The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
305 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Panchayat & municipality polls pass off peacefully
ITANAGAR, May 16: Panchayat elections across Arunachal Pradesh and polling for Itanagar
and Pasighat municipalities ended peacefully today barring some sporadic poll-related
violence in few polling centres.
An estimated 60 per cent voters exercised their franchise for the three-tier Panchayati
Raj system while polling percentage for Itanagar and Pasighat municipalities being
held for the first time was recorded at little above 40 per cent till last reports
65.90% voters exercised their franchise in Pasighat Municipal election, informed
Assistant Town Planner Tani Taloh. 5,033 voters out of the total 7,637 cast their
votes, and the ratio of male and female voters was 2,531: 2,502, Taloh added.
State Election Commission (SEC) Secretary K Peyang said that the final poll percentage
would be available only tomorrow after reports from several district reach the commission
The commission had to postpone polling in 20 booths under Tali and Pip Sorang circles
of remote Kurung Kumey district as polling officials could not reach due to inclement
weather and disruption in surface communication, Peyang said.
Fresh polling in nine booths under Tali circle has been fixed on May 20 next while
polling at 11 stations under Pip Sorang circle has been fixed on May 29.
Polling was held for 143 Zila Parishads seats out of 177 as 32 zila parishad members
(ZPM) were declared unopposed while election for two ZPM seats was not conducted
due to non-filing of nominations.
Out of total Anchal Samiti Member (ASM) seats, election was held for 1031, while
739 candidates were declared unopposed and election was not conducted for 17 seats.
Election for the Gram Panchayat Member (GPM) seats was held for 2,346 out of total
7, 401 posts and elections in 124 seats were not conducted, Peyang informed.
Altogether 12, 356 candidates were in the fray for the Panchayat polls being held
for the third time in the state.
A total of 102 candidates were in the fray in the municipal polls being held for
the first time at Itanagar and Pasighat, sources said.
DIPROs add: Panchayat elections in trouble-torn Tirap district concluded peacefully
and there was no report of any untoward incidents from any polling booths.
Live feed from three polling stations were streamed but it was often interrupted
due to inclement weather. Long queues were seen in many villages as the enthusiastic
voters cast their votes braving inclement weather. The district administration and
the district Police made elaborate security arrangements during the poll.
In Changlang too, people turned out in large number to exercise their democratic
Brisk and peaceful polling was reported from all the polling stations. No untoward
incident was reported from any polling stations of the entire district till filing
of this report. Female voters out numbered their male counterparts and the voters
enthusiastically exercised their adult franchise without fear or favour. The District
Administration made elaborate security arrangement to maintain law and order.
Polling was also completed peacefully in all the polling booths including Hasse-Russa
It is worth mentioning here that Sibsagar administration in Assam posed a tremendous
threat in holding the Panchayat election in Hasse-Russa polling station in state.
Quoting Supreme Court's order on disputed boundary area, DC and SP of Sibsagar
district of Assam with large number of police force had arrived at Hasse -Russa
polling booth since yesterday afternoon. Sensing the impending trouble, the District
Election Officer, however changed the venue of polling booth to a nearby Anganwadi
centre for peaceful polling. Polling percentage was reported at 40 per cent as many
of the voters could not turn up due to confusion regarding venue of polling.
Peaceful election has also been reported from Lower Dibang Valley district.
Polling teams with man and materials have started reaching the receiving centre at
VKV Auditorium Hall where the ballot boxes will be kept in strong room under tight
security. Polling teams from 34 polling stations at Roing, Meka, Iduli, Koronu and
some from Hunli Anchal Block are expected to reach by tonight. Polling teams from
the farthest circle, Desali is expected to reach tomorrow evening.
Dambuk SDO, A Tayeng told over telephone that the election was also held peacefully
at Dambuk Anchal Block and polling teams barring Paglam Circle are expected to reach
Roing in the evening today.
Panchayat poll in Papum Pare district also passed off peacefully today. No poll related
incident has been reported from any circle till the closing of polling.
Polling teams, along with ballot box of nearby polling stations have started reaching
strong room at Yupia.
Panchayat election in Upper Siang witnessed a large turn out of voters and there
was no report of any poll related incident received from anywhere in the district.
However, the actual turnout could be ascertained only after polling teams return
from polling station in interior places like Migging, Panggo, Kugging, Nyering, Angging,
Singging, Peki-Modi, Mayung, Bishing and others.
It is reported that the voters of Gelling, Norbuling, Tasigaon, Mankota boycotted
the Panchayat poll within their segments to register its protest against non-creation
of a separate Anchal Block/ZP seat for Gelling and Singga area.
Large voter turnout has also been reported in Dibang Valley district.
According to report, the percentage of voter turnout in 24 polling stations out of
total 29 was 73.34. The reports of voter turnout in five polling stations in remote
and far flung Ambolin, Atthunli, Engalin, Yayi and Kronli Anganwadi Centre are still
Meanwhile, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Mishra informed that Panchayat
Poll in Pasighat block and Municipal election in Pasighat Township ended fairly and
peacefully and no untoward incident has been reported.
The percentage of poll turnout in the district could be ascertained only after receiving
information from the outpost administrative circle headquarters, he said.
Our Ruksin correspondent adds: Panchayat polls in Ruksin sub-division in East Siang
district was reported to be peaceful. No poll related incidents were reported from
anywhere in the sub-division.
Polling in some polling booths passed off peacefully while polling continued till
late night at Rani, Bilat, Rayang and Oyan polling booths under tight security, the
No untoward incident has been reported till filing of this report.
Ruksin election department sources said that their office has so far received ballot
boxes along with report of completion of polling from nine booths out of the total
Ruksin sub-divisional administration is conducting panchayat polls in 35 Gram Panchayats
falling under Ruksin, Bilat and Silley-Oyan blocks. The three blocks have 35 Gram
Panchayats comprising three Zilla Parishad, 35 Anchal Samity and 134 Gaon Panchayat
The Ruksin Polling station witnessed 65 percent voting. (With inputs from PTI)
Meanwhile, lauding the voters of the state, particularly voters of Capital Complex
and Pasighat for participating in the Municipal election for stronger democracy,
BJP Arunachal Pradesh said that paisa has played greater role in civil polls, which
is being held for the first time in the state. Use of money power in election is
a unhealthy practice and it would set a bad precedence in electoral history of the
state in years to come, said BJP president Tai Tagak. He further alleged that
state machineries have been used in favour of party in power during the election
process. While pointing out the difficulties faced by the voters under some Municipal
wards in Capital Complex, the state BJP chief said the registered voters of Barapani,
SRS colony, Takar Complex have to walk about three km distance to cast their votes
at Pachin Colony.
Nirbhay Sharma is new Governor of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, May 16: The President of India today appointed Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay
Sharma as the new Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. According to the information updated
in the president of India official website, Lt. General Sharma will become Governor
with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.
Later this evening official of Rajbhawan, Itanagar confirmed the news. The outgoing
Governor Gen JJ Singh is currently at New Delhi. With this, the 5-year-old tenure
of Gen J J Singh comes to an end. The former Army chief had assumed the office of
Governor in January 2008. Often referred as People’s Governor, Gen. Singh has been
one of the most vocal proponents of Arunachal in various national and international
forums. He also extensively travelled across the state, visiting many interior places.
Despite his people friendly tenure, Gen Singh was criticized for not taking bold
step when state witnessed serious law and order problem in the year 2011 due to internal
battle among Congress leaders over Chief Ministership. The sources believe that appointment
of another retired army personnel in Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma shows that
the Centre is worried about infrastructure development in the state. New Delhi is
hoping that Lt. General Sharma will continue to closely monitor the major infrastructure
projects in order to ensure the timely completion.
The misuse of fund especially under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in
the state has been worrying central government. The recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh
sector has deeply worried the military think-thank at New Delhi. The central government
is pushing for upgradation of infrastructure projects in Arunachal Pradesh keeping
in view the China factor.
Lt. Gen. (Retired) Sharma is one of the most distinguished and decorated field commanders
of the Indian Army. During his tenure in the army, most of his assignments dealt
with Jammu and Kashmir and the north eastern states. His last assignment in the army
was that of being a Corps Commander and Security Advisor to the Government of Jammu
and Kashmir. He took part in the 1971 War and was a part of the Airborne Assault
Group, the first Indian Army Unit to enter Dacca. Apart from commanding a battalion
on the China border, he was part of the Sino-Indian Working Group and coordinated
counter-insurgency operations in the North East with civil agencies and inter-ministerial
delegations. The peace process with Naga rebels commenced during this period.
Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand fare best in maths classes: Study
NEW DELHI, May 16: Students of Class IX and X in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand
seem to be making the most of their Mathematics lessons as a NCERT study found nine
classes are allocated for the subject per week in these states in comparison to just
four in Odisha.
It said there are eleven states where six periods per week for teaching of mathematics
Periods allotted per week for teaching of Mathematics in Class VIII was maximum in
Jammu and Kashmir where nine periods are allocated for the subject in comparison
to a minimum of five in Kerala, Meghalaya and Nagaland, the study says.
The report suggested the need for use of a common structure of education for the
first ten years of schooling as suggested in the National Curriculum Framework.
This will help in implementing the centrally sponsored scheme and other educational
policies, it says. "In this regard, meetings with state policy planners and administrators
should be organized."
Though most of the states have introduced English in Class I, the report suggested
that introducing the subject should be ascertained based on research for optimal
Efforts should also be made for introduction of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation
(CCE) programme and grading system in evaluation by organizing meetings with policy
planners, orienting teachers and teacher educators, it said. PTI
AAPSU fact finding committee holds meet on NERIST issue
ITANAGAR, May 16: As per the resolution adopted on April 24 under the guidance of
AAPSU president Kamta Lapung, the first meeting of the 8-member Fact Finding Committee
being headed by AAPSU finance secretary Suraj Tayam was held with the NERIST authority
and other organizations at the Institute’s conference hall on May 14 under the chairmanship
of Adv T T Tara, legal advisor of the apex students’ body.
After threadbare discussion, the Fact Finding Committee resolved for further persuasion
with MHRD by the NERIST authority for immediate implementation of pension scheme.
The Committee also resolved to give one month time for examination of the demand
for regularization of 21 contractual employees of NERIST.
It requires a mention here that NERIST employees had ended their week-long agitation
on April 24 at the intervention of AAPSU and accordingly, in a joint meeting of AAPSU,
NERIST authority, representatives of employees and other student bodies the same
day constituted the fact finding panel to go into the agitating employees’ demands
and submit a report to the NERIST Board chairman within a month for further action.
AAPSU, VHP demand apology from Maharashtra Board
ITANAGAR, May 16: Taking serious note of the error committed by the Maharashtra State
Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, All Arunachal Pradesh Students
Union (AAPSU) today condemned the ‘blunder’ and demanded apology to the people
of Arunachal Pradesh from the Board.
A section of local and national media yesterday reported that for lakhs of 10th class
students in Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh is not a part of the country as the north-eastern
state is reportedly missing from the map in their geography textbooks.
AAPSU said that the publication and distribution of the erroneous book should be
stopped until it is rectified by the authorities.
The board's blunder comes at a time when an escalation in tension along the border
has put relations between India and China on a knife's edge.
Pointing out Chinese reported claim over Arunachal Pradesh and the Maharashtra
text book which leaves Arunachal out of India, AAPSU said the Maharashtra should
have to take responsibility in case of any border clash between the two neighbouring
nations in near future.
Lastly, the Apex students body urged both Arunachal and Maharashtra Govts to
constitute a committee to bring proper solution to the board’s blunder.
The Arunachal Pradesh units of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Arunachal Vikash Parishad
have taken serious note of the blunder committed by the Education Department of Government
of Maharashtra by not showing the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the map of India
in its geography textbooks.
“This is an unpardonable mistake where Arunachal Pradesh has been shown to be a part
of the territory of Republic of China. This kind of mistake not only aggravates the
border tension between India and China but also weakens our international stand as
far as the unity and integrity of our nation is concerned,” the VHP unit in a release
Condemning in its strongest terms the irresponsible act on the part of Maharashtra
State Board of Secondary and Higher Education, the VHP demanded a high level inquiry
into the incident and punishment to the guilty. At the same time, the books published
by the education department should be taken back in no time and fresh publication
with correct map should be supplied to the students, the release added.
In its release, AVP also demanded immediate withdrawal of the books and strict action
against the board.
“The Board and Govt. of Maharashtra must apologize to the people of Arunachal Pradesh
and should rectify it immediately,” AVP demanded.
Expressing serious concern over such ignorance on the part of the higher authorities,
who are supposed to educate and guide the new generation in proper direction, AVP
suggested the Maharashtra board to educate the students about Northeastern states
and hoped that the issue will open the eyes of the people of the country.
As a budding youth of this state, I strongly feel the need to seek for the loss of
the state. It is painful and sad to say that today most of the youth are involved
in crime and some of them are addicted to intoxicants. What pleasure do they get?
Is this a way to show your youthfulness? By doing this you are not only spoiling
your life, instead you are polluting the whole state. Remember that we the youth
are responsible for everything that is happening to our society.
Our little act can shake the whole state. We were born to do great work in Arunachal
Pradesh and not to just doodle around. Our future depends on the good work done by
us. If you guys continue to act destructive way, the day is not far when we the indigenous
people of this state will face wrath of acute poverty, ignorance, crime, unemployment
In my opinion, the youth are the bravest among all and the bravest are surely those
who have clearest vision of what is before them- danger, death etc. Let's be united
and bring glorious achievement for the state.
Publish job advertisement online
With this letter I want to share my idea regarding the advertisement in your daily.
There is no job advertisement in the online website of Arunachal Times. It is a necessity
for the students who are studying outside the state. We don’t get any update about
job opportunities. Other newspaper like Times of India and all are advertising such
information in their online publication.
It would be very helpful for the students if you could publish those advertisements
online. We the student communities would be very thankful to your daily if you publish
such information in your online edition.
Now panel to measure backwardness of states
The backwardness of the states would be considered under various criteria including
per capita income and other human development indicators.
Amid demands for special category status by certain states like Bihar, the Indian
government on Wednesday set up an expert committee to evolve a composite index to
measure backwardness of states.
"It has been decided to constitute an Expert Committee... to consider backwardness
of the States in terms of measures like distance of the State from the national
average under criteria such as per capita income and other human development indicators
and for evolving a Composite Development Index of States," the Finance Ministry
said in a statement on Wednesday.
The terms of reference of the committee will be issued separately, it added.
The 6-member committee headed by Raghuram G Rajan, Chief Economic Adviser would submit
its report within 60 days.
The other members of the committee are Shaibal Gupta, Bharat Ramaswami, Najeeb Jung,
Nirija G Jayal and Tuhin Pandey.
The panel, set up in pursuant to the Budget announcement, can invite other experts
as Special Invitees for deliberations.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party JD(U) have been demanding special
category status for Bihar, which lags behind the national average on all important
indices, to spur its development process.
The present criteria for determining backwardness are based on terrain, density of
population and length of international borders.
In his Budget 2013-14 speech, India’s Finance Minister P Chidambaram had proposed
to evolve new criteria and reflect them in future planning and devolution of funds.