ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A fire accident today morning in the office premise of Chief Engineer,
Central Zone-A, PWD has caused extensive damage to its two blocks; housing works
branch, establishment branch and Accounts Branch resulting in loss of office records,
equipments, furniture etc, informed an official statement from the office.
Electrical short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the accident. Fearing that
it will hamper normal functioning of the office, the office has further appealed
all concern to bear with the inconvenience till normalcy is restored.
Pre Nyokum celebrated at NERIST
NIRJULI, Feb 22: Pre-Nyokum Yullo celebration was organized today at NERIST compound
by its students and faculties with traditional and religious fervour.
Director NERIST, Professor Depankar Paul and Dr Joram Beda, Special Secretary to
Health attended the celebration as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Speaking on the occasion as special guest, Asst Prof, Department of Botany (RGU)
Dr Hui Tak stressed on the breeding and conservation of Mithun in the eastern Himalayan
regions. Stating Mithun as an animal of both cultural and economic importance for
Tani groups, he suggested its “conservation for sustainable utilization”.
Tak further expressed concern over the excessive slaughtering of Mithuns during festive
occasions and informed that Mithun is now under venerable category. Tak opined that
in order to sustain Mithun population, extensive breeding can be adopted and identification
of community conservation reserve of around 70 to 80 square km can be adopted.
“As Mithun is associated culturally so there should be customary laws to protect
it, no laws framed by the government can check and balance the Mithun population”,
In other activities, several cultural troupes performed on traditional beats and
earlier, discourse on mythology of NyokumYullo celebration was also given.
NSUI burns Modi’s effigy
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) State Unit staged
protest dharna against Narendra Modi for, what it said, “suspension of five students
at Vadodara for not attending political rally.” Terming the suspension of students
as unconstitutional act, the volunteers of NSUI state unit burnt the effigy of BJP
prime ministerial candidate here at IG Park today. Condemning the act, NSUI unit
also demanded unconditional apology from Narendra Modi and urged him to revoke the
suspension of students. “No civilized and mature political party with national character
should resort to such step which is totally uncalled for” stated NSUI Unit. This
is total violation of constitutional norm, murder of human ethic and dictatorial
attitude of BJP government, said NSUI in a release.
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A new religious book, Holy Land an Impeccable Memoir, authored
by former home minister Nyelam Taram was released by Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong at a simple function at author’s Pappu Hills
residence, Naharlagun on February 19.
Reverends Halli Likha and Tar Choya consecrated the book.
NYP 2014 & Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan launched
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The National Youth Policy (NYP) 2014 & Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan
was launched at APRB-R-SETI, Doimukh yesterday by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Itanagar
in collaboration with NN Charitable Society, Doimukh and in association with Town
Catholic Church Sports Club, Doimukh.
On the occasion, a rally was organized where hundreds of youths marched from NN Charitable
Society office at Huto village to APRB-R-SET, Doimukh office displaying banners,
posters depicting the launch of the programme.
Attending the programme as chief guest, ZPM Doimukh-II Tana Yayo underlined importance
of youths in the field of games and sports, education and other civic activities.
She further urged upon the youths to refrain from indulging in activities that would
rather spoil their valuable time.
Various members of Mahila Mandal also participated in the programme.
Meet to check unfair means in exam hall
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: East Kameng district unit of Arunachal Teachers Association convened
a meeting to ensure smooth conduct of the ensuing CBSE examination in the district.
The meeting attended by representatives of All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU),
EKSWCO and NES district unit, Principal BRCCs, CRCs, SMC chairman unanimously resolved
to request the district administer to impose 144 within the restricted areas of CBSE
examination centre to check unfair means in examination hall.
The meeting also discouraged carrying of mobile phones and calculators in the examination
hall by students.
The meeting also appealed to the district administration and DDSE to take stern action
against those who will be found involved in such unfair means and also those who
refuse to perform examination duty without any valid reason, informed an AEKSU release.
Thomas takes charge as Upper Siang DC
YINGKIONG Feb, 22: Dr. Tariq Thomas has taken over the charge of Deputy Commissioner,
Upper Siang District today. DIPRO
ATSU organizes awareness campaign
DAPORIJO, Feb 22: All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) organized a mass awareness campaign
on various issues like wild life protection, sanitation, HIV/AIDS and drug abuse
on the eve of Statehood Day.
A procession was taken out from Hr. Secondary school ground to Rijo ground where
more than five hundred students from various schools participated.
Public including business community, staffs from different department also participated
in the awareness campaign.
Attending the awareness campaign, local MLA Tapen Siga, appreciated the Union for
this noble initiative and encouraged them to continue their awareness campaign to
create awareness among public about importance of wild life protection, proper sanitation
ATSU also distributed relief materials like food items to the victims of fire accident
of Polo colony, Daporijo, in which five houses were reduced to ashes in a devastating
fire accident. ATSU appealed to the district administration to provide immediate
relief to fire victims.
Forest Festival to be organized at Aalo
AALO, Feb 22: Aalo Forest Division is contemplating to organize Aalo forest festival
2014 on February 28 at Gumin Kiin, Aalo.
The festival envisages to highlight the activities and functions of the forest Department
, in addition to, create awareness about the importance of the Environment and Forests,
Wildlife Management, Natural Resources Management, etc and enhancing the interface
between the common people and the forest department.
It is expected that the various agencies, power developers, local NGOs, Civil Society
Organizations would also participate by putting up exhibition stalls.
Aalo Forest Division Nyali Ete has appealed one and all to provide logistic support
and help for making the festival a success.
Sanitation week concludes
TAWANG. Feb 22: The department of PHE &WS Subdivision Jang observed “Sanitation week”
from February 14-20 to commemorate the 27th Statehood Day Celebration.
The weeklong program was kicked off with a Workshop at Lhou Circle under Jang –Thingbu
Block on February 14 where Dr. N Zorgsan attended as resource person. The workshop
was attended by hosts of PRIs, general public and officials. A power point presentation
was presented wherein roles of PRIs and other related topics were shown.
In Mukto-Bongkhar block, the workshop was conducted at Mukto circle on February 17
where Dr. Namgey Rakpa as resource person. The workshop was actively participated
by Lobsang Tsetim CO Mukto all PRIs under the block.
The weeklong program concluded with a School Rally on Sanitation on February 20
China should shed expansionist mindset: Modi
PASIGHAT, Feb 22: Wading into a foreign policy issue for the first time, Narendra
Modi on Saturday asked China to shed its "expansionist mindset", making it clear
that no power on earth can snatch Arunachal Pradesh from India.
"China should shed its expansionist policy and forge bilateral ties with India for
peace, progress and prosperity of both the nations," the BJP's prime ministerial
candidate said addressing a rally here in his current election campaign.
"Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and will always remain so. No power
can snatch it from us. People of Arunachal Pradesh didn't come under pressure or
fear of China," he said.
"I swear in the name of this soil that I will never allow the state to disappear...breakdown
and to bow down," Modi said to a thunderous applause from people gathered near the
mighty Siang River.
He said China should shed its expansionist mindset because the world of today does
not accept it. The entire world is moving towards development, he said.
"China needs to change its stand. China should shed its expansionist mindset and
adopt the plank of development. Focus is on the development all over the world,"
the Gujarat Chief Minister said.
Lauding the patriotic nature of the people, Modi said that because of the people,
who were guarding the state as well as the country as sentinels, Arunachal remained
an integral part of the country.
"The people here are real patriots as they salute their counterparts with 'Jai Hind'
and are zealously protecting the state's territory..... They gave a befitting reply
to the advancing Chinese army during 1962 and the British and several army personnel
from the state also fought with Pakistan during the Kargil war," he said. “Arunachalees
are very proud Indians and had always stood up against Chinese. During 1962 war,
Arunachalee solider Neelam Tabe sacrificed his life fighting against Chinese. Arunachalee
soldier have fought valiantly during Kargil war too,” Modi continued.
While directly referring to the January 29 murder of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido
Tania in Delhi, Modi cautioned the UPA government against underestimating the people
of the state and added that it was the duty of the entire nation to protect the people
and the state's territorial integrity.
He termed killing of young Arunachalee students Nido Tania as national shame and
promised that he will try his every best to ensure justice for the departed soul.
Modi also spoke about emotional hydropower issue. “Arunachal has been gifted with
abundant natural resources, of which water is the biggest asset. The rivers of state
if tapped properly can become source of income. However I respect the sentiment of
those Arunachalees who are opposed to big hydropower projects. We can still construct
small hydro projects and can become powerhouse of the country,” said Modi.
Expressing his concern over slow pace of development in the state, BJP PM in waiting
stated that real development will heal all the pain of Arunachalee. “Herbal, horticulture
and handicraft will be important sector of development in the state. These three
sectors have immense potential and if tapped properly will provide employment opportunities
to many Arunachalees,” said Modi. Setting tone for coming Lokh Sabha election, Modi
while addressing the Vijay Sankalp Abhiyan rally also tried his best to touch emotion
of people of Arunachal.
In the rally, prominent personalities of the state including former Arunachal Chief
Minister Gegong Apang, first member of Lok Sabha R K Khrimey, Former Home Minister
L Wanglet, Sanchoom Numu, former Minister, retired Colonel Remo Karbak, first military
commissioned officer and also the first colonel of the state Gumke Riba, among others
were officially accepted in the BJP by state BJP president Tai Tagak in the presence
of Narender Modi.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Techi Necha said that thousands of Modi fans could not
join the rally due to unexpected restrictions imposed by the state police on the
pretext of security reason. (With inputs from PTI)
NES & other orgs resolve to cap ANSU election expenditure
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and other prominent organizations
and personalities of Nyishi community in a joint meeting held at Nyikum Nyia Hall,
Nyirubjolli on February 15 last unanimously resolved to cap All Nyishi Student Union’s
(ANSU) election expenditures.
While expressing concern over the involvement of money in the student politics vis-a-vis
donations/funding from various quarters, the house unanimously resolved to cap ANSU
The house further appealed all the esteemed members of the community and all concerned
as well, for strict enforcement of the resolutions which stated that (i) no politicians,
businessmen, officers, parents and guardians and relatives shall directly or indirectly
lend financial, physical, morale or any form of logistic support including donation
in any form to the candidates in the ANSU Election, (ii) that no forceful donations
in cash or kind from any individuals or organizations which may affect the name &
fame and reputation of the Nyishi community by any individuals, parties/groups including
the ANSU executive members, election commission of the ANSU election shall be allowed
at any cost and (iii) that the house unanimously endorsed the NES to take appropriate
stringent social action as deemed fit and proper against such individuals or parties”.
The executive meeting was attended by members of various Nyishi community based organizations
including Nyishi Elite Society (NES), Central Nyokum Committee (CNC), All Nyishi
Students’ Union (ANSU), All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA),
Nyishi Service Engineering forum(NSEF), Nyishi Agri-Allied Extension Society (NAAES),
East Kameng Socio-Cultural Welfare Organization(EKSCWO), XII Pakke Kessang Intellectual
Forum(XII-PIF), Rajiv Gandhi University Nyishi Employees Association (RGUNEA), District
Students’ Unions (DSUs), Block Students’ Unions(BSUs), and MLAs/HPS/HMs/Chairmen,
former ministers / MLAs, former presidents and general secretaries of NES-ANSU, PR
leaders, councillors, senior citizen and social workers.
The NES implores upon its constituent members and all concerned to carry out the
social dictum in letter and spirit.
Musical extravaganza marks end of ‘Festival of Arunachal’
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The three-day Festival of Arunachal came to an end here at I G
park this evening with the distribution of prizes to winners of various events by
the Chief Guest MP Takam Sanjoy, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Advisor to Chief Minister
Kalikho Pul, Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia, MLA and Chairman Sports Authority
of Arunachal Pradesh Tapuk Taku.
However, the Food Festival has been extended for another day.
Among others Belatee Pertin, Secretary Land Management, Political Secretary to CM,
Bamang Tago, Parliamentary secretary IPR, Thangwang Wangham, Chairman APFC Ltd. Tani
Loffa and Chairman AP State Medical Plants Board Bamang Felix also were present in
the closing ceremony.
The department of Horticulture, GoAP won the prize for best exhibition stall while
the Jukum Deppa SHG, Itanagar was declared as Best Food Stall. The evening cultural
programme included ATO-PIILO Dance of Apatani Tribe, Nepali Dance, Khamba dance of
Upper Siang while known singers of the state Mibi Nyodu Taring and Bamang Loram
also performed. Earlier, Jomnya Siram, one of the most respected singer of Arunachal
Pradesh presented an indigenous melody on ‘Tador Tapu’ which is similar to the flute.
Later, the stage was set on fire and the venue reverberated with the stirring and
spectacular performances of the bands like Arunachal Fusion Band, Adil and Vasundhara,
Takatrio, Mayunk Hazarika and Luit Tides with a NE Pop icon Lou Majaw and friends.
GSU demands shifting of ALG
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) in a representation to the Chief Secretary
has demanded immediate shifting of ALG from Aalo to a more suitable location (Tarmoba).
While objecting to the ongoing renovation and proposed extension of the ALG, the
representation claimed that there was no sufficient free land for expansion of the
ALG as many official and business establishments have come up within the vicinity
of the ALG land. The entire old Market, New Market, area comes up within the 100M
radius of the parapet of the ALG. “If the Govt. is determined to go ahead with the
proposed expansion work, then it should first shift the people to a more suitable
place or shift the ALG out of Aalo town,” it said.
“As per Government report, the existing runaway is suitable for intended IFA operations
only. But it is insufficient for fixed wing operations intended for civilian purpose.”
“Also, there is no sufficient land for development for civil terminal building (civil
enclave) which is mandatory as clearly reflected in point No-3,3.9 of the MoU signed
between the state Government and the Ministry of Defense, Government of India,” the
“The renovation work of the ALG is still going in spite of the successive DCs and
land management department have expressed their inability to provide additional land
which indicates that the constructing agency is trying to build the ALG for defense
purpose only which is a clear violation of the MoU,” it claimed.
Informing that the local people of Aalo have already offered a suitable alternative
site free of cost for development of the ALG at Tarmoba located some 10-15 km from
Aalo between Kombo and Nigmoi, the Union demanded immediate stoppage of all ongoing
works at ALG by until the concerns raised by are addressed.
It further demanded immediate publication of white paper regarding the initiative
to be undertaken by the government on rehabilitation and shifting of the existing
224 permanent structures and the re-alignment of Aalo-Yinkiong BRTF road in case
the ALG is extended at the present location.
The union gave authority three months to address the concerns raised by it failing
which the union threatened to launch democratic movement for fulfillment of the demands.
AAPSU, AASU appeal to maintain status quo
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A joint team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) led
by its Spokesperson Tanya Agu, along with the office bearers of All Assam Students’
Union (AASU) headed by its Finance Secretary Tularam Gogoi, All Dhemaji District
Students’ Union General Secretary Junti Raidongia and Assam Unnate Sabha President
Jitu Borah visited the Durpai village under West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh
yesterday to take stock of the prevailing situation and had a discussion with the
panchayat leaders and Goan Burahs of the village.
Later, they held a joint marathon meeting at Gogamukh and requested the people living
in the boundary areas of both the states to maintain status-quo till Supreme Court
gives its verdict.
Both the apex students’ body also urged state governments of Assam and Arunachal
Pradesh to come out with concrete policy to permanently settle the long-pending boundary
disputes, failing which both AASU and AAPSU threatened to launch series of massive
democratic movements in the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The meeting also
decided to conduct a joint survey in all the disputed bordering areas of Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh by AAPSU, AASU along with the administrative officers of both the states.
AAPSU spokesperson Tanya Agu, urged both the Congress-led state Governments of Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh not to be a mute spectators to this vexed boundary issue. He
also said that because of this lackadaisical attitude of the government the people
living in the boundary region are facing immense problems.
“We should encourage people to people dialogue”, he said and quoted, “Well fenced
makes a good neighbor”. He also opined that resorting to economic blockade will
garner no benefits to the people of both the states.
He was accompanied by Koj Tachang, Chairman RTI Cell AAPSU, Temi Pabo, Vice President
Arunachal Law Students’ Union and Taba Pol, IPR Secretary All Lower Subansiri Students’
Research publication stall gets overwhelming response
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The stall of Research publications put up by Directorate of Research,
GoAP at I G Park here as part of the three-day Festival of Arunachal witnessed a
capacity crowd with visitors particularly students, academicians, dignitaries and
common people which surely depicted the passion for books and reading habits of the
tribal communities who are passing through an era of transition.
Book lover Er B Bagra said, “It was nice to see the whole Arunachal Pradesh in the
form of books under one roof.”
Former ministers and Rumgong MLA commented, “Stall of Research department has displayed
some rare reference books” while Editor State Gazetteer Shokhep Kri stated, “Research
department is the academic ambassador of the region. Officers & staff are really
working hard and maintaining their activities efficiently.”
Scientist (SFRI), Dr A Borang said, “The department really deserves weighty appreciation”
while I Pertin, Programme Executive, AIR Itanagar also hailed the department for
its praiseworthy efforts.
A student from Rajiv Gandhi University, Adu Khamang put forward his views saying
“it was a good collection for researchers.”
The exhibition stall was aesthetically one of the best stalls decorated on the theme
“A land of enigmatic beauty and unique cultural heritage”.
In an interaction with the media, Dr Tage Tada, Director of Research said, “It is
really a matter of sheer pleasure that the number of book lovers particularly serious
readers is increasing day by day. It is the index of social and psychological development
of tribal communities of Arunachal Pradesh. We are displaying 173 numbers of books
to showcase the window view of cultural heritage of the people. Al these volumes
are output of empirical research and innumerable contributions made by scholars and
research personnel of multidimensional fields. The sale proceed is also encouraging.”
In search of adventures: A trip to Chaglagam
Recently a group of young cyclists from Maharashtra came on an expedition to Arunachal,
riding from Tinsukia to Walong and then to Pangsau Pass, to pay their respects to
the martyrs, who laid down their lives in defending our borders. This was an enthusiastic
group, keen on experiencing the challenges of an adventurous trip across Arunachal.
Such visitors seek out little-visited valleys and higher locations of the state,
depending on minimal facilities, and trying to adapt to local conditions. The Chaglagam
sector of Anjaw too is one such route, all temptingly inviting adventure-loving visitors.
Especially since this region has been in the limelight, after the recent reports
of intrusion of Chinese soldiers into the Indian side.
Let us too make a trip to this enchanting valley. Leaving the good BRO road from
Tezu to Walong, just after Huyuliang town, we start climbing a narrow road. Just
5 years back this entire road was cut off for long and it was an arduous 4 days foot-march
from Hayuliang to Chaglagam. Wildlife Researcher Ambika Aiyadurai from Tamil Nadu,
who is very much at home in remote Mishmi hills, vividly remembers her challenging
trek to Chaglagam, in the chilly weather.
Soon, we leave behind the green tropical vegetation, and the heavens open up before
us, with awe-inspiring snow-peaks in the background of clear blue skies. Stunning
waterfalls seem to come down from the heavens, and a scattering of tiny huts on distant
hills leave you all admiration for the enduring human spirit. Here nature salutes
the hardworking local Mishmi villagers, who create magic by growing cardamom on the
vertically stiff cliffs. Scenes all set to transport you into a world beyond. The
narrow winding, uneven, largely muddy BRTF road can just accommodate a small vehicle.
It unendingly weaves through land-slide points, water-drippings and steep rock-faces,
generously providing the eyes a feast of the mountain scenery. No one could grudge
the road, as the widening work is still on.
As we reach the gently sloping land of Metengliang, the road winds up, and you see
neatly built Digaru Mishmi houses surrounded by extensive orange and cardamom plots.
Before independence, this was an important British administrative HQ with a large
lake and a big settlement of villagers. If you wish, you can stop a few minutes at
the roadside Govt. middle school, to have the warm hospitality of the Headmaster
A. Kalam and his team. The friendly young local teacher Khoki Chiba would tell you
that the entire settlement and the lake were washed away in 1945 when an earthquake
and resultant landslides hit Metengliang. No trace of that tragedy or settlement
can be seen today. Several villagers lost their lives in the calamity, including
the British Assistant Political Officer (APO) Campbell and one of Khoki’s great-grandfathers.
If you like a bit of historical nosing around, you can locate the poorly maintained
memorial to Campbell in Tezu town, near the Tezu Nallah, covered up in scrub bushes.
The brass name-plate that once adorned the memorial is missing. No brochure on Arunachal
or Lohit valley mentions the Metenglaing tragedy or the Tezu memorial. Such is human
As you drive along, most vehicles you cross are over-crowded Tata-mobiles, bikes
or small ITBP trucks. Suddenly the road vanishes, and in front is a track more like
a water- channel. There emerge before us closely packed huts and Mishmi houses, all
along. The vehicle comes to a stop near the ITBP camp. We’re at Chaglagam at last!
Around us are rows of hills and mountains, topped with glittering snow. There’s a
nip in the air. ‘It’s terribly cold in Chagla!’, you remember the umpteen warnings
that you heard, before starting from Tezu.
Chaglagam, we’re told, is one of the oldest circle HQs in Lohit, probably in Arunachal.
And one of the least visited by outsiders. The army is now constructing a camp in
Taflagam, the last civilian hamlet 2 kms beyond Chaglagam. Facing the ITBP camp is
another hillock, with rows of dusty brown huts of civilians and old wooden quarters.
This is the Chagla ‘township’, with a Circle office and a Govt. Primary Health Centre.
Making a sheer contrast amongst this, is the new green-painted Circuit House, reachable
by a flight of steps. Thank God, you can rejoice, such a nice retreat even in this
Soon the ‘CO office- babu’ appears welcoming you and saying, ‘Yes, sure you can stay.’
As the chowkidar opens the locked up building, you look appreciating at the nice
walls, neat floors, modern electric fittings and the excellent beds. The attached
bath, with a row of stylish fittings wrap you in a pleasing mood. How wonderful we
thought of this trip!
‘Could we now have a cup of tea as we settle down?’ ‘Sorry, sir, we don’t have any
stove or cooking arrangements here’, replies the chowkidar. ‘Ok, then let’s use our
mini-immersion heater and use our dip-tea bags.’ The man replies, ‘No electricity,
Sir. Hope it’d come soon, by next year.’ It is getting dusk, and we look almost jealously,
at the bright lights shining in the opposite hill, across the ITBP camp. ‘No, Chagla
has no power supply from a diesel gen-set. A few have solar lamps.’
‘Ok, let’s manage with candles’, we console ourselves, and plan to go down to the
market for tea. Then you walk into the bathroom. The taps turn, but nothing comes
out. Everything’s dry. ‘No sir, Chagla has no water-problem’, assures the Mishmi
chowkidar. ‘Here there is no water. But there’s a public tap outside, near the foot-track.
For now, I shall get you two buckets.’ As you start dreading the thought of going
out at night for water, you realise: the adventure’s begun!
We walk down the steps to the market and ask a few. The assured answer comes: ‘oh,
no. there’s no tea-shops here’. How do we manage then?
As we get back to the dark circuit house, we decide philosophically, ‘Yes, let’s
practise a bit of fasting. Of course, there are biscuits and chips to fall back upon
when the temptation becomes too strong; but let’s keep them for the break-fast’.
Suddenly the ‘babu’ appears again. “Sir, please come over to my quarters.’ He says
with a smile. ‘We can sit near the fire, and have tea. And you’ll have your dinner
and breakfast tomorrow with me.’ We’re speechless! Are we listening correctly? ‘My
quarters is just above’, he points.
We almost follow him. An old SP-type building (probably of the CPWD days), but it
is clean. And in Sri Soden Yun’s warm chaang-ghar in the glowing warmth of a fire,
we gulp glasses of tea, chat along about life in Chagla, cardamom cultivation and
the threats of the Chinese intrusion. We find Yun, the perfect host: so caring, in
spite of his personal hardships, living alone here for the last 6 years, and managing
the office, in the absence of the local Circle Officer.
We spend the next two days on the strength of his hospitality. We discover new friends
in the local schools, where the students treat us to a delicious lunch. We eagerly
visit the tiny hamlet Taflagam, thrilled to be at the last village on the Chagla
border! Luckily, a new PMGSY road in the making saves us the steep walk that our
old friend in the IB used to describe so often. A Nepali lady graciously provides
us tea and breakfast on the last day, from her own kitchen!
As we return with a deep joy within, we wonder: Should we pray that Sri Yun babu
should always be at Chagla as a host to tourists in the coming years? Or that the
state govt. may announce a Statehood Day boon, providing water, light and a cook
for the Chaglagam circuit House ??
Readers, Happy visits to Chaglagam! [The writer is the Coordinator of the Lohit
Youth Libraries Network. e-mail: lohit.libraries @gmail.com]
Workshop on sanitation action plan for Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The second workshop of City Sanitation Plan of Itanagar Municipal
Council (IMC) was organized under the chairmanship of the Chief Municipal Councillor
Higio Aruni in the conference hall of IMC on February 21.
The main objective of the 2nd workshop was to explain the status of sanitation activities
in the town to participants along with the process and means of conducting 100 per
cent sanitation campaign. Delhi based Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats
Pvt. Ltd (ICT Pvt. Ltd) presented the status of sanitation services and process of
generating awareness in public.
The Chief Municipal Executive Officer (CMEO) IMC, as member secretary of CSTF conducted
the proceedings of the workshop and briefed all participants about the sanitation
plan project. The Chief Councilor explained the participants about the importance
of preparing City Sanitation Plan (CSP). The Chief Councilor also emphasized the
interlinking of sanitation with health and how CSP can help in improving the health
and environment of the town.
The ICT representatives gave a power-point presentation on the existing sanitation
status, options for septage management, sanitation vision of town, best sanitation
practices and process and means for sanitation awareness campaign. The CSP is being
prepared for the horizon year 2038 and the current project will be completed by the
end of April 2014. After that the project will be submitted to Central Government
After the presentation and discussion in the workshop, a sanitation campaign led
by Chief Councillor Higio Aruni was organized at Naharlagun market.
Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso also attended the workshop as special invitee. Around 40
participants including municipal councilors and members of City Sanitation Task Force
(CSTF) attended the workshop.
Tribal music album released
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Amidst the festival of Arunachal Pradesh and celebration of the
28th Statehood Day, an Arunachal tribal music album, titled, ‘Enchantation’ was released
at IG Park here last evening by Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary for Urban Parliament,
Town Planning and Land Management in presence of Bamang Tago, Political Secretary
to CM beside other dignitaries.
‘Enchantation’ is the pet project of Dr. Hatobin Mai and his Trust ‘Living Dreams’.
It is the first step in making the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Arunachal
Pradesh accessible to the contemporary global palate. The album features the music
of six of the tribes in Arunachal interpreted by composer Sankarshan Kini and Donn
The six song experiment explores idioms of blues, jazz, RnB, African, Chinese and
Indian music juxtaposed with the tribal singers’ stark vocal chants.
Boyitaki Omengo (Galo), Pemin-Nyam Nanam (Nyishi), Jahe Chole (Nocte), Yanlok Duanpa
(Monpa), Tanko Nyone (Adi) and Tham Thuth (Wancho) reverberates in this fusion album.
‘The intention here has been to create a vehicle that will reach the indigenous music
of this incredibly rich state to music lovers in Arunachal, India and the rest of
the world’, Enchantation team shares.
‘Enchantation is just one of the many projects that Living Dreams is embarking on.
Everyone has a dream, be they big, small, old, young, blind, deaf, male or female.
Living Dreams aspires to breathe life into individuals’ dreams so that they become
a part of our beautiful tangible reality’, the teams adds.
The album is conceived and produced by Dr Mai and made possible with the help of
project coordinator Bobby Hano, various district coordinators, musicians, singers,
lyricists and others.
60 scholarships awarded on SCCZ Annual Day
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Saint Claret College, Ziro, celebrated its XIth Annual Day with
colourful cultural extravaganza and a hoard of awards and scholarships.
Nine Claretine alumni, who secured ranks in the 2013 Rajiv Gandhi University examinations
were honoured with “scroll of excellence” certificates and mementos and were formally
inducted into the SCCZ Hall of Fame.
Ten students received SCCZ merit awards and another 50 female students were the recipients
of the SSF scholarship, instituted since 2010 with the generous support of the Single
Step Foundation, USA, in order to facilitate the education and empowerment of women
in the state.
The College also brought out a well-researched “Emergency Preparedness Manual” which
was released by Rev. Fr. Xavier Mushahary, and the first copy was received by Hage
Tachang, program executive of All India Radio, Ziro.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Dr. Pura Tado, professor in the Dept. of
Political Science and former Vice Chancellor (i/c) of Rajiv Gandhi University highlighted
the difference between knowledge and wisdom and invited the students to grow up with
a sense of commitment, personal conviction, and self-respect in order to achieve
Giving away the awards, the guest of honor, Rev. Fr. Joseph Vadayaparampil, Administrator
of the diocese of Itanagar, reiterated the importance of hard work and collegial
and harmonic living with one another. During the event, the Championship trophy and
the Most Disciplined Team trophy of Resonance ’13, the College Festival, were awarded
to the West Rangers and the East Riders respectively, while the individual championships
were won by Tage Tagyung and Pani Renyu.
Felicitating the Champions, Padi Kunya, wife of Padi Richo, MLA, and Guest of Honor,
recalled how the idea for a college at Ziro began many years ago and in such a short
time, how the college has made a name for itself, much to the joy of every stakeholder.
Hirik Hiru Trophy begins
ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The first ever Hirik Hiru Trophy organized by Hirik Hiru Students’
Union (HHSU) in memory of Iyom Noshi, former general secretary of HHSU and Nyado
Karga, who was a prominent sportsperson of Kamba circle, began at Kamba today.
Attending in inaugural programme, APBOCWWB chairman Nyamar Karbak paid tribute to
both the departed young leaders of the area and recalled their contributions to the
society and in the field of sports in the area as well.
He suggested the youths to stay away from using drugs which may ruin their life.
He also highlighted the various initiative of the Nabam Tuki government to minimize
the unemployment problem by launching ‘Job Mela’, job reservation for meritorious
Responding to a request HHSU president Yomge Karbak for providing ambulance to Kamba
hospital, the chairman assured to take up the matter with higher authority for providing
the same at earliest.
He also appealed to the workers to get themselves registered with the Board to get
All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) president Dana Tadu urged players to maintain
discipline and sportsman spirit to become a good player.
Kamba ADC Nyiken Lollen highlighted the achievement of students from Kamba circle
in the recently concluded CM Trophy in district level.
Liken Noshi, elder brother of Lt Iyom Noshi, Kirjom Karga, General Secretary HHSU
also spoke on the occasion.
Manoj Chandwat, Commandant 6th Bihar Regiment, Dr Gomo Karbak and prominent public
and panchayat leaders, Gaon Buras were also present to witness the inaugural ceremony.
A total of eight teams are taking part in the football and volleyball tournament.