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New Delhi: Over 300 people belonging to various groups from Manipur staged a protest here on Monday, demanding inner line permit system to prevent outsiders from settling in the state.

The protesters, who marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, submitted memorandums addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee at their respective offices.

With slogans favouring inner line permit, the protesters urged the central government to frame a policy incorporating their demands such as entry passes for outsiders and tourists with limited validity.

“The indigenous population of Manipur is in danger because of outsiders. Manipur has a population of 27 lakh and out of them 9 lakh are non-Manipuris. There is no policy to stop people from Myanmar and Bangladesh from settling in Manipur,” Seran Rojesh, former advisor to the Manipur Students Union in Delhi, told IANS.

The inner line permit is a special pass or permit that was required to enter the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

The system was introduced by the British to protect their commercial interests, particularly in oil and tea.

Rojesh said their protest against the state government on the issue had gone unheeded, which compelled them to protest in the national capital and seek help from the central government.

Manishwar Nongmaithem, a Manipuri student leader, told IANS: “This is very much required. To bring things under control it is important to stop giving permanent residential certificates to people who have been staying in Manipur since then.”

Their other demands are that 1951 be set as the base year to detect the non-Manipuris, establishment of a full fledged government department to regulate the entry of non-Manipuris and preventing outside companies and industrialists from acquiring individual or community owned land.

(IANS)

 

 

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First satellite launched by Bangladesh

It was successfully deployed at Bangladesh's specified orbit slot "within 36 minutes" of the launch and two ground stations in Bangladesh received test signals from it, said State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US.

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In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14 billion taka ($180 million) loan agreement with Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country's first-ever satellite.
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Bangladesh launched its first satellite, “Bangabandhu-1”, on Saturday, becoming the 57th nation in the world and fourth in South Asia after India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to own a satellite.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted the communication satellite, named after the Bangladesh founder, early in the morning from Cape Canaveral in Florida, bdnews24 reported.

It was successfully deployed at Bangladesh’s specified orbit slot “within 36 minutes” of the launch and two ground stations in Bangladesh received test signals from it, said State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US.

The launch was telecast live in Bangladesh, with experts saying it will serve as a milestone in the telecommunication sector.

“The satellite will be a great addition to our Information Technology heralding our entry into the Satellite Club of the world,” said Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a message.

"The satellite will be a great addition to our Information Technology heralding our entry into the Satellite Club of the world," said Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a message.
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“The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will certainly bring revolutionary changes in our broadcast and telecommunications sector. With this launching, we’ve hoisted the Bangladesh flag in the space… entered a new era.”

She thanked the satellite building and launching company, the US and the French governments for their support. Hasina also praised Russia for renting its orbital slot to Bangladesh.

Experts said that the country’s first geostationary communication satellite will give extra space to the digitization process. It will help expand Internet and telecommunication services in remote and rugged areas which still remained beyond the coverage.

Once the satellite becomes active at its orbital slot, it will be reportedly controlled from three stations in the US, Italy and South Korea for about a month. Finally, the satellite will be controlled and maintained from ground stations in Bangladesh.

In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14 billion taka ($180 million) loan agreement with Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country’s first-ever satellite.

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In November 2015, Bangladesh signed a 19.51 billion taka ($248 million) deal with French firm Thales Alenia Space for the satellite project.

The Bangladeshi government also purchased a 119.1 east longitude orbital slot from Russia-based Intersputnik for 15 years for $28 million. (IANS)

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