A panel of 221 members has been selected for the existing and upcoming Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) in Assam. Another 50 applicants have been put on the wait list.In a notification on Monday, the Gauhati High Court said the panel members comprised retired judicial officers, advocates and civil servants, who we were called for interviews from July 16 to August 11. It recommended the candidates, selected in order of merit,. The list had been prepared and published less than a fortnight before the completion of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) on August 31.200 new tribunalsEach FT is headed by a judge-like member appointed under the FT Act, 1941, and FT Order, 1984, as per the guidelines issued by the government from time to time.Assam has 100 FTs. According to Home Department, there were initially 11 Illegal Migrant Determination Tribunals (IMDT). These were converted to FTs after the Supreme Court scrapped the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983.The government established another 21 FTs in 1983. Four more were added in 2009 and the remaining 64 established in 2014 for disposal of cases that were piling up in the FTs.The government would establish 200 FTs primarily for handling cases of people to be excluded from the final NRC. These would be in addition to the existing 100 and are part of the 1,000 that the Centre had decided to help Assam set up in view of the pressure envisaged to dispose of cases of people to be left out of the NRC.Officials in the Home and Political Department said the new FTs would be distributed among six districts. Kamrup (Metropolitan) district, which covers Guwahati and outskirts, would get 67 of these, followed by Nagaon with 39, Jorhat 31, Bongaigaon 22, Sonitpur 21, and Cachar 20.“Apart from the cases of people left out of the NRC, the new FTs will also deal with the regular cases of D-voters,” a senior officer said. ‘D’ stands for doubtful or dubious voter, a category of people disenfranchised by the government for their alleged lack of proper citizenship documents.
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle won a defamation case against an Australian media company in the New South Wales Supreme Court on Monday over an alleged incident during the 2015 World Cup.After less than two hours of deliberation, the jury found Fairfax media had failed to establish the truth of a series of reports it ran alleging the 103-Test cricketer had exposed himself to a masseuse during the tournament.It also found Fairfax had failed to establish that the allegation Gayle had propositioned the masseuse was “substantially true”.”I came all the way from Jamaica to actually defend myself and my character as well. At the end of the day I’m very, very happy,” Gayle told reporters outside the court.”I’m a good man. I’m not guilty.”The jury also found that Fairfax, which publishes The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, was motivated by “malice” in publishing the stories.A hearing over the amount of damages will be held at a later date but the defence lawyer for Fairfax said he would be considering an appeal, local media reported.
On Thursday, October 27, 2016, Hearts of Gold will host its 20th annual charity fundraising gala at Capitale, 130 Bowery in New York City.The event will be held from 6:00-10:30 p.m., followed by an after-party. The organization “reimagines the future of homeless mothers and their children, together” – a critical mission as homelessness in New York City has reached record levels.“Hearts of Gold’s ultimate goal is to break the cycle of homelessness among mothers and their children living in the shelter system,” said Deborah Koenigsberger, Hearts of Gold’s Founder & President. “Since 1994, we’ve raised more than $10 million to help 21,000 individuals. Join us to celebrate our commitment to empowering the next generation of confident, self-sufficient mothers and children. Together, we will help real families change their lives in 2017.”Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer Soledad O’Brien, and actress, singer and songwriter Rhonda Ross will co-host the black-tie gala, themed “All That Glitters.” The event includes a cocktail reception and dinner, a Tracy Reese runway show, and a live auction. Event Chairs are Shelley Schorsch, Nicholas Schorsch, Michael Weil, and Dr. Shirley Madhère-Weil. AR Global, Century 21, Deutsch Inc., Elit by Stolichnaya, and Stolichnaya Premium Vodka are Host Sponsors.Sponsorship packages begin at $15,000, individual gala tickets begin at $650, and after-party tickets begin at $100. To participate, call (212) 206-1461 or click here.
Khao Lak post tsunami tourism recovery transformationOne million arrivals are expected for Khao Lak this year, a huge transformation for the destination, following the dark days following the Asian Tsunami in 2004 according to a new report by leading hotel consultancy, C9 Hotelworks.In the year following the event hotel guest arrivals in Phang Nga Province fell sharply under 300,000 for the entire year, but in a remarkable sustained upswing the number pushed upwards to 962,020 at the end of 2015 and is expected to break the one million mark this year. View the Khao Lak Hotel Update 2016 report here: http://www.c9hotelworks.com/downloads/khao-Lak-hotel-market-update-2016-05.pdf Key drivers, according to the report, are rising Chinese and Australian visitors, adding to the European guests that still dominate the market with 80% of arrivals, resulting in a new surge of hotel development.Khao Lak’s hotel market has 104 registered accommodation units with 7,822 keys, a number which pales compared to neighbour Phuket, whose total supply is close to 50,000 rooms. But, over the past five years the destination has seen a compounded annual growth rate of 16%, a rising performance not un-noticed by both Thai and foreign hotel developers with 1,213 new rooms coming into the supply pipeline.Commenting of the market evolution C9 Hotelworks’ Managing Director Bill Barnett said: “The upward cycle in tourism is highlighted by the planned return of Bill Heinecke’s Minor Hotel Group and more international brands coming on stage such as IHG’s Holiday Inn brand. Geographically within Khao Lak we are seeing the push north for the newest and larger resorts with Bangsak in particular seeing a number of large-scale properties.” Guest Arrivals at Registered Accommodation Establishments – Phang NgaSnowbirds or winter visitors from European countries especially German-speaking nationalities have traditionally been the legacy market. These were in fact the main drivers of the destination in the period after the Tsunami. However, by 2006 foreign visitors eclipsed domestic demand for the first time and the trend has grown ever since.“Over the past few years Khao Lak has attached itself to Phuket’s fast rising airlift and China and Australia in particular, with strong arrivals in the traditionally lean summer months, driving the growth and market maturity as it becomes a year-round market as opposed to the disruptive seasonality it used to be known for,” said Mr Barnett. Data from C9’s report also points to other key emerging markets such as Japan Korea, Malaysia and Singapore as key catalysts of change.Summing up Phang Nga’s push towards the golden one million milestone Bill Barnett added: “Khao Lak has been able to attract an increasing number of visitors from nearby Phuket who have destination fatigue and are disconnected by the wide-spread urbanized of the island’s resort atmosphere. Though the destination is firmly connected to the bigger Greater Phuket infrastructure including the soon to open expanded airport, in the long-term Phang Nga will have to develop its own gateway airport in order to control its own tourism destiny.About C9 Hotelworks C9 Hotelworks is led by founder and Managing Director Bill Barnett, who brings over 30 years’ experience in the Asian hospitality and real estate sectors. Prior to founding C9 in 2003, Bill held senior executive roles in hotel operations, development and asset management. He is considered to be a leading global authority on hotel residences, and has sat at almost every seat around the hospitality and real estate table. Bill promotes industry insight through regular conference presentations at key events and contributes to numerous industry publications. For more information contact www.c9hotelworks.com Amazing Thailanddiscover more here Manathai Khao Lak recently opened on Bangsak Beach Source = C9 Hotelworks