ITANAGAR, Mar 11: In a gazette notification issued on March 3, the Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh has re-designated Land Revenue and Settlement Officer (LR & SO) as the District
Land Revenue and Settlement Officer (DLR & SO) without any additional financial benefits.
In view of above notification, henceforth, the Land Revenue and Settlement Officer
(LR& SO) will be known as the District Land Revenue and Settlement Officer (DLR &
SO) from the date of publication of the notification in the official gazette.
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Acting swiftly on the alleged swindling of land transport subsidy
(LTS) worth Rs 26 crore, the state government has suspended the Director, Joint Director
and Finance & Account Officer of Food and Civil Supplies department.
According to highly placed source, besides suspending, arrest warrants have been
issued against the three officers.
The Rs 26 crore fraud was detected when one T Koyu filed an FIR on February 17 in
which he alleged that some unknown persons forged and cheated him of few crores,
which were released as LTS by the department of Food and Civil Supplies. The money,
designated as LTS (kerosene) for at least four firms, was illegally withdrawn through
a fake power of attorney.
Taekwondo dress & belt ceremony
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Dress and Belt ceremony of Taekwondo players of Sangay Lhaden
Sports Academy, Chimpu, Itanagar has been organized in presence of Sports and Youth
Affairs Director DK Dinglow, Assistant Directors Ramesh Linggi and Tadar Appa, SLSA
Principal Tabia Chobin, Taekwondo Instructors of SLSA Deepak Gurung and Suraj Ali.
Women’s day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: A total of 14 self help groups (SHGs) participated in a ‘Mela’
organized on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8 at Koloriang by
ICDS Cell under Micro Finance Vision 2013-14 recently.
Aimed at empowering women, various hand-made products were displayed on the occasion.
Attending the celebration, former ZPM Bengia Tado urged upon the participating womenfolk
to be self reliant.
The occasion was also celebrated by District Mahila Congress Committee, Kurung Kumey
district at general ground, Koloriang. Motivational talks on safety of women, cultural
programmes, exhibition depicting culture and tradition and games and sports were
Attending the celebration at Mengio, Papum Pare ZPC Nabam Aka called upon the participating
600 plus women to play vital role in their families.
PRI members hold meeting
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) of Papum Pare district held
an emergency meeting yesterday at ZPC office, Yupia under the Chairmanship of the
Chairperson Zilla Parishad Nabam Aka.
The meeting was attended by all the Zilla Parishad Members (ZPMs) and all the Anchal
Chairpersons of 12 Zilla segments. The PRI leaders of Papum Pare District in the
meeting, welcomed decision of the state government under the leadership of Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki to hold simultaneous election.
The member present believed that holding of simultaneous polls will minimize expenditure
and save valuable time of the common people of the state. Conducting the Lok Sabha
and State Assembly Polls in different timing will not only cost on the state exchequer
but also harass the government employees, machineries and common people unnecessarily,
the meeting observed.
Mopin at Ziro on Apr 1
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Mopin Festival Celebration Committee 2014, Ziro President Gambi
Karbak and General Secretary Mikar Basar in a release said that this year’s Mopin
at Ziro will be celebrated in a befitting manner on April one due to Assembly and
Traditional games and sports and cultural programmes will be the part of the day-long
BJP welcomes simultaneous polls
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party
in the state, has welcomed the announcement for holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and
Assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh by the Election Commission of India.
State BJP President Tai Tagak, in a release, urged upon the ECI to ensure that all
necessary measures and mechanism are put in place to ensure free and fair election.
Union urges BSNL to improve service
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour’s Union Pakke
Kessang Circle and Passa Valley Circle of East Kameng district has urged the BSNL
authority to improve the BSNL network at Lumdung Papu Valley under East Kameng.
We have to dial more than 50 times even to make a single call, they said while drawing
attention of the BSNL authority regarding the poor and pathetic BSNL service. They
also said that the two BSNL towers in the district are lying defunct.
ACRI writes to CS
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Arunachal Chapter of RTI India (ACRI) has suggested the chief
secretary, GoAP, that it should be made mandatory for all public servants to declare
their assets, properties both movable and immovable, insurances, bonds, security
deposits and cash in hand including their bank account details whose kith and kins
are running for this year’s election.
In its letter submitted to the CS, the ACRI further suggested that all the government
employees, whose kith and kins are contesting election should not be granted any
leave even on medical ground and also direction should be given to them to not visit
their home town during election.
They should be directed not to involve in election campaign and they be terminated
if found guilty, it added.
APIC imposes penalty on ADC
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Arunachal Pradesh State Information Commission under the single
bench of Information Commissioner Abraham K Techi has imposed penalty of Rs 25000
on PIO/Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Sagalee for ‘deliberately’ defying Commission’s
orders in connection with case no, APIC-21/Gen.Corr/2013-14 and also for violation
of section 7 of RTI Act, 2005.
In its official statement, the Commission directed the ADC to deposit the said amount
within 10 days failing which it warned of taking necessary action against him as
per section 20(1) of the RTI Act, 2005 and proceeding under Order-XVI, Rule-10(3)
CPC, 1908 R/W Section 19(3) of Right to Information Act.
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The proprietor of M/s Agam Wood Products, Mebo has expressed strong
resentment over publication of a photograph of his legally run saw mill along with
a news item under heading “Illegal Saw Mills in East Siang…..” on March 7 issue of
“The saw mill shown in the news item has valid trading licence (No. 1532/94) approved
vide order No. ESR/LF-Saw-1/91-92 and is running in the name of “Agam Wood Products,”
the proprietor of the saw mill clarified in a release.
Further, this saw mill (Agam Wood Products) is operating in the area for the last
many years at Government designated and notified industrial area at Mebo, he said.
He also said that the saw mill owners and Power of Attorney Holders had to stop their
saw mills incurring heavy losses after publication of the news item to facilitate
a proper and transparent investigation by the Pasighat Forest Division, he said.
He urged the reporter of the news item not to describe the legal timber operators
as smuggler and illegal businessmen without knowing the legalities of running such
‘Hastey hastey exam de’
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Jawaharlal Nehru College
unit, Pasighat organised a one day camp on the theme Hastey hastey exam de based
on examination preparation, time management, do's and dont's during examination and
many other important discussions related to examination.
The resource person answered the volley of questions from the student and also delivered
pieces of motivating words.
Prof. Dr. MQ Khan (Dept. of English), Asst Prof. Dr.Joram Aniya Tana (Dept. of Hindi)
and Asst Prof. Dr. Agin Taboh (Dept of Commerce) all from Dera Natung Govt. College,
Itanagar were the resource persons.
INTUC national team on visit to state
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: A team from Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) led by
national president Dinesh Sundriyal Sharma is currently on a visit to the state.
Addressing media persons during a press conference at Press Club this afternoon,
Dinesh alleged that many people are running INTUC in the state level with no knowledge
of the national bodies.
“Those are the people whose tenures have dissolved but they are still going ahead
with its functioning without letting the main body know,” he said.
“INTUC was formed to connect the workers with the various schemes that the government
comes up with. It was formed to let the people get benefits. But the some people
running INTUC in Arunachal Pradesh have instead got themselves involved in the revenue
collection from various trade unions in the state,” he alleged.
Talking on the line, INTUC general secretary Golo Nipo informed that the team was
in the state to look into the prevailing situation that INTUC is facing.
Drive against traffic violation continues
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Continuing its drive against Motor Vehicle Act violators, the City
Police today imposed fine to 141 veihicles in Itanagar and Naharlagun area for violation
of various sections of MV Act and Rs.25,600 has been realized as fine from the traffic
violators. Three vehicles without number plate have been impounded at Itanagar Police
Station. One vehicle with red beacon has also been fined, infomred the City Police.
Roing DIPRO adds: The Static Surveillance Team of Roing headed by D Burman, FO, has
seized six cases of IMFL from Meka Police Check Point at 2 km from Roing today.
The seized items have been videographed and deposited in the Police Station, Roing,
informed Roing CO Sanjay Taram.
As per the ECI directives, no individual can carry more than one and half bottles
of IMFL and one case of beer at a time for personal use during the election time.
Special written permission must be obtained from the DEO/District Magistrate to take
home liquors more than the prescribed quantity for any special occasions, like marriage,
festival etc., informed DEO Shiv Kumar.
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The name of Tagong Talom was wrongly mentioned as Tagom Talom in
March 11 edition of this daily under headline “ABK Youth Wing urged.” The inadvertent
error is regretted.
State Election Commission readies for simultaneous polls
Elaborate security arrangements for elections: DGP
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: With the declaration of assembly election date, Arunachal is all
set for simultaneous holding of Lok Sabha and assembly elections. The notification
for assembly election will be issued on March 15 and last date for nomination is
March 22. While polling will take place on April 9 the counting of votes will be
held on May 16.
Addressing press persons today, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) CB Kumar informed that
election machinery is fully equipped and ready to hold simultaneous election.
“We are taking every step to ensure that free and fair election is held. Flying squads
formed to check violation of model code of conduct is active throughout the state.
They have seized huge quantities of foreign made liquors including 14, 478 bottles
of beer. The district administrations have also started processing of bounding down
the possible trouble creator in their respective districts. Licensed gun holders
are being asked to deposit their gun in police stations,” informed CB Kumar. He further
added that state have witnessed 1.75% increase in number of voters, while capital
saw reduction of 4% in enrollment.
“Election Commission has identified East Siang, West Siang, East Kameng, Lower Subansiri
and Papum Pare as election expenditure sensitive districts. Fifteen hundred digital
and video cameras are being used to record polling. In some urban areas where there
is proper connectivity, polling will be televised live,” stated the CEO.
Allaying fears about possible misuse of postal ballot, the CEO stated that only an
executive magistrate will be in charge of postal polling in the district and a particular
number will be issued and subsequently feed into software, to all those persons eligible
to participate in postal voting, so as to ensure that it is not misused. The CEO
also added that holding of assembly and Lokh Sabha elections at one go will cost
around Rs 50 crore.
Election Commission has deputed two awareness observers, namely KS Dhatwalia for
Arunachal West and DM Kakadia for Arunachal East to oversee the complete process
and expenditure in the state.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police (DGP) Satyendra Garg said that elaborate security
arrangements have been made to ensure smooth and incident free elections throughout
Addressing the Press persons at Police Headquarters here today, the DGP informed
that the Ministry of Home Affairs has made 34 companies of central para-military
forces available for Arunachal to maintain law and order during Lok Sabha and Assembly
elections. Besides, the entire Arunachal Pradesh Police, including civil police,
armed police, IRBn will be engaged during the election period for maintaining law
and order, the DGP said.
Sustained action against illegal arms and illicit liquor has already been initiated
throughout the state and arm licences are being scrutinized and necessary directions
will be issued to deposit gun licences along with arms of those persons who had record
of involving in election related violence in the past, he said.
“The police department has already intensified checking of Inner Line Permits at
inter-state borders and vehicles entering the state are also being checked for illegal
arms, illicit liquors and antisocial elements.”
Flying squads in each Assembly Constituency has been made functional to monitor possible
violation of Model Code of Conduct. He also informed that Static Surveillance Team
will be made operational after March 15 to check movement of illegal cash, liquor,
arms and gift items.
SP, Telecom Hibu Tamang, SP (SB) Nabam Gungte, IGP Arvind Deep were also present
in the press conference.
Meanwhile, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar in a coordination meeting with
Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki, Superintendent of Police (city) SP
Kuruvilla, Papum Pare SP Mari Riba reviewed poll preparedness and security arrangements
in the district.
The DEO cum Papum Pare DC has asked the SP (City) to identify the sensitive areas
and deploy sufficient police personnel accordingly in those areas to contain any
law and order problem. He also asked the SP to strictly monitor illegal liquor transportation
during election period, check ILPs and illegal arms.
Earlier, SP Kuruvilla briefed about the security measures put in place in the capital
complex and its adjoining areas.
Earlier in the day, the Papum Pare DEO attended a review meeting of Flying Squads
and Static Surveillance Team at ATI, Naharlagun along with Capital DC Mige Kamki.
DCs review poll preparedness
TEZU/CHANGLANG/SEPPA, Mar 11: Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr. Brij Mohan Mishra today
convened a coordination meeting of all the government officials and HoDs of Tezu
in his conference hall to review poll preparedness.
Addressing the officers and officials, the newly posted DC requested all the Head
of Departments to cooperate and provide maximum support to the administration for
free and fair conduct of election in the district. He emphasized on strict adherence
to the guidelines prescribed by the Election Commission of India by polling officials
and discharge of the assigned duties with utmost sincerity and dedication.
A similar meeting was also conducted by Changlang Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Chanchal
The DEO asked all officials engaged in election duty to discharge their assigned
duty for free and fair conduct of election. She urged them to sensitize the subordinate
officers and officials including female govt. servants.
Later, in a meeting with members of all national and state political parties, the
DEO explained the important formalities to be maintained during filing of nominations.
SP, Changlang Vijay Kumar explained the guidelines to be followed by the candidates
and his party members during campaign, filing nomination papers and making expenditure
during the campaign.
Meanwhile, the second phase training for polling personnel of East Kameng district
to be engaged in the upcoming elections was conducted on at Kameng Hall, Seppa today.
Addressing the meeting, DEO Tarin Dakpe suggested the polling personnel for proper
handling of the EVMs.
Later in the afternoon, a co-ordination/review meeting regarding various arrangements
for the ensuing election was held in the Office Chamber of DEO.
The meeting attended by the Superintendent of Police, Administrative Officers and
Nodal Officers appointed for Election duties reviewed poll preparedness and law and
order situation in the district to ensure smooth conduct of election. DIPROs
Hands on training on molecular methods of biotechnology organized
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: A four days Hands on Training Programme on ‘Molecular Methods of
Biotechnology (Extraction of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants) was organized by Biotech
Hub, JN College, Pasighat in collaboration with College of Horticulture and Forestry,
Central Agricultural University, Pasighat,
During the technical sessions, trainees were exposed to micro propagation, extraction
of chemical components of plant materials, quantitative analysis of medicinal and
aromatic plants, identification of medicinal and aromatic plants of East Siang district
and their scope in Arunachal Pradesh, DNA extraction, isolation and estimation from
plant material, production and culturing of biocontrol agents.
Hands on training along with laboratory visits were also carried out at Department
of Botany, JNC and Department of Basic Sciences, College of Horticulture and Forestry,
Central Agricultural University, Pasighat.
In all, 174 students from different higher secondary schools and colleges from East
Siang district attended the programme.
BRO yet to start protection work at Siku river bank
PASIGHAT, Mar 11: Border Road Organization (BRO), who has been entrusted with restructuring
of NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh, is yet to repair the eroded portion of Siku RCC bridge
located in between Ayeng village and Mebo town. The eroded portion of the highway
at right abutment of the bridge is putting movement of heavy vehicles along the road
The right abutment of the RCC bridge was eroded by turbulent Siku river last monsoon
and disrupted road communication along the road. The strong current of the river
every year breaches the right approach road of the Siku bridge disrupting surface
This daily during July last year covered a series of reports highlighting public
demand for special preventive measure of the problem, which had drawn attention of
the district administration and the construction agency. Then East Siang Deputy Commissioner
Nidhi Shrivastava had visited Siku bridge site and took up the matter with BRO officials.
But the preventive measure taken by the authority did not work as the river wave
again breached it.
The BRO later made an effort to canalize the water flow towards left side to control
erosion. It also assured to construct guide bundh with boulder wire cage on river
bank for controlling further erosion. But, the agency is yet to start the protection
work, which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the people.
The BRO has neither repaired the breached portion at Siku bridge-point nor started
protection works so far. The local people are in apprehension of the fact that surging
water of Siku river might enter into the plain area on its right bank and sweep away
Ayeng village and destroy fertile crop lands if an early protection measure is not
The locals further alleged that the BRO is not applying the right technology to control
the flow of Siku river.
Tourism dept. holds brainstorming session on Clean Arunachal campaign
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: In order to generate ‘doable’ ideas for cleanliness at macro level,
a ‘Brainstorming Session’ for the Project Safai-Campaign Clean Arunachal was held
at Conference hall of the Directorate of Tourism in collaboration with Centre for
Cultural Research and Documentation (CCRD), Naharlagun.
The objective of the brainstorming session attended by municipal councilors, academicians,
representatives from various colleges, govt. departments and NGOs was to formulate
a plan on how to achieve mass awareness and inculcate in the masses the virtues of
Bengia Manna Sonam, Assistant Director (HRD) Department of Tourism while expressing
her expectations from the workshop said, “The outcome of this session will be crystallized
and implemented at Capital Complex as a pilot project and if succeeded it will be
later implemented in other places also.”
Speaking on the session as chairperson, Komkar Dulom, Director RD, said that cleanliness
starts with the mindset thus everyone should develop a mindset of cleanliness. Also
stating that many people view Itanagar as a transit place only, opined that “we should
build an emotion towards where we live in order to truly contribute for its development”.
A short film on cleanliness in Itanagar, made by the students of Department of Mass
Communication RGU, was screened in the first session followed by series of feedbacks
and discussion moderated by team CCRD.
Resource person, Dakter Esse, Assistant Professor, Dept of Mass Communication on
guiding the participants to design strategies and identify the tools to tackle the
issue of cleanliness said, “There is a significant gap between knowledge and practice
and to mitigate these gaps a participatory-sensitisation approach is a must.”
Tako Siga, innovator, Tarun and S. Chaudhary, Head of Centre for Management Studies
also gave presentations during the session. Among the few strategic framework of
the participants included, sensitisation at the grass roots level, stringent rules
and regulations for keeping the city clean, penalty for breaking rules and regulations,
cleanliness through education, community participation through local bodies, Urban
Development to organise workshops in phase manner, urban local bodies assigned for
sanitations and cleanliness, recycling plant for waste products, dustbin/sanitation
facilities in educational institutes, public places and tourist spots, educate locals
residing in tourist areas, prioritise budget allocation for cleanliness, encourage
volunteer groups and support from the government. The declaration is to be submitted
to the policy makers and authority concern for implementing in future programs.
Workshop on women’s health & domestic violence laws
ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Women Cell of IGG College, Tezu celebrated International Women's
Day by organizing a day-long workshop on women's health and domestic violence laws.
Senior Medical Officer of District Hospital, Tezu Dr. S Shullai was the key resource
person who spoke at length on various health related issues concerning women. She
also spoke on the growing cases of HIV/AIDS and cancer patients among women and urged
the young girls to be more careful for their health.
Sitalu Appa, Advocate- District Court, highlighted some women friendly laws for seeking
legal help in case of any form of violence or abuse which women face in their day-to-day
life. She also highlighted some prevailing social evils like polygamy and their intricacies
in the society.
Dr. BK Nath, Principal, IGG College, also spoke on the occasion and explained the
aims and objective of International Women's Day celebration.
Associate Prof. Dr JK Pattnaik delivered a lecture on the context of women as seen
in our society and strongly condemned the atrocities against women.
The formal session was followed by screening of a short film on Malala Yousufzai's
life and animation film 'Impossible Dream'.