Nocte Digest is the first online platform that is fully dedicated to preserve the history and culture of the Nocte tribe. Founded on March 18, 2016, by Shri Wangtum Humchha Lowang, ND started its journey as an ordinary Facebook page that used to upload photos and videos related to the Nocte tribe. Initially, ND was known as Noctes: Warriors of the Hills. The current nomenclature was given on June 06, 2018, and it is inspired by the founder's childhood-favorite magazine, Reader's Digest.
When lockdown was declared in entire India in the last week of March 2020, Lowang was growing restless by the inactivity it offered. To pass his time more productively, Lowang thought of creating a website so that he can do more for his tribe, and not just collect and post photos and videos. Finally, on May 05, 2020, without any experience in information technology, Lowang created noctedigest.com with the help of GoDaddy. Since no coding was required in GoDaddy, the creation of the website was tiresome, but relatively easy. More than a month later, ND was launched in Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube on June 11, 2020.
Born on October 25, 1996, Shri Wangtum Humchha Lowang is the youngest child of Shri Nanne Lowang and Smt. Yampo Matey. He is also their only son, and has an elder sister, Km. Roancha H. Lowang. His father, Nanne, is the first lawyer from the Nocte tribe. His mother, Yampo, is the first female graduate and postgraduate of the Nocte tribe. Belonging to Namsang or Thinnyan village, Lowang permanently resides at Deomali, Tirap.
Lowang started his education from Sun Hum Primary School, Deomali. In 2005, he joined Ramakrishna Mission School at Narottam Nagar, Deomali at fourth standard. He completed his education in the same school, and passed out from there in 2014 in science stream.
In 2015, after taking coaching at Itanagar, Lowang cleared the then APJEE (Arunachal Pradesh Joint Entrance Exam) and was selected on merit basis for G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering at Nagpur, Maharashtra. When he and his father reached Nagpur for admission, Lowang decided to withdraw because he wanted to study civil engineering, but was allotted a seat in electrical engineering course.
After returning from Nagpur, Lowang took admission in civil engineering at Regional Institute of Science & Technology at Baridua, Meghalaya, in August 2015. However, he left the college a year later. In August 2016, Lowang joined Don Bosco College at Jollang, Itanagar, and opted arts. He graduated from the college in August 2019 with a degree in economics honors. Later that year, he joined Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai, and pursued masters in economics.
On August 01, 2021, Lowang was appointed for two years as the Under Secretary-General (Student Welfare) of a newly formed organization called, North East Student Council (NESCO), by its first Secretary-General, Shri Rishiraj Dutta.
The concept of the first Nocte Digest logo was formulated by Smt. Nyampo Matey, the first female graduate and post-graduate of the Nocte community. She did her post graduation in Fine Arts from Banasthali Vidyapith University in Rajasthan.
The logo is a combination two letters: N and D, which are the initials of Nocte and Digest, respectively. The letter N is represented by 3 feathers of a hornbill. A hornbill feather is an integral part of a male traditional attire. The letter D is represented by the traditional female necklace called Litphiang.
On August 5, 2018, the first logo of the Nocte Digest was created and published. The logo was materialized by Shri Sawang Wangchha, a talented graphic designer from Kheti village. Though Wangchha is a professional, he refused to charge any kind of fee for his work.
0n September 8, 2020, Wangtum Lowang formed a company called Nocte Digest Studios and registered it as a developer account with the Google Play Console (Beta).
Using the Android Studio software and the Java coding, the creation of an android application called Nocte Digest began at 1700 hours on September 16, 2020.
The Android Application Package, popularly known as APK File, of the Nocte Digest was ready by 1400 hours of September 22, 2020. At 1700 hours, the APK File was rolled out for publication using the Google Play Console (Beta) and was then sent for review.
At 09:12 PM of September 26, 2020, Nocte Digest Studios received a certificate for Live Ratings for Google Storefront and other digital storefronts that have licensed Global Ratings' International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) System.
On September 28, 2020, Nocte Digest android application was published and available for download in Google Play Store.
On December 17, 2020, Nocte Digest put out an advertisement through the Instagram account of WeAre Arunachal.
On December 19, 2020, Nocte Digest sponsored the release of Wild Fire on YouTube channel called M & A Production. Wild Fire is a short film directed by Mudang Nobin. In 2020 short movie contest organized by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS), the film came second.
In an attempt to promote the work of local brands, the Nocte Digest team works closely with various media companies of Arunachal Pradesh. As of now, 6 out of 7 companies are from the state, while the rest is from Assam.
Page No.: 35;
Document date: 1872;
Uploaded on: June 5, 2022.
Topics: Notes on a visit to the tribes (Wancho & Nocte) inhabiting the Hills south of Sibsagar, Assam.
Printed by: C.B. Lewis, Baptist Mission Press, Calcutta.
Author: S.E. Peal.