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
ZPM Taba Techi creates record in PR polls
ITANAGAR, May 25: Taba Techi of 1 Yazali Zilla segment has created record for highest
winning margin in the recently concluded Panchayat election. He won Zilla Parishad
Member (ZPM) election with the margin of 3621, which is the highest in the entire
state. Hailing from Billo village under Yazali circle of Lower Subansiri, the 33
year old Techi is new age politician who wants to bring in positive changes in the
He holds bachelor degree from Dera Natung Governemnt College and most of his schooling
was done in government schools.
Techi gives credit to the people of area for his victory. “Everyone including young
and elders of my area supported me. The people of area have wholeheartedly supported
and have reposed faith on me. I will try my best and I do hope that people will extend
cooperation to me in the next 5 years,” said Taba Techi.
Re-polling conducted amidst tight security
DAPORIJO, May 25: The people, who are believed to be supporters of an independent
candidate for ZPM, 6th Giba Anchal Block, have strongly protested against the State
Election Commission for conducting re-polling at Marging polling station on May 23.
They alleged that each and every party was not given fair treatment during Panchayat
election. They further claimed that despite complaint lodged against the unfair treatment
faced by their polling agent during the poling day on 16th May at Dignium polling
station, no justice has been given so far.
Alleging many irregularities, they claimed that many under aged persons were also
given permission to vote and many vote were cast against the name of dead persons.
Claiming that second time re-polling was peaceful; they also questioned re-polling
for third time. Protesters also demanded legal action against the officers concerned
who had neglected their duty and violated the rules of democracy.
However, under the tight security with adequate police force re-polling was conducted
on May 23 at Daporijo. Section 144 was declared on the same day. All lethal weapons
including dao were seized from people found in the town. Vehicle were thoroughly
Economic Census launched at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, May 25: The Economic Census 2013 began at Pasighat today. Person in charge
for urban areas Oli Perme, EAC along with supervisors and enumerators started the
exercise from the DC’s bungalow.
Pasighat town has been divided into 48 blocks and the census will be completed on
June 24. It will cover all economic activities of business establishments, institutions,
religious institutions, guest houses etc, informed Perme.
Describing the importance of the census, East Siang Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra
appealed all the officials involved in the census to carry out their duties with
sincerity and dedication as the data gathered through this census are used in formulating
This economic census is carried out in every five years. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, May 25: All Puroik Welfare Society (APWS) has mourned the demise of Waru
Maming and Waru Yapi who passed away on May 4 last. Maming and Yapi, both school
girls, were killed on a landslide that occurred at Waru village under Plossang area
of Sarli circle in Kurung Kumey district on May 4 last, the Society said in a release.
This is a great loss to the Puroik community, it said.
Offering condolences to the bereaved family, it further prayed for the eternal peace
of the departed soul.
ITANAGAR, May 25: All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International today deeply
mourned at the demise of Sokjar Gamlin ,father of former chief minister Jarbom Gamlin,
who died on 20 May last at Guwahati. The members of Vichar Manch observed two minutes
silence as a mark of respect.
Re-counting of votes demanded
ITANAGAR, May 25: Alleging violation of election procedure and provisions under ‘Arunachal
Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 2001 by the Returning Officer of the 24–Tajgi Anchal Samiti
constituency during polling and counting of votes, the People’s Party of Arunachal
(PPA) has appealed to the State Election Commission to make necessary arrangement
for recounting of the vote.
The PPA quoting its Yachuli Block office sources further alleged cases of voter impersonation
and refusal to count valid tendered votes by the RO during counting of votes.
314 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
ITANAGAR, May 25: Minister for Planning, Finance and PWD Chowna Mein has urged the
institution of Gompa and Kyong to diversify its activities from teaching spirituality
to formal education for larger benefit of people.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion of 2257th Buddha Jayanti celebration here
today, the minister said the institution of Kyong (Buddhist monastery) played important
role in the field of education in traditional Khampti society.
However, with the advent of modernization, this traditional institute of learning
could not attract the young generation.
Mein urged for concerted effort of all section of society to uphold the glory of
such traditional religious institution with novel approach and tackle the menace
of drugs addiction.
Of late Buddhism have found place among many of nontraditional Buddhist faith. He
urged the people to profess the religion of his choice and assured the support of
government to all religious faith to grow equally.
Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation and MLA, Tani Lofa also attended the
function and praised the teachings of Lord Buddha.
A discourse on Buddhism on Dana (Generosity) Sila (Morality) and Bhavana (Meditation)
was also held in which Ven Bhikkhu Dhamma Pala, Principal Maha Bodhi Lord Buddha
College, Namsai participated.
According to him, the basic purpose of celebrating religions ceremonies is to earn
punya (Merit). In Buddhist tradition benefit of punya can be reaped through the deed
of generosity, morality and practice of meditation, he added. He also talked about
equality, morality and rationality in Buddhism. Purification of mind is the essence
of Buddhism and Vippasana meditation is the root of rationality, Ven. Dhamma Pala
Ven, Ratnadeepa , Head monk of Theravada Buddhist Temple , Itanagar spoke on practice
and philosophy of Buddhism.
The 2257th Buddha Jayanti was jointly organized by Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society
and Theravada Buddhist Society, Itanagar to mark birth, enlightenment and death of
Lord Buddha on the full moon day of Vaishak. Mass prayer was held at respective temple
at Theravada Vihar and Gompa.
Earlier in the morning, a procession was taken out from Theravada Temple and culminated
in Siddhartha Hall. DIPR
Drug peddler in police dragnet, 9 others rounded up
ITANAGAR, May 25: In a major breakthrough, the Capital Police apprehended a drug
peddler, rounded up 9 drug customers besides arresting a culprit allegedly involved
in a dreadful attack case in Capital within 24 hours. While the drug peddler was
arrested today morning, the culprit reportedly involved in horrific attack case was
arrested at around 9 pm yesterday evening.
According to official release, the Capital Police swung into action when they received
information at 11 hours today that a drug peddler namely Oyar Panor will deliver
a consignment of brown sugar (Psychotropic substance) to one Police informant who
posed as a customer at Ganga area near State Library Itanagar. The police team headed
by SDPO Itanagar Taru Gusar and OC PS Itanagar Inspector T. Bage immediately conducted
a raid and apprehended Panor. 14 gms (approx.) of suspected brown sugar has been
recovered from his possession and confiscated along with his Scorpio vehicle (No.
AR-01F-0767, White color) in which he came to deliver the brown sugar, the release
While monitoring his mobile phone, the police also rounded up a total number of 9
youths who are the regular customers of brown sugar of Oyar Panor. A case vide No.
117/13 U/S 27 NDPS Act has been registered and investigation is going on.
In another achievement, the capital police team under the supervision of SDPO Itanagar
and OC PS Itanagar also arrested a culprit from Bank Tinali here yesterday evening.
The arrest was made following the complaint received from one Tai Chali of Niti Vihar
that on the intervening night of March 13-14 an unknown person had cut both the
hands of his son Tai Chonam at Niti Vihar area and left him in a precarious condition.
The police immediately started a hectic search operation at all probable hideouts
of the culprit who was identified as Langpu Takhe, 21, ESS Sector Itanagar. But he
managed to evade police dragnet and started absconding.
Acting on a tip off, the police team arrested the culprit from Bank Tinali yesterday
evening at around 9 pm.
No miracles to resolve India-China disputes: Antony
EZHIMALA (Kerala), May 25: Noting that a spirit of cooperation and competition prevailed
between India and China, defence minister A K Antony on Saturday said negotiations
to resolve the disputes between the two will take their own time and he does not
expect any "miracles".
"It is cooperation and competition... naturally. Both are neighbours and we have
to work together. There are many areas where our relations are growing and disputes
in some areas for which we are trying to find solutions through negotiations. I do
not expect miracles to find a solution to them. It will take its own natural time,"
On the whole, relations between the two countries were improving, he said.
Stating that India would continue strengthening its capability along the borders
as part of continuing process, he noted that China, a modern country with a growing
economy, was strengthening is armed forces and infrastructure along their borders.
"India is also a growing country. Indian economy is also growing and it is natural
that we strengthen our capability and infrastructure along our borders on Indian
Antony said the Indian armed forces were now better equipped than ever and one of
the best in the world and that the country's borders- land,sea and air - are "very
"Now Indian Armed forces are better equipped and their morale is very high. Our borders
- land, sea and air are very very safe. Our country's security is in safe hands.
I am proud of our armed forces," he said.
He said there was a time when developed nations considered India not that modern,
but that has changed and now everybody was keen to have close cooperation with its
"Times have changed. You forget about the past. Now Indian armed forces are better
equiped and their morale is very high. Now we are one of the best in the world,"
Antony said the services of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are
now in greater demand.
The Armed Forces have defence cooperation with nearly 48 countries now, he said and
added that all Navies in the world want to have joint exercises with their Indian
"In fact we find it difficult to accommodate," he said. PTI
Rongali Bihu celebrated
NAHARLAGUN, May 25: Rongali Bihu—the most popular festival of Assamese community
is being celebrated with two days programme at Nyokum Lapang Ground, here from today
with great pomp and traditional gaiety.
Extending Bihu greetings to the people of Assamese community on the occasion, local
MLA Techi Kaso said Rongali Bihu is the essence of Assamese culture which is celebrated
by every Assamese people irrespective of old and young and their spirit of maintaining
the age-old culture needs to be appreciated and emulated by others.
Acknowledging the role of Assamese people in the development of the state, particularly
in education sector, Kaso said, the contributions of Assamese people in the olden
days as teacher, guide and brother will always be remembered by the people of the
state. As compared to other northeastern states, we have the highest number of Assamese
workers in govt. offices and other sectors, this strengthens the bond of brotherhood
and cultural blending among the people of the neighbor states, he added.
Terming the Day as the Day of celebrations for people of both the states, he invited
Assamese brethren of the neighboring state to join in the celebrations of local festivals
of the state so that the unity and brotherhood of the two states further strengthened.
Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women Chairperson Gumri Ringu, Festival Celebration
Committee President and APB&OCWWB Chairman Jalley Sonam, senior citizen Minoti Riba
and host of Assamese people residing in twin capital city and locals were among the
huge spectators of the first Day’s cultural programme. DIPR
Edufest - biggest career fair at Capital on May 30 and 31
ITANAGAR, May 25: Edufest -- Eastern India’s biggest career fair will be held for
the second time in the state capital on May 30 and 31. Held every year in Assam,
Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Edufest over the last 11 years has become
a very important forum for students and parents to find out more about their courses
and eligibility for students of North Eastern India.
This unique career fair was held for the first time in Itanagar last year where students
got an opportunity to meet top quality institutes in India in their door step.
In this festival, students and parents get an opportunity to meet the deans and directors
of various institutes to discuss about career opportunities/options in those institutes
thus saving lot of time and energy in gathering information.
Edufest was started in 2003 and used to be held in Guwahti. Over the last ten years,
lakhs of students have visited Edufest and have benefitted immensely. Thousands of
students have also taken admission in many of those institutes that took part in
The uniqueness of the Edufest is this is the only exhibition where top and selected
institutes from the country and abroad only are allowed to participate.
This year, many reputed institutions, like Amity University, Acharya Institutes,
Sharda University, Lovely Professional University, Manav Rachna etc. would be seen
participating in the Edufest.
Maoist rebel trying to establish strong root in state
PASIGHAT, May 25: The Maoists are making all out efforts to establish strong roots
in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, particularly in the coal belts. The central
committee of the Maoist rebels has been pumping in funds to the North East to expand
their bases in this part of the country.
Quoting information from a highly placed security sources, an Assam based English
daily covered the news about the Maoist activities that came to light after the recent
arrest of a central committee member of the Maoists in Assam.
The report said that central committee of the Maoist rebels has been pumping in funds
to the North East region for some time to expand their bases in this part of the
country. The vital facts of the Maoists came to light after the arrest of a central
committee member Aklanta Rabha and a few other Maoist rebels.
The security agencies reportedly have come to know that the central committee of
the Maoists has been pumping in funds to the region every month through Rabha to
expand the bases of the Maoists in this region and also to recruit members for the
outfit. But it is still not known whether Rabha could fulfill the expectations of
the Central committee in matters of recruitment of new cadres for the outfit.
The report further said that though the Maoists had earlier made attempts to establish
strong roots in this region, the attempts failed because other militant groups were
active in Assam and some other NE states and there was no vacuum for the Maoists.
But the situation has now changed and the Maoists are trying to take advantage of
It is pertaining to mention here that the Arunachal-West MP Takam Sanjoy in January
this year contemplated involvement of Maoist extremists with the anti-dam movement
in the Assam and Arunachal resorted by the student unions.
Sanjoy, who was addressing a public rally at Pasighat said that Maoists were backing
the agitating organization in order to halt the developmental process in the state.