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Arms smuggling rising in Arunachal
Published on 19 Jan. 2010 12:43 AM IST
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The Arunachal Pradesh Home minister has raised an alarm over the smuggling of Chinese weapons along the Mynamar border. Concerned over the rise in militancy in the state, Tako Dabi has claimed illegal Chinese arms are being smuggled into the coutnry through the porous border with Myanmar. To add to the state’s woes, Dabi says Naga militants have formed an alliance with with the Kachin Independence Army in Myanmar to facilitate gun smuggling. The minister has identified the troubled areas of Tirap and Changlang which were being used for gun running. “The Chinese are not here, but there is definitely collaboration. Through Kachin they make a road to China. China is providing money and arms also. Changlang and Tirap is a corridor for trading arms and money from China. I do not know how they operate in China, but they go through Kachin and the Myanmar road to China,” said Dabi. TIMES NOW had earlier reported that Northeast militants belonging to the ULFA and Peoples Liberation Army have visited Yunnan in China which borders Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh. Google’s 3 versions on Arunachal Controversy surrounds search engine giant Google once again and for a second time- it revolves around its depiction of Arunachal Pradesh. If you browse through Google Maps, the application has at least three different versions on the state either a part of India or China, and a third as a disputed territory. All this despite fact that the north eastern state has a democratically elected government and should so not be an undisputed territory in any case. What throws up when you open Google India is politically correct Arunachal Pradesh remains a part of India. If you open the Google Maps’ China edition, Arunachal Pradesh would show itself as an undisputed part of China, the whole of it. But when you open the map available on the international edition, Arunachal Pradesh is shown as a disputed territory, a third version on the north eastern state, as reported by TIMES NOW. Google has reacted to its three different takes on Arunachal Pradesh. Claiming it is only following standard practice to show all disputed regions around the world on its global properties, depict disputed regions as per the claims made by the disputing or claiming nations. Adding it does not in any way endorse or affirm the position taken by any side but merely provides complete information on the prevailing geo-political situation. “Products that have been localized to the local domain of a region may depict that country’s position as per the mandate of their local laws. As in the case of Google India and Google China,” Google said in a statement. Remember in August this year, Google Earth came in for sharp criticism in India for what Google subsequently described as a mistaken use of Chinese script to mark areas in Arunachal Pradesh. “Earlier this week, as part of routine update to Google Earth, we published new data for the Arunachal Pradesh region that changed the depiction of certain place names in the product. The change was a result of a mistake in our processing of new map data,” said Google earlier in a statement.

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