ITANAGAR, May 17: The road from Gohpur Tinali, Itanagar to State Zoo tri-junction
shall remain closed to vehicular traffic tomorrow from 7 am to 2 pm due to urgent
repair work of Dokioso Bailey Bridge along the said road. This was informed by the
EE, Doimukh Division, PWD.
Sanjoy accepts defeat
ITANAGAR, May 17: INC Western Parliamentary candidate Takam Sanjoy with all humility
today accepted the verdict of the people in favour of BJP candidate Kiren Rijiju,
who has won with a thumping majority.
"I have urged Kiren to take care of all sections of the people of the constituency
and the greater causes of the state as the BJP has won the mandate to rule the country
for the next five years," Sanjoy said in a press statement.
While extending his best wishes to Kiren, Sanjoy expressed his gratitude to the people
for all their support, saying: "I did my best in the greater interest of the people
and the state.
Tea garden owned by former minister damaged
ITANAGAR, May 17: Former minister Lichi Legi today claimed that miscreants ransacked
Roni tea estate located at Karisnga owned by his family on Friday night without any
provocation. In a press release he stated, "Last night some petty miscreants having
affiliation with people of similar petty mentality did a cowardly act under the garb
of darkness by ransacking Roni Tea Estate. If somebody has any grievances with me,
he or she should directly address to me. But such an act is surely not becoming of
a person with proper bearing. This only shows the stone age mentality of the people
involved in this spineless act."
He further added, "Keeping in view that this is election time, it is even more serious.
Being a responsible citizen of the state, I restrained myself to legal and lawful
recourse only." Legi also appealed to the law enforcing agency of state to give exemplary
punishment to the conspirators of this dastardly act so that they refrain from any
such act in future.
ASSU seeks arrest of all accused
ITANAGAR, May 17: The All Sagalee Students' Union (ASSU) has sought arrest of all
accused involved in the alleged murder case of a 16-year-old girl in Sagalee. Sagalee
police on May 14 last had recovered the remains of the girl near her rented house
in Sagalee, more than three months, after she went missing on January 31 earlier
In its letter to the Papum Pare DC, informing that the alleged main culprit was behind
bars in District Jail Jully, it threatened to launch democratic movement if the demand
is not fulfilled, saying that it was a clear case of gang rape.
2 ministers, many Parl. Secretaries bite the dust
ITANAGAR, May 17: Though ruling Congress party has retained power with absolute majority
to form the government two ministers, many parliamentary secretaries and veteran
party leaders bit the dust in the assembly election, the results of which were declared
Two ministers, who lost the battle of ballots, are Agriculture, Horticulture and
Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena (Nampong) and Education Minister Bosiram (Pasighat
While Siram was a Cabinet Minister for the last two terms, Sena remained minister
for the last three consecutive terms.
Sena lost to his own personal assistant Laisam Simai by 203 votes, while Bosiram
surrendered to BJP first timer Kaling Moyong by a slender margin of 50 votes.
Another veteran party leader, who lost this election, is former Home Minister and
sitting MLA from Nari Koyu constituency Tako Dabi.
He was defeated by another first timer BJP nominee Kento Rina by a margin of 389
"My defeat was mainly due to anti-incumbency and the people did not want me to continue
for several terms. I gracefully accept the mandate of the people," Dabi said.
A total of 12 parliamentary secretaries of the outgoing government also tasted defeat
in the hands of BJP, Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) and independents as well.
Among the prominent include, Tsewang Dhondup (Art & Culture), RT Khunjuju (Hydropower),
Padi Richo (Land management), Lokam Tassar (Tax & Excise), Nido Pavitra (Health),
Takar Marde (deputy chairman of state planning board), Gadam Ete (Home), J K Panggeng
(Law), Karikho Kri (PHED), C C Singpho (Finance), Tinghaap Taiju (WRD) and Yumsum
Matey (Social Welfare). Party's MLA Kamthok Lowang was also defeated from Khonsa
East constituency by Wanglam Sawin of the PPA.
The most surprising result in this election was the defeat of PPA's Chief Ministerial
candidate Laeta Umbrey from Roing constituency in Lower Dibang Valley district.
Umbrey was defeated by Muchu Mithi of Congress by a margin of 2185 votes.
From the opposition BJP, two sitting MLAs Tapen Siga (Daporijo) and Dr Tangor Tapak
(Pasighat West) lost, while former chief minister Gegong Apang lost to Alo Libang
of the Congress from Tuting-Yingkiong seat for the second time in a row.
19 newcomers win
A total of 19 newcomers, who tried their luck, tasted victory in the assembly elections.
While most of them are from Gen Next, nine of them represent BJP, five Congress,
three PPA and two Independents.
The state has a legacy of electing first timers.
In 2004 assembly elections altogether 24 new faces were elected while during 2009
polls, only 17 new entrants tasted luck.
In this election, BJP first time winners included Kento Rina (Nari-Koyu), Laisam
Simai (Nampong), Olom Panyang (Meriyang Geku), Tage Taki from Ziro-Hapoli constituency,
Tamar Murtem from Raga constituency who defeated health & parliamentary secretary
Nido Pavitra, Tumke Bagra (Along West) defeated parliamentary secretary (Home) Gadam
Ete, Kaling Moyong who won from Pasighat East defeating Education Minister Bosiram
Other new faces of the party include Dr Mahesh Chai (Tezu) who defeated Parliamentary
secretary (PHE) Karikho Kri and Tesan Pongte from Changlang North constituency who
overpowered parliamentary secretary for water resources department Tinghaap Taiju.
While Rina is a retired government official (DDSE), Simai who was the personal assistant
of Agriculture Minister Setong Sena defeated his boss.
Panyang is a prominent BJP leader of the area while Taki was an engineer with the
state PWD who took voluntary retirement to contest the poll.
Murtem is a prominent leader of the party from the area.
Tumke Bagra and Kaling Moyong are popular leaders from their respective districts,
while Mahesh Chai was a doctor by profession and Pongte is a popular leader from
insurgency- hit Changlang district.
Among the first entrants in Congress, Muchu Mithi (Roing), an entrepreneur is the
eldest son of Rajya Sabha MP and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President
Mukut Mithi, while Dikto Yekar (Daporijo) is a youth Congress leader.
Zinglu Namchoom, who won from Namsai constituency, is a prominent youth leader of
Another new face of the party, Tatung Jamoh who won from Pasighat West defeating
sitting BJP MLA Dr Tangor Tapak, is another youth leader of the area.
Mama Natung from Congress, who is also a first timer won from Seppa West unopposed.
Interestingly, Kameng Dolo (Congress) former deputy chief minister won from Pakke
Kessang seventh time in his eight attempts. Dolo won unopposed this time.
PPA candidate Wanglam Sawin (Khonsa East) is a popular leader of the area, while
Tirong Aboh (Khonsa West) is an equally popular leader of the party.
Another giant killer of the party is Pani Taram from Koloriang who defeated parliamentary
secretary for tax & excise Lokam Tassar.
Independent candidate Tsering Tashi who won from Tawang constituency, is the district
Congress president and son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.
Another independent Paknga Bage who won from Dumporijo is a popular figure of the
2 women win Assembly polls -- sub headline
In a state where women voters outnumber males, only two women could make it to the
60-member Assembly from among the total seven who had contested this time.
The two winning candidates Karya Bagang (Chayangtajo) and Gum Tayeng (Dambuk) are
from the ruling Congress.
Both won the seats for the second term.
While Bagang polled 4343 votes (74.8 per cent), Tayeng secured 5473 votes(55.3 per
Women who lost the hustling include Toko Sheetal of PPA from Itanagar constituency,
Debia Tara (BJP) and Taba Nirmali from Yachuli, NPF candidate Pike Pulu from Lekang
and Independent Yai Mara from Likabali. Mara had unsuccessfully contested from the
constituency in 2009.
Mara and Nirmali occupied the second place this time polling 2972 votes (34.7 per
cent) and 6615 votes (47.7 per cent) respectively in their constituencies.
Tara polled only 569 votes (4.1 per cent), followed by Sheetal who got 418 votes
(1.2 per cent) and Pulu with 236 votes (1.8 per cent) respectively.
The state has 3,77,272 female voters against 3,75,898 males, with women outnumbering
men in several assembly constituencies.
Sibo Kai was the first woman legislator of the state after she was nominated to the
assembly in 1978 when the state was a Union Territory and Nyari Welly was the first
elected MLA of the state.
Welly was first elected from Seppa constituency on a PPA ticket in 1980 and re-elected
in 1984 from the same constituency as a Congress candidate.
Independent candidate Komoli was elected from Nampong constituency in 1984 and re-elected
from the same constituency as a Congress nominee in 1990. O M Deori was also elected
from Lekang in the same year.
The other women MLAs of the state include Yadap Apang (Congress) who won from Pasighat
in 1995, Mekup Dolo (1999) as an independent candidate from Seppa, Congress candidate
Niani Natung from Pakke-Kessang during 2001 by election, Yari Dulom from Daporijo
during 2002 by- poll and independent candidate Nang Sati Mein from Namsai during
Former minister T G Rinpoche passes away
ITANAGAR, May 17: One of the greatest Dharma Guru of the Gelugpa Sect of the Himalayan
Buddhism, His Eminence the 13th Tsona Gontse Rinpoche, better known as TG Rinpoche,
left for his heavenly abode at New Delhi on 16th May. His untimely demise filled
his millions of devotees in India and abroad with deep sorrow and grief. He was recognized
as reincarnation of Lama Thupten Jampal Wangchuk by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama,
reports DIPRO, Bomdila.
Late TG Rinpoche was born on 19th August 1967 at Nesar Zhungpatse, Shyro village
in Tawang. He started his education at Drepung Loseling Monastery, South India. A
doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy, T G Rinpoche served as President of the Himalayan
Buddhist Culture Association, New Delhi and worked towards the development of mutual
relationships between various cultures and religions of India and endeavoured towards
preservation of flora and fauna to maintain a peaceful environment of co-existence
of all sentient beings. He was the Minister of State, Industry, Textile and Handicrafts
and Cabinet Minister of Tourism, Chairman of Advisory Council for Tourism Development
(ACTD), Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Hydropower Development Corporation, (APHPDC),
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh during his different tenures respectively. He held the
position of Chairman, Department of Karmik & Adhyatmik (Chos-rig) Affairs, Govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh before he left for the heavenly abode. He assumed the great
responsibilities of developing the religious shrines and cultural practices and activities
in the Mon region. Numerous monasteries, educational centres, stupas and cottage
industries established by him are testimonies of his accomplishments. His noble efforts
in providing education to destitute, giving shelter and food to homeless and old
age, providing free education and upbringing to orphans received global accolades.
He got international recognition as an excellent social worker and fully accomplished
spiritual master. He received several national and international awards for his tireless
efforts and social works for the well being of people around the world. He became
the first ever Buddhist representative from the entire Himalayan region to attend
the Millennium Union Nation World Peace Summit at the United Nations Assembly Hall.
With his untimely demise, a pall of gloom has descended over the whole of Mon area.
People still find it hard to believe. But they take satisfaction and recourse in
the hope and belief that, he would soon reincarnate to lead them on the righteous
path and from darkness unto light & to carry on the good deeds for the welfare of
His mortal remains would be flown from Delhi to Bomdila on 18th escorted by Pema
Khandu and Phurpa Tsering; both MLAs. The mortal remains would be kept at Gontse
Gaden Rabgyeling Monastery, Upper Gompa for a week or so in order to facilitate the
hundreds and thousands of devotees to pay their homage and bid adieu.
A meeting of all the HODs and representatives of the Buddhist Culture Preservation
Society(BCPS), Mon Bomdila was called this afternoon by DC AK Singh to finalize the
whole process and to render every possible help from the district administration
Guv, CM mourn demise of Rinpoche
ITANAGAR, May 17: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki today expressed shock and grieved the sudden demise of former
minister and respected spiritual leader TG Rinpoche in New Delhi yesterday.
In his condolence message, the Governor said that Late Rinpoche made immense contribution
towards the State and Nation in various capacities as an able minister and as a
social worker in the field of tourism, hydropower and social welfare. The people
of State and well-wishers all over the world will always remember Rev Rinpoche for
his noble initiatives and works of compassion for orphans and persistent endeavour
towards preservation and promotion of Buddhism, the Governor added.
Joining the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the Governor extended solidarity with the
Buddhist Community of the State and entire Himalayan region and prayed for the eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Expressing his profound sorrow over the unfortunate and sudden demise of former Minister
T G Rinpoche, Nabam Tuki in his condolence message said, "the news of sudden and
unfortunate demise of His Eminence Jetsun Tenzin Jampal Wangchuk, popularly known
as Tsona Gontse Rinpoche on May 16, 2014 at Delhi has come as a shock to me. While
the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh had just emerged from the month long hustle
bustle of Assembly and Parliamentary elections, this news has descended with a pall
of gloom in the entire state".
"Rev. T G Rinpoche will be remembered forever by the people of this state, the country
and the world for his contributions as a spiritual guru, a social worker, an able
minister and a seasoned legislator" CM added while praying for the eternal peace
of the departed soul.
In his condolence message, former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin said, "I am stunned
by the news of the untimely death of Rinpoche. It is not just a sad moment for the
Buddhist community, but a severe loss for all of us in the State."
"In this hour of grief my condolences are with all his bereaved followers and I pray
to the Almighty to give them the strength to bear the irreparable pain."
While paying tribute to Rimpoche, Gamlin remembered him as a greatly admired religious
leader and an exceptionally compassionate soul and said that his contributions in
the establishment of the respected Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies
(CIHCS), the renovation of the historical Gorsam Stupa at Zemithang and the new infrastructure
at the Gontse Gaden Rabgye-ling Monastery will be remembered for eternity.
"I will always remember him for his positive outlook to life and honour him as an
exceptional scholar and spiritual master of the highest eminence. I feel a deep personal
loss at his demise", Gamlin said.
The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) along with
its district unit members have expressed profound grief and sorrow over sudden demise
"He was a great religious 'Guru', philanthropist and seasoned politician. His religious
activities were not only confined to Arunachal Pradesh but spread to whole of the
country and South-East Asia" IFCSAP said in a condolence message.
His death is a great loss not only to the Buddhist community but also entire indigenous
people of the state, the message said, adding that the vacuum created by his death
will be difficult to fill.
"May almighty rest his departed soul in eternal peace," the condolence message said.
"Rimpoche was a man of great honour. In his death the Buddhist community has lost
a great leader and soul," said Chairman of Theravada Buddhist Society (TBS), Itanagar
While joining people of the state in condoling the death of Rinpoche, TBS members,
in a condolence meeting observed two minutes silence as mark of respect to late Rinpoche
and prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in peace.
My victory is people's victory, says Rijiju
ITANAGAR, May 17: BJP candidate from Arunachal Western Parliamentary constituency
Kiren Rijiju who emerged victorious with thumping majority in Parliamentary elections
today credited his victory to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. "This victory is not
my victory, but the victory of the people of Arunachal Pradesh" Rijiju said while
acknowledging the people's mandate in favour of him. He was addressing the mediapersons
along with State BJP president and general secretary Tai Tagak and Dominic Tadar
at party office here this evening after came from Aalo. Rijiju made spectacular come
back after defeating INC candidate Takam Sanjoy with thumping margin of 41738 votes
from the Western Parliamentary seat.
"I am grateful and overwhelmed by the people' love, support and faith reposed in
me" he said. Kiren asserted that he would not ever let down the people of Arunachal
as long as he is MP in the Parliament. He further termed his victory as a verdict
of people against underperformed Congress leader in the Parliament. Terming his victory
as new beginning in Arunachal in terms of people consciousness in democracy, he said
that people this time chose to vote against corrupt system and money power. He also
said that with his comeback in Parliament from Arunachal Western Parliamentary constituency
people has outrightly rejected temptation of money power being used by Congress party
during the election.
Rijiju exuded hope that under the leadership of Narendra Modi the new chapter of
development in Arunachal will begin and the issues of the state would be looked into.
He assured that he would continue his journey to fulfill the unfinished tasks which
he left five years ago in the Parliament for development of Arunachal. "I will be
as vocal as I used to be, no matter I am in the ruling party when it comes to Arunachal
and Northeast issue" Rijiju asserted.
On stapled visa, BJP MP assured that he would impress upon Prime Minister-designate
Narendra Modi to deal with China diplomatically to solve the stapled visa issue.
He also said strict mechanism would be initiated soon to tackle influx in the Northeast
states. "If their presence is threat to our existence, then they must go back" he
said while referring to the reported influx of illegal immigrants in Northeast from
a neighbouring country.
Kiren divulged that he would give priority on good and corruption-free governance,
development in every aspect, public awareness on work culture during his tenure.
Earlier, Rijiju was accorded rousing welcome by thousands of his supporters and
the party activists.
Ering re-elected, assures to complete all pending works
ITANAGAR, May 17: INC candidate from Eastern Parliament seat and Union minister of
state for minority affairs Ninong Ering has won the parliamentary election by defeating
BJP's Tapir Gao by a margin of 12478 votes in a triangular contest, according to
Meanwhile, soon after being re-elected as MP Ninong Ering visited Lower Dibang Valley
and thanked the electorates and his supporters for giving him a strong mandate in
the Lok Sabha election, an official release said.
"I am back here in Roing, as I had promised before the election," said the parliamentarian
and promised to implement all the pending MPLAD schemes.
The parliamentarian said that the people of the district have turned the tide of
'Modi wave' that had swept across the country by electing a Congress representative
for Parliament and State Assembly.
Soon after his meeting with supporters at Roing, he visited Deopani (Eze) river Bailey
bridge point to take stock of the damages caused due to torrential rain.
The hills area of Lower Dibang Valley remained cut off with Roing for more than two
weeks due to the damage. As temporary measure for the commuters, Ering announced
Rs 2 lakhs from his MPLAD for construction of temporary foot suspension bridge over
river Deopani. He also announced a flood protection scheme of Rs 2 lakhs for Ephi
Pani river on the Roing-Hunli road.
Further, he announced Rs 30 lakhs for flood protection schemes across Roing constituency.
This announcement was made after inspection of flood prone areas of Cheta-II, Kabang,
Abali, and Iduli village. The funds for all the schemes announced are being disbursed
from MPLAD fund of the financial year 2013-14.
On water related projects, he announced irrigation channels for Abango, Injuno and
Iduli of Rs 2 lakhs each. A water tank for Arungo, Koronu and Rukmo of Rs 2 lakhs
each was also announced.
Later in the day, Ering visited Abali government middle school, and announced Rs
5 lakhs for construction of school building. Beside, a community Rehko hall for Denlo
village for Rs 3 lakhs was also announced.
During his visit, Ering met the newly elected Congress MLAs from Roing constituency
Mutchu Mithi at his residence and Gum Tayeng of Dambuk.
Along with Mutchu, Panchayat leaders of the district, including Zilla Parishad Chairperson
Sipi Elapra and DCC president Chiliko Meto and host of dignitaries, senior leaders,
and youth workers accompanied Ering during the tour to villages.
Candidate Party Votes
Ninong Ering INC 118455
Tapir Gao BJP 105977
Wangman Lowangcha PPA 32354
Tuki thanks voters, assures to fulfill poll promises
ITANAGAR, May 17: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today expressed gratefulness to the people
of the State for reinstating their faith on the people-friendly government of the
Congress by giving it the mandate with an overwhelming majority in the just concluded
"People have reposed their faith on the Congress Government by electing 42 INC candidates,
including eleven unopposed, to the 60-member Legislative Assembly. This is an overwhelming
majority and is the result of our developmental and pro-people activities in recent
years," he said in a statement this morning.
Tuki attributed the election success to the novel and ambitious programs and schemes
launched by the Congress Government over the years for development of the state and
welfare of its people.
"Everything we did and achieved were placed before the electorates for themselves
to judge and vote. We also placed our vision for the future through our election
manifesto, which the people accepted wholeheartedly and therefore, placed their confidence
on us," he said and assured that every promise made in the manifesto will be fulfilled
in the next five years. Tuki, who had won his assembly seat from Sagalee unopposed,
reiterated that with the election process complete, it was now time to work together
in interest of the state irrespective of party affiliations and offices.
"The people have done their duty. Now it is our turn - every elected representative
- to fulfill our duty towards the people. Let us now put aside our differences and
work in tandem for overall development of the state and welfare of our people," he
Meanwhile, Tuki congratulated all the elected representatives and gracefully accepted
the verdict given by the people, where the Congress faltered.
"People have chosen their own representatives. The power is ultimately in their hands.
I humbly accept their verdict and congratulate the winning candidates of all the
parties and look forward to their cooperation in taking Arunachal Pradesh on the
path of accelerated development on all fronts," he added.
Tuki also congratulated the two Lok Sabha members elected by the people from Arunachal
East and Arunachal West Parliamentary constituencies.