Archive | July, 2012

Anna fast enters third day; regrets attack on media

Posted on 31 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 01st August 2012

New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast entered the third day today with the activist regretting the attack on media by his supporters and warned that he will call off his fast if they again indulge in violence.

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal, who is also fasting, apologised for the misbehaviour with media but sought to blame media house owners, saying they have to decide whether they are with the country or with corrupt people.

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Blackout in half of country; 200 miners trapped in WB

Posted on 31 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 01st August 2012

New Delhi, July 31 (PTI) The country faced a major power crisis for the second consecutive day today as three grids serving Northern, Eastern and North-Eastern regions failed this afternoon, leading to 200 coal miners getting trapped in West Bengal and throwing normal life out of gear in 22 states.

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Myanmar: UN official concerned over rights violations in Rakhine state

Posted on 30 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 31st July 2012

UN News – Human Rights – 27 July 2012 –

A United Nations senior official today expressed serious concern about reports of human rights violations committed by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, after clashes between its Buddhist and Muslim communities reportedly killed at least 78 people and displaced thousands last month.“We have been receiving a stream of reports from independent sources alleging discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces, and even their instigation of and involvement in clashes,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in a news release.

“Reports indicate that the initial swift response of the authorities to the communal violence may have turned into a crackdown targeting Muslims, in particular members of the Rohingya [Muslim] community,” she added.

According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the state, located in the country’s west, was triggered when an ethnic Rakhine woman was raped and murdered on 28 May. This was followed by the killing of 10 Muslims by an unidentified mob on 3 June.

Ms. Pillay called for a prompt, independent investigation, noting that the crisis reflects the long-standing and systemic discrimination against the Rohingya Muslim community, who are not recognized by the Government and remain stateless.

“The Government has a responsibility to prevent and punish violent acts, irrespective of which ethnic or religious group is responsible, without discrimination and in accordance with the rule of law,” Ms. Pillay said.

She also called on national leaders to speak out against discrimination, the exclusion of minorities and racist attitudes, and in support of equal rights for all in Myanmar. She also stressed that the UN was making an effort to assist and protect all communities in Rakhine state.

“Prejudice and violence against members of ethnic and religious minorities run the risk of dividing the country in its commendable national reconciliation efforts, undermine national solidarity, and upset prospects of peace-building,” Ms. Pillay said.

Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it is delivering aid to the more than 30,000 people that were affected by the violence.

“As we speak, additional tents are being airlifted from the Republic of Korea to meet urgent shelter needs on the ground,” a UNHCR spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic, told reporters in Geneva.

Mr. Mahecic said that many people had their houses destroyed, and would only go back if they could get help building new homes, while displaced Muslims have told the refugee agency that they would like to go home but fear for their safety.

According to UNHCR, an estimated 80,000 people are displaced in and around the towns of Sittwe and Maungdaw, with most of them living in camps or with host families in surrounding villages.

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, is due to visit the country next week, and his mission there will include a visit to Rakhine state. Ms. Pillay welcomed the Special Rapporteur’s visit, but noted that “while he will be able to make an initial assessment during his one-day visit, this is no substitute for a fully-fledged independent investigation.”

Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not United Nations staff, nor are they paid for their work.

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Team Anna’s agitation at Jantar Mantar

Posted on 30 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 31st July 2012

PTI News New Delhi: Supporters wave Tricolours during the 6th day of Team Anna’s agitation against corruption at Jantar Mantar

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Mines and mineral are national wealth: Supreme Court

Posted on 30 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 30th July 2012

New Delhi, Jul 29 (PTI) Mines and minerals are part of the nation’s wealth, the Supreme Court has said, upholding the Jharkhand government’s decision to cancel its recommendation to the Centre to grant mining lease in the state to six private firms.

A bench of justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale gave the ruling rejecting the private firms’ plea that the state’s act of withdrawing its recommendation to the Centre after making the same was illegal.

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Northern Grid fails, supply severely hit

Posted on 30 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 30th July 2012

New Delhi, Jul 30 (PTI) Power supply in Northern states was severely affected today with failure of Northern Grid at about 2:30 am.

The states affected are Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, UP, Himachal and Rajasthan.”Yes there are problems with Northern Grid, we are trying to restore it”, said SK Soonee, CEO of Power System Operating Co (PSOC)

PSOC manages the Northern Power Grid.

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Subramanian Swamy meets US President Obama

Posted on 28 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 29th July 2012

Washington, Jul 28 (PTI) Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy met US President Barack Obama at a dinner at Mclean Virginia.
The dinner was hosted for an exclusive group by philanthropist couple Earl and Amanda Stafford last night.

Later, Swamy said he exchanged views with Obama during a brief one-to-one meeting at the dinner and the President asked him to convey his regards to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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PM says initial difficulties in controlling Assam situation

Posted on 28 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Sunday 29th July 2012

Kokrajhar, July 28 (PTI) Noting that there were “initial difficulties” in controlling the violence in Assam’s BTAD and Dhubri districts, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said both the Centre and state government would take measures to normalise the situation and provide a healing touch to victims.

“What has happened is very sad.

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HC rejects Tiwari’s plea not to open DNA report in court

Posted on 27 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 28th July 2012

New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) In an embarrassment to veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari, the Delhi High Court today rejected his plea not to open his DNA report before a single judge bench, adjudicating the paternity suit of a city youth, who claims to be his son.

The court allowed Justice Reva Khetrapal, who has decided to open Tiwari’s DNA report along with those of paternity suit petitioner Rohit Shekhar and his mother Ujjwala Sharma at 2.

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Violence in Assam worst crisis for state govt: Gogoi

Posted on 27 July 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 28th July 2012

Guwahati, July 27 (PTI) Describing the violence in the four Assam districts as the worst crisis his government has faced, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said 45 people had been killed and three lakh people rendered homeless till now.

Addressing a press conference here, Gogoi said the Army and paramilitary forces were keeping a constant vigil on the situation, which is still fluid.

During a visit to Kokrajhar yesterday, Gogoi had said the situation was improving.

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