ITANAGAR, May 17: The Buddha Purnima day has turned out to be the most auspicious and important day in the life of Anshu Jamsenpa as she prayed with other climbing members for her 2nd Everest summit attempt.
She has already conquered world’s highest peak Mt Everest (29035 ft) and unfurled the Indian flag and Arunachal flag on May 11 at 7 am. Now she is once again at the Base Camp preparing for her second summit attempt. She was declared fit and in full form by the Everest health authorities on 16 May last.
If she succeeds then she will be the first women in the world to climb Mt. Everest twice in one season thus creating a world record in mountaineering. The other two women mountaineers who are also in the race to create the world record in the same category are two young girls from Nepal namely Miss Churin Sherpa and Miss Usha Bista. Till date the only mountaineer in the world who has made it to the top of Mt. Everest twice in one season is the legendary Apa Sherpa. However , no women mountaineer have ever tried this feat till date.
Anshu Jamsenpa, the young female mountaineer is the leader of International Everest Expedition 2011. Despite too much of risk involved in mountaineering expedition, she has still taken up the challenge of leading her 2nd climbing group to the summit of Mt. Everest.
Speaking from The Base Camp (17500 ft), Anshu Jamsenpa who is a stoic Buddhist follower hailing from Bomdila, said, I will give my best effort and leave the rest to the will of Lord Buddha. If I succeed it will bring name and fame not only to me and my family but also it will be a matter of pride for the whole state and the country.
DK Dinglow, Director State Sports & Youth Affairs Dept and Dr. KR Meetei, In-
Tsering Wange President AMASA and husband of Anshu Jamsenpa has requested all well wishers to pray for her well being and success in her 2nd everest summit attempt. He was optimistic that she would do it as she was fully trained and in full form. The only uncertainly was the unpredictable weather condition.
There has been three casualties on the slopes of Mt. Everest. An American, a Nepali and a Japanese mountaineer died while trying to climb the world’s highest peak from South Col side (Nepal) in the past two weeks .
ITANAGAR, May 17: Buddhist community in the state today celebrated the 2555th Budha
Jayanti to mark the birthday of Lord Buddha with religious fervor. At Deomali Buddhist
temple, people from all walks of life prayed for peace, especially in trouble-
Discourse on the teachings of Lord Budha by the venerable monk was also organised to mark the sacred day.
SDO G. Singpho, officers, public and students attended the programme.
In the whole of Tirap there is only one Buddhist temple which is in Deomali. At present there is one Bikshu to run the day to day affairs of the temple.
Buddha Jayanti was also observed at Namsai with various programmes.
A procession led by a group of about 15-
Lord Buddha was born on the Full Moon day in the month of Vaisakh in 563 BC. It is interesting to note that Buddha achieved enlightenment and nirvana (salvation) on the same day (the Full Moon day). Thus, Buddha Purnima also marks the death anniversary of Gautam Buddha.
ITANAGAR, May 17: Local MLA Techi Kaso has inaugurated a new village Kongkra Puttu in a simple function yesterday. Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pawan Kumar Sain was present on the occasion as guest of honour.
While responding to a public memorandum submitted by Taying Kuma, ASM, model village,
Naharlagun, Kaso assured that top priority will be given on the basic needs of the
villagers like electricity, water supply and road connectivity in the AOP 2011-
ITANAGAR, May 17: The Don Bosco relic during its world pilgrimage spent three days in the Itanagar, Naharlagun and Doimukh and has left for Palin via Ziro. The rousing welcome that Don Bosco received from various sections of people at Itanagar unfolded a series of religious, educational and cultural integrity.
The Relic of Don Bosco stayed for short durations at Catholic Church, Naharlagun, Catholic Church, Nyokum Lapang, Don Bosco College, Jully, Don Bosco School, Jully and Don Bosco School, Doimukh. The Don Bosco Relic which has been on a pilgrimage from January 2009 will move through over 130 countries and reach back to the Salesian International Headquarters in the last week of December 2015 to coincide with the 200th birth anniversary of Don Bosco.
Speaking at the reception function of Don Bosco relic here, Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, described Don Bosco as a great educator of young people. He said “Don Bosco had united young people of his times through his charisma. The same has happened with the Don Bosco relic in front of our eyes. The Don Bosco relic is a sign of unity. It has brought together people of different faiths and social and cultural backgrounds, he said.
Speaking about the multifarious activities of the Don Bosco Society, Lowangdong said, North East India owes a great deal to the Salesians of Don Bosco. He also exhorted all young people to imitate Don Bosco in his determination and the ability to face hardships and overcome them with courage and grit.
“Today what I am is due to Don Bosco and the education I received at the hands of the Salesians,” said the minister Chowna Mein at the reception function. Komoli Mossang, Chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, Honchun Ngandam, Minister and V K Dev, Commissioner Finance also present in ceremonial reception function.
Speaking on the occasion at Catholic Church, Capital Complex, Home Minister Tako Dabi exhorted all religious leaders to work for peace and unity and guide the people along the path of truth. “Religion is the only way to establish peace, unity and harmony,” Dabi said.
Speaking at the occasion, Taw Tebin, General Secretary, APCU, remembered fondly the
late Dorji Khanduji and the kindness he has shown to Christians in general and Don
Bosco in particular and wished that the new Chief Minister continue the trend set
by his predecessor. “We are constantly praying for peace and harmony and well-
In a review meeting held at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar, on the Relic Pilgrimage today, Michi Paku, President, Don Bosco Alumni, expressed the gratitude to everyone including police personnel, CRPF and media persons for their cooperation and support in making the visit of Don Bosco an event to remember. “I am deeply impressed by the way the traffic police and the CRPF collaborated with us,” said Paku.
Dr. Boni Amin Laskar
Mahseer is a very popular name for certain group of fishes. The mention of sport
with Mahseer fishing by fly bait from northeastern region of India is evidenced in
the famous book “The rods in India” by H. S. Thomas in 1873. Although, the word Mahseer
is still a vague; while it is mostly accepted that it might be the altered form of
the Persian ‘mahisher’ where ‘mahi’ means fish, and ‘sher’ means lion, certainly
referring to the fighting and sporting character. The amount of thrills and sport
involved in snaring Indian Mahseer has also been claimed superlative by many, like,
Lacy G. H. and Cretin E. in 1905 in “The Angler’s handbook for India”, and McDonald
A. Sr. J. in 1948 in “Circumventing the Mahseer and other sporting fish in India
and Burma”. Mahseer in general called as the most sought-
In India, there are 10 valid species of Mahseer; out of which 9 belong to genus Tor, and a solitary species under genus Neolissochilus. Possible presences of Mahseer in North East are Tor putitora, T. tor, T. progeneius, T. barakae, and Neolissochilus hexagonolepis. Among these, Tor barakae is a very recently discovered new species of Mahseer from River Barak in Manipur (Arunkumar and Basudha, 2003), while T. progeneius (McClelland 1839) the endemic Mahseer of Assam is considered endangered. Tor putitora (Golden) and Neolissochilus hexagonolepis (Chocolate) have also been facing threats in Indian waters; concurrently both the species have received the status of state fish of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland correspondingly.
The Mahseer fishes inhabit and reproduce in coldwater (temperature range of 10-
Thus, there are strict habitat requirement by Mahseer which comprises cold water
temperature, high level of dissolved oxygen, habitat heterogeneity with occurrence
In North East India, there are many river segments in the hills where the mighty
Mahseer are available. The record of Mahseer from North East India is much old when
the undivided Assam was regarded as the abode of mighty Mahseer by many authors during
the British colonial period. Subsequently, many authors have reported the availability
of 4/5 species of Mahseer in the region. Indeed, Assam is the type locality of endemic
Jungha Mahseer (Tor progeneius). But, in the present Assam, the Mahseer are propagating
only in the rivers in Dima-
In Arunachal Pradesh, many big rivers, like, Kameng, Subansiri, Kumey, Siyom, Siang, Dibang, Lohit, and Tirap have Mahseer. The checklist of fishes of Arunachal Pradesh by Bagra et al 2009, suggest the presence of 3 species of Mahseer, viz., Tor putitora, T. tor, and Neolissochilus hexagonolepis. In a recent survey in river Subansiri at Daporijo & Sippi confluence, and Siang at Siyom confluence, Boleng & Pasighat has reckoned the presence of Golden Mahseer (Tor putitora). There are various local names of the Golden Mahseer in different tribes in the state, viz., Gesik in Adi, Gassey in Galo, Ngochi/ Ngoi Talo in Nishi, Aaro in Idu Mishmi, etc.
Besides, an upland pristine lake in Lower Dibang Valley district named Mehao lake
is harbouring the introduced stock of Chocolate Mahseer. The stock has established
natural population in the lake since its introduction in 2004. This species was introduced
in to the lake as a trial to utilize the lake water for the long run conservation
of the important pride sport fish which is under threat in its natural distribution
in rivers. This important endeavour was accomplished by me, Mr. Azen Pujen, Mr. Ogo
Mena, Mr. Pardesi Sahani, and 3 more persons, and noble endorsement of Mr. D. Das
the then DFDO. This species is now thriving well in the water condition along with
the already established common carp (introduced) population. Moreover, the species
has utilized the ecological condition to exhibit natural breeding; resultant population
influx leaded to establish sustainable Chocolate Mahseer fishery in the lake. The
physical condition of ‘link-
In the context, I realize the need of short description of the lake. The Mehao Lake
is an upland lake bowled between 28°82 48.512 2 N and 95°562 9.332 2 E at an altitude
of 1778m above mean sea level. The lake comprised of two unequal segments both connected
through a ‘link-
The peripheral area of the lake also rarely contains soil. Mostly the undercut bedrocks, boulders and rocks form the periphery of the lake, due to which, roaming around the lake provide amusement to the visitors. There are much dense overhanging vegetation of trees, shrubs and creepers at almost 80% of the lake’s periphery. The lake water is very much clear, drinkable and safe for life. During daytime the transparency of the water is visible up to chest height of an average tall man. The upper surface of the lake water is total open and there is no any floating vegetation in the lake. The wind flows from the East to West direction creates webs on the water surface and agitation is continuously visible throughout the day except for few hours in the morning. During the silent state the lake becomes a mirror for the nearby snow covered mountain (winter season only) and surrounding jungle/ forest. The open blue sky during day time gives a beautiful colour to the lake water. Some wild animals drink the lake water which is evidenced from the observation of the presence of hoof marks near the lake water. The lake water is also a ground for some aquatic birds. The ducklings of some aquatic birds are visible during the month of February.
The water area of the important lake was studied by importing the toposheets in ILWIS 3.4 GIS platform, and the area was calculated from the digital polygon map. It confirmed that the lake covers water area of 95.27ha, with periphery of 4748.33m. The depth of the lake at a distance of 30m from shoreline was measured to be 10.4m; however, the maximum depth as recorded by the District Fishery Development Office is 65m. The lake water is very much clear, drinkable, and safe for life. During daytime, the light transparency of the water was measured up to 7.0m which provided the pristine clarity. The upper surface of the lake water is total open and there is no any floating vegetation in the lake.
In general, Mahseer populations in rivers have severely declined due to threat from habitat loss, destructive fishing likes poisoning, etc. Poisoning in river is increasing day by day. There are reports published in recent in many local news papers in northeast indicating the massacre deaths of various fish fauna in rivers due to large amount of poisoning in water by some groups of people. In this context, it is urgently needed to develop some strategic plan to protect the river ecosystems in general and the important Mahseer fishes in particular. One of the very important steps to prevent indiscriminate and destructive killing of fishes in river would be the promotion of water based tourism. It is one of the sectors where travel and amusement of the tourists are centered on activities like sport fishing (angling), swimming, boating, rafting, etc. emphasizing sustainability and conservation of aquatic diversities along with economic gain to the home people. In sport fishing, the fishes are caught and released immediately after enjoying the catch. Thus, a single specimen readily provides economic benefits in multiple times. Such practice of fishery based ecotourism provides economic benefits through employment for local communities in the form of fishing guide, boat man, watch man, etc., as well as earning of revenues through sales of license to organizing agencies/ entrepreneurs. Very importantly, the angling based ecotourism seeks to foster ethical behaviours that protect and sustain fish population, provide political support for clean water and local conservation initiatives, promote a respect for nature and natural settings, and encourage a stewardship ethic. Increasing the number of tourists at a fishing destination can maximize these benefits if fishing is approached from ecotourism standpoint.
As mentioned earlier, the northeastern states, particularly Arunachal Pradesh hold
potential water resources where the most prized sport fish called Mahseer can be
protected to attain good size that provide sufficient sports and thrills to suits
the demand of anglers. At present, the angling-
Author: Dr. Boni Amin Laskar Department of Biotechnology, Assam University, Silchar. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Association support union’s demand
ITANAGAR, May 17: All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte Tarak Langdi Youth Welfare Association (APCYGTLYWA) extended its support to the demands of All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte Tarak Langdi Students Union for regular and fullfledged headmaster and principal in Yangte Sec. School,Chambang Sec. School, Higher sec. School Palin and many Middle Schools of their region.
SSA teachers, who are not trained enough, are discharging thier duties as Headmaster incharges, the association said adding that they remain often absent from duties which greatly hampers the students academic career. It further said that some regular teachers are running the schools.
The goal of right to education can not be achieved without regular and fullfledged headmasters in the schools, the union said. It also demanded cancellation of recent illegal SSA teachers’ appointment and adequate basic school infrastructure in their area.
ITANAGAR, May 17: Satum Dochuk and Talin Mara have been appointed as president and general secretary of Upper Subansiri district unit of All Arunachal Youth Association (AAYA)
ANVYF demands arrest of TOI reporter
ITANAGAR: Hurt by the insulting report published in the Times of India (TOI) on-
ANVYF also demanded for immediate judicial inquiry into the report to clear all speculations and doubt revolving around the news item. It further demanded for constitution of high power committee to unearth the intension and mission of the said reporter.
While vehemently condemning the defamatory remark, All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU)
appealed to the people of the state to be united. It said that the wrong statement
made by the said reporter on a particular community can never make any impact on
DAYA supports demand for polytechnic at Dambuk
ITANAGAR: The Dibang Adi Youth Association (DAYA) extended its solidarity with Dibang Adi Students Union in its demand for polytechnic in Dambuk.
Advocating for decentralization and equal share of development activities, the Association said communication bottleneck should be considered as hindrance in establishing a polytechnic in Dambuk.
Further, the union demanded upgradation of SDO to ADC (independent) sub division for the convenience of Dambuk people who are unable to visit Roing during summer on official purpose.
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Poors are always at the
The violent agitation of the farmers at Uttar Pradesh proves, how bitter the citizens can get over the land issue. The tussle which led to the death of four people including two police men reveals the fact that in our democracy, the poor are always at the receiving end. The real profiteers are the politicians at the helm of affairs, who connive with the business sharks to make profit at the expense of the poor man's land and resource. Successive Governments across the country have facilitated the arbitrary acquisition of farmer's and tribal's land at throwaway price.
The forcefull acquisition entails the involvement of police force, who resorts to
brutal means on those asserting their right to fair and appropriate land compensation.
If we look closer, even the police men comes from poor families, who are duty-
Our state Govt. must learn a lesson from this incident and stop its appeasement policy towards the corporates. Its appalling to see their eagerness to lease out the native's jal, jungle and jameen to the corporates for the Hydro projects at meagre rates. They must realize that, today's generation is much more aware, discerning and assertive, who won't tolerate injustice. If such agitation can happen in Noida, it can happen here also, if the Govt. ignores the rightful demands of the native's.
Restore regular water supply
Humans being need three basic necessities – food, cloth and water for sustenance on this planet. By the turn of 21st century demand for water has grown tremendously in Itanagar due to fast sprouting urban populace.
Presently Itanagar is reeling under acute water shortage, but the concerned dept. is silent over the issue and common public bear the ultimate burden. In other words, we can say, govt. is not paying any heeds to people’s repeated request for smooth supply of water. Thank God! Some people have own well operated by electricity but what about for all those dwellers who depend solely on the supplied water for domestic consumption.
As water is the vital ingredient for household activities viz cleaning, washing, bathing, so no one will dare to live under shortage of water in this era of modernisation. It is my ströng appeal to PHED Dept. to provide regular water supply at the earliest.
There exists certain elements in the society
Kudos to Mr. Sumon Das for his letter "Tagore was a good poet but ... " (16 May)!
If Rabindranath Tagore was nothing but a mere "good poet", turned into "demigod"
by the Bengali-
So, Pranab Mukherjee, Manmohan Singh, Sharad Pawars should now work overtime to see
to it that Netaji, Bhagat Singh, Lokmanya Tilaks are also bestowed with the honour
of "Father of the Nation"! In the same vein we can arrive at the conclusion that
Sachin Tendulkar is a "good cricketer" turned "demigod" by the Marathi-
It is a matter of utmost shame that far from awarding due respect to the greats they genuinely deserve, there exists certain elements in the society who try to divide the country on racial lines and instigate one community against the other.
Conduct medical fitness test
We on behalf of all the selected candidates for the posts of Police Head Constable (T) and RT would like to highlight the following grievances.
The Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh had recruited 200 candidates for appointment to the
posts of Head Constables (T) and RT in December, 2010. The PHQ was in the process
of conducting the Medical Fitness Tests of the selected candidates during January
last but in the meanwhile, politics begin to play its dirty tricks. In the advertisement
of the recruitment, there was no mention of any district-
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