Tibet Sun Onlinenews
ON THE WEB, 17 March 2020
The upcoming 10-day budget session of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile has been reduced to only a day’s affair following the imposition of Section 144 of India’s Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) announced by the Kangra Deputy Commissioner on 15 March, in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has become a global pandemic.
Pema Jungney, Speaker of the exile Tibetan parliament, announced the change through a video message sent to journalists. The 45 parliament members will pass the budget 2020-21 for seven departments of the Central Tibetan Administration on Tuesday.
The members will also present two official resolutions of mourning and one resolution of solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet.
The session was to be held from 17 to 27 March. The next session of the exile parliament will be in September.
Any gathering of four or more people at one place becomes illegal after the imposition of Section 144, which empowers an executive magistrate to issue orders in urgent situations such as that of a pandemic. The order became effective from 15 March.
Though neither Kangra district nor the State of Himachal Pradesh have reported any confirmed case of coronavirus infection, the rule was imposed as a precautionary measure. The Section 144 will remain in force till 15 April. All schools and colleges will remain closed till 31 March, and restrictions have been imposed on gatherings for fairs, religious events, and any activities such as protests and rallies, that may attract a large number of people.
The coronavirus is affecting 162 countries and territories around the world, with 182,609 cases of infections and 7,171 deaths as of 16 March 2020.