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C M Y K The Morung Express Dimapur VOL. IX ISSUE 18 “ Monday, January 20, 2014 12 pages Rs. 4 [ PAGE 8] Polio immunization held across Nagaland [ PAGE 2] South Sudan peace talks may be too late to stop war [ PAGE 11] Private schools are very, very difficult to get into. So forget it and finish your high school from here eh? The Morung Express POLL QUESTIOn Vote on SMS your answer to 9862574165 Do you think that social media is being misused in Nagaland? no Others Yes 12% 83% no Others 05% Details on page 7 12 year old found dead Morung Express news Dimapur | January 19 A twelve year old girl was found hanging by the neck at her house in Thaheku Block 6, Dimapur on Sunday, at around noon. Police informed that the deceased, identified as Christina, was found by her three younger siblings, with the ropes of an indoor swing entangled around her neck. According to police, the parents of the deceased had gone to collect firewood in the morning, leaving their four children in the house. Police informed that the parents have refused to allow a post mortem to be carried out on the body; but added that it could be an accident. Over 2 lakh children administered polio drops in Nagaland C M Y K KOHIMA, JANUARY 19 (PTI): Over two lakh children, below the age of five years, were administered polio drops as a part of the National Polio immunisation campaign today, a senior official said here. Over 2.46 lakh children, under five years throughout the state, were administered polio drops,” Department of Health and Family Welfare, State Immunisation Officer, M Kire said. During the programme, Special focus was given to the migrant population in order to prevent importation of polio cases, Kire stated in a notification, adding, that the Intensive Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) campaign was carried throughout the state in 2,462 polio booths today. The doorto-door immunisation would be held tomorrow and on Tuesday throughout the state. More on page 2 and 5 [ PAGE 10] Jt. Secy. Shambhu Singh speaks on NE By Sandemo Ngullie Are naga politicians working diligently to earn the respect and trust of the public? Ivanovic knocks out Serena –Marie Curie [ PAGE 9] reflections Yes ” Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less Shashi Tharoor Selena reveals pledges she gets cooperation relationship for probe into advice from wife’s death Katy Perry C M Y K An old Yimchungrü warrior sips local brew before taking part in a cultural dance during the ‘Tsungkam neo’ festival celebration held at Shamator public ground in Tuensang recently. ‘Tsungkam neo’, a thanksgiving festival for a bountiful harvest is celebrated by the Yimchungrü nagas every year in the month of January. (Photo by Ashikho Pfuzhe) Growth of urban centres not due to industrialization in nagaland Our Correspondent Kohima | January 19 The growth of urban centres is not driven by industrialization in Nagaland State, according to Thematic Report 2009 ‘Rural-urban migration,’ a GoI- UNDP Project (Strengthening of the state plans for human development). Till date there are “no major industries or corporate establishments worth mentioning and the government remains the largest employer in the state,” the report stated. In such a situation, a large proportion of the rural to urban migrants who come in search of better livelihood and employment remain unemployed. They constitute a large section of the “urban poor.” Though no systematic study on urban poverty in the State has been done, it is estimated that urban poverty is one of the emerging major problems of the urban areas. The report stated that the term “urban poor” refers to people in urban and urbanized areas who are without houses and whose income falls within the poverty line set by the government. The most commonly used way to measure poverty is based on income and consumption levels. A person is considered poor if his or her consumption or income levels fall below a minimum level necessary to meet basic needs. This minimum level is usually called the ‘poverty line’, which varies across countries and time. The report added that such measurements of income-poverty has always been an important component in studies of poverty as income often is the de- ciding factor in determining their condition. The areas for expenditure being wider for urban households, they are more vulnerable to poverty. In the urban areas, a typical household budget would go towards: transportation; getting to and from workplace, children’s school and essential services, housing and maintenance; rented included, if living in rented house, access to clean water, sanitation and garbage disposal as payment to cleaners, health care and children’s’ education, the report stated. fire breaks out in chumukedima Morung Express news Dimapur | January 19 Eleven shops were completely razed down by a fire, which broke out in Chumukedima, at around 2:30 pm on Sunday. Sources informed that five fire trucks, three from Dimapur and two from Chu- mukedima, arrived at the scene promptly and doused the flames within an hour. The damage assessment and cause of the fire could not be ascertained till the filing of this report. A press note from the Chumukedima Chamber of Commerce and Trade Association lauded the fire tenders for their quick response and expressed concern that this is the fourth such case of fire outbreak in the Chumukedima area, within a period of one month. It urged the people to be cautious and called upon the concerned authority to probe into the latest incident. New DelHI, JANUARY 19 (VISION COMMUNICATIONS): The Centre has issued a warning to Manipur based United Naga Council (UNC) saying it will not tolerate any disturbance of national projects – Trans Asian Railway line and 400 KV power grid transmission line in the State. Talking to the Vision Communications in an exclusive interview on Sunday, Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, also ruled out any immediate talks with the UNC. Reacting to the UNC threat of agitation, Shambhu Singh declared, “Centre will come down heavily on the UNC, and take recourse to various stringent provisions of law, if they dare to disrupt the ongoing construction work of the Trans Asian Railway line and 400 KV power grid transmission line in Manipur.” The UNC has announced three pronged protest programmes – (a) mass rally in all four Naga dominated hill districts of Manipur –Ukhrul, Senapati, Chandel and Tamenglong on January 23 (b) boycotting Republic Day (January 26, 2014) and (c) ban on construction work in Trans Asian railway line and 400 KV power grid transmission line from February 3. The UNC however exempted electricity, health and drinking water supply offices from the six day protest. MHA Joint Secretary took serious objection to boycotting Republic Day by the UNC. “This has serious implications. Either they don’t consider themselves to be Indian or they call our Republic Day function as Indian Republic Day programme. This statement has secessionist overtones and they should be very cautious before making any such statement,” Singh said. The government is ready to face any eventuality. The 400 KV transmis- sion line is being built for Naga people living in the hilly interiors and not for the people residing in the valley area. “Now Naga people should judge whether the UNC is working for the interests of Naga people or against the interest of Nagas,” Singh observed. Clarifying the delay in holding political level tripartite meeting with the UNC, Singh said, “the process has already started. Manipur government has to discuss with all the political parties and talk to all the MLAs before holding talks at the political level.” “Everyone has to be taken into confidence before initiating next round of talks to be held at the political level as promised by us in the last round of talks held in New Delhi on 30th August, last year. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha elections are approaching. Delhi Assembly elections were held and the Chief Minister has to come to Delhi to attend the AICC session. All these developments have further delayed the process.” The MHA Joint Secretary continued, “I am really perplexed after seeing the press release issued by the UNC. I was waiting all this while. They did not bother to communicate with me before chalking out such a harsh agitational programme. And they mentioned that even if we invite them now for holding talks, the agitation programme will continue as per the schedule. Then, what is the point of inviting them now? Let them continue with their agitation. People of Manipur, particularly people living in the hill districts, will suffer. UNC decision will lead the Nagas nowhere. And we are not to be blamed for the consequences. It is their unilateral stand.” On the killing of innocent civilians in Assam’s Kokrajhar area, Singh asserted that “the state government has been asked to take all possible measures to flush out terrorists from within the state.” Singh continued, “since there was no designated camp for the NDFB (R) faction who have recently signed Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with the Government of Assam and the Centre, it was difficult for the security forces to identify the NDFB (Songbijit faction) cadres.” The camp is now ready and all the NDFB (R) cadres and commanders would take shelter in the designated camp within next few days’ time. Soon after the security forces would go all out to exterminate these criminals who have unleashed a reign of terror in the Bodoland area, Singh asserted. Confirming the report of the execution of antitalk ULFA cadres and top leader Partho Baruah by its self styled Commanderin-Chief Paresh Baruah for their move to surrender to the Assam government, Joint Secretary Singh said, “ULFA leader Paresh Baruah has become totally bereft of human values. His collaborators had recruited some youth saying that they would be given jobs in Bangalore, Hyderabad and some other big cities. But later they found themselves inside Myanmar training camp. Youth of Assam should look at the real face of Paresh Baruah and refrain from joining his outfit.” Singh also revealed that the MHA has cleared the cabinet note sent by the Meghalaya government on the increase of existing 29 seats in the Garo Autonomous District Council to 40 seats to pave the way for signing the long-awaited peace accord with the ANVC outfit. ANVC underground signed SoO agreement in 2004. Once the state cabinet approves the proposal, surrender package would be finalised and subsequently a final date for arms-laying-down ceremony would be announced by the state government, Singh added. Bamboo: Promoting sustainable development in nagaland Morung Express Feature Dimapur | January 19 The Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) has had a fruitful journey since its inception in 2005. Its aim to create awareness and understanding of bamboo as “green gold” among farmers, traders, industry and the people in the State, and to utilise its full potential to galvanise the economy of the State has proved very successful. Not only has the State seen tremendous increase of bamboo plantation but NBDA has also been successful in promoting bamboo based industry in the State thereby generating income for hundreds of people. A home based society like Aitlenden in Tuli under Mokokchung district which was struggling to generate income is now weaving baskets of success. Formed by 10 women members in the year 2008, the society was heading nowhere until the NBDA stepped in. The Agency imparted training (Left) Stylish hand woven bags made from bamboo on display at the nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre gallery in Dimapur. (Right) The Bambusa restaurant at the nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre in Dimapur. The restaurant serves authentic naga food as well as Sikkimese food. in mat and basket weaving to the women and later officially engaged them in the business. The society now takes monthly orders from the Agency and their work is well appreciated by customers. “Even the chief minister’s wife has ordered from us,” said Amen, one of the founding members proudly. When they are not weav- ing for customers outside, they take orders from local customers to keep their business going. For every order placed, the women make a profit of about 10 to 15 thousand rupees. With this, the women share the profit while the capital is reinvested in procuring raw products. “Our financial conditions have improved drastically. Now we don’t have to worry about our children’s school fees and other household expenses,” Amen said. At present, 32 self help groups from across the State are working with the NBDA. Numerous individual craftsmen and entrepreneurs are also engaged with the Agency in making bamboo charcoal and briquettes, incense sticks, bamboo curtains and engineered bamboo products like floor panels, door mats and other bamboo handicrafts. While the rural people engaged with the bamboo mission are reaping the fruits of their labour, many urban educated youths are also giving a new dimension through their entrepreneurial skills. Medo Putsure, an MBA graduate from London who runs the ‘Bambusa’ restaurant at the Bamboo Resource Centre aims to do more than just serve good food. “The idea is not just to set up a restaurant but to showcase and promote Naga craftsmanship,” Putsure says. True to his words, the entire structure of the restaurant has been made by Naga crafts- men. As he says remarkably: “it is like a chain. Helping locals build each other.” Like him, Moa Yaden, formerly in the media, now runs the bamboo charcoal unit. “There is a lot of potential in this business. This economical and more environment friendly charcoal is a hit not only in the State but outside as well.” he says. Obviously happy to be associated with NBDA, Yaden has no hassles about investing time and money into his business and even aims to increase production if possible. Apart from young educated youths like Yaden and Putsure, several designers, photographers, architects are engaged with the bamboo mission, making NBDA a perfect platform for skilled and semi-skilled professionals. What is more unique is the fact that the Agency has managed to give value addition to traditional craftsmanship while also promoting sustainable development of bamboo resources in the State. C M Y K

20th January 2014

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