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PPA announces CM candidate for 2014 Assembly polls in Arunachal

Itanagar: The People’s Party of Arunachal has announced Laeta Umbrey, a popular leader and sitting MLA, as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2014 Assembly elections. PPA Working Committee chairman Kamen Ringu officially declared Umbrey as the PPA’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2014 polls here on Tuesday. “The unanimous decision was taken at a party core committee meeting recently,” he said. Umbrey said, “We all must work together and I am confident that we will be able to dethrone the ruling Congress, which has ruled the state for last 38 years.” Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh are due in October next year. (PTI)
Naga Hoho calls for dialogue and shared understanding
Kohima: The apex Naga Hoho on Wednesday called on the people of the state to shun violence and undertake dialogue for mutual and shared understanding. Newly elected President P Chuba Ozukum and General Secretary Mutsikhoyo Yhobu looked forward to a peaceful celebration of ongoing festivals and Christmas, but expressed sadness at the violence among some Naga political groups which has claimed the lives of the Nagas. (PTI)

Woman killed by wild elephant

Kajalgaon (Assam): A woman was killed by a wild elephant on Wednesday in Assam’s Chirang district along the Indo-Bhutan border, forest officials said. A wild female elephant strayed from Manas National Park along the border to number one Dangshiapara village near Kuklung Reserved Forest and went on a rampage. The elephant attacked the woman’s house and trampled her, seriously injuring the female. The injured, identified as 37-year old Saiful Nessa, was rushed to the local health centre where she succumbed to her wounds. (PTI)

Drug peddlers nabbed by Police

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh police has arrested three drug peddlers at Dirak check gate in Mahadevpur in Lohit district of the state. The arrested have been identified as Chow Chiyata Manjekhun, Chow Wclanan Manlong and Chow Waiingna Manlong, were nabbed at noon on Monday last and recovered suspected brown sugar rom their possession, police sources informed here on Wednesday. A case under section 21 NDPS Act has been registered at Mahadevpur PS against the arrested persons, sources added. (UNI)
Prime suspect in drug smuggling case held
Aizawl: Alleged mastermind in the massive smuggling of pseudo-ephedrine from India to Myanmar, Tlangchungnunga has been arrested at the Lengpui Airport by the Mizoram Police. While no drug was seized from his possession, a number of documents, including suspected fake documents, were seized by the Airport security personnel from Tlangchungnunga hereTuesday night. Tlangchungnunga, alias Pa Tlanga, who claimed to be a Pastor in the Mizo Christian Fellowship in Delhi and knowing Mizo language, is suspected to be a Myanmarese national. Police said that when he was arrested, he threw away a small bag which was recovered and found to be containing a number of documents, including those printed in Myanmarese language. He was wanted by the Police in Mizoram-Myanmar border Champhai, who suspected that he was the mastermind behind an organised trafficking of pseudo-ephedrine to Myanmar via Mizoram. Pseudo-ephedrine is a precursor for illicit manufacturing of drugs like Metamphetamine. “He was operating from Delhi to smuggle huge quantity of pseudo-ephedrine to Myanmar,” a senior Police official said, adding that Pa Tlanga was booked under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and would be sent to Champhai Police Station. Crores of rupees worth pseudo-ephedrine tablets intended to have been smuggled to Myanmar were seized by a number of enforcement agencies during the past two years. (PTI)

Bandh to protest kidnapping of tea garden employee

Tezpur (Assam): Several vehicles were damaged and NH 52 blocked at several places in Gohpur in Assam’s Tezpur district by supporters of a 12-hour bandh called today to protest against the abduction of a tea garden employee. Police said the bandh was called by Tai Ahom Students Union and supported by Aikya Manch against the alleged failure of the district administration to rescue the man. The 32-year tea garden employee Pradip Lahon was abducted on November 29 by four unknown armed men from Dafflagarh tea estate in Sonitpur district, which is owned by Williamson Magor. Sonitpur superintendent of police Arabinda Kalita said the abduction could be the handiwork of Birsa Commando force and police were carrying out operations to rescue the man. Besides, a camp of Assam police battalion had been set up on December one at Dafflagarh tea estate to ensure security in the remote area, he added. Meanwhile, local inhabitants have alleged that it was the eighth case of abduction in Gohpur subdivision this year and that NDFB(S) and others parading as NDFB were involved in the incidences. The abductors have, however, so far not contacted the man’s family, its members said and urged them to release him immediately without any conditions. (PTI)

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