Longding district

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Longding district (Pron:/lɒŋˈdɪŋ/) is one of the 20 administrative districts of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India. It was carved out of the south-western portion of the Tirap District. The district shares its boundary to the south and south-east with the country of Myanmar. Its boundary to the west and the north are shared with the Indian states of Nagaland and Assam, respectively. Towards the north-east is the Tirap District from which the district was carved out in 2012. The district has a population of around 60000 and an area roughly 1200 square Kilometers. Longding has pleasant climate throughout the year. Due to its hilly terrain, the temperature ranges from 15 degrees (in winters) to 30 degrees. ( In summers). [1]


The district has been historically inhabited by the Wancho people. With low productivity, the district was considered one of the most backward in the state. The creation of the new district was approved by the state cabinet on August 7, 2009, under the chairmanship of the then chief minister Dorjee Khandu.[2] The state government constituted a high-power committee on June 23, 2010, for finalizing the district boundary. According to the report submitted by high power committee on 11 August 2011, the Longding District was created on 26 September 2011 by passing The Arunachal Pradesh Bill 2011 by voice-vote. The district was formally inaugurated on 19 March 2012 by chief minister Nabam Tuki.[3]


The district consists of six subdivisions or circles: Longding, Kanubari, Pongchau, Wakka, Pumao and Lawnu. It includes the villages of Longphong, Nianu, Niausa, Senua, Senua Noksa, Zedua, Nginu, Mintong, Chanu, Longchan, Chubam, Russa and Rangluwa.[1]


The district is inhabited mainly by the Wancho people. They are culturally similar to the Naga people. They practice gun making, wood carving and bead making. They follow a type of Slash-and-burn cultivation known as the Jhum cultivation. Still many people follow Animism though a few have converted to Christianity. Other people who inhabit the district include the Nocte people, Konyak people and Naga people. The district has an estimated population of 60,000.[4]


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  3. ^ "Longding becomes 17th Arunachal district". timesofindia. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "State gets 17th district, Longding". echoofarunachal. Retrieved 5 November 2012.