only a
Recently, a meeting was held at DC’s chamber to give a serious thought to tap the
tremendous potential especially adventure & eco-tourism in the district, but nothing
substantial came out of the meet. However, there was discussion on restoration of
tourist lodge at Sally Lake.
The tourism department has been spending crores of rupees in creating concrete structures
and that too become the dumping ground at last! What could be most ridiculous then
this way of construction and then destruction?, rued tour operator Jibi Pulu. He
suggests infrastructures portraying tribal culture and tradition to attract foreign
A thin line between outsiders and locals
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Haring, Nepak, Bihari, etc these are some of the words people use
to address outsiders, precisely speaking the non-tribal population of Arunachal Pradesh,
who comprise chunk of mass. Most of the outsiders staying in state are either engaged
in business or employed with state and central governments.
Though majority of them have been living here for long period but still they are
not able to completely assimilate with local population and there is a thin line
between local and outsiders.
Few days ago this reporter was driving around Naharlagun market and unluckily bumped
with a bike coming from opposite side. As I was trying to get up, two bikers with
whom I had crashed came running towards me and offered every kind of help including
repairing of bike. Both of them were outsiders and I would sense that they were relieve
to see me alright but were scared about how I will react? Saying thanks for their
sweet gesture, I moved on but their fear-stricken eyes disturbed me a lot till date.
In the entire North-East, our state is considered to be most peaceful and having
welcome attitude towards outsiders. The first generation of migrant workforce coming
from states like Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, etc have witnessed topography
of Arunachal changing in front of their eyes. Most of them are honest enough to admit
that off late local population have become little bit hostile to them.
“I started working here in the year 1979 and since have been transferred to various
districts of state. My kids have grown up here and I feel myself to be true Arunachalee,”
told Sanjeev Sharma, a government school teacher. He further told, “In the last decades
atmosphere has changed considerably as people have become hostile to outsiders like
us. Often we get bullied and I make sure to always back off when confronted with
such embarrassing situation.”
Second generation outsiders mostly who had grown up here, feel more at home in Arunachal
than their native villages. Even though they consider themselves to be part of this
state they are disillusioned with their present status. Akhilesh Singh working with
a MNC in Delhi, who were educated in a government school at Itanagar feels that things
are going from bad to worse for outsiders in state.
“My father retired from state power department and is presently living in my native
land in Bihar. Whenever I visit him, often he talks about his time at Arunachal and
I can feel he misses that beautiful state and its lovable people,” told Akhilesh
whom this reporter meet up at a Bank as he was trying to withdraw his father’s provident
He also told he considers himself to be real Arunachalee. “I can speak local dialects
like Nyishi and Apatani quite fluently. Whereas there are many local kids who cant
speak their own dialects. My father has contributed to the development of this state
and my entire childhood was spent here. Arunachal Pradesh will always remain special
to me but it’s sad that some anti-social elements are creating trouble for outsiders,”
Majority of the outsiders who come here are mostly poor people and they are just
looking to make a living out here. Running small businesses like grocery shops, meat
stalls, etc they too are looking to provide better life for their family.
“I am operating this small hotel since the year 2000. Many occasion youngsters leave
without paying after eating. When I asked for money, they abuses and bullies me,”
said an hotelier from West Bengal, who didn’t wished to be named.
I guess we ourselves are to be blamed for creating this situation where our fellow
countrymen are feeling like foreigner in their own country. There is a need to do
KGBV parents-teacher meet vows to reduce gender gap in education sector
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: A parent-teacher association meeting was held at Kastuba Gandhi
Balika Vidyalaya School campus recently to elaborately discuss the problems and
achievements of the KGBV. About 200 parents took part in the meeting.
Presiding over the meeting Komini Meto, secretary, Abralow Memorial Multipurpose
Society(AMMS) has called upon the educated mothers to play a pro-active role for
more participation of girl children in school education.
Lamenting over the low percentage of literacy in interior and backward places of
the state, Meto informed that KGBV aims to bridge the gender gap in the literacy
with more participation of girls in the elementary education.
Pointing out the financial problems faced by NGO due to late and untimely release
of fund from the state government, he informed that NGO is in great trouble in running
the school such as procurement of ration items, payment of salary to the teachers
Later the house discussed the ways and means to collect fund and decided to sought
financial assistance from the MP and local MLA for infrastructure development of
The house also decided to approach elected representatives for upgradation of the
Sumila Linggi, the Headmistress of the School gave the detail progress and achievement
of the children in the last five years and this half yearly examination 2009.
She expressed his satisfaction for the better performance of the students.
IPPI conducted accorss the state
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Along with the rest of the country Arunachal Pradesh conducted
Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) Programme on the occasion of the National
Immunization Day yesterday.
Altogether 2252 polio booths were set up and 70,489 children between the age group
of 0-5 years were administered polio drop across the state. In Papum Pare district,
a total of 17,393 children were administered polio drop.
The Rotary Club of Rising Sun Itanagar (RCRSI) joined the Health and Family Welfare
Department in the IPPI programme at Itafort Govt Dispensary here.
Parliamentary secretary for Health and Family Welfare Nido Pavitra inaugurated the
immunization programme in presence of Health Service Director Dr T Basar and Rotarians
Kishor Nath (RCRSI president), Jarjum Ete, former president, Avijit Chakraborty,
RCRSI secretary, Jayashree Gosh and Tage Taki among others.
Lower Subansiri District also conducted first round of the Intensified Pulse Polio
Immunization (IPPI) throughout the district by feeding two drops of polio vaccine
to the children of 0-5 years on January 10.
According to official source, 100 polio booths were set up in the district facilitating
easy reached of the people.
Out of 100 booths, 25 were set up in district Hq. in which more than 1400 children
of age group were given polio oral polio vaccine. The Lower Subansiri DMO and DFWO
supervised the programme, sources said.
At Dirang, the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) national programme was
inaugurated by local MLA Phurpa Tsering at the community health centre here yesterday.
An IPPI transit camp was also organized at bazaar line by 4th BN ITBP and at Jyotinagar
by 30th SSB BN which was also inaugurated by the MLA.
2281 children were immunized at Dirang and Thembang circles during the IPPI round,
according to Dirang senior medical officer Dr. S.K Singh.
Laa Talar - A hope for sports lovers of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: It is a matter of immense pleasure to know that sportspersons of
Arunachal Pradesh in some certain disciplines have been doing exceptionally well.
Of them, promising badminton player Laa Talar-- a student of class VIII standard--
Talar, ranked 8th in singles and 2nd in doubles in sub-junior category in the recently
released national ranking table, have won many laurels for the state so far. He was
also ranked number one in U-10 and presently, he is holding the numero uno position
in his category (U-13).
The budding shuttler, who have won many titles in different championships and categories,
is determined to improve his ranking further in the coming years. Talar, a student
of Nandi Pipes Badminton Academy, Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh told this reporter that
his very next target is to win the national sub-junior title and improve the national
ranking further by participating in maximum number of tournaments.
Showing two old Yonex racquets, Talar said he is presently using these two as he
can not afford buy a new one for want of money. He informed that a good badminton
racquet costs around Rs 6000 to Rs.12,000 depending upon their quality.
Meanwhile, Ribe Laa, father of Laa Talar and a school teacher, said that badminton
being a very costly sports, he was unable to provide all the requirements of his
son. A pair of sports shoes, shirts and pant costs around Rs.10,000 to 12,000. The
shuttle cocks required for practice costs Rs.750 a box. Being a poor school teacher
with limited earnings, how can I manage all these things besides maintaining the
family, Ribe, burdened with three children, lamented. He, however, praised Chief
Minister Dorjee Khandu for extending financial assistance of Rs.three lakh from his
side last year.
Talking about fitness of a sportperson, Talar’s coach K Venkateswara Rao told that
sportspersons need to take lots of nutrious food to keep their body fit. They must
maintain a balanced diet also. He blamed injury as one of the main causes of many
a sportspersons ending sporting career at the pick stage in our country. If an individual
player (except cricket) injures himself, neither his organization nor government
concerned take proper care of the player resulting in abrupt end of sporting career.
When asked about Talar’s present performance and future, the coach said he has seen
a lot in Talar. If he could maintain his present form and continue hard practice,
no doubt, he will become number one shuttler of the country within next few years,
the coach said. He also urged the Arunachal Pradesh government to establish more
and more sport academies to groom raw talents of the state.
Talar, who lost to Railway’s B Kiran Kumar 21-16, 18-21 and 21-18 in 74th Senior
National Badminton Championship which concluded at Guwahati on January 10, has many
a feather in his cap.
He won the singles title in U-13 championships held in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh in
2009, Cochin in 2008. He was a member of the champion team of All India School Tournament
held in Vishakhapatnam in 2009 and runners up in the singles event, quarterfinalist
in Patna and Bangalore leg of the championship held in 2008 and 2009.
He also won the doubles final in Guntur in 2009 and reached upto quarterfinals in
doubles championships held in Cochin, Bangalore and Patna in 2008.
Earlier, in 2007, Talar won the boys U-10 title in tournaments held in Chennai and
Cochin, reached final in another tournament held in 2006 in Indore. He also reached
the doubles (U-10) quarterfinals in three events and pre-quarterfinals in as many
tournaments he played in 2006 and ’07. He also reached Boy’s singles 3rd round of
Junior National Championship held in Jaipur, Rajasthan last year. Talar pairing with
Sai Tanuj of Andhra Pradesh lost in doubles quarterfinal in the championship.
Another budding player of the state, Jokom Rebia reached the quarterfinal in singles
in the tournament and lost the doubles semifinals. He also reached the final of Junior
Ranking Tournament held in Chennai in May, 2009.
Vintage XI play Seppa United today
SEPPA, Jan 11: Vintage XI will lock horns with Seppa United in the last quarter final
match of the ongoing Yeza Memorial Twenty-20 Cricket Tournament at general ground
Three teams, namely, Engineers XI, Gorkha XI and Chayang Tajo Cricket Club have already
made it to the semi-finals.
Miao MLA Kamlung Mossang will distribute prizes to the winner and runners up in the
valedictory function as chief guest.
Orchestra party from Tezpur, Assam has been especially called-in to enthrall the
gathering on the valedictory function.
The tournament organizer has announced to reward Rs 50 for each six and another Rs1000
for the man-of-match from the semi final onwards.
It is worth mentioning that the winning team will walk away with cash prize of Rs.50,000
along with trophy. The runners up team would be given Rs.25,000 The man of the series
will get Rs.5000 while the highest wicket ticker will get Rs 2500 along with citation
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: A village youth association in the name of Karsingsa Dobum Village
Youth Welfare Association (KDVYWA) was formed in a meeting held recently with Phassang
Siro as president, Tadar Harming as vice president and Kipa Tasuk as general secretary
respectively. Nabum Nime has been appointed as the association’s women wing president.
Entrepreneurship dev. Prog
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Branch MSME Development Institute, a Govt. of India organization
under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises would organize an entrepreneurship
skill development programme (ESDP) for weaker section on tailoring and readymade
garments at Itanagar from January 16 to February 16 next.
The main aim of the month- long programme is to create awareness and scope for the
women, educated unemployed youth to take up self-employment ventures and income generating
activities in Arunachal Pradesh. Eminent resource persons from various agencies will
deliver information during the programme.
Kulo, Techi congratulated
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has congratulated its
secretary A.T. Kulo and A. K Techi, ZPM and vice chairman of APRGPRS for being appointed
as the chairman of Board of Directors of Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union
and Joint Secretary of All India Weightlifting Federation respectively.
APCC hoped that both Kulo and Techi would render valuable services and work with
dedication for the greater interest of the people of the state.
Church silver jubilee
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Pira Baptist Church under Tirbin circle of West Siang district
will celebrate its Silver Jubilee from January 15 to 17. Games and sports, Bible
quiz, traditional cultural competition and releasing of souvenir will be the main
highlights of the programme.
NABARD sponsors artisans and SHGs
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: NABARD has sponsored Arun Kutir Udyog Co-operative Society, an
NGO based at Ziro, Lower Subansiri district to participate in the Exhibition cum
sale of Rural Products in Mahalaxmi SARAS Fair 2010 at Mumbai from Jan 21 to Feb
2. Two artisans have been nominated by the agency to participate in the Fair. The
artisans will display various items on jute handicraft products of utility besides
handicrafts and other handloom products during the 10 days fair.
NABARD has also sponsored Seva Kendra, Borduria, Miao, Changlang district to install
5 stalls for 15 SHGs members to participate in the Pampsu Pass Festival to be held
from Jan 20 to 22 at Miao. The SHGs shall be displaying traditional weaving materials,
cloths, food products and various local crafts in the exhibition.