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EC expresses shock over death of polling official

ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The Election Commission has expressed deep shock at the unfortunate death of polling official Mathew Dabi, who went missing while on polling duty. He was engaged in polling duty at Siine polling booth on April 9 last. His body was recovered near the village on April 17 last. East Siang Deputy Commissioner has already ordered a magisterial inquiry in the matter. The report of the post mortem conducted at Pasighat General Hospital by a medical board today, is awaited,  said a Nirvachan Bhawan release.

Conveying its deepest sense of condolences to the bereaved family members, the Election Commission has said that the ex-gratia payment to the families of the deceased polling official will be paid as per provision soon, the release added.


Fire engulfs Seijosa forest

ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Devastating forest fire engulfed almost all the forest areas under Seijosa circle of East Kameng district creating havoc in lower belt of the circle since first week of this month.

The forest fire, which has already destroyed the forest areas in lower belt of Seijosa circle, engulfed new areas under Pakke Tiger Reserve Buffer Zone and Papum Reserve, said Ghora Aabhe Society.

The fire now engulfs some area  of the upper portion of Seijosa forests, namely Mabuso-I, A-2, Bali, A/I, Goloso top forests area.

Meanwhile, a team of nature lovers under the initiative of Takum Nabum, Chairman Ghora Aabhe Society (Member State Wildlife Advisory Board Arunachal Pradesh) accompanied by team of forest officials headed by Range Forest Officer, Seijosa Range (Territorial) rushed to the forests fire area today and tried their level best to extinguish the fire but with little success as the fire already engulfed 70 per cent of forest area of Seijosa circle under Papum Reserve and Pakke Tiger Reserve Buffer area.

The Society said that the main reason for forest fire is the presence of large number of labour in Pakke Tiger Reserve Buffer Zone and Papum Reserve for illegal timber operation and Bamboo extraction.

The Society appeals to the Chief Secretary, higher authorities of forest department to take  immediate needful action to save the forests of the Seijosa circle and state as a whole. State Government is getting incentive from central government in the name of Green Bonus but ironically the Government  fails to protect the greenery of the state due to weak implementation of law and policies, the society said.


AHSCS refutes allegations

ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Refuting the allegations leveled by the state BJP against the INC candidate of Thrizino-Buragaon constituency Kumsi Sidisow, All Hrusso (AKA) Socio-Cultural Society (AHSCS) today strongly condemned the BJP and clarified that there was neither any issue of security concerned in the area nor the INC candidate was responsible for the recent incident.

The matter has been blown totally out of proportion and politicized by some vested interest person(s), the Society claimed. Though some sporadic clashes between the supporters of INC and BJP took place in the area, the statement issued by BJP state unit was not true altogether, the Society added. The incident which took place in the area was of personal rivalry, whereas, the BJP workers of area gave it a political colour by portraying concocted stories and giving more flavor into it, it further added.  

Reiterating that the BJP workers unnecessarily trying to defame Kumsi Sidisow as he has nothing to do with the incidents, AHSCS urged upon the people not to give it  communal or political colour as ‘the matters has been solved amicably.’


Zero vote in Sisen village

PASIGHAT, Apr 19: Polling process in East Siang District completed today with Zero voting at Sisen village. East Siang DEO and SP personally visited the village/polling station on Saturday to oversee the election process. The polling booth opened and closed timely by the polling personnel but unfortunately, voters’ of the village refused to cast their votes. The turn out was absolutely Zero through out the day. DIPRO


Re-polling conducted peacefully

AALO, Apr 19: The re-polling concluded peacefully at four polling booths amid tight security today with 82.15 per cent voters turn out. The female voters outnumbered male with 848 against 786 male votes out of 1634 votes polled on the day. 3-Dasi polling station topped the polling percentage with 85.58 per cent followed by Tabasora 82.73 per cent, Yigikaum 81.75 per cent and Nikte with 80.12 per cent. Meanwhile, all the polling teams with EVMs have returned to the receiving centre at Aalo Town Club with foolproof security. The polled EVMs have been placed in the Strong Room and sealed in presence of political parties. DIPRO


Govt quarters gutted

SEPPA, Apr 19: Two Govt. quarters were gutted in a devastating fire around 1.25 am today at Type-III colony Seppa. The cause of the fire couldn’t be ascertained but the fire started from Kacha kitchen extension. The occupants of the two Type-III Qtrs were Kapil Natung, JE, PWD and Nokup Sangyu, S.K of DFC & S department. All the households’ items including local beads/Jewelleries worth rupees twenty lakhs (approximately) have been burnt to ashes.

The damage could have been more and fire could engulf the surrounding quarters/house if the fire and emergency service wouldn’t have rushed to the spot in time. DIPRO


Union asks police to arrest assailants

ITANAGAR, Apr 19:  Condemning the alleged physical assault on one Nguri Kushal of Kimin recently by a group of people in poll related violence, All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering & Water Supply Department Workers Union today urged the police authority to arrest the assailants at the earliest. The union said that stringent action should be taken against the persons involved in the attack.


Lorrah records 92 pc turn out

SEPPA, Apr 19: The re-poll/fresh poll in 8 polling stations in East Kameng district passed off peacefully today. Voters turn out at Lumdung was 38.74%, while it was 91.89% at Yakli.  Dafri recorded 90.80% polling, Byale Sulung - 90.45%, Lorrah- 92.83%, Lapung 88.62% and Jawa Camp 79.25%. Veo polling station polled percentage is yet to come, polling teams reached back HQ and rest will report at station tomorrow. DIPRO


News Impact

Re-poll has no effect on Sisen villagers

Staff Reporter

PASIGHAT, Apr 19: Though a polling station was setup in Sisen village under Pangin (ST) Assembly constituency with all the necessary men and material for the conduction of the simultaneous re-poll today, re-poll has no effect on the villagers of Sisen as no one of the 140 voters in the village turned up to cast their votes. Earlier, the villagers had boycotted the April 9 poll.

The unhappy villagers of Sisen, young and old alike, sent clear message to the polling personnel wearing headbands with 'no road no vote' written on it. They are protesting against lack of development in the area.

Sisen is situated at about one and half hour walk from the main road with only a suspension bridge over Siang river that links the village to the main road.

Gaon Burah of the village T Nonang while maintaining that the decision is a unanimous one added that the villagers have swore to continue with their movement till the village is connected.

He said, "We will continue with our movement in the next election as well if we see no result."

The bridge was damaged by the villagers on April 9 poll posing problem for the polling team to reach the village however the same villagers welcomed the polling team this time to carry out their duties though with no one voted.

"We don’t have hope in these leaders anymore. We would rather see them work out things in practical rather than listening to all those promises which never comes true," he rued echoing similar concern as other fellow villagers.

"We are voting since 1977. We have voted for ruling. We have voted for opposition. We did not see any result then. Now when we are tired, they say they will bring road. This is plain mockery, we are confused," Nonang added.



70 pc voters turn out during re-poll in state

ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Over seventy percent voting was recorded during re-polling conducted in 34 polling stations under eleven Assembly constituencies in East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Upper Subansiri, East Siang and West Siang districts in Arunachal amid tight security today.

Massive security arrangements were made in each polling booth to avoid any untoward incident and facilitate peaceful re-polling which started at 6 am and ended at 2 pm. There was no report of any untoward incident and the re-polling ended with peaceful note, according to Nirvachan Bhawan sources.

Earlier on April 15, the Election Commission had ordered re-polling/fresh polling in 34 polling stations where polling was suspended on April 9 last following damage of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and other poll-related incidents.

Re-polling was conducted at 12 booths in remote Kurung Kumey district covering three assembly constituencies of Palin, Tali and Koloriang while 8 polling stations under Bameng, Chayantajo and Seppa West constituencies of East Kameng district was also held.

In Upper Subansiri district, re-polling was held at 9 polling stations under three constituencies namely Daporijo, Raga and Dumporijo, while in West Siang it was conducted in 4 booths under Along West assembly constituency. Sissen polling station under Panging assembly constituency in East Siang district  reportedly recorded zero voting in the re-polling as the villagers refrained from casting their votes in protest against lack of development including better connectivity to the village despite assurance from the district administration.



Mortal remains of poll official laid to rest

High-level enquiry demanded to unearth the truth

ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The mortal remains of Mathew Dabi, a poll official who went missing on April 9 at Siine under Boleng circle was laid to rest this evening at his native Namey village. He left behind his aged parents, wife and two young children. A native of Namey village under Nari circle, Dabi was presently serving as Junior Teacher at Adi-Tako.

Earlier, the district administration has handed the body to the family members after conducting post mortem at Pasighat General Hospital by three teams of doctor.

The 43-year-old junior teacher Dabi was deputed as polling officer at Siine village polling station under Boleng circle of 35- Pangin Assembly constituency. Police recovered his body from a deep gorge near Siine village on April 17, eight days after he had gone missing on the polling day on April nine.

Meanwhile, the family members of the Dabi have expressed dissatisfaction at the way the search operation was conducted and has also questioned why no headway has been made into investigation.  They also wanted to know what steps are being taken to compensate the family members of the deceased by the Election Commission of India. The family claimed that Mathew was brutally murdered after kidnapping him by miscreants. They said the circumstantial evidences depicted that it was a cold-blooded murder to fulfill their poll related ill intension.

Fingers of suspicion have been pointed towards the Presiding Officer and the security personnel deputed in the ominous poling booth. Victim’s family further alleged that neither the presiding officer nor security personnel had ever felt it necessary to inform the authority concerned regarding Dabi’s absence during the polling. The polling officials reportedly completed all polling formalities in absence of Dabi.

The people of Nari including the members of Galo Student Union and Ramle Banggo Welfare Society have demanded the authority to institute a high level inquiry into the mysterious death and bring all the co-polling officials deputed at Siine polling booth to book and interrogate them to unearth the facts behind the mysterious incident.

The family members of late Dabi also appealed to the East Siang Deputy Commissioner cum DEO to institute SIT/CBI inquiry into the case and initiate compensation to victim’s family.



Nyishi Day celebrated with pomp and gaiety

ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The Nyishi community across the state today celebrated its 7th Nyishi Day with zeal and fervor as hundreds of community members from all walks of life thronged at Nyikum Nyia Hall in Nyirubjoli here to commemorate the momentous occasion.

The cultural event was jointly organized by Nyishi Elite Society, All Nyishi Students Union, All Nyishi Youth Association and Nyishi Neyam Acham. To mark the occasion various cultural programs were displayed including Rikam-Pada by the contingent which had represented the state in Republic Day-2014, New-Delhi.

In his presidential address Nyishi Elite Society (NES) President Bengia Tolum briefed how the community has succeeded in changing the derogatory term ‘Dafla’ to Nyishi through a constitutional amendment in the Parliament on April 19, 2008. He urged Nyishi brethrens that they must exhibit the age-old true fabric of straight-forwardness, truthfulness in thought and action. NES president further informed that the state government has agreed in principle to sanction for the establishment of Nyishi Heritage Village, a Nyishi Arts & Culture Centre at Yazali.

Special invitee Y D Thongchi, Chief Information Commissioner, State Information Commission dwelt on the importance Nyishi Arts and Culture and appealed to the younger generation to shoulder the responsibility to carry forward it.  

Dr Joram Begi, Director Higher and Technical Education in his address highlighted the achievements of Nyishi Elite Society in the service of community in particular and state as a whole. Professor Tana Showren Department of History, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills highlighted on Nyishi civic life. Further the trio have released collections of Nyishi Song titled TOLUM BEMIN, Volume-II, III and IV respectively; composed and produced by Bengia Tolum.

General Secretary, NES, Tarh Tabin said that presence of special invitees Thongchi, Dr Begi and Prof. Showren is a morale booster. Their activities in their respective field of activities will surely inspire the younger people of the community, he added.

Earlier, the Artists of Tolum Bemin were also felicitated by the organizers during the programme and President NES handed over Rs.1 lakh to Tadar Yadir, wife of Late Tadar Tang, Chairperson, Tang Foundation Multipurpose Society (TFMS) as assistance which was announced during Yazali Silver Jubilee Conference last year.



Talar returns home to hero’s welcome

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 19: Rising badminton star of the country Laa Talar was accorded a hero’s welcome with tri-colour upon his arrival at Naharlagun helipad today after a brilliant performance in the just concluded BWF Junior World Badminton Championship 2014 in Malaysia.

Hundreds of fans, well-wishers, relatives and senior badminton players of the state, led by Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) Joint Secretary Bamang Tago and Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) president Biri Tabing, lined up at helipad to greet Talar at 2 pm. The fans accompanied Talar, aboard an open-top Gypsy, in a celebratory parade that passed through the main thoroughfare of Naharlagun and Itanagar Township chanting slogan “Bharat mata ki Jai”.

Talar (India’s No 3) participating in Men’s Singles reached the fourth round in the World Championship. He defeated Cheezwa Nakanda of Zambia 21-14, 21-07 in the first round, David Peng of Germany 21-19, 21-12 in the second round and tamed Gui Pu Lin of China 21-09, 21-07 in the third round before going down fighting 15-21, 21-11, 21-23 to Hong Kong’s Cheuk Yiu Lee (World No. 6) in the pre-quarterfinal in 58 minutes, informed Tago while briefing the Talar’s performance.  It is pertaining to mention here that India’s No. 1 Harsheel Dani and number two Aditya Joshi could not live up to their reputation and crashed out in second and third round respectively.

Expressing his immense pleasure and satisfaction with Talar’s performance in the World Cup, Tago advised him to work hard and concentrate more on playing the game to master it. Informing that Talar was the first from the North East to represent the country at Junior World Badminton Championship, Tago hoped his impressive performance will inspire many a budding players of the state to take up games and sports professionally.

Highlighting the various initiatives of the state government for development of games and sports, including job reservation for meritorious sportspersons and incentives, Tago asked the players to grab the opportunity by taking up sports seriously.

Sharing the proud moment, SUMA president Tabing said that Talar is still young but his scintillating performance has brought him praise from all. He asked the budding players to draw inspiration from the rising star.

Talar’s father La Ribe also spoke on the occasion and briefed the gathering about Talar’s achievement till today and hardship faced by him in grooming his son.

Meanwhile, Talar told this reporter that his immediate and ultimate goal is to grab the national number one ranking and play in Olympics for the country.



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