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Appalling and Shameful!

first_imgHouse Speaker J. Alex Tyler has described Liberia’s under-development and poor governance system as “appalling and shameful.”At the close of the nationwide consultation on the draft oil/petroleum law in Bensonville City, Montserrado County, Speaker Tyler highlighted the suffering of Liberians, particularly in the rural areas.He told the gathering of both young and elderly, that the nation does not deserve what it is undergoing at present. The Bomi County lawmaker stressed the need for legislation that would include input from the people, in order to reflect their hopes and aspirations.“We are ashamed of the slow pace of development we saw in the counties during this nationwide tour. Because of this situation, we want the citizens to come out and participate in this process so that whatever is written and done will include the people. No amount of criticism will distract us from engaging the people for their participation in these national issues,” he said. The House of Representatives had earlier confirmed weaknesses on their part as it relates to exercising their oversight responsibilities in monitoring budgetary allocation to government functionaries responsible for infrastructure development. Speaker Tyler blamed public officials for such failure.Meanwhile, at the consultation, several Liberians including Ralph Nimene of District 16 called for a review of Section 75 of the draft law that speaks of “conflict of interest.”According to him, if a public official robbed government of millions of dollars and only be made to pay US$50,000 of spend five years in jail, a conflict of interest would be the order of the day as far as public officials was concerned.“Let a longer jail sentence be prescribed to prevent these malpractices. Remember the oil sector is a lucrative one and a fine of US$50,000 is completely unacceptable for serious crimes against the state,” he said.The citizens lauded the efforts of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) for providing international training to Liberians in the oil and gas sector; they, however, called on NOCAL and the government to institute advanced petroleum-related courses at various universities in order to train more Liberians in the field, in view of a shortage of capacity in the field.“In the area of exclusive jobs for Liberians, the Montserrado citizens indicated that the draft law must define what the jobs are to better inform the public.On the issue of having a petroleum ministry when oil is discovered in commercial quantity, a delegate of District 17 suggested that the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy remains and be made to perform holistic and multiple roles in that connection.“Let the proposed Petroleum Ministry be placed under Lands, Mines & Energy Ministry as a bureau for the purpose of small and efficient government,” the delegate pointed.The Montserrado consultation ends the nationwide tour while a big national conference is expected in Monrovia soon, according to Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Future in limbo for grads without legal status

first_img“I had graduated top of my class,” said Arroyo, 25. “I was voted outstanding senior in my department. But I thought, I can’t do anything with my diploma now. I can either sit and hide at home and mope around or go into a low-paying job or go back to school. Those were my options.” Arroyo opted to go on to graduate school and recently – finally – received her green card, that golden key that opened the door to a journalism career. Yet each year, thousands of undocumented college students pin their hopes on some form of immigration reform that will allow them to use their skills within the formal economy. Until that day comes, some say, they wait in limbo, often spending more money on schooling and working less in their field of study. “It’s like, `Congratulations, you graduated,’ but there is no bridge connecting your degree with a job,” said Maria Rodriguez, youth organizer for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA. Rodriguez has been working with colleges and universities since the passage of AB 540, a 2001 law that allows undocumented students who graduate from a California high school to pay in-state tuition at a state college or university. “A lot of college students say it’s hard to find a job after college, but I say imagine if you’re undocumented,” Rodriguez said. “There’s hope in those four or five years when they are in college. But at the point of graduation, it’s an abrupt reality.” Reason for optimism? Late last week, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators reached agreement on comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would include establishing a merit system based on the skills and attributes immigrants bring to the United States. Under the measure, future immigrants applying for permanent residency in the U.S. will be assigned points for skills and education. While Senate members seem optimistic, others foresee limits. “I think historically, the Senate has always been the first one to support this but because of the political climate and the anti-immigration mood, it always hits a snag when it hits the House,” said William Perez, assistant professor of education at Claremont Graduate University. “I don’t see a reason to be that much more optimistic.” Perez recently concluded research on what happens to undocumented students after college is completed. Few students speak openly about the dilemma because of fear they will be deported, which is why there are few studies, Perez said. Among the nearly 200 students he surveyed, Perez found that despite the emotional roller coaster young people feel, they still have hope their education skills will give them a preference to change their legal status. Student groups such as the newly formed HEARD at CSUN, or IDEAS at the University of California, Los Angeles, are popping up statewide and across the nation to help inform educators and high school students about their right to attend college. “A good portion of them continue with their studies by enrolling into grad school,” Perez said. “To our surprise, they were amazingly optimistic. “They truly believe that legislation will pass and the situation will change. But they also clearly feel a sense of rejection. Public opinion is so negative on immigration, and they very much are attuned to those messages.” Organizations such as the 25-year-old Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors comprehensive immigration reform by cutting the number of illegal entries and legalizing 300,000 citizens a year, say that if the students feel disenfranchised it’s because they have bought into lies. “I would place blame on groups such as MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) who are doing illegal aliens a disservice by suggesting they will receive amnesty,” said Bob Dane, spokesman for FAIR. “The bottom line is there are millions of people who are educated and who have been waiting to legally become citizens. Our position is, let’s utilize them,” Dane said. “For someone who is graduating college, who is illegal, I would say their education can be better applied in their home country, which is desperately needed because that’s why they come here.” Student population While the University of California and the California State University systems cannot provide hard numbers as to how many of their students are undocumented, Perez estimates that there are 1.3 million undocumented children enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grades. He estimates 65,000 are graduating seniors and, of those, 13,000 are currently enrolled in colleges. Most go to community colleges. The California Community Colleges system estimates that 15,000 to 20,000 of their students statewide qualify under AB 540, said spokesman Ron Owens. Of those, an estimated 90 percent are undocumented, based on a survey conducted last year, Owens said. But there also are those who cannot go on to graduate school, Perez said, opting instead for low-paying jobs as housekeepers, migrant workers, or whatever other jobs they can find that keep them in the shadows. Some find ways to use their knowledge by working as private tutors. “The students that go back into the informal economy after their degree tend to have a high level of depression and pessimism, because they are earning minimum wage,” Perez said. “And for some of those, in order to maintain a positive outlook, they become involved in other activities that give them hope such as activism. It provides them a sense of working toward the future.” Perez said individuals who agree with organizations such as FAIR are not seeing the big picture. “There’s a whole domino effect with those who go to college,” Perez said. “People who are more college-educated are healthier, less likely to draw on medical funds. We’re coming to an era where the bulk of the population are ready to retire, and we’re going to be in critical need of workers. I think the American public doesn’t see that connection.” A study to be released on Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California is expected to show the implications of California’s projected skilled-labor shortage. California dreaming In the meantime, student groups whose members qualify under AB 540 gathered recently at California State University, Los Angeles, to support legislation introduced by state Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, that would help students qualify for scholarships and financial aid. Cedillo’s California Dream Act was introduced last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has reintroduced the bill and believes it has a better chance of passing this year. “We know that immigration reform will happen and happen soon,” Cedillo said. “We know the debate now is focused on when and how.” In addition, student groups also plan to petition Congress to pass the Federal Dream Act, which would provide undocumented students the opportunity to gain conditional permanent resident status if they have lived in the United States for at least five years and were under the age of 16 at the time of entry, graduated from high school or have been accepted to a college or institution of higher education, and have no criminal records. The bill also would allow undocumented students to convert their conditional status to that of a lawful permanent resident if they obtain a diploma from a junior college or trade school or complete at least two years of a bachelor’s or graduate program, or join the military. “I think there’s a misunderstanding of what an undocumented immigrant is,” said Rodriguez of CHIRLA. “People think undocumented immigrants are only those who are recently arrived, don’t understand the culture or speak the language. “But our argument is we have lived here most of our lives, we know the language, we’re educated, and we want to contribute to society. Our slogan is: Education for a better nation.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Growing up in Sun Valley, Joselyn Arroyo saw firsthand the heartbreak of trading a bright career for sweat and sacrifice. It happened to her parents – both professional engineers from Mexico, who were reduced to backbreaking jobs as bakers and housecleaners after they crossed illegally into the United States with her when she was just 3. And it almost happened to her. Although she earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge, the diploma was as good as blank without a Social Security number or U.S. citizenship to go with it. last_img

Breazell turns on UCLA

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: The receiver’s 69-yard touchdown gets Bruins going at OSU. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER CORVALLIS, Ore. – UCLA experienced three quarters of offensive brutality and defensive frustration, and it was hard to tell whether the rain drops or the Bruins’ season was falling harder. Throw in the Utah flashbacks, and the Bruins were in trouble. Deep trouble. Which is when Brandon Breazell took a stagnant, tripping-over-itself offense and lifted it onto his skinny shoulders by turning a screen pass into a 69-yard score that gave the Bruins their first lead with 9:12 to play. That kickstarted a 28-point fourth-quarter that turned a potentially stinging loss into a deceptive 40-14 defeat of stunned Oregon State before 41,137 Saturday at Reser Stadium. That the Bruins (4-1, 3-0 Pacific-10) trailed 14-0 after the first quarter, then persevered through offensive shortcomings to win for just the third time in their last nine road games was a common theme in the locker room. “This is the biggest game of our career, the biggest game of our season,” said fifth-year UCLA cornerback Trey Brown, who had two interceptions. “On the road, we’ve struggled with that, at times. In order to be a good team, a championship-type of team, you’ve got to win on the road. And we proved we can go to somebody else’s house and go out and take one.” Two weeks ago, UCLA trailed, 17-6, midway through the third quarter at Utah, than lost its poise and was drilled, 44-6. The Bruins admitted that memory was in their minds. “It was huge. It was very important for us to come out here and get a victory,” UCLA quarterback Ben Olson said. “In this kind of environment, and to come into a place that is known to be hard to play at, and to come away with a victory, it’s huge for not only this game, but for the rest of the year, for our confidence.” Breazell turned the game with his catch, his breaking of a tackle, and his running, but Oregon State (2-3, 0-2) placed the pretty blue and gold bow on the win with its inability to handle a rudimentary kickoff. After Breazell’s touchdown, Oregon State’s Gerard Lawson fumbled the kickoff and Matt Slater fell on it. “The ball was just laying there,” Slater said. “I couldn’t believe he didn’t make an attempt to get back on it, or nobody else was there to get on it. I just hopped on it, and it was like, `Happy birthday.’ It was just sitting there.” It only took three plays for UCLA to capitalize. Kahlil Bell, who fumbled on UCLA’s first two offensive plays (the second was returned 33 yards by Al Afalava for a TD), finished the short drive with a 4-yard run to make it 26-14. Lawson then fumbled on the next kickoff, which was recovered by Rodney Van on Oregon State’s 39. After four Chris Markey runs, Olson connected with Breazell for a 30-yard score. “We came through when it mattered the most, and that’s the most important thing,” Olson said. “We just wore them down, plain and simple. Out there at the end, we were playing harder than they were.” In two minutes, 45 seconds, UCLA scored 21 points and turned a 14-12 offensive mess into a 33-14 lead, and made it seem ancillary the Bruins didn’t have a first down until the 8:35 mark of the second quarter. And the Beavers demonstrated losing last week’s 19-0 lead at Arizona State wasn’t a one-time trick. “I was very disappointed with the way we started the game,” UCLA offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said. “We called our two most simple plays, and we end up with turnovers. It was almost like we were meant to play from behind and have to win a tough game.” Olson was spotty, throwing a costly third-quarter interception on Oregon State’s 16-yard line, but he also made several big throws in the fourth quarter. He finished 14-for-25 for 220 yards with two touchdowns. The Bruins ran 50 times for 133 yards, averaging 2.7 yards per carry, but also amassed more rushing yards than Oregon State allowed all season. The Beavers yielded 118 in four games. UCLA was able to remain patient offensively because its defense was shutting down a half-dimensional Beavers attack. With quarterback Sean Canfield coming off a five-interception performance, Oregon State went conservative. Yvenson Bernard ran for 125 yards on 27 attempts, but only 60 of his yards came after the first quarter. “A little birdie told us they were going to try and establish the run,” UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker said. “We knew they wanted to try and protect the quarterback a little bit. They like to throw the ball a little bit, but I think they tried to take a little heat off him.” The Beavers had 15 first downs, but only six came after the first quarter. They also had 147 yards of offense in the first 15 minutes, 101 in the final three quarters, and were 1-for-14 on third down conversions. Canfield was 22-for-35 for 146 yards and two interceptions, giving him 11 this season. He started the day tied for most in the nation. “There were some conversions that should have been converted, but weren’t,” Canfield said. “We just had to come out strong in the second half and we never really got it done.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK GETS TOP CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

first_imgGlenveagh National Park and Visitor Centre has been given the first award by a company specialising in customer care in Ireland.The famous tourist attraction, including its Tea Rooms, received the inaugural Customer Service Excellence Ireland (CSEI) Recognition at a presentation this evening.Customer Service Excellence Ireland is a platform which aims to maintain and improve the quality of customer service in Ireland. It is supported by Enterprise Ireland as the Goverment body. Customer Service Excellence Ireland, which is based at the Colab at the LYIT, Letterkenny started this year following 18 months of research and development into the area of customer service excellence.Glenveagh National Park have been involved in the programme over the past six months which involved a process of evaluation, staff training and recognition.Management at Glenveagh wanted to maintain and indeed improve the quality of the service delivery to visitors at Donegal’s most attended attraction. By becoming part of the Customer Service Excellence programme, Glenveagh shows its ambition to deliver Customer Service Excellence.Numbers visiting Glenveagh are increasing due to the addition of school and nature visitors and for many years the great stories of a great day out in Glenveagh have been plentiful.    GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK GETS TOP CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD was last modified: March 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Customer Service Excellenceglenveagh national parklast_img read more

MEN WHO MURDERED THREE DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS FOUND LIABLE IN CIVIL CASE

first_imgTwo men who were sued over the Omagh bomb have been found liable for the August 1998 atrocity at their civil retrial.Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly were taken to court by some of the victims’ families who were seeking damages for the atrocity in which 29 people died.Three schoolboys from Buncrana – and two Spanish students visiting the Co Donegal town – were among those killed when Real IRA terrorists planted a bomb in the centre of the Tyrone town in August 1998. Oran Doherty, who was just 8 and is pictured here and Sean McLaughlin (12) and James Barker (12) died in the terrorist outrage.Spanish student Fernando Blasco Baselga (12) and Rocio Abad Ramos, a group leader who were staying with local families in Buncrana at the time, also died.The judge in Belfast today described the evidence against the two men over the 1998 bombing as “overwhelming.”Neither man was at the High Court in Belfast to hear the 73 page judgement.Mr Justice John Gillen said both had lied to Gardai after their arrest and that their failure to give evidence to the court strengthened the case against them.No-one has been successfully criminally convicted of the bombing.In the absence of criminal convictions, some of the victims’ families took a landmark civil action, seeking damages from the men they believed were responsible.The retrial followed the original Omagh bomb civil case, which is believed to be the first time anywhere in the world that alleged members of a terrorist organisation have been sued.The first trial concluded in June 2009, when a judge ruled that four men – Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt, Liam Campbell, Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly – were all responsible for carrying out the atrocity.MEN WHO MURDERED THREE DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS FOUND LIABLE IN CIVIL CASE was last modified: March 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MEN WHO MURDERED THREE DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS FOUND LIABLE IN CIVIL CASElast_img read more

FAMILY’S HEARTACHE OVER MISSING 22 YEAR OLD

first_imgTHIS is the missing Lifford man who has vanished after escaping from police custody.David Colhoun, 22, from Beechwood Road has not been seen since the early hours of Sunday morning last.Mr Colhoun, had been in police custody at Strabane PSNI station in Co Tyrone after being arrested for a minor offence according to police. However when he was being transferred from one police car into another, he managed to escape.The last sighting of Mr Colhoun was of him headed towards the River Foyle which separates Tyrone from Donegal.However nobody has heard from Mr Colhoun since including his heartbroken girlfriend and his family.The Gardai and the PSNI say they have not received any reported sightings of the missing man since his disappearance. The PSNI have checked CCTV footage of businesses’ in and around Strabane bus station yesterday to see what direction the 22-year-old headed.Searches along the river bank and surrounding areas by the Foyle Search and Rescue, the Gardai, PSNI and dozens of volunteers have been carried out but there have been no sightings of Mr. Colhoun.A new search began this morning at 8am with the search being concentrated along the riverbank.PICTURES BY: NewspixirlEnds FAMILY’S HEARTACHE OVER MISSING 22 YEAR OLD was last modified: May 25th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:David ColhounLiffordmissinglast_img read more

FILM-MAKER PEARSE HOPES TO WIN BY A SHORT HEAD AT IFTAS!

first_imgA Donegal-born film-maker is hoping his horse comes in after being nominated for an award at the Irish Film and Television Awards this weekend.Rathmullan television producer Pierce Boyce, who is based in Galway, is hoping his TV series Jockey Eile, will be first past the post in the Best Reality Series at the awards on Friday night.Pearse has even admitted that he has placed bets in bookmakers shops around the country to make a few euro if his series wins. And with the winnings, he has promised to take his three children on a sunshine break during midterm.Pearse says he really believes in his series which is up against RTE big-hitters Masterchef and ICA Bootcamp.But he insists that he really believes his show is a thoroughbred and will romp home.The IFTA ceremony is broadcast live in RTE1 on Feb 9th from the Convention Centre Dublin.  FILM-MAKER PEARSE HOPES TO WIN BY A SHORT HEAD AT IFTAS! was last modified: February 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:film-makerIFTAsPearse Boycelast_img read more

What Mostly Prevents Better Sales Results

first_imgYour sales force could be better. They could perform better both individually and collectively. That said, they probably aren’t the biggest obstacle to producing the results you need.Your sales managers could be better, too. They could be better leaders, better trainers, and better coaches. They could do more to help their teams succeed. All that being true, that isn’t likely the biggest challenge you face when it comes to creating and winning opportunities.Your sales process hasn’t been updated in a few years. It is clearly past its expiration date, and it badly needs a serious refresh. Some of the methodologies you’ve bolted on top of the process haven’t been updated since forever. As old as your process and methodologies may be, they aren’t the obstacle to better performance.Your messaging isn’t the best you’ve ever seen. You worry that it isn’t compelling enough, that it’s a little tired, and a bit stale. Messaging is vital, and it’s worth working on. You might want to point at messaging as the villain in the story you tell yourself about what your disappointing results and what you need them to be now. Messaging, however, isn’t likely your biggest problem.Your problem is execution.You are always going to have a top 20 percent and the 80 percent that trail them. You are always going to have a bottom 20 percent in your sales force. Your competitors have a bottom 20 percent, too. Moving the whole curve towards better performance requires that each quartile executes.Your sales managers also need to execute. Execution here means leading, coaching, and spending time with their teams. How do you know your leaders are executing? Your sales force is executing.Your sales process and all of your methodologies are part of what is supposed to be executing. Done well, your company strategy and your client acquisition strategy are all rolled up into how you sell. If you aren’t producing the results you are capable of, it might be the strategy, but it’s more likely the execution thereof.Messaging that isn’t used doesn’t have the chance to be effective. Changing the messaging without changing the execution is like changing the tires on a car with no engine. You still aren’t going anywhere.Before you decide what needs changed, why it needs changed, and what you should do about it, look to make sure that you are executing what you have in place. Bouncing from change to change without the execution leaves you no better than you are now. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ethnic equation matters most in Assam’s Kokrajhar

first_imgUrkhao Gwra Brahma, a former Rajya Sabha member and the United People’s Party (Liberal) candidate for the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency in western Assam, says the story of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) is 5% development and 95% unemployment.But lack of development and jobs have seldom mattered in Kokrajhar, straddling 10 Assembly segments within BTC and beyond, that has suffered decades of extremism, a statehood movement, and communal violence.The electoral battle has thus often boiled down to a contest between the Bodos and non-Bodos, more intensely since the 2014 Lok Sabha election when a conglomerate of 19 non-Bodo organisations propelled Independent candidate Naba Kumar Sarania to Parliament.Non-Bodo winnerMr. Sarania, a former leader of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom, won the Kokrajhar seat in 2014 by a margin of 3,55,779 votes over Mr. Brahma. He is the first non-Bodo to have won the seat since 1957 and hopes to retain it with a similar margin “because the oppressed non-Bodos” are behind him.Though Bodos are the single largest community in Kokrajhar, the non-Bodos, including migrant Bengali-speaking Muslims —the second largest group — account for more than 70% of the population.“I will deliver a knockout punch to my rivals this time. My supporters, who are neglected in the BTC, know Assam would have been fragmented had I not been in the picture,” said Mr. Sarania, referring to the Bodoland statehood movement which has its genesis in the “divide Assam 50-50” call in the 1960s. But more than Mr. Brahma, Mr. Sarania has trained his guns on the State’s Social Welfare Minister and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) candidate Pramila Rani Brahma. The BPF, headed by Hagrama Mohilary, has been ruling the BTC since its creation in 2003 and is part of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in Assam.The 69-year-old Ms. Brahma and Mr. Mohilary are former extremists like Mr. Sarania. Their outfit, Bodo Liberation Tigers, was disbanded soon after the BTC was born. “Our focus is on development and ensuring peaceful co-existence among all the communities that enrich BTC and other areas under Kokrajhar,” said Ms. Brahma, confident of succeeding where her predecessor — fellow Minister in the Assam government Chandan Brahma, also a former extremist — failed to by finishing third in 2014.But the non-Bodos are wary of her controversial statement after the 2014 election that led to the killing of 32 Muslims, mostly women and children in BTC areas. She had allegedly accused the Muslims of not voting for the candidate of her party that year. The BTC areas were witness to ethnic violence earlier too. More than 500 people were killed between 1993 and 2012 in communal attacks that claimed the lives of Muslims and Adivasis, besides Bodos. The 2012 violence displaced more than 1,00,000 Muslims most of whom did not return. “Whether it is a Bodo or a non-Bodo who wins, all we want is an end to living in fear,” said Hareswar Nath, a farmer in the constituency’s Sorbhog area.Altogether 12 candidates are vying for the Kokrajhar seat that goes to polls on April 23.last_img read more

19-year-old alleges gangrape, case transferred from Aurangabad

first_imgA 19-year-old girl, currently in hospital, has alleged she was gangraped by four men in Chunabhatti while on her way home from a birthday party last month. Her father initially registered an FIR on Wednesday with the Begumpura police station in Aurangabad, which on Friday was transferred to Chunabhatti police station for further investigation. “The victim, who is HIV positive, suffered a paralytic attack on July 14 this year, after which her father took her from Mumbai to Aurangabad, where the family hails from. During medical examination, doctors detected injuries to her private parts and asked her about it. She disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted in the intervening night of July 7 and July 8,” police inspector Deepak Surve, Chunabhatti police station said. According to a statement given by the victim’s father, The girl was staying in Mumbai with her brother and had gone for a friend’s birthday party. When she was returning home, she was allegedly accosted by four persons. The victim has not been able to identify the accused, the police said. “An FIR of rape and gangrape has been registered under the Indian Penal Code against the four unidentified men and further inquiries are underway,” Mr. Surve sad. The police are now obtaining footage of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at and around the rough location that the victim has mentioned, to scan it for any clues regarding the identity of the accused. Inquiries are also being made with local informants and a team will be going to Aurangabad for further inquiries with the victim’s father, sources said.last_img read more