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ARUNACHAL PRADESH: Seppa residents swarm Tari Bridge to collect Shield bugs, violating DA’s order
Residents of Seppa are reportedly crowding the ‘Tari bridge’ to capture shield bugs (Gandhi Puk), despite the East Kameng district administration’s directive (DA) which specifies the number of persons allowed to cross at one time.
On Monday, scores of individuals, including kids, were observed collecting shield bugs on the bridge, despite the fact that only six people are authorised to use it at a time.
It may be recalled that on 30 October 2011, when the suspension bridge linking Seppa township and New Seppa fell, more than 17 people drowned in the Kameng river.
People overcrowding the bridge in order to collect shield bugs caused the incident.
The DA has imposed a 144 CrPC at the Tari bridge to prevent another untoward incident but the people are seen openly violating the order.
The restriction order read, “No person shall use any bridge for collecting Tari or Gandhi Puk or any other edible insect in East Kameng district. Anyone found violating this order shall be booked u/s 188 IPC.”
“This order shall come into force with immediate effect and shall be effective for a period up to two months from the date of issue of this order,” it added.
ASSAM: Assam Bypoll Election Winners to take oath on Thursday
Winners of the Assam Bypolls of all five constituencies are set to take their oath on Thursday, November 11.
The bypolls results had been publicized on November 2, Tuesday where BJP and its ally had won all the constituencies, namely, Thowra, Gossaigaon, Tamulpur Bhabanipur and Mariani.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) had a ‘big win’, taking over all five seats in the state’s Bypolls.
BJP’s Sushanta Borgohain won the Thowra assembly seat by a margin of 30,561 votes. BJP’s ally UPPL candidate Jiron Basumatary and Jolen Daimary won the Gossaigaon and Tamulpur seats by a margin of 28,252 and over 50,000 votes respectively. BJP candidate Phanidhar Talukdar won the Bhabanipur seat by a margin of 25,641 votes. BJP’s Rupjyoti Kurmi won the Mariani seat by a margin of 40,104 votes.
Counting of votes for the bypoll elections began at around 8 am on Tuesday, November 2.
The elections saw the highest voter turnout among Constituencies, a whopping total of 74.04 percent.
MANIPUR: Government Cannot Delay Opinion Given By Election Commission Regarding Disqualification Of 12 BJP MLAs: SC
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said that the Manipur Governor La Ganesan cannot delay the opinion given by the Election Commission (EC) regarding the disqualification of 12 BJP MLAs in the “office of profit” issue.
As per a report by NDTV, a Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao made the observation after it was told that the Governor is yet to take a decision on the poll panel’s opinion furnished on January 13, 2021.
“Reference has been passed by the Election Commission. Why can’t the Governor pass an order? The government should ask the Governor, something must be done. The Election Commission had submitted its opinion in the matter in January. The Governor cannot sit over the decision,” the Bench said.
Additionally, the Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by Karong MLA DD Thaisii, Congress MLA from Manipur, and others seeking disqualification of 12 MLAs on the ground that they were holding the posts of Parliamentary Secretaries, which amounted to offices of profit.
MEGHALAYA: Chief Minister claims the state to attempt to reach 100% vaccination by Christmas
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma reviewed the vaccination status of the state with Deputy Commissioners of all 11 districts. Following which, he gave them directions to intensify the drive to achieve 100% vaccination by Christmas.
An official informed, “He (Conrad Sangma) asked the district administration officials to try and achieve 100% vaccination in the state before Christmas, as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent virtual review meeting with chief ministers. He also set the vaccination target of 9 lakh doses in the state in the next 40 days”.
CM Conrad said, “We must remember the times when we had seen multiple deaths and inadequate facilities to handle the Covid cases. We must use that experience to intensify our efforts to save lives.”
He further added, “We must assume that the third wave of Covid-19 is approaching. This should motivate us to work on ways to save lives through vaccination”.
The downward trend of daily Covid-19 cases have become a continual graph in Meghalaya, with 31 new cases of infection, one fatality and 30 cases of recovery reported on latest, last week.
The Department of Health and Family Welfare informed that a decreased total of 391 active Covid-19 cases, with a number of recovered cases surging to 81,946, made the number of fatalities stand at 1,457. Additionally, 83,794 confirmed cases have so far been registered.
The East Khasi Hills, including state capital Shillong being the worst-affected district, has witnessed a gradual decline in the number of active cases, which presently stands at 269.
According to National Health Mission records, 32,077 healthcare workers have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 28,264 have been administered with the second dose as well. As many as 96,965 frontline workers have achieved their first jab, while 80,714 have taken both the shots. As many as 9,80,873 people from among the general populace have been inoculated with the first dose and 5,59,042 have been fully vaccinated in the state till date.
MIZORAM: As Mizoram’s chief secretary, Renu Sharma faces mockery charges for supporting the NDA
Following the appointment of different people as chief secretary of Mizoram by the Mizoram government and the Centre on October 28, the Renu Sharma vs. JC Ramthanga conflict reached a new level, with chief minister Zoramthanga writing to home minister Amit Shah to express his unhappiness. In his letter, the CM further emphasised his unwavering support for the BJP’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA), warning that if his plea was denied, the opposition parties would make a mockery of his loyalty.
This, according to Zoramthanga, is a concern because Renu Sharma will face a linguistic barrier, which will obstruct smooth governance in Mizoram.
On October 28, the Centre appointed Renu Sharma, a senior IAS officer, as the new Chief Secretary of Mizoram, coinciding with the Mizoram government’s decision to select state additional chief secretary J.C. Ramthanga to take over as Chief Secretary.
Sharma was transferred from Delhi and appointed Chief Secretary of Mizoram with effect from November 1, according to an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Since the foundation of the state of Mizoram, the Indian government has never placed a Chief Secretary who does not know the functioning standard of Mizo language, whether under the UPA or the NDA at the Centre, according to the Mizoram CM.
If his appeal was denied, he added, the Congress and other opposition parties will humiliate him for remaining loyal to the NDA partnership.
Renu Sharma took over for Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, who stepped down as chief secretary on October 31 after a voluntary retirement. She took over on November 2 and on November 8 visited Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati at his Raj Bhavan office.
Between June 2011 and August 2012, Sharma, an AGMUT cadre IAS officer from the 1988 batch, had already been assigned in Mizoram, where he held the positions of Commissioner and Secretary in the finance and general administration ministries. In 2016, she was reassigned to Mizoram as principal secretary in the state home and personnel and administrative reforms departments.
Ironically, the Mizoram government’s notice of appointment for J.C. Ramthanga to take over as Chief Secretary with effect from November 1 was likewise dated October 28 and stated that he would serve “until further order.” Ramthanga, a 1989 batch IAS officer from Manipur, is now on deputation as additional chief secretary to the Chief Minister.
NAGALAND: Signing New Naga Peace Pact will bring prosperity and developments: CM Rio
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that signing a new agreement between the Central Government and various groups/bodies to find a peaceful solution will initiate a road for development and prosperity.
According to a report by EastMojo, the union government has been holding two separate parleys with the NSCN(IM) since 1997 and the Naga National Political Group (NNPGs) comprising seven groups since 2017.
The report added, the negotiations are going on. They are the negotiating parties and I cannot say what is going to happen or what is happening. It is for them to say (something on the issue), Rio told reporters on the sidelines of an official programme.
SIKKIM: Sikkim defeats Mizoram by 10 wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Sikkim’s men’s cricket team defeated Mizoram without losing a single wicket in one of their most impressive victories.
Sikkim won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021-22 for the second time, chasing 110 runs for the loss of five wickets at Mulapadu Cricket Ground in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
Sikkim has lost two opening games in the competition, one by 6 wickets against Meghalaya and the other by 44 runs against Tripura. In the third game, however, the ‘boys in blue’ came back stronger, defeating Arunachal Pradesh by 9 wickets. Sikkim openers Karthik C.A. and Liyan Khan stayed unblemished as Sikkim crossed the finish line with 14 balls to spare, maintaining their momentum from the previous game.
Karthik performed an all-round performance, taking two wickets for 14 runs and leading the run chase with an unbeaten 61 runs. Liyan, his partner, hit the winning run, which was just shy of a half-century at 48 runs.
Sikkim bowled with discipline, while the ‘comparatively loud’ Sikkim team fielded admirably.
Sikkim has already won two senior domestic competitions by 10-wicket margins. In the 2020-21 round of the tournament, the previous thrashing victory occurred over Mizoram on January 11 in Chennai.
Dr. Atul Gaikwad, Sikkim’s head coach, said the 10-wicket win gives the squad ‘huge confidence’ as they prepare to face a much tougher Vidarbha team in the final group stage game on November 9.
TRIPURA: ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’—victory flame reaches state; Tripura Police pays outstanding tribute
“Swarnim Vijay Mashaal,” the flame that symbolises India’s victory over Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pak War, arrived at the state capital on Monday, and the state gave it a rousing welcome by offering floral tributes during a ceremony held at police headquarters.
The exchange of flame ceremony was held at the police headquarters in conjunction with the commemorative function of the 50th anniversary of the 1971 liberation war, and after the arrival of the Swarnim Vijay Mashaal, a guard of honour was presented to the Mashaal, in which DGP V S Yadav and other senior officers paid floral tributes to the victory flame.
During the programme, experienced retired police officers from the state were also honoured for their contributions during Bangladesh’s liberation war in 1971.
The involvement of the state police during the 1971 war has been detailed by senior retired police personnel.
The Swarnim Vijay Mashaal was handed over to the Indian army’s 57 Mountain Brigade towards the end of the programme.
It may be noted that, as Tripura is known to have played a vital role in the 1971 freedom war, the victorious flame arrived in the state on November 5th and will depart on November 9th to travel to Delhi.