Changlang, Dec 18: "Nothing is impossible if one works hard and puts sincere effort
to achieve it" said ZPC, Changlang Marina Kenglang at the inaugural day of three
days capacity building camp at Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Changlang. The girl's school
is being operated under the R K Mossang Memorial Society, Jairampur. The Society
has seven girls' schools under its umbrella delivering quality education to the poor
girls of rural areas.
"I valued the opportunity which I got when I was young and studied diligently" added
Kenglang while explaining the importance of education for girl child. Urging the
girl students to be dedicated to excellence and be a worthy citizen, she cited examples
of many successful women in the district. She explained about the numerous scopes
and job opportunities for educated women and cited examples of women sharing domestic
responsibilities. Further, she administered the oath of allegiance among the participating
students to upkeep sense discipline, sportsman spirit and work hard to serve the
Later, she inaugurated a handloom and handicraft stall exhibited by various participating
schools displaying finished handmade toys, wool knitted cloths and excellent decorative
items made of the students.
R K Mossang Memorial Society, chairman, Komoli Mossang informed that the society
is dedicated to uplift the poor girl child and support them to be the best they can
be. She sought co-operation from all the sections of society for providing continued
support to girls in rural area for their progress.
The programme was attended by HoDs of Changlang, public leaders and officials from
Wancho collegians unhappy over non-induction of legislators from Longding district
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Wancho Collegians Co-ordination Committee Itanagar has expressed
its unhappiness over non induction of legislators from Longding district in the state
In a release, it said that it seeks distribution of the remaining cabinet posts at
the earliest as possible which should be based purely on seniority, sincerity, performance
We will take it as political biasness if the government does not entrust any legislator
from Longding with any of the cabinet posts left.
The committee also expressed dismay over the inadequate posting of teachers in the
schools of Longding district.
Free distribution camp for disabled persons
ROING, Dec 18: A diagnostic camp cum free distribution of aids & appliances camp
for all categories of persons with disabilities was held at District Hospital, Roing
today. The camp was organized by the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment and
Tribal Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun with the help of Rehabilitation
Professionals, District Administration and Medical Officers at District Hospital,
The persons with disabilities of all categories were screened and diagnosed by the
Medical Board of the District Hospital, Roing on the spot and were provided needful
aids and appliances like Wheel Chair, Crutches, Rolator, Blind Stick, Hearing Aids,
Walking Stick and Tri-Cycle to the needy patients free of cost.
The six member team from Itanagar headed by Tabak Hankar, Research Officer conducted
the camp which was coordinated by Savitri Khampti, Deputy Director (ICDS), Roing
on behalf of the District Administration.
Around 100 persons with disabilities of the district availed the benefits of the
Tribute paid to Peshawar victim
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Lok Sabha Youth Congress (LYC), Western Parliament paid tribute
to the students of the Army Public School, Peshawar who were killed in the terrorist
attack on 15th December. They observed two minute silence as a mark of respect in
memory of the departed soul.
The movement was lead by President Lok Sabha Youth Congress (LYC) Western Parliament
cum Chairman APEDA Dikto Yekar. The members of Youth Congress mourned the ghastly
killing and conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. It was
followed by a candle light march at Naharlagun where hundreds of students and youth
Person attempts rape on six year old, alleges TWS
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) has claimed that a person named
S Pangkam attempted rape on a six year old girl at Raj Niwas area on December 13
Meanwhile, the Women Police station has confirmed that the alleged accused has been
arrested and is in judicial custody now.
The society has demanded that the culprit be awarded with the harshest exemplary
ASMs appraise PS to construct bridge over Kumey River
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Anchal Samity Members of Tali Constituency under Kurung Kumey
has urged the MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Food & Civil Supply Legal Metrology
to take up with the higher authority for early construction of bridge over Kumey
River. In a representation to the Parliamentary Secretary, the PRI leaders stated
that Tali Nobia and Pipsorang circles are still to be connected by road. It also
said that the bridge over Kumey river needs to be built to connect roads in the said
circles. It also requested MLA to expedite the formation cutting of Tali and Pipsorang
road adding that road is a life line to the people of the area.
DBS celebrates 11th Foundation Day
PASIGHAT, Dec 18: The 11th foundation day cum parents' meet celebration of Democrat
Bakin's Residential English School, Pasighat was celebrated today at Pasighat.
Addressing the gathering, former Minister Bosiram Siram urged the teachers to rededicate
themselves to groom children as worthy citizen through quality education. While sharing
his views on health and hygiene, Siram advised the students to keep clean the surroundings
of the school and hostels for a healthy and hygienic life.
Earlier, Chief Councilor Tamuk Denong Tamuk addressing the function said extracurricular
activities like games and sports in school are equally essential.
Among others, the event was attended by teachers, students and parents. Winners in
various competitions received prizes from the guests, and a beautiful rendition in
traditional attire by the students mesmerized the audience receiving a huge applause.
Society mourns death of its member
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Memo Ao Welfare Society has condoled the demise of inspector
Lijum Bagra who passed away on December 16 last at a hospital in Guwahati after prolonged
Late Bagra, honoured with Governor Award in recognition of his meritorious service
on August 15, 2009, had rendered relentless contributions to the state in general
and department of home, GoAP in particular under the capacity of both Sub-Inspector
as well as Inspector for the past 26 years, the society said in its release.
Offering condolences to the bereaved family members, it further prayed for the eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Society distributes relief materials to victims
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: The Kepang Welfare Society Capital unit distributed blankets, utensils
and cash to all the 32 victim families of fire accident at Sine village under Boleng
circle of East Siang district on December 15 last.
Junior shuttler team leaves for national championship
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: A group of 9 budding shuttlers of state who won four Gold medals
in the recently concluded National Level North East Sports Competition has left for
Patna today to take part in the forthcoming 39th Junior National Badminton Championships
2014 Under-17 & Under 19 category for boys and girls.
The team member includes Laa Talar, Akshay Raito, Jokom Ribya, Rahul Thapa, Laa Tukum,
Kalung Taki, Laa Yajum, Pinky Karki and Taring Yania and manager Laa Ribee and coach
Responding to the objection of sport & youth affairs department, Arunachal Pradesh
Football Association (APFA) withdrew the word "unprofessional" mentioned in a news
item published on Dec 16 edition with the APFA secretary G. Doke Thursday claiming
that the National Level North East Sports Competition-2014 was organized by the SYA
in a highly professional manner.
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: A sizeable numbers of APPSCCE aspirants today staged sit-in-protest
dharna at lawn tennis court near IG Park gate in protest against the way of dealing
with the paper leakage issue by the Commission.
"We have no more faith in the state government to act against the Commission" shouted
agitated aspirants while demanding the alleged APPSCCE paper leakage issue to be
referred to the President of India.
Claiming that the Commission has lost its credibility, the protestors were vociferously
said that they will not sit-in the exam under the same Commission and the secretariat
officials. Though the one-member magisterial enquiry committee has submitted its
report to the government on October 3rd last, the government has failed to act against
the responsible officials, they further claimed. The protestors also questioned the
government for its inaction against the 'irresponsible commission members and the
Later the protestors tried to take out a protest rally but the police prevented them
claiming that protestors have only obtained permission for dharna.
The state has instituted a Magisterial Enquiry with Hento Karga as an inquiry officer
into the allegations of leakage of General Studies question paper of the APPSCCE
(Mains) 2014 on September 18, 2014. It further urged the magistrate to submit the
report within a period of 2 (two) weeks to the Govt.
The APPSCCE paper leakage issue drew flak from all quarters; the People's Party of
Arunachal (PPA) has lashed out at the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
(APPSC) in support of the aggrieved aspirants of APPSCCE-2013-14.
Its interim president, Kahfa Bengia, terming the alleged leakage of the GS question
paper 2 as a matter of great concern for the state said, "It is all the more saddening
to know that the institution in question has been the hot bed of controversies since
"The government should immediately act on the report submitted and let the aspirants
prepare themselves for their future. Stringent action should be initiated against
those involved in the scandal," he said.
Chairman, CWC PPA, Kamen Ringu said "Corruption as a phenomenon always takes a top
down approach. These irregularities happened because of the unhealthy nexus between
the politicians at the top and the bureaucrats. The government is to be blamed equally."
PM likely to inaugurate rail service in February
BORUM, Dec 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to visit Arunachal
Pradesh for the first time in February next after taking office, is likely to inaugurate
the railway service here, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said while inspecting the
Naharlagun railway station here this afternoon.
Tuki took keen interest in the ongoing finishing works and directed to accelerate
the process besides verifying the counter for issuing innerline permits and the police
check gate set up within the railway station complex.
Responding to a question, the chief minister informed that the railway ministry has
consented to introduce Rajdhani Express to link national capital New Delhi from next
The chief minister was accompanied by local MLA-cum-UD Parliamentary Secretary Techi
Kaso, Capital deputy commissioner Mige Kamki, LRSO Takam Titus and group of engineers
led by chief engineer (WZ) K Waghe.
Earlier, Tuki inspected the proposed site for construction of international standard
Cricket Stadium at Borum village near Naharlagun railway station.
The proposed stadium would have sitting capacity of minimum 50000 spectators and
would be executed by the Public Works Department.
CM while briefing the PWD engineers, advised to ensure parking place in their plan.
The CM hoped that with the stadium coming up, there would be lot of business and
industries prospects in the area and advised the departments to keep avenues open.
Governor exhorts teachers to rededicate
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: "Education is a shared commitment among the dedicated teachers,
motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations", said Governor
Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma addressing today at the regional incentive award ceremony
of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan at Central University, Tezpur Assam.
Attending as the chief guest in the function, Governor Sharma said everyone is a
stakeholder. When people stand united and put in concerted effort, it can be a force
for the nation's character building, he added.
The Governor emphasized that the purpose of teaching is to coach the mind's of the
young students thought process. It must make them to think, and over time it must
train their mind to think more efficiently. Its only purpose must be to build their
problem solving and challenge facing capabilities. The educationists, particularly
the teachers should build the aptitude of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurship
and moral leadership among students and become their role model. He urged upon the
teachers to instill a sense of cleanliness, along with love and respect for nature
and its resources in the young minds. These efforts will be the greatest gifts to
the future generation, he said while advising them to motivate the children to contribute
to nation building.
Appreciating the Kendriya Vidhyalaya Sangathan for their yeoman service, the Governor
said that KVS has been playing a paramount role in imparting education in different
parts of the country particularly in remote areas. At the same time, the organisation
has ensured total personality development, academic excellence and promoted national
integration among the children. It has also met the educational requirements of the
Central Government employees, who serve in various parts of the country and are transferred
frequently. He wished that the excellent tradition continues. Reiterating Prime Minister
Narendra Modi's advice, the Governor stressed that the teachers should be two steps
ahead of time - anticipate change and prepare the new generation for it. Don't worry
of the consequences if your intent is correct, he added.
Advising the students on the occasion, the Governor exhorted them to be self-disciplined.
He said that their action, thoughts and words must reflect the highest sense of integrity,
honesty and commitment. Motivating them to strive to excel in whatever you do, he
cautioned that in today's competitive world, there is no room for mediocrity. He
asked them to keep in heart that there is no success and no failure, there's only
honest effort. The Governor advised them to practice Yoga to overcome stress.
Lt Gen Sarath Chand, GOC 4 Corps, and Prof Mihir Kanti Chaudhury, Vice Chancellor,
Central University, Tezpur also attended the function.
Ajay Pant, Deputy Commissioner, KVS informed that the Sangathan has 1104 school across
the country and abroad having more than 11 lakh students and has 11 schools in Arunachal
A colourful cultural programme was presented by the students on the occasion.PRO
Apex Bank inks MoU with NSTFDC for employment generation
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: In a significant development Arunachal Pradesh State Coop. Apex
Bank Ltd. entered into MoU with National Schedule Tribe Finance & Development Corporation
(NSTFDC) on December 16 for bank finance to ST unemployed BPL persons of the state
under various activities like establishment of diary, goatry, poultry, fishery and
agricultural and horticultural entities.
The NSTFDC had sanctioned Rs. 46.53 crores on December 8 last for setting up of 2200
self-employed units. After completion of all formalities, the bank will start implementation
of these schemes in the entire state in cluster basis within the next three months.
It is expected that the scheme will give a boost to the cooperative sector and the
bank. It will also help in employment generation, economic growth, and income generation
in the state.
The scheme will be implemented under the Chief Minister's Employment Generation Mission
and likely to provide self-employment to about 9000 unemployed youth in the first
phase and about 20,000 persons in total. Under the scheme, loan will be offered at
concessional rates which are repayable in 5 yrs.
Discussions have also been held by bank management with NABARD officials to dovetail
the NSTFDC scheme with NABARD supported producing societies/NGOs to set up primary
processing units. These processing units will facilitate marketing and processing
various farm products of the primary producing units set up under NSTFDC loan.
Games and Sports are integral part of life: Felix
AALO, Dec 18: 'Games and sports are integral part of life as it not only gives physical
endurance but promotes oneness and values of life', said Bamang Felix, Parliamentary
Secretary Education & IPR today while addressing the Hirik Hiru Inter Village Football,
Cricket and Volley Ball tournament.
Felix who is also the spokesperson of the Govt. disclosed that around 200 posts
of policemen to be filled up through sports quota are left vacant despite 10 percent
reservation in sports announced by the Govt. He also informed that the govt. has
announced Rs. 2 Crores for gold medalist, Rs.1Crore for silver, Rs. 50 Lakhs for
Bronze and Rs. 25 lakhs for participating in any international games and sports event
by any Arunachalee. Time has come for our boys and girls to take a professional approach
towards games and sports, he added.
Saying that such tournament is all about learning from each other to build mutual
trust and oneness among different strata of people, he called for maintaining true
sportsmanship spirit. The rating of Arunachal in second place next to Manipur in
the recently concluded North East Sports Meet is encouraging and shows improvement
in our games and sports over the years, he added.
Responding to a memorandum submitted for construction of rostrum at Kamba football
ground and construction of a tourist lodge at Kamba, the Parliamentary Secretary
assured to spare Rs. 5 lakhs from his MLALAD and asked ADC Kamba to send a detail
estimate for construction of the tourist lodge to place it before the govt as soon
as possible. The construction of a larger rostrum is quite essential and matter will
be taken up with the govt. on priority, he said.
Nyamar Karbak, Chairman APB&OCWWB in his address said that our people should keep
away from everyday politicking and rather concentrate on key issues on health, sanitation,
communication and problems of schools. The govt. has adopted zero tolerance in the
twin important sectors of health and education and officials manning department should
come out with professional approach to deliver good services to the people and students,
Karmi Kamki, Vice President and Dr. Pemin Kamki, Managing Director HH Inter village
tournament spoke on the motive behind organizing the tournament and said that it
is an effort towards reviving the old glory tournament once vibrant HH Tournament
Altogether 15 villages excluding host Kamki are participating in the tournament and
the limited Over Cricket is being sponsored by Kamki family in fond memory of late
Research directorate to open sale counters at all DRC offices
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: Directorate of Research has decided to open sale counters of research
publications in the offices of all Deputy Residence Commissioners (DRCs) at different
cities including the Residence Commissioner office, New Delhi.
The basic objective of opening the sale counter of Research Publications outside
the state is to disseminate positive data and information on the people, culture,
custom, tradition and heritage to greater Indian people.
According to Director of Research, Dr. Tage Tada, "Arunachal Pradesh is overlooked
by both regional and national media. They hardly highlight the positive aspects of
the state except some negative news. The reason may be lack of data and information
to the media persons as well as to the greater mass of the nation. Therefore, an
immediate need has been felt to open sale counters of Research Publication outside
Arunachal Pradesh to focus the state in positive perspective."
It is worth mentioning here that sale counters of research publications at Dy. Residence
Commissioner Kolkata had already been opened since February last.
Though Research Department is not revenue earning department but it has earned Rs
8,45,636 through sales proceed and entry fee of the museums in the year 2014, out
of which Rs 6,17,744 was from sales proceed of publications and Rs 2,27,892 from
entry fee of the Museums.
AAPSU calls for effective mechanism for regular stipend to students
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has called
on director of Higher and Technical Education Dr. Tejum Padu at his office here yesterday
and requested him to evolve an effective mechanism for timely and regular disbursement
of stipend to all students studying in Arunachal and outside the state.
In a single-point memorandum, the AAPSU team headed by its Spokesperson Tanya Agu,
while highlighting the problems of the students due to irregular disbursement of
stipend, appealed the Director to appoint a separate and independent coordinator
for addressing the stipend related problems. AAPSU believes that the appointment
of a coordinator will help the students' community in placing their genuine grievances.
The team further suggested that the stipend money be directly deposited/transferred
to the students' account after maintaining certain norms and having verification
of the students concerned so that eligible and genuine students' get their due benefits.
The Director informed the AAPSU delegation that his department is working hard and
giving special attention to this stipend issue. While assuring the delegation to
look into its genuine demands on priority basis, the director assured that his department
will upload all information relating to disbursement of stipend to all eligible colleges.
The AAPSU team included its Joint Secretary Lishi Tayo, Galo Students' Union (GSU)
spokesperson Marli Kamki and Convenor, All Lower Subansiri District Students' Union
(ALSDSU) Nani Tam.
State Politics of Arunachal: All is Not Well
There are two recent but unconnected happenings in the political arena of the state
that deserve attention by any political analyst if, future trends of the state politics
is to be positioned in proper order and right perspective.
At the first instance what merits attention is squabbles within PPA parivar. The
infighting came out open after all five party legislators voted for Mukut Mithi,
the former chief minister and bête-noire of the then PPA chief ministerial candidate,
Laeta Umbrey. Laeta resigned in protest, and joined BJP. It is reliably learnt that
majority of the executive members of the party had opted for abstention. That did
not happen and the legislators went against the decision of the party.
Kamen Ringu, chairman, Central Working Committee, show-caused Nikh Kamin asking him
as to why he should not resign as the party president because of his anti-party activities.
There were reports of Kamin promising permanent residential certificates to non-Aruachalees
in his election speeches. Later, Khafa Bengia was appointed as the interim president,
which was termed as unconstitutional by incumbent president and his supporters.
The crisis remains unresolved. This will, perhaps, never be resolved- signaling deeper
crisis within the party, and may be, ultimate decay of regional ideology in the state.
My understanding, as an observer, is that the 'crisis situation' may be manipulated
by the party legislators as an alibi to switch over to the party in power.
Laeta Umbrey's argument that "It's time for Aar-paar ki Ladai" looks to be coming
very close to reality. Laeta was very categorical in his opinion that the time has
come for the ladai (fight), not between a regional political party and national parties
but between the Congress and BJP. To him, PPA or any other regional party should
not be used as launching pad to switch over to the party in power or as a 'transit
camp' for rejected Congress candidates. This is a clear indication of the trends
of party politics in Arunachal Pradesh.
Secondly, what went almost unnoticed some months back is the election to the president
of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee. What is important is not the election per
se but the way it was concluded.
Much to the surprise of many political observers, the contest for the post of president
was not as 'hot' as it should have been. Padi Richo was elected as its president
without many headlines. What does it indicate politically? Does it signal the political
ineffectiveness of the likes of Takam Sanjoy, C.C. Singpho, Tako Dabi, Bosiram Siram?
Is it an indication of the chief minister, Nabam Tuki's authoritative control over
the party? Or is it that the potential contenders did not want to waste their energy
by investing in a party which has no future, given the history of 'home-comings'
(read: defections) in the state. Rumours have been flying far and wide about possible
change of guard in the state with Congress legislators changing their colours to
saffron. The fear of repeat of 2003 has prompted the defeated BJP candidates to rush
to New Delhi with an aim to save their future political career. A credible source
has indicated to me that the party (BJP) central leadership would be interested to
put BJP government in place if the Congress legislators get themselves elected as
party candidates. Such desire of the party leadership is a remote possibility as,
it would mean mid-term polls. No incumbent legislators, including from BJP, will
favour dissolution of Assembly.
A section of BJP leadership is believed to have convinced itself that the present
Congress government need not be disturbed since it is going to collapse sooner or
later because of its own internal contradictions. It will become too heavy for Tuki's
political family to bear financial burden because of fiscal deficit and Centre's
unwillingness to bail him out of this difficult situation. This government has been
tagged as ineffective because of deteriorating law and order condition, lack of tangible
development activities, inability of the government to pay salaries of SSA teachers
and NRHM contractual staff in time, and untimely submission of utilization certificates
of various centrally sponsored schemes.
There is a possibility of the government diverting GPF of its employees for non-plan
expenditure. An instance of non-performing indicators has been that a stretch of
National Highway (around 200 meters) near Mithun gate, Naharlagun has been remaining
incomplete for many years. This stretch has caused hardship to the commuters so much
so that it has been termed as NT (Nabam Tuki) road. Inability of the present government
to initiate decisive action on the recent APPSC mess adds to its helplessness.
There is another angle to the possibility of change of government in the state- Kiren
Rijiju factor. Kiren once wrote through social media about his possible role in state
politics. He wanted to lead from the front in order to end corrupt practices in the
state by giving an example of how the Congress government had misused advance money
generated from hydro-power developers.
If "leading from the front" is an indicative of his active role in state politics,
it would not be difficult to assume that he, most probably, is eyeing for the top
executive post. As such, immediate replacement of the present chief minister with
a known face from BJP will only upset his 'scheme of calculation'. We cannot easily
rule out a possibility of an 'understanding' between himself and the present chief
My causal observations have given me to understand that the state BJP is a divided
house, as of now. A house when divided always gives breathing space to its opponents.
Nabam Tuki, the chief minister, seems to be taking good advantage of the division
within the BJP. For now, its- "Divided BJP: advantage Tuki".
Whatever may be the present contents and structure of the state politics, pragmatic
politics will surely take over. BJP will have to come to power if it has to survive
beyond 2019. Every member of the party knows it well. Many believe that it's a question
of when rather than how.
(Prof. Bath is a faculty in Rajiv Gandhi University and can be contacted at email@example.com)
Expert team arrives to choose site for proposed film and television institute
ITANAGAR, Dec 18: "Despite inadequate infrastructure and training institute in the
state, our local youths have been producing lots of documentaries and films", informed
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to the visiting Director of Satyajit Ray Film and Television
Institute, Kolkota Sanjaya Pattanayak and Associate Professor Pankaj Seal.
The visiting guests are here in the state as a part of expert team entrusted by the
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI to conduct feasibility study and chose
an appropriate site for proposed Film and Television institute. Tuki, apprised the
team of the development of film making in the state beginning with Dr. Bhupen Hazarika
"Mera Dharam Meri Maa" in the early eighties and also apprised them of the subsequent
progress made both in Hindi and local languages by various young film makers.
While justifying his stand for selecting Arunachal Pradesh for the film and television
institute, the Chief Minister said "our state has everything to offer for a film.
Beautiful landscape and scenery that matches Switzerland, colourful tribes and hospitable
people that would mesmerize any film maker to opt Arunachal". He further added that
sufficient land is available for the film and television institute at all the proposed
He further disclosed that the state government is very serious on developing the
communication network like, airfields, road communication and rail services. Airfields
at various locations are coming up soon which would improve the communication bottleneck
to a great extent, CM viewed.
The CM also informed that the youths of the state are making remarkable advances
in the field of sports and bagged second position in the recently concluded Northeast
Sports Meet held in Itanagar.
Earlier on the day, the expert team called on Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi at his
Niti Vihar office. While welcoming the visitors, Negi said that Arunachal Pradesh
has huge potential in creative fields and establishment of a film and television
institute will hugely boost the creative spirits of the youths besides promoting
He assured that in all the earmarked sites at Jote Jolling and Yachuli have sufficient
land availability for meeting requirements for establishment of the institute.
The visiting team was escorted by the secretary IPR, Dani Sallu, Director IPR CM
Longphong and Deputy Director, Obang Tayeng during the meet.
Ecotourism Festival underway at Bhalukpong
BHALUKPONG, Dec 18: With a motto to promote brotherhood and communal harmony in the
region and to uplift traditional culture aspects of Indigenous tribes, a week-long
Kameng Ecotourism cum River Festival 2014 was inaugurated by Tourism Minister Pema
Khandu along with Parliamentary Secretary Education and IPR, Bamang Felix at Nyetchidow
festival ground, Bhalukpong on Monday last.
Surrounded by hills and evergreen forests, Bhalukpong is famous for its unique natural
beauty and is home to hot springs and an orchid centre at Tipi. The district for
the first time has organized such festival with a mission to maintain peace and tranquility
in the district.
Various adventure sports such as river rafting, angling and elephant riding are the
highlights of the festival.
Speaking as the chief patron Kumsi Sidisow local MLA said, "The festival is organized
to maintain brotherhood and to preserve cultural heritage of the state and the district
in particular and to promote communal harmony in the state". He also requested Pema
Khandu to mark the festival as calendar festival of the state, to which the Minister
assured necessary assistance.
Sidisow while expressing hope for an eventful week said, "The initiative is a very
good step to set Bhalukpong as a hot tourism spot and it is the responsibility of
the local people to show hospitality to the tourists."
Stressing on the role of the locals Sidisow further said, "Local peoples involvement
is must to host the tourist in the state and the local people should always remember
the slogan 'Aathithi Dev Bhawa' and treat the tourists like god." Showing hospitality
to the tourist will not only promote tourism in the state but will also boost the
economy of the state, he added.
David Nongram, chairman, Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation, Government of
Meghalaya who attended the fest as special guest said, "Arunachal Pradesh is blessed
with beautiful river, landscape and terrain and its rich culture and tradition can
be showcases in festivals like this to promote tourism".
Duktu, a member from Bhutan parliament said, "We feel fortunate to be a part of the
festival. In Bhutan tourism is the second largest revenue generation industry after
Hydro power and it is simply through preserving our cultural and heritage". Tourism
has brought us together here and we should work together to promote tourism both
in Arunachal Pradesh and Eastern Bhutan".
Bamang Felix said, "We should not only preserve our culture but should promote it
as well." He added that the local people are important factor for hosting the tourists
with proper manner and hospitality.
No plans to create separate time zone for NE: Govt
NEW DELHI, Dec 18: Government has no plans to create a separate time zone for seven
North Eastern states, Rajya Sabha was informed today.
Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh also denied
that the region was wasting a huge amount of electricity at home and offices in absence
of a separate time zone.
A scientific study based on regional load curves and several assumptions carried
out by the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru has indicated a modest
saving of power between 1.2 to 1.5 per cent of the total usage if North Eastern Region
has a separate time zone, which is not very high, he said replying a written question.
The demand for two time zones in India had first come from the North-Eastern states
in the mid-1990's with the reasoning that the sun rises in the region between 4:30
AM and 5:00 AM - at least one hour ahead of the rest of the country.
Noted film maker Jahnu Barua and several students organisations in the North East
have been quite vocal in raising the demand for past several years, saying many nations
worldwide follow different time zones within their territory.
India currently follows a time, which is 5-1/2 hours ahead of the international standard,
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Russia has 11 time zones, while the US and Canada have six. However, China, which
is much broader than India, sticks to only one time zone, the largest country to
The decision generally rests with the country, taking into account its convenience
and international conventions. PTI
DU’s Gyanodaya Express train sets off for Northeast
NEW DELHI, Dec 18: Delhi University's 'Gyanodaya Express' today set off for the northeast
with 870 students and teachers on board with an aim to enrich the students about
the rich culture and heritage of the region.
The 'Dharohar-Gyanodaya Express' train was flagged off from the Safdarjang Railway
Station here by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Sarbanda
Sonowal, MoS Youth Affairs and Sports. Both the ministers hail from the Northeast.
Started as the 'College-on-Wheels' project in 2012, this is the fifth edition of
"This is a very unique concept to be pursued by any educational institution and we
have drawn an inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi who had travelled in trains for over
an year. Real education means ground exposure to students," DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh
Singh told PTI.
"I hope more and more universities will join hands with us for future Gyanodaya editions
to enable students studying in universities across the country to benefit from the
initiative," he said.
The trip, which will conclude on December 29, will cover all eight northeastern states
-- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
The varsity had offered short-term courses in Assamese, Nagamese, Manipuri, Arunachali
and Tripuri languages of the northeast. Foundation courses in Nepali and Bengali,
which are widely spoken in Sikkim and Tripura, were also offered by DU as part of
the preparation for the heritage tour.
"The 14-coach train has two classrooms with all infrastructural facilities, including
projectors and LCD screens. As many as 70 students will be given class at a time.
There is a library and the train is equipped with internet facilities to aid students
in studies," DU's Media Coordinator and Joint Dean of Welfare Malay Neerav said.
DU had invited proposals from students about projects they would like to undertake
on such a journey. The colleges had selected the best proposals and nominated them
for the tour with the final call on the selected students having been taken by a
project selection committee.
"A total of 65 projects will be undertaken. Students have been divided into groups
of 10 each supervised by one mentor. Each group also has a student from northeast
to help the students familiarise with the area or language," he added.
The students will meet representatives of local universities as well as senior functionaries
of the states during the trip.
DU also plans to publish a book titled 'Dharohar: The glory of the Northeast' on
the experiences of the students during the journey as well as the projects churned
out by them. PTI