March 30

Sedative drugs seized

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: City Police today seized a huge quantity of highly sedative Spasmo Proxyvon capsules (drugs) from Banderdewa Check gate.

A team of City Police led by SI AK Pandey and magistrate seized 5520 capsules of Spasmo Proxyvon from Banderdewa Check Gate and arrested two persons in this connection, informed City SP.

A case has been registered at Banderdewa Police Station U/S 22 of NDPS Act and the two alleged accused have been sent to court, the SP added.

City Police on Tuesday seized 9.5 kg of Ganja from a woman from the same check gate.


APCC clarifies

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) in an explanation letter addressed to the Jt. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has clarified that the envelope containing cash distributed to the media persons after the release of its manifesto on Thursday was actually meant for its staff as overtime payment.

“A  few packets of envelopes containing some amount which were intended to be disbursed to the APCC staff’s over time payment received from the accountant, APCC were unknowingly handed over to few journalists”, the explanation letter read.

It is worth mentioning here that Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist (APUWJ) had lodged a complaint against APCC with the CEO stating that APCC violated the MCC by distributing envelopes containing some cash to media persons the moments after the release of party’s manifesto at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on March 27. The CEO had sought a reply from APCC after receiving the complaint.


SHG members trained on pickle making

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Seven women Self Help Group (SHG) members of Future Generations Arunachal underwent a week-long training on food processing with a focus on pickle making at Bosco Integrated Development Center (BIDC), Tigdo/Yupia from March 22 to 28. It is pertaining to mention here that BIDC is a sister concern organization of AIDA under Don Bosco Society.

The main purpose of the training was to educate the SHG members how to utilize the locally available raw resources and how one can earn profit from them. They were trained, especially on making pickle from bamboo shoot, which has high demand in every household.

All the trainees enthusiastically participated in the program which was arranged by Future Generations Arunachal (FGA).


Aalo police seizes Rs. 41.14 lacs from Sipu bridge point

AALO, Mar 29: The Aalo Police led by Inspector O Tamut, OC Aalo Police Station seized Rs. 40,00,000 from a Maruti Car 800 (registration No. AR-01C/ 2720) at Sipu Bridge point at 1120 hrs today.  The same team has recovered and seized Rs. 1, 14,000 yesterday night from a motor cycle No. AR-08A /1107.

The seizure was necessitated on suspicious election related transactions. The recovered amount has been deposited to DEO Aalo after observing all the formalities. The police team has also seized many local daos carried in prohibited area.  DIPRO


Birthday of the sixth Dalai Lama celebrated

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: For first time the birthday of the sixth Dalai Lama was celebrated at the home of Gyalyum Tsewang Lhamo (the great mother) at Kusangnang, Baikher Kitpi. The sixth Dalai Lama, is only the Monpa Dalai Lama in the lines of fourteen Dalai Lamas. The sixth Dalai Lama is known for his romantic poems and is famous as the "Immortal Lover" of entire Himalayan region. The sixth Dalai Lama was born on 28th March 1683.  

H.E Rikya Rinpoche and the senior monks of Tawang monastry initiated the celebration in presence of devotees.

The day long celebration included offering of "Mande Thensung" and cultural programme by the artists of Mukto, Shyo and Kitpi village.

Former APPSC chairman Rinchen Dorjee and Thuptan Gendan, teacher of Tawang monastery spoke on the importance of Kusangnang project and the life of sixth Dalai Lama.

All India Radio Tawang played an important role in documenting the project site. The concept of celebration was the outcome of the seminar organized by DoKAA, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh that was held at Urgelling on 5th July 2013' under the spiritual guidance of H.E Tsona Gontse Rinpoche.

Rinchen Norbu, Chairman LNL who is also the member of celebration committee has documented the historical background behind the site.


PPA demands action against APCC

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Following media report that Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist have lodged a complaint of violation of election model code of conduct against Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APPC) by allegedly trying to bribe the media persons, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), in a release today urged the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to take appropriate legal action against the Pradesh Congress Committee.

Claiming that Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party in Arunachal Pradesh have chartered aircraft/choppers to be used in election campaigning, PPA further urged the CEO and other EC appointed teams to keep strict vigil at airfields/landing grounds and conduct thorough checking of luggage, bags etc. to stop illegal movement of ‘cash or kind’ involving any contesting candidate or his agents. The party said those choppers/aircraft might be used for illegal movement of cash for the purpose of vote buying during the campaign.


General observer holds coordination meeting with sector magistrates

SEPPA, Mar 29: General Observer Surendra Kumar holds coordination meeting with sector magistrates in District Election Office Seppa today.

Addressing the magistrates, Surendra Kumar said that the prime duty of the sector magistrates is to ensure free and fair and peaceful election in their respective jurisdiction. While briefing on the role and responsibilities of sector magistrates, he said that they need to have frequent visit of the polling stations; provide two hourly feed-back on voting day besides maintenance of magisterial dairy properly. Every statutory and non-statutory papers have to be deposited properly after completion of voting with proper ceiling of EVM and let the polling team of their jurisdiction check the polling materials before leaving the HQ, he added.

Randomization of EVM also conducted in DC’s chamber, Seppa today with all the agents and representatives of various political parties.

General observer urged the polling agents to reach at the polling booths one hour before start of polling so that mock poll are carried out in their presence. He asked them to get their polling agents well trained for smooth conduct of the election during polling day.

The DEO cum DC Tarin Dakpe appealed all the political parties to cooperate with the polling team for free and fair and peaceful election in East Kameng district and let it be a model one in the state. He informed that videography shall be done in each and every polling station. General Observer also imparted micro observer training in District Election Office Seppa today. DIPRO


Goods seized

YINGKIONG, Mar  29: The Static Surveillance Team (SST) headed by Nancy Yirang, CO/Magistrate along with police personnel conducted a checking drive at Yingkiong check gate today and seized one  gun, four Daos, three unregistered bikes  ( a Discover-125 CC, a Hero Honda,  and  a  Yamaha) and 7 foreign liquor (75 ml whisky) bottles.

The ‘illegal materials’ were seized under the provisions of Election Modal Code of conduct by the SST. DIPRO


In-service teachers training held

AALO, Mar 29: The block level in-service teachers’ training programme organized by SSA Zilla Mission of West Siang district concluded successfully on March 27 amidst the hectic schedule of parliamentary and assembly elections. The training programme begun on 28th February last covered all the twelve blocks of West Siang district.

Keeping in view of the shortage of language, mathematics and science teachers, major areas of the training were laid emphasis on the capacity building of the teachers of elementary level to enable them to teach all the subjects. More than one thousand teachers attended and participated in the training.

Gemar Karga, District Pedagogy Coordinator Batel Rimey, District resource person Bhupen Dewan, District Planning Coordinator, RTE-SSA Zilla Mission West Siang District Aalo visited all the blocks for monitoring and supervision of the training programme. DIPRO


World Forestry Day celebrated in NERIST

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The NERIST Forestry Society (NEFOS), Department of Forestry, organized an awareness programme on the importance of conserving forest on the occasion of World Forestry Day on March 21.

Attending the programme, Tasso Sira, DFO, Banderdewa, said that no developmental activities should be undertaken at the cost of deforestation and stressed the need of creating awareness among people at grassroots level of the need to conserve forest for survival of human beings. He emphasized on sustainable eco friendly conservation measures that are being practiced by the Apatani tribe by keeping strict vigil against illegal destruction of forests.

Dr.  CL Sharma, Head of Forestry Department, while highlighting the significance of celebrating World Forestry Day and Earth Day explained the role of students and researchers in conserving forest to maintain the water cycle. as is being proposed that fourth world war may be for water.

Gokia Roman, General Secretary, NEFOS highlighted the various activities formulated for awareness generation among masses by organizing, painting, quiz and essay competitions involving students.

Earlier, Dr. OP Tripathi briefed on the importance of the day.


Preparations for Mopin celebration in full swing

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Preparations for the ensuing Mopin Festival Celebration 2014 in Itanagar are in full swing.

Various sports competitions organized by the festival celebration committee as part of Mopin celebration ended on March 27 where Arm Wrestling was introduced for the first time. The cultural competitions which started yesterday will conclude tomorrow. Traditional dress show and group dance will be the main attractions of the cultural competition on the last day.

Eighteen Popir Parties from different sectors of Itanagar are participating in the competition.


News Impact

Political parties gear up electioneering

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The political parties have geared up election campaign in Arunachal Pradesh which goes to poll for two Lok Sabha seats and 60-member Assembly on April 9. The electioneering has become a low-key affair as most of the political parties including the Congress, BJP, NCP and first timer the Naga Peoples' Front (NPF) are sticking to only house to house campaigning instead of public meeting till now.

The canvassing is going on under the watchful eyes of the General Observers and the Expenditure Observers appointed by the Election Commission.

While Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi has began the party's poll campaign at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district on March 18 last, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is coming to the state on Monday for the second time.

The NPF, a new entrant in the electoral history of the state, is banking on Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio as its star campaigner who is scheduled to address election rallies in troubled Tirap and Longding districts of the state.

The NCP is planning to bring a few national leaders including its supremo Sharad Pawar to the state to campaign for the party. Congress has already won 11 assembly seats unopposed.

Smallest polling station: Arunachal Pradesh has set up a polling station for only two voters at Malogaon under Hayuliang division in the newly created Anjaw district.

Besides, there are eight polling stations for less than 10 voters, 20 for less than 20 voters and 105 for less than 50 electors in different areas of the largest north-eastern state, election office sources said.

The 'C Sector' polling station at Itanagar has the highest number of 1650 voters in the state having 7,53,170 electorate.

In all, the state has 2,158 polling stations of which 664 have been set up in almost inaccessible areas, the sources said.  PTI



Muskan’ brings muskan to the face of  eye patients

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The Muskan Welfare Society (MWS) in collaboration with Sankardeva Netralaya, Guwahati and National Programme for Control of Blindness under the Director of Health Service, GoAP, today organized a day-long eye screening camp at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.

The programme was a huge success as large number of eye patients besides doctors, nurses, medical staffs of state hospital and volunteers turned up enthusiastically.

Dr. Taba Khanna, Ophthalmologist, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun and Member Secretary, MWS informed that although many people turned up for the free eye screening camp, only three hundred forty could be screened on the day. Free medicines were provided to all patients present. Spectacles were provided to two hundred and fifty patients.

MWS Member Secretary further informed that MWS had sponsored spectacles worth Rs 1000 each to 180 patients, out of which 60 numbers of reading glasses were provided free of cost through NPCB. Forty critical patients identified in today’s screening will be referred to Sankardeva Netralaya, Guwahati for further management.

Speaking on the occasion, First Lady of Arunachal Pradesh Jyotsna Sharma said that ‘Eye’ is one of the most important organs of the human body. It enables all to see things, see this beautiful world. In the absence of eye-sight, life can be very challenging. Conscious of this fact, ‘Muskan Welfare Society’ and ‘Sankardeva Netralaya’ have undertaken the initiative of eye care. She added that the aim of the programme is to prevent and treat eye related diseases and also create awareness amongst the masses.

Disclosing future programme of the society, First Lady informed that in its endeavour towards better health for all, especially women, MWS plans to organize breast cancer and stomach cancer awareness camps in future. She also expressed satisfaction over the huge participation and cooperation extended by the  state health department and Sankardeva Netralaya for grand success of the  camp.

As part of the day long programme, First Lady of the State handed over spectacles and medicines to M Techi, who was earlier screened and prescribed for it by the camp ophthalmologist. Later, First Lady visited the Ophthalmology block of the State Hospital. She also interacted with the patients, who had turned up in large numbers for the camp.

Speaking on the occasion, Director of Health Education, (Training and Research) Dr. Moji Jini, who has been closely associated with all the health related initiatives being taken  by Muskan Welfare Society, suggested for health camps in rural areas for the benefit of rural community in future.

Earlier, MWS Member Secretary Ar. Kobby Zirdo Bagra briefing on the activities of the society said that since its inception in 2008,  MWS has been taking up various initiatives with special focus on health care, women and child and environment. It has organized blood camps, State-wide breast cancer awareness camps and facilitated heart surgeries of children at National Heart Institute, New Delhi.

Secretary Health and Family Welfare Indira Mallo, Secretary Civil Aviation Shilpa Shinde, who is also a MWS member, Chief Medical Superintendent, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, Dr. R.D. Khrimey, senior medical officials, ophthalmologists and officials from Sankardeva Netralaya, Guwahati and National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), Naharlagun and Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, Muskan Welfare Society Members were present on the occasion.



The unsung heroes during the electoral processes

Denhang Bosai

Election is one of the biggest exercises in Indian Democracy in which the entire country is involved in one way or the other. The ECI, the Election Observers, contesting candidates and their supporters, the leaders of all political parties pitch in their services to make the entire electoral processes successful. But the real unsung heroes are the ordinary government employees who work round the clock on a war footing to ensure that the electoral process is free, fair and peaceful. During the election the government employees come directly under the control of the ECI. These poor government employees are even barred from applying any kinds of leave except on exceptionally unavoidable grounds. However, the real bulk of the responsibilities are carried out by the Nodal Officers appointed during the elections by the ECI. They take care of the EVM, Transport, Manpower management, Polling Personnel Welfare Management, Flying Squads, Magistrates, Micro-Observers, Reception and Counting Management etc.  These job are not easy by any standard as they have to go strictly by the rules. Moreover, the punishment for erring in their assigned duties is very severe and may even invite suspension. They have to strenuously work under the watchful eyes of the Election Observers directly appointed by the ECI.

However, I personally feel that the real unsung heroes are the data compilers as all documents are prepared digitally these days, master trainers, polling personnel who conduct the polls and of course, security personnel who are on duty day and night.  In some places in Arunachal Pradesh, some polling personnel have to travel on elephant backs, mules, boats, helicopters, on foot and so on and so forth. However, Tirap and Longding districts have good arteries of roads that facilitate the polling personnel to reach their respective polling booths easily and without any fuss. Of course, there are some few polling booths where the polling personnel have to reach on foot crossing hills and valleys. Some of them face untold sufferings but take the sufferings in their strides. Imagine an Indian election without the willing contributions of these unsung heroes who are not less than the soldiers fighting on the borders. They are ready to sacrifice their lives to make the elections a success. They work impartially and their poll duty is decided by randomization. No government employees including the Grade-IV staff are spared without being assigned some duties or the other. If our elected leaders realized the great effort that goes with any elections, the better and worked honestly and sincerely for the people. Eventually, it’s the elected leaders who reap and harvest the fruits of the hardwok put in by these unsung heroes.      

This is the beauty of Indian elections. Even the USA and other developed countries watch our elections with amazement and wonderment. Our elections are so successful mainly because of the contributions of the unsung heroes who get nothing in return. So, I salute these unsung heroes who make the huge exercise of electioneering possible thereby helping in installing governments to run the country and the states. [The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at denhangbosai@yahoo.co.in]   



Awareness meeting on defacement of public properties

KOLORIANG, Mar 30: The Kurung Kumey District Election Officer today called an awareness meeting on the defacement of Public property under MCC with the Election Observers, the Security personnel and the representatives of various political parties in the district. The Superintendent of Police while citing several instances of violation of MCC in Koloriang asked the political parties to remove the posters, banners, flags and Car stickers which otherwise would attract penalties with fines extendable upto Rupees Fifty thousand under Arunachal Pradesh Defacement of Public Property Act 1997.

The Political parties were also cautioned by the Election Observer, RN Lal about the conduct of Political parties in rallies or campaigns. “All the political parties must conduct themselves in rallies or campaigns in such a manner so as not to hurt the religious, personal or any communal sentiments. Such acts not only violates the MCC but also is against the law of land” he said. Adding to the Observer, the SP suggested the Political parties to seek permission to hold any rally in the District at least 48 hrs before the intended day along with specific information like date, place, route of the rally, expected number of participants and also expenditure related information like size of dias or pandal, number of chairs to be used, number of vehicles participating and expenses of food and beverages.

The Political Parties responded positively to the suggestions and promised to uphold the Model code of Conduct.

EVM randomization completes: The process of randomization of EVMs for the entire district of Kurung Kumey completed today in the presence of the District Election Officer, the General Election Observer, Kurung Kumey district and the representatives of Political parties contesting in the elections. DIPRO



Expenditure observer gives emphasis on record maintenance

ITANAGAR, Mar29: Election Expenditure Observer S. Jayaraj visited Jairampur under Nampong Assembly constituency and had meeting with Assistant Expenditure Observer, Expenditure Accounting team appointed to oversee the election related expenditure in connection with ensuing Parliamentary and Assembly Elections, 2014. He also explained in details relating to monitoring of expenditure incurred by the contesting candidates. The Flying Squad, Static Surveillance Team, Video Surveillance Team were also present in the meeting.

He asked the officers to properly maintain the Shadow Observation register by recording day to day accounts. He briefed the VST to meticulously videograph all the election related events/meetings/rallies etc along with voice recordings where videograph is not possible to cover the exact numbers of chairs/vehicles etc. used in the rallies/meetings due poor light etc. He advised the officers to maintain sincerity in discharging their duties and complete their works on day to day basis. He also had separate meeting with the Election Agents of INC, BJP and NPF and briefed them about the maintenance of expenditure accounts for various expenses relating to election campaign, meetings, rallies, media.

Kento Riba, ADC cum RO, Sl-Nampong AC also advised the accounting team to maintain up to date expenditure records of the day to day election expenditure of the contesting candidates. He also asked the VST/SST/FS to carry out their assigned task as per instruction of the ECI, according to an official release.



Tuki kick-starts poll campaign at Boleng

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: With only about a week left for the polling day, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki kick started hectic campaigning for the Congress from Boleng in East Siang district yesterday with a massive rally. The State goes to polls for the two Lok Sabha seats and the 60-member Legislative Assembly on April 9.

Addressing a huge crowd at Boleng, Tuki sought support for Tapang Taloh, former Industries Minister and Congress nominee from 35-Pangin (ST) Assembly Constituency. He hailed Taloh for the rapid development in the constituency and assured that the pace would continue once he is re-elected to the Assembly.

“Congress is coming back to power, there is no doubt over it. Therefore, the best way to partner in the developmental process will be to be with the Party and vote in favour of the Congress nominee,” Tuki said.

The Chief Minister today addressed an election rally at Mariyang in support of JK Panggeng, the Congress nominee from 40-Mariyang-Geku (ST) Assembly constituency. Panggeng was Parliamentary Secretary for IT, Law, Legislative & Judiciary, etc in the erstwhile Legislative Assembly.

In both the rallies – at Boleng and Mariyang – the Chief Minister sought support for sitting Lok Sabha MP and Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering. He said Arunachal Pradesh was lucky to have one of its MPs as a Union Minister and therefore it was the duty of the people to re-elect him so that he continues as a Union Minister and facilitate developmental packages for the state.

“Over-all development of the state in the last five years is evidence enough to prove the sincerity and commitment of the Indian National Congress. Now it is time for the people to recognize the Party’s contribution and vote it back to power,” he appealed.

Releasing the INC Election Manifesto, Tuki pointed that each and every commitment made in it will be fulfilled as the Party did for the 2009 Manifesto in the last five years.

He also expressed gratitude to the people for reposing faith on the Congress Party which has been exemplified by the fact that 11 Congress nominees have been elected even before a single vote has been caste.

“Eleven of our nominees have been declared elected unopposed. This proves that people do not have faith or confidence on any of the opposition parties in the poll fray,” Tuki observed.

He further added that only Congress, which is the strongest organizational political party with deep roots in the country, can give a stable government, which is an utmost prerequisite for progress, peace and prosperity, according to an APCC release.



Cash seizure goes up to Rs 1.60 crore

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Flying Squad and Static Surveillance Teams operating in the state under Election Commission of India to control violation of Model Code of Conduct have made seizure of Cash Rs. 1,90,700.00 only, IMFL (750 ML) 107 Bottles, IMFL (375 ML) 5 Bottles, IMFL (180 ML) 182 Bottles, Beer (650 ML) -11 Bottles, Cane Beer 24 Nos, Local Dao 6 Nos, INC/BJP/NCP Flags 14 Nos., INC Sticker 12 Nos., Local Dao 8 Nos, Santro Car 1 No., Party poster 878 Nos,  BJP Muffler 1 No. today.

Since the operation of MCC, a total 1,61,44,200.00 only, IMFL (750 ML) 8763 bottles, IMFL –(375 ML) 2478 bottles, IMFL- (180 ML) 3816 bottles, IMFL (175 ML) 67 bottles, Brandy (180 ML) 336 bottles, Beer (650 ML) 42134 bottles, Beer (5000 ML) 58 Bottles, Cane Beer-79 Nos., Blanket 1651  Nos., CGI Sheets 5409 Nos., Local dao 329 Nos., Mobile handsets 89 Nos., Opium -40 gms, Tea leaves -104 Kgs, Ganja 4 Kgs, .32 Revolver 2 Nos., .32 Ammmn. 34 Nos., 12 bore DBBL Gun 2 nos., 12 bore Ammmn. 115 Nos., SBBL Gun 4 Nos., .32  pistol I No., .32 Ammmn. 31 Nos., . 315 Rifles 02 Nos., Khukri I no., Tata Mobile I no., Scooty 1 No., NP Bore Revolver 1 No., NP bore Ammmn. 26 Nos., Dagger 1 No., Cheque Book 6 Nos, P/ Party Flags 12 Nos., Congress Cap 86 Nos, Flag -1,44, 977 Nos, Party Poster 4647 Nos., PPA/INC/ TMC Bannner 12 Nos, NPF/ BJP Pamphlet 5020 Nos, INC/ NCP Manifesto 64 Nos., INC Shirt /T Shirt 200 Nos., Axe 1 No., INC/BJP/NCP Muffler 103 Nos., Motorcycle 6 Nos., Tata Sumo 1 No., Santro Car 1 No., Rice 150 Bag, Potato 20 bags  have been seized so far, according to a press release issued by the State Nodal Officer, Election Expenditure Monitoring(EEM), today.



Randomization of personnel for 58 polling stations conducted

ROING, Mar 29: The 1st and 2nd level of randomization of polling personnel were done successfully at National Informatics Centre, Roing this evening.

Randomization for 518 Polling Personnel were formed into 65 Polling Teams (31 for 42-Dambuk and 34 for 43-Roing AC) in the 1st and 2nd Level of randomization today. The randomization was done for 58 Polling Stations out of 71 polling stations in the district. The polling personnel for remaining 13 polling stations which fall under Hunli Sub-Division would be done partially computerized and partially manual as it falls under hard belt with a software developed by the NIC Roing as approved by the Chief Election Officer.

The randomization was done in presence of Upendra Nath Mallick, General Observer for 42-Dambuk and 43-Roing Assembly Constituencies and Shiv Kumar, RO cum DEO, Roing.

Meanwhile, Ravi Shankar Mitra, Expenditure Observer for 42-Dambuk and 43-Roing (ST) Assembly Constituencies is closely monitoring the expenditure of various political parties throughout the district. He visited several polling stations at Dambuk ADC Headquarter yesterday and asked the ARO Dambuk to make all necessary arrangement in the polling stations in advance and to see that the basic necessities like drinking water, toilets and other facilities are made available in the polling stations on poll day.  DIPRO



VKAJ conducts personality development camp

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti, Branch Itanagar  organized a five days Personality Development Camp for the students of Class VIII to XII at VKV Nirjuli, from March 24 to 28.

The main motto of the camp was to give future leaders a positive direction and inculcate in them the spirit of patriotism, the value of culture, self discipline and the attitude of social service with the twin ideals of Vivekananda Kendra “Man Making - Nation Building”.

A total of seven sessions on yoga, drama, tejas, lecture, concentration, memory development were conducted besides group discussions with help of resource persons drawn from various health and educational institutions. A total of 90 participants took part in the camp.

Taba Tatup, Prant Karyalaya Pramukh, Arunachal Prant exhorted the participants to carry forward the positive attitudes, good personalities and set an example for others in the society.

Dr. Mika Umpo, Microbiologist and Head of IRL (TB), Directorate of Health. Services conducted the session on “Time Management” while C C Namchoom, Asst Professor, DN College conducted session on “Patriotism in Action.”

Tara Dajam, Nagar Pramukh, Itanagar gave a lecture on the topic “Our Culture-Our life-Our Pride” while Lobsang Tashi, Yuva Manch Pramukh, VKAJ, Itanagar conducted session on “Great Personality.” He discussed about characters of great persons of our country.

Tako Siga took session on “Vivekananda Kendra in Arunachal Pradesh” and its contributions to the state in education sector.

Dr. Lala Wage, Dental Surgen, took session on “Health and Hygiene” highlighting the importance of maintaining good health for healthy society. He said Yoga has been one of the best ways to maintain good health.

Ashok Atale, Nagar Sangathak of Vivekananda Kendra Itanagar, advised the participants to apply in practical life what they were taught in the five days camp.



Parl. elections: Campaign in East Siang yet to gain momentum


RUKSIN, Mar 29: Although there are only 11 days left until the election, campaigning in East Siang district by all the three contestants from the Arunachal East parliamentary constituency is yet to gain momentum.

The Eastern Parliamentary Constituency will witness a triangular contest between former Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering (INC), former BJP MP Tapir Gao and People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) nominee Wangman Lowangcha.

Congress candidate Ering is trying to reach out to as many remote villages as possible. He is trying to woo voters through Congress’ development mantras.

BJP veteran Tapir Gao is taking up ‘corruption’ and ‘misrule’ by Congress-led UPA government as main planks of his campaign.

It will be unwise to under-estimate the prospect of the PPA candidate who has a strong political base in Upper-Arunachal districts.

The Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency comprises 27 assembly constituencies while the Arunachal West constituency comprises 33 assembly constituencies.

It is observed that villagers of remote and interiors areas of the district have shown little interest on Lok Sabha polls. Many of the villagers do not even know the names of the contesting MPs. They seem to have more interest on assembly election.



Randomization for polling personnel done, FS seizes 8 lacs

PASIGHAT, Mar 29: Randomization of polling personnel for 153 polling stations was done by the DIO Rahu Gautom in presence of the Parliamentary Election Observer Ankur Gupta, Assembly Election Observer HK Behera and DEO Nidhi Srivastava.

While discussing about other preparedness, the observers were briefed about basic minimum facilities at polling stations, expenditure monitoring cell, training of polling personnel, MCC implementation, appointments and training of polling personnel, issue of poll materials, movement plans etc among other aspects of conduct of elections, by the DEO.

More than fifty micro observers are being trained and deputed to assist the authority to ensure smooth conduct of the upcoming elections and randomization of EVMs will be completed on  March 31 next, informed Srivastava.  

Meanwhile, the Flying Squad led by Sector Magistrate Gobi Nyicyor along with Immam Uddin Ansari (ASI) this evening seized eight lacs from a car while putting Naka near Mamang Borang Petrol Pump. The carrier lady claimed that the amount was carrying to procure local beads etc but fail to convince the Flying Squad team.

However, the seized amount has been kept in government treasury and advised the carrier to appeal the SDO (Sadar) cum JMFC for further proceeding. DIPRO



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