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Ghost staffs run newly inaugurated 132/33KV Power sub-station at Moreh

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Moreh, Aug 10,


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pride on the electrification of all villages in India is likely to be sabotaged in this part of the state as a power sub-station inaugurated at the ambitious border town Moreh, two months back is being run by ghost staffs.

Just two days back the official land route between Myanmar and India was inaugurated to facilitate India’s ambitious Act East Policy. The irony is that besides having a 132/33KV Power sub-station, residents of Moreh is getting hardly hours of electricity besides installation of prepaid meter and that too during day time.

“Since the inauguration of the 132/33KV Power sub-station on June 4, 2018, we now get hardly 8 hours of electricity”, Lakhikant, a resident of Moreh said.

The 132/33KV Power sub-station of Moreh was inaugurated by the Power Minister Thongam Bishwajit on June 4 this year in the presence of various community leaders and representative of Moreh and its surrounding area. The inaugural function was also attended by the IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip.

Speaking on the inaugural function Power Minister Th. Bishwajit had stated that after the inauguration of the 132/33 KV Power sub-station at Moreh, there will be 90 Percent less Power fluctuations in the border town Moreh as the sub-station will supply 99 percent power in the Town and its surrounding villages.

The residents of Moreh often blamed the Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL). When Imphal Times contacted some of the MSPDCL authority they said that the 132/33 KV Power sub-station at Moreh is under the Manipur State Power Company Ltd. (MSPCL) and it is up to the power supply by the MSCPL that the MSPDCL can supply electricity to the consumers.

Residents of Chikim Village, which is located at the close proximity of the newly inaugurated Power substation talking to a group of journalists including Imphal Times correspondent Lucky informed that the day after the Power Minister Bishwajit inaugurated the Power Substation they saw only some security personnel guarding the office. No official was ever notice attending the office. 

As of now the Moreh electric consumers are paying rent for electric connection without getting electricity during night time.

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Mothers of Manipur says they are ready to die if any attempt to distort the state is made

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Imphal, Aug 10,


“We will stand until the India government assures that the integrity of the state will not be disturbed at any cost”, Mothers of Manipur told media person while staging protest demonstration at Khwairambandh Keithel today.

“We will even sacrifice our life if GoI tried to distort our land” the mothers shouted in chorus warning the present government which is trying to solve the problem of NSCN-IM.

Vendor ladies of three Khwairambandh Keithel today demonstrated the protest in the wake of the threat against the territorial integrity of the state. Almost all the Vendors of the three Khwairamband Ema keithel and all the shops at Thangal Keithel and Paona keithel remain shuts when the protest was demonstrated.

The protest ended at 12 noon and shops and other business establishment opened after shouting slogans for the protection of the Manipur’s integrity.

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CorCom, ULFA –I boycotts India’s Independence Day

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Imphal, Aug 10,

Rebel groups Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of RPF, UNLF, PREPAK and PREPAK (Pro) and the United Liberation front of Asom – Independent ( ULFA –I) operating in North Eastern part of India has boycotted the country’s Independence day which falls on August 15.
A statement jointly released by the rebel group also called total shutdown with effect from 01:00AM to 06:30PM in the entire region of WESEA on the day. The statement said that they resist with liberation war when Sovereignty is being attacked to promote Indian empire, at the behest of the rulers who live on the spoils of an unjust war on peoples of WESEA (Western South East Asia).
“Indian colonial war causes insurmountable human toll. WESEA is, today, a battlefield where thousands of Indian occupational war bastion sexist. India deploys at least a million strength occupational force who are organized into various overt and covert organizations – Military, Para-military, Armed Police, Intelligence and Fifth Columnists. The oppressed peoples of WESEA could not enjoy respite from these criminals who enjoy impunity under Black laws – National Security Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Armed Forces Special Power Act, etc. These villains not only violate Geneva Convention (1949) in dealing with revolutionary army, but also unleash organized terrorism upon civilians – destruction of property, loot, extortion, rape, sodomy, custodial murder, forced disappearance, forced labour, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention of civilians, suppression of democratic voice and attack on civil right defenders. These lawbreakers pose the biggest threat to the humanity and basic human rights in WESEA” , the statement added.

It further added that Indian Colonial Rule in WESEA displays devilish policy of transplantation of millions of colonial settlers (i.e. instruments of Indianisation) to uproot indigenous people of their rights and cultural identities systematically.
On one hand, WESEA becomes a lucrative commodity market of Indian entrepreneurs and uprooted indigenous commodity production, it added.
the statement also stated that WESEA becomes a militarily protected economic zone of organized loot and legalized plunder. Indian colonial ruler’s fronts like NEEPCO, ONGC and many others are deliberately havocking and exploiting our natural resources and ecosystem resulting in ruination to WESEA region.
“In WESEA- suppression of UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights), ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Right), ICESCR (International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples), underdevelopment and social inequality, Political subjugation, local Kleptocracy by puppet regimes, transplantation of colonial settlers, cultural onslaught, militarization and State terrorism, attack on professional human rights activists- all these are concurrent. All these exemplify the destructive trend of Indian colonial rule that came into existence since the collapse of British India in 1947. India subjugates, oppresses and exploits the peoples of WESEA. India is an obstruction to peace, security, democratic order, development and progress. India pursues in waging unjust war (genocide) and promotes its own version of colonial empire in Asian”, the statement added.

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Agri Minister Hangkhalian inaugurates Seed Processing Unit

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The Seed Processing Unit and Office Building of KVK Thoubal Under Seed Hub Project National Food Security Mission Govt. of India was  inaugurated today by Agri, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V. Hangkhalian in the presence of Additional Chief Secretary Agri, Letkhogin Haokip, IAS, Director of ICAR-ATARI Zone VII, Umiam Barapani, Meghalaya Dr. Bidyut C. Deka and Agriculture Director, Ph. Rajendra.
In her keynote Address, Dr. Zeshmarani Sarangthem Sr. Scientists & Head KVK Thoubal said that the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Thoubal and my own behalf would like to thank the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for providing this Seed Processing Plant with an attached Seed Godown.
The installed capacity of the processing Plant is 1TP (One Ton per hour ). the only one amongst all the 9 KVKs in the State having a Seed Processing Plant under the National Food Security Mission, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Govt. of India. The main objective of this project is to facilitate availability of Quality Planting Materials (QPM) of Pulses to the farmers of all the KVKs in Manipur. 
Seed is a vital component for harvesting good yields from any crop by way of ensuring optimum plant population, proper crop health and growth. In pulses, quality seed supply always remains a major constraint limiting production mud productivity. Pulses are known as cheap source of protein for largely agrarian population World Wide, particularly in India. Realizing the importance of protein from plant sources, the Consumption is becoming more popular in different parts of the globe. Accordingly, demand for pulses has gone up internationally, she said. Setting up a Seed processing plant under the Seed Hub is an important component of the Scheme of the National Food Security Mission of the Ministry of Agriculture & farmers Welfare, Govt. of India, a sum of Rs. 50.00 lakh was sanctioned and released to this Centre during 2016-17. However, due to technical problems the infrastructures Could not be created till the lapse of a financial year.
V. Hangkhalian urged to use of high yielding crop varieties for enhancing production in the state to enable the doubling of farmers’ income by 2022.
The Minister further added that with the increasing population, the areas of cultivation also need to be extended in the State.
KVK Scientists, Staffs of KVK and other concerned officials were also present at today’s inaugural function.

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Students of various Colleges stage protest demanding removal of VC AP Pandey

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Imphal, Aug.10:


Various students’ body of the state including AMSU, AIMS, DESAM, MSF, KSA and SUK today jointly organised protest demonstration demanding removal of Manipur University VC Prof. AP Pandey at various colleges of the state.

Protest were staged at Imphal College, GP Women College, Manipur College, Standard College, MB College, S Kula College, Moirang College, Kakching Khunou College, Thoubal College and Biramangol college.

Speaking to media persons, Ak.Romesh a student of Thoubal College said that the student’s union is prepare to take up different forms of agitation if the authority fails to materialise its promise.

He also informed that the Thoubal college students will give maximum support in the movement of MUTA, MUSU and MUSA.

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Think over legitimacy of remaining to power

The uncertainty over the impasse continues without diminishing though Prof. W. Vishwanath has assumed the office of Vice Chancellor in charge in principle with effect from 3rd August 2018. But there was not much public knowledge, including the university community, about his assuming charge. This is evident when the university community represented by MUSA, MUSU and MUTA resolved to reaffirm the demand for reinstitution of an independent high power committee under the Commission of Enquiry Act 1952, and also further resolving to appeal Prof. Vishwanath to assume the charge of vice-chancellor only if he could fulfil the preconditions placed before him by the University community. His letter, dated 8th August 2018, addressed to the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of HRD, GoI also requested for ‘resolving the present crisis of the university’. The letter also expressed the unpredictable shocker when Prof. AP Pandey who has been on leave was found performing as the Manipur University outside the state of Manipur. His letter also categorically stated that it not only hampered the entire teaching learning process of the university but also for the 93 colleges affiliated to it. While insisting the HRD Ministry to reconstitute the enquiry under Commission of Enquiry Act, 1952 and also to link the leave granted to Prof AP Pandey with the enquiry, it also expressed his inability to perform his duty fully pending the constitution of the high power committee.
In fact W. Vishwanth, while respecting the sentiments and concerns of the University Community has at the same time shown the audacity of assuming the office of VC in charge in principle. But the HRD ministry is yet to respond to his letter though he has given two days time. It would be pertinent to recall that HRD Ministry under Narendra Modi Government, in earlier charges of irregularities and financial misappropriation by the VCs, opted for constituting a Visitorial Inquiry through UGC as per orders of the President of India in his capacity as the Visitor. This happened in the case of Jamia Millia Islamia, N. Delhi; Tripura Central University, Agartala; Delhi University; Visva-Bharati Calcutta; Puducherry University; Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University; Aligarh Muslim University, and Allahabad University. The charges labelled against VC Pande are quite vast and enormous both in times of variety and volume comparing with those incumbent VCs who faced visitorial enquiry. And why in-house fact finding committee with two members subordinate to the rank of VC for AP Pandey which is very much lower in stature in comparison to the Visitorial Enquiry. It doesn’t need any further mention, as everyone is familiar, even to the extent of getting fed up, with the charges labelled against VC Pandey. His proximity with the power corridors, in the state and as well as the centre’s, is also well known. In the early phase of the agitation, MUTA took the stand of not accepting VC in charge by any of its members. Considering it, Prof. Vishwanath accepting the VC in charge, even though in principle and the university community’s readiness to accept him to the fulfilment of their demand for enquiry under Commission of Enquiry Act, 1952 and also to link the leave granted to Prof AP Pandey with the enquiry is quite a tone down from their earlier stand.
The ongoing impasse is in stark contrast with the vision of the Modi Government of a new India by 2022 by providing new directions to the youths by building up the country’s educational infrastructure both in terms of human material as well as human resources. How this impasse is greatly demoralising to the youths in this part of the country doesn’t need any further mention. It was learned leading civil society organisations in the state also already have a joint discussion with the aggrieved agitating university community more than a couple of times or so. Yesterday only, Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma resigned over the allegations of her husband having links with the alleged mastermind of the shelter home scandal. We are not asking for the resignation of our Chief Minister, Ministers or any of the legislatures on this issue of ongoing University impasse. But their efforts towards restoring normalcy by addressing the impasse still seems wanting. The University community should also be sensitive to the contesting voice that their act of continuing agitation amounts to ‘burning the house to smoke out a rat’, which in our local parlance runs very much like ‘Uchi kallak yum mei thaba’. Their voices also cannot be illegitimated as not genuine. The agitating university community may have enough reasons for their apprehensions from their past experiences with the outcome of the initiatives by the state government. But that should not be reason enough for not having any further engagement with the state government. Carelessness of the government in handling MU issue was easily noticed yesterday. The MU community have to decline Chief Minister’s invitation due to pre engagement with the governor.
The outcome would have been more fruitful if the issue is deliberated and discussed at the presence of both the Governor and the Chief Minister. If the state government which has the same party ruling the centre could not convince the MHRD, GoI to resolve the present crisis of the university VC, along the line of suggestions made by the present VC in charge, people at large will have a very poor opinion about the performance of the Government even questioning the legitimacy of their remaining to power if ever there is public hearing over the issue.

INTERLOCUTORS with reference to NSCN(IM) Movement

By - B. Angousana Sharma

An Interlocutor should not determine to decision of the two stake holders; indeed, has to have the area to place opinion as intermediary institution, is not SHAKTIMAN, who should not try to act independently. Despite, inactions over closure of NSCN (IM) peace talk by three previous Interlocutors like Shri Swaraj Kaushal, Administrator designated, K.Padmanavaia onward Shri Pandey upto R.N. Ravi are Interlocutors designated have been consecutively inducting to administer the NSCN (IM) and to communicate/coordinate the Govt. of India for the peace talk for decades; but Shri Ravi, present Interlocutor is trying to act himself able, smart and clever bureaucrat of a Minister. He (Rabi) is not in conscious about the difference of a bureaucrat of a Minister and an Interlocutor of a commission.
An Interlocutor involves parties in favour of the convenience of the people of the state in which public grievances prevailed. But Shri Ravi is trying to hold the hot rod of Article 371-A of the constitution while dealing with Article 371-C; contradicting the application of two states of Nagaland and Manipur, which also trying to muffle the stream of constitution in two different states.
Shri Ravi must scare of consistently denying proposal of the literatures cooked by the previous bureaucrats in favour of NSCN (IM). No. of phrases, subjects, predicates, indications, proposals, suggestions in favour of extention of Naga nomenclature which sermonizing, indoctrinating by the proto Naga fabrics in the state of Manipur. Central bureaucreats loomed Naga intention to impress Naga movement by stressing the phrases of “South Nagaland; Greater Nagaland; Supra State Status; Single umbrella Administration for Naga Settled areas of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. But central administrator, rather political leaders are not ready to feel the real determination of Naga nomenclature, but attempting to accomplish the goal of talk, by-hook or by-crook; whereas centre has neglected the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
To institution a peace talk must have taken share the opinions from the political and social intrigues, which have long been appearing. Simply listening the report of a single Interlocutor would not bring a wise decision. If the Govt. of India has nearly intention to conclude the problem a group of Interlocutors consisting of 5 (five) members from Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh must be appointed from politician, Technocrats, Administrators and Historians for proper dealing of the commissions. Otherwise, simply irritating the people of the region by disturbing the Article 371-C with the attempt to override the constitutional positions of the state of Manipur is nothing but the intention of the present Interlocutor is in indirect attack upon the existing administration of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, which shows preemptive tuition obtained by Shri Ravi to damage the territorial neighbourhood, with the leading implication which own with the impletion of Article 371-A for Manipur which is unconstitutional on the part of constitution, is highly, inflammable. Because, Governance of Article 371-C shall be weakening by Article 371-A; as Shri Ravi would be trying to put to extrapolate the peace talk by muffling the central and state Governments. However Shri Ravi must know that many lambs and deaf have been enlightened with the faulty administration. Therefore, the Frame work Agreement smelt like the above mentioned information provided by the media, drawing against the constitutional stream would not welcome in Manipur.
Therefore, it is of the opinion that, Shri R.N. Ravi’s visit in Manipur must be restricted with the point of view of his intention to break the nerves of the small communities, is not healthy to the administration of Manipur. It is therefore, further appeal to all CSO’S of Manipur to keep active to Boy-Cott Shri. R.N. Ravi in Manipur. Because, his visit to Manipur is not advisable as per his act of disintigrational activities in the communities found to be irrepairably damaging the state.
Since 2001, 18th June episode the cease fire agreement has been limited to Nagaland; not beyond Nagaland. Therefore, Shri Ravi’s visit in Manipur would not be advisable appeared like attempt to install designated camp at Shirui (a 15 days stand-off) which was a high time alert of Assam Rifles and Army which had intervened the un-constitutional, rather out of box threat, forceful encroachment into the boundary of Manipur by NSCN (IM)was showing instantaneous instruction from the neighbouring state, more or so, existence of unlawful activities beyond Nagaland. But denied by the administration; as because of unlawful act Assam Rifle and Army could push back the force to Nagaland.
Not merely conspiracies in the top echelon of the Govt. and NSCN(IM), there were unlimited incidents took place in Manipur, in the hills like; extortion, loot, invisible tax collection on NH-2 are also frequently happening which gives more inconveniences and hindrances to the normal lives of the people of Manipur; for long seven decades.
Therefore, people of Manipur as well as the Govt. of Manipur have to keep eyes and ears open to meet the unlawful circumstances; would be likely input through immature agencies working in the region with the aim to achieve own goal, but not to solve the problem of the Govt.
At the same time, the immediate reaction upon the Frame work Agreement custodying with the Interlocutor Shri R.N. Ravi must acknowledge to the people of Manipur before table to the Govt. for final resolve; so that, the people of Manipur would confident that the Agreement shall not confuse about the territorial integrity of Manipur in future. Because, Manipur is victim of misleaders since long decades.

NEFIS condemn govt’s attempt to divide MU community

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Imphal, Aug 10,

The activists of North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) - Chandigarh Unit along with the students of North-East, held a protest demonstration at Panjab University, Chandigarh on Manipur University (MU) crisis issue. The protest was organized in solidarity with the striking students, teachers and staff members for more than 2 months now. The students also condemned the government’s role in allying with the Vice-Chancellor against whom an inquiry is underway and procrastinating in sending him on leave during the inquiry. Moreover, they also condemned the government’s ploy to divide the striking MU community and thereby try to reinstate the V-C. It should be noted that the university students, students’ union, teachers and staff members have been agitating for more than 2 months, demanding MU Vice-Chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey’s removal. They are demanding his removal for the irregularities committed by his office. It should be noted that V-C’s office faces many charges such as corruption, nepotism, irregularities in administration, destroying academic atmosphere and misappropriation of funds. Irregularities committed by him include making arbitrary and illegal donations from university funds to the student group, ABVP. He has been guilty of not conducting meetings with Executive Council and Finance Council as stipulated by Manipur University rules and brazenly violates MU Act, 2005 by neglecting court meetings. He is also guilty of grave financial and administrative irregularities, including appointment to non-existent posts and vindictive denial of promotion to
It should also be known that NEFIS has also undertaken a mass signature campaign at Chandigarh University regarding this issue and the BJP government’s policy to dismantle public-funded higher educational institutions. The unit members have resolved to initiate a mass movement at Panjab University, Chandigarh against anti-people and anti-student policies of the BJP government in the coming days.

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World’s Indigenous Peoples Day at Tuisenphai Village under the theme “Defending our land, resources and rights”

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Imphal, Aug 10,

The Tuisenphai Village Authority, Youth Forum for Protection of Human Rights in Manipur, the Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur, Youth Action Committee for Protection of Indigenous Peoples celebrated the World’s Indigenous Peoples Day at Tuisenphai Village, Manipur on 9thAugust 2018, with the theme, “Defending our land, resources and rights”. Indigenous cultural presentations and discussion on the issues & challenging of indigenous peoples in Manipur marked the celebration.
Mr. Jiten Yumnam, Secretary of the Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur shared that Manipur, is inhabited by diverse indigenous peoples with rich traditions, cultures emanating from close relationship with their land and resources. He expressed concerns that the fast folding globalization and development aggression increasingly targets their land and resources, the forest, land, rivers threatening their survival as peoples. The negation of self-determined rights of indigenous peoples over their land and resources is associated with militarism and undemocratic practices, such as imposition of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, militarization of their land and violations of peoples’ human rights. Nitinril Shaiphu, Village Chief of Tuisenphai Village shared that the Kharam Tribe is one of the oldest and most marginalized tribes of Manipur, like the Aimol and Koireng tribe etc. The Kharam Tribe depending on their land and resources for generations are reduced to one of the most minoritized, impoverished and neglected tribes of Manipur, lacking facilities and infrastructures for education, drinking water, road etc. Sh. Khotinsan, Elder of Tuisenphai Village shared the history of Kharam Tribes and stressed the need for special attention to ensure the survival and rights of minoritized tribes.
Majabung Gangmei, Social Activist shared that the Kharam Tribe and many other minority tribes of Manipur are fast losing their culture, due to globalization and other religious factors, apart from the increased land alienation due to introduction of unsustainable development. He said attachment to land and collective defense of land is critical for promotion of indigenous cultures, value system and way of life. He lamented that the Government of India and multinational companies are targeting Tamenglong and other parts of Manipur for oil exploration, mining and dam building over the Barak River, Irang River, Leimatak River etc that will lead todisplacement and undermined their culture and identity.
Mr. Gopen Khunjabam, Assistant Secretary of Irabot Foundation stressed the need to value, appreciate and foster indigenous peoples’ traditions, cultures and way of life, through recognizing their rights over their land, to ensure their rightful participation and consent in all decision making processes affecting their land, rights and future. The participants generally agreed to defend indigenous peoples land, resources and rights in Manipur and resist development aggression, viz, dam building, oil exploration etc, and State’s undemocratic practices.

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Joint Tribal Student Bodies says 48 hours bandh called by ATSUM, ANSAM and KSO-GHQ is late

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Imphal, Aug 10,

Spokesperson of the Joint Tribal Student Bodies, Manipur, Thangtinlen Haokip in a press statement said the 48 Hours general strike launch by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), Kuki Students’ Organization, General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) for resolving the Manipur University imbroglio is too late. The body in a statement still support Manipur University VC AP Pandey which the whole MU community is demanding for removal from the VC post, saying that the question of the removal of the present VC Pandey is simply unacceptable. “While appreciating the 48 Hours general strike launch by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), Kuki Students’ Organization, General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) for resolving the Manipur University imbroglio the joint student bodies opined that intervention at this moment when the crisis is drawing to its fag end and while solution is in the offing, is case of too little too late. What was ATSUM doing for the past seventy days while the agitation was reaching the flash point? Had ATSUM intervened at the nascent stage and had rallied all the tribal students’ organisation of Manipur the issue could have been nip in the bud thus salvaging the career of thousands of students. Sadly, ATSUM was scarce when the issue was burning and jumping to the fray at the dying moment shows that something is really fishy”, the statement said.
It may be mentioned that ATSUM, ANSAM and the KSO-GHQ is serious about restoring the academic atmosphere of the state to normalcy but as far as the allegation on AP Pandey is concerned the three student body stay away. The 48 hour bandh is being called for opening of the Manipur University. The three body says nothing about allegations against Prof. AP Pandey.

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