The police in western Assam’s Dhubri town have detained two special verification officers assigned the job of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for demanding ‘service charge’ from people summoned to submit documents establishing their citizenship.The detention on Sunday evening follows reports of people offering bribes, submitting forged documents or borrowing legacy data of genuine citizens to be included in the second NRC draft that the Supreme Court wants updated by May.First draftThe first draft, recognising 1.9 crore of the 3.29 applicants who can prove they have been living in Assam before March 24, 1971, was published at the stroke of midnight on December 31.“Special verification officer Fardous Zaman, sectional assistant in PWD Roads, and his deputy Swapan Dutta, a gram panchayat secretary, were detained after a complaint that they had demanded ₹300 to get the documentation of a couple from Tamarhat done on April 19,” said Longnit Terang, Dhubri Superintendent of Police.The duo had allegedly demanded ₹100 from the couple but later increased it to ₹300. The resultant delay forced the couple to stay at the house of a relative who works at the Dhubri Deputy Commissioner’s office. His complaint to the district’s administrative head led to Zaman and Dutta’s detention.“Though the duo are accused of seeking gratification money in NSK2 (NRC Seva Kendra number 2, at the office of inspector of schools, Dhubri), the case is not of manipulation of documents,” Mr. Terang said.Officials handling the NRC exercise did not rule out the possibility of similar cases across the 1,093 verification centres in Assam.Last week, the police in Darrang district’s Sipajhar arrested two people of suspected nationality – San Khan and Nayan Khan – for offering to bribe ₹20,000 to the NRC officials for including their names in the second draft.Officials said at least half a dozen such cases have been reported from central Assam’s Nagaon and Morigaon districts with some offering up to ₹2 lakh to get their names included in the NRC.By the first week of April, the NRC authorities identified more than 4,000 people who submitted forged papers despite having been declared foreigners by 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals across the State. Apart from government employees, the probe revealed several village heads were issuing fake domicile certificates.One such village head, Moijan Ali of Soulmari village in Biswanath district, had been charging ₹500 for each fake document.The NRC authorities received a setback earlier this month when Ali Ahmed, who was declared a foreigner in 2011, filed a review petition in the Gauhati High Court saying he cannot be an illegal immigrant as his name figured in the first draft of the updated NRC. The NRC authorities blamed it on faulty data collection by the State’s border police.Borrowed legacy dataOfficials said there have been several cases of people using legacy data of others to establish their family trees. In Nagaon district, for instance, a person named Fakaruddin, son of Umed Ali, tried to pass off as Suresh Das by using one Robi Das’s legacy data. Verification officials caught Fakaruddin’s bluff when Robi Das – both were called to the NSK concerned – could not recognise him.In another case reported from Barpeta district, one Abdul Salam was caught trying to pass his second wife Kadbanu as his first wife Kanchan Nessa, who died a few years ago. The second wife could not submit papers to establish her citizenship, officials said.Meanwhile, 85 companies of Central armed forces have been deployed in Assam apprehending trouble in certain parts during the process. More than half of these companies were provided before the publication of the first draft on December 31.
By Abhishek HoreNew Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) Sangram Dahiya and Amanpreet Singh won a silver and a bronze each as hosts India enjoyed a fruitful day in the office on day four of competition in the ISSF World Cup Final here.Double trap exponent Sangram clinched his first-ever senior medal in International Shooting Sport Federation tournament after years of toil, while Amanpreet bagged a well-deserved bronze after scoring 202.2 in the mens 50m pistol event.Both shooters were taking part in the prestigious event for the first time.”I am really happy as the hard training over the past three weeks has paid off,” Sangram said after his effort.Thanks to the two marksmans medals and the gold in mixed 10m air pistol event by Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu on the opening day, India recorded their best-ever showing in the year-ending annual shooting showpiece, where only the years top shooters compete.Shooting alongside Amanpreet, the fancied Jitu, though, failed to impress and was the first to be eliminated at seventh place with a score of 123.2. Both had cleared the qualification hurdle without much fuss.In the double trap final at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, Sangram shot 76 out of 80 targets, three behind gold medallist Hu Binyuan (79) of China.Italys Gasparani Davi (56) took the bronze.Sangram had won a gold medal at the Asian Shooting Championship for junior way back in 2009.Sangram shot exceedingly well throughout the day, first topping the qualifying with a score of 144 out of 150 and then replicating the showing in the final.advertisementHe could not overcome the world record effort of 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Hu Binyuan, who was in sublime form in the final.Indias world number one double trap shooter Ankur Mittal, who qualified for the six-man final in second position with a score of 139, finished fourth in the final.He had to leave after managing 45 out of 50 shots.Sangrams effort, somewhat, made up for the disappointment.Amanpreet finished behind gold medallist Damir Mikec of Serbia and silver winner Oleh Omelchuk of Ukraine. Damir shot 229.3 and the Ukranian Omelchuk finished with a score of 228 in a thrilling round for the top prize.In the qualifying round, Amanpreet had qualified in seventh spot, shooting 545 out of 600, while Jitu shot 561 to make the final in fourth position.Amanpreet, who along with the rest of the Indian squad, will leave for Australia to take part in the Commonwealth Shooting Championship, said, “There was huge pressure shooting in front of the home crowd and I am really relieved.”I did not shoot that well in qualifying and in the final, I was focusing on getting my technique right for each and every shot, and it paid off. I am really happy to win this medal in such an elite competition.””Considering that this is a World Cup Final with the best shooters in the fray, you can call this as my finest performance in shooting. Im happy but score wise its not great, so I need to improve on that,” a pleased Amanpreet added.In the days other two finals, Denmarks Torben Grimmel won the mens 50m rifle prone with yet another world record score of 250.6 in the final. Germanys reigning Olympic champion Henri Junghaenel won silver with a score of 250.1 while Koreas Kim Jonghyun bagged the bronze with an effort of 228.7.In the womens 25m pistol event, Koreas Kim Minjung won the gold beating Chinas former world champion Jingjing Zhang in the final.Both Kim and Zhang ended with 34 points each in the final after which Kim prevailed in a shoot-off. Zorana Arunovic of Serbia won the bronze.Sangram and Amanpreets effort took India to fourth in the medal standings with an overhaul haul of one gold, one silver and a bronze medal. PTI AH AH read more
A SIOUX CITY COUPLE IS IN CUSTODY FACING CHARGES OF ALLEGEDLY MISTREATING THEIR DOGS, WHICH WERE FOUND LIVING IN FILTH IN A CONFINED SPACE.32-YEAR-OLD BLAKE DANDURAND AND 31-YEAR-OLD JAMIE DANDURAND ARE EACH CHARGED WITH EIGHT COUNTS OF ANIMAL ABUSE.COURT DOCUMENTS STATE THAT THE EIGHT DOGS WERE FOUND ON APRIL 11TH LIVING IN A FOUR FOOT BY FOUR FOOT PEN IN THE MUD FLOOR CELLAR OF A HOME LOCATED AT 1412 VIRGINIA STREET.THE DOGS WERE LIVING IN FILTHY CONDITIONS AND THEIR MATTED FUR WAS COVERED WITH FECES AND MUD.THE DOGS HAD NO ROOM TO MOVE AND AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER DESCRIBED THE SMELL IN THE CELLAR AS HORRIFIC.THE DEFENDANT ADMITTED THAT THE DOGS WERE LET OUTSIDE ONLY 8-10 TIMES A YEAR.ANIMAL RESCUE WORKERS HAD TO SHAVE THE DOGS BECAUSE THE FILTH CAKED ONTO THEIR FUR COULD NOT BE REMOVED.ANIMAL CONTROL SAYS THAT THE DOGS WERE TREATED AND IN THE LAST MONTH HAVE ALL BEEN ADOPTED OUT TO GOOD HOMES.THE DANDURAND’S ARE BEING HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $10-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND EACH. read more
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – There have been plenty of reports this week about the dangers involved with flying in an airplane, but statistically it’s much safer to fly than to drive a car. That hasn’t stopped a lot of people from talking about their anxiety in the air.This anxiety is all about feeling in control about the situation according to Dr. Ian Shulman who specializes in helping people deal with a fear of flying. Unlike being behind the wheel, when we are on a plane we are forced to trust other people.“Every person that I deal with for the fear of flying knows that flying is safer than driving, and yet they end up saying to themselves or to me ‘yeah I know, but, but, but’ and then they get really scared.”That is why it’s important to ground yourself in reality even when in reality, you’re not on the ground.“Feeling powerless is one of the worst things so a huge element to me helping people to become more confident flyers and just more confident in themselves is to help them tune back into their own strength and power.”He noted it’s important to keep in mind there is no use to worrying about things you can’t control.“There are lots of situations that we get into where we are not really in charge of the situation but we can calm ourselves and we can take charge of our end of things.”Shulman argued some people use diversions to get away from the problem.“You can decide whether you are going to cope or whether you are just going to suffer. A lot of people do that.”He said people often do things like biting their fingernails, which may distract you but doesn’t deal with the problem.While people are often scared while in the plane, Shulman noted people can get anxiety about flying from home too.“I’m watching pixels of light on the screen and I’m sitting in my living room and I am feeling afraid. Is there anything in my living room that is dangerous? No.”He believes taking charge of what you can control and calming yourself down helps.“Bringing yourself back to reality is a really important skill set.” read more