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Monday, 23 July 2018 - Imphal Times

Manipur University issue rocks both outside and inside State Assembly; Opposition MLAs question if VC Pandey is indispensible

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Imphal, July 23,


Ongoing impasse at Manipur University which put academic activities to a grinding halt for 54 days today not only rocked the state assembly session but also normalcy in and around Manipur State Assembly was put to a war like zone as students’ protestors along with local supporters confronted police personnel at many place of Thangmeiband area.

Inside the ongoing State Assembly session Congress MLAs K Govindas and K Ranjit move a calling attention motion regarding the issue and plead the Speaker of the house to convert it as short duration discussion so that a resolution may be adopted to pressurise the center over the demand of the Manipur University Community which is supported by various civil society organisations of the state, be submitted to the central government.

Speaker of the house Y Khemchand denied the plea and appealed the two MLAs to continue as Calling attention motion.

Moving the calling attention motion Congress MLA Govindas Konthoujam drew the attention of the house over the state government inability to solve the problem at MU arises due to alleged irregularities by the VC Prof. AP Pandey.

“Is the VC AP Pandey indispensible, if so the government should direct the central authority to place at somewhere which they felt it best as his presence in the Manipur university is ruining the whole students of the state”, Govindas said.

He added that due to the ongoing impasse result of the 6 semester Graduate result appeared by 15,800 students have been awaiting and it is likely that they may lost all chances of continuing their higher studies at Universities across the country as the present Manipur University cannot provide seats for all the students.

MLA K. Ranjit while joining Govindas in the calling attention said that he feel ashamed of discussing issue for a person like A P Pandey.

“Is Pandey above the Chief Minister, the Governor or the 60 MLAs?” Ranjit questioned and said that the house needs to take a resolution by converting the call attention motion as short duration discussion at which the speaker denied.

Answering to the call attention motion Education Minister Th. Radheshyam said that all effort has been taking up to find a solution. Appreciating the opposition MLAs for understanding that the state government has limitation to the issue of MU Radheshyam said that a team of the state government led by the Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar have visited the MUTA members and discussed about the issue to find an amicable solution.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who is also the leader of the house while showing his concerned also stated that he and his government have been working all possible way to solve the impasse at Manipur University.

He said that as per the desires of the MUTA, MUSA and MUSU a strong delegation led by him had appraised the HRD Ministry to include a retired justice to the fact finding team which the Ministry accepted. He further added that all political party meeting held yesterday had also resolved to appoint a Pro VC and enquiry of the fact finding committee be preceded after giving leave to the VC.

Reacting to the Chief Minister’s statement K Ranjit said that the Chief Minister and his government did not seem to understand the demand of the Manipur University Community.

He said appointment of Pro VC is done as per the recommendation of the VC and after the approval of the Executive Council of the Manipur University which the VC is the Chairman of the council which consist of Prof. from the University.

He said the MUSU, MUTA and stands firm with their demand for an independent enquiry after removing VC.

When the opposition and the ruling are having heated argument over the issue of the Manipur University, various students of the state thronged to the Manipur Legislative Assembly. Confrontation between the police and the students took place at various places around Assembly secretariat.



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Dozens of students injured in police action in the periphery of Manipur Legislative Assembly

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Imphal, July 23,

Government failure to listen to the demand of the students’ bodies of the state over the demand of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) , large number of students today thronged to the state assembly when the session is underway. District administration had already imposed prohibition under CRPC 144 at 500 meters around the State Legislative Assembly. Similar prohibitions were also imposed from Khuyathong to DM College western gate and the DM college campus as well at some area of Chingmeirong.

Report reaching here said that large number of students first thronged at Thangmeiband college gate towards the Manipur Legislative Assembly amidst heavy security presences with barricades.

The students confronted the police team at the place. Around 8 students were injured. Sapam Rajesh a volunteer of MSF was reported critically injured at his leg in police action.

7 students marched towards the State Legislative Assembly and stand in the middle of the road and demanded their arrest. They were picked up by a police team and were force to get down at Khuyanthong which the students denied.

At Khuyathong at around 3.30 police fired various tear gas shells to disperse the protestors. Khoisnam Sanjoy who is the deputy secretary of the KSA was among the 8 students sustaining injury in the police action. Firing of tear gas failed to control the agitators. Till late in the evening the agitators pelted stones towards the police force.

Volunteers of SSUM, SWA and vendors women of Khwairambandh Keithel today thronged to the state assembly against the passing of the Liquor Prohibition Amendment Bill, Border Pillar Issue and justice for Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu. The protestors confronted the police as they approached the State Assembly. The students’ body SSUM have been demanding publication of the contents of the ILPS Bill before passing in the state assembly today.


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Liquor Prohibition (Amendment) Bill referred to select committee; Protest staged by civil society at various places

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Imphal, July 23,

Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Amendment) Bill has been referred to a 5 member select committee by the speaker of the house. The Bill was introduced on the first day of the 5th Manipur Legislative Assembly session on July 20 by the Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar.

Opposition leader Okram Ibobi while giving observation to the Bill said that it is not wise for the state to pass such Bill just because the state need revenue. He said that there are certain areas that the state can get assistance from the central government.

The Leader of the house while clarifying that the Amendment of the Bill is not for revenue purpose but for the welfare of the state as the probation will continue even though liquors are exported.

Later the speaker of the house referred the Bill to the select committee .

Meanwhile, various civil society organisation of the state including AMKIL, Nupi Samaj and CADA staged a sit in protest at Western Kangla gate in protest against the Bill. The organisations threatens serious agitation if the Bill is passed in the state assembly. 

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Chief Minister dishonours dignity of the House - Joykishan

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Imphal, July 23,

Moving a point of order Congress MLA Khumukcham Joykishan today said that the leader of the house has dishonoured the dignity and sanctity of the house by calling an all political parties meeting for discussion over the issue of the Manipur University crisis and Border Pillar issue on July 22.
MLA Joykishan said that the issue has already been submitted as calling attention motion and has been listed for discussion in the house. Rules of business and conduct of the house clearly says that any matters which has been listed for discussion in the house cannot  discussed outside the house and that was why the congress did not attend the meeting.
MLA Khumukcham Joykishan demanded sue motto case to all the political party members who attended the meeting as well as against the leader of the house for dishonouring the dignity and sanctity of the house.

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ZERO HOUR : ‘Ban Imphal Times if the reports on use of expired tear gas by police and lost of 5 crore on the banning of the internet service is not true’

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Imphal, July 23,

MLA Khumukcham Joykishan today drew the attention of the house regarding two news report published in this newspaper which said that ban of internet service will lose around 5 crore as transaction fails and also about the use of expired tear gas shells by the police force while controlling agitators.
Joykishan said that if the news report is true than the state government need to lift the ban on internet immediately and also to let the police force stop using expired tear gas shell.
Imphal Times has reported that the tear gas shells which are expired are toxic and health hazard amounting to slow poisoning of the person who inhaled the gas.
At another news report the Imphal Times had also reported that around Rs. 5 crore transactions may be ruined per day due to the ban of the internet service as today’s world completely depended on the internet for every works.

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MUSU, MUTA, MUSA rejects CM invitation at 6 pm today

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Imphal, July 23,

Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA), Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) and Manipur University Staffs Association (MUSA) has rejected the Chief Ministers’ invitation to talk over the issue today evening at 6 pm. As per source from the MU community the Chief Minister had invited the MU community for a talk at 6 pm today evening but as the demand of the MU community stands unchanged, the MU community finds no use in meeting over the issue again and again until the demand of the MU community has been fulfilled.

During the Assembly session Chief Minister had stated that he had invited the MU community for talk today evening.

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2 Bills withdraws by the house; Manipur International University Bill 2018 passed

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Imphal, July 23,

The Manipur Land Reform and Land revenue 7th Amendment 2015 and the Manipur Shop and Establishment 2nd Amendment Bill which were passed in 2015, 31st August by the Manipur state legislative Assembly has been withdrawn today.
On the other The Manipur International University Bill 2018 was passed without any opposition  from the members of the house.

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Digital India and Internet shutdowns

Unrestricted access to the internet has to become the normal in the everyday life. Kh Raghumani, Special secretary (Home) in an order dated 19th July 2018, issued a memo No. 1/1(3)/2008-H, citing various reasons suspended all telecom services except voice calls in the territorial jurisdiction in the state of Manipur and directed compliance of his order to all telecom service providers of the state for five days with immediate effect.
Holding back access to the internet, deemed a basic human right by the United Nations is frustrating as these shutdowns threaten the democratic working of nations, and also point to the steady normalisation of the mindset that permits such blanket restriction on Internet access. International human rights law protects the right of people to freely seek, receive, and provide information and ideas through all media, including the internet. Security-related restrictions must be law-based and a necessary and proportionate response to a specific security concern.
This is the third time Manipur has witnessed blocking of internet data services. Orders were issued by the District Magistrate to disconnect mobile Internet services in East and West Imphal from 18th December, 2016 due to law and order turmoil over economic blockade by the United Naga Council (UNC). Mobile Internet services were reportedly restored on 30th December, 2016 after a 12 day disruption. Complete Internet shut down (mobile and broadband, except for certain BSNL lines) starting 2nd September, 2015 after violence in Churachandpur district
Indian law provides for online restrictions. Section 5(2) of the colonial-era Telegraph Act of 1885 allows the central or state governments to restrict or interfere with the transmission of messages, though it has not been updated to specify safeguards or procedure for internet shutdowns. Section 69A of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act of 2008 allows the government to block specific websites and pages in “the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State.” The law prescribes safeguards before blocking content, but in practice the process is rarely followed. Instead, state governments use section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which gives states broad powers to prevent assemblies deemed unlawful to shut down internet services.
India has witnessed numerous Internet shutdowns for various reasons, all under the same provision of law - Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC). This section resides as the sole occupant under the chapter of ‘temporary instrument to maintain public tranquillity’ and gives State Governments the power to issue orders for immediate remedy in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger. However, the increasing use of this provision to completely shut down the Internet is becoming a cause of concern, for the reason that it amounts to a direct violation of the fundamental right to freedom of speech guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India.
The Internet is not only a medium to exercise the right to free speech and expression, but is correctly identified as a catalyst in the process of imparting, receiving, and sending information. This freedom is undisputedly fundamental for a democratic organisation; moreover it is an enabler of other socio- economic and cultural rights. Similarly, the Internet is highly instrumental in facilitating a wide range of rights by providing a revolutionary platform in realization of free speech.
Arbitrary blocking of complete Internet services is a lopsided action in any circumstances. Internet shut down even with validation, negates the possibility of targeted filtration of content and would render inaccessible even content that is not illegal. The authority to issue orders: lies with the District Magistrate, a sub divisional magistrate or any other Executive magistrate specially empowered by the State Government in this behalf.
The reasons include sufficient grounds, requirement for immediate prevention, and speedy remedy to prevent a likely obstruction, annoyance or injury to any person lawfully employed, or danger to human life, health or safety, or a disturbance of the public tranquillity, or a riot. There were no circumstances to ban internet even though there were protests on the night of 19th of July which was after the orders issued by the Special Secretary, Home department of the government of the government of Manipur, the day which Chief Minister N.  Biren visited the injured at Raj Medicity .
A complete shutdown of the Internet has implications for the entire population of that area, which includes innocent people who have no role in causing the apprehended danger or nuisance. This in turn causes wide spread censorship and a violation of citizens’ fundamental right to free speech and expression as it prohibits the sending, receiving, and spreading of information.
An order under section 144 is prohibitory in nature, and the Supreme Court has differentiated between measures that have a ‘prohibitory’ and ‘restrictive’ effect. It has pointed out, that the words ‘prohibition’ and ‘restriction’ cannot be used interchangeably. The threshold for ‘prohibiting’ a particular activity is higher and must indeed satisfy the requirement that ‘any lesser alternative would be inadequate.’ Hence, though, the use of this particular section has been validated in times of emergencies, where actions are taken at the discretion of the empowered authorities.
Section 5(2) of the colonial-era Telegraph Act of 1885 allows the central or state governments to restrict or interfere with the transmission of messages, though it has not been updated to specify safeguards or procedure for internet shutdowns. Section 69A of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act of 2008 allows the government to block specific websites and pages in “the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State. The law prescribes safeguards before blocking content, but in practice the process is rarely followed. Instead, state governments use section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which gives states broad powers to prevent assemblies deemed unlawful to shut down internet services.
Internet shutdowns carry disproportionate costs in a digital world where increasing numbers of people access information and conduct their business online. Considering the number of essential activities and services they affect, shutdowns restrict expression and interfere with other fundamental rights.
While government has been promoting tourism in this era of digital payments, just imagine a cashless tourist, who was stranded at “Sendra Park and Resort”, Moirang, after experiencing 2 days of general strike and unable to pay bills due to network failure on the next day. No tourists these days carries few cash as every payment can be digitally done. People here in Manipur are now finding it hard to pay bills, be it credit card EMIs or Recharge of MSPDCL, mobile postpaid bills, transfer of money, verification using one time password through SMS etc.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” and “Internet shutdowns” can’t coexist
The government has been pushing a less cash economy ever since it banned old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes in the country. However, when mobile Internet is shut down, surviving without cash becomes an insurmountable challenge.
Writer-  Shyamsunder Haobam

Weekly media OPD clinic concluded at press club

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, July 23,

 City based Ayursundra Super Specialty Hospital conducted weekly media OPD clinic at Guwahati Press club on 21 July, where Dr Enamul Hussain offered free consultations to the participants. Nurse
Gitumani Das and health worker Nayanmani Barman assisted the physician, where the participants also got their weight, blood sugar and blood pressure checked in the camp.
Organized under the series of weekly ‘Evening with a Doctor’ programs for the benefit of press club members along with their close relatives, the media camp has been supported by Down Town Hospitals, GNRC Hospital, Dispur Hospital, Wintrobe Hospital, Health City Hospital, Nemcare Hospital, Barthakur Clinic, Sun Valley Hospital, Excelcare Hospital, Rahman Hospital, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Sight First eye-clinic, MMC Panbazar etc.

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Lakshya wins Asian gold; BAI announces Rs. 10 lakh cash reward

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New Delhi, July 23,

 India’s Lakshya Sen took just 46 minutes to beat top-seeded Kunlavut Vitidsaran 21-19, 21-18 in the final of the Badminton Asia Junior Championships on Sunday to win his maiden gold in a major tournament at Jakarta Saturday.
In the process, the six-seed not only upset the Indonesian applecart but went on to win several hearts amidst the initial local support for the Indonesian in a near-packed hall.
The difference between the two finalists was very minimal and it could be because of the two were meeting each other for the first time. But by the time they began the first game, the vociferous crowd behind Kunlavut it was evident that the 17-year-old Indian will have a tough time.
“I am really happy with my performance. I got a very good support from team members as well. This Asian Junior gold is precious to me,” said Lakshya after the medal ceremony.
“The win against second-seed Chinese the other night helped me. I carried my confidence further and beat the fourth-seed in the semi-finals. And today, I played my natural game to beat Kunlavut. Since it was our first meeting, I played freely without any pressure,” he added.
An Asian Junior gold in men’s singles have come India’s ways after 53 years. The last Indian to win gold was Gautam Thakkar in 1965.
An elated BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma promptly announced a cash reward of Rs. 10 lakh for the shuttler. ”Lakshya has done the country proud. We have been investing on youngsters and we are happy seeing the dividends,” said the BAI chief, who lauded Lakshya’s historic feat. 
Understandably, Lakshya was cautious in his approach and started trailing by a few points in the first game before he caught up at 9-9 and then used his customary dropshots and half-court smashes to keep the top-seed shuttler back and forth. In the process, the Indian went ahead 13-11 and from there he never looked back despite his rival coming close to him at 16-15.
After that the Indian just allowed him four more points even as he maintained a comfortable lead to pull it off, much to his relief.
In the second game, Lakshya led with a slender margin but managed to maintain a two-point lead almost all the time. However, midway through Kunlavut inched closer to his opponent and was trailing by a mere single point at 10-11. Yet, there was no real threat to the six-seeded Indian who upped the ante and forced Kunlavut into errors at the net, gaining a four-point lead. Not to be outdone, the Indonesian reduced the margin but it was too late in the day for him stage a real recovery.
Ajay K. Singhania, General Secretary, congratulated the shuttler’s efforts. “It was a great occasion for all of BAI family and officials to celebrate. Winning a medal in Asia is always good, but winning gold is even better. We are really proud of the teenager,” said the BAI Secretary-General.

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