China had objected to Sitharaman’s first visit to the border state on Saturday and Sunday, saying her tour of the “disputed area” was not conducive to peace in the region.
“There is lurking danger of several of our small tribal communities getting wiped out from the face of the earth. Once uprooted, our culture, or language, our heritage will be all lost simply because some people elsewhere require electricity,” Tasik Pangkam, general secretary of the SIFF asked.
Since 2010, over 40 people have lost their lives in six helicopter crashes in Arunachal Pradesh, including former CM Dorjee Khandu.
Five IAF personnel, including two pilots, and two armymen were killed in the crash near the remote town of Tawang, close to the China border, around 6 am, the official said.
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Brigadier Mishra, who had an illustrious career in the Indian Army, also became the fourth retired Army officer to be appointed governor of Arunachal Pradesh, a state which shares 1090 km of international boundary with China and has a major presence of the Army.
Brigadier B D Mishra (Retd) has been appointed as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday
Khandu, who shot off his letter to the Union home minister one day ahead of a statewide bandh called by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), also described the matter as one “of deep emotional concern”.
The operation was carried out near Votnu village in Longding district that shares international boundary with Myanmar, and the Army column which came under heavy fire retaliated with accurate fire, eliminating one hardcore militant and injuring another.
The Sela Pass, as also several other locations on the 320-km Tezpur-Tawang Road, has several important landmarks of the 1962 Chinese aggression, apart from scenic beauty, with the BRO expecting the proposed Sela Tunnel to also provide a big boost to tourism in the western Arunachal Pradesh sector.
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) called the bandh in protest against the state government’s decision of not releasing chief secretary in charge Satya Gopal from the state even after he was being transferred by the union home ministry in May.
“The NDA Government has been more worried about Jammu and Kashmir and pumping in thousands of crores, while giving only lip service to Arunachal Pradesh, and too, intermittently,” president of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Takam Sanjoy said.
Major rivers in the state are flowing above the danger level while surface communication was disrupted at many places along the NH-415 that links Assam with Arunachal Pradesh, officials said.
Several teams of the army, police and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been engaged in the search operation since early Wednesday morning despite inclement weather, with officials in Itanagar saying none of the parties had actually reached the site where the wreckage was spotted.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday reiterated northeastern states’ decades old demand for a separate time zone. Leaders from the region argue that a separate time zone would increase daylight savings and efficiency.