Rahul abides by the dictate of weather god
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Weather today dictated Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Itanagar and Yachuli
much to the disappointment of the citizens who had gathered at the IG Park to catch
a glimpse of leader. The Congress leader had to abandon his trip to because of inclement
weather. A Congress Party release said that Rahul had to wait for more than an hour
at Lakhimpur’s Lilabari Airport to clear but Air Traffic Control and Weather department
did not give clearance.
But the Congress party ensured that news was not leaked to the crowd before all the
leaders had their say.
The day belonged to AICC In charge of Arunachal and Union Minister V Narayansamy
who in his typical accented Hindi managed to entertain the crowd. He did not spare
UPA coalition partners NCP and Trinamool Congress and absolutely minced no words.
He stopped short of calling them opportunists in the land of Congress! Narayanswamy
said that no other political party has its own plan and policy for the development
of the state except Congress.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in his brief speech appealed the people not to believe
in rumour or propaganda of the NCP and other parties who claims to have support of
Ruling out the post poll alliance with any other party, Khandu said that the Congress
will win in majority seats and form the Govt of its own.
Assuring the employees for full implementation of the 6th pay commission recommendation,
APCC president Nabam Tuki said the Congress being the party of aam aadmi will create
more employment opportunities in the tourism, agriculture, horticulture sectors,
strengthen Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state.
Appealing the people to support the INC, Tuki said road infrastructure including
trans Arunachal highway are coming up soon and plans are afoot to make the Capital
city one of the beautiful cities of the country.
Congress needs no support of other parties and form Govt on its own, he said while
denying any rift in the party.
Describing the payment of employees’ arrear as the historic achievement of the party,
MP Takam Sanjoy appealed the people to support Congress and its candidates for all
There should be especial economic package for Arunachal and policy to utilize the
youth force of the state, he added.
Stressing on the need of strong and strategic defense force to guard the frontier
state, Takam said that If Arunachal is protected, India will be protected. Congress
which had witnessed 1962 invasion is only the party which feels the pulse of the
people of the state, he said and sought people’s support for development.
Among others Union Minister of state for Water Resources Vincent H Pala, former Goa
CM Luizino Faleiro also spoke on the occasion.
Newly elected young MLA Jambey Tashi who was introduced for the first time got a
good reception from the crowd.
Casting of postal ballot starts
Seppa, Oct 06: Presiding and the Polling officers deputed to all the five constituencies
of the East Kameng today cast their postal ballot at Seppa Election office. The poll
process begins at 10 am in the morning and closed at 4 pm.
Huge numbers of voters turned up for the voting but only 471 nos. of ballot papers
could be issued due to shortage of time today. The poll shall continue till the departure
order for the various polling stations are dispatched.
Meanwhile, no untoward incidents related to election, have taken place so far from
BOMDILA: Due to further reports of stray incidents of violence in and around Dirang
township and for averting any untoward incidents in the area, the Deputy Commissioner
cum District Magistrate has extended 144 Cr PC to till Oct 11 for the smooth conduct
of Assembly Elections.
The District Magistrate had clamped 144 Cr PC in and around Dirang township on Sept
27 last on account of the campaign related violence.
ECI exempts 36 stations from randomisation
ITANAGAR: Randomization of Polling Personnel of 13-Itanagar Assembly Constituency
and 14- Doimukh Assembly Constituency was done at Siddhartha Hall today in presence
of the two Election Observers for the Papum Pare District. Election Commission of
India has exempted 36 Polling Stations under 15- Sagalee Assembly Constituency from
the randomization in view of the topography and other factors. However,102 Polling
Stations under 13-Itanagar and 14-Doimukh have not been exempted from the randomization.
Commissioning of EVMs has also been completed for the Papum Pare District. The Commissioning
was done at Siddhartha Hall, Itanagar in presence of two Election Observer and representatives
of the Political Parties. After commissioning of EVMs the machines have also been
randomized in the computer. It will be on the basis of randomization, the EVMs will
be allotted to different Polling Stations in three Assembly Constituency of Papum
Postal Ballots for the Polling Personnel of Papum Pare Districts and also others
residing in Papum Pare District and assigned Election duty in other Districts are
being issued at Siddhartha Hall. Meanwhile the District Election Officer, Papum
Pare District Bidol Tayeng has asked all the Polling officials to avail the Postal
ballots before proceeding on Election duty.
Dry Day order
in Capital region
ITANAGAR: Keeping the ensuing assembly poll in mind, Capital region administration
has declared Oct 11-14 and Oct 21-23 as as “Dry Days”.
According to press release issued by Padmini Singla Deputy Commissioner cum RO, the
violation of following order will be strictly dealt ,the release added.
Randomisation of EVMs completed
in East Siang
PASIGHAT: The 3rd and final phase of randomization of EVMS was done on Oct 5 in presence
of Election observers R.N. Jha and Santosh Kumar Yadav, DEO Onit Panyang and representatives
of all contesting candidates in the office chamber of the nodal officer Arjun Singh
The department has so far received 314 EVMS which fulfills the required numbers for
all five constituencies. 282 would be issued to 141 polling stations.
10 are kept for training programs, and rest would be issued to AROs to meet-up any
crisis or technical failure informed Ainstin Koyu CO (Election). EVMs would be commissioned
Oct 8-9 next and the ECIL engineers have already arrived at Pasighat, Koyu further
Training was also imparted to the election agents of different political parties
of East Siang district on handling of Electronic
Meanwhile the election sources informed that Dr. Alok Shukla, Deputy Election Commissioner
would visiting Pasighat on Oct 7 to review the poll arrangements and would hold a
meeting in the Siang Guest House with election observers, DEO, SSP and ARO of Pasighat,
Ruksin, Mebo, Boleng and Nari.
Commissioning of EVMs starts at Upper Subansiri
DAPORIJO: The Commissioning of EVMs for the 5 constituencies of Upper Subansiri district
started today in the presence of the DEO H K Shalla at Singik Hall, Daporijo. The
distribution and collection of materials for Taksing circle was completed today to
enable movement on Oct7 for the polling personnel. Collection of EVMs and movement
of polling personnel to the polling stations will continue till Oct 12.
ROING: Final Randomization of polling personnel and EVM to respective polling stations
was done today in the National Informatics Center, Roing in the presence of General
Observer, Anuradha Mall, Returning Officer, Y W Ringu and representatives of political
parties. Altogether, 62 polling teams were randomized which include 25 against 42-Dambuk
A/C and 37 polling teams for 43-Roing A/C. 62 Presiding Officers and 186 Polling
Officers will preside over the Assembly Election in the district which will be assisted
by 62 Polling Attendants.
Later, Commissioning of EVMs was done in the VKV Auditorium Hall in the presence
of General Observer, DEO, SP and representatives of political parties. 50 EVMs for
42-Dambuk A/C and 74 EVMs for 43-Roing A/C were commissioned and 8 EVMs kept reserved
with 4 each to both the constituencies. The commissioning of EVMs is done by the
team of Nodal Officers, EVM headed by A K Paul, EE (Elect) and assisted by the H
Goshwami, ECIL Engineer. After commissioning, the EVMs will be kept in the Strong
Room at VKV Auditorium under the tight security cover of CRPF personnel till dispatch
to respective polling teams.
Through the Postal Ballot Facilitation Center, 75 PB against 42-Dambuk and 110 PB
against 43-Roing (ST) A/C were issued till 1700 hrs today.
Third phase of
Changlang: The third phase of election training for the designated polling personnel
of 52-Changlang South and 53-Changlang North was organized here at Changlang today.
The Election department is leaving no stone unturned to clear all the possible doubts
to enable them to conduct the poll smoothly. The observer, 52-Changlang South and
53-Changlang North Assembly constituency Md. Mohsin and ADC Changlang Shri L Borang
was also present during the training course.
Meanwhile the Changlang Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate Dr S B Deepak
Kumar, IAS prohibited selling of IMFL throughout Changlang district as well as storage
of liquor by individuals in unlicensed premises and declared & notified the period
from Oct 6-14 and period from Oct 21- 23 as “dry days”. (DIPROs)
Coalition Govt imminent in state: NCP
A T News Service
ITANAGAR, Oct 05: Despite repeated claim of the Congress that it would form the next
state Govt on its own, Nationalist Congress party (NCP) today said that the state
is going to witness a coalition Govt after the Assembly poll due in Oct 13 next.
Interacting with the media persons here NCP national secretary Dr Jimmy George said
that days of single party rule in Arunachal is over and the NCP will play a crucial
role in formation of the state Govt.
Banking on youth power, George said that his party will win at least 15 to 20 seats
with the support of the majority of youths who have changed their mind set and yearning
for development. 60 per cent of the NCP total candidates are youth, he disclosed.
The NCP leader alleged that Arunachal Pradesh, a strategically important state of
North East is lagging behind in development front due to money politics being practiced
by the leaders of the ruling party.
In spite of lot of central fund being pumped in for the development, the fate of
the state remains the same as it was 10 years back. There is no development in road
infrastructure, education and health sectors as the major amount of the central fund
is being misused or swallowed by the leaders, the NCP leader alleged.
Stating that 65 per cent of the total voters are youth and only youth can change
the scenario of the state, Jimmy exhorted the people including the young generation
to fight against money politics.
Culture of money politics has to be changed into culture of development and for
this people have to play a pivotal role, the NCP leader said.
Responding to a specific question, Jimmy said NCP is a national party with its
own identity and vision.
NCP candidate for prestigious Itanagar constituency Techi Kasso confidently said
that the people are with him and he will emerge victorious with support of the people.
‘My first priority will to ensure that law and order is in place. Development of
road infrastructure, school infrastructure and beautification of Capital with proper
planning’ are on the agenda of the young leader. Kasso said that as a human being
and social worker he has done many developmental activities including development
of road infrastructure. People are well aware of my performance, they will give their
verdict in favour of me, he said.
Only Cong can accelerate development: NSUI
A T News Service
ITANAGAR, Oct 06: The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) today said that only
Congress can accelerate the pace of development while maintaining peace and tranquility
in the state.
Arunachal has witnessed development in education sector under the Congress rule with
construction of over 600 schools, appointment of over 5000 teachers under SSA,
said NSUI general secretary and incharge of North East and Delhi Mohd Shahnawaz
Choudhury while addressing the media persons here today.
Choudhury said, NSUI, being a Frontal wing of the Congress has given top priority
in education sector, infrastructure and rapid development. NSUI leader said that
the Congress has already taken measures for the welfare of the students and accordingly
it has enhanced students’ stipend, announced incentive for the UPSC preliminary and
In addition to this, many colleges including one medical college are in the pipeline,
he said and added that Itanagar Sport Complex, Riffle shooting ground in various
places of the state, multipurpose stadium in Tirap district spoke volume of Congress
activities for the development of students communities. He appealed the student community
to support the Congress for better development in education sector.
Admitting that the Union could not play its role properly in the infrastructure due
to communication bottleneck in the past, Choudhury said that AICC general secretary
and NSUI in charge Rahul Gandhi already formulated plan and policy with a vision
to bring the students community in forefront to play a pivotal role in development
and maintaining national integration.
Responding to a specific question, the NSUI leader said that unlike in the past the
students of North East are pursuing their academic career in various institutions
in Delhi in a peaceful atmosphere and the NSUI has been liaisoning with them for
their safety and security. Choudhury disclosed that a hostel for girl students
of the North East is under construction in New Delhi. The hostels will help minimize
the residential problem being faced by most of the girl students of the NE, he said.
Papum Pare NSUI president Paku Camdir Mai and general secretary Teli Naga were also
present in the press meet.
Catch the polls live from Tirap
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: This year’s Assembly Elections will be a watershed in terms of extensive
use of electronic gadgets. Last year a Webcam with the help of Internet Messenger
was used in some polling booths in the district on experimental basis, which was
a great success, However, it was for restricted viewing by CEO, Itanagar and ECI,
New Delhi only. This time the Live Webcam feed to be used in selected polling stations
can be viewed directly on tirap.in.(Official Website of the District).
The Assembly Polls on 13th Oct.’09 will be a watershed in Tirap District in more
ways than one.
For the very first time in the electoral history of the District there is one woman
candidate in Jitbo Aboh who is contesting on NCP ticket from 56 – Khonsa – West.
Altogether, there are 6 new faces in the fray including Jitbo Aboh representing different
parties. The new entrants in electoral politics are Wanglong Rajkumar, an Engineering
Graduate from 54- Namsang contesting on NCP ticket and is pitted against sitting
MLA Wangki Lowang of INC, Wangman Lowangcha, Vice President of State BJP unit from
55 – Khonsa – East, Ngampay Lamaty in PPA from 55 Khonsa – East, Langwang Sumpa in
BJP from 56 – Khonsa – West and Gabriel Denwang Wangsu, Editor of Dawnlit Post daily
in PPA who is in straight fight against Forest Minister Newlai Tingkhatra from 58
Interestingly, this time there is no Independent Candidate. All major national and
regional parties are being represented. The reason for the candidates opting for
established political parties may be to avail some help in terms of logistic support.
The much -hyped and much -talked about Nagaland People’s Front, the present ruling
party in neighboring Nagaland has not been able to put up any candidate. This is
an anti-climax for the media which was following the development closely. As of now,
campaigning by political parties has been a low-key affair and candidates are concentrating
on personal contacts with voters. However, war of posters, especially in Khonsa Township
has started in a big way. Incidentally, even posters of candidates from constituencies
outside Khonsa also find place in the Township. Campaigning has been so far peaceful
and there is no report of any untoward incidents.
Unlike in the past Elections, mobile and satellite phones will be extensively used
this year, thanks to improvement of mobile network connectivity in remote areas.
So, come Oct 13, the stage is all set for polls which will be a watershed indeed
for reason more than one.
Have fun but vote for Arunachal
The citizens would seal the fate of 154 candidates on Oct 13. Apart from hectic electioneering
and politics that goes with it, district administrations have been working overtime
to ensure that elections are free and fair. Our thoughts are with the district administrations
as they prepare for the mammoth task. We believe that they would put in all efforts
to uphold the tradition of democracy and its process we are so proud of.
One thing that is unique in the state is total dependency in charge of those who
decide for us, despite the proven fact that, not everything goes according to the
In a state, where there are more than 80000 government employees, provision of postal
ballot makes sense. After British ruled India discovered us some six seven decades
back, we have always demanded special treatment. One just wishes that we had demanded
special provision of postal ballot for those men and women in government services
and others who are hundreds of miles away from nearest polling stations!
The ECI guidelines strictly prohibit government employees from campaigning! In Arunachal
where most of the government employees are not posted in their home districts, it
is good chance to go for a vacation and indulge in some campaigning too. In today’s
world where multi tasking is a necessity, Election Commission of India has shown
us the way. After all, apart from feel important factor, we all need to have our
say. Why would not one indulge in campaigning when options are open!! Employees can’t
stay back where they are posted and not make use of democratic right and duty!
Yours truly once asked a prominent leader of the state on how the politicians perceive
election code of conduct. “Election Commission of India set the rules but we decide
how to conduct ourselves”!!
The response reflected the fact.
Liquor continues to flow like the rivers on spate, so much that some people are yet
to wake up from stupor, since the electioneering started. Unregistered two and four
wheelers are all over the place for everyone to see. As the rest of the world battles
recession, the Election Commission announced dates for the polls sparing the common
Arunachalis from the full impact.
The icing in the non allergic eggless cake is the open violation of model code of
conduct. They don’t adhere and we choose to close our eyes!
Our politicians never fought elections on issues that are pertinent. We never asked
either. For a change Chinese issue almost made it. But once the hype got over, they
forgot too. China or anyone else may wait!
As we enjoy free drinks, rides and money, we just hope that our celebrations continue
till we have the final results without any interference.
Though we prefer to maintain silence, we all know the fiasco that surrounded the
Parliamentary elections because of lack of security arrangements. These days one
need not have Aamir Khan’s eight packs to ensure that law and order goes for a walk.
Not to talk of other places, in Capital Region itself, many stations were taken over.
To ensure that rights of the people are not hijacked, it is necessary that adequate
security arrangement is made.
As someone wrote in the popular Reader’s Forum of this daily, let us have a blast
at their cost since we know they won’t do much for us once the results are over.
On a second thought, it’s us who forced them to become who they are. We would write
another time who forced whom. Till than exercise your right and vote for democracy
Arunachalee karatekas shine in national C’ship
ITANAGAR, Oct 6: Arunachalee karatekas once again shone at national level championship
and bagged as many as 15 medals, including four gold, two silver and nine bronze
medals in Ken-Ei-Mubani National Karate -Do- Championship which ended at Muzaffarpur,
While Khano Degio and Mahendra Singh struck gold in ‘Kata’ events in below 16 and
15 years category respectively Govind S. Thapa and Anurudh Shahani won the yellow
metals in ‘Kumite’ in below 12 and 17 years category respectively. Ashok Shahani
had to content with two silver medals which he won in ‘Kumite’ and ‘Kata’ events
in below 15 years category.
Biri Dargo (70 kg, Kumite), Higi Yamum (55 kg, Kumite), Raj Kumar Medak (55 kg, Kumite),
Sodyong Kri (55 kg, Kumite), Elemso Kri (60 kg, Kumite),Yesenso Yun (84 kg, Kumite),
Teshi Bai ( 12-13 yrs, Kata), Tadar Eba (Sr. Men, Kata) and Tagri Raju (Sr. Men,
Kata) bagged a bronze medal apiece in their respective categories.
The team was led by Sansei Raju and Ajoy Chettry as team coach and manager.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Shito Ryu Karate-do-Association has lauded the entire team members
for their improved performance and for bringing laurel to the state by winning medals.
EC directs observers to fix time
NEW DELHI: Election Commission today directed its observers deputed at Arunachal
Pradesh, Haryana and Maharashtra to fix a particular time every day to listen to
complaints of public and political parties. In a directive to the 510 poll observers,
the EC said every observer should fix a time slot, preferably between 4 PM and 5
PM, to redress the grievances. The time slot and location should be well published
through local newspapers. The Commission has already briefed the observers on the
do's and don’ts to be followed by them for the smooth conduct of the polls in the
three states, the first major exercise after the Lok Sabha elections. The observers
have been specifically advised to tour their allotted assembly constituencies extensively
and build confidence among weaker and disadvantaged sections of voters.
World Sight Day celebration
Itanagar:Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, is going to celebrate World Sight
Day on Oct 8 in collaboration with ORBIS International- New Delhi, Light for the
world-Austria and NPC-Arunachal Pradesh. The program will be held at Vivekananda
hall and Pratik Potom, former Director Higher and Technical Education will grace
the occasion as chief guest according to the press release issued by RKM hospital