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Parents relive tragedy as they shift remains to a new site

Utpal Boruah

Itanagar, Apr 4: Parents of children who died in a devastating fire tragedy at  Palin Hostel in Feb, relived the tragedy when the tiny bodies were shifted to a new site yesterday. Holy Angel Hostel, which housed about 60 students of Don Bosco School, was reduced to ashes on February 10, burning ten children alive and injuring 14.

After the incident, infuriated parents buried the bodies in the school campus the next day, besides damaging the school building, compelling the school authorities to close down the institution indefinitely.

Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, accompanied by Palin MLA Takam Tagar, Tali MLA Markio Tado and Kurung Kumey SP Apang Tamut yesterday visited Palin when the graves were being shifted. Addressing the aggrieved parents, the MP urged them to maintain peace and to create a conducive atmosphere for the benefit of all.

Conveying the state government decision to accept all the demands of the High Powered Committee HPC, Sanjoy informed that the government had announced payment of Rs ten thousand each to the fifty students of the hostel who have lost their belongings in the inferno.

Tagar also announced payment of Rs five lakh from his MLA local area development fund to the school management for the loss incurred.

With the shifting of the bodies, the stalemate over re-opening of Don Bosco School at Palin has been solved.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who air dashed to Palin on February 12, announced ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh, besides ordering constitution of a high powered committee (HPC) headed by Education Minister Bosiram Siram to prepare a report.

After parleys with the bereaved families, locals and Don Bosco authorities, the HPC recently submitted its report with eight recommendations to the state government.

The committee in its report recommended creation of 10 Group D posts in Kurung Kumey district under various departments to accommodate one nominee each from the 10 bereaved families.

Besides providing employment to the victim families to compensate the loss, the committee sought financial assistance of Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured students from the fund already provided to the Palin ADC.

The Committee has recommended that an 'impressive' memorial tower be constructed at the site in memory of the fire victims. It urged the department concerned to sanction funds for the same immediately.

Taking into account the losses incurred by the Don Bosco School in the repercussion by aggrieved people of the area immediately after the accident,

 the Committee has recommended to compensate it in order to bail out the non-government organisation.

Portions of the school as well as hostel buildings and several vehicles of the Don Bosco were damaged by irate mob as an aftermath of the accident.

The Committee submitted that a one-time amount of Rs 10 lakh be granted to the school authorities to mitigate the loss and repair the damaged vehicles.

The mystery of the unknown hero, who saved several lives from the  inferno while sacrificing his, has also intrigued the HPC. In its report, the Committee has recommended a gallantry award for the student posthumously and urged the magisterial enquiry team to find out the identity of the unknown hero so that he or she could be befittingly awarded and remembered by the people.

Further, the Committee urged the magisterial team to expedite its inquiry to unearth the causes of the fire accident. It, however, placed that an agreement may be signed between the aggrieved parents, school authorities and the state government to prevent any further repercussions on the issue that may again affect running of the school.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh also sanctioned Rs 34 lakh, including Rs 14 lakh for the injured.

Kudos to JAC


Dear Editor,

Kudos to JAC of Lohit district for crackdown on drug abuse though it is bit late. But it’s better late than never! This problem has taken its toll in many districts. Even district adjacent to Lohit are being affected by it and is spreading day by day. Civil Societies need to give a serious thought on it. We still have time in hand to prevent it.


Kebali, L/Dibang Valley (on e-mail)



Vegetable vendors refuse to abide by DA price

ITANAGAR, Apr 4: Even after the District Administration fixed the rates of essential commodities to arrest exorbitant prices, citizens are being forced to dish out substantial amount as the vegetable vendors refuse to sell vegetables at the price fixed.

Take it or leave it is the policy adopted by the vendors as they continue to dictate the price.

In all the markets, almost all the vegetables are being sold at double the price completely undermining the rate fixed by district administration. To take an example, Bitter Gourd which is fixed at Rs 15 in Itanagar by the District Administration is being sold twice its fixed rate.

“We will stop bringing vegetables to the market if they force the price on us” said a vendor.

Most fishes and vegetable items have vanished from the market after the prices were fixed as the vendors are not happy with the profit they are making.  “If we are not allowed to sell vegetables and fish at the price we choose, very soon there will be nothing in the market”, a vendor told this daily.

A buyer, armed with the price list issued by district administration had a harrowing time as the seller refused to sell him any vegetable according to the price list.

Exasperated, he had to abide by the price dictated by the vendor.  Now it is on the citizens and bazaar committees and district administration to ensure that price fixed for essential items is actually respected by the vegetable vendors!


Two arrested for cheating

ITANAGAR, Apr 4: A shocking case of cheating was revealed when a joint team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) and All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) risking their own life apprehended two imposters at Banderdewa today.

Ratan Biswas, 21, of Soaguri village in Sonitpur district of Assam, a driver by profession, and Robiqul Islam, 30, of Somapur in North Lakhimpur district, who is a mason - were deceiving numerous Arunachalees in the last few months by enticing them with the offer to double their money. With articulate planning and bizarre techniques, duo could convince people about their ability to make new currency on their own. They allegedly duped many people of their hard earned money running up to lakhs.

One of the accused, Islam, who has good knowledge of Itanagar and its adjoining areas as he had been working here for many years looked for potential victims for which he took hefty commission. According to city police, a case has been registered in this regard and duo will be produced in the court tomorrow.

The whole episode came to light after one of the victims’ relatives approached the two student bodies. Accordingly, a trap was laid for them near PTC Banderdewa.

When they arrived at the location student bodies managed to apprehend the duo and handed them over to city police officials in Naharlagun.   

Their technique of duping people though quite simple was quite wacky. They would take one currency and drop few drops of liquid using a syringe. Then currency could be rubbed and rolled with a white paper and placed inside a bag. After a while, they would take out original notes hidden somewhere in the bag and show it to the victims. Their well planned modus operandi even fooled many educated persons.

The student bodies have expressed shock over how innocent local denizens are being cheated by people from other states. APPDSU which off late has been highlighting border issues and illegal migration have pledged to intensify their move of driving out those laborers working without valid documents in capital complex and Papum Pare district in general. Further APPDSU has requested all the citizens of capital city to help them in their endeavor to make capital complex crime free zone by forcing out illegal immigrants who often have been found indulging in criminal activities.


DU team pay homage to Lummer Dai

ITANAGAR, Apr 4: On the eve of 8th death anniversary of Lummer Dai, the Assamese literary luminary, a 10-member team from Assam’s Dibrugarh University today visited ‘Punya Sthal’, late Dai’s graveyard at latter’s Prem Nagar, Naharlagun residential complex, to pay their reverence to the great novelist.

Recipient of prestigious Sitanath Brahmachaudhury Memorial Award, presented by the Asom Sahitya Sabha, late Dai, regarded as the ‘father of journalism’ in Arunachal, was more familiar to Assam than his native state for his literary contributions in the form of all-time famous novels—‘Prithivir Hanhi’, ‘Paharar Sille Sille’, ‘Mon Aaru Mon’ and ‘Konyar Mulya’.

Although he had made Arunachal proud but his contributions were yet to be recognized. As an Editor of Echo of Arunachal, the first daily from the state, his contributions for the socio-economic development of the state were priceless.

He breathed his last in Guwahati-based Down Town Hospital on April 5, 2002.

The DU team, headed by Dr Pallavi Deka Buzarbaruah, a research scholar and reader, Deptt of Assamese, DU and Jadav Ch Sarma (both central executive members of Asom Sahitya Sabha), was in the town as part of their academic activities with eight of them (all students) doing research on the literary field.

Nanni Dai, widow of late Dai and currently the Editor of EoA, received the DU scholars’ team and guided them to the Punya Sthal of the evergreen novelist of the NE region where they on behalf of the ASS paid homage to late Dai and prayed for eternal peace of his departed soul.

Tomorrow, the bereaved family members of late Dai will pay him homage at a simple memorial function.


TDF reaches out to migrant workers

ITANAGAR, Apr 4: The Tribal Development Foundation (TDF), implementing T.I. Project on HIV/AIDS for migrant populations in East Siang District being sponsored by the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) under NACP-III conducted Outreach Clinical Service-cum-Street Theatre at Shantivan Tea Estate, Lingka near Ruksin today.

More than three hundred  migrants were registered and many were referred to ICTC for HIV test. Large number of condoms and IEC materials were distributed with a clear message for correct and consistence use of condom which protects HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Besides HIV/AIDS, the prevention and early treatment for STIs/RTIs was also imparted to the participants. The Project Coordinator, John Panyang informed while counseling the migrants that 153 HIV positive cases have been detected till Feb’ 2010 out of one lakh tests throughout the state with the first being detected way back in 1998. He further made it clear that we need to join hands with all the target communities and stake holders to combat AIDS. A change in attitude on stigma, discrimination and denial is required to fight against HIV/AIDS, he said.


AAPSU calls on govt to come clean on recruitment of Arunachal Scouts

ITANAGAR, Apr 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union has urged the State government to come clear on the recruitment policy for Arunachal Scout.

In a press statement today, AAPSU president Takam Tatung said that many days have passed since the Centre nodded for the Arunachal Scout but the State government is yet to come up with any concrete recruitment policy.

He called for a gazette notification on the recruitment policy and to come clear on the guidelines before going ahead with the recruitment to avoid future complicacy.

Advocating for 100% recruitment of youths from Arunachal only, he said that Arunachalee youths are born athlete, agile, and well acquainted with the terrains of Arunachal which will help in achieving the very goal of raising Arunachal Scout.

The AAPSU leaders also stated that, in no way, it will tolerate recruitment process being carried outside the State.

“The common cry of unemployment problem will be assuaged at optimum level if the growing numbers of youths are engaged in Arunachal Scout”, Tatung added. The AAPSU leaders also hailed both the State and Union government’s decision in approving the Arunachal Scout.

Meanwhile, AAPSU has reminded the State government on the fate of its 15 point charter of demands submitted to them on earlier occasion. On February 15 last, the Union reminded the government to fulfill their demands and set 2 months deadline. “How many of our demands have been materialized by the government. We will like to know before second week of this month”, Tatung reminded.


Army Adventure Wing, Raiwala wins 7th National Rafting Championship

YINGKIONG, Apr 4: Army Adventure Wing (AAW), Raiwala won the  Champion’s Trophy at the 7th National Rafting Championship which was held at Mighty Siang in Upper Siang. AAW Nimu were the first runners up. The AAW Belgum received the 2nd runners up trophy.

AAW Raiwala won the Head to Head and Down River Race (Marathon) while BSF team won the Slalom category.

While taking part in the concluding day of the event here today,  Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh said that Mighty Siang River offer great prospects, challenges and opportunities. This Championship has given a window to the potentials of the region to the world to see.

Congratulating the organizers, Indian Rafting Foundation, New Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association and Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and the people of Yingkiong for hoisting the all important sporting and the participants, Gen Singh expressed the hope that the championship will herald many more such national and international adventure sporting events in the State.

Gen Singh, took part in the rafting in the most treacherous part of the river, climbing huge rapids and taxing swiftness current. Underscoring the importance of horticulture in the region, the Governor said, the whole region has been the place for best of the horticulture produce. We just need a proper marketing blueprint and the Government is doing it. He appealed to the people, especially the farmers, young entrepreneurs and Goan Burahs to go for horticulture farming as a means of financial empowerment and emphasized on organic methods.  Outlining the importance of entrepreneurship amongst the youths in art and craft sector, Gen Singh said, the tribal people have the gifted talent in handicraft and handloom. The craftsmanship amongst our artisans is marvelous. You just needs to put on little bit of hard work and spirit of entrepreneurship among you to excel in life, he said.

As always, the Governor reiterated his appeal to the Goan Burahs, the youths and denizens for clean and green Arunachal.

State First lady Anupama Singh, Local MLA Alo Libang, Parliamentary Secretary JK Panggeng, MLA, hosts of officials from Tourism, district administration and others were present on the occasion.

Nine teams came to participate in the tournament, which had Glenn Merrick, trainer cum International observer from Australia, Ms Sharron French, chief judge from French and Championship Director Takacs Gyula from Hungary. Rum Bahadur Gurung from Nepal and Tsering Chotak from Ladhak were there to see the safety part.

AK Singh, Director Tourism said that the district administration led by Pawan Sain, Deputy Commissioner and people of Yingkiong contributed a lot in the successful conduct of the first ever national rafting competition, which was initiated by the Governor. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)


CM, Governor, GWS greets on Mopin

ITANAGAR, Apr 4: The Chief Minister and Governor have wished the people of state on the occasion of Mopin Festival. The colourful festivals of the Galos will start on Monday.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in his message said “we have been blessed with beautiful nature and Mopin is one such means to express our gratitude to the almighty”.

“I, on this auspicious occasion, join the members of Galo Society in their prayers to “Pinku Pinte”, to bless each one of us with peace prosperity, sound health and bumper harvest in the years to come” the message further added.

The Governor expressed the hope that socio-religious and agricultural festival further strengthens the bonds amongst our people and brings peace and prosperity in the State. “It is my firm belief that the festival will be a unique opportunity for the people to witness the colourful, vibrant and cultural mosaic of the State and also go a long way in preserving and promoting our age-old traditions and heritage” he added.

 On this auspicious occasion, I offer my prayers to Almighty Donyi-Polo and Ane Mopin to bless each one of us with their choicest blessings. The President, Galo Welfare Society (GWS), Jarjum Gamlin Ete in her Mopin message, appealed everyone to join her in praying to Mopin Goddess and the twin sisters - Pingku-Pinte to bless humanity with better understanding of Nature and its ways so that people can live in happiness and contentment and in good health, without having to impinge on each other's spaces  or to plunder nature and its riches, to revive the values and ancestral knowledge system of our tribes and all that has always sustained our lives and  communities and all the positive practices and beliefs that have always set apart our tribal world

Let us live our lives in such a way that we leave behind a better world for our unborn generations, she added.

Meanwhile, the Central Mopin Celebration Committee Aalo would felicitate Late Tadak Gara and Kartum Lomi in recognition of their contributions in the field of Culture.


Life is not the same again

Utpal Boruah

Palin, Apr 4: Her wet eyes speak volumes of the loss she incurred to the cruel jaws of death.

Despite her best efforts to come out of the shock, the memory of her son who was burnt alive on February 10 fire incident in a private hostel at palin, still haunts her often.

Kyoda Mania, the simple lady in her mid 30 s could not think twice of the scene how her sons smouldering body was lying amidst ashes and smelt of burnt human flesh after the inferno reduced the hostel into ashes.

''He was  dearest among my three children. I still cannot  forget the incident which snatched away my son,'' Mrs Mania  said giving her best efforts to control her tears.

Kyoda Masa a six-year-old boy was among the ten kids who were burnt alive in the devastating fire of February 10 at Holy Angel hostel at Palin in Kurung Kumey district. Mrs Mania who was sitting in the Donbosco school campus  yesterday wailed when the remnants of her sons body was lifted from one of the seven graveyard at the school playground to be buried in a new site.

An atmosphere of grief descended in the school campus while wails of aggrieved parents coupled with sounds of spades and hammers used for removing the graves, rent the air.

Seven bundles presumed to be the bodies of the dead children, wrapped in white drapes were later buried in the site of the fire accident, where the state government is going to construct a memorial soon.

''Lord Jesus could have punished me instead of my son if I had committed any mistake,'' the aggrieved mother commented in a broken voice.

For Mrs Mania it was unbearable to see her sons remnants again after two months of burial. She was sitting besides the white bundle covered with flowers while smell of rotten human flesh engulf the school campus.

Grief-stricken parents of the other dead children namely Takam Guna, Takam Punglu, Techi Teresa, Techi Yasin, Goda Sonam and Yumdo Gogi too could not express their sentiments as well.

''We the fathers can survive such shock but it is impossible for the mothers to witness such scene,'' commented Yumdo Natung and Techi Taying fathers of Yumdo Gogi and Techi Yasin.


Transporters meet

ITANAGAR, Apr 4:  A meeting of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) was recently held at Aalo circuit house under the chairmanship of Takar Goi, chairman (AAPPTF) and secretary general Dobing Liyak. During the meeting all the federal unit of West Siang district participated and discussed about various problems faced by them.

As the result of meeting a new team under banner of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation, West Siang district was formed. Further Gego Doje, Jumjo Ete and Nyamo Bagra were appointed president, vice-president and general secretary of newly formed unit.


APLS literary sitting held

ITANAGAR, Apr 4: True to its object of encouraging the established and upcoming writers to hone their skills in the field, the 11th sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) here at JN State Museum today served a great platform to a select group of new comers to establish their literary might in presence of a galaxy of literary figures, including Y D Thongchi, who also happens to be the chairman of APLS.

Tai Tugung of RGU, besides reading out a poem, rehearsed a drama, ‘Lapya’ quite radiantly, winning the hearts of those present, while Tugung’s accomplices Doge Ngomdir and Tari Sindik also recited self-composed poems.

Presided over by Thongchi, the session also witnessed Tokong Pertin narrating an article titled ‘No. 13’, R N Koley reading out a mini story on Adi social life, ‘Aponjon’, and three others Padmawati Ongong, Ajanta and Jamuna Bini reciting their literary creations.


Kidzee kids celebrate annual day

ITANAGAR, Apr 4: Tiny-tots of the Kidzee Smart Kids Pre-school here at H Sector yesterday celebrated their first Annual Day since inception of the school last year. All the 30 kids of the school presented several dance items and rendered nursery rhymes to the awe of the parents, who joined the celebration to encourage their kids as well as the management.

The event that stole the limelight of the celebration was a puppet show conducted, played and performed by the kids.

According to the pre-school management, the celebration would be a part of school curricula annually mainly to do away with the stage-phobia in kids.

“It’s difficult to make kids perform on stage before an audience but our kids did well. They made their parents proud and us happy,” the management added.  


Mobile tower

ITANAGAR, Apr 4: All Taliha-Paying Area Collegian Forum demanded the BSNL authority to immediately erect and make functional the half-constructed mobile phone tower at Taliha to bring Taliha and Paying area under its network.

The forum said that BSNL authority had undertaken the construction work last year but erection of the tower is left unfinished despite repeated pleas.


Thy say so to – Luminous Lummer Dai

(A compilation note)

Tokong Pertin

When an Adi warrior is seen in his full war attire, the first to catch the eyes is the headgear-the Dumlup or specifically (Dumlup+aro) ‘Lupro’. Decorated with one or two wild boar tasks on the fore-front or frontal sides called ‘Rayi’, a bear skin and with the fur intact, tied from side to side overhead called ‘Lummer’ and blood red Yak tail called “Baaling” (Aabang+Ya+ling = Baaling) on the back side. The Lupro protects the warrior from a flying poisonous arrow or a chop of a sharp sword. When it is used in entertainment or on festivities, a hornbill beak is also tied on the forehead as decoration. ‘Lupmer’ makes the warrior appear more smart and ferocious.

However, when we speak the Adi language, the voiced consonants become voiceless consonants and vice-versa. Therefore, the consonants ‘P’ and ‘B’ becomes ‘M’ while in speech. So the ‘Lupmer’ is pronounced as “Lummer”.

Yes, I thinking and talking of my Pai (Youngest paternal uncle), Lummer Dai, whose parents Jobu Dai and mother Komsak Dai were probably proud of having begot with a male child and loved him as a decorative piece in the thinly populated Dai clan at Siluk village. They, therefore, named him as Lummer or the decorative piece on the hat or the feather on the hat. He proved worthy of his name as he was the only school going boy from among the children of the Dai clan of Siluk village in those days.1

Lummer Dai was a born writer who started writing from his childhood school days. At the time when Lummer Dai started writing, Assamese was the medium of instruction in the schools of the then NEFA and being the language spoken by native people Assam, with whom the different tribes of the then NEFA had more access than other communities, naturally it was a lingua-franca for verbal exchange amongst different tribes of NEFA which continued upto even present day although use of Assamese language is diminishing day by day with Hindi replacing it fast. As Assamese was read and spoken in the Schools the teachers of those days encouraged student to write articles, poems, fictions and even drama’s in Assamese.2

Daiji’s capabilities as a writer, be it in Assamese or English, was unique, authentic and extremely original. Though much have been written in this regard words are not enough to describe it to its fullest glory. We in Echo of Arunachal strive hard to keep up to the great man’s reputation though it is hard showing a candle to the sun. His place can never be replaced. We feel gratified for working, learning and blooming under his stewardship.3

He was simple to the core, gentle and soft spoken for; he was a soul with a difference, a creative spirituality free from moral outrages. He was Lummer Dai, more popular in undivided Assam than his own state, Arunachal Pradesh. His life can be seen and understood as a succession of divergent problems, which are inevitably countered and have to be coped with same way. They are refractory to mere logic and discursive reason, and constitute, as it were, a strain-and-stretch apparatus developed the whole man that means to develop man’s supra-logical faculties.4

I was fascinated by Lummer Dai’s achievement memorable- because he not only wrote a novel and published it, but his name was already known to the reading public, so widely popular became his book. Think of the bravery of a young writer, still in his teens, jostling with mature and established writers for a place in the sun in a language not naturally his own, yet adopting and mastering it like a natural born. His dexterity in handling an inventive prose in simple, economic expression and his ability to weave an attractive story with distinctive characters drawn from an ethnic society in motion show how keen was his observation. Perhaps his success in impressing a variety of readers lies in this ability.5

Unpretentious and unexcitable personality, Dai used to talk in writing. He put his thinking in his words. Each of lines that rolls out his ADD Gel pen carried a decibel thousands time than words he utters. That is why he was a powerful writer. He believed his editorials made difference and influenced government policies. His knowledge of history and anecdotes was, of course, amazing. He would never forget to relate a current happening with the history, which was often reflected in his editorials. At 62 years, Dai’s err spotting caliber made me wonders what might have been his memory when he was young. And his arguments wee well reasoned and disarmingly convincing. A sincere, intelligent and simple personality, since his childhood, late Dai loved works. He died working.6

The simple village boy, Lummer Dai, became a celebrity in the Assamese literary circle. With the publication of ‘Koinar Mulya’ or ‘Bride Price’, Dai began to be counted with the best in the business of those times. It was not surprising that Assam Sahitya Sabha did not take too long to recognize the contributions of a non-Assamese to Assamese literature, thought stalwarts Jyoti Prashad Agarwal, Rabindra Sarkar and Manjit Singh among others had already enriched it. Ironically, the unknown boy from the unknown village is still, more or less, unknown in the state, which, by the way, is known to many outsiders just because of him. It is not that he expected anything great from anybody. He believed in simplicity and placed his part of the role as a perfectionist. He believed in his work, not in the results. Fortunately, he lives on in his works and the works speak volumes about the great man from the small unknown village of Siluk.7

Late Pai Lummer was an unsung literary ambassador of Assamese literature from Arunachal to Assam. The literary seed in him was sown by Kali Prasad Borthakur (then serving as an Assamese teacher in Pasighat) and later nurtured by Mahandra Borthakur, and Editor of Ramdhenu, Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya. Their role in shaping Late Dai’s creative writing is worth a mention. The contribution – in the shape of a marriage between language and culture – by the pioneer teachers from Assam who served in Arunachal Pradesh, is indeed remarkable. Even today, Assamese culture and language are deeply rooted in many interior parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Many youngsters can sing popular Assamese songs and speak the Assamese language. Though our pronunciation and accent may be different from that of Assam’s Assamese, we do sing and speak the same Assamese songs and Assamese language of great ‘Hunar’ Asom, and we’ve made Assamese our lingua franca in many places. Rekindling of the ray of love and friendship between the people of Arunachal and Assam is the need of the hour. Late Dai’s literary works received late recognition in the literary world, but as the saying goes, better late than never, and, in time, Late Pai got love and affection from thousands of Assamese admirers and when he was undergoing treatment at Down Town Hospital in Guwahati, and also after his demise, is a tribute of their emotional recognition. Theirs was a truly loving gesture. The people of Arunachal cannot forget the support extended to one of our own sons and his family in distress. This shows of solidarity proves yet again that had Pai Lummer received timely recognition and encouragement, he could have scaled many more literary heights in popularizing Assamese literature. But the Almighty willed otherwise. To me, Late Lummer Dai was a great scholar, novelist, philosopher and a champion of women’s causes, a social reformer through his writing, a guide, a father figure and a good friend. Love for humanity was always the most appealing part of Late Dai’s amiable nature. Lummer Dai, the youngest son of late Jobu Dai and late Srimati Komsak Dai of Siluk a small Adi village about 40 Km from Pasighat district, HQ of East Siang district was born on June 1st 1940 and breath his last on 05/04/2002 at 4.15 AM at Down Town Hospital, Guwahati, Assam and his mortal remains were laid to rest on 06/04/2002 at 11.45 AM at Naharlagun.8

Dear Sir! You were my adorable fatherly editor,

My heart would never compromise at your demise,

Still, you remain alive inside me as an unforgettable one,

Sir! Here I pay my heartiest Shraddhanjali to you,

And pray to Almighty for your soul to remain in peace,

And again my selfish heart beg to the Angels at Heaven,

To send you back once again to this earth,

As you were always to me….

My fatherly editor….. Lummer Dai! 9

May this great and noble soul be in God’s keeping

1. Shri Kaling Borang, Pasighat 2. Shri Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, Itanagar 3. Ms Ajanta, Itanagar 4. Shri Pradeep Kumar, Editor, Arunachal Front, Itanagar 5. Shri Harekrishna Deka, Guwahati 6. Shri Dahey Sangno, Itanagar 7. Shri Rupjyoti Pater, Itanagar 8. Shri Tokong Pertin, Itanagar 9. Shri Biswajit Sinha, Itanagar (Source - APLS publication).

(The contributor is Director, Trade & Commerce, Arunachal Pradesh)


Indo-Myanmyar meet in Tawang

Tawang: Eight member delegation of Myanmar has arrived in Tawang for the 17th Sectoral Meeting between India and Myanmar.

U Myat Ko, DG, General Administration Department is heading the 8 member delegates from Myanmar, and Mr. Navin Verma, Jt. Secretary (NE) is leading the 11 Indian delegates. The meeting will start tomorrow followed by a series of site seeing in the district.

The district administration headed by Tawang DC, Gamli Padu accorded a warm civic reception to the delegates of both the countries.

The Home Affairs Ministry in collaboration with the Foreign Affairs Ministry had chose Tawang as the venue of the Sectoral meet.

Earlier in the day, the delegates visited Tawang Monastery and the Emporium. (DIPRO)


Easter observed in Arunachal Pradesh

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR: Joining the rest of the world Christians community of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated Easter, the day of Resurrection of Jesus Christ, with religious fervour and enthusiasm.

A large numbers of believers took part in the Midnight and early morning mass in all the churches here to mark the occasion.

At Town Baptist Church, Itanagar, the speaker of the day VL Sailo highlighted about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

On the Day, the traditional 'cake' made of rice powder was distributed to all the people, who attended the church.


“Awards Highway to local contractors”

ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Contractor Welfare Association in a meeting at Naharlagun today, appealed the state government to give opportunity to the local contractors while awarding various categories of work in Trans Arunachal Highway and other projects.  It also appealed all the contractors to join hands with the association so that common people could get the benefit.

During the meeting the house discussed about the bad road condition of National highway 52A from Itanagar- Holongi - Banderdewa -Itanagar and appealed the authority concerned to expedite the maintenance work.

The members also expressed their view that the state government should utilize the allocated funds properly for the area development and avoid misappropriation of public money by the working agencies.


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