March 12

LR & SO re-designated as DLR & SO

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: In a gazette notification issued on March 3, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has re-designated Land Revenue and Settlement Officer (LR & SO) as the District Land Revenue and Settlement Officer (DLR & SO) without any additional financial benefits.   In view of above notification, henceforth, the Land Revenue and Settlement Officer (LR& SO) will be known as the District Land Revenue and Settlement Officer (DLR & SO) from the date of publication of the notification in the official gazette.


Officers suspended

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Acting swiftly on the alleged swindling of land transport subsidy (LTS) worth Rs 26 crore, the state government has suspended the Director, Joint Director and Finance & Account Officer of Food and Civil Supplies department.

According to highly placed source, besides suspending, arrest warrants have been issued against the three officers.

The Rs 26 crore fraud was detected when one T Koyu filed an FIR on February 17 in which he alleged that some unknown persons forged and cheated him of few crores, which were released as LTS by the department of Food and Civil Supplies. The money, designated as LTS (kerosene) for at least four firms, was illegally withdrawn through a fake power of attorney.


Taekwondo dress & belt ceremony

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Dress and Belt ceremony of Taekwondo players of Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy, Chimpu, Itanagar has been organized in presence of Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow, Assistant Directors Ramesh Linggi and Tadar Appa, SLSA Principal Tabia Chobin, Taekwondo Instructors of SLSA Deepak Gurung and Suraj Ali.


Women’s day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: A total of 14 self help groups (SHGs) participated in a ‘Mela’ organized on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8 at Koloriang by ICDS Cell under Micro Finance Vision 2013-14 recently.

Aimed at empowering women, various hand-made products were displayed on the occasion.

Attending the celebration, former ZPM Bengia Tado urged upon the participating womenfolk to be self reliant.

The occasion was also celebrated by District Mahila Congress Committee, Kurung Kumey district at general ground, Koloriang. Motivational talks on safety of women, cultural programmes, exhibition depicting culture and tradition and games and sports were organized.

Attending the celebration at Mengio, Papum Pare ZPC Nabam Aka called upon the participating 600 plus women to play vital role in their families.


PRI members hold meeting

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) of Papum Pare district held an emergency meeting yesterday at ZPC office, Yupia under the Chairmanship of the Chairperson Zilla Parishad Nabam Aka.

The meeting was attended by all the Zilla Parishad Members (ZPMs) and all the Anchal Chairpersons of 12 Zilla segments. The PRI leaders of Papum Pare District in the meeting, welcomed decision of the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to hold simultaneous election.

The member present believed that holding of simultaneous polls will minimize expenditure and save valuable time of the common people of the state. Conducting the Lok Sabha and State Assembly Polls in different timing will not only cost on the state exchequer but also harass the government employees, machineries and common people unnecessarily, the meeting observed.


Mopin at Ziro on Apr 1

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Mopin Festival Celebration Committee 2014, Ziro President Gambi Karbak and General Secretary Mikar Basar in a release said that this year’s Mopin at Ziro will be celebrated in a befitting manner on April one due to Assembly and Parliamentary elections.

Traditional games and sports and cultural programmes will be the part of the day-long celebration.


BJP welcomes simultaneous polls

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the  main opposition party in the state, has welcomed the announcement for holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh by the Election Commission of India.

State BJP President Tai Tagak, in a release, urged upon the ECI to ensure that all necessary measures and mechanism are put in place to ensure free and fair election.


Union urges BSNL to improve service

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour’s Union Pakke Kessang Circle and Passa Valley Circle of East Kameng district has urged the BSNL authority to improve the BSNL network at Lumdung Papu Valley under East Kameng.

We have to dial more than 50 times even to make a single call, they said while drawing attention of the BSNL authority regarding the poor and pathetic BSNL service. They also said that the two BSNL towers in the district are lying defunct.


ACRI writes to CS

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Arunachal Chapter of RTI India (ACRI) has suggested the chief secretary, GoAP, that it should be made mandatory for all public servants to declare their assets, properties both movable and immovable, insurances, bonds, security deposits and cash in hand including their bank account details whose kith and kins are running for this year’s election.

In its letter submitted to the CS, the ACRI further suggested that all the government employees, whose kith and kins are contesting election should not be granted any leave even on medical ground and also direction should be given to them to not visit their home town during election.

They should be directed not to involve in election campaign and they be terminated if found guilty, it added.


APIC imposes penalty on ADC

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Arunachal Pradesh State Information Commission under the single bench of Information Commissioner Abraham K Techi has imposed penalty of Rs 25000 on PIO/Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Sagalee for ‘deliberately’ defying Commission’s orders in connection with case no, APIC-21/Gen.Corr/2013-14 and also for violation of section 7 of RTI Act, 2005.

In its official statement, the Commission directed the ADC to deposit the said amount within 10 days failing which it warned of taking necessary action against him as per section 20(1) of the RTI Act, 2005 and proceeding under Order-XVI, Rule-10(3) CPC, 1908 R/W Section 19(3) of Right to Information Act.



ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The proprietor of M/s Agam Wood Products, Mebo has expressed strong resentment over publication of a photograph of his legally run saw mill along with a news item under heading “Illegal Saw Mills in East Siang…..” on March 7 issue of this daily.

“The saw mill shown in the news item has valid trading licence (No. 1532/94) approved vide order No. ESR/LF-Saw-1/91-92 and is running in the name of “Agam Wood Products,” the proprietor of the saw mill clarified in a release.

Further, this saw mill (Agam Wood Products) is operating in the area for the last many years at Government designated and notified industrial area at Mebo, he said.

He also said that the saw mill owners and Power of Attorney Holders had to stop their saw mills incurring heavy losses after publication of the news item to facilitate a proper and transparent investigation by the Pasighat Forest Division, he said.

He urged the reporter of the news item not to describe the legal timber operators as smuggler and illegal businessmen without knowing the legalities of running such saw mills.


‘Hastey hastey exam de’

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Jawaharlal Nehru College unit, Pasighat organised a one day camp on the theme Hastey hastey exam de  based on examination preparation, time management, do's and dont's during examination and many other important discussions related to examination.

The resource person answered the volley of questions from the student and also delivered pieces of motivating words.

Prof. Dr. MQ Khan (Dept. of English), Asst Prof. Dr.Joram Aniya Tana (Dept. of Hindi) and Asst Prof. Dr. Agin Taboh (Dept of Commerce) all from Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar were the resource persons.


INTUC national team on visit to state

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: A team from Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) led by national president Dinesh Sundriyal Sharma is currently on a visit to the state.

Addressing media persons during a press conference at Press Club this afternoon, Dinesh alleged that many people are running INTUC in the state level with no knowledge of the national bodies.

“Those are the people whose tenures have dissolved but they are still going ahead with its functioning without letting the main body know,” he said.

“INTUC was formed to connect the workers with the various schemes that the government comes up with. It was formed to let the people get benefits. But  the some people running INTUC in Arunachal Pradesh have instead got themselves involved in the revenue collection from various trade unions in the state,” he alleged.

Talking on the line, INTUC general secretary Golo Nipo informed that the team was in the state to look into the prevailing situation that INTUC is facing.



Drive against traffic violation continues

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: Continuing its drive against Motor Vehicle Act violators, the City Police today imposed fine to 141 veihicles in Itanagar and Naharlagun area for violation of various sections of MV Act and Rs.25,600 has been realized as fine from the traffic violators. Three vehicles without number plate have been impounded at Itanagar Police Station.  One vehicle with red beacon has also been fined, infomred the City Police.

Roing DIPRO adds: The Static Surveillance Team of Roing headed by D Burman, FO, has seized  six cases of IMFL from Meka Police Check Point at 2 km from Roing today. The seized items have been videographed and deposited in the Police Station, Roing, informed Roing CO Sanjay Taram.

As per the ECI directives, no individual can carry more than one and half bottles of IMFL and one case of beer at a time for personal use during the election time.

Special written permission must be obtained from the DEO/District Magistrate to take home liquors more than the prescribed quantity for any special occasions, like marriage, festival etc., informed DEO Shiv Kumar.




ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The name of Tagong Talom was wrongly mentioned as Tagom Talom in March 11 edition of this daily under headline “ABK Youth Wing urged.” The inadvertent error is regretted.


News Impact

State Election Commission readies for simultaneous polls

Elaborate security arrangements for elections: DGP

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: With the declaration of assembly election date, Arunachal is all set for simultaneous holding of Lok Sabha and assembly elections. The notification for assembly election will be issued on March 15 and last date for nomination is March 22. While polling will take place on April 9 the counting of votes will be held on May 16.

Addressing press persons today, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) CB Kumar informed that election machinery is fully equipped and ready to hold simultaneous election.

“We are taking every step to ensure that free and fair election is held. Flying squads formed to check violation of model code of conduct is active throughout the state. They have seized huge quantities of foreign made liquors including 14, 478 bottles of beer. The district administrations have also started processing of bounding down the possible trouble creator in their respective districts. Licensed gun holders are being asked to deposit their gun in police stations,” informed CB Kumar. He further added that state have witnessed 1.75% increase in number of voters, while capital saw reduction of 4% in enrollment.  

“Election Commission has identified East Siang, West Siang, East Kameng, Lower Subansiri and Papum Pare as election expenditure sensitive districts. Fifteen hundred digital and video cameras are being used to record polling. In some urban areas where there is proper connectivity, polling will be televised live,” stated the CEO.

Allaying fears about possible misuse of postal ballot, the CEO stated that only an executive magistrate will be in charge of postal polling in the district and a particular number will be issued and subsequently feed into software, to all those persons eligible to participate in postal voting, so as to ensure that it is not misused. The CEO also added that holding of assembly and Lokh Sabha elections at one go will cost around Rs 50 crore.

Election Commission has deputed two awareness observers, namely KS Dhatwalia for Arunachal West and DM Kakadia for Arunachal East to oversee the complete process and expenditure in the state.

Meanwhile, Director General of Police (DGP) Satyendra Garg said that elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure smooth and incident free elections throughout the state.

Addressing the Press persons at Police Headquarters here today, the DGP informed that the Ministry of Home Affairs has made 34 companies of central para-military forces available for Arunachal to maintain law and order during Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Besides, the entire Arunachal Pradesh Police, including civil police, armed police, IRBn will be engaged during the election period for maintaining law and order, the DGP said.

Sustained action against illegal arms and illicit liquor has already been initiated throughout the state and arm licences are being scrutinized and necessary directions will be issued to deposit gun licences along with arms of those persons who had record of involving in election related violence in the past, he said.

“The police department has already intensified checking of Inner Line Permits at inter-state borders and vehicles entering the state are also being checked for illegal arms, illicit liquors and anti­social elements.”

Flying squads in each Assembly Constituency has been made functional to monitor possible violation of Model Code of Conduct. He also informed that Static Surveillance Team will be made operational after March 15 to check movement of illegal cash, liquor, arms and gift items.

SP, Telecom Hibu Tamang, SP (SB) Nabam Gungte, IGP Arvind Deep were also present in the press conference.

Meanwhile, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar in a coordination meeting with Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki, Superintendent of Police (city) SP Kuruvilla, Papum Pare SP Mari Riba reviewed poll preparedness and security arrangements in the district.

The DEO cum Papum Pare DC has asked the SP (City) to identify the sensitive areas and deploy sufficient police personnel accordingly in those areas to contain any law and order problem. He also asked the SP to strictly monitor illegal liquor transportation during election period, check ILPs and illegal arms.

Earlier, SP Kuruvilla briefed about the security measures put in place in the capital complex and its adjoining areas.

Earlier in the day, the Papum Pare DEO attended a review meeting of Flying Squads and Static Surveillance Team at ATI, Naharlagun along with Capital DC Mige Kamki.



DCs review poll preparedness

TEZU/CHANGLANG/SEPPA, Mar 11: Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr. Brij Mohan Mishra today convened a coordination meeting of all the government officials and HoDs of Tezu in his conference hall to review poll preparedness.

Addressing the officers and officials, the newly posted DC requested all the Head of Departments to cooperate and provide maximum support to the administration for free and fair conduct of election in the district. He emphasized on strict adherence to the guidelines prescribed by the Election Commission of India by polling officials and discharge of the assigned duties with utmost sincerity and dedication.

A similar meeting was also conducted by Changlang Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Chanchal Yadav today.

The DEO asked all officials engaged in election duty to discharge their assigned duty for free and fair conduct of election. She urged them to sensitize the subordinate officers and officials including female govt. servants.

Later, in a meeting with members of all national and state political parties, the DEO explained the important formalities to be maintained during filing of nominations.

SP, Changlang Vijay Kumar explained the guidelines to be followed by the candidates and his party members during campaign, filing nomination papers and making expenditure during the campaign.

Meanwhile, the second phase training for polling personnel of East Kameng district to be engaged in the upcoming elections was conducted on at Kameng Hall, Seppa today.

Addressing the meeting, DEO Tarin Dakpe  suggested the polling personnel for proper handling of the EVMs.

Later in the afternoon, a  co-ordination/review meeting regarding various arrangements for the ensuing election was held in the Office Chamber of DEO.

The meeting attended by the Superintendent of Police,  Administrative Officers and Nodal Officers appointed for Election duties reviewed poll preparedness and law and order situation in the district to ensure smooth conduct of election.  DIPROs



Hands on training on molecular methods of biotechnology organized

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: A four days Hands on Training Programme on ‘Molecular Methods of Biotechnology (Extraction of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants) was organized by Biotech Hub, JN College, Pasighat in collaboration with  College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat,

During the technical sessions, trainees were exposed to micro propagation, extraction of chemical components of plant materials, quantitative analysis of medicinal and aromatic plants, identification of medicinal and aromatic plants of East Siang district and their scope in Arunachal Pradesh, DNA extraction, isolation and estimation from plant material, production and culturing of biocontrol agents.

Hands on training along with laboratory visits were also carried out at Department of Botany, JNC and Department of Basic Sciences, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat.

In all, 174 students from different higher secondary schools and colleges from East Siang district attended the programme.



BRO yet to start protection work at Siku river bank

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Mar 11: Border Road Organization (BRO), who has been entrusted with restructuring of NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh, is yet to repair the eroded portion of Siku RCC bridge located in between Ayeng village and Mebo town. The eroded portion of the highway at right abutment of the bridge is putting movement of heavy vehicles along the road at risk.

The right abutment of the RCC bridge was eroded by turbulent Siku river last monsoon and disrupted road communication along the road. The strong current of the river every year breaches the right approach road of the Siku bridge disrupting surface communication.

This daily during July last year covered a series of reports highlighting public demand for special preventive measure of the problem, which had drawn attention of the district administration and the construction agency. Then East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Shrivastava had visited Siku bridge site and took up the matter with BRO officials. But the preventive measure taken by the authority did not work as the river wave again breached it.

The BRO later made an effort to canalize the water flow towards left side to control erosion. It also assured to construct guide bundh with boulder wire cage on river bank for controlling further erosion. But, the agency is yet to start the protection work, which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the people.

The BRO has neither repaired the breached portion at Siku bridge-point nor started protection works so far. The local people are in apprehension of the fact that surging water of Siku river might enter into the plain area on its right bank and sweep away Ayeng village and destroy fertile crop lands if an early protection measure is not initiated.

The locals further alleged that the BRO is not applying the right technology to control the flow of Siku river.



Tourism dept. holds brainstorming session on Clean Arunachal campaign

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: In order to generate ‘doable’ ideas for cleanliness at macro level, a ‘Brainstorming Session’ for the Project Safai-Campaign Clean Arunachal was held at Conference hall of the Directorate of Tourism in collaboration with Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation (CCRD), Naharlagun.

The objective of the brainstorming session attended by municipal councilors, academicians, representatives from various colleges, govt. departments and NGOs was to formulate a plan on how to achieve mass awareness and inculcate in the masses the virtues of cleanliness.

Bengia Manna Sonam, Assistant Director (HRD) Department of Tourism while expressing her expectations from the workshop said, “The outcome of this session will be crystallized and implemented at Capital Complex as a pilot project and if succeeded it will be later implemented in other places also.”

Speaking on the session as chairperson, Komkar Dulom, Director RD, said that cleanliness starts with the mindset thus everyone should develop a mindset of cleanliness. Also stating that many people view Itanagar as a transit place only, opined that “we should build an emotion towards where we live in order to truly contribute for its development”.

A short film on cleanliness in Itanagar, made by the students of Department of Mass Communication RGU, was screened in the first session followed by series of feedbacks and discussion moderated by team CCRD.

Resource person, Dakter Esse, Assistant Professor, Dept of Mass Communication on guiding the participants to design strategies and identify the tools to tackle the issue of cleanliness said, “There is a significant gap between knowledge and practice and to mitigate these gaps a participatory-sensitisation approach is a must.”

Tako Siga, innovator, Tarun and S. Chaudhary, Head of Centre for Management Studies also gave presentations during the session. Among the few strategic framework of the participants included, sensitisation at the grass roots level, stringent rules and regulations for keeping the city clean, penalty for breaking rules and regulations, cleanliness through education, community participation through local bodies, Urban Development to organise workshops in phase manner, urban local bodies assigned for sanitations and cleanliness, recycling plant for waste products, dustbin/sanitation facilities in educational institutes, public places and tourist spots, educate locals residing in tourist areas, prioritise budget allocation for cleanliness, encourage volunteer groups and support from the government. The declaration is to be submitted to the policy makers and authority concern for implementing in future programs.



Workshop on women’s health & domestic violence laws

ITANAGAR, Mar 11: The Women Cell of IGG College, Tezu celebrated International Women's Day by organizing a day-long workshop on women's health and domestic violence laws.

Senior Medical Officer of District Hospital, Tezu Dr. S Shullai was the key resource person who spoke at length on various health related issues concerning women. She also spoke on the growing cases of HIV/AIDS and cancer patients among women and urged the young girls to be more careful for their health.

Sitalu Appa, Advocate- District Court, highlighted some women friendly laws for seeking legal help in case of any form of violence or abuse which women face in their day-to-day life. She also highlighted some prevailing social evils like polygamy and their intricacies in the society.

Dr. BK Nath, Principal, IGG College, also spoke on the occasion and explained the aims and objective of International Women's Day celebration.

Associate Prof. Dr JK Pattnaik delivered a lecture on the context of women as seen in our society and strongly condemned the atrocities against women.

The formal session was followed by screening of a short film on Malala Yousufzai's life and animation film 'Impossible Dream'.



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Dangerous trend is emerging

Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has alleged of mounting pressure on officers, especially FAOs and DDOs by some supply work seekers during the month of March which disturbs smooth functioning of office works. Such trend put officers and their family members under tremendous pressure and fear psychosis. The security concern raised by CoSAAP is genuine and need to be addressed properly by state government.

Recently one engineer of RWD was alleged to be kidnapped, though he refuted kidnapping theory. Likewise numerous incidents of threat and intimidation to government officers go unreported. Especially in capital complex cases of intimidation to officers during month of March is rampant. These goons try to squeeze money even without carrying out any work. The officers should not bow down to their threat and report matter to the police. However police need to act swiftly to ensure that they are arrested and also protect such govt. officials who dare to complain against those goons.

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Hope for peaceful election

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I on behalf of Panchayat leaders of 13 Pate Anchal Block of the Puchigeko circle, would like to share ground situation regarding coming ANSU conference-cum-election to be held at Muri-Mugli. The expected delegates will be about 3000 and venue will be unable to accommodate such large number of people. So, it will be quite difficult to accommodate delegates. There is no market facility available and no hotel, petrol depot etc. The place does not have emergency medical facilities and if any unavoidable incident happens it will be tough to deal. The district headquarter Daporijo is located at a distance of 32 KM. Muri Mugli does not even have auditorium to conduct election. Many other problems are likely to be faced at the time of election.

So, I on behalf of local leaders of the area would like to request all the esteemed delegates and candidates of the ensuing Conference-cum-Election of ANSU that above mentioned problem will arise during the election. Kindly bear it and try to adjust with the situation as per area concerned. We are hoping for peaceful election and grand success of the said election and welcome one and all.


Lampop Laa

ZPM, 13th Pate Anchal Block



Corruption in India

Dear Editor,

Corruption has prevailed in Indian society from time immemorial in one form or the other. The basic inception of corruption started with our opportunistic leaders who have already done greater damage to our nation. People who work on right principles are unrecognized and considered to be foolish in the modern society. Corruption in India is a result of the connection between bureaucrats, politicians and criminals. Earlier, bribes were paid for getting wrong things done, but now bribe is paid for getting right things done at right time. Further, corruption has become something respectable in India, because respectable people are involved in it.

In today’s scenario, if a person wants a government job he has to pay lakhs of rupees to the higher officials irrespective of satisfying all the eligibility criteria. In every office one has to either give money to the employee concerned or arrange for some source to get the work done. There is adulteration and duplicate weighing of products in food and civil supplies department by unscrupulous workers who cheat the consumers by playing with the health and lives of the people. In the assessment of property tax the officers charge money even if the house is built properly according to the Government rules and regulations.

Political corruption is worst in India. The major cause of concern is that corruption is weakening the political body and damaging supreme importance of the law governing the society. Nowadays politics is only for criminals and criminals are meant to be in politics. Elections in many parts of the country have become associated with a host of criminal activities. Threatening voters to vote for a particular candidate or physically preventing voters from going to the polling booth – especially weaker sections of the society like tribals, dalits and rural woman occurs frequently in several parts of the country. Tax evasion is one of the most popular forms of corruption. It is mostly practiced by Government officials and politicians who lead to the accumulation of black money which in turn spoils the moral of the people.

Major Factors Responsible For Corruption:

The most important factor is the nature of human being. People in general, have a great thirst for luxuries and comforts and as a result of which they get themselves involved in all unscrupulous activities that result in monetary or material benefits.

Moral and spiritual values are not given utmost importance in educational system, which is highly responsible for the deterioration of the society.

The salary paid to employees is very less and as a result of which they are forced to earn money by illegal ways.

The punishments imposed on the criminals are inadequate.

The political leaders have spoiled society completely. They live a luxurious life and do not even care about the society.

People of India are not awakened and enlightened. They fear to raise their voice against anti-social elements prevailing in the society.


Indrajeet Dey

Head Master

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Namsai







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