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The Morung Express

Dimapur VOL. VIII ISSUE 311

Friday, November 15, 2013 12 pages Rs. 4

Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be Respect Manmohan’s decision on Commonwealth meet: Cameron [ PAGE 08]


By Sandemo Ngullie

Hongsangla is crowned Miss Tuensang 2013


‘You have the right to live with dignity’

–Jose Ortega y Gasset

Sachin takes India to 157/2 [ PAGE 02] at stumps ‘Bio-diversity conservation on Day 1 of needs immediate attention’ second Test [ PAGE 12 ]

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Children’s Day: A distant dream for some …

is the world losing the battle against diabetes? Number of cases hit record 382 million

Rumors? I knew it...I knew it!

NSSA pen down strike on Nov 19 KOhima, NOvember 14 (mexN): The Nagaland Secretariat Service Association has resolved that the second phase of its ongoing agitation will constitute a pen down (cease work) strike on November 1. This was decided at the NSSA meeting held on November 13. The meeting also resolved to continue wearing black badges till November 11 and to enforce strict attendance of members during the period of agitation. The General body meeting of the NSSA on November 13 also constituted the Empowered Action Committee. The committee while notifying compulsory attendance of members discouraged availing any kind of leave and cautioned that absentees would be penalized with a fine of Rs 500 per day. This was stated in a press note from Johnny Humtsoe, General Secretary, NSSA.

Arms, ammo & gelatin seized

DimaPur, NOvember 14 (mexN): Dimapur police recovered explosives and firearms in two separate incidents on November 13 and 14. The seized weapons included one rusted sten carbine, gelatine and one .22 calibre pistol with five rounds. The sten carbine and gelatine were found in the residence of a seventy year-old woman, who was earlier arrested by a joint team of Assam Rifles and Women Cell personnel on November 12 for involvement in a weapons smuggling racket. According to the police, the firearm and explosives were found hidden in the residence of the woman identified only as “Mrs. Mary” on the evening of November 13 at Chumukedima. Cash amounting to Rs. 19, 000 was found in the residence and seized, police said. In another incident on November 14, one Povi Zhimomi was arrested by the Special Operations Team of Dimapur police for possessing a country-make .22 calibre pistol. The man was arrested from the bus stand at Golaghat Road. Five rounds of .22 ammunition were also in his possession, police said.



Apropos the news item ‘Sodomy Case: Judicial inquiry finds prima facie’ carried in The Morung Express on November 14, 2013, it may be stated that while the District and Sessions Judge, Dimapur, has ordered the Dimapur Central jail authorities to file an FIR immediately, this has not been done yet, as incorrectly mentioned in the report. Any inconvenience caused due to this mistake is deeply regretted.

Rafiq and Abdul, both 11 years of age, gather cardboard boxes first thing in the morning of Children’s Day in Dimapur. Two hours of gathering boxes will fetch them Rs. 50, which, they say, will be handed over to their mother later. Faced with extreme poverty, neither has ever been to school nor has the prospect to—they have never heard of Children’s Day. Nagaland, the Land of Festivals, has little on offer for street children like Rafiq and Abdul, whose population is on the rise in Dimapur. (Morung Photo)

ensf to continue agitation

Walks out of meeting

tueNsaNg, NOvember 14 (mexN): ENSF officials accompanied by student body leaders from the six eastern tribes today walked out of the DC Conference Hall after three and a half hours of deliberation and discussion. ENSF stood firm in its demand for the total implementation of the four-charter demand to the Government of Nagaland. The attendees included CM Chang, Education Minister, T. Imkon-

glemba Ao, Commissioner and Secretary, T. Mhamebo Yanthan, Deputy Commossioner, Tuensang, and other senior officials. ENSF had demanded the implementation of the Niathu Resort Agreement that was consented in the presence of Chief Minister, Neiphio Rio on February 3 2010, fulfillment of the two-point memorandum submitted to Commissioner and Secretary School Education and SCERT regarding TET-SCERT on October 4, regular implementation of Mid-Day Meal in all schools (“State Govern-

cognizance taken in imchen’s case Morung Express News

ment has reported to the Ministry that it had served Mid-Day Meal for at least 220 days in a year”) and the cancelation of the conversion of NAPs to DEFs. ENSF stated it wants nothing less but total implementation of what had been assured. It reasoned that it was demanding only what was deserved and nothing more. Hours of sharing and opining could not bring the parties to a mutual understanding and agreement. Speaking to media personnel, Shasha L Menhah, President, ENSF conveyed his gratitude to

the officials for coming to Tuensang and attending the meeting. He stated that ENSF was hoping for a positive outcome from the meeting while mid-way it “realized that the Government was not in a position to fulfill its demands.” ENSF further stated it will continue and intensify the agitation as long as the assurance made in paper is not implemented and its demands not met. The organization will interact with the Government only when it is ready to implement its demands, it stated.

LONDON, NOvember 14 (reuters): The world is losing the battle against diabetes as the number of people estimated to be living with the disease soars to a new record of 382 million this year, medical experts said on Thursday. The vast majority have type 2 diabetes - the kind linked to obesity and lack of exercise - and the epidemic is spreading as more people in the developing world adopt Western, urban lifestyles. The latest estimate from the International Diabetes Federation is equivalent to a global prevalence rate of 8.4 percent of the adult population and compares to 371 million cases in 2012. By 2035, the organization predicts the number of cases will have soared by 55 percent to 592 million. “The battle to protect people from diabetes and its disabling, life-threatening complications is being lost,” the federation said in the sixth edition of its Diabetes Atlas, noting that deaths from the disease were now running at 5.1 million a year or one every six seconds. People with diabetes have inadequate blood sugar control, which can lead to a range of dangerous complications, including damage to the eyes, kidneys and heart. If left untreated, it can result in premature death. “Year after year, the figures seem to be getting worse,” said David Whiting,

A choice to be healthy Morung Express News Dimapur | November 14

Sentiyanger Imchen, a teacher from Kohima, is now 56 and has been living with type-2 diabetes for thirty two years. He remembers the first time when doctors diagnosed his condition. “I was scared, who wouldn’t be?” At first, Sentiyanger had a difficult time getting his head around the whole thing. However, resolving not to bow down to his condition, he gave up smoking, changed his diet and started exercising. While, recognizing that he will spend the rest of his life with the condition, Sentiyanger remains optimistic. “Becoming a healthier person does not happen overnight. It took me months to eat healthy and exercise. But in the end, I have a healthier and, hopefully, a longer life.” “Having diabetes does not necessarily mean you cannot have a fulfilling life,” says Dr. Imsunaro Longkumer from Dimapur. She adds, “With careful management you can ensure you control the condition and it doesn’t control you. This will allow you to stay healthy, active and to live a full life.” an epidemiologist and public health specialist at the federation. “All around the world we are seeing increasing numbers of people de-

According to the Diabetes Atlas published by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), there were an estimated 40 million persons with diabetes in India in 2007. This number is predicted to rise to almost 70 million people by 2025. Dr. Longkumer affirms that over the years, type 2 diabetes has seen an increased prevalence rate among Nagas. “Some people acquire it genetically. However, unhealthy lifestyles are the major cause for people acquiring this condition,” she adds. The younger generation of Nagas in particular, she asserts, is in danger of having a higher prevalence rate. “The lack of physical activity, gorging on fast food, etc is creeping into young Nagas, which is not healthy.” “In the Naga context, adopting healthy dietary habits is not very prevalent. In general, we have a very ‘gung-ho’ attitude towards life. This is not necessarily a bad thing but when it affects our health, it becomes a matter of concern,” she adds. “It is about making a choice, a choice to be healthy,” she asserts. She affirms that all it takes is the will power and the commitment to stay healthy.

veloping diabetes.” He said that a strategy involving all parts of society was needed to improve diets and promote healthier lifestyles.

Rumour with a pinch of salt GHI students boycott classes; Morung Express News

Dimapur | November 14

Dimapur | November 14

The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Wokha, has taken cognizance of the chargesheet filed by the Wokha police in Imkong Imchen’s case. On November 4, the Wokha police had forwarded the chargesheet in the case to the JMFC. The charges against Imchen are under 171 E (bribery), 171 F (undue influence or personation at the election), 188 IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 44 Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition Act, 25 (1A) (1B) (a) read with 3/7 Arms Act. Sources informed today that the JMFC has already taken cognizance of the case under the said sections, and committed it to the District and Sessions Court, Wokha, for trial.

Rumour spreads like salt in water. When the rumour itself is about salt, panic spreads—as in Dimapur where people rushed to stores after rumour spread that there is a shortage of salt in the State. While salt packets ran out in almost all shops in Dimapur, some localities reported fights between customers and shop owners when the latter refused to sell salt based on panic. “We only have half a packet left,” reported a panic-struck resident on hearing about the salt-rush, and not finding any. The rumour erupted on Monday in Orissa where salt prices shot up. The government there confirmed there was no basis to the claim. It then struck Bihar where price of salt rose to Rs. 150-

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most of the patients, particularly the elderly, had never in their lives seen specialist doctors or received medication from cutting edge medical companies. The health camp gave special emphasis on orthopaedics and cardiology, two very important medical specialty areas the service for which is not available at Mokokchung and needy patients painstakingly go elsewhere for consultation and treatment. According to the visiting doctors, high blood pressure or hypertension prevalence rate among the elderly patients treated figured around 80%, which can be ascribed to either lack of awareness about the medical condition or no regular treatment. Osteoporosis, a bone disease, was also found to be common although not alarming, which according to the doctors were largely untreated. Congenital heart defects were also found to be prevalent in all age groups. Diabetic cases were surprisingly low, as it turned out. Osteogenesis and bone fractures were also

Demands removal of HEO

200/kg. Nagaland became part of the loop after shop owners either hiked the price of salt to as high as Rs. 100 per kg or refused to sell it at all after customers landed up in their shops like fly to fruit. There is, however, no need to panic, informed Dimapur District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DDCCI) President, Hukivi Chishi. “There is no shortage of salt in Dimapur,” said Chishi, adding, “There is enough stock, and there should be no enhancement of prices. If shop owners enhance the price of salt, this should be brought to the notice of the DDCCI immediately for further action.” SP of Dimapur, VZ Angami, has additionally advised people who have already purchased salt at a higher price to report this to the po- Protesting GHI students picket classes on November 14 in Dimapur. (Morung Photo) lice so that consumers may get back the Morung Express News attitude of the HEO has compelled excess amount already paid. us to take this step,” the student said, Dimapur | November 14 while alleging that the HEO’s way of Students of Government Hindi Insti- functioning is not transparent. The tute (GHI), Dimapur, boycotted class- student further said that it is the third es on Thursday in protest against time they have tried bringing the atwhat the students termed as the ap- tention of the School Education aufound to be common cases which can be athetic and arrogant attitude of the thority. Their first two appeals came ascribed to the living conditions of the lo- institute’s in-charge. Demanding im- to naught, it was added. In the representation, it was almediate removal of the Hindi Educacal populace. According to IMDH sources, 70% tion Officer (HEO) in-charge of the leged that the HEO failed to formally of the patients treated were senior citi- institute, the students on Thursday acknowledge receipt of admission fee. zens. Dr Moa of IMDH said that the four picketed the classrooms and stated “1st year and 2nd year” students did days of the medical camp have been the that they will continue to agitate until not get acknowledgment slips against most hectic days at the hospital. While the government intervenes. GHI has the amounts deposited for the ongoing expressing eagerness to see such health at present more than eighty students. academic session, one student said. The The agitating students have writ- representation further alleged that the camps in the future, he also claimed that the on station doctors have learnt a lot ten a representation to the Nagaland HEO charged Rs. 500 from every studuring the course of the camp and that School Education Authority in this re- dent as hostel security deposit and latthe hospital has become “more clean, gard. In the representation addressed er claimed that he took the money from active and vibrant” as an immediate ef- to the Principal Director, School Edu- the hostellers only. The HEO’s neglifect of the health camp. The visiting team cation, Nagaland, the students, while gence has resulted in the shutting of the of doctors at the camp included Dr. HN demanding the immediate removal of boys’ hostel, while there is no cook in Bajaj, Chief Spiral Surgeon MedHarbour the HEO, SN Dubey, stated that his “ty- the girls’ hostel mess, it went on to state. New Delhi; Dr. Pushkar Chawla, Ortho- rannical and monopolistic behaviour” One student was denied scholarship pedics; Dr. Sumit Sefi, Cardiologist and will be detrimental to the their future. because the student fell ill and could Dr. Sudir Kumar, General Practitioner, One of the agitating students told not attend class, it added. Furthermore, England. The camp was organized by lo- media persons that on several occa- the representation stated that the HEO cal MLA, C.Apok Jamir in collaboration sions they had tried to bring the at- responded with threats of failing the with MedHarbour New Delhi, backand- tention of the HEO on their grievances students whenever he was approached and IMDH, Mokokchung. but it fell on deaf ears. “The apathetic with grievances.

Health camp with a Difference Mokokchung | November 14

Dubbed the best health camp ever held in the region, and perhaps the first of its kind in the district, the four-day Free Medical Camp held at Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital (IMDH), Mokokchung came to an end on November 14. Nearly seven hundred patients were treated by a team of four specialist doctors. The success of the health camp has set a benchmark in the healthcare service scenario in Mokokchung and it is expected that lessons learnt from the camp will help take healthcare in Mokokchung up to a whole new level. During the course of the camp, 270 orthopaedic patients and 174 cardiac patients were given medical consultation and treatment while the ‘general’ patients treated numbered 213. As pointed out by Melly Singh, a Delhi –based social worker who accompanied the visiting doctors,




The Morung Express LocaL A Children’s Day for all ‘You have the right to live with dignity’ Dimapur


15 November 2013


CJM, Azi Therieh, reminds children of rights and duties of citizens on Children’s Day

Morung Express News Dimapur | November 14

A child gestures happily at winning a toy car race during the Children’s Day programme.


Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): “Will there be a children’s day for me?” was a question posed at his mother by a disabled child on learning that November 14 was Children’s Day. “Is children’s Day only for school children?”, lamented Maong Jamir, Asst. Director of Prodigals’ Home, while expressing sadness at the common trend of Children’s Day being celebrated mostly at and with schools or school going children whereby leaving out children not fortunate enough to attend schools. On the other hand, he also expressed optimism that the said trend is lately becoming more encompassing to include children with disability and other children not fortunate enough to be

in schools. Dwelling on the theme of Children’s Day, 2013, “Stop violence against children”, Jamir stated that violence is not only limited to physical violence but include many forms of violence both direct and subtle such as sexual, emotional, mental, and any form of abuse against children. “Let us be aware and do our best to stop all forms of violence against children”, he thus urged the parents and well-wishers gathered with the children to celebrate children’s day with disabled children at the Resource Centre of Prodigals’ Home, Dimapur. Grace Savino who spearheads “Charis Connect”, a faith based organization, in welcoming the gathering expressed that

children whether Christian, Hindu, Muslim or from any religious background are all equal in the eyes of the Almighty God. The child who had earlier questioned his mother about Children’s Day smiled gleefully as he received a gift and participated in the children’s day program organized by Development Association of Nagaland (DAN), Charis Connect and Prodigals’ Home. The day’s programme highlights’ were individual song presentations by two disabled child, gifts for every child present, and entertainment programs for the children where each participant, regardless of winning or not, received gifts sponsored by the organizers and other well wishers.

Becoming better citizens comes with a set of duties, said Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Dimapur, M.T. (Azi) Therieh, to students of the Christian Mission High School, 4th Mile, Diphupar, today. On Children’s Day, Therieh was gracing the School’s Annual Day as Guest Speaker, also representing the Dimapur District Legal Services Authority. “Without following laws, as well as duties and obligations, we will slump back into primitive times,” she told the gathering of students, parents and teachers. “Several laws are covered by the Constitution of India, the most important of which is the Right to Life—you have the right to live with dignity. Your parents are required to provide you with food, shelter and clothing but if your parents are too poor, it is the government’s responsi-

bility to do so,” she iterated, adding information on the right to education that the Government of India owes to all children in the country till the age of 14. Therieh also highlighted the importance of the right to freedom and expression. “We need to scold them, but not all the time. Sometimes we need to sit down and reason with the children, and let them express freely—only then their dreams will grow,” she stated to the parents. The Christian Mission High School, established in 1972, is a small but disciplined and well maintained school with a number of students receiving awards for 100% attendance as well as excellence in sports. Also reflecting on the duties of citizens, Therieh said that things like the environment and public property should be protected for the common good of society. She quoted the example of Amur Falcons to reiterate her point,

Students of Christian Mission High School, 4th Mile, pray hard before the start of their Children’s cum Annual Day celebration as one of them remains more interested in the camera. (Morung Photo)

and how their conservation and safe passage would help the whole food chain at large. The CJM also called upon parents, teachers and students to be mindful of the Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Act—“a healthy body will help you achieve your dreams. You

should not consume tobacco products, and the same should not be sold within a 100 meters radius of the school.” She also made the congregation aware of cyber crimes, and how sending lewd and obscene SMSs could lead to punishment

‘Making a difference for progress of Children’

Embodying the true meaning of Children’s’ Day, students of Primary Section, Hope Academy Dimapur, today celebrated the event by dressing up as their favorite movie stars and pop stars. (Morung Photo)


Students of Cherry Blossoms School are delighted watching their teachers present folk songs, dances, special numbers and dramas entertained the students on occasion of Children’s Day School on November 14 at the School premise in Kohima. The students celebrated Children’s Day with District Legal Service Authority (DLSA). Y. Longkumer, Addl District and Session Judge cum Secretary, Kohima DLSA spoke on the children rights and legal remedies provided by various laws under the Constitution of India such as the Child Labour Prohibition Act, Child Rights Act 2005, Juvenile Justice Act 2000. (Morung Photo)

Patkai Hr Sec School celebrated Children’s day on at Bunrock Chapel Hall on November 14. Revinuo hosted the programme, Venita said the invocation, toddlers of the Patkai Day Care Center and students of Class 11 and 12 Choir presented special song. There was also time for presentation followed by choreography by class 10. A slideshow of Patkai’s most memorable moments and entertainment provided by the teachers and staff members brought smiles to the face of the students. PHSS faculty and staff also displayed various talents.

Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): Students of Hope Academy, Dimapur today celebrated “Children’s Day” dressed as their favourite movie stars and pop stars. The most favoured were superheroes like spider-man, super-man, batman and cowboys and girls. Several movie stars in the likes of Lara Croft and pop stars like Elvis Presley and Psy of the Gangnam style fame were seen roaming


admission, since we prefer smaller class sizes. But people have understood now.” Visato Kikhi, an engineer by profession from Chumukedima said, “I am keeping my both daughters here, although the younger one was barely two years old when she got admitted. It is

the halls of IMC. Taking the initiative to spend the day with the students and make them feel special, the teachers also sportily donned wigs and costumes. To celebrate the event and make it a special day for the children, a series of performances by musicians Tiameren Jamir, Tali Angh, Jungtina Angh, and taekwondo group “Faith In Action” and Freestylers dancers was also organized

time Nagaland should have quality institute for higher education also”. The sentiments of others in the audience also echoed the same for need of quality educators in Nagaland. A press note received here stated that Kindergarten is a Bangalore based

school having branches across pan India. Kindergarten preschool’s core team consist of individuals having passed out of premier colleges like IITs & IIMs and having corporate experiences in India and abroad, having decades of preschool experience across the world.

at IMC hall, Dimapur. Sharing the relevance, the day held for students and teachers alike, Anen, Grade II teacher at Hope Academy said that the event helped her to reminisce on her own childhood. “Sharing the day with the children, we also get to be children once again,” she said. For Arenla, Grade IV teacher, it was all about giving a special day to the children. “Whole year round,

it’s all about textbooks and learning. However, today we get to be ‘one’ with the children. And the day is a gift from us to them,” she said. Asenla, Grade III teacher highlighted on how the Academy places special importance on Children’s Day celebration every year and goes lengths to make the day memorable and extra special for its students. “Children’s Day is the one day when children can just

let go and have fun,” she shared. Meanwhile, Sashila, Administrator, Hope Academy stated that one core value that all parents should refocus on is spending quality time with the children. She vouched that today’s kids know so much and are exposed to so many things, so parents should realize that it is not their presence in the house that is required, but getting to know their child is more important. She therefore, suggested that on this day if parents should want to recommit their commitment towards welfare of their children, then it should be ‘quality time’. She also said that the celebration of children’s day is all about recognizing the spirit of children. Today is the seventh year, we are celebrating the event, and we always base the theme on ‘dress-up day’ so that the day also serves as a platform for parents to find out what their children want. Sashila stated that there is a marked difference in children those who are given attention and time by parents and teachers. She therefore called upon Schools and Parents to partner for the progress of children.



Legal awareness marks Children’s Day

Students of Eurokids International, Dimapur dressed in white pose with their teachers on Children’s Day, November 14. The teachers along with other staff members decided on a role reversal on the day. They sang, acted and danced to entertain the children. The children’s joy knew no bounds as they witnessed their teachers in action.

Kindergarten Preschool Chumu celebrates Children’s day

Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): Kindergarten Preschool Chumukedima, observed its second annual day function today, coinciding with Children’s day. Toddlers performed varieties of activities songs and dances for the parents, guests and prizes were distributed on its campus in Chumukedima. M. Yanthan, Rtd IPS distributed the prizes. “Chumukedima is the first branch of Kindergarten in Nagaland, and we are in our second year this year”, said the principal Judith Jakharia, who herself is an alumni of Indian Montessori Centre, Kolkata. Judith Jakharia also said, “I prefer quality over quantity. Initially it was difficult to refuse new students for

under law. Therieh reminded them of the District Legal Services Authority, which provides free legal help to those in need, especially victims of domestic violence, and also disseminates other information related to government schemes.

pereN, November 14 (Dipr): As part of the Children’s Day, a legal awareness programme was held at DC colony Government Middle School Peren organised by District Legal services Authority Peren, headed by Ajongba Imchen, The Judicial magistrate Peren along with two other staffs and two penal lawyers from Dimapur Esther and Limasangla attended the programme. In the progamme, the Judicial Magistrate impressed that the students are the best persons to fight against corruption and to take special care of the public property. The two penal lawyers Esther and Limasangla were the resource persons, they highlighted about environment that the children should tell their parents not to harm wildlife and spoke on civic sense and

child rights. They also mentioned that rights and duty are like the different side of the same coin. The team also entertained the children by playing games and providing refreshment.

Dimapur: The Dimapur District Legal Services observed Children’s daycum- legal awareness seminar-cumquiz competition at Lhomithi Memorial High School with S. Hukato Swu, District & Sessions Judge, Dimapur/Secretary, DDLSA as the chief guest. The resource persons for awareness seminar were KK Paul, Advocate, who spoke on the ‘Significance of Children’s Day: Y.P Gupta who spoke on Juvenile Justice Act and Longshi Ezung who spoke on Consumers Right. It was Attended by Principal, Headmaster, Teachers and Students.

Students called upon to dream big

Gaili (pereN), November 14 (mexN): The annual science exhibition cum children’s day of the Transforming Lives Academy was held today with Minister of Planning & Coordination, T.R. Zeliang as chief guest. Addressing the gathering during the inaugural programme TR Zeliang called upon the students to dream big, however, asserted that to dream is easy but to translate ones dream into reality is very difficult and require lots sacrifice and pain. Minister urged to upon the teachers and people to give best in building the bright future of children through dedication, cooperation and sacrifice. He also added that to open and showing the way is responsibility of the teachers

Minister of Planning, TR Zeliang looks on as a student of Transforming Lives Academy explain the working of Seismograh during the science exhibition on November 14.

but it is the duty of the students to explore and excel in their studies. He also called upon the teachers to consider school as personal property and nurture it with proper care as the future of the children

is build from school. Expressing regret on the poor performance of the government schools in the state, TR Zeliang opined that the poor result of the government school was because of the teacher’s lackadaisical attitude and

less dedication in spite of the high salary compare to private school. Minister said that transforming the lives of the students is the need of the hour. “To transform oneself and the society at large is the most important task at hand. Only when we transform ourself and student lives, our society will grow,” he told teachers and students. Other highlights of the inaugural programme included invocation prayer by Kiedi Haikube, pastor, Gaili Baptist Church, Devotional Message by Dr. Jenny Naleo, introductory speech by Dr. Putsato Naleo, Proprietor, special song from Viswema CRC and Gaili Baptist Church Youth and vote of thanks by Lanshung, Headmaster which was followed by science exhibition from the students of the Academy.



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Meghalaya to raise task China to restrict tourists near Arunachal force to tackle militancy

beIJINg, November 14 (pTI): Weeks after opening a strategic highway to a remote county in Tibet close to the Arunachal Pradesh border, China has said it would restrict the number of tourists visiting the area to protect its fragile ecology. Officials of Medog County, the last county in Tibet to gain road access to the outside world early this month, said it would decrease the number of tourists to fewer than 15,000

annually by 2015. The 117-kilometre highway linking Zhamog Township, the county seat of Bome County, and Medog in Nyingchi Prefecture in southeastern Tibet opened in October, putting an end to the isolation of a region once dubbed the "secret lotus". The county located close to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as part of Southern Tibet. The county government of Medog published

a statement to establish a better tourism industry as opening of the highway has attracted interest of tourists worldwide, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. According to official figures, about 29,900 tourists visited the area from January to July, bringing total revenues of 6.57 million yuan ($1.08 lakh). Lhagpa, director of Medog County's tourism bureau, said the number of tourists annually will be

restricted to under 15,000 by 2015 in order to better protect the region's ecological environment. The government will preserve the nature and cultural landscape as well as explore a new route for hikers, according to the statement. Meanwhile, more than 100 local families will be involved in the tourism industry and infrastructure will be greatly improved by the end of 2015, the statement said.

Mountain paths connecting villages and towns were once the only travel routes, making foot travel and horse the only transportation available in Medog, which has a population of 12,000. The new road descends sharply from its starting point at the county border, 4,300 metres above sea level and is covered by snow year-round to the forest-surrounded county seat at an altitude of 1,300 metres.

The road highlighted the infrastructure development in Tibet, raising concerns in India as it provided strategic advantage to China to move its troops to the borders fast. Besides well laid highways and rail networks, China has built five airports in the Himalayan region so far. The well laid out development in the area has prompted India to develop its part of the borders in the remote areas.

Manipur govt to appoint 341 medical officers

agarTala, November 14 (IaNS): Tripura has sought a Rs.2,125 crore green bonus from the 14th Finance Commission as it is ahead in aforestation in the country, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here Thursday. "Our (Tripura's) forest cover is 73 percent (of the state's 10,491.69 sq km area). Our efforts to keep the ecological balance of the country must be appreciated by allocating Rs.2,125 crore as a green bonus," Sarkar told reporters. "We have also demanded Rs.1,250 crore to mitigate the affect of climate change." he added Sarkar said that as vast areas were under forest cover, the government is facing a land crisis for de-

velopmental work and infrastructural development. The 14th Finance Commission (2015-16 to 2019-20) led by former Reserve Bank of India governor Y.V. Reddy, after its three-day visit to Tripura ,left here Thursday for Kolkata for talks with the West Bengal governemnt. Tripura's Left Front government has sought a total of Rs.67,104 crore from the Finance Commission. The state government urged the panel against depriving of financial aid from the central government as in the past, the chief minister said. "The 13th Finance Commission had deprived Tripura to a large extent and put the state government in an

awkward position in the matter of providing salaries, allowances, pensions to the government employees, pension holders and other vital sectors' development," he added. Tripura had sought around Rs.27,000 crore from the central government. The 13th Finance Commission had recommended Rs.16,350 crore in 2009. "Like other states, we have also demanded the Commission to recommend a 50 percent share of central taxes. We urgently need Rs.2,890 crore for infrastructural development in the districts and projects in the education, health, agriculture and irrigation sectors," Sarkar said. "As the other states in

India demanded, we also wanted for equal vertical distribution of central taxes between the centre and the states," he added. "To take up suitable projects of livelihood for the tribals, we have sought Rs.407 crore from the Finance Commission." During the deliberations with the panel, the government stressed the need of developing the rail, road and telecommunication network. "The consequence of the three decades of terrorism in the state has been explained to the commission," Sarkar said. It is very essential to assess the fund requirements for the state on a realistic basis rather than a normative basis for all northeastern states, Sarkar pointed out.

tory measures have been forthcoming till date from the Government of Manipur in the matter. "Instead of reviewing and incorporating provisions which makes them truly autonomous and protective of the rights of the tribal, the Act and the 2010 elections to the ADCs was imposed on the tribals. Now using the very ADCs which have been declared null and void, 898 employment opportunities which by any consideration be-

longs exclusively and totally to the tribals are being opened up for intrusion upto more than 68 % by non tribals," said ANSAM. This blatant aggression and broad day light deprivation will not be allowed to take place. No non tribals will therefore be allowed to join the recruitment interview and those non tribals who have been ill advised will refrain from doing so in their own interest, the Naga students' body added.

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Imphal, November 14 (pTI): To meet the shortage of doctors, Manipur government has decided to appoint 341 medical officers through direct recruitment by lifting the ban on fresh recruitment of employees, state Education Minister M. Okendro said Thursday. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh yesterday, he told reporters. An advertisement for the direct recruitment of medical officers would be soon put out by the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC), he said. The sanctioned post of medical officers was 966 but at present there were only 625 medical officers under the state government, the minister said. Of them, 122 were pursuing post graduate courses, he said.

Meghalaya businessman rescued by BSF

Tripura wants green bonus from finance panel

ShIlloNg, November 14 (pTI): An abducted coal exporter of Meghalaya was rescued today by the Border Security Force in South Garo Hills district on the IndoBangladesh border. The businessman, Janking Marak, of Lower Gasuapara village was rescued from the zero line of the international border in Gasuapara, over 150 km from here, BSF spokesperson M Singh said here. Marak was left behind when the border guards challenged four militants who fled, Singh said. The businessman, who had received a demand note from the Garo National Liberation Army militants, was abducted on Sunday night from his home. He was taken to the district hospital for a medical check up after rescue and was handed over to SeNapaTI, Novemhis family. The police were also informed. ber 14 (NNN): The All 'Some insurgents still using B'desh soil' Naga Students AssociaagarTala, November 14 (pTI): Despite cooper- tion, Manipur (ANSAM) ation by the Bangladesh government some insurgents of has said that in spite the state were using the soil of the neighbouring country, protests against the GovChief Minister Manik Sarkar said on Thursday. "We have ernment of Manipur’s information that there are 18-19 camps of insurgents in decision to subject the reBangladesh though the present neighbouring govern- cruitment of 898 posts of ment was cooperating with us so that the insurgents chowkidar-cum-peon on could not use their soil against India," he told reporters. contract basis for schools Sarkar, who also holds the Home portfolio, said the camps under the 6 Autonomous belonged to banned National Liberation Front of Tripura District Councils in the (NLFT) and added that the Tripura government has in- hills to the 200 point formation regarding existence of camps of another out- rooster of the reservation policy of the state govt, no lawed insurgent outfit, All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF). corrective and concilia-

ANSAM asserts tribal’s rights

NCC plans academies in North East states ShIlloNg, November 14 (IaNS): The National Cadet Corps (NCC), India's military youth movement in schools and colleges, has proposed to set up training academies in all the northeastern states to meet the aspirations of Indian youth. "We have submitted a proposal to the state governments in the region for setting up NCC academies. Assam Chief

Minister Tarun Gogoi and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio have accepted our proposal for setting up the academy in their states," Major-General R.K. Sharma, NCC's additional director general, said Thursday. In Assam, the academy campuses will come up in Silchar and Jorhat, while the Nagaland government has proposed to allot land in Dimapur district.

Maj-Gen Sharma said, the group commanders of the NCC based in the other northeastern states -- Meghalaya, Mizoram, A r u n a c h a l P ra d e s h , Tripura and Manipur -- would also submit proposals to these governments and seek land for the academy. Sharma said one academy requires six to eight acres of land to set up facilities, including shoot-

Church-backed watchdog body has its own poll rules

aIZWal, November 14 (TNN): 'Thy Kingdom Come'. That's how Mizoram welcomes you. Painted big and bold across a giant Cross a few yards from the runway at state capital Aizwal's Lengpui airport, the message seems ominous as you get familiar with the political nitty-gritty of this Christian-dominated state. The election process has a sense of divine edict about it. The Church pushed the Election Commission to reschedule polling and counting dates to accommodate the Presbyterian Church's five-day Synod despite chief electoral officer Ashwani Kumar's protests; counting was postponed by a day to December 9 because 'Sunday is meant for prayers'. Not just that, the clergy also plays virtual election commission. The Church has issued a four-page list of do's and don'ts for voters and candidates. Apart from the honesty and harmony bits, it says: "Refrain from voting for those who drink or have extra-marital sex." With almost 70% of Mizoram following the Presbyterian Church, no party rubs them the wrong way. Dr Robert Halliday, secretary of Mizoram Pres-

byterian Church, says: "Mizoram's common people are pious, they'll abide by any Church guideline. We can only urge them to lead a moral life. We don't want to interfere with the election, rather we want to facilitate the process." Mizoram People's Forum, a Church-sponsored watchdog formed in 2006, has signed a 27-point 'MoU' with major political parties, including the ruling Congress and BJP, to ensure a 'free and fair' election. Apart from curbs on lavish campaigning, the charter prohibits tall promises in manifesto , bans public meetings and protest rallies and tells parties not to organize vehicles to drop voters to polling booths. Hinting at Rahul and Sonia Gandhi's visit later this month, MPF general secretary Lalramthanga said: "Rules won't be relaxed for star campaigners of national parties. MPF will conduct the public meetings permitted by the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee." No party defies the diktats. If they do, the MPF would "invalid the party (sic)," says the MoU. "Constituencies here are small — 15,000 to 20,000 — each vote counts. No politician can afford to ignore the

Church's guidelines ," says CEO Kumar. Insisting the EC, MPF and the Church share a common goal — free and fair elections — Kumar explains: "In Mizoram, the Church is older than the government . The state was formed in 1986 after the Church facilitated the peace process. Until recently, they looked after the people's education and healthcare. The Church isn't just a religious institution here, it's a way of life, the centre of social activities." While the EC's lauded the MPF's role, many question the religious body's role in a democratic process. "Elections should remain secular . The scenario in Mizoram is like that of 18th century Europe when religious doctrine got mixed up with political administration," says Lallianchhunga, assistant professor of political science, Mizoram University. "Would similar orders issued by another religious body in another part of India be accepted by the politicians?" he asks. "Going by this logic, we shouldn't have elections on Fridays and Tuesdays either because they are holy days for some religions."

ing ranges, lecture halls, Commanders' Conference obstacle courses, besides of NCC, North East Region, for imparting state-of-art which ended Wednesday. training on disaster management in the region. Each academy is estimated to be built at the cost of CLEAN WATER Rs.8 crore to Rs.10 crore. SUPPLY "We are hopeful that for the other state governments in the region would Kohima help us to establish these @ Rs 800 per 2000 lts training academies," said Contact: the NCC official, who 8794165067 chaired a three-day Group 9856984581



NTSSITA YILAN Kohima Humtsothung Ekhung na yanpiyanthan lo haniam ji yaka jo, wopan nzontsu sotak ji nlithok to methakala. Yantso epi piphen ha motsunga tai tssotokala.Shi yaka ochona methak yisoa sena wopan na ekhyoerong npila. -Sd(R. Sebastain Humtsoe) Chairman

(K.N.Mhonthung Lotha) General Secretary

ShIlloNg, November 14 (IaNS): Meghalaya will soon raise a special task force to deal with the law and order issue in the state, besides tackling the burgeoning insurgency problem, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma announced Wednesday. The announcement came while the chief minister was chairing the cabinet meeting which discussed the prevailing law and order situation following the recent killing of seven security personnel in the state. The decision to raise the force was part of the government's resolution to re-strategise its fight against militancy. "It has become necessary to re-strategise our efforts and also increase our support and investment to strengthen the police organisation," Sangma told journalists. He said the state police department has been asked to formulate the proposal for setting up the force, after which the government would fasttrack its sanctioning and establishment. The task force, the size of a battalion, will take care of strengthening of intelligence gathering and combating militancy, The need to raise the

special force was felt on account of the sudden withdrawal of central paramilitary forces by the centre, the chief minister said, when elections or a law and order crisis erupted in any part of the country. Meghalaya Police have raised six battalions, four of which are Indian Reserve Battalions. One of the battalions now is deployed at New Delhi. "It is not possible to depend on the centre. There must be more investment to strengthen the internal security apparatus, and therefore, by establishing the special multi-task force, we would be in a better position to nip attempts to disrupt peace and harmony," Sangma said. The centre has deployed Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) commandos and Border Security Force to fight against the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in close coordination with Meghalaya's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos. The GNLA, outlawed by the central government, forged an operational alliance with the United Liberation Front of Asom and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, gaining access to arms and ammunition.


The members of Network of Nagaland Drugs and AIDS Organisations are grieved to hear the demise of Dr. L Yanthan on 12th November 2013. In our long association with Dr. Yanthan as a program officer in NSACS, we knew him as an ever smiling, soft spoken and pleasant natured person who was always the Peacemaker, the negotiator with excellent listening skills. Even if he was busy, he always had the time to listen to the problems of the NGOs he was our sounding board on whom we can ventilate our grievances. He was one of the few officers who have made the HIV prevention program in Nagaland a success. In his demise, we have lost a friend a confidante and a very sincere and hard working officer. May his soul rest in peace. (W C Humtsoe) President, N-NagaDAO

(Abou Mere) Advisor, N-NagaDAO




Dated Kohima the 14th Nov`2013

Calling the attention of all the interested candidates who wish to undergo Professional Course in Travel Agency and Reception department, the Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management, ITDC is conducting 1 (one) year training programme fully sponsored by the Ministry of DONER, Govt. of India, in Bangalore and Mysore. 1. Eligibility Criteria: 18-25 years of age. Education Qualification should be 12th pass Graduate in any stream. 2. Interested Candidates may sent their applications accompanied with two passport size photographs along with attested copies of testimonials to the Director, Difemme of Tourism. Opp. Indoor Stadium. Raj Bhavan Road, Nagaland: Kohima latest by 20th Nov, 2013 during office hours. 3. Selection interviews will be held in Kohima. Further details will be initiated later so eligible candidates. Sd/K.T.Thomas Addl.Director, Tourism





Friday 15 November 2013

The Morung Express

‘Bio-diversity conservation needs immediate attention’ Our Correspondent

MINISTeR FOR ROADS and Bridges, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu has expounded on the need to preserve nature, forests and wildlife. The minister said that human existence depends on the area of reserved forest and added that the impact of global warming and climate change necessitates that biodiversity conservation is given immediate attention from each and every individual. “30 to 40 years from today our human survival will depend on the area of reserved forest we have,” he said and challenged the people to be a part of the solution. “Let us be a part of the solution for peace, unity, to save nature, to save wildlife, to save biodiversity, to save ecology, to save our birds,” he said. Speaking at the 8th general conference of the Chakhesang Youth Front (CYF) in Phek under the theme “Biodiversity conservation for economic goods”, he lauded the CYF for taking up the issue of biodiversity as one of its major activities within the Chakhesang inhabited areas. He termed it as a good initiative to educate the people on biodiversity conservation. Appreciating the CYF for always protecting Chakhesang’s interest, he said “we should protect our interest

but the more important thing is while trying to protect our interest let us not encroach on other interest, or other communities or other tribes and hurt their feelings.” He asserted that it is important for Nagas to create peace, unity and reconciliation. The Minister also stressed on the need to build the youth on all fronts. In this, he urged upon the CYF to tieup with Chakhesang Students Union (CSU), Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO), legislators and other leaders and start identifying areas of strength for the youth. “If we do not give some guidance they (youth) will land nowhere,” he said. Azo also called upon the youth to have faith in God and be committed to excel in life. “Only committed persons can shine,” the minister said. As an act against rearing of birds in cages within the Chakhesang inhabited areas, the minister including Parliamentary Secretary for Higher education and SCeRT, Deo Nukhu; CPO president, Sovenyi; Phek deputy commissioner, Neposo; CYF president, Zhopayi Nakro and CSU president, Thupukutho Lohe released some birds during the conference. Meanwhile, Lozaphuhu village was conferred with Biodiversity Award 2013 in the field of reserved forest area while Zhavame and Sabraba village also got the As an act against rearing of birds in cages within the Chakhesang inhabited areas, Minister for Roads and Bridges, Ku- same award in the area of successful implementation of zholuzo (Azo) Nienu and others released birds during CYF conference at Phek on November 14. (Morung Photo) the ban on hunting.

kohima, November 14 (DiPr): The Department of Cooperation, Nagaland along with the rest of the country is celebrating the 60th All India Cooperative Week from November 14 to 20. This year the theme of the celebration is “Cooperative for SocioEconomic Resurgence in Changing Times”. The theme has been selected as it strongly advocates that Cooperatives are key play-

future. Today the Cooperatives in India have made remarkable progress with more than six Lakhs Cooperatives with a membership of 25 crores making it the largest Cooperative movement in the world. In this connection, all district and Sub-division offices, State level federations and the Cooperative Training Centre (CTC), Medziphema will be hoisting the Cooperative Flag

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Nagaland observes 60th All India Cooperative Week ers for socio- economic resurgence in changing times when the country is looking forward to a unique socio-economic model which can play an important role in balancing the economy. The Cooperative Week is the occasion to highlight the sectoral achievements of the Cooperative sector, deliberate on important issues of the Cooperative sector, and thereupon chalk out an effective roadmap for the

ATMA-Dimapur organizes capacity building for SHGs

DimaPur, November 14 (mexN): Agricultural Technology Management Agency – Dimapur conducted a one-day capacity building training for Self Help Groups (SHGs) of Niuland block on November 13. The keynote address was delivered by Janet Chishi, Deputy Project Director, ATMA. She explained to the participants about the benefits of Aloe Vera and its soap. She asserted it can be made by any women farmers with locally available material which can enhance income generation. She also briefly explained the method of soap and detergent preparation and urged the members to go back and teach other SHGs in their villages and blocks. The resource persons were Alemla and Asenla from Renlok SHG, a very progressive SHG of Dimapur with vast experience in Aloe Vera soap, detergent powder, washing gel, vermicompost preparation. Detailed demonstration on Aloe Vera soap and detergent making process was shown and all participants involved themselves in practical and learnt and benefited from the training. Altogether, 70 members from different SHGs in Niuland participated. Catherine, President SHG FederationNiuland, spoke on behalf of the SHGs and vote of thanks was expressed by Moakumzuk SMS, (ATMA).

and observe the Cooperative Week as per the Guidelines issued by the National Cooperative Union of India. Nagaland State Cooperative Union (NSCU), Dimapur has also requested all the Cooperatives of the State to observe the event. The seven days event will focus on the following topics based on the theme: November 14 - Cooperatives Governance, Leadership and Reforms; Novem-

Rev. Dr. Ed. Citronelli, the main speaker at “Sumi Shikipivi Hoho” along with his team being received at Dimapur airport by the reception committee of Sumi Shikipivi Hoho. Other main speaker of the conference will be Rev. S. Vitoshe Swu, E.S. WSBAK. The conference is organised by WSBAK (Western Sumi Baptist Akukuhou Kuqhakulu) for the entire Sumi community from all walks of life. All Sumis have been requested to attend the conference to be held at Ikishe village, Dimapur from November 15-17 at 4:00 PM.

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Phek, November 14 (mexN): In order to promote marketing of local products in its area, Phek Town Chamber of Commerce & Industries (PCCI) organized first weekly bazaar on November 13, 2013. The farmers of the area participated in good number by bringing varieties of vegetables, fruits, handicrafts and other domesticated animals for sale, while the public of Phek Town bought the product with satisfaction. A press release issued by Khosheta Rhakho, president PCCI informed that in order to make the weekly bazaar a success, the union office bearers visited the neighbouring villages and consulted the VCCs, VDBs and pastors and highlighted about the marketing strategy to pave the way for the famers as there’s no proper marketing facility available to sell their products (i.e fruits and vegetables) and were left to rot in their fields. The programme kick started with in-

vocation prayer by the local pastor Rev. D. N. Soho, Zechete Mekrisuh VDB Losami village highlighted about the advantages of marketing in promoting the economy of the village. He also stressed on the importance of cash crop. Thuputhiyi Venuh from Phek Farmer Club also stressed on the importance of the weekly bazaar in the district. Meanwhile, Neposo Thuluo, Deputy Commissioner Phek shared the importance of marketing opportunities. He stated that this should start from the village level. He also requested the Agri and its allied department to help the famers in promoting the marketing concept as the farmers are less aware of this facility. PCCI has asked the neighbouring villagers to come on Thursday every week at church junction with their products. The PCCI has thanked the DC Phek, Rev. D.N. Soho, DAO, all NGOs and participants for making the first weekly bazaar a success.




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Neiphiu Rio calls for peace & unity

Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio speaking at the Ahuna festival celebration in Zunheboto on November 14. (DIPR Photo)

ZuNheboto, November 14 (Dipr): Zunheboto celebrated Ahuna fest 2013 with much fanfare and jubilance at public ground Zunheboto. The Ahuna festival is celebrated as a post harvest thanks giving celebration and prayer for blessings in the New Year. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio called upon the Sumis to follow the ways of the forefathers and practice a work culture. He stressed on preserving one’s culture and identity. He added that cuisine is an important tradition in “our” culture and mentioned the ongoing competition “Naga Chef” through which Naga cuisine is being promoted. He informed that at present, there are three Naga hotel/restaurants opened in Delhi and there is demand for more. He reminded that the roadshows are being organized in order to encourage Naga society in preserving Naga culture, such as traditional dances, songs and indigenous games attires with various designs. He also called upon the people for unity at the present juncture. He stated that this is a time to strive for peace, emotional integration, social integration, cultural integration and politi-

cal integration. Kaito G Aye, Home Minister was the guest of honor. He appreciated that CM for showing his love for the Sumis and accepting the invitation of the Sumi Hoho to attend the festival. Hovishe Arkha, Sumi Hoho president in his presidential address thanked the chief guest and his entire entourage for being a part of the Ahuna fest. L Akato Sema, DC Zunheboto gave the welcome address. Earlier, the chief guest was honored by Alahuto Colony Zunheboto with the release of a banner attached to balloons in the air which read “Happy Ahuna”. At the Cultural extravaganza, the moderators were Vinoto Yepthomi and Khevili K Assumi. The opening song was presented by ZTSBC Choir and a special song was presented by SBCZ Choir. The programme was chaired by Kashito Yepthomi, VP, Sumi Hoho and Chairman, Ahuna 2013 and invocation was pronounced by Rev. S. Yevito Sumi, ESSBAK Nito Mount. On November 13, MLA, S. Hukavi Zhimomi attended the Gospel Musical concert as the chief Guest, where UDX from Dimapur performed at town hall. The concert was organized by ZTSBC.

The men folk of Shena Old Union Dimapur Area performing war dance in the heart of Dimapur town at Holy Cross point on November 14 celebrating Ahuna, the post-harvest festival of the Sumis. (Photo Courtesy: Jonah Achumi)

Friday 15 November 2013

Festival a time of “revival & renewal” Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): Ahuna, the post harvest festival of the Sumi Nagas was celebrated with much fanfare at Chekiye village ground on Thursday with parliamentary secretary for Rural Development & REPA, CL John, as the chief guest. Addressing the festive gathering, the parliamentary secretary said festivals form the crux around which community life revolves and that it would be difficult to imagine a life without festivals, especially for Nagas. John said festival is a time of “revival and renewal” of culture and tradition, a time to share and give and a time to renew friendship. He also said festival is a time to bury past hatchets and look ahead to the future. Stressing on peace as the essence of festivals, the parliamentary secretary said presently Nagas are going



MEx FILE N-NagaDAO condoles Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): The members of Network of Nagaland Drugs and AIDS Organisations have expressed grief at the demise of Dr. L Yanthan on November 12, 2013. A press note issued by W C Humtsoe, President, N-NagaDAO and Abou Mere, Advisor, N-NagaDAO stated, “In our long association with Dr. Yanthan as a program officer in NSACS, we knew him as an ever smiling, soft spoken and pleasant natured person who was always the peacemaker, the negotiator with excellent listening skills. Even if he was busy, he always had the time to listen to the problems of the NGOs.” It was also stated that he was one of the few officers who made the HIV prevention program in Nagaland a success. “In his demise, we have lost a friend a confidante and a very sincere and hard working officer.”

Nagaland Peace Centre meeting venue changed

Kohima, November 14 (mexN): All members of the governing body of Nagaland Peace Centre are informed that the venue of emergency meeting to be held on November 16 has been changed to LCS Building, near Ao Church, Kohima Parliamentary secretary for Rural Development & REPA, CL John, taking part in the instead of Hotel Japfu. Therefore, all members have been Ahuna celebration at Chekiye village, Thursday. (Morung Photo) requested to attend the meeting at LCS Building at 11:00 through a dark phase and the Earlier, the parliamen- al dances and songs both by am as scheduled. need of the hour is for peace tary secretary also inaugu- men and womenfolk, display to prevail in the land. He said rated a multi-purpose build- of traditional fire making Wokha BLOs informed Sumis have a vital role to ing in the village. Head GB of and games and Ahuna feast WoKha, November 14 (mexN): All Booth Level Ofplay in ushering peace and Chekiye village, C Hokhupu marked the celebration. ficers (BLOs) under Wokha district are directed to report harmony in Nagaland. The Zhimomi, delivered the wel- Chairman CVC, Toiho Yeptho, to the office of the DC and DEO Wokha on November 16 at parliamentary secretary come address and former chaired the programme. Ra- 11:00 am without fail. This was stated in a press release isalso reminded of DAN gov- chairman of Chekiye Village jya Sabha MP, Khekiho Zhi- sued by DC and DEO Wokha. ernment’s slogan “Develop- Council (CVC), S Atomi Swu, momi, former chief minister, ment for Peace and Peace for explained on the significance KL Chishi and other dignitar- Armed robbery condemned Development.” of Ahuna festival. Tradition- ies also attended the festival. Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): Sugar Mill Ao Students’ Union, 5th to 6th Mile Area, Dimapur has strongly condemned the “masked and armed miscreants”, who forcefully robbed school money at gun point, which was meant for School Annual Feast. The Union, in a press release asserted that MSMS (Mount Saramati Montessori School) blessing and joy of sharing. the occasion and shared during the day. He was of the view that no some significance of the More than 100 fami- is considered as a blessing in the area, for its many good community can prosper festival. He said this was lies participated in the cel- deeds as one of the best schools with its objective towards with pride and selfishness an important occasion to ebration organized by STH excellence. It is not only the financial loss, but it is a direct and challenge to the civility and sanctity of the entire and such is the occasion to relive the rich cultural heri- Valley View. Celebration insult village and its areas, it stated. The Union further extended retrospect ourselves and tage and pass on the same prayer was pronounced by support to any authorities and police investigation teams continue to uphold spirit to the younger generation. Pastor Kaito Achumi. Func- for the case, till the culprits are arrested, “so as to allow the of togetherness among The community mem- tion was chaired by Kittoli law of the land and justice to prevail at the earliest without the community which had bers proclaimed merry mak- Chishi, president STH Val- any fear or favor to regain the lost confidence of the already brought the people togeth- ing through the tunes of folk- ley View. Akatoli Achumi, dampened spirit of tomorrow.”

Sumi community of Valley View celebrates Ahuna

Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): Marking the occasion of Ahuna festival with colorful cultural celebration in the spirit of unity, Sumi community of Valley View, Dimapur observed the post harvest festival on Thursday, with Pikuto Shohe, GB Valley View as Ahuna Papuh (Ahuna Father). Speaking on the occasion, Pikuto Shohe said the celebration symbolizes the

er to celebrate the occasion. Also addressing the gathering, Kihevi Murru, CPO, ICDP Zunheboto greeted the community on

songs presented by youth, men and women groups. Competitions of various cultural games and cooking rice in a bamboo were conducted

secretary STH Valley View recorded the event. Ho- Nagaland legislators team vili Chophy proposed vote to attend ICAAP thanks while Aloli Swu said Kohima, November 14 (mexN): A team of legislathe benediction.

Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): The descendants of Aotsakilimi scattered across Eastern and Western Sumi areas in Nagaland along with the inlaws celebrated Ahuna Festival that marked the dawn of Sumi Cultural New Year and renewal of life with reinvigorated Christian understanding of spirituality and gender equality in post-modernity. Along with the rest of Sumi Naga, Aotsakilimi village residents of Dimapur, Aotsakilimi Union Dimapur (AUD) celebrated Ahuna festivity at the residence of Khekishe (Martin) Shi-

khu at Diphupar, 4th mile, Dimapur on November 14. Er. Kihoto Achumi spoke on the cultural significance of Ahuna Festival in olden days and the need for new understanding for present generation and posterity. Expounding on the coinage of the word “Ahuna”, Er Kihoto said the word derived from two key phrases such as “Ahu shokiphe or Ahu shophe tughu-u” meaning “Taking out the newly harvested paddy from granary for the first time“ and “Ahu or Asupuhu or Khashi kuthu” meaning “A bamboo shoot” which all signifies new things.

He said the foods and materials used for Ahuna festival should all be brand new. “They hunt for fresh meat, fish, vegetables, and fruits,” he said. “They forbade using smoked meat or even using dried firewood from fire place. Everything had to be newly gathered. They had to make a new fire instead of transferring from kitchen.” He said that the Ahuna Day signals the start of New Year for Sumi forefathers as they plan for new area of cultivation for next year and perform the rituals the next day. “As our forefathers purified themselves

on Ahuna to mark a new year and new cultivation by cleansing from well we can replicate those practises by fasting and prayer to call upon God for blessing and guidance” he added. Hovukhu villagers presented folk song, Tokheho Shikhu displayed Ahuna sakiqhi, Lashito Achumi said the vote of thanks, and Juliet K. Shikhu, Pastor, Dimapur Town Sumi Baptist Church pronounced benediction. The next celebration of Ahuna cum Silver Jubilee of Aotsakilimi Union Dimapur (AUD) will be hosted by Er. Vihokhe Shikhu, Sugar Mill, 5th Mile.

Aotsakilimi Union Dimapur make merry on Ahuna

111 BN BSF team rescue truck accident victims Naga Hoho GA from Nov 25 pheK, November 14 (mexN): A truck fell down 200 feet below road, along with the driver and passenger at Thepuzumi Village area under Chozuba sub division, Phek along the state highway leading to Zunheboto from Chakhabama on November 10, around 1:15 pm. The truck, coming from Dimapur to Satakha fell off while “negotiating the narrow, dangerous road sliding area” about 8 kms from

Chetheba town. On hearing the news, 111 BN BSF CI Post located at Chetheba immediately rushed to the spot led by its Commander along with the QRT team for the rescue operation. The team managed to pull up both the bodies and took them to the PHC Chetheba for Emergency aid. However, a press release received here stated the medical doctor on duty declared the passenger,

namely Naresh, resident of Satakha dead. The injured driver was admitted at PHC Chetheba for emergency treatment. The BSF’s efforts was highly appreciated and lauded by the citizens of Chetheba, it added. The public, according to the release also lamented and expressed utmost displeasure at the total negligence of the road by the department concerned. The public was dismayed at the

abandonment of the “prestigious and much awaited road expansion project leaving the public at the mercy of human negligence where even the normal day to day journey from Zunheboto to Chakhabama has become a nightmare and an uncertainty.” They further urged the Govt to look in the matter at the earliest so such kinds of accidents occurring on a regular basis do not occur again.

Kohima, November 14 (mexN): The 10th Naga Hoho General Session is scheduled to be held from November 25-26 and hosted by the Kyong Hoho at the LTC Hall, Wokha with the theme “Commitment & Responsibility.” The Naga Hoho in a press note called upon all the tribe Hoho’s and sub-ordinate bodies not to organize any events that will coincide with the General Session of the Naga Hoho. All Federating Tribe Units and Sub-

Ordinate Units of Naga Hoho have also been requested to attend the Session with a minimum of 20 (Twenty) official delegates and to reach the venue by 4:00 pm on November 25. The Naga Hoho informed that all the tribes must submit one traditional shawl and organisation Flag to the organising committee. The host will provide free food and lodging, however all delegates have been requested to come with light bedrolls.

Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): The Nagaland Timber Traders’ Union (NTTU) along with other district timber unions has demanded a change in the wagon distribution system under the tree felling and moulding beat schemes. The timber unions and associations in a joint representation to the Chief Secretary requested the latter to set up a committee for allocation of wagons for transportation of timber. The committee should be headed by other departments including an official from the Forest department as secretary, demanded the letter. It also requested that the committee consist of other departments such as Land Resources, Agriculture, Horticulture etc., and members of NTTU. The representation stated that a change in wagon distribution system is needed to maintain “transparency” and in order to curb the menace of selling of wagons.

The unions alleged that the Forest minister was selling all 35 wagons at the rate of Rs. 3 lakhs per wagon, which comes to a total Rs. 1.05 crore. The unions alleged that the commission of the DFO Dimapur is Rs. 3.5 lakhs (at the rate of Rs. 10,000 per wagon). Under such circumstances, the timber unions stated that genuine farmers are being deprived of their rights “leaving no profit margin despite all the hard labours in planting trees and taking care of them for 20-30 years.” “In the event a committee is not constituted for distribution of wagons, the NTTU should be ready to file a ‘PIL’ in the appropriate court of law, because the present system is open to too much corruption, which needs to be stopped immediately,” the representation stated. The representation to the chief secretary was signed jointly by NTTU president Kevise Sogotsu, Dimapur Timber Traders’ Union

president Husca Zhimomi, Peren District Timber Traders’ Union president N John Zeliang, Phek District Timber Association president Sanyi Dukru, Kohima Naga Timber Union president Thekrupa and Kiphire Timber Union president JB Shahoto. Meanwhile, NTTU further alleged that despite the written commitment given by the Forest minister on July 27, 2013, “entrusting Nagaland Timber Traders’ Union to oversee the loading of train wagons of teak, moulded beat and W/S for its smooth functioning,” DFO Dimapur had collected Rs. 3 lakhs per wagon and handed the amount to the Forest minister. The NTTU informed that it had rejected the offer of the DFO to allot three wagons to NTTU since the DFO had demanded Rs. 3 lakhs per wagon from the NTTU as well. The union further declared that it was ready to swear by its words in any customary court.

Kohima, November 14 (mexN): In another case of vehicle theft, 23-year-old Ngaku Somba Chang hailing from Tuensang District was nabbed by off duty Kohima Village Youth Orga-

nization Quick Response Team (KVYO QRT) members along with Kohima Traffic Police personnel from New Secretariat area today. The accused had stolen a Tata Sumo bear-

ing Regd no. NL-02-T 1208 from High School Junction area, Kohima yesterday, November 13 around 7:00 pm. The accused was later handed over to the North Police Station, Kohima.

'Change wagon distribution system' Car thief apprehended in Kohima

Kephor Baptist Church celebrates 50 years Morung Express News Tuensang | November 14

Kephor Baptist Church marked its 50 years of existence by organizing a twoday golden jubilee celebration at the village playground with parliamentary secretary for CAWD, R Tohanba, as chief guest of the main celebration held on November 10. Kephor village in Tuensang district is the smallest village of the Yimchungrü tribe. Addressing the jubilee congregation, the parliamentary secretary said celebration of golden jubilee signifies fulfillment, achievement and coming of age. “But

jubilee should not be a time of jubilation and celebration only. It should also be a time of retrospection, introspection and envisioning the future,” Tohanba said. He said jubilee is also a time to remember the contributions of the founding fathers of the village and the church. Tohanba said the golden jubilee celebration should be a turning point in annals of the village, an opportunity for the small village to seek the blessings of God for prosperity and fertility. Executive secretary of Yimchungrü Baptist Borü Amukhungto (YBBA), Rev. Z Thsankiu, and pastor of

Huker Baptist Church, Rev. G Shitozü, delivered the words God in the jubilee celebration. Besides the jubilee choir, churches from neighbouring villages including Kiutsukiur, Lizutomi, Ipunger, Shipunger, Y Anner, K Longsor Boru, Sangtsuwungru Boru, Tsatangru Boru and Chessore Town Church presented Gospel songs. SDO (C) Chessore, Bendanglila, district statistical officer, R Thsanso, Hanji, PS to parliamentary secretary CAWD, and a host of government officials, village church pastors and GBs also conveyed jubilee greetings to Kephor villagers.

tors under the leadership of Chotisuh Sazo, Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly will be leaving for Bangkok on November 16. The team consisting of eight members will be attending International Conference on AIDS Asia & Pacific (ICAAP) held every two year. This ICAAP is the biggest conference for Asia-Pacific on HIV/AIDS which will be represented by countries all over the globe to update latest issues and concern and address future course of action including India as a whole and North East India in particular. Altogether, India will be represented by 25 members consisting of parliamentarians, legislators, Field and Technical experts and top level government officials in the field of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Vinito L. Chishi, State Consultant (UNAIDS) Legislators’ Forum on AIDS, Nagaland in a press release stated, “It is an opportunity for young legislators to participate in this conference and apply contextually in our state of Nagaland and restore our State to HIV free state in the next 5 years.”

Senior citizen dies in hospital

Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): One man, identified only as “Babujan”, passed away at the district hospital, Dimapur on Thursday, November 14. Believed to be around 70 years of age, the senior citizen was reported to have been admitted to the hospital in poor health. There was no known relative attending to him at the hospital before he died, police said. The body was shifted to the morgue.

Social work at Tsiepfutsiepfhe AG Colony

Kohima, November 14 (mexN): All the residents of Tsiepfutsiepfhe AG Colony, Kohima are informed that there will be a mass social work within the jurisdiction of the colony on November 16 from 6:00 am onwards. The convenor of the Sanitation Committee has informed the colony residents to actively participate in the mass social work which will be a competition between the Upper, Middle and Lower sectors of the colony. The chairmen of the aforementioned sectors have also been requested to personally supervise the work in the general interest of the public.

ZSUK annual session 2013 on Nov 16

Kohima, November 14 (mexN): Zeliang Students’ Union Kohima (ZSUK) invites all the Zeliang officers, student leaders and persons concerned to attend the annual session 2013 on November 16 at APO building, conference hall at 10:00 am. The chief guest will be Dr Ratanbo Kaurinta, Sr. Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce, NU. ZSUK general secretary Kuku Lungalung in a press release has made an earnest request to all to come wearing one traditional attire or item.

DC Kiphire calls joint meeting

Kiphire, November 14 (Dipr): DC & District Election Officer, Kiphire Kesonyu Yhome (IAS) informed that a joint meeting of all political parties, tribal bodies and Administrative Officers has been convened on November 16 at 10:00 am at Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall. Kesonyu said the visiting Electoral Roll Observer TC Sangtam IAS, Commissioner & Secretary DUDA will interact with political parties and public leaders pertaining to the ongoing Special Summary Revision 01/01/2014 as the qualifying date.

ZSUK annual session 2013 on Nov 16

Kohima, November 14 (mexN): The Zeliang Students’ Union Kohima invites all the Zeliang officers, student leaders and person concerned to attend the annual session 2013 on November 16 at APO building, conference hall at 10:00 am. The chief guest will be Dr Ratanbo Kaurinta, Sr. Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce, NU. ZSUK general secretary Kuku Lungalung in a press release has made an earnest request to all to come wearing one traditional attire or item.

KMC informs on Nov 16 social work

Kohima, November 14 (mexN): With regard to the Government of Nagaland Home Department’s notification dated November 11 about mass social work on November 16 from 6:00 am, Kohima Municipal Council CEO Elizabeth Ngully has directed all the wards to conduct social work in their respective wards. The ward panchayats have been asked to utilize their own vehicles and the wards without vehicles have been asked to tie up with KMC for necessary clearance. All have been requested o participate in the social work positively.



The Power of Truth

The Morung Express FRIDAy 15 NovEmbER 2013 vol. vIII IssuE 311

Along Longkumer Consulting Editor

Lessons from the Zomi people


ecently, the Zomi people from across 35 countries came together for the 3rd World Zomi Convention held from October 25-27 at Lamka in Manipur’s Churachandpur district. As per news report carried in the Morung Express, the Zo people, or Zomi, are no stranger to post colonial divisions and remain scattered till today, inhabiting parts of present Bangladesh, India and Burma. L. B. Sona, Chairman of the Zomi Council (comprising nine tribes), addressed the gathering on why the Convention is essential to bring together “thousands of Zomi scattered across the globe, professing Christian faith, yet preserve their true national identity.” The conviction of the Zomi people to come and reason together through a common platform like the ‘World Zomi Convention’ is indeed inspirational. It is not the magnitude of the convention that was important but the spirit of common accord that was displayed by the Zomi people. Set on a modest budget, the 3rd World Zomi Convention was supplemented with a two-day extensive seminar/workshop on ‘Issues, Challenges and Opportunities of the Zomi’ as well as Worship Programs every evening in selected churches, conducted by church leaders from the Zomi region. Both the spiritual and the temporal had their place of honor as summed up by a Zomi Council leader: “It is also pertinent that they seek the Lord, and ‘Be a Blessed nation’ so that they become a blessing for other communities in their respective place of stay”. Striving for building a stronger nation, peaceful co-existence with neighbouring communities, inclusiveness and letting go of the bitter past were some of the things that the Zomi people talked about. The convention also sought to underline a very vital point that “no outsider will give us peace and progress”. Indeed solution/s will have to come from within. Without doubt, such kind of convention that promotes oneness and brotherhood as demonstrated by the Zomi people is the need of the hour for other peoples including the Nagas. Although the Zomis are also scattered in three different countries and divided by boundaries and geography, yet they have been able to better understand the value of peace and unity amongst themselves. This is not the case with the Nagas at present as can be seen from different layers of division and conflict within the Naga family. The idea of coming together as one people through such a convention as done by the Zomis is food for thought for the Naga people. The first World Zomi Convention was held in 1988. Thereafter such reunions are taking place from time to time. Such an exercise helps reinvigorate a sense of oneness besides helping to renew ties and rekindling the hope for a shared future. It is also an opportunity to embark upon dialogue and consultation on various agenda facing the people. Right now, it appears to be that the Zomis are not so much focusing on amalgamation of their native lands but rather their effort is towards emotional integration of their people. Can the multitude of so called people’s groups and organizations that are in existence today work for the emotional integration of the Nagas? Sadly the more time passes; greater is the division among the Nagas. What is the use of Naga sovereignty, integration or our historical and political rights if we as a people cannot live in peace and unity? Can Nagas also rise up to the occasion and come together on a common platform like how the Zomis have done so through their people’s convention? (Feedback can be send to

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Gregory Katz Associated Press

Still in line for job


rince Charles is readying the paperwork to claim his pension when he turns 65 on Thursday, but he still hasn't started the job he was born to do. The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II has been heir to the throne since his mother became monarch in 1952, when he was 3. He is the longest-waiting heir apparent in Britain's history, overtaking Queen Victoria's son, Edward VII, two years ago. Charles became a grandfather earlier this year with the birth of Prince George, the first child born to Prince William and his wife Kate. Palace officials said Wednesday that Charles will contribute the government pension to a charity that helps elderly people. The future king is entitled to about 110 pounds ($175) per week because of his service in the Royal Navy and voluntary contributions he has made. As Prince of Wales, he certainly doesn't need the pension fund. He enjoys control of the lucrative Duchy of Cornwall, a vast holding established in 1337 by King Edward II to provide income for his heir. It brings Charles millions each year. The prince will mark his milestone birthday representing his mother at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka after spending part of the day in India. For decades, the queen has attended the meeting, and Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said that Charles saw taking her place as "quite a momentous occasion." Stepping in for the queen has become more common in recent years as Elizabeth, 87, has greatly reduced her international travel. Her husband Prince Philip, 92, has also reduced his public appearances following a series of medical setbacks. Over his decades as heir, Charles has become known for his strong opinions on topics such as education, architecture, religion, the environment, organic food and homeopathy. Little said the prince was enjoying his relative freedom to speak out before he becomes king, a role that will require him to be much more cautious in his pronouncements. "I think he's very much making use of the time available to him in that he can put forward theories and get things done that he won't be able to do when he becomes king," said Little. Charles has also celebrated his birthday by serving as guest editor of a special edition of Country Life magazine, which shares his enthusiasm for preserving Britain's rural areas. Charles used his stint in the editor's chair to upbraid supermarket chains for taking advantage of Britain's small farmers and said Britain's farming heritage is at risk. In an editorial column, he called the countryside "the unacknowledged backbone of our national identity." In recent years, Charles has also criticized financial companies which he says focus on short-term gains at the expense of the environment.



Zeina Karam Associated Press

Journalists in Syria face growing ‘risk’ of kidnap


ehind a veil of secrecy, at least 30 journalists have been kidnapped or have disappeared in Syria — held and threatened with death by extremists or taken captive by gangs seeking ransom. The widespread seizure of journalists is unprecedented, and has been largely unreported by news organizations in the hope that keeping the kidnappings out of public view may help to negotiate the captives' release. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 30 journalists are being held and 52 have been killed since Syria's civil war began in early 2011. The group also has documented at least 24 other journalists who disappeared earlier this year but are now safe. In a report this week, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders cited higher figures, saying at least 60 "news providers" are detained and more than 110 have been killed. The discrepancy stems from varying definitions of what constitutes a journalist because much of the reporting and news imagery coming out of Syria is not from traditional professional journalists. Some of those taken have been activists affiliated with the local "media offices" that have sprouted up across opposition-held territory. Only 10 of the international journalists currently held have been identified publicly by their families or news organizations: four French citizens, two Americans, one Jordanian, one Lebanese, one Spaniard and one Mauritanian. The remaining missing are a combination of foreign and Syrian journalists, some of whose names have not been publicly disclosed due to security concerns. Groups like the Committee to Protect Journalists are alarmed by the kidnappings. While withholding news of abductions is understandable in many cases, especially with lives at stake, the organization says, this has also served to mask the extent of the problem. "Every time a journalist enters Syria, they are effectively rolling the dice on whether they're going to be abducted or not," said Jason Stern, a researcher at CPJ. Jihadi groups are believed responsible for most kidnappings since the summer, but governmentbacked militias, criminal gangs and rebels affiliated with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army also have been involved with various motives. By discouraging even experienced journalists from traveling to Syria, the kidnappings are diminishing the media's ability to provide unbiased on-the-ground insights into one of the world's most brutal and combustible conflicts. And those who do go into the country from outside appear often to be among the less-prepared and less-protected — which in turn increases the chances of capture, deepening the fears and compounding the problem. The kidnappings have helped shift the narrative of the war in a wider sense: What might have at first seemed to many like an idealistic rebellion against a despotic ruler now is increasingly viewed as a chaotic affair in which both anti-Western extremists and criminal gangs have gained dangerous influence "It is vital that journalists witness and tell the story of the Syrian civil war," said John Daniszewski, senior managing editor for international news at The Associated Press. "However, the impunity with which journalists are attacked and kidnapped in this conflict means that we must be doubly cautious. It is not an arena for novices, and extreme care needs to be exercised to obtain the news. At the same time, actors in the civil war must acknowledge and protect the right of journalists to cover it fairly and accurately as a basic human right." The spate of kidnappings has drawn comparisons to Lebanon during its vicious 1975-90 civil war, when Westerners, including then-AP Middle East Correspondent Terry Anderson, were taken captive by Muslim extremists and held for long periods. In Iraq, 150 journalists were killed between the U.S. invasion in 2003 and the departure of American


BHIJIT SANYAL is sitting on a beach-chair watching frothy waves roll in from the Indian Ocean. He arrived in Tanzania a year ago after a career in his native India with Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch consumer-goods giant. ChemiCotex, an industrial company in Dar es Salaam, hired him as chief executive to oversee the expansion of its “tooth-and-nail business”, which dominates the Tanzanian market for dental care and metal goods. “A lot of the challenges here are familiar to someone like me from India,” he says. “And so are the solutions.” Distribution is hampered by poor infrastructure, as is the electricity supply. Ancient and modern manufacturing processes co-exist uneasily. Most customers are middle and upper-class; the rest are too poor. What surprised Sanyal when he arrived was how often people in Tanzania mistook him for a local. “On a new continent you expect residents to recognise you instantly as an outsider— but not here.” East and southern Africa host large populations of people from the subcontinent, mainly India. Most distributors of Samsung goods in Kenya are Indian. Many of their ancestors came as railway-workers and traders in the early 20th century. The rupee was then east Africa’s main currency. Mahatma Gandhi spent two decades in South Africa and Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first prime minister, backed African nationalist movements in the 1950s. Until 1999 India’s trade with Africa exceeded China’s. “It’s not called the Indian Ocean for nothing,” says Sanyal. The Chinese have arrived en masse since the turn of this century and have quickly come to be seen as dominant investors. But Indians are far from cowed. A new wave is crossing the ocean, some coming alone or as salarymen, working for or with locals, even managing them. Cities such as

In this February 2, 2012, combo file photo, American journalist Marie Colvin, left, and French photographer Remi Ochlik are shown. The two journalists were killed by Syrian government shelling of the opposition stronghold of Homs, France's government said. Behind a veil of secrecy, at least 30 journalists have been kidnapped or have disappeared in Syria – held and threatened with death by extremists or taken captive by gangs seeking ransom. (AP Photo/ File)

troops in 2011 — a rate similar to the CPJ's figures for Syria — but the numbers of abducted journalists was smaller. Reporters Without Borders said it registered 93 kidnappings of journalists there from 2003 to 2010 — a far lower rate than it found in Syria. In Libya, a handful of journalists were detained during the war. Stern said the kidnappings in Syria are unprecedented in scale: "Simply no other country comes close." Addressing the U.N. Security Council at a meeting in July, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, vice chairwoman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said reporters serve as the public's eyes and ears in conflict situations by going to places and asking questions that most people cannot. "An attack on a journalist is a proxy for an attack on the ordinary citizen, an attack on that citizen's right to information about their communities and their institution" and their world, she said. Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for U.S. television network NBC who was kidnapped by proAssad militiamen in northern Syrian and held for five days in December 2012, said journalists must reflect long and hard before going to the country. "Because right now, if you go to into the rebel-held or contested areas in northern and eastern Syria, there is a very sizable percentage that you're not going to make it out alive," he said. While reporting in Syria has always been a dangerous business, the risk has evolved during the uprising. Early on, President Bashar Assad's government expelled foreign journalists covering anti-government protests, including an AP team in Damascus. Scores of Syrian journalists were imprisoned. As rebels began seizing territory, some rebel factions began detaining journalists as well, often on unfounded accusations that they were spies. Abductions increased significantly in recent months, as extremist groups grew more powerful in some areas. Most kidnappings since the summer have taken place in rebel-held territories, particularly in chaotic northern and eastern Syria, where militant al-Qaida-linked groups hold influence. Among the most dangerous places is the northeastern city of Raqqa, which was taken over by al-Qaida militants shortly after it became the first city to fall entirely into rebel hands; the eastern Deir el-Zour province; the border town of Azaz, and the corridor leading to Aleppo, once a main route for journalists going into Syria. There are no reliable estimates of how many journalists are held by the Syrian government, which routinely rounds up writers, activists and reporters who fail to toe the official line. Local journalists have taken the brunt of the violence. Of the 52 documented by CPJ as killed, all but five were Syrian. Among the foreigners who lost

their lives covering battles were French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier, French photographer Remi Ochlik, American journalist Marie Colvin with Britain's Sunday Times and Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto. Often the cases of abduction are not reported by media organizations at the request of the families or employers. News organizations on a case-by-case basis are inclined to respect such requests, regardless of the identity of the person abducted, if they are persuaded that publication would increase the danger for the victim. That, in turn, makes the extent of the problem less visible to the public. Peter Bouackert, emergency director at Human Rights Watch, said an unintended consequence of such a blackout is that journalists may be less aware of the dangers they face. In some cases, rebels acting as middle men have offered to "buy" hostages to use for their own purposes, activists say. Unconfirmed reports say at least some kidnappings are done to raise money for weapons. In some cases, the captors are thought to be holding hostages for ransom, or as pawns for negotiations. Experts say religious extremists pose a particular danger because they kidnap for ideological reasons, and are less likely to negotiate or yield to foreign pressure. Bouackert says almost all kidnappings since the summer have involved al-Qaida-affiliated militants and remain unresolved with no ransom demands or discussion about releases. "They are basically being held hostage as insurance against any future Western intervention against extreme jihadi groups," said Bouackert, who specializes in cases involving missing journalists. In published accounts of their captivity, some freed journalists wrote of trusted rebels and fixers who betrayed them, and of hard-core Islamic fighters who psychologically and physically tortured them. "At first they kept accusing me of being a CIA agent, and in order to break me pretended to execute me four times. At the end it was all about money," said Jonathan Alpeyrie, a French-American photographer held in northern Syria for 81 days by Islamic rebels until a benefactor paid $450,000 on his behalf. Alpeyrie, 34, has reported from Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and Somalia. He was abducted on his third trip to Syria, apparently betrayed by a fixer. He was freelancing for the New York-based agency Polaris Images when kidnapped. "I will never go back to Syria," he said. Among the longest-held captives are American freelance journalists Austin Tice, missing since August 2012, and James Foley, who disappeared in November 2012. Tice, who was one of few journalists reporting from Damascus when he vanished, is suspected of being held by the Syrian government, although his family has said they are uncertain who is holding their son. "Frankly, it makes no sense for us to speculate on who may be holding him and who may not be," Tice's father, Marc Tice, told the AP by telephone. "We're in a position where we are simply asking whoever does have influence, control or authority over whoever is holding Austin to have mercy on our family and return him to us." There has been no information on Foley. More recent abductees include Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, who has not been seen since his car was stopped by armed jihadists on Sept. 4 near the western town of Hama, and French journalists Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Didier Francois and Edouard Elias — all missing since the summer. American freelance photographer Matthew Schrier, who escaped in July from an Aleppo basement after seven months in captivity, said his captors tortured him for his credit card and bank passwords and used his money to shop on eBay. Among the most recent Syrian victims was Rami Razzouk, working for a Syrian radio station that reports critically on al-Qaida-linked militants. In a harrowing account of his 152 days in Syrian rebel captivity, Italian journalist Domenico Quirico wrote in the daily La Stampa of a revolution gone astray. "In Syria, I discovered the Land of Evil," he wrote.

Elephants and Tigers The Economist

Dar have fast-growing Indian expatriate communities. The charge is led by Indian private-sector behemoths such as Bharti Enterprises, Essar and Tata. Rather than focusing on trading goods, they increasingly invest in the continent. Bharti Airtel bought an Africawide mobile phone network in 2010 for $10.7 billion. Private firms are joined by India’s state energy companies. Oil and Natural Gas Corp, India’s biggest oil explorer, bought a 10% stake in a Mozambican offshore gasfield for $2.6 billion in August. The company said the field has the “potential to become one of the world’s largest”. In June, Indian firms spent $2.5 billion on a share in a Mozambican oilfield. India is keen to ensure access to fuel supplies and raw materials for its fast-growing economy. Agriculture is another focus. Indians have invested more than $1 billion in farms in Ethiopia. Karuturi Global from Bangalore, the world’s biggest producer of cut flowers, employs 5,000 people at a rose farm on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya. They send more than 1m stems a day to Europe, which is easier to reach from Africa, especially thanks to favourable EU trade arrangements. Nigeria is emerging as another popular stamping-ground. Its population of 170m, Africa’s biggest by far, has growing consumer demand and sits in the same time zone as Europe, which is useful for Indian call centres. Indian energy firms are bidding for parts of Nigeria’s electricity grid that are being privatised for billions of dollars. Indian drug companies are the biggest suppli-

er of pharmaceuticals in Nigeria, with revenues growing by 35% a year. Most Indian firms come to Africa under their own steam, but they can increasingly count on their government’s political and diplomatic heft. India’s navy takes an increasing part in international efforts to stamp out piracy in the Indian Ocean. America is supportive, not least to counter Chinese influence in Asian waters. In many ways Africa is a test of how India intends to behave as a rising power. Unlike other continents, particularly Asia, where India is expanding its presence, Africa is a relatively open space: a new power has more freedom to chart its own course. One question often asked in Beijing and Washington, for different reasons, is how much additional legitimacy India enjoys in Africa for being a democracy. As it strives to do business there, will it also seek to liberate politics? Tellingly, India is copying a Chinese model of investment: the provision of oodles of trade financing, the opening of lots of embassies, frequent talks with African leaders, elaborate regional summits and friendly rhetoric about the virtues of “south-south co-operation”. The Indian government has offered more than $10 billion in loan programmes to finance trade and investment by Indian companies, still far behind the financing on offer from Chinese state banks. But India’s cumbersome bureaucracy keeps tripping up its businesses. Indian financing for the Katende hydroelectric project in Congo took three years to come through, whereas China provided funding for a similar project in three months. India has held two summits with Af-


rican governments, in 2008 and 2011, and plans another next year. It is also negotiating a mechanism with South Africa for settling much of the $14 billiona-year trade between the two countries in local currencies. India’s commerce minister, Anand Sharma, says he expects trade with Africa as a whole to rise to $100 billion in 2015, up from $70 billion today and less than $5 billion a decade ago. China’s African annual trade with Africa is worth $200 billion. Competition between India and China in Africa is played down by both sides. Indians like to point out that Chinese historical links to the continent are much weaker than their own. Mao Zedong tried hard in the 1960s, but his descendants “stick out like a sore hand”, says a Mumbai native. The two Asian giants certainly compete for the same energy resources and infrastructure deals, with China a pip or more ahead when it comes to the biggest contracts. But that comes at a cost for the winner. India benefits from being somewhat less prominent. The Chinese are derided by some Africans as new colonialists, propping up brutal rulers and corrupting democratic ones. Indian businesses have encountered fewer suspicions, even though they support many of the same dictators, including those in Angola, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Indian businesses have been better at invading Chinese turf than vice versa. When selling turbines or mining ore, the Asian behemoths compete head on, yet in running hospitals or telecoms the private Indian operators have little to fear from China’s firms, which are still state-owned. They thus prove wrong a doyen of Indo-African relations, Mahatma Gandhi, who observed in the early 20th century, “The commerce between India and Africa will be of ideas and services, not of manufactured goods against raw materials after the fashion of Western exploiters.”

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15 November 2013


Ravi Nair

Elaine Kurtenbach, Joe Mcdonald and Paul Wiseman


Associated Press business Writers

ive years after a global financial crisis erupted, the world's biggest economies still need to be propped up. They're growing and hiring a little faster and creating more jobs, but only with extraordinary aid from central banks or government spending. And economists say major countries may need help for years more. From the United States to Europe to Japan, central banks are pumping cash into economies and keeping loan rates near record lows. Even fastgrowing China has rebounded from an uncharacteristic slump with the help of government money that's poured into projects and made loans easily available from state-owned banks. For now, thanks in part to the intervention, the world economy is improving. The International Monetary Fund expects global growth to rise to 3.6 percent in 2014 from 2.9 percent this year. The improvement "does not mean that a sustainable recovery is on firm footing," Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, warned last month. He said major economies will need stimulus from "extraordinary monetary policies" to sustain momentum into 2014. Many economists think stimulus will be needed even longer. Yet these policies carry their own risks: Critics, including some of the Fed's own policymakers, note that the cash the central banks are pumping into the global financial system flows into stocks, bonds and commodities like oil. Their prices can escalate to unsustainable levels and raise the risks of a market crash. Other analysts warn that the easy-money policies could cause runaway inflation in the future. Here's a look at how the world's major economies are faring:

UNITED STATES The U.S. economy grew at an unexpectedly solid 2.8 percent annual pace from July through September, though consumers and businesses slowed their spending. And U.S. employers added a surprising strong 204,000 jobs in October. The Fed has been debating whether hiring is healthy enough to justify slowing its monthly bond purchases. Despite the solid October jobs report, most economists think the Fed won't reduce its bond buying before early next year. Janet Yellen, who faces a confirming hearing this week for her nomination to lead the Fed starting in January, is expected to sustain its low-rate policies. Even at reduced levels, the bond purchases would continue to stimulate the economy by adding money to the financial system and lowering loans rates to encourage borrowing and spending. The Fed's purchases have helped offset U.S. government spending cuts. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, thinks the U.S. economy will be strong enough to manage without any help from Fed bond purchases by the end of 2014. He sees the Fed raising short-term rates, which it's kept at a record low near zero since late 2008, sometime in 2015. But weaning the U.S. economy off Fed support, he says, is "tricky ... If you do it too slowly, you could ignite inflation. If you do it too quickly, you run the risk of killing the recovery."

In this Thursday, November7, 2013, photo, the new headquarter of the European Central Bank is still under construction in the eastern part of Frankfurt, Germany. From the United States to Europe to Japan, central banks are pumping cash into economies and keeping loan rates near record lows. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

countries that use the euro currency are expected to eke out their second straight quarter of growth from July through September. But many economists say the eurozone's growth might not meet even the feeble 0.3 percent quarterly pace achieved from April through June. The latest quarterly figure will be announced Thursday. The European Central Bank surprised investors last week by cutting its benchmark refinancing rate to a record 0.25 percent. It acted after economic reports exposed the weakness of the recovery. Inflation last month was a scant 0.7 percent. That raised the risk of deflation — a prolonged drop in wages, prices and the value of assets like stocks and homes. The rate cut "signals that the ECB is not prepared to accept the risk that the euro area falls into deflation," says Jacob Kirkegaard, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. "Once prices begin to fall, you start to see consumers and businesses change their behavior," Kirkegaard says. "Why should you buy a car today if the price of the car is going to fall tomorrow? Falling into the trap can be very difficult to get out of."

JAPAN Japan's economic recovery has gained momentum since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in late 2012. Under "Abenomics," the government and central bank have injected money into the economy through stimulus spending and rate cutting. The economy grew at a robust 3.8 percent annual rate from April through June. But economists worry about whether the recovery can be sustained and whether Japan can grow enough to make up in tax revenue what it's spending on stimulus. Noriko Hama, a professor at Kyoto's Doshisha University, contends that only higher wages and rates will give people the EUROPE After enduring two recessions since 2009, the 17 income and confidence they need to spend more


imitless growth is the fantasy of economists, businesses and politicians. It is seen as a measure of progress. As a result, gross domestic product (GDP), which is supposed to measure the wealth of nations, has emerged as both the most powerful number and dominant concept in our times. However, economic growth hides the poverty it creates through the destruction of nature, which in turn leads to communities lacking the capacity to provide for themselves. The concept of growth was put forward as a measure to mobilise resources during the second world war. GDP is based on creating an artificial and fictitious boundary, assuming that if you produce what you consume, you do not produce. In effect, “growth” measures the conversion of nature into cash, and commons into commodities. Thus nature’s amazing cycles of renewal of water and nutrients are defined into nonproduction. The peasants of the world, who provide 72% of the food, do not produce; women who farm or do most of the housework do not fit this paradigm of growth either. A living forest does not contribute to growth, but when trees are cut down and sold as timber, we have growth. Healthy societies and communities do not contribute to growth, but disease creates growth through, for example, the sale of patented medicine. Water available as a commons shared freely and protected by all provides for all. However, it does not create growth. But when Coca-Cola sets up a plant, mines the water and fills plastic bottles with it, the economy grows. But this growth is based on creating poverty – both for nature and local communities. Water extracted beyond nature’s capacity to renew and recharge creates a water famine. Women are forced to walk longer distances looking for drinking water. In the village of Plachimada in Kerala, when the walk for wa-

and restore the economy's health. Like the Fed, the Bank of Japan could struggle with how to time and carry out a reversal of its easy money policy once the economy improves or if inflation or asset bubbles emerge as a threat. "They have placed themselves in a very difficult situation indeed," Hama says. "It's a double-edged sword."

CHINA China's economy grew at a two-decade low of 7.5 percent in the three months that ended in June compared with a year earlier. That's still a vigorous pace compared with the developed economies of Europe, the United States and Japan. But for China, it marked a slowdown, and Beijing launched a mini-stimulus program, spending on railway construction and other public works. It worked: Growth edged up to 7.8 percent from July through September from a year earlier. Yet some economists doubt the gains in China will last. "I can't see the rebound lasting for very much longer, because it has been driven by government projects," says Mark Williams of Capital Economics. In the latest quarter, more than half the reported growth was due to investment, not trade or consumption. Many economists say China's continued reliance on government-led investment is dangerous. It threatens to produce factories that make goods no one wants and unneeded real estate developments that can't repay loans. China responded to the 2008 global crisis by ordering its banks to open their lending spigots. The recovery has been underpinned by a surge in borrowing, which is up 20 percent this year. China's central bank has warned that the aggressive lending is unsustainable and could cause bad loans to pile up dangerously. "I think we're going to see policymakers try to crack down on credit in the next few months," Williams says.

How economic Growth Has become Anti-Life Vandana Shiva The Guardian

An obsession with growth has eclipsed our concern for sustainability, justice and human dignity. But people are not disposable – the value of life lies outside economic development ter became 10 kms, local tribal woman Mayilamma said enough is enough. We cannot walk further; the Coca-Cola plant must shut down. The movement that the women started eventually led to the closure of the plant. In the same vein, evolution has gifted us the seed. Farmers have selected, bred, and diversified it – it is the basis of food production. A seed that renews itself and multiplies produces seeds for the next season, as well as food. However, farmer-bred and farmer-saved seeds are not seen as contributing to growth. It creates and renews life, but it doesn't lead to profits. Growth begins when seeds are modified, patented and genetically locked, leading to farmers being forced to buy more every season. Nature is impoverished, biodiversity is eroded and a free, open resource is transformed into a patented commodity. Buying seeds every year is a recipe for debt for India’s poor peasants. And ever since seed monopolies have been established, farmers debt has increased. More than 270,000 farmers caught in a debt trap in India have committed suicide since 1995. Poverty is also further spread when public systems are privatised.

The privatisation of water, electricity, health, and education does generate growth through profits. But it also generates poverty by forcing people to spend large amounts of money on what was available at affordable costs as a common good. When every aspect of life is commercialised and commoditised, living becomes more costly, and people become poorer. Both ecology and economics have emerged from the same roots – "oikos", the Greek word for household. As long as economics was focused on the household, it recognised and respected its basis in natural resources and the limits of ecological renewal. It was focused on providing for basic human needs within these limits. Economics as based on the household was also women-centered. Today, economics is separated from and opposed to both ecological processes and basic needs. While the destruction of nature has been justified on grounds of creating growth, poverty and dispossession has increased. While being non-sustainable, it is also economically unjust. The dominant model of economic development has in fact become anti-life. When economies are mea-

sured only in terms of money flow, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. And the rich might be rich in monetary terms – but they too are poor in the wider context of what being human means. Meanwhile, the demands of the current model of the economy are leading to resource wars oil wars, water wars, food wars. There are three levels of violence involved in non-sustainable development. The first is the violence against the earth, which is expressed as the ecological crisis. The second is the violence against people, which is expressed as poverty, destitution and displacement. The third is the violence of war and conflict, as the powerful reach for the resources that lie in other communities and countries for their limitless appetites. Increase of money flow through GDP has become disassociated from real value, but those who accumulate financial resources can then stake claim on the real resources of people – their land and water, their forests and seeds. This thirst leads to them predating on the last drop of water and last inch of land on the planet. This is not an end to poverty. It is an end to human rights and justice. Nobel-prize winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen have admitted that GDP does not capture the human condition and urged the creation of different tools to gauge the wellbeing of nations. This is why countries like Bhutan have adopted the gross national happiness in place of gross domestic product to calculate progress. We need to create measures beyond GDP, and economies beyond the global supermarket, to rejuvenate real wealth. We need to remember that the real currency of life is life itself. Dr. Vandana Shiva is a philosopher, environmental activist and eco feminist. She is the founder/director of Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology.

t’s a fact little discussed outside India that the Indian government’s approach to foreign funding for human rights work is probably as draconian, or more, as that of Russia or apartheid South Africa. The state uses an antiquated law on foreign funding for non-government organizations like a surgeon’s scalpel, carefully and incisively stifling dissent and regulating non-state activity with any significant level of funding. European governments, all true defenders of the human rights faith when it comes to Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, fail to challenge the Indian state on this because India is too important a trade partner. Under the so-called Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) law, all organizations seeking to receive foreign funding must first apply for the permission from the Union Home Ministry. The law was conceived and enacted during the 1975/76 Indian Emergency to stifle civil society activity, particuOne of the country’s larly focusing on resistance most informed human to authoritarian rule by rights experts explains Gandhian voluntary groups. how India blocks foreign The Indian state has used the law ever since to control funding for rights what civil society does. work it doesn’t like. If you apply to be alPhilanthropists avoid lowed to receive foreign supporting work that funding, the FCRA office will anger the state so sends intelligence officials the only organizations to visit your office and check what you are doing able to tackle the most in minute detail. It can take sensitive rights issues up to two years for the apare those funded by to be approved or small contributions from plication rejected, during which time ordinary citizens you are regularly visited by intelligence officials. Funding for activities that are potentially embarrassing to the government is simply blocked without any explanation. The result, over the years, has been a kind of self-censorship by Indian rights organizations. For example, if you are a women's rights organization doing great work on dowry deaths or on education for girls, you learn not to work on specific cases of rape by the armed forces in internal conflict situations. That is a no go area. The same applies to children’s rights and tribal rights organisations if they try to work on issues that implicate the government.My own organization, SAHRDC, has in the past attempted to enlist the help of three major foreign donorsupported organisations to send women representatives to investigate the rape of women in the Kashmir village of KunnanPoshpora. All three politely declined our invitation. Funding affects perceptions of independence The average citizen sees non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well-funded, either by international agencies or by Indian Government departments. And recipients of international funding are perceived as being there to further the interests of foreign powers. The Indian media perpetuates this idea and the Indian state machinery, irrespective of the party in power, encourages this perception. When the state becomes alarmed about non-state initiatives that expose its failings, these initiatives are usually demonized as foreign-backed operations with sinister motives. Recent large scale protests over a nuclear power plant planned in Koodunkulam, in the state of Tamil Nadu, are a case in point. The government explained the stoic resistance of local villagers and thousands of fishermen as being paid for with bags of money by foreign forces who want to hold India back from developing economically and becoming a global power. Fortunately, non-state activity in India is varied. Many in the non-state sector try to differentiate themselves from state or foreign-funded organizations by calling themselves voluntary organizations or community organizations. Indeed, the major civil liberties and human rights organizations in India do not accept foreign or Indian government funding to preserve their independence, as was the policy of Amnesty International at the global level in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Many of these organizations, like the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), the People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC), to name just a few, have addressed civil liberties issues across the country, often at great risk to their activists and members. They work on shoestring budgets, raised solely through membership fees and small donations. Organizations funded this way have been able to shine a light on a range of human rights and democratic rights issues over the decades.

Where are the Indian philanthropists? To be sure, they could do much more with additional funding. Business leaders could be injecting money into these organizations, but those so inclined are loath to fund activities that challenge the state. Some would-be Indian tycoon philanthropists may want to support human rights work on torture, extrajudicial executions or fair trials, but they know their business would suffer as a consequence. They might start receiving repeated income tax inquiries, government contracts could suddenly dry up, bank loans might be refused, and requests for appointments with government officials would get no response. So although their funds are modest, community rights groups have the freedom their foreign-funded counterparts do not have to ask hard questions. One organization, the People’s Union for Democratic Rights, even has a policy that it does not accept any donation above Rs.3000 from any single source as a way of ensuring its independence. The Indian state is aware that regular contact with its intelligence officials not only brings you in conformity with the machinery of the state but also helps the intelligence services to recruit agents and informers. Activists suspect that some human rights groups have been infiltrated by the security services. This is true of only a miniscule number of NGOs, yet indicative of what sister organizations have had to do in order to secure foreign or government funding or patronage. The way forward Meanwhile, those organizations that try to push the boundaries using foreign funding, such as the Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) with its recent protests against the Kudunkulam Nuclear Power project, simply find that their FCRA permit has been suspended. INSAF’s bank accounts were frozen, it has been subjected to a lengthy inquiry, and the organization has been effectively crippled. People’s Watch Tamil Nadu, which also participated in these protests, has also been barred from receiving foreign funding. INSAF is challenging the state’s decision in the courts, arguing that the FCRA law goes against the fundamental rights chapter of the Indian constitution. The governments of donor countries must use more spirited public diplomacy to support brave organizations as they challenge India’s restrictive policies on international funding. Until foreign pressure brings about a change in the FCRA, Indian civil society is currently stuck between heavily controlled NGOs with significant foreign funding and independent home-grown initiatives with limited local funding. The community-funded organizations must broaden their local donor support base to grow. This is unlikely, however, to be as lucrative as funding that comes from foreign donors.

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It will be ‘good to meet’ Modi: Cameron

New Delhi, November 14 (PTi): British Prime Minister David Cameron is open to meeting Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and said he will do so in time while his government goes ahead with steps to engage with him and his government. “We have started a proper engagement with Gujarat and with the first (Chief) minister there. Our foreign office minister has met with him... The connection is there, the engagement is there. I think the engagement should continue,” he said at an interaction with Indian businessmen here on Thursday. Cameron, on a short visit to India ahead of the CHOGM meeting in Colombo, also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and held consultations with him on improving bilateral and trade ties between the two nations. Asked if he would like to meet Modi in the near future, Cameron said, “In time, yes. It’s good to meet. We have an approach of meeting all politicians and leaders. In the end, it will be for the people of India whom to elect. But I’m open to meeting elected leaders.” The British Prime Minister will be meeting West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee later in the day when he visits Kolkata for the first time ever. “This is, I said, a short visit, so this is a government to government visit to India where my first priority is to come and see your Prime Minister. Kolkata is a city I’ve never been to before... I’m looking forward to the visit,” he said. Cameron, who is visiting India for the third time in as many as years, favoured more meetings and informal discussions with the Prime Minister and said there is a lot in common between India and Britain and the two were good trade partners as well. “We are one of the oldest democracies... We both have challenges to fight terrorism and we both want to be successes in this global economic race that we are engaged in. We have ties of the past -- the history, the language and the culture. But it is the future that excites me, on what Britain and India can do together,” he said.

Respect Manmohan Singh’s decision on Commonwealth meet: Cameron

New Delhi, November 14 (iANs): British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday said he respected Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision of not attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka and said both countries shared with Canada the “same approach” towards Colombo. “I totally respect the decision of India,” Cameron told CNNIBN news channel. The Indian prime minister last week decided not to attend the CHOGM meet being held in Sri Lanka after opposition from Tamil Nadu parties and even members of his cabinet from the southern state. “India, Canada and Britain, we all have the same approach towards Sri Lanka. My own view about attending is it’s a Commonwealth conference, I believe in helping to lead the organisations,” said Cameron. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper also decided not to go to Colombo. Talking about bilateral ties between the two countries, Cameron said, “Britain and India should be partners of choice; we both want to fight terrorism. The future really excites me about what Britain and India can do together.” “I think in a good

relationship between countries, you shouldn’t have to have enormous state visits with vast delegations, in good relations you should be able to drop in, catch up, pick up on a few ideas and have some informal conversations which I will be doing with Mr Manmohan Singh,” he said. On the visa bond issue, Cameron said, “There is no limit on the number of Indian students that can come to Britain and study and having completed your university degree there is no limit on the number of people who can do a job in Britain.” “I think people will understand that a country like Britain, much smaller geographically than India, we have to control immigration,”he said. The trade relationship is good between India and Britain is good,he said. “Britain is really top 3 investor into India. British companies are making the biggest investments and if you look at India investments into Britain more is going into Britain than it is going into the rest of the European Union combined, so trade is at the heart of it,” he said. On Indian In this photo provided by the Indian Press Information Bureau, British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, chats with cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s last test Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during their meeting in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Cameron match, Cameron said, “I have a picvisited New Delhi and Kolkata Thursday prior to his trip to Colombo for the Commonwealth Heads of Government ture of his at the UK stadium, I hope Meeting. (AP Photo he likes that as a gift.”

‘No limit on Indian students in UK, but need to watch immigration”

New Delhi, November 14 (AgeNcies): Seeking to allay the concerns of students looking to pursue education in the UK, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said there was no limit on the number of Indian students in his country, although he did add that they needed to keep a tab on immigration. “There is no limit on the number of Indian students in Britain... What is needed is genuine students who have genuine British uni-

versity admissions,” Cameron told businessmen at an interaction in India. Although the number of students going to Britain to study had swelled to 60,000 in 2009, that figure has come down and the country is now attracting the more genuine students. Stressing on the need for stricter immigration controls, which was not been there in the last 10 years, Cameron said students should be aiming to work in graduate jobs and not any other jobs.

“I think people will understand that for a countrylikeBritain,muchsmallergeographically than India, we have to control immigration. We had a policy on immigration. It wasn’t well managed, it wasn’t well controlled over a 10-year period ... We had an additional 2 million people coming into Britain, which is a big number,” he said. Advocating a proper immigration control regime, Cameron said, “Within such immigration control, we want to have the most attractive

offers for students from around the world and I think the two new limits the limit on numbers and the limit on staying on to work in a graduate job, make for a very good offer. “University graduates should be aiming to work in graduate jobs. I think it is a fair approach,” he added. The British PM’s visit to India follows his country’s decision to scrap the controversial Pounds 3,000 visa bond scheme for “high risk” overseas visitors, the list for which included people from India.

Women have better chances to win polls: study

New Delhi, November 14 (TNN): The success rate of women candidates in Lok Sabha elections has been coming down sharply over the years as more and more of them contest, but it still remains much higher than their male counterparts. The finding is part of an analysis by the Central Statistical Office of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation that has studied the pattern from the second general elections in 1957 to the last held in 2009. Though the total number of women contestants in 1957 was quite low at 45, compared to 2009 when 556 were in the fray, the success rate remained nearly twice as much as that of males. During this period, the total number of Lok Sabha seats has also gone up from 494 in 1957 to 543 at present. In the three general elections — between 1957 and 1967 — the winning percentage of women candidates was between 45% and 60%. During the same period, the winning People and policemen stand near the wreckage of a bus that caught fire near Haveri town in northern Karnataka state, percentage of male candidates was on Thursday, November 14. At least seven people died and another 42 passengers were injured Thursday when the bus 21% to 31% (see box). caught fire after hit a road divider early Thursday, police said. (AP Photo) The trend has not reversed much

in the last three general elections between 1999 and 2009 during which 45-59 women were elected to the lower House of Parliament. Their winning percentage was 11%-18% during this period while that for male candidates were between 6% and 10%. Sadly, despite stalwarts like late Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi being at the helm of affairs of the ruling party and ensuring successive victories, this has not significantly improved the representation of women in Parliament. On the contrary, when late Indira Gandhi, heading a splinter Congress in 1971, defeated syndicate stalwart Morarji Desai and came back to power with a thumping majority of 352 seats the success rate of women candidates dipped to 24% from 45% in the previous elections. As against 67 women candidates who contested in 1967, out of which 30 were elected with a success rate of 45%, only 21 women were elected to LS in 1971 out of the 86 who contested at a winning percentage of 24%. The winning percentage of women candidates went up to 27% when

the Janata Party came to power in 1977 after Emergency was lifted. But the success rate of women candidates again came down to 24% in 1980, when Indira returned to power. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who steered the grand old party to two successive wins in 2004 and 2009, did not do much better than her mother-in-law when it came to improving the winnability of women candidates as a —though she can hardly be held responsible for the dwindling prospects of the fair sex with many regional satraps and Lohia followers opposed to reservation for women in Parliament. In the 2004 general elections, 355 women contested on different platforms but only 45 were elected at a winning percentage of 13%. This further declined in 2009 with 556 women in the fray but only 59 elected for a winning percentage of 11%. Compared to this, during the two previous elections in 1998 and 1999, 43 out of 274 and 52 out of 296 women, respectively, were elected to the LS with a winning percentage of 16%-18%.

Salt sells at Rs.150 a kg, SC wants speedy criminal justice system Eleven injured in Tata Delhi, November 14 (iANs): The July 5, 2004, which the apex court noted amounted Bihar denies shortage New steel plant explosion Supreme Court has expressed anguish over the to a gap of over 12 years. A petition for special leave PATNA, November 14 (iANs): Believe it or not, salt was

selling at an exorbitant Rs.150 per kg in parts of Bihar amid rumours of an acute shortage of the essential ingredient of food. The state government rebutted the rumours Thursday. “Three people have been detained in Darbhanga district and one in Muzaffarpur for spreading rumours of shortage of salt,” Bihar’s Food and Civil Supply Minister Shyam Razak told media persons here. He said more such people would be detained and interrogated to find out how and why the rumours spread in the state. Stating that there is no truth in reports that the state is facing shortage of common salt, the minister said: “It is purely a rumour, nothing else. We have appealed to people not to purchase salt from the black market by paying four to ten times its original price.” The minister said people, particularly in rural areas, should not purchase salt in panic. According to reports here, people in nearly a dozen districts, including Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga,Begusarai,Sitamarhi, Saharsa,Samastipur, Madhubani, Sheohar, have since Wednesday bought salt at Rs.50-150 per kg after rumours spread that salt will be out of market soon. Taking advantage of the rumours, traders and shopkeepers in these districts sold salt at higher price, he said. “I have asked the concerned officials to inquire into rumours and take action against those found responsible for it.” However, Razak blamed opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for spreading rumours to defame the state government and creating an artificial crisis. “Rumours were deliberately spread by BJP to create anger among people against the state government. BJP and its mentor RSS are well-known for spreading rumours,” he said. BJP leader Rameshwar Chaurasia refuted Razak’s statement, while saying that the JD-U has become habituated to blame the BJP for everything. Bihar state Congress spokesperson Prem Chand Mishra asked the state government to immediately deal with the dangerous rumours that have already created panic among people who are buying salt at high prices. He too blamed the BJP for the rumours. “BJP leaders are experts in such kind of rumours to create anger against Congress.” With people already buying onions and potatoes at high prices, rumours of salt shortage rang alarm bells for the state government, Razak said. According to officials here, salt mostly comes to Bihar from Gujarat.

delays in the criminal justice system. The court said this after a convict in a dowry death case had to wait nearly 13 years before his appeal was decided by the Punjab and Haryana High Court while the apex court took another nine years before giving a ruling Nov 11. “What is a little disturbing about this case is that it is illustrative of the slow movement of the wheels of criminal justice delivery,” said Justice Madan B. Lokur pronouncing the judgment along with Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai. “It is high time those of us who are judges of this court and decision makers also become policy makers,” they said. Janki Devi died in a dowry case Sep 6, 1989. The trial court pronounced its decision Dec 3, 1991. The first appeal was decided by the high court

to appeal was filed in the Supreme Court in 2004 and leave was granted only after a gap of 4 years in 2008. But the appeal was listed for hearing as if it was an appeal of 2008, thereby wiping away 4 years of its age in this court. “And even then, it has taken another 5 years for its disposal, making a total of 9 years spent in this court,” the judgment said. While taking a critical view over the manner appeals were taking unduly long time to get decided, the court said that merely making a demand for dowry was not enough to bring about a conviction under section 304-B (dowry death on account cruelty or harassment) of the IPC. The court said the dowry death victim should also have been treated with cruelty or harassed for dowry either by her husband or a relative to attract the provisions of section 304-B.

rANchi, November 14 (iANs): Eleven people, including six labourers, were injured in a blast in the Tata Steel plant at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand Thursday afternoon, the company’s official said. After the flames were doused and the gas leakage arrested, the company in a statement said: “There is no danger of any gas leakage from the Steel Plant.” “The explosion took place in the LD gas holder in the steel plant. After the explosion, a fire broke out which was later extinguished. Eleven people, including six contract labourers, were injured,” Prabhat Sharma, spokesperson of Tata Steel, told IANS over telephone. “The area has been isolated and there is no impact on any other part of the plant. Production is taking place in a normal way,” Sharma said. Later, in a statement Tata Steel said: “The fire has been extinguished and the gas leakage has been arrested. All vital installations have been isolated and are safe.” “There is no danger of any gas leakage from the steel plant.” “Onepersonisseriouslyinjured,while10personshaveminorinjuries. All of them are undergoing treatment at Tata Main Hospital,” it added.

India on alert after polio outbreak in Syria

New Delhi, November 14 (AgeNcies): All States with international borders have been put on alert to reduce the risk of importation of poliovirus from neighbouring countries in the wake of a polio outbreak in Syria. As many as 102 vaccination posts have been set up along the international borders: with Pakistan at 5 points, with Nepal at 88 points and with Bangladesh at two points, the others being along the Myanmar and Bhutan borders. “The government is mindful of risk of poliovirus importation… in view of the continuing polio transmission in the remaining endemic countries and the outbreaks in Syria and the Horn of Africa region,” said Health and Family Welfare Secretary Keshav Desiraju.

WHO, UNICEF begin massive response Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children’s Fund have begun the largest-ever, consolidated emergency immunisation response in the Middle East, aiming to vaccinate over 20 million children in seven countries and territories repeatedly. They are Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Syria and Turkey. In campaigns in and around Syria, to prevent transmission of polio and other preventable diseases, more than 6,50,000 children have been vaccinated including 1,16,000 in the highly-congested northeast Deirez-Zor Province where the outbreak was confirmed a week ago. In a region that did not see

polio for nearly a decade, poliovirus has been detected, in the last 12 months, in sewage samples from Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The first polio outbreak in Syria since 1999 has so far left 10 children paralyzed, and poses a risk of paralysis to hundreds of thousands of children across the region. Preliminary evidence indicates that the poliovirus is of Pakistani origin and is similar to the strain detected in Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Back home in India, all possible measures are being taken to maintain immunity of children. The entire network is now geared to strengthening Routine Immunisation, which is the key to ensuring a polio-free India until the risk of the infectious viral disease is eliminated

from the world. “Any case of importation will be dealt with as an emergency. For the past two years, the polio programme has been preparing and renewing its Emergency Preparedness and Response Capacity. All States have an emergency response plan. Rapid Response Teams have been formed, trained and reoriented in their role for polio emergency response,” Mr. Desiraju said. The polio virus usually infects children in unsanitary conditions through faecal-oral transmission associated with close person-to-person contact and consumption of food and drink contaminated with faeces. It attacks the nerves and can kill or paralyse, spreading widely and unnoticed before it starts crippling children. For

every one case of polio, 200 children can be infected. There is no cure for polio — it can only be prevented through immunisation, said a joint statement by WHO and UNICEF. “While India has stopped poliovirus transmission, the risk of importation of polio from areas with currently active transmission remains very high. Surveillance for polio continues to be highly sensitive to ensure rapid detection of poliovirus anywhere in the country. It is critical for India to ensure high population immunity through poliovirus campaigns and routine immunisation and to be in a state of readiness to respond to a poliovirus importation if it occurs,” said WHO Representative to India Nata Menabde.


The Morung Express

Friday 15 November 2013

Domed refuge now cauldron of misery for typhoon survivors

TACLOBAN, NOvemBer 14 (AP): Close your eyes and hold your breath, and you could imagine you are in a normal sports stadium. You hear a ball bouncing and the children’s cheers echoing under the cavernous dome. Open your eyes and you see rain-soaked trash littering almost every inch of the ground and exhausted refugees sprawled across seats. A sign taped on the wall next to a small, dank room by the stairwell tells people not to defecate or urinate there. It is clear from the stench that many have ignored this advice. For the thousands of people jamming the Tacloban City Astrodome, the great hall with a solid roof was a heaven-sent refuge when Typhoon Haiyan rammed the eastern Philippines last week. Evacuated from their homes along the coast in time, they had a place to hide from the furious winds and gigantic water surge. But along with shelter, their constant companion now is misery and hunger. It’s been six days since the typhoon struck but no aid has arrived at the astrodome. Not a single relief worker is in sight. “What can we do? There’s nothing we can do!” says Corazon Cecleno, a volunteer with the village council who had handed out food stamps to the occupants — stamps for food that has yet to arrive. “We really want to know why the distribution of help is so slow.”

ing the grains in the sun on a blue tarp, hoping it will be edible, knowing it will be salty. They have a bottle of well water to cook and wash with, but it tastes like the ocean and they aren’t convinced it’s safe. They drink it anyway. “We have no choice,” says Moses Rosilio, a neighbor who is squatting in the restaurant with Martinez. Her baby is due by the end of the month. She has no idea where she’ll deliver. “I’m feeling nervous,” she says. “There are no clothes for my baby. ... I

don’t know, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll give birth here.” In the wreckage of a discotheque next door, facing the street in front of the stadium, a few men have built a small fire to cook noodles. The pot will need to feed a dozen people today. Nearby, Vicky Arcales, 38, uses a hand-crank charger for her mobile phone. She shakes her arm in exhaustion; she’s been at it for three hours. She knows she won’t get a signal anyway, but charges it nonetheless. Just in case. Behind her, a family has

crafted a makeshift baby cot out of a pink-and-whitestriped sheet, strung up by cords. It cradles a monthold boy in a shirt, but no diaper; they have none, and no other clothes. Nor do they have food for his mother, who is starving. The baby stares up at visitors and urinates, the urine seeping through the sheet onto the floor below. A few feet away, a 1-yearold girl wails, her face covered in a red rash. There is no medicine for her. Inside the dome, Erlinda Rosales lies on a steel barrier propped atop the railing and stadium seats, next to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This is their makeshift bed. They are cooking a little nearby on a small burner borrowed from a friend. Rosales, 72, is one of the lucky ones: Her family has finally received the first supply of relief food. But it was only because her granddaughter has walked every day to their village council to see if the supplies are there. On Thursday’s walk, the food was finally available. They got 3 kilograms (7 pounds) of rice and three cans of sardines. “I wonder when they will bring food here,” she says. Daniel Legaspi has less than Rosales, but more than some other people. The 16-year-old holds up a packet of squeezy cheese, powdered biscuits and cream. “We don’t have bread, but we have the fillings,” he says with a laugh.

LA PAZ, NOvemBer 14 (AP): A study released Wednesday by Bolivia’s government says 58 percent of the country’s coca crop is devoted to traditional uses, meaning the rest is processed into cocaine. The long-awaited European Union-financed study said 31 percent of Bolivia’s 10 million people consume coca, a mild stimulant used in religious rituals and chewed and taken In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, volunteer Cecilia Sanjurjo tries in tea to fight off fatigue a hat on Cristina Ferreira who is reflected in a mirror dur- and altitude sickness.

President Evo Morales promised the study early in his presidency and Interior Minister Carlos Romero said the field work began in 2010. Morales, who took office in January 2006, remains head of a coca growers union and his core constituency is in the cocagrowing Chapare region, where he first released the study Tuesday night. The president’s backers have long maintained that to meet traditional needs, Bolivia needs four-fifths of the 25,300 hectares (98

square miles) of coca that were under cultivation in 2012. Bolivia’s opposition says no more than 6,000 hectares are needed for traditional uses. The U.S. government has long insisted Bolivia adhere to its own law, which specifies that 12,000 hectares can be grown legally. This year, Washington halted all counter-narcotics aid to Bolivia after deeming Morales’ government a failure in meeting its international treaty obligations in combating the illicit

Typhoon survivors line up to get fuel from an abandoned filling station Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines. Aid has been slow to reach the half-million people displaced by the storm that tore across several islands in eastern Philippines last Friday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The people staying here find water where they can — from a broken water pipe on the side of the road, from a tarp in a former office building nearby. The water tastes bad — salty — but there is nothing else available and they are desperate. Thousands are squatting here: inside the stadium, in the ruined shops and restaurants that line it, and under tarpaulins on the grass outside. Maria Consuelo Martinez, 38, is nine months pregnant and jammed in an abandoned restaurant

at the dome along with five families. Her naked 2-yearold son, Mark, sits next to her on a piece of plywood. She has only one outfit for him, and it is drying after a wash. Her 5-year-old daughter, Maria, stares vacantly. Sodden laundry hangs from ropes crisscrossing the room. Flies are everywhere and the tiled floor is slick with filth. Her husband wanders around, begging for food. Some friends found sacks of ocean-soaked rice at a warehouse and gave the family one. They are dry-



Pink diamond sold for more than $83 million

A Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 photo from files showing an unidentified Sotheby’s employee displaying “The Pink Star” diamond weighing 59.6 carat, during a preview at Sotheby’s, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP File Photo)

GeNevA, NOvemBer 14 (AP): An enormous diamond known as “The Pink Star” sold for more than $83 million at auction Wednesday night, far surpassing its expected price. Sotheby’s says the sale the vivid and flawless 59.60-carat pink diamond is the highest price ever paid for a gemstone at auction. Prior to the sale to the successful bidder, representing an anonymous buyer, the diamond was estimated to fetch more than $60 million. The bidding opened above $52 million, and it closed with the playing of the “Pink Panther” movie’s theme music. The exact sale price of “The Pink Star” was 76.325 million Swiss francs, or $83.425 million. It had been introduced prior to the bidding as “one of the most remarkable gems ever to appear at auction.” The diamond is graded as a Type IIa, a rarity for a pink diamond, and it took Steinmetz Diamonds two years to cut it to form from a 132.5-carat rough diamond. It was first shown publicly in May 2003 as the “Steinmetz Pink,” then sold privately for the first time in 2007 when it was renamed “The Pink Star.” The sale in Geneva came a day after the largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever sold at auction went for $35.5 million at a Christie’s auction. The auctions at Geneva’s lakeside hotels draw well-heeled buyers from around the world seeking expensive jewels, artwork, wine and watches.

For chemo patients, mirrors can hurt Bolivia says most of its coca for traditional uses

BueNOS AIreS, NOvemBer 14 (AP): For cancer patients dealing with the physical and psychological trauma of the disease, even looking in the mirror can be difficult. When chemotherapy robs your hair, it’s common to feel that a part of your identity goes missing as well. “Look Good Feel Better” is a program that offers free lessons in makeup and skin care, with tips on covering heads gone bald and using eye-liner to replace fallen eyebrows. It’s an opportunity for beauticians to share their skills, for companies to donate products and for people with cancer to find some hope. The idea began 25 years ago in the U.S., where more than 700,000 women have participated, and it has spread to Argentina and 23 other countries where chemotherapy is increasingly common. Argentina was the first Latin American nation to launch it, in 1999, and it has since grown to 100 sites across the country. For Mariela Steinberg, 38, it has made all the difference. She’s had multiple surgeries in a yearlong fight with uterine and cervical cancer, and was shocked at first to look in the mirror. “You see a face but you don’t

ing a “Look Good Feel Better” workshop that offers free lessons in makeup and skin care for women dealing with the physical and psychological trauma of cancer, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo)

recognize it as your own. But now I can say, little by little, I am beginning to adapt,” she said during a two-hour class. “All of a sudden I begin to recognize myself. I am made-up, beautified.” Cancer is the secondleading cause of death in Argentina, after heart disease, and the country’s cancer mortality rate is the third highest in Latin America after Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, the Pan American Health Organization says. Staying optimistic is known to increase the odds of survival, and appearance can have an outsized impact. Thus the program’s theme,

“Hope is beautiful.” Daiana Castro, a 23-yearold hairstylist with ovarian cancer, was traumatized at first. “I had red hair, beautiful and long, and when it fell out I didn’t leave the house for a week.” Then she sought out one of the classes at Hospital San Martin. “If you have makeup on, you feel better. It helps you not to feel down,” Castro said. Makeup tips include techniques for covering extremely dark circles, creating the impression of eyelashes, drawing on eyebrows where none remain, and wrapping headscarves so they won’t slip off smooth skin.

backed efforts to eradicate opium production have had limited success and farmers in two previously “poppy-free” provinces in the north began growing the crop in 2013. Afghan officials blamed insecurity as the main factor behind the surge, which has continued for a third straight year. “More than half of the opium cultivation takes place in Helmand,” Din Mohammad Mubarez Rashidi, the acting Afghan counter-narcotics minister, told a news conference. Helmand in the south is one of the most troubled regions in Afghanistan where the Taliban are most active. “Taliban and Al-Qaeda encourage farmers to cultivate and protect their crops,” the minister said. Rashidi, recently appointed by President Hamid Karzai to the post, said he was determined to fight opium cultivation including the “use of force to prevent cultivation”. The report said that in 2013 the area un-

livia has a growing drug trafficking problem, with much of the cocaine processed in its territory originating in Peru. The main markets for cocaine originating or transiting Bolivia are Brazil, Argentina and Europe, with much of the drug being smuggled through West Africa. More than 40,000 Bolivians depend on coca cultivation for their livelihood and it contributes 1.5 percent, or $332 million, to Bolivia’s economy, according to U.N. figures.

‘Asthmatic women could face delay in becoming pregnant’

LONDON, NOvemBer 14 (PTI): Women with asthma could take longer to conceive, a new study has found. The study adds evidence to the belief that asthma has a negative effect on fertility. Researchers from Bispebjerg University Hospital in Denmark analysed data from questionnaires completed by a cohort of over 15,000 twins living in Denmark aged up to 41 years. The questionnaires included questions on the presence of asthma and on fertility. The researchers divided the participants into women with asthma and those without, and then sub-divided the groups into those treated for asthma and those not treated for

asthma. All participants were asked whether they had been trying to get pregnant for longer than a year without success and how many children they had given birth to. Around 955 of the participants reported a history of asthma. The results found a significantly higher proportion of women who experienced a prolonged time to pregnancy in the group with asthma, compared to those who did not have asthma (27 per cent of asthmatics vs 21.6 per cent of nonasthmatics). The risk of a delay in conceiving significantly increased in women with untreated asthma compared to those with

Afghan opium cultivation hits record high in 2013

KABuL, NOvemBer 14 (AFP): Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013 as farmers seek to “insure” themselves before NATO forces withdraw next year, the United Nations said. The area planted with poppy rose by 36% in 2013, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in its annual report on Afghanistan, while production of opium, the main ingredient in heroin, jumped almost 50% compared with last year. There are fears that the departure of most of the US-led NATO troops, who currently number around 75,000, by the end of 2014 will throw the wartorn nation into chaos. “Farmers may have driven up cultivation... trying to shore up their assets as insurance against an uncertain future, which could ensue from the withdrawal of international troops next year,” the UNODC said. More than a decade of Western-

drug trade. Morales expelled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2008 along with the U.S. ambassador, accusing them of inciting his political opponents. Bolivia is the world’s No. 3 coca producer, following Peru and Colombia. The United Nations says Bolivian government eradication efforts have diminished the size of the country’s coca crop for two consecutive years. International law enforcement officials say Bo-

der opium poppy cultivation rose to 209,000 hectares (516,230 acres) from the previous year’s total of 154,000 - higher than the previous peak of 193,000 hectares in 2007. Opium production reached 5,500 tons, up by almost half from 2012 but lower than the 2007 high of 7,400 tonnes as bad weather in southern Afghanistan affected crops. The farm-gate value of opium production -- around $950 million, or the equivalent of four per cent of national GDP in 2013 -- increased by almost a third. Together with profits made by drug traffickers, the total value of the opium economy within Afghanistan was significantly higher, the report said. It suggested the illicit economy would grow further while a slowdown of the legal economy was predicted in 2014. “What is needed is an integrated, comprehensive response to the drug problem, embedded in a long-term

security, development and institution-building agenda,” said UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov. Despite the presence of tens of thousands of foreign troops since a US-led invasion ousted the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan produces about 90 percent of the world’s opium. Poppy farmers are taxed by the Taliban, who use the cash to help fund their insurgency against the government and NATO forces. Most of the cultivation takes place in the southern and western provinces where the revolt is most active. In Helmand province, the main poppy-producing region, the area under cultivation rose by a third in 2013. Neighbouring Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, saw a 16 percent rise. The poppies, which provide huge profits in one of the world’s poorest countries, also play a large part in the corruption that plagues Afghan life at every level.

asthma who were undergoing treatment (30.5% of untreated asthma group vs 23.8% of those receiving treatment). The researchers also noticed an interesting trend in the age of participants. Women above the age of 30 with asthma had an even stronger tendency towards a long waiting time to pregnancy (32.2% women above the age of 30 vs 24.9% of women under the age of 30). However, the overall results of the study showed that women with asthma ultimately gave birth to the same average number of children as women without asthma, as those with asthma tended to have children earlier in life than

those without asthma. “Our results shed light on the complex interactions between fertility and asthma,” said lead author, Dr Elisabeth Juul Gade. “Although we observed women with asthma experiencing longer waiting times to pregnancy, our findings suggest that if women take their medication and control their asthma, they can reduce this delay. “As the negative effect of asthma on fertility is reduced by treatment, we can assume that the systemic inflammation characterized by asthma may account for the effect on delaying fertility,” Gade said. The study was published in the European Respiratory Journal.

In this May 10, 2013 file photo, Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s opium production surged in 2013 to record levels, despite 12 years of international efforts to wean the country off the narcotics trade, according to a report released Wednesday by the UN’s drug control agency. (AP File Photo)




Friday 15 November 2013

The Morung Express

loNe star Vettel aiMs for eight iN a row Alan Baldwin Reuters

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel can shine above all others in the Lone Star State this weekend by becoming the first Formula One driver to chalk up eight successive victories in a single season. The second U.S. Grand Prix held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, is likely to see the 26-year-old German take another of retired compatriot Michael Schumacher's records. Already the youngest quadruple world champion, and first to win his first four titles consecutively, Vettel is on a remarkable roll as he arrives for the penul-

timate race of a dominant year. He won the previous race in Abu Dhabi by a massive margin to equal Schumacher's 2004 run of seven in a row and, with 11 victories to his credit in 2013, is also on course to equal Schumacher's record 13 wins in a season. Vettel has shown no let-up since he won the title in India last month, telling reporters only last week that he was confident the best was yet to come and he was already fully focused on the U.S. Grand Prix. "You should always look forward," he said on his return to the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes, an unremarkable facility on a business park in an unglamorous part of central Eng-

7th Peren district legislator football trophy concludes

pereN, November 14 (Dipr): The 7th Peren District Legislator Football Trophy concluded on November 13 at the Multi-Disciplinary Sports Complex Jalukie Town with Gabeu Rangkau senior citizen, Ex-Chairman of Jalukie Town Council gracing the closing ceremony as the Chief Guest. The Chief Guest in his speech expressed his appreciation to the organizer for taking the initiative to bring the local talent at this higher level. He said that through sports one can make friendship with others and added that players should always maintain good discipline and good health. The programme was chaired by General Secretary PDRA, Heikwetgong while invocation prayer was pronounced by Ch. Akimbo Pastor Liangmai Baptist Church Jalukie Town and a special melody was presented by Aku Reunimswang. The winning team United Sporting Club, Samziuram walked away with cash prize of Rs. 70 thousand along with the trophy while the runners up received a cash of Rs. 35 thousand and trophy.

4th SATball Running Tournament 2013 concludes

land, to thank staff. "We've had many, many great moments, very special moments, but I believe the biggest moment in my life is yet to come. Otherwise it would be quite sad at the age of 26 to look forward and say the greatest moment has been (and gone) and have nothing to look forward to."

SECOND PLACE The championships are won but the battle for second in the constructors' standings, with significant financial sums at stake for every placing in the pecking order, is still being waged with Ferrari chasing Mercedes and worrying about Lotus behind.

Only 11 points separates Mercedes and Ferrari with Lotus 26 behind the Italians. The unexpected absence of 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen from the last two races, for sudden back surgery although the Finn had also complained of not being paid by Lotus, has triggered all kinds of controversy. Ferrari will not have been saddened by their past and future driver's decision to end the championship early, taking away much of Lotus's firepower although his French team mate Romain Grosjean has become an increasingly strong podium contender. Who replaces Raikkonen, who is returning to Ferrari next

season after two years at Lotus, in Austin and Brazil has been a talking point since Sunday. The Finn's compatriot Heiki Kovalainen - a former driver for the Enstone-based team when they were Renault - looking more likely than Lotus's Italian reserve Davide Valsecchi. Mercedes will fancy their chances of a strong weekend, with Britain's Lewis Hamilton triumphant in Texas last year for McLaren and also at Indianapolis in 2007 when the U.S. Grand Prix was held there. Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, loves the country and the tricky circuit. "We're going into the final two races with one aim in mind and that's to finish second (overall).

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40 Bhandari A/C NPF office inaugurated

Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): Office of NPF 40 Bhandari A/C was inaugurated on November 11, 2013 by Y. Patton, Minister for Forest and Border Affairs. A press note issued by Yentsao Kyong, General Secretary NPF 40 Bhandari A/c stated that Patton who is also the Minister I/c of Wokha Division exhorted the party men and women to be loyal and honest to

the party. He also urged the party members to do away with “clanism” politics as “clanism no longer exists in our present society”. The note mentioned that the minister expressed gratitude to Achumbemo Kikon, ex Independent candidate for merging with the NPF party along with his supporters. This, the minister said would strengthen the NPF party in general and Wokha Division in par-

ticular. He also donated Rs. 1 lakh to the party fund. Besides, Achumbemo Kikon, ex minister Dr. Chumben Murry, Pinyimthung Patton Chairman Life Member Cell, Tsumongo Ovung, Vice President NPF central, Ekymo Kikon, Secretary NPF central and also the I/C Wokha Division and Yanthungo Kikon, Secretary NPF central office also attended the inaugural meeting.

Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): Adding colours to the festival Tokhu Emong, the post harvest festival of the Kyong Tribe, the Wokha-based advocacy organization Kyong Youth Initiative hosted its 2nd Youth Carnival at Wokha Town’s main police point on November 6 and 7. A press note issued by Yiben R. Humtsoe, Convener, KYI and Mhonthung J. Ngullie, General Secretary, KYI stated that with much pomp and gaiety, the night carnival saw music lovers glued to the giant screen showing enthralling music videos. The

Barbecue (roasted chicken) prepared by the KYI volunteers was a huge attraction with people joining the long queue to have a bite of it till the last piece of meat was sold out. Families were seen chatting by the side of the bonfire warming their cold hands and enjoying coffees with popcorns. Besides, lots of innovative fun games kept the hearts of young and old cheering, forcing the organizers to extend the scheduled close-down. The note mentioned that in view of the large turnout at the Youth Carnival, which is be-

coming a crowd puller year by year, the Central Executive Committee of the Kyong Youth Initiative envisages to host the event by involving more youth volunteers in years to come. It also hopes to provide a platform for the youths to showcase their creative thoughts and entrepreneurial skills through the event. The Kyong Youth initiative in the note also appreciated the support of the Kyong Hoho, District administration, and especially to the man in uniforms for calmly controlling the mammoth crowd.

KoHima, November 14 (mexN): The Graduate Electrical Engineers Association of Nagaland (GEEAN) and the All Nagaland Unemployed Diploma Electrical Engineers Association (ANUDEEA) held a meeting on November 11 with the Chairman of the recently formed committee to address issues pertaining to the resentment and demands made by the two associations. A press note appended by the Presidents of ANUDEEA and GEEAN stated that during the meeting, it was assured that the committee would forward all the necessary documents to the government in the next two days so as to speed up the court case regarding 12 JE posts kept in abeyance at

Guwahati High Court. According to the press note, the RTI clearly showed that 15 JEs on contract basis and 4 JE posts were lying vacant under the power department, (i.e. a total of 19 JE posts vacant presently). As per the conclusion of the meeting, the committee assured that the 19 JE posts would be advertised this year. And if the court cannot finish up the case of 12 JE posts at the earliest, then the remaining vacant posts (i.e. 7 posts) would be added as addendum to the advertisement, when the court case is closed. It was informed that on November 1, the Chief Engineer (Power) had said that there were six vacant posts of SDOs, but it would be filled up through promotion

from lower grade (i.e. those serving as JEs). As such, the ANUDEEA and the GEEAN reminded that if 6 posts of SDOs were filled up through promotion, then there would be 6 posts of JEs vacant. The total vacant posts for JEs in the department will be 25, stated the note. It also informed that the department has some vacant posts for System Analysts and JE, which are to be filled by Electronics and Commu- Students and staff of Covenant Institute of Theology & Mission, Burma Camp Dimapur along nication Engineers and Civil with the principal Yanger Imchen, during their spirit rejuvenating mission trip at Lakhijan Engineers. It therefore stated Baptist Church, Karbi Anglong on November 3. that a minimum of 19 posts of JE and SDO posts (if not filled through promotion) or a minimum of 25 posts of JE (if 6 SDO posts are filled through promotion) should be advertised along with those vacant posts of System Analyst and JE (Civil).

LoNgLeNg, November 14 (Dipr): Sheyong Bridge Longleng between Aboi Road and Shesha Bridge Longleng-Yongnyah via Yongam Nian road under PWD (R&B) Longleng Division was inaugurated by Minister for PWD (R&B), Kuzholuzo Nienu in the presence of Parliamentary Secretary for Land Resources Development, B.S. Nganlang Phom on November 11. Nuklu Phom, Executive Secretary PBCA Longleng, pronounced dedicatory prayer. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest Kuzholuzo said that Sheyong

Bridge is very important bridge because it connects Longleng with Aboi, ADC HQ under Mon district and Shesha Bridge connects with Longleng Yongnyah HQ via Yongam village and Nian village. He also said “road is father of all development,” without road and communication no development is possible. He thanked the people of Yongam and Nian village for full co-operation to the builders and the department. He also congratulated S. Mohan Singh's company for completion of 2(two) bridges within short time.

Short speech were delivered by Nganlang, Parliamentary Secretary, Land United Sangtam Baptist Pastor’s Union members and others seen during the Holy Land Tour Resource and Leisha Presi- from November 1 to 10. Fourteen Sangtam pastors and five others undertook the trip with dent Phom people council. the support of Er. T. Sao Sangtam and his family. Special songs were presented by Yongam village youth and Nian village youth. Chief Engineer PWD (R&B), Er D. Mero presented the technical report. Er Talitemsu Ao, SE PWD(R&B) Tuensang, chaired the function. Vote of thanks was proposed by Er Akhato Sema, EE PWD(R&B) Longleng. The function was attended by MLA Eshak Konyak and high ranking officers and general public.

KoHima, November 14 (mexN): The Poumai Students’ Union (PSU) Dimapur held its annual get together cum career counseling at Poumai Baptist Church, 5th mile Dimapur on November 9 with S Putukho Batao, Ex-President of Poumai Hoho Dimapur as the Chief Guest. Batao in his address threw light on the “challenges of education and student leadership in this present scenario of morally down trend and irresponsibility of the senior leaders”. He urged the students to walk extra miles in their

studies to have quality education and be a strong pillar and backbone of “our broken society in this current situation of lawlessness and corruptions.” He advised the students’ community to work hard and face competitive exams and also to choose their career wisely and later stick to it. Batao reminded the students that without determinations, dreams and visions will land nowhere in the later part of their lives. He encouraged the students’ community to aim high and focus with the right approach. He also highlighted

the different facilities provided by the government for the students. The chief guest also appealed for the parents and senior citizens to support wholeheartedly for the cause of the students’ welfare. The guest of honour, SBI Branch Manager, Hrailu Duh Poumai, Ayu Paul SBI Manager and C. Dai Pao publicity secretary Naga Hoho also spoke during the session. The programme was compered by J. Shengo Veymai and Kitha. Special songs were presented by students of Patkai Christian College and Toulazouma.

Youth Carnival held with pomp & gaiety at Wokha

Meeting held on vacant posts in power dept

FC Frontiers, who won the 4th SATball Running Tournament 2013.

Dimapur, November 14 (mexN): FC Frontiers was declared Champion today through three goals against Black Hornets A with two goals in the finals by a penalty shootout as the 4th SATball Tourney 2013 ended. Guest of Honor, Senior Engineer, Er. Shanyu Phom exhorted the efforts by Nagaland SATball Association for developing indigenous sport in Nagaland. The programe concluded with a benediction by Youth Department, Yimchungru Baptist Church, Dimapur, Vice President, Athrong and vote of thanks by Emporia Sporting Club, Dimapur, Hanjikhiung. The Tourney was organized by Emporia Sporting Club, Dimapur and supported by Nagaland SATball Association.

Pacquiao could consider retirement after Rios bout

baNgKoK, November 14 (ap): Manny Pacquiao's trainer says the Filipino boxer will contemplate retirement if he fails to perform well against Brandon Rios this month. Freddie Roach said if the Rios fight "does not go well, we will seriously talk about his retirement," but that Pacquiao was training as well as ever for the Nov. 24 bout in Macau. Pacquiao is coming off successive defeats against Timothy Bradley in a muchcriticized judges' decision, and then a knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez. A third successive defeat would put his career at the crossroads, and while Roach said performance levels were more important than results, he acknowledged serious thought would have to be given to the future of "Pacman" if he does not return to his best in Macau. Pacquiao is juggling his boxing career with responsibilities as a Philippines congressman and other outside interests, and defeat could see him turn his attentions fully to his commitments outside the ring. "If it does not go well, we will seriously talk about his retirement and possibly going to politics," Roach said in a teleconference on Wednesday. "It's really hard to say until we see the

fight, but I will be the first one to tell him to retire, and we have an agreement that as soon as I tell him that, he will retire." However Roach said "I don't see him slipping in the ring at all." The duo have been preparing in the southern city of General Santos City, which was not affected by the typhoon that hit the east coast of the Philippines last Friday. Roach said General Santos City remained hot and sunny as Typhoon Haiyan devastated more northern parts of the country, killing thousands and leaving more than half a million people homeless. His status as a national hero in the Philippines meant Pacquiao considered leaving the training camp to help relief efforts, but Roach said it was too close to the fight to alter preparations. "It's way too close to the fight, he needs to double down," Roach said, although he granted his fighter much of Wednesday off, giving him the chance to help out remotely. The brutal nature of the Marquez knockout, when Pacquiao fell face first to the canvas, raised questions about whether he could maintain the allaction, on-rushing style which propelled him to the top of boxing.

Sebastian Vettel. (AP Photo)

Nagaland Governor Dr Ashwami Kumar unveiling the AIR Golden Jubilee monolith in the presence of Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharati, Tawhar Sicar and others at AIR, Kohima on November 7. (DIPR Photo)

Alder College conducted a one-day seminar on Career Coaching and Personality Development in collaboration with YouthNet on October, 19, 2013 at Dr. Setu Memorial Hall. The resource person was Lezo Putsure, Strategist at YouthNet. A total of 154 BA final year students attended the seminar. The sessions incorporated topics like Facing Interviews, Confidence Building, Grooming, Social Etiquettes, Writing a CV among others, including a SWAT analysis.

Sheyong Bridge connecting Longleng & Aboi inaugurated

PSU annual get-together cum career counseling held

Season of ‘I Dos’: Wedding banners are seen splashed at a busy intersection in the commercial hub Dimapur. Most weddings in Nagaland take place during winter season, especially in the month of November. Every Naga family is inundated with numerous wedding invitations during this season, entailing to a separate “wedding budget”. (Photo by Ashikho Pfuzhe)

The Department of Soil and Water Conservation in collaboration with ATMA Dimapur District conducted an awareness campaign on “Water Conservation” at Nuiland Block on November 12. Dissemination of technology through literature on “Year of Water Conservation 2013” was also distributed.


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‘ I Hated Hongsangla is crowned Carey 'hated' Miss Tuensang 2013 Mariah being on 'American Idol' and has confessed it was like 'going to work every H day in hell with Satan' ongsangla was declared winner of Miss Tuensang & Miss Congeniality of the Miss Tuensang Beauty Pageant organised by Tuensang Hills Accolade Society (THAS) on November 12 The other winners were Moasenla: Miss Tuensang 1st Runners Up; Sonyasonla: Miss Tuensang 2nd Runners Up; Mary. P: Miss Photogenic; Aly: Miss Beautiful Skin; Tsurila Yim: Miss Beautiful Skin. The THAS officials has acknowledged the District Administration lead by Mhabemo DC Tuensang, Official sponsors’ for grooming and Make-up artist “Kings & Queens” Parlour Kohima,. Nungdang Jamir, official choreographer, Morung Express & Nagaland Post as official Media Partners, SBI Main Branch Tuensang, Bread Basket Bakery, BSNL (Tronger Enterprise , Wacky Collection ,Pooja Books & Stationaries and all the well wishers for your necessary contribution.


he 'Art of Letting Go' hitmaker, who served on the show's judging panel for one season that ended six months ago, alongside Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban, has confessed it was like ''going to work every day in hell with Satan.'' The 43-year-old star told Angie Martinez during an interview on New York City radio station Hot 97 on Tuesday : ''Honestly, I hated it. Here's what it was. I was the first person who signed on...I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice...monetary moment, and I was just like, 'Okay, Randy Jackson will be there; I've known him forever. He used to play bass for me. Like, this isn't a big deal. This will be nothing.''' The singer, who

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frequently spoke about her issues with rapper Nicki in the past, added: ''But it wasn't that. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.'' Mariah, who previously revealed her husband, Nick Cannon, convinced her to join the show, also accused producers of the Fox series of not putting contestants through for ''political reasons.'' She said: ''You know what I loved? I loved the contestants. And some of them that were so good -- and also really good people, you could tell -- it was disappointing when [the judges] would, for political reasons, not put people through.'' Mariah is gearing up to release her new album early next year. She said: ''I'm thinking February ... because I like the Valentine's Day things, especially the love songs.''


he latest scandal to emerge Justin Bieber has outraged many Argentines from the 19-year-old's wild after he disrespected their national flag. haCh PATTON tour through Buenos Aires

And according to the representative, the flag in question was actually an item of clothing. was sparked by videos show- They added: 'It was T-shirt with ing him kicking a banner for the Argentine flag printed on it It’s country magical, powerful and awesome. Na- Justin didn't realise the item the off the stage dur- and gas and their love for music are but a taping a performance on Satur- sported the national symbol.' An estry. It is inherent to both the old and day way the young fan commented on a the night. young. The It is inexplicably intense. Argentine I still remember onethe fineflag morning the guitar man treated demonYouTube video of the incident: 'I maestro, to Renmany Merry Argentines telling his musichope stu- he never comes back to my strated dents at Patkai Christian College about the that he has no respect for his country after this. So disrespectNagas love for music and its prospects. fansInor country. ful.' histhe words. “I find that Nagas are in-And another commenter exVideos pressed their outrage: 'Oh my! credibly talented in whatever theyfrom do. ButSaturday as of now I can assure you that, if we are to complete withshow the resthow of the world. night's concert How disgusting. He's an ignorant Its’ through our music”. That reacted was circa 1994. Almost years and shouldn't do that in front Bieber when fans20 brat down the line he has not been proven wrong. tossed two Argentine flags of his loyal fans.' Naga musician have taken their passion for music all the stage. Most musiacross the world and onto have made great impressions. Some men-Bieber's manager Scooter ciansthe onindomitable world tours usually Braun tweeted that Bieber will be tion can be made about spirit of the Abiogenesis, Divine Connection, Alobo Meruno, Nagahold up theNaga, flags Neise in appreciback to Argentina. He might want land Chamber Choir and theto new teenage Polar ation their fanssensation - but notthe to think carefully on that: InsultLights. Talk about Goa and Jamaica and you think of music and Bieber. The videos show ing Argentina's flag is a crime good times. So, Naga ‘musicos’. You have taken Nagaland to him treating the flags like punishable by up to four years in the world. Now, it is about time you bring the world to Nagarags, using hisfor shoes prison. But it is just the latest in land and let them feeldirty our love and passion good music. Nagaland here we come. Tis the land music and festivities. and then a ofmicrophone a string of bizarre incidents from stand to sweep them off his whirlwind world tour, which the stage. has included, according to TMZ, But a representative the star whipping his fans into a for the young star in- frenzy on Saturday night resulting sists the incident was a in Justin being 'kicked out' of his 'misunderstanding'. The hotel in Argentina. spokesperson told TMZ: Although, the most significant 'He would never, ever event of his South American tour desecrate a flag. The saw the teen idol trying to sneak whole thing is a giant out of a brothel in Brazil. He then misunderstanding. Fe- ran into trouble after spraying male fans were throw- graffiti on a wall inTOP: the same counBallet Students of hCe performing during the annual event. ing bras and t-shirts on try. And to top it off Bieber was BOTTOM: hope Centre of excellence Symphony Orchestra performing during stage, and Justin was also filmed sleeping by Brazilian the merely trying to brush woman Tati Neves, who recently school annual Event. It is one of the first Orchestra in Nagaland. them off the stage so he spoke out aboutPhOTOGRaPhS her night with By BeTOKA SWu wouldn't step on them.' the star.




Lady Gaga named Avril hopes to release her wedding song Versace's new face S

Gaga has been roped in by fashion brand Lady Versace as the face of their spring campaign after reportedly being involved in the brand’s photo

shoot. The 27-year-old, who wore vintage dresses from the Italian fashion house for “the edge of glory” music video, had even penned a love letter to the company’s head Donatella Versace, in the form of a song in her latest album ‘ARTPOP’.

inger Avril Lavigne and recorded it together wants to release her later on in our relationship. duet with husband, mu- 'Let me go' was the first sician-producer Chad song we wrote together and Kroeger, that was played at we weren't even together their wedding. at that stage, so our love The couple danced on song was our first song at "If I said I loved you" at their the wedding and one day nuptials in July and Lavigne I'd like to release it, but our wants her fans to hear it too, family all got to hear it so it reports was kind of nice," she said. The 29-year-old also reThe singer also admitwas born with inside me... relacordedi another duet withMusic ted that her working a called young boy eight months Kroeger "Let meof go" tionship withplaying Kroeger has for herwith latesthis self-titled al- changed since their marinstruments. bum. PhOTO By - VeVOZO riage.VeRO "When we first got to"Chad and I wrote that gether and we were record-

ing, because he's a singer, I actually really liked that as him being my producer. So when he was recording my vocals, we spoke the same language, so he pushed me to do different takes, give different attitudes or whatever and just try more. "Now, I'm like, 'No. Just two more takes, babe. Two more takes and I'm done.' It's more comfortable now, but it's nice because we get to work together and spend Taylor Swift wears a Union flag-print mini-dress and tiny top hat as she takes to the more time together," LaviPhOTOGRaPhS By MiReuyi HeRie catwalk to perform at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York Wednesday. gne said.

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Sachin on course for fairytale farewell Sachin Tendulkar takes India to 157/2 at stumps on Day 1 of second Test

MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 14 (IANS): India's batting great Sachin Tendulkar Thursday kept alive hopes of a big farewell knock with an unfinished 38 on the first day of the second cricket Test against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium here. Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara (34 not out) strung an unbeaten 80-run partnership for the third wicket to take India to 157 for two at stumps after Pragyan Ojha (5/40) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/45) justified their captain's decision to put West Indies in to bat by dismissing them for 182 in the first innings in 55.2 overs in less than two sessions. A double strike by spinSara Tendulkar walks with mom Anjali Tendulkar. ner Shane Shillingford to dismiss openers Shikhar Dhawan (33) and Murali Vijay (43) had left the hosts at 77 for two before Tendulkar and Pujara resurrected the innings. Dhawan was the aggressive of the two and went after the West Indies bowling hitting seven fours in his 28-ball knock. Murali followed him soon. Both fell to off-spinner Shillingford (2/46)in the space of two balls. Never before has the fall of Indian wickets been cheered so wildly Sachin Tendulkar's mother, Rajni Tendulkar, during his 200th test match againg West Indies by the fans at home. The at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. (PTI photo) crowd was getting impa-

BCCI chief N Srinivasan, Union ministers Sharad Pawar, Kapil Sibbal and Milind Deora release the postal stamp honouring Sachin Tendulkar on his last Test at Wankhede.

tient to see Tendulkar. It was exactly at 3.30 p.m. when the master blaster walked down the stairs of the dressing room. The master had his customary look at the sky and he got a standing ovation from the 25,000 working day Wankhede crowd. The West Indies team stood in a guard of honour as the giant screen displayed the images of the cricketing legend's childhood. What followed was pure entertainment for the fans as Tendulkar was in

sublime touch. Every run he took, every boundary he struck, was wildly cheered by the fans and these strokes will remain etched in their memory for ever. The 40-year-old brought the high-flying Shillingford to ground with two superbly timed fours in the 18th over, the first past point and the next past mid-off. In the next over, he struck pacer Shannon Gabriel through the covers for his third four. For the puritans it was sheer delight. The crowd went eu-

Saina, Kashyap crash Wroten's triple-double leads 76ers over Rockets out of China Open

SHANGHAI, NOVEMBER 14 (PTI): Indian shuttlers endured a disappointing day at the China Open Super Series Premier with star player Saina Nehwal going down in the women's singles second round while Parupalli Kashyap crashed out of the men's singles competition on Thursday. While Saina lost 21-16, 15-21, 17-21 to unseeded Sun Yu of China, Arundhati Pantawane was defeated 13-21, 10-21 by third seed Wang Yihan, also of China. Kashyap was defeated 1121, 12-21 by Kento Momota of Japan. Saina, who was hoping to win her first trophy of the season, started off well, coming back from an early 4-1 deficit to domi-

nate the opening game. But it was a completely different story in the second game as Sun opened up a 3-0 lead right at the start and maintained the advantage right till the end to even up the score. The third and final game was an exciting affair with both players going all out. Sania put up good a fight, winning three consecutive games to draw level at 8-8 before the Chinese came up with an incredible seven point streak to lead 15-8. The Hyderabad girl was in no mood to go down without a fight and she produced a seven-point streak of her own to draw level yet again at 15-15. However, Sun had the last laugh, taking four points on the trot towards the end to wrap up the match.

PHILADELPHIA, NOVEMBER 14 (AP): Tony Wroten's first career start resulted in the first tripledouble of his life. Wroten had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, James Anderson scored a careerhigh 36 points and Spencer Hawes made the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left in overtime to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Houston Rockets 123-117 Wednesday night. Subbing for injured rookie Michael CarterWilliams, who didn't play because of a bruised left arch, Wroten made a strong case for more playing time. "First time for everything," he said. "I never had a triple-double at any level, not middle school, high school, anywhere." Jeremy Lin scored 34 points for Houston, making a career-best nine 3-pointers that tied a franchise record. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons added 22 points. Lin started for James Harden, who was out of Houston's lineup because of a bruised left foot. "It was my worst defensive game of the season," Lin said. "Tomorrow has to be my best defensive game of the season." Two days after the Sixers were blown out

2nd annual Hornbill cycle rally


DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 14 (MExN): Big Bazaar, the flagship hypermarket retail chain of Future Group, has confirmed to be the Festival Patron for the 2nd Annual Hornbill Cycle Rally to be held on December 8 in Kohima. The Hornbill Cycle Rally is an adventure sport aimed to promote tourism and introduce cycling as a professional sport in Nagaland. With this year’s theme ‘See Green See Life - Save the Hornbills’ it will also create awareness and draw attention to the importance of environmental conservation, a healthy lifestyle and energy conservation. The Hornbill Cycle Rally will be flagged off at 8 am from Kisama Heritage Village. Manish Agarwal, Big Bazaar Business Head – East India stated, “It gives us immense pleasure to be associated with the Hornbill Festival 2013, to be on the theme ‘See Green, See Life – Save the Hornbill.’ We are thankful to the Nagaland Government and Alaphra Group for letting us come onboard and join our hands with the people of Nagaland in celebrating this festival. We are proud to be a part of this traditional and cultural heritage of the State and wish the people of Nagaland as well as all from

phoric as Tendulkar drove down West Indies skipper Darren Sammy for a four through mid-on, that also brought up 150 for India. As he walked off the ground, Tendulkar raised the bat to acknowledge applause all round. Earlier, Ojha and Ashwin proved too good for the West Indian batsmen on a pitch that offered sharp turn and bounce. An early tea was taken when Ojha had Gabriel caught behind for the sixth five-wicket haul of his career. The West

Indies, who went for lunch at 93 for two, lost their eight wickets for a mere 89 runs. The crowd, which looked disappointed when Mahendra Singh Dhoni opted to field, had plenty to cheer about in the afternoon session when Ojha and Ashwin made sure that Tendulkar could get to bat on the first day. Kieran Powell (48) was caught at short leg off Ojha minutes after the break and the rest of the West Indies batsmen failed to put up any fight, though all their mainline batsmen got good starts. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, playing his 150th Test, departed after making 25 off 34 balls. The Windies great was off the mark with a six but his stay ended after he edged one off Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the second slip. Sammy came in with his team reeling at 162 for six. He went for a big heave at the second ball he faced and ended up in a regulation catch for Rohit Sharma. It was Ashwin's 100th Test wicket, making him the fastest in this category in postwar Test cricket. It was hard to see Windies falling like a pack of cards after a decent morning session when Powell and Bravo battled it out with aggression and determination.

Philadelphia 76ers' Tony Wroten (8) leaps for a rebound with teammate Michael CarterWilliams and Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack, left, and Anderson Varejao, right, of Brazil, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 94-79. (AP Photo)

by San Antonio in coach Brett Brown's first game against his former team, they beat general manager Sam Hinkie's former club. Hinkie spent the last eight years in Houston and was the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Rockets before coming to Philadelphia. The Sixers are off to a surprising 5-4 start that includes wins over Miami and Chicago. They've been far more competitive than expected. Oddsmakers

predicted fewer than 17 wins. "I'm proud of their competitive spirit," Brown said. "We have no right to have an inherent chemistry or camaraderie. We were thrown together in a few months. But the group trusts each other and enjoys playing together. They have resolve and a fighting spirit." The Rockets missed 10 straight shots from late in the fourth quarter into overtime before Howard's basket plus free throw tied

it with 2:21 left in overtime. After Lin hit a 3 for a 112111 lead, Thaddeus Young made two free throws. Howard answered with a bucket, but Hawes put in Evan Turner's miss to give the Sixers the lead for good. Young stripped Howard at the other end and Turner made two free throws to extend the lead to 117-114. Francisco Garcia then missed a 3. After Anderson made two free throws, Lin made his last 3 to get the Rockets within two.

the Seven Sister States the very best.” Speaking on the occasion, Ricky Ozukum, Managing Director, Alaphra Group stated – “We are very thankful to Future Group (Big Bazaar) for their participation in this Go Green initiative as the Festival Patron for the Hornbill Cycle Rally and happy to see that Corporate’s taking such keen interest in helping to create awareness for saving the environment.” Hornbill Cycle Rally is being organized by Alaphra Tourism, travel and tourism division of Alaphra Group, based in Dimapur. This rally is endorsed and sponsored by Department of Tourism and supported by the Department of New and Renewable Energy. For registration, interested persons can contact +91 3862 248890 / +91 80140573003. Registration forms can be also be downloaded from or can be collected from Little Village Cycle Shop, Dimapur or Directorate of Tourism, Kohima. Signed forms can be scanned and sent to info@alaphragroup. com . There will be no registration charges. The last date for submission of forms is November 25.

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