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Bangladeshi Editors form human chain, seek amendment of Digital Security Act

Siam Sarower Jamil,
IT Correspondent
Dhaka, Oct 15

The Editors’ Council on Monday demanded amendment to nine sections of the newly enacted Digital Security Act, 2018 which was widely feared to be misused to gag the media.
Editors’ Council, an association of Bangladeshi newspaper editors, made the demand at a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital.
The council at the human chain demanded that the nine sections of the act must be amended in the last session of the present parliament to safeguard freedom of the media and freedom of expression.

Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam, Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamal Dutta, Kaler Kantho editor Imdadul Haq Milan, Bangladesh Pratidin editor Naem Nizam, Naya Diganta editor Alamgir Mohiuddin, The Independent editor M Shamsur Rahman, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, Daily Inqilab editor AMM Bahauddin, Dainik Azadi editor M A Malek, Karatoa editor Md Mozammel Haque, Sangbad acting editor Khandaker Muniruzzaman, Jugantor acting editor Saiful Alam, Bonik Barta editor Dewan Hanif Mahmud, Dhaka Tribune editor Zafar Sobhan, Samakal acting editor Mustafiz Shafi and Financial Express acting editor Shahiduzzaman Khan gathered in front of the press club around 11:15am and formed the human chain.
Editors’ Council general secretary Mahfuz Anam, also the Daily Star editor and publisher,  Mahfuz Anam read a written speech with their demands.
Earlier on Saturday, the council announced the human chain programme at a press conference at the press club demanding amendment to Sections 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 43 and 53 of the act.
The council had called the human chain for September 29 but postponed it at the request of information minister Hasanul Haq Inu.
President Abdul Hamid on October 8 assented to Digital Security Bill transforming it into an act, ignoring calls from national and international journalists, freethinkers and rights groups for returning it to the parliament for a revision.
Jatiya Sangsad on September 19 passed Digital Security Bill, ignoring the concerns expressed by different national and international quarters including Editors’ Council as it posed threats to freedom of speech and the press.

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North East students shine in Aryans 8th Annual Convocation

From a Correspondent
Guwahati Oct 15
Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura, Near Chandigarh held its 8th Convocation at Aryans Campus situated on Chandigarh-Patiala Highway, Near Chandigarh. Advisor, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Prof Rajive Kumar was the Chief Guest on the occasion while Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group presided over the function. Around 400 B.Tech, BBA, BCA students of Aryans were conferred degrees. The convocation ceremony started with the Lamp Lighting ceremony followed by a welcome prayer by the North East students. 

Prof. Rajive Kumar while giving the convocation address congratulated the students. Rajive Kumar said that Aryans is among the top Colleges of AICTE which is doing good job in overall development of its students. He congratulated the management of Aryans which was started with 100 students on 1 acre land and now is imparting quality education to over 3500 students on 20 acre of lush green Campus.  
While motivating the students Prof Rajive further said that it is not merely convocation but a new beginning for another challenging life.  He said that students have bigger roles to play not only towards their family but also towards their Institution, Career and the entire Nation. “Students of today are the Founders of tomorrow’s Nation” he added. He advised the students to become good citizen and work day and night to earn Fame for themselves and entire Country.
Prof Rajive also shared the initiatives taken by AICTE to revamp and reform the Technical Education of the Country such as New Curriculum, Induction Program, Mandatory Teacher Training, Industrial Training, Internship & Start ups etc.  

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UKLF terminates cadres

IT News

Imphal, Oct 15,


A statement of the United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) said that the outfit has  terminated one of its cadre identified as  Seikhongam @ Ngamcha @ NC @ Max Baite from the organization with immediate effect.

“Seikhongam @ Ngamcha @ NC @ Max Baite disappeared and cut off all communication with the organization in mid 2017 without informinghis colleagues and the Cabinet. With his sudden disappearance, the Cabinet formed an Enquiry Committee to find out his whereabouts and sought help from the Vaiphei Peoples Council (VPC) and TellangInnsung Kiloikhom (TIK) to bring him back to the organization fold”, the ststement said.

The statement added that the said person could not traced for over two years and two bodies of the outfit had submitted about it , however, Seikhongam @ Ngamcha @ NC @ Max Baite made a telephonic call to the Organizations’ Vice-Chairman Pu KT Misao in a surprising way and confessed that, he had deserted the organization and will not comply any order/command of organization.

As per the situation, the Cabinet of the outfit had unanimously resolved to terminate Mr. Seikhongam @ Ngamcha @ NC @ Max Baite from the Organisation and declared him a Deserter, the statement added.

The UKLF also said that any movable and non-movable properties including school owned and accumulated by him while working as an active member of the organization will be seized immediately in accordance with the Constitution of the Organisation which he was also a member of drafting.

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‘Stop bluffing Naga’s, Words and Assurances are not achievements’

IT News
Imphal, Oct 15,

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee  today slammed the BJP Nagaland and its leaders saying that they just parroting the words of their high command when it comes to bluffing the Naga’s.
“We however expect the Chief Spokesman of state BJP who is a former Congress Youth President to do better rather than indulge in unhealthy use of words bereft of decency and distortion of history’, the statement added.  The statement further added that the state of Nagaland was gifted by the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who went out of the way to pass the Nagaland Statehood Bill despite opposition and dissenting voices in Parliament. We owe all what we have today to the Congress party and its leaders that gave us the benefit of Statehood and Article 371A where our religion, culture, social practices, land and its resources are protected. Therefore, Congress alone has the moral right to speak about the history of Nagaland state.
 Moreover, the current peace process is a culmination of Congress commitment to the people of Nagaland when former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi announced in Dimapur election rally in May 1991, two days before his tragic death in Sriperumbudur, offering talks with Naga Political Groups without any pre conditions. This commitment was fulfilled by the then Prime Minister Narashima Rao who sent out various political emissaries in contacting leaders of Naga Political Groups that finally resulted in ceasefire being signed in July 1997 and beginning of peace talks that is continuing till today.
BJPs role in Naga Political Peace process is only limited to words and assurances. During 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP and its PM candidate Narendra Modi assured Naga political solution within 18 months of coming to power. The much acclaimed Naga Accord/Naga Framework Agreement signed on Aug 3, 2015 which Prime Minister Modi claimed to have solved the decades old Naga Problem forever and that too on foreign soil (Dubai), is yet to see the light of the day. In Mar 2018, the Governor of Nagaland proudly promised Naga political solution within 6 months, but it has stretched into 8 months without any signs of conclusion.
Therefore, when BJP Nagaland questions Congress contribution to the state and in the Naga political peace process, it only exposes their (BJP) hollowness and bankruptcy of ideas to address issues faced by the state. The only achievement of BJP is to keep bluffing people and the nation. This was candidly admitted by their senior leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari that BJP indulged in making tall promises to win elections and when people reminds them of promises, they just laugh and move on, the statement said.
Today, all the regional parties in Nagaland have become the B team of BJP and have lost track of governance issues other than fool the people with assurances of development and peace that is never forthcoming. BJP Nagaland is therefore reminded that ‘words and assurances’ are not achievements as they mistakenly believe. Congress will not be deterred in voicing out issues of public importance while exposing BJPs hollowness and cheap rhetoric’s manufactured to fool the people of Nagaland.

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