ITANGAR, Mar 9 : The Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) in collaboration
with Dept. of Women and Child Development and Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare
Board (APSSWB) celebrated International Women’s Day at Mahila Imdad Bhawan, Naharlagun
President APWWS, who is also the chairperson of State Women’s Commission in her keynote
address on the theme, “A promise is a promise: End violence against women”, said
that gender momentum in context of state and nation as whole is gaining rapidly,
but she questioned whether the crime rate against women is decreasing? She said
“it is a day to renew our pledge to stop any kind of discrimination upon the weaker
section of the society. APWWS was the only organization who has identified that gender
disparity in the state and started movement for women’s rights three decades ago.
Marina Nido, Chairperson APSSWB, called upon every women based organization to come
under one banner and to fight for justice and empowerment of women as a whole. She
highlighted the activities undertaken by her department and various welfare schemes
initiated under her chairmanship.
R.T. Riba Director Women and Child Development informed the gathering that very soon
the Dept.is going to activate State Resource Centre for Women under the National
Mission for Empowerment of Women, besides she also highlighted various act implemented
by the dept. to safeguard the rights of women and children.
State Coordinator of Women Power Connect and also Secretary of Panchayati Raj Jaya
Joram, in her address said that to eliminate gender disparity, more women leaders
should participate in the decision making process. She informed the gathering that
for the first time in Lower Subansiri District a women Head Gaon Buri Nikh Young
has been appointed, she is also an active member of APWWS Yachuli branch and special
appreciation is also extended to ADC Zero Yowa Tapu for his active initiation and
support women folk. Jarjum Ete, a Pioneer of APWWS and social activist highlighted
various form of violence against women. She also expressed her concern over practice
of female infanticide in tribal societies though very less in number.
The day long program was chaired by Secretary General APWWS and attended by members
of State Women Commission, Joint Director W&CD, Member Secretary, APSSWB, & officials,
Doimukh Nyem Acham, ABK Papumpare women wing, Karsingsa Women group, Ringu women’s
self help group, Tagin Welfare Society, Dilyang Dibu, Anu Ami Society, Executive
members of Naharlagun and Itanagar branch etc. Cultural presentation and extempore
where also some of the activities organized to mark the day.
Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) Sagalee Branch also celebrated
the the International Women Day in a befitting manner at Sagalee with two-days programme
on March 7 and 8.
On the occasion, a cultural programme along with fashion show for old age women was
conducted in the evening of 7th March’2013 which was inaugurated by Nabam Yakum,
Chairperson, Anchal Samity, VIIth Sagalee and Techi Serbi, ASM Bokoriang-I Panchayat.
The main programme on 8th March was attended by Chowna Mein, Minister, Planning,
Finance and PWD, and Techi Kaso, Itanagar MLA–cum-Chairman, Agricultural & Marketing
Management. The programme was also attended by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who is
also the local MLA of Sagalee Assembly Constituency.
First lady doctor from Sagalee area Dr. Flaza Nabam, Pech Hoj village under Toru
circle and Techi Yami, first Engineer of Sagalee area from Karoi village were felicitated
on the occasion.
The Chief Minister in his speech stress the importance of 33 per cent women reservation
in PRI and other fields. He also assures of providing necessary help to various women
SHG in taking up various activities. He also informed that his govt. is considering
for creation of 2000 women police force.
The programme was attended by more than 2500 women folk from all across the Sagalee
Orgs condemn assault on DSE, Govt staff demands security
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The director’s forum of Arunachal has strongly condemned the physical
assault on director of school education (DSE) Tapang Taloh at his office by group
of boys yesterday. In a release forum chairman cum director higher & technical education
Dr Joram Begi said incident is serious cause for concern and government need to take
“In the last six months various head of departments have been targeted and many of
them has been at the receiving end from various groups. Authority should take serious
note of such incident. Stringent punishment should be given to the persons involved
in attack on director school education,” said Dr Begi. Further he added, “We appeal
state government to provide security to all the offices and also personal security
officer (PSO) should be provided to all the directors who are handling sensitive
Dr Begi also stated that director Taloh is a teacher and assault on a simple teacher
like him by youth group is very saddening incident.
The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society (IFCS) of Arunachal Pradesh Capital Complex
unit and the central executive committee of Arunachal Teachers Association have
also strongly condemned the incident. While welcoming the arrest of two persons in
this regard, the IFCS capital unit appealed to the police department to immediately
arrest the third accused who is absconding at the moment. The ATA has supported decision
of education directorates to close the office till the assaulter is arrested on non-bailable
section and appropriate security is provided to all the educational officers. Meanwhile
ATA also lauded SP Capital Surender Kumar and his police team for prompt action in
arresting two people involved in the incident.
The Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) strongly condemned
the physical assault to Tapang Taloh, Director of School Education in his office
chamber by a group of persons.
Expressing serious note of repeated assault on officers, the CoSAAP demands immediate
ban on all so called self- style associations involved in such incident and drastic
action against the culprits.
CoSAAP further demanded full proof security to Govt officers and officials during
their official duty through out the state. Sufficient security should be provided
to the employees during the March ending, otherwise Govt employees will be compelled
to go for democratic movement, it said
Our Ruksin Correspondent adds: Several organizations of Siang belt have expressed
their resentment over the alleged physical assault of Director of School Education
Tapang Taloh and urged the state government to take strict action against the offenders.
The Ruksin block Adi Bane Kebang, Ruksin Area Youth Front, Legong Banggo Students
Union, Ruksin Circle students Union, Ramle Baggo Adi People Forum, Ruksin Chambers
of Commerce, Lakhimpur district Law Students Union of Arunachal, Eastern Arunachal
People’s Welfare Organization and many others have vehemently condemned the act of
assault. Terming the attack an “inhuman act”, the leaders of these organizations
cautioned the assaulter not to repeat such immoral act against any government officials
in the future.
The union leaders also urged the societies not to paint communal colour with the
The director was allegedly manhandled and assaulted by a couple of youth in his office
chamber at Itanagar yesterday. A case has been registered in Itanagar Police Station
in this connection.
Four dead in APST bus accident
CM announces ex-gratia
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Shocked over the news of a tragic APST bus accident at Garu, near
Gensi in West Siang yesterday which reportedly claimed 4 lives and left scores injured,
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has announced Rs. 100000 each ex-gratia as immediate relief
to the kiths and kins of the deceased, Rs. 50,000 to those grievously injured and
Rs.15000 each to those sustaining minor injuries.
Terming the incident as most unfortunate, Tuki extended his heartfelt condolences
to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls.
He wished speedy recovery of the victims sustaining injuries in the fatal accident.
The APST bus carrying 22 passengers and goods met with a tragic accident near Garu
on its way from Silapather to Yingkiong yesterday evening.
The ill- fated vehicle fell into a 200 ft. deep gorge while trying to negotiate a
previously toppled truck on that side. After being received the information about
the accident, the army stationed at Likabali rushed its rescue and medical team to
the accident site for rescue operation.
The four persons, including two women and a four-month-old child died in the accident.
However, many precious lives could be saved due to prompt evacuation and first aid
given to the injured at the accident site as well as at Military Hospital Likabali.
This action by the army to help the civilian has been appreciated by one and all
in the civil administration.
‘We have no ill-feeling against DSE’
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Clarifying the March 8 incident at Director of School Education
Office here Meje Taku, President of Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union
(APSTSU), a federal unit of All India Scheduled Tribe Students Action Forum and Yurum
Tamin, Vice Chairman RTI Cell of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) said
that they never went to the said office with any kind of self profit motive or any
kind of ill-feeling to cause trouble to the said Director.
“We went to the office of Director of School Education, Itanagar yesterday with regard
to the compensation file of late Arki Taku, who was an employee (UDC) of the Directorate,
and to know the progress of the said file movement. In this regard, we had humbly
approached the Director and enquired regarding the same. However, to our utter shock,
the said Director had refused to answer our inquest straightway to which we repeatedly
requested him to give us the information regarding the above pending file. Instead
of answering our honest request, he started to behave rudely to which we never retaliated.
On being our very humble to him, the said Director further infuriated us by pulling
our shoulder and to this very rude behavior of him we slowly pushed him wherein the
spectacle of the Director fell on the floor. Barring this little incident of pushing,
we had caused no any assault or trouble as alleged in various local dailies published
on March 9. “With regard to the pending file, it is to inform that the file was
moved long ago for compensation of late Arki Taku, and the same has been pending
in the said office since last six months. To this regard, the family and relatives
of late Arki Taku had visited many times to enquire the progress of the file movement
but they were refused with any information all the time by said Director, they said
in a release.
“Moreover, the Director had allegedly demanded “Chai-Paani karcha” from the family
of the deceased”.
Aggrieved by such illegal and out of norm action by the said Director, the poor family
members of the deceased had approached us to inquire regarding the same at the office.
Responding to the request of the family members, we being the students and social
activists of the state approached the Director of school Education yesterday to know
the current status of the same file. To our bitter shock, the same Director had
kept the said genuine file to let rotting in dust in his office chamber without any
initiation and in place of it he had illegally appointed many person instead of pursuing
and looking into the matter of the said genuine file of late Arki Taki (employed
as UDC). “Likewise, many such genuine files are rotting in the dust in his office
because of the said Director’s step-motherly attitude towards these file as they
cannot pay any amount for his Chai-Paani karcha .
“It is worth informing that these helpless people have been suffering with pending
files at the office of said Director for no any valid reasons. The only reason behind
their deprivation was that they cannot afford the Chai-Paani Karcha as demanded.
“In our course of serving the needy and helpless people of our state, we have been
victimized with mere allegation of serious offence committed on the said Director
which is nothing but fictitious and cooked-up story to malign our image.
We appeal all the common and deprived people of the state to stand with us in this
hour of trial and help us to fight such corrupt officer in the state.
We again appeal to all the people of our state not to take the matter in communal
colour as the matter is with the chair of Director School Education and not with
any individual in personal capacity.
Further we humbly appeal all student organizations, NGOs, Public Forums and other
Associations to verify the facts of the matter/incident before going into public
and condemning it." They said.
Sericulture farmer’s training gets underway at Dirang
DIRANG, Mar 9: A 30-days training programme for 24 sericulture farmers was inaugurated
by Bomdila District Industries Centre Deputy Director Pemchom Lama at Oak Tasar Composite
Centre here yesterday.
Addressing the farmers, Pemchom advised them to adopt modern scientific approaches
in rearing of silk worms and plantation of food plants. She also asked farmers to
become self-reliant by taking up income generating schemes like sericulture activities
and assured to assist interested farmers under PMEGP.
Highlighting details of the training programme, Bomdila Assistant Director Textiles
and Handicrafts Dorjee Phuntso informed that the training was sponsored by the Central
Silk Board, Bangalore under Beneficiaries Empowerment Programme of CDP for the year
2011-12 for training in various sericulture activities like Plantation, Grainage,
Rearing, Spinning, Reeling and Weaving. He also informed that farmers will be paid
a stipend of Rs. 50 per day and interested farmers will be assisted for plantation
of food plants and construction of rearing houses with financial assistance from
Dirang Industrial Training Institute principal R. Dutta advised the trainees to make
full use of the programme and help the Govt. in implementing the poverty elevation
‘NMFP’ to provide gainful employment to unemployed
BOMDILA, Mar 9: A One-Day Awareness Campaign on ‘National Mission on Food Processing’
was organized at District Industries Centre here today.
Attending the meet on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner, circle officer S.W Mosabi
advised the entrepreneurs to make the best out of the mission and actively cooperate
with the implementing agency to implement the mission in letter in spirit.
Deputy Director P.C Lama also advised the entrepreneurs to avail the schemes meant
to give a boost to food processing industry in the state and assured full cooperation
from the department in preparation of paper works for the various schemes.
Dirang Assistant Director (Industries) Gyati Kacho through a PowerPoint presentation
briefed the entrepreneurs about the mission and explained the entire gamut of the
schemes available under the mission. He explained that NMFP was a ‘mission’ rather
than a scheme similar to NRHM of Health Department and SSA of Education Department
and that Central and State Govt. was committed to give a huge boost to food processing
industry in the state and provide gainful employment to educated unemployed youths
through this mega mission.
Various stakeholders including Govt. PSU’s, Cooperative Societies, Private Sector,
NGO’s and even Individuals are eligible to partake in the mission. Funding would
be in 90:10 patern.
Grants-in-Aid for Technology Up-gradation, Expansion, Modernization and Setting up
of Food Processing Industries would be 33.33 % for Plant and Machinery and Technical
Civil Works subject to a maximum of Rs 75 Lakh, while Grants-in Aid for Cold Chain,
Value Addition & Preservation Infrastructure facilities for Non-Horticulture Produce
would be 75 % on cost of Plant and Machinery and Technical Civil Works subject to
a maximum of Rs 10 crores.
Around 50 entrepreneurs from various parts of the district took part at the meet.
Mahashivaratri celebration begins
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The Mahashiva Ratri is being celebrated with much enthusiasm at
the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre here with two days programme. The celebration
began today with hoisting of spiritual flag of the Brahma Kumaris by host of dignitaries
including state Chief Secretary H K Paliwal, Father C M Joseph of Don Bosco College,
Itanagar, former Koloriang MLA Lokam Tado, social activist Tungri Effa and retired
CE of Water Resource Department Konwaljit Singh among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Paliwal hoped that such kind of celebration will spread
the message of love and universal peace across the globe. In his address, Father
Joseph delivered a lecture on universal love and peace. Though we belong to different
divine families, our ultimate goal is to live in peace and harmony and spread the
message of love, the Father said.
While appreciating the role of Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre, Itanagar, former
Koloriang MLA Lokam Tado assured all possible help to the Centre. He said the method
of meditation adopted by the Raja Yoga Centre proved itself to be beneficial for
Earlier, Dr. Jayadeba Sahoo, Professor & Head, Dept. of Education Rajiv Gandhi University,
and faculty of the Raja Yoga Centre delivered welcome address and also explained
the significance of this celebration. The Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre in-charge
B K Junu administered the pledge of Holiness to the dignitaries. The Brahma Kumaris
led by Junu also felicitated the dignitaries with spiritual gift items. Large number
of Brahma Kumari and Brahma Kumar of the Capital Complex took part in the celebration.
CHF celebrates 12th Foundation Day
PASIGHAT, March 9 : College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University
celebrated its 12th Foundation Day with day-long activities on Mar 7 last.
Bosiram Siram Minister of Education, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and distributed
awards and certificates to the meritorious students.
Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister Bosiram Siram said Horticulture is the
mainstream of agriculture. It is an applied science dealing with fruits, vegetables
and ornamental flowers and medicinal plants. It is an extremely diversified field
with nearly unlimited career opportunities in a variety of job settings. CHF level
education provides more in depth knowledge of the field and offers job opportunities
at managerial levels while post graduation and doctorate level degree provide very
good jobs in the field of horticulture to conduct research or impart teaching. Future
horticulturists can play pivotal role in setting up Small and Medium scale industries
in the state building process, minimizing the unemployment in the state.
Siram stated that Agro-climatic conditions of Arunachal Pradesh are suitable for
growing wide array of horticultural crops and therefore students should concentrate
in studied with sincerity and dedication and advised to abstain from alcohol and
use drugs etc to be resourceful and useful citizens for the country. He enlightened
that horticulture sector in the recent past has made significant contribution in
strengthening country’s income generation. India leads the world in the production
of various fruits mango, banana, citrus, guava, apple etc and occupies the second
position globally. Horticulture sector constituted nearly 20 per cent of agricultural
GDP and contributes 4 per cent in the national economy, he added.
The minister stressed upon the need of research on climate change mitigation. He
advised to take adequate care of climate so that sweetness of fruits and medicinal
properties of turmeric and ginger etc are not eroded. For long term benefits, he
further suggested for mass plantation which will help to prevent global warming by
reducing levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. The minister informed that
the government is going to launch 2nd phase of Green Revolution in NER and one thousand
crore has already been approved as corpus fund.
Expressing his extreme happiness, the minister on the occasion informed that the
state is marching towards progress as a result Air and Railway connectivity are coming
up which will open array of developments in the days to come. Taking privilege, Siram
reiterated that hydropower generations could bring prosperity making the state wealthy.
He informed that there are vast potentials in the state which could be utilized for
economic growth of the state decreasing poverty and unemployment rates besides implementing
all the developmental plans and programs successfully. All odds can be shorted-out
amicably through intellectual-discussions, he added in his deliberation.
The success of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan
(RMSA) has laid a strong foundation for primary and secondary education in India.
However, the sphere of higher education, Arunachal is set to implement the Rashtriya
Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) in the State, informed the education minister Siram.
Earlier, the Dean of the college Dr. A.K. Pandey informed that since inception the
college under the umbrella of Central Agricultural University has made significant
contribution imparting quality education in the field of horticulture and forestry.
Nine batches of Horticulture and two batches of Forestry have passed out and more
than 25% of the students have obtained ICAR-JRF fellowships for perusing masters
program. This is really an outstanding performance at notional level. He further
informed that six alumni of this college have achieved Agricultural Research Scientist-
2012 and at present more than 20 externally funded research projects are in progress
including ICAR funded 06 AICRPs on horticulture, forestry and allied subjects’.
Renowned horticulturist and Ex- Director, Central Institute for Sub-tropical Horticulture,
Lucknow Prof. R.K. Pathak deliberated a brief speech on “Horticulture- A potent tool
for nutritional, economic and social security of Arunachal Pradesh”. Among others,
the organizing secretary Dr. B. R. Phukan also spoke and expressed thanks and gratefulness
for the help and support received from government and people of Arunachal Pradesh,
ICAR institutions, and other agencies towards growth of the College. DIPRO
Mega Nyokum celebrated at Pakke-Kessang
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The people of Pakke-Kessang and Passa Valleys have organized a joint
Mega Nyokum Yullo festival with much enthusiasm at Pakke-Kessang with effect from
Feb 23 to 28. All intellectual members, senior citizens, students, and people from
all walks of life participated with great pump and gaiety in the mega Nyokum.
By recalling the tireless services rendered by C.S. Namchoom, retired APCS officers
who have served the area as Circle Officer in the early seventies (from 1972 to 1978
at Pakke-Kessang) the organizer invited him as Chief Guest. Namchoom was one among
the administrative officers instrumental for initiating numbers of developmental
activities and bringing up the circle at par with the other areas in the state. Namchoom
along with his family members were felicitated by the people of Pakke-Kessang and
Passa Valley during the Nyokum Yullo Festival in recognition of his contribution
towards the area.
Bini Jumuna, Asstt. Professor, RGU, elaborately explained about the importance of
women literacy and their multi-dimensional contribution for building better society.
She also cautions women folk to fight for their rights and come forward to play pivotal
role in the society.
A book written by Dr.Techi Jonhy, Asstt. Professor, DNGC, a native of Pakke-Kessang
was released during the function, and many colourful and attractive competitive events
like traditional sports, folklore, exhibition of local arts and handicrafts, agriculture
and horticulture stalls, fashion show on traditional costumes and dresses were conducted.
Some of the parents who educated their children despite extreme poverty in those
days and various other achievers in their respective field were also felicitated.
Dr. Techi Jonhy and family won the title Mr & Mrs Nyokum award 2013. Taba Niri, a
renounced priest from Naharlagun was the main priest in the Nyokum Yullo celebration.
Er. Tayum Tok, in his welcome address dealt about the present context of the culture
and its continuation for preservation and promotion and also narrated some of remarkable
instances of the developmental activities with special mention about C.S.Namchoom,
then Circle Officer, Pakke-Kessang, Gingma Tok, Chairman and Sarje Taching, Secretary,
Nyokum Yullo celebration committee, delivered about the importance of the Nyokum
celebration. The Valedictory function was graced by Pandov Perme, EAC in-charge P/Kessang
and Sunil Nabam, Anchal Chairperson as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Cash reward stands
The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
AAPSU demands arrest of assaulters
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has strongly demanded
Lohit district administration to arrest the culprits involved in the assault on AAPSU’s
women wing members, who were engaged in various management activities for the March
12 Peaceful Rally at Tezu.
The AAPSU women activists were allegedly assaulted by some miscreants at Tezu yesterday
evening without any valid reason, the apex student body of the state informed in
AAPSU is organizing the rally in protest against prevailing anti-social activities,
such as rape, violence against women, underground activities etc. in Lohit and eastern
parts of the state. AAPSU appealed to all citizens across the state to extend their
full support to make the rally successful.
BJP lauds state police
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) commended
the Arunachal Pradesh Police for succeeding to arrest two culprits, namely Md. Aftab
Alam and Haq. Zabed Iqbal with help of Kolkata Police from Kolkata, who looted lakhs
of rupees from innocent people in the name of India Micro Finance Co. Ltd.
Arunachal Police team comprising Malo Tang, Arbind Kumar Singh and Atingso Tamai
from IRBn was led by Sub-Inspector Anand Roy.
The State BJP also appreciated the capital SP Surendar Kurmar and M. Bui, OC, Itanagar
Police Station for their full Co-operation in the case.
While urging the people to be aware and alert from such bogus finance companies,
BJP urged the authority concerned to punish the culprits as per law.
Upper Subansiri BJP resolves to work for society
DAPORIJO, Mar 9: Upper Subansiri District BJP President Tapa Dadi exhorted the newly
inducted office bearers and cadres to work for the welfare of the society and nation.
Highlighting the party’s Nation first and other ideologies in a meeting today, the
district BJP president urged all the party office bearers to cooperate with each
other and abide by the party rules and regulations.
All the new office district and mandal level bearers and senior party workers of
Upper Subansiri were present in the meeting.
Later, the newly inducted officer bearers were administered party oath.
The meeting also discussed about strengthening the party organization at grassroots
State Kishan Morcha President, Jampak Paksok exhorted the new leaders of the party
to spread the message of Party’s ideologies of secularism.
HGB’s death mourned
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has condoled the death
of Jipor Ngoki, HGB of Ngoki village under the Gusar-Segi circle of Upper Subansiri
district. Late Ngoki died on 8th of this month at Komrurijo after brief illness and
is survived by 5 daughters, two sons and wife. The office bearer of Diso Katu Youth
Club observed two minute silence as mark of respect for late Ngoki. The society prayed
for the peace of the departed soul.
Mega health mela at Tezu
TEZU, Mar 9: The District Health Society, Lohit organized a mega health mela and
female sterilization camp at Community Health Centre, Mahadevpur from March 6 to
8 where 172 female sterilizations were performed.
Hepatitis B and HIV testing were also conducted for 156 patients. 286 patients with
various ailments were also treated in the camp.
The entire camp was supervised by DMO Dr. N. Ninu and DRCHO Dr. Nani Rika. The team
of doctors included Dr. Jonny Darang from General Hospital Pasighat, Dr. A Wailiang,
Dr. R Mena, Dr. J Ado, Dr. UK Nath, DTO, Dr. Sulanti Namchum, Dr. CN Mantaw, Dr.
CM Thaumoung, Dr. Lod Tayo, and Dr. Gyati Majie, Dr. Perme (DS) Dr, Joyshree Gogoi
from Lohit district.
Earlier, the Mela was formally inaugurated by MLA Nang Santi Mein. Namsai ADC KK
Joshi, and Lekang EAC HN Dubey, all the head of departments, Panchayat leaders, and
general public attended in the function.
GSU calls for early creation of Lower Siang
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The Galo Students Union (GSU) has appealed the state Govt to place
the cabinet decision for creation Lower Siang district before the ensuing Assembly
for its final approval with its headquarters.
While referring to the district headquarter issue, the GSU appealed the Govt. to
go with the decision of the majority MLAs, particularly of Likabali, Nari-Koyu and
Basar ST Assembly constituencies as per the decision taken in the meeting held on
December 16 last year between the then Galo Welfare Society (GWS) executive members
and the GSU and senior citizens of the Galo community as well.
The GSU further appealed the state Govt to take bold decision in the ensuing Assembly
election for upgradation of the up-gradation of District Hospital Aalo to General
Hospital, which was approved back in 2008-09 AOP. The Union also urged the legislators
of concerned district to take up the issue in the Assembly.
ASSU demands proper parking place
ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Expressing serious concern over the haphazard and illegal parking
of vehicles in Bomdila town All Sajolang (Miji) Students Union (ASSU) has appealed
to the West Kameng district administration to fix proper parking places in the
township and not to allow heavy vehicle to ply through the market area.
ASF demands fresh written test
ITANAGAR, Mar 9 : Arunachal Students Federation (ASF) has demanded fresh written
test for few posts of agriculture field assistant (AFA) Junior.
In a complaint letter addressed to the Agriculture Commissioner, the ASF said that
number of posts have not been mentioned in the advertisement published in local
dailies on February 12. It further demanded that the authorities should conduct
written interview instead of walk-in-interview for the posts. In walk-in-interview
there are hundred percent chances to manipulate, the interview for back door appointments
and thus the deserving candidates will be deprived, the Federation said. The Federation
strongly registered protest against the walk-in-interview held by the department
“without maintaining proper procedure” and added that walk-in-interview result
should not be declared till fresh written test be conducted.
237 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Implications for Religious Harmony and Culture of Peace
(On the 76th “TRIMURTI SHIVA JAYANTI”–Anniversary of GOD’s Advent (Birth extraordinary)
on to the corporeal medium of Prajapita Brahma.
Dr. Jayadeba Sahoo
Bharat is one of the ancient countries of the world. It has great heritage of glory
and elevated way of life. Even now it is very well known for being the land of deities
with palaces and lifestyle of legendary beauty. Many people abroad also consider
Bharat as a great pilgrimage place and hold the soil of Bharat in great respect.
Bharat is well known for festivals and by tradition one festival or another is celebrated
Shivjayanti, or as it is other wise well known as Shivratri, is one of the greatest
festivals in India. People celebrate this festival with lot of enthusiasm and zeal.
But it is quite strange that very few know the spiritual significance of this festival.
Why is it called Shivratri? It is believed that God Shiva descended on this ‘day’.
Why do people keep fasting on this day? These are some of the queries which puzzle
one’s mind and force one to think more deeply about this festival. Let us see why
this festival is called Shivratri or Shivjayanti. Who is God Shiva? When did He come
and what did He do?
So GOD SHIVA & SHIVA-RATRI has always fascinated historians, researchers and intellectuals
in India & abroad as the very name, form & symbol of God SHIVA bear a unique similarity
abroad in the ancient relics, reliefs & writings of early religions & civilizations.
Out of His thousand attributive names, ‘SHIVA’ stands to be the most inspiring for
its phonetic resemblance with the ancient names of God in different cultures & messages
about His consummating cosmic character.
SHIVA (Benefactor) – The Universal Name of God Incorporeal.
The ancient name of God such as ‘SHIUN’ in Babylon, ‘Seva’ or ‘Sevajya’ in Syria,
in Egypt & Fiji; ’Sibru’ in the land occupied by the progeny of Abraham, ‘Jehova’
to Moses & his followers seems very similar to the Sanskrit word ‘Shiva’ derived
from two phonetic parts ‘Shi’ & ‘Va’ meaning ‘Redeemer’ & ‘Liberator’ of sins which
Indicates to Almighty alone. Literally “Shiva” also means the ‘Benevolent’ or ‘Benefactor’
or the benign or a divine dot i.e. who is beneficial to all and ‘Linga’ means ‘symbol’.
The characteristics which “Shiva” conveys clearly correspond to His form, attributes
and actions as minutest than minutest subtle seed of creation, sustenance, the succor
and as the Universal Benefactor.
Similarly, the Sanskrit suffix (to shiva ) in Shiva Linga (m), i.e. ‘Linga’ or ‘Lingam’
means sign or symbol when sub-divined into two phonetic constituents i.e. ‘Li’, ‘Lin’
or ‘Laya’ and ‘ga’, ‘gam’ or ‘agaman’ respectively refer to process of destruction
and recreation. Thus the etymological composition and connotation of the triple lettered
term ‘G O D’ meant His divine triple actions i.e. G-Generator, O - Operator & D
- Destruction that perfectly coincides with that of ‘Shiva Linga’ or ‘Shiva’.
Shiva is also called “Trimurti’’& “Trinath’’ - ‘The Lord of Tri Dev (Trinity /Three
Deights)’ i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar whom He creates and performs His divine
triple actions of Generation (Creation), Operation (Sustenance) and Destruction by
them. This is vindicated in Epic Shiv Puran when it reads “Brahma, Vishnu, Maheswar,
Rudrama Srijayam”. That means Brahma, Vishnu & Maheswar ( Shankar) are created by
Rudra (Shiva). That is why it is called “Rudra Yajna” not “Shankar Yajna”; “ Rudra
Avisheka not “ Shankar” Abhishek”. More over Shankar is depicted having human form
and meditative posture before Shiva Linga - The oval shape of Flame/Light which clearly
indicates the difference between Shiva and Shankar and SHIVA as Supreme Light-The
Again Sanskrit verse reads “Brahma Devatay Namah, Vishnu Devataya Namah, Shankar
Devatay Namah, Shiva Paramatmaya Namah”. This indicates when Brahma, Vishnu, Shankar
are revered as Devatas (Deities), Shiva is revered as Param Atma ( Supreme Soul).
SHIVALINGA-The Symbolic Form of Universal God
Moreover, ‘Shiva Linga’ was a symbol of worship common to almost all religions of
the world. For example, the Jews used to worship ‘Bailfago’ in the form of ‘Shiva
Linga’ called ‘Baleswara’ in India. Abraham, whom Jews, Christians & Mohammedans
regard as God’s messenger, built Kaba in Mecca where he installed an oval shaped
black stone ( similar to ShivaLinga ) called Sang-e-Ahswad ( Liberator ) as Shiva
is known as Mukteswar ( Liberator ).
Sir Willam Jones depict that absolute God or Supreme soul is venerated in Egypt in
the name of ‘Osiris’ & ‘Ishis’, a modified form of God’s name in Sanskrit ‘Ishwara’
& ‘Ish’. A stone bull is also kept before linga ‘Osiris’ as ‘Nandi’ before Shivalinga.
The celebrated Vatican Church Museum in Rome has a cute ‘Shivalinga’ claimed by Vatican
authority to be of Italian origin of Etruscan’s heritage. Images of Shivalinga are
also kept in Churches in Italy.
SHIVA-RATRI – Its Real Significance
Shiva Jayanti is the remembrance day of birth extraordinary of Incorporeal God father
Shiva. When we celebrate the Birth Centenary of any person we call it a Birthday
but question arises as why Shiva’s birth is called as Shivaratri ? Actually, ‘ Ratri
’ or night symbolizes utter darkness of ignorance shrouding and clouding the intellectual
horizon of mankind. The event of Shiva’s divine birth is celebrated on the day before
the darkest night of Phalgun, which is the last month of Indian calendar and ignorance
at the end of one world cycle. At such time, superstition, blind faith, religious
persecution of one sect by another, lawlessness, corruption, amorality is rampant
in the society. At such juncture of ‘ Dharma Glani ’ i.e. moral, religion and spiritual
downfall, God Shiva-the Incorporeal Supreme soul, stop to the vicious trends and
to create a world of high ideals and morals and noble acts called heaven, paradise.
God Shiva reveals very deep knowledge about the creator and creation. He reminds
us that we all are sparkling sentient point of light - Souls, different from the
body. He explains that GOD is not omnipresent, which is the general misconception
and that he has an abode called ‘Paramdham’ or the ‘Seventh Sky/Heaven’ which is
beyond this physical world of Sun, moon, stars and galaxies, etc. He teaches the
long lost art of Yoga called Raj -Yoga (the process of communion with Him)-the technology
for recharging the soul by linking the self with the Supreme Soul-the eternal generator
of spiritual powers which purifies the mind, intellect habits of souls. He gives
the charges of transformation of the world in the hands of woman, who were neglected
and downplayed in the society. He asks all human beings to be morally and spiritually
elevated. He discloses that time is cyclic in nature and this world is a drama which
repeats after every 5000 years (Kalpa). In fact the greatest magic of God does is
that he transforms this old world into a New one, called Paradise, by the power of
Raja- Yoga (Supreme communion) and divine Wisdom. Once the human souls get transformed,
from impure to divine, the transformation of the physical world takes place automatically.
When the human beings become divine beings, the world of deities, the paradise on
earth becomes a reality.
At this fag end of RATRI - the Dark Age/Kaliyuga, this act of the same Supreme Soul
is going on since 1936-37 descending into Dada Lekhraj Kripalini, a Sindhi Jeweler
in Karachi, baptized him as Prajapita Brahma and imparting that spiritual wisdom
to establish that Age of Perfection after the mass annihilation of this present degraded
society of Dark Age. So, let us all irrespective of different religious faith, celebrate
this ‘SHIVA-RATRI’ as 76th Anniversary of His birth extraordinary of our Supreme
Father-Mother and empower our self through process of Supreme Communion (Raja Yoga)
with Him to inculcate His Supreme Commands of Universal Values to establish a “Value
Based Happy Society of Culture of Peace & Non Violence” - our most cherished desire.
The understanding of this eternal truth will usher in religious harmony & world peace.
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University has been engaged in this task for last
75 years since its inception in 1936-37. (The writer is Professor & Head, Dept.
of Education Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar)