Governor urges young generation to shoulder responsibility
ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has said that onus of
preserving the age-old customs and traditions rests on the younger generation. “Wherever
we go and whatever we may do, we must always maintain and protect our cultural heritage.
To continue the spirit and to preserve the age-old customs and traditions, onus rests
on the younger generations, he said while participating in the Shri Akhand Path,
which was performed on the auspicious occasion of the shifting of Shri Guru Granth
Saheb ji to the new sanctum-sanctorum hall of Naharlagun Gurdwara Saheb, at Naharlagun
Greeting the Sikh community of the Capital Complex on the propitious occasion, he
urged upon them to imbibe good values of the Sikhism and try their best to do good
deeds. True Sikh is the one, who is a good human being and live by the path propounded
by the Gurus. Whenever you encounter with difficulties, have faith on the Almighty
and carry-on with your good work, he added.
Governor, who had earlier paid obeisance before the Shri Guru Granth Saheb ji, presented
a sword and a Chauri (a fan made of the hair of yak’s tail) towards the Gurdwara
Led by Head priest Gyani Prem Singh, Gen Singh took part in the ‘Kirtan’. He also
took part in Ardaas or common prayer. Ragi Jatha from Jalandhar led by Major Singh
preformed kitans on the occasion.
As token of gratitude, Naharlagun Gurudwara Singh Sabha Prabhandak Committee (GSSPC)
led by its President Sardar Sukvinder Singh Sandhu, Town Planning Director felicitated
The committee also presented Saropas (Saffron scarf) to those who contributed towards
the Gurdwara including senior architect Dawa Tsering, Sanjay Dawan, Jagdish Singh
Joshi and Sikh ladies from Rangapara who performed the Shri Akhand Path.
The programme also included ‘Guru Ka Langar’ or the community feast for participants,
guests and invitees. Many people of the community were invited on the occasion, including
some from Punjab and many from different parts of the Assam. Apart from this, hundreds
of invitees from different communities, religious organizations like Brahma Kumaris,
Art of Living, Patanjali Yogpeeth (Baba Ramdev) and personnel and officers of Central
Reserved Police Force and Border Road Organization attended the function.
At the sideline of the function, Senior member of the community Sardar Kanwarjit
Singh, Water Resources Department Superintendent Engineer informed that constructed
way back in 1973-74, the sanctum-sanctorum hall of Naharlagun Gurudwara Saheb, which
is known for its philanthropic effort, was in a semi temporary building but with
completion of the new sanctum-sanctorum hall, Shri Guru Granth Saheb ji was shifted.
To celebrate the occasion, Shri Akhand Path was performed from 25th to 27th February.
There are around fifty odd families of the community in the Capital complex, he added.
(PRO, Raj Bhavan)
AYA picks up its autonomous demand
ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Apatani Youth Association has reinvigorated its demand for Ziro
Valley Autonomous Council in its central executive meeting held at Circuit House,
Hapoli today. While adopting a four-point resolution the AYA reiterated that Ziro,
oldest District HQ, has been deprived of many development project ‘due to political
suppression’ as compare to other district Hqs. It once again appealed the State Govt.
to curve out Ziro Valley Autonomous Council from Lower Subansiri District.
While lauding the Deputy Commissioner for her initiatives in maintaining cleanliness
within Ziro-Hapoli township and Zero tolerance policy against encroachment, AYA appealed
to the general public of Lower Subansiri district to cooperate the district administration.
The Association, however, requested the DC to issue directives to department
concerned for banning the illegal hunting and fishing within Ziro valley and also
requested her to give necessary direction to all the HODs to stay in their respective
office so that development could not hamper.
Stressing the need of preservation of scenic beauty of nature, AYA discouraged
construction of dwelling house in the field and requested to all the people of Ziro
Valley not to do so.
Army conducts national integration tour for Arunachalee children
ITANAGAR, Feb 27: In an attempt to promote the spirit of nationalism and integration
among the children, the Dah Divison of Army is sponsoring a National Integration
tour for 20 young boys and girls from strife-torn Tirap district to Delhi and Agra
under its `Operation Sadhavna’.
Tirap district superintendent of police Vikramjit Singh flagged off the tour programme
in presence of Colonel Naveen, Vir Chakra, Commandant, 19 Assam Rifles at Khonsa
The children hailing from various remote parts of the district including Pongchau,
Kolagaon, Dadam, Muktowa, Kheti, Lazu, Kapu, Wathing and Lapnan. will visit historical
places like India gate, Jantar Mantar, Red fort, Lotus temple, Qutub Minar, Jama
Masjid, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Connaught place etc in Delhi and Taj
Mahal, Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri during the 11 days tour. The children are accompanied
by two teachers from their schools, one officer, one Junior Commissioned Officer
and one Jawan of the unit during the tour.
While interacting with children, Colonel Naveen, said that this tour will be a new
learning experience for them as they will be visiting various places of historical,
religious and cultural importance.
The Parents/ guardians and teachers also interacted with Colonel Naveen and SP Vikramjit
Singh and lauded them for giving this opportunity to the children. None of the children
have earlier visited any place beyond Assam and the exuberance and enthusiasm among
them about the tour was noticeable. The beaming and gleeful faces of children said
all about the significance of this tour during flagging off.
The National Integration tour will prove to be a new exposure for the youths of remote
areas of Tirap district and will help them understand their country better, said
a release from the Army.
Army conduct IPPI prog
Tawang, Feb 27: The jawans of 38th Bn SSB Tawang under the Commandant Tsering Dorjai
and Asst. Commandant Dr. J. Chakma in association with District health authority
conducted 2nd round of Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) Programme at Tawang
today. Altogether, 148 children were administered polio drop during the camp.
Apart from polio camp, the 38th SSB Bn. distributed medicines for common ailments
like fever, cold, and gastric etc on the occasion.
It may be mentioned here that the SSB jawans had organised a vocational training
programme a couple of days back under its civic action programme. The local people
lauded the army jawans for their activities for well being of economically backward
section of the society.
Nyokum celebrated at Yangte, Bameng, Bhalukpong
Tatung calls for cooperation for better infrastructure, education
ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Nyokum, the socio agriculture of the Nyishis was celebrated at
Yangte in Kurung Kumey district with great splendor and gaiety amidst people from
all villages of Yangte circle on Feb 26.
The All Arunachal President Students Union (AAPSU) President Takam Tatung addressing
as the chief guest of the occasion called upon the gathering to uphold the essence
of Nyokum with renewed vigour. Speaking on development front, Tatung urged upon the
people to cooperate with the authorities for infrastructural developments like the
black topping of the road to Yangte, He also stressed on maintaining quality of works
while executing the scheme.
‘With proper road infrastructure there will be better education and other facilities’,
Responding to the request of the celebration committee for a community hall at Yangte,
the AAPSU president categorically assured of taking up and pressurizing the issue
with the local MLA.
Former All Nyishi Students Union general secretary Nilly Likha Tabo speaking as
the guest of honour urged upon all to preserve the Nyokum festivity regardless of
religious constraints as it affirmed the Nyishi identity. The ZPM Yangte HR Talo,
panchayat leaders, officials and public of the area were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, both men and women dressed in traditional costumes performed the Buya dance.
The mithun sacrifice, traditional dances by cultural troupes were part of the programme.
The various prizes for the dance, song, football and volleyball competitions conducted
as part of the Nyokum were given away by footballer Takam Tayam. For the first time
in Yangte, Nyokum was celebrated in such a grand way where people from all villages
and the ten gram panchayat segments gathered at a single venue unlike before when
it was celebrated in a scattered way.
The chairman of the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare
Board-cum-Working President INTUC Pradesh Branch (A.P), Jalley Sonam participated
in Nyokum Yullo celebration as chief guest at Bameng on Feb 26.
Addressing the mammoth gathering, Sonam called upon the youths of the state to take
up horticulture and agri based schemes in large scale in order to solve ever growing
unemployment problems of the state.
Stressing the need of promotion and preservation of ones rich cultural heritage which
is gradually fading due to adverse modernization, he opined that during such festivals
people from other tribes should be invited as the chief guests or guest of honors.
Earlier Sonam inaugurated Nyokum Yullo celebration at Bhalukpong on Feb. 25 last
as the chief guest. Kumsi Sidisow MLA Thrizino-Buragaon and chief patron of Nyokum
Yullo celebration Bhalukpong highlighted the need to preserve own culture on the
occasion. R. Rakshap EAC Bhalukpong attended the celebration as the guest of honor.
The Nyokum Festival was also celebrated with participation of large numbers of people
from Nyishi and other communities at general ground, Lichi village under Doimukh
Assembly constituency in Papum Pare district on February 26. The chief guest on
the occasion, Vishal P Nabam, Advisor to Chief Minister and APCC Spokesperson, said
the festival is a platform to make all section of people to unite, share love and
affection. He further said Nyokum is nothing to do with any religion but is a traditional
culture that is being followed by our Nyishi community since time immoral.
Expressing concern over the penchant to western culture particularly by young generation,
the chief guest also called upon the youths to play a pivotal role to safeguard own
age-old tradition and culture which are on the verge of extinction.
Responding to the clarion call of Nabam, the people present on the occasion vowed
to adhere to one point-resolution not to kill any wild animals, birds and aquatic
life and safeguard natural flora and fauna in the Lichi area. He also gave away the
prizes to Volleyball (Women) Champion team of Potin Village and Volleyball Man Championship
to United Sports Club Lichi and Best Player award to Taba Nanya of Potin.
Society emphasise on language development
Tezu, Feb 27: A general body meeting was organised by Cultural and Literary society
of Mishmi (CALSOM) on Feb 26 at Tezu.
The meeting was attended by Patrons Khapriso Krong, Sotai Kri, Soli Kri, senior advisors
of CALSOM, members of Mishmi priest association, Mishmi officers, College and University
During the deliberations various issues confronting the Mishmi community of Lohit
and Anjaw District were discussed.
At the foremost all the participants stressed that, development of script was the
need of the hour, as with phase of time use of local language was diminishing and
development of script was the only solution for preservation of Mishmi language and
culture. The participants also gave emphasis on documentation of old age tradition
of Mishmis which were on the phase of extinction. All the members present expressed
full confidence in the new executive body of CALSOM headed by Bajai Pul as Chairman
and pledged to give overwhelming support to the programme and policies of the new
Media’s role stressed in promotion of Khadi products
ITANAGAR, Feb 27: To promote Khadi products in the state, the Khadi and Village
Industries Board (KVIB) organized a press meet aimed at focusing the role of media
in promoting Khadi products and the role of people towards media at the ongoing Zonal
level Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) exhibition at IG Park
Speaking on the occasion, Arunachal Press Club (APC) President Jarpum Gamlin stressed
on importance of media and for its due recognition in the state.
On the poor use of the medium in the state, he said “The economy of the country is
dependent on rural products with serious challenge being lack of awareness on how
to market the products.” He attributed it to poor understanding of the role of media
in the state.
Associate Editor, The Dawnlit Post, V.Ravindran while appreciating the quality of
Khadi products said, “Khadi will feed you, brighten your future and will one day
make you successful.” He also stressed on the need to encourage all to promote Khadi
sector in the state.
Senior Journalist Pradeep Kumar gave a brief perspective of the history and rights
of the Press. He said the media doesn’t need arms but needs people as their weapon.
“Nothing comes for free,” he said and threw light on the drawbacks of the media.
APKVIB CEO Sukamal Deb informed that the Ministry of MSME has eight sub-sectors under
VSI (Village & Small Scale Industries) of which two sub-sectors are handled by KVIB
but there is no resources provided from the government. He requested the media to
highlight the problem faced by the department in the right perspective.
Proprietor BRI Papers and Stationery M.B. Singha from Manipur encouraged upcoming
entrepreneurs to produce products to be exported to other states. He requested the
media to help in bringing awareness in production and marketing of products.
Kudos to sportspersons
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh and State First Lady Anupama Singh
have extended heartiest felicitations to all the medal winners of the state in the
34th National Games held recently in Jharkhand.
In his congratulatory message, Governor said “your achievement is not only a matter
of pride for us but also a source of inspiration for the younger generation of our
state. I am confident that you will work harder and bring more laurels to our state
in future as well.” As a token of love, Governor has sent a pen and a lapel pin badge
of ‘Team Arunachal’ to all the medal winners. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
ATA for fair conduct of exams
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) has appealed to the citizens of the
state particularly parents and guardians of the students to cooperate with the authorities
for free and fair conduct of the ensuing CBSE and AP Board examinations. The ATA
also appealed the authority to provide sufficient police personnel to all the centre
superintendents for smooth conduct of the examination.
Arrest the prime accused: Union
ITANAGAR: While lauding the officer-in-charge of Banderdewa police station N Sora
and investigating officer K Dev for taking prompt action against corrupt officials
accused in the pilferage case of construction materials, Nyapin Sangram Phassang
Students’ Union (NSPSU) has demanded immediate arrest of Assistant Engineer, Hydro
Power Department, Ziro Sub-division, the prime accused in the pilferage case. It
also demanded the authority to ensure that the prime accused does not get anticipatory
bail and go unpunished.
It further demanded suspension of the prime accused and said that if found guilty,
he should be terminated from his service.
Meanwhile, the students union cautioned all the departments executing developmental
projects in the area of Nyapin Sangram and Phassang to carry out the works properly
by maintaining quality.
AITC office inauguration
ITANAGAR: Rajya Sabha MP and NE observer of All India Trinamool Congress. Kanwar
Deep Singh will inaugurate the AITC state unit office at Bank Tinali on March 2.
He will also hold meeting with the AITC legislators of the state and party workers.
The broad-day - light kidnapping of one Anchal Samity Member, Mijum Ada from his
residence at Liru Village, Likabali , West Siang on February 26 has brought a sense
of complete insecurity to the already tensed-border area people. Reportedly', at
about 1000 hrs, the Panchayat leader was approached by six masked men equipped with
firearms and demanded rice and one lac rupees in cash.
When Ada expressed his inability to part with any rice and cash, the masked men all
of sudden pointed pistol and dragged him away to a white Maruti car and took to unknown
place. After outcry by the family members, the news of kidnapping spread like jungle-fire
and, the youths of the nearby area dared to chase and find out the kidnappers. Hearing
such incidence, the state police personnel from Arunachal and Assam as well, immediately
swung into action showing their full ability and started their search operation with
information and cooperation from the local youths and villagers.
The kidnappers learnt to be local youths, sensing their soon- arrest following full
chase by the police and villagers left the victim alone leaving behind the car and
fled to unknown place.
Although the victim had been rescued, it is a matter of serious concerns not only
for the people residing in border areas but also to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
The credit must goes to police, local youths and specially to Assam Police who despite
unacquainted with hills, jungle,, & surroundings of the area, took prompt action
to undertake the search operation and rescued the victim with cooperation from the
local police and people.
While condemning such anti-social act by our local youths, it is urged that the youths
reportedly arrested be given extreme punishment as per law and to investigate into
the kidnapping case thoroughly to find out the root cause of such undesired activities.
It may be noted that the public does not yet know about Sanjay Kumar, an official
of Mineral Development & Trading Corporation kidnapped three months before.
The state government should also come out with some comprehensive policy on security
measures to curb such crimes and initiate policies for unemployed youths so that
they are not compelled to opt for such crimes.
Tapak Nguso Lendo,
Transparency being maintained
This is apropos the letter issued by Techni Necha, a public leader on Feb 25. I being
in-charge of the implementing agency of JNNURM scheme express my profound thankfulness
to him for his kind appreciation extended to district administration and UD & H Department
over the way we are improving some of the Itanagar colony roads. The need of the
hour is indeed cooperation from all sections of people residing in Itanagar. On our
part, we put all our endeavour to produce best output for the interest of public.
The district administration is really helping the UD and H department by evicting
all encroachers along the roads for making it as model road.
The support of Capital DC Dr S B Deepak Kumar and ADM Talo Potom is really appreciable.
The personnel monitoring and supervision constantly by Potom himself till late hours
for many days made it possible to widen minimum workable width of the proposed five
model roads which is highly appreciable.
Regarding implementation of JNNURM schemes for improvement of all roads, it is clarified
that fund allocated under the present JNNURM scheme is limited. Hence, out of more
than 100 colony roads of Itanagar, the UD &H, department has taken over around 45
roads of different length from PWD. Out of the 45, 15 roads have been proposed for
construction as model roads by the Govt. The eviction for widening of these model
roads is being carried out by the district administration presently. It was also
decided to improve the remaining normal roads in the existing width. Accordingly,
the construction of drainage system and retaining walls etc for normal roads are
also being carried out without widening the road. It is also our endeavour to maintain
quality and transparency in the implementation of the scheme.
R D Lewi,
Dy Director, Capital,
Hindi wins over English
The articulation by S. Mundayoor on the rise and fall of English language in our
state is an earnest attempt but not complete. I do not dispute the rise of English
language in the period when our state was a union territory as the administrative
block was in Shillong and English had been the official language.
The dispute remains in its fall, our state did manage to keep English as the official
language but only in theory and not in practice, the main reason to such a development
was not only the failure of the teachers but the socio-historical conditions of the
state at that time, cause unlike Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram the first and second
generation of teachers had mostly been either Assamese speakers or Hindi while in
the case of the above three states there second generation teachers were mostly indigenous
citizen who had been educated in English. Thus in the long run Hindi won over both
Assamese and English. The success of Hindi perpetuated with coming of Doordarshan
and Prashar Bharti. Also Hindi cinema worked as a catalyst, when people in Meghalya
and Mizoram were singing hits of 'Greece' and 'Abba' we were tuning to Mohammad Rafi
and Lata Mangeshkar. Hindi has managed to perpetuate till today as the people started
drawing status and class positions with its use. The main set back of English is
due to its replacement by Hindi.
Delhi, (on email).
What’s wrong with your newspaper?
It was indeed sad to hear about the alleged offence committed by some engineers as
published in your daily. And if proven guilty, deemed punishment should be handed
out to them. However, I thought it was immature on your part to have used their names,
their designation would had sufficed for the news article, not that they are some
hard criminals on the loose and are a threat to the society directly. Before that,
I also recall you publishing a news article related to lodging of FIR for the same
case and the accused handing out his clarification subsequently. I am therefore somehow
forced to believe that the same news was just a follow up.
I thought it would not be uncalled for if I remind you that, the jurisprudence in
our country is such that no one is assumed guilty until proven so in the court of
law. But unfortunately, in our country and specially in our state, the media does
not seems to have understood the logic behind it or may be, its the free market economy
that is driving it to its lowest ebb of morality. Sensationalism and character assassination
seems to be the new mantra.
And off-late your house seems to have become very good in doing it, happily obliging
for the free unpaid sensational local news. We see it every now and then in your
readers column with accusations and counter accusations by some 'tom', 'dick' and
'harry' taking out their personal grudge in public which really do not have any bearing
for the general mass. I am a nobody to tell you how to run your paper, nor am I asking
you to please anyone.
But, this I hope you would understand, before calling names give some thought about
the impact that your news would have on someone and their near and dear ones. All
that I am asking you is to use your discretion more often.
I know, our state have a lot of self-proclaimed activist who might not agree with
what I am stating here, but as I said earlier let there be no media trial, let the
media be the source of information. Let the law take its own course
Naharlagun, (on email).
Work culture and Youth
We are suffering lots of traffic jam due to renovation of NH-52, but I would like
to draw the attention of executing agency not to blind fold the public of the state
by simply carpeting the surface of the road by the poor means of specifications,
like inverse super elevation, not maintaining the cambering, poor mixing, executing
the work without engineers in charge. Engineers in this state are busy in making
their own benefit by neglecting their duties.
Equally I would like to draw the attentions of various student unions, specially
Unemployed engineers students union of this state. At least they can raise their
voice against such poor specifications of works, rather than running door to door
of every departmental office for vacancies of posts.
When will the educated people learn to serve this state selflessly? This state is
affected by a very dreadful epidemic known as 'deaf and dumb'. Please raise some
voice against such in justices.
Best of luck to the youths of this State.
A youth (on email).
Silence and Khonsa
Through the columns of this esteemed daily I would like to express myself on the
problem going on in Khonsa.
The thing which the people of Tirap can't seem to understand in this time of the
bloody clashes in Khonsa is that why is the state govt keeping such a deafening silence
not commenting on it let alone taking any action.
The people see no silver lining behind these dark clouds, they seem hopeless and
if you happen to ask a person from there about the problem ,they would most certainly
say that the problem is here to stay & with the state govt taking little interest
it might as well be so. This is so discouraging & disheartening.
The feeling of security has gone to the wind as the security forces just stand as
mere spectators when all this clashes go on, as if there is nexus between the security
forces and the insurgents. Most of the departments are running without Heads of departments
as they are on the run leading to stagnation of all works.
I would like to express my great appreciation to All Tirap Students Union for the
work they are doing.
Please keep it up.
In this state of ours it is the student community that has to take up many task otherwise
taken up by political parties and public leaders.
Set an example
The Hiya Youth Trust had launched fight against the corruption practice committed
by Tanung Jamoh, the Assistant Engineer, Ziro Sub-Division Department of Hydro Power
Development. We appreciate the City police led by its SP Chukhu Appa, the Officer-in-Charge
of Banderdewa Police station N. Sora and K. Dev, the Investigating Officer in the
case and the entire police team of Banderdewa Police station for prompt action against
such corrupt officials. They are setting good examples for their departmental folks.
We also urge the authority concerned not to grant anticipatory bail to Jamoh, the
prime accused in the corruption case.
Therefore we would like to urge the home department to issue red alert about Jamoh
and ensure that he is arrested as early as possible.
Further we also demand immediate termination of his service to set stringent example
Hiya Youth Trust.
This is in response to the article published on Feb 25 under the heading Siru Rijo
tea Garden. A true appreciation must go to the commendable effort of the person who
initiated such a big project in an interior place of ours.
Besides the tea production, it is providing medical facility, markets and jobs to
the people. Such kind of future oriented works should be highly encouraged. Please
keep up your good work.
Litum (on email).
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