Oil Employees Abducted in Arunachal

Two employees of a private oil-drilling company were abducted on Monday from their drilling site in Changlang district of southern Arunachal Pradesh.

Two officials, PK Gogoi, a resident of Sivasagar is a drilling Superintendent and Ram Kumar who originally hails from Bihar is a radio operator working under the company in the Khumchaikha in Innao area under Diyun police station in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The duo was abducted at around 6 pm on Monday by the armed gang.

The employees were engaged in a private oil company named M/s Quippo Oil & Gas Infrastructure Limited, operating on many drilling sites in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Police have continued investigation against the armed gang.

Arunachal Becomes 1st State in India to Obtain Organic Certification for Kiwi

Arunachal Pradesh has become the first state in the country to obtain Organic Certification for Kiwi under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region (MOVCD-NER).

It is to be noted that the kiwi production has helped in boosting the local economy of the state and also increased the scope for cultivation, owing to its natural agro-climatic conditions.

Twenty years ago, the kiwis that grew wild in Arunachal Pradesh’s Ziro Valley barely caught anyone’s attention. However, in the last decade, farmers slowly recognised the commercial value of the fruit. Today, the kiwis of the region are the only certified organic fruit of their kind in the country.

“Happy to share the news that #Arunachal is first in the country to obtain #OrganicCertification for #Kiwi under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region (MOVCD-NER). Hearty congrats to farmers of Lower Subansiri district for achieving the feat” tweeted Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu in October.

Mob Torches Govt Offices in in Arunachal Border Town

A mob torched several government offices in the remote border town of Vijaynagar in Changlang district just ahead of the scheduled rural and civic polls in Arunachal Pradesh.

Public Relations Officer of Arunachal Pradesh Police Rohit Rajbeer Singh in a press statement said, "Armed with daos (machetes), lathis (batons), bows and arrows, around 400 people led by the Yobin Students’ Union, burnt down the Vijaynagar Extra Assistant Commissioner’s office, the Post Office and the SB office. They also ransacked the Vijayanagar Police Station around 8.30 am today."

Around 400 people led by the Yobin Students Union set fire to the offices of the Extra Assistant Commissioner, Special Branch of the state police and the post office besides ransacking the local police station, the official said.

'The situation is tense but under control. Around 30 police personnel led by Changlang Superintendent of Police Mihin Gambo are presently camping in the area, while additional forces are being dispatched for maintenance of law and order,' Singh said.

Tirap, Changlang and Longding region DIG Kime Kaming air dashed to Vijaynagar, while a police team led by IGP (Law & Order) Chukhu Apa along with Special Branch SP John Pada is on the way to the area, Singh said.

'These senior officers will camp in Vijaynagar for the next few days,' he said.

Vijaynagar, which is yet to be connected by roads from other areas, is the remotest circle of Changlang district surrounded on three sides by Myanmar. The circle consists of 16 villages having a population of over 4,000 people, official sources said.

While 55 per cent of the population belong to retired Assam Rifle personnel, the remaining 45 per cent comprises people of the Lisu, also known as Yobin, tribe. The settlement of the Assam Rifle personnel began from 1961, they said.

Several students' bodies of Arunachal Pradesh opposed the participation of the former Assam Rifles personnel in the December 22 panchayat polls, which prompted the State Election Commission to defer the poll in Vijaynagar, with apprehension of breakdown of law and order in the area.

As there is no road connection, people of the area are dependent on military helicopter for essential services and requirements. Miao is the nearest town to Vijaynagar which is 157 km away.

BJP Wins Over 5500 Seats Unopposed in Arunachal Local Body Polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s winning streak in the panchayat and municipal elections continued in Arunachal Pradesh as it bagged more than 5,500 panchayat and five municipal council seats ‘unopposed’

The party has won 96 of the total 240 zila parishad member posts, 5410 of the 8291 gram panchayat member posts and 5 out of the 20 seats for corporators to the Itanagar Municipal Corporation.

“An impressive start for BJP in the state’s panchayat and municipal polls. Congratulations to all the candidates from BJP who have won unopposed. Also thanks to people of Arunachal for their unwavering trust in BJP and PM Narendra Modi’s leadership,” Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted on Tuesday.

China Sets Up 3 Villages Near Arunachal Border, Satellite Image Confirms

China has constructed at least three villages about five kilometres from the Bum La pass close to the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan in Arunachal Pradesh, NDTV reported.

The boundary has been disputed by China and the setting up of new villages in the area is being seen as a Chinese step towards restating its territorial claims along the border with Arunachal Pradesh.

The new satellite imagery showing these three new Chinese villages near the Arunachal Pradesh border comes just a week after high-resolution satellite images appeared of a Chinese village construction reportedly inside Bhutanese territory.

Reportedly, these villages being constructed in Shannan’s border county is said to have access to water, electricity and internet.

Police Station at Manipur Chosen Best in India

Nongpok Sekmai police station in Manipur’s Thoubal district has been selected as the best police station in the country, fresh rankings for 2020 announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday said.

The other nine top police stations are AWPS-Suramangalam in Tamil Nadu’s Salem city, Kharsang in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang, Jhilmili (Bhaiya Thana) at Surajpur in Chhattisgarh, Sanguem in South Goa, Kalighat in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Pakyong in Sikkim’s East District, Kanth in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district, Khanvel in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Jammikunta Town police station in Telangana’s Karimnagar district.

"The government of India selects best performing police stations out of 16,671 in the country every year to “incentivise more effective functioning of police stations and bring healthy competition among them,” the MHA said.

“The ranking process commenced with shortlisting of the best performing police stations in each State on the basis of addressing property offence, crime against women, crime against weaker sections, missing persons, unidentified found person and unidentified dead bodies. The last parameter has been introduced this year,” MHA said in a statement.

The statement said that the rankings were in accordance with the directions of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Directors General of Police conference in 2015. He had directed that parameters should be laid down for grading police stations and assessing their performance based on feedback.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat Visits Assam on a 4-Day Tour, to Visit Arunachal & Nagaland

Chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Mohan Bhagwat reached Guwahati on a four-day visit to the state.

The RSS chief is staying in a secluded Ashram in Adimgiri Hills near Maligaon.

According to reports, Bhagwat is likely to participate in a meeting with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and top leaders of BJP today to discuss some important political issue.

Bhagwat will stay in Guwahati till December 5 and will visit Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh after December 5.

From his visit to the two Northeastern states, Bhagwat will return back to Guwahati on December 12 and will camp at Keshav Dham, the RSS office situated at Paltan Bazaar.

Indian Medical Association's Arunachal Unit to Oganise Plasma Donation Drive

The Indian Medical Association Arunachal Pradesh Unit (IMA-AP) announced to organize plasma donation drive from 23 to 28 November at Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science (TRIHMS), Naharlagun.

This drive is being conducted to meet the shortage of plasma which is need of the hour.

Announcing this on Friday at press club, President IMA-AP Dr. Lobsang Tsetim appeals to the Covid-19 survivor to voluntarily donate plasma and help in this battle against Covid-19, also as an obligation to humanity and contribute bit in combating the virus.

“Plasma donation is the need of the hour, considering the surging cases in the state”, said Dr Lobsang stating that the plasma donation for convalescent plasma therapy is to improve the recovery rate and reduce mortalities in the state.

Reportedly, out of 14800 only 8 cured patients in the state have come forward and donated their plasma, while others are afraid of getting re-infected by the virus which is a misconception among them, and hence, refuse to donate, he informed.

IMA-AP unit general secretary Dr Jego Ori also informed that one plasma unit can save two lives, terming plasma as therapeutic treatment to kill the virus. A recovered patient can donate once in every 15 days upto two months after discharge.

Bridge Over Sigin River in Arunachal Collapses

The Bailey bridge over the Sigin river here collapsed when a truck carrying a JCB earthmover was crossing it on Saturday night.

The bridge, which is located within Daporijo town, connects to the road leading to Lower Subansiri district headquarters Ziro via Kamle district.

Many commuters and vehicles are stranded on either side of the bridge.

Locals alleged that this is not the first time that the bridge has collapsed. It had collapsed many times in the past also.

Further they have slammed the district administration for not carrying out proper maintenance work on the weak bridge and not monitoring it regularly.

China Orders Construction of Tibet Rail Line Close to Arunachal

Chinese President Xi Jinping instructed officials to expedite the construction of railway project connecting the country's southwest Sichuan province to Linzhi in Tibet close to the Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Chinese Premier said that it would play a key role in safeguarding stability in the border areas.

The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway line into Tibet after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway project. It will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world's most geologically active areas, according to the Chinese official media.

The Sichuan-Tibet Railway starts from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province and travels through Ya'an and enters Tibet via Qamdo, shortening the journey from Chengdu to Lhasa from 48 hours to 13 hours.

Linzhi, also known as Nyingchi, is located close to Arunachal Pradesh border.

Meanwhile, China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of south Tibet which is firmly rejected by India.