February 17


News Impact

MMC reaches Jairammpur

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandari Setong Sena kicked off the MMC Rock Concert at Jairampur, Changlang yesterday amidst huge gathering of youths.

Speaking on the occasion, Sena asked people not to hesitate in discussing HIV. We should not hesitate to talk about HIV in our family. We should be able to tell our children about High Risk Activities which may lead to HIV infections, he said.

While advising youth not to indulge in sexual activities before marriage, Sena also stressed on the need to promote use of condom so that people remain safe from HIV and other sexually transmitted disease. Highlighting the four routes of HIV transmission, Sena also said that the two routes of HIV transmission, infection through needles and syringes and infection through sexual contacts are the most common routes as per as North East is concerned.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jairampur Nidhi Srivastava asked people not to discriminate people living with HIV. Stay safe from HIV but do not discriminate people living with the virus, she said.

APSACS Deputy Director (IEC) Tashor Pali informed the masses about the services being provided under APSACS for effective prevention and control of HIV in the state. He also informed the youths on the routes of HIV transmission and its prevention.

Yumrin Nokpa, General Secretary of ArNP+ while continuing with campaign asked the masses to create an environment so that PLHIV are not hesitate to come overground and campaign for the cause of HIV prevention.

Ongtang Thamphang, Deputy Director (IEC), Family Welfare sensitised the audience on weekly iron and folic acid supplementation. He appealed youth, specially aged between 10-19 years to take IFA tablet to keep their mind and body healthy as IFA is an iron supplement and not a medicine.

DMO, Changlang,  Dr. P. Dutta, Consultant Mainstreaming Karjo Basar,also spoke on the occasion. Alien Gods vocalist, Olik Boko appealed youths to stay safe from HIV and also not to do drug while mesmerising the youths audience with his original rocking numbers. The other touring band Carnal Sins also asked audience not to discriminate people living with HIV. The band members also asked the youths to stay safe from HIV as there is no vaccine against the disease.

Local band from Jairampur, Perfect Stranger also enthralled the Rock fans of Jairampur by its rocking numbers.



PRC to non-APSTs

JHPC to conduct ground level visit at Vijaynagar

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The 2nd meeting of the Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) on the issue related to Permanent Residential Certificate (PRC) to non- APST residing in Arunachal Pradesh was held with  Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy in the chair here at Banquet hall today.

In the meeting, specific affected areas like Lohit, Changlang, Papum Pare and  Pasighat was discussed wherein all the special invitees including Minister Planning, Finance and PWD, Chowna Mein, Minister Mining, Geology, Civil Supply, Kamlung Mossang, MLA C C Singpho, MLA CT Mein, DC Sharma highlighted the problems and grievances faced by the affected people. They requested the committee to make a spot visit as soon as possible and said that PRC be given to the non-APST after necessary examination and also pleaded for inclusion of representatives from the affected areas in the Committee.

AAPSU President Kamta Lapung also spoke on the occasion and  requested the committee not to take any concrete decision before looking into the matter thoroughly. He said that spot verification is very important on this PRC to Non- APST issue. Representatives of other students Unions from the affected districts also participated in the discussion.

After long 4 hours preliminary discussion, the committee decided to make a spot visit to the affected area Vijaynagar first and then Papumpare’s Holongi area and Lohit and Changlang districts. DIPR



Ering visits Newman School, Kharsang

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Ninong Ering visited the Christ the Light Shrine in Miao and attended the functions hosted by the Newman Educational Society in Newman School, Kharsang and Mother Theresa School, Kharsang on February 14. The Minister visited the Christ the Light Shrine in Miao and planted a tree in the campus to spread awareness on afforestation.

The Minister was then escorted to the Newman School in Neotan for the Foundation Stone Laying ceremony of Newman Educational Society Complex. The Union Minister was accompanied by Geology and Mining Minister Kamlung Mosang, who speaking on the occasion, highlighted the significant role the Newman Educational Society in the improvement of the literacy rate in East Arunachal in general and in Neotan in particular. He also declared Neotan as the first fully literate village in Arunachal Pradesh.

Ering exhorted the students to dream big and aim high.

Later, the Minister and other dignitaries attended the school building inaugural function of Mother Theresa School in Kharsang and its Annual Day function.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said, “It is only through good education and hard work that one can succeed in life”. He also said that the future of the country is heavily dependent on all us, especially the youth.

The little students from Mother Theresa School mesmerized Ering and other dignitaries with well synchronized dance and songs.

Athithova, Vice President of the Neman Educational Society, thanked Ering and other dignitaries for accepting to attend the programme.



Special colloquium lecture on ‘Sino-Indian relations’ by J J Singh

CHANDIGARH, Feb 16: A special Panjab University Colloquium lecture was delivered by General J J Singh, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on ‘Sino-Indian Relations’ at the Golden Jubilee hall of the University yesterday.

The Governor in his lecture talked about the role of geography, as a sole arbitrator of determining relations in international politics. While drawing legacy of the relationship between the two, the Governor spoke about evolution of border dispute consequent to Simla agreement and position of then Tibet as a sovereign entity. The Governor highlighted actual terrain of Himalayas which certainly could be an impediment for seeking any conflict designs.

Bringing out the importance of North East he further highlighted, how it could become a pivot in engaging South East Asia as it joins nearly eleven countries on the eastern frontier then merely one on the western coast. The Governor also discussed various initiatives taken by both the countries to defuse emerging concerns and accommodate growing bilateral relations as a benchmark for promising ties between the two.

The Vice chancellor Prof Arun K Grover while welcoming the dignitaries spoke about the growing significance of relationship between India and China.

Earlier, Prof Rakesh Datta, Chairman, Department of Defence and National Security Studies in his introductory remarks mentioned about the challenges and compulsions which have made India becoming more a compliant state vis-a-vis China and is modulating their relationship.

The lecture received an overwhelming response from academician, military professionals and students. PRO to Raj Bhawan



Oriah festival celebrated with traditional gaiety

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Oriah, the major festival of the Wancho community was celebrated with much traditional and religious fervour in the capital complex here today.

Capital MLA and Chairman AP Agriculture & Marketing Board Techi Kaso while gracing the occasion as chief guest called for harmonious co-existence of all the tribes in the capital complex while stressing upon preservation and promotion of rich cultural heritage of the people inherited since generations. While relating Oriah with the festivals of the other tribes of the state, Kaso said that all the festivals of the state are basically associated with the agricultural activities and hence prayers are offered for the peace, prosperity, good health and bumper harvest. He appreciated the Wancho people for their effort in promotion and preservation of their culture and tradition through such celebrations which highlight the cultural exuberance of the people.

Speaking as guest of honour, SE, Highway division, S. Sumnyan called upon the people to preserve their culture through celebration of their indigenous festival in a befitting way. Lauding the Wanchos for being receptive to development activities, Sumnyan informed that the construction of Trans Arunachal Highway from Tisa to Longding is progressing fast and sought continued support and cooperation of the local people for successful completion of the project which would facilitate further development of the area.

Earlier, the General Secretary of the 11th Capital Complex Wancho Oriah Festival committee – 2013, Sephua Chama while welcoming all to the festival said that Oriah is celebrated with immense pomp and show in truly traditional way and high spirits.

‘O’ means the fowl or the cock and ‘Riah’ means the celebration. Hence it is a celebration of being together with joy while prayers are offered to the omnipotent and benevolent Jowan Rang at the altar called the Zangwantong to seek his choicest blessings upon the people and for bumper crops. He said that Wanchos are known to be extremely fond of songs and dances, and Oriah the most prominent among all the festivals of the community, provides the perfect platform to showcase their cultural practices and traditions.

The highlights of the day-long celebration included hoisting of festival flag, offering to festival altar ‘Zang –Wan’, presentation of traditional dances by the various cultural troupes. The troupe from Ozakho village from Kanubari stole the show through their splendid performance in traditional and bamboo dance as well. DIPR



Pema inaugurates Losar T20 cricket tourney at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Minister RWD & Tourism Pema Khandu inaugurated the Losar 2013 T20 Cricket Tournament at Tawang amidst huge gathering.  

Speaking on the occasion, Pema emphasized on the need to play sports by all, particularly the youths for imbibing self discipline and to keep oneself physically fit.

“To win is good; to be No 1 is even better but the best is to participate,” said   Pema. He was highly inspired by participation of local youths in games and sports despite high altitude, rugged terrain and harsh climatic condition of Tawang.  

Dwelling upon the sports activity in the district, Pema fondly remembered the contributions made in the field by Late Dr. Nawang Tomden’s, who unfortunately passed away in tragic helicopter accident of 19th April, 2011 at Tawang. The Minister highlighted on the recently adopted sports policy of the state and huge incentives declared by the present government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for outstanding sportspersons.

While sponsoring the prize money of Rs. 1.00 lakh for the winner and Rs. 50,000 for the runners up team, the young Minister asked the Tawang DSA to select a cricket team of the district from amongst the participants of the tournament which will represent Tawang in the state level cricket tournament.

Tawang SP SN Musobi and ZPM Jambey Tsering also spoke on the occasion.

The tournament was declared open by the Minister by hitting a huge six off the bowling of the Deputy Commissioner.

The Losar 2013 Cricket Tournament is being organized by the District Sports Authority Tawang. Altogether 13 teams from various corners of Tawang are participating in it.

The inaugural match was played between Gyangkhar CC and Tawang Strikers (Army Team) in which the former defeated the latter by 21 run.  

Chasing the target, Tawang Strikers could score only 166 runs from 20 over losing 7 wickets.

Captain of the winning team Nawang Thutan, who scored 98 runs and took 1 wicket, was adjudged the ‘Man of the Match’.



Tamladu celebrated with pomp and gaiety

Raju Mimi

TEZU, Feb 16: Three-day Tamladu festival of Mishmi community concluded at Tamla ground with much fanfare and festivity yesterday.

Attending the celebration as chief guest Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi said that preservation of indigenous culture and tradition is critical for the growth of Mishmi society.

“One may embrace any faith but it doesn’t mean we should do away with our indigenous traditions and beliefs that our ancestors have followed for centuries,” he said.

Citing the case of different communities of the world, he said that even after centuries of adoption of Buddhism and Christianity, Japanese are still rooted to their indigenous Shinto faith.

Similarly, among the Indonesian community, influence of the Hindu culture can be traced in their customary belief and tradition. So the indigenous traditional faith can easily go hand in hand with any adopted religion, he said.

Further referring another case, Mithi said that Ahoms who came to Assam in 13th century are today making desperate effort to revive their ancestral language, tradition and culture; but without much success. Apprehending similar fate, he said in future Mishmi community should not be culturally relegated to such state.

The festival became another occasion after the recent successful conclusion of Mega Reh celebration for show of Mishmi unity and brotherhood. Colorful cultural dances and songs from Kaman, Tawra and Idu were presented by different cultural troupes.

The festival ground was adorned with slogans of ‘Kisit Hushu’, ‘Pra Hanana’ and ‘Prah-ne ena’, meaning ‘welcome’ that represented three different dialects of the Mishmi group.

Encouraging the youths for working towards the larger goal of ‘Mishmi Unification’, Mithi suggested them to maintain harmony not only amongst Arunachali Mishmis, but to try establishing communication with Mishmis in Myanmar, Thailand and Tibet also.

“Today, international borders are opening for trade and relation with Myanmar developing friendly ties with India. In future we can look for meeting our lost Mishmi people in Myanmar and Thai-Myanmar border,” he said. Further Mithi maintained that cultural preservation must also go along with building of a modern Mishmi society.

Earlier, speaking as guest of honor, Jatan Pulu, former President of Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) said that Mishmi is a one single family with common origin.

“The commonality of our origin can be traced in our similar customs and traditions. Tawra and Kaman share similar dress, and Idu and Tawra have almost identical language. We also have common surnames like Melo, Malo, Mepo, Mele.”

He also encouraged inter-marriage within the Mishmi tribe to help preserve the culture, tradition and deepen the bond of Mishmi brotherhood.

Speaking on the occasion, Karikho Kri, MLA, Tezu said that culture is foundation to a prosperous lifetime and in order to keep it alive one must do their part - to speak in their mother tongue and to learn about one’s own religion and festivals.

He emphasized on early development of third language of Kaman, Tawra and Idu for Mishmi inhabited areas in Arunachal. Calling on the intellectual mass of Mishmi society, he urged them to work for documenting all aspects of Mishmi culture to preserve it for posterity.

Earlier speaking on the importance of Tamladu festival, festival celebration committee secretary Badangso Tayang said, “Tamladu festival celebrated by Kaman/Tawra Mishmi at the onset of February is to encourage Mishmi to come under unified banner in preserving their own culture, traditions and to spread the message of harmony of ‘Matai’, the supreme god.”

A two minute silence was observed before the start of cultural events praying for the departed soul of late Sohail Krong, a popular public leader of Mishmi community. He died in a car accident near Namsai recently. Despite the celebration, the whole Tezu market closed down their shutter in respect to the departed soul.



SLMC team  inspects  projects in Upper Subansiri


DAPORIJO, Feb 16: State level monitoring committee officer incharge for Upper Subansiri district visited various places as a part of regular inspection of on going state and centrally sponsored schemes in the district.

The state monitoring officer along with a team of concern department inspected most of the project/ schemes in Taliha, Siyum, Dumporijo, Baririjo, Daporijo and other places of the Uppers Subansiri district.

A district level monitoring committee meeting was also convened to take stock of the physical achievements and financial status of different scheme under SPA, NEC, NLCPR  and other works under different schemes in Upper Subansiri district in which the state level monitoring committee officer incharge Hage Kojeen was also present.

Meeting was chaired by District Planning Officer cum Member Secretary of District Monitoring Committee Same Timba and attended by HODs of various departments, including the officers incharge of department concerned.

Every HODs presented their report on physical achievements and financial status of different work under different scheme, through PowerPoint presentation.

Meanwhile, the state level monitoring committee officer incharge of Upper Subansiri district cum commissioner of agriculture and horticulture, Hage Kojeen asked the various executing departments to explain the obstacle and other grievances faced by them during the implementation of project so that it can be overcome in future. He, however, stressed timely completion of such project by maintaining quality.

RWD executive engineer Tabu Paktung informed that during the implementation of the project work in the initial stage, land dispute had been the major problem. Many people claim themselves as the land owner demand compensation leading to delay in starting the project work.



National level CME on Ophthalmology begins

PASIGHAT, Feb 16: Two days long CME (Continues Medical Education) on Recent Advances in Ophthalmology began at the General Hospital here today.

Organized by the Arunachal Academy of Ophthalmology in association with Association of Community Ophthalmologists of India (ACOIN), the CME is designed to provide a comprehensive update on the treatment and management of eye cares.

The program offered a unique educational opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas with the experts of the different parts of the country.

Interactive lectures, case studies and a hands-on workshop aimed at provoking high level discussions etc including balanced assessment of clinically relevant advances in eye care were held on the first day of the CME.

Attending the CME, Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra appreciated the efforts of the ACOIN and hospital authority in reaching out to the weaker sections of the society for providing free comprehensive eye care and to address the preventable blindness through mobile eye services in East Siang district. He urged the ACOIN to provide spectacles and medicine to the poor and needy people during their village survey which is scheduled to be held tomorrow at Ayeng village under Mebo Subdivision.

Mishra while appreciating the Organizing Secretary Dr. Yater Ringu Darang in particular and other medical fraternity for conducting the CME at GHP, said the actual goal was to “Advocacy in Community Eye Health around the Indian Subcontinent”. He hoped that there will be more and more free eye-camps in future with the help of ACOIN in the state showering the blessing to the remotest corner of the country.

Earlier, President ACOIN and founder Medical Director of Sankar Dev Netralay (Guwahati), Dr. Hrsha Bhattacharya while briefing about ACOIN, informed that Indian Alumni Group of ICEH (International Centre for Eye Health), was instituted with the intention of building a global platform of exchange of ongoing ideas and subsequent implementation of Community Ophthalmic Practice around the world (keeping our Indian perspective in mind). Members of that Group in the developing countries went for their Community Ophthalmology training at the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), London (a WHO Collaborating Centre) during the past three decades which in turn had helped them to implement the goal of Prevention of Blindness in this part of the Third World under the respective National Programme for Control of Blindness. In these pretext successful implementations of any Programme depends on proper review and follow up of the activities, he added.

Dr. Debasish Bhattacharya, Vice-President (AIOS) and CMD Disha Eye Hospitals (WB) said every one deserves the best in the society.

Among others, Dr. Swapan K Samanta, Secretary ACOIN delivered key note address and Dr. Subhra Kinkor Goswami, MD, Nalbari Eye Hospital, Dr. Kaushik Kumar Deb, Arunachal State Program Officer NPCB, Dr. Taba Khanna (MS) and Dr. Kabang Lego, Jt. Director Health Service (T&R) and Onik Moyong, Medical Superintendent, Dr. Reto Doye and Dr. B Borang Perme, of GHP also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO



Tuki joins Rahul to campaign in Nagaland

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, who is crisscrossing across North East, campaigning in poll-bound states on Thursday joined AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi to garner support for the Congress in Nagaland’s Mon district.

Addressing a huge gathering at Mon town, Tuki said Nagaland and Arunachal are almost similar geographically as well as ethnically and questioned why both should remain different politically.

“Ours (Arunachal) is a Congress Government and developing fast. I wonder why Nagaland should not follow suit!” he said calling on the people to cast their votes in favour of the Congress when the state goes to polls on February 23 next.

Tuki pointed out that five out of the seven states in the North East are ruled by the Congress and reaping fruits of development with patronage of UPA government led by Congress. He said North East with its unique geographical and social pattern distinctively different from the mainland needs political unity to develop, which he asserted can be achieved only through a national party like the Congress.

“Regional parties are all-right but the need of the hour for our region is a strong, vibrant and accommodative national party. Our aspirations can be fulfilled only by being a part of the Congress-led UPA,” the Chief Minister emphasized.

He claimed that among the 7 North Eastern states Nagaland is the least developed due to rampant corruption.

“You have given ten years to the ruling NPF. You have seen the result. Now is the time for change. Give Congress a chance and see your future change,” he appealed.

Citing the bumpy ride from the helipad to the rally ground, Tuki joked that if an important approach road can be so bad, he wouldn’t imagine the condition of roads elsewhere.

He also asserted that the Naga issue can be resolved only by the UPA government as its leaders have already displayed their sincerity towards it in the past years.

In his campaign address, Rahul Gandhi echoed his mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in promising an early solution of the protracted Naga political problem.

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would try to find all avenues to find a settlement of the Naga issue at the earliest so that peace could be ushered in the State for all round development, Rahul assured voters.

The Arunachal Chief Minister was accompanied by Longding-Pumao legislator Thangwang Wangham and former Indian Youth Congress General Secretary Nyamar Karbak, according to an APCC release.



Chowna Mein lauds APNE Library reader-activists

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: On his visit to Wakro to attend Tamladu Festival celebrations, Finance Minister Chowna Mein, who is also the Founder Chief Patron of the VT-AWIC Youth Libraries, took time off to spend time interacting with the reader-activists and library-volunteers at APNE Library.  

“You have done well all these years. Keep developing your reading habits and help the village youths to read better,” he said, after Animai Chikro, library activist explained to him their various reading campaign activities.

The Minister also warmly applauded the library volunteers for putting up a spirited display of a skit in Mishmi language, “The Milkman of India” on the life of Dr Varghese Kurien. Anjangmai Mam, reader-activist presented a memento to Mein for bringing the Youth Library Movement to Arunachal Pradesh in March 2007 and supporting the Lohit Youth Libraries all through the last 6 years.

The Minister was accompanied by Namsai ADC Kamlesh Joshi PHE Chief Engineer Lapalum Kri, Wakro EAC D. Riba, Anchal Samity Chairperson Balijan Krisikro, Wakro ZPM Patam Rangmang, Library patrons Dr. S. Nayil and Bihem Lap, and officers and public leaders from Namsai and Wakro.



BWS celebrates Pre-Nyokum

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Byabang Welfare Society, (BWS) celebrated Pre Nyokum at New Palin under Kurung Kumey District with a three days programme from February 10.

The celebration was attended by Byabang Nukh, General Secretary, All Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Byabang Mosi, DVBDC, Yupia and senior most members of Byabang clan.

Hoisting the festival flag, Nukh appealed to all to spread the message of brotherhood and oneness. He appreciated the initiative of the Society to protect nature and promised to extend every possible help from his end for the upliftment of the society in the days to come. He also distributed cloths to the old persons.

BWS president Byabang Jagat highlighted the history and formation of Byabang Welfare Society. He further explained the meaning of each color of the flag with green at top standing for integrity, white middle for peace and brotherhood, green at bottom for prosperity. He also explained that the lamp (the logo) symbolizes enlightenment of knowledge among the ‘Dui clan’, while the 12 rays represent 12 brothers of Dui clan and the ‘Spirit’ shows the oneness and brotherhood among all the members of Dui.

Various sports and cultural competitions were also conducted as part of the celebration. A beauty contest titled first ever Bangne Contest-2013 was also among the Sister-In-Laws/Daughter-In-Laws of Byabang Clan. Altogether 21 Bangne’ participated in the contest. The event was sponsored by Dr. Byabang Rana, Chief Patron of BWS.

The Dunge-Maagbu were also invited on the occasion.

Meanwhile, BWS during the celebration took up the resolution to protect and preserve the flora and fauna/ natural resources of the area by discouraging jhum cultivation as first step towards its endeavor.



Maj on rubber plantation study tour

KOTTAYAM, Feb 16: Chairman of the agro gramin united (agun), an Arunachal Pradesh-based voluntary organization Likha Maj, on his arrival here today was taken to various rubber plantion areas to have a firsthand knowledge of the cash crop.

Maj on a 10-day study tour to the Kerala district as an emissary of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was received by the Rubber Board of India officials led by joint commissioner (Rubber production) P K Ramachandran, who escorted him during the day long trip.

Maj is scheduled to learn the knowhow of rubber production, visit the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) besides holding a threadbare discussion with the chairman to seek the Board’s support for expansion of rubber cultivation in his home state.    

Kottayam, previously a part of the erstwhile princely state of Travancore, is a major trading center of natural rubber in India. With its suitable tropical climate with high humidity about 90% during the rainy season, rubber trees are extensively cultivated in central Kerala, on plantations, both large and small especially in vast areas of the district. The RBI for the development of rubber industry is located at Kottayam along with a RRI. A number of small and medium sized enterprises in and around the town are engaged in the processing of rubber latex and manufacturing of rubber products.

agun had brought agri-horticulture movement in the state a decade and has been supplementing the efforts of the GoAP in ensuring generation of self-employment in agri-horticulture and allied sector, the top priority agenda of the GoA.



Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi festival celebrated at Miao

CHANGLANG, Feb 16: Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi festival was celebrated by Singphos with a two-day programme at Miao.

Attending the festival on February 13, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering assured to fulfill the long pending demand for construction of a motorable suspension bridge over river Nao Dihing at Miao to which Finance Minister Chowna Mein too gave nod for funding. Both Ering and Mein also assured to provide fund for construction of a permanent Manau Shadung at Miao in line with Singpho Heritage Center.

Ering asked the Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav to prepare an estimate for it.

Mein, who has close affinity with the Singphos, appealed every Singpho, especially youths to imbibe sense of regard for their rich culture heritage and preserve it.

Taking advantage of the Poi, the Finance Minister lambasted State Department of Tourism for not taking appropriate steps to publicise SYMP in social networking sites well in advance to impress and inform domestic as well as international tourists. He wanted to know whether Tourism Dept officers really know about Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi which has already been declared by Chief Minister in Namgo in 2012 as Tourism Festival.

“Do they actually know the importance and definition of Nong Yang (Lake of No Return) and Pangsau? What is the union government doing with Look East Policy that was adopted long back?, Chowna Mein thundered. He appealed the union government to take concrete step to help construct road in the Myanmar side of Stilwell Road so that the natural resources aplenty there can be exploited for economic development. He felt that despite state government’s efforts the Centre is maintaining low profile on Stilwell Road which is indeed discouraging, he said.

Minister Setong Sena, lauded the organizers and extended best wishes to every Singpho on the occasion and sincerely felt that the age -old rich tradition and culture can be well preserved if the economic status of every individual in society is improved. This improvement will be visible only if we take up agriculture and horticulture ventures in a commercial way, he said and appealed every Singpho to reap the benefits of facilities put forth by the government.

Chief Patron and Minister Kamlung Mossang, who had been extending all help to ensure success of Poi, congratulated every Singpho on the occasion. Unity brings peace and peace brings prosperity, he said.

Parliamentary Secretary CC Singpho, who has earned a niche for himself for developing Singpho Heritage Centre at Bordumsa felt that Singpho dialect that was declared as Third Language long ago ought to be taught in every Singpho inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh. SYMP is a bridge through which Singpho people from across the world assemble, he said while appealing the youths to imbibe respect for culture and become as worthy citizen.

Earlier, Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav, while addressing the gathering said she was delighted to see Singphos mingling together in traditional attires. She expressed hope that the ethno - cultural festival would usher in new era of peace and development in the district.

Learned Singpho, Senghkun N’Hkum, Chief Technical Advisor and Project Manager of Asian Development Bank, who had come from Laos, while addressing the gathering in Singpho and English expressed happiness to see Arunachal government giving complete freedom to its citizen in preservation of culture.

Language is the power house of tradition and cultures, he said while appealing every Singpho, especially youths to save own dialect at all cost.

Another Guest and learned Scholar from Myitkyina in Kachin State Myanmar, Maran Jagun informed that Singphos are spread over 27 countries across the world. We need to do everything possible to ensure that our language is preserved at all cost for preservation of our culture and identity, he said.

One of the landmarks of the festival was the participation of fellow tribal communities which includes Lisu (Yobin), Adi, Galo, Nyishi, Tagin, Wancho and Apatani dance troupes. The GBs of Miao Circle and PRI members attended and added flavour to the Poi. Other landmarks were release of souvenir, calendar and cap.

The celebration on February 14 was attended by Brigadier Rajinder Singh, 25 Sector Assam Rifles Lekhapani. He enjoyed cultural show during which a memorandum demanding music, sound and lighting systems for cultural activity under Military Civic Action Program was placed and Shapawng Yawng India Souvenir was released.

Replying to the memorandum, the Brigadier assured to fulfill the demand soon. He further informed that Assam Rifles are taking up various people friendly projects under civic action program in their area of operation. DIPRO

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


NEPMU-AP to join strike

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The North East Petroleum Mazdoor Union (NEPMU), Arunachal Pradesh unit has decided to join the proposed national wide general strike on Feb 20 and 21  in order to pressure the Union government to meet long pending demands of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).

The agitating Unions are demanding fixing of statutory minimum wages at Rs. 10,000 a month, stopping of contract labour, bringing 37 crore unorganised sector workers under the EPF/ESI Acts and raising minimum pension to Rs. 3,000 etc.


Ali-Aye Ligang celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Mishings residing in Naharlagun celebrated their main festival Ali-Aye Ligang at Imdad Bhavan, (Vidya Sagar Academic) Naharlagun with a two days programme on February 12 and 13.

Local MLA Techi Kaso and Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chiarman Jalley Sonam attended the festival as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

Hundreds of people from different tribes and community residing in twin city of Itanagar and Naharlagun joined the Mishings in celebrating the festival.


Free UPCS & APPSC coaching at DNGC

ITANAGAR, Feb, 16:  Much to its delight particularly for aspirant candidates of UPCS and APPSC a free UGC-Coaching   has began today at Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar. The coaching is being largely focused on optional subjects coordinated by Dr. M Q Khan. Earlier the coaching held on various components of General Studies Paper and General English.


BJP expresses concern over law & order

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: BJP National Council Member Wangman Lowangcha has expressed grave concern over growing drugs addiction in Lohit district which has created serious law and order problem.

According to Lowangcha, the district was in great trouble as the people, especially youths have fallen prey to opium and heroin addiction creating law and order problems.

“A person aged about 40 years was killed few days back due to over dose of drugs and one lady principal of Mahadevpur School was reportedly kidnapped and later she was released on payment of ransom,” the BJP National Council Member claimed.

“The govt. should immediately stop all those evil practices and maintain law and order problems in the district so that innocent people of the district can live peacefully,” he added.


Candlelight vigil in honour of Yudik

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Feb 16:  A candlelight vigil was organized at Dumporijo town to pray for eternal peace of the soul of Goto Yudik, who lost his life in the infamous Aalo incident.

More than 1000 people, including student, general public marched through the roads of Dumporijo Township covering around 5 km and later gathered at Yudik’s memorial stone site and observed one minute silence as mark of respect to the student leader.

They recalled the contribution of Yudik, who dedicated his life for the welfare of student community and the society.

Meanwhile, students gathering during the candle light appealed the state government to fulfill various demands of the Action Committee on Yudik murder case.


PR leaders refute allegations against DFCSO

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Panchayat leaders of Parsi Parlo area have refuted the allegations level against Kurung Kurung District Food and Civil Supply Officer (DFCSO) and two Fair price shops by United Parsi-Parlo People’s Forum (UPPPF).  The Forum in a complaint lodged to Kurung Kumey SP had alleged ‘mass embezzlement of public subsidy items and misuse of public consumable items’. It further alleged that   beneficiaries are deprived of subsidy items under AAY/BPL schemes.

While describing the allegations as politically motivated to tarnish the good image of  the  innocent and dedicated officer, a group of panchayat leaders in a letter to  Kurung Kumey SP  further said ‘the beneficiaries are selected by the panchayat leaders  and two FPS dealers  also  authorized to draw the BPL and AAY rice for  convenient of consumers.

Condemning   the allegations, the  Panchayat leaders also urged the SP  to take action  against Forum chairman “ for misleading the public.”


ALSU appeals for early completion of works

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has expressed displeasure over slow progress of construction of state civil secretariat. Union appealed to the state government to take steps so that construction activity speeds up and civil secretariat starts functioning at the earliest.


Student group meets MP

ITANAGAR, Feb 16:  The members of All Adi Bori Students Union met Lokh Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy and briefed him about various grievances of Payum circle under West Siang district.

The MP gave them patient hearing and assured to look into the problems faced by the people of area.


‘Travo’ inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: TRAVO- the traveler’s paradise was inaugurated by All Nyishi  Students’ Union (ANSU) President Sikka Gapak at Barapani,  Naharlagun today afternoon. While congratulating Rajeev Ranjan  Jha, Zonal Sales Manager Travo, on the occasion, Gapak said, “by taking up so many services under one roof, Travo would definitely  be relief for many people in the state.” Travo besides providing travel related services like booking air  tickets, holiday packages, hotel booking, cruise  booking, also provides insurance, passports and Visa’s.


AVP team visits Sigin fire victims


DAPORIJO, Feb 16: Arunachal Vikash  Prishad (AVP),Upper Subansiri Unit yesterday visited the fire victims of Sigin colony and contributed kitchen items, like bucket, plates and tumbler etc. to all the affected families.

The AVP team also provided fire safety tips to the people and precautions to be taken to avoid household fire accident. It also appealed to the people to be extra cautious while burning candle and handling fireplaces and LPG cylinders. The team also discussed with colony welfare committee to initiate some preventive measures to avoid such major fire accident in future.

The recent fire incident claimed three precious lives, burnt down 34 houses.

Meanwhile, AVP prayed to almighty for the eternal peace of the departed souls.


DNGC NSS conducts spl campaign

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The NSS unit of DN Govt. College, Itanagar conducted two days special campaign at Khamyir village on February 15 and 16.

The volunteers repaired the link road from village to Khamyir primary school by filling up all the road with drainage system. Besides this, the volunteers also cleaned up the surrounding of the community health centre and angwadi centre of the village and disposed off all the garbage.

The programe was followed by interaction programe between the villagers and volunteers about health and hygine and other social problems.

The programe were actively participated by villagers and teachers incharge of the   school aloghwith NSS volunteers.

The programe officer thanked each and every one including the villagers, volunteers and college principal for successful completion of special campaign.

The program was successfully carried out by Dr. T. Lollen and Mr. Kumar Tok, NSS Program officers, D.N. Govt. College, Itanagar.


Free UPCS & APPSC coaching at DNGC

ITANAGAR, Feb, 16:  Much to its delight particularly for aspirant candidates of UPCS and APPSC a free UGC-Coaching   has began today at Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar. The coaching is being largely focused on optional subjects coordinated by Dr. M Q Khan. Earlier the coaching held on various components of General Studies Paper and General English.





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Ekalavyaism to harness neglected skills & build talented resource pool

Amitava Basu


Every human being has the right to have the opportu nity to make a better life for oneself. Unfortunately, too many children in the world today grow up without this chance because they are denied their basic right to even attend primary school. At least 1.2 billion poor people cannot read or write. This restricts their ability to carry out every day activities such as read signposts, understand medicine labels, confirm commercial transactions and avoid being cheated.

Sustainable end to world poverty as well as the path to peace and security requires that citizens of every country are empowered to make positive choices and provide for themselves and their families. Also, absence of opportunity to access education at an affordable cost withers away talents, and leads to loss of skilled human resource pool. Increasing the pool of literate people is essential to harness the poor, underprivileged and neglected masses; and to attain inclusive growth.

In this backdrop, it will be not out of place to cite the story of Ekalavya narrated in the great Indian epic Mahabharata.

Legend of Ekalavya

Ekalavya was from humble origin but bright, enthusiastic and brave. He had great desire for learning the art of archery from Dronacharya, who was the teacher of the Pandava and Kaurava princes of the royal family of Hastinapur.

Ekalavya approached Dronacharya but the great teacher declined to accept him as disciple because he belonged to lower caste. Being refused by Dronacharya, Ekalavya returned home disappointed and sad; and he became more strongly determined to learn archery.

Ekalavya installed a clay idol of Dronacharya near his house and worshipped as his teacher. Every day in the morning, evening and at night, he prayed before the idol of Dronacharya and with relentless diligence he took self-lessons in archery. With his deep concentration, strong determination and sincere dedication, Ekalavya acquired excellent knowledge in bow and arrow; and became a skilled expert in the art of archery.

As it so happened, on one pleasant and peaceful afternoon Dronacharya and his favourite disciple, the third Pandava prince, Arjuna, were walking near the hut of Ekalavya. The tranquility and silence was broken by constant barking of a dog. Ekalavya did not like the dog barking as it disturbed the concentration on his practice of archery. Before the dog could stop barking or move elsewhere, Ekalavya fired seven arrows in rapid succession to fill the dog’s mouth without injuring it.

Dronacharya and Arjuna were amazed to see the dog with its mouth sealed with arrows. They decided to trace the exceptionally skillful archer and reached the spot where Ekalavya was practicing with his bow and arrow in front of the clay idol of Dronacharya. It took no time for Dronacharya to understand and realise that Ekalavya was highly talented and superior to Arjuna, who was considered as the best archer on earth. Also, Arjuna feared that Ekalavya could eclipse him in skill with the bow and arrow.

Concept of ‘Ekalavyaism’

The legend of Ekalavya inspires that one can turn one’s dreams into reality with sincere efforts and unflinching eagerness to learn. Ekalavya’s effort to learn is a classic example of self-learning with meditative mind without the physical appearance of the teacher. Ekalavya’s story gave rise to the concept of “Ekalavyaism’’, which is a sentiment, a philosophy for self-learning with self-meditated mind.

Distance Education System

Often, educationists discuss the important role of the teacher and the relevance of face-to-face interaction between teachers and students. There is a school of thought that without teacher-student interaction students may not learn to their potential. However, what is needed for universalisation of education is application of the concept of “Ekalavyaism” fromwhich the concept of Distance Learning emerged.

Distance Learning is an educational process that occurs when instructions are delivered to students physically remote from the location or campus of programme origin, the main campus or the primary resources that support instruction. In this process, the requirements for a course or programme may be completed through remote communications with instructional and support staff, including either one-way or two-way written, electronic or other media forms.

Though correspondence course is the first generation of distance learning system, there are a variety of distance learning solutions for every educational need. With technological advancement, distance education today involves teaching through the use of telecommunication technologies to transmit and receive various materials through voice, video and data. These avenues of teaching often constitute instruction in a closed system limited to students who are pursuing educational opportunities as part of a systematic teaching activity or curriculum and are officially enrolled in the course. Examples of such analog and digital technologies include telecourses, audio and video teleconferences, closed broadcast, cable television system, compressed and full-motion video, fibre optic networks, interactive videodisks, and satellite-based computer networks.

Technology enables the student to view video images of lecturers and create a mental image of the lecturer. It is then up to the student to establish the remote mental connection with the teacher.

The Way Forward

As in the competitive world, people prefer to engage in multiple activities, the demand for distance learning courses have significantly increased across the globe. Also, universalisation of education underlines the need for making education accessible at all locations at affordable costs. This could be speedily achieved through distance learning system, the importance of which is today recognised globally.


As regards India, the population has crossed 1 billion, and about 34% is illiterate, which accounts for nearly 50% of illiterates in the world. Though the Indian achievement with regard to higher education has been substantial in quantitative terms, it has not been enough to provide access for all. As per recent estimate around 12% of the relevant age group in India is enrolling in higher education. This indicates the need for further expansion of higher education system as the world average is 16% and the average percentage in developed countries is 45%.Furthermore, to achieve the targeted economic growth, the major constraint is the availability of skilled manpower. The shortage in India of skilled workforce is not only in high-tech skills but also in basic skills. India needs to create 500 million skilled technicians by the year 2020.

In this context, distance education is a vehicle that could be meaningfully used in India to harness the talent of human resources that is presently neglected on account of inaccessibility to education by a significant population who are residing in remote places and cannot afford the present cost of education. Over the years, distance learning has emerged as an accepted and powerful education process in India.

Distance learning medium facilitates to strengthen and sharpen the skills of those who do not have opportunity to blossom and gradually fade away. It also assists to enrich the pool of national human resources by spreading general, vocational and professional literacy among the neglected masses and untie the unholy alliance of illiteracy and poverty. Talents of ‘Ekalavyas’ could be effectively harnessed to build up rich resource pool, prevent waste of national human skills, alleviate povertyand promote national development on inclusive basis. (The writer is a Development Practitioner based at New Delhi).

Save Nyishi dialect

Dear Editor,

It has become a kind of fashion for the Nyishi youngsters to say “I can’t speak in Nyishi dialect”. I am pretty sure when it comes to percentage of new generations who can’t speak in their own dialect/language, Nyishi will top the list. It is disturbing how majority of new Nyishi generation can’t speak in their own dialect, not to mention understanding and carrying on the age old culture and tradition. However, in other communities like Apatani, Adi, Galo etc., almost everybody, if not all, could speak their own language/dialect. So where did we went wrong? The answer is simple, at home itself. Nyishi parents, unlike their counterparts from any other community, speaks to their kids in Hindi instead of Nyishi for the reasons best known to them, educated and uneducated alike. The result is simple, new generation of Nyishi who can’t speak Nyishi. This practice, if lasts for few more decades, no doubt, will end up corroding our identity. Other languages like Hindi or English could be learned at schools and colleges, but not our mother tongue.

The parents must take this vital responsibility of teaching the young ones their mother tongue and teach them to value their culture and tradition. Nyishi community based organizations like ANSU, ANYA, NES etc. must also take the lead to create awareness among the community members by some kind of campaign or something.


Tai Dora




Investigation should be done

Dear Editor,

I would be highly obliged if you kindly allow me a little space to express my grievances through the esteem column of your daily. Gone are the days when the promises were made to keep. In today’s world promises are all empty that at best only sounds much. The fake announcement made by the govt to honour the toppers of class X and XII CBSE board exam with laptops is one such promise. As a matter of fact it has been decided that the toppers of the said exams would now be awarded with only rupees ten thousands each. This begets a suspicion on the good will of both the govt policy makers and the implementing agency since a handsome laptop costs not less than Rs.30000/-,the gap between the cash grant and the price of laptop amount to Rs.20000/-approx. It necessitates an investigation for unearthing this less amount and the reason for stepping back of the govt from its earlier promise so that the aspiring students are not deprived of their dues and the much talked slogan “RIGHT TO INFORMATION “is upheld in public interest.


Tana Sunny




Some fire safety tips

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem want to share few things regarding frequent fire incident. Dear one and all, when a house goes up in flames, it takes away everything including food, cloths, utensils, documents, certificates, articles, and host of other things. I am convinced that fire safety measures normally prescribed for, are not suitable for Arunachalee traditional houses. The textbook tips must be adapted to our local situation.

Here are some suggestions: DO NOT Construct houses too close to each other. DO NOT line up the houses on a hill. Giant flames can lit up houses from 150 or more foot up the hill. DO NOT use long logs for burning. They bring the fire from fire place on to the floor. DO USE METAL SHEETS for your kitchen. At least cover the area directly above the fire place with metal or aluminium roofing sheets. You can do it. DO KEEP ALL INFLAMMABLE things out of the reach of children. REMEMBER this: Fire prevention is the only remedy for our traditional Arunachal houses. Once a house catches fire, it becomes near impossible to fire fight. The wood, the bamboo, the thatched leaves crackle and go off into flames in few minutes! It is time to act responsibly. While we cannot control all fire accidents, most are preventable!


Avia Ngwazah

South Miao



Deprived of rights

Dear Editor,

With due respect, we, the undersigned person would like to inform about the irregularities that have been committed upon the bonafide/permanent residents of Tarajuli village under 7-Lekhi Anchal Samiti, who were registered in the electoral roll of the 32-Tarajuli (F)GP Segment and exercising their adult franchise for the last two decades and more.

On 14.1 1.2012, a hearing was conducted for inclusion of the new names in the electoral roll of the 32-Tarajuli (F) GP Segment. However, since some of the residents of the village were not informed about the hearing, the said hearing was re-fixed on 26.11.2012 after some representation was made to the Electoral Registration Officer and inclusion for new names were also accepted during the hearing. However, now it has been learnt that the District Electoral Officer upon the receipt of the said claims returned the claims to the Electoral Registration Officer vide a letter no. YPA/PR-35/201 1-13 dated 10Ul December 2012 with the observation that the residence of the claimants who have been accepted for inclusion is doubtful. Pursuant to such an order, all the claims for inclusion have been rejected.

Further we have been informed that names of 85 (eighty-five) voters/electors have been deleted from the electoral roll of the 32-Tarajuli (F) GP Segment without any notice or hearing. The said persons are not even aware of any objection filed against the inclusion of their names in the electoral roll, as no opportunity of hearing was given to them but assumes that such an action has been prompted after the order of the District Electoral Officer, Papum Pare district dated 10.12.2012. It is also to the utter shock and surprise of the entire Tarajuli village that the name of the Gaon Burah, Bogiam Nasi along with his family has also been deleted from the electoral roll. The said action of the Electoral Registration Officer and the District Electoral Officer has caused heartburn and hurt the sentiments.

The entire exercise has been carried out in a very arbitrary manner and in flagrant violation of The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 1997 and The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayats (preparation of Electoral Rolls) Rules, 2002. The said Act and the Rules postulates that the deletion of the names from the electoral roll shall not be made without giving the person concerned a reasonable opportunity of being heard in respect of the action proposed to be taken to him/her. In the instant case, the concerned officers have given a total go by to the statutory requirements and have acted basing on their surmises and conjectures.


Bogiam Nasi, GB, Tarajuli,

Dayam Taw, GPM,

Tanu Soki,



APPSCE confusing us

Dear Editor,

The Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission in its recently advertised APPSCCE (Prelim)-2013 asked eligibility of age to be recorded as on 19.03.2013. However, in OMR Application Form in Serial No. 16 issued by the commission, the age limit is required to be recorded as on 01.01.2013. Hence, it is confusing and a matter of concern for the candidates. Which date is to be recorded and entry in the form for the eligibility of age? I, therefore, earnestly request the commission to clarify this issue as early as possible before closing date please.


John Panyang,



Encroachment menace has to be check

Land encroachment has become serious concern for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Today every part of state be it capital complex, district headquarters and even interior villages are facing massive problem of government land being encroached by the citizens. As per the record 2296 cases of government land encroachment including quarters and office premises has been reported from various parts of capital complex. The record obtain from sources tells that sectors areas have been encroached in big way.

The state government for years had failed to stop this trend of government land being encroached by various persons. The law enforcing agencies has not been given enough power to deal strongly with the encroachers. In capital complex apart from various sector areas, large part of forest area including area nearby Itanagar Zoological Park has been encroached. However the concern authorities have completely failed to act against them. Such kind of action encourages them and it is time state government come down harder on these people.