ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) here in collaboration
with Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Ziro and Krishi Vigian Kendra
(KVK) Ziro organized a one-day training cum demonstration programme at KVK, Ziro
While highlighting the aims, objective of ATMA, ATMA District Training Officer IP
Tewari encouraged the IDEA farmers to avail the service of ATMA and KVK to improve
their agriculture management skills to improve the productivity of their agriculture
as well as livelihood.
KVK programme coordinator Dr. A N Tripathi while briefing the vision and mission
of ATMA and KVK, asked IDEA Project Coordinator to select 10 farmers from different
villages, who are really interested on farm activities, so that they can train them
and make them role model for others.
IDEA Project Coordinator Sanjit Basumatary appreciated ATMA and KVK for organizing
the training programme where the farmers were given chances to share their problems
and understand the farm technologies that were shown by the resources persons.
IDEA Deputy Director Sr. Lissy, Field supervisors was also present in the training
Subject matter specialist (SMS) in horticulture conducted training on ‘Cultivation
Practices of Orange’ while SMS in Agronomy briefed the participants on ‘Vermi Compost.
The SMS in Agriculture Extension explained on ‘Zero Energy Cool Chamber’ in her training
Altogether 47 farmers from different villages of Kamporijo –I & Kamporijo –II attended
Annual conference of HTE rescheduled
ITANAGAR, Mar 21: The proposed Annual Conference of Higher & Technical Education
is rescheduled on March 25 at the Golden Jubilee Banquet Hall, Itanagar.
As usual, the conference will feature felicitation of former education administrators,
college teachers, College Teachers’ Award, Governor’s Award to university toppers
(UG level), APSCTE’s gold medal to polytechnic toppers, NSS awards etc., informed
Dr. Joram Begi, Director, Higher & Tech. Education.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Nirbhay Sharma and Rajiv Gandhi University vice chancellor
Prof. Tamo Mibang will attend the inaugural function of the programme.
SUMA reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Mar 21: While reiterating its strong opposition to Naga People’s Front
(NPF)’s entry in Arunachal politics, the Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA),
in a release claimed that the Nagaland based political party is all set to field
its candidates from 44-Tezu ((ST) and 48-Lekang (ST) Assembly constituency in the
upcoming elections in Arunachal Pradesh.
Armed with an application addressed to the Lohit DEO seeking election documents,
including nomination forms, electoral rolls of both the assembly constituencies,
hand books etc. for its intending candidates by the Nagaland based political party’s
Lower Dibang Valley unit president cum in-charge of Dibang Valley, Lohit and Anjaw,
the release cautioned that the consequences of allowing the party to carry out their
political activity to fulfill their vested interest in Arunachal Pradesh will be
serious. SUMA informed that 12 NPF activists were recently caught and produced before
Executive Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex by Itanagar Police for entering the
state without having Inner Line Permit (ILP) thus violating the BEFR Act. Later,
they were drove out of the state.
Earlier, SUMA, in a letter, has urged the Chief Electoral Officer of Arunachal Pradesh
to ensure that no NPF candidate is allowed to file nomination paper for contesting
in the upcoming elections claiming that the Nagaland based political party has no
other agenda in Arunachal Pradesh other than to promote the interest of the Nagas.
Illicit liquor seized
ITANAGAR, Mar 21: A joint team of police, Tax & Excise Department, Flying Squad and
Dibang Adi Women Association (DAWA) led by Lower Dibang Valley Superintendent of
Police and DAWA executive members carried out a dusk raid on several shops in
three villages namely, Mea, Jiao and Oblong and a large quantity of unauthorized
alcohol bottles of different varieties were seized. Four persons were also caught
red-handed on the spot by police for selling illegal alcohol. However, soon after
a legal agreement or bond between the police and the accused, they were released
on the request of DAWA members in Police Station, Roing.
This step was taken in order to enforce the ethical voting campaign and to prevent
corrupt practices of any kind in the district during election and the days to come.
Raid, checking drive intensified
ITANAGAR, Mar 21: While the candidates of various political parties were making bee-line
for filing of nominations for both Parliamentary and Assembly elections, the security
personnel, election related officers, particularly the members of flying squad and
designated magistrates along with police personnel have intensified their surprise
checking and raids in various parts of the state.
Over Rs 2 lakhs seized
In West Kameng district, Town Magistrate Mitkong and the Police personnel while in
their routine checking at 64 Point against violation of MV Acts seized an amount
of Rs. 2.16 lacs from two persons after necessary formalities in the late afternoon
Also, a total of 14 vehicles were found plying without proper or incomplete documents
against which Rs. 13,500 was imposed as fine.
In West Siang district, the DEO M K Sahoo has asked all officers entrusted with election
duties to function in a more effective way as per ECI guidelines.
Addressing the members of Flying Squad and Video Surveillance team in presence of
Central Expenditure Observer at Aalo today, Sahoo said, “as the campaign is likely
to pick up momentum after the filing of nominations, checking of all vehicles including
that of Govt. servants should be intensified to contain the flow of illegal cash,
liquor or gifts likely to lure the voters. Carrying of cash beyond Rs. 50,000 is
unacceptable and lead to confiscation by the squad.
The DEO has also passed instruction to the team to be polite in their dealing and
make it clear to all that checking are being carried out in compliance to the directives
The Central Expenditure Observer, Pradip Gurumurthy insisted on placing traffic surveillance
officers in crucial traffic points and take photographs of vehicle and its number
for proper identification. The officers assigned to duties also pointed out their
problems and requirements to take up the task.
In Lower Dibang Valley, the District Police along with the officials of District
Transport office have been conducting mobile court on regular basis to check the
violation of MV Act in and around the Roing township. Till date the District Transport
office collected through challan an amount of Rs 1,11,700 as fine since November
Meanwhile, to facilitate the general public and voters to lodge their complaints
and to intimate any kind of election related matters to the District Election Office,
DEO Roing has opened a BSNL Toll Free No. 18003453608 at DEO’s Office, Roing.
Cash, liquor, ganja seized
In Lower Subansiri district, the Surveillance team and flying squads have intensified
its raids to check violation of Model Code of Conduct. The SST led by Debia Tana
seized 16200 bottles of beer, 13140 bottles of wine from two trucks, one revolver
and 17 cartridges of .32 without license, 13 number of 90/60 INC flags and cash amount
of Rs 2 lakhs. Three gunny bags of tobacco products were also seized by the SST Ziro.
Earlier the Flying Squads also seized 94 local daos, 27 BJP flags and 03 SBBL guns.
So far 9 FIRs have been registered under various sections in the local police station.
Flags and posters were removed from all public places to enforce Arunachal Pradesh
Defacement of Property act, 1997.
Longding: D. Apang, CO-cum-Town Magistrate, Longding alongwith B. Yirang, Superintendent,
Tax & Excise and SI A. Chama and his police team raided various hotels of Longding
township today. During the raid a huge number of IMFL (3 cases) and 2 (two) cases
of Beer were seized from hotels. Such raids will be continued in the District till
the election process is over.
Wine Shops Sealed
In a surprise raid conducted by Excise Officer with magistrate and police personnel
25 Wine Shops were sealed at Tezu today for non-installation of CCTV as per the
order of DEO. One case of liquor (Qtr) was also seized. During the raid 6 Wine Shops
and 3 Whole Sale Vends were found to be installed with CCTVs in and around their
premises. As per the latest report from District Police, Tezu, 299 numbers of Licensed
Arms have been deposited in various police stations across the Lohit district.
YUPIA: A toll free number 0360-2284908 in Complaint Monitoring Cell, for Papum
Pare District, Yupia has been set up at District Election Office, Yupia for receiving
the complaints from the citizens. DIPROs
More than 50 poll candidates file papers
ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang (BJP), sitting Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki (INC) and PPA’s chief ministerial candidate Laeta Umbrey were among the
51 candidates who filed nominations for Assembly and Parliamentary elections today.
However, 12 assembly candidates and one MP candidate have submitted re-nominations
(double) making the total number of nominations 60. For the Parliamentary elections,
Ninong Ering (Double) INC filed nominations from 2-Arunachal East and Subu Kechi,
IND, Jalley Sonam, PPA and Takam Sanjoy, INC filed their nominations from 1-Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Although the communication diseases are decreasing with the rapid
development in medical science, the prevalence of lifestyle diseases like diabetes,
cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, mental health etc created concern across
“It is a matter of concern that the estimated prevalence of diabetes in our country
is 62.47 per 1000 population, hypertension is 159.46, Ischemic heart disease (IHD)
is 37.00 and stroke is 1.54 per 1000 population in India. Apart from this there are
an estimated of 25 lakh cancer cases in India” this observation was made by Dr L
Jampa, State Programme Officer today. He was addressing a state level seminar on
lifestyle disease organized by the department of health and family welfare at Banquet
hall, here today. This programme is the backdrop of launching of NPCDS (National
Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases
and stroke) in the state on November 16, 2013 last by Dr. M Veerappa Moily Union
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in presence of Chief Minister NabumTuki at
Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun. Through this programme, the Govt aims to provide
health care services to the people of state through NCD (non communicable diseases)
clinic at the district and CHCs. The government of India has launched number of programmes
in the country to manage these NCD like National cancer control programmes, National
Tobacco Programme, National Programme for health care of elderly and NPCDCS among
others, Jampa added.
In his brief speech Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi said the reason for increase in the
NCD lifestyle disease is due to invasion of modern technology and culture. “Strategy
has to be drawn to bring awareness about the lifestyle disease, particularly to rural
populace, women and elderly people as they are the weaker section of the society
by aggravating communication strategy through media – both electronic and print.
And only by involving NGOs, social leaders, religious society, school teachers, doctors,
technicians etc the message can be carried and delivered to the society and help
in prevent these lifestyle diseases.”
The programme was also attended by eminent resources persons like Dr Jagvir Singh,
National Disease Control, Ministry of Health & FW, New Delhi, Dr Nayanjeet Chaudhury
MBBS, MD, MPH, Dr. Debranjan Basu, MBBS, MD (G&O), Department of Regenerative Medicine
Kolkata and Dr. Sudip K Roy, Cardiologist BELLEVUE, Kolkata who presented on Life
style Diseases, life style modification, Cervical cancer and Hypertension- prevention
and treatments respectively
The department also set up a health check up counter on Blood Pressure (BP), Sugar
Pressure and BMI (Body Mass Index) measurement for the participants.
Secretary Health &FW Indra Mallo and Dr K Nishing Director Health & FW also attended
the programme along with doctors, technicians and nurses from the state. DIPR
Election -2014: Development agenda find no place in electioneering
As the date for simultaneous Assembly and Parliamentary elections to be held on April
9 near, both citizen and political parties are feeling the heat of intensive checking
drive for strict implementation of the Model Code of Conduct (MMC) by Election Commission.
This year Election Commission of India (ECI) has deployed 50 election observers to
monitor election process in whole Arunachal. It’s a big jump as in the last election
only 7 observers were present.
The ECI has taken serious note of the earlier report about massive flow of money
during elections in Arunachal and has declared 29 Assembly constituencies as expenditure
Chief Electoral Officer C B Kumar and his team deserve some patting on the back for
strictly implementing the MCC and one can only hope that they continue to work with
same zeal in remaining days.
Such is the intensity of checking drive against MCC violation that many politicians
are believed to be extremely annoyed with strict vigilance. “Politicians especially
the outgoing MLAs who were so used to boss around are the one who is complaining
most about strict implementation of MCC. The office of CEO had asked all banks to
monitor transaction and whenever any citizen withdraws more than one lakh rupees,
the details are sent to CEO office for further action,” shared a govt. official.
Even though regular checking of vehicle is being done in various parts of state as
part of the implementation of MCC, it has riled ordinary citizens. “Checking carried
out during office hour causes huge traffic jam and only gives harassment to the ordinary
citizen. The excessive questioning by police when we carry cash of more than 50 thousand
is bit rude. Ever since MCC came into effect, life has completely halted in whole
state especially in the Capital Complex. We respect the good work being carried out
by election officials but excessive of everything is not good,” said a citizen.
What is most surprising aspect of coming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections is that
voters seem least bother about problems concerning them and are talking about voting
on clan, religion, area and tribe basis. Before election citizens will discuss at
length about various issues concerning people of state. Especially in social networking
site and also in various gathering, they will endlessly debate over burning problems
and need to choose an honest leader. But as soon as election nears, they will change
colour and vote for either cash, kind or on clan lineage.
The political parties and candidates also lack vision and do not inspire the citizens.
Most of the present contesting candidates of Arunachal do not seek vote with development
agenda and voters too seem least bother about it. On a lighter note, the holding
of simultaneous elections has of robed many middlemen and chamchas the chance to
mint money out of election!!!
Kumar calls for strict monitoring of election expenses
DAPORIJO, Mar 21: The Central Expenditure Observer for the 5 Assembly constituencies
of Raga, Daporijo, Dumporijo, Taliha and Nacho under the Upper Subansiri district,
Sudhir Kumar held a meeting with the DEO Tahang Taggu, administrative officers and
the Expenditure Monitoring team of the district on March 20..
Kumar explained in detail the rules and regulations put in place for the monitoring
of expenses by parties during the election. He advised the team to focus on sensitive
items regarding election expenditure and emphasized on the need to check illegal
means so that a free and fair election can be conducted in the district.
DC Tahang Taggu briefed on the arrangements put in place for the monitoring of expenses
by the political parties and candidates in the district. The Nodal Officer for Expenditure
Monitoring, Mino Tayeng also briefed and updated the gathering on the action taken
so far by the SSTs, Flying Squads, Video Surveillance Teams and Video Viewing Teams
in the district to monitor the election expenditure.
Meanwhile, the SSTs and Flying Squads are actively monitoring the violation of MCC
in the district. The team at Dumporijo seized an amount of Rupees One lakh, 3 cases
of beer and about 100 daos so far and an additional 20 cases of beer were seized
from Daporijo. DIPRO
Docu-film on Lohit Life and Youth Library Movement
ITANAGAR, Mar 21: P N Ramchandra, an award-winning documentary film-maker from Mumbai
spent a week in Lohit and Anjaw doing extensive shooting of rural life in the region
for a film “Lohit Diary” commissioned by the Films Division, Govt. of India.
The film covers aspects of the threat of opium addiction looming large over the local
youth, and social initiatives from the community against the menace such as the opium
de-addiction campaign in Chongkham- Namsai, the organic tea-cultivation in Wakro
circle led by Basamlu Krisikro, and the ‘Joy of Reading Campaign’ in Yatong, Tezu
and Wakro, led by the Lohit Youth Library Movement,
The team also filmed APNE Library’s new skit Anutai Wagh, on the ‘Mother of Anganwadi
Movement’, directed by reader-activist Priya Ngi and featuring Asuni Khamblai, a
class 7 student of KGBV Wakro as Anutai. Many social activists and government officials
interacted with the team during their 3 visits for making the film.
Ramchandra was assisted by well-known ad-film camera-man V. Narayan and sound-recorder
Santhosh Kumar. They also gave public talks for senior students at Tezu and Wakro
on the art and science of film-making and the career opportunities for youth.
Several professional courses are today available for students after class XII and
graduation in reputed institutions like the Film and Television Institute of India
at Pune, Kolkata and other cities, they said and pointed out that basic areas of
editing, photography and sound-recording have today branched out to meet the needs
of not only film industry, radio and television, but commercial advertising, animation
films, sound engineering in public buildings, live-broadcasting of games, internet
based applications etc.
“Even a simple gadget like mobile-phone has led to exciting contests and film-festivals
Santhosh Kumar appealed to the students to try their hands in film-making this vacation
using a cell-phone, by recording 10 pictures and 10 sounds and by weaving a story
Himatsi Yun, APNE Library reader-activist, expressed the profound gratitude of the
library activists and the people of Lohit to Ramchandra and team for coming all the
way to remote Lohit villages to project the Lohit Youth Library Movement and other
Ramchandra thanked the Lohit District Administration, the DDSE (SSA) Anjaw, ASSET
Wakro, PAWSO, Yatong and other voluntary groups for extending all support for making
the film. This was stated in a release by S. Mundayoor, Coordinator, Lohit Youth
Only people with integrity, modesty, honesty and maturity will vote for a competent
leader. Others will vote for the "best looking guy in a suit". And every smart politician
knows that these people rule the ballots. Taking India forward is not only the job
of an elected leader who at the end only represents corporate interests, but of every
citizen. India needs a surge of civic responsibility. Unfortunately nowadays doing
anything without a financial reward is unthinkable for most citizens. In China you
bribe to get things done quicker, without a bribe you'll still get what you want
but you'll have to wait for it. In India people will take your money and run away.
So progress starts in everyday interactions between average people in India. Clerks
doing their work, judge’s ruling swiftly - with or without bakshish.
We all understand need for good leaders. Today’s concerned citizens during these
upcoming polls want leaders with the following skills:-
1. The person should be in Politics to serve the nation and its countrymen and not
to serve himself, his family etc. etc.
2. He/she should have well understanding of diversity in India as well as present
eco-social condition of our country.
3. As a political representative, he/she should have educational qualification &
intellectual capacity to understand his/her responsibilities.
4. He/she should have clear understanding that, to retain India's sovereignty one
should think beyond religion, caste, language and should also stop creating issues
based on such divide and rule policy.
5. He/she should be capable enough to understand & play Politics at International
Level, which will raise dignity & respect for India & every Indian.
6. Last but not least, in due course of time he/she should be able to convince common
man that electing 550 ideal, patriotic MP's for LOK SABHA will not solve all problem
of this damaged nation, but if 121 crore common man will start following their constitutional
duties to fullest extent the change will be fast and everlasting.
Arunachal plunder by its own
Through your esteemed column, I would like to write down following line to the political
leaders of our state.
Dear political leaders,
I hope you are all wealthy and healthy and are busy in slugging it out for the coming
assembly and parliamentary elections. However, of equal importance is the fitness
of the state where you and I live. Sadly it has been deteriorating like the nosedive
of the helicopter that took life of our managerial Chief Minister year ago.
Politician Sirs, my good name is common son and I’m a student. I have got this letter
from my teacher who said that all the top political leaders were public school educated
and thus speak English. So, I will not write in the language of a common man fearing
it might not be understood.
Sirs, my only plea to you; this time please don’t fool my parents. With your hustle
decision of holding election, I have come from my college to exercise my voting right,
hoping that, I can choose a good leader.
But I am worried, as after four day journey through railways I reached home. As I
entered village, I saw my friend with a whisky bottle. When I asked him from where
he bought it, he told me from a liquor vendor in the village itself. My teacher use
to tell me that I should be happy that Arunachal is becoming like California. He
says there are bars in most of the villages in the west, so why not in Arunachal
too? Yes, he also updated about concept of neighbourhood bars of London, and I am
proud to say we are matching peg by peg. Our towns have equal number of bars. We
have more number of wine shops and bars than bookshop and libraries are almost nil.
Sirs, I believe liquor follow through a steel chain to a bed and folks drink as much
as they can during your campaign. I understand your problem that poor uneducated
villagers and youth supports those person who supplies more whiskies and notes. But
please accept it that you have made it a way to lure voters. I read now and then
of those flying Squads, I really appreciate them but please allow them to fly through
the villages too.
Sir, I applaud very sharp and honest work of some police officers especially for
making the List of the PDS scammers, but perhaps your investigating agent or your
babus must have forgotten this case. Perhaps you should ask your babus to calculate
the cumulative loss the state is occurring through your fight for power.
Sirs, I would like to enquire you all “Where are we now”? We have already crossed
twenty five years of statehood; still we are asking for good education, proper roads,
regular electricity and water supplies. These are our basic rights. We owe to have
them and you guys have promised to make it available all the time. Now tell me what
happened to your promises.
I am surrounded by group of friends and each one has different dreams. Someone wants
to be entrepreneur, computer engineers, artist, APCS officers etc. We ask each other
“Will we be able to chase our dreams in today’s Arunachal? In other words, will the
Arunachal brand of politics that backs only the prawns ever back its creative wealth??
Sirs, I don’t care if you wear long or small underwear; or if your car is MUV or
the SUV; or you have amassed much money to drive and mislead the youths. But if you
don’t stop ruining our state, historian will be forced to write – ‘When Arunachal
Pradesh was plundered by its own’.
Flying squad becomes inactive during night time
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw kind attention of authority concerned
about ongoing checking by flying squad at various locations in entire state.
To my observation it is noticed that checking is exercised only in day time with
full potential whereas maximum cases of colorful hide and seek game is played in
the dark night. Intensive checking during day time causes hurdle in traffic movement
especially in capital complex. As mentioned above thieves are mainly active during
Therefore kindly do consider public grievances and checking should be intensified
in the night hours as well.
Woman representation: double speak by national party
Through your esteemed daily I would like to lay few lines in respect of woman reservation
in so called national party i.e Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janta Party.
The former have given two numbers of INC tickets to woman leaders namely Smti Karya
Bagang against the 9th Chayangtajo A/C and Smti. Gum Tayeng against the 38th Dambuk
A/C and made a claim that it has a representation of more than 33% but actually it
3.3% [(2/60)x100]. Whoever has told this to APCC President seems to be lacking knowledge
of mathematics or it is also a politically motivated statement. The latter one has
not even given ticket to single woman leader completely deviating from their ideology
on woman reservation.
I failed to understand, what are the reasons behind giving tickets? Is it winability/loyalty/
monetary donations to party? From above, conclusion can be drawn that so called national
party does not stick to its ideology on woman reservation. The role of woman voters
should not be taken for granted as they constitute half of total numbers of voters.
Last but not the least, all woman voters are hereby enlighten to vote for the party
who have been giving fair treatment to both genders.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
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A good initiative
In a first of its kind, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) in collaboration
with Arunachal Civil Society (ACS), a registered NGO is going to organize an open
debate session ‘Know your Leaders’ on March 30 next at Banquet hall for all the contesting
candidates of Parliamentary elections. The debate would be open for any political
parties and contesting candidates, who are going to participate in the ensuing
This debate is going to be one of the best things to have happened in Arunachal election
scenario. It is often complained that politicians never indulge in public debate
during election time. Voters don’t get the chance to interact with politicians so
as to let them know their aspirations and needs. Almost there is no dialogue between
leader and voters as most of the conversation are done through crooked middlemen.
Therefore this initiative to have open debate among contesting candidates, where
even ordinary citizen can participate is great initiative. However it will be interesting
to see, how many candidates turn up for the debate?