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Education Minister attends Silver Jubilee of the last Village of Arunachal

The people of Votnu, the last village of Arunachal Pradesh in Longding district, bordering Myanmar, celebrated its Silver Jubilee of receiving Catholic faith on 11 February. Mr. Honchun Ngandam , Hon’ble Minister of Education, Library & Statistic, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Shri. Motpho Kolong, Zilla Parishad Member of Wakka Block graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour, in presence of Rev. Dr. George Pallipparambil, SDB Bishop of Miao Diocese. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Ngandam lauded the contribution of the Church in modernizing the village and bringing peace in the region.  “It is a great event to be celebrated. But such celebrations should not be only about merry making but it should lead us to ponder on ways to march further as society”, he said. Votnu, a large Catholic village with 125 families, located 261 KMs away from Miao, right on the Indo-Myanmar border, is home to Wanho Tribe, one of the prominent tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. In a colourful celebration that was marked with a beautiful songs and cultural items presented by different Catholic communities around Longding district, the Education Minister also advised the youth to build a progressive society. “Education does not mean simply completing graduation. We need quality education to compete with the world, an education which can make us stand on our feet.” Appreciating the cultural items presented at the event, Bishop George appealed to the people to preserve their cultural identity. “25 is just a number. We must measure our success on the number of leaders this village has produced”, he said and advised the youth fight drug and alcohol addiction as most dangerous enemy. Mr Kolong, the ZPM took the occasion to emphasise on the implementation of Swatch Bharat Abhiyan in the village and appealed the villagers to make the village an open defecation free village. Silver Jubilee celebrations also marked the blessing and inauguration of the new Church building by Bishop...

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Spectrum 2018 – a Science Expo held at Mahadevpur

Newman Educational Society (NES), the Educational Wing of the Diocese of Miao conducted inter-school Science Expo at Ferrando School, Mahadevpur in Namsai District on 10 January  2018. Christened Spectrum, the Science Exhibition is an annual event that brings students from its 46 schools to give them a platform to showcase their creativity in the filed of Science. Spectrum 2018 saw nearly 20 schools of NES. The Chief Guest, Mr. S. Roy, the Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Mahadevpur, appreciated the students for their creative inventions and made a special mention about NES for providing the children with a platform to showcase their talents in this modern era of science and technology. Rainwater Harvesting and Smart City Planning by the students were the highlight of Spectrum 2018. Students from St. Mary’s School, Namsai, Divine Word School, Roing, Mount Carmel School, Kumari, and Mother Theresa School, Kharsang were some of the schools that won prizes and appreciation at the Expo. (With input from Sr. Agnes...

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Longris of Arunachal Pradesh get their first Church at Old Khamdu

The Longris, a small sub-tribe of the Tangsas of Arunachal Pradesh, created sort of a history with the blessing and dedication of their first Catholic Church at Old Khamdu village of Changlang District on 8 February. Located about 7 Kilometers from Jairampur subdivision of Changlang District, Old Khamdu is home exclusively to the Longris. It is an all Christian village with 22 Catholic families. “It is one of joyous day of our life”, said Mr. Tusam Longri, a redient of Old Khamdu and Zilla Panchayat Member (ZPM) of the Subdivision. Speaking on the occasion, the ZPM exhorted the people to give up bad habits like drugs and use of alcohol. As we make a new beginning with the blessing of this new Church, let us start our life afresh, he said. The President of east Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA), Mr. Mungtang Mossang, together with the Pilar Priests working in Nampong and Manmao prepared a wide range of cultural items to make the spiritual event a colourful one. Blessing and dedicating the Church to Jesus our Saviour, Bishop George of Miao Diocese emphasized the need for spiritual transformation. “A building does not make a Church, but it is the people who make the Church. A community that lives by the values of Christ what makes the Church”, he said. Let us make a strong transformation as we migrate from a humble bamboo structure to a strong concrete Church, he added. Fr. Avan Vas SFX, the Incharge of the Mission at Old Khamdu thanked all the kind donors who made this Church a reality for the Longris of Miao...

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Newman Educational Society takes part in National Achievement Survey

Most of the private schools in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh took part in the first ever National Achievement Survey (NSA) conducted for private schools in India on 5 February. In a first, NSA was conducted in private schools to find out the level of learning outcome among the students. Joining with about 20 Lakh students from the private schools across India, the class 10 students of Newman Educational Society, which has 46 schools under its ambit in Arunachal Pradesh, took part in the first NSA for private schools. Mr. P. Mossang, Block Resource Officer from Miao, inaugurating the survey, explained to the students from Newman School Neotan the importance of this survey in the field of education for the years ahead. “A sincere survey will help the Government design appropriate interventions for the improvement in quality learning for the coming years”, he said. The teachers from the private schools in the district also took this...

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Colourful Confluence of Cultures at APCA Foundation Day

 It was a colourful confluence of various cultures of Arunachal Pradesh at the 8th Foundation Day celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) at Miao on 20 January 2018. Held first time at the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, the 8th Foundation Day of APCA saw the confluence of various cultures of Arunachal Pradesh at Christ the Light Seminary, Miao on 20 January. “This is the beauty of the Church. It brings together people from various linguistic and cultural background”, said Mr. Taw Tebin, the President of APCA. Speaking at the inaugural function, the chief Guest, Mr. Kamlung Mosang, Cabinet Minister of Government of Arunachal Pradesh, appreciated the contribution of the Catholic Church to the people of Arunachal especially in the field o education and healthcare. “The Church has come a long way”, he said, “from being forbidden to enter Arunachal Pradesh to being in the forefront of education and healthcare to the people of Arunachal”. He also stressed on the fact that most of our present leaders in the Country and in the state have received education from Catholic institutions. “Our being kind and compassionate to the poor and the needy at times could be misunderstood as enticement to conversion. Those who received education from Catholic institutions know who we really are. Let us keep doing the good work, said the Minister, who is also one of the members of the APCA Advisory Board. APCA that comprises of Catholic from the two dioceses of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar and Miao, has two patrons – Bishop John from Itanagar and Bishop George from Miao Diocese. Bishop George, who was present for the occasion, blessed the delegates from across the State. “We are going through troubled times. The Church has witnessed unprecedented persecution across the World. In my opinion, these occasional discomforts are good for us and the Church. It keeps us awake and does not let us be complacent”, he said. “Today we stand witness to the universal nature of the Church. It is so beautiful to see East meet West. We are not a clan-based Church; not a Tangsa church, or Singhpho church or a Tagin church, a Nishi church but Catholic Church”, he added. Mr. Mungtan Mossang, the APCA President of East Arunachal Pradesh thanked the delegates for coming from faraway places to be a part of this event. The APCA General Secretary Mr. Pekhi Nabam and Mr. Takam Majeng, the Finance Secretary, and host of other dignitaries also spoke on the occasion. The 8th Foundation Day of APCA saw Nishi, Tangsa, Adi and many other dance troupes from across the state perform on...

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