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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Acknowledge their contribution too
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
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.
Let that butterfly flutter for ever
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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