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February  - 25


Arunachal conferred Diamond

States Award

New Delhi, Feb 24 :  For the first time, the State of Arunachal Pradesh was conferred with the India’s Top 3 Diamond States Award in an impressive ceremony  of Diamond States Award conducted by the Team of IBN7 at Durbar Hall of Hotel Taj Palace, here yesterday. The Diamond Sates Award was started by the IBN team two years before and is given to individual states for being best in parameters viz. poverty eradication, Water & Sanitation, Law and order, Infrastructure, environment, employment, education, women empowerment etc.

Arunachal Pradesh was selected for being one of the India’s Top 3 Diamond States amongst the Small States across various parameters in human and social Development. The jury headed by Dr. Bimal Jalan, former Governor of RBI, scrupulously went through the data presented through credible sources in all sectors and finally adjudged Arunachal Pradesh for the prestigious award in recognition of the holistic development brought in by the present State Government in a very short spell of time.

On behalf of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and its people, Minister RWD Kalikho Pul, received the award from Chief Guest the Vice President of India Dr.  Hamid Ansari.  While profoundly thanking the IBN team for the honour and recognition of State’s developmental activities, Pul, on behalf of the state credited the award to its visionary Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu by saying that without dynamic leadership and untiring efforts of the present CM, these achievements could not have been made. He also thanked the Union Government of India for paying special attention to Arunachal Pradesh.

In his address to the august gathering, Pul appraised of Third Party Monitoring System and various other corrective measures introduced by the present State Government to ensure proper utilization of funds and development at grass root level.  “Govt. of India should be more liberal to hilly State like Arunachal Pradesh in implementing population based programme as our State being sparsely populated do not fulfil the population criteria and fail to avail the benefits of the programme.” Pul asserted. He categorically pointed out the rapid developments made by China on other side of international border and impressed the gathering by saying that security of the entire nation rests much on this mountainous border State, more so in the wake of Chinese claim of Arunachal Pradesh once in every two months. The central government therefore should be more proactive in bringing about inclusive development of Border States especially in infrastructure sector like road, bridges, porter tracks, telecommunication etc by creating a “Special category States”.

The award ceremony was attended by eminent personalities from all walks. Chief Minister of Delhi, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister of Goa, Union Ministers, Senior Parliamentarians from all parties and senior office bearers of AICC were prominent among them. The Arunachal Pradesh team consisted of MP Ninong Ering, PRC Avinash Kumar Mishra, DRCs, and Arunachalee students from JNU & DU. PRO to CM


Major fire mishap averted at Tawang

TAWANG, Feb 24: A major fire mishap was averted yesterday at the area of Changprong village in Tawang. The wild fire which broke out in the afternoon of  Feb 23 at the lower reaches of Jamyang Choikorling area at Changprong village threatened to engulf the Jamayang Chiokorling Gonpa, under construction JNV school building site and Tawang Ugyen Tsangpo Heliport.

The monks of Jamayang Chiokorling Gonpa and locals tried their best to douse the fire with water filled buckets but in vain.  However, the administration immediately alerted  army, para-military forces and police and the forces including SSB, ITBP immediately swung into action with fire fighting equipments. With the cooperation of district administration and local people the wild fire was brought under control in the evening. The in-charge Deputy Commissioner Lobsang Phunchu who was first to reach the location supervised the whole fire fighting activity.  

No loss of life or property was reported. Police enquiry was going on till filing of this report. DIPRO


China disputed legality of international border: Centre

ITANAGAR, Feb 24:  The Union Ministry of External Ministry said  that by following the two track visa policy, China has disputed the legality of our international borders thereby impinging adversely on national sovereignty as well as territorial integrity.

Responding to a letter of former MP Kiren Rijiju, Minster of External Affairs S M Krishna further said that there should not be any discrimination against visa applicants of Indian nationality on grounds of domicile or ethnicity.

Earlier on January 25, Rijiju in a letter to Krishna said that the decision of the Govt of India to deny visit of two Arunachalees to China by rejecting the stapled visa was not a wise decision. He had further said, “although we demand normal visa to be issued but by not recognizing the stapled visa on Arunachal Pradesh our position has been pushed back to the previous status where China rejected visa altogether.” In his letter, the former MP said “there is every likelihood that the border problem will drag on forever and Arunachalee can never visit China.”

Pointing out the China’s unchanged stand on eastern sector of the India-China boundary, the union external affairs minster in his letter to Rijiju further clarified that acceptance of stapled visa would imply a dilution of our stand towards the Chinese claim.

It is worth  mentioning here that Techi Abraham, the Joint Secretary of Indian Weightlifting Federation and lifter Yukar Sibi, who were issued stapled visas by Chinese Embassy, had to return back from Indira Gandhi International Airport on Feb 12  morning. The two were turned away by the Indian immigration officials as India do not recognize the stapled visas. The two Arunachalees were to travel to China to take part at China IWF Weightlifting Grand Prix on Jan 13. However, the Chinese Embassy at New Delhi said that the Visas issued to Abraham and Sibi were ‘appropriate."

Days after it issued stapled visas to two Indian sportsmen, China further said its policy that Arunachal Pradesh is a “disputed area” remains “unchanged.”


East Kameng an unexplored

land for tourists

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Not many people know that East Kameng district is one of the most beautiful regions of Arunachal Pradesh and  the Seppa town the district headquarter and gateway to the  district is blessed with mesmerizing beauty. Often in news for all wrong reasons, East Kameng district, if tapped properly can become the most sought after tourist destination of state.

Situated along the bank of majestic Kameng River, Seppa boasts of enchanting natural beauty. If authorities develop proper infrastructure with active cooperation of local citizens, this town will attract many visitors in years to come. Kameng River itself can draw many tourists with scope for experiencing river rafting and carry out fishing activities. Presently authorities are carrying out repairing work of road in Seppa town which for sure will change the dynamic of this town in coming years.  Another region of East Kameng with immense tourism potential is Pappu and Passa Valley. Situated adjacent to Pakke Wild Life Sanctuary, scenic beauty of Pappu and Passa Valley are breathtaking. With lush green paddy field and rivers flowing through the middle, these two valleys offer visitors ample opportunity to bask in the natural beauty.  But only problem is the poor road condition. Also some areas do not have electricity supply till now. If authorities take care of these infrastructure issues, East Kameng can become one of the hottest tourist destination of state.


Long term vision, right approach needed to become successful entrepreneurs: Experts

ITANAGAR, Feb 24:  The organizers of the ongoing first ever zonal level Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) exhibition at I G Park expressed satisfaction over the sale proceedings and expected to make a business of Rs 1 crore in remaining six days of the exhibition.

The Chief Executive Officer of the state Khadi and Village Industries Board Sukamal Deb informed that the stalls put up in the exhibitions had already  succeeded to  create a record sale of over Rs  30 lakh and ‘our target is now fixed at Rs 1 crore sale proceeding’.  Meanwhile, the KVIB, the organizer of the exhibition, conducted a fruitful roundtable discussion on technical up-gradation, EDP and skill Development at exhibition venue today.

Addressing the entrepreneurs on the occasion, the resource person Santanu Deka, assistant faculty member, IIE, Itanagar branch office said that emphasis must be given on promotion of village industries. Stating that more than 10 crore people are engaged in small and medium industries in the country, he also put emphasis on quality products with adoption of modern equipments.

Pointing out various problems being faced by the small entrepreneurs like non-availability of marketing facilities, skill manpower,  Deka, however,  informed that the Govt of India has given priority on skill development and many central departments are jointly coming out to promote  the rural industries.

Another resource person S K Sharma, Asstt. director, branch MSME DI,  said the entrepreneurs should have interest in their field of activities to be a successful entrepreneur.  Sharma also appealed the entrepreneurs to avail the benefit provided under the union ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises.

Highlighting the skill development programme being conducted in NERIST, Prof B D Nayak, HOD, humanities, NERIST urged upon the entrepreneurs inculcate a sense of competitive spirit to survive  in the modern world of competition.

An entrepreneur should have some essential qualities like innovative idea, hardworking attitude and courage to face any risk factor while launching new venture, he said. He further said that leadership quality is also important to be a successful entrepreneur.

Another resource person A P Chobin, asstt director, KVIC, Itanagar office urged the small traders to change their attitude with the change of time. He said one should have capability to judge the products, survey the market and select proper location for business activities.


Nyokum Yullo begins, Rebia lays foundation of Tadar Tang Gallery at Nirjuli

ITANAGAR, Feb 24:  Nyokum Yullo the major Agriculture festival of Nyishi community of the state starts today with the arrival of Priest and unfurling  of Nyokum flag  Jeet Ej Turling in  different places in and out side the state. It is not only the festival of worship of Almigthy Nyokum Anne for bumper harvesting but also a festival of peace, prosperity and happiness  for all living things. Nabam Rebia, Chairman Central Nyokum Committee and Perung Chiri, Chairman Nyokum Celebration Committee cum- Joint Secretary Nyishi Elite Society Chardhuar., Assam unfurled Nyokum flag at Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar and Chardhuar Assam respectively today.

Later,  Rebia, who is also Parliamentary Secretary (Industries) laid foundation of Tadar Tang Nyokum Gallery at Nirjuli.

Rajiv Gandhi University Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang, Nabam Rebia and President APPSU Takam Tatung attended in the pre- Nyokum Yullo celebration at   RGU, Rono Hills, Doimukh, informed Heri Maring, Secretary Information, Central Nyokum Committee.


Gamlin calls for student centric education

AALO, Feb 24: Catholic Christians are rendering yeomen services  for the people of the state in educational sectors and poor people  irrespective of any religion or reaping benefits, observed Jarsa  Gamlin, Chairperson West Siang Zilla Parishad while gracing the twin  functions of St. Mary’s School inauguration and Parents Day Meet as  chief guest at Puak Gumin on Feb 22. “Our society need educational upliftment with a missionary zeal to mould the destiny of future generation to fit them in multiple roles in our social set up”, he said and appealed the people to cooperate with the any missionary who are working towards education development in the state.

Urging the teaching fraternity to build a congenial teaching-learning atmosphere, he  also stressed on student-centric  education. The beautiful two-storied building should be taken as an asset of the district and people of the locality need to make it free from road encroachments and work out ways and means for flood  protection in consultation with MLA, he said.

The Aalo DDSE Nyage Potom said that the present Education  Act envisages a different nature of teaching, learning and norms for opening up schools and hope that all schools cope up with the laid down  guidelines.  Blessing the School, Bishop of Itanagar Diocese Rt. Rev.  Dr. John Thomas disclosed that around 20,000 students are studying in  Christian Catholic colleges and schools in the state and interior areas  are being targeted to spread light of education. He sought the cooperation of the people to improve the educational scenario in the state. School alone cannot shape the destiny of future generation unless and until the children are inculcated positive frame of mind under the tutelage of parents, he said. The Headmistress of School and  members of Christian Community also spoke the occasion.


Namphai thrash Jairampur B, lift CDNC T20 trophy

Changlang most peaceful district : SP

Tom Simai

JAIRAMPUR, Feb 24:  Changlang is the most peaceful district of the state, said newly posted SP Tummo Ammo, who was the chief guest of the closing ceremony of Changlang District Night Cricket T20 tournament here yesterday.

Sharing his experience in his service life he  said,“When I was first posted here people scared me by saying notorious things about this district, but after I stepped here, I found it to be the most peaceful district of the state”.

Moreover, it is beyond people’s imagination to conduct such mega night cricket event in the twin cities like Naharlgaun and Itanagar without security but here it was done without it which really indicates about the amicable atmosphere of the area, he added.

He also suggested the youths to involve themselves in sporting event and keep away from drugs and AIDS.

The historic tournament of the district was organized by the District Youth Congress that has won acclamation from the nearby Assam also.

District Youth Congress president, besides extending his heartfelt thanks to the support of Finance Minister Setong Sena, also thanked Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for providing financial assistance from his side.

Besides entertainment, this tournament has played major role in bringing the youths of the district together under the same roof, he added.

On the sideline of the tournament, Pranjal Bhuyan, a sport journalist from Assam was spellbound and said the tournament has maintained the standard of a mini world cup, which indeed is appreciable.

The closing ceremony also witnessed colorful cultural programme, mindboggling fire crackers display and above all magnificent band display by the 18 Assam Rifles Band team.

The trophy of Changlang District Night Cricket T20 tournament was lifted by Namphai after thrashing Jairampur B by 39 runs. The winning and runners up teams were awarded Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively along with the trophies and medals. The man of the series Ashik went home with Rs 10,000 and man of the match Wentu got Rs 5000.


New AITC state unit chief accorded  

warm welcome

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The newly appointed All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) State unit president, Toko Sheetal was accorded warm welcome by the party members and well-wishers at Naharlagun helipad today. MLA Laeta Umbrey and other senior party leaders were also present on the occasion. She was returning from New Delhi after being appointed as AITC state unit chief by the party supremo Mamata Banerjee.

Responding to the queries  of  media persons at helipad, confident Sheetal said that the party has lot more to do to strengthen the party as well as for welfare of the state. Keeping an eye on the youth force of the state, Sheetal in her message to the people as AITC chief said that the positive minded youths who want to do something for the state besides doing other purposeful work should come forward to the field of politics to serve the people and state in a better way.    

She also extended her gratitude to the AITC president Mamata Banerjee for giving her  responsibility to lead the state AITC unit and also thanked all her well-wishers and other senior leaders for their untiring supports. Later,  Sheetal interacted with party workers & leaders at party office, Bank Tinali.


APB&OCWWB handover death and funeral assistance to a registered worker’s nominee

ITANAGAR: Feb 24: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board continuing its welfare activities to the workers of the state handed over an amount of Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 1,000 as natural death and funeral assistance to Tanuja Langneh, the nominee of late Moniram Langneh, PWD worker section Poma, PWD Division Doimukh.

Late Moniram was the first worker who received the first medical assistance of Rs 5000 and was also the first beneficiary of death and funeral assistance of the board in the state. The cheque was handed over to Tanuja by APB&OCWWB Chairman Jalley Sonam in a small function held at office of the Chairman.

All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union Secretary General Sangma Tajo and Registering Officer Neri Dodum also attended the function.

Meanwhile, Sonam appealed all the Heads of Department to guide their workers to register their names and avail the benefits of the board.

Further, the APB&OCWWB will hand over an ambulance for the workers of Tawang on March 13 at Tawang parade ground.


Orientation cum training prog on Disaster Risk Management

ITANGAR, Feb 24:  In pursuit of making Tirap a disaster free district, the Disaster Risk Management Cell of Tirap District, conducted a two days Orientation cum Training Programme on “Disaster Risk Management, First Aid and Search & Rescue” on 23rd and 24th  February at Community Hall Khonsa. The training progamme was specially organized for the students and teachers of school in Khonsa Township. Two medical officers from district hospital namely Dr. K Socia (MO) and Dr Dutta (SMO) imparted the trainees about First Aid Kit, Wounds, Bleeding, Fracture, unconsciousness, causality transportation etc with demonstration.  The Dy. Suptd. of police Khonsa Kalita imparted training on the search and rescue technique during disaster. Disaster Risk Management and Disaster preparedness tips were covered by the officials of DRM Cell Tirap. Booklets on First Aid Guide and Leaflets on Disaster Preparedness Tips were also distributed to the participants.

The DRM Cell has also printed more than 5000 posters and leaflet on Disaster Risk Management to be distributed in the urban and rural areas of the district to sensitize the people about disaster, its causes and precautionary measures. DIPRO


Pre-Nyokum celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Pre Nyokum Yullo was celebrated at Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) in a colorful manner today.

The celebration began with unfurling of Nyokum flag by chief guest CR Kampa, EAC, Itanagar followed by famous Rikham Pada dance by Nabam Shella and party and Buya dance.

In his brief address Kampa described the importance of celebrating festival to promote and preserve ones own cultural and traditions.

Circle Officer (CO) Benzamin Panggam attended the festival as guest of honour.

Reading out of Nyokum mythology, ceremonial mithun sacrifice, cultural display and community feast were the main highlights of the day-long celebration.


Siru-Rijo Tea Garden  -  A potential destination in a countryside

AALO, Feb 24: No one imagined that SIRU-RIJO TEA GARDEN Company Pvt. Ltd., beautifully located at 5 Km away from Gankak village in Yomcha subdivision will emerge as a potential destination in a countryside when rich couple, Yajum and Tugo Gangkak started this dream venture way back in 1995.

The couple put in an arduous efforts to brush of all hurdles and initial setbacks not only to make it a big Private Tea Estate but the location free from din and bustle, hue and cry, undisturbed serenity, scenic beauty, lush green forest and tea plantation cover at its season backed by good communication system, round the clock water and electricity supply make it an eluding tourist destination to onlookers. It is hard to believe that it is an individual effort given the magnitude of tasks and colossal amount of money pumped in to turn hills and low lying areas to such beneficial uses. The 17 Km circuitry drive up to the highest hill top is simply fascinating, mind refreshing and soul searching exercise.

The Guest House which is slated for inauguration by Jarbom Gamlin, Minister Power and Tourism on March 7 is a beautiful building that can cater amenities and comforts that of a metropolitan city with all modern facilities attached to it. The full equipped factory of the garden will be inaugurated on the same day by Gojen Gadi, Parliamentary Secretary Tourism.

We look at the event ahead from tourism perspective and it emits a ray of optimism to put the place on the tourism map of the district and state as two stalwarts of the department are gracing it and hectic preparations are on to give a befitting receptions.

The garden has a private helipad, Mini hydel, sugarcane factory, poultry, small scale industry, saw mill, fishery, shops, cottages and barracks to accommodate about 600 populations. The place is known for its perennial water sources in the form of streams and wells that remain static all through the seasons. Anyone who visits Yomcha takes out a time to drive along the garden and people are taking it as good holiday resort. The climb on the highest hill top offers you to take a view of villages that falls under Yomcha and Aalo.

The TASUM TASE GEKO, that joins the garden, is narrow jungle passages in the low-lying areas that intersect and meet each other at different points. The place is known for its mystery in the past as one who ventures in to it, completely missed out entry and exist points.

The introduction of other essential service like school, medical sub-centre and other added economic activities at the place can turn the place into a Special Economic Zone in the years to come. It is a place where young minds and hands are engaged in different works. (Aalo DIPRO)


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Women health education prog

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: NN Charitable Society organized a health education programme for women on reproductive child health (RCH) at its Sagalee office on 22nd of this month. Meeting was attended by Nani Kojin, Chairman Nani Sala foundation and Dr T Nyodu medical officer, CHC Sagalee. Also health workers, ASHA’s, Anganwadi workers of Leporiang circle were present during the day.

In his address Nani Kojin informed that RCH programme is part of NRHM initiative to upgrade the health of mother and child. He urged health workers to teach couples how to use birth control device and give them proper counselling.  Dr T Nyodu while informing about various health facilities provided by government, advised pregnant women to go for delivery in hospitals to ensure good health for mother and child. Meeting was chaired by Nangbia Amar Dui, chairman, NN Charitable Society.


Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: M P Takam Sanjoy,  Tourism Director A K Singh and NABARD general manager, Itangar Dr B G Mukhopadhya would attend the Nyokum Yullo celebration as chief guest, guest of honour and special invitee respectively at Nyokum Lapang, Itangar on Feb 26.


Meder Nello Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSP) president Y D Thongchi and  AVP president P Potom have consented to grace the 7th Meder Nello Foundation Day celebration at Dree Ground Papu Nallah on Feb 27.

On the eve of foundation day, the Meder Nello Council will organize a mass social service at Dree ground on Feb 26 morning.


Death of CDPO condoled

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Yakot Tamut, Child Development  Project Officer (CDPO) of Yingkiong passed away on 23rd of this month. She died on the way to Guwahati from Itanagar while going for medical treatment. Born on 15th August 1974, late Yakot joined as CDPO in the year 2003. She is survived by her husband and new born baby.

Meanwhile directorate of social welfare, women and child development has deeply condoled the untimely demise of late Yakot Tamut. Officers and staff of directorate observed a minute silence and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Advocacy training

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: One-day advocacy training cum meeting with PRIs, ASHAs, ANM, GNM and others under RCH-II programme was held at Taraso on February 23.

The programme was conducted by SHEEP Society, Itanagar in aegis of Nani Sala Foundation, Naharlagun under the sponsorship of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

On the occasion, Field coordinator Techi Mesap, Chairman of the SHEEP society Tania Tering and Chairman of NSF, Nani Kojin briefed about the objective of the advocacy programme and highlighted the power and function of CHWs, ANM, AMW and ASHA.


Inter-state youth exchange prog

ITANAGAR: Seven NSS volunteers and V Arul Kumar, Vice Principal of Tomi Polytechnic College, Basar and six NSS volunteers of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic College, Itanagar have been selected to represent the state in the Inter State Youth Exchange and Home Stay Programme which will be held at Chennai and Mysore from March 1-10.

The programme will be organized by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbedur, Tamil Nadu.


18 criminal cases disposed off in Lok Adalat

ITANAGAR: District Legal Services Authority, Upper Subansiri District, disposed off 18 numbers of criminal cases in a two-day Lok Adalat held at Daporijo on February 22 and 23.

Initiating the session of the Adalat, Deputy Commissioner Ameya Abhyankar highlighted the significance of Lok Adalat and urged the litigant parties to participate in the Lok Adalat with clear and sincere intention enabling the Lok Adalat to assist them in amicable resolution  to their differences.

EAC Duyu Rebia, member secretary, Inspector T Riram, member, and members Berto Riba and Talum Babla also attended the Lok Adalat.


APCC flays Ramdev

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has flayed Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev for criticizing Congress-led UPA Government and the Gandhi family.

“The recent visit of Ramdev in Arunachal Pradesh was not to spread the message of importance of yoga in human life. He visited the state on a different mission with a political agenda,” APCC said in a release. He had given more emphasis on criticizing Congres, UPA Govt and Gandhi family than teaching Yoga which clearly reflected his main motive, APCC said.

“We have seen many international figures like Dalai Lama, Ravi Shankar. But, unlike Ramdev they never criticized any political party, leaders and Government.”

Regarding recent Pasighat incident, the APCC further said that “as Yoga Guru cautioned  the people of Pasighat to beware of the corruption and criticized the Congress party touching the very sentiments of the Congress persons gathered there. Ninong Ering just countered the allegation of Ramdev.

Meanwhile, APCC demanded that Ramdev’s income and properties should be investigated thoroughly and be made public.


Nyokum - festival of nature worship

(On Yazali Perspective)

Dear Editor,

The traditional Nyokum, a community festival emerged with the soul agenda to popularize, promote and preserve ever since it took total shape of community festival status in mid 1967. The present festival is more or less possesses the mixed or combined elements of traditional and modern view. Though, it lacks time tested perspective, still it gives lot more meaning to the community in various aspects of their life. The Nyokum today is at risk stage because of the age itself. The society is changing fast with addition of various elements and at the same time deletion or dropping of many other valued text or practices. Therefore, the Nyokum is passing through a complex situation and requires proper nurshing, curing and releasing from this stage for next generation.

The modern Nyokum when it took shape as community festival at supervising hands of the administration on directive of the government was to imbibe the tribal people to know the importance of cultural festival and preserve it through regular observance. This was in initial stage when the society was not culturally developed. The government had the scope to work in the field through grant-in-aid and had attracted maximum involvement of people.

Slowly, the coming up of education, development and influence of outside culture had hampered the progress of festival and most of the rural areas showed no enthusiasm in celebrating the festival. The think-tank of the society seemed helpless and many had suffered from this pressure. However, the continuous celebrations of festival with traditional practice of religious fervor at Nirjuli, Itanagar, seppa, Nyapin, Doimukh, Sagalee etc and at some other chosen places had been strong elements of surviving the festival. In addition, the Celebrations at various metropolis, University and colleges of the state have been great contributing factor in popularizing the festival.

Now, the festival is re-emerging with new elements at political hand and Commercial Avenue has opened up a new vista of popularizing, promoting and preserving this age old festival of cultural origin. The systematic observation of rituals would able to retain the cultural heritage and preserve the festival. The basic practice of Nyokum is to pray for good of the land and people with strict adherence to taboos. Now, the economic interest has over shadowed all other aspects of the Nyokum. The mix of traditional cultural festival to that of eco-tourism festival is likely to deface the traditional value and basic philosophy of Nyokum.

The combined celebrations of Nyokum by people of Pistana-Deed, Yachuli and Yazali at Yazali under the initiative of MLA Likha Saaya is wellcome venture and this would greatly imbibe the young generation to practice it and preserve the festival. However, considering the fast changing environment, an true spirit of Nyokum, degradation of flora and fauna, the concern committee would have taken due care. Traditionally, during the Nyokum month hunting of wild birds, animals and fishing are customarily prohibited except selective collection of fish and squarrels required in rituals if needed. The open selling of birds and wild animal’s meat at festival houses (roasted and raw) are against the spirit of Nyokum tradition. Both modern science and traditions does not approve this practice and hence, due care need to be practiced cautiously so that adulterated practice and total commercialization does not spoil the tradition and dishearten the people who are working for preservation of wild life and conserve the environment in view of the global warming threatening the entire humanity on earth.


D T Taba




Maintain transparency and quality works

Dear Editor,

The massive roads construction works being undertaken by the state Urban Development and Housing department under JNNURM in various sectors in Capital Complex is welcomed by the like-minded citizens of the state. The construction of roads will certainly benefit the local contractors as well as the commuters. The renovation and broadening of roads will ensure smooth flow of vehicular movement.

While undertaking the massive road construction works in the capital, the city administration and the nodal department might have introspection and retrospection of the present and future benefits of state and its people. The ongoing construction works affected many individuals’ properties including RCC structures, falling on right to way (ROW). The city administration evicted them on the ground of ROW especially along the VIP road from TT Marg to Niti Vihar and the road from Rajbhawan helipad to ‘O’ Point Tinali. But the pertinent question arises here: why the nodal department (UD & Housing) and the city administration are not maintaining the same yardstick for other roads in capital complex. The imposition of ROW should not vary from one road to another, because all roads of the capital complex are equally important and they need to be upgraded. Road widening and proper drainage system is the call of the day. I would also like to share my views that in the name of massive roads constructions in capital complex; many of the roads are being improved partially. Without widening the roads, the contractors are only constructing RCC drainage that caused roads become congested. Moreover, construction of many roads is of low and impure quality. Is the department concerned monitoring the quality of works? If this trend continues, the dream of the capital facelift project will certainly get shattered. The nodal department should not execute the project works on piece-meal basis. JNNURM fund is a people’s fund and that there should be total accountability and transparency on the part of authorities how they spend each paise of the JNNURM funds.


Techi Necha

Public leader

Ganga village, Itanagar



New ANSU team has miles to go

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of the former central executive members of All Nyishi Students' Union extend heartfelt gratitude to Takam Tatung, President, AAPSU and his team of election commission member for successfully conducting 12th general election of ANSU at Seppa, from 17th to 21st February. Despite facing many hurdle, they conducted election with outmost sincerity. I also extend best wishes to the newly elected ANSU President Sikka Gapak and General Secretary Arjun Panye. Hope this new team will work hard and give good service to the student community in particular and Nyishi community as a whole. I believe that pending issues of previous team will be completed by present leadership in letter and spirit. I also extend my gratitude to the State Government which under the dynamic and promising leadership of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu always supported us in all aspect especially in students' movement and demands of the society.

I being the former executive member of ANSU would appeal to the newly elected union members to follow up all issues raised to the State Govt. during our tenure like, created Directorate of Border Affairs, for new creation of police outpost at Tali in Kurung Kumey District, Belo Lora and Taraso in Papum Pare District and Dising Paso in East Kameng District and for other places and  matters pending with the State Government.  Established government colleges in Seppa and Nyapin need proper attention so that proper infrastructure is set up. Government Polytechnic College at Yachuli and National Institute of Technology at Jote-Poma, declaration of Kara Dadi as National Park in East Kameng District, construction of road from Tamin to Tali, road from Itanagar to Balukpong via Taraso and Seijosa, road from Doimukh to Gerukhamukh, Assam via Kimin, road from Nyapin to Chyangtajo are some of the pending issues which we hope present ANSU team will pursue.

Once again, I appeal to the newly elected union leaders of the All Nyishi Students' Union to put outmost effort to render quality and thoughtful service for the student’s community. They should also offer hand of friendship to loosing candidates and try to bring them on board and together work to bring unity among Nyishi community.


(Nilly Likha Tabo)

Former General

Secretary,  ANSU



‘Right choice’

Dear Editor,

All India Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has rightly chosen a young, matured lady Toko Sheetal as the party president of the state AITC unit. The new state AITC unit team including Dature Miuli, vice president, Domin Loya  and Techi Necha, general secretaries comprises of all young, educated, energetic  persons. Mamata has chosen her team Arunachal with utmost care. The five legislators of the AITC are also following the ideology of Didi. I am confident that the new dream team of Mamata Didi will reach up to the expectation of the people, particularly the youth which compromises nearly 60 per cent of total population of state.


Laeta Umbrey

Trinamool Congress Legislative Party leader, Itanagar



Release students’ stipend

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of all Coimbatore Student Union of Arunachal Pradesh would like to request  the state Govt. particularly education ministry to release stipend for student as early as possible. The Arunachlee students those who are studying outside the state are facing lot of problem  due to non-release of stipend.  


Tagam Dong

(Secretary APSUC),







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