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C M Y K The Morung Express A Daily Publication of Morung for Indigenous Affairs & JustPeace Dimapur VOL. III ISSUE 331 “ It is much easier to fight for truth than to live with it Saturday, November 29, 2008 12 pages Rs. 3 ” -Antonin J Liehm Mumbai Nightmare Ends? OBEROI, NARIMAN HOUSE SECURED; DEATH TOLL RISES MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 28 (AGENCIES): The attack on Mumbai was on the verge of ending tonight with security forces securing the 5-star Oberoi hotel and a Jewish Centre but a lone gunman continued to hold out inside the Taj hotel at the end of pitched combat that left 30 hostages dead. Commandos who stormed the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-orthodox Jewish group found the bodies of five hostages inside, Indian and Israeli rescue officials said, as a fresh battle raged at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel and other Indian forces ended a siege at another fivestar hotel. More than 150 people have been killed since gunmen attacked 10 sites across India’s financial capital starting Wednesday night, including 22 foreigners - two of them Americans, officials said. Early Friday night, Indian commandos emerged from a besieged Jewish center with rifles raised in an apparent sign of victory after a daylong siege that saw a team rappel from helicopters and a series of explosions and fire rock the building and blow giant holes in the wall. Inside, though, were five dead hostages. A delegation from Israel’s ZAKA emergency medical services unit entered the building after the raid and reported through an Indian aide that five hostages and two gunmen were dead, a ZAKA spokesman in Israel said. Israeli experts say Indian forces acted prematurely Army personnel lie down near a tourism poster of Taj Mahal Hotel, and aim a grenade launcher at a part of the facade of the Taj Mahal Hotel, unseen, in Mumbai on November 28. (AP Photo) Probe into British link NPCC stands with Mumbai to Mumbai attacks DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The NPCC, joining LONDON, NOVEMBER 28 (AFP): The government said Friday it was too early to tell if Britons of Pakistani origin could be among the gunmen in the Mumbai attacks, but acknowledged it was “intensively” probing who was behind the plot. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said British detectives, who have already travelled to India, will work with their Indian counterparts to shed light on the source of the plot. “We obviously will want to work very, very closely with the Indians on that, but it is too early to say whether or not any of them are British,” he told Sky News television. in the condemnation of the terror attacks in Mumbai, has called for a united stand against terror elements and to stem them out from the face of humanity. In a letter addressed to the chief minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh, from NPCC’s chief KV Pusa, the Congress said the reign of terror created by the ‘senseless terrorists’ in the financial hub of India has deeply shaken the entire fabric of the Nation. Expressing concern and anguish, the NPCC condemned “the most dastard and coward act of the mindless and ruthless terrorists in which a hundred innocent lives have been lost and several hundreds injured”. Continued on page 5 Continued on page 5 Continued on page 5 C M Y K VP’s visit to Nagaland cancelled DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The scheduled visit of the Vice President of India to Nagaland has been postponed. A brief note from the government said Vice President M Hamid Ansari’s visit has been put off. No reasons were assigned in the message, sent by Additional Chief Secretary Lalthara. The Vice President was to inaugurate the December 1 (also statehood day) Hornbill festival as chief guest. His visit has been cancelled due to the demise of VP Singh former Prime Minister and the declaration of national mourning for seven days. Week mourning for VP Singh DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The Nagaland government has announced a state mourning for seven days with effect from November 27 to December 3 as a mark of mourning and tribute to late VP Singh, former Prime Minister of India who passed away yesterday. The National Flag will be flown at half-mast during this period and there will be no official entertainment, an official notification from chief secretary today stated. DAN mourns Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has expressed shock and grief at the demise of former Prime Minister of India, VP Singh who passed away yesterday. “He was a man of strong conviction and a champion of the cause of the backward communities like the Dalits, Adivasis, the socially-backward castes and the religious minorities. His integrity was in full display and could never be questioned” the chief minister said in a condolence message here today. In his demise the country has lost a true leader, a champion of the weak and a distinguished statesman, Rio said. The chief minister and the state government convey heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and pray for eternal peace of the departed soul. (With inputs from DIPR) JERUSALEM, NOVEMBER 28 (PTI): Indian Security forces were premature in storming the besieged prime premises taken over by the terrorists in Mumbai, Israeli security experts have opined. Criticising the handling of the hostage crisis, the experts said “Indians should have sanitized the area and first collected intelligence about the terrorists before launching flushing out operations,” a media report here said. “In hostage situations, the first thing the forces are supposed to do is assemble at the scene and begin collecting intelligence,” a former official in Israel’s famed anti-terror agency Shin Bet told ‘The Jerusalem Post’. “In this case, it appears that the forces showed up at the scene and immediately began exchanging fire with the terrorists instead of first taking control of the area,” he said. Defence officials told the daily that Israel was not planning on sending commando units but had offered the Indians any assistance they required. National Security Guard commandos come down a rope to reach the top of Nariman House, a location under siege by suspected militants in Mumbai on November 28. Explosions and gunfire continued intermittently at the Taj Mahal hotel Friday afternoon, two days after a chain of militant attacks across India’s financial center left people dead and the city in panic. (AP Photo) PAC & forum to reinforce peace efforts Rio assures Bill on NSF’s demand DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The Political Affairs Committee of the DAN government and the joint forum of Nagaland’s GBs and DBs have decided on harmonized peace-making efforts, particularly in the context of the current reconciliation initiative being undertaken. A consultative meeting between the members of the PAC and the forum was held November 27 in Kohima to discuss the overall progress of the “unity and reconciliation” of the various underground factions and also to usher in peace in the state. The attending members had very free and frank discussions on the ongoing “unity and reconciliation” initiative for the various factions in the state. Towards this end, the members were unanimous to working in close coordination and reinforcing the ongoing efforts “so as to have an ultimate solution to the Indo-Naga political issue”. The members also expressed appreciation to the underground factions, for what the meeting asserted “exercising utmost restraints from further clashes and provocations”. Such “exercises” manifest a “clear sense of respect for the citizens who have been longing for peace in the land, the members stated. “Once again, we, the members, fervently appealed to the leaderships of all factions to maintain the same spirit in the interests of peace and tranquility in our land. The continuity of maintaining such restraints will also surely facilitate a desired result towards finding the final goal of ‘unity and reconciliation’ that has been initiated by various agencies in the state in order to find an acceptable solution to the Naga problem” a note from the PAC said. PAC’s chief Dr. TM Lotha also expressed happiness that the members have full faith in the PAC in its effort towards achieving reconciliation and unity “among the Naga society” for the “ultimate solution for the Naga problem”. Our Correspondent Kohima | November 28 AFTER COMING to understanding with the state government over the superannuation issue, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today suspended its bandh scheduled for December 1 till legislation on this matter take place, as per assurance given in writing by the chief minister himself. Moving in quickly to resolve the crisis, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in a letter addressed to the NSF president assured that the state government will introduce a bill in the next session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly to make legal provisions for ‘fixing’ the max- Neglect weighs down Kiphire’s police This skeletal frame of a construction, rising from weeds and thornbush, is supposedly the “barracks” of the NAP in Kiphire district. Lipichem Kiphire | November 28 IN THE WAKE of an impending “flush out” operations due to be undertaken any time in the district, this correspondent tried to contact the Superintendent of Police of Kiphire district at his residence, only to find out, he is not connected telephonically. Kiphire may be the only place where the residence of a Superintendent of Police has no phone connection. This led to a visit to the police reserve leading to discover books of untold sufferings of the cops in the district. A narrow, poorly maintained, hardly-memorable road of loose sand, mud and boulders connected the police reserve, NAP camp and SP’s residence. This in itself substantiated the promptness of the police in case of emergent situations in a sensitive place like Kiphire. Several issues surfaced during interactions with the families of the personnel. Neither the police homes nor the police station have a water pipe line, leave alone even the police reserve Kiphire has it. Worst still, the cops are performing their duties guarding sensitive places like the quarter guard where arms and ammunitions of the NAP and police are kept. There are frequent power cuts especially in the reserve even though other parts of the town don’t. It is interesting to note, when Police officers elsewhere in the state get bungalows worth crores of rupees, the additional SP and SDPO of Kiphire don’t have a quarter and have to share the roof meant for the OC, compelling the OC to find his own accommodation. When the civil administration has three SDO (C) and two EACs in the entire district, the police has one additional SP and one SDPO. ‘If the department cannot provide a barrack for us how can we discharge our duties sincerely’, said one of the personnel. It may be mentioned that for 250 plus jawans, there is only one barrack which also, can hardly accommodate 25 personnel and the rest have to make their own arrangements. Lauding the police personnel for maintaining law and order in the midst of inadequate facilities, senior citizens told this correspondent that the situation in the district has improved due to the prompt response of the jawans. However, on learning about the hardships being faced by the personnel, they felt that the government should address the problems at the earliest. Statewide bandh on Dec 1 suspended imum length of service for the state government employees. Rio also assured that the state government will pursue with sincerity the Civil Review petition already filed on 27th November 2008 by the state government in the Kohima bench of Gauhati High Court, praying for review of the earlier judgment of the Gauhati High Court whereby, they had restrained the state government from ‘fixing’ maxi- of all government vehicles at 4:00 against its scheduled timing of 6:00 PM after arriving at an understanding with the government at the consultative meeting. mum length of service for state government’s employees”. Besides the letter of assurance, Rio held a consultative meeting with the NSF along with representatives of the Naga Hoho, Angami Public Organization and state government officials. The meeting took place in the chief minister’s residential office today at 3:00 PM. Following the letter of assurance, the NSF called off today’s clamp on movement Continued on page 5 Morung for Indigenous Affairs and JustPeace Brave New World An Art Exhibit Temsuyanger Longkumer Iris Yingzen Jimmy Chishi Seyiekelie Tepa 2nd December - 7th December, 2008 (Private Viewing on 1st December) The Heritage, Old DC Bungalow, Kohima 10 am to 6 pm CHIEF PATRON PATRON Continued on page 5 By buying this Newspaper, you are contributing to the process of positive Social Change and supporting the non-profit activities of the Morung Foundation

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