Tension emanating from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam is “uncalled for” Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, MP, and Organising Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, said on Sunday. He was here to attend a conference on safety of minorities and democracy.“We think that there is considerable tension in the region over this (NRC). This is totally uncalled for and unnecessary,” Mr. Chowdhury told The Hindu on the sidelines of the conference. It was organised by the Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Centre along with civil society organisations.Peaceful South AsiaHe also said that the tension over NRC will be “harmful” to all stakeholders in the region. “If we want South Asia to remain peaceful, then all of us have to work on the issue in a dedicated manner,” said Mr. Chowdhury.The Awami League leader said no one should act in such a manner which will disrupt regional peace. “We have to be more dedicated in maintaining peace in the region,” said Mr. Chowdhury.Huge humanitarian crisisEarlier, noted rights activist Teesta Setalvad alleged that the NRC exercise in Assam was causing a “humanitarian crisis of huge dimension” as it has left out a large number of people from the draft NRC list.“Over 40 lakh people have been left out of the draft NRC list. We are also looking at a process that is politically whipping up the worst kind of sentiments for us as a society,” she said at a conference on NRC in the city.She further alleged that, “Dangerous politics is being played over the NRC. The humanitarian crisis is of such a scale that the family members of a former President have been left out of the NRC,” said Ms. Setalvad pointed out.
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Shaq delos Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas is making sure its national team is set for future years to come.The country’s volleyball national sports association on Thursday announced the pools for the men’s, women’s and under-23 pools that will compete in future international tournaments–rosters that had Shaq Delos Santos expressing his satisfaction.ADVERTISEMENT “Personally, I’m happy with the team because we have the height, the skills, and all we need is international exposure,” said Delos Santos.Sisters Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago stand 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-5, respectively, while Mau, Phillips, and Robins-Hardy are all above six feet.Then, there’s the 5-foot libero Dawn Macandili who was named 2nd Best Libero in the 2017 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships.Delos Santos, with his pool set, also has the luxury of a long preparation with the Games, which is set on November 30 here in the Philippines.The only thing hindering Delos Santos from making a final schedule for their practices are the players’ commitments to their schools. Some of the players are still in college and are playing for club teams.ADVERTISEMENT “We have a long preparation period but of course, at this point, we can’t push on with regular practices and we understand the players’ sides because they still have commitments to their respective teams,” said Delos Santos, who also coaches Petron in the Philippine Superliga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Delos Santos, the head coach of the women’s team, said his squad has the perfect mix of old and new faces and that’s the area he said would help sustain the program for years to come.“Actually, that was the plan even before we held the tryouts. The plan was to build a team that has young and old players so there’s a transition and that the program won’t stop if we will play in another tournament,” said Delos Santos in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe women’s pool has 22 members in it wherein the players making the final lineup will play in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.Of the 22 players, nine had prior experience in the Games while the rest are newcomers including Filipino-foreigners Kalei Mau, MJ Phillips, and Alohi Robins-Hardy. Hotshots lock down Aces, earn much-needed win MOST READ View comments