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154 candidates in fray

Pranab, Sangma, Shatrughan to visit state today

ITANAGAR, Sept 29: 154 candidates are in the race for the Oct 13 Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly polls, as election fervor grips the state. Of the sixty member house, three seats have already been secured by the Indian National Congress elected uncontested.  

This includes Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, sitting MLA Tsewang Dhondhup and debutant Jambey Tashi.

On the last date, 27 have withdrawn from the race leaving 154 in the fray.

Indian National Congress 57, Nationalist Congress party are fielding 36 candidates,  All India Trinamool Congress- 26, Bharatiya Janata Party-18, Janata Dal (United)-03, People’s Party of Arunachal-11 and Independent- 03.

Meanwhile Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukarjee is slated to release the INC party Manifesto at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan.

General Secretary, AICC in-charge Arunachal Pradesh V Narayanasamy, APCC President Nabam Tuki, CLP Leader Dorjee Khandu, CWC member Luzinho Falerio, MP Mukut Mithi, MP Takam Sanjoy, MP Ninong Ering, Secretary AICC, in-charge Arunachal Pradesh Sanjay Bapna, Secretary AICC Ranji Thomas along with all rank and files of APCC and frontal organizations would attend the programme.

Mukherjee will also attend the launching ceremony of official website of APCC at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar.

Popular Bollywood Star and MP Shatrughan Sinha is scheduled to arrive in the state on a two day visit. He would address public rally at Ganga Market, Itanagar at 1530 Hrs onwards and at Thakkar Complex Areas, Naharlagun on September 30.

NCP Star Campaigner, former Lok Sabha speaker P A Sangma, National General Secretary and MP Tariq Anwar will address the Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh Unit rally meeting at Takkar Complex, Naharlagun on September 30.

Indian National Congress  - 57

Bharatiya Janata Party - 18

Nationalist Congress Party - 36

Janata Dal (United) - 03

All India Trinamool Congress - 26

Peoples Party of Arunachal  - 11

Independent - 03

Total - 154



144 clamped in Dirang after group clash

Reports from District on election preparedness

BOMDILA, Sept 29: Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate West Kameng, have clamped 144 in and around Dirang Township after a group clash. Reportedly, the rival groups have damaged dwelling houses and inflicted injuries to persons including gherao of the Police Station Dirang. Superintendent of Police, Palden, rushed to Dirang to control the law and order situation.

The electioneering and campaigning has been however allowed, provided prior permission for a rally or procession has been obtained from the competent authority and without affecting the peace and order of the area. This order would remain in force for a period of 7 days from the date of issue.

A co-ordination meeting, of all the contesting candidates and their Election Agents was held in the DEO cum R.Os office here today in presence of the two Central Observers. This co-ordination meeting assumes importance consequent upon the political rivalry resulting in ugly instances in the wake of the campaigning for the Assembly Elections particularly in 4-Dirang and in 6-Thrizino-Buragoan Assembly Constituencies.

Taking serious note of the incidents at 6-Thrizino-Buragoan Assembly constituency and particularly that of the incident at 4-Dirang Assembly Constituency where 144Cr PC had to be promulgated on 27th last, DEO cum RO Swati Sharma reiterated that strict action would be taken against the defaulters irrespective of one’s political stature, social standing or party affiliations. In order to ensure public order, peace and tranquility in the district, before, during and after the election, she deliberated on the law and order issues, strict adherence to the Model Code of Conduct, immediate removal of unauthorized party offices, formation of peace committees to be headed by the respective Administrative Officers of the area,

 Randomization of polling parties etc. She also informed that campaigning has been banned from 2200 hrs to 0600 hrs and use of Walkie-talkies for electioneering purposes has been prohibited and would be confiscated even if legally licensed. Keeping in view the security of the contesting candidates and in interest of public order, DEO cum RO Swati Sharma directed the contesting candidates to keep posted the concerned AROs and OCs of the respective police stations of their movement plan. Besides the role to be played by the Micro Observers during the Poll day, in order to keep a direct tab from the district headquarters, necessary arrangements would be made for live voting in at least 12 polling stations in the district which comes under the critical and hyper sensitive categories, she added.

In order to ensure a free and fair election, Central Observers L. Satya Srinivas and SP Kadu Patil impressed upon the contesting candidates and their agents the need to maintain law and order, peace and tranquility in their irrespective constituencies.

Meanwhile the first phase of the training for the polling officials of 7-Bomdila Assembly constituency began on Tuesday. The 2nd and 3rd phase of training for the 7-Bomdila Assembly Constituency would be held on 3rd and 7th of October in the Officers Club Bomdila. Training in other Assembly Constituencies of the district is also being conducted and would be summed up on 8th of October.

DAPORIJO: In order to conduct the forthcoming Assembly elections in a free, fair and hassle free manner, the district administration is working in tandem with the observers and ROs stated the DEO here today.The First Level Checking of EVMs was done successfully here on Sept 25.

ROING: Anuradha Mall (IAS), General Observer to Assembly Election for 42-Dambuk and 43-Roing Assembly Constituencies checked poll preparedness in the district. Mall along with YW Ringu, DEO, M.Tato, ARO and Nani Sha, Protocol Officer inspected Polling Stations in and around Roing Township to ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of Assembly Election in the district.

ANINI: District Election Officer, Tayor Jempen exhorting polling officials to be impartial and neutral during the conduct of polls. He was addressing the training program of presiding officers and other poll personnel. Jempen urged them to equip themselves with the prescribed guidelines of Election Commission of India for discharging their duties in effective manner. Election Observer, M.V.S. Rami Reddey, called upon the polling officials to be very clear about rules and handling of EVM machines since the poll will be conducted in the region, which has no modern facilities.

Meanwhile in a meeting with the Sector Magistrates Jempen urged them to gather all the necessary information before the actual commencement of polls such as route maps and its accessibility to all polling stations, law and order situations so as to avert any unruly situations.In view of lack of telephone facilities in remote areas, he asked them to coordinate with panchayat bodies. He also asked them to ensure that poll teams should reach their respective polling stations well ahead the time along with police team and also assist the presiding officers in preparing the polling booths and proper sealing of poll materials and conduct of mock polls before the commencement of actual poll. He further asked them to keep strict vigilance over the activities of political parties and their supporters to ensure that elections model code of conducts are not abused.

Seppa: To ensure erroneous free election, the first level randomization of the EVMs was done at election office, Seppa in the presence of Liken Koyu, Co (Election), Marjum Karga, Nodal officer( EVM) and DIO (NIC) Krishan Murari.

At least 347 nos. of EVMs were randomized in which no machines were found defective. The second level would be conducted very soon, informed CO (ELN).

Aalo: The West Siang DC Cum DEO Amjad Tak, IAS had a consultative meeting with various political parties. The District Election Officer sought co-operation of all political parties for maintaining peace. He also asked the political parties for submission of Tentative Movement Plan and rallies.

SP Tusar Taba called on all the political parties to be fully aware of the Election Guidelines and strictly follow it.

Changlang: Changlang Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election officer, Dr S B Deepak Kumar, IAS issued an order to all the Public Leaders and Gaon Burahs of Changlang District to strictly abide by Model Code of Conduct to avoid disqualification of candidates or penal action or both. Dr Kumar mentioned that distribution of Cash or gifts, alcohol, opium, to mobilize the voters in their favour is a clear violation of Model code of conduct.   

ZIRO: Observer for Lower Subansiri P R Bishnoi in a meeting with the candidates and election agents today stressed on proper adherence to election code of conduct and asked them to maintain a register showing expenditure.

On concern expressed on defacement of public property, DEO Sadhana Deori clarified that all banners, buntings and posters on public properties was taken off and show cause notices served to the violators of the model code of conduct.


The invincibility factor

Raju Mimi

In politics there are no permanent friends and enemies but only permanent interest. Old foes becoming friends is the current trend today. So the subtlety with which one changes his own stand amuses everyone. The departure of former Zilla Chairperson Dature Miuli from the Congress party fold has revived the confidence in Laeta Umbrey’s supporters. Besides there are external factors which are being played to Umbrey’s advantage.

The internal strife within the Congress party due to hordes of party ticket seekers has led to large number of dissidents joining Trinamul Congress. Although INC has completed its list of 60 candidates, power bickering is not over yet. While PCC Chief Nabum Tuki and Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu have shown solidarity amidst the report of both trying to outdo each other over CM’s post, the people have followed the story well.

While people here in Roing continue to debate on local issues, the concerns drawn could also be a part of larger agenda. The outcome of the poll will have wider ramification extending beyond the constituency. The emergence of Kiren Rijiju as one man army had been a failed attempt, an attempt in the name of change. The effort however is not being capitulated and is being carried forward in the coming assembly election which is backed by a strong lobby of powerful intellectuals. This desire for ‘change’ aptly resonates the youth movement here in Roing which intends to change the old guards and that is practically the same story everywhere. Therefore, youth campaign in support of Umbrey can neither be undermined nor disowned. It is by virtue of fate that today Umbrey is part of the brigade that embodies change.

Also many of the recent developments in the state will shape the future political course. There has been growing demand for Autonomy under sixth schedule of the constitution. The attempt by Nagaland People’s Front for an entry to the state politics has send mixed feelings fuelling speculations among the people. Such effort has now made the people to think of Naga integration as certainty. In western districts the growing Tibetan influence has culminated to demand for a separate administrative and cultural entity. Now with both eastern and western districts asserting their cultural and political identity, the time ahead will bear witness to growing resentment over hegemonic attitude by the powerful tribes in the remaining districts.

Back home, as Umbrey’s youth brigade strives to change the system, it needs to be reassured that they are not taken for a ride. Yet for change and justice it is imperative that political hegemony has to end and the present youth movement deserves praise in their effort. Nevertheless the very voiceless people, whose empowerment could be a reality, cannot risk being on the loosing side. It is this sturdy factor entrenched in the minds of people as Mithi being invincible outweighs all logic and gives place to pragmatism. The rhetoric of neither peace nor development can draw people but the ability to prove that they are part of the winning team will make sense. Having built up a strong intelligence network and committed party workers Mithi acquires all means to predict the mood of the people with precision. So by no means he can ever go wrong in determining the outcome. Umbrey however if wins the election will open a new chapter and bust the notion of Mithi’s invincibility. (Contributor is Editor, Roing Times)


Nikh Kamin files FIR

ITANAGAR Sep 29: Sitting MLA Nikh Kamin filed an FIR at Naharlagun Police Station against vested interested persons who have forged and scanned his signature.

Kamin said that his forged signature was misused to lodged a complaint against government officers of Yazali Zilla segment of anti-party activities during the recent concluded Lok Sabha election.

He said that the alleged complaint filed was fabricated with an intention to tarnish his social and political image.  The MLA further claimed that many elements have been trying to sabotage his political career and there is no iota of truth in the complaint.

While condemning the act, Kamin requested the OC to trace the culprit immediately and demanded stern action against the vested interested persons responsible for the wrong deed.


Congress party has a vision for India: Sanjoy

ITANAGAR, Sept 29: Addressing an election rally at Taliha, MP Lok Sabha Takam Sanjoy said that Congress party has a vision for country and its people and it is a party that stands for development and prosperity. Multi crore developmental packages are possible only when the local representative stands united said Sanjoy while highlighting the achievement made by the Congress government led by the Chief Minister.

He further said that only Congress Govt can provide total grass root development. Among others, Secretary AICC Ranji Thomas, Industries Minister Tanga Byaling, General Secretaries APCC Minkir Lollen, and Tachu Hina and former MLA Tara Payeng spoke at the rally.


BJP demands increase in security cover

ITANAGAR, Sept 29: BJP in a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer has urged for increase in security cover of its nominees for the ensuing assembly elections.

Party General Secretary TaiTagak said that its candidates are being threatened by workers of the rulling party. He further alleged that allurement in the forms of cash and kinds are being offered to withdraw from the race.

He pointed out that its nominees in Hayulliang, Dumporijo and Liromoba (ST) are facing security threats.  

The concerned authorities at the districts have been approached by the party candidates but no security coverage given to them so far, he alleged.


The countdown

Tongam Rina

Even as the state prepares for the polls, mood in the Congress camp is upbeat. Of the sixty, it has already secured three seats. Tawang in an unprecedented move sent three representatives uncontested to the Legislative assembly.

Two scenarios seem possible. First that the candidates themselves have proven track records delivered on development agenda and are extremely charismatic. The other could be that democracy has become a martyr so that it paves way to power politics.

We would discuss in leisure why in a vibrant democratic set up like ours, it is possible to send all the representatives elected unopposed from one district. Whatever may be the case, it has got everyone talking in the state. Power, is indeed very infectious and attractive.

The 57 seats thankfully will see some kind of contest. For the first time, in the electoral history of the state, we have so many parties to choose from. In a state where people choose not to contradict anyone in power, it’s a welcome change. We all know what will happen once the final tally is out, given our track record, but none the less it is interesting to begin with.

It’s not a coincidence that aspirants are picking up parties like Nationalist Congress party and All India Trinamool Party.

Loyalty switch is not just a pre poll syndrome. It’s a foregone conclusion that many new milestones will be set once the results are declared. One just hopes that we the people will be given a chance to have our one say before they have their final say.


Activities heightens at APCC office

ITANAGAR, Sep 29: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee vice president Padi Hinda has been given the overall charge of APCC office till completion of the state assembly election.

AICC observer and  MLA Sarat Saikia is going as Observer to Hayuliang, Tezu, Chowkham, Namsai and Lekang assembly constituencies under Anjaw and Lohit districts for the ensuing state assembly elections.

Meanwhile, APCC has expelled the eight panchayat leaders of 40-Mariyang-Geku Block, Upper Siang district from the primary and active membership of INC party for a period of six years for their involvement in anti-party activities.  

The expelled panchayat leaders are Anchal chairperson Vijoy Taram, ASMs Omon Panyang, Lolodong Tayeng, Dabe Borang, Nang Pertin, Okut Lego and Osin Dai.


6 weeks Entrepreneurship Skill Development Programme ends

ITANAGAR, Sep 29: The valedictory function of the six weeks Entrepreneurship Skill Development Programme (ESDP) on "Basic of Computer Applications" was held at Conference Hall of MICE ( Manipal Institute of Computer Education), Namsai recently.

The programme was organized by Branch MSME Development Institute, Itanagar in association with DIC, Namsai/Tezu, Lohit District from August 13 to September 23.

Namsai Additional Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma attending the function as chief guest appealed the participants to take full opportunity of ESDP training programme and advised the participants to take the self employment venture in the field of Information Technology for their livelihood.

Explaining the advantages of Information Technology he expressed the need for conducting more training programmes for the unemployed youth. He urged the participants to be in touch with DICs and other departments of the central/state government to avail the benefit of schemes available for potential entrepreneurs.

He thanked Br. MSME-DI for conducting such type of programme and assured full cooperation in future.

Joint Director of Industries, DIC, Tezu, A K Sharma requested the participants to come forward for self employment venture and assured full cooperation to interested candidates.

Branch MSME-DI, Itanagar Assistant Director In charge Vivek G Nikhade urged the participants to be innovative y identifying the product demand and to utilize the resources which are locally available for taking up self employment ventures.

A Pongrem, ADI, DIC, Namsai assured full cooperation to the participants of ESDP while B Gogoi, Centre Coordinator, MICE, Namsai thanked the participants for undergoing ESDP. He also thanked their faculties for covering ESDP on Basics of Computer Applications.

The ESDP Certificates were also distributed among the successful participants.


Keen constest on the cards in Tirap assembly elections

 Many New Entrants In The Fray

Unlike in the past elections in sensitive Tirap District, this time there are more candidates in the fray and also more political parties trying their luck in the electoral politics. Some parties are new entrants in the district. Altogether 19 candidates filed nominations in the 7 – Assembly Seats in the district. It may be mentioned here that 4 seats fall in Nocte- Tutsa belt while 3 seats are in Wancho belt. There are 6 new faces in the fray this time and one of them is a woman candidate.

The other fresh entrants in the murky electoral politics are Wanglong Rajkumar from 24 – Namsang, the younger brother of slain former MP, Wangcha Rajkumar in who is contesting on NCP ticket against the 2 time MLA Wangki Lowang of INC. From 5 – Khonsa East there are two new contestants in Wangman Lowangcha from BJP who is Vice President of Central Congress BJP unit and Ngampay Lamaty, former Congress functionary who is contesting as PPA candidate. They will fight it out against sitting MLA Kamthok Lowang, AITC and seasoned politician T. L. Rajkumar of INC who had earlier served as Minister for more than 20 years. Again from 56 – Khonsa West Langwang Sumpa is trying his luck from BJP along with Jitbo Aboh who is pitted against veteran Thajam Aboh of AITC and Yumsen Matey, INC. Gabril D. Wangsu is former reputed journalist and Editor of Dawan Lit – Post from PPA who is pitted against the Env. & Forest  Minister Newlai Tingkhatra.

Other candidates in the fray are Wangki Lowang, INC from 54 – Namsang, T.L.Rajkumar, INC and Kamthok Lowang, AITC. From 55 – Khonsa East. In 57 – Borduria – Bogapani there is straight fight between sitting MLA Wanglin Lowangdong, INC who dislodged veteran leader L. Wanglat in the last Assembly Elections and Tonhang Tongluk of NCP. In 59 Longding – Pumo there is keen contest between sitting MLA Thangwang Wangham of  INC and Tanpho Wangnow of PPA.

In 60 – Pongchau – Wakka there is a triangular contest between Honchun Ngandam, sitting MLA, Anok Wangsa, Ex- MLA from PPA and Kapnai Wasngsa, NCP. The scrutiny of nomination papers was done on 26th Sept.’09 at Khonsa and all papers were found to be in order.

One of the striking features in this election is that contrary to the big hue and cry made in some section of press earlier vis-à-vis presence of Nagaland – based Nagaland People’s Front in Tirap Elections, surprisingly, not a single candidate has joined the party. This augurs well for the district because ulterior motive of certain vested interest groups was doubted for furthering their political agenda by spreading their tentacles in the district which is already affected by insurgency problem. The Students’ Unions and intelligentsia also vehemently opposed the intention of some candidates joining the NPF for obvious reasons.

As usual the Assembly Elections this time is also issue less. In fact, in Arunachal Pradesh there is never an issue during elections. Even if there are a few issues, they are conveniently trampled on the ground. The only visible and audible issues are ‘which candidate is dolling out the biggest freebies like food, drinks, clothes, cash and mithun and buffalo meat to the gullible voters.’ Another issue is ‘which candidate has changed color and jumped in to which party.’ Politics in the State is truly in its infant stage. It has yet to attain age and maturity. Money power still rules the roost. As of now, nothing is clear in Tirap as to which candidate will emerge triumphant. All supporters of all candidates can be seen in every camp arranged by different political parties. Voters go from one camp to another for food, meat and drinks. So, it is very difficult to predict as to whom they would vote. The voters eat everywhere but to whom they will vote is a million dollar question. Nothing can be predicted till the last vote is counted just as in cricket when nothing can be said till the last ball is bowled. But one thing is certain; there will be keen contest in many constituencies.

For now, all are keeping their fingers crossed. But candidates are careful in spending lavishly this time as there are lots of restrictions imposed by Election Commission of India on their expenditure. Moreover, a team of Officers led by a Circle Officer is keeping a strict vigil on this matter and any violation of Model Code of Conduct by any candidates will be booked under relevant law.


‘Know your leader’

ITANAGAR, Sept 29: Out of the 4 candidates two candidates, namely,  Nani Ribia and Subu Koyang took part in the  ‘know your leader’ programme and expressed their views. The programme was  conducted by the Apatani Students Coordination Committee of Rajiv Gandhi University (ASCC,RGU) here on Sept 25 last.

Expressing their gratefulness to both the candidates for attending the  programme, the ASCC RGU appealed all the voters to stand for the right and dedicated leader in greater interest of the society.


Governor wins golf championship, to donate the prize to an orphanage

ITANAGAR, Sep 29: Showing exemplary skills with his never say die attitude and fighting spirit, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh won the winner’s trophy in his category while taking part in a golf tournament organized at Royal Spring Golf Course, Srinagar on September 26 last.

Conducted by the Piramal Health Care Limited in association with Air India and Jammu & Kashmir Tourism, the tournament saw participating a large number of dignitaries, including Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for Health Ghulam Nabi Azad, Bollywood star Suresh Oberoi, Cricket legend Kapil Dev and Cricket Commentator Charu Singh amongst others.

Gen. Singh received a Golden Golf ball and a LCD TV set as a prize.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor expressed his gratitude to all Kashmiris for the warm hospitality and said, we always cherish our stay here. He had studied in Jammu for three years during his student days and had also served as a Brigade Commander in Kashmir valley.  As the Brigade chief, while leading his troops from the front, Gen Singh was wounded in one of the many operations against the terrorist. He was posted at Jammu and Kashmir when the terrorism was at its peak and had played an important role in restoring normalcy in the region.

Referring to the trophy and the prize, which he received as a winner, Gen Singh announced that he will donate the LCD TV set to one of the orphanages in Arunachal Pradesh and the Golden Golf ball trophy, which he won for standing overall first in his category to the Maratha Light Infantry's Regimental centre at Belgaum, Karnataka. It is likely to be displayed at the Chief's gallery in centre raised in honour of Gen Singh, who is the former Chief of Army and Honorary Colonel of the Regiment.

The tournament, which commenced with a ceremonial tee off by Arunachal Pradesh Governor were of two categories--Handicap till 12 and Handicap 13 to 20. The Governor took part in the 13 to 20 handicap category.

The city of Srinagar was the centre of all golfing action as people from across the industry, bureaucracy and the government came together for one of the biggest single-day corporate golf events in the Indian golf calendar. Srinagar’s Royal Springs, which is in fact the result of the seeds sown by the former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who played a great role in creating this magnificent golf facility, is a truly wonderful course that he has helped nurture and is most certainly one of India’s golfing gems. It may be noted here, the tournament, being held on World Tourism Day, was, in a way, a message being sent by the authorities to invite people to the beautiful valley. With improved infrastructure in the valley, golf is perhaps one of the best mediums to boost tourism. In the last decade-and-a-half the Royal Springs Golf Course (RSGC) has been active in Srinagar and it has seen a surge in golfing tourists, reports PRO to Governor.


Arunachal Karate team leaves for Muzaffarpur

ITANAGAR, Sep 29: A 21-member team of Karatekas from Arunachal Pradesh left here today for Muzaffarpur to participate in Ken-Ei-Mabuni National Karate Championship to be held there from October one to four next, informed Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Association.

The team: Below 13 years (boys) : Teshi Bai; Below 15 years (boys): Ashok Shahani (-52 kg), Govind S. Thapa (-57 kg), Sobesto Kri (-63 kg), Sorrow Rangmang (-70 kg), Mahindra Singh (+70 kg), 16-17 years (boys): Kanu Degio (-55 kg), Matu Mugli (-61 kg), Biri Dargo      (-68 kg), Elemso Kri (-76 kg); 18-21 years (Boys): Charu Tata (-68 kg), Nyabu Baja       (-78 kg), Sodyong Kri (+78 kg); Senior Male (above 21 years): Sartam Tali (-55 kg), Ajay Chetry (-60 kg), Raj Kumar Medok (-67 kg), Tagri Raju (-75 kg), Tadar Eba (-84 kg), Yesenso Yun (+84 kg); Female Senior (above 21 years): Higi Yamum (-55 kg).


GHSS Ziro defeat GHSS Hija in final

ZIRO, Sep 29 : The district level Subroto Cup football tournament among Govt. Higher Secondary Schools in Lower Subansiri district has been conducted at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli recently.

The final match was played between Govt. Hr Sec. School Ziro and Govt. Hr. Sec. School Hija in which the former defeated the latter by a margin of 2-1 goals.

Koj Odo of Hija GHSS scored the first goal in 6th minutes which was equalized by T. Gyati in 35 minutes. The winner was scored by Pura Pullo.

Koj Choto of GHSS, Ziro was adjudged the Best Player of the Tournament while Mst. Subu of Hija GHSS and Mst. Hage Koyani of Ziro GHSS won the Best goalkeeper and Best Defender awards.

Lower Subansiri DDSE Mallo Yam Gollo attended the final day as chief guest while GHSS, Ziro principal Bamin Tami was the guest of honour, according to an official release.


Smooth traffic for Tourists

BOMDILA:  Despite the promulgation of 144 Cr PC in and around Dirang township from Sept  27last for a period of one week, the district Administration has ensured the easy and safe flow for the tourists to the district and beyond. Of the 11 approved travel circuits in the state, the Tezpur – Bhalukpong – Bomdila – Tawang circuit is the most favoured and visited one. The tourists may set aside and put to rest their apprehensions but need to comply and co-operate with the law enforcing agencies as and when the need arises, reports DIPRO.


NESO summits memo to PM

ITANAGAR: North East Students’ Organization (NESO) in a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India requested that appointment to the post of Secretary, Ministry of DoNER be an officer belonging to the North East Region.

NESO said that the positive aspect of appointing an officer of the region is that the officer would have background knowledge of the region, the people and the specific area of development the region requires.

This would in turn allow the DoNER Ministry to play even more meaningful role in the development of the north-east region, the organization added.


En-bloc resignation from INC

ITANAGAR: 53-Changlang North Assembly Constituency Block Congress have resigned from the INC party en-bloc citing denial of INC ticket for the ensuing assembly election to the sitting MLA W Pongte.

The INC party functionaries of all the frontal organization in the grass root level and Congress party workers tendered their resignations to support Pongte in the ensuing assembly elections.




(Readers’ Forum)






There is something in a name


Apropos to the eye catching news items published in your esteemed daily on Sept 22 issue under caption “ITANAGAR IS IN ANDHRA PRADESH, SAYS DU”. It is painful experience to have such a situation in our life. It is perhaps Dr. M. Q. Khan is not only the sufferer due to either ignorance of the postal official or mere carelessness of the person who insist in writing in-complete name or addresses.

It is a common site that many citizens or even State Government sportingly writes Arunachal Pradesh as A.P, Ar. Pr., or some times simply Arunachal (i.e, Arunachal Arms Police/ Battalion; Arunachal Bhawan, Arunachal Review etc). If some one writes A.P, so that whether we have to read it as “Arunachal Pradesh” or “Andhra Pradesh” that only God knows. But it is desirable, no body should dis-integrate in putting on of some ones name, say instead of “Tapang Taloh” one should not write “T. Taloh” as in “Minyong” tribe of “Adi” all male names begins with “T”. Therefore, I suggest the concerned authority to rename Arunachal Pradesh as “ARUNACHAL” as it carries same meaning so that no body miss any important interview/meeting un-like Mr. Khan. Further more, I wish to say that if we calculate cost of all writing official letters, writing of sign/office board publicity materials of Arunachal Pradesh (inclusive of State Government NGOs and general public) we spend crores of rupees for word “PRADESH” in a year. It is perhaps instead of they go a long way, we as Arunachalee have to go a long way to correct ourselves to suit austerity measure and to solve confusion once for all.  

I invite enlighten people’s valuable comment on the issue to draw a positive public opinion.


A concerned citizen.





Let a last chance be given to the APPSC aspirants


The recent APPSC advertisement for the entry grade selection to various posts has come as a good news to all the job seekers. Even those who are cynical of the present situation have also got stimulated to come in for crushing the hard nut. After all, it is the most prestigious in the public career. So there is no wonder that all the aspirants be given a fair chance to move heaven and earth to appear for the said posts.

Therefore, I would like to appeal to the Arunachal government and all the concerned authorities to raise the upper age limit for APST to 30 years from 28 years with five years relaxation as equivalent to UPSC eligibility criteria. I am sure that it will bring cheers to scores of frustrated unemployed youths especially those who have missed the previous selection just for 2 or 3 marks. In fact many are there who have been waiting patiently to make a last ditch effort to make their dreams come true.

Further, it would be highly appreciated if the authorities relax the Relaxation Rules for APST serving in various registered NGOs especially the technical and higher educational institutions (colleges) in recognition of their meritorious service. To be precise, the upper age relaxation available to the government servants be extended to the individuals in the above institutions for the sake of the equity and fairness in modern and civilized society.

I do hope that the present government committed to people’s welfare will surely bring out a favourable policy to this effect for the interest of the unemployed youth of the state.


Danggen Dameng

Lecturer, Don Bosco College, Itanagar




Democracy should not be reduced to a joke


There is a naked display of wealth by our present-day unprincipled and self-seeking politicians. Gone are glorious moments when there were ethical values and principles and gone are the days when there was shining symbols of truth and non-violence. Our great men and leaders like Gandhiji and others would be turning in their graves on knowing the precipitous fall in the principles and values of our politicians.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde had two faces, but our Ziro politicians have many faces. They sway the credulous -illiterate and ignorant masses at the time of elections by mouthing catchy slogans.  But after election they pay lip service to the half-clothed, ill-fed and poorly housed teeming  hundred of voters.

It is time, we have to reverse the parochial trends, wake up to the harsh realities in the country and release our country from the deadly coil of moral degeneracy, otherwise the much-trumpeted 21st Century and tall talk of democracy would be reduced to a joke.

Therefore, leader must stand as a leader to protect, preserve the principles of word or ethical values in democracy. LEADER stands for L-lovable, E-Encourage, A-Accountability, D-Dependable, E-Easy approachable and R-Responsible and role model. If these qualifities are inherent within the leaders, they would really lead and guide the people to right path.


Rubu Challa

Lower Subansiri, Ziro




Peace talks only solution to problems


The press statements/speeches of  the politicians against another country particularly at the current situation are brimming to the extent of terrible insecurity for the common people like us.

On the other hand Arunachal Pradesh is becoming one of the most corrupted states of the country; the central funds under various schemes for developmental purpose have always been squeezed and swindled to the utmost level.

Our state’s judiciary remains not separated as an individual organ of the governmental system thus violating the doctrine of separation of power under the Constitution.

The manifestation of money transaction among the party workers speaks a loud  in the run up to the assembly election  scheduled on 13th of October. You’ll find more and more critical and significant press statements by politicians having little resemblance with reality.

The only way to speak to Chinese Government is through peace talk which I as a commoner think will be better for the people of our state which shares the immediate and a close remoteness to Chinese terrain. The meeting which has been convened by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs on October six in New Delhi be utilized to ease the on-going commotion.


Nguri Rajiv

General Secretary

Mascot Network Society





Provide regular GPRS service


It has been the long pending demand of the internet freaks of the area that alteast the GPRS services be made active round the clock, if not the much hyped Broadband services that was to be put to work long time back at Bhalukpong area.

It is learnt that Bhalukpong is having DSLAM 64kb under rural scheme. But no such services have been initiated till date. The GPRS services are very poor with its connectivity limited to few minutes sometimes in a week. So, I would like to request the BSNL authority to start providing continuous GPRS services at Bhalukpong, if not the Broadband facilities.


Kada Tabu


West Kameng

September - 30