April 15


ANSU for stringent action against wrongdoers

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) today claimed that it has come to know from business community of capital complex that some of present executive members along with some vested interest persons are troubling business community in the state capital in the name of union. ANSU president Byabang Joram in a press release urged business community to take stringent action against wrongdoers and further he appealed his executive member to refrain from any activities which may carry wrong message for the union and society as a whole.

Furthermore he also asked business community to take legal action if any of present ANSU executive members and vested interest group or in the name of union seek donation without having joint signatures president, general secretary and finance secretary.  "Any unions or associations should seek help from the business community and others stakeholders for common cause only not for the personal gains," he added.


Society condemns attack on officer

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: The Jiji Jilen Ao Welfare Society has condemned the attack on the senior APCS officer Kego Jilen who was assaulted by supporters of a candidate at Seppa on April 11 last. Demanding arrest of the attackers, the society also sought ECI's intervention in taking necessary action against the politicians on whose behest the attack was carried out.


144 imposed around Siddhartha hall

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: Section 144 has been imposed around Siddhartha Hall here restricting movement of vehicles other than vehicles on election duty from 5 pm to 6 am until May 15. The prohibition order has been issued by the Capital Complex Magistrate Mige Kamki in view of the disturbance caused to the security personnel deployed to safeguard the Strong Room.


Missing poll official yet to be traced

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: East Siang district administration has intensified the search operation to trace out Mathew Dabi, a poll official who went missing on 9th April from Siine village under Boleng circle.

While talking to this daily East Siang Superintendent of Police informed that a DSP rank officer is currently leading search operation by camping at Siine village.

"A missing case has been registered at Boleng police station. Police along with locals are carrying out combing operation in the area. Till now we have no clue whatsoever about reason of disappearance," stated SP. According to the family source, Dabi left home on 7th April morning for polling duty. He was not carrying mobile phone but contacted them after reaching Siine on 8th. The wife received news of his missing only on 11th April.  


Governor extends greetings on Gumkum Gumpa, Bohag Bihu

ITANAGAR, April 14: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has conveyed warm greetings to people of Arunachal Pradesh, especially the Puroik community on the occasion of Gumkum-Gumpa.

In his festival message, Governor said that every community maintains its identity through its festival. In the same line Gumkum-Gumpa is identity for the Puroik community. He hopes that the community, led by its elders and youth will ensure that age-old cultural heritage is preserved and pass it on to the generation next.

May the festival further strengthen the spirit of brotherhood, harmony and prosperity in our society, Governor wished.

The Governor  also has extended warm greetings to people of Arunachal Pradesh on the festive occasion of Bohag Bihu. He also conveyed good wishes to people of Assam on the joyous occasion. Wishing that the festival will strengthen the commitment for harmonious and warm relationships amongst citizens of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, Governor expressed his hope that the festival will usher in peace and prosperity in the entire Northeast region.


Encroachment alleged

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: The Tarasso Circle Youth Association (TCYA) today claimed that the Assam Police and Forest officials are encroaching Arunachal land under Tarasso circle. Assam police and forest officials have piled up stone and bricks to construct Assam Police Camp inside the Arunachal territory, the Association said.  


Voter impersonation alleged

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: On the basis of a complaint of voter impersonation lodged by the agent of INC candidate of Dumporijo Assembly Constituency, the Daporijo EAC (Jud) on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner has requested the Upper Subansiri Superintendent of Police to investigate the matter by registering a case against the accused.

The election agent of the INC candidate alleged that two persons have illegally obtained postal ballots and cast their votes in the name of Govt. employee although they were not Govt. employees.


News Impact

Buddhist community celebrates Sangken festival

First Lady urges to withhold the rich culture and practice

ITANAGAR Apr 14: With  solemn pledge  and prayer for wellbeing of all sentient, three day Sangken festival of Theravada Buddhist community began with beating of drums and gongs  from April 14.

Along with Khampti, Singpho and Tikhak Tangsa Buddhist communities of Itanagar, First Lady of the State, Smti Jyotsna Sharma participated in the rituals during the day-long ceremony. She wished that the auspicious occasion, which marks the beginning of the New Year harbingers renewed prosperity in our wider community and also further strengthen the rich cultural traditions and practices of the people.

Attired in colourful dresses, hundreds of enthusiastic boys and girls  thronged the premises of Theravada Buddhist Temple a Vivek Vihar  to take part in the ceremonial  bathing of images of  Lord Buddha.   During the festival, people take precept of abstaining from killing, lying, stealing, taking intoxicating drinks and indulgence in illicit sexual activities. People also refrain from doing all form of manual works, gambling and cutting trees.  

In the evening people visit to monastery to offer prayer and illuminate candle, seeking blessing for peace, harmony and wellbeing of all. After ceremonial bathing of the images of Buddha and holy shrines people splash clean water on each other and greet for a happy and prosperous new year. Clean water is considered to be symbolic of purity. Sangken is considered as pious occasion to earn merit.

Earlier, the images of Lord Buddha were brought from main temple and ceremonially installed in a makeshift temple to facilitate devotee to  give ceremonial  bath to the  images of Buddha and holy shrines. The three day festival will end with reinstallation of  the images of Lord Buddha back to the main temple on 16th April next and community feast. DIPR



Sissen village rigid over poll boycott decision


PASIGHAT, Apr 14: The villagers of Sissen under 35- Pangin constituency, who boycotted the April nine simultaneous poll protesting lack of development, are still firm on their stand. They say will continue their movement to boycott any election in their village until the authority sanctions fund for construction of road in the village.

It may be recalled that leaders from various local organizations, including Sissen Welfare Society, Sissen Farmers Club, Sissen Students Union and a section of PRI leaders collectively given a poll boycott call in protest against the governments' alleged step-motherly treatment.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Boleng, who earlier dealt with the situation, has failed to convince the frustrated villagers. Later, the East Siang Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer (DEO) lodged an FIR in Boleng Police station against the leaders of protesting organizations.

In recent development, the East Siang DC initiated a negotiation with the protesters at Pasighat, took stock of the grievances of by Sisen villagers. The villagers, while reiterating their stand moved the DC to take initiative for early solution of the burning problem.

The villagers in a fresh representation submitted to the East Siang Deputy Commissioner said that the villagers have been participating in election since last many decades, but the respective governments have repeatedly ignored the people.

"Neither the Central Government nor the successive State Governments have paid heed to communication problems of the area," they rued.

Sissen village under Kebang circle in East Siang is still unconnected with rest of the country through surface communication which has hampered the economic development of the area.

The porter tracks are the only means of surface communication in hilly areas. Non-existence of road in the village has not only causing heavy loss to farmers but also hampering the education of children as teachers are reluctant to go to schools for that reason.

"Our frustration stems from the fact that the successive state governments have been depriving the area from road construction schemes in the pretext of low density of population. The administration is trying to malign the leading villagers with criminal cases and thereby disgracing the sentiments of the local people. We have decided to organize massive rally at Boleng town and Paighat besides staging dharna at the DC's office protesting against the alleged injustice", said Karunath Pazing, the publicity secretary of Nugong Banggo Welfare Society.

Pazing informed that the DC has accepted their representation and assured to forward it to the Chief Secretary for necessary action.



BJP opposes re-polling at Sodrik polling station

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh unit vehemently opposed the recommendation for re-polling at 25/18 Sodrik Polling Station under 25-Raga assembly constituency in Upper Subansiri district.

In a letter written to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) while opposing the re-polling in Sordik polling station as unjustified the BJP said polling was held at the said polling station peacefully without any untoward incident.

The Party claimed that  the Presiding Officer of  Sodrik polling station have been forced to change his reporting "in the influence of the Returning Officer concerned under pressure and threatening from some heavy weight ministers campaigning in Daporijo." Armed with  declaration made by  polling officers number 1 and three of the  Sodrik Polling station and the letters written to DEO by PPA and BJP polling agents, the party requested the ECI to intervene into the matter and take due consideration before the announcement of re-polling order for Sodrik polling station.



Elaborate security arrangement in East Kameng

SEPPA, Apr 14: Elaborate security arrangement has been made in East Kameng district after tense post-poll situation. Adequate security personnel have been deployed for administrative officers, executive/Sector Magistrates and polling parties.

While elaborating the overall security plan SP Apang Tamut divulged that a section of CRPF and two section of IRBn/CP led by inspector or SI or ASI-I in each polling team of eight polling stations are being deployed. There are three PSOs and one walkie talkie to each administrative officers and executive magistrates and one company 30 Bn SSB on guarding duty of inner perimeter, one platoon IRBn for second tier and two Section civil police as executive force for 3rd tier in the strong room, the  SP said. He further  added that tight security arrangement put in place within the Seppa town which included round the clock police patrolling; Naka in two location at officers colony type-IV & SP and DC tri-junction. Apart from this two platoon of CRPF deployed at DC's or RO's office, one section CRPF at circuit House and DC's official resident.

Meanwhile, DEO cum DC Sandeep Kumar Singh, had a briefing session for security personnel and polling team deployed for proposed re-polling stations at Kameng Hall, Seppa today.

DC directed the sector magistrates and presiding officers to take action in case of any eventualities and proper use of police force to ensure safety and safety of polling team. He also suggested the presiding officers to engage police inside the polling booth if there is anticipation that something may happen there.

SP Apang Tamut briefed about the communication plan, movement plan and scale of police deployment in each polling team.

Training for polling team

Meanwhile, the training for polling team conducted at Kameng Hall, Seppa today. Takam Nicholas, CO imparted the training.

DEO Sandeep Kumar Singh while addressing the polling personnel informed that re-polling have been proposed for eight polling stations in East Kameng district for which the confirmation is yet to come. He urged them to conduct the polling process properly and try hard to see that re-poll is successful in any manner to do away further exercise and repetitions. He briefed them about their role and responsibilities and also given the tips to be kept in mind while discharging their duties at the time of polling. He said that sufficient security personnel have been deployed in each polling team for security and safety and suggested them to follow or move according to movement plan. In case of any happening or incidents, videography should be taken, he added.

General observer Surendra Kumar said that Presiding officer's diary should be fill-up properly indicating the actual proceedings of the polling day and due care be paid when poll starts and ended. Parliamentary Observer exhorted the polling team to accomplish the task and took it as a pride to perform election duties. He cautioned them to perform their duties carefully as small mistakes may prove costly and derail the whole process.  DIPRO



Celebration of ‘Baisakhi’

H K  Roy

Pasighat, Apr 14: The Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is celebrated all over India welcoming the beginning of Sikh New Year.  In Assam, people celebrate Rongali Bihu, while Bengalis celebrate it as Naba Barsha (New Year). Bihar celebrates it as Vaishakha in honour of the Surya (Sun) while Kerala celebrates it as Vishu and Tamil Nadu as Puthandu. In Kashmir, a ceremonial bath and general festivity mark Baisakhi while in Himachal Pradesh devotees flock to the temple of Jwalamukhi and take a holy dip in the Hot Springs.

Vaisakhi is celebrated as the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Khalsa Panth. History of Vaisakhi traces its origin from the Vaisakhi Day celebrations of 1699 organized by the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh to form Khalsa - Brotherhood of Saint Soldiers to fight against tyranny and oppression. Sikhs celebrate this very important day of their religion with joy and devotion. They take an early bath, wear new clothes and visit the Gurdwaras to participate in the special prayer meet marked for the day. After a special ardas of kirtans (religious songs) and discourses kada prasad (sweetened semolina) is distributed amongst all present. Later, people sit in rows to relish the Langar (community lunch) prepared and served by volunteers.

At Pasighat Gurudwara, Vaisakhi was celebrated today with lot of joy, enthusiasm and full of vibrancy followed by Nishan Saheb Sewa, Bhog of Sadharan Path, Kirtan, Path of Anand Saheb/Ardash, Prasad distribution, Guru Ka Langar and Deep Mala. People from all walks of life joined the celebration and offered prayers for prosperity, peace and communal harmony. Later in the evening, people traditionally exchange greetings with friends and relatives with sweets and gifts.



PPA demands action against perpetrator of crime

ITANAGAR, Apr 14: Holding the INC candidate from Lekang Assembly Constituency Chowna Mein responsible for the death of a worker of People's Party of Arunachal (PPA), the party (PPA) in a letter to chief electoral officer of the state has demanded to cancel the candidature of the contesting candidate.

In its representation to the CEO, the party alleged that PPA party worker Manoranjan Taye, was beaten to death at Lekhang on April 8 at around 8.30 pm by local goons deployed by contesting Congress (I) candidate. Taye was engaged by the party to check wrongful use of money and muscle power in Nongkhon Satgharia village, it said.

An FIR has been lodged against the culprits. But the main alleged conspirators of the heinous crime, namely the Congress-I candidate and his main supporter Jugesh Taye are still roaming free because of their influential position in the area," the party said.

"In view of above and also considering the strict guidelines issued by ECI against the perpetrators of crime, the responsibility of the crime along with compensation of the deceased should be fixed on the accused party candidate," the letter added.

Meanwhile,  reacting to the PPA's allegation, senior Congress leader and sitting MLA of Lekhang Chowna Mein  termed it as baseless and without iota of truth. He alleged that entry of PPA has divided peace loving citizens of Lekhang area with malicious campaign against him. "The kind of violence witnessed in recent election has never happened earlier in 20 years of my political career in Lekang assembly constituency. My opponent was indulging in spreading hate through politics which is wrong. I have written to Chief Secretary in this regard," stated Mein..



Taga says allegation cooked up, threatens legal action against the INC candidate

AALO, Apr 14: Reacting to an allegation made by INC candidate from Rumgong Assembly Constituency Talem Taboh, the BJP candidate of the same constituency Tamyo Taga has accused the Congress candidate of leveling wild and cooked up accusation against him, adding that he had never received any financial aid from Jaypee Arunachal Power Limited.

"This is totally a wild and cooked up allegation," Taga said, in a release, and demanded an unconditional public apology from the INC candidate failing which Taga threatened to file defamation case against him.

Taga stated that "This is my 7th contest at a row as MLA candidate. But, no one even my political opponent has never alleged me of using money power in election campaign."

The INC candidate yesterday alleged that Taga had received an amount of Rs. Five crore from Jay Pee group for electioneering purpose, which was published in sections of local dailies, including the Arunachal Times.

Further, the allegation of booth capturing at Bogu, Mega, Reying and Kaying camp is totally wrong and misleading, Taga claimed, adding polling ended peacefully in those polling stations without any poll related incident.



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Woeful experience of election process

Dear Editor,

The recent simultaneous election can be termed as most haphazard election procedure in the context of West Siang district. It started with a list of around 220 Presiding and polling officials for the training in three phases. All the training except EVM was a verbal with little help of Black board, without sample forms. Third and final round of training at Gensi Keba Dere was also LUMP-SUM training. Trainers tried hard with lone EVM and past experiences.

No hand book for presiding officers was distributed. On 5th of April when I was busy with the officials coming for PB, a call came to a friend of mine that Officials for 32-Rumgong A/c is to move on 6th April from Aalo (without any provision to lift Polling officials from Gensi to Aalo). Anyhow on 6th April we went towards Aalo early in a friend’s car. On reaching Aalo we came to know that Rumgong and Kayin Polling team already left in the morning. Till then we were unable to locate the name of our polling stations. By next morning on 7th April we reached Kaying by 8:00 am, then again we were shocked to find that the floor of Old Block Office which was allocated for our staying was totally damp and there was not even a bench in the name of furniture. Anyway we managed it. Polling went of peacefully on 9th April but by the time we reached Aalo Club around 8 pm with polling materials; it was like a fish market with only five tables receiving election materials for entire West Siang. I manage to deposit the materials and EVM after struggling for more than 5 hours at 01:15am on 10th April without having my dinner in the previous night. The relief didn't last long; again I waited till morning 7 am to have my clearance certificate which went on vain. By 1 pm, I had to push aside the receiving table and sneak inside to find that the papers I have deposited in early 1:15 am wasn't picked up yet for scrutiny. I picked it up myself and placed it to the scrutinizing table to have it scrutinized by 3 pm. This time there was lot of mismanagement and in-experience shown in the management of election process. And above all mo armed personals (except few APP and APPBN constables with sticks) were provided to escort EVM and polling personals fron Kaying to Aalo. Then again no vehicle was provided to lift polling personals of Gensi as if Gensi is not connected with road from Aalo itself or Polling officials from Gensi are like bonded labourers to work before the order comes. We the officials of Gensi are performing election duty only for the sake of democracy. Otherwise we would have stayed in Gensi till the order comes and wait for official vehicles.


K. Basar, Gensi



Pleasant experience of election duty

Dear Editor,

Somebody said that Election time is no less than a celebration. It was right. Being in a job categorized as "Essential Services" did not deter my spirit to perform the 'National Duty'. Armed with the knowledge of EVM handlings from a day's training and conducting election was something sort of a challenge for all of us in the group. All of us were first-timers with the same level of enthusiasm to do the first 'important duty'.

Kurung Kumey is thought to be un-friendly. Many were overheard telling each other of uncertainties of good things happening around there. But, as one member of our group murmured that he underestimated the behavior of the local people and misunderstood the places to be unfriendly and in-accessible. It was not so. There were gentle and understanding men and the gentle hillocks looked beautiful and melancholic. Rear birds were heard chirping in the jungle.

The sojourn was no less a tour of the district. At a stretch of five days we almost covered the whole district of Kurung Kumey. The group rather missed the chances of not having assigned duties at places like Yangte, Chambang, Sarli, Parsi Parlo, Damin, Tali, Pip Sorang.

The moment we departed from the dispatch centre, there have been assertions as to how the atmosphere at the polling centre could be. We discussed our own strategies to cope rather than tackle any unfavourable happenings.

The count-down began at 5 o’clock on 9th morning April, 2014 when one of us got up and announced the ticking time. Halting in a room nearby the polling booth helped us take few extra minutes to do our morning chores leisurely. By 6 o’clock we shifted the polling materials.

While we were getting all pieces in place, the polling agents of the political parties arrived in time. It was real consolation when all three of them looked un-usually friendly amongst themselves. Voting started at the right time as stipulated. Except the loud voices of elderly men and women cracking village joke, nothing of the arguments and challenges, as normally happen on polling days, seemed to be taking place around the booth. Our spirit of performing duties took a front seat. Except some bickering amongst the polling agents, the polling was peaceful and we completed the processes exactly in the stipulated time frame. The Presiding Officer pushed the ‘CLOSE’ button in time 20 minutes earlier after waiting for sometimes ascertaining that no voter was left.

It was around 7 o’clock night that we boarded the Tata Sumo Trekker. It was rather joyous moment for all of us that night, for one of our attendant offered to let us enjoy the night at his home. Passing the night, we boarded the vehicle early in the morning for our last destination where that ‘VERY IMPORTANT’ stuff called the Electronic Voting Machines was to be deposited at the strong room. It was an ‘All is well that ends well’.



Senki View, Itanagar



Lost generation

Dear Editor,

These days everyone in our state is busy debating about the corruption issues. Others are lost in calculating election result by asking public opinion and doing survey. I am quite depressed and deeply shocked, seeing teenagers of our twin capital city. The use of drugs and alcohol amongst teenagers is now very common in our locality. These boys roam late night in the street. They spend most of their time at cyber café and snooker house, riding bikes recklessly on roads and risking their own life and the life of innocent citizen. They practice all these activities merely for little enjoyment but they don’t realize, what could be the consequences of all these. Gradually their Physical, Social and Academic performances decline as a reward of their ill activities.

We are losing our present generation- as they are moving towards wrong direction. Due to this our state has dark future. At the same time instead of taking these matters seriously, the parents and society becomes just a silent spectator and does nothing. Lacking a purpose in life, despairing millions seek refuge in drugs and alcohol, in crimes and other antisocial activities. Those with money may lose themselves in unbridled consumerism. For those who find purposes beyond his own advancement have sparkle in their eyes even at eighty years of age, those who do not, look vacant eyed even at forty.

I hope to see positive response from the responsible public and senior citizens of the state to tackle the situation in time before our teenagers completely immerses themselves into awful activities and before it becomes bad to worse.


Jombom Pakam







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PM and Congress president should clear the air

Revelation after revelation about how Congress president Sonia Gandhi undermine Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during 10 years of UPA rule have left Congress red face. A new book accuses Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of being weak and unable to stamp out corruption, the second recent attack by an insider that will hurt Congress party as it seeks re-election despite trailing in opinion polls. That impression was underlined in a book, published on Monday, called "Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths" by PC Parakh, who retired as coal secretary in 2005. It said Singh's inability to take on vested interests led to the so-called "Coalgate" scandal, which rocked his premiership.

It was the second book in the last week to portray 81-year-old Singh, Prime Minister since 2004, as a well-intentioned man of high personal integrity but one often unable to assert his authority. The other, by former media adviser to Singh, Sanjaya Baru, was greeted with glee by the principal opposition party BJP, and the party is expected to seize on the Coalgate book to try to land another blow at a crucial time. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi should come out and clear the air. Besides these two, no one is sure whether the books speak truth or not? PMO is highly respected institution and if allegation of a political party head dictating terms in PMO is true, for sure it does not augur well for the country.