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49th Nocte Chalo Loku celebrated at Khonsa

 49th Nocte Chalo Loku celebrated at Khonsa
 49th Nocte Chalo Loku celebrated at Khonsa
 49th Nocte Chalo Loku celebrated at Khonsa

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The Union Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiran Rijiju graced the most colourful paddy harvesting festival of Noctes 49th Nocte Chalo Loku on 25th November at Khonsa amidst mammoth gathering of villagers from various villages . The festival was attended by Adviser to CM cum Chief Patron 49TH Nocte Chalo Loku ,Wanglin Lowangdong, 55-Khonsa East MLA Wanglam Sawin, 56-Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh, Tirap DC P.N. Thungon, SP Jitendra Kumar Meena, IPS, Brigadier Assam Regiment,CO 16 Assam Rifles, Commandant 36Bn CRPF, Former-Minister Thajam Aboh, Former MLA Kamthok Lowang, Chiefs, GBs, PRIs, Traditional dance troupes viz : Chasa, Thinsa, Kheti, Borduria, Lapnan and Mega dance by Womens of Borduria, HoDs, Students and public from various places of the district. While greetings the Nocte Community in particular and Tirap District as a whole on the festive occasion, the Rijiju iterated that the Noctes are the embodiment of courage, peace and ever innocence. Rijiju further said that peace is prerequisite for all round development of any district or state but unfortunately Tirap-Chanlang and Longding are facing untold problems due to insurgents infested in the region, he added that he would try his best to address the problem being faced the people of Tirap-Changlang and Longding on top priority. But of late the youths have been misguided by anti social elements and appealed the misguided youths of Tirap-Changlang and Longding to returns to the mainstream by shunning unlawful activities and the BJP led Government shall provide all possible assistance to rehabilitate them and so that these youths can come back to the mainstream. In reply to the public memorandum, Rijiju made it loud and clear that no stone will be left unturned for development of the trio districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding and made certain announced, 1. He assured to pursue at all levels to include Tirap & Longding Districts into in Tourists circuit. 2. GOI has allotted maximum fund under PMGSY to the state government of Arunachal Pradesh to reach 100% roads in outreached villages . 3. He also assured to pursue for allocation of funds for construction of Khonsa-Bogapani-Joypur roads KBJ Roads. 4. Long pending Rs.156 crore for creation of Police Stations and recruitment of police posts has been revised to 212 crore and very soon fund will be released from the centre and the recruitments will take place in the district itself so that the youth dont have to travel long distances and incur huge expenditures. 5. As approached by Lowangdong he has initiated with the HCM Pema Khandu, Sports Ministry for construction of good Sports Stadium at Khonsa and for which fund will be sanctioned in this financial year. 6. He has initiated Ministry of Home for Recruitment centre in connection with Army & Military Recruitment to fix within Tirap-Changlang and Longding and for which he has committed that the centre for recruitment will be fixed within the land of TCL. 7. While recalling the supreme sacrifices made by Martyr Hangpan Dada when protecting motherland India who was posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra by President of India on 26th January saying that he met wife of Martyr Hangpan Dada Smti Chasen Dada at Shillong during Platinum Jubilee Celebration of Assam Regiment in which one Statue /Portrait in loving memory of Martyr Dada was led by him and one Assam Regiment hall was also dedicated by him at Shillong. He also apprised that Assam Regt Brigadier has briefed about land allotment for construction of one petrol pump to Martyr Hangpan Dadas wife Smti Chasen Dada for which the follow up work is under progress and assured to extend all possible help from his side to family and children of Martyr Hangpan Dada. Guest of honour cum MLA-58 Kanubari Gabriel Denwang Wangsu said that there should not be any conflict between religion and culture and the young generations should be guided well and they should be acquainted with the tradition , culture and heritage of our society because it is they who will take our legacy to greater heights. The traditional folklore or folk songs, the attire we use is very rich but many a times we seem to neglect them and if it is so then our exixtance will be endangered. Wangsu further appealed all the Noctes Scholars, Researchers and intellectuals to prepare for Nocte scripts and greeted the huge gathering with great sincerity and modesty. Earlier Chief Patron of 49th NCL and Adviser to CM Wanglin Lowangdong highlighted in length about the importance and mythology of Chalo loku celebration which is celebrated every year by the Noctes after paddy harvesting. Lowangdong said that Tirap-Changlang and Longding are 2nd to none in preservation, protection and promotion of ancestral culture and traditions adding that the chieftainship of Tirap and Longding districts plays vital and important roles since erstwhile NEFA all the roads were constructed on self-help basis which includes Khonsa Chanlang, Khonsa to Lazu, Khonsa to Wakka, construction of Khonsa Nehru Stadium, Construction of Rangsoam Hum etc. He thanked Union MoSHA Kiren Rijiju and 58-Kanubari MLA Gabriel Denwang Wangsu for gracing the 49th Nocte Chalo Loku as Chief Guest and Guest of honour respectively despite of their tight scheduled. A audio Album Tribute to Martyr Hangpan Dada sponsored by Gangtong Bangyang and sung by Dr. Vineeta and Er. Gangtong was formally released by Honorable Chief Guest Kiren Rijiju, Union MoSHA in presence of Smti Chasen Dada, MLA cum Chairman A.P. Medicinal plant Board Wanglam Sawin, MLA-Tirong Aboh, DC Tirap P.N. Thungon, ZPC Sontung Bangsia, Brigadier Assam Regt. The colorful traditional dances performed by 5 villages of Noctes, mega dance performed by women of Borduria and Tham-thoot (Traditional Log drum beating) performed by Thinsa village added colour and fervor to the celebration. The day long programme concluded with vote of thanks from Secretary 49th NCL Nahang Tangjang which was followed by Community feast.

District Headquarter : Khonsa
State Capital : Itanagar
Nearest Railway Station : Tinsukia
Nearest Airport : Dibrugarh
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1. By Train There is no direct train service to Tirap. The nearest railway stations are at Dibrugarh (120 km), Tinsukia (110 km) or Naharkatia (70 km) in Assam . From these places, daily bus/taxi service is available to the district headquarter, Khonsa. It takes approximately 3 hours each from Dibrugarh and Tinsukia and approximately 2 hours from Naharkatia to reach Khonsa. There is a daily Rajdhani Express and Brahamputra Express from New Delhi to Dibrugarh / Tinsukia via Guwahati. The train bookings may be done online at the site 2. By Bus Both Govt. and private deluxe bus services are available between Guwahati and Dibrugarh/Tinsukia. Night service is also available. Then from Dibrugarh or Tinsukia onwards, buses of Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service (APSTS) to Khonsa have a daily service. Many private taxis / buses also ply on this route. Khonsa has recently been connected to State capital Itanagar by a daily direct bus service of APSTS. 3. By Air Dibrugarh is connected to Guwahati by air through 2 daily flights. It also has a direct daily flight to New Delhi (Jetlite - From Dibrugarh onwards, taxi or bus service is available. Dibrugarh is also connected to State Capital Itanagar by a daily helicopter (except Sundays) service (operated by Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh). Once a week, the helicopter also lands at Khonsa helipad from Dibrugarh. The time-table is however subject to change and exact prevailing timings may be ascertained from helipad at Itanagar (Ph No. 0360-2243262).
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Last updated on: 29-01-2018

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