North East India Hub of Human Trafficking: HC Judge

Shillong, September 24 (Kashmir Voice): Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir has said that North East has emerged as hub of human trafficking in India.
According to media sources, delivering a key-note address at the 2nd Regional Consultation on Child Right in the Context of Human Trafficking in North East India at Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, the Chief Justice said, Unemployment, poverty, migration for search of jobs are some of the reasons of human trafficking in North East.”  “Introspection is required to meet the challenge of human trafficking,” he added.  Voicing concern over the human trafficking, the Chief Justice called for collective responsibility of stakeholders, state legal services authority and police to take care of the rights of the children and save them from being exploited. Noting that Assam has the highest number of trafficking cases in India with 1494 cases, Mir said Assam accounts for 22 per cent of the total reported cases of trafficking as per report released by National Crime Records Bureau 2015. Mir said Meghalaya, a state in Northeast India, has the largest number of child trafficking in the coal mines areas of Jaintia Hills after Assam. “Thousands of children are working in hazardous conditions in the coal mines,” the Chief Justice said. KASHMIR VOICE
North East India Hub of Human Trafficking: HC Judge

Amarinder Eyes Delhi For 550th Birth Celebrations of Sikh Guru

Chandigarh, September 24 (Kashmir Voice): Indian Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, has urged New Delhi to expedite efforts for resolution of the issue about opening up of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor for preparedness of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev.
According to media sources, speaking with reporters in Chandigarh after the ruling Congress swept the zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls Singh said, “The issue is of enormous religious significance for the Sikh Sangat.”  Singh recalled that his grandfather, late Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, of the erstwhile Patiala State, had donated Rs 1.35 lakh to save the historic gurudwara of Sri Kartarpur Sahib from ravage by the Ravi river waters during the 1920s. The chief minister, in response to a question, said his government was fully geared to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the first Sikh Guru. Earlier, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said it is the responsibility of the Indian government to make a formal request to Pakistan for opening of the Kartarpur corridor. Sidhu, who had gone to Pakistan in August to attend the oath taking ceremony of his friend Imran Khan as Pakistan’s prime Minister, had said the neighbouring country had already shown a positive intent in this regard. KASHMIR VOICE
Amarinder Eyes Delhi For 550th Birth Celebrations of Sikh Guru

Bandipora, Pulwama Shut Against Killings

Srinagar, September 24 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Bandipora and Pulwama districts to protest against the killing of youth by Indian troops.
According to media sources, all business establishments were shut while traffic was off the road in the two districts. Five youth were killed by the troops during cordon and search operations in Shokhbaba Sumlar area of Bandipora on Friday. Shutdown was observed for the fourth consecutive day, today, in the district. Meanwhile, normal life was crippled in Tral area of Pulwama district due to strike against the killing of one youth by Indian troops, yesterday. Three people were also injured in troops’ firing on the protesters in Aripal area of the town.KASHMIR VOICE
Bandipora, Pulwama Shut Against Killings