ITANAGAR, Dec 8 � Arunachal Pradesh Assembly today paid tributes to legendary singer D Bhupen Hazarika and icon of Indian cinema Dev Anand who died recently.
Speaker Wangling Lowangdong while participating in the obituary references of the duo in the day-long special session of the assembly termed their deaths as �irreparable loss� to the country.
Referring to the contribution of Dr Bhupen Hazarika for Arunachal as well as the North-East, Lowangdong said Dr Hazarika integrated all the north-eastern States and worked for preservation of tribal culture.
Dr Hazarika, who died in a Mumbai hospital on November 5, produced, directed, and composed the music for the State�s first Hindi feature film in colour Meri Maa Mera Dharam in 1977.
He also directed a documentary for Arunachal Pradesh government on tribal folk songs and dances entitled For Whom The Sun Shines in 1974.
In 1977, Arunachal Pradesh government awarded him a Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution towards tribal welfare and upliftment of tribal culture through cinema and music.
The speaker also condoled the death of veteran actor Dev Anand who died on December 3 in London.
The House also observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
New Dy Speaker: Congress legislator Jomde Kena was elected today as the Deputy Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong announced Kena�s name as the lone candidate for the post to file nomination, during the day-long special session of the assembly here this morning.
Kena filed three sets of nomination papers yesterday for the post which was lying vacant since November 17 following resignation of Tapang Taloh.
Taloh was inducted as Industries, Textile, Handloom and Handicraft Minister in Nabam Tuki-led council of ministers on November 16. � PTI