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Saturday, 20 June 2020 - Imphal Times

After political drama amidst COVID-19 crisis, students’ fate at risk; KSA appeals govt. to take action on some school; AMSU threaten stern action for victimization of students

IT News
Imphal, June 20:

A day after the high profile political drama ended with the election of lone Rajya Sabha seat for Manipur, sidelining the minds of the people for some times from the COVID-19 scare, students’ bodies in the stated unfolded commercialization of education sector by some private schools by victimizing students violating their rights to education.
Soon after the announcement of the result of the High School leaving Examination conducted by BOSEM on June 15, some private schools completed the admission process without making it public and depriving the rights of many students, said Bruce Pebam, Secretary of the HRD of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) in a press meet held today at its office premises. The same statement is also echoed by Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) in a separate press statement issued by its publicity secretary H. Babulu.
Pointing out the violation of SOPs issued by the government to contain the COVID -19 pandemic by some private school, the KSA statement said that students who had passed the HSLC and applied for admission to the school were cancelled without giving proper reason for those students selected could not paid the admission fees with a given time which is not more than 1 or two hours.
At this time of COVID-19 crisis people are facing extreme suffering due to restriction in movement and depriving admission to students just because they cannot paid money within one or two hours is not less than blackmailing of the students, said the KSA statement adding that at this time of crisis it is not possible for many family to afford payment of Rs. 12/13 thousands within such short period. On the other hand some schools completed the admission even before the completion of the online submission of admission form by inviting those students of their choice through SMS, the KSA said saying that one such school is Herbert School Changangei.
The KSA warns the Herbert School to clarify the process of admission and correct the wrong procedure practice by them in the interest of the students’ community. The KSA also warned other schools which are being complaint for conducting similar irregularity violating the rights of the students.
Human Resource Secretary of AMSU, Bruce Pebam, while talking to media persons said that the students’ body will not remain quite over the commercialization of education sector.
“AMSU is taking with extreme seriousness to the way that some private schools are admitting the students under their whims and fancies without transparency”, Bruce Pebam said while warning the private schools.
The AMSU HRD Secretary also said that treating of some students who are position holders as commodities by some private schools will not be tolerated and if in case such practice is caught , the AMSU will not only ban the school but also the career of the student accepting such offer may land in trouble.
The AMSU also drew the attention of the government to make sure that the careers of the students are not stake due to the irresponsible practice of some schools.
On the other hand, Bruce Pebam further urged the Council of Higher Secondary School Manipur (COHSEM) to announce the exam scheduled that has been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.


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Make sure that all farmers get fertilizer on time - UPF

IT News
Imphal, June 20:

United Peoples’ Front (UPF) has appealed the Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur to make available Urea Fertilizers to farmers of the state.
A statement issued by M. Sunil, Assistant Publicity of UPF, Manipur said that the department of Agriculture had announced through electronic and print media assuring urea fertilizers to all farmers. Now it is time that the farmers need the fertilizers and the UPF appealed the agri department to issue fertilizers to farmers.
The UPF statement said that the department should stop earlier decision distribution of one bag of fertilizer to only card holder farmers and Patta holder’s farmers. This is because most genuine farmers are cultivating on rented land. When farmers of rented farmland asked for patta of the field owner of the field are reluctant in giving the land patta. More over most farmers did not get farmers’ card as maximum of them do not have knowledge of how to apply for the farmers’ card.
At present the farmers are facing trouble in getting the urea fertilizers even as the department is taking up to distribute the urea fertilizers at every district. The department should also see the hardship being faced by the farmers from far flung area. The farmers who are from far flung area have to stand in queue from even midnight to get one bag of fertilizer. Most farmers do not own private vehicles and they prefer the public transport which is not available due to the lockdown to contain the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The UPF said that the authority of the Agriculture department should also stopped discussing issues of farmers only on table but should go to the field to get the actual difficulties and problems being face by the farmers. The UPF further appealed to make sure that farmers of the state get fertilizers on time.

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Statement on All Party Meeting of June 19, 2020

IT News
Imphal, June 20:

Attempts are being made in some quarters to give a mischievous interpretation to remarks by the Prime Minister at the All-Party Meeting (APM) yesterday.
Prime Minister was clear that India would respond firmly to any attempts to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In fact, he specifically emphasized that in contrast to the past neglect of such challenges, Indian forces now decisively counter any violations of LAC (“unheroktehain, unhetoktehain”).
The APM was also informed that this time, Chinese forces have come in much larger strength to the LAC and that the Indian response is commensurate. As regards transgression of LAC, it was clearly stated that the violence in Galwan on 15 June arose because Chinese side was seeking to erect structures just across the LAC and refused to desist from such actions.
The focus of the PM’s remarks in the APM discussions were the events of 15 June at Galwan that led to the loss of lives of 20 Indian military personnel. Prime Minister paid glowing tributes to the valour and patriotism of our armed forces who repulsed the designs of the Chinese there. The Prime Minister’s observations that there was no Chinese presence on our side of the LAC pertained to the situation as a consequence of the bravery of our armed forces. The sacrifices of the soldiers of the 16 Bihar Regiment foiled the attempt of the Chinese side to erect structures and also cleared the attempted transgression at this point of the LAC on that day.
The words of Prime Minister “Those who tried to transgress our land were taught a befitting lesson by our brave sons of soil”, succinctly summed up the ethos and the values of our armed forces. The Prime Minister further emphasised, “I want to assure you, that our armed forces will leave no stone unturned to protect our borders”.
What is Indian territory is clear from the map of India. This Government is strongly and resolutely committed to that. Insofar as there is some illegal occupation, the APM was briefed in great detail how over the last 60 years, more than 43,000 sq.km has been yielded under circumstances with which this country is well aware. It was also made clear that this Government will not allow any unilateral change of the LAC.
At a time when our brave soldiers are defending our borders, it is unfortunate that an unnecessary controversy is being created to lower their morale. However, the predominant sentiment at the All Party Meeting was of unequivocal support to the Government and the armed forces at a time of national crisis. We are confident that the unity of the Indian people will not be undermined by motivated propaganda.

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Australian courts directs refund of money to duped Indian investors

IT Correspondent
Mumbai, June 20:

The Federal court of Australia (FCA), has directed the promoters of a ponzy investment scheme-”Pearls Agrotech Corporation Limited (PACL), to immediately deposit  US $79 million (Rs 427 crore) in R. M. Lodha Committee’s account in Australia, to facilitate refund of money to over 6 crore investors across India, cheated in a Rs. 49,100 crore scam.
The committee headed by former Justice R. M. Lodha appointed by the Supreme Court of India(SCI), to sell the assets of PACL and refund the money invested by the investors has been monitoring the refund process.
The story of the ponzy scheme dates back to 1982, when Nirmal Bhangoo and his three colleagues collected over Rs. 49,100 crore from the investors, in the name of PACL, by promising them land at cheaper rate although they did not possess even an inch of land. PACL offered many money doubling schemes to the investors. They also roped in Australian cricketer Brett Lee as its brand ambassador and invested millions of dollars in Australia in 2010, through shell companies.
Now in his order dated 3 June 2020, Justice Lee of the FCA has directed the “McCullough Robertson”, a trust set up by it, to deposit the amount collected from the sale of PACL’s property in Australia, including the Hotel Sheraton Mirage at Gold Coast, Sydney,  in the bank account operated by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in Australia, pursuant to the SCI’s order dated 2 February 2016. These directions were given while dealing with a petition (No: QUD147/2017) filed by SEBI on 17 March,2017 against the Miiresorts Group 1 Pty Ltd, a venture of Pearls Australasia Mirage 1 Pty Ltd
FAC also ruled that, out of the balance of $1,510,000 held on trust by it, the “McCullough Robertson”, be permitted to pay the sum of $10,000 to the solicitors for the intervener and the balance be retained on trust pending further order of the Court.
Going by its history, PACL after duping investors, went into red. SEBI found that till March 2012, it had mobilized public funds worth Rs. 44,736 crore. Later, between 26 February 2013 and 15 June 2014, PACL admitted to having collected an additional Rs4,364.78 crore from estimated four million customers. 
SEBI on 22 August 2014, ordered immediate wind up of the scheme and to refund money to the investors within three months. Since PACL failed to comply with its order, SEBI attached PACL’s bank accounts. Then PACL filed an appeal before the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) of SEBI, which was dismissed on 12 August 2015.
Subsequently, the CBI registered a case against PACL and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered the first information report (FIR) against PACL in 2015. In January 2016 CBI arrested four PACL officials- Nirmal Singh Bhangoo, CMD, Sukhdev Singh, MD and promoter-director and two executive directors Gurmeet Singh and Subrata Bhattacharya in multi crore rupees collective investment scam. 
On 11 December, 2016, SEBI initiated recovery proceedings against PACL and its promoters and directors, including Tarlochan Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Subrata Bhattacharya, Nirmal Singh Bhangoo, Tyger Joginder, Gurnam Singh, Anand Gurwant Singh and Uppal Devinder Kumar, for their failure to refund money to the investors.
On 6 September 2017 SEBI imposed a fine of Rs 2,423 crore on PACL Ltd and its four directors for illegal fund mobilisation through various schemes. In September 2018, the ED filed a charge-sheet against PACL and attached Australia- based assets of PACL. In the same year, SEBI filed a claim petition in FCA, to recover crores of rupees stashed away by the PACL using several shell entities and sought repatriation of the assets or the proceeds thereof.  On 23 July 23, FCA passed order accepting SEBI’s claim.
In the meanwhile Vishal Mhetre, Secretary of the “Jan Pratisthan”, has filed an intervention  before the RM Lodha Committee, stating that he is one of the interveners in cases (QUD 528/2016) and (QUD 147/2017-SEBl) in the FAC, and is willing to give an affidavit to ensure that the funds procured in Australia, are brought back and distributed among duped investors through the RM Lodha Committee. Till now SEBI has been able to refund only Rs 204 to the duped investors. Besides, although FAC has allowed to SEBI to recover legal cost incurred by it, the investors are yet to get their share.  

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Lameithanbi - a myth with geological linkage

Myths and legends has been the part and parcel of the human civilizations. Many of these myths and legends have played important role in upbringing of the cultural and societal growth in different parts of the world. Our Manipuri civilization also holds no exception to such mythological stories. These archaic stories have been a source of self realization, imagination, exemplary narration that kept on transpiring from one generation to another. Lameithanbi, Meihoubam, Puruksoubi, etc are few citeable myths of the Manipuri society that can be scientifically explained by geological knowledge.
In Manipuri language it can be translated to Lamei-wildfire; Thanbi-lighting. When viewed from scientific approach the Lameithanbi can be either consider as biotic origin; similar to that of Laudraubi or as abiotic origin. Literature survey on such mythological objects and beings suggest that no strong scientific base for Lameithanbi as biotic origin do exist. However, the abiotic source for the Lameithanbi has strong scientific explanation.
Let us gain a geological upfront on the probable causes of wildfire in the marshy areas of Imphal Valley. Geomorphological evolutionary study suggests that Imphal valley is a lacustrain valley. It is quite evident from the local names like Keisam-pat, Thanga-pat, Lamphel-pat, Akam-pat, Yaral-pat, Khongham-pat, etc which were indicative of previously lakes filled up gradually as low lying marshy lands. The 1960’s and 1970’s kids have grown up witnessing how reminiscently those lakes faded away. These marshy lands provide a gamut of hydrocarbon accumulation in form of peat and low grade coal lenses and pockets trapped in the rocks and soils. The tectonically active Indo-Myanmar Ranges eventually provides weak planes where petroleum and natural gas occasionally seeps through the source rocks and gets amalgamated into the soils. Whenever and wherever favourable ignition temperatures are attained, these highly inflammable things catches fire and may fly in the gust of air. The hydrocarbon burning theory is accepted worldwide and a recurrent phenomena as well. The preliminary survey to be carried out in 3850 sq. km area in Manipur by the Jubiliant Energy, under the Oil India Limited has estimated about 5000 billion cubic feet of oil. In the nutshell, the Imphal valley has enough hydrocarbons trapped and always holds valid for burning phenomena to occur.
This scientific theory may be the sole explanation for the Lameithanbi though few researchers claimed it as a variety of fish- Esomus Altus. But Esomus Altus is reported to a maximum length of 12.5 cm which will be to tiny to be spotted as flying fish from a far distance. Not only Lameithanbi, Meihoubam Lampak at Wangkei and Puruksoubi at Uchekon are closely linked with natural gas and salt brine seepage.
The rich cultural heritage of Manipuri society have preserved scientific phenomena and kept transpiring through generations. Lameithanbi is only one of them; many facts and natural truths have been kept unrevealed to us. Going through our heritage will be a self reminisce.

Soldiers stand Sentinel in Ladakh

By: Kamal Baruah

Feeling the emotion of war is the most destructive & ruthless activities and those experiences last a lifetime for them while soldiers go for war at early age into the jaws of death.It was his KamalBaruah 1terrifying days of targeting warhead at launching missiles as India is facing aggression from enemy over the mountain range of LAC at sub-zero temperature. With high altitude fighting gear, soldierslive on the icy wasteland of inhospitable terrain wading through hills of snows.
It is Ladakh, the disputed region between India, Pakand China.It claimed, Chinese have been living for several hundred years in “Aksai Chin” at the western border. The uninhabited areas have never been demarcated and sharing of LAC maps are never agreed by either side. After a year of 1962 aggression, both countries hold it position along the Line of Actual Control, thus the conflict mitigated by withdrawal of 20 km along the entire front line and maintainit as 1962 status quo.
Former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s path breaking visit in 1988 and PM Vajpayee’s visit in 2003 helped to set up dedicated mechanism to resolve the border dispute.Over the years of enhancing confidence at the military level, it failed inability to agree to a border settlement and troops come into conflict / faceoff regularly. Mercifully, there have been no fatalities on either side of the LAC for over four decades.
They recently engaged in the standoff in PangongTso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in Eastern Ladakh and Naku La in Sikkim. But on the night of Jun 15/16,800 PLAswearing protective gear and armed with stones, nail studded sticks, iron rods and clubs confronted and ambushed the Indian Patrol Party at Galwan.India now considers Red Dragoon to be devious and untrustworthy.
Did Chinese troops attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in Galwanregion? The dominating height of the strategic Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road has probably threatens Chinese that connected to Karakorum Pass. The Galwan River flows from the disputed Aksai Chin region to Ladakh and join the Shyok River.Another road goes across the GalwanRiver for India’s border patrolling areasnear to Chineseborder post near Karakoram range. Also IAF has high landing ground in Daulat Beg Olide where C17 the biggest aircraft courier can land. All these strategic happening might hamper China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at POK.
Air Force helicopters can now land at Siachen, the highest battleground of 20,000 ft where India and Pakistan have permanent military base. India has 2500 km of territory with Sia La, Bilafond La and Gyong La where Pakistan occupies Saltoro Ridge. To protect the Bahadur Post Chulung, Pak copters were gunned down by an Indian IGLA Missile where Brig Commander and other boarding troops were killed. That triumph led Indian Air Force to form an IGLA Squadron at Ladakh region and they were recalledfor missile formation.
After faceoff at Galwan, this formerAir warrior has remembered his heyday at Ladakh. Field duties are another battle that required persistence courage. With destination unknown yet soldiers have determination, euphoric joy and brightness for new assignment. They got willpower and continue fighting till the end of war. Life is all about the moment of victory that is to offer for his motherland. It was a joy of firing IGLA Missile sounding sonic boom at the lonely valleys at land of high passes.
Man-Portable Air Defence SystemIGLAis Surface-to-Air Missilethat is lightweight of 28 to 55 pounds with launcher enough to be operated by a single soldier. It can strike airplanes up to an altitude of 15,000 feet at a range of 3.2 miles at a speed of Mach 2 aiming through laser beam.Developed in 80s IGLA is the most sophisticated Missile the Soviets ever made. Sophisticated military planes are not easily jammed by IGLA electronically but passenger planes are vulnerable. 
Humanity cannot afford war for any reason but soldiers have to move on emergency that we called it as Flash Signal. Passive Air Defence (PAD)was called on while General Pervez Musharraf orchestrated the infiltration of troops and terrorists into Indian Territory. Indian Army launched Operation Vijay 1999, the Kargil War had begun.
Soldiers were aerodynamically lifted by a MI-8 copter although troopers counteracted drag in forward flight. Boarders peeped through the window to take a fond look and sang along the line from a soldier’s tear. The huts waved them for a prayer while the copter whisked away within a few seconds. Airfield operations take place in the forenoononly owing to the presence of mountain winds. The landing has one of the world’s most scenic approaches located between the Mountain ranges. They landed India’s highest commercial airport Leh at 10,682 feet.
While Mig and Mirage bombarded the Tiger Hills, Army recaptured Kargilwith Bofors guns to silenceit and we were busy launching missile in Ladakh region. It was no Hollywood thriller but we moved hills and valesfor the live mission.Soldiers might get wounded, broken but they always stand tall out of fear. The Galwan said the supremesacrifice of Indian soldiers who faced off with barbaric Chinese PLA for protecting territorial integrity for their country. To be honest,we did not get the opportunity to lock and fire any enemyaeroplanes as target or a decoy. But we swam ashore across the lonely rivers atZanskar, Shyok, Suru and Nubraeasily while targeting shoulder launched IGLA Missile. We lived across the Ladakh then.
The writer is a former air warrior and now works for SBI Dispur. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mumbai police interrogate Sushant’s close friend Rhea Chakraborty

IT Correspondent
Mumbai, June 20:
Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty was interrogated for well hour 9 hours on Friday by the Bandra police in connection with the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput who ended his life at his Carter Road residence on 14 June,2020, Sunday.
In another development a complaint was filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Muzaffarpur (Bihar) by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha, who alleged that Sushant committed a suicide due to the conspiracy hatched against him by Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Sajid Nadiadwala, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bhushan Kumar, Ekta Kapoor, and director Dinesh. These eight persons forced Sushant to commit suicide, he has pleaded addng that the act amounted to murder. The matter has been scheduled for hearing on 3 July,2020.
Up till now the Bandra police have interrogated nearly 10 people including casting director Mukesh Chhabra, Sushant’s business manager Shruti Modi and Radhika Nihalani from the late actor’s PR team.
Rhea had worked with Mahesh Bhatt for the film “Jalebi” in 2018. During her interrogation, by Bandra police, she spoke about living in with Sushant and also revealed that they were planning to get married in November this year. She also admitted that she had a fight with Sushant and had moved out with her bags from Sushant’s residence, just a few days before his death. She showed the text messages exchanged between her and Sushant to the police.
Sushant had also called Rhea on Saturday night, a few hours before he died by suicide. Rhea happened to be the last person Sushant dialed before going to sleep. He had first called Mahesh Shetty, who didn’t answer and then he called Rhea who also didn’t pick up the call. He went to sleep, woke up and saw Mahesh had returned the call. He called him back but it didn’t get connected, call records suggested. Sushant was reportedly diagnosed with clinical depression and Rhea was the only person who he was with him at all times.
In the meanwhile Sushant’s fans and some activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha reportedly vandalized Salman Khan’s store “Being Human” in Patna, shouted slogans and tore his posters on Friday.

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