Journalist Upendra Rai gets bail

first_imgA Delhi court on Friday granted bail to journalist Upendra Rai, who was arrested by the CBI last month for allegedly using fake information to gain access to airports across India.Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted bail to Mr. Rai on furnishing a bail bond of ₹5 lakh, with two sureties of a like amount. The judge had last month refused bail to the journalist.The counsel for Mr. Rai submitted that no purpose would be served by keeping him in custody as the court had on May 9 rejected the CBI’s plea seeking further custody of Mr. Rai.The other accused in the case are Air One Aviation Limited, its chief security officer Prasun Roy and unidentified Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) officials.last_img read more

Rohingyas elect female camp leaders

first_imgRecently arrived Rohingyas living in the Shalbagan-Nayapara camp in Cox’s Bazar district, for the first time, have selected their own camp committee, led by women.The election in Shalbagan camp is a pilot project under the community governance process, an initiative taken by the UN refugee agency UNHCR in partnership with ADRA and Bangladeshi local authorities.Rohingyas living in Shalbagan chose their own camp committee consisting of a chief, a deputy, an assistant, a general member and 12 block representatives.The elected camp leader, deputy leader and half of all block representatives are female.“This is a remarkable achievement. Rohingya refugees in Shalbagan have spoken and decided they want 50 per cent of their representatives to be women. They should be congratulated on this,” said Bernadette Castel-Hollingsworth, UNHCR’s Senior Protection Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar.This is the first time elections for camp leaders have been rolled out to ensure community representation in areas where recently-arrived Rohingya refugees, who fled violence in Myanmar, are living.“This election marks a transition to a more democratic form of representation,” said Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abdul Kalam.“Through the election, the voices of people will have a firmer ground to communicate gaps in services and their needs,” he said.The camp committee selection process at Shalbagan began seven weeks ago with refugees nominating 20 candidates who were then screened against eligibility criteria.The newly-elected refugee committee began work this week, starting with capacity-building plans supported by UNHCR, humanitarian partners and local authorities.As part of the Community Governance Process, Camp Committee elections are intended to be rolled out across other refugee sites in the coming months.last_img read more