May 13

EAC on hydro-power project visits Yingkiong

YINGKIONG, May 12: The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of MoEF headed by BB Barman, Director (MoEF) and Member Secretary of EAC visited proposed Sipit Hydor-power project, proposed Siang stage-II dam to study the feasibility and environmental impact assessment and to submit report whether the proposed Dams/Hydro-power projects can be constructed or not, not only in case of Upper Siang but many such projects in other parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The other members of the EAC included Dr. H S Kingra, Ex-IFS, Dr. K D Joshi, CIFRI (Fisheries expert), Dr. NN Rai, Director CWC, Hydrologist. Kaling Tayeng, Secretary Power, Er. Phuntsok, Chief Engineer (Monitoring Hydro-Power Development) accompanied the Expert Appraisal Committee team as representatives of State government. The EAC team after conducting proper and detail assessment and thorough study is likely to recommend to drop few proposed and on-going medium and small hydro-power projects over several streams in the Siang basin, rather the Experts Committee members opined and suggested that instead of constructing several small projects, only a few and selective big projects would be more beneficial and generate more powers to fulfill the requirements of the people. The team dropped the tour to Tuting and Mariyang due to incessant rain and possible blockage of road communication and proceeded to West Siang. DIPRO


Rain lashes Upper Siang

YINGKIONG, May 12: Incessant rain continues in Upper Siang belt since last few days. Though there is marginal increase of water volume of Diang river and streams, no major road blockage and untoward incident have been reported so far till filing of this report. DIPRO


Rain water damages Tarasso road

ITANAGAR, May 12: A heavy rain has reportedly created havoc and snapped the surface communication of Tarasso, as road between Tarasso and Balijan was damaged by flash flood on Sunday. This was informed by the Tarasso Circle Youth Association here today. In a release, the  association informed that due to flash flood, many commuters and security force are finding it difficult to reach their destination. Drawing the authority's attention towards the sensitive boundary issue, the association requested to the concerned department look into matter on priority basis.


Non-functional BSNL tower irks PRI

ITANAGAR, May 12: Network congestion and non-functional BSNL tower is no longer a new story rather people are overdosed by this plague in Arunachal. In a representation submitted to BSNL general manager Upper Balijan Constituency Zilla Parishad Member today urged the BSNL authority to commission the already erected tower at Sangdupota circle. PRI leader claimed that inspite of repeated pleas, the authority is yet to commission the tower and it is on brink of defunct, he added.


Re-polling order condemned

ITANAGAR, May 12: Irked with Election Commission of India's decision of re-polling at 15-Richik under Tali constituency in Kurung Kumey district, Tali-Pipsorang Development Committee today condemned the ECI saying that election procedure and polling at said polling station was conducted with free and fair and no violation was reported.


CYO bats for imposition of 144 CrPC

ITANAGAR, May 12: Capital Youth Organization (CYO) today called on Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki and requested him to clamp 144 CrPC in the capital complex during declaration of election result on May 16 to maintain law and order problem. In its representation CYO opined that Itanagar would witness nuisance of victory celebration and during the result declaration.


APRVTA EK unit reiterates

revocation of discontinuation order

ITANAGAR, May 12: The All Arunachal Pradesh Resource & Volunteer Teacher Association (AAPRVTA) East Kameng unit has asked for revocation of discontinuation order passed on April 1 last.

In its letter submitted to the state project director, SSA, Rajya Mission, it said, "we have been serving with utmost sincerity. During this period, we have attended the state level training in Itanagar two-three times sponsored by the state government."


Cancel discontinuation order: AAPMPWA

ITANAGAR, May 12: The All Arunachal Pradesh Multi-Purpose Worker Association (AAPMPWA) has called for revocation of discontinuation order passed on January 30 last.

In its letter submitted to Secretary Health, detailing about the services rendered by them it requested to take up the matter with GoI immediately for continuation of the job and to push for regularization.


Vocational training prog for women empowerment

ITANAGAR, May 12: A two-day vocational training was conducted on agro based and cottage industry for rural women to support their economic self reliance under the scheme for empowerment of women on May 8  and 9 at Laptap village, Sagalee ICDS project.

The training was attended by more than fifty village women and Gaon Burahs of the village.

Resource person SDHO Sagalee S Kumar spoke about agro based and horticulture development and their economic importance for rural women for their self reliance and economical independence.

D Sharma from department of textile and handicraft spoke about the setting up of cottage industry.


RSS OTC camp concludes

ITANAGAR, May 12: The 20-day officers training camp (OTC) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh concluded at Abotani Vidya Niketan, Pachin Colony, Naharlagun today.

Speaking on the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Chairman Ligu Tacho lauded the efforts of the RSS in smoothening the uninterrupted flow of the Indian culture and traditions forward. He opined that the Indian civilization is the only civilization in the world that originated in the distant past and has been progressing uninterrupted even today.

He reiterated that he is committed to preserving and promoting indigenous faith and culture of his state in the larger interest of the protection and promotion of Indian culture. Addressing the swayamsevaks and the well-wishers as the key speaker, Ullas Kulkarni, Regional Organising Secretary, said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should be known by understanding what it does, not by hearing what the others casually say about it. He added that RSS has been generally seen, reported and even debated as a group of people working with certain fundamentalist principles and objectives. He categorically stated that since its inception, the RSS has been continuously working for instilling positive patriotism among the people, especially the youth to inspire and prepare them to selflessly work for the country. He further reported Dr Keshav Balirampant Hedgewar, who founded the RSS, had the clear vision that only the eviction of the British from the country would not be enough to leading the country forward, rather it should supplemented with a patriotic population who considers the nation and its interests above every thing else.

Nabum Ruja, who led the camp as Varg Karyavah presented a brief report of the camp with details of the objectives of the camp, its participants, resource persons, visitors and the several programs conducted within the camp.

Among others, Raj Kishore Shah, DIG (ITBP, Kimin), Dr Hui Tag, Assistant Professor (RGU), Tai Tagak, State BJP President, Dr Joram Anya, Asst Professor and State President, ABVP, Nido Sakter, Prant Karyavah, RSS, Tadar Kama, president, Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samiti, Techi Upen, Asst Professor, Govt. College, Yachuli, Rubberman of Arunachal Pradesh Ojing Aze, Bengia Augung, Sr Journalist, Dr T Taggu, Arunachal State Hospital and Tayi Taguu, Under Secretary, Dist, Admn. attended the concluding function.


NHPC donates ambulance to Roing district hospital

ROING, May 12: The Power Developer for 3000 MW Dibang Multi-Purpose Project, NHPC LTD Roing under its CSR Programme donated a new Tata Sumo ambulance to the District Hospital, Roing today.

The ambulance would be used as a Mortuary Van by the District Hospital which was a long felt demand of the District Hospital as it was facing shortage of ambulance during emergency cases especially to lift the corpse in case of accident.

Sunil Gupta, Chief Engineer, NHPC Ltd  Roing handed over the New Tata Sumo Ambulance to Dr Allok Yirang, DMO Roing in the premises of the District Hospital today.

Among other officials of NHPC and District Hospital, Devendra Kumar, Senior Manager (finance), Dr L Hanner, ACMO, S R Gupta, Deputy Manager (PR), NHPC, Dr M Basar, DRCHO, Dr S J Mitapo, RNTCP, Dr L C Deori, Medical Superintendent and Dr O Mega, SMO were present on the occasion.

It is pertinent to mentioned here that so far the NHPC,  Roing has donated three Tata Sumo Ambulances one each at CHC Hunli and Dambuk, one Dental Chair at District Hospital, Roing and one Ultra Sound Machine at Parbuk CHC under its CSR programme to improve the health services in the district. DIPRO


News Impact

RGU signs pact with University of Missouri on research, academic activities

ITANAGAR, May 12: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono Hills and University of Missouri (MU), Columbia, USA inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for research and academic activities effective immediately.

Dr. Rachob Taba, Registrar, Prof. S K Nayak, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Prof. Tana Showren, Coordinator of the Oral Tradition Research Project, Department of History of Rajiv Gandhi University and Dr. R Bowen Loftin, Chancellor of MU, Dr. Handy Williamson, Vice Provost for International programs, Dr. Michael J O'Brien, Dean, College of Arts and Science and Dr. John Zemke, Director, Centre for Oral Traditions representing the University of Missouri signed the MoU in presence of RGU Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang.

The MoU seeks to promote collaborative research, exchange of research information, exchange of faculty, exchange of students to carry out research works as well as to share technical knowhow, especially in the field of Oral Tradition Research.

The agreement will be reviewed every three years to evaluate the progress and the quality of the cooperation. The agreement may be extended for a period of additional three year upon the written consent of both the parties.

RGU VC Prof. Mibang termed the signing of the pact a welcome step and congratulated the Department of History for the historic agreement.

Among others, COE of RGU Prof. R Tamuli, Head Department of History Dr. S.N. Singh, senior faculty in History Prof. S.K. Singh and Deputy Registrar (Academic) Dr. David Pertin were present during signing of the MoU.



CS asks Govt depts to cooperate in implementing Municipal laws

ITANAGAR, May 12: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi while reviewing the implementation of Municipal laws at a review meeting held in his office on May 6 last sought cooperation from all departments in implementation of Municipal laws in the state capital and Pasighat as well.

He called upon the departments to cooperate with the Municipal authorities in implementing the Municipal laws and appealed the general public for cooperation to make the two municipalities' clean and safe towns.  

The meeting was attended by C P Mansai, Secretary (Law & Judl), Director (UD) and Chief Town Planner among others.

In the meeting, Mansai informed that Judicial Magistrate is yet to be notified as Municipal Magistrate for Itanagar and Pasighat Municipalities and assured that the notification will be issued within one month with the approval of the Gauhati High Court.  While Director (UD) and Chief Town Planner informed that Assistant Town Planner would be notified as competent officer to file complaints for violation of building bye laws and violation of town planning laws.  

Expressing serious concern over heaps of debris on roads and littering by residents, the meeting decided that the contractors who spread construction materials and debris on the road and the residents who throw garbage on public places shall be prosecuted by the Municipal authorities. Sanitary Inspectors of the Municipality will also be notified and empowered to file complaints and further decided to set up Helpline in the Town Planning department to record complaints of unauthorized construction and violation of building bye laws. DIPR



Anjaw cut off by landslide

HAYULIANG, May 12: Landslides triggered by heavy downpour over the last one week snapped surface communication to easternmost Anjaw district.

The entire stretch of BRO roads from Hayuliang to Tezu and Hayuliang to Chequenty (near district headquarters Hawai) witnessed numerous landslides and washing away of formation cutting and culverts resulting in total disruption of surface communication since May 8, informed Anjaw ADC Hage Ruja.

Further, threat of flood is looming large in the district as water level in Lohit river and its tributaries is increasing rapidly due to incessant rain, the ADC informed.

In spite of all odds, the district administration is making all efforts for early restoration of road communication but continuous mudslide is hampering the restoration work.

According to BRO sources, the chance of restoration of road communication before May 16 is very slim. District administration is keeping strict vigilance on the vulnerable/ flood prone areas by activating the district disaster management control room (Nos. 03805-276203/276205(Fax).

Torrential rain causes erosion, disrupts road link

AALO: The flood at Gapo River triggered by torrential rain for last four days caused massive erosion on the Aalo-Mechuka road at 145 km point and badly affected the road communication.

The Aalo-Mechuka-Itanagar bound vehicles were stranded on either side of the road and some of them  returned back due to non clearance by BRTF on Sunday. The Circle Officer who rushed to the spot with officials and ALCs has managed a local log bridge and constantly monitoring the crossing of men and materials on either side of the road. The stranded passengers are waiting for the rainfall to stop and restoration works are likely to be taken up today. DIPRO



Governor in favour of WHS and ALG at Ziro

Gyati Kacho

ITANAGAR, May 12:  'I congratulate the people of Apatani Plateau for having got the 'Apatani Cultural Landscape' enlisted into the Tentative List of UNESCO's World Heritage status. Raj Bhawan will help in every possible manner and request the State Govt. to help in preparation of the 'Dossier', said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma to a delegation of Apatani Youth Association (AYA), which called on him at Raj Bhawan here today.

The 'Apatani Cultural Landscape' has been in the news recently for having made it to the probable list of the 55 sites selected from across India in the Tentative List of the World Heritage Sites. Now, a 'dossier' will have to be prepared by the state Govt. for onward submission to Centre, which in turn will forward it to UNESCO in Paris. UNESCO finally will decide the sites selected for WHS. The entire process is expected to take five to eight years.

Terming Ziro as a potential hub of tourism, Governor advised AYA to enlighten the civil society on the issues concerning tourism. "Civil society is the biggest strength and they will have to be made aware and sensitized if Ziro is to be promoted at the international level. Ziro as I hear, is famed for 'Eco-Tourism' and 'Home Stays' among others. The 'Paddy-cum-Fish Culture' is also a unique practice of Ziro plateau and I would advise for its patent", he said. Appreciating the efforts of AYA on taking up environmental related issues and organizing a 'WHS for Ziro Marathon Race' at Ziro on 19 th of this month with the theme-'TO KNOW PLASTIC, SAY NO TO PLASTIC', the Governor said that preventing ecological degradation is the need of the hour for which civil society must be made aware and treated as equal partners on the issue. He also asked his secretary to request the tourism department to help in successful conduct of the event.

On the 'Advance Landing Ground' (ALG) at Ziro, the Governor said that landing of fixed winged aircrafts would benefit all specially the tourists. 'Of the 8 ALG's in the state, the one at Ziro is one of the best and I want that the project should be completed on time. For this, I appeal the public to co-operate and let the project be completed on time'.

On being apprised by AYA president that there was no provision for a 'civilian terminal' at the present ALG and no further scope of land donation by the locals, the Governor said that there was a need of vision and people have to make sacrifices in the interest of future generations. 'We have to learn to make some sacrifices in the larger interest and for the sake of our future generations', he said. On another alternative request that the existing IAF Officer's Mess could instead be used for the civilian terminal on account of acute scarcity of land in the vicinity, the Governor informed that he will speak to the IAF authority to hammer out a solution in the matter.

On the request of AYA to come and visit the Apatani Plateau, the Governor expressed happiness and said that he would love to visit the plateau during one of its festivals.

The 5-member AYA delegation led by President Taku Chatung presented a traditional Apatani shawl to the Governor and had a fruitful half an hour discussion on various other issues concerning the Apatani Plateau.



Tuki calls upon people to recognize role of nurses in health delivery system

ITANAGAR, May 12: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has extended his greetings to the nursing fraternity of the state, who are one of the most important organs in providing efficient health services to the people, on occasion of the International Nurses Day. International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, founder of the modern nursing profession.

In a message this morning, the Chief Minister reflected that the day is an occasion to celebrate the dedication, importance and contribution of nurses to the health of a society.

"While it is the doctors who treat a patient it is the nurses who not only help in the treatment but whole-heartedly contributes to the recovery of the patient both physically and emotionally," Tuki observed.

Saluting the nurses working in the state, particularly in rural areas without much facility, the Chief Minister called upon people from all walks of life to recognize the role of nurses in the health delivery system and give them their due.

"Today is the best occasion to show our respects to the nursing fraternity and resolve to cooperate with them so that they can continue to serve humanity through one of the noblest professions of the world," he added.



3 days training for paralegal volunteers begins

ITANAGAR, May 12:  A three days paralegal volunteers training was inaugurated by Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak, Judge Gauhati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench, Naharlagun today. The training programme is being organized by the Impulse NGO Network Meghalaya in collaboration with Athupopo Social Foundation and supported by Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority.

The training aims to empower and improve access to justice of marginalized people in Arunachal Pradesh through Paralegal Volunteers. Their role is to raise awareness on legal rights, justice delivery systems and legal services among the rural communities in the state as described by Budi Habung D&SJ cum Member Secretary Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority.

Hasina Kharbhih, Chair of Board, Impulse NGO Network said the three days training will focus on issues relating to legal rights, imparting practical skills through participatory methods, giving the Paralegal Volunteers the necessary knowledge to receive, assist and give referral assistance to the rural communities.

After the training, the Paralegal Volunteers will be placed in the field to conduct awareness programmes in the rural villages on legal rights and create a bridge to link the community with the justice delivery system procedures.

A handbook was also developed by Impulse NGO Network for the Paralegal Volunteers, to be used as a guide in awareness building, which was  released by the Chief Guest today.



Women backbone of family, society’

ITANAGAR, May 12: Reminding the womenfolk of their duty and responsibilities towards their family and the society, former Minister Komoli Mossang has suggested them, especially mothers, to take proper care of their children and keep a constant eye on their activities.

Addressing the inauguration day of the three days Mahila Sammelan of Arunachal Vikas Parishad Bordumsa yesterday, Mossang said, "Women are the backbone of family and society. Without women there is no family or social life."

Explaining the role of women, the former minister appealed to them to help maintain a peaceful atmosphere at home. She suggested the womenfolk to keep strict eye on their children so they can't indulge in vulgar and obscene activities in the name of modernity.

She appreciated the programme and the policy of AVP saying that the workers of AVP are doing selflessly in far flung areas of the state.

Sikhetang Singpho HGB also addressed the conference and thanked AVP for conducting such noble and inspiring programme in the area.

Atul Jog, Joint Organizing Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kaliyan Ashram highlighted the activities of AVP in Arunachal Pradesh in the field of health, education, youth awareness and women empowerment etc.

Yoga, patriotic song, group discussion, cultural programmes etc were held during the programme.

Earlier, the conference started with condolence meeting praying almighty to rest the soul of former minister Newali Tingkhatra in eternal peace.

The concluding function was attended by SN Singpho and narrated her fight and struggle in bringing her husband back from drug addiction. BK Dubey highlighted the life of Rani Ma Gaidinlue, a freedom fighter of Nagaland and the role and activities of AVP.

About 275 women delegates from 28 villages and five circles of Tirap Changlang, Lohit and Lower Dibang Valley districts attended the conference.



Training for counting personnel in various districts going on

ITANAGAR, May 12: As the day for the vote counting is approaching nearer, the district elections officers  of various districts are agog with  activities for preparation and training  for counting personnel for error free  and peaceful counting of votes on May 16 next.

The preparations for counting day on May 16 next for simultaneous polls of Parliamentary and Assembly Election - 2014   began for Papum Pare  district. In this connection a training programme on necessary instructions of ECI on actual counting process was conducted today at Sidhartha Hall  for counting Supervisors, Counting Assistant and Micro Observers appointed for the purpose. Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Ashok Kumar  briefed the counting officials about their duties and instructions of ECI directives and rules. He said that counting process is one of crucial part of whole election process and requested all the staffs to deliver their duties with utmost sincerity and patience for smooth conduct of counting process.

Mige Kamki Returning Officer 13-Itanagar cum Deputy Commissioner, Capital  called upon the Counting officials  to well prepare themselves for counting day  and  to ensure proper, systematic and accurate counting. He requested the resource persons apart from  imparting training on counting process, that they should also  highlight on new instructions and directives laid down by Election Commission of India for counting process.

He highlighted on detail and elaborates procedure of counting of votes and informed that Counting of Postal Ballots will be done inside enclosure of Counting Hall and arrangement have been made so that election agent or counting agent of candidates should not have access to Postal Ballot counting process. Soon after the Postal Ballot counting is over, the counting of polled EVMs will resume immediately as per schedule, he added.  He further said that strict care and vigilance must be maintained while counting the votes and its closure.

During the whole process of counting no cell phones or cameras will be allowed to carry inside counting hall. He also categorically mentioned that elaborate arrangement has been made to conduct counting process in more transparent, free and fair manner, besides giving extra care on security arrangements with 24x7 surveillance of CCTV cameras at Sidhartha Hall.  Movement of Private vehicles in and around the premises of Sidhartha Hall has also been strictly prohibited till counting process is over, he said.

During the training session officers were briefed on counting of votes, preparing of results sheets, related aspects of EVMs, tabulation, sealing of records etc were demonstrated by Master Trainer S. Bowmik and Saha. Altogether 24 counting Supervisors, 24 Counting assistant and 22 Micro Observers and tabulation team appointed for the purpose attended the training.


2 days training for counting personnel begins

At ROING, two days training for counting supervisors and counting assistants for the simultaneous counting of both the Assembly Election and Lok Sabha Election on May 16 begins at Anchal Samiti Hall here today.

Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Roing, Shiv Kumar while overseeing the training programme has called upon the Counting Supervisors and the Counting Assistants to sincerely attend the training programme so as to make the counting error and hustle free. He called for complete adherence to utmost discipline and calm inside the counting hall as the whole process of counting would be done under the scanner of CCTV cameras and would also be video graphed which shall be sent to the ECI after the completion of whole process of election. He further informed that use of mobile/cell phone, smoking and consumption of tobacco products will be strictly prohibited inside the counting hall. He briefly explained how the counting process would begin and proceed on the day of counting. He informed that the counting for 42-Dambuk A/C shall be counted first followed by 43-Roing A/C and in both the occasion postal ballots will be counted first. He also informed that the separate training for counting of Postal Ballots and Micro-Observers shall also be conducted. He also directed all the counting supervisors, counting assistants and micro-observers to report to the counting hall sharp at 0500 hrs in the morning and the counting will begin sharply at 0800 hrs on May 16 at VKV Auditorium Hall.

T Tado, PD (DRDA) imparted the training on how to verify and count the postal ballots while Abu Saring, DAEO dealt on counting of votes through EVMs. EVM Ground Team headed by Mishra, JE (Power) demonstrated the counting through EVM. It was also informed that in case of any technical defects on EVM while counting, the matter must be reported to the RO and he will sort out the problem as per the ECI guidelines in presence of Election Observer and candidates/election/counting agents in ROs Table.

Apart from Counting Supervisors and Counting Assistants, Micro-Observers and administrative officers viz. W Tikhak, ADC cum ARO, Komling Tayeng, SDO Roing, Mary N Taloh, CO (Election) and H Hailyang, DSP were present in the training programme.

It is also to informed here that the Roing to Anini Road is blocked for the last three days due to rise of Deopani River water caused by incessant rain. Due to the road blocked many counting officials like Micro-Observers which are supposed to go to Anini for election duty are stuck at Roing.


Final training for counting officials conducted

At CHANGLANG, the final training for the Counting Supervisors, Counting Assistants and Micro-Observers who will be engaged for counting of the votes polled in the simultaneous Lok Sabha and State Legislative assembly election on May 16th next was conducted here at DC's conference hall, Changlang today.

Terming the counting process as Zero error process,  Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav urged them all to deliver their duties with utmost sincerity. She insisted the counting supervisors to meticulously see while noting down the data in form 17C to ensure that the data is correct. She asked them to have hands on training to operate the voting machine.

To ensure counting process free of all disturbances she strictly prohibited the officers and officials engaged in election duty from bringing cell phones in the counting hall premises on the counting day.

The DC informed that counting of postal ballot will be finished first and then the votes recorded in EVMs.  She asked Nodal Officer, EVM to ensure that the EVMs are serially distributed to the counting tables.

Regarding the used EVMs she was confident that all the machines are in good status, however she asked the counting supervisor to refer to the respective RO in case of finding any operational problem with the machines.

RO, Miao Isha Khosla imparted the training on counting process through Power Point Presentation and video show.

Master Trainer, P Jerang, PD also spoke on the occasion and gave tips for error free counting process to the trainees.

Later, the DEO, Changlang convened a meeting with candidates and Election Agents of all contesting candidates of the five constitutions in the district and precisely made them aware of the latest rules of counting procedure issued by the Election Commission of India and sought co-operation from all for peaceful conduct of counting process. Superintendent of Police, Vijay Kumar briefed the security arrangement in the premises of the counting hall on the counting day.


DEO seeks cooperation of Political parties

At AALO, in a meeting held with candidates and representative of all political parties at DC's Conference Hall here today, the West Siang District Election Officer M K Sahoo gave a detail briefing on counting procedures and sought the people's cooperation for successful counting of votes for Parliamentary and Assembly election as per the guideline laid down by ECI.

He appealed the members of the political parties to keep trust on election machinery. Security will be tightened and layers of security will be there to regulate entry into the counting halls and parties should cooperate with the police personnel, he said. Traffic movement and parking of vehicles will be regulated and he appealed the people to bear with any kind of difficulties on the day of counting. No mobile set will be allowed inside the counting hall and dissemination of information is not allowed from the counting hall as round wise announcement will be made through PA system.  He also disclosed that 15th to 17th May will be declared as dry day to ensure law and order problem and no victory procession will be allowed after the result. The beauty of democracy lies in accepting the mandate of people and no untoward incident should take place after the result to give bad reputation of the district.

Taking part in the discussion, the Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Kumar said that patrolling will go on round the clock with video recording on any bad element and appealed the political parties to share rumors doing the round with him at his given number. He also elaborated on traffic diversion, regulation and parking on the day of counting.

The candidate and representative of all political parties also put their views and suggestions before the DEO for redressal.


2nd phase training for counting personnel held

At ZIRO, the 2nd phase training for counting personnel was held today at Abotani Hall here.

Attending the training General Observer, Assembly Election Nawal Kishore said that the counting is a process that requires utmost patience. He urged the trainees to clear their doubts regarding the counting procedure.

RO 16 Yachuli and 17 Ziro Hapoli KM Uppu advised the counting officials to avoid any kind of arguments with the counting agents of the various political parties. He further said that any discrepancies will be sorted out at the RO table and unwanted movements inside the counting center should also be minimized.

A demo of the entire counting process was demonstrated by the master trainers and the trainees were given hands on training on tabulation of the data entered in the EVMs.

Elaborate arrangement for the counting day has been made. Security has been tightened in and around the counting centre. DIPROs



East Siang  for successful implementation of Health Insurance scheme

PASIGHAT, May 12: 'Health an implicit right under constitution' stated the East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava while interacting with the officers, leaders and insurance personnel of 'New India Assurance (NIA) Co. Ltd' in a consultative meeting held today in the Siang Guest House conference hall to chalk out the final plan to implement the Health Insurance Scheme, launched in the state on Feb 20 last. Among others, ZPC Kaling Dai, Chief Councilor (PMC) Denong Tamuk, Dr. Kabang Lego JDHS, Dr. D Bagra DMO, medical officers, municipal councilors, PRI leaders and insurance personnel of NIA were present.

In her address to the house, the DC said, it is a unique scheme which provides financial protection to the families living in the state upto Rs. 2 lakhs in a year for the treatment of serious ailments requiring hospitalization and surgery. According to her, illness represents a threat to the people's earning and poor families often ignore it because of lack of resources, fearing wage loss, or wait till the last moment when it's too late. Ignoring the treatment may lead to unnecessary suffering and death. Even if they decide to get the desired health care it consumes their savings, forces them to sell their assets or cut other important spending like children's education, she added. To avoid such tragic outcomes the scheme was launched and every family can avail cashless hospitalization (upto Rs. 2 Lacs per annum) through a smart card in any of the empanelled hospitals located in Arunachal Pradesh, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Vellore, informed Srivastava. She exhorted all the councilors, PRI leaders and GBs to extend co-operation for successful enrolment of beneficiaries for the scheme.

ZPC Kaling Dai, Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk, JDHS Dr. K Lego, DMO D Bagra and Dr. Arun Borgohain, Regional Manager (NIA) and their team members who were present in the house, discussed about the enrolment process and preparation of smart card etc so that the scheme could be implemented at the earliest possible in true spirit. DIPRO



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---- Editorial ----


BJP seems to have edge


If exit polls are to be believed Narendra Modi is set to become the next Prime Minister of country as BJP and its allies are forecast to sweep to a parliamentary majority in the world's biggest ever election.  India's staggered voting, spread over five weeks to reach the country's 815 million voters and move security forces around its varied terrain, ended this evening at 6 PM. Actual results are due on May 16. Research group C-Voter predicted 289 seats for the National Democratic Alliance headed by the BJP, with just 101 seats for the alliance led by the Congress party, which would be the ruling party's worst ever result.

Another poll, by Cicero for the India Today group, showed the NDA hitting between 261 and 283 seats. A majority of 272 is needed to form a government, although that is often achieved with outside support from regional parties. While for now exit polls is showing clear edge for BJP and its allies, one cannot jump to conclusion so early. Several national exit polls over-estimated the BJP's seat share in the last two general elections in 2004 and 2009. The ruling Congress party went on to form coalition governments on both occasions virtually negating the exit poll prediction. Whole nation is waiting patiently for May 16, when country’s fate will be decided.

---- Readers Forum ----



Mechuka is land of hidden treasure

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to the news item published on 10th May 2014 under the headline "New catfish species Creteuchiloglanis  Payjab  found" at Mechukha.

Firstly we want to congratulate the entire team of ICTHOLOGIST department from Rajiv Gandhi University for discovering new catfish species called CRETEUCFIILOGLANIS PAYJAB. The credits goes to entire team led by Prof. DN Das of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) which included Dr. Achom Darshan Singh, Rashmi Dutta, Akash Kachari, and Budhin Gogoi.

We on the behalf of All Libo Ramo Bokar Students' Union (ALRBSU) would like to extend thanks to entire team of RGU for your kind efforts and selecting such areas which is unexplored. Mechukha subdivision is rich in flora and fauna. Your team is the first to reach there and find out the new species of catfish. We know how much suffering your team had to face while travelling in remote areas. Appreciation goes to your team for patience and dedication.

We want to request the concerned department to kindly correct the local name of catfish called Creteuchiloglanis Payjab. The correct name of the fish "PAYJAB" is used by BOKAR,RAMO and LIBO of Mechukha Subdivision and not by Memba tribe as mentioned in the news report. Infact Memba call it "NYABE". PAYJAB is found all over Yomgo River (Siyom River) at Manigong,Pidi, Tato and Mechukha.

Lastly we want to request various other departments to came to Mechukha Subdivision and explore the hidden paradise. We want to request Botany Department of RGU to kindly study the medicinal plants found in our areas like Ophiocordyceps sinsensis of fungi kingdom and genesis name Ophiocordyceps sinensis, Genseng plants , Genus Rhodiola Rosa, (CRASSULACEAE). We expect more department of RGU to come Mechuka in near future to explore the hidden paradise.


Lame Taluk

Convener ALBRSU



Arunachalee girl’s are lucky enough

Dear Editor,

The tragic story of Nigeria where more than 200 school girls was abducted on 14th April by heavily armed Boka Haram Islamist militant is beyond our imagination and a very horrible situation. Boko Haram which translates as "western education is sin" is against the women's education. Its leader Abubaker Shekar criticized the female students for being taught  "western education". There are still many places in the universe where girls are banned from going to school. But thank god that our place is not one of them. We are given equal opportunity to be educated. This is reflected in the university also where number of girls outnumber the number of boys. Now world powers including the United States and China have joined in the search operation. So, I would like to request my beloved denizens of the states to support them through your prayer. Lets us join our hand and pray for Nigeria.

Kindly ponder on this line "What if it was your daughter, sister, niece, cousin? What would you do?"


Apilang Apum,

RGU, Doimukh






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