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Pride of Bondas
India’s Africa connections
Veerapans will come to stay if Tribals are displaced
38% quota in education

Pride of Bondas: Metriculates from Bonda Hills

The Statesman 28th May 2005

Sambad 29th May 2005

38% quota in education

(Source: The Statesman,11th June 2005.)

   BHUBANESWAR, June 10 — The state government will reserve 38 percent seats for SC and ST students in all government-run plus two and degree colleges in order to promote education among the educationally-backward communities and strictly enforce it.

    A decision to this effect was taken at the meeting of the State SC Welfare Board, chaired by Mr. Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat here today.

    The SC and ST population constitutes 38 per cent of the state's total population. However, the literacy rate of ST and SC people continues to be low in comparison to the general people. The chief minister expressed satisfaction over the growth of literacy rate of SC people from 36.78 per cent to 55.53 per cent and stressed the need for development of educational infrastructure in scheduled areas.

    Proposals for inclusion of six sub-castes (Chik/Chik Bodaik, Tiar, Radhi/Niari/Ghani, Jhara, Girgira and Mahara) in the SC list were considered. A committee was constituted comprising three seniors SC MLA — Mr. Jaydev Jena, Mr. Sanatan Bisi and Mr. Bimbadhar Kuanr — to examine the proposal relating to the inclusion of Chik/Chik Bodaik. The committee was asked to submit its report within a month.

    Similarly, the proposals relating to the other sub-castes were referred to the Nabakrushna Choudhury Institute for the study of social status of the said communities.

    The other major decision taken at today's meeting was increase in financial incentive for inter-caste marriage from Rs, 4,000 to 10,000. According to an estimate, on an average 30 to 40 inter-caste marriages take place every year in the state. Several members expressed resentment over the holding of State SC Welfare Advisory Board meeting in an irregular manner. The last meeting was held in October 2002, they pointed out. In this context, it was decided that the Board meeting would be convened at regular intervals and preferably in November every year. The meeting also reviewed the disposal of pending cases of atrocities on SC people. It was revealed from the review that 7,216 cases were pending up to 2004. Subsequently, another 873 cases were registered out of which 671 were disposed of. Thus the number of pending cases of atrocity on SC presently stood at 7,418.

    The chief minister said stem actions were being initiated to check the growing incidence of atrocities on SC people and ex gratia for the victims of such atrocity had been revised. — SNS

India’s Africa connections
(Source: The Statesman, 13th June 2005.)

    Great Andamanese and Onge tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are direct descendants of modern humans who evolved in East Africa some 150,000 years ago, claims the researchers from cenre for cellular and molecular Biology (CCMB), Hydrabad. According to Dr. Lalji Singh, the Director of CCMB, "Ancient genetic mutations found in these groups make them closure to Africa than any other populations that survive today". These tribes are Nigritos (similar to African Pygmies) whereas Nicobarese are Mongoloid (similar to chinese and Malays). It is conclusively established that Nicobarese tribals shared a genetic resemblance with populations in southeast Asia and they arrived in the Andaman Island s some 18,000 years ago./ on the contrary the great Andamanese and Onge tribals arrived in the Andaman Islands some 65,000 years ago; modern humans are believed to have started moving out of Africa about 70,000 years ago.

Veerapans will come to stay if Tribals are displaced
(The Dharitri Bureau, 18th Jun, 2005 Bhubaneswar)

    The tribals living inside reserve forests be allowed rights on the land - demands the Orissa Government before the Center. To enable it, it is suggested that the forest where tribals live, should be declared as unreserved forest. The Orissa Government has informed in Center that if tribals are displaced from the forests they are living in, people like Veerapan come to stay and will expand their empire.


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