Dalai Lama inaugurates Khando Dawa Sangmo hospital
TAWANG, Nov 09: In 2003 during his visit to picturesque Tawang, His Holiness the
XIV Dalai Lama expressed his desire to have a Hospital with all facilities for the
people of the district. Today, he inaugurated the two-storied Khando Dawa Sangmo
Hospital’s Out Patient department unit with facilities few select hospitals in the
state can boast. Apart from X-Ray ECG, Ultrasound, and modern Lab facilities, the
hospital has a conference hall with all necessary audio-video aid.
“When you treat a patient you are giving a new life. So be dedicated in your profession”,
he said while maintaining that the relation between patient and doctor should be
Stressing on use of Ayurvedic and traditional medicine for curing many chronic diseases,
the Dalai Lama said that such medicines without any side effects were gaining renewed
Almost entire Tawang district pitched in to realise the desire of Dalai Lama. Nearby
villagers helped in the construction process, while the far ones contributed sands,
boulders and food items for the labour force.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu contributed Rs 90 Lacs while the local MLA Tsewang Dhondup
sanctioned Rs One cr from SPA SCA fund, former MPs Nabam Rebia and Kiren Rijiju contributed
Rs 15 and Rs 20 lacs respectively while the rest of the amount was raised from the
contribution by the local people.
The construction committee headed by the local MLA as chair and Dr N Namshum as the
member Secretary ensured that construction was completed on time and that there was
no resources crunch.
Now the task is on the state government to ensure that adequate human resources is
provided so that hospital runs as smooth as its creation.
Thousands throng to listen religious discourse of His Holiness
TAWANG, Nov 9: More than 25 thousand people today assembled at Yid-Gha Choezin Gompa
ground to listen to His Holiness Dalai Lama speak. Unmindful of biting cold, people
thronged to the ground as early as 4 Am.
He gave the teachings in Tibetan, which was translated into Monpa and Hindi languages.
The Dalai Lama called on his followers to have faith in religion they believe in
while adding that only clean heart and clear mind would lead to healthy action. He
further said that it is necessary for the Buddhism to embark on a new journey in
accordance with changing time without compromising on its basic teachings and ethics.
He said that mere rituals do not guarantee carrying forward the religion without
actually practicing its real teachings.
For people of the area, it was a lifetime opportunity.
Lama Podang, a teenaged monk of Tawang Monastery, said that listening to Dalai Lama’s
teach in person was an opportunity every Buddhist dream.
Lunten Tsering, a Brokpa who took out time from minding animals to listen to His
Holiness speak could hardly contain his emotion. “Tawang is blessed” is all he could
For the day, Shops were shut so were the schools.
Some five hundred volunteers drawn from Yuva Arunachal, Environmental Protection
Society and Indo-Tibetan Friendship Forum along with district administration led
by Gamli Padu and Police department, ensured that everything went smoothly.
These volunteers distributed the famed butter tea to the mammoth gathering!
Prior to the programe which started at 9.30 Am, the Dalai Lama blessed 1500 saplings
which was distributed to the devotees, thus carrying forward the massive plantation
programme which is already underway in the district.
AAPSU demands lasting solution to Indo-China border row
PM’s intervention sought on Chakma-Hajong issue
ITANAGAR, Nov 09: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) delegates led by
its President Takam Tatung arrived back to state capital this evening from Delhi
after they staged a 10 hours Dharna at Jantar Mantar on November 3 to protest against
China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh.
Addressing the media at Nagarlagun helipad this evening Tatung confirmed that AAPSU
will not retreat its demands and appealed the general masses to cooperate the union
to carry forward the demands and issues of the AAPSU for the cause of the state and
While informing about the memorandum submitted to Prime Minister of India during
their recent visit to Delhi, they appealed the Prime Minister to grant more package
to Arunachal Pradesh and apprised the Prime Minister about the India-China border
problems and condemned the aggressive posture of communist China‘s claim over Arunachal
Pradesh and term it as baseless and illogical which reflect the imperialist mentality
of Chinese regime.
It appealed the Prime Minister to find out a lasting solution to the India-China
border issue and also urged one and all to join their hand with AAPSU for the cause
of the nation by cutting across their political affiliation, castes and creeds to
defend the motherland.
However, AAPSU lamenting over the government of India in terms of low developmental
activities in the state said that there is feeling among the people, particularly
the youths and intellectuals that government of India is always guided by geopolitical
and strategic considerations while framing policies for the tribal’s of the frontier
state. Such attitude of the successive federal governments has led to under development
of the areas, which in turn resulted in to feeling of sense of alienation of the
It further said that state despite its immense strategic importance has very little
infrastructure, the road connectivity in the state is abysmally poor, education and
health services remains extremely backward, unemployment remains a huge issue in
the state, and despite wedged between three international borders Arunachal Pradesh
has no air port and industries.
It also apprised the Prime Minister about ‘non judicious utilization of 2400 core
Prime Minister’s package’ due to lack of accountability and transparency maintained
by the implementing agencies and bureaucratic delay in sanctioning scheme under
PM package, random allocation of Hydro Power Project by state government to private
firms without maintaining proper procedures and norms. They also demanded renaming
of Rajiv Gandhi University to Arunachal Rajiv Gandhi University, early solution to
militancy problem in Tirap and Changlang districts, creation of Arunachal Regiment.
Meanwhile, AAPSU appealed the PMO to look into the delay in construction and completion
of Green Field Airport at Karsingsa and to direct the state government to take up
the matter to all stake holders involved in this project on priority basis and make
this aerodrome operation within a year period. It further said the government of
India must ensure early completion of 8 advance landing grounds sanctioned this year.
The government of India must urgently review the Hydro Power policies adopted by
the state government and monitor the allocation of hydro power projects for the state
through Parliamentary standing committee to avoid any kind of catastrophe in future.
The government of Arunachal Pradesh in the last two years has executed numbers of
memorandum of understanding vis a vis agreements with many private companies and
government of India undertakings to tap the huge hydro power potentials in the state.
However, it is not known whether state government have framed necessary policies
to protect its ecology, water resources, natural resources forest, wild life and
relief and rehabilitation of the project affected people while executing the Mega
hydro power projects in the state, it added.
AAPSU further alleged that the subsequent Chief Minister of the state has not made
any effort to make out a permanent solution to border imbroglio between Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh and for the reason that people of Arunachal Pradesh are facing many folds
miseries and atrocities at the hands of Assam government and its officials supported
by its armed forces. Though the matter is pending in the Supreme Court of India the
PMO office shall have to look into the whole issue for an early solution to this
long pending boundary impasse between the two states in the greater interest of the
Seeking the Prime Minister’s intervention for early solution in Chakma and Hajong
refugee problems in Arunachal Pradesh and their early deportation from the state,
AAPSU expressed distressed at the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission,
the Supreme Court of India, the Election Commission of India and other central agencies
for putting pressures on the state government to consider the foreign refugees for
granting India citizenships despite fully knowing the facts that the popular Aruanchalis
opinion has been consistently in favour of the removal of the refugees from the state,
who are likely to out number the local tribal populace, destroying the demographic
pattern, creating ecological and environmental imbalances.
First Lady calls for preservation of cultural heritage,emphasizes on economic package
ITANAGAR, Nov 9: The folk dances reflect the traditional life of the people, which
pervades and reflects the community, its histories, religion, mythologies, legends,
proverbs, children song and riddles, said state First Lady Anupama Singh, while
inaugurating the four-day cultural carnival, Arunachal Lok Mahotsav at Art & culture
Complex, Naharlagun this afternoon today. Stressing on its preservation and promotion,
Singh appealed to the elders of the society, Goan Burahs, intellectuals and the children
to take utmost interest in it. She expressed her dismay that today the younger generation
are not interested in the heritage handed down from generations to generations. Singh
pointed, folk dances are our identity. It exudes our ethnic roots and tells us about
our traditional values so that we don’t lose touch with our roots.
On the rich culture heritage of the state, Singh said, Arunachal Pradesh is not only
rich in biodiversity but also rich in ethnic and cultural diversity.
We have Mangbuong dances of Noctes to Deer and Yak pantomimes of Monpas. We have
ponungs of Adi and Buiya dance of Digaru
Mishmis. Among all its 26 major tribes and more than 100 sub-tribes, it has distinct
and varied cultures with a strong tradition of art and music. Almost every festival
of our State is celebrated with a folk dance, making the dance form an integral part
of our culture.
Citing its benefits other then carrying forward the cultural asset, Singh saw the
economic benefit through it. She pointed every folk dance has its own specific costume
and jewelry. Hence, it indirectly promotes our cottage industries and also helps
in financial empowerment amongst womenfolk, as it is the ladies who weave Gale to
Galuk, Jellang to Alipudung.
Urging upon the department of Art and Culture to sponsor folk music, dance and drama
festivals, conduct seminars, conferences and encourage regional cultural festivals
in the future, State First Lady also called for training institutes.
Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Singh, who is always concerned about the artisans,
most of whom come from rural areas pointed the need for sustainable economic package
for them along with promotion of their art and culture.
Singh appreciated the organizers for organizing the festival, which she hope will,
not only be entertaining but very educative for the participants and as well to the
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. O.P. Bharati, Deputy secretary, Sangeet Natak Academi,
North East Council, Shillong said, the Sangeet Natak Academi, Shillong in it effort
to promote tribal culture, has organized in all the states of North East except Assam
in its short span of establishment. It aims to develop the different cultures of
the region through interactions and cultural festivals.
Earlier, Director of department of Art and Culture, Government of Aruanchal Pradesh,
in his welcome address said, through the festival, we aim to promote our cultural
heritage. His Deputy, J. Siram, who also spoke on the occasion, expressed gratitude
to the district administration of the districts, departments and Sangeet Natak Academi
for facilitating the conduction of the Arunachal Lok Mahotsav.
The colourful cultural carnival started with light of the ceremonial lamp by the
chief guest and other dignitaries, which was followed by presentation of Sapholo
Dance of Tangsa and Oriah dance of Wangchos.
Hongam dance of Galo, Egu dance of Idu Mishmi, Yakjom dance of Adis and Ajilhamu
dance of Sherdukpen were also presented on the first night of the festival.
The four-day festival includes three sessions of seminars on indigenous culture,
dances and music, interactions and discussions.
Along with it, there will be culture presentation of different tribes of the State
and outsides. Eminent film personalities and research scholars, including Tashi Tsomu
of Arunachal Pradesh are participating along with reputed artists from Chhattisgarh,
Manipur, Sikkim and Mizoram. PRO to CM
Governor to give away Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award
ITANAGAR, Oct 09: Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh would give away the Nirmal Gram Puraskar
Award to Gram Panchayats in a glittering ceremony being organized for the first time
by the Public Health Engineering department, Govt of Arunachal at Itanagar on Nov
The NGP award carries citation, memento and price money depending upon the population
under the respective panchayat body.
The main aim of the NGP award is to give a fillip to Total Sanitation Campaign which
was launched during 1999 to bring about an improvement in general quality of life
in rural areas.
Apart from the PRIs, the award is also given to persons and institutions which have
exceptional contribution in promotion of sanitary habits in rural areas. However,
as per the criteria for the award all houses in a particular area should have access
to sanitary toilets, the school and Aganwadis in the GP should have access to toilet
facility, it is free from open defecation and on maintaining clean environment.
It may be mentioned here that two Gram Panchayats, namely, Kaba and Kaisu of Lohit
district were conferred NGP Award by the President of India at New Delhi during
2007. Thereafter, four Gram Panchayats of Lower Subansiri district were honoured
with NGP Award by President of India in a award giving ceremony at Guwahati in
All India Cooperative Week
ITANAGAR, Nov 09: Along with the other states of the country, the Arunachal Pradesh
State Cooperative Union (APSCU) is going to celebrated the 56th All India Cooperative
Week” under the theme “Cooperative as an Efficient Business Model in Global Economic
slow-down” from Nov 14.
Various organizations including Apex Bank, Consumer Federation, Agro-Marketing Federation
and Women Cooperative Society, Naharlagun are expected to deliver lecturers on Sub-themes
during the week-long celebration.
The inaugural function of the celebration being organized under the aegis of the
National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) would be held at AP State Coop Union,
Conference Hall, Polo Colony, Naharlagun on Nov 14, while valedictory function
would be held at same venue on Nov 20.
Many dignitaries including ministers and MLAs are expected to attend both the inaugural
and valedictory functions.
DNGC says no to donation
ITANAGAR, Nov 09: Students’ Union Dera Natung government College, Itanagar General
Secretary appealed the business community, public leaders and well wishers not to
entertain donation to any individual and groups in the name of DNGC, Itanagar without
consultation from principal and general secretary of the college.
ITANAGAR, Nov 09: Arunachal Pradesh Urban Development Employees Association of Jawaharlal
Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme have been formed with Er Sunil Tok and
Er Rimo Taba as interim president and general secretary in a meeting held today.
Release fund for anti-erosion works
ITANAGAR, Nov.9: Pare Project Downstream Welfare Committee (PPDWC) in a meeting held
on Sunday resolved that the fund for the 2nd anti-erosion work scheme on Down Stream
of Pare Project by NEEPCO should be released on or before Nov 25 next.
According to resolution passed, committee has also asked NEEPCO officials to intimidate
them of all information about the 2nd phase anti-erosion work.
Meanwhile Jampa Village Welfare Association (JVWA) has lodged complaint against
Project Head of Pare Project, NEEPCO, Doimukh for not implementing the clauses 29
and 38 of the MoU signed between state government and NEEPCO. Under clause 29
of the MoU, NEEPCO had promised to recruit all group ‘C’ and ‘D’ employee from the
area affected by project, the association claimed in a letter to Papum Pare DC, and
resented that till now none of the person from area has been employed by the NEEPCO
and have duly requested authority to respect MoU.
Stating that the villagers are desparately waiting for the rehabilitation process
to take place soon under clause 38 of the MoU, the Association threatened to launch
democractic movement if their 2-points demand are not fulfilled.
Students’ bodies lauded
ITANAGAR, Nov.9: Nyapin, Sangram, Phassang Students Union (NSPSU) has extended their
sincere thanks to AAPSU, ANSU, ALSU and civil society for extending support to the
demand for immediate action against ITBP personnel involved in the Seppa firing
incident where an IRBn jawan Tako Tagak was killed. Tagak was allegedly killed
by ITBP jawan last month during election duty following altercation between two groups
of uniform men.
In a press release issued by the Tadar Teli president of Union, they had requested
the state government to arrest the accused ITBP personnel immediately and make sure
that Arunachal don’t have to face situation like Manipur and Nagaland, where security
forces has always been accused of violating human rights.
BS&G observes flag day
ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Bharat Scouts and Guides, SHQs, Polo Colony, Naharlagun observed
Flag day to mark its foundation day on November seven.
Attending the function, Governor JJ Singh lauded the role played by scouts and guides.
While asking the members to stop using plastic, he advised them to plant more trees
to save the mother earth. He also presented pens to all the members.
BP Gupta, SOC (Scouts) highlighted the significance of the day.
The participants and staff of regional trainers and HWB holders also observed the
day by organizing all faith prayer and oath taking ceremony.
Meanwhile, the four days course for the regional trainers and Himalaya Wood Badge
holders was organized at BS&G Hqs, Polo Colony concluded on November seven. Altogether
forty-four participants including staff from Assam, Nagaland, Tripura and host state
Arunachal Pradesh attended the course. Detailed discussion on the chances, aims,
policy, rules, organizations and awards like Prime Minister’s Shield, Uprashtrapati
and Lakshmi Mazumdar awards were held.
APST service demanded
ITANAGAR: ZPM Nari-Seren Anchal Block, East Saing District in a letter highlighting
the grievances of people of the area over nonplying of to and fro APSTS from Nari
to Itanagar appealed the General Manager Transport to sanction regular Itanagar-Nari
APSTS bus services.
CoSAAP hopes rapid development
ITANAGAR: AWC, CoSAAP welcoming the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu-led new Govt, appealed
the Govt to take care of its employees’ welfare. The Confederation hopes that the
CM and his council of ministers would make Arunachal a model state in the country.