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March  - 04


Law and order in Tirap & Changlang a cause of concern: Singh

Legislative Assembly begins

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 3: The fifth session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly began today with the customary address by the Governor highlighting the achievements and priorities of the state Government.

Gen. J.J. Singh, who spoke for close to an hour said, “Whatever decision you take should be with an ultimate aim of ensuring that the fruits of development reach the poorest and the most down-trodden sections of the society”.

“I hope that the deliberations in this august house would help the Government to make all efforts to fulfill the aspirations of the people of this State. You have been given this mandate by the people to do so, and I am positive that in the discharge of this duty, you will make everyone proud”.

The governor said that the law and order situation in Tirap and Changlang Districts remains a cause of concern and the Government will take all steps to ensure that no harm is caused to any of citizens.

We have already requested for additional deployment of security forces in Tirap District and also asked the existing security forces to introduce confidence building measures amongst citizens. Building on the 51 surrenders last year, another 58 misguided young boys and girls surrendered in the district this year, he said.

The Department of Tirap and Changlang Affairs is looking after overall socio-economic development of Tirap and Changlang Districts. The Department has undertaken around four thousand development projects so far for these two districts, he said. The Government has provided funds to the tune of ` 25.00 crores to the Department of Tirap and Changlang Affairs (DoTC) during the year 2010-2011. All these projects have been brought under the ambit of third party monitoring, he added.

He said that to strengthen the Arunachal Pradesh Police Force Government has sanctioned various categories of posts and also agreed in principle to raise the 4th IRBN, which will be raised shortly.  

Government of India has agreed to allocate ` 372.00 lakhs for modernization and upgradation of Fire Services in the State, he added.

On power sector, the Governor informed that the Kameng Hydro Electric Project (600 MW) of the NEEPCO Ltd. has been targeted to be commissioned by  December 2012 (1st unit of 250 MW) and fully commissioned by May 2013. Pare HEP(110 MW) of the NEEPCO Ltd. is targeted  to be completed by August 2013. The NHPC has given its targeted commissioning schedule for the Subansiri Lower HEP (2000 MW) as December 2013. By the end of 12th Plan, the State is likely to add about 12081.90 MW capacity under its Hydro Power Sector. On completion of the schemes the State is expected to have adequate power for its own consumption and by the end of 12th Plan the revenue figure is projected at ` 1905 crores annually. By 2022-23, when majority of the allotted projects are commissioned, the annual revenue accrual to the State is likely to be of the order of ` 10,000 crores annually, he added.

He said that the total production of food crops actually available for consumption came to nearly 65.48% of total food requirement of the State during 2009-2010, while adding that Arunachal Pradesh is now the highest producer of Kiwi fruit in the Country.

Department of Tax & Excise has earned revenue of `103,94,13,741 (Rupees One hundred and three crores ninety four lakhs thirteen thousands and seven hundred forty one) from VAT and ` 18,87,15,790 (Rupees Eighteen crores eighty seven lakhs fifteen thousands seven hundred and ninety) from Excise Duty during the year 2010-2011 (upto November 2010), the governor informed.

Funds to the tune of Rs. 8.00 lakhs to each DC, `3.00 lakhs to each independent ADC,     Rs. 2.00 lakhs to each SDO HQ and Rs. 1.00 lakh to each EAC and CO HQ would be provided for maintenance of residential and non-residential buildings out of TFC grants.

Besides other schemes the department of Environment & Forests has also set up a Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) to regenerate and restock the non-forest areas as  compensatory  afforestation  with a total outlay of Rs. 22.50 crores during the year 2010-2011. The proposal for raising a Forest Protection Force, in particular for protecting and managing the forest belt along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary is at an advanced stage, he said.

“My Government is aware of the potential of the youth who are the future of the State and the Nation. My Government is channelizing the energy and power of youth in the field of games, sports and  cultural activities for development of the State and for a better tomorrow’ he said.

Creation and establishment of two more subordinate Courts each of Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Civil Judge (Senior Division) and Magistrate-cum-Civil Judge (Junior Division) is under active consideration, the governor further announced.


Members agrees to check unplanned growth of Capital City

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 3: In the first day of the fifth session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly today the House adopted a vital Private Members resolution to control and check the land encroachment / land grabbing and un authorized earth cutting particularly in the state capital and the district headquarters of the state.

The Private Members Resolution was moved by MLA Tani Loffa.

Endorsing the concerns and need for proper planned growth of the state capital which has over the years witnessed haphazard growth and encroachment, the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu suggested for constitution of a Committee under the chairmanship of Parliamentary Secretary for Land Management, Padi Richo with members consisting of MLAs Tani Loffa, Laeta Umbrey, Techi Kaso and Deputy Commissioner Capital and ADM Talo Potom as Member Secretary to frame laws and look into redressal issues.

Khandu further said that for the smooth implementation of the proposed connectivity projects for the state capital i.e 4- Lanning of Itanagar-Holongi and Banderdewa to Chimpu road projects,  firm steps will be taken in the matter of encroachment and sought the cooperation of all for the proper and smooth implementation of the proposed four Lanning projects which will benefit the people of the capital region in particular and the state in general.

The House business also included announcement of panel of Chairmen for the current fifth session of the Arunachal Pradesh Fifth Legislative Assembly with members consisting of Laeta Umbrey, Jomin Tayeng, Nang Sati Mein, Tenzing Norbu Thongdok.

The Minister for Urban Development introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2011, the Arunachal Pradesh Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihhod and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2011 and Arunachal Pradesh Planning Committees Bill, 2011.

The House also adopted Business Advisory Committee report moved by Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Jarbom Gamlin.

Papers laid on the Table of the House are- The Arunachal Pradesh Legal Metrology Enforcement Rules, 2011, 22nd Annual Report of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission for the year 2009 -2010, The Arunachal Pradesh Building Bye-Laws, 2010 and the Arunachal Pradesh Delimitation of Ward Rules.(with inputs from DIPR)


AIMSU and KMSS joins hand, says no to big dams

ROING, Mar 3: All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) of Assam have declared joint resistance against NHPC’s Dibang Project and Jindal’s Etalin Project.

AIMSU Secretary R Mihu on Tuesday said that the union will fight jointly against execution of large dams in Dibang Valley. “Large dams are the biggest potential threat to people of Dibang Valley.”

Attending a huge rally against large dams at Chapakhowa in Assam’s Tinuskia district organized by KMSS, the two organizations took an oath to keep the resistance going till the government discourages large dams.

KMSS Secretary Akhil Gogoi warned that all vehicles carrying goods for dams in Dibang Valley will not be allowed to pass through Assam. “We have repeatedly expressed our opposition to centre. But they aren’t listening to us.  So we are compelled to take the extreme action of stopping all movement of company vehicles.”

Mihu said fighting for our rights is not a crime. “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Tarun Gogoi or Dorjee Khandu is not above people. People are above all of them. So they must listen to people and not companies.”

Calling the meeting with KMSS, he said that the meeting was one of a good meeting he ever had. “Let us be positive and promote harmony.”

AAPSU Dibang Valley representative Lumini Mihu, AIMSU members Eha Mili, Ojo Mihu and More Mili were among those that attended the meeting.


Save IG park: Forest workers

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: All Arunachal Pradesh Forest Workers’ Union (AAPFWD) has demanded the capital administration to save the Indira Gandhi Park from becoming a place of illegal activities.

The park popularly known as the IG Park is the only such place in where many important programmes, events are  organized regularly. But it is a matter of grave concern that the park has become a safe haven for committing immoral activities by unknown persons thereby creating law and order problem, said AAPFWU in its letter to State Chief Secretary. Further, the park has gone ugly due to non-maintenance and littering with waste and empty liquor bottles, it said.

It sought intervention of the Capital administration to check such immoral activities within the Park by providing regular police patrolling.


SSA employees’ demands 50% salary hike

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan contractual Employees Association expressing their displeasure on the authority today submitted a memorandum to Commissioner Education.

It claimed that the ministerial staff of SSA Arunachal Pradesh is performing their duties with dedication since their appointment but their demand for 50% salary hike, regularization of services under SSA establishment and demands for all elementary level recruitment process to be carried out by Directoroate of elementary education have been unattended by the concerned authority.

The association demanded the Commissioner Education to look into their 3 points grievances within 5 days and threaten to take up further steps to achieve their demands if the authority fails to fulfill their demands within the stipulated time.


Arunachal Karatekas win 3 gold medals at Asian championship

M Doley

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: Arunachalee karatekas rewrote history in the field of games and sport in the state by winning as many as 8 international medals, including three Gold, as many Silver and two Bronze, in the 4th Asian Nihon Sho-Tokan Karate Do Championship which was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from February 25 to 28 last. Host Sri Lanka topped the medal tally with four gold, equal number of silver and nine bronze. India finished second with four Gold and equal numbers of Silver and Bronze medals. Japan, Nepal and Bhutan secured the 3rd, 4th and 5th positions respectively.

National Games bronze medalist Tarh Tapak struck Gold in senior men’s individual Kumite while Tage Saa and Dongro Dodum won the yellow metal in Junior Boys Individual Open Kumite and Sub-Junior Boys Individual Open Kumite respectively. Pacha Nobin Jamoh and Debia Yakap and Janam Dodum won a silver medal apiece in senior Men’s Open Kata, Women’s Individual Kumite and in Boys Sub-Junior Kata. Ellah Menjo and Away Dolo won a bronze medal each in Boys Junior Individual Kumite and Senior team Kata respectively. Sensei Deben Sharma was the coach of the Indian team and All Arunachal Pradesh Sho-Tokan Karate-Do-Association president Likha Tara was the joint team manager.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Karate-Do-Association (AKA) felicitated all the medal winning players and two officials here today.

Expressing his happiness over the outstanding performance of the Arunachalee Karate players, Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow hoped that they will keep up the same spirit and tempo in future also and bring more laurel to the state and the country as well.

“I  salute those medal winners, who have brought glory not only to the state but also country by winning medals at international level . Their performance would surely inspire the budding players in the state”, Dinglow said. He advised them to practice hard and be prepared for the next Olympics Games to be held in London.

AKA president Likha Tara lauded the performance of the karatekas saying that it was possible due to pre-championship coaching by  Pemba Tamang, black belt 8 done, Japan. Tara informed that the coach was highly impressed by the talents of Arunachalee karate players and assured to extend all possible help for further development of the sport in Arunachal Pradesh.

AKA general secretary and AOA joint secretary Bulang Marik, in his welcome address said that it is a matter of great pride that our boys have won 8 medals out of 12 won by India. He on behalf of AKA and people of Arunachal Pradesh  congratulated all the medal winners.

AKA vice president Tai Hipik also spoke on the occasion.

Sports and Youth Affairs Joint Director Ramesh Linggi, Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General G Doke also present on the occasion and felicitated the players.

AKA will conduct a selection trial at SAI SAG centre, Naharlagun on March 6 to select players for the ensuing NE Games to be held in Dirang, West Kameng district.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Gen (Retd.) JJ Singh presented a pen and a lapel pin badge of “Team Arunachal” to each medal winner of the 34th National Games as a token of love and appreciation.

“Your achievement is not only a matter of pride for us but also a source of inspiration for the younger generation of our state. I am hopeful that you will work harder and bring more laurels to our state in future as well,” the Governor said in his felicitation letters to the player and officials.

“I on behalf of people of Arunachal Pradesh, my wife Anupama and my own behalf convey my best wishes to you and your family on this happy occasion,” it added.


Sena to inaugurate workshop on packaging

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: The state trade and commerce department in collaboration with the Indian Institute of IIP, Kolkata is conducting two days awareness workshop-cum-training Programme on packaging of agri-horti products including tea of Arunachal Pradesh at the Conference hall of Tourism Directorate office here on March 4 and 5. Finance, Trade & Commerce, IPR Minister Setong Sena has consented to grace the occasion as the chief guest in the inaugural session on March 4.

The faculty from the Indian Institute of Packaging, Kolkata would impart training to 50  participants during the  programme. The subject matters of the programme include Principles of packaging, post harvest technology for horticultural products (apple, orange, kiwi etc) and case study and discussion according to Director Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin.


Sonam bets for labour welfare

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Chairman Jalley Sonam attended the 5th National Labour Cooperative Congress yesterday at New Delhi and met National Lobour Cooperative Federation of India, Managing Director RN Panday to appraise the labour problems of the state.

The chairman appealed to the MD for establishment of labour cooperatives in the state to meet some of the problems of the state.

Meanwhile, Panday assured to allocate fund and advised the Chairman to set up primary labour cooperative society in every district of the state. Later, Sonam met Indian National Trade Union, National President S Reddy and discussed labour problems and other activities to be carried out in the state.

While, appreciating the chairman, Reddy said that Sonam would participate in International Trade Union Conference which will be held at Japan.


Losar: The Monpa New Year

Sonam Choedon

Monpa and Tibetan New Year, or Losar, begins on the new moon in February or March, the time of the first spring thaw on the low lands of Mon and high plains of Tibet. It is usually close to, but not necessarily the same day as, Chinese New Year. The Monpa calendar runs in 60 year cycles, each year represented by one of the twelve animals (same as Chinese) and one of the elements (water, fire, wood, metal, and earth). For Monpas’, the start of the new year is a sacred time, a time to be with family and with one's faith. It is also a joyous time of feasting and celebration. However, because it is a time of transition, the ending of one yearly cycle and the beginning of a new one, it is also an uncertain and ambiguous time, a moment of great danger. Careful attention and the common exertion of all positive forces in the community are required to ensure that the passage into the new year will turn out fortuitously. Ian Baker writes in Tibet--Reflections from the Wheel of Life (Abbeville Press, New York, 1993): "With the same attention that would be given a newborn infant, rites are performed in the last days of the waning year to dispell obstacles and ensure a harmonious transition into the next cycle....One's actions on the first days of the new year set the course for the ensuing twelve months, and during the parties, feasts, and gambling events in which Losar abounds, Monpas take vigilant care to avoid negative encounters or state of mind. As one Monpa explains, 'To quarrel, cry, or lose one's temper is regarded as most inauspicious, unlucky, and a sure sign of bad times to come.'"

The celebration of Losar begins in the days leading up to the actual New Year’s Day. During this time, debts are settled, quarrels are resolved, new clothes are made, houses and monasteries alike are cleaned from top to bottom, walls are painted, stone steps are rubbed and oiled, and dozens and dozens of kapse (fried Losar twists) are made. The family's best carpets and finest silver are brought out. Good luck signs are placed in strategic locations. Butter lamps are lit. Flowers are placed on altars. Piles of juniper, cedar, rhododendron, and other fragrant branches are prepared for burning as incense.

On the night of the dark moon, New Year’s Eve, the family gathers around a steaming hot dumpling soup called gutuk, which literally means ninth soup. Everything must be nine. There must be at least nine ingredients and everyone must eat at least nine bowls. Some of the dumplings have surprises wrapped into them. As the meal begins, each person opens one of these special dumplings. The object one finds will indicate, much like a fortune cookie, that person's personality. If one finds salt, that is a good sign and means that one is all right; the one who finds wool is very kind and good heart; coal indicates maliciousness; chili points out the one who is rough spoken; a white stone foretells a long life; sheep pellets are a good sign and means that one is very clever; and butter says that one is very sweet and easy going. Some families also insert slips of paper with more explicit messages, making the dumplings true fortune cookies.

At the end of the meal, everyone takes what is left in their bowl and dumps it back into the wok, as well as a piece of broken utensil, unwanted household stuffs and old clothing. The chimney is cleaned and the dirt from that is also put into the wok. A dough effigy which represents the collective evil and ill will of the past twelve months is made and put in on top of everything else. The wok is then taken out late at night and deposited in the middle of an intersection of roads or paths with much shouting, ringing of bells, and beating of pots and pans so that the contained evil can be dispersed in all four directions.

This ceremony, called lue, is done to get rid of all the negative forces at the end of the year so that the new year can begin unencumbered.

On the morning of the first day of the new year, Monpas rise before dawn, bathe, put on their new clothes and finest jewellery, and then together make offerings at the family shrine of barley flour mixed with butter and sugar which represents a plentiful grain harvest in the coming year, and yogurt which represents a plentiful supply of animal products in the coming year. Each family member receives a derka, a pinch of freshly made butter placed at the top of one's forehead, a plate of kapse or fried Losar twists, and a cup of thick Tibetan butter tea. Then the family goes to visit monasteries and nunneries to offer white greeting scarves called katas, food, and other donations to the monks and nuns. Monks and nuns make offerings to the heavens by burning great piles of fragrant juniper and cedar branches as well as by throwing handfuls of toasted ground barley flour called  phe/tsampa up into the air. People visit relatives and friends, feast on rich holiday foods, drink homemade barley beer called Sing- chang and distilled homemade liquor called arag, gamble at dice and card games, and sing and dance around huge bonfires at night. The feasting and festivities continue for six or seven days or even more than that!!!

This is also the time that households erect new prayer flags. Prayer flags are square pieces of fabric with prayers printed on them, strung together to hang on a rooftop or from a large bamboo flagpole. Each flutter of a flag in the wind is another recitation of the prayer printed on it, for the benefit of the family.

(The contributor is SCO Tawang.)


LDV steps up fight against opium

Roing, Mar 3: Lower Dibang Valley is stepping up its efforts to fight against opium menace in the district.

Chairing a meeting in this regards, Deputy Commisioner Y.W Ringu called for social action against drugs menace in the district. All the stake holder of the society is equally responsible in eradicating opium and other related drugs which is directly associated degradation of human resources, she said.

Highlighting the legal implication on opium related cases; she informed that as per Narcotic act. not less than 10 years of imprisonments along with the fine of not less than Rs. 1 lac  is levied on the accused using any form of banned drugs.

DC further informed that beside the comprehensive awareness campaign, strategy to work out perspective plan against drug addiction at root level is being made.

 Meanwhile, participants in the meeting stressed on educating the society and advocate for house to house awareness drive. They also strongly advocated for blockage of supply line of drugs peddlers in the district.

District Administrative officers, Zilla Prishad Chairperson, C. Meto,  ZPM, Mamo Linggi, ZPM, A.Linggi, President IMCL K. Pulu, and other panchayat members were present on the occasion. (DIPR)


Artists harbinger of civilization: Sanjay

NEW DELHI, Mar 3: Artists are the harbingers of human civilization, said Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjay while  opening a three-day exhibition of paintings by the Arunachal based artist Raja Deori in the Convention Foyer of the India Habitat Center, New Delhi on March 1.

“I am extremely thrilled and happy to find a young artist from my state Arunachal Pradesh who has made a mark in the very broad canvas of Indian art”,  the MP said. He also assured Raja of all possible help for the cause of art in Arunachal Pradesh.  

Raja’s works which are distinguished by innovative texture have evoked critical appreciations from art connoisseurs and common viewers alike. Raja has sold a few of his paintings on the occasion which is also a source of inspiration for the artist.


Nepali culture – with special reference to Indian culture

Bishnu Bhandari

Man would have been at par with beasts had he not have culture in his life.  It is only because of his culture he has culminated or achieved the pinnacle of glory, that’s why probably the omnipotent wills to harbour in this terrestrial world keeping aside his heavenly ecstasy.

Now let me make a comparative study in between the human life sans culture and beasts’ life. The difference lies in the fact that a monkey baby needs no prior learning about how to climb up and down the trees, and a calf requires no education about how to swim. Dogs and cats know spontaneously the time of their breeding. Likewise a cow needs no advice to fast (to starve) if she feels indigestion. But unfortunately man is only such a single creature in the world who needs education, directions, aspirations advice, morals ideals in every step of his life, which we call culture as a whole. He is to be taught what is good, bad, justified, unjustified, legal, illegal and so forth. Religion and language are based on culture.     

Culture is the developed form of a civilization. The civilization came into being when men starting living in the society. It is to be observed here that, culture in western civilization means external pelf and Paraphernalia, manners, style of living, costumes and domination. On the contrary, Culture means purification according to the Indian stand point of view.  Edification, to be neat and clean physically, to purify mind and soul, to be spiritual as a whole is culture. As it were to say, internal qualities of man which ascertain our social life, it is a guiding force of our language, literature religion, economy and so on.

So far as the Nepali Culture in concerned, it is a branch of greater Hindu Sanskriti or Culture, which is inseparable and indiscriminate from the Indian Hindu culture.

Now let me analyze point by point how it is so; 1st in Indian Hindu culture whether he is son or daughter touch the feet of his parents but in Nepali culture a woman can only touch the feet of his husband. Woman are always adorable and venerable in own society. They are worshipped in the guise of Mata (Mother) that is why, we touch the feet of our niece, Sister, daughter etc. the vastness of such liberality in behaviour towards woman is nothing but a complimentary form of Hindu culture.

Second, the holiness of our festivals repeals a profound touch to the Indian culture and Hinduism. TIZ is one of the major festivals of Nepali community in general and Nepali women’s specifically. It carries a great signification for woman in our society. Parvati successfully accomplished her rigorous penance to get Siva Sankar as her husband. Somebody may say it, an imaginary story, but the greatness of feeling it has, to get him as only one husband establishing physical relationship with none other than him is really examplenary and not less than any religion of the world and inordinately a fine example of our culture. Such consecrated and transparency in conjugal life is a paradigm of the finest quality and in true sense a massage bearing cosmic approbation to the mankind of the world.

Third, though Nepal is described politically and geographically a separate country, it is culturally and ecclesiastically same with India. Nepal, for a few decades has been misled by some forces creating various propagandas against India.  And it is also believed that one who always goes against India is considered a seasoned and successful politician in Nepal. Such misinterpretation is being developed throughout Nepal, a matter of a grave concern. People living in Kanya Kumari feel elated and thankful uttering the name of PashuPati’ and the people of Nepal feel adoration articulating ‘Har Gange’ while they bathe. In ‘TIZ’ our mothers and sisters pray to the Lord Shiva Sankar to help cross the entire India from the Himalayas to reach Kanya Kumari. They too utter the names, of the major temples and religious places scattering throughout the country in Swasthani. In ‘TIKA’ of Vijay Dashami our parents, grand parents and elders also affix rice grains mixed with curd on youngers’ forehead.

Suffice it to say that Nepali culture is knotted together with Indian Hindu culture. They are inseparable each other. We are culturally, religiously, spiritually, socially, linguistically and emotionally one and all.

Fourth, Nepali costumes have carried a meaningful and historical value. The cap (Toupi) gives a blistering indication of the peak of Sagarmatha which our ancestors have chosen. Patuki (a belt-like cloth tied tightly around the waist) worn specifically by Nepali women is suggestive of readiness and prompt always for tinkering hard.  Suruwal, (a trouser- like dress loose in abdomen area and tight-fit below the knees), is less expensive and comfortable to put on and Ascot- ( Half Coat like dress) worn over Daura ( a Kamiz- like wear) is also comfortable, simple, gentlemanly one, symbolizing cultural identity, dignity and a fine workmanship of Neplese life style.

Chholi, Faria, Pataki, Dhungri, Bulaki, Chandrahar, Tilauri, Naugari, Sirful, Sirbandi, Bai, Kalli are the wears of the Nepali women which cover every- naked-ness of their body indicate, serenity, dignity, decency, tenable, Creditable and a great subject of deference and always make us proud and great.  This decency in dress keeps the youths away from their immoral and carnal desires. So to say, the shortest possible dress worn by the girls and women brings bad feelings in the mind of the youths.

Our society is excessively tolerant by nature which some people take undue advantage of it. Followers of Buddhism, nature worshippers, Kirat tribe, (Nepali Tribal), Vedic practisers have been one and united for ages together where no clue of any dispute and contradiction in thought is found, which we have not found in other cultures and religions of the world. “Sarva Deva Namas Kara Keshabang Prati Gachhati” is the basic of our cultural life. May our Nepali culture be a flower of garden amongst the various flowers spreading its fragrance in every nook and corner of the world. Let us pray to the almighty to give us every success in carrying out the same greatness in feelings and deeds for ever.

Fifth, we the Nepalese have our age-old bond with the Indian Hindu society and Culture since Pre-Vedic era. They are intermingling in such way of never separating each other.  The latest discovery of Engka’s Shiv Temple with a Cobra hissing its hood in Cambodia gives a living example of dissemination Hindu culture and religion abroad too. The Engka civilization, spattering from Peru of South Africa to the Mexico of South America is another living example of our religious integration in the entire world.

The discovered western tunes found in Engka civilization; do re, mi, fa, sol, lo and ti are nothing but the tunes made on the basis of ‘SA RE GA MA’. This example of integration makes it vivid that ‘Kirat and Akirat’ have been tied on a single knot for ages back.

We, the Nepalese are free from dogmatism orthodoxy and conservatism. We don’t support eyelessly any racial discrimination, apartheid, untouchability and so forth. Our views in this connection are liberal, innovative and scientific keeping aside of all the superstitions and superficial views of the society.

Tika, whether it is Bhai-Tika a Vijay Dashami Tika holds a great implication in the life of the Nepali people, but it is served that some so called intellectuals of Nepali community started criticizing it sans logic and depthness in their criticism. The pristine rituals (Karma Kandas) have carried prodigious meaning. There is no shortcut and modification of these rites, modification of them is like a book without knowledge, and a snake without venom. So, modification gives no meaning to culture which is already rich and time- tested.

Let me conclude it in a way that Nepali society will like a dead body without Hinduism. We are culturally tied with the Indian Hindu culture; we have no separate entity keeping aside the India’s Hindu culture. So Hinduism is heart beating of Nepalese, a fact not to be denied. (The author is Chief Secretary, Nepali Sanskriti Suraksha Parishad, Arunachal Pradesh)


News Impact

APPSU call off bandh

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) has called off its proposed 12 hrs Papum Poma bandh call on March 4 after the authority assured to arrest and punish the culprit involved in damage of teacher quarter at government middle school, Kokila recently.


RGU Debate

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: The Rajiv Gandhi University is going to organize an Inter College Debate competition on ‘Eco-Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh: Prosperity?” on March 14 in the University Auditorium.

Two students each from the affiliated colleges of the University shall participate in the Debate Competition.


Union demands arrest of culprits

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: Students’ Union Dera Natung Government College served 10 days ultimatum to the superintendent of Police today for their failure to arrest the alleged culprits involved in the physical assault of SUDNGC General Secretary on February 9 last.

The union threatening to launch a massive agitation after the expiry of the ultimatum said that despite their appeal for arrest, the authority could not arrest the culprits till today.


District NYC chief resigns

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: Tamo Taggu has resigned from the post of  East Siang district Nationalist Youth Congress (NYC) unit president due to personal problem.  

In an email release, Taggu said he has submitted his resignation letter to the district party office and party headquarters at Itanagar.


‘Phamak Layo’ ready  to hit the screen

ITANAGAR: Lham Dorjee’s new film ‘Phamak Layo’ (an unfortunate son) is ready to be released on the eve of the Lossar Festival under the banner of Tsering Dorjee Film Productions.

This is the Vth Monpa feature film from Tawang and it is produced by Tsering Dorjee and directed by Lham Dorjee, who is also the lead actor of the film. Tashi Drema plays the female lead.  

Dorjee had also played the lead role in the Tawang’s first ever feature film ‘Changngan’ (A boy in you).


Widow’s of police personnel demand

ITANAGAR: Surviving widows of police has come under one umbrella to fight for their cause. Under the banner of All Arunachal Pradesh Widows Association, it has decided to organize hunger Strike cum dharna on 5th of March in front of Chief Minister’s bungalow seeking cancellation  of interview number PHQ/PER-35/2009 being currently conducted for widows by Arunachal Pradesh police.

They are seeking immediate appointment of all the candidates on compassionate ground in place of their deceased husbands and fathers who lost life while serving the state.

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Let our performance speak for us

Dear Editor,

This refers to letter “Stick to your job” by MLA 11 Seppa West published in your daily on March 2.  What drew my attention was a paragraph in which respected MLA without naming me stated that elected representatives of Pappu Valley is seeking intervention of students to bring in developmental activities. Respected MLA also had questioned my leadership quality. In this regard I want to make few things clear to the MLA.

Being local leader of Seba, I had welcomed AAPSU team with open arm when they visited my village. Not only Seba they visited all the Anchal segments of 10-Papu Valley (West) ZPM segment which include Kampu Seba, Kamrung, Ninghco, Nere, Lumdung secondary school, Nepa Cheda primary school. Students are backbone of society and if they visit my area obviously I have to welcome them. As a local elected ZPM, I had discussed issues concerning my area to AAPSU team. In fact am thankful to AAPSU team for visiting Papu valley despite their busy schedule.    

Respected MLA in his letter spoke about various developmental activities carried out by him in Papu valley. No doubt he is doing his duty but it’s disrespectful of him to discredit local Panchayat leaders of their developmental initiatives. Let me inform people of my area about some of the developmental activities which I undertook as ZPM of 10-Papu Valley (West). I took personal interest for up gradation of government primary school Seba to middle school. I had written to then education minister Tater Kipa, who is now political advisor of CM, on 16th July 2008 seeking up gradation of Seba primary school to middle.  During the same time I also sought opening of primary schools at villages like Kampu Seba, Patta Cheda, Pipokoro.

Responding to my plea Office of SPD SSA Rajya mission on 19thJuly 2008 informed that our request has been approved and asked me to forward the estimate.

Again on 18th August 2008 I wrote to education minister seeking extension of classroom at government primary school Seba, Nere, Nepa Cheda, Ningcho..Taking due consideration the then honourable education minister Tater Kipa sanctioned fund with file number 235 19/08/08. Also under my supervision on 14th November 2008 Nere middle school was upgraded to residential school with proper infrastructure to absorb 100 children. This project was funded by central government under SSA scheme.

About tourist lodge at Nere village, I would like to share that a Panchayat delegation had submitted memorandum to PWD and UD minister Nabam Tuki and then parliamentary secretary of tourism Kumar Waii during their visit to Seppa proposing tourist lodge at Lumdung hill top from where entire Pappu valley can be seen. However it was later diverted to Nere village from where hardly any one can view whole Papu Valley. MIP work which is in progress now at Papu Valley was proposed during former minister IFCD Hari Natung’s tenure. However project work stopped in between. Later Panchayat leaders like Dema Natung and other leaders of area gave ultimatum to department after which the work resumed. Presently road connectivity work for Seba village is being undertaken under PMGSY scheme.

Likewise I can go on telling about various developmental activities initiated by me. But I do not like talking about what I have done and I leave it on people of my area to judge.

During your tenure in the last 6 years, we had never commented about issues concerning our area in media. However letter of respected MLA compelled me to open my mouth. In my area most of development work came after I became ZPM. Also you were MLA before I became ZPM and got ample opportunity to carry out developmental work. If you really want to bring in developmental activities, please build road from Lumdung village to paddy fields. People there still carry their paddy on their back and walk up to hill. Please bring water connection in every villages of Papu valley. People need electricity connection. Respected MLA should take up inter village road link project through SPA.  

I had never discredited work carried out by MLA in our area. But respected MLA too should not deny credit to me for carrying out some of the developmental work carried out in the area. Being local Panchayat leader, am always ready to cooperate with local MLA in his endeavor to bring development.  As per as AAPSU visit to Seba is concerned my village is open to every one and am ready to welcome local MLA also if he visit. Ultimately I leave it to people of my area to decide who is doing what for the area.


Apang Welly,

Zilla Parishad Member,

10-Papu Valley (West),

East Kameng



Letter from a mother!

Dear Editor,

Hello my sons and daughters of Arunachal Pradesh! I’m very happy to see you living, happy to see you earning and enjoying the life. I can see you owning Rolls Royce, I saw your Mansion. Yours Fancy and glamorous dress amuse me. Your hefty and delicious partake entice me.

But my son and daughter, an Uncle from mainland India [Hindi] is superseding me and I know you can see it. See an Aunt [Foreign cultural elements] from foreign land is prostrating me and I’m sure you know that. Each passing day, one of my limbs is being buried into an unknown graveyard. Each dawn lit brings me near to my death. Each projects and schemes, be it state sponsored or central, heralds my unnatural death.

See I’m dying. I’m being asphyxiated by your Hindi Uncle and Foreign Aunt. I’m being paralysed every now and then. I’m crying, an ocean tears oozed out from my eyes. I screamed, I groaned and I yelp but I never protested.

Now my death is inevitable and you know that once I embraced my death, I’ll sleep forever. Even if you strove to resurrect me, I will be wigged, veneered and you won’t see me what I was.

My son and daughter, who am I? I’m Your Mother dialect, I’m Your culture, I’m your  tradition, I’m Your Religion, I’m the Spirit of Your Motherland and not to forget I’m Your identity. So my dear, I  wish to hear you. I need care, extend your hands and embrace me.


Tasing Jeke Nilling

New Delhi



Make it look attractive

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my opinion regarding the classic uniform, Khaki of Indian police personnel. It has been seen that since independence there has been hardly any changes to give it an attractive look. If we see the state transport drivers and handymen, forest rangers, CRPF, NCC, and other paramilitary forces they share a common type of uniform. I believe that the foreign tourists must be confused to identify the real police personnel in the street or in the market. So, I think that the govt. must give some thought over this matter and give a new and fresh look to our police personnel by introducing a new pattern of uniform.


Zarman Lollen (on email)






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