Tawang awaits Dalai Lama
Tawang, Nov 7: Tawang is all geared up to receive the 14th Dalai Lama who is arriving
on a five-day visit to the district on Sunday. The revered head of the Buddhists,
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is expected to arrive here at 10 am from Guwahati by
a state government helicopter. A 20-member entourage would accompany him. However,
no one from Tibetan Government in Exile is accompanying the Dalai Lama. The state
government has already announced that visit is purely religious.
The Chinese government has already objected to the visit and has accused the Spiritual
Head of creating trouble for China.
During the first day of his stay in the enchanting town that houses one of the oldest
monasteries in the world, Tawang Ganden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as the Tawang
Monostary, the Dalai Lama would inaugurate the Monastery Museum and Monastery School
Library. He would address the lamas and the staff at the monastery.
On the second day of his visit, he would inaugurate and consecrate the OPD building
of Tawang District Hospital, which he has funded.
His Holiness would stay at the Tawang Monastery with his entourage. The Dalai Lama
would travel to Dirang on Nov 12 and later to Bomdila where he will halt for two
days before his arrival in Itanagar on the 14th.
The town has been given a new look minus the regular life size posters and banner
which usually accompany such high profile visit. It is more sombre with few welcome
gates erected, entirely built on Monpa motifs.
The Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu reiterated that visit of the Dalai Lama is purely
religious while addressing a press conference here this afternoon. He said that His
Holiness is coming to Arunachal to inaugurate the Hospital and bless the people of
He said that security of the Dalai Lama is being taken care by the state Police.
Responding to a question, he said that Army has not been involved as the state police
is capable of providing security to the High Profile visitor.
Meanwhile, state home ministry in an emergency meeting today discussed the security
arrangements for the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
After his miraculous escape from the Chinese atrocities to India via Zemithang in
Tawang, this is the fourth visit of the Spiritual head. He had earlier come to Arunachal
in 1983, 1993 and 2003. He was to come here last year but Indian government buckling
under pressure from the Chinese government did not give his permission to travel
to the state where he is revered. The government at that time had said that Dalai
Lama was unwell.
Meanwhile, the town is packed to the capacity as many from neighbouring Bhutan have
arrived to have a glace of the revered Lama. The Indian media has descended at Tawang
in full strength, however, the Centre has barred foreign journalist from covering
the event. This is seen as keeping the visit as low profile as possible.
Sonam Lhamu, a chirpy teenager is a happy volunteer! She had this to share with us:
“I know lot is being said about the visit and some are unhappy. But everyone must
understand that Dalai Lama is our spiritual head and he should not be kept away from
Wish things were as uncomplicated.
Dabi determined to revamp the state police department
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Law and order problems in Arunachal Pradesh including boundary problems,
maintenance of traffic rules, besides other aspects relating to modernization and
revamping of the police department were discussed in an emergency meeting here today,
informed Home Minister Tako Dabi while addressing the media persons after assuming
the office of the home ministry.
Dabi informed that he held an emergency meeting with the Home Commissioner, state
Director General of Police and other senior police officers today to discuss on the
security arrangements for the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama considering the
sensitivity and strategic location of the state. The law and problems in the state
including boundary problems, maintenance of traffic rules, besides other aspects
relating to modernization and revamping of the police department were also discussed,
Informing that the people of the state are eagerly waiting for the visit of the His
Holiness, the Home Minister hoped that the visit would be a fruitful one in promoting
and strengthening peace, harmony and integrity in the state of Arunachal Pradesh
in particular and entire North East and country in general.
While condemning the Chinese claim over Arunachal Pradesh, Dabi asserted that Arunachal
Pradesh is a part and parcel of India and is within the sovereignty of India.
Reacting to the 12-hr bandh call of the AAPSU and ALSU on Friday last, the Home Minister
informed that the state government has instituted a one-man magistrate committee
for detailed enquiry of the incident at Seppa and categorically said that proper
disciplinary action would be initiated against the culprit with full transparency.
He, however, appealed the organizations irrespective of any banner not to resort
to any sort of bandh calls as it creates trouble to the public.
Pointing on the increasing traffic problem especially in the twin capital cities,
he told that appropriate action would be taken to ease the problem on immediate basis.
Foundation stone for RIWATCH campus at Roing laid
Indigenous languages need to be documented: Governor
ITANAGAR, Nov 7: To have a better understanding of the richness of age-old cultural
assets of any region or state, it is very important that we initiate comparative
and cross cultural studies of ethnic societies and I trust, once established, this
institute will be the flag bearer of such endeavours covering different countries,
and also with that of India in general, and north east in particular, said Arunachal
Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, while laying the foundation stone of the proposed
campus of Research Institute of World’s ancient traditions Cultures & Heritage at
Iduli Village, near Roing in Lower Dibang Valley today. Noting that the institute
will be providing professional guidance and facilitate research works, Gen Singh
pointed student exchange programme will definitely help in enriching the quality
efforts of the objective behind establishment of the institution.
MP Mukut Mithi, local MLA Laeta Umbrey, Deputy Commissioner Y W Ringu and SP Tojo
Karga along with district heads of department were present on the occasion along
with public and RIWATCH members.
Terming the establishment as historical step, the Governor expressed his hope that
under the leadership of prominent academicians of the state, well wishers and enthusiastic
research scholars, it will excel in its endeavours.
The Governor, who always advocates for preservation of indigenous dialect said, you
have a huge canvas to work on and languages should be another area we need to do
a lot. As I always said, to preserve our heritage, our mother tongue plays a strong
role. As most of the tribes do not have written scripts, the indigenous language
of each tribe needs to be documented. We need to collect and analyze information
that can be used to draft a manuscript about the Tribe, including primary resources
and oral histories.
Make videotape of the tribal elders pronouncing vocabulary words for the dictionary
and sets of conversations. Through your work the concerned tribe can gain knowledge
of their Tribe's history and ancestry, which I found very important in this part
of the country, he stressed.
Another very wide subject is the studies on the Himalayan herbs and ethnic medicines.
The age-old practices in this field by the indigenous people are very effective,
authentic and organic. No contamination and no side-effect, Gen Singh said.
Recalling his earlier stint as Army Officer in the area, the Governor, who always
is concerned about the environment and who have seen greenery at its heights some
27-28 years ago, appealed to the people of Roing, especially my Goan Burahs and Panchayat
leaders for the preservation of the forests, the flora and fauna. The day, this
pristine nature is lost, we will also lose our identity and we cannot allow this
to happen, he pointed. Governor also educated the villagers on organic farming and
Congratulating the RIWATCH society, Roing and the International Centre for Cultural
Studies (ICCS), USA for the important initiative, he felt it will have immense impact
in the carrying forwards of our treasured age-old tradition, culture and heritage,
the Governor appreciated Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, MLAs Laeta Umbrey and Jamin
Tayeng for their political leadership and Dr. Zoram Begi, Director Higher and Technical
Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Somu Linggi and Shri Vijay Swami for
their personal contributions in realizing the necessity for such an institution at
the present location in the State.
The Governor also congratulated villagers of Iduli village led by Dature Miuli for
their far-slightness of and their concern on the preservation of the tradition, culture
and heritage. On behalf of all the likeminded people of the State, Nation and the
world, I would like to convey our highest appreciation to Dature Miuli for donating
such a vast and beautiful land free of cost to the society. Your name will always
be written in golden letters for such a benevolent step, Gen Singh stated.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice President of International Centre for Cultural Studies
(ICCS), USA and representing the organization, Janardan Bhatt said, the institute
aims to bring different ethenic groups and learn about them so that they do not wipe
out due to on-slot of modern civilization. Bhatt, who is visiting Arunachal Pradesh
for the first time said, people are losing their origin culture and this project
has been established to counter it and expressed his hope that it come up with World
Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries to the proposed campus, RIWATCH Executive Director
Vijay Swami gave a brief on the background of the organization and its objectives.
He informed that RIWATCH is an Affiliated unit of International Centre for Cultural
Studies (ICCS), Pennsylvania, USA. The basic objective of RIWATCH is to cater to
the needs of research scholars in studying different ethnic groups of North east
India and initiate comparative and cross cultural studies of various ethnic groups
of different countries with that of India in general and north east India in particular.
It will also facilitate young scholars from North east India to have opportunities
of cross cultural studies in foreign countries and vice versa. This will ultimately
result in Scholar Exchange Programmes with different higher educational institutions
of the world. Swami added Dature Miuli of Iduli Village has donated 10 hectors of
land, free of cost for the proposed campus. RIWATCH member and social worker Sumo
Linggi also spoke on the occasion.
Chairman, RIWATCH, Dr. Zoram Begi, Director Higher and Technical Education, Government
of Arunachal Pradesh, who could not attend the programme in his message said, it
is a unique initiative in cultural research to provide a platform for inter-cultural;
studies for the scholars from the north east and to link them up with similar academic
research centres from all over the world. He also expressed his confident that the
institute will be making a path-breaking contribution to the educational environment
of the NE region.
In his message, Advisor, RIWATCH, Swami Vishwatmananda, secretary, Ramakrishna Mission
Hospital, Itanagar said, it is a good fortune for entire Arunachalee society that
the instate is being set up with the active patronage of ICCS, US and several intellectuals
and spirited public leaders of Dibang Valley. And it is further befitting that a
great friend of Arunachali people, Gen JJ Singh, the Governor is laying the foundation
stone of the capus, he pointed.
Earlier, on his arrival to the district headquarter, he was received at the helipad
by the MP Mukut Mithi, local MLA Laeta Umbrey, Deputy Commissioner Y W Ringu and
SP Tojo Karga along with district heads of department and general public. A traditional
reception by the cultural troupes and Guard Honour by the APP was accorded to the
Governor. PRO to Governor
Self Help - is Best Help
By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: The need for decent approach road leading to their homes saw the
ooze of humanity when members of few families residing near BJM School Polo-Colony,
Naharlagun joined hands and carried out daylong renovation work of their dilapidated
approach road today. Cutting across tribe, age, gender and profession barriers, residents
pooled in their own building materials including cements, stones and sand gravels
to repair the half-mile stretch road.
‘The road is in such a pathetic condition with full of potholes. It becomes particularly
difficult to drive during the monsoon season and I have to regularly get my vehicle
repaired’, said a lady resident. Another male resident quipped ‘When one of my friends
from Delhi came to visit my place, he joked whether we were heading for a Jungle
Safari. Infact, the Polo-Colony Committee had requested the state Govt. to renovate
the dilapidated road leading from G-Extension to Bharat Scouts and Guides Headquarters
on past several occasions but the work is yet to make any headway still now’.
‘Almost every resident here owns either a two or a three wheeler. Hence, it becomes
essential that the approach roads are atleast drivable. So, I appeal the newly elected
legislator of Capital Complex Techi Kasso to fulfill the cherished but long pending
demands of the residents’, said B. Loona who runs a school for destitute and orphans.
AAPWU condemns assault on workers, demands action against wrongdoers
ROING, Nov 07: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU), Lower Dibang Valley
unit has appealed to the deputy commissioner to take action against the persons
involved in assault on the working class.
AAPWU in a memorandum to the DC alleged that the working class has been made the
target in post poll violence. The dwelling houses/barracks of the workers were damaged
and they have been forced to vacate the dwelling houses.
While condemning the unjustified and illegal act of ransacking and harassment to
workers in a post poll jolts, the union in its memorandum said that the workers were
even assaulted during duty hours and were threatened many a times.
The union also threatened to take its ‘own course of action’ if the district administration
fails to take action against wrongdoers, stated Ita Mimi, AAPWU district unit president.
Meanwhile, AAPWU in a meeting held here recently discussed their crucial demands
and urged the DC to ensure the safety of the workers. The meeting also urged all
the heads of the department to register their own plot as soon as possible to rehabilitate
First Lady exhorts SHGs
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: First Lady of the State Anupama Singh, who was at Roing along with
the Governor Gen JJ Singh, inaugurated a sale stall of the Self Help Groups (SHG)
at the Eduli Village, near Roing today. Interacting with the stake holders and participants,
she exhorted them to work hard for their financial empowerment and women up-liftment.
Going through the minute details of exquisite designs of Mishmi attires, Singh spoke
on its promotions and commercial ventures. As token of encouragement, she bought
few items from them. The First Lady commended on the horticultural produces of the
Sponsored by NABARD and organized by Essomi Foundation, five SHGs, Kebali-Chi Yaku
Afombro, Vduini SHG, Joya SHG, Kinjili SHG and Andikhu SHG displayed their products
on the occasion, which includes original Mishmi ornaments and attires.
Women excellence awards
ITANAGAR, Nov 07: Union Tourism Minister Kumari Shelja and Delhi Chief Minister
Sheila Dixit and Shovana Narayan, the guests of honour would present the Excellence
Awards to distinguished women personalities at a function to be held at India Islamic
Cultural Centre, Lodhi Rd. New Delhi on Nov 25 next.
Taj Association for Art, Culture and Heritage (TAACH) and Women International Network
(WIN) instituted the awards -- The Nav Kiran Achievement Award, Kiran Lifetime Achievement
Award and the Kiran Achievement Award to encourage and recognise the achievements
of the outstanding ladies who have been relentlessly working towards the uplift of
less privileged and the ladies who have achieved outstanding professional excellence
in their respective fields across the globe. 25th of Nov also happens to be the day
for “Elimination of Violence against.
NSS inter state youth exchange prog.
ITANAGAR: Governor JJ Singh would inaugurate the week long Inter State Youth Exchange
and Home Stay programme on November 10 at Vivekananda Hall, RK Mission, Itanagar.
The programme is being organized by National Service Scheme (NSS) in collaboration
with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
Altogether, 100 NSS volunteers - 50 from Southern State and 50 others from North
Eastern State would participare the programme.
Besides, lectures on personality development and life skill development during the
week long programme they would also visit historical places and interact with the
local people and share their experience.
AKYWA lauds students’ bodies
ITANAGAR: Bander-dewa Karsingsa Youth Welfare Association (AKYWA) has expressed gratification
to AAPSU and ALSU for their relentless effort to bring killer of IBRBn jawan Tako
Tagak under orbit of judiciary. In a press release issued by Kipa Hima, secretary
of association they had requested state government to take immediate steps and arrest
the accused ITBP jawan. Release added that if police personnel can be killed in such
a way, then there is every chance of innocent public being harassed by the paramilitary
Committee bans hunting & fishing
ITANAGAR: Popum Poma Area Protection Committee in a meeting has decided to ban hunting
in the area. It further appealed the people not to dispose off plastic bottles and
polythene and not to go for any kind of fishing in Popum and Poma River.