The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the government to issue photo identity cards to the 3.11 crore people who have been included in Assam’s updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was released on August 31.The party cited the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, to raise this demand.Some NGOs and political leaders in the State have felt the need for some kind of ‘NRC-included’ proof, especially for daily-wagers who move to other States for work. One of the reasons is a drive against “foreigners” in the States adjoining Assam after the release of the final NRC.In Meghalaya, for instance, some students and tribal organisations have been raiding factories in a bid to drive out those without proper citizenship credentials. At least 30 labourers from Assam were asked to leave an industrial estate in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district.“An identity card has become essential for people included in the NRC, particularly in a communally-charged atmosphere. But the authorities should issue such cards after correcting the clerical errors,” CPI(M) State secretary Deben Bhattacharyya said.There have been several instances of data entry errors with names misspelt and genders changed.The CPI(M) also sought an ‘entirely judicial’ process for handling the cases of the more than 19 lakh people excluded from the NRC.“The excluded are to be tried in the quasi-judicial Foreigners’ Tribunals. They should ideally be tried in a transparent judicial system and the government should ensure the poor among them are provided legal help,” Mr. Bhattacharyya said.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (ANA) – Olympic champion in gymnastics Lefteris Petrounias was the winner of the rings final at the Gymnastics World Cup AGF Trophy 2017 adding another gold medal to his collection.In his first international outing of the year, Rio rings champion made an excellent performance collecting 15.466 points at the Milli Gimnastika Arenasi in Baku.In the second place was Japanese Kazuyuki Takeda (14.766 pt) and third was Yevgen Yudenkov (14. 233) from Ukraine.Vassiliki Millousi won the silver medal in the balance beam event on Sunday at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup “AGF Trophy 2017” held at the Milli Gimnastika Arenasi in Baku.Romanian Katalina Ponor was first with 13.833 pts, Millousi collected 13.633 pts and Emily Little from Australia was third with 13,433 pts. On Saturday, Olympic champion Lefteris Petrounias won the gold medal in the rings event with 15.466 pts.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Everyone has had an opinion on the next person who should take over as the head coach of the Indian football team. While some have spoken about the need to have foreign coaches, others have questioned the need to look at other countries when there are enough experienced people in India.Speaking to IANS, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has put all debates to rest and said that the profile of the coach is what matters and not the nationality.”It depends on the kind of profile the person has. Indian or foreigner isn’t the question here. It is about the kind of work he has done,” he explained.The first global face of Indian football said that for him to debate the standard of Indian and foreign coaches is very difficult and the decision should have nothing to do with the origin of the coach.”It is very difficult to say whether I prefer a foreigner or I prefer an Indian. The decision needs to be taken keeping only the experience and the caliber of the person and nothing else,” he added.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to participate in the upcoming edition of the King’s Cup in Thailand after four decades – India last participated in the tournament in 1977 – and a call on the next India coach is now a matter of priority.AIFF has already expressed its inability to hire a high-profile coach owing to the financial constraints that comes with it and now, with Bhaichung focusing on the profile of the next coach, it will be interesting to see if the AIFF pays heed to one of the best footballers to have played the game for India.advertisementIn the past it has been observed that whenever a coach is given a longer stint, results have been achieved. Bob Houghton, one of the most successful foreign coaches, worked with the Indian team from 2006 till 2011. Stephen Constantine was the head coach from 2015 till 2019. If the national team achieved its best ranking (FIFA Ranking 94) in 1996 under the Uzbek coach Rustam Akramov, the lowest ranking of 173 was also achieved in 2015 when Wim Koevermans was in charge of the Indian team.So, what matters is not the nationality, but the profile as well as the tenure given to him to adapt to Indian players and understand their needs and requirements. With the success that the team attained in the Asian Cup, it will be crucial that Indian football doesn’t take any step backward from here.Also Read | Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn, features continent’s lowest-ranked national teams