Arunachal- State News in Brief, 11th April 2017

Itanagar- Khandu’s greetings on the occasion of Pongtu Festival 

Chief Minister Pema Khandu has extended warm greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly the Tutsa community on the festive occasion of  Pongtu. Wishing the festival to usher in peace, brotherhood and prosperity in state,  Chief Minister said “Pongtu festival is celebrated for seeking the blessings of the Almighty for a bumper harvest”. He wished and prayed for good fortune, a bumper harvest and a joyous and healthy life. Khandu expressed hope that the this festivity will go a long way in preserving and promoting the age-old cultural heritage.

Khonsa- 36 BN CRPF celebrated “Valour Day”

36 BN CRPF celebrated “Valour Day” on Monday to commemorate the battle of “Sardar Post” on Kutch Gujarat border on the same day in 1965 in which two companies of CRPF gunned down 34 soldiers of the enemy and repulsed a brigade level attack by Pakistan. Six valiant CRPF men also sacrificed their lives at the call of duty in that battle. Tributes were paid to those brave Jawans by Commandant (CCD)  D. K. Singh (2nd in Command) of 36 Bn CRPF, at 0930  a.m.  at Quarter Guard and further a Sainik Sammelan was followed during which  Mr Singh remembered his battalion’s 04 President Police Medal for Gallantry and 07 Police Medal for Gallantry awardees and also paid homage to our brave martyrs of his Battalion by displaying their photographs and brief of the incidents. He said that the nation will always remember their sacrifice. One of such shining acts of the Force is the valour shown at Sardar Post, Rann of Kutch on 9th April 1965 , when a small contingent of 2nd Bn of CRPF repulsed  3500 men strong Pakistani Brigade attack . In this battle 34 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 04 were captured alive.

Tezu-  UJALA Scheme launched in Lohit

Lohit district on Monday became the first district in the entire state to launch energy efficient LED Bulbs and LED tubes at subsidized rates under UJALA Yojana scheme of Government of India. With this, 9W LED Bulbs and 20 W LED tube lights will now cost a minimal 70 and 230 rupees respectively, a marked reduction from the current market prices.  The UJALA scheme – short for Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LED Appliances for All – was formally launched on 5th January 2015 by PM Narendra Modi. The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (ESSL), a Guwahati based company has tied up with the APEDA department to launch the scheme in Arunachal Pradesh. Interestingly, although the scheme is yet to be formally launched in the state, Lohit has garnered a head start by becoming the first district to implement it. Launching the energy efficient bulbs and tubes here today at BRC Hall, DC Danish Ashraf termed this occasion as a major thrust towards making the district energy sufficent.

Khonsa- Honchun Ngandam visits DIET

Education Minister Honchun Ngandam arrived at Khonsa on his maiden visit which accorded with a warm reception by HMLA Wanglam Sawin, Tirap DC, SP, ZPC, Cultural troop of Pongtu festival and the Committee members and HoDs at circuit house. The Education Minister visited “DIET”( District Institute of Educational and Training) Khonsa and inspected the infrastructure and interacted with the faculty members and the trainees. He vehemently appealed the trainee teachers to acquire proper training and to impart their knowledge to the students with utmost sincerity, dedication and discipline. Hinting that the education being very backward in the Districts of Tirap & Longding, he highlighted the importance of the teachers in the field of education. He further appreciated and praised HCM Pema Khandu, and DCM of Arunachal Pradesh for giving great importance to education sector and for inculcating it in the recent budget and rationalizing of teachers which is being done under their leadership for improving the education scenario in the state.

Bomdila- Seminar on Tibetan Buddhism and the People of the Himalayan Region

The four day national seminar on Tibetan Buddhism and the People of the Himalayan Region commenced the day before at Thupsung Dhargyeling (TDL) Monastery, Dirang, coinciding with the visit of H.H the Dalai Lama to West Kameng and Tawang districts. Padmashree Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten, Vice Chancellor of Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, delivered the keynote address outlining the history of Buddhism in India and the current status of the Tibetan Buddhism and its contribution to the human race in the twenty first century. Special guest Geshe Ngawang Tashi, Director Central Institute of Himalayan Culture and Studies (CIHCS) Dahung, emphasized on the need to inculcate the high moral and spiritual values of Buddhism and its doctrines. Resource persons from all the Himalayan regions right from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh deliberated on the history and present status of Buddhism in their respective areas.

Yingkiong- RSS training camp 

The week-long Initial Training Camp Conducted by RSS Concluded at VKV building, Yingkiong on Sunday. More about 40 children were trained on various health related & sports activities. Attending as a Chief Gust during valedictory function, ZPM Bading Teng lauded the RSS team for conducting the much need training to the Children and urged them to organize such programme from time to time. RSS Zilla Karyavah Olom Nopi advised the trained children to continue to practice in their daily life whatever imparted & learned from the training.