First Lady urges to withhold the rich culture and practice
ITANAGAR Apr 14: With solemn pledge and prayer for wellbeing of all sentient, three
day Sangken festival of Theravada Buddhist community began with beating of drums
and gongs from April 14.
Along with Khampti, Singpho and Tikhak Tangsa Buddhist communities of Itanagar, First
Lady of the State, Smti Jyotsna Sharma participated in the rituals during the day-long
ceremony. She wished that the auspicious occasion, which marks the beginning of the
New Year harbingers renewed prosperity in our wider community and also further strengthen
the rich cultural traditions and practices of the people.
Attired in colourful dresses, hundreds of enthusiastic boys and girls thronged the
premises of Theravada Buddhist Temple a Vivek Vihar to take part in the ceremonial
bathing of images of Lord Buddha. During the festival, people take precept of
abstaining from killing, lying, stealing, taking intoxicating drinks and indulgence
in illicit sexual activities. People also refrain from doing all form of manual works,
gambling and cutting trees.
In the evening people visit to monastery to offer prayer and illuminate candle, seeking
blessing for peace, harmony and wellbeing of all. After ceremonial bathing of the
images of Buddha and holy shrines people splash clean water on each other and greet
for a happy and prosperous new year. Clean water is considered to be symbolic of
purity. Sangken is considered as pious occasion to earn merit.
Earlier, the images of Lord Buddha were brought from main temple and ceremonially
installed in a makeshift temple to facilitate devotee to give ceremonial bath to
the images of Buddha and holy shrines. The three day festival will end with reinstallation
of the images of Lord Buddha back to the main temple on 16th April next and community
Sissen village rigid over poll boycott decision
PASIGHAT, Apr 14: The villagers of Sissen under 35- Pangin constituency, who boycotted
the April nine simultaneous poll protesting lack of development, are still firm on
their stand. They say will continue their movement to boycott any election in their
village until the authority sanctions fund for construction of road in the village.
It may be recalled that leaders from various local organizations, including Sissen
Welfare Society, Sissen Farmers Club, Sissen Students Union and a section of PRI
leaders collectively given a poll boycott call in protest against the governments'
alleged step-motherly treatment.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Boleng, who earlier dealt with the situation, has
failed to convince the frustrated villagers. Later, the East Siang Deputy Commissioner
cum District Election Officer (DEO) lodged an FIR in Boleng Police station against
the leaders of protesting organizations.
In recent development, the East Siang DC initiated a negotiation with the protesters
at Pasighat, took stock of the grievances of by Sisen villagers. The villagers, while
reiterating their stand moved the DC to take initiative for early solution of the
The villagers in a fresh representation submitted to the East Siang Deputy Commissioner
said that the villagers have been participating in election since last many decades,
but the respective governments have repeatedly ignored the people.
"Neither the Central Government nor the successive State Governments have paid heed
to communication problems of the area," they rued.
Sissen village under Kebang circle in East Siang is still unconnected with rest of
the country through surface communication which has hampered the economic development
of the area.
The porter tracks are the only means of surface communication in hilly areas. Non-existence
of road in the village has not only causing heavy loss to farmers but also hampering
the education of children as teachers are reluctant to go to schools for that reason.
"Our frustration stems from the fact that the successive state governments have been
depriving the area from road construction schemes in the pretext of low density of
population. The administration is trying to malign the leading villagers with criminal
cases and thereby disgracing the sentiments of the local people. We have decided
to organize massive rally at Boleng town and Paighat besides staging dharna at the
DC's office protesting against the alleged injustice", said Karunath Pazing, the
publicity secretary of Nugong Banggo Welfare Society.
Pazing informed that the DC has accepted their representation and assured to forward
it to the Chief Secretary for necessary action.
BJP opposes re-polling at Sodrik polling station
ITANAGAR, Apr 14: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh unit vehemently
opposed the recommendation for re-polling at 25/18 Sodrik Polling Station under 25-Raga
assembly constituency in Upper Subansiri district.
In a letter written to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) while opposing the re-polling
in Sordik polling station as unjustified the BJP said polling was held at the said
polling station peacefully without any untoward incident.
The Party claimed that the Presiding Officer of Sodrik polling station have been
forced to change his reporting "in the influence of the Returning Officer concerned
under pressure and threatening from some heavy weight ministers campaigning in Daporijo."
Armed with declaration made by polling officers number 1 and three of the Sodrik
Polling station and the letters written to DEO by PPA and BJP polling agents, the
party requested the ECI to intervene into the matter and take due consideration before
the announcement of re-polling order for Sodrik polling station.
Elaborate security arrangement in East Kameng
SEPPA, Apr 14: Elaborate security arrangement has been made in East Kameng district
after tense post-poll situation. Adequate security personnel have been deployed for
administrative officers, executive/Sector Magistrates and polling parties.
While elaborating the overall security plan SP Apang Tamut divulged that a section
of CRPF and two section of IRBn/CP led by inspector or SI or ASI-I in each polling
team of eight polling stations are being deployed. There are three PSOs and one walkie
talkie to each administrative officers and executive magistrates and one company
30 Bn SSB on guarding duty of inner perimeter, one platoon IRBn for second tier and
two Section civil police as executive force for 3rd tier in the strong room, the
SP said. He further added that tight security arrangement put in place within the
Seppa town which included round the clock police patrolling; Naka in two location
at officers colony type-IV & SP and DC tri-junction. Apart from this two platoon
of CRPF deployed at DC's or RO's office, one section CRPF at circuit House and DC's
Meanwhile, DEO cum DC Sandeep Kumar Singh, had a briefing session for security personnel
and polling team deployed for proposed re-polling stations at Kameng Hall, Seppa
DC directed the sector magistrates and presiding officers to take action in case
of any eventualities and proper use of police force to ensure safety and safety of
polling team. He also suggested the presiding officers to engage police inside the
polling booth if there is anticipation that something may happen there.
SP Apang Tamut briefed about the communication plan, movement plan and scale of police
deployment in each polling team.
Training for polling team
Meanwhile, the training for polling team conducted at Kameng Hall, Seppa today. Takam
Nicholas, CO imparted the training.
DEO Sandeep Kumar Singh while addressing the polling personnel informed that re-polling
have been proposed for eight polling stations in East Kameng district for which the
confirmation is yet to come. He urged them to conduct the polling process properly
and try hard to see that re-poll is successful in any manner to do away further exercise
and repetitions. He briefed them about their role and responsibilities and also given
the tips to be kept in mind while discharging their duties at the time of polling.
He said that sufficient security personnel have been deployed in each polling team
for security and safety and suggested them to follow or move according to movement
plan. In case of any happening or incidents, videography should be taken, he added.
General observer Surendra Kumar said that Presiding officer's diary should be fill-up
properly indicating the actual proceedings of the polling day and due care be paid
when poll starts and ended. Parliamentary Observer exhorted the polling team to accomplish
the task and took it as a pride to perform election duties. He cautioned them to
perform their duties carefully as small mistakes may prove costly and derail the
whole process. DIPRO
Celebration of ‘Baisakhi’
H K Roy
Pasighat, Apr 14: The Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is celebrated all over India welcoming
the beginning of Sikh New Year. In Assam, people celebrate Rongali Bihu, while Bengalis
celebrate it as Naba Barsha (New Year). Bihar celebrates it as Vaishakha in honour
of the Surya (Sun) while Kerala celebrates it as Vishu and Tamil Nadu as Puthandu.
In Kashmir, a ceremonial bath and general festivity mark Baisakhi while in Himachal
Pradesh devotees flock to the temple of Jwalamukhi and take a holy dip in the Hot
Vaisakhi is celebrated as the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Khalsa Panth.
History of Vaisakhi traces its origin from the Vaisakhi Day celebrations of 1699
organized by the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh to form Khalsa - Brotherhood
of Saint Soldiers to fight against tyranny and oppression. Sikhs celebrate this very
important day of their religion with joy and devotion. They take an early bath, wear
new clothes and visit the Gurdwaras to participate in the special prayer meet marked
for the day. After a special ardas of kirtans (religious songs) and discourses kada
prasad (sweetened semolina) is distributed amongst all present. Later, people sit
in rows to relish the Langar (community lunch) prepared and served by volunteers.
At Pasighat Gurudwara, Vaisakhi was celebrated today with lot of joy, enthusiasm
and full of vibrancy followed by Nishan Saheb Sewa, Bhog of Sadharan Path, Kirtan,
Path of Anand Saheb/Ardash, Prasad distribution, Guru Ka Langar and Deep Mala. People
from all walks of life joined the celebration and offered prayers for prosperity,
peace and communal harmony. Later in the evening, people traditionally exchange greetings
with friends and relatives with sweets and gifts.
PPA demands action against perpetrator of crime
ITANAGAR, Apr 14: Holding the INC candidate from Lekang Assembly Constituency Chowna
Mein responsible for the death of a worker of People's Party of Arunachal (PPA),
the party (PPA) in a letter to chief electoral officer of the state has demanded
to cancel the candidature of the contesting candidate.
In its representation to the CEO, the party alleged that PPA party worker Manoranjan
Taye, was beaten to death at Lekhang on April 8 at around 8.30 pm by local goons
deployed by contesting Congress (I) candidate. Taye was engaged by the party to check
wrongful use of money and muscle power in Nongkhon Satgharia village, it said.
An FIR has been lodged against the culprits. But the main alleged conspirators of
the heinous crime, namely the Congress-I candidate and his main supporter Jugesh
Taye are still roaming free because of their influential position in the area," the
"In view of above and also considering the strict guidelines issued by ECI against
the perpetrators of crime, the responsibility of the crime along with compensation
of the deceased should be fixed on the accused party candidate," the letter added.
Meanwhile, reacting to the PPA's allegation, senior Congress leader and sitting
MLA of Lekhang Chowna Mein termed it as baseless and without iota of truth. He alleged
that entry of PPA has divided peace loving citizens of Lekhang area with malicious
campaign against him. "The kind of violence witnessed in recent election has never
happened earlier in 20 years of my political career in Lekang assembly constituency.
My opponent was indulging in spreading hate through politics which is wrong. I have
written to Chief Secretary in this regard," stated Mein..
Taga says allegation cooked up, threatens legal action against the INC candidate
AALO, Apr 14: Reacting to an allegation made by INC candidate from Rumgong Assembly
Constituency Talem Taboh, the BJP candidate of the same constituency Tamyo Taga has
accused the Congress candidate of leveling wild and cooked up accusation against
him, adding that he had never received any financial aid from Jaypee Arunachal Power
"This is totally a wild and cooked up allegation," Taga said, in a release, and demanded
an unconditional public apology from the INC candidate failing which Taga threatened
to file defamation case against him.
Taga stated that "This is my 7th contest at a row as MLA candidate. But, no one even
my political opponent has never alleged me of using money power in election campaign."
The INC candidate yesterday alleged that Taga had received an amount of Rs. Five
crore from Jay Pee group for electioneering purpose, which was published in sections
of local dailies, including the Arunachal Times.
Further, the allegation of booth capturing at Bogu, Mega, Reying and Kaying camp
is totally wrong and misleading, Taga claimed, adding polling ended peacefully in
those polling stations without any poll related incident.
ITANAGAR, Apr 14: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) today claimed that it has come
to know from business community of capital complex that some of present executive
members along with some vested interest persons are troubling business community
in the state capital in the name of union. ANSU president Byabang Joram in a press
release urged business community to take stringent action against wrongdoers and
further he appealed his executive member to refrain from any activities which may
carry wrong message for the union and society as a whole.
Furthermore he also asked business community to take legal action if any of present
ANSU executive members and vested interest group or in the name of union seek donation
without having joint signatures president, general secretary and finance secretary.
"Any unions or associations should seek help from the business community and others
stakeholders for common cause only not for the personal gains," he added.
Society condemns attack on officer
ITANAGAR, Apr 14: The Jiji Jilen Ao Welfare Society has condemned the attack on the
senior APCS officer Kego Jilen who was assaulted by supporters of a candidate at
Seppa on April 11 last. Demanding arrest of the attackers, the society also sought
ECI's intervention in taking necessary action against the politicians on whose behest
the attack was carried out.
144 imposed around Siddhartha hall
ITANAGAR, Apr 14: Section 144 has been imposed around Siddhartha Hall here restricting
movement of vehicles other than vehicles on election duty from 5 pm to 6 am until
May 15. The prohibition order has been issued by the Capital Complex Magistrate Mige
Kamki in view of the disturbance caused to the security personnel deployed to safeguard
the Strong Room.
Missing poll official yet to be traced
ITANAGAR, Apr 14: East Siang district administration has intensified the search operation
to trace out Mathew Dabi, a poll official who went missing on 9th April from Siine
village under Boleng circle.
While talking to this daily East Siang Superintendent of Police informed that a DSP
rank officer is currently leading search operation by camping at Siine village.
"A missing case has been registered at Boleng police station. Police along with
locals are carrying out combing operation in the area. Till now we have no clue whatsoever
about reason of disappearance," stated SP. According to the family source, Dabi left
home on 7th April morning for polling duty. He was not carrying mobile phone but
contacted them after reaching Siine on 8th. The wife received news of his missing
only on 11th April.
Governor extends greetings on Gumkum Gumpa, Bohag Bihu
ITANAGAR, April 14: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
has conveyed warm greetings to people of Arunachal Pradesh, especially the Puroik
community on the occasion of Gumkum-Gumpa.
In his festival message, Governor said that every community maintains its identity
through its festival. In the same line Gumkum-Gumpa is identity for the Puroik community.
He hopes that the community, led by its elders and youth will ensure that age-old
cultural heritage is preserved and pass it on to the generation next.
May the festival further strengthen the spirit of brotherhood, harmony and prosperity
in our society, Governor wished.
The Governor also has extended warm greetings to people of Arunachal Pradesh on
the festive occasion of Bohag Bihu. He also conveyed good wishes to people of Assam
on the joyous occasion. Wishing that the festival will strengthen the commitment
for harmonious and warm relationships amongst citizens of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam,
Governor expressed his hope that the festival will usher in peace and prosperity
in the entire Northeast region.
ITANAGAR, Apr 14: The Tarasso Circle Youth Association (TCYA) today claimed that
the Assam Police and Forest officials are encroaching Arunachal land under Tarasso
circle. Assam police and forest officials have piled up stone and bricks to construct
Assam Police Camp inside the Arunachal territory, the Association said.
Voter impersonation alleged
ITANAGAR, Apr 14: On the basis of a complaint of voter impersonation lodged by the
agent of INC candidate of Dumporijo Assembly Constituency, the Daporijo EAC (Jud)
on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner has requested the Upper Subansiri Superintendent
of Police to investigate the matter by registering a case against the accused.
The election agent of the INC candidate alleged that two persons have illegally obtained
postal ballots and cast their votes in the name of Govt. employee although they were
not Govt. employees.
The April 16th edition will not hit the stands as the office and press of this daily
will remain closed on account of Rongali Bihu and Baisakhi on April 15.The Arunachal
Times wishes all its esteemed readers, patron and advertisers a happy Rongali Bihu