BJP’s Tripura ally to hold sit-ins for separate State

first_imgThe Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, the junior ally of the ruling BJP, will hold demonstrations across the State in August to spearhead its demand for a separate State, a party leader said on Thursday.“We will organise sit-in demonstrations all over Tripura on August 23 in support of our demand for a separate State and withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” IPFT vice-president Ananta Debbarma said.“We would continue our agitation in the State to highlight the two important demands,” he added.Old demandThe IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for a separate State to be carved out by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, which has jurisdiction over two-thirds of the State’s 10,491 sq. km area, home to over 12,16,000 people, mostly tribals.Most political parties, including the BJP, CPI(M), Congress and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura, have rejected the IPFT demand, saying it is not practical to divide the small State.The IPFT forged an alliance with the BJP, based on a common minimum programme, before the February 18 Assembly polls and secured eight seats in the 60-member House. During the poll campaign, the IPFT toned down its Statehood demand while the BJP maintained that it did not support the separate State issue. IPFT president Narendra Chandra Debbarma and general secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia are Ministers in the nine-member Council of Ministry headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.On the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Mr. Ananta Debbarma said it would jeopardise tradition and customs besides demographic positions of the indigenous people not only in Tripura but also in the entire north-eastern region. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to enable Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh without valid documents or those whose documents expired to acquire Indian citizenship through the process of naturalisation.Many parties in the northeastern region are opposing the Bill, which is now under scrutiny of a Joint Parliamentary Committee.last_img read more

‘Baba’ held for rape of minor

first_imgA baba, or faith healer, arrested in Guwahati on Thursday for allegedly raping and impregnating a 15-year-old last year has turned out to be the equivalent of an MLA in an autonomous council.The police on Friday produced Ghanashyam Das, referred to as babaji by his followers, before a local court, which ordered his judicial custody for 14 days. The man had been on the run after the minor girl, who he was to cure, delivered a girl on April 8 at a private hospital. The hospital reported the case to 181 Women Helpline.“We found out that he is an MCLA (Member Council Legislative Assembly) after arresting him on Thursday from the Noonmati area,” Pallav Tamuli, Assistant Commissioner of Police, told The Hindu.Das, in his mid-fifties, is one of 40 MCLAs in the Bodoland Territorial Council that administers four districts of north-central and western Assam. He represents the Dihira constituency in Baksa district for the Ana-Bodo Suraksha Samity, a front of non-Bodo (tribal) communities.“We have sought DNA profiling of the accused,” Mr. Tamuli said.Police said the victim, from Assam’s Sonitpur, was working as a domestic help at the house of a bank officer. She told counsellors that her employer had taken her to the babaji as she was unwell, where she was raped.Miguel Das Queah, a government-appointed support person for cases related to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, said the victim’s employers admitted her to a private hospital in an advanced stage of pregnancy on April 7. The hospital discharged her on April 17. The girl and the baby have since then been staying at a State Home for Women.last_img read more

Wankhede yet to get a nod from fire department

first_imgThe new-look Wankhede Stadium was formally inaugurated in Mumbai on Sunday. However, it is still uncertain whether or not the stadium will be allowed to host World Cup matches.The venue is yet to receive a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire department with the chief fire officer saying they will not issue the NOC unless they are fully satisfied.The stadium recently failed a fire inspection, raising concerns that it may not be ready in time for the World Cup matches.One of the main concerns raised by the fire department was the lack of access to fire brigades to all parts of the stadium. Wankhede Stadium is scheduled to host three World Cup matches including the final on April 2.ICC president and Mumbai Cricket Association chief Sharad Pawar, who formally inaugurated the stadium, refused to comment on the issue.last_img read more

UPSC notifies recruitment at 108 faculty and non-faculty posts

first_imgThe Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified Online Recruitment Applications (ORA) for 108 various faculty and non-faculty posts.Interested candidates should apply online through UPSC website till August 28, 2014.Vacancies and Pay scale:Total vacancies: 108 posts1. Assistant Directors (Chemistry): 3 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54002. Assistant Directors (Plant Pathology): 4 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54003. Assistant Directors of Air Safety: 4 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 66004. Aeronautical Officers: 15 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54005. Legal Officers: 2 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54006. Deputy Registrars of Trade Marks & Geographical Indications: 4 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 76007. Professor of Agriculture Chemistry: 1 postPay Scale: PB-4 of Rs 37400-67000 + Grade Pay of Rs 87008. Assistant Engineers (NQA) in Mechanical Engineering: 11 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs 9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 46009. Assistant Engineers (NQA) in Metallurgical Engineering: 3 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs.9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 460010. Assistant Drugs Controllers (India): 10 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660011. Specialists, Gr.III, Assistant Professors (Neurology): 8 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs.15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660012. Specialists, Gr.III, Assistant Professors (Paediatric Cardiology): 3 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs.15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660013. Specialists, Gr.III, Assistant Professors in Orthopaedic Surgery (Sports Injury): 6 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660014. Superintendent (Legal): 2 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs.9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 480015. Assistant Public Prosecutor: 32 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs 9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 4600Experience in relevant field is also desirable, check the detailed advertisement on the website for more information.advertisementSelection Procedure: Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the information provided by them on the application. Selection of candidates short listed will be done on the basis of their performance in the interview.Candidates shortlisted for interview will be required to send self attested copies of documents/relevant certificates in support of the claims made in the application as and when demanded by the Commission.Application Fees: Candidates are subjected to pay a non-refundable application fee of Rs 25 in the form of an SBI Challan paid at the bank by cash or by using net banking facility of the SBI or by using visa/master credit/debit card.SC/ ST/ PH/ Women candidates are exempted from payment of application fees.How to Apply: Interested and eligible candidates should apply online through UPSC website http://www.upsconline.nic.in by due date.Candidates willing to apply for more than one post should apply separately for each post.If claiming an experience, candidates should upload their experience certificate in a single pfd file.After submitting the Online Recruitment Application (ORA), candidates should take out a printout of the finally submitted Online Recruitment Application and retain it for future referenceImportant Dates               Last date to apply online: August 28, 2014 (11.59 PM)Last date for printing online submitted applications: August 29, 2014 (11.59 PM)Official UPSC website link to apply:http://upsconline.nic.in/ora/VacancyNoticePub.phplast_img read more

Boom – this thing just went off Saskatchewan farmer describes fatal shooting

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – A Saskatchewan farmer on trial for the shooting of an Indigenous man says he was filled with terror in the moments before his gun “just went off.”Gerald Stanley told the jury in his second-degree murder trial Monday that he and his son heard an SUV with a flat tire drive into his farmyard near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016. He said they heard one of their all-terrain vehicles start and thought it was being stolen.Stanley testified they ran toward the SUV. He kicked the tail light and his son Sheldon hit the windshield with a hammer.Stanley said he grabbed a handgun, normally used to scare off wildlife, when the SUV didn’t leave the yard, and fired two or three shots into the air.“I thought I’m going to make some noise and hopefully they’re going to run out of the yard,” he told court. “I just raised the gun in the air and fired straight up.”Stanley said he popped out the cartridge “to make sure it was disarmed.”“As far as I was concerned, it was empty and I had fired my last shot.”He testified he went up to the SUV because he worried it had run over his wife and he tried to reach for the keys in the ignition.“I was reaching in and across the steering wheel to turn the key off and — boom — this thing just went off,” Stanley testified.“Was your finger on the trigger?” his lawyer, Scott Spencer, asked.“No,” Stanley answered.“Did you intend to hurt anyone?” Spencer asked.“No. I just wanted them to leave,” Stanley said. “I couldn’t believe what just happened and everything seemed to just go silent. I just backed away.”Colten Boushie, who was 22, was sitting in the driver’s seat of the grey Ford Escape when he was shot in the back of the head.Court has heard an SUV carrying Boushie, and five other people from the Red Pheasant First Nation, had a flat tire and drove onto the Stanley farm. The driver testified the group had been drinking during the day and tried to break into a truck on a neighbouring farm, but went to the Stanley property in search of help with the tire.Spencer told the jury in his opening statement earlier Monday that Boushie was the victim of “a freak accident that occurred in the course of an unimaginably scary situation.” He told jurors Boushie’s death wasn’t justified, but they must put themselves in Stanley’s shoes.“Is it unreasonable to fire warning shots when the intruders have tried to steal, taken a run at you with their vehicle, crashed into your vehicle — from Gerry’s perspective intentionally — almost run over your wife?” Spencer asked.“Is it reasonable to fire warning shots to get them to just leave? That’s what it comes down to in many ways.”Stanley was faced with intruders and didn’t have the luxury to wait for police, Spencer said.“This was not a justified death. This death is not justified legally or morally. It is never, never right to take somebody’s life with a gun. But that’s not what this case is about,” he argued.“This is really not a murder case at all. This is a case about what can go terribly wrong when you create a situation which is really of the nature of a home invasion. For farm people, your yard is your castle and that’s part of the story here.”Under cross-examination Crown prosecutor Bill Burge asked what was going on inside the car just before the shooting.“Was he looking at you? Were you trying to scare him?” he asked.“No. I was trying to scare them all out of the yard,” Stanley replied.“Did you intentionally shoot this person?” asked Burge.“No I didn’t. I didn’t pull the trigger,” said Stanley.Stanley was the last witness for the defence. Chief Justice Martel Popescul excused the jury until Thursday at which time they’ll hear closing arguments and receive his instructions.“At that point I turn it over to you, and at that point you would be sequestered until your deliberations are concluded,” Popescul said.Several people holding “Justice for Colten” signs waited outside of court.Boushie’s cousin was distraught.“That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever seen and to have to sit there and endure,” said Jade Tootoosis.“All we want is justice for Colten.”Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version referred to the victim as an Indigenous teen.last_img read more