November 02


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Bhoti important to understand the core values of Buddhism: Thongchi

Languages dying due to lack of scripts: Begi


Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 1: Learning Bhoti language is important to understand the core values of Buddhism in modern society, said state Chief Information Commissioner Y D Thongchi today. He was addressing the inaugural function of the Bhoti language course at Itanagar Gompa premises.

Giving a brief description of the evolution of Bhoti language, Thongchi, who is a renowned litterateur, said “we must give emphasis on learning Bhoti language as it would help the people in attainment of knowledge about Buddhism”.

It is said that the collection of Buddha's teachings "Tripitaka" that comprises of 108 volumes and Tantras is also available in the Bhoti language. In fact very few languages have such enriching literature.

During 6th century Bhoti language and Buddhism had played a significant role in evolution of civilization in India. But during 10th -11th century, the importance of Bhoti language was lessened due to spiritual and faith movement in India other than Buddhism, Thongchi added.

Thongchi, who offered himself as student of Bhoti language for the second time, hoped that introduction of classes in Bhoti language would help the common people know about the language and Buddhism.

Highlighting the importance of language in preserving one’s own identity and culture, former director of higher and technical education, Dr. Joram Begi, however, lamented that many dialects/languages of various communities of the state are going to extinct due to lack of scripts. At present there are only Bhoti and Khampti scripts in the state and other communities do not possess their own scripts, Begi said.

In his address, Begi said that the Buddhist Gompa at Itanagar not only plays an important role in spiritual development of people, but also is an important tourist destination.

Referring to alleged anti-social activities by miscreants in and around Gompa premises, he requested the Gompa authority and people of Itanagar to maintain peace and serenity of the sacred place.  Introduction of classes in Bhoti language is a good beginning in preservation of language and culture, he added.

Earlier, the director of the Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik (Chos-Rig) Affairs, (DoKAA) Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Karma Leki informed that the state Govt had introduced Bhoti as the third language of instruction in the schools of Buddhist dominated population in Tawang and West Kameng districts and Mechuka. DoKAA which took the initiatives for introduction of Bhoti language had already printed text book in Bhoti language upto Class VIII and is preparing syllabus for class IX and X, he informed.

In his address, Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society president Sonam Tenzin while appreciating the DoKAA for introduction of Bhoti language classes at Itanagar, assured all possible help for success of the language course.

DoKAA assistant director Genden Norbu also spoke on the occasion and gave emphasis on the need of learning Bhoti language. Later, both Begi and Thongchi formally declared open the classes of Bhoti language.

Besides the Gergan (teachers), large number of dignitaries including Civil Aviation Director Rinchin Tashi, students and monks were present on the occasion.

Free course on Bhoti Language at Itanagar Gompa is being organized by the DoKAA in-collaboration with Tawang Monastery and Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society(IBCS).



Some hope for Miao-Namchik road

Pisi Zauing

MIAO/NAMCHICK Nov 1: After elongated wait, the second installment of Rs. 6.38 crores in favour of Miao-Namchik Road has finally been released.

The total cost of the 29 km Miao-Namchik Road project under Non-Lapsable Central Pool Resources scheme is Rs. 20.79 crores out of which Rs. 7.49 crores was released last year as the first installment.

The remaining amount of Rs. 4.86 crores will be released as third installment next year after the state government pays its matching share of Rs. 2.08 crores.

Due to delay of nearly 10 months in receiving the second installment, the contractor had to suspend construction of the road which led to immense criticism and even 12-hr bandh demanding resumption of the work and judicious use of the fund meant.

Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, Jairampur, C.S Choutang informed adding that the department is planning to complete 70 percent of the work by March 2015. As per agreement reached with the contractor, the project is scheduled for completion by July 2015 and efforts are on to stick to the stipulated date of completion, EE assured.

It was alleged in different platforms by various organizations and individuals that the funds have not been judiciously used.

Some feared that the Subdivision will never get to see the road constructed. But now with the disclosure of EE, PWD that Rs. 6.38 crores have been received, the cloud has been cleared. However, it remains to be seen whether the quality and time is maintained.



Moyong urges university to impart quality education

PASIGHAT, Nov 1: Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong visited the APEX Professional University (APU) to gain first-hand information of the university.

He was given warm reception on arrival by Dr. K.C. Mishra (Director of Admin), Dr. Sarbajit Singh (Dean-R&D), staffs and students.

MLA while attending an interactive meeting with the management and students appreciated their tireless efforts in promoting higher education in the district in particular and the state as a whole. For better enrollment, Moyong advised the faculties to impart nationally accepted and competitive education to the students for brighter career prospects, connecting the broader community offering affordable fees. The students should maintain punctuality and concentrate in studies, he added.

Earlier, the Prof. Dhanwant Singh (Chancellor) and Dr. C. Mahadev (Registrar) in their brief speeches updated the MLA about the University’s progress and achievements.

Prof. Singh informed that APU was a self financed and a non-profitable state government university and charges were lower than government colleges.

Presently the university is providing Post-Graduate courses in Economics, English, Political Science and History besides skill development programs, he added. DIPRO



Dr. Joram Begi retires

ITANAGAR, Nov 1: A grand farewell function was organized at the Golden Jubilee Banquet Hall, Itanagar on 31st October to bid farewell to Dr. Joram Begi, the outgoing Director, Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr. Joram Begi has rendered 35 years of valuable services to the state in different capacities. He started his career as a Lecturer in History Department at the then Govt. College, Itanagar (now Dera Natung Govt. College) and subsequently he was assigned the Principal-ship of that college. At a later stage, he assumed the charge of Registrar of the then Arunachal University (now RGU) before being the Director of Higher & Technical Education of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, stated a press release.

He has served as Director for 12 years during which he has streamlined the higher education in the state. The scenario of academic as well as administration of NERIST was streamlined during his tenure as its Director.

A visionary and a man of insight, Dr. Begi had taken many initiatives and played a proactive role in expanding the higher education and improving quality in every sphere. His active intervention in college administration not only bridged the huge gap of communication that was existed prior to his tenure. Many new colleges were opened in the interior parts of the state with his initiatives and today Arunachal is all set to make higher education accessible to more young man and women of the state. Besides, a good number of Polytechnics have been opened during his tenure in the last decade to promote technical education at ground level, the release added.

A rare combination of administrative acumen, a sense of cordiality and human touch in his actions has endeared him to one and all across the state among the academic community, the release stated.

The function was attended by host of dignitaries across the academic community of the State. Among others, the Minister Education Tapang Taloh, Parliamentary Secretary Education Bamang Felix, Dr. Tejum Padu, Director, Higher & Technical Education, Vice Chancellors, Directors, Principals of different eminent educational institutions were also present on the occasion.



Itanagar to Pasighat in 15 minutes....

Flights of fantasy

Mohonto Panging

Our squadron was tasked to undertake a routine mission over areas covering Arunachal Pradesh. I was the Commanding Officer of the Sukhoi-30 Squadron. The officer in charge of planning the flying did me a favour and planned me as the leader of the two aircraft formation. The mission was planned to fly over Guwahati, Tezpur, Itanagar, Ziro, Daporijo, Aalo and Pasighat before returning to base via Dibrugarh. Since the mission duration was longish we were planned to refuel once in the air.

The two aircraft got airborne on time. We climbed to the cruise height of 9 km and contacted the civil and military agencies enroute on radio. Cleared by all concerned agencies, we set course towards the target area maintaining a speed of 900 km/h. As planned, we carried out the rendezvous with the tanker aircraft ahead of Guwahati. The tanker aircraft reeled out the refuelling drogues and baskets. Both fighter aircraft coupled with the drogues and baskets with precision. After the successful coupling, both fighters tanked up and took in about 6 tons of fuel each. Both the fighter aircraft detached after the air refuelling.

After the air refuelling, the two fighter aircraft headed towards Itanagar. The Assam valley is a relatively narrow with the width varying from about 30 kilometres at the narrowest to about 100 kilometres at the widest. The valley is surrounded by the Himalayas in the north and east with the Patkai hill ranges in the south. The valley is dominated by the mighty Brahmaputra River flowing along the middle of the valley. After crossing Kameng River our path towards Itanagar passed north of Biswanath Charali and Hollongi. Towards Itanagar, the formation descended to a height of 4 km. Itanagar has grown into a large township over the years and can be picked up from large distances. The township is spread out mostly along a south west - north east axis. We carried out an orbit over Itanagar keeping clear of the hills and picked up Raj Bhawan helipad, Indira Gandhi Park and the Chief Minister’s Bungalow.

After the orbit, we set course for Ziro on a north easterly heading. We maintained a comfortable height maintaining adequate safety above the hills. On the path towards Ziro, we kept Naharlagun and Yupia on the right. We picked up the Ranganadi Hydro Power Project on the right, almost overflew Yazali before spotting Hapoli and the Ziro airstrip. We covered the distance from Itanagar to Ziro in less than 4 minutes. Ziro valley appeared beautiful from the air with pine and fir trees surrounding the valley. From Ziro, the formation headed for Daporijo. The path to Daporijo passed north of Raga Township. We approached Daporijo from the valley on the south west which led to the township. Daporijo is situated on the western bank of the Subansiri River at a junction of three narrow valleys. From Ziro it took us less than 4 minutes to reach Daporijo. We picked up the airstrip and Daporijo Bazaar. Overhead Daporijo the formation turned right, crossed the Subansiri River, kept Dumporijo Township to the right and headed for Aalo. Towards Aalo we spotted Basar Township about 15 km to our right. It took the formation about 4 minutes to reach Aalo. The township is spread out in a north - south axis, situated on the southern bank of the Siyom river and we picked up the airstrip and the bazaar area.

From Aalo, we turned further right and set course for Pasighat. The formation increased speed to 1000 km/h and headed for Pasighat keeping the Siang River on the left. Enroute we picked up Pangin and Rengging to our left. We spotted Pasighat within 3 minutes of leaving Aalo. The plains start from Pasighat and the mighty Siang starts widening at Pasighat. The oldest town of Pasighat looked lovely from the air with the Siang spreading out into many branches like the tentacles of a Hydra. We carried out an orbit over Pasighat and picked up the airstrip, bazaar, JN College, Ranaghat Bridge, Mebo township and other areas. After the orbit, the formation set course for Dibrugarh via Namsing village and further back to base.

It was an exhilarating experience to fly over Arunachal Pradesh. As a child I had visited or stayed at all these townships. In this mission we had covered the distance from Itanagar to Pasighat via Ziro, Daporijo and Aalo in just about 15 minutes. This time was achieved maintaining average cruise speeds and without going supersonic. There is a perspective difference between views from the ground and from the air. Aerial views of Arunachal Pradesh are indeed very rare. But when you get an opportunity, it is worth its weight in gold. Arunachal Pradesh is beautiful from the air! To paraphrase the comment by India’s first Cosmonaut Wg Cdr Rakesh Sharma (Retd)...from the air Arunachal Pradesh appears ‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha’! (Group Captain Mohonto Panging is a retired Fighter Pilot and has flown over 3300 Hours on various fighter aircraft like Sukhoi-30MKI, Jaguar, Hunter, Mig-29, Sea Harrier etc. He has the distinction of being the only person from North East India to Command a Sukhoi-30 Squadron. He has also been decorated with the Presidential Award - Vayu Sena Medal. )

2nd CM’s Trophy on football & volleyball kicked off

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 01: The Constituency level football and volleyball tournaments (men and women) for Chief Minister’s Trophy was kicked off at Sagalee General Ground, Papum Pare district today.

A friendly football match was played between Chief Minister’s XI and Speaker’s XI to mark the occasion. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

A girls’ volleyball match was also held between Govt. Hr. Secondary School, Sagalee and Govt. Secondary School, Nimte in which the former defeated the latter by 25-19, 25-15 sets.

The District level CM’s Trophy tournaments will be conducted during December-January and the State level tournaments will be held in February in Itanagar. The finals of the tournaments will be played on February 20, 2014, coinciding with the Statehood Day celebration, informed Director of Sports and Youth Affairs DK Dinglow.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki formally launched the Chief Minister's Trophy at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy Sports Complex, Chimpu near here in November, 2013. The main objective of CM’s Trophy is to hunt sports talents at grassroots level.

Capital Complex and Kurung Kumey were the winners of Men’s and Women’s Football titles respectively in the first edition of the CM’s Trophy. Kurung Kumey and Papum Pare won the men and women’s volleyball titles respectively.


27th Ego Valley Open Tournament

Ego-Rigo team lifts the trophy

ITANAGAR, Nov 1: Ego-Rigo team beat Gori Youth by 3-1 in the final match of the 27th Ego Valley Open Tournament (EVOT) played at New Daring yesterday.

The winner team was awarded a trophy and cash prize of Rs 50,000 and the runners up team was awarded with a trophy and cash prize of Rs 20,000.

Ridda Ada of Ego-Rigo team was the highest scorer of the tournament with 9 goals, while Dakkar Chiram of Ego-Rigo Team was declared as the man of the tournament.


RGU workshop on research methodology

RONO HILLS, Nov 1: One-week capacity building workshop on Research Methodology conducted by the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University concluded on Nov 1st.

The workshop was organised with an aim to fill the huge research gap in the North-East Region of India. It was also conducted with an objective to enhance the research skills of participants which in turn can be applied for more empirical research capacity and technical knowledge.

HoD Political Science, Prof. Nani Bath said that researchers should be able to identify the significance of research area and the objectives should be in correspondence with the topic. He further suggested that the research scholars use advanced technology while carrying out various research works.

There are many areas in Arunachal Pradesh which have not been explored yet, so the students should try to emphasize more in empirical and practical problem solving rather than using the theoretical aspects" he added.

David Gao, Coordinator of the workshop while congratulating the participants for taking part in it said that  "the workshop has also opened up more scope for social science research in the region which needs to be addressed by the scholars".

The workshop was sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and North East Regional Council (NERC), Shillong.

The programme was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Prof. Tamo Mibang.


Essay competition held

ITANAGAR, Nov 1: District level essay competition on the topic, - “Relevance of fundamental duties in the promotion of national integration” for the colleges and university students was organised by the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority in collaboration with the University and Colleges Authority.  

The essay competition is part of APSLSA national plan of action for 2014-2015.The essay was conducted at various centres like Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Law Academy, Dera Natung Govt College and Don Bosco College.


Kishan Gosthi prog conducted

ITANAGAR, Nov 1: Department of Agriculture, Tirap district has organized a day long Kishan Gosthi programme at Thalot village under Soha circle on Oct 31.

A total number of 50 farmers participated in the programme including ASMs of Thalot and Dongrong villages, PRI leaders and Gaonburahs.

In the programme Dr Simanta Kumar Kalita, SMS (Agronomy), KVK, Tirap, and Nomhang Ronrang, HDO, Deomali participated as resource persons.

A brief discussion was held between the farmers and the resource persons on different aspects of Rabi crop cultivation for commercialization.

High yielding varieties of Rapeseed and Pea and sprayers were distributed among the farmers by the ADO Deomali N. Ngogwa and ASM of Tholat and Dongrong village.


Rastriya Sankalp and Ekta Diwas observed at Changlang

Changlang, Nov 1: Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas was observed at Govt Hr Secondary and other schools in Changlang township area.

MLA Changlang North Tesam Pongte attended the observances in the schools to encourage the students and teachers in organizing the programme, stated an official release.

Speeches on life of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the Iron man of India Sardar Vallabhai Patel were delivered by teachers and students in the school.

Further, the “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” was also observed by the schools by organizing “Run for unity” rally for the students who came out in huge numbers to participate in the township area.


MLA urges students to take part in sports activities

Changlang, Nov 1: MLA Changlang North, Tesam Pongte has urged the students to carry on games and sports activities during leisure time while keeping the main focus on studies.

Pongte was speaking as the chief guest at the 8th annual day celebration of Holy Rosary School, Changlang today.

Lauding the school for imparting quality education to the children of the district, Pongte assured all possible help and cooperation in running the school properly. Assuring for maintaining conducive environment for the school, he appealed the villagers of Laktong village, in which the school is located, to cooperate with the school authorities in every possible way.

He called upon the school authorities to continue their dedication and hard work in moulding the school children.

Earlier, the Principal, Rev. Fr. Shoby Simon informed that the school has been upgraded to secondary level recently and the first batch of Class-X students will be appearing their board exams this year.

Rev. Fr Paul, Administrator, Miao Diocese urged the students to bring about changes among themselves through education.

Officers from 2IC 4 Assam Rifles also spoke on the occasion.

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