ARUNACHAL PRADESH: The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) declared a 12 hours shutdown in Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, to protest the non-fulfilment of its 14-point charter of demands, which included the transfer of the Education Commissioner.
Two government vehicles were set on fire near the civil secretariat in Itanagar by supporters of the ‘Capital Bandh.’
One of the vehicles was a magistrate on duty, according to Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Chuku Apa, and the other was an Arunachal Pradesh State Transport bus.
The supporters also flung stones and burned tyres in several parts of Itanagar, but no one was arrested, according to the IGP.
The shutdown started at 5 a.m. and disrupted daily life in the Capital Complex Region, which includes the cities of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, and Banderdewa.
All businesses, educational institutions, banks, post offices, and markets were shuttered, and all vehicular traffic was diverted away from the route.
According to Jimmy Chiram, superintendent of police for the capital area, attendance in private workplaces was zero, while thin attendance was reported in a few government agencies.
Apart from the immediate transfer of Education Commissioner Niharika Rai and the withdrawal of an FIR filed against the union leaders recently, ANSU’s demands include the cancellation of the director of secondary education’s tender for procurement and supply of school uniforms, a corpus fund for teachers’ welfare for every school in the state, carrying out curriculum activities, and the immediate recruitment of trained graduate and post-graduate teachers against sanctioned vacant posts, revocation of the direct bank transfer scholarship scheme or the construction of a better system, uniformity of school fees for diverse private schools, closure of all zero enrolment institutions, and proper utilisation of funds.
Bamang Felix, the Home Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, claimed on Monday that the government had already met ANSU’s demands and that the action taken report had been delivered to it on October 15.
Felix, who also serves as the government’s spokesperson, indicated that the education department’s responsible authority had investigated the demands and provided an action taken report within 40 days, fixing almost all of the issues.
He responded to the call for the education commissioner’s transfer by saying that she has been performing well and that there is no need for her to be transferred.
In response to the ANSU’s demand that the state government remove the FIR filed against its executive members, Felix stated that the state government does not have the authority to do so. He stated that the subject is under investigation.
ASSAM: Woman creates ruckus in a busy road of Guwahati; Was allegedly drunk
There has been an incident of an allegedly drunken woman creating disturbance in a busy road of Guwahati.
She has been said to have been in a drunken state, by onlookers, who have also accused her of creating chaos and commotion.
The incident had reportedly occurred in Guwahati’s Hatigaon, on the night of November 23, Monday.
A viral video clip that has been circulating in the world of social media, shows the young woman in a brawl with surrounding people.
She is also seen holding her ‘chappal’ or footwear in her hand, so as to hit people.
Additionally, according to reports, the lady was using ‘incomprehensive language and hurling abuse’.
She also appears to be arguing with the traffic police and rebuking people who had gathered to witness the chaos.
MANIPUR: Law and Order has tremendously improved under BJP rule: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised the BJP government in Manipur on Monday for delivering peace and development to the state during the previous five years, claiming that the state’s law and order situation has significantly improved.
Shah said the administration at the Centre and the N Biren Singh government in Manipur had made enormous improvements in the law and order situation, education, power, and other infrastructural sectors while virtually laying the foundation stone of the Rani Gaidinliu tribal freedom fighters’ monument.
He added, “Before coming to power in Manipur, we had promised to end bandh, hartal and blockade. We have ended all the three and significantly improved the law and order situation in Manipur.”
When comparing the growth in Manipur during the last five years to the development over the preceding 70 years, the home minister asserts that the recent five years have seen more progress.
MEGHALAYA: Cherry Blossom Festival to kickstart in a day; Hectic preparations initiated in prescribed venues
The Meghalaya Cherry Blossom Festival has neared with the trees gradually blooming to their pink and white hues.
The fest has been slated to initiate from November 25 and will stand celebratory until the 27th day of the month.
The much-awaited festival will be observed in two venues in the capital city, Shillong; namely Ward’s Lake and Polo Ground, the former is a popular tourist destination and the latter is a large open event venue.
The two venues have initiated hectic preparations for the upcoming event. They are setting up stages, and stalls and putting up lights that will heighten the glamour and show of the eye-pleasing Cherry Blossoms.
The event usually attracts a tourist (and local) mass. Therefore, keeping in retrospect the current COVID-19 pandemic, the venues will only permit attendees who have received both doses of the vaccine and will produce a certificate of the same.
The festivity brings with it, a wide range of attractions in the form of activities, performances, and art.
It offers a plethora of opportunities for young art enthusiasts by presenting a competitive pedestal, encouraging singers, designers, artists, budding models, cosplayers, and many more to shine with their talents.
Other contests include local wine and beer-making competitions, Japanese/Korean cuisine food competitions, graffiti competitions, and many more.
MIZORAM: Mizoram Governor meets with PWD and revenue department officials to discuss Kaladan Multi-Modal Project
Officials from the Mizoram Public Works Department (PWD) and the Revenue Department met with Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati at Raj Bhavan’s Video Conference Hall on Tuesday to discuss the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP).
The Governor was updated on the progress of development work for the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP) and the issues encountered during its ongoing construction activities by a team of Mizoram PWD officials through a powerpoint presentation.
Meanwhile, the Revenue Department provided an update on the Land Acquisition process.
It is worth noting that the KMMTTP is an important project undertaken by India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which is essential for the establishment of friendly relations with its neighbours.
Hon’ble Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati, speaking at the meeting, emphasised the importance of two important projects, the KMMTTP and the Railway projects, which connect Mizoram’s Sairang town.
These two large initiatives, according to the Governor, are important not only for Mizoram, but also for the Northeastern region and the country as a whole. As a result, it is vital that development work be finished as soon as possible, and the government is eager to meet with officials from the central officials to discuss the projects.
The distance between Mizoram and Kolkata would be cut in half once the KMMTTP project is completed (now 1764 kilometres; after completion, it will be reduced to 882.21 kilometres), making goods transit easier and developing Mizoram into a business hub.
According to Mizoram PWD data, the KMMTTP contains five sectors: Lawngtlai – Zorinpui (87.51 kilometres), Zorin Pui – Kaleta (45 kilometres), Kaletwa – Paletwa (60.70 kilometres), Paletwa port – Sittwe port (150 kilometres), and Sittwe port – Kolkata port (150 kilometres) (539 Km).
Furthermore, the project was initially sanctioned for Rs 579.65 crores, which was then increased to Rs 1028.15 crores.
According to reports, approximately 84.19 kilometres of road have been built out of a total of 87.51 kilometres, and approximately eight bridges are currently under construction along this stretch of land.
NAGALAND: State Commission for Women to launch 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence
On Tuesday, the Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW), the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), the State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW), and the department of social welfare will commemorate the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” and launch the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.”
According to a DIPR report, a car campaign of 50 vehicles would go to PHQ junction with banners and IECs to raise awareness about gender-based violence following a short programme.
“End violence against women now!” is the United Nations’ theme for 2021, which will run from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through December 10 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) (Human Rights Day).
SIKKIM: General Secretary of Badminton Association of Sikkim, Sukanta Das, appointed as Indian Badminton Team Manager
Sukanta Das, the General Secretary of the Badminton Association of Sikkim (BAS), has been appointed the manager of the Indian badminton team.
The Indian team is preparing to compete in the Total Energies BWF World Badminton Championship, which will be held from December 12 to 19 in Huelva, Spain.
The Sikkim Badminton Association congratulated Das on his appointment and wished him and Team India the best of luck.
Assam Chief Minister and Badminton Association of India (BAI) Vice-president Himanta Biswa Sarma nominated Das on October 15 this year.
Das previously travelled to the South Asian Games, Korean Open, Japan Open, and the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Junior World Championship in Myanmar with the Indian badminton team.
“India, today, are one of the super powers in the sport of badminton and hence are considered a strong contender during this WBF World Championship. Let us all hope and pray that with the good wishes of all Sikkimese and the blessings of our guardian deities, he turns out to be a lucky talisman for team India once again and they return victorious,” – BAS stated in a press release.
TRIPURA: Supreme Court issues Directives on State Government Officials to ensure Peaceful Elections
Traditionally, no court, even the Supreme Court, intervenes in electoral matters once the election process is formally launched, but for the first time in the country, the Supreme Court has aggressively intervened in a state’s civic elections, setting a precedent.
The opposition Trinamool Congress had petitioned the Supreme Court for the nationwide Tripura urban local body elections, claiming a severe law and order situation, attacks on candidates and supporters, and coercive nomination filing, among other things.
The apex court bench had heard the case early last week and issued certain directions, but when the case was brought up again today with contempt of court plea by the Trinamool, the bench headed by Justice D.Y.Chandrachud expressed displeasure and issued a set of five directives while rejecting Trinamool’s plea for a week’s delay in the polls.
The following are the precise directives that were issued:
1) A request for the appointment of an independent observer, such as a retired election commissioner, was denied by the court.
2) The DGP and IG (law and order) have been ordered by the court to meet with the state election commissioner by tomorrow morning to review the security situation to ensure peaceful elections.
3) If they believe that further central force deployment is necessary, they may submit a request to the CRPF on behalf of the MHA, who will review the request.
4) The DGP and IG (Law and Order) will be in charge of ensuring that the election process is calm on election day and that the results are announced on November 28th.
5) The compliance must be filed by November 25th and must include tabular data of all complaints, FIRs lodged, actions taken, and arrests made in each case.
The guidelines have put the police administration and the state electoral commission in a tight spot, making it harder for undesirable groups to interfere with the election process.