first_imgThe administration in southern Assam’s Cachar district has ordered a magisterial probe into the leakage of data related to the National Register of Citizens (NRC).Files with names of people within the Silchar Sadar circle had been leaked out before the complete draft was published on July 30. “Two executive magistrates and a State civil service officer have been tasked with investigating the leakage and submit a report within 48 hours,” Cachar Deputy Commissioner S. Lakshmanan told newspersons on Wednesday.He said the investigators would soon zero in on one of the NRC Nagarik Seva Kendras in the circle where the mischief might have been done.Information pertaining specifically to the Madhurband area of Silchar had been leaked out 24 hours before the complete draft was published. An FIR was lodged in the local police station and a computer shop raided.A grouping of 11 Left and democratic political parties and a forum against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on Wednesday said some forces within and beyond Assam were trying to derail the NRC exercise by giving it a communal slant.last_img read more


first_imgKutch, India’s largest district, is in the grip of one of the worst droughts. The western and northern Banni areas of this Gujarat district have been without rain for the third continuous year.“Our data of over 12 years shows that during this drought the migration of the Maldhari tribal herders with their livestock has been very high,” says Ramesh Bhatti, programme director of Sahjivan Trust, Bhuj.“In their quest for water, people of Sheth Vandh in Banni get together, pray and start digging. Those in the surrounding villagers also join in,” says Abdul Rauf Mutwa, a local leader. Why has drought hit the Maldharis of Kutch so hard this year? Before Partition, the Maldharis used to migrate to Sindh during droughts, recalls Jumma Sama, a former sarpanch of Ratadia village.The drought has not spared Khadir island along the India-Pakistan border either.Jilubha Sodha of Dholavira in Khadir, who runs a cattle camp, says water from a branch canal of the Narmada project would be very valuable at such times, but it has not yet reached the area.(Images and text by Vijay Soneji)last_img read more