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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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)
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
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
D T Taba
Maintain transparency and quality works
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.
Ganga village, Itanagar
New ANSU team has miles to go
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
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)
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.
Trinamool Congress Legislative Party leader, Itanagar
Release students’ stipend
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.
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