Woman languishing in Assam detention centre since 2010

first_imgWrong details received twice by the authorities have delayed the release of a woman lodged in one of Assam’s six detention camps for foreigners since 2010.Mamiran Nessa, lodged in western Assam’s Kokrajhar detention centre, should have been set free following the Supreme Court’s order in May to conditionally release all declared foreigners who have completed three or more years in detention.But officers of the Assam Police Border Organisation – it has been tasked with detecting and deporting foreigners or illegal immigrants since 1962 – said she could not be released as they “twice received details wrongly”.In July, the State government informed the Assembly that 335 out of the 1,145 declared foreigners across the six detention centres had spent three years or more in captivity. About a dozen had by then been released.More than 25 declared foreigners have been released and another 56 are to be released soon. Ms. Nessa is not among them.“Her case is in process. Police are hand-holding to submit the correct information,” Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Special Director General of Police (Border), told The Hindu via message.Formalities fulfilled Guwahati-based lawyer Aman Wadud, who fights cases of poor declared foreigners pro bono, said all formalities according to the Supreme Court’s guidelines have been fulfilled in Ms. Nessa’s case. The formalities include two sureties of ₹1 lakh each and collection of biometric information.On Sunday, a team that included activist Harsh Mander, SC lawyer Prashant Bhushan and Mr. Wadud visited Ms. Nessa’s paternal home near Abhayapuri in Bongaigaon district. “When she was detained, her sons were 2 and 9 years old. Both brothers were brought up by their elder sister who was still a minor. She dropped out of school and worked as maid to raise them at their maternal uncle’s place,” Mr. Wadud said.Ms. Nessa was married in the 1990s to Jel Hussain of village Takakata near Baghbor in western Assam’s Barpeta district. Her family said she was randomly marked a doubtful voter in 1997 without any investigation.“She was subsequently declared a foreigner without any competent legal representation,” Mr. Wadud said.Ms. Nessa’s parents took her children home after her husband fell ill and was mostly confined to the bed. He could visit her in the detention centre only once in nine years. Mr. Hussain died two months ago due to cardiac arrest. Members of his family said his last wish was to see his wife out of jail and beside him.Ms. Nessa has not been told about her husband’s death yet.last_img read more

Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove

first_img“And there will be more to come,” Coates said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next This time the Japanese capital wants to remind the rest of the world that China and South Korea haven’t left behind the first economic powerhouse in East Asia. They will use the games to showcase a clean, safe, and innovative city; an urban maze of nightlife, shopping, and dizzying subway lines that give texture to “Cool Japan” and the country’s place as a cultural touchstone.“It’s going to be a good opportunity to showcase Japanese culture, our technology, our products, our good level of service to give impetus to the Japanese economy,” Maki Kobayashi-Terada of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s exactly soft power … to create economic impact,” Kobayashi-Terada added, a fancy term that means translating an engaging culture into political and economic power.Tokyo has billed itself as a “safe pair of hands” for the Olympics, which is everything that Rio de Janeiro wasn’t. The 2016 Games left behind scandals, millions in unpaid bills, and useless “white elephant” venues. But exactly what’s in it for Japan?Kobayashi-Terada said the Olympics will improve accessibility for the elderly and for people with disabilities, modernize infrastructure and drive tourism. She said Japan had 29 million foreign visitors last year, and hopes to have 40 million in 2020. Tourism is booming, particularly from Asia.The Olympics will also try to convince the world about the safety of Fukushima, where a nuclear reactor was damaged after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The prefecture north of Tokyo is a venue for baseball and softball.“There are only some limited villages which are restricted for entry,” Kobayashi-Terada said. “But there are so many other places which are already under recovery. We’d like to show that and thank the world.”But there also hints of scandal.A French-led investigation has been looking into $2 million paid by the Tokyo Olympic bid team — or representatives — to sports officials who have been linked to vote-buying in IOC bid elections. A Japanese investigation concluded the payments were not illegal.“Our committee is different from the bidding committee,” Kobayashi-Terada said. “We believe that we got Tokyo 2020 because our bid was the best one.”And there are domestic doubters.Japan is already a high-tax country that does not need the Olympics to spur building new bridges, trains and highways. Taxpayers have been critical of too much spending on questionable projects.“Tokyo lacks a clear purpose for hosting the games other than city development, and that’s why many people are still puzzled today,” said Yuji Ishizaka, an expert on the Olympics at Japan’s Nara Women’s University. After 2 lopsided losses to Thunder, Durant leads Warriors rout Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Ishizaka said people are bothered by delays and scandals involving the redevelopment plans for Tokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji fish market and the city’s bay area, where several events will be held.And Ishizaka fears the Olympics “may be used to declare the end to disaster reconstruction” in the Fukushima area, suggesting things are back to normal.“The 2020 Games should be a big festival, but we can’t expect much growth and many people, even residents of Tokyo, will hardly notice the changes that Tokyo has gone through,” Ishizaka said.The IOC and local organizers say they’re cutting costs. John Coates, the IOC member overseeing Tokyo’s plans, said recently that Tokyo had cut $1.4 billion from the price tag. Some venues have been moved to other areas, and existing venues will be used instead of building new ones.Coates lauded Tokyo’s transparency and mentioned Rio.“In Rio we didn’t know who was paying what — if at all,” he said.Tokyo organizers say the games will cost about 1.35 trillion yen ($12.5 billion). However, last month Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the city would spend an added 810 billion yen ($7.5 billion) on “projects directly and indirectly related to the games.”The IOC and organizers argue those expenditures fall “outside the overall games budget.” This is a debate that rages at every games: Exactly what are, and what aren’t, Olympic expenses?Koike said the new costs included building barrier-free facilities for Paralympic athletes, training programs for volunteers, and advertising and tourism plans.That puts the total cost at about $20 billion, 70 percent of which is public money. This figure includes the privately run local organizing committee’s budget of 600 billion yen ($5.5 billion). About $2.91 billion of that is coming from national marketing program that has landed 47 sponsors. AFP official booed out of forum Tokyo also marks a watershed for the battered International Olympic Committee.After corruption dogged the games in Rio, and a doping scandal grew out of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Tokyo should be the first of three return-to-normal Summer Games in first-world metropolises. The IOC has already picked Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.And Japan also has hosted two successful Winter Olympics in Nagano and Sapporo.“I don’t think the International Olympic Committee is going to go to a developing city any longer,” Olympic historian David Wallechinsky told The Associated Press. “They don’t want that anymore. They want cities that are ready.”The Pyeongchang Olympics were Wallechinsky’s 18th, and he has researched every Olympics extensively including Tokyo. Those Olympics kicked off when Yoshinori Sakai — born in Hiroshima the day the city was hit by the 1945 atomic bomb — lit the Olympic cauldron.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. This time the Japanese capital will use the games to showcase a clean, safe, and innovative city with great shopping and nightlife. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. Japan was back after just 19 years with high-speed trains, geeky gadgets, and dazzling efficiency.Tokyo’s back again with the 2020 Summer Olympics, this time with something different to prove.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgGoan were not disheartened and they counter-attacked to Goan were not disheartened and they counter-attacked to earn a penalty after Harmonjit Singh Kabra brought down Rafael Coelho inside the box and Joffre Gonzalez made no mistake as his left footer found the far corner of the net in the 21st minute. The visitors were once again in the lead in the 28th minute through Dudu Omagbemi who, after receiving a through pass from Daniel Lalhimpuia, cut past onrushing keeper Kattimani and slotted the ball into the empty net to have Chennaiyin FC leading 3-2 at half time. Goa brought in Tavora in place of Mandar Rao Desai after the break and they looked more enterprising in their attack as they kept rival keeper Karanjit Singh on his toes. After coming close on several occasion substitute Tavora equalised in the 68th minute. Rafael Coelho then put Goa in the lead for the first time when he was put through by Trinade Goncalves as he beat rival keeper Karanjit Singh to find the back of the net in the 76th minute. The visitors brought fresh pairs of legs by making a couple of changes and the move paid off as they equalised in the 88th minute after Goa defender Raju Gaikwad handled the ball inside the box off a throw-in by substitute John Riise who converted the penalty with a fierce shot. But Goa had the last laugh when they scored the winner in the injury stoppage time through Tavora who cut past a rival defender on the left and essayed a shot which beat keeper Karanjit all ends up. PTI MCS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more