Judgement Day 2009
Arunachal awaits new legislative assembly as counting begins
Itanagar, Oct 21: After what looked like an eternity, the fate of 154 candidates
would be decided on Thursday to form the 60 member Arunachal Legislative assembly.
Counting of votes would be taken up simultaneously in all the district headquarters
besides ADC Hq of Mechukha and Namsai. The counting would start 0800 hrs and by
mid day most results are expected. Over 600 officials would take care of the counting
process amidst tight security.
Of the 7.25 lakh voters, an estimated 75 per cent electorates exercised their franchise
on October 13. Voting took place for 57 seats as Tawang district sent all its representatives
They are Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu from Mukto constituency, sitting MLA Tsewang
Dhondhup from Tawang and debutant Jambey Tashi from Lumla seat.
Congress fielded candidates in 57 seats, followed by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
with 36, BJP -18 candidates while the Trinamool Congress put up 26 nominees followed
by Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) with 11 candidates and Janata Dal United-3.
There are three independent candidates.
In most places, victories celebrations have been prohibited to counter post poll
List of the candidates
Constituency Names Party
4-Dirang(ST) 4 Tsering Gyurme INC
5 Phurpa Tsering PPA
5-Kalaktang (ST) 6 R.K. Khrimey NCP
7 T. N. Thongdok iINC
6-Thrizino-Buragon(ST) 8 Naresh Glow INC
9 Kumsi Sidisow PPA
7-Bomdila(ST) 10 Japu Deru NCP
11 R.T. Khunjuju INC
12 Sambu Siongju BJP
8-Bameng(ST) 13 Kumar Waii INC
14 Tagung Neri AITC
9-Chayangtajo(ST) 15 Kameng Dolo INC
16 Karya Bagang AITC
10-Seppa East (ST) 17 Tame Phassang INC
18 Tapuk Taku AITC
11-Seppa West (ST) 19 Hari Notung INC
20 Tani Loffa AITC
12-Pakke-Kessang(ST) 21 Atum Welly INC
22 Techi Hemu NCP
13-Itanagar(ST) 23 Kipa Babu INC
24 Lichi Legi BJP
25 Techi Kaso NCP
26 Tami Taniang Janata
27 Techi Necha AITC
14-Doimukh (ST) 28 Nabam Rebia INC
29 Ngurang Pinch NCP
30 T.C. Teli AITC
15-Sagalee(ST) 31 Nabum Tuki INC
32 Tad Tana NCP
16-Yachuli(ST) 33 Likha Saaya INC
34 Jotam Toko Takam PPA
35 Nikh Kamin AITC
17-Ziro-Hapoli(ST) 36 Kuru Tai BJP
37 Padi Richo INC
38 Subu Koyang NCP
39 Nani Ribia AITC
18-Palin(ST) 40 Balo Raja INC
41 Charu Tanam NCP
42 Takam Tagar PPA
19-Nyapin(ST) 43 Bamang Felix NCP
44 Tatar Kipa INC
20-Tali (ST) 45 Takam Sorang INC
46 Er. Markio Tado PPA
21-Koloriang(ST) 47 Kahfa Bengia NCP
48 Lokam Tassar INC
22-Nacho (ST) 49 Ajit Nacho BJP
50 Tanga Byaling INC
51 Tapa Garam Baki NCP
23-Taliha(ST) 52 Punji Mara INC
53 Nyato Rigia AITC
24-Daporijo (ST) 54 Maji Marging NCP
55 Tapen Siga BJP
56 Yari Dulom INC
57 Daklo Nidak AITC
25-Raga (ST) 58 Takir Kurdu JD(U)
59 Aath Tacho Kabak NCP
60 Nido Pavitra INC
61 Talo Mugli AITC
26-Dumporijo 62 Lompak Paksok BJP
63 Takar Marde INC
27-Liromoba (ST) 64 Bai Gadi BJP
65 Jarbom Gamlin INC
28-Likabali (ST) 66 Gumke Riba NCP
67 Jomde Kena INC
68 Kardu Taipodia PPA
69 Yai Mara AITC
29-Basar (ST) 70 Gojen Gadi INC
71 Yomkar Riba NCP
72 Dakter Basar AITC
30-Along West (ST) 73 Gadam Ete INC
74 Duter Padu AITC
31-Along East (ST) 75 Jarkar Gamlin INC
76 Yomto Jini AITC
32-Rumgong (ST) 77 Dibang Tatak INC
78 Tamiyo Taga BJP
79 Tayu Jerang NCP
80 Karma Jerang JD(U)
33-Mechukha(ST) 81 Pasang Dorjee Sona INC
82 Tsering Naksang NCP
83 Bote Yuto PPA
84 Tako Puning AITC
34-Tuting-Yingkiong(ST) 85 Alo Libang NCP
86 Gegong Apang INC
87 Katan Komboh BJP
35-Pangin(ST) 88 Kaling Jerang NCP
89 Tapang Taloh INC
36-Nari Koyu (ST) 90 Kenyir Ringu NCP
91 Tako Dabi INC
37-Pasighat West (ST) 92 Omak Apang INC
93 Dr. Tangor Tapak BJP
38-Pasighat East (ST) 94 Bosiram Siram INC
95 Kaling Moyong NCP
96 Oyem Dai BJP
39-Mebo (ST) 97 Lombo Tayeng INC
98 Ralom Borang NCP
40-Mariyang-Geku (ST) 99 Dana Pertin BJP
100 J.K. Panggeng INC
101 Raising Perme NCP
102 Olom Panyang AITC
41-Anini (ST) 103 Eri Tayu NCP
104 Rajesh Tacho INC
42-Dambuk (ST) 105 Jomin Tayeng NCP
106 Roding Pertin INC
43-Roing (ST) 107 Pomaya Mithi INC
108 Laeta Umbrey AITC
44-Tezu (ST) 109 Karikho Kri INC
110 Nakul Chai AITC
45-Hayuliang (ST) 111 Bamin Kri BJP
112 Kalikho Pul INC
113 Khuje Drai NCP
114 Baritlum Ama AITC
46-Chowkham (ST) 115 C. C. Namchoom NCP
116 Chow Tewa Mein INC
47-Namsai (ST) 117 Chow Ambika Enling BJP
118 C. C. Mansai INC
119 C. P. Namchoom AITC
120 Nang Sati Mein IND
48-Lekang (ST) 121 Chowna Mein INC
122 James Techi Tara NCP
123 Sotai Kri BJP
124 Larbin Nasi AITC
125 Koruna Morang IND
49-Bordumsa Diyum 126 Khumral Lungphi NCP
127 C.C Singpho INC
128 Siraiong Singpho BJP
50-Miao (ST) 129 Kamlung Mosang INC
130 Samchom Ngemu NCP
51-Nampong (ST) 131 Setong Sena INC
132 Tosham Mossang Independent
52-Changlang South (ST) 133 Hamjong Tangha NCP
134 Phosum Khimhun INC
135 Tengam Ngemu AITC
53-Changlang North (ST) 136 Happa Taidong NCP
137 Tinghaap Taiju INC
138 Wangnia Pongte AITC
54-Namsang (ST) 139 Wangki Lowang INC
140 Wanglong Rajkumar NCP
55-Khonsa East(ST) 141 T.L. Rajkumar INC
142 W. Lowangcha BJP
143 Kamthok Lowang AITC
144 Ngampay Lamaty PPA
56-Khonsa West (ST) 145 Jitbho Aboh NCP
146 Langwang Sumpa BJP
147 Yumsem Matey INC
148 Thajam Aboh AITC
57-Borduria-Bogapani (ST) 149 Tonhang Tongluk NCP
150 W. Lowangdong INC
58-Kanubari (ST) 151 Newlai Tingkhatra INC
152 G. D. Wangsu PPA
59-Longding Pumao (ST) 153 Thangwang Wangham INC
154 Tanpho Wangnaw PPA
60-Pongsu-Wakka (ST) 155 Honchun Ngandam INC
156 Kapnai Wangsa NCP
157 Anok Wangsa PPA
Rs. 2,60,000 soiled and mutilated notes and coins exchanged.
ITANAGAR, Oct 21: Reserve Bank of India as part of its Platinum Jubilee Celebration
conducted its third one day financial outreach camp at Borum Village, Papum Pare
District today to create awareness among the people about banking and include them
in the mainstream financial system.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India
G Gopalakrishnan said that the bank has decided to reach out to the door steps of
the people for enhancing financial inclusion and financial literacy of the masses.
Unless these objectives of the bank are achieved there cannot be a real growth, and
the benefits of banking and financial sector developments cannot percolate down to
every Indian, he added.
He further highlighting the banking systems and customers services offered by the
banks urged every house hold to get a bank account, adding that only 50% of the household
in the Borum village have bank accounts.
However, he expressed the hope that the villagers would open account after the camp
and assured to adopt Borum village as a one of model village. He further said that
bank official have been entrusted to maintain the follow up programme for the benefit
of the people.
Regional Director, Sureka Marandi thanked the people of the area for co-operating
with the bank officials to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in the village successfully.
She also highlighted the power and function of Reserve Bank of India and its inter-relation
with the other bank in the country.
Gaon Bura Borum Mallo Tubin and Borum-1 Anchal Chairperson thanked the Bank officers
for conducting the financial out reach camp at Borum.
They urged the bank official to consult and engage GBs and PRIs of the respective
village, while granting loan to the villager so that the actual fact and figure of
that particular person be ascertained.
Tubin further said that the GBs can play an active role in the village during bank
loan recovery drive, if Gaon Burahs are engage properly during granting of loans
to individuals by Bank.
On the occasion, Rs. 2,60,000 soiled and mutilated notes and coins were exchanged
by the people on the spot in the mobile counter of state bank of India, Itanagar
Stall were put by various banking institutions while NABARD in collaboration with
Nichii Niittii Barmi Handloom and Handicraft Co-operative Development Society put
up stalls to highlight various schemes related to uplifting the rural poor and micro-insurance
Amongst other, DGM, United Bank of India Bimal Das, Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Rural
Bank ZT Khiangte, GM RBI, Guwahati NK Gayon, Chief General Manager SBI AK Deb, General
Manager NABARD Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay, PRI, GBs, SHGs and public attended the camp.
City Police continue search
ITANAGAR, Oct 21: In the Neelam Maj murder case, the Itanagar Police is under the
hot pursuit of three suspects. A government release expected the hope that they would
be arrested any time.
Maj, son of former Home Minister Neelam Taram was found brutally assaulted on Oct
17 at Naharlagun by a Patrolling team of City Police. He later succumbed to his injuries
at the hospital.
State order magisterial enquiry in Seppa killing, family press for justice
ITANAGAR, Oct.22: The state government has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the
Seppa shooting involving ITBP and IRBn which left an IRBn jawan dead on Oct 17. A
suo moto case has been registered under the Seppa police station in this regard.
While appreciating the move taken by state government, victim’s family member wished
case would be handled in better way.
Talking to this daily Tako Aman, the elder brother of dead IRBn jawan shared the
agony that his family is going through ever since they got the news of his death.
“My brother has died in a tragic way while performing his duty. As per as I know
he was brutally beaten up before being shot dead at point blank. There were all sorts
of bruises in his body which tells much truth.
Also I am scared that ITBP personnel may tamper with the evidence at the place of
occurrence,” said Tako Aman.
He wondered how a jawan from the well trained force like ITBP could shoot a fellow
jawan that too when he was in police uniform. Further he added, “The entire circumstance
of my brother’s death sound so controversial. Though he was killed on 17th of this
month, we got news of his death after 48 hours. I don’t understand why there was
so much delay in conveying death of his news to us. But now I truly hope that both
state police and ITBP authority could together catch the accused and bring justice
to departed soul of my brother.”
Belonging to the Yuba village of Kurung Kumey district this was first posting for
the late Tago Tagak after the completion of his training. He is survived by a young
widow and a minor child.
Recalling the good old days, Tako Aman said, “We were all looking for him to come
back home after election duty. We never expected that instead of him, his death body
would arrive.” For family member the most hurting aspect of this entire episode is
the way people at higher authority are trying to hush up this incident in order to
save the face of ITBP force. “I strongly feel some people are trying to cover up
this incident to protect ITBP force which is really sad. I make sincere appeal to
state government to immediately mount pressure on ITBP authority to identify the
killer of my brother and punish the accused under the Indian Laws,” he concluded.
Today, family members represented by Tako Aman, the brother of late IRBn jawan Tako
Tagak along with representatives from AAPSU, ANSU and ALSU met state Director General
of Police(DGP) and Home Commissioner to press their demand for the speedy justice
by arresting the ITBP personnel who allegedly shoot dead late Tako Tagak.
Arunachal School girl shines at Science Seminar
ITANAGAR, Oct 21: Sonam Lhamu Monpa, a student of Class IX, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission
Girl’s School, Khonsa secured the first place at the National Science Seminar-2009
which was held at Nehru Science Centre Mumbai recently.
Daughter of Police Officer S Monpa and Chumnya Monpa, Sonam with her brilliant performance
stood out at the seminar which saw participation from all the states and Union territories
of the country. The topic for this year’s seminar was Chandrayan: Promises and Concerns.
The Arunachal Factor in Sino-India Relations
The degree of belligerency, in the past four years, shown by China seems to exceed
far more than what was demonstrated after Dalai Lama was granted political asylum
by India under the leadership of Pt. Nehru in 1959. The New York Times (September
4) reports that there were “270 border violations and nearly 2, 300 instances of
‘aggressive border patrolling’ by Chinese soldiers” in 2008.
Communist China’s aggressive postures towards India can also be gauged from her repeated
insistence that whole of Arunachal Pradesh is a political as well as geographical
extension of mainland China. China has repeatedly been objecting to the visit of
Indian leaders in what they called as ‘disputed territory’. She also objected to
Asian Development Bank loan to India as it was going to be used for the development
of Arunachal Pradesh. And the list is long. Occasionally, the Chinese Embassy does
not issue visa to ‘Indians’ from Arunachal Pradesh maintaining that Arunachalees
are their own people and hence need no permission to visit their ‘own country’. It
happened to our former Chief Minister, Gegong Apang and Ganesh Koyu, IAS, a senior
official of Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal as a Factor
A gentleman has rightly remarked, “A game of ping-pong has been playing between India
and China since the first half of 20th century, in which the state of Arunachal is
being used as a ball”. In fact, all major central interventions in the state have
taken place keeping in view India’s interests vis-à-vis its strong neighbour, China.
The Government of India was always guided by geo-political and strategic considerations
while framing policies for the tribals of the Frontier Tracts. Sanjib Baruah argues
that “The goal of nationalizing a frontier space has been the major trust of Indian
policy vis-à-vis Arunachal Pradesh”.
Chinese invasion of Tibet took place in 1950 when 40,000 personnel of Peoples Liberation
Army (PLA) crushed unarmed Tibetan guards. The Government of India became apprehensive
about the sinister intension of communist China towards the Tracts. In 1951, a year
after the invasion, the plain portions of NEFA was transferred to the administrative
jurisdiction of the Government of Assam by a Notification. Boundary demarcation between
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam remains hazy even today because of this Notification.
Realising the fact that India’s defeat in 1962 war was due to lack of road communication
and other facilities in the Frontier State, the necessity was felt for urgent development
of the area. The post-1962 saw sudden swift in the administrative policy of the Government
of India towards NEFA. Modern governmental institutions were sought to be introduced
so that the territory could come closer to the mainstream of political life in the
country. A four-member committee, popularly known as Dying Ering Committee was appointed
to consider the expansion and development of modern local self-government in NEFA.
The President of India promulgated the North East Frontier Agency Panchayati Raj,
Regulation, 1967 framed on the basis of the Dying Ering Committee. The institution
of Panchayat Raj has initiated democratic political participation of the people and
people’s participation in political activities through Panchayat Raj institution
has broadened their political outlook and forced them to look beyond their clan and
After the Seventh Round of border talks in 1986, when it became increasingly clear
that the solution to border problem was not drawing in favour of India (because of
contradictory official statements by China after the talks), the Government of India
enacted a bill in the Parliament in December 1986 to establish Arunachal Pradesh
as a state. Surprisingly, Arunachal was granted statehood even when its people were
happy with the scheme of Union Territory. All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU)
strongly objected to granting of statehood till Arunachal attains a “desired level
of political and economic development”. China condemned India of “violating Chinese
territorial sovereignty” and “gravely injuring feelings of the Chinese people”.
The Constitution 55th Amendment Bill, intellectuals believe, was passed in haste,
which contains a controversial provision in the form of Article 371(H) of the Constitution.
Insertion of Article 371(H) in the Constitution giving special power to the Governor
of Arunachal Pradesh with regards to law and order problem in the state can be interpreted
as an effort on the part of the Centre to keep watchful eyes on anti-national activities
in this frontier. Some of the opposition Members of Parliament raised objection to
the special power given to the Governor of Arunachal. The then Prime Minister, Rajiv
Gandhi, replying to the Members of the House, expressed that this provision was necessary
because of ‘very sensitive’ location of Arunachal Pradesh and assured that the special
power would not be used to encroach upon the autonomy of the state.
Arunachal Pradesh is a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) state, which means that any foreigner
visiting the state needs to obtain a permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government
of India. The Central government perhaps intends to restrict the entry of foreign
visitors probably to rule out the possibility of indigenous Arunachalee coming in
contact with ‘enemy foreigners’, who could instigate them to be anti-India or pro-China.
It was perhaps apprehended that the tribals, when left unguarded, might express their
political aspirations in negative direction.
What China Wants?
When I sat down to write this column, there were some unsettled questions in my mind.
Why is Arunachal Pradesh so dear to China? Is China really interested to occupy Arunachal?
Is there any way to improve relations between India and China?
Chinese side, including government officials, media and Chinese scholars, very often
talk about ‘East-West Swap Deal’. What this deal is about, some must be wondering.
“If India gives Tawang to China and recognizes Aksai Chin (which is already in Chinese
possession after getting it from Pakistan in 1963) as Chinese territory, then India
will gain 83,000 square km of territory in return for 41,000 sq km!”, says Professor
Wang Dehua of Sanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Wang’s statement more
or less reflects Chinese government’s undeclared position, and 83,000 sq km territory
referred here is Arunachal Pradesh, which it (China) likes to call South Tibet.
Apart from the swap deal, China would want India not to be a party to the USA’s design
of containing China. During the Cold War period the Tibet issue was understood to
have been deployed as part of the global policy of containment of communist expansion
and consequent counter-communist crusade. In the changed international scenario,
the USA may strategically like to use the issue to embarrass China, the potential
threat to US hegemony in world affairs.
Most importantly, China would definitely like India to use its position and goodwill
to persuade the Dalai Lama to accept suzerainty of China over Tibet. Karunakar Gupta,
in his book, The Hidden History of the Sino-Indian Frontier, feels that it was only
after the Tibetan revolt in March and the consequent flight of the Dalai Lama to
India that suddenly turned the Indo-Tibetan frontier into a live frontier. He further
writes that, “It has been one of my contentions that the leaders of Tibet played
a major role in vitiating Sino-Indian relations since the fifties-ofcourse with the
clandestine support they received from the various Western agencies, particularly
Is There a Way Out?
To deal with China one need not be rational, but certainly has to be a realist. China,
I am given to understand that China knows the reality. She knows that India, at any
cost, will not sacrifice Tawang, strategically located and a place of religious importance.
China also knows that it cannot occupy any part of India by force, and even if she
can, she will restrict herself to threat of use of force, as both India and China
understand the likely costs of another war.
Many believe that China may not be actually interested for physical possession of
Arunachal Pradesh, but the state is being used as a bait to swap the Tibetan issue
or some portion of land in Western sector (read: Aksai Chain). India must, therefore,
act whatever is in national interests. We are proud that because of our democratic
traditions we are able to host reverend leader like the Dalai Lama inspite of strong
opposition from our neighbouring country. But India is no America, and we may have
to take certain steps, in our national interests, which might be unpleasant to our
guests. Recently published CIA documents on the 1962 Sino-India war reveal that “…..the
Indian officials stated privately that the government would not be sorry to see the
Dalai Lama leave the country”. For all practical purposes, Aksai Chin is with China.
The memory of 1962, what I call as ‘1962 hangover’, coupled with mainland India’s
wrong perception about the people of Northeast India have been responsible for Central
government’s inability to free the state from its strong grip. Arunachal Pradesh
is an integral part of India as per the Constitution of India. Therefore, no body
needs to repeat it, not even the Prime Minister of India. It hurts when a fellow
Indian doubts our integrity. It doubly hurts when the Central government does not
trust us fully.
Our Chief Minister, Dorjee Khandu said in an interview that India does not have boundary
with China but with Tibet. He needs to be advised about the fact that his statement
is not in tune with the official position of Government of India. Such rhetoric by
the media, political parties and leaders need to stop instantly so that two Asian
giants come closer to each other for peace and stability in the entire region. Government
of India need not give unnecessary importance to public opinions, which often are
full of emotions and devoid of any rationality. I subscribe to Union Minister of
State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor’s statement that, “Relationship should
not be seen only in the context of the problems, it should also be seen in the context
of the opportunity”.
(Dr. Bath teaches in the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University
and can be contacted at email@example.com.)
Assam proposes peace convention, AAPSU demands Govt interventions
ITANAGAR, Oct 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union called for intervention of
the state government to defuse the tension that has risen in Dhemaji, Assam after
a killing of a driver in Arunachal. The people of Dhemaji district in Assam have
launched an economic blockade against the state after the death of an Assamese in
a shooting incident at West Siang in Arunachal. Three Siang districts and Upper Subansiri
are the worst affected.
It said that state government should take stock of the situation so that it is brought
under control and people’s suffering are mitigated.
While condemning the murder of a driver, the Union at the same time, said that economic
blockade and atrocities carried out against innocent Arunachalees will not yield
any results. The Union further requested the agitating organizations to allow law
to take its own course of action rather than flare up communal tension.
The Union reminded the government the importance of intra state road while expressing
the hope that whoever forms the new government in the state will take initiative
in this regard.
On the other hand, organizations from Assam have called a peace convention to discuss
the matter arising out of the situation. The convention is scheduled at Silapathar
Doni Polo Complex. It said that unfortunate incidents should not affect the age old
ties between the two states. In a faxed message to this daily, it stated discussion
is needed to bring about permanent solution to the problem.
Women arrested for possession of fake currencies
ITANAGAR, Oct 21: Three women were arrested for possession of fake currencies amounting
to some sixty thousand rupees in Ziro recently.
Acting on a tip off, District police arrested a woman and raided her house which
led to recovery of fake notes.
During the course of interrogation, she revealed the name of her accomplices. Police
later arrested one from Sangram in Kurung Kumey. However, the women have been granted
bail by the court.
Initial investigation suggest towards a huge racket involving many big shots within
the state. Picture would be clearer once the Police gets down to its work after the
election process is over, a Police source said.
Circulations of fake currencies have been in news for quite sometime, more so after
the electioneering started in the state.
Districts gear up for D-day
Changlang, Oct 21: A meeting cum training for Counting Supervisors and Assistants
was held here at Changlang today. The training was attended by forty two Counting
Supervisors and Assistants. The other members present were ADC Changlang L Borang,
COs Changlang K Tikhak and Yutan Sunya.
The Changlang Deputy Commissioner, Dr S B Deepak Kumar, IAS while thanking all concerned
for smooth and peaceful conduct of the Assembly election informed that the process
of counting of votes is equally crucial and urged them to be accurate as each and
every data matters. He asked the Counting Supervisors to ensure that the seal of
the Electronic voting Machine handed over to them for counting is intact.
Observer, 52-Changlang South and 53-Changlang North Mohammed Mohsin, while stressing
on the involvement of the Counting Agent in the process of counting asked the Supervisors
to display before them the data at every step to clear all the possible doubts.
Observer 49-Borrdumsa Shyam Sundar Bansal, IAS also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, SDO (Election) M C Roy explained at length the steps to be followed by the
Counting Supervisors, Sealing Officer, etc during the counting process.
ROING: The Lower Dibang Valley District is all set to go for counting of the 42-Dambuk
and 43-Roing A/C tommorrow with the conclusion of 3rd Phase of training to Counting
Supervisors and Counting Assistants. The Counting Hall is also kept in ready with
all necessary arrangement made yesterday in the presence of Election and Counting
Agents of both the constituency. A tight security arrangement is in place with CRPF
Jawans being deployed to thwart any eventualities on the day.
ANINI: The District Election Officer Cum Deputy Commissioner Tayor Jempen has imparted
the training to supervisors, Counting Assistants and Additional Counting Staffs with
support from APO, T. LAmdik yesterday in his office chamber, Anini.
Jempen urged the counting officials to be extra cautious in dealing with the whole
process as small mistakes could disrupt the entire election process.
Meanwhile, all necessary arrangements for counting have been done here today to ensure
fair counting of the votes at Community Hall, near Nehru Park, Anini.
SBI e-centre inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Oct 21: Chief general manager, State Bank of India, North Eastern circle
A K Deb has inaugurated a E-Centre in the campus of the SBI Itanagar branch in a
glittering function today.
The ‘e-centre’ first of its kind in the state comprises of three ATMs and an internet
kiosk. With the opening of it, the number of SBI ATMs rises to 7 at Itanagar.
E-centre will be immense use of customers as it will provide ATM as well as internet
banking services, said Deb in his inaugural address. He called upon the customers
to make maximum use of the bank’s ATM services.
Art of Living pitches in for universal education
ITANAGAR, Oct 21: With a view to promote universal education, the Art of Living
Arunachal Pradesh last week distributed school kits to children from Pachin Colony
in Papum Pare district. As part of the ongoing global Speed Up the Millennium Development
Goals campaign, the NGO founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar handed over school kits comprising
a bag, notebooks and pens to select students from the village. Nearly 300 children
from the village were present at the function held the Government Middle School,
Pachin, which was also attended by many elders of the village and Art of Living volunteers.
Tadar Kama, president Pachin Village Welfare Committee, kicked off the distribution
by handing over the first kit to a girl. Kama and Art of Living volunteers from Pachin
led by Tame Yami facilitated the distribution by identifying the deserving students
from the village.
Speaking to the gathering, Kama lauded the efforts of the Art of Living and Sri Sri
and urged the villagers to take advantage of the techniques offered by the Art of
Living to remain happy and healthy.
Rajaque Rahman of the Art of Living articulated Sri Sri’s vision for putting a smile
on every face. He stressed on the role of education in building a harmonious society
and urged the children to study sincerely and become good human beings.
Under its Speed Up the Millennium Development Goals which is aimed at catalysing
action to realise the MDGs, the NGO has launched several activities worldwide relating
to poverty and hunger alleviation, universal education and environment sustainability.
The Art of Living Arunachal Pradesh will focus on the MDG of Achieving Universal
Primary Education. As part of this, notebooks and pens will be provided to poor children
living in and around Itanagar who do not attend school because of lack of basic essentials.
Arunachal finish second at NE Wushu championship
ITANAGAR, Oct 21: Arunachal was runners at the recently concluded 4th North-East
India Wushu Championship at New Indoor Stadium Polo ground, Shillong. The Arunachal
Team has won 21 medals with 6 golds, 4 silvers and 11 bronze. Altogether, 350 participants
from 8 North-East states including Sikkim participated in the Championship.
All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association has congratulated the team for their success.
The team was led by its Chief Coach M Premkumar, Y Biren and Manager Ph. Milan.
The Gold medalists:
1. Kripu Tarak: 45kg below Sub-Junior.
2. Y. Rohit: 48 kg below Junior.
3 Sumit Rai: 45 kg below junior
4. Takam Radhe: 36 kg below Sub-Junior boys.
5. N. Memicha: Taichi event
6. G M Pushpa: Taichi jian
7. Tana Tuma: 48kg below Senior.
8. Hillang Takio: 44 kg below Junior.
9. Mon Bahadur Rai: 48 kg below Junior.
10 Tama Makcha: 52 kg below Junior.
1,Teli Totu Camdir: 45 kg below Junior.
2. Ajoy Terang: 56 kg below Senior.
3. Sanjoy Limbu: 32 kg below Senior.
4. Bir Bahadur Tamang: 60 kg below
5. Gangte Ajo: 48 kg below.
6. Tamchang Diya: 65 kg below
7. Yamluk Yungam: 45 kg below Sub-Junior.
8.Tana Jirmin: 45 kg below girls.
9.Taw John: 40 kg below Sub-Junior.
10.Takam Tatung :48 kg below Junior.
11.Cheda Bojum: 52 below Junior.
Seminar on Agro-Based Food Processing Industry
ITANAGAR, Oct 21: National Youth Project of Arunachal Pradesh organized seminar on
Agro-Based Food Processing industry at the Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic, Itanagar today.
The program was sponsored by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Itanagar.
Altogether, 76 students of Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic along with faculty members and
other technical staff took part in the seminar.
Resource person Deputy Director, Department of Horticulture Tage Tatung, categorically
focused on the issues, methodology, technology and scope of food processing industry
in Arunachal Pradesh. He also presented a visual display on Agro-Based Food Processing
Industry and its role in the economic development of the region.
Joint Director, Department of Industries Subu Tabin, discussed in detail about the
scope and trend of industrial development in Arunachal Pradesh. While, motivating
the student he said " Arunachal Pradesh is the largest in area amongst the North
Eastern States of India, is endowed with plenty of natural resources which need to
be converted into goods and services for the development of the state and its people.
At present the industrial growth in the state is dismal and at a nascent stage despite
enormous potential for industrial growth.
He further, citing the North East Industrial Investment & Promotion Policy - 2007
said that the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh felt the need of reviewing the
State Industrial Policy, 2001 in order to make it investor friendly and to facilitate
optimum utilization of locally available raw materials by encouraging setting up
of appropriate industrial units for value addition. The policy also aims at providing
industry access to high quality infrastructure, extending institutional support for
technology up-gradation, deregulating the business environment for an efficient,
proactive and transparent administrative frame work and catalyzing the entrepreneurial
as well as creative capabilities of the human resources. Accordingly after the due
deliberations and taking into consideration all issues relating to investments and
industrial growth in the state, the Industrial Policy 2008 of Arunachal Pradesh has
been formulated. The prospective investors and entrepreneurs will find this policy
attractive enough to select Arunachal Pradesh as their most attractive investment
Assistant Director, Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Itanagar D. saikia, highlighted
on the role of KVIC in Agro Based Food Processing Industry invited the students to
come forward to get maximum benefit. In-charge, Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic Ashok Kumar
Tripathi, and HOD/HMCT, Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic Swana Mein also spoke on the occasion.
Amongst other NYP Coordinator Sanjay Sinha, Amol Biswas and other office bearer of
NYP also attended the programme.
AAPPTF thank Govt
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation thanked state government
and additional district magistrate Tallo Potom for demarcating Taxi, Auto and Tempo
stands and public parking place in the capital complex and added that the beautification
steps and shifting of parking place by the government will minimize the problem of