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Monday, 09 December 2019 - Imphal Times

Citizenship Amendment Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

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Imphal, Dec 9

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha, after rejecting the Opposition’s objections over its introduction. The Bill was introduced after the division of votes in the House. 293 members voted in favour of introducing the bill while 82 voted against the move.
Earlier, Home minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in the House amidst uproar by the opposition members. The legislation is intended to amend the existing law in order to grant an exemption to illegal migrants in selected categories.
Introducing the Bill, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Bill is not against minorities and does not violate Article 14 of the constitution.
Congress, TMC and DMK members opposed the introduction of the Bill in the House. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it is regressive and violates Article 14 of the constitution.
RSP leader N K Premchandran also opposed the Bill saying it violates the basic feature of the Constitution. Prof Saugata Roy of TMC also opposed Bill’s introduction.
Talking to media outside Parliament House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 is in the interests of the Northeastern States and the country. He expressed confidence that the bill will get the nod from both the houses of the Parliament.

Salient features of the Citizen Amendment Bill 
- The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants of six communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship. The communities are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians. The legislation relaxes the 11-year criteria for citizenship to six years for refugees belonging to these six religions.
- The Bill also proposes to give immunity to such refugees facing legal cases after being found illegal migrants. The amendment will not be applicable to the tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution and in the areas covered under the Inner Line Permit (ILP).
- The ILP regime is applicable in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. The bill was passed by the last Lok Sabha but it could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha.

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Normalcy cripple in Manipur as anti-CAB protestors called total shutdown

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Imphal, Dec. 9

Normal life in Imphal and other parts of the state has been severely affected due to total shut down called by MANPAC. Almost all streets of Imphal show less traffic flow as commercial transporters stay off the road. Except for some few shops almost all shops were seen closed since early morning. Even schools and colleges as well as private run offices and banks remain closed during the shutdown called. At Khwairanband Keithel large number of people staged a sit-in-protest in  Imphal .

Meanwhile AMSU protested in front of Kangla Main Gate against CAB. AMSU is a component of North East Students’ Organisation which called Manipur Total shut down on 10 December as a part of NESO North East wide  Total Shut down.

The 54 year old AMSU stood against illegal immigrants since 1980. First time in the history of MANIPUR AMSU launched a campaign against illegal immigrants. Two of the AMSU volunteer sacrifices their life for the future of the Manipur.

In 1980 AMSU,AMSCOC signed an agreement between the Government it clearly mentioned that

“The Foreigner must be identified on the basis of the census report 1951 and the National Register of Citizen 1951 and the village directory 1951”

In 2018, AMSU launched a campaign in Manipur  against CAB and submitted memorandum to Governor not to pass CAB.

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Amit Shah introduces Inner Line Permit System in Manipur in LS

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Imphal, Dec. 9

Home Minister Amit Shah today re-introduce the Inner – Line permit system in the state of Manipur in Lok Sabha today. Home Minister Amit Shah today announced the Lok Sabha that the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation 1853 is a long pending issue of the state and to protect the state of Manipur the regulation need to be introduced and the Prime Minister has approve for introduction of the regulation which is popularly known as Inner Line Permit System.

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CM inspects solid waste treatment plant at Lamdeng Khunou

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Imphal, Dec. 9

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inspected the Solid Waste Treatment Plant located at Lamdeng Khunou in Imphal West district and a site located nearby where a new bio-medical treatment plant would be set up soon.

Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister said that the existing plant has no treatment facility for bio-medical wastes. Moreover, its daily consumption capacity is only 100 tonnes though Imphal city produces around 130 tonnes of garbage every day, the Chief Minister informed. As such, there is urgent need for a new plant which also has the treatment facility of bio-medical wastes, N. Biren Singh said.

The Chief Minister also urged the public to keep garbage in proper places so that it can be collected by concerned NGOs and Imphal Municipal Corporation instead of dumping it into rivers and inappropriate places.

Regarding apprehension on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, the Chief Minister informed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had informed him over the phone that the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system would be enforced in the whole State in order to exempt Manipur from the purview of CAB. Stating that implementation of ILP in the State has been a dream and a long standing demand of the people of the State, the Chief Minister observed that people should thank the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for their concerns for the State.

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PM urges cops from North East to create healthy atmosphere for development programs 

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Pune, 9 November 2019

While addressing valedictory session of the three day 54th DGsP/IGsP conference in Pune( Maharashtra), on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed special interest for the development of North Eastern states, critical for “Act East Policy” of the government and urged the DGPs of these states to make extra efforts to create a conducive environment for the development programs.
Modi opined that a threat to country’s security by forces across the border still continues, but our forces are capable of handling any situation to give a befitting reply to the enemies. He also discussed the recent incidents of rape in Telangana and Uttar Pradesh (Unnao) and advised police to be doubly alert.
 ” At all times, the police must strive to improve the image of its force to inspire confidence among all sections of society including women and children, Modi said and emphasized the role of effective policing in making sure that women feel safe and secure.
Apart from leading the discussions and giving valuable suggestions over the past two days, Modi also appreciated the meticulous efforts made by the country’s police forces for maintaining general peace and tranquility in the country and said that we must not forget the contribution of their families who stand firmly behind them.
Prime Minister urged the heads of police departments to carry forth the spirit of the conference to the lowest level-from state to district to the police station. After viewing the presentations given by different state police forces, he mentioned that a comprehensive list of best practices could be prepared and adopted by all the states and Union Territories. He also commented that technology provides us an effective weapon to ensure pro-active policing that factors-in the feedback of the common man.
Commending the conference for generating good inputs for policy planning and implementation, Modi laid emphasis on emergence of concrete outcomes from the finalized action points.
He concluded his remarks by recognizing the pulls and pressures confronting the police officer in the day to day discharge of duties. However, he said, that whenever they are in doubt they should remember the ideals and the spirit with which they appeared for the civil services exams and continue to work in national interest, keeping in mind the welfare of the weakest and poorest sections of society.
In order to encourage meaningful exchange of views and experiences, the duration of conference, was changed to three days from earlier one day and venue of the conference was shifted out of Delhi and now the conference is held in different locations since 2015.  The format of the conference has also undergone significant change in terms of the presence of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister in the conference.
In the lead-up to the conference, committees of DGsP are established to formulate the contours of presentations on contemporary security threats. Additionally, during the conference, break-out sessions are held to further refine policy issues. This year, 11 core groups were formed for holding brain-storming sessions on key aspects of internal and external security such as terrorism, naxalism, coastal security, cyber threats, combating radicalization and narco-terrorism etc.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister also awarded the President’s police medals for distinguished service to officers of the Intelligence Bureau.
During his two days stay (Saturday/Sunday) in Pune, Modi also interacted with scientists from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER). IISER scientists made presentations to the Prime Minister on varied topics ranging from new materials and devices for clean energy application to agricultural biotechnology to natural resource mapping. The presentations also showcased cutting edge technologies in the field of Molecular Biology, Antimicrobial resistance, Climate studies and Mathematical Finance research.  
Prime Minister appreciated the scientists for their informative presentations and urged them to develop low cost technologies that would cater to India’s specific requirements and help in fast-tracking India’s growth. He visited the IISER, Pune campus and interacted with the students and researchers. He also visited the state-of-the-art super computer PARAM BRAHMA, deployed by C-DAC in IISER, which has a peak computing power of 797 Teraflops.
Before leaving for New Delhi on Sunday night, Modi also called on former Union Minister Arun Shorie admitted to Ruby Hall Clinic located at Bund Garden in Pune and inquired about his health. A team of chief cardiologist Dr Parvez Grant, neurosurgeon Dr Sachin Gandhi took  Modi to Shourie’s room.
Shourie has been undergoing treatment after he fell on December one, while out on a walk near his bungalow in Lavasa, some 60 kilometres from Pune.  Shorie suffered a brain injury, including internal bleeding and swelling, doctors said and added that he was recovering fast and was showing no signs of neuro-deficit (abnormal function of a body area due to weaker function of the brain).
The 78-year-old former BJP leader, Arun Shourie, who was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government between 1999-2004, had become a vocal critic of the economic policies of the Modi government, leading to a parting of ways with the ruling dispensation. Shourie  is a prolific writer and Ramon Magsaysay awardee who had served as an economist with the World Bank during 1967-1978.

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Veteran CPI(M) leader Meitram Shamu passes

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Imphal Dec.9

Comrade Meitram Shamu , veteran leader of CPI(M) and Kisan Sabha leader of Manipur, expired on December 8, 2019 in his village Awang Jiri, Imphal at the age of 92. Comrade Shamu was one of the first generation communist in Manipur.
He joined the communist party under the leadership of Jananeta Irawat Singh, the founder of communist party in 1948 and participated in the peasants movement during the late 1940s and early 1950s and was in the underground for 4 years. Comrade Shamu was in the movement for legislative assembly, statehood, Manipuri language and against AFSPA etc.
Comrade Meitram Shamu was a founder State Secretariat Member of CPI(M) in Manipur in 1967. He was elected as Secretary of the party’s state unit by the 7th Manipur State Conference of CPI(M) in 1981at Keibi ,Imphal. He served the party as a secretary for 4 terms. He also served the village panchayat as Pradhan during 1960s and 1970s. Comrade Shamu attended 11th, 14th,15th and 16th Party Congresses of CPI(M).
The funeral service of Comrade Meitram Shamu was attended by the entire state secretariat of CPI(M) : Kshetrimayum Santa, Sarat Salam, Yumnam Ratan and Sougrakpam Roma Devi and CPI state assistant secretary Maisnam Joykumar and other leaders and paid their last Salute
The State Secretariat of CPI(M) hold a condolence meeting today in the State office and observed two minutes silent in memory of Comrade Shamu and expressed deep condolence and grief at the passing away of Comrade Shamu. His demise is a great loss to the party and peasants of Manipur. The secretariat conveyed it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members.

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A phone call that overwhelm our CM; But there is no short cut to the introduction of ILPS

Overwhelm by a telephonic call with Union Home Minister Amit Shah who assured ILPS for the state of Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren took no time to appeal his party karyakartas and spread the message. He even directed the State Home Department to issue notification to celebrate the big announcement made by Amit Shah. Unfortunately, when the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was tabled in the Lok Sabha today and was introduced with 293 votes, nothing has been mentioned about the state of Manipur during this whole process. Home Minister justified the bill saying that it is neither against the constitution of India nor does it mention any religion while facing the roar by opposition MPs who termed it as ‘anti-constitutional’ or ‘anti-secularism’.  If the assurance given to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh for extension or introduction of ILPS in Manipur by Home Minister Amit Shah as a counter measures from the impact of CAB comes to fruit, it is not only the Chief Minister or the BJP Karyakarta that will applause the Union Government but people across the state will be ready to garland them. It is not because people accept ILPS as a tool to protect the people of Manipur from the impact of CAB. But the appreciation would come for the concern that these central leaders have for this state. This, at least, everyone is clear. However, in this dire time something is always better than nothing. Though, this something is not the provision that protects the people of Manipur wholly.
Now that CAB is introduced, there will be more discussion and readings coming on this bill in the parliament. Therefore, at this crucial juncture there should be intervention from MPs from Manipur to amend the bill so that some protective mechanism comes to light. One way out is to produce the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 in parliament and be extended to the state of Manipur. We should also remember that this has been discussed and passed twice in Manipur State Assembly and now the matter must go to the parliament. Only then there is a possibility of things working out, though limited in nature. However, there should be no confusion on this matter on how to go about this matter. There cannot be any short cut to this. The matter must go the parliament. It cannot be done through a mere executive order. Otherwise, any other attempt will be null and void.
ILPS does not entail the protection of indigenous people of Manipur from the impact of CAB.  In order to understand this, we just need to look at the situation of Nagaland which has special protection under Article 371(a), is a tribal state and at the same time ILPS is enforced over there. 2011 census data reveals that there are 75000 Bengalis, 63000 Biharis, 44,000 Nepalis alone in Nagaland. Most importantly, economy of Kohima, Dimapur and Makokchung are controlled by the outsiders. Coming to Mizoram with its protective provisions, there are 108000 Bengalis and around 11000 Biharis and Marwaris. In Arunachal Pradesh the situation is similar, the total population of Bengalis is 100600 and around 93000 Marwaris and Biharis live there. In Meghalaya, 233000 Bengalis live and in Tripura the situation is dire, as 24 lakh Bengalis have settled there. Given this, the stand of NESO and MANPAC is correct when they oppose CAB in totality.  No provision can protected wholly the state of Manipur. With this, the future of people of Manipur is grim with this bill being introduced in the parliament.

Don’t give voting rights to illegal migrants - Shiv Sena

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Mumbai, Dec 9,

The Shiv Sena has demanded that even if union government wants to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians (except Muslims) from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after seven years of stay in the country, by including a special provision within the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), such “indigenous” people should not be given voting rights for 25 years.
In a party mouth piece Marathi daily “Samna”, Shiv Sena Party President Uddhav Thackeray , who is also Maharashtra CM, has suggested that such refugees should not be granted voting rights for 25 years. Besides, instead of indulging in such “vote bank politics” take action against countries who are perpetrating injustice on Hindus in their country. “Its true that only India is the powerful “Hindu nation” in the world. But no illegal migrant can be considered for citizenship”.   
Regardless of the religion, migration of people to India will disturb demography and culture of India. The states including West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Mizoram have already expressed fear that the entry of these people will endanger the identity and livelihood of local populace. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also opposed the idea. Under the circumstances, to transport all the migrants to Gujarat, is the only option. Most of the states including Maharashtra are over populated.
Would Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, supported CAB, if he was not to be a  CM representing the BJP ? “ “Samna” has questioned. “Samna” has also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah alleging that both wants another partition based on Hindu and Muslim population.     
While earlier Shah used to say that all illegal migrants will be driven away, now the BJP has changed its stand. Whereas the Shiv Sena has been opposed to entry of illegal Bangladeshis in India, regardless of their religion from the day one and even today stands by the same.
Even after scrapping article 370, to integrate Kashmir with India, Kashmiri pundits migrated elsewhere are unable to return to Kashmir. What the government wants to do about this situation? “Samna” has questioned.

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