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AAPSU calls for strengthening Army in border areas, questions functioning of DoTC

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: In a memorandum to the Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union have called for deployment of adequate personnel in the areas bordering China while stating that repeated claim over the state of Arunachal Pradesh by China cannot be taken as mere rhetoric.

It said Taksing in Upper Subansiri, Zemitang in Tawang, Damin Parsi Parlo in Kurung Kumey, Sawa in East Kameng, Monigong in West Siang, Tuting Gelling in Upper Siang, Mibi in Upper Dibang Valley and Kibithoo in Anjaw District and other areas touching International boundary with Myanmar like Tirap & Changlang District and part of Tawang and West Kameng District with Bhutan needs further deployment of forces.

The union further called for strengthening road infrastructure along the border.   

Department of  Tirap and Changlang (DOTC) also found mention in the memorandum. The Union said that  DoTC was created in order to cater to the need of the common masses and the overall development of the two district.  “However it is pertinent to note that the department has miserably failed to live up to the expectation of the people and no tangible development has been achieved so far by it since its establishment.”

It further stated that “it is felt that the funds meant for the development are dished out to the ultras operating in the two districts covertly’.

The Union requested the Governor to pursue with the newly elected Government in the state so that the fund meant for DoTC in this financial year is given for up keep and development of Wangcha Rajkumar College in Deomali and Rangfrah College in Changlang, which are facing paucity of fund.  

Further, the union request the Governor to suggest ways and means to constitute an all-party committee at the state level to monitor the expenses of developmental work carried under the aegis of the Department.

 The Union further said that state government needs to stand by its commitment and immediately disclose the finding of the CBI report on Wangcha Rajkumar assassination case.


Even after a month, family of Tako Tagak awaits justice

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: It was exactly one month ago that IRBn jawan, Tako Tagak, was allegedly killed by ITBP personnel under mysterious circumstances at Seppa while on election duty. While state government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident, none of the accused has been put behind the bars.

The days have turned into month still family members of victim are waiting justice. Despite all odds, they have not given up the hope of getting justice for the deceased soul.

On Tuesday, family organized a memorial service to commemorate one month of his death. People from all walks of life turned up to pay homage to departed soul, which included representatives from students’ union, state police and public of Dobum village from Banderdewa.

As state police band team started playing music, people one after other paid homage to late Tago Tagak by offering flowers at his memorial. The atmosphere turned quite somber as wife of late jawan paid homage to her departed husband with teary eyes and everyone present on the occasion became highly emotional. As rest of the family members consoles her, soon she gets busy attending to her four-year-old son who did not understand what was going around.

Speaking to this daily, Tako Aman, brother of departed jawan told, “We are overwhelmed by support extended to us by AAPSU, ALSU, ANSU, general public and media fraternity in our fight to bring killer of my brother behind the bar.”

He also fondly remembers his late brother. “He was always interested to join armed forces. He had even appeared for interview for Indian Army also before he finally got job with IRBn,” told Tako Aman. For him the most hurting aspect of this entire mayhem has been government’s lack of respect towards his late brother. “Initially some people tried to drag his death as outcome of drunken brawl which was untrue. It has been more than a month but till now they have not arrested anyone, which is surprising,” he told.

He is now worried for the wife and children of his late brother. “Government should take care of my brother’s wife and his children as he died serving state during election time. We still hope our government will offer us helping hand,” he concluded. The ball is now in the court of the state government. Sure, everybody wants to know who was person behind the killing of late Tako Tagak.


Marde calls for renewed commitment for success of MG NREGS

Training for DC, ZP chair and PD begins at SIRD

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Takar Marde while inaugurating the first of the series of 2 days Training Workshop on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural  Employment Guarantee Scheme (MG NREGS), commenced the process of stock taking coupled with capability building under the most comprehensive social security programme. The workshop is being conducted for Deputy Commissioners, Zilla Parishad Chairpersons, and Project Directors of DRDA at SIRD Conference Hall in two phases.

The Minister called upon increased commitment from Deputy Commissioners-cum-District Programme Coordinators, the Project Directors cum Assistant District Programme Coordinator and the Block Development Officers cum Programme Officers to ensure that benefits of the programme reach the rural poor in Arunachal Pradesh.

He mentioned that NREGS is an instrument for removal of poverty and helping the poorest of poor to a life of dignity and self-reliance. He cited that the PDs of DRDA and the BDOs are main heroes of NREGS.

He advised the delegates to avail all opportunities to learn. Lamenting on absence of certain Deputy Commissioners, Zilla Parishad Chairpersons and PDs of DRDA from the programme, and expressing his displeasure on the same, he expressed the hope for better participation in training programme in future.

Appreciating the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) for supporting the training intervention, he called upon the officers to particularly avail the opportunity of benefiting from interacting with the faculties and experts from SIRD & NIRD, since MG-NREGS programme directly affects the lives of all rural poor.

The Minister emphasized on fine-tuning the MIS under NREGA in the State. The Dy. Commissioners were also asked to direct the Circle Officers to co-ordinate with CICs regarding MIS on major RD programmes.

The Department of Rural Development and SIRD Arunachal Pradesh were also asked to provide inputs on ways & means of solving the issues related with rural development in Arunachal Pradesh.

Indira Mallo Jain, IAS, Director NIRD-NERC emphasized on the importance of MG NREGS being an Act passed by the Parliament. Mentioning that MG-NREGS was a new generation wage employment programme and a pioneering social security network, she also said that success of the programme largely depends on the ability to timely forward the proposals for further releases under MG NREGS to MoRD through the State Government. She also expressed the hope that these workshops shall be able to provide inputs to help Arunachal Pradesh to be more proactive and enable the participating districts to resolve what has to be done under MG-NREGS.

Prof. K. Hanumantha Rao from NIRD-Hyderabad also spoke on the occasion; he called upon the delegates to learn from the factors by which certain districts within Arunachal Pradesh were performing well under NREGA.

Director SIRD Tope Bam outlined the efforts of Government of India in supporting MG-NREGS in brief in his welcome address.

These workshops which are being conducted at the behest of Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India by NIRD-NERC in collaboration with SIRD shall place a roadmap prepared by ZPCs/DPCs/ADPCs for improving the performance under NREGA to State Government and to Government of India. The resource persons from NIRD, Hyderabad & NERC, Guwahati will dwell on various aspects under NREGA.

The first batch includes Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri. The Dy. Commissioners, Project Directors and ZPCs of remaining Nine districts will attend the second programme from Nov 20-21.

K. Loyi, Deputy Director, SIRD also is coordinating the workshop gave the vote of thanks.


NCP urges transparency

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: State unit of Nationalist Congress Party has urged new government under Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to work in transparent manner in every field without discriminating on party line during a party meet. In the recent meeting of state level executive held at its party office in Itanagar, NCP also welcomed the initiative of new Home Minister to bring peace in Tirap, Changlang districts.

NCP hope that all the issues between India and China would be resolved in peaceful manner. Party also welcomed the recent visit of Tibetan spiritual His Holiness Dalai Lam to state and believes that he can play role of peacemaker in the region.

One day meeting was attended by newly elected MLA’s of NCP, which include Ralom Borang, Bamang Felix, Alo Libang, Jomin Tayeng and Techi Kaso. Many of the district level office bearers of party also attended the meeting.

During the meeting party decided to constitute a delegation comprising of all the MLA’s and senior members led by party president L.Wanglat to apprise national leaders about the need to strengthen party keeping in mind the true spirit and culture of Arunachal Pradesh.


Court dismisses PIL against Hemu

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: The High Court has dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the Chief Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, the DRDA Officers and former MLA of Pakke-Kessang Assembly Constituency Techi Hemu by ZPM Maya Dolo at its admission stage.

The PIL was filled on Aug 19.

Chief Justice, J Chelameswar and Judge Hrishikesh Roy, who heard the PIL represented by Advocate, Abhaya Kashyap on behalf of Techi Hemu observed in their judgment that " many aggrieved stand in a long serpentine queue for years with hope of getting their grievances redressed, while some meddlesome, wayfarers or officious interveners having absolutely no public interest except for personal gains or for any other extraneous motivation or for glare publicity get into the courts by filing vexatious and frivolous petitions thus wasting the valuable time of the courts".

Dolo, has filed a writ petition in the nature of mandamus writ seeking for investigation into the same matter, at the High Court, Itanagar Permanent bench vide petition no 314(80)09 dated Aug 17 which was also dismissed at the admission stage.

Former MLA Techi Hemu had endorsed the LPC case brought before the Court by the deprived and aggrieved public of 12" Pakke-Kessang Constituency on the matter of illegal grabbing of lands belonging to them under duress. Hemu states that his endorsement had prompted Dolo to file the PIL.


NABARD RED prog reach Sangram  

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in its endeavor to expand its outreach to the rural areas of Arunachal Pradesh through promotional and developmental programmes has sanctioned a one month Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programme (REDP) on Handloom Weaving to Manghi Welfare Society, a local NGO, at Sangram in Kurung Kumey District.

The programme will support 25 persons selected educated unemployed youth and SHG members from Sangram area. Representatives and

officials of district level like BDO, Extension Officer (Industries), Extension Officer (Credit) and banks will be involved at various stages of implementation of the programme. Manghi Welfare Society will provide escort services to the trainees for setting up units by liaisoning with banks, government departments and other agencies. NABARD will support similar programmes for income and employment generation in other districts also.


Kaso stresses on improved law and order

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: Local MLA Techi Kaso today called upon the administration to work diligently to bring qualitative and visible changes in law and order situation in the Capital Complex.

Addressing  the senior officers of various departments including PWD &UD, police and general administration in a meeting held at the office chamber of the Capital DC, Itanagar, Kaso said that  his number one priority is to improve the law and order situation and over all security scenario of the Capital Complex. He said the existing nakas should be adequately briefed to strictly check the vehicles during late hours.

Regarding the solution to increasing traffic problem in twin cities, he appealed the administration to clear encroachment of the road sides of all important roads.

While stressing on the strict enforcement of traffic rules, he called upon  the officers concerned to ensure wearing of helmets by the vehicle drivers, timely registration of vehicles besides regulating parking of vehicles.

Speaking on the occasion, SP capital briefed about the  functioning the police with limited strength of police personnel and resources.

Officers of the PWD & UD discussed about their developmental plans.

Capital DC Padmini Singla requested the MLA to extend  full cooperation  in developmental activities of the administration.


Walong remembers martyrs of 1962

WALONG, Nov 17: Situated at the tri -junction of Tibet, Burma and India, Walong  is intricately  linked to Indian History. Forty Six years ago in the high altitude of Walong sector when the Chinese People’s Liberation Army made a major intrusion in the Indian territory, brave Indian soldiers fought hard against the Chinese until they ran out of ammunition, ration and finally laid down their lives in the alter of the motherland.

Giving a befitting tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian army, the TIME magazine wrote that “in Walong, the soldiers of Indian army lacked everything but what they didn’t lack was the guts”.

Walong Day is celebrated every year by the army on 16 November at Walong and it is organized by 82 Mountain Division under the aegis of Dinjan Army Headquarter (DAH) to pay tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian army who gallantly laid down their lives to safe guard the motherland and hardship faced by the local population supporting the army during the war.

The significance of the Walong Day is that it was on the very day ceasefire was declared and the war ended. After the Indo-China war ended and decades after there has been tremendous development in the region and as a consequence Walong is connected by fair weather road at present. The road connecting the border from the mainland serves as the life line for the army as well as for the local indigenous people of Lohit and Anjaw districts.

‘In 1962, when Walong the eastern most part of the country was attacked  Chinese army had better connectivity up to the border and they assembled men, ammunition and ration in no time whereas the Indian army without ammunition, ration and warm clothing had to march for fourteen to twenty days to reach the border in order to fight the Chinese’, said Major General BS Sachar, SM, VSM while speaking as the chief guest of the day.

But today the Indian army is well equipped to fight the enemy if there is any assault in the Indian territory, he informed confidently.

Formally, the celebration began with power point presentation of the actual battle fought by the Indian army in 1962 by the Commanding Officer of the Kibithu Garrison K.S. Dhadwal before the Deputy Commissioner of Anjaw District C.S.Jeinow, other district sub-ordinate officers, media persons, jawans, officers and publics of the region.

Chief guest, Brigadier Manjeet Mehta, SM Commader Lohit Brigade and other high officials and jawans of the army later laid wreaths at the Walong War Memorial.

The other high point of the Walong Day celebration was dedication of a hut in memory of the martyrs unveiled by the chief guest.

The locals presented colourful traditional Mishmi dance while physically challenged Tashi Mayor presented emotional and famed patriotic song ‘a meri waton ke logo,jara yaad karo woh qurbani’ on the occasion of the Walong Day.

The chief guest also visited local Gompa and presented study materials and sweets to the school children who were seen waving the Indian tri colour high on the occasion. On 17 November the army organized a grand mela on 17 November as continuation of Walong Day celebration.  (The Eastern Mail News Agency)


NHPC conducts painting competition on Energy conservation

Laxmi Bangsia, Tomsai Nayam, Tajum Soki wins

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: As many as 50 promising artists from different parts of the State today enthusiastically took part in a State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation-2009, organized at Banquet Hall here by NHPC Limited under the auspices of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Union Ministry of Power.

Laxmi Bangsia of Ramakrishna Sarada Mission School, Khonsa, Tomsai Nayam of Government Secondary School, Rono Hills, Doimukh and Tajum Soki of Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impared, Chimpu were adjudged first, second and third winners for cash prizes of Rs 10,000, Rs 8,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively.

The motto of the painting competition is to create awareness among the people for conservative and judicious use of energy, S Murugappan, the chief geophysicist of NHPC Limited and the Nodal Officer for Energy Conservation Campaign-2009, told the media persons on the sidelines of the painting competition.

Murugappan said that to stop misuse of electricity, the Ministry of Power had in 2005 launched the national awareness campaign. The painting competition for students at school, state and national level has been included as one of the its activities, which would not only make the children aware about the need of conserving energy but also offer them a great opportunity to explore their creativity.

A K Gupta, the Executive Director of NHPC’s Tawang and Dibang Basin Projects, has inaugurated the painting competition with the duration of two hours, in the morning in presence of the state’s Power Secretary Tumke Bagra.

The trio will now represent the State in the National Level Competition, to be held in Delhi on December 12 next.

The winners of the national level event will win Rs one lakh for first prize, Rs 50,000 for second prize (two Nos) and Rs 25,000 for third prize (eight Nos) and they will be given the prizes on National Energy Conservation Day, on December 14 next.

Apart from the first three winners, 10 of the competitors were given consolation prizes of Rs 1,000 each. Moreover, all 50 participants were provided with a bag full of dictionary, general knowledge book, geographical atlas, BEE’s table map, uniforms, raincoat and umbrella along with the cash incentive of Rs 1,000 each.


AVP rededicates itself to social transformation & nation building

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: 2 days workshop organised by Arunachal Vikas Parishad(AVP) at Bharat Scouts and guides conference hall ended with a promise to dedicate themselves in the process of social reformation and nation building.

Workshop expressed concern over the Chinese claim over Arunachal. The speakers exhorted “China has been making claim over Arunachal Pradesh, but Arunachal has neither historic nor cultural links with China and India does not share any direct border with China. China has illegally occupied Tibet and faith and culture of Tibetans are in danger. People in China have no right to informatiom. Everything is under censorship. It is our duty to protect the nation and only people to see that the ambitious claim over our motherland is thwarted away”.

Swami Ramesh Maharaj and Nabam Atum delivered the inaugural and concluding speech of the workshop, which saw 85 participants from all over Arunachal Pradesh and Dhemaji.

Meanwhile Augung Bengia, General Secretary, indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh appealed all citizens of Arunachal Pradesh to participate in the indigenous faith day on Dec 31 to strengthen the society and nation.

Jaleswar Brahma, vice President, All India Kalyan Ashram, Kripa Prasad Singh, Joint General Secretary, All India Kalyan Ashram, Ramchandraiah, South Zone Organising Secy,  Nabam Atum, President, AVP,  Pratik Potom, Working President,  Jatan Pulu, Vice President,  Techi Gubin, General Secretary,  Mantu Mossang, Assistant General Secretary, Omir Tatin, Joint Secy,  L. Khimun, were the resource persons.


MLA thanked

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: PR leaders have thanked MLA Nabam Rebia for allotting Rs. 1 crore under SPA fund for constructions of anti erosion dam near Kimin Hr. Secondary School and Rs. 1 crore for construction of auditorium at Rono General Ground, Doimukh.

PR leaders further stated that never in the past in 14th Doimukh Assembly Constituency has the SPA fund been utilized in such a transparent manner. The panchayat leaders hoped that same tempo shall be maintained throughout his five year tenure.


Atoh Gamli’ released

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: ‘Atoh Gamli’ – a Nyishi Album was released at a function held at Central Nyedar Namlo, Seppa yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest Tumge Loya, Circle Officer, Seppa applauded the efforts by the prayer team of Namlo for bringing out the album of the Nyishi basing on the traditional faith. He appreciated the Donyi Polo believers for promoting and preserving such invaluable folk songs.


AAPWU to check bogus labourers

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) in a meeting held recently unanimously decided to oppose all illegal appointments made during the election period with total violation of model code of conduct.

Reviewing the earlier demands which had been submitted to the Govt for consideration, the meeting decided to conduct drive against  bogus labourers in departments concerned.


Plantation prog

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: All Raga Area Students Union would carry out a social service and tree plantation program from Godak to Pamluk on Nov 23-24.


Ban hunting and fishing

ITANAGAR: Jampa Village Welfare Association said that numbers of Mithun have been shot down and injured by hunters in the area.

It appealed the EAC, Doimukh to ban hunting and using of pesticide and explosive for fishing purposes in Chiputa, Sopo and Jampa village immediately.


Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism: A glimpse

By Bhikkhu Pannasara

Most famous religions the world over are generally divided into two divisions. That may be for the reason of their existence. For e.g the main religion in India which is at present considered as the major religion “Hinduism” has two divisions, the Vaishnavite and the Shivaite.

In this way, Muslims have two divisions namely Shia and Sunni. The Christians have two divisions Catholics and Protestants. Jainism also has two divisions Digambara and Swetambara, so in this way Buddhism has two branches called as Hinayana (Theravada) and Mahayana.

Here ‘Yana’ means vehicle. Therefore the western Buddhist scholars have named them as greater vehicle (Mahayana) and lesser vehicle (Hinayana).

These terms were coined during the eleventh century particularly by the new emergence of Buddhist sect which they themselves called as Mahayana.

In Buddhism philosophically both sect follow the same tenets but traditionally there are many differences which arose according to the time and situation.

Main features of the Mahayanist which differ from the Theravada:

a) It is that, the Mahayanist’s have lot of Bodhisattvas (Buddha aspirants) whereas in Theravada there is only one Bodhisattava remained to become the Buddha in this eon itself that is Aryamaitreya.

b) According to the concept of both Mahayana and Theravada, the dispensation of the Gautama Buddha would last for four- five thousand years. After the expiration of five thousand years the Bodhisattava Maitreya will be born on this earth and he will become the Buddha.

c) But the Mahayanist as we have mentioned above has a lot of Bodhisattavas. They believe that any of those Bodhisattavas may be born as Buddha. Here I would like to quote some of the names of Mahayanist Bodhisattavas : Manjushriee, Padmapani, Vajrapani, Avalokiteswara, Tara. The last one ‘Tara’ is a female Bodhisattava who does not exist in Theravada. These Bodhisattavas are not found in Theravedan form of Buddhism. According to Theravada a Bodhisattava has to perform ten perfections multipled by three (30 perfections or parametas).

d) In Mahayanism a Bodhisattava has to complete only eight parametyas (perfections).

e) In Theravada simply a monk has to eliminate ten fetters which are called Sangyojanas whereas in Mahayana one has to cross the ten Bhomis known as Dasabohomis.

f) Both deny the existence of a Supreme God

Regarding the concept of the Buddha:

The Theravada believes that Buddha was a person born in a royal family. In Mahayana they believe that the Buddha is only a manifestation sent to this earth by the undying Buddha (Eternal Buddha) called as Amitabha.

The Pure land school of the Chinese Buddhist have created this Amitabha cult saying that there is an undying or eternal Buddha who lives in the western paradise and all the Bodhisattavas who completed the aforesaid parameteas and Dasabhomis are amalgamated with the Amitabha Buddha.   

This particular Buddha is living in the western sky according to the Avatamsaka Sutra, of the Pure land school of Chinese Buddhist.

According to Theravada tradition so far there are 28 Buddhas along with Gautama that came on earth but the Mahayanis count the appearance of Buddha from Konagamahna Buddha.

To prove this a Stupa is found in Nepal, in which there is an inscription which says “Kanaka Munina Dineh” meaning this stupa was erected in memory of Konagamahna Buddha.

At present the followers of Mahayana Buddhism are majority when compared to the followers of the Theravada sect of Buddhism. Most of the Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, Siberia and the Calamari Autonomous region of Russia are the followers of Mahayana Buddhism.

Theravada is practiced in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and part of Bangladesh.   

Though there are two different sects in Buddhism, yet there are no differences amongst the Theravada and Mahayana sect.  


Chess tourney

ITANAGAR, Nov 17: MLA Techi Kaso has consented to attend the opening ceremony of the first ever state level open chess championship at Youth Hostel, Naharlagun on November 20 at 11.30 am while Sports and Youth Affairs director PR Mazumdar will be the guest of honour on the occasion..


Parliamentary secy to take oath

ITANAGAR: Twenty Parliamentary Secretaries would take oath on Wednesday completing Dorjee Khandu led team. Senior Congress members who were not accommodated in the council of Ministry are likely to be made Parliamentary Secretaries.  

The oath taking ceremony would be held at Banquet Hall in the morning.


Mass com results

ITANAGAR: The results of the Postgraduate diploma course in Mass communication, Rajiv Gandhi University has been declared. Of the 24 candidates that appeared in the exam, 17 passed while the results of two candidates have been withheld.


Nirmal Gram

ITANAGAR: Governor JJ Singh has consented to attend the Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award’09 distribution function organized by Public Health Engineering Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh at Banquet Hall, Itanagar on November 24.


ASM demand police outpost

ITANAGAR: Sille-Jeying ASM Ageng Tayeng in a letter to Minister Home Affairs appealed for establishment of Police out Post at Jeying.

This subdivision, being far away from East Siang District Headquarter Pasighat and Upper Siang District Head Quarter Yingkiong and due to rapid growth of population, infrastructure and other developmental activities under Jeying Sub-Division, Katan Circle, numerous law and order problems are being faced by the locality, letter added.


Call for the govt

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Students Association in Kerela has appealed the council of minister led by the chief minister Dorjee Khandu to work as a team for welfare of the people of Arunachal.

It further called on the Education minister to improve the education scenario in the state.


Dept. remembers its officer

ITANAGAR: Directorate of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development condoled the premature demise of its officer Late Thanglang Tangha who died on Nov 12 following a motor bike accident. A Child Development Project Officer, Tangha was posted in Bana, East Kameng. Born in 18 Dec 1982, Tangha had just completed 8 months of service to the state.

In a condolence message, the department stated that his valuable service rendered during a short span of time will always be remembered by the Directorate.

November -  18


A Prayer for all of you


Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who helped us in various possible way following the damage of my dwelling house in a fire incident that occurred at Emchi village on Oct 28 midnight.

The incident occurred when my wife and I were away from home and attending a church programmed at Leporiang, Sagalee.

Our thanks to Master Tamar Gadi, a student of St Thomas School (STS), Emchi for taking a risk  while  rescuing my three children  who were asleep when the house was burning on the fateful day and to the  STS principal for accommodating my children in the hostel with school dress and books and contributing cash and kind as immediate assistance.

We would also like to extend our thanks to MLA Nabam Rebia, former minister T C Teli, govt officers, the Papum Pare ATA unit,  All Sagalee Employed Forum, the headmaster, staff and students of Govt Middle School, Emchi, NEEPCO officers, Doimukh, Pastors of Baptist Church, Doimukh, CRC Doimukh, PCFC Nirjuli, panchayat leaders, youth, NGOs etc who came to help us during the time of need.

Heartiest thanks to APCC president and PWD&UD minister Nabam Tuki, ZP chairperson Nabam Aka for providing immediate relief, and also thanks to Emchi ASM Nabam Taba,and GB Nabam Epo for leading the pubic in reconstruction of our  house. We also appreciate the unit of the villagers and others who consoled us, shared our grief and helped us.

I pray God may bless them with abundance in life.


K Techi Reka

Emchi, Doimukh





Lets learn unconditional love


Dear Editor,

Pet keeping is one of the most unique experiences that one can have. Pets teach us so many things.  They teach us to give unconditional love and to become better people.

But such a wonderful experience comes with a serious responsibility towards our pets. This responsibility does not end with just providing them good food and a couch. Pets truly deserve our understanding and care, serious commitment and knowledge require to take care of our pets properly.

The very first thing that we should understand is that they are helpless being with more challenges in life.

Therefore, it is of utmost necessity that we extend our valuable time  to care and look after them or else we will condemn them to diseases like obesity, allergies, cancer, dental diseases, arthritis etc.

A pet animal is like a small child who deserves our help and understanding to explore their own world. We should welcome our pet as a new member of the family and prepare ourselves to embrace whatever experiences come in.

Pets bring much fun and camaraderie into our lives and also can make us smile every time we enter hour house.

Many people have proved themselves to be good pet owners and enjoyed the companionship of these amazing creatures.


Omoni Komut

B. V. Sc. 4th year student

College of Veterinary Science, Guwahati.



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