April 01


Cash seizure goes up

ITANGAR, Mar 31: Flying Squad and Static Surveillance teams operating in the state under Election Commission of India (ECI) to control violation of Model Code of Conduct have made seizure of cash Rs. 1,81,800 only today. With today’s seizure, total figure of cash seized since the launching of operation against violation of code of conduct stood at Rs 2,12,45,530. Apart from cash, the  teams also  seized, IMFL (180 ML) 502 bottles, Beer (650 ML) - 338 bottles, Local Dao 23 Nos, Bow 2 Nos, Arrow 3 Nos, Manifesto 14 Nos, Pamphets 193 Nos today.



ITANAGAR, Mar 31: APCC President Mukut Mithi today clarified that he was not a member of legislative assembly at the time of killing of late MP Wangcha Rajkumar and therefore it was wrong on the part of BJP MP candidate Kiren Rijiju to drag his name in Wangcha Rajkumar murder case.

“I lost election in 2004 assembly election and after that was busy in party work. At the time of Wangcha’s killing I was Lt Governor of Pondicherry. Therefore question of me participating in the floor of Assembly does not arise,” said Mithi.


Revenue exceeds target

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services (APSTS), Tezu has exceeded the revenue target fixed by the Department for financial year 2013-14 achieving 113 percent of revenue target for the last three years, STS Superintendent of Tezu informed in a release.

The revenue is exceeded to rise by few more percent if the postal carrying bills are paid in time.

This achievement was possible due to the relentless efforts of the staff, including the drivers, conductors, mechanics and constant support from STS GM Abu Tayeng, the station superintendent said.


Complaint against hate SMS lodged

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) general secretary (Hq and Admin) T C Tok has lodged an FIR with City superintendent of police and Itanagar Police Station on March 28 against the SMS on communal tone being circulated in his name from unknown mobile number in the state.  Describing it as a shocking, unbelievable and unfortunate act, Tok said  “such SMS on communal tone will malign my hard earned image, which is very unexpected. This is totally a handiwork of some people with vested political interest  who are  trying to create communal tension and divide the society on communal line.” He urged the  people not to believe in such false & fabricated SMS.


NHPC distributes computer sets to 8 schools

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Extending its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, NHPC’s Subansiri Lower Project today distributed 50 computer systems to eight schools of project vicinity.

The computer systems were distributed by Executive Director of the Subansiri Lower Project  Mr Rakesh at a glittering function organized at Gerukamukh complex of the project which was attended by the principals, headmasters and students of the recipient schools besides other senior officers of NHPC. The students were also awarded the certificate of completion of the basic IT course.

Speaking on the occasion, Rakesh reiterated NHPC’s commitment towards bringing all round development in the nearby areas of its operations. He stressed on the need for better education for a healthy and prosperous society. He expressed his willingness for providing any help to the students in their endeavour for pursuing higher education.

NHPC has been thriving for quality education in the region. Recently, scholarships worth Rs.47.22 lakh were distributed under its CSR& SD scheme amongst 579 students from project vicinity.

43 students from these schools were earlier provided 15 days crash course on basic computing through M/s ICA, North Lakhimpur unit.


EVMs for Parliamentary elections commissioned

KHONSA, Mar 31: Tirap Deputy Commissioner and DEO of Tirap and Longding districts Kamlesh Kumar Joshi formally commissioned the Electronic Voting Machines [EVMs] for the ensuing East Arunachal Parliamentary election on 31st March in the presence of the Nodal Officer, EVM and other officials. All the EVMs have been sealed after making them ready to use. The sealed EVMs will be kept in the strong room for issuance during the polls on 9th April.

After the completion of preparation of EVMs for the Parliamentary elections, the EVMs for the Assembly elections will be commissioned. The officials have only three days to complete all the exercises. The EVM operation training will be held at different locations shortly in which the master trainers and experts will impart training to the poll officials. In the meantime, other poll related preparations are going on in full swing in both the districts. The much awaited randomization of polling personnel has also been completed. All poll preparations are going on in a peaceful atmosphere. There is no report of any untoward incidents from any quarters.  DIPRO


Encourage voters to exercise their voting rights: Central Awareness Observer

DAPORIJIO, Mar 31: Central Awareness Observer for West Parliamentary Constituency, K S Dhatwalia met DEO Tahang Taggu and other officers to discuss the creation of awareness under SVEEP, work of MCMC, EPIC distribution etc in the Upper Subansiri district.

Dhatwalia said that voters should be encouraged to exercise their voting rights and focus should be more on areas where electoral participation is less. He called for provision/setting up of centers to facilitate distribution of EPICs even on the polling day at the polling stations so that no genuine voter is left out. He also emphasized on the need for the provision of basic facilities to the voters.

DEO Taggu briefed the Observer on all the arrangement for the smooth conduct of the Parliamentary and Assembly elections and assured that all the Administrative Officers were working for the creation of awareness on the electoral process at ground level, to ensure maximum participation. DIPRO


General observer visits polling stations

SEPPA, Mar 31: Surender Kumar, General Observer for five Assembly (ST) constituencies of East Kameng district visited Lumdung and Pappu Valley area under 11-Seppa (West) Assembly constituency and inspected the proposed polling stations yesterday. He also visited all the proposed polling stations within Seppa township during the day.

GR Pillai, Sr.FAO who is the Nodal officer to General Observer accompanied him. Kumar also said that he was determined to visit as much polling station as possible to the district before the polling day for assessment of arrangement made. DIPRO


Expenditure observer stresses on proper maintenance of account

YINGKIONG, Mar 31: Expenditure Observer for Upper Siang District, Yingkiong CK Verma, held a meeting and interacted with the Election Agents of the respective candidates in the conference hall of DC's Office Yingkiong today.

Verma explained the provisions and sections of Peoples Representation Act 1951 according to which the contesting candidates must have maintain proper account/records of expenditure by opening a joint A/c of candidate and the Election Agent.

He urged the election agents of the candidates to maintain expenditure statement strictly based on guided rules of the Election Commission and added that any dereliction shall be liable to be punished under the provision of election law.

Jumdo Diyum, DPO Expenditure Monitoring and Obi Siram, FAO Assistant Expenditure Observer along with other relevant Committee members attended the expenditure interactive meeting. DIPRO


General Observer emphasizes on team work

ZIRO, Mar 31: The General Observer for 16th Yachuli (ST) and 17 Ziro Hapoli (ST) Assembly constituencies Nawal Kishore arrived at Ziro last night.

He visited all the polling booths of 17- Ziro Hapoli and the strong room set up for the ensuing elections today. He also witnessed distribution of voter slip by the BLOs at few booths and expressed satisfaction at the rate of distribution.

Later in the evening, a meeting was convened in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner where he interacted with all the Nodal Officers and the AROs. He emphasized on a collective team work and coordination between all the officials. He also suggested methods to extract absolute attendance during the trainings of polling personnel. DIPRO


News Impact

Narendra Modi issues warning to Congress in Arunachal

Modi’s speech lacks substance: APCC

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: The election battle in Arunachal is getting bitter as poll date nears.

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi while addressing a massive rally today at IG Park ripped apart the Congress party. Modi urged Election Commission of India (ECI) to take note of how ruling Congress has bullied BJP candidates to withdraw nomination papers and stated that whatever is happening in Arunachal is not good and is against the spirit of democracy.

Virtually issuing warning to Congress in Arunachal Pradesh, he said, “Right now they may be indulging in intimidating and bullying tactics against BJP leaders in Arunachal. But after May 16 when Lok Sabha elections results are out they will have no savior at Delhi as BJP is going to form government at the Centre. “Then we will see who will save Arunachal’s Congress leader.” Further he also alleged that Congress has the culture of buying MLA’s in Arunachal.

Meanwhile Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Mukut Mithi when contacted stated that a person who is aiming to be Prime Minister of India should not have such kind of revengeful attitude. “It’s dangerous to hear such words from him. How can a PM nominee issue such warning? Mr Modi himself has been Chief Minister of Gujarat for quite a long time and should understand that state has its own power and Centre can’t dictate. I think he is not fit to be prime minister of India,” stated Mithi.

He further refuted allegation that Congress indulges in buying of MLAs. “Mr Modi should not think that our MLAs are so cheap. I can vouch that MLAs of Arunachal whether he/she may belong to any party are strong minded people who has their own ideology. Over all, I think Modi’s speech lacked substance. He had no agenda of how to develop Arunachal,” added APCC President.


Modi slams Sonia for her patriotism jibe

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: BJP Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi today addressed a massive rally at IG Park, which saw huge turnout of BJP supporters. State BJP President Tai Tagak, MP candidates Kiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao along with host of party leaders were present on the occasion. The crowd went wild when Modi arrived at the ground. Wearing traditional Nyishi Bopia (headgear) which was presented to him, he did not take much time to connect with the crowd present. “Modi, Modi” chant swept IG Park.

Hitting back at Sonia Gandhi over her patriotism jibe, Narendra Modi said that people of the country did not need a certificate from her and attacked her over the Italian marines issue, questioning at whose behest they were given a chance to leave the country.

Gandhi had on Sunday attacked the BJP, saying, "Some people are beating the drum of patriotism" and added that these people who did not believe in secular values only wanted to "grab power" by misleading the people.

Taking potshots at the Congress President, Modi said she should not raise a question mark on people's love for their country.

Claiming that Gandhi had raised a question mark on the patriotism of the people, Modi asked her at whose direction the two Italian marines accused of shooting Indian fishermen off Kerala coast were allowed to leave the country.

"Who was it at whose behest the government in Delhi gave the marines a chance to go back to Italy," Modi asked. Had the Supreme Court not taken a strong stand on the matter, the marines would not have come back, he said. The Italian marines had been permitted by the Supreme Court to leave the country to participate in Italy's elections. However, when Italy refused to send the marines back, the Supreme Court restrained the Italian ambassador from leaving the country. Italy later relented and sent the marines back.

Hitting out at the Congress further, Modi said that its manifesto was a "dhokhapatra" (cheat sheet) and that the party had in the last elections promised to bring inflation down in 100 days, which had not happened. Modi also raised the issue of the death of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania in Delhi, saying that he was pained by such incidents but the Congress President had not mentioned the incident when she visited the Northeast yesterday.

Modi alleged that Congress never bothered to react even when Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistanis in Kashmir, nor when people from the North East were being subjected to discrimination in the national capital. "Will the 100 crore Indians need to learn patriotism from Sonia Gandhi?" he quipped and added that people of the country do not require any certificate from the Congress for their patriotic nature.

"The cultural ethos and traditions of the country are fast eroding and people are feeling alienated in their own country... Women are being raped in the (national) capital besides youth from Northeast are killed for racial reasons," he added.

Earlier, stepping up his attack on  ruling party, BJP candidate for Western Parliamentary seat Kiren Rijiju in his address said that there is no place for common man in the society under Congress rule.

Former MP assured that he would fulfill the unaccomplished task if he gets elected in Parliament adding that he will not let down Arunachal Pradesh. On the occasion Modi also launched website of Arunachal BJP, www.bjparunachalpradesh.org.  (PTI and ATNS).



Cong is people’s party: Tuki

ITANAGAR: Mar 31:  “Aayape….that’s a very good news in a long long time,” exclaimed a Gaon Bura in his seventies.

“Aah! I envy these Gaon Buras!” responded his friend, a non-Gaon Bura, also in his seventies.

The happiness and the feeling of importance were evident from the smiles of all the Gaon Buras cuddled in a Musup listening to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at remote Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley district this morning.

Tuki, who reached Dambuk to seek support for Congress nominee and the Party’s only other women in the fray - Gum Tayeng, assured his commitment to look after the welfare of Gaon Buras, one of the oldest institutions in the State. He was accompanied by Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency candidate Ninong Ering, who is also the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

Reading out from the Party’s Election Manifesto, Tuki said, “Recently our Government had increased the honorarium to Gaon Buras and Head Gaon Buras. If we are elected back to power, we will raise these to Rs 1000 and Rs 1050 for Gaon Buras and Head Gaon Buras respectively.”

But what brought the loudest cheer from the Gaon Buras and the people was the assurance of the Chief Minister to provide Gaon Buras with free power of two units, a mobile handset and a colour television set each if the Party is voted back to power.

“Congress Party is people’s party. In Congress we believe in giving power to the people. Hence it is our duty to take care of Gaon Buras as well as empower the Panchayati Raj institutions,” Tuki pointed and highlighted the recent decisions of the government to devolve functions and financial power to PRIs.

The Chief Minister took a moment to take a dig at the BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujrat.

“Modi’s last Arunachal visit proved lucky for us. We won in eleven Assembly constituencies unopposed! I have full confidence that his second visit, which is today at Itanagar, will prove luckier. We will sweep the Assembly and Parliamentary elections!” he said.

Tuki exuded confidence that no matter what, Congress will come back to power both in the state and the country. Asserting that BJP has no base in the North East, he questioned which state in the North East is ruled by the BJP? “Of the eight North Eastern states, five are ruled by the Congress while BJP has no presence anywhere. It is surprising that the main Opposition Party has its eyes on Arunachal, which never will be a reality,” he said.

Calling support for Ninong Ering, Tuki said Ering must be the only MP in several years who has travelled to all corners of his Parliamentary Constituency.

“It is really difficult for an MP to visit his constituency regularly as his job is mostly concentrated in the national capital. Despite the fact, Ering has stayed connected with the grass root people. This shows his sincerity towards the people. And now it is the people’s turn to reciprocate and send him back to Delhi to continue as a Union Minister,” he appealed.

Later in the afternoon, Tuki and Ering attended a road-show type rally at the heart of Tezu town in Lohit district organized by Tezu Assembly Constituency candidate of the Congress Karikho Kri.

Addressing a mammoth crowd that brought life to a standstill at Tezu Bazaar, from a makeshift podium atop a truck, Tuki congratulated the people of Tezu who despite being from varied social, religious, economical and ethnic backgrounds are living peacefully since ages.

“Tezu is a mini-India that thrives on secularism. I believe the people here believes in secularism and therefore for vote for a secular party,” he said seeking support for Kri.

Kri, in his address, reposed faith on the leadership of Tuki and assured that people of Tezu were with him and the Congress. He said Tuki has always cherished a special place for Tezu and it has been evident from financial grants and developmental projects given to Tezu in recent years.

“If we want the unfinished works to complete and bring in more new projects then we have to vote Congress to power,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ering touched the pulse of the young generation while demanding basic rights of administration for the people of Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency.

“There are several head of offices created for eastern part of Arunachal but all offices are in Itanagar. This has deprived the locals of this part of the state of their basic administrative and economical rights,” he pointed.

He, however, asserted that Tuki has taken cognizance of the issue and will take necessary action once a new Congress Government is formed after the elections.

Assuring his full cooperation to the people and the government, Ering promised that he will always remain a people’s man and bridge the gap between the people of the state and the Center to the best of his abilities if he is elected for the second term. (Media Cell, APCC)



Fire brigade arrived late: House owner

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: The fire department in Roing has been accused of failing to respond to a call of a fire on March 28 that completely gutted two cottages and partially damaged a dwelling house.

According to the victim, the fire brigade arrived half an hour late after they were informed of the accident that occurred at around 10.30 pm.

“I called up the fire brigade after the fire erupted in a cottage adjacent to my house. However, there was no telephone network at that time for which I rushed to the fire station for help personally. But to my utter surprise, no one is there in the fire station at that time,” the victim alleged in a release.

“I also ran to the nearby APP and WT Stations for help but in vain.”

“By the time the fire-fighting team arrived, the fire had completely gutted the cottages,” he rued. However, the fire was prevented from further spreading with help of my neighbors, he added.

Many domestic animals were also killed in the fire, he said.

The two cottages and the domestic animals killed in the fire could have been saved had the brigade arrived on time, he rued. Electric short-circuit is suspected as cause of the fire, he informed.

Meanwhile, the victim appealed to the fire department at Roing to discharge duty sincerely and with dedication.



ALCs: Poll time bridge between people and Govt

Itanagar, Mar 31: Trekking the rugged and almost inaccessible terrains of mountainous Arunachal Pradesh, the Agency Labour Corps make polling possible by carrying polling material to remote polling stations and transporting EVMs.

The ALC or porters were first appointed by the British for transporting material.

Even 67 years after Independence, the importance of the ALCs remains as there are no motorable roads in several districts where only porter tracks and mule paths exist.

Services of ALCs are required at the time of transporting public distribution system materials, opening new administrative centres, natural calamities and during polls

The election office here has hired 2100 ALCs to carry poll materials to remote places for the April 9 twin elections to the two Lok Sabha seats in the state and 49 assembly constituencies, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer D J Bhattacharjee said.

"We are dependent on them for transporting election materials to inaccessible polling stations and even during the time of declaring results," he said.

Declaration of results gets delayed in several seats as EVMs are transported by ALCs to the counting centres, which generally involve more than three days of arduous trekking.

In the initial stage, the existing porter tracks were being improved for easy movement of poll officials and porters from one place to another. In the 2009 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Arunachal Pradesh too, around 1400 ALC were deployed.

After Arunachal Pradesh became a full-fledged state in 1987, regular appointments of ALC have been stopped and they are now recruited only on a temporary basis. (PTI)



Lohit to take out ‘Jagrati-Rath’ for voter awareness on April 5

TEZU, Mar 31: Awareness Observer Dr. Dhiraj Kakadia and Returning Officer cum DEO Dr. BM Mishra hold a meeting with Nodal Officer SVEEP Dr. PC Swain at Deputy Commissioner’s Office Chamber here today. The meeting was convened to discuss various voter awareness strategies in Lohit district.

As a part of initiative for voter awareness, the District Election Officer will conduct a series of activities like, a Jagrati Rath- a voter awareness vehicle will be flagged off from the Office of District Election Office, Tezu by 5th April.

As a part of awareness campaign posters, banners, pamphlets, leaflets etc will distributed to voters and across all important public locations. 30,000 leaflets, 1000 posters and 20 hoardings will be used for awareness campaign by the district administration.

A Mock Polling Station and Voter Awareness for voters at four locations for the voters of 2-East Arunachal Parliamentary Constituency (Tezu-Sunpura) and 44th Tezu-Sunpura Assembly Constituency has also been chalked out on 2nd April.

Similarly, on 3rd April a Mock on familiarization on EVMs for the voters has been fixed.

The exercise of Mock polling station will be held at Tafragam Government Middle School, Government Higher Secondary School Tezu, Seeshu Niketan Tezu, Jeko Higher Secondary School (Sunpura).

Dr. B M Mishra the Returning Officer cum District Election Officer has appealed to everyone to participate in the mock process to acquaint oneself of all the voting processes.

The main purpose of the mock exercises is mainly to bring awareness of polling processes to the voters and to educate the voters not to indulge themselves in allurements or influence of any kind and to exercise their right to vote as free and fearlessly.

The exercise is important not only because of the knowledge and use of Electronic Voting Machine but in order to avoid confusion and apprehensions in the minds of voters who will exercise their voting rights in a simultaneous election for the first time.

The DEO also convened a meeting with Sector Officers in order to assess and review the law and order situation of 44th Assembly Constituency at his office chamber today.

“Out of 125 Polling Stations, we have identified 17 polling stations where central Para-military forces will be deputed. The rest of polling stations will be protected by IRBn,” said the DEO.

Provisions for web casting, videography, digital camera or micro-observers at each or any of the polling stations as per need and requirement are on the card, he further informed.

The Lohit District Administration is keen to conduct a peaceful election. There shall be zero tolerance for law and order issues on the day of polling and miscreants shall be booked under relevant laws of IPC and RP Act and stern actions shall be taken to ensure peaceful, free and fair election in the district, the DEO added.



Presiding & polling officers urged to be equipped with proper knowledge of EVM operation

SEPPA, Mar 31: The micro-level and 2nd training for 1st polling officers was conducted at Kameng Hall Seppa today.

General Observer Surender Kumar said that as a Presiding and Polling Officers, each and everyone should have thorough knowledge of EVM operations practically and clarify any type of confusions with the master trainer. He reiterated on the need to have proper ceiling of EVM and polling of statutory and non-statutory papers. It is also to see that presiding officer’s diary were properly maintained and takes note of the activities every after two hours of polling day. He also urged them to compare the items/materials to be used on the day of poll with the check list and set everything right so that nothing is left out. He stressed on the need to maintain model code of conduct in each and every polling stations wherein the micro-observer put in place to take note of the situations.

DC cum DEO Tarin Dakpe directed the polling officers to read the handbook and a check list carefully and also get themselves mastered with handling of ballot unit and control unit. They should ensure that each voter cast their vote at their own will without fear or favour and inducement. He instructed them to start polling exactly in time at 7 am after mock poll of both the EVM and wait till 5 pm even after completion of polling. There shouldn’t be any scope for complaint, he added. The safety and security of the EVM should be taken care of, he said. Later, 1st polling officers were asked one by one to demonstrate mock poll. DIPRO



CCLAPF urges admin to maintain status quo

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: In the wake of show cause notice issued by the Capital Complex Chief Estate Officer cum ADM for eviction of the structure of one Tadar Yado Tang at E – Sector, Naharlagun, an emergency meeting of Capital Complex Land Affected Peoples’ Forum (CCLAPF) was held today under the chairmanship of Takam Dari Sojik, Chairman, CCLAPF.

After a threadbare discussion, the meeting recalled that in the meeting dated 13.02.2014 of the Govt. constituted high level committee to look into the land occupation and allotment imbroglio of the Capital Complex, held under the chairmanship of Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary (UD, Town Planning & Land Management), the committee unanimously adopted a resolution to immediately stop all fresh encroachments and also the eviction processes in Capital Complex till the Committee submits its final report to the government, according to a CCLAPF release.

Accordingly, the Forum had already instructed its members to maintain status quo in respect of fresh encroachments. Since then, the CCLAPF and the government constituted high level Committee has been earnestly engaged in its honest attempt to hammer out a pragmatic and permanent solution to this vexed issue. Vigorous exercises at the government level, including series of meetings, consultations, etc. were conducted to arrive at some logical conclusion/solution to this contentious issue. But for the sudden declaration of the state Assembly Election on 9.04.2014, much headway was anticipated in resolving this issue by now.

 The meeting thus observed with much disdain that when the Forum was temporarily silent on the issue so as to pave way for smooth conduct of ensuing Parliamentary cum Assembly election processes of the state, the issuance of above show cause notice by the Capital Complex CEO-cum-ADM during the pendency of the case at the government level was uncalled-for, infelicitous, irregular and unwarranted.

The meeting urged the district administration to take due considerations of the resolution passed by the Govt. constituted high level Committee on 13.02.2014 regarding maintaining status quo in regards to fresh encroachments and evictions.



Ruksin hospital achieves success in laparoscopic surgery


RUKSIN, Mar 31: Bringing a ray of hope to poor patients, a private run hospital at Ruksin town yesterday claimed to have successfully conducted ‘Laparoscopic Surgery’ to remove gallstones and kidney stones.

A team of surgeon in Ratan Diagnostic Centre & Nursing Home, set up in front of Ruksin Community Health Centre (PHC) here has successfully removed Gallstones from two patients on Sunday last through laparoscopic surgery.

This is the first reported case of laparoscopic surgery done at Ruksin in East Siang district. The lady patients due of about 30 year-old are- Yaki Tako of Mangnang village and Yalem Dupak of Biat under Ruksin circle who had been suffering from Gall Bladder Stone for months.

Dr Kabit Ratan, proprietor of the private Nursing Home informed that another lady patient of chronic Cholecystitis was admitted in his hospital and the doctors successfully removed her gall bladder by undergoing general surgery. All the three patients are kept under intensive care in the nursing home for three days.

The success story has undoubtedly brought a “good message” for the poor patients living in the area, who can’t afford the cost for such treatment.

Explaining the event with enthusiasm, Dr Ratan further informed that the hospitals at Ruksin earlier used to refer such cases either to other places of the state or to Assam hospitals for performing such surgery. He said the cost of surgery in his hospital is too low which poor patient can easily afford.

Earlier, Ratan Diagnostic & Nursing Home successfully treated ‘Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery’ and performed some ‘Oral Cancer Surgery’.

Dr Kabit Ratan, who is running the private clinic, has immense contribution to the local society. His humane nature of giving free treatment to poor patients is appreciated by all.



Cultural extravaganza marks beginning of Mopin fervor

AALO, Mar 31: The Mopin fervour started with inauguration of Nyirju Pule by Jomnya Siram, Joint Director Art and Culture at Gumin Kiin on yesterday.

The cultural competition on the day centered on mixed traditional group dance for men and women.

Siram said that our rich culture always gives us a distinct identity and it needs preservation and promotion. He appreciated the CMCC for giving traditional touch to string of events in the cultural nite.

Tapun Taki, District Art and Culture Officer called upon the young generation not to be swayed by alien culture and encouraged them to shoulder the responsibility to promote own culture.

Er. Harinder Rathore, Vice President Reliance Ltd. Kamba said that many of the cultures in the world have diminished but the rich variety of culture and practices in this beautiful part of the country are wonderful.

The president CMCC, Moji Bagra, Secretary Lee Sora and Vice President Doli Lollen also spoke on the occasion.

The prizes for various competitions  including “Riim Iika hinam” competition  were also given away  to the winners (among under 18 youths) on the occasion by Siram. DIPRO



Training of presiding officers concludes

BOMDILA, Mar 31: The third and final round of the training for the Presiding Officers concluded today in the district with all the concerned AROs in all the four Assembly segments giving a final touch for an error-free poll on April 9.

At district headquarters Bomdila, DEO AK Singh exuded confidence on the ability of the officers by virtue of their seniority, experience and commitment to discharge their duties diligently without any error, fear or favor.

Addressing the Presiding officers DEO Singh informed that every possible effort is being made to connect all the 152 Polling stations with landline, WLL, Mobile, DSPT etc leaving aside the 2 polling stations which are in the shadow area where connectivity is not possible as of now.

Impressing upon them to be cautious and careful for the peaceful and successful conduct of the poll day, Singh said that the efforts put in at the district burning the midnight’s oil for over a month would be futile and wasted if anything went wrong on the poll day on account of the polling team’s inefficiency or error. Later, he interacted with the Presiding officers and attended to the queries raised by some.

A list containing the contact numbers of the DEO, SP, Control Rooms, AROs, AEROs, Administrative officers, Sector Magistrates, General & Expenditure Observers (Assembly / Parliamentary), Micro Observers etc was issued to all the Presiding officers to facilitate the 2-hourly report and for any unforeseen exigencies in the district which among others has a total of 26 polling stations which has to be covered on foot – the farthest involving 03 days of foot march and where there are 04 Critical & 46 Hypersensitive polling stations.

PD T. Gambo and Senior Teacher B. Singh imparted the training to the Presiding officers including the Hands-on training of the EVMs here at Bomdila today.

The General Observer (Assembly) Arvind Kumar Singh reviewed the randomization of the EVMs at the DEO’s with the DEO, SP, SDO (Eln) and DIO late in the afternoon whereas the Expenditure Observer (Assembly) P Shivaram Prasad visited the ARO offices at Rupa and Singchung under 5-Kalaktang & 6-Thrizino assembly segments today. DIPRO



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---- Readers Forum ----


Capital has been celebrating earth hour for the last one year

Dear Editor,

Through the column of you esteemed daily, I would like to bring to the notice of people and concerned  department that millions of people around the globe participated in the celebration of the eighth edition of the Earth Hour to show their support for environmental issues ranging from deforestation to energy efficiency. Many events were held across India and other parts of world to mark the day. Lights were switched off in many homes, offices and famous landmarks at 8.30 pm on Saturday for an hour to mark annual Earth Hour.

While on the other side, people of ArunachalPardesh were celebrating earth hour for more than a year or so (unknowingly, unintentionally and un-wantingly) as regular power cuts takes place every other day in the state capital, a land blessed with "nature's bounty, roaring rivers, green hills and snow clayed mountain is deviating from the point of its actual utility for the welfare and development of the state and its citizen.

Science says "friction is necessary evil" and what I feel is that, this is 21st century era where "electricity too is necessary evil" to operate all those silicon contained goods and stuffs. Hope is the last and only thing that stays when everything ends and am hoping to see Arunachal shining high and practically attributing the tag “the power house of north east India. "


Kamtey Ringu




Arunachal politics need feminine touch

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of avid readers of this esteemed daily to the meager number of women leaders taking part in the upcoming elections. There are zero female candidates for the Lok Sabha elections and only 8 for 60- member house. Promises had been made of 33% reservation for women candidates in the assembly elections but to no avail. If one observes, in many families prevailing in our society, men may act like its head but it is the women who are the ultimate bread winner. They are the ones toiling their sweat and blood in the paddy fields to feed many mouths. Given the god- gifted superior physical endowment of the male gender, the responsibility should have been reversed.

In recent times, it is conditioned that women of the family should work in the fields while men even feel embarrassed to assist them. The point is women are equally capable to be an exemplary leader. They can multi-task, balancing their profession and raising the family. They take exclusive forefront in campaigning for male politician then why not for themselves? Unless women take courage and dare to put their foot forward their counterparts are happy to dominate. Being a daughter of this beautiful state I would like to request all women to reach beyond their limits. We should aim to make gender injustice as a thing of distant past for the future generation.

The various political groups should include more women in decision-making process. It will not only highlight the integrity of their party but also female may bring fresh perspectives and inputs which might prove beneficial. Rahul Gandhi has been chirping about women empowerment throughout this election season, 33% reservation should be the first step towards it. In the clashes of masculine politics driven by greediness for power and money, maybe the side- tracked voice of the public do require the soothing of the feminine touch.


Dani Nagyang, Itanagar







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Relation with neighbours should be improved

It is being widely reported that India will get tougher on territorial disputes with China and its old rivalry with Pakistan if BJP leader Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister in May after the general election. Modi, who is the front-runner to win the five-week election starting on April 7, has taken an aggressive tone against the two neighbouring nations. On the campaign trail, he had warned Beijing to shed its "mindset of expansionism" during his visit to Pasighat in February and in the past he has railed against Pakistan.

Reacting to the Modi’s statement at that time Chinese govt spokesperson had stated that China never wages war of aggression to occupy an inch of land of other countries and therefore it is wrong to give such statement. Though Modi is known for strong economic policies but he is yet to come clean in regards to foreign policy. No doubt country stands to gain if he gets tough against enemy but he should be cautious. India can’t afford to have   tense relation with the neighbours. For state like ours which shares international boundary with China, the tense standoff will be matter of deep concern. Infact people of Arunachal have been clamoring for opening of border trade with China. Whoever forms next government at centre should take step in this regard.