YINGKIONG Mar 15: Upper Siang district Deputy Commissioner Dr. Tariq Thomas called
a coordination meeting and interactions session of all DDOs/HoDs at DC's conference
hall, Yingkiong yesterday.
During the meeting the Deputy Commissioner asked all the DDOs to submit the bills
in time before the cutoff date declared by the government. Dr. Thomas instructed
all DDOs to deduct VAT as per schedule of the rate prescribed by the government.
The Treasury Officer clarified that MRP and DC's approved rate is inclusive of all
taxes and the present practice of adding VAT on MRP should be stopped on contract
works. The TO and Supdt. Tax & Excise clarified that 12.5 per cent shall be deducted
in taxable turn over. Income tax should be deducted monthly through Income Tax Challan
No. 281 and return file properly. Dr. Thomas further stated that cash payment of
purchase of item should be restricted to contingency expenditure only. DIPRO
DC holds meeting with hotel owners/managers
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: A meeting was convened today in the chamber of the Deputy Commissioner
Itanagar Capital Complex with the owner/managers of all the hotels located in the
Informing that the conference halls hotels would be requisitioned for election purpose,
the DC Mige Kamki handed over the requisition letter to the representatives of the
respective hotels during the meeting. Further, he also informed that if any political
party desires to hold any meeting in the Conference hall of hotels, they should seek
prior permission from the Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex.
Law and order problem was also discussed at length and at the same time, the DC also
advised them to maintain cleanliness, proper hygiene and hospitable environment.
Welcoming their suggestions, the DC also asked them to maintain proper register,
brochure and to follow proper formalities for the peaceful conduct of the Elections.
Informing that flying squads and static surveillance team were already performing
their duties 24/7 with strict vigil, the DC also informed that Income Tax officials
will also start working soon. The Circle Officer Itanagar Mokar Riba also attended
Further, the DC who is also the RO for 13th Itanagar Assembly constituency informed
that no nomination was filed today by any candidate. DIPRO
Illicit liquor seized
AALO, Mar 15: Following direction from District Magistrate and Superintendent of
Police on possession of illicit liquor at various locations, a raid was conducted
by Superintendent of Tax and Excise Teli Ngomdir along with constables D. Yomcha
and K. Ngomdir of APP and seized huge quantities of illicit liquors from eight different
locations of Aalo township.
The raid was necessitated as series of complaints was raised on stocking of illicit
liquor at different places largely contributing to night time nuisances by young
boys to disturb public peace and tranquility. As this kind of activity may likely
disturb election procedure, the District Magistrate and Superintendent has already
given signal to act tough on such issues and caution the IMFL wholesalers/retailers
to abide by the order issued to them and adhere to personal discussion with them
on sale schedule in the meeting. DIPRO
PPA announces 4th list of party candidates
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) president Nikh Kamin has announced
the fourth list of candidate for the April 9 State Legislative Assembly elections.
The party fielded Longwang Wangham from Pongchou – Wakka, Ngamkha Wangno from Longding
– Poama, Takir Kurdu from Daporijo, Denny Maling from Taliha, Pani Taram from Koloriang,
Ejenso Yun from Hayuliang and Toko Sheetal from Itanagar.
Meanwhile, party president Kamin in a statement clarified that the name of Rongnai
Manham was wrongly declared as the party’s official candidate for Kanubari constituency
in the first list. While regretting for the mistake, Kamin stated that party’s candidate
for that Assembly Constituency will be declared at later stage.
APPSU demands realignment of power supply line
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Expressing concern over the frequent damages to the main power
supply line in Tarasso area by some miscreants from Assam side, the All Papum Poma
Students’ Union today appealed to the department concerned to relocate the power
supply line running from Boroi Tea Estate to Langra Centre (Nagabill) in Assam
area along the newly constructed road from Balijan to Tarasso within Arunachal territory.
The Union in a release today said that the Itanagar-Tarasso power supply line
was damaged by some people of Assam near Langra centre (Nagabill) in Assam area
yesterday evening. They also took away the main supply wire. However, the Union
said, the power department with the help of police personnel restored the electricity
supply. Meanwhile, the Union appealed to the state Govt to take bold steps for amicable
solution to the Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute at the earliest.
SUMA reiterates opposition to NPF’s entry into state’s politics
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA), in a memorandum,
has urged the Chief Electoral Officer to ensure that no Naga People’s Front (NFP)
candidate files nomination paper for contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly
elections in Arunachal Pradesh.
SUMA said that entry of the Nagaland based political party in Arunachal Pradesh,
which does not have agenda other than to promote the interest of Nagaland, will have
serious impact on state’s social, economical and political field with far reaching
“Further, it can not be assured that there will be an incident free polling, if the
NPF is encouraged to fight the election as the party may adopt different strategies
and means to win elections for its candidates with help of certain underground elements,”
the memorandum said.
The students’ union appealed to the people of the state to stand united and join
hand with it in its democratic movement against NPF’s alleged attempted gate crashing.
Drive against traffic violators continues
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Continuing its drive against traffic violators, City Police today
imposed fine to 115 vehicles for violating sections of MV Act and realized Rs.163,00
as fine from the violators, informed City SP.
The drive will continued, the SP said, and advised the vehicle owners to get proper
number plates fixed on their vehicles and carry all relevant documents.
Excise observer holds meeting with tax and excise commissioner
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The Excise Observer from the Election Commission of India Santosh
Kumar Mishra, who arrived here today to assess the alertness and effectiveness of
state excise machinery during the election period held meeting with Commissioner
(Tax & Excise) Marnya Ete and district excise functionaries through video conferencing.
He asked all the officials to take all kinds of measures (including daily monitoring
of liquor movement, strict checking at all excise gates, daily monitoring of retail
shop timing etc.) to ensure that no liquor is used for inducement during the election
Showing concern over the expenditure sensitivity in the state during elections, he
instructed that no leniency be shown in implementing the instructions of the Commission,
to anybody. He directed that appropriate records must be maintained at the shop level
to ensure close monitoring.
He expressed his satisfaction on the progress made so far in confiscating the illicit
liquor and putting CCTV in all the bonded warehouses and wholesale locations in the
state. He is scheduled to visit districts to assess the ground realities. DIPR
Congress announces list of candidates for Arunachal
Itanagar, Mar 15: Congress today announced its candidates for the April 9 assembly
elections in Arunachal Pradesh along with the names of two nominees for the two Lok
Sabha seats in the state.
Seven new faces, including son of Arunachal Pradesh Congress President Mukut Mithi,
figured in the list which was released by him at Congress Bhawan here this evening.
The new faces include Mama Natung (Seppa West), Dikto Yekar (Daporijo), Talem Tapoh
(Rumgong), Tori Ragyor(Mechuka), Tatung Jamoh (Pasighat West), Mutchu Mithi (Roing)
and Chow Zingnu Namchoom from Namsai assembly constituency.
While former ministers Kameng Dolo (Pakke-Kessang) and Lombo Tayeng (Mebo) were issued
party tickets in place of sitting Congress MLAs Atum Welly and Ralom Borang respectively.
Sitting party MLA P D Sona was also not given ticket this election.
Later talking to reporters Mithi informed that the party tickets were given based
on winning prospect of the candidates.
When asked why the participation of women in the election was limited to only two
candidates (both sitting MLAs), Mithi disclosed that the party requested all the
aspiring candidates to submit applications and only five applications were received.
"Out of five we have selected Karya Bagang (Chayangtajo) and Gum Tayeng (Dambuk)
which represents more than 33 per cent," Mithi categorically said.
The party also nominated sitting Lok Sabha MPs Ninong Ering and Takam Sanjoy to contest
from Arunachal East and Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat respectively, Mithi added.
Meanwhile, many ticket aspirants who were being denied Congress tickets were reportedly
holding parleys with other political parties.
Sitting Congress MLA Atum Welly, who was denied party ticket today joined the BJP,
party sources informed. PTI
Educate & guide the voters, says central awareness observer
SEPPA, Mar 15: Educate and Guide the voters of the rural areas to exercise their
voting right, said Kuldip Singh Dhatwalia, Central observer in a meeting with all
the members of SVEEP, MCMC, Executive Magistrates and AEROs in DC’s Chamber Seppa
Dhatwalia who is on tour to Arunachal West Parliamentary constituency as an awareness
central observer said that along with conducting the election, it is a challenge
for us to tell the people of the rural areas about the date, time and their polling
station enabling them to exercise their voting rights. He added that polling team
should act as a facilitator and let the voters feel comfortable during the polling
day so that they can participate the election without fear or favour. He explained
the role of media certification and management committee aimed at regular media monitoring
and ensured that the political parties don’t misguide voters through unfair advertisement
thereby inducing voters. He said that there should be ethical voting, good participation
and exercising of voting right without fear. He enquired of the status of informatics
centre with DIO and urged him to provide best possible backed up information facilities
to the administration. Tarin Dakpe, DC cum DEO briefed on the action plan and activities
report for the smooth conduct of the forthcoming election.
Kego Jillen, PD said that randomization of polling and presiding officers and their
appointment from CEO level sometimes is a problem as they happened to appoint those
who is not at all fit for the purpose to go to the far-flung areas which can’t change
in the nick of time. It would be best if appointment made at the DEO level, he added.
BRO demanded to repair eroded portion of Siku bridge
PASIGHAT, Mar 15: Apprehending major flood in the coming monsoon, Mebo Banggo Block
ZPM Oling Perme has demanded the Border Road Organization (BRO) to immediately repair
the eroded portion of Siku brigde at its right abutment.
Strong current of Siku river breach this portion every year. But the authority concerned
has failed to adopt suitable preventive measures to control the river flow. The BRO,
pretending paucity of fund is delaying renovation of the road portion and embankment
works on the river bank, which is causing apprehension of the local people of flood
fury in the coming monsoon.
The ZPM, who accompanied 1443 BCC (Project Brahmank) Officer Commanding Pankaj Kumar
and other BRO officials during a visit to Siku river recent requested the officials
to work out a permanent solution to the perennial problem.
The Siku RCC bridge along NH-52 is lifeline for the greater Mebo area and parts of
Lower Dibang Valley district bordering Assam. Food and other essential commodities
to the areas are transported through the route.
Villagers threaten to boycott poll
PASIGHAT, Mar 15: The villagers of Nugong Banggo area under Pangin Assembly constituency
have threatened to boycott the ensuing assembly and parliamentary polls until and
unless a true assurance is given to improve the road connectivity of the area.
Report from Pangin said that leaders from various local organizations, including
Sissen Welfare Society, Sissen Farmers Club, Sissen Students Union, and a section
of PRI leaders and Gaon burahs held a meeting at Sissen village and reviewed developmental
projects implemented in the area during the last one decade. After a threadbare discussion
on developmental issues of their area, they were unanimous over the fact that the
area has been given step-motherly treatment by the state government.
The leaders of Nugong Banggo area including PRI members, have submitted a representation
to East Siang Deputy Commissioner highlighting the problems faced by Sissen, Riew,
Begins, Rasign, Komsing, Karo, Jorsing and Panggi under the assembly constituency
due to lack of proper road connectivity. No remarkable development activities have
taken place in Nugong Banggo area under Pangin in East Siang since 1972. Neither
the elected MLAs/MPs nor any political leader has taken any initiative for infrastructure
development of the area, it alleged.
In another major decision, the PRI members and Gaon Burahs of Nugong Banggo area
have decided resign from their respective post if the state government fails to take
up their issues before the forthcoming elections.
Thus, the irritated citizens, panchayat leaders and GBs, standing on their rigid
decision of “No road, No vote” warned the political parties and candidate not to
enter the Sissen village and its adjoin areas without negotiation.
Copies of the representation were also submitted to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh,
Chief Secretary and the State Election Commissioner drawing their attention towards
people’s grievances and poll boycott threat due to the alleged indifferent attitude
of the state government.
‘MCC violators will be dealt with as per ECI guidelines’
TEZU, Mar 15: On the onset of the arrival of Expenditure Observer Rajesh Oja in
Tezu, today B.M. Mishra Lohit District Election Officer cum Returning Officer for
2nd East Arunachal Parliamentary Constituency informed that all suspicious transactions
above 1 lac in all the Banks are being watched and monitored.
Oja is being assisted by the Assistant Election Observer from all the Twenty Seven
Assembly Constituencies and East Parliamentary Constitution to closely monitor the
expenditure of political parties and the respective candidates.
The DEO has set himself clear and loud that there will be zero tolerance for any
kind of MCC violation. Violators will be dealt with as per the rules and guidelines
of the Election Commission of India irrespective of one’s stature, he said.
A general Control Room for public with regard to any complain regarding MCC violation
has been opened in the DEO office, Tezu with telephone services number 03804-222706
and Toll Free No. 18003453606. The Identity of the caller or informer shall remain
The DEO is leaving no stone unturned for successful conduct of free and fair election
with full achievement in Ethical Voting set by the Election Commission of India.
Earlier yesterday, he convened a meeting with the Political Parties of Tezu at his
Conference Hall in Tezu. Pre-nomination briefing and guidelines were imparted to
the political parties in the meeting.
He informed all the codel formalities to be maintained by the Political parties’
candidate while filling up the Nomination Form. Any kind of error in the form will
lead to disqualification of the candidate, he informed.
Meanwhile, he also informed the parties that the objective of Election Commission
of India is Ethical Voting where the voters will exercise their votes independently
without outside influence.
In this regard, he appealed to all the political parties to avoid violation of Model
Code of Conduct. He said, “I want free and fair election and there is zero tolerance
for violation of Model Code of Conduct and ethical voting.”
Let us avoid violence, he said and requested for a healthy competition and healthy
environment for the coming Lok Sabha as well as Assembly election. DIPRO
Condolences pour in for former minister
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Arunachal Pradesh government today declared Sunday as state mourning
day on account of the demise of former minister T C Teli who passed away yesterday
after a prolonged illness.
As a mark of respect to the departed soul, the national flag will be flown at half
mast in all the government offices, the official order read.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has expressed shock and
grief on the sudden demise of former minister T. C. Teli. Governor has conveyed his
sincere condolences to the bereaved family and offered prayers for eternal peace
of the departed soul.
“Late Teli was a dynamic leader, who always advocated to make Arunachal an exporter
state from a consumer one besides supporting taxation. His invaluable contribution
would always be remembered, said MP Takam Sanjoy while deeply mourning his sudden
death and praying for the departed soul to rest in peace.
The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) today condoled the untimely demise of ex-minister
T C Teli. “Late Teli was one of the Nyishis to have exposure to the outside world.
Because of his dint of hard work and unique spirit of determination, he rose to such
a height in political field and garnered social acclamation and was also an able
entrepreneur,” the NES said in a condolence message. A life member of the NES he
joined the team in the crusade against social evils like child marriage, force marriage
etc, prevalent during those days. As a befitting tribute to the departed soul, the
Nyishi Elite Society urged the state Government to declare state mourning and further
request to declare one day holiday and urge all the senior members of community to
attend the last rites at Itanagar residence.
Condoling the demise of Teli, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) termed
him as an active, hard working, straightforward, clean heart and a man of principle,
who made immense contribution for all round development of the state as a politician
and a social worker.
Further offering condolences to the bereaved family members, it prayed for the eternal
peace of the departed soul.
The state BJP Unit today condoled the death of ex-minister T C Teli. The entire
BJP team visited his residence and paid homage to the departed leader.
The Principal, faculty members, non teaching staff and students of the North East
Homeopathy Medical College and Hospital also mourned the demise of Teli who was the
chairman of the institute.
The Arunachal Citizens’ Right in its emergency meeting deeply mourned the untimely
demise of T C Teli. The state has lost its one of the great sons with demise of
Teli, the ACR said.
Mourning the demise, the Hina Nabam Healing Society said that the late minister was
a protector of Nyishi Society and did some commendable work for the community. He
loved and saved many people in the state, it added.
Expressing deep shock at the demise of former minister T C Teli, All Papum Poma Students’
Union said Late Teli was also founding member of the APPSU. He worked selflessly
for development of Papum Poma area, the Union said. The All Arunachal Contractors’
Welfare Association (AACWA) also expressed deep shock at the death of former minister
T C Teli. The political ideology and principle maintained by Late Teli will inspire
the society, the Association said.
Election notifications issued, no nomination papers filed on first day
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The Election Commission of India today issued the notifications
for election to two Parliamentary constituencies (Arunachal West and Arunachal East)
and 60 assembly constituencies of Arunachal Pradesh.
With the issue of notifications the nominations will be received by the respective
Retruning Officers upto March 22 next. The scrutiny of nominations will be done on
March 24, while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is fixed on March 26.
The polling will be held on April 9 from 7 AM to 5 PM. While the counting of votes
will be held on May 16.
No nomination paper was filed today in the state for Parliamentary and Assembly seats.
Since, it is a simultaneous polling for Lok Sabha and Assembly seats, two separate
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used for voting.
Meanwhile, the election machinery is fully geared up in the state for the simultaneous
polls. Vigorous monitoring is going on across the state to check violation of model
code of conduct by political parties and candidates.
For any confusion/clarification, the CEO has advised to contact the office of CEO
and DEO concerned. DIPR
First phase of training for polling officers held
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: First phase of training of Presiding and Polling Officers appointed
by DEO Papum Pare for the ensuing Parliamentary and Assembly Election started at
Sidhartha Hall today.
CEO Chandra Bhushan Kumar while addressing the officers exhorted them to work with
dedication to successfully overcome the challenges ahead of simultaneous poll of
Parliamentary and Assembly elections of the state. He said that holding the simultaneous
poll of Parliament and Assembly elections itself is a huge task and a big challenge
for all people who are involved in organizing it but the support and cooperation
of each and every individual will help in successful conduct of election.
He urged upon the officers to mentally prepared themselves to serve in any circumstances
as they may deployed in other district during the polling period where there is shortage
of manpower. The CEO also appealed the officers to share the information with their
own people and educate the voters as every citizen has the right to vote and to participate
in democratic process. He also informed that 1950 a helpline number has been set
up at CEO’s office where any one can call if they have any complaint or queries.
The CEO also informed that training for the teachers, who were appointed as Polling
Officers but presently engaged in CBSE work, will be held on March 23.
A Bhowmik, ASW, PWD Sagalee, Kalyan Dutta, JE, PWD and L. D Singh, JT, GHSS, Naharlagun
were the resource persons. Training for Presiding and Polling Officers which began
today will conclude on March 22 and a separate training day for Govt teachers appointed
as Polling Officers have been kept on 23.3.2014. Altogether 454 Presiding and Polling
Officers attended the training. DIPRO
DEO holds coordination meeting with officers
PASIGHAT, Mar 15: East Siang DC-cum-DEO Nidhi Srivastava held a coordination meeting
with the Head of Offices at the DC’s conference hall here this evening.
While presiding over the meeting she suggested the officers to actively involve
in their assigned tasks as they are responsible for election management till the
completion of poll process. The challenges this time is enormous due to simultaneous
Lok Sabha & Assembly elections and wouldn't be easy for the administration, she opined.
She further directed the HoOs not to grant any kind of leave to their subordinates
without consent of the DEO. She further urged HoOs to furnish details of their staff
strengths on or before Sunday morning for immediate preparation of polling personnel
For any kind of confusion, ADC (Eln) Rupok Boje, EAC (Eln) Tsering Gambu and CO (Eln)
John Modi would be available to help, she added.
Meanwhile, the SP Devendar Arya disclosed that out of 153 polling stations in the
district, 5 are critical, 48-sensitive, 47-hyper sensitive and 48-normal. Flying
Squads are very active and unannounced checking of ILPs, motor vehicles, arms and
ammunitions, illegal posters and banners are being carried out in full swing. He
while informing that one can not carry more than Rs 50,000 without any valid document
also informed that only 6 bottles of IMFL, 1 case Beer is allowed and stern action
would be taken against the violators, he reiterated. The SP once again appealed the
citizens not to use any kind of Arms, daos and lathis in public places and to deposit
all kind of fire arms on or before Mar-18 to the nearest police stations. DIPRO