6 Assam communities enforce 2-day shutdown

first_imgA forum of six communities demanding Scheduled Tribe status enforced a 48-hour shutdown affecting normal life in parts of Assam since Monday.The police reported sporadic incidents of violence and disruption of communication in eastern, central and western Assam where the six communities — Moran, Muttock, Tai-Ahom, Kock-Rajbongshi, Chutia and Adivasi (‘tea tribe’) — are in the majority.These communities currently enjoy Other Backwards Class status. The OBCs’ share in Assam’s quota pie is 27%, while the STs (plains), Scheduled Castes and STs (hills) have 10%, 7% and 5% share respectively.Two-decade-old issueThe ST status demand by the six communities has been a major issue for more than two decades now. The Bharatiya Janata Party had promised them tribal status before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.The last meeting between the Centre and the representatives of the six communities was held in April 2017. Leaders of these communities said they are still awaiting a report that was to be submitted by June 2017.The trigger for the two-day shutdown from 5 a.m. on Monday was the alleged snub by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a meeting with leaders of the six communities in New Delhi on July 20. “The Minister came and went without saying much except that our issue would be resolved soon,” said Aswini Chetia, adviser of All-Assam Tai-Ahom Students’ Union, adding that neither Mr. Singh, nor Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju “seemed interested in knowing about our demands”. The six communities would organise a rally on July 30 demanding the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfil the BJP’s commitment to grant them ST status. Other tribes waryThe existing ST communities in Assam are opposed to the move to grant tribal status to the six ethnic groups. The Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam (CCTOA), representing Bodo, Rabha, Tiwa, Karbi, Dimasa, Mising, Sonowal, Hajong, Garo and Deuri tribes, had in 2011 written to the Singla Committee that the proposal to grant ST status to six “advances and populous OBC communities” was “a conspiracy to destroy/exterminate the existing STs of Assam”.The Centre had set up the committee headed by Mahesh Kumar Singla, then Special Secretary (internal security) in the Home Ministry, on March 1, 2011, to look into the demand of the six communities and its fallout.The CCTOA had said that the Registrar General of India had rejected the demand of the six communities eight times between 1981 and 2006. The Centre did grant ST status to the Koch-Rajbongshis for six months in 1996, but it was revoked after it was found that 33 of 42 medical seats and 17 of 21 engineering seats apart from other courses reserved for STs had been taken away by the Koch-Rajbongshis.Tribal-majority State?Social scientists say granting ST status to the six communities would make Assam a tribal majority State and would entitle it to special safeguards that might help in solving complications arising out of alleged illegal influx into the State affecting its demographic balance.If granted reservation, the number of Assembly seats reserved for tribal people is expected to jump from the existing 16 to about 85-90 in the 126-seat House by way of fresh delimitation of constituencies.last_img read more

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Muzaffarnagar riots: property of accused in murder case of eyewitness attached

first_imgAuthorities have attached properties of an absconding accused in the murder case of Ashfaq, who was an eyewitness in the killings of his two brothers during the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Wednesday. The properties of Sehdev, one of the seven accused in the case, have been attached after an order by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Gautam, said Harsharan Sharma, Station House Officer of Khatauli. Six other accused in the case have already been arrested and Sehdev is currently on the run, he added. Ashfaq, who had witnessed the killings of his brothers Nawab and Shahid during the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, was shot dead on March 11 after he had apparently refused to withdraw the case, police said. The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining areas in August and September 2013 had claimed more than 60 lives, while over 40,000 people were displaced.last_img read more

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Woman player accuses co-player of rape at Bhopals SAI centre

first_imgBhopal, Jun 21 (PTI) A 25-year-old woman sportsperson from Haryana has alleged that a co-player from her state raped her under the pretext of marriage during their stay at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Ratibad locality here from 2013 till January this year, police said today.The woman who lodged the complaint in Rohtak Mahila Thana recently, which was later transferred to Ratibad police station, stated that she and the accused used to live in the SAI academy after they got the admission in 2013, according to police.She stated that the accused “lured” her into having physical relations with him under the pretext of marriage and later shot a video of the act, but later reneged on his promise, an officer said.An FIR under section 376 (punishment for rape) was registered recently in Rohtak and the case diary was transferred to Ratibad police station since the SAI centre comes under its jurisdiction, Ratibad police station in-charge Ashok Gautam told PTI today.”The case diary of this FIR was sent here yesterday by Rohtaks women police station. As per the case diary, the woman and the fellow player had been in touch with each other for the past three years. She said the accused lured her into having physical relations under the pretext of marriage,” Gautam said.He said both the players got the admission in the SAI centre in 2013 to undergo training for their respective games.They returned to Rohtak after completion of their training in January this year, the officer said.advertisement”The woman complained that the accused, who was in possession of the video, continued to pressurise her into having physical relations even after they returned to Rohtak. He had also sent the video to her,” Gautam said.The complainant said the accused is now refusing to marry her.”The case diary was sent to Bhopal after the woman complained to Haryana chief minister that Rohtak police have failed to take any action. We have forwarded the case diary to the crime branch for further investigation,” he said, adding that a woman police officer would conduct the further investigation into the case. PTI ADU MAS NSK BASlast_img read more

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Nea Kifissia Stuns Olympiakos, 68-67

first_imgATHENS – Olympiakos’ uneven season continued when the mighty Reds were upset 68-67 by Nea Kifissia, which had put up a tough game earlier in the week against perennial champion Panathinaikos.Olympiakos had Milan Tomic on the bench as an interim coach after Giorgos Bartzokas resigned following a loss to arch-rival Panathinaikos in the Greek basketball league. PAOK’s Soulis Markopoulos reportedly is the favorite for the Piraeus club’s bench.Olympiakos is having trouble finding a new leader after France’s Vincent Collet and Serbia’s Aleksander Djordjevic spurned the Reds’ offer to take over as coach.PAOK reportedly will agree to let Markopoulos jump to a Eurloeague contender instead of a second-tier club. He could be replaced at the Thessaloniki team by former Panionios coach Giorgos Sferopoulos, Kathimerini reported.PAOK only played 19 minutes of its game at Aris on Oct. 18, as objects hurled onto the court by the Aris fans forced the abandonment of the Thessaloniki derby, with PAOK given the win by a score of 20-0. Fan violence is common at Greek basketball games.Trikala and Korivos Amaliadas played a wild game that saw Trikala win in a second overtime, 102-93. Once-powerful AEK got its first win after returning to the league, beating Panionios 77-64. Apollon Patras defeated Panelefsiniakos 91-82, and AGO Rethymnou beat KAO Dramas 72-66.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Rupee falls 17 paise against US dollar in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee depreciated by 17 paise to 71.95 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday, tracking weak domestic equity market and persistent foreign fund outflows. Pessimism over US-China trade talks prospects also put pressure on the domestic unit, forex dealers said. However, a weak dollar against other major currencies overseas and softening crude prices restricted the rupee’s fall, they added. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened weak at 71.96 and fell further to 72.05 against the US dollar. The domestic currency, however, pared some losses and was trading at 71.95. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The rupee fell 29 paise to close at 71.77 against the US dollar on Wednesday. The BSE Sensex was trading 215.51 points, or 0.58 per cent, lower at 37,236.33, while the broader Nifty fell 58.90 points, or 0.53 per cent, to 10,987.20 in early trade. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 935.27 crore on Wednesday, as per provisional data. Meanwhile, investors remained edgy over concerns about developments in the China-US trade talks. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, declined 0.63 per cent to USD 60.11 per barrel. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.02 per cent to 98.19. The 10-year government bond yield was up at 6.57 per cent in morning tradelast_img read more

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Look south study finds analogues for future climate of US Canadian cities

first_imgWondering what the climate in your city will be like in a few decades?An unusual study published today suggests you should look about 1,000 kilometres to the south.Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland says that’s the average distance between 540 cities in the U.S. and Canada and the closest place that resembles what their climate will become.Fitzpatrick says if nothing changes, Montreal can expect a climate similar to that of Chester, Pennsylvania.Vancouver will feel a lot like Seattle and Calgary’s weather will resemble what folks in Spearfish, South Dakota, now experience.Fitzpatrick acknowledges his calculations are approximate.They don’t take into account extreme weather, for example, and the climate in some cities won’t resemble anything that exists currently.But Fitzpatrick says the idea of climate analogues is intended to help people understand how radically the world is changing.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canadian doc Rumble exposes unheralded influence of Native American musicians

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The song kicks off the documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World,” from Montreal-based filmmakers Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana, which has its world premiere Sunday in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and will air on The Movie Network later this year. “That’s the secret sauce, this hidden gem of a story,” Bainbridge said of how “these incredible icons” inspired so many famous performers seen in the documentary. Many of them agreed to appear in “Rumble” because of their friendship with the film’s executive producer, guitarist Stevie Salas. “Where in this day and age can you find things that are hidden?” said Bainbridge, whose award-winning documentary “Reel Injun” explored the portrayal of Native Americans in movies and on TV. Having seen “Reel Injun,” Salas approached Rezolution Pictures — which was founded by Bainbridge and her husband Ernest Webb — about using the Smithsonian exhibit as an inspiration for a documentary. Through archival footage and powerful performances, indigenous artists are acknowledged as influences by more than three dozen marquee performers, including crooner Tony Bennett, funk father George Clinton, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and proto-punk legend Iggy Pop. The documentary explores the often-unheralded contributions of Native Americans in shaping popular song. Wray was a Shawnee Native American but few people were aware of his background. Like him, many of the musicians profiled in “Rumble” either kept their heritage secret or downplayed it, fearing racist backlash. Advertisement Whether the musicians in “Rumble” talked about their backgrounds or not, their heritage influenced the work, including 1920s Delta bluesman Charley Patton, “Queen of Swing” Mildred Bailey, rock legend Jimi Hendrix and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, who worked with blues musician Taj Mahal, John Lennon and the Rolling Stones. Salas said he had no idea there were so many Native musicians until he was interviewed by Canadian writer Brian Wright-McLeod for his 2004 book “The Encyclopedia of Native Music.” Facebook “It was a learning experience for many,” Salas said. “When I was a kid, my first band was (playing with) Rod Stewart, just out of high school. I didn’t look like everybody else. I’m an Apache Indian. I was looking around, how come there’s no Indians playing rock ‘n’ roll?” “I knew nothing about Link Wray and the influence that he had,” said Bainbridge. “Musicians know these people and how influential they are. It’s time other people knew.” They were the power chords that sparked a musical revolution: three growling, fuzzy blasts that made Link Wray’s 1958 banned-by-radio instrumental “Rumble” a rule-breaking inspiration for rock guitarists who followed. Salas teamed with Tim Johnson (also an executive producer on “Rumble”) to create “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture,” an exhibit for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. It was named for the 1982 hit song co-written by Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, who also appears in “Rumble.” Twitter Login/Register With: Guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson of the Band shares childhood memories of time he spent on the Brantford, Ont.-area Six Nations of the Grand River reserve with his mother’s family. He was advised: “Be proud you are Indian; but be careful who you tell.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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