Factual Friday: January 17, 2014

first_imgSource: 2012 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness ReportThis post is part of a series of Factual Friday posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img

Tripura, where demand for Assam-like NRC widens gap between indigenous people and non-tribal settlers

first_imgThe Supreme Court on October 8 issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a public interest litigation petition by a non-political forum seeking an exercise, similar to the one done in Assam, to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Tripura. Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarma, son of Tripura’s last king, filed an affidavit in the court a fortnight later in favour of the NRC. A long-standing demand of Tripura’s ‘tribal nationalists’ for deportation of illegal migrants from Bangladesh resulted in these petitions, widening the gap between the indigenous people and non-tribal settlers, mostly Bengali Hindus and some Muslims.What is the demand about?Tripura is often cited in the northeastern region as an example of how migration can alter the demographic pattern of the State. Census data show the population of Tripura’s 19 Scheduled Tribes dropped from 63.77% in 1881 to 31.78% in 2011. This is attributed to the migration of 6.10 lakh Bengalis — the figure almost equal to the State’s total population in 1951 — from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) between 1947 and 1971. Going by the language census of 2011, Tripura has 24.14 lakh Bengali speakers, thrice the 8.87 lakh who speak Kokborok, the language of the largest tribal group. Unlike the NRC of Assam, where the cut-off date for excluding the putative foreigners is March 24, 1971, tribal groups in Tripura want July 19, 1948, as the date of determining migrants as per the provision of Indian nationality laws for people who migrated from territories that became East Pakistan. The Tripura People’s Front suggested this cut-off date in its petition. The petition followed former extremist leader and chief of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl’s meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.What is the Bengali view?Bengali academics and politicians admit migration was high after Partition in 1947, but the forebears of the Bengali migrants were essentially subjects or tenants of Tripura’s Manikya kings since the 13th century. Tripura became a princely state during British rule. The kings had sway over Hill Tippera, the hilly kingdom roughly the present area of Tripura, besides a zamindari in British India called Chakla Roshanabad or Tippera, comprising five districts of the present-day Bangladesh, then called East Bengal. These districts are Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Noakhali, Chittagong and a part of Sylhet. The kingdom’s revenue came from the resources-rich areas inhabited by Bengalis. The royalty, belonging to the largest tribal group called Tripuri, didn’t just keep the Bengalis in the plains of Chakla Roshanabad. The Rajmala, Tripura’s royal chronicles, says the kings brought educated Bengalis to run the administration and encouraged settlement of Bengali peasants with incentives like land grants. When did the conflict begin?King Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya (1923-1947) realised that his tribal subjects could be outnumbered by the Bengalis and created a 2,050-square mile tribal reserve in 1943 for the Tripuri, Reang, Halam, Noatia and Jamatiya tribes. This was the precursor to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, exclusive to these five and 14 other tribes. The fear of being swamped by Bengalis led to tribal extremism, first in the 1960s, and with more intensity two decades later. Tribal groups killed 1,400 Bengalis in 1980, but counter-insurgency operations made most outfits declare truce by the late 1990s. The scars remained, so much so that tribal NGOs pushed for switching the script of their Kokborok language from Bengali to Roman. The demand for Twipraland, a state for tribal people, gained ground.Where does the NRC stand?Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb initially rejected the demand for the NRC, but said later that his government would undertake the exercise if it succeeded in Assam. The ruling BJP’s ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura – behind the Twipraland demand – favours the NRC. Pradyot Manikya, a Congress leader, feels an error-free NRC could help Tripura revisit political representation.last_img read more

Kai Sotto raring to learn from Gilas seniors

first_imgSotto hopes that he can get a chance to attend more of these Gilas practices, granting that he’s free from his school assignments and obligations with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets.“I can join here if we don’t have an exam or we don’t have a game the following day. I’m just really happy and excited to attend these sessions,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kai Sotto. PBA IMAGESKai Sotto, pegged as the future of Gilas Pilipinas, is just humbled by the opportunity given to him by coach Chot Reyes to train with the national team.But the 7-foot center doesn’t want to feel pressured after being touted as one of the cornerstones for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Zark’s-Lyceum gets act together, staves off Akari-Adamson Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “I just want to focus on what I’m doing. I don’t want to think about the pressure,” said Sotto on Monday after attending his first Gilas Pilipinas practice as a “23-for-23” cadet.The 15-year-old Sotto had his first chance to bang bodies with his contemporaries as he went to scrimmage with the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, and Calvin Abueva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd it didn’t take long for him to learn his first lessons from the current Gilas pool members.“If you’re playing basketball everyday, you’ll know what’s happening on the court. I think all of us players can learn here. I try to reach out to the seniors because I want to learn from them,” he said.center_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: Why India can lose to Sri Lanka?

first_img1) Now that Captain Dhoni has lost the toss. That is one negative to start with. add another: Sreesanth to play in place of Nehra. Oh God!2) Sachin Tendulkar will again be the backbone of the Indian innings. But will he survive five-six chances like against Pakistan? The Sri Lankans are good at converting even half-chances into crucial run-outs and catches.3) Dilshan and Sangakkara are batsmen much feared by bowlers across the world. Can India keep them quiet? What if they can’t and the two do to Indian bowlers what Sanath Jayasuriya did to Manoj Prabhakar? Ouch, let’s not think negative. But that’s a problem.4) The Sri Lankans have upped mindgames against India, saying India start as favourites. Normally, the Indian team feels good about it and gets walloped in the match. Will that happen again, I wonder?5) Yuvraj Singh, hmmmm. Remember what happened to him in Mohali against the Pakistani attack? In and then out. Let’s hope he has gotten over that “quickfire” innings.6) Let’s say India bats first and doesn’t get a heavy score, the Indian team normally acts like it has lost its spine when the other team comes out to play. Hope the Indian team has had its calcium supplements (can help in detecting one’s spine).7) The whole country is with Dhoni and the team. But it is for the team to play. We can cry ourselves hoarse but you know about the horse and the water? Our batsmen and bowlers are very prone to ignoring the ocean of fan support to bounce back from an adverse position. It usually is three down and then six down.advertisement8) This blog is about superstition, about not wanting to move away from the screen or not watching a match because India may lose. The last time this blog said India will lose to Pak, India won. Let’s hope Dhoni and the boys get the message right this time too and beat the Lankans.last_img read more

Report Maersk Eyes LandBased Acquisitions

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk World’s largest shipping company Maersk is reportedly targeting acquisitions on land to bolster its logistics operations as part of the group’s transformation from a conglomerate to an integrated global container logistics company.“The future will be very much about scaling the land side of the equation . . . We for sure have to do some acquisitions in the logistics space, primarily to gain capability and scale,” Søren Skou, Maersk’s Chief Executive Officer, is quoted by the Financial Times as saying.As reported, potential acquisition candidates are likely to include trucks, warehouses and other important segments of the supply chain management, but the company would refrain from making multi-billion deals and go after bolt-on acquisitions.The key reason behind taking a disciplined investment approach is in line with Maersk’s desire to reduce its debt at a time when operating costs, led by high bunker prices, exert high pressure on the company’s earnings.The remaking of Maersk Group is expected to last between three to five years. For the transformation to be completed, Maersk is yet to finalize the separation of its energy business, as structural solutions are still being sought for Maersk Supply Service.Namely, in November 2018, Vincent Clerc, Maersk’s Executive Vice President, said the group would not finalize the sale of its Maersk Supply Service business, which was expected to be completed by the end of the year.As part of its energy business separation drive, earlier this year Maersk announced its spin off of Maersk Drilling as a standalone company on Nasdaq Copenhagen in 2019.Furthermore, Maersk is in the middle of its integration process of the German liner company Hamburg Süd, which was acquired in November 2017.Danish shipping major said that since the integration is progressing faster than planned the company expects synergies from the merger to reach at least USD 500 million by 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

TIFF ADDS NATALIE PORTMANS VOX LUX AS FEST COMPLETES ITS LINEUP

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Women directed 34% of this year’s TIFF lineup, the fest reports, up from the 33% from 2017. Natalie Portman as a Madonna-like pop superstar in Vox Lux and Isabel Huppert as a sinister widow in Greta help round out the big-screen offerings for next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 6-16.The two movies complete the festival’s Special Presentations slate of highly rated filmmakers and storytellers, bringing the program’s total to 24 titles. Along with the 46 Discovery program titles by new international filmmakers that were also announced Tuesday, TIFF’s 2018 roster is complete: 255 features and 88 shorts, 343 films in all.That’s up three titles from 2017, which had 340 films (256 features and 84 shorts), but the total is still far lower than in other years, before TIFF trimmed its offerings to make the 11-day fest more manageable. Facebooklast_img read more

Club Med Cancun Yucatan doubles size of Aguamarina family oasis

first_img Monday, July 16, 2018 Share Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Aguamarina, Cancun, Club Medcenter_img MIAMI — Club Med is showing off the new expansion to its family-centric Aguamarina concept at its all-inclusive resort in Cancun.With the new expansion the Aguamarina family oasis area is now more than double the size and offers new experiences and accommodations, says the company.Expansion OverviewThe new Aguamarina expansion introduces 60 all-new oceanfront family rooms – 30 Club Rooms and 30 Deluxe Rooms – with two-bedroom accommodations to create a comfortable experience for both parents and children while still keeping them connected.New RoomsThis expansion increases the Aguamarina capacity to 120 family accommodations. Additionally, the new rooms are outfitted with upgraded safes that can be opened directly with the guests’ wristbands.Room ViewOutside of the family accommodations, Aguamarina also now features a new dedicated reception area and concierge service.The reimagined area boasts a new pool dedicated to families with water games, lounge areas and outdoor activities for all-day entertainment.PoolThe pool area also plays host to La Marina, a new family bar that features a dedicated kids’ corner with a beverage and snack menu specially for children and their taste buds. During the afternoon, La Marina will “surprise and delight” families daily with special treats and surprises that change from day to day.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem“As Club Med continues to stay on the pulse point of consumer trends and the changing demands of families, we’re thrilled to unveil the Aguamarina expansion, which has adopted unique elements specifically with families in mind,” shared Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America.  “As the original resort to open on Cancún’s most pristine stretch of beach at the tip of the iconic Riviera Maya, the Aguamarina family oasis is yet another way the property sets itself apart from the rest.”Club Med Cancún Yucatán underwent a full resort enhancement at the end of 2017, including upgrades to the 5-Trident Jade area; a full renovation of all rooms; a refresh to the meetings and events spaces; all-new wellness experiences and new and refreshed dining concepts. << Previous PostNext Post >> Club Med Cancun Yucatan doubles size of Aguamarina family oasislast_img read more