Guwahati: Irom Sharmila, who has been in prison since 2000 for an indefinite protest fast against a controversial anti-terror law was released late on Saturday, ahead of the International Women’s Day, officials said.
Sharmila is an iconic figure in India. She has been demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives troops sweeping powers to kill suspected rebels and immunity from prosecution. The law has led to widespread rights abuses in the North-East, human rights activists say.
Sharmila said she would continue her struggle after her release in Imphal.
Panel announces schedule for Haj
Jammu: The Haj Committee of India (HCI) on Sunday announced that all intending pilgrims for Haj-2009 can submit their application forms for provisional registration.
All the intending Haj pilgrims can submit their application forms for provisional registration from 5 March, a HCI spokesman said.
The application forms will be available online at ‘www.haj committee.com’.