Assam Chief Secretary Alok Kumar admitted to the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the “performance” of the State government and its task force to trace illegal foreigners and deport them had been “poor” and “not satisfactory” over the past five years.“Put that on record,” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, leading a three-judge Bench, told Mr. Kumar.Mr. Kumar’s admission was in response to Chief Justice Gogoi’s queries about how the State had managed to deport only four out of 46,000 illegal foreigners identified in Assam between 2015 and 2018.“Out of 46,000, you could only find 2,000; of this, you could deport only four?” Justice Gogoi asked Mr. Kumar.When Mr. Kumar tried to explain, Justice Gogoi interjected and asked, “Is your government being run in accordance with the Constitution?”“Performance [to trace illegal foreigners in the State] in the last five years has been poor,” Mr. Kumar acknowledged.“Put that on record,” the Chief Justice said.“The performance of the task force to identify them is also not satisfactory,” Mr. Kumar added.“Put that also on record,” Justice Gogoi reacted.The CJI then referred to how 38 lakh of the 40 lakh people excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam have filed citizenship claims.“If they fail in their claims, they will immediately file complaints with the Foreigners Tribunals in Assam. Do you know how many tribunals would be required to deal with such a large number of complaints?” Justice Gogoi asked.Observing that a 1,000 more tribunals would be required to deal with the tide, Mr. Kumar said the State had already proposed a ₹900-crore budget for setting up these tribunals.The Chief Justice, however, said he was sceptical about how the State would find another 1,000 judges, that too, for a tenure appointment of just three years.“Which good advocate would leave his practice and come for a three-year term as a tribunal judge?” Justice Gogoi wondered.The court further directed the Chief Secretary to file an affidavit before April 25 suggesting measures for release of detenuees languishing in Assam’s detention centres for years.“They cannot be released like how domestic criminals are released,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted.“These (detention centres) are not places anyone would like to be. There are about 915 detainees, how long will they continue to be in custody?” CJI asked.The court however did not find it necessary to send an advocate as amicus curiae to check on the living conditions of the detainees. “We know their living conditions are bad,” Chief Justice Gogoi said.In the previous hearing, Mr. Mehta had briefed the court that the “push-back” policy was dropped in 2013 and nowadays diplomatic channels were employed to determine the nationality of an illegal foreigner and to deport the person. A Ministry of Home Affairs affidavit had said how the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh visited detention centres to talk to detainees. If their information is proved correct, they are expeditiously issued travel documents.The court is hearing a petition filed by activist Harsh Mander about the dismal living conditions within the four walls of the detention centres in the State. The court noticed that many detainees continue to be lodged inside these centres even after the expiry of their term of imprisonment for illegally entering the country.
Efforts to trace, deport illegal foreigners in Assam have been poor, unsatisfactory: State Chief Secretary tells SC
A differently-abled man was killed and two others were seriously injured when a mob allegedly thrashed them on suspicion of slaughtering a cow, in Jharkhand’s Khunti district, police said on Monday. The incident happened after local residents allegedly saw Kalantus Barla, Fagu Kacchap and Phillip Horo with the carcass of a cow near a river at Jaltanga village on Sunday and beat them up, a police officer said.While Mr. Barla died on the way to the hospital, Mr. Kacchap and Mr. Horo are being treated at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, the officer said.Police said five persons have been detained for questioning in connection with the incident, following which villagers gheraoed Karra police station on Sunday demanding their release. The villagers ended their gherao after Sub-divisional Police Officer Rushabh Jha assured them that the detained persons would be released if they were found innocent. DIG Amol Venukat Homkar told PTI, “Five persons have been detained and preliminary investigation has found their involvement in the incident. The process of identification is on.” During inspection of the spot, police did not find any carcass but there was evidence that the persons were beaten up by the mob, Mr. Homkar said. However, no arrests have been made so far, he added.
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “There’s still a positive take because when you think about it, we committed 41 turnovers and we still didn’t get blown out,” said Sablan in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum following the Tigers’ 88-81 defeat.“We could’ve even won if we managed to limit our errors. We were up in assists, rebounds, it’s just that we committed so many turnovers.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUST did outrebound Adamson, 47-32, and had three more assists, 19-16, but off the Tigers’ miscues, 16 of which came off steals.Sablan, though, rued his team’s lack of chemistry with half of his team’s 16-man roster are new players. View comments LATEST STORIES “Honestly, the team’s chemistry isn’t that solid,” said Sablan. “We still haven’t translated the things we’ve done in practice into our games.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City UST head coach Boy Sablan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan remained positive despite the Growling Tigers sloppy performance in a loss to the Adamson Falcons Saturday.UST turned the ball over 41 times, the most since Far Eastern University committed 44 turnovers back in 2003, but Sablan still saw a silver lining.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NU tops FEU to remain undefeated in PVL
Advertisement A USD 1 million project to boost the export of Uganda’s information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services sectors has been launched in Kampala today, 5th February 2015.The three-year project, funded by the Dutch Government, will benefit from the technical expertise of the International Trade Centre (ITC), which will help Uganda to increase its exports and diversify markets to capitalise on the USD 180 billion global IT and ITES outsourcing market.This project will benefit 30 Ugandan companies, while encouraging women-led enterprises to benefit from project activities. ITC will collaborate with three local partners: the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITAU), ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU), and the Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA). – Advertisement – NITAU’s Managing Director James Saaka said: “In Uganda, we observe strong political support behind the IT/ITES sector coming apparent for example in tax incentives”. He noted the sector has the elements to grow including a large, young dynamic English speaking labor pool and stable growing economy.“The NTF III project comes at a time when Uganda as a country has identified Information Technology as one of its national priority areas to propel the country’s economy to a globally competitive level.”Rogers Karebi, Secretary of UBPOA, added further: “The Ugandan BPO industry in general and UBPOA in particular are very excited about the NTF project. We are convinced that this project will contribute towards accelerating our association’s vision of Uganda climbing towards the top ten BPO outsourcing destinations in Africa”.“ITC is eager to support Uganda’s ambitions in relation to the IT and BPO industry. I believe that the enthusiasm shown by the different stakeholders about this project will grow even stronger” said Mr. Anders Aeroe, ITC’s Director for Market Development.He emphasized the importance of enhancing the competitiveness of local SMEs to generate successful and sustainable growth. “This project will build the capacity of enterprises to export, while also strengthening trade support institutions in a way that makes the intervention sustainable over the long term”.Prof Rob van Eijbergen, Member of the NTF III Steering Group, emphasized the importance of the IT and ITES sector for the development of the Ugandan economy. “We can contribute to creating jobs for knowledge workers by developing exports and improving the enabling environment. We have really been pleased by the support and cooperation of our Ugandan counterparts”.The NTF III Uganda IT & ITES Export Competitiveness project will be implemented in an integrated manner with complementary CBI activities and with the active engagement of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Kampala which is also supporting national development initiatives in the IT& ITES sector.Also present at the launch were officials from Uganda’s Ministry of ICT, Ministry of Finance, Uganda Investment Authority, Uganda Export Promotion Board, Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry (MTTIC), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI), Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), Competitiveness and Investment climate Strategy (CICS) Department, and the Royal Netherlands EmbassyThis NTF III project follows a similar launch in Nairobi, Kenya, on 3 February 2015 worth USD 1.2 million, which will assist 33 Kenyan IT and ITES firms.ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive in global markets, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the Millennium Development Goals.The 30 companies set to benefit are:13D Tracking Uganda2BDE Consult3Billable Limited4CameoTechedge Services Limited5Cayman Consults Limited6ClinicMaster INTERNATIONAL7Data Care (U) Ltd8Dial a Service (U) Ltd9EXQUISITE SOLUTION10Frontier Technologies LTD11Hello World Ltd12Hostalite Limited13Innovative Connexions (U) Ltd14Junction Systems Ltd15Laboremus (U) Ltd16Mountbatten Ltd.17New Wave Technologies Ltd18NFT Consult Ltd19Node Six20PC Tech Communications Ltd21Planet Systems (U) Ltd22SERVICE COPS LIMITED23SINFA UGANDA LTD24SMS Media Uganda25Sparkplug26Techno Brain BPO ITES (U) Ltd27Tracenode LTD28Yo Uganda Limited29ZimbaWomen