Religious fervour marks Torgya festival
TAWANG Jan 13: Mystical Tawang is once again flooded with people from all around
the globe and this time it is for the famous ‘Torgya’ the annual monastic festival
of majestic Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, (famously known as Tawang Monastery).
Torgya is basically celebrated every year in the month of January for peace and prosperity
of all sentient beings on earth. This festival is also celebrated to avoid the evil
omens that come on the way of the people. The monks perform religious rituals for
three long days which includes offering of prayers, meditation and offering of ‘Torma’
(effigy, usually believed to accommodate all sins and evils in it) to bonfire which
signifies that all bad omen and evil is destroyed.
Interestingly, Torgya has been celebrated in the monastery since its being. After
every third year, the Dongyur (Ten crore times chanting of the famous mantra (Om
Mane Padme Hung) is being held and this occasion is believed very auspicious by the
Buddhist community residing in the vicinity.
Yet other significance of Dongyur is that after every three years, the abbot of Tawang
appoints Talung Zongpan (care taker of Talung Gompa situated near Morshing in West
Kameng district). The Labrang the office of the Abbot of Tawang Monastery materializes
the appointment when the tenure ends after the third year.
After the rituals the main attraction of the festival the monastic dance is being
performed. The dances replicates the Tantra Yana of Mahayana Buddhism which ensures
safety of mankind from evil spirit and spread love and compassion among all.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu participated in the day long programme
at the monastery. He also felicitated the abbot of the monastery and the monks during
the celebration. PRO to CM
AR nabs two NSCN(K) cadres
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: 19 Assam Rifles, in a joint operation with 36 Bn CRPF and district
police, apprehended two hardcore NSCN (K) cadres at Wakka on Jan 12.
19 AR which has been observing the modus operandi of the underground cadres in Wakka
circle for last two months, noticed some movement of NSCN (K) cadres in the outskirts
of Wakka village of Tirap district in the early hours and launched a joint operation
and nabbed two NSCN(K) cadres namely Puman Pansa of village Ninu and Nopkho Gansa
of Wakka near a Nala junction. Indian currency worth Rs. 17,600, 30 Kyat (Myanmar
currency), two Nokia mobile phones and two memory cards were recovered.
Initial interrogation revealed that the two cadres had earlier picked up young boys
and girls for NSCN (K). It is pertinent to mention here that out of six girls who
were forcibly recruited from Nginu village two had returned because of intense pressure
on the villagers by 19 AR. The parents of these two girls had gone across and fetched
them back. The unit is persuading other parents to get back their wards too.
The apprehended cadres revealed that they were carrying out recruitment and extortion
for the outfit and had come to Wakka circle to take back two young girls who had
returned from the clutches of NSCN (K) recently, AR release said.
NABARD allocates Rs 125 cr under RIDF
ITANAGAR, Jan. 13: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has
allocated Rs. 125.00 crore for the year 2009-10 for Arunachal Pradesh for building
up rural infrastructure under “Rural Infrastructure Development Fund” (RIDF). Last
year, the State's target was Rs. 78.00 crore and the achievement was Rs. 84.84 crore.
However, NABARD inform that due to scaling down of the plan outlay of Arunachal Pradesh
from Rs. 2100.00 crore to Rs.1840.77 crore, the State's borrowing power has been
restricted to Rs. 78.41 crore. This will adversely affect the completion of already
sanctioned projects by NABARD.
It may be added that NABARD extends loans to the State Governments under RIDF at
6.5 percent rate of interest for constructing roads, bridges, culverts etc. (32 areas)
in the rural sector and the allocation is enhanced for those States where the Credit
Deposit ratio is low. Government of India has opened this window for the State Governments
to promote growth in the rural areas and the State Governments are extensively using
this soft loan facility.
AKKDSU marg unveiled
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: A concrete pillar constructed in memory of former All Kurung Kumey
District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) leader Late Lungyuk Tajit was today unveiled and
floral tribute was paid to Late Tajit, who died on August two, 2006 during an educational
Majority of the student leaders from ANSU, AAPSU, ALSU, four branch students unions
of Kurung Kumey districts, including NSPSU, ATASU, APCYGSU, KDPSSU, university and
college students of Kurung Kumey attended the programme.
AKKDSU has also declared the construction site as AKKDSU Marg and decided to organize
a volleyball tournament in memory of the late student leader.
Union minister lauds Raj Bhawan’s initiatives
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Union Minister for Urban, Poverty Alleviation and Tourism Kumari
Selja, who was hosted at Raj Bhavan, earlier in the morning made a tour of the Raj
Bhavan complex and saw the prefabricated wooden hornbill cottage, Cane and bamboo
furnished guest house, world class golf course, local fish rearing tank, local breed
poultry, honey boxes, orchid house, kitchen garden, horticultural farm, medicinal
plant house, flower gardens and the Darbar hall. Additional Secretary to the Union
Minister Sanjay Kothari also accompanied the minister during the visit.
The Minister was very much impressed by the extensive use of cane and bamboo produced
in the Raj Bhavan, organic vegetables, display of tradition attires and gears in
the Darbar Hall and effort of the Governor and first lady to inculcate ideas amongst
the local populace.
Governor Gen JJ Singh and First Lady Anupama Singh, who took the Union Minister around
the complex, informed that effort is on to transfer of technology and ideas to the
local communities. ) Initiatives in Horticulture and kitchen garden are there to
provide exposure to the villagers to the new varieties of vegetables and to ensure
that the local farmers are acquainted to the new farming skill and to exhort them
for organic produce.
Appealing the Union Minister for her endorsement for Urban, Poverty Alleviation and
Tourism projects for Arunachal Pradesh, Gen Singh said, we are looking forward for
your vital contribution towards the development of the State.
As a token, the Governor and State First Lady presented Mishmi shawl, Adi galuk,
organic produces of the horticulture and kitchen gardens. PRO to CM
Preserve Malini Than, prevent encroachment
LIKABALI, Jan 13: Malini Than(temple) built on the classical tradition of Orissa
which is situated at the foothills under Likabali sub-division, West Siang district
is a historical and important place to be preserved and promote.
As per legend it is associated with Lord Krishna and Rukmini the daughter of King
Bhismaka. This is the place where Krishna and Rukmini were welcomed by Parvati with
Today this place draws various visitors and pilgrims every day.
However, the land encroachment within the vicinity of the temple is a serious matter
for the temple committee and the government, as this being one of the historically
important place of the state, authorities should take step to save the ancient temple
complex from the encroachment.
Not only this, there is lack of disposal management in the temple, various types
of polythene and plastics along with other wastages have also been found thrown in
a haphazard way near the prayer centre.
As people from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and other states throng this holly place
from early morning till evening every day, the temple committee should have to take
bold initiatives and act out some rules and against to preserve the serenity and
ensure cleanliness in temple complex.
Awareness programme on H1N1
ITANAGAR, Jan. 13: A special awareness program on influenza H1N1 virus was held at
Basar recently. Various PRI members, NGOs and students participated in the campaign.
Additional District Commissioner of Basar, Ameya Abhyankar was chief guest of the
day. Addressing the public, he said that health, education and sanitation are the
most important social issues and require special attention. He said that though in
Arunachal Pradesh till date no H1N1 positive case has been detected but in India
alone 1066 people have died due to swine flu and it is very necessary that we should
take utmost precautions.
With little care and personnel hygiene we can keep ourselves healthy and stop H1N1
flu, ADC added. He said that students are young leaders and message bearer and they
can help in spreading the message among their friends, family members and relatives.
He appreciated the Directorate of Field Publicity for organizing such an important
campaign in West Siang district. Dr.Nani Tanyo, SMO Basar through his power point
presentation explained in detail about influenza A H1N1, mode of its spread, clinical
signs, symptoms and precautionary measures to be taken to keep away H1N1virus. In
his welcome address Raj Kumar, Joint Director Field Publicity explained aims and
objective of the campaign. He also conducted a quiz competition about H1N1. The programme
was part of 5 day special publicity campaign on influenza A H1N1 organized by the
Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Govt. of India in West Siang district.
Nyishi Youth Convention
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Cultural extravaganza showcasing the rich Nyishi culture and traditions,
beauty contest, various games & sports and literary competitions will mark the VIIIth
Nyishi Youth Convention with theme ‘Exploring the Excellence’ at Daporijo scheduled
from January 27.
According to an ANSU release, Tai Bida Football and Tallang Hira Volleyball for boys,
Nyari Welly Volleyball tournament for girls, Athletics and Marathon race in the name
of Nabam Tata and Tana Doya, Achung Tajo Traditional Archery competition for boys,
literary competition in memory of Dera Natung and cultural competition in the name
of Taba Mala would be organized to mark the occasion. However, the main attraction
would be the Miss Nyishi-2010 contest.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling and WRD Minister Atum Welly would
be the chief guest and guest of honour of the inaugural day. They would be accompanied
by MP Takam Sanjoy, parliamentary secretary (health and family welfare) Nido Pavitro,
parliamentary secretary (civil supplies) Lokam Tassar, Daporijo MLA Tapen Siga, all
the Nyishi MLAs, NES and AAPSU presidents.
APEDA chairman Likha Saaya and Nido Pavitra will attend the Miss Nyishi Contest as
chief guest and guest of honour on January 30 along with legislators Takam Tagar
(Pario) and Techi Kaso as special guests.
PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki would attend the valedictory function on January 30
as chief guest while RD and Panchayat minister Takar Marde would be the guest of
honour. Parliamentary secretaries Kumar Waii, Nabam Rebia, Nyishi MLAs and ACCI chairman
Techi Lala would also attend the function.
Greetings on Makar Sankranti, Pongal & Magh Bihu
NEW DELHI, Jan 13: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh today greeted their fellow countrymen on the festive occasion of Lohri, Makar
Sankranti and Pongal.
In her message, the President said, ''On the auspicious occasion of Lohri, Makar
Sankranti and Pongal, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens.
May these festivals bind each one of us in fraternal love and affection and inspire
us to work for the unity, progress and well being of our nation,'' she said.
The Prime Minister said, ''These festivals celebrate fresh harvest and emphasise
the importance of sharing in our lives.'' Pointing out that they mark the beginning
of an auspicious period of the year, Dr Singh said, ''May the festivals bring prosperity,
happiness and joy for all.''
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J J Singh and Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu extended
warm greetings to the people of the state as well as the nation on auspicious occasion
of Makar Sankranti and Magh Bihu.
Kudos to Taba Ajum
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to congratulate Taba Ajum,
journalist, for his article under the headlines “A thin line between……” published
in this esteemed daily on Jan 12. The article is outstanding.
Coming from a central paramilitary background, I am being born and brought up and
educated in Arunachal Pradesh. I have deep love and respect for the peace loving
people of Arunachal. Yes I am the second generation outsider, but I feel Arunachal
as my home land than my native village. Whenever, I visit my native village, I always
miss the people of Arunachal.
After graduation from Govt College Bomdila, I joined police force in Telecom wing,
and serving with full dedication to my state Arunachal and the country as a whole.
I am proud to be called Arunachalee and always ready to die for the sake of Arunachal
Buy publishing such an article it will go a long way in bridging the gap and strengthen
the relation between locals and outsiders which is utmost necessary for national
Bank Tinali, Itanagar
Road accident causes concern
“A broken glass is pieces for ever; a fire that burns leaves ashes forever, an un-thoughtful
act, Act of negligence can crippled life forever, A life that lost is lost forever,
tears drop that rolls down the cheek has fallen forever”.
So whatever has happened can not be turned back because times once set ticks just
forward. But we can learn lesson from past and can take preventive measures for the
Thus one of the most important measures to be taken within the twin capital complex
of our state is prevention of road accident. Prevention is a mighty weapon. It is
the mighty shield which saved man kind from many eternal disasters, destruction and
Large number of vehicle accidents seemed to be the results of reckless driving in
the Capital Complex. The use of cell phones, playing music, used alcohol by the drivers
besides foggy weather and uneven road condition are some of the major causes of road
accidents. Therefore, the drivers themselves should cooperate with the authorities
and also take preventive measures.
On the other hand the traffic police should see to it that the traffic rules and
guidelines are strictly enforced, reckless driving brought under control. Checking
only two wheelers and imposing fine for not wearing helmet is not only the solution
to this problem.
AAPSU’s initiative lauded
We would like to appreciate AAPSU leaders for reminding the state Govt. for introduction
of ‘Anthropology’ and ‘Education’ in colleges of Arunachal Pradesh.
It is really a matter of concerned that Anthropology subject which was introduced
in our lone university in the year 2000, is yet to be introduced in colleges. Many
candidates who had qualified for lectureship and doctorate degree are still waiting
for perfect educational job. Therefore, Govt. should introduce the above mentioned
subjects in the colleges of our state in order to facilitate the educated and qualified
candidates to serve and share their knowledge with the younger generation for the
benefit of our state.
Once again we thank the AAPSU leaders and request apex students body to take this
kind of initiation in future.
Gammar Kakki, Mayum Saroh, Tenzing Medok,
Daniel Jamoh, Tsewang Dorjee, Tukmar Dulom and
(All research scholar)
The Governor in his message said, Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious
occasions for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in
myriad cultural forms. It is celebrated with pomp in southern parts of the country
as Pongal, and in Punjab it is celebrated as Lohri & Maghi.
May this festive season and the year that lies ahead be filled with peace, happiness,
joy and prosperity, he said.
“I also welcome the devotees and pilgrims to Parshuram Kund on the auspicious occasion
and also offer my prayer for a safe and fulfilling holy dip at the Kund”.
On the festive occasion of Magh Bihu, Governor further said “I offer my prayer to
Almighty to promote the feelings of love and peace on this occasion and pray for
ever-lasting peace and brotherhood amongst the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh”.
In his message Khandu believed that the occasion would usher a renewed vigour in
spreading the message of love, brotherhood and compassion among all section of the
society. He urged the people to uphold peace and tranquility which is the essence
of every celebration.
ITANAGAR, Jan. 13: Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre has won the Inter SIT quiz competition
2010 organized by Vigyan Prasar, department of science and technology, government
of India. Students of Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya, Itanagar, who were selected
after inter-state qualifying contest, represented Arunachal Pradesh in the quiz competition.
Intensive Aquaculture training prog reaches Balijan
BALIJAN, Jan 13: A day long programme on Intensive aquaculture sponsored by the National
Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad conducted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra( ICAR)
Papumpare District in collaboration with Department of Fisheries, Yupia conducted
here at Balijan today.
Dr.Taba Heli, Programme Coordinator Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) while underlining the
importance of training programme called upon the farmers to take full advantage of
the knowledge imparted there upon. He said success of an aquaculture or integrated
fishery operations is dependent on many factors including the selection of a suitable
site and design and construction of facilities that enable efficient and economic
operation. He also stressed on need for open minded discussion and interaction on
various concepts and latest technological methods of fish farming.
James Nabam, DFDO, Papum Pare District, Yupia dwelling length on prosperity through
fisheries, had advised the farmers to adopt the production oriented avenues by investing
on right project. He said that to excel in the field one has to tread patiently towards
the chosen project, and fund provided on such project must be judiciously utilized
to fulfill the target. He imparted training on the topics like Fish Pond Mangement
and Composite Fish Culture, Integrated Fish-cum-Horticulture. The Subject Matter
Specialists on Fisheries and Agronomy, KVK V.Safi and Tadang Meena also imparted
training on Layout, design and construction of Fish pond and Organic Farming respectively.
The farmers from 11 villages that is Balijan, Lower Balijan, Upper and Lower Tubung,
Lenkha,Dipu, Gai, Tengabari, Mob,Chehaso and Sood Hapa under Balijan sub division
attended the training programme. DIPRO
Upper Remle Bango healing crusade
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Upper Remle Bango Healing Crusade was organized by the Arunachal
Pradesh Christians Revival Church Sub Council Area IV at the Rame Village of East
Siang from Jan 8 to 10.
The crusade was graced by Pasighat PD Taper Pada, Korang CO Atin Padung, Itanagar
Pastor Tomer Ete, Pasigahat Judical Magistrate Tapyem
AAPSU’s initiative lauded Pada, (Retd) Inspector Anok Toham, and Nari Missionary
Imo Doye. Shillong Pastor Rev. Dr. Batkupar Dunai lead powerful prayer and many received
healing from Lord Jesus Christ and many believes renew their commitment to serve
God in their life.
While addressing the audience on the occasion, Yumri Taipodia said “the Lord Jesus
is the example for all of us.” Rev. Dr. N. Tasher in his message said “as follower
of the Lord Jesus Christ we must be punctuated in our personal duty and public life.He
emphasized that Christian discipline be extended beyond the walls of church buildings.
The highlights of the day’s programme was melodious gospel songs of Bomto Taba and
beautiful dances of Aalo youth.
Chayang Tajo Cricket Club set up title clash with Gorkha XI
SEPPA, Jan 13: Chayang Tajo Cricket Club (CCC) defeated (CCC) Seppa United by 25
runs to set up a title clash with Gorkha Eleven tomorrow at general ground here.
Chayang Tajo Cricket Club made 153 runs losing seven wickets, but they were successful
in restricting Seppa United run rate and finally bowled them all out for 128 runs
in 19.4 over.
CCC willower Rahim Yangfo hit every delivery he faced to every corner of the Seppa
ground and made 55 runs from 46 balls. Yangfo’s knock studded with eight 4’s and
a huge six. Tsering Jomoh who contributed 28 runs off 25 balls gave all the needed
partnership to Yangfo. United’s batsmen R B Saha and Ajit Tajo who contributed 32
and 23 runs respectively were seen sulking in pain when their last hope was bowled
out in the fourth ball of the last over.
Earlier in the first semi final, Gorkha XI, who won the toss and elected to bat first,
made decent 106 runs from the allotted 20 over. Bishnu Chetry with 35 runs from 28
balls was the highest scorer of the match. His innings studded with 7 hits to the
fence. Chetry also took two precious Engineers XI wickets. He was later declared
man of the match for his all round performance.
The Engineers XI players, on the other hand, failed to cope with the Gorkha XI bowlers.
Barring Ralung Singhi, who made 25 (4x4, 6x1) runs off 29 balls, no other player
could cross the double digit and the team’s innings folded for 91 runs. The second
highest score for the team came from Kumar Tajo (12 run).
Arunachalee players shine in NE Chess Tourney
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Although they failed to find the podium, the Arunachalee chess
players have shown a spectacular performance in the recently held North East FIDE
Rated Chess Tournament at Agartala, Tripura.
Gopur Dupit, Hina Nabam Mavan and Tamchi Kache scored 6.5 point each out of possible
11.Bikramjit Singh of Manipur was the winner of the tournament with 8 points.
Ten players from Arunachal Pradesh participated in the tournament.
Meanhweil, the 4th North East Fide Rated Chess Tournament 2010 would be held at Nagaland
while Arunachal Pradesh would host the 5th edition of the tournament in December
2011. It was decided in a joint meeting of all the eight NE states chess associations
during the tournament.
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The 3rd Gomsang Rimo Memorial Tournaments for Men’s Football and
Women’s Volleyball 2010 scheduled to be held from January 14 has been postponed and
rescheduled from January 20 to 26 next at General Ground Seppa.
Karikho Kri assures
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Parliamentary secretary transport Karikho Kri has assured to look
into the problems being faced by the commercial vehicles due to heavy road tax. He
was speaking at a function organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation
Federation chairman Takar Goi and secretary general Dobing Sonam also spoke on the
objectives of the federation and problems faced by the transporters. Meanwhile, federation
said, MP Takam Sanjoy and Karikho Kri have consented to be chief guest and guest
of honour at its office opening ceremony on Feb 6 next.
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Branch MSME-Development Institute, Itanagar will organize a Management
Development Programme (MDP) in order to create awareness and scope for the unemployed
educated youth to take up self employment ventures and income generating activities
in the state.
Eminent resource persons from various agencies will deliver information in the MDP
to be held at Nirjuli from Jan 18 and 22.
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Simuila Foundation Society (SIMFO) was formed in a meeting held
at Krilang under Manchal circle of Anjaw district today with Sesek Kri and Bomsyanse
Kri as president and general secretary. The society will work for the promotion of
socio-economic, literacy and cultural development in Anjaw district.
Plea on NIT
ITANAGAR, Jan 13: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) said that Jote
village, near the state Capital is a good location for establishment of the proposed
NIT. Informing that the local people of that particular area are willing to donate
their agriculture land for establishing the NIT, the union said, the proposed site
will fulfill all criteria required for an institution like NIT. It hopes the Govt
would choose the right location wisely after considering all aspects.