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C M Y K The Morung Express Dimapur VOL. III ISSUE 331 A Daily Publication of Morung for Indigenous Affairs & JustPeace 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. Continued on page 5 “ www.morungexpress.com It is much easier to ﬁght for truth than to live with it ” Saturday, November 29, 2008 12 pages Rs. 3 -Antonin J Liehm Israeli experts say Indian forces acted prematurely 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. 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. Continued on page 5 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 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) 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) 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” PAC & forum to reinforce peace efforts Rio assures Bill on NSF’s demand 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- Statewide bandh on Dec 1 suspended 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. Continued on page 5 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- 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 Neglect weighs down Kiphire’s police 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. Continued on page 5 Morung for Indigenous Affairs and JustPeace Brave New World An Art Exhibit Temsuyanger Longkumer Iris Yingzen Jimmy Chishi Seyiekelie Tepa 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 2nd December - 7th December, 2008 (Private Viewing on 1st December) The Heritage, Old DC Bungalow, Kohima 10 am to 6 pm CHIEF PATRON PATRON By buying this Newspaper, you are contributing to the process of positive Social Change and supporting the non-proﬁt activities of the Morung Foundation C M Y K 2 Dimapur Saturday 29 November 2008 Rengmas pledge cultural preservation LOCAL The Morung Express ‘Disability a human rights issue’ Seminar on rights of disabled persons ignorance about the help and support that could be given to disabled children to make them grow up as productive and happy individuals in spite of their impairments. The thought about how the disabled are viewed as burdens, problems, useless objects and shame to the family, were viewed, while the whole issue of sensitisation, the organisers felt, arises because of the community/society’s indifferent and insensitive attitude most of the time to the disabled. Also, there is no form of support for the needs, problems and rights of the disabled people. Resource person Leonard Aier, Principal of Dimapur City Law College, gave an overview of disability legislations in India and the legal provision under the Indian Constitution for people with disability. He also dwelt on the problem of disability as a problem confronting society, concerns in the field of emMorung Express News Dimapur | November 28 DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The premier festival of the Rengma community – the Ngada festival – was celebrated on Friday at Rengma Gaon, Bor Lingri in Karbi Anglong, Assam. Mongal Sing Engti, chief executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), was the chief guest, while Longki Timung, executive member of KAAC, i/c Food & Civil Supplies & Soil, was the guest of honour. On the occasion, the Rengma community in a written pledge “resolved to constitute themselves into a cultural banner in order to cultivate and preserve their culture, customs and traditional heritages this ‘Ngada’, the festival of thanksgiving, peace, reconciliation and harmony.” The pledge was issued by Chento H Rengma, Rengma Naga Cultural Society, Karbi Anglong. Earlier, on behalf of the general public of Bor Lingri and the Rengma Gaon under Khatkhoti area, a six-point memorandum was submitted by Azuto Rengma, Chairman of Rengma Gaon, Gwasinlo Thong Rengma, GB of Rengma Gaon, Nnolo Rengma, GB of Rengma Bosti, Khatkhati, and Hemaric Killing, GB of Lengrijan Area, Bor- A cultural dance troupe making their presentation during the Ngada festival celebrations at Rengma Gaon, Bor Lingri in Karbi Anglong, Assam. (Morung Photo) jan. With reference to the memorandum, Mongal Sing Engti, CEM (KAAC), assured that he would look into the construction of bridge/culvert at Lengri stream at Nagaland border, construction of cultural hall for Rengma Gaon, Bor Lengri, and construction of approach road from Gautam Bosti to Bongrung via Rengma Bosti, Khatkhoti, under PMGSY/NREGA. Engti also assured supervision over construction of ring wells, instalment of telephone and additional teachers post to be created for GPS, Bor Lengri. Others who spoke on the festive occasion were Longki Timung, executive member of KAAC, R Kh- ing Parliamentary Secretary, Khillo G Rengma, President of Western Rengma Hoho, and David Seb, Chairman of Boarder Area Development, KAAC. The programme was chaired by Chento Himbu, RNCS Secretary. The cultural displays included the Ngada dance, spinning folksong, moonlight dance, etc. ACCORDING TO 2001 census, there are more than 26,000 people living with disability in Nagaland. With the exception of a few disabled people who are actively employed and involved in society, most of them live in ignorance and exclusion through inaccessible transport, accommodation, schooling, employment, public facilities, and indifferent attitudes of the “non-disabled” population. In order to sensitise the issue of disability in Nagaland, a state-level workshop on disability and law was organised by Prodigals Home, Dimapur, in association with Disability Law Unit North-East, ‘Shishu Saruthi’, at Tourist Lodge, Dimapur today. The seminar, while focusing on the role of government and citizens to address the issue of disability, also accepted the ployment and facilities available for disabled people. Aier said disability should now be looked at as a human rights issue, generally focusing on the basic right denied to such people despite provisions. Short award winning films on disabled people were also shown to raise awareness and bring to light the changes people can bring about by support and sensitivity towards the disabled people. The seminar also dwelt on Acts and objectives of the Acts in protecting the rights of disabled people. The lack of political will also prompted the discussion on the roles and responsibilities of the government. The state-level seminar is desired to bring suitable changes in the lives of the disabled people through creation of enabling environment with proper support of citizens and governments and non-government agencies working for the betterment of the society. 1,108 new recruits take oath Heal Dimapur: A time for breakthrough Combined Ceremonial Attestation Parade of NAP (IR) Battalions police force, Imchen said, and added the image of the Nagaland Police in the rest of the country is highly appreciated and their performances in states like Chhattisgarh and Delhi have been admired. He also expressed hope that the 1st and 2nd NAP battalions deployed at Delhi will sincerely perform their duties. The Home Minister further informed that a new Mahila Battalion for Nagaland Police has been sanctioned and will be raised next year. With this, the Minister said, employment opportunities for educated boys and girls would be created in the state. The state government has also submitted a proposal to the Home Ministry to accord sanction for a separate police training institute at Razaphima, under Medziphema sub-division, he said. Imchen also said the Home Ministry has been granting funds for improvement and modernisation of the police force and through this, the state police have improved its weaponry, transport and communication, security equipments, etc. Imchen admitted he was aware of the poor accommodation of the IR battalions and expressed hope that the government would carry out the necessary steps for repairing and renovation in a phased manner. The Minister also suggested regular in-service training at all units, and officers and personnel update their knowledge to be successful in their profession. Meanwhile, out of the total number of passing out recruits, 14 are graduates, 55 undergraduates, 193 matriculates and 846 under matriculates. Seven Cadet Havildars and R/Cs were also awarded certificates of merit and trophies for various disciplines. ‘I am praying for Dimapur, are you?’ written on the back of a T-shirt worn by a prayer warrior of Heal Dimapur. The prayer movement prayed for the administration at the DC’s ofﬁce, on November 28. The vision for Heal Dimapur began three years ago, after one of its members was greatly touched by the documentary of ‘Heal Africa’, where a little African boy with a T-shirt on had the following lines written on it: ‘I am praying for Africa, are you?’ (Morung Photo) Morung Express News Dimapur | November 28 Imkong L Imchen, Minister for Home, inspects the parade at the 13th NAP (IR) Combined Ceremonial Attestation Parade at the NAPTC stadium, Chumukedima, on November 28. C M Y K Morung Express News Dimapur| November 28 IN PERHAPS one of the biggest recruits ever conducted by the Nagaland Police, a total of 1,108 recruits of the Nagaland Armed Police (India Reserve) Battalion today qualified the phase-1 basic training at NAPTC complex, Chumukedima. A combined attestation parade of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th NAP (IR) was held with pride and vigour, presenting the new batch of policemen who will become guardians of law. Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L Imchen, chief guest at the passing out parade, said the uniform service is a profession which protects the life and property of citizens, weaker sections of the society, and that people have begun to realise the importance of the profession. Reflecting back to times when police service was considered “anti-Naga” and “agents of mainstream society” due to false propaganda, Imchen said many Naga youth were apprehensive of joining the police force. He however appreciated the change in mindsets of young Naga boys and girls, and said seeking police service was a choice of profession like any other. Imchen pointed out that Naga society is at a crossroads and people must draw the line between crime and “nationalism,” adding Nagas no longer accept extortion, killing, murder, rape or any other kind of crime and violence. The Home Minister also said the state government is committed to maintaining law and order at any cost and called upon police officers and personnel to enforce ‘Rule of Law’, and maintain vigilance of any anti-people activities in the state. The strength and effectiveness of the government depends upon an impartial and effective THE YOUNG people’s prayer movement in Dimapur, commonly known as ‘Heal Dimapur’, today recorded a “breakthrough” at the DC Court premises where about 100 prayer warriors gathered to pray for the administration and ‘those in authority’. Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Maongwati Aier, who attended the prayer meeting stated, “This is history; never had such session in two decades where young people have come together to pray for Dimapur.” The DC said that this was “time for breakthrough in the spiritual realm and in the DC Office,” and therefore encouraged young people to “take back their joy, health, position in the name of Jesus, which the Satan has taken away from them.” The DC also urged prayer for change in the minds of Naga people so that they are healed for forgiveness and reconciliation, and asked the ‘Heal Dimapur’ team to go as a demonstration to the 7th Mile Chathe River with prayer to heal the water too. Leading the Team to revive their zeal and “not to get steamed out,” Visasier Kevichusa of Town Baptist Church said, “Don’t lose heart. Be violent; take by force if you have to make it as a human being by nature gets tired and run out of steam and in case of Heal Dimapur some people are willing to say that.” David Murry of Spirit of Faith Church while conducting the prayer session said, “Those in authority are called not for people to condemn or criticise.” During the meeting, Kevichusa reminded that Heal Dimapur is not a programme and it does not belong to any church or denomination. With the vision to make a difference in the present situation and of “taking God on His Words,” seven young members from different churches and ministries initi- ated the biggest prayer movement in Nagaland, ‘Heal Dimapur.’ The members include David Murry of Spirit of Faith Church, Lulu Kiso of Baptist Revival Church, Bise Peseyie of Zeme Baptist Church, Wapang Longchari of Sinai Ministry, Tali Angh of Dimapur Church Fellowship, and Visasier Kevichusa of Town Baptist Church. The movement was officially launched on September 21, 2008, at Town Baptist Church Dimapur, where almost 240 people made a commitment to pray for the land and lead repentant lives by signing the ‘Heal Dimapur pledge card’. DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The Keltomi Phuthemi Kuposhukulu (KPK) held its 18th annual session at AIDA, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School Dimapur, on November 21 and 22 last, with L K Achumi, District and Session Judge, and Vihoto K Achumi, Functional Manager of DCI, Dimapur, as speakers. Achumi in his speech encouraged the gathering to make use of their natural talents in different capaci- KPK holds 18th annual session ties to uplift, honour and to strengthen and bring about changes in the society. He also encouraged the gathering saying that every organisation is being formed for the welfare and well-being and therefore, he added, every member should do good works and also lend a helping hand towards one another. The 18th KPK session was declared open by the outgoing president, Viheshe Chishi, GB, while a special number was presented by SBC Chumukedima led by its youth director Ilika Kiho . Tonikali Achumi and Kavi Tsuqu were awarded with cash for securing 1st division in BSc Final and 10th standard respectively. The new office bearers of KPK include Shiwoto Katty as president, Hukiye Yeputhomi as vice-president, and Khekiho Katty as general secretary. This was stated in a press note issued by the general secretary of KPK, Khekiho Katty. 3rd NU convocation postponed indeﬁnitely KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The Nagaland University (NU) has notified that its 3rd convocation slated for the first week of December 2008, has been postponed to 2009 till further notice. Tongpangkumba Ao, Controller of Examination at NU in a press release, however, informed that the students willing to attend the 3rd convocation in person may continue to submit their application forms to this office clearly indicating the words ‘in person’ in the forms. Application forms for ‘in person’ must be accompanied by three copies of passport sized photographs along with supporting documents and prescribed fee, and countersigned by the concerned college principal or head of department, stated the release, adding that the application forms for the purpose may also be downloaded from the university website www.nagauniv.org.in. DIMUL earns Rs.2,43,779.06 in proﬁts during 2007-08 Morung Express News Dimapur | November 28 THE 11TH annual general meeting of the Dimapur District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Limited (DIMUL) was held here today at the Central Dairy Plant premises, 7th Mile. Addressing the farmers, Dr. Y Yisao, Director of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, said in order to increase the production of milk in order to meet the growing demand of milk and related products in and outside the State, the farmers should develop a sense of competitiveness and responsibility amongst themselves. To enhance milk production the farmers should feed the cattle with indigenous fodder, he stressed and added that these indigenous fodders should be protected and preserved. He appealed to the farmers to avoid destructive activities and work hard to raise their standard of living and assured that the department would provide all possible help to the cattle farmers. He also cautioned the farmers on avian influenza, which can pass on to human beings through cat- tle, and advised on rearing chickens cautiously and to consult veterinary doctors very often. Dr. A Yhokha, Project Director at Nagaland State Dairy Cooperative Federation Limited, advised the union to set targets and achieve them before their silver jubilee, and insisted that the business turnover be increased before the celebration. DIMUL was established in the year 1985. Develop a sense of belonging towards public property or institutions to uplift and to bring about development in the society, he appealed to the farmers, and urged them to utilise the government funds towards growth. B K Thadani, Managing Director of Nagaland State Cooperative Bank Limited, Dimapur, while terming the union a ‘role model’ in the State, said the union had to accelerate its activities and appealed to the farmers to have a ‘progressive mind’. Stating that members are the owners of the cooperatives, he encouraged them to work in an “honest and progressive manner to uplift the union.” He also advised the farmers to avail loans from the banks through the guidance of the DIMUL. Explaining the purpose of Dr. Y Yisao, Director of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, presenting the best secretary award to Yuvraj, secretary of Nito DCS, Vihikhu, at the 11th annual general meeting of DIMUL at the Central Dairy Plant premises, 7th Mile, in Dimapur, on Friday. (Morung Photo) Farmers’ Club in villages where the farmers can discuss their problems, he suggested the opening of farmers’ clubs in every village through the assistance of NABARD. Earlier, the welcome address was proposed by Ng. Moses, Acting Chief Executive Officer, and the annual report presented by Dr. T Zeliang, Chairman of DDCMPU Limited. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Mhasizokho, Assistant Manager, (P&I). The Dimapur District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Limited (DIMUL) has reported a net profit of Rs.2,43,779.06 during the year 200708. The membership and milk procurement performance of DIMUL in the year 2008-08 are as follows: 44 numbers of Diary Cooperative Societies, 1795 membership, and 10.33 procurement of milk in lakh litre. The marketing performances of DIMUL in the year 2007-08 are as follows: 13.13 (lakhs litres) toned milk, 940.86 (‘000 cups) lassi, 318.49 (‘000 cups) dahi, 176.87 (‘000 cups) icecream, 1061.50 (kg) ghee and 255.00 (MT) cattle feed. Kikhruru Diary Cooperative Society, Chumukedima Village, was adjudged the best DCS 2007-08, for 1,23,386 kgs of total quantity of milk supplied during 2007-08, 338kg per yearly average, fat (3.7 %) and SNF (7.8 %) as average quality, Rs.14.93 per kg as average rate, Rs.18.42 lakhs as total amount and with uninterrupted supply, proper record maintenance and no liability. The best secretary 2007-08 was awarded to Yuvraj, secretary of Nito DCC, Vihikhu, for his performance in regular milk-testing conducted, proper record maintenance, proper coordination with union and society members, and, despite disturbances, continuity of supply and personal involvement to curb the vendors. Hosta Bahadur of Kikhruru DCS was presented the best producer 200708 award, taking into account the highest quantity of supply (15,627 kg), 43kg (PD) as yearly average, Rs.2.34 lakhs as value worth, and no liability. Baburam Chettri, dairy attendant of DIMUL, was adjudged the best worker of the Union 2007-08, for his outstanding performance of duty and being well disciplined. The best retailer for 2007-08 was awarded to Prabir Das, for being responsible for the 29,200 litres as total quantity, marketed 80 LDP as yearly average, and Rs.6,51,160 as turnover. Suresh Jain was adjudged the best distributor for 2007-08, for the total quantity of 803,000 litres marketed, 2,200 LDP as yearly average, and Rs.1,79,06,900 as turnover. The union further inducted Zeno Kire, Chairman of the Kikhruru Diary Cooperative Society, Chumukedima, in its board of directors. The Morung Express LOCAL the NUTA leaders informed, apart from the said three NU officials being already under scrutiny by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the 6th pay commission arrears for teachers (for which the ‘withdrawal’ was made against) have not even been finalized leave alone sanctioned by the ministry. The alleged withdrawing by the under-investigation NU officials come to light just recently, a NUTA leader informed. This new report has been dispatched to the Visitor of Nagaland University, Pratibha Patil, the President of India while bank statements have been received, the NUTA leaders informed this newspaper. It is alleged that Vice Chancellor drew an amount of Rs.4,56,794 (Four Lakhs fifty-six thousand seven-hundred and ninety-four) Registrar drew an amount of Rs.3,39,818 (Three Lakh thirty-nine thousand, eight-hundred and eighteen) while, Controller of Examination drew an amount of Rs.1,77,908 (One Lakh seventy-seven thousand nine-hundred and eight). “The 6th pay commission scale for teachers have not even been finalized and so the withdrawal is illegal,” a NUTA leader said. The teacher also informed that bank statements have been made while this discrepancy has been dispatched to the Ministry of Human Resource Development today itself. Also, in a separate letter addressed to the Visitor of Nagaland University, the President of India, the CEC of the NUTA has sought immediate intervention. The Nagaland University Teachers’ Association demanded action for the illegal ‘drawal’ of the 6th Pay arrears by the NU top officials, before any clearance and directive by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to universities, for this category of officers. This is a serious violation of the university financial rules, the NUTA said. The NUTA expressed strong condemnation for the blatant illegal act, amounting to theft and stealing from the public exchequer of university funds, committed by the three officials. The university teachers’ organization has questioned the action and approval of the Vice Chancellor and Registrar, who are presently holding chairs of Finance officers. Further, the NUTA said, the illegal ‘drawal’ of the 6th pay arrears by these three university officers is highly questionable, as they are all under the ‘Visitorial’ scanner for serious irregularities and the NUTA is awaiting action for the same. In the light of these developments, the NUTA has demanded immediate refund of the university funds from the VC, the Registrar and the Controller of Examination as well as an immediate inquiry and action on this serious violation of financial rules. 29 November 2008 Saturday Dimapur DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): Even while under probe for alleged mismanagement and discrepancies, a total gross amount of more than Rs 9 lakhs have been withdrawn by the three top officials of Nagaland University, the Vice Chancellor, the Registrar and the Controller of Examinations. Each of the officials drew a substantial amount of money, against the 6th Pay Commission arrears for university teachers. The 6th pay commission arrears have yet to be finalized. Leaders of the central executive council of the Nagaland University Teachers’ Association told this daily that the ‘withdrawal’ is plain illegal. The reasons are that, NUTA accuse NU ofﬁcials for illegal withdrawal Your daily Meetings, Appointments, Information and Reminder column STARTING LINE-UP Today’s Meeting 3 TPGSUKC 6th Freshers’ Day Tenyimia Post Graduate Students Union Kohima campus is observing its 6th Freshers’ Day at Ura Academy Hall on November 29 at 12:00 noon with Thejao Vihienuo, Registrar, NU as the Chief Guest. All Tenyimia post graduate students are requested to attend the programme failing which a ﬁne of Rs 200/- will be imposed. KSUD executive meet Naga women entrepreneurs’ crafts to take wing DIMAPUR , NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): A few selected craft entrepreneurs of Nagaland State participated in the fair-cum-workshop at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi, initiated by the North Eastern Craft Consultant and NEZCC under the theme ‘Ode to Earth’ from November 11 to 13 last. During the three-day programme, a seminar on ‘The Poor First’ was conducted, which saw attendance by about 3000 delegates from India and many other countries. The seminar was held under the banner of ‘Women on Wings’, a leading international NGO working for women of developing countries, focusing mainly in the areas of management, marketing and communication for women to promote their skills from the perspective of western business models to local and regional working methods, and also to safeguard the transfer of knowledge and to bring about permanent change to make women economically independent. The participants from Nagaland had the opportunity to interact directly with the resource persons (donors) from different countries and craft designers. An invitation has been extended to Women on Wings to visit the State and conduct seminar on above areas that will benefit womenfolk of the State by the skills and KhiamniunganStudentsUnionDimapurhasconveneditsexecutive meeting on November 29 at 10:00 am at the residence of its union treasurer Lungoi, Circuit House Colony Dimapur. All its executive members, representatives of colleges and higher secondary schools, senior leaders are asked to attend the meeting without fail and agendas if any should be submitted on or before November 28 to any of its union ofﬁce bearers. LWSK Annual Fellowship SSA Kohima to organise Work Education exhibition cum sale DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The District Mission Authority (SSA) Kohima is organizing an “Exhibition cum sale” on Work Education to provide an opportunity for all the GM’s to exhibit and showcase the hidden talents of their students and also to sell finished products. The programme is being organised on December 10, 2008 at Kohima Local Ground and participation is mandatory and compulsory for all GM’s Atleast 2 teachers are to attend the programme as escorts, two students from each class in school uniform to supervise their exhibition stall, 12 to sixteen students or as per requirements for schools presenting folk songs and dance in traditional attire, to reach the Local Ground on the 10th December 2008 at 8:00 AM sharp and set up the stall and refreshment shall be provided by DMA (SS) Kohima. Three best performing schools and three best individual students will be awarded (a panel of judges shall be constituted to worked out the modalities for awarding the incentives), participants’ schools should come on their own arrangement. Nominal to and fro fare shall be provided by DMA (SSA) Kohima, confirmation of participation with Number of students and items to be displayed and other activities like folk song and dance etc should be intimated to DMA on or before December 5, 2008 for necessary arrangement and sale proceeds will go to the respective school funds. V. Meyase, District Education Officer Cum District Co-ordinator, DMA (SSA) Kohima in a release said that Work Education is an important component of the Life Skill subject and as such SSA has funded an amount of Rs. 25,000/- (Rupees Twenty five thousand) each to all the existing GM’s to carry out the Work Education Programme in the schools so as to foster multi dimensional and harmonious development of the student’s personality and for bringing about a new outlook towards manual works by linking education to work productivity. Lazami Welfare Society, Kohima will be having an Annual Fellowship on November 29 at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assissi Church Kohima (CPC building) D Block with Kiyeto G. Sumi Executive Secretary, SABAK as speaker and Joshua Sumi, MLA will exhort the gathering. All Lazami residing in Kohima and well wishers are requested to attend the session positively. Chang Union Dimapur meet Chang Union Dimapur will hold it 26th Annual General Meeting on November 29 at 9:30 am at the residence of the Union Treasurer S. Nukshu, Opp. DC Court Dimapur. All the union members, household heads and college students are directed to attend the meeting positively. DDBPOA meeting Dimapur District Beauty Parlours Owner Association is organizing an awareness programme to be held at Saramati Hotel on November 29 at 1:00 pm. All beauty parlour, barber and saloon owners are requested to attend the seminar positively. The seminar will be graced by Khekaho Assumi DMC Chairman and Savi Liegise President, Naga Hoho as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively and Dr Leshiwon Dermatologist CIHSR Hospital as the speaker. DGU meeting Naga craft entrepreneurs with Mani Shankar Aiyar, Union Minister for DoNER, at New Delhi. expertise of resource persons from this group (Women on Wings). The craft entrepreneurs, through a press release, has made an appeal to the state government for sponsorship to pass on the concept used by ‘Women on Wings’, to standardise women craft groups registered under the Society Act 1860 residing within Nagaland, and also support them to bring ‘Women on Wings’ to Nagaland by next year. For further details, one may contact: asianagacraft@ yahoo.co.in, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dimapur Gorkha Union has convened an emergency meeting with Gorkha Students Union, Gorkha Youth Club Dimapur along with the two incumbents Shibu Sonar and Rupak Chettri to discuss various important matters pertaining to the welfare of the Gorkha community on November 29 at 9:00 am at Gorkha Bhavan Nepaligoan. All ofﬁce bearers of the mentioned union are therefore requested to attend the meeting without fail. 1 person injured DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28, (MExN): In another hit and run case a pedestrian was knocked down today by a scooter (MH 12AC/1372) between Walford and Veterinary Junction at around 5:40 pm. The victim, a jawan belonging to 8th Assam Rifles was later admitted to Zion Hospital. Police disclosed that investigations are on. In a span of two days Dimapur has witnessed three incidents of hit and run case, two incidents taking place on November 27, which has so far claimed one life and have injured three others. Don’t blame ofﬁcers - Congress tells DAN CM’s response “Ridiculous”: NPCC DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 by shifting the onus of burden on his ping, “Perhaps, all these years, the (MExN): The NPCC today called for officers” on this issue only after the ag- Government has taken several imporan early resolve of the impasse between grieved party (NSF) had gone to the tant decisions in haste and rash manner student bodies and the state govern- street, the Congress defended the offi- owing to leaderships’ lack of balance in ment on the issue of superannuation of cers noting that the decision of superan- dispensing justice and equity to its subgovernment employees. Noting that it nuation of govt. employees was taken in ject; one sided attitude; short sightedwas the DAN govt. that enhanced ness; diabolical or sinister designs the retirement age of govt. employto suit one’s interest or otherwise ees from 57 to 60 years, the Conthe reasons are best known by the gress alleged that such a decision people in power.” “without taking prudent approach “Instead of pointing fingers at or consulting the party involved in its officers,” the Congress called for the issue” was taken by DAN a more responsible approach from R. Paphino of the NPCC charged DAN. The Congress also demandthe DAN stating, “The inherent and usual the month of November, 2007 and since ed that the Minister-in-charge step behaviour of the DAN/NPF Government then, government at the highest level, down immediately. “In fact, the entire headed by the present Chief Minister is to had several rounds of discussions with Cabinet should be held responsible for adopt decisions on crucial and sensitive the NSF leaders. “Therefore, the ques- mishandling and inordinately delaying issues of public importance without con- tion of laxity or lapses on the part the the resolution of the issue and instead sidering the pros and cons or implication Government officials does not arise.” of pointing fingers at its officers, the that ensued (sic) the decisions.” “Ridiculous” is how the congress Chief Minister should direct the MinExpressing displeasure over the described the CM’s response to the ister-in-charge to step down immediDIMAPUR, NOVEMBER chief minister adopting “a blame game present volatile situation, further quip- ately,” stated the Congress. 28 (MExN): Acting on a tipoff, the Excise Narcotic Cell enforcement duty party led by Chuba Ao, AIE I/c, Akong, Yanglo and Khumeng, constables seized 2304capsules KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 28(MEXN): A four day long of Spasmo Proxyvon and Christian Book Festival 2008 got underway Wednesday at the 5560 tablets of Nitrosun. In Conclave Conference Hall, LCS Building, near Ao Church, this connection, one Bijoy Kohima and will come to a close on November 29. All kinds of Kharwa, s/o Late. Dadraja DIMAPUR, NOVEM- concerned for the poor and Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, books for children, comKhawra, a resident of Signal BER 28 (MExN): The down trodden people. He ics, Christmas and New Year gift items, DVDs, VCDs, audio Lhomiti village, Dimapur Governor of Nagaland K was the architect of the res- CDs, Bible covers are on offer at discount. was arrested, who is also one Sankaranarayanan today ervation policy for the other of the main supplier or traf- expressed shock at the de- backward castes (OBC’s). ficker of drug to Dimapur. mise of former Prime Min- He was also known for his The arrested person has been ister V. P. Singh who passed paints and literary skills. In booked under the relevant away November 27. “VP his death, the country has MOKOKCHUNG, NOVEMBER 28 (DIPR): President section of Drug & Cosmetic Singh was known for his a lost a politician, a nation- of the Mokokchung District Pensioners’ Association, Dr. I Act 1940 and remanded to ju- honesty, selfless service, in- alist and a true leader,” the Tongdangba Jamir, on behalf of the MDPA, extended appretegrity and parliamentary note added. dicial custody. This was stated The governor on behalf ciation and gratitude to the Ungma Village Council members skills that earned him an in a press note issued by Alem outstanding leader of the of the people of Nagaland for constructing two rooms at the SBI Mokokchung office Ao, Deputy Commissioner of nation,” stated a condolence expressed condolences to with the Village Council Fund, taking into consideration Excise (NC), Dimapur. note from the Governor. the bereaved family and the hardships faced by senior citizens and pensioners while “Despite being from a well also prayed for the depart- drawing their monthly pensions. He further mentioned that to do family, he was always ed soul to rest in peace the present waiting shed at the SBI office premises had also been constructed by the Ungma Village Council. KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The General Manager of District Industries Centre, Kohima informed 1. English teacher to teach Higher Class Qualiﬁcation: that the Prime Minister’s M.A English Employment Generation Come and Experience intimate workship 2. Female Warden, Born Again Christian capable of Programme (PMEGP) unteaching Sunday School Qualiﬁcation: Graduate Sunday, 30th November der Kohima district i.e, DIC, Application in one’s own handwriting along with bio-data should KVIC and NKVIB interview Town Baptist Church, Dimapur reach the school’s ofﬁce on or before 11th December 2008. is being differed to DecemTime: 3:30 P.M Only selected candidates will be called for the interview. ber 2 and 3 from 9:30 am Also featuring: 24x7 Administrator onwards due to unavoidable Lima Aier Memorial School circumstances. Other terms Lingrijan: Dimapur and condition stand same, a A freewill offering will be collected (O) 03862-230741/(M) 9436609726 release received here said. DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): A joint meeting of DCC Phek will be held on November 29 next at 10:30 at Phek town. A press note issued by Mikha Kenye, president of DCC Phek informed all DCC office bearers, DCC members, executive members, district frontal chiefs and all ACCC office bearers from each constituency to attend the meeting. RL Akumba, ex-MLA and vice- Phek DCC calls joint meeting president of NPCC will address the meeting. Meanwhile, there will be a separate meeting of PDCC office bearers and frontal chiefs on November 28 at 5 pm. the note informed all to reach Phek at 3:30 pm. Sitting party MLA, former INC candidates, NPCC office bearers and PCC members representing Phek district have been informed to attend the meeting without fail. List of the selected participants for participating in the ensuing Craft Bazaar in commemorating with Hornbill festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, Kohima, w.e.f 1st Dec to 7th Dec’ 08 . Sl. No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 Name & Address Tainla Ao (Feelings), 4th Mile, Dimapur I. Asangla (Marsa), Purana Bazaar Grace Creations, Sub-Jail, Dimapur Sara MPCS, Near ADC Court, Dmr Dr. Coppe Mero, Resource Centre, Dmr Meguoneinuo, UT Building, Kohima A&A Collection, Viola Colony, Dmr M/S Handloom Centre, Main Town, Khm Tsuknungmeren, Mao Colony, Dimapur Mrs. Nancy, Lady Bug, Kohima Khenili Murry, Dimapur Deizephe Cluster, Dimapur L. Ajungla Jamir, Kohima Imtsalar MPCS, Naharbari, Dimapur Zhetoli K. Chishi, Full Nagarjan, Dimapur Tali Longkumer, Midland, Dimapur Ayoklar, Aoyimti, Dimapur Totivi, Chekiye Village, Dimapur Dimapur Art Society, Doma Building Ragailong Colony, Dmr TRIFED, Guwahati Khriedi Products, Kohima Town Km. L. Manda Devi, Imphal West Shri L. Stalin Singh, Wangkhei Tokpam Leikai Km. M. Kunjarani Devi, Kakching Thoubal Dist M. Kumudini Devi, Wangkhei Imphal East Ch. Memcha Devi, Malom Tulihal, Imphal West T. Dhiraj Singh, Wangkhei Tokpam Leikhai Kh. Renubala Devi, Malom Tiliyaima A. Kamala Devi, Kongba Nandeibam Leikhai Km. B. Nirmala Devi, Thongju, Imphal East C.H. Pimcha Sano Sri Riotupon Saikia, P.O. Gorokhiya DoI, Jorhat Sri Jibon Barik, Dewghaoia Titabar, Jorhat Sri Minkir Diyum, Bogdo Vill.PO Alo, AP Sri Dongam Diyum, Bogdo Vill.PO Alo, AP Participants from Aizwal Aro Collection, Dimapur T. Nungsang, Apang MPCS, Dimapur Sri Debojit Bora, Majuli, Jorhat Miss Unti Pamegum, Kang Kon Industries, Lakhimpur Sanaton Roy, Assam Kulen Deka, Assam Name of the Crafts I.D. Card No. 9436230730 9436230730 9436070905 9436060856 (03862) 22171 Drug seized H/Crafts Handicrafts Unit Governor condoles Book Festival concludes today demise of VP Singh Handloom Local Crafts 9856447109 9436261955 9436266836 9436000898 Ungma’s VC care for senior citizens H/Crafts Decorative Crafts H/Crafts H/Loom & H/Crafts H/Crafts Handloom H/Loom & H/Crafts 9856366985 9856243197 9856361185 9436203028 (03862) 224079 9856936210 9862456946 09864107361 9436404244 7954613651 7954623792 7954600221 7954600833 7954600571 7954619216 7954606979 7954624255 Kma DIC informs DESPERATION WANTED Doll & Toys Metal Crafts Woolen Shoe Saphee Lanphee Embroidery Kauna Artistic Textiles Kauna Embroidery Cane & Bamboo Cane & Bamboo Cane Ornaments Cane & Bamboo Cane & Bamboo H/Loom & H/Craft -doBamboo Craft 7854314522 7854302960 ARITC001705 ARITC001704 9436069513 9856231703 7854331195 LOST NOTICE I, Mhiesilhousienuo am applying for a duplicate copy of Class 11 (Eleven) pass certiﬁcate. Name: Mhiesilhousienuo F/Name: Zelhou Angami M/Name: Avi Name of College: S.D. Jain Girls College, Dimapur Name of Exam: Class 11 pass certiﬁcate Roll No: 611732, Year: 2007 LOST NOTICE I, K.N. Chumchano, am applying for duplicate copy of Matric Marksheet as I have lost it. Name: K.N. Chumchano F/Name: K.N. Humtsoe M/Name: Y. Humtsoe Name of School/Centre: Govt. High School Aitepyong, Wokha D.O.B: 08.02.68 Name of Exam: HSLC Roll: Wokha, No: 168, Year: 1983, Result: IInd Div ANGAMI BAPTIST CHURCH COUNCIL 3 8 T H PA S T O R , D E A C O N C O N F E R E N C E Artistic Tribal Textiles 7854300101 Cane & Bamboo 7834200081 Bell, Brass Metal 7834200513 1. 2. 3. Venue: BAPTIST CHURCH KIDIMA Date: 5th to 7th DECEMBER 2008 THEME: “LAUNCH INTO THE DEEP”- Luk 5:4 “ P R AY, C O M E A N D B E B L E S S E D ” . The selected participants are hereby directed to report to the Exhibition ground as mentioned above, along with their exhibits on 30th Nov’08, and occupy their respective stall as per the Serial No. indicated above against their name. The participants are hereby directed to bring their banner/signage for display in their respective stall. The participants are also hereby directed to keep their exhibits in their respective stall under lock and key. The ofﬁce shall not held responsible in case of any losses/theft. Sd/- N. HUSHILI SEMA Managing Director C M Y K 4 Dimapur Saturday 29 November 2008 NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 28 (AGENCIES): India’s image as a tourism destination suffered a body blow as the world watched the country’s financial capital being attacked by terrorists. The tourism industry, already reeling under the impact of the financial crisis, which caused 20% drop in business, has now given up any hope for a revival. Cancellations have been almost immediate with tourists, especially foreigners, dropping their plans and demand for the peak season is likely to drop drastically. Industry forecast a further drop of 10%15% for inbound tourism this season. “This is a major crisis. Hotel and tour cancellations have been immediate and all leisure visits to Mumbai stand cancelled. We are already suffering a 20% drop in business. This is likely to cause a downturn of about 15%,” Rajinder Rai, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) president, said. Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) V-P Rajindera Kumar condemned the attack as dastardly. “As soon as such an incident takes place, negative travel advisories kick in, causing an immediate impact on the travel industry.” Mumbai received 10,37,157 foreign tourists in 2006, according to tourism ministry data, second only to Delhi. With terrorists specifically targeting US and UK citizens, India’s image as a safe holiday destination is bound to take a beating. Incidentally, the two countries together send the maximum number of tourists to India. In this particular case, Israeli tourists have also been targeted, No sunrise for tourism BUSINESS The Morung Express a fact that was previously unheard of. Israeli tourists have been a frequent target in several parts of the world. India is favourite destination thanks to the very different system that India offers -- compared to the military regimen the youth is forced to follow in their own country -- and the lack of discrimination against them. In fact, most of the Middle East is out of bounds for Israelis. Some of the most outrageous attacks have targeted Israeli nationals. For instance, in 2002, an Israeli-owned hotel and a plane belonging to an Israeli airline were targeted in Mombasa, Kenya, November 28, 2002. An all-terrain vehicle crashed through a barrier outside the Paradise Hotel and blew up when it hit the lobby. Also, two surface-to-air missiles were fired at an Israeli charter plane, but they missed. US, Canada and UK have advised against all but essential travel to Mumbai while Australia has asked its citizens to avoid all travel to the financial capital. Country travel advisories pointed out that foreign nationals had been targeted and suggested that they stay indoors, remain vigilant and monitor media reports. Australian authorities have asked nationals to keep away from unattended packages while Canadian travel advisories said that travellers should also anticipate localised travel disruption in the coming days as a result of the attacks. Travellers have been advised that they carry original identification documents at all times to ease passage through security checkpoints. An investor reacts as he looks at stock price monitor at a private securities company Friday November 28 in Shanghai, China. China’s stocks retreated Friday on proﬁt-taking but ended November with the biggest one-month gain in 15 months on optimism about a multibillion-dollar economic stimulus package. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.4 percent, or 46.7 points, to close at 1871.16. (AP Photo) The government on Thursday approved an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to enable any number of airlines to fly to each other’s destinations and enter into commercial agreements and code-share. The Cabinet approved the proposed air services agreement, which would be signed soon. Discussions between the two sides on it were held in February this year, an official spokesperson said. Under the agreement, which supersedes the previous one signed in 1989, both countries would be entitled to designate any number of airlines for operating mutually agreed services and enter into cooperative marketing arrangements like code- share or other commercial arrangements. The designated airlines would be free to decide tariffs at reasonable levels, based on commercial considerations, the agreement says, adding that each of the parties would have the right to intervene to prevent tariffs which would constitute “anti-competitive behaviour” or would “cripple” competition on a route. Both countries, under the agreement, would follow the obligations to protect the se- Government approves air services pact with UAE curity of civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference, the spokesperson said. The agreement would be signed on behalf of the two countries after approval by both sides and its implementation watched by the Civil Aviation Ministry, the spokesperson said. In another decision, the Cabinet approved the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between India and the League of Arab States to establish an India-Arab Cooperation Forum. This, the spokesperson said, would lead to enhanced friendship and relations between India and the Arab world. Nokia unveils new XpressMusic handset at Rs 20,000. The competition in the touchscreen phone segment is set to toughen with Finnish handset maker Nokia unveiling its latest model in the XpressMusic phones at Rs 19,999. “Nokia 5800 Xpress Music will be made available in either by December-end or January next year and will be priced at Rs 19,999,” Nokia India MD D Shivakumar told reporters in New Delhi.The company will also launch the beta version of the Nokia Mu- sic Store on 18th December this year, while the consumer version will be available in the first quarter of next year. “Mobile music will continue to be a key priority area for Nokia in 2009 and our strategy is aimed at developing the market for mobile music by following a partnership driven model that enriches consumer experience with innovative devices, accessories and local content, Nokia Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki said. Nokia Music Store, a part of the OVI, is an online music service that will deliver over a million tracks from global hits to local artists and works with one user interface. There are 11 Nokia Music stores in operation globally. The company has also tied up with international and Indian music companies like Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI, Warner, Tseries, Big Music and Yashraj to source content across regional and vernacular music labels. Nokia 5800 XpressMusic features a 3.2 megapixel camera, a 3.2inch widescreen display, and a virtual alphanumeric keypad along with a pen stylus for input. Bangkok airports shutdown ripples through region on Thai Airways. Their hub is shut and crippling their operations,” said Herdman, whose association’s 17 member airlines carry 33 percent of global air cargo and 18 percent of passengers. “The ripple effect for other Asian carriers in terms of rerouting passengers and cargo causes a significant knock-on disruption.” On a normal day, about 100,000 passengers pass through Suvarnabhumi, Herdman said. “That’s a lot of inconvenience for a lot of people,” he said. Thai International Airways PCL, losing $14 million in revenue a day with its fleet parked on the tarmac, said Friday it would try to operate flights from U-tapao airport, near the resort town of Pattaya, about 190 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. But it was unlikely the tiny airport could handle more than a trickle of extra passengers. U-tapao airport’s parking lot has room for just 100 vehicles and its terminal can accommodate only 400 people at once, according to its Web site. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways has scheduled two flights on Friday and Saturday from U-tapao airport to bring home Hong Kong residents, said spokeswoman Carolyn Leung. Air Macao and Malaysia’s AirAsia are also planning rescue flights to U-tapao. Suvarnabhumi airport grounded all flights after protesters took over terminals T uesday in an attempt to unseat PrimeMinisterSomchaiWongsawat’s government, which they claim is a puppet for ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra. It was the latest escalation in a sometimes violent four-month campaign by protesters to bring down the government. On Wednesday night, protesters overran a second smaller airport that mainly serves domestic routes, cutting off all commercial flights to the capital of Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy - an important manufacturing hub for automakers like Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Corp. Tourism officials and economists says the tourism industry’s losses over the remainder of the year will balloon to about 150 billion baht ($4.2 billion), equal to 1.5 percent of gross domestic product, with 2 million or more travelers canceling their plans. Exporters in Thailand are aghast at the rapidly mounting costs of lost trade, estimated by the Federation of Thai Industries at 2 billion to 3 billion baht a day ($57 million to $85 million). Vichai Assarasakorn, president of the Thai Gem & Jewelry Traders Association, said the jewelry industry faces export losses of $500 million a month if shipments of finished jewelry and loose gem stones to Europe, the U.S., Japan and other countries aren’t resumed. “We are facing a double crisis. Sales for December-January were already expected to be lower because of the U.S. liquidity problems,” he said. “Now customers have orders stuck at the airport. If they can’t be shipped, orders will be canceled.” Thai Airways said it Commercial planes park at the Suvarnabhumi international airport, Thursday, November 27, in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai authorities shut down Bangkok’s second airport Thursday after it was overrun by anti-government protesters, completely cutting off the capital from air trafﬁc as Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat rejected their demands to resign, deepening the country’s crisis. (AP Photo) C M Y K BANGKOK, NOVEMBER 28 (AP): The severing of air links with Thailand’s capital - a vital air hub that handles 3 percent of world air cargo and 100,000 travelers a day - rippled through the region with airlines scrambling to reroute passengers and freight as hopes for a quick resolution to the crisis faded. Thailand’s embattled government Friday backed away from a threat to use force to disperse the protesters who have shut down Bangkok’s two commercial airports, setting the scene for a prolonged disruption to transport across the region and a massive blow to the kingdom’s economy. Since Tuesday, dozens of airlines have canceled all flights to and from Bangkok until further notice while others made special arrangements to rescue passengers stranded in Thailand, some by utilizing a tiny airport southeast of the capital. Bangkok’s Suvar- nabhumi Airport, the main gateway to Thailand, is one of the world’s most “densely connected” airports, serving about 100 airlines with flights to 184 cities in 68 countries, said Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines. “The biggest impact is will arrange special flights for hundreds of Thai Muslims whose plans to go to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca - a oncein-a-lifetime event for most Muslims - have been disrupted by the airport chaos. One flight with about 250 pilgrims will depart Friday from Hat Yai airport in the country’s Muslim-majority south, said Thai Airways Executive Vice President Narongsak Sangapong. Monday is the last day they can arrive in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj. Singapore Airlines’ six daily flights to Bangkok remained suspended for a third day and the airline said it would waive any cancellation and rebooking fees for customers who lost flights. Japan Airlines, the country’s largest carrier, has canceled all five daily flights between Bangkok and three Japanese cities, including Tokyo, since Wednesday, which so far has affected more than 6,100 people. Most passengers stuck in Bangkok are still standing by with reservations at later dates. 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Dirhams Euro BUY(Rs) 48.65 74.73 5.41 498.51 12.23 30.23 135.05 12.46 63.12 SELL(Rs) 51.19 78.84 7.42 551.46 15.17 35.37 146.55 14.59 66.42 The Morung Express AGARTALA/AIZAWL,NOVEMBER 28 (AGENCIES): Reang tribal refugees, sheltered in six northern Tripura camps, Friday exercised their franchise for the Mizoram assembly elections after special arrangements were made for them, an official said.Over 8,000 refugee voters Wednesday boycotted the assembly polls, refusing to exercise their franchise through postal ballots forcing the Election Commission of India (ECI) to make special arrangements with normal ballot papers. “We decided to boycott the elections as only the names of candidates were written on the postal ballot papers with no symbols of party printed on the postal ballot papers,” said Elvis Chorkhy, president of the Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF). “The commission considered the request of the Reang tribal electors and ordered that for this general election the ballot papers should bear the symbol along with the name of the candidates,” an ECI notification said. The ECI has set up facilitation Tribal refugees cast votes for Mizo polls Bird ﬂu: M’laya sounds alert AIZAWL, NOVEMBER 28 (AGENCIES): UPA chairperson and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi promised to set up a corruption-free and transparent government in Mizoram if her party comes to power. Addressing election rallies in south Mizoram’s Lunglei town and Mizoram-Assam border Kolasib, she said the 90-MW T uirial Hydro Electric Power would be completed and New Land Use Policy (NLUP) to uplift the poor and marginal farmers would also be implemented. Coming down heavily on the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), the AICC president alleged that crores of rupees disbursed by the Centre for development of the state was grossly misused by the state government. “Peace dawned on Mizoram after twenty year-long insurgency ended due to the efforts made by my husband Rajiv Gandhi, but developmental centres to take votes in all the six camps in north Tripura and two camps in Mamit district of Mizoram. The voting has been conducted Friday and it would be held Saturday too. The election to the 40-seat Mizoram assembly is scheduled Dec 2 and the results are expected Dec 8. About 35,000 Reang tribal refugees are sheltered in six north Tripura camps for the past 11 years fol- REGIONAL/LOCAL Saturday 29 November 2008 Dimapur Sonia promises corruption-free govt LWSK annual fellowship today 5 Ofﬁcials busy in culling chickens following the outbreak of Bird Flu in and around 28 villages within a 3 Kilometer radius of the Hajo circle, on the outskirts of Guwahati on Nolowing ethnic clashes with the north of Tripura’s capital Agar- vember 28. The culling operation is going on full swing starting today. The state governmajority Mizos. Of the 35,000 tala. The Reangs, also called ment has initiated a compensation package for culling the chicken. (UB Photos) works could not take off due to massive corrupt practices of the MNF government,” she said. Not only development suffered, but also the people did not receive what was due to them and the poor people were still hungry, she said, adding, “my heart goes out to the poor in the state.” She also said the road conditions in the state and the power supply in the rural areas were not satisfactory. Accusing the MNF government of neglecting the health care sector, Gandhi said that the financial assistance to the tune of Rs 125 crore meant for those families, affected by famine caused by gregarious bamboo flowering, never reached them. The compensation sanctioned for those affected by the Mizoram-Bangladesh border fencing in south Mizoram also did not reach the affected families, she added. KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The Lazami Welfare Society Kohima will hold its annual fellowship cum thanksgiving service on November 29 at SFS Church Kohima, Below Kohima College. Rev. G. Kiyeto Sumi, ES SABAK will be the main speaker while greeting will be shared by Joshua Sumi, MLA. In this connection, all the Lazami citizens residing in and around Kohima have been invited to the fellowship. CORRIGENDUM With reference to the news article “Health melas in all districts next year” appearing in The Morung Express, November 28 issue, the Gynecological Laparoscopic Surgery Camp was held in Wokha. The camp was organized by Kohima Obstetric & Gynecological Society of Nagaland (KOGSON). refugees, about 8,000 refugees were eligible to cast their votes. “Voting was held in all the six north Tripura camps and two camps in Mamit district of Mizoram peacefully and no untoward incident was reported so far,” Debashish Sen, a special election observer of ECI, told IANS by phone from Kanchanpur refugee camp, 180 km Bru, are recognised as a primitive tribe and constitute about 10 percent of Mizoram’s one million population. Clashes with the Mizos in October 1997 forced them to flee to Tripura and other places. The Reang tribals have fielded three candidates in the Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts in southern and eastern Mizoram. SHILLONG, NOVEMBER 28 (PTI): With authorities in neighbouring Assam ordering culling of poultry after suspected cases of bird flu in its Kamrup district, Meghalaya on Friday sounded an alert to prevent outbreak of the disease in the state. State’s veterinary officials had a meeting to assess the preparedness and adopt measures to prevent the disease from spreading to the state. A veterinary official said deputy commissioners of all districts have been asked to be on alert, even as he said there were no cases of suspected bird flu in the state so far. He also ruled out culling of poultry as of now. Culling of poultry began on Friday in Kamrup district of Assam that shares border with Meghalaya’s Ri Bhoi and West Khasi Hills districts. Meghalaya already has in place 150 rapid response teams along with 2,170 personnel with protective equipment that was procured last year after the outbreak of bird flu in West Bengal. NPCC stands with Mumbai From page 1 The NPCC also mourned the deaths of several police officers and personnel, extending salutations for laying down their lives. “Though they are no more with us, the sacrificial deeds will be inscribed in the minds of the people as the highest sacrifice a person has ever given for his nation,” the NPCC said. “The NPCC is of the strong view that heartless act of committing crimes by the anti-national elements and terrorists against humanity have no place in our civilized nation therefore, situation demands that our nation rise to the occasion unitedly (sic) to stem out the human menace of terrorism and violence from the face of our nation and world,” the NPCC said. Congratulating the CM “for displaying your leadership capability and sagacity in tackling the issue with tenacity and firm hand” also conveys heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the bereaved families and wishes speedy recovery to the hundreds who sustained injuries. Potential of Naga youths need to be harnassed Our correspondent Kohima | November 28 Rio assures Bill on NSF demand From page 1 NSF president Imchatoba Imchen said that the NSF has called off today’s agitation and suspended the proposed bandh on December 1 after coming to understanding with the state government and at the same time receiving written reply from Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. Addressing a press conference, NSF president Imchatoba Imchen acknowledged the Chief Minister and his colleagues for showing concern for the plight of the younger generation. He also thanked the government for displaying the necessary political will to resolve the issue. The NSF however said that it will never keep sleep but will meticulously pursue the matter until it is legislated upon as assured by the state government. Meanwhile, the NSF acknowledged all the federating and subordinate units who stood with the Federation on the issue of superannuation. It also thanked the college student for responding to the call of duty during the agitation. The Federation also thanked the Naga people for supporting the NSF on fighting the issue of superannuation. The NSF was appreciative of Chief Minister for coming straight to the point, which it said has an indication of the government’s seriousness and committed to solve the issue. Meanwhile, the NSF said that today’s agitation was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from any corner of the state. THE 16TH FRESHER’S meet of the Kohima Post Graduate Students Union (PGSU) was held here today at Ura Academy with Vice Chancellor Nagaland University, Prof.K.Kannan as the guest of honour. Speaking at the occasion, the vice chancellor said that there is a lot of quality in Naga youth that needs to be harnessed. He cited for the need to have commitment and translate words to hard work. Highlighting on the various opportunities, he called upon the students to realize the talent in oneself and take advantage of the provided services. “Until we show what we have, the world is not going to come to us,” he said and encouraged the students to strive for skill development. Also stating “today’s biggest teacher is the library”, the vice chancellor underlined the prospects of open library available in the present era and urged to make the best use of it. He further advised the students to become pro-active, realize the good for oneself and not be an escapist. Earlier, introduction of fresher’s was made to the gathering and speeches on behalf the seniors and fresher’s was delivered by Khriekuo and L.Konshen Phom respectively. Presidential address was made by M.Alei Wabghra, president PGSU. A variety of special numbers, folk tune and entertainment marked the day-long programme. The programme was compered by Rulong and Kevino. Probe into British... Nagaland State Social Welfare From page 1 “Obviously, the priority of the Indian authorities is to complete this operation. They can then start identifying who are the terrorists, what is their background.” According to online newspaper reports, an Indian television news channel had reported that “British citizens of Pakistani origin” were among the attackers. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday that those behind coordinated attacks against Mumbai were based “outside the country,” which was widely interpreted as meaning neighbouring Pakistan. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was cautious regarding a British link. “I would not want to be drawn into early conclusions about this,” he said. “There is so much information still to be discovered and made available. “But obviously when you have terrorists operating in one country they may be getting support from another country or coming from another country,” he said, adding that he would speak to the Indian premier later in the day. Responding to swirling rumours about where the Mumbai militants came from, anti-terror police in northern England issued a statement playing down any local links. “At this stage we are not in receipt of any intelligence or information linking the events in India to our area,” said the Leeds-based Counter Terrorism Unit of West Yorkshire Police. Board informs KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The Nagaland State Social Welfare Board and Women Study Centre, Nagaland University in collaboration with the American Centre, Kolkata is screening a film “The day my God died” a film from the heart which recount trafficking of women & children and “What kind of a man are you” that speaks about a man’s responsibility to protect women from HIV/AIDS on December 2 at 3:00 PM at the Conclave Hall, LCS building, Near Ao Church, Kohima. Deputy Director Moulik D. Berkana, American Centre, Kolkata and other dignitaries from Nagaland will present on the occasion. List of the selected participants for participating in the ensuing 4th National Handloom Expo at Urban Hatt Complex, Dimapur w.e.f. 2nd Dec to 16th Dec’08 at Dimapur Sl. No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 Name of the Participants Inakali Achumi Z. Hekali Achumi K. Alice Kiba I. Khetoli Khulu Jishings Weaving & H/Craft Unit Kewekhro MPCS C.V.A. Weavers Toshi H/Craft Lanutila Weaving Imtikokla Weaving O. Amongla N. Ayangla Weaving Unit Addanee SHG Buatingle Alemla Longchar, CEWC Ayoklar Toili Iliho Jimo Vipewo SHG Grace Jimo Alo SHG Akhono Achum Elizabeth Murry Pongla Phom Thavee Co.Ltd Idea Focus Ltd. Knack 1992 Co Limala Limala Sungyu SHG People Mov. For Transformation SHG Ayoklar MPCS Ketsunuo Chuzho Washila South Wick Mission Medemlar SHG Shikali Sumi Asali Sumi K. Khuheli Tovi Jakha Ghotoli M/s Zawe SHG Atula Ao M/s Handloom Centre Molungajem SHG Yongkumlar SHG Gisging weavers Alon MPCS Marini SHG Kheliho Khekiho Hotoli Hukhavi Lily Chang Aomolung SHG Jemima H Kashini K Nitoli Hukali Tongpangkokla Z Aboli Sema Vikali Sema I. Asangla (Marsa) Fashion House Tokali Adenla MPCS Ahoni Y. Charity Society Alilenden Co.Op.Society Meyila Handloom Unit Lidiya SHG Longpakyu SHG A.Reena Devi L.Leisana Chanu M.Brojeshwori Devi Renu H/Loom &H/craft MPCS Ksh.Gambhini Devi A.Sorojini Devi M.Soﬁa Devi B.Thouranishabi Devi M.Rina Devi Address Thahekhu Village, Dimapur Thilixu Village Thilixu Village Nguvihe Village Kashiram, Dimapur Enhulumi Village Half Nagarjan, Dimapur Kevijau Colony, Dimapur Changtongya Town Thangloya Town Kevijau Colony, Dimapur Ao Khel, Dimapur Purana Bazar Tening Town Signal Angami Village, Dmr Aoyimti Colony, Dimapur Sematila, Dimapur Nguvihe Village, Niuland Nguvihe Village, Niuland Thilixu Village Hukhai Village, Niuland Rosa MPCS, Dimapur Meri Society Graziers MPCS, Dimapur Weaving & H/Loom Unit, Tening Jammu & Kashmir Thailand Thailand Thailand Soyim Society, Ungma, Mkg Aonglenden Soceity, Mkg Mkg Mkg Kubza Village, Mkg Lurhu Krotho SHG, Dimapur Purana Bazar, Naharbari Dimapur Akomen, Mkg D.C. Court Dimapur Purana Bazar, Naharbari Dimapur Naharbari, Dimapur Naharbari, Dimapur Naharbari, Dimapur Swu Weaving & Knitting Society Duncan Bosti, Dimapur Signal Angami, Dimapur Bank Colony, Dimapur Mokokchung Yimkonglenden, Dimapur Kashiram, Dimapur Dimapur Dimapur Thilixu Village -do-do-doAgri Colony, Dimapur Aongza Ward, Mokokchung Full Nagarjan, Dimapur New Thilixu Old Thilixu Thilixu Yonglang SHF,Mkg Thilixu Village Thilixu Village Purana Bazar Lingrijan Thilixu Purana Bazar Toluvi Village Mkg Mkg Ghotovi Village,Niuland,Dmr Dilong Ward, Mkg Wangkhei Yumlembam Leikai,Imphal Angon SHG, Imphal Wangkhei Tokpam Leikai,Imphal Khurai Chingangbam Leikai,Imphal Mantripukhri,Imphal Kongba Bazar,Imphal Kongba Bazar,Imphal Wangkhei,Imphal Imphal Imphal State Nagaland -do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-doJammu & Kashmir Thailand Thailand Thailand -do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-doManipur Manipur Manipur Manipur Manipur Manipur Manipur Manipur Manipur Manipur Neglect weighs down Kiphire’s police Mumbai Nightmare Ends? es of fire as forces cleared it floor by floor, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. Nearly 12 hours after the battle began, Indian troops left the building to cheers from the crowd. Mumbai Police Chief Hassan Ghaffoor said “the operation was ongoing” but in its “final stage.” Security officials said their operations were almost over. “It’s just a matter of a few hours that we’ll be able to wrap up things,” Lt. Gen. N. Thamburaj told reporters Friday morning. The group rescued from the Oberoi, many holding passports, included at least two Americans, a Briton, two Japanese nationals and several Indians. Some carried luggage with Canadian flags. One man in a chef ’s uniform was holding a small baby. About 20 airline crew members were freed, including staff from Lufthansa and Air France. “I’m going home, I’m going to see my wife,” said Mark Abell, with a huge smile on his face after emerging from the hotel. Abell, from Britain, had locked himself in his room during the siege. The well-coordinated strikes by small bands of gunmen starting Wednesday night left the city shell-shocked. Late Thursday, after about 400 people had been brought out of the Taj hotel, officials said it had been cleared of gunmen, but they later said two to three more were still inside with about 15 civilians. On Friday, India’s foreign minister pointed an accusing finger across the border at rival Pakistan. “According to preliminary information, some elements in Pakistan are responsible for Mumbai terror attacks,” Pranab Mukherjee told re- From page 1 The spokesman had no information on the hostages’ identities or whether there were wounded inside. Jewish law requires the burial of a dead person’s entire body, and the mission of the ultraOrthodox ZAKA volunteers is to rescue the living - and in the case of the dead, carry out the task of gathering up all collectable pieces of flesh and blood. Numerous local media reports, quoting top military officials, also said five hostages and two gunmen had been killed in the Jewish center. By Friday evening, at least nine gunmen had been killed, one had been arrested and as many as six were still in the Taj Mahal, said R. Patil, a top official in Mumbai. Others said there was likely only one or two gunmen still inside. Patil said more than 150 people had been killed and 370 injured. After hours of intermittent gunfire and explosions Friday at the Taj Mahal, a hotel with 565 rooms, the battle heated up at dusk when Indian forces began launching grenades at the hotel, where at least one militant was believed to be holed up inside a ballroom, officials said. Commandos had killed the two last gunmen inside the nearby Oberoi earlier in the day. “The hotel is under our control,” J.K. Dutt, director general of India’s elite National Security Guard commando unit, told reporters, adding that 24 bodies had been found. Dozens of people - including a man clutching a baby - had been evacuated from Oberoi earlier Friday. The airborne assault on the center run by the ultraorthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch was punctuated by gunshots and explosions and exchang- From page 1 In spite of its strategic location, sharing her boundary internationally with Myanmar besides Zunheboto, Tuensang and Phek, and a district having a geographical area of about 1255 Sq Kms, with a population of about 85 per Sq Kms, the ‘absence of check post in the entire district’ seems to be quite interesting. Surprisingly, except Kiphire H.Q. there is no other police station for the entire district, forcing the officers and jawans to perform additional duty in untold hardships. The only lock up for entire district is ‘stinking’, very porters in the western city unhygienic and is poorly maintained due to unavailability of of Jodhpur. “Proof cannot resources. This in itself shows the preparedness of the guardbe disclosed at this time,” he ians of the law in the service of its citizens. said, adding that Pakistan had assured New Delhi it would not allow its territory to be used for attacks against KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The Chesezu Youth India. Earlier Friday, Pakistan’s Association informed all the concerned that basing on GovDefense Minister Ahmed ernment and CPO resolutions, it has prohibited hunting, Mukhtar, in Islamabad, fishing and burning of jungles within the jurisdiction of denied involvement by his Chesezu village. Defaulters will be dealt with stern action country: “I will say in very according to the customary law after seizing the hunting categoric terms that Pakistan materials, a release received here said. is not involved in these gory incidents.” Indian home minister Jaiprakash Jaiswal said a captured gunmen had been identified as a Pakistani and Patil, the Maharashtra state official, said: “It is very clear that the terrorists are from Pakistan. We have enough evidence that they are from Pakistan.” Neither provided further details. Pakistan’s government said Friday that it will send its spy chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha, to India to help probe the attacks. The gunmen apparently came to Mumbai by boat, and Indian forces expanded their investigation to the sea. Authorities stopped a cargo ship off the western coast of Gujarat that had sailed from Saudi Arabia and handed it over to police for investigation, said Navy Capt. Manohar Nambiar. The gunmen were wellprepared, apparently scouting some targets ahead of time and carrying large bags of almonds to keep up their energy. “It’s obvious they were trained somewhere ... Not everyone can handle the AK series of weapons or throw grenades like that,” an unidentified member of India’s Marine Commando unit told reporters, his face wrapped in a black mask. He said the men were “very determined and remorseless” and ready for a long siege. 26 Indian Weavers Artisans Welfare Society CYA bans hunting 74 Kellyani Yumlembam 1. 1. 2. 3. Cafeteria Chumukedima,Dimapur Nagaland The selected participants are hereby directed to report to the Exhibition ground as mentioned above, along with their exhibits on 1st Dec’08. The participants are hereby directed to bring their banner/signage for display in their respective stall. The participants are also hereby directed to keep their exhibits in their respective stall under lock and key. The ofﬁce shall not held responsible in case of any losses/theft. Sd/- N. HUSHILI SEMA Managing Director 6 The Morung Express SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2008 VOL. III ISSUE 331 The Power of Truth IN-FOCUS C O M M E N T A R Y THE EDIT PAGE Raja Murthy t this unfolding hour of grief and trauma, our heart goes out to those who have been tragically affected by the ongoing attacks in Mumbai. Under such circumstances it is difficult to fully comprehend why the perpetrators and planners of the Mumbai attacks chose to express their dissent and demonstrate their anger through such a brutal and bloody method, resulting in the disastrous loss of innocent and valuable lives. The immediate concerns and priorities of any responsible authority would be to sincerely and efficiently take care of the needs of the survivors and those affected by the multiple attacks, to clearly identify the planners and pinpoint the core source(s) that extended logistical support to the highly trained perpetrators; and to carefully deconstruct the strategic planning process implemented by the perpetrators and to honestly tackle the loopholes in the security system that was exploited in the Mumbai attacks. These immediate priorities needs thorough evaluation are is critical towards creating short-term preventive measures. The more important and challenging task however is to engage with more long-term concerns; and to address the primary reasons that have given increased rise to acts of violence and terror, such as the one that is being experienced in Mumbai. Perhaps the most crucial question would be to examine the existing paradigm guiding the global “war on terror.” While the present paradigm is being pursued aggressively, it is the over dependence on the use of force which threatens its search for solutions to terrorism. The way the word terrorism is constructed today by governments and dominant media, it suggests a definition of an ‘enemy’ that cannot be conceptualized in traditional terms. Terrorism today is presented as a phenomenon built over time, without territory in the traditional sense. Hence, the present paradigm on the global war on terror is mostly a clash of culture, worldview, ideas, narrative, history, chosen glories and chosen traumas. It is a paradigm that is narcissistically obsessed with the ‘other.’ Such construction of terrorism makes conventional security measures ineffective and only leads to greater distrust, dehumanization and deeper polarization of perceived positions. To contribute in the process of preventing another Mumbai tragedy it becomes imperative to find solutions to the question of terrorism. And central to this process is not about who the “other” is, but it is really about who we are and how we respond to the issues of injustice. Therefore if we are to explore the idea of out-of-box solutions to terrorism, then it is quite essential that we first put a human face to it. Naturally this suggestion contravenes the existing paradigm of War on Terror, because all that this War on Terror has done is to create the image of an enemy of the ‘other’ and pursues the idea that purports the efficacy of force, which has only bred more violence. To make this world free of terrorism, demands that we must make this world free of violence. It is of absolute necessity to address the question of violence with clarity and foresight, because violence is at the root of terrorism. Violence implies all forms of violence that prevents the fullness of a dignified humanity. In the end, political courage is the living power of human perception that nurtures and expands a vision for the future by transcending the existing realities which is limited by present conditions of an impoverished mind. Today must be that day we decide to speak for ourselves and find solutions to the challenges of a shared humanity. A Confronting Terrorism MUMBAI’S NIGHT OF TERROR Fireﬁghters try to douse a ﬁre at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai Thursday, November 27. Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, a crowded train station and a Jewish group’s headquarters, killing people, and holding Westerners hostage in coordinated attacks on the nation’s commercial center that were blamed on Muslim militants. (AP Photo) he unprecedented night of horror in India’s financial capital began at about 9.30 pm for two Germans, Rita and Thomas, part of a Lufthansa in-flight crew finishing dinner at Leopold Cafe in Colaba in south Mumbai. Barely five hours earlier, Asia Times Online published an article mentioning the restaurant as a favorite of Western tourists, and this popularity caused it to be among the first of 12 terrorist targets on Wednesday night that killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 300, and the figures are rising. Apart from the cafe, groups of militants armed with automatic weapons and grenades burst into luxury hotels, a hospital and a railway station, spewing death. “I saw the terrorist firing his machine gun at people sitting at the next table,” Rita said, “and then thought the gun would turn around to me.” But the terrorist, in his mid-30s, swung the gun away from her, momentarily distracted by his accomplice waiting in the mezzanine floor and firing randomly at diners. Her life had been saved in that split second. A group identifying itself as the Deccan Mujahideen said it was responsible, per emails sent to news organizations. Virtually nothing is known of this group. “Deccan” is an area of India and “Mujahideen” is the plural form of a Muslim participating in jihad. Security officials believe it unlikely an unknown group could carry out such a precise and heavily-armed attack. It is more likely to be the work of the Indian Mujahideen, an Islamist group that has claimed responsibility for other attacks in India. On Thursday morning, speaking from inside the Oberoi where foreigners are being held hostage, a man identified as Sahadullah told India TV he belonged to an Indian Islamist group seeking to end the persecution of Indian Muslims: “We want all mujahideens held in India released and only after that we will release the people.” No one knows how the terrorists arrived in the city. One theory is that they came from the sea in an explosives-laden boat. But there is no doubt about their agenda. Rita, Thomas and Jesper, the latter the owner of a shipping company from Denmark, fell to the floor with other diners at the Leopold, some on top of each other. “We thought if we lay down and kept still, the gunman would think we are dead,” said Rita, a blonde stewardess serving on Lufthansa Flight 764 T LEFT WING | Rev.L. Suohie Mhasi e Nagas are proud of our people being around 95% are professed Christians. When our people were in severe affliction, the people prayed to God for their security and protection and God was so gracious that He sent a mighty Holy Spirit Revival which swept across the land as a result; the people were rejoicing and had experienced the power of the Spirit of God in changing lives and performing miracles. We know that nothing in the World can substitute the Spirit of Christ being at work in us. Bot now with the advancement educationally, economically and in the aspect of development our people are drifting towards materialism and revival of animistic festivals such as Sekrenyi, Moatsü, Tuluni etc. A festival is prepared, a chief guest normally a Minister is invited to grace the occasion, speech is delivered and dancing and singing were performed. The next day the highlight of the festival is published in the front page of local dailies. Religious discourse is made saying that the forefathers used to invoke blessing by observing such a festival. It is true that the forefathers did it but in what name? Is it in the name of an unknown God or a known God? There is no place in Christianity to invoke blessing through celebrating such a paganistic festival. Culture and Religious festival are different. We have to preserve and even improve the good part of our cultures and even to modernize the primitive culture. But culture and animistic festival are not to be admixtured. The Bible said, “Whatever you do, do it in the name of Christ. Can the animistic festivals be celebrated or observed in the name of Christ? Should fellow Christians who were former Hindus observe Durga Puja or Holi or Diwali as their culture? Or should Christians who were once Muslims observe Id as their culture? Our people used to invoke blessing be performing religious rites in different festivals. But we came to know the true God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and the old animistic religion was forsaken and became Christians. But when our people in general are drifting into the depth of liberalism under the pre text of preserving the forefather’s culture, should the servants of God remain silent spectators or encourage it by participating in it? W Revival of Animistic Festivals from Mumbai to Munich. As the machinegun-wielding murderer ran up to join his accomplice upstairs, the trio fled into an already panic-stricken street, over a dead body and leaving their bags, money, cell phones and unpaid dinner bill behind. But the night of terror for Rita and her friends was only beginning, as it was for a city of 13 million not unused to terrorist strikes but never in such prolonged horror. The trio were staying at the Oberoi Hotel in Nariman Point, a rare case of victims caught in two of the dozen terrorist-hit areas in Mumbai on the fateful night. Hemant Karkare, chief of the city’s anti-terrorism squad, was among three senior police officials killed in a police counter-attack against the terrorists holding hostages as the Oberoi and Taj Mahal. By 10.30pm outside the Oberoi, by the Arabian Sea on Marine Drive, it was surreally quiet, with roads dark and deserted, in contrast to the usual daytime office bustle in one of the city’s busiest and most expensive office areas. I reached the Oberoi minutes after seeing the news flash on TV even as gunmen , were holed up inside the hotel and police cordons were being thrown around the white-painted building. I recalled the Marriott in Islamabad, which terrorists struck on September 20, setting it alight. Would the Oberoi and Taj suffer the same devastating fate? No one nearby, including police constables, had any clear idea of what was happening, except that gun shots had been fired and there were multiple explosions. Small groups of bystanders joined fleeing uniformed hotel staff running into the night. Sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard from the Taj Mahal about two kilometers away. Oberoi hotel guests periodically raced out, crouching and escorted by poorly armed policemen. Sunil (name changed on request), a Marine Commando Special Forces Officer, residing nearby, had heard the first explosion outside the Oberoi. An explosives specialist, Sunil said that he gauged by the sound that it involved low-grade explosives of about 10 kilograms, of the kind that can be packed into a fire extinguisher and set off with a mobile phone ring as a trigger. Other explosions were grenade attacks, the first of many across Mumbai. “The explosion in the Air India building in the 1993 bomb blast attacks was so loud the ground shook,” remembers officer Sunil. “First you feel the building shake and then you hear the loud explosion.” At this point security men asked us to move away from the area, particularly since I was wearing a white shirt and could be a sitting target at night for bullets. It was a terrible feeling of deja vu for officer Sunil, who, like me, had similarly raced out into the streets in Churchgate on midday on Friday, March 12, 1993, to see a sea of glass shards amid dead, bleeding and dying bodies strewn around the Air India building, just a stone’s throw the Oberoi. In that incident, a series of 13 blasts killed up to 250 people, with 700 injured. Fifteen years later, Mumbai has suffered more serial terrorist strikes. In the intervening years, the city has been the victim of bomb attacks, but it has never seen anything like the carnage of Wednesday night - it was pure and simple urban warfare. Mumbai has been attacked six times since 1993. The last major attack was in in 2006 when 200 people were killed in attacks on the rail transit system. “This is a high-risk zone,” said officer Sunil. “There could be delayed explosions.” His prediction was correct; within 30 minutes, with gunfire and explosions had turned Mumbai into Baghdad. A black-suited Oberoi banquet manager was standing in a dark, nearly deserted lane opposite the outwardly silent hotel, staring up at the few lighted room windows. His hotel would be nearly empty of guests by the morning. The still surreal silence was broken occasionally by a rush of feet fleeing the hotel, or policemen crouching into firing positions near the hotel’s perimeter, or warning onlookers to go away. “Fortunately, we had only one function tonight, in one banquet room out of the nine we have,” the banquet manager said. “Otherwise, the causalities might have been higher.” He said the hotel had about 45% occupancy. “Two masked armed gunmen randomly fired from the ramp in the lobby,” the Oberoi shopping mall manager standing nearby reported on his cell phone to a senior. “The Kandahar [restaurant[ is badly damaged, sir. No word of causalities.” A pattern was emerging. Two-member teams of gunmen had fanned out across Mumbai, randomly firing into crowds and hurling grenades out of backpacks. Most of the targets were tourist-oriented, including railway stations and hospitals. Reports emerged of terrorists looking in particular for American and British guests at the Oberoi and Taj Mahal, two luxury landmarks and rated by Forbes and Conde Nast among the world’s best business hotels. In a sense, Mumbai and India’s economy was under attack. A young food and beverage trainee attending a roof-top party at the Oberoi had just escaped into the street, still panting, and reported seeing a Japanese guest shot in the hip. “Another guest said he had seen a man being shot dead before his eyes,” he said. “We heard there is another explosion in Mazgaon Docks. We live near there and have to go.” By 11.30 pm, when I met Thomas, Rita and Jesper near the Air India building facing the Arabian Sea, Marine Drive had turned into a Hollywood disaster movie set: ambulances, police vehicles, satellite TV vans, trucks of heavily armed soldiers rumbling into the zone and reporters screaming into their cell phones. Thomas and Rita were desperately trying to contact three missing crew members, not yet sure whether one of them had escaped alive out of the Leopold Cafe. Soldiers were moving into the Oberoi, seven grenade explosions rocked the Taj Mahal, India’s first-ever five-star hotel, with its famous sea-facing dome on fire. Like other hotel guests, the Lufthansa crew were stranded outside for the night. Shipping company owner Jesper had experienced bullets flying near his head when he served as solder in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Yugoslavia 13 years ago. “We were caught in the crossfire between Bosnians and Serbs,” Jesper remembered. “But tonight was more terrifying because I had no gun to defend myself. Soldiers firing on soldiers in a war is easier to understand than civilians firing at other civilians.” “This is my first visit to Mumbai and I like it,” said Rita, who nearly lost her life in the Leopold Cafe and escaped being killed in the Oberoi in a night of terror that she and Mumbai will never forget. “But I don’t want to come back here again.” Lufthansa eventually picked up Rita, Thomas and Jesper in the morning and moved them to the Hyatt Residency near the airport. Flights out of Mumbai were expected to be full on Thursday. But Mumbai has so far refused to heed chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s advice to stay indoors. Office attendance is expected to be down, but suburban trains are running and the city is attempting to come out to work. For stoic, terrorist-battered Mumbai, work and life go on. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR CMCF IMBROGLIO “After every rain there is sunshine.” In the year 2007 when the YES Team under the YouthNet traveled statewide to all the 11 districts of Nagaland, one of the main grudges the students and youths of Nagaland felt against the government was the Political Interference into the Chief Minister Corpus Fund and Prime Minister Rozgar Yojana. It was agreed by one and all that the dissatisfactory result was by such undue interference. After the wide discussion and publicity done in the right knowledge of the government, still the government agency wants to remain blind to the rules and regulations set in the guidelines in black and white! What the Angami Students Union has done should serve as an eye opener for the rest of all the other youths of our state. 1. The rule number 7 (seven) in the selection guideline for CMCF clearly mentions; ‘One representative from the apex students body of the district’. 2. Given and acknowledged of the fact that one main reason for the failure of CMCF and is political interference and isms of all kinds; how can we blindly continue committing the same error? 3. Will the selection boards in other districts too be blind enough to not-see the rules clearly written in black and white? 4. Will the only genuinely deserving candidates be selected, as is meant to be? 5. As for the aspiring candidates; do you really have it in you that you are applying for or you want to misuse it as a free political/government grant? Your irresponsibility is a burden to the Naga society. Rest assured we can now be optimistic that the selection boards in the districts will no more act ultra vires. Now the Nagas have one big question; will the students’ unions inclusion into the selection board bring a better result? By being given the chance to sit in the Selection Committee, our students unions are representing the whole of the Naga youths. This is our chance to make the unmade, correct the incorrect and set an example that Naga youths can be relied upon. Nagas in general will now be watching and the Naga youths to prove our worth. Let’s support the just and together fight the unjust while we still have hope. Joshua Sheqi YouthNet S O U N D BITE “According to preliminary information, some elements in Pakistan are responsible for Mumbai terror attacks. Proof cannot be disclosed at this time.” Pranab Mukherjee, Foreign minister Joint Forum appeals for Peace •Sir- The Joint Forum of GBs & DBs Nagaland while appreciating all the Naga National Workers groups for restraining themselves from factional clashes and killings in honour and respect with the appeal made by all the sections of Nagas, once again appeal all groups to maintain complete and conducive atmosphere of peace and tranquility in our land. As the Christmas and New Year is approaching let us uphold the love of oneness as brothers and sisters in Christ. The GBs & DBs of Nagaland extend a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year wishes to one and all. A.Taku Longkumer, Convenor Lungrahei Herie, Secretary “America is needed - an America that is strong, democratic and sure of itself - for the entire world, not just for Americans. We are seeing that if it’s bad for America, it’s bad for us all.” Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet leader Letters to the Editor should be sent to: The Morung Express, House No. 4, Duncan Bosti, Dimapur - 797112, Or –email: email@example.com. All letters (including those via email) should have the full name and Postal address of the sender. Readers may please note that the contents of the articles, letters and opinions published do not reﬂect the outlook of this paper nor of the Editor in any form. SATURDAY THE MORUNG EXPRESS 29 NOVEMBER 2008 7 PERSPECTIVE NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE AND DISCOURSE Terrorists and the Civil Society: DIALOGUE THE WAY FORWARD? The issues of Climate and Global Warming have today become the greatest challenge to the human strive for its continued and dignified existence. Together, they impact every aspect of life on earth and constitute a threat like never before in human history. Therefore in our humble attempt to create public awareness that will result in public action, the Morung for Indigenous Affairs and JustPeace in partnership with LEAD, is introducing the weekly Climate Change Corner, which will be published every Saturday. Hope you will find it useful. Oh! Kohima! Quo Vadis? Renilo Nuh | Climate Change LEADer Nagaland I have just reached my computer after a CCL presentation in a public interaction with the Karmariders of Germany in the Circuit House Dimapur. We Climate Change LEADers of Nagaland, while presenting the “Naga side” of Climate Change, were pleasantly surprised to find the Karmariders amazingly sensitive to CC issues and open to hear our reality. Karmariders are a bunch of university students from Germany cycling for a cause to bring solidarity, peace and friendship between the worlds focusing on the children of the developing worlds. Our new German friends said they were cycling, and not motoring, to express their support for a environment friendly world. Now to finish this article before the editor’s deadline this evening. Time: 9AM Place: Kohima town Its morning peak hour. Just about every one in town seems to be in a hurry to get where they want to. They may all have different destinations, but the way things are going, they are all headed the same way. Rhetorically speaking as well. Its enough to drive you nuts! Negotiating through the snakelike never ending traffic congestion in our capital town makes one wonder why the authorities still maintain a lukewarm attitude to the most urgent need in our developing state. I have been following trends with research for a while now and what follows is for you to judge. First the micro economics of trafﬁc jams Take the case of a petrol driven light vehicle - our Maruti taxi, Gypsy or Ambassador car. Add to this the 2 KM road stretch from PR Hill to TCP Gate (below war cemetery) in Kohima. The snakelike traffic moves in stops and starts every few meters. Bored passengers look mindlessly at the hoardings. Drivers suppress their impatience and twiddle their fingers restlessly on the steering wheel. Who cares for what’s going on in the engine? Engine running, foot on brake, clutch half depressed. Your vehicle is guzzling up fuel while the clutch disc and brake shoes are crying out for replacement. All this in the few meters you cover. OK. So now lets put some monetary figures and data to this scenario. In 2006, a survey conducted by the Traffic Engineering Cell (R&B) of NPWD 2006 recorded that about 1400 vehicles plied One Way everyday on this stretch 2 KM of road (PR Hill to TCP). This has probably crossed 2000 vehicles by now. To add to this potpourri of human mayhem, let us add 1 litre of petrol burnt up . That’s a very low estimate, but still over Rs.50. Add a small pinch of Rs. 5 for wear and tear of clutch and brake. Forget the rest. This is just for 1 vehicle. Think 2000 vehicles (its increasing every day). Guess how much per day in this 2KM? Rs. 1, 10, 000! Every day! Now think 280 days (yes, even roads have their weekends). Guess how much we spend to crawl this 2 KM stretch? A little over Rs. 3 crores. And you can keep the change, thank you. Trafﬁc jams and slow death Looking deeper into cracks and potholes on the roads. They are blackened by exhaust fumes caking the dust and slush. Imagine this in the lungs of pedestrians and bikers. Ughhh! But this is happening day, in out, through out the year. And rising. Business as usual and just another day in this 2KM stretch. Experts will tell you that pollution from emission of smoke in the form of Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Carbon dioxide (CO2) contributing to global warming will have a far more reaching severe impacts and the costs associated could never be repaid back for the effects inflicted upon our future generations if we don’t act NOW! Oh, and did I forget to mention more poisonous gases like methane, sulphur dioxide and chloro fluro carbons? In 5 years time, Kohima will be a city of chronic lung disease patients. I wonder how many students today are harbingers of this time to come and suffer from constant coughs and asthmatic attacks? Very soon, the vales around Kohima will echo every night with the coughs of its citizens. And now for the twist in the tail. The macro economics of trafﬁc jams It is well and good to speak of financial costs from our traffic jams vis a vis fuel. Now lets talk about the loss to our state GDP and human capital. For a moment, lets forget about the persons who have taken leave to sit outside the doctors chamber with a hacking cough. Now these vehicles I have mentioned have on an average at least 3 people in each vehicle. These 3 persons spend at least 90 minutes in a traffic jam each day. For 5 days a week. That’s 22.5 hours per week per vehicle. Or a little over 3 mandays, assuming 7 hours comprising a manday. Taking an average cost of Rs.150 that the state exchequer pays for a days work (which is way, way too low as average salaries are well over Rs.4500 per month) the cost to the state is……….. Rs. 6 crores per year for 2000 vehicles with 3 persons in each! The skeptics may get their calculators out in disbelief. But remember, the average salary in Kohima is well over Rs. 10,000 per month from all sources. Go figure!!! So where does society stand to gain from all this? The time lost and the man hours wasted in the traffic jams will never make our society prosper no matter how hard we toil, leave aside the resources spent as worked out above. Consider the upstream and downstream fallouts. File take that much longer to process, information takes that much longer to reach, ambulances are late by that vital few minutes, meetings get that much more difficult to attend on time. (“Sorry, I’m late, Sir…. traffic jam”) Do we not have the will to take all this seriously? Can we not consider looking at better options rather than curse our existence and take it lying down? Why can’t the citizens of Kohima sit down and discuss alternatives to a man made problem? A problem that is aggravated by the apparent “haves” and “have nots”. Having a pilot or a red beacon does make a difference. But who pays the cost in the long run? It’s a huge cost to pay for lacking political and social will. Isn’t this the same attitude we have towards Climate Change? We continue to buy fans in Kohima (recently I was in a meeting run with AC’s on….in Kohima!). Where are we headed? If you have an answer, please let me know. Cough. The Climate Change Leaders (CCL) programme is sponsored by EHDRC, LEAD India (www.leadindia.org ). There are 8 CCL’s in Nagaland and 30 in the North East Region. The Nagaland CCL’s invite you to respond to this article online at www.morungexpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org People stand around a damaged vehicle at the site of an explosion in Mumbai Wednesday, November 26. Gunmen targeted luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in at least seven attacks in India's ﬁnancial capital Wednesday, wounding 25 people, police and witnesses said. A.N Roy police commissioner of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, said several people had been wounded in the attacks and police were battling the gunmen. "The terrorists have used automatic weapons and in some places grenades have been lobbed," said Roy. Gunmen opened ﬁre on two of the city's best known Luxury hotels, the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi. They also attacked the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station in southern Mumbai and Leopold's restaurant, a Mumbai landmark. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the attacks. (AP Photo) T Imsenperong he recent terrorist attacks in India (not mentioning of terrorism in other parts of the world) especially in places like Bangalore, Jaipur, Delhi, Assam and Mumbai (as I write this article Mumbai is grappling with the worst terrorist attack in recent years) leaving hundreds of innocent people dead besides destroying properties worth thousands of rupees gives a clear signal that terrorism knows no boundary in its action. The Malegaon blast and subsequent arrest of some of the custodians of law gives a lucid indication that terrorism does not belong to one community but it breeds in all human communities. ‘There’- it could be Muslim Jihadist, ‘Here’- Hindu fundamentalist and ‘Somewhere’- it could be Christian Crusaders, with whatever name you call - Terrorism or Armed struggle or Insurgency. The present decade’s history is so much occupied with “terrorist,” “terrorism” or “war on terror” and poses a major problem to the world. After the attack on the WTC (World Trade Centre) on September 11, 2001 (9/11) where more than 3000 innocent people, mostly who have never associated with the act of terrorism or plan against terrorist attacks, lost their lives. There have been a chain of attacks in different parts of the world. The Beslan School hostage in Russia by Chechen separatists (described in the media as the worst terrorist attack after 9/11) on September 3, 2004 ended up with the lost of more than 500 children who even do not know how to spell the word “terrorist” or “terrorism” became the victim of the world’s worst undeclared war. What about London bombing in 2005? The 7/7 bombing, as it is called, where a series of coordinate bomb blasts carried out by British Islamist extremists that hit the transport system in London, killing 52 commuter and injuring more than 700 is not a small story of the past but it is an unending story. What is more painful in our recent memories is the 11/7. The Mumbai bombing on July 11, 2006 that took only a period of little more than eleven minutes but killed more than 184 people and injured more than 714 people on the suburban railway in the country’s financial and entertainment capital. A cursory look on these few acts of terrorism not forgetting the serial bomb blast in Assam on October 30, 2008 that claimed 81 lives and over 470 injured, poses a dilemma. All these acts of terrorism inject a dilemma of uncertainty, suspense and insecurity in the vein of our civil society. The terrorist attacks do not only appeal to us to think earnestly because of the loss of lives but more importantly the killing is deliberate. If we are to measure by “body count” in India, traffic kills far more than bombs that slip from the hands of terrorists. But we are outraged by what the terrorists do. It’s a deliberate act and the bombers want any one of us dead, or are at least prepared to kill any one of us, to show that they are able to make a political point. This is the point that arouses the resentful backlashes. Does civil society need to redefine its approach to terrorism? Or should we do nothing, leaving the violence accelerated? Civil society also needs to make some concession for a better and right response to terrorism. Terrorism is a part of a cycle of violence in which we are all involved, a cycle of potential war between civil society and the terrorists. Is retaliation imperative and just in the context of terrorist attacks? Terrorism is an expression of anger generally against the civil society, the more civil society tries to fight it, the stronger it becomes. In the climate of terrorist attack on WTA (9/11) U.S. government declared “war on terrorism”- the phrase first coined by President Ronald Regan in 1980s during the U.S.-sponsored terrorist war against Central America, Middle East, and Africa. Regan’s Administration called terrorism a “plague spread by deprived opponents of civilization itself ”. However the phrase became a more frequent and generic use as “war on terror” after 9/11. Though there is no common internationally agreed definition on terrorism, it includes acts which are intended to create fear (terror), perpetrated for an ideological goal and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants. The person who does either one or all these is a terrorist. As a result of this declaration today every country is negatively occupied by the phrase, that terrorist has become venomous (but more of psychological than social, more of religious than political, more of a single community than a state or a nation). As a right thinking member of a civil society, does this approach justify and yield result? Ever since the declaration of “war on terror” all the countries furnished the earlier acts related to criminal acts or enacted a newer anti-terrorism laws that serve and suit best to the policy of the state. In the United States they have USA PATRIOT Act, which has become a blue print for anti-terrorism laws passed by governments around the world. UK has Terrorism Act 2006 and Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (UK) and the list goes on. In India we have POTA. Its unique character is, it’s versatile. It is ‘hold-all law’ that could apply anyone from an Al Qaeda operative to a disgruntled bus conductor. As with all anti-terrorism laws, the genius of POTA is that it can be whatever the government wants. With all these Anti-terrorism laws does the world see any result of minimizing terror attacks or is it injecting more fear in the society or its just a game play? What is more surprising is that the terrorists killed only 3000 innocent people on 9/11. However, the immediate retaliation to this attack was occupation of Iraq where more than one lakh innocent Iraqis lost their lives since the 2003 invasion by US-led forces. Affecting 22% of Iraqi family to lose at least one house hold member, 43% died from gunshot wound, 20% from the impact of car bomb, 9% from aerial bombardment, 6% as a result of war related accident etc. This Iraq “adventure” cost US government no less than 550 billion dollars as of August 2008. Is retaliation against terrorism justified? In India only a few hundred or a thousand people died related with terror attack but how many people are detained, mentally tortured under terrorist law and the same is used exclusively against certain community? As of October 2004 in Jharkhand alone, 3200 people mostly poor Adivasis were accused of being Maoists and have been named in criminal complaints under POTA. The similar acts continue to take place in other Indian states. Under this law security is tightened up and more law keeping personnel are deployed, however, the presence of law keeping personnel becomes a problem for the innocent people. For instance, in Kashmir, roughly 3000-4000 militants (terrorists) are operating and to control these militants Indian government deploys no less than 4,50,000 soldiers which the local people see as occupation force. Some of the right thinking people and those who give importance to human values consider that the primary purpose of POTA is not to target terrorist but intimidate civil society. Is there any moral, ethical and social credibility in this approach? If this is the case the civil society should also know that the terrorists are somebody’s freedom fighters and heroes. My simple rationale for discussing on terrorism ends with a question: Does beefing up security measure help in fighting and bringing down the scale of terrorist attacks? Along with anti-terrorist laws, sophisticated weapons and equipments are used. For instance installing Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in susceptible places like markets, shrines, hospitals and colleges can help garner information on terrorist attacks. This may either help in declining in the number of bombing or a greater incentive to go for one high-intensity blast at a strategic location. Does it poke down the motif and attitude of the terrorists? What about the suicide bombers? Do they need to be cautious of the presence of CCTV cameras? Britain had started using CCTV cameras during the 1970’s and today it has the highest number of camera surveillance in the world. In London alone there is a good chance that one will be captured by over 300 cameras in a single day. Albeit studies show a decline in vandalism but what happened even though they are equipped with CCTV cameras in London underground stations? Could these cameras prevent the bomber to carry out the mission? States may use more sophisticated wi-fi enabled camera but is it imperative? In a news article, it is predicted that by 2010 most towns in Haryana would come under hi-tech CCTV surveillance through wi-fi system covering all major sensitive locations. Can all these precautions put a stop to the terrorist attacks or will make the terrorists more sincere in carrying out their attacks? Whatever strategy civil society can make in retaliation to terrorism within a moment it is in everybody’s ear but the strategy of the terrorists is hidden till it is activated upon the civil society causing million dollar worth loss. In human relationships we need social values and if we try to over power it, there will be backlash. Tit for tat theory doesn't give any positive outcome. Terrorists are humans and stand for their right from their perspective. They should be treated with human values. What is most vivid is that the President-elect Barak Obama after the election, told the media that his top priority is to stump out Al-Qaeda once and for all and the interesting instant reply from Al-Qaeda was that they will work for the removal of Obama. Should we allow the theory of retaliation that accelerates violence to rule between civil societies and the terrorist or needs a new approach? The terrorists’ responses to the retaliation propel the war on terror. It seems terrorism has greater impact in response to the retaliation action by the civil society than the actually intended purpose. And it all go on in the cycle of violence. We have seen that in retaliation to the attack on WTC America went on occupying of Iraq and Afghanistan. Each killing is defended as retaliation for the last. Killing of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan (both happened to be Muslim countries) by American sponsored war on terror aggravated fellow Muslims through out the world and retaliation followed against the states who are following the similar policy on terrorism. The cycle of violence goes on. For instance, Muslims retaliated to the war in defence of their comrades in faith in a Hindu dominated country like India, aggravating its people (Hindu) to retaliate in defence of their states. That’s how Hindus have now become to be associated with these terrorists by calling them “Hindu terrorists” (whether everyone agrees to that term or not is out of our purview). Will it happen in Christian dominated country or state and be called “Christian Terrorist (Crusader)”? These blocks may repeat the same cycle on a huge scale. There is a dangerous gulf between these blocks. Taking retaliatory action to terrorist attacks as imperative could ruin our world. Everybody loves peace, freedom and justice. These values are curbed in the name of providing it by both sides. We should know that all those who were killed in America 9/11, London 7/7, Mumbai 11/7, Assam 30/10 and so on, are our sons, daughters, husbands, wives and parents but we should also know that each of them killed in the street of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir and each of the prisoner tortured in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, detained and tortured under POTA are also our dear ones. Terrorism is vicious, ugly, and dehumanising for its perpetrators as well as for its victims. This should be wiped out from the face of social arena. Peace should reign in the context of terrorism. However, nothing can buy peace at the cost of justice. The only option left for us is to break out the cycle of violence. Harmony in our existence depends so much on whether we can break the chain of violence through human values. This requires a serious dialogue between the civil society and the terrorists. This is the immediate response to the act of terrorism and unless we do it or change the approach irreversible mutual hatred will set in. Dialogue could be the option instead of trying to dominate the other by imperialistic fashion. We should remember that “terror only begets terror”. “Dialogue” may sound vacuous but that is not true and misleading. “Listening” is imperative in the context of a struggle between “us” and “them”. The two key topics in this dialogue could be, one, learning from political and religious truth on each side and the other listening from different narratives of recent history. Listening is not easy as it sounds. There is psychological conflict involved in persuading group to listen to each other’s stories and to look for the possibility of a narrative that does justice to the truth of both side. In this there would be a question on moral credibility of bombs in the underground and the cluster-bombing civilian in an illegal war. This is not an easy job as to have peace and justice is no easy job. It involves risk. While one side gains in its intellectual explanation one side may turn out to be less defensive too. We should not reward a terrorist by capitulating their demands. It is talking and listening. “Never talk to terrorist” is a bad slogan. Talk is not an answer to killing but it’s a beginning to acknowledge the truth in the story of both terrorist and civil society. Unless the civil society and the terrorists sit together and share each other’s point of view in an open and conducive atmosphere the world is bound to see more terror! Rengma Ngada message -2008 Celebrate Ngada with clean heart and body, Put one one’s best traditional dresses, Put on one’s best ornaments, Forgive each other’s wrong, Appreciate and praise friends, Through songs and dances, Sing together, dance together, and eat together, Not forgetting God, Who grant us a successful year. Ngada conclude the success year, And begins a new year. We come to this world but once, We live in this world but once, Life is dear Make it dearer by doing good. And still do better on Ngada day. KHILLO G. RENGMA, President Western Rengma Hoho Readers may please note that, the contents of the articles published on this page do not reﬂect the outlook of this paper nor of the Editor in any form. C M Y K 8 Dimapur Saturday 29 November 2008 3 Lashkar ﬁdayeen captured NATIONAL The Morung Express Seven days’ state mourning announced on V P Singh’s death NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 28 (AGENCIES): The Government has announced seven days’ state mourning throughout the country as a mark of respect to former Prime Minister V P Singh who passed away on Thursday. During this period, the National Flag will fly half mast on all buildings and there will be no official entertainment, an official release said. It has also been decided to accord state funeral to the departed leader. The funeral will take place at Sangam in Allahabad on Saturday. 5 militants killed in J&K encounter; IED detected Members of anti-terrorist squad take position during an engagement with suspected militants outside the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai on November 28. (AP Photo) C M Y K MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 28 (AGENCIES): Maharashtra Police investigators say they have evidence that operatives of the Pakistanbased Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the fidayeen-squad attacks in Mumbai – a charge which, if proven, could have far-reaching consequences for India-Pakistan relations. Police sources said an injured terrorist captured during the fighting at the Taj Mahal hotel was tentatively identified as Ajmal Amir Kamal, a resident of Faridkot, near Multan, in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Highly-placed police sources said two other Pakistani nationals had also been held in the course of intense fighting on Thursday. All three, the sources said, identified themselves as members of a Lashkar fidayeen squad. Based on the interrogation of the suspects, the investigators believe that one or more groups of Lashkar operatives left Karachi in a merchant ship early on Wednesday. Late that night, an estimated 12 fidayeen left the ship in a small boat and rowed some 10 nautical miles to Mumbai’s Gateway of India area. The investigators say the fidayeen unit of which Mr. Kamal was a part then split up into at least six groups, each focussing on a separate target: Mumbai’s Nariman House, which is home to a large number of Israeli families and a Jewish prayer house; the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus rail station; the Cama hospital; the Girgaum seafront; and the Taj and Trident Oberoi hotels. Meanwhile, intensified checkings and patrolling were being carried out at bus terminals, railway stations, airport, cinema halls and other public places. Hotel authorities were also asked to step up security at their establishments. In the national capital that witnessed a serial blast in September, policemen have been deployed in full strength. The city is going to polls on Saturday. “Our men have been briefed about the situation. We have strengthened the security by having maximum deployment. Checkings are being conducted at public places,” a senior Delhi Police official said. Leaving nothing to chance, security has also been stepped up at railway and Metro stations, inter-state bus terminals, airport, cinema halls, shopping malls and other sensitive points, he said. Police personnel were deployed across Tamil Nadu at places, including hotels and places of worship, where people congregate. A meeting of top police officials of the state was held on Thursday night. “We have taken certain decision regarding security and we are keen that they are implemented to the best,” DGP K P Jain said. In star hotels and railway stations, Jain said, “we have ensured more physical presence of police.” In Kerala, security has been strengthened across the state, especially at Sabarimala temple where thousands of devotees are pouring in, as the annual pilgrimage is on. Authorities beefed up vigilance at all levels in Pune as terrorists struck ten places in south Mumbai which led to closure of many schools on Thursday. Joint Commissioner of Police, Pune Rajendra Sonavne appealed to citizens to ignore rumours and go about their daily chores without reservations. However, the terror strikes had a little impact on the normal life of this satellite city which has emerged as one of the centres of suspected terrorist activity in various forms. Police had stepped up patrolling throughout the city covering important junctions as well as five-star hotels. An alert has been sounded in Andhra Pradesh, too, where security has been tightened at all vital institutions and famous temples, besides railway and bus stations, police said. A Red alert has been issued in Karnataka as well. Navy, Coast Guard Capture ‘Mothership’ ister Vilasrao Deshmukh has said earlier today that the terrorists got ashore in South Mumbai from boats. “We have been boarding number of vessels and so far we have found that most of the ships searched has valid papers,” the Admiral told a news channel. Damle said the Navy was assisting Mumbai police and NSG in the operations against the terrorists. On security measures initiated by the Navy, he said that in the past one year offshore patrol vessels ‘Sujata’ and ‘Sharda’ and Fast Attack Craft Bangaram have been extensively deployed for patrolling duties off the coast of Kerala and off the Lakshadweep islands. These ships also monitor the Sea Lanes of Communication or SLOCs passing close to Kerala and Lakshadweep, he said. He said the recent decisive intervention by the Indian Navy off the coast of Somalia is a timely reminder that the Navy is capable of protecting the country’s maritime interests. He said the Indian Navy’s initiative to take action against Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden has been recognised all over the world. MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 28 (AGENCIES): The Indian Navy and Coast Guard have caught the ‘mothership’ called MV Alpha, 112 km from Mumbai, that reportedly smuggled the terrorists in Mumbai from Karachi. A CG spokesman said that searches were being carried out on board the ship but declined to elaborate. “The Naval and Coast Guards ships have since Thursday morning intercepted and checked Italian chef and father Emanuele Lattanzi, left, and his daughter walk out after being rescued antecedents of all the vessels from Oberoi Trident Hotel where suspected militants are holed up in Mumbai. (AP Photo) operating or moored around the metropolis,” Vice-admiral J S Bedi Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Command said earlier in the day. The surveillance of large areas of the Arabian Sea is still on, Bedi said as he disclosed that two Naval War Ships along with vessels from the Coast Guard, Helicopter and Dronniers Maritime reconnaissance Aircraft were involved in the massive sea-hunt. These comments come in the wake of eye-witnesses saying they had seen young men in their early twenties carrying heavy rucksacks disgorge from High Speed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right, meets an injured man at the J J hospital in Boats off the Gateway of India. Maharashtra Chief MinMumbai.(AP Photo) Indian National Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, greets his party supporters during an election rally in Udhampur, about 65 kilometers north of Jammu on November 28. (AP Photo) In a ﬁrst, India refuses to negotiate with terrorists NEWDELHI,NOVEMBER 28 (AGENCIES): Probably marking a first in its reaction to hostage situations, India has refused to negotiate with terrorists, even though almost 40 foreigners were held captive by jihadis in Mumbai. India seems to have joined countries like US, Israel, Russia and some from Europe in refusing to negotiate with terrorists on hostages. Sources said there was no question of negotiating with the Mumbai terrorists – but it was important to “talk” to them. There are two aims in this – buy time for an eventual armed encounter, and get the hostages released in small batches, starting with women and children. India has a bad record in hostage situations – starting with the 1989 abduction of Rubaiyya Sayeed when her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed was home minister. SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 28 (PTI): Security forces shot dead five militants in a fierce gun battle in Bandipora and averted a major tragedy with the timely detection of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said on Friday. The militants were killed in a day-long encounter with security forces at Gujar Pati area of Bandipora in North Kashmir on Thursday, the sources said. Two residential houses, where the ultras had taken shelter, were damaged during the gun battle, they said, adding the fight broke out early on Thursday when police assisted by Rashtriya Rifles launched a search and cordon operation following specific information about the presence of militants there. While bodies of two militants were recovered from the spot on Thursday evening, three more charred bodies of the ultras were recovered from debris of the houses on Friday afternoon, the sources said. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants could not be ascertained immediately, but they are suspected to be foreigners, they said. Another encounter between militants and security forces broke out at Panzgam village of Pulwama in the afternoon, the sources said, adding further details are awaited as the gun battle was still going on. Police assisted by Rashtriya Rifles detected an IED planted by militants on the main road between village Wachi and Niyana in Pulwama district on Thursday evening, they said. The IED was later defused by the bomb disposal squad. During the 1999 IC-814 hijack, India gave in to demands of Pakistani terrorists supported by Taliban. In return, India released three highly dangerous terrorists – Masood Azhar, who went on to create Jaish-e-Mohammed, Mushtaq Zargar and Omar Sheikh who is convicted of killing US journalist Daniel Pearl. In the years that followed, India learnt some things about hostage negotiations and its new resilience was tested on Thursday. In recent years, there have been attacks on Akshardham temple, and Raghunath and Shiva temples in Jammu in 2006, but they did not evolve into hostage situations. There had been no occasion until Mumbai to test the new Indian policy. But all accounts are that Indian security personnel did not negotiate with terrorists for ransom or for the hostages but only as a tactic to gain time. CID website hacked ANDHRA PRADESH, NOVEMBER 28 (AGENCIES): Even as India and Pakistan renew efforts to resolve contentious issues through dialogue, it seems that a virtual war is going on between the two countries in cyberspace. The latest news is that the official website of the Andhra Pradesh Crime Investigation Department (CID) has been hacked by pro-Pakistan hackers. It is believed that the hacker who claimed himself to be Pakistani, also fiddled with website of a news channel and that of Bank Of Baroda. However, when accessed in the last evening, both these websites were found to be in working condition. As per the officials, there was no ‘secret’ information on the website of www.cidap.gov.in and it was also open to the public. Therefore it has not affected the department in any way. However, the Cyber Crime Wing of the CID is leaving no stone unturned to locate the hacker taking help of his IP address. The hacker boasts: “HackeD By ZombiE_KsA. You have been owned by Pakistani 133 t h 4xOrz ….. Indians script kiddies you guyz hack Paki OGRA website lol. See what i DID your ….. Indian CID? HackeD lol.” Speaking on this, Additional DGP (Law and Order) A K Khan said, “The hacking is real but it has not caused any damage to the CID or any other department. It appears that someone wanted to prove that he could hack our website and he did.” Modi announces Rs 1 cr relief for terror victims Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said his government would give Rs one crore to the Maharashtra government to be dispersed to the kin of the deceased in the multiple terror attacks in Mumbai. Modi, who visited the residence of Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare who was killed in the attack on Wednesday, said that the nation should join hands in the fight against terrorism. WASHINGTON, NOVEMBER 28 (AP): The United States is sending investigators to India to help unravel who was behind the terrorist attacks that targeted largely foreigners in the commercial and tourist center of Mumbai. Three Americans are confirmed among those injured. The State Department urged Americans not to travel to the stricken city – at least through the weekend – as U.S. officials checked with Indian authorities and hospitals to learn more about the extent of casualties. A U.S. investigative team headed to Mumbai on Friday, a State Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the U.S. and Indian governments were working out final details of the cooperative effort. The official declined to identify which agency or agencies the team members came from. Department spokesman Robert McInturff said US INVESTIGATORS HEAD TO INDIA he could not identify those injured, but The Associated Press learned the name of one victim: Andi Varagona of Nashville, Tenn. She called her mother from a hospital Thursday and said she had been shot in the arm and leg while eating dinner at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel. She said another Tennessee woman traveling with her was also injured, according to the mother, Celeste Varagona, but the woman’s identity was not immediately available. Alan Scherr, 58, and his daughter, Naomi, 13, who as members of the Faber, Virginia-based Synchronicity Foundation traveled to India to participate in a spiritual program, were missing late Thursday, said group spokeswoman Bobbie Garvey. “Our Indian contacts there have gone to all the hospitals, but they haven’t located Alan or Naomi yet,” Garvey said. “We’re very hopeful they’ll be found safe.” The group said in a statement that four members of the 25-person group – two Americans and two Canadians – who were staying at the Oberoi Hotel were wounded by gunfire, and were believed in stable condition. McInturff, the State Department spokesman, said U.S. officials have activated a phone tree to contact American citizens who registered with the U.S. consulate in Mumbai. So far there is no information that any American has been killed in the attacks, McInturff said. “It would be premature in view of the unfolding tragedy in Mumbai and the corresponding investigation to reach any hard-and-fast conclusions on who may be responsible for the attacks, but some of what we’re seeing is reminiscent of past terrorist operations undertaken by groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-eMohammed,” a U.S. counterterrorism official said on condition of ano- A rescued hostage smiles after being released from the Trident hotel in Mumbai on November 28. Commandos rappelling from helicopters stormed a besieged Jewish center Friday and scoured two landmark luxury hotels to rush survivors to safety and ﬂush BHOPAL, NOVEMBER final figures are received. out gunmen, two days after a chain of militant attacks across India’s ﬁnancial center left 28 (AGENCIES): The secThe presiding officer of people dead and the city in panic. (AP Photo) 60% vote in ﬁnal phase of MP polls nymity. The two groups mentioned by the official are Pakistani militants linked to al-Qaida who have fought Indian troops in Kashmir. President-elect Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for an update Thursday and received several intelligence briefings. President Bush expressed condolences to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a phone call from the Camp David, Maryland, presidential retreat. “The president offered support and assistance to the government of India as it works to restore order, provide safety to its people and comfort to the victims and their families and investigate these despicable acts,” press secretary Dana Perino said in a statement. The State Department set up a call center for Americans concerned about family members who may be in Mumbai. The number is 1-888-407-4747. ond and last phase of assembly elections in MP saw an estimated 60 per cent turnout today and was by and large peaceful but for stray incidents like stabbing of a presiding officer and disruptions and later the killing of a BJP candidate. Briefing reporters at the end of the hustings, Chief Electoral Officer J S Mathur said Sunil Nayak was shot near Nayakheda village in Prithvipur constituency of Tikamagarh, 45 minutes after polling ended in a clash that ensued after the BJP MLA’s supporters were involved in a verbal duel with those of Congress nominee Brajendra Rathod. Mathur said there was an exchange of fire in which Nayak received three bullet injuries and died on his way to the Jhansi Medical College. According to Mathur, the polling percentage is likely to go up when the Dharwara polling booth of Badwara assembly constituency in Katni district died due to brain haemorrhage during the polling while the presiding officer of booth number 38 at village Madaiya in Bhind district was stabbed by unidentified men and was rushed to a hospital in Gwalior, EC officials said. The elections will decide the fate of prominent leaders, including Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Bharatiya Janashakti chief Uma Bharti and senior BJP minister Babulal Gaur. Senior Congress ministers, including former chief minister Digvijay Singh, are giving the polls a miss. A total of 3,180 contestants are in the fray whose fate would be sealed by the 3,56,88,173strong electorate. Officials said there were also some attempts to snatch and damage EVMs. The Morung Express BANGKOK, NOVEMBER 28 (AP): Thailand's government backed off Friday from its threat to forcibly remove protesters occupying Bangkok's two airports in their campaign to oust the prime minister, saying police would avoid violence and attempt to negotiate. Thousands of tourists have been left stranded since anti-government protesters occupied the main international Suvarnabhumi airport on Tuesday and the smaller Don Muang airport on Wednesday. Both airports are now shut down and the capital completely cut off to air traffic. On Thursday, Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat declared a state of emergency at the airports, authorizing police to take back the terminals. The order appeared to indicate that a crackdown was imminent against the members of the People's Alliance for Democracy. But eight hours later, Government spokesman Nattawut Sai-Kau told The Associated Press that police have been instructed to get the protesters out of airports "as soon as possible" in a "peaceful manner." "Firstly, the police should open negotiation with the protester. If they refuse to go, police should do whatever is necessary to open the airports on the basis of nonviolence," he said. The new soft line, and the government's failure to send in security forces so far, has raised doubts about whether Somchai has the support of security forces and the army, a powerful institution that has traditionally played a key role in the country's politics. Army commander Gen. Anupong Paochinda has so far Thai impasse continues as crackdown imminent INTERNATIONAL Saturday 29 November 2008 Dimapur 9 Anti-government protesters sets up a barrier in front of Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, November 28. Thailand’s government prepared to crack down on protesters occupying the capital’s two airports, but called on the public not to panic as rumors of a coup swept through the city. (AP Photo) been neutral in the political turmoil, and even suggested that Somchai call new elections, triggering speculation that a military coup could take place. The whispers were further fueled by press reports Thursday of tank movements that the military later said were only a training exercise. In an address to the nation Thursday night to announce the emergency, Somchai said that navy and air force personnel would help the police, but was vague about any participation by the army, saying only the government would also ask the army "to help take care of the people." The state of emergency also empowers the government to suspend some civil liberties, including restricting the movement of people and prohibiting mass assembly. Emergency was declared once before in the three months since the protesters seized the prime minister's office, but there was no move to take advantage of its provisions, apparently because the army was reluctant to take on the alliance, which at the time enjoyed greater popularity. The protesters remained defiant on Friday. "We are ready to defend ourselves against any government's operations to get us out of those places," Parnthep Wongpuapan, a spokesman of the People's Alliance for Democracy, told the AP. "We are going to stay at the airports until Somchai resigns," he said. Protesters at the international airport donned goggles and helmets, and first aid stations handed out surgical masks in anticipation of a police raid. The group's "guards" were patrolling the area with slingshots and metal batons. Many also carry concealed handguns. Speakers from a makeshift stage repeatedly yelled: "Are you scared?" The crowd roared back: "We're not scared!" They alliance's pro- test grew out of its hatred of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a brother-inlaw of Somchai. Thaksin was ousted in a bloodless military coup in September 2006 after months of protests by the alliance. It accused Thaksin and his allies of corruption and abuse of power. Thaksin is in exile, a fugitive from a conviction for violating a conflict of interest law. The group says Somchai is merely a Thaksin puppet and should go. However, Somchai has stood his ground, saying his departure would be a blow to democracy. In his televised address Thursday from the northern city of Chiang Mai, Somchai accused the alliance of "holding the country hostage and the public hostage." Somchai has been in the pro-government stronghold since he returned from a summit in Peru on Wednesday. The protests, which gathered pace three months ago when demonstrators overran the prime minister's offices, have paralyzed the government, battered the stock market, spooked foreign investors and dealt a serious blow to the tourism industry. "If the government uses an emergency decree and decides to crack down on protesters, the army may decide to intervene to prevent that," said Panithan Wattanayagorn, a political science professor at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University. Until now, Somchai has not tried to forcibly oust protesters from his office compound and urged police to exercise restraint during the group's forays outside the walls. Still, at least six people have been killed thus far in political violence. CAIRO, NOVEMBER 28 (AP): Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader appeared in a new video Friday calling on Americans to embrace Islam to overcome the financial meltdown, which he described as a consequence of the Sept. 11 attacks. Ayman al-Zawahri, whose 80-minute recording touched on a multitude of subjects, also lashed out at Afghanistan's government and said any U.S. gains in Iraq will be temporary. Zawahri's new recording came in the form of a question-and-answer session with an off-camera interviewer, who interrupted Zawahri several times. Appearing in his white turban and robe, Zawahri discussed the roots of the U.S. economic crisis and said it was a repercussion of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. "The American economy was afflicted by a downturn and loss of investor confidence in the market following the events of Sept. 11," he said. "The modern economy has been destroyed by the strikes of the mujahedeen (in Iraq and Afghanistan) and the usury," he said, using the Arabic term for holy warriors. Under Islamic Sharia law, usury, like drinking alcohol, is among the grand sins. Zawahri then called on the American people to "embrace Islam to live a life free of greed, exploitation and forbidden wealth." Zawahri's new tape came about a week after his last message, which he used to accuse U.S. President-elect Barack Obama of turning his back on his black heritage to gain power. Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant did not refer to the Al-Qaida links 9/11 to US economic crisis attacks in Mumbai, India, late Wednesday and early Thursday that killed scores. Intelligence analysts said the violence carried trademarks of al-Qaida but evidence has been pointing to homegrown terrorists. A little known suspected Islamic militant group has claimed responsibility. Zawahri also labeled Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent attempt to negotiate with Taliban insurgents a sign of his government's weakness. He also accused the United States of giving phony reports of success in the turbulent region, maintaining the Americans are doomed to fail in Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan. Discussing Iraq, Zawahri said that U.S. gains are temporary. He also stressed that that Sunni Awakening Councils - former insurgents who have revolted against al-Qaida - will not be accepted by the Shiite majority government. Zawahri spoke out against charges al-Qaida has killed innocent civilians, calling the reports Western propaganda. The Egyptian Zawahri also took aim at Egypt's government, blaming it for the blockade of the Gaza Strip because it has kept its border with the territory sealed. Israel has also sealed crossing points because of Palestinian rocket fire. Zawahri called on Egyptian students and workers to stage a general strike to demand the lifting of the siege on Gaza. "What is the problem if everybody goes on strike in Egypt and announces that they are blockading themselves in their houses until the government lifts the blockade from our brothers in Gaza?" he said. Obama girls will do chores in White House CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 28 (AP): President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, said their young daughters will still have to do chores in the White House, including picking up after their new puppy. Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, will have to "scoop the poop," the presidentelect said in an interview with Barbara Walters broadcast on ABC-TV Wednesday. "We've been talking to them about that. We don't want litter on the White House lawns. They're going to have to do their job." The Obamas long ago promised that the girls could get a dog after the election, but the family has not yet chosen what kind. Walters suggested one like her Havanese named Cha Cha. The president-elect grimaced and said it sounded like a "little yappy dog," the type that seems a little "girly." "We're girls, we have a house full of girls," his wife shot back. He pledged the family would "have a big, rambunctious dog of some sort." Either way, walking the dog and cleaning up its messes will be the girls' responsibility. The Obamas said the children will also help out around the house. "That was the first thing I said to some of the staff when I did my visit," Michelle Obama said. "I said, 'You know, we're going to have to set up some boundaries,' because they're going to need to be able to make their Obama doesn’t worry about threats CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 28 (AP): Soon-to-be president Barack Obama said he is not worried about his own security, despite a higher level of threats against him than any other presidentelect in history. Since Obama's election, law enforcement officials have seen potential threatening writings, racist Internet postings and other troubling activity popping up. But Obama said in an interview with Barbara Walters for ABC television that he never thinks about his safety. "Part of it because I've got this pretty terrific crew of Secret Service guys that follow me everywhere I go, but also because I have a deep religious faith and faith in people that carries me through the day," he said. "And my job is just to make sure I'm doing my job, and if I do, I can't worry about that kind of stuff." In all the stress of the transition, Obama said he is trying to eat healthy food, work out regularly and refrain from smoking now that the campaign is over, but he did not say he has quit cigarettes entirely. beds, and clean up." The girls, who will be attending the prestigious Sidwell Friends School, also will be expected to do their homework as usual. Although, the president-elect said, Malia has her eye on a special spot to write important papers. When she came back from her White House visit recently, she told her dad that she plans to work at the desk in the Lincoln bedroom. Obama, who is known to be an avid reader of Lincoln history, said his daughter told Obama, a smoker who has quit but admitted occasional relapses, said in the interview that he fell "off the wagon during the campaign" a few times. He did not directly answer Walters' question about whether he is sneaking an occasional cigarette now amid the intense pressure of building his administration and the countdown to his swearing-in on Jan. 20. "Part of what I think comes with this role as president is that you're not perfect but hopefully you're trying to set a good example for people, and that starts with my two kids," Obama said in the interview that aired Wednesday night on ABC-TV. He said he has been trying to stay healthy since the days of burgers on the campaign trail. The president-elect works out nearly every day, and says he is watching his diet too. "I've been trying to stay fit," he said. Obama's doctor said last spring that he was in excellent health at the time of his last checkup the previous year, but he has a family history of cancer. elect said he plans to sit down with the chief usher for the presidential mansion and do an evaluation of its energy efficiency. "Part of what I want to do is to show the American people that it's not that hard," Obama said. Asked whether he'll be tiptoeing around at night, turning off the lights, Obama said he isn't going to be obsessive about it. "But I do that in my current house," he added, "and there's no reason why I wouldn't do it in my next one." Winter of hunger looms in Afghanistan considering helicopter drops for the least accessible areas. The World Food Program says it expects to have 36,000 metric tons of food in place for distribution by Dec. 1. That's enough to feed 950,000 people across more than 20 provinces until the roads reopen in the spring. But even in a normal year, about 8.4 million Afghans, a fourth of the population, are undernourished, according to government statistics. "It's evident that WFP cannot cover the entire needs of the country," said Stefano Porretti, the agency's Afghanistan director. President Hamid Karzai said this month that the government has spent "many hundred millions of dollars" on wheat for winter emergencies and that aid is getting to remote areas as planned. But he also warned: "This does not mean that there will not be shortages." In western Ghor province, Police Chief Gen. Shah Jahan Noori said the province needs 27,000 metric tons of wheat but will get only 13,000 metric tons of food aid. Nasrullah Sadeqizada Nili, a lawmaker representing Day Kundi province, said many families are trying to sell their cattle - trading in their last bit of security for the grain it will buy. But the resulting beef glut has halved the price of a cow. "Nobody is buying the cattle. The butchers refuse because they say no one has money to buy meat," he said. Road attacks have disrupted deliveries of food aid, which often pass through Taliban strongholds or bandit country. There have been at least 26 attacks on food convoys so far this year, according to WFP. The agency has lost 870 metric tons of food in the attacks, enough to feed 100,000 people for a month. The crisis is nationwide. The international charity Oxfam says local aid groups it works with report the food shortage is the worst they have seen since the 10-year Soviet occupation ended in 1989. In some of the more volatile areas, local lawmakers say they're worried that desperation will make people easy recruits for the Taliban. They already see the Taliban as food suppliers because the insurgents take wheat from convoys and sell it cheap at markets, said Abdul Qadir Daqeq, the head of the governing council of the southwestern province of Farah. Farah's winters are milder, but food is scarce there as well, and soon people "won't have any choice but to start turning into looters, or to turn into Taliban," Daqeq said. As for Sakhi, he says he just hopes he can borrow wheat from someone else, and somehow repay him in the spring. him "I'm going to sit at that desk, because I'm thinking that will inspire big thoughts." During the interview, Obama described the desk as being the spot where Lincoln signed the Gettysburg Address. While there is a copy of the address on display in that room, it actually was the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves that Lincoln signed there. Obama will be sworn in on Jan. 20, and he said he wants to work quickly to make the White House "green." The president- An Afghan woman looks on as her daughter drinks water in the remote town of Nili, the capital of central Day Kundi province, Afghanistan on Sunday Nov. 16, 2008. Drought has cut Afghanistan’s wheat production to 2.6 million metric tons this year from 4.3 million metric tons in 2007, according to the Agriculture Ministry. That leaves the country with a shortfall of about 2 million metric tons, according to ministry calculations of the population’s needs. (AP Photo) SHELBYVILLE, NOVEMBER 28 (AP): Edna Parker, who became the world's oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115. UCLA gerontologist Dr. Stephen Coles said Parker's great-nephew notified him that Parker died Wednesday at a nursing home in Shelbyville, Indiana. She was 115 years, 220 days old, said Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records. Parker was born April 20, 1893, in central central Indiana and had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person since the 2007 death in Japan of Yone Minagawa, who was four months her senior. Coles maintains a list of the world's oldest people and said Parker was the 14th oldest validated supercentenarian in history. Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born Sept. 10, 1893, is now the world's oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Parker had been a widow since her husband, Earl Parker, died in 1939 of a heart attack. She lived alone in their farmhouse until age 100, when she moved into a son's home and later to the Shelbyville nursing home. Although she never drank alcohol or tried tobacco and led an active life, Parker didn't offer tips for living a long life. Her only advice to World oldest person dies at 115 Edna Parker holds a rose that she was given during a birthday party for her in Shelbyville, in this Friday, April 18 ﬁle photo. Parker passed away Wednesday November 26, at a nursing home in Shelbyville, UCLA gerontologist Dr. Stephen Coles said. Parker was born April 20, 1893 and was 115 years, 120 days old. (AP Photo) those who gathered to celebrate when she became the oldest person was "more education." Parker outlived her two sons, Clifford and Earl Jr. She also had five grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Don Parker, 60, said his grandmother had a small frame and a mild temperament. She walked a lot and kept busy even after moving into the nursing home, he said. "She kept active," he said Thursday. "We used to go up there, and she would be pushing other patients in their wheelchairs." Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels celebrated with Parker on her 114th birthday. "It was a delight to know Edna, who must have been a remarkable lady at any age," Daniels said. Parker taught in a two-room school for several years after graduating from Franklin College in 1911. She wed her childhood sweetheart and neighbor in 1913. But as was the tradition of that era, her teaching career ended with her marriage. Parker traded the schoolhouse for life as a farmer's wife, preparing meals for as many as a dozen men who worked on her husband's farm. Parker noted with pride last year that she and her husband were one of the first owners of an automobile in their rural area. Coincidentally, Parker lived in the same nursing home as Sandy Allen, whom Guinness recognized as the world's tallest woman until her death in August. NILI, NOVEMBER 28 (AP): The farmer squats barefoot on packed earth in front of his two-room mud house. He has looked at his bags of wheat, he says, and counted the days. Ghulam Sakhi, 50, says his family will run out of food in midJanuary - only a third of the way through Afghanistan's frigid winter. As the days shorten and the nights grow colder, this winter threatens to be Afghanistan's most desperate in nearly two decades. Life has always been hard in this poor, war-ravaged land, but this year a combination of drought, high food prices and Taliban attacks on supply routes could leave a bigger shortage than emergency food aid can cover. In a country already struggling to combat a strengthening Taliban insurgency, it's a crisis that is testing an overstretched government's limits. Day Kundi, the central province where Sakhi lives, is usually one of the hardest hit by snows and food shortages, but is also relatively peaceful. So Sakhi's family worries less about war and more about simply being forgotten. The couple and their nine children depend on flatbread made from wheat to survive the winter in a barren mountain valley dotted with dusty almond trees and the occasional sheep. They drink water, or tea if they have a little extra money. Once snow blocks the roads in midDecember, the entire town of Nili lives off stored food until spring. Sakhi's gray beard and leathery face make him look older than he is. He works on a farm and gets part of the wheat he harvests, but the yield was smaller this year. And he has just used some of his last money to travel 322 kilometers to Kabul for tuberculosis treatment. The family usually starts the winter burning wood, then dried leaves and dung patties when the wood runs out. This year, they have no wood at all. But food will be the hardest: Wheat is scarcer and more expensive. Drought cut Afghanistan's wheat production to 2.6 million metric tons this year from 4.3 million metric tons in 2007, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Neighboring Pakistan, the main source of Afghan food imports, is suffering its own wheat shortages and has imposed stiff export controls. So the average price of wheat has nearly doubled from last year, to about 14 Afghanis (28 cents) a pound (30 Afghanis or 60 cents a kilogram), according to the U.N.'s World Food Program. Sakhi, who wears a dingy prayer cap and a sweater over a baggy tunic and pants, has 4 1/2 bags of wheat piled against a wall in a dark corner of his house. When that runs out, he'll borrow from local shopkeepers. However, "This year even the shopkeepers don't have enough," he said. Aid agencies and the Afghan government are increasing road convoys to deliver wheat and beans to remote regions before the snows. They are 10 Dimapur Saturday 29 November 2008 Prince guides South Africa to 429 CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA (AP) - Ashwell Prince progressed to his highest test score of 162 not out before Bangladesh bounced back to dismiss South Africa for 429 just ahead of lunch Friday on the third morning of the second cricket test. South Africa ended up with a first innings lead of 179 runs, and then removed Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes caught at first slip for five by Graeme Smith with the total at eight to end the first session. The major breakthrough for the tourists had come via left-arm spinner Shakib al Hasan, who took three wickets in fours balls in his second over of the day, midway through the first session. Al Hasan finished with 6-99 in the Proteas first innings. He was clubbed for 11 runs in his first over of the day, which included a four and six to midwicket by Prince, but he hit back dramatically in his next over. Prince surpassed his previous best score of 149, scored against England at Leeds earlier this year, just over an hour into the day's play, but Mark Boucher's dismissal soon afterwards set in motion a lower-order SPORTS The Morung Express collapse. The South African wicketkeeper prodded an Al Hasan delivery to silly midoff when he had made 117. He had hit 16 fours and the partnership between he and Prince was broken at 271, compiled in 190 minutes. Morne Morkel chopped the next ball onto his leg and back onto the stumps to be out for a duck, and two balls later Monde Zondeki was caught behind as Al Hasan's final ball of the over brushed his gloves. Makhaya Ntini was the third batsman in a row dismissed without scoring, when he drove Shahadat Hossain to mid-off for Mohammad Ashraful to take a diving catch. Dale Steyn, who scored one run, helped Prince add 17 for the last wicket before bottom-edging an attempted hook onto his stumps to give Hossain his second wicket. Prince's 10th test century meant he has scored a hundred against all of the other test-playing countries except Sri Lanka. The gritty left-hander finished with 23 fours and two sixes. South Africa won the first test by an innings and 129 runs at Bloemfontein. South Africa's batsman Ashwell Prince, right, plays a shot as Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Mushﬁqur Rahim, left, looks on during the third day of the ﬁnal cricket test match in Pretoria, South Africa on November 28. (AP Photo) ﬂagging off the Karmariders India moves 2nd test from Mumbai to Chennai NEW DELHI, NOVENOVEMBER 28 (AP): The Indian cricket board has switched the second test against England to Chennai from Mumbai in the hope of ensuring the series will go ahead in the wake of deadly terror attacks. The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday confirmed next month's twotest series would go ahead after the England squad briefly returns home following the shortened limited-overs series. The English have agreed to come back to India, pending security advice. The first test will be in Ahmadabad as scheduled from Dec. 11 and the second test, due to be played Dec. 19-23 at Mumbai, has been shifted to Chennai on the same dates. The England squad was preparing to leave India on Friday, two days after a chain of militant attacks across India's financial center of Mumbai left at least 143 people dead. "India's test series against England will be played as per schedule," BCCI secretary N. Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had already sent its secondstring squad, which was in Bangalore, home on Friday. The ECB said its team will be back in India pending a security clearance, but skipper Kevin Pietersen said players could not be forced to come on the tour. Pietersen said the team wanted to ensure that "the security's right" before deciding on returning. "If it's not safe then we won't be coming back," Pietersen told Sky Sports in Britain. "People are their own people, I'll never force anyone to do anything or tell them to do anything against their will.\ "On the field I may ask people to do things in a certain way but people run their own lives." ECB managing director Hugh Morris gave assurances that the matches would go ahead if the all-clear was given. "It's always a huge challenge to play cricket over here in India. I would be confident the players will come over here full of enthusiasm and wanting to do well," he said. Sachin Tendulkar, left, and Yuvraj Singh return to the hotel after police advised them against making a local trip in Bhubaneswar on November 27. The remainder of England's limited-overs cricket tour of India has been scrapped and a Champions League Twenty20 tournament scheduled for next week has been postponed following terror attacks in Mumbai. (AP Photo) Srinivasan said. The warmup match between England and the Indian Board President's XI in Baroda will also go ahead as originally planned on Dec. 5-7. England's cricket team left the eastern city of Bhubaneswar for Bangalore on the first leg of its journey home after the last two limited-overs internationals in a seven-match series were canceled. India already had a 5-0 lead in the series. Two dozen commandos from Karnataka state's special action forcecordoned off the arrival lounge at the Bangalore airport. The team was taken under high-security escort to a city hotel to wait until its early morning flight to London. The England and NYON,NOVEMBER28(AP) : AS Roma has been charged by UEFA in connection with crowd trouble at its Champions League match against Chelsea. UEFA said Friday the Italian club, which is hosting this year's Champions League final, must answer charges of "insufficient organization" of spectators and fireworks being set off in the Stadio Olimpico stands at the game on Nov. 4. At least one Italian was arrested after fighting among fans before the match, which Roma won 3-1. The case will be heard at a Dec. 11 meeting of UEFA's control and disci- Champs League ﬁnal host Kinnear gets Newcastle contract for rest of season feel at target Roma faces hooligan probe NEWCASTLE, NOVEM- have made meWe havehome up atransferlist for the JanuBER 28 (AP) : Newcastle is since day one. a big ary window.Despite plinary panel. The charges will add to speculation that Rome could be stripped of hosting rights for the Champions League final on May 27 because of a reputation for football hooliganism. UEFA President Michel Platini said after the Chelsea match that the city must show it was capable of staging the showpiece match. Roma supporters were involved in further crowd disturbances the next week when it played city rival Lazio. Fighting broke out before and during the league match at the city-owned stadium which the two clubs share. retaining manager Joe Kinnear until the end of the season, ending the lame duck status brought about by his rolling monthly contract. The deal is a reward for Kinnear reviving the team's fortunes since being brought in by owner Mike Ashley as a stopgap manager following Kevin Keegan's resignation in September while he searched for a buyer. "Ever since I came to Newcastle United I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience," Kinnear said Friday. "The players have been great to work with and the fans challenge ahead of us for the rest of the season but together I'm confident we will make good progress." The extended deal comes as talk of a sale of the club has stalled amid the global financial crisis, with Kinnear saying last weekend that American businessmen are interested but have not matched Ashley's asking price. Ashley put the club up for sale after furious fans called for his departure in the wake of Keegan quitting due to his lack of power over player signings. The 61-year-old Kinnear had already drawn SINGAPORE, NOVEMBER 28 (AP): Jeong Jang and Candie Kung beat Annika Sorenstam and Angela Stanford 3 and 2 on Friday to help Asia split the six opening alternate-shot matches in the Lexus Cup, Sorenstam's final LPGA Tour-sanctioned event before she retires. Sorenstam, set to end her Hall of Fame career next week in the Ladies European Tour's Dubai Ladies Masters, is the International team's playing captain. The teams will play six best-ball matches Saturday and the competition will conclude Sunday with 12 singles matches. The Asian teams of Song Hee Kim and Inbee Park, Moangwati Aier, DC, Dimapur ﬂagging off the Karmariders along with other cyclists from and Yani Tseng and Seon AIDA Complex at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Dimapur on November 28. Some Hwa Lee also opened with volunteers being seen riding as they go through different parts of locations at Dimapur. victories on the Singapore And young Germans at Circuit House, Walford attending a workshop on “Climate Change”. Island Country Club's Bukit (Morung Photos/John Yengkhom) Course. Annika Sorenstam falls, Lexus Cup tied at 3 losing just two of his eight games in charge and getting a 0-0 draw at leader Chelsea on Saturday, Newcastle is still in the relegation zone going into Saturday's match at northeast rival Middlesbrough. "Joe has done an excellent job since coming to the club, and everyone is delighted he has agreed to remain in charge for the rest of the season," managing director Derek Llambias said. Returning to management after a fouryear absence, the former Wimbledon manager had a tempestuous start to the job in September. Kim and Park beat Helen Alfredsson and Christina Kim 3 and 2, and Tseng and Lee held off Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis 2 and 1. The International teams of Cristie Kerr-Karen Stupples, Paula CreamerNicole Castrale and Katherine Hull-Nikki Campbell won their matches. Kerr and Stupples beat Sarah Lee and Na Yeon Choi 2 and 1, Creamer and Castrale edged Asian captain Se Ri Pak and Eun Hee Ji2-up, and Hull and Campbell beat Namika Omata and Mayumi Shimomura 3 and 1. Asia won 15-9 last year at The Vines in Perth, Australia, for its second straight victory. The International team won the inaugural matches 16-8 in 2005 at Tenah Merah in Singapore, and Team International captain Annika Sorenstam of Sweden tees off on the 10th hole as she Asia won 12 1/2 to 11 1/2 at plays against Team Asia on Day One of the Lexus Cup golf tournament at the Singapore IsTenah Merah in 2006. land Country Club Bukit Course in Singapore on November 28. (AP Photo) C M Y K E n t / Ta b l o i d 11 Britney leads a trio of comeback Personal letters to queens at the Bambi Awards ﬁnalists out Gordon The Morung Express Saturday 29 November 2008 Dimapur Brown as an ‘X Factor’ fan A s the drama has unfolded on The X Factor over the past 12 weeks it seems one particularly high-profile viewer has been as gripped by the action as the rest of the nation - the prime minister. Gordon Brown wrote to the 12 finalists in recognition of their benevolent efforts after their charity single Hero topped the charts earlier this month. The notes also revealed the premier - who apparently watches the show with wife Sarah - is something of a fan. Spanish finalist Ruth Lorenzo said his message to her praised her for ignoring Simon Cowell's instructions to choose songs in her native language. "He said, 'Keep singing in English, girl. You’re doing a great job going against Simon.' It was great." Mr Brown also had kind words for swimming pool cleaner Daniel Evans. The 38-year-old, who is bringing up his daughter alone after his wife died in childbirth, stayed on the show for several weeks despite huge criticism from the judges. "On a personal note," wrote Mr Borwn, "the next time Simon says that you are only supported by the overSixties you can tell him that my wife Sarah and I disagree, although you would be better mentioning her rather than me as she is much further away from 60 than I am!" He continued: "Whatever the final outcome, yours is one of the great stories of the show and I know you will go on to great things in the future." A slinkily dressed Britney Spears this week delivered the kind of show-stopping performance that helped her conquer the pop world almost a decade ago. Skip related content There were no meltdowns, no tears and no dramas - except of the very best kind - as the chart-topping artist strutted around seductively before the audience at a German awards show in Munich. Comebacks seemed to be a key theme at the evening, where the Louisiana girl received her best international pop act gong from fashion maestro Karl Lagerfeld. He said she had come back "not only as a phoenix but as a bird of paradise". Meg Ryan, recently back in the limelight after a sabbatical to take care of Daisy, the daughter she adopted from China, accepted a lifetime achievement award. The queen of romantic comedy, who's currently leading an allstar cast in The Women, looked delighted with the recognition. Taking time out is something another award recipient would have related to. Leona Lewis spent months in seclusion to polish her act after her X Factor win, before emerging in triumph with the number one hit Bleeding Love. The sacrifice and moments of self-doubt she experienced then surely crossed the Hackney-raised singer's mind at Thursday's ceremony when she kissed her 'shooting star' award in gratitude. Also proudly showing off his award for best international actor was The Day The Earth Stood Still star Keanu Reeves. e may have acted as an outlaw several times on the screen but the terror attacks in Mumbai were enough to shake Amitabh Bachchan up who kept his revolver under his pillow while sleeping."Last night, as the events of the terror attack unfolded in front of me I did something for the first time and one that I had hoped never ever to be in a situation to do. Before retiring for the night, I pulled out my licensed .32 revolver, loaded it and put it under my pillow. For a very disturbed sleep," the megastar wrote on his blog. Bachchan was glued to TV screen as security personnel battled the militants Thursday, also the birth anniversary of his father. Bachchan, known for his on-screen 'Angry Young Man' image depicting the rebellious youth, fumed with anger at the "ineptitude of the au- H Bachchan sleeps with gun after attacks and respect their sincerity in the call of duty." Bachchan was disgruntled over the cliche "spirit of Mumbai" which he said people were using to cover the traumatic experiences that every merry city underwent in recent years. "Yes Mumbai is strong and resilient and shall not be cowed down by any such occurrence. But let us not conveniently use it as our cover sheet, pull it over our heads and go off to sleep," he said. Despite repeated requests by electronic channels to issue a statement on the tragedy, Bachchan refused to do so. An irked Bachchan wrote in bold, "Tell me and order me instead that we require every Indian to get up and walk into the facilities where the action is on and I will be the first to walk. "But, please do not ask me to come and make sloppy statements that will do nothing more than create viewer interest." thorities" who were supposed to take care of the country. "My pain has been the sight and plight of my innocent and vulnerable and completely insecure countrymen, facing the wrath of this terror attack. And my anger has been at the ineptitude of the authorities that have been ordained to look after us," Big B expressed in his blog. Lauding the efforts of troops in tackling the terror situation, he wrote "brilliant officers and police personnel have laid down their lives for us. I can only but salute them atrick Swayze's cancer has reportedly spread to his liver. The 'Dirty Dancing' star - who announced earlier this year he is suffering from pancreatic cancer - has started preparing himself for death by saying goodbye to his friends and family after discovering the deadly disease has infected another part of his body. A source told National Enquirer magazine: "Patrick recently got word that the cancer had spread to his liver and that is what his doctors said would begin the countdown to the end. Patrick knew it was coming because he was suffering increased weakness. At times, he was so weak that he could barely walk without feeling faint. Sometimes he feels out of breath and has to sit down." The source added: Lisa phoned Donny in Los Angeles and told him he need to come to Chicago, where Patrick has been filming TV show 'The Beast' Patrick, 56, has reportedly told Lisa, his wife of 33 years, and his brother Donny that he doesn't have long to live. The source added: "Lisa phoned Donny in Los Angeles and told him he need to come to Chicago, where Patrick has been filming TV show 'The Beast'. She was crying and scared Donny to death. Donny got the impression his brother was already on his deathbed because Lisa was saying Patrick wanted to say goodbye. She couldn't stop crying." Patrick has been undergoing pioneering Cyberknife radiotherapy at California's Stamford University Medical Center, and had been making a steady recovery from the illness. P Patrick Swayze's Holy moley! Cindy Crawford’s son cancer spreads Presley inherits her famous beauty spot T he mole on the top of Cindy Crawford's lip is almost as iconic as the supermodel herself. And now it seems her son Presley has inherited the famous trademark. The 9-year-old revealed a small birthmark just above the right corner of his lip while enjoying a family day in Los Angeles yesterday. Genetics have been rather kind to young Presley, who has also been blessed with Cindy's striking good looks and thick glossy hair, which is almost as long as his mother's tousled mane. The family, including Cindy's husband Rande and equally gorgeous daughter Kaia, 7, were helping to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless for the LA Mission. While other stars, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Ewan McGregor, have lined up to have their facial moles removed, Cindy has retained her mark. She has said: 'The mole on my face isn't the type that's dangerous, but I have others and I get myself checked every year. I had three removed - two on my back and one on my belly,' she added. 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Ao Trophy KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The Kohima District Football Association has selected its team players for the forthcoming Dr. T.Ao Trophy (the 18th Nagaland Inter District Football Championship) 2008, which is scheduled to be held from December 2 to 10 at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima. The players are; Chubawati, William, Akho, Lelie, Toshi, Angulie, Michael, Chodevi, Tosovi, Vikuzo, Dominic, Mathew Yhome, Kezevituo, Diethozolie, Seyiekhrietuo Suohu, Visakholie, Kekhriesituo (Kobu)and Vizoru. The Football referee examination KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): The result of Class III and Class II Football Referee Examination conducted by Kohima District Football Referees Association at Mokokchung from November 7 to 10 has been announced indicating names who have cleared/passed the copper test, theory, practical in addition to seniority and code of conduct. List of names in order of merit: Class III: Tarepyaba, Joythy Pongener, Limawabang Ozukum, Lima Tongdang, Tiamongba and Shilutsungba. Class II: Ayim Meren, Alem Kichu and Moa Imchen. Class II (Kohima): Lhousavoto, Zavibinyu and Lhousalie. SPORTS P 12 Zunheboto Dist Cricket Assn. informs KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 28 (MExN): All the registered Club(s), teams (s) under the Zunheboto District Cricket Association has been directed to attend the winter net practice session at the Local Ground Zunheboto from December 5. The registered Inter District, 30 members squad are to report on or before December 5 along with two passport size photo and bio-data. Any player failing to attend the session may lead to the cancellation of the player status. dle overnment of Nagaland G artment of Horticulture Dep Presents FLORAL GALLERIA 2008 Celebrating year of capacity building Venue: Hortiscape, Heritage Village, Kisama. Date: 1st – 7th December, 2008. EVENTS: 1. Exhibition-cum-Competition of flowers, attractive prize money. 2. Sale of flowers, tools & implements, chemicals, etc.; free stalls on first come first basis. C M Y K Published, Printed and Edited by Aküm Longchari on behalf of Morung for Indigenous Affairs and JustPeace from House No. 4, Duncan Bosti, Dimapur at Themba Printers and Telecommunications, Padum Pukhuri Village, Dimapur, Nagaland. Email : email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. RNI No : NAGENG /2005/15430. House No.4, Duncan Bosti, Dimapur 797112, Nagaland. Phone: Dimapur -(03862) News Desk- 281043, Admin -236871, Fax: (03862) 235194, Kohima - (0370) 2291952 For advertisements and circulation, please contact: (03862) 236871, Fax-235194 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org PO Reg No. NE/RN-722