August 06

Siang United thrash Ngargo Ao 7-3

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.



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 here today.

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 draw.

Tanu Rai and Roonie Ramching were the scorers.

Today’s match

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.


E-Panchayat training

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.


Assembly Day

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 meeting.

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 segments.


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 NH52-A


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.


News Impact


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 for discussion.

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 MSDP schemes.

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, Naharlagun today.

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 problems.

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 medicinal plants.

He further called on the participants to take up harvesting of medicinal plants for self sustenance.

Giving out keynote address, member secretary APSMPB, T Gapak, explained about the importance of globally significant medicinal plant species of the state.



Elephants destroy paddy fields, villagers seek compensation

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 colorful ceremony.

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 timely.

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 programme.



Mega project fails to supply water in

peak season


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, 2010.

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.



Eagle Trophy

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 2-1.

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, went wide.

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.

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Impact of Afghan conflict


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 report.

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.”