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 www.itanagarfilmfestival.org that shall go live on 01/02/2019.

SARKAR APKE DWAR programme held at Taraso circle

TARASO JAN 30: 2ND SARKAR APKE DWAR programme of Taraso circle conducted at Middle School, Bormai today on 30/1/18 by team of ADC Balijan Shri Tasso Gambo and CO Tarasso Shri Rome Mele to facilitate the Govt services to the people of Taraso, bordering Assam. SKAD Helps people to reach out to different department to avail the services provided by them.
In two days programme at Lower Taraso and Bormai the ADC Balijan and CO Tarasso issued 106 ST, PRC-104, BC-68, Trading Licenses, ILP and Income Certificates. The Power Department, Taraso also collected electricity bill revenue of Rs.38,694/-,new service connection 07, new registration 11 and grievances attended 16.
At counter of Food and Civil Supplies Department 28 Nos new LPG connection issued, new LPG connections forms issued, rationed card renewed and PMUY applications received. Department of District Transport Office issued 72 Nos of Learner’s License, 02 new vehicles registered and Learners form issued and department of Economics and Statistics enrolled 30 nos and 39 Adhaar Updation. The Education Department distributed Science, maths, Primary level Maths kits and Microscopes to 07 Secondary Schools and Upper Primary school and audio-visuals, phamplets, career counselling, interaction with parents were other activities done by them.
In Health Department section represented by PHC Taraso, 420 people took benefited from various services like general health check up, family planning counselling, Dulari Kanya, CMAAY, contraceptives pills, ANC/PNC , Full Incentivisation Immunization, lab test, medical certificates, water sanitation, hygiene and handwashing counselling and child health check ups under RBSK. The Department of APEDA also sold LED bulbs, Fan, at subsidized rate and generated revenue of Rs.37,300. Apex Bank, Balijan also conducted FLC ( Financial Literacy Camp), opened 26 new accounts, new forms issued,PMJJY and PMSBY.
In Allied departments like Agriculture 107 farmers received free distribution of agriculture inputs seeds, handtools and implements, PP chemicals, mustards seeds, farmer registration, organic fertilizers and nutrients, department of Fisheries registered 21 fishponds, phamplets and leaflets were distributed by Horticulture department and provided technical know how of horti activities and Veterinary department conducted 35 health check ups and treated domestic animals and 70 people sensitized on National Livestock Mission.
The DRDA department also issued 19 Nos of Job Cards, under CMITPS 37 Weavers beneficiaries registered, 25 Nos distributed free Yarns under CMITPS, 27 Nos registered for MUDRA Scheme by Department of Textile and Handicrafts. Police Department also participated in the camp and issued character certificates and lost certificates.
As per consolidated report received from Circle Officer Shri Rome Mele of two days SKAD camp altogether 2350 people benefited from the two programme at Lower Tarasso and Bormai. HoDs of above mentioned departments were present to provide best services to the people.

Third leg of Arunachal Rising campaign held at Dumporijo

Third leg of Arunachal Rising campaign held at Dumporijo

DUMPORIJO | JAN 24: The third leg of Arunachal Rising campaign led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu and accompanied by MoS Home Kiren Rijiju was launched here today in presence of MLA Paknga Bage, MLA Punji Mara and other dignitaries.

Chief Minister on the occasion distributed land compensation cheques worth Rs 53 crores for the land acquired by the Indian Army at Bora Ropuk village. Distributing the cheque to representatives of 47 families identified as the beneficiaries, Chief Minister thanked the role of MoS Home in expediting the land compensation within short time. He said across the country, no land compensation is being paid by the Indian Army except in Arunachal as special case.  Responding to a public memorandum for recruitment of porters in Indian Army and other jobs for locals, Chief Minister assured to discuss the matter with the Army authorities.

Chief Minister appealed the people to maintain harmonious relation with Army, paramilitary forces. He said Tawang people has benefitted enormously with such relations and thanked the locals for giving away their land for defence establishments. He suggested that a festival celebrating the civil-military friendship can also be celebrated here as it is celebrated in Tawang and West Kameng district. Chief Minister further spoke on the achievements made so far by the state in the last two years. He also spoke on the objectives of Arunachal Rising campaign and the benefits of Sarkar Aapke Dwar being conducted across the state.


Society will progress if our girls are educated: Governor

Society will progress if our girls are educated: Governor

Governor expresses his hope that new district will new pace of development and prosperity for the District

ITANAGAR, JAN 24: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) visited the newly created district of Lepa Rada on 23rd January 2019.

Addressing a huge gathering, the Governor said that the new District of Lepa Rada is the long time hope and aspiration of the people of the district come true. He said that the District is created to bring administration within the reach of the people and expressed his hope that it will harbinger new pace of development and prosperity for the District.

The Governor said that among others, road and internet communication are the most important factors for development. He appealed to the people to cooperate in the developmental process by facilitating the government officials in their duties, particularly in construction of road by willingly providing the required land. The people have to create conducive environment for development.

The Governor said that State will witness development, only if the funds provided for the purpose are utilized properly and 100 percent of it is used for the purpose it is meant for. He called upon the officers, contractors, public, Gaon Burahs to ensure that projects and programmes are implemented with honesty, transparency and accountability.

Receiving a one point memorandum for airport in the district, the Governor said that if airport is built, it will be for the convenient of the present and future generations of the State. The citizens of the State need not worry about the safety and security of the State as India is now capable enough to fight off any threat to our national territory and sovereignty, he said while assuring to take up the issue with the concerned authorities.

Local MLA Shri Gojen Gadi and Deputy Commissioner Shri Duli Kamduk also spoke on the occasion and briefed the Governor on the challenges of the newly created District.

First Lady of the State Smt Neelam Misra, Superintendent of Police, Smt Swetha Chauhan, government officials, public leaders, senior citizens, youth, students and general public of the District were present on the occasion.

On his return journey to State Capital on the day, the Governor addressed a public meeting at Garu, Lower Siang District. He urged upon them to change the mindset and encourage entrepreneurship. Our youth should be job providers and not job seekers.

Emphasising education, particularly amongst the girl children, the Governor said that society will progress if our girls are educated.

Escorted by Deputy Commissioner of Lower Siang, Shri A.K. Singh and Superintendent, Shri Taru Gusar visited Malithan.

Shri Singh briefed the Governor about the new initiative of the District administration for the convenience of pilgrims to Akashi Ganga and Malithan.

National Girl Child Day themed Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Observed

National Girl Child Day themed Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Observed

Aalo 24thJan: – The National Girl Child Day was observed along with 640 districts of India with theme “Empowering Girls for a better tomorrow†at Gumin Kiin today. The Programme organised by ICDS under the supervision of district administration was attended by large number of school children and women that thronged the Aalo Streets on procession with posters, banners and slogans in the morning.
Attending the occasion as the Chief Guest, the West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Swetika Sachan said that girl child deserves special attention and all flagships programmes initiated by the central and state govt. should reach every girl child. Today govt. has enacted various laws to safeguard the interests of girl child to do away all gender differences prevailing in some communities and societies. The Guest of Honour, Dr. Nyage Geyi said that gender gap that exists today should be bridged and that sex determination is a gross punishable offence.
Earlier, Shri B. Koyu, In Charge DDICDS spelt out the main objective of organising the day. Release of promo video on Girl Child, drama on “Hum Komal Jarur Hain Lekin Kamjor Nahin†’ distribution of prizes to couple who underwent tubectomies after bearing only girl child, birth certificates to girls and prizes for proficiency in class V, V111, X and X11 from govt schools were give prizes on the occasion.

Meeting on Mission Pratiraksha held

Ziro,Jan24:The 4th District Task Force on Immunization (DTFI) meeting on Mission Pratiraksha was held in the Conference Hall of Gyati Takka General Hospital, Lower Subansiri today.
The performance of the 3nd round of Mission Pratirakhsha was reviewed during the meeting. The performance of the district after the 3rd round was 91.11%. The left outs will be covered during the fourth round of immunization.
Addressing the gathering DC Shri Chukhu Takar called for unified effort from all the stakeholders for the success of the mission. “Such program that involves the health and the safety of the people should be taken seriously and all measures adopted to avoid any lapses.”
He requested the DMO/ DRCHO to ensure accurate data collection by the ground level workers. He further assured all support from the District Administration in ensuring 100 % immunization coverage.
He also directed the Medical Officers of the respective areas to pursue and convince reluctant targets to get vaccinated. “More Awareness towards vaccination programs and motivating the people” can in a long way help achieve our target, he added.
DRCHO Dr. Derin Likar presented the microplan for the third round of Mission Pratirakhsha. The 13 left out children between 0-2 years scattered across the district will be targeted for immunization, he informed.
The DTFI also discussed about Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) 2019 wherein the district plan for IPPI was elaborately dealt. Important issues like manpower requirements, vehicle requirements, necessary arrangements for identification and immunization at High risk areas and arrangements to be made at transit points in the district were touched upon.
Terming the IPPI as a very vital program Dr. Tage Kano said that although India has been declared polio free on 27th March, 2014, there is always a probability of the polio virus being transmitted from neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan were polio still prevails. Therefore precautions still have to be adopted to prevent the reoccurrence of the crippling disease, he added.
Later DC Shri Chukhu Takar along with ADC shri Gombu Tsering inspected the hospital premises.
The meeting was attended by ADC shri Gombu Tsering, EAC,(TPT) Shri Hage Tarung, DFTI members and medical staffs.

Indian Army organizes ‘Know your Forces’ exhibition

Indian Army organizes ‘Know your Forces’ exhibition

PASIGHAT, Jan 24:Reaching out to civilians here at the Pasighat Jawaharlal Nehru College playground, the Artillery Unit of Sigar brigade had organized‘Know your Forces’ exhibition yesterday on Jan-23. Major General AjaiVerma, General Officer Commanding Spear Division graced the occasion as Chief Guest and formally inaugurated the event in presence of MLAs KalingMoyong and Kento Rina, DC InchargeTatdoBorang (ADC),RKDhiman, VSM, CE Brahmank, Brig AK Borah,VSM, Retired Group Captain (IAF) Mohonto Panging, Col Hembrom, CO NCC.

Army personnel displayed weapons, engineering equipment and other significant ammunition in use by army,demonstrating Indian Army Fire Power. Various ‘Info Desks’ were also opened to educate the youths about job prospects in Indian Armed Forces. The exhibition was open to all and saw huge crowd with students/NCC Cadets thronging the venue to know about the combat weapons and equipment used by the army.“Bofors” was the center of attraction and a major crowd pulling presentation armies.

Army official sources informed that the purpose of the exhibition was to make youngsters aware about the armed forces as a lucrative career option and also make them privy to the various technical know-how. It would help inculcate the spirit of patriotism in today’s youth and motivate them to come forward in nation-building.The efforts involved in successful conduct of event were highly appreciated by the populace.

State Level Steering Committee (SLSC) on Climate Change Adaptation held

Itanagar, Jan 24: A State Level Steering Committee (SLSC) on Climate Change Adaptation headed by Shri. Satya Gopal, Chief Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh was held on January 24th 2019 1530 Hrs. at CS conference Hall to discuss on the submission of Project Concept Note (PCN) under National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change (NAFCC) with MoEF & CC, GOI at projected cost of Rs. 24.71 Crore on Climate Change vulnerabilities and Rejuvenation of spring Sources of Papum and Poma Rivers by the State Climate Change Cell under the Deptt. of Environment & Forests.
The Project Proposal was approved by the SLSC as proposed for the total outlay with recommendation of Project execution cost @1% of total project cost. The SLSC further approved for Constitution of Committee for whole Arunachal Pradesh in making plan and budgeting for treatment from ridge to valley, Technical ,Financial Assessment of suggested measures in Plan and identify the recharge area under the chairmanship of Sh. AK Shukla PCCF (Environment & Climate Change).The committee to be comprised of Spl.Secy (Rural Development & PR), Chief Engineer (PHE), Chief Engineer (WRD), Director (AH & Very), Director (Agriculture) and Dy. Director (Env & CC) as its members.
This project proposal approved by the State Steering Committee is the first project in the State of its kind to be submitted under NAFCC scheme with Govt. of India. The meeting was attended by PCCF & HoFF,PCCF (Env & CC), Commissioner and Secretary of Seven line Deptts apart from Directors (Animal Husbandry & Vety) and Chief Engineer Water Resources Deptt.
The Presentation was made by Sh. D.Dohu Robin, Dy. Director ( Env & CC) as Coordinator for the Project Proposal.

Sarkar aapke dwar and Jan sunwai sammelan held at Shyaro village

Sarkar aapke dwar and Jan sunwai sammelan held at Shyaro village

TAWANG, JAN 23: The 23rd round of Sarkar aapke dwar/Jan sunwaisammelan was held on 23rd January 2019 at Shyaro village under Lhou circle of Jang Sub-division.
The camp was inaugurated by Shri Sang KhanduEAC,i/c DC Tawang in presence of ADC Jang Shri Lobsang wangchuBapu and other Head of the Departments from Tawang and Jang. In his welcome address shri Lobsang WangchuBapu, ADC Jang appreciated the villagers for their cooperation and maintaining discipline, he also conveyed his gratitude to all the officers and officials for giving their service to the villagers in all the SAKD camps held in his jurisdiction till so far.
Shri Sang Khandu in his inaugural speech asked the villagers to come forward with their grievances if any in the camp, and asked the departments to look into the grievances placed by villagers. He further appealed the villagers to ask the concern departments and its officers about various welfare schemes under their departments and ways to avail them. He also felicitated the school toppers of Upper primary school Shyaro and handed over school science kit and a microscope to the teacher incharge.
After the formal inauguration of Camp Shri Sang Khandui/c DC Tawang ,alongwith ADC Jang, and other officers from Education and Health deptt. Visited the school hostel and kitchen, which is being *** by the villagers themselves on donations from villagers. Later shriKhandu distributed free vegetable and crop seeds to the villagers through GaonBurah.
The villagers of Shyaro, Jangda and nearby villages and hamlets availed health check-up, registration for old age pension, awareness on EVM,VVPAT besides other facilities and also took pledge of ethical voting in this camp.