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Manipur HC quashes MPSC – 2016 main examination; directs CBI to investigate

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Imphal, Oct 18

In a landmark ruling by a divisional bench of the Manipur High Court, comprising of Justice Lanusungkum Jamir and Justice Kh. Nobin Singh, the controversial MCSCCE 2016  Examination for selection to 62 posts of MCS, MPS, SDC, EO conducted by the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) had been quashed and the consequential orders for the appointment of those declared recruited had also been quashed.
The divisional bench’s ruling also directed the Central Bureau of Investigation, (CBI) New Delhi to investigate into the conduct of the Main Examination , 2016 by the MPSC within a period of 3 (three) months beginning today.
The order of the divisional bench also quashed and set aside the judgment order dated 28/02/2017 by a single judge bench.
Extract of today’s court order read – “The writ petitions being WP(C) No. 606 of 2017; WP(C) No.725 of 2017 and WP(C) No.313 of 2018 are allowed and consequently, the Main Examination, 2016 initiated and conducted pursuant to the Notification dated 07-04-2016 issued by the MPSC is quashed and set aside and further, the consequential orders dated 22-06-2017; 26-06- 2017 issued by the Deputy Secretary (DP), Government of Manipur and the order dated 23-06-2017 issued by the Deputy Secretary (Revenue), Government of Manipur are quashed and set aside. However, it is open to the MPSC to conduct the Main Examination, 2016 afresh after due notice being given to the candidates.
“The Central Bureau of Investigation, New Delhi is directed to investigate into the conduct of the Main Examination, 2016 by the MPSC within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this judgment and order and take appropriate action thereafter in accordance with law. A certified copy of this judgment and order shall be sent to the CBI, New Delhi, at the earliest possible, for doing the needful in time”.  

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CCSK commemorates the first session of the Manipur Legislative Council

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Imphal, Oct 18

In commemoration to the First session of the Manipur Legislative Council, Committee of Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK) today observed the day as “Manipur gi Puwarida Meeyamgi Ahanba Leingak Leikhiba Numit” (The first day of peoples’ government in the history of Manipur) at GM Hall today.

In 1948, October 18 after the British Paramountcy left the erstwhile Kingdom on the midnight of August 14 , 1947, the first adult franchised of the government of Manipur was held during July of 1948 and the first sitting of the state Legislative Council was held on October 18 of 1948.

The commemoration function was attended by Dr. T. Lunkim, Chairman, The Kuki Organisation for Human Rights Trust, KS . Raihing, Headman, Wunghon Village, Ukhrul district, Abdul Hakim Shah, Asst. Professor , GP Women College, Filson Y. Lunghar , Social Activists  and Jeetendra Ningombam , president CCSK as presidium Members.

Manipur was the 2nd Asiatic Country to hold adult franchise to run democratic form of government and to have a constitution of its own. Philippine is the first country to hold adult franchise to form a peoples’ government.

Speakers on the occasion recalled the democratic characteristic of the Manipur Nation in 1948 before merger to the Indian Union. The Manipur government was abolished in October 15 , 1949 after the then King of Manipur, the Nominal head of the state was forced to signed the Controversial merger agreement with the dominion of India on September 21 , 1949.

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State Congress activists burnt effigy of Manohar Lal; This is a totalitarian regime, we are not allowed to stage democratic protest - Gaikhangam

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Imphal, Oct 18

Head Office of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) located at BT road here in Imphal witnessed a war-scene-like situation today afternoon as large number of state police force cordoned the main entry gate of the Congress office trying to prevent the congress activists from staging protest or burning effigy of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal.
Large number of congress party members including CLP leader Okram Ibobi, MPCC President Gaikhangam, MLA K. Ranjit, MLA Mirabai, MLA Th. Lokeshore , Moirangthem Okendro, Victor Keishing among others along with congress activists stage a sit-in –protest   demanding unconditional apology from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal for his derogatory statement to AICC president Sonia Gandhi.   
Addressing a BJP rally, Sonipat in Haryana, CM Manohar Lal had humiliated the Congress president by mocking at her and the congress party about 5 days back.  
 “After the defeat in the Lok Sabha election, Rahul (Gandhi) quit as party president and said the new Congress chief would not be from the Gandhi family. We welcomed his decision. It is good to end dynasty politics. Then, these people started searching (for a new president)... After three months, they made Sonia Gandhi the Congress chief. It was like khoda pahaad, nikli chuhiya, woh bhi mari hui... (like digging up a mountain to find a mouse, that too a dead one)”, this statement delivered by  the chief Minister was termed as irresponsible by almost all members of the Congress party including the leaders of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee , Gaikhangam and Ibobi among others.
At around noon, the congress activist while staging a protest demonstration tried to burn the effigy of the Haryana Chief Minister, however, large number of police team who were already on the site snatch the effigy and dismantle the sets for protest. Former Chief Minister and CLP leader Okram Ibobi and MPCC president Gaikhangam along with other congress legislatures were left with no choice but to stand in surprise as the congress activists confronted the police team.
Later, the Congress leaders and the workers went inside the MPCC office complex and burnt the effigy of the Haryana Chief Minister shouting slogans demanding immediate apology for his derogatory statement.
“This a totalitarian regime, we are not allowed to stage democratic protest”, MPCC president Gaikhangam told media persons.
On being asked why the main gate of the MPCC office had to be closed during the protest that too inside the office premises, Gaikhangam said that the congress workers had already experienced excess and brutalities of the state force under the command of the present government.
“They had fired tear gas shells, mock bomb inside the office complex of the MPCC during a protest demonstration earlier , many workers sustained injury and many had to be hospitalized. As we do not want our workers to get injured by their drastic action our workers might have closed the gate”, Gaikhangam said.
The MPCC president further lambasted the present BJP led regime for their humiliation to the constitution of India.
“ Lamdamse Yom lebak orakadoure (The is becoming a land of Yumraj)”, Gaikhangam said showing serious concern to the present BJP regime terming it as a Totalitarian regime. Citizens or political parties are not allowed to raise their voice against their policy and programme and the voice of the dissent had never been listened by them, Gaikhangam added.

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Weavers wishes to include Handlooms and Handicrafts in school curriculums

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Imphal, Oct 18

The Ningol Chakkouba Handloom & Handicraft Expo. 2019 organised by the Manipur Apex Handloom Weavers & handicraft Artisans Ltd. is underway at GM Hall here in Imphal.

The Expo was inaugurated yesterday by P. Vaiphei IAS, Principal Secretary Textile, Commerce and Industry. Indira Devi President AWAS, C. Rajsikaran , Asst. Director (design), Weaver Service Center Imphal, Th. Rajan Singh Asst. Director Handicraft Service Center Imphal and Y. Shantikumar Singh Asst. Manager ( Commercial) Imphal attended as dignitaries on the dais.

Bhobol , Bord of Directors Apex Handloom while delivering the key note address said that handloom products and handicrafts items should be used as gifts of Ningol Chakkouba and State Knowledge of handlooms and Handicrafts should be included in the school curriculum to sustain aged old tradition and work culture to the youths.

P Vaiphei in his speech expressed happiness in organizing the handlooms and handicrafts expo , celebrating the Ningol Chakkouba , the biggest festival of Manipur.

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Training programme on Childhood Prevention Early Detection Intervention for Children with Intellectual Disabilities held

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Imphal, Oct 18

A ‘training programme on Childhood Prevention Early Detection Intervention for Children with Intellectual Disabilities  ’ for female ASHA,  Anagwadi Worker   was held at Utonglok Villge Saikhul district today. National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in association with State Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons Manipur & All Tribal Disabled Union, Manipur organised the event. National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities  (NIEPID) Secunderabad Dr G Mary Anurupa, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy NIEPID Hyderabad Mugesh Thulasikantham and Lecturer in Special Education NIEPID Regional Centre Navi Mumbai Ravi Prakash Singh attended training programme as resource persons. Local Manipuri Translation by Ph. Victoria Devi, Women d Child Welfare Officer, Relief Centre.
Dr. Mary Anurupa,(Resource Persons) had explained NIEPID as an autonomous body that operates under ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and its headquarter is located at Manovikasnagar Secunderabad. She said that with the objective of empowering person with mental retardation NIEPID is extending various training programmes and services in many part of India from the past 34 years. As a part of it the services are reaching in all North East States. The hardest thing for any parent to hear is that their child has a physical or mental disability. It may come as a complete shock; you may have thought that your child was just a little slower than others their age. After the fear subsides and you realize you are not alone and your talk it out in counselling and with your partner, the guilt and confusion is likely to set in. You wonder if it’s caused by something you did while you were pregnant and you wonder why on earth this has happened to your child.
Ravi Prakash Singh, (Resource Persons) Lecturer in Special Education, NIEPIE RC, Navi Mumbai, elaborated on various topics such as types of disabilities, causes, prevention, inclusiveness of persons with disabilities in the classroom, society and home, etc. There are also many causes and volunteer works done to promote greater awareness of disability situations all over the world. Every year, celebrities, athletes, philanthropic organizations, civic groups and many others stage events to bring the limelight to various disabilities.
Mugesh Thulasikantha, (Resource Persons) Occupational Therapy, NIEPID, Hyderabad, Talking to other parents who have children with disabilities and joining a support group is the easiest way to deal with the news. These are great places to find out about programs you can enrol your child into and how to care for someone with a disability. The three sessions went with audio and video presentations with interactive sessions in between and the programme.

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450 women of Wangjing Tentha will be provided with benefits in weaving - Hemanta

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Imphal, Oct 18

450 women from 12 villages of Wangjing Tentha will be provided with benefits under Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises), said Moirangthem Hemanta in a one-day awareness programme on Traditional Embroidery Cluster. In the event organised by Wangjing Tentha Farmers Development Association (WATEFADEAS), he further said that the scheme has a total amount of Rs. 1 crore 32 lakh, out of which 90% is from Indian government and 10% from WATEFADEAS, for the raw materials, marketing, and production of traditional products. The government of India has already granted Rs 28 lakh for this scheme and permission for the Common Facility Centre in Khongjom, which will have machines with foreign technology by November, he added.

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The significance of October 18 in Manipur’s history

These days some people re-write or re-built history to prove their claim of being an aged nation legitimate. Students of history were taught that history cannot be re-write or re-built, but it can be a lesson to change the future. The wrong that has been committed during the course of nation buildings, or the pains that many felt when their freedom and rights were shattered in the course of either building a nation or expanding colony have been known through historical record and it is those history that makes people of today to act so that it does not repeat in the future.
October 18, 1948, was an important day for the erstwhile nation called Manipur. As per record available from the writings of many eminent scholars, Manipur was declared a sovereign state after the British Paramountcy left on the midnight of August 14, 1947. And thus many civil society organization celebrates the independence Day of Manipur on August 14, a day ahead that India got its independence. However, some scholar advocated the celebration of Manipur’s Independence Day of August 15 as most relevant. Well, the idea of writing this piece is not to argue on which date we should celebrate the independence day of Manipur, as it is well recorded that the British left the erstwhile kingdom of Manipur on the midnight of August 14 after restoring the sovereignty of the nation. This record itself proves that Manipur was an Independent nation ruled by a king which have proper political and geographical boundary. 
After the British left, over 500 small Kingdoms were amalgamated to build the nation called India. Some Kingdoms opposed the moved but almost all the Kingdoms were amalgamated either through talks and war. It will not be right to give a critical note to the move for building of a Indian Nation as the over 500 small kingdoms have similar facial structures and anatomical appearance besides similar religions. May be the revolt at some major Indian states following the amalgamation of the small Kingdoms were against the system which they felt not fit that time. 
Coming to the state of Manipur, an erstwhile nation, Manipur was perhaps the second nation in the South East Asian Countries to have a people’s government through adult franchise. July 1948, election was conducted and Manipur in actuality became a sovereign peoples’ republic when its assembly with its members elected through adult franchise had its first session on this day of 1948. This again proves that Manipur at the time of merger to the Indian Union have proper territorial and political boundary and that as per the Uti possidetis juris there is no way that the International law would accept segregation of the Manipur’s territorial boundary.
It is a much that the people of the state celebrate this day, the October 18 of 1948 as  first state assembly session of the government elected by the people of the state through proper electoral process. This will remind the government of India and those who are striving hard to distort the geographical boundary of the state into pieces that Manipur’s merger to Indian union is not to sacrifice the land, identity, culture and status of the erstwhile nation protected by our ancestors since time immemorial and continue to be protected by people of the state belonging to various community of the state.
One thing need to remind the government of Manipur is that- the first state assembly session of pre merger period was held on October 18, 1948. This perhaps has been kept as record but unfortunate part is that the state government, particularly the Manipur the Manipur legislative Assembly need to observed this day in a highly decorated manner. Government of India should also be proud to have Manipur as a part of the country as this erstwhile nation is the first to hold adult franchise to elect their representatives for running a democratic form of government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also take advantage of the state for being the second Asiatic country to have a peoples’ elected government.    
Hope the state government celebrate the October 18 as the day of the first Manipur legislative Assembly by next year in a grand way. 

 

A glimmer of hope to crores of duped investors

By - Raju Vernekar

Over 6 crore investors Pan India, duped in a Rs. 49,100 crore scam of the “Pearls Agrotech Corporation Limited (PACL)”, can have a glimmer of hope of getting their money back, with Indo-UK Institutes of Health (IUIH), volunteering to purchase some of the seized properties of PACL to set up “medicities” in different states in India.
 
In a letter dated 28 January 2019 addressed to the Justice (retd) R M Lodha Committee (set up by the Supreme Court of India to supervise the process of selling PACL’s assets and refund investors’ money), the IUIH has stated that it would like to acquire 11 parcels of land to set up medicities in India and as such necessary permission be given.
Similarly, while hearing a civil appeal (No 13301/2015) filed by Subrata Bhattacharya against Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), a division bench comprising Dr. Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Indira Banerjee at the Supreme Court, has taken a note of the statement of the Lodha Committee that it has received ‘suo motu proposals/expressions of interest from IUIH for acquisition of land. The Committee by public notice dated 19 August  2019 had also invited proposals from other parties, who were asked to submit the proposals till 16 September 2019. However as of now the IUIH is the only company who has offered to purchase the PACL’s land.
“We leave it open to the Committee to receive any further offers and to explore them after duly publishing a notice on the website. We authorize the Committee to explore whether a substantive outcome can be achieved. The Committee will keep this court apprised of further developments before taking a final decision”, the bench added.
The IUIH program is a joint effort of the U.K. and Indian Governments for the creation of Medicities in different parts of India. A task force has already been constituted under the chairmanship of the Secretary, Union Department of Health and Family Welfare for setting up 11 institutes across India. The agreement about this 10-year long project was signed between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former British Prime Minister David Cameron in November 2015.
IUIH is a 100 per cent Indian subsidiary of UK Global Healthcare Ltd (UGHL), which is in partnership with Bin Zayed Bin Zayed Group( Bin Zayed International LLC and Bin Zayed Asia LLC). It has offered to acquire land in the name of “Indo UK Healthcare Pvt Ltd”. The funds will be transferred from UGHL into Indo UK-Healthcare Pvt Ltd as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Up till now the IUIH has acquired 151.4 acre land in Nagpur(Maharashtra) and 150 acre land in Amravati( Andhra Pradesh). It has also identified following land parcels: Delhi-West Delhi district, near Mundka metro station-151.60 acre, Maharashtra-Pune SUS area-455.56 acre, Karnataka-Bengalore-Devanhalli-535.77 acre, Haryana-Gurugram-Farukh Nagar-308.90 acre, Gujarat-Vadodara-Tehsil Dabhoi-126.47 acre, Goa-100.84 acre, Uttar Pradesh-Lucknow-Mohanlal Ganj-284.62 acre, Kerala-Ernakulam-267 acre, Punjab-Ludhiana (Banohar and Hassanpur)-91 acre, Ludhiana-near Sahnewal airport-441 acre, Mohalli-(sector 114 and 115)-30 acre, tehsil Dera Bassi, village Chhat-105 acre, Tamil Nadu,Madurai-75.995 acre and Mumbai, Maharashtra-Vasai 300 acre. Besides, it has also signed MOUs with Maharashtra, AP, MP, Assam, Punjab, Gujarat, Telangana, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Governments.
PACL and Pearls Golden Forest Ltd (PGFL), are being accused of cheating over 6 crore investors on the pretext of sale and development of agriculture land. They made false allotments of land to investors, although they never owned them. PACL promised the investors that the land would be allotted to them within 90 to 270 days and if not, handsome return on their investment will be given. PACL was incorporated on 13 February 1996 with the registrar of companies, Jaipur, under Companies Act 1956 having its Registered Office in Jaipur and corporate office in New Delhi.
The mobilisation of funds by PACL dates back to the year 1997, when based on a complaint, SEBI on 30 November 1999 and 10 December 1999, issued letters to PACL directing it to comply with the provisions of the collective investment scheme (CIS) regulations. However PACL challenged SEBI’s letters in the Rajasthan High Court, 1999, claiming that its scheme does not fall under the definition of CIS as defined under the CIS Regulation and SEBI Act. In response, the Rajasthan High Court on 28 November 2003, ruled that PACL’s schemes were not CIS as defined under Section 11AA of the SEBI Act and quashed SEBI’s letters issued to PACL. Then SEBI appealed in the SC against the order of Rajasthan HC. The SC on 25 February 2013, upheld the constitutional validity of CIS Regulations, and directed SEBI to investigate the matter and take appropriate action. 
The ponzy scheme was allegedly floated by Nirmal Singh Bhangoo and his three colleagues. PACL not only roped in Australian cricketer Brett Lee as its brand ambassador, but also reportedly invested millions of dollars in Australia in 2010, through shell companies. This was  reflected in the first charge sheet filed before the “Tis Hajari Court” in Delhi. The details of money invested in Australia by Bhangoo, were provided by investors.. Vishal Mhetre , Mrs Nanda Jagtap and others, in the Federal court of Australia, before approaching the Indian government. The SEBI was able to free the sale amount in Australian federal court with the help of Indian advocates Anand Bhagat and Manoj Nayak through investigator Naill Corbun who investigated the case for Indian Investors in Australia.
In 2014, SEBI attached all bank, demat accounts and mutual fund portfolios of PACL and its eight directors and promoters, for its failure to comply with its order dated 22 August 2014 directing it to wind up the schemes and refund Rs 49,100 crore to the investors within three months from the date of the order. PACL filed an appeal before the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT), which was dismissed on 12 August 2015.
Subsequently, the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) registered a case against PACL and based on the CBI complaint, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) lodged an first information report (FIR) in 2015. Bhangoo and his three colleagues were arrested by CBI in 2016. In September 2018, the ED filed a charge-sheet against PACL and attached Australia-based assets of the Pearls Group worth Rs.472 crore. 
Bhangoo and his family members reportedly teamed up with property developers- Paul Brinsmead and Peter Madrers of “Gold Coast property developers”. They were operating the company “Resort Corp”, engaged in developing large tracts of coastal land in the Tweed Shire in northern New South Wales (NSW) before its group of 14 companies collapsed in March 2009.. Six months later, Brinsmead and Madrers founded “Pearls Australasia” with Bhangoo, his son Harvinder Singh Bhangoo and son-in-law Gurpartap Singh. Later Bhangoo’s other daughter Barinder Kaur and her husband, Harsatinder Singh Hayer, also joined the company as directors.
In September 2014, “Pearls Australasia” changed its name to “MiiGroup Holdings” and referred  itself  as the “MiiGroup of companies”. These companies were based in a waterfront office at Bundall on the Gold Coast. “Shac Communications”, a public relations company also functioned from the same address. Simone Holzapfel, chief political adviser to former Australian PM Tony Abbott, was stated to be the MD of the “Shac Communications”.  However lately “MiiGroup”, distanced itself from the PACL scam.
In 2018, SEBI filed a claim petition in the Federal Court of Australia to recover dues worth Rs 4 billion stashed away by the PACL using several shell entities. SEBI sought repatriation of the assets or the proceeds thereof. The Federal Court passed order on July 23, 2018  accepting the claim petition filed by SEBI.
However although SEBI has began process of auctioning PACL’s property, till now it has been able to recover hardly Rs. 86.20 crore by selling 113 properties, at the conclusion of the second auction process.
The details of PACL’s  properties (worth  Rs 1000 crore and above) are: East Zone-
Assam (01 property), Bihar( 33 properties), Chattisgarh(104), Jharkhand (01), Odisha (546),West Bengal(905)=1590. North Zone-Chandigarh(5), Delhi (373), Haryana(769), Himachal Pradesh(11), Punjab(2405),Uttar Pradesh(428), Uttarakhand (368)=4359. South Zone-Andhra Pradesh(612), Karnatak(1090), Kerala(04), Tamil Nadu(10284) Telengana(973)=12963. West Zone- Goa(24), Gujarat(188), Madhya Pradesh(4498),  Maharashtra(1449), Rajasthan(3903)=10,062. Total number of properties-28974
The Lodha Committee which received claim applications numbering 12169196 aggregating Rs. 24235.45 crore till 5 May 2019, extended the deadline to 31 July 2019 to enable investors to lodge their claims. The claims up to Rs.5000 are currently being processed for effecting refund.

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