Tuesday, September 19, 2017
NEW DELHI: That Major N.L. Gogoi has earned the Army Chief’s commendation is not in doubt. He has received it for consistent display of grit in line of duty. As a Rashtriya Rifles company commander he can be expected to have .. Read More
A report from Guwahati said that the forum working against influx in Assam, has warned that the Centre's decision to grant limited citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees living in the Northeast will have serious implications for Assam. The Centre on Wednesday decided to grant citizenship to the two communities - originally from Bangladesh's Chittagong Hills Tracts but settled by the Centre in the then NEFA (now Arunachal Pradesh) since 1964 - without diluting the rights of the indigenous communities, a move which has sparked off protests in the frontier state. The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union has called for a statewide bandh on Tuesday against the alleged indifference of the Centre towards the genuine problems of the indigenous people and communities of the frontier state. Convener of the forum Upamanyu Hazarika said that limited citizenship to the refugees meant that they won't have rights over land among others in Arunachal Pradesh while they can enjoy such rights in other states of India. "Assam will have to bear the brunt of these refugees in the future as they will migrate to Assam from Arunachal where they will be able to own land and enjoy other rights enjoyed by an Indian citizen. The movement of these refugees, numbering more than a lakh, to Assam will definitely add to the already existing 80 lakh Bangladeshis, further threatening the identity of the indigenous people of Assam," Hazarika said.
A report from Agartala said that differences between two major regional political parties namely Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) had widened. While INPT is willing to join hands with a national party to take on the CPI(M)-led Left Front in the 2018 Assembly elections, IPFT is keen on contesting the elections alone. After a Central Executive Committee meeting held recently, INPT General Secretary Jagadish Debbarma said that it would not be possible to oust the Left Front. “Therefore, we are ready to forge an electoral alliance with BJP to ensure defeat of the Left in 2018 Assembly elections”, he said , while addressing a press conference. However, the party first will approach the saffron party for electoral tie up and seek clarification on the State Council instead of present arrangement in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC). “The IPFT in its Central Committee meeting held on September 3, decided to go alone in the 2018 Assembly elections”, said party’s General Secretary Maver Kumar Jamatia.