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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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard Sees No Need for More European Games

first_img champions leaguechelseaEuropa LeagueEurope First Published: October 18, 2019, 9:17 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Chelsea manager Frank Lampard sees no need for more European club matches, he said on Thursday, as discussions continued over the future of UEFA competitions.The European Club Association (ECA), representing more than 200 clubs, says it wants more matches and more teams involved when new formats are introduced from 2024. However, this has run into opposition from the region’s national leagues who argue that any expansion must not come at the expense of domestic football.”At the minute. ..I think the level is about right,” Lampard told reporters during an event organised by the European Leagues umbrella organisation.”The competition is good, we have the group stage, can we get through that. ..I like the format personally as a manager now.”If you ask me can we play more European games, I personally don’t know where you’d fit them in amongst our busy schedule,” he added.”I always find it hard with the players to keep the quality level and the freshness within the (team) so I think if we did do that there would be a lot of discussion about how that worked practically.”Lampard said he had a soft spot for the League Cup which would be the obvious casualty if teams need to fit in more games.”We won it a couple of times at Chelsea and it was the first competition I ever did win,” he said.An initial proposal, drawn up by UEFA in conjunction with the ECA earlier this year, has been sidelined by strong opposition.It had envisaged a three-tier pan European league with promotion and relegation between the divisions.The top tier would have been the new version of the Champions League but with 24 of the 32 teams keeping their places for the following season, breaking the tradition that qualification is achieved through domestic competition.European Leagues chairman Lars-Christer Olsson said football, not finance, had to be the main consideration in redesigning UEFA competition.”The starting point has to be football and not the distribution of revenues,” said the Swede, a former UEFA chief executive. “We have to remember that we are a sport first and foremost.”Marc Ingla, chief executive of French club Lille, told Reuters that clubs wanted more European games.”All clubs want more Europe and better Europe but not at the cost of losing access rights to these competitions, not at the cost of having a marginal portion of the revenue that can be generated or at the cost of giving even more means to the top clubs,” he said. last_img read more

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Bahamas Police  Woman stabbed teen stabbed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 8, 2017 – Nassau – Police reports confirmed that around 12:30am Wednesday, a woman was found stabbed to death at her Peter Street home, off Market Street. Neighbours reportedly found the woman’s lifeless body on the floor in her home and phoned the police.  Police are now searching for a male suspect in connection with the stabbing after witnesses said he was last seen leaving her home before they discovered her dead. Police also confirm the stabbing of a student of HO Nash  junior high during a fight with another teenager.   Senior ACP Stephen Dean says they have a boy in custody and labeled the stab wounds of the other boy, as minor and done with a knife with a small blade. #MagneticMediaNews#twostabbingsinNassau Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #twostabbingsinNassaulast_img read more

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Quota protests across country Sunday

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoQuota protesters demanding gazette notification in line with the prime minister’s pledge, will hold demonstration on Dhaka University campus on Sunday.They said there will be no classes and examinations at all universities across the country till 1:00pm on Sunday as part of their demonstration.Leaders of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad (General Students Rights Protection Council), the platform that initiated the demonstration for quota reforms in public services, announced the programme at a press conference in front of the central library of Dhaka University on Saturday.”The demonstrators are being harrassed. The police personnel are trying to arrest them in Cumilla and Rangpur. The students will not sit idle if such attempts continue,” the council’s convenor Hasan Al Mamun said.He demanded release of the demonstrators who were arrested and condemned terrorist attacks on protesters.The terrorists allegedly attacked the home of the council’s joint convenor Jasim Uddin and roughed up his family members.”We will not leave the streets until the gazette notification (abolising quota system) is issued,” said the council’s joint convenor Faruk Hassan.At the height of quota protests, prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on 11 April that there would be no quota from now on.The public administration ministry has recently sent a proposal to the prime minister, to constitute a committee for recommending measures on whether quota system would be abolished or amended.last_img read more

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Company Claims ESLs to be the Future of Light Bulbs w Video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — While compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are currently the primary alternative to incandescent light bulbs, a company from Seattle predicts that its own novel light bulbs will eventually replace CFLs and LEDs. Vu1 (“view one”) Corporation has been working on its electron stimulated luminescence (ESL) bulbs, and has recently released a demo video (below). On the other hand, LEDs don’t contain hazardous materials like mercury, and can last for up to 50,000 hours. However, their heat dissipation requirements make them more expensive than other bulbs, with a projected retail price of about $40 each.In contrast, ESLs don’t contain hazardous substances and should cost about $20, or the equivalent of a dimmable CFL reflector bulb, according to Vu1. Similar to CFLs, ESLs use 65% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last for up to 6,000 hours, or about four times the lifespan of incandescents. Other advantages of ESLs include a warm color temperature similar to incandescent light, as well as the ability to be turned on instantly and be fully dimmable. Vu1 plans to begin manufacturing ESLs by the end of the year, and hopes to market the bulb starting in mid-2010. Initially, the company will launch reflector-shaped bulbs, which are used in recessed lighting. Later they hope to expand into other bulb forms such as standard A bulbs and tubes. More information: www.vu1.comvia: CNet Crave© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Company Claims ESLs to be the Future of Light Bulbs (w/ Video) (2009, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-company-esls-future-bulbs-video.html Explore further ‘Light within a light’ offers CFL efficiency with incandescent bulb shapecenter_img ESL technology works by firing electrons at phosphor, which then glows. As Vu1 explains, the technology is similar to that used in cathode ray tubes and TVs. However, the bulbs have several improvements, such as in uniform electron distribution, energy efficiency, phosphor performance and manufacturing costs. “CRT and TV technology is based on delivering an electron ‘beam’ and then turning pixels on and off very quickly,” the company explains on its website. “ESL technology is based on uniformly delivering a ‘spray’ of electrons that illuminate a large surface very energy efficiently over a long lifetime.”With ESLs, Vu1 hopes to overcome some of the challenges faced by CFLs and LEDs, the two lighting technologies considered to have the most potential in the post-incandescent era. As the company explains, CFLs’ biggest problem is that they contain about 5 milligrams of mercury. If not recycled properly – or if they’re accidentally broken – CFLs release mercury into the air or groundwater. In addition, some people find the CFLs’ cooler colors less pleasing than the warmer tones of incandescent bulbs. Vu1’s conceptual design for its R-30 bulb. Credit: Vu1. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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22 injured as bus overturns on BerhaporeHariharpara Road

first_imgKolkata: As many as 22 passengers were injured some of them critically when a bus they were travelling in overturned on Berhapore-Hariharpara Road on Wednesday morning.All the injured persons were taken to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital by the local people immediately after the incident. The local people took part in the rescue operation before the police reached the spot. Police said that a private bus on its way to Berhampore with 35 passengers overturned near Katabagan area under Berhampore police station at around 10 am. The local people heard a loud thud and rushed to the spot. They brought the injured persons out of the bus many of whom were in traumatised condition. Some of the victims had received serious head injuries. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe eyewitnesses told the police that the driver was over-speeding the vehicle. The bus driver applied sudden brake when it overturned. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed by the police. The incident caused traffic congestion in the area for sometime. The police later removed the vehicle from the place and the traffic movement was restored. The police are investigating if the bus developed any technical snag resulting in the accident. The bus driver reportedly injured in the accident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the police, around seven passengers are stated to be in critical condition. According to the preliminary investigation police suspect that the bus driver might have applied the emergency brake as biker might have come on its way. The bus was also seriously damaged in the accident. Police also suspect that bus was running at an average speed between 50-60 when the accident occurred. Police have started a detailed probe in this connection.last_img read more

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The Internet of Things Demands That Customer Service Catch Up

first_img 5 min read With the speed of innovation today, technology becomes obsolete practically the minute it’s available. And now with two always online smartphones in use for every nine people on the planet, according to Business Insider, there appears to be no satisfying the information consumption of hyperconnected users. We are past the age of “smart” and moving into the age of “smarter.”This deluge of always-on technology has also created a wave of disruptive applications that are empowering today’s consumers as never before. But customer service has been left huffing, puffing and lagging behind. With 26 billion devices projected to be connected via the Internet of Things by 2020, a blender might issue an alert before it’s going to break or a furnace may dispatch an email indicating it needs servicing before the owner knows it does. But what’s yet to be figured out is how to use that information to provide a seamless and exceptional experience that satisfies consumers before they express a desire to be satisfied.People want to engage with the companies they do business with on their terms. But most companies have been slow to respond to this fundamental shift in the customer-company relationship. Because of this, only the companies that make customer experiences as smart as the products and services they support will hold an advantage over their more reactionary competitors. And while there is no simple app for smart customer service, here some things enterprises should know:Related: Will Your Company Be a Leader of the Customer-Service Revolution?1. Care across channels can take continuity to a smarter level.When consumers use smart devices, their expectation is clear: engagement with a company on all channels (voice, text, instant message chat) with a continuity and consistency of care between them all. Companies must drive a smarter experience by correlating one interaction to the next regardless of how each contact was started and where it finishes. Similar to smart products, these channels should be able to share information like an “Internet of Channels” so the customer-service dots are connected to provide a seamless and consistent experience.This is a critical piece of the puzzle for the future of customer engagement. Consumers will no longer tolerate having to repeat themselves or go through multiple steps every time they contact customer service. Pet insurance company Trupanion does this: Its customers can move from an email, to chat and then to a voice session without interruption and without starting over. This smart experience is one of the reasons why the company has such a fiercely loyal and growing customer base.Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday Life2. Harness the interconnectedness of smart data.Smart devices have expanded how much and how often consumers are pushing out information about themselves and their habits. This presents enormous opportunity for companies. Through software-driven analysis of customer interactions, companies can now predict in real time what will happen next before an upselling opportunity is lost or a frustrated client decides to cancel his or her service. One way it can do this is by flagging potential telltale terms that a customer might provide. This way the service representative will be able to change the course of the customer experience from poor to better.Look at service pain points. Data on customer-purchase history, interactions and previous complaints need to be at the agent’s fingertips, instantly accessible on every channel, including those for in-person interactions. The faster that data is made available to front-line representatives, the more likely they’ll be able to act on the opportunities the information reveals.Related: 10 Stories of Unforgettable Customer Service3. Smart predictions could keep pace with fast reactions.Research shows that consumers are willing to divulge personal information if it improves their experience or service with a company.Take, for example, the upscale eatery Eleven Madison Park in New York City. The restaurant’s staff googles its guests before they arrive to see where they are from or what they might like to drink so as to deliver a highly customized dining experience. This idea is the essence behind the smarter experience: proactive and predictive engagement. The result is that customers feel like the brand “knows” them.According to RnRMarketResearch, location-based service marketing is predicted to grow 25 percent a year over the next five years. Armed with data from Foursquare check-ins, interaction history, a company now has the ability to proactively serve a gamer who just recently had trouble updating his console by recognizing that he is in the area and dropping him a store credit for the season’s hottest new game.Or a company can predict that a customer might need allergy medication based on the local pollen count and the number of days since the person’s last refill, then send that individual a reminder when close to the pharmacy. It’s like “nesting” the customer: the gathering data through all points of engagement that the individual has with a company so as to anticipate his or her needs and create smarter experiences.The future of customer care will be a completely synchronous response, able to call upon any resource, any individual and any piece of data to deliver an experience that meets that consumer expectation. By creating a seamless relationship between omni-channel communication, analytics and predictive, proactive communications, companies can create the smarter experiences consumers, and their smart products, demand.Related: Why the Future of Retail Will Blow Your Mind Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 24, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

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Air Transat slashes domestic fares for Canadas 150th anniversary

first_img Posted by Air Transat slashes domestic fares for Canada’s 150th anniversary Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Share Tags: Air Transat, Canada, Promotionscenter_img TORONTO — Air Transat is encouraging Canadians to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with summer deals on flights connecting Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.Clients have until May 1 to take advantage of these offers. With the promo, one-way fares from Vancouver to Montreal start at $234, Toronto-Vancouver from $243, Toronto-Montreal from $111, Vancouver-Calgary from $124, Toronto-Calgary from $242, and Montreal-Quebec City from $119.“Canada is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination, and we are pleased to offer flights that will allow travellers to explore more of it,” says Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. “In addition to travelling with the company named Best North American Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat’s clients will also benefit from our inflight entertainment system and will have the option to upgrade to Option Plus or Club Class.” Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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