Thursday, January 31, 2008

From Black & White to Technicolor

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If you remember, around this time the previous year, I had introduced 'Apatani Protagonists' who was supposed to address the issues of Ziro-Hapoli in particular and Arunachal as a whole. But, after making a brief stint, they disappeared. Now they have graduated from B&W to Color and below is the new improved avatar of male protagonist and hope that improved avatar of female protagonist would appear soon and they would be addressing the issues again.



Till then, watch out for the new avatar of female protagonist and how they address the issues in a days to come.

From Black & White to Technicolor

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If you remember, around this time the previous year, I had introduced 'Apatani Protagonists' who was supposed to address the issues of Ziro-Hapoli in particular and Arunachal as a whole. But, after making a brief stint, they disappeared. Now they have graduated from B&W to Color and below is the new improved avatar of male protagonist and hope that improved avatar of female protagonist would appear soon and they would be addressing the issues again.



Till then, watch out for the new avatar of female protagonist and how they address the issues in a days to come.

Monday, January 28, 2008

ATROCITIES OF BSNL

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Arif Siddiqui & Tom Simai |Jairampur

Technologies have really transformed the way we live in this contemporary world. Who might have thought few years back that internet and mobile phone would shrink the world. In Arunachal Pradesh 3 years back cell phone was a forbidden dream and as time went by it became a necessity for the working class, businessman, students, housewives and almost for everyone who sought to remain attached with their near and dear ones. BSNL fueled those dreams to get connected. The far flung locals were thrilled to be connected and flaunted the modern-day marvels.

Unfortunately, those excitements get ruined once connected to BSNL, because every time a number is dialed the voice of a girl confirms that the network is busy. This are the times when even the pretty voice can’t pacify the frustration. It’s amazing that the country famous for being the epitome of laziness and snail paced works, here is a department that works round the clock and shamelessly remains busy.

As it has become necessity so people honestly rely on cell phones to make task easier and save travel costs. But when the times arrive the network betrays the consumers. In true sense, due to ineffectiveness of consumer courts it has made the BSNL authoritative burglar, so they are robbing the hard earned money of the citizens. The slogan says it’s connecting India but in reality they are accountable of all the mental trauma and agonies that a subscriber had to go through to just get the network. Hopefully, BSNL is making progress in AP because it networks seems to be busy all the hours of day and night. The natives are giving them millions of money in profits so at least in courtesy BSNL should in a day keep some free hours for the subscriber so that the people with important task could get thorough and make their work done.

BSNL is the largest telecom company in India, with countless connectivity (subscriber) and worthless services in the world, as there is no network in most of the places, most of the time. Either they are ignoring the needs of the calm peoples of Arunachal or they do not count Arunachal as a part of India. It wasn’t stunning to know that when one of the ASM residing in Jairampur, complained after getting repeated connection error, ridiculously the staff of BSNL convinced him that the cell phone he has bought was faulty as rest of the cell phones were working. It’s sign of pure lunacy and height of inefficiency and spontaneously realistic as in Jairampur an illiterate line man is overall in charge of the telephone exchange worth millions. According to his nonsensical theories, problem occurs due to loss in satellite frequencies, most of the times he switches off the exchange due to the risk of lightening, sometime Microwave Radio is switched off from Digboi, sometime AC is not working, sometime due to the lack of power supply, burning of cards and the list goes on of farcical pretences.

The natives of Miao uses their handsets as an alternative to alarm clock and the denizens of Changlang has almost forgot about the usage of mobile since many months, it is happening there where the BSNL SDO resides, making mockery of the local administration. Unfortunately or fortunately the cell phone of the SDO remains unreachable most of the time. Jairampur is worst affected where the services are accessed in day time only. Intentionally peoples are being harassed by regularly disconnecting the outgoing calls even after paying the bills in time. BSNL will produce the justification that it is due to non submission of statement from bank. Is it the duty of consumer to check whether BSNL employees have collected the statement from the bank or not. There are huge numbers of consumers whose outgoing call are barred since 9th of January and nobody takes the responsibilities to readdress the consumer’s grievances. Call center are just waste of time because whenever inquired it retorts that the matter has been forwarded to the concerned authorities where as in reality it tries the best to refrain the consumers queries. The authorities in Itanagar are relaxing by putting ear buds and state Government is waiting for something worst to happen. The inappropriate functioning of the BSNL has crafted havoc and jeopardized life across Arunachal. The State authorities also need to look into this matter as being central department does not mean that it will run the system as a feudal lord.

The monopoly of the BSNL is getting into our skin. They are making mockery of tribal patience and looting them with smiles on their faces. The cells are used now days to hear music or click photographs the real purpose of it has been long forgotten by the users. For communication we have to rely on Pigeons or the telegrams. The thought that BSNL will support to connect Arunachal has been ludicrous unfortunately its taking us back to head hunting days, towards an uncivilized world so if someone behaves in that way will the authorities tolerate?

(And I thought only this part (Ziro-Hapoli) of the state is hit by erratic mobile service provided by the lone service provider BSNL, whereas it is a common phenomenon in almost all the parts of Arunachal. Thanks Arif and Tom for contributing this article highlighting poor mobile service of BSNL)

Similar Reading: -
Ziro Hapoli witnesses first Bandh of the year.... and counting....

ATROCITIES OF BSNL

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Arif Siddiqui & Tom Simai |Jairampur

Technologies have really transformed the way we live in this contemporary world. Who might have thought few years back that internet and mobile phone would shrink the world. In Arunachal Pradesh 3 years back cell phone was a forbidden dream and as time went by it became a necessity for the working class, businessman, students, housewives and almost for everyone who sought to remain attached with their near and dear ones. BSNL fueled those dreams to get connected. The far flung locals were thrilled to be connected and flaunted the modern-day marvels.

Unfortunately, those excitements get ruined once connected to BSNL, because every time a number is dialed the voice of a girl confirms that the network is busy. This are the times when even the pretty voice can’t pacify the frustration. It’s amazing that the country famous for being the epitome of laziness and snail paced works, here is a department that works round the clock and shamelessly remains busy.

As it has become necessity so people honestly rely on cell phones to make task easier and save travel costs. But when the times arrive the network betrays the consumers. In true sense, due to ineffectiveness of consumer courts it has made the BSNL authoritative burglar, so they are robbing the hard earned money of the citizens. The slogan says it’s connecting India but in reality they are accountable of all the mental trauma and agonies that a subscriber had to go through to just get the network. Hopefully, BSNL is making progress in AP because it networks seems to be busy all the hours of day and night. The natives are giving them millions of money in profits so at least in courtesy BSNL should in a day keep some free hours for the subscriber so that the people with important task could get thorough and make their work done.

BSNL is the largest telecom company in India, with countless connectivity (subscriber) and worthless services in the world, as there is no network in most of the places, most of the time. Either they are ignoring the needs of the calm peoples of Arunachal or they do not count Arunachal as a part of India. It wasn’t stunning to know that when one of the ASM residing in Jairampur, complained after getting repeated connection error, ridiculously the staff of BSNL convinced him that the cell phone he has bought was faulty as rest of the cell phones were working. It’s sign of pure lunacy and height of inefficiency and spontaneously realistic as in Jairampur an illiterate line man is overall in charge of the telephone exchange worth millions. According to his nonsensical theories, problem occurs due to loss in satellite frequencies, most of the times he switches off the exchange due to the risk of lightening, sometime Microwave Radio is switched off from Digboi, sometime AC is not working, sometime due to the lack of power supply, burning of cards and the list goes on of farcical pretences.

The natives of Miao uses their handsets as an alternative to alarm clock and the denizens of Changlang has almost forgot about the usage of mobile since many months, it is happening there where the BSNL SDO resides, making mockery of the local administration. Unfortunately or fortunately the cell phone of the SDO remains unreachable most of the time. Jairampur is worst affected where the services are accessed in day time only. Intentionally peoples are being harassed by regularly disconnecting the outgoing calls even after paying the bills in time. BSNL will produce the justification that it is due to non submission of statement from bank. Is it the duty of consumer to check whether BSNL employees have collected the statement from the bank or not. There are huge numbers of consumers whose outgoing call are barred since 9th of January and nobody takes the responsibilities to readdress the consumer’s grievances. Call center are just waste of time because whenever inquired it retorts that the matter has been forwarded to the concerned authorities where as in reality it tries the best to refrain the consumers queries. The authorities in Itanagar are relaxing by putting ear buds and state Government is waiting for something worst to happen. The inappropriate functioning of the BSNL has crafted havoc and jeopardized life across Arunachal. The State authorities also need to look into this matter as being central department does not mean that it will run the system as a feudal lord.

The monopoly of the BSNL is getting into our skin. They are making mockery of tribal patience and looting them with smiles on their faces. The cells are used now days to hear music or click photographs the real purpose of it has been long forgotten by the users. For communication we have to rely on Pigeons or the telegrams. The thought that BSNL will support to connect Arunachal has been ludicrous unfortunately its taking us back to head hunting days, towards an uncivilized world so if someone behaves in that way will the authorities tolerate?

(And I thought only this part (Ziro-Hapoli) of the state is hit by erratic mobile service provided by the lone service provider BSNL, whereas it is a common phenomenon in almost all the parts of Arunachal. Thanks Arif and Tom for contributing this article highlighting poor mobile service of BSNL)

Similar Reading: -
Ziro Hapoli witnesses first Bandh of the year.... and counting....

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Arunachal Pradesh Tableau at R-Day Parade

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Watch out for the Arunachal Pradesh Tableaux during the Republic Day parade this 26th of January. Arunachal Pradesh along with three other North Eastern states of Sikkim, Tripura and Meghalaya has made it to the list of states and various ministries to showcase their tableau during the forthcoming Republic Day celebration.

Arunachal Pradesh Tableau at R-Day Parade

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Watch out for the Arunachal Pradesh Tableaux during the Republic Day parade this 26th of January. Arunachal Pradesh along with three other North Eastern states of Sikkim, Tripura and Meghalaya has made it to the list of states and various ministries to showcase their tableau during the forthcoming Republic Day celebration.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Are we heading towards (un)civilization?

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I am quite shocked by the rise of juvenile crime in and around Ziro-Hapoli Township in these recent days which has claimed two lives in a quick succession. I'm equally shocked by the repercussion of the relatives of the victims in such a situation, which is quite unfathomable of and uncalled for in a civilized society.

Yesterday, on my way to Ziro around 9.45 AM (IST), I saw a truckload or rather a TATA mobile full of people carrying dao (traditional sword), followed by equally large number of people on motor bikes and cars with daos on them. I thought why was this large number of people and where are they heading to? Was there any religious festival? Wasn't carrying of dao banned at this district headquarter? Then I remembered, there was a report of murder of one 15 years old boy from Godak, whose body was found thrown at a small rivulet on the way to Hong village on the wee hours of Saturday morning. Was this large crowd got to do anything with the death of the boy, I thought?

Yes, it was. When I returned, I was told that the victim was buried at General Ground (Subansiri Stadium) by that crowd and that Cr.PC Section 144 has been imposed till further orders at the twin township of Hapoli-Ziro. My initial reaction was-was the administration justified in allowing burial to take place at public place (Subansiri Stadium)? I was afraid that it could flare up communal tension but luckily no untoward incident till now has been reported.

Though, I fully sympathize with the victim's family and pray to God to give them strength to bear the irreparable loss they suffered and pray that the departed soul may rest in peace and believe that they might have carried this act in a fit of anger over the murder, I still wonder, shouldn't they had thought once, atleast once coolly before burial at general ground (though for me also at that time it could have appeared to be the best action) considering the impact it would have on the denizens of Ziro-Hapoli Township? Besides, shouldn't they have faith in the justice system and let the law takes its own course? Apparently, those involved in the murder was reported to be arrested.

This entire incident has totally shocked me out of my wits. I was shocked by the murder of a minor by a minor; I was shocked by the repercussion of the relatives of the victim and above all, I was shocked by the administrations way of handling of such situations. However, I should and must appreciate the denizens of this Twin-Township of Hapoli-Ziro for keeping their cool and for not letting this incident flare up communal tension. And this incident has made me question the credibility of the claim of students' body being the guardian of society (though I still detest their involvement in activities other than students' welfare); Where were they when they were needed the most (being the guardian of the society) to diffuse the tension at that time which could have flared up communal tension?

Are we heading towards (un)civilization?

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I am quite shocked by the rise of juvenile crime in and around Ziro-Hapoli Township in these recent days which has claimed two lives in a quick succession. I'm equally shocked by the repercussion of the relatives of the victims in such a situation, which is quite unfathomable of and uncalled for in a civilized society.

Yesterday, on my way to Ziro around 9.45 AM (IST), I saw a truckload or rather a TATA mobile full of people carrying dao (traditional sword), followed by equally large number of people on motor bikes and cars with daos on them. I thought why was this large number of people and where are they heading to? Was there any religious festival? Wasn't carrying of dao banned at this district headquarter? Then I remembered, there was a report of murder of one 15 years old boy from Godak, whose body was found thrown at a small rivulet on the way to Hong village on the wee hours of Saturday morning. Was this large crowd got to do anything with the death of the boy, I thought?

Yes, it was. When I returned, I was told that the victim was buried at General Ground (Subansiri Stadium) by that crowd and that Cr.PC Section 144 has been imposed till further orders at the twin township of Hapoli-Ziro. My initial reaction was-was the administration justified in allowing burial to take place at public place (Subansiri Stadium)? I was afraid that it could flare up communal tension but luckily no untoward incident till now has been reported.

Though, I fully sympathize with the victim's family and pray to God to give them strength to bear the irreparable loss they suffered and pray that the departed soul may rest in peace and believe that they might have carried this act in a fit of anger over the murder, I still wonder, shouldn't they had thought once, atleast once coolly before burial at general ground (though for me also at that time it could have appeared to be the best action) considering the impact it would have on the denizens of Ziro-Hapoli Township? Besides, shouldn't they have faith in the justice system and let the law takes its own course? Apparently, those involved in the murder was reported to be arrested.

This entire incident has totally shocked me out of my wits. I was shocked by the murder of a minor by a minor; I was shocked by the repercussion of the relatives of the victim and above all, I was shocked by the administrations way of handling of such situations. However, I should and must appreciate the denizens of this Twin-Township of Hapoli-Ziro for keeping their cool and for not letting this incident flare up communal tension. And this incident has made me question the credibility of the claim of students' body being the guardian of society (though I still detest their involvement in activities other than students' welfare); Where were they when they were needed the most (being the guardian of the society) to diffuse the tension at that time which could have flared up communal tension?

Monday, January 21, 2008

2nd PANGSAU PASS WINTER FESTIVAL INAUGURATED

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Tom Simai | Jairampur

Nampong 20th January: Phusum Kimhun Chairman DoTC strikes the traditional gong to inaugurate the long awaited 2nd Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2008 here in Nampong today. On this propitious occasion he released the POI (souvenir) and two audio albums. He further added that this kind of festivals augments cross culture relations and exposes tourism potential of the area. The other guests were DC, Changlang, SP Changlang and many others were also present in the inauguration.

Chief Guest Sri Poshum Khimhun inugurating the PPWF by striking the Gong

It has been highlighted that the PPWF 2008 is the gateway to the shrouded paradise of Arunachal Pradesh and it has been able to showcase the disparate tribes of the state. For the first time the locals and the guest have been able to witness such huge throngs of tribes belonging to different part of AP. Breathtaking performances by the indigenous groups mesmerized the audiences.

Setong Sena, Speaker Arunachal Pradesh Assembly in his speech extended his apologies on behalf of Tako Dabi, who cancelled his trip due to bad weather and thanked Sri. Khimhun for gracing the occasion in such a short notice. He also extended his appreciation to all the crowds and the workers who made this festival a reality. Further more, he said that this kind of cross cultural festivals will definitely enhance the relationship with Myanmar. Sri Tonko Bahadur Rai, Speaker Assam Assembly also graced the occasion and inaugurated the Indigenous Food Fiesta.

The traditional dances presented by the various tribes of AP enthralled the audiences specially the Foreigners who were high in numbers loitering around the festival ground appreciating the breathtaking displays of ethnicity. The Masses also enjoyed the performances of the Myanmar’s cultural troops.

The dignitaries signed for Peace, a signature campaign entitled “We stand and Sign for Peace and Unity”. It was a successful campaign as almost all the visitors present in the festival ground left their signatures and massages.

Sri Setong Sena and Sri Tonko Bahadur Rai, Speakers from Arunachal and Assam signing the "We stand and sign for pece and unity campaign" organised by PPWF

The VIP entourage than went to visit the Tangsa Hut where the people belonging to various sub-tribes of Tangsa performed SAWI (old traditional songs) that elaborated the histories of migration. Thereafter he inaugurated the Photo Exhibition presented by Arif Siddiqui. The timeless pictures of Stillwell Construction period and Contemporary Jairampur, collected from various sources, throughout the day it was the major attraction of the visitors.

The Pangsau Pass Winter Festival has so much to proffer. The extravagant event unveils the shroud from the concealed world of the Tangsa. The warm smiles of the Tangsas let forget the freezing temperature. Appreciate and admire the simplicity and hospitality. The myriad sub-tribes of Tangsas hypnotizes with the foot tapping beats of drums to the haunting melodies.

The grand event fascinated the visitors and the locals alike. The blazon of Tangsas spirit was on full swing. The multi-cultured traditions flaunted. The brandish of age-old traditions captivates the imaginations. The PPWF highlighted the cultures and cuisines of the Tangsas and the various tribes of AP. The War Cry and gunshots of the Tikhaks enthralled the audiences and the haunting song of the Pangwas, which expressed the saddest thoughts, compelled to recuperate the bygone era of nomadic life.

As the festivals attracts hundreds of visitors from in and out of AP, the remaining two days promises many more visitors from far and near. Practically its economic boom for local traders and if the things persisted the way it is now than the future of this festival is bright enough to enhance the economy and cross border relations.

2nd PANGSAU PASS WINTER FESTIVAL INAUGURATED

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Tom Simai | Jairampur

Nampong 20th January: Phusum Kimhun Chairman DoTC strikes the traditional gong to inaugurate the long awaited 2nd Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2008 here in Nampong today. On this propitious occasion he released the POI (souvenir) and two audio albums. He further added that this kind of festivals augments cross culture relations and exposes tourism potential of the area. The other guests were DC, Changlang, SP Changlang and many others were also present in the inauguration.

Chief Guest Sri Poshum Khimhun inugurating the PPWF by striking the Gong

It has been highlighted that the PPWF 2008 is the gateway to the shrouded paradise of Arunachal Pradesh and it has been able to showcase the disparate tribes of the state. For the first time the locals and the guest have been able to witness such huge throngs of tribes belonging to different part of AP. Breathtaking performances by the indigenous groups mesmerized the audiences.

Setong Sena, Speaker Arunachal Pradesh Assembly in his speech extended his apologies on behalf of Tako Dabi, who cancelled his trip due to bad weather and thanked Sri. Khimhun for gracing the occasion in such a short notice. He also extended his appreciation to all the crowds and the workers who made this festival a reality. Further more, he said that this kind of cross cultural festivals will definitely enhance the relationship with Myanmar. Sri Tonko Bahadur Rai, Speaker Assam Assembly also graced the occasion and inaugurated the Indigenous Food Fiesta.

The traditional dances presented by the various tribes of AP enthralled the audiences specially the Foreigners who were high in numbers loitering around the festival ground appreciating the breathtaking displays of ethnicity. The Masses also enjoyed the performances of the Myanmar’s cultural troops.

The dignitaries signed for Peace, a signature campaign entitled “We stand and Sign for Peace and Unity”. It was a successful campaign as almost all the visitors present in the festival ground left their signatures and massages.

Sri Setong Sena and Sri Tonko Bahadur Rai, Speakers from Arunachal and Assam signing the "We stand and sign for pece and unity campaign" organised by PPWF

The VIP entourage than went to visit the Tangsa Hut where the people belonging to various sub-tribes of Tangsa performed SAWI (old traditional songs) that elaborated the histories of migration. Thereafter he inaugurated the Photo Exhibition presented by Arif Siddiqui. The timeless pictures of Stillwell Construction period and Contemporary Jairampur, collected from various sources, throughout the day it was the major attraction of the visitors.

The Pangsau Pass Winter Festival has so much to proffer. The extravagant event unveils the shroud from the concealed world of the Tangsa. The warm smiles of the Tangsas let forget the freezing temperature. Appreciate and admire the simplicity and hospitality. The myriad sub-tribes of Tangsas hypnotizes with the foot tapping beats of drums to the haunting melodies.

The grand event fascinated the visitors and the locals alike. The blazon of Tangsas spirit was on full swing. The multi-cultured traditions flaunted. The brandish of age-old traditions captivates the imaginations. The PPWF highlighted the cultures and cuisines of the Tangsas and the various tribes of AP. The War Cry and gunshots of the Tikhaks enthralled the audiences and the haunting song of the Pangwas, which expressed the saddest thoughts, compelled to recuperate the bygone era of nomadic life.

As the festivals attracts hundreds of visitors from in and out of AP, the remaining two days promises many more visitors from far and near. Practically its economic boom for local traders and if the things persisted the way it is now than the future of this festival is bright enough to enhance the economy and cross border relations.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Nyishi's to get its right nomenclature soon

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The long felt demand of the Nyishi’s for nomenclature change, which had created quite a stir sometimes back, may finally see the light of the day. The Union Cabinet has approved to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 with Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2008 which would be tabled during the coming budget session.

“A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave its approval for the introduction of the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2008. The Bill seeks to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi told media persons that the modified list of ST’s in Arunachal Pradesh would satisfy the aspirations of the “Nyishi” community regarding removal of the term Dafla and insertion of Nyishi in the list of STs in Arunachal Pradesh.”

-The Arunachal Times

Despite having been termed as 'anti-Nyishi' by ANSU and removal from his post for a while, CS Tabom Bam was quite instrumental in pursuing the cause of Nyishi for nomenclature change. Now that a Bill to amend the constitution has been approved to be tabled during the coming budget session, I hope the dual between the CS and various Nyishi organizations viz., ANSU, NES, ANYA and NFC would end and there wouldn't be any stand by these organizations to remove the CS. Or would there be?


(My earlier posts on CS-ANSU imbroglio-1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).

Nyishi's to get its right nomenclature soon

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The long felt demand of the Nyishi’s for nomenclature change, which had created quite a stir sometimes back, may finally see the light of the day. The Union Cabinet has approved to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 with Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2008 which would be tabled during the coming budget session.

“A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave its approval for the introduction of the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2008. The Bill seeks to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi told media persons that the modified list of ST’s in Arunachal Pradesh would satisfy the aspirations of the “Nyishi” community regarding removal of the term Dafla and insertion of Nyishi in the list of STs in Arunachal Pradesh.”

-The Arunachal Times

Despite having been termed as 'anti-Nyishi' by ANSU and removal from his post for a while, CS Tabom Bam was quite instrumental in pursuing the cause of Nyishi for nomenclature change. Now that a Bill to amend the constitution has been approved to be tabled during the coming budget session, I hope the dual between the CS and various Nyishi organizations viz., ANSU, NES, ANYA and NFC would end and there wouldn't be any stand by these organizations to remove the CS. Or would there be?


(My earlier posts on CS-ANSU imbroglio-1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).

Friday, January 18, 2008

Guwahati ain't no Bangkok

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Quite true to my apprehension, the government didn't bothered to make the most out of the North East India Investment Summit at Guwahati.

The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) today expressed resentment over the state government's ''half-hearted'' approach towards the recently held North East India Investment Summit 2008 at Guwahati, organised by the DoNER ministry.

Claiming that the summit was basically in continuation of the Bangkok summit held in October last year, the ACCI said that galaxy of ministers, MLAs and other officials from the state thronged the summit, but the same which was held at Guwahati was not represented by the state government.

''At least one secretary could have been deputed to represent the state in such an important function,'' commented ACCI Vice-President Dominic Tadar in a communiqué here today. ''We are discouraged to see no representative from the state attended the summit, while other states were represented by their chief ministers and other ministers,''he added.



But then, why would Minister's and MLA's of the state be so keen to attend the summit? Guwahati ain't no Bangkok, after all.


See also:
Was the Bangkok trip a Success Story or a Farce?

Guwahati ain't no Bangkok

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Quite true to my apprehension, the government didn't bothered to make the most out of the North East India Investment Summit at Guwahati.

The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) today expressed resentment over the state government's ''half-hearted'' approach towards the recently held North East India Investment Summit 2008 at Guwahati, organised by the DoNER ministry.

Claiming that the summit was basically in continuation of the Bangkok summit held in October last year, the ACCI said that galaxy of ministers, MLAs and other officials from the state thronged the summit, but the same which was held at Guwahati was not represented by the state government.

''At least one secretary could have been deputed to represent the state in such an important function,'' commented ACCI Vice-President Dominic Tadar in a communiqué here today. ''We are discouraged to see no representative from the state attended the summit, while other states were represented by their chief ministers and other ministers,''he added.



But then, why would Minister's and MLA's of the state be so keen to attend the summit? Guwahati ain't no Bangkok, after all.


See also:
Was the Bangkok trip a Success Story or a Farce?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ziro-Hapoli witnesses first Bandh of the year….and counting….

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Guess, how did the residents of Ziro-Hapoli township made their day yesterday?

With shops closed and vehicles off the road, some seized this opportunity to turn the road into a cricket pitch; some made the pavement- a gambling den, playing cards and simultaneously enjoying the warm sunlight in this chilly winter without a trace of worry of being run-over by vehicle or stumbled upon by the pedestrian and for some it was forced confinement at their homes.

Yes, the so-called moral police, social guardian and custodian of the society are back at what they does best-giving ‘Bandh’ call at a drop of hat. And yesterday people of Ziro-Hapoli Township witnessed the first Bandh Call of the year, thanks to Apatani Students’ Union (ASU). The reason-poor mobile network provided by the lone service provider BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited).

Ziro-Hapoli Township had been subjected to quite erratic mobile network this past month, with no network most of the time, which the BSNL reason- is due to damage done to OFC (Optical Fibre Cable) linking Itanagar Swtiching Centre to Ziro Exchange by road cutting work at Hoj-Doimukh road. And despite their assurance of linking Ziro exchange with Itanagar via satellite to improve the connectivity, they failed to link the exchange and switching centre at the time stipulated by the Students’ body leading to this ‘Bandh’. The consequences at the end of 12 Hr Ziro-Hapoli Bandh-vandalism by students' body at BSNL office-cum exchange at Hapoli and at Old-Ziro.

Quite surprisingly, majority of the people (read BSNL mobile subscribers) felt that the students had done the right thing which made me wonder, what’s the connection? What’s the poor mobile network got to do with students’ affair? Wasn’t it the subscriber’s who would have been affected by this network problem? Or was the students’ mere puppets at the hands of ‘Cell-One’ and ‘Excel’ subscriber’s to raise their voice on their behalf? When would people stop pointing gun from other’s shoulder? And when would the students’ body stop being puppet to some people who use them for their own gain?

Another question that comes to mind is-would this vandalism lead to better mobile service at Ziro? I doubt, considering the technical or administrative hurdles that may lay ahead with the BSNL authorities at Ziro, to improve the service overnight. Hadn't it been a better option had the subscriber's lodged a complaint at Consumer Court and made BSNL pay heavy compensation for the loss incurred to them owing to disrupted mobile network? With thousands of subscriber's, I guess, BSNL would have thought it a better proposition to improve the connectivity and maintaining it well rather than part with huge sum of money as a compensation.

Ziro-Hapoli witnesses first Bandh of the year….and counting….

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Guess, how did the residents of Ziro-Hapoli township made their day yesterday?

With shops closed and vehicles off the road, some seized this opportunity to turn the road into a cricket pitch; some made the pavement- a gambling den, playing cards and simultaneously enjoying the warm sunlight in this chilly winter without a trace of worry of being run-over by vehicle or stumbled upon by the pedestrian and for some it was forced confinement at their homes.

Yes, the so-called moral police, social guardian and custodian of the society are back at what they does best-giving ‘Bandh’ call at a drop of hat. And yesterday people of Ziro-Hapoli Township witnessed the first Bandh Call of the year, thanks to Apatani Students’ Union (ASU). The reason-poor mobile network provided by the lone service provider BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited).

Ziro-Hapoli Township had been subjected to quite erratic mobile network this past month, with no network most of the time, which the BSNL reason- is due to damage done to OFC (Optical Fibre Cable) linking Itanagar Swtiching Centre to Ziro Exchange by road cutting work at Hoj-Doimukh road. And despite their assurance of linking Ziro exchange with Itanagar via satellite to improve the connectivity, they failed to link the exchange and switching centre at the time stipulated by the Students’ body leading to this ‘Bandh’. The consequences at the end of 12 Hr Ziro-Hapoli Bandh-vandalism by students' body at BSNL office-cum exchange at Hapoli and at Old-Ziro.

Quite surprisingly, majority of the people (read BSNL mobile subscribers) felt that the students had done the right thing which made me wonder, what’s the connection? What’s the poor mobile network got to do with students’ affair? Wasn’t it the subscriber’s who would have been affected by this network problem? Or was the students’ mere puppets at the hands of ‘Cell-One’ and ‘Excel’ subscriber’s to raise their voice on their behalf? When would people stop pointing gun from other’s shoulder? And when would the students’ body stop being puppet to some people who use them for their own gain?

Another question that comes to mind is-would this vandalism lead to better mobile service at Ziro? I doubt, considering the technical or administrative hurdles that may lay ahead with the BSNL authorities at Ziro, to improve the service overnight. Hadn't it been a better option had the subscriber's lodged a complaint at Consumer Court and made BSNL pay heavy compensation for the loss incurred to them owing to disrupted mobile network? With thousands of subscriber's, I guess, BSNL would have thought it a better proposition to improve the connectivity and maintaining it well rather than part with huge sum of money as a compensation.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival-Through Arif's Lens

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Arif mailed me these wonderful photos shot by him during Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival. I've made a slide show out of it and embedding below. Enjoy.




Thanks Arif.

Find more of Arif's photo here.

PPWF EQUIPPED TO ENTICE: TAKO DABI TO INAUGURATE

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Tom Simai | Jairampur:

The final countdown of 2nd Pangsau Pass Winter Festival (PPWF) 2008 has commenced. Six more days (20th to 22nd January) and the spectacular PPWF 2008 will be officially unveiled for the whole world to glimpse the spectacular display of cultural carnival, traditional sports and indigenous delicacies. The ethnic extravaganza is geared up to enthrall the guests from across the globe. Its festive time as the New Years begins blended with ethnic amusement celebrating ethnic diversity. The dedication, determination and perspiration of the locals have created a magnificent stage for the ethnic cultures to hurtle the hurdles and triumph over the emotions. The concept of the PPWF is not to get contained within an area & favor a tribe, but it desires to spread its wings and fly beyond the horizons to disclose the mysteries of amazing AP.

Sri Tako Dabi, Minister for Water Resources Development and Parliamentary affairs has consented to grace the occasion as chief guest and will inaugurate the three days Winter Festival at Nampong starting on 20th January.


The decisive moment has arrived that the youths of Arunachal consider and defend sincerely their ancient heritage because it’s a marvelous endowment from the exodus era. Few years back who might have thought that the forgotten customs of the isolated tribal people dwelling far away from the maddening crowd would fascinate the urban masses to travel around the secluded countryside just to witness the indigenous dances, traditional dresses and taste a glass of U or Apong? It’s a moment of truth, a triumph of tribal heritage and a time to celebrate ethnicity. Disregard the craze of highlife, overlook being highly qualified, forget the appetite of urbanism but be proud and be grateful that somehow ethnicity still survive and thrives in this part of the world. So, be there to celebrate the moment of pride. Don’t be stunned or surprised of inheriting the primeval legacy but be pompous and proud that you are one of the tribes that still can cause ripples worldwide.

Unfortunately, AP is not renowned for its nightlife or fast life but it is famous for the lively tribes, the organic foods, the terrace cultivations, the incredible landscapes, the thatched bamboo houses, the unique dialects, the innocent smiles, affable natures etc. The PPWF 2008 is working on this track to promote or showcase the matchless characteristics of tribal peoples and the indigenous resources used for survival. The cultural carnival is sure enough to mesmerize with its colorful presentation.

As PPWF is synonyms to Eco-tourism thus the ADC Sri M.Roy, Jairampur, has decided to keep the entire area POLY FREE ZONE and in this regard he has prohibited the use of POLY BAGS within the Festival area. This will gradually be implemented in entire Sub Division very shortly. It is a huge step towards creating an unpolluted and greener environment.

Curious Children looking at the hoarding of festival: The Nampong and Jairampur are excited and inspired for the 2nd PPWF - Photo : Arif Siddiqui



Find more on Pangsau Pass Winter Festival here.

Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival-Through Arif's Lens

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Arif mailed me these wonderful photos shot by him during Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival. I've made a slide show out of it and embedding below. Enjoy.




Thanks Arif.

Find more of Arif's photo here.

PPWF EQUIPPED TO ENTICE: TAKO DABI TO INAUGURATE

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Tom Simai | Jairampur:

The final countdown of 2nd Pangsau Pass Winter Festival (PPWF) 2008 has commenced. Six more days (20th to 22nd January) and the spectacular PPWF 2008 will be officially unveiled for the whole world to glimpse the spectacular display of cultural carnival, traditional sports and indigenous delicacies. The ethnic extravaganza is geared up to enthrall the guests from across the globe. Its festive time as the New Years begins blended with ethnic amusement celebrating ethnic diversity. The dedication, determination and perspiration of the locals have created a magnificent stage for the ethnic cultures to hurtle the hurdles and triumph over the emotions. The concept of the PPWF is not to get contained within an area & favor a tribe, but it desires to spread its wings and fly beyond the horizons to disclose the mysteries of amazing AP.

Sri Tako Dabi, Minister for Water Resources Development and Parliamentary affairs has consented to grace the occasion as chief guest and will inaugurate the three days Winter Festival at Nampong starting on 20th January.


The decisive moment has arrived that the youths of Arunachal consider and defend sincerely their ancient heritage because it’s a marvelous endowment from the exodus era. Few years back who might have thought that the forgotten customs of the isolated tribal people dwelling far away from the maddening crowd would fascinate the urban masses to travel around the secluded countryside just to witness the indigenous dances, traditional dresses and taste a glass of U or Apong? It’s a moment of truth, a triumph of tribal heritage and a time to celebrate ethnicity. Disregard the craze of highlife, overlook being highly qualified, forget the appetite of urbanism but be proud and be grateful that somehow ethnicity still survive and thrives in this part of the world. So, be there to celebrate the moment of pride. Don’t be stunned or surprised of inheriting the primeval legacy but be pompous and proud that you are one of the tribes that still can cause ripples worldwide.

Unfortunately, AP is not renowned for its nightlife or fast life but it is famous for the lively tribes, the organic foods, the terrace cultivations, the incredible landscapes, the thatched bamboo houses, the unique dialects, the innocent smiles, affable natures etc. The PPWF 2008 is working on this track to promote or showcase the matchless characteristics of tribal peoples and the indigenous resources used for survival. The cultural carnival is sure enough to mesmerize with its colorful presentation.

As PPWF is synonyms to Eco-tourism thus the ADC Sri M.Roy, Jairampur, has decided to keep the entire area POLY FREE ZONE and in this regard he has prohibited the use of POLY BAGS within the Festival area. This will gradually be implemented in entire Sub Division very shortly. It is a huge step towards creating an unpolluted and greener environment.

Curious Children looking at the hoarding of festival: The Nampong and Jairampur are excited and inspired for the 2nd PPWF - Photo : Arif Siddiqui



Find more on Pangsau Pass Winter Festival here.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Does the official Survey of India maps shows Arunachal Pradesh as we know of?

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No, says Sify.com report. A large tract of land at Anjaw, Dibang and Lohit districts of Arunachal Pradesh is officially shown as Chinese territory in maps certified by Survey of India.



(Picture taken from Sify.com-Map at top shows the official Arunachal Pradesh map as we know of, with area under review circled and the map below is the map sent by JFR Jacob to GoI)


"A Himalayan Blunder by Indian cartographers has led to a piquant situation along the disputed India-China border, with Indian troops patrolling a region which the official Survey of India maps show as Chinese territory.

Way back in December 1988, this glaring mistake was brought to the notice of the then Minister of External Affairs, P.V.Narasimha Rao, by the 1971 Bangladesh war hero and the former Chief of Staff and Army Commander, Eastern Command, Lt General J F R Jacob.

In his reply to General Jacob dated December 24, 1988, Rao, who later became the Prime Minister of India, accepted "the contradictions that India faced" and admitted that publishing maps with a border that the Chinese might use to their advantage could indeed be a grave issue. "We hope to resolve these in a proper way when we can discuss constructively with the Chinese," he wrote.

However, "the changing of maps at a time when substantive discussions with the Chinese take place also needs to be considered," wrote Rao. Twenty years later, the incorrect maps remain unchanged."

Now I wonder, two decades hence, the error in the map remains still uncorrected (let me know if corrected), is the government serious about solving the boundary row with China?



Does the official Survey of India maps shows Arunachal Pradesh as we know of?

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No, says Sify.com report. A large tract of land at Anjaw, Dibang and Lohit districts of Arunachal Pradesh is officially shown as Chinese territory in maps certified by Survey of India.



(Picture taken from Sify.com-Map at top shows the official Arunachal Pradesh map as we know of, with area under review circled and the map below is the map sent by JFR Jacob to GoI)


"A Himalayan Blunder by Indian cartographers has led to a piquant situation along the disputed India-China border, with Indian troops patrolling a region which the official Survey of India maps show as Chinese territory.

Way back in December 1988, this glaring mistake was brought to the notice of the then Minister of External Affairs, P.V.Narasimha Rao, by the 1971 Bangladesh war hero and the former Chief of Staff and Army Commander, Eastern Command, Lt General J F R Jacob.

In his reply to General Jacob dated December 24, 1988, Rao, who later became the Prime Minister of India, accepted "the contradictions that India faced" and admitted that publishing maps with a border that the Chinese might use to their advantage could indeed be a grave issue. "We hope to resolve these in a proper way when we can discuss constructively with the Chinese," he wrote.

However, "the changing of maps at a time when substantive discussions with the Chinese take place also needs to be considered," wrote Rao. Twenty years later, the incorrect maps remain unchanged."

Now I wonder, two decades hence, the error in the map remains still uncorrected (let me know if corrected), is the government serious about solving the boundary row with China?



Wednesday, January 9, 2008

North-East India Investment Summit

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Despite having vast investment opportunities in sectors like tourism, hydropower, infrastructure, healthcare, textile and handicrafts, horticulture and agro based industries, minerals etc., the North Eastern states has yet to witness any major investments in these sectors by private investors-be it domestic or foreign. The probable reason for this, could very well be the lack of knowledge about the region, little or no exposure of the investment potential of the region to the prospective investors and the dubious distinction this region has got, of being infested with various secessionist groups thereby making the potential investors feel the region is unsafe for huge investment and above all, lack of political will. Now, all this could change with the initiative of CII and if, the North-Eastern states has the political will to open up it's arm to the private investors.

In an effort to expose the investment opportunities in the region and to project this region as investor friendly, the Ministry of DoNER and CII in association with North East India Industry Ministers Forum and Government of Assam is organizing the first ever 'North East India Investment Summit' at this part of country on 11th & 12th January, 2008 at Guwahati. The summit is expected to be attended by delegates from US, UK, Austria, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Switzerland, Canada and the UAE and NRI, apart from representatives of 8 North-Eastern States. The state of Arunachal Pradesh would be represented by Khoda Ruja, Director Textile and Handicrafts along with Peto Ete, Jt. Director, Textile and Handicrafts and the representatives of Chokham-based Guna Tea Industry and Kungfu Tea Industry.

"Textile and Handicrafts Director Khoda Ruja, who is the state's nodal officer for the summit, told this daily that the team headed by him through power point presentation would highlight the fast scope of investment in hydro-power, tourism, industry, textile & handicrafts, horticulture, agriculture, floriculture and bio-diversity sectors of the state. The representatives of Chokham based Guna Tea Industry and Kungfu Tea Industry are also expected to attend the summit. Textile and Handicraft Jt. Director, Peto Ete as coordinator will accompany the team."

-Arunachal Front

But the million dollar question is...

Are the North-Eastern states prepared to make out the most of this summit?

Going by the past experiences, it is very unlikely. For instance, during the 'North-East Power Mart 2007' at Kolkata, which was organized by Indian Chambers of Commerce (ICC) to showcase investment opportunities in power sector of the region; except for Sikkim and to some extent Assam and Tripura, rest of the North-Eastern states showed no or very little enthusiasm about letting in the private investors to their state. They seemed little informed about their states investment potential in the power sector. To quote one of the representatives during the Mart, "we being a very small state and all the schemes/projects related to generation, transmission or distribution being funded by the central government and taken up by the department itself, there is no scope for the private investors to step in". [Not the exact words] I wondered there and then, why were they there? Where's their business acumen?

Another instance is the North East India Trade and Investment Opportunity Week at Bangkok, where politicians just went for pleasure trip and not to attract investors to the region.

However, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that the bureaucrats and the politicians who would be representing our state would present the state's investment potential well and woo the private investor's to invest in our state so that we may witness a surge in infrastructural development, development in health care, tourism sector etc., in near future.

Let's wait and watch.


Links to the North-East India Investment Summit:


North-East India Investment Summit
Programme Details
Online registration to participate in the summit can be made here.

North-East India Investment Summit

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Despite having vast investment opportunities in sectors like tourism, hydropower, infrastructure, healthcare, textile and handicrafts, horticulture and agro based industries, minerals etc., the North Eastern states has yet to witness any major investments in these sectors by private investors-be it domestic or foreign. The probable reason for this, could very well be the lack of knowledge about the region, little or no exposure of the investment potential of the region to the prospective investors and the dubious distinction this region has got, of being infested with various secessionist groups thereby making the potential investors feel the region is unsafe for huge investment and above all, lack of political will. Now, all this could change with the initiative of CII and if, the North-Eastern states has the political will to open up it's arm to the private investors.

In an effort to expose the investment opportunities in the region and to project this region as investor friendly, the Ministry of DoNER and CII in association with North East India Industry Ministers Forum and Government of Assam is organizing the first ever 'North East India Investment Summit' at this part of country on 11th & 12th January, 2008 at Guwahati. The summit is expected to be attended by delegates from US, UK, Austria, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Switzerland, Canada and the UAE and NRI, apart from representatives of 8 North-Eastern States. The state of Arunachal Pradesh would be represented by Khoda Ruja, Director Textile and Handicrafts along with Peto Ete, Jt. Director, Textile and Handicrafts and the representatives of Chokham-based Guna Tea Industry and Kungfu Tea Industry.

"Textile and Handicrafts Director Khoda Ruja, who is the state's nodal officer for the summit, told this daily that the team headed by him through power point presentation would highlight the fast scope of investment in hydro-power, tourism, industry, textile & handicrafts, horticulture, agriculture, floriculture and bio-diversity sectors of the state. The representatives of Chokham based Guna Tea Industry and Kungfu Tea Industry are also expected to attend the summit. Textile and Handicraft Jt. Director, Peto Ete as coordinator will accompany the team."

-Arunachal Front

But the million dollar question is...

Are the North-Eastern states prepared to make out the most of this summit?

Going by the past experiences, it is very unlikely. For instance, during the 'North-East Power Mart 2007' at Kolkata, which was organized by Indian Chambers of Commerce (ICC) to showcase investment opportunities in power sector of the region; except for Sikkim and to some extent Assam and Tripura, rest of the North-Eastern states showed no or very little enthusiasm about letting in the private investors to their state. They seemed little informed about their states investment potential in the power sector. To quote one of the representatives during the Mart, "we being a very small state and all the schemes/projects related to generation, transmission or distribution being funded by the central government and taken up by the department itself, there is no scope for the private investors to step in". [Not the exact words] I wondered there and then, why were they there? Where's their business acumen?

Another instance is the North East India Trade and Investment Opportunity Week at Bangkok, where politicians just went for pleasure trip and not to attract investors to the region.

However, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that the bureaucrats and the politicians who would be representing our state would present the state's investment potential well and woo the private investor's to invest in our state so that we may witness a surge in infrastructural development, development in health care, tourism sector etc., in near future.

Let's wait and watch.


Links to the North-East India Investment Summit:


North-East India Investment Summit
Programme Details
Online registration to participate in the summit can be made here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Maintenance of NH-52- BRO or APWD?

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May be the condition of road maintained by Assam PWD along Assam-Arunachal border made Kiren Rijiju to be so much vocal over the issue of handing over of maintenance work of NH-52 to APWD from BRO. May be, over time APWD has grown and started maintaining the roads well of which Rijiju hadn't any knowledge. May be this ignorance and earlier experience on NH-52 when APWD was maintaining it made Rijiju to question the caliber of the Engineer's of APWD by his action (seeking P.M.'s intervention on handing over of NH-52 to APWD), which did not went down well with Assam PWD Engineers’ Service Association. May be Kiren Rijuju became so vocal about the issue just for his political mileage.

Whatever!

Does it really matter who the executing agency is-BRO or APWD, for maintenance of NH-52, to the people? All that matter to the people, I presume, is a well maintained highway irrespective of who the executing agency is- nothing more, nothing less. What do you say?

Maintenance of NH-52- BRO or APWD?

4 comments

May be the condition of road maintained by Assam PWD along Assam-Arunachal border made Kiren Rijiju to be so much vocal over the issue of handing over of maintenance work of NH-52 to APWD from BRO. May be, over time APWD has grown and started maintaining the roads well of which Rijiju hadn't any knowledge. May be this ignorance and earlier experience on NH-52 when APWD was maintaining it made Rijiju to question the caliber of the Engineer's of APWD by his action (seeking P.M.'s intervention on handing over of NH-52 to APWD), which did not went down well with Assam PWD Engineers’ Service Association. May be Kiren Rijuju became so vocal about the issue just for his political mileage.

Whatever!

Does it really matter who the executing agency is-BRO or APWD, for maintenance of NH-52, to the people? All that matter to the people, I presume, is a well maintained highway irrespective of who the executing agency is- nothing more, nothing less. What do you say?

Friday, January 4, 2008

Murung Ritual Video, circa 1944-45

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Digital Himalaya -"A project to develop digital collection, storage, and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region", has finally uploaded some of the Professor Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf's Apatani film clips shot during the year 1944-45 from their collection at YouTube. Find the video below and others here (Apatani Shaman & their ritual), here (Rope Swinging in Hong Village) and here (Apatani Bleeding Tubes).



Arunachal village becomes first 'e-village' in the North East

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In a report appearing in The Arunachal Times, Yagrung village near Pasighat became the first e-village in the entire North-Eastern region.


Sponsored by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat has implemented a research project titled "e-Arik (e-Agriculture): Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Agricultural Extension Services" at Yagrung, a small village some 16 kms from Pasighat town, thereby making it a first e-village in the entire North-Eastern region. This pilot project is aimed at developing prototype for village knowledge centre to suit Arunachal Pradesh in particular and North-East India in general

As a part of this project, the students, village youths, farmers and teachers from Yagrung, Tekang and Gangkong village are being given free computer course at village knowledge centre which is equipped with net connection, telephone, TV, DVD and radio.

Murung Ritual Video, circa 1944-45

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Digital Himalaya -"A project to develop digital collection, storage, and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region", has finally uploaded some of the Professor Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf's Apatani film clips shot during the year 1944-45 from their collection at YouTube. Find the video below and others here (Apatani Shaman & their ritual), here (Rope Swinging in Hong Village) and here (Apatani Bleeding Tubes).



Arunachal village becomes first 'e-village' in the North East

0 comments
In a report appearing in The Arunachal Times, Yagrung village near Pasighat became the first e-village in the entire North-Eastern region.


Sponsored by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat has implemented a research project titled "e-Arik (e-Agriculture): Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Agricultural Extension Services" at Yagrung, a small village some 16 kms from Pasighat town, thereby making it a first e-village in the entire North-Eastern region. This pilot project is aimed at developing prototype for village knowledge centre to suit Arunachal Pradesh in particular and North-East India in general

As a part of this project, the students, village youths, farmers and teachers from Yagrung, Tekang and Gangkong village are being given free computer course at village knowledge centre which is equipped with net connection, telephone, TV, DVD and radio.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

COLLATERAL DAMAGES

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-by Roto Chobin




You may have seen this advertisement in a newspaper or magazine or on TV. What was your first reaction? …Remarkable? …Splendid?

Let’s see what happens to this ad if we tweak it a little bit to suit the real McCoy.


They really perform a lot of miracles.

And they play a big part

in choking drains.

Each time a consumer throw an empty bottle

they don’t give a damn,


‘Cos they can produce a thousand bottles

to replace it.

I’m terrified of rising junk – each moment.

And it’s going to give us,

a lifetime of headache.

No doubt, they are magicians.

As they can sell their cold drinks - even to Eskimos.

And they can even create a mountain...

…a mountain made up of cans & bottles.

For one little second…

Can you drop the idea of making monies?




Now, see this…




Is it awful?
…Or is it artistic?



Epilogue

The motive of posting this piece is to sensitize the entire Food and Beverage Company that polythene and plastic wrappers and containers are doing more harm than good to eco-system. If they cannot use bio-degradable materials to pack their products, then they need to provide an alternative to the consumer to dispose these unsafe things in a proper way. To give alms in charity and cleaning up a few places where the Chief Executives usually hold meetings doesn’t imply that they had fulfilled their CSR – they really need to become socially responsible corporation. The mounting of non-biodegradable garbage at every loci attest that FCMG Company has lot to do concerning environment.

COLLATERAL DAMAGES

2 comments
-by Roto Chobin




You may have seen this advertisement in a newspaper or magazine or on TV. What was your first reaction? …Remarkable? …Splendid?

Let’s see what happens to this ad if we tweak it a little bit to suit the real McCoy.


They really perform a lot of miracles.

And they play a big part

in choking drains.

Each time a consumer throw an empty bottle

they don’t give a damn,


‘Cos they can produce a thousand bottles

to replace it.

I’m terrified of rising junk – each moment.

And it’s going to give us,

a lifetime of headache.

No doubt, they are magicians.

As they can sell their cold drinks - even to Eskimos.

And they can even create a mountain...

…a mountain made up of cans & bottles.

For one little second…

Can you drop the idea of making monies?




Now, see this…




Is it awful?
…Or is it artistic?



Epilogue

The motive of posting this piece is to sensitize the entire Food and Beverage Company that polythene and plastic wrappers and containers are doing more harm than good to eco-system. If they cannot use bio-degradable materials to pack their products, then they need to provide an alternative to the consumer to dispose these unsafe things in a proper way. To give alms in charity and cleaning up a few places where the Chief Executives usually hold meetings doesn’t imply that they had fulfilled their CSR – they really need to become socially responsible corporation. The mounting of non-biodegradable garbage at every loci attest that FCMG Company has lot to do concerning environment.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

It’s Murung Pullo!!

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Puzzled? Well, it simply means ‘it’s the month of January’ in Apatani and I’ll dwell about this topic a little later in my post.

BTW, how did you bid adieu to the year gone by and welcomed the New Year?

For Hapolians, 31st December being marked as an ‘Indigenous Faiths Day’ all over Arunachal and the day being declared a state holiday this year, the follower of 'Donyi-Poloism’ flocked to ‘Abotani Hall’ where this day was being observed at Hapoli and for the rest of Hapolians, it was party time-time for picnic, time for late night parties and time to get glued to the TV sets surfing between various channels for New Year eve programmes. For the vegetable vendors, the butchers, the poultry farmers, the grocers, the confectioners and the wine shops, it was a field day- doing roaring businesses that they would normally do in a month or two in a single day.

Also, this New Year eve gave Hapolians a place to hang out till the wee hours, in the form of Voice of Apatani finals at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli, which began around 6.00 pm and continued till the wee hours. Contestant no. 11, Buru Budhi Koyang, was declared the Voice of Apatani and I salute all those bravehearts who braved the chilly outdoor of Ziro to witness this event.

Having heard the contestant during elimination round and having heard of rigging of voting (apparently, the contestants himself would buy a huge quantity of voting coupons and vote for themselves to stay in the race), I couldn’t braved myself to stand all night in the chilly outdoor to hear them sing again; instead I decided to stay indoors and invited friends over dinner at my place. And what a decision I made, for I could, in the course of discussion during the get-together, learnt a bit about how the months are counted in Apatani.

And here is how:

Murung Pullo -corresponds to the month of January
Pagar Pullo - February
Myoko Pullo - March
Halying Pullo - April
Enda Pullo - May
Piimii Pullo - June
Piije Pullo - July
Millo (Mipya) Pullo - August
Pyapin Sobo Pullo - September
Entii (Bunchi Buntii) Pullo - October
Emo Pullo - November and
Nenke Pullo -December

During the course of discussion one question cropped up.

What calendar system do Apatani follows?

Is it a lunar calendar? Going by the way the Apatani's use moon phases to determine the month and the term used to describe the month i.e., Pullo or Piillo which literally means 'moon' in Apatani, it seems quite plausible that Apatani do follow the Lunar Calendar. But then, Apatani's do also follow the plant life cycle to determine the beginning and end of the month. For instance, the flowering of sembo (wild cherry) and takung (Peach or Apricot) indicates onset of Murung Pullo. Like wise, ginger plant starts dying after Emo Pullo and pine tree starts shedding it's leaves after Nenke Pullo and so on. Thus, it is also quite possible that Apatani's do follow other calendaring system in conjunction with Lunar Calendar.

Now coming back to the title "It's Murung Pullo"- well, I just meant to say Happy New Year!! as January month being the first month of the year and Murung Pullo indicating that we've entered into yet another year:)

Happy New Year to all. And don't forget to write in how you bid adieu to the year gone by and welcomed the New Year.:)

It’s Murung Pullo!!

4 comments
Puzzled? Well, it simply means ‘it’s the month of January’ in Apatani and I’ll dwell about this topic a little later in my post.

BTW, how did you bid adieu to the year gone by and welcomed the New Year?

For Hapolians, 31st December being marked as an ‘Indigenous Faiths Day’ all over Arunachal and the day being declared a state holiday this year, the follower of 'Donyi-Poloism’ flocked to ‘Abotani Hall’ where this day was being observed at Hapoli and for the rest of Hapolians, it was party time-time for picnic, time for late night parties and time to get glued to the TV sets surfing between various channels for New Year eve programmes. For the vegetable vendors, the butchers, the poultry farmers, the grocers, the confectioners and the wine shops, it was a field day- doing roaring businesses that they would normally do in a month or two in a single day.

Also, this New Year eve gave Hapolians a place to hang out till the wee hours, in the form of Voice of Apatani finals at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli, which began around 6.00 pm and continued till the wee hours. Contestant no. 11, Buru Budhi Koyang, was declared the Voice of Apatani and I salute all those bravehearts who braved the chilly outdoor of Ziro to witness this event.

Having heard the contestant during elimination round and having heard of rigging of voting (apparently, the contestants himself would buy a huge quantity of voting coupons and vote for themselves to stay in the race), I couldn’t braved myself to stand all night in the chilly outdoor to hear them sing again; instead I decided to stay indoors and invited friends over dinner at my place. And what a decision I made, for I could, in the course of discussion during the get-together, learnt a bit about how the months are counted in Apatani.

And here is how:

Murung Pullo -corresponds to the month of January
Pagar Pullo - February
Myoko Pullo - March
Halying Pullo - April
Enda Pullo - May
Piimii Pullo - June
Piije Pullo - July
Millo (Mipya) Pullo - August
Pyapin Sobo Pullo - September
Entii (Bunchi Buntii) Pullo - October
Emo Pullo - November and
Nenke Pullo -December

During the course of discussion one question cropped up.

What calendar system do Apatani follows?

Is it a lunar calendar? Going by the way the Apatani's use moon phases to determine the month and the term used to describe the month i.e., Pullo or Piillo which literally means 'moon' in Apatani, it seems quite plausible that Apatani do follow the Lunar Calendar. But then, Apatani's do also follow the plant life cycle to determine the beginning and end of the month. For instance, the flowering of sembo (wild cherry) and takung (Peach or Apricot) indicates onset of Murung Pullo. Like wise, ginger plant starts dying after Emo Pullo and pine tree starts shedding it's leaves after Nenke Pullo and so on. Thus, it is also quite possible that Apatani's do follow other calendaring system in conjunction with Lunar Calendar.

Now coming back to the title "It's Murung Pullo"- well, I just meant to say Happy New Year!! as January month being the first month of the year and Murung Pullo indicating that we've entered into yet another year:)

Happy New Year to all. And don't forget to write in how you bid adieu to the year gone by and welcomed the New Year.:)