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April  -  15


Sangken starts with religious fervour as drum beats resonates in air

Itanagar, Apr 14: Sangken, the water festival is being celebrated all over the state.

Keeping the auspicious occasion in mind, the Theravada Buddhist Society celebrated Sangken here with much religious fervor. The festival generally falls in the month of 'Naun Ha' (fifth month of the year) of the Khampti calendar and corresponds to the Sankranthi of Baisakh.

A socio-religious festival of the Theravada sect of Buddhism, it is celebrated to welcome the new year. The word Sangken is literally derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Sankranti’. While it is celebrated in Buddhist countries of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, in Arunachal Pradesh, it is celebrated by the Tai Khamptis, Singphos and Tikhak Tangsa tribes.

Popularly known as water festival, people from all age groups were seen pouring water on trees and plants surrounding the temple. A dash of fun was added when they started throwing water on each other.

The three day long Sangken festival is being held at the Theravada Buddha Vihara in Vivek Vihar.

Loud banging of drums resonated in the air as Fra Loung or the placement of Buddha images in the make shift temple took place.

During the Sangken festival, a small makeshift temple is constructed near the main temple. Buddha images are brought in here from the main temple for ceremonial bath.

Joining hands in welcoming the Sangken New Year, Itanagar  MLA Techi hoped that the New Year would bring peace and happiness to everyone. Terming the community as a peaceful tribe, he urged them not to pay fine in any form. He also asked for their help in making Itanagar a beautiful and a well planned city. “Everyone should think themselves as an Arunachalee first and be a part of the beautification,” he added.

Earlier head monk Ratnadeepa Bhikku showered his blessings on everyone and prayed for a joyous year ahead.

With candles and incense sticks surrounding the make shift temple, the festival started off with the right religious note.


Assamese community celebrates Bihu

Strengthen friendly relations: Kaso

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ITANAGAR, Apr 14: Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu, considered to be the identity of Assamese people, was celebrated by Assamese people residing in Itanagar with great excitement and enthusiasm at Solung-Mopin ground here today. Attending the festival as chief guest, local MLA Techi Kaso wished people of Assamese community on the auspicious occasion and hailed them for the spirit shown in celebrating the festival.

Reiterating the age-old cordial relationship between the people of the two neighboring states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Kaso appealed to the people of both the states to further strengthen their already established relationship through increased cooperation.

Participation of local people in large number in today’s festival not only indicates the popularity of Bihu but speaks volume of their cordial relations and love for the people of other side of the boundary, Kaso said.

Joint Director of Higher & Technical Education Tejum Padu attended the festival as guest of honour.

Display of traditional Bihu by Bihudol (troupes) from Bihpuria, Assam, cultural display by Adi and Nyishi communities of Arunachal Pradesh, Husori by the students of Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing Impaired, Jhumur, Bodo and Deori Bihu dances were the main attraction of the celebration. ‘Jeng Bihu’ and ‘Husori’ by Bihu troupes from Mowb-II, Naharlagun Kristi Kendra and Chandannagar were the special attraction. It is worth mentioning here that the Jeng Bihu dance and songs are performed and watched only by women!

‘Bihu Kunwari’ competition, one of the added items of modern Rongali Bihu celebration, was in progress in the evening while the report was prepared.

There are three Bihu festivals in year namely, Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu, Bhugali or Magh Bihu and Kangali or Kati Bihu.

Of the three Bihu festivals, Rongali Bihu is celebrated with greatest excitement as it marks the arrival of spring - the agricultural season.


Steps taken to maintain peace in inter-district boundary area

ITANAGAR, Apr 14:  The law and order problem in Pakke Kessang circle in East Kameng and Leporiang circle of Papum Pare over inter-district boundary row was discussed in a meeting held at Yupia today. The meeting   presided over by Papum Pare DC  Pige Ligu was attended by SP Nabam Gungte, Leporiang ZPM Tana Tagum Tara and Pakke Kessang ZPM B C Tok.

After discussion threadbare, the meeting requested the ZMPs to advise their people to maintain peace and tranquility in the area till amicable solution of the boundary dispute. It was further resolved that a joint committee consisting members of both sides be constituted immediately to defuse the problems and organize meetings. Papum Pare DC will issue a prohibitory order to ensure free movement of vehicle and people on Sagalee-Pakke Kessang road and  Sagalee ADC and CO Leporiang shall enforce the order in letter and spirit.


Mimi and Mama serves as MDM in

East Siang district

PASIGHAT, Apr 14: Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD), General Secretary Ogam Mengu in a letter to Deputy Commissioner, East Siang District lodge a complaint against Officer In-charge, Police Station Pasighat for non registration of First Information Report (FIR) at Police Station Pasighat against Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE), East Siang District for misappropriation of public fund meant for Mid Day Meal.

Taking serious note over the misappropriation of Mid Day meal fund in East Siang district, Mengu alleged that the MDM is being provided to defunct Rote primary school beside irregularities in mid day meal in many primary schools.

It alleged that in Ngopok primary school, Mebo circle noodles with the brand name Mimi, were given five times a year as MDM. In Mirku School, Pasighat bread and eggs were served twice in 2010 to students as MDM instead of Kichdi.

He further alleged that the authority is also deducting 30% or 50% from the prescribed food grain meant for MDM as carriage charges and most of the kitchen where MDM is prepared is below standard specifications. The forum while calling for supply of best quality food grains under  MDM in the district appealed to the district authority to initiate immediate action to register the FIR and look into the irregularities, misappropriation of MDM fund.


National seminar on development

and security

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: A two-day national seminar on development and security will be held at Banquet Hall here on April 16 and 17. Governor General (retd.) J.J. Singh would address the inaugural session of the seminar being organized by Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi in collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture Arunachal Pradesh Chapter.

The technical session will begin with the theme “Politico-Administrative and Territorial Evolution of Arunachal Pradesh-Lessons learnt and opportunities for the future”. The session will be chaired by Vijay Kapoor,  former Lt. Governor of Delhi and T Bam, state chief secretary. It will be followed by the topic “Growth and Development of Arunachal Pradesh in National perspective”, which will be chaired by Nripendra Mishra, former secretary to Government of India and Chairman TRAI.

Dr. Joram Begi, Director Higher and Technical Education will preside over the concluding session of the first day of the seminar on the topic  “Socio-Cultural movements in Arunachal Pradesh”. The second day of the seminar will begin with discussions on the topic  “Arunachal in changing global and regional setting-challenges and opportunities” which will be chaired by Padmashri Mamang Dai.

Deliberations on “India’s National security concerns with special emphasis on border management”, chaired by Ajit Doval, KC, Former Director Intelligence Bureau will follow.

The last session of the day will be on the theme “Bio-Diversity and Environmental issues in growth strategy”, which will also dwell on the hydro power projects in Arunachal Pradesh. The session will be chaired by Prof. Tamo Mibang, Pro Vice-Chancellor Rajiv Gandhi University.

The valedictory function will be addressed by Power Minister  Jarbom Gamlin. Many resource persons including Lt. Gen. R.K. Sawhney, former Deputy Chief of Army staff and Director General Military Intelligence; Ambassador T.C.A. Rangachari, former Indian Ambassador to France and Germany; Professor P. Kanagasabapathi, Ph. D. Director, Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies, Coimbatore; P. Thangavelu, BE, Director, Habasit Lakota Private Limited, Coimbatore; Professor S. Dutta, Dibrugarh, Assam will attend the seminar.


Scores benefit from free health camp

PASIGHAT Apr 14: East Siang district Health Society in collaboration with the 21 Sikh Battalion, Rayang organized a free health camp at Debing village under Ruksin sub-division on April 12.

Altogether 697 patients from Debing, Detak, Depi and Namey villages were benefited from the camp conducted by specialist doctors from Pasighat General Hospital.  The patients were also distributed free medicines.  

Earlier, while inaugurating the camp, Commanding Officer of 21 Sikh Battalion, Rayang Col. Sushim Biswas said the synergy between the army and the civilian will go a long way in increasing cooperation. According to Col. Biwas,    the health camp was organized in order to bring the army nearer to the people in addition to provide health facilities and educate the masses on health and hygiene.  

The DMO Dr Taloh and Medical Superintendent Dr. Onik Moyong were all praises for Army for their cooperation in making the medical camp a grand success.

 At the side line of the camp, the army personnel also performed cultural programme, including popular Bhangra dances to attract more civilians towards Army activities.  Apart from health workers, Army  personnel, local leaders and general public were present in the programme.  

Meanwhile, Home Minister Tako Dabi who is also Nari MLA and Dr. T Tapak, Ruksin MLA lauded the organizers of the camp and advised  them organize more camps in other fur-flung places of the district in near future. DIPRO


Dibang Valley takes a step further

in e-governance

Anini,  Apr 14: Dibang Valley is taking a   step  further in e-governance with implementation of payroll software within a targeted period of nearly two months.  

Computerization of Account Department/branch was successfully completed with the implementation of payroll software within a targeted period of nearly two months.

For evaluation purpose and on test basis, first Pay Bill of few Officers and officials were prepared using the New pay roll Software and were sent for thorough verification   in various sections of account department  and other link departments.  

By its implementation, manual work of the accounts as well as Treasury departments is reduced to a large extent. It has also brought down chances of error in preparation of bill and other documents to almost nil. Pay Slips, LPC, GPF   and CPF details, etc. can be obtained within few minutes with a click of mouse. DIO Rajendra Prasad counting the merits of the software thanked NIC staff and Account department Staff as well for their sincere efforts and co-operation. He also informed that account branches of other major departments of the District will be covered soon under the PAY ROLL SOFTWARE.


News Impact

PDC for students

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Itanagar unit will organize a  four days personality Development Camp (PDC) for the Class –XII students at Green Mount School, Itanagar from April 25.

The resource persons will mainly give focus on time management, leadership quality, goal achievement, positive attitude, creativity development, success mantra during the camp.


Educational tour to ITBP

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: A group of 13 students along with their Principal from community college visited 10th ITBP Kimin on April 9.  During their visit to unit hospital, the ITBP officers including Dr Sandeep Kumar, MO, enlightened the students about the medical science  and  medical training being imparted to medics in the unit. The students were also briefed about various activities/programmes being carried out by the ITBP under CAP and BADP for the betterment of local people.


Reduce RTI fee: DBJYM

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: The East Kameng District Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha (DBJYM) expressed concern over the increase in RTI information fee from Rs 2 to Rs 10. The Morcha appealed the authorities to bring down the RTI fee in greater interest of RTI users.

Meanwhile the Morcha said the BSNL authorities paid heed to its 15 days ultimatum and activated two mobile towers (BTS) at Seppa.  The Morcha lauded the BSNL GM for responding to its ultimatum.


Commonwealth parliamentary conference

ITANAGAR:  The 13th Annual Conference of the North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association will be held at Itanagar/Naharlagun from April 27 and 30.

 Lok Sabha Speaker, secretary general, all the Speakers and Deputy Speakers, secretaries and other officers, Parliamentary Affairs Ministers and leaders of opposition  besides  one MP  from Assam  and eight MLAs from  North East region  including Sikkim will attend the conference.

 All ministers, Parliamentary secretaries, MLAs and MPs of Arunachal Pradesh are also invited to attend the conference.


Comply with court order: SLF

ITANAGAR: The Sango Lamte Foundation (SLF) has appealed the officer in charge of Itanagar Police station to fully comply with the HC directives issued on April 8 last and register FIR lodged on March 4 against the four persons for their alleged involvement in illegal appointments. The Foundation claimed that documents submitted to police station are enough to prove cognizable offence and involvement  in hatching conspiracy in the appointments.

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Plant water tapes and electric posts !

Dear Editor,

The Arunachalees particularly the people of Pasighat are not much in need of trees, which actually is in plenty here in the oldest town of this beautiful state.

The total geographical area of the state is 83,743 sq.km out of which 51,540 sq.km is covered by reserved forest, protected forest, un-classed forest respectively, i.e the 81,22 % of states geographic area and 2.07 % of the country.

So, where is the need of planting more trees? I don't say that we should stop planting more trees m not against it, but when anything goes too much, it causes havoc. It indeed is an ecological impetus, but we already have got them in plenty. So, it is an earnest request to every citizen of the state, of Pasighat particularly, to do something else instead of planting trees. Let’s look into the area in which we are lacking, not only to those which we already have in plenty.

One more request to the officials, public leaders and my fellow citizens is that lets not plant trees by the roadside and make our roads darker as we already are in darkness due to lack of electricity.

It would be better to look at water and electricity problems instead of planting trees, plant an electric post, we need them much more than a tree, plant a water tap, we need them more than these trees.

Wake up Arunachal, we are already late. We have a long way to go to reach our goal.


Akiram Siram,

(on email)



Acknowledge their contribution too

Dear Editor,

From Abo Tani’s time to north east frontier agency, from union territory to full statehood, the Arunachal history is filled with famous men who have thought and done great things. But when one reads or listen the major texts or history of Arunachal in our modern context, an inevitable question arises: where are the women, the illiterate and poor mother in the history?

To raise the question is to see the problem. Although for many tribes, oral Arunachal history actually began from Abo Tani’s generation and includes his marriage and family life.

It will be a pity if Arunachal historians once again merely follow the oral tradition which is male leadership institutionalized, we will miss the true story Arunachal is telling. The historian would be wise to contemplate the power of mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives contribution for the growth of our society. Most times historians often get mired in the rut of tradition. The individuals and events emphasized in one book are virtually the same as those emphasized in another.  Consider the story of the great grandfather from genealogy. Their names are carved in granite, but there are great grandmothers who need to parade in our family history. Yet they are omitted from most family history, simply because they are female. Though their role played in society is not less than any male.

We need to focus on the significance of women by using more inclusive lens in writing. Arunachal history, like all history, has a powerful effect on everyday lives. Women and men need strong female role models-women who overcame obstacles and lived despite barriers. The stories of noble women will empower and encourage us to do great thing in our state.


Yumri Taipodia


(on email)



Let that butterfly flutter for ever

Dear Editor,

With reference to Tamo Dada’s article ''Let that butterfly flutter for ever '' I would like add up that butterfly is really a beautiful creature and it need to be conserved as its numbers are declining rapidly.  Butterflies are ideal pollinators and are important component of plant ecosystems, besides they helps in maintaining food chain in our ecosystem.

 The population of some species of butterflies has drastically declined because of human activities and are verge of extinction which need to conserved.

We can maintain genetic diversity of butterfly by establishing a butterfly sanctuary as suggested by Tamo Dada. Creation of butterfly sanctuary will immensely help the naturalists, entomologists, life science students and researchers who study butterfly. Wildlife wing of environment and forest department should take initiative to conserve the beautiful creature.


Koj Kapa, (on email)






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