Prisoners on hunger strike

ITANAGAR, January 30: The Arunachalee prisoners languishing in North Lakhimpur district jail reportedly have been on hunger strike since January 17 demanding their shifting to Jollang District Jail, here. Highly placed source informed that out of 12 Arunachalee prisoners, four are on hunger strike demanding the authority to shift them immediately claiming that their basic rights and facilities are being denied and deprived of. Most of the prisoners were convicted in Arunachal Pradesh, however they were shifted to North-Lakhimpur district jail due to accommodation problem in the State. “We get no annual leave like inmates of this State, moreover our rights are being deprived and denied,” one of the inmates said. He further complained that there are no medical facilities for the prisoners. It is said that the prisoners have been protesting and staging hunger strike since 2010 demanding their shifting immediately, source added.tc
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Eight-year-old girl raped

IMPHAL, January 30: Crime against women and girls continues unabated in Manipur. In the latest incident, one eight-year-old tribal girl was reported to have been brutally raped by an unknown person at Kangbung village under Chakpikarong sub-division in Chandel district on January 20 night. The rapist is still at large.

Sources said that the mother of the girl who is from this village had come along with her to participate in the colourful function on the raising day of the village. She was putting up in the house of her father.

On the fateful night at around 8 pm she left the sleeping girl inside the house. She was along with other women in the village preparing dinner for the villagers. It transpires that one criminal sneaked into the house and took away the sleeping girl. He took her to a desolate place in the mountains and raped her. He fled soon after committing the heinous crime.

In the meantime, the villagers launched a search for the missing girl. Later, they found the crying girl there. Police have registered a case of rape. It was obvious to one and all that the girl had been criminally assaulted. Police have registered a case. However, there is no progress in the sense that the culprit has not been accounted for. This year there have rapes and murders of women in Manipur and this has caused concern among the women activists.

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Manipur CM rubbished charges of corruptions

IMPHAL, January 30: Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has rubbished the charges of corruptions levelled against the ministry by the BJP. Talking to reporters on Wednesday, he said that the charges cannot be substantiated. He said that the government and the Congress shall not stoop too low to expose the acts of commissions and omissions against the BJP.

He said that the BJP functionaries in the State have been making the unfounded and wild charges against the government and the people of the State shall not believe it. Instead people know the identity of the BJP leaders and what kind of scam they were involved while they were in power.

The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is scheduled to come to Imphal for electioneering for the Lok Sabha polls. Referring to it, Ibobi said that in a democracy a politician can do such things. He however said with confidence that the visit shall not affect the prospect of the Congress candidates for the two Lok Sabha seats in the State.

He however gave an evasive reply when his attention was drawn to the opposition charges that the Congress MPs in the Parliament had been mere back benchers and never spoke a word on the burning issues in Manipur. Ibobi said that the Congress MPs cannot speak anything on the Parliament. The topics are finalised by the party first and then what kind of speech the MPs shall make is also chalked out earlier with the knowledge of the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

However, this does not fully explain what kind of role the MPs from Manipur had played in the Parliament since they never brought up Manipur’s issues on the floor of the House.

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Jalley Sonam joins PPA

ITANAGAR, January 30: A day after the announcement of his candidature for the ensuing Parliamentary elections in the State, former Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman and President of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) Jalley Sonam has joined the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) yesterday.

“I had a dream since last 20 years to work for my people and for my State and PPA is the right platform for any true Arunachalee to work for his land,” said Sonam.

While justifying his joining the PPA, he informed that though he worked and supported the Congress in the past but never took any membership in the Congress party. He further described most of the sitting leaders as “corrupt and puppet” of those who are sitting in Delhi but doesn’t talk and think about the indigenous people.

While claiming the PPA as the only option for all-round development and the platform to root-out corruption from the State, Sonam asserted to stick to the party and continue his contribution for the party and the State.

Welcoming the new entrant to the party fold, PPA Chairman Kameng Ringu said, “The State needs such leaders with vision who dare to work and contribute for its people under any circumstances through righteous means.”

“Being in the power for last three decade ruling government has brought nothing for the State, but sold its rivers and mountains by signing MoU for at least 150 mega dams to various mainland power developers. So it is the most vital time for the people of the State to bring their own people, own party PPA in power for drastic changes,” Ringu stated.

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CMO refutes a news item

KOHIMA, January 30: The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Nagaland, has refuted a news item that appeared in one of the State based English daily dated January 29, under the headline “Rio to pave way for TR Zeliang as Chief Minister.”

The CMO in a rejoinder issued to the media termed the news item as “purely speculative” and that the “CMO source mentioned in the news item is not valid.” While stating that “the contents of the news item are all speculative as no genuine source is mentioned,” it further added that “the news item quoting CMO source is denied and it is clarified that the information quoting the CMO is not true.”

“The baseless allegation that the CM is trying to escape corruption charges is condemned. It may be pointed out that in more than ten years of Chief Ministership, the Chief Minister has not faced any corruption charge and therefore the question of escaping such charges just does not arise”, the CMO stated.

It also stated that in so far as the NPF candidate for the Lok Sabha election and related political steps to be taken are concerned, the decisions would be taken by the “honourable members and the party.”

“While we respect the freedom of the press and expression of free opinion, it is felt that the publication of such unauthenticated news item based on mere speculation is negative and damaging”, the CMO stated.

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AAPPTF for favourable transport policy for unemployed local youths

ITANAGAR, January 30: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) today reiterated its demands for annual/half-yearly joint meeting of regional transport authority and its executives to solve various problems being faced by all type of commercial vehicles in the State.

In a representation to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner, the Federation further reiterated that the government should provide suitable parking places for all type of vehicles in Capital Complex and continue eviction drive along NH 52 within Capital Complex.

The federation  in a representation to transport secretary sought the intervention of the government for proper implementation of the  agreement made between AAPPTF and Tour Operator Association of Assam (TOAA) on November last year regarding plying of outside  tourist taxis in Arunachal.

The Federation said the commercial transport system should be followed strictly in border State like Arunachal and it should be favourable for unemployed local youths.

Approval of tourist taxi permit from Assam and other NE States in Arunachal does not mean that the vehicles will ply in every sector, colony and local area thereby depriving the unemployed local youths. The Federation further reiterated its demands for annual meeting of State transport authority with the federation members to discuss various issues relating to transport system, a press release stated here today.

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GMC’s SMVD hit by manpower shortage

GUWAHATI, January 30: The Superintendent office of the Slow Moving Vehicle Division (SMVD) of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is virtually surviving with a life-support system as it faces an acute shortage of manpower. When, once upon a time it had around 50-52 officials, now the division is working only with 25 employees. The department is mainly responsible for the registration of slow moving vehicles like cycle-rickshaws and issuing license to the rickshaw-pullers. But, since the department currently has very less numbers of employees, the situation has gone chaotic and now there are over 4000 non-registered cycle-rickshaws plying in the city.

Of the 25 employees currently employed in the department, three are of the rank of superintendent, two lower assistants, seventeen field officers, one peon, one chowkidaar and one sweeper.

“Though the division is under the GMC, yet it has completely ignored the division. There are no vehicles to take for field duties, nab the illegal rickshaw-pullers and transport the vehicles to the division office. Monitoring has become all very difficult. Not only that, the office infrastructure is very low and poor,” said an employee under the condition of anonymity.

Another employee seeking anonymity said, “The blame falls on us when we are not able to nab those illegal rickshaw-pullers, but what can we do when our own department has ignored our pleas. The GMC must look into the matter with all seriousness, recruit more people and provide more vehicles for monitoring.” It may be mentioned here that taking help of this manpower shortage of the SMVD, many ‘doubtful’ citizens are also working as rickshaw-pullers in the city without proper license and registration from GMC.

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MASS condemns shoot-out at Behali

GUWAHATI, January 30: “Under the Tarun Gogoi led Congress government in Assam, there has been a total loss to the life and property of the common people and the people of the State continues to live under the shadow of constant threat. We vehemently condemn yesterday’s shoot-out at Behali Reserve Forest, where ten innocent people were gunned down by Arunachalee miscreants,” said Aditya Lahkar, secretary general of Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS).

He further said that, in the recent and distant past Assamese people residing along the Assam-Nagaland border have been abducted at a regular basis and there has been a rise in the demand for extortion.

“Forget general public, the government has even failed to provide security to its police personnel. MASS also condemns the incident of Batasipur in which Sonitpur’s Additional Superintendent of Police Gulzar Hussain lost his life,” Lahkar further added.

Lahkar also appealed to the people of the State to shun the ways of violence. MASS also demanded compensation to the families of those ten people who were killed by Arunachalee miscreants on Wednesday, January 29.

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Protest against Sanjay Sinh’s RS nomination continues

AASU takes out funeral procession

GUWAHATI, January 30: The nomination of Dr Sanjay Sinh, Lok Sabha MP from Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh), as Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat from Assam has already sparked protests across the State, with various civil organisations and political parties opposing his candidature and many even terming it as ‘betrayal’ to the people of Assam.

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), opposing Sinh’s candidature, carried out a statewide protest today. The AASU even took out a funeral procession of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhubaneswar Kalita, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Not only AASU, but since the day Dr Sinh filed his nomination papers from the Assam RS seat, several other organisations have also vehemently opposed the nomination.

It can be mentioned here that along with AASU, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity, Brihattar Asomiya Yuba Morcha, the Biswajit Ray faction of All Koch-Rajbongshi Student Union (AKRSU), have decried Dr Sinh’s nomination and has termed it as a ‘betrayal’ to the people of Assam.

“An outsider can never solve the problems of Assam,” they have all said unanimously.

An AASU activist in Guwahati on Thursday said, “Since 1991 we have Dr Manmohan Singh as Assam’s representative in the Rajya Sabha, and he has also been the Prime Minister for three consecutive terms. But the State’s problems have continued to remain the same.”

The series of protest against Dr Sinh’s nomination has been making headlines since the past week and on Wednesday, the KMSS activists held a demonstration in the hotel where Dr Sinh is staying and ranted slogans against him, asking him to go back and that he will not be accepted by the people.

On Wednesday, the AASU apart from strongly criticising the Congress for nominating Dr Sinh, burnt effigies of Dr Sinh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita across the State.

On Tuesday, when Dr Sinh was filing his nomination papers in Guwahati, the Brihattar Asomiya Yuba Morcha in Guwahati protest demonstrated before the Assembly and also burnt his effigy along with that of CM Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita in Tinsukia district.

“Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have insulted the people of Assam by imposing Dr Sanjay Sinh, a person who has no connection with the State. By accepting him, CM Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita have also insulted the State’s people,” said AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya before the media on Wednesday, adding, “When all other States refused to accept him (Sinh) as their representative in the Rajya Sabha, acceptance of Tarun Gogoi and Bhubaneswar Kalita is against the interest of the people of the State.”

The AASU adviser also termed Dr Sinh’s nomination ‘bizarre’. The AASU also demanded 100 percent reservation of the Parliament seats from Assam for the indigenous people and said that Assam will not be allowed to be a dumping ground for politicians from other parts of the country. It may be mentioned here that the opposition BJP, AGP and AIUDF, protesting the Congress nomination have put up a combined RS candidate in prominent journalist and critic Haidar Hussain.

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Despite being Congress ally, BPF under pressure

BPF candidate Biswajit Daimary collects withdrawal form; CM assures him of support

GUWAHATI, January 30: The BPF is under pressure for the Rajya Sabha election in Assam despite it being an ally of the Congress in the Tarun Gogoi government. Under this pressure, BPF candidate for the Rajya Sabha poll Biswajit Daimary collected withdrawal paper from the returning officer for the Rajya Sabha poll in Assam. This seems to be a pressure game played by Daimary — or the BPF — against the Congress.

Since the Congress high command has imposed Sanjay Sinh on Assam, the first Congress candidate is Bhubaneswar Kalita while the second candidate is Sanjay Sinh. The third candidate could be BPF candidate Biswajit Daimary, whose victory is not certain in a normal way, since the Opposition has put up a common candidate.

Sources said that the Congress had already told the BPF that the BPF candidate would be the third choice for the Congress as Sanjay Sinh is a candidate chosen by the party high command and Bhubanewar Kalita is the Assam Congress chief. The Congress in Assam cannot sacrifice both Sinh and Kalita.

The additional votes after these two candidates win will be cast in favour of the BPF candidate, said sources.

In a dramatic development on Thursday, Biswajit Daimary collected the withdrawal form from the returning officer, after which he told the press thus: ‘‘I have not taken the final decision to withdraw from the Rajya Sabha race. I will follow the directive of the party. If in any case I have to leave the scene, I  must know the actual procedure. So I have come to the Assam Assembly Secretariat to collect the withdrawal form. Everything will be finalized at the Congress-BPF meeting on Friday. Then I shall decide whether I should contest or not.’’

Daimary added: ‘‘Sanjay Sinh is a choice of the Congress high command. There is no question of defeating him. So, either I or Bhubanswar Kalita will be defeated. In a normal way, the combined opposition candidate, Haidar Hussain, should win. If I am made a third candidate, my victory is not guaranteed. So, if I am made a third candidate, I shall not fight the poll to get defeated. Since the BPF is a small party, the Opposition will not give us any support.’’ Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi rang up Daimary and assured him that his victory would the ‘‘Congress’ responsibility’’. This game will be interesting as Friday is the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers.

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