September 08

ACF mourns Nonong Libang’s death

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has expressed grief and sorrow over passing away of Nonong Libang of Jia Village in Lower Dibang Valley District on September one.

Nonong was the eldest son of late Kebuk Libang and served the state as Principal in various Govt. Hr. Sec. Schools during his service tenure. He was an ardent believer and follower of Jesus Christ. He actively worked for the welfare of the Christian community and wherever he was posted, he left his stamp, said ACF in a condolence message.

“He will always be remembered as a pillar of the Dibang Lohit Baptist Churches Association as well as the Baptist Church.”

“May his departed soul rest in eternal peace,” ACF prayed.


AAPYO extends support to ANSU

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) has extended support to ANSU for its proposed 36 hours Capital bandh from September 12.

In a release, it said, we vehemently condemned the state government for undermining the demands placed by ANSU, which curtails the rights in a democracy.

Further questioning the state government why independent home minister is yet to be appointed, it said, there is no proper check on the increasing crime rate in the twin Capital.

Meanwhile, in another release, the All Capital Complex Market Volunteer Committee (ACCMVC) has opposed to it.

It said, we appeal all the business community of Capital Complex and the market welfare associations to support and cooperate with the district administration by opening their shops on the bandh day.

It said to ANSU, bandh call is not a solution but it is harassment to the daily wage earners. The vegetable vendors are the worst sufferers as their stock are ruined if not sold on time. And then their earning, which depends on their daily earning is lost. Why is it that the business communities are always targeted during bandhs and not the government offices?

ANSU should rather talk it out with the government, it held.

It further called on the district administration to provide enough paramilitary forces to the market area on the proposed bandh day.


Relief distributed

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) team led by its Working President Techi Tara and Secretary General Changma Tajo today visited the Gyan Mission Orphanage, Chimpu and distributed relief materials to the orphan children.

The kitchen, dining hall and store room of the Orphanage were completely burnt down in a devastating fire recently.

Meanwhile, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun Medicine Specialist Dr Libe Nyodu along with his wife and Tade Lingi, Inspector C.M Security Cell Itanagar also visited the Orphanage and donated essential commodities along with some cash. Dr Nyodu also conducted free health check up to all the kids on the occasion. Gyan Mission authority expressed its gratitude for their act of kindness.


BWS opposes inclusion of parts of Byabang village in Palin urban area

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: Byabang Welfare Society (BWS), in its executive body meeting here on September four has opposed the inclusion of some parts of Byabang village in Palin urban area and demanded the authority to withdraw the notification issued to this effect.

“We do not oppose the urbanization of Palin, but we oppose the inclusion of some parts of our village without the consent of the people,” said BWS, in a release.

Expressing their willingness to remain with rural area and enjoy its facilities, the society urged the authority to take consent of the masses/affected people and land owners before taking any such major decision in future.

It further claimed that Palin does not fulfill the population norms/ criteria for urbanization.


Fresher’s meet held at Delhi  

ITANAGAR Sept 07: The Arunachal Student Union Delhi celebrated its fresher's meet on 5th September. On the occasion union minister Ninong Ering and MP West Takam Sanjay gave their valuable time to the fresher’s and interacted with them. Many student leaders of various north eastern states also join the celebration.

On the occasion Mr fresher and Miss fresher completion was held, the winner of which was Kumar Hofe Dada and Sangey Ladon. While thanking all the well wishers Taba Doni general secretary ASUD wished fresher’s best of luck and advice them to stay smart in capital city as they have a long way to go.


AKA announces 31-member state team

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: Arunachal Karate Association (AKA) has announced a 31-member state team for the 25th Cadet, Junior and 26th Senior AIKF National Karate Do Championship beginning at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi on September 11.

The state team will be leaving here tomorrow for New Delhi along with the 5-member state police team.

Sensei L Marik and Sensei S Deben Sharma are the Team Manager and Coach.


Senior Men’s (Kumite): Sinne Mikhu, Wangchu Lowang, Charu Govin, Tam Tapak (Captain), Tage Saa, Yesenso Yun, P Nobin Jomoh.

Senior Women (Kumite): Biri Moni, Rei Yadi, Sumpi Chege, Chunnu Sangno, Charu Arti, Yomken Noshi.

Senior Men and Women (Kata): John Bagang, Rajnita Rotom.

Junior Boys (Kumite): Likha Lej, Ashok Sahani, Nikam Sonoliyang, Dongro Dodum, Sadan Yun.

Junior Girls (Kumite): Juna Dada, Bamang Yakum, Ribiaylu Kri, Johny Mangkhyiya, Yasa Ric.

Cadet Boys (Kumite): Neta Menjo, Ngongchen Hodong, Raja Yangfo, Doniram Tawe.

Cadet Girls (Kumite): Tap Menia, Yapung Sonam, Anjame Mipi.


ALSU asks Govt to constitute SFC

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: The Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has called for constituting State Food Commission (SFC) under National Food Security Ordinance 2013 at the earliest.

In a representation submitted to the chief minister, while hailing the state government for launching the scheme in the state, it said, it would be better and appreciable if the State Food Commission is first constituted which has its statutory power to ensure implementation of this scheme having quasi judicial power. The implementation of the scheme would go unchecked if State Food Commission is not constituted, where chances of pilferage and mismanagement cannot be ruled out.


Rejected candidates for APPSC exam cry out for reconsideration

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: The rejected candidates for Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Examination 2013 (APPSCCE) has come knocking to the door of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) seeking their reconsideration for appearing in the preliminary examination.

In a letter submitted to the Secretary APPSC, while giving a copy of the advertisement No PSC-R/04-2012 Dated Itanagar, the 1st February 2013 for inviting application for the examination they wrote, ‘it has been precisely notified that the rejection will only be imposed during the mains.’

“We are human and there are chances of human error while filling up of the forms, but it was not intentional. Comparatively in premium institutes like UPSC and SSC, there are provisions for rectification of mistakes, which enacts as boon for the aspiring candidates. And referring to the previous examinations of APPSC, re-considering for correction has been done. And unlike UPSC exam, APPSC is not conducted annually and the candidates have to wait for long to appear for the examination,” they reasoned.


Eastern India scholarship exam

ITANAGAR, Sept 7: Pupilfriend Organization, a Kolkata based educational assessment organization is going to conduct Eastern India scholarship examination for excellence across schools in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram etc. on October 5 and 6 next. Students who are pursuing Science and Mathematics subjects are eligible to sit for the examinations.

In the next phase the students will sit for general knowledge examinations to be held on Oct 19 and 20.  Nearly 16 lakh students are appearing for the scholarship examinations across schools from all states.

The organization in a release said that it has a tie-up with Arunachal Pradesh Government and Assam Government for running examinations across Government schools. After the scholarship examination, all the participating students, schools and school principals are given certificates.  Students  with good score in the examination will be awarded with trophy and prizes. After the scholarship examinations educational seminars/conventions or workshops are held for the students and teachers.  For more details, one may visit  www.pupilfriend.com, www.pupilfriend.org


Daporijo bandh ends

ITANAGAR, Sept 7: The 24 hour Daporijo bandh call given by All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union (AUSDSU) that began at 5 am yesterday concluded today.

The Union in a release claimed that the DC and his staff were locked inside the office during the morning hours yesterday. After negotiating for almost three hours, they were let off free later in the evening.

Further warning of more such democratic movements in phase wise manner, it asked for immediate solving the teacher scarcity in the district.


National nutritional week

ITANAGAR, Sept 7: The Community Food & Nutrition Extension Unit, Ministry of Women & Child Development, GoI, Itanagar unit observed National Nutrition Week from September 1 to 6 at Namsai, in Lohit district, in collaboration with Namsai ICDS project.

Atleast 50 participants took part in a workshop with the theme ‘Food Security for Healthy Life’ organized at ADC conference hall, Namsai on September 2.

ADC Namsai Nilima Kumar attended the programme as chief guest.


News Impact

CM conducts aerial survey of flood-hit districts

ITANAGAR Sept 07: Perturbed by reports of flash floods in the eastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today dared the inclement weather by taking an aerial survey of the affected areas. He was accompanied by Chief Secretary Hari Krishna Paliwal and Secretary Disaster Management Kapa Kholie.

Reports had poured in of the Noa Dihing River raising over danger level and inundating portions of Dumpani and four other villages under Diyun circle in Changlang district. Atleast 13246 people of eleven villages have been reported affected by the current wave of flood.

Flying over Diyun for about twenty minutes, the Chief Minister landed at Diyun and took first hand report of the situation from local Legislator C C Singpho and officials of the district administration.

Flooding river water has triggered landslides in atleast seven villages while about 85 hectares of land have been submerged in five villages. Another five villages are under danger of being affected if the river continued to be in spate or proper preventive measures are not taken up immediately.

To a plea for adequate fund to tackle the situation urgently, the Chief Minister announced a sum of Rs 2.5 crore for emergency protection works, particularly at Dumpani village, and directed Secretary Disaster Management to release the same to the district administration by Monday.

Meanwhile, the district administration has provided ten thousand gunny bags to villagers for erection of temporary embankments/bunds at vulnerable locations. At least ten families living near the river bank have been directed to shift to safer locations and necessary assistance is being provided to them for relocation.

The Chief Minister then took an aerial survey of all affected areas at Namsai, Chowkham, Mahadevpur and Tezu in Lohit district, Roing and Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley and Mebo and Pasighat areas in East Siang district.

At Pasighat he was apprised of the flood situation by the district administration officials. The rising waters of Siang River have been causing concern for the people of the area and an alert has been sounded by the administration.

An official of the Border Road Organization assured the Chief Minister that the eroded approach to Siku Bridge on NH 52 between Pasighat and Mebo would be restored by this evening.

While appealing the people to remain vigilant, the Chief Minister requested the Union Home Ministry to send a team to survey and assess the damages caused due to the flash floods.

He also directed the district administrations to keep in stock enough ration items and medicines besides keeping men and machinery ready to tackle any eventuality.

East Siang DIPRO adds:  Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava  in a high-level meeting presented some photographs and documents related to the recent flood and briefed the CM about the present situation and restoration works being carried out in the district. There have been reports pouring in about huge loss of agriculture/horticulture fields besides loss of livestock and properties in the district but at the same time water level of Siang is decreasing remarkably and well below the danger level, she added.



Siram highlights state’s literacy rate in Intl. meet

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: Arunachal Pradesh Education Minister Bosiram Siram highlighted the state literacy rate of 67.0 per cent (as per 2011 census) in the International Conference of Minister of Education of SAARC Countries on Alliance for Literacy, Peace and Development at Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi today.

Applauding the role Saakshar Bharat  launched in 2009 as a flagship  programme with satisfactory growth in the literacy of the state making more than 75000 neo-literates, the minister disclosed that as of today our literacy rate is equal to the National Literacy rate and thus there is an increase in literacy rate by 8 per cent. “The Women Literacy rate has also improved considerably. We have set our future goal of achieving 100 per cent  literacy by 2017, the minister disclosed.

“I am thankful to the Ministry HRD particularly the National Literacy Mission Authority incorporating our remaining three districts in Saakshar Bharat Mission Programme as well as the Director, Nodal officers and other functionaries of the state Literacy mission authority for their active role in achieving tremendous  progress of the Saakshar Bharat mission as a time bound programme.”

“Literacy is not only soul of peace for achieving development but also the useful mantra for promoting dreams of replacing terrorism in the south Asian countries by pens and books,” the minister observed.

The education minister  said “today’s literacy is tomorrow’s empowerment, and Empowerment should be seen in a holistic view including Social, Economic and Political and Financial.” “National Literacy Mission Programmes have created many visible changes in the field. The changes in literacy figures from 52 per cent in 1991 to 75 per cent in 2011 are a classic example to show that we have achieved certain visible aim. The Twelfth plan will have to fulfil the dream; Literacy is everyone’s dreams, my dream, your dream, India’s dream and the Global dream of Happy to Happier world.”

Vice President M Hamid Ansari and MoS for HRD Shashi Tharoor along with dignitaries and delegates from various SAARC countries, besides UNESCO representative S Aoyagi and education ministers from various states, SLMA directors, nodal officers and others participated in the conference which was presided over by Union HRD Minister Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju.

Brief statistics of literacy programme (2011 census): Total population of Arunachal Pradesh: 1382611; 720232 (Male); 662379 (Female). Total No. of literates 789943; 454532 (Male); 335411 (Female). Total Literacy rate 66.95%; 73.69 (Male); 59.57 (Female). No of non-literate in 15 districts: 189491, No of persons made literate: 75000 State target: 100% literacy by 2017.



Over 150 women given self-defense training by AKA

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ITANAGAR, Sept 07: Over 150 women, including students, housewives and government employees, have been given free self-defence and martial art (karate) training by Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) here from July 20.

Designed specially for women, the training aimed at helping the women ward off trouble and stay physically fit in view of the rising incidents of rape/molestation against the weaker section of the society in the state in particular and the country as whole, said AKA president Sensai Likha Tara.

While informing about the training, which was conducted in three different training centres—two in Itanagar and at Naharlagun -- simultaneously by expert trainers from July 20 on every Saturday and Sunday, Tara informed that AKA was the first among karate associations in North East to respond to the decision of All India Karate Federation (AIKF) to conduct free self defense training for women.

The decision was taken after the infamous gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi in December last year, he said.

While emphasizing the need of such training by each and every woman, he said that acquiring the knowledge and techniques of self defense and martial arts will increase courage and self-confidence of women to deal with the trouble makers.

“Such kind of training will not only make them stronger and physically fit but also increase their self-confidence to fight trouble makers,” he said, and urged the women, especially girl students to come forward and avail the opportunity of the free training.

To accommodate more trainees, especially students, AKA has decided to conduct similar training during vacation period from next year. It is also planning to conduct similar training throughout the state, including trouble-torn Tirap from next year.

Earlier, attending the closing ceremony as chief guest at Naharlagun today morning, Chief Councilor of Itanagar Municipal Aruni Higio highly praised the efforts of AKA and said that this training had assumed great importance and significance in view of the rising incidents of crime against women and girl child. She hoped the training will prove immensely beneficial for those who attended it.

Delivering few words of advises to the trainees, the chief councilor asked them to maintain strict discipline, respect elders and teachers to achieve success in life.

Later, she distributed course completion certificates to the trainees.

The closing ceremony was attended by AKA technical director Sensei S Deven Sharma, vice presidents Sensei Yarda Niki, Sensei Tai Hipik, general secretary Sensei L Marik, senior karate instructors and players.



AAA donates two Crested Goshawks to Itanagar zoo

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ITANAGAR, Sept 07: The Arunachal Adventure Association (AAA) today donated two Crested Goshawks that the association’s members found from a jungle near Sagalee to the Itanagar Biological Park (better known as Itanagar Zoo).

Crested Goshawks are diurnal raptors found mostly in Asia. AAA chairman Tarh Eha and assistant general secretary Chukhu Mama found the baby birds during a trip to Sagalee on some work. After rearing the birds for some weeks, the duo felt that the Itanagar Zoo would be the right place for the birds.

Biological Park curator Raya Flago and veterinary officer Dr Sorang Tadap received the birds. Both of them appreciated the AAA’s noble act and informed that the raptors would be quarantined for some weeks for observation, and then released in an enclosure “if everything goes right.”

Eha is an advocate by profession while Mama is a lecturer at a polytechnic college.

Wildlife conservation work, however, is not limited to the domain of educated Arunachalees; there have been instances of illiterate villagers rescuing wild animals and birds that fall under Schedule I and II of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.  

Recently, one Dolang Ada of Old Palin in Kurung Kumey district rescued and donated a migratory bird of the plover species to the zoo. Dr Tadap informed that about 36 animals and birds have been donated in last few months.

“A sense of wildlife conservation has descended on our people. They are voluntarily donating animals and birds, which is a positive sign given the fact that Arunachal Pradesh is a hundred percent tribal state where animal hunting is commonplace,”  Flago reflected.

Besides the sense of satisfaction over rescuing animals and rehabilitating them through the wildlife authority, a donor can avail of free entry into the zoo if the rescued animal falls under Schedule I and II of the Wildlife Protection Act - apart from a certificate of recognition from the zoo authority.     

The Arunachal Adventure Association has appealed to the people to work for wildlife conservation and voluntarily donate rescued animals to the zoo for their rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, another donation was made to the zoological park this afternoon – this time by advocate Tado Singdu, who donated a Ganges soft-shell tortoise (Trionyx Gangeticus) that he rescued from Niti Vihar.



Apatanis contribute most for development of state: Sanjoy

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: The Apatanis proved their pacesetter nature with the Apatani Cultural Literary Society (ACLS) celebrating its silver jubilee in a befitting manner at Hapoli general ground here today.

When numerous tribal communities have been facing identity crisis with the young generations getting dissuaded from their rich cultural heritage under the impact of modernity, this marks a departure that Apatani intellectuals had realised the truth long ago and taken bold steps to prevent erosion of their cultural ethos.

Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy said that Apatanis are known as one of the most industrious communities in the state who have excelled in educational field.

Apatanis have also made their marks in various fields including agriculture, horticulture, trade, literature, songs and dances while the Apatani Youth Association revolutionised tattooing as trade mark of the community, Sanjoy said

All the communities of state have contributed the most for state building, but “I salute the Apatanis for their invaluable contributions to state’s economic, political and social growth, he said, adding” the state would prosper if we work together”.    

“Throw 100 stones in Itanagar which would hit heads of presidents of that many organizations most of which are unauthorised and unrecognized”, the MP said, and advocated that time has come to regulate such unholy organisations to protect the tribal society.

Politics is not dirty but few with narrow mentality spoil it, create animosity among communities and even lead to criminalisation, Sanjoy said and called for recognised state NGOs to stand united to protect the society from the dirty politics.

Highlighting the rich cultural heritage of state’s rich ethnic society following different religions in a digital world, the MP called for differentiating between culture, tradition, language and religion and fine tune the state’s cultural identity with tolerance for peaceful coexistence.

Appreciating the ACLS, Sanjoy wished the Society to continue its endeavour for the wellbeing of the tribal society.

Going down the memory lane, Nyishi Elite Society president Bengia Tolum took a dig at politicians who speak from leaps unlike social workers who speak from hearts, but there cannot be social reforms without the support of politicians.

Bandh culture instigated by politicians has become easy source of earning, he said, and urged the Apatani brethren to not allow mushrooming of NGOs for greater welfare of the society.

He sent a louder message that Nyishis and Apatanis would walk and live together harmoniously for times to come.

Land Management Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo said that Nyishis and Apatanis are made for each other as was proved by the exchange of traditional dresses between the office bearers of ACLS and NES reflecting their age-old strong bond.

Richo appealed Tolum to culturally and socially lead for uniting and cementing the tribal society.  

Earlier, ACLS founder president and present adviser Hage Kojeen (Agri-horti commissioner) recalled the glorious history of the Society while President Dr Hage Tam called upon the people to take a pledge in guarding the culture for times to come.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, in a message, said the Apatanis since time immemorial have maintained and preserved their rich cultural heritage and the endeavour to enlighten the society would continue with the ALCS’ efforts. A colourful multi-tribe cultural event including modern items marked the event. Aimed at collecting, promoting, protecting, preserving, documenting, disseminating and popularising the rich cultural heritage,  the ALCS was formed by a group of likeminded people on 14.11.87 with Kojeen, Nani Ribia (former MLA) and social worker Tasso Sai as founder president, vice president and secretary, said general secretary Tapi Tai.

Many a milestones have been created during the last 25 years including publication of periodical magazine Hulupani (Giver of knowledge) (latest copy was released by the chief guest while guest of honour released the Apatani flag song compact disc), conducted a symposium on language in 1997, Habung Donyi published first Apatani dictionary following phonetics regulated by the ACLS, Popi Sarmin Society developed third language (Kiije Tanii agun chinsa) followed in Ziro Valley, the Apatani Language Development Committee engaged in scientific study of language development, regulated the Mida ceremony (a marriage ritual) rates, codified customary laws and published Nikung Dapo being used by the gaon burahs to solve petty cases, revolutionised costumes and dresses by organizing fashion show (Trendsetters)  here in 1997 and 1999.  It would be worth mentioning that the first vernacular fortnightly newspaper – Supung Puyu – was published on 06.04.13 with Yachang Tacho as editor.  



Centre approves fund for tourism project

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: In a major boost to the North-East tourism sector, Union Tourism Minister  K. Chiranjeevi has approved Central Finance Assistance (CFA) to various tourism development projects in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland.

In order to promote tourism in Arunachal Pradesh the Centre sanctioned an amount of Rs  Rs.463.34 lakh for “Mega Tourist Destination at Tawang. ” This project involves the construction of guest house complex, Tawang monestry restaurant, Dormitory complex and development of waterfall viewing gallery, Children Park and Amphitheatre at Tawang.

The Central Govt also sanctioned an Rs.98.05 lakh for construction of Tourist Complex at Hunli, Lower Dibang Valley District. Hunli  is popular for its scenic beauty and cold temperature which attracts domestic and foreign tourists. With a view to project the region as a major destination, government has conceived this project as a flagship project to preserve and to promote eco tourism and provide accessibility to tourist in terms of adventure. This project will increase the inflow of visitors since it shall facilitate the platform to disseminate knowledge about the multi-fascinating local tribal people inhabiting the areas from centuries, according to sources.



SUMA team visits schools in capital

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: A team of Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) executive members visited the Govt schools at Naharlagun and Nirjuli yesterday to take stock of the problem of the students.

During its visit the SUMA team interacted with the school Vice Principal M. Borang and School Management and Development Committee Chairman Techi Tara of GHSS Kangkar Nallah and Nirjuli Secondary School Headmistress M N Kamki.

According to SUMA press release, headmistress Kamki  revealed the untold miseries of the school saying the school could not impart computer education to the pupils as some  unidentified miscreants robbed 10 computers  from the campus in April 2012.

SMDC chairman Techi Tara informed the SUMA team that despite submission of DPR related to school infrastructure under NLCPR several years back, still the file has not been seriously looked into, which had aggravated the situation.

Expressing anguish over the deplorable condition of schools, Education Secretary Bagjam Logun Rigio assured them to take up the problems faced by the teaching faculty and students with the higher authorities for necessary steps at earliest. He also requested the higher authority concerned to pay heed to the students’ demand for bus fare concession if it fails to provide bus service in all institutions, also interacted with the students communities, urged them to be dedicated in their studies.

General secretary Unti Umbrey blamed the State Govt for ‘deliberately’ violating  the Right To Education (RTE). Expressing dissatisfaction over the abysmal scenario of schools wherein 80 per cent of the tribal students are studying, Umbrey demanded the Education Minister to take bold steps in order to improve the school infrastructure and education scenario.  Convenor Pebo Gyadi vehemently condemned the concern governing body of education department for not taking keen interest for the welfare of the teaching faculty and the students, the release added. The release further said “he stressed the concern authority to mitigate the problems of the institutions on time and stated huge misappropriation of finances under the education department despite adequate money being paid by the Central Govt.” What would be the condition of schools in remote areas if the schools in and around the capital are facing  such a pathetic condition, Gyadi  said.



Pasighat artiste dedicates spiritual dance to Baane Solung


PASIGHAT, Sept 07: As a part of his ongoing efforts on preserve their traditional faith and cultures, renowned Adi singer Delong Padung has dedicated a spiritual song-dance, which he is preparing to display at ‘Golden Jubilee Baane Solung- 2013’ that is scheduled to be begin from September 18 at Parbuk in Lower Dibang Valley.

The spiritual song composed and lyric by the young artist Padung showcases many mythological aspects of Adi folklores associated to passage of social evolution and civilization in their land. The clauses of the dance designed by local choreographer Yatop Kakki clearly demonstrate livelihood of the tribe at the primeval period and development of civilization after the ‘Kine-Nane’(Laksmi Devi) offered crop-seeds for agricultural activities.

The final rehearsal of the spiritual song was completed at Pasighat as their cultutal adviser Kaling Borang had a final look on the clauses of the spiritual dance and made it okay for demonstration in the cultural function of Baane Solung Celebration.

Encouraging the young artists associated with this spiritual dance, Borang, suggested to do the best in their performance. He also appreciated Padung, for his tireless efforts for promotion and preservation of Adi cultures.

Young artist Delong Padung has bagged a lot of awards in the field. He was conferred “Indigenous folk artist award” by the state’s Art and Culture department for his valuable contribution towards last year. He presented multilingual songs at various important celebrations in the state and lauded by the cultural enthusiasts and researchers.

Padung had released an audio cassette in the name of “Lumi Gaayo” at Itanagar last week. The collection of songs in the cassette highlights various cultural aspects of the Adi civilization on the bank of mighty Sinag river.



ATA Upper Subansiri unit celebrates teachers’ day

ITANAGAR, Sept 07: Arunachal Teachers’ Association of Upper Subansiri district celebrated Teachers’ Day in a grand manner with colourful cultural programme at VKV Kuporijo.

More than five hundred teachers from various schools, including private and government run of the district participated in the celebration.

Attending the programme as chief guest, DPO Same Timba recalling his school days said, we should pay respect to the teachers who have generated many a bureaucrats, technocrats, doctors and advocates.

We should try following the footsteps of Dr Radhakrishnan and generating more great personalities in the society, he added.

ATA US unit president Timpu Maying said, teaching is the most respectable profession. We should be proud of ourselves because we serve the society.

Some of the teachers and legendary singer of Tagin community Takio Soki were felicitated on the occasion.

Prizes for volleyball competition for teachers were also distributed in which the team from Police Colony government school was the winner while the team from Rijo Middle School became the runners up team.

Various Cultural programme comprising of songs and dances by the students also marked the occasion.



NHPC honours teacher

ITANAGAR Sept 07: Subansiri Lower HE Project of NHPC felicitated 24 teachers from schools belonging to the project vicinity on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. In a glittering function organized at NHPC Campus, teachers from Kendriya Vidhyalaya-NHPC Gerukamukh, Bal Vidhyalaya, Gerukamukh, Govt Sr. Secondary School Dollungmukh, and BSNE School, Gogamukh were felicitated by Sh. Rakesh, Executive Director, Subansiri Lower HE Project.

Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director, Rakesh applauded the efforts and dedications of teachers and coined them as the Backbone of our Society.  He opined that it’s truly the teachers who mould a child’s life and at times even more than the parents. The efforts of the teachers in nation building fall in cognizance with NHPC’s commitment towards overall development of the society. Hence the hard works of our teachers were appreciated by NHPC in a modest fashion.

Earlier, in his welcome address, S Murugappan, Chief (Geophysics)/PR touched upon the life and principles of Late Dr S Radhakrishan, the 2nd President of India and in whose memory the day is celebrated as Teachers’ Day.

On being felicitated, Somuna Murtem, Headmaster, Govt Sr. Secondary School Dollungmukh thanked NHPC for recognizing the works of the teachers.

Dr Harjinder Kaur, Principal of Kendriya Vidhyalaya-NHPC Gerukamukh welcome the efforts of Subansiri Lower Project in bringing about socio-economic development of the local area. Sarita Kumari, Principal of Bal Vidhyalaya, Gerukamukh also spoke on the occasion. On the occasion, a beautiful cultural programme was presented by the children of Project employees for their beloved teachers. The programme was attended by the Senior Officers of NHPC, Dy Commandant CISF, other employees of SLHEP and its major work contactors and their family members.

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