ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Siang United FC thrashed Ngargo Ao FC 7-3 in a group match in the
first ever Solung Football Tournament organized by Solung Festival Celebration Committee,
Itanagar (SFCCI) at Dera Natung Govt College playground here today.
Megu Jongkey, (17, 21, 25 mins), Opang Lonchung (30 min), Tanu Padung (42, 75 mins)
and Miloko Nobeng (80 min) were the scorers of Siang United.
Samak Mize (40 min), Antony Tapak (50 min) and Dutin Jamoh (55 min) scored a goal
each for Ngargo Ao FC.
Opang Lonchung was adjudged “Player of the day”.
Minam FC will be up against Delong Yameng FC at 3.30pm tomorrow, informed Sports
Secretary of SFCCI Kadum Apang.
SPDFC beat GSSC
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Sanglo Putung and Dokioso FC (SPDFC) beat Govt. Sec. School Chimpu
(GSSC) 5-2 in 7 Warriors 9th Independence Running Trophy 2013 at KV No 2 playground
Raju scored two while Techi Talar, Sankar and Taniya scored a goal each for Sanglo
Putung and Dokioso FC.
Tai Nilling netted two goals for Govt Sec School, Chimpu.
The second match of the day played between Seven Brothers FC and BN FC ended in 1-1
Tanu Rai and Roonie Ramching were the scorers.
1st: VV FC vs Satam Kame FC (2.45 pm)
2nd: Chimpu Sporting Club vs Bullet FC (4 pm)
Longding district cut off
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: The newly created Longding district is cut off from the rest of
the country. A stretch of approach road to the Tissa river bridge has been eroded
to flood and landslide. The bridge is the life-line of the Longding district. However,
the officials are working round-the-clock to restore normal communication. It is
learnt that the road would be restored at the earliest. DIPRO
ASUD conducts interaction prog
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: Arunachal Student Union Delhi (ASUD) organized its first ever interaction
program among the fresher and senior students at Arun-achal House conference hall
in Delhi on August 3.
Resource persons and senior students, including Gomer Basser, Ph.D scholar from
JNU, JT Tagam, Delhi Police representative and Taba Doni, General Secretary, ASUD
shared their city life experiences with the newcomers and gave valuable suggestions
regarding self protection measures, career and other matter related to study.
The program was hosted by Bullo Kano, AGS.
Renovate Nechiphu-Seppa road: ANYAEK
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) East Kameng district unit
has requested to start the maintenance work of Nechiphu to Seppa road within 15 days.
In a letter submitted to the chief engineer, western zone (highways), it urged for
approval of early sanction for maintenance of the said portion of the road and said
that people are facing lot of problem for transportation and communication because
of bad road condition.
IDEA conducts campaign on girl child education
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) conducted one-day
campaign on girl child education at Siyum, Upper Subansiri district on August 2.
Sr. Lissy the deputy director of IDEA initiated the campaign and made the participants
aware of the importance girl child education in Arunachal Pradesh.
Over 100 youths and women participated in the campaign.
Later, a rally was taken out by the participants shouting slogans in favour of girl
education. The participants put up a street play at Siyum town on effects of lack
of education in the society.
Workshop on Shiksha Ka Haq Abhiyan
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: A one-day capacity building cum workshop training for the selected
30 volunteers from nine educational blocks (Nacho, Lemiking, Siyum, Taliha, Giba,
Daporijo, Puchigeko, Dumporijo and Baririjo) on Shiksha Ka Haq Abhiyan was conducted
at BRC building, Daporijo on August 2 last.
Resource persons District Community Mobilizer and Media Coordinator Tago Nima (RP),
Lecturer (DIET) U C Ishwar, DEO Jimmi Marde and attendant Tani Hakom imparted information
on SSA-RTE Act 2009 (SKHA) training on the occasion.
YUPIA, Aug 5: E-Panchayat training on Panchayat Enterprise Suit was held at Yupia
from July 22-Aug 22.
During the ten days-long training session, computer operators of all Panchayat blocks
and district headquarters were given training on handling and management of software
like Plan-Plus, Action Soft and PRIA software.
The training was conducted by District Project Management Unit from SIRD, Itanagar
in coordination with NIC, Yupia. DIPRO
Flash flood creates havoc
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: A devastating flash flood hit M/s Tehkar Traders, manufacturer of
hollow brick, paving tiles and rallying post, at Chimpu, near Itanagar today.
There were about 12 people in its labour barrack when the flash flooding started
at about 3 in the morning washing away all their personal belongings, even the utensils.
Fortunately everyone made it out safely.
“Building materials worth Rs 5 lakhs were washed away by the soaring river. Even
the connecting bridge has been washed away. Nothing could be saved,” said Akom Tehkar
Ligu, the proprietor of M/s Tehkar Traders while urging the concern authority to
provide compensation for the loss.
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly secretariat will celebrate
the first ever Assembly Day on August 7. Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (retired)
Nirbhay Sharma would inaugurate the function at Nokmey Namati Hall in presence of
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and other dignitaries. All the ministers, MLAs, parliamentary
secretaries, former MLAs are expected to attend the function. This would be followed
by cultural programme in the evening at Banquet Hall, according to an official release.
ILP system modified
YUPIA, Aug 5: Existing Inner Line Permit (ILP) system running in Yupia has been modified
by the NIC Arunachal Pradesh.
The NIC Arunachal Pradesh has developed some enhanced security codes to prevent duplicacy
of ILP. As per the new system ILP can be scanned with mobile phones with necessary
software and camera by security personnel in check gates which will determine the
genuineness of the ILP. The Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare has welcomed the new
initiative taken by NIC and ordered to implement the system from today.
Further, DIO Yupia informed that the necessary training will be provided to the security
personnel in check gates by NIC Arunachal Pradesh if necessary. DIPRO
Itanagar municipal ward no. 2 organizes awareness cum development meeting
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Awareness cum development meeting of Itanagar Municipal Ward No.
2 was conducted here on August 04 last. Many of its residents participated in the
Addressing the gathering, the councilor Tatung Tania appealed all to cooperate with
him in the development works in the area.
“Be wise and cooperate with the government by paying all the bills like electricity,
water bills etc,” he said.
AE, Electrical, Capital Sub-Division IV, Kendo Zirdo, while highlighting about the
importance of electricity and talking about its usage and application, requested
the people to avoid hacking electricity connection. He further assured to exempt
two months electricity bills to those household using CFL bulbs.
Coordination meeting of Palin Cong leaders conducted
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: The 1st Ever Coordination meeting of Palin Block Congress Committee
was conducted here on August 2 which was attended by all the elected Congress party
leaders of the area.
Addressing the gathering, Palin MLA Takam Pario assured all the PRI leaders of the
area to provide power and function to implement the Panchayat schemes in their respective
Free health camp
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: The Global Charitable Society (GCS) under the aegis of APSACS in
collaboration with CHC Basar conducted one-day free health camp cum HIV/AIDS awareness
camp at Sago village under Basar circle of West Siang district on July 30 last.
A team of doctors led by SMO V Parimal S G (H), MO Dr G Kamdak, Pharmacist A K Maity,
N Taipodia (S/N), ANM Mopi Kamduk, Lab technician Karlli Kamchi offered treatment
to the more than 600 people from the area.
Free medicines were also distributed during the daylong programme.
Social service conducted
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: The Koki Koto Colony Welfare Development Committee conducted social
service at its colony on August 4.
Led by its president Kipa Sakter, the members worked on the water supply pipe at
One injured in bomb explosion in Manipur
Imphal, Aug 05: One person was injured in the blast. He was shifted to Imphal for
treatment in hospital, they said.
One person was injured when a bomb exploded at Khoibu village in Manipur's Chandel
district today, official sources said.
The bomb was planted by unidentified militants at the road side on the Imphal-Moreh
National Highway, they said.
E/Kameng CDPOs discuss problems in project implementation
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Joint Director Women and Child Development department, T P Loyi
conducted a review meeting with CDPOs and staff of East Kameng district at office
chamber of DD (ICDS Cell) on August 2. East Kameng has seven sanctioned ICDS Projects.
The CDPOs highlighted their project profile, achievements and problems faced within
their respective projects in the meeting. The review meeting discussed the need for
posting of regular Deputy Director for ICDS Cell Seppa, deployment of adequate number
of staff and need for training of staff and anganwadi workers. The need of independent
office buildings and staff quarters for quality service delivery has also come up
The Joint Director insisted on sensitization of the Panchayati Raj Institutions with
regards to various schemes and programs implemented by the department. She also emphasized
on the need to put effort by CDPOs to work along with Health Department to observe
Village Health and Nutrition day.
Earlier, the Joint Director along with CDPOs visited Anganwadi Centres and took stock
of the functioning of AWCs.
Later, Joint Director called on East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tarin Dakpe and apprised
him of various schemes implemented by the Department. She also mentioned the need
of proper coordination amongst various departments and also need for proper consultation
of user department in site selection and construction of AW centre buildings under
The DC assured to look into the various problems faced by CDPOs of East Kameng district.
ACT stages peaceful dharna, cries for safer & better Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: A mob of more than two hundred people comprising of the members
of Action Committee for Tribals (ACT), Students' Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA),
students from various colleges and schools and non-APSTs thronged near the Chief
Minister's Bungalow for a peaceful dharna, here today.
The protestors in its four-point charter of demands opposed the Joint High Power
Committee (JHPC) constituted by the GoAP on 1st March, 2013 for issuing of PRCs to
Non-APSTs residing in the state and also opposed the decision of granting of citizenship
to Chakmas and Hajongs residing in Diyun, in the district of Changlang, violating
the Eastern Bengal Frontier regulation Act of 1873. Further they demanded complete
prohibition on the implementation of Minority Bill (Scheme) in the state and ban
on the formation of Naga People Front (NPF) unit in the state.
The protestors also shouted slogans against the Chairman JHPC, MP Takam Sanjoy, Ninong
Ering, Central Minister of Minority affairs and the CM, Nabam Tuki. Biri Tabing,
Chairman ACT apprised of the subsequent dangers the state will face if the placed
demands are not redressed in time by the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.
"Already the centre has been providing immense funds for the developments of the
state with a mere population of 7 lakhs people, than what is the need of extra pumping
of money in the name of minorities and other affairs?", questioned Tabing. We are
Scheduled Tribes and we don't need other nameplates of Minorities, OBCs etc. in our
status, he added.
Regarding the granting of PRCs to the non-APSTs, Tabing strongly cleared and demanded
for immediate cancellation of Temporary Residential Certificates (TRC) already issued
to nearly 731 non APSTs in Tezu area and that the lands allotted to them should also
be taken back by the authorities concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the indigenous
mass with immediate effect.
Tabing also warned of the NPFcreating chaos, if given place in the political scenario
of the state. And that it would be a folly from the side of the Govt or any individual
if the refugees are not treated as refugees, regarding the Chakma-Hajong issue; granting
them Arunachalee citizenship would be a suicidal effort from the high-ups and open
murder to the poor indigenous people, lamented Tabing.
The speaker, SUMA Tapan Gab further cleared that the dharna was not the action
and voice of a single group; but is the voice of various organizations and like-mindeds
of the state and that the move is for all and the indigenous mass in particular.
Pebo Gyadi, Kipa Robniang, Unti Umbrey, Franklin Naloiju, students from NERIST and
non APSTs also spoke on the issues and appealed all to know their rights and freedom
in true sense for a better tomorrow.
Refresher course on cooperative management
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: A four days refresher course on cooperative management began at
conference hall of APSCU conducted by the training wing the AP Coop. Training Centre,
Inaugurating the training, Secretary, Cooperation Garima Gupta stressed the need
of adequate number of trained and skilled personnel for further development of the
cooperative sector in Arunachal Pradesh. She cited examples of how cooperatives in
states like Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan,
Kerela etc. have achieved remarkable success in the field of dairy, fertilizer, fishery,
agriculture, micro-credit, banking sectors etc.
She suggested all the trainees to take active part in the training and she also advised
the management to engage required faculties and subject matter specialists from outside,
if necessary, in order to provide the required training.
AP State Coop. Union Chairman Bengia Hemanta, while briefing about fund constraint
and other requirements of the institution, appealed to the Govt. to give more importance
to this sector in all respect to create employment avenues to solve growing unemployment
The inaugural function was also attended by departmental officers and officials,
representatives from Primary Cooperative Societies and LAMPS from different district
of Arunachal Pradesh.
The representative of RCS, CN Mannoi, DRCS, G Nyorak, Chief Executive Officer, APSCU
also delivered valuable speeches in the inaugural function.
APSMPB organizes field demonstration programme
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: An orientation cum field demonstration programme on the development
of methodology for sustainable collection of wild medicinal plants was conducted
at Divisional Forest Officer’s conference hall Rupa in West Kameng district on August
one and two.
Organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Medical Plants Board (APSMPB) under UNDP-GEF
funded project, as many as 25 people from the two identified sustainable harvest
sites of the state; Morshing and Joram participated in it.
APSMPB staffs Linyom Nyodu and Tenzing Dema along with FRLHT scientists like Dr Suresh
HM, Dr Jagannath Rao imparted training to the participants.
During the two-day programme, participants were taken for field visits to Apple orchard
and State Horticulture farm, both at Shergaon and the nearby forest area to identify
and how to harvest medicinal plants.
Addressing the inaugural session on August 1, former minister D K Thongdok while
appreciating the board for initiating the programme, talked on the importance of
He further called on the participants to take up harvesting of medicinal plants for
Giving out keynote address, member secretary APSMPB, T Gapak, explained about the
importance of globally significant medicinal plant species of the state.
PASIGHAT, Aug 5: A herd of elephants entered into the paddy fields of Kekek Borang,
Govin Megu and Tembin Borang in Seram village under Mebo subdivision and destroyed
the crops, resulting in huge losses to the farmers two days ago, according to DFO
(Territorial) Naveen Kumar. Farmers in the area live under constant fear of being
attacked by wild elephants, as they venture into the fields at night and cause a
lot of destruction.
Wild elephants believed to be from the neighboring Assam often wander into the Mebo
area in search of food and then go on a rampage when confronted by villagers.
Getting information, the DFO Kumar along with the Mebo Range Officer Neeraj Tamuk
rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation.
While interacting with the villagers, Kumar informed that they are taking measures
so that elephants do not stray into human habitations. He further claimed that such
foray of elephants into agriculture fields is quite common because paddy, sugarcane
etc attract elephants. Kumar advised the farmers to choose other crops for cultivation
with the help of agriculture and horticulture experts.
The DFO believes that rubber plantation will be the fittest alternative for villagers
as a permanent source of income. He however distributed some crackers which usually
help villagers to push out the wild animals from human habitations.
In a separate incidence at Motum village which also falls under Mebo subdivision,
one cattle has been lifted by a leopard. The angry villagers were planning to launch
a community haunting but the timely intervention of T Mize DFO (Wild Life), people
were convinced and chased it away into the Daying Ering Wild Life Sanctuary. DIPRO
Student Council Investiture and Freshers’ Day at Saint Claret’s
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Saint Claret College held the Investiture Ceremony for its Student
Council, inauguration of associations and the Freshers’ Welcome today in a day-long
The first part of the day was the formal investiture of Junior Claretine Council
(JCC), the non-political student council of the College, and the inauguration of
People Education and Social Empowerment Center (PESEC), Saint Claret Art & Literary
Endeavor (SCALE), Sports & Games Association (SAGA), Claretine Association for Social
Action (CASA), and Claretine Youth for Christ (CYC).
Following a majestic procession with the standards of each association, the JCC members
took solemn oath of allegiance and service.
Marnya Ete, Deputy Commissioner of Lower Subansiri District, lighted the lamp and
inaugurated the associations.
In his address, he recalled his school days and advised the students to dream big
and work hard to achieve greater heights.
Rev. Fr. Xavier Mushahary, parish priest of Mary Immaculate Church, Hapoli, advised
students to live up to their parents’ dreams.
Circle Officers Marina Siram and Marchina Boria were also present at the function.
The post-inaugural session was set aside for welcoming the Freshers, traditionally
organized by the second year students. Kali Ruji and Tamo Rilla were chosen and crowned
as the Mr. and Ms. Freshers respectively.
District level farmers training on IPM and King Chilly held
AALO Aug 5: While continuing its extension reformation activities, ATMA West Siang
district had conducted another District Level Farmers Training on Integrated Pest
Management (IPM) on rice and cultivation practices of King Chilly (Capsicum annum)
at Bogdo Panya village on August 1 last.
Altogether 92 farmers from various parts of the district and Panchayat members from
the two villages took part in the day long training programme.
On the occasion, ADO Jarny Yomcha, briefed on cultivation practices, marketing scopes
and pests and diseases management.
ADO (Mkt.) Nyage Loya highlighted on prime objectives of IPM. He also appealed the
farmers to keep a check on indeterminate destruction of natural predators of insect
pest in order to perpetuate a balanced eco-system. He informed the farmers that every
species has got specified task in the eco-system. Further, he highlighted the farmers
about the ill-effects on human health due to reckless use of pesticides and herbicides
in the present day agriculture.
Earlier, similar trainings were also held at Yigi-Kaum and Kugi village recently.
ADO cum Nodal Officer, ATMA Jumdo Jini also soke on the occasion. DIPRO
World Breast feeding Week observed
ITANAGAR, Aug 5: As part of the World Breastfeeding Week, the urban ICD Project,
Itanagar in collaboration with Community Food and Nutrition Board of India has
also organized a programme at Chimi village, Ganga, Itanagar today.
On the occasion, Baby show and recipe competitions were also organized.
Attending the programme Baath Anchal Chairperson Teli Yamang lauded the ICDS Project
for organizing the programme and urged the organizer to organize more such awareness
programme in near future.
Senior citizen Techi Necha suggested for proper implementation of the various schemes
of department. He also advised the AWWs/AWHs to carry out their duties properly and
B. Bordoloi, Demonstration Officer, Community Food & Nutrition Board of India, extension
Unit, Itanagar briefed about the objectives of the celebration under the theme: “Breastfeeding
Support: close to Mothers”.
CDPO S C Tok said the role of community/society is equally essential for success
of the mission in producing healthy Indian. He also dwelt at length on the importance
and advantages of breastfeeding. He urged the gathering to disseminate the message
to common masses. Chimi and Ganga GPMs Teli Yana and Techi Prasab also attended the
Mega project fails to supply water in
PASIGHAT, Aug 05: Inordinate delay in completion of mega drinking water project at
Aohali under Mebo constituency is causing concern among local people.
The PHED, Pasighat division in an official statement on March 28 had asserted that
the potable water supply at Mebo headquarters and adjoining villages, like Siluk,
Aohali, Mottum, Ralling and Sigar will be made available within April this year.
But their promise remained unfulfilled as yet.
The water supply mega project was funded by Union Ministry of Development of Northeastern
Region (DoNER)) under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) during March,
According to PHED engineers, the scheduled completion date of the project was March
15, 2013. The department reportedly received an amount of Rs. 14.60 crore while remaining
fund amounting to Rs 5.93 crore was yet to be released by the union ministry.
Being annoyed with the undue delay of the water supply mega project at Aohali, about
21 km from Mebo town, local people have started to demand the authority to publish
a “white paper” on utilization of fund against the drinking water project.
However, the PHED engineers are maintaining silence over the issue.
The people have also alleged construction of weak RCC posts for holding heavy DI
pipes at river-crossing points in stead of Bailey Bridge.
The people have criticized the local MLA for not taking any initiative for early
completion of the mega project.
West Siang (Basar), Todo FC register wins
ITANAGAR, Aug 05: It was goals galore at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on the third day
of the Eagle Trophy Invitational Tournament with a total of nine goals being scored,
enthralling the audience present.
The first match of the day set up a clash between Model Sporting Club (MSC) and West
Siang (Basar) FC (WSFC). It seemed early as though MSC would be dictating game play
when Ganya Dungda managed to slip the ball past the West Siang goalkeeper on the
second minute of the match itself. While the early goal may have deterred some other
teams, the Basar boys were not let down and pushed for an equalizer. Their hard work
paid off when Rijum Basar levelled the match at the 11th minute.
The goal seemed to infuse confidence in the boys as they forged ahead hoping to take
the lead for the first time in the match. Their efforts paid dividends in the 28th
minute thanks to Marda Nyodu who netted the ball into the goal to turn the score
But MSC were not ready to give up just yet as they came close to equalising the game
for a second time almost immediately after WSFC took the lead. The effort though,
The young MSC boys had several opportunities to level things before half-time, most
notably when they were awarded a free kick from a good position just outside the
penalty box. Unfortunately due to the heavy downpour that occurred earlier in the
day meant that the field had been rendered slippery as MSC’s goal scorer Ganya Dungda
found out. His shot came close but failed to hit the target as he slipped and fell.
At half-time the scores stood at 2-1.
When play resumed, perhaps because of the weather and the ground condition the goalkeepers
from both teams appeared to be struggling to keep up with their team mates. A series
of scrambled goalkeeping on both ends of the field kept audiences at the edge of
their seats. However, the excitement was for nought as neither teams, were able to
convert their chances. Although it was at this moment when MSC came close to levelling
the game once more but failed to do so.
With the impending final whistle looming large in the minds of players and spectators
alike, it seemed as though the match would end with the score the way it was at half-time.
WSFC however, had other plans as they kept on looking to extend their lead and managed
to find it quite easily thanks to some lacklustre defending. In the 65th minute,
Tonya Basar made it 3-1 to win the game.
While the first match was a closely contested affair, the second match between Todo
FC (TFC) and Ganga Arrows FC (GAFC) was a rather one-sided game. TFC set the tone
of the match early in the match when number 11 Kamika Thang scored an easy goal,
pushing the ball past the GAFC goalkeeper in the sixth minute of the match. TFC would
go on to dictate much of the first-half but not increase their lead. GAFC on the
other hand struggled to find an equaliser as the half-time whistle blew with the
score of 1-0 to TFC.
The second-half had an explosive start as Apa Gyamar of TFC extended his team’s lead
in under one minute with a brilliant cross to find the far side of goal, leaving
the GAFC keeper helpless.
TFC’s Kamika Thang who had scored earlier in the first-half was in fine form as he
managed to net another goal past the keeper just ten minutes after his team mate
had extended their lead making it 3-0.
The GAFC supporters were beginning to grow impatient as their team were unable to
hold on to the ball long enough to create any chances. However, the players gave
in their all and managed to give quite a lot of scares to the TFC goalkeeper. Amidst
the confusion in the TFC penalty box, the Ganga Arrows managed to win a corner kick.
The brilliantly taken corner managed to find its target in Somir Tikhak of GAFC as
he headed in a beautiful goal. With the scores at 3-1, the players were overjoyed.
With new vigour and energy the GAFC boys felt that perhaps they could manage to get
a point out of the fixture as they came close to scoring soon after their first goal.
However, their optimism wouldn’t last long as TFC’s Kamika Thang was determined to
get the tournament’s first hat-trick.
Thang found the ball in a good position and delicately lobbed the ball past the keeper
to take the game beyond GAFC’s reach. Although several chances at both ends came,
none of them were converted into goals. At the final whistle, the scores stood at
4-1 to Todo FC.
The number of Afghan civilians killed or injured in the first half of 2013 rose by
23 per cent compared to the same period last year, owing mainly to the increased
use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by insurgents, according to a United Nations
The mid-year report on the protection of civilians, produced by the UN Assistance
Mission in Afghanistan, documented 1,319 civilian deaths and 2,533 injuries – a total
of 3,852 civilian casualties – in the first half of 2013.
This marks an increase of 14 per cent in deaths and 28 per cent in injuries over
the same period in 2012, the Mission stated in a news release. The increase reverses
the decline recorded in 2012, and marks a return to the high numbers of civilian
deaths and injuries documented in 2011.
“The violent impact of the conflict on Afghan civilians marked by the return of rising
civilian casualties in 2013 demands even greater commitment and further efforts by
parties to the conflict to protect civilians who are increasingly being killed and
injured in the crossfire,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and
head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. “The increase in the indiscriminate use of IEDs and the
deliberate targeting of civilians by anti-Government elements is particularly alarming
and must stop,” he added.
The second biggest cause of civilian deaths and injuries were “ground engagements”
between Afghan security forces and anti-Government elements, which UNAMA said poses
an increasing threat to Afghan children, women and men.
“The growing loss of life and injuries to Afghan women and children in 2013 is particularly
disturbing,” said UNAMA’s Director of Human Rights, Georgette Gagnon. “Deaths and
injuries to women and children increased by 38 per cent in the first half of 2013
reflecting a grim reality of the conflict today in Afghanistan.”