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Imphal, Feb 27.

As a continuation of demands on Rectification of 2019 Revision of Pay , an apex body Council of Teachers Association [COTA] has taken resolution  in a press conference today at Manipur Press Club ,Majorkhul  to commence Hunger Strike Rally both at hill and valley district from 29th February of this month at different Zonal Office.

Stressing  on the demands of the apex body, Convener of COTA Ch.Santakumar said that the apex body had staged 18  times sit in protest after serving an ultimatum on 2nd December of 2019 to the Government but still there had been no invitation so far from the Government to deal with the matter. And he continued that the Government had failed to turn the agreement made about 6th pay scale between the  apex body and the former Government  into action to increase to ROP pay scale  after a tenure of 10 years.

‘’It is time to remember the agreement we made with former Government and it’s disheartening to know that the Government had accepted demands of college lecturer for 7th pay scale just few days ago but ours are not so’’ said the co-convener of COTA ,said Dr. L.Ritendro. And he further said that if Government failed to take further initiatives the apex body would start mass resignation  as well.

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Ahead of implementation of the National Tariff Order (NTO) 2.0, Airtel Digital TV has hiked the Network Connection Fee (NCF) for Multi TV users, who now will have to pay Rs 100 as NCF every month for the first 100 channels. NCF is an amount that subscriber is required to pay to the service provider per month to keep the connection on.

Airtel Digital TV used to charge a reduced NCF of Rs 80 (taxes extra) for every Multi TV connection before the latest revision. Now, it will be charging Rs 100 (taxes extra) for 100 SD channels for all Multi TV connections. “NCF of Rs 100 (taxes extra) for 100 SD channels, for all multiple TV connections getting activated under the same account in a home. Additional NCF of Rs 20 (taxes extra) will be applicable for subsequent slots of 25 SD channels over and above the 100 channels,” noted Airtel Digital TV.

On the whole, Airtel Digital TV Multi TV users will now have to pay slightly higher NCF every month. For 100 channel users, the charges will be Rs 118 every month. As against this, Dish TV and D2h are charging just Rs 50 as NCF from every Multi TV user for the first 100 channels.

The National Tariff Order 1.0 by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has given full rights to DTH operators whether to provide any discount on NCF for Multi TV connections. While Tata Sky is charging full NCF even for secondary connections, other DTH operators are providing at least some discount.

Now the NTO 2.0, which will come into effect on first March, is expected to revise the Multi TV charges again as it allows a DTH or Cable TV operator to charge only a maximum of 40% NCF for Multi TV connections. As of now there is a tussle between broadcasters and TRAI, over the proposed hike.

TRAI has given full rights to DTH/Cable TV operators whether to provide any sort of discount on NCF for Multi TV users as part of the current tariff regime. When the NTO 1.0 became effective last year, Airtel Digital TV was amongst the three DTH operators who were charging discounted NCF from Multi TV users.

As part of the NTO 2.0, TRAI will be making some major changes to the Multi TV policies of DTH operators. TRAI has already confirmed that a DTH operator would only be able to charge 40% as NCF for Multi TV users from the overall charges of primary connection.

As of now, the initial slab of Rs 130 now offers all the 200 FTA channels. This means the maximum NCF for Multi TV users will be around Rs 64 every month. When implemented, this move will come as a massive relief for Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV users. Tata Sky is currently charging full NCF even from Multi TV users. And now, Airtel Digital TV has hiked the NCF for Multi TV connection holders. The new NCF charges are already live for Airtel Digital TV Multi TV owners.

The hike, however, will still keep Airtel’s multi TV NCF as the second-highest Multi TV NCF in the DTH industry. Tata Sky had earlier this year started charging Rs 130 plus taxes extra for Multi TV NCF which was then followed by cable operator Hathway charging the same amount as well. Dish TV and Dish TV owned d2h continue to charge Rs 50 plus taxes extra for Multi NCF. However, with Airtel Digital TV likely to merge with Dish TV and d2h one can expect them to revise their Multi TV NCF as well on par with Airtel later on.

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While 106 persons were arrested and FIRs registered against 18 persons on charges of indulging in an arson for the last 4 days over anti-CAA agitations in Delhi, a division bench comprising Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh at the Delhi High Court, on Wednesday asked the Delhi police why no FIRs were registered against leaders who allegedly incited violence by their hate speeches.

While hearing a petition, by civil rights activist Harsh Mander and Farah Naqvi, seeking FIRs against three BJP leaders, for their alleged hate speeches which resulted in the riots, the bench asked Delhi Police to review the speeches and take a “conscious decision" on the registration of FIRs against the political leaders who alleged incited violence through their speeches. The petition has also sought the setting up of a special investigation (SIT) team to inquire into the riots in Delhi and compensation for those killed and injured in the violence.

Justice S. Muralidhar slammed a Delhi police officer for saying he had not watched the video in which BJP leader Kapil Mishra issued threats to anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protestors and played the clip in court. Clips of speeches made by Minister Anurag Thakur, MP Parvesh Verma and MLA Abhay Verma were also played in court. These leaders led crowds to chant ‘shoot the traitors’ and also accused the peaceful protesters at Shahen Bagh ‘rapists and murderers’. BJP leader Kapil Mishra  also addressed a pro-CAA rally at Maujpur on 23 February.

“There are so many TVs in your office, how can a police officer say that he hasn’t watched the videos. I’m really appalled by the state of affairs of Delhi Police.” the judge said “Let all of you watch the clip.” After the video was played, the DCP identified the police officer present in the video as DCP (north east) Surya. The court also clarified that its orders were not limited to the BJP leaders, but to any leaders who may have made hate speeches.

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta said that FIRs will be “registered at an appropriate stage”. To this, Justice Muralidhar asked Which is that appropriate stage? After the city has burnt down?” Mehta shot back that the city is not burning, “It is only a few areas”. Mehta claimed that the petitioners had handpicked only three speeches, claiming that there were other speeches made from all quarters that have resulted in the violence. He claimed to be in possession of more videos showing hate speeches.

The bench responded saying that this submission only portrays the police in worse light. “So apart from these three, there are other hate speech FIRs also that have not been registered? I will take your word for it that those clips also make out cognizable offences … You are saying that the police not only failed to take action in these three clips but many more clips?” Justice Muralidhar said.

“How many more lives have to be lost, how much property has to be destroyed?” Justice Muralidhar asked, to which SG Mehta requested the court not to get “angry”. “This is not anger, this is anguish,” the judge responded.

The judge said  “Just register an FIR, communicate it to your commissioner of police. This is the anguish of a constitutional court. Why are you not showing alacrity when it comes to registration of FIR in these cases? We want peace to prevail. This city has seen enough violence. Let us not repeat 1984.”

The further hearing of the petition is slated for Thursday. However Justice Murlidhar is not expected to be present to hear the petition, since late on Wednesday the Centre notified his transfer to Punjab and Haryana high court.

In another development, the Supreme court will be hearing applications by Bhim Army Chief, Chandra Shekhar Aazad and others for registration of FIRs based on complaints pertaining to the violence that began on February 23 in the city's North-East area.

Yet another petition filed by CPM leaders Brinda Karat and K.M. Tiwari is posted for hearing before Justices GS Sistani and Anup J Bhambhani at Delhi High court on Thursday. The petitioners have “made a presumption” that the speeches incited violence such as the shooting on Jamia students and anti-CAA protesters at  Shaheen Bagh. The petition seeks FIR against Mishra, Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh and others for hate speech.

 “This is a case of immediate attention, since the slogans like “goli maro gaddaroan ko” were raised. Thakur, a minister asking people to go ahead and kill! another person, leader Abhay Verma gives a hate speech at Lakshmi nagar” This was appalling the petitioners have stated.

In the meanwhile former and present India cricketers, including Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj , on Wednesday appealed for peace and harmony in violence-hit northeast Delhi, saying the incidents of arson and rage were unfortunate and heart-breaking.

 

UPDATE

106 arrested, FIR registered against 18, Death toll 27, over 200 injured

Compensation: Rs one crore to the family of slain Had Constable Ratan Lal, Government job to one member of the family.

Compensation (general)- Families of those killed-Rs. 2 lakh, seriously injured Rs.50,000

Advocate Zubeda Begum appointed as an amicus curie

Injured admitted to GTB Hospital and LNJP Hospital.

Curfew (section 144) for one month in Seelampur

The issue of violence in the national capital did not figure in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday

Delhi police helpline (112) (22829334) (22829335)

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