Weather dampens Congress mood
Itanagar, Oct 8: It is weather again which came as an impediment for the Congress
party in Arunachal ahead of the assembly polls.
The haze in the mountains forced party chief Sonia Gandhi to cancel her visit to
the state this morning, much to the disappointment of the public as well as party
The UPA chairperson was scheduled to address two election rallies at Daporijo in
Upper Subansiri district and Aalo in West Siang district.
On Tuesday, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi had to cancel his trip to Itanagar
due to bad weather. Rahul had waited at Lilabari airport in Assam’s Lakhimpur district
for nearly two hours before leaving for Agartala.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu accompanied by a media team had tried to fly to both
the places today to console the people who were eagerly waiting to have a glimpse
of Ms Gandhi, but had to return to the state capital half-way.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Nabam Tuki and Khandu during
a press conference this afternoon regretted cancellation of Sonia’s visit, saying
''we have no command over the weather''.
However, Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanswami, who is
also AICC General Secretary and in charge of Arunachal, addressed the rally at Daporijo,
while AICC secretary Sanjoy Bapna addressed one at Aalo.
Political observers here were of the opinion that cancellation of Sonia's and Rahul’s
visit to the state could affect the party’s electoral prospects. However, both Tuki
and Khandu ruled out such a possibility saying the people’s mandate will be in favour
of the Congress, ''which will form the next government with absolute majority''.
The chief minister also refuted allegations that a few candidates of other parties
were being backed by him.
''The opposition parties are trying to gain political mileage by such propaganda
and it is baseless. We are working for ensuring win of our party candidates,'' he
asserted while ruling out any post-poll alliance with other parties. UNI
Poll officials start five days trek
State gears up for the D-day
ANINI, Oct 8: Services of helicopters are an integral part in a state where density
of motorable roads are lowest in the entire country. During election time, it is
not only the cash rich parties that hop across the length and breadth of the state
on helicopters. For the Election Commission, it’s the most prepared mode of transportation
in many inaccessible districts.
This time however, the weather dependent choppers have not been able to take off
on time due to inclement weather. In Dibang Valley, one the most inaccessible districts,
Poll Personnel started their five days trek to reach the polling stations.
DIPRO reports that despite heavy down pour, first batch of polling teams have left
today for their polling booths by foot march, after Indian Air Force Chopper failed
It will take 5 days to reach their destinations after traversing hostile terrains.
Kurung Kumey is waiting with abated breath for weather to clear up. Despite number
of efforts since yesterday, Polling teams for 20-Tali A/Constituency could not be
airlifted. In case of no improvement of weather condition, though the D day is Oct
13, if weather god does not change its mind, Polling officials of Pipsorang and Tali
from Oct 9.
Papum Pare takes measures to tackle bogus voting
ITANAGAR: The District Election Officer Papum Pare along with Police is taking all
possible measures to check voting by alleged bogus voters from Assam in the district.
The DEO Papumpare has received complaints that names of many voters, not residing
at Itanagar or Naharlgun but in Assam, have been included in Electoral Roll of the
District. Taking cognizance of the complaints, the DEO Papumpare has taken number
of steps in this direction.
Intensive checking of passengers in the entry check posts has been ordered with immediate
effect to detect any such bogus voters. On the day of Poll, the border check gates
with Assam will be sealed at Hollongi, Banderdewa,
Gumto and Kimin. No vehicles from Assam or Arunachal will be allowed to enter or
move out of the state till the end of poll in the evening. Movement of any kind of
private vehicles including mini buses and taxis will be restricted on the day so
that such bogus voters cannot enter Papum Pare district or are transported to the
Block level officers, who are the custodians of photo electoral rolls, will be deployed
in the Polling Stations, against which such complaints have been received. If any
such bogus voters are nabbed in the Polling Station on the day poll, they will be
he will be arrested and criminal cases registered against them for fraudulently enrolling
their names in Papum Pare district.
Bidol Tayeng, the District Election Officer Papum Pare has also written to DC Sonitpur
and DC North Lakhimpur for impressing upon the people living along the Arunachal
border not to enter Papum Pare district on the day of Poll at the behest of local
leaders to cast votes in Papum Pare.
Postal Ballot start in Changlang
Changlang: Postal Ballot by government servant on election duty in Changlang District
for the ensuing Assembly Election 2009 started from today. The voters will be allowed
to vote from 07/10/2009 to 10/10/2009 during the period from 1000 hrs to 1600 hrs.
The total number of 24 voters against 52-Changlang South and 61 voters against 53-Changlang
North Assembly constituencies cast their votes today.
Meanwhile, security review meeting was convened in office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner,
Changlang Dr S B Deepak Kumar, IAS.
The Observer, 52-Changlang South and 53-Changlang North Assembly constituencies Md
Mohsin, IAS, S P Changlang Kime Aya, the Sector Magistrates and designated police
officers were present in the meeting.
Speaking on the security arrangement in the district the Changlang S P informed that
in addition to 3 company of Civil Police & IRBN and 23 persons of forest guard, 11
company of CRPF has deployed including additional 6 company exclusively for election
duty. He further informed that the department has planned to install two numbers
of satellite phones each at Khimyang Circle Hq. and Vijoynagar for quick and better
communication. He informed that all the preventive measure had been already initiated
under which 12 persons were bond down to maintain peace and tranquility, 975 bottles
of IMFL were seized, 179 ILP violators were detected, 169 MV law violators imposed
fine to the tune of Rs. 15, 400/- and 540 numbers of arms of various categories were
deposited by the licensees.
ANINI: Second day casting of postal Ballots by officials on poll duty has ended peacefully.
Altogether 34 poll officials have exercised their democratic franchise, informed
ERO Talom Dupak here today.
With today’s casting, the total numbers of poll cast has raised to 141. Ballot box
was kept in strong room that is being guarded by local police in presence of the
ERO, Talom Dupak, DRRO, Tana Tage, Circle Inspector, T. Tamut and political representatives
of both the parties.
West Kameng all set for the d-day
BOMDILA: In order to ensure proper receipt of the EVMs and other Non-EVM materials
from the concerned Presiding Officers and Micro Observers, training for the Receiving
Personnel was conducted here today at Bomdila. Impressing upon them to go through
the training session, consisting of practical demonstrations as well with all seriousness,
as most of them are first timers, DEO Swati Sharma said that every document counts
and therefore, every Receiving Personnel should make an extra effort for a neat paper
Going by the experiences gained in the last Parliamentary Elections, ADC Rinchin
Tashi implored them to be courteous, polite and gentle while dealing with the Polling
Personnel during receipt as they are supposed to have undergone through a lot of
discomfort owing to the bad weather conditions, foot march and other pressures as
can be thought of. Minor lapses and faults committed during the last Parliamentary
Elections should serve as an eye opener, he added.
A total of 372 Postal Ballot papers were cast today making the total of the last
three days to 635. The facility to cast vote through Postal Ballot Papers for officials
on poll duty would be available to till Oct 12 of the month. A total of 760 personnels
are on poll duty for the 152 Polling Stations in the district.
The onset of winter and incessant rain since the night of 5th last seems to play
a major spoilsport but the District Election Machinery is making an all-out effort
and leaving no stone unturned for the smooth conduct of the Assembly Elections in
the district. Taking no chances against the incessant rain and other unfavorable
climatic and geographic conditions, the polling parties for far-flung polling stations
are to be sent-off a bit in advance.
Of the 152 polling stations (02 auxiliaries), the polling station at Rowta Range
Office under 5-Kalaktang (ST) Assembly Constituency is 373 kms by road from the 5-Kalaktang
ARO’s office and Dilling Primary school under 7-Bomdila (ST) Assembly Constituency
is 40 kms foot march from the road head.
52 polling parties would move out of their respective ARO and AERO’s office on Oct
11 and the rest 100 polling teams with their polling materials would depart a day
later. All said and done, West Kameng is all set for the largest democratic exercise
on Oct 13.
DAPORIJO: In order to maintain peace and tranquility during the Assembly Elections,
the District Magistrate H K Shalla has declared Oct 11-14 and Oct 20-23 as dry days.
The D.M. has also prohibited public meetings, election campaigning with effect from
Oct 11 and 144 Cr. P.C. will come into force on Oct 13 under which the movement of
vehicles is restricted and only those vehicles can ply that have permission of the
D.M. or those that are providing essential commodities and services.
ROING: The 3rd and final round of training to Presiding and Polling Officers concluded
DEO cum RO, Y W Ringu expressing confidence on Presiding and Polling Officers has
asked them to meticulously follow the Presiding Officers’ guidelines right.
There are 25 Polling Stations in 42-Dambuk A/C and 37 Polling Stations in 43-Roing
A/C. All the Polling Stations of 42-Dambuk are reachable by vehicles where as 7(seven)
Polling Stations under Desali Circle Viz., Churoni, Jambupani, Hukani, Mitaka, Dopowa,
Desali, Donli of 43-Roing A/C are not motorable and involves one day journey on
foot from Hunli.
The polling teams of these 7 Polling Stations would be the first to move on Oct 10.
However, in case of disruption of road communication, MI-172 Pawan Hans Helicopter
would be placed into serice for lifting of Polling personnel and materials from Roing
to Desali, Paglam, Dambuk and Hunli.
Later, the 2nd phase of training to Sector Magistrates was held in the chamber of
DC cum DEO’s Office in the evening hours today. DEO asked the Sector Magistrates
to furnish the first report as soon as the poll starts. She also asked them report
any untoward incidents immediately besides furnishing hourly poll status, percentage
of poll and law & order situation.
T. Karga, SP informed that High and Low Version versions of WT sets will be used,
in the Assembly Election. He also explained the sector magistrates how to operate
the WT Sets. 14 Sector Magistrates have been appointed in the district and 4 as reserves.
Till today evening, 147 Postal Ballot out of 155 applied against 42-Dambuk A/C and
377 PB out of 425 applied against 43-Roing A/C were issued. The postal ballot sent
through post should reach the DEO’s Office latest by Oct 22 after which no postal
ballot will be accepted. (DIPRO)
Weekly Talk Series at RGU
RONO HILLS, Oct 8: The RGU fraternity launched the much talked-about academic activity
of the varsity, “the weekly talk series” by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. K.C. Belliappa
at the university auditorium yesterday.
On this occasion, the V.C. gave away Laptop PCs much to the delight of all the faculty
members and officers of the university as an academic and administrative incentive
from the university.
“We need to develop our academic calibre and should also play a proactive role as
teachers and researchers.
The Weekly Talk series must act as an academic platform to showcase one’s talent,”
the V.C. who was instrumental in making these events a reality said in his short
Dr. Nani Bath, Associate Professor in Political Science, who is also the Dean of
Student’s Welfare, delivered the first talk in the series on “Future of Politics
in Arunachal Pradesh.” He briefly dealt with the genesis of politics in the state,
its commercialization, the issue of defection in state politics, increased number
of parties seen in the forthcoming elections and the of Student Organizations playing
the role of Opposition to the ruling party. He maintained that a revolutionary change
in state’s political scenario could be expected in the coming 10 to 15 years. His
talk was followed by a lively interaction with the very keen audience.
World Sight Day
ITANAGAR, Oct.7: Very often it is said that the most beautiful part of human body
are two glittering eyes. Keeping this in mind, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital (RKM)
celebrated World Sight Day Celebration quite exuberantly. The celebration which took
place at Vivekananda Hall was attended by many imminent personalities which include
Swami Vishveshananda, Dr. R.Doye(Senior Eye Surgeon, General hospital Naharlagun)
and Dr. N. Tamgha of RKM, Itanagar.
The event began with the welcome song by students of RKMH School of nursing and theme
of this year is “Gender and Eye Health-equal access to eye care”.
Speaking on the occasion, Swami Vishveshanda of RKMH said, “Eye sight is the most
crucial part of our body and it should be our endeavor to give proper care to this
During the day various speakers spoke about the need to give proper care to eye.
A painting and extempore speech competition was organized on occasion and students
from various school participated.
Pratik Potom, former director higher and technical education graced the day as chief
NCP in jubilant mood conducts more rallies
ITANAGAR, Oct 08: Braving inclement weather and incessant rain, Nationalist Congress
party (NCP) star campaigners today addressed election rallies at three different
assembly constituencies in the state.
Addressing a massive gathering of over 3000 people at Nari, the Sangma duo appealed
them to extend support to the Nari Koyu party candidate Kenyir Ringu. While P A
Sangma promised to be always with the people for the development, Agatha is of the
view that women must be given chance to serve the people.
The NCP star campaigners also addressed a mammoth public rally at Dambuk and appealed
the people to support and elect its candidate for Dambuk constituency Jomin Tayeng.
Later addressing at Maio, P A Sangma said that its party candidate S Ngemu is responsible
for bringing development and
transform the Miao area from small village to a big town now. Ngemu, a former minister
is a man of integrity and capable leader to bring more development. Therefore, Ngemu
deserves to be elected to serve the people, he said.
State NCP unit president L Wanglat and NYC state unit president Deniel Teli also
accompanied the Sangma duo during campaign trail.
AR nabs NSCN (IM) cadre
ITANAGAR, Oct 08: The security forces have come down heavily on ultras in Tirap
district and foiled their reported plan to disrupt the assembly election due on
Oct 13 next.
In order to ensure free and fair elections in Tirap, a synergized effort by the Security
forces including paramilitary forces and State Police was launched two weeks prior
to the actual polling. This effort got a boost by nabbing one Jupha Sungam an active
cadre of NSCN (IM) in Zedua village during search operations.
19 Assam Rifles surged ahead with the information regarding alleged abduction of
five youth from Kanubari sub - division a few days back which was proved to be
a false alarm and confirmed that they had gone to Nagaland on their own. The AR
intelligence worked out on this information and came to know that these five men
would be returning from Nagaland to meet the local NSCN faction at Kapo and Bera
village for influencing the elections.
According to information received, joint operation was launched from Khonsa on the
morning of Oct 5. In the operation, a party of 130 personnel including Officers
and troops of 19 Assam Rifles, Police and CRPF carried out search of Bera, Kapo
and Tissa villages. During the search, it was revealed that cadres of NSCN (IM) have
moved towards general area Senua and Zedua in Longding circle.
Subsequently, a party comprising of 25 personnel from Longding Company of 19 Assam
Rifles launched immediately to Zedua village to carry out specific search. During
the search operation, the NSCN (IM) cadre was apprehended.
On detailed interrogation, the apprehended cadre revealed that on the morning of
5th Oct, the cadre met Panthai (Town commander of NSCN (IM), Longding) and was handed
over a Pistol by him.
Later, the self styled town commander moved to carry out extortion in the area. Interrogation
also revealed that the NSCN factions are trying to influence the out come of Assembly
elections. However, because of proactive approach of security forces and district
administration the UGs have not been able to directly pressurize the villagers and
are trying to call chieftains and GB’s to their hideouts. Further investigations
are on, informed a 19 AR official.
Training prog on baby corn
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of Lower Subansiri district recently
conducted training program on cultivation practices of baby corn. Member from Hong
farmer club and other interested farmers of area turned up for the program. Dr. M.C.
Debnath, program coordinator of KVK spoke about the baby corn crop in general and
highlighted its growing value in national and international market.
Aalo, Oct 8: The Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commision of India Dr. Alok
Shukla accompanied by Chief Electoral Officer Yeishi Tsering met with the DEO West
and East Siang and Upper Subansiri yesterday at Aalo.
Advocating for a good practices of democracy, Dr. Shukla urged the DEOs cum District
Magistrates for checking and impounding of all unregistered vehicles at vital locations.
He asked the DEOs to submit detail movement plan of the polling team especially of
the far-flung polling stations.
He further said that Postal Ballot is for those Govt. Servants who are on polling
duty and also for those have not been allowed to avail leave.
The DEO of the respective district highlighted about arrangement being made for the
conduct of the Assembly Election 2009.
Act as torchbearers: Garg
KHONSA, Oct 8: Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ankur Garg said that the district being
backward, there is a need of society builders. He asked the youths to act as torchbearers
and contribute towards all round development of the district.
The DC was speaking at the valedictory function of a month-long induction training
of newly recruited SSA teachers after inaugurating the District Institute for Education
and Training (DIET) building. The building is located about 2 km away from the district
Garg asked the teachers to work with missionary zeal for uplift of their village
He expressed happiness over completion of the building and making it functional after
a decade long wait. (DIPRO)
Gandhiji writes a postcard
ITANAGAR, Oct.7: Department of postal, government of India is inviting children from
class III to VIII to participate in a competition called as “Gandhiji writes a postcard.”
This innovative competition incites children to write on any current topics as father
of nation would have written in not more than 25 words. The children can avail competition
postcard costing Rs.10 from the nearest post office.
Children residing in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,
Nagaland and Tripura can send their entries to the following address: Chief Postmaster
General, North-East Circle, Shillong-793001. The first three winners will be awarded
AR’s computer training prog
Changlang, Oct 8: The 25 Assam Rifles under DAH Division conducted the third Basic
Computer Training Course for six weeks in Changlang.
The course was completed yesterday for 21 local boys and girls of Changlang. Most
of them are from lower economic strata and hence had taken advantage of this free
of cost training actively.
The parents of these children expressed their profound gratitude to 25 Assam Rifles
and whole heartedly appreciated the active and selfless efforts of 25 Assam Rifles,
training team and troops of DAH Division.
Colonel H B Gramopadhye, SM, Commandant, 25 Assam Rifles gave away the prizes and
certificates to the successful candidates. He also gave the assurance to local people
that the 4th course of this series will be started soon and suggestions given by
the students will be implemented to make the course more comprehensive and convenient
to the students.
MV check continues
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: In view of the ensuing assembly election, capital complex administration
continued the motor vehicle check at Nirjuli.
A.C Baruah, Executive magistrate of DC (capital) office accompanied by the state
police officials conducted the check and amount of rupees twelve thousand four hundred
fifty was raised. According to the release issued by the capital complex administration,
the raised amount has been deposited in the government account.
Tawang puts ban on hunting & deforestation
Tawang: District Magistrate Gamli Padu has banned felling of trees in any manner
and for whatsoever purpose without clearance from the competent authority of Environment
and Forest, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in pursuant to the directives of honourable
The ban has also extended on the practice of traditional and conventional hunting
of any wild animal by any means or in any form whatsoever in the district. Anyone
found violating the order shall entail serious consequences with penal action as
per provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and the Wild Life (Protection)
"Such indiscriminate felling of trees and elimination of wild fauna from their natural
habitat is not only illegal but it would also cause serious hazard to the ecology
and environment", he said.
ITANAGAR, Oct 08: Appreciating the Itanagar police team for their prompt action,
the aggrieved family members of the late Koj Gambo have appealed to the city deputy
commissioner not to allow the criminals out on bail. Gambo was reportedly murdered
by three miscreants on Aug 20 last. They said that the murderers of Gambo should
be awarded death sentence and justice be given to innocent and aggrieved family.