Dree festival celebrated across the state
Ojing Tayeng with input from DIPRO
ITANAGAR, July 05: Apatani community of the state capital celebrated its agricultural
base Dree festival with pomp and gaiety at Dree ground here today.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, MLA Tapang Taloh extended Dree greetings
to the Apatani community of the state.
Highlighting the importance of festival and its celebration, Taloh said that agricultural
based festival is celebrated in the state every year by different tribes in different
names. However, the basic ritual practises of all these festivals are identical.
He appreciated the Apatani community for maintaining and preserving their unique
Taloh further said that Arunachal Pradesh is a multi-cultural state and we ought
to respect one another’s culture and tradition besides preserving our own.
We also need to maintain unity and brotherhood amongst all the tribes of the state,
he added. The chief guest donated an amount of Rs. 50,000 to the Dree Festival committee,
Director, Art and Culture Minjom Bagra while extending Dree greeting to the people,
appreciated the organising committee for successfully organising the festival in
a grand way.
Earlier, Chief Patron DFC, Itanagar MLA Kipa Babu also emphasised on preservation
and protection of festivals of all tribes and appealed the people to cooperate.
He particularly appreciated Adi and Apatani community for maintaining its own tradition
Babu assured to fill up the incomplete road connection in between Daminda, Dree ground
to NH52, construct a well within the Dree compound and informed that electricity
connectivity to Dree ground is on sanction stage, a sum of Rs. 25 lakhs has been
already adjusted for transformer on the issue.
Chairman, DFC, Itanagar Tage Tatung highlighted the history of Dree celebration.
Besides, Paktu Itu and Daminda traditional dances modern dances and traditional sports
were also organised on the occasion.
On the occasion books on Tanii Agun Chinsa and Dree Dairy was releases along with
Chomyo-Chomyo video album and Dodu, Anii Supung audio album.
Meanwhile, Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACGF), Itanagar extending its congratulations
to the successful students in the recent Board Examination and all other Entrance
Examinations, felicitated the State toppers of Class X and XII (Science, Arts and
Commerce) amongst the Apatani students to Rubu Nana, Taru Tabyo and Ngilang Sunya
of Class X, Hage Tayu, Takhe Rilung, Takhe Budha, Kime Nancy and Tage Bunyi of class
Its also felicitated Millo Tasser and Padi Tatung who have qualified for Indian Forest
Service (IFS) and All India Civil Service Examination respectively this year.
At Namsai: Apatani community residing at Namsai, Mahadevpur and Wakro also celebrated
Dree festival at Namsai today.
ADC Namsai R.K. Sharma R.K. Sharma attending the festival as chief guest conveyed
his best wishes and appreciated the Apatani brethren for organizing Dree festival
at Namsai for bumper harvesting of crops for entire mankind.
He urged the Apatani community to preserve and promote its age old traditional and
Dree festival Committee, Namsai President Hage Obin highlighted the importance of
Dree festival. At Changlang: Dree, the main Agricultural festival of Apatanis, was
also celebrated at Changlang today.
Dree was celebrated to propitiate spirits and deities seeking for bumper cropping,
welfare and prosperity of the people and livestock as a whole.
Vice Chairman, Radhe Hinda informed that as per Mythology the word “Dree” is derived
from the Apatani word “Diiri” which means borrowing, purchasing and stocking of food
items in anticipation of food scarcity.
The Diiri Piilo(Month of borrowing, purchasing and stocking of food items) coincides
July month of Gregorian calendar. So the “Dree” is celebrated in the month of July.
Originally, it was a simple performance of some rituals by the forefather Abotani
to invoke some Gods and Godess for bumper harvest and to control harmful insects
Cultural programme, Games and sports and community feast were organized.
Later, Chief Patron SP, Changlang Kime Aya and Chairman, DFC Buru Laling gave away
cash awards and certificates to the winners of the competitions organized to commemorate
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh extended best wishes and festival
greetings on the occasion of Dree and expressed his hope that the festival will usher
happiness and prosperity.
In his festival message, Gen Singh said, celebration of the indigenous festivals
helps the preservation, development and transition of the ancestral values and ethnic
identity to future generations. Their continued existence and practice are closely
connected to their own faith, cultural patterns, social institutions and legal systems.
Calling upon the people of the State to stay informed and involved in protecting
their rights and their culture, he said first step towards the endeavour is to observed
festivals and annual rituals.
The Dree festival as such is the cultural identity of the Apatani tribe, which they
have proudly and jealously preserved since time immemorial, he added. PRO to Governor
Raj Bhavan sponsores study tour
ITANAGAR, July 5: In his dogmatic effort to facilitate Arunachalees take orchid farming
and avail benefit from it, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh sponsored a study
tour to a Research Scholar, Krishna Chowlu of Rajiv Gandhi University to Sikkim recently
to study the process and method by which local populace of Sikkim is benefiting from
Gen Singh, who have been emphasizing on financial empowerment of the people, once
again reiterated the need for tour cum trainings for interested farmers on orchid
farming. With its conducive environment and topography, Arunachal Pradesh is orchids’
paradise. We just need to impart few tips to indigenous people so that they can cultivate
and market it, he added.
With huge market for orchids, which include our own government offices, hotels and
other establishments, it will be enormous revenue earning venture, Gen Singh pointed.
Chowlu, who called on the Governor on July 3 at the Raj Bhavan here on her return
from the tour, informed that to promote orchid farming, the Sikkim government sponsors
one to three month trainings to interested farmers to Bangalore and Delhi.
It also provides seedlings and poly houses to the trained farmers. For the clusters
of farmers, the State Government provide labs for tissue culture, which to my surprise
is run and manned by women folks, said Chowlu, who visited and interacted with orchid
farmers at Pakyong, Gangtok and also at Kalingpong. Some of the farmers have annual
earning of Rs. 3.5 lakh (Rupees Three Lakh and Fifty Thousand), she added.
During the meeting, Chowlu, who is from Namsai and doing her PhD on Orchid, further
informed that Sikkim Government has provided four crore rupees to its horticulture
department, which deals with orchid programme for raising seedling on joint venture.
She further added the National Research Centre for Orchids (NRCO), Pakyong, Sikkim,
a unit of ICAR established in 1996 plays a vital role in Orchid farming in the State.
It carries out tissue culture of marketable varieties.
With two refrigerated vans made available to the farmers by the State government,
orchids are transported directly from farms to Bagdogra airport, from where it is
sent to Kolkata, Delhi and even to aboard such as Dubai, she informed.
Research Scholar of Rajiv Gandhi University further pointed out that in order to
promote orchid farming in Arunachal Pradesh in the line of approach taken by the
Government of Sikkim, we need to have proper selection of commercially important
plant varieties as per climatic conditions of different zones of Arunachal Pradesh
and also proper selection of interested parties who can supply appropriate quality
and variety of plants with market tie ups or buy back arrangements.
We need to set up modular nurseries cum cultivation plots with all required facilities
available, such as poly-house, irrigation provisions etc. Purchase of plants in adequate
quantity so that bulk quantity of flowers can be produced to achieve market feasibility
is also one of the important factors.
Chowlu further said that proper selection of interested and dedicated group of farmers
in clusters at various zones as beneficiary for cultivation of orchids and initial
free distribution plants to the beneficiary along with training will play important
Stressing on supply of poly-house to the farmers free of cost and proper supervision,
Chowlu adds, keeping regular touch with the farmers for supervision and keeping them
accountable for the plants and productions is very important. (PRO to Governor)
Nyishi professional and academic excellence -2009
ITANAGAR, July 05: Nyishi Elite Society felicitated the Nyishi Professional and academic
excellence -2009 at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nyirubjolli on July 4.
Mementos as token of appreciation were presented to Sports and Youth Affairs Minister
Atum Welly, Taro Ope Foundation (TOF) chairman Taro Chatung sponsorer of the first
Arunachalee Everester and Tagin Welfare Society general secretary Dr Tajum Eru.
Tapi Mra, the first Everester of Arunachal Pradesh, Weightlifter champion Yukar Sibi
and John Mai who cleared the UPSC exam 2009 were felicitated with citation and memento
under the professional awardee category.
Academic toppers of AISSCE and AISSE 2009 received awards along with scholarship
for one year besides certificate of proficiency.
NES president Bengia Tolum said that the society will play a vital role of facilitating
achievements like assistance on coaching and higher education in days to come rather
then being a recognizer.
NES secretary Chukhu Loma exhorted the younger generation to imbibe and follow the
footsteps of professional and academic awardees to meaningfully contribute towards
the society, the state and the nation as a whole. NERIST Director and founder of
NES Dr Joram Begi suggested that such important event should be institutionalized
on the line of convocation in universities with massive social participation.
Minister Atum Welly, former MP cum CNC chairman Nabam Rebia, MLA Kipa Babu, and NES
joint secretary Tayeng Yater Techi also spoke on the occasion.
NES vice president Dr Tachi Taku thanked Heema Hospital CMD Dr Byabang Rana and Abotani
Academy Yazali chairman Bengia Tolum for sponsoring the scholarship of AISSCE 2009
and AISSE 2009 respectively.
Circle level coordination meeting
ITANAGAR, July 05: Pipsorang Anchal chairperson Naro Sangio advocated for cooperation
from all concerned for the overall development of the area during a circle level
coordination meeting of Pipsorang circle held at Naharlagun on July 4.
The meeting was attended by panchayat leaders, officers and teacher in-charge of
various schools under Pipsorang circle of Kurung Kumey district.
She emphasized on the need for involvement of ASMs in the implementation of different
schemes under various departments at village level and asked the officials present
to extend necessary help and guidance to grass-root level leaders.She further expressed
confident that with the cooperation and proper guidance of the young officers of
the area, Pipsorang circle will be able to see the light of development in due course
Circle officer cum BDO Nangram Pingkap said that there are multiple problems and
short comings confronting the area which hampers the developmental progress.
The root problems are geographical isolation, lack of road connectivity, unavailability
of ration items and lack of health care facilities, Pingkap pointed out.
He further said that there is urgent need to adopt circle specific policies for addressing
ADEO Tayar Kale presented overall educational scenario of the area and expressed
concern over the deteriorating condition of education system.
He further sought cooperation from all concerned especially the panchayat leaders
in addressing the problem.
CDPO Yumlam Kaha stressed on the need for cooperation of local contractors and leaders
so that the programme and policies of Social Welfare Women and Child Development
reaches the target section of the society.
In the meeting it was decided to urge the authority concerned to enhance the air-tonnage
of ration sorties for Pipsorang circle.
It stressed on involvement of ASMs in the implementation of different schemes under
various departments at the village level.
The meet further decided that preference for Anganwadi workers will be given to those
women who are regular resident of the village concern.
The meeting said that for smooth and regular functioning of schools all teachers
should remain at their posting places and discharge their duties.
It was also decided that for all the official corresponding related to education
department it should be routed through ADEO and then through Circle Officer.
Seminar on pharmaceutical industry
NAHARLAGUN, July 05: Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council in collaboration with Central
Medical and Sales Representatives Union, North East Region conducted a seminar on
‘Pharmaceutical Industry and medical practitioners in the service of patient and
public’ at conference hall of Directorate of Health Service, Naharlagun.
Dr. Moji Jini, secretary cum registrar, APMC, Amitava Guha, Join General Secretary,
Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives Association of India (GSFM and SRAI),
B B Das, (GSFM and SRAI), Anshu Prakesh IAS Commissioner( Health & FW),Govt. of AP
and Dr. Tao Kaki, Sr. Medical Specialist, GH Naharlagun were so some of the delegates
who spoke on the given subject.
Dr. Jini highlighted on Ethical principles in doctor patient relationship, stating
that a good doctor – patient relationship is more of an art then science and can
only develop over a period of time following certain principles which in turn is
beneficial for both doctor and patient. He also said, today thought doctors are technologically
equipped, have better understanding of the diseases but cannot be successful in clinical
practice without cultivating good doctor- patient relationship.
Amitava Guha gave better knowledge of the role played by two major components- medical
practitioner and pharmaceutical industry in health care. He further discuss how health
care has become a global socio-political issue where major international institutions
including WHO, World Bank.
World Trade Organization and many international funding institutes are making decisions
of far fetched consequences.
Anush Prakesh on his concluding speech congratulated APMC on organizing the seminar
and gave some views on problem government has to face to take up all medical related
He said that private sector intervention should be appreciated as it covers half
of pharmaceutical industry needs which the government cannot.
He further said education and knowledge of the doctors on new drugs in the market
should be updated, over prescription should not be encourage and profit should be
resourceful and not on the cost of human life.
The seminar was attended by doctors from capital and district, chemists,
Pharmacist, medical stuff and media persons. DIPR
Two UGs arrested
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Police led by its Capital Superintendent of Police Hibu
Tamang has successfully arrested National Liberation Council of Taniland (NLCT) active
member and self styled area commandant of Itanagar Techi Bidu from Papu Nallah and
another NSCN (IM) cadre with rank of Lieutenant Joy Raman was arrested from hotel
Bomdila on June 29 last. With the arrest of Techi Bidu, NLCT has been completely
Allegation of misappropriation of public money
ITANAGAR: Chayang Mission Chairman Tara Bagang alleged that major misappropriation
of public money has taken place under the one time SPA grant for construction of
porter track under Pipu and Gyawapurang circle in East Kameng district.
He said during the financial year 2008-09 an amount of Rs 248.75 lakhs was sanctioned
for the construction of porter track.
The construction of the new track will be along the traditional hill tracks used
by the locals and financial assistance of Rs 3 lakhs is enough.
Bagang further said that there is no justification in spending Rs 248.75 lakhs on
existing porter track but rather a motorable road is constructed.
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, we on behalf of intellectual group of
Daring circle would like to extend our thankfulness to concern BSNL authorities,
particularly General Manager, Deputy general Manager and both the SDOTs from the
Basar and the Aalo for their tireless effort to installing BSNL Mobile Tower at new
Daring under Ego circle.
It shows BSNL’s commitment to connect all the localities of Arunachal Pradesh to
the rest of the world. At the same time, we request BSNL authorities to extend the
network coverage of the BSNL Mobile Tower to all the villages which falls under Ego
circle so that every individual from that area avails this facility.
Bai Bam. Mob-I, Itanagar