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Young Arunachal needs balanced development: Dalai Lama

Weeklong visit culminates in Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Arunachal is a young state that needs balancing material and spiritual development, said His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Because of one sided development, there have been untold sufferings in societies across the world and that state should learn so that such mistakes are not repeated. Spiritual and material development must go together to avoid sufferings in the world, he said.

He was addressing the citizens at Banquet Hall while wrapping up his weeklong visit to the state.

He further said that India who taught the world ahimsa, religious harmony needs to reassert these teachings. Instead of just concentrating on western education undermining the old values, India should look back at these glorious teachings and lead by example, he said while adding that India and Tibetan have relations that date back to centuries.

Expressing his sadness at the division based on religious beliefs, he said that tolerance, compassion and forgiveness were the true essence of all religions and promoting harmony on the basis of mutual understandings should be the main idea among all religious sects.

My aim is help build a happy human society with self- confidence and strength with a compassionate heart in all human beings,'' he said while advocating religious harmony and compassionate society.  

 “Need of the hour is respect for each other’s differences No one wants suffering and every one has equal right to lead happy life”, he added.

20th century saw bloodshed but 21st century should be century of peace he said.

Earlier on the Dalai Lama visited the Theraveda Buddha Vihar at Vivek Vihar belonging to the Hinayana Sect of Buddhism where he was given a rousing reception.  He called on gathering to follow the path of truth and non-violence.

For the people of the state, the visit of His Holiness, who is revered in the state, was long awaited. Last year, the visit to Arunachal was called off following mounting international pressure.

The weeklong visit saw Dalai Lama giving religious discourse to some forty thousand devotees at Tawang followed by visit to Dirang, Bomdila, and Kalaktang and finally to Itanagar.

BOMDILA: This morning at the Gaden Rabgyeling Monastery, Upper Gonpa, to commemorate the Children’s Day, His Holiness addressed the school children and teachers. Exhorting the teachers to play a positive role in shaping and securing the future of the children,

 His Holiness observed that the future belongs to them. Let the 21st century be a period of love, compassion and non-violence. Do away with hatred and jealousy and let the universal brotherhood ness topped with religious tolerance flourish, said the Dalai Lama before leaving for Itanagar via Kalaktang; where he stopped over for a short duration.

Meanwhile, terming India as the torch bearer of peace, non-violence, and religious tolerance, the Tibetan Spiritual Guru His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, on his 3-days official visit to the district reiterated that, if world peace and mutual co-existence is to be established, only India could do as the country has been the cradle for various religions symbolizing peace, compassion and non-violence. After the long life initiation and offering of long life ceremony, the Dalai Lama, addressing the mammoth gathering of over ten thousand people from all walks of life here at Buddha Stadium impressed that, in addition to the infrastructural and materialistic development taking place all over, the sentient beings need to develop and purify one’s inner self, thought, expression and deeds, which in the long run would determine the validity and rationality of one’s existence in this world, reports DIPRO West Kameng.


Pasighat set to welcome Siram

PASIGHAT, Nov 14: Pasighat is all set to receive Education Minister Bosiram Siram next week. After being elected for second time, Siram who was inducted in the Dorjee Khandu ministry has said that people of the area elected him to carry forward the development agenda he has set.  He would set time-bound targets for implementation of his election promises and various programs and policies for the development of his constituency.


Nothing can stop those who dare to perform: Saaya

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Speaking at the IIIrd  Annual Day of Government College, Yachuli yesterday, MLA Likha Saaya has called upon the students to pursue their studies with determination and devotion.  Nothing can stop anyone from achieving the goal in life that performs their work with dedication and sincerity, Saaya asserted.  

The MLA also promised to fulfil the demands including speedy development of infrastructure at permanent site for shifting the college immediately.

Sharing is experience in service, the guest of honour and Ziro ADC, exhorted the students to be dedicated in their studies and become torch bearer of the society.

College principal in charge Dr N T Rikam highlighted the problems being faced by the college fraternity, especially the drinking water and accommodation problems.

College students’ union general secretary Mai Torum through a memorandum drew the attention of the chief guest towards various problems faced by the college.


1 killed in road mishap

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: In a tragic road mishap, a woman was killed on the spot and the rider injured when their motor cycle collided with a Trekker near Pahalwan point, Itanagar this evening.

The detail of the accident is awaited, as no concrete report could be gathered from the Police at the time of filing of this report.

However, it is understood that a case been registered and investigation underway.


Cooperative Week celebration begins

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Along with the rest of the country, the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU) is celebrating the 56th All India Cooperative Week on the theme ’Cooperatives as an efficient and effective business model in global economic slow down” at its conference hall, Polo Colony, Naharlagun from Nov 14.

Addressing the inaugural function of the week-long programme as the chief guest, M Pertin, Commissioner, Cooperation, called upon the APSCU to play a proactive role for mass awareness on cooperative movement through continuous education, training and leadership development programmes.  The organization should prepare a suitable action plan for capacity building and should disseminate information about cooperative movement properly in the state, he observed.

The guest speaker Prof S K Nayak, head of the department, Economics, RGU and Prof B D Nayak,

Sr Faculty, NERIST, Nirjuli enlightened the audience with their thought-provoking lectures on the theme. The guest of honour of the function was Nandini Paliwal, RCS.

Among others, officers from various departments, including general manager, NABARD, A T Kulo, vice-chairman, APSCU, co-operators took part in the function.


Call to BSNL

ITANAGAR:  ZPM Dumporijo Anchal Samity Mago Bage has called on the BSNL authorities to release additional funds for security wall of BSNL tower to facilitate immediate commissioning of the service tower to mitigate the sufferings of the people . He informed that security wall was destroyed because of heavy rain in August last.


Max mart under scanner

Taba Ajum  

ITANAGAR, Nov 14: At a time when people of north-east, particularly women are facing discrimination in places like New Delhi, the women of this tribal state are also allegedly facing some kind of discrimination in their own backyard.

Max Mart, the leading retail outlet located in Naharlagun has come under scanner with women protesting about their handbags being taken away at the entrance.  It is usual in any shopping mall or retail outlet, for security personnel to bar carrying of plastic bags, knapsacks, etc inside, but in most cases ladies handbags are allowed. Some of the women, who had visited Max Mart recently, felt that their privacy was being breached as they carry personal items in their handbags.

Recently a woman who encountered similar situation, recalls that moment, “I have visited many retail outlets and malls all over India but was never asked to surrender my handbag at the entrance. At Max Mart, they asked me to handover my handbag and I refused them straightway.” She further told, “When I confronted them, they told that to avoid shoplifting incidents, handbags are not allowed inside. I didn’t budge and even took the matter to store manager.”

One wonders how people can carry items from shop when their handbags are strictly checked when they are leaving store. While there are many other popular stores in town which are also visited in large number by public but such kind of imposition have not been witnessed. The authorities at Max Mart have justified the ban of ladies handbag stating that it is done for betterment of public.

Talking to this daily Praveen Mishra, manager of Max Mart told, “We fully respect the privacy of women but there has been unfortunate cases of shoplifting in the past. Keeping that in mind, we have banned carrying of ladies handbag inside.” He further informed that they have specially set up a baggage counter at entrance to help general public. “We want our customers to have hassle-free shopping experience. Some customers don’t like to carry even handbags, so we provide shopping trailers to them,” said Mishra. He went to add, “As some women have complained about this, so in near future we will let them carry their handbags inside the shop but have to check them appropriately. After all we have started this retail outlet for the people of this state.”Si-Donyi

ITANAGAR:  Niapung Konia and Tadu Bayor have been selected as chairman and secretary of Daporijo Si-Donyi Festival Celebration Committee 2010 in a meeting held recently. Besides other senior members of Tagin Community, MLA Tapen Siga also attended the meeting. While wishing the Si-Donyi Celebration at Daporijo a grand success; he assured to extend  his full co-operation to the Committee. He also advocated the need for preservation of rich Tagin Culture and Tradition.

Meanwhile Tajum Dui and Taru Dui have been selected a Chairman and General Secretary of Si-Donyi festival celebration Committee, ADC Headquarter Page Nalo.



ITANAGAR:  Niapung Konia and Tadu Bayor have been selected as chairman and secretary of Daporijo Si-Donyi Festival Celebration Committee 2010 in a meeting held recently. Besides other senior members of Tagin Community, MLA Tapen Siga also attended the meeting. While wishing the Si-Donyi Celebration at Daporijo a grand success; he assured to extend  his full co-operation to the Committee. He also advocated the need for preservation of rich Tagin Culture and Tradition.

Meanwhile Tajum Dui and Taru Dui have been selected a Chairman and General Secretary of Si-Donyi festival celebration Committee, ADC Headquarter Page Nalo.


DPVB Students raise funds

ITANAGAR: Students of Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhavan today raised some Rs eleven thousand in aid of Donyi-Polo School of visually impaired. To mark the Children’s Day, the school children of Class-X-XII of DPVB conceived the idea to raise funds for the School of Visually Impaired from the well-wishers who donated whatever they could.


ICDS mourn the death of its officer

ITANAGAR: The staff of the Child Development Project office (ICDS), Seppa deeply mourned the tragic demise of Bana Child Development Pro-ject Officer (CDPO) late Thanglang Tangha who died in a motorbike accident at Seppa on Nov 12 last.

He was a dedicated and sincere officer, the health personnel will always remember his valuable services, said Seppa CDPO in a condolence message. The CDP staff also conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family.


Union appeal better infrastructure

ITANAGAR: Nyapin, Sangram, Phassang Students’ Union appealed the state government to provide better infrastructure in the area and also expressed hope that the new leaders of the constituency would bring better development in Education and health sector.

Meanwhile it extended its support to AAPSU’s demands on Indo-China border issue and thanked AAPSU and ALSU for their cooperation in pursuing case of death of IRBn jawan in Seppa.  


Golden jubilee celebration

ITANAGAR: Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Minister Power, Jarbom Gamlin would attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the opening ceremony of Golden Jubilee Celebration of Government Secondary School, Liromoba January 7 next.

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