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Foreigner’s Issue, February 2008

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Alarming demographic changes in Asom during

Alarming demographic
changes in Asom during (SEN_5_2_k8)1991-2001
From our Correspondent
KARIMGANJ, Feb 4: Demographic profile of the State over the years has been
definitely undergoing a thorough transformation which is alarming, according to
social thinkers. It is really doubtful, they observed, whether the conscious
segment of the people of Asom are at all aware of this grim fact. Though more
than a century back French philosopher Comte (1798-1857) had equated demography
with destiny, it appears that so-called alert section of society is largely
ignorant on the destiny of the State vis-a-vis demographic changes……more…

Chakma refugees still virtualy
stateless (IFP, 8-2-08)

7: Ever increasing population of Chakmas refugees settled in Arunachal Pradesh
is becoming a major concern in the adminstration of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Chakmas who had migrated from Bangladesh and Tripura during the early 80`s
predominantly occupied Dharamnagar village in Miao district of Arunachal Pradesh
at present.
The populations of Chakma refugees which are concentrated mainly in the Miao
district have crossed more than 90,000 against the population of about 1.3
million Arunachali`s. The population of Chakma refugees in Miao district is at
least double the population of original sub-tribes of Arunachal Pradesh now.
The refugees, though they now dominate demographically in Miao district of the
state, have not yet been able to claimed their fundamental rights as the
government of Arunachal Pradesh still does not recognise them as citizens.
Some 5000 of them have however been given the voting rights at present by the
Arunachal Pradesh Government, though they are not given candidature rights.
As a matter of fact the status of the Chakma refugees there remain unchanged as
they still practice nomadic and primitive lifestyle.
The settlement villages of the Chakma refugees being located in extreme isolated
from the Miao district headquarter, there was no proper approach road from the
rest of the state to reach their camps – Dharampur part-I,II and III, – and no
electricity, no water supply, no health care facilities and no schools in all
three refugee camps.
And the people there have been tought the lesson of Budha Gaya by the Budhis
Monks, as all Chakmas refugees there follow the Budhism as their religion since
they settle there.
Being spent rest of their life in primitive ways their livelyhood depends maily
on cultivation and hunting in nearby jungles.



Burmese migrants in Mizoram seek refugee status

AIZAWL, Feb 18: More than 60,000 Myanmarese migrants in Mizoram are
seeking “legal protection” from the State Government. On behalf of the Burmese
refugees living here, Zo Human Rights Global Network Secretary Suanmoi Gangte
urged the Young Mizo Association and the State Government to forward their
plight to the Centre to arrange refugee status for Myanmarese migrants in
Mizoram. Women League of Chinland coordinator Cherry Jahau admitted that they
had migrated to Mizoram illegally saying, “there was no law to abide by. What we
need is legal protection.”
At a seminar on Burmese refugees and migrants in Mizoram organized by the YMA
here on Saturday, she maintained that Mynamarese migrants in Mizoram are
“political refugees”. “They had left their country in fear of the military
junta. It is sad that nobody is even keeping a register of how many people flee
their country. By ignoring these people, we are ignoring major humanitarian
issues from forced labour to religious persecution of Christians,” she said.
Jahau also disagreed with Central YMA president J H Zoremthangas support on the
Indo-Myanmar development programmes such as the Kaladan project and border
trade. …more…

declared foreigners by tribunals in one year(SEN, 7-2-08)
Most of the declared foreigners do the vanishing act

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 6: Following pressure from the Supreme Court (SC), Asom Government
had increased the number of Foreigners Tribunals up to 32 for detection and
deportation of foreigners staying illegally in the State, but during the last
one year from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007, the tribunals declared only
584 as foreigners. The Foreigners Tribunal located in Hojai in Nagaon district
declared the highest number of people as foreigners, while the tribunals located
in Kamrup, Guwahati city, Morigaon I and II, Goalpara, Nalbari, Dhemaji and
Golaghat districts declared none as foreigners during the year. As usual, most
of the 584 declared foreigners did the vanishing act as the law does not have
any provision to detain them.
Though the Supreme Court is monitoring the process of detection and deportation
of foreigners and the Ministry of Home Affairs observing it, the process of
detection and deportation of foreigners is abysmally slow in the State.
According to sources, the Centre is not at all interested to speed up the
process for reasons best known to it only.
It may be mentioned here that from 1985 to July, 2005, when the IM(DT) Act was
in place in the State, the tribunals declared 12,846 as foreigners, served
notices to 6,810 but deported only 1,547. As many as 29,910 people were declared
foreigners under the Foreigners Act from 1986 to 2007, and the authorities
concerned were asked to delete the names of 12,431 from the voters list and
quit-India notices were issued to 13,124, but the notices were actually served
to 7,844, and of them only 674 were deported.

Checking influx is my top priority: Sangma

GUWAHATI, Feb 20: Keeping the demographic pattern of Meghalaya undisturbed by
tackling the problem of influx from across the international border with an iron
hand is one of the three top priorities of the NCP if it comes to power in the
State after the March 3 Assembly polls, said Purna Agitak Sangma, the chief
ministerial candidate of the party, while talking to The Sentinel today. His
other two priorities are introduction of the Panchayati Raj system in the State
and streamlining of the education system by adopting a new education policy.

Demography survey on eastern
border (TEL_10_2_K8)

New Delhi, Feb. 12:
The intelligence agencies are conducting a discreet survey to verify the extent
of change in the demographic profile of areas bordering Nepal and the
Northeast.According to highly placed sources, the survey is going hand-in-hand
with a fresh study to find out if the number of madarsas and mosques along the
borders has gone up.“There have been reports that more madarsas and mosques are
sprouting along the borders, which in itself is an indication of increased
Muslim population in the area,” disclosed an intelligence official.The study is
using the 2001 census as its benchmark and has a clear political edge to it.With
the BJP making a big issue of national security — a political euphemism to beat
the minorities with — the government wants to equip itself with the latest data
and analysis on demographic changes in border areas, especially in relation to
illegal migration from Bangladesh. It has accordingly ordered the survey
completed in advance of the 2009 polls.“The government wants to be armed with
the fresh data, and also its analysis, to counter any attack or propaganda on
the issue. The BJP is all set to make national security an issue, and this is
bound to come up,” the official said.


B’deshis cross border, kill Khasi villager »(SEN_12_2_k8)

Staff Correspondent
SHILLONG, Feb 11: A villager of Lumjyrmi, B Nongbri, of Bholaganj Sector along
the Indo-Bangladesh border was stabbed to death by suspected Bangladeshis on
Saturday morning. According to police, 40-50 Bangladeshis crossed the border and
attacked Nongbri, and decamped with property worth several thousands of rupees.
The incident took place despite the BSF had claimed recently that it had
intensified its patrol along the border with Bangladesh.

stabbed to death allegedly by B’deshis»(SEN_12_2_k8)

SHILLONG, Feb 11: Suspected Bangladeshi marauders entering as deep as two
km inside India in Bholaganj sector along the Indo-Bangladesh border has raised
many an eyebrow on the BSF’s recent assurance of intensified patrolling along
the border before the Assembly polls in Meghalaya.
A villager of Lumjyrmi, identified as B Nongbri, was stabbed to death by
suspected Bangladeshis on Saturday morning, said the injured relatives of
Nongbri — wife and the brother-in-law. According to the police, the duo gave a
statement to the police that 40-50 Bangladeshis crossed the border and attacked
their house. After marauding their house, the Bangladeshis decamped with
property worth several thousands.
East Khasi Hills SP AR Mawthoh confirmed the incident today, but refused to
ascertain the identity of the miscreants. “We are trying to ascertain the
statement where Bangladeshis are reported to have intruded as far as two km
inside the Indian Territory”.
Sources from the village were categorical in taking the name of Bangladeshis
entering into the Indian Territory to commit the crime. Bangladeshi raiding into
the orchards located in the bordering stretch of Khasi-Jaintia Hills within the
Indian Territory is nothing new. Many of the villagers, particularly in the
Nongjri- Nongshken areas, are forced to hire armed gunmen to protect the betel
nuts and other plantations.

BSF nabs B’deshi(SHT_12_2_K8)

Jowai: The BSF stationed in Dawki arrested one Md Hamidur Rahman,
Bangladeshi suspect, on February 7 last. The person was arrested while trying to
cross over into the Indian territory. He was handed over to Dawki police. Indian
notes worth Rs 30,000 was seized from him.

NRC update
likely to be delayed(AST_14_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – Though the cabinet sub committee has finally come
up with its suggestions for finalizing the modalities, the updating of the
National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam will take some time as several
other formalities need to be cleared before the preparation of the draft. After
two years of taking the decision to update the NRC of 1951, the State Government
formed a Cabinet sub committee headed by Minister in charge of Assam Accord
Implementation, Dr Bhumidhar Barman to finalise the modalities for the job and
the sub committee held a series of meetings before coming up with its
suggestions. The recommendations of the sub committee will now be discussed in
the State Cabinet and the same would be forwarded to the Government of India for
its approval. The Government of India will also have to amend the Citizenship
Act to authorise the State Government to go ahead with the job of updating the
Minister for Planning and Development Prithvi Majhi, who is also a member of the
cabinet sub-committee, said that among other decisions, the sub-committee also
resolved to include DNA testing in the event of anomalies in the citizenship
claims of persons regarding descendency.

CPI urges Centre to curb

GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – In the context of information released by the
police that an alleged ULFA leader had 15 days’ training in plane hijacking in
Assam from Pakistani and Afghan instructors, the Communist Party of India (CPI)
on Wednesday demanded intervention of New Delhi under Article 355 of the
Constitution. The party while castigating the failure of the State Government in
checking insurgency and infiltration of foreign forces said that Government of
India should intervene in the matters of the State under the provisions of the
Constitution to improve law-and-order situation.
“The information released by the police reflects the failure of the State
Government as well as the army,” said Promode Gogoi, member, national executive.

Bangladeshis still pouring
in: HYCP
NAGAON, Feb 13: Taking advantage of the soft corner of the ruling
Congress, thousands of suspected Bangladeshi citizens have been pouring in to
Nagaon and Morigaon districts. These suspected Bangladeshis are allegedly taking
shelter in different minority-dominated areas and in forest reserves and on both
sides of the railway lines. The political leaders and the administration are
also maintaining a dignified silence over the matter. This was alleged by Hindu
Yuba Chatra Parishad (HYCP), Asom unit president Brajen Kakoti.
Kakoti added that these illegal immigrants, after taking shelter in the
minority-dominated areas, work as daily-wage earners, in brick fields and even
as rickshaw pullers.
They have even managed to obtain licenses by getting into the good books of
political leaders of the ruling party, he further alleged.
The HYCP leader further said that the Border Security Force (BSF), the civil
administration and the police have been acting as mute spectators and not a
single department is willing to act on the matter.


Infiltration bid foiled


SHILLONG, Feb 22: BSF yesterday apprehended two Bangladeshi nationals
while they were trying to infiltrate into Indian territory, stated a press
release. A maruti car was parked near the international border awaiting the
infiltrators to board the vehicle.

Five Bangladeshi intruders

Shillong: In view of the ensuing Assembly election, the BSF troops
deployed along the international border have been keeping extra vigil by
increasing manpower in the border and installing special equipment to thwart any
attempt by anti-national elements and Bangladeshis to enter into Indian
territory.As a result, troops posted at the Border Outpost (BOP) at Umsyiem and
Pyrdiwah arrested five Bangladeshis on Tuesday while they were trying to
crossover to India. One more Bangladeshi was arrested by the troops posted at
the Kantipara BOP under the Tura Sector, the BSF informed here on Wednesday.

link to kala-azar(TEL_29_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb.
The Kamrup (metro)
district administration and the health department suspect that labourers from
Bihar and Jharkhand employed in the brick kilns in Chandrapur block are acting
as carriers of the dreaded kala-azar. A senior health department official said
there are 11 brick kilns in and around Sapoidang, most of which employ workers
from Bihar and Jharkhand. Since these two are the worst kala-azar affected
states in the country, there is a high probability that some of the labourers
from those states are working as the carriers of the disease, he added.



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