Monday, March 30, 2009
Anything is possible in Arunachal, buddy. ;)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Earlier, BJP candidate Kiren Rijiju and INC candidate Takam Sanjoy had filed their nominations for Arunachal (West) and Ninong Ering (INC) and Lowancha Wanglat (ADA) for Arunachal (East) Constituency.
As 30th is the last date of filing the nomination, it is to be seen if BJP candidate Tapir Gao
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I was in for a shock, when I came across this news item carried in local dailies yesterday where it was stated that NES along with ANSU and Central Nyokum Committee has decided to support candidature of Kiren Rijiju, BJP candidate from Arunachal West Constituency for the coming Lok Sabha Election.
Nyishi Elite Society has decided to support the candidature of Kiren Rijiju in the ensuing parliamentary election for the western seat. The state would go to the polls on April 16.
Its president Bengia Tolum said that decision to this effect was taken at a joint meeting of Nyishi Elite Society, All Nyishi students Union , Central Nyokum Committee.
He said that NES is grateful to Rijiju for fulfilling long pending demands of the community by changing its nomenclature from Dafla to Nyishi last year during his tenure as a Member of Parliament.(Source: Arunachal Times)
The reason being:
Can a non-government non-political organization, which I presume NES or ANSU is, show support to any political party openly?
And true to the apprehension, NES came out with a statement today in local dailies stating that yesterdays press statement was 'forged' and has demanded the state government to find out the culprit within seven days.
The Nyishi Elite Society today disowned the press statement that appeared in cross section of local dailies where it declared that NES is supporting Kiren Rijiju as the West Parliamentary candidate in the coming election.
In a press conference today at ANSU office, NES president Bengia Tolum clarified that press statement did not emanate from the NES but by some miscreants.
Expressing shock and anguish at the same time, he said that he was in Yazali since March 10 last so question of writing the press release on March 20 does not arise.
Meanwhile, the NES said that it will lodge complaint in the nearest police station against fake press statement and demanded the state govt to find out the culprit within seven days.(Source: Arunachal Times)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Quite often, most of the bloggers do tend to go into a condition called 'writer's block'; well at least I presume so :), and I am no exception either with yours truly encountering a 'writer's block' quite off and on.
What is writer's block?
'Writer's block' is a phenomenon involving temporary loss of ability to begin or continue writing, usually due to lack of inspiration or creativity. Writer's block can also be a hindrance even when the writer feels that they already have a story in mind but can get no further than part of that story. (Source:Wikipedia)
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Saturday, March 21, 2009
"I vow to fight my opponent Ninong Ering, who lacks mass base in the Tirap, Changlang and Lohit districts, which is my bastion. Changlang, Lohit and my native district Tirap have more than two of the three lakh voters in Arunachal East. I have the unconditional support of the voters of Tirap and Changlang, which have been demanding Patkai Autonomous Council, for long. Unlike Ering, I will not fight with money but with the people’s support. I am confident of giving a crushing defeat to my opponents, the Congress’s Ninong Ering and the BJP’s Tapir Gao,” he said.
- Kiren Rijiju (BJP)
- Takam Sanjoy (INC)
- Taba Taku (Lok Bharati)--?
- Subu Kechi (Independent)
Bida Taku (Lok Janasakthi)--?
- Tapir Gao (BJP)
- Ninong Ering (INC)
C.T. Manpoong (AC)--?
- Lowancha Wanglat (AC)--?
Update: The candidate for Arunachal West is Taba Taku and not Bida Taku and Chou Tan Manpoong has surrendered his proposal for contesting from Arunachal East in favor of Lowancha Wanglat. (Source: Arunachal Front)
Friday, March 20, 2009
The public hearing for the Dibang project have been so far cancelled for ninth time and besides repeatedly demanding for cancellation of public hearing, AIMSU and ICLS had written earlier to MoEF not to accept application for environmental clearance without the conduct of public hearing. It is evident that neither the govt of Arunachal Pradesh nor the organizations opposing the dams in Dibang basin will concede to their stand on Dibang Multipurpose Project. The community based organizations in Dibang have also called for declaring Dibang Valley as ‘Ecologically sensitive Zone’ which as per the provisions in the Environment Protect Act can put halt to all huge infrastructural projects. Having used all means and strategies in effectively preventing the public consultation process to complete, the ICLS along with AIMSU have come up with a 16 page report to make up a case in invoking the concerns that attracts the provisions under Section 3 sub section (2), clause (v) of the Environment Protection Act, 1986. The Act provides safeguards to ecologically sensitive fragile areas from industries, operations, processes and activities inimical to the conservation and protection of the environment of such areas. The provisions of the act have been used time to time in certain parts of country prohibiting operations of industries and processes.
In a separate statement, AIMSU General Secretary Tone Mickrow has demanded for a college in Roing. The union says that besides the anti dam movement in Dibang, it will also focus on demand for a college. The union puts it that a college is a development project that involves community participation and unlike dam it does not involve any risks. “College can be the best development project that the govt of Arunachal can give to people of Dibang”, said Mickrow. With AIMSU and ICLS demanding to stop the never ending circus of development, the protest in Dibang seems never ending.
Well, wish you all a Happy Myoko from team Arunachal Diary.
So, what now? Being guest this year, we are planning to do a round to host villages to taste their 'O'-local rice beer, that they had so diligently prepared this past couple of weeks to welcome us, what else :).
Here we come host villages, keep your 'O' ready ;)
For uninitiated, find about relevance of 'Myoko' here or you can go through a bit of mythology on 'Myoko' and a Photo-feature here.
Post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, one lesser known rule of 'The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961', has been doing round in blogosphere and social networking sites and has been a subject of debate. It is the Rule 49-O of 'The Conduct of Election Rules, 1961'-the rule, which as a matter of fact I too was quite unaware of. It was triggered by hoax email that was doing round the web, apparently since past couple of years but which gained momentum post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
So what is Rule 49-O of The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961?
It says that if elector decides not to record his vote, then the elector may do so by notifying the presiding officer and putting signature or thumb impression in Form 17A which exposes the identity of the elector and making them vulnerable to threat and intimidation. It also defeats the purpose of 'secret ballot'.
49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.
What is so special about this rule that it became a buzzword and a subject of debate in the web?
The hoax email that did round the web, apparently seems to state that 'if the number of people who invoke the right to 49-O is more than the winning candidates vote count, a re-poll is ordered with something amounting to a permanent ban on the previous candidature'. Having disillusioned with the voting system of the country to elect their representative whereby there was no option other than to choose the candidate which was less unappealing than the others; this gave some sense of power to elector to accept or not-to- accept or to reject the candidates altogether by putting 'Negative/Neutral' Vote. It was felt and hoped that by exercising this option, the wronged system can atleast be corrected. And ever since, people have been debating about the viability of this option.
Can a re-poll be ordered by invoking Rule 49-O?
No, with the present Rule 49-O, there is no option that a re-poll could be ordered if the vote count invoking Rule 49-O is greater than the vote count of winning candidates. In other words, it would be much similar to abstaining from exercising your franchise or to make your vote invalid. 49-o.info has succinct information on Rule 49-O. Go through the explanation of rule 49-O here.
So, not until the rule is amended based on EC recommendations and a clause inserted for re-poll and disqualification of candidature, it would be futile and 'waste' of vote to invoke 'Rule 49-O' except to compromise your identity and expose you to the vulnerability of being intimidated.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
In a report appearing in ‘The Subansiri”-A weekly published from Ziro, it is reported that Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS) has decided to field their President, Subu Kechi, a former government employee and lawyer by profession, to contest for Arunachal West Constituency as an independent candidate.
It is not clear from the report whether AACS has filed nomination for the same or not.
Watch this space for more updates on this.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
In 'know your candidate' column series carried out by The Arunachal Times, Takam Sanjoy, INC candidate from Arunachal West Constituency says his priorities are:
- Access to education at all level and to ensure each Arunachalee is educated.
- Implementation of SSA in right direction.
- To tap the untapped resources and distribute equally among all Arunachalees.
- To look at new avenues of self-employment and generation of employment.
- Implementation of 6th CPC recommendation would be pursued at all possible level. (Not surprising being included in election agenda, considering the row it created)
Also his other concern is to clear the misconception [sic] that Arunachal is a disputed territory.
He says apart from others, his immediate focus would be on misconception that Arunachal is a disputed territory. "This land belongs to India and no force on earth can dispute that."Well, in this front I would say, it is not a misconception but a fact that Arunachal Pradesh is indeed a disputed territory which can only be resolved through diplomatic measures and not by shouting our lungs out that Arunachal Pradesh is not a disputed territory.
Further, he says that state needs to give up 'dependency syndrome' and has to become self reliant.
Similarly, Ninong Ering, INC Candidate from Arunachal East constituency has similar priorities as his counterpart Takam Sanjoy.
Besides stressing on access to education, improved health and sanitation, finding avenues for self-employment and making state self reliant, he stresses on bringing the state in the fold of Sixth Schedule. He also stresses on making Arunachal leap forward in IT sector.
Well, both of them has given a very good political rhetoric on why should we elect them, but none of them has mentioned anything on how they would achieve their agenda. Nevertheless, let's hope that they would keep their promises if elected.
Well, Mr. Sanjoy and Mr. Ering best of luck. We would be watching you if you keep your promise or not. :)
Monday, March 16, 2009
The press release states that coinciding with the 'International Day of Actions against Dams, and for Rivers, Water and Life' on March 14th, the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) and All Idu Mishmi Students' Union (AIMSU) demands declaration of Dibang Valley as Ecologically Sensitive Zone according to the provision under Section 3 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 similar to Aravalli Hills where mining is banned; and in line with that they have demanded banning of construction of Mega Projects such as Dams in the region and to declare Dibang Valley as 'No Dam Zone'.
In an open letter to Prime Minister (reproduced below) they have asked the government to stop the cruel circus of development in the name of national interest of which they have little understanding and which do not evoke interests in them considering the impact it would have on the Idu Mishmi community.
(Click on the image for larger view)
They've further prepared a case for declaring Dibang Valley as 'No Dam Zone' under the provisions of Environment Protection Act, 1986. Find the case here.
Read related story on The Telegraph
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Earlier, he was named among top 5 opposition MP's reviewed by their peers in treasury bench based on high benchmark in debates, discussions and decorum and was placed along the stalwarts in the likes of L.K. Advani.
In a state where it is easier to change party affiliation then changing clothes and where there is no party ideology, he stick to his party rejecting the offer of joining the rival party and fighting the forthcoming Lok Sabha election in their ticket and that too when nine of his party member had defected to the rival party. His concern is not just about becoming an MP but bringing about a 'political change' in the state.
"But I preferred to remain in BJP. I feel only becoming MP should not be the sole objective. I may feel lonely losing all the party MLAs to Congress but I still feel that I should fight the system to bring about a change in the political atmosphere in the state,"he said.
Hmm.. I guess you might have guessed whom I'm referring to.
And yes Mr. Rijiju, if we've more legislator like you; certainly we would be having changed and better political atmosphere in the state.
What do you say?
Thursday, March 12, 2009
- Kiren Rijiju (Western Constituency)
- Tapir Gao (Eastern Constituency)
- Takam Sanjoy (Western Constituency)
- Ninong Ering (Eastern Cconstituency)
AC & Lok Bharti:
- C.T. Manpoong (Eastern Constituency) (Arunachal Congress)
- Taba Taku (Western Constituency) (Lok Bharti)
Arunachal Democratic Alliance (ADA) is likely to announce its nominee by tomorrow.
Friday, March 6, 2009
'Oyaa'- a Nyishi feature film based on Pill Topu's novel 'Oyaa' about the plight of typical village women in Nyishi community has bagged 4 awards in the best film, best cinematography, best sound and best editing categories of DDK National Awards which was awarded at an award function held at Jalandhar yesterday.
Produced by Arun Um Sakat and directed by Abhijit Das, a former student from FTII (Film and Television Institute of India), 'Oyaa' has been recommended by the Jury for International Film Festival.
The film stars Bengia Neye Likha as 'Oyaa' and Joram Papa as 'Podu' who had no formal training in acting.
“It is a great feeling. This is the first film from Arunachal, which bagged national awards in four categories. The whole unit is thrilled as the jury has recommended the film for the international film festival,” he said.
“The film speaks of the socio-cultural life of Nyishi tribesmen living in a nondescript village in Arunachal Pradesh and revolves around the life of a woman. It is the first such venture to capture Nyishi family life on celluloid. And our hard work has paid off,” Abhijit Das, the director, said from Guwahati.
(Source: The Telegraph)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Would pooling in of 5 aircrafts from Civil Aviation Ministry improve intra-region air connectivity in the North East?
DoNER Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar had written a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel requesting him to extend the services of Alliance Air to connect all the state capitals and major towns in the region under a new scheme - 'North East Airlines Service'.This service is proposed to be run in 'Hub and Spoke' model with hubs at Guwahati for Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Sikkim and Agartala for Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
Now as mentioned earlier, it is a welcome gesture by DoNER ministry; but would pooling of 5 aircrafts from Ministry of Civil Aviation indeed improve intra-region air connectivity? Well, I'm afraid so.
The northeastern region currently has 23 airports, out of which as many as 12 are non-operational. These include airports at Along, Daporijo, Kailashahar, Kamalpur, Khowai, Pasighat, Rupsi, Tezu, Tura, Turial, Ziro and Shella.
Also, all the 11 operational airports at Agartala, Aizwal, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Guwahati, Imphal, Jorhat,Lilabari, Shillong, Silchar and Tezpur incur annual losses worth Rs 61 crore in terms of expenditure incurred on them and the revenue generated.(Source)
Under 'Vision 2020 for North East'- an ambitious plan of union government to remove isolation of NE Region by improving connectivity and infrastructural development; the government has though, undertaken to upgrade 10 airports in the region with an investment of INR 50 million and has also undertaken to upgrade non-operational airport during the 11th plan.
So, until and unless the operational and non-operational airports upgraded and proposed greenfield airports completed, it has to be seen how pooling in of additional aircrafts would have effect in improving intra-regional air connectivity of the North-Eastern region. However, it may help people from the region traveling to other sectors if these additional aircrafts are used for routes in other sectors.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Don't believe me!
This has been pointed out by Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami.
CEC N Gopalaswami pointed out that there was a poll booth for a single voter in the interiors of Gir forest in Junagadh, a booth for two voters in Chhattisgarh and three booths for three voters each in Arunachal Pradesh.(Source: ToI)
When I came across statement by the Speaker Setong Sena in local daily that the website would be interactive allowing people to judge the performance of their elected representatives and to send their observations, I could not help myself from visiting the site of Arunachal Assembly.
I was greeted with the landing page as pictured at LHS above. When I clicked through the 'click here' link, instead of taking me to the main page I was taken to message from Governor's page and then to message from C.M. before I was finally taken to the main page. The main page has a brief history of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Contrary to Speaker's statement that the website is interactive allowing people to send in their observations on the government and the elected representatives, I did not find even single email id of the legislatures; leave alone how to interact with the government through the site.
Well, may be that is the case because the website has been launched today only and with passage of time, I hope they would add more interactivity :) to the site and would update information on proceedings of the house and various acts and motions passed in the house etc.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Then, why this advertise page?
Having said that advertising on this site is not open to advertiser's yet, in order to help itself to cover up for running and maintenance of this site and to help small businesses to advertise their products or services (kinda symbiotic relationship), Arunachal Diary is allowing limited set of individuals/small companies/small businesses/startups etc. to advertise on this site by allowing them to sponsor a 'space' to showcase their products or services at a very nominal rate.
Who are these limited set of advertiser's that can advertise on this site?
Here are some of the potential sponsor's but not limited to, who can advertise on this site:
- Tour Operators operating in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Hotels in Arunachal Pradesh.
- SSI's in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Small time entrepreuner's based in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Start Ups by an Arunachalee targetting audience at Arunachal etc.
When you say that Arunachal Diary doesn't have that no. of hits that a conventional advertiser would love to see, give me atleast three reasons on why should I advertise on your site?
- Firstly, advertising on this site is open only for businesses in Arunachal to give them opportunity to reach out to wider audience.
- Having said that it doesn't have that no. of hits a potential advertiser would like to see, the site has followers from India and abroad looking for information on Arunachal, the site being concentrated around niche Arunachal Pradesh. So, by advertising on this site there is better chance to connect with the people seeking information on Arunachal and Arunachal specific products or services than advertising on other non-Arunachal sites.
- It would be much much cheaper to advertise on this site than to advertise on other sites or to go conventional way to advertise your products or services.
How do I advertise on your site?
You can sponsor 125px x 125px space at sidebar where your banner will be placed and linked to your site.
Do I have to provide 125px x 125px banner if I sponsor a space?
Yes. However, designing of banner may be considered by us at an additional charge, if you are unable to provide the same to be put up at 'sponsored space'. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us form and we will get back to you.
What if I don't have my site to link the banner to?
In that case we may consider doing an advertorial post on Arunachal Diary for you, well, with an additional cost of course, where your banner would be linked to.
How much would it cost me to 'sponsor a space'?
Rest assured, it would be comparatively much much more cheaper than advertising on other sites. For details mail your query at email@example.com or use the Contact Us form.
How many spaces are you allowing for sponsorship? Would the allowed space be rotating or non-rotating?
Presently, we are allowing two 125px x 125px non-rotating space for sponsorship which may go upto four later.
I'm having business outside Arunachal and my product/services are Arunachal specific, can I advertise on your site?
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