May  19

Cash reward stands


The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006






Essence of modern day education is man making: Pema

TAWANG, May 19: The essence of modern day education is man making and therefore our academicians should focus not only on good academic performance but overall development of a student to make them good human being and responsible citizen,” said RWD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu.

Addressing the Annual Day function of Kendriya Vidyalaya here, the young minister urged the students to work hard and prepare themselves to face the tough competition lying ahead in their life.  

Later, the minister distributed prizes to the winners of various co-curricular activities.

Tawang Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of the School Abhishek Dev also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the Principal of the school in his key note address described the institution as a pacesetting school of the district and enumerated the achievements of the school since its establishment in 2002.

The students presented a colorful cultural function focusing on contemporary issues of the society.

The function was attended by eminent personalities of the district and a large number of parents and guardians.



6th Economic Census in Capital Complex

ITANAGAR, May 18: The 6th Economic Census in the Capital Complex will be conducted from May 25 to June 24.

While informing this, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner has appealed to all the residents to cooperate with the Supervisors and Enumerators during the census operation.


Sub-treasury office opened

KOLORIANG, May 18: Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk formally inaugurated the Sub-Treasury office here today in presence of Superintendent of Police Hage Laling, STO Tasso Randa and other HODs.

Overall transaction on the first day of the Sub-Treasury office was Rs 33,62,158. DIPRO


EVMs should be kept under tight security: BJP

ITANAGAR, May 18: The State BJP Local Bodies Elections Management Committee has sought the intervention of State Election Commission to ensure strong and proper security of EVMs.  The EVMs should be kept under tight and stringent security, the BJP said while expressing its concern over the “insecurity of the EVMs in the present situation of rampant misuse of state machineries in the state by the party in power.”

Quoting the experts opinion on EVMs, the BJP said that there is a possibility of EVMs be tampered/hacked and votes stolen using malicious programming. According to Information Technology (IT) expert Hari K Prasad, the programme on the micro-controller, which controls the control unit (CU) of the EVM, could be tampered, the BJP claimed adding that the programme can be tampered by infecting it with a Trojan Horse, a malicious computer code.

Meanwhile, alleging involvement of workers of party in power in ‘votes capturing’ in different parts of the state,  BJP demanded repolling at 32-Raiga Polling, Gangte Circle in Kurung Kumey.


Repolling demanded

ITANAGAR, May 18: An INC candidate for ZPM seat under 14th Phassang segment has alleged irregularities in election process in 82th Sango,  83rd Upper Chebang and 84th Lower Chebang polling booths  and demanded re-polling to the same  at the earliest.

Alleging use of muscle power, INC candidate Yomdo Yagu in a letter to the  Phassang RO, further alleged assault on polling agents by miscreants which resulted in disruption in polling process.  Polling was also completed without presence of polling agents of INC party in violation of election code of conduct, Yagu said.





307 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


News Impact


Assam police patrolling inside Arunachal territory

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, May 18: For the 4th consecutive day, Assam police continued to patrol around Govt Primary School, Hasse-Russa. The school located inside Arunachal territory at Hasse-Russa villager under Longding district has been under the siege of Assam police since 15th of this month. Claiming the territory to be part of Assam, the Sivsagar district authorities lead by DC and SP did not let Panchayat poll be held at Govt Primary School, Hasse-Russa, the designated polling station.

While talking to this daily ADC Kanubari informed that some personnel of Assam police are still camping around the said school campus. “The Assam police are not aware that we already conducted Panchayat election at Anganwadi centre on 16th itself. They are thinking that re-poll may be held at our original polling station which is Govt Primary School, Hasse-Russa. Therefore they are not leaving school compound,” said ADC. The local Arunachalee citizens are infuriated with the action of Assam police and are appealing state govt to interfere in this regard.

“The local villagers are fighting against Assam officials on their own. In the past too we fought against Assam officials, who are always trying to grab our land. Our state government has deserted us,” informed a citizen over phone. He further added that Assam police has damaged furniture and wall of the school. The villagers alleged that due to deployment of inadequate force, Assam official could dare to take such action. “The local authorities knew that Assam will try to disrupt the election process. Despite knowing it, only 6 policemen were deployed at polling station. The 6 were no match to around 300 police personnel of Assam. Also on 15th of this month, one platoon of CRPF had come at the polling station. However they left afterwards and immediately few hours’ later Assam police arrived. Why did CRPF team left,” questioned a local citizen. Though situation is normal, the agony of seeing Assam police patrolling inside Arunachal territory is hurting the sentiment of locals.



Visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

India should be assertive in placing their points: Sanjoy

NEW DELHI, May 18: Arunachal Pradesh Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy on Saturday urged the Indian Government to be assertive in asking China to stay away from his state.

“We are optimistic that the Indian Government will be very assertive on various issues affecting the two nations. All that we would ask from the Indian Government is that talks are held on the border issue. India should be assertive in placing their points," Sanjoy said.

"The recent incursion by China hasn’t been of good design, although with the intervention of the Prime Minister himself with the dialogue process, all we want our PM to clarify, is that no portion of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to China, and they should keep away from India,” Sanjoy added.

On an emotional note, he further said: “We are Indians, and no force in the world can separate us, may be the roots are different, but still we are a part of this country,” he said.

Commenting on the issue of stapled visas, Sanjoy said: “In connection with the stapled visa, the Government of India should be very clear, and should continue having dialogues with China. Hence, whichever visa is used for other states in the country, the same visas should be used for Arunachal Pradesh, as we are a part of India. No need for India to accept stapled visas.”

Sanjoy's comments came on the eve of Chinese Premier Li's visit to India from Sunday. This is Premier Li's first foreign trip since assuming office. He would also visit Pakistan, Germany and Switzerland during the week-long foray.

His statement was also a rejoinder to the Bharatiya Janata Party's demand that the government should insist that Beijing recognise the stapled visa as a valid diplomatic document. BJP leader and former MP Kiren Rijju in his letter to PM earlier said that India should accept the stapled visa that would be issued by the Chinese to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.



Concern over narcotics menace in Ruksin area


RUKSIN, May 18: Ruksin in East Siang district located at Assam-Arunachal boundary here is acquiring notoriety as a den for selling illicit liquor, narcotics and contraband drugs.

Consumption of narcotics and other contraband drugs by the youths are rampant in the area, which is causing a grave concern among the parents.

A report has revealed that major chunk of the young generation including school-going children have fallen prey to the drugs trap. It is alleged that illicit business of narcotics and other psychotropic substances are running under the very nose of the police administration in the district.

The women activists of Adi Bane Kebang have expressed serious concern over the alarming situation and blamed the negligence of police and excise department for the growing drug menace.

The women, with the help of local police have recently carried out a series of operation against illegal selling of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL), narcotics like Opium and Ganja, tobacco products and other contraband substances in the shops and other business establishments here.

“It is very unfortunate to see that the local Gaon Burahs, PRI leaders and NGOs remained silent over the serious issue for long. Our children are stepping toward a bleak future under the grip of hooch, narcotics and contraband drugs which are easily available in the local shops,” said the ABK women wing members.

In the earlier too, Woman Welfare Association (WWA) of Debing village under Ruksin circle moved the local administration to check illegal selling of the hooch and other tobacco products in the rural shops on regular basis.

According to them, some scrupulous people are running the narcotic business for making hefty profit which is badly affecting the society. Moreover, local-made liquor (known as Roksi) is supplied in huge quantity to Ruksin from bordering Assam which is encouraging anti social activities in the border area”, opined the WWA leaders.

The ABK (women) and WWA have met various woman leaders of Assam counterpart and agreed of a joint action to completely check the drug and alcohol menace from the border area.

It is pertaining to mention here that, Ruksin police acting on ABK women tip off arrested four women for their alleged involvement with narcotics trade and seized a huge consignment of Ganja from their possession. Police said that the offenders are booked under section- 20 (B) of Narcotics Drugs & Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act and remanded into judicial custody for further legal action.



Training for counting supervisors and assistants held

ITANAGAR, May 18: Training for the counting supervisors and counting assistants for Itanagar municipality election was held here today.

Addressing the trainees as resource person SC Debnath said that counting is the most important part of election and asked them to conduct the process very carefully.

MRO Bokar Basar asked all to be thorough with the process of counting and handling of the EVMs.  

The Master Trainers Asim Bhowmick and Kalyan Dutta briefed on the operating principle of the EVMs and rules and regulations to be followed while counting. They also gave practical demonstrations on handling of the EVMs. Tagong Talom, incharge of Control Room informed that counting process would start at 9 am sharp on May 21. DIPRO



Help the poor and needy people: Sonam

ITANAGAR, May 18: The three-day 3rd Pentecost Celebration Programme-2013 of Siang District Council has got underway at Siang Christian Prayer Centre, Pasighat yesterday.  Attending the inaugural day as chief guest, APB&OCWWB chairman Jalley Sonam said “we must follow the thoughts and teachings of Holy Bible but also learn to respect the other religions too.” Stating that with the help of Christianity various social evils like growing menace of drug abuse and other criminal activities can be removed from the society, he called upon the followers of Jesus Christ to help the poor and needy people as it is part of worship to God.  Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering attended the second day of celebration as chief guest today.  He inaugurated the new Burial Place Building in presence of Jalley Sonam and other host of dignitaries on the occasion. Other attraction of the second day of celebration was Bible reading and healing services.



Red letter day in history of Indian mountaineering

ITANAGAR, May 18: Today was a red letter day in the history of Indian mountaineering as six climbers from North East, including Anshu Jamsenpa of Arunachal Pradesh successfully climbed Mt Everest early in the morning.

They started their summit push from the South Col at 8 pm last night and climbed whole night to reach the roof top of the world in the early morning today.

This achievement made Anshu to become the first Indian woman to climb the highest peak in the world thrice. She already holds the record of being the only mother in the world to reach the summit of Mt Everest twice in 10 days.

Other team members, who successfully reached the summit, were N Chingkheinganba of Manipur, David Zohmangaiha of Mizoram, Tarun Saikia of Assam, Kazi Sherpa of Sikkim and Wangsuk Myrthong of Meghalaya.

David Zohmangaiha, Tarun Saikia and Wangshuk Myrthong became first from their respective state to stand on the summit of Everest while N Chingkheinganba, 16, became the youngest Everester in the country.

Climber Manish Deka from Assam and Athokpam Robert from Manipur had to abort their summit push from South Col (26,200 ft). Climber Waribam James of Manipur was evacuated by chopper due to worsening health problem while negotiating the climb between Camp 2 and Camp 3 (24500 ft).  Last climber Puyamcha Mohon is slated to go for his final summit attempt tonight.

Yesterday, three climbers, including Nima Lama of Arunachal Pradesh successfully climbed the highest mountain peak.

The team has now started descending from Mt. Everest, said the elated leader of the expedition Dr L Surjit Singh from Everest Base Camp over satellite phone.

The expedition team comprised of mountaineers, exclusively from North East India and was organized by Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association. The expedition was sponsored by North Eastern Council, Shillong and supported by Planning Department, Govt. of Manipur.



BCC rejects allegations

Protest against ‘irregularity’

ITANAGAR, May 18: Rejecting the former minister Bida Taku’s allegations of irregularity in Panchayat election in 7th East Seppa constituency, the Block Congress Committee (BCC), Seppa has claimed that elections were conducted in those villages in free and fair manner in a democratic manner.

Describing the former minister’s allegations as baseless, BCC unit president Nyadang Hiffo said that “His statement does not hold water and was politically motivated to tarnish the image of the party.”

“Re-polling in those villages does not arise as there is no mention of such incidents in the reports submitted by the presiding officers,” the BCC president said.

He also rejected the allegation of physical assault on polling agent of an Independent candidate at Pobua saying that no such incident was ever reported to the visiting magistrate and police.

The former minister yesterday demanded re-polling in Kakukao, Pabua and Laimoya alleging serious irregularities in polling process. Meanwhile, the former minister (Taku) informed in a release that people of the 7th East Seppa constituency today staged protest in front of the DC’s office against alleged irregularities in polling in those polling stations and demanded re-polling.

Taku further informed in the release that the East Kameng District Election Officer (DEO) has written letter to SEC in this regard.

The DEO has reportedly promised to stop counting of votes of those “disturbed constituency” until further notice of the SEC, the release claimed.



Governing body meeting of Tirap District Health Society held

ITANAGAR, May 19: The first governing body cum review meeting of District Health Society, Tirap 2013 was organized today at District Hospital Khonsa.

Speaking on the occasion the DC cum chairman of District Health Society Sachin Shinde  appreciated the efforts of field workers of Health department in this trouble torn area.  However, he said that lot more needed to be done as the institutional delivery of the district was only 17 per cent as per HMIS. DC himself being a doctor advised the peripheral Medical officers that strengthening  Mother and Child Tracking system in the district shall be the best and the fastest tool  to improve the Institutional delivery and categorically instructed the DRCHO and MO’s to provide the database of  expected total delivery of the respective Health Center for July/13 within two weeks time. On the issue of non-functioning of the PHC’s and Sub-center in the district he instructed the DMO to functionalize Nothun Kheti and Borop Sub-center immediately. Regarding delay in civil works under NRHM he directed the DRCHO/MO’s to visit the construction site and produce the photograph of all the ongoing civil works immediately.

Earlier Dr. K. Perme DMO Khonsa while welcoming all the MOs and BA/DA extended his gratitude for timely completion of “Special Immunization Week in High Risk Areas” observed in the last week of April/13. He requested the medical officers to cooperate and coordinate with the DRCHO in implementing various scheme under NRHM. Importance of timely submission of utilization certificate and statement of expenditure was also highlighted.

Dr.N. Borang DRCHO made a power point presentation on the physical and financial achievement of the financial year 2012-13 of the entire district.

Medical officers of different blocks also presented their situational analysis in PPT.

Various issues pertaining to District Programme Management Supporting Unit like data uploading, salary etc was also discussed.

The meeting was attended by Members of DHS, MO i/c, DPMSU and Block Accountant cum Data Assistant, according to an official release.

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