The Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein on Saturday presented the Luminous Lummer Dai Literary Award 2019

June 1, 2019 (Saturday)
ITANAGAR: The Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein on Saturday presented the Luminous Lummer Dai Literary Award 2019, instituted by Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) to Tagang Taki of Siang district for his enormous contribution in the field of literature during NEFA days on 79th Birth Anniversary celebration of Luminous Lummer Dai here at J.N. Museum, Itanagar.
While recalling the contribution of Lummer Dai in the field of literature, Mein said that he is the pride of Arunachal Pradesh and a leading light in the world of Assamese literature ‘Sahitya Surjya’.
Mein exhorted the youths to draw inspiration from Dai and carry forward his legacy.
Mein said that our state has large number of tribes having distinct, variant cultures and heritages, for a writer there is so much of subjects in offer to write.
He also advocated for preservation of oral literature in digital format and in written form.
While lauding the effort of APLS, Mein called upon them to encourage more literary activities in the state and assured them to support in their endeavour.
Earlier, DCM Mein paid floral tribute to image of literary icon Lummer Dai.
President APLS Y.D.Thongchi, General Secretary APLS Batem Pertin, Luminous Lummer Dai Literary Awardee, Tagang Taki, Senior Journalist, Pradeep Kumar Behera also spoke on the occasion.
Also present was Former Commissioner Hage Kojeen, Members of APLS, budding writers and students from various schools.

Shri Pema Khandu sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh

Shri Pema Khandu sworn-in as the Chief Minister

Shri Pema Khandu has been sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh in a magnificent function at the Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre, Itanagar on 29th May 2019.

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to him.

The Governor, in exercise of the powers, conferred on him by article 164 (1) of the Constitution of India, appointed Shri Pema Khandu to be Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

Shri Chowna Mein, Member of Legislative Assembly was also sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of the State on the occasion.

In exercise of the powers conferred on him by article 164 (1) of the Constitution of India and on the advice of the Chief Minister, the Governor appointed Shri Chowna Mein as the Deputy Chief Minister and administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to him.

The Governor also administered the oath of office and secrecy to Shri Wanki Lowang, Shri Honchun Ngandam, Shri Kamlung Mossang, Shri Alo Libang, Shri Bamang Felix, Er. Tumke Bagra, Shri Mama Natung, Er. Tage Taki, Er. Taba Tedir and Shri Nakap Nalo.

First Lady of the State, Smt Neelam Misra, Chief Minister of Assam Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Tripura Shri Biplab Kumar Deb, Chief Minister of Manipur Shri N Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Nagaland Shri Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri Conrad Sangma, NEDA Chairman and Senior Minister of Assam Shri Hemanta Biswa Sarma and both Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Arunachal Pradesh Shri Kiren Rijiju and Shri Tapir Gao were present on the occasion amongst others.

Chief Minister launched the third leg of Arunachal Rising campaign at Nari

NARI | February 4:Chief Minister Pema Khandu today launched the third leg of Arunachal Rising campaign here in presence of DCM Chowna Mein, MLA Kento Rina, MLA Kaling Moyong, MLA Tatung Jamoh, MLA PD Sona and MLA Olom Panyang.

Speaking on the occasion, CM said during his course of Jan Sampark Yatra, he had the opportunity to visit every corner of the state and meet people, which gave him tremendous happiness. During his meeting with people, people told him about the way they are coming to know about government flagships programme of which earlier they had no idea.

In the past even many elected officials didn’t knew about the important central schemes and many such information were holed up somewhere, said the Chief Minister. He said places such as Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts saw deprivation of central schemes with such schemes being implemented only in few pockets in the state.

However, the situation is different today with central schemes being implemented evenly across the state irrespective of the constituencies ruled by ruling or opposition party, said Khandu. To make development inclusive and to fight the past deprivation, Chief Minister said the state government has emphasized that central schemes be implemented on need basis and not on the basis of pick and chose.

Chief Minister appreciated the district administration for carrying out 15 Sarkar Aapke Dwar camps in the district and reaching out to more than 44,000 beneficiaries. He said administration has done commendable job despite shortage of officers and staffs due to the district being newly created.

Chief Minister assured the people that within this year he would lay foundation for new district secretariat and all infrastructure works for setting up of district headquarters will be taken up. He also said the issue over location of district headquarters will be resolved in the coming days.

Responding to a one point public memorandum, Chief Minister promised to sanction funds for construction of intra district administrative road connectivity from new Sirem Circle to Koyu Circle.

On digital connectivity, Chief Minister said the centre has sanctioned Rs 1700 crore for the state but the work has been held up due to litigation issues in Supreme Court. Chief Minister said the matter has been taken up with the centre to resolve the matter with urgency to which the centre has assured to take up immediately.

Chief Minister held an interactive session with the heads of the department and government officers

PASIGHAT | February 4:Chief Minister Pema Khandu today held an interactive session with the heads of the department and government officers here in presence of DCM Chowna Mein and MLA Kaling Moyong.
Speaking during the occasion, CM said the state is eager to march ahead in all development spheres and invited the officers for their say on way forward. He said Arunachal is a blessed land and has potential to become one of the richest state in India. He said looking after the welfare of 1.4 million population of the state should not be a Herculean task if there is will to serve. He said the state along with Nagaland has earned bad reputation in corruption and said it was time to come out of such menace. He said those in position today must take the lead else we can’t expect things to get better later on when having lost the opportunity we could have made things better when we had the chance.

Chief Minister said bureaucrats are the main pillars of the government and their selfless contribution is vital for the growth of the state. He said politician comes and goes but bureaucrats are there to stay for long and hence their greater role in creating better system.

Chief Minister said he will never go for appeasement politics and that his dream is to make Arunachal a better place. As long as he is in chair, he will *** the government without fear and without bowing to any individual interest but only in the larger interest of the people of the state.

He also said he wish to empower the institution of deputy commissioner and wish to give more roles to officers to decide on development matter. He said entire planning process is being changed so that development aspirations of grassroots people are fully implemented.

Later the Chief Minister also held an interactive session with members of trading community and heard their grievances.

Sulabh International founder calls on the Governor

ITANAGAR, Feb 4:The Founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organization, New Delhi,Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak and Secretary, Gandhi Darshan, Hyderabad, Shri G.V.V.S.D.S. Prasad called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on 4th February 2019. They discussed on Swachh Bharat Mission and 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Dr. Pathak briefed the Governor about Sulabh International Social Service Organization. Shri Prasad, who is the Secretary, Gandhi Darshan, Hyderabad also briefed him about the initiatives of Gandhi Darshan, Hyderabad.
The Governor emphasised on promotion of cleanliness amongst the cities, towns, and villages. Keeping of the surroundings and dwellings clean must be propagated and practised by one and all, he said.
The Governor shared his experiences and initiatives of Raj Bhavan towards the Swachh Bharat Mission. He suggested for joint action of Sulabh International and State Governor of Arunachal Pradesh for a concrete and tangible result in keeping with the Mission of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Meeting held in the Office of the District Transport Officer

Itanagar, February 4: A meeting was held in the Office Chamber of the District Transport Officer, Capital Complex Naharalgun on 31st January last in connection with streamlining of the Taxis plying in the capital complex.

The DTO C Wangsu informed that all the taxis plying in the capital complex will have to obtain either tourist permit from the Director of Transport or Local Permit from the DTO Capital compulsorily. He also informed that all the taxi will have to paint the number plate with yellow background and the registration number in black.
Further, no government department, NGO, public sectors etc. should engage any vehicle on commercial/hire basis without valid permit for such purpose, informed the DTO.

The hotels/restaurants in capital complex were also directed not to engage any vehicle on commercial/hire basis without valid permit for such purpose. Further, the President/Secretary of Taxi Union was also directed to start an office dedicated to cater to the needs of the passengers which shall function as single window for hiring of taxi by the intending passengers, informed the DTO.

He also informed that use of beacons in all the taxis with the inscription written as ‘Taxi’ for easy identification would be introduced soon.

The Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex Prince Dhawan has requested all the stakeholders to abide by the resolutions and cooperate with the District Administration in streamlining of the taxi operators for smooth functioning of public Transport system. Further,he has also directed the DTO to ensure implementation of all the above resolutions by 28 February 2019 without fail.

Spiritual Tourism – A way forward

ITANAGAR,February 04:The ‘Kongmu-Kham’ which means the ‘Golden Temple’ in Tai Khamti language, popularly known as the Golden Pagoda built in the year 2010 with the vision and sole initiative of Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein to promote tourism through Spiritual Tourism has become a major tourist destination in the Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

As per the official reports, there is annual turn over of more than one lakh tourists including both domestic and international tourists, annually visits the Golden Pagoda with an average of seven thousand visitors in weekends during the peak season. Most of the International Tourists which accounts for 40% of the total visitors are from South East Asian Countries mostly from Thailand and Myanmar. They form 80% of International tourists which is mainly due to cultural and religious similarities of the people of these countries with the Tai-Khamti of Namsai District. Most of them are religious pilgrims which come either to participate in cultural or religious activities.

A Thai Research team from Mahidol University, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Thailand has presently visited the Golden Pagoda at Tengapani (Noy-Cheynam) who are in Arunachal Pradesh to study the tribal cultures of Arunachal Pradesh.

In his interaction with them, Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein highlighted the vast tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh. He said to the visiting tourists that “Ours is a dynamic State with numerous tribes and sub-tribes having their own distinct identities, cultures and dialects living together for ages peacefully. Despite the challenges faced with the advent of modernity, every community is jealously preserving their age-old cultural heritage yet respecting each other’s culture, customs and traditions”. He said that the State of Arunachal Pradesh symbolizes a unique example of ‘unity in diversity’ which according to him is ‘the beauty of our State’.

He welcomed the visitors from Thailand and other Southeast Asian Countries to visit, enjoy and explore the pristine nature of our State and the vast cultural diversities.

He, while sharing his thoughts to the visitors said, “It is my ardent efforts to promote tourism with the spiritualism.”

True to his words, the annual turning over of tourists in the Golden Pagoda proved that the Spiritual Tourism can be a way forward for boosting Tourism Industry in the State along with other tourism like Ecotourism, Adventure Tourism, Cultural Tourism, etc. Similar tourists inflow can be seen in Lohit District during the Parashuram Kund Mela, which is another example of Spiritual Tourism.

Those tourists, who often comes to Namsai as Religious pilgrims also visit Tezu and Roing, the district headquarters of Lohit and Lower Dibang Valley District respectively and travel up to Mayudiah to see and enjoy the snow. The day is not far that with the improvement of the road connectivity upto Anini, the district headquarter of Dibang Valley District, visitors will travel to those places to enjoy the scenic beauty of our pristine nature.

Thus, apart from Cultural Tourism, Spiritual Tourism can be a major catalyst for promoting Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh given the fact that the people of South East Asian Nations like Myanmar,Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and others shares cultural and religious similarities with the people of Arunachal Pradesh. It can also be the fulcrum for realizing the vision under Act-East Policy.


Itanagar, Jan 30: The Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Government of Arunachal Pradesh is organizing the 1st Itanagar International Film Festival from 22nd to 24th February 2019 and the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has been appointed as the Event Management Agency for the DIPR by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to plan and execute the same in Itanagar in 2019.
The Itanagar International Film Festival is a celebration of the best of tribal cinema and cinema of the North East. The festival through its carefully curated programme, master classes, In-conversations and workshops aims at engaging all audience groups with the festival. The celebration of cinema will take place over 3 days with the opening ceremony taking place in the morning on 22nd February 2019 and the closing and awards ceremony in the evening on 24th February 2019. The Festival activities shall take place at the Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre and IG Park, Itanagar.
The festival shall see a total of 35 to 40 films which include Indian Panorama, World Cinema, and Far East Asian Films, Children’s Films, documentary films, Competition Section Films and outdoor screenings of critically acclaimed films of Indian Cinema.
The submission of film entries for the Competition Section for the festival for the 8 North East States has been opened on 20th January 2019 and the last date of submission is 31st January 2019. However, in order to invite more entries for the competition the last date of submission has been extended to 05th February 2019. All films that have been produced between 01/01/2017 and 31/12/2018 are eligible to apply for this section. The Regulations and other details to apply for the competition section for the festival are available on the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh Website.
There shall be no festival registration fee; however, in order to attend the festival, all cine enthusiasts/delegates shall have to register themselves online on the official festival website that shall go live on 01/02/2019.