Fresh efforts on to repatriate Myanmarese refugees, says Lalchamliana

first_imgAfter the proposed deportation of over 200 Myanmarese refugees from Mizoram were deferred two days ago, the administration has taken up fresh initiative to repatriate them, State Home Minister Lalchamliana said on Monday. A total of 219 Myanmarese refugees belonging to 54 families are staying in four villages of southernmost Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district since November 2017. “The Centre instructed us to deport the foreigners who were in Lawngtlai district’s Hmawngbuchhuah village and even use force if necessary,” the Minister said. Mr. Lalchamliana said identification of the refugees was being conducted again as the figures given by the Lawngtlai district administration and the Assam Rifles authorities did not tally. Inspector General of Police John Neihlaia told PTI that the government took firm stand on the issue of foreigners entering the State illegally and that stringent action would be taken against illegal immigrants. The district administration on Saturday deferred the proposed repatriation of the refugees to Myanmar on ‘humanitarian grounds’, Lawngtlai district officials said. They said a team of officials, policemen, NGO leaders and Assam Rifles personnel went to Hmawngbuchhuah village on Thursday to deport the refugees. But inclement weather and the reluctance of the refugees who included women, children and elderly people compelled the officials to defer the repatriation. Over 1,700 refugees from Paletwa and surrounding villages in Myanmar fled the country during the later part of November in 2017, entered Mizoram and took shelter in four villages in Lawngtlai district following armed conflict between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army (AA) militants. While majority of the refugees have returned to their homeland after the Myanmar Army sanitised the area, some of them refused to go back and settled down by constructing houses and taking up livelihood. The remaining refugees claimed that though their villages were now peaceful but it would be difficult for them to earn livelihood. The refugees mainly belonged to the Rakhine community.last_img read more

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Boost for India-Pakistan bilateral Test series

first_imgThe ball has been set rolling on resumption of the stalled India-Pakistan bilateral Test series. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt met Rajeev Shukla, vice-president of the Indian Board, in London a few days ago, crucially just a few days before a change of guard in India.N Srinivasan takes over as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the annual general body meeting on Monday and Tuesday.Butt described his meeting with Shukla as “positive”. And with positive vibes coming from the heads of national governments in India and Pakistan – especially after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani watched the India- Pakistan semi-final in Mohali in March – a full- fledged Test series looks on.According to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tour Programme (FTP), Pakistan is scheduled to tour India for a Test and One- day International series. But a brief series before that can’t be ruled out, though India’s scheduled till then is packed. The picture will become clear once Srinivasan assumes charge and meets Butt.Shukla, also the minister for parliamentary affairs, confirmed that the Indian government has already given the green signal for the bilateral Test series that has not been played since 2007, when Pakistan toured India. The series has been discontinued due to political reasons, particularly as India believes terrorists based in Pakistan attacked Mumbai in 2008.When contacted in London, Butt said that there was a forward movement towards resuming the most eagerly awaited series in Asia, if not the entire cricketing world.advertisement”There is a positive development (from the talks with Shukla). But I can’t give you more details until things are finalised,” Butt, a former Test batsman, told M AIL T ODAY . Shukla, on his return to India from London, said that the BCCI would approach the government with a formal request after the two boards have finalised the series.”There is no problem from the Indian government. But we will go to the government after the series dates are finalised,” Shukla told M AIL T ODAY . Shukla could play the most important role in resumption of the series as he is the best link between the BCCI and the government.His good rapport with Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi could give further fillip to the background work needed in securing the final government nod.Meanwhile, former PCB chairman Shahryar Khan, during whose tenure India and Pakistan resumed Test series after 15 years in 2004, said that the series should be played at any cost and that the Boards should not squabble over the venue.”It’s my strong feeling that we should re-start the series. Let’s start the process. This was what I told PCB too a good two or three months ago when they contacted me and it would be my advice to them (again) if they were to seek it,” Khan, also a former foreign secretary of Pakistan, told M AIL T ODAY from Pakistan.”Although it’s our turn to host India, it’s not possible to do so in Pakistan in the present circumstances.We should go to India, which would mean that India would now owe two tours to Pakistan. But we should not put too many conditions,” he said. “I told this to Rajeev too – that we should start the series come what may.” Khan also pointed out that a task force set up by the ICC post the Lahore attack on the Sri Lankan team in March 2008 to assess the ground situation for hosting international matches has also recommended an India- Pakistan series.The career diplomat acknowledged and appreciated that the Indian government would not allow its cricket team to go to play Pakistan in the Middle East.”It’s difficult that an India-Pakistan series would be played in Dubai or Abu Dhabi as I know India would not go there,” he averred. “The best possible venue would be South Africa or Sri Lanka, but finding a slot in the itinerary is difficult (other than the ICC’s FTP),” he suggested.last_img read more

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Tax Court ruling says defrauded foreign workers in Quebec eligible for EI

first_imgMONTREAL — Advocates are hailing a recent Tax Court of Canada decision that recognizes the rights of migrant workers in Quebec to qualify for employment insurance even if they don’t have a valid work permit.The decision rendered this month stems from a case brought by a group of 18 temporary workers from Guatemala who had appealed an initial ruling that their earnings weren’t insurable.That’s because the workers — recruited through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program — were victims of fraud perpetrated by employment firms in Quebec that wrongly told them they could work for different employers.Typically, workers arriving from abroad must work for the company indicated in their documentation. In this case, the employer didn’t respect the terms laid out in the permit, leaving workers scrambling to find other work.The Canada Revenue Agency had considered those hours weren’t insurable, since they didn’t work for the companies indicated in their permits.But the May 10 ruling says that work is in fact insurable under the law, given the state’s obligation to guarantee social security for all workers.Judge Alain Tardif wrote that while his focus was the issue EI eligibility, it was clear the Guatemalans were “victims of an unscrupulous organization whose sole purpose was to enrich itself on the backs of poor … destitute and quite vulnerable people.”Tardif added in a complex, 48-page ruling that the 18 had hoped to improve the lives of their families, and he urged the government to do more to ensure their well-being.“On this issue  … it seems to me totally unacceptable to leave such seasonal workers to themselves,” Tardif wrote. “It is urgent and imperative for the state to set up an organization with the necessary resources to reach all seasonal workers or at least prepare a written kit in the language of those concerned to enable them to know their rights and obligations, thus enabling seasonal workers to get answers to their problems or concerns before they arrive, upon arrival and throughout their stay in Canada.”In the rest of the country, a Federal Court of Appeal ruling in 1998 dealt with the issue and there has since been roughly two decades of case law to back it up.But in Quebec, a lawyer who represented the temporary workers said, the rules had been interpreted differently under the province’s civil code.“Even though it’s employment insurance and it’s federal jurisdiction, in Quebec they are still interpreting the notion of labour contract in a way that is specific to civil law instead of common law,” Richard-Alexandre Laniel of the Association of Progressive Jurists said.“What happened with this decision is that the judge decided in a civil law context, we can determine in certain circumstances that migrant workers who don’t have a valid work permit can still make their hours worked insurable within the employment insurance law.”Advocates have called for an end to the practice of issuing closed work permits, which restricts a worker to a single employer. That provision, along with language barriers and concerns about job loss, leave foreign employees reluctant to file complaints.Thousands of migrant workers make their way to Quebec each year.“It’s a bit soon to determine what will be the impact of this decision on CRA practices,” Laniel said. “But we think they should have a more flexible approach regarding migrant workers.”Federal government lawyers have 30 days to appeal. They did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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We lacked creativity Arambarri

first_imgThe Uruguayan Getafe CF player believes the 0-0 draw against Valladolid was not good, and his team lacked what it needed to scoreGetafe CF and Valladolid played on Friday and drew 0-0 in the third Spanish La Liga match day.And even with some chances at the front, Getafe was not able to score.For Uruguayan Mauro Arrambari, his team lacked many things to be able to get a win.“There will always be things to correct,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Today we lacked effectiveness, and we had fewer opportunities.”But he thanked manager Jose Bordalas for the confidence after playing for the full 90 minutes.“My coach gave us a lot of confidence, this is very important to me,” he added.“I’m very fortunate to be here. I have been not playing for the last four months, and I worked very hard to be back in the best shape possible, I’m feeling very well.”last_img read more

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JBER F22s Diverted To Kenai Airport Due To Dense Fog

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson fighter jets were diverted to the Kenai Municipal Airport last night due to Dense fog. According to the post from the Kenai Fire Department a total of five jets landed at the airport. The Kenai Fire Department posted a video to Facebook Tuesday night showing the jets landing in Kenai.center_img A dense fog advisory remains in effect throughout much of the Kenai Peninsula and the Anchorage area until 11am, on Wednesday.last_img

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