Chawla rejects experts claim on EVMs' technological vulnerability
ECI consider Arunachal method of poll monitoring
ITANAGAR, June 5: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Navin B Chawla today dismissed
experts claim regarding technological vulnerability of the EVMs for possible manipulation
and said the commission is satisfied about its foolproof working.
The Commission's confidence in the efficacy of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)
has been fortified by the judgements of various courts and the views of technical
experts,'' Chawla told a press conference here this afternoon.
Chawla's reaction came in reply to a question regarding a recent report by experts
from Hyderabad and the US on possible technological vulnerability of EVMs.
He said the Commission would, however, consider all the points raised and apprehensions
expressed recently by various political leaders and individuals regarding EVMs and
take all necessary measures to clear doubts about use of EVMs in elections.
Noting that the Commission came across reports regarding technological vulnerability
of the EVMs for possible manipulation, the CEC referred to the Karnataka High Court
hailing the EVMs as ''a national pride''.
Observing that an analogy was drawn to electronic voting systems adopted in various
foreign countries and their experience with electronic voting, the CEC said the Commission
has, in the past, provided opportunities to the complainants to prove their points
on the alleged vulnerability of EVM.
So far, no one has been able to demonstrate to the Commission that EVM can be manipulated,
Chawla, however, claimed that the recent reports on possible EVM tampering were based
on look alike machines but not that of the Commission. ''Our machines are tamper-proof,''
Meanwhile, He further informed that the Election Commission of India (EC) is likely
to replicate the innovative idea of live feed of polling process through the internet
demonstrated by Arunachal Pradesh during 2009 Parliamentary and Assembly polls.
''There have been lots of examples of innovation regarding best election practices
by young officers and the Commission is going to use this example of Arunachal Pradesh
as a model for the whole country,'' Chawla added.
Young IAS officers Ankur Garg and Swati Sharma have shown the way of live feed of
polling through internet during the 2009 Parliamentary and Assembly polls in the
They were Deputy Commissioners of Tirap and West Kameng respectively when they came
up with the innovative ideas which is most likely to be adopted by the ECI.
While live feed of polling was done in 13 hypersensitive polling stations of Tirap
district out of total 163, the webcast was done in three polling stations in West
Kameng out of 32.
Chawla informed that the commission would adopt the process during the ensuing assembly
elections in Assam and West Bengal next year depending on the need.
''The cost effective mechanism will involve cost of Rs 15,000 per polling station,
which is much less than present poll related expenditure,'' Garg, who gave a powerpoint
Garg is presently serving as the state's Planning Secretary and Secretary to Governor.
''The system of webcast not only helps in keeping a complete check on the poll proceedings,
it also check rowdy elements who are likely to disrupt poll proceedings. If any miscreants
will try to destroy a stationary video camera installed at a polling station, the
live feed would immediately relay the photo of the trouble-maker on the Internet
and this would act as a greater deterrent,'' Garg added. UNI
Tree plantation and cleanliness drive marks World Environment Day celebrations
Gen Singh calls for pollution free world
ITANAGAR, June 5: Arunachal Pradesh today joined the rest of the world in celebrating
the World Environment Day with various programes.
In his continuous endeavour to protect the forest and revive the green cover of the
state, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh also took part in the World Environment
Day celebration at CRPF Hq, Senki View, here today. Chief Election Commissioner Navin
B Chawla, who is on a two-day visit to the state, joined the campaign by taking part
in the plantation programme along with the Governor.
Interacting with the green campaigners on the day, Gen Singh suggested ways and means
to protect earth from deforestation and pollution. He urged upon the people, especially
the children to inculcate good environmental friendly habits. Creating a new, environment-friendly
future is a daunting task, but in reality, small steps by many people will change
the world and protect our treasured natural vegetation, Gen Singh added.
Appreciating the district administration for banning random use of plastics, Gen
Singh, who have been crusading against it said, the problem of plastic wastes was
acute here two years ago but it has been reduced to a great extend after ban on use
of plastic bags was imposed and shopkeepers were fined. Governor said, solid waste
management has been launched here and organized rag pickers with proper identity
cards will come regularly at every doorstep to collect segregated non-biodegradable
solid wastes and recyclable wastes. Chawla, who also spoke on the occasion, urged
the district administration to replicate the practice in plastic waste disposal experienced
in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.
More then eight hundred seedlings from eleven species, including Bohera, Bokul, Jamun,
Bogi Poma, Camper, Arjun, Lali Poma and Gold mohar were planted on the day. Students
from different schools, security personnel, NGOs including North East Development
Welfare Society enthusiastically took part in it.
Later the Chief Election Commissioner visited the Bamboo Processing Centre, Poma,
32 kilometer from the State capital. The Center is the brain child of Gen JJ Singh,
who initiated it as pilot project in order to provide financial empowerment to the
rural populace. Chawla was very impressed by the project and saw the working of
the centre, where mostly rural women are running the show. PRO to Raj Bhawan
Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress organised a seminar at its office for students
and also conducted cleanliness drive and sapling plantation at it office premises
Vice President APYC Shilley Sonam appealed the people to work for the protection
of the environment degradation and advised the students and APYC office bearers to
plant trees and urged them to not to use plastic bags.
General Secretary APYC RN Lalum and Vice President APYC Tadar Niglar also discouraging
use of plastic bags appealed the people to use dustbin.
Research Planning and Development Board of India an Itanagar based firm also observed
the world environment day at Museum colony and Abotani colony office.
The project manager Tabom Tamut appealed the people to follow clean and green programme
and practice conservation for healthy and sustainable environment.
Director RPDBI also spoke on the occasion.
Environment Protection Society (EPS), Tawang also celebrated the Day with the theme
“Save Environment save future”.
The Society members distributed around 1000 saplings free to the residents of Tawang
town to mark the occasion. The members also conducted a post plantation drive to
ensure that the trees planted earlier also grow up with its full strength.
District Forest Range officer Dorjee Gyaltsen extended all possible support to the
Society in their noble cause.
Meanwhile, the All Tawang District Students’ Union and the Tawang District Youth
Congress jointly celebrated the World Environment Day today.
The programme began with mass cleanliness drive in and around the Yid-Ga-Chhoezin
a prominent public place. This was followed by a plantation drive.
ATDSU vice president Jampa Tsering while appreciating the DYC president and other
members for their whole hearted support to the noble cause, called upon the youth
to be united and work always for the betterment of the society.
The members of Prem Nagar Colony Welfare Committee, Naharlagun also planted around
100 tree saplings at Logun river bank to prevent soil erosion on the occasion. The
AAPSU executive members also join the celebration, the Committee said. The Environment
Protection Society of Arunachal Pradesh extended logistic support to the committee
in this regard.
Life outside the comforts of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, June 5: As thousands of Arunachalee students are readying themselves to
pursue higher study in various parts of India, they should be well prepared for cultural
shock that they are going to encounter in every step outside the state. There will
be many people who will misunderstand them as Chinese, Japanese even Nepali. And
the biggest shock would be when one bumps up with those people who question the very
existence of Arunachal Pradesh in the Indian union.
These geographically handicapped fellow citizens become constant source of irritation
in the first few days of college life. I still vividly remember it was year 2003
when I first landed in Mysore city for my graduation. For the first few months I
almost felt like am in a foreign shore. Beginning with hiccup for getting admission,
I faced so much of hassle and almost got agitated with the attitude of people there.
When you walk pass the road, there will be people yelling at you - Chinki, Chinese
and what not? Initially it was tough to swallow and many times I ended having a
go at those fellows.
But the most irritating part is when your own classmates start doubting your Indian
identity. At Mysore, in my journalism department, there was a guy from North-Karnataka
with whom I struck friendship in my first day. He introduced himself and then asked
me, “Are you from Thaliand or Hongkong?” I replied, “Am an Indian and I belong to
state of Arunachal.” He told me that he had never heard about Arunachal, though he
boasted of securing 80 marks in Geography subject during his class 12 exam.
Gradually we started hanging out together but even after three months of knowing
each other he used to ask me stupid questions like does Arunachal belong to China,
have you meet Jackie Chan and many more. One fine day I got fed up with his questions
and answered,” Yes I go to Hongkong, Beijing and Shanghai every week and Jackie’s
son is a good friend of mine.” Guess what, he believed my words and went on to tell
every one in college that am a friend of Jackie Chan’s son. And for some days I was
mobbed by many students of my college asking me about Jackie Chan’s family. Besides
such funny aspect, there are some serious issues which bother Arunachalee students
when they first land in big cities. A friend of mine recalling his experience at
Delhi tells, “There was a Arunachalee boy who had just arrived in Delhi. He was travelling
in auto and somewhere stopped for a second to make a phone call from public booth.
Innocently he left luggage in auto and within no second auto driver vanished from
there taking away everything.”
Such kind of incidents dent the confidence of new students. Many of them return back
home having not able to adapt to the new culture.
A student based in Chennai shares his thoughts, “Initially I had tough time adjusting
to life there. First of all Chennai is so hot and when you walk around in road every
sort of people make comments on us. At first it was really tough but slowly I got
used to it.”
Coming from a small state like ours, Arunachalee students usually get awe-struck
by metropolitan lifestyle when they first arrive in big cities. This immensely affects
the academic side of students and hampers their progress. Despite all these odds,
it is a fact that Arunachalee students are considerably respected for their moral
ethos in most of the popular universities of India. Our seniors have laid strong
foundation in the past and it has been passed on from one generation to another.
Hope, the students aspiring higher studies outside the state will kiss the zenith
of success as proud Indians.
NCP question Govt’s numerous policies and programmes
ITANAGAR, June 5: Expressing grave concern on the reckless and secret signing of
117 MOAs, the NCP has decided to continue pressing of thorough review of all anti
Arunachalee MOAs. According to party, the Government has no legal or moral authority
to mortgage all the major basins to private power companies for 40 (forty) years
without the prior informed consent of the public of the affected areas. Terming the
contents of MOAs as complete wholesale deal between Government and the Corporate
world, the party demanded for healthy discussion on the consequences on the whole
It further called for complete review of state rehabilitation and resettlement policy
2008 as well as major amendment on state Hydro power Policy 2008. According to NCP,
both the major policy decisions were not evolved out of healthy public debate but
prepared in consultation with power companies. The party further warned that the
acquisition of land by invoking provisions of act of 1894 cannot be in the name of
public interest rather it should be treated as companies commercial interest Continuing
party’s demand for issue of white paper on absence of AOP 2009 and 2010 the party’s
RTI Cell revealed total revenue collection of 1203.83 Crores for the year 2009-10,
from 43 Govt. department excluding Power Department which had collected a whooping
Rs. 1150.06 crores, as being processing fee and up front payment as on 29th April
2010. The grants in aid received under head of account- 1601 during 2009-2010 was
a staggering Rs. 3548.63 crores, while numerous loan taken under the head of account
-6003 (NABARD, REC, LIC, GIC, NSSF, NCDC, OPEN MARKET BORROWING) etc was more than
400 crores. Besides the routine annual plan allocation for the year 2009-10 were
to the tune of Rs. 2000 crores. When the above statistical facts are on record for
everyone to see, the explanation on the part of the govt. to push everything on CoSAAP
payment and conduct of MP and Assembly Election is nothing but an act of befooling
the public and the Govt. itself, it said. The party further pointed out that more
powerful states including some in North East such as Assam which got 27% hike and
Manipur got 28% hike, Arunachal despite being poorest in HRD indices and being most
sensitive border state could manage only 19% hike as its annual plan allocation for
the year 2010-11. Asking the Govt. to admit all its acts of omissions and commissions
and issue immediately the white paper on absence of AOP 2009 and 2010 and further
warned of an open public movement for lack of transparency and accountability in
use of tax payer’s money.
Among others, other issues of the party include Tirap and Changlang, Chakma-Hajong
refugee , border disputes with Assam, lack of transparency in executing major project
in the state, conversion of SPA and BADP fund into another MLA LAD funds, failure
of the Govt. to get ADB and WB funds for Arunachal, complete devolution of financial
powers to all three tiers of Panchayati Raj, separation of judiciary from executive,
opening up of traditional trade routes with China, Bhutan and Burma to the State,
initiating for transparent and people friendly execution of Greenfield and other
Major Mega Project.
Meanwhile, week long NCP Foundation Day will be celebrated in the Party Head Quarter
Office from June 10-16. The celebration will highlight the achievement of party in
implementing the manifesto of the party and completion of the 12th Years of NCP.
Tuki stresses on implementation of projects with quality
ITANAGAR, June 5: A coordination committee meeting of all head of departments, elected
panchayat leaders and senior leaders of Sagalee was held at Sagalee on June 2 last.
The meeting presided over by Sagalee ADC Obang Dai discussed about the achievement
and developments of the area and also new proposals to be taken up during the current
financial year. Addressing the meeting PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki appealed to
all the govt. officers and panchayat leaders to work hard for the welfare of the
people and ensure implementation of schemes on time.
The minister, however, warned all the working agencies to maintain quality of works
in all the projects. Laxity on the part of any one in implementing the projects will
be brought to book and those found working hard and sincerely for the welfare of
the people without any vested interest will be rewarded suitably, the minister said.
While exhorting the panchayat leaders to look after the welfare of the people, supervise
and coordinate all schemes/ projects, Tuki sought cooperation of one and all in
implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, such as NREGA, SSA, NRHM, ICDS,
Bharat Nirman, RGGY effectively for the benefit of poor and downtrodden people of
the society. Further, he also requested all the government officers to remain in
their respective posting place and work tirelessly for the welfare of the people.
ITBP hands out 1.60 lakh fish seedlings
KIMIN, Jun 5: Fruit saplings and fish seedlings were distributed among 60 BPL families
of Kimin and its adjoining villages by 10th Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) based
at Kimin under its Civic Action and Border Area Development Programme (BADP) here
A total of 1.60 lakh fish seedlings were distributed among 22 beneficiaries and 1650
fruit (Orange) saplings among 38 beneficiaries of Kimin, Durpang, Bello, Tadar Apa,
Upper Jumi and Lower Jumi, Kakoi, Tani Hapa, Shanti Nagar, Hawa Camp, Sher and Model
Rajesh Kumar Tomar, Commandant 10th ITBP Force said that the main motto of distributing
those items was to raise the economic status of those families to be become economically
self reliant. He urged them for maximum utilization of such welfare schemes of ITBP
for their own benefit. Otherwise, the money invested by Centre and their all initiative
will go in vain, he said.
A six days trekking expedition from Daporijo to Limeking, Upper Subansiri would also
be conducted from June 14-19 next by ITBP jawans to create awareness among people
about Education, Health, HIV/AIDS, the commandant informed. The team would halt at
various places and organize health camps and distribute study materials to students
during the six day trip.
It is worth mentioning here that, ITBP, through its welfare schemes under civic action
programme, has been reaching out to the people inhabiting the border belt. It has
been regularly organizing health and educational awareness camps in various remote
places in Arunachal Pradesh for the last many years.
Presently ITBP is deployed on border guarding duties from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh
to Diphu La in Arunachal Pradesh covering 3488 km of India-China Border.
Roing get slight respite
ROING, June 5: The 750 KW phase-I and 500 KW phase-II Deopani mini hydel project
were restored temporarily yesterday bringing respite to the Roing people who are
facing power disruption since April 18 last.
The restoration was possible with involvement of the labourers from PHED, E&M and
private organisations. The elephants were also pressed into service.
“Three major landslides in the channel at different points were the main obstacle.
Moreover the location of channel at 218 metres steep height and many more unseen
difficulties thwarted speedy restoration work,” said L Loyi JE hydro civil.
“Right from the day one of the break down of the channel, we pressed both men and
material in service leading to liabilities amounting in lakhs at market. The authority
concerned has to look into this backlog at the earliest”, informed O Apum AE hydro
Though the power crisis is restored partially, the department officials did not rule
out its breakdown in case of heavy rain. Owing to its precarious landscape, the channel
and its intake point need massive patch up. However, inadequate fund is the main
hindrance to give permanent shape of this plant.
Cricket craze grips snow capped Tawang
Amazingly, the very busy market of Tawang wore a deserted look for around 2 hours
every day for last one month. When enquired about the uncommon happening, I was told
that every body had gone to field. Anxious about the strange development, I too heeded
towards the Yid Gah Choezin ground to find out what exactly was going on. To my dismay,
I found a mammoth gathering cheering for their favourite team. It was a Cricket tournament
going on and the tournament was named as Tawang Premier League, the one after the
popular Indian Premier League. Thousands of onlookers surrounded the field that echoed
in the serene Tawang.
Tawang had always been in limelight for one or other reasons. The mesmerizing scenic
beauty, the 400 years old majestic Gaden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery and the hospitable
people have been attracting tourists to this Last Shangrila on earth round the year.
What more the tourist could anticipate when they are offered a free show of Cricket
in the height of 10000 ft above the sea level. While they shiver in the chilling
cold, the bold and energetic youths of the district brave the piercing cold to entertain
As many as 12 teams participated in the TPL organized by the Kemetang Youth Upliftment
Society. The tourney which started on May 12 last concluded on Thursday after Lumla
Royals clinched the title after defeating SSB Cricket 11 by a margin of 7 runs only.
After having batted first Lumla Royals set a target of 108 runs while SSB 11 got
all out in 101.
Lumla MLA Jambey Tashi who had graced the valedictory function as chief guest exhorted
the youths to promote sports in the region. While appreciating the organizing committee,
Jambey said that such tourney in regular intervals will undoubtedly search rare talents
and provide them platform to excel in the field.
The most attractive part of the entire tourney - a special team by the name the “Bulls”
stole the show. Peculiarity of this mind blowing team was that all the players were
huge weighing above 80 Kg. The team led by Tenzin Monpa however could not make it
through the final and crashed in the semi-finals against Lumla Royals. When contacted
with a member of the Bulls team Dorjee Wangchu, I came to learn an interesting feature
of the team. Wangchu revealed that the admissibility criterion of Bulls team was
that one should be having the waist size above 34 inches and weight should be above
80 Kgs. When this team landed in the field, naturally huge crowd assembled to watch
the show. The team showed a clear message that the age and obesity is no bar when
it comes to sports.
The spirit of sportsmanship was in the air throughout the month due to the cricket
tourney. The learned and elder people further suggested for such recreation in regular
APCU decries manhandling of Warden
Seppa, June 5: The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union has alleged that Fr. Boniface
Dhanwar, the Hostel Warden of St. Joseph’s Hostel Seppa was beaten up on June 2.
The incident allegedly happened when one of the guardians approached the warden for
re-admission of a student in the hostel. Since there was no accommodation available
in the hostel Fr. Boniface declined the request for hostel admission.
After denial of admission, the guardian turned violent and assaulted Fr. Boniface
and manhandled him very badly, said APCU.
It demanded stringent action on the culprit and take necessary action to curb such
incidents in the future.
National soccer coaching camp
ITANAGAR, June 5: The 11 days national level women’s football coaching camp which
was organized by Women’s Football Federation of India under the banner of Eastern
Social Development Society, concluded at Wakro, Lohit district on May 30 last, according
to a delayed report received here today.
Six states, namely Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and
host Arunachal Pradesh took part in the camp. The concluding day function was attended
by Lohit DC RK Sharma.
Social service to renovate school infrastructure
ITANAGAR, June 5: A two-day mass social service was organized for renovation and
repairing of the existing School, Hostel building of Donyi Polo Mission School,
Sagalee on June 1 and 2.
Besides the PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki, public leaders, panchayat leaders, Govt.
officers and general public of the area participated in a 2-day social service programme.
The social service programme will continue upto June 15 till completion of renovation,
repairing of the buildings and its restoration.
IIPC seeks military intervention in Dibang Valley
ITANAGAR, June 5: The Idu Indigenous Peoples Council (IIPC) expressed appreciation
on Govt’s commitment to 9 additional ration sorties and Rs 5 lakhs worth life saving
drugs for Dibang Valley.
We do appreciate reliefs from govt, but the need of the hour is declaring emergency
in the event of failure of Govt machineries. The military intervention is the only
respite for our people in Dibang Valley, the council said.
The council also appreciated Tayor Jempen, DC Anini and his officers and staffs who
have persistently been with the people of Dibang Valley during the crisis.
However, IIPC said that these relief measures are temporary and inadequate. Given
the inclement weather which is likely to continue for another three months, such
temporary relief does not succour to sufferings of our people, Council said and
appealed to state Govt for military intervention in Dibang Valley to provide relief
to the people.
ITANAGAR, June 5: The Panchayat leaders, senior citizens and NGO representatives,
youth and public conducted a social service on De-Dollo to Leporiang CRF road on
May 31 last. IXth Leporiang Anchal Samity chairperson Nabam Tara lauded the Leporiang
Market Welfare Committee and circle administration for making the social service
a grand success.
ITANAGAR, June 5: Kameng and Tawang District Development Society in a letter highlighting
the grievance of Dr. Rajendra Ashram School, Rupa West Kameng District run under
the banner of Bharatiya Adhim Jati Sevak Sang appealed the Chief Minister and the
Education Minister to grant adequate funds for renovation and extention of the school.
The school with 450 students belonging to backward families of West Kameng and
Tawang Districts is facing problems because of lack of teacher’s quarter, school
building, boys and girls hostel and school boundary.
ITANAGAR, June 5: Theravada Buddhist Society of capital has expressed deep shock
over sudden demise of their founder chairman Yan Tikhak. The members have offered
their condolences to the bereaved family of late Tikhak and prayed for eternal peace
of his soul.