Voters’ turn out up to 75.33%, says ACEO

By A O News Service ITANAGAR, Apr 13:  The voters’ turn out of Arunachal Pradesh rose to 75.33%, including male73.14% and female 77.47%, additional chief electoral officer (ACEO) Kanki Darang said on Saturday. Pointing out that hilly topography was posing challenges, he informed that polling teams from 21 Assembly seats returned to their respecting EVM collection centres taking the number to 55 while the teams of Palin, Nyapin, Tali and Koloriang seats of Kurung Kumey district and Nacho seat of Upper Subansiri district are yet to return. Polling teams from…

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Alleging voters not allowed to enter PBs, APCC urges CEO to conduct re-polling

ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy on Friday has lodged written complaints with state’s chief electoral officer alleging violation of election procedure in many polling booths (PBs) in Kurung Kumey district. Congress polling agents were not allowed to enter into Pating and Cheri PBs of Nyapin Assembly seat and Nyokuriang, Taba, Nampe and Damin Town PBs of Kolorianag Assembly seat while some INC polling agents of Congress were kidnapped, tortured and later released, against which FIR was lodged with Sangram SDO, said the letters, copies of…

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Longte begins with traditional gaiety

* Global festival New Year coincides with Longte & Ram Navami By Pradeep Kumar A O News Service NIRJULI, Apr 13: Longte, the only unique bloodless festival among all festivals celebrated by numerous Abotani tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, coincides with New Year, celebrated in different names across the world, said Nyishi Festival Council (NFC) general secretary Amit Bengia. In his inaugural address to three-day celebration at Nyiakum Niya ground here on Saturday, he recalled that Central Longte Committee had conceived the idea of not accepting any cash or gift in…

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Akhanda yangya for global peace ends on Ram Navami

* Governor greets people ITANAGAR, Apr 13: The non-stop yangya since 7 am on April 6 by Manoj Ray and his wife wit pundits Ram Awatar Sharma and Nanda Kishore Upadhyaya culminated at Naharlagun Shiv temple during Saturday afternoon with the duo worshipping nine female and a male kids followed by others, all belonging to Bihar. It coincided with Ram Navami. Though Ajay Ranjan Maharaj & P N Singh took the lead, but hundreds of women celebrated Ram Navami with devotion. Suman Singh and Kalavati Devi presented devotional dances to…

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Arunachal to join global fest celebration today

By Pradeep Kumar NAHARLAGUN, Apr 13: April 14, celebrated as Pana Sankranti or Poila Boishak, synonymous to New Year festival, is the traditional New Year day festival of Buddhists and Hindus, considered to be the birthday of Hanuman.  This is identical to the purnimanta system of lunar month Baisakh (on Indian national system, it is the 24th day of Chaitra). It therefore almost always falls on April 14 every year on the Gregorian calendar. Feasts and special drinks, such as a chilled sweet mango-milk-yoghurt-coconut drink called Pana, from which the name has been derived, is…

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Basanti Puja begins

By A O News Service NAHARLAGUN, Apr 13: The annual two-day Basanti Puja or Vasant Durga Puja begun in Naharlagun Kali Bari here on Saturday, organized by celebration committee with Mrinal Dey (president), Pradip Dutta (secretary) and KP Chakraborty (coordinator). Hundreds of devotees made a beeline to worship the Goddess to seek her blessing. Pundit Dhananjay Chakraborty performed the rituals. According to mythology, King Surath had lost his kingdom and was hiding in the forests when he met Samadhi Vaishya who also had lost kingdom. In the forest, they met Medha Muni who…

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Sangken greeting

ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Governor Brig. (Retd) B.D. Mishra greeted Arunachal Pradesh people, particularly Khampti and Singpho brethrens, on Sangken festival. In his message, he expressed his hope that the occasion will inspire all to follow the path shown by Lord Buddha. (PRO)

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