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The Morung Express

Dimapur VOL. IX ISSUE 164

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 12 pages Rs. 4

We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity Yashwant Sinha’s judicial remand extended till June 28 [ PAGE 8]

‘We have been pushed into total poverty’

Preity Zinta’s tiff with Ness Wadia reveals her daring side

Thai junta’s goal: Democracy on their terms [ PAGE 9]

ThIMPhU, JUne 16 (IAnS): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, affirming that a “strong” and “prosperous” India stood to benefit its subcontinental neighbours, Monday assured Bhutan that his regime would fulfil all commitments made by its preI`m worried, Doctor, Suddecessor and announced denly his sleeping pattern major trade concessions has gone all wrong. for the landlocked nation. Wrapping up his twoday official visit to Bhutan, his first abroad after he assumed office last month, Modi stressed the need for forging closer bilateral ties in tourism, hydropower and proposed an annual hill sports festival involving India’s northeastern states alongside Bhutan and Nepal. In a joint statement issued at the end of the visit, Bhutan agreed with India “not to allow each other’s territory to be used for interests inimical to the other”. Addressing a joint session of Bhutan’s parliament, Modi, who arrived here Sunday, said if India progresses, it will directly impact the Germany’s Mats Hummels, right, scores his sides second goal during the group G World development of its neighCup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, bours. “Stability and develBrazil, Monday, June 16. (AP Photo)

DCCI demands punishment


DIMAPUR, JUne 16 (Mexn): The Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) today demanded that exemplary punishment be given to those involved in the killing of businessman Santosh Chetri in Dimapur. A press note from the DCCI cautioned the business community against rivalry and killings among the businessmen. It further lauded the “tireless efforts” of the Special Operations Team (SOT) under the Superintendent of Police Dimapur in apprehending the two accused involved in the murder. “This reflects the sincerity of the Police in tackling the crimes,” it said. The DCCI expressed condolences over the death of Unarmed Branch Constable (UBC) Thiubuibo Zeliang, who lost his life in the line of duty. It further appreciated the Nagaland government for assuring a job to the next of kin of the deceased.

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By Sandemo Ngullie

DIMAPUR, JUne 16 (nnn): The 29th Assam Rifles, in two separate operations on June 12, apprehended three arms peddlers from Dimapur. The 29 AR launched an operation in Burma Camp, Dimapur and nabbed two arms peddlers. The two were caught in possession of one .22 pistol with a magazine. According to the PRO-IGAR (North), the individuals were identified as Semato Aye (32), and Rolex Ayemi (25). The apprehended individuals along with the recovered items were handed over to East Police Station, Dimapur. In a separate operation, the 29 Assam Rifles apprehended another arms peddler along with one 7.65 pistol and two magazines from the 4 Mile Road Junction, Dimapur. The individual was identified as Tahar Ali (30).

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AR apprehends 3 arms peddler


Modi says “Terrorism divides and tourism unites”

opment in India will help neighbours like Bhutan,” he said during a rousing speech which he delivered extempore in Hindi. Modi’s speech, which touched on a wide range of issues concerning South Asia and India-Bhutan relations, was heard in rapt attention by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, his orange robed ministerial colleagues and other MPS who wore blue robes. Such was the impact of the address that the gathering broke into spontaneous applause in a nation where clapping is viewed - and resorted to - as the gesture to ward off evil spirits. Modi said a change of government in India would not have any impact on the close ties between the two neighbours, and affirmed his regime would fulfil all commitments made by the UPA regime. In a bid to further improve the ties, India announced its decision to ex-

empt Bhutan from any ban or quantitative restrictions on exports of items like milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and non-basmati rice. “Terrorism divides and tourism unites,” Modi said, and suggested the two countries formulate a joint policy for a tourism circuit by tapping Bhutan’s rich resources and India’s capabilities. He assured Bhutan of India’s support in its development, saying: “If you walk two steps ahead, we too feel like walking another step forward and supporting you.” He said that India wanted to take forward its hydropower cooperation with the Himalayan country in a major way and also equip its youth with technology to be able to match strides with others in the world. Modi announced doubling of the Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship to Rs.20 million per year. India will also provide grant assistance for establishment

of the digital section/ Elibrary in the National Library of Bhutan and in all 20 districts of Bhutan. Modi said Indian states in the northeast had similar tastes and habits like the two Himalayan countries Nepal and Bhutan. “Why can’t we hold a special hills festival? We can hold an annual sports meet. Through sports, we can connect the people. Sports brings sportsman’s spirit, which contributes to happiness,” he said, and asked the Indian states, as also Bhutan, to think over the proposal. Modi was given a warm send off by Tobgay and a number of his cabinet colleagues at the Paro airport. In scenes similar to Sunday, when he arrived in Bhutan, common people, including a large number of children, lined up a major part of the Thimphu-Paro route waving Indian and Bhutanese flags. Moved by the gesture, Modi halted at two spots and interacted with the children and talked to Bhutanese people at a throbbing market and posed for photos. Related news on page 8

‘We can make 3 NCP legislators merge with BJP a difference’ Our Correspondent Kohima | June 16

new DelhI, JUne 16 (IAnS): Having been elected in their largest number his time, women MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha feel they will make a difference, ensuring issues concerning them get more prominence and bills like the one for women’s quota in legislative bodies see forward movement. The current Lok Sabha has 62 women members - most of them first-timers - in a lower house of 543 MPs, still far less than the one-third figure that has been the stated aim. It is also the highest in the lower house since independence, beating the 58 in the previous Lok Sabha. The Narendra Modi-led government also has a healthy representation of women ministers at seven while Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is the second woman to occupy the post, succeeding Meira Kumar. IANS spoke to many women MPs in the parliament session that ended June 11 on how they would make their voice heard and the changes they would like to see. “I think now that the largest number of women have been elected, issues concerning women would get more prominence,” Renuka Sinha, Trinamool Congress MP from Coochbehar in West Bengal, told IANS. “I am sure more women MPs means more such issues like crime against women are raised in parliament,” she said. Her party colleague from Bardhaman-Durgapur (West Bengal), Mamtaz Sanghamitra, said: “Not only are there more women in parliament this time but all the major opposition parties like the Trinamool Congress, AIADMK and Congress are headed by women. This should augur well for issues concerning women.” West Bengal incidentally has sent the largest number of women MPs (12) to the Lok Sabha this time. “The passage of the women’s reservation bill also seems possible with such huge support,” Sanghamitra, a doctor by profession, told IANS. Agreeing with her party MPs, actor and glamour queen Moon Moon Sen, who was elected from Bankura in West Bengal, said the

future seems bright for the women’s bill as not only MPs but also many chief ministers are women. “I am sure we will be able to make a difference,” said Sen, daughter of yesteryear actress Suchitra Sen and mother of actresses Riya and Raima Sen. The women’s reservation bill, seeking to provide 33 percent reservation to women in parliament and state legislatures, was passed by the Rajya Sabha but blocked in the Lok Sabha during the UPA’s tenure. It lapsed with the 15th Lok Sabha holding its last sitting ahead of the April-May general elections. If cleared, the bill would have set aside 390 and 2,060 seats in parliament and the state assemblies respectively for women in this election. The bill, first introduced in 1996, could not make headway in the Lok Sabha because of opposition from parties like the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal which demanded a sub-quota for scheduled castes/scheduled tribes and other backward classes within the women’s quota. The support for the women’s bill, however, seemed to be completely party-based with many women MPs asserting that they would go by their respective party diktat. Riti Pathak, a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Sidhi in Madhya Pradesh, feels though issues related to women might get more prominence, the women’s reservation bill was a different issue as women MPs would generally toe the party line. “This is an entirely new house. There will be many things which will be different. We have to wait and see on the women’s bill. But I am hopeful things will be better,” she said. Anupriya Patel, Apna Dal MP from Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh, told IANS: “The reservation bill is a different ball game altogether. I for one would demand a sub-quota within the women’s quota.” She also felt that though the number of women MPs had increased, it was only a marginal improvement. “At least half of the strength should be of women. But this is a good start.”

In a major political development, three out of the four Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators in Nagaland state today merged with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A letter, informing of the decision, was submitted to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Speaker Chotisuh Sazo under form C-3 under Para 4 (1) of the Tenth scheduled read with rule 8. The NCP leaders who have merged with the BJP include included Imtilemba Sangtam, Dr. TM Lotha and Mmhonlumo Kikon. The decision was arrived at during an emergency joint meeting of NCP legislators and state office bearers, along with the presidents of all frontal organizations and district

presidents, held in Dimapur today. It was unanimously resolved that the NCP Nagaland would merge with the BJP enblock with immediate effect. “That all will work together unitedly in the BJP in order to strengthen the BJP party in the state and also to strengthen the hands of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India,” a copy of the NCP Nagaland state resolution received here stated. Meanwhile, BJP Nagaland unit, in its meeting held at Dimapur today, stated that the party “wholeheartedly accepts the merger of the present NCP legislators of the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly along with their Imtilemba Sangtam, Dr. TM Lotha and Mmhonlumo Kikon with BJP, Naga- supporters into the BJP land unit president Dr. M. Chuba during a press conference in Kohima on unit fold with immediate effect.” June 16. (Morung Photo)

Becoming president is up to the people: Suu Kyi

Nepalese people welcome Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi upon arrival at Sigal Monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, June 16. (AP Photo)

KATMAnDU, JUne 16 (AP): Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said it is up to the will of the people of her country if she becomes their president, reacting Monday to a vote against changing a constitutional clause that bars her from the office. “Whether or not I become the president in the future depends on the will of the peo-

ple, their will with regard to amending the constitution and their will with regard to whom they wish to choose as a president,” she said at the end of a four-day visit to Nepal. The Myanmar Constitution bars anyone whose spouse or children are loyal to foreign countries from becoming president or vice president. Suu Kyi’s late husband and her two

sons are British citizens. A parliamentary committee voted last week against changing the charter. If the recommendation is endorsed by the full parliament, it is likely to have a significant impact on the next general election in 2015. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party is expected to mount a strong challenge, with a good possibility of winning, but without Suu Kyi as a prospective president, its support may flag. In 1990 elections, she led the party to a landslide victory but the military did not allow it to govern. The NLD boycotted the next general election in 2010 but became the leading opposition party after parliamentary by-elections in 2012. Suu Kyi said she is seeking to amend the constitution to make it possible for a majority in the legislature to change the constitution. “The main clause in the constitution which we want changed is the amendment clause itself which gives the

military a practical right to veto over amendments,” she said. “So we want to change it to make it possible for the majority of elected members of the legislature to change whichever part of the constitution they should think is necessary.” The 2008 constitution was drawn up by the previous military regime to ensure its continuing influence in government. It gives the military a mandatory 25 percent of parliamentary seats, handing it veto power over any change in the constitution, which requires greater than 75 percent approval, followed by a nationwide referendum. “I do believe the constitution was written with me in mind. But I think this is of course unacceptable democratically speaking that one person should be targeted by any particular constitution,” she said. While in Nepal, Suu Kyi met top political leaders and visited Lumbini in southern Nepal where Buddha was born.







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‘We have been pushed into total poverty’ Connectivity, healthcare, education, food—still missing from Rengma villages of Assam Morung Express News Karbi Anglong | June 16



or 51 years of his life, Kejilo Rengma (75) has collected tax from the people inhabiting the Naga Rengma Mouza (Dekrong and Kalia), now part of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council, and delivered it to the Government of Assam. Kejilo was selected from Rechangari village to be the Mouzadar, or revenue collector, for this British-created (1848) administrative zone in 1963. Yet, the land revenue he submits to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council’s (KAAC) Revenue Officer, he believes, has brought little benefit to the people of the area while allying it to a welfare State, giving the State all benefits of land holding. People here live in thick forests without old trees, cut down by timber merchants. Broken bamboo lies everywhere, extracted previously without the consent of the people. Steep roads replicate elephant mud bath units (made first by timber merchants); some roads belong in an African Safari with tall grass tickling the vehicle’s bottom, less thought of than most reserve forests in India. Small solar units light up small lights. Small insects bite continually leaving big gashes—in tropical summers, you have to wear socks to protect yourself and it’s still not enough. Forest mosquitoes make malaria a commoner. No mobile phone network, no electricity lines, no health care centre, no proper schools. Since December last year, even food has been missing for the Rengma Nagas of the area.

only by April 2 from the relief camps,” says Khankule Rengma (48) from Phancherop village, whose family, along with families from surrounding Rengma villages, fled to relief camps in Silonijan following an attack by, reportedly, a hundreds-strong mob of Karbi militants and villagers. The first batch of Rengma people returned home on March 20, the second on March 27, with the rest coming in slowly, scared to return home. “There was nothing left here—our food grain, cattle, chicken, goats, pigs— everything was gone by the time we came back from the relief camps. August 15 is the last day to transplant paddy but we have no seeds left. The Government has stopped supplying us ration, and only 53 bags of rice given to us by the Council of Rengma Baptist Churches (CRBC) remain—I don’t know what we will do without food,” explains Khankule in a hurry, lest she miss a point. The people of the area are now relying on jhum cultivation for food, seeds for which they “somehow” gathered and distributed equally among the families. “We have been pushed into total poverty,” she sighs. Leaders from the Rengma Naga Students’ Union (RNSU), Assam, visited the violence-affected families last week, bringing some peace to the latter’s mind. No other civil society leaders from Karbi Anglong have visited the violenceaffected families yet. While mild benefits have trickled down from Nagaland, even the Government of Assam’s assistance has remained short term and marginal.


NNC/FGN elects Vice President

DimaPuR, June 16 (mexn): An emergency joint meeting of the NNC/FGN was convened at Yoruba on June 10 attended by the Midan Peyus, Regional Presidents of the NNC, Central Executive Members, Naga Army Representatives and the Council of Kilonsers of FGN. The house unanimously elected Eno. T. S. Keyho was unanimously as the Vice President till the next General Session of the NNC which is long overdue, also affecting the normal activities of the NNC. He shall be responsible to organise the regional establishment of the NNC whenever required and call the General Session after completing and organising the establishment responsibilities. This was informed in a press release issued by Ghuvishe Zhimo, Secretary, Ministry of Rali Wali, FGN.

Power dept appeals to use CFL lighting to avoid overloading and frequent breakdown of transformer


DimaPuR, June 16 (mexn): The transformer at Imkonglenden Village was damaged on June 6 due to overload because of non-availability of higher capacity, the same capacity transformer was replaced. The Department requested the Village Council to take precautionary measure to avoid breakdown of the transformer by checking hooking and unauthorized use of electricity, discouraging the use of incandescent bulb and instead to use CFL. The Village Council and VEMB ceased 240 incandescent bulbs and reported the matter to the

mother. 60 of these children from the area have gone missing from the relief camps, taken by families from Nagaland to “provide education.” Only 20 of the 93 pre-conflict (December) enrolled students remain at the local Bepari Government Lower Primary School, established in 1947, continuing to be a small concrete block, classes separated by bamboo mats, one long bench per class, one small blackboard each. Rest of such basic schools in the villages are currently occupied by security forces. “The parents were helpless and scared for the future of the children so they let them be taken by the Nagaland families—we cannot continue to watch our children die here,” says Khankule, with hope that the children will be brought back when the “situation normalizes.”

dren from the Rengma Naga villages of Assam have been dying of malaria, typhoid, measles and diarrhea. There are no doctors. The nearest dispensary is in Silonijan, more than 30 km of muddy slippery non-roads, 5 river crossings (River Doigrung) and 2 hours (by a four wheel drive vehicle) away. Till 2 years back, this trip used to be made by foot till a taxi service, once-aday, was started. Even after the violence, State apathy continues. In the last 5 years alone, unofficial statistics suggest, nearly 15-20 women (along with the children) have died at childbirth in the Rengma villages of Assam—only older women help deliver babies here and maternal health is poor. The Government of India provides for safe institutional delivery of children to mothers through its National Rural Health Mission but these schemes remain useless in the face State apathy and of zero connectivity (roads lack of healthcare or otherwise). But what is a normal sit“Sanitation and hyuation here? For years, chil- giene is extremely poor—

malaria, diarrhea and water borne diseases are most common,” informs Dr. Eli Seb, who accompanied the RNSU team. He put up at the cluster of hutments at Khowani village, built by the CRBC for the 21 houses that were burnt in December’s attack. Of Khowani, only stubs of trees remain—orange, beetel nut (Areca)—people’s main cash crops were destroyed. But the destruction runs deeper still. A house with an animal skull on its front gate, the rest of it rubble, still holds the charred outline of the body of a woman shot and burnt by the militants on the morning of December 27. Five women were shot dead by the attackers in Khowani village alone; granaries, cattle and poultry ransacked from this and neighbouring villages. Ancestral property was stolen. A sanctuary, its walls black with soot, stands where the children of the village took shelter; the militants threw a bomb at it and even tried to burn it. The bomb did not go off; the fire fizzled out,

NCRC Sumi youth dept organizes fund raise event

DimaPuR, June 16 (mexn): The Kulolau Lhothemi Kuposhukulu (KLK), youth department of the NCRC Sumi (western Sumi area), organized an evening of worship, music and wholesome entertainment titled ‘Lemonade June.’ The well-attended event was an immense success with talented participation from different Sumi NCRC churches as well as guest artistes featuring Breakpoint dance troupe and main music feature by UDX a.k.a, Under the Cross, a local gospel band. The brainchild behind this event was Yezato Achumi (KLK President), and this event was organized to raise funds for the KLK mission projects as well as to give a platform for the untapped talents within the NCRC Sumi youths. The chief guest of the event was Kivikhu Achumi, Deputy Director, Department of Agriculture, and Rev. Dr. Shiwoto Sumi blessed the invocation. The chief guest also contributed an amount of Rs. 1 Lakh towards the fund of KLK.

IVC and VEMB act against use of incandescent bulbs


The remaining children at the Bepari Government Lower Primary School, Phancherop village, Karbi Anglong, Assam. (Morung Photo)

appreared for their class 10 board exams. 19 of them passed, without having had the time to study, their books and uniforms burnt in the violence-- one (Shaho Seb of A-Jongpha) with more than 80% in 4 subjects. While they look for further admission, their juniors are miserable back home. “Our children have come out to play today because you have come. Otherwise they are too scared to even attend school anymore,” said a tired Rengma mother, of the children at Phancherop, many of their faces familiar from the Silonijan relief camps, as they play in a school compound. The sounds of gunfire and rockets fired at Khowani village in December rang in the surrounding areas for the first time in history, said a mother, stealing sleep and peace from the children. The fear is perpetuated by perpetual hunger, with children plucking unripe fruits to fill their Plight of children stomachs and falling sick. No food, no help This year, 23 Rengma stu- What will be the future of “Some people returned dents lodged in relief camps our children, wonders the


the children remained safe. Fireflies and leech now remain some of the only normal functionaries of the village.

department on June 12 and till today the transformer is stable. The Dimapur Electrical Division has acknowledged the co-operation and support received from the Imkonglenden Village Council and VEMB Dimapur. Dimapur Electrical Division Executive Engineer, Moameren in a press release has requested all Ward chairman, village council and VEMB to discourage consumers the use of incandescent bulb under their jurisdiction as one 100 Watt bulb is equivalent to 5 Nos. of 20 Watt CFL and brightness of one 18 Watt CLF is equivalent to one 100 Watt of incandescent bulb. The department appeals to all the consumers concerned to use CFL lighting to save energy as well as to avoid overloading and frequent breakdown of transformer.

Militarization As also the Indian army and para-military forces that roam the jungles at night, currently combing the forests for militants. “For years we have lived in peace, independent of any government help. We have been given no connectivity; there is no way for news to enter or exit from here— last time the security (forces) got here, it was to collect the dead bodies of our people! What could they have done without roads anyway? Today, though, we have some peace of mind only because the CRP and army are here,” rattles off Khankule. Left ignored for all the years of India’s independence, except for wood extraction, the Government of Assam has now asked the Government of India to set up mobile network towers in the area to facilitate ‘counter insurgency operations.’ In India’s North East, a singular mantra has come to define policy: more militarization, more development. Such policies have, however, brought more militarization than development. The Naga Rengma Hills Protection Force (NRHPF) came into being in December 2012 to, officially, “protect the Rengma people of Karbi Anglong” from majoritarian subjugation. While protection from armed subjugation was sought, people remained skeptical of the non-State intervention that put arms into the hands of young men. As episodes of violence engulfed the Rengma Nagas of Assam throughout 2013, no State apparatus came to the rescue. The young NRHPF men thrived for a year on local food supplies, living off grain, pigs and poultry. When the December attack came, the Force evaporated—ammunition ran short, as did manpower. The State slowly intervened. “You can punish those Rengmas who went wrong,


but what have we done? Why destroy all our plantations?” ask people from the destroyed Rengma villages, who believe that all Karbi people are not to blame either. “But we do not know what happened till date, or if we are still vulnerable. Do we not even deserve to know?” They feel that there is no leader “courageous or large hearted enough” to speak out for them—”we are still wounded inside.” Lack of inter-community dialogue and political representation While the Rengma and Karbi leadership have met informally, no formal peace talks have been initiated between the communities till date. Affected families continue to remain in darkness—a simple gesture of the two communities meeting the affected families (together) could have soothed the rancour that many children of the era could hold. For now, the Rengma people of Karbi Anglong only hope that at least ration will come their way to sustain them; to have the strength to start tilling land again. “If we get some power tillers or cattle from the government, we could continue living on our land without having to depend on anyone.” But the Rengma people find themselves with no representation in any State body—neither the KAAC, nor the Assam Legislative Assembly; forget the Indian Union, even the Assam Police service has no Rengma people till date. While ethnicity need not be the benefitting spark for people, it is clear from their plight that existing State leaders are not interested in putting the Rengma voice on the table. For land that is taxed by the Government, however, it is its responsibility as a welfare State to provide. Otherwise the land revenue collecting role of the Mouzadar of the Naga Rengma Mouza holds little meaning with the Rengma Nagas of Assam lending allegiance to the Government of Assam without any of their rights adhered to, or any justice done.

Meeting to discuss financial status Kohima, June 16 (DiPR): Chief Minister of Nagaland will be holding a meeting with the Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Advisors and Chairmen of various Boards at Secretariat Conference Hall on June 17 from 11:00 a.m. The meeting is to discuss the financial status of the state and other related matters where the Finance Department will also be making a power presentation on State’s finances. Chief Secretary Banuo Z. Jamir in a notice informed all Administrative Heads and Heads of Departments to attend the meeting without fail.



Award ceremony for NCC today Kohima, June 16 (DiPR): Joint Secretary to Governor of Nagaland, Motuo M. Sote has informed that there will be an award ceremony of Cadet Welfare Society Scholarship 2014 of National Cadet Corps (NCC) at the Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan on June 17 at 11:00 am.

UGC-NET exam for NU centre on June 29

Kohima, June 16 (DiPR): The University Grants Commission, New Delhi will hold the National Eligibility Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility Test for Assistant Professor which is being conducting twice Kivikhu Achumi, Deputy Director, Department of Agriculture, with the band members of UDX. in a year is scheduled on June 29(Sunday). Coordinator, UGC-NET Exam, Dr. Tiatoshi Jamir has informed that a total of 1330 candidates including a physically and a visually handicapped has registered for Nagaland University Centre (Code- 64) in different subjects to be held at Kohima College, Billy Graham Road, Kohima. The Exam will Yongshei. The highlights of be held in three sessions such as Paper-I, Paper-II and Pathe function included spe- per-III. The session will starts from 9.30 a.m. – 10.45 a.m., cial number and cultural 10.45 a.m. – 12.00 noon and from 1.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. dance by male and female group. The inaugural pro- WDCCI supports ACAUT gramme was chaired by P. Shahtüng and Yongshei WoKha, June 16 (mexn): The Wokha District ChamBaptist Church Pastor in- ber of Commerce and Industry (WDCCI) along with voke God’s blessing. Earlier its sub-ordinate unions held an emergency meeting on 16 at its office and re-affirmed its decision to supthe chief guest unveiled the June port ACAUT for ‘One Government One Tax’. WDCCI Press monolith while dedicatory Secretary Mhonbemo Murry in a press release further reprayer was pronounced by quested all NPGs not to pressure the Business Community V. Longpang. on taxation instead support the unions decision for better Parliamentary Secre- co-ordination. The union has also affirmed that it will not tary for Land Resources B.S. be held responsible for any untoward incident that arises Nganlang inaugurated one through tax collections. of the oldest GPS upgraded to GMS at Yongshei village WSBAK mourns demise of pastor under Longleng district on June 13. Delivering his ad- DimaPuR, June 16 (mexn): The WSBAK has exdress B.S. Nganlang said pressed condolences at the sudden death of Lt. Khukiye B.S. Nganlang with others during the inauguration of the newly Yungja village under Long- that the day was a historic Yeptho who left for his heavenly abode on June 14 while leng district on June 13. (DIPR Photo) day for Yongshei village as still serving as a pastor to S. Hotovi Baptist Church. The WSBAK family mourns for the loss of one of God’s faithLongLeng, June 16 his inaugural speech said Longleng K. Libanthung their long cherished dream ful and committed servant. His death has left a vacuum (DiPR): The Parliamentary that establishing a new vil- Lotha also spoke on the oc- comes into a reality. He said in many people’s life, which will not be replaced easily Secretary for Land Resourc- lage is a sign of new thoughts casion as the guest of hon- that to promote quality ed- as his passing was his life of service, love, compassion, es, B.S. Nganlang, inaugu- and modern living, he there- our. Short speeches were ucation, teachers, students dedication and above all his humorous nature, which rated a newly recognized fore urged upon the people also delivered by the Phom and parents should active- keeps happy those surrounding him. WSBAK Executive Yungja village under Long- of the village to maintain People Council (PPC) Pres- ly get involved to bring up Secretary Rev. S. Vitoshe Swu in a note prays for God to ident Leisha, Village Coun- good students in the days give His comfort to the bereaved family and Peace to the leng district on June 13. The peace and tranquility. Deputy Commissioner cil Chairman of Tangha and to come. departed soul. Parliamentary Secretary in

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CORE Manipur demands clarification from IB Newmai News Network Imphal | June 16 The Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE), an Imphal based research body, has demanded immediate clarification from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) or it shall be constrained to seek legal opinion. It expressed outrage regarding the recent news of an IB classified report 'Impact of NGOs on Development' allegedly leaked to select national newspapers by dragging CORE’s name into an unknown entity by the name ‘Manipur Coalition on Extractives’ while fallaciously alleging the organisation as routing funds through NGOs Chindu and Swadhikar for activism against oil drilling in Manipur and contributing to a negative impact on India’s GDP growth.

CORE, in a statement, stated, "We dismiss this reported classified document mentioned in the media, and its alleged contents as a leveling of charges without any evidence to support its claims and an obvious attempt to muzzle the fundamental freedoms of speech and association, the right to information that are guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. We are acutely aware that the leaking of such a classified document is designed to whip up public sentiment and its fictitious allegations made against the organisation may be amounting to outright libel, slander and defamation." According to the CORE statement, it received a small amount last year from Rural Women Upliftment Society (RWUS) as a local resource centre under its time-bound

project funded by CORDAID, that ended this June, for community based advocacy on conservation of environment and documentation of natural resources including the setting up of two model green villages in Manipur where many stake holders including village authority, church leaders, students leaders, national security forces stationed locally such as the Assam Rifles, etc., jointly participated to promote environmental awareness and promote green villages for the welfare of communities, their natural environment and ecological sustainability. CORE has no formal or official links with Chindu, Swadikar or CORDAID, as alleged in the media reports, in the past or presently. CORE is an indigenous peoples’ organization, founded in 1987 as a non-profit registered

NGO (Government of Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1860 bearing the Registration No. 98 of 24th March, 1987), focusing its activities on the civil, political, cultural, economic and social rights of indigenous peoples of North East India. The statement said that CORE is in Special Consultative Relations with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations for the past 9 years. CORE's application and status in the UN is examined regularly by the Committee on NGOs of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the UN General Assembly, of which the Government of India is a member. It then said the organisation is certified by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur as

an NGO working in the social welfare sector after fulfilment of prescribed terms and conditions since July 1998. It was registered under the Section 6(1) of the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act of 1976 since 1997. And the organisation is also exempted from paying income tax under the laws of India. CORE is also the recipient of prestigious global awards. “We work as a human rights defender organisation and all our activities are human rights based, committed to the principles and purposes contained in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (1993).” “As a registered non-profit Non-government organisation, we have been regularly submitting our annual reports and au-

dited annual financial reports to the Income Tax Department of India, Registrar of Societies, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, and Intelligence Bureau as required for the past many years. And, we submit quadrennial reports to the UN as mandatory for all the ECOSOC status NGOs. All our activities and other representation to both national and international are in place with all concerned authorities and most are available in the public domain.” "Promoting sustainable and wise use of our natural national heritage and empowering the marginalized communities are clearly contributing substantively towards sustainable national growth. Having nothing to say further after gathering all sorts of freely and publicly available tidbits of information on NGOs and funders in India, the IB made a wild claim that Indian GDP had

Only five VIPs in Manipur Environmental issues hit gas exploration in Tripura entitled to beacon Lights IMPHAl June 16 (nnn): Only five persons will be entitled to use beacon lights (red light) in their vehicles in Manipur. The Manipur cabinet in a meeting today decided that the Governor of Manipur, the Chief Minister of Manipur, the Deputy Chief Minister, the Manipur legislative assembly Speaker and the Chief Justice of Manipur High Court are the only five persons entitled to use the beacon lights in their vehicles. Manipur government spokesperson M Okendro said this decision on the beacon lights has become a matter of urgency as there have been security problems and other inconveniences created to the general public by the VIPs. He then removed the beacon

Manipur CM's house robbed IMPHAl, June 16 (PtI): Burglars broke into the private residence of Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh in the interior Thoubal district and decamped with household items, police said on Monday. The theft came to light on Sunday when Singh's wife Landhoni Devi, a Congress MLA, visited the house, which used to stay locked since no family member resided there. Although about 30 India Reserve Battalion personnel were assigned to watch Singh's private house, they instead used to guard the neighbouring house of his younger brother, Okram Ibotoamba, in the Thoubal Athokpam area, police said. Official sources said that the exact time of the robbery or the value of the stolen articles was not known. Meanwhile, all the 30 IRB personnel deployed to guard the chief minister's house have been replaced, police said.

Seven killed in bus accident SHIllong, June 16 (IAnS): Seven people, including four women, were killed and 32 other people injured when an overcrowded bus rolled down a gorge in Meghalaya early Monday, police said. The accident took place at Balsrigitim area near Baghmara, the district headquarters of South Garo Hills, about 350 km from state capital Shillong. "Four people died on the spot and three others succumbed to their injuries at a hospital and 32 were injured," district police chief Lakardor Syiem told IANS over phone. Of the injured, three were in a critical condition and have been rushed to the Tura government hospital. The bus driver has been detained and investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the accident. A preliminary probe revealed that the driver lost control of the vehicle. The bus was ferrying passengers to Baghmara from Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills, he said.

lights from his official vehicle infront of the journalists. According to M Okendro, within one week's time of official notification all the ministers, MLAs and other VIPs should remove the beacon lights from their vehicles. "Any violator will be subjected to a severe form of penalty as per the law," he warned. He then said that blue lights atop the vehicles will be entitled to ambulances and fire brigades. M Okendro then said the ministers and MLAs should attached name plates mentioning their designations in case of ministers and names of constituencies in case of the MLAs. The ministers and MLAs should stick a label 'On Duty' in the vehicle when on duty but cover the name plates when otherwise.

AgArtAlA, June 16 (IAnS): State-owned ONGC found huge gas reserves in the Trishna area of southern Tripura 14-years ago but couldn't proceed as it is yet to get environmental clearance, an official said here Monday. "We have found huge natural gas at Trishna in 2000. But we are yet to explore the gas in 14 years as we did not get the forest and environment clearance due to cumbersome procedures," said Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Tripura asset manager V.P. Mahawar. "It would take more 3-4 years to get the forest and environment clearance and the Supreme Court approval as the area falls under the Trishna wildlife sanctuary. As per law and the apex court direc-

tion, no mining work can be done in the wildlife sanctuary without proper sanction," he told reporters. He said the ONGC have to drill many wells in the Trishna areas (110 km south of Agartala) to unearth the natural gas to supply them to the existing and upcoming power projects in Tripura. According to the official, the ONGC, which first found gas in Tripura in 1975, has so far invested Rs.3,400 crore in the northeastern state. It has found 11 gas fields (including Trishna field) in Tripura and currently exploring gas from six fields. "At present, our capacity to generate gas is 3.95 million standard cubic meter per day (MSCMD) and it would increase to 6.35 MSCMD

FELICITATION The 16 Pfütsero A/C NPF would like to thank the Chief Minister Shri. T.R.Zeliang for allotting to our MLA, Shri. Neiba Kronu, the prestigious portfolios of Parliamentary Secretary, Planning & Co-ordination, Evaluation and Monitoring Cell The Area Unit also congratulates Shri. T.R. Zeliang and Shri. Neiphiu Rio for their elevations to higher responsibilities at state and national levels respectively. We hope and pray that their stewardships will usher in economic upliftment to our people and also bring to fruition the political aspirations of our people on the protracted Indo- Naga Issue. Sd/DINgULO KHUTSOH President

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been negatively impacted to the tune of a guesstimated 2% -3% by some NGOs' development, awareness and advocacy activities! So this report seems to be an "economically” or ideologically slanted allegation for never in India's history before has this agency made an economic report, usually the domain of experts in this field. The questions remain, just how and why this civilian agency, without any statutory status or accountability to Parliament, came to make a complex econometric outcome conclusion from such summary information it claims to have gathered for this ‘classified’ report, ‘Impact of NGOs on Development’, and whose purposes and interests it (the conclusion) may serve by presenting a highly conjectural and biased view," the statement read.

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17 June 2014

God’s revelation of holiness to a sinner

God is Spirit and his worshippers must I wont get thirsty and have to keep comworship in Spirit and in truth. John 4:24 ing here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” I have t is shocking to see that Christ revealed no husband she replied. Jesus said to her, the secret of worship to a woman “You are right when you say you have no whose life was so defiled by her conhusband. The fact is you have had five tinuous acts of adultery with so many husbands, and the man you now have men. Jesus did what the legalistic rulers is not your husband. What you have just wouldn’t. and in doing what He did, He said is quite true. Sir, the woman said, “I introduced grace and truth to all who can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers were in need of it. Having travelled a long worshipped on the mountain, but you distance towards Galilee, Jesus came to Jews claim that the place where we must a town in Samaria called Sychar (which worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus declared, he had to cross through) near the plot “Believe me woman, a time is coming of ground Jacob had given to his son Jowhen you will worship the Father neiseph. Tired as He was from the journey, ther on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. He sat down by the well in about the sixth You Samaritans worship what you do hour. In His thirst for water, Jesus asked not know; we worship what we do know, a Samaritan woman who came to fetch for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time water for a drink. This startled the womis coming and has now come when the an and in her astonishment, she said to true worshippers will worship the Father Him “You are a Jew and I am a Samariin Spirit and truth, for they are the kind tan woman. How can you ask me for a of worshippers the Father seeks. God is drink? (For Jews do not associate with Spirit and His worshipers must worship Samaritans). To this Jesus answered her, in Spirit and truth. The woman said, “ “ If you knew the gift of God and who it is I know that Messiah( called Christ )” is that asks you for a drink, you would have coming. When he comes He will explain asked him and he would have given you everything to us. Then Jesus declared, I living water. The woman in her eagerwho speak to you am He” ( John 4:1-26 ). ness to knows more of it said, Sir, you This final declaration of Christ must cerhave nothing to draw water with and the tainly have convicted the woman and well is deep. Where can you get this living whoever she was, she was so fortunate to water? Are you greater than our father Jahave met and conversed with Christ. And cob, who gave us this well and drank from whatever her name was, I believe her new it himself, as did his sons and his flocks name in heaven will be as beautiful as her and herds? In answer to this Jesus replied new appearance will be. This 24th verse “Everyone who drinks this water will be of the 4th chapter of John which states thirsty again, but whoever drinks the waGod is Spirit and His worshipers must ter I give him will never thirst. Indeed the worship in Spirit and truth” is a very powwater I give him will become a spring of erful verse which is often preached in water welling up to eternal life.” In conso many churches and indeed her spirit tinuation of the conversation, the woman must be certainly excited at the prospect said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that



of her name appearing in the Holy Scriptures. In fact almost the whole verses of the fourth chapter of John are centered on this and it gives us so many reasons to think of her as a blessed woman who renounced her life of sin and embraced Christ as her personal savior. The truth is, this sacred verse and revelation was not revealed first to the Jews, but it was revealed to her a sinner, a woman (of Samaritan origin) whose life had been as dark as her sins were. I know what this is certainly causing some to think and I trust you will not be disappointed as you read on. The point is: She not only believed and embraced the truth but she led many to it. And just as the Scriptures states “ Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitudes of sins( James 5:20 ). In doing what she did, the acts of her latter ways became a ray of light to millions because of God’s favor and grace. The truth is that she came to Christ because God gave her to him and the result of her acceptance of Christ not only delivered her from her sins but she also became a servant of the Most High( John 6:37 ) ( John 66:44 ). The woman who met Christ was a former sinner but in embracing the new life she became what Christ wanted her to be. This demands total attention and I trust you will be certainly be revived as you embrace the Word of Life for God’s glory. Being revived by Christ, she revived her people by testifying to them about Christ. The holy Scriptures states “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who leads many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3). This promise is for every one who believes and I urge

everyone to embrace holiness. She was the woman who met Christ and in believing in Him, she committed herself totally in dong His will. As the scriptures states “ I love those who loves me and those who seek me will find me( Proverbs 8:17 ),the acts of her ways certainly depicted her love for Christ and her passion for the truth. Just as Christ loved her, her admiration and passion for Christ only grew stronger as she got more connected to the truth. That was then and this is now. The present situation we now face is just a phase of our journey towards heaven. In the past we had lived as sinners and would have perished in our sins but God in His mercy still reaches out to us through His Word. This calls for repentance and commitment on the part of the bride and the Church of God and it is our prayer for every sinner to come to the way of truth. God desires us, His bride and Church to be holy , righteous and pure as we await Christ’ second coming. For the ones who are truly His will be accepted, and for the ones who are not will be cast into the fiery lake of fire. wed draw our attention to what is important and wed shall never give upon you till you are saved. The message of the Word of God has been preached and written; those who accepts and believes it will be saved. This is a message of repentance and salvation preached and written to seek and save the lost. Accept it. Believe it and be connected to the truth. We are the lovers of truth, the bride, the Church of our holy God. God loves holiness. Ambrose.J.Chakre Founder President Ambrose Foundation in Christ Ministries Kohima Nagaland

A clarification to GPRN/NSCN statement

The Woman I met G. Gwangphun A social Research& Peace activist Truly this woman suffered in silent, Few and seldom befriend her. Her lot is much yet she bears it alone in tears, Her beloved man lost by death doth departed. None could understand, even herself Why fate doth so cruel to her Yet tragedy could not spoil her, She remain calm and silent in the arm of the unseen Deep in her heart has a pain of missing one. That often brings her tears in the eyes, She’d quickly dries it by her hand That other may not see her pain in tears She hides in shy for her state of life. No balm can heal or nurse her pain No friend can ease her sorrow, For she bore her pain in silent tears; Only Heaven knows and purposed her Life and lots, May heaven reward her with a surpassing bounty. (This poem is dedicated to those whose life’s experiences are similar and critically under suffering caused by the death of loved ones, whose hearts are ridden with pain of lost and loneliness)


the undersigned, the Proprietor of Vilelie Khamo and Sons Co., Kohima is shocked to come across the statement of the GPRN/ NSCN published in the Local Dailies dated 15th June 2014 headlined as “GPRN/NSCN Lotha region banned Contractor”, contending that the execution of work by my firm for the construction of road from Longtho to Liphayan Governor’s Camp was sub-standard and whereby demanding for blacklisting of my firm. In this regard, I am compelled to issue this statement in clarification for public consumption as it is totally malicious with intend to taint my reputation and image as a person striving hard to serve the people with morally bounded work ethics. Pertinent to the particular contract work, my firm had executed the work complying with all specifications as laid down by the concerned department which had also certified through its Completion Certificate dated 31-03-2014 that “there have been no materials deviation from the sanctioned Plan and specifications other than those approved by the Ministry of DONER”.

In my long years of working as a Contractor, although profit of work does matters, it is always my earnest endeavour to work in consultation with the stack holders. As such, in connection with the said work too, as per the wishes and interest of the people of the area, additional works were implemented beyond what was specified in the Working Estimate. Besides, whenever and wherever it is within my means I have been cooperating with the people in terms of aids and facilitations, be it social organisations or political groups. In my dealing with the GPRN/ NSCN too, I have been having a cordial relationship with the govt. and had good rapport. A sort of misunderstanding surfaced only when a GPRN/NSCN leader came demanding for money-the last communication was a text message sent on 6th of June 2014 which reads, “this is our last request to your kindself to hand over an amount of Rs. 8.50 lakhs as 5% to our Lotha Regional Authority within 2 days against the last bill of Rs. 1.70 Crore drawn by you under EE PWD (R&B) Lotha Region. Failing which we are compelled to publish in media exposing your nefari-



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ous activities including all the works being done or executing under sub standard by you in Nagaland in order to make your firm under black list mind you that you may be wealth enough but you are not above the GPRN/NSCN govt.” Despite my effort to explain things and mentions of my earlier compliances the person remains adamant. I would like to hereby state that I do not wish to have any enmity with any individual, group or organisation, but rather have good understanding and relationship with all, so as to go about working for the people with coordinated effort and contributions. I would also like to implore upon all concerned to understand that, to develop and uplift ourselves, we all have our responsibilities cut for us, be it a businessmen, govt. officials, employees, politicians, social or national workers. Only that whatever we opt to be it is imperative to strive with sincerity and dedication for us to emulate and profess well as a people. Vilelie Khamo Proprietor, Vilelie Khamo and Sons Co.

The Morung Express

Break free! Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5, 6 NLT


ne of the favorite toys of children across the world is still a multi-colored spinning top! But have you ever felt like a top spinning at a great speed but going nowhere? Tops are made that way, to entertain children, but human beings are created for a definite and far greater purpose. A few precious lessons I have learnt when I was a child - from a cow that’s tied to a pole and a spinning top that is controlled by a string round its axis. Cows and tops do not have control over themselves but they are controlled; but human beings are not meant to live that way! IN CONTROL OR CONTROLLED: A cow cannot go beyond the length of the rope even if it wants to; similarly a top spins the way the child wants. A connection very often controls us either directly or indirectly. A connection or association with a person or place or pastime or passion do have a say in our lifestyle. Many like to be loners for fear of the consequences of being tied to something and psychoanalysts say, “A fear of being controlled limits the person’s ability to commit to the relationship.” The fact is no one needs to be under anyone’s control or bondage unless we are slaves! We can enable restrictions, known as parental controls on our gadgets, but even children need to be under guidance, not control! EAGLE AND HIPPOPOTAMUS: Liberation is a recurring biblical theme and the book of Exodus is the story of liberation of slaves. Jehovah is the ultimate Deliverer. Moses kept talking to the Israelites about freedom and the promised-land but he had a tough time convincing them. Though they were in bondage, they were like a spinning top. They seemed to be comfortable in their bondage! Moses had to deal with the Israelites in three stages. First, there was resistance to change, then they were a bit tolerant to change, and finally they embraced the change and moved out of Egypt. Someone said, “You do not have to be a Change Architect, Hypnoanalyst, Master hypnotist and Neuro Linguist; you simply need to hate your present situation and look for a change. Help will come!” Author and poet Carl Sandburg says, “There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” The Bible says: “For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.” Gal 5:1 (ASV) WRONG CONNECTION: There is a saying, “When the wrong people leave your life right things start happening.” As an extension of that I would say: if you are in the wrong place, move out; if wrong people do not leave you, then change your connections. This isn’t about us being “perfect;” this is about us recognizing our mistake and fixing the error. A wrong connection will never lead us to the right destination. If we are running in the wrong direction, we need to change our connection and direction. Reaching our destination may take a long time but wake up and see whether you are in the right direction! If change is needed, do it now. Whatever your age maybe, wherever you may be, it’s not too late to be who you want to be. Make it quick; procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention is a dangerous thing. “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight,” said Jim Rohn DEAD FISH OR A SHIP? Only dead fish go with the flow! If I know I am stuck in the mud or tied to a pole or spinning in the same spot, it is time to break free. With God’s wisdom and understanding - which He gives liberally to those who ask Him - let’s change directions if we are on the wrong track. “I found that tides and currents do not determine destination. That is what rudders and engines and sails are for. While you don’t dare ignore the tides and currents, you also never get anywhere if you let them dictate your direction. When you can, you make them serve you. When you can’t go with the currents, you learn to cut across them as best you can, but always with your destination in mind.” (Russ Metcalfe). Muhammad Ali was in his prime, and as he was about to take off on an airplane the stewardess reminded him to fasten his seat belt. He came back brashly, “Superman don’t need no seat belt.” The stewardess quickly came back, “Superman don’t need no airplane, either.” Ali, now humbled, fastened his belt. When all else fails, depend on the one who created you, do not behave like the Israelites or like Muhammad Ali. We need God and He’s the best person to direct our paths. Rev. Dr. Jose T. Nithi



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5 An excellent performance of Nagaland police acknowledged

Public SPace/lOcal

The Morung Express



17 June 2014


enerally, the public impression about the police performance in the state is not very flattering (appreciable) they are considered as non-performing, corrupt, inefficient-sluggish and unresponsive lot. There can be justifiable reasons for such sluggish performance in many instances e.g. unreasonable interference, non-supportive environment and so on.

making fake degree certificates of the university and selling them at concessional rates to any buyers without undergoing the courses. There was an absolute urgency to take prompt action to prevent these fraudulent activities. Otherwise, this could have brought not only disrespect and discredit to the new upcoming State owned University but would have completely ruin its noble venture of

age of around 10,000 every year. It is hope to increase to about 25,000 enrolments from the current year. This university is gaining popularity for the courses offered which are wide ranging. It has introduced, at the moment as many as 115 different UGC approved courses ranging from the traditional humanitarian and science subjects like the History, political

each subject matter of study. This has attracted a lot of interest from all over the country and abroad as well. In fact, recently the first Doctorate Degree of the university has been conferred at Dimapur campus on Dr H W Rahimi, a scholar-cum senior Secretary to the Government of Afghanistan for his excellent intensive research done on the comparative studies on Competition on

university is funded so far by a Trust known as “World Institute Building Programme (WIBP)”. Under the generous and sacrificing able guidance of Prof. Dr Trivedi who is also the original founder Chancellor of the university and presently irreplaceable mentor to the University. Once it is fully developed and operational, it will be a tremendous boost to the educational developmental foundation

the effort made by us. The university appreciates the State Government Nodal Dept. the Higher Education Parliamentary Secretary Deo Nukhu, Minister (W&H) Kuzholuzo Nienu (Azo) and Dr. Shurhozelie liezietsu, President of the NPF party and others for their sincere support and encouragement during this initial struggle of the university. While on behalf of the university

The purpose here is not to go into all those details but to highlight a shining example of an excellent performance of the Nagaland police crime investigating team, from Diphuphar Police Station lead by the subinspector Longdi Tsudir and 5(five) others who had prompt-efficiently executed a warrant of arrest issued against some criminals in Kolkata City, West Bengal, namely, Bipasha Chatterjee and Ushas Chatterjee. These people were posing themselves as the authorised representative of The Global Open University of Nagaland (TGOUN), a state owned university located its main Campus at Dimapur since January 2014 after it is shifted from Delhi. They were

building a knowledge based modern university which will provide quality, techno-centric education relevant to the current trend and demand outmoding the old concept and system of disseminating and imparting knowledge only from the class rooms. The TGOUN has adopted the modern concept of flexible approach to imparting and disseminating quality education in and off the university campus. Accordingly, facilities are created to suit the individual need and curiosity making convenient to adjust to the time available and location of the learners. Since it’s a STATE Open University, since its inception, the yearly off-campus enrolment in the university has been on an aver-

sciences, Education, English, economy to the latest advanced technocentric knowledge and studies in all important fields, advanced Health and Medical studies, not forgetting the important studies on the Environmental science, Trade and Commerce, Computer and Information Technology, Applied Science, Engineering and Design Technology and so on. Any person curious to know the details can access to the university website ( The pedagogical (reading) materials for the various courses have been acclaimed as excellent and relevant to the demand of the day by any standard. It is being regularly updated by the various teams of experts in

Legislation and Policies between Afghanistan and Indian. An ambitious main campus complex is under development at Sodzulhou Village, Dimapur. Except for the main administrative building, other buildings, such as, hostels for boys and girls, staff quarters etc are completed and occupied. The main university is now functioning from there. Once the whole complex is completed, it will be one of the most modern and biggest university complexes in the state and in the north east region as well. Thought it has now become the state university, the burden of funding is not with the state exchequer but self-funding while, the infrastructure development of the

in the state where not only quality academic education but also impart various skill development trainings on a collaborative mode with few reputed ITIs and such other Institutions for the benefit of those unemployed youth to empower them with employable Skills. As TGOUN is gaining popularity with all the ambitious noble goal of bringing modern academic as well as skill formation education to the door steps of the people in this region especially to the Nagas, few selfish criminals like the one arrested from Kolkata should not be allowed to ruin the fledgling university. The university therefore appeal to all good citizens to understand and support

sincerely acknowledge the Nagaland Police under the supervision of the SP and Add SP Dimapur, the investigation team for doing their job excellently well. This proved that with proper understanding and support, the administration of justice and maintenance of law and order by the law enforcing agencies in Nagaland can perform and deliver. It is also appeal to all good citizens to develop and create public awareness for constructive and beneficial activities which is the sure foundation of healthy democratic- progressive society. T N Mannen IAS (Rtd) Chancellor The Global Open University, Nagaland HQ: Dimapur

The Morung Express is introducing “Public Space” as part of our intention to provide deliberate space for the opinions of the people to be expressed and heard through this newspaper. Nonetheless, The Morung Express points out that the opinions expressed in the contents published in the “Public Space” do not reflect the views and position of the newspaper or the editor.

VGOK clarifies on accusation against its member Mon DPDB meeting for June conducted Kohima, June 16 (mexn): With regard to an ad “Open Letter to Chief Secretary Nagaland” by Asele Kemas, which appeared in this daily on June 1, the Viswema Gazetted Officers’ Krotho (VGOK) has stated that the open letter amounts to character assassination and defamation of career of a person who is a bonafide member of VGOK. In a rejoinder, VGOK president Those Kraho and general secretary Vikhozo Vitsu stated that the open letter pertaining to transfer and posting of IAS/ NCSS and NSS officers in Nagaland, had particularly mentioned Under Secretary, Urban Development

department who was promoted to Deputy Secretary and transferred to School Education department. It alleged that the officer concerned is the most inexperienced in the rank of Deputy Secretary, while stating the officer was overstaying in the department by cancelling orders four times. The VGOK clarified that the officer being released or retained after transfer/ posting of government orders is solely the prerogative of the administrative authority and not with the officer concerned. Whether the officer is “inexperienced or experienced” is not the “look out of an outsider”, but judged only by the dis-

ciplinary authority of the government, it added. Further, the rejoinder said that Asele Kemas is non-existent as his/her identity could neither be established by The Morung Express, Kohima nor by the AG colony, Kohima residents, while stating, furnishing such fictitious character to conceal one’s real identity is solely an act of cowardice. The Viswema Gazetted Officers’ Krotho also affirmed that the purpose of this rejoinder was not to favour the targeted officer, but to clarify issues raised by Asele Kemas for public information so that facts and figures are established before going to the press.

mon, June 16 (Dipr): The Mon District Planning & Development Board meeting was held under the chairmanship of Kuko Mero, ADC, Mon on June 16 at the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Mon. The chairman said the welcome address and reviewed the last meeting minutes. After a brief discussion on the agendas of the day, the board recommended the following agendas: Up-gradation of Sacred Heart School, Mon to Class – VIII; Upgradation of GHS Mon Town – D to GHSS (10+2) level; Grant in Aid to Baptist School, Monyakshu Town; Change of nomen-

clature and location of Manlem School, Leangha village to Green Valley School, Mon Town, and Town Council, Aboi for consideration after receiving required data. The board also discussed various developmental issues such as restoration of road and water supply to Wangkhao College, Mon; Power connectivity to GHSS, Aboi; Financial assistances to District Hospital, Mon and proper implementation of LADP in the district. Regarding proper implementation of Local Area Development Programmme (LADP) in the district, the board suggested for distribution

of compilation of LADP projects to the department concerned to ensure duplication of projects. It also suggested dispatching the schemes and projects submitted by the legislative members in advance to the HODs before discussion in the DPDB to give constructive feedbacks, if any, in the meeting. The ADC (Planning) informed the members that the DPDB meeting has been fixed on 15th of every month. In case the date 15 falls on holiday, the meeting will be held next working day. In case of any reschedule due to emergency it will be informed in a circular, he added.

Mokokchung Chancel Choir performs at international convention moKoKchung, June 16 (mexn): The Mokokchung Chancel Choir represented North East India during the weeklong second international convention organised by the Spac Macky at IIT, Chennai from June 8 – 14, to promote and preserve Indian art and culture. The choir’s 90 minutes performance enchanted the audience, stated a press release received here. The unique blend of music comprising of Ao - Naga folk songs, folk fusions, a touch of Indian tunes and varieties of Choral music The Mokokchung Chancel Choir performs during the second international convention organised by the Spac Macky at IIT, Chennai from June 8 – 14. which were finely choreo- moment experiencing a new cherished for a life time. The about the rich and exotic culgraphed were highly appre- taste of Music. “Some com- famed Chancel Choir Mo- tural heritage of the Nagas ciated, it said, while adding mented that it was indeed kokchung has conveyed the getting a standing ovation in that the audience had a great a moment that has to be perfect message to the World the stated event.” moKoKchung, June more. Other speakers from 16 (Dipr): Reverend A. Debuia Baptist Church, Temjen, who passed away Aoyimti Village Council at Aoyimti, Dimapur on and Impur Baptist Church June 15 at the age of 91 also recalled the active misKohima, June 16 pastor while addressing the to retire with dignity and said that the home is being years was laid to rest at sion works of late Temjen at (Dipr): The Kohima Li- aged challenged the citi- encourage them to com- maintained by contribuImpur, the Ao Baptist Impur from 1959-1988. On behalf of the family, angmai Baptist Church zens of Nagaland to extend plete their life’s journey tion and donations from Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) Mission centre after pay- Aokumba, younger brother Council (KLBCC) visited their support and helping peacefully. She also said well wishers like Assam ing glowing tributes at of late Temjen and a retired Old Age Home on June 14 hands through materials, that, in the Old Age Home, Rifles, Churches Organithe funeral service held teacher and Er Yanger, re- at Indira Gandhi stadium finance to the needy group the admission priority zations, families and indiat Impur Baptist Church. tired Chief Engineer (Ir- road near new High Court and to extend their prayer is for the senior citizens viduals, and also from the Hundreds of church lead- rigation), the eldest son in observance of Father’s support which is most who are above 60 years of Government of Nagaland. Neithonuo also said ers, friends from different spoke at the funeral service. Day. The Kohima Liang- powerful weapons for the age from across Nagaland who belong to disadvan- that, God has shown his Born in 1923, A Tem- mai Baptist Church under believers. churches attended. According to the Man- taged sections and also love and mercy to the old During the funeral ser- jen served as teacher and the Liangmai Baptist Asvice, Executive Secretary, served as Head Master sociation (LBA) Nagaland aging Director, the Kohi- those who are childless, people. Most of the old Rev. Dr. Mar Atsungchang- at Changkikong Middle was established in the ma Old Age Home was es- neglected, or have none people come to the home tablished in the year 2005 to attend to them. with multiple problems. er recalled that late Rev. School and also as pastor year 2003. The Old Age Home They could not afford medThe visiting team from under the aegis of Good Temjen was one of the from 1947-56. After complecommitted missionaries tion of bible studies at East- the Church met the Man- Samaritan Women Soci- functions under the Man- ical treatment, but after among missionaries who ern Theological College, aging Director Neithonuo ety. The home was start- aging Director, Office their treatment supported dedicated his entire life for Jorhat, he joined ABAM in T. Leiegise and donated 125 ed voluntarily based on Assistant-Cum Secretary through the home, they are the glory of the kingdom of 1959. In 1971, he completed Kgs of Rice, 30 kgs of Dal, 5 charity to support and aid along with Trained Nurses surviving with good health God. He said Rev. Temjen, B.Th from Allahabad Bible kgs of Sugar and 2 kgs of the needy old citizens in besides two helpers and a and ageing actively. She from Debuia village, is no Seminary. He was ordained Milk powder. The team led Nagaland with the vision cook. There is also a part also informed that at presmore with us, yet the books Reverend in 1977. He was by Pastor N. Silubo Zeliang to provide and promote time doctor who helps the ent there are 22 old people written by him will contin- the 8th Reverend under organised a prayer fellow- quality and secure envi- aged from time to time. including 12 women and 10 ship with the inmates. The ronment, to support them The Managing Director men in the Old Age Home. ue to speak to “all of us” ever ABAM at that time.

Rev. A. Temjen laid to rest

MEx FILE KMC informs workshops along NH Kohima, June 16 (mexn): Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) administrator Lithrongla Tongpi has directed all the vehicle workshops, spare parts shops located along the National Highway within the jurisdiction of Kohima municipality to stop repairing vehicles along the National Highways. KMC administrator in a notice stated that the workshops and spare parts shops are in the habit of replacing parts/ repairing vehicles in front of their shops thereby causing heavy traffic congestion. The administrator cautioned that failing to comply with the order will be viewed seriously and action will be taken as deemed proper.

BJYM offers condolences Dimapur, June 16 (mexn): The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Nagaland unit has condemned the killing of Unarmed Branch Constable (UBC) Thiubuibo Zeliang while on duty at Thilixu on June 14 night. In a condolence message issued by its general secretary, BJYM stated Lt. Thiubuibo Zeliang, had revealed the dignity of government duty through his able action. “We salute the selfless service rendered by him as the people of the region will be remembered always such a brave soldier who sacrificed for the greater interest of the government as well as public in order to maintain peace in the state,” it added. BJYM prayed that the almighty God give eternal peace to the departed soul and also offered comfort to the aggrieved families.

Mutsalemi Village Council against bailing of murder accused pheK, June 16 (mexn): The Mutsalemi Village Council has lauded the ACAUT Phek Town unit, Phek Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Phek Town Youth Society and all the right thinking public leaders and citizens of Phek Town for their support during the May 29 incident, where Chivoveyi Nienu of Mutsalemi village was “brutally tortured to death” by Thomas and Vekuvo from NNC/FGN (Non-Accordist). A note issued by senior citizen of Mutsalemi Village, Ariyi Nienuh, on behalf of the village council stated that entire citizen should wake up and rise against such “unwanted criminals” in the society. It also acknowledged the support given by the public morally, physically, and materially to the victim’s family and the entire village. The village council further warned that anyone attempting to bail out the accused will be doing so at their own risk.

Baseleia Mission holds KLBCC celebrates Fathers Day at Old Age Home special Father's Day prog Dimapur, June 16 (mexn): Baseleia Mission, a self-funding ministry for disabled people, organized a special Father's Day programme at its counselling cum fellowship centre at Burma Camp, Dimapur. Thunglanbemo Lotha, Asst. Pastor of Senjum Baptist Church, Dimapur was the guest speaker. Yanthungrumo, Youth Director, 7th NAP Battalion Baptist Church, presented gift to all the fathers and also delivered a short speech. Keshop Thapa, a victim of polio presented a special song “Jesus came to save me”. Purnay, Councilor of Baseleia Mission, chaired the programme. Roben Humtsoe, Di-

rector, Baseleia Mission, briefed the congregation about Baseleia Mission. He said that Baseleia Mission, concentrating more on the spiritual well-being of all the disabled people leaving aside their physical challenges, is committed to give them hope in Christ. Baseleia Mission presently provides doorstep counseling, music and bible studies to the disabled members, besides holding fellowship service on first and last Sunday every month at 3:00 PM at its centre. All the disabled people are welcome to attend the fellowship. About 45 physically challenged people were present in the progamme.



The Power of Truth

The Morung Express TuEsDAy 17 JunE 2014 volumE IX IssuE 164

Beyond Solidarity ‘If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there’


or the Naga to emerge victorious from the present conditions of oppression, injustice, suspicion, anger and disunity, the people need to go beyond just extending support and solidarity. Such tokenism will not lead to change. It only strengthens the status quo. Nagas young and old, rich and poor, powerful and powerless, Naga civil society, Naga public and Naga political groups need to recognize that their survival is dependent on the survival of the Naga people as a whole. To arrest the deepening state of Naga affairs, it is essential that every Naga rises above their own individual interest and work towards the collective well being of the Nagahood, because it is only when the collective is secure, that the individual finds their rightful place. While critical solidarity is the power that comes through recognizing and respecting dignity of all and understanding that they are united in opposition to the injustices, it is the translation of the solidarity into action, which defines history. In other words, solidarity should lead to a praxis of reflection and action which involves creating a common vision. Such a vision should involve the active transformation of both humans and structures till they are able to enter into right relationship with one another. A common vision requires leaders that constructively and respectfully engages with people and instills the desire to liberate human reason from the dominant status quo. This involves a process of evolving a consensus on a shared future while also seeking to rewrite history in which the people are defined as makers of history and not as objects. The interplay between leaders and the people is often complicated and complex especially when it seems that consumerism has created societies in which truth does not matter anymore. It is here that Nagas are need of a leader that understands the reality of the situation by eliciting the experiences and aspirations of the people. Therefore, a leader who confines his or her role to the people’s feelings may create a situation of stagnation while a leader who transcends them to uncover the truth runs the risk of being misunderstood. The complexity is compounded furthermore when in times of crisis and upheavals, a leader who confines to the feelings of the people may acquire temporary popularity, while a leader who gets too far ahead of the people may become irrelevant. Hence, a leader must be an educator that involves building a bridge between the feelings of the people and a vision in which truth is one of the foundations of transformation. Leaders are required to be educations that arouse critical consciousness and enable people to locate themselves in the relentless movement to reclaim their humanity and the realization of a value based future.


Philip Elliott and Laurie Kellman Associated Press

Clinton has reasons to run at her ready


he insists she has not decided on a second bid for the presidency. But Hillary Rodham Clinton is laying out more reasons to run than not during her coast-to-coast book tour. The Republicans' inquiry into the deadly raid in Benghazi emboldens her, she says. She knows how not to run a campaign after losing the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama. And she'd be doing something for the women and girls she felt she let down that year, and perhaps, she suggests, be more effective in the struggle by both parties to get gender politics right. "We live with a double standard," Clinton told ABC News as she kicked off a tour for "Hard Choices," her memoir. "People ought to think about their own daughters, their own sisters, their own mothers, when they make comments about women in public life." Her main reason to sit 2016 out? "I really like my life," Clinton said. "I like what I'm doing. I'm thrilled about becoming a grandmother in the fall. I have lots of hopes for what that means to me and my family." But in the next breath, she notes that having a grandchild — daughter Chelsea is expecting — does not put the White House offlimits. In highly choreographed appearances and interviews, Clinton is making quite clear that she already has given serious consideration to running for president, again. She has a ready-made network of supporters and fundraisers and, unlike in 2008, no real competition for the Democratic nomination. The temptation to run is clear. Asked by ABC News about the Republican probes into her knowledge and role in the response to the deadly raid on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton leaned forward and said they provided an incentive. "It's more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball," she said emphatically. "We ought to be in the majors." She says she now knows how not to run a campaign after the bitter experience of having watched Obama beat her in Iowa and arriving in New Hampshire dumbfounded. "I don't think I ever said, yes, you may have known me for eight years, but I don't take anything for granted," Clinton told ABC. "I have to earn your support." And in her memoir, Clinton suggests that some in her own party got gender politics wrong. After Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate, aides to Obama asked Clinton to attack Palin, Clinton wrote. "I said, 'Attack her for what? For being a woman?'" Clinton said. She said she told the Obama campaign, "There'll be plenty of time to do what I think you should do in politics, which is draw distinctions." Polls taken as she launched her publicity tour show a slight slide in Clinton's favorability rating, though most Americans continue to view her in a positive light. A Gallup Poll on the eve of her memoir's release found 54 percent of Americans viewed her favorably, down from 59 percent in February. As secretary of state, Clinton's favorability consistently topped 60 percent, according to Gallup.



William Barnes Asia Times Online

Activist, racial angst in Myanmar


he late political scientist Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" thesis has sometimes been dismissed by critics as mistaken and inaccurate. But in today's Myanmar, many proud pro-democracy activists are convinced that cultures do indeed clash and can be inherently incompatible when forced to co-exist. Specifically, many of them reject the notion that the alleged rising persecution of Muslims in Myanmar is symptomatic of a mindless suspicion or misunderstanding on the part of the Buddhist majority. Privately they say the friction signals a deep and justified anxiety over an encroaching alien culture. "We are a paranoid people, it is true ... but our history tells us we are not entirely wrong to be suspicious of outsiders," said one bright, Western-educated democracy activist. Around 10 educated, worldly and, by their lights, decidedly modern ethnic Burmese, most of whom have recently returned to Myanmar after living in exile during the era of direct military rule, were asked by this reporter privately and informally at various times over the past two years about their country's Muslim issue. All requested anonymity because their replies to such queries typically contradicted with their otherwise liberal public personae and, in some cases, might upset their sponsors or employers. "Islam is a danger - we would have to be fools to deny it. It destroyed Buddhism [in the Indian subcontinent] and even today it is a heavy weight on India ... Ultimately Islam is never moderate - it is non-negotiable. It is anti-reason," said an American-educated Burmese scholar and budding political operator. That such an urbane group might harbor such thoughts suggests that there is no easy solution to bubbling religious tensions, at least as long as the majority Buddhist population feels uncertain about the future shape of the country. It has become a bitter cliche of post-authoritarian politics that the lifting of iron-fisted rule releases ancient hatreds. Historically protected by a horseshoe of malarial mountains and marked by a profound sense of its own uniqueness, Myanmar is attempting to finesse an understanding with its variegated ethnic minorities who make up roughly a third of the population. Unlike the Muslims, who were counted to be 4% of the population in 1982, significant minorities claim patrimonies outside the ethnic Burmese central heartland. Some form of hard or soft federalism seems possible - especially as the 1982 census reported 90% of the population to be reassuringly Buddhist for all its ethnic diversity. Muslims are visibly different, allegedly unfriendly and self-isolating, have bigger families and are reputed to poach women who are then lost to the Buddhist majority. The Yale academic Amy Chua has warned that successful minorities are often hated; in Myanmar many Muslims own shops and are economically well-off. Feeding into this chauvinism is the Islamic "basket case" of neighboring Bangladesh, whose hard-pressed people allegedly eye their Myanmar neighbor's lush open spaces. Fantastically crowded, chronically flood-prone and politically troubled Bangladesh crams more than 1,100 citizens on an average square kilometer compared to Myanmar's more comfortable 80 people. Bangladesh has approximately three times the population but only a fifth of the land area of Myanmar. Twisting the knife into the Burmese nationalist psyche are the perhaps 1 million Rohingyas - the "Bengalis" as they are often called - in western Rakhine State who are popularly regarded as having sneaked across the border whenever the "original" Rakhine population, who speak a dialect of Burmese, was reduced by interference from historically the Burmese, British or Japanese. As Huntington pointed out two decades ago, people in the throes of rediscovering their identity often find enemies to unite against. He also noted how religion can expand to fill the holes that modernization might tear in a nation state. "We can feel a bit sorry for the Bengalis [Rohingya] scraping a living. But then I think why should I care when they are taught to hate people like me? When they have more kids than they can support? And their cousins are trying to drive every infidel out of Bangladesh?" said a politically active professional working in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon. Huntington famously argued: "Islam has bloody borders." In "Clash of Civilizations" terms, the ethnic Burmese see Muslims in general and the poorer Rohingya in particular as the leading edge of a rival civilization. None of the interviewees claimed intimate


ur house in the village is like a train with a gap, like a bogey derailed. The gap is the living room that was never built and now it stands as the self styled mud room. The gap speaks of hope that one day the house will be completed. The hope has lasted for more than 15 years! Our home is simple but aesthetically challenged. It reflects a lack of architectural input and resources. People often mistake it for the village primary school a few meters away, or sometimes for the pastor’s quarter, traditionally built in an ‘L’ shape with many rooms to accommodate guests. Every time I come home there is new “technology” installed. My father loves to experiment with tools, electronics and machines, turning every room into a store room with wires running all over the house; plug points are dictated by his preference for sitting arrangement while typing. He is, by the way, the best typist I have ever known. When he first tried his hands on the computer, I thought the keyboard would break into pieces with the force he is used to, on old typewriters. This time there were fancy lights installed in and around the house that took me by surprise when I went to use the washroom. I was not expecting tiny bright diodes to light up my night activity. These fascinating patch-like diodes were fixed on the wall, taped on

Kachin peace advocate Nang Raw Zahkung speaks from a stage decorated with pictures of victims of war during a meeting calling to end the fighting between Myanmar military and ethnic army’s in the northern Kachin region marking the third anniversary of the resumption of fighting between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar army in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday on June 9, 2014. The 17-year-old ceasefire broke down in northern Kachin estate in June 2011, displacing thousands, injuring and killing hundreds more. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

knowledge of the private thoughts of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or indeed of the still-powerful generals. They were confident, however, that in the minds of the elite, Islam was an unwanted and unbidden complication. This might help to explain why the Nobel peace prize winning democracy heroine Suu Kyi has notably failed to embrace the notion of Muslim "victimhood" in her homeland. It also shines light on prominent pro-democracy activist and former political prisoner Ko Ko Gyi's proclamation that the Rohingya should not be considered an ethnic nationality of Myanmar. One former student activist who recently returned from exile said: "We don't know what will happen in the future, but we want it to be our future. If we make mistakes they must be our mistakes ... We have been held together by Buddhism - and we want it to stay that way." The preliminary results from a 2014 census should be published this summer. Some experts fear a sharp reaction if the new census shows a jump in Muslim numbers. Necessary cruelty None of the interviewees supported extreme measures, and several claimed to admire Muslims as individuals. Nevertheless, there seemed to be a consensus that the future belonged to those people with a streak of necessary cruelty. "The reality is that if you are a soft touch you get f*cked. Bhutan is supposed to be a Shangri La of love and happiness, but even they booted minorities when it got too much," said one former activist who now refers to himself as a social critic. The sources were united in fearing the current unwinding of half a century of military rule will leave the country vulnerable to opportunists. "We need at least a couple of decades, perhaps longer, to build up our strength. This is not the time to give away tickets at the door," said one would-be publisher and former exile in Thailand. There was frustration over the international portrayal of Myanmar as being irrational and primitive in its fear of being swamped by Muslims (or others) when even reputedly multicultural India has built a formidable fence and moat around Bangladesh to deter migrants. The "beautifully crafted hard-luck stories" of Rohingya attempting to gain admittance to third countries also struck some observers as rehearsed, canned and coordinated, quite possibly be Islamic outsiders. A nagging worry is the collapse of the Buddhist birth rate in Myanmar in recent decades to scant replacement levels, whilst the Muslim birth rate, particularly in Rakhine state, has remained robust. "When I look through the window of a madrassa and see men using little whips on tiny children chanting the Koran I worry about the future of my country. My pleasant land," said one returnee associated with the political opposition. The former professor of politics at London University and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Robert Taylor said he was "not surprised

at all" that urbane Burmese might talk of a clash with Islam. "There is a long history of dislike ... It is the separatism that really irritates people. There is a perception that Muslims try to foist their religion on others. The treatment of women also doesn't go well." The idea that Buddhism needs defending has recurred throughout Myanmar's modern history. In 1938, for example, 181 people were killed in riots in Yangon when a Muslim published rude remarks about Buddhism. Taylor said the British scrapping of the monarchy in the 19th century deprived Buddhism of its traditional protector, leaving ordinary Burmese feeling they must step up to do the job themselves, a sense of duty that arguably ramped sectarian tensions. The Rohingya issue is tricky because, in truth, even the chauvinists are right in saying that at various times many Bengalis have lived illegally in Myanmar - and not always quietly, Taylor said. Sixty years ago, the Mujahid movement tried to prise away enough border land to create a Muslim state. Today, shadowy jihadists claim to be plotting revenge against Buddhists. The Bangladeshi ambassador to Yangon told his British counterpart in 1975 there were half a million Bengali trespassers in the border state. A decade earlier, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, then the foreign minister of Pakistan, had said Rakhine state's 400,000 Muslims might have been there for generations but were "patently of Pakistani [ie Bengali] origin", with illegals mingled among them. Taylor sees no easy end to the sectarian friction, especially when the Muslims themselves appear, in their turn, to be becoming more religious. Many of the returned Burmese intellectuals have spent time in Western cities that have experienced rapid increases in Muslim numbers. They have also noticed the increased clearing of Christians across the Middle East. "We don't want to make the same mistakes. Numbers matter. Most Muslims are apathetic - and so the hard-liners win. Do we want this?" said the democracy activist. He and others denied being "obsessed" by events in Rakhine State but rather see them as a test of the majority's toughness and realism. No easy solutions were offered, but most felt that people who entered the country clandestinely or through corruption were unacceptable. "We should not suffer because another group cheats," one said. The Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary, Md Shahidul Haque, said recently that both countries needed a change of "mindset" to face the challenges ahead. "We are living in a new world, and this world will not be static. In 10 to 15 years the world will be radically changed," he warned at a bilateral discussion. If this implies a blurring of borders or the increased intermingling of cultures, then a good number of ethnic Burmese will not be happy. Or as the democracy activist said: "More diversity? No thanks. We have enough for now." William Barnes is a veteran Bangkok-based journalist.

Waiting for the Governor Tungshang ningreichon

each end like it was hurriedly done for temporary use. Yet again they reminded me how the genes of style and utility are so far away from each other with men in general, and especially my father, for most houses in Ukhrul have wires and plug points hanging messily over the wall or from one corner, speaking of men and designs. Every house however has a number of interesting lamps, torch and light tools which are mostly made in China or Burma. For those who can afford it, the inverter is placed somewhere shabbily but owned like the most prized possession. The district, you see, has acute power shortage. These days the power supply is for an hour and a half during the day, and tactically from 10 pm onwards when the town is asleep so that mosquitoes, insects and animals can find their prey and their way home. In Tamenglong, local organizations had to shut the electricity department to register their protest of the dancing truant lights. People of the district have found better use for

the electric wires—they take it home. This is legally called “stealing” and is so rampant that the DC of the town had to convene a meeting to take stock of the situation. Why blame the people for making use of resources around them I say with a smirk. One of the latest reasons cited for the shortage of electricity is the poor rainfall. By that logic, the God of rain is pleased with selective places in the State where people have been holy enough to receive rain and be lighted while the remaining can compensate with candlelight dinners! I don’t know if any of the reasons we have been hearing past many years is justified anymore but, in the words of Apou, my “memory bank” does not have any data of ever experiencing 24 hours power supply ever since we lived in the village. The last time people in Ukhrul had two days of uninterrupted power supply was when the Governor of the State was in town as the chief guest for Shirui Lily week. His visit was such a hit that the Facebook status of my town news-


feeders; Yoyo, Tennoson, Kahorpam and Khanthing, expressed “joy” like receiving rare grace that comes home like the uninvited guest. The statuses seemed to say that the town is beaming with life and energy and also lack of direction; of not knowing what to do with the suddenness of being lighted! The celebration however had to end the moment the Governor left. The set up, as I imagine it, is like the lineman was watching from a tower and as soon as he saw the dust and smog off the line of vehicles, he pulled the plug puffing a cigarette, much like how the curtains are drawn after a movie ends…ah, how dramatically he must have switched it off, and for the next two days the town was ‘powerless’. Perhaps the electricity department had to reclaim or make up for its generosity and the quota of the two days of lighting the Governor. We wait for the Governor and his entourage to visit the town again or, even better, if Narendra Modi comes to see Shirui Lily and tour the villages in Ukhrul… yawn yawn…while my father and families acquire newer tools to light homes and the companies and dealers lick their fingers counting the profits! Tungshang Ningreichon is a happy mother from Langdang and writes occasionally for the love of stories, histories and memories.

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7 On MOral leadership



17 June 2014

John dear ne reason for the world’s violence, poverty and wars lies in our crisis of ethics and leadership. Instead of pursuing a culture of morality, we have descended into a culture of immorality. Instead of leadership that truly leads us toward greater disarmament, justice, and peace, we are misled, brought backward toward the dark ages of poverty, greed, and permanent war--the jungle. By a culture of immorality, I mean the fundamental immorality of institutionalized violence that leaves two billion people hungry, homeless, destitute, ill, illiterate, and unemployed. Any culture that executes its prisoners, bombs children abroad and maintains thousands of weapons of mass destruction, I submit, has descended into grave immorality. Yet today we regard these horrors as normal, legitimate, even natural. “Moral principles have lost their distinctiveness,” Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote. “For modern society, absolute right and absolute wrong are a matter of what the majority is doing. Right and wrong are relative to likes and dislikes and the customs of a particular community. We have unconsciously applied Einstein’s theory of relativity, which properly described the physical universe to the moral and ethical realm.” Moral leadership requires a vision of peace and justice for the entire human family. This vision goes beyond our national borders to see the benefits of global peace and justice for ourselves and all people. Visionary leaders lift that vision up for all to see and then point the way forward to make that vision of peace a reality here and now. If we had authentic, moral leaders, everyone would be inspired to join the great work at hand--the task of abolishing hunger, poverty, homelessness, the death penalty, war and nuclear weapons. Because we would be inspired, the spirit of peace would spread like a holy contagion, and justice “would roll down like waters.” Our immoral culture of violence is the natural consequence of a failure of leadership. Authentic leaders concerned with the noble principles of truth, love, justice and peace, would never lead their people to wage war, oppress the poor, or maintain nuclear weapons. They would not risk death for their people or other people. They would never adopt policies that destroy the environment. Today, the culture of war, backed by its media and corporate billionaires, pulls the strings for its misleading puppet politicians to reap huge profits for the oil and weapons industries. Instead of pursuing noble principles, our misleaders have no vision of truth, love, justice or peace. They literally can not imagine such a world. They certainly do not want such a world. They are happy to rake in the billions for their corporate sponsors, turn their backs on suffering humanity, and preserve their own immorality. Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated moral leadership. When he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1964, he upheld that vision of peace in his Oslo address, a vision we rarely hear: “I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar burst and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that one day humankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will will proclaim the rule of the land.” The greatest moral leaders in history were the prophets and saints, people like Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Sienna, and Ignatius of Loyola. The last century brought death to more than one hundred million people from war and the consequences of war, but it also raised up a handful of remarkable moral leaders who sparked grassroots movements that disarmed and transformed their nations and the world, visionaries like Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Jane Addams, Thich Nhat Hanh, Fannie Lou Hamer, Pope John XXIII, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, and Vaclav Havel. If we want future leaders rooted in morality, peace and justice, we need to learn from the great moral leaders of the past and emulate their visionary work. For more than twenty five years, I have worked across the United States with a variety of grassroots groups in pursuit of disarmament, justice and peace. This work has taken me to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, death row cells and inner city neighborhoods. It has also led me to organize hundreds of nonviolent demonstrations against war and nuclear weapons, and to cross the line in dozens of acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. I have lobbied dozens of politicians, given innumerable press conferences, stood at countless peace vigils, and been arrested more than seventy times. By and large, my efforts have been ignored by the media, the government and the churches, but that has not stopped me. I realized long ago that one does the good because it is good, while the outcome is left in the hands of God. One of the many blessings of this work has been the privilege of knowing some of the great moral leaders of our time. I would like to reflect on three of them--Ignacio Ellacuria, Cesar Chavez, and Philip Berrigan. Ignacio Ellacuria, Martyr for Justice During the summer of 1985, I lived in the impoverished, war-torn Central American nation of El Salvador. Throughout the 1980s, the United States funded a brutal junta and its death squads which killed some 80,000 people, including Archbishop Oscar Romero, four U.S. church women, and hundreds of church workers. The key leaders in the movement for peace and justice were priests at the Jesuit university in San Salvador. The president of the Jesuit University was a renown philosopher and theologian named Ignacio Ellacuria. During the seven years prior to my visit, Ellacuria and the other Jesuits in his community received a dozen death threats a week, had their home bombed 21 times, and had their house shot at repeatedly. Ellacuria and his companions were targeted for death because, like Romero, they were eloquent spokesmen who denounced the injustice of turning El Salvador into a puppet neocolonial state for the United States. The University Jesuits sent me to live and work in a church-run refugee camp for displaced people in the middle of the war-zone. My job was to ask any death squad soldier who showed up to leave. Those were intense, terrifying, grace-filled days. I met hundreds of people who lost their loved ones, who taught me the meaning of faith, hope and love in the midst of war and despair. But without a doubt the most inspiring figure I met that summer was Ellacuria himself, the Jesuit University president. Meeting him was like meeting Ezekiel or Jeremiah. He was disturbing and challenging, as all prophets are. When our group of five young Jesuits was brought to meet the great man in his office, he shook our hands, sat down and said, “The purpose of the Jesuit University in El Salvador is to transform the national reality, to promote the reign of God.” I was amazed. I knew right then that I was in the presence of rare courage. “However,” he continued, “we have learned in El Salvador, that if you are going to be for the reign of God, you have to be against the antireign.” In other words, he said, if you want to be for peace and justice, you have to stand up publicly against war and



The Need for Prophets for Peace and Justice in a Culture of War and Injustice

injustice. If you want to do the good, you have to stand up publicly against institutionalized evil. If you want to create a culture of morality, you have to speak out publicly against the culture of immorality. “And so,” he concluded, “we are against U.S. military aid, the U.S. bombing raids, the military dictatorship, the junta, the various death squads, the violence of the rebels, and the violence of poverty, hunger, disease and unemployment that kills our people. We are against violence on all sides and everyone wants to kill us.” No wonder he was in trouble. Ellacuria denounced the government’s wars and injustices at every turn. He risked his life, like Romero, on behalf of the suffering Salvadoran people. He understood the consequences of his public stand for peace. Later, when his Jesuit community hosted us for a meal, we saw the bullet holes which riddled their house and heard stories of the various bombing attempts on them. They had no intention of remaining silent in the midst of the immorality of war. They also had no intention of leaving. A few years later, on November 16, 1989, Ellacuria and five other Jesuit priests were awoken at 1 a.m., dragged outside in front of their house, forced to lie down on the grass and shot point blank in the head. Their brains were then removed and placed next to their bodies, as a surviving Jesuit told me, to send a message to Latin America: This is what you get if you think about justice and peace. Twenty six soldiers, nineteen of them trained at Georgia’s “School of the Americas,” a U.S. terrorist training camp, executed my Jesuit brothers. Ellacuria embodied moral leadership. He was bold, fearless, and committed to the truth of justice and peace, so much so that he spoke not just of a new El Salvador or a new world order for the Americas, but “the reign of God,” the coming of God’s realm of nonviolence for the whole human race. Since meeting Ellacuria, my life has not been the same. One can not remain neutral or silent after encountering true moral leadership. Ellacuria teaches me that moral leadership speaks out against war and injustice, regardless of the personal consequences. He shows me that if we want to be about the public good, we have to denounce systemic evil. He models a new kind of prophetic leadership, announcing God’s will of peace and justice, even as politicians, military personnel and church officials support war and injustice. Ellacuria pushes us to take a stand for peace. That is what a moral leader does. He inspires others to become moral leaders. Cesar Chavez, Apostle of Nonviolence Cesar Chavez was the founder of the United Farm Workers, but he was much more than a labor organizer. He fasted, prayed, marched, picketed and boycotted on behalf of the poor and the day laborer, but most interestingly, he espoused a strict nonviolence in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King. He became one of the world’s beacons of nonviolence. Cesar Chavez was born on March 31, 1927 into a family of farmworkers. After his father lost his farm, his family migrated from Arizona through the Southwest to California as itinerant farmers. In the 1950s, he studied the Catholic church's social teachings on the rights of workers, and became a community organizer. In 1962, Cesar founded the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta. In 1965, they began a five-year boycott against grape growers that rallied millions of supporters to the UFW. In 1968, Cesar undertook a 25-day fast to reaffirm the UFW commitment to nonviolence. "For us," Cesar said, "nonviolence is more than academic theory; it is the very lifeblood of our movement." At the end of that famous fast, Cesar called everyone to take up the nonviolent struggle for justice. "I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of humanity is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice," he said. "To be human is to suffer for others. God help us to be human." Later, in the 1970s, Cesar led the largest, most successful farm strike in U.S. history, calling for a grape, lettuce and Gallo wine boycott that drew the support of over 17 million Americans. Eventually, the UFW moved their headquarters to Keene, California and named their compound, "La Paz." Pledged to voluntary poverty, Cesar never earned more than $5,000 a year. In 1984, Cesar called for another grape boycott to protest the use of cancer-causing pesticides which killed farmworkers and their children. The boycott gained new national recognition in July, 1988, when Cesar fasted for 36 days "as an act of penance for those who know they could or should do more." I met Cesar in the late 1980s at a rally outside of Safeway's national headquarters in Oakland, California. He gave a stirring speech to a packed auditorium calling for a boycott of Safeway and its grapes, and fired us up to organize the boycott. We spent the day walking door-to-door in San Francisco, urging people to boycott grapes and telling them about the dangers of pesticides on farmworker families. Later, we gathered in the early evening for a social with Cesar. His optimism and passion were contagious. I saw him on several other occasions before his unexpected death in Arizona on April 22, 1993. He always spoke with enthusiasm about the boycott, the pursuit of justice and the need for others to join the struggle. He was convinced that the boycott would succeed and that one day, cancercausing pesticides would never be used again. A few months before he died, I interviewed him for a Catholic peace journal. "I'm always hopeful,” he told me. “I know it doesn't take everybody in the world to get things done. It takes a few and those few are there. So, it's not a question of converting anyone or getting people to make a new commitment. The commitments are there. We just have to find them. That's a hard thing. Getting the word out, communicating, giving people some action they can take. Together, there will be a great impact. “We have a rule not to write or to preach about nonviolence,” he continued. “I’ve never written a word about nonviolence. There are people like you who have written all about nonviolence. We don’t have to write about it, interpret it, or dissect it. It’s very simple for us. We just do it. Nonviolence has to go beyond the rhetoric. There’s no real trick to being nonviolent if you’re in your room praying the rosary. Anybody can do that. But how about being nonviolent in the face of violence? That’s where it really happens. “In the early days of the struggle, I talked a lot about nonviolence, more than I should have,” he continued. “And so, we had many people running around like saints with their hands folded together, looking like angels. So I said, ‘No, you don’t have to go around like you’re in another world to be nonviolent. That’s not the idea. Be yourselves and do

things, but just don’t use violence.’ Nonviolence is not passivity. It requires real action. You have to get beyond the talking, writing and planning stage and get into real action if you want to change anything. Things change when you actually confront people, as in our case, the grape industry. So it is very important to concentrate on public action for justice and peace. Without action, things are not going to change. But with action, things happen. That’s my recommendation: Get involved with public action for justice and peace.” As we concluded the conversation, I asked him about his accomplishments, and his response, I think, defines: “There's a difference between being of service and being a servant,” he observed. “If you are of service, you serve at your convenience. You will say, 'Oh, I can't do this today at 5:00 or on Sunday, but perhaps I can next week.' If you are a servant, you are at their convenience. You are at their service all the time. You are there to serve people. That's faith and commitment.” Cesar Chavez models active nonviolence, advocacy for the poor, selfless service, and moral leadership. Not only does he point us toward a new culture of justice for the poor, he shows us how to be human. His life and passion continue to inspire me. Philip Berrigan, Prophet of Nuclear Disarmament Philip Berrigan spent his life speaking out against war and nuclear weapons. As a member of the Baltimore Four and the Catonsville Nine, he led the movement against the Vietnam war and spent years in prison during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1973, with his wife Elizabeth McAlister, he founded Jonah House, a community of nonviolent resistance in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1980, with his brother Daniel and the Plowshares Eight, he entered a Pennsylvania nuclear weapons plant where he hammered on an unarmed Mark 12A nuclear nosecone to "beat swords into plowshares." By the time of his death on December 6, 2002, Philip Berrigan had spent more than eleven years behind bars for anti-war and anti-nuclear demonstrations. He embodied prophetic, moral leadership. I first met Philip Berrigan in 1982 and was arrested with him at many demonstrations on the East and West coasts. On December 7th, 1993, Philip, Bruce Friedrich, Lynn Fredriksson and I walked illegally onto the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base near Goldsboro, North Carolina, where we hammered on a F15E nuclear-capable fighter bomber. We spent eight months together in a tiny county jail cell. Throughout those long months in jail, Phil prayed, wrote, and reflected on what he called “the moral imperative of nuclear disarmament.” He showed the most single-minded commitment against nuclear weapons that I have witnessed. He embodied moral leadership at a time when nearly everyone ignores the nuclear peril and floats along with the tide of patriotism and war down the drain of global destruction. “The Bomb makes every other issue redundant,” Philip Berrigan told me when I interviewed him in 1992 for a peace journal. “The fact that we are complicit in the presence of the Bomb--because we help pay for it, we allow its deployment and possible use, and we have threatened to use it at least 25 times unilaterally during the last 47 years of the Cold War--destroys us spiritually, morally, psychologically, emotionally and humanly. Our complicity in the Bomb makes us incapable of dealing with lesser social and political problems that are in reality spin-offs of our dedication to the bomb. “The only conversion that is real today is a conversion that accepts responsibility for the Bomb,” he continued. “This conversion turns one's life around so that one is free enough to witness against this inhuman, incredibly wicked manifestation of our insanity. We all have to take responsibility for the Bomb. This conversion and responsibility will breed all sorts of life-giving, salvific benefits. It will create a just social order. “You can't maintain a superpower status unless you’re armed to the teeth. So the U.S. will continue with weapons development, Star Wars, and a permanent war economy, because to do otherwise is to shift the status quo and redistribute wealth. The last people who want to do that are the one/two-hundredth who control thirtyseven percent of what the country produces, and their representatives, the president and his official terrorists in Washington. We need to resist this business of making war. We're called to serve the poor, resist the state and be ignored, ostracized and sent to jail because we do that. “Today, we are condemned to being hostages of the Bomb,” he said. “Legally, we've been held hostage by the Bomb for years. If nuclear war breaks out, it will be legal. We'll be killed legally. That's a commentary on the law and the nature of law. But we’re hopeful in so far as we are faithful. Having faith means we haven't given up on the world. Together, we are part of God’s reign. We live as sisters and brothers. When we believe that and live accordingly, by resisting war, we generate hope. “The disarmament of our nuclear weapons needs to be a priority for us,” Phil concluded. “Peacemaking needs to be our priority. Peacemaking is not only a central characteristic of the Gospel, peacemaking is the greatest need of the world today. We are daughters and sons of God, and that means we are called to be peacemakers.” Philip Berrigan was a bright light to the nation, announcing the most unpopular but most crucial truth of our time: that if we do not disarm our nuclear arsenal and abolish war, we are doomed to destruction. Philip Berrigan was not only a moral leader, he was a holy prophet sent by the God of peace into our culture of war. Like all prophets, he suffered harassment and imprisonment for his truth-telling, but his moral leadership was a great gift. He offered us a way of our nuclear insanity and the hope of a world without nuclear weapons. Phil would insist that each one of us must join the grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament. Otherwise our neutrality makes us complicit with the greatest immorality the world has ever known. Philip Berrigan is one of the great inspirations of my life. He urges me to speak out against war and nuclear weapons, even if it is unpopular, even if everyone else around me is silent. If I can become a voice for nuclear disarmament and help contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons someday in the future, it is because of Philip Berrigan. We Can All Become Moral Leaders In a culture of violence and war, authentic moral leadership inspires us to feed the hungry, house the homeless, educate all children, employ the unemployed, fund universal healthcare, abolish war, support nonviolent solutions to world conflict, and dismantle our arsenals so that we can live in peace with everyone. Moral leaders make it easier for us to be moral. The great moral figures of history started out as ordinary people and took extraordinary chances in pursuit of the noblest causes. Ignacio Ellacuria, Cesar Chavez, and Philip Berrigan are but three examples of moral leadership. They were visionaries of peace, champions of justice and apostles of nonviolence. Each one of us needs to carry on their legacy and pursue these noble causes of justice, disarmament and peace. Each one of us is called to reject violence and take up the path of active nonviolence. Each one of us can become a moral leader. If we do, we might just be able to transform our immoral culture into a culture of morality.

“Arena of Mind” portrays a space for idea germination, a field where ideas from multi-disciplinary viewpoints fertilize the world of intelligence. The writers aspire to envision a new future by exploring the mind, discovering new seeds of insights and unleashing them to enlightenment.

Developing Culture A Means to Enhance National Integration


oday, there is a great need to promote and understand other cultures in a pluralistic country like India. For many years, educators and policy makers have been searching for ways of bridging disparities between various ethnic groups in India. Despite such efforts, we are unable to fill the gap. However, there is a wider disparity among various ethnic groups in India. One often hears of “Main Land India”, I wonder who belong to this so called “Main Land India”. There is an urgency to define and understand the term “Main Land India”. Are various tribes a part of this Main Land? A careful look at the present situation shows that, even cities like Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai and states like Bihar are fighting for their right for a share in Main Land India. People from North, South, East and West are agitating against what they call discrimination from the Main Land. So, who belongs to the Main Land? – Delhites (the capital), Mumbai (commercial centre), tribes of the Northeast, the Adivasis (original inhabitants of India), urban/rural dwellers- the non-tribals? Where is the Main Land India? Is Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Nagaland to Rajasthan not a part of Main Land India? Is there a proper demarcation for Main Land India? Perhaps, this is a debatable issue and can continue for decades. But one cannot ignore the fact that, this term is often misinterpreted to cause an agitation in every corner of India. Due to this misunderstanding, a gap is created between various ethnic groups in (the country) India. As a result, today crime and many forms of ethnic discrimination are hitting the news headlines and that can cause greater disparities and become a threat to national integration. At this point of time, though there is no immediate solution to this problem understanding other cultures can be an effective step to start with. This can be achieved from the early process of socialization, at home, within the family, among the peer groups, in schools and various places. Inculcating and understanding others’ culture could fill the gap between various ethnic groups in India. It can act as a connecting link for various groups, States in India. Even though diverse cultures exist in the country, there are some common characteristics among them. Understanding other people's culture is a means to link people and their different value systems. It can lead to the development of a system of social harmony. The famous French novelist, Marcel Proust, observed that "the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes". By understanding other cultures, we learn about new people(s). That can help us to explore new ideas and prospects. After leaving a small town in Spain, Proust found himself immersed in a different culture as he travelled to Italy. He realized that the Italians whom his stereotypes had considered peculiar beings were in fact the norm in their context and that he was the stranger. In it, he saw the importance of having a deeper global awareness and understanding of other cultures. By exposing ourselves to different cultures, greater understanding will develop and that can promote national integration in the long run. Culture is often depicted through music, art, literature, costumes, customs and traditions. It can be developed in the schools, colleges and universities. It should begin first in the pre-primary classes as it is the foundation stage. Understanding the many dimensions of human differences such as culture, race, occupation, socio-economic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, and various physical traits at an early age can help the children to appreciate and value diverse culture rather than to dismiss them. Educators should confront ones own biases and empower children who may have previously been stereotyped in the classroom. The children can learn all these through play activities especially through socio-dramatic play to understand that while there are differences among people, there are also common threads that connect us all. A contextualized learning through exposure trips during holidays, exchange programmes can increase the level of information on the children's stages of development. Through these sustained experiences, children can move beyond a superficial knowledge of a people and culture and into a true understanding of the people who live there. In today's increasingly interconnected and globalised world, modern information technology and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Google Maps, Blogs and Video conferencing can ensure exposure to other cultures right at our door steps. Adopting culture in the early process of socialisation can develop positive self-concepts without acquiring attitudes of superiority and ethnocentrism. This creates integration and connects the learners with others through the process of discovery and a deeper level of understanding of their own place in the word is developed. The State, Government can take the initiative for promoting other cultures i.e, cultural exchange through the tourism department. Various organisations, associations and Institutions can have inculcation of other cultures as one of their objectives. Global awareness and international collaboration for project works, partnerships and exchange of resources, knowledge and expertise can be encouraged for professional development. Educational centres can promote other cultures by designing a pre-school curriculum to strengthen the pillars of the cultural integrity of India. Early introduction of the integrated cultural patterns in various regions of the country through songs, stories, plays and other visual forms adds to the life of a child by making them understand other people, their life styles, and the essence of their culture. Parents, elders in fact everyone must accept the responsibility to educate oneself, learn other cultures and pass it to the younger generation. There is no doubt that the youth are our future. The first step to national integration and key to the future lies in helping the next generation to respect and embrace diversity rather than fear and reject differences. By exposing the younger generation to other cultures - We can promote National Integration; we can influence the Future, and make it Brighter, more Peaceful!. Medonuo Pienyü Assistant Professor Department of Sociology St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama




Tuesday 17 June 2014

The Morung Express

India, Bhutan to boost hydropower cooperation

Thimphu, June 16 (iAnS): India and Bhutan reiterated their commitment to achieving the 10,000 MW target in hydropower cooperation and not to allow their territories to be used for interests “inimical” to each other. In a joint statement at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the Himalayan kingdom, the two countries also decided to strengthen cooperation in a host of fields including information technology and education. They also decided to cooperate on multilateral and regional forums as well as promote trade and investment between them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chose Bhutan as his first port of call after assuming office, met Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and addressed a joint session of the Bhutan parliament on Monday. The joint statement said that the countries expressed satisfaction with the cooperation between them related to mutual security. “They agreed to continue with their close coordination and cooperation with each other on issues relating to their national interests, and not allow each other’s territory to be used for interests inimical to the other,” it said. Bhutan in 2003 had been the first neighbouring country to quietly help India by tackling militants working from its territory. Bhutan had conducted ‘Operation All Clear’ against India specific insurgents, something that no neighbour had ever done for India. The statement said: “The

Bhutanese clap to make an exception for Modi

Thimphu, June 16 (iAnS): People of Bhutan do not clap as a congratulatory gesture as they believe that clapping is done only to ward off evil spirits. But Monday they made an exception for Indian prime minister Narendra Modi who gave a rousing speech at the joint session of Bhutanese parliament. As Modi finished his extempore speech, delivered in Hindi, which the members of parliament including the Bhutanese prime minister Tshering Tobgay and other important dignitaries listened to in rapt attention with the help of interpreters, the gathering broke into spontaneous applause. The clappings began in one corner of the national assembly - the lower house where the joint session was held - and it

soon spread among the VVIPs seated at the chamber, as also the visitors’ gallery where a large number of Indian and Bhutanese journalists and other officials as also some meritorious students were present. As the applause reverberated from almost all corners of the assembly, some of their countrymen smiled embarrassedly. In fact, an advisory issued to the media on Sunday itself had referred to the custom. “It may kindly be noted that there will be no clappings/applause in the Bhutanese parliament during the prime minister’s address to the joint session of the Bhutanese parliament. “This is because of the Bhutanese religious belief that clapping is done only to ward off evil spirit,” said the notice posted at the media centre set up here for Modi’s two-day trip.

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stands with Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, left and Queen Jetsun Pema, right, during a ceremonial reception at Royal Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan, on Sunday, June 15. Modi is on his first foreign trip after becoming the prime minister. (AP Photo)

two sides exchanged views and held discussions on bilateral relations and economic cooperation as well as cooperation in regional and multilateral forums”. Modi assured Bhutan PrimeMinisterTsheringTobgayofIndia’scontinuedcommitment to capacity building especially in the education and information technology sectors in Bhutan. India also conveyed its decision to exempt Bhutan from any ban or quantitative restrictions on export of items like milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and non-basmati rice. The two sides also agreed to further promote trade and investments between the two countries. They acknowledged the importance of cooperation and mutual benefit arising from the hydro-power

sector between the two countries and expressed satisfaction on the progress being made and reiterated their commitment to achieving the 10,000 MW target, it said. India is involved in a big way in hydropower projects in Bhutan, which it has described as a “win-win” situation for both. It has three projects, of 1,416 MW, already in operation in Bhutan. It has three more under construction - which would be commissioned in 201718. Earlier this year, both countries inked an agreement for four more joint venture model hydroelectric projects totalling 2,120 MW. The 600 MW Kholongchu hydropower project, of which Modi laid the foundation here Monday, is part of this. It is joint venture model between Satluj

Rajnath takes up women’s safety with Delhi Police

new Delhi, June 16 (iAnS): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday discussed law and order, women’s safety, anti-terror measures and community policing with Delhi Police officials and assured them help to modernise the force. “I discussed with senior police officials about how can we modernise Delhi Police to tackle the law and order problems in the national capital,” Rajnath Singh told reporters after a meeting with Commissioner of Police B.S. Bassi. Rajnath Singh, who visited the Delhi Police headquarters, said the central government would provide all help to the city police force in its “modernisation programme”. Home ministry officials said the minister also met other police officials and was given a detailed presentation by Bassi. Rajnath Singh visited the central police control room and integrated command centre. Delhi Police are under the administrative jurisdiction of the union home ministry.

Yashwant Sinha’s judicial remand extended till June 28

hAZARiBAGh, June 16 (pTi): A local court has extended the judicial remand of senior Jharkhand BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and his supporters till June 28 even as he did not move for bail on Monday in connection with the alleged assault of a senior government official earlier this month. Conducting the proceedings through video conferencing, chief judicial magistrate R B Pal extended the judicial remand of Sinha and others till June 28. It appears that Sinha has not accepted BJP president and Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s recent appeal through party leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudi and Shahnawaz Hussain urging him to come out of the jail and participate in the state unit’s next phase of agitation, which began today. Sinha’s son and newly elected Hazaribagh MP Jayant is staging a sit-in near the collectorate as part of the party’s protest against deteriorating law and order situation and power crisis. Party veteran L K Advani is scheduled to visit Hazaribagh tomorrow to call on Sinha. Sinha and 54 of his supporters were sent to 14 days’ judicial custody on June 3 after their arrest the day before for allegedly assaulting and tying up general manager of Hazaribagh branch of Jharkhand State Electricity Board, Dhanesh Jha during BJP’s demonstration in protest against electricity crisis. In the following days some more BJP activists were arrested and were remanded to judicial custody.

‘Lifestyle diseases hitting young males in metros’

mumBAi, June 16 (iAnS): Lifestyle diseases like diabetes and high cholesterol are now hitting more young men in metropolitan cities of India, says a new survey released here Monday on the occasion of World Men’s Health Week. Of the 38,966 samples screened during June 9-15, 56.81 percent reported high diabetes levels. Over 41.48 percent of the samples were in the age group of 20-40, indicating an increasing trend of younger population getting hit by diabetes. In another sample of 35,886 males, the survey found 8.21 percent with high cholesterol levels and 23.01 percent in the same age group with growing rate of cholesterol. The survey was conducted in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad by Metropolis Healthcare Ltd. High diabetes levels are usually associated with age, but other factors like body mass index, stress, family history of the disease, lack of physical activity etc. also significantly add to the problem. Moreover, both diabetics and high-cholesterol patients are highly risk-prone to cardiovascular diseases besides other major health problems. The study suggested that besides regular screenings, people should go for preventive measures like reducing obesity, increasing physical activity, decreasing salt intake, among others.

Jal Vidyut Nigam and Druk Green Power Corporation. According to the statement, both leaders recalled the strong historical ties of friendship and understanding that exist between the governments and peoples of the two countries. Tobgay conveyed his appreciation to the government and people of India for the generous development assistance given to Bhutan since 1961. In keeping with the emphasis on capacity building and education, Modi announced the doubling of the amount of the NehruWangchuck scholarship given to students in Bhutan every year. He also inaugurated a new building of the country’s Supreme Court that has been built with Indian funding.

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Encephalitis spreading in Bihar, 92 children dead

pATnA, June 16 (iAnS): Fifteen more children died in Bihar of suspected encephalitis in the past 24 hours as the disease spread to new districts, taking the death toll to 92, officials said Monday. Thirteen children died of the suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) Sunday while two children died Monday, taking the death toll to 92, health officials said. The disease, which was limited to Muzaffarpur district till last week, has now spread to at least half a dozen districts across the state. “The AES is now spreading its tentacles to new areas,” said Deepak Kumar, principal secretary of the health department. Cases of AES reported from Vaishali, Samastpur, Sheohar, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Begusarai, Gaya and Patna districts. But Muzaffarpur remains the worst affected by encephalitis followed by Sitamarhi

and East Champaran districts, health officials said. Muzaffarpur civil surgeon Gayan Bhusan said the number of children showing AES like symptoms has crossed 300 mark this year. “Monsoon rains will provide relief to children suffering from the disease and will help to suppress the virus causing the disease,” he said. Bihar Health Minister Ramdhani Singh said the health department has sent mobile treatment vans and 55 doctors from other districts to Muzaffarpur. According to doctors, the AES is a severe case of encephalitis characterised by inflammation of the brain. The mosquitoes transmit the infection causing high fever among the children. Early this year, the state government launched a special vaccination drive to cover hundreds of thousands Indian commuters try to shield themselves by the side of a road during a powerful dust storm in of children against encephalitis. Jammu on Monday, June 16. (AP Photo)

Factory workers kill CEO in dispute

KolKATA, June 16 (Ap): An angry mob of Indian workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers. The suspects — two detained Monday and four on Sunday — are expected to be charged with murder, vandalism and other crimes allegedly committed when the mob of about 200 workers stormed the office of 60-year-old H.K. Maheswari in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, according to Hooghly District Police Superintendent Sunil Chowdhury. Maheswari had denied their

earlier request to work and be paid for 40 hours a week at the North Brook Jute Mill, instead of the current norm of 25. He had also proposed shutting down the mill for three days a week to limit mounting financial losses, according to the factory’s general manager, Kiranjit Singh. “The mill workers suddenly resorted to stone pelting while we were busy in a meeting,” Kiranjit Singh said. At one point during Sunday’s meeting, Maheswari looked out the window at the growing crowd and was struck in the head by two stones. He collapsed, at which point a large group of workers stormed the of-

fice, Singh said. “The CEO was thrashed with iron rods, and he succumbed to his injuries very soon,” Singh said. Both the general manager and a security guard were hospitalized for injuries and later released, while Maheswari died on the way to a hospital, police said. West Bengal is known for its combative labor unions backed by political parties, and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee immediately blamed the violence on unions run by opposition parties. The opposition denied any role in the attack, and said an independent investigation should be held before any blame is hurled.

CBI gets custody of Saradha scam kingpin

KolKATA, June 16 (iAnS): A court Monday sent six Saradha chit fund scam accused, including kingpin Sudipta Sen and suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh, to seven days’ CBI custody, counsel for the accused said. Besides Saradha Group promoter Sen and Ghosh, the other accused include key aides and employees Debjani Mukherjee, Manoj Nagel, Somnath Dutta. They were sent to the custody of the CBI, which has taken over the probe of the multi-crore rupee scam. “The CBI counsel had sought 10 days custody of all the accused, but after hearing the prosecution and the defence, the court remanded them in seven days’ custody of the CBI,” said Soumyajit Raha, counsel for the accused. While Sen and Mukherjee were arrested from Kashmir in April 2013, Ghosh, who headed the media arm of the group, was nabbed in November last year by the state police. The other three were arrested subsequently. Suspended by the Trinamool for “anti-party” activity, Ghosh has repeatedly alleged the involvement of several of party colleagues.

Beas tragedy: HC anguished over government’s report

ShimlA, June 16 (iAnS): Anguished over the status report filed by the state after 24 students of a Hyderabad engineering college were washed away in the Beas river following the negligence of hydropower project authorities, the Himachal Pradesh High Court Monday asked the divisional commissioner to appear personally in court. A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders after perusal of the status report. Directing Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma to conclude the probe and submit his inquiry report in court by June 19, the bench said it was not

satisfied with the status report. “The status report does disclose the steps taken by the state to trace the bodies and have also tried to explain the cause of accident, but it leads nowhere,” the bench said. In pleading the V.N.R. Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad as respondent in the case, the court also directed the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd. managing director, the superintending engineer (generation) and the resident engineer of Largi hydropower project, whose water was released in the river without warning, to remain present in court June 19, the next date of hearing.

It also asked them to file a detailed report as to how they are manning the barrage and dam and what is the mechanism and plan which they are following before discharge of water. The high court, which treated a media report as public interest litigation, earlier directed the state to file a status report on the incident by June 16. Taking serious note of the accident, the court June 9 said it was not only a case of callousness but also grave negligence. “It’s a sad tale by reason of the fact that sheer fun of the young students turned out to be fatal as a consequence of utter and callous negligence of the power project authorities,” Justice Chauhan said.

“In case the water has been discharged without any warning as alleged, then prima-facie it is established that it is not only a case of callousness, but a case of grave negligence on the part of the project authorities,” he observed. In the status report the government said the cause of incident appeared to be sudden increased discharge of water into the river from the Largi hydropower barrage. This apparently resulted in substantial increase in water flow in the river, which led to washing away of students. However, the exact cause will be known from the inquiry ordered into the incident, said the government. The government said relief and rescue personnel of the Na-

tional Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Sashastra Seema Bal and the army are involved. They comprised 44 divers, besides local rafters in search operations. The status report said the Mandi deputy commissioner, who visited the site of the accident, reported that no warning system whatsoever was found installed at the site and there were no notice boards carrying warning messages. However, warning notice boards have been installed subsequently. Meanwhile, the search operation to locate 16 missing students and a tour operator continued Monday. Only eight bodies have been found so far.



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17 June 2014



Thai junta’s goal: Democracy on their terms BANGKOK, JuNe 16 (AP): From the day Thailand’s military coup leader seized power last month, he has promised unspecified reforms to restore stability and return to civilian rule and democracy. Yet, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has mentioned a striking obstacle to a “fully functional democracy” — elections. According to the general, elections themselves have contributed to years of bitter political division and sometimes-violent street protests in Thailand. The military says intractable turmoil forced it to step in and topple a government for the second time in a decade. “We need to solve many issues, from administration to the budget system to corruption,” Prayuth said in a recent radio address, “And even the starting point of democracy itself — the election.” He continued, “Parliamentary dictatorship has to be removed. All these have caused conflict and unhappiness among Thai people.” The statement was the strongest sign yet of what many analysts suspect is the true aim of the May

In this Monday, May 26 , 2014 file photo, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at the start of his first press conference since Thursday’s coup. Thailand’s coup leader said Monday that the country’s king had officially endorsed him to run the nation after the armed forces seized power last week. From the very outset of the coup he orchestrated, The Thailand’s military leader made a promise: There will be political reforms, and there will be a return to civilian rule and democracy. But now Prayuth is identifying an obstacle that gets in the way of what he calls “fully functional democracy.” (AP File Photo)

UN says Iraq reports are ‘deeply disturbing’ GeNeVA, JuNe 16 (AP): Reports of Islamic militants massacring scores of captured Iraqi soldiers are “deeply disturbing” and those responsible for it must be brought to justice, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday. The U.N. chief warned against sectarian rhetoric in Iraq that could inflame the conflict and carry grave implications for the entire region. He said he welcomed the statement on the need for unity in Iraq made by Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali Al-Sistani, who he said “represents a deeply influential voice of wisdom and reason.” The Islamic militants who overran cities and towns in Iraq last week have posted graphic photos on a militant

website that appear to show masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, loading the captives onto flatbed trucks before forcing them to lie face-down in a shallow ditch with their arms tied behind their backs. The final images show the bodies of the captives soaked in blood after being shot at several locations. Iraq’s chief military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, confirmed the photos’ authenticity Sunday and said he was aware of cases of mass murder of captured Iraqi soldiers in areas held by ISIL. “Reports of mass summary executions by ISIL are deeply disturbing and underscore the urgency of bring-

ing the perpetrators of such crimes to justice,” Ban said. He also called on all Iraqi leaders across the spectrum of political, military, religious and community posts to ensure that their followers avoid acts of reprisal. Ban urged the international community to unite in showing solidarity with Iraq as it confronts “this serious security challenge” and called for full respect for international humanitarian law and human rights law in efforts to counter terrorism and violence in Iraq. U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay warned Friday against “murder of all kinds” and other war crimes in Iraq, saying the number killed in recent days may run into the hundreds.

22 coup: limiting the impact of future elections in Thailand by relying more on appointed institutions or some other formula to limit majority rule. The elected government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was weakened by six months of often massive protests and a succession of court rulings. Anti-government protesters blocking polling places and a subsequent court ruling scuttled February elections that Yingluck’s party had been widely expected to win. Opponents of the ousted government are intent on removing the influence of Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, the billionaire former prime minister who was himself ousted in a 2006 military coup. He has lived in self-imposed exile for years to avoid serving time for corruption charges he says were politically motivated, and it was a proposal to grant him amnesty that sparked the protests against his sister’s government. Thaksin’s supporters have won every election since 2001, to the ire of many in Thailand who see him as a corrupt demagogue who abuses power and buys votes with populist promises. The general didn’t explain what he meant by “parliamentary dictatorship,” nor has he elaborated on any specifics of reforms, but he made clear his opinion that the current electoral system was not working. “They always say ‘reform,’ and what does ‘reform’ mean? At one level, it means get rid of Thaksin, his people and control his power base,” said Thongchai Winichakul, a Thai scholar and professor of history at the University of Wisconsin. Support for

Forty-eight killed in terror attack on Kenya town

A woman observes the remains of the Breeze View Hotel, where residents watching the World Cup soccer tournament, were attacked and killed by militants, in the town of Mpeketoni, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Somali border on the coast of Kenya Monday, June 16. (AP Photo)

NAIROBI, JuNe 16 (AP): Dozens of Somali extremists wielding automatic weapons attacked a small Kenyan coastal town for hours, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street. At least

48 people were killed, officials said Monday. The assault began around 8 p.m. local time on Sunday night as town residents were watching World Cup matches on TV. The attack met little resistance from the country’s security

apparatus, and lasted until early Monday morning. Authorities blamed al-Shabab, Somalia’s al-Qaidalinked terror group. Kenya’s top police commander, David Kimaiyo, said the death toll was 48. Another police commander said that as residents were watching the World Cup at the Breeze View Hotel, the gunmen pulled the men aside and ordered the women to watch as they killed them. The attackers told the women that that’s what Kenyan troops are doing to Somalia men inside Somalia. The police commander insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to share that detail of the attack. A police spokeswoman said authorities believe that several dozen attackers took part. The assault occurred in the town of Mpeketoni,

which is about 30 miles (20 kilometers) southwest of the tourist center of Lamu. Any tourism in Mpeketoni is mostly local, with few foreigners visiting the region. The town is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the Somali border. Mpeketoni is about 360 miles from the capital, Nairobi. Kenya has experienced a wave of gunfire and explosive attacks in recent months. The US, UK, France, Australia, and Canada have all recently upgraded their terror threat warnings for the country. U.S. Marines behind sandbag bunkers are now stationed on the roof of the US Embassy in Nairobi. The Interior Ministry said that at about 8 p.m. Sunday two minivans entered the town. Militants disembarked and began shooting. Kenya’s National

Disaster Operations Center said military surveillance planes were launched shortly afterward. The nearby town of Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the country’s oldest continually inhabited town. The region saw a spate of kidnappings of foreign tourists in 2011 that Kenya said was part of its motivation for attacking Somalia. Since those attacks and subsequent terror warnings tourism has dropped off sharply around Lamu. Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out terror attacks to avenge the Kenyan military presence in Somali. At least 67 people were killed in September when four alShabab gunmen attacked an upscale mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Kenya sent it troops to Somalia in October 2011.

For Obama, fresh questions about how wars end

WASHINGTON, JuNe 16 (AP): From the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama outlined a timetable for the gradual withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said confidently, “This is how wars end in the 21st century.” But less than three weeks after his May 27 announcement, there is a sudden burst of uncertainty surrounding the way Obama has moved to bring the two conflicts he inherited to a close. In Iraq, a fast-moving Islamic insurgency is pressing toward Baghdad, raising the possibility of fresh American military action more than two years after the last U.S. troops withdrew. The chaos in Iraq also raises questions about whether Obama’s plans to keep a small military presence in Afghanistan until the end of 2016 can prevent a similar backslide there or whether extremists are simply lying in wait until the U.S. withdrawal deadline passes. “Could all of this have been avoided? The answer is absolutely yes,” Republican Sen. John McCain said of the deteriorating situation in Iraq. McCain, one of the White House’s chief foreign policy critics

and Obama’s 2008 presidential rival, added that Obama is “about to make the same mistake in Afghanistan he made in Iraq.” That criticism strikes at the heart of Obama’s clearest foreign policy pledge: a commitment to ending the conflicts started by his predecessor, George W. Bush, and keeping the U.S. out of further military entanglements. The turmoil in Iraq presents a particularly troubling dilemma for the White House. Obama’s early opposition to the Iraq war was a defining factor in his 2008 presidential campaign and he cast the withdrawal of all American troops in late 2011 as a promise fulfilled. The president and his top advisers have since cited the end of the war as one of Obama’s top achievements in office. But the vacuum left by American forces has been filled by waves of resurgent violence and burgeoning Sunni extremism. Still, Obama resisted calls for the U.S. to get involved, saying it was now Iraq’s sovereign government’s responsibility to ensure the country’s security. The current situation in Iraq appears to have made that stance untenable. Obama, who once called

Iraq a “dumb war,” now says it is clear the government in Baghdad needs more help from the U.S. in order to contain a violent al-Qaida inspired group that, he said, could pose a threat to American security interests. While the White House is still evaluating a range of options, administration officials say the president is considering strikes with manned aircrafts, but only if Iraqi leaders were to outline a political plan for easing sectarian tensions. Even limited and targeted U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would mark an almost unimaginable turn of events for many of the war-weary Americans who twice elected Obama president. White House officials say it’s unclear whether keeping a small contingent of American troops in Iraq after 2011 could have prevented the violence plaguing the country now. Obama did seek to reach a bilateral security accord with Iraq that would have allowed U.S. forces to stay, but an agreement could not be reached and all American forces were ordered out. Obama has put far more effort into finalizing a security agreement with Afghanistan that will allow some U.S. troops to stay in the

country after combat operations formally end later this year. The administration’s goal is in part to avoid a repeat of Iraq and give the U.S. military more time to strengthen Afghan security forces. The Afghan government is expected to sign a security agreement after final results from Saturday’s presidential runoff election are set to be released July 22. Under the plan Obama announced in the Rose Garden in late May, about 10,000 troops would stay in Afghanistan at the end of the year, but be fully withdrawn by the time his presidency is coming to a close at the end of 2016. For those tired of war, Obama’s plan keeps Americans in Afghanistan too long. For the president’s critics, his plan brings Americans home too soon and gives insurgents too clear a roadmap of the military’s plans. Obama acknowledged the unsatisfying nature of ending a war without signing ceremonies or clearly defined winners and losers. In a statement that seems all the more true given the past week’s developments in Iraq, he said, “I think Americans have learned that it’s harder to end wars than it is to begin them.”

Thaksin is strongest among poorer, rural Thais, particularly in the country’s north and northeast. His opponents are concentrated in Bangkok and the south, and are more likely to be wealthy or middle-class. “In their view, people keep electing the wrong government. There is the core of it,” said Duncan McCargo, professor of Southeast Asian Politics at Britain’s University of Leeds, said of the anti-Thaksin forces who have repeatedly turned out into streets, taking over government buildings and once even occupying Thailand’s international airport for a week. The most recent protesters, led by a former leader of the main opposition party, Suthep Thaugsuban, complained of “the tyranny of the parliamentary majority” and called for setting up an unelected council to usher in reforms. That roughly matches the plans of the junta — officially known as the National Council for Peace and Order — though for the moment it is promoting “happiness” and reconciliation as it cracks down on all forms of dissent. It is unclear how coup supporters intend to reform Thai democracy, but Thongchai expects they will attempt to balance the popular vote of the electorate with the wisdom of what is known as the “khon dee,” or “virtuous people.” “The most important matter to those who speak of traditional principles is rule by the virtuous.” Thongchai said. “Harmony and consensus is supposed to be the behavior of this rule by the virtuous because the ‘subjects’ are supposed to be grateful and loyal to the virtuous.” Many opponents of the ousted government

say they are the ones who stand for true democratic values, and that it is Thaksin’s brand of roughshod politics that goes against traditional Thai values of harmony and consensus, as columnist Tulsathit Taptim suggested in a recent article for the Nation newspaper. “A ‘winner takes all’ democracy is too much for Thailand. It makes the losers sour and the triumphant side do whatever is necessary to keep the status quo,” Tulsathit wrote, adding, “This style of democracy is not totally democratic, at least over here.” Or as Prayuth said in his speech June 6, saying, “We understand that we are living in a democratic world, but is Thailand ready in terms of people, form and method?” From 1932, when Thailand became a constitutional monarchy, until 2001, when Thaksin was swept into office, the country was for the most part ruled either the army itself or, later, a select group of politicians who, while elected, were closely aligned with the country’s elite. Thaksin, a former policeman turned telecoms tycoon, upset the status quo in the eyes of many by amassing power for himself and refusing to give it up. He has remained powerful even from his current home in the United Arab Emirates; when his sister’s Pheu Thai Party rose to power in 2011, it employed the slogan “Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai acts.” Thaksin’s opponents, unable to beat him at the ballot box, have used other methods to counter him. After the last military coup in 2006, a new constitution was written that made the Senate partially appointed, though the House of Repre-

sentatives remained a fully elected body. The Senate, in turn, appoints judges and leaders of other institutions who have largely been viewed as anti-Thaksin. “In many ways, this coup is an extension of the 2006 coup, which many in the military see as a failure in that it didn’t go far enough in eliminating the Thaksin network,” said Michael Connors, a scholar in Malaysia. Apparently, Thailand’s coup leaders still haven’t figured out how to restore at least the appearance of democracy while avoiding yet another election victory for Thaksin supporters, said Charles Keyes, a longtime scholar on Thailand at the University of Washington who has written a book on the rise of the populist movement in Thailand’s northeast. “What the military has to do is to be seen as restoring democracy or else they are going to be a pariah. There has to be some movement in that direction and I think there will be movement in that direction,” Keyes said. “But whether it will be really restoration of democracy as most of the rest of the world would see it — well, that is the question.” Another question: Will Thailand’s next version of democracy be accepted by the millions who keep voting for Thaksin-allied parties? “Many things have changed in Thailand. Measures that may have been acceptable even a few years ago may well not be today,” said Michael Montesano co-coordinator for the Thailand program at Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. “If the result is something that many Thais see as undemocratic, then that is a recipe for more instability.”



Fixation of Floor Prices of Silk Commodities: Sl. Particulars No. 1 Silkworm host plant seeds/cuttings a) Castor b) Kesseru c) Som d) Soalu e) Mulberry(cuttings) f) Oak Tasar 2 Silkworm host plant seedlings/saplings a) Kesseru seedlings (bed) b) Kesseru seedlings (polytube) c) Som seedlings (bed) d) Som seedlings (polytube) e) Soalu seedlings (bed) f) Soalu seedlings (polytube) g) Mulberry seedlings (bed) 3 Silkworm disease free laying (Dlfs) a) Eri b) Muga c) Mulberry d) Tasar 4 Silkworm seed cocoon a) Eri b) Muga c) Mulberry 5 Silkworm cocoon I) Jethua muga cocoon a) Grade A b) Grade B II) Eri cocoon a) Grade A b) Grade B c) Grade C III) Mulberry green cocoon a) Grade A (BIV) b) Grade B (MXB) c) Grade C (MXM) IV) Tasar cocoon a) Grade A 6 Silkworm silk commodities a) Muga raw silk b) Muga twisted silk c) Muga spun silk d)Mulberry raw silk i) Bivoltine ii) Mult x Biv iii) Mult x Mult e) Mulberry twisted silk i) Bivoltine ii) Mult x Biv iii) Mult x Mult f) Mulberry spun silk 7 Eri spun yarn a) Motorised b) Ambar charkha c) Takli 8 Oak tasar yarn a) Reeled yarn b) Ghicha/Mutka 9 Running meter cloth (plain) a) Mulberry b) Muga c) Eri d) Oak tasar


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Tuesday 17 June 2014

PORTO ALEGRE, JuNE 16 (REuTERS): A swashbuckling Karim Benzema led the charge as France overwhelmed Honduras 3-0 in their Group E opener on Sunday, showing a resurgence of flair that should bury the memories of Les Bleus' debacle in South Africa in 2010. Benzema bagged a brace himself, while a bizarre own goal by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares saw goal line technology used for the first time in a World Cup to confirm the ball had crossed the line. In a bruising encounter, Honduras were reduced to 10-men after Wilson Palacios charged into French midfielder Paul Pogba seconds before the break in a challenge that had him sent-off for a second booking. Benzema smashed home the resulting penalty to give France a lead they deserved having dominated the first 45 minutes. Three minutes into the second half, Benzema stole past the defence to shoot across goal with his shot coming back off the far post, rolling along the line and going in off Valladares. Benzema struck again with 18 minutes left when he shot from a narrow angle on the right past Valladares and into the roof of the net, earning a rendition of "La Marsellaise" from the red, white and blue clad French fans. The result will go a long way towards helping the 1998 champions banish the ghost of their disastrous campaign in South Africa, when the players mutinied against coach Raymond Domenech and returned home in disgrace. It also signalled that Benzema could be one of stars of the tournament. Coach Didier Deschamps will take heart that the French looked composed and did not get flustered when the goals were slow to come, although arguably they could have banged in a few more in the second half against the reduced Honduran side. On top of Benzema's performance, defender Mathieu Debuchy looked impressive, notably for his forays up the right. "I think it is a marvellous start for us. It was a very important match indeed. Honduras played with high quality and defended aggressively and that was very complicated for us even though we hit the bar twice," Deschamps said. The penalty and sending off changed the situation, he said. "We scored three goals, we could have scored even more goals but it was a good start for our team." The match, played before more than 43,000 fans in an almost full Beira Rio stadium, was the first between the two teams. Despite accusations that Honduras were a thuggish side, France dished it out too and the first yellow card was handed to left back Patrice Evra after he body-checked young midfielder Andy Najar in the 7th minute. France dominated almost from the start and might have opened their account earlier. A shot by midfielder Blaise Matuidi was tipped on to the crossbar by Valladares in the 15th minute and Les Bleus rattled the bar again in the 23rd with a header by Antoine Griezmann from Evra’s cross. The tackles were going in fast and hard

and matters came to a head in the 28th minute when Palacios and P o g b a tangled on the ground, the veteran Honduran appearing to stamp the Frenchman and receiving a kick in return. Both were given a yellow card but the incident was to have its denouement later. Just before the break, Palacios clattered into Pogba in the penalty area. Given his second yellow card, he made an ignominious walk off the field and Benzema drilled in the penalty hard and high. After that, the game was up for the Hondurans. Three minutes into the second half, Benzema's shot cannoned off the post and back across the face of goal before Valladares inadvertently pushed it towards his own net. Despite his desperate efforts to scramble the ball clear, the referee awarded the goal with the aid of the technology. Initially, it was credited to Benzema then logged as an own goal. "I don't know if it is good to have goal line technology because football is like that, sometimes you don't know whether the ball was in or not but the essential thing is that it counted and we won," Benzema said. "I'm happy, I'm proud the mostimportantthing is the victory." The win puts France in a good frame of mind for the tougher challenge against Switzerland next Friday. Honduras will have done nothing to lessen their reputation as perennial underdogs with a nasty bite. They will try to salvage some pride and clock up their first ever World Cup win when they tackle Ecuador. Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez made no excuses for his side. "They played better than we did. We will have to improve but sometimes it is difficult to play with less players for such a long time especially facing a team that is very well organised." he said. "The results would have been different if we had our 11 players but these things happen."

The Morung Express

FRANce oVeRRuNs 10-MAN HoNduRAs Honduras' Victor Bernardez leaps over France's Karim Benzema to head the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo)

Leonard wins NBA Finals MVP Rooney's role under

SAN ANTONIO, JuNE 16 (AP): Kawhi Leonard could have been devastated by losing last season's NBA Finals. Instead, he vowed to get better. The San Antonio Spurs' youngest star is a champion now after the Spurs beating the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, finishing off a 4-1 triumph. And after watching the Heat celebrate last season, Leonard was the pick as Most Valuable Player of the series, accepting his award from 11-time champion Bill Russell. "Everybody is just living in the moment right now," Leonard said. "Really don't know what's going on." When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Leonard as the MVP, he was mobbed by his teammates and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich roared with laughter, knowing Leonard would have to do what he hates most — talk

Most Valuable Player San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard holds up his trophy after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat on Sunday, June 15, 2014, in San Antonio. The Spurs won the NBA championship 104-87. (AP Photo)

about himself. "Right now, it's just surreal to me," Leonard said. "I have a great group of guys behind me." Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds, his third straight big game in the series. He fouled out

in the fourth quarter, which was barely noticed after the job he did helping keep LeBron James in some sort of check over the final three quarters. When it was over — actually, a few seconds before it was over — James

led a group of Heat players down to the Spurs' bench for the first round of congratulatory hugs. The first one he gave, and rightly so, was to Leonard. It was James taking the trophy from Russell in each

of the last two seasons, after Miami's titles. This time, the night belonged to Leonard, a 22-year-old who the Spurs have long thought was the heir apparent to the Big 3 of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. "The first two games, he didn't play so well," James said about Leonard. "I thought he attacked more in the last three games, shot the ball extremely well." Added Heat guard Dwyane Wade: "It's like he just played free. ... He's the future of this team." The Big 3 in San Antonio is still championship-good, but their key player now might be Leonard, who just took over this series. "He's a great learner and he's super competitive, has a drive to be the best that's really uncommon in our league," Popovich said. "He walks the walk. I mean, he's there early, he's there late. He wants more.

Bosnia writes new story at World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, JuNE 16 (AP): It truly is a horrific thought that not even the giant Maracana Stadium, filled to the brim with 74,000 people high on life and football, could fit all the dead from the Bosnia war. But their presence — in hearts, in memories — was felt as the young nation they never lived to enjoy made its World Cup debut, the 77th country to plant its flag on football's biggest stage. "This is why we came, to remember," Adnan Filipovic said as he filed into the stadium with his parents, his voice breaking with emotion. "All those people are coming with us to this game." When the 19921995 war made refugees of the Filipovics and so many others, never did they think they'd one day see Bosnians teamed together, in Brazil of all places, giving two-time world champion Argentina and its superstar Lionel Messi a tough bone to chew.

Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic, top, scores his side's first goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15. (AP Photo)

The morning of Sunday's match, Filipovic prepared by looking at photos of the conflict on the Internet, to remind himself how far he and Bosnia have come and why this warm Rio de Janeiro night was such an important milestone. The conflict killed more than 100,000 people,

turned half of the country's population of 4.3 million into refugees and left a legacy of poverty, high unemployment and neverending political strife. "We're all looking for some closure here. I think that's really what it is," said Filipovic, who was 11 when his family fled Banja Luka,

in northern Bosnia, in 1994. They wound up in the United States, in Augusta, Georgia, and built a new life. "In these things there is never a winner, there is no 'victory.' I don't even know what victory is — until today. I know for our flag to be in Maracana is — I don't how else to define it — some kind of victory."

For a debut, Bosnia couldn't have asked for better: a marquee opponent in the World Cup's marquee stadium. The result — 2-1 to Argentina — wasn't what Bosnians wanted, although, if they are honest, they probably feared worse. Bosnia's scorer was Vedad Ibisevic. When Serb soldiers murdered his grandfather and burned down his father's village, his mother hid him and his sister in a fox-hole she dug in the woods. Ibisevic came on as a secondhalf substitute and planted his goal in the 85th minute. Ibisevic was already a hero to Bosnians. His goal in a 1-0 win over Lithuania last October punched Bosnia's ticket to Brazil. Now he'll also forever be the first Bosnian to score a World Cup goal. Edin Dzeko, the striker Bosnians call their "diamond" — forged under great pressure — wasted his best chance, sending his left-footed shot over the bar in the first half.

scrutiny after Italy loss

Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, left, and England's Wayne Rooney go for a header during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14. (AP Photo)

RIO DE JANEIRO, JuNE 16 (AP): As so often with England, a setback on the pitch has provoked renewed scrutiny of Wayne Rooney's contribution. Or lack of it. For all the dynamism of England's youngsters going forward in the 2-1 loss to Italy in their World Cup opener, Rooney's lack of real influence on the game stood out in Manaus on Saturday. Credit to the Manchester United striker for setting up England's only goal, providing the cross for Daniel Sturridge to equalize, but three of his own shots all went off target. Rooney was shunted out to the left wing initially in an unsuccessful attempt to allow Raheem Sterling to limit Andrea Pirlo's impact, but cut a frustrated figure. "Obviously we lost the game but I was involved in the game, could have scored, created the goal and felt I had an influence," Rooney said. But many in the game said Hodgson got it wrong, from Rooney's former United teammate, Rio Ferdinand, to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who both said Sunday that he should have been deployed as the center forward. "There is always going to be

one player with a big debate around, but I think it's very harsh if people are going to criticize Rooney's performance," England coach Roy Hodgson said. "He certainly worked his socks off for us. It was particularly hot and humid." Although Rooney was outshone by younger, more exciting attacking players, Hodgson defended the player ahead of Thursday's second Group D game against Uruguay. "We want Wayne in the box and there's no question we will get him in the box," Hodgson said. Would Hodgson dare to drop Rooney? Seeing a lineup without one of the Premier League's bestpaid players could galvanize Uruguay, but when it comes to tournaments the prodigy who set the 2004 European Championship alight has struggled to replicate that impact as an 18-year-old. The 28-year-old Rooney might have scored 39 goals in 93 international appearances, but his ruthlessness in front of goal has been on the wane when representing the Three Lions. Rooney has netted just once in the last seven games, but bridled at suggestions he has a divine right to start. "I've never felt that, I

don't know why you said that," he told reporters. "Why would I feel my place in the team is guaranteed? I work hard to try and get in that team. I have never said my place is guaranteed. I don't expect to play, I work hard. I want to play." England resumes full training on Monday before facing Uruguay, which had an unexpectedly poor start to the World Cup by losing 3-1 to Costa Rica. Although the defense might struggle to contain an attacking unit potentially featuring Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez, England is looking to its own electrifying players going forward to revive its campaign. "If we take away the (Italy) result and look at some of the performances, the exciting players we had out on the pitch, the future is looking good but we have still got to do well in the present," England defender Phil Jagielka said. "If we had lost and not gone for it and scored goals or created chances, these next two games would have looked bleak. "Once we recover and look forward there will be a lot of positive things, and hopefully the camp will be confident to put in some good performances."




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17 June 2014

JB to be 'charged with criminal vandalism' J

ustin Bieber will be charged with criminal vandalism in regards to his now infamous egg throwing incident according to reports. It is not yet known if the singer will be charged with a misdemeanour or a felony but TMZ claims the charge will be made this week. The 20-year-old old singer is understood to have caused more than $20,000 worth of damage to his neighbour’s Calabasas property during a frenetic attack on the residence in January. A senior investigating officer claimed that Justin Bieber ‘deserves a felony’ for the alleged egging and told TMZ that Justin deserved the harshest punishment available for vandalism. Lt. Dave Thompson said: ‘I led a team of people into a house where there's armed security. I wouldn't have done that if this was just a misdemeanor case.’ A final decision on Bieber’s fate rests with Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and her officials. The neigh-

bour claimed the Deputy DA told him: ‘If we don't charge him with a felony we ruin precedent for every other felony case we want to charge.’ There is some good news for the pint-sized star as it has been revealed his rapper pal, Lil Wayne, has settled his feud with Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. According to TMZ, Lil Wayne became angry after he heard that Scooter was labelling his artist – and Bieber’s friend – Lil Twist, a bad influence on Justin and wanted him out of the star’s house. The rapper told Scooter he needed to watch his back but that pair have squashed the drama after Wayne realised that Lil Twist might have exaggerated the situation. Justin is also set to settle his Miami DUI case with a plea bargain deal that will allegedly see most of the charges against the troubled singer dropped; if he pleads guilty to the reckless driving charge made during his arrest in January, the rest of his charges with

be dismissed according to TMZ. And to celebrate, Justin took to his Shots page to upload a picture of him

in bed staring sleepily at the camera with his tattoos clearly visible. No doubt it was a welcome Friday treat

for his millions of fans. Meanwhile, Justin was originally charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, reckless driving and driving without a valid license when police officers claimed to have caught him and pal Khalil drag racing on Miami streets in the early hours of the morning. While it has since been reported that the hitmaker was neither drag racing or drunk on the night, he did test positive for marijuana. TMZ reports that the reason the plea deal has taken so long to be sorted is due to the fact the judge allegedly wanted Bieber to star in and pay for an anti-drug PSA. However, Bieber’s lawyers resisted because they felt that the idea was inappropriate. The singer’s camp also felt it was unnecessary for the star with attend a drug and alcohol education curse because he does not have a substance abuse problem and attending classes would indicate that he does.


11 C M Y K

Reigning Miss Nagaland, Benjongmenla Jamir during the photo shoot on a world cup theme done with the concept to encourage the youth to be involved in sports to stay fit and also take it up as a career option. Make-up and hair by Aren Keralar while Football boot, football and stockings was sponsored by King Sports, authorised dealer PATRIX. (Photo by Imna Jamir Wapang)

Preity Zinta’s tiff with Ness Wadia reveals her daring side


GeorGe Clooney to run for Governor



Models wear designs by Christopher Raeburn during London Collections for Men Spring/Summer 2015, at Victoria House, London, June 15. (AP Photo)

he 53-year-old actor is aiming to follow in the footsteps of former Republican Governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger by joining the 2018 race with the Democratic Party. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''George is hugely popular with Democrats and where better to be than Governor of California, home of Hollywood? ''It has always been a huge stronghold for the party and one that has a proven record for getting politicians into the Oval office.'' George reportedly

plans to launch his political career after tying the knot with British lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, in September, and has turned down a number of film projects so he can run for office. Amal, who works as a human rights barrister in London, is said to be keen to continue her career in the city but would consider moving to America to support George. The 'Gravity' actor is good friends with President Barack Obama and was recently his guest at a private screening for his latest movie 'The Monuments Men' at the White House. If George went on to

win the 2020 race for the Presidency, Amal could become the first British woman to be First Lady and George would follow in Ronald Reagan's footsteps, who went from being a movie idol to Governor to President. Meanwhile, George and Amal are said to be looking at wedding venues and would love to marry in Venice, Italy later this year.

ctress-businessw o m a n P re ity Zinta, who has filed a complaint against her business partner and ex-beau Ness Wadia for alleged molestation, has not taken a bold step for first time. Be it off screen or on screen, she has often showed her daring side. Here is a list of bold acts of Preity Zinta: * In 2000, Preity Zinta entered the industry with a controversial film – director Kundan Shah’s “Kya Kehna” – which had her playing an unwed mother. The film got delayed and Preity was first seen in Mani Ratnam’s “Dil Se”, when she shocked movie buffs and made Shah Rukh blush by asking him if he was a virgin. * In 2001, she played a prostitute who turns a surrogate mother to Salman Khan’s child in Abbas-Mustan’s “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke”. * In 2003, she stunned the nation by testifying against the underworld in court. No other Bollywood denizen male or female had dared to do so. * In 2005, Preity filed a defamation suit against a Mumbai tabloid for publishing a transcript of a tape allegedly featuring the voice of Salman Khan speaking in less than respectful tones about her. * In 2007, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi accused Preity of being the cause of her marriage with Shekhar Kapoor breaking up. Preity retaliated by calling Suchitra “unstable”. * In 2008 Preity bought the Kings X1 IPL cricket team and decided to focus more on building her cricket team than her acting career.


Niall Horan romancing Irish model



iall Horan is desperate to find the time to meet with Irish model Thalia Heffernan again after they shared a kiss last month. The One Direction star reportedly shared a kiss with the 19-year-old beauty when he returned to Ireland last month and the pair are desperate to find the time in their busy schedules to meet again. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Thalia is a really gorgeous girl inside

and out. Niall is pretty taken with her. They are still in touch and get on really well. ''Niall's never in one place for long and Thalia travels the world modelling so it will be a case of whenever they can manage it.'' And meeting up may not be easy for the pair as 20-year-old Niall - who has previously been romantically linked with singer Ellie Goulding, model Barbara Palvin and reality TV star Louise

Thompson - is busy with One Direction's 'Where We Are' world tour, while Thalia recently revealed plans to spend the next few months in Australia. She said: ''There has been a lot of interest and I am going to try it out and see how it goes. ''I have just booked my flights for June 23. I am going on my own so it will be tough but I am very excited. ''There is so much work at the moment, it is amazing. I've just been so busy.''











Spurs win NBA Messi leads Argentina championship in win over Bosnia

San Antonio Spurs hold up the the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat on Sunday, June 15 in San Antonio. The Spurs won the NBA championship 104-87. (AP Photo)

SAN ANTONIO, JuNe 16 (AP): The San Antonio Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday, ending the Miami Heat's two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games. A year after their heartbreaking seven-game defeat, their only loss in six finals appearances, the Spurs won four routs to deny Miami's quest for a third straight championship. "Hard to believe, isn't it?" Manu Ginobili said. "We played at a really high level." Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who added this title to the ones they won in 1999, 2003, '05 and '07. They nearly had another last year, but couldn't hold off the Heat and lost the final two games. San Antonio rebounded from an early 16-point deficit by outscoring the Heat 37-13 from the start of the second quarter to midway in the third, kicking off the celebration the Heat canceled last season. "We remember what happened last year and how it felt in that locker room and we used it and built on it and got back here and it's amazing," Tim Duncan said. "It makes last year OK." LeBron James had 17 first-quarter points to help the Heat get off to a fast start. He finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds


for the Heat, who lost their spot atop the NBA to the team that had it so long. "They played exquisite basketball this series and in particular these last three games and they are the better team. There's no other way to say it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. The Spurs won four titles in nine years, but hadn't been back on top since 2007, making Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time" and appropriate song choice after the final buzzer. Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich have been here for all of them, and it was the fourth for Tony Parker and Ginobili, who with Duncan are once again the reigning the Big Three in the NBA. "Just a great team and we do it together," Parker said. Chris Bosh finished with 13 points and Wade just 11 on 4-of-12 shooting for the Heat, providing James nowhere near the help he needed. The painful conclusion to last year served as the fuel for this one, powering the Spurs to a 62-win season that topped the NBA and led to a rematch with Miami, the NBA's first in the finals since Chicago beat Utah in 1997-98. Round 2 went to the Spurs, but both teams will challenges to navigate for a rubber match. San Antonio will face questions - as it has for years - about the age of its core, and whether Dun-

can, Ginobili and Popovich want to stick around. The Heat will brace for the potential free agency of James, Wade and Bosh, and will need younger, fresher pieces around the three AllStars if they all stay. But this moment belongs to the Spurs. Playing a methodical style for many years that was predicated on throwing the ball into Duncan made San Antonio respected, but never beloved. The Spurs were TV ratings killers, casual viewers finding them not much fun to watch. But Popovich opened up the offense a few years ago, making the Spurs an easy-to-like, tough-to-beat group that thrives on ball movement and 3-point shooting. "You showed the world how beautiful this game is," Commissioner Adam Silver told the Spurs during the postgame award ceremony. A decade and a half after winning their first title in 1999, when Duncan was in his second season, the Spurs remain the NBA's model organization, a small-market team that simply wins big and hardly ever does it with a high draft pick. Instead, the Spurs found players overseas or in other organizations who would fit the Spurs' way of doing things and mesh with the Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, the winningest trio in postseason history.

RIO De JANeIRO, JuNe 16 (AP): Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero are dangerous scorers, but neither was getting many touches in the first half of Argentina's World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina. With his team leading 1-0 at halftime because of an own goal, coach Alejandro Sabella ditched his cautious lineup, bringing Gonzalo Higuain off the bench to play up front with Aguero and Messi. Suddenly, the man many consider the world's best player finally looked like a star on the game's biggest stage. "The first half was very difficult," said Messi, the Barcelona star who has usually played better for his club than he has for his country. "I was alone and Kun (forward Sergio Aguero) was alone just like I was." After Sead Kolasinovic's own goal in the third minute, Bosnia — playing in its first World Cup — eased into the match and was the equal of the two-time World Cup champions. "The early lineup took its toll on us," Sabella acknowledged. "It was an even game until we got going in the second half." To start the half, Sabella put in Higuain for midfielder Maxi Rodriguez, and midfielder Fernando Gago replaced defender Hugo Campagnaro. That gave Messi support, allowing him to step back and find more space to roam and attack on the dribble. "When Higuain came in the team lifted itself and began to create chances," Sabella said. "But we do have a few things to improve." Sabella said he wanted to start conservatively out of respect for the skilled and tall Bosnians. "There are always details you have to fine-tune as the match goes on," he said. "Taking both halves into consideration, I think we were OK. It was the first game, and those are difficult. But we must improve. At the beginning we had few attacking chances and hardly threatened the goal. So we made the changes." The adjustments paid off almost immediately. Messi started to make dangerous runs and struck in the 65th minute. Using a quick give-and-go with Higuain to get space, he cut left, avoided a defender's foot without losing balance and sent a low, left-footed shot off the post behind keeper Asmir Begovic. Argentina's Lionel Messi, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal The goal — only the during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia at second for Messi in three the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 15. (AP Photo)

World Cups — gave Argentines packing the famed Maracana stadium a chance to celebrate — and relax. The Argentine fans were always loud, but at times shouted down by Brazilians cheering against their archrival — and for Bosnia. "There were nerves and anxiety, so it was good to start with three points and a victory," Messi said. "It wasn't perfect, but we got the result." Sabella was asked to rate his team on a 10-point scale. "I would give it a six and say we have to improve," said. "And some of that is in my hands." Bosnia coach Safet Susic also was quizzed about his tactics. He left dangerous forward Vedad Ibisevic on the bench until Messi scored. Ibisevic came on four minutes later and scored Bosnia's lone goal in the 85th. "I don't regret what I did," Susic said. "I told him (Ibisevic) that playing against Argentina I cannot play two attackers. And besides in the midfield we have very offensive-minded players. Playing two strikers (from the start) would have been very risky." Argentina plays Iran on Saturday in Group F, and Bosnia plays Nigeria.

Brazilian President invites Modi to watch World Cup final

New DeLhI, JuNe 16 (AgeNcIeS): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to watch the finals of the ongoing football World Cup at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, as per reports. According to a report published in an english daily, Modi, who was sworn in as India`s prime minister on May 26, has been invited by the Brazilian president to attend the World Cup finals along with the other leaders. It was only last week that Modi had released commemorative postage stamps on the World Cup and wished the event becomes a "bridge for connecting nations". If he decides to attend the final, Modi will join the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African Jacob Zuma who will all gather in Brazil for the 2014 BRICS summit to be held between July 15 and 17 in Fortaleza. However, there is no confirmation yet as to whether or not Modi has accepted the invitation.

Schumacher out of coma, leaves hospital

BeRLIN, JuNe 16 (AP): Formula One great Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital where he had been receiving treatment since a skiing accident in December, his manager said Monday. Schumacher left the hospital in Grenoble "to continue his long phase of rehabilitation," manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement. She did not say when he was released, where the seven-time F1 champion was taken or give any further details of his condition, and her office refused to elaborate on the statement. Brigitte Polikar, a spokeswoman for the Grenoble hospital, said Schumacher left on Monday morning, accompanied by an unspecified number of people. She would not give any further details. Schumacher's family "would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months," Kehm's statement said. "The family also wishes to thank all

Michael Schumacher (AP File Photo)

the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes. ... We are sure it helped him," it added. "For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place

away from the public eye," it added. The 45-year-old German driver was hospitalized with severe head injuries after his Dec. 29 ski accident, which split his helmet as he crashed into rocks on the slope at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps. Doctors in Grenoble put him into a coma to rest his brain and decrease swelling, and they operated to remove blood clots, but some were too deeply embedded. Little information has been released on Schumacher's condition over recent months. Monday's statement was the first substantial update since Kehm said in early April that Schumacher "shows moments of consciousness and awakening." Schumacher earned universal acclaim for his uncommon and sometimes ruthless driving talent, which led to a record 91 race wins. He retired from F1 racing in 2012 after an unmatched seven world titles. Schumacher, his wife and their two children live in Switzerland. His accident happened on a family vacation as Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son.

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