November 19


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Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


KCUYA and YC team calls on CM

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The members of Kharsang Circle Unemployed Youth Association (KCUYA) and Arunachal Pradesh Eastern Parliamentary Youth Congress had a meeting with the Chief Minister today. The members briefed about the grievances regarding poor unemployment scenario of Miao constituency in particular and Changlang district as a whole.  The  members also highlighted the burning problems like drug and opium abuse which resulted in rise in anti-social activities.

Kamlung Mossang, Minister Geology  and  Mining, Civil Supply and Art & Culture, was also present during the meeting.

While giving a patient hearing, the Chief Minister assured to look into  grievances.


Bam takes part in CCPC meeting

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The Global Human Rights Organization (GHRO) chairman Goken Bam who is also member of central consumer protection council (CCPC) has attended the 27th meeting of the CCPC held under the chairmanship of Prof. K.V Thomas Union Minister of State (independent charge) Consumer Affairs, Food and public distribution at Kochi in Kerala on 16th November.  During the meeting  many issues like misleading advertisements, unfair trade practices and containment of wastages of food items were discussed. Goken highlighted the issues related to the consumer awareness and protection activities in Arunachal and functioning of State Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum.


Inspiring sustainable dev in border areas

From Staff Reporter

LUMLA, Nov 18: Community mushroom farms set up at Gorsam village in Tawang district bordering China would be inaugurated by Civil Aviation Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi here tomorrow.

The farms are one of the many initiatives taken up jointly by New Delhi-based Winrock International India, now rechristened as Inspire Network for Environment (INE), and Yuva Arunachal, engaged since last few years in speedy socio-economic development of the people living along the Sino-India border.

Many projects, including production of Tawang Rhododendron Squash taken up by the INE and Yuva Arunachal since 2008 and convincing the local Buddhist community to convert their idle sacred groove into productive land, have brought a difference in enhancing the livelihood of the villagers of this border district.

INE president Dr Kinsuk Mitra, programme officers Monalisa Sen and Dr KM Jayhari along with ICICI Foundation president Subrata Mukahrjee arrived here today for the function.


ACS appeals Govt to support AWS

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Executive members of Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) lead by its secretary general and Advocate John Likha today visited Rehabilitation Centre, ‘Mother’s Home’ at Lekhi village run by Achukuru Welfare Society (AWS) an NGO.

During their visit, the team members interacted with the AWS chairperson Tailyang Shanti. Shanti on her part, informed the  visiting team that  the NGO is  dedicated for the  wellbeing of the poor  and helpless people. No financial assistance received from Govt and any other source to run the Home so far.

While appreciating the humanitarian service offered by the NGO, the ACS appealed  the Chief Minister and state Govt as a whole to extend all possible help to the  T Shanti for smooth running of the  Mothers Home. Arunachal Civil Society chairman also requested other NGOs  to extend a helping hand  to the  AWS in its noble works.





126 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

32nd National Jr Boys and Girls Taekwondo C’ship begins

Govt to develop sports infrastructure in phased manner: Tuki

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The 32nd National Junior Boys and Girls Taekwondo Championship began at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Over 700 players from 31 states are participating in the championship which will be held in 10 weight categories for both boys and girls. A total of 80 medals¬  20 Gold, 20 Silver and 40 Bronze, will be up for grabs. Poomse, the competition of imaginary fighting movement, has been excluded from this edition of the championship due to some technical reasons. Attending the opening ceremony, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki reiterated his commitment for making Arunachal Pradesh a leading state in sports through target oriented action plans.  Admitting the poor sports infrastructure facilities in the state, Tuki said that his government has planned to develop necessary sports infrastructure in all the districts in phased manner. He also announced that fund for construction of a multipurpose taekwondo hall will be sanctioned under SPA.

Informing about the adoption of a comprehensive sports policy for development of games and sports sector, Tuki said that his Government has taken up various steps to promote sports and encourage the sportspersons to perform better. Lucrative incentives of up to Rs 2 crore for Olympic gold medalist, employment through reservation policy were some of the major initiatives taken by his government, Tuki said. He hoped that these incentives would encourage more talented youths to take up sports professionally.  Tuki expressed his immense pleasure to see players from all over the country participating in the championship.

“Your participation is more important than winning because winning and losing are part and parcel of any sports. Hence, one should not dishearten by failure,”  Tuki said while welcoming the participating players and officials from various states. He urged the youths to take inspiration from MC Mary Kom, who despite being from a poor family rose to the pinnacle of success through her grit, determination, sincerity and hard practice.  He also advised them to take this opportunity to make new friends and understand each other’s culture and traditions better. “Ours is a unique state with 26 major indigenous tribes and over 100 sub-tribes, the culture, language, customs and traditions of which are uniquely distinct from each other, Tuki said and urged them to enjoy the warm tribal hospitality of the people during their stay here.

Tuki thanked Taekwondo Federation of India for shouldering Arunachal Pradesh to host the prestigious event, which will give the much needed exposure to the players of this remote northeastern state.

Member of Parliament of Bhutan National Assembly, Dupthup, who is currently on a cultural exchange program here along with a cultural troupe from his country, was the guest of honour during the function.

Arunachal Taekwondo Association president Kipa Kaha expressed his gratitude to TFI for reposing faith on Arunachal Taekwondo Association (ATA) to shoulder the huge task of organizing the mega event. He also thanked the state government led by Chief Minister Tuki for extending all help in organizing the championship.

Taekwondo Federation of India (TFI) Secretary General Praveen Kumar, Organizing Secretary L. Sokun Singh also spoke on the occasion.

The inaugural function was also attended by Minister for Urban Development Rajesh Tacho, Arunachal Pradesh Olympic Association president and Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, Adviser to CM Kalikho Pul, Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary Indira Mallo Jain, Taekwondo Federation of India Technical Committee Chairman PA Gurung, Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago, Sports Authority of Arunachal Vice Chairman Likha Tara, Indian Weightlifting Federation Joint Secretary Abraham K Techi,  among many others.

In the first match of the championship, Anuska Jain of Gujarat defeated Jyoti Pabiya of Chattisgarh in the 42 kg category.



NES Silver Jubilee celebration gets underway

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The silver jubilee celebration of the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) began with the hoisting of NES flag by its president Bengia Tolum amidst rendition of flag song at the general ground, Koloriang in Kurung Kumey district Saturday.


Tolum along with NES vice president (East) Tarin Dakpe and assistant general secretary Tarh Tabin released three pigeons as a symbol of peace, progress and prosperity on the occasion. The NES also felicitated Bengia Chapo in recognition of his hard work and achievement in his professional career. By dint of his hard work, Chapo became the joint secretary, Arunachal legislative assembly.

In his presidential address, Tolum dwelt at length on the history of Nyishi social movements and their historical achievements. Informing that K/Kumey district receives the highest number of NES awards every year in professional and academic sphere, Tolum gave a clarion call to nurture the hidden talents of the youth force and womenfolk. Terming the women, particularly mothers as the builders of the future of the community, Bengia said, women have to play a proactive role in upbringing their children for vibrant future. He urged the womenfolk not to concentrate only on prototype agenda like child marriage, forced marriage and polygamy which has become obsolete in the present day world, rather to switch over for the women empowerment.

On the dismal law and order situation, he exhorted the district administration to keep strict vigil and also urged the common people, especially youths to act as civil police. He further urged the Govt officers, particularly local officers to fulfill their moral obligation towards infrastructure development with optimum use of fund.

In his address, former general secretary of the NES Techi Nyokum urged the younger generation to work hard to excel in their respective field of activities and discourage mushrooming of organizations. While discouraging early marriage, Techi, who was the first ANSU general secretary, exhorted the political leaders to maintain unity and harmony.

The NES is a socially sanctioned, non-political apex organization of the community, said local MLA and Tax & Excise Parliamentary Secretary Lokam Tassar. Highlighting the role of some prominent organizations of the community like ANSU and ANYA, Tassar appealed to the NES to play an effective role in banning other Nyishi organizations.

MP Takam Sanjoy, who participated in the programme along with his spouse and other dignitaries, narrated the social movement of the community and formation of the NES and its journey in the last 25 years. Citing the role and function of the other community based organizations like Adi-Baane Kebang with long-term vision, the MP also appealed to the NES to work with a vision and prepare a long term roadmap for the future.

“We must resolve not to allow drug and gun culture in our community,” he emphatically said and urged the NES to intervene to bring in reformation in students unions, particularly in its lavish expenditure. Sanjoy also announced to hand over three ambulances to the district medical officer soon.

While narrating the 25 years glorious service of the NES as a pillar and guiding force of the community, ANYA president Bamang Taji assured to work under the wisdom of the NES. Condemning the recent attack on the Koloriang circle officer, he urged the district administration and police to tackle law and order problem. In his address deputy commissioner Rajiv Takuk lauded the role of NES.

Among others, Yumlam Kaha, secretary in-charge, Kurung Kumey and Nikja Tami, chairperson, Kurung Kumey unit, NES also spoke on the occasion.

A large number of dignitaries including former minister Kafha Bengia, former zilla chairperson Bengia Tado, ADC Hage Taka, SP Hage Lailang and HoDs attended the inaugural function.

Later NES team held an interaction session with the district’s HoDs, wherein the DC gave an overview of the law and order situation.



Cricket frenzy grips Seppa

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Nov 18:   It may not be the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), but for Seppaites (people of Seppa),  the  3rd Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket Championship 2012  scheduled to begin at picturesque Seppa town of East Kameng district from 21 November, is more than just a cricketing event.

The wave of excitement seen in cricket frenzy Seppa ahead of the tournament has undoubtedly proved Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket Championship as one of the most popular sporting events. The tournament is the biggest T20 Cricket league in entire North East in terms of prize money.

Apart from general ground, the venue for hosting the month-long tournament, every street and lawn has turned more or less into practicing ground for school going children and cricket aficionados, hitting strokes imitating their favorite cricketing icons like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dhoni, Yuvraj and Pathan.

The stage has already set for the final showdown and countdown is ticking faster each day, as the twelve teams from across the state are ready to vie with each other for the top honor.

The people of this district love every sport. This was admitted by tournament chief patron Kumar Waii, who is also Parliamentary Secretary, RWD.

“In our district every sport discipline is loved by people”, Waii said. He hoped that this championship would provide a good platform to the cricketers to show their skills and leave room for youngsters to learn from them.  He said the whole district is eagerly waiting for the ensuing tournament and the people are also cooperative and curious for the championship.

There is also report that thousands of people are coming down to Seppa to enjoy all the 28 matches to be played during the 16 days tournament.

Organizing Chairman Karbia Dodum informed this correspondent that cricket fever has already gripped the Seppa town and the atmosphere was also perfect and sportive. Every people here are eagerly waiting to see the tournament to begin.

Besides cricket fever among people, there was a sense of competition among the participating teams. “It is very nice to see that everybody is practicing very hard to prepare themselves for the tournament,” quipped Tsering Jomoh, a player of the defending champion Pacha Highlander.



INDEF-NER council meeting

ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The Annual Council Meeting of Indian Engineers Federation, North Eastern Region (INDEF-NER) was held at Dimapur, Nagaland on 16th November.

Attending the function  Y. Patton, Parliamentary Secretary for Irrigation & Flood Control, Geology & Mining and Border Affairs, Govt. of Nagaland has called upon the Engineering fraternity of the North East region not to be complacent with government jobs but rather strive harder to build the nation and stated that the status of a country depends much on the ability and efficiency of the engineers.

Pointing out that one primary concern of the North East region is natural calamities such as earthquakes, landslides and floods, Patton urged upon the engineers of the region to be well prepared to face these challenges technically and to build structures resilient to such calamities. He also pointed out that Government of India has brought out the comprehensive ’Look East Policy’ which is focused on changing the face of the present day North East region in all respects, he therefore urged the engineers of the region to  re-dedicate themselves and work harder with clear vision and innovative ideas. “When the engineers and technocrats of the North East region work with true commitment, I don’t see any reason why our region should be lagging behind,” he said.

Engineer-in-Chief NPWD, Dr. Er. Vikuotuolie Angami, spoke on maintaining engineering ethics among the fraternity and exhorted the members to maintain their credibility and suggest measures for the faster delivery of services.

The meeting was hosted by Federation of Nagaland State Engineering Service Association (FONSESA). The delegates from all the North Eastern States have attended the meeting. A nine-member team of engineers from Arunachal Pradesh took part in the meeting. The team members  included Er. K. Wahge, Secy General, INDEF-NER, Er. B. Pelen, Treasurer, INDEF-NER, Er. Nabam Takar, Secy (Admn), INDEF-NER, Er. G. Borang, SE WRD, Er. W. Handique, EE RWD, Er. G. Tara, AE RWD, Er. P. Tangu, AE RWD, Er. R. Loyi, AE WRD and Er. Toko Taje, PWD.  Various issues confronting the engineers of North Eastern Region was discussed in the meeting and also resolutions were adopted.



EKSWCO urges CE (Highway) to start Seppa-Sagalee road

ITANAGAR, Nov 18:  East Kameng Social Welfare and Culture Organisation (EKSWCO) has urged the chief engineer (highway) to start Seppa to Sagalee road via Pakke-Kessang under Trans-Arunachal before Seppa-Nechipu.

EKSWCO chairman Dr Tachi Taku and secretary Er Takar Tachang met CE (Highway) Bora Ete in this regard on November 16 last at his office and submitted a memorandum, urging for prioritisation of Seppa-Sagalee over Nechipu-Seppa.  

EKSWCO reasoned that the commuters of the district would get an alternative road to reach Itanagar via Sagalee when Nechipu to Seppa road gets blocked during construction work. It further said that the commuters of the district along with its neighbouring districts-West Kameng and Tawang are paying heavy prices for inordinate delay and haphazard construction of Charduar-Tawang road by BRO.  

EKSWCO claimed that CE agreed to positively act on their request while requesting the Organisation to create conducive atmosphere for the executing agencies to carry out the Trans-Arunachal Highway work in the district. EKSWCO assured full cooperation from their end.  Ete also assured timely repairing of Nechipu-Seppa road which is in dilapidated condition.



Kimin-1 Panchayat lifts trophies

KIMIN, Nov 18: The 2nd Inter Panchayat Level Winter Football (Men) and Volleyball (Women) tournament organized and sponsored by All Kimin Youth Welfare Association (AKYWA) at Mini Subansiri Stadium Kimin concluded on Nov 16. All together 14 teams had participated in the week-long tournament.

In the final football match played between Kimin one Panchayat and Upper Jumi Panchayat,   Kimin one defeated Upper Jumi Panchayat in the tightly contested match 1-0 and walked away with 1st prize of  Rs 60,000 and a trophy. The runners up team was awarded a sum of Rs 30,000 with a trophy.

In the Women’s volleyball competition Kimin one defeated Lichi Cher panchayat and grabbed the 1ST prize of Rs 30,000 with trophy and runners up got Rs 20,000/= with a trophy.

Tadar Kojum of Kimin one Panchayat and Miss Chera Menia of Upper Jumi Panchayat were adjudged Best players of the tournament  in football and volley ball respectively.

Nabam Rebia, Parliamentary Secretary, Planning, Tana Bado, ZPM Doimukh, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, Bamang Yayu, ZPM Kimin and S Lowang, EAC Kimin, CO  Kimin and host of  senior citizens, Panchayat leaders, GBs and HODs attended the closing ceremony and enjoyed the final football match.  

Speaking on the occasion as Chief guest, Nabam Rebia, lauded the AKYWA for organizing such event successfully. He opined that such tournament is necessary at panchayat level as it provides great opportunity to youth of the rural area to show their talents. He exhorted youths to follow the guiding principles of true sportsmanship to become a world class player like Baichung Bhutia. He also cited the example of Boxing Icon from North East Marry Kom who made  India proud by winning Bronze Medal in Olympics, despite a mother of two sons. He also highlighted the New sports policy of State Govt including job reservation for excellent sportspersons and urged the youths especially the school dropouts to concentrate on sports and make it a profession. He mentioned the incentives announced by Chief Minister for medal winners of state at an international level.  

While responding to one-point memorandum submitted by AKYWA for construction of local kitchen cum storehouse inside the Subansiri Stadium complex for preparation food for visiting dignitaries during festivals, Nabam Rebia  assured to look into the matter.

Tana Bado, ZPM Doimukh  urged the players especially the youths to take advantage of every opportunity available before them to showcase their hidden talent and skills. Bado commended the AKYWA team for successful conduct of the 2nd Winter tournament that too with lucrative prize.

Earlier, Tar Takam, President AKYWA extended warm welcome and explained the aim and objective behind conducting such tournaments. He paid rich homage to Lt Nguri  Biyan, S/O Lt Nguri  Tem who was a renowned local artist and Founder  Secretary of AKYWA. The members present on the occasion observed one minute silence for the departed soul. Biyan died  on 12th Oct 2012 after prolonged illness.



Mumbai bids tearful farewell to Bal Thackeray, city shuts down

MUMBAI, Nov 18: The mortal remains of Bal Thackeray, a Hindutva mascot and flagbearer of Marathi pride, were consigned to flames on Sunday evening as lakhs of mourners joined the Shiv Sena founder's grieving family to bid him a tearful farewell, with the city observing a virtual shutdown.

In a spontaneous outpouring of grief, a sea of humanity, unprecedented in recent memory, descended on the streets leading from "Matoshree", Thackeray's Bandra home, to Shivaji Park, to catch the last glimpse of the uncrowned king of Mumbai.

As several times in life, the Thackeray phenomenon was in evidence once again in death as he brought Mumbai to a halt with all marketplace, from the swanky malls to the tiny tea stalls and 'paan-beedi' kiosks, closed and all roads leading to "Matoshree", Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar and Shivaji Park, where his last rites were performed.

Loud roars of "Parat ya parat ya Balasaheb parat ya (Come back, come back, Balasaheb come back), Kon ala re, kon ala Shiv Senecha wagh ala (Who has come, who has come, Shiv Sena's tiger has come)" and "Balasaheb amar rahe" (long live Balasaheb) rent the air as an emotional Uddhav, the youngest son of the departed leader and Sena's executive president, lit the pyre.

In a reflection of the respect Thackeray commanded across the board, a galaxy of politicians, from allies to rivals, film stars to captains of industry were attendance.

Those present included long-time political rival and personal friend Sharad Pawar, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, senior party leader LK Advani, leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chauhan, and Union ministers Praful Patel and Rajiv Shukla.

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, with whom Thackeray shared a long-standing bond, actor Nana Patekar, filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar and Mahesh Manjarekar, industrialists Anil Ambani and Venugopal Dhoot and Zee's Subhash Chandra reached Shivaji Park hours ahead of the funeral.

Ex-Sena leader Chhagan Bhujbal, who got Thackeray arrested after becoming NCP's deputy chief minister and home minister in a little known case after a bitter fallout, and Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam, who also broke away from the saffron party, were among those present.

In a measure of respect and influence Thackeray commanded over generations of Maharashtrians, the government allowed his funeral to take place at Shivaji Park, never a venue for such events, and accorded him a state funeral, the first public funeral after Bal Gangadhar Tilak's in 1920.

Governor K Sankaranarayanan and chief minister Prithviraj Chavan placed wreathes on the Sena patriarch's body.

A contingent of Mumbai Police gave a gun salute and buglers sounded the last post, a rare honour for somebody who never held any official position.

Even as elsewhere Mumbai turned into a ghost city with not a taxi or an autorickshaw in sight and markets, restaurants, cinema theatres and muliplexes closed, the Bandra-Shivaji Park stretch came alive with slogan-shouting Sena supporters.

As the firebrand leader's final journey began from "Matoshree", his son Uddhav could not control emotions and broke down atop the flower-bedecked truck carrying among others his wife Rashmi and sons Tejas and Aditya, the 'Yuva Sena' chief.

Conspicuous by his absence from the truck carrying a massive poster of Thackeray against the image of the tiger, the Sena's symbol, with saffron flags aflutter, was his nephew and MNS boss Raj Thackeray who chose to walk some distance with the mourners before taking care of arrangements for the funeral at Shivaji Park.

As the procession inched towards "Shiv Sena Bhavan", the party headquarters, tens of thousands supporters and onlookers lined the streets, balconies and flyovers, with many clambering atop lamp posts and trees to catch a sight of the leader. Many showered the mourners with flower petals.

It took the cortege nearly 8 hours to cover the 10km stretch between "Matoshree" and Shivaji Park.

The cortege made a brief halt at "Shiv Sena Bhavan", built by Thackeray in 1977, where his body was kept for top party leaders to pay homage to the Shiv Sena patriarch. It was out of bounds for the common Sena workers. PTI

State BJP mourns Thackeray's death

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh deeply mourned the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

In a condolence meeting held at Party headquarter at Itanagar, State BJP president Dr Tangor Tapak said  late Thackeray was a great patriot  who always raised voice for the cause of the  nation. The void created with the death of Thackeray will never be filled, he said.



Dear Editor,

This is in reference to  news items published in a section of local dailies on Nov 9 and 10 whereas it was said that ARC Bagra was assaulted in Arunachal House in full public view and  subsequently  punishment was demanded against the accused by various sections of the society.  Indeed, it was shocking news for the citizens of the state and it also really hurts my sentiment and damaged my reputation and image. I vehemently refute the allegation leveled against me by fabricating a false story which tried to tarnish my name and the clan as a whole.

The so called  fourth pillar (the Print media of the State) without verifying the actual facts has blindly carried the news on the behest of some vested interested politicians who are hand in glove with the these media persons  just to gain cheap political mileage out of the minor incident that happened on 7th November night.

I would like clarify the allegations leveled against me. On that night I along with my personal friends including Minister Atun Welly went for dinner in a famous restaurant. After the dinner we departed, I with my friends headed to Arunachal House at around 12.30 am to have a discussion with Welly who had already reached the Arunachal House ahead of us since he was to fly back to Guwahati early morning at 6 am. Just as we got down from the vehicle I happened to have exchanged hot words with my friends on some matter and I lost my temper during the argument and took up a flower pot of the house and threw it on him. The pot missed him and broke 2 glass window panels near the reception counter.

Meantime, someone had informed the police and they instantly reached the spot and asked us to come to police station, Chanakya. I voluntarily went with the police as I was solely responsible for the breaking of window glass. During this whole episode no officer of the Bhawan had appeared to pacify us, nor Bagra and  Atun Welly were present during the incident.

Just as we were about to leave for police station Bagra appeared and had a look at me whereas there was no argument or fight in between us as reported in the media. Later on while I was in police station, Damo, DRC (Deputy Resident Commissioner) Delhi and Bagra came to me and begged apology for lodging a false FIR accusing me that I physically assaulted Bagra. They immediately withdrew the FIR without my request and informed me that they were forced from the high level to lodge the complaint. Now I would like to inform that there is no case pending against me in Chanakya police station Delhi in connection with the fabricated and false story.

Taking serious cognizance of the issue I would caution those persons who are spreading rumors and are trying to defame my name and clan to have momentary political edge out of this minor incident. I also appeal various student organizations to verify the facts before proceeding for any reaction. Any one who is interested to know the more about actual facts may contact Bagra, ARC Delhi.


Nabum Tullon


UN vows to do better in Sri Lanka

The report by the so-called Internal Review Panel concluded that events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN to adequately respond to early warnings and to the evolving situation during the final stages of the conflict and its aftermath, to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of civilians and in contradiction with the principles and responsibilities of the UN.

The Panel, set up by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, highlighted in particular the roles played by the Secretariat, the agencies and programmes of the UN Country Team, and the members of the Security Council and Human Rights Council in the final months of that conflict.

Upon making the report public recently, Ban voiced his resolve for the UN to learn from its findings in order to better serve humanity, especially people caught in conflict.

The Panel of Experts’ report raised a number of issues, including those regarding the UN response to the situation facing civilians in the north of Sri Lanka in the last months of the war. It recommended a comprehensive review of action by the United Nations system during the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath, regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates  which, in turn, led to the internal UN review.

The report called the Secretary-General’s decision to commission an internal review a courageous step, and said that the findings and recommendations provide an urgent and compelling platform for action.

The UN’s failure to adequately respond to events like those that occurred in Sri Lanka should not happen again. When confronted by similar situations, the UN must be able to meet a much higher standard in fulfilling its protection and humanitarian responsibilities, said the report.