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State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation-2012

On 9th of November, 2012, NHPC Limited under the aegis of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and in association with Department of Elementary Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh conducted the State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation.

Around 50 students of class IV to VI standard, selected from about 130 participating schools in the School Level Painting Competition took part in the State Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation. The topics on which the participating children were to draw/paint were:

  1. Save Electricity to Energize More Homes.
  2. Save energy, Save money and
  3. When it is bright, switch off the light.

The first prize of Rs. 10,000/- was bagged by Sourav Jyoti Kachari, a class VI student of V.K.V, Itanagar whereas 2nd and 3rd prizes with prize money of Rs. 8000/- and Rs. 5000/- respectively were bagged by Ankita Manna of KV No.-I, Itanagar and Paoncha Rajkumari of R.K. Sarada Mission Girls School, Khonsa respectively. The winners get chance to represent the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the National Level Painting Competition on Energy Conservation at Delhi on 12th December, 2012.

Sourav Jyoti Kachari receiving the First Prize Award from Chief Guest Mr. Tanga Byaling, Hon’ble Minister of Power, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh

List of prize winners of State Level Painting Competition are given below:

Sl. No. Name School Name Position
1. Sourav Jyoti Kachari VKV, Itanagar 1st
2. Ankita Manna KV No.1, Itanagar 2nd
3. Poancha Rajkumari R.K. Sarada Mission School, Khonsa 3rd
4. Taba Oniya Alphabet Public School, Nirjuli Consolation
5. Lok Effa Donyi Polo Mission School, Chimpu Consolation
6. Akom Tar Baja Govt. Secondary School, Rono Hill, Doimukh Consolation
7. Ditee Bhattacharjee K.V. No.-I, Itanagar Consolation
8. Donak Pangkam Divine Word School, Roing Consolation
9. Taba Sama K.V. No.-II, Itanagar Consolation
10. Elam Gyadi B.K. Mission School, Midpu Consolation
11. Tana Phelin V.K.V, Balijan Consolation
12. Tara Mugli Model English School, Itanagar Consolation
13. Tada Khoda Mission V.K.V., Old Ziro Consolation

Photos of the event:

Ziro in April

Myoko festival was coming to an end. One more ritual ‘moreh éha la’ was yet to be performed in a community forest to give thanks to the God of the Forest for endowing with rich resources.

A band of brothers set out on such journey to proffer their deference. And I was a part of the family.

As soon as we passed by pine grove, the fragrance of pines tingle our nostrils. And there were beds of infinitesimal wild flowers for our eyes. And each tiny flower was no longer than 3-5mm in diameters. I took shots after shots until the Li-ion was totally exhausted.

We mounted a few hills. When we were surrounded by many more hills, a member of the family finally announced the end of our journey. We were encircled by the splendors of spring, and it reduced me to silence.

. . . . . . 

Yes, I am hopelessly in love with the wonder and beauty of nature.

Calls of the Wild

A day before, rain showered down on the valley. It had moistened the dusty roads. It had washed away all the dirt from the leaves. Finally the forest had come to life again. It flourishes with all the unfathomable colors.

I looked at the emerald hills and got lost. My deep emotion corresponds equally with the beckoning of forest. I asked myself,” What am I doing here in cubicle?” I was not tied up. I was free to tramp for a day in the wilderness (sic) – under the thick canopy of trees, in the midst of ferns.

As I approached their turf, a dash of purplish violet welcomed me and it accompanied me on my trail. Even the skies seemed to be bathed in violet, though the dark clouds were rapidly advancing to fill the entire expanse.

For four hours I walked, listen to the rhymes of brook and tried to capture the details of undergrowth.

In the forest, day really turns to dusk quite quickly. I speed up my pace to get back to the world of oafish and illogical chaos.

 (Cross posted here)


An open-letter to all the “Bandh” callers of Arunachal Pradesh

Dear President of [put your organisation's name],

Lest you feel that I’m against your organization and invite unnecessary attention to myself, let me make myself clear at the very outset that I’m not writing in to protest or to criticize your organization’s act of repeated call of “Bandhs”. In fact, I’m writing in to show my solidarity and gratitude for your frequent “Bandh-Calls”. You are doing yeomen service to the people of Arunachal Pradesh by calling “Bandhs” and I highly respect and support your cause/s-be it political, apolitical, personal, non-personal, profit, non-profit or even the “Bandh-Call” against “Bandh-Call”, of which I believe that even the Apatani Protagonist would surely agree with.

Had it not been for your “Bandh” call, we wouldn’t have this “quality time” with our family that we forgot in the midst of our daily chores of running around to make our ends meet. Now that you’ve called a “Marathon Bandh” giving us whopping 4 days of “quality time” with our family, we are really indebted to your organization.

The general public is of the opinion that the development of the state has taken a backseat due to your organizations’s frequent “Bandh Calls”. I say, to hell with your opinion. You and your organization are doing great job by letting the public servants of the state avail paid absence from their duty and they are indebted to you and your organization. Their only complaint though, is that two of your organizations are calling the “Bandh” on same day, therby depriving them of one more paid absence from their duty. They would really appreciate if one of your organization defer their “Bandh” call to another day not coinciding with any other organization’s “Bandh” call. Further, they have a request that kindly prepare your annual schedule of “Bandh Calls” and circulate in the greater interest of the salaried personnels so that they can plan their station leave in advance taking into consideration the scheduled “Bandhs”.

The Business Communities of Arunachal Pradesh are complaining that their business are dipping owing to your frequent “Bandh Calls”. I say, are you kidding! What abour the profit made by you during the non-”Bandh” period by charging us above MRP’s in the product/goods, huh! You and your organization are doing great service to the consumers’ by making the business establishment shut down their shutters and letting the consumers’ pay back the businessmen by not letting the consumers’ making any purchase during the “Bandh” period. The consumers’ of Arunachal Pradesh thank you for your kind act.

Elected representatives of Arunachal Pradesh are complaining that their business of developing the state is getting hampered owing to your frequent “Bandh-Calls”. I say, excuse me, sir! But for their organizations’ frequent “Bandh Calls”, you are getting this opportunity to remain absent from your duty and head off to foreign tour or to some farm houses in some exotic location. So, you and your organization are doing great services to our politicos too.

I say, keep-on doing the good work that you are doing and don’t listen to what your detractors have to say about your act. After all, you are doing the act in the interest of the people and the development of Arunachal Pradesh and one day, who knows, you and your organization may bring laurel to the state by making Arunachal Pradesh a numero-uno state in the country in terms of number of “Bandh” calls in a year. Amen.

Long live “Bandh culture”.

Indebtedly yours,


Would we see Pradeep Thakur Issue finding logical end anytime soon?

The so called “Pradeep Thakur imbroglio” has given, so far three “Bandhs” to the residents’ of Twin Capital City of Naharlagun and Itanagar; and going by the developments in this issue, the solution seems nowhere near the horizon. Atleast not until, NES and ANSU are ready to accept solution other than their laid down demands which are:

  1. Immediate arrest of Pradeep Thakur
  2. Unconditional apology from Pradeep Thakur
  3. Revealation of Source of deregatory remark
  4. Detailed call records of his two phone numbers.

Source-The Arunachal Times dated Sep 2, 2011

So far, the Times of India Group has pulled down the content that offended the Nyishi Community of the State and had given an apology on the issue on 26th of May, 2011. Further, the journalist in question, one Pradeep Thakur is supposedly on anticipatory bail over the issue and has tendered his unconditional apology; the video footage of which is available online on social networking sites like Facebook etc. For wider circulation, the tendered video apology is embedded herewith, if it helps mitigate the issue.

However, all this effort by Times of India group and the State Government who went ahead and brought the video footage of apology of Pradeep Thakur did not help to resolve the issue once and for all. Apparently, may be because so far the source of remark has not been divulged or the details of call records has not been given.

But the question is, would all these “Bandh Calls’ be enough to make the ToI Group or one Pradeep Thakur to divulge the source of remark? What if ToI group declines to reveal the source of remark? What if they invoke “Reporter’s Privilege“? In that case, are there any alternatives to bring the issue to the logical end other than accept the fact that ToI has pulled down the content and has apologized and Pradeep Thakur has issued a video apology? I guess not. Or are there any?

By dragging the issue, the remark over which the NES and the ANSU started the fight for their community, would be re-quoted again and again while reporting about the issue, thereby defeating the sole purpose of fighting for the issue. Further, the people, who initially empathized with the Nyishi Community over the derogatory remark by one Pradeep Thakur may start believing that the whole issue is not about remark on Nyishi Community but entirely political, as is being discussed in some pockets.

While the issue may not come to logical end soon, (not until NES and ANSU accept the solution other than their demands) it would surely make the reporter, who was a non-entity prior to May 4th, 2011, (In)famous; let that “derogatory remark” alive forever and subject the resident’s of Twin Capital City of Naharlagun and Itanagar to further hardships as they are being subjected to for 48 hrs since 0500 hrs of 5th of September, 2011.