March 20

Filing of nominations

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: Three candidates including two INC and one independent have filed  their nominations for Assembly elections in the state today. There are : R T Khunjuju (INC) from 7-Bomdila, Neelam Taram (Independent) from 16-Yachuli and CC Singpho (INC) from 49-Bordumsa- Diyun, according to official sources.  

For Lok Sabha elections, no nomination has been filed today up to 15  hrs in respect of  1-Arunachal West and 2-Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency, sources said. Meanwhile, Ziro DIPRO, in a corrigendum today, said that it was wrongly informed that Likha Saaya had filed nomination from 16-Yachuli constituency which was published in this daily on March 19.  In fact no nomination was filed from 16-Yachuli on 18th March. The DIPRO deeply regretted the inconvenience caused.


Executive officers allowed to administer the swearing of affidavits

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: Election Commissioner of India (ECI) instructions mandate that every candidate must submit affidavit sworn and administered by 1st class magistrate or Notary public or oath commissioner. In Arunachal Pradesh till last year, the judiciary was not separated from the executive who were ex-officio judicial magistrate also. At present the placement of Judicial Magistrate first class in the districts is yet to be completed, hence the candidates would be facing difficulties in getting these affidavits sworn and also the state has neither the presence of Notary public nor oath commissioner. Therefore, as per the advice of the Law and Judicial Department of the State government the Election Commission of India initiated that the Commission has no objection to allow the executive officer (ADC/SDO/EACs) to administer the swearing of affidavits as judicial first class only for this purpose, according to a release issued by Nodal Officer for CEO.


PPA announces poll candidates

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) president Nikh Kamin announced another phase of party candidates for State Legislative Assembly election.

According to its latest list of candidates declared today, Tadar Niglar will  contest from 19-Nyapin, Arun Namati from 54-Namsang, Tamat Gamoh  from 38- Pasighat, Dr. Ijum Padu from 31-Aalo East and  Bida Taku from 48-Lekang.

Kamin also daclared Wangman Lowangcha as the party's candiadte for 2-Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency.


More than Rs 45 lakh seized so  far for MCC violation

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The Flying Squad and Static Surveillance Teams operating in the State under Election Commission of India to control violation of Model Code of Conduct today made seizure of cash Rs. 5,10,500, IMFL (750ML)- 415 Bottles, IMFL (375 ML) - 68 Bottles, IMFL (180 ML) – 509 Bottles, Blanket 160 Nos, local Dao 13 Nos, beer (656 ML) - 508 Bottles, Cane Beer-16 Nos, Beer (180 ML)-10 Bottles, Tea Leaves-104 Kgs.

Since the operation of MCC, cash and materials seized are : Cash- Rs.45,05,000, IMFL (750 ML) - 4978 bottles, IMFL(375 ML) 297 bottles, IMFL(80 ML)- 1934 bottles, IMFL (350 ML) - 10 bottles, IMFL(175 ML)- 67 bottles, Brandy (180 ML ) -336 bottles, Beer (650 ML) -17046 bottles, Blanket 1651 Nos, CGI sheets -99, Local Dao -194 Nos, Mobile Handset- 45 Nos, Opium-40 gms, Tea Leaves - 104 Kgs and Ganja 4 Kgs, have been seized to ensure clean election in the State. DIPR


AAPSU holds peace meeting

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: A peace rally was yesterday held at Borum village with a motto to promote peace and harmony. The rally was lead by AAPSU Convenor Tadar Kakum and attended among other by Art & Culture Secretary (AAPSU) Riso Kyagung, Capital Complex Kurung Kumey Students Union (CCKKSU) President Gida Akal, Dera Natung Govt. College (D.N.G.C.) General Secretary Shri Tai Rohit and his executive members.

Rally was organized to bring peace following violence that broke out at Borum on 14th March, between local people and members of All Arunachal Pradesh Railway Loading and Unloading Sramik Union (A.A.P.R.L.U.S.U.). On the occasion, AAPSU Convenor Tadar Kakum appealed to the people to maintain peace and respect the fine fabric of society and to go for inclusive development of the society. He further stated that division in the society on basis of area, region, clan or tribe is threat to the society and state. He further appealed the people to stand up against this social evil for prosperous Arunachal Pradesh.


ECI DG visits Tezu

TEZU, Mar 19:  Ashish Srivastava, Director General, Election Commission of India (ECI) accompanied by S. Garg, Inspector General Arunachal Pradesh Police visited Tezu today to assess and take stock of election related preparedness in the district.

Meanwhile, a meeting with Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer and Superintendent of Police was convened at DC’s chamber to review and assess the electioneering process in Lohit district in general and Tezu in particular.

During the meeting, first hand information on law and order situation, conduct of MCC etc were evaluated by the Director General and the Inspector General.

Later, another meeting of Director General and Inspector General with local political leaders was also convened at DC’s Conference Hall at Tezu today regarding peaceful conduct of election in the area.

Meanwhile, 122 Bottles of IMFL from hotels and restaurants were seized in a surprise raid conducted by Excise Officer with Liquor Monitoring Team. The raid was conducted in 32 wine shops and in hotels in and around Tezu Township today.

Two wine shops and all Bonded Ware Houses were found to be installed with CCTVs in and around their premises.

In addition to this, Flying Squads also seized two daos at TB Road and Demwe Road at Tezu, today. DIPRO


K K DEO to take action against Govtofficials not attending election training

KOLORIANG, Mar 19: The first  phase of training for two constituencies of Kurung Kumey district namely Palin and Nyapin was completed today. However, attendance of training at Nyapin was very low which has been viewed seriously by the Kurung Kumey DEO. Due to this less attendance in the first phase training at Nyapin, the second phase of training for  Nyapin assembly constituency has been re- scheduled on  March 27 at Nyapin and on 28th March at Sangram. However, the training schedule for 18 - Palin, 20 - Tali and 21 - Koloriang remains the same.

All govt Officials are required mandatorily to be present for these trainings at their respective places of posting on the given dates and place. Non attendance of these trainings would be viewed as non compliance of the order of the District Election Officer and strict actions would be taken against the absentee officials. DIPRO


CMEO  bans donation collection

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The chief municipal executive officer (CMEO) Itanagar today banned on selling of lotto, housie tickets and calendars and collection of donation by any individual and organization in Capital Complex. In a press statement CMEO said that few organizations and individual are indulging in such practices for financial profits.  

Death condoled: Meanwhile all councilors, officers and staff of Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) have deeply mourned at death of former minister TC Teli who died on 14th March 2014. In its condolence message, CMEO said that void created by death of Teli would be difficult to fill.


Association writes CS to discontinue APTET

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers Association (CEC) has requested the Chief Secretary to discontinue Arunachal Pradesh Teachers Eligibility Test (APTET) especially for in-service SSA teachers saying that it has closed the door for regularization of in-service SSA teachers. In its letter to the chief secretary the association appealed to discontinue the APTET and give preference to in-service SSA teachers in regularization.  


Court intervention sought for land compensation

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: A writ petition has been filed in Gauhati High seeking court intervention for disbursement of compensation to Trans-Arunachal highway affected people of nine villages in East Kameng district. The petitioner also appealed the court that the petition be heard along with the PIL filed earlier. On March 10 last, the court reportedly listed the matter for further order “in the week commencing from 24th of April 2014 along with the application made by the intervener.”


2nd phase training for polling personnel held

YINGKIONG, Mar 19: Second phase of polling personnel and EVM training was conducted in Tourist Hall here on March 17 last.  Master Trainers Dr. K Dai, DMO and Starlie Jamoh, EAC imparted the training. Training for women polling personnel was conducted at the same place yesterday. Master Trainers Dr. Ahik Miyu, DTO and Dr. Karik Mize, VO imparted the training. Around 70 lady polling personnel participated the training.

Prohibitory order: Meanwhile, Upper Siang District Magistrate Dr. Tariq Thomas in exercise of powers conferred upon him under section 144 Cr. PC  has prohibited opening of IMFL/Beer Wholesaler & Retailers Shops before 1000 hours and after 1900 hours and also restricted selling of IMFL above 6 bottles and one case of beer to an individual in a day throughout the district till election process is over. Violators of this order shall be prosecuted as per law. DIPRO


Personality development camp conducted

DAPORIJO, Mar 19: With the mission taught by Swami Vivekananda of  ‘Man Making and Nation Building’, the Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti, Daporijo branch organized a three days residential camp for youngsters of class VI to XI standard from March 10 at VKV Kuporijo.

Around 30 participants from various schools took part in the camp, which had lecture sessions on character building, time management and development of an extrovert attitude taught by invited resource persons. Activities like meditation, yogabyas and memory capacity development were also conducted during the camp.


SFS College gets digital library

AALO, Mar 19: The SFS College located at Yeggo near Aalo town is the first college in the state to get a digital library. This digital library was inaugurated by Rev. Dr. Father George Panthanmackei, the new Provincial of MSFS, Northeast India province much to the delight and applause of many Fathers, Sisters, Faculty Members and well wishers who were present on the occasion recently.

Dr. George appreciated the college administration for extending such an advance and modern facility to the students. With the digitization of the library, students will get easy access to thousands of books of their choice available in the library. The college located in the outskirt of Aalo town, away from din and bustle, hue and cry to give a conducive atmosphere of higher learning, is growing year by year to give modern amenities and outlook to give quality education to students.


News Impact

EC directive to states on ‘dry days’ during polls

New Delhi, Mar 19: Seeking to check allurement of voters through alcohol, Election Commission today asked state governments to declare 48 hours preceding elections and the duration of the polling as 'dry days' in constituencies going for the nine-phased Lok Sabha polls beginning April 7.

The same rule will apply for the assembly elections taking place simultaneously in Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim.

No liquor can be sold at shops or served in restaurants and hotels on May 16 also when the counting of votes will take place, EC said.

In a directive sent to all state chief secretaries, the EC drew their attention to Section 135 C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 which provides that liquor in any form cannot be sold, given or distributed at a hotel, eating house, tavern, shop or any other place - public or private - within a polling area, "during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of poll for any election in the polling area".

The EC said storage of liquor by individuals will also be curtailed during the dry period.

It asked states to ensure that steps are taken to prohibit sale of liquor in adjoining areas of the constituencies concerned so that there is no chance of smuggling. In a separate directive to all the Chief Electoral Officers, the EC said the personnel involved in the conduct of elections shoulder their duty in demanding circumstances.

"Therefore, the least that can be done is to treat them with propriety and to provide for certain basic amenities," the poll body said. PTI



EC to keep tabs on poll ads in social media

New Delhi, Mar 19: With political parties using social networking sites such asTwitter and Facebook in a big way for campaigning in Lok Sabha polls, Election Commission has issued detailed guidelines for political advertisements on such platforms that include obtaining certification for contents before putting them in public domain.

The Election Commission has also asked the social networking sites to maintain expenditure incurred by the political parties and individual candidates on advertisements so that they can be produced to the Commission when requested for.

In separate letters to major social networking sites yesterday, the Commission directed them to ensure that contents displayed by them during the electoral process was not "unlawful or malicious or violative of the model code of conduct".

It said the guidelines to the social media have been issued as part of the Commission's broad efforts to address the problem of paid news.

All major political parties have been using the social networking sites as part of their campaign strategy, particularly to woo the young voters. In the recent Delhi Assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party had used Facebook and Twitter in a big way to draw support for itself.

Director in Election Commission Dhirender Ojha said the directive of the Commission will be applicable to a range of internet-based social media which include Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia.

"We have told the social networking sites to take precertification from Media Certification and Monitoring Committees at district and State levels," he said while addressing a workshop on media's role in the electoral process.

He said it was part of Commission's efforts to address the problem of paid news.

The commission has already issued directions for providing details of social media accounts by the candidates while filing their nominations.

Ojha said it was mandatory for political parties and individual candidates to keep details of expenditure incurred on advertisement in social media.

He said the expenses will be accounted for in the total expenditure incurred by the candidates.

He said the guidelines for the social networking sites for political advertisements have been finalised after a series of meetings with them by the Election Commission.

Speaking at the workshop, Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said the EC would try its best to prevent candidates and political parties from "misusing" the social media but at the same time maintained that it was not attempting to "throttle" the social media.

Ojha said provisions of model code of conduct and related instructions of the Commission will be applicable for content being posted on the internet, including social media websites, by candidates and political parties.

He admitted that monitoring contents in the social media was an uphill task but asserted that every effort will be made to maintain decorum in the campaign and ensure a level playing field for all the candidates.

He said as servers of major social networking sites were in foreign countries, it was difficult to even track the origin of the contents.

In the letter to social networking sites, the Commission said internet-based media will have to carry out "active scrutiny" of the political advertisement before putting them for public view."In case any unlawful content coming to the notice of the election machinery and brought to the attention of the internet-based media, the same would be removed forthwith," it said.

In an earlier directive, the Commission had said legal provisions relating to election campaigning apply to social media in the same manner in which they apply to any other form of election campaigning using any other media.

Dev said expenses on social media by candidates political and parties will be monitored by the Commission and appropriate action would be taken against violators as per law.He said the Commission had received two complaints regarding use of social media in assembly polls in December last year.

Identifying paid news as a major challenge, he appealed to the media to exercise "self imposed restrictions and discipline\" to address the problem.Ojha termed paid news as a complex menace that \"circumvents\" election expenditure laws and vitiates the electoral process. Dev said 54 cases of paid news were reported during the Delhi Assembly polls last year. PTI



Srivastava reviews pollpreparedness in East Siang

PASIGHAT, Mar 19: The Director General, Election Commission of India, Ashish Srivastava along with Inspector General of Police Satyendra Garg today visited Pasighat to observe the ongoing preparations of the upcoming elections. He inspected all the office rooms attached to election department.

Later in a meeting held at the DC's conference hall, the DG said "Don't leave any stone unturned to conduct free, fair, error free and peaceful elections. He also said that “Our motto should not be to harass any individual but check illegal practices so that voters are not influenced by cash or kinds".

He exhorted the expenditure monitoring team to be extra vigilant and to do their assigned job sincerely.

While identifying sensitive, hyper-sensitive and critical Polling Stations, he advised the house to review and analyze past history.

The DEO Nidhi Srivastava briefed the visiting DG about the action taken so far by the designated officers and police personnel. Polling personnel have thoroughly been trained and master plans for communication, transportation and distribution and receiving of polling materials etc have been finalized. Locally there will be 60 Micro Observers of central government establishment and Strong Room has been set up inside the DC's conference hall-II.

SP Devendar Arya, briefed on law and order situation and  informed that security personnel have been briefed to be impartial and not to show any leniency in containing unlawful activities. Flying Squad and Static Surveillance teams made seizure of large amount of money, IMFL, Beer and new mobile handsets etc and so far 1696 guns have been deposited by the licensee owners. ILP and vehicle checking has been intensified and good amounts have been realized as fine from the violators in the township. Arya informed that there is no mobile connectivity in few polling stations fall under Nari-Koyu and Boleng subdivisions, where VHF communication would be installed. He informed that two companies of Central Para Military Forces are expected to arrive soon at Pasighat to assist police administration. DIPRO



DEO holds second round of meeting with sector magistrates

AALO, Mar 19: In its second round of meeting with the Sector Magistrates, the West Siang District Election Officer M K Sahoo has appealed all senior officers engaged as Magistrates to ponder over election related works assigned to them as they have key role to play in the smooth conduct of election in the district. He asked all to assess basic facilities, road condition, network connectivity, vulnerability mapping and other problems and send the detail report latest by 28th of March to work upon those grey areas. They need to attend the training session with the Polling Personnel on EVM handling as they will be provided spare EVM to help out the polling team in crisis situation.

Election exercises this time is enormous, he said and urged the officers to keep themselves in readiness to meet the stiff challenges ahead.

Participating the discussion, the West Siang Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said that one guard and wireless set will be provided to each Sector Magistrate and stressed on drawing a good communication plan locating places of network connection to keep in touch with each other in case of problem to rush reinforcements. The Sector Magistrate too shared their problems of their coverage areas. DIPRO



Curious case of check gates in Arunachal !

Amar Sangno

“My uncle was so delighted to learn that he was posted near police check gate along Assam border,” says Roning (name changed), a student who lives with his uncle. His uncle, a head constable in his late 50’s is almost in his last lap of service and inching closer to superannuation.

Roning had never  seen his uncle so  excited, nor had he tried to decipher the reasons, rather he quickly drew his own conclusion that posting at a check gate along the border might be a  “dream come true” for police personnel in their ennui service life and onerous  24x7 stand by, stand down assignments.

Perhaps Roning uncle’s jubilation could be other reason; however, the fact, according to police sources, is posting at check gate resuscitates lethargic police personnel. They foresee new source of income while on duty at check gates, police sources added.  

At a time when the state police personnel are on their toes to contain illegal activities, ahead of Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections 2014, some of police personnel and government officials deputed at Check Gates are charging rupees (taking cash) from illegal immigrants who do not possess valid Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter into Arunachal.

To validate the claim, this scribe himself had witnessed that check gate staffs are brazenly charging Rs 100  from each immigrant who do not have ILP which encouraged them to sneak into Arunachal’s territory.

The skeleton of “misdeeds” now tumbled out of Police’s department cupboard, as months ago Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Satyendra Garg in a press statement on Jan 26 2014, clearly instructed SPs of all the districts to ensure that anybody who is not a bonafide resident of Arunachal Pradesh must have a valid ILP to enter the state and he also directed the check gate police staffs to ensure compliance of ILP requirements. The IGP statement came after the police department decided to launch intensive ILP checking drive throughout the state to stem influx.

Our state is gripped by the election fever (Lok Sabha & Assembly), there is a higher possibility of proxy voters to sneak into Arunachal, in such a situation letting the illegal immigrants into our own territory is like opening the ”hell gate”  on Indigenous people. The most of the proxy voters’ bear with local name however their physical appearance is testimony that they are not belong to this land.

Meanwhile when enquired, it is revealed that some of the Check Gate staffs especially police personnel are wittingly indulge  in illegal activities out of deprivation and frustrated service life.

According to a police officer (who don’t want to be named), inadequate facilities, meager salary and deprivation of basic incentives could be the reason which encouraged personnel to indulge in such activities and to sustain their family. “We hardly get Rs 125 as honorarium in a month, instead of fixed TA/DA whereas our duty is onerous” said a constable from Special Branch.

“It may be true, few personnel take money from the people who indulge in illegal activities, but to reform such practices, the government and the home department must look into the factors which forced them into such things” observed a police officer.

The much vaunted installation of CCTV cameras at all strategic locations including the Check Gates in the state would certainly minimize such nexus; otherwise it would be “too little and too late” as the railway is going to be operational soon.

The soldier guarding the countries frontline is emboldened with patriotism and love for their motherland, likewise whatever could be the reasons for their indulgences, the police personnel and government officials at Check Gates must realize that fate of Arunachal is in their hand.



67 detonators seized in Kurung Kumey

KOLORIANG, Mar 19: Maintaining the momentum of the drive undertaken to enforce the prohibitory orders under the Model Code of Conduct, the Flying Squad deployed in Kurung Kumey district has seized 67 number of detonators at Koloriang. Meanwhile, the DEO has expressed great concern over carrying of detonators by people.

Total cash amount of Seventeen lakhs forty six thousand and six hundred have been seized till date along with a .32 mm revolver with 17 live ammunition, one SBBL gun, eight local daos and two knives. DIPRO


Over Rs 5 lakhs, liquor seized in West Kameng

BOMDILA, Mar 19: Working round the clock, the Flying squads, SSTs, Magistrates and Police in the district have seized good amount of cash and liquor the day before at district headquarters Bomdila and Thrizino.

An amount of Rs. 2.60 lakhs from Bomdila and Rs. 2.50 lakh with ten Daos and 19 bottles of illegal liquor from Thrizino were seized. The Town Magistrate Bomdila along with the police also seized a Van, a Tata Mobile and two Motorcycles along with three Mobile handsets, one Cheque book and 252 bottles of IMFL and Beer.

Meanwhile, RT Khunjuju (INC) filed his nomination in the RO’s office  from 7-Bomdila Assembly constituency this morning. DIPRO



Intensive motivational and skill training  concludes

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The fifteen days long residential Intensive Motivational and Skill Training for Govt-sponsored trainees under ‘Making India Employable Educational Services’, Gurgaon was concluded at residential training centre of Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC) here today. The training was organized by DBYC in collaboration with MIE.

Attending the valedictory function,  Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki spoke at length about the skill training and job placement programme which is an ambitious project initiated by the government.

“Your being here today is a clear product of the job melas the administration has organized in the past few months and you are happy beneficiaries of the same”, said Kamki and exhorted the students to go ahead to technical training and placement with confidence and grit.  

“Always tell yourself that the job you get is the best and you are the best candidate for that job”, Kamki motivated and called on the trainees to be mentally prepared to move out of the comfort zone of the home and earn a living through hard work.  

Earlier during the day, Fr. C. D. Mathai, Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Itanagar disclosed that DBYC has so far been part of mobilizing, training and sending over 600 youth to various VTPs in the past two years and expressed satisfaction over the way lives have been changed through this unique intervention.  Fr. Mathai also expressed gratitude to the Government and the various companies that have placed confidence in DBYC and its capability in imparting life-skills to young people.  

Dr. V. N. Sharma, State Laison Officer for NSS, enthused the trainees to stand up to the challenges of the training and consider themselves fortunate to get such opportunities. Dr. Sharma caught the attention of all when he made the point: “Young people today are not careless, but cared less; they are not useless, but used less”.

The trainees, resource persons, parents and guardians of trainees and other dignitaries were present in the valedictory  function.  

The training which started on  March 3 was a good mix of technical sessions on topics such as Learning to Live and Work Together, Work Ethics, Values, Dealing with Hurt and Anger, Addictive Habits, Problems Faced by Young People, Being a North Easterner outside North East and practical sessions on Written and Spoken English, Interview Handling, CV Preparation, Pubic Speaking and Group Activity.  The sixty six candidates who completed the training at DBYC is all set to leave for Guwahati and New Delhi and will take up training in Information Technology, BPO, Beauty, Retail and Hospitality at Making India Employable, Educational Services Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon.



Upper Subansiri  DM issues a series of executive order for peaceful election process

Daporijo, Mar 19: In view of conducting the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly Elections 2014 peacefully in the Upper Subansiri district and maintaining law and order and peace in Daporijo town, the District Magistrate Tahang Taggu has passed orders whereby the  use loudspeakers is allowed only from 9 am onwards till 8 pm in the district, with prior permission from the authority and with immediate effect till the completion of the election process. The DM has also notified Rijo Ground, Daporijo as the place for conducting party meetings/rallies for all political parties with intimation of the date and time of the meeting to the authorities. Rijo ground, Daporijo has also been notified as the place for putting up of posters and banners for all political parties. Putting up posters in any other place is restricted.

In another order, the District Magistrate has notified a set route for holding party rallies in Daporijo town in order to regulate traffic movement and for the convenience of the public.

In order to check the violation of the MCC, the SSTs and Flying Squads are actively patrolling the district.  Till date the team headed by Town Magistrate Dr. Dana Una has seized 55 bottles of IMFL, 6 cases of beer and a SBL gun.

Meanwhile, the Department of Tax and Excise along with police personnel in a raid conducted today, seized 113 bottles of beer and 107 bottles of IMFL from the shops in Daporijo and Dumporijo area which were selling liquor without license. The Department also sealed 5 retail wine shops and 1 liquor wholesaler for non compliance of rules of compulsory installation of CCTV cameras in their premises. DIPRO



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---- Editorial ----


Come with development agenda

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi yesterday visited Ziro valley and addressed a election rally. Much to the disappointment of people of Arunachal, Gandhi scion had nothing new to offer to the populace of state. Instead of outlaying vision of his party and what they intend to do for state, he made casual remark like; he would like to settle at Ziro after "retirement." Though, it’s appreciable that he said those words out of his excitement over visiting picturesque Ziro valley.

During his brief 16 minute speech Rahul Gandhi failed to address the concern of ordinary Arunachalee. It’s a matter of great pride for Arunachal that national leaders are making beeline to visit state but those leaders does not seem to have any real agenda for Arunachal’s development. BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi visited Pasighat last month to address election rally. His speech was also more of rhetoric and short of vision for Arunachal. National leaders are welcome to visit Arunachal to appeal votes for their party but they should not come here for vacation. Arunachalee people are only interested to know the developmental agenda of their parties and will not be swayed away by high profile national leaders.

---- Readers Forum ----


Why women make better leaders?

Dear Editor,

Aside from their gender, female leaders don't have much else in common. Some have brought peace, progress & prosperity to troubled lands and region, while others have strewn discontent. Some have been competent or brilliant, others inept or corrupt. They might come from political party/ organization positions etc.

Points here are why Women Make Better Leaders-

· Traditionally, women are thought to be better than men when it comes to verbalizing what they think.

· The ability to understand what others are feeling — to detect if they are overworked or struggling — is a skill that “clearly contributes to effective leadership,”

· They have a vision (which they communicate to their team).

· Women look at problems differently. They make up half the population and reflect the common public, consumer’s interests, dreams and desires of entire population.

· They know the best teams are made up of a different mixture of skills and backgrounds which bring spark and innovation to the party/ organization.

· The ability to think for long-term and blessed with patience.

Also, it’s not entirely fair to identify all of these qualities as uniquely female. Sure, there are bad women leaders and women who are ruthless and destructive, while plenty of men are compassionate and inspiring. In general I am against gender stereotyping. But I also believe that if we had more female leaders the world would be a better place.

A hard question arises “Have your female leaders been compassionate and nice, or are they as likely as men to be either good or bad”?  Let’s share and decide for better Arunachal Pradesh!


Mide Riba,

Action Aid Society Arunachal




Woes of capital citizens

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to highlight those problems frequently confronted by the residents of A and B Sector of Itanagar and would like to seek clarification from the concerned authorities.

It’s been more than three months that residents of A and B Sectors are being fed with water supply of merely 5-10 minutes in a week that hardly fill up 1 or 2 bucket. Although a water tanker has been pressed into service, but, that too is only for once in a week. It is not enough to quench the thirst of residents.

When there was merely a single water tank in Dariya Hill, we didn’t face any crisis. But ever since big multi crore water supply projects came up at Poma River, the problem has started. I being a concerned citizen would like to know from the concerned authorities, the reasons behind it. And I being the conscious consumer would like to call upon concern authority to justify monthly water bill that they collect every month for 10-12 buckets of water in a month. And what if, god forbids, there be the case of fire mishap; is there not the danger to the life and property of the people?

Secondly, I wish to know from the concerned department/authority as to what is a monthly allocation of ration items to each fair price shop/cooperatives, and the number of ration cards issued to the consumers (BPL or APL) in capital complex. It is learnt that a ration card holder is entitled to l0-15 kg of rice and 1 kg of sugar in a month. Practically it is seen that ration supply of rice comes once in two months and that of sugar once or twice in a year. And whenever supply comes, the cooperative opens at 9.00 or 9.30 am and give ration only till 12 noon, saying that the supply has exhausted, although there is still a long queue for their turn.

Thirdly, the power supply is no exception too; capital dwellers have to be content with power supply of every alternate hour for months. Poor students write their examinations without light by using candles. Now, the simultaneous election of Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha having been declared for 9th April, 2014, the campaigning process is in full swing. The poor power supply, especially during night time may create law and order problem amongst the campaigning parties, which the concerned authority must bear in mind and should find alternate way immediately.


Likha Serbi


B-Sector, Itanagar.




Let us elect honest leader

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to share my view to the electors of 14th Doimukh assembly constituency in a simple language regarding ensuing Parliament and Assembly election. I would like to remind everyone that our constituency share boundary with Assam. Therefore, we should elect the one who have intellectual knowledge, farsighted vision for the public, understands the problem faced by people and who has selfless character. We should elect the one who can solve the Assam-Arunachal boundary problem once and for all.

We should not elect the one who entices us through money because if he is elected, he will try his best to recover his incurred expenditure in election by licking away all our public money as it is constantly being done by small leaders of the area. Such leaders live only for self-interest and not for the interest of the people. So, we should not elect such leader and we will not listen to middle persons who introduce themselves as right and left hand of the candidate. They are solely a profit maker. If their candidate is elected, they will take away all your share of benefit like contractual work and other business avenues. They will make poor voter a good scapegoat. They are human virus, be aware of them.

Let me ask people of 14th Doimukh assembly constituency. (1) Do you want your land to be taken away from you by non-Arunachalees? (2) Do you want boundary problem to be solved (3) Do you want to live in friendly manner with the people of Assam? (4) Do you want your public money be licked away by greedy leader and its virus? And lastly (v) Do you not want your area to get developed?

We shall make a promise that-

I) We will elect the right person who is capable leader, honest man and farsighted.

II) We shall not run after the person or candidate/s who lends us money for votes. We should not elect greedy, incapable, inefficient, dishonest and illiterate leader.

III) We should not lose our mind in this election mania rather we should stick to our grievances.

Therefore, let us be rationale while choosing the right leader


Yab Shiva








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