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JFA endorsement for The Assam Tribune

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing surprise over a media report narrating the ‘directive’ of Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) for not issuing advertisement to The Assam Tribune since February last because of ‘its anti-citizenship amendment bill stand’, urges the Union government in New Delhi to clarify its position.

“It is unfortunate that a pioneer newspaper of northeast India has been subjected to such unwanted situation even though The Assam Tribune has played practically a neutral role while reporting the CAB issues since last year,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

The forum also appeals to Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal (also in charge of IPR portfolio) to pursue with the Centre for an early resolution to the matter so that the acclaimed English daily does not face any unnecessary annoyance because of misinformed inputs which would finally affect its esteemed readership.

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Education campaign in Jinam valley

 Hmar Students’ Association
28 Apr 2014 - 8:37am | Lalremlien Neitham

An educational campaign and career guidance will be organised in Jinam Valley of NC Hills, Assam from May through 6 in 10 villages under the initiatives of the Hmar Students’ Association (HSA) general hqrs to create awareness among both parents and students on the importance of education in the society.

The campaign will kick-start from Tuolpui village on May 1 and continue to 10 other villages of P. Hmarlusei, N. Hmarlusei, Leiri, Phaipui, Tattephai, Ramvawm, Mauchar, Muollien, Boro Arkap, and Jinam Ghat Hnachangzawl till May 6 in Jinam valley of NC Hills, Assam.

During this educational tour and campaign, resource persons will speak on various issues and responsibilities of parents and students in education, responsibilities of educational institutions and the society, various educational courses that can be taken up by students to build their career, and also the various competitive exams held by state as well as central commissions.


Unavoidable situation at Barpeta regarding the training of presiding officer

13 Apr 2009 - 10:16am | Juthika Das

An unavoidable situation arose at Barpeta regarding the training of the presiding officers and polling officers to maintain no.6 Barpeta Lok sabha constituency According to report said that the polling and presiding officers training was held in 7 centres at Barpeta today. In the other centres the training was held timely, but no trainers had reached at Barpeta JRP girls’ high school until 11am, whereas all the election appointed presiding reached there in proper time. At this the appointed presiding officers were enraged and staged dharna in front of DC office with slogans. Though the DC Phanidhar Kalita and ADC P.K.Bhagawati came to console them, they did not care for it and when they were out of control the superintendent of police, Barpeta Debajyoti Mukharjee had to come to control the enraged officers. The demonstrators also complained that they were not even given foods or training fees. Mentionable that when some of the protestor came, at that time some others taking their training.

You must prosecute the cases: Florrie Burke

 Florrie Burke
7 Dec 2013 - 10:07pm | Syed Miraz Ahmed

Gopal Subramaniam, Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Former Solicitor General of India speaking at the Trafficking panel at the International Bar Association Annual Conference in Boston said, “A state which permits trafficking needs to be visited with economic and political sanctions, and that is really the fundamental duty of all of us as collective instruments in the legal profession.” Such is the gravity of the activity.

The Anti Trafficking-in-Persons Conclave 3::Moving Forward Together on its second day today conducted a panel Prosecution, collaboration across the borders to examine the prosecution process of human traffickers in situ.

After probably 60 years of crime and decades of efforts we have now a very good and comprehensive law against human trafficking in the country. The section 370  incorporated in the Indian Penal Code not only prohibits trafficking in all its worst forms but also prescribes punishments that go up to life imprisonment. But law by itself has never been a social change maker and it is nothing but a piece of paper unless it is enforced. To put a nail on the head prosecutions are never happening.

Speaker Florrie Burke, Chair Emeritus of the Freedom Network on prosecution of human traffickers said, “I must offer a challenge to the region said that people are overwhelmed with cases. They are not behind number of cases of prosecution happening anywhere in the world or anywhere near the number of cases that we know are out there. And I would like to issue a challenge to the region to say you must prosecute the cases, and why must you, because I feel that only successful prosecutions serve as a deterrent to traffickers. If traffickers see that nothing is happening and there are no penalties; what’s to prevent them from just keeping on? The second thing that I think is so crucial and we are focusing on prosecution its that its justice. Its justice for the victims.”

In India between the years 2008 and 2012 some 452679 cases of child trafficking have been reported and only 250006, less than 6 per cent of the reported cases have been prosecuted.

Throwing light on a challenge faced, panelist Doma Bhutia, Director, Human Rights Law Network, Sikkim Branch said, “....the challenges in terms of prosecution, the investigation fizzes out because in India most of the police personnel are not well trained in investigation as to how to write the 121 statement. So when the victim goes to the police station in the dead of the night, I have seen the appalling manner in which they take down the statement. Its halfheartedly done. This is the area where the accused gets a brownie point. This is the gray area of the criminal justice system.”

Of the panelist who spoke on the challenges of prosecution on human trafficking cases, on necessary collaborations with stakeholders and opportunities of cross-border collaboration and challenges were Justice Md. Miftah Uddin Choudhury, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Saptarshi Biswas, IJM, Kolkata, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Assam and Babloo Loitongbam of Human Rights Alert. The panel was moderated by Advocate Bhuwan Ribhu.