The Arunachal Times

Netchi-Dow festival

Culture reflects identity of a community

wp92ec92eb_0f.jpgBALUK-PONG,  Jan 13:  Netchi-Dow festival is basically celebrated every year in the month of January after harvesting season is over for peace and prosperity of human beings on earth in general.

This festival is celebrated to impress upon the God i.e. the Universe; the supreme God  and to avoid the catastrophic damages, sorrows in people’s lives.

The local priest performs religious rituals for three long days including prayers and sacrifice of  Mithun. etc.   It is believed that the celestial bodies like the Sun and the Moon and the terrestrial elements like the mountains, rivers or the vegetation in this Universe have their own purpose and duties. When dissatisfied, they bring catastrophic damages and indefinite sorrows in people’s lives.       

Takam Sanjoy, MP, Lok Sabha attended the Netchi-Dow Festival as a chief guest. While addressing, he appealed everyone to join hands in preserving the age old traditions and cultures  wh-ich we have inherited from our forefathers, right from the smallest group to the largest group.

Tradition and its festivity should not be mixed in terms of politics or religion. Cultural ethnicity, customs in diversity should be maintained properly.

Human races are recognized with their traditions and culture. Therefore, identity comes from tradition and culture, he said.

It is a matter of great concern that the Festivals are losing traditional fervour, Sanjoy said. However, he added degradation of identity is taking place.

Appealing the younger generation to give more emphasis on education , the MP also assured the people to deliver his best services as an ambassador in Delhi. Purpha Tshering, MLA Dirang joined him as guest of honour, Komsi Sidishow, local MLA also spoke on the occasion.



MLA alleged misuse of power

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: Pangin-Boleng Intellectual Forum has appealed the state Govt to check the alleged misuse of power and function by Boleng MLA Tapang Taloh.

In a memorandum to the Chief Minister yesterday, the Forum alleged that Taloh, who is also Deputy Speaker of the state Legislative, is forcing the  Boleng  ADC to manipulate the selection process of SSA teachers.

Following the direction of the MLA, his PSO had assaulted a  junior teacher Oying Darang in remote Suple village recently and on January 2 last his brother assaulted one Talom Dupak. The assaulters also chased Dupak and ransacked his house, the Forum alleged.  The Forum claimed that the incident was reported at Boleng Police station but  authorities did not pay any heed.

The Forum further alleged that the MLA has also been threatening the Govt employees besides misusing pilot escort. Even in private visit, the MLA is using pilot escort, it said.

However, the MLA  could not be contacted for his comments.


Winter school on rice-fish integrated farming

wpd78d90bd_0f.jpgITANAGAR, Jan 14: A 21 days Winter School on “Rice-fish integrated farming for high altitude wet rice lands” was inaugurated at Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills recently.  It is being sponsored by department of Science and Technology, New Delhi.

The inaugural function was chaired by Prof. R. C. Joshi, Vice –Chancellor in-charge and Dean Faculty of Life Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi University. Prof. P. K. Mukhopadhyaya, Principle Scientist and Head of the Division Nutritional and Biochemistry, CIFE, Orissa attended the programme as Guest Scientist.

The winter school of this kind being organized for  the  first time in North East India is meant for  the college and University teachers, institutional researchers and research students of Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Fishery Sciences, Veterinary Sciences either involved or interested in research, teaching and  extension activities on Exploration and Utilization Aquatic Bio-resources of eastern Himalayan region.

The programme which will end on 31st January is expected to strengthen the research and development thrust on rice-fish farming system in underutilized wet rice areas in hills  and foothills of Northeast Himalayan states of India and will intern boost up the income sources and generate employment option for the marginal farmers of the region.


ITBP conducts IPPI

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: 10 ITBP has conducted Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization Programme  on Jan 10 and 11. A total of 53 children were administered polio drop.


IMWA elections

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: Chief election commissioner, Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA), declared that last phase of IMWA membership drive for the business members who could not enroll their name in the 1st and 2nd will begin from 15th January, 2010 onwards.



ITANAGAR, Jan 14: Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) in a general meeting today reshuffled its executive body with Gadak Bida, president, Tajum Nabam, vice president, M T Anga  as secretary general.  There are altogether 29 members in the body.


EKKDA reconstituted

ITANAGAR, Jan 14: The executive committee of East Kameng Karate Do Association (EKKDA) has been reconstituted with Away Dollo as president, Runa Dada as vice president and Tar Sonam as general secretary besides eight others. (Source - The Arunachal Times website)