|News Briefs Vol. 2
22- Feb. 6, 2000
India and Bangladesh have agreed to establish a microwave link between Agartala and
Brahaman Bari and to convert the existing analogue link to digital optical fibre cable
link via Rangoon. The decisions were taken at a meeting between Minister for
Communications Ram Vilas Paswan and Bangladesh Minister for Posts and Telecommunications
Mohammad Nasim recently.
SDF to field 30
candidates in Manipur polls
The Secular Democratic Front (SDF) has decided
to field thirty consensus candidates in the forthcoming State Assembly elections. The
decision was taken during a meeting of the SDF held at Hotel Pinto, Imphal recently. The
constituent parties of the SDF are Manipur Peoples Party (MPP), Congress(I),
Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Janata Dal (S). The Congress
(I) is the latest entrant to the SDF. Talking to the mediapersons just after the meeting,
the newly appointed convenor of the SDF Ksh Brajamani Singh said that the decision arrived
at the sub-committee meeting will come up for discussion before a meeting of a larger body
of the SDF.
16 Arunachal MLAs
to be provided with PSOs
Sixteen Arunachal Pradeshs members of
Legislative Assembly who were yet to get their personal security officers (PSOs) will be
provided with PSOs soon due to the increasing security threat, said a senior official of
Arunachal Pradesh Government. He said shortage of manpower in the State police department
has made it extremely difficult to cope with the situation, adding that the 25 police
stations and 74 police outposts throughout Arunachal Pradesh have not been provided with
adequate strength. It may be mentioned that in the State security review committee meeting
held on October 22 last, fortynine persons of Arunachal Pradesh including ministers, MLAs,
senior police and district officials were provided with security due to the threat
perception because of various anti-social elements.
attack Mizoram police outpost
Two persons, including a police constable were
injured when suspected Manipur insurgents belonging to Peoples Revolutionary Party
of Kangleipak (Prepak) attacked a Mizoram police outpost at Vatin, a hamlet on the border
between the two states, a senior police official said. The rebels and the police exchanged
fire for about 20 minutes during which one constable sustained injuries on his arm,
Hmingdailova Khiangtn, commandant of the first battalion Mizo Armed Police said. The
rebels were pushed back to the Manipur side and one of the ultras was reported to be
seriously injured in the encounter, he said.
to build a new Manipur
Manipur Government Ved Prakash Marwah and
Chief Minister Wahengbam Nipamacha Singh called upon the people to help usher in peace for
building a new Manipur in this millennium. In separate messages on the
occasion of New Years day, Marwah and Nipamacha Singh said time had come to sink all
differences and work for peace and prosperity. The Governor also asked the people,
particularly armed youth to eschew violence and seek to get their genuine grievances
redressed through peaceful means. He expressed hope that the new millennium would usher in
an era of peace, bonhomie and harmony in our lives. The Chief Minister said the year 1999
had seen people passing through many hurdles and wished the new year to be a year of peace
and prosperity. "Let us put our heads and hearts together to build a Manipur to step
in the horizon of new millennium," Nipamacha Singh said.
Call for common
platform of Nagas
Dr. T Nyori, controller of examination, Arunachal University and Mokar Riba, a social
worker, have been elected as president and secretary general respectively of the
newly-formed Tani group. A spokesman of the group said that propagation of indigenous
faith and beliefs of Tani group and other tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, removal of social
evils and taboos, check on outside religion and culture while preserving their own
identity were some of the important resolutions adopted by the State-level convention of
the Preservation of Indigenous Faith and Culture of Tani Society which ended recently.
The Naga National Party (NNP) has appealed to
all the Naga underground factions to come to a common platform to solve their problems. In
a statement, NNP president N. G. Hungyo said it was the right time for the factions to
fall in line with the wishes and desires of the people. He also clarified that the Nagas
want unification of all Naga underground factions. The NNP president also said all the
cadres should regret the misdeeds committed in the past. They should follow the spirit of
forgiveness and communicate their decision through media or other means and entrust the
Naga Hoho to contact the concerned groups for the final unification with a hope to work
positively in the new millennium.
Move to regulate
PDS in Tawang
In an effort to systematise and properly
regulate the public distribution system (PDS), the Tawang district administration launched
a massive drive to eliminate bogus ration cards and to issue new ration cards based on
findings of surveyors requisitioned from various departments. This drive will include all
jurisdictions of fair price shops and the villages included in it. Deputy Commissioner K.
R. Meena, while giving training to supervisers and surveyors, stressed the need to go for
a fair and widest possible coverage so that essential commodities under PDS reaches to all
categories of the people in the district.
The Assam Pradesh Trinamool Congress thanked
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee for taking prompt action in restoring the regular service
of Avodh Assam Express, Kanchan Jangha and Saraighat Express trains. The running of the
trains had been suspended for a long time following deterioration in law and order
2 crews of
hijacked plane hailed from Tripura
Two of the 14 crew members of the hijacked
Indian Airlines airbus hail from Tripura. Tapa Debnath and Kalpana Majumder, both air
hostesses of the airbus, studied at the Central School and the Womens College in
Agartala. One of the brothers of Tapa work in the Tripura Gramin Bank and her other family
members stay at Birati in Calcutta while one of the sisters of Kalpana work in UBI branch
in South Tripuras Udaipur. Her other family members stay in Hyderabad.
The one-day session of the Mizoram Assembly
was adjourned sine die by Speaker R. Lalawia after unanimously ratifying 84th
constitutional amendment Bill for extending the reservation for SC, ST and Anglo-Indians
for another 10 years.
About 15 people, including some girls, looted
two taxis below Chedema village, about 14 km from Kohima recently. Officials said, the
miscreants stopped two Sumo taxis on way to Kohima and relieved the occupants of all their
cash amounting to Rs. 15,750. When they started looting the second taxi they saw a truck
of the security forces coming towards them and fled towards the jungle after looting Rs.
2,950 from the passengers. President of Sema Students Union Kahoto V Chishi has strongly
condemned the incident.
BJP members issued
show cause notices
Harry H Vanchhawng, president of the BJP's
Mizoram unit has issued show-cause notices to 10 leaders and workers of the state unit for
allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.The leaders included general secretary
Lalzarliana and former general secretary C. Lalthiang Hlima, according to a party release.
They have been asked why they should not be suspended from the party. The release said
their replies would be forwarded to the party's national headquarters.
Mizoram excise officials seized 191 grams of
heroin from Champhai bordering Myanmar, about 200 kilometres from Aizawl, state excise
commissioner R. Lalzauva said. Mr. Lalzauva said the contraband, worth Rs 19.1 lakh in the
international market, was seized from one Lalparliani of Tuingo village in Myanmar who was
arrested under the Narcotic Druds and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
In a major haul the Mokokchung police seized
589 kg of ganja from a concealed chamber of a truck and arrested two persons. Police said
that the truck was coming from Manipurs Bishenpur district via
Chizami-Meluri-Kiphire-Tuensang and Mokokchung and was heading for Assam. The truck has
been seized and both the driver and handyman were arrested. They also named the owner of
the truck and the ganja. Police investigations were on, sources added.
Five unidentified bodies were recovered from
Dichang Kinar Bengali village of Namrup recently, informed police sources. Two of the
bodies bore gunshot injuries while the other three bore stab injuries. Police suspect the
bodies to be of criminals involved in illegal trading killed by the ULFA but denied
outright any involvement of surrendered ULFA men in the episode.
Two ULFA men shot
Two ULFA activists were shot dead by the
police at the Disangkinar Ghugulonigaon under Tingkhong police station recenty. The names
of the two rebels are yet to be ascertained, but one is said to be a Daimary and the
other, a Baruah. The police have recovered an AK-56 assault rifle, 76 rounds of
ammunition, Rs 9,200 in cash and some incriminating documents from the possession of the
Tea estate manager
held for poaching
The Namdapha Tiger Project authorities
arrested the manager of Desam Tea Estate of Naharkatia, Bhupinder Singh Dhillon on charges
of poaching, and seized a pistol, ammunition and an Ambassador car (AXQ-2177) from him.
According to information, Mr. Dhillon, accompanied by two personal security officers and
an ASI of Miao police station entered the tiger project area on the evening of December 25
and fired at a herd of barking deer. Although they missed the targets, they were
apprehended by persons belonging to non-government organisations, who were camping there
for tiger census. Later, Mr. Dhillon was arrested by D. N. Singh, director of the Tiger
Project, and his weapon and the car were seized under the provisions of the Forest
Include others in
panel also: UMF
The United Minorities Front (UMF) has demanded
that besides the All Assam Students Union (AASU), other non-political organisation
of the State should also be included in the tripartite committee formed by the Union Home
Ministry to suggest measures for the economic development of the State. The UMF has also
sent a fax message to the Union Home Minister in this regard. UMF general secretary Abdus
Samad Ahmed said that the Front had been demanding creation of a separate ministry for the
North-East at the Centre under a Cabinet Minister.
Your Visit No