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ven with traces of hard work, patience and endurance showing on their faces and rough edges of their hands, women in the rural areas have often been known as the shy, reserved group of people with very little confidence to even fight for what is rightfully theirs. For so long, they have been confined to chores at home and barely given public space to prove their capabilities beyond home grounds. However, the movement for Self Help Group or more simply known as SHG has transformed the lives of these women, in the very way they think, act, or participate, and more importantly, in the way they have become contributing factors to the social wellbeing of the State. As T Renben Lotha, Joint Director of Land Resources Development says, “The SHG movement has broken the traditional way of Naga women confined to deciding what to cook in the evening; it has improved their personal lives, helped them contribute economically to the welfare of the family apart from their social contribution…. their self esteem has been generated.” True to this, especially rural women have risen to leading a more productive lifestyle where it is not only about attending family chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry and engaging in the traditional agricultural activities alone, but they have moved beyond the realms of being a housewife and a mother, extensively contributing to the welfare of not only their families but the society at large. Nagaland is home to thousands of SHGs spread across every nook and corner of the State. The Department of Land Resources alone has been instrumental in forming about 1500 SHGs, whereas every village in the state can boast of at least one progressive SHG. While the activities of the SHGs are varied in nature, one can clearly see that they all share the common vision and aspiration of empowering women; enhancing their skills and strengthening their capabilities, ultimately producing women of confidence and independence as against the shy, rural women who strictly kept themselves at home. One of the many activities that Self Help Groups commonly engages in is weaving, that comes in several forms such as shawls, mekhlas, waistcoats, bags, neckties, etc. Some SHGs also take up micro businesses, plantations of fruits and vegetables, rearing of pigs, chickens, etc. “Being part of an SHG has improved my life…it helps me run the affairs of


~ Leirau Ma

~ Vikehie Self Help Group ~

the family apart from being able to clear the school fees of the children who are studying”, President of the Vikehie Self Help Group, Neilhounuo says. Vikehie Self Help Group which was also represented by its Secretary, Abei has just been awarded as one of the best SHGs at the 2013 International Women’s Day at Kohima. It is one of the groups that started with nothing. Based in Gariphema, the SHG officially started functioning a few years back in 2008 with its key activities revolving around purchasing of commodities and selling it back in the village, easing villagers from the hassle of going the distance in order to procure their needs. One of their income generating activities is running a hotel during the village sports event every year. Beginning with individual contribution of as little as Rs. 50/- each from every member when they formed the group, Vikehie SHG first ventured into ginger and banana plantation and was later given ‘seed money’ of Rs.10, 000 by the Land Resources Department sometime last year. The group now has a borrowing capacity of Rs. 1 lakh, showing quick progress in their economic activities. They were also honoured by the Department of Horticulture for their performance. It is also noteworthy that the Vikehie Group extends commendable social service to the aged by giving them bath in the village. Another SHG which was awarded as one of the best at the 2013 International Women’s Day at the Capital Convention Centre is Leirau Ma Self Help Group, which was formed on October 1, 2002 and has a total strength of 13 members. With ‘weaving’ and ‘daily wages’ as their main activities, the group also received a seed money of Rs. 10, 000 from the Land Resources Department during 2003, with which they purchased wool and thread for weaving. Leirau Ma Self Help Group Chairperson, Heikieheile, Chairperson, was accompanied by members, Kangyizeule and Ngaubeule while they received their award on the occasion. Their activities also include rearing of pigs and chickens and through these; the womenfolk have been able to generate an income even for themselves. Currently the group has a total amount of Rs.1.5 lakhs and Rs.70, 000 worth of assets. Clearly happy with the progress made, its members stated happiness that they are able to pay admission fees for their children, buy uniforms and Christmas clothes, and of course, manage their household expenditure.

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“Katie, it’s nothing. Just put it on now, will ya?” Pete said, still trying to sound as normal as he could. But there were tears running down his cheeks, which Katie could not see. She was too disturbed to argue with him now. Whatever this is about, he’ll have to explain later, she thought and took off the helmet and put it on herself. “Strap it on tight.” Pete continued. “I have it on, secured and fastened. Will you slow down now?” Katie replied, losing patience and totally freaked out. “Tell me you love me!” Pete was yelling. Katie didn’t know what this was about. She hoped he was indeed teasing her like she thought he was earlier. “I Love you Pete. Now, slow down.” Katie was almost in tears now, scared that they might get hurt in the heavy evening traffic. “Hold on to me tight Katie, will you?” Pete had fear in his voice but tried hard not to show it to Katie. “I am holding on tight, Pete… Come on baby, I love you. Now will you stop?” Katie was pleading, practically off her wits end and shivering tremendously, clinging on to Pete with all the strength she could muster. They were now reaching a merging traffic and Pete took a deep breath trying to steer themselves clear of the traffic streaming in from it. An SUV appeared behind them, seemingly desperate to take over. Just as Pete tried to give way their right and moved slightly to the right, Katie cried out, “Pete, watch out, the truck!” Pete tried to move back to their lane but it was a fraction too late. All Pete saw in that moment was blinding sparks of fire as the truck hit them. There was a flash of light and frantic screaming of Katie and honking of cars. The trucker had failed to control his speed and brushed Pete’s bike, knocking them off the highway and sent them skidding on to the service road. Moments later, Katie found herself thrown apart from Pete. She couldn’t feel her legs and as she tried to sit up gasping for breaths. Instinctively she looked out for Pete and found him lying face down a few meters away from her with blood oozing from the side of his head. “Pete! Pete…” She cried out as she struggle to get to where he lay motionless. “Somebody call the ambulance!” Katie screamed as she crawled her way to Pete. People had started swarming in and some of them frantically took out their cell phones and called for help. Katie turned Pete on his back and held him on her lap.

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- by “The Fountain Pen”, Kohima “Pete, baby, do you hear me?” Katie cried, trying to wake him up. He was still breathing. “Pete, honey, please wake up…” Katie felt her world hanging by a threat as she gently rocked the love of her life, fighting for his life. “Are you alright…” Pete opened his eyes and fumbled the words through his quivering lips. “I’m ok baby. Pete…look at me. They’ve called for an ambulance… Pete, say something baby…” Katie was desperately trying to keep him awake. Pete opened his eyes again to look at Katie and tried to smile. “Keep me warm…” Pete said and closed his eyes again. “Baby, you’ll be alright, okay?” Katie could hardly see Pete in the condition that he is now. She leant in and kissed his lips. “Pete, I love you baby… please stay with me honey. Open your eyes.” Kate was crying, helplessly holding on to him. “I love you too, baby…” Pete said but could hardly form more words. He was slowly fading no matter how much he tried to stay awake and look at Katie’s beautiful face. At a distance Katie could hear a siren approaching. “Baby, help is here…” Kate said trying to wake him up. There are a million things she want to tell him, a thousand more she want to do with him. They had dreams and plans and hope. It cannot end here tonight like this. Not before they’ve had their best Christmas together, not before they have seen the world, not before he had known she was carrying his baby… “Pete, baby, no! Open your eyes.” Katie was frantic now and crying for her one true love. “Honey, listen to me… Pete… Come on, Pete…” Katie called out but Pete didn’t respond. “Pete… Pete… talk to me honey, don’t leave me here… not like this. Pete, I’ve got things to tell you honey… Please…” with tears streaming down, Katie was still

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hoping he would hear her but he still looked as asleep as he was. She then knew he was gone. “Pete… come on, Pete… Please. Not like this, honey…no…” Katie could feel her world come crashing down around her. This was a nightmare just too cruel to be real. But looking down at Pete lying lifeless in her arms, she knew that this was indeed a reality. She felt her heart being torn into pieces and her life falling apart. She sat there holding him closely, desperately yearning for a sign of life in him, and wishing he were still fine. She didn’t have the strength to cry no more. She sobbed bitterly; wishing things were different, wanting it all to end right away, wanting him to wake up and kiss her and set everything alright like he always does… She was too exhausted now. She wanted to give up, too and just sleep there with Pete, holding him, and be near him. Katie had fallen unconscious as the medics arrived a minute later. Katie stirred the next day at noon and tried to remember where she was and what had happened. Her head throbbed and she couldn’t feel her left foot. She had broken it at three places but the doctors were positive it could be fixed. Looking around gently, she remembered Pete and the accident. She waned to know where he was. She wanted to see him. Instead she found her sister, Megan sitting on the sofa by the bed, rubbing her hand. Tears streamed down Katie’s face as she saw what Meg’s eyes had to tell her. The sisters held in a long embrace… There was nothing to say, nothing to ask, and nothing that is worth explaining. “I’ll get the doctor, k?” Megan said after a while. All Katie could do was nod in affirmation. “Hi Katie! Good to have you awake.” The Doctor said, walking briskly. Katie tried to smile but was half

Across 1. “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take ____ lest he fall” 4. According to Acts 20:7, Christians are to partake of the Lord’s Supper on the first day of every ___ 8. Skill or handicraft 10. A solemn promise or assertion; one by which a person is bound to an act, service, or condition 12. Form of verb “to be” 13. High Priest who had Samuel as a student 14. Jesus watched one of these drop two mites into the temple treasury 16. He was King of Judea at the time of Christ’s birth 17. He pitched his tent toward Sodom 18. Book in the New Testament that records conversions of people to Christianity 20. Cease to live 21. That which Jesus took and gave thanks (Matthew 26:27) 22. Egyptian city (Jeremiah 46:25) 24. The one by this name was the forerunner of Christ 26. Soft hair on an animal’s skin 27. Read the handwriting on the wall for King Belshazzar 29. This prophet asked, “Will a man rob God?” 30. Paul admitted in Acts 22:4 that before he was a Christian, he had persecuted “The ___” 32. He offered a more-excellent sacrifice 33. Saul had him brought back from the grave 36. Cliff mentioned in 2 Chronicles 20:16 38. According to Proverbs 23:31-32, this “bites like an adder” 39. She hid spies 40. Upon this day, the church is commanded to assemble 41. Son of Zephaniah (Zechariah 6:14) Down 2. Adam’s wife 3. He defeated Goliath 4. In the O.T., this is what the Philistines often made against Israel 5. Female lamb 6. “Thus Noah did, according to all that God commanded him, ____ he did.” 7. He said to David, “You are the man!”

as successful. “I’m sorry about your friend.” The Doctor offered his sympathies. “I am too…” Katie said almost to herself. “I know these are hard times but I have to tell you some technical details that let to the accident that you might need to know, if I have your permission, that is.” The Doctor told Katie. “Yes, I’d like to know what happened.” “The technical report here says what actually led to the accident was multiple malfunction in the bike, namely a failure of the brakes and the accelerator.” “And that’s why he asked me to put the helmet on…” Katie said, almost to herself and tears welled up in her eyes almost instantly. “Yes Katie, the helmet was fundamental in keeping you as safe as you are now.” The Doctor went on gently. Katie was too overwhelmed by emotions. She wanted to cry, but she couldn’t. She wanted to be angry but it was pointless. She couldn’t be totally grateful either, at this very moment. Tears rolled down her cheeks in a steady stream and she did nothing to hold them back for it was much too painful pushing back thoughts in. “I’ll come back in a while and check on you Katie… You’d need some rest” The Doctor said. “And oh, they found this in his jacket. I thought you might wanna have it.” He handed Katie a small brown envelop. “Hang in there, Katie.” The Doctor smiled gently and walked out of the door. Katie opened the small envelop and took out the tiny case. Her heart skipped on finding that it was a ring case. Her trembling fingers opened the delicate box and saw a beautiful silver ring with green stone. She was crying now… heaved with sobs and muffled cries. Why, she thought, why does it have to be so cruel? She had the slightest idea the Pete was going to propose to her… and now it suddenly became a past and was never going to happen. She’s never get to see the joy on his face when she says yes to him again. And he’d never get to hear her say yes again… Concluded

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9. The number of 31. One of two 34. Martha’s sister thieves crucified sons of Aaron 35. Part of the alongside Christ body that is who died 10. Genesis 6:11 speaks marked to because he did of the Earth being not obey God show one is a filled with this 33. The Word of servant 11. Paul said in Romans God is the ____ 37. Another name 1:18 that the “___ of the kingdom for Jerusalem of God is revealed Answer in next issue of Mirror Plus from heaven against all ungodliness” LasT Week’s Answers 14. Hell is a place where this does not die 15. The “medium” whom King Saul sought out in Endor is often referred to as one of these 19. Word which refers to time-piece of Ahaz 23. Soldiers compose this 25. Gabriel is one of these 28. Moses was of this tribe

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Stay calm, be happy With the board exams underway, here are some tips to make it easier for you to allot time to studying.


o your board exams here, and this is the 100th article you’re reading about it this year. At this point, you must have heard so much (often unsolicited) advice from those around you that you could probably write your own book titled 101 Things A Student Should Definitely Do While Preparing for Exams (According to Everyone Else But Me). It’s likely that this article won’t tell you anything you don’t already know, but I urge you to keep reading, if not for any other reason but to prolong your break before heading back to solving differential equations. At this stage, your focus should only be on learning the essentials. So, avoid cracking open a new chapter and spending the better part of a day on it when it’s worth only two marks overall. As you go over your materials, note down all the problems that you’re unable to solve, and fix a time with a teacher you know well to go over the doubts with you at a set time everyday. If you’re considering joining a new tuition class, ask yourself if you have the time to adjust to your new teacher’s method of teaching (more difficult to do in a group class than an individual one). One method of learning that usually comes in handy is making checklists or drawing up daily time tables. However, the place where most people goof on this is when they draw timetables for their ideal self. So maybe you want to study for seven hours with only a half hour break in the middle, and wake up at 3.00 AM every day, but let’s face it, if you couldn’t do it before, now is not the time to start practicing. It’s better to make a time table for your real self, where you study with realistic breaks, and cover chapters at the speed you know you can manage and not the speed at which you would like to go. Take a break Don’t shun human interaction completely during this time, since it’s what will keep you sane! Some people benefit from having study-buddies, people who perform at a similar level academically, and who study at a similar pace. Others enjoy the company of anti-study-buddies, friends who’ll talk about anything but exams. In both cases, avoid talking to friends who have historically had the tendency to incite mass panic or feelings of low self-esteem during test or exam time (if you’re that person, don’t feel bad, your friends will catch up with you over coffee in April). It’s also important to do things to de-stress during your break time. This could be anything that you enjoy — knitting, playing cricket or strumming your guitar. If you’re the type who likes to listen to music while studying, try to listen to ambient or lounge music — essentially, music devoid of lyrics, so that you’re not distracted by the temptation to sing along. Avoid turning on the TV or playing video games, since those activities tend to suck you in, and before you know it, your half hour break turns into a threehour marathon of “Grey’s Anatomy” reruns. Accept whatever food comes your way from your parent and avoid eating out. You’re going to need all the energy you can get, so put the diet on hold for a while. However, exercise is good, so if you’ve already got the habit, keep it up. If you don’t, then take short walks during your breaks, so that you don’t start getting aches and pains from sitting in the same position while studying. And don’t forget: (a) You’ve probably been writing exams since the time you outgrew your diapers and (b) While this is not the first exam you’ll ever have to write, chances are it’s definitely not going to be your last. So there’s no real reason to pile more stress onto this. All the best and here’s wishing you nothing more than pleasantly fuzzy memories of this period, years from now! Eat, exercise and excel Don’t avoid breakfast at any cost. This applies even after your exams are over! Make the switch to skimmed milk if you’re going to be consuming a lot of milk-based products during this time. If you’re feeling hungry between meals, try to snack on healthy foods — fruit salad with custard, hummus and pita bread, lowfat oatmeal cookies, grilled vegetable sandwiches, cucumber and carrot slices with a yoghurt-based dip etc. Avoid snacking on fried items as far as possible. If you’ve already got an exercise routine in place — don’t stop! However, if you don’t have a routine, now is not the time to make good on that resolution to hit the gym. Instead, a short walk and stretching exercises during your breaks will help. Doing simple exercises in yoga and pranayama would be beneficial too. Last minute Avoid learning new chapters now. Only focus on improving on the things you already know. Avoid the “What parts do you think are important/can be skipped?” conversation with friends. Ask your teachers for this advice instead. Don’t hesitate to ask a parent for help while revising. They could go over the study material with you, especially the parts with formulae and the chemical reactions. Do not get bogged down by pressure from family and friends, but assure them that you will give it your best. These marks can only make a difference to your life in the short-term, not in the longterm. The Hindu

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Complexities of modern life warrant requires organized guidance

Dear inquisitive, animated young collegians. We dedicate this space for you, young minds to share thoughts and outlook on life on campus. Be it about your education, studies, love, life, sports, about teachers, your angst, heartbeats or even a poem or a footnote you scribbled during a boring lecture in the classroom…share. Also get to know what your friends in different colleges across the State experience and create a vibe. Or simply dedicate your fond thoughts of that someone, somewhere through this page! E-mail us at


believe this what everyone is facing in today’s world. I presented this topic when I was doing my masters in my career guidance and counseling class and today I felt like sharing with everyone. Our modern life is highly influenced by technology. With the coming of globalization, many things have changed, more complexities have shown up and the lives of the people are changing along with the modern life. Our society based on ever- advancing technology of all kinds has become a livid morass of indecipherable interactions between the mind, body and mind. All these being interconnected with each other, I have listed out some few warrants which are very commonly seen in our daily lives. • Time problem: the tempo of modern life keeps us away from relaxation, requiring more and more of us every day. We start to arrive late, panic and look for a remedy of solving problems instantly. For effective use of time, you should spend it more efficiently by making time schedules before you start your day and leave any unnecessary things that can hinder your time. • Stress: stress is a common problem in modern life. It is describes as tension experienced on individual over a period of time. It could be caused by pressure and problem at work and individual lifestyles. The simplest and best way to reduce your stress is focus as much as possible on doing one thing at a time, simplify your finances and declutter, this is a favorite of mine. Take 15-20 minutes and just got through your room and get rid of stuffs you don’t need or use anymore. • Anger issues: aah!! A common issue in me. Face it; everybody loses it time to time. In fact, we live in a society where anger is a common occurrence. Road rage, temper tantrums at work, home, shops happens all too often. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to dig ourselves out of the habit. First, we need to analyze the situation, keep calm and think before we act. • Distractions: here is the irony of it, I told myself not to check my facebook until the article is done, but I did peak at my facebook because I was awaiting a response. Then I got a text from my friend keren saying she got through the written test for the post of sub- inspector in Evaluation deptt. Oh, and did I mention that I have Melanie Martinez blasting away in my ears. I have always known a distraction is a problem for me. According to Maggie Jackson, we can create a culture of attention, recover the ability to pause, focus, connect, judge and enter deeply into a relationship or an idea. • Lastly, competition: it’s hard to go far in modern life without being faced with competition. It is all around us. It can be used as a tool at home to motivate children or at schools. Each person will react differently to it, and though some will find it beneficial an equal number will find it stress. When competition is motivating, positive is good. Being up against someone shows you your own flaws. It allows you to see what you are up against.

Sprains and Ligament Injuries in Dogs ANIMAL CARE

with Dr Michael Imchen

B.V.Sc & A.H, M.Sc.A.P.M,C.USG & R. Veterinary Surgeon Animal Concern, Circular Road



How do you think it feels to be invisible? Or maybe you’ve felt the same way, you’re not alone. It feels like you’re a ghost walking among men The fever of being lonely is building inside me I really hope this is a faze or the road ends. As much as I, deep inside, don’t like to say good byes I thought about it more then a young man should I’m shocked at the amount of people walking by Where all I ask for is a simple “Hi” And they just keep walking with out a reply Stop bottling up all these feelings inside And stop wanting to run away and hide And come out of your shell, here ill do it with you We’ll scream it out loud that were alive And hope someone is actually listening It feels like all I’m doing is blending into a crowd Of course I’m talking to myself, who else can I trust? I’ve been saying to myself for while “go make new friends” But that’s a bust; I can never make the first move And for that I will loose, if someone doesn’t come and help me now I think ill fall down, but its a little worse then falling off a swing If someone else could make the first move Then I could choose weather to win or to lose. ~ AecZer0 ~

Listen my dear these are from my heart If my heart refused to knock my ribs if my eyes refused to wink if my tongue refused to move if today refused to become yesterday if the star refused to show the way If my hand refused to hold a pen if dream refused to dream if water refused to flow if everything refused to refused just because i’m in LOVE with you what will you do my dear??;(

sprain is an injury caused by sudden stretching or tearing of the ligaments in and around the joint, or the joint capsule itself. Signs are pain over the joint, swelling of the tissues, and temporary lameness. Treatment: If the dog is unable to put weight on the leg, seek veterinary consultation to rule out a fracture or dislocation. This is true for any injury that fails to improve in 24 hours. Xrays should be taken. It is most important to prevent further injury by resting the affected part. Restrict activity by confining the dog in a small area. Apply cold packs to the injured joint for 15 to 30 minutes, three or four times a day for the first 24 hours. Use a chemical cold pack or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Wrap the pack in a towel and secure it in place over the injured joint with a loose gauze wrap. An alternative method is to run cold water over the affected leg for 5 to 10 minutes, three or four times a day. After the first 24 hours, switch to warm, moist compresses for 15 to 30 minutes, three times a day for the next two to three days. Apply as described for cold packs. Avoid hot compresses, which can burn the skin. Analgesics may be prescribed by your veterinarian to relieve pain. One disadvantage of pain relievers is that they may allow the dog to begin using the leg while the injury is still fresh. This can delay healing, but if the dog’s activity is restricted this is not a problem. Anti-inflammatories may hasten healing by reducing swelling and inflammation around the area. Keep the dog off the leg by confining him in a small, closed area. Take him out on a leash only to eliminate. Allow at least

- Wedekhro Naro Kohima College

three weeks for successful healing. Incomplete healing is associated with prolonged lameness and the later development of degenerative arthritis in the joint. Tendon Injuries Tendons can be stretched, partly torn, or ruptured. Strained tendons follow sudden wrenching or twisting injuries. The tendons of the forepaws (front and back) are strained most often. The signs of tendon injury are lameness, pain on bearing weight, and painful swelling over the course of the tendon. Rupture of the Achilles tendon at the hock joint can be caused by sudden and extreme flexion of the hock. This injury tends to occur in Greyhounds and sporting and performance breeds. The Achilles tendon is the one most often severed in dog fights and car accidents. Rupture of the Achilles tendon causes a dropped hock. Treatment: This is the same as described for sprains. A ruptured Achilles tendon should be surgically repaired. Surgery will be followed by a long course of rest and rehabilitation. Stifle Injuries The stifle joint is stabilized by a number of ligaments. The two large ligaments that cross in the middle of the joint are the cranial and caudal cruciates. The ligaments that stabilize the sides of the joints are the medial and lateral collaterals. The meniscus is a cushion of cartilage between the femur and the tibia and fibula. Rupture of the cranial cruciate is a common and serious injury of the stifle. It occurs in all breeds at all ages, but is more likely to occur in younger, active dogs. There may be a congeni-

tal or developmental predisposition in some dogs. If one tears, unless it is repaired, the ligament in the other knee also eventually tears. The sudden onset of rear leg lameness suggests a rupture. The lameness may disappear with rest, then recur with exercise. In some cases the presenting sign is persistent lameness in one or both hind legs. The diagnosis is confirmed by palpating the stifle joint. In many cases the medial collateral ligament is also damaged. Rupture of the medial or lateral collateral ligament usually is caused by a severe blow to the side of the joint or a twisting motion, especially at speed. The affected ligament may be stretched, partially torn, or completely severed. Diagnosis is made by manipulating the joint and looking for a degree of looseness. Severe blows to the stifle may also cause joint fractures. Dogs may need to be anesthetized for a thorough evaluation of the stifle. Injuries to the meniscus are associated with injuries to the cruciates. If a cruciate injury goes untreated, secondary

damage to the meniscus occurs in the weeks and months that follow. The end result is degenerative arthritis and permanent lameness. Isolated meniscus injuries are rare in dogs. Treatment: The treatment of choice for ruptured cruciate ligaments is surgical repair. If this is not done, the joint becomes unstable and is subject to further damage. Following surgical repair, physical therapy and restricted exercise are important for successful recovery. The complete rehabilitation program may take months for dogs to return to near full athletic performance levels. Collateral ligaments that have been stretched but not torn usually heal satisfactorily with rest and restricted activity. (Dr Michael Imti Imchen can be contacted for pet and animal care related queries and concerns at Mobile-09436072892)


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Naga Musicians

you didn’t know were ‘Big’ outside Nagaland Al Ngullie | EM News Network


hen the athletic Nagas aren’t busy running from bullets, they are singing songs. The association can be traced to the ancient times. The relation is uncomplicated to comprehend. In fact, even during those days when dangling crotches and cheeky brown posteriors were the houte couture of the day, death metal was a common musical style – ancient Naga warriors sang beautiful war songs when lovingly lobbing off the heads of their enemies. Of course, their ill-fated enemies had no option but to sing a death metal song before donating their precious hair to the cause of music. In 2008, probably the very first-ever production album – pro work, that is – from Nagaland surfaced in the form of ‘El Roi,’ from a Kohima rock band that went by the moniker Divine Connection. In 2010, the band would swing their way into India’s vibrant but poverty-stricken rock scene by winning an MTV talent hunt ‘Kurkure Desi Beats ‘Rock On.’ Then, came a nerdy group of dreamers called Alobo Naga & The Band found their selves performing their screen, sorry, dream, when VH1 decided that these chinky-eyed bunch of talents were worth big airtime. Soon enough during summer 2011, their single ‘Painted Dreams’ began its mission to pulverize nearly every Indian TV that had a VH1 channel. The rest, as they say, is no mystery. Nagaland was clearly good old Hindustan’s biggest rock factory since Rock Machine. I think. But that’s only what popular Media tell you. You’d probably heard only about Divine Connection and Alobo Naga & the Band. For those of you who believe Facebook is Gospel, here are some Naga musicians you didn’t know much about to like. Naga purists can eat your hearts out – some of these musicians have achieved a distinction not so much for landing a TV spot or wining reality shows but by their pioneering and prominence in music industries outside Nagaland.

Ren Merry: Naga Pioneer & Legend Several weeks ago, there was a name in the Governor’s Award for Excellence list, for 2013. Renthungo Merry. Eyebrows went up at least 700 meters high. Who the eff was this Renthungo Merry? The man – probably the first full-fledged classical guitarist from among the heavy-headed Nagas – is Ren Merry. Ren Merry will always be the one guitarist who held fortress on his own – or built one – when every Aren, Abemo and Asalie were pounding their heads into the wall in the name of noise. Today he is an acclaimed classical guitar instructor in Colorado and a known fixture in the academic classical music population of Colorado and neighboring US states. In 2010 he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society for contribution to classical guitar music. The US-based guitar instructor was one of the six classical guitar masters honored. For a long time, Ren Merry shared a fate similar to Naga novelist Easterine Iralu’s – seen and heard but unsung. Only this year did Ren Merry finally find recognition in the form of the Governor’s Award. Merry was born in Wokha, the place that would lead him on decades of journey all the way to the United States of America. Upon graduation in 1992 with a Master’s degree in Music Performance, he returned to Nagaland with his American wife Tammie to teach at Patkai Christian College. Following a five years stint he left for the United States. There, he taught music at Westminster Christian Academy in Louisiana, the United States, for seven years. He was recently conferred doctorate in Music Education by the University of Northern Colorado. The virtuoso doesn’t wish to talk much about his early albums released in Nagaland. He has a CD titled Ren Merry: Classical Guitar; A collection of hymn arrangements and originals.

Kilang Pongen: Rock in Bangkok

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Kilang Pongen – the Naga rock dude thing from Mokokchung who has been busy running through Bangkok’s rock scene for several years now. Before better winds flew him to one of Asia’s most vibrant music industries, Kilang was this geeky front man of a rock band called Faith. And then, singer of a popular Dimapur rock group called Heritage. Kilang Pongen decided he wasn’t going to do much noisy things so went ahead solo and released his debut solo album ‘Breakthrough’ (2004) – arguably one of the first and finest examples of original, professional rock music productions in NorthEast India. Two tracks from Breakthrough were selected to be on ‘Think Again,’ India’s first ever Christian Rock compilation released around 2005. Another track, the classic metal anthem ‘Miracle’ was featured on another all-India compilation ‘Awake & Arise - A Musical Tribute to Life.’ After ‘Breakthrough,’ Kilang went on a tour across the state, and the Northeast region and the mainland as well as in Nepal and Thailand. Today, Pongen is a name in Bangkok in Thailand. And he is digging up gold: A guy called Brett Clarke – who has produced and worked with some musicians called Amy Grant, Metallica, U2, Jewel, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban or even a girl called Carrie Underwood – is producing and playing in Kilang’s second album ‘Kilang.’ Another heavy puller Paul Hudson (oh, not Mr. Die Hard himself) is helping Brett Clarke and Kilang crank up the shindig. Divine Connection and Alobo Naga & The Band owe their hallowed noise-making run to Kilang Pongen. And so do hundreds of noise mongers in Nagaland – a state where you would most likely be branded an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh if you don’t know how to play the guitar.

Among Jamir: Just think of the Avengers No, Among Jamir doesn’t go around twiddling and twaddling in red underwear and silk cape – he is just a “too small” bassist for a notso-small Indian rock band that found themselves playing the theme track for The Avengers, one of Hollywood’s biggest superhero flicks that raked in moolah by the millions. The track called “Hello Andheron.” Yes, you have seen it on YouTube too. Oh, there you remember now. Well, their bassist is from good old Anishi-happy Mokokchung – Among Jamir, the man who ran away from desk job because “I am a lazy man.” For those of you who don’t know, Jamir has been playing with an impressive Indian A-listers starting from Indian rock music pioneer Gary Lawyer, one of India’s best rock guitarists and composer Sanjay Joseph himself and Australian country singer Bobby Cash among others. He was also a part of two bands Lambada, winner of Idea Rocks India (circa 2002-2009) and Pharos, a jazz outfit from 2005- 2007. Now he is busy pushing the low ends with Agnee. The Avengers soundtrack opportunity was the turning point for him. “This is my third year with Agnee. And yes, I ran away from desk job coz I’m a lazy boy and can’t imagine working for 30 days a month.” On a more advisory note, the bassist acknowledges that music ‘requires hard work and patience.’ “There are so many things to study and learn in music, and even I have billions of things to learn. The music industry is big and will stay. From news channels to sports and films, music is required. So, if you are a musician you’ll never go hungry, you will earn honestly and you will enjoy what you do. But, remember dear rockers ‘fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge and wisdom,’ he adds.

Imlitemjen Imchen: The Naga Fingerstyle-er How many times have you thrown up trying to survive the endless flurry of supersonic notes every Naga guitarist seems to want to blast across the stage? Thank your shalalabo that you shan’t endure the mindless indulgence any more – Imlitemjen Imchen is here with his acoustic guitar. You are meeting a musician who you would b introducing to your kids later as the Nagas’ first finger style guitarist. For those of you who came in late, Fingerstyle or Fingerstyle Guitar is a recent and highly specialized guitar style. In contrast to traditional guitar styles such as flatpicking (e.g., contemporary rock) or chord repertoire (e.g., the classical guitar) Fingerstyle’s chief characteristics are the use of entire digits accentuated mainly by percussive and open tunes as opposed to picking individual notes, repertoire or strumming. Artificial harmonics, hammer-ons or pull-offs in open fretting (or a combination of them) and yes, using the acoustic body of the guitar as percussion, used alternatively with playing the notes, are some of the main features of the fingerstyle technique. A painfully difficult form of playing – at least for non-fingerstylers. Just think of BoB sexton, Andy Mckee, John Eurell Sr. and John Eurell Jr. In the summer of 2011, Imchen played Jumping Bean as promotion for his then-unreleased debut ‘First Fret Boarding.’ When his debut was released in summer 2012, few took notice except for the more eclectic and critical music circles who welcomed the “new form” of music from the Indian musician. For the sake of space, the Media recognition he received from the Indian media was more than what the ungrateful – if unimpressed – Naga listener gave him. In fact, most have not heard of Imchen except by musicians in the more artistic circles in the Indian music circuit especially big metros like big bad Mumbai. Imchen continues to enjoy Mumbai’s welcoming industry and music scene. Building on that, he is currently working on new materials for his second album.

Salma Hayek gives speech at domestic violence event She has never been one to meekly stand aside when she has something to say. And Salma Hayek put this quality to good use when she delivered a speech at a domestic violence event in New York on Thursday.


he Frida actress was the star of the show at the Avon Speaking Out Against Violence Against Women event. Salma, 46, has long been a supporter of anti-domestic violence charities, and lit up the event in a stunning black dress. She previously revealed it was a childhood experience that made her so interested in the cause. The Desperado favourite said: ‘The first time I saw domestic violence firsthand was when I was in Mexico, taking a walk with my family, and we came upon a man beating up this woman. ‘My father intervened and fought the man and won. I remember thinking,

Supporting her cause: Salma Hayek speaking at the Avon Speaking Up Against Domestic Violence event in New York on Thursday

‘Oh my God, my father is a hero.’ ‘Then the woman turned around and started beating up my father. I couldn’t comprehend what was happening. ‘After that I became very intrigued with what makes a woman stay in an abusive relationship. How does her spirit break?’ In 2005 the actress testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary supporting reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. The following year she donated $25,000 to a Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, shelter for battered women and another $50,000 to Monterrey based anti-domestic violence groups.

Demi Moore seeks spousal support from Ashton Kutcher in $285m divorce battle Demi Moore is seeking spousal support and attorney fees from Ashton Kutcher in their divorce battle, it emerged on Thursday. The news comes more than a year after the pair split and three months after Kutcher filed papers to legally sever their sixyear marriage. Moore finally responded on Thursday by lodging her own application at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Moore cites ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for the split, stating the date of marriage as September 24th,

2005 and the date of separation as November 17 , 2011 - two months after Kutcher’s alleged one-night stand with party girl Sara Leal. While the couple have no children together, the financial stakes are high. The pair are jointly worth a reputed $285m and in the last year alone Kutcher earned $24m from the CBS show Two And A Half Men. On Wednesday it was reported how talks between the couple have broken down over money. The pair could now be facing a courtroom showdown to resolve their differences.

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