NE needs separate policy for dev: AICC
ITANAGAR, May 21: Although quite late, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) today
realised and advocated for a separate policy for North East.
The Northeastern states, especially Arunachal Pradesh, need separate policy by Centre
considering its topography and ethnicity in order to bring real development, AICC
Secretary Ranji Thomas said while attending the celebrations as part of 125th years
of INC at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.
Advising the policy makers of the state to raise the issue with Centre, Ranji said
he will convey this message to the party high command as he was being sent here to
learn the grievances of the state.
Not only Arunachal Pradesh but also entire North East is lagging far behind in development
front, he said while highlighting INC’s vision of inclusive growth and evaluation
of Indian economic policy.
"Students here have to pursue higher education in National capital or other city’s
which is very unfortunate," he said and lamented non existence of institutions for
higher education in the state.
While recalling Gandhi family’s contributions in transforming economy and changing
the face of the country, Ranji said that INC is the only party, which is committed
for bringing development in every nook and corner.
In his thought-provoking speech, Prof. D Gopal, IGNOU, New Delhi said that democracy
holds key role to economic development of a nation. Although India has made significant
progress in socio-economic front since independence, there are still miles to go
to fulfill the aspirations of the common people. He blamed narrow political games
like casteism by some political parties and their nexus with businessmen as the main
obstacle in development. When such political parties are funded by businessmen to
fight elections, they undermine the very essence of democracy, he said. Castiesm
continuing to play an important role in Indian politics, he said and called for cleaning
it up to become a powerful nation in the world.
Coalition governments also block development process because electorates cannot play
any role in such government, he added. While touching upon the role of media and
NGOs in a democratic country like India, he urged media persons to restraint from
publishing influential articles.
Economic reforms had never been an agenda of Congress manifesto till Rajiv became
Prime minister, he said. The seeds of economic reforms sown by the late prime minister
in late 80s are now bearing fruits, he said. He advocated for shouldering young blood
in party activities to see more development in future.
Highlighting the role of AICC in strengthening the country since its formation in
1885, Prof. Suresh Mishra, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Delhi said
that because of secular ideology, Congress is still a people’s party even after 125
He said that the pace of development in a democratic country is usually slow because
of its nature and Constitutional obligations. However, people should be convinced
that the role of democracy is for their welfare, he said. Where there is poverty
there is protests, he said while citing examples of Maoist activities in states like
Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar etc.
Home Minister Tako Dabi stressed on dignity of labour. He said that 95 per cent of
people in Arunachal Pradesh live in rural areas and we must work for their welfare
and be practical in our every effort. He also highlighted Centre’s development packages
so far offered to the state.
Gandhi Darshan and Samiti Director Dr. Savita Singh while describing India as young
and vibrant democracy, lauded people of this sub-continent for maintaining 5000-year-old
culture and traditions.
Later, Dr. Savita announced establishment of National Centre for Gandhian Studies,
Integrated Education and Social Development in the state.
Earlier, in his speech, PWD Minister Nabam Tuki said that INC’s economic policy has
always been to bring opportunities and capabilities together. The aim is to generate
varied ways for people to earn their livelihood and increase income, he added.
The INC has played a vital role in the development and shaping Arunachal Pradesh,
he said. The dependence on forests has reduced considerably. There is plenty of scope
in tourism sector to generate employment and accelerate development in the state
which is being tapped, he said. With Centre’s "Look East" policy the border trade
with ASEAN countries will provide maximum benefit to the people, he added.
Later Tuki announced Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana merit scholarships for CBSE toppers
from each district. The scholarships will carry Rs.50,000 and will be awarded from
this year onwards.
Earlier, all the dignitaries present on the occasion paid floral tributes to the
portrait of Rajiv Gandhi.
NES welcomes decision while NYO terms it dictatorial
ITANAGAR, May 21: The Nyishi Elite Society welcomed the “bold and wise decision”
of MLAs of Nyishi community regarding mushrooming of various organizations using
the name of Nyishi community. Formation of diverse organization by using the term
Nyishi is great concern of the community and a corrective measure needs to be taken
at this hour by all members of the community, it said. It furthered hoped that the
open social discussion being organized by the MLAs of the community on June 10 will
mark the beginning of new journey for the greater interest of the community and state.
The Nyishi Elite Society said that it will support new initiative being taken up
by the MLAs for betterment of Nyishi Community. On the other hand Nyishi Youth Organization
has reacted strongly to the decision of the elected representatives. In a statement,
it said dictatorial attitude of political parties or individuals for their self interest
will not be tolerated. It said that in a democratic set up, people have the rights
to form organizations.
State takes Anti Terrorism pledge
APYC organizes blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, May 21: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) today organized a blood
donation camp to mark the 19th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
at General Hospital, Naharlagun.
Altogether 35 youth led by APYC president cum MLA Likha Saaya donated blood for the
needy and poor patients.
Appreciating the participation of large number of blood donors, Saaya said, the blood
donation camp is being organized to upkeep one of the visions of the former PM Rajiv
Gandhi. He hoped the youth of the state will always be ready to donate blood in time
of need in future too. APYC vice president Tadar Niglar also spoke and expressed
happiness at the turn out.
Meanwhile anti terrorism pledge was taken at several places commemorating Rajiv Gandhi’s
Raj Bhavan officials also observed the Anti Terrorism Day at the Governor’s secretariat
here today. Governor Secretariat Deputy Secretary, GC Roy administrated the Anti
Terrorist Day pledge to the officials.
The importance of the Anti-Terrorism Day, which is observed to wean away the youth
from the terrorism and violence cult, were highlighted. Suffering of the common people
and its detrimental effect to the national interest was emphasized.
The Director of Information and Public Relations, Leki Phuntso administered the Anti-
Terrorism pledge to the officers and officials of the IPR and Printing. The Director
while paying homage to the Late Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi whose 19th death anniversary
falls today said that late Gandhi had laid down his life for the cause of the nation
and told that we all should remember the sacrifices made by the departed leader.
The Day was also observed in the premises of D.C office, Bomdila by district administration
and other departmental officers and officials of the district. Addressing the gathering
Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi stressed upon the urgency of unadulterated patriotism,
unity and awareness among the people to fight against the menace of terrorism.
While paying homage to Late Gandhi, the D.C said that the void created by the great
leader could never be filled again. He appealed all the people of the district not
merely to pledge to fight against terrorism in papers but to develop a genuine concern
and fight in a rightful constitutional way rather than resorting to violence. A large
number of people flocked to sign a written pledge to fight against terrorism.
At Yupia, Anti-Terrorism day was observed at DC office. EAC (Judicial) Tage Rumi
administered the Anti- Terrorism Pledge to a huge gathering present on the occasion,
reports DIPRO Yupia.
NCP reiterates its demand, threatens to move NEC on bridge collapse
ITANAGAR, May 21: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh expressed dissatisfaction
over the clarification on collapse of under-construction bridge over Dobu River in
Nari Sub-division and reiterated its demand that an expert committee be formed to
investigate the bridge collapse.
Earlier, Pasighat PWD EE had clarified the collapse of the bridge was not due to
low quality materials or inefficient technology as reported but it was due to untimely
heavy discharge of the river due to continuous heavy rainfall in the catchment area
during that period.
However, NCP state unit vice president Karto Kaye in a release today said, the party
will never agree with the heavy rain concept. There was no heavy downpour which made
the river spate and collapse of the bridge, the NCP said and alleged that it was
due to total failure and negligence of the technical wings and the machineries of
Expert team with representatives of the NEC should also investigate delay in construction
of the project and laboratory test of the materials used be done to ascertain the
quality, it said.
NCP demanded that officers responsible for causing heavy loss to the tune of several
crores be booked and payment to any contractor and suppliers be withheld. The party
along with the local people will move the NEC, if the Govt fails to take action in
this regard, the release threatened.
APDA, NRHM sponsored Neonatal Training Care gets underway
NAHARLAGUN, May 21: Two-day Training on Neonatal Care being organised by Arunachal
Pradesh Medical Council under the aegis of National Rural Health Mission, Arunachal
Pradesh got underway today.
Paramedical staffs from various districts, General Hospital, R K Mission Hospital
and private hospitals of Arunachal Pradesh comprising of Matrons/ Assistant Matrons/
Sister Tutors/ Staff Nurses are attending the prog.
Effective newborn care is a crucial challenge that is faced by every health care
unit especially maternal and child health. The purpose of the training is to equip
the staff with appropriate knowledge and skill to improve the quality of service
delivery in neonatal care and to bringing down infant mortality, Dr. Moji Jini, Registrar-cum-Secretary
Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council.
The immediate causes of neonatal deaths includes infection, birth asphyxia complications
related to premature birth, and congenital anomalies which result in more than 50%
of all neonatal death, Dr Jini added.
Dwelling at length, Dr Emi Rumi, Project Director, AIDS Control Society, and Directorate
of health Services said that Nurses, not physicians, are critical players in providing
new-born care. The training programme has been initiated and imparted to paramedic
as they are the ones who can make a difference in this field. They themselves must
become master trainers in their respective district hospitals to train the paramedical
staff about the neonatal care for decline of the high neonatal mortality rate. He
also said that nurses are expected to pursue their professional growth as long as
they continue to work and to be competent in their areas of expertise as well as
to acquaint themselves with the latest practices and technology.
Dr Hibu Tagyung ,Paediatrician, General Hospital Naharalgun made a power point presentation
on Basic Newborn Care and Resuscitation Program, a new programme launched by the
Govt of India with an aim to reduce mortality rate. He said that high neonatal death
can be reduced by Resuscitation of asphyxiated newborns, prevention of infections
and hypothermia, early initiation and exclusive breast feeding, and immediate surgical
interventions wherever required. The rapidly changing healthcare field, what nurses
learn in their initial training can quickly become obsolete. New equipment and technology,
procedural changes, new medical practices and regulations, and the latest healthcare
legislation — these are some of the areas in which nurses are always required to
have up-to-date training, he added.
Demonstration and a pre–test on neonatal resuscitation for the paramedical staff
was also conducted by the experts present at the occasion. (DIPR)
Let there be a common voice
This article of mine can be taken as the view of a common youth towards the issues
raised by Mr. Taba Ajum through his “Pan Arunachal identity is the need of the hour”
for which there were response from Kajal Chatterjee and Aakash Shah.
At the very outset, with an overwhelming sense of gratitude, I would like to thank
Mr. Taba Ajum for raising this issue as a great matter of concern. And as a boy of
18 years and as an student, born and bought up entirely in Pasighat, East Siang Dist,
I have a voice in my heart that says, ‘I Love Arunachal’. And surely every citizen,
mainly the tribal people would be having this voice in their heart but we need to
bring out this voice together, holding each other’s hand in every condition and with
a sense of never-ending brotherhood.
After reading all those articles on your esteemed daily, the main thing that comes
into the mind of an Arunachalee would be, “Yes, we love Arunachal and we really want
to conserve our indigenous culture and vibrant traditions”, but how? As there are
many tribes in our state and everybody wants to preserve his/her own cultures and
sometimes in doing that, they may suppress their identity as Arunachalees. Most of
the citizens of Arunachal and also the youth of our state can sense this problem
and are aware of its dangerous consequences.
The youth could be the best weapon to destroy this problem. But it would be possible
only if they could find a proper conduit to solve this matter. Many of us are writing
articles and expressing our views about this issue. But it’s not enough, the need
of the hour is some real solution to this problem. And the best source of advice
and solutions could possibly be from the intellectuals, public leaders, and elder
generation of our state, whose hearts are obsessed with the love for Arunachal. As
it is a big matter of concern, it will be a privilege for each and every one of us
to know their coherent thoughts and views, and thereby doing our best to revive our
lovely state from this condition and truly let the voice come, “We Love Arunachal”.
Maoists are bleeding the country from within
Apropos the editorial "Time for Government action"( 20 May), thanks to the Maoists,
a series of barbaric assaults is continuously plaguing Chattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand
and West Bengal. Not only the Government personnel, but scores of innocent people
are also being murdered in cold blood. By terminating scores of lives, the Maoists
are also "giving birth" to countless widows and orphans.
Yes, the indigenous people of Central and Eastern Indian jungles are poor,
but poverty is not the monopoly of them only. Rather, it remains an "asset" for people
of all regions of India. The tribal population of the forests can harbour lots of
grievances and they have every right to express it, but that needs to be done within
the ambit of law. Maoists --- the self-declared guardians of the tribals --- just
do not hold any right to take law in their own hands and wage a bloody battle against
the State. If such a show of arms are provided moral support( as being done by a
set of "intellectuals") and are justified on the pretext of "poverty" and "discrimination",
then the whole society will be literally dead in very near future.
The Home Minister is urging the Maoists to initiate a dialogue with the State,
but after laying down arms. But the Maoists are not heeding to his call. Thus, it
gets proved that the Maoists are not at all interested in restoring peace in the
jungles. By killing the very people (as witnessed during the recent bombing of bus
in Dantewada) whose cause the Maoists profess to champion, by demolishing Government
schools and dispensaries and disrupting welfare schemes and by refusing to sit on
the negotiation table, the Maoists have again proved that their mission is to exploit
the mineral and forest resources of the region by creating a parallel administration.
Thus the actual ill-interest of the Maoists should not only be exposed, the
Centre and the concerned State Governments should also launch an attack with utmost
force with commandos and helicopters as witnessed during the fight against the terrorists
in Mumbai. The Maoists are far more dangerous than the Kasabs. At least the Kasabs
attacked an alien nation, but the Maoists are bleeding the country from within which
is much more fatal than the conspiracies hatched across international borders.
Kolkata, (on email)
Milestone for Arunachal
It is worth mentioning that the Arunachal Pradesh Patients Welfare Committee, Velore,
(APPWCV), led by Dr Moji Jini and Lodam Dulon managed to purchase a plot of land
measuring about 4600 sq ft for a guest house to cater the needs of the ever increasing
patients from Arunachal Pradesh, who are coming to Christian Medical College (CMC)
Hospital for multi-specialty treatment.
Indeed this is a milestone not only for APPWCV, but for entire Arunachal Pradesh.
I personally have never been to Velore for medical treatment but is acquainted with
the problems faced by the patients and their escorts while taking treatment there.
So this is truly a proud moment for me as an Arunachalee. In coming time, this very
noble effort will at least give some peace of mind to the patients and their escorts
that they won’t have to worry for their accommodation and ease the extra-financial
incurred while staying in hotels.
Further, I would like to appeal to the Arunachal Pradesh Government to initiate the
construction of the guest house with immediate effect and don’t just make it an ephemeral
and don’t mislay the noble efforts of the APPWCV.
Further, I hope that the state Govt will provide some jobs opportunity to the people
of Arunachal and run the proposed guest house by own not by some private firms.
Mepe Ete, A sector, Itanagar
One stabbed to death
ITANAGAR, May 21: In what appears to be a revenge killing, one Tage Singhi was knifed
to death early this morning at Senki Park area in Itanagar. Within hours of the murder,
Police arrested one Jaram Dada, 45 and recovered the weapon used as well. Both belong
to Seppa in East Kameng district.
According to OC Itanagar Police Station, Make Bui, Singhi 19, was sent to jail for
eleven months on charges of killing Dada’s son in 2008. He had come to Itanagar after
being released on bail couple of months back. Dada followed him here and allegedly
carried out the attack this morning.
Police have registered a case of murder.
Shenki Valley Welfare Society while appreciating the Police for its prompt action
has called for night patrolling in the area as the place has witnessed many anti
social activities. It said that area is no longer safe for citizens particularly
women and children.
Bar association to streamline legal system
ITANAGAR, May 21: The newly elected president of Gauhati High Court Itanagar Permanent
Bench Bar Association (GHCIPBBA) Kardak Ete and its other executive members has pledged
to work for stream lining of the legal system and to actively participate in reconciling
the indigenous and customary laws with the central laws adopted by the state government,
complete separation of the judiciary with the executive. It has further decided to
impart legal education through workshops and other campaigns at the earliest, coordinate
with the bench and the government for infrastructural development and overall development
of the Gauhati high court, Itanagar permanent bench.
The Association further decided to develop the infrastructure of the Bar.
Meanwhile, the general election of the Gauhati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench
Bar Association (GHCIPBBA) has elected Ete unopposed as President and Dicky Panging
as General Secretary.
Conservation ---- mantra to sustainable energy
ITANAGAR, May 21: With objectives to create awareness among the citizens on the emerging
energy scenario and climate security related policies involving energy efficiency
and use of new and renewable sources of energy for sustainable developments, Indian
Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA)
conducted a one-day workshop on Energy Conservation for Sustainable Development at
Banquet Hall here today.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest Home Minister Tako Dabi appreciated the ICC
and APEDA for organising the workshop and advised the participants to convey the
energy conservation massage to the people of the state.
Dabi said that the people have to be conscious about the energy conservation and
use it judiciously. In Arunachal Pradesh energy resources is abundant but we have
to regulate better strategies to conserve it.
Regional Director, North East Indian Chamber of Commerce, Mahesh Deori said that
India has made rapid strides towards economic self-reliance over last few years.
Impressive progress has been made in the field of Industry, Agriculture, communication,
transport and other sectors necessitating growing consumption of energy for development
and economic activities. If India is to achieve the target growth in GDP, it would
need to commensurate input of energy, mainly commercial energy in the form of coal,
oil, gas and electricity. However, India’s fossil fuel reserves are limited and create
a great concern for all.
Energy being a vital element of the infrastructure sector, its availability has to
be ensured on a sustainable basis.
On the other hand, the demand for energy is growing manifold and energy sources are
becoming scare and costlier.
Among the various strategies to be evolved for meeting energy demand, efficient use
of energy and its conservation emerges as the least cost option in any given strategies.
The increase energy conservation, improve energy efficiency and enhanced energy production
from renewable sources can lead India in general and rural area in particular to
become self sustainable communities, he added.
Guest of Honour, Chairman APEDA Likha Saaya also appealed the people to exchange
or share energy conservation ideas and information not only among professionals but
also to the society particularly the student community.
APEDA Director Marki Loya highlighted the activities of APEDA in Arunachal Pradesh
in relation to energy conservation and renewable energy through power point presentation.
Director, NPC, Kolkota Dr Shivaji Biswas briefed on PPT on energy saving potential
in Arunachal Pradesh. Executive Director, Subansiri Lower Project Ltd BR Saraf, Secretary
Department of Power Tumke Bagra, Principal Scientific Officer and Head, Ministry
of New and Renewable Energy govet of India, Guwahati Dr DR Das, Additional Director
PCRA Kolkota Prabir Chattoraj, Chief Research Scientist, Oil India Ltd, Duliajan
HC Das also spoke on the occasion.
IFCSAP appeals to govt to stop forceful conversion
ITANAGAR, May 21: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP)
has appealed the state Govt to stop forceful conversion and protect the life of the
indigenous faith believers, particularly Bhuddhist Tikhaks of Changlang district.
Expressing serious concern over the alleged forceful conversion of Buddhist in Changlang
district to Christianity by the activists reportedly having nexus with NSCN-IM and
reported 7-days ultimatum for conversion, the IFSCAP in a letter to the chief secretary
appealed him to issue necessary instruction to administration concerned to take preventive
It may be mentioned here that Purbanchal Bhikkhu Sangha and Buddhist Tikhak Community
have alleged that Buddhist Tikhaks of Changlang is being forcefully converted to
Christianity by activists reportedly having nexus with NSCN (I-M).
Taking serious note of the ‘repeated atrocities on the indigenous faith believers’
in the state in its meeting today, the IFCSAP said, the both state and Central Govt
should give special attention to protect the indigenous people of the state.
Promising future for fisheries in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, May 21: Arunachal Pradesh could play a big role in cold water fisheries
mainly trout culture. This was said by Rudra Gangadharan, secretary and Tarun Sridhar,
joint secretary of the department of Animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries, Govt
of India in a review meeting of 10th and 11th Plan on implementation of various CSS
schemes in the North Eastern region held at Guwahati on May 18.
Both the officers also asked the fisheries department to submit schemes of trout
culture for both public and private sector under centrally sponsored schemes, informed
state fisheries director Tage Moda in a release today.
The commissioner, fisheries, Tajom Taloh, Moda along with assistant director of fisheries
took part in the review meeting. Besides Commissioner, fisheries, Govt of Assam,
P K Borthakur, all the secretaries and directors of fisheries of North East states
also participated in the review meeting, the release added.
APSCW approach GSDS on advocacy campaign for girl child
ITANAGAR, May 21: A team of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW)
headed by its chairperson Komoli Mosang met the visiting director of Gandhi Smriti
and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) Savita Singh and requested her to facilitate for carrying
forward the advocacy campaign for the girl child in Arunachal Pradesh. The campaign
was started in 2008 by the Commission in collaboration with the GSDS.
During the consultation meeting today the APSCW team also had a detail discussion
with Prof D Gopal of the Indira Gandhi Open University, Prof Suresh Mishra of Indian
Institute of Public Administration, AICC secretary Ranji Thomas, GSDS North East
coordinator Sushil Kumar Jha on gender budgeting and women empowerment through reservation
in various stages of parliamentary democracy.
E-banking for NEC
ITANAGAR, May 21: The North Eastern Council will be disbursing fund to its Grantees
through the Core Banking System/RTGS/Electronic transfer through its accredited bank.
The decision comes in the wake of the complaint of slow movement of funds to the
state governments through the traditional system of disbursement through cheques.
The matter was earlier reviewed by B.K Handique, Minister of Mines & DoNER and Chairman,
North Eastern Council, after taking over office in June last year and the Chairman
directed the NEC to ensure speedy flow of funds through electronic transfer.
New executive body
ITANAGAR, May 21: Silsango Agro Forestry Trust (SAFT) has reconstituted its executive
body for the period of 6 years in a meeting at Nirjuli on May 15.
Taw Tado, Taw Horing Tara and Taw Hari Tara have been selected/re-selected as president,
vice president and general secretary of the 13-member executive body of the Trust.
After threadbare discussion, the meeting also modified some rules and regulations
and formed a financial institution under the Trust. The members also conducted a
social service in and around the branch office of the Trust at Nirjuli.
An act of faith
The Subansiri (singik) river and its tributaries are a lifeline for the people of
the Upper Subansiri district. Locals and enthusiasts alike throng the rivers which
provide good fishing experience. Fishing is done by the locals by making traditional
traps called lerum (made by piling stones) at the beginning of the winter and then
the fishes are caught during the fishing season. One such lerum was made by Mr. Tagiam
Hina, son of late Tapu Hina of Daporijo and his family in the Sinyum Koro river near
the Techi-Param village,21 kilometers away from Daporijo. On a clear winter’s day
of January 10th, Hina and a few of his family members decided to go and catch the
fishes they had trapped during the course of the winter.
With great expectations of getting a good catch on such a fine day, they began to
remove the stones that had been piled together to make the trap. During the course
of removing the stones, Hina noticed a stone with a unique shape and strange blot
on it and put it aside for further examination. After enjoying the day and getting
a good catch, he finally remembered the stone. On taking a closer examination, he
noticed that the stone had triangular shape and the blot distinctly resembled the
image of a bird. He considered it unique and a quirk of nature, took photographs
of it, but decided to leave it as it was.
On reaching home he showed the photograph to his relatives and family members and
consulted with them on his course of action. While some people advised him to preserve
the stone, others like his elderly mother discouraged him to bring it home as she
believed that, the spirit that the stone belonged to might bring harm and disturbance
to the family. “But I felt anxious and couldn’t forget about the stone”, Hina says.
So In spite of warnings from his mother, he went ahead and brought the stone home
after 4 days of its discovery on 14th January 2010. He adds “only after I brought
the stone and kept it in a corner of my compound did I feel a sense of peace come
Although he had shown the picture of the stone to many, no clear cut idea emerged
as to what it was. He felt that may be it was divine intervention that he was the
one to find the stone and in the place that he had found it. So he arranged a small
gathering of learned elders, a local priest (Nyibu) and a hindu priest to assist
him with his quest. It was the hindu priest Shri Nantu Chakraborty of Dhemaji, Assam
who brought forward the theory that it was the image of a bird named Jatayu, a demi-god
in the epic, the Ramayana.
The story goes that Jatayu, a demi-god in the form of a vulture, tried to rescue
Sita by fighting valiantly with Ravana when he was on his way to Lanka after kidnapping
Sita. Jatayu was grievously injured in the fight when Ravana cut off his wings. He
fell on top of a rock but managed to stay alive and inform Rama about the whereabouts
of Sita. Lord Rama was thankful for the information and knew that the end was near
for the valiant bird and so helped him attain Moksha by giving him water from the
seven sacred rivers called Teerthas.
After hearing the story, Hina felt that it was auspicious that the stone with the
clear image of the bird was found in a river. He consulted with a Nyibu to divine
what was to be done. On the advice of the Nyibu, he constructed a shrine in a corner
of the courtyard of his residence at Airport Colony, Daporijo, enthroned the stone
there and offers daily prayers. Believers and the curious alike have visited the
shrine to offers prayers and verify the story.
“I initially poured water on it daily and now have kept it in a glass case filled
with water as the image is clearer in water and I didn’t want to deprive the stone
of a part of its natural environment- water”, says Hina.
Hiranand Jha, a hindu priest and pandit affirmed that it was the very image of God
that appeared on the stone and said that it was only the pious and fortunate who
got such an opportunity to serve God. He added that it was Hina’s good deeds in past
life that was being rewarded.
According to Dr. B. Paul, i/c District Research Officer who minutely examined the
stone, there is a clear marking of a bird in a sitting posture and it appears to
be a natural or geological phenomenon and not marked by any human agency.
It is an Act of Faith on Tagiam Hina’s part to give the stone such a loving home.
But can it also be seen as an Act of God to reaffirm his faith in mankind in this
age of non believers? Each of us has to question ourselves about what we believe
in, and fight like the valiant Jatayu against the forces of evil in this corrupt
Mr. Tagiam Hina and Pandit Hirananda Jha in the shrine made for the stone at Airport
Colony,Daporijo, Upper Subansiri.
The stone with a clear image of the demi-god Jatayu, who fought against Ravana in
the Ramayana. (The contributor is DIPRO, Upper Subansiri)
Backward area needs development: EKSWCO
ITANAGAR, May 21: While appreciating the East Kameng district administration for
its effort in beautification of Seppa town, the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural
Organisation (EKSWCO) has appealed the MLAs, panchayat leaders and civil societies
to take steps for road construction, medical facilities and posting of teachers in
backward areas like Sawa, Pipu, Ladu, Risu Krong and Pijeriang with the help of district
Judo Association appeals for sports quota
ITANAGAR May 21: Arunachal Judo Association (AJA) has sought the intervention of
Home Minister to direct Police department to conduct recruitment process for various
vacant posts against Sports quota.
The department did not initiate any recruitment process to fill the vacant posts
till date despite High Court direction, AJA said while demanding the department concerned
to recruit eligible candidates against those vacant posts as per govt order.
Abducted forester’s family waits for his safe return
Pune, May 21: It is almost over a week today since Vilas Bardekar, Joint Director
(Administration), of the Pune-based social forest directorate was abducted by suspected
National Democratic Front of Bodoland Militants in Arunachal Pradesh on May 13. Police
are still clueless about his whereabouts, said family members here today.
The telephone has been ringing continuously at the Bardekar family's residence ever
since friends and well-wishers heard about senior forest officer Bardekar's abduction
by suspected Bodo Militants from the Doimara area in Khellong reserve Forest.
Bardekar's wife Madhavi today told UNI that high-level talks have been mooted while
steps are being taken for his release by the Union Government and the state governments
of Maharashtra and Arunachal Pradesh.
The couple has a college going son and a school going daughter.
''We are hopeful that he will be back soon. The State and Central Government are
working to bring him back safe and sound as early as possible'', said Madhavi.
Bardekar was in the forest areas of Arunachal Pradesh for a study on butterflies
when he was abducted.
The Badekar family shifted to Pune a year ago. The family members are in a state
of shock after senior police officials from the north- east informed them about the
abduction. Badekar was on a month' s leave. He went to the north east on May 7 and
planned to return on May 15. The tour was to study the post doctoral aspects on butterflies,
Madhavi added. UNI
Public Notice against unauthorized constructions
BOMDILA: The D.C, West Kameng district issued a public notice against unauthorized
construction of houses along the sides of Nallahs and roads in and around Bomdila
township to immediately shift their houses and stop further constructions owing to
the vulnerability and likelihood of soil erosion /land slide/flashflood during the
rainy season which would endanger human life and cause the loss of properties.
ITANAGAR: The directorate of higher and technical education is going to conduct Joint
Entrance Examinaiton (JEE)-2010 for selection of candidates for admission in various
diploma and degree technical/professional courses at eight examination centers in
Capital Region on May 29 and 31 next. Altogether 7098 eligible candidates will appear
in the examination. The result shall be made available in the website <http://www.ap-dhte.nic.in/>
and also made available in directorate Notice board.
ITANAGAR: The Capping ceremony of the 24th batch of students of Ramakrishna Mission
Hospital School of Nursing will be held at Vivekananda Hall, Itanagar on May 29.
DGP Vimla Mehra has consented to be the chief guest, while Ramakrishna Mission, New
Delhi secretary Srimat Swami Shantatmanandaji Maharaj will preside over the ceremony.
NAHARLAGAN, May 21: All members of Buddhist communities residing in capital complex
are going to participate in a mass social service programme on May 23 at Vivek Vihar
Theraveda Buddhist Pagoda Complex and Siddhartha Vihar Buddhist Gompa respectively
to organize the ensuing Buddha Purnima in a befitting manner. This was stated by
C.R. Khampa, Buddha Jayanti Celebration Committee, Itanagar today.
Further a meeting to give final touch to the programme Buddha Purnima Celebration
shall be held in Siddharta Vihar Buddhist Gompa.
ITANAGAR, May 21: Takam Pipi and Tanyup Mize have been appointed as state BJYM secretary
and West Siang BJYM president respectively.
ITANAGAR, May 21: The youths of Dem village under Lower Subansiri district have congratulated
Sensei Likha Tara for being awarded highest level Karate Black Belt ranking (5th
Dan) by All India Karate-Do-Federation and 4th Dan by Nihon Shotukan Karate-Do- Federation
of Japan at Imphal, Manipur recently.